2 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) to Panama Canal & Central America Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Background Information: Repositioning cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Panama Ship Info: First time on this ship and it was outstanding. The ship itself is dated but the captain and crew make up for it. Activities: We created our own ... Read More
Background Information: Repositioning cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Panama Ship Info: First time on this ship and it was outstanding. The ship itself is dated but the captain and crew make up for it. Activities: We created our own activities within the Cruise Critic roll call and had tons of fun. Service: Dining room service was phenomenal. My stateroom attendant was fine. Nothing above and beyond although I didn't require that. Port & Shore Excursions: Cozumel I stayed on the ship and they were filming a TV commercial so that was entertaining. Costa Maya I went to the Maya Chan resort with several Cruise Critic members and we had a blast. I had a massage on the beach which was awesome especially for $45.00. Costa Rica went on a tour with Charlie Soto/Okey Dokey Tours. It was okay. We had a good time, did the banana plantation, Bonita Beach had a Costa Rican lunch. In Panama I took the My Friend Mario tour of the city and although that was interesting I don't really think Mario is my friend. Summary: Great cruise! It was dirt cheap and tons of fun. Great people on board and the crew was friendly and happy. Travel To Port of Embarkation: Flawless. Stateroom: First time for me in an inside cabin. It was okay. I'm used to a balcony but the only thing I really didn't like was not knowing if it was light out and what the weather was doing. Dining: Dining room was very good, service excellent (Eko and Anthony). Awesome salad bar during lunches. Buffets were fine. Entertainment: The two brothers from Argentina were hilarious. The singer with 1000 voices was a train wreck. The tango show at the end was good. Others thought it was outstanding. Disembarkation: Piece of cake. Waited in line for Panama security to check bags with their canine unit. Laughed when a lady in line got busted for having a boatload of food in her knapsack. Wish Royal would do this itinerary again. It was an absolute blast! Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
I had not cruised on a smaller ship. This changed my mind. The ship size seems to suit my needs better than larger builds. Why? Well I liked the fact that dinning option were limited to the main dining room and the buffet. This makes a ... Read More
I had not cruised on a smaller ship. This changed my mind. The ship size seems to suit my needs better than larger builds. Why? Well I liked the fact that dinning option were limited to the main dining room and the buffet. This makes a more affordable cruise. I have spent countless dollars on up sells to a special dinning experience. The Gatsby did all the same type of foods without the up-charges with just one exception a filet mignon. Food quality was exceptional and the service was prompt and the food always came out the way it was supposed to. The size of the ship did limit the number of passengers (only 1600) which seemed rather manageable. The public areas were fashionable and not over the top or garish. All of the amenities were in the right place and with only nine floors the ship was real easy to navigate. Room accommodations were what i expected and even the inside room was well lighted and appointed quite well. Here is the one negative thing I will say that RCCl should take into consideration. They consider the ship to be a smoke free environment. Not so fast RCCL! Smoking is allowed in bars and lounge areas. Nothing can turn me off as fast as the smell of a cigar in Viking Crown room. Balcony rooms are allowed to smoke outside on the patio. Now I don't care who smokes. Heck I worked for a tobacco company. Most societies have adjusted to the ban on indoor smoking Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
Grandeur of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.0
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 3.5 3.8
Public Rooms 3.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.8
Enrichment 1.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.5 3.9
Rates N/A 4.2

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