1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We loved the ports! But the wait staff and crew were amazing. Food was excellent! Greeeeaaaat foood Omg! Service was definitely an A+. I would recommend these ports and this trip. Also disembarkation was so easy and smooth. My dad is ... Read More
We loved the ports! But the wait staff and crew were amazing. Food was excellent! Greeeeaaaat foood Omg! Service was definitely an A+. I would recommend these ports and this trip. Also disembarkation was so easy and smooth. My dad is handicapped and we had no issues at the ports except one which was bar harbor, because there were tenders. But a great trip overall. My family and i enjoyed thoroughly! The kids enjoyed also. We took a 1 and 2 year old. I had my concerns about safety originally because they are so active. However, that proved to be unnecessary worry as there were no hiccups. As soon as we boarded, my mind was immediately at ease. Kids enjoyed their time, in and out of the pool also. Lifeguards always in duty. I could be worry free. Great food! Great service! Great staff! Great trip! Loved and enjoyed soooo much! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
The grand mother recommended the cruise with Royal Caribbean. The good food was great the staff where friendly the room attendant was great the waiter in the dinning room was great. The bad 2 broken hot tubs, Broken ice cream machine, ... Read More
The grand mother recommended the cruise with Royal Caribbean. The good food was great the staff where friendly the room attendant was great the waiter in the dinning room was great. The bad 2 broken hot tubs, Broken ice cream machine, unwashed windows, and rust abounding on the exterior of the ship. Now the Ugly I dropped my children off at the teen center on the ship for a "in room scavenger hunt" as described in the teen flyer. I come to find out it was a all over the ship scavenger hunt how easy at 10 pm. at night would it be for teen to be abducted and raped and thrown overboard? Brought the issue to guest services it was never addressed!!!!!!! More ugly RC claimed a port of call at coco cay which I hear from others frequently is cancelled so they flat out lied and offered no other port of call. Last of the ugly Shore excursions were great but very short not a good value. Read Less
Sail Date: September 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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Chose this cruise for destination and size of ship.(small). Bermuda is gorgeous. Took the Amtrak from Lynchburg to Baltimore. Recommend Business Class on train. We sat at a table in facing seats and had lots of conversation on the ... Read More
Chose this cruise for destination and size of ship.(small). Bermuda is gorgeous. Took the Amtrak from Lynchburg to Baltimore. Recommend Business Class on train. We sat at a table in facing seats and had lots of conversation on the train. Train has internet, outlets, comfortable seats and good food. Stayed overnight at Embassy Suites by Hilton near airport. Suite and hotel were excellent. Complimentary cocktails, snacks and breakfast. Great food from room service. Lovely Hotel, very reasonable prices. Smooth shuttle transfer from train station at airport to hotel by friendly driver. Taxi to cruise port next morning. Flawless check-in with Royal Caribbean and quick boarding of ship. Mini suite accommodations were spacious and spotless. Got connecting suites (8076 and 8078) at rear of ship. Weather was wild due to back to back hurricanes. For some reason, motion in rear of ship was much less than front (Windjammer), so took food back to room and ate together there several times. (One member of our party of three was affected by rough seas). We had excellent food on ship. Deluxe drink package is a good value and includes cocktails up to 12 dollars and starbucks coffee, bottled water, fresh juice and all sodas. Food is lighter fare these days and there were tons of fresh vegetables, Indian food, American food, fresh baked bread and loads of fresh fruit. Tasty late night snacks are available from the Park Cafe as buffet closes at nine PM. Room service available 24 hours for 7.95. Coffee maker and Teapot in suites. Only one suite had bottle of champagne. The ship is easy to move around on and lounges are lovely. Viking Crown was underutilized by passengers on this trip and was a comforting quiet place with beautiful views for nighttime cocktails and conversation. Peruvian bartender was a doll. Music and entertainment were wonderful. I love this little ship. My only complaint is about the passengers who willingly boarded a ship with back to back hurricanes and then complained to the staff about the sea conditions. (duh). The Captain did an outstanding job of altering the route and speed to cope with what mother nature created. We actually overheard people asking for refunds or discounts due to the weather. We had a ball anyway and highly recommend this cruise to heavenly Bermuda on this sweet little ship. We toured Bermuda on our own and experienced taxi drivers eager to tell us about their island. The beaches are wild, volcanic, turquoise and pink and gorgeous. Very unique and beautiful destination. Ferries and buses are great. 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
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
This was my second cruise with Royal Caribbean, but my first to Bermuda. The biggest criticism I had with the trip was the fact that we effectively only spent 24 hours in Bermuda with an arrival at 3PM the first day and a departure at ... Read More
This was my second cruise with Royal Caribbean, but my first to Bermuda. The biggest criticism I had with the trip was the fact that we effectively only spent 24 hours in Bermuda with an arrival at 3PM the first day and a departure at 2:30PM the second day. There is a lot to see and do on the island, but the time limited your activities immensely. This is my second trip on Grandeur with Captain Thor, and I have to say that as was the case last time, the service was excellent. The cabin attendants are very accommodating while the dining staff is always on point. The bar staff does alright for how busy they are, but like all bars it can be easy to fall through the cracks if they are very busy. The ship itself is starting to show it's age a bit, not all of the areas of the ship are completely accessible for those who are wheelchair bound, and the cabins themselves are a bit dated and a bit worn. The amenities of the ship however are decent, with two pools (saltwater) and six hot tubs (two reserved specifically for kids, the' rest for adults), outdoor screen, myriad activities, a casino, and a rockwall, but they don't have quite as many features as the latest ships. The Grandeur's class of ship (Voyager) has a tendency to be replaced early, with two of the previous ships in the class/era being sold already so it's unknown if Grandeur will continue to operate into 2018/2019, but because of the clearance under the Key Bridge just outside the port of Baltimore (Grandeur clears it by a mere 20 ft), the choices will either be keep Grandeur, get a new ship of similar size, or skip sailing into the port of Baltimore. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
I choose this cruise because it was in my hometown & close to home.. Also my companion was on her first cruise & she does not like flying...The staff was fantastic & went out of there way to take care of any & all ... Read More
I choose this cruise because it was in my hometown & close to home.. Also my companion was on her first cruise & she does not like flying...The staff was fantastic & went out of there way to take care of any & all problems.. The ship is lacking of needed repairs most of them very simple things like replacing a multitude of burnt out lights in the solarium.. Even though she just came out of Dry-dock it seems what work was done was superficial...Our toilet would not flush properly thru out the entire cruise.. The maintenance crew who were very good with trying to take care of the problem could not fix it... The ship is in need of a serious overhaul from stem to stern...The entertainment was great,food both quality & service were great.. The staff constantly went out of there way to please us.... All in all it was a good cruise but the ship is lacking in repairs,, Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
I sailed Grandeur in late August, so this was my second Grandeur experience. The first sailing, to Bermuda, was a terrific break. This cruise was even better. I had an inside cabin, which was clean and functional. The stateroom attendant ... Read More
I sailed Grandeur in late August, so this was my second Grandeur experience. The first sailing, to Bermuda, was a terrific break. This cruise was even better. I had an inside cabin, which was clean and functional. The stateroom attendant was respectful and efficient. The ship is not brand new, but is well kept. The crew and hotel staff of this ship are delightful. The MDR food was great and our MDR staff, Pedro, Bradley and Jing were top notch. We requested extra steamed vegetables and some Indian food each night, and they were excellent. Giovanni's Table specialty restaurant was superb. The best of the entertainment included Mudflap McGrew, a very funny comedian; a quartet, the Unexpected Boys who received a standing ovation for a medley from Les Miz; and the debut of Tango Buenos Aires by the ship's entertainers. The latter was one of the best ship productions I have seen. The most outstanding ship excursion was the kayaking and snorkeling excursion on Antigua. It would have been great to have a lecturer on board, and a daily Catholic Mass. Galley tours don't cut it for 'enrichment activities'. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Third time on this ship ,twice to beautiful Bermuda, great food and Diamond lounge Going back for 4th voyage same ports in August 2017. The staff in the Diamond lounge were very attentive and always ready to greet you. The steakhouse ... Read More
Third time on this ship ,twice to beautiful Bermuda, great food and Diamond lounge Going back for 4th voyage same ports in August 2017. The staff in the Diamond lounge were very attentive and always ready to greet you. The steakhouse service are tops beautiful steaks and an optional Sunday brunch serving lobster tails shrimp and caviar with champagne included in the price go Chops its well worth it. this cruise is the most relaxing time on the seas and Bermuda is my favorite stop next to St martin. Have been to the Bahamas 10 times ,beautful waters and country but be aware of locals always trying to sell something or a service,beefed up police and military patrols on the island which is needed. paradise island is a sight to see and the home of many mega-yahts take some pics . Coco Cay has a beautful prisine beach and a good barbeque. ENJOY !!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
This was a family first time cruise with a group of 18. We didn't know what to expect when picking ships so we went with the Grander. When first boarding the ship you could tell that this was a very OLD ship with a lot of use. We had ... Read More
This was a family first time cruise with a group of 18. We didn't know what to expect when picking ships so we went with the Grander. When first boarding the ship you could tell that this was a very OLD ship with a lot of use. We had 5 children teenagers who could not find any other children on board to hang out with.The teens club was very old and boarding they were to say to us. They spent most of there time in the indoor pool and just hung out in the hot tubs. This was a cruise with a lot of OLDER people on-board who did not understand manners. When going to get things to eat at the windjammer they would just think that they could just go in front of you because they were older in age. As you can tell this did not go well when we had to correct them on what they were doing. We didn't get to stop in one of are ports because of the weather. Not saying that this was their choice but still could have done something to make up for it. They made a new Cruise Compass for the day to make it more enjoyable. I would say they didn't add anything that really made us stick out and have a fun day. We all just did are own thing that day. Other then that we all just did are own things on this cruise because there was nothing to do for the younger age. Defiantly would not go on this ship again!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
This was our 10th Cruise, the second on Royal Caribbean. The ship is older but does not feel or look as such. Pros: -Super easy to get into the Port and your luggage is taken right away -Easy embarkation (a previous review ... Read More
This was our 10th Cruise, the second on Royal Caribbean. The ship is older but does not feel or look as such. Pros: -Super easy to get into the Port and your luggage is taken right away -Easy embarkation (a previous review mentioned that the walk was long). You burn a few calories but it's not a bad walk at all. -Good entertainment, the Cruise Director did a great job. In addition to the nightly shows his crew did a show in the Centurium each night and were quite entertaining -Lots of activities throughout the day on Sea Days (as well as days while in Ports) -Cococay (RC private island) is beautiful and has great snorkeling -Good selection of Shore Excursions -Quick dining room service -Attentive Staff -Our room was nice and spacious -Chef's Table is fabulous and worth the money -Giovanni's is great and you get more than your money's worth -Easy Debarkation Cons: -Need to cutback on promoting the sale of the Specialty Restaurants. Yes, they need to be promoted but it was a bit much -Too long in Nassau -Too short in Key West I would definitely recommend this Cruise! If you want to find something to complain about you can but if you like to have a good time; well you will! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
I am only a second-time cruiser so am not "jaded" with high expectations, and hope I never am! This was a great experience that I highly recommend for the 50-60-yr.old average age group that's not over-critical and wants a ... Read More
I am only a second-time cruiser so am not "jaded" with high expectations, and hope I never am! This was a great experience that I highly recommend for the 50-60-yr.old average age group that's not over-critical and wants a fun, relaxing and happy time. POSITIVES: Very friendly staff and service! Main dining room food was great. Lunch salad bar terrific. Windjammer also good -- for mass-produced food. Easy on and off, both at the beginning and end of trip, and for all excursions. Customer service staff great. Clean pool area. Great entertainment. NEGATIVES: Takes forever to get a drink. They need to hire more bartenders. Can't understand the captain when he makes announcements -- that's not only frustrating but dangerous, if he were delivering a warning of some sort. Often paper and empty glasses blowing around -- staff members need to pick up more diligently, but they were always busy, so not slacking, but should be more aware. Morning music TOO ROWDY for the 50-60-yr.old group (average age). Very annoying. Always BAM BAM BAM all day long. SUGGESTIONS: Frequent cruisers know this, but.... bring a night light. Bring a clock that lights up in the dark. Bring an extension cord -- no 120 in the bathroom. Bring a plug extender for phones, curlers, night light and other things that may be plugged in simultaneously. There are never any tissues around the ship so bring some to carry. SUMMARY: Take a chance on this ship! It was a great experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2013
Solo cruiser, 50-ish female here. This was my 10th cruise, and my first was as a child, in 1970, so I remember the good old days of cruising. Let me start by saying that dinner in the Main Dining Room is one of my favorite things about ... Read More
Solo cruiser, 50-ish female here. This was my 10th cruise, and my first was as a child, in 1970, so I remember the good old days of cruising. Let me start by saying that dinner in the Main Dining Room is one of my favorite things about cruising. Sadly, that's where RCI let me down the most. The MDR service/food was bad. We had a table of 10, table #305. Our waiter was Densta a.k.a. Maxwell. Food that was supposed to be hot was often served lukewarm, at best. If we sent it back, the replacement dish was sometimes lukewarm, as well. I suspect some of the food wasn't hot when it left the kitchen, as was the case with mashed potatoes in a ceramic dish. It was assumed by the waiter, head waiter, and even the chef, that if the dish was hot, the food in it was hot. It wasn't until the guest had them actually taste or touch the mashed potatoes that they realized the food was not hot. They should be using food thermometers in the kitchen to make sure they put out hot food! Another problem was that Densta did not seem up to the task of serving a large table. He seemed scattered and disorganized, and after he brought the food out from the kitchen, he kept lifting the lids from the same dishes multiple times before serving them to the correct guest. This probably contributed to the food losing heat before being served. After we'd complained up the chain about the cold food problems, Densta started putting a dish in front of a guest, then saying, "Try it. Is it hot?" with each dish, with each course, over and over again. If we said it wasn't, he'd say he'd get a replacement, but it would take so long for the replacement to come (and by then we had no faith that it would be any hotter), that often, we didn't want a replacement. If we declined, he'd insist, several times. We had to resort to sternly saying, "I don't want it!" before he would let it go. This exchange became maddening, and we couldn't enjoy our dinnertime conversations without the constant, frustrating interruptions. I know he wanted to make it right, but he took it too far. ONE "are you sure?" would have been enough. We started ordering multiple dishes for each course, hoping at least one of them would be edible, so we wouldn't have to wait for a replacement. We informed the Maitre D', Santana, of the cold food problem early in the 10-day cruise, but the problem was never solved, and we were not satisfied by the end of the cruise. The waiter blamed the kitchen. The chef blamed the waiter. Food was still being served cold on the last night of the cruise! We were told by Santana that we were sitting too far from the kitchen, and we could move to a closer table. If that was the case, then everyone at the outer edge of the dining room should have been complaining of cold food, too. Maybe they were, and we just didn't know about it. We declined to move, because that suggestion was ridiculous. There was no reason we shouldn't be able to get hot food anywhere in the dining room. The head chef offered us tickets to a "special" galley tour at 2pm the next day. He suggested we arrive by 1:45 so we could go in first. Well, we found out we weren't special guests, at all. By 1:15, there was a long line of people wrapped around the Centrum area waiting to go on the tour. No thanks. Santana comped us wine with dinner one night, but that didn't make up for the disappointing food and service throughout the cruise. This was only my second cruise with RCI. Last year, I sailed on the Enchantment, and my food in the MDR was always hot and delicious, and my waitstaff was always courteous and helpful. So this experience on the Grandeur was a huge disappointment. The food in the Windjammer was always hit-or-miss. I'd just try a little of everything until I found something that was hot, tasted okay, and wasn't dried out/overcooked. I only went there if there were no other options. On the first day, I inquired at Cafe Lattitudes whether the pastries were complimentary. I was told, erroneously, they they were free with the purchase of a beverage or ice cream. On another day, I had missed breakfast, so I stopped there for a pastry. I asked for an almond croissant. It was cold and hard, right out of the refrigerator. I asked if they could heat it up. They had no way to do so. Who wants cold, hard pastries?? Put a microwave or toaster oven in there! The best food on the ship, on this cruise, was found in the Park Cafe in the solarium. The roast beef sandwiches at lunch were always wonderful! The bagel bar, salad bar, fruit and chips, as well as desserts, were a welcome alternative, and it was less crowded than the Windjammer. I just wish it was open all day without closures. I guess the upside of my food experiences on this cruise is that I didn't gain much weight. Entertainment: This was the best thing RCI did for me on this cruise. I really enjoyed most of the shows. The staff singers and dancers were the best I've seen on a cruise ship. "Tango Argentina" was excellent, and I was impressed that the staff dancers were able to learn their routines during one week and perform so well. The show went on about 20 minutes longer than I felt necessary, but it was good. The acrobatic acts in the Centrum were lovely. The "Two Funny Guys" weren't terribly funny, more like two somewhat humorous guys. A name change would avoid over-hyping their abilities. There was one truly disappointing act, "The Divas of Motown". They really needed to stick to singing the songs the way we remember them, instead of engaging in vocal histrionics as if they're auditioning for a recording contract. Public spaces: I enjoy playing cards and boardgames, particularly during sea days. On this cruise, I saw that many others also enjoy doing so. But finding space to play, with high enough/large enough tables and good lighting, was very difficult. The solarium was okay, but it got really hot and humid in there. In the Centrum and the Schooner Bar, the tables and lighting were not the greatest. I felt like it was rude to the entertainer and bar staff for us to play in there, but sometimes it was the only alternative. I asked Guest Services about using a conference room, but I was told they were fully booked. I know RCI wants to monetize every inch of the ship, but a gameroom would be nice. Cheaters at trivia: I love to compete at trivia. IMO, they should be about who "just happens to know" the answers, through their education or life experience. It is such a disappointment that each session is won by someone who is, IMO, cheating. These players are clearly familiar with these questions and answers from prior cruises. They are even sitting there shamelessly writing down the questions and answers for use on future cruises. Do they really think we believe they just happen to know ALL the answers? They don't look smart, they look extremely LAME. That they would cheat others out of the opportunity to honestly win cheap plastic prizes shows how lame they are. In spite of the problems, I enjoyed myself. I met lots of nice people, and had interesting conversations. I had wonderful tablemates in the MDR (that I met here on Cruise Critic in the roll call!). Several of us played board games and card games daily, and that was a lot of fun. I was able to relax and laugh with them, and without that, this cruise might have been a downer. Get it together, RCI!! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
Since the beginning of the cruise at Barcelona we had start the problems..... the discharge of the toilet has never worked properly and were not able to make it work for 14 days. a real ecological disaster, with an obvious smell of ... Read More
Since the beginning of the cruise at Barcelona we had start the problems..... the discharge of the toilet has never worked properly and were not able to make it work for 14 days. a real ecological disaster, with an obvious smell of sewage in the cabin and in the common areas. No comments and no apology from anyone in 13 days ...... just the last day the captain and other officers decided to have public meeting with all passengers for F.A.Q., and before the meeting began the Captain decided to let us know what was the problem..... the problem with the system exhaust and of course they blamed a passenger who probably threw something in the toilet that clogged the system. make advertising on all television in Italy to travel with Royal Caribbean, but then once on board can't have any type of communication in Italian, everything happened on board, shows, daily boardingnews and navigation info are strictly all in English language??? I would suggest to all Italians not to travel yet with this company, at least something they will change on onboard system of communications. Food quality mediocre as well as range of variety, I expected from this company the quality much higher than that obtained but not going to change my idea and let them another chance. Complaint to Italian office, never had reply, customer service so far very poor. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
First of all, before I begin, I will say that there was absolutely nothing wrong with the cruise, the ports or the ship itself - Grandeur of the Seas is a lovely ship and all that people say it is. However, there are quite a few negative ... Read More
First of all, before I begin, I will say that there was absolutely nothing wrong with the cruise, the ports or the ship itself - Grandeur of the Seas is a lovely ship and all that people say it is. However, there are quite a few negative points that will be touched upon in this review, mainly because I don't feel that this cruise was for ME personally enjoyable. Please form your opinion(s) accordingly. Embarkation was as smooth as could be expected. I was traveling with a 70-year-old disabled woman that had very low mobility. Baltimore terminal staff and RCI crew members were as helpful as could be in seeing that this process went as easily as possible. Luggage was not delivered until about 6pm, though the cabins were ready at 1pm. We were warned of this and planned accordingly. The first two days were EXTREMELY rough - we apparently went through a nor'easter and the ship was pitching and rolling rather violently. My companion and I weren't sick, just concerned with what was going on. From what I understand, this was a rough two days for nearly everyone, as we saw a lot of bandages and bruises on a lot of people. After the third day when we hit Portland, it eased up, but the weather on this cruise, for the most part, was pretty rotten. It rained in Portland AND Halifax, was threatening rain in Boston - the only two decent days we had in port were St. John and Bar Harbor. I realize that RCI can't control the weather, but it was a disappointment in that regard. The cabin, #2107 (WC-accessible), was quite spacious and had plenty of room for both wheelchair and walker. The flat bathroom floor was a bit of an inconvenience, but we'd been warned about it and prepared accordingly. The public rooms were very nice - the chairs and sofas were very comfortable. We experienced no problems as far as being out and about. Getting to the Palladium through the casino was a bit of an annoyance, as it was a long walk for my companion (using a walker) and it taxed her unnecessarily. My main beef with this ship is that it seems that if you don't a.) drink alcohol b.) gamble (that includes bingo) c.) want to eat constantly, there seems to be very little to actually do. Neither my companion nor I wished to do any of the previous three things. I made good use of the fitness center and worked out quite a bit, but my companion, being disabled, was unable to take advantage of this and as a consequence was very bored and restless. The shows were of mediocre quality - though my companion enjoyed the Johnny Thunder show (I did not), the rest of the entertainment just seemed rather generic. We expected a lot more out of the shows/things to do category than what we received - more movies would have been a nice option (they did have some), a fitness class for seniors/the disabled would have been GREAT, perhaps some art classes (beyond the general 'scrapbooking' stuff) or history classes... just something other than bingo and pushing drinks. Not everyone likes to gamble and eat constantly! We were VERY disturbed by the apparent waste of food on this cruise. We saw enough food being thrown away by guests that would have fed two nations. As cost (and planet)-conscious people, we were just...aghast at the amount of food being thrown out as garbage. I would think that RCI, claiming to be an earth-friendly company, would find better ways of putting that leftover food to use - perhaps distributing food to the needy in the ports that they visit? The food itself was very good - some dishes were done better than others. The MDR was wonderful, and our tablemates were some of the best people ever. One thing that I absolutely cannot find fault with, however, is the service that RCI provided. It was impeccable, almost to the point of suffocation. We were literally not allowed to exert ourselves! The waiters were extremely friendly, always ready with a smile, and offered to help my disabled companion over and over and over again, never once minding. Our cabin attendant, Lewis, was efficient and helpful, and the towel animals that he made delighted my companion to no end. Ravi and Cesar, our two wait staff in the MDR, were charming and pleased both of us mightily with their service. We made sure to tip all three quite handsomely. The staff in the Windjammer were also wonderful to us, and we also tipped them, as well as Jen and David at the purser's desk - they were more helpful than I can write about here. Service is definitely RCI's forte - they need no classes in that area. Disembarkation was disorganized and sloppy, however. I was not pleased with how long it took us to leave the ship - over 2 hours, with the atmosphere hot and humid, and my companion becoming more and more uncomfortable by the minute. However, once we did disembark, Baltimore terminal staff whisked us through very quickly and set us up in ground transportation home. I think my main problem with this cruise is that there was very little to do - especially for people my age (25 to 40). This cruise was over 85 to 90% seniors - which is fine, my companion had a blast - but I think for myself, I would try another cruise line. RCI has its good points, I'm sure, but I'm not confident that it's the line for ME personally. With that said, Grandeur of the Seas and the trip itself was still a good time, all in all. Read Less
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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