17 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Caribbean - Southern

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 chose this ship primarily because of the cheaper cost, itinerary. (St Croix) and port of departure. We own property on St Croix and wanted to visit to take care of a little business as well as see friends and have a vacation in the ... Read More
We chose this ship primarily because of the cheaper cost, itinerary. (St Croix) and port of departure. We own property on St Croix and wanted to visit to take care of a little business as well as see friends and have a vacation in the mean time. Price: This cruise was cheaper than getting to JFK, flying to STX, renting a car for a week, renting a cottage for a week and handling all our food expenses. I think the location as well as price attracts many repeat cruisers. We found people who had been on the ship 33 times! 3-6 times was fairly common. Also, as others have said, it is an old crowd with many diamond members. Crew: They are excellent. Every one of them. Can't say enough nice things about the wait staff, room attendants, customer service etc. They get to know you quickly, like to kid around and talk and always took good care of us. Passengers: Much older crowd with very few kids. That's ok because they tend to be a laid back, smart, experienced crowd that are fun to meet. Maybe it's the mid-west and mid-atlantic vibe due to the departure location but almost everybody is very friendly. Some folks practically live on this ship. Activities: It's an older ship and doesn't have a lot of activities, especially in the evenings. That's ok with us. We are 60 & 64. We don't need DJ blasting pool parties. If we really want to see a Broadway show we'll take a train to Broadway. A little more entertainment and more outdoor dance options like an afternoon pool party would be nice. They did have a fun 70's night but most dances seemed to cater to an older crowd of very well practiced dancers doing waltzes, cha-cha's and even tangos. That left us feeling a bit left out but the showy dancers are still friendly. Most dancing takes place in the Centrum which is ringed with seats for 3 levels and open all the way from decks 4 through 8. It was nice to be able to walk down the hall from our deck 8 room and look down & check out what is going on. We enjoyed "enrichment" watercolor painting with Rosemary and her hubby. They are a lot of fun. Also the after 9 PM piano singalongs in the schooner bar with Russ were fun. What shows they did have were fun with comedians, singers and a jazz sax player. My wife saw the cruise director put a great Neil Diamond tribute. I was at a wine tasting at the time. Ports: We did a 12 night Eastern Caribbean run and the ports are were very good. St Croix, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Martin. We mostly did 3rd party tours. We had one RCL excursion on St Lucia; a catamaran ride for sightseeing, swimming at a bay and then viewing the Pitons. The crew on the cat was a blast and very knowledgeable. On/off was super easy as the cat was docked right in front of our ship at the port. Cabins: I said that we went cheap. We were in an interior room. It was 136 sq feet. It was tight getting in & out of bed but otherwise very serviceable with plenty of cubbies to put stuff. Others have said that suitcases don't fit under the bed. We solved that by leaving then open so they slid under, but that limits how many you can fit. I suggest bring bags that nest inside each other when empty like Russian Dolls. Bottom line: if you like an older crowd and are looking for a laid back relaxing ship this fits the bill. We would defiantly go again if we were still going be nearby the departure point. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
The staff was amazing and went out of their way to make everyone happy ! We will definitely sail with royal Caribbean again ! It is a small ship but that is what we love about her. Everything went very smoothly ! Our 30 year old son and ... Read More
The staff was amazing and went out of their way to make everyone happy ! We will definitely sail with royal Caribbean again ! It is a small ship but that is what we love about her. Everything went very smoothly ! Our 30 year old son and his gf were with us and they had a wonderful time even though most of the guests are elderly . Can't wait to sail on her again ! Our room attendant Ida was great . Also loved our waitstaff Johannes Salmen and Erhon. We always ate in the dining room . Didn't step one foot into the windjammer. The food was excellent ! We enjoyed being waited on so always went to main dining room ! Will definitely sail with royal Caribbean again ! Loved that we could just drive to the terminal in 2 and half hours. Stayed at a hotel for one night and they supplied a shuttle to the port and left our car in their parking lot till we returned. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This ship has one the highest return rates in the RC fleet. The A++ service is just one reason. The activities and entertainment are superior. Fellow passengers are friendly. My wife and I traveled alone, but we easily made friends. ... Read More
This ship has one the highest return rates in the RC fleet. The A++ service is just one reason. The activities and entertainment are superior. Fellow passengers are friendly. My wife and I traveled alone, but we easily made friends. Our cabin had plenty of room. Food quality was not always perfect. The breakfast and lunch at either the main dining room or the buffet was almost always praiseworthy. The lunch salad bar at the main dining room is not to be missed. The ham at the breakfast buffet melts in your mouth. The quality of entrees at dinner missed my high expectations. All "Fish of the Day" were frozen. The pork tended to be tough; I had to pray for a steak knife to cut a chop. Chicken breasts needed more marinating. On the other hand, the beef dishes were outstanding. My wife gave pasta dishes a high mark. Drink prices are very high and then RC adds an automatic 18% gratuity tax on your bill. Sailing out of Baltimore gives mid-Atlantic cruisers a real cost saving, rather than flying to and from Florida. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
The embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The ship was so clean, someone was always cleaning something. Our cabin was always clean and towels always replaced. Every night, coming to our room, we were met with a different ... Read More
The embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The ship was so clean, someone was always cleaning something. Our cabin was always clean and towels always replaced. Every night, coming to our room, we were met with a different animal on our bed.The dining was superb and the service was impeccable. They would always ask if everything is good and did we need, anything else. Always keeping our water and beverage filled.The entertainment was top notch. In the Windjammer their was such a variety of food and the food was very good and tasty. We had a superb show every night. Sometimes we went to both shows, we enjoyed them so much. The last cruise we were on was a bigger ship, but we did enjoy the smaller ship. This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We will come back on Royal Caribbean cruise lines again. All in all, I have to give the whole experience on the "Grandeur of the seas" a pleasant and enjoyable cruise vacation. I want to make mention of our two waiters that took care of us in the Great Gatspy. We were at table 514 and our waiters were (head waiter) Virgilio Jr from the Phillipines and (asst waiter) Safii from Indonesia. We were on My Time at 5:00 on deck 5. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
All aspects of this cruise were GREAT. The Cruise director was the best we had ever encountered. Here are the negatives........ Spa attendants were VERY condescending, the ONLY member of that spa team that was nice and helpful was ... Read More
All aspects of this cruise were GREAT. The Cruise director was the best we had ever encountered. Here are the negatives........ Spa attendants were VERY condescending, the ONLY member of that spa team that was nice and helpful was the tall young male that worked there. The Casino could have been a better experience only because it was seriously UNDERstaffed. No change machines and not enough cashiers. (only ONE!!! at any given time) The Art auction was horrible. We bought 3 works of Art on our last cruise (Anthem) and NONE on this one. (Grandeur) It was soooo high pressure, and the ladies were SO incredibly FAKE. You can tell when someone is being friendly in a fake way and this was BLATANT. Dining, entertainment, cabin service, the ease of getting around this ship and the ports of call made this a great cruise. Everything else about this cruise was wonderful except those two areas mentioned above. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I absolutely love this ship! It's small, which provides a level of intimacy that you don't get on the big ships. You bond with the crew and they become family. They have always bent over backwards to make our vacations the ... Read More
I absolutely love this ship! It's small, which provides a level of intimacy that you don't get on the big ships. You bond with the crew and they become family. They have always bent over backwards to make our vacations the best ever! Remember though, you get what you give. If you treat them with respect and and kind you will get so much more than the norm! Leaving from the port of Baltimore is so easy and convenient. No flying required. Cabins are clean and neat! Dining is amazing! If you walk away hungry it's your own fault. From the eggs to the lobster the food is the best! There are so many activities that you can't get bored. There are things for kids to the elderly. I highly recommend this ship, RCI and the port of Baltimore for your next cruise. 12 days is a lot to pack for. Being able to pull up, have a porter take your luggage, park your car, walk into the terminal, register, then walk onto the ship... No better way to travel! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We sailed on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Sea from March 24th-April 6th, 2018. We had three couples in our party and had planned this 12-night South Caribbean cruise for two years. We went out of Baltimore Maryland, and continue ... Read More
We sailed on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Sea from March 24th-April 6th, 2018. We had three couples in our party and had planned this 12-night South Caribbean cruise for two years. We went out of Baltimore Maryland, and continue down to St Thomas, Antigua, St Lucia, Saint Kitts & Nevi, and St Maartens. The seas were a bit rocky on one of the nights down and one night back, but other than that smooth sailing. Overall the cruise was absolutely fantastic! It was a relief to see that these islands, at least the ones that were affected by last September's hurricanes, had come a long way in their recovery. We had excursions planned on the first four islands and decided to do our own thing on Saint Maartens. Royal Caribbean seems to have a very solid relationship with their excursions, as all were well run and enjoyable Do not miss ziplining through the rainforest in St Lucia it kayaking & snorkeling in Antigua! Both were affordable, beautiful and so much fun. While Grandeur of the Sea is one of Royal Caribbean's older boats and it's their smallest ship, there's something great about it. You will not find a friendlier or more helpful staff. From the room attendants to the dining room staff to the activities people, all go out of their way to help you have a fun and memorable time. The Palladium shows at night offer top-notch entertainment! From music/singers to dancers to comedians to ventriloquism to an awesome hypnotist....all were excellent. Something for everyone. The food in The Great Gatsby dining room is 5-star. Your will think you are eating in a luxury restaurant every night. The Windjammer is the buffet dining room, also good, but definitely more of what you'd expect from a buffet. The variety is huge there. The Park Cafe also offers up a lighter fare... Usually sandwiches, salads and a few different desserts. My only complaint is the coffee! If you like high-intensity-BOLD-espresso-will-grow-hair-on-your-chest-like coffee, then you'll be fine. They do have a small Starbucks cafebin Latte-tudes, but I'm not much of a Starbucks fan, either. I wish they offered a less intense coffee.... But for that being the only real complaint, I won't complain too loudly. I would highly recommend this cruise to anyone who wants a really relaxing, longer cruise. The price cannot be beat for everything you are getting. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Friends recommended Royal Caribbean. We also sailed with Royal Caribbean twenty years ago, and had a wonderful trip. The shows were top notch, as good as I have seen in Vegas or New York. Entertainment staff was was vibrant and ... Read More
Friends recommended Royal Caribbean. We also sailed with Royal Caribbean twenty years ago, and had a wonderful trip. The shows were top notch, as good as I have seen in Vegas or New York. Entertainment staff was was vibrant and professional. A highlight of our trip was on our final evening in the Centrum when they honored our veterans , police and firefighters. It was a rewarding and emotional tribute to those who give so much. It brought tears to both of us, our son and fathers all served in our military as other family members, living and deceased. It was as if they were all being honored through this gesture by Grandeur of the Seas, it became very personal for us. Staff professionalism and interaction with passengers made for a comfortable and pleasant day to day experience. We limited shore excursions to beach trips. Dining was fulfilling and delicious, Staff was unprecedented. Cabin staff was accommodating, pleasant and service oriented as well as professional. We have been relating our experience to family and friends since our return home. Thank you Royal Caribbean for a relaxing and rewarding trip. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
we keep coming back to this ship and each time we see nice improvements to service, food and customer care. Grandeur is one of RCL's smaller ships but we like the ships under 3,500 people. Having taken 3 trips of the over ... Read More
we keep coming back to this ship and each time we see nice improvements to service, food and customer care. Grandeur is one of RCL's smaller ships but we like the ships under 3,500 people. Having taken 3 trips of the over 5,000 guests mega ships we keep coming back . We were travelling with 2 couples The Port of Baltimore is convenient for us to fly into from Buffalo. This vacation was a 12 day trip visited 5 islands and really enjoyed relaxing with days at sea Due to the hurricanes, St. Thomas was not really ready for tourists, the other 4 ports of call Antigua, St Lucia, Martinique and St Kitts were excellent. Grandeur was kept very clean but it can use some updating. My time dining - Staff knew our names wow. Food was very good Some of the dance shows could use a refresh We all Enjoyed the sauna , it was always working, clean and available. The exercise room is much too small when in full use. We would go again out of Baltimore - 12 days or more but when different ports of calls are offered Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Leaving from Baltimore was a breeze. Stayed at the Best Western right up the highway from the pier, right off 95, the night before. Free shuttle to pier and parking was included for the 13 days. Check in was quick and easy. We were on the ... Read More
Leaving from Baltimore was a breeze. Stayed at the Best Western right up the highway from the pier, right off 95, the night before. Free shuttle to pier and parking was included for the 13 days. Check in was quick and easy. We were on the ship by 10:45am and felt like we gained an extra day. Crew was very friendly as were other shipmates! We had a room just off the Centrum, so everything was quick and easy to get to on the ship. Ate in the Windjammer for breakfast (opened at 6:30am) and lunch. Very good variety of foods every day. Ate at Park Café when back on the ship later after an excursion. Had early, 5:30, seating for dinner in Main Dining room. Staff was friendly in MDR, but service inconsistent. Timing off a few nights. Food was good, but not exceptional. Big push to get you to go to specialty restaurants, but we have excellent Italian and steak houses nearby, so we were not interested. Two nights the same steaks from the specialty restaurant were discounted and could be served in main dining room. Filet for $10 and T-bone for $16. Wide variety of shows; comedian, singers, dancers, pianist, juggler, ventriloquist, hypnotist. Plenty of activities. Big screen on pool was not used that much. Wished they had shown a film on sea days, but it was short clips of mostly blooper type activities. Pool is small in both open deck and solarium, so it did get crowded in afternoon. Chairs easy to secure. No issues there. Ports were great and easy off and on. St Kitts we were berthed at an alternative commercial port so taxi needed to access shops which left many folks not too happy. I tried one RC excursion in Antigua and was not happy as we had wait for late folks who actually were already on the bus. Lack of communication. Private excursion through Viator was excellent in Martinique. Shared taxi for beaches in St Kitts, Barbados. Went on own in St Lucia which made taxi ride more expensive, but beaches were great. Always felt welcomed on all the islands. Read Less
Sail Date October 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
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
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
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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