38 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Canada & New England

. A week prior to boarding we got an email that said due to a coast guard inspection don't show up until noon - no big deal. The boat did not leave until midnight The coast guard was interested in some cracks in the center. Non ... Read More
. A week prior to boarding we got an email that said due to a coast guard inspection don't show up until noon - no big deal. The boat did not leave until midnight The coast guard was interested in some cracks in the center. Non mechanical but you wonder. They canceled all shore tours in Boston. Went to Portland and then to Bar Harbor which they canceled because their "life boats" couldn't tender because of the winds Then they announced that Saint Johns had been canceled even though the weather for the following day was 50, 6MPH and cloudy. So they decide to go BACK to Boston - are you kidding me. Back to boston then we hiked it all the way back to Halifax. Due to a tropical depression we were then late into Baltimore by 7 hours. The boat is aged and can't support a cold weather cruise. seating everywhere is limited. This is ridiculous they make you eat at the Windjammer but there is never enough seating when you get on. Please just open a dining room. We have been on over 15 cruises and the food was awful in the dining room and the buffet. We had to purchase Specialty dining to get something decent to eat. How can they ruin desserts. Everything was bad. That is the worst food we ever have had. The room was okay, we did an inside because I knew the weather would be cold and windy. The room steward was great. The room sucked. They make the bed up and on one side is barely enough room to get by. I fell the first day before we even left because I was putting things away and my foot got caught in that little space and I went flying into a little table. I went to the doctors. That place is okay but I wouldn't want to be dying and be at sea. Everything is old in there and they didn't even have a gown for me to put on. The xray machine was from 1950. Anyway I came home had xray done again. No broken ribs but it is three plus weeks and I am still suffering from rib pain. The entire cruise I was in Pain. Our waiters were also great. It seems that every time the ship would make an announcement they were wrong or didn't want to tell us what was going on up front. If they said we were pulling in late and would be there at 12, we got there at 3. We did get refunded for two days but really. The cruise was boring. The food was bad. The entertainment was typical. Everyplace was crowded. The boat needs a makeover and a new chef. Also since this seems to have happened before maybe RC should avoid any October cruises or get a better boat. I am not interested in cruising on RC ever. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Walt Okon =Review of GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS on 5- 14 September 2019 in room Grand Suite #8016 Grand Suite # 8016 is located on the eighth deck, port side (Left Side) of the ship. 1/3 of the way from the bow of the ship. Stateroom ... Read More
Walt Okon =Review of GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS on 5- 14 September 2019 in room Grand Suite #8016 Grand Suite # 8016 is located on the eighth deck, port side (Left Side) of the ship. 1/3 of the way from the bow of the ship. Stateroom Attendant was Dominic Moses. He was excellent in all respects. This room was perfectly clean and set up for us. We use sanitizer wipes on everything and inside every drawer. There was no dust anywhere. Temperature control: the system worked perfectly, best control of any room I every had. The mini refrigerator keeps everything very cold. Lighting: Excellent on the complete lighting system and controls. Balcony: Large with table and four chairs and two excellent lounge chairs. Bed: King size with luxurious bedding. The mattress was good but did have the middle high point. We had good sleep every night. Storage: Three large hanging closets and 16 drawers. Lots of storage. The only concern was noise from the ninth deck (pool deck) when they moved furniture, the noise was unbearable. Crew Staff: All very friendly and all were excellent. I cannot say enough excellent things about them. Food: Royal Caribbean food quality has diminished in the past five years because Royal in buying bulk frozen foods that are just cook. Example; hash brown potatoes come in the perfect size and portion that are just fried and served. These and many others are not fresh, but frozen stock. Now York stake and prime rib is so thin the quality taste is not possible. Frozen prepackaged items are served with excellent presentation; but the fresh taste is not there. Royal food quality had been diminished over the years. This is due to Royal Caribbean corporation doing mass food buys/contracts. The corporation is buying food in mass like McDonalds. Cooks can only do their best with the food supplies provided by the corporation. Clam Chowder was soupy and tasteless – worst clam chowder ever. Crab Cake tasted more of bread consistency than crab. Minestrone soup at lunch in Gatsby served with the soup spilled over the cup and down into the serving dish -poor presentation. Dining Room: Great Gatsby main dining is on deck 4 and 5. The staff of head waiters, waiter, and assistant waiters have maintained this restaurant with grandeur and excellence. Dress is formal on formal nights and Smart casual at all other times. Head waiters, waiter, and assistant waiters were all excellent to outstanding. Food quality is only fair to good (3 stars at best). Again, this is due to Royal Caribbean corporation doing mass food buys/contracts. Cooks can only do their best with the food supplies provided by the corporation. Specialty Restaurant: Chop Grill. We had an excellent and very pleasant breakfast in the Chop Grill every morning. Fine dining, perfectly clean lining and dining setting every time. Waiters all excellent. They were very attentive and receptive to all special dining request. Excellent food preparation and presentation. Some frozen prepackaged items are served with excellent presentation; but the fresh taste is not there. Crown & Anchor: Diane Megumi, Loyalty Ambassador Miss Diane Megumi was the Loyalty Ambassador on this cruise. She made herself available and attentive to every question and need. She is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the Royal programs and knows how to provide solutions quickly. I personally brought a new first-time cruiser couple to her and she quickly enabled them as Crown & Anchor members. Concierge Lounge: Dudley Jean, Concierge Concierge Club Lounge is on Deck 11 is a private club lounge with a very advantageous view is the ship and ocean. It is a sound proof room enabling quiet conversations. It is managed by Concierge Dudley Jean and two attentive bar waiters. The ambience is excellent. Continental breakfast and special coffee were not always set up and ready in the lounge daily at 7:00 AM. Diamond Lounge: Ilona Tsyhaniuk, Diamond Concierge The Diamond Lounge is open to Royal Diamond member only and on this Grandeur of the Seas trip 5-14 Sep2019 is managed by Concierge Ilona Tsyhaniuk. She is excellent and is the best concierge I have had on Royal. She has been the most responsive to all needs and questions. The presentation of snacks and refreshments is very well done always looking fresh and inviting. The only and big problem is that the Diamond lounge is not a room that is quiet. It is only a participation space. The wall does not reach the ceiling and the noise from the South Pacific Lounge is unbelievable loud some time making conversation impossible. Guest Services: Adelaida Contreras, Senior Guest Services Officer provided service quickly and efficiently. Her personality and smile made us comfortable as she fixed a problem on the first hour we were on the ship. Salon & Spa appointments: On 12 September 2019, Mrs Go-Okon had a spa appointment for 11:15 AM. Mrs. Go-Okon arrived at 11:10 AM early for the appointment. The Spa front desk person told her to sit down and wait even though there were no other customers. But, the desk receptionist, services two other white woman while ignoring her and not calling her back after she finished with the white customers. Was Mrs Go-Okon being ignored because she is Asian? After being ignored and waiting twenty minutes, Mrs Go-Okon went to the desk again explained she has an appointment at 11:15 AM. The new receptionist said she would get some one. She cam back in five minutes and brought Mrs Go-Okon into a treatment room. The Spa treatment started at 11:50 AM which is 35 minutes scheduled appointment of 11:15 AM. Mrs Go-Okon is stating, “I felt DISCRIMINATED upon because of the way I was TREATED!!” Special Staff Recognition: Becknar Bermudes, Royal Caribbean Dance Instructor is an excellent dance teacher. She is always smiling, friendly before and after sessions with guests. She is genial, kind, and patient in all things and a shining star representing Royal Caribbean. She is one of the hardest working staff personnel I have seen. She is everywhere, helping everyone. Sarah Jane Ete, Windjammer Attendant is outstanding in serving her guests. She is quick to server the needs of the guests as she constantly observing their needs and how she can be helpful. She has a maturity about her in the Hotel management and serving field. She has excellent communications skills and is easy to talk sharing thoughts and ideas. Dickerson Lacsamana, Assistant Maitre d’ is an outstanding leader and manager. We have observed him for nine days and it is evident the entire restaurant staff look to him for leadership and guidance. Resolving problems and guiding staff with a gentile smile is an attribute that is in high demand. Recommend Royal Caribbean consider him for promotion into leadership position with complexity. Keith Sepulveda, Receptionist and hand sanitizer at the entry of the Windjammer Café’. This lady was an outstanding smiling welcome to the Windjammer. She brought smiles to our face every day. In fact, we looked forward to seeing her. She deserves recognition. Over-All Rating Outstanding. It is the friendlest Royal ship. I recommend it Walt Okon, Springfield, Virginia Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
About us: We are a retired couple in our early 70's. This was our 11th cruise, 2nd on Royal Caribbean. It was also our 2nd cruise to Canada/New England. We chose this particular cruise because our local AAA was running a special ... Read More
About us: We are a retired couple in our early 70's. This was our 11th cruise, 2nd on Royal Caribbean. It was also our 2nd cruise to Canada/New England. We chose this particular cruise because our local AAA was running a special that would provide us with transportation from NE Ohio to and from the port of Baltimore. The ages on this cruise ranged from about 12 mos. to the mid 90's. Since school was still in session, there were only a few teens and grade school age kids. Most were in the 2-5 year old category and were very well behaved. Probably the majority of the passengers were in the 50-70 range. First, let me clarify that an average cruise is a good cruise. We had fun, we met friendly, interesting people, and we saw some interesting ports. There just wasn't a lot of the WOW factor I have come to expect from a cruise. One particular WOW--the crew was outstanding. They were polite, friendly, and always ready to help. On the first day, we noticed that the sink in our cabin was draining very slowly so we reported it to our steward, Rowena (a master of the towel animal, by the way). By the time we returned from dinner, it was fixed. Although we chose My Time Dining, we were asked to give an approximate time when we would be eating. We showed up every night between 6:30 and 6:45 and our table was always ready for us. Our waiters, Eloisa and Jely Ann couldn't have been nicer. Special mention also goes to the Cruise Director, John Blair, and his wife, Katrina, the Activities Director. They were probably the best we've ever had. John's Neil Diamond Tribute show is outstanding. The ship itself is older and is showing its age. I understand it is due for dry dock in a couple years. It was okay but nothing particularly exciting. Food in the Great Gatsby Dining Room ranged from very good to excellent. We ate there as often as possible, including breakfast and lunch when we could. The tomato sauce for pasta tasted a lot like what we had as kids on Spaghetti O's. On the other hand, food in the Windjammer was uninspiring. It was mostly same old/same old. Especially disappointing--the waffles, pancakes, and French toast were pro-cooked and just sat there under a napkin getting cold and hard around the edges. We saw most of the theatre shows, including Salute to Broadway and All Access featuring the ship's singers and dancers. We also enjoyed three of the guest entertainers, singer Michelle Murlin, Olympic gymnast Lance Ringnald, and Vegas star Clint Holmes. There were a few others we skipped. During the afternoons, pianist Anna entertained in the Centrum, She was great. The Bluewater Band took over during and after dinner, with plenty of easy listening and dancing music. We never did go to hear Giovanni in the Schooner Bar. The pool band, Positive Vibrations, didn't get much chance to play because the weather was so chilly. The bad: Mainly our cabin. We had an ocean view on Deck 2. I did not realize how much having the beds block access to the window would bother us, plus there's hardly no room to walk along the sides of the bed. I will never again sail without a balcony. I also feel RCI has gone overboard on either economizing or ecology consciousness, or both. Soap and shampoo made no lather. Toilet paper and facial tissue were flimsy and harsh. AND there was NO chocolate on the pillow! Now that's what I call bad. We booked all our shore excursions through the ship. The first port was Boston. We had been there many times before so we took the excursion to Historic Salem and the Witch Museum. We stopped at the Derby Wharf for lunch at a local restaurant and shopping at the National Parks Gift Shop, only we really didn't have time for both--just grab a bite and get back on the bus because we had to be at the Witch Museum by 1. So we got to the Witch Museum, saw the presentation, which was very good, and had 15 minutes in the gift shop. Then back on the bus and rush back to Boston. There was no time to walk around Salem. When we got back, we found out that the bus was taking another tour group somewhere. That's why we had to rush so much. In Portland, we took the Taste of Maine tour. We rode a bus to Long Lake and took a paddlewheel boat ride. A lunch consisting or lobster roll, potato chips, and bottled water was served on board, Then we took another bus ride to Pietree Orchard for some excellent apple pie and a hayride through the orchards, just budding for spring. We were only about 30 miles from the Maine/New Hampshire border, and you could see the snow on the mountains in the distance. In Bar Harbor, we took the Intimate Look at Acadia National Park tour. When we were here before, the weather (October) was beautiful but the park was closed due to a government shutdown. This year, the park was open but it was so foggy you couldn't see much. Still, our driver provided an interesting narrative and we stopped at Thunder Hole and the Jordan Pond House gift shop. The next port was St. John, New Brunswick, where we took the St. John and Bay of Fundy Top 10 tour. We saw the reversing rapids, bought candy bars at the City Market, and enjoyed a local entertainer singing Irish folk songs at O' Leary's Irish Pub, where we also had a glass of Moosehead beer. Then we rode out to the fishing village of St. Martin where we stopped for a delicious lunch of fish chowder or minestrone, biscuits, and freshly-baked cookies. We had time to walk on the beach and search for lucky stones. On the way home, we stopped again at the reversing rapids to see how the water level had changed. Our final port was Halifax, Nova Scotia, where we visited the Famous Peggy's Cove Fishing Village. The setting was beautiful, very photogenic, but it was COLD. The high was 44 degrees F, but the wind chill was down near 32. I bought a winter hat. We like the convenience of sailing out of Baltimore but probably would not do this itinerary again. There are some other interesting trips offered, so we might look into those. One piece of advice--wait until later in the year to sail north. This was the first trip of the year, and it was just plain chilly. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We selected this cruise to see the leaf color in New England and to celebrate my wife's birthday which occurred on the cruise--12 October. We've sailed from Baltimore before and it is one of the more convenient cruise ports from ... Read More
We selected this cruise to see the leaf color in New England and to celebrate my wife's birthday which occurred on the cruise--12 October. We've sailed from Baltimore before and it is one of the more convenient cruise ports from our home in Wake Forest, NC. We drove up the day before and spent the night at the Hampton Inn in Glen Burnie, MD. They offer a sleep, park, ride package that includes shuttle to and from the cruise terminal. Several days before leaving for the port, it became obvious that Hurricane Michael was going to affect our cruise in some way. RCCL sent us an email telling us to arrive early at the port so that we could sail two hours early to get out of the Chesapeake Bay and ahead of Michael. Embarkation at Baltimore went very smoothly. We all boarded early and were ready to set sail 2 hours early but the Captain announced that Michael was moving too fast so we were going to sail at the original time of 4pm, but would only sail for 2 hours and then drop anchor in the Chesapeake and wait for Michael to pass early the next morning. This now caused us to skip Boston and proceed straight to Bar Harbor, ME. We took the Best of Bar Harbor excursion which was very nice. Our tour guide was very good, a former teacher, but the highlight was the lobster bake! Best excursion meal we've ever had! Next port was Portland, ME where we met my wife's sister for sight seeing and shopping in Portland. Then on to St. John, New Brunswick which we had to sail by because of very high winds (50 its plus) so we could not dock. This was our second missed port due to weather. We then proceeded to Halifax, Nova Scotia where we took the top 10 tour. Again a very good tour with a very knowledgeable guide. The Grandeur was nice but is showing it's age. Our cabin was 3098, slightly aft of center and very convenient to the aft stairs and elevators. The cabin bed was lower than those on other ships which meant we could get our luggage under the bed. We had to stack the luggage in a a corner which cut down on our already limited space. We like early dining but could not get it so we dined 2nd seating at 8PM. Our wait staff was excellent. Nickolas, our head waiter, discovered we both like escargot so he arranged to have it for us every meal, even when it was not on the menu. The evening entertainment in the Palladium Theater was at 7:15 and 9:15PM. Since early dining was 5:30 and late at 8PM, this resulted in the 7:15 show being packed and the 9:15 show being sparsely attended. It would have been better if the early show was at 7 and the late show at 9, then more of the early diners would have attended the later show. Entertainment was top notch. The RCCL singers and dancers were superb and the guest entertainment was also excellent. Scheduled activities on sea days were for the most part disappointing. Only on the last day were there sufficient activities to keep us from being bored. Disembarkation went very smoothly. Our luggage tag number was 7 and we exited the ship about 15 minutes before the predicted time for our number. Crew and staff were awesome! Bob the Cruise Director was very personable and accessible. The last night featured a veterans recognition which was the best I've ever had on a cruise. It featured Tim, one of the singers, leading the singing of the national anthem and also a special rendition of Hallelujah. Not a dry eye in the Centrum! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We have been on four cruises, all with Grandeur of the Seas. We like the crew and staff and the ship is just the right size for us. The staterooms are very nice, and clean and the staff really take pride in taking care of the rooms. The ... Read More
We have been on four cruises, all with Grandeur of the Seas. We like the crew and staff and the ship is just the right size for us. The staterooms are very nice, and clean and the staff really take pride in taking care of the rooms. The chefs and staff in the Great Gatsby go overboard (pun intended) to make sure that we had the best experience possible. We loved the variety of menu options and there was not one meal that we did not thoroughly enjoy. The lobster night was perfect and if you are unsure of the menu items, the waiter and waitress make recommendations. The shore excursions are plentiful and prices are set to suit every budget. We booked some tours through the ship and sometimes we just set off on our own to explore the area. The only complaint that we had is that the 1pm curfew time for children should be adjusted to 10pm or 11pm. There seemed to be more unsupervised preteens this trip then in previous cruises, which led to some unruly behavior. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I had some trouble getting adjustments made to my final bill in the area of gratuities. Apparently communication was an issue. Ultimately, it was straightened out before I left the ship. The majority of the ships staff were wonderful ... Read More
I had some trouble getting adjustments made to my final bill in the area of gratuities. Apparently communication was an issue. Ultimately, it was straightened out before I left the ship. The majority of the ships staff were wonderful and well mannered. However, there was one young man who was working in the Photo Center who made an inappropriate advance towards me. I did not look at him long enough to get his name. He was not working the register. I was looking for pictures of my brother and myself. Needless to say, I did not return to the Photo Center. He was the only one who was inappropriate. I should say that I am old enough to be his grandmother. With this being my first cruise, it was stress for the continuous reiteration of return times from excursions when we were at the mercy of the cruise supported excursion to get us back to the ship on time (in most cases). There were two excursions that we had paid for in advance who did not get us back until right at time of even a couple minutes late. This stress took away from my ability to enjoy the excursion. The Light House tour in Portland was one of these. On a positive note, I would like to compliment our dinning room waiter staff, Lulama, Ms. Campbell, and especially JingFang Lee - she was the kindest most delightful individual on our cruise. They were all very attentive with the right mix of being personable and professional. With the exception of the last comedian and the thrown together show with the orchestra in the Paladium Theater, the entertain was excellent! All the added expenses were a bit much. I did without a lot to keep things affordable. The Windjammer was best. The Hop On Hop Off in Saint Johns and Halifax were best. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We were excited to see these ports in Canada and New England, all of them new to us. Definitely a trip I had looked forward to, celebrating our 45th anniversary and a birthday. Some of the things they could have managed were ... Read More
We were excited to see these ports in Canada and New England, all of them new to us. Definitely a trip I had looked forward to, celebrating our 45th anniversary and a birthday. Some of the things they could have managed were smoother transitions for tours off the ship. Maybe special accommodations for handicap accessible needs, such as a bus for their slower pace. Why show a skateboarding and bmx video almost 24-7 for such a senior crowd? Help the visiting speaker with his video and technology issues ahead of time. Dr. Thomas Ryan was disorganized, slides were too small, technically challenged. Keep the photographers from attacking you. Don't interrupt dinner to up sale the other dining rooms. The art work on many levels was not desirable. Have a quiet public space available at all times, even when at sea. Some staff members were amazing, others could have been more helpful when there was a need. The review said the ship was remodeled. I am not sure where. The emissions control that was blocked off looked like a long on going endeavor. Some things were out of the cruise lines control, such as limited fall colors, due to weather patterns. Boston was over crowded with way too many tourists to enjoy the city or really see the sites. Many of the passengers on the ship had physical limitations, which inhibited movement about the ship and on excursions. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose Grandeur of the Seas based on a previous cruise on it to Bermuda - TOP tier entertainment; not so much this cruise. Staff in the main dining room were absolutely EXCEPTIONAL but the food was typically not not though the staff ... Read More
We chose Grandeur of the Seas based on a previous cruise on it to Bermuda - TOP tier entertainment; not so much this cruise. Staff in the main dining room were absolutely EXCEPTIONAL but the food was typically not not though the staff would quickly remedy that. The ship was probably a 9 out of 10 on cleanliness - the cabin was a 10 on cleanliness and upkeep by the steward. The ports and excursions - two out of four were interesting and two were boring. The worst part of the cruise was being told that no Accessible Rooms were available, AFTER being told I had one. Then, encountering a woman who was upset because she was put in an Accessible Room, and told when she asked for another room that "none were available." Meanwhile, I had asked if RC would check to see if there were Accessible Rooms given to people who did not NEED one, and I was told they would check that, but ultimately, I was told that none were available to switch with. While our cabin was clean and well tended to, it was terribly cramped and using the shower was a nightmare. Apparently, once assigned a room, Royal Caribbean will NOT even attempt to get you into an appropriate room. The did take the coffee table out of our cabin to make SOME room for my power wheelchair. The cabin was given an "Excellent" rating because, while too small, it was tended too by a VERY accommodating steward. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Excellent staff and dining service experience was great. Ports are very good. Older ship but good size. Older passengers on this cruise 50 to 80 years old. Not for younger crowd. Activities and shows geared for older crowd. Could offer ... Read More
Excellent staff and dining service experience was great. Ports are very good. Older ship but good size. Older passengers on this cruise 50 to 80 years old. Not for younger crowd. Activities and shows geared for older crowd. Could offer better selections for movies and shows. Friendly staff who pleased passengers. Go for the ports. Not a party ship. This ship was a good size. Never was too crowded even though ship was booked to capacity. So many choice on shore excursions. Many passengers told me they have been on this ship 2 or 3 times. We only had 16 children on our cruise. Probably 30 people in 20 to 40 year bracket. Negative comments I have would be the staff taking pictures and trying to solicit dinner at Chops Grill. I heard it was an excellent dining choice but it cost more money. Also, two hot tubs out of 4 in the pool area were designated for children 16 and older. There were only a couple teenagers on board. Felt like one hot tub would surface for this cruise. Good value and great ports. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We had never been to the NE US coast or Eastern Canada In addition, we wanted to see the Fall foliage and try our first lobster. We met previous travel friends who live in Boston and they provided us with a great tour of the city, Fenway ... Read More
We had never been to the NE US coast or Eastern Canada In addition, we wanted to see the Fall foliage and try our first lobster. We met previous travel friends who live in Boston and they provided us with a great tour of the city, Fenway park, the Freedom trail and Little Italy. In Portland we went on the firetruck tour and also on a lobster boat. Bah Habah was a real gem where we went on an Ollies Trollys and toured Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain. This is where we saw the only tree color change. We then hit most of the shops near the dock We also had our very first lobster at the West Street Cafe. Next, we took the public transit tour of St. John and saw the reversing rapids and ate lunch at the city market. Last, but not least, we toured Halifax. This was our only tour through RC. We saw the Titanic victim graves and toured the city. This was my favorite city on the tour. Every embarkation and disembarkation went fairly smoothly except Halifax where we had to wait for approximately 20 minutes to leave the ship. The service by the cabin stewards, food service, and crew was outstanding; everyone was very friendly. Also, the entertainment was outstanding, with kudos to Paul, Tornado Tanya and Gemma. The food was fabulous at every meal. The only problem was an odor that emanated in the Schooner Bar which we were told was due to a syrup spill. I also previously noted that the film at the pool (motor cross) was not appropriate for a seniors aged clientele. In summary, we definitely would go again if we get the chance. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
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
This cruise is perfect for seniors and youngsters alike....also for the disabled. My mother is in a wheelchair yet she enjoyed this cruise tremendously. Royal Caribbean provided attendants both for the embarkation and the disembarkation ... Read More
This cruise is perfect for seniors and youngsters alike....also for the disabled. My mother is in a wheelchair yet she enjoyed this cruise tremendously. Royal Caribbean provided attendants both for the embarkation and the disembarkation throughout the cruise and cruise stops. Also, my mother was given preferential seating on all tour excursions. We enjoyed all the ports of call and all of our shore excursions. Royal Caribbean provides many shore excursions to choose from. The entertainment on the ship was varied, plentiful, and excellent. Everyone on the staff treated us with kindness. The variety of foods in the public dining rooms was amazing....something for everyone's pallate. I have a gluten free diet, yet Royal Caribbean met all my dietary needs, as well. The staff aboard the ship was professional and excellent in every way. I would recommend this cruise to all friends and family. Wonderful and rewarding experience! Thank you, Royal Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We always cruise to warmer climates-- bahamas, western & southern caribbean, bermuda, etc. We decided we would like a change of pace. We traveled with another couple. Me & the husband from the other couple had spent a lot of time ... Read More
We always cruise to warmer climates-- bahamas, western & southern caribbean, bermuda, etc. We decided we would like a change of pace. We traveled with another couple. Me & the husband from the other couple had spent a lot of time in Maine about 10 years ago when our supermarket chain had been bought out by Hannaford, a supermarket chain in the New England states. We are glad we chose to go Canada/New England because Irma was tearing up the places we usually visit & have learned to love. Much prayer is needed for those folks! When cruising from Baltimore, we go up I 40 to I 95, turn onto 301 before getting to Fredericksburg, Va. We stay at Best Western in La Plata, then drive an hour or so to board the ship the next day. This time we decided we would drive to Baltimore & stay at Best Western on Mc Donnell St. & use the Park& Cruise that they offer. We thought it would be a little cheaper. This didn't work out for us as well as what we usually do. We had to drive past the ship, go through the tunnel, pay a toll, & do all of this in horrendous afternoon traffic. I thought we would never get there! If we had been on South I 95 instead of North I 95 it would have been fine. The hotel was very nice & hospitable & the shuttle service was absolutely great & I would recommend it for anyone coming from the opposite direction that we were coming from. We left the hotel on the shuttle at 10:15. Arrived at the ship about 10:30, took our carry on with us, & the shuttle service handled the rest of our luggage. We checked in right away & had to sit in the terminal about 10 minutes before we were allowed to board. We were in the Windjammer at 11:00, were allowed to get in our rooms at 1:00 sharp, & surprise, surprise, our luggage was there when we arrived at our awful rooms. Our friends were missing their 2 large suitcases & eventually had to go to security to get them because they had put a bottle of wine in each one. They were allowed to bring 2 bottles of wine aboard, but they had to be in their carry on or carried separately. We had My Time reservations for 5:30 each day. We only ate there about 4 times because we got back to the ship from excursions too late to get ready. We ate 1 night at Chops because we got a deal on the day we boarded for later in the week & 1 night at Portafino. Both of them were delicious! Ate in Windjammer 3 nights. We could always find something we liked in Windjammer. I always enjoyed the dining room but both of our husbands had to send their dinners back one night. Our waiters were absolutely fantastic. The head waiter was Monoj & he smiled 24/7. I can't remember his assistant's name but he was very good. The fellow that we checked in with when we entered the dining room remembered everything about us when we checked in with him. He called us the night before lobster night to remind us that lobster would be served because we had missed a couple of nights eating in the dining room. Wow! Very considerate! We didn't take part in many of the daytime activities because we went on excursions every day we were in port. Our friend went to the towel folding class & both of the husbands participated in the paper airplane flying contest. My husband came in 2nd out of about 12 contestants. Yahoo! FYI-- a service dog (Carlos) won the sexiest man contest! We went to the captain's question & answer time in the auditorium but he couldn't understand or speak English very well so not many questions got answered. Most of the shows were good. The first night we went to the Welcome Aboard Show. Singers & dancers were good. Jim McCue, a comedian performed & had an adult show later that night. Very funny. Next night the Headliner Show was Michelle Murlin, a singer. Just ok. The next night they showed a movie-- Pirates of the Caribbean that was just released. Good. The next night was All Access Show with the singers & dancers. Ok.The next night was Randy Cabral. He was billed as comedy, juggling, & other useless skills. He had the funniest show we have ever seen on or off of a cruise ship! I laughed so much that I had tears running down my face. Next night we went to see Greg Bonham, a singer & trumpet player. Bad singer but fantastic trumpet player & song writer. Next night was Broadway Rytham & Blues with the ship's singers & dancers. Great! We had seen it before but it had been changed a little bit since last time & these guys were very good.Next night was Horizon--motown music. Very good--high energy. Later on we went to the centrum to see Legend, a tribute show to Michael Jackson by Tino, the activities director. Fantastic! Next night was Kevin Flynn, a comedian. Very funny. All in all the shows were good--some of them very good. Can't believe we saw so many comedians & none of them bombed! In Boston we went on the Duck Tour. Our friends got off before it started because it was too crowded to enjoy. The operator said it happens a lot & they would get their money back because the company says that the Duck will hold 1 more person than it actually will comfortably. We had a great time. The operator was very knowledgeable & absolutely hilarious. We asked if we could get off at Quincy Market at the end of the tour & he said we could so several other people did that. We changed our minds & went back to the boat.In Portland we met a couple that we had worked with when Hannaford bought us out. They went back to Maine when Hannaford sold our stores. We had decided we wanted to eat lobster at DeMillo's & it is just a few blocks from the ship, so we started walking. We hadn't gotten too far before we spotted our Maine friends walking toward us. We had such a good time seeing them after all of these years & the food at DeMillo's was fantastic. Nothing like Maine lobster. They had brought us all kinds of goodies, but we couldn't take any of it back on the ship. Hand picked crab she had frozen for us, some kind of alcoholic concoction that he had brewed for us, etc. In Bar Harbor we did Best of Acadia National Park & Cadillac Mountain. Really good tour. Lots of stops to see the sights. Ate lobster, clams, corn on the cob, potatoes, slaw, & pie at Asticou Inn Restaurant. More Maine lobster! Delicious! The inn was in a very picturesque place. Fantastic view! Really good tour.Had to set our watches ahead 1 hour that night & lose 1 hour of sleep & to make it worse, we had to get up really early because our tour started at 7:45. All of the tours started early on this day because we had to be back on the boat by at 3. Yuck! In Saint John, NB we did St. Martins & the Bay of Fundy tour. Went through St. John's to the Bay of Fundy. This town was kind of depressing. Houses in need of sprucing up. The Falls were not reversing but is was still nice to see the location & how swiftly the water was running. We also saw zip liners running beside where we parked. Drove through the country side to The Coves Restaurant. Ate seafood chowder, a biscuit, & desert then went outside to see The Caves. We were cautioned about walking on the rocky shore to get to the Caves. The guide had told us that there were rocks there that had a white circle all of the way around them. They are called Wishing Rocks & if you found one you can make a wish & when it comes true you give it to another person. There were rocks that had white streaks but my husband finally found one with a white band all of the way around it. I wished that Irma would not to go to North Carolina & tear up stuff while we were gone & she didn't. Anyone want a Wishing Rock? Went to St. Martins & saw 2 covered bridges that were located in such a way as to take a picture & get both of them in the same picture. A couple of neat gift shops were there. Went back to Bay of Fundy, but Falls were still not reversing. Went to City Market in St. John's for a few minutes, then back to ship. Saw some fall colors & beautiful scenery today. Our guide was very informative & we learned a lot today about local lore & a lot about moose that I was very surprised about. Good tour in spite of not seeing the falls reverse. In Halifax, Nova Scotia we did Peggy's Cove & Double Decker City Tour. Drove to Peggy's Cove & what a special place this is. There is a magnificent lighthouse there in a tiny fishing village. I can't begin to describe how picturesque this place is & a lot of shops to shop in. There was a fellow playing the bag pipes at the bottom of the rocks leading to the lighthouse. We only had an hour there to explore & take in the scenery & we could have easily spent the whole day there. Look it up on the internet--you won't be disappointed. Took a different way back to Halifax. Beautiful scenery both ways. Fall colors are starting to appear. Got on hop on-hop off double decker bus back at the ship. We got off at the 3rd stop to go to the Maritime Museum. My husband was in the Coast Guard in Vietnam & is a retired tugboat captain, so this was a must stop. We stayed there an hour & then went to hop on the next bus. There were several people waiting for it but we waited for about 15 minutes & it never came. We decided since we were at just the 3rd stop we would walk back to the ship. Whew! It was hot & I was super glad when we got back to the ship. This was a great cruise & I would definitely do it again. The crew on the Grandeur is always so friendly & eager to please. The ship just went through a dry dock & I think they concentrated on the running of the ship & getting rid of the sewage smell on deck 3. There is still cosmetic things that were not done. Our shower curtain was not in the best of shape, the chairs in the Viking Crown Lounge are filthy, & the curtain next to our table in the dining room had holes in it. Instead of dry docking her every 5 years, she will be dry docked every 2 years from now on because of her age. I love the Lady G & I love cruising out of Baltimore.Disembarkation was a breeze! Went right through customs, found our luggage right away & all together, & our shuttle was there waiting for us. Great cruise---weather couldn't have been any better---good entertainment----great excursions----good service----terrible room---& the hurricane didn't hit NC. There you have it! 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
This was the perfect cruise to see New England. Grandeur of the Seas is a smaller ship with easy access to everything. Also, if you are looking for a cruise without lots of kids, this is it. I had a broken foot and could go everywhere. I ... Read More
This was the perfect cruise to see New England. Grandeur of the Seas is a smaller ship with easy access to everything. Also, if you are looking for a cruise without lots of kids, this is it. I had a broken foot and could go everywhere. I enjoyed the shore excursions I booked for each port. The staff and service on the ship were excellent. Our servers at dinner and the bartenders were there to meet all of our needs. The variety of food on board would meet everyone's needs. They will also accommodate gluten free, diabetic or lower calorie / healthier diets. The shows ranged from comedians to Broadway themed showed and were wonderful. The on board activities were lead by excellent staff and were always full of laughter and fun. They ranged from paper airplane flying contests to, of course, Love and Marriage. You could be entertained from morning to night or just relax at the piano bar. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We wanted a New England and Canada which we had not been so far. We enjoyed each of the excursions at each port. While the time at each port was limited, we managed to get a taste of each port. We were very lucky in that we had ... Read More
We wanted a New England and Canada which we had not been so far. We enjoyed each of the excursions at each port. While the time at each port was limited, we managed to get a taste of each port. We were very lucky in that we had exceptional weather and calm seas throughout the trip. The cabin was "smallish", but that was to be expected, but the shower stall was extremely small and the sink was very small. The dining was very satisfactory with an assortment of food items--quite nice. The service of all staff was impeccable. It was a joy to ask directions (who doesn't get lost an the ship that big), just to chat, and always meet up with a pleasant smile. The staff was especially making the trip an enjoyment. The ship was a little bit aged, but was still neat and orderly. The ship was extremely easy to embark and disembark, but the $145 parking charge was a bit much. We had 2-rooms with a party of 4. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Unpacking once and being in several New England cities and New Brunswick and Nova Scotia during the warm summer months was our 50th Anniversary 'Get Away' with the entire family (13 of us). Everyone could do what they pleased on ... Read More
Unpacking once and being in several New England cities and New Brunswick and Nova Scotia during the warm summer months was our 50th Anniversary 'Get Away' with the entire family (13 of us). Everyone could do what they pleased on board and for shore excursions and we could still get together and share our experiences each evening. The food was O.K. (not as good as the premium lines (Celebrity or Princess)) and the staff and service was excellent. Entertainment was good but a little short on variety (twice had one show only in a small venue that couldn't possibly hold all the passengers) and the ship's singers and dancers were excellent. Weather cooperated and this was a wonderful cruise. Positives: Great service, friendly staff, clean ship, efficient crew Negatives: Mediocre food with better food available at a premium in the main dining room or at the specialty restaurants. Food was labeled with fancy names but the resulting dish was less than advertised. Bring things to do -- unless you like trivia games, they are somewhat short on educational or enrichment programs that are not tied to spending money (art auctions, jewelry sales, etc). Read Less
Sail Date June 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
My wife and I both 61 yrs old took this cruise for our 40th anniversary out of Baltimore. We arrived a day early and stayed at the Best Western on O'Donnell Street. One of the best decisions I made prior to the trip. Nice hotel with ... Read More
My wife and I both 61 yrs old took this cruise for our 40th anniversary out of Baltimore. We arrived a day early and stayed at the Best Western on O'Donnell Street. One of the best decisions I made prior to the trip. Nice hotel with breakfast with a shuttle to the inner harbor for dinner and then a GREAT shuttle they sub contract to take us to the port and pick us up. Picked us up at 10:45am from the hotel and 15 minutes later dropped off. On return we left the ship at 7:30am and there where 3 vehicles from them waiting to take us back! Embarkation went very smooth as we got out of the van and the driver put suitcases near the handlers and we just walked off to the ship! We arrived about 10:45am after passing a line of cars and walked right on ship. Never being on this ship and our only 2nd cruise in 15 years, we were a little confused after getting on deck 4 the centrum. They had the center all filled with tables and big signs for selling stuff. So we stumbled around and finally found where our room would be, then went up to the Windjammer to eat. Room was ready at 1:00pm and our luggage was delivered by 3:00pm. Be prepared for them to ask you at least 20 times about buying the separate dining packages the first day on every corner of the ship you may be. Annoying to say the least. Ship looked great to us, but met some people that said they have been on 50 or more cruises, so others may have other remarks as they have many to compare to. But this being our 2nd cruise, we thought it looked wonderful and we did a lot of staring around at all the glitter. We had cabin 4556 and could not have been happier. NO noise, great bed and right in the middle of everyplace we needed to go. I even came up with a solution to an annoyance I had been reading about here on CC about the shower curtain sticking to a person. I brought 4 big binder clips and some string and put a clip on each side about half way up the curtain. I then found a place around the sink to put two other clips across from the others and tied string to each clip and pulled till the curtain came out from the stall and tied to the clip. Worked great and never stuck to me, just a little funny trying to duck under the one string when getting into shower and funny to look at! I should patent it! See attached picture! My wife and I consider ourselves foodies, meaning we love to eat and eat most anything. We ate all our breakfasts and lunches in the Windjammer and all dinners, when not off ship, in the dinning room using MTD. Here is where you will read, (now that I have read reviews and completed the trip) different views of the food. I cook most of our meals at home since I retired, and consider myself a pretty good cook. This food was very adequate, especially at the Windjammer. The main dinning room food was presented very well and most everything was delicious, not quite gourmet, but very good. I always ordered two appetizers and two desserts at each meal to get a variety and in case one may not be to my liking! So don't fret, you will get your stomach filled up and have your buttons bulging. I think we enjoyed this trip to as there seemed to be more people our ages or within 10-20 years. They announced there were 180 kids onboard, but I only noticed 10 or so. Entertainment to us was very good, especially the main events. Paul Rudder was the director with "Tornado" Tanya and they did a great job. Think we saw them all but one, where people told us it was really good. Our only thumbs down act was on the first night with a comedian in her late 50's who did an adult act for the late showing which we thought was just tacky! Of course we knew it would be somewhat dirty, but it was just gross. NOT a great way to start a weeks cruise. But then again some people roared! Can't say enough about service. Everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful. You feel like you want to give extra tips to all of them and we did on a few! Excursions: Boston we did the hop on hop off. This was probably our least liked stop as it was just big city with people, cars, traffic everywhere. Lines to places to eat and being on our own on a drop off we just wondered around feeling lost! We did visit a few places of interest, but was glad to just get back to ship. Portland we did the Portland Discovery tour on our own with a trolley and boat tour. Portland was a very beautiful city and we loved this stop. We did the trolley, the ate at Dimillo's right behind were we boarded the trolley. Lunch was very good and the best part was after we were done our boat tour start was almost next door, so no rushing around looking for places. Bar Harbor was maybe tied for our favorite with Portland. We did Oli's Trolley which we enjoyed and then walked around the wonderful town. Many nice shops. Asked one of the storekeepers where to eat and she said a couple places, one being Side Street café. Went there at 11:00 before crowd and had a great lunch of lobster rolls. St Johns we did a private tour with Dave's taxi which was a good choice. We had 6 people in a mini van and we could come and go whenever we wanted. Took us to a nice place to eat also. Not a ton of things to see here beside scenery, but we saw them at leisure. My only advice to this tour is not to have more than 5 people. They squeezed 3 people in back seat and luckily they were not all my size. Tight fit for them I'm sure. Halifax we did another private tour with Halifax Titanic tours. The driver was very professional, dressed in a suite, talked fast, pointed to many things through city. Only thing to us anyway was way too much information if that is possible. I guess if you want to see it all he is your guy, but looking at every church and old building got a tad boring to just us. Other in the van loved it I'm sure as I saw one of the women hug him when we left! He took us to many nice places after getting out of city though. Just not sure I'd do it again. Leaving the ship was just like when we arrived, like clock work! We decided to carry our own luggage off the ship so we were told to be in the centrum at 7:30 to 8:00am to leave. Luckily I walked out about 6:30 and saw that the seasoned people knew to start lining up their luggage early. So I went back and got ours and brought it out to do the same. Half hour later the place was packed and we were like number 10 to get off ship. About 7:15 they allowed us to leave and we just showed them our sea pass and custom paper and we were in the parking lot being picked up by our transfer people from Best Western. We were on the road by 7:45am. Great ship, good food, entertainment, cabin, a wonderful vacation! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise because we had a good experience with a Royal Caribbean cruise to St. Thomas and St.. Martin last year on the larger ship - Anthem of the Seas. Although the Grandeur was smaller, we wanted to visit New England and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had a good experience with a Royal Caribbean cruise to St. Thomas and St.. Martin last year on the larger ship - Anthem of the Seas. Although the Grandeur was smaller, we wanted to visit New England and Canada. There wasn't as much to do onboard the smaller ship as on the Anthem, but on cruising days we enjoyed the trivia and anagram games, the musical entertainment and watching karaoke and line dancing. The evening entertainment was great in the Palladium. We especially enjoyed Matt Fallon's hypnotism and Lou Gazzara's singing. The Broadway singer was great and the comedians were hilarious. We took advantage of the many choices for shore excursions. We enjoyed our time in Bar Harbor and Halifax. We had visited Acadia on a prior trip to Maine so we took a boat tour of Frenchman's Creek. We were especially interested in the Halifax cemetery where the Titanic victims are buried. People in Halifax were very welcoming and friendly. Each of the excursions provided excellent and knowledgeable tour guides and drivers. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this Grandeur of the Seas ship and New England & Canada cruise because we wanted a smaller ship and a friendly ship. We read that the staff were very friendly and the personal service of the staff had extremely high ratings. ... Read More
We chose this Grandeur of the Seas ship and New England & Canada cruise because we wanted a smaller ship and a friendly ship. We read that the staff were very friendly and the personal service of the staff had extremely high ratings. Yes, we wanted to eat fresh caught cold water Lobster. We had fresh caught cold water Lobster at a Bar Harbor restaurant on the water. It was good. But the Lobster served on the Grandeur of the Seas was far better. Our Cabin was a Grand Suite 8512 with 340 sq feet plus a large balcony. Head Waiter Dan in the main dining room exceeded all expectations of professionalism and has risen far beyond any other Head Waiter that I have ever met. He provided service as if he read my mind. I have observed him giving direction and guidance to his waiters and I know he used just the right touch with them. I have been on nine Royal Caribbean cruises and Dan is head and shoulders above all others. I was also at the Captains Table and Dan and his team serves the Captain and us. Dan’s performance ensured service to the Captain and us was done to perfection to the smallest detail. The only negative was the time in the ports of Saint John and Halifax was too short only 6 hours. Sincerely, Walter J Okon Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We took a chance sailing in mid-October from Baltimore to Canada and New England, but we hoped to be in the area at the height of fall colors. It really paid off- Weather was beautiful- warm and sunny at each port. The trees were ... Read More
We took a chance sailing in mid-October from Baltimore to Canada and New England, but we hoped to be in the area at the height of fall colors. It really paid off- Weather was beautiful- warm and sunny at each port. The trees were colorful. We packed for cold and wound up with a tropical-feeling cruise after the first two days. Embarkation at Baltimore was efficient. We took Elite Transportation to the pier and their driver was helpful and friendly. There was no long gangway climb, but RCCL provided a gentleman to push my wife's wheelchair, which was appreciated. The ship itself is smaller than most ships today but it was entirely large enough for our taste. The weather was a bit cold the first two days and it made staying on deck uncomfortable. My wife and her sister, who accompanied us, are smokers and the pool deck was the only place smoking was permitted, other than the casino and there were very limited areas there where one might smoke. Nevertheless, people complained about the smoke. It was an overwhelmingly "retirement" age crowd. I saw three children the whole cruise. We didn't attend any of the shows and I heard no comments one way or the other about them. there was a nice musical performance every night in the "atrium" area. We visited Boston, Portland, ME, Bar Harbor, ME , St. John New Brunswick, Canada and Halifax, Nova Scotia. There was not a great deal to see in any of the cities unless you took a shore excursion, altho Halifax has a nice waterfront area with shops etc. We had to tender into Bar Harbor, but the city itself was pleasant and there were a number of places to shop and eat along the waterfront. We had a magnificent fish dinner at Stewman's in Bar Harbor and a nice cruise of the harbor area, looking for wildlife. the whales had left for warmer waters. Tendering was well done with minimum problem, despite the large number of elderly persons. Boston was the only port with a large number of excursions available but they were expensive. We just took a shuttle to Fanueil Hall and Quincy Market. We took a train ride in St. John to look at the "Reversing Rapids" of the Bay of Fundy. the guide on the train was a woman who had been thru her spiel so many times it came oft "canned" and boring. They stopped the train for quite a while to watch a truck of pulp being unloaded. The train was neither heated nor air conditioned and when we stopped it was unventilated and uncomfortably hot. Aside from that, not much to see in St. John. In Portland, I went on a bus tour of the city and visited Portland Head Light and Fort Williams- interesting but not worth the money. Halifax was my favorite port. I like Canada. Disembarkation was easy- we just walked off at our appointed hour and picked up our luggage, and again we were provided with a wheelchair pusher. Overall, the ship showed its age, but it is well maintained. There were the usual signs- peeled wallpaper here and there- rust, areas in need of paint but the service, especially in the dining room was excellent at late seating. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We choose this cruise to once again visit the New England area during the beautiful fall foliage. Loved the day in Boston --12 hours-- wow have never spent the entire day in a port. We were able to meet friends from CT. who drove to ... Read More
We choose this cruise to once again visit the New England area during the beautiful fall foliage. Loved the day in Boston --12 hours-- wow have never spent the entire day in a port. We were able to meet friends from CT. who drove to Boston to meet us. Spend the day on Newbury street mostly, as we have been several times and have seen the usual things. We spent a pre-cruise night in Baltimore at the Renaissance Inner Harbor Hotel that was in walking distance to So many things to do. Baltimore was absolutely hands down the best and easiest port for embarkation! My husband, who has a little trouble walking far, had no problem. No ups and downs, all on one level. Disembarkation was just as fast and easy! Joan Sanchez the Diamond Concierge was the most helpful, gracious and always smiling host ever. This was definitely an older crowd, (which we are part of) but we found a gem of a young just married couple that made our day. The food was not as delicious as we have had on past cruises, but hopefully this will change. Excited to see what the upgrades will bring to the Grandeur, as a refurbishment is needed to spruce it up. Bar Harbor absolutely my favorite place to just chill and see the scenery. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We had always wanted to do this itinerary, so we found a good price and booked it. This is a smaller ship with a big heart! The staff was wonderful, very caring, and professional. We especially want to thank Mennie, our cabin attendant, ... Read More
We had always wanted to do this itinerary, so we found a good price and booked it. This is a smaller ship with a big heart! The staff was wonderful, very caring, and professional. We especially want to thank Mennie, our cabin attendant, Virgilio, our waiter, Wayan, our assistant water, and Pilar, the Head Waitress. They all helped to make this cruise very special for us. We booked an inside "horizontal" or "sideways" cabin on Deck 8 (cabin 8577), and absolutely loved it! We have cruised in every kind of cabin from an outside, balcony, to junior suite, and this cozy little cabin perfectly suited our needs on this cruise. There was absolutely no outside noise, the bed was comfortable, and we slept very well. The cabin is next to an electrical room (not a pantry), and close to the "secret staircase" to the spa which then leads to the Park Café where we enjoyed many lovely breakfasts. We found the food to be good and plentiful. We did not go to any specialty restaurants, and ate all of our meals either in the Main Dining Room, the Windjammer, or the Park Café. The ports were all spectacular. We particularly liked Baltimore, the departure port, and Bar Harbor, but every port was interesting and colorful. We did not take any ship excursions, but chose to walk around every port city. In Portland, ME, we took the ferry to Peaks Island which was a great experience, and in Halifax, we took the ferry to Dartmouth. Both of these ferries provided a very inexpensive way to get out on the water. I only have two complaints. The first one is regarding the terrible smoke that comes out of the casino and permeates the entire atrium area. We have been on Vision and Rhapsody and encountered the same problem. I don't know why they can't either make the casino non smoking, or at least put doors on it so that not all of the smoke drifts out. This is a serious problem for people like myself who suffer from allergies. My other complaint could be fixed easily. The safe in our room does not pop open automatically, so we had to use a bottle opener every time we wanted to open it after we had entered our password number. A small handle on the outside of the safe would fix this very nicely. We had to call maintenance the first night, and after that we used the bottle opener. All in all, this was great cruise, and I would highly recommend this itinerary and the Grandeur of the Seas! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This cruise on Grandeur of the Seas redeemed the reputation of RCCI and Celebrity for me. Past cruises with RCCI and Celebrity had been disasters. This cruise on Grandeur of the Seas was GREAT very enjoyable. We and our friends had a ... Read More
This cruise on Grandeur of the Seas redeemed the reputation of RCCI and Celebrity for me. Past cruises with RCCI and Celebrity had been disasters. This cruise on Grandeur of the Seas was GREAT very enjoyable. We and our friends had a great time. The staff and crew were the most pleasant, helpful, and courteous that we have encountered. Yes, the Grandeur is an older ship, a little warn around the edges,but the staff and crew make up the difference. GREAT PEOPLE!! The ports of call are all very good, only problem with the exception of Boston, just not enough time to spend ashore at the lovely ports. The Maine ports need at least a full day as well as St. Johns and Halifax. These cities and areas are too beautiful and important historically to rush through in a few hours. Need to add a couple more days to the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
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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