Baltimore Port - Wow! Ship is Huge! Getting excited. (Arrived around 10:30am) Upon entering the drop off section no lines were experienced. The unloading was very quick, easy and had friendly porters. Next stop was the main building to ... Read More
Baltimore Port - Wow! Ship is Huge! Getting excited. (Arrived around 10:30am) Upon entering the drop off section no lines were experienced. The unloading was very quick, easy and had friendly porters. Next stop was the main building to check in. Long lines were seen here but the process went very quickly. The port officials were helpful and the building was clean especially the bathrooms. You are shown which section to sit before you are called to board, wait time was about 30 minutes. We had fun talking with fellow cruisers. A souvenir picture was offered before you entered the ramp to the ship. You may buy this later on the ship. Ramp to the ship is glass enclosed, roomy with 2 hand rails and felt like it was about 3 stories high. Not scary! It also included an elevator for those who needed it.
Stepping into the ship, present sea pass and be welcomed by name from a ships crewman. Impressive!
Nice carpeted, wide steps or clean roomy elevators will take you to your room. We had a Large Ocean View room on desk 4, Cabin # 4506 with large single window, twin beds were put together. Very quiet location since no rooms are across from us. Plenty of drawers for clothes. The vanity had 1 flat center mirror and 2 angled mirrors with shelves behind them. Also its own light switch and outlets. Big closet with life jackets, loveseat, flat screen tv, cabinet above tv had a small safe and shelf, nice smallish bathroom. No coffee makers are in the rooms, husband missed this. Steward was 100+ customer service. He would ask if we needed anything Room was cleaned twice a day, ice was always fresh in container, received 4 towel animals during my 8 night trip,
The ship offers so many activities. Chris was our activity director, very funny, energetic and crazy. We saw him make a cake along side a chef well he used a whole bottle of booze. I tasted it, cough, cough. We attended the towel animal making talk, we made earrings for granddaughters yes husband joined in, we were taught the Thriller dance, saw movies on a humongous screen on the pool deck, saw the funny belly flop contest and sexiest man contest, to funny! We won second place ribbons in the scavenger hunt, attended all the fabulous shows, 2 Comedy, Singer, Magic/Comedy Act, Ariel acts and more, I won a facial from the spa, great relaxing atmosphere, received goodies at the meet and mingle, you must go!
Well this is only a small tidbit of what we did. We laughed, we were relaxed, we were pampered, And the food oh my here goes, 1.Park Café has the best Roast Beef sandwiches (near the Spa) 2. The Windjammer (buffet ) has a greeter who invites you with "Wakie Wakie" at breakfast time, and the The Great Gatsby restaurant was wonderful food and service. We were seated with fellow cruisers we did not know. It was nice talking & learning about cruising. Once at the Bahamas my husband had a breath taking snorkel trip and I shopped. Prices were good. Did not like the Straw Market. Key West was wonderful we took the Conk Train,(great history tour of the town) saw The Hemingway House (saw the 6 toed cats) and The Little White House (tour guide offered much details, short movie was enjoyable, loved the home and furnishings) highly recommend all three.
There is never a dull moment on Grandeur of the Seas so much to do you would not need to get off the ship. So, we booked another trip for next year. Read Less