20 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Fitness Cruise Reviews

Grandure is a bit dated but if you are looking for classic cruising this is a good ship to meet those types of expectations. Royal has not updated this ship to include water slides and a wave runner. Because of this, the ship draws an ... Read More
Grandure is a bit dated but if you are looking for classic cruising this is a good ship to meet those types of expectations. Royal has not updated this ship to include water slides and a wave runner. Because of this, the ship draws an older crowd and there are few children, teens and college aged folks. Since the ship is older and lacks these amenities the price point is lower and attracts cotton tops on a fixed income and people who are looking for a bargain. The crew was awesome. It is not unusual for crew to try and remember you and your tastes but it seems that this crew really has a talent to make to feel you are the only person they are taking care of. I could write a review on Dan Burgess, the piano player in the Schooner Bar, and his talent for making connections and bringing an entire room of people together and making them have a great time. The food is standard Royal Caribbean offerings. I don’t find any uniqueness or variation in menu, quality or presentation from one RC ship to another. I believe corporate does this to maintain a homogenous expectation much like a chain of restaurants. I think this is a mistake because passengers feel like they are eating at the same chain restaurant every night and every cruise. The food in the MDR and the buffet are the same. The premium restaurants do serve a notch higher quality and portion and variety of menu. I would like to see RC put an exec chef of every ship and give them autonomy to create dining venues and offering that make one RC ship unique from another. My only truly negative feelings are of RC and their incessant and relentless jamming of dining, drink, internet, next cruise, jewelry, shore excursions etc etc. They are there to sell these things and I am here to buy them. Their nonstop, high pressure tactics is a HUGE turn off for me. Immediately upon entering the door of their terminal we were ordered, in a not so nice way, to empty all of our outside drinks on the ground. After checking in and even before getting to the ship we were hit up for dining packages, drink packages and the usual obligatory photo. I have no issue with this. Once on the ship, we were approached NINE (yes nine) times in the first hour to purchase premium dining. I began for feel this was rude and I had no problem being rude to anyone who approached me with a smile and a brochure by telling them to go away. Hitting the Windjammer for lunch as soon as you board is a bad idea unless you want to start your vacation by becoming angry. The spa personnel set up a table and greeted guests as you approached them instead of circling an area like a street beggar who is desperately pan handling for drug money. I purchased over $500 in spa services for my family. This is proof that slamming your guests with an army of beggars is not effective and creates a paradigm of anger that lasts for the entire cruise. If you are not a stickler for details and can turn a blind eye to sloppy repairs in public areas, worn furniture and scratches; then this may be a good fit for you. I would sail on Grandure again as the value is fair. If those little things bother you and mildew totally turns you off then you may want to look at Oasis class ships. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
The grand mother recommended the cruise with Royal Caribbean. The good food was great the staff where friendly the room attendant was great the waiter in the dinning room was great. The bad 2 broken hot tubs, Broken ice cream machine, ... Read More
The grand mother recommended the cruise with Royal Caribbean. The good food was great the staff where friendly the room attendant was great the waiter in the dinning room was great. The bad 2 broken hot tubs, Broken ice cream machine, unwashed windows, and rust abounding on the exterior of the ship. Now the Ugly I dropped my children off at the teen center on the ship for a "in room scavenger hunt" as described in the teen flyer. I come to find out it was a all over the ship scavenger hunt how easy at 10 pm. at night would it be for teen to be abducted and raped and thrown overboard? Brought the issue to guest services it was never addressed!!!!!!! More ugly RC claimed a port of call at coco cay which I hear from others frequently is cancelled so they flat out lied and offered no other port of call. Last of the ugly Shore excursions were great but very short not a good value. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Chose this cruise based off of price and date of vacation. There was not much to do for young adults. We were unable to go on our shore excursion and they tried to charge us extra for a supplemental excursion. Pricing was not clear for the ... Read More
Chose this cruise based off of price and date of vacation. There was not much to do for young adults. We were unable to go on our shore excursion and they tried to charge us extra for a supplemental excursion. Pricing was not clear for the Spa. Still had to pay for the entire cruise even though we had to leave early because of maintenance on the ship. Very disappointed with the overall experience. Only positive was the food and comedians on board. The ship is very outdated and it showed. One of the main features is the Casino so if you don't gamble there was not much to do. The ship has a small pool outside and inside. Most of the time the Jacuzzis were closed which was disappointing. We received multiple answers from different members of the guest services staff. This caused much confusion. Overall, I would not recommend going with this cruise ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
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
We chose this cruise because it sailed out of Baltimore,MD and the destination was Bermuda. Upon arriving in Baltimore,MD at the port we were greeted with excellent service and smiles. The ship was awesome. It was impeccably clean and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it sailed out of Baltimore,MD and the destination was Bermuda. Upon arriving in Baltimore,MD at the port we were greeted with excellent service and smiles. The ship was awesome. It was impeccably clean and well staffed. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. Our luggage was delivered promptly to our stateroom before we sailed. Our oceanview cabin 2064 was excellent. It was very clean, the bed was firm. There was plenty of storage space available in the closet, the drawers and in the bathroom. The dining on the ship was also very good.The Windjammer buffet offered the usual cruise like food. There was plenty of variety to choose from. The food was very fresh. Dining in the Great Gatsby dining room was great! The food was definitely gourmet. It was well prepared and presented. The dining room staff was very attentive. Greeted you with smiles throughout dinner. They made sure that you enjoyed your meal.The ship had plenty activities to choose from. You can relax at the sun deck, shop, or engage in the activities that were offered. We did not travel with children. I can't comment about the children's activities or services because we didn't use them. The age group on the ship varied from 25-70. Definitely an adult like cruise. The port at Bermuda Heritage Wharf was very nice and clean. It offers shopping and snorkel beach for those who did not want to venture out to Horshoe Bay upon arrival. Definitely do the excursion to Horseshoe Bay. It is absolutely beautiful. We were docked for two days. We chose to relax, however there are plenty of tours offered. It was a FANTASTIC cruise. Can't wait to sail again. 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
We went on this cruise to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Adult kids stayed in a an inner room. Absolute friendliest cruise ship we were ever on! Activities Director is complete energy; hence her name Tornado Tanya. The Captain ... Read More
We went on this cruise to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Adult kids stayed in a an inner room. Absolute friendliest cruise ship we were ever on! Activities Director is complete energy; hence her name Tornado Tanya. The Captain hung with us common folk at times. The Devils Isle kayaking/snorkeling/paddle-boarding excursion in Bermuda is worth it; funny energetic leaders that serve as bar tenders and inhibition reducers. They had " Rockie-Okie" where you could sing with a band, great way to serenade the Mrs of 30 years. If you like classical music with a twist, listen to Blue Ocean duo; Viola and "Spanish" guitar were heavenly. We were spoiled because the America's Cup is now in Bermuda and we got to see them in practice; TV does NOT do them justice. Balconies are worth it; always splurge for those! First time out of Baltimore and it was get in and onboard and off really quickly; you literally on I95 at your first right turn. Fitness area is smaller but the Trainer was extremely "peppy"; always motivating music! Get the drink package! The whole family loves to eat; we sat with two couples that loved to eat as well. Food was incredible as usual. Soups and steaks seem to be a specialties. Would absolutely go again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Great experience , good food, nice entertainment and crew was excellent!!! All areas from the pool, gym , sauna dinning facilities were extremely pleasant.... please see other related comments and suggestions listed below for your ... Read More
Great experience , good food, nice entertainment and crew was excellent!!! All areas from the pool, gym , sauna dinning facilities were extremely pleasant.... please see other related comments and suggestions listed below for your consideration: *The captain could have made more announcements i.e. from the initial departing and the return back to Baltimore... *Maybe thanking the guest for traveling with the Royal ship and hopefully asking if the guest had a good time etc. Overall the experience was positive, enjoyed the Bingo, the Comedians on the first and second night! The dancers were awesome really good choreography, the band Nexus was really good, enjoyed the 70 disco party and really enjoyed the respect and recognition given the the Military and the first res ponders!! The Belly flop contest was the least appealing due to exploiting the overweight passengers even though it was supposed to be in good taste....In my opinion all those guest were a heart attack waiting to happen instead of promoting good health..... Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Chose this cruise due to the Ports of Call, location of departure and number of days. It was a relaxing cruise and the staff was the friendliest we have had on any Royal Caribbean Ship. This was a test for a cruise for more than 7 days ... Read More
Chose this cruise due to the Ports of Call, location of departure and number of days. It was a relaxing cruise and the staff was the friendliest we have had on any Royal Caribbean Ship. This was a test for a cruise for more than 7 days and we loved it. Great variety of food and drinks. One thing I do have to say is the ship is an older ship and you can see the age, but you also see the pride the employees put in it. Public bathrooms were an opportunity and smelled. First time on a ship that this was an issue. Sometimes I had to go back to my cabin to use the bathroom due to the poor cleanliness. Due to choppy waters, the Captain cancelled the Port of Call to Coco Cay and we did an overnight stay in Nassau. We did not get off the ship on the 1st day, but shopped the 2nd day. Fitness area was enough to get a great workout and I recommend. Overall- It was a fun and relaxing cruise; we booked another one. Read Less
Sail Date March 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
My wife and I (Caribbean Cruise Bums) set sail on November 26, 2013 out of Baltimore. We arrived early in Baltimore to spend a day in the Inner Harbor, normally a lovely place. We expected cool temperatures but it was cold (low teens). ... Read More
My wife and I (Caribbean Cruise Bums) set sail on November 26, 2013 out of Baltimore. We arrived early in Baltimore to spend a day in the Inner Harbor, normally a lovely place. We expected cool temperatures but it was cold (low teens). When we departed on Grandeur Of The Seas, it was raining. As we exited the harbor into open seas, I could tell by the white caps that it could be fun (as in rocking & rolling). I am retired from the Navy and spent many months at sea in all types of conditions. As we headed south around the cape on day 2, the seas met our expectations. We had be rocking around a fair amount on the first evening, when we went to the wind jammer for breakfast and it was pretty empty, I knew it would be "easy pickins" around the ship for the day. During lunch, my wife and I went up to the very front of the wind jammer to eat. Place was pretty empty but those seas were just a rockin & a rollin. Plates flying everywhere, except ours (Navy trick: wet paper towels, place between table and plate to keep your chow in front of you). As we ate, we watched several waves wash over the bow and drench the windows. Not bad considering that the wind jammer is on deck nine. First time for us, on a cruise ship, that the swells were big enough to wash waves over the Bow. Swells were 30 - 45 feet. It was pretty fun if you don't get sea sick. Remainder of the cruise was pretty normal. Weather coming back in to Baltimore was rainey. Met a whole lot of new friends in the Diamond Lounge, more Pinnicles that I had ever seen or met on one cruise. Found my new travel agents (Louise and Andy from Worldwide Cruises). Met a number of new friends including Mark & Julie, Becky & Dennis, Denny & Kathy, Bob & Sheila, Mike & Donna and many others. Overall, the ship was fun and well managed. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
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
This was our third cruise we have been on. We previously went on Norwegian in 1994 to the western Caribbean and Princess in 2002 to the eastern Caribbean, so it had been a while since our last cruise. I went on the cruise with my wife. We ... Read More
This was our third cruise we have been on. We previously went on Norwegian in 1994 to the western Caribbean and Princess in 2002 to the eastern Caribbean, so it had been a while since our last cruise. I went on the cruise with my wife. We arrived in Baltimore around 12:30 and got thru port security in about 30 minutes. If you are parking at the port, bring cash. It saved us a good 10 minutes waiting in long lines for people paying by credit card. There was nobody in line for cash payment. When we got on the boat, there was some food available at the Windjammer by the pool, nothing fancy or that good. There were a couple welcome things like dancing that was fun. Your luggage can sometimes take a while to get to your room, so bring a swimsuit if you want to swim or suntan lotion if you plan to lay out. I will review everything in sections: Food- we ate breakfast almost every morning in the Great Gatsby dining room. It was pretty good, though I was more impressed than my wife was with the pancakes and menu selection. She was more impressed by the granola/oatmeal bar available. I loved the selection of fresh fruit that was available for breakfast that was sadly missing at lunch. For lunch, we ate at the Windjammer every day we were on the boat. This was definitely the worst meal of the day. The selection changed slightly every day but was probably the low point of the trip for both of us. The desserts weren't that good (cookies looked like, felt and tasted like Frisbees), and the main courses were kind of dry. We should have tried the grilled food by the pool that looked much better than Windjammer, but somehow we didn't see that till the last day and it rained so it was out of commission. The lack of fresh fruit was really sad. They had one section with melon disguised as fruit salad but it had nothing other than a lot of honeydew. There were fresh apples and bananas but they were rotten when I grabbed them a couple times. There are no fresh berries of any sort to be found if you like that sort of thing. The dinner in the Great Gatsby was ok. There was a really good cold fruit soup every night. I had a couple good sides and things like really good steak fries and a high quality baked potato one night. The steak was not good, but I did really like the tender chicken and a cheese tortellini. In general the food was alright. My wife had a really good lobster meal the last night in the dining room, but otherwise, we weren't that impressed with everything. The desserts again were ok with the descriptions always coming off better than the delivery. The midnight buffet was a huge letdown as well. It was extremely dark in the area where the food was so you couldn't even see what there was. The ice cream was melted, and there wasn't anything that great to get anyways. The Park Cafe is a nice little different change of pace with sandwiches you couldn't find anywhere else on the ship. What we both absolutely loved was Chops Grill. We ate there the last night ($30 each) and got a 10 ounce filet that was amazing. My wife said it was the best one she has ever had and she has had quite a few steaks. The dessert was great too and the sides were amazing. Service/Waiters/Cabin Service- This was above and beyond fantastic on every level. The ship was always clean and people are always looking to see what they can do to make your experience better. Even though our food wasn't spectacular on the trip, our waiters were fantastic and friendly. Our cabin attendant constantly was getting me fresh ice and cleaning up our room. My only complaint, a couple waiters who came around the first couple nights during dinner pushing the dinner package to go to all the paid restaurants on board. Entertainment- Maybe the entertainment on Princess and Norwegian was so mediocre that I had a low expectation level of what the entertainment would be, but I was very happy with the entertainment. We had two very funny comedians, a comedian/magician that was very entertaining, three shows from the cruise line that reviewed the music of Motown, general music superstars and Broadway musicals, and a fantastic Motown group called Spectrum (best of the bunch) that was very entertaining. My only complaint was that the Broadway musicals could have used more familiar songs to sing. Boat Entertainment- I may be a giant loser, but I love trivia. There were plenty of trivia contests on this boat. I became a fixture in the Schooner lounge participating in lots of trivia contests. This is also where you can meet a lot of other passengers on board and make new friends. I also love karaoke and was there for all four nights of that. It is always fun to see who can get up there and surprise you. By far the funniest boat entertainment of the trip was the Quest game show. I can't even describe some of the things you will see people do for stupid prizes, but it is the must attend event of the cruise. There were a couple other events like the belly flop at the pool and the worlds sexiest man competition that are always fun. Personally, I try to participate in as many things as possible and get my money's worth, so I did all these things including putt putt golf tournaments, ping pong, wii tournaments, and line dancing classes. Just relax, have fun and go with it. Its vacation, and you will never see these people again so just enjoy the events. My only comment is that there were no poolside "events" for the ladies. The group running the entertainment was great. Andrew and Natalie seemed to be everywhere on the boat and they were fantastic. John the cruise director was funny and accessible, and my wife and I had a fun time laughing at how many times he will use the word fantastic. The band playing in the centrum was the low point of the entertainment for us. My wife and I got a kick out of the fact that the band name was locomotion and they were a sleepy boring jazz band (and I like jazz). The poolside reggae band plays about the same 20 songs on loop, but there were decent. Port of Call- Bermuda is absolutely the best island/port of call we have ever been to, bar none. It is amazingly beautiful. Everything is pristine. Every other island I have ever been to has a resort and horribly poor areas you drive to on the way to the resort. I didn't see a single place in Bermuda that was run down or not taken care of. Kings Wharf, your docking area is a nice little town. On the last day I hit the snorkel beach. I saw a ton of cool fish and I just used my swim goggles. The guy at the rental desk even gave me a snorkel to use for free! If you are going around the island get the bus/sea pass. It is well worth it. The second day of our trip, we went to Hamilton (via boat) and shopped some and toured the city on our own. Highlights include the beautiful Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, and the Sessions House (Bermuda Supreme Court). We then took the bus to the Botanical Gardens. That was ok, but free. We then caught another bus to Horseshoe Bay. Words cannot do justice to this spot. I had heard it was going to be crowded and crazy. We got there around 2pm and by 3pm a lot of people had cleared out, but it didn't matter. This is one of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen in my entire life. I put it up there just behind Yosemite and some areas of Hawaii. I climbed up to the top of the giant rock formation there and took a TON of amazing pictures. I cannot encourage you enough to go to this spot. It was the highlight of the trip for me. On the third day, we went to St. George via boat. This town is the oldest in Bermuda and it is gorgeous. It is the jewel of Bermuda with quaint streets and beautiful buildings. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it shows. We happened upon a free tour of the city about the history of the site and it was extremely informative. We also walked the streets extensively and shopped some. Bermuda was an amazing experience. I do a lot of running as well, and during our only full day there, I woke up early and ran on the railway trails 12 miles around the island. It is an amazing way to see the island and side roads. Spa/Fitness- I work out every day on my vacations so having a place to workout is great. The track says 4 laps to a mile (not true), and its hard to get a good run in when people don't know you are on a track, but who cares. You are on a boat on a vacation. The workout place could have been a little bigger. The classes are for those who don't really work out hard and that's fine. The spa prices were so outrageous we didn't even utilize it. Overall- This was my favorite cruise I have ever been on. The destination certainly helped, but the service and crew really put it over the top for me. As stated earlier, my only downgrade was the food and quality of it. Other than that, I loved the ship. It was the smallest boat we have ever been on but I think that made it easier to get around and know more people. We stayed at the far end away from everything. Sure it was more walking, but it was completely quiet. I loved the cruise and unlike the last two I took, I can't wait to take another one now. My only suggestions for the boat- Have a non-smoking night at the casino. Its not fun to gamble when you can't breathe. If you have a sign in the dining room that says no hats or bootie shorts, then don't let people come in and eat with hats and shorts. I am the guy who never dresses up and even kind of dislike having two formal nights on a boat, but since that's the rule, follow the rule. I saw people coming in with tank tops and stripper shorts. I wouldn't care if you didn't have a sign saying its not allowed. Just like the no saving seats at the pool thing, they tell you that its not allowed but do nothing when people do it. Why bother? Either enforce the rule or don't even have it.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Hello: We just came back from a 10 night cruise in the Mediterranean, Greek Islands on board of the Grandeur of the Seas. We are first time cruisers and did not know what to expect. The ship was recently renovated, June 2012 and it looked ... Read More
Hello: We just came back from a 10 night cruise in the Mediterranean, Greek Islands on board of the Grandeur of the Seas. We are first time cruisers and did not know what to expect. The ship was recently renovated, June 2012 and it looked fantastic!! The room: We got an ocean view room, on Deck2 on the back. Room was big enough for two people, no more than that. It had a security box, a flat screen TV, a sofa, dresser and the bathroom was bigger than what I expected. Shampoo and soap is provided, but nothing else. People recommend rooms in lower decks to avoid seasickness. You do feel the rocking of the boat from time to time, so be ready. My girlfriend has really bad motion sickness, even on a bus...she wore a patch for preventing getting sick and it worked beautifully. In addition, we were close to the engines, and some reviews say that you may get extra vibration in the room; however, we did not feel it at all. The boat vibrates from time to time, which you would feel regardless where you are. The food: You will not starve!!! Three options are included: Buffet restaurant, snack coffee place, and main dining room. The buffet is good always for breakfast. Lunch and dinners are good only for meat eaters; however, if you are a vegetarian you would be disappointed, since the veggie options were very limited. Thankfully the main dinning room was amazing. We had dinner there every night. The food is fantastic, many options for vegetarians, lactose intolerance and meat eaters, do not limit yourself to order only one dish, order as many as you want. They are very flexible with the dress code, so if you do not feel like dressing up during the Gala nights, you could get away with it. The snack place is good too, great salads and a good option for late "lunch", if you came back to the boat after 3 pm. There is a menu for room service which is good too, especially for a late night snack. They charge after midnight for room service...There are specialty dinning options, which we did not try since we were happy with was what included. Drinks: We live in Canada, and drinks here are very very expensive. Most of the prices of alcohol on the boat are similar than what we are used to, so we did not feel that much difference. Be ready to pay 5.5 dollars for a beer bottle, 6-8 dollars per cocktail. They had a 750ml beer can, for 8 dollars which to me was the best option. Wine is expensive. RC has an all you can drink package for 45 dollars per day, but you have to buy it per cruise and for all the members of the room, so this option could become really really expensive, if you do not drink that much. Also, we were told this option does not include the wine at the main dinning room. The all-inclusive option was too much money for us, so we paid per drink. Each drink has an extra charge of 15% tip. Water, coffee, tea, lemonade, and flavoured water was included. You had to pay for pop/soda, specialty coffees, and natural juices. The cruise amenities: We were there as a couple celebrating the anniversary. We are a young couple and were looking for a quiet, romantic, and childless cruise experience, and we FOUND it!!!!! These particular Mediterranean cruise was very couple oriented. There were almost no kids, because it was late September, and the crowd had an average of 50-65 years old. The cruise offers many activities for all kinds of tastes: casino, shopping, shows, programmed activities, bars, etc. We specially enjoyed the sauna, gym, and solarium. They have a spa you had to pay for. The ship has a Centrum, where they had live music and it looked beautiful. Despite the fact that there were 2000 people, it would never feel crowded (maybe sometimes on the main pool). The music on the pool was OK and not loud, and you could not hear it, even if you were in the solarium!!! GREAT :) Ports and Shore excursions: You get a seecard pass which works as your passport. Be sure to be back to boat on time for departure, we were told they will not wait for you!! Shore excursions were ridiculously over priced for us. You could do most of their tours for a 1/3 of their price on your own. Our recommendation is to do a research of each port before hand and choose the option that suits you better. Overall experience: This cruise and the Mediterranean route are highly recommended, especially for couples looking for a romantic and relaxing get away. The service was excellent and the experience unforgettable. Do not hesitate to try. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
My husband and I just returned from spending three weeks in Europe and while there we took an 11 day cruise on Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas. The ship has recently been renovated and was lovely. Our balcony cabin was very nice and ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from spending three weeks in Europe and while there we took an 11 day cruise on Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas. The ship has recently been renovated and was lovely. Our balcony cabin was very nice and we enjoyed the new furniture, the decor and the layout of the furniture in the cabin. The crew - the dining room staff, My Time Dining, the Guest Services crew, our cabin steward Louis Clovis were all outstanding and made the trip for us. They treated us like family and if we had any concerns they were addressed immediately. Louis, our cabin steward, was so kind to us and we appreciated his care and friendliness. Our "My Time" dining staff on the 5th deck were 100% and it was a pleasure going to dinner each evening. We always looked forward to seeing them each evening. Each day we ate our breakfast in the dining room on Deck four and Brenda and John looked after us. Again they were great and offered us personal care and the greatest of service. Each morning we would go to their table as we knew we were going to be greeted with a smile and well looked after. The entertainment on the ship was very good and the theatre was lovely. We loved the ports of call and have no complaints. However we do have one major complaint and that is the fact that Royal Caribbean allows passengers to SMOKE on their balconies. It was totally unbearable to have a couple right next to you smoking at all hours of the day and night. We always book a cabin with a balcony because we enjoy the fresh air and do not like and are allergic to air conditioning. When smokers are right next to you their second hand smoke drifts over to you and also comes right into your cabin - you cannot get away from it. Just because you are sailing does not mean that the smoke is not bothersome. It is very disappointing that we pay the same amount of money for our balcony cabin but due to the smoke cannot use and enjoy it as much. My husband and I enjoy sitting out early in the morning and also during the late evening hours but these passengers were always there puffing away with no consideration for us. I am allergic to smoke so my only avenue was to go in the cabin and close the door - so much for having a balcony. Royal Caribbean has to change their rules and band smoking on the balconies. If they do not want to do this then they should put all the smokers on one side of the ship. Smokers are selfish - they are not allowed to smoke in the cabin so they come out on the balcony and smoke non stop. Passengers should be asked when booking if they want smoking or non smoking. That is an easy question and saves the non smokers a lot of headaches. This is 2012 and everyone knows smoking causes cancer as well as many other health problems. Come on Royal Caribbean lead the way and band smoking on the balconies. The staff at Guest Services wanted to make a courtesy call to our neighbours in the next cabin but I did not want that to happen so I put up with it. Our other neighbours were in the same situation - both of them were non smokers but they had to put up with two smokers on their other side...so here you had two cabins of non smokers and we both had smokers right next to us - how crazy is that. Think about it. We have done most of our cruising with Royal Caribbean - we like their ships, we like their service and think their crews are outstanding but we hope they soon realize that smoking on balconies has to go. I look forward to the day when this become a reality. I have no problem with those who want to smoke but I do have a problem when it involved me, my husband and my family. Our family is booked on the Allure of the Seas in November and we are travelling with our 12 year old granddaughter - I hope we will be lucky enough to have non smokers on each side of our cabins. We will be keeping our fingers crossed. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
What a great cruise. This was a 10 day cruise that started in Tampa then stopped in San Juan, St.Kitts, St. Maarten, St.John, and Tortola. We were looking for a cruise that would allow us to relax and rest, and this one was just what we ... Read More
What a great cruise. This was a 10 day cruise that started in Tampa then stopped in San Juan, St.Kitts, St. Maarten, St.John, and Tortola. We were looking for a cruise that would allow us to relax and rest, and this one was just what we ordered. This is our first cruise with Royal Caribbean International, we have been on Carnival and Princess. The Grandeur Of The Seas is a smaller ship than we have cruised on before, we truly enjoyed this. We had a great time and we met some wonderful people. The staff on board were very friendly and helpful. They remembered our names, they acknowledge us every time they saw us, no matter how busy they were, and believe me they were very busy all the time. We had heard that Grandeur was getting old, and she wasn't the same as she use to be. Well, let me tell you she has aged very well, she is still very beautiful, and yes she is showing some age, but like me, it's not slowing her down. We only did a couple excursions at 2 different ports. This was our choice, we wanted to do things on our time. This worked great for us. There was plenty to do on the ship. The entertainment was very good each and every night. We especially like the comedians, although all the shows were good. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
I'm a strong believer in the rule that your attitude can pre-determine how much fun you'll have on a cruise.  So I was determined to have a good time and it helped.To provide perspective, this was my fourth cruise in recent ... Read More
I'm a strong believer in the rule that your attitude can pre-determine how much fun you'll have on a cruise.  So I was determined to have a good time and it helped.To provide perspective, this was my fourth cruise in recent years (although I had taken many transatlantic and trans-pacific trips in the past).  Recent trips were on the QM2 (twice) and Celebrity.  And while this is my preferred standard, the RCI trip was too good to pass up. Great fare, the right duration, the right departure port and the right timing.  Now, on to the review.The embarkation was a total disaster.  The ship was scheduled to depart at 4 PM.  We arrived at 2:15.  We boarded at 3:30.  Others, who had arrived before we did, waited over three hours.  The only reason our boarding took less time is that I overheard someone mention a special line for suites.  No one from RCI alerted suite guests to this benefit.  Our table mates, also suite holders, were in line for 3 hours.  A very bad job all around by RCI.  I heard that the Baltimore harbour master was partly responsible, as was a "computer crash".  But from the horror stories, RCI was definitely not blameless.Disembarkation was much better.  A bit of a jam at the gangway, but we were off in about 20 minutes.  We always self-disembark and this made it easier.  But the lifts didn't seem to work very well, disgorging everyone in the same space.  RCI should not have insisted that passengers using the center set of lifts.Now don't get me wrong.  The trip was fun.  The crew really tries to please.  Nydia in the gym was a good instructor spinning, pilates, yoga, etc.  Captain Rob is a riot very funny noontime announcements.  We enjoyed the entertainment.  The comedians were funny and the shows entertaining.  Certainly as good if not better than Cunard and Celebrity.  And the best part of the ship is the Solarium.  A quite oasis from the typical chaos of a cruise ship.  A nice place to read, enjoy the sun, spa and pool.Unfortunately, there are many lowlights, due in large part to the age of this ship.  RCI needs to either retire her, or refurbish her.  The rooms are small (even the Junior Suite that we had).  And by the way, don't get a room under either the pool area or the Solarium if you want to avoid the noise of shuffling deck chairs or rolling carts.The bathrooms are tiny, the fixtures corroded with age and use, the lighting poor and there was always a slight odor.  There is very little water pressure.The wood work is worn lots of stains and warped wood from water damage.  There are permanent stains on the furniture and torn carpeting.  Our table mates had furniture that didn't even match.  TVs are ancient and falling apart.  The hangers are the type you would find in a Motel 6.  Not enough light to read by at night.  Basically, it isn't what you would expect for paying suite prices.  I cannot imagine what the other rooms were like.Our cabin steward was fine.  He kept the place clean and he was creative with his towel artistry.  But he wasn't particularly friendly, even when I mentioned that I had lived in his home country for many years and spoke his native language.  The gym is small and the weight training equipment limited.  There are about a dozen aerobic machines (bikes, elipticals, treadmills), but these too are aging.  And people don't follow the 20 minute courtesy rule.  Also, if you miss the one or two classes scheduled for the particular day, you are out of luck.Generally, the food was fine.  The Windjammer had a decent breakfast omelettes and lots of fresh fruit.  We never ate breakfast or lunch in the main dining room and never tried room service, so cannot comment on either.The food in the main dining room was forgetable.  Not bad just not very good.  My wife's pasta was not hot.  All the fish tasked the same.  In short, it was a great deal like a restaurant you tried for the first time but would never go back.  Our first night back home we both remarked how much better our home cooked meal tasted!Our waiter and assistant waiter were fine.  They tried hard, but were real amateurs.  They would be very attentive at getting you dinner rolls, but forget to refill your wine glass.  Service on the last night was particularly slow.  And they didn't seem to pay much attention.  By the luck of the draw, everyone at our table for 6 was a vegetarian (or at least didn't eat meat or chicken).  Yet, every evening after the meal the waiter would announce with great enthusiasm some meat or chicken dish that was being served the following night.  Hello?  Anyone at home?And one thing that drove us nuts is that they would start to clear and re-set the adjacent tables during our meals.  We had the late seating so there simply wasn't any need for this.  It was very distracting and not what you would expect from a first-class operation.The wine list was fairly extensive and most sold under $40 a bottle.  They could have used a sommelier because our poor waiter didn't have a clue.  As for our head water, he really showed up only on the last night (coinciding with the time to hand out the gratuities, no doubt).I title this as the "Aging Lady", because this is what the Grandeur is.  I mentioned the evidence of its age in the description of our cabin and the gym equipment.  There were other signs as well.  Like the chair in the Champagne Lounge that collapsed right under this elderly gentleman.  We pointed out to him the fact that the supporting legs were missing a bolt to assure him that it was not his fault.  I got the distinct impression that the waiter know about this.  There were cracked and chipped glasses served at dinner.  Cracked and leaking cups served in the Windjammer.  Lots of rust and worn furnishings throughout the ship.  It reminded me of some of the famous old hotels that are well past their prime.  Fine if you like that sort of thing.You will find a fairly broad range of fellow passengers age, activity level, and experience.  If you are the type that likes to dress for dinner, RCI isn't for you.  If you want a basic cruise, it is.Now, only 5 months to our "Circle Hawaii" on Holland America.  Read Less
Sail Date June 2009
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
We sailed from Norfolk, VA (easy as we live nearby in VA Beach, VA). New embarking center a breeze to board the ship. We parked in the parking area at Cedar Grove for $10.00 a day; I guess a bargain compared to other cities?Room ... Read More
We sailed from Norfolk, VA (easy as we live nearby in VA Beach, VA). New embarking center a breeze to board the ship. We parked in the parking area at Cedar Grove for $10.00 a day; I guess a bargain compared to other cities?Room wasn't ready when we boarded at around 11 AM, however, was ready around 1 PM, gave us time to go to the Windjammer for lunch. Grandeur is showing her age but in a beautiful way, she is still grand though, and small enough to enjoy. We opt for the early diner at 6 PM (we don't like to eat late). Very good food, well served and our waiter, from India "D" and our ass't waiter from Jamaica "Terry" were superb.Windjammer was good, seems like the same menu most the time, but enjoyable. Not a crowded area that I have noticed on other ships, especially Princess (in November, 2008 we were on a 2 week Hawaiian cruise and the flow traffic in their "windjammer" was horrible, believe me). The waiters were exceedingly attentive, they would go out of their way to please you. My wife likes tomato juice, and it wasn't available in the windjammer, but lo and behold just ask for it and it appeared.All in all an excellent cruise, excellent entertainment and the cruise director and his wife (Mr. & Mrs. Blair) were just great people. Read Less
Sail Date May 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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