57 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Canada & New England

They have absolutely nothing for the kids to do. Besides the closet sized room for the tots. My daughter is 3 and was nervous about going to the kids section and they wouldn’t even let me walk her in and say goodbye.. ridiculous. No ... Read More
They have absolutely nothing for the kids to do. Besides the closet sized room for the tots. My daughter is 3 and was nervous about going to the kids section and they wouldn’t even let me walk her in and say goodbye.. ridiculous. No activities.. nothing. Rooms are small. Workers are nice except for a few that seems miserable. Carnival pride is definitely a better choice. Their dining room is ok. Breakfast is the same food every morning. The crowd is mainly older and get mad when the kids are being kids.. just a warning. Our cabin is right above the door they open to let people off the ship so my kids get woken up in the morning and from their naps. Soda cans are $4.. they have ONE. pool open for public and if your kids are not potty trained they can’t go in.. so my one year old had nothing to do.. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise strictly for the convenience of the port. The port of Baltimore is so convenient, the parking is reasonable, the staff are helpful, and everything is run quite efficiently.. We also wanted to try a different ... Read More
We chose this cruise strictly for the convenience of the port. The port of Baltimore is so convenient, the parking is reasonable, the staff are helpful, and everything is run quite efficiently.. We also wanted to try a different itinerary other than the Caribbean..The New England coast was beautiful and did not disappoint us, but, I guess I was expecting a little more and eventhough I adored the staff, I do not believe it will be enough for us to come back unless there is an exceptional bargain being offered.us..for starters the Broadway shows and entertainment we always look forward to on other ships..just terrible..couldn't even watch it here. That was a bummer. Also, there was one evening I was not feeling well so I was in my room which is rarely the case .. but there is absolutely nothing to watch on TV . Only thing to watch are old reruns of some bygone show noone has ever watched and John and Katrina doing the RC commercials..its just really ridiculous and frustrating especially after all the money we've spent for that room! I like John and Katrina, don't get me wrong, but I don't want to watch them on tv all night too.! This ship sadly just does not offer enough activity for a livelier crowd.. with that being said, there are definitely some highlights though. Michael is awesome and so hilarious! He had me cracking up all week..My family loved him and he keeps everyone entertained as much as possible..The food is typical cruise food and theres plenty to choose from, so if you can't find something you like from the many options they provide, then don't go on a cruise! Also, the way I'm looking at it, I'm not cooking and cleaning for a week so I'm not complaining too much :-) it's a cruise for God sake so how bad can it be:-) my only real complaint was that it was way more money than I have paid for cruises in the past, so I guess I was expecting a little more Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This cruise was not luxurious, enjoyable, or accommodating after working hard all year to pay to have a week of relaxation and a good time. A list of things that need serious improvement: • The food - The meals on this ship were ... Read More
This cruise was not luxurious, enjoyable, or accommodating after working hard all year to pay to have a week of relaxation and a good time. A list of things that need serious improvement: • The food - The meals on this ship were less than sub par. I was highly disappointed in the options and the execution of the food. I can cook better than these supposedly trained chefs. I can promise you, the lasagna tasted exactly like Chef Boyardee right out of a can. Every vegetable served on the plate were essentially raw. The portions were never the same, even for guests sitting at the same table. The food was always cold. I always felt like it had sat out for some time before being served. The buffet was the best option for breakfast and lunch—there was better variety and the food was actually decent. On lobster night, a couple of members in my group decided they wanted an entire lobster and were willing to spend the additional $30. The lobster came out with nothing but the carrcus and a small bit of meat on the plate. The lobster tails had more meat in them. It was a waste of $30. • Cleanliness - Oh my goodness. The cleanliness on this ship needs to be investigated. On multiple occasions, dishes were dirty: lipstick on water glasses, the previous day's meal on silverware, pulp dried in water glasses...etc. One of my family members ended up with a virus from the unclean utensils and dishes. Also, the public bathrooms were not kept clean. • Sugar free dessert options - while the desserts were decent, when eating in the dining room for dinner, there was only one option for those with dietary restrictions compared to multiple options for those without dietary restrictions. Some of the sugar free desserts at dinner were just practically inedible. • Technology - There was no app available for large groups to communicate through. The option available was to spend approximately $15 per person/per day. There is absolutely no way I was going to pay for that. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
My family and I decided to give RCI a try this summer. We have been on 20 Carnival cruises and 2 Princess cruises since 2001. We picked this cruise strictly on the itinerary. My teenagers were doing a DC trip with their school so we met ... Read More
My family and I decided to give RCI a try this summer. We have been on 20 Carnival cruises and 2 Princess cruises since 2001. We picked this cruise strictly on the itinerary. My teenagers were doing a DC trip with their school so we met them at the end and then came on this cruise. Coming Jon the ship we had high hopes for a great cruise. We had purchased the Key which was quite expensive for a family of 4. The only amenity we even used was the internet. RCI claims you can stream with it and you can if you sit in the Internet cafe. On your personal device in your room - nope, could hardly even play a game without your connection dropping constantly. The internet is not good at all. With the key and with a suite, you get to have reserved seating for shows. On some of the ships, this may be a benefit but on this ship - the shows were hardly attended. The broadway show was awful. I admit that I am picky about shows because I am a huge broadway fan and have attended many shows in NYC and in London but this was the worst show I’ve ever seen on a cruise ship. The All Access show was better until they got to the Madonna part and then it was a train wreck. The first comedian was great - my favorite show by far. He was good in the Welcome Aboard show and not too terribly raunchy in the adult show which was a pleasant surprise. Sometimes on Carnival, they can be just disgusting. The hypnotist show was ok and the juggler was ok. The rest, meh, Rey disappointing. The ship just doesn’t have much to do or to choose from to do. There were a couple of trivia’s per day but that was about it. The only cleaver things they had was the egg drop and the Royal Fair. Food - if you love buffet food, this is the ship for you. I however, do not. If you don’t eat on a buffet there really isn’t any other choices. They do offer lunch in the dining room on sea days but on port days - that’s it. The buffet is not appealing, food has been sitting for a long time, the hamburger buns are hard as a rock and the patties are burned to a crisp. The main dining room was good, the servers were great but there aren’t too many choices every night, just a couple. They push the specialty dining almost to the point of irritation. They even push you to pay for a specialty add on meal every night when you are about to order in the dining room. They must get a bonus or something if they can upsell you. In closing, we thought we would try a small ship to see if it was worth it to brave 6,000 people and on a ship and the family verdict is - No Way! We will stick with Carnival and enjoy the shows, the activities and the variety of food offered every single day. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, the reputation of the Grandeur and for timing around the end of school. We cruised with a family with two pre-teens with whom we are essentially family and both families live near Baltimore. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, the reputation of the Grandeur and for timing around the end of school. We cruised with a family with two pre-teens with whom we are essentially family and both families live near Baltimore. We arranged private transportation to and from the port due to the party size of six and the amount of luggage. Upon arrival, the Port of Baltimore did itself no favors as our driver was directed to one line where the luggage carts were being locked and when attempting to ask for direction to another line we were met with incredible indifference and ineptitude. Once we finally offloaded our luggage, we were then met with yet more confusion as we had booked the Royal Suite and the other members were Diamond members. Port staff had no idea where to direct people for security screening and actually dumped both parties into different, yet packed and slow moving, lines. We met at the screening and went through together. By that time we had been able to identify ourselves to Royal staff and our concierge, Carlington Berry (more on Carlington later) was waiting for us on the ship side of security. That was the last of any bad issues for embarkation. Carlington whisked us directly to check-in and then around all other lines directly to a private elevator (one woman decided to latch on and was with us all the way to and pushed into the elevator with her husband by pure hubris) and then to our suite. All of the features of the suite were discussed and our attendant, Fernando Dierra, was introduced to us. The staff of the Grandeur truly earns their reputation as the friendliest in RCI's fleet, the food was superior to other RCI ships (Majesty and Monarch) we have cruised on and the itinerary delivered. Finally, the staff in the Great Gatsby dining room was top notch, with our table's servers, Deepshika and Mary Ann, being the best we have ever had by far. Deepshika especially, as our head server, was organized efficient and catered to our party's every request. The only average part of our experience were the shows in the main theater. They were at best average, with a hypnotist and a comedian being each an hour we will never get back. We chose private tours we arranged separately and all were excellent. Specifically, Jolly Breeze Tour's jet boat whale watching tour from St. Andrews-by-the-Sea (St John port stop) was in the top 5 of all excursions we have ever done, including seaplane snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef and a helicopter into the Grand Canyon for lunch below the rim. We had been concerned about a rough ride in the zodiak for the girls but they actually wanted more wake jumping as the tour went on. The shock-absorbing seats helped a lot. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We haven't been on a cruise in many months and we haven't been on a Royal Caribbean cruise since 2008. Our previous experiences were all right; and we wanted to see New England as we've been the Caribbean far too often. ... Read More
We haven't been on a cruise in many months and we haven't been on a Royal Caribbean cruise since 2008. Our previous experiences were all right; and we wanted to see New England as we've been the Caribbean far too often. Ports: I enjoyed the Itinerary. Boston was great, so much to do and a nice long time in Boston. Portland, Maine was fabulous, Bar Harbor, Maine was foggy and cold, and a lot of local businesses were closed (it was a Monday, and the place has a lot of Mom and Pop shops). Saint John was freezing cold, but folks were very nice and the city is very walkable. Halifax was amazing, almost as amazing as Boston. I wish we had more time there, the weather was damp, cold and freezing wind, yet the Titanic/Shipping museum was worth it. Ship: Old ship, small ship, the Atrium is in the Aft of the ship and where everything happens. The cruise director, John was amazing, (Hello John). They have a ton going on, great trivia, and activities and the show, "All Access" was great. The ship itself is old, and worn in parts, and the first night the plumbing went out and there was no water at all for a few hours (yikes!!!). Not technology updated as the internet was mega slow for everyone, and didn't work in the rooms, it worked well in the Forward public of areas. Not enough outlets to charge all our devices (two outlets per room, bad). The Bad: The food. The food was terrible. It was Stouffer's/Lean Cuisine'esque. Royal Caribbean is efficient, they close their restaurants on the dime, they don't waste food, they close things down quick. Also, they have a off hours cafe, the only issue it is located in the Adults Only section of the ship. I had to sneak my kids in their for after hours snacks. Food was bland, service was good, staff was nice, food just was abysmal, even in the up charge restaurant. Try the cruise, just make sure you eat off the ship!!!! Misc: Washy, Washy!!!! #StaffMemberInTheWindjammerCafe Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
The New England cruise is a very nice itinerary. Our group of 5 did not sign up for shore excursions since we had been to most ports previously. Of all the ports, St. Johns was the least attractive, a mostly industrial city. Boston, ... Read More
The New England cruise is a very nice itinerary. Our group of 5 did not sign up for shore excursions since we had been to most ports previously. Of all the ports, St. Johns was the least attractive, a mostly industrial city. Boston, Portland, Bar Harbor and Hailifax were great. The staterooms definitely need to be updated. However, all the public areas were beautiful. The crew was super, and it felt great to be on a ship that is not as large as a small city, such as the newer mega ships. Food was best in the main dining room and themed restaurants. The buffet lines on the Windjammer deck near the pool were not appetizing at all and we stayed away from them. I highly recommend this cruise. The Cruise Director and Activities Director were wonderful hosts for the key activities. I especially liked the Hall of Nations ceremony on the last day, honoring all the dedicated crew. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We loved the ports! But the wait staff and crew were amazing. Food was excellent! Greeeeaaaat foood Omg! Service was definitely an A+. I would recommend these ports and this trip. Also disembarkation was so easy and smooth. My dad is ... Read More
We loved the ports! But the wait staff and crew were amazing. Food was excellent! Greeeeaaaat foood Omg! Service was definitely an A+. I would recommend these ports and this trip. Also disembarkation was so easy and smooth. My dad is handicapped and we had no issues at the ports except one which was bar harbor, because there were tenders. But a great trip overall. My family and i enjoyed thoroughly! The kids enjoyed also. We took a 1 and 2 year old. I had my concerns about safety originally because they are so active. However, that proved to be unnecessary worry as there were no hiccups. As soon as we boarded, my mind was immediately at ease. Kids enjoyed their time, in and out of the pool also. Lifeguards always in duty. I could be worry free. Great food! Great service! Great staff! Great trip! Loved and enjoyed soooo much! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We signed up for this cruise a year in advance. We wanted this particular destination and the price was right. We were also happy to try a cruise from Baltimore so we could just drive to the port. Ten of our family members traveled ... Read More
We signed up for this cruise a year in advance. We wanted this particular destination and the price was right. We were also happy to try a cruise from Baltimore so we could just drive to the port. Ten of our family members traveled together and we had a blast. Leaving from the port in Baltimore is so easy and organized. We are seniors and had no problems at all. Some of our family signed on to the cruise and we had five adults and five teenagers. The ship is not huge so it can fit under the bridges but it was well maintained. The young people in our group found plenty to do and we barely saw them. The food on board was good and all staff members were pleasant and friendly. We had great (hot) weather and spent a lot of time in the pools. We especially loved the children’s pool which you can sit in on hot days. The drinks kept coming and the snacks, ice cream and food were good and plentiful. The only thing I would change is the quality of the beds. Considering this was a ten day cruise, a less than great bed was not a huge problem. Our teenagers were well entertained and we barely saw them all week. I had purchased a drink package but really used it very little. There was complimentary iced tea and flavored drinks (sugar free mango/pineapple) that I drank almost all week. I did enjoy the big cup with the lid but could easily have brought one from home. We had such a great time and plan to do another cruise on this ship-maybe to Bermuda. Thanks Royal Carribean for helping us gather wonderful memories on this trip-we’ll be back :) Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
My husband and I took our three grown grandchildren on a 9 day New England/Canada on Grandeur of the Seas leaving on July 5, 2018. Positives: Weather was great, Baltimore is an easy port to access and park, our cabin attendant and ... Read More
My husband and I took our three grown grandchildren on a 9 day New England/Canada on Grandeur of the Seas leaving on July 5, 2018. Positives: Weather was great, Baltimore is an easy port to access and park, our cabin attendant and waiters were wonderful and the food very good. Diamond club and the designated diamond breakfast area were excellent. We did all ports independently...each grandchild was responsible for planning activities at a port and all of us had a wonderful time. We used the Viking Crown lounge on sea days for card games with the grandkids which was always quiet with no problem finding tables and chairs for our games. The ship to be very clean and easy to get around with friendly staff. When a hurricane threatened, the captain switched the order of the ports, even though in Halifax Royal Caribbean had to provide shuttles as the only berth available on such short notice was an industrial one. His actions insured that we were never exposed to rough weather and was much appreciated.Only complaint: one of the three cabins (2514 which is described below) was not satisfactory. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We went into Baltimore two days prior to the cruise, both to ensure no travel problems and to have a full day to explore Baltimore. Embarkation was good, although we apparently had priority boarding through AAA, yet it was not noticed and ... Read More
We went into Baltimore two days prior to the cruise, both to ensure no travel problems and to have a full day to explore Baltimore. Embarkation was good, although we apparently had priority boarding through AAA, yet it was not noticed and we had to stand in line, which took about an hour. Cabin was clean and nice and as expected. Bathroom is small compared to Disney but we knew that going into this cruise. Dining was excellent and wait staff was 100%. Could not ask for anything more. One elevator appeared to be having some problems but overall ship was in very good condition. On-board entertainment could have been improved. Overall service was excellent. Captain wisely swapped two port days (Halifax, St. John) to avoid Hurricane Chris. Disembarkation was very smooth with paid transfer to the airport. A lot of activities were to promote the spa (and its associated additional cost). No traditional poker table, only a blackjack table that appeared to be converted to a Texas Hold 'em table. Blackjack tournament ($25) consisted of playing only 7 hands, then the person with the most chips moved on to a final round at the end of the trip. Bingo was $39 and up. More lectures about ports would have been appreciated. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Best employees, best main dining food and service, best cruise director. Our cabin attendant was the sweetest lady ever !!!! Very helpful and kind. Also loved the on-board activities .... favorites were the 'Belly Flop' ... Read More
Best employees, best main dining food and service, best cruise director. Our cabin attendant was the sweetest lady ever !!!! Very helpful and kind. Also loved the on-board activities .... favorites were the 'Belly Flop' competition at the pool and the water polo game ... crew vs guests, also at the pool. Ship had a full service spa and pool area, which was more quiet and laid-back, if that's what you wanted. Casino was brightly lit and had a wide choice of slots and game tables. Ship even switched ports of call to get better weather .... because Hurricane Chris was chasing us. As it turned out we had bright sun every day of the cruise !!!! Everything ran very smoothly. Loved all of the ports of call. Excursions were plentiful and varied. Looking forward to my next cruise on Royal Caribbean. It is helpful to leave from Baltimore, as then we don't need to fly/go thru an airport. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We have been on four cruises, all with Grandeur of the Seas. We like the crew and staff and the ship is just the right size for us. The staterooms are very nice, and clean and the staff really take pride in taking care of the rooms. The ... Read More
We have been on four cruises, all with Grandeur of the Seas. We like the crew and staff and the ship is just the right size for us. The staterooms are very nice, and clean and the staff really take pride in taking care of the rooms. The chefs and staff in the Great Gatsby go overboard (pun intended) to make sure that we had the best experience possible. We loved the variety of menu options and there was not one meal that we did not thoroughly enjoy. The lobster night was perfect and if you are unsure of the menu items, the waiter and waitress make recommendations. The shore excursions are plentiful and prices are set to suit every budget. We booked some tours through the ship and sometimes we just set off on our own to explore the area. The only complaint that we had is that the 1pm curfew time for children should be adjusted to 10pm or 11pm. There seemed to be more unsupervised preteens this trip then in previous cruises, which led to some unruly behavior. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My family took the 9 night cruise up the NE into Canada out of Baltimore. Without airfare, it made the trip far more economical. We paid around $3,700 before our final tab at the gift shops, bar, gratuities. Gratuities really add up at ... Read More
My family took the 9 night cruise up the NE into Canada out of Baltimore. Without airfare, it made the trip far more economical. We paid around $3,700 before our final tab at the gift shops, bar, gratuities. Gratuities really add up at $14.50/person/day. I don't debate they are deserved; just factor those in as you budget. I was on this ship in the late 90's and it's still the same. It's had a face lift, or several, but if you start looking close, you can tell it's tired. I will say that it's clean, which is what I care about most. The staff are excellent and work hard to make sure the experience is good! Age. Wow, there are a lot of older folks on this trip. It slows movement down around the ship. Not a complaint; just be aware of it. Kids activities were better than we expected based on what we had read. Our 9 and 12 year old enjoyed the kids room, pools and the rock climbing wall. Just be aware it's not a Disney cruise. The gym on this ship is terrible. Small and older equipment that needs to be replaced. I'm not sure what they would do to make it larger, but it's very much in need of a facelift and expansion. The ship is crowded. I am on the second to last day - on the ship now. When you are at sea (and you are the last two days of this trip), the place fills up quickly. Hard to find a place to sit other than your room. Two days, back to back, at sea is not ideal on this ship at all. The stops? Boston, Portland, Bar Harbor and Halifax were excellent. St. John's was our least favorite. Nice enough City, but couldn't really find much we wanted to do. Perhaps that's us? The rest were excellent stops! Avoid the "whale watching" tour they sell you at Halifax through RC. Listen, I full appreciate you can't always see a whale. However, it's positioned by RC that the likelihood you will is high. We paid nearly $200 for four of us to go and we basically went on a two and a half hour boat ride. Saw nothing more than a lobster and a crab. Terrible waste of money. Terrible. The food? It's not bad, but after 7-8 days, it gets old. You can tell what's going on. 10-15 year ago, you went on a cruise and got fed very well. Now, if you want that same experience? You are paying extra and going to their specialty restaurants. Add in the drinks and internet, you start to feel like you're getting nickel and dimed to death. It does get old in that regard. I did try a steak from their specialty restaurant. It was average, at best. Certainly not worth the up charge. I will also say, 9 days of food is hard to manage. You can only do some much to create variety. We made it a habit to have lunch off the boat in town each day. Try the café back by the gym. Great spot for an Egg McMuffin at breakfast, a light sandwich/snack in the afternoon, etc. Great food and it wasn't crowded as I don't think most people knew about it. The internet? Well, it works. It's not so slow that it doesn't run your machine, but it's certainly not blazing fast. At best, I was getting about 4mbps down and 2 up. At worst, it would manage 1 down and .5 up. It was quick enough to run FaceTime, etc. We bought a two device package. It's a real pain to connect/disconnect. About once a day, we would have to go to the customer service desk as it would "jam" and tell us we were connected even though we logged out. It would then lock us out of our account. A real pain to deal with every day. Overall, though, it's much better than I remember it being a few years ago. Useable if you need to be connected. Overall, we had a nice time. It was a great way to see many different spots that would be expensive to go to singularly. The age of the ship didn't create near the stir we thought it would. RC has done a nice job with it, frankly, and the staff was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Different itinerary that the usual Carribiean for a family vacation that was not over-the-top in cost. We had a nice time in the ports but these ports are more site-seeing than "fun activities" such as amusement rides (although ... Read More
Different itinerary that the usual Carribiean for a family vacation that was not over-the-top in cost. We had a nice time in the ports but these ports are more site-seeing than "fun activities" such as amusement rides (although one had zip lining) so the kids didn't have the greatest time doing that. I loved Halifax and Bar Harbor. Our day at Boston coincided with "Pride parade" so it was very crowded. Ships wifi was expensive and poor connectivity unless you were on the deck; even poor in dining room. Was better at the port terminal than on the ship! Food was really good in dining room and pretty good in Windjammer. Main complaint is the onboard activities were full of art auctions and lectures on arthritis and they cut back on gameshow type activiites, Bingo, etc... On our last cruise they had Bingo 3x on a sea day once. When asked why so little on this cruise, answer was that the Southern lounge was one of the only places to accomodate a popular game like Bingo but they had to use it for art auctions so this limited Bingo time. They could have used the Theater I am sure. One Love-and-Marriage game in theater on day 2 and most of the other onboard games were 20 min scavenger hunts and trivia (which was crammed in the Schooner lounge so good luck getting a seat unless you came 20 min or more in advance). It just seemed lacking compared to past cruises. The late dinner time seemed to be a punishment as there was hardly anything going on by the time you finished by 915 or 930 - one activity in the Centrum at 9:30 (why do they use such a small area - again, couldn't ever get seats?) but after that only late-night dancing. No fun activity after 9:30. Music and shows geared toward older crowd with lots of 1950's stuff (but they did have a Lionel Richie musician who was great at what he did but Lional Richie...really?) . Comedy shows and magic show were good. Perhaps it was the size of the Grandeur but we were disappointed with the onboard activities and a bit disappointed with headliner shows. Maybe we need to stick with the Oasis class or, after 5 Royal cruises, try a different line. Also cutbacks are noticeable (unless you pay the additional fees)...what happened to mints on pillows or midnight buffet at least once on the cruise? Pushing "specialty" restaurants to make more money. I wish they'd just charge me a bit more up front and not during the cruise. One thing, however, that I liked was in the dining room on some nights for extra $10 you could get a fillet mignon and a glass of wine. That was a nice yet cheap addition to the menu without having to go to Chops grill for $30. So overall good cruise but also disappointing in few ways compared to our prior Royal experiences. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
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 were very interested in the itinerary of this sailing and it didn’t disappoint. We had a grande two bedroom suite which was very nice. The concierge, Francs, was wonderful to us. The ship is older, with some rust here and there, ... Read More
We were very interested in the itinerary of this sailing and it didn’t disappoint. We had a grande two bedroom suite which was very nice. The concierge, Francs, was wonderful to us. The ship is older, with some rust here and there, but the ports of call and fantastic staff make up for it. Ports of call included Boston, Portland, Bar Harbor, St. John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia. We also visited Lexington, Comcord, Acadia National Park, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport along with Peggy’s Cove. The Citadel in Halifax is very impressive. My son also enjoyed himself on the tours and the ship. On our days at sea, he told me he needed a rest! Our staff was very attentive especially our wait staff. We were honored to have dinner with the Captain and the staff on that evening were superb. Overall, a great cruise experience that I would recommend to others. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise to be able to sample New England without having to drive to locations. We chose RC as the cruise line based on a deal thru Cruises Only. We had not cruised the NE or any where in about 8 years. We enjoyed this ... Read More
We chose this cruise to be able to sample New England without having to drive to locations. We chose RC as the cruise line based on a deal thru Cruises Only. We had not cruised the NE or any where in about 8 years. We enjoyed this cruise so much we may have to book another soon. The embarkation and disembarkation processes were smooth and timely. Loved having a choice of times to disembark on the last day of the cruise. Although we had an inside stateroom, it was more than adequate in roominess and the bathroom was bigger than I expected. The dining experiences were the BEST. The hours of the buffet, as well as sit down dinners were more than expected. The quality was good also. The food was good and the choices were outstanding. The ports were well thought out. There were varied items to do at each location. I do wish one of the stops had been on our trip back down the coast though. However, the staff did an outstanding job keeping everyone busy for the two days we were at sea at the end of the cruise. We booked all our excursions outside of the cruise line, so I cannot speak to that, however, I would always recommend the hop on hop off trollies and buses whenever available, as seems to be the best way to see the towns. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Our 5th cruise with Royal Carribbean. The ship is older and smaller but sailed well. I enjoyed the New England and Canada ports. We went to the main dinning room for dinner the first night and the line was so long, we went to Chops ... Read More
Our 5th cruise with Royal Carribbean. The ship is older and smaller but sailed well. I enjoyed the New England and Canada ports. We went to the main dinning room for dinner the first night and the line was so long, we went to Chops because they came and offered a discounted rate to eat for those of us standing in line. The next morning we went to the main dining room for breakfast and the wait staff seemed unorganized. No one smiled and the bloody mary we ordered with breakfast came as a glass of tomato juice, No added veggies or spices. After seeing how under pressure the wait staff seemed to be, we chose to do our dinning at the windjammer where we were always greated with a smiling face, happy people and cheerful service. Our room was well taken care of and I enjoyed the storm we encountered on the way back to home port. 20 foot swells with 70 mph winds. Many were seasick, but I slept like a baby! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Welcome back, friends & family. That's how I feel every time I cruise on Royal Caribbean. This trip to New England and Canada was outstanding in every aspect except two days of rocky seas, but Mother Nature had her own mind. We ... Read More
Welcome back, friends & family. That's how I feel every time I cruise on Royal Caribbean. This trip to New England and Canada was outstanding in every aspect except two days of rocky seas, but Mother Nature had her own mind. We had port visits in Boston, Bar Harbor, Portland, Saint John and Halifax. Yes, we have been to each of those ports on previous cruises but I must say that my favorite port is Saint John, New Brunswick. Why? We have good friends that we met on a previous cruise who live in Saint John. They met us at the terminal and they were our tour guides around Saint John. Of course, we stopped for lunch at a restaurant that served poutine. YUM! Of course, a trip to New England would not be complete without a bowl or two of New England clam chowder! Another, YUM! Have you ever had blueberry ice cream cone? Or, blueberry ice tea? Or, blueberries with almost anything? Visit Bar Harbor. Dining options onboard: we recommend the main dining room for dinner and the Windjammer for breakfast & lunch. We treated my brother & his wife to Giovanni's Italian Restaurant, one of RC specialty restaurants. Superb. My favorite activity was just relaxing in Solarium. We highly recommend the Royal Caribbean singers & dancers for outstanding entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Love the friendliness of the crew, fantastic Captain with a great sense of humor! Itinerary was great. I did a B2B Canada/New England followed by Bermuda. When you go to the Centrum bar look up Madagascar, best bar tender in the ... Read More
Love the friendliness of the crew, fantastic Captain with a great sense of humor! Itinerary was great. I did a B2B Canada/New England followed by Bermuda. When you go to the Centrum bar look up Madagascar, best bar tender in the fleet. Food was mainly good, some meals could be improved upon. Deck 4 is the best deck in my opinion, right off the Centrum, close to dining room and embarkation/debarkation elevators etc. I had an interior cabin as ship was booked, NEVER AGAIN, they are small and very dry. My eyes are still recovering from the dryness as is my skin! You will love Captain Andre, he has his 2 little ones with him and 1 made an announcement for us to spend lots of money so her Dad could make more money to buy her and her little brother presents, lol. Love his personality’s!!! I was surprised as to how many children were onboard as school is in session, so it would be a great cruise for families with kids. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This cruise is perfect for seniors and youngsters alike....also for the disabled. My mother is in a wheelchair yet she enjoyed this cruise tremendously. Royal Caribbean provided attendants both for the embarkation and the disembarkation ... Read More
This cruise is perfect for seniors and youngsters alike....also for the disabled. My mother is in a wheelchair yet she enjoyed this cruise tremendously. Royal Caribbean provided attendants both for the embarkation and the disembarkation throughout the cruise and cruise stops. Also, my mother was given preferential seating on all tour excursions. We enjoyed all the ports of call and all of our shore excursions. Royal Caribbean provides many shore excursions to choose from. The entertainment on the ship was varied, plentiful, and excellent. Everyone on the staff treated us with kindness. The variety of foods in the public dining rooms was amazing....something for everyone's pallate. I have a gluten free diet, yet Royal Caribbean met all my dietary needs, as well. The staff aboard the ship was professional and excellent in every way. I would recommend this cruise to all friends and family. Wonderful and rewarding experience! Thank you, Royal Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I have always wanted to see Maine in the summer/fall and this cruise offered several ports/cities that I had not been to before as I grew up out west. It's a great option for seeing several cities in New England in a 5-day period. ... Read More
I have always wanted to see Maine in the summer/fall and this cruise offered several ports/cities that I had not been to before as I grew up out west. It's a great option for seeing several cities in New England in a 5-day period. We took an Alaskan cruise about 3 years ago on another cruise line and had a great time but the ship was very large and hard to navigate (almost like living inside a shopping mall for a week). This ship was slightly smaller (1,900 passengers and 800 crew) but has all the needed amenities needed and very easy to find your way around by the 2nd day. Grandeur of the Sea is 20 years old but very modern and the crew keeps it extremely clean. Our room was made up and cleaned very quickly in the mornings after we left for breakfast. The room attendant was friendly and a very hard working person and went out of his way to see that we were comfortable every day. We booked two excursions; one was the bus tour to Kennebunkport in Portland ME. I would highly recommend doing some research ahead of time on each port as there are lots of affordable transportation options that you can take on your own to see most of the sites the excursions go to. We drove by some pretty areas on the way to Kennebunkport but once we arrived, we were only given 1 hour to explore the area before the bus left to take us back to the ship. My husband and I were hungry by they time we arrived and an hour only allowed for us to barely get something to eat before having to get back on the bus. Not nearly enough time as the town was very very crowded with tourists. Do not pay for this excursion as it's not worth the money. The town is very nice and beautiful but get your own transportation if you want to go. A better option out of Portland is to take the ferry to Peak Island (not an offered excursion from RC but very affordable). All of the 5 cities on this New England cruise are very well designed to accommodate the tourists from the cruise ships so, think twice before paying the high excursion rates. Most of the ports on the New England cruise have hop-on-hop-off buses that don't cost much. If visiting ports outside of the U.S./Canada; we would be more likely to stay with the ship excursions. When exploring on your own you just need to be mindful of the "all aboard" time and allow plenty of time to get back. Halifax Nova Scotia is a beautiful city and the folks at the information desk in the terminal can give you a map of the city and draw you a path for walking to see the sites. Don't miss the public gardens or the Citadel; gardens are absolutely gorgeous and the Citadel is on top of a hill and full of history and offers amazing views of the city. Neither one is very far from the ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We are a family of 4 - 2 boys ages 11 and 13. Overall we very much enjoyed this cruise. It was my 10th overall and probably my 4th on RCI. The good in order of just how good: Crew - A happy crew seems to make a huge difference on a ... Read More
We are a family of 4 - 2 boys ages 11 and 13. Overall we very much enjoyed this cruise. It was my 10th overall and probably my 4th on RCI. The good in order of just how good: Crew - A happy crew seems to make a huge difference on a cruise. The Grandeur is truly a happy crew. You can see it in everything they do. Ports - it helped that we had perfect weather, but the selected Ports, with the possible exception of Saint John, were just out of sight. Embarkation/Debarkation - We live in NoVa so traveling out of Baltimore is a breeze. We were from car to poolside in 45 minutes. Debarkation was even easier - 30 minutes from poolside to car. Parking ain't cheap; $15 per day adds up on a 9 day cruise. Whatcha gonna do? Food - Dined at 2 of the surcharge joints, Giovanni's and Izumi. Both were very good. Windjammer food is what it is. Staff was very efficient at turning tables and the flow was very good. Gatsby dining room (anytime) was overall pretty good. The food is good enough and the service is fast and friendly. Cleanliness - Outstanding. Again, I credit a happy crew for this. Fellow cruisers - A couple clicks better than normal. The length of the cruise and the itinerary seem to lure a good group of folks. Kids weren't running amok and no bros shotgunning beers at the pool bar. The not so good: Cabins - a little dated albeit it in a charming way. We were on deck 3 in 2 adjoining ocean views. It was kept spotless all the time. Entertainment - Limited for sure and what I saw wasn't great. You have 3 solid days on this itinerary so it would be helpful for the kids to have more options. It's an older ship so there are definitely limited in real estate for things like mini-golf and water slides. Casino - Needs a serious upgrade. Slots are old and tired and the odds are craps table are awful - 1x odds only Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was our third cruise and our second with Royal Caribbean. This was our first time out of Baltimore and our first cruise to New England/Canada. We cruised with our two children (16 and 20) and one set of grandparents (70). We live ... Read More
This was our third cruise and our second with Royal Caribbean. This was our first time out of Baltimore and our first cruise to New England/Canada. We cruised with our two children (16 and 20) and one set of grandparents (70). We live about an hour west of Baltimore. We left our house at 9:30 AM on Thursday morning and were stepping aboard Grandeur by 11:00 AM. It was amazingly easy! We sailed through each step. We pulled in to the Baltimore port, were greeted warmly, dropped off luggage, parked, walked through customs and security with a very small line, then walked right up to an open ship check in. We are still stunned with how easy and quick embarking was! Our first day of the cruise was cloudy but the rain held off. Sailing out of Baltimore was fun. We stayed out on deck and watched us sail under the Key Bridge and Bay Bridge. We had every intention of staying up for the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel but didn't make it. Midnight came too late that first night! Sailing down the Chesapeake Bay was great. We experienced a little weather Thursday night/ Friday but after that the weather was picture perfect - cool, no humidity, sunny. We enjoyed Cruising' Susan as the Cruise Director. She was upbeat and fantastic. Paige and Alex ran the meet and mingle. Paige soon became our favorite cruise activities staff member. We went to many trivia events and loved her. Our wait staff in the Main Dining Room, Aster and Arpi, were terrific and turned every dinner into a special occasion. Our party of six had our own table. Aster was sick at the beginning of the cruise and waiters from the specialty restaurants filled in until he returned. We found the food in the Main Dining Room and Windjammer good. We would have liked more variety in breakfast offerings in the Windjammer from day to day but branched out to Park Cafe and the Main Dining Room for variety. The demographic of the cruise was overall older but still had quite a few families on board. Lots of multi-generational groups. As a whole, the staff and crew on Grandeur were amazing - so friendly and welcoming. The Grandeur is well organized. Getting off at the ports and even tendering was easy. We stood in very few lines and when we did they were short and fast moving. We had two adjacent inside cabins on deck 7 midship. Once we adapted to the shoebox size, it was fine. The beds were firm and the pillows a little on the thin side but the room was in great condition and clean. Roy, our room steward was excellent. He greeted us enthusiastically every time we saw him and always asked if we needed anything. The rooms were quiet. There was a little bit of everything on ship; something for everyone. My family enjoyed trivia. My in-laws enjoyed the live music around the ship. We went to most of the shows. The comedian the first night was good as was the magician. We also enjoyed the two production shows. All of the ports were great. I booked all of our excursions privately. We used Old Town Trolley in Boston and it gave a great overview of the city. It wouldn't work as hop on/ hop off though. The lines at each stop were so long that it would be difficult to hop back on. In Portland, we used Portland Discovery Tours and did the land and sea package. It was fantastic. We took a trolley tour in the morning and then a harbor cruise of lighthouses in the afternoon. In Bar Harbor, we caught an early tender to shore and moseyed around town. We ended up walking out to Bar Island at low tide which was fantastic. We then grabbed lunch and took an Oli's Trolley tour of Acadia in the afternoon. Portland and Bar Harbor were our two favorite ports. In Saint John and Halifax, we rented a car and explored on our own. We used Enterprise in Saint John which provided excellent service. We used Hertz in Halifax and were disappointed with the service. In Saint John, we weren't able to visit St. Martin's Caves at low tide so that was a bit disappointing. The drive to and fro was beautiful. The reversing falls were cool and we stopped there twice - at high and low tide to see the contrast. We also drove through Irving Nature Park. It was a low key day in Saint John which we needed. Five port days in a row is a lot. We were dreaming of a relaxing sea day by day 3 of ports! Halifax was a much busier city than what we expected and Peggy's Cove was mobbed! We had trouble finding parking so we weren't able to explore as much as we would have liked. Next time, we would book a tour that included Peggy's Cove so that we didn't need to navigate the sea of humanity on our own. Leaving Halifax, the fog rolled in fast and our fog horn got a work out all night long! All in all, we were amazed by how smooth the seas were. The ports were great. We look forward to returning. This was a fantastic cruise and we wouldn't hesitate to do it again. Grandeur was terrific. Cruise Maryland is an easy port and the itinerary was fun. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
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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