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

We stayed overnight at La Quinta, in BMW and it was nice, $159 for a room and parking for up to 14 days included. Shuttle to port included. We got picked up at 10:30 and were at the port by 11:00 and on board by 11:30 . In our rooms by ... Read More
We stayed overnight at La Quinta, in BMW and it was nice, $159 for a room and parking for up to 14 days included. Shuttle to port included. We got picked up at 10:30 and were at the port by 11:00 and on board by 11:30 . In our rooms by 12:30 ish. Family of 8 went for the holidays, the ship was beautiful, and we never felt over crowded. Embarking was quick and we were on board within 30 minutes of arrival at port in Maryland. The ship was fully decorated, we had Santa on Xmas morning, and NYE was so festive. Balloons from the ceiling, great music, champagne all around!!! We all had inside rooms one with 4 people, it was definitely a bit crowded for 2 adults and 2 teen boys, but manageable tho they would book a bigger room in the future. Our room , we separated the beds and had plenty of room, I was amazed at all the space to put things, drawers on the vanity were pretty deep, three on the right 3 on the left, the right ones were full size, the left were half size. There was another set of full drawers in the closet( I put my shoes here). Two mirrors on either side of the vanity had shelves for toiletries, and a huge mirror, a center drawer was also in the vanity /desk. There was no refrigerator and we thought it would be an issue, but we never missed it. The bathroom had plenty of storage too. shelves and drawers and a lower shelf. Shower took some learning to not have it come on too strong, and once in a while hot water was a bit scarce. we just learned when to shower around it. We really liked the room for 2 people, and even 4 did okay. We three decorated our rooms and doors....many did. The room was plenty cool when we adjusted the air conditioning. Our room steward Emerson Thomas was so personable and kept our rooms immaculate. He was in there after every visit to be sure things were perfect. Of course we had towel animals, always fun!! Always a smile and a hello in the halls, knew our names in one day. Always asked us about our days. We went to the windjammer for most breakfasts and lunches, most day we were able to get a large table to fit us all around, and enjoy our start of the day. Food was aplenty, with many delicious choices, even the omelet station was over all fast. most I waited was 5 minutes. Pool was not crowded, plenty of chairs to sit, didn't really see a lot of hogs. Hot tubs were busy but still could get in if you chose to. They opened the solarium on the colder days for children within certain hours, which was nice. The pool bar was a bit slow compared to the other bars, but it was always busy too. For dinner we all met at the MDR we had the 8 pm seating. Our head waiter was Amlan, and his assistant was Joe. There were a re few glitches on the first nights, but they did their very best to please us. Both were new and did a great job. Brought us extra bread baskets every night always had our drinks to serve, brought us some extra plates of cheese and fruits and extra butters. One night there was no escargot on the menu( my favorite) and Amlan got one for me anyways without me saying anything, which was very nice. We enjoyed the foods we had, we enjoyed our servers, and the little shows they had a few nights. We ordered a bottle of champagne for Xmas, and it was at our table chilling, we also won a bottle of champagne and it was there another night waiting in a chill bucket. Cannot say enough great things about both servers. The two teen age boys with us enjoyed the teen group, we had many many children on board being a holiday cruise and only had a few behave a bit naughty. Had adults behave badly as well. We didn't go to shows as we were busy, eating, at the time they were happening many times. Only big complaint I would have is 8 pm sitting and singular activities in the centrum at 8:15 pm. So all us missed all that. Should be after both meals like 9:00pm. Lots of fun there in the day times. Egg drop contest, corn hole games, dancing, music. This is where the chair hogs showed up. They would sit for hours and wait for each show. We did some trivia games in the south pacific area, went to play bingo, decided $40/pp was a bit rich so found trivia fun. The Schooner bar was always pretty fast with drinks. The centrum bar was slow and some times rude. If you asked for a drink from that bar that you had in another bar, they told you you had to go back to the other bar for it. Never heard of that. We went to the viking lounge one night to watch karaoke, it was nice but again getting a drink was a 15 -20 minute wait. We learned to get it else where and bring it along. Karaoke was a bit pre- planned. Seemed if you dressed in skimpy clothes you were in. 50's night was fun!! We brought poodle skirts and saddle "shoes" and did the dances. The dancers were excited that we came dressed in 50's gear. My daughter who is a pinup girl here at home did a duet with "Elvis" of summer lovin'. It was quite fun!! There was a 70's night but they did mostly 80's songs. Again we came prepared and had a good time. Other nights there was always a small band or a duet of violin and guitar, both were good!! Day 5 we stayed longer for the day which was nice. We went to buck Island and Turtle Bay in St Croix, had a great crew with Grace from Carribean Sea Adventures. We had to get to the other side of the island and we were getting ab it worried about taxi rates and getting there on time. But we disembarked earlier than they expected, and found a taxi at the end of the pier for $16 round trip pp, which was great. The ride to Christenstad was hot as this Taxi decided not to use his AC. A 30 minute drive in a closed in taxi, no windows to open and hot air blasting through the vents, fortunately the ride back he used full air and it was delightful. The excursion was terrific. We snorkeled on our own and also followed a trail. Word of warning do not use reef safe sunscreen, it doesn't work. Tow different brands and multiple applications and we all still burned. Grace told us regular sunscreen is fine as long as you apply it 30 minutes before the water then it doesn't leach. embarking was quick and easy, but the alcohol collection was a disaster. Day 6 we were in St Johns Antigua, we did the stingray city tour via rccl. Disembarking was again easy. We were promptly on our way to the boats to take us out. We liked that the rays are free to come and go and we are corralled in instead. They were magnificent. So beautiful. Got to feed them squids, and they were not afraid of us at all. Nothing as soft as a stingray massage!! W will be back!! Nothing shy of amazing. embarking was again slow only because of he alcohol situation, The man had no clue what he was doing sadly but was trying hard. Day 7, we were in St. Lucia, disembarking was a breeze. We booked an trip to Splash Island on our own. We ran into miscommunication of pick up but once we found them behind Diamond International, we ere off and on our way in a lovely AC taxi that you pay $10 pp round trip. If you are at all weak ankles, or overweight, this is not the place for you. It is large floats and they are difficult to get up on in the water, the "ladder" is also a float. I stayed on land , and they graciously refunded me. The others in my family had lots of fun on the floats. My Teen age grandsons had a blast. The taxi came for us on time and we were whisked back to the port, with time to shop around a bit, and of course get some nice purchases of alcohol that is very expensive here. Embarking was easy but still a cluster mess around the alcohol table. Many didn't wait and took their purchase up to their rooms, no one said stop. Day 8 we were in St Kitts, disembarking was again easy, some of us did the chocolate tour via rccl to St Kitts chocolate factory. The owner is very nice and we had samples of various chocolates and then we made some of our own to take with us. It was very nice. Seema was very knowledgeable and patient with the young 6 year old even when she asked silly questions... sadly people behind me were impatient and made mean remarks about this 6 year old. I don't know what the rush was. We still had plenty of time to do some shopping and get a bite to eat,which is a good thing because my husband and I stopped at a little stand that served chicken a fries. We ordered that and an almost an hour later we finally got our food after reminding them three times that we were waiting. Embarking was the same easy on but bottle necked at the alcohol collection table, they ran out o f tape, then told my SIL who had a $150 bottle of Johnny Blue that it was no a big deal, he waited a bit then took off for his room, who is going to assume a $150 bottle will be just fine unlabeled with the room number? Day 9 , we were in Sint Maartine, disembarking was quick we did some early shopping with my favorite jewelers the off to Maho beach. Hubs and me already had been but it was still lots of fun and a first for the other family members. Taxi was $16/pp round trip. Beach was free, bathrooms were not. $1.00 to use. Gave you a voucher to use in the hut for beers, but most of us didn't drink beer... St Maartine has come a log way from hurricane destroying it, still has a ways to go , but was lovely none the less. Spoke to our friend the jeweler, he was broken into and looted three times, as were many there he said. His cousin who was in the clothing store was looted 5 times. Sad that people do that. Embarking was easy but again the hold up a the alcohol table. We had high waves that night and deck 10 was closed. Day 10 was warm and NYE. We relaxed at the pool, enjoying our drinks after breakfast. We hung around and just chilled until dinner time, we got no pictures done as the 6 oclock seating was in line for that, so we gave up. We had lobster tails for dinner, which made 7 of us delighted, me I had a yummy dinner sans that. NYE in the Centrum was fun, and we drank champagne and toasted in the new year. Day 11 was NYD, we relaxed, watched games in the Centrum, Drank lovely drinks ( after a late breakfast) , Chilled by the pool, grabbed lunch in the windjammer, did a little trivia about xmas movies, did oragami in Schoorner. Dinner was in the MDR, we dressed up and had lots of pictures done as there were 5 different places. Then off to dinner. We ordered a seafood tower to be brought down to us ($39) and enjoyed the ooos and ahhs. After dinner we relaxed and had a few drinks before going off to bed. Day 12 We had breakfast in the windjammer, it was a bit more crowded but still found a large table. then just relaxed and enjoyed the ship and drinks!! It was too cold for the pool and they didn't open it to kids the last colder days. Got an announcement that Mike our cruise director had man flu as they called it. Seems many got sick after they left the ship, none of us in our party did. Packed up and placed suitcases out a 8 and they were promptly picked up but they shut off a bank of elevators to use for that and it made for long waits for elevators, we mostly used stairs, unless we were on floor 4 and going to floor 8 or 9. We chose 8:15 disembarking, but it was delayed due to the government shutdown had begun. Once we were called, it was a fast look at our passports and no declarations and we were off and running. Kudos to RCCl for having people with red Flashlights alerting porters to where they are needed, this is a nice addition since we last sailed with them. ( 2009). We had a hard time getting back to our hotel with their shuttle, people who had just come off from a later time were running to the shuttles meant for earlier people. Thought there was going to be fisty cuffs.... people were just rude about it not being their shuttle but would get in anyways and defy anyone saying they had to get out. La Quinta needs a better system. Over all we had a fabulous time. It is sad that Grandeur and RCCl has now split this cruise time up. You cannot go for both holidays unless you do B2B for lots more money. Many people made it a yearly trip and many knew each other from previous years. I am glad we booked it before that change. I would do it again as a full 12 days. Hopefully they will listen and change it back. We bought the drink packages ultimate for adults, refreshment for the teens. We got a great price and got more than our monies worth. Starbucks coffees were included on this ship. The only other thing that was rather slow was the cafe with food in the later afternoon, understaffed, salad side he would take off most of the time, and the selections went quick, when we did get food it was quite good. Hot sandwiches, soups, and the like. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
My sister and I needed a short vacation away together so we booked this cruise from Baltimore, only a 3 hr. Drive from home. We have been on other cruises in the past with friends and family but this was just a "sister cruise". ... Read More
My sister and I needed a short vacation away together so we booked this cruise from Baltimore, only a 3 hr. Drive from home. We have been on other cruises in the past with friends and family but this was just a "sister cruise". From start to finish, I can't say enough about the wonderful service on this ship. I can't imagine being away from my family for 5-6 months at a time and still smile every day to all the customers. SUCH HARD WORKERS with little time off. People say that this is an "old ship with old people". This is not true! We saw people from 1-93 on this cruise. The 93 yr old lady was playing the piano in the Schooler Bar on the last night. What a treat to watch her play the piano. Just shows that you are never too old to enjoy life! Our wait staff in the man dining room was so sweet, Gener and Imade Ari! Yes they do get paid for their service but they also deserve a little extra tip for going the extra step. The food was tasty and I loved the salad bar at lunch in the main dining room where they mixed it all up for you! Wonderful! Our room steward was also great! She always greeted us with a smile and was eager to please us during our stay. Now the fun part. We meet some folks in the casino that were so cool! We spend a lot of time playing black jack and shouting "EVERYBODY WINS! When the dealer busted. Wow, we laughed and totally enjoyed ourselves. My sister even won the slot tournament for $500.00. Bermuda was fantastic! Warm but windy for 2 days.Booked the excursion for snorkeling and loved it. We didn't get to the beach but that's ok. Overall this was a great cruise and we would not hesitate to book again on Lady G. She is wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We sailed on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Sea from March 24th-April 6th, 2018. We had three couples in our party and had planned this 12-night South Caribbean cruise for two years. We went out of Baltimore Maryland, and continue ... Read More
We sailed on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Sea from March 24th-April 6th, 2018. We had three couples in our party and had planned this 12-night South Caribbean cruise for two years. We went out of Baltimore Maryland, and continue down to St Thomas, Antigua, St Lucia, Saint Kitts & Nevi, and St Maartens. The seas were a bit rocky on one of the nights down and one night back, but other than that smooth sailing. Overall the cruise was absolutely fantastic! It was a relief to see that these islands, at least the ones that were affected by last September's hurricanes, had come a long way in their recovery. We had excursions planned on the first four islands and decided to do our own thing on Saint Maartens. Royal Caribbean seems to have a very solid relationship with their excursions, as all were well run and enjoyable Do not miss ziplining through the rainforest in St Lucia it kayaking & snorkeling in Antigua! Both were affordable, beautiful and so much fun. While Grandeur of the Sea is one of Royal Caribbean's older boats and it's their smallest ship, there's something great about it. You will not find a friendlier or more helpful staff. From the room attendants to the dining room staff to the activities people, all go out of their way to help you have a fun and memorable time. The Palladium shows at night offer top-notch entertainment! From music/singers to dancers to comedians to ventriloquism to an awesome hypnotist....all were excellent. Something for everyone. The food in The Great Gatsby dining room is 5-star. Your will think you are eating in a luxury restaurant every night. The Windjammer is the buffet dining room, also good, but definitely more of what you'd expect from a buffet. The variety is huge there. The Park Cafe also offers up a lighter fare... Usually sandwiches, salads and a few different desserts. My only complaint is the coffee! If you like high-intensity-BOLD-espresso-will-grow-hair-on-your-chest-like coffee, then you'll be fine. They do have a small Starbucks cafebin Latte-tudes, but I'm not much of a Starbucks fan, either. I wish they offered a less intense coffee.... But for that being the only real complaint, I won't complain too loudly. I would highly recommend this cruise to anyone who wants a really relaxing, longer cruise. The price cannot be beat for everything you are getting. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We went with a group of 31 people from the Elks. We all had a good time despite the weather. The food was good, the entertainment was good. We appreciate how much the staff cleaned all the time to make sure we had a healthy trip. The ... Read More
We went with a group of 31 people from the Elks. We all had a good time despite the weather. The food was good, the entertainment was good. We appreciate how much the staff cleaned all the time to make sure we had a healthy trip. The music was entertaining. We especially enjoyed the violinist and guitarist. They were very gifted. The ventriloquist was very funny. Really enjoyed his show. Watched it two times. We also enjoyed the Tango dancing. We like the size of this ship. Easy to find your way around. The entire staff was very friendly. We also enjoyed the Anchor Society get together where we got to be introduced to all the Captain and his staff. All in all it was a good trip despite the fact we lost 2 days due to technical problems. We will be sailing again soon hopefully with RC. Thanks to everyone on board for making it a great vacation!!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Group of family/friends goes on cruise annually. This year we were faced with norovirus, high seas, a mechanical break down and an unanticipated extension of the trip. Was impressed with crew as they dealt with the norovirus that ... Read More
Group of family/friends goes on cruise annually. This year we were faced with norovirus, high seas, a mechanical break down and an unanticipated extension of the trip. Was impressed with crew as they dealt with the norovirus that someone brought on board. None of the 12 in our groups was affected, and am sure it was because of crew's attention to "washy washy" details. Was disappointed we did not get to Coco Cay. One of our favorite places to be. But rough seas kept us in Nassau for safety reasons. The amazing crew kept us happy, well fed, and entertained during the "adventure" of losing the starboard steering mechanism. We had an extra 2 days added to the cruise while the ship was repaired. Huanxiu was an amazing wait staff. She always remembered preferences and names, and made our dining a treat. The cabin staff was great in managing a group with 2 disabled travelers. Trivia -- had a great time with the crew. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
we keep coming back to this ship and each time we see nice improvements to service, food and customer care. Grandeur is one of RCL's smaller ships but we like the ships under 3,500 people. Having taken 3 trips of the over ... Read More
we keep coming back to this ship and each time we see nice improvements to service, food and customer care. Grandeur is one of RCL's smaller ships but we like the ships under 3,500 people. Having taken 3 trips of the over 5,000 guests mega ships we keep coming back . We were travelling with 2 couples The Port of Baltimore is convenient for us to fly into from Buffalo. This vacation was a 12 day trip visited 5 islands and really enjoyed relaxing with days at sea Due to the hurricanes, St. Thomas was not really ready for tourists, the other 4 ports of call Antigua, St Lucia, Martinique and St Kitts were excellent. Grandeur was kept very clean but it can use some updating. My time dining - Staff knew our names wow. Food was very good Some of the dance shows could use a refresh We all Enjoyed the sauna , it was always working, clean and available. The exercise room is much too small when in full use. We would go again out of Baltimore - 12 days or more but when different ports of calls are offered Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
we have been on this ship several times since she came out. She is smaller, but still has class. The ports were terrific. Food was great in all parts of eating areas. Alexis, the head waiter from Portugal, was terrific. As were several ... Read More
we have been on this ship several times since she came out. She is smaller, but still has class. The ports were terrific. Food was great in all parts of eating areas. Alexis, the head waiter from Portugal, was terrific. As were several others. Ship was clean. Most of the staff were terrific. If there was a problem, it was taking care of in a timely manner. Stateroom smaller than expected, but still ok. We travel with a wheel chair and had no problem . Ship could use some TLC. We have two more cruises booked on her in 2018. Getting our luggage was another matter. Nightmare pure and simple. not the ships fault unless they can oraginize the trip from the ship to the actual bags. I believe monkeys could have been better trained to put people in the correct order. The people in the port can not do their jobs correctly if the people (2 custom men today), do not do their jobs correctly. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Great trip, biggest gripe was being too short of a vacation. Food is great, Staff is great and Service is Excellent. Was a bit rocky but made the best of hurricane season. We took a taxi ride around part of Bermuda and really got to take ... Read More
Great trip, biggest gripe was being too short of a vacation. Food is great, Staff is great and Service is Excellent. Was a bit rocky but made the best of hurricane season. We took a taxi ride around part of Bermuda and really got to take in the beautiful island, would highly recommend and only cost $180 for 6 of us to enjoy. The next day we did some shopping and a few went to the beach to enjoy the bit of sunshine we had during the trip. Much of the outside area was closed when underway because of rough seas and high winds, so we didn't get much time on the lounge chairs. Our dinning room experience is always great we love this ship because of the interaction with the main dinning room staff. Antonio and Meldon were awesome in the MTD and made our dinning experience one of the best. We also enjoyed Izumi on both sea days, some of the best sushi available. 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
This cruise was chosen by my mom because she had never been to Bermuda. A group of 18 family and friends accompanied her to celebrate her 80th birthday. The age ranges were from 18 months to 80 years. Aboard the service was efficient ... Read More
This cruise was chosen by my mom because she had never been to Bermuda. A group of 18 family and friends accompanied her to celebrate her 80th birthday. The age ranges were from 18 months to 80 years. Aboard the service was efficient and very personal. Every need was met as well as some anticipated needs. The staff and crew were friendly and personable with a great emphasis on customer satisfaction. The tour guide we acquired in Bermuda, Mr. T., was a seasoned native who was excellent and knew the island very well. The port has many of the "flavors" of the island in the Clock Tower Mall which is within walking distance of the dock. Nassau has breathtakingly beautiful homes occupied by many famous persons which are best seen, in my opinion, via the waterways tours. Paradise Island which contains Atlantis was also very beautiful. The architecture, extravagant chandeliers/fixtures and history contained therein was interesting as well. CocoCay has constructively expanded since I was there last with many more chairs/loungers on the beach, reasonable pricing for the all day umbrella rentals, volleyball, basketball and a children's water play area. The tenders ran frequently and efficiently to the island. Plans for a pier are in the works within the next 2-3 years. About 8 of our cruisers were first timers who stated they would definitely cruise again!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Some work friends picked the cruise and dates about a year ago. I really enjoyed the experience. We loved Bermuda but did not feel we had enough time to enjoy it, it would be nice to have 2 full days there. As for Nassau, I did not feel ... Read More
Some work friends picked the cruise and dates about a year ago. I really enjoyed the experience. We loved Bermuda but did not feel we had enough time to enjoy it, it would be nice to have 2 full days there. As for Nassau, I did not feel that it was a very safe place, the beach that we walked to have trash in it and I would not have felt safe staying there. We had a driver given to us by a security guard who did a great job showing us around we would not have gotten to see everything without him. The excursions through the cruise company are expensive, if you research you can do those on your own. My daughter who is 18 did a snorkeling and dolphin thing and enjoyed those, but it would be expensive for all of us to do that. I would have rather seen more of coca cay, the straw market people were friendly and the beach was beautiful or other areas of the bahamas not Nassau. I would never get off the boat there again. I loved the ship, the cabin with windows, I felt it was very relaxing. I liked being able to participate in whatever activiites you wanted. The dining staff was excellent, I did feel that the windjammer could be overwhelming with the amount of people there. I would go again but would really look into the ports of call before to make sure it is somewhere I want to go and the safety of the place. The people that I saw in Nassau were not friendly to visitors and would not walk around there at night. Staying there until 11:30pm did not make sense to me. I loved leaving from Baltimore and would do that again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We had the help of a Travel agent to choose the cruise, the timing, length, and ports of Bermuda and Coco Cay also factored in.The cabin and dinning staff were excellent , they anticipated your requests, remembered your likes, service was ... Read More
We had the help of a Travel agent to choose the cruise, the timing, length, and ports of Bermuda and Coco Cay also factored in.The cabin and dinning staff were excellent , they anticipated your requests, remembered your likes, service was right on spot. Room service every mourning was a treat with our balcony cabin. The activity staff kept us laughing through out the cruise.We tried to participate in as much activities as time allowed , enjoyed everything , even activities I would not normally participate in such as trivia and dance classes.We traveled with our adult son,and extended family that has a teen age daughter. we always found something to do but not all together , always met up for dinner in the dinnig room . We booked our next cruise while we were on board, the ease of booking and perks we received made it impossible to pass up. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Excellent experience, ships crews provided a most pleasant experience. Dining personnel provided the most excellant service we have ever experienced. the cuisine was excellent and I must confess that it wa so good that I consumed much more ... Read More
Excellent experience, ships crews provided a most pleasant experience. Dining personnel provided the most excellant service we have ever experienced. the cuisine was excellent and I must confess that it wa so good that I consumed much more than I should have. The special events such as the Military Veterans recognitions and the comedy and musical programs were highly enjoyable. As a combat vteran of the US Army in Vietnam I was highly honored to be recognized for my service. The time alloted to visit Bermuda was adequate and enjoyable. We found the ship's gift shops to be very well stocked and we purchased several gift items for our family in North Carolina. The stateroom and bath were always cleaned to perfection and we enjoyed the towel animals. I wish to repeat that all crew members from the officers to the maintence prsonnel were the friendly staff we have ever experienced. Ms Huaiguimilla made a remarkable impression on my wife and myself by her friendly and caring nature. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
The cruise was organized by our local quilt shop and travel agent. Had a fun time checking out the ship's activities. Took a tour of the food galley which was very interesting, loved the 70s dance party, the marriage game, and the ... Read More
The cruise was organized by our local quilt shop and travel agent. Had a fun time checking out the ship's activities. Took a tour of the food galley which was very interesting, loved the 70s dance party, the marriage game, and the towel folding demo. Liked the solarium and different lounges to relax in. The staff and crew were so professional and friendly. We had excellent sailing weather and the weather in Bermuda was sunny and warm. The boats for America's Cup were there for the trials and we took a 4 hour tour of the island. We also attended an English Tea while on shore at Bermuda. The tea and scones were tasty. The food in the ship's dining room was really good and a nice menu each night. Loved the surf and turf dinner with filet mignon and lobster with baked Alaska for dessert. Especially loved the chilled,soups and tried a different one each night. The cruise was a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
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
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
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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