314 Baltimore Romantic Cruise Reviews

Did the Grand Turk-Half Moon Cay-Freeport itinerary. Here are some thoughts. Our third time sailing on Pride. GT was pleasant as always. A lot of seaweed piled high on the beach but otherwise great. We did the Gibbs Cay and Stingray ... Read More
Did the Grand Turk-Half Moon Cay-Freeport itinerary. Here are some thoughts. Our third time sailing on Pride. GT was pleasant as always. A lot of seaweed piled high on the beach but otherwise great. We did the Gibbs Cay and Stingray encounter excursion which was really great. Gibbs Cay is around the other side of the island. Felt very remote and unspoiled...until three other boats showed up that is. Haha! We rented cabana 11 at HMC. Have had this one before and liked its location and the bit of shade from pine trees that row over the open deck. Loved the location last time but this time the music was way louder. Also had a jerk rent a clamshell by us who blasted —and I mean blasted— his own music, including some hardcore rap with very explicit lyrics. (Music I listen to sometimes myself too, but not stuff I’d blast on an idyllic beach with families all around me). He eventually turned it down but then the pirate bar cranked up their music. Don’t think we heard it so loud before at cabana 11, which we choose to be a little away from the partying. Still a nice day but I don’t want to be able to hear music when I’m submerged in the water snorkeling. Next time will try for cabana 15 to be as far as possible. Did not do an excursion in Freeport. Have done the luxury sail cruise in the past but decided to enjoy a less crowded Serenity deck. Did that for a while then checked out Señor Frog’s where there was a fun party atmosphere. Food was the usual in the MDR. David’s was excellent and I have become a huge fan of the spice-rubbed ribeye in Carnival’s steakhouses. Rivals anything I’ve had on land. Posted some pics of this in a separate album on this page. Had a Guy’s burger ok first day and felt miserable afterwards so didn’t go back all week. We tried Cheers! for the first time. Not sure we’d do it again. Felt compelled to drink to get the moneys worth out of it. Certainly was convenient and loved being able to get a latte at the coffee shop with it. And folks, tipping a dollar or two with your Cheers purchases will get you much better service, and the immediate attention of the bartender when the bars are jammed right before dinner. Alchemy bartenders were good particularly Nicolae who had a great sense of humor once he gets to know you a bit. Caribbean Manhattan was my go to choice. Great stuff. Ship was packed to capacity with 2,600 aboard. Lots of DC-MD-VA families on one last vacation before school starts. Was a bit crowded at lido buffet. Lots of chair hogging on deck. I complained about it on Serenity and the crew member promised to put it stickers but she never did. We sat behind a row of 10 chairs on Serenity on Saturday from 9-12. Eight of them had towels on them but no human ever set butt on the chairs. Martin at the atrium bar was awesome and remembered our names (again, tipping helps with service). Nicolae and Sanya at Alchemy also nice. Rev. Dr. E (Everson) was Cruise Director. I can see why people like him. He’s breathlessly energetic and everywhere at once. I was not a fan of the over-the-top energy, but again I see why people love him. Comedy shows were so-so. Vargus Mason did a short riff on Bill Cosby that left the room extremely uncomfortable then (playfully) yelled at people to laugh. It made for an awkward 30 minutes. Rest of the week’s lineup were standard past-their-prime comics but adequate for a cruise ship. Only saw one Playlist show as we’ve cruised enough we know all the acts by now. Skipped our usual FTTF for the first time. Chose 1-1:30 arrival but there was a delay in boarding due to technical problems. We arrived around 1 pm and were onboard around 2:15. Chose self assist debarkation and were off and in our car around 10:45 am. 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 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
My husband and I decided to sail on Carnival Pride because it was a short drive to Baltimore and I had previously sailed on Carnival Pride and was pleased with the service. Cabin: We booked a balcony cabin on deck 7. The cabin was ... Read More
My husband and I decided to sail on Carnival Pride because it was a short drive to Baltimore and I had previously sailed on Carnival Pride and was pleased with the service. Cabin: We booked a balcony cabin on deck 7. The cabin was nice and clean. I cannot say enough good things about our room steward Eka. He made sure we had everything we needed and went out of his way to make us feel welcome and comfortable. He is beyond awesome. Dining: Prior to our cruise date I emailed the Maitre' D to request a table for two. We initially requested any time dining but was wait listed. We later received an email stating that anytime dining was sold out and we were assigned late dining. After unpacking my husband and I went down to make sure we would have a table for 2. I was happy to find that we were indeed assigned a table for 2. I believe we ate in the Normandie dining room 4 nights, 1 night at David's Steakhouse and 2 nights either room service, Guy's Burgers, Blue Iguana or the buffet. Overall we enjoyed our dinners in the dining room and at David's and Guy's, however found the buffet food left a lot to be desired. We enjoyed the food at the Blue Iguana, especially the bowls. Entertainment and Activities: Dr. "E", our cruise director was the best! He was so full of energy, approachable and hilarious. He made any event he was at, fun. The Lip Sync battle events were lots of fun as was Karaoke. We visited the comedy club and that as fun as well. Ports and Shore excursions: On this cruise we visited Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. At Grand Turk we simply chilled on the beach, chilled and ate at Margaritaville. There are a few shops in port but I don't believe we purchased anything. Half Moon Cay is simply beautiful. One could not ask for a better beach. Here we relaxed on the beach, swam in the ocean and ate at the island bbq. My husband really enjoyed the food at the island bbq. We booked a Carnival sponsored excursion for Freeport. I believe it was called "See and Sea". We left in an air conditioned tour bus and visited the Rand nature center which was small but nice. We learned about different types of plant life on the island and saw a peacock, snake, and a hawk. We then left and went on a Glass Bottom boat which was the highlight of this excursion. Our captains, Ross and Davon (Javon maybe) were professional, welcoming, and very nice. We were able to see fish and a shark. Other points: Although I was really pleased with the level of service and the experience we had on Carnival Pride, almost every day and sometimes throughout the night there were loud booms above our heads. We have no idea what these sounds were but they sometimes made it hard to relax. I would definitely sail the Carnival Pride! Awesome trip! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We took this cruise as it was for a decent price for a balcony. Overall it met our expectations as we are previous cruisers of Carnival. The shows in the main theater were better than expected based on our experiences on other ships. I ... Read More
We took this cruise as it was for a decent price for a balcony. Overall it met our expectations as we are previous cruisers of Carnival. The shows in the main theater were better than expected based on our experiences on other ships. I would recommend the shows to others. Their comedians were good and had plenty of selection of times to go the 9-10:15 shows were always packed. The room steward was great. The third day we got a waiter in the main dining room we liked and were able to request him the remainder of the week with our anytime dining. Note we did have to line up for anytime dining before service opened as quite a line was forming and people were always waiting for a table when we left at 7-7:30. Our server would let us know of upcoming port embarkation and debarkation times as well. The ship is older but they do a good job of keeping it clean. They are not doing a great job of upholding their dress code policies in the dining room. Elegant night ranged from nice evening gowns to tank top and shorts. If you wanted a good spot in the serenity area you had to get there early as people were saving seats with their stuff but would be gone for hours. Half Moon Cay had an amazing beach and a decent time on shore. Grand Turk and Freeport we had only 4-5 hours which makes going very far difficult. We found good snorkeling at each location though. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My husband I vowed to cruise on this ship in particular, after having attended his cousins wedding on this ship a couple of years ago. We thought it would be perfect for our 5th wedding anniversary (7-13-13). After paying for this voyage ... Read More
My husband I vowed to cruise on this ship in particular, after having attended his cousins wedding on this ship a couple of years ago. We thought it would be perfect for our 5th wedding anniversary (7-13-13). After paying for this voyage in advance, we also made sure to request reservations for the chefs table and David’s steakhouse. (FYI- if you make your reservation for David’s on the first night of your cruise, you’ll receive a free bottle of their house wine or 50% off of a bottle of your choice). Both request were confirmed within a day. Our checkin process was quick, we had priority checkin because we booked an ocean suite. After a seemingly endless trek through the long walkway we were finally onboard heading to our cabin suite. When we arrived to our cabin (8-266) the door was open and the steward was vacuuming the floor. The room was beautiful and had a great view. The first 2 days were at sea and quite a few guests including my husband grew quite ill from the excessive rocking of the ship, as we were obviously sailing through a storm. I must say it was quite hilariously at first to see people teeter tottering as they walked through the ship. On to the food!...... as the ship sailed away from Baltimore, we had a drink and sushi at(Bonsai Sushi) it was surprisingly very good and the complementary warm edamame was delicious. We arrived at David’s just above the lido grille buffet area it had a nice romantic feel, at least it did for my husband and I. Everything including service was great up until my entre came......I ordered the lamb chops cooked medium well and I received them rare the first time and medium the second time, in all I could only consume 1 lamb chop. The waitress asked if I wanted to order something else instead, I declined as my husband along with our best friends were done eating, the waitress suggested that they could correct their mistake by preparing a new entre and I could eat it in my room.....at that point I was more than irritated. When the check came I again brought up the fact I didn’t get to really eat, I was told that I still had to pay, rather than cause a scene I opted to pay and go to guests services. Guest services called down the manager of David’s who ironically was also the hostess that seated us. She explained that the charges were valid my response was how could they be when I didn’t get to eat and I made mention that if I was going to be charged regardless then I most certainly should have the rest of my meal. Her response was that she would speak to her manager, the next day I was informed that I would be refunded. The lido deck buffet was subpar to say the least which was very disappointing, it was understandably crowded but it was also overwhelmingly chaotic, as guests walked around with plates in hand searching for not only a vacant table but also a clean table. The lido deck pool area was also standing room only, so much so we never got a chance to get in the pool this also goes for the serenity deck which I encountered several children who were not 21, apparently some parents thought that their kids needed serenity too. By the time space became available at the pool for the serenity deck it was being roped and netted off for closing at 10:00pm. There were numerous activities onboard, so many it became a race against time to make it where you wanted to go. We visted the art auction that started around 1:15, however things didn’t get rolling until about 1:30 and before we could even bid on the pieces of art we wanted, we had to leave for the $3k bingo game at 2:15. This happened quite often on this ship. The chefs table........... was the the stuff that dreams are made of, it was absolutely and completely worth it. The walk through the galley the appetizers the demonstrations and the 7 course meal was fantastic and filling coupled with unlimited wine and a table side magic show. I have no regrets or complaints. Now for the “Amazing Race” the worst part of this cruise for me was the delegation of time for each port. We reached Grand Turk and it was beautiful, we decided to take a tour but not through carnival, I enjoyed learning the history of this wonderful island with all of the donkey’s. It was really enlightening, our next stop was Carnivals “Half Moon Cay” what a waste of time, my husband and I literally spent 5 minutes there and tendered back to the ship. Freeport Bahamas here we come......... and here we go.....Our Anniversary!!!. We arrived at Freeport so early that nothing was really open except of course a million straw markets all selling the same thing, none the less we decided to go to the Lucaya market which was so close yet so far. We got there and......... you guessed it more of the same, most businesses didn’t open until 11:00am and unfortunately the last cabs back to the harbor were leaving at 12 noon. and the ship was leaving at 1:00 pm. We didn’t have time to enjoy anything except the fried whole snapper and fries my husband and I fought the flies over and we finished in record time! After all we had to get back to the ship. We never did get to take a tour. Back at sea again more storms more rocking. We quickly became boat zombies, we were extremely tired though we hadn’t done a single thing. Boredom set in not for lack of things to do, but because by the time we’d sifted through the crowds to get to an event it was over or ending or standing room only. We managed however to do 2 things fully, bingo and a comedy show. We lost at bingo but the comedian (Azeem) was freaking hilarious, we even bought his dvd. Normandie restaurant...... trying to get into this place was stressful the line was so long, I was sure we had somehow been teleported to an amusement park in the roller coaster line. Brunch..........made me wish I’d went to the lido deck at least the breakfast was good there, you won’t be able find a seat but these are the breaks! Overall this cruise was just okay, maybe if it had been my first cruise it would have been amazing. Sadly though this was my 4th carnival cruise and my husbands 3rd. The venue spaces aboard this ship are too small to accommodate all of its guests, that was abundantly clear for the whole voyage. The staff.... I must say was very courteous and friendly, there were a few bad apples but it’s to expected. Our room Steward was “Jeefrey” he was and absolute joy to be around, always happy always smiling and always eager to assist us in any way he could. The night before debarkation.........That day I went to guest services to wave my gratuity, which they felt should be $97 and change. We opted not to do this, as we had already tipped everyone who had in fact served us from bartenders to waiters to casino dealers. The service desk worker had us fill out a post card sized form on which there was a line provide for us to explain why we were waving gratuity. I thought that to be very odd and imposing, it made a lot us feel uncomfortable. Because I had already tipped everyone else, I waved gratuity to ensure that my room steward got all that we wanted him to have. Debarkation was chaotic but quick. All in all, I will cruise with carnival again but never on the “Pride”. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We have been on four cruises, all with Grandeur of the Seas. We like the crew and staff and the ship is just the right size for us. The staterooms are very nice, and clean and the staff really take pride in taking care of the rooms. The ... Read More
We have been on four cruises, all with Grandeur of the Seas. We like the crew and staff and the ship is just the right size for us. The staterooms are very nice, and clean and the staff really take pride in taking care of the rooms. The chefs and staff in the Great Gatsby go overboard (pun intended) to make sure that we had the best experience possible. We loved the variety of menu options and there was not one meal that we did not thoroughly enjoy. The lobster night was perfect and if you are unsure of the menu items, the waiter and waitress make recommendations. The shore excursions are plentiful and prices are set to suit every budget. We booked some tours through the ship and sometimes we just set off on our own to explore the area. The only complaint that we had is that the 1pm curfew time for children should be adjusted to 10pm or 11pm. There seemed to be more unsupervised preteens this trip then in previous cruises, which led to some unruly behavior. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I booked this cruise for my significant other and I because of the value and the port location as Baltimore is only 1.5 hours drive from our home. After reading mixed reviews, I was skeptical that the Pride would deliver. However, I was ... Read More
I booked this cruise for my significant other and I because of the value and the port location as Baltimore is only 1.5 hours drive from our home. After reading mixed reviews, I was skeptical that the Pride would deliver. However, I was pleasantly surprised! Embarkation was very smooth and it took approximately 1 hour from the time we arrived at the port to the time we were enjoying lunch and drinks on the Lido deck. The delay was primarily parking as we arrived early (around 1145) and passengers from the previous cruise were still leaving. I do want to mention that our arrival time was not until 1. However, NOVA traffic is hit or miss; we left the house a bit earlier to avoid tardiness and as a result arrived early. This did not present any problems for us as we were still allowed to embark. Parking was easy (although $15 per day) and luggage drop off a breeze. Embarkation staff are welcoming and ran like a well oiled machine. The ship is older and you can notice a bit of wear and tear but nothing concerning and certainly nothing that kept us from enjoying ourselves. We had a cabin with a balcony on deck 7. Décor was dated but the cabin was spacious for the two of us and we enjoyed the balcony. Bed was firm but that is how we like it.....overall we slept great! We did experience some noise from above but that is to be expected in any type of accommodation. The service during the entire cruise was impeccalbe. Our room steward, dining room staff and just about anyone we encountered truely made us feel welcomed, relaxed and pampered. We enjoyed the enterainment in the Taj Mahal to include the shows by Playlist Productions and Dr. E! Dr. E. was hilarious and we loved him as the Cruise Director. The comedians were fantastic and we enjoyed quite a few adult only shows in the Punchliner Comedy Club. All were always well attened. Go early to snag the best seats (or any seat in some circumstances). Many will complain about the pools being crowded and that is true! However, there are plently of hidden gems on decks 10 and 11 to get some sun. Serenity was genearlly also crowded, however, we were always able to grab a couple of chairs if we waited a few mintues. Really it is all about timing. Afternoons on sea days have heavy traffic on the Lido Deck. However, if you have late dining, you can always find some vacancies in the late afternoon when everyone else is getting ready for dinner. We ate at the buffet for breakfast and lunch. The breakfast selection does not change and you find yourself eating the same thing everyday. I would recommend the Seaday brunch served in the main dining room on sea days. The selection is still limited but you do a have a few choices that you cant find at the buffet. Not to mention, it is far less crowded and relaxing. Lunch does vary but pizza, burgers, tacos and sandwiches are always an option. We had late dining and ate dinner in the main dining room almost every night. I found the staff, once again. to be fantastic. We enjoyed the selection and trying different menu items (yes you can order more than one of anything!). The melting chocolate cake is a must....I think I ordered it at least 3 times. We did not eat at Bonsai or David's. However, we did splurge on the Chef's Table.....one word..AMAZING! it is an extra $75 per person plus gratuity but more than worth the money! You get a personal tour of the kitchen, a demonstrationon on how to make the famous melting chocolate cake from the pastry chef as well as champagne and appetizers. Afterwards, you are taken to a private table (with approx. 12 other guests) and servied a 7 course meal. Everything is excellent and the service is one of a kind! You even get a group photo incluced in the price. You better come hungry...although the portions will seem small...you will be stuffed by the end. Highly, highly recommend and would do it again!!!!!!!! We booked Carnival shore excursions in all three ports: Grand Turk. Half Moon Cay and Freeport. I do want to say that you can easily enjoy both Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay without an excursion. Both have plenty of free beach space and Grand Turk even has shopping and a huge pool (Margaritaville). Freeport is another story. The port is in an industrial area and if you do not book an excursion, you will have to venture out on your own. There is only limited time is this port so I would recommend staying on the ship or booking a Carnival excursion..there seemed to be plenty to select from. We booked the Home Sweet Home excursion in Grank Turk and this was our favorite of the cruise. You are transported to a beautiful private beach house and beach where you are greeted by an amazing staff. The beach house is modern and spacious. Lunch, drinks, plently of beach chairs/umbrellas, snorkeling and kayaking are all included. Half Moon Cay has a gorgeous beach!!!!!!!!! We booked horseback riding and had fun. This excursion was only about an hour so we still had plently of time to enjoy the beach. This is Carnival's private island so there are plenty of bars and lunch is provided on the island. We booked the VIP luxury sail in Freeport. This was a relaxing sail and snorkel combination. Staff were great and we enjoyed ourselves. Disembarkation was less smooth than embarkation but primarily becasuse guests are eager to get off the ship and do not follow instructions (we were guilty as well). Once off the ship, we were back at our car within minutes. Overall, great vacation experience. We would sail the Pride again! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My husband chose this cruise to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We splurged and booked a junior suite (7656) because I had always wanted an aft balcony. Getting the Port of Baltimore was an easy 15 minute drive (we used Uber) and ... Read More
My husband chose this cruise to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We splurged and booked a junior suite (7656) because I had always wanted an aft balcony. Getting the Port of Baltimore was an easy 15 minute drive (we used Uber) and both embarkation and debarkation were a breeze! The Grandeur is an older ship, however the entertainment and activities staff provided a lot for everyone to enjoy. We were not traveling with our children, so it met our needs. However, our previous cruise had been on Freedom OTS and I feel as though our children would've become restless on this ship. I can't speak to the children and teen programming, but by day 7, kids were launching their sea pass cards down the stairs for entertainment. My point is that this ship is fine for adults, but doesn't have the amenities for kids (mini golf, ice skating, etc.) that your children may be accustomed to...especially on such a long sailing (9 nights). The ship is older and definitely showing signs of rust, etc. However, the ship was very clean. Our cabin steward, Randy, was one of the highlights of our cruise. He seemed to be working around the clock! We are tidy people and he kept our cabin in perfect condition. Since we were in a junior suite, we received shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and lotions. I'm picky about what I use on my hair, but I loved the products which helped to tame my frizz. Randy kept us well stocked with those! The balcony had a table and chairs as well as two lounge chairs. I enjoyed taking one of my bed pillows out and napping on the balcony. My only true complaint is that the night before we arrived in Coco Cay, I was laying on a lounge chair when something dark began to "rain" down on me. I spoke to Randy about it the next day and he told me it was ash from the incinerator. This became a daily occurrence for the remainder of the cruise. I would use a beach towel to clean off the chairs and sweep of the balcony. I saw Randy doing this in other staterooms, but didn't want to ask him to do it because the man literally worked around the clock. Food in the Great Gatsby wasn't anything to write home about, but we took advantage of some promotions and ate at Chops twice and Giovanni's Table once. Both were worth the surcharge. The service was excellent and I preferred the intimate setting. Activities were a lot of fun and all three comedians were great. We saw one stage production and it was well done. I did take advantage of the Pamper Party promotion and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I get massages on a monthly basis at home and this massage was wonderful. We did the mountain biking and beach break in Bermuda and the Balmoral Beach Break in Nassau. Both were very small groups (which we prefer and is usually why we don't book excursions through the ship) and enjoyable. The second day in Bermuda, we traveled to and from Horseshoe Bay Beach by minibus, which was convenient and inexpensive. The beach was beautiful and so were the life guards. Seriously, it was like an episode of Baywatch! LOL!!! We were excited to actually visit Coco Cay. On a previous cruise, we were unable to tender due to sea conditions, so we were thankful that we were able to make this port. We rented an umbrella and a float for the day. It was very relaxing and the floating bar was a lot of fun. I appreciated the natural beauty of the island and I'm a little sad that they are adding the water park, etc., as that may detract from the serene setting. Would I go on this cruise again? Absolutely. It was very relaxing and just what we were looking for. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I’ve cruised quite a few times on Disney and Carnival cruises but was dying to get on a royal Caribbean. This ship is certainly small and a little outdated but nonetheless did NOT disappoint! I wanted to do a small cruise for my ... Read More
I’ve cruised quite a few times on Disney and Carnival cruises but was dying to get on a royal Caribbean. This ship is certainly small and a little outdated but nonetheless did NOT disappoint! I wanted to do a small cruise for my boyfriends first one and he absolutely loved his time spent. The staff was so kind and courteous and always smiling. There definitely isn’t THAT much to do on board. I’d say out of an entire day’s schedule there was maybe 5 things I found really exciting and participated in. However the ones that we did go to were awesome. The entertainment shows (welcome aboard, farewell shows, etc) were just “okay.” I expected a lot more. However, all other events/activities such as the Comedian shows, lobby fair, pool deck dancing were awesome.. and the adult game shows, battle of the sexes, etc had me laughing so hard my stomach hurt. Music on the pool deck (especially the island band) were amazing and the drinks were all delicious and well-made. Dining was great and the portions were the perfect size. It’s definitely not the BEST BEST five star food I’ve ever had but what can you expect with such high volumes of food production and limited resources? I enjoyed every meal & left with a full stomach every night. Rooms were on the small side but honestly we didn’t care because we were rarely in there. The port in Bermuda is absolutely beautiful and only about 25-30 minutes from Horseshoe Bay. Shore excursions desk helped a lot , even when TWO of our excursions got cancelled. They suggested new ones right away and were very honest and up to date throughout the process. Only issue was when trying to get taxi times/prices/schedules the one last was the least bit helpful and claimed to not know any of the info. However, the pamphlet in the room said that the excursions desk had all of this info (which we didn’t see until after we already talked to her). Anyway, $7 for bus rides one way to and from horseshoe bay and $32 for a taxi. Easy information to have just given us. I had a feeling they didn’t want us traveling on our own and maybe wanted us to book with them instead. Aside from that, we had a blast. I’d recommend giving this boat a try especially if it’s your first cruise or you like a more intimate setting. Booking, boarding, embarking, etc. were all so easy, fast, smooth, and well organized. We love royal Caribbean and will continue to book with them! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
My sister and I needed a short vacation away together so we booked this cruise from Baltimore, only a 3 hr. Drive from home. We have been on other cruises in the past with friends and family but this was just a "sister cruise". ... Read More
My sister and I needed a short vacation away together so we booked this cruise from Baltimore, only a 3 hr. Drive from home. We have been on other cruises in the past with friends and family but this was just a "sister cruise". From start to finish, I can't say enough about the wonderful service on this ship. I can't imagine being away from my family for 5-6 months at a time and still smile every day to all the customers. SUCH HARD WORKERS with little time off. People say that this is an "old ship with old people". This is not true! We saw people from 1-93 on this cruise. The 93 yr old lady was playing the piano in the Schooler Bar on the last night. What a treat to watch her play the piano. Just shows that you are never too old to enjoy life! Our wait staff in the man dining room was so sweet, Gener and Imade Ari! Yes they do get paid for their service but they also deserve a little extra tip for going the extra step. The food was tasty and I loved the salad bar at lunch in the main dining room where they mixed it all up for you! Wonderful! Our room steward was also great! She always greeted us with a smile and was eager to please us during our stay. Now the fun part. We meet some folks in the casino that were so cool! We spend a lot of time playing black jack and shouting "EVERYBODY WINS! When the dealer busted. Wow, we laughed and totally enjoyed ourselves. My sister even won the slot tournament for $500.00. Bermuda was fantastic! Warm but windy for 2 days.Booked the excursion for snorkeling and loved it. We didn't get to the beach but that's ok. Overall this was a great cruise and we would not hesitate to book again on Lady G. She is wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
After having a great experience celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary with Royal Caribbean on the Grandeur, we decided to celebrate our 30 yr. anniversary on the Grandeur as well. It was convenient to drive up to Baltimore and board the ... Read More
After having a great experience celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary with Royal Caribbean on the Grandeur, we decided to celebrate our 30 yr. anniversary on the Grandeur as well. It was convenient to drive up to Baltimore and board the ship and be on our way to a wonderful pampering experience of fun, delicious food and excellent service. The draw for this cruise was that the destinations were very different from the last one. On this cruise we visited different Caribbean ports from the 20th anniversary celebration cruise which allowed us to see Bermuda and Co Co Cay which we had not seen before. In fact, we wanted to go to Bermuda for our honeymoon, but couldn't afford to. Throughout the whole cruise, we had beautiful weather. There was always something to do on the ship. There were a variety of live entertainment shows to attend. There were dance classes, Zumba exercise sessions, spa treatments you could get and you could even see movies on the top decks on the big screen while enjoying the nice weather. Embarkation on the ship went smoothly after arriving on board about 1 pm. We were able to immediately go to the Windjammer and get food and then proceed to our cabin which was a nice, freshly cleaned ocean view room. The food from start to finish was excellent with such a variety of selections. Disembarkation could have gone smoother since we opted for the last departure time. Seems like we would have had less of a crowd to deal with which would in turn lessened the wait time for leaving the exit lines. I definitely would travel with Royal Caribbean again. the Grandeur is STILL in GREAT CONDITION!! Please TIP the staff APPROPRIATELY for providing such ROYAL SERVICE!! THEY TRULY DESERVE IT!!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Best cruise we been on in a long time. The Food and Service was great. We had dinner the first night in the dining room. We had asked for a private table in advance but were seated with two other couples. So the rest of the cruise we ate ... Read More
Best cruise we been on in a long time. The Food and Service was great. We had dinner the first night in the dining room. We had asked for a private table in advance but were seated with two other couples. So the rest of the cruise we ate in the Windjammer room and had great food to eat and didn't have to dress up for every meal. The shows on the ship were great and entertaining. They were always something to do while at sea. You could not ask for a better crew than what the Grandeur of the Seas had. My wife and I been to Bermuda and Bahamas before and we took this cruise for two reasons. The first reason is that we love going to Bermuda and the last time we been to Nassau we were there for a short period of time and didn't have much time to do anything. The second reason is that the departure from Baltimore is close to home so that we can drive instead of flying or taking the train. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise for timing (dates 19-24 May) & availability out of Baltimore which is an hour away. The check in procedure was well organized and easy. They have this process down pat. The food on the Grandeur OTS was ... Read More
We chose this cruise for timing (dates 19-24 May) & availability out of Baltimore which is an hour away. The check in procedure was well organized and easy. They have this process down pat. The food on the Grandeur OTS was poor/very disappointing. The meals were barely tolerable; three meals were so disgusting I could not eat them. The food service at my work provides better quality food (and that is just an ordinary cafeteria). The first bad meal was linguini and carbonara sauce w bacon - the over cooked pasta was mush. Tried two bites and I put down the fork. With hope in my heart, I agreed to an upscale ($35 per person) brunch of lobster/filet mignon on day three. A brunch which turned out to be a buffet. The lobster was previously cooked & reheated. The lobster was the consistency of rubber w little flavor. Every single filet was over cooked & dried out. The desserts were tasty (I think they are prepared off ship). The sparkling wine and mimosas were pretty good too. Could it get worse? Yes! The worst meal was a turkey plate (I know I should not have ordered it but other selections we're poor). The top slice appeared ok but underneath was a slice of some conglomeration of turkey parts w connective tissues. It looked awful. The purported "stuffing" was gummy and distasteful. Not sure what they put in it. The sweet potato was decent. Cranberry sauce was watery. Ugh! My husband said 'Sizzler' was 4-Stars compared to the strip steak he got at that same dinner. My husband found a grill on the pool deck (limited hours) that offered a three-cheese grilled sandwich which was esceptionally good. Thank heavens for those grilled cheese sandwiches! The on board Starbucks was just like a regular Starbucks -- great iced mocha coffees. The onboard experience was okay. The had many music events in the central area that were entertaining but nothing like a real show. The classical strings performance was particularly good. Some music 'events' were just too hokey (almost silly) and of limited interest. A major problem was that the musicians had to compete with the chatter and significant noise from the adjacent bar which was very distracting. During this cruise, two stand up comedians performed in the theatre (we attended three shows) but neither were quite ready for prime time. There was lots of time to go out and enjoy the sea air on the promenade deck for a walk or grabbing a chair for an unscheduled nap. The smoke-filled casino was down right nasty. We avoided it at all costs. The bar service was mediocre. The servers were all pleasant and tried very hard but frequently they were overwhelmed (staffing seemed inadequate) and service was usually slow. The cabin was clean but initially seemed hot and stuffy. Upon calling it in, turns out that a fan unit malfunctioned affecting several other cabins also. They repaired it promptly and the air flow/cooling situation was resolved. The bed was tolerable but did not provide restful sleep. Cabin service was excellent. All requests were immediately responded to. Our cabin attendant was very hard working and exceptionally pleasant. He made sure to learn our names and warmly greeted us through out the day. I worried that he seemed to work 24 hours a day. I asked for assistance with shore excursions but RC could offer nothing. We were left to our own devices and we had a great visit in Bermuda going to the beach twice and seeing most of the island on our own. I don't know how Royal Caribbean (RC) Cruise Lines expects to have people come back with such poor food. Many people on this cruise w Grandeur OTS were openly stating and complaining how horrible the food was. I can say "never again on RC" for me. Overpriced and pathetic food; absolutely no value for the money paid. :( The upside was that Bermuda was spectacular. Can't wait to get back to Bermuda (by air thank you!!!). SLH Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Our first time cruise was a gift from our dear friends who took us with them. Having never gone on a cruise, we were not sure what to expect. At first we were a bit intimidated by the size of the ship and the challenge to know where things ... Read More
Our first time cruise was a gift from our dear friends who took us with them. Having never gone on a cruise, we were not sure what to expect. At first we were a bit intimidated by the size of the ship and the challenge to know where things are and how to get there. However, it did not take long at all to navigate the ship and get to where we wanted to go. Apparently, the Grandeur of the Seas is considered a "smaller" ship. If that is so, that worked well for us. We actually got to meet people and see them again. it was easy to meet people and we found people to be amazing friendly. We loved every bit of our experience from the cabin, the food, the entertainment, the amazing service and last but not least, the beauty of the ship. It was sheer pleasure from start to finish. Royal Caribbean was terrific! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Dining room menu was the same every night. Order your dessert when you order your entree. Order everything all at one time. This does save on time. Food was just average, nothing special. Although the crew was very nice , some ... Read More
Dining room menu was the same every night. Order your dessert when you order your entree. Order everything all at one time. This does save on time. Food was just average, nothing special. Although the crew was very nice , some were persistant on making you buy Specialty meals in the Special Restaurants on board. They walk around and ask you over and over and some won't take no for an answer, This is a total turn off. If you say no, not tonight they say "what about tomorrow night"??? Ill give you free wine with dinner . come on Madame I can see it in your eyes. You just have to walk away. When buying a souvenir cup, they acted mad if you just bought one. They wanted to sell you 6 at a "special" price. "Why dont you want 6 , Why don't you want to save money". It's very irritating. Cruise director was non existant. He hardly ever announced anything and only appeared at some shows. The ship is tired. It's clean but old. Shower curtain was slimy. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This cruise was our second on Grandeur of the Seas. We love this ship and the port of departure, Baltimore. The service is beyond compare, from the dining room, to the cabin attendant, to the bartenders and everywhere else. We had rough ... Read More
This cruise was our second on Grandeur of the Seas. We love this ship and the port of departure, Baltimore. The service is beyond compare, from the dining room, to the cabin attendant, to the bartenders and everywhere else. We had rough seas on the second day, so we were limited in the sea day activities and entertainment. My wife and I did not get sick but a lot of others did. Certainly this was not the fault of RC. The time in Bermuda is very short so I would recommend a longer cruise if one wants to get a better feel for the island. Unfortunately, I have to mention the quality of the clientele. There were several "bad apples" on the ship. Loud, foul language and bad (almost violent} behavior. I even had to ask a waitress to call security on one occasion. Again, this was not the fault of RC, but they need to be a little quicker to deal with obscene guests. We had an interior cabin, 7057 and were glad we didn't spend more for a balcony. It would have been useless on the rough sea days. We like Lady G very much and will sail again on her for sure. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was my husband and I first cruise to Bermuda. We have cruised thru RC in the past and was always satisfied. The RC staff have always been classy and professional in how they treat us. It seemed like the employees we came in contact ... Read More
This was my husband and I first cruise to Bermuda. We have cruised thru RC in the past and was always satisfied. The RC staff have always been classy and professional in how they treat us. It seemed like the employees we came in contact with were kind and had a great sense of humor and provided awesome service, especially in the main dining for dinner, the waiter and waitress team named Shekar and Jingfang were outstanding! It’s always a great feeling to be treated with kindness and respect! Now as far as the shore excursions, they are very pricey! I wish that RC would give their repeat cruisers a better deal on things like that. Cruising is expensive enough, especially when you have to get to the ports, that’s why I feel as though they should lower the costs of different shore excursions. I also wish that our stay in Bermuda could have been a little longer, nonetheless we will cruise with RC again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Wanted to try Baltimore as we could drive and not fly. The Cruise Director Mike was the best we've ever had. Enjoyed the ship size and never felt rushed to get from point A to point B Enjoyed having options of movies in the Theater ... Read More
Wanted to try Baltimore as we could drive and not fly. The Cruise Director Mike was the best we've ever had. Enjoyed the ship size and never felt rushed to get from point A to point B Enjoyed having options of movies in the Theater on cruise days. The live orchestra was fantastic! Headliner entertainment was exceptional. Embarkation & disembarkation went very smoothly. Though did need more Custom Agents and it would have moved faster. Our St. Thomas excursion on the Schooner was awesome. A shout out to Gigi ! Dauphin experience in St. Kitts was a highlight and very enjoyable. Our wait staff in the Main Dining Room was exceptional. Cabin was adequate and had the most storage from any ship we've ever been on. Yes, we look at this cruise again in the future. Just know 1st day out and last day back to Baltimore can be cool and a bit turblinent. We went in late April. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This cruise went to Ports that we enjoy. There is always a lot of choices in excursions. The food on the ship is outstanding. We ate at the wind jammer for every meal and were always happy with the food and service. The shows are ... Read More
This cruise went to Ports that we enjoy. There is always a lot of choices in excursions. The food on the ship is outstanding. We ate at the wind jammer for every meal and were always happy with the food and service. The shows are unbelievable and the orchestra is wonderful as are the dancers and singers. The pool areas are great, one for adults is more quiet and very clean. The cafe is right in the pool area so food is easy to get at any time. The crew and staff are amazing and are always so cheerful and want to please you at all times. The areas to sit and relax are great and there is always something going on such as music, dancing, classes etc. The seating out side on the decks are plentiful and always at the right places. Starbucks was wonderful and the price for the drink package was well worth it. The trip was wonderful and have another one planned for May of this year and March of 2019. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
first time on G of the S for my wife and i sailed from Baltimore with a great 9 day itinerary down the southern US coast and the Bahamas outstanding service from the crew in every area of the ship. the food in windjammer was above ... Read More
first time on G of the S for my wife and i sailed from Baltimore with a great 9 day itinerary down the southern US coast and the Bahamas outstanding service from the crew in every area of the ship. the food in windjammer was above average to very good at times; some selections were the same, but there was different selections each day ship was VERY clean and well kept in ALL public areas (ship is 22 yrs old) CHOPS was a big plus went there 2x all pool areas were safe with lifeguards on duty ALL day, we both like the ambiance of the Solarium so we did spend more time there enjoyed relaxing @ Schooners or listening to live music @ the centrum after the sun went down didn't go to shows in the theater room attendant Mr. Joni was very friendly and kept our inside cabin @ deck 7 spotless plenty of deck chairs/loungers even on sea days some up selling by the crew but still polite and courteous I had the deluxe bev package and thought it to be a good value plenty of things to do @ each port just depends what you enjoy stop @ Freeport was cancelled so remained @ Nassau one extra day>>was all good to me no complaints embark/disembark was organized and wasted little time I would recommend Grandeur of the Seas to friends Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Parking embarkation: unorganized got there at 1:30pm never got parked till after 4:00pm Please get a better system in place for parking. Once on ship no food to eat all buffet were not set up. After that all the rest was great Julio was ... Read More
Parking embarkation: unorganized got there at 1:30pm never got parked till after 4:00pm Please get a better system in place for parking. Once on ship no food to eat all buffet were not set up. After that all the rest was great Julio was always friendly and very attentive to our needs for our cabin: Dining evening Table 189 Great job and food was hot and awesome. Sang to us for our Anniversary Entertainment comedy club oh yes Jess great hostess and also with trivia games Great Job!! all 3 guys were very funny, the women was very dry and repeated her same routine the next day. Leigh the cruise director is very entertaining and it was a pleasure talking with him. .Karaoke hostess were all very good and very nice. disembarkation was awesome> had faster to fun and got off very quickly so glad now to have Platinum status Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
i sailed the Pride twice. i booked the 2nd time for the itinerary as well as for the Chinese buffet where i ate lunch every day. the convenience of driving to Baltimore (5 hours for us) was much easier than a 3 1/2 hour drive to the Philly ... Read More
i sailed the Pride twice. i booked the 2nd time for the itinerary as well as for the Chinese buffet where i ate lunch every day. the convenience of driving to Baltimore (5 hours for us) was much easier than a 3 1/2 hour drive to the Philly airport, getting there early, 2 hour flight to Florida or 3 1/2 hours to Puerto Rico, etc. Parking in Baltimore is right there at the pier. the Pride is just the right size ship for me and my wife. the Alchemy Bar is conveniently located just outside from the Normandie (Main) Dining Room and the bartenders know how to make a great Martini as well as the bartenders at the Renaissance Lobby Bar. bar service while lounging around the pool is frequent and quick. just as every other ship there are chair hogs who put out towels or personal belongings early in the morning and show up about noon and expect the chairs top be theirs. the pool attendants take care of that, though. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
My wife and I had an awesome trip and were treated so well from everyone on this ship. The food and service were outstanding. There was only one day out and one day back that had some rough seas, but all in all it was Smooth Sailing for ... Read More
My wife and I had an awesome trip and were treated so well from everyone on this ship. The food and service were outstanding. There was only one day out and one day back that had some rough seas, but all in all it was Smooth Sailing for sure. The Grandeur is an older ship and you can see this in the staterooms and some of the older components or lack of new features on the ship, but the people more than make up for these items. My wife did wish we saw more towel animals in our room, but that is not why I booked this cruise anyway. lol. We visited some amazing ports of call and met some of the most interesting people both on and off the ship. Our only hope here is that we keep in connection with some of them and perhaps cruise with them again. We did a good bit of homework before booking the cruise as well as for the excursions and island activities. This helped us create an agenda that felt comfortable, compelling and in control of budgets. This 12 day cruise was a good deal and we certainly got our monies worth. We will certainly look at RCI and Baltimore as cruise points for our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I absolutely love this ship! It's small, which provides a level of intimacy that you don't get on the big ships. You bond with the crew and they become family. They have always bent over backwards to make our vacations the ... Read More
I absolutely love this ship! It's small, which provides a level of intimacy that you don't get on the big ships. You bond with the crew and they become family. They have always bent over backwards to make our vacations the best ever! Remember though, you get what you give. If you treat them with respect and and kind you will get so much more than the norm! Leaving from the port of Baltimore is so easy and convenient. No flying required. Cabins are clean and neat! Dining is amazing! If you walk away hungry it's your own fault. From the eggs to the lobster the food is the best! There are so many activities that you can't get bored. There are things for kids to the elderly. I highly recommend this ship, RCI and the port of Baltimore for your next cruise. 12 days is a lot to pack for. Being able to pull up, have a porter take your luggage, park your car, walk into the terminal, register, then walk onto the ship... No better way to travel! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018

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