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Walt Okon =Review of GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS on 5- 14 September 2019 in room Grand Suite #8016 Grand Suite # 8016 is located on the eighth deck, port side (Left Side) of the ship. 1/3 of the way from the bow of the ship. Stateroom ... Read More
Walt Okon =Review of GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS on 5- 14 September 2019 in room Grand Suite #8016 Grand Suite # 8016 is located on the eighth deck, port side (Left Side) of the ship. 1/3 of the way from the bow of the ship. Stateroom Attendant was Dominic Moses. He was excellent in all respects. This room was perfectly clean and set up for us. We use sanitizer wipes on everything and inside every drawer. There was no dust anywhere. Temperature control: the system worked perfectly, best control of any room I every had. The mini refrigerator keeps everything very cold. Lighting: Excellent on the complete lighting system and controls. Balcony: Large with table and four chairs and two excellent lounge chairs. Bed: King size with luxurious bedding. The mattress was good but did have the middle high point. We had good sleep every night. Storage: Three large hanging closets and 16 drawers. Lots of storage. The only concern was noise from the ninth deck (pool deck) when they moved furniture, the noise was unbearable. Crew Staff: All very friendly and all were excellent. I cannot say enough excellent things about them. Food: Royal Caribbean food quality has diminished in the past five years because Royal in buying bulk frozen foods that are just cook. Example; hash brown potatoes come in the perfect size and portion that are just fried and served. These and many others are not fresh, but frozen stock. Now York stake and prime rib is so thin the quality taste is not possible. Frozen prepackaged items are served with excellent presentation; but the fresh taste is not there. Royal food quality had been diminished over the years. This is due to Royal Caribbean corporation doing mass food buys/contracts. The corporation is buying food in mass like McDonalds. Cooks can only do their best with the food supplies provided by the corporation. Clam Chowder was soupy and tasteless – worst clam chowder ever. Crab Cake tasted more of bread consistency than crab. Minestrone soup at lunch in Gatsby served with the soup spilled over the cup and down into the serving dish -poor presentation. Dining Room: Great Gatsby main dining is on deck 4 and 5. The staff of head waiters, waiter, and assistant waiters have maintained this restaurant with grandeur and excellence. Dress is formal on formal nights and Smart casual at all other times. Head waiters, waiter, and assistant waiters were all excellent to outstanding. Food quality is only fair to good (3 stars at best). Again, this is due to Royal Caribbean corporation doing mass food buys/contracts. Cooks can only do their best with the food supplies provided by the corporation. Specialty Restaurant: Chop Grill. We had an excellent and very pleasant breakfast in the Chop Grill every morning. Fine dining, perfectly clean lining and dining setting every time. Waiters all excellent. They were very attentive and receptive to all special dining request. Excellent food preparation and presentation. Some frozen prepackaged items are served with excellent presentation; but the fresh taste is not there. Crown & Anchor: Diane Megumi, Loyalty Ambassador Miss Diane Megumi was the Loyalty Ambassador on this cruise. She made herself available and attentive to every question and need. She is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the Royal programs and knows how to provide solutions quickly. I personally brought a new first-time cruiser couple to her and she quickly enabled them as Crown & Anchor members. Concierge Lounge: Dudley Jean, Concierge Concierge Club Lounge is on Deck 11 is a private club lounge with a very advantageous view is the ship and ocean. It is a sound proof room enabling quiet conversations. It is managed by Concierge Dudley Jean and two attentive bar waiters. The ambience is excellent. Continental breakfast and special coffee were not always set up and ready in the lounge daily at 7:00 AM. Diamond Lounge: Ilona Tsyhaniuk, Diamond Concierge The Diamond Lounge is open to Royal Diamond member only and on this Grandeur of the Seas trip 5-14 Sep2019 is managed by Concierge Ilona Tsyhaniuk. She is excellent and is the best concierge I have had on Royal. She has been the most responsive to all needs and questions. The presentation of snacks and refreshments is very well done always looking fresh and inviting. The only and big problem is that the Diamond lounge is not a room that is quiet. It is only a participation space. The wall does not reach the ceiling and the noise from the South Pacific Lounge is unbelievable loud some time making conversation impossible. Guest Services: Adelaida Contreras, Senior Guest Services Officer provided service quickly and efficiently. Her personality and smile made us comfortable as she fixed a problem on the first hour we were on the ship. Salon & Spa appointments: On 12 September 2019, Mrs Go-Okon had a spa appointment for 11:15 AM. Mrs. Go-Okon arrived at 11:10 AM early for the appointment. The Spa front desk person told her to sit down and wait even though there were no other customers. But, the desk receptionist, services two other white woman while ignoring her and not calling her back after she finished with the white customers. Was Mrs Go-Okon being ignored because she is Asian? After being ignored and waiting twenty minutes, Mrs Go-Okon went to the desk again explained she has an appointment at 11:15 AM. The new receptionist said she would get some one. She cam back in five minutes and brought Mrs Go-Okon into a treatment room. The Spa treatment started at 11:50 AM which is 35 minutes scheduled appointment of 11:15 AM. Mrs Go-Okon is stating, “I felt DISCRIMINATED upon because of the way I was TREATED!!” Special Staff Recognition: Becknar Bermudes, Royal Caribbean Dance Instructor is an excellent dance teacher. She is always smiling, friendly before and after sessions with guests. She is genial, kind, and patient in all things and a shining star representing Royal Caribbean. She is one of the hardest working staff personnel I have seen. She is everywhere, helping everyone. Sarah Jane Ete, Windjammer Attendant is outstanding in serving her guests. She is quick to server the needs of the guests as she constantly observing their needs and how she can be helpful. She has a maturity about her in the Hotel management and serving field. She has excellent communications skills and is easy to talk sharing thoughts and ideas. Dickerson Lacsamana, Assistant Maitre d’ is an outstanding leader and manager. We have observed him for nine days and it is evident the entire restaurant staff look to him for leadership and guidance. Resolving problems and guiding staff with a gentile smile is an attribute that is in high demand. Recommend Royal Caribbean consider him for promotion into leadership position with complexity. Keith Sepulveda, Receptionist and hand sanitizer at the entry of the Windjammer Café’. This lady was an outstanding smiling welcome to the Windjammer. She brought smiles to our face every day. In fact, we looked forward to seeing her. She deserves recognition. Over-All Rating Outstanding. It is the friendlest Royal ship. I recommend it Walt Okon, Springfield, Virginia Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
They have absolutely nothing for the kids to do. Besides the closet sized room for the tots. My daughter is 3 and was nervous about going to the kids section and they wouldn’t even let me walk her in and say goodbye.. ridiculous. No ... Read More
They have absolutely nothing for the kids to do. Besides the closet sized room for the tots. My daughter is 3 and was nervous about going to the kids section and they wouldn’t even let me walk her in and say goodbye.. ridiculous. No activities.. nothing. Rooms are small. Workers are nice except for a few that seems miserable. Carnival pride is definitely a better choice. Their dining room is ok. Breakfast is the same food every morning. The crowd is mainly older and get mad when the kids are being kids.. just a warning. Our cabin is right above the door they open to let people off the ship so my kids get woken up in the morning and from their naps. Soda cans are $4.. they have ONE. pool open for public and if your kids are not potty trained they can’t go in.. so my one year old had nothing to do.. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise because we had a discount from Royal Caribbean because the previous cruise we were on we had a flooded cabin on the Allure of the Seas. We also chose this cruise because of the size of the ship. Neither my husband ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had a discount from Royal Caribbean because the previous cruise we were on we had a flooded cabin on the Allure of the Seas. We also chose this cruise because of the size of the ship. Neither my husband nor I liked the bigger ship, Allure. We preferred the smaller ships. We also liked the time of year and the biggest reason was the ports of call. We were very interested in seeing Boston however that stop & St John, Newfoundland was cancelled. We flew into Baltimore 2 days before cruse so we could see something of the city. We received an email from RC telling us even though hurricane Dorian may come our way we still had to be onboard ship before 3pm on Thursday, September 5th the day of departure. However, we did not leave until the morning of Saturday, September 7th. We also could not leave the ship. This is where I think RC dropped the ball. I think they should have had excursions into Baltimore instead of just having 2,300 people sitting on a ship. Good for them because then the passengers spend more money at the bar. What do you do for 2 days on a ship? My next problem was who made the decision on what ports to cancel? We went to 2 in Maine & 1 in Canada. Why didn't they choose the one in Boston, 1 in Maine & 1 in Canada? We did stop in Boston late at night for an emergency stop. We were on our way to Bar Harbor, ME but had to turn around & go back to Boston to drop a passenger off due to health emergency There were no medical facilities in Bar Harbor, ME? What happened when President Bush was at Kennebuckport? Of course this put us behind again. Finally I was not impressed with the excursions but I believe that was because we were always behind. The only thing we were on time for was the return to Baltimore. Had to be on time because another cruise was leaving that evening and they had to get us off & get ready for the next cruise. The dining staff in main dining room was terrific. Our stateroom attendant was also very good and helpful. I asked for ice and wine glasses & each night I had them in my stateroom. The entertainment was okay. The activities were okay but I think they were running out of ideas. You can only play corn hole so many days. The service was terrific. As with every other Royal Caribbean cruise we have been on the crew is fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise strictly for the convenience of the port. The port of Baltimore is so convenient, the parking is reasonable, the staff are helpful, and everything is run quite efficiently.. We also wanted to try a different ... Read More
We chose this cruise strictly for the convenience of the port. The port of Baltimore is so convenient, the parking is reasonable, the staff are helpful, and everything is run quite efficiently.. We also wanted to try a different itinerary other than the Caribbean..The New England coast was beautiful and did not disappoint us, but, I guess I was expecting a little more and eventhough I adored the staff, I do not believe it will be enough for us to come back unless there is an exceptional bargain being offered.us..for starters the Broadway shows and entertainment we always look forward to on other ships..just terrible..couldn't even watch it here. That was a bummer. Also, there was one evening I was not feeling well so I was in my room which is rarely the case .. but there is absolutely nothing to watch on TV . Only thing to watch are old reruns of some bygone show noone has ever watched and John and Katrina doing the RC commercials..its just really ridiculous and frustrating especially after all the money we've spent for that room! I like John and Katrina, don't get me wrong, but I don't want to watch them on tv all night too.! This ship sadly just does not offer enough activity for a livelier crowd.. with that being said, there are definitely some highlights though. Michael is awesome and so hilarious! He had me cracking up all week..My family loved him and he keeps everyone entertained as much as possible..The food is typical cruise food and theres plenty to choose from, so if you can't find something you like from the many options they provide, then don't go on a cruise! Also, the way I'm looking at it, I'm not cooking and cleaning for a week so I'm not complaining too much :-) it's a cruise for God sake so how bad can it be:-) my only real complaint was that it was way more money than I have paid for cruises in the past, so I guess I was expecting a little more Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
For the price it was a great vacation. We chose the cruise because it left from Baltimore. We have sailed out of Baltimore on the Carnival Pride four times. We enjoyed the cruise itinerary . The inside room is fine. But there was no ... Read More
For the price it was a great vacation. We chose the cruise because it left from Baltimore. We have sailed out of Baltimore on the Carnival Pride four times. We enjoyed the cruise itinerary . The inside room is fine. But there was no place for our luggage. It was either put them in the small closet and leave our shoes out, or put the luggage along side the bed.. Since it was impossible to get out of bed from my side that was where the luggage went. I literally, had to crawl to the bottom of the bed. It must have been hard for our steward to make out bed. There was plenty of storage for our items. Our waiters in the dining room were Annjie and Louis were beyond excellent. They were so kind to remember our preferences after the second day. They were run ragged by a table of 10 people near us. I could hear them complaining about something every day. These 2 truly made our vacation enjoyable. It bothered me how the top people in the dining room were constantly watching our waiters. I think it was because of the complaints from the other table. Also on 2 different days Annjie was required to try to sell us an upgraded meal in the special dining rooms. This practice also occurred in the buffet area as we were eating. I am an adult. I know how to read. I do not my meals disturbed with an advertisement. It was a truly enjoyable trip. I would do it again. I was prepared for some of these annoying things because I rely on cruise critic. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
My family and I decided to give RCI a try this summer. We have been on 20 Carnival cruises and 2 Princess cruises since 2001. We picked this cruise strictly on the itinerary. My teenagers were doing a DC trip with their school so we met ... Read More
My family and I decided to give RCI a try this summer. We have been on 20 Carnival cruises and 2 Princess cruises since 2001. We picked this cruise strictly on the itinerary. My teenagers were doing a DC trip with their school so we met them at the end and then came on this cruise. Coming Jon the ship we had high hopes for a great cruise. We had purchased the Key which was quite expensive for a family of 4. The only amenity we even used was the internet. RCI claims you can stream with it and you can if you sit in the Internet cafe. On your personal device in your room - nope, could hardly even play a game without your connection dropping constantly. The internet is not good at all. With the key and with a suite, you get to have reserved seating for shows. On some of the ships, this may be a benefit but on this ship - the shows were hardly attended. The broadway show was awful. I admit that I am picky about shows because I am a huge broadway fan and have attended many shows in NYC and in London but this was the worst show I’ve ever seen on a cruise ship. The All Access show was better until they got to the Madonna part and then it was a train wreck. The first comedian was great - my favorite show by far. He was good in the Welcome Aboard show and not too terribly raunchy in the adult show which was a pleasant surprise. Sometimes on Carnival, they can be just disgusting. The hypnotist show was ok and the juggler was ok. The rest, meh, Rey disappointing. The ship just doesn’t have much to do or to choose from to do. There were a couple of trivia’s per day but that was about it. The only cleaver things they had was the egg drop and the Royal Fair. Food - if you love buffet food, this is the ship for you. I however, do not. If you don’t eat on a buffet there really isn’t any other choices. They do offer lunch in the dining room on sea days but on port days - that’s it. The buffet is not appealing, food has been sitting for a long time, the hamburger buns are hard as a rock and the patties are burned to a crisp. The main dining room was good, the servers were great but there aren’t too many choices every night, just a couple. They push the specialty dining almost to the point of irritation. They even push you to pay for a specialty add on meal every night when you are about to order in the dining room. They must get a bonus or something if they can upsell you. In closing, we thought we would try a small ship to see if it was worth it to brave 6,000 people and on a ship and the family verdict is - No Way! We will stick with Carnival and enjoy the shows, the activities and the variety of food offered every single day. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This cruise was not luxurious, enjoyable, or accommodating after working hard all year to pay to have a week of relaxation and a good time. A list of things that need serious improvement: • The food - The meals on this ship were ... Read More
This cruise was not luxurious, enjoyable, or accommodating after working hard all year to pay to have a week of relaxation and a good time. A list of things that need serious improvement: • The food - The meals on this ship were less than sub par. I was highly disappointed in the options and the execution of the food. I can cook better than these supposedly trained chefs. I can promise you, the lasagna tasted exactly like Chef Boyardee right out of a can. Every vegetable served on the plate were essentially raw. The portions were never the same, even for guests sitting at the same table. The food was always cold. I always felt like it had sat out for some time before being served. The buffet was the best option for breakfast and lunch—there was better variety and the food was actually decent. On lobster night, a couple of members in my group decided they wanted an entire lobster and were willing to spend the additional $30. The lobster came out with nothing but the carrcus and a small bit of meat on the plate. The lobster tails had more meat in them. It was a waste of $30. • Cleanliness - Oh my goodness. The cleanliness on this ship needs to be investigated. On multiple occasions, dishes were dirty: lipstick on water glasses, the previous day's meal on silverware, pulp dried in water glasses...etc. One of my family members ended up with a virus from the unclean utensils and dishes. Also, the public bathrooms were not kept clean. • Sugar free dessert options - while the desserts were decent, when eating in the dining room for dinner, there was only one option for those with dietary restrictions compared to multiple options for those without dietary restrictions. Some of the sugar free desserts at dinner were just practically inedible. • Technology - There was no app available for large groups to communicate through. The option available was to spend approximately $15 per person/per day. There is absolutely no way I was going to pay for that. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, the reputation of the Grandeur and for timing around the end of school. We cruised with a family with two pre-teens with whom we are essentially family and both families live near Baltimore. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, the reputation of the Grandeur and for timing around the end of school. We cruised with a family with two pre-teens with whom we are essentially family and both families live near Baltimore. We arranged private transportation to and from the port due to the party size of six and the amount of luggage. Upon arrival, the Port of Baltimore did itself no favors as our driver was directed to one line where the luggage carts were being locked and when attempting to ask for direction to another line we were met with incredible indifference and ineptitude. Once we finally offloaded our luggage, we were then met with yet more confusion as we had booked the Royal Suite and the other members were Diamond members. Port staff had no idea where to direct people for security screening and actually dumped both parties into different, yet packed and slow moving, lines. We met at the screening and went through together. By that time we had been able to identify ourselves to Royal staff and our concierge, Carlington Berry (more on Carlington later) was waiting for us on the ship side of security. That was the last of any bad issues for embarkation. Carlington whisked us directly to check-in and then around all other lines directly to a private elevator (one woman decided to latch on and was with us all the way to and pushed into the elevator with her husband by pure hubris) and then to our suite. All of the features of the suite were discussed and our attendant, Fernando Dierra, was introduced to us. The staff of the Grandeur truly earns their reputation as the friendliest in RCI's fleet, the food was superior to other RCI ships (Majesty and Monarch) we have cruised on and the itinerary delivered. Finally, the staff in the Great Gatsby dining room was top notch, with our table's servers, Deepshika and Mary Ann, being the best we have ever had by far. Deepshika especially, as our head server, was organized efficient and catered to our party's every request. The only average part of our experience were the shows in the main theater. They were at best average, with a hypnotist and a comedian being each an hour we will never get back. We chose private tours we arranged separately and all were excellent. Specifically, Jolly Breeze Tour's jet boat whale watching tour from St. Andrews-by-the-Sea (St John port stop) was in the top 5 of all excursions we have ever done, including seaplane snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef and a helicopter into the Grand Canyon for lunch below the rim. We had been concerned about a rough ride in the zodiak for the girls but they actually wanted more wake jumping as the tour went on. The shock-absorbing seats helped a lot. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Chose this cruise for the itinerary and although the weather wasn't the greatest the ports were still wonderful and enjoyable. Ship is older but was clean and tidy except for very dirty outside windows. Since it is a smaller ship ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the itinerary and although the weather wasn't the greatest the ports were still wonderful and enjoyable. Ship is older but was clean and tidy except for very dirty outside windows. Since it is a smaller ship the crew is friendly and good at remembering you and making you feel pampered. Cabin 3124 is small, quiet and comfortable with adequate storage. Unfortunately Royal falls short when it comes to food quality at all levels. Windjammer's quality is at best, equal to Golden Coral. Many items over cooked, dry, tough and tasteless. MDR is about the same as Outback. Specialty restaurants are only slightly better. Service far out shined the food quality by a large margin. Cruise directors felt insincere and phony. Entertainment activities where lacking in originality and not the best fit for the passenger demographics of this cruise. Main theater under utilized for activities. Many were poorly timed causing overcrowding at the buffet, Due to smaller ship size, it does make it easier to make friends and connect with others. Kolada Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We haven't been on a cruise in many months and we haven't been on a Royal Caribbean cruise since 2008. Our previous experiences were all right; and we wanted to see New England as we've been the Caribbean far too often. ... Read More
We haven't been on a cruise in many months and we haven't been on a Royal Caribbean cruise since 2008. Our previous experiences were all right; and we wanted to see New England as we've been the Caribbean far too often. Ports: I enjoyed the Itinerary. Boston was great, so much to do and a nice long time in Boston. Portland, Maine was fabulous, Bar Harbor, Maine was foggy and cold, and a lot of local businesses were closed (it was a Monday, and the place has a lot of Mom and Pop shops). Saint John was freezing cold, but folks were very nice and the city is very walkable. Halifax was amazing, almost as amazing as Boston. I wish we had more time there, the weather was damp, cold and freezing wind, yet the Titanic/Shipping museum was worth it. Ship: Old ship, small ship, the Atrium is in the Aft of the ship and where everything happens. The cruise director, John was amazing, (Hello John). They have a ton going on, great trivia, and activities and the show, "All Access" was great. The ship itself is old, and worn in parts, and the first night the plumbing went out and there was no water at all for a few hours (yikes!!!). Not technology updated as the internet was mega slow for everyone, and didn't work in the rooms, it worked well in the Forward public of areas. Not enough outlets to charge all our devices (two outlets per room, bad). The Bad: The food. The food was terrible. It was Stouffer's/Lean Cuisine'esque. Royal Caribbean is efficient, they close their restaurants on the dime, they don't waste food, they close things down quick. Also, they have a off hours cafe, the only issue it is located in the Adults Only section of the ship. I had to sneak my kids in their for after hours snacks. Food was bland, service was good, staff was nice, food just was abysmal, even in the up charge restaurant. Try the cruise, just make sure you eat off the ship!!!! Misc: Washy, Washy!!!! #StaffMemberInTheWindjammerCafe Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
About us: We are a retired couple in our early 70's. This was our 11th cruise, 2nd on Royal Caribbean. It was also our 2nd cruise to Canada/New England. We chose this particular cruise because our local AAA was running a special ... Read More
About us: We are a retired couple in our early 70's. This was our 11th cruise, 2nd on Royal Caribbean. It was also our 2nd cruise to Canada/New England. We chose this particular cruise because our local AAA was running a special that would provide us with transportation from NE Ohio to and from the port of Baltimore. The ages on this cruise ranged from about 12 mos. to the mid 90's. Since school was still in session, there were only a few teens and grade school age kids. Most were in the 2-5 year old category and were very well behaved. Probably the majority of the passengers were in the 50-70 range. First, let me clarify that an average cruise is a good cruise. We had fun, we met friendly, interesting people, and we saw some interesting ports. There just wasn't a lot of the WOW factor I have come to expect from a cruise. One particular WOW--the crew was outstanding. They were polite, friendly, and always ready to help. On the first day, we noticed that the sink in our cabin was draining very slowly so we reported it to our steward, Rowena (a master of the towel animal, by the way). By the time we returned from dinner, it was fixed. Although we chose My Time Dining, we were asked to give an approximate time when we would be eating. We showed up every night between 6:30 and 6:45 and our table was always ready for us. Our waiters, Eloisa and Jely Ann couldn't have been nicer. Special mention also goes to the Cruise Director, John Blair, and his wife, Katrina, the Activities Director. They were probably the best we've ever had. John's Neil Diamond Tribute show is outstanding. The ship itself is older and is showing its age. I understand it is due for dry dock in a couple years. It was okay but nothing particularly exciting. Food in the Great Gatsby Dining Room ranged from very good to excellent. We ate there as often as possible, including breakfast and lunch when we could. The tomato sauce for pasta tasted a lot like what we had as kids on Spaghetti O's. On the other hand, food in the Windjammer was uninspiring. It was mostly same old/same old. Especially disappointing--the waffles, pancakes, and French toast were pro-cooked and just sat there under a napkin getting cold and hard around the edges. We saw most of the theatre shows, including Salute to Broadway and All Access featuring the ship's singers and dancers. We also enjoyed three of the guest entertainers, singer Michelle Murlin, Olympic gymnast Lance Ringnald, and Vegas star Clint Holmes. There were a few others we skipped. During the afternoons, pianist Anna entertained in the Centrum, She was great. The Bluewater Band took over during and after dinner, with plenty of easy listening and dancing music. We never did go to hear Giovanni in the Schooner Bar. The pool band, Positive Vibrations, didn't get much chance to play because the weather was so chilly. The bad: Mainly our cabin. We had an ocean view on Deck 2. I did not realize how much having the beds block access to the window would bother us, plus there's hardly no room to walk along the sides of the bed. I will never again sail without a balcony. I also feel RCI has gone overboard on either economizing or ecology consciousness, or both. Soap and shampoo made no lather. Toilet paper and facial tissue were flimsy and harsh. AND there was NO chocolate on the pillow! Now that's what I call bad. We booked all our shore excursions through the ship. The first port was Boston. We had been there many times before so we took the excursion to Historic Salem and the Witch Museum. We stopped at the Derby Wharf for lunch at a local restaurant and shopping at the National Parks Gift Shop, only we really didn't have time for both--just grab a bite and get back on the bus because we had to be at the Witch Museum by 1. So we got to the Witch Museum, saw the presentation, which was very good, and had 15 minutes in the gift shop. Then back on the bus and rush back to Boston. There was no time to walk around Salem. When we got back, we found out that the bus was taking another tour group somewhere. That's why we had to rush so much. In Portland, we took the Taste of Maine tour. We rode a bus to Long Lake and took a paddlewheel boat ride. A lunch consisting or lobster roll, potato chips, and bottled water was served on board, Then we took another bus ride to Pietree Orchard for some excellent apple pie and a hayride through the orchards, just budding for spring. We were only about 30 miles from the Maine/New Hampshire border, and you could see the snow on the mountains in the distance. In Bar Harbor, we took the Intimate Look at Acadia National Park tour. When we were here before, the weather (October) was beautiful but the park was closed due to a government shutdown. This year, the park was open but it was so foggy you couldn't see much. Still, our driver provided an interesting narrative and we stopped at Thunder Hole and the Jordan Pond House gift shop. The next port was St. John, New Brunswick, where we took the St. John and Bay of Fundy Top 10 tour. We saw the reversing rapids, bought candy bars at the City Market, and enjoyed a local entertainer singing Irish folk songs at O' Leary's Irish Pub, where we also had a glass of Moosehead beer. Then we rode out to the fishing village of St. Martin where we stopped for a delicious lunch of fish chowder or minestrone, biscuits, and freshly-baked cookies. We had time to walk on the beach and search for lucky stones. On the way home, we stopped again at the reversing rapids to see how the water level had changed. Our final port was Halifax, Nova Scotia, where we visited the Famous Peggy's Cove Fishing Village. The setting was beautiful, very photogenic, but it was COLD. The high was 44 degrees F, but the wind chill was down near 32. I bought a winter hat. We like the convenience of sailing out of Baltimore but probably would not do this itinerary again. There are some other interesting trips offered, so we might look into those. One piece of advice--wait until later in the year to sail north. This was the first trip of the year, and it was just plain chilly. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
My wife and I just got back from a cruise to New England and Canada. This was our first trip there, our 3rd on Grandeur and our 7th cruise on Royal Caribbean. Itinerary had us on a 9-night trip, but Hurricane Michael ended up tweaking ... Read More
My wife and I just got back from a cruise to New England and Canada. This was our first trip there, our 3rd on Grandeur and our 7th cruise on Royal Caribbean. Itinerary had us on a 9-night trip, but Hurricane Michael ended up tweaking that schedule. This is a little long, but hopefully helpful … First, due to the storm, we were directed to report early to the ship for a 2 pm departure (vice the normal 4 pm) as they were hoping to beat the storm out of the Chesapeake Bay. However, the storm was moving faster than originally expected, so we sailed at 4 pm, stopped just outside of Annapolis, Maryland for the night, and then got underway the next morning after the storm had passed. That meant we'd miss our scheduled stop in Boston but having ridden through Hurricane Matthew last year on Grandeur, it was definitely the right decision. So we ended up with an extra sea day on our way to our first port of call....Bar Harbor Maine. (The crew did a great job laying on a lot of extra activities, mostly inside since the winds were high and the exterior decks were closed at times. This was true for much of this cruise.) Other thing I'll note....almost no kids on this cruise (less than 100 I'd guess) and the average age was probably the highest we've encountered. That's fine, but there were lots of wheelchairs and walkers. Also, this crowd was more of a main dining room crowd than a Windjammer crowd...so lines for breakfast and lunch in the main dining room, Windjammer less crowded than usual. OK...on to a regular review: Embarkation: We live 30 minutes from the cruise terminal so the drive is super easy. We arrived around 9 am ...dropped our bags, paid to park ($15/night), parked and walked back to the terminal. Virtually no lines at TSA or to check-in (we're Platinum Crown and Anchor)...they had us wait in the lobby for maybe 20 minutes and we were on-board by 10 am. We're very familiar with the ship and we were just on her in May so we wandered around a bit and waited for the lunch venues to open. We basically skipped lunch and just grabbed a couple of sandwiches from Cafe Latitudes, the coffee shop that offers free pastries in the morning, sandwiches at lunchtime, and cakes and sweats almost all the time. Meals: We love RCI but hate My Time Dining, so were fortunate to get 5:30 pm main dining room. That's a little early for us, but it worked out great. Food is fine considering how it's prepared and how many people they're serving. Each night there is a chef's recommendation and that's probably your best option. Waiters work very hard and seem to have less time to “get to know you,” but they do their best. Ours were Buyung and Ronald and we couldn't have been happier with their service. We don't normally make special requests, but this time we made two and they accommodated both. First, we were at a table for four but only my wife and I were there on the first two nights. We made friends with a couple during trivia and they noted they were the only two at a table for six. We asked if they could be moved to our table and after some discussion between the head waiters, they made the switch. Second, we told our section's head waiter that we would be at the main dining every night except for two. One for Chef's Table and the one other night when we wanted to go to the Windjammer for Indian food (Windjammer has a “Chef's choice” theme each night on a rotating basis (i.e. Italian one night, Mexican the next, British another, etc)). Our head waiter said, “no need to go up there, I'll bring you something." And he did. Every night. It was really good and my wife loved it (as did our table mates). In fact, my wife had that for dinner most nights. It really made the trip special for us. The head waiter's name is Sudhir Pillai and I noticed he took great care of his section and I'm pretty sure we weren't the only table he made special accommodations for...so it never hurts to ask. One night we did Chef's table. We signed up on the ship on embarkation day and they offered us a discount (about 20%), which we appreciated, but probably would have done it anyway. This was our 4th time doing Chef's table. We had a great group, the food is always good, and the wines are excellent. If you haven't done it, I highly recommend it despite the price tag. They seat no more than 14 people, it's 4-5 courses with each course explained to the group, usually by the chef, and paired with really quality wines (like $60-$70 bottles of wine), and it's all delicious. It takes 2-3 hours for the meal (which is fine as the company was good). I recommend doing it at least once if you like good food/wine and they offer the 30% off...take it. I believe it's offered almost every night. The only other specialty restaurant we did was Izumi. First, we signed up for the “make your own sushi” class (which you then get to eat afterward). Learned a lot and it was a lot of fun. That came with a 25% off coupon which we used for lunch on the last sea day. Izumi is up in the Viking Crown lounge area, so the views are nice and the seas were calm so it was very pleasant lunch. We like the “hot rock” which is kind of like a mini-hibachi. Highly recommend that. Breakfast most mornings was in the Windjammer. Lots of choices and seating was never a problem except for one morning, but we just walked across the pool deck into the Solarium and found a table there. The Park Cafe in the Solarium also has breakfast stuff (bagel bar, cereals, fruit, and breakfast sandwiches...it's a great option if you want less stress or to grab a quick breakfast.) The Shows/Entertainment First...Grandeur continues to have a great Activities staff. Because the ship is smaller, you really get a chance to interact with them, especially if play the games/trivia. This was cruise director Bob's next to last trip on Grandeur so there will be a new team soon, but we've always been happy with the Activities staff on Grandeur. The folks that ran bingo and line dancing and trivia and the game shows and..and..and...were great. Fritz from Philly (i.e. the Phillipines) and Katie from Australia were super funny and energetic...all the time. I couldn't do it. The featured performers were...pretty good. Pretty standard "off-Broadway" kind of thing. Becasue it was a 9-day cruise, they did two “big production” shows. Both were good and really featured the dancers as more than just back-up to the singers. The other nights had guest performers (a Celine Dion tribute singer, a couple of comedians, a male singer/impressionist, and one other that I'm forgetting). The ship's singer/dancers also did a show called “Seasons” in the Centrum that used to have a Cirque-de-Soleil-style (suspended from cables) component, but they removed the rigging so it was just singing/dancing...but still good. During the day we did trivia, the game shows, bingo etc....Lots of fun. Casino...pretty standard. Pretty lively. My wife won $250 on slots so were pretty happy with that. It is smokey as it's the only indoor smoking spot and since the weather was a bit off, a lot of folks went in there just to smoke. Outdoor pool was closed for most of the cruise or no one was in it due to the air temp. The hot tubs mostly stayed open. Solarium was busy but never overcrowded (we could always find seats) and we actually used the hot tubs almost daily on this trip. Room: Port side, 3rd deck, room 3084. Big window, fairly spacious (had the bed and a two-seater couch). No mini-fridge. Storage was pretty good...we had to get a little creative, but it works. At night, we could hear music from the Centrum fairly loudly, although that ends at 11 pm. If that bothers you, recommend staying more towards the aft end of the ship. Bathrooms are small but they made great use of space. Shower is a bit small and has a curtain vice the door on newer ships, but even still...I had no issue with the shower size. Toilets worked fine throughout the ship. Room steward Juana was great though she was that elf you hear about (you rarely see her, but you come back and your bathroom is clean and bed is made...). Departure: Departure was super easy. We carried off our luggage. We lined up around 6:45 am. About 7:15 we started debarking. Immigration and customs took less than 2 minutes. We were back to our car and on the road by 7:30. Excursions: Boston – canceled due to Hurricane delay. Bar Habor, Maine – Used the lifeboats as tenders (very cool, first time for us); max 10 minute ride from ship to shore. Drops you off right downtown. The town is small, easily walkable...very cute with tons of interesting shops and bars and restaurants. Beautiful views. We did a RCI sanctioned tour that was a 2-hour guided bus tour through Acadia National Park and ended with a lobster lunch (or steak) at the Bar Harbor Yacht club. Wasn't exactly what were expecting but it was sunny and relatively warm and we got some great views. We stopped at two spots for photos for about 20 minutes each. Guides were great. Wouldn't do this particular excursion again, but loved Bar Harbor and hope to go back. We were there about a week after peak color and after a storm had blown a lot of the leaves off already, but the colors were still wonderful. Portland, Maine - Docked pier side, again, right down town. We did a Foodie walking tour organized through RCI with a local guide. About 11 people in our group, all very nice. The guide took us to a number of local restaurant/shops while telling us about the town. First, we went to an organic food store that does amazing soups, all sourced locally. Then to a store that specialized in seaweed products (from tea to bath soap), very nice local owner and very interesting. Next was a family run Italian market with unique pizza. We took the pizza up to Shipyard Brewing Company for a flight of beers to sample, and then down to a local bakery for a chocolate chip cookie. Highly, highly recommend it. After that we walked around downtown for awhile but headed back to the ship a bit early as it began to rain. St John's Canada – canceled due to high winds (pilot couldn't get aboard the Grandeur to guide us in to the pier). That was disappointing but you can't control the weather. Halifax, Canada – Great pier facility, less than a half-mile from the main downtown area. We didn't book an excursion but chose to wander around on our own. We walked the length of the boardwalk (which has great views). Tons of interesting shop and restaurants there. Then walked up the hill to the Citadel, which we really enjoyed. There is an entry fee (about $5 US) but then everything is free inside. You can join a guided tour inside or explore on your own. As we walked back down, we wandered up and down the side streets (it's really nice) and found an outdoor food court on the boardwalk. I had fish and chips (about $15 US) and wife had a lobster roll (same price). Both were super good. We then wandered over to a local rum distillery (Halifax Distilling Company) that advertised tours. They weren't doing tours on the day we were there as a group had booked the whole restaurant for a private affair, but we did do a sampling at the bar and even bought a couple of bottles to take home as they don't currently distribute outside of Nova Scotia. Cool day! We absolutely loved Halifax as I think we just scratched the surface and hope to make it back again one day. I think that's long enough. Enjoy Grandeur of the Seas! We're going to try this route again, but go earlier in the season. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We selected this cruise to see the leaf color in New England and to celebrate my wife's birthday which occurred on the cruise--12 October. We've sailed from Baltimore before and it is one of the more convenient cruise ports from ... Read More
We selected this cruise to see the leaf color in New England and to celebrate my wife's birthday which occurred on the cruise--12 October. We've sailed from Baltimore before and it is one of the more convenient cruise ports from our home in Wake Forest, NC. We drove up the day before and spent the night at the Hampton Inn in Glen Burnie, MD. They offer a sleep, park, ride package that includes shuttle to and from the cruise terminal. Several days before leaving for the port, it became obvious that Hurricane Michael was going to affect our cruise in some way. RCCL sent us an email telling us to arrive early at the port so that we could sail two hours early to get out of the Chesapeake Bay and ahead of Michael. Embarkation at Baltimore went very smoothly. We all boarded early and were ready to set sail 2 hours early but the Captain announced that Michael was moving too fast so we were going to sail at the original time of 4pm, but would only sail for 2 hours and then drop anchor in the Chesapeake and wait for Michael to pass early the next morning. This now caused us to skip Boston and proceed straight to Bar Harbor, ME. We took the Best of Bar Harbor excursion which was very nice. Our tour guide was very good, a former teacher, but the highlight was the lobster bake! Best excursion meal we've ever had! Next port was Portland, ME where we met my wife's sister for sight seeing and shopping in Portland. Then on to St. John, New Brunswick which we had to sail by because of very high winds (50 its plus) so we could not dock. This was our second missed port due to weather. We then proceeded to Halifax, Nova Scotia where we took the top 10 tour. Again a very good tour with a very knowledgeable guide. The Grandeur was nice but is showing it's age. Our cabin was 3098, slightly aft of center and very convenient to the aft stairs and elevators. The cabin bed was lower than those on other ships which meant we could get our luggage under the bed. We had to stack the luggage in a a corner which cut down on our already limited space. We like early dining but could not get it so we dined 2nd seating at 8PM. Our wait staff was excellent. Nickolas, our head waiter, discovered we both like escargot so he arranged to have it for us every meal, even when it was not on the menu. The evening entertainment in the Palladium Theater was at 7:15 and 9:15PM. Since early dining was 5:30 and late at 8PM, this resulted in the 7:15 show being packed and the 9:15 show being sparsely attended. It would have been better if the early show was at 7 and the late show at 9, then more of the early diners would have attended the later show. Entertainment was top notch. The RCCL singers and dancers were superb and the guest entertainment was also excellent. Scheduled activities on sea days were for the most part disappointing. Only on the last day were there sufficient activities to keep us from being bored. Disembarkation went very smoothly. Our luggage tag number was 7 and we exited the ship about 15 minutes before the predicted time for our number. Crew and staff were awesome! Bob the Cruise Director was very personable and accessible. The last night featured a veterans recognition which was the best I've ever had on a cruise. It featured Tim, one of the singers, leading the singing of the national anthem and also a special rendition of Hallelujah. Not a dry eye in the Centrum! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
The food in the dining room on this ship is far inferior to any RC ship I have cruised on.Overcooked chicken and steak, and tasteless fish. The service in the dining room for breakfast and lunch was extremely slow, and very slow for ... Read More
The food in the dining room on this ship is far inferior to any RC ship I have cruised on.Overcooked chicken and steak, and tasteless fish. The service in the dining room for breakfast and lunch was extremely slow, and very slow for dinner. We cruised on Carnival Miracle in September 2018 and the food was excellent. The cabin was a starboard side ocean view. It was very noisy; we could hear and feel a pump running, it seemed like every time someone flushed a toilet. What was worse, and dangerous, was that sewer gas would come up from the shower. I told the room steward and his response led me to believe that this was a known problem. I kept a wet wash cloth over the shower drain and this helped keep the smell to a minimum. I noticed that when I flushed the toilet the wet washcloth would bubble up where the gas was trying to escape into the room. Because of weather we skipped two ports. RC did not offer us any form of recompense, however our traveling companions were offered a discount on a future cruise. When we contacted RC to ask for the same offer we were told that no such offer existed. Our traveling companions sent us a voice mail from RC that they received making this offer. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We booked this NE and Canada 9-night cruise (as well as the following 5-night to Bermuda) because the Grandeur is our favorite ship. We sailed on it in Oct. 2015 and again in Feb. 2016, but with other cruises booked this was the first ... Read More
We booked this NE and Canada 9-night cruise (as well as the following 5-night to Bermuda) because the Grandeur is our favorite ship. We sailed on it in Oct. 2015 and again in Feb. 2016, but with other cruises booked this was the first time that we'd had a chance to sail on it since it'd gone to drydock in 2016. Although we could not see many changes (except for the seating in the Great Gatsby Dining Room), it's still a great ship. While some guests may complain about its age (22 years old this December) and its lack of WOW activities, it remains our favorite. On both cruises, we had an outside stateroom on deck three: port side for the Oct. 11 cruise and starboard side for the Oct. 20 cruise. The cabins were mirror images of each other and offered a king bed, small sofa, typical bath and plenty of storage space for two adults who had packed for two weeks each. As to the ports, we missed Boston because of Hurricane Michael delayed the ship leaving the Chesapeake Bay until Sunday morning and we missed St. John due to rough seas kept the pilot boats on shore. In Bar Harbor, we booked and Acadia Park tour (3 hours) through the National Park Service - great tour at a great price. In Portland we booked the Foodie walking tour through the ship and in Halifax a food tour booked through Local Food Tours. The one in Halifax far exceeded the one in Portland in price and food quality. On the tour in Portland four locations and had soup, pizza, beer and cookies. On the Halifax tour, we visited eight locations and had chicken shawarma, fresh-pressed juice, beef donair (gyro) spring roll, pizza, fresh croissants and coffee, French chocolates and local candy. The Halifax tour was also $10 less per person! On the cruise to Bermuda, we took the sunset cruise on a glass-bottom boat. Very good tour. What we enjoyed the most about the cruises this time were: Cruise Director's Staff and their activities: various trivia and games, dance lessons, games of chance, etc. Variety of activities: shows, headliners, Real Time Band Dining room staff - especially XingXing our assistant both weeks who has now been promoted to Waiter (well deserved) Room Attendants Joseph and Enrico - we never saw them much, but our rooms were always clean and orderly Neil on the bar staff who always had a smile on his no matter what job he was assigned We have three other cruises booked at the moment, but hope to return to the Grandeur soon. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My husband and I have been to Bermuda and the Caribbean so many times, this was our first to Canada and New England. Since it was our first, we were so looking forward to this cruise. Imagine our disappointment when the cruise was ... Read More
My husband and I have been to Bermuda and the Caribbean so many times, this was our first to Canada and New England. Since it was our first, we were so looking forward to this cruise. Imagine our disappointment when the cruise was ultimately changed from 9 nights and 5 ports to 5 nights and 1 port. Many people cancelled and took Royal Caribbean's generous compensation package. But we really wanted to cruise and go north so we stuck with the cruise. Embarkation in Baltimore was so easy and fairly quick. We live very close to Baltimore so we didn't explore the city at this time. This time, due to the itinerary change, RC wanted everyone on board early and we left port 2 hours earlier than usual. The ship was clean and the crew was friendly and organized the whole time. Throughout the cruise, the officers and crew were apologetic about the weather delay and made every effort to provide a clean, comfortable, and entertaining vacation. Having the ship barely 1/2 full was a huge benefit. No lines, no waits for an elevator, deck chairs aplenty, and everyone was relaxed and happy. (And the price was right - we got 50% discount for this cruise and a 50% credit for a future cruise.) Even with a ship only half full, the activities and entertainment were full on. Bob, the entertainment director, introduced talented and entertaining shows/comedians every night. We really liked having dinner time shows and late night entertainment too. We ate in the dining room most nights and in the Windjammer most days. Also visited the Park Cafe for afternoon and late night snacks and occasionally went to Cafe Lattitudes. Always had service that was friendly and efficient. When we arrived in Halifax, we just got off the ship and wandered around. Did some shopping and ate lobster. This was exactly what we wanted to do on our first trip to Canada. Next, probably because of the time of the year, there were very few children on this cruise. Actually, I saw no kids at all. Maybe they were super-busy in the Adventure Ocean Club, and I just didn't notice them at all. Disembarkation was so quick and easy. No waiting at all. We had a great time on this cruise and would definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I have always wanted to go the the New England states along with some parts of Canada. I chose this one because it seemed to fit the bill. boarding and getting off the ship was very easy and fast. This cruise was geared more for a older ... Read More
I have always wanted to go the the New England states along with some parts of Canada. I chose this one because it seemed to fit the bill. boarding and getting off the ship was very easy and fast. This cruise was geared more for a older crowd. Not much activity, very small pool but lots of pool side loungers. Ice cream was very yummy. First couple of nights the Main dining room was very ssssslow. It took almost 2 hrs from the time we entered the dining room until we left. We normally eat dinner in the main dining room but on this cruise we only ate there 2 times. The windjammer was very nice and the service was EXCELLENT. EVERYONE WAS VERY HELPFUL, SMILING SINGING AND MADE YOU FEEL GOOD. The shows were fantastic but the theater room was way to small to hold all those people, every show we went to was standing room only if you didnt get there a hour before it started. They need to have more than one sitting for each show. We enjoyed the singing and dancing in the centrum area alot. The shopping on this ship didnt amount to much. Our stateroom attendant EDISON was super, always smiling and we never had to ask for anything and our room was always clean and well kept the entire trip. I felt like they only reconized the directors and the so called important people and not the people behind the scenes who do alot of the work. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Comfortable cruise. Excellent staff from dining room to stateroom. However excursion In Bar Harbor to Acadia and lobster bake was a total bust. Tour was rushed through Park and we arrived 11 AM for Lobster Bake.Tour should have been ... Read More
Comfortable cruise. Excellent staff from dining room to stateroom. However excursion In Bar Harbor to Acadia and lobster bake was a total bust. Tour was rushed through Park and we arrived 11 AM for Lobster Bake.Tour should have been one hour longer. Waste of money. Small lobster tail 1/3 piece of corn and two small potatoes. Opportunity to see a beautiful park lost. Could have booked our own tour and found our own restaurant . Very pleased with itinerary and time at ports. Entertainment was great . Hated the one show only days, first night and last. Forces you to arrive 45 minutes early for seating. TV limited. Most stations RC stations. Specialty Restaurant not worth the extra cost. Do not like that they force you to pay 20% gratuity for less than adequate service on top of the gratuities already prepaid. All in all will do this itinerary again, skipping the specialty restaurants and excursions. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The New England cruise is a very nice itinerary. Our group of 5 did not sign up for shore excursions since we had been to most ports previously. Of all the ports, St. Johns was the least attractive, a mostly industrial city. Boston, ... Read More
The New England cruise is a very nice itinerary. Our group of 5 did not sign up for shore excursions since we had been to most ports previously. Of all the ports, St. Johns was the least attractive, a mostly industrial city. Boston, Portland, Bar Harbor and Hailifax were great. The staterooms definitely need to be updated. However, all the public areas were beautiful. The crew was super, and it felt great to be on a ship that is not as large as a small city, such as the newer mega ships. Food was best in the main dining room and themed restaurants. The buffet lines on the Windjammer deck near the pool were not appetizing at all and we stayed away from them. I highly recommend this cruise. The Cruise Director and Activities Director were wonderful hosts for the key activities. I especially liked the Hall of Nations ceremony on the last day, honoring all the dedicated crew. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise for the ports in New England. We had not been to this area of our country and wanted to see several with the bonus of Canada. The ship is nice and entertainment was great. I would have liked to see more arts and crafts ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports in New England. We had not been to this area of our country and wanted to see several with the bonus of Canada. The ship is nice and entertainment was great. I would have liked to see more arts and crafts besides scrapbooking ?? because I do not gamble. 9 days is a long cruise so we need more entertainment during day time for the arts. Room was comfortable and staff at bars, restaurants, and spa are fantastic. The menu for gluten free folks is basically the original menu without gravies, sauces, and breadcrumbs....so a bit bland but I still managed to gain some weight. hahahaha Evening entertainment and Dancing was awesome. The DJ was great. We really enjoyed ourselves. Our favorite port is Bar Harbor and recommend the Pedego bicycles and you must do the loop road in Acadia National park.....fantastic! Please indulge in some lobster and blueberry pie....I didn't get pie but I heard some ooos and ahhhs with each order. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We had never gone up North. We picked RC as we had never cruise with them. We have over eleven cruises behind us, and this one was the worst ship, food, rooms and over all a total disappointment. We had a balcony on deck 7. The room were ... Read More
We had never gone up North. We picked RC as we had never cruise with them. We have over eleven cruises behind us, and this one was the worst ship, food, rooms and over all a total disappointment. We had a balcony on deck 7. The room were so tiny. The showers was the worst I have ever seen on any other ship, I actually had to stick my leg and rested on the toilet so I could soap my legs. We do like to take showers together, NO WAY you going to do that on this ship, unless your three feet tall and weight 40 pounds. The food was repetitious nothing to talk about here, except the same thing every day on the buffet. They actually would take left over and add something else to it and put it out the next day. I'm a seafood lover, forget about it NOTHING in that department. The main dining menu was terrible, who would want Meat loaf on a ship as part of a choice. Try asking for Shrimp cocktail, they were so small I had to order three every night. There was absolutely nothing that jumps out as great or good on the main course for dinner. Forget about the show, a total waste of time and they only had three on our 9 day cruise. The ship itself is totally falling apart. Rust outside our room was everywhere. Main floor where they hold different activities, the flood lights totally cover with dust, everywhere you look up from the balcony area above those lights have never been clean or vacuum. Lets move to the casino, they had a Russian crew running the tables, I would say 90% did not speak English and very rude. One day they had a class for the dice table and the lady could not be understood by anyone, I asked the pit boss to please get someone we could understand, he told me in broken English that it was all they had. I then took over the teaching lesson and was ask to either leave or let her explain at which time about 30 cruisers told the man we can't understand her, everyone left. In totally NEVER AGAIN. The only thing great was our room attendant and my main man in the dining room, they earn my extra tip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We loved the ports! But the wait staff and crew were amazing. Food was excellent! Greeeeaaaat foood Omg! Service was definitely an A+. I would recommend these ports and this trip. Also disembarkation was so easy and smooth. My dad is ... Read More
We loved the ports! But the wait staff and crew were amazing. Food was excellent! Greeeeaaaat foood Omg! Service was definitely an A+. I would recommend these ports and this trip. Also disembarkation was so easy and smooth. My dad is handicapped and we had no issues at the ports except one which was bar harbor, because there were tenders. But a great trip overall. My family and i enjoyed thoroughly! The kids enjoyed also. We took a 1 and 2 year old. I had my concerns about safety originally because they are so active. However, that proved to be unnecessary worry as there were no hiccups. As soon as we boarded, my mind was immediately at ease. Kids enjoyed their time, in and out of the pool also. Lifeguards always in duty. I could be worry free. Great food! Great service! Great staff! Great trip! Loved and enjoyed soooo much! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We signed up for this cruise a year in advance. We wanted this particular destination and the price was right. We were also happy to try a cruise from Baltimore so we could just drive to the port. Ten of our family members traveled ... Read More
We signed up for this cruise a year in advance. We wanted this particular destination and the price was right. We were also happy to try a cruise from Baltimore so we could just drive to the port. Ten of our family members traveled together and we had a blast. Leaving from the port in Baltimore is so easy and organized. We are seniors and had no problems at all. Some of our family signed on to the cruise and we had five adults and five teenagers. The ship is not huge so it can fit under the bridges but it was well maintained. The young people in our group found plenty to do and we barely saw them. The food on board was good and all staff members were pleasant and friendly. We had great (hot) weather and spent a lot of time in the pools. We especially loved the children’s pool which you can sit in on hot days. The drinks kept coming and the snacks, ice cream and food were good and plentiful. The only thing I would change is the quality of the beds. Considering this was a ten day cruise, a less than great bed was not a huge problem. Our teenagers were well entertained and we barely saw them all week. I had purchased a drink package but really used it very little. There was complimentary iced tea and flavored drinks (sugar free mango/pineapple) that I drank almost all week. I did enjoy the big cup with the lid but could easily have brought one from home. We had such a great time and plan to do another cruise on this ship-maybe to Bermuda. Thanks Royal Carribean for helping us gather wonderful memories on this trip-we’ll be back :) Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Pros: Awesome experience for our first RCL cruise. Service, food, accomodations, staff and ports of call were excellent and would highly recommend. Arranging shore excursions was easy. Those excursions and guides were extremely ... Read More
Pros: Awesome experience for our first RCL cruise. Service, food, accomodations, staff and ports of call were excellent and would highly recommend. Arranging shore excursions was easy. Those excursions and guides were extremely knowledgeable about their content. Entertainment /shows was "top shelf". We chose this cruise for two reasons: first, our 44th wedding anniversary and second because it was going north in cooler waters and a cooler daily temperature. Had some rain enroute but had no impact of our plans or excursions. Boarding and diembaration was the easiest and most organized of any cruise we have been on. RCL can stick a feather in their hat for such planning and organization! Cons: Avoid their internet. Very pricy and a hassle to logon and stay on. Once connected, it drops signal. In addition, slower than dial up (1200 baud) phone modem. Ship needs to add an "app" for daily acitivity with a reliable internet. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
A good time was had by all. While there were several gluten free menu items, there was not much variety. I ended up having the same things for dinner nearly every night in the dining room, because there were only 2 gluten free items. ... Read More
A good time was had by all. While there were several gluten free menu items, there was not much variety. I ended up having the same things for dinner nearly every night in the dining room, because there were only 2 gluten free items. Our waiter did bring gluten free bread to me each night. At lunch, there was always a gluten free cheesecake or cake, but no variety there, either. No gluten free rolls or bread at the wind jammer cafe. I was thrilled when one day there was a taco bar. Hooray! Chips and salsa and tacos! This ship is a bit old, and it shows. There was some mold, and several people had plumping issues. Our plumbing was fine and we did not experience leaks like some. The shows were just ok. We had been on a previous cruise and LOVED the shows, but these were not fantastic. While I loved the ship band and orchestra, the singers weren't great, and I didn't love the jazzing up of broadway songs. Picky? I know. But I was expecting something as great as the Saturday Night Fever musical I saw on a different ship. We enjoyed the trivia and games, dance lessons were fun, pools were small but fun. We loved the ports, except St. John. Perhaps it was our bus tour guide driver, but the island was just not that great. And our driver seemed distracted or unsure of himself. Maybe he was new. I won't remember much except about the fort (which we couldn't go inside) and the wooden statues that we didn't stop to see. Sure, there's a reversing falls, but you'd have to come back 2 times to see the difference. The little local market was cute, but there wasn't much else. No one seemed that impressed with the port. It just doesn't compare in beauty or interest to the other towns we went to. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018

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