40 Baltimore Romantic Cruise Reviews

We chose a balcony stateroom with the expectation of enjoying fresh air. From the first day we were subjected to our neighbor's smoking. We immediately complained to Guest Services. This was repeated on subsequent days: smoking and ... Read More
We chose a balcony stateroom with the expectation of enjoying fresh air. From the first day we were subjected to our neighbor's smoking. We immediately complained to Guest Services. This was repeated on subsequent days: smoking and complaints. Carnival provides extensive space both in the ship's interior and exterior for smokers. Some smokers want more. Our cabin attendant was friendly and very efficient as was the entire staff. Dining room service was sporadic. Sometimes prompt. Other times service seemed to drag on forever. Food was good and of course plentiful. Guy's Burger Joint has great hamburgers and fries. Pizza had thin crust and lacked the taste you would expect. There were no enrichment activities.The theme of the Cruise was "Fun" which means lots of action and noise at all times. Cruise Director must think himself proud: His announcements were preceded or followed by sounds resembling a stuck pig. I guess some folks thought that was fun. We thought it annoying. Bottom line:If you are looking for non stop action this ship is for you. Just don't look for any enrichment. The smoking issue and lack of enrichment impacted negatively on my, my wife's and our extended family;s overall cruise experience.Perhaps our expectations differed from the focus of the ship. We expected a quality (our definition) vacation but didn't feel we got our full money's worth. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Last year we decided to plan a family cruise to include extended family. We chose Grandeur because most of our family lives in Maryland and we loved the idea of sailing out of Baltimore. We read lots of reviews on Grandeur and watched ... Read More
Last year we decided to plan a family cruise to include extended family. We chose Grandeur because most of our family lives in Maryland and we loved the idea of sailing out of Baltimore. We read lots of reviews on Grandeur and watched several YouTube videos. We have cruised several times before and we knew that this would be the smallest ship that we have experienced. Embarkation: It was a breeze getting on the ship! We arrived T the port at 9:45 AM. We checked our luggage, paid for parking, checked in, and were walking onto the ship before 10:30! We didn’t have to sit and wait so that was fabulous. Best embarkation we have ever experienced. We walked right onto the 4th floor Centrum area. All of the staff greeted us warmly. We had drinks in our hands by 10:45! The Windjammer buffet opened shortly after 11, which was great. We had access to our rooms around 1:00 PM. Room: Balconies are limited on the Grandeur and are priced at a premium, so we had an ocean view stateroom. Then ocean view windows are a nice size. We had lots of storage space and the bed was super comfortable. The room was small and so was the bathroom. The decor is dated and could definitely use a refresh. The sofa was very worn out. However, the room was clean and the bathroom was also clean. The shower had a curtain and no door, which resulted in lots of water on the bathroom floor. Be sure to keep the shower curtain inside the shower to minimize this issue. Public areas: Clean and well-maintained...two elevators did not work for the entire cruise. Definitely showing signs of rust and carpets could be replaced. Public bathrooms were always clean! Food: Specialty dining is definitely the way to go on this boat. We went to Chops twice for dinner and the food was excellent. Our server took care of us and he did an amazing job. We also paid for the Chops brunch and it was really good as well (we enjoyed dinner more). We visited Izumi once for lunch and it was so good! Starbucks was great. Giovanni’s table was okay. The food in the main dining room was truly just average...some good, some gross. Our server was nice but very slow. Since there were 13 of us in our group they split us between two tables. The other table had an excellent server. She was so personable and efficient. To illustrate the contrast...we would order at the same time. The other table would be finishing up dessert when we were finishing our appetizer. They were in and out in 45 minutes while ours took 90 minutes. We only ate there three times and skipped dessert the third night because it was just too slow. Breakfast and lunch were faster. Try the chopped salad at lunch. It’s really good! The windjammer had a nice selection. Good burgers, good brunch selection, good omelets. Indian night and Greek night were both good. The place gets pretty crowded so we tried to avoid peak times. Park Place in the solarium provided snacks in the afternoon and later at night. Burgers and hotdogs were fine. Not a fan of the pizza (think undercooked frozen pizza) or the nachos (the cheese sauce has no taste). The fruit and fruit cups are good. They also offer cookies and chips. We ordered room service for breakfast and dinner...they charge a nominal fee, but the food isn’t worth it. Activities: The cruise director, Cory, was fantastic! We really enjoyed the shows! The singers and dancers were great. We had a magician, comedian, and guest singers. Everybody was great. All of the shows took place in the Palladium. The seats are comfy but be careful with the cup holders. They don’t hold all of the glasses, which results in spills. Trivia and karaoke were lots of fun. The 4th of July celebration was fantastic. They decorated the boat so nicely. Coco Cay is amazing! Truly a game changer for Royal. We loved the pool and swim up bar. The food was great and there were plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas. We would have loved to have more days there. The pools and whirlpools were great. We used them in the mornings and on port days. They were crowded on sea days so we avoided them. The arcade is really small, so my daughter was disappointed. The gym is equipped and adequate, but small, so it was usually packed in the mornings. The big screen was out of commission and was replaced during our cruise. It worked the last night. Should be great for future cruises! Beverages: The bartenders were great. We loved the Schooner Bar and Viking lounge. Customer service: Everyone was friendly and willing to help. Our room steward was great. From other reviews, Grandeur receives high marks in this area. I agree that they deserve it, but I have been impressed with the customer service on every single one of my cruises. Would I sail on Grandeur again? I enjoyed my cruise (I always do). I most likely will not sail Grandeur again. I prefer newer, larger ships, where the activities overwhelm me. I know that’s not for everyone. If you prefer an older, smaller ship with nice staff and without all of the bells and whistles, then Grandeur is for you! You will definitely have a good time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
7th cruise on the Pride for us and we have always loved the ship and staff. Pre/post-cruise Hotel: Stayed at the Best Western (Conference center) on Odonnell St which included parking and shuttle service. We have stayed here before ... Read More
7th cruise on the Pride for us and we have always loved the ship and staff. Pre/post-cruise Hotel: Stayed at the Best Western (Conference center) on Odonnell St which included parking and shuttle service. We have stayed here before mainly for the great shuttle. Hotel was OK, shuttle to the pier was good, coming home they waited until the van was full. Made 15 people wait for 1 spot to fill up even though they had a second, empty shuttle sitting there. Six of us had a 9 hour drive home. Got back to the hotel to find my truck with a nice new dent in the side. First time in 4 stays that my vehicle was damaged. The parking lot was jammed to capacity for this cruise. The Pride Embarkation: We arrived at 12pm, was on the ship by 12;30pm. Really nothing else to say, quick and painless. Staff: As always, the staff on this ship are great! Zero complaints again, their friendliness helped make our cruise enjoyable. Best part of sailing the Pride. Food: MDR food was very good as expected. We always try to eat in MDR as buffet is often tasteless and lukewarm at best. Deli was good, many new options. Pizza is decent and always open. Didnt have a burrito this time but had Guy's burger 3 times and always hit the spot. Stuck with plain cheeseburgers this time and added some tomatoes/onions....stock burgers are good but too much with sauces etc. I enjoyed adding my own toppings more. Cabin: Cabin was big and clean, our Steward was a very nice, hard working guy. He looked tired the entire cruise, was told they now have 35 cabins to clean. We had an aft balcony and enjoyed the views and lounge chair the Steward got for us after we requested one. Cabin noise from engines was pretty loud some nights. I sleep with earplugs so noise was ok but shimmying/movement could be a problem for some folks. Only smelled cigarette smoke on the balcony once. While was looking around for smoke a lady two decks up was also looking to see who was smoking. I loudly reminded whoever it was and no more smoke for rest of the cruise. No door slammers all cruise, if we could just get folks to turn off their balcony lights at night. Several very starry nights were enjoyed and several were spent enjoying light from next door. Overall we reaally got to enjoy the balcony. Ship condition: By day 5 of our 14 day cruise we were calling the Pride "Trusty Rusty." Lots of visible rust, windows seemed to be permanently stained with visible damage to tiles, trim work throughout the ship. Second Pride cruise in a row that the men's steamroom was out of order for almost the entire cruise (12 of 14 days) and sauna was out of order for 2 or 3 days. Spa staff kept telling me that they report to Maintenance but Maintenance doesnt respond. Passengers deserve a better answer to simple questions, these facilities are included in the almost $4000 I paid. Gym equipment never seems to get repaired. I had a pedal fall off a bike in Sept 2017, same bike in the gym is still broken with both bike pedals stuck in forward position. In three recent cruises the middle recumbent bike hasn't worked. This cruise 3 of 5 recumbents worked properly. They have removed some of the resistance equipment on upper levels to make room for their seminar/meetings to sell products/services to give you a flatter belly etc. This is the second pre-dry dock cruise we've done on the Pride. We got the impression on the previous one that they let some repairs slide until the dry dock. Might not be accurate but appearance is perception. Debarkation: Ship docked at 10am, we were in the paring lot by around 10:40am. This is really late for those of us with long drives home. Arrived home at 9pm after night time snow storms. An earlier debarkation would be welcome. Saw several blue, red and gold cards in priority debark lounge. Saw some asked by Staff to head to their waiting area in the theater and they just said no and did what they wanted. Half the folks there left luggage out the night before and then got in line with self-debarkation guests who were carrying luggage off. Lines and crowds were twice the size they should have been. If not carrying off your luggage stay out of the way folks! Wife and I carrying all of our luggage while walking behind 85 year olds with canes and no luggage struggling to walk because thy want to be first of the ship. If everyone followed the procedures set out these processes would go so much more smooth. To their credit I did hear Staff asking people to get out of line when they spotted people walking off without luggage. They make the line longer and when we walked past the luggage area their luggage wasn't even sorted/staged yet. ME-ME-ME Our next cruise is with NCL, while we'll cruise Carnival again I don't think we'll be back on the Pride anytime soon. Time to bring a new ship to Baltimore/NYC. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
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
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
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
we chose this cruise , as we have traveled with rccl before , but since our last one ( 4 years ago ) their standards seem to have dropped ! , mainly in the dining experience , they are too quick to try and sell speciality restaurant ... Read More
we chose this cruise , as we have traveled with rccl before , but since our last one ( 4 years ago ) their standards seem to have dropped ! , mainly in the dining experience , they are too quick to try and sell speciality restaurant dining , the meals were not presented well , very little variation in vegetables Way too much emphasis put on the selling of art / diamonds when at ports of call they hand out directions to their stores and those they obviously prefer you to shop in !! the ship we were on the grandeur is showing it,s age , however this is not reflected in the booking price , if the ships got a star rating ,at least you could know before booking . The nightime entertainment on this cruise was quit poor as most of the voyagers were elderly , the disco in the viking lounge was not discovered by many until towards the end of the cruise , so sometimes had more staff than customers Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This 12 day cruise was chosen because of the itinerary and price point. We took a 6 year break from cruising and things have indeed changed since the last time we were on a Royal Caribbean ship. This was our 9th cruise, so compared to our ... Read More
This 12 day cruise was chosen because of the itinerary and price point. We took a 6 year break from cruising and things have indeed changed since the last time we were on a Royal Caribbean ship. This was our 9th cruise, so compared to our fellow passengers we were newbies. I can see why retirees continue to grace this ship with their presence. It is small so less walking for the elderly. The service and staff are attentive and caring, perhaps even much better than one may receive at their retirement home. It is their home away from home. Grandeur of the Seas has a loyal following and I'm sure they will miss this cozy ship once she herself retirees in 2019. I have some minor negative things I would like to see changed on the ship...............Smoking in the very small casino should only be allowed if you are gambling. The amount of people sitting there reading their books, gabbing their faces off while having cigarette after cigarette.........was unbearable and a complete health hazard. This older generation has absolutely no respect for others and make smokers look horrible and disrespectful. SHAME ON YOU ALL! take your smoking marathons outside! Movies times for theater and Under the Stars....... were way off and waste of time......so dis-appointing. Cocktail prices were astronomical and a complete rip off. The automatic 18 % gratuity to walk to the bar yourself and grab our own drinks is nothing less than thievery ...the drink packages are way overpriced.....Norwegian is a better option for this for sure. I feel like the cruisers that enjoy the smaller ships are being taken for a ride as this company pays off their billon dollar debts on the MEGA ships that they have a hard time selling out. It does leave a bit of a bitter taste when you see the many scams on this ship and their giveaways of garbage keychains, and crappy t-shirts. I am not a loyal Royal Caribbean cruiser and probably will never be as I have heard they have changed their loyalty programs again. I will continue to shop around and choose my holidays based on itinerary and price point. Sadly Royal Caribbean didn't impress me enough. The best part of Royal Caribbean is their staff.....huge shout out to our room attendant "Daniel" Our Complete Evening Dinning room staff . Maître de "Vilesh", Head Waiter "Dan" our main waiters "Nilesh" and "Rey" thank you!!! You made our holiday memorable and your attention to details and quality of service is impeccable. Royal Caribbean is very lucky to have you all. Our itinerary changed due to a weather storms, so sadly we never go to go to St Lucia and that was the only stop we actually choose a ship excursion, but that destination will have to wait until another time. I researched and planned our days on our own. Port Canaveral This was an impromptu stop and basically we headed to Cocoa Beach to do some shopping and have lunch. If you have a chance eat at Sandbars Sport Grill, they have great Happy Hour prices, great environment and wicked Mahi Mahi! Delicious! St Thomas This was our second time and we choose shopping and taxi to Emerald Beach, great cheap way to chill out and relax. St John's Antigua We took a private island tour with "New York" he was an older driver that took to our selected spots. Shirley Heights, Nelson's Dockyard and then Dickson Bay. He stayed with us all day and waited until we were done, I would highly recommend him, he was polite, informative and very patient. All three stops were fantastic! We ate lunch at Coconut Grove (Dickson Bay) this place was beautiful and food was fantastic we shared appy's, drank a few beers and soaked in the most magnificent views. He then returned us safely to the ship port. Don't be afraid to negotiate the prices with the private drivers, especially when there is only a few ships in port. Our favorite port by far! St Kitts Once again we hired a private driver (Elvis) to take us to Timothy Hill (where you can see Atlantic and the Caribbean sea, perfect picture spot, and then we grabbed some beer there as well, before he took us to Carambola Beach Resort for the day. This was a great day, great beach chairs, umbrellas and clean washroom facilities. A restaurant and bar to order drinks if you want, and of course a great stretch of beach to walk on. Next time I would try Marriot Resort or Cockleshell Beach just to try something different. St Maarten Took a cab in to the main strip beach, made sure we spent money there for the locals, as they continue to clean up from the hurricane. Rented beach chairs, and order buckets of beers....You have amply choices of beach chairs and restaurants and wifi. This is walkable from the cruise port, if you want to walk off some cruise food! Great day Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise with the understanding that we would spend two days in the Bahamas - afterall this was advertised as a Bahama Cruise. Just before beginning the cruise the itinerary was changed to two days in Miami and 9.5 hours in ... Read More
We chose this cruise with the understanding that we would spend two days in the Bahamas - afterall this was advertised as a Bahama Cruise. Just before beginning the cruise the itinerary was changed to two days in Miami and 9.5 hours in Nassau, no visit to the private island of Cococay under the pretense of needing to attend to the rudder. When contacting Guest Relations and the CEO both were somewhat apologetic - bottom line we can change the itinerary anytime we want, have a nice day. This ship will be 22 years old in a couple of weeks. If there was truly a "rudder" problem I would think that getting underway would be an issue. I must admit that the staff onboard were very attentive and paid very close attention to our needs. The ship at times seem to undergo routine painting and cleaning. On the uppermost desk several railings were removed for refurbishment - in place of the wooden railing was a frail nylon line with a paper notice attached warning of its removal. Dining was very good. Onboard activities were available from trivia to dance routines. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Overall the cruise was good. Many a bit upset as the steering system broke extending the arrival time back to Baltimore by 2 days. Freeport is a bit of a bore not much to do. Nausea is great, strongly recommend Atlantis Hotel to visit. ... Read More
Overall the cruise was good. Many a bit upset as the steering system broke extending the arrival time back to Baltimore by 2 days. Freeport is a bit of a bore not much to do. Nausea is great, strongly recommend Atlantis Hotel to visit. Take a cab forget the excursion. Port Canaveral is ok, you're in the States so no big deal. RC is generally a good cruise line, I find the staff and service top notch. The excursions are all overpriced but that is the same with all cruise lines that's why I never book unless I can't do it myself. I like the fact I can drive to the Ports in New York to take a cruise. Living in Canada enables me to take an 8-hour drive and get on the cruise ship. Beats flying and is a lot cheaper. Rent a hotel and leave the car for a week at the hotel. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Food allergy labeling could be more clear. We felt very oversold on all sorts of options for excursions, premium restaurant choices, next cruise sales, to use the casino, etc. In fact, we signed up for a special brunch in the Chops ... Read More
Food allergy labeling could be more clear. We felt very oversold on all sorts of options for excursions, premium restaurant choices, next cruise sales, to use the casino, etc. In fact, we signed up for a special brunch in the Chops Grille that was to include unlimited lobster tails (which were great), unlimited mimosas (which were also great), and the finest steaks that were to be (according to our salesperson and headwater) "succulent, juicy, and tender". Yet all the steaks had by everyone on the table were overcooked, firm/not tender, dry, and lacking flavor. What a disappointment for all the hype of the sales. That was $180 not well spent and feeling like we were "taken". Having two 1/2 days on bermuda was hard to fully take advantage of and really experience Bermuda. We'd rather have 1 full day there instead of split days, or better yet, sail faster so we could have more than 24 hours on land. The decor of the ship was nice and mostly up to date (except for the viking crown lounge which looked decades old). However, other cruise lines often decorate the food areas with ice sculptures and fruit/vegatable carvings which we only saw 1 bouquet during our paid-for brunch. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Chose this cruise because of the good price (2 more days and cheaper than Carnival). But, that was a mistake. Food sucked in Windjammer. Prefer Guy Fieri burgers, Mexican buffet, 24 hour made to order pizza, fresh deli, fresh salad bar ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of the good price (2 more days and cheaper than Carnival). But, that was a mistake. Food sucked in Windjammer. Prefer Guy Fieri burgers, Mexican buffet, 24 hour made to order pizza, fresh deli, fresh salad bar with lots of choices that Carnival has to offer. Definitely an older, non-fun crowd on Grandeur. Carnival is the FUNship! Septic smell on Grandeur was not very nice. Not enough evening entertainment choices - only one choice during each time slot. Wayfinder was very nice! Solarium was way too hot and was indoors. Love the Carnival Serenity deck. Shows on Grandeur were good. Nexus 4 band was good. Speciality restaurants too over space that could have been used for other entertainment venues. Cruise Director was good, but some of the other activities staff were annoying. Rooms much smaller on Grandeur compared to Carnival Pride. After 14 Carnival cruises, decided to try this RC cruise. Definitely going back to Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Sailed on Granduer of the Seas out of Baltimore on Mathe May 13th cruise When we got to the port and waited in line for at least 45 minutes, then we were told to come back in two hours. The check in just to park took a long time as well. ... Read More
Sailed on Granduer of the Seas out of Baltimore on Mathe May 13th cruise When we got to the port and waited in line for at least 45 minutes, then we were told to come back in two hours. The check in just to park took a long time as well. Then inside yet to have to stand in line for over an hour to get on the ship, then told of a late departure due to engine problems. Lifeboat drill lasted too long out in the unusual month of May chill. Assigned to a forward room on the lowest deck with portholes. Beware these room are noisy and vibrate when the bow thrusters are in use. The cabin is called an Ocean View, not much you can see thru two small portholes, and you are paying the same price for cabins with the large windows. The Granduer is showing here age and needs to be updated. The ship was over all clean, food good, wait staff excellent, our room steward rated a 4 on a scale of 1-10 I had an issue to discuss with Guest Services and was treated not so nice. Never had a picture taken. We saw photographers all over the ship, but not once were we approached to have a picture taken. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Spring Break timing. Reasonable price and close port. Teens can't dance with parents in any of the discos. We like to have a few dances together. Why not. 18+ should be 1 club, and family another! The waiters at the main ... Read More
Spring Break timing. Reasonable price and close port. Teens can't dance with parents in any of the discos. We like to have a few dances together. Why not. 18+ should be 1 club, and family another! The waiters at the main restaurant were good for breakfast and dinner. The lunch waiters at the Main restaurant were a different crew and less seasoned and less attentive. There was no basketball on deck for the kids/teens, and they normally love this. They postponed the private Bahama island due to rough water for the little tender boats, they said. There should have been a substitute port in the Bahamas where there are adequate docks. Instead we stayed out at sea an extra day with average activities. The service on board, however was very good. The food was excellent. The shows were very good. In summary, great cruise for couples, older folks, and families with kids under 10. Teens won't enjoy the kids club, which I could change in 2 days, but I don't manage there. Also, The cruise director needs to allocate a couple additional leaders to run some good night-time activities around the ship.. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Reason for taking this ship because we preferred Royal Caribbean and ship was leaving from Baltimore and was 12 days long. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. Ship is due for a minor update in a couple weeks. We had no ... Read More
Reason for taking this ship because we preferred Royal Caribbean and ship was leaving from Baltimore and was 12 days long. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. Ship is due for a minor update in a couple weeks. We had no issues with our accommodations which was a junior suite with balcony. The balcony is nice but not really used. The larger bathroom in the junior is nice. The service was excellent. The food in the dining room was mediocre and redundant. Chops Grill was excellent. But don't feel should have to pay extra for an excellent meal. The scrambled eggs in the wind jammer were awful. The fruit was pitiful. They actually put out unripe ( green ) watermelon. Why bother? Pineapple was tasty. The comedians were excellent. At least the ones we caught part of. The timing of shows makes it very awkward to see a show and make late seating dining. The service in the dining room and Wind Jammer were excellent. Our room Steward, Remy, was the best. Most of the shore excursions were nice except for the snorkel trip in Antigua. Saw one stingray. Not very exciting. Snorkeling in Barbados was excellent multiple kinds of colorful fish and even a turtle made an appearance. I feel less ports and more time at each port would be more enjoyable. We love cruising. We would definitely go again. But, after the disappointment with the food I might try a different cruise line Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I regularly receive free premier cruises from Carnival and that is why we chose this particular sailing. It's tough to beat free, but if I had to pay for my Carnival cruises, I would really have to look carefully at the value vs the ... Read More
I regularly receive free premier cruises from Carnival and that is why we chose this particular sailing. It's tough to beat free, but if I had to pay for my Carnival cruises, I would really have to look carefully at the value vs the experience from now on. This was our first time cruising out of Baltimore and it was by far the worst port we have ever sailed from. We arrived at the port at 11:30 am, waited in a line of cars for 20 minutes, only to be told once we got to the parking lot that we couldn't come in yet and would have to drive back around and get back into the line. I've sailed out almost every other port Carnival has and have never experienced that problem. We circled back around and were finally allowed to park at about 12:30. The line to pay was extremely long as well. Once we finally got inside the terminal the chaos continued. We have priority boarding but it doesn't seem to matter much in Baltimore. The line was crazy long and when we finally got through security they funneled all of the priority folks into a tiny room. There was one lady just telling people to sit down and that she would come get our boarding passes at some point and the direct us to one of two people working at the counter. When all was said and done we waited about an hour in that room before even being allowed to check in! It was just a terribly run operation. Once we got on board, things got better. Our room was ready and set up just as we had asked. Our room steward greeted us warmly and gave us the option of morning, evening or both for service. We chose both and never had an issue. He did a great job and we saw him often. The Pride, in my opinion, is a very pretty ship and is very easy to navigate. We never felt crowded on this small ship. The food options were all fine. We ate at the steakhouse twice, Bonsai Sushi once, the Lido Buffet once and the main dining room the other nights. The service in the main dining room wasn't awful but it was also far from spectacular. The entertainment (outside of the comedians) wasn't anything to write home about. The playlist production shows were amateurish and boring, for the most part. The best one we saw was probably 88 keys (a piano singalong show). For some reason this ship allows folks to stay in the comedy club after each show. We had never seen that before, as they have always cleared the theater. It wasn't a big deal but it was hard to get a seat if you didn't show up for the first shows. The pools were fine, and it was actually nice to have the covered pool on Lido for the first couple of days out of Baltimore, as it was a bit chilly. However, the hot tubs were completely overrun with very young children; the worst I have ever seen. Carnival should really enforce a no children rule in their hot tubs, it's pretty ridiculous. We always have a great time on our cruises, regardless of any small issues, lack of entertainment, etc. and we did have a good time on this cruise as well. There was nothing on this cruise that was so bad as to make me not return to Carnival but there was nothing that really stood out as excellent either. We've cruised with Carnival for about ten years now and have definitely noticed a very steady decline in most areas. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Menu was limited and below expectations. Service at dinner was very slow. Poor variety and very little seafood. Music onboard was below expectations as well. Would have liked more / better activities as well. However the crew was ... Read More
Menu was limited and below expectations. Service at dinner was very slow. Poor variety and very little seafood. Music onboard was below expectations as well. Would have liked more / better activities as well. However the crew was fantastic. No complaints about how were treated onboard. Our excursion were great with the exception of Roatan, The private beach we went to was a huge money pit. The time we had on the wave runners and snorkeling was too short. approx. 15 minutes each. Impression was they preferred we spend more time on the beach buying all the extra services. Not worth the money spent. The excursions in Cozumel (VIP Mayan ruins, cenote swim & Mayan lunch package), & Belize (snorkeling with sharks & stingrays with beach lunch). were fantastic, especially the guides on both. Bar hoping in the Grand Caymans was also a great time. I can't wait to take another cruise but I will do much more research to make sure we get the type of cruise we expected. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The ship is old but that is fine if they kept it up. They have not. Our stateroom was really in need of a do over. We had to throw a bed sheet over the couch because it was so bad. We are not picky but this was a bit much even for us. ... Read More
The ship is old but that is fine if they kept it up. They have not. Our stateroom was really in need of a do over. We had to throw a bed sheet over the couch because it was so bad. We are not picky but this was a bit much even for us. The food really has gone down in quality. Really powdered eggs? The bacon was burnt everyday. Not good all around. The Windgammer was the worst yet. The service from the waiters was good and we loved ours but there had to be more. Bad food so you would go to the other $$ choices? It really felt that way by many. We have cruised a lot and this by far is at the bottom of our list. we have cruised on her before...(2) and loved her so this made us very sad and a bit upset with how they have let her go. Big ships are the thing now but we don't like them. Please don't forget about the very special points of a smaller one. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My husband and I spent Thanksgiving week aboard Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas out of Baltimore. This was my fourth cruise on RC and eleventh overall, and it was DH’s first on RC and fifth overall. We’ve cruised on Carnival ... Read More
My husband and I spent Thanksgiving week aboard Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas out of Baltimore. This was my fourth cruise on RC and eleventh overall, and it was DH’s first on RC and fifth overall. We’ve cruised on Carnival and MSC cruise lines together. I haven’t cruised on RC since 2009, so I was curious to see what changes had been made over the years, and we were both excited to spend our first Thanksgiving at sea… EMBARKATION: Embarkation was easy-peasy as it always is in Baltimore. We LOVE this port! We drove up and arrived at about 11:30 a.m. It only took about ½ hour to enter the parking lot, drop off luggage, pay, park, check in, and board the ship, although DH is walking-impaired, which allowed us to bypass the worst of the lines. About the time we were checking in, I began to notice there were children everywhere….large swarms of them. As this was Thanksgiving week, we expected there would be many families with young children. Knowing children run around and make noise, I prepared for this by ordering the adult beverage package and planning to spend lots of time in adult-type areas where one wouldn’t expect them to be (ie bars and the Solarium). SHIP & CABIN: We liked this ship. It is small but adequate, and the crew works hard to keep her very clean despite her age. She is also very easy to maneuver, despite DH’s mobility issues. We booked this cruise at a bargain rate for an inside guarantee cabin, and we were assigned an inside cabin on the 3rd deck, forward. The size and location were fine, and our cabin steward, Paul was wonderful. He did the best he could to please us with what he had available to him. The mattress was rock hard. I pre-requested a topper due to DH’s back issues, and it helped a little, I guess. The pillows were thin and hard. It was hard to sleep the first night due to the mattress and pillows, but we got used to them – now our bed at home feels like heaven! BEVERAGE PACKAGE/SERVICE: We boarded and started “using” our packages. I was able to get the packages at 30% off prior to the cruise, and I HIGHLY recommend them, especially at the discount. Bar service was excellent, and the bar staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and hard-working. We especially enjoyed the atmosphere at the Schooner Bar and the staff (David!) at the Pool Bar. I highly recommend the Chocolatinis; those things were to die for! SPA: We also had a couples’ massage the first day, which was very enjoyable and relaxing. I was also able to get this at a discount from an E-mail sent pre-cruise. TIP: If you write “no sales pitch” on the form, they won’t bother you. DISRUPTIVE PASSENGERS: I’m so glad we had such a relaxing embarkation day, because the thundering herds of unsupervised children were in full force on Day 2, our first sea day, and they never quit! There were 565 children on board this cruise. Don’t get me wrong; I have no problem with kids who are polite and know that the world doesn’t revolve around them. We met some very fine young people on the ship who actually give me some hope for the future, but if I had to guess, I’d say maybe ¼ of the children on this cruise had any worthwhile parental supervision. The rest ran down the halls screaming and yelling at all hours, jumped up and down on the chairs in the Centrum, screaming, while other people were trying to enjoy musicians performing, ran and crawled on dance floors tripping adult dancers, jumped and dove into hot tubs, vomited and defecated into swimming pools, ran into elevators and pushed all of the buttons, and were pretty much nasty, unruly little beasts. Remember our plan to ignore them? Well, a family with 3 in tow invaded the Solarium, and when my husband mentioned that it was for adults, they (children and mother!) began yelling at him and calling him names. This was the standard reaction of “parents” if anyone dared say something to their kid. We even heard a pre-teen girl bragging that she had flipped off a lady who told her to leave the Solarium, and her adult family members sat there telling her she should have slapped the lady! The behavior of the majority of the children on the ship was horrifying and, for the most part, went uncorrected by the parents and crew. We were also very troubled by an adult who frequently paced the pool deck yelling and raging at other people. He clearly had a mental health issue. He never appeared to be supervised. The first night of the cruise, my husband witnessed him smashing a cell phone on the pool deck very close to other passengers. Another day, I saw him scream and lunge at a group of small children (that was actually behaving!) and he then started hitting his head on a chair. The children were obviously frightened, and other adults expressed that they were uncomfortable. The crew did nothing. I understand everyone wants to have their vacation, but unruly kids and other disruptive people present threats to the safety themselves and other passengers. If the crew can’t deal with such situations, they need to be trained. Doing nothing and hoping the problem will go away to placate those doing the disrupting isn’t the answer. DINING: Off the soapbox and into the dining room, where we ate all of our dinners. Our servers, Rolando and Edith, were wonderful, and they went above and beyond to make us happy, but the food was just OK. We both preferred the MDR food on Carnival, especially for desserts. There were lobster tails the second formal night, which were good DH ordered the steak that is always on the menu a couple times, and he thought it was OK. The steak and beef cuts were cooked pretty rare. The choices were medium rare or medium well. DH ordered his medium well, which were cooked a perfect medium. Those at our table who ordered medium rare received red, bloody steaks. I had the seafood spaghetti, which was fine after adding some butter and pepper, the shrimp ravioli (meh) and some fish dishes. DH liked the salmon. The Thanksgiving turkey was good, but they only gave us a tiny spoonful of stuffing. The desserts weren't very good. Cheesecakes were very jello-like, and cakes were either spongy or dry. I did enjoy the pecan pie we had on Thanksgiving. Wines by the glass were included with our drink package, and we enjoyed the Reisling and the Berringer blush. After dinner shots were also included as long as we gave back the souvenir glasses. We only ate one breakfast and one lunch in the Windjammer. The Windjammer food didn't impress me at all, and I've honestly had better at Golden Corral. Breakfast in the WJ was better in terms of variety, taste and quality, but it’s hard to mess up breakfast. We didn't eat in the specialty restaurants, but we had some of the food. I went to the cooking demonstration and had some samples. The sushi samples were fabulous, and I would have gone to the sushi place had DH been more of a sushi fan. The spicy coconut shrimp was my favorite of the samples. I wasn't all that impressed with the Giovanni's Table samples. We ordered the Chops filets in the MDR. They were wonderful. DH thought his was the best steak he ever ate, and mine was up there. We ordered room service a couple of times. The breakfast wasn’t very good, but the lunches were! I loved the honey-stung chicken, which came with sweet potato fries. The chocolate chip cookies were wonderful. We recommend the room service over the Windjammer for lunch. ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT: We took this cruise to relax, so we mainly slept in, had leisurely meals, relaxed in the Solarium, played trivia, and did things like that. We did what we could to avoid crowds and unruly kids. We went to the Liverpool Legends (Beatles tribute band) show, which was excellent. We went to another show featuring just the ship orchestra, and it was so bad we couldn’t sit through more than 10 minutes. We tried to go to the farewell show, but there was only one showing, and the theater was stuffed with people, and (of course) we kept getting run into and jostled to by groups of unsupervised kids, so we gave up and went to the Schooner Bar for a nightcap. PORT & SHORE EXCURSIONS: The ship went to 3 ports: Port Canaveral, CocoCay, and Nassau. We’ve been to all but CocoCay, so that is the only place we got off. We had a beach lounger there, which was nice. It was a shade over 2 beach chairs on a private beach. We recommend it, if for nothing else, for the peace and quiet and security of having your things watched over. The swim-up bar is back at CocoCay, so we enjoyed that as well as Coconut Willies. The Coco Locos were great. It was great staying on board in Port Canaveral and Nassau while the crowds and noise-makers were off. Several people did this, but we were all like-minded. It was very relaxing – like a regular cruise. DISEMBARKATION: Another breeze. We self-debarked, as I had to go back to work that morning We were off the ship, through customs, and on the road in maybe 15 minutes. Have I mentioned that we LOVE the Port of Baltimore?! IN CLOSING: While we enjoyed our cruise, and the ship has a wonderful, hard-working crew who do everything they can with the tools available to them, there were enough “mehs” and concerns to drag the whole experience down. Overall, we give the cruise a 3, but that’s mostly because we had the drink package to dull the horror of hundreds of unruly brats onboard with no supervision or consequences Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
First of all, the crew is awesome. They go out of their way to make you happy. That said, there were issues. The ship is very old and it shows. The showers are almost unusable, very tiny. The beds were not comfortable and the pillows ... Read More
First of all, the crew is awesome. They go out of their way to make you happy. That said, there were issues. The ship is very old and it shows. The showers are almost unusable, very tiny. The beds were not comfortable and the pillows were like paper. We found the food to be average to terrible. The Windjammer café is to be avoided at all costs. Cafeteria food. Alcoholic drinks are overpriced and WEAK. Also, they add 18% to a 10 - 12 dollar drink. Shows were mostly good; some excellent but some were high school. Need to upgrade them. Several negatives but still fun. Learned a lot and will do it again, but on a larger ship. Chops Grille was a great experience and not too overly expensive. The Big TV on the pool deck needs to be replaced. Pixels are showing through almost to the point where you cannot watch the show(s). Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Just back from a 7 day trip to Grand Turk, Half Moon cay, and Freeport, Bahamas. Baltimore terminal was fine, quick unloading of luggage, short wait to board. We have sailed on the Pride previously, so weren't expecting to be wowed ... Read More
Just back from a 7 day trip to Grand Turk, Half Moon cay, and Freeport, Bahamas. Baltimore terminal was fine, quick unloading of luggage, short wait to board. We have sailed on the Pride previously, so weren't expecting to be wowed when we boarded. Our cabin was always clean, just starting to look a bit worn. We found all the crew to be extremely helpful and friendly, and our cabin steward went above and beyond to provide us excellent service. We were not all that impressed with the main dining room, seemed like service was slow, and the food blasé, often cold. We did spend an evening dining at the steak house (David's) and were very pleased with the service and food preparation and quality. We also enjoyed the lido deck restaurant's, the food selection was excellent, and after many cruises, we seem to know the best times to arrive to get the food we want and find seats. The pizza Pirate was great, as was Guy's Burger Joint. We had no problem finding seats for the comedy shows, but again, after several cruises, we know the drill to get one. The comics were good, and the drinks were strong. The shows in the Taj Mahal were okay at the most, dancing was very good, but the female singers seemed to try a bit too hard, overdoing most of the vocals, often ruining the song being sung. The game shows, and music trivia games were fun, our Cruise Director Schwartz was high energy and friendly any time we saw him on the cruise, even directing passengers getting back on ship in Freeport, where there was a huge back-up and long line waiting to re board. We did excursions at all stops, so we did not see much of the actual ports. We did the All Terrain Buggy Adventure on Grand Turk, we came prepared with scarves to cover our mouth and noses, big plus. Plenty of driving time, good views, and plenty of beach time at the end, highly recommended. Horseback by land and sea at Half moon Cay, my wife loved it, I am not a big horse guy, but excellent photo ops, and the water was gorgeous. Last excursion was the Jeep excursion on Grand Bahama. The tour and scenery was nice, our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable, the provided lunch was fine, only downside was the beach break at the Junkanoo beach club. Seemed quite old and run down, the changing rooms were something out of a horror novel, and that really detracted from the experience. The water looked gorgeous, but we only waded to our knees from not wanting to use the changing facilities. All in all, we had a nice time. We have had better, and we have had worse. May be trying another cruise line the next time we set sail. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Overall good cruise. Staff was amazing. Bermuda is beautiful. Would only moderately recommend. Clientele: Sailing out of Baltimore was people mostly from Maryland and some from New York and New Jersey. It was a little ... Read More
Overall good cruise. Staff was amazing. Bermuda is beautiful. Would only moderately recommend. Clientele: Sailing out of Baltimore was people mostly from Maryland and some from New York and New Jersey. It was a little "Red Neck" but not an over the top party scene. People were definitely getting drunk but not puking or getting obnoxious. Port - sailing out of Baltimore is a disaster. It took us over two hours to park our car and off load our bags. Parking and traffic is run by two security guards. Just horrible. The boat - way, way over capacity. Two many people. You feel like a pack of rats in the dining halls especially the Windjammer buffet. Do yourself a favor and plan to eat your meals in one of the serving dining halls. Avoid the crowds. Activities: Not enough stuff to do on the boat. The boat has one shuffle board set one and two ping pong tables. Not enough for kids to do. Pools -just two salt water pools. Should have a fresh water and salt water. Need bigger hot tubes - pools were very crowded. Time at Sea - two days to Bermuda was TOO LONG. Need more time on the island. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
My hubby and I just returned from an eight day from Baltimore aboard the RCCL Grandeur of the Seas. Embarkation was very smooth because we are Crown & Anchor society members. We were on the ship by 11 am! The Windjammer Cafe left a ... Read More
My hubby and I just returned from an eight day from Baltimore aboard the RCCL Grandeur of the Seas. Embarkation was very smooth because we are Crown & Anchor society members. We were on the ship by 11 am! The Windjammer Cafe left a lot to be desired, however. There was not enough indoor seating so we were forced outside in the cold March weather. The food was just average. Our cabin was number 3000 which is the first room in the very front of the ship. The first and second nights we heard a very loud banging noise just outside our room to the front. We complained to the cabin steward. He said that maintenance was called and would check into it. We heard it again on the third night and called Guest Services and they sent maintenance to our cabin. The maintenance guy said he is unable to fix the noise and it has been occurring in this cabin on many occasions and the cruise line continues to sell this room. I then called Guest Services and was given two other options for rooms - both immediately below room 3000. These rooms were unacceptable because we would still hear the noise. I finally spoke to the Manager of Guest Services who gave us a more acceptable cabin - 3108. MUCH nicer with no noise! It was a bad start to our cruise so I was worried about the vacation. After we moved the cruise improved considerably. We had a wonderful waitress - Kimmette - the best we've ever had in over 25 cruises! The food was just average however, The shows were first rate. the weather was great - 80 degrees and sunny. The seas were very calm. Coco Cay was beautiful and lots of fun. The food was not very good though. Key West was perfect and beautiful. There was a maintenance issue near the pool and we heard a lot of loud drilling and could not enjoy the rear pool for very long. All in all a good trip because of the weather and the wonderful people we met. Lots of good memories, but the ship is old and I don't think we would sail it again. Debarkation was very smooth as was immigration. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was the first time we've cruised to Bermuda, and will most likely be our last! The seas from Baltimore to Bermuda were so rough!! A lot of seasoned cruisers were complaining about being seasick and rookies were downright ... Read More
This was the first time we've cruised to Bermuda, and will most likely be our last! The seas from Baltimore to Bermuda were so rough!! A lot of seasoned cruisers were complaining about being seasick and rookies were downright miserable! This was our 3rd cruise out of Baltimore and the first one with any kind of rough seas, so I suppose we've been lucky. The weather was cloudy and a bit rainy off and on, but the wind was relentless, which created the 6-8 foot seas we were encountering. I DO realize Carnival has nothing to do with the weather, so other than the roughness, things were, as usual, quite nice onboard the Pride. We have noticed the reduction of staff and services though, even to the point of asking when you want your cabin tended to, morning OR evening, not both anymore! The main dining room staff has also been cut, so the wait for meals is longer, athe quality of the food has gone down as well. But cruising with Carnival is still a great way to visit new (or old favorite) places and have a fairly affordable, relaxing vacation. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Ok, Here goes, this was my 4th cruise, been on Freedom of the Seas (Royal), Spirit (Norwegian), Pride (Carnival) and this one....Im going to be descriptive so YOU know what to expect, no biases. This was not a bad cruise, but for some of ... Read More
Ok, Here goes, this was my 4th cruise, been on Freedom of the Seas (Royal), Spirit (Norwegian), Pride (Carnival) and this one....Im going to be descriptive so YOU know what to expect, no biases. This was not a bad cruise, but for some of you, it wont be for you. If this is your FIRST cruise, or if you are a young couple, I do not particularly recommend this particular ship. Its a nice little ship, however the itinerary and amenities are geared towards the older crowd. If you are older than say 40, and Trivia, Bingo and casino games/deals are your thing then this may be the cruise for you. However, if it is your first cruise, or you are younger, I think your expectations may be a bit high for this particular cruise. The staff was very friendly and nice, so absolutely no complaints on that front but the entertainment and other events are geared more towards the older crowd. For instance one night, there was a 3 man tribute to Michael Buble, bleh..Im 28, I dont care...yes I know hes not that old, but hes more of an older person entertainer. There was a broadway show, eh....again, more so older people. the singers and dancers also tended to be more geared towards older people. The late night comedian was pretty funny so Ill give that a +. Lets move over to food...If you are a TV/sports watcher, this is not a great ship to do so as the bars really dont have too many TVs..Schooner Bar has one and casino has several but all are small and space is limited...the big screen on the pool deck showed Primetime football games and movies but not the Sunday day football games or the baseball World Series. The dining room was okay, however, not much change in menu throughout the week. In my opinion, the specialty restaurants (Cost $20-$30) were worth it...there are 3, Chops Steakhouse, Giovanni's table (Italian) and Izumi (Asian, sushi)....All were pretty good. The ports were pretty solid, for this one, they were Port Canaveral (shuttle to Cocoa Beach recommended), Nassau (Senor Frogs if a drinker, Atlantis), Coco Cay (private island beach) and Key West (just bar hop if a drinker). Boarding the ship and getting off this ship was VERY easy and convenient being from Baltimore myself. So to recap...IF you are older and an experienced cruiser and live in the Baltimore/Mid Atlantic region, I would recommend this cruise because of it being convenient travel wise, and activities geared toward the older crowd. IF you are younger or a first time cruiser, spend the extra cash and go on a larger and more extravagant ship with more things to do...If you are a family and have kids, this is probably average but again Id recommend the bigger ships...it really is a difference in the larger ships if you want to be WOWED. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015

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