We purchased airline tickets through the Cruise Line.... On the outbound flight to Atlanta, they had assigned us seats that were adjacent to the lavatories; on the connecting flight to Baltimore, we were assigned seats next to the Galley. Fortunately, I was able to re-assign the seats on Delta's web site.
My wife and I had joined a 'Meet & Mingle' on this web-site prior to the cruise, providing an opportunity to meet, on-line, some fellow cruisers and to discuss, via threads, issues relating to this cruise. As there were about eighty-nine cruisers registered for the 'Meet & Mingle', RCI agreed to sponsor a place on the Grandeur and a specific time where we would be able to meet those registered for the 'M & M'. As RCI was responsible for issuing the invitations subsequent to embarkation, we waited to receive ours, but it never came. We went anyway, as we were told on-line when & where the gathering would take place. The Cruise Director and an assistant were in charge of the event.
It was disappointing, to say the least. No name tags were issued for those in attendance, so only those who participated in the Gift Exchange, in which my wife and I had opted not to participate, were provided with an opportunity to identify themselves. We introduced ourselves later to several cruisers, however, so the time was not wasted. Not sure if we would join a Meet & Mingle again!
-The food in all the various venues was excellent!
-All of the entertainment in the Palladium Theatre was excellent!
-Cabin & Dining Service was excellent!
-A solarium with removable top, two hot tubs and a pool.
-A very nice Promenade Deck on Deck Five for walking.
-Our cabin was seemingly the smallest in which we have ever cruised; Before the beds were separated, it was impossible to navigate the cabin.
-There was no place for the large suitcases other than the small closet. They would not fit under the beds.
-The a/c could not be regulated, and as a consequence the cabin was cold most of the time.
-The signage on the Grandeur leaves a lot to be desired....Very difficult to find one's way around....Bulkhead numbers were white on a gray background, and the miniscule 'maps' that were provided were such poor xerox copies that they were illegible.
-Elevators are unbelievably slow. With only two elevator shafts, getting to the upper decks was often a real challenge.
Grandeur is an older, mid-size ship, and at eleven years of age is beginning to show some of its age. Refurbishments have taken place, and I feel sure are an ongoing project .
The Captain & crew have done a commendable job of maintaining Grandeur, and the crew had the eight-story Centrum (the Atrium) fully decorated with a Christmas Tree, Santa's Sleigh, Gingerbread Village, etc. It was a fitting beginning for the Holidays, and was very festive.
Despite some of the foregoing negatives, Grandeur's Captain & Crew made this cruise an enjoyable one with their excellent food, entertainment, and service.