Sail Date: June 2018
We picked this ship because of the itinerary and loved the ports. However, the ship was average. Average food, entertainment, cruise director and activity staff. Another problem I had with this ship was that they put the ping pong ... Read More
We picked this ship because of the itinerary and loved the ports. However, the ship was average. Average food, entertainment, cruise director and activity staff. Another problem I had with this ship was that they put the ping pong tables so close to the smoking section of the deck. Who wants to smell smoke when they are playing ping pong? My teen sons loved the teen room. We booked excursions that were not connected to RCCL and saved money. We had a tight schedule in St. John and our private tour guide told us if we actually missed the ship, he would drive us to the next port of Halifax. We made it back in plenty of time and had an amazing time at the Fundy Trail. We flew into Washington DC and spent a couple of days there before the cruise and stayed an extra day in Baltimore at the end. Coming from FL, we enjoyed the cooler weather and got to see a lot before and after the cruise in those two big cities. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Love the Grandeur and this itinerary. The crew is the friendliest and most amazing group of people. They all do everything they can to make sure that the guests are happy. The guests all seem like they are having a great time. The ... Read More
Love the Grandeur and this itinerary. The crew is the friendliest and most amazing group of people. They all do everything they can to make sure that the guests are happy. The guests all seem like they are having a great time. The pianist in the Schooner bar was great. Rookie did a wonderful performance. Even the new cruisers were having a great time. They tried to do some awesome activities and parties. This is a ship that you want to be on and sail many times . The Captain is awesome and seen often about the ship. He goes to the Wind jammer like everyone else This ship is the friendliest with an amazing crew. They are dedicated professionals. They are committed to making the cruise perfect for every one. This is a wonderful cruising experience. I would heartily recommend.. There is a very high number of passengers returning to the Grandeur for a great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We were very interested in the itinerary of this sailing and it didn’t disappoint. We had a grande two bedroom suite which was very nice. The concierge, Francs, was wonderful to us. The ship is older, with some rust here and ... Read More
We were very interested in the itinerary of this sailing and it didn’t disappoint. We had a grande two bedroom suite which was very nice. The concierge, Francs, was wonderful to us. The ship is older, with some rust here and there, but the ports of call and fantastic staff make up for it. Ports of call included Boston, Portland, Bar Harbor, St. John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia. We also visited Lexington, Comcord, Acadia National Park, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport along with Peggy’s Cove. The Citadel in Halifax is very impressive. My son also enjoyed himself on the tours and the ship. On our days at sea, he told me he needed a rest! Our staff was very attentive especially our wait staff. We were honored to have dinner with the Captain and the staff on that evening were superb. Overall, a great cruise experience that I would recommend to others. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Always dreamed of going to New England... Loved all the ports... Boston was a bit hectic but ok. We loved all the others. Five ports total. Lots to see and a relaxing boat to go back to. The service was beyond excellent. The dinning ... Read More
Always dreamed of going to New England... Loved all the ports... Boston was a bit hectic but ok. We loved all the others. Five ports total. Lots to see and a relaxing boat to go back to. The service was beyond excellent. The dinning room staff was unbelievable! So much fun and laughter all through dinner. "Happy People" was our greeting and theme. Everything was perfect. The atmosphere of the ship was calm and relaxing. Everyone was so nice we made many friends. Apparently there are many people who have sailed this ship multiple times. One woman had been on the ship for 9 months. People love this ship and call it their at sea family. We went to two shows both comedians and very entertaining. The best entertainment was Alex in the Scooner Bar. She played piano and sang. She was wonderful and very funny the way she conversed between songs. We spent 4 nights being entertained by her. Loved her. I could have stayed aboard for at least another month. My dream trip, best ever. I actually have a piece of luggage that is currently missing. Someone took it by mistake. Apparently their bag is just like it and they were in a hurry. It is currently in Jacksonville Florida and I am in Ohio. Slightly frustrating, however the cruise line is working with me and it is being shipped. Funny thing is even with that.....BEST TRIP EVER! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
My family took the 9 night cruise up the NE into Canada out of Baltimore. Without airfare, it made the trip far more economical. We paid around $3,700 before our final tab at the gift shops, bar, gratuities. Gratuities really add up at ... Read More
My family took the 9 night cruise up the NE into Canada out of Baltimore. Without airfare, it made the trip far more economical. We paid around $3,700 before our final tab at the gift shops, bar, gratuities. Gratuities really add up at $14.50/person/day. I don't debate they are deserved; just factor those in as you budget. I was on this ship in the late 90's and it's still the same. It's had a face lift, or several, but if you start looking close, you can tell it's tired. I will say that it's clean, which is what I care about most. The staff are excellent and work hard to make sure the experience is good! Age. Wow, there are a lot of older folks on this trip. It slows movement down around the ship. Not a complaint; just be aware of it. Kids activities were better than we expected based on what we had read. Our 9 and 12 year old enjoyed the kids room, pools and the rock climbing wall. Just be aware it's not a Disney cruise. The gym on this ship is terrible. Small and older equipment that needs to be replaced. I'm not sure what they would do to make it larger, but it's very much in need of a facelift and expansion. The ship is crowded. I am on the second to last day - on the ship now. When you are at sea (and you are the last two days of this trip), the place fills up quickly. Hard to find a place to sit other than your room. Two days, back to back, at sea is not ideal on this ship at all. The stops? Boston, Portland, Bar Harbor and Halifax were excellent. St. John's was our least favorite. Nice enough City, but couldn't really find much we wanted to do. Perhaps that's us? The rest were excellent stops! Avoid the "whale watching" tour they sell you at Halifax through RC. Listen, I full appreciate you can't always see a whale. However, it's positioned by RC that the likelihood you will is high. We paid nearly $200 for four of us to go and we basically went on a two and a half hour boat ride. Saw nothing more than a lobster and a crab. Terrible waste of money. Terrible. The food? It's not bad, but after 7-8 days, it gets old. You can tell what's going on. 10-15 year ago, you went on a cruise and got fed very well. Now, if you want that same experience? You are paying extra and going to their specialty restaurants. Add in the drinks and internet, you start to feel like you're getting nickel and dimed to death. It does get old in that regard. I did try a steak from their specialty restaurant. It was average, at best. Certainly not worth the up charge. I will also say, 9 days of food is hard to manage. You can only do some much to create variety. We made it a habit to have lunch off the boat in town each day. Try the café back by the gym. Great spot for an Egg McMuffin at breakfast, a light sandwich/snack in the afternoon, etc. Great food and it wasn't crowded as I don't think most people knew about it. The internet? Well, it works. It's not so slow that it doesn't run your machine, but it's certainly not blazing fast. At best, I was getting about 4mbps down and 2 up. At worst, it would manage 1 down and .5 up. It was quick enough to run FaceTime, etc. We bought a two device package. It's a real pain to connect/disconnect. About once a day, we would have to go to the customer service desk as it would "jam" and tell us we were connected even though we logged out. It would then lock us out of our account. A real pain to deal with every day. Overall, though, it's much better than I remember it being a few years ago. Useable if you need to be connected. Overall, we had a nice time. It was a great way to see many different spots that would be expensive to go to singularly. The age of the ship didn't create near the stir we thought it would. RC has done a nice job with it, frankly, and the staff was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
I enjoyed the cruise. The port in Baltimore is fantastic. Easy on easy off. Fast lines. It was great. The ship is in good condition. Our room was mid ship third deck outside cabin. Plenty of room and storage. But no mini-fridge. We were ... Read More
I enjoyed the cruise. The port in Baltimore is fantastic. Easy on easy off. Fast lines. It was great. The ship is in good condition. Our room was mid ship third deck outside cabin. Plenty of room and storage. But no mini-fridge. We were a group of 20 headed to Bermuda for a wedding. All agreed the service was very good. Meals were good to excellent. They did make effort to correct anything that they could. Buffet is a big circle with some outside stations. Sometimes you have to search to find things. I had one issue; we had 8 o'clock dinners. Wedding night we got back to the ship late. The buffet closed at 8:30. Thank goodness they let us into the dining room because there is no where else to eat. We would have had to wait until the small cafe opened up at 11 like one in our group had to do. No food on a cruise ship? Who ever heard of that? Overall a nice experience. I don't smoke so I always avoid the casino. I tried but it was pungent. There is smoking on Lido (pool) deck port side so I avoided that too. Entertainment was biggest disappointment. 10th cruise so I had expectations. Main dance shows were good. Otherwise one piano bar, one DJ, one reggae band, and a violin duo. So not many choices. Again, no complaints but no wow. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
My sister and I needed a short vacation away together so we booked this cruise from Baltimore, only a 3 hr. Drive from home. We have been on other cruises in the past with friends and family but this was just a "sister cruise". ... Read More
My sister and I needed a short vacation away together so we booked this cruise from Baltimore, only a 3 hr. Drive from home. We have been on other cruises in the past with friends and family but this was just a "sister cruise". From start to finish, I can't say enough about the wonderful service on this ship. I can't imagine being away from my family for 5-6 months at a time and still smile every day to all the customers. SUCH HARD WORKERS with little time off. People say that this is an "old ship with old people". This is not true! We saw people from 1-93 on this cruise. The 93 yr old lady was playing the piano in the Schooler Bar on the last night. What a treat to watch her play the piano. Just shows that you are never too old to enjoy life! Our wait staff in the man dining room was so sweet, Gener and Imade Ari! Yes they do get paid for their service but they also deserve a little extra tip for going the extra step. The food was tasty and I loved the salad bar at lunch in the main dining room where they mixed it all up for you! Wonderful! Our room steward was also great! She always greeted us with a smile and was eager to please us during our stay. Now the fun part. We meet some folks in the casino that were so cool! We spend a lot of time playing black jack and shouting "EVERYBODY WINS! When the dealer busted. Wow, we laughed and totally enjoyed ourselves. My sister even won the slot tournament for $500.00. Bermuda was fantastic! Warm but windy for 2 days.Booked the excursion for snorkeling and loved it. We didn't get to the beach but that's ok. Overall this was a great cruise and we would not hesitate to book again on Lady G. She is wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
The positives abound: Great to leave out of Baltimore and have a "Goldilocks" cruise experience - Everything was "just right" - not too long/short at sea, in port, excursion times, bar prices, the lot. All the staff ... Read More
The positives abound: Great to leave out of Baltimore and have a "Goldilocks" cruise experience - Everything was "just right" - not too long/short at sea, in port, excursion times, bar prices, the lot. All the staff WITHOUT EXCEPTION were friendly and supportive. Amazingly, even the kids cruising were all well-behaved. Will not be our last cruise with this line. Casino notes: Low-limit blackjack pays 6:5 vice 3:2 with no double down after split, cannot get even money on blackjack. More experienced players will play $25 tables with 3:2 blackjack payouts OR play single deck late at night if few are around. Good mix of slots, small area also exists for non smoking players. Roulette was great! $5 bet minimum on 1:1 and 2:1 outside spots, $5 minimum inside on numbers at $1 chip levels. Can play all day at $5 or $10 per spin. $2 mimosa specials at 10 AM. Next time I will play in a tournament. The Bermuda Dollar is on par with the US Dollar. Great "tip" to become memorable: We had fun bringing $200 in crisp new $2 bills and spending them whenever possible, including tipping the staff and excursion driver. Special need meals are more than just the obvious. I found I could have had Indian cuisine as a sit-down dinner option had I asked (no, I am not Indian but like the food). We even skipped a plated meal to take advantage of "Indian night". A wide variety of foods at Windjammer to meet the American, European and Asian palates. All rolls and donuts made fresh daily. Only one "complaint" made to the staff: There was insufficient handicapped tables and seating in the Windjammer. We made the restaurant manager aware of this and hopefully this will be addressed, otherwise next time we will just take the meal on deck and sit at the outside table (weather permitting". Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise because of the destination and wanted to try a different cruise line. We heard that Royal was better than Carnival but for us it was not. The food wasn't very good, nor were the activity choices. The staff seemed ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the destination and wanted to try a different cruise line. We heard that Royal was better than Carnival but for us it was not. The food wasn't very good, nor were the activity choices. The staff seemed super tired and many unfriendly. The lady in the Royal shop, and the 2 workers in the Post Restaurant were the worst. Toilet seldom flushed, and the shower was rusty. We left out of Baltimore and cruised to Bermuda. The Grandeur of the Seas seemed to be a very old ship and doesn't offer much of a variety. It is suited for retirees. My granddaughter was 20 months and they didnt have anything for her to do but she had to pay the full price. She was not allowed in the pool and the lifeguards were very rude while letting us know. The babysitting service was very nice, but it's not free. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
I’ve cruised quite a few times on Disney and Carnival cruises but was dying to get on a royal Caribbean. This ship is certainly small and a little outdated but nonetheless did NOT disappoint! I wanted to do a small cruise for my ... Read More
I’ve cruised quite a few times on Disney and Carnival cruises but was dying to get on a royal Caribbean. This ship is certainly small and a little outdated but nonetheless did NOT disappoint! I wanted to do a small cruise for my boyfriends first one and he absolutely loved his time spent. The staff was so kind and courteous and always smiling. There definitely isn’t THAT much to do on board. I’d say out of an entire day’s schedule there was maybe 5 things I found really exciting and participated in. However the ones that we did go to were awesome. The entertainment shows (welcome aboard, farewell shows, etc) were just “okay.” I expected a lot more. However, all other events/activities such as the Comedian shows, lobby fair, pool deck dancing were awesome.. and the adult game shows, battle of the sexes, etc had me laughing so hard my stomach hurt. Music on the pool deck (especially the island band) were amazing and the drinks were all delicious and well-made. Dining was great and the portions were the perfect size. It’s definitely not the BEST BEST five star food I’ve ever had but what can you expect with such high volumes of food production and limited resources? I enjoyed every meal & left with a full stomach every night. Rooms were on the small side but honestly we didn’t care because we were rarely in there. The port in Bermuda is absolutely beautiful and only about 25-30 minutes from Horseshoe Bay. Shore excursions desk helped a lot , even when TWO of our excursions got cancelled. They suggested new ones right away and were very honest and up to date throughout the process. Only issue was when trying to get taxi times/prices/schedules the one last was the least bit helpful and claimed to not know any of the info. However, the pamphlet in the room said that the excursions desk had all of this info (which we didn’t see until after we already talked to her). Anyway, $7 for bus rides one way to and from horseshoe bay and $32 for a taxi. Easy information to have just given us. I had a feeling they didn’t want us traveling on our own and maybe wanted us to book with them instead. Aside from that, we had a blast. I’d recommend giving this boat a try especially if it’s your first cruise or you like a more intimate setting. Booking, boarding, embarking, etc. were all so easy, fast, smooth, and well organized. We love royal Caribbean and will continue to book with them! Read Less
Grandeur of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 4.0
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 3.5 3.9
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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