10 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Spring Break Cruise Reviews

Chose this cruise because we live only about one hour drive from Port of Baltimore and it’s so easy to get there. No airfare needed! Embarking is a breeze. This was our fourth Royal Caribbean cruise. (2 other prior cruises with HAL and ... Read More
Chose this cruise because we live only about one hour drive from Port of Baltimore and it’s so easy to get there. No airfare needed! Embarking is a breeze. This was our fourth Royal Caribbean cruise. (2 other prior cruises with HAL and Carnival) My husband and I cruised with our two children (6&8) and our friends who are new to cruises and brought their two children (7&9). This was our second trip on Grandeur. It felt like coming home. Our last trip on Grandeur was also a spring break/Easter cruise. This time they tried to do a little more to recognize the Easter holiday. There was an opportunity to have a photo with Easter bunny and an Easter egg hunt. The hunt was poorly organized. They need to stagger entry so small and young children have a chance. Some adults were rushing in too. Not a good scene. The food was very good. I thought they do a really nice job when you consider how many folks they’re cooking for. Our friends are vegetarian and they had special requests that were honored everyday. The ship seems to be cutting corners here and there. Anyone who has cruised for over ten years will notice it. My big gripe is the soda package. I prepaid for unlimited Coca Cola products but got very limited product. The machines that dispense the coke products malfunction or are poor stocked. Unless you prefer Sprite or root beer, don’t buy the package. The machines were almost always out of Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero. I complained three times and no change. Also no bar server or restaurant server ever offered to refill my coke. This is despite the fact I had to prepay 18% gratuity in the entire Coke product beverage package.( I feel very ripped off. Hope you are listening Royal Caribbean!) Our experience was overall very good. We did not like the cruise director “Big Bob” as he was not warm and personable, in our experience. My friend participated in a game and Big Bob yelled and pressured him to take off his shirt. My friend was not happy. We did love our main dining room experience. Shout out to Great Gatsby’s Anita, Grant G., Vitaliy and Robert W. (Or the “Sheriff” of windjammer). These guys really care and want their guests to have best possible experience. So Enjoyed the prime rib, lobster tail, shrimps, cheesecake, cherries jubilee, ceasar salad, French onion soup, eggs, mashed potatoes, fresh fruit, daily rolls with butter, chicken Parmesan, molten chocolate cake, raspberry ganache, and ice cream. Yum! (I probably gained five pounds.) Did try Olga’s yoga classes. My friend and I went to four or five. I thought she was good. Took dance class with Bas ❤️and Zumba with Caroline. ❤️ They were both great. We enjoyed our ports. Can see hurricane damage but had a perfect beach day in Phillipsburg, St. Martin. Took a fun snorkel excursion in St. Thomas to Turtle Bay. Unfortunately we didn’t see many tropical fish or coral. Again, if you snorkeled ten or more years ago you see the difference. The ocean is changing. We enjoyed shopping in St. Kitts and toured on our own mostly. Caribbean Cab drivers were super aggressive at times. Had so-so experience dealing with them on the islands. Enjoyed the local beer. Try Piton and Caribe. Enjoyed eating shrimp, rice and beans at The Nest at the Valley Church Beach on Antigua. Loved Burger Madness on St. Martin. Don’t expect quick service though. Remember you’re on Island Time. We had two days with rough seas. My kids were seasick (plus our little one ran fever for days) but taking Tylenol and Dramamine early helped. Must say, Did NOT have good experience at the medical facility with ship’s doctor “Luis” , nurse “Rose” seemed more caring, but both gave bad medical advice contrary to what our excellent pediatricians say to do here in US. I would NOT return to that clinic unless dying. Would return to Grandeur of the Seas but we are interested in checking out some newer ships so we’re booked on a Ovation and Anthem for our upcoming cruises. We do always appreciate Adventure Ocean (AO) staff. They do a great job with our kids. Our kids were sad however they didn’t get AO pillowcases this time or get to repeat the pirate parade they did last time. We also liked Donna the face painting professional. She was so nice and friendly and did a great job with the kids. Happy cruising! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
we keep coming back to this ship and each time we see nice improvements to service, food and customer care. Grandeur is one of RCL's smaller ships but we like the ships under 3,500 people. Having taken 3 trips of the over ... Read More
we keep coming back to this ship and each time we see nice improvements to service, food and customer care. Grandeur is one of RCL's smaller ships but we like the ships under 3,500 people. Having taken 3 trips of the over 5,000 guests mega ships we keep coming back . We were travelling with 2 couples The Port of Baltimore is convenient for us to fly into from Buffalo. This vacation was a 12 day trip visited 5 islands and really enjoyed relaxing with days at sea Due to the hurricanes, St. Thomas was not really ready for tourists, the other 4 ports of call Antigua, St Lucia, Martinique and St Kitts were excellent. Grandeur was kept very clean but it can use some updating. My time dining - Staff knew our names wow. Food was very good Some of the dance shows could use a refresh We all Enjoyed the sauna , it was always working, clean and available. The exercise room is much too small when in full use. We would go again out of Baltimore - 12 days or more but when different ports of calls are offered Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
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
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
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
We booked this cruise for my son's spring break from High School. We sailed with another family who has two girls who are in Elementary School. There was a nice mix of young and old on board and there were a lot of families! We had ... Read More
We booked this cruise for my son's spring break from High School. We sailed with another family who has two girls who are in Elementary School. There was a nice mix of young and old on board and there were a lot of families! We had priority check in so we didn't have to wait long at all during the boarding process. For sail away we met on the top deck and enjoyed the views and music as we set sail at 5PM. We had the early dinner so we all got ready and met in the dining room. We were thrilled to discover that we had a great table right next to the window looking out over the water...perfect! We had a fabulous view of the Skyway Bridge as we sailed under it during dinner! The food each night was very good and there was always a good variety with healthy choices available each night as well! Juvi was our waiter and Jorge was his assistant, they were great! They learned our names and our likes/dislikes quickly. We ate all of our dinners in the formal dining room and ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer Buffet. The food there was very good as well and there was a nice selection. We spent our days at the pool and the kids enjoyed taking part in some of the Adventure Ocean activities. The teen activities on the first day were great, but as the trip continued the number of kids showing up was inconsistent so some events were cancelled. We had a great time playing bingo and also in the casino. We went into port in Cozumel for about an hour just to walk the shops. We have been there before and didn't really feel like doing anything else. We got back on the ship and enjoyed the pool as there was hardly anyone on board. We also visited the spa while in port. $149 for a top to toe massage and facial....so relaxing!! We saw all of the shows on board and all were really good. We arrived back in port on Monday morning and we had a check out time of 9:10 so we took our time and had a nice breakfast at the Windjammer before heading down to the Palladium to wait for our color to be called so we could disembark. This also went very smoothly and we were off and on our way home in no time. To be honest I found this cruise so much more relaxing than our 7 day Freedom of the Seas trip because we were not rushing to get off in a port everyday! Thanks Grandeur for a great spring break!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
Embarkation We embarked the ship after flying from Washington Regan Airport to Tampa on March 27 and visiting with family in Punta Gorda for two days. Embarkation could not have been easier. Since we rented a car from National, we were ... Read More
Embarkation We embarked the ship after flying from Washington Regan Airport to Tampa on March 27 and visiting with family in Punta Gorda for two days. Embarkation could not have been easier. Since we rented a car from National, we were expecting to have to give back the car, go to the airport, and get a taxi to the ship. As it turned out, National provides a taxi straight to the port, which was very convenient. Out of my cruises, this was the quickest embarkation. We jumped off the bus to the port, gave our luggage to a porter, and walked in. After filling out the compulsory CDC sheets, we got into the priority embarkation line, which had one other group in it, and got our SeaPass cards immediately. This was a great perk of being in a junior suite, since most other lines don't offer priority boarding to their minisuites. We stopped to grab refreshments on the way into the SeaPass picture line, got our pictures taken, and walked right onto the ship. Cabin The cabin that we were staying in was a junior suite on the eighth floor right next to the main staircase. This turned out to be an amazing location. After getting on the ship, we actually came up the main stairway and then took a bit of a roundabout path to it, only to find that the cabin was about 10 steps from where we came up. Naturally, due to the Grandeur's size, the cabin was a bit on the small side, but it was nice enough, had a good sized balcony, and fit the four of us comfortably. On the first day during departure, it was a bit worrying because the balcony doorway seemed to creak while the ship moved, but it went away that evening and never came back. It seemed like the shower had a bit of a problem keeping a constant temperature, but otherwise the bathroom was good. Our stateroom steward was nice, though less personal than the one on Princess. Towards the end of the cruise, some cool towel animals started showing up. The location was one of the best parts of the cabin. Being right next to the stairs, we could get anywhere on the ship in just a matter of seconds, with the pool deck being just one deck up. In regards to this, we could hear some clomping and very light music from upstairs every so often, but normally not at night, and certainly not enough to be a bother. The Ship The ship was great, even despite being by far the smallest that I've ever sailed on. There was nowhere that I noticed any signs of the ship's age. Certainly Royal Caribbean has been doing a great job of maintaining it. One area that I especially liked was the Viking Crown Lounge. During the daytime, there were almost never any people there, except for when teen activities were hosted there, making it a great "secret" place to just relax, play cards, or watch the ocean go by. A couple members of our family made frequent trips to the gym while on the ship, which they seemed to enjoy well enough. There were no fitness classes in the gym, since there was no instructor aboard the ship, but I assume that this is temporary and it wasn't a problem regardless. Unfortunately, even with how small the ship was, none of us managed to make it to the rock wall at all during the cruise. I guess that's something to do in the future . At some times, the forward part of the top deck got windy, especially on sailaway and during the sea days, but the aft of the ship was well protected from the wind, as was the "observatory." The front of the ship was a great place to watch the departure from Tampa, and it was surprisingly not crowded at all. Three of the four of us stayed out there all the way until we passed under the Skyway Bridge about two hours into departure. Food After cruising on Princess and NCL, I was very pleasantly surprised by the buffet. The layout of it was certainly much better than either of my previous two cruises, and the food tended to be very good as well. I only ate there a couple times, and never for dinner. Of these times, a waiter came by to get us drinks only during the first lunch. Not a problem at all, since there was a bar just outside and the buffet offered some drinks like lemonade, water, and orange juice. The pizza in the Solarium was good, and the fries got very good reviews from many. Breakfast in the Great Gatsby Dining Room (the only one aboard the ship) was excellent, so I ended up eating there most of the time. Unfortunately I made it to the Great Gatsby for lunch only one time during my five days on the ship, which was certainly not enough. The lunch that I had there on the final sea day was by far the best lunch I had eaten on the ship, especially the dessert, for which I had an orange flan. Service during this lunch was great, making me all the more disappointed that I didn't come to eat this meal there earlier in the trip. On the morning of our stop in Cozumel, we had breakfast delivered to our stateroom. As usual for this cruise, the food was nice, especially the pastries. By now, you can probably guess what I'm going to say about dinner. This was the first time that we had tried traditional dining on a cruise, and we were not disappointed. 8:30 served as a very nice time for dinner. Dinner ended every day between 9:45 and 10:15. We enjoyed the service each night in the Great Gatsby Dining Room, especially our assistant waiter, Arnold. There were no disappointments among the meals that we ate, although I heard some not so great things about the sea bass on one of the earlier nights. I didn't try it myself, but I talked to more than one person who was disappointed by this dish. Ports The first stop on this cruise was at Costa Maya, where we took the ship's excursion to the Mayan ruins. We had a good guide on this trip and it was a nice excursion. At first, we were disappointed when our time was moved from the afternoon to the morning, but as it turned out it was hot enough in the morning when we went. The bus rides on either end of the excursion were a bit long, but the guide was very informative on the way there, while on the way back we had time to relax and watch Mexico go by. Besides this, we didn't do anything else at Costa Maya. The next morning we arrived at Cozumel and enjoyed breakfast on our balcony before leaving the ship to go snorkeling. Once again, this was a RCCL tour. At the end of the pier, the herded us onto a small boat with everyone else who was going snorkeling and we headed out. The boat ride to our snorkeling location was a bit long, which was compounded by the fact that they hadn't managed to put enough snorkel masks on the boat for everyone who was snorkeling. As a result, the guides spent a little while going up to other snorkel boats and asking for masks. Once in the water, we were following one of the guides who frequently pointed things out, but only the few around him were close enough to hear what we should be looking at. Regardless, we all had a great time snorkeling and we thought it was pretty cool to see the stingrays (we saw two), a couple big grouper, and the ocean dropoff. When finished with snorkeling, they herded us over to Playa Mia, where we had surprisingly good sandwiches for lunch and then relaxed on the beach for an hour. When this hour was up, the boat took us back to the pier, and we headed back onto the ship with a few hours left until sailaway. Overall the activities that we chose to do at the ports were great, but we didn't manage to see any of Mexico besides just the excursions we took. It seemed like both of the ports were just tourist traps, with shops and whatnot all around and not a whole lot to see or do. This meant that on our Mexican vacation, we didn't see much at all of Mexico, but we had fun with what we did see. Other Comments Overall we all felt that this was a great vacation. The family as a whole couldn't come to an agreement on what we liked best about it. Some said the ports while others said that everything was great. I certainly agree. We would certainly recommend this ship and this itinerary, because we had a blast even with the smaller size of the ship and it not offering all of the amenities that RCCL is known for. As for if we'll sail RCCL again in the future, we did sign up for Crown and Anchor, but much to the dismay of the kids we checked the "12+" box for when we plan to sail again. Maybe a cruise will come our way again sooner, and we wouldn't hesitate to book it on RCCL if that's what worked out. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
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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