I boarded the Grandeur on Sat. Sept. 24th. Boarding processes went quite smoothly. Once onboard proceeded to Windjammer as no access to rooms until 1pm. Windjammer on embarkation day is always a tad insane, and this day was no different. ... Read More
I boarded the Grandeur on Sat. Sept. 24th. Boarding processes went quite smoothly. Once onboard proceeded to Windjammer as no access to rooms until 1pm. Windjammer on embarkation day is always a tad insane, and this day was no different. Food options were plentiful, and staff worked as fast as they could to turn tables for others.
Speaking of food, I will say the food onboard has definitely taken a notch up from last time onboard. Everything very tasty, and I saw when guests debated about their choices the staff brought them the other meal option so they could try both. Old school cruising is coming back on the end.
The room onboard was very clean, but you can tell she will need to go into dry dock for some cosmetic touches. balcony doors rusted in places, balconies in general all need to be re-sanded and stained.
Staff overall couldn't have been nicer. As since she is a more smaller and intimate ship, one with no zip lines, central parks, water slides etc. the crew is what makes guests return. They are engaging, friendly, and accommodating and you truly come off with a friend.
Onboard entertainment truly blew me away this trip! Earl Turner a Vegas Entertainer was the shows headliner this trip. For the first time in a long time, I can honestly say it was the BEST show I've seen while at sea. He had the entire audience from start to finish, singing, laughing and just all-in-all have the best time ever! I hear he does preform throughout the year on other RCCL ships, and I need to find his schedule as I'll definitely make plans to sail again with RCCL when he is on board!!!
The other entertainers/ staff were also exceptionally good as well. The atrium show Seasons was lovely and breathtaking. The hotel director also was active with the atrium shows and events, which I've not seen before and that was a nice touch.
I will say the most touching moment on the cruise was at the end of the goodbye show, last night of cruise the band played the National Anthem and EVERYONE was singing and paying their respect, which actually brought a tear to my eye. Very Proud of RCCL there.
Only suggestions for faster service. All other lines, have a Platinum + member level designated counter area but on RCCL they do not. So be prepared to wait in a line at Guests Services sometimes. Also in the casino if you want cash to play with, they will not give you cash, but Vouchers for that amount to ensure you put it into the machines. Quirky.
Notice to Diamond Members and above. The rules of allowing a guest to join you in the diamond lounge has changed, and you will NO longer be permitted to do so. So if you are traveling w/ a friend that has not earned the perks, forget about going into the lounge during your cruise to relax with your friend. You will just have to go to another regular lounge instead.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed sailing on Grandeur again! You will actually love Mustering on this ship, as they keep your attention :-) Smooth sailing everyone, and now looking forward to going on Allure in 2 weeks. Check back afterwards! Read Less