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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Baltimore
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    King's Wharf
  • Day 4
    King's Wharf
  • Day 5
    King's Wharf
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Baltimore

Grandeur of the Seas

Grandeur of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Smaller size, veteran crew and repeat clientele give the ship a homey feel

Cons

Cabins feel old; ship lacks line's newest bells and whistles

Bottom Line

Affordable ship in Baltimore draws families, seniors and everyone in between


Cruise Reviews

10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
this was wife and mine 20th cruise and the seventh on RC. First time sailing on Grandeur. Both of us in mid 60's. We had a balcony room on deck 7. We did no shore excursions from ship. Itinerary was good. My rating of average was because ... Read More
this was wife and mine 20th cruise and the seventh on RC. First time sailing on Grandeur. Both of us in mid 60's. We had a balcony room on deck 7. We did no shore excursions from ship. Itinerary was good. My rating of average was because of the food. Without a doubt, the food on this cruise was the worst we ever experienced which was surprising as we had had no prior complaints on RC or the other 5 cruise lines we have sailed on ( including Celebrity in January where the food was excellent). In the main dining room the food was hit or miss but with more misses. some nights the selections were blasé. Wife tried fish 5 times and me once and not one good one. All were too fishy tasting. Soup selections were unappealing. Twice we had to order a second dinner because the first one just wasn't any good. Ate one night at Chops (good) and one night at Giovanni's(excellent). Didn't eat dinner at Windjammer as breakfast and lunch didn't inspire any confidence that dinner would be better. Unless you order fresh eggs, the rest of the breakfast foods were lukewarm at best. Not much variety as everyday is pretty much the same food. Lunch had more variety but again almost all foods are lukewarm. Did eat 3X in MDR for lunch. Food was better but service really slow. You can have a made to order salad which is the way to go. Did grab coffee, fruit and pastries at Café Park in the Solarium some mornings. The Ship- mostly an elderly crowd. Many people have sailed the Grandeur many times. They obvoiusly love it. Over 500 Diamond members on board. Ship is small and easy to get around. Lots of activity takes place in the Centrum- music, dancing, games etc. Did notice a sewage smell in places esp on deck 4 right side of ship. PROS- small ship; Sails out of Baltimore so almost everybody could drive there. Cruise Director Mike. Activities. Itinerary. Balcony. Long Pirate Ice Tea.(3 rums- Yum). Bartender Antoinette. Happy crew. CONS- small ship so lack of bars and other places to hang out. Lack of variety in theatre productions- how many comedians are too many? no nightime event at outdoor pool. Only one device can be on wifi at one time. .........Bottom line is we wouldnt sail on this ship again. We like the bigger ships with more options and better food. We'll sail RC again but we're on Celebrity in July. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
WHAT a disappointment!! The 12-night, December 1st, Grandeur of the Seas Cruise from Baltimore was everything you would not want!! ** On the sea days, the ship smelled like an ash tray, especially on the rough sea days. Reported to ... Read More
WHAT a disappointment!! The 12-night, December 1st, Grandeur of the Seas Cruise from Baltimore was everything you would not want!! ** On the sea days, the ship smelled like an ash tray, especially on the rough sea days. Reported to "Melvin" as the Customer Service Desk.... only received smiles. ** Poor Breakfast Service in the Great Gatsby Dining Room. 20-minute wait for a placed HOT meal order with COLD food being delivered to the Table. ** NY Strip Steak dinners were tough to cut. ** Dining Room Management was very slow to clear Tables for 2. They seemed to want a 6-8 table filled. Possibly, more cost-effective for RCL. But, the Server had to wait for all meals to be ready BEFORE anyone at that table could get their meal. ** Dining Room French Onion Soup with cheese and a broth that had NO Flavor. Whole Wheat bread under the cheese in the FRENCH ONION SOUP. No French Bread. ** A female Comedian with offensive comments about minority groups. ** Jugglers were not entertaining. Their comedy was not comic!! ** Ever since RCL went with pre-paid Gratuities, the Service from the Staff has dipped. ** Unless you watch the Bartenders, the mixed drinks are LIGHT in taste and watered-down. ** St. Croix, USVI, was a terrible Port-of-Call. The Island's ACTION is on the OTHER-side of the island. Certainly NOT like St. Thomas, USVI. ** Cabin Staff was great. ** Pinnacle Level RCL "Patrons" were a rude clique. They seemed to 'love' their little-gold badges to identify themselves as the RCL Elite!! ** Apparently, the past itinerary for this 12-Night was St. Thomas and not St. Croix. Those on this cruise who enjoyed St. Thomas were not going again on Grandeur. ** Apparently, RCL is raising the cost of this 12-night by $400pp. ** The "Next Cruise" Office offered the same prices as RCL has on their website. The only difference was the Deposit Amount. If you are thinking about the Grandeur of the Seas ....think twice!! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Wife & I have done this 12-day on Grandeur 3 times now (2016, 2017, and now 2018); with 2 other couples this time. Only new port was St Croix, others were Antigua, St Lucia, St Kitts, and St Marteen. Plus: We like the smaller ... Read More
Wife & I have done this 12-day on Grandeur 3 times now (2016, 2017, and now 2018); with 2 other couples this time. Only new port was St Croix, others were Antigua, St Lucia, St Kitts, and St Marteen. Plus: We like the smaller ships. GoS is well maintained, never dirty, and has a very friendly crew. We're OK with the inside cabins, better light and sound control (usually) and we don't need a huge amount of space for 2. 1st time we had Mike as CD. Excellent job, I like his bad puns and he had some neat magic tricks (I want to know how he pulled off the last one on the last night). His asst, CC, is also good and has an enthusiastic staff. Lots of programming and games, and Mike was very creative at making sure there was at least one show a night, even when performers got (sea) sick. Dancing: Wife & I are big dancers, Real Time Band came through (again), and they've expanded their playlist and take more requests. Their Rock-a-Rockie (Karaoake with them) were fun. The calypso band was also good, and we enjoyed the ship band when they played. Recorded "ballroom" in South Pacific was just OK - too many really old slow tunes. We gave the DJ some suggestions, so did the couple providing the dance lessons on the at sea days. The strings duet suffered an injury mid-cruise, they were easy to listen too but not playing anything danceable. We didn't see any of our dance friends from the '16 and '17 trips, made some new ones. Entertainment: We have seen several of the acts before, still enjoy them espec when they add new material. The Motown singer (and his son) and the Beatles tribute band were excellent. I heard that the piano player/singer in the schooner bar was quite good, and very entertaining. Service: Ship crew generally provides excellent service. Cabin and Windjammer were particularly attentive. R-Bar never hassled us for ordering ice water all the time (dancers do that). At Sea: Lots of activities, and there were ballroom dance lessons from an excellent husband/wife pair each day as well as line dancing and other activities from the cruise staff. Mike (the CD) and CC (AD) and their team were very creative. Ports: Excellent weather all 5 days. Just windy in St Kitts. St. Croix was OK to disappointing, the town is small and still recovering from 2017 hurricane damage. Beach near the pier is very rocky, wear water shoes or sandals. If we go again, I'd want to take an island tour or maybe intro to scuba (the scuba shop mentioned that they must work through the ship, no walk ashore and schedule your own session). Antigua: Took cab to Valley Church Beach. Quiet, VERY scenic. Well worth the extra time and $. Shopping in St Johns is OK. St. Lucia: We tied up at the old pier again (a German ship was at the other pier). Good island for cheap stuff and t-shirts. Went to Marigot Bay (private cab) for a few hours. WELL WORTH IT (even if the roads are terrifying). St. Kitts: I like this island. We did some shopping, has better liquor prices IMO vs. Antigua. Wife found a lovely ring and bracelet at one of the jewelers. Better price than we saw for similar the next day in St Marteen. Too windy for beach (same as we experienced in '17). St. Marteen: Lots of recovery vs. what we saw a year ago (GoS was one of the 1st ships in post-hurricane). But still a ways to go. We were told French side is still in bad shape. We stayed in Phillipsburg, did some shopping and had lunch in town and then just hung out on the town beach. Liquor prices have come down vs what I recall from '17. As good as what I saw in St Kitts. Excursions: Didn't take any, just cabs as noted above with our travel companions. Kids: Only about 36 aboard on this trip (between holiday breaks). The ones I saw were well-behaved. Note the Solarium was open to kids on several at-sea days dues to weather. Other passengers: We're in late 50s/early 60s and felt like we were under the median age of the passengers. Not an issue for us, and I am impressed at how well the ship and crew could accommodate passengers with limited mobility. Weather: 1st and last days were indoors (temps), although last day was bearable and not too windy. Several at sea days were windy and decks 5 & 10 (the track) were closed. Day 11 was ROUGH. We were coming in behind a storm and dealing with what I was told later were 20 ft seas; ship pitched a lot with frequent spray up to Deck 9 & 10. Lots of people got sea sick and main dinning was maybe 1/3-1/2 missing that night. Wife & I were Ok but 3 of our 4 friends with us spent day/night in bed. Dinning: This was a mixed bag, I'll explain: MDR Breakfast: OK, not much change in menu (various pancake options and special omelettes). Service can be called "sedate", be aware if you are in a hurry for an early morning tour or activity. Windjammer Breakfast: Decent selections, some nice surprises (smoked salmon for omelettes!). MDR Lunch: We like the Tutti salads, and decent selections usually. Windjammer: About same as breakfast. VERY attentive service. Only a zoo on Day 1 (as usual). And now, Dinner: What has happened to MDR service? I know RCL has been economizing on food and service in the MDR, but table service for 5:30/1st seating dinner has become ATROCIOUSLY SLOW. In 2017 & 18, we had great service, and never felt ignored or rushed if we were trying to make the 7:00 show. Our companions agreed with the assessment, we think it is an understaffed MDR and less experienced staff (the experienced ones are in My Time and specialty?). Our waiter and asst were not incompetent, they were overworked and rushing a lot. Noted that they often had to make extra trips for condiments that should be pre positioned at waiter stations (mint sauce, horseradish, even ketchup, syrup at breakfasts). Service did improve to adequate when one of the MDR captains pitched in. They should not have to have done so. Also the MDR coffee at dinner consistently sucked and I'd go to WJ or Park for something tolerable. At least they figured out quickly we all drink a lot of iced tea. MDR Food: Decent if somewhat repetitive selections. The menu has been paired down and you now order dessert with dinner instead of ordering later. Food was well prepared and presented. EXCEPTION: Be prepared to get undercooked beef; either be very specific about what you want, order it 1/2-full grade more done, or send it back. Lobster tails on 2nd formal night are ok, they get smaller each year. Order 2 or 3 to save time. Windjammer Dinner Food: Reasonable selections and a special theme each night. Decent desserts, sometimes better than MDR. Specialty Dinning: EXCELLENT. After some discussion with our friends and the MDR management and THEIR management, we went to the 3 specialty restaurants. CHOPS: My favorite. Order beef. It will be prepared PROPERLY and well presented. Lamp chops are OK but much smaller portion. If you order the 16 oz ribeye, come HUNGRY. Giovanni's: Very good, better for lamb or veal (I loved the veal). Larger sides/portions, we definitely over-ate here. Izumi: Ala cart pricing, reasonable for what you get. EXCELLENT sashimi. The rolls dishes are good for table sharing. The ship ran several promotions for specialty dinning, and might be worth doing once aboard. We did not use My Time. Embarkation/Disembarkation: By far the easiest (as usual) we ever experience. Check in was hampered by only one working scanner. Quickly onboard after we got thru that. No longer have a carry on bag check. Staterooms open at 1:00, wife's bag arrived soon thereafter. Mine showed up during dinner. Go figure. At end, exited ship at the 'everyone please go home now" announcement at 9:15 and were in the Uber with our bags at 9:45. Customs was fully staffed and the line moved well. Going again: We love this ship and are likely booking the early December (11/30 actually) 2019 cruise. We already have a cruise in late January, we shall see if the MDR is a train wreck or has improved. Other than the service in MDR I noted above and the slightly less than perfect cabin, it was a great trip. Captain and crew handled weather well, you have to expect it this time of year. Read Less
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