82 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Entertainment Cruise Reviews

RC always a good experience, friendliness of crew and cleanliness of ship always make for a wonderful and relaxing trip. We love leaving from Baltimore Port, everything goes smooth and we are on the ship in a short time. The dining ng ... Read More
RC always a good experience, friendliness of crew and cleanliness of ship always make for a wonderful and relaxing trip. We love leaving from Baltimore Port, everything goes smooth and we are on the ship in a short time. The dining ng experience is always great with so many good dining options, we prefer the relaxing dining room and the late night snacks in he park cafe. I enjoy playing in the casino where the staff is friendly. The entertainment is exceptional with the dancers and singers wh are all so talented. The comedy is great and the adult comedy was very funny and entertaining as well. We enjoyed the music in the centrum each night which was very entertaining and relaxing. The ship always has something to see or to participate in and love that it is so available. RC cruise is always a positive experience for us and our family and friends. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Selected this cruise b/c port was in Baltimore and didnt have to fly to port of call in Florida, which saved time, money and stress of connecting flights and transportation. Our stateroom was incredibly small. Too small. It was ... Read More
Selected this cruise b/c port was in Baltimore and didnt have to fly to port of call in Florida, which saved time, money and stress of connecting flights and transportation. Our stateroom was incredibly small. Too small. It was extremely difficult to maneuver around. We totally overestimated the size based on other cruise staterooms. I couldnt imagine if I had kids in the room. Very small. Food experience was excellent and main dining staff was AMAZING!!. Pool deck staff were amazing as well, always offering premium cocktails and always asking ways the can assist you. By far the most helpful, courteous and fun-loving staff who seem to really like their jobs and enjoy meeting new people. The main issue was the length of time in Bermuda (only 36hrs). 1 full day and then the next day had to be back by 2pm. If you enjoy cruising and being on the ship its a great experience but if you really want to experience the destination than this is not the cruise for you. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I enjoyed our cruise to Bermuda overall. The staff was diverse and friendly, especially our stateroom attendant and main dining room waiter, which we very much appreciated. The staterooms were clean and surprisingly well-sized for a basic ... Read More
I enjoyed our cruise to Bermuda overall. The staff was diverse and friendly, especially our stateroom attendant and main dining room waiter, which we very much appreciated. The staterooms were clean and surprisingly well-sized for a basic interior room with a queen bed. I was disappointed in how few healthy or vegetarian options there were, both in the Great Gatsby main dining room and especially in the buffet-style Windjammer Cafe. I was also disappointed in how hard it was to connect to the ship's Wi-Fi network due to its bad coverage throughout the ship and the number of times my devices dropped off the network due to poor signal strength. I don't really have an issue with the speed of the Internet on the ship's Wi-Fi since I understand why it would be slow in the middle of the ocean (low latency and limited satellite bandwidth), but the Wi-Fi network itself should have a stronger signal (especially in the staterooms) and should not be so prone to device drop-offs. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was a great cruise and I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to visit Bermuda. The ONLY drawback is that it was 5 nights which meant about 24 hours in Bermuda. Not much time to do things there. Next time I would find a ... Read More
This was a great cruise and I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to visit Bermuda. The ONLY drawback is that it was 5 nights which meant about 24 hours in Bermuda. Not much time to do things there. Next time I would find a cruise that docked longer. The first day we got there, we took a van excursion to tour the island. This was our 2nd time in Bermuda so it was nice to see how much things have changed. MORE PEOPLE AND MORE TRAFFIC. Do not rent a scooter unless you are prepared to spend the next month in the hospital there. The second day we went to the beach (at Kings Wharf) for a few hours before it was time to go back to the ship. The beach at the dock cost about $5 p/p and you can rent chairs there for about the same price. So there was no need to book an expensive excursion to some beach. The staff worked tirelessly to make sure you had a great vacation. The shows were excellent and there was something for everybody. There certainly was plenty to do all day on the ship. They even had movies during the day if you wanted to take a break from the sun. Pool area was crowded, but we never had a problem finding chairs on deck. The ship was clean and the crew were constantly encouraging you to "washy washy" was you entered public areas. The lunch buffet offered a good variety of food. Dinner in the ballroom was tasty. We did not visit any of the gourmet restaurants. It was a wonderful time and I would highly recommend this ship. We had a perfect vacation. Thanks R.C.! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This is a smaller and older boat but it was fantastic. The staff and crew were so friendly... lots of activities for adults and kids. Very clean and the staterooms were bigger than I thought they would be. LOTS of storage space. The staff ... Read More
This is a smaller and older boat but it was fantastic. The staff and crew were so friendly... lots of activities for adults and kids. Very clean and the staterooms were bigger than I thought they would be. LOTS of storage space. The staff and crew all seemed to really enjoy what they do.... The activities manager is a hoot. Tornado Tanya... So bubbly and her trivia's where fun, different and hard. If you are looking for an over the top fancy boat, this isn't it. If you are looking for fun, clean, lots of activities, then this boat is for you. I traveled on the Allure of the Sea in 2014 and I liked this boat better. Smaller and more personable. Not over crowded. The only down side was the soda drink machine. They seemed to be empty a lot. I had a very hard time finding diet Dr. Pepper. Other than that, we loved our cruise on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Royal Caribbean is a 1st class operation. Great food with a wide variety and available almost all day long and into the night. The staff is very helpful and courteous from the cruise director right on down to maintenance staff all were ... Read More
Royal Caribbean is a 1st class operation. Great food with a wide variety and available almost all day long and into the night. The staff is very helpful and courteous from the cruise director right on down to maintenance staff all were very helpful, courtious and friendly. Activities are abundant through out the day and into the night. I like the onboard tv channels to keep you informed and they replay the evening shows in case you missed them or just wanted to see them again. Also like the map on the TV channel which showed were you were , the course and an actual camera outside on the bow of the ship so you could see the sea conditions and weather. They have a good variety of shows and all were quite entertaining. Very talented crew and entertainers. This is our 3rd cruise with Royal and we will be going again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We like the cruse ship. Not too big not to small. the Port is near home. we are coming back in two more years on a 12 day cruse. the satff was great. The Windjamer was great. the stops were fine and we enjoyed the entir trip overall. We ... Read More
We like the cruse ship. Not too big not to small. the Port is near home. we are coming back in two more years on a 12 day cruse. the satff was great. The Windjamer was great. the stops were fine and we enjoyed the entir trip overall. We are going on more trips and the cruse option has many advantages such as full time service and food/entertainment all day long. The bigscreen was awsome and the sights added a lot of excitement to our cruse as well. As for improvements we recomend adding TRACK LIghts on all step in the vicking Disco Room on deck 11. I fell down because I thought the floor was one step down. Also the stateroom showers allow to much water on the Bath room floor.A sliding door would solve this problem. The port stops need to give people more time if posiable for general sight seeing. 20 mins. is not enough time. at the major stops.. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
The Ports of Call plus the fact the pier was only 40 minutes from our home. All in all it was a great cruise. Food was excellent and the Dining Staff was one of the best we have had to date. Only thing was there were a couple of ... Read More
The Ports of Call plus the fact the pier was only 40 minutes from our home. All in all it was a great cruise. Food was excellent and the Dining Staff was one of the best we have had to date. Only thing was there were a couple of Ports of call that were too long and did not have enough time to see the city. Boston and Portland come to mind the most. Stateroom was clean and the attendant paid attention to details and was very friendly. Entertainment was fantastic, the best we have seen to date. Activities were plentiful and fun. The Cruise Director and the Activities Director were the best to date and we have been on at least 9 Royal Caribbean Members. We had a 2 person table and there were another 3 table similar to ours and we became instant friends and had a great time. We took a picture as a group with our wait staff and were sorry to leave them. In fact we are going to miss them very much. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We went on this cruise to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Adult kids stayed in a an inner room. Absolute friendliest cruise ship we were ever on! Activities Director is complete energy; hence her name Tornado Tanya. The Captain ... Read More
We went on this cruise to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Adult kids stayed in a an inner room. Absolute friendliest cruise ship we were ever on! Activities Director is complete energy; hence her name Tornado Tanya. The Captain hung with us common folk at times. The Devils Isle kayaking/snorkeling/paddle-boarding excursion in Bermuda is worth it; funny energetic leaders that serve as bar tenders and inhibition reducers. They had " Rockie-Okie" where you could sing with a band, great way to serenade the Mrs of 30 years. If you like classical music with a twist, listen to Blue Ocean duo; Viola and "Spanish" guitar were heavenly. We were spoiled because the America's Cup is now in Bermuda and we got to see them in practice; TV does NOT do them justice. Balconies are worth it; always splurge for those! First time out of Baltimore and it was get in and onboard and off really quickly; you literally on I95 at your first right turn. Fitness area is smaller but the Trainer was extremely "peppy"; always motivating music! Get the drink package! The whole family loves to eat; we sat with two couples that loved to eat as well. Food was incredible as usual. Soups and steaks seem to be a specialties. Would absolutely go again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Attended a conference on board. No assistance with the equipment, only apologies about short staffing. Staffing was minimal. Slow service in the dining room. Calls to housekeeping staff were unanswered. Entertainment was marginal. My ... Read More
Attended a conference on board. No assistance with the equipment, only apologies about short staffing. Staffing was minimal. Slow service in the dining room. Calls to housekeeping staff were unanswered. Entertainment was marginal. My roommate and I both came down with flu symptoms that have lasted two weeks past disembarkment. Unable to see ship's Doctor, since there were so many people attempting to see the Doctor. Shore excursions were expensive and inadequate. The employees gave very poor directions. There appears to be mold in the ductal system. I started coughing and had a runny nose from the second day of the cruise. During the conference, the ship's staff kept opening the door to the conference room. The drinks were watered down. Overall the cruise was a nightmare. On disembarkment the staff was rude and did not appear to care. They just wanted us off the ship. The wait to get off the shift was too long. My luggage and equipment were damaged. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was a getaway cruise for just my wife and I to relax away from our kids. However, it started off very poorly as soon as we got to the terminal. We spent almost 1 hour in our car in a line on the street waiting to get into the ... Read More
This was a getaway cruise for just my wife and I to relax away from our kids. However, it started off very poorly as soon as we got to the terminal. We spent almost 1 hour in our car in a line on the street waiting to get into the terminal parking lot. Then we spent an hour waiting in the Gold line to check in (Very poorly managed line versus tellers even when there was no one waiting in the higher level customer lines). Ship was 3 hours late leaving the first day due to engine problems. Ship appeared dirty during the entire cruise. Only half the soda machines were working. The internet package sucked. It would not stay connected and/or had trouble finding their network. As soon as your device went to locked screen, their internet would disconnect. Thus, any messages coming in would not wake up your device with a notification. You would not get those incoming messages until you manually woke up your device and reconnected to your device. These disconnects were long before the automatic 2 hour non-usage disconnect that they tell you about. There was still construction occurring on the ship during the cruise. It seemed like the ship was under staffed to take care of the customers. I don't believe the ship was even fully booked either, which makes it worse. Staff was very slow at cleaning up trash on the ship or clearing tables in common dinning areas of the ship. We were told the ship just sailed up from dry dock work, so this was the first cruise after dry dock. I don't think all the repairs were completed given our experience on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Average cruise that was rather expensive for 24 hours in Bermuda. The embarkation process was horrible. The ship had come out of dry dock and although was very clean on the outside, was not so clean inside. The stateroom was not setup ... Read More
Average cruise that was rather expensive for 24 hours in Bermuda. The embarkation process was horrible. The ship had come out of dry dock and although was very clean on the outside, was not so clean inside. The stateroom was not setup according to a prior request. Also, the balcony was dirty. The crew was boarding and cleaning the ship as the passengers were boarding. The cruise would have been enhanced by having two full days in Bermuda. The cruise felt rushed, because it left three plus hours late. We had to make up time, so it was a rough sail for sea sick passengers. Since the majority of the cruise is spent at sea, the programs, shopping and food service should have been exceptional--but they weren't. It's convenient to cruise out of Baltimore, but maybe not on Grandeur of the Seas. If other ships are available, it might be more cost effective and enjoyable to cruise on another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Embarkation took a long time due to the processing of crew members following the ship being in dry dock. This delayed the ship leaving port by 3 hours but thankfully RCI put in some time in the itinerary in order for us to get to Bermuda ... Read More
Embarkation took a long time due to the processing of crew members following the ship being in dry dock. This delayed the ship leaving port by 3 hours but thankfully RCI put in some time in the itinerary in order for us to get to Bermuda on time. I feel the cruise singers and dancers were also affected by the dry dock time as their shows were opening night performances and it showed (one male dancer even kicked a female dancer in the head - oops!). I loved King's Wharf/Dockyards - it has all you need! Shops, restaurants, historical and social attractions and beach! Advice: don't pay for the excursion to the beach- admission to Snorkel Park Beach is only $5 (versus the $35 RCI will charge you!). We could have stayed longer in Bermuda to explore more of the island, but I know I will be back in the future. Our stateroom attendant was top-notch, and our wait staff appeared to be newer in my time dining, but they were still polite and professional. Thanks to Cruise Critic for the Park Cafe advice - it was my new favorite food spot! The cruise entertainment staff could have used a pick-me-up (not enough energy for the job), but Tonya and the Grandeur orchestra were fantastic. Loved the Veterans Ceremony and Parade of Nations - be sure to bring the camera for those! My family and I (all adults) took a relaxing pace to our cruise and weren't disappointed. Of the 2,053 passengers, only 100 were kids, so folks looking to get away from children should definitely cruise in May! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Great experience , good food, nice entertainment and crew was excellent!!! All areas from the pool, gym , sauna dinning facilities were extremely pleasant.... please see other related comments and suggestions listed below for your ... Read More
Great experience , good food, nice entertainment and crew was excellent!!! All areas from the pool, gym , sauna dinning facilities were extremely pleasant.... please see other related comments and suggestions listed below for your consideration: *The captain could have made more announcements i.e. from the initial departing and the return back to Baltimore... *Maybe thanking the guest for traveling with the Royal ship and hopefully asking if the guest had a good time etc. Overall the experience was positive, enjoyed the Bingo, the Comedians on the first and second night! The dancers were awesome really good choreography, the band Nexus was really good, enjoyed the 70 disco party and really enjoyed the respect and recognition given the the Military and the first res ponders!! The Belly flop contest was the least appealing due to exploiting the overweight passengers even though it was supposed to be in good taste....In my opinion all those guest were a heart attack waiting to happen instead of promoting good health..... Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I love Royal Caribbean. The two times I sailed with them where some of the most pleasant vacations ever. You meet a diverse group of people and all the staff is always outstanding. You feel pampered like in a 5 star restaurant. My room ... Read More
I love Royal Caribbean. The two times I sailed with them where some of the most pleasant vacations ever. You meet a diverse group of people and all the staff is always outstanding. You feel pampered like in a 5 star restaurant. My room steward always made sure I was on time and once I told him I loved his animal art he went out of his way to provide each evening a unique work of art. I did not visit any specialty restaurants on board because the food and staff in the main dining room were exceptional. Loved the music and sat both pool side to listen to the island tunes by the Caribbean band and in the main court. The lady in the band had an exceptional voice and I sat a long time each day to listen. The violinist and guitar players also made you want to sit and listen. The pontoon shore excursion at Cape Canaveral was made great by the sighting of many manatee, dolphins, and birds. The land/sea excursion in Miami was too long and the guide much to wordy. One hour could easily be cut and still be worth while There was no time to eat from changing from the bus to the boat and the rest room facilities on land were awful . Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Multi-generational travel has become rather commonplace in our family. So, it was not at all extraordinary for three generations of us to decide on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Florida and the Bahamas. Time was limited - as you might ... Read More
Multi-generational travel has become rather commonplace in our family. So, it was not at all extraordinary for three generations of us to decide on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Florida and the Bahamas. Time was limited - as you might well-imagine when 6 schedules are being juggled - but there was enough for this week-long cruise out of Baltimore. We were sailing on a Monday, and left two days early from New Hampshire with our granddaughter, who is nine, and spent a night in Philadelphia, where we introduced her to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and took a preview tour of the new Museum of the American Revolution, which opened later in the week. The next day, we headed to Baltimore, with a stop at Hampton National Historic Site, an impressive Georgian mansion on 63-acres with a long - and sometimes unsavory - history. We met the rest of our party in Baltimore, where we toured Little Italy and spent the night before boarding our ship, The Grandeur of the Seas, on Monday morning. Because we were in a family suite, we were among the first to board. Check-in was unexpectedly bumpy, with a series of setbacks and snafus around paperwork and names. Eventually, though we got through and on board - patience is a virtue and we were well rewarded. Our family suite consisted of a living room, two bedrooms and two baths, and an amazing wrap-around deck that held all of us with room to spare! This was where we spent much of our time while aboard ship - and it was just perfect! We had a variety of dining experiences, above and beyond because of our accommodations. Breakfast in Giovanni's each morning was a delight, and the dinners in the Main Dining Room were exceptional! Both spots have attentive staff who made sure we lacked for nothing at all! It's a different experience in the Windjammer, where we lunched each day when we were aboard ship - and, given that this place caters to most of the folks aboard ship it should not surprise. Plan to head for lunch 15 minutes before your preferred meal time in order to ensure gutting a table; otherwise, you may have to have members of the party scout one out. Shipboard life is what you want it to be - and there is a variety of entertainment available to cater to those wants. We're low-key, so reading, walking, and photographing were easy. We took time to take the grandchildren to see a movie - Star Wars Rogue One - which delighted them. Shore excursions are what you make of them. We know the areas and tended to go off on our own. Canaveral National Seashore is a lush unspoiled beach north of the port, easy to get to and worth the trip. You practically have the beach to yourself. Nassau was delightful - just stay within the accepted tourist areas. It's a well-known fact that going out of bounds can be risky. We saw Nassau's police in action - they don't fool around, and are committed to ensuring a comfortable experience for tourists, and the downtown is very comfortable. We enjoyed our trip. Royal Caribbean is a terrific line. We would without question travel with them again! Also, our travel agent, Kristin Basnett at Playtime Vacations, knew our needs and satisfied them beautifully! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We wanted to sail out of a port that we could drive to. The drive from Boston was uneventful and we took advantage of the weekend and toured Washington D.C. From the ease of parking at the pier - loved driving up and giving our bags ... Read More
We wanted to sail out of a port that we could drive to. The drive from Boston was uneventful and we took advantage of the weekend and toured Washington D.C. From the ease of parking at the pier - loved driving up and giving our bags prior to parking - to the disembarkation we had a fantastic time. We took advantage of the Disney excursion while at Port Canaveral - it was a breeze to board our buses and enjoyed the ride to the ticket and transportation center. While I wish we had more time- I can honestly say that every thing we wanted to experience at Epcot we were able to do - with time to spare. I have been to Nassau a number of times but have never taken a tour so that's what we did this time. It was expensive and we totally enjoyed the guide that we were assigned. The BBQ at Coco Cay was very tasty and we found that there were plenty of seats to be had along the beach. If I had one criticism it would be with the self assist disembarkation - it would have been helpful coming off the elevator to have a sense of where the line was as that seemed a bit disorganized and chaotic - however it did not dampen or dilute our wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
...the Staff on board Grandeur makes up for a lot. They truely go out of their way to make sure everyone (even those "high maintenance" passengers) has an enjoyable cruise experience. Embarkation was a breeze. Before we knew ... Read More
...the Staff on board Grandeur makes up for a lot. They truely go out of their way to make sure everyone (even those "high maintenance" passengers) has an enjoyable cruise experience. Embarkation was a breeze. Before we knew it, we were enjoying that first frozen drink onboard. Our Inside cabin was a little tighter than what we're used to (Carnival) with the shower being the only aspect that we'd give a less than passing grade; it was like showering in a phone booth (with an overly friendly shower curtain...despite our use of weighted clips along the bottom). What we saw of the nightly entertainment was a C+...although we did not attend any of the production shows. The consistency of adult beverages seemed to vary quite a bit from bar to bar (not that there were that many bars). The Boyz working the pool bar were Tops and always ready when we asked for a drink recommendation; the Kracken Colada being our favorite. Dining was a particularly enjoyable experience. Service in the Gatsby Main Dining Room was A+ (Thanks Raj & Victor). The food was some nights (much) better than others..but that's a very personal observation; all meals were (at least) what we expected them to be. Specialty restaurants Chops and Giovani's were very worthwhile add ons. Service was as expected...the food was several levels above other onboard dining options. Our biggest disappointment was that the casino was also a defacto indoor smoking area. (Unfortunately) despite the proven adverse health effects of smoking, Royal Caribbean allows gamblers to smoke in the casino. That said, shame on Royal Caribbean for also allowing non-gambling smokers to camp out and add to the stench produced by the gamblers who smoke. On land, smoking is limited to (certain) outdoor areas. For the health of their customers and employees, cruise ships should do the same. Kudos to Royal Caribbean for declaring two nights (out of 12) as "casino non-smoking nights" (after 6 pm). Note 1: In an informal poll, your casino employees overwhelmingly endorsed MORE SMOKE FREE CASINO DAYS. Note 2: No smokers fell overboard on those non-smoking nights indicating that smoking outside is not inherently more dangerous than the unsavory activity itself. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Chose this cruise due to the Ports of Call, location of departure and number of days. It was a relaxing cruise and the staff was the friendliest we have had on any Royal Caribbean Ship. This was a test for a cruise for more than 7 days ... Read More
Chose this cruise due to the Ports of Call, location of departure and number of days. It was a relaxing cruise and the staff was the friendliest we have had on any Royal Caribbean Ship. This was a test for a cruise for more than 7 days and we loved it. Great variety of food and drinks. One thing I do have to say is the ship is an older ship and you can see the age, but you also see the pride the employees put in it. Public bathrooms were an opportunity and smelled. First time on a ship that this was an issue. Sometimes I had to go back to my cabin to use the bathroom due to the poor cleanliness. Due to choppy waters, the Captain cancelled the Port of Call to Coco Cay and we did an overnight stay in Nassau. We did not get off the ship on the 1st day, but shopped the 2nd day. Fitness area was enough to get a great workout and I recommend. Overall- It was a fun and relaxing cruise; we booked another one. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The Grandeur of the Seas is a nice ship. Not a great ship. Well, it’s 20 years old. And though there have been updates, its showing its age. Although not a major distraction, I did note a large rust stain in my cabin window. It just ... Read More
The Grandeur of the Seas is a nice ship. Not a great ship. Well, it’s 20 years old. And though there have been updates, its showing its age. Although not a major distraction, I did note a large rust stain in my cabin window. It just shows the age of the ship, I guess. The toilets on the Grandeur work on a vacuum system. We noted that our toilet would sometimes not respond when flusher. Notifying our cabin steward, we were told that it would, eventually, flush when the vacuum built up sufficiently. There were times when that did indeed occur---20 minutes after flushing. Just something to be aware of. I feel I did get a good deal. An outside cabin was about $500/person, and it was a 9 day cruise. No one can dispute that with the included dining and entertainment, that’s a good deal. However, cruising has, in my opinion changed its marketing approach. It’s all about “up selling” the cruiser. Everywhere you turn, there is an opportunity to separate the cruiser from his/her money. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing. You can always decline, but be prepared for it. Alcoholic beverages are not inexpensive, but there are ubiquitous. Some are over $10 each, but a glass of wine is about $7 and a mixed drink about $8. As long as you either limit your consumption or don’t really care, you can survive this. Something that has started to raise its ugly head on all cruise ships is specialty dining. There are 3 specialty dining rooms on the Grandeur. At $29/person, one has to ask why. If the dining in the main dining room is as good as they claim, why is there a need for specialty dining? Ah, here it is. The options in the main dining room are, in my opinion, not what they used to be. I made my first cruise in 1998 and the dining was superb. Everything from prime rib to lobster was offered. There was no prime rib on this cruise, and the beef that was offered was not much better than the local buffet in your town. Lobster tail was offered one evening. My wife ordered it. It was very small. So, if you choose this item, ask for two. They should agree as the dining room staff is very accommodating. On that evening, the dining room offered a special. Now, note, this is in the usual dining room. If I liked, I could get a filet mignon and a glass of wine for an additional $8. I did order it and was glad I did, but this is just one example of the “up selling” that never existed in the past. In fact, each evening, there were options to upgrade your meal for an additional cost. It’s just my opinion, but I don’t care for this marketing approach. I know, you don’t have to buy it, but I preferred the excellent dining of the past, all included. I guess the tradeoff is that prices are very reasonable to cruise, so the marketing approach to attract more cruisers is just today’s reality of cruising. It’s important to point out that no matter the age or condition of the ship, the staff work very hard and are very attentive. Our waiter could not have been more pleasant or professional. The assistant waiter was training which probably accounts for her lack of skill. I’m willing to give her time. The stateroom, an outside cabin advertised as “large” was anything but. Barely room to get into bed, the desire to stay in your cabin is limited. The bed itself sagged in the middle, on both sides, as these were what appeared to be two cots pushed together. The pillows were so flat that one needed to use two for any comfort. That being said, the room steward kept our room well and even treated us with towel art many evenings. If you haven’t ever cruised, you’ll find that these stewards are quite skilled at forming animals from towels which they place on your bed to welcome you. The entertainment on this cruise was average. The comedians were pretty good, but the dancers were a notch below what you might find at Disney throughout the park. The man billed as the lead singer was not skilled and came across as a high school student with a bent toward the entertainment industry. Maybe he’ll get there some day, but today is NOT that day. Beware the on board shops. I bought an Invicta watch advertised as 75% off from about $600 dollars for $149. When I looked online upon returning home, I can’t even find it listed on the Invicta site. But, I guess, buyer beware. With the duty free purchase, I probably got my money’s worth, but nowhere near what it was advertised to be. You can buy alcohol on the ship duty free. I noted that Tanqueray gin was $20/bottle if you bought two on the ship. In Nassau, I found it for $18.25. The ship does say that it will match prices, but you need proof. Who’s going to go through all that trouble for $1.75? But it’s worth noting in case you’re shopping on land before you make ship purchases. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
On St. Lucia rude & pushy Vishal at Diamonds Int. (What’s the matter lady, don’t you like diamonds?) And Vijay at Gold Mine, pushy like a hungry used car salesman. Amit, Diamond lounge concierge and John, Diamond lounge bar ... Read More
On St. Lucia rude & pushy Vishal at Diamonds Int. (What’s the matter lady, don’t you like diamonds?) And Vijay at Gold Mine, pushy like a hungry used car salesman. Amit, Diamond lounge concierge and John, Diamond lounge bar waiter both very good. Cabin attendant Edison was most accommodating to us. Accessible officers on this ship were good. They were friendly and genuinely concerned for providing a good cruise experience for us. Table 335 terrible service. Poor assistant waiter. Main waiter and head waiter disappeared for as much as 15 minutes at a time. Other tables finished dessert before we received our main course. Waiters at this table on previous cruise (consecutive) were great. Windjammer napkins were not dry the last few days of the cruise. Music in lounges and public spaces was too loud most of the time. Desserts generally lacked flavor, especially that wonderfully large apple pie on the last day in the Windjammer. It needs more spices and a flakier crust. WiFi service is overpriced for what is delivered. The connection to the RCCL web site via the ship computers was painfully slow. I hope dry dock upgrades will resolve the connection issue. Like the new bed frames and mattresses. Much easier to store the suitcases and more comfort. Cabin 2073 shower drain gurgles when water is run in the wash basin. Something is not properly vented or a vent pipe may be plugged. Vanity lights glow and flicker in the early morning 2-6 AM. This was fixed in 2069 on the previous cruise. All but 2 head-liner acts were disappointing. The poor guy who sang Happy Days theme was lousy. At this point in his career maybe he should focus on writing. Also, his stage presence was uncoordinated and nervous, like he didn’t trust the ship’s crew to be able to follow a program. I saw many people leaving most of the head-liner shows in the early show. I think RC saved too much money when they hired the lady piano player. Nexus 4 has possibilities to grow. I really liked the Real Time Band who will be on the Alaska cruises. The ship is a comfortable old friend on which we have cruised several times. She is in generally good shape but getting a little shabby in places. The life boat that was dropped on the cruise before this one had not yet been replaced. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Wife and I choose this cruise to restore our faith in RCL! We were on the Anthem in 2016 and had the worst food and service in over 35 cruises. Loved the Anthem ship, but the rest was a nightmare. So reading all the good reviews for the ... Read More
Wife and I choose this cruise to restore our faith in RCL! We were on the Anthem in 2016 and had the worst food and service in over 35 cruises. Loved the Anthem ship, but the rest was a nightmare. So reading all the good reviews for the Grandeur we thought we would give her a try. We were amazed at the great service, excellent food and the nicest fellow passengers we had the good fortune of meeting. I can see why there are so many repeat loyal cruisers. Many on her B2B, some with 20 or more sailings on her. We stayed pre cruise at the best western plus Elkridge,MD booked through great guy Bruce at trinity reservations, $129 parking, good direct shuttle, and breakfast. We will stay there in the future, safe area, Timbuktu resteraunt down the road great crab cakes. Shuttle to and from prompt good service. Check in a breeze on shuttle at 9 am on ship at 11 am. Ate at windjammer one of the very few times. Room inside deck 7, great for us. We are diamond and enjoyed diamond lounge deck 6 which included South Pacific lounge. Great drinks, wings, snacks, very friendly fellow passengers. MDR was great. In am Leah and Austin provided excellent service. In pm Krystina and Kenneth were amazing. My time dining top level table for 2, friendly environment with many fellow cruisers. The asst. maitre des were great helping. It's a well run machine. Very much like the celebrity service. MDR for lunch was always good, tutti salad, good service. Park cafe great roast beef sandwiches, chips, salads, good spot. Ports we do our own thing, ferry to St. John's was good, pounding surf enjoyed it. St kitts snorkeling from shore at Carembola beach club, reef right off shore. St marten airport beach, a fav. View it on YouTube, maho beach, you should go, nice water! Antigua beach by sandals, sneaky Petes bar, great spot. St Lucia, rainy quick cab to the beach by airport, $15 cab ride, okay, water! Activities each sea day wife did Zumba with the excellent Shelie in the centrum, line dancing, ballroom, etc, lunch more stuff. Surprised by so much activity. 3 great bands for dancing. 5 very good to excellent comics. Very good shows. 50's and 70's party lots of fun. Quest adult game in South Pacific lounge great fun packed house. CD a bore, hit or miss with activities staff, Shelie was fantastic, mikala was good, others not so much. Stretch class in gym very good, not enough room. Sauna was great, as were pools, very clean. James stateroom attendant, was fantastic. We didn't bug him much because he was so good. Ship is a little old but you don't notice it becaus of the wonderful service. Only cons Dan asst. CD made a crude joke about the older fellow passengers, not cool. Indoor pool was hogged each am by an abnoxiious pompous fitness instructor with his private group, with pool noodles. RCL allows this, not good for the rest of us! One of the best cruises ever because of the gracious fellow passengers. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Second time sailing out of Baltimore and the cruise port in Baltimore did not disappoint. They are an efficient operation. Other cruise ports could learn from their procedures. Wished the same could be said about the remainder of the ... Read More
Second time sailing out of Baltimore and the cruise port in Baltimore did not disappoint. They are an efficient operation. Other cruise ports could learn from their procedures. Wished the same could be said about the remainder of the cruise. A definite decline in the quality of the food served on Royal Caribbean in both the main dining room and the infamous Windjammer. Grandeur is in need of some renovations and sprucing up which I understand is going to be done in a few months. Service was fair to good, but again the food left a lot to be desired. Entertainment was adequate with the exception of the Unexpected Boys who were spectacular. Definitely in need of some better activities on board. Bingo and towel folding and the standard old karaoke mixed in with various trivia contests leave much to be desired. Have been a fan of Royal but beginning to think it may be time to explore some other lines. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I was on the Granduer for Christmas just last year. The only difference is that last year RCCL offered 2 week long cruises over the holidays, when this year it was 1 12-day cruise over both Christmas and New Years. Compared to last ... Read More
I was on the Granduer for Christmas just last year. The only difference is that last year RCCL offered 2 week long cruises over the holidays, when this year it was 1 12-day cruise over both Christmas and New Years. Compared to last year: 1. Qualtiy of food drastically went down. 2. Dinner menue selections were repetitive. 3. Quality of both dining room and cabin steward service drastically went down. 4. Entertain was just plain bad. Most in my group of 20 (who are Emerald & above Crown & Anchor members), either walked out of each show or sat through them and complained about how bad they were. 5. Only thing on the TV that ever changed was CNN and Sports. They continually ran the same episodes over and over and over. 6. All but 2 movie was geared toward children. Christmas children's and animated shows are expected, but after Christmas, they still ran the same kid's movies in the Palladium and on Pool Deck: Angry Birds, Minions, Annie were each show 3-4 times each. James Bond's Specter (1 time) and Suicide Squad (2 times) were the only adult movies shown and not until January 2nd, the 10th day of a 12 day cruise. 7. Never had an outdoor luch barbecue. I would not recommend the Grandeur, except for the fact that it leaves out of Baltimore, so we didn't have to fly. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I was with swing dance friends. We chose this ship because we live in Baltimore and wouldn't have to fly. We could also dance every night. For the price, it was very nice (you don't pay for a Chevrolet and get a Cadillac). ... Read More
I was with swing dance friends. We chose this ship because we live in Baltimore and wouldn't have to fly. We could also dance every night. For the price, it was very nice (you don't pay for a Chevrolet and get a Cadillac). Here's the good: My window cabin was roomy and the cabin steward was attentive. The window exterior was dirty. RCL did not wash it for the whole trip. The dining room has many windows. We watched the sunset while having dinner - nice. The theater shows were very good, some of the best I've seen on cruise ships. The entertainment activities were good, but many of them should have been held out on the pool deck instead of in the centrum. The solarium adult pool was very nice, but they didn't turn the water heater on until people complained that the water was cold. Service in the dining room was generally good, but sometimes slow. We had to ask for the hand-ground pepper or the waiters would not even tell us they had it. Some of the beef dishes were terrible and some of them were good. The chicken dishes was very good. The house band in the Centrum was lousy. They played little music that was good for swing, ballroom or even Latin dancing. They hadn't even heard of most of the famous old rock & Roll songs. Free style dancers would probably like them. This was my second cruise on the Grandeur and on both cruises parents would let their toddlers and small children run around on the dance floor. Dance floors are not day care centers. Many of our dances are athletic. We move around a lot. Although we try to avoid them, a small child could be injured. RCL should tell parents to keep small children off the dance floor. The house Caribbean band was poor too. Every song they did was the same. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
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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