5 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Fitness Cruises to Canada & New England

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
I was not excited about driving into Baltimore Harbor but found the access eased by signage and staff at hand. Parking lot was tricky. More direction could be given when paying the parking fee when entering. Overall, my accommodations ... Read More
I was not excited about driving into Baltimore Harbor but found the access eased by signage and staff at hand. Parking lot was tricky. More direction could be given when paying the parking fee when entering. Overall, my accommodations with my daughter were excellent. The Stateroom attendant immediately noticed a light out and had it taken care of when we entered. The dining staff, main dining room, remembered our names and greeted us each evening. Problems we encountered: extremely hot water, be careful. Announcements by the crew were too loud and fast, considering the dialect as well. Could not absorb what was said. Dining very good, but some entrees were not enjoyed as much, though eaten. I liked seeing how the ship was anchored at each port, and for a fee, you can see how the ship is operated, met some of the crew, learned how the meals were prepared for so many, the bakery, the laundry, how the trash is prepared for pickup back in Baltimore, etc. Entertainment offered variety for all ages. Liked the least was shore excursions and I would advise choosing carefully, maybe not planning them at all and waiting until embarking each shore and talking with tour guides there. Look at all options for getting around if you choose to do the excursion on your own. I liked the city bus and the hop on/hop off buses, features of both. I do not feel that enough information is given or known about the excursions if planning aboard ship. You might consider also reading about the city you are going to visit before going there. The Boston tour guide was well informed of the history, in spite of traffic congestion and noise, (walking tour). The tour guide on the train of the Reversing Rapids Railway chatted too much about impertinent information and an attempt to steer her to more relevant information was futile. This excursion was most disappointing for the amount paid. I would travel again on Granduer of the Seas, and be more prepared to get the most out of the trip. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We were looking for a cruise from a port near enough to us so we would not have to fly to get there. Baltimore was closest and fairly convenient. The ship, although older, was fine. Very smooth sailing the entire voyage from Baltimore ... Read More
We were looking for a cruise from a port near enough to us so we would not have to fly to get there. Baltimore was closest and fairly convenient. The ship, although older, was fine. Very smooth sailing the entire voyage from Baltimore to Halifax. The food and service on board was excellent. Our Junior Suite was just the right size for a 9 night voyage. Shore excursions were mostly tours. We did the Zip Line in St John. Would have preferred there to be more options for physical activities when ashore. The ports on this itinerary were fine. We got to visit places we would have never seen without traveling on a cruise. The musical entertainment was not as good as I have been on other ships. Lots of inconsistency there. Finally, the ship's staff is constantly trying to up-sell you with drink packages, expensive restaurants, and rebooking. We could have done without that every day. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Cruise from Baltimore to Canada and New England October 17-25, 2013. We chose this trip because a. It was from Baltimore, so we could drive to the port in less than an hour, and not have to worry about airline schedules or suitcase ... Read More
Cruise from Baltimore to Canada and New England October 17-25, 2013. We chose this trip because a. It was from Baltimore, so we could drive to the port in less than an hour, and not have to worry about airline schedules or suitcase limits. It turned out that more than half the people we talked to chose this ship and this port for exactly the same reason. b. The ship was big enough to have lots of activities. c. The activities were not so compelling that we had to forego our afternoon naps and early bedtimes. We were running on empty when we boarded, and took full advantage of getting off the grid and rocked to sleep. The food was good, but not so delectable that we couldn't say No to second helpings. The gym was well provisioned, and the trainer was enthusiastic and available for private sessions (harder to let slip than the classes). We loved Locomotion, a 3-piece-plus-singer group that we tried to catch every time they played. Their dance music was excellent. (Unfortunately the ship chose to feature them in the atrium, with its hard-on-the-feet marble floor, rather than the South Pacific Lounge with its exquisite wood floor, and our poor tootsies suffered from that.) Another group, Evergreen, also played dance music, but had an annoying habit of switching rhythms in the middle of their songs -- rumba had an interlude of swing, cha-cha was interrupted by samba... It was a challenge to dance. The final dance group Roots Vibration, was a Caribbean band, and did the best job of getting people on the dance floor (although not us -- we prefer ballroom to line dancing). The shore excursions? We have no idea. We didn't take any. They would have interrupted our afternoon naps. Staterooms were cleverly laid out -- we even had extra drawer space! Beds were very comfortable. Most amazing, although we were on deck 3 opposite the elevators and just under the atrium where all the activity was, we hardly heard a thing. How did they do that? Given the time of the year (no school vacations), and the itinerary (no ports where we could show off our buff bodies in bikinis and speedos), the average age on this cruise was much older than we've seen before. Many wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and oxygen tanks. Surprisingly, it wasn't a downer: everyone seemed to be having a good time, whether easily mobile or in the slow lane. That helped us enjoy it even more. Suggestion for Royal Caribbean: put a juke box into the South Pacific Lounge so those of us who want to REALLY dance can drop our quarters in when the room is not otherwise being used, and enjoy that beautiful dance floor.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We live within a half hour of the Port of Baltimore so we left our house at 1 p.m. and were on the boat eating in the Windjammer Cafe by 2 p.m. My wife and I (in our fifties) have traveled on the Grandeur of the Seas so we had some good ... Read More
We live within a half hour of the Port of Baltimore so we left our house at 1 p.m. and were on the boat eating in the Windjammer Cafe by 2 p.m. My wife and I (in our fifties) have traveled on the Grandeur of the Seas so we had some good expectations from previous cruises. What was noticeable on this cruise from the cruise company that advertises itself as the nation of why not were some significant nots. Despite a number of cutbacks we noticed, we still had a very good time. The employees of Royal Caribbean do a great job of providing excellent service.The CutbacksWe noticed a number of cutbacks from previous cruises on the Grandeur compared to the trips we made over the past two years. The most significant were the cutting out of the Ship Shape Program and no chocolates on the bed at night. The Ship Shape program was fun and enabled you to get points for exercising. You could redeem your points at the end of the cruise for a small prize like a T-Shirt or a backpack. It was great fun and gave us a nice incentive to participate in as many exercise programs as feasible. Without the incentive, we reduced our participation in the programs this time. A crew member told us that the program was cut fleet wide for budget reasons. I would assume the same reasoning applied to other cuts. It would not seem like chololates would cost a lot for each bed but these are a thing of the past on the Grandeur. We also nitced fewer desserts in the Windjammer Cafe, no more theme lunches based on the port you are in (such as a Mexican fiesta or on this cruise no New England seafood lunch). Gone too are any dessert buffets or teas outside of the normal fare. I sensed little live music on the pool deck. No printout of a newspaper (a synopsis of world news printed by satellite) each day either or even an offer to buy one. No person stationed to help in the Internet Cafe. On television, no cruise compass showing where the boat was, not even a view from the ship showing the outside deck. The daily ship newspaper seemed cut in content, too. No description of city we visited and what to visit (except for shops where the ship has an arrangement with), although you could get a printout from the Purser's Desk of each city if you asked. It just seemed like there were a lot of nice perks which distinguished RC that are no longer offered. Even the gifts we got as Crown & Anchor members seemed smaller. I am not one to gripe but I sense RC is cutting back in the wrong places by taking away from the customer.The CruiseThe trip went smoothly. We had a lot of fog and cool conditions so if you plan to go on this cruise, definitely bring a windbreaker or sweatshirt for cool conditions. I think I saw the sun for any period of time only on the first day and last couple days of the trip. I thought the port arrivals and departures went smoothly. You just tender in once at Bar Harbor. We came in a couple of hours late back to Baltimore due to engine malfunctions, but the ride in was beautiful. I would definitely recommend staying on deck the first hour sailing away or the last hour coming back to view the scenery and experience going under the Bay Bridge and the Key Bridge. You will also see Fort McHenry (of Star Spangled Banner fame) near to where the boat departs and arrives back.Our room was an inside stateroom on floor 4. It was in the Guaranteed Cabin rate category, so you can say we paid for what we got. We soon realized that the room we were in, 4005, backed up to the orchestra pit in the Paladium Theater. We got a good thump-thump of music for three hours nightly. So beware if you get that room. The shower was fairly small, but again I am not complaining as I knew going in that interior staterooms have small showers and not a lot of room. Our room steward, Frankie, was excellent and a joy to interact with.The FoodThe food was o.k. My wife thought it was blander than the two previous cruises on the Grandeur. I thought there were fewer desserts offered. But, overall, I thought the crew did a good job offering a variety of foods. I should note we ate all our meals in the Windjammer Cafe so those eating in the dining rooms may have had a different view. There were a couple of times the frozen yogurt machine was not working and that was missed.OverallI don't think we will be taking another cruise on the Grandeur in a while. We used to be a loyal Royal Caribbean customer, but now I would say it is just one of many lines and because of its cutbacks does not distinguish itself in ways that it used to. I hope the management realizes one day that when the customer notices cutbacks, it makes them look elsewhere for their next cruise choice. Read Less
Sail Date June 2009
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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