23 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Spring Break Cruises to Bahamas

We chose this cruise as it was the spring break of our soon to be graduating daughter (HS), and it is an easy three hour drive to Baltimore. We have always loved the Port of Baltimore for efficiency and ease! We have been on three ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was the spring break of our soon to be graduating daughter (HS), and it is an easy three hour drive to Baltimore. We have always loved the Port of Baltimore for efficiency and ease! We have been on three Enchantment cruises in the past that we absolutely loved! I did read the reviews of the Grandeur (after booking, unfortunately , and had some concerns that the Grandeur would be different based on hearing it was for "the older" passenger demographic). Hey, I am no spring chicken, so due to proximity, and praying that this is spring break time, there would be something for my daughter to enjoy while making friends. Well, alas, it was not the case. I am not going to "bash" this cruise. We were in room 7078, a balcony with an awesome location! There were many "highs", and we did have fun. John Blair, the Cruise Director and his wife, worked very hard to make everyone's trip a fabulous event. He is an INCREDIBLY talented singer, and his Neil Diamond show was incredible! What a voice! Enjoyed the dancers and singers .... will not lie, I have heard better but also far worse. Good comedians, and overall great entertainment. Our room steward, Cornelius and waiters, AJ and Andy were fabulous! Dinners very good; not the best, but considering the number of guests they are feeding? We did not buy tickets for the upscale restaurants, but I heard a variety of reviews. I guess I just feel that you are already paying a significant cost, so the "push" for upscale meals is trying. There is seemingly never ending marketing for additional revenue; that is for sure! You can get some good buys, but many are overpriced or simply "junk". We did buy a Citizen watch. 35% off, but the retail price stated was less than looking the same one up on line. We usually play bingo .... did not even go as we heard it was $40 to play! The casino??? Horrible!!!! Never ending losses, machines a joke, and how the dealers keep pulling 21's is remarkable, to say the least. On previous cruises, they at least give you a free drink when losing your shirt; no longer happening! All in all, I would rate this cruise a 3.5. We did have a great time, met great people, and had lovely men and women working hard in their jobs to serve us. We were blessed with beautiful weather, and relatively calm seas. The Grandeur apparently has a huge following, and we now know it is geared for an "older" geographic population that enjoys smaller ships and is not focused on her "older" appearance with fewer activities. Not sure how long she will continue to be in service ...... but perhaps they need to take that into account when establishing pricing. Again, we did enjoy the trip ...... just trying to give an accurate evaluation of what to expect so there is no disappointment or regrets for your choice. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise because of the price and the Bahamas/Coco Cay Port. Overall this was a very relaxing vacation. The staff was great. The main dining hall was great. The windjammer had excellent food including the fruit smoothies. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the price and the Bahamas/Coco Cay Port. Overall this was a very relaxing vacation. The staff was great. The main dining hall was great. The windjammer had excellent food including the fruit smoothies. Scrambled eggs did leave a lot to be desired. Our cabin was very nice. There were parts of the ship, mostly outside that showed its age. The Grandeur really should be refurbished. The entertainment in the evenings in the Palladium were excellent. Our disappointment came with the lack of other stuff to do in the evening. The piano bar was not utilized after 9 or 10 and the only place to go was the dance club. It would have been great if they had a singer/guitarist somewhere on the ship where people could sing along. We did enjoy the trivia and even won a key chain! I personally will never go out of Baltimore again in the colder months. It was March and we had 2 cold days going south and 3 very cold days going back. We took the Boone Plantation excursion and found it to be disappointing. Coco Cay got cancelled which I am told happens quite often. Coco Cay was the port we were looking forward to the most and it was extremely upsetting! If I had know that this was a likely possibility I would not have booked this cruise. Because it was too cold for the outdoor pool the Solarium was always full. We even went down at 8 am and not a chair was to be found. Many many lounges had towels on them with no guest. Saving seats is a real problem on this ship. Read Less
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 March 2018
This was our spring break cruise. We traveled with 12 people in our group. We made he best of the trip but there were some issues with the ship and staff. All of us agreed that the ship was in desperate need of updating and we found out ... Read More
This was our spring break cruise. We traveled with 12 people in our group. We made he best of the trip but there were some issues with the ship and staff. All of us agreed that the ship was in desperate need of updating and we found out that after our trip the ship was going to be dry-docked for just that purpose. We found the staff to not be as accommodating as we remembered from past cruises. The food was ok, but not over he top like we had experienced in the past. The casino, while the selection of games and slots was ok, the staff in the casino was very unfriendly and rude at times. There were 2 ladies behind the cashier's window who were the most unfriendly staff members that we dealt with. However, our wait staff in the main dinning room were amazing. They were over he top wonderful, they made every dinner wonderful and we all enjoyed both Antonio and Fidel. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because it would visit Charleston SC. Unfortunately, we did not recognize that it was Easter break for many children. We had not been to Charleston or Miami in many years. We loved Charleston when we first ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it would visit Charleston SC. Unfortunately, we did not recognize that it was Easter break for many children. We had not been to Charleston or Miami in many years. We loved Charleston when we first visited there. Charleston is still a lovely place to see and we enjoyed our tour of the city. We stayed aboard the ship in Orlando and had a quiet day. Miami was a bit chaotic both on our tour and in the city. Nassau is Nassau, always the same but that can be good, because we have special places we stop at every time we visit. Nassau is always pretty, the weather is always beautiful for us and it's a lively place with lots of life going on. We missed CoCoCay this time due to winds that prevented tendering everyone over to the island. The Grandeur has great staff, friendly, caring and always ready with a smile. I did see the security staff always present to deal with any incidents anywhere on the ship. If it hadn't been for the noise and chaos of 500 children onboard getting wilder and wilder each day, it would have been a perfect cruise. We still love children, and the Grandeur but will just double check our calendar from now on before booking a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Check in at Baltimore was very easy. I have cruised on larger ships before and I have to say that the cruising on a smaller ship may be the way to go. We really got to know our fellow shipmates. The atmosphere on the ship was very ... Read More
Check in at Baltimore was very easy. I have cruised on larger ships before and I have to say that the cruising on a smaller ship may be the way to go. We really got to know our fellow shipmates. The atmosphere on the ship was very friendly and fun. The staff on the ship is fully committed to your cruise experience. We were able to visit Coco Cay and that was our favorite destination. I would recommend the beach bed. We wish we could've stayed there for another day it was so wonderful. We booked another cruise while on board because of our outstanding experience. The last night the cruise director arranged a recognition for military, first responders, nurses and teachers. This was very nice. The cruise director Paul Rutter and Activities Director Tornado Tanya work non stop daily to keep the fun going and they did not disappoint. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose the 9 Day out of Baltimore on the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas largely because it fit perfectly in my kids' Spring Break. I understand that the Grandeur is one of RC's smaller ships, but it really needs to ... Read More
We chose the 9 Day out of Baltimore on the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas largely because it fit perfectly in my kids' Spring Break. I understand that the Grandeur is one of RC's smaller ships, but it really needs to either add more activities for the kids to do or acknowledge it really should be an adult-only ship. Yes, there was a rock wall... that was only open a few hours twice a day. Yes, there was a kids center... that was open even less and when it was open it was so packed my kids had no interest because it was so small. The pool was also small with signs that limited it to 34 persons and also stated that anyone in swim diapers were not allowed to use it. The entire ship was full of children with nothing to do while the parents had the casino, the shopping, and the bars open all day long. Again, it really was an adult-centered ship. I overheard someone discussing numbers, and the previous sailing of that ship only had roughly 35 kids onboard while our sailing had over 400. Kids were on Spring Break, so I can't say I'm surprised, and I really wish they had taken the time to expand the hours or added activities centered on the kids given that drastically increased number. It's not like RC didn't know they were coming. Many of the activities on the ship that my kids really wanted to be apart of, including the crew vs. guests volleyball game and the belly flop competition, were only for 18 and over. The kids were left out, and it was disappointing. They are paying customers too, and we spent a lot money for them to be there only to end up playing board games in the Centrium. Thank God we brought them. This was our third cruise, and our first on Royal Caribbean. While I might be open to one of RC's larger ships with things like water slides and basketball hoops, I doubt I will sail on the Grandeur with our kids again any time soon. It isn't a ship for them. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because of the port stops. This has been our 5th RC cruise and our 44th cruise since December 2011, so we have a lot to compare this to. The entire ship needs upgrading. On 3 different days, there were times when the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the port stops. This has been our 5th RC cruise and our 44th cruise since December 2011, so we have a lot to compare this to. The entire ship needs upgrading. On 3 different days, there were times when the toilets did not flush. The public bathrooms were not taken care of very well. There were occasional smells of sewer gas in our bathroom and other places around the ship. Our cabin steward was a ghost; we saw him for the first time on day 8. There was a fire alert one evening where most crew reported to their stations. Thankfully it was just smoke from a transformer and we did not need to be evacuated. Breakfast in the Windjammer was very disappointing. Lunch and dinner ranged from fair to good, with adequate choices. The main pool was closed on 2 separate occasions due to "accidents" and it needed to be drained and cleaned. During these times, screaming, jumping, unsupervised children were allowed in the adult only pool. The crew (with the exception of our cabin steward ) were very friendly and helpful. The entertainment was excellent; diverse, and very professional and entertaining. Overall, we give this cruise a 5 on a scale of 1-10. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Embarkation was easy and for the first time we used the self-assist baggage function for debarkation and were pleased with how easily we got off the ship -- we were through customs and in a taxi to the airport by 7:25. The quality of the ... Read More
Embarkation was easy and for the first time we used the self-assist baggage function for debarkation and were pleased with how easily we got off the ship -- we were through customs and in a taxi to the airport by 7:25. The quality of the food has continued to deteriorate but given the amount of the fare, this is to be expected. We found that the casino was abnormally smokey, but this was made worse due to some people coming to the casino strictly to smoke. Would prefer that the whole interior of the ships be made non-smoking for health reasons-passengers and crew members. This was the first time we sailed out of Baltimore during spring break and didn't realize there would be almost 600 kids on the ship, more than 25% of total passengers. We especially felt bad for crew members who had to babysit these kids, monitor them in the hallways where they ran day and night and hid from parents, and clean up after them in the Windjammer. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose the cruise for the convenience of going out of Baltimore, a 9 night tour and Charleston. (And we thought we would get an upgraded experience over Carnival.) Our dining staff-- Dexter and Parwan were EXCELLENT. I actually set ... Read More
We chose the cruise for the convenience of going out of Baltimore, a 9 night tour and Charleston. (And we thought we would get an upgraded experience over Carnival.) Our dining staff-- Dexter and Parwan were EXCELLENT. I actually set out a special tip ($60) for them to bring the last night (complete in an envelope with their names) only to have it TAKEN by the room steward!!! I told the dining staff what happened and they seemed to indicate that it happened all of the time?!!? I also reported it to Guest Services who was very blase but said it would be fixed-- it was NOT by the time I had to disembark. Nobody from Royal Caribbean has followed up. Very sad. The food in the Great Gatsby was OK. A lot of kind of odd choices that did not sound particularly appealing and a few that fell short of the mark. The highlight was that on certain nights there was an up-charge to get filet mignon. Oh! And the gnocchi, tortellini and Cesar salad were very yummy! The food in the Windjammer really needs some help-- particularly in keeping warm things warm and a bit more variety. The salad ingredients always appeared fresh and tasted good. Fruit was also particularly good. The maitre d' refused to accept that My Time Dining meant on the cruiser's schedule.... not hers and she pretty much forced everyone into choosing one time slot and going in that slot every day or face her wrath-- and then she would also make you wait (and wait and wait... and then check back..... to see if she decided to allow you a seat)! The bartender at the pool bar was surly-- at best-- at least to females. He seemed to work harder for guys. My teens were not enthralled with the "teen club" that apparently bumped a lot of tweens up to teens.... and made it not a fun "teen" experience. The rooms were fine. The public areas were well-designed. The entertainment was OK. (ReVOICED was the stand-out-- very fun!!) Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Spring Break timing. Reasonable price and close port. Teens can't dance with parents in any of the discos. We like to have a few dances together. Why not. 18+ should be 1 club, and family another! The waiters at the main ... Read More
Spring Break timing. Reasonable price and close port. Teens can't dance with parents in any of the discos. We like to have a few dances together. Why not. 18+ should be 1 club, and family another! The waiters at the main restaurant were good for breakfast and dinner. The lunch waiters at the Main restaurant were a different crew and less seasoned and less attentive. There was no basketball on deck for the kids/teens, and they normally love this. They postponed the private Bahama island due to rough water for the little tender boats, they said. There should have been a substitute port in the Bahamas where there are adequate docks. Instead we stayed out at sea an extra day with average activities. The service on board, however was very good. The food was excellent. The shows were very good. In summary, great cruise for couples, older folks, and families with kids under 10. Teens won't enjoy the kids club, which I could change in 2 days, but I don't manage there. Also, The cruise director needs to allocate a couple additional leaders to run some good night-time activities around the ship.. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
As a teacher, I am limited in choosing when and where I cruise. This trip worked well with my Spring Break. There were many positives such as the music, 4 of the ports we visited and dining room service. Unfortunately, we also experienced ... Read More
As a teacher, I am limited in choosing when and where I cruise. This trip worked well with my Spring Break. There were many positives such as the music, 4 of the ports we visited and dining room service. Unfortunately, we also experienced several events involving deceptive practices. For instance, we asked for a damaged photo to be reprinted only to return several hours later to find the same bent photo. The person behind the desk had scrutinized the photo and apparently decided there was no need. He argued with us then got rid of us by filling out a reprint request. When we asked him to step into the natural light to look at the photo the second time, he went to get it reprinted, but there was no apology or anything similar. Also, we ordered $13 wine on a 10 drink card we had been told was for anything up to $14 per glass. The waitress came to say it was only for up to $12 and argued with us demanding to know specifically who had said $14. When we told her, she went and had the restaurant manager bring us another cheaper wine thinking we would not know the difference. Additionally, we did not stop at Coco Cay due to swells being too large for the tenders. The cruise director blithely announced that this port had not been usable "for months" yet no adjustment or modification has been made and none is planned. There were other instances, but the net result is that this cruise line does not respect its passengers enough to deal fairly and honestly with them. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Spring break getaway! 9 day cruise from Baltimore. The service in the dining room was excellent. Great waiters that take care of my needs. My complaint would be Windjammer food seems to be the same for breakfast. Overcooked bacon and ... Read More
Spring break getaway! 9 day cruise from Baltimore. The service in the dining room was excellent. Great waiters that take care of my needs. My complaint would be Windjammer food seems to be the same for breakfast. Overcooked bacon and over cooked hash browns. Very disappointing. Need to change up the deserts. Cookies that is not hard as a rock? Bit disappointed that the pool was closed 3 days. To many parents not watching their kids in pool and you know.. they crap.. augh.. Think the staff was more talking about the boat going into dry dock then take care of people needs. I wished there was more activities to do on the lido deck by the pool. Even tho this is a small boat you meet lots of new people. If you want any time dining, make sure you sign up very early.. I tried to sign up way before this trip and they just blew it off. 8pm is a bit late to eat dinner! I even tried to get on wait list.. forget get it.. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Awesome time on this cruise! I took my 9 yo son and he was so excited about the Adventure Ocean club. I just wish that our CocoCay port wasn't cancelled. We were told that the swells in the water were too big for the tenders. ... Read More
Awesome time on this cruise! I took my 9 yo son and he was so excited about the Adventure Ocean club. I just wish that our CocoCay port wasn't cancelled. We were told that the swells in the water were too big for the tenders. Based off several reviews, RC hasn't stopped there in a while. One reviewer said they stayed in Nassua for an extra day. They should have had a plan B knowing that this has been their immediate history. I also wish they had a bit more late night stuff for the adults to participate in. My son was so excited to go to late night but I didn't have any "late-night" activities to participate in while he was gone. I'm not a big gambler so the casino was not of interest to me. I hung out at the bar with my sister-in-law or we took walks around the ship to take in the sights. But not many adult activities. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We like sailing out of Baltimore because it is an hour and a half from Philly. The smaller ship is more to our liking. The only grievance is that the parents were not in control of their children much of the time. Yes, I know it was ... Read More
We like sailing out of Baltimore because it is an hour and a half from Philly. The smaller ship is more to our liking. The only grievance is that the parents were not in control of their children much of the time. Yes, I know it was Spring Break, but the children were allowed on the dance floor doing cartwheels and running a muck. There are places for the children to play and many things for them to do. It took away the enjoyment of the adult entertainment to have a bunch of unruly kids running and playing on the dance floor during adult time. The parents seemed to be edging them on as if the entire ship wanted to see their child trying to act Other than this and the fact that we were not able to get on Coco-cay, it was an otherwise enjoyable cruise. Obviously we will not be doing the "Spring Break" Cruise anymore. However, overall, because of the smaller ship we were able to get on and off easier. We really enjoyed the entertainment and friendliness of the staff. All in all, we love Royal Caribbean and will definitely be sailing with you again. Joe and Lydia Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Cruise was exceptional. Shout out to Dexter and Panwar in the Main Dining Room. Seeing them every day was actually a highlight for the family! We had had Dexter as a waiter the previous cruise 2 years prior, and he is the best, and ... Read More
Cruise was exceptional. Shout out to Dexter and Panwar in the Main Dining Room. Seeing them every day was actually a highlight for the family! We had had Dexter as a waiter the previous cruise 2 years prior, and he is the best, and Panwar was as excellent! Ship entertainment was even better than 2 years ago, and I understand the ship is about to go through a 21 drydock to do some renovations. Beautiful now, and sure even better when complete in May 2017. Second time cruising on Grandeur of the Seas, love the ease of driving to Baltimore from an hour away, parking and instant vacation. Can bring much more luggage than if having to fly down to Florida, and don't have the added expense/planning. Although not one of the larger ships (Baltimore can't handle them), I've never felt lacking. Entertainment and activities were exceptional! Would suggest that they have a plan B for CocoCay Bahamas. I understand this stop is missed much more than it's made due to tethering and swells making it unsafe to embark. That's understandable, but make a decision or go back to Nassau for another day. Would be appreciated! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I chose this cruise for the price and because it sailed out of Baltimore so we didn't have to fly. It was our family's first time cruising so we didn't know what to expect. The entire trip was great and the service of the ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the price and because it sailed out of Baltimore so we didn't have to fly. It was our family's first time cruising so we didn't know what to expect. The entire trip was great and the service of the crew went above and beyond our expectations. The ship was just the right size for first time cruisers, like us. It felt like we were leaving our family when we departed on day 9. My seven year old son had a great time at Adventure Ocean. We also loved the nightly shows, especially reVoiced and the ship's dancers and singers. We also took an all access tour of the ship on Day 8 and it was very educational and interesting. We stopped in Charleston, Port Canaveral, Miami, and Nassau (didn't get off at Coco Cay because the waves were too rough; something to consider when you're traveling in Spring because according to our cruise director, they haven't been able to disembark to Coco Cay for 2 months). Charleston was very walk-able right as you step off the ship. For Port Canaveral and Miami, we rented a car. I would not recommend the Miami Hertz on Second Street. The car that was supposed to pick us up never showed. Luckily, the Dollar/Budget pick up driver gave us a ride to the Hertz! In Nassau, we took a taxi to Atlantis. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise as it was closer to our home in Tennessee than many of the others we have been on. The port of Baltimore was close to our hotel (Best Western Plus on Belle Grove Road in Brooklyn, MD) and we were able to leave our car ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was closer to our home in Tennessee than many of the others we have been on. The port of Baltimore was close to our hotel (Best Western Plus on Belle Grove Road in Brooklyn, MD) and we were able to leave our car parked with them while we were on the ship with a free shuttle to and from the port. We have had several friends who have sailed on The Grandeur before and always gave the ship and their cruise rave reviews. We were not disappointed... it was marvelous cruise!! Although the ship is older and smaller than others we have been on... the experience was wonderful. We got to know many of our fellow passengers and exchanged home addresses to stay in touch in the future. Cruise people love other cruise people!! The ship is scheduled to go into Dry Dock soon and I am sure it will even be better after this "touch up" that all ships go through from time to time. That said, the ship was clean and we found all of the venues on the ships to be very nice. We were very impressed with the Grandeur of the Seas Singers and Dancers who did three Production shows during this cruise. They are very talented performers just like the ones we have found on the "bigger ships". The Cruise Director was delightful as was his "sidekick"... "Tornado Tonya"!! We loved their Morning Show each morning. We saw them many times around the ship making sure everyone was not only having a great time but also making sure that everyone was having the BEST time possible!! Bravo to Paul Rudder and his staff for an outstanding experience on Grandeur of the Seas. Due to a "threatening storm" that made our planned stop at Cococay not possibe,... I was thrilled to have the added time in Nassau. It was a "trade off" that I personally was very VERY happy with. We finally had enough time to really get to see much more of Nassau that we have in prior trips. Having two full days in Nassau was excellent. We loved Atlantis without having to keep check on our time since we did not leave until late the next day!!! The entertainment was all top notch and the performers were excellent. The three main singers for the Grandeur of the Seas Singers and Dancers were so talented,... they could be Broadway bound soon. The dancers displayed a level of high energy and amazing dance moves. The tango dance team who performed one evening were also outstanding and were supported by the Grandeur cast of dancers who added a lot to the overall show. Again... BRAVO. If you want an enjoyable cruise and Baltimore is a convenient port for you... I highly recommend that you take a cruise on Grandeur of the Seas. You will not be disappointed!! One of our table mates at dinner has been on Grandeur many times before and has already booked another cruise on Grandeur for this next November. Obviously.... Grandeur of the Seas is doing a LOT that is RIGHT that keeps people wanting to sail again and again on this ship. We certainly plan to as well! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We initially chose this cruise based on price. After going on the cruise, I would definitely pick it based on the service you get from the staff. Always smiling and extremely attentive to your needs. Airy and Toni were exceptional ... Read More
We initially chose this cruise based on price. After going on the cruise, I would definitely pick it based on the service you get from the staff. Always smiling and extremely attentive to your needs. Airy and Toni were exceptional waiters in the Gatsby Dining Room (level 5). Unfortunately due to weather we were unable to do our last port of call in Cocoa Cay, Bahamas. We ended up staying overnight in Freeport. Wished we had known sooner as we spent the day on the ship while in Freeport and was planning a beach day in Cocoa Cay. This was the 2nd cruise for our 7 year old daughter (cruised last year on another cruise line) and other than the lack of a kids water park she loved, loved, loved the cruise. She really enjoyed the kids program. We really liked the days where we could sign her up (at no additional cost) for the supper program. We took advantage of this for one evening (daughters idea) and we all enjoyed our evening. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
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 October 2015
This is my third cruise (second with Royal) but first one since 1999 with our family planning to start doing them more often. We had a fantastic time and found every crew member beyond friendly in helping us or even just walking by. We ... Read More
This is my third cruise (second with Royal) but first one since 1999 with our family planning to start doing them more often. We had a fantastic time and found every crew member beyond friendly in helping us or even just walking by. We had priority boarding so getting on the ship was a breeze and not the ship's fault but the weather was cool and very foggy. We boarded around 10:30 in the morning and checked out the pool deck and adventure ocean as rooms were not available until 1:00. Getting to the port of Baltimore is very easy and right off of 95. When getting to our room we were quite happy with the size of it for 4 of us (wife and 2 daughters). The balcony was a very good size but from the teak of the rails and our furniture you could see some of the age of the ship. Our room attendant John was fantastic and made sure our needs were met the whole way. Quite simply he made us feel like his number one priority while juggling all of his rooms. Our daughter had been seasick the first night and John was right there to make sure all was OK. He even mentioned how he wondered how she was doing after a very rough sea night later in the week. The room was always kept very clean and was done quickly when we let John know we were leaving the room. I am not sure if it was my mistake or theirs but we were assigned 8:00 dinner rather than 5:30. Before leaving port, I went down to the dining room and by day 2 was moved to the 5:30 seating. It was our waiter's first cruise in that position and he did a wonderful job. You could see at times that he needed to think something through but everyone is new at a position at some point in their lives. Our assistant waiter was also fantastic and went above and beyond making my two daughters feel like royalty. Dinner wisely went at a quick pace for the kids so they could go off and get to their friends. Each dish was delicious during the week and dinner for our table typically took 90 to 105 minutes. I enjoy relaxing dinners with my wife but probably would have preferred that being a bit shorter. We ate at Chops one evening and the steak was phenomenal. I have eaten at some nice steakhouses in New York and the steak in Chops may have been the best filet mignon I have ever had. It was seasoned to perfection so if you are a steak fan do yourself a favor and give Chops a try! Ocean Adventure was a lovely place for my kids. Minus being in the pool during the afternoon, the kids would often rather be there than hanging out with their parents. The crew seemed to do a great job keeping the kids entertained. My oldest (11 and a half) had the option to go to the teen center but chose to stay with her age group. She obviously made the right choice for her as she typically would call our room asking to stay later each night. This was both kids first cruise and they already want to go on their next one. The Centrum on deck 4 was a great place for activities and it almost always had something going on (typically music). It is impossible to walk around the ship and not breeze by the Centrum area.There is plenty of seating around the area but it can be quite difficult to get the prime seats near the action. One thing to note is the evening themed dance parties which typically ran for about 45 minutes. They were big hits but I felt as if everyone would have preferred they were longer. The dance would move on to the Viking Crown after 11 but then younger cruises could not enjoy it. We got off of the ship in CocoCay (snorkeled) and Key West (did our own thing). Both times getting off or on wasn't difficult. If you plan on snorkeling in CocoCay do yourself a favor and bring your own stuff as it would be way more cost effective. We were the only boat in CocoCay for the day so it wasn't busy. The only difficult area was at lunch time with a massive line to get yourself a plate. Hint, after waiting to get your plate don't stay in that long line, there is also food available in the middle! As a Crown and Anchor member we disembarked from the South Pacific Lounge. From getting our number called, to getting off the ship, getting luggage, and to our car took only 17 minutes. After getting in the car there is easy access to 95 so leaving from Baltimore is nice and easy. Overall my family had a fantastic time. You can't control the ocean wanting to throw 20 - 30 foot waves at you but other than that it was a great sailing. I felt very comfortable with my kids walking the ship knowing they knew their way around. I am not sure that would be the case on some of the bigger boats. The Grandeur may be an older ship but I would definitely cruise her again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We were very happy with this cruise. We especially enjoyed comedy acts, juggler, and Rosario Strings. Not as crazy about Evergreen Trio and RC Singers & Dancers. We liked most of the people on the activities staff -- especially ... Read More
We were very happy with this cruise. We especially enjoyed comedy acts, juggler, and Rosario Strings. Not as crazy about Evergreen Trio and RC Singers & Dancers. We liked most of the people on the activities staff -- especially Andre, Lorna, Magic Mike and Marky Mark. We enjoyed the variety of activities but would have liked Karaoke every night. Movies in the Palladium on sea days were a great idea. We opted for main dining room early seating. Our wait staff and food selections were excellent. On the sea days returning to Baltimore we would have like more seating in the solarium. There was a policy against holding chairs but this needs to be enforced especially when it is too cold/windy to use the pool deck. We had a few cabin issues with lights, toilets, and not getting fresh towels. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
My mother, husband and two 17 year old twin boys and myself just got back yesterday from this cruise. The ship was supposedly given a makeover in 2012, but there were many things that shouldn't have been an issue if this was the case. ... Read More
My mother, husband and two 17 year old twin boys and myself just got back yesterday from this cruise. The ship was supposedly given a makeover in 2012, but there were many things that shouldn't have been an issue if this was the case. The first thing we noticed was, the large outdoor screen that they used for evening movies and daytime entertainment had large blackout rectangular bars in it, obscuring the picture. It made watching a movie very annoying--like a block of pixels were dead, only it moved around the screen. The second bit of inconvenience was, the top deck had railing that was missing, so a large section of it was blocked off. This made trying to use the track to jog very inconvenient. The windows looked like they'd never been cleaned since the ship was launched, and the dining room carpet looked as though it rarely got vacuumed. For the first three days of the cruise, the Windjammer restaurant was very crowded and it was difficult to get a table. If I did manage to procure a table from another family leaving, I could not get anyone to bus the table, even though the crew were sanding around not doing anything. In fact, one guy I asked, who was just standing at the dirty dish station gave me a dirty look as though I had some nerve asking him if he would bus the table. Halfway through the cruise, this changed because 600 people had come down with norovirus. Gee, go figure. Then dining did a complete 180. We were no longer allowed to take ANYTHING for ourselves, not even a box of cereal. They had people handing out everything, including butter, salt, pepper, creamers, everything. It was so annoying, because if they'd been more diligent to begin with, it wouldn't have happened. For that reason alone, I will never sail on that ship again. That was not the only place the crew was a let down. Organizing the port of call tours was a disaster. On the first port, people were lined up at the stairs, and the girl working that station would not let anyone off, even when the captain came over the intercom and announced we could disembark. I can't count how many people called her names, and then she wondered why. People just unhooked the rope and walked around her while she called us rude. We wondered if she was deaf, or did not speak english. In either case, she shouldn't have been stationed at that job. When we took a cruise several years ago on the Navigator, people just got off, and found their groups once off the ship. This ship attempted to organize people on the ship and let them off according to group. It was complete chaos because there simply wasn't enough room. It was a ridiculous way to handle this. In Key West, they assigned us times to get off the ship, according to tour. We utilized this procedure and found our group neglected once outside for almost an hour. No one knew the correct times for restaurants either. We had a suite and supposedly could dine for breakfast in the Italian restaurant. However the hours for this are not posted anywhere. And when we asked, not once, but three different occasions, we were told the wrong times--BY THE RESTAURANT STAFF. The last time was the return to Baltimore yesterday, and I think they just opened late. We were told 6:30, but when we arrived, they were not set up, and claimed they opened at 7. The food in the main dining room, the Great Gatsby, was fair. It was what I expected, not fantastic, but not bad either. I was promised a private table for 5, but when we showed up were seated at a table for 10. This would have been fine, had it not been for the one single traveler who was so obnoxious that both our group and the other party of 4 showed up the next morning asking for separate tables. We were accommodated with a separate table, but the service at that table was AWFUL! It was consistently 2 hours for every dinner. We were always the last to get a menu, the last to have their order taken, and the longest for it to be delivered. The last evening in the main dining room, we watched as the waitress spent 15 minutes laying out dessert spoons and serving water before entering the meal orders in the computer. She had three tables, and all three tables received poor service. It was only the second to the last night when the waitress and the guy that is supposed to handle refilling water and passing out butter that they became super friendly and eager to please. When she asked how we would rate her service when we received our email review did it become clear why she suddenly cared. Too little too late. The other issues were the amount of effort they put into trying to sell us extras. One day at lunch were were pressured to buy a cookbook and a tour of the galley, and I saw similar tactics at dinner as well. This was not a simple, "here is our cookbook, and a tour if you'd like," it was high pressure, stand over your table not taking no for an answer. It was truly obnoxious. The same thing happened when we got a massage. High pressure sales for massage oils for 200.00. Ridiculous. The gym is very small, which make the out of commission jogging track even more sorely missed. The other thing I don't get is, I had read that the entertainment was very good on this cruise, yet it was almost non existent on our sailing. I think there was one comedy act the first or second day. Other than that, it was mostly contests, and showing movies. It was quite dull. My other complaints don't really have anything to do with the cruise line; the weather was chilly most of the time--I think there were only 2-3 days that were actually warm enough for a bathing suit, the water is very rough sailing until you get down to Port Canaveral. I think it's the wrong time of year for these destinations--Key West, Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Coco Cay. The water was so cold at Coco Cay the boys asked to come back to the ship--and they can tolerate pretty cold water. Spending the day at Atlantis was probably the best day, but that was a little chilly as well. The Chops restaurant, and the Italian Restaurant, Giovanni's is ABSOLUTELY WORTH THE EXTRA MONEY. The service is very good, and the food is just fantastic. If you book as suite, I would take the extras with a grain of salt. They will tell you how worth it it is to pay the extra for a suite because you get all the extras, but the fact is, there really aren't much in the way of extras. If you need the space it's nice to have, but don't be lured into thinking you're going to get something for it in return. The whole, you have your own butler. Personally I don't think it's that big a deal (I mean why does anyone need their own personal valet anyway), I just don't like being told it's a perk when it's a lie. He did bring us a cheese plate on the third day, and filled our ice bag from coco cay for two days after. He was efficient, but twice forgot to leave a compass of the next days activities, and twice did not replenish the shampoo and soap. All in all, I would not do that itinerary again, nor that ship again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
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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