12 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Entertainment 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
A little history first my wife and I have been on at least 15 previous cruises with Disney, Celebrity, Princess,NCL and bulk with RC. We live outside of Philly so it is almost the same drive time to NY, Bayonne, and Baltimore. We prefer ... Read More
A little history first my wife and I have been on at least 15 previous cruises with Disney, Celebrity, Princess,NCL and bulk with RC. We live outside of Philly so it is almost the same drive time to NY, Bayonne, and Baltimore. We prefer to sail out of any of the FL ports, quicker in the warm weather. Love to cruise in the winter months to escape the cold for a while. We already knew a little about the Grandeur being a older smaller ship but we like the smaller ships we love the Enchantment and seriously wish for its return to Baltimore those 72 extra feet are well worth it. Boarding was very easy as was disembarkation not a whole lot of the ship to see so we did lunch and went up to the Solarium which also was serving lunch a great place to have a light lunch we learned on the next 4 sea days would highly recommend. Down to our cabin 4026 which was "seriously" decorated for our 45th wedding anniversary which was done with out my knowledge but greatly appreciated wine, door decorations, wall hangings, pillow case's, beach towel,amazing. Met our room steward Abu.the best we have ever had and very happy to have had him. Room was plenty big when the bed was separated but the beds were extremely tough not very comfortable my Navy rack was better Abu managed to make the wife's a little better because we heard that they have some extra padding, this is one issue, but decor is nice. We had a ocean view large window but it was almost not worth it dirt/salt/age made it not so great to see out of. Dinning was the average with RC very good to just OK Chops GREAT Giovanni's Table wont do again and not worth it in our minds almost rushed there and food was less Italian than expected but staff in both were excellent and friendly. Don't like My Time Dinning at all because we like to build up a relationship with our servers and we had the same two for almost 7 nights but the guys who seats you captain/maitre d found it hard to seat us in their section if you came after 5:15 but left a table by the window empty on 3 separate nights for our whole meal while we were sitting next to a pole. But he did accommodate people that kissed his but and pressed some green in his hand, and I don't play that game till the end and he got nothing extra at all. Our servers were excellent as was almost all the staff we encountered, especially the morning staff in the Windjammer superb. Hardly anything to do during sea days that attracted us much. Pool deck was ok but the "large" screen showings were run and rerun to death and the middle of the screenwent black and not repaired for the last sea days like they didn't care. Cruise director and his staff we very nice and great energy and very good shows but almost the same on all RC ships. The theater shows were pretty good overall with the juggler being our favorite. The itinerary was what interested us the most. Have never been to Saint Lucia and the rest were islands we have been to before and loved so it was an easy choice and the price. Train Ride in St Kitts have to do it once we did it twice now and love it, Beach Excursions in Antigua and St Martin both worth it did our own thing in Saint Lucia 6 1/2 hour tour to see the Pitons with Gousel Tours would highly recommend. Saint Croix did the red fort tour on our own and walked around town not much to see in Frederiksted. Now why I wouldn't sail on her again till they get her fixed besides the rust and gunk on the windows and general rust on the hull the smell of the ship is rather disturbing in the bathroom was horrific till the wife out in one of the two Yankee Candle air freshers she was warned to bring even the outside of the ship while waiting for excursion smelled like a toilet bowl started calling it the Depends Of The Saes and other noted it also but has not been addressed. It was to go into drydock for two weeks but it should stay there much longer to take care of major issues the old girl need a major overhaul not carpets and refresh of the paint. The Centrum deck 4 port side had a fan blowing the carpet dry the entire cruise what is that about. The shope onboard were small and had very little to offer even RC merchandise lost money from us the wife can spend for sure. Last thing negative I have and it is a minor issue we bought post cards in every port to send home to our granddaughters because all kids like getting mail spent $1.05 per stamp to have them sent out and you know where they were sent out from Baltimore when we got home little bit of fraud there RC wwas told the mail was picked up every day in port. Overall buyer be ware! Just to be sure we have booked and other RC out of NY for 2020 even though the perks are getting worse and worse and they are nickle and dimming us to death. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We picked this ship because of the itinerary and loved the ports. However, the ship was average. Average food, entertainment, cruise director and activity staff. Another problem I had with this ship was that they put the ping pong ... Read More
We picked this ship because of the itinerary and loved the ports. However, the ship was average. Average food, entertainment, cruise director and activity staff. Another problem I had with this ship was that they put the ping pong tables so close to the smoking section of the deck. Who wants to smell smoke when they are playing ping pong? My teen sons loved the teen room. We booked excursions that were not connected to RCCL and saved money. We had a tight schedule in St. John and our private tour guide told us if we actually missed the ship, he would drive us to the next port of Halifax. We made it back in plenty of time and had an amazing time at the Fundy Trail. We flew into Washington DC and spent a couple of days there before the cruise and stayed an extra day in Baltimore at the end. Coming from FL, we enjoyed the cooler weather and got to see a lot before and after the cruise in those two big cities. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We decided to take this cruise for our daughter who will be graduating from College this May and give her some time to relax and get ready for her final semester. Due to mechanical problems the cruise wa extended 2 days and ended up being ... Read More
We decided to take this cruise for our daughter who will be graduating from College this May and give her some time to relax and get ready for her final semester. Due to mechanical problems the cruise wa extended 2 days and ended up being a 11 night cruise. The weather was not the greatest but you really can't control that. This ship is one of the older ships of RCCL and it is starting to show its age. I don't know how true it is but I was told by one of the staff members that it is up for sale along with its sister ship. The cabin was in good shape and our Stateroom Atendent appeared to go out of his way to provide use with any of our needs. I would like to first compliment Royal Caribbean employees we interacted with during the cruise. I would have to say they were so friendly and helpful and performed above and beyond of what I had expected. I must say that our Waiter Roderick and Assistant Waiter Partomuan were by far the best group of waiters I have ever had on any cruise. They were beyond excellent. The staff in the stores were also very friendly and helpful. We were disappointed in a few things. First of all the food served in the main dining room I felt was very substandard for any previous cruise I have ever taken. In May of last year my wife and I were on the Majesty of the Seas and in November 2016 we cruised on Viking and I must say that the dinners were fantastic. Actually we felt that Majesty had better dinners than Viking. This cruise however it was not. It appeared that the quality of the food being served was not of the quality I would have expected or of what we found on Majesty just 7 months earlier or the other RCCL cruises we have taken. The best meals we found in the main dining room were breakfast. Lunches were at the same level as dinner. When talking with others cruisers they also agreed with me. This was one of the reasons I have traveled RCCL because of the fine dining that is offered in the Main Dining Room. I noticed all during the cruise that staff was trying to sell us Specialty dining options,. It makes me wonder if they have lowered the quality the of the food in the main dining room to push these dining options? The Windjammer we found to be very good but it appeared that there were fewer selections than we have seen on other RCCL cruises The staff were excellent. Another problem we found was the casino. Grandeur allows smoking in it. This is the only place inside were people can smoke and found it very poorly controlled. There were no smoking areas in the casino but it was completely ignored by smokers making the smell of smoke very unbearable. The staff of the casino made no efforts to stop smokers from smoking in designated non smoking areas. My daughter who came on the trip and is slightly asthmatic sometimes could not remain in the casino for any length of time due to the heavy odor of smoke. A few times she had to take her meds because of breathing problems. I cannot see why smoking is allowed there in the first place in that all you have to do is walk out the casinos entrances and there are doors to the outside deck adjacent. The entertainment was very good and there was a different show every night. In the centrum there was constant entertainment and activities going on all night and was enjoyable to watch and listen. We took shore excursions at each stop thru RCCL and found them to meet our expectations and we all enjoyed them. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Chose this cruise because of the good price (2 more days and cheaper than Carnival). But, that was a mistake. Food sucked in Windjammer. Prefer Guy Fieri burgers, Mexican buffet, 24 hour made to order pizza, fresh deli, fresh salad bar ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of the good price (2 more days and cheaper than Carnival). But, that was a mistake. Food sucked in Windjammer. Prefer Guy Fieri burgers, Mexican buffet, 24 hour made to order pizza, fresh deli, fresh salad bar with lots of choices that Carnival has to offer. Definitely an older, non-fun crowd on Grandeur. Carnival is the FUNship! Septic smell on Grandeur was not very nice. Not enough evening entertainment choices - only one choice during each time slot. Wayfinder was very nice! Solarium was way too hot and was indoors. Love the Carnival Serenity deck. Shows on Grandeur were good. Nexus 4 band was good. Speciality restaurants too over space that could have been used for other entertainment venues. Cruise Director was good, but some of the other activities staff were annoying. Rooms much smaller on Grandeur compared to Carnival Pride. After 14 Carnival cruises, decided to try this RC cruise. Definitely going back to Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date August 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
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
...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
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
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
Hopefully R/C Grandeur is going to get a refit or makeover in March-April '17. The cabin furniture, mattress, and wear items are starting to show its age and are in need of replacement. Additionally, Grandeur needs a paint job ... Read More
Hopefully R/C Grandeur is going to get a refit or makeover in March-April '17. The cabin furniture, mattress, and wear items are starting to show its age and are in need of replacement. Additionally, Grandeur needs a paint job badly. As for our cruise, the cruise director was a drip and seemed to be disengaged. It seemed like he would make his announcements twice a day, but was never seen around and about. The ship's activities are sporadic and marginally interesting. It's obvious that the main goal is to get you involved in one of the fee generating activities or into the casino. Therefore, its imperative that you bring some enjoyable reading materials (my wife and I are avid readers). If you are a big reader, this is the cruise for you. On other past Grandeur cruises, the cruise director was more actively engaged. My wife and I really enjoyed the cruise; however, I would say the food was very average and uninteresting--I'd classify it as mid-grade cafeteria food. Outside of the chocolate chip cookies/oatmeal cookies, the desserts were poor--except for the specialty restaurants, which were quite good. The specialty restaurant 'Chops,' served up some tasty steaks, sides, and fantastic desserts. The sushi restaurant was also very good. It's too bad that the only way to get a truly memorable meal it to dine at a specialty restaurant at an extra charge. Overall, a good cruise for the money, but the dining is really starting to slip along with other cost cutting measures! The ship is definitely in need of a repainting. It's starting to look like a Somalian mother-boat pirate ship with all of the rust on it. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The Gradeur is my 5th RC ship. At the beginning of the week, I contacted RC about this particular cruise and the possibility of the itinerary changing. Hurricane Matthew was brewing and Nicole was heading to Bermuda. I was told RC would ... Read More
The Gradeur is my 5th RC ship. At the beginning of the week, I contacted RC about this particular cruise and the possibility of the itinerary changing. Hurricane Matthew was brewing and Nicole was heading to Bermuda. I was told RC would be monitoring the situation and inform me of any changes. People who booked through AAA, knew Saturday that RC wasn't going to Bermuda. Customer service said we were still sailing to Bermuda. Staff said we were still saling to Bermuda. I was never informed. Announcments weren't heard in all staterooms, including mine. Bayonne was the worse possibility! My biggest complaint was the lack of communication. Customer service couldn't give answers. Staff didn't know anything. I brought a sweatshirt or two, but didn't have sneakers or closed toe shoes. They made sure that we heard our credit can be used towards a next cruise, but we have no idea what that credit will be or how we will receive that credit. Unless we went and stood on a long line, asking the same questions as everyone else, we wouldn't know anything. I found the bar and the bartenders unprepared, ie warm beer, no water, not knowing the difference between tonic water and ginger ale. Kudos to my waitstaff at Great Gabsy! Those guys were awesome and greated us with a smile every evening! That goes a long way. I understand the saftey of the passengers, but I do believe people should have had the option to opt out. Pools were only available on our last day! They were empty when we boarded. Due to the storm, the Solarium, outdoor areas, including bars, were all closed. Water came into balcony rooms. Staff were tense and not at the friendliest, and I can understand. Just will that alone, I believe RC should have prepared their passengers of what could happen. Instead, we were kept in the dark grasping at any information we could get whether is was right or wrong. Cruise Director lacked enthusiasm. I can't even tell you his name. However, Andre the Activites Director did his best to engage the guest! My friends and I were celebrating our birthdays, and we had a good time. We made the best out of a bad situation. This will be a trip that will never be forgotten! An added note about RC overall....I find that the quality of their food has declined. Years ago, I would rave how good the food would taste and look. I was on the Anthem in June and now the Grandeur and the food is disappointing. Definitely nothing to write home about. I think too much money is going into technolgy ( which doesn't always work ie Bionic Bar) and cuts are being made on the qualaity of food. Read Less
Sail Date October 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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