34 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

This was mine, and my girlfriends, first cruise. We took the trip with 28 other people ranging from toddlers to 60 year olds for a wedding of friends. Traveling with a large group made the trip even more fun then expected. Boarding the ... Read More
This was mine, and my girlfriends, first cruise. We took the trip with 28 other people ranging from toddlers to 60 year olds for a wedding of friends. Traveling with a large group made the trip even more fun then expected. Boarding the ship was fairly easy, checking in took the longest and we were told some miss information about not needing our passports for the rest of the trip, that was false and almost prevented people from boarding again in FL. Checking into the room was a breeze and luggage was delivered before dinner. The food on the ship was amazing, every single meal between the Windjammer cafe, to the dinning room for breakfast and dinner and the sushi and steak restaurants was out of this world good. The events on the ship were fun and numerous, at no point could anyone say they were bored. Ports, FL, Nassau and Coco Cay. Problem #1 There wasn't enough time in Coco cay for anyone's liking. It took almost an hour to get off the ship, and almost as long to get back on at 430 pm, Most in our group agreed that we could have skipped Nassau and went directly to Coco Cay for longer. Problem # 2. The wait time to get drinks can get up to 20-30 minutes, the bar tenders poured great drinks and had very heavy pours on EVERYTHING so that was nice, but it took FOREVER to get a drink, at dinner, at any bar and god help you if you were on the deck and ordered one. The time to get served was obnoxious compared to land based bars that would have served 15 people in the time it took to get me one beer. Problem # 3. They have KIDS ONLY hot tubs. This became very annoying for the adult guests who paid good money to use pools and hot tubs only to be told a group of 6 year olds, with no parents, had the hot tub and adults could not use it. Kids don't need hot tubs, its not safe, they are provided a very nice pool to swim in. As you have read my complaints are very few and not bad at all, the trip was amazing, the food was better then anything I have ever had, the service, outside of bar tenders, was incredible. Take the trip, enjoy every second. GET A BALCONY ROOM, we regret not spending the extra $ to upgrade and enjoy the sea air at night and sunrises in the morning. Also, if you drink and beer or alcohol at all, buy the premium package, its a life saver and makes everything much more convent when you don't have to worry about drink prices when you are drunk and ordering your 6th drink of the day. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
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
Embarkation: Arrived at Baltimore Pier around 10:00. Lines were long-ish but moved quickly. Processed quickly and efficiently. Greeted by photographer and maitre'd, which was convenient for making dinner reservations. Boarding: ... Read More
Embarkation: Arrived at Baltimore Pier around 10:00. Lines were long-ish but moved quickly. Processed quickly and efficiently. Greeted by photographer and maitre'd, which was convenient for making dinner reservations. Boarding: Plenty of seating while we waited. Nice selection of food in the Windjammer, although it was crowded and we had trouble finding seating. Took a while for some of our party's bags to be delivered, but my roomie and I found ours in the pile and took them ourselves. Setting sail: Nice party atmosphere on the upper decks-music, drinks, dancing. Fun arrival of the local news helicopter. Stateroom: Clean and well-stocked with towels, etc. Frederick, our steward, introduced himself right away and gave us a card to contact him when needed. He took away the mini-bar at our request (actually he hid it under the bed, but at least it was out of the way). Cruise Compasses and towel animals arrived as expected and on time. Main dining room: Our waiter, Dattaram, was polite, efficient and thorough. Food was delicious and plentiful. Always had a table available with the My Time dining. Specialty restaurants: My friend and I purchased the dining package which included three specialty restaurants and the Chef's Table (more on that later). Chops was tasty, nothing outstanding. Giovanni's Table was delicious, and the service was excellent. Izumi's sushi was very good and again we had outstanding service. Chef's Table: This specialty offer for 12 people was a highlight of the trip. We had a chef, sommalier, and maitre d'. We spent close to three hours at dinner. Five delicious courses with a wine pairing for each. Wonderful company and amazing service. Excursions: Lots of good options. I did Kennedy Space Center, visited Cocoa Cay, and toured Nassau with a driver. Activities: Lots of fun things! Our group loved trivia which was offered daily. I am not a Bingo person, but several in our group enjoyed it. Others did the Scavenger hunts, napkin folding, and talks. I did the scrapbooking (which had a good deal on page kits) and salsa dancing. The Quest was hysterical and while a bit naughty, not over the top rude. The Activities staff was excellent-LOVED Darryl, Julie, John, and my fav Desmond. On-board entertainment: This is the one area that needs some work for me. The first night's comedian was pretty funny. The RC Singers and Dancers were ok, but their material is a little dated and needs to be better coordinated to their talents. Voices 3 was my favorite, their song selection and onstage rapport was very enjoyable. The impersonator was not the best. The final night's comedian again was just ok. We did love the "Love and Marriage" game show-a couple from our party was in it and that made it even more fun. Gym: Plenty of machines in the A.M. Classes were ok, instructor wasn't a yoga expert but still got a good stretch. Disembarkation: Fast and easy. Other: I didn't use the spa services, but others from our party were pleased. Pools and hot tubs were ok, weren't always hot when they should have been. I discovered the Park Cafe back behind the Solarium Pool and that was my favorite spot for breakfast. I loved the interactive screens at the elevators, complete with menus. Weird smell on the last night. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
Another couple, my husband and I initially enjoyed a one day cruise (for Travel agents) which was satisfactory, one day prior to an adjoining cruise. We had decided to purchase an immediate next day cruise on the same ship (a day ... Read More
Another couple, my husband and I initially enjoyed a one day cruise (for Travel agents) which was satisfactory, one day prior to an adjoining cruise. We had decided to purchase an immediate next day cruise on the same ship (a day following the travel agents cruise) We were able to remain onboard for a three day (one way cruise) to Colon, Panama. We had not experienced any problems during the one day cruise; perhaps, it was because Royal Caribbean were doing their best to impress the Travel agents from the dining experience to entertainment (which was flown in for one night). First I want to mention that all four of us that traveled together were all seniors (well over the age of 60) Problems began when we remained on board, and we actually watched our luggage being removed from the Pursers desk (area) on the same luggage rack at 10 am enroute of immediate delivery to our rooms (3 decks up). However, my husband and our friends (whose suite was next to ours) was delivered within 15 minutes. My luggage was not found for over 11 hours. The pursers desk staff continually out and out lied to us that my luggage was being delivered to my room within moments to even lying that they had just spoken with housekeeping to locate the luggage. Finally, after numerous inquiries about the luggage, a supervisor became involved; only after his involvement was there really a search for my luggage. We assumed that it probably was delivered to an incorrect room, but eventually it was located and delivered (with no apologies) 11 hours later. Additional disappointments: were that we discovered in our suite that the toilets would not flush from time to time. Along with occasional sewage stench smells throughout the ship (no explanation given) The entertainment on the ship was nile to none and what was offered was merely horrible to include on one of the nights an imitation "Village People" group performance of men that were not only horrible dancers but several of them did not know the lip-synced words of the songs that they were performing too. The Royal Caribbean performers were not good at all, and the Royal Caribbean aerial performers were not in sync. The daily activities were a total waste of time- ranging from "how to fold napkins to animal towel folding". The activities Director should be fired! Then upon disembarking from the ship- we had a Royal Caribbean excursion waiting for us. As we were leaving the ship, my husband and our friends were told that we had to return to the Pursers desk as there was a message that needed to be cleared up. We had to push through the crowds of people disembarking from the ship and finally made our way to the pursers desk to only be asked, if the credit cards that we had provided them was correct. We had been charging purchases all three days of our time on this ship, with no one questioning our purchases or the card. If there were concerns, a block should have been applied or the least that should have happened is that they should have contacted us. This was quite upsetting and when we asked if there was a concern, why weren't we notified in advance? Again, the staff lied and said that they had sent a message to our suite to come to the pursers office (which no message was ever received or sent too us) along with we did not even receive a statement of purchases. What was even more upsetting was that they only wanted all of us to simply say "yes" that this was our credit card. The card had nver been refused because they never processed it for payment. Again, no apologies for this waste of our time and effort. As we had to begin the disembarkation process all over! Finally, we paid for a six hour Royal Caribbean excursion Panama canal tour once we arrived in Colon, Panama, which was suppose to include a movie film about the Canal locks; which was not provided to us; instead this $60 pp excursion only included a tour (more like a drive enroute to the airport drop off) through the impoverished city of Colon, a view of a cemetry ()which no one onboard, understood why this very small cemetry was pointed out to us, as an attraction), a ticket to the watch tours of the Canal (no ships and not much to look at) and we were only allowed to remain there for 1 hour; then a hour of shopping to a mall; then, we were dropped off at the airport. This was hardly worth $120 which we paid (for two people) in advance. So to summarize, this was one of the worst cruises that we've ever experienced and we cruise often. Royal Caribbean should have reimbursed everyone- as the Grandeur ship was simply a horrible experience Just beware should you choose the Grandeur as your next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
We had a very nice experience on Granduer of the Seas. We were a group of six adults. Embarkation was a breeze! The only problem one couple had was the cab from the airport--make sure they take you to the correct ship. Do not get out of ... Read More
We had a very nice experience on Granduer of the Seas. We were a group of six adults. Embarkation was a breeze! The only problem one couple had was the cab from the airport--make sure they take you to the correct ship. Do not get out of the cab until you are at the right place. Cab driver took them to Oasis--cost them $10 to get another cab to take them to Granduer. I actually think it's a scam. Be cautious! We all met at the pool bar. The party began!! The bartenders were great!! Shout out to Randall, Rosario and Guiome (sp?). The pool party as we set sail was a blast! We were having so much fun, we almost missed dinner the first night. I'm glad we didn't though. Our waiter, Amel from Bosnia, was awesome. (I was supposed to friend him on Facebook, but lost the paper with his last name :( Bummer) We had a great time with him all week. The assistant waiter was Amin from Indonesia. He was so sweet!! The drink guy, Jorge, was cool too. Dinner was good every night. I had no complaints, nor did anyone in our group. We made it to a couple of shows. They were ok. The games were fun. We played Majority Rules. That was funny. Good for everyone to play. We went to Quest. First time I haven't played that. Wow...is it getting wild!! Glad I was just a spectator. It was hysterical!! We also played some music trivia games. It was all good! The Love and Marriage show was funny, as always. Such a cute couple won, married over 50 years! We had breakfast at the Windjammer everyday. It was fine. Had an omelette everyday! Yummy! We went to the gym a couple of times. Depends on when you go. I went one morning and there were no machines available. Yet, other mornings it was basically empty. They offered some additional classes like yoga & pilates. No Zumba, so I wasn't interested! Our cabin was in perfect location for meeting everyone. The cabin was definitely roomy enough. I didn't even use all of the drawers!! Our attendant was Miguel. He was very nice. We hardly saw him. Our cabin was always very well taken care of though. Only complaint (that most men had), it seemed like most of the men's public restrooms were out of service. Some were being renovated. Some were just being cleaned...but...just as an example....during the midnight pool party, one bathroom on that deck was out of order and they were cleaning the other one. That made no sense!! Clean it when there isn't a huge party going on!! That was just one example... Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
On October 28th I had the please of sailing with 45 members of my non profit organization on the Grandeur of the Seas. I was pleasantly surprised by the swift embarkation at Port Everglades. On board the ship the service in the dining room ... Read More
On October 28th I had the please of sailing with 45 members of my non profit organization on the Grandeur of the Seas. I was pleasantly surprised by the swift embarkation at Port Everglades. On board the ship the service in the dining room staff showed true concern for their guests.On many ship you never see the Maitre D. On this ship we saw him nightly and he was double checking continually that our group was well served and we were happy with our meals. The food was very good except for Steak(if you are a major steak eater). I would suggest that at the late evening they have a healthy snack in addition to Pizza, hamburger and Fries. I was very happy with mix of their nightly entertainment. The shows covered all age groups including the younger generation. The entertainers were very professional with the quality of a Broadway show. There was plenty of activities to do both day and night. The staff from the Purser's office, to the Captain and even the cabin stewards were very involved with the passenger which made for a pleasurable cruise. Our group had all different type of cabins from interior cabins to the Royal Suite where we joined together for drinks and to listen to our group play the Piano. I believe this ship is lovely but needs to update their curtains, bedspreads and telephone which need to have a more contemporary look. The beds were extremely comfortable. Spa services were very good and comparable to prices on land. Disembarkation was very easy and so was locating the luggage. All in all a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
Let me start out by saying I love RCCL and have been on 17 cruises just off the Oasis in July and booked the Serenade in May 2011. That being said this was a nightmare cruise from the minute we checked in to going thru customs. 1st when we ... Read More
Let me start out by saying I love RCCL and have been on 17 cruises just off the Oasis in July and booked the Serenade in May 2011. That being said this was a nightmare cruise from the minute we checked in to going thru customs. 1st when we booked it was a month prior and did so because after the Oasis where everything is on a schedule we just wanted to relax by ourselves no children. Our friends wanted to get to diamond before our next cruise so they booked junior suite to get 2 credits and they also got upgraded two weeks before sailing to the Royal Family suite.(I'll about that room later). We were told by crown and anchor the day before sailing there were 6 suites left and ask at the check in desk to be upgraded, something we have never done and thought we would try. When we got to the check in desk a very rude man stopped us mid sentence and said you can't do that here you have to go on the ship and ask the Hotel manager Eric. My husband was very mad that the run around had begun and this man was so rude .We were not accustomed to this on RCCL. We boarded the ship went straight to the main desk and were greeted by yet another rude man named Keith who said there is nothing left but I could come back at 6 and see if there were no shows.When we asked to speak to Eric the manager we were told he was busy but that he would go ask him. We later found out he was never informed we asked for him. We returned at 6 and were told nothing was left by Keith who then just walked away. We went to our room and just figured we would call when we got back. Our friends checked in to there Royal suite 8518 and even though it had two bedrooms the 2nd one which has twin beds and 2 upper bunks I can't imagine 4 people in that room with no floor space but a 12 inch by 5 feet strip. The living room was nice with a queen size couch and a big plate glass window that was old and rusted all around the frame and moldy. The second bathroom also had mold in the shower.The main master bath kept backing up with water when the shower was used. We went to shower for dinner in our room when we discovered there was no hot water only very cold. Our Room attended Albert who was fantastic said he would call maintenance ,we went to our friends to shower and we all shared there one smaller bathroom because the master one was full of water. That night after returning from the late comedy show we saw still no hot water. The next day we told our room attendant again and he called in front of me and we went to the pool. When we came back at 5 to shower NO hot water . We called the main desk and were told they would call needless to say it took 3 nights with no hot water for them to finally change the facets. Only after Eric the hotel manager called me himself did it get done and that's when I found out he never knew we had ask for him and that Keith had lied about it. If you book a suite with the intentions that you will be first for everything and priority seating for shows forget it ,every show we went to and arrived 15 min early was full and the seating set aside for suites was open to everyone. When we asked the attendant she said she wasn't comfortable asking people to move.There were other suite owners with us very upset also. The person who they have book future cruises was by far the most unpleasant woman I have ever encountered on RCCL. As I sat and read my emails on my computer she blew off at least 5 couples one day and 3 the last day saying she was booked up and the couple she was with said she was 20 minutes late. We were at table 80 floor 4 8:30 seating MDR with Peter and Freddie and they were the best waiters we have ever had and honestly saved the cruise from being a total wreck. They were happy and friendly and genuinely enjoyed there job .Our bar waiter Gerard was also wonderful and a pleasure to see everyday both in dining room and by the pool he made a point to find us and make sure we got drinks. Freddie worked the windjammer for lunch and always found us and got our drinks. I think the ship really needs to be modernized our TV was 12 inches old fashioned and worked on and off. Our phone was the old princess style so you got no messages.I will say this compared to the Oasis which had no storage drawers but 3 little ones and a little closet , There was plenty of storage and drawers in both rooms. Also on every ship we have been on there was always a place besides the windjammer to get coffee free but no on here its $3 and the windjammer closes in the afternoon before dinner. This ship is under staffed in so many areas that getting help is very difficult. Very relaxing I will say that. lol In Grand Cayman we only got off and got cigars and then came back on and enjoyed the pool to ourselves. We have been there many times and love the swimming with the stingrays and the 7 mile beach In Cozumel once again we didn't get off but we went deep sea fishing in July and very nice. The shopping is not worth it or cheaper and restaurant's are very dirty and just want you to get drunk Embarkation is very very slow it took 20 minutes to get thru the line we got a porter yet there is no separate porter line however you do get to watch all the people the police dogs caught with drugs from the Carnival ship we got to see a mother with a baby with cocaine in the cane. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
With a few exceptions our time on the Grandeur of the Seas was truly grand. We were part of a group of about eighty passengers from the Baltimore-Washington, DC area that went on the two week repositioning cruise from Baltimore to Tampa ... Read More
With a few exceptions our time on the Grandeur of the Seas was truly grand. We were part of a group of about eighty passengers from the Baltimore-Washington, DC area that went on the two week repositioning cruise from Baltimore to Tampa aboard the Grandeur of the Seas. Embarkation was unfortunately slow and exasperating because there was a large proportion of foreign passengers and another large proportion of older, slower passengers. Our group had been told not to arrive before noon but by then the wait was almost two hours to get on board. Once on board our cabins were ready and our luggage arrived before dinner. The Windjammer was open and lunch, although later than expected, was good with plenty of menu choices. The mandatory muster drill went better than our previous drills because this time we did not have to wear our life vests. Dinner on the first night gave us our first ever experience with poor service on RCCL. We had the early (6:00) seating in the main (only) dining room. Our waiter appeared to be somewhat unsettled, speaking quickly and moving rapidly from table to table. All of us at our table indicated that we were not interested in wine and after that he seemed to spend more time at the tables that ordered wine with their dinners. Our appetizers were not served until seven and our entrees did not come out till after seven thirty. Orders for dessert were taken at eight and they did not come till eight thirty. The waiter said it was not his fault. He said that there was a new kitchen staff aboard that was not familiar with this ship's kitchen layout. He promised that the next night would be better. It was, but by only ten minutes. Saturday night was worse. He served the wrong appetizers to our table, disappeared for an extended period and returned without any explanation. Our 'drink of the day' order was taken before the appetizers but by dinners end I had not gotten my ship pass returned. We told him we would not be returning until Thursday (Thanksgiving). The head waiter tried to make up for his lack of attention but she was unable to fill in and do her regular duties.  Tuesday we came back to our cabin after lunch to find a plate of chocolate dipped strawberries and an invitation to return to the dining room. I returned for the veal shanks but my wife still waited till Thursday. In the mean time we found the food at the Windjammer to be excellent. There was plenty to choose from and the desserts were excellent. We were able to get larger salads with our choice of ingredients and more vegetables than were available in the dining room so it was actually better for us to eat at the Windjammer. It should also be noted that the cheeseburgers at the solarium grill were great for lunch. When there was food on the pool deck it was too good to pass up. The food in the dining room (when we did go) was excellent. Lamb, veal, lobster, and prime rib were standouts. Desserts were to die for. We would take two different ones an share because we could not decide which was more enticing. Our cabin was an Ocean view, mid-ship on deck three. It was clean when we arrived and well kept by our cabin stewardess, Valerie. At our request she got us extra hangers, extra pillows and found my wife a hair dryer as it seems that the previous occupant took the one meant for our cabin. We kept irregular hours and Valerie was very accommodating, changing her schedule to match ours. The bed was extremely comfortable, we slept like rocks every night. Captain Rob's daily navigational announcements were entertaining. His participation in several activities endeared him to us passengers. We enjoyed his appearances and conversations at several venues. The cruise director, John Blair, was outstanding, a memorable presence throughout the fourteen days. Not only tireless in his activities but also extremely talented as an entertainer in his own right. His wife, Katrina (activities director) and her staff were all over the ship from sunup till well after everyone was retired for the night. They ran the usual trivia games, bingo, karaoke, and dance lessons. There were jewelery making, scrapbook, and I even saw a knitting class. There were port lectures, health and fitness talks, and cooking demonstrations. There was always something going on for everyone. On Sundays a lounge was set up for football watching, including hot dogs. On the other hand, if you wanted to do nothing, there was plenty of space to do that and the solarium was quiet and a great place to read or just relax.  Nightly entertainment was excellent, especially considering that John had to get 12 acts for this cruise. The ship's singers and dancers were excellent. The guest performers were engaging and none disappointed. John himself did a great job dong the Neil Diamond tribute. The usual RCCL Battle of the Sexes, Love and Marriage, and Quest were well done as were a Liar's Game and a Country Western Hoe Down. Excursions for this cruise were an exasperating experience for me, not because of the choices or the content but because of the repeated cancellations I encountered. Compared to our previous cruises, this assembly of passengers was in general, older, heavier, and less ambulatory than what we had encountered before. As a result, the more strenuous or active excursions were more often cancelled due to a lack of interest. Four of my six planned kayak trips were cancelled and I had to replace them with more sedate trips to the beach with my wife (so not all was lost). Ports were busy but not overly crowded even though there were up to three additional ships in with us at some places. Disembarking at Tampa was annoyingly slow. The announcement said that the port authority had not cleared us but you would think that would have been prearranged and that it should not have taken two hours to straighten out. The Grandeur is a fine ship although if you look closely she is showing some signs of aging. Her size appeals to a more traditional, older cruiser and as a result the activity slows down noticeably earlier than on other ships. We thoroughly enjoyed our selves despite the disappointment with our dinner service. Overall it was a memorable cruise that all at our table would repeat without hesitation. If ever we meet up with John or Katrina on another cruise we will be anticipating another great time at sea.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
Embarkation: Fabulous and that is what made us choose this cruise again. Valet parking is smooth as silk. We arrived about 1 p.m. in 5 different vehicles. The porter is right there and it is a great start to a trip when you do not have ... Read More
Embarkation: Fabulous and that is what made us choose this cruise again. Valet parking is smooth as silk. We arrived about 1 p.m. in 5 different vehicles. The porter is right there and it is a great start to a trip when you do not have to handle your luggage or have difficulty parking. The begins! The RC staff was friendly and helpful from every aspect. We all had our sail pass info ready. We waited for each other to get a great group shot getting on board. The ship was just as we remembered. Clean and large enough to do everything. We were able to go straight to our cabins and drop off our stuff we carried with us. Our bags were there promptly thereafter. We took the time to unpack and go to the pool bar. The buffet was alive and well. Some made their spa reservations, bought their wine packages and soda packages as well. We ordered our wine package before we boarded and split it with another couple that was easy and there was a huge wine list to choose from. Our cabin was in the ideal location for us. Right by the elevator which went directly up to the pool deck outside the buffet. Perfect location! We spend most of our time at the pool bar area so that was very convenient for things forgotten or to run down to change for dinner. Our cabin steward was better than my last cruise, but not as good as the others I have had the previous 2 other cruises. The beds were very comfortable, the cabin was clean, there is plenty of storage, the bathroom was clean and easy to use. I would like to see a tiny bit bigger shower in there. Our cabin was cleaned well everyday there was ice in the bucket and when we asked for the refrig I was promised for my medicine it was there promptly. It took up the entire space under the desk. We also had an adjoining room which allows for only a chair rather than a couch. Honestly, almost everyone on this cruise seemed tired and pretty much over tourists. The bar staff were not friendly at all. It seemed as though their faces would crack if they had to smile. We met some of our favorite crew members from last year. Jefferson is the best ever and seems to be working everywhere on the ship. Even though this was the 2nd time I was on this ship I was never bored. They had changed the events around due to there only being one port of call. That was an issue! The Key West stop was canceled a couple of months after we had all paid and made arrangements to go. That sucked! That meant 2 days at sea. One is plenty for me especially if you don't get good weather. Luckily we had pretty good weather for our days at sea this cruise. I felt they should have done something like have free drinks etc. to make up for that but they did not. They did have pool parties and activities. Our first full day was a day at sea. The 2nd day was Cozumel which we love. We broke into 3 groups and planned to meet up later on in the day. We went to Playa Bonita for lunch and had a great time. Our cab driver Santiago was great and stopped to get us cervesa for the ride. We had the opportunity to shop at a couple of planned stops he always makes. Also some photo ops before we got to Playa Bonita. We enjoyed a long fun lunch of local specialities, margaritas and their famous shooters. It was great fun. We all met up at Carlos & Charlies at one of the other piers and did some shopping and drinking at the little Hard Rock that was there. Once everyone was accounted for we wandered away to a little street bar run by locals in a shopping market place. We bought jewelry, sandals and all kinds of other great stuff. We grabbed a cab back to TMM and did some last minute shopping at the shoppes at the pier. There are some great deals to be had on silver there. I found quite a few pieces I could not live without. I'll start there next time for pricing before I shop downtown. The 2nd day at sea was pretty fun too. The weather was a little cool and windy but still allow for the belly flop etc to be done at the pool. The food was good. I think people expect too much on these things. Our food was decent and always presented beautifully. We often got to entrees to be able to try something new or or a "surf and turf" deal. We tried many appetizers to share and our service was very attentive. The only issue we had was the day we were in Coz. We had the main dining which was normally at 7 p.m. The Head Waiter told us if we got to dinner at 7 we would have no problem That wasn't really the case. They had the lights blaring a 1/2 after we sat down and were urging us to leave with announcements of "5 more minutes!" That was disappointing. They did apologize but it did ruin a really nice dinner. We used dinner to meet as a full group every night. The buffet was always clean and had something to please at all times. The egg lines in the morning were long but moved very quickly. Everything was hot. We didn't eat many snacks but everything we did have was completely acceptable. Disembarkation was a breeze. We have learned to sleep as long as you can and then go to breakfast at the dining room. Take your time and then before you know it you can get off. They actually called everyone off the ship at about 9:15 and our call time was 9:45 a.m. We walked off, breezed through customs, and were on the way home in about 20 minutes total. We are already planning a cruise for next year from Tampa during the same MLK weekend. We live in Daytona Beach so the drive is short and we prefer to go to Mexico rather than the Bahamas. This time we are thinking of trying Carnival for a 5 night. Do book a cruise on this ship. You'll have fun and if you don't mind the 2 days at sea for a 4 night cruise you'll enjoy every minute. Read Less
Sail Date January 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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