76 Baltimore Romantic Cruise Reviews

I choose this cruise for convenience as I live in Maryland and it was close to my birthday. Me and my girlfriend are both in our 30s and had a great time. Service on ship was excellent wether your talking about the MDR our room stewards ... Read More
I choose this cruise for convenience as I live in Maryland and it was close to my birthday. Me and my girlfriend are both in our 30s and had a great time. Service on ship was excellent wether your talking about the MDR our room stewards etc.. We ate at chops and it was delicious we’re on the other royal ships we have been in. Izumi was also good we have eaten on other ships and then experience there was by far the best. I read a lot about this shop draws a older crowd and I could see that but it might just be when you go and your itinerary. Also read before we went that the shop shuts down at 10 or 11 o’clock which in my experience is also not true. They had live music in the centrum until at least midnight and one of the nights we went to the night club on board and people were still dancing partying etc and it was past 2am. The ship is small and for a young active couple I think 5 or maybe 7 nights max would be the perfect length on this ship as I think any longer I would have started to get board. Bermuda was awesome and beautiful and hopefully will be able to go back soon. Overall I had a great time and at the end of the day your vacation is all about what you make it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose Carnival Pride because the departure city of Baltimore is about an hour away, so no airfare required. Drove to the harbor and had to wait maybe 20 minutes for luggage drop-off and parking. Check-in went quickly at our appointed ... Read More
We chose Carnival Pride because the departure city of Baltimore is about an hour away, so no airfare required. Drove to the harbor and had to wait maybe 20 minutes for luggage drop-off and parking. Check-in went quickly at our appointed time. The walk up the gangplank is a bit of a hike if you're out of shape and lugging much carry-on. We splurged on this cruise because we were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary, and were really happy with our Grand Suite, except the lack of outlets. See below for cabin review. But I will add that we LOVED having a nice big balcony, so there was no need to compete for space around the pools, all of which were extremely crowded, including the Serenity area. If I had wanted to be in the pools, I would have found that very annoying. Dinner every night was in the main dining room, where we took the late seating. Initially assigned to a table for 4, our dining partners moved to a table with a window, so we had the table to ourselves all week - yay! Wait staff was friendly and efficient, and brought us a special little dessert for our anniversary. Once hubby found out he could pick and choose entrees and sides, have dessert as an appetizer and take another dessert back to the cabin to eat later, he was a happy camper! I enjoyed sampling the more adventurous options - but overdid it at the start of the week and by the end of the week was keeping it simpler. I was a little disappointed that a number of guests did not comply with the dining room dress codes at all, even on the formal nights (a few wearing shorts, t-shirt, and baseball cap). I appreciate that the ship doesn't want to be clothing police, but it would be nice if people understand that it brings the experience down for other diners if they're dressed like they went to McDonalds. At least a polo shirt and slacks would have been a decent compromise (even though that's technically what's expected the rest of the week at dinner, right?) We mostly enjoyed our cabin, balcony, and casino. Line dancing on Lido deck was fun. Dr. Dre was outstanding as cruise director - so much energy and humor! But we didn't really partake of other entertainment or activities this time around - just wanted relaxation. Port #1 - Grand Turk: Excursion Deep Sea/Reef Fishing - We had a blast. Six cruisers on the boat, and we caught 3 baracuda! Had the option to stop trolling and go bottom fishing to catch more, but we were all having fun so we kept trolling for the big guys! Port #2 - Half Moon Cay: No excursion. Rented snorkel and enjoyed a little self-guided exploration. Port #3 - Freeport: Excursion - Ocean Swim with Dolphins! YES! This was so much fun - I highly recommend, even though it's pricey. It was a bucket list item. Swimming in the lagoon would be better for people not comfortable swimming in deep ocean with fins. Back on the ship - our steward Farry was really nice, and did a great job taking care of us. We asked for ice twice a day, and there it was! We blew up an extension cord (oops) and he got a replacement. Very efficient and thoughtful. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We sailed the Grandeur April 25-May 2 2019. From the ease of embarkation to the ease of disembarkation this was a great trip. The ship though considered small had so much to do. Probably not as modern as newer ships but still had a great ... Read More
We sailed the Grandeur April 25-May 2 2019. From the ease of embarkation to the ease of disembarkation this was a great trip. The ship though considered small had so much to do. Probably not as modern as newer ships but still had a great vibe to it. We were in Cabin 7111 which is a sideways room. The layout made it seem bigger. Always kept great but the housekeeping staff. Shower was a bit tight but manageable. The food was excellent. Lots to choose from at Windjammer and very good. Usually the same stuff everyday though they did mix it up and theme it up as well. The Great Gatsby was a nice dining room for dinner and again the food was mmmmm good. However I wish they had a little more variety and bigger portions. We didnt do the specialty places. The Casino was fun but you sure can lose money fast. And for some reason they allow smoking there which made playing at times not so fun. But the games were cool just be prepared to not walk away with millions. Lots of trivia to be had which was hard but fun. People really got into it. Lots of music everyday including a live bad on pool deck and in the centrum. There was Karoke and karoke with a live band which was fun. Art shows and wine tasting and tours. Lots to do on board for adults. The shows not so great. Ok but not great. Not the best singers and dancers ive seen but all seemed very young. Had 2 comedians which were awesome. The service on the ship was outstanding especially at the bars. Drinks were delicious and service top notch.Our stops were Bermuda and Charleston Sc. Bermuda was ok but found out Ferrys dont run on weekends so we were stuck on the port side of it and not all that much to do there. The fort tour was cool though where you could see Dolphins as well. Charleston was much better. Lots of history. Being a Disney fanatic i was leery about trying anything else but i must say was delightfully surprised how good a trip and how everything was. I recommend highly a trip on this ship. Just keep in mind too the crowd tended to be a bit older with some kids but not many. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
My wife and I just came back from a 14 day (Nov. 4th thru 18th) Carnival Journey cruise out of Baltimore on the Pride. We stopped at: Grand Turk, Aruba, Curacao, Bermuda, St. Lucia, and St. Martin. We had a fantastic time. We booked an ... Read More
My wife and I just came back from a 14 day (Nov. 4th thru 18th) Carnival Journey cruise out of Baltimore on the Pride. We stopped at: Grand Turk, Aruba, Curacao, Bermuda, St. Lucia, and St. Martin. We had a fantastic time. We booked an interior room on the 8th floor right below the food court (it's like having the world's best kitchen just up the stairs!). The room was large, comfortable, and we'll maintained by our cabin steward. The food was excellent with a large variety to choose from. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the main dining room was outstanding. For under $3k, it will be hard to find a much better value for 14 day vacation. The Pride is an older ship and is in need of an upgrade but the crew kept her clean and presentable. She's due for a refit in February '19. We'll definitely sail her again sometime in the near future. You just can't beat not having to fly and leave straight out of Baltimore for an excellent vacation--it's so convenient. This would be a five-star cruise if the Pride was updated. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this cruise because it departed from the port of Baltimore, It saved us from having to travel to Florida for departure. The guy who attended to our room ( ARNOLD) was super great. The activities on the ship were second to none. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it departed from the port of Baltimore, It saved us from having to travel to Florida for departure. The guy who attended to our room ( ARNOLD) was super great. The activities on the ship were second to none. We really liked the comedy shows and the late night party at Beauty's.. This ship was run very professionally by Dr E. Every thing was well coordinated and on time. We found ourselves opening our balcony door whenever Dr E came on the speaker just to be updated. There were some times i felt like we were in a buy buy an excursion, painting, or a steak or something from one of those shops, but I guess that's part of the business.Sometimes i also felt like the staff was on a mission to sell me something by using the word ( Free) to get me to buy something. Of all the people we met on the ship we ( wife & myself) was very impressed with the person ( ED-Warren) i think that's the way his name is spelled. Professional, cheerful, positive and a breath of fresh air.Every time we came down the steps he greeted us with a good morning evening . He always addressed us by our names as if he knew us for a long time. I know it't job to sell but he did it in a way to make you feel not pressured to buy anything. Ed_Warren was always smiling and better yet always and I mean always professional. People like that make me want to travel on that ship again Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Price was amazing! Dining food at dinner and breakfast is very tasty and artfully presented. Love Ken, the Maitre'd singing each night! Such a talent and lots of fun. So convenient being AFT with a fantail suite with the DR only a ... Read More
Price was amazing! Dining food at dinner and breakfast is very tasty and artfully presented. Love Ken, the Maitre'd singing each night! Such a talent and lots of fun. So convenient being AFT with a fantail suite with the DR only a few floors below and the Mermaid Grille which always has something open 24 hours. We highy recommend the Pizza Guys who make custom individual pizzas for you. Delicious! Best crust ever! Our suite number was 4237 or 4327? We prefer to be higher but when we booked this was the only floor remaining with a 1-BR, fantail HUGE wrap-around balcony remaining. Spa is excellent. We had a couples salt scrub followed by massages. Luxurious. 7-night cruise. Had to divert to just outside Charleston on 2nd night as personal onboard was in medical distress. No problem. All was handled beautifully. We had to skip Grand Turk but that was no issue because we got Nassau instead. My husband and I love to eat in Nassau at Athena's Greek Restaurant whenever we are there -- it never disappoints. Service is impeccable and food scrumptious. You won't want to leave. Carnival's private island, is truly fabulous. Loved the trip! Read Less
Sail Date September 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
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
I was part of a group of 53 (yes fifty three!) people who sailed in September on the pride. Our cruise was diverted to Canada instead of the Bahamas due to all the hurricanes hitting. We were offered to either cancel and be fully refunded ... Read More
I was part of a group of 53 (yes fifty three!) people who sailed in September on the pride. Our cruise was diverted to Canada instead of the Bahamas due to all the hurricanes hitting. We were offered to either cancel and be fully refunded or still go and they would give us 25% off our next one. We chose to go and this cruise was our 25% off one. I will begin by stating that September was my 5th cruise but 1st time with Carnival and I was NOT impressed. Every bar was shut down by 11 pm except the casino and the dance club but both of those were smoking and the ventilation did not appear to be working. I do not smoke and can normally handle a decent amount but these two areas were almost suffocating with smoke. We had a few in our group who were extremely sensitive to it and they couldn't even sit in the main atrium that was next to the Casino because it was lingering around. The pools were ice cold until our last day but the most disappointing was the hot tubs - they were barely even luke warm for the entire trip. I knew before we went that if we purchased the Cheers package we would be limited to 15 drinks a day. My general complaint is that they state it is for safety purposes, however someone who does not have the Cheers package is able to order as many drinks as they possibly want. I feel like it should be a 15 drink limit for all OR allow those who have the Cheers package to purchase additional drinks after the limit. (For those who are not aware if you purchase the Cheers package and swipe your card for 15 drinks, they will not allow you to purchase ANY more drinks until 6 am the next day. I also tried to pay for an extra shot of rum in my pina colada and they said since I had cheers I couldn't, I would have to order the pina colada, wait 5 min, then order a shot of rum to pour on top and use 2 of my drinks. I wasnt able to pay for any) My other problem was with activities on Carnival. There didn't seem to be much during the day besides trivia and bingo. All the "fun" activities such as dance parties, shows, comedians, etc. were all at the same time at night and many times overlapped while we were at dinner (we did the late seating 8:15). On my other cruises they would offer arts and crafts and other things throughout the day to keep people entertained. I also still don't understand why they do the comedians in the Butterflies lounge. The seats fill up really fast and we could never make a show when coming from dinner. We had a balcony for the first time in September and while I enjoyed being able to go outside, our balcony and chairs were very dirty. In our first port they even announced they would be cleaning the balconies off but ours remained dirty for the rest of the trip. Fast forward to March: We decided to use the 25% off and book a "cheap" cruise back on the Pride. We had a group of 7 this time and I will say that I was impressed at some of the changes I had noticed. My husband and I tried an inside room with french doors (Category 4k room 4115); It was a great way to get a lot of light in the room and we were able to open the doors to feel the temperature. I think it is definitely worth the savings if you can not afford a balcony. I personally did not care for the waiters singing and dancing every single night in the dining room. I liked on other cruises when it was only done 1 or 2x as something special. Dinner service took about an hour and a half from start to finish every night Embarkation was smooth and easy. Besides being close to port, this is one of the main reasons we continue to sail out of Baltimore. Once again we were only able to make it to one comedian (the first night). When we leave dinner at 945 we were unable to get a seat for the 1015 comedian because the space is so small and fills up so fast I noticed the ventilation was better in the smoking areas The activities were still sparse throughout the day. once again everything that seemed fun to do was at 9 10 or 11 at night. Ports: Port Canaveral: we took an Uber to ron Jons surf shop then walked across the street to the Florida Key Lime Pie company. We then walked 15-20 min north and hung out at the cocoa beach pier before taking the SCAT bus (1.50 a person) back towards the boat. we ate at Grills seafood restaurant and it was AMAZING!!! We tried their hurricane, margarita, and key lime colada. I had the fresh fish of the day (Mahi) which came with 2 sides and it was DELICIOUS and fresh. The prices were very reasonable, service was excellent, and I will definitely be going back one day. We then called for another uber to take us back to the ship Nassau: As this was my 3rd trip to nassau, we decided just to walk around the shops, stop in a few restaurants and bars to try local food and drinks. Another fun day Freeport: This was my first time in Freeport and I had heard lots of negative things about it. 5 from our group booked the island tour with brewery and perfume factory tours and they loved it. My husband and I ate breakfast and got off the ship at 9, walked around the market until almost 10 and decided to hang out at Fat Tuesdays and Senor frogs right off the boat. We were celebrating out 1 year wedding anniversary and we had fun! If you are looking for more to do than shops and bars then you definitely need to book an excursion Overall the weather was great, the seas were calm, I was pleasantly surprised at our room and some improvements on the ship. I think the Pride can use a good cleaning or remodel Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We left out of Baltimore so that we could save money and drive to the port instead of paying more for airfare to Florida than the cost of the entire cruise itself! Our Cruise was delayed 6 hours due to the Nor-Easter. So getting into the ... Read More
We left out of Baltimore so that we could save money and drive to the port instead of paying more for airfare to Florida than the cost of the entire cruise itself! Our Cruise was delayed 6 hours due to the Nor-Easter. So getting into the Carnival port could have been smoother, but once we were inside the gate the staff did a really great job at adapting to the chaos of the situation. Disembarkment was a breeze! The ship is older but still nice. I didn't need the overdone promenade, the 20 restaurants, the water show, or the ice skating rink. Less is more to me. We were able to get a balcony as the upcharge from inside stateroom was only $200, which is amazing. We decided we will NEVER do anything less than a balcony. The ability to avoid the crowds and sit on our private balcony was a dream. We propped the door wide open and listened to the ocean all day and night long. The Comedians were funny. I went in prepared to hate the musical shows, as I hate musicals/plays in real life, but it was actually fabulous. We went to every show offered. Very fast moving and varied. They had a Hasbro Game show that was phenomenal and so fun. They also did a Lip Sync Battle show on the last night and it was the highlight of the week. So great. The Cruise Director Leigh and his staff do an amazing job providing quality, energetic and fun experiences. They also had a Piano Bar with Laura which was a blast. A wonderful sing along. Our Ports were Nassau, Freeport and Princess Cay. Due to the high winds from the Nor-Easter, our excursion in Princess Cay was cancelled. I was ok with is as the private beach was fun and I took a nap instead. They even provided a lunch on the island so that was appreciated. Carnival was great at rolling with the punches of the Nor-Easter. They worked hard getting the delayed passengers off the boat and us on as soon as they could. The captain was going nearly max speed to get us back on schedule. They switched the order of the ports so that nothing was excluded. They kept us informed of the situation as all times, which is the best way to keep the masses happy. Our only complaint is a mild one. The food wasn't the best. The food in the main dining was good, could have had more options. Frequent repeating items. The food on the buffet wasn't my favorite. Breakfast was the same every day and mostly greasy items and others were cold. (By day 5 we FINALLY figured out that we need to eat breakfast in the main dining room as breakfast is so much better there). It's hard to say what it was about the buffet that I didn't like. A lot of repetition, same general items offered every day. I was really bored with the food by the end. There was a 24 hour pizza place which was perfect, but I got sick of that by the end too. I guess not having enough selection, and some of the items were not items I like generally. At the risk of sounding completely ethnocentric: the food wasn't "American" enough. I hate that I say that, as I love lots of different cuisines, but it seemed like the food was made for mostly American cruisers, made by someone who is not of that nationality, who was trying to make "american" food but were not quite hitting the mark. Things looked like they would be good, but the flavors weren't quite right. For example: I loved the fried rice, but the last day they put chili powder or some odd seasoning in it and it was gross. I was just culinarily confused. I though the pasta salad would be a safe bet, but the flavors were confusing and didn't make sense together. I would have preferred food of different nationalities: indian, japanese, mexican, etc. rather than "american" food items with flavors that didn't belong in them. Also the desserts on the buffet looked beautiful but tasted odd and gross. Most lacked flavor, had a odd spongy consistency and weren't sweet. A real disappointment. Other than the lackluster food, It was a fabulous experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Living in Baltimore area this was a good choice as didn't have to worry about sometimes unpredictable air travel to Miami or Ft Lauderdale. Embarkation was a little slow mainly because of TSA once through there we were in our cabin ... Read More
Living in Baltimore area this was a good choice as didn't have to worry about sometimes unpredictable air travel to Miami or Ft Lauderdale. Embarkation was a little slow mainly because of TSA once through there we were in our cabin pretty quickly. Disembarkation took us a lot less time than we had budgeted, but our ride managed to get to the terminal 40 minutes early which was greatly appreciated. Food overall was quite good. We ate dinner in the main dining room and portions and selection were pretty good. We found the selection in the buffet much more to our liking so ate there pretty much from day 4 on. Entertainment was very good. We saw 6 shows (and the big game in the theater) and all but one were very good. The weather was cold when we left Baltimore, as you would expect, but even when we got to Charleston SC it was still too cold and blustery to enjoy exploring the city. Port Canaveral was good, we ate lunch at Grill's, always a favorite of ours. I would never bother taking a cruise that had a stop in Miami however, the terminal is separated from the city by bridges making walking into town problematic. We didn't travel with any children and didn't see lot on the ship, probably as result of school still being in session. As a result the average age of travelers was quite high, with all the things you would expect, lots and lots of electric scooters and walkers. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Second Cruise on Grandeur of the Seas (we actually enjoy this ship)- Love the ease of getting the cruise out of Baltimore...Very convienient Was disappointed that we didnt get to stop in Coco Cay due to spending an extra day in Miami ... Read More
Second Cruise on Grandeur of the Seas (we actually enjoy this ship)- Love the ease of getting the cruise out of Baltimore...Very convienient Was disappointed that we didnt get to stop in Coco Cay due to spending an extra day in Miami for Maintenence ... Would have not missed stopping at Port Canaveral..Nothing much to due ....especially close by- Did enjoy the fact that RCC had the Superbowl on quit a few venues including where we enjoyed it (Palladium Theater)...not sure why the "Game Food" was free BUT popcorn was 2.50 ?? Also, was a little disappointed that Guest Services had not made a decision to show the game there until the night prior BUT was trying to encourage (Sell) people on getting there tickets to view it in the Viking Lounge (165.00 a person??)...Would not have been so bad if the RCC office (when i called to book) said that it WOULD be available in the Palladium;;; That being said, we had a great time on this cruise - Service and hospitallity were Awesome as we've come to expect from RCC! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My wife and I went on the 12 day December 9th voyage to the Carribean. We stayed at the Best Western hotel in Elkridge, Maryland the night before. We selected this hotel because they have a program where they take you and pick you up ... Read More
My wife and I went on the 12 day December 9th voyage to the Carribean. We stayed at the Best Western hotel in Elkridge, Maryland the night before. We selected this hotel because they have a program where they take you and pick you up from the ship and let you keep your car over the length of the cruise as long as you stay one night. The price of the hotel was about the same as parking at the pier. Below is my analysis of our cruise: Embarkment was delayed because there was a neuro virus on the previous cruise and the crew had to sterilize it before we boarded. Once we were allowed to board the process was quick and seamless Cabin - We stayed in outside Cabin 3060. Although the cabin was small, it was very comfortable. There was plenty of storage space. Our luggage fit under the bed after we lifted the beds. One was placed in the closet. I recommend that you bring soft sided luggage. There are three 110 outlets, two by the desk and one for a shaver in the bathroom as well as two 220 outlets. I recommend that you bring an extension cord if you want to charge more than 2 items. The bathroom is small especially the shower. The shower did have good water pressure. The bed, configured as a king, was very comfortable. Two king size mattress pads were placed on the bed so you don’t feel the separated beds. The cabin was very quiet and we did not feel the ship’s motion. The cabin steward kept the cabin clean and made cute animal figures. Television – The TV is flat screen. The tv stations could have been better. There were 5 stations related to the ship and RCI. However, channel 14 was good in that it had the daily morning show with Big Bob(Cruise Director) and Tornado Tanya (Assistant Cruise Director). There was no indication on any of the cruise channels of the current temperature or weather condition. There was one prime time station which showed the same reruns constantly. They had CNN international which reported very little US news. However FOX News was broadcasted with much more US news. TNT, TRU and TBS was broadcasted in Spanish, but the shows were in English with no Spanish subtitles, but commercials and promos were in Spanish (how weird). There were a couple of children’s stations as well as sports. Dining – We ate breakfast mainly in the Windjammer because of the delicious made to order omelets. The fruit was also delicious as well as the hash browns. In the dining room they offered a fruit, cold cereal and meat bar which was very good. For lunch we mainly ate at the café in the Solarium. They had a delicious fresh carved roast beef sandwich with gravy every day as well as pre-made sandwiches and desserts. They also had made to order salads. We ate dinner every night in the Main Dining room. The food there was excellent. There was always something different each night. There was one lobster night and two formal nights. Our wait staff, Antonio and Loxley, was great and very accommodating. Shows – There was either a production show or a headliner every night. There was also one adult late night show. The production shows were good but could use some updating to more contemporary music. The Tango show was boring but well executed. Most of the headliners were very good. There was one violinist which was unbelievable. The singer was amazing. The comedians for the most part were good. There was one Magician/comedian which was awful. He told cliché type jokes and performed very little magic. The magic was something you would see at a kid’s party. The ship’s orchestra, singers and dancers were great. Game shows – The game shows and competitions were very good especially the Quest and the Sexiest Man. Pool – The configuration of the pool area is great. We were able to sit in the outside pool area and use the adults only pool located in the Solarium. We were always able to find a lounge chair at the outside pool, but had some trouble in the Solarium. There are four hot tubs in the outside pool area, two for kids and two for adults. In the Solarium there are two hot tubs and one pool. The pool was never very crowded. RCI now has a policy where lifeguards are on duty at all pools which keeps the kids from jumping in the hot tubs and pool. Music – Most of the music was in the Centrum. The house band, Celebration, played mostly easy listening music. There was a fantastic guitar and violin dual (Rosario Strings) and the pool band was great. There was also a piano player which was a typical lounge act. They Grandeur should have a rock band playing contemporary music. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Days 1-9 were fabulous. It was our honeymoon. The staff was ever ready to help us with questions, things we needed, extras like cushions on the bed, or non-dairy ice cream after dinner in the Great Gatsby. The shore excursions were ... Read More
Days 1-9 were fabulous. It was our honeymoon. The staff was ever ready to help us with questions, things we needed, extras like cushions on the bed, or non-dairy ice cream after dinner in the Great Gatsby. The shore excursions were excellent, our schedules were full, the activities were numerous, the weather was perfect, the ship seemed clean and looked well kept. The food was good and the ambiance in the dining rooms were lavish. We played hard and we slept well, we dined and we shopped, we were pampered and massaged. Of days 10, 11, and 12, the Norovirus shared between the two of us in our cabin overshadowed the once wonderful memories of days 1-9. We received excellent care right up until we were sick and then it was impossible to get help with clean up, cleaning supplies, disinfectants, or room service after they quarantined us to our rooms. I learned that there were only 9 sick with the norovirus on the whole ship. If that was the case, why was there no help for us? We couldn't go out of our room, I understand that. But why couldn't they send someone up to simply help us clean up so that it wouldn't spread? They called to tell us not to disembark with the rest of the passengers. They called to tell us not to put our bags out in the hall. They called to tell us we should wait until someone came to get us and our luggage at 9:30am after everyone else had gone. When my husband was diagnosed with the norovirus, he wasn't allowed out. Although I showered and washed every chance I got, they wouldn't give me supplies to sanitize our cabin and I was allowed to freely wander the ship, infecting people wherever I went. I was sick within 24 hours of my husband. Free room service isn't as exciting when you're vomiting up bottled water and anti-diarrhea pills. People would come to our door to bring us things, no smiles, no looks of sympathy. Their expressions were more like looks of revulsion and disgust as they kept their distance. We might have been able to drink a bottle of gatorade on the last day, but room service was shut down on the last morning. We were really too exhausted to pack up our bags but we did. Then at 9am someone knocked at our door and asked us why we were still in our room. He then also chastised us for not putting our luggage out the night before, as instructed. The way that our situation was handled made us feel filthy and isolated in more ways than one. We were left with the impression that they were totally overwhelmed with dozens of sick guests(but there were only 9 of us) and/or unequipped to handle large quantities of guests simultaneously getting sick with the Norovirus, but either way, they need a better future plan. We showered daily; sometimes twice daily. We washed our hands constantly and used the hand sanitizers at every entrance or exit even if we hadn't touched anything yet we still got sick. The cruise ships need a better plan for isolating the sick person so that the others in their cabin don't get sick too. We're not scared off though. We have 4 more cruises already booked with RC and we're looking forward to them all. Next time, we'll be bringing our own lysol and chlorine sanitizing wipes with us. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I chose this cruise for several reasons. Our first cruise was with,Royal Caribbean, second with Carnival. The Royal Caribbean cruise was so much better we decided to go back.The dates worked well with our schedule and I really liked the ... Read More
I chose this cruise for several reasons. Our first cruise was with,Royal Caribbean, second with Carnival. The Royal Caribbean cruise was so much better we decided to go back.The dates worked well with our schedule and I really liked the idea of a 9- night cruise. Baltimore is only a 3- hour drive and this made it appealing. Embarkation and disembarkation was extremely easy and most of the personnel were friendly. The food quality in the main dinning room was mediocre. The presentation of the food was nice but was often bland and lacked seasoning. Even food promoted as spicy was plain. We were also disappointed that there were fewer free restaurant options.You should not have to pay extra money for good food, that's one of the main reason you choose a cruise over other vacations. Stay away from the art auction,staff is very pushy, fake and aggressive. However the service throughout the rest of the ship was outstanding especially Leah and Dejan in the main dining room. The Casino staff was helpful patient while explaining the various games. Paul the Cruise Director was wonderful and the entertainers were fantastic. We really had a good time and definitely would go back again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Previously sailed on Explorer and Adventurer. First time on the smaller Grandeur. Each has its benefits. We liked the seven story Centrum of the Grandeur, which provided numerous viewing options while activities were going on. The downside ... Read More
Previously sailed on Explorer and Adventurer. First time on the smaller Grandeur. Each has its benefits. We liked the seven story Centrum of the Grandeur, which provided numerous viewing options while activities were going on. The downside was fewer shops and no "sports bar". The Windjammer lacked light night snacks, but the addition of the Park Cafe in the Solarium made up for it. The panini sandwiches and late night nachos were welcome! Service everywhere was excellent except for in the Schooner Bar. Service there was very, very slow, even when not crowded. Really enjoyed the art auctions, a first for me. Even if not buying, very educational. Our itinerary was modified due to the hurricanes. We dropped St. Thomas and Sint Maarten and added Barbados and Martinique. Both ended up being bonuses. In Antigua, we booked the Catamaran Sail with Lobster Lunch through R/C. It was awesome and I recommend it. A+ In Barbados we went on our own to Harbor Lights at Carlisle Bay. This was a nice beach club with lounges and umbrellas. Just offshore is a marine park which is excellent for snorkeling. A In Martinique we took the Best of Martinique tour through R/C. Though long - at 7 hours - it was entertaining and educational. B In St. Lucia we booked the Suffrierre by Spanish Galleon through R/C. The boat was a bit hokey; I would have preferred a catamaran. The visit to the volcanic mud baths was interesting. I'd only give this excursion a "C" though. Our final stop was in St. Kitts. We were previously there on a rainy day and were booked on the sugar cane train. It wasn't very good and we did not have a very good impression of St. Kitts. That all changed with this cruise. We arranged a private tour which took us to the Reggae Beach Bar on Cockleshell Beach at the south end of the island. Fantastic time! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My best friend, her husband along with their handicapped son, my husband and I decided that we wanted to take a cruise. I am terminally ill, and wanted to take a cruiseas part of my bucket list. My husband has never flown anywhere, and ... Read More
My best friend, her husband along with their handicapped son, my husband and I decided that we wanted to take a cruise. I am terminally ill, and wanted to take a cruiseas part of my bucket list. My husband has never flown anywhere, and says he never will. So it was very convenient to be able to leave out of Baltimore. Being it was our first cruise for the whole group of us. We decided we wanted to go somewhere tropical, but not having to travel too far. The first evening was very choppy, from the hurricane Irma passing through the east coast. I along with many others got sea sick. Your staff and crew were so great with all of us. I had to receive a shot from the Dr. on the boat. Which really helped along with the help of your crew and staffs great knowledge of what to eat and what not to eat and drink. One young lady in particular, she was from Turkey, went out of her way to help me and continued to check on me throughout the whole cruise. Everyone went out of there way to include our handicapped young man, in almost all of the activities on the ship as well as off the ship. We especially liked the activities with Orlando and the music the band played by the pool. Our boy would sing along with the music throughout the ship. Entertainment was plentiful as well as food and drinks. We were so pleased with our trip, that we are planning another cruise in the future. We truly enjoyed our trip.We appreciated the room service as well as the cleanliness of our cabin. I truly don't have anything bad to say about our experience. We are looking forward to our next trip on this amazing cruise ship. Thank you everyone for making our trip so awsome and memorable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We enjoyed this cruise. We prefer to leave out of Baltimore since it is close to home and just a 30 minute drive to the port. Unfortunately, due to hurricane IRMA our itinerary changed and we weren't able to visit the islands that we ... Read More
We enjoyed this cruise. We prefer to leave out of Baltimore since it is close to home and just a 30 minute drive to the port. Unfortunately, due to hurricane IRMA our itinerary changed and we weren't able to visit the islands that we truly wanted to visit. Then the Captain was trying to avoid the hurricane and we ended up sea sick, which never happens. The food was ok. When we did Carnival as our first few cruises the food was good enough but once experiencing Disney, and Norwegian the food on Carnival is just ok. We truly enjoyed Guy's burger joint and enjoyed that everyday and David's steakhouse was good as well. The adult Serenity area was nice if you were every able to find a spot. Unfortunately for us that was only once. They threaten to move your towels if you are holding places but they never did and people would come up early in the day sit towels down and disappear for half the day and return to a nice cabana, chair or hammock and that was very inconsiderate to me because others would like to enjoy it and most of the time it was the same people which meant they had their pick daily. I couldn't bring myself to just hold places knowing I wasn't utilizing it right at that time so we just went without. The other issue we had with the Serenity area is the times of operation. The bar closed at 6pm and the pool and hot tub was roped off at 10PM. There was never a lifeguard so I thought it would be nice to have it opened longer for adults at least until midnight including the bar so those who wanted to could enjoy that area at different times. The entertainment was nice, everything we did we truly enjoyed. We did the comedy show, adult scavenger hunt, shows, bingo, movie night and more and we had a blast. We had a suite and that is where it got tricky. To pay the amount for a suite but receive no special perks was annoying. They only offer priority embarkation and disembarkation, which doesn't include your room being available sooner or you receiving your bags quicker, if you want those perks then they advise you to pay more for "faster to fun" which is crazy to me. When in suite classes on other cruise lines they truly go above and beyond for those who are in suites. It definitely makes you wonder if cruise different lines is a better option. The customer service was amazing. My only other complaint was me having to call and ask about a cruise credit or discount off of future cruises since we did not keep our itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was a perfect little "Get Away" cruise with friends to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. With limited vacation days available we chose the close-by port of Baltimore and the 5 day Bermuda itinerary over Labor Day. DH and I ... Read More
This was a perfect little "Get Away" cruise with friends to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. With limited vacation days available we chose the close-by port of Baltimore and the 5 day Bermuda itinerary over Labor Day. DH and I arrived at the port by 11am, parked right next to the ship and were on board before 11:30. It was quick and easy! We headed straight to the Solarium to hang out and have a salad and roast beef sandwich at the cafe. Rooms were ready soon after. We had a balcony cabin on deck 7. It was perfectly suitable. Nothing fancy but everything in good order. Steward was friendly and provided us with ice. My husband went off to the Viking Crown lounge with friends to enjoy Sail Away while I enjoyed a Swedish massage in the spa. Relaxation commenced! The spa is located aft and the treatment room has a wonderful glass wall to see the wake as we pulled away. The rest of the days on the ship were a blur of lazy reading by the pool with tropical drinks, listening to steel bands, walks on the promenade and jogging path, afternoon naps and watching the ocean slide by from our balcony. Very pleasant and just what the doc ordered. In the evening we would meet our friends either in the Schooner Lounge or Viking Crown Lounge before heading to one of the specialty dining experiences. We ate in Chops twice. Food was great and service perfect. The filet and lamb were wonderful. I liked the side dishes served family style. Giovanni's was good, not great, but service was attentive. Izumi was my favorite. I had a Rainbow Roll and we shared the mixed hot rock entree. Again the service was perfect. Out last night we enjoyed the Chef's Table experience. It was a nice way to end the trip. Luis was our affable host. He introduced us to the wines and served the meal. I think this experience still needs some tweaking. Presentation was great but Luis could have used an assistant waiter to free him to answer the diners questions. Our table mates were interesting and stories and conversations flowed with the wine! We are not the theme party or production show types but we did enjoy the late night comedians and the Love and Marriage game. We enjoyed the Deluxe drink package. It was worth it just to have what we wanted when we wanted. My only complaint was the lack of decent wines by the glass covered under the package. Sometimes the wines on the menu were not even available. A couple of times I just paid the difference. I mean you have to have a good red to go with the Chops filet! As far as the port this could have been a cruise to nowhere as far as we were concerned. But I was happy it was to Bermuda. It was enough time to get a taste and wet our appetites for a future trip. Without a full day I felt it would be too stressful to try and see everything. We arrived around 1pm and just walked around the Kings Wharf. It was so hot and humid! Too hot to see the museum and to mini golf! There are some nice shops which we poked around in and then headed back to GOS comfort! The next day we were up early and took a minibus to Horseshoe Beach. We rented an umbrella and chairs and spent the morning in the ocean. Beautiful! There was a bit of an undertow so you have to be careful. The lifeguards had the yellow flag out and we witnessed a few water rescues. Boy they can run fast! It is nice to know they were there. Around noon we took another minibus back to the ship and were underway by 2. A great day! Overall this was exactly what we were looking for in a vacation. At this point in my life it seems time is traveling at warp speed. I think it is important to slow down and enjoy it when we can. To relax and be together with good friends, enjoy some wonderful meals followed by moonlight walks on the Promenade. What else could I ask for? I can not wait to do it again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Went with our daughter and her family (husband and two elementary school boys). Trip was mainly for them, but we very much enjoyed it! The grandchildren loved the pool and the kids club. Hard to get them to leave either. Ship of course ... Read More
Went with our daughter and her family (husband and two elementary school boys). Trip was mainly for them, but we very much enjoyed it! The grandchildren loved the pool and the kids club. Hard to get them to leave either. Ship of course is older, but largely in good shape. We like its size, as you don't feel overwhelmed by crowds or get lost easily. One area which could be better (for me at least) is pools. Both are quite small, and the main pool seems devoted largely to watching the giant screen. Yuck. Special recognition to room steward Rodolfo, and to main dining room wait staff "Yogi" and Algin! They went out of their way to make our cruise as wonderful as possible. Top notch people! The dining room management also helped with several scheduling and menu issues. We also appreciated the waiters at the Royal Crown Lounge, which was by far our favorite venue. Lots of thoughts about meals. -- In both Windjammer and main room, breads, salads, and deserts were uniformly excellent. -- In main dining room, most appetizers were quite good; especially liked polenta and olive/hummus tartare. Main course was hit or miss: filet (brought from Chops) was superb! Wow! Lamb and salmon were quite good. The other fish were often overcooked; good flavors but not right. The roast beef was both lukewarm and not very flavorful. -- Surprised by the uniform quality of buffet offerings at Windjammer; not gourmet but tasty and fresh. One disappointment was stale taco shells. Loved fruit and pancake choices. -- I appreciated the many Indian food options. -- Only specialty restaurant meal was at Izumi, gave them a 10! -- Our daughter and her husband are gluten intolerant, and they had some issues. Staff and mangers willingly helped provide information and alternatives, but menu was often misleading. Several supposedly gluten free choices were not. We appreciated the quality music provided by the Blue Ocean Duo and the Big Band. Very good musicians, and excellent choices of material (classical, jazz, American songbook). Less interested in Vegas style shows and frequent loud pop offerings. Personal taste, of course. A bit disappointed in our two shore excursions (in both Bermuda and Nassau), as we went on vessels (glass bottom boat and semi-submersible boat) to see tropical fish but nothing very exciting to report. Not much color or variety in fish. The tour aspect was interesting. Better luck snorkeling (on our own) at the snorkel beach just off the pier at King's Wharf. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
My husband and I have been on several cruises. We love going out of Baltimore because the arrival and departure are so easy. Parking is a little expensive. The Grandeur is an older ship and show some wear and tear in some areas, like the ... Read More
My husband and I have been on several cruises. We love going out of Baltimore because the arrival and departure are so easy. Parking is a little expensive. The Grandeur is an older ship and show some wear and tear in some areas, like the staterooms. Other areas seem to be updated. This doesn't diminish the cruise experience, however. The ship has a smaller, but not too small, warm feeling. I'm very visual, and I enjoy things like the marble embellishments, the artwork in the hallways and public areas and the large amount of glass windows giving spectacular sea views, one of the main things my husband and I enjoy on a cruise. We are not pool deck regulars but prefer to be away from the noise and crowd on the upper deck. There is something for everyone: the quiet and beautiful Solarium (if you can manage to snag a seat in there), the noisy, lively main pool deck and the fore and aft areas of the ship where you can sunbathe in relative quiet and serenity. The food ranges from decent to excellent, depending on the venue. The specialty resturaunts are excellent on the Grandeur, in our opinion. Good quality meats. The Chef's Table is expensive but a very worthwhile experience. It's and informative pairing of wine and food and the host and chef are charming and engaging. I liked the comment one cruiser made that sometimes our tastes are different than the European tastes creating the food. I see that especially in the desserts. However, everything is entirely homemade and that's amazing. A tour of the galley gives you a clear picture of that. Royal Caribbean has an excellent loyalty program, and we take advantage of the very attractive features of being Diamond and Diamond Plus members, including a nightly reception offering complimentary cocktails and hor d' oeuvres. It can be a nice way to meet others and form friendships with fellow cruise-lovers. We had a junior suite this time, and I loved the floor to ceiling glass windows that made up the whole balcony side of the room. The cabin attendant was friendly and great, as they always are in our experience on the Grandeur, and with RCCL in general. Yes, the room could use a bit of updating but that's a minor detail. The room was a nice size but not overly large with a nice amount of storage for the overpacking that we do, lol. Our favorite shows are the Production ones, with singing and dancing. The quality of those is superb, in my opinion. We enjoyed the comedy shows, also. Would like to see a wider range of music offered on the Grandeur but Pop is their mainstay. The gym is a bit small but nice. Certainly better than the average hotel gym. Yes, we'll definitely be back on the Grandeur! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We were looking for a quick summer time get away. We took this very same cruise on Enchantment 7 years ago. A short train ride and we were here. We chose the Grand Suite this time - 8516. Lovely, spacious, in need of some TLC. First ... Read More
We were looking for a quick summer time get away. We took this very same cruise on Enchantment 7 years ago. A short train ride and we were here. We chose the Grand Suite this time - 8516. Lovely, spacious, in need of some TLC. First the bathroom. Two sinks, a great choice. At sea the water never gets cold or cool, it always starts luke warm. One sink was repaired and the repair doesn't quite match. The gritty feeling in the tub, I am guessing to keep you from slipping is mostly worn off except on the edges. Though there is a slot for tissues in the under sink drawer door, we were told they could not put a box there as people were throwing them in the toilet. The most concerning thing was the hot water. I had left a washcloth in the sink and ran the hot water, I wanted the cloth really hot for shaving. I noticed that after a few seconds there was a brown spot appearing on the white cloth. Rust? It lightened up after a longer run, but never disappeared. Plenty of closet space. Mirrored doors for hanging clothes, plenty of drawers. Didn't feel cramped. The bed. Well it seems that hard mattresses are the way to go. Plenty of pillows, but mattresses a little uncomfortable. The chairs and the sofa. All looked nice, but the same hardness as the bed. Can't say comfortable, though they were supportive. Needs more outlets. Only 2 "American" outlets by the dressing station and 2 "European". No USB ports. I found another outlet behind the tv. So score 3. Some little things missing. Maybe since we haven't cruised Royal in 6 years, mostly do to their change in the rewards program, but I digress as a man with a grievance often does, but no slippers for use, no pens or paper (unless requested -the pen and paper not the slippers). The robes, well they are meant for the slight of frame, and sadly to say am not that. Not even fluffy (the robes not me). The cabin never got cold or cool. Though the thermostat was turned all the way, it was ok, not cool during the humid days. On non humid days, it did get cold. Sound. As the cabin is just below the Windjammer and pool deck, you will hear chairs dragged. Also loud music , though slightly muffled will be heard. The constant boom boom boom is annoying. Especially when trying to sleep. This is a suite and maybe a little more sound proofing? The balcony held 2 lounges and a table and 2 chairs. Spacious. The suite comes with full in room breakfast. You make choices in advance with the concierge or in the morning. Now I don't know who to blame? My self because we just sailed Cunard and their level of service is extraordinary or what we are getting. For example this morning we ordered breakfast to be delivered at 9. Pancakes, scrambled eggs and bagel and lox. Also a pot of tea. They attempted to deliver at 9, but we were on the balcony and did not hear them. They called and said they will make fresh and redeliver. Well that "made fresh" was to keep the eggs under a warmer and maybe nuke the pancakes. They forgot the bagels and we waited another 10 minutes for them. Well the pot of tea came in a pot used mostly for coffee. The coffee taste still resonated in the pot. We used the in room pot to boil our own water. Dinner. My wife has a shellfish allergy. The server asked immediately if anyone did and only my wife spoke up. Quite a lengthy discussion and a joke that she was the only one at the table with one. She ordered the tempura fried pollock the menu did not mention shrimp. There was an option for tempura fried haddock and shrimp. Two different items listed apart from each other. When the food arrived the server, thank God, did announce that there was shrimp on the plate. Then it started. The server got quite indignant using "Sweetie" and "Honey" when addressing my wife. Not a good way to calm a situation down. That was settled. Then at the senior officers meet and greet it was brought up to them. They said they had a report. I asked what did it say. The server said she was never told of an allergy. She lied never thinking that I would ever see the report... oops. We did receive a bottle of champagne to ease the mood. Not the good stuff, but better than the typical. Concierge. RaHul is great. At our service. Takes care of it all. We dined in Bermuda and he arranged the travel. Friendly, helpful and we believe sincere. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Embarkation went smoothly & before you knew it we were on board and enjoying the services and scenes. Food services were excellent, even the Windjammer & Park Cafe, the buffet & snack bar. Staff were very friendly and helpful ... Read More
Embarkation went smoothly & before you knew it we were on board and enjoying the services and scenes. Food services were excellent, even the Windjammer & Park Cafe, the buffet & snack bar. Staff were very friendly and helpful when needed to help with whatever needed doing. Weather was great throughout the trip & the ports of call were great. Shore excursions were plentiful and covered many interests. We had no problem getting exactly what we needed and the staff & contractors did exactly what they needed to make our tour enjoyable. We especially liked the beach day at Coco Cay. The beach was great & the water perfect. Enjoyed seeing abundant wild life on the beach area. Several small rays were feeding in the water in which we were swimming. The lunch provided was great as always. The production shows were repeats but were entertaining & were very well done. Other entertainers including the on-board bands were good. On-board bands were even a little better than we experienced our last cruise on this ship (my opinion, of course). Crown & Anchor Society (Loyalty program) events were really nice & amenities were fulfilling. e had a somewhat minor problem with out stateroom (see below) but worked it out with the help of Guest services. As this was a summer cruise, there were a few more kids than we like but at least half behaved themselves adequately. All in all, it was a great summer get-away at a time we felt we needed one. Our 14th cruise on this ship. Staff does very well & we'll likely keep coming back. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My husband and I cruised out of Baltimore on the Pride to Bermuda on July 2nd. This was our second time on this ship, but it previously hadn't had the 2.0 upgrades. The ship has changed some, but most of the Renaissance decor is the ... Read More
My husband and I cruised out of Baltimore on the Pride to Bermuda on July 2nd. This was our second time on this ship, but it previously hadn't had the 2.0 upgrades. The ship has changed some, but most of the Renaissance decor is the same. The ship was definitely kept clean. I enjoyed most of the food, especially Guy's burgers and dinner in David's Steakhouse. We chose to do My Time Dining. We requested to be seated in Darell's section each night. Our steward, Ketut, was friendly and kept our room clean. The entertainment on this cruise was much better than what we've seen on Carnival in the past. I enjoyed all of the joys. The singers were phenomenal. We enjoyed Bermuda. It was nice being there for 2 overnights. We didn't feel that we had to rush. It was very easy to take the mini bus to Horseshoe Bay Beach, which was gorgeous. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017

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