3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This was our second time on this 5 day cruise to Bermuda. We loved it so much back in May we decided to do it again. It is a short visit to this island nation but we made the most . of it. We enjoy the sea days on the ship, working out in ... Read More
This was our second time on this 5 day cruise to Bermuda. We loved it so much back in May we decided to do it again. It is a short visit to this island nation but we made the most . of it. We enjoy the sea days on the ship, working out in the fitness center in the morning, breakfast in the Windjammer, hanging out in the Solarium, dancing before dinner and more evening activities. We went on the bus to Horseshoe beach and shopped in the dock area. Fun trip. We do my time dining in the evenings and had a wonderful staff most of the week. However on the last night of the cruise we were seated at a different area with a wait staff that was new to us. We were so disappointed because we had a relationship with the servers we had enjoyed all week. The waiter on the last evening was not attentive and we get the impression that we were an inconvenience to him. We never saw the assistant waiter that night. It left a bad taste in our memory of the trip. This is not the usual RC way. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
My husband and I have been to Bermuda and the Caribbean so many times, this was our first to Canada and New England. Since it was our first, we were so looking forward to this cruise. Imagine our disappointment when the cruise was ... Read More
My husband and I have been to Bermuda and the Caribbean so many times, this was our first to Canada and New England. Since it was our first, we were so looking forward to this cruise. Imagine our disappointment when the cruise was ultimately changed from 9 nights and 5 ports to 5 nights and 1 port. Many people cancelled and took Royal Caribbean's generous compensation package. But we really wanted to cruise and go north so we stuck with the cruise. Embarkation in Baltimore was so easy and fairly quick. We live very close to Baltimore so we didn't explore the city at this time. This time, due to the itinerary change, RC wanted everyone on board early and we left port 2 hours earlier than usual. The ship was clean and the crew was friendly and organized the whole time. Throughout the cruise, the officers and crew were apologetic about the weather delay and made every effort to provide a clean, comfortable, and entertaining vacation. Having the ship barely 1/2 full was a huge benefit. No lines, no waits for an elevator, deck chairs aplenty, and everyone was relaxed and happy. (And the price was right - we got 50% discount for this cruise and a 50% credit for a future cruise.) Even with a ship only half full, the activities and entertainment were full on. Bob, the entertainment director, introduced talented and entertaining shows/comedians every night. We really liked having dinner time shows and late night entertainment too. We ate in the dining room most nights and in the Windjammer most days. Also visited the Park Cafe for afternoon and late night snacks and occasionally went to Cafe Lattitudes. Always had service that was friendly and efficient. When we arrived in Halifax, we just got off the ship and wandered around. Did some shopping and ate lobster. This was exactly what we wanted to do on our first trip to Canada. Next, probably because of the time of the year, there were very few children on this cruise. Actually, I saw no kids at all. Maybe they were super-busy in the Adventure Ocean Club, and I just didn't notice them at all. Disembarkation was so quick and easy. No waiting at all. We had a great time on this cruise and would definitely go again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I wanted a cruise close to home not requiring an airplane flight. Ports did not matter. Grandeur is a human scaled ship at 74,000 tons, not too big, not too small. It also has a proper boat deck promenade where one can commune with the ... Read More
I wanted a cruise close to home not requiring an airplane flight. Ports did not matter. Grandeur is a human scaled ship at 74,000 tons, not too big, not too small. It also has a proper boat deck promenade where one can commune with the sight, smell, and sound of the ocean. This feature is eliminated from many recent builds. The ship: I really like this ship based on the overall feel, the exterior design, passenger flow, interior layout, size and shape of the rooms. Grandeur built in 1996 is one of the oldest ships and smallest ships in the fleet and one of my favorites. The decor is 1990's Scandinavian Deco revival with a light feel. There is ample cherry veneer, mahogany, brass, chrome, plus the woods are real. Imagine the Philadelphia Convention Center. There is constant sea motion that is a gentle symmetrical roll, and little vibration from the engines and propellers. Our basic cabin was not large but very well laid out. Ship has a solarium pool which is good for the inclement weather, and is a quiet zone; no music or smoking. The Decor is Vegas Roman Forum kitsch. Atrium area is 6 decks high and the town hall square of the ship, and deck to deck windows. Ample fenestration gives the ship an excellent connection to the sea which is missing in a lot of the recent builds, where the Norwegian Get-Breakaway is sorely lacking. Viking Crown Lounge at the funnel base is a great lookout and the ship disco into the wee hours. The outer decks have a proper boat deck promenade missing from the later builds. It is a place to grab a deck chair watch, hear, and smell the ocean acting as mental floss for brain. Service: It was friendly and efficient at all levels. Our cabin steward Reginald was attentive and looked out for all of our needs. Dining staff is eager, pleasant, and competent. Entertainment: The theater shows were excellent on all levels. ABBA tribute, jazz concert, and comedian Louis Johnson come to mind. The classical duo of guitar and viola was quite refreshing as they played in the dining room, and various ship locations during the day and evening. The Calypso band in the courtyard pool was good, if a bit loud at 85db for conversation. Food: Unfortunately it was the worst quality of any of my 22 cruises starting at age 9. The dining room and the buffet area smelled of grease. The meats, fish and poultry was overcooked, flavorless, slabs marinated in Pennzoil. The Maitre De asked me on the second day my thoughts, told him the specifics, and a massive improvement for the rest of the cruise. a bottle of wine magically appeared in out cabin. Still, the overall cuisine is chain hotel banquet food. Unlike NCL the quality was at least consistent. People: It is a party crowd with a small p. The crowd hails from mostly the Baltimore metropolitan area. There were many pensioners, party fork, and ethnically diverse with African Americans and India Indians. There were no LGBT activities, but we all managed to find each other, found regular dinner companions, and poolside friends. Ports of call and Hurricane Florence: Bermuda was cancelled due to the hurricane, and we went to the Bahamas which is either gated resorts on Paradise Island or abject poverty on Nassau Island. We got a surprise later of 2 days in Port Canaveral, Cocoa Beach nearby is nothing special. We visited the Kennedy Space Center, as we waited out the storm, and 2 more sea days. Yes, we arrived home 3 days late. Changes: The live and piped in music is too loud at 85db which is indicative of a mass market cruise . Food quality is lacking, in preparation, seasoning, and ingredients. Overall the Royal Caribbean Grandeur is a pleasant cruise experience and the price is right. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We had traveled on RCCL before and wanted to revisit Bermuda with friends. The hurricane changed that we went to Nassau, Bahamas. RCCL had notified 2 days before and offered to give us a credit to be used on a future cruise. We opted to ... Read More
We had traveled on RCCL before and wanted to revisit Bermuda with friends. The hurricane changed that we went to Nassau, Bahamas. RCCL had notified 2 days before and offered to give us a credit to be used on a future cruise. We opted to go. Excursions were posted on the ship to Nassau, we chose the Glass Bottom Boat, very nice. However the hurricane persetied and we were told our 5 day cruise would be extended by 2 more days. So we went to Port Canaveral, again excursions were offered and we took a Boat Ride on a nearby river, very nice. But we were extended again now 4 days. This was difficult for some passengers as they had not packed enough medicine for the additional days. RCCl provided free shuttle transportation to area pharmacies with instructions on how to go about filling prescriptions. They also helped the 400 people who left the ship on Thurs or original last day. We were impressed with all the help and refunds we received for these changes which were not RCCL's fault. As always our cabin which had a balcony was very nice, clean lots of storage, the food was excellent used the in room service one morning. That was prompt and exactly what we ordered. The activities on the ship were ample several good lectures. The Captains talk is always a favorite of ours, learn about the things he deals with. The crew was as always amazing, cheerful, helpful and friendly. The entertainment was great, varied and very pleasing. Amazing since they were on every night, even on the extension. How the shore excursions were added with so little notice was beyond me but they were different and in all price ranges. The only negative was leaving the ship instead of the usual morning departure we did not leave till after 6 pm. This caused a lot of difficultly. Largely because directions were not followed. No doubt this will be corrected in the future. We are booked for a 12 cruise in Feb. and very much looking forward to it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We were going on a five days cruise from Baltimore to Bermuda. The day before we left we got a text and e-mail that due to Hurricane Florence the ship was now going to the Bahamas. We were given the option to cancel. If you went on the ... Read More
We were going on a five days cruise from Baltimore to Bermuda. The day before we left we got a text and e-mail that due to Hurricane Florence the ship was now going to the Bahamas. We were given the option to cancel. If you went on the cruise they refunded 50% of the cost less taxes to your onboard account to use. Whatever you did not use was refunded back to your credit card. They were also giving us a voucher for 50% less taxes to use towards another cruise. They did a great job of getting us to the Bahamas in a short time. After our first day there we were informed that our cruise was extended to 8 days due to the hurricane. We got extended time in the Bahamas and then got two night in Port Canaveral. They got excursions set up, gave us phone numbers to local pharmacies in case you needed more medication, one day provided, free of charge, a bus to run to the pharmacies/beach. They offered drink packages for the extra days at 50 % off as well as that same discount on laundry, specialty restaurant etc. The trip back took 2 1/2 days because they went so far out to sea to avoid the really large waves and wind. They did a great job. They also got luggage people to come to the Baltimore port and help out. I can't say enough about how wonderful they were. It was not my first time cruising with Royal Caribbean and it will not be my last. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Comfortable cruise. Excellent staff from dining room to stateroom. However excursion In Bar Harbor to Acadia and lobster bake was a total bust. Tour was rushed through Park and we arrived 11 AM for Lobster Bake.Tour should have been ... Read More
Comfortable cruise. Excellent staff from dining room to stateroom. However excursion In Bar Harbor to Acadia and lobster bake was a total bust. Tour was rushed through Park and we arrived 11 AM for Lobster Bake.Tour should have been one hour longer. Waste of money. Small lobster tail 1/3 piece of corn and two small potatoes. Opportunity to see a beautiful park lost. Could have booked our own tour and found our own restaurant . Very pleased with itinerary and time at ports. Entertainment was great . Hated the one show only days, first night and last. Forces you to arrive 45 minutes early for seating. TV limited. Most stations RC stations. Specialty Restaurant not worth the extra cost. Do not like that they force you to pay 20% gratuity for less than adequate service on top of the gratuities already prepaid. All in all will do this itinerary again, skipping the specialty restaurants and excursions. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I have always wanted to go the the New England states along with some parts of Canada. I chose this one because it seemed to fit the bill. boarding and getting off the ship was very easy and fast. This cruise was geared more for a older ... Read More
I have always wanted to go the the New England states along with some parts of Canada. I chose this one because it seemed to fit the bill. boarding and getting off the ship was very easy and fast. This cruise was geared more for a older crowd. Not much activity, very small pool but lots of pool side loungers. Ice cream was very yummy. First couple of nights the Main dining room was very ssssslow. It took almost 2 hrs from the time we entered the dining room until we left. We normally eat dinner in the main dining room but on this cruise we only ate there 2 times. The windjammer was very nice and the service was EXCELLENT. EVERYONE WAS VERY HELPFUL, SMILING SINGING AND MADE YOU FEEL GOOD. The shows were fantastic but the theater room was way to small to hold all those people, every show we went to was standing room only if you didnt get there a hour before it started. They need to have more than one sitting for each show. We enjoyed the singing and dancing in the centrum area alot. The shopping on this ship didnt amount to much. Our stateroom attendant EDISON was super, always smiling and we never had to ask for anything and our room was always clean and well kept the entire trip. I felt like they only reconized the directors and the so called important people and not the people behind the scenes who do alot of the work. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This was my first time on Royal Caribbean. I have cruised with Carnival over 16 times. I have been told that I should not judge Royal Caribbean based on this ship, so I will try to bring out as many positives as I can. I do have ... Read More
This was my first time on Royal Caribbean. I have cruised with Carnival over 16 times. I have been told that I should not judge Royal Caribbean based on this ship, so I will try to bring out as many positives as I can. I do have another one booked on the Anthem of the Seas, so I will reserve a more general opinion of Royal Caribbean after that cruise. Here are my negatives about the Grandeur of the Seas: 1) the cabin shower was incredibly small. I have never been in a shower that small and it was difficult to take a decent shower. 2) On Carnival, I am used to seeing the Cruise Director a lot and even hearing the Cruise Director a lot. Although, the Cruise Director (Big Bob) seemed nice enough, he was not visible very much and you rarely heard him throughout the day. He seemed to come out at night for the shows in the main lounge. 3) The ship was dusty 4) Most of the food in the Windjammer and Dining Room is tasteless 5) Not a lot of activites. At night, it was a ghost town after 11pm. 6) The TV stations were all about Royal Caribbean...very, very, very few stations that were not about Royal Caribbean. Here are my positives: 1) Customer Service is great!! 2) Embarkation/Disembarkation processses were better than I ever experienced on a Carnival Ship. I have Platinum status on Carnival which allows me priority for embarkation and disembarkation but Royal Caribbean leads in this area hands down. 3) The cookies were fantastic, in fact, most of the desserts are very good. 4) the Casino was not smokey although smoking was allowed in a couple of areas in the casino. 5) The adult solarium is very nice Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We were looking for an inexpensive getaway before school starts back up. I had been watching pricing on this date since March and pulled the trigger the end of June. We have been on the Grandeur 4 times including this intinerary last year ... Read More
We were looking for an inexpensive getaway before school starts back up. I had been watching pricing on this date since March and pulled the trigger the end of June. We have been on the Grandeur 4 times including this intinerary last year with friends. Embarking took about 20 minutes. They keep getting more and more efficient at the port. Loyal Grandeur cruisers rave about the ship and we could really see why. We had exceptional service from all staff on board. Our room steward had my shirts back from pressing with plenty of time to spare for formal night. Our experience is usually getting it back just in time to go to early seating. He also made sure our ice bucket was filled twice daily. Plus our room was always clean Dining was excellent! Our servers Lulama & Harjo we excellent and worked well as a team. The menu featured 3-4 staple offerings for each course with 2-3 changes every night. We really enjoy the staples so this worked well for us. We also had a chops steak a few nights when the menu didnt suit us. Well worth the added cost. We enjoyed breakfast in the dining room as well. We had several lunches in the solarium. The roast beef was excellent There were 2 comics, one at the beginning (we missed) but the second one was funny. Missed the juggler, but went to the majority rules game show and the love & marriage show. L&M has always been our favourite but was at 3pm on day 8 and kind of felt like it was missing something being that time of day We loved Bermuda. Rented a kayak one day and went to horseshoe bay the next. Stayed on the ship in Nassau. Coco maybe was coco yes! Beautiful beach day and snorkeling. Special mention to KK and Marcus! Very helpful in solving our one minor hiccup. On the last sea day, there was a fellow outside the dining room loudly complaining about the cruise and how terrible it was. Felt like telling he was free to get off anytime he wanted. Disembarkation was the smoothest it has ever been. Took maybe 15 minutes from ship to car. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
The New England cruise is a very nice itinerary. Our group of 5 did not sign up for shore excursions since we had been to most ports previously. Of all the ports, St. Johns was the least attractive, a mostly industrial city. Boston, ... Read More
The New England cruise is a very nice itinerary. Our group of 5 did not sign up for shore excursions since we had been to most ports previously. Of all the ports, St. Johns was the least attractive, a mostly industrial city. Boston, Portland, Bar Harbor and Hailifax were great. The staterooms definitely need to be updated. However, all the public areas were beautiful. The crew was super, and it felt great to be on a ship that is not as large as a small city, such as the newer mega ships. Food was best in the main dining room and themed restaurants. The buffet lines on the Windjammer deck near the pool were not appetizing at all and we stayed away from them. I highly recommend this cruise. The Cruise Director and Activities Director were wonderful hosts for the key activities. I especially liked the Hall of Nations ceremony on the last day, honoring all the dedicated crew. Read Less
Grandeur of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.0
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 3.5 3.9
Public Rooms 3.5 4.3
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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