2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We loved it! Service was amazing and that made the vacation fantastic! We traveled with my parents and my kids (13 and 9). RC changed the itinerary twice without compensation. They canceled a day at Coco Cay and replaced it with Miami of ... Read More
We loved it! Service was amazing and that made the vacation fantastic! We traveled with my parents and my kids (13 and 9). RC changed the itinerary twice without compensation. They canceled a day at Coco Cay and replaced it with Miami of all places! Then they canceled grand Bahama island and made it 2 days in Nassau. But boat was fun and we had a great time. All of the food was delicious. We all tried new foods and ate a lot. My teen was in food heaven- room service for pre- breakfast, buffet for breakfast, buffet/dining room for lunch, cafe for afternoon snack, buffet for pre-dinner snack, dining room for dinner. Trivia and other games were fun to play as a family. We won family bingo and got medals! Excursion to blue lagoon was to die for. Go there if you can. Well worth the money! Btw, this was our first cruise and we all get motion sickness easily. I was motion sick the first night. We were still on the Chesapeake bay so I was thinking I would have to get off cruise at first port (because I thought the ocean would be way worse). But then we all put on a scopolamine patch and sea bands. We felt great the rest of the trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2017
We wanted to get married on the cruise and it worked out great. We did not have to want for anything while we were there. The entertainment was great. Tanya and Susan were fantastic and such high energy. The dining room with our servers at ... Read More
We wanted to get married on the cruise and it worked out great. We did not have to want for anything while we were there. The entertainment was great. Tanya and Susan were fantastic and such high energy. The dining room with our servers at table 424 could not have been better. They are so friendly and by the second night they new what we wanted without asking. We loved Kings Wharf and Cococay but were not as impressed with Nassas. I felt very unsafe there. It was dirty and had we known about the Atlantis tour we would have taken it. We will go on this ship for sure again and I hope to have another great time. The people who work for you could not have been more friendly and also so kind. We enjoyed it more than we could express. Im glad that we took Royal Caribbean as our first cruise. Read Less
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17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This was my first cruise so I have nothing to compare it with. Overall, it was okay. Not spectacular, not awful. The water was thankfully smooth, the weather cool. We had a cabin on deck 2 in the center and it was very quiet and we barely ... Read More
This was my first cruise so I have nothing to compare it with. Overall, it was okay. Not spectacular, not awful. The water was thankfully smooth, the weather cool. We had a cabin on deck 2 in the center and it was very quiet and we barely felt the movement of the ship. I was surprised at how tiny the cabins are and the bathrooms are about the size of a airline bathroom. Crazy small. For the cost, I would think they would be bigger! The room was clean and kept this way by a good attendant who visited at least 3 times a day. The space had a small loveseat that we piled things on because we had no place to store our bigger luggage. The space under the beds is too low. The ship uses the room space well, little storage cubbies everywhere and a decent sized closet. I found the small area a bit claustrophobic and spent as little time in the room as I could. The activities on board are simple little games like bean bag toss and themed trivia lists. RC would do better if they had an explanation of the activities in the paper they leave in the room each evening for the next day. I didn't understand that "family trivia" was for everyone. I thought it was for those traveling with families. The same with the line dancing. I figured a partner/spouse was required. Basic explanations might have made my leisure time more enjoyable. A first timers orientation, announced well and given more than once would be helpful too. Entertainment: As mentioned, some simple games going on much of the time. Music performers in the center atrium each afternoon and sometimes beside the outdoor pool on deck 9. Island music. Classical piano/violin. And the cruise line's band that featured a bored girl singer with a decent voice who looked and sounded as though she'd rather be anywhere but there. Each night, the theater has some sort of show--magician, comedians a couple of times, the cruise lines performers/singer/dancers, a wonderful violinist who surprised me by keeping my attention the full time. The ship is older and a bit dated looking but clean and pretty well kept. Any problem was immediately taken care of. I discovered the walking track on deck 5 about halfway into the cruise. It's a bit more sheltered than the open air track on deck 10. Not being a person who likes to sit or lay around much, I spend a lot of time walking the decks, wishing we weren't at sea for 2 boring days! A favorite place is the Solarium on deck 9 that is adult only. It's a large area with lounge chairs, two hot tubs and a pool. Heated and covered for all types of weather. Food: There are three "free" eating places. Two of them are on deck 9 and open much of the time. One is a buffet and the food is well prepared, the lines kept clean, and I always found new things to enjoy. A small Park cafe is a soup and sandwich kind of place at the other end of deck 9 and open except for about four hours in the middle of the night. Tea, coffee, lemonade, water and soft serve ice cream are available all the time for no cost. The free main dining room is on deck 5 and requires reservation you make when booking the cruise. White linen, nice table settings, very, very attentive wait staff, and a menu of assorted higher end foods with three courses. There were two formal nights where people dressed up a bit--mostly church clothes--and the rest of the nights were casual. There are several specialty restaurants that cost extra. With all the food provided, we never tried them. The ship has a spa and shops and there is a soft up-sell at every turn. The spa is the worst. They daily offer "free" treatments that last five minutes or less and then they try to sell you a costly treatment. If there prices were more in line with onshore prices, I would have jumped on a massage! The shops had sales on certain nights so for $10 you could pick up a duty free souvenir--scarves, bags, T-shirts. On this particular cruise to New England/Canada the stops were Boston, Portland, Maine, Bar Harbor, St. John and Halifax in Canada. Boston is full of things to do but plan well. We didn't and missed so many things because everything in Boston closes at 5! . In Portland- we took the lighthouse tour. It was okay but a bit disappointing that two of the lighthouses are tiny, the third was being remodeled and none of them allowed us inside the tower itself. Bar Harbor is beautiful little town though the weather was foggy/misty. We took Ollie's Trolley into the National Park which is lovely but were disappointed not to go to the top of the mountain because of the weather. They made a big deal about taking us to Jordan's pond which is not as nice as the pond in my back yard! Still, we enjoyed the day and the lovely town. We walked out on the sandbar to Bar Island at low tide. Shells and drift wood everywhere. At high tide, the bar is covered with water. St. John - nothing at all to do here. The people are friendly and trying so hard to make it a tourist destination but have little to offer. We did the hop on hop off pink bus tour and eventually got off and walked to a Jewish Museum which was quite informative. Their claim to fame is the Bay of Fundy and it's reversing falls/ tides but you have to be there at a certain time of day to catch that. The buildings here are quaint and could be wonderful with some paint and sprucing up. Halifax-we took a 6 hour tour that was marvelous. Loved Halifax. The tour took us to Peggy's Cove, a picturesque fishing village with a big lighthouse. This day a man in kilt played the bagpipes nearby. What a treat! From there, we saw a Maple Syrup "factory" and sampled many maple products. Lovely place and people. Then back to Halifax to tour their spectacular park and then the Titanic Cemetery. The guide was so respectful and did a marvelous job here of telling stories of the people buried there. We also had some shopping and eating time on their main street. McDonalds had "McLobster" on the menu which my companion said was good. Demographic of the cruise was an older crowd with only a handful of younger families. Many are frequent cruisers. The cruise team works super hard to make the trip pleasant. Kudos to them. Read Less
26 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This was the first cruise for my 17 year old daughter and myself. I would book it again in a heartbeat. In the past I would have never considered going on a ship with 2,000 strangers for 8 days. Well, never say never! We had a fantastic ... Read More
This was the first cruise for my 17 year old daughter and myself. I would book it again in a heartbeat. In the past I would have never considered going on a ship with 2,000 strangers for 8 days. Well, never say never! We had a fantastic time. I was really surprised at the cleanliness of the ship. We were in room 7130 with a balcony. We did not venture below deck 5 so were unaware of any smells reported in a previous review. The food was quite good. I am very particular about food, so I was not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. In addition to the Windjammer and Great Gatzby we had dinner in the Italian, Japanese and Chops Grill restaurants. Everything was fantastic. The entertainment was fun and the cruise directors and staff were top notch. You can partake in the activities, or simply relax in your room. Our room was very clean, spacious and quiet. The rooms must be soundproof because I did not hear anything outside. It never seemed crowded on the ship. One day I was the only person walking around the track on deck 11 (it was windy though). Kennedy Space Center was amazing. We didn't get much time in Nassau but it was enough. We went to Atlantis and for the first time in 3 years were actually able to go in the sea as the conditions were good. Coco Cay is STUNNING! I wish we had more time there. My daughter went parasailing and then we went on the glass bottom boat tour. The guides on the tour were really friendly. They went out of their way to show us sealife by actually diving down and bringing live specimens onto the boat and then returning them back to the sea. Key West was interesting. We went on the Key Lime bike tour which was fun and informative. They gave us a delicious refreshing piece of Key Lime pie at the conclusion of the tour. Yes Grandeur you may be 20 years old but you stole my heart. For the past several years I have watched you sail by my house on the Chesapeake Bay, now I know what you are all about. Thank you Royal Carribean, I had a blast! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
This was my first time on an ocean-going cruise. I was afraid to be on a ship with that many people, given all the horror stories I have read about Norovirus and malfunctions at sea. I chose Grandeur of the Seas, because I live only an ... Read More
This was my first time on an ocean-going cruise. I was afraid to be on a ship with that many people, given all the horror stories I have read about Norovirus and malfunctions at sea. I chose Grandeur of the Seas, because I live only an hour away from the port in Baltimore. I took my niece, because my husband wasn't convinced. The price was right, and the vacation a necessity, so off we went. I can't compare Grandeur of the Seas to other ships, but I was very, very impressed. Boarding was easy. Our room was clean and well appointed, if a bit cramped, which is what I expected anyway. We spent no time in the room except to sleep. We never lacked for activities. My niece dubbed it "hitting the wall" (the interactive activity board by each elevator). Just hit the wall and find out what is going on. We participated in almost everything except for gambling, as neither of us are gamblers. It was non-stop fun. The excursions we chose were fun. We really didn't have much time to explore Nassau (glass bottom boat in Nassau -- a bit disappointing, but worthwhile). By the time we got back from our excursion, the shops were closing down. We loved the bike tour we took in Key West. Best way to see all the sites and get a bit of exercise. The food in the formal dining room was excellent. The casual fare in the Wind Jammer was fine for breakfast and a quick lunch. The entertainment variety was very good. If you weren't into performance pianist, there was always something else. From morning until late at night there was something fun to do. The best excursion was Coco Kay, the private island. It was a bit of paradise. Disembarking was not too bad. We chose self-help, and after a bit of confusion in a long-winding line, we were off the ship at 8:00 a.m. (docked at 7:00 a.m.) and on our way toward home. I loved the cruise, and am already working on getting my husband to agree to come with me next time! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
My first cruise! Royal Caribbean is great! The service in the Great Gatsby dinning room was fabulous! They worked to provide the best - and they delivered. I can't say enough commendations for our servers, Darshon, Alexandar, ... Read More
My first cruise! Royal Caribbean is great! The service in the Great Gatsby dinning room was fabulous! They worked to provide the best - and they delivered. I can't say enough commendations for our servers, Darshon, Alexandar, & Saby. They got to know our likes & preferences. They always made great recommendations and made our dinning experience truly a pleasure. They seek to deliver the best. Yes, the cabins are small - but that's ok. Our steward was very attentive and was really nice. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The entertainment was excellent. It takes a while to get through the embarkation process. Snorkeling in Nassau was must harder then expected due to the water being a bit rough. On/off the ship in Nassau is time consuming and you are after-all in a different county. I did notice the screen issues on the screen on the Pool Deck. But, overall we all thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. I would and hopefully will - go on more cruises and would recommend Royal Caribbean! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
This was our first cruise. It was just my husband and myself. We loved it! We did lots of research on the cruise before we booked. We thought the ship was just beautiful. The staff was great. They were always there if we needed anything ... Read More
This was our first cruise. It was just my husband and myself. We loved it! We did lots of research on the cruise before we booked. We thought the ship was just beautiful. The staff was great. They were always there if we needed anything (and sometimes before we even knew we needed anything!). The food was delicious! Fare warned...you will gain weight on this cruise! We had an ocean view room. The window was over the bed. At night we would turn the lights off and lay on the bed looking out the window. Just perfect! We did get the alcohol package and the soda package (well worth the money on both!). I loved how the soda drink package offered non-alcohol frozen drinks and specialty coffees. We liked the ports. The best one was the private island. It really is amazing. I wish we had more time there. One day just wasn't enough! We went to Port Canaveral. Not much to do there. We did the brewery tour. It was nice. We also went to Cocoa Beach. No one goes there. Great place to have space and be on the beach. Nassau was ok. There is a lot of "pan-handling" there. We did not do an excursion there. We walked around and shopped. Next time we go, we are staying one the boat. Nassau is a place once you have been there....done that. We went to Key West. It was very hot. We did the trolley and aquarium. It was fun. We learned a lot about Key West. We would definitely recommend this cruise to any and everyone! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
The food, the scenery, the ship and it's attendants surpassed my expectations! My husband had never had a desire to try a cruise, but gave this to me for my birthday! He enjoyed it very much, especially the music. Our favorite was ... Read More
The food, the scenery, the ship and it's attendants surpassed my expectations! My husband had never had a desire to try a cruise, but gave this to me for my birthday! He enjoyed it very much, especially the music. Our favorite was Rosario Strings. The entertainment was ongoing and top notch. We especially liked Earl Turner from Vegas. We ate only one time in the main dining room, the Great Gatsby. We chose to eat the rest of our meals at the Windjammer, which is a buffet, but has excellent food and plenty of it. Our stateroom attendant, Ishmael Scott, always greeted us with a smile and gave us good service. Our first day In Bermuda we spent a few hours on Horseshoe Beach. The water is a remarkable aqua blue color and the beach has pink sand. The next day we took an excursion by mini bus from one end of the island to the other. The roads are very narrow and the pastel color houses are close together. We learned some very interesting facts about so many things there. School girls, even in high school, aren't allowed to wear makeup, not even lip gloss. Gasoline is $9 a gallon. Oprah was not allowed to buy a house there because she is too big a celebrity and they did not want the paparazzi there. I could go on an on, but I won't. LOL! The only complaint we have is that the bed's mattress was too hard and a little lumpy. Word has it that they are replacing the mattresses, but not all at once. Overall, I absolutely loved this cruise and have memories to last a lifetime! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
I absolutely agree with every single comment NCBN0902! It was my very first time cruising and it was absolutely horrible. I understand the company had no control over the weather but they did absolutely nothing to assist passengers. My ... Read More
I absolutely agree with every single comment NCBN0902! It was my very first time cruising and it was absolutely horrible. I understand the company had no control over the weather but they did absolutely nothing to assist passengers. My cabin was at the very back of the ship and in order to get dressed to our "formal" dinner, i had to lay on the bed to get dressed because staying up was impossible. I had an unlimited drinking package but the seas made me so nauseous that it wasn't even needed. By the second night, i knew every single song that played on that ship. The entertainment was boring and targeted towards an older audience. Food in the Great Gatsby dining room was the same every night and so was breakfast. Decided to eat at the Italian place onboard on the ship due to arriving at Bermuda so late and nothing else to do, and it took 2.5 hours to get my food. Service was extremely slow. It appears most of the waitressing staff had too many tables to attend and the majority of them were stressed out which decreased the quality of service. The onboard casino was the main passageway to get to the Palladium Theatre and if you are not a smoker, you were out of luck and were introduced to second hand smoke and the same happened on the decks. The acrobatic show was four people dangling from bungee chords-not impressive at all! The time in Bermuda was unfortunately very short due to the ship arriving really late and leaving on time at 1 pm. By the time, I left Bermuda, I was wishing i was in Baltimore once again. it couldn't have come any faster. I absolutely hated every single minute of it and needless to say it will be my last cruise ever. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
My wife and I are in our mid-40s and decided to take a cruise to Bermuda thinking that it would be a great way to spend a romantic week together while also getting to experience the culture of a foreign country. We were wrong. What we ... Read More
My wife and I are in our mid-40s and decided to take a cruise to Bermuda thinking that it would be a great way to spend a romantic week together while also getting to experience the culture of a foreign country. We were wrong. What we got instead was a "bus trip" aboard a no-tell motel to a shopping mall. The details are as follows: - The overall look of the ship was old and shabby, this was the first thing that I noticed as we ascended the gangway. There was peeling paint, rust, carpeting hanging from the stairs, dirty windows and every door that wasn't glass, be they cabin doors or elevator doors, was dented as if hit randomly and repeatedly with hammers. - When we arrived at our cabin, the first thing that greeted us was the stench of sulphur (like a septic tank) and wet carpet at the entrance to the bathroom. After notifying customer service about this, the room was cleaned, the rug was "dried" with a massive air blower (that blocked the entire walkway) and the shower was recaulked. This entire process took place over the first three days but the smell was gone and the carpet dry. - The toilet randomly just refused to flush. It always eventually did, just not on demand. - The food was mediocre AT BEST. This applied not only to the Windjammer buffet where, being a buffet, you'd expect mediocre food but also to the "fine dining" restaurant where the pretentiousness far exceeded the quality of the food. The "food" at the Park Cafe bordered on inedible and regardless of where it came from, the coffee tasted as if were filtered through a mixture of burnt sofas from a house-fire and ground up railroad ties (I wish that this was exaggerated). - The activities aboard the ship ranged from boring to embarrassing. Some of the highlights were the "World's Sexiest Man" contest, where having any sense of decorum was clearly grounds for disqualification, the belly flop contest, where the runners-up from the previously mentioned contest could put their splendid physiques to good use and, perhaps best of all, the "Fine Art" auction. This was the most offensive of all. Not because it plainly showed that the cruise line thought of their captive guests as pretentious dupes, who believe that actual art is sold on a cruise ship, but because they were apparently at least partially right. - The staff were all very friendly and always smiled, even when a "guest" gave them little reason to do so. - Many of the "guests" simply had no idea how to behave properly in public. Obviously this is not the cruise line's fault but it did have a great impact on the experience overall. - It's almost inconceivable that in 2015, smokers are still allowed to engage in their filthy habit in such close proximity to those of us that choose not to poison ourselves. Yet all of the starboard-side outdoor decks and the entire casino still allow this, as though they are somehow actually separated from the rest of us. Sorry smokers, it's your addiction not mine. Thanks Royal Caribbean for the opportunity to breathe second-hand cigarette smoke. - The entire cruise is a never-ending "up-sell". While eating in one restaurant, people from another badger you to come to theirs. You are ceaselessly encouraged to book your next cruise, starting while still at the dock. Plainly, the free coffee is designed to send you running for the on-board Starbuck's. The spa staff are always "encouraging" you to visit - When it rained, water leaked from everything but the lights. - Our daily one-mile walk on deck 10 doubled as trash pick up. The staff simply didn't do it and we couldn't just ignore it as it would have blown overboard. In hindsight this was rather silly considering the environmental rape that cruise ships inflict upon the oceans with what they dump overboard. - Once we arrived at Bermuda all of the ship's closed, forcing anyone inclined to spend money to do so on the island, at the grossly inflated prices that having a captive audience allows. - Snorkel Park "Beach" I won't get into details about that. You can find out all you need to know on Trip Advisor. I STRONGLY advise that you do so before visiting this physically hazardous dump (it literally is a "reclaimed" dump). Read Less
Grandeur of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 0.0
Dining 3.5 0.0
Entertainment 3.5 0.0
Public Rooms 3.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 0.0
Family 3.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
Rates N/A 0.0

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