57 Baltimore Spring Break Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise as it was the spring break of our soon to be graduating daughter (HS), and it is an easy three hour drive to Baltimore. We have always loved the Port of Baltimore for efficiency and ease! We have been on three ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was the spring break of our soon to be graduating daughter (HS), and it is an easy three hour drive to Baltimore. We have always loved the Port of Baltimore for efficiency and ease! We have been on three Enchantment cruises in the past that we absolutely loved! I did read the reviews of the Grandeur (after booking, unfortunately , and had some concerns that the Grandeur would be different based on hearing it was for "the older" passenger demographic). Hey, I am no spring chicken, so due to proximity, and praying that this is spring break time, there would be something for my daughter to enjoy while making friends. Well, alas, it was not the case. I am not going to "bash" this cruise. We were in room 7078, a balcony with an awesome location! There were many "highs", and we did have fun. John Blair, the Cruise Director and his wife, worked very hard to make everyone's trip a fabulous event. He is an INCREDIBLY talented singer, and his Neil Diamond show was incredible! What a voice! Enjoyed the dancers and singers .... will not lie, I have heard better but also far worse. Good comedians, and overall great entertainment. Our room steward, Cornelius and waiters, AJ and Andy were fabulous! Dinners very good; not the best, but considering the number of guests they are feeding? We did not buy tickets for the upscale restaurants, but I heard a variety of reviews. I guess I just feel that you are already paying a significant cost, so the "push" for upscale meals is trying. There is seemingly never ending marketing for additional revenue; that is for sure! You can get some good buys, but many are overpriced or simply "junk". We did buy a Citizen watch. 35% off, but the retail price stated was less than looking the same one up on line. We usually play bingo .... did not even go as we heard it was $40 to play! The casino??? Horrible!!!! Never ending losses, machines a joke, and how the dealers keep pulling 21's is remarkable, to say the least. On previous cruises, they at least give you a free drink when losing your shirt; no longer happening! All in all, I would rate this cruise a 3.5. We did have a great time, met great people, and had lovely men and women working hard in their jobs to serve us. We were blessed with beautiful weather, and relatively calm seas. The Grandeur apparently has a huge following, and we now know it is geared for an "older" geographic population that enjoys smaller ships and is not focused on her "older" appearance with fewer activities. Not sure how long she will continue to be in service ...... but perhaps they need to take that into account when establishing pricing. Again, we did enjoy the trip ...... just trying to give an accurate evaluation of what to expect so there is no disappointment or regrets for your choice. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise because it disembarks out of Baltimore and it was easy to get to. This is why I'm giving it 2 stars: 1. Our room had a squeaky bunkbed that squeaked all night long; a really LOUD shrieking non-stop sound. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it disembarks out of Baltimore and it was easy to get to. This is why I'm giving it 2 stars: 1. Our room had a squeaky bunkbed that squeaked all night long; a really LOUD shrieking non-stop sound. The only way we could get it to die down, was by jamming stuff in the wall where the bunkbed frame was secured against the wall. Staff came about 3 times and could not fix it. We would reposition noise reducers through the night. 2. Our room balcony doors were not sealed properly and the wind made a horrible whistling sound all night long. We told staff and they did nothing. WE GOT NO SLEEP FOR 7 NIGHTS!!! 3. The staff are miserable. They are overworked and it shows. They are the most miserable staff I have ever seen in my life. They give good enough service and they try to be polite, but they are so tired and unhappy. 4. It's a party boat. Loud music until midnight on lido deck and drunk people everywhere. No class. 5. The auditorium shows are drab at best. Really bad singers and no worthy shows to see. We were bored most of the time. The comedy was great, but who wants to hear a comedian spew out toilet humor every night. It's fun the first three nights and then you want something different. We ended up watching movies in our room some days. There is NOTHING to do in the afternoon on sea days...no movies...nothing really for families. Just bikini contests, bingo that costs $$$, etc. 5. The ceiling in our hallway was dripping the entire week. They had 4 buckets collecting the drips the ENTIRE WEEK. We had to walk past it constantly to get to the elevators. 6. We changed credit cards for our tab and they got it wrong and charged the wrong credit card. We had to go in line to fix it. Took 45 minutes. 7. Public washrooms are filthy and there are barely any hand sanitizing stations in the main dining room; they don't push for people to sanitize their hands. This means that disease could easily spread if one person was infected with Noro Virus. 8. Carnival offered us a "meh" compensation for our room issues. They offered us basically a free excursion for my husband and I on our next cruise with Carnival. No refund for our troubles, but we did get apologies from the main desk on the ship and the complaint line after our cruise. I should note that the main desk really did try to do their best to help us and they were always polite; so were the repair men that came to our room. We are not planning on ever booking Carnival again. It was a terrible experience for my whole family. Even my kids got bored. How to improve? Afternoon matinee movies for families; better shows in the evening; maintain the rooms...this would be a start. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Been on this cruise 6 times. To us it us a nothing cruise. Just to relax. Food is good. The show's are not great. The comedy club is the best. Private island is nice. NASSAU is ok if u have never been there. JUNKOO beach is just ... Read More
Been on this cruise 6 times. To us it us a nothing cruise. Just to relax. Food is good. The show's are not great. The comedy club is the best. Private island is nice. NASSAU is ok if u have never been there. JUNKOO beach is just a walk out of town. Lounge chair and food vendors for minimal charge. Nice clean beach. Food vendors selling food. Freeport is to short. Love the enclosed pool for the first day. Depending on the weather u can use the second pool which is outside. Nighttime movie under the stars is nice. Cabins are clean and the staff take care of u. The last day they put towel animals all around the pool. Really cute. They do St Jude donations with either tshirts or bears. Will be doing this cruise again as the port is ok n li u 2hrs drive. Cheap parking. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We like to cruise out of Baltimore for the easy access for us We leave a day early and stay at the Best western O'Donnell st great transfers and easy boarding food was very good great service as always only real complaint was ... Read More
We like to cruise out of Baltimore for the easy access for us We leave a day early and stay at the Best western O'Donnell st great transfers and easy boarding food was very good great service as always only real complaint was the flys at Princess cay at the food area HORRIBLE need to do something about it people just tossing there food out Having platinum status sure makes life easy Carnival really takes care of you from perks to early boarding to first off the ship nice job Carnival The entertainment in the main showroom needs help need to get some jugglers or magicians some thing other then the dancers couple shows were good first two of the week stunk you could tell by how empty the venue was Comedy shows were good around the ship entertainment was good nice job from the cruise director. The band Beast from the east was very good and so was will terri guitar slolist The late night deck party's had major cut backs pretty lame and the chocolate Buffett has gone down hill Ship was supper clean Crewe was great all around a great time going back next year Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose the Pride because we wouldn't have to fly to cruise. This is my 4th cruise and second with Carnival (previous Alaska on Legend). This is a nice ship overall although I can't compare to a megaship, I found the size ... Read More
We chose the Pride because we wouldn't have to fly to cruise. This is my 4th cruise and second with Carnival (previous Alaska on Legend). This is a nice ship overall although I can't compare to a megaship, I found the size reasonable. I was pushing my mother in a wheelchair around the ship and it was very easy. The casino was on the small size and too tight with winning! but still had fun giving them my money..lol. We didn't attend all the shows but enjoyed the ones we did go to -it's not broadway but the singing and dancing was very good. The food in the main dining room was good and we always had excellent service. We did eat at the steakhouse one night and besides our snooty waitor, the food was SOOO good! My mother used the spa and tried every massage available, hot stone was her favorite. She used the same massuese and really loved her. We went to Garden of the Groves excursion in Freeport and it was fantastic- great guides and beautiful garden. We also went on the glass bottom boat excursion in Princess cay as well as the coastal cruise excursion in the afternoon and enjoyed them both- same boat. The organization after getting off the tender was poor and confusing but we made it to the excursion. On the ship, The drinks run $8-12 a piece but unless you drink a ton, the drink package is not worth it. Drinks are free in casino after 1500 points earned. Seas were a bit rough but I use the prescription patch and highly recommend it, I wasn't sea sick at all. I enjoy cruising and carnival is a fun atmosphere. We went spring break so there were tons of kids, lots of families. Seemed like there was plenty of activities for all ages. I am already booked for the Pride in the fall. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Chose this cruise because we live only about one hour drive from Port of Baltimore and it’s so easy to get there. No airfare needed! Embarking is a breeze. This was our fourth Royal Caribbean cruise. (2 other prior cruises with HAL and ... Read More
Chose this cruise because we live only about one hour drive from Port of Baltimore and it’s so easy to get there. No airfare needed! Embarking is a breeze. This was our fourth Royal Caribbean cruise. (2 other prior cruises with HAL and Carnival) My husband and I cruised with our two children (6&8) and our friends who are new to cruises and brought their two children (7&9). This was our second trip on Grandeur. It felt like coming home. Our last trip on Grandeur was also a spring break/Easter cruise. This time they tried to do a little more to recognize the Easter holiday. There was an opportunity to have a photo with Easter bunny and an Easter egg hunt. The hunt was poorly organized. They need to stagger entry so small and young children have a chance. Some adults were rushing in too. Not a good scene. The food was very good. I thought they do a really nice job when you consider how many folks they’re cooking for. Our friends are vegetarian and they had special requests that were honored everyday. The ship seems to be cutting corners here and there. Anyone who has cruised for over ten years will notice it. My big gripe is the soda package. I prepaid for unlimited Coca Cola products but got very limited product. The machines that dispense the coke products malfunction or are poor stocked. Unless you prefer Sprite or root beer, don’t buy the package. The machines were almost always out of Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero. I complained three times and no change. Also no bar server or restaurant server ever offered to refill my coke. This is despite the fact I had to prepay 18% gratuity in the entire Coke product beverage package.( I feel very ripped off. Hope you are listening Royal Caribbean!) Our experience was overall very good. We did not like the cruise director “Big Bob” as he was not warm and personable, in our experience. My friend participated in a game and Big Bob yelled and pressured him to take off his shirt. My friend was not happy. We did love our main dining room experience. Shout out to Great Gatsby’s Anita, Grant G., Vitaliy and Robert W. (Or the “Sheriff” of windjammer). These guys really care and want their guests to have best possible experience. So Enjoyed the prime rib, lobster tail, shrimps, cheesecake, cherries jubilee, ceasar salad, French onion soup, eggs, mashed potatoes, fresh fruit, daily rolls with butter, chicken Parmesan, molten chocolate cake, raspberry ganache, and ice cream. Yum! (I probably gained five pounds.) Did try Olga’s yoga classes. My friend and I went to four or five. I thought she was good. Took dance class with Bas ❤️and Zumba with Caroline. ❤️ They were both great. We enjoyed our ports. Can see hurricane damage but had a perfect beach day in Phillipsburg, St. Martin. Took a fun snorkel excursion in St. Thomas to Turtle Bay. Unfortunately we didn’t see many tropical fish or coral. Again, if you snorkeled ten or more years ago you see the difference. The ocean is changing. We enjoyed shopping in St. Kitts and toured on our own mostly. Caribbean Cab drivers were super aggressive at times. Had so-so experience dealing with them on the islands. Enjoyed the local beer. Try Piton and Caribe. Enjoyed eating shrimp, rice and beans at The Nest at the Valley Church Beach on Antigua. Loved Burger Madness on St. Martin. Don’t expect quick service though. Remember you’re on Island Time. We had two days with rough seas. My kids were seasick (plus our little one ran fever for days) but taking Tylenol and Dramamine early helped. Must say, Did NOT have good experience at the medical facility with ship’s doctor “Luis” , nurse “Rose” seemed more caring, but both gave bad medical advice contrary to what our excellent pediatricians say to do here in US. I would NOT return to that clinic unless dying. Would return to Grandeur of the Seas but we are interested in checking out some newer ships so we’re booked on a Ovation and Anthem for our upcoming cruises. We do always appreciate Adventure Ocean (AO) staff. They do a great job with our kids. Our kids were sad however they didn’t get AO pillowcases this time or get to repeat the pirate parade they did last time. We also liked Donna the face painting professional. She was so nice and friendly and did a great job with the kids. Happy cruising! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The grand mother recommended the cruise with Royal Caribbean. The good food was great the staff where friendly the room attendant was great the waiter in the dinning room was great. The bad 2 broken hot tubs, Broken ice cream machine, ... Read More
The grand mother recommended the cruise with Royal Caribbean. The good food was great the staff where friendly the room attendant was great the waiter in the dinning room was great. The bad 2 broken hot tubs, Broken ice cream machine, unwashed windows, and rust abounding on the exterior of the ship. Now the Ugly I dropped my children off at the teen center on the ship for a "in room scavenger hunt" as described in the teen flyer. I come to find out it was a all over the ship scavenger hunt how easy at 10 pm. at night would it be for teen to be abducted and raped and thrown overboard? Brought the issue to guest services it was never addressed!!!!!!! More ugly RC claimed a port of call at coco cay which I hear from others frequently is cancelled so they flat out lied and offered no other port of call. Last of the ugly Shore excursions were great but very short not a good value. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
My husband and I just returned from a 7-night Bahamas cruise on the Carnival Pride, which was an excellent cruise. This was our third cruise, second on Carnival, but our first cruise since December 2012 (nothing against cruising, we were ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from a 7-night Bahamas cruise on the Carnival Pride, which was an excellent cruise. This was our third cruise, second on Carnival, but our first cruise since December 2012 (nothing against cruising, we were just busy doing other kinds of vacations). Two of the main reasons chose the Carnival Pride was because of its departure port of Baltimore (only an 8-hour drive from our house so we didn't have to fly anywhere) and the size of the ship (we had previously been on Carnival Dream and felt it was hectic and crowded all the time). Overall it was an excellent cruise, and I will discuss some of the features we liked, as well as a couple of things we felt could have been improved. First I will talk about the ship in general. Of course with the ship being a little older, there were some areas that seemed a little run down. The outside of the boat needs a new paint job (especially when we saw it next to the new Norwegian Breakaway when we were in Nassau). But despite that and a few signs of wear and tear (some cracked tiles in the buffet area), the ship is in good condition. What's more, is that everything is very clean! The hardworking staff was everywhere I was, always cleaning and keeping things looking very tidy. I was very impressed with the cleanliness of the common areas. Now to some specifics of our sailing. We sailed from March 11th-18th, having two sea days, followed by a day at Princess Cay, Nassau and Freeport. Then one sea day home and getting in around 8:30, although we didn't get off the boat until close to 11:30 because there were only 2-3 customs agents at any given moment which was ultra aggravating, but not Carnival's fault. We also chose to park at the port since we had such a long drive back, and this was the absolute best decision since most other people who did a park and cruise situation with a hotel nearby seemed to have to wait even longer. Next, I'd like to speak to some specific staff who wowed us, and some who could use a little improvement. - Cruise Director- Leigh: We said it to his face, but he's the best cruise director we've ever had. I told this to a relative when we came home, but he is the exact right combination of hilarious, sarcastic and borderline inappropriate that everyone wants in a cruise director. He was always that right mix of dialogue that parents appreciated when their kids were around but that all adults were able to read right through. It was perfect. Leigh was funny, charismatic and honest. I honestly cannot think of one thing to say about him that is constructive. I just feel sad that he won't be on a cruise with him in the near future. - Room Steward- Victoria: I know I started out this review saying how I hadn't been on a cruise in over five years, but I can't imagine someone better than her before. She was so friendly. Victoria introduced herself the first night, asking us when we wanted our room serviced ( morning, evening or both). Although I had remembered hearing about the cutbacks at Carnival where the room stewards wouldn't come both times in the day automatically, I forgot this when she asked and foolishly said morning. Upon reflection, I remembered reading about this cutback in a blog, and we later left Victoria a note asking for both times in the day. She obliged. And was great. Everything was spotless. When we had the issue with the whistling door, it was dealt with by the time we came back after dinner even though we left her a note and saw her in the hallway on the way out. I don't know what else to say that explains how great she was. I hope this review is reflected in her promotion track. - Main Dining Room Staff- Agus (main waiter), Lamberto (waiter), Tiur (waitress)- Overall this staff was excellent. Agus led his small team magnificently. Agus even started noticing what our preferences were and began suggesting items we might like and even brought us extra entrees to share when we were unsure what we wanted. Agus was slightly shy with us at first, and I can entirely understand why. I think this crew dealt with a lot of slobby tourists who don't respect the hard workers on this cruise. On the last night, one insulting person literally tossed their plate on the floor after a loud band on the table. In 12 years of international travel, I had never seen anything so disgusting and I was shocked someone would actually act like that. But the staff was so professional and I was blown away. Thank goodness for the patience of this team. Agus was really good. Tiur is obviously newer in the role but I think when her confidence in English gets better she'll improve. Lamberto needs a bit of practice before he's promoted, his demeanour was a little cold overall. - Armen- Booze guy in the dining room: Armen greeted my husband and each time he brought us a drink with a joke. He started becoming a familiar face week looked forward to seeing every night. - Elin- the Female bartender in the atrium bar- We didn't see this bartender everytime we were in the atrium, but I wish we had. She noticed multiple time that we were back and remembered what we wanted from previous nights. She was great. The Liberty Trio- I started planning my nightly activities around seeing these ladies. They were excellent. They are incredibly talented, and they seemed to be one of the only musical acts on board playing very current music. I just loved them. I'd book another cruise based on them being on the ship alone. The Absolute Duo- This act is also excellent. They remind me of an act straight out of the 60s in the best way possible. They're very talented and played all the classic hits I would expect them to. DJ Chef Shur- This DJ is pretty good. I was impressed with the way that he kept the energy on the lido deck fun and upbeat. He even rolled with the punches when this Asian woman was continually dancing when he was there (what's her deal!?) But as the week went on, I felt like he played the same songs over and over again, and none of them were more recent than three or four years ago. When we went to Beauties one night, it was supposed to be all request, but every song we requested he cut the song off short and went back to some old song I'd heard 20 times that week. He needs to get some new stuff in his repertoire. Real Spice Carribean Sounds- I wish there had been more opportunities for this band to play around the ship. The steel drum player is particularly talented. I often sought them out in the afternoon, and I really enjoyed listening to them. Spa staff: I don't recall the name of the person who did my spa treatment, but overall they were good. The only thing I will say is that when I was getting my hot stone massage, at one point the person was using only one hand, and I could tell they were doing something else like looking at their phone. It was a little weird. Maybe the staff could be reminded that they need to keep their personal communications to after a treatment. The Fun Squad: Overall I liked the fun crew. They were all friendly. They all ran the trivia in their own way which I liked. I didn't get to know any of them too much, but they were fun. Jess was super fun but the whole "Oh Yes Jess" thing has a weirdly sexual vibe which I found off-putting around the kids. Neil also had a little bit of a funny vibe, but I think he could improve that being more outgoing and polishing his physical appearance (tucking in his shirt, shorter haircut). Theatre performers: I didn't catch too many shows, but the 80's one I saw the whole thing and I loved it. All the performers were really good. I hate to describe them like this, but I don't know their names, so I have to explain the way they look. The black male dancer was particularly talented- I hope they keep him for a long time. The female dancer with the brown hair was also so good- my eyes were always on her because she was the best one. The principal singers were good, but I think they could all use just a little more practice. Still, I really enjoyed the shows I saw, and the final show with the lip sync battle and pulling the kids up from the kid's club was the best. Other food, drink and service other than dinner at main dining room: Most of the food I had on board was excellent. David's Steakhouse on the first night was excellent. Best steak I've had in a long time. Honestly, Guy's burgers were just okay, not what I've heard people rave about. The burgers always seemed overdone. The taco bowl at Blue Iguana was great but the eggs in the morning were even better. I didn't eat at the buffet much, but I liked how many fun themed food there were on St. Patrick's day. That was a nice touch. The wine selection in the main dining room and at the atrium bar was good. I got drinks at both the Red Rub Bar and the Tequilla bar were always pretty weak honestly. Not worth the price I paid. The one time I went to the martini bar I had the WORST bartender ( I don't know his name, but he was also the bartender at the drink mixing contest on the lido deck). He took honestly, no joke, 25 minutes to make my drink and he was super rude to not only me but other customers. I didn't go back to that bar the entire trip because of that guy. Complaints: - In general, although the food was good, we felt like there was way too much emphasis on meat and carbs. One night we ordered broccoli to come with our dinner, and they gave us TWO pieces. I'm sure veggies are less expensive for the company than meat! Increase the number of vegetables you're serving. - On St. Patrick's day, I wanted to join the pub crawl, but since we had the late seating and there was the plate flipping incident (see above), we missed the start of it. We were able to catch up to them at the second venue, and even though we were willing to pay the whole price although we had missed the first drink, they wouldn't let us join! How does this make sense? You refused our money and ruined my fun for the night. I don't know who's policy this was, but it made for a sour end to my otherwise excellent cruise. - We paid for the most expensive internet package because both my husband and I needed it for work and school, and it was so horrible. Barely worked from the beginning of the week and only got worst. It was so bad we asked for a refund and were thankfully promised one, but it hasn't come through yet. Overall, this was a great cruise. I'm going to have a hard time going back to a bigger ship. I would go on the Pride again in a heartbeat. ***Full disclosure, I also shared all of this information with Carnival directly, which is why I feel comfortable sharing the names of the staff members I've included in this review.*** Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was my first time on a Carnival ship. The Pride out of Baltimore was great option for us as we could drive there and save money on airfare. Even though the ship is older and smaller than some of the newer ships, it still had great ... Read More
This was my first time on a Carnival ship. The Pride out of Baltimore was great option for us as we could drive there and save money on airfare. Even though the ship is older and smaller than some of the newer ships, it still had great things to offer. Bigger isn't always better in my opinion. The crew was amazing, so kind and wanting to make everything just right. The food was great and entertainment was really good. The next time our family of four cruises we will opt for a larger more spacious cabin, just for a bit more room. Enjoyed the ports in the Bahamas.....especially Princess Cays. Our kids had a fantastic time and enjoyed the basketball court, kids clubs, and the all you can eat ice cream. Embarkation and disembarkation went way smoother than I had anticipated it might go. We would definitely travel again with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This is the 5th time I took this cruise and I booked if for next year on board. This is just a easy port for us to get to. Parking is easy as we drive to the port in 2 hrs. Food is great. We ate in the buffet for breakfast and any time ... Read More
This is the 5th time I took this cruise and I booked if for next year on board. This is just a easy port for us to get to. Parking is easy as we drive to the port in 2 hrs. Food is great. We ate in the buffet for breakfast and any time dinning for dinner. Lunch was either guys burger, pizza or the deli. We only do the comedy club for entertainment. We have seen the big shows many time. Love that we went to the private island instead of port canival this year. The cabins are great. The only this we had a problem this year was they could not get the heat to work. They did give us extra blankets. To us this is a nothing cruise as we do nothing as we have been to the ports mzny times. We stay on the ship and just veg. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
we keep coming back to this ship and each time we see nice improvements to service, food and customer care. Grandeur is one of RCL's smaller ships but we like the ships under 3,500 people. Having taken 3 trips of the over ... Read More
we keep coming back to this ship and each time we see nice improvements to service, food and customer care. Grandeur is one of RCL's smaller ships but we like the ships under 3,500 people. Having taken 3 trips of the over 5,000 guests mega ships we keep coming back . We were travelling with 2 couples The Port of Baltimore is convenient for us to fly into from Buffalo. This vacation was a 12 day trip visited 5 islands and really enjoyed relaxing with days at sea Due to the hurricanes, St. Thomas was not really ready for tourists, the other 4 ports of call Antigua, St Lucia, Martinique and St Kitts were excellent. Grandeur was kept very clean but it can use some updating. My time dining - Staff knew our names wow. Food was very good Some of the dance shows could use a refresh We all Enjoyed the sauna , it was always working, clean and available. The exercise room is much too small when in full use. We would go again out of Baltimore - 12 days or more but when different ports of calls are offered Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise because it would visit Charleston SC. Unfortunately, we did not recognize that it was Easter break for many children. We had not been to Charleston or Miami in many years. We loved Charleston when we first ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it would visit Charleston SC. Unfortunately, we did not recognize that it was Easter break for many children. We had not been to Charleston or Miami in many years. We loved Charleston when we first visited there. Charleston is still a lovely place to see and we enjoyed our tour of the city. We stayed aboard the ship in Orlando and had a quiet day. Miami was a bit chaotic both on our tour and in the city. Nassau is Nassau, always the same but that can be good, because we have special places we stop at every time we visit. Nassau is always pretty, the weather is always beautiful for us and it's a lively place with lots of life going on. We missed CoCoCay this time due to winds that prevented tendering everyone over to the island. The Grandeur has great staff, friendly, caring and always ready with a smile. I did see the security staff always present to deal with any incidents anywhere on the ship. If it hadn't been for the noise and chaos of 500 children onboard getting wilder and wilder each day, it would have been a perfect cruise. We still love children, and the Grandeur but will just double check our calendar from now on before booking a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Check in at Baltimore was very easy. I have cruised on larger ships before and I have to say that the cruising on a smaller ship may be the way to go. We really got to know our fellow shipmates. The atmosphere on the ship was very ... Read More
Check in at Baltimore was very easy. I have cruised on larger ships before and I have to say that the cruising on a smaller ship may be the way to go. We really got to know our fellow shipmates. The atmosphere on the ship was very friendly and fun. The staff on the ship is fully committed to your cruise experience. We were able to visit Coco Cay and that was our favorite destination. I would recommend the beach bed. We wish we could've stayed there for another day it was so wonderful. We booked another cruise while on board because of our outstanding experience. The last night the cruise director arranged a recognition for military, first responders, nurses and teachers. This was very nice. The cruise director Paul Rutter and Activities Director Tornado Tanya work non stop daily to keep the fun going and they did not disappoint. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our spring break cruise. We traveled with 12 people in our group. We made he best of the trip but there were some issues with the ship and staff. All of us agreed that the ship was in desperate need of updating and we found out ... Read More
This was our spring break cruise. We traveled with 12 people in our group. We made he best of the trip but there were some issues with the ship and staff. All of us agreed that the ship was in desperate need of updating and we found out that after our trip the ship was going to be dry-docked for just that purpose. We found the staff to not be as accommodating as we remembered from past cruises. The food was ok, but not over he top like we had experienced in the past. The casino, while the selection of games and slots was ok, the staff in the casino was very unfriendly and rude at times. There were 2 ladies behind the cashier's window who were the most unfriendly staff members that we dealt with. However, our wait staff in the main dinning room were amazing. They were over he top wonderful, they made every dinner wonderful and we all enjoyed both Antonio and Fidel. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
First of all we found out we got ripped of by our vacation specialist that is a joke. It was so much trouble getting on and off. Hardly anyone spoke English. There was so many kids just running crazy. The pools were so small you ... Read More
First of all we found out we got ripped of by our vacation specialist that is a joke. It was so much trouble getting on and off. Hardly anyone spoke English. There was so many kids just running crazy. The pools were so small you couldn't even get in. The adult section was so small it was packed everyday. We went the bahama's we had so little time. You had to walk though the smokey casino to get to dinner so you stunk. Hated it!!!!! The only thing we liked was the gym and comedy club. At the end we were told to make sure to be out of our rooms at 9:00. When they were well aware we would have to wait four hour wait. We used all our vacation money for the year on this crappy trip. Never again. All you people that are planning a cruise dont do something else don't waste your money!!!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our first Carnival cruise and it exceeded our expectations. Previously, we had cruised on NCL quite a few times along with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. We chose Baltimore because it is within driving distance and significantly ... Read More
This was our first Carnival cruise and it exceeded our expectations. Previously, we had cruised on NCL quite a few times along with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. We chose Baltimore because it is within driving distance and significantly easier to manage than NYC. It would be hard for me to imagine a port easier to get in and out of than Baltimore. Parking is reasonable ($15/day) and the porters unload your baggage right from your vehicle. We had the Faster-to-the-fun option so we were able to quickly check-in and board at approximately 1pm. We went directly to our cabin which was ready when we boarded. It was clean and well -maintained. The ship shows some age but not enough to prevent us from choosing it again. We had consistently great service all week from our cabin attendant. The food was generally very good in both the main dining room and the Lido buffet. There were a few items that we wouldn't order again but we enjoyed most things. We tried and liked both the Guy's Burgers and the Blue Iguana. The Pride's pizza is significantly better than what I ever had on NCL. I am going through withdrawal from the Melting Chocolate Cake in the MDR. The one thing I found to be different as compared to the other cruise lines was a lack of focus on hand sanitization. Carnival had the dispensers at key locations but wasn't encouraging you to use them. NCL was much, much more aggressive about it on the 8-9 cruises I have done with them. Our daughter enjoyed Camp Carnival every time she attended. There were a lot of kids on board because many of the local schools had spring break. We attended the Dr. Seuss breakfast that was really well done. The entertainment was hit or miss. The comedians were the highlight and there were four to choose from during the week. My family liked the 80's themed production show but felt the other shows were weak. The cruise director, Saffie, was energetic and engaged in making sure everyone had an opportunity to enjoy themselves. All around, the staff was very friendly and helpful wherever we encountered them. I had always had the impression that Carnival was a rowdier experience but I didn't find that to be the case. It was a good mix of families and age ranges. Half Moon Cay was the highlight of the trip. Again, the FTTF option meant that we were on one of the first few tenders. That gave us the option to have our pick of clamshell rentals on the beach. We had a perfect day and we loved that stop. Grand Turk was nice and we enjoyed a snorkel trip. My family enjoyed a beach excursion in Freeport. Disembarkation was smooth and orderly. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We choose this cruise based upon the dates and location of the port. It was the kids (ages 15 & 17) spring break and being based out of Baltimore meant that we didn't have to fly. Embarkation and Disembarkation were so ... Read More
We choose this cruise based upon the dates and location of the port. It was the kids (ages 15 & 17) spring break and being based out of Baltimore meant that we didn't have to fly. Embarkation and Disembarkation were so smooth and quick, thanks to Faster to the Fun. We won't sail Carnival without it. The ship was a beauty. Easy to get around. No dead ends. Everything you need is on Deck 2, 3 or 9. We were on Deck 7 (room 7185) so we were close to everything. We choose our room so that we weren't directly below the lido or directly above the casino. Room was quiet. We loved the extended balcony. Dining was typical Carnival fare. Our only complaint this whole cruise was the speed of the dinner time service. We always seems to be one of the last tables in the entire dining room that was served. Way too slow!!! We finally decided to show up to dinner 20 to 30 minutes late, and that seemed to alleviate the long wait times. Entertainment was on par for Carnival. However, Saffie, our cruise director is one of the best cruise directors we've ever experienced. She's full of energy, fun and she truly seems to love what she does. Service was excellent on the Pride. The staff was almost always friendly and helpful. Our cabin stewards were excellent. As for ports, I thought Grand Turk was Paradise...until...we went to Half Moon Cay. HMC truly lived up to its reputation of being Paradise!!! Everyone kept saying "I'd be happy docking here for 3 days" and I'd have to agree. Our final stop was Freeport where everyone told us to stay on the boat because it wasn't worth getting off, HOWEVER, we did an Electric Bicycle Tour with CocoNutz Cruisers and it was a blast! If we ever go back to Freeport, we'll definitely do another tour with them. As for the Pride, I would sail her again and again and again!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This is my second time on the Pride. We love the Pride! My husband and I were disappointed with the singers on the cruise. We felt their voices were just average (perhaps we were just spoiled from our first cruise when the entertainers ... Read More
This is my second time on the Pride. We love the Pride! My husband and I were disappointed with the singers on the cruise. We felt their voices were just average (perhaps we were just spoiled from our first cruise when the entertainers were amazing!) We spent most of our time onboard at the Serenity pool. They did a much better job this time with cracking down on the people who tried to reserve chairs for hours. It was pretty funny to see people show up 3 hours later and get ticked off because their stuff was moved and someone else was in their chair. LOL Our deck 5 balcony cabin was wonderful, our cabin steward Josie went out of her way to fulfill our requests. She was delightful. We chose Your Time Dining and we never waited for a table. We usually went down between 6 and 7. I do wish they would renovate the Normandie. They did a beautiful tasteful job on the Raphael Lounge and the Alchemy Bar, they should consider extending it into the restaurant. The food however was wonderful. I had a hard time deciding what to get so I asked if I could have an appetizer portion of a second entree and they gladly gave it to me. Will I go back on the Pride? You betchya! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Is was our third bi-annual Spring Break cruise with grand-kids. Sailing from Baltimore is great since the port is only 40 minutes from our home. We opted for Ocean Suites this time around since the little ones aren't so little any ... Read More
Is was our third bi-annual Spring Break cruise with grand-kids. Sailing from Baltimore is great since the port is only 40 minutes from our home. We opted for Ocean Suites this time around since the little ones aren't so little any longer. We really enjoyed the extra space, and there was more closet and drawer space then we needed. The bathroom had dual vanities which also came in handy, and it was nice that my wife and I could both use the sinks at the same time. It also had a Jacuzzi tub and shower combo that had plenty of room. It had a nicely-sized balcony with two reclining chairs, one static chair, a full-size chaise lounge and table. We enjoyed the time spent out there. The food for most part was very good, and of course I grabbed several Guy's burgers and breakfast burritos at the Blue Iguana Cantina. The grand-kids practically lived by the soft serve/frozen yogurt machines. We had Early dining which worked well for us. The main reason I didn't give the cruise a 5 rating was due to the service in the main dining room, which was inconsistent at times. This was not because the staff didn't work very hard - they did and I tipped each of our servers extra at the end of the cruise. It was because they are stretched across too many tables - obviously a cost cutting decision by Carnival. Entertainment was good, with a good Calypso band, very good rock/pop band and of course the Punchliner Comedy Club acts were a hoot. We really didn't attend any of the production shows. We both had the beverage package and got our money's worth. We pre-purchased online to get the lower rate. The weather was terrific the whole trip. We did the Home Sweet Home tour in Grand Turk, rented a Beach Villa on Half Moon Cay, and the Dolphin Close Encounter in Freeport. All were through Carnival and we felt were a good value. Coming back to mid-80s in Baltimore on Easter Sunday sure helped with the transition to home weather. All-in-all, we had a great time and look forward to our next one in 2 years. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose the 9 Day out of Baltimore on the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas largely because it fit perfectly in my kids' Spring Break. I understand that the Grandeur is one of RC's smaller ships, but it really needs to ... Read More
We chose the 9 Day out of Baltimore on the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas largely because it fit perfectly in my kids' Spring Break. I understand that the Grandeur is one of RC's smaller ships, but it really needs to either add more activities for the kids to do or acknowledge it really should be an adult-only ship. Yes, there was a rock wall... that was only open a few hours twice a day. Yes, there was a kids center... that was open even less and when it was open it was so packed my kids had no interest because it was so small. The pool was also small with signs that limited it to 34 persons and also stated that anyone in swim diapers were not allowed to use it. The entire ship was full of children with nothing to do while the parents had the casino, the shopping, and the bars open all day long. Again, it really was an adult-centered ship. I overheard someone discussing numbers, and the previous sailing of that ship only had roughly 35 kids onboard while our sailing had over 400. Kids were on Spring Break, so I can't say I'm surprised, and I really wish they had taken the time to expand the hours or added activities centered on the kids given that drastically increased number. It's not like RC didn't know they were coming. Many of the activities on the ship that my kids really wanted to be apart of, including the crew vs. guests volleyball game and the belly flop competition, were only for 18 and over. The kids were left out, and it was disappointing. They are paying customers too, and we spent a lot money for them to be there only to end up playing board games in the Centrium. Thank God we brought them. This was our third cruise, and our first on Royal Caribbean. While I might be open to one of RC's larger ships with things like water slides and basketball hoops, I doubt I will sail on the Grandeur with our kids again any time soon. It isn't a ship for them. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose the cruise for the convenience of going out of Baltimore, a 9 night tour and Charleston. (And we thought we would get an upgraded experience over Carnival.) Our dining staff-- Dexter and Parwan were EXCELLENT. I actually set ... Read More
We chose the cruise for the convenience of going out of Baltimore, a 9 night tour and Charleston. (And we thought we would get an upgraded experience over Carnival.) Our dining staff-- Dexter and Parwan were EXCELLENT. I actually set out a special tip ($60) for them to bring the last night (complete in an envelope with their names) only to have it TAKEN by the room steward!!! I told the dining staff what happened and they seemed to indicate that it happened all of the time?!!? I also reported it to Guest Services who was very blase but said it would be fixed-- it was NOT by the time I had to disembark. Nobody from Royal Caribbean has followed up. Very sad. The food in the Great Gatsby was OK. A lot of kind of odd choices that did not sound particularly appealing and a few that fell short of the mark. The highlight was that on certain nights there was an up-charge to get filet mignon. Oh! And the gnocchi, tortellini and Cesar salad were very yummy! The food in the Windjammer really needs some help-- particularly in keeping warm things warm and a bit more variety. The salad ingredients always appeared fresh and tasted good. Fruit was also particularly good. The maitre d' refused to accept that My Time Dining meant on the cruiser's schedule.... not hers and she pretty much forced everyone into choosing one time slot and going in that slot every day or face her wrath-- and then she would also make you wait (and wait and wait... and then check back..... to see if she decided to allow you a seat)! The bartender at the pool bar was surly-- at best-- at least to females. He seemed to work harder for guys. My teens were not enthralled with the "teen club" that apparently bumped a lot of tweens up to teens.... and made it not a fun "teen" experience. The rooms were fine. The public areas were well-designed. The entertainment was OK. (ReVOICED was the stand-out-- very fun!!) Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because of the port stops. This has been our 5th RC cruise and our 44th cruise since December 2011, so we have a lot to compare this to. The entire ship needs upgrading. On 3 different days, there were times when the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the port stops. This has been our 5th RC cruise and our 44th cruise since December 2011, so we have a lot to compare this to. The entire ship needs upgrading. On 3 different days, there were times when the toilets did not flush. The public bathrooms were not taken care of very well. There were occasional smells of sewer gas in our bathroom and other places around the ship. Our cabin steward was a ghost; we saw him for the first time on day 8. There was a fire alert one evening where most crew reported to their stations. Thankfully it was just smoke from a transformer and we did not need to be evacuated. Breakfast in the Windjammer was very disappointing. Lunch and dinner ranged from fair to good, with adequate choices. The main pool was closed on 2 separate occasions due to "accidents" and it needed to be drained and cleaned. During these times, screaming, jumping, unsupervised children were allowed in the adult only pool. The crew (with the exception of our cabin steward ) were very friendly and helpful. The entertainment was excellent; diverse, and very professional and entertaining. Overall, we give this cruise a 5 on a scale of 1-10. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Cruise was exceptional. Shout out to Dexter and Panwar in the Main Dining Room. Seeing them every day was actually a highlight for the family! We had had Dexter as a waiter the previous cruise 2 years prior, and he is the best, and ... Read More
Cruise was exceptional. Shout out to Dexter and Panwar in the Main Dining Room. Seeing them every day was actually a highlight for the family! We had had Dexter as a waiter the previous cruise 2 years prior, and he is the best, and Panwar was as excellent! Ship entertainment was even better than 2 years ago, and I understand the ship is about to go through a 21 drydock to do some renovations. Beautiful now, and sure even better when complete in May 2017. Second time cruising on Grandeur of the Seas, love the ease of driving to Baltimore from an hour away, parking and instant vacation. Can bring much more luggage than if having to fly down to Florida, and don't have the added expense/planning. Although not one of the larger ships (Baltimore can't handle them), I've never felt lacking. Entertainment and activities were exceptional! Would suggest that they have a plan B for CocoCay Bahamas. I understand this stop is missed much more than it's made due to tethering and swells making it unsafe to embark. That's understandable, but make a decision or go back to Nassau for another day. Would be appreciated! Read Less
Sail Date April 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
As a teacher, I am limited in choosing when and where I cruise. This trip worked well with my Spring Break. There were many positives such as the music, 4 of the ports we visited and dining room service. Unfortunately, we also experienced ... Read More
As a teacher, I am limited in choosing when and where I cruise. This trip worked well with my Spring Break. There were many positives such as the music, 4 of the ports we visited and dining room service. Unfortunately, we also experienced several events involving deceptive practices. For instance, we asked for a damaged photo to be reprinted only to return several hours later to find the same bent photo. The person behind the desk had scrutinized the photo and apparently decided there was no need. He argued with us then got rid of us by filling out a reprint request. When we asked him to step into the natural light to look at the photo the second time, he went to get it reprinted, but there was no apology or anything similar. Also, we ordered $13 wine on a 10 drink card we had been told was for anything up to $14 per glass. The waitress came to say it was only for up to $12 and argued with us demanding to know specifically who had said $14. When we told her, she went and had the restaurant manager bring us another cheaper wine thinking we would not know the difference. Additionally, we did not stop at Coco Cay due to swells being too large for the tenders. The cruise director blithely announced that this port had not been usable "for months" yet no adjustment or modification has been made and none is planned. There were other instances, but the net result is that this cruise line does not respect its passengers enough to deal fairly and honestly with them. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017

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