We flew from the U.K. to Florida, spent the day with Harry Potter in Orlando then drove to Fort Lauderdale in order to spend 5 nights at sea.
Ports of call were Grand Cayman and Cozumel and we were VERY UNLUCKY with the weather RAIN, RAIN and more RAIN!!! (Hurricane Richard nearby...)
We stayed at the Best Western Hallendale Beach in FLL, booked via Hotwire which gave us an EXCELLENT rate. Hotel was fine for the night, next to I95 (some traffic noise) and 10mins from the Airport/Port.
Car Parking at FLL Port was Park'n'Go - FANTASTIC!!! Very easy to find, pickup from your car, drop off at the side of the ship and... sitting, waiting for us as per our requierd pickup time when we got off the ship!!
Great service, $5.00 a day for parking, we will use them again.
Grandeur of the Seas is one of RCI's smaller cruise ships. We docked next to OASIS of the Seas in Cozumel, we looked more like a Private Yacht than a cruise ship. OASIS is BIG!!
GOS is however a very nice size, not too BIG, not too SMALL... we missed the Ice Rink of Navigator, Mariner etc... but everything else was standard RCI.
The crew were very nice, we met 2 charming families for dinner each night. Pavol was our waiter in the Dining Room, Dinner was a delight.
FOOD - In general we have started to notice (and agree with our fellow Critics) that much of the food on RCI no longer lives up to the billing!
Presentation is good but often TASTELESS, too bland - especially cakes and deserts which look mouth watering BUT "tastes like soap!" as described by my Darling Daughter!
The Windjammer was the usual Rugby/Football Match with everyone assuming the ship would shortly run out of food!!! (Always makes me smile...)
SERVICE: We agree with previous reports, the crew appear inexperienced. We encountered delays with Breakfast and Lunch. At Breakfast I was informed that I could not have a poached egg because the Chef will only cook whatever is on the menu.
Having told the story to our Dining Room Waiter that evening, he shook his head in shame and asked who it was, which table etc... The following day I received a poached egg!!!
ENTERTAINMENT: Our Cruise Director was Rico (who had also just joined GOS)Rico 'warmed' during the week however, his sidekick Abel (Entertainment Manager) could easily be a Cruise Director. Abel was quite entertaining.
The Captain was visible around the ship. Previous posts remarked about the "Work in Progress..." at this time on GOS. This is true, we experienced decks roped off and dust flying around from the deck sanding process. Paint was splashed everywhere on Deck 10.
Allowing for the Maintenance Work, the 'Workers' were MESSY!! so be warned.
RCI Singers and Dancers were a FLOP! Worst we have seen, one night everyone looked as if they were falling asleep in the Theatre. Rico has his work cut out!
The Impressionist, Comedian and Root / Berry are very entertaining.
Our Cabin was very nice however as we had an inside Cabin on Deck 3 we did not spend much time there. We did notice that the goodnight chocolate has gone (as reported in other critic posts) this is a shame and we hope RCI will have a change of heart. Our Daughters always looked forward to their bedtime chocolate and Towel Animal suprise!
We were also informed that the Towel Animals are only provided twice a week instead of daily due to a new RCI Policy.
No Chocoholic/Death By Chocolate Buffet again... however, the Midnight Buffet returned which had disappeared on our previous 2 RCI cruise holidays.
We boarded the ship in minutes and disembarked with ease.
Overall we had a very enjoyable cruise, Grandeur of the Seas is a fine ship!