488 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Although the Grandeur had a mechanical issue which lengthened our cruise for two extra days, she is still a beautiful ship and we’ve already booked another cruise on her. This was a cruise greatly affected by the weather. We docked ... Read More
Although the Grandeur had a mechanical issue which lengthened our cruise for two extra days, she is still a beautiful ship and we’ve already booked another cruise on her. This was a cruise greatly affected by the weather. We docked first at Charleston, SC where 3-5 inches of snow on the ground pretty much paralyzed the city. We were also unable to get to Coco Cay due to waves which would have made tender operation too dangerous. We ended up spending the night in Nassau and leaving in the evening which gave us 2 days there. On our way back home the ship lost function in part of the steering linkage and we went to Port Canaveral for repairs which took a full day. Passengers who could not stay on the ship for the two extra days were able to get off at Port Canaveral to make arrangements for their return home with the help and some reimbursement from Royal Caribbean. I’ve heard it said that the Grandeur is an old ship with frequent breakdowns but if you look at the repair records for some of the newer bigger ships you will find that they have their share of mechanical problems as well. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The port and the timing of this cruise worked with our schedule. We found the crew to be excellent. The customer service was the best ever and was consistent, with ever crew member pleasant and helpful. Although the crew was the best ever, ... Read More
The port and the timing of this cruise worked with our schedule. We found the crew to be excellent. The customer service was the best ever and was consistent, with ever crew member pleasant and helpful. Although the crew was the best ever, the passengers were not on their best behavior. Several of the children were out of control. One boy put his mouth on the ice cream dispenser to have the ice cream dispensed into his mouth. Saw this more than once. Constantly saw people refilling water bottles right below the signs asking them to please not do this. And we wonder why neuro virus is so common? Its definitely more common than common sense . The crew was constantly disinfecting the common areas. However,all and all it was a great holiday with pleasant ports of call. Although RCL is not my usual cruise I was pleased with the ship. St Marteen and St. Thomas are upbeat and the devastation did not at all impact the hospitality of the islands. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was a nice long cruise that we did in 2016 as well. A great one for the money which makes it an exceptional value. My only real complaint was the absence of heat in the room on the last day when the ship returned to Baltimore. It ... Read More
This was a nice long cruise that we did in 2016 as well. A great one for the money which makes it an exceptional value. My only real complaint was the absence of heat in the room on the last day when the ship returned to Baltimore. It was also freezing in the Viking Crown Lounge and Concierge Lounge. We're booked on the same sailing for 2018 so I hope the ship corrects the problem. Food in the dining room was mostly adequate and seldom exceptional, although we had no complaints about the service. The Grandeur is a mass-market ship and we do not expect exceptional. Chops Grille was better than average and Giovanni's Table excellent. We love the breakfasts in Giovannis to which we were entitled, a suite-class amenity very much appreciated. We absolutely covet the Concierge Lounge and spend a lot of time there, including every happy hour. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We loved all the holiday festivities aboard Grandeur but it’s just not enough. The ship is showing signs of age. The crew for the most part is great but the food left a lot to be desired in both MDR and buffet. We had toilet problems 3 ... Read More
We loved all the holiday festivities aboard Grandeur but it’s just not enough. The ship is showing signs of age. The crew for the most part is great but the food left a lot to be desired in both MDR and buffet. We had toilet problems 3 times and the last night going back to Baltimore we literally had no heat and they couldn’t fix it. It was about 30 deg. in our room. There were no good solutions offered except to leave the vent covers off. The cabin was nice but needed work. I felt like the handle to the balcony would come off in my hand and the drapes looked dirty. However the towel animals left by the steward were great. We also toured the galley and thought it might be cleaner but again a lot could be the age of the ship. The crew was good and entertainment and activities terrific. Not much to say about Captain since we hardly saw or heard from him. Once daily over the PA system. A mixed bag for us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
As we're within quick driving distance of Baltimore, a holiday cruise with our teen twins seemed like a great way to spend 12 days at sea. In general, it was an excellent cruise with a handful of caveats. I've broken it down ... Read More
As we're within quick driving distance of Baltimore, a holiday cruise with our teen twins seemed like a great way to spend 12 days at sea. In general, it was an excellent cruise with a handful of caveats. I've broken it down into specific areas to make it easy to read. The Ship Grandeur is far from a new ship. She’s 21 years old and this was voyage number 152 in her career. She’s had major updates — including 2012 — and more subtle work, such as her 2017 dry dock. Thousands of little things were addressed from carpets to flooring and large number of beds. As it turns out, ours appear to have been the older beds, still, very hard and less than ideal for me personally, although of course, if your prefer a very firm bed, you’ll be happy. A mattress topper helped some, but again, it was one of the few things on this 12-day trip that made me miss home. She is scrubbed clean and meticulously taken care of, something not every cruise line is so careful about. She’s showing her age, as much as we find her to be an old, comfortable friend. I doubt she has five years left in the fleet, but we do hope to take her out one more time before she is sold off. What she lacks in amenities, she makes up for in good design. Even with a full ship, she rarely feels crowded. The Cabin We had a pair of adjoining balcony cabins, which were about what we expected. More than OK size — we rarely spent time there except to change/sleep, although we enjoyed a drink or coffee on the balcony more than once. Again, well cared for. Our Cabin attendant Eunice kept everything in top shape for us. If we had a quibble, it was that the room wasn’t always made up in a timely fashion — we’d come back from lunch hoping for a bit of a nap and find the room hadn’t been made up — that did seem to improve as the cruise went on, though. Massage: Unlike so many shipboard massages, the massage my wife and i received was truly deep muscle, and thorough — leaving many knots relieved and much tension lost. The lone downside: we were supposed to have the couples’ massage in the special room with a window facing toward the back of the ship, but for some reason (language skills were a bit of an issue) we were cramped into a much smaller room. Still, the skill and attitude (and multiple apologies for the regular room not being available) of our masseuses more than made up for any disappointment. Chalk up another one for RCI’s exceptional staff. Show review: All Access was the name of the show we caught on Day Two — All Abscess might have been a better name for this review. Aside from missed cues, some singing out of key and dancers bumping into each other, this mishmash of a mess of a show just basically threw out song and dance numbers with no rhyme nor reason, some of which were suited to the hard working but overwhelmed cast and some decidedly not. The choreography seemed like it was designed by someone who read about dancing — the Bob Fosse segment seemed like someone had looked up his work on Wikipedia. At a couple of points cast members sang two songs at once — effective if the songs are counterpoints musically, a Titanic-like disaster if not. Assume the stage was filled with musical icebergs. Some of the young performers have talent — they also showed energy and tried to put on a decent show — and would likely shine in a better conceived show. But between the messed up jumble of a show, poor casting decisions and amateurish choreography, All Access is definitely a show that leaves you wanting your backstage (and front of house) pass revoked. On the bright side, the Grandeur of the Seas Orchestra was up to its usual high standards and muddled through a terrible score. Later in the cruise, we saw AbbaCadbra, a nicely done music review dedicated to the music of the Swedish music group. The show was well done — even for someone not much of an ABBA fan (my wife is, of course) it was an enjoyable way to pass an hour. Passengers: This was an unusual mix for a sailing of the Grandeur — some 500 kids were part of the 2200 passengers on board. It did change the vibe a bit — understandably (and we had our twin 16 year olds on board) — but the kids were generally pretty well behaved. 97 percent of the passengers on board were great — but there were a handful of folks (Something we’ve not seen on other RCI cruises) who were rude and downright nasty. A couple of cases in point: I was shoved aside not once, not twice, but three different times in the Windjammer Cafe by someone who decided they needed that last English Muffin (or their seventh topping for their baked potato) more than I. While one hesitates to speculate about their socio/economic backgrounds, they appeared to be the sort that might struggle to pass muster at a trailer park based on teeth count, a demographic we’re not used to seeing on RCI cruises. I assume this is an anomaly related to this being the holiday cruise. On New Year’s, we opted to spring for the much-complained about paid seating — and yes, we paid full price although it became deeply discounted as the week went on as they were having trouble selling it. We had a lovely table reserved to the right of R Bar in front near the dance floor with a great view — our name on the table and everything. We went off to shoot a few extra pictures (Tuxes and all) only to find another group had decided on their own to take the table and were exceptionally nasty about it, essentially bullying the beverage staff into accepting it. My wife — not being a professional journalist like myself — is less used to people treating her with no respect and was not amused. The staff moved us to the opposite side (albeit at a less desirable, further back position) and went out of their way to try to make the situation better, between extra special attention and yes, knocking some off the original charge. Still, again, an unusual experience for us on an RCI cruise, where previously we’ve met so many nice people and rarely seen even a hint of rudeness. There were a handful of other incidents ranging from a middle-aged housewife who was put off at the idea of having to share and elevator (a first in my experience) to a couple of times where I saw passengers mistreating staff. The staff went out of its way to be helpful and friendly, even under trying conditions. Zoom Internet With so many kids on board, it’s probably not a surprise that the Internet didn’t work well much of the time. On my iPad, it was almost useless, dropping connection frequently. My laptop fared better, it has a stronger WiFi antenna. While lag and latency are a given with any satellite Internet system, they weren’t the issue here. It seemed from the speed and signal tests I ran that the ship’s WiFI mesh was totally over saturated. Although we had the four device Surf and Stream package, Web surfing was challenging at times and streaming seemed pretty unlikely. It was a struggle at times to post images to social media (or in my case, file a quick story that needed attention in my absence). I fared better with the system Princess uses in 2015, and was even able to stream audio on it with no issues, despite slower up/down speeds to the satellite. I’ll note I fared better on Grandeur in 2016 as well — but struggled with Voom on Enchantment this past July. I was able to get OK to good service early in the morning before the kids woke up and flooded the network with requests, which makes me think the issue was the WiFi. Some of the problem is the aggressive sale push — cabin attendants get a prize if 100% of their cabins sign up for the program. But at $20/day (we signed up earlier and did get a better deal) RCI needs to step up its in-ship tech better with more WiFI bandwidth. I noticed similar issues with Enchantment of the Seas this past summer, so it may be a problem with the Vision Class ship’s retrofit for Internet. The RCI people What seems to make every RCI cruise shine is the staff. From the Captain on down, everyone seemed to go out of their way to make you feel welcomed. They always seemed ready to do whatever it took to make you happy, often anticipating needs. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise for two reasons. First, it was going to three islands we had never visited (Antigua, St. Lucia and St. Kitts). Second, the departure port was Baltimore, MD which was less than 15 miles from our home. It was a ... Read More
We chose this cruise for two reasons. First, it was going to three islands we had never visited (Antigua, St. Lucia and St. Kitts). Second, the departure port was Baltimore, MD which was less than 15 miles from our home. It was a 12-night cruise that I designated "The Saints; Tour" (St. Thomas, St. John's - Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Marteen). We were concerned after the hurricane season as many of the islands had sustained at least some damage. As it turned out, the only island that was significantly damaged was St. Marteen. The cruise was excellent overall with the only glitch was the temperature of our stateroom at the beginning and end of the cruise (see Cabin review). We were traveling with another couple that we have cruised with before. We requested the late dining in the Main Dining Room with a table for eight. The first three nights we were seated at a table for 10 with only the four of us. After expressing our concern to our waiters, they explained that four of the diners were a family and had requested to be seated alone on the day of departure. The other couple just never showed up. However, beginning on the fourth evening, our waiters were able to have an addition four diners join us. This was the type of wonderful service that that we had throughout the cruise. Our waiters were simply the best as were the new table mates. The entertainment aboard was consistently outstanding. Not only were the ships' singers, dancers and orchestra outstanding, but so were the entertainers that were brought about at each stop. We thoroughly enjoyed their performances. Since we enjoy playing trivia games, we were delighted that Grandeur provided several games everyday. We were able to win two of the fabulous prizes; a Royal Caribbean key chain and a Royal Caribbean pen. We only missed out on winning a Royal Caribbean carabiner! We enjoy snorkeling so we planned two snorkeling excursions; one at St. Thomas and one at St. Lucia. In St. Thomas, we went to Buck Island. If I had known we were going to Buck Island, I would have chosen another excursions. Why, because we had been to Buck Island in July, 1971 and it was fantastic. But when we returned in 2003, both the island and the reef had been virtually destroyed by hurricanes. There were only a few sea turtles. So when I found out we were headed to Buck Island, I was apprehensive. And, unfortunately, my apprehensions were well founded. I only saw one small sea turtle and very few fish. In addition, the snorkeling tour was scheduled to be a full hour but was cut short by more than 20 minutes. Our second snorkeling tour was on St. Lucia and it was well worth it. The fish and marine life was plentiful and it was in a fairly confined area. The view of the Grand Pitons was also amazing. Unfortunately, this tour was cut short by almost 30 minutes. However, the snorkeling was excellent and the one-hour trip back to the ship as awesome. The crew and guests were dancing the entire return trip. The bus tour we took on Antigua was fun and very informative. The tour guide gave us great insight into the history of the island. I would very much recommend this excursion. Our final excursion was "Stand-up Paddle Boarding" in St. Kitts. There was only four of us that choose this excursion and we did so with some trepidation since we were all close to the maximum age limit. But, since it was only the four of us, we received very personalized attention. All four of us actually stood on the board, but only one of the four actually paddled while standing. However, paddling on my knees was a lot of fun. Actually, much more fun than I was expecting. Depending on your fitness level, you may want to consider some other excursion. Don't get me wrong, the paddle boarding was a lot of fun, but the thigh muscles were severely abused and we paid for it the next couple of days. We were so glad that we had nothing planned for St. Martin. We ended up going to church (it was a Sunday) and doing a very little shopping. As I mentioned, the 2017 hurricane season had done a lot of damage to St. Martin. Grandeur was the first Royal Caribbean ship to visit St. Martin after the hurricanes. In fact, the French side of the island was still closed except for some boating excursions around the coast. Would we go again? Absolutely yes, in a heartbeat! However, I would do a better job of researching the snorkeling. I would not go to Buck Island for at least another ten years. There are only places to go and would definitely go there. For example, from St. Thomas, you can go the St. John's USVI, tour the island and do a self-guided snorkel trip for the price of the trip to Buck Island. Much better value! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Been on this cruise 5 years running. Love departing from Baltimore. Ship is just the right size for us. Crew has always been excellent. Cabin is small but efficient. Lots of storage space. Room steward was excellent. The first three days ... Read More
Been on this cruise 5 years running. Love departing from Baltimore. Ship is just the right size for us. Crew has always been excellent. Cabin is small but efficient. Lots of storage space. Room steward was excellent. The first three days we had a problem with the thermostat. It was ice cold no matter where it was set. It took three days and three visits from the engineer to fix it. It would have been nice to receive some compensation for the discomfort. Ended up with a sore throat and cough. Had to visit ship doctor. Glad we had Travel Insurance. We love to sit in the Solarium and relax. We were disappointed that the roof was not opened at all this cruise. Some days, it was very hot in there. Crew in main dining room was excellent as usual. Food was better than last year, but not a good as 2 years ago. WIFI did not work in stateroom. Could not see email without getting dressed, leaving room, and going to a public area, where it worked. Could not read books, on computer, in stateroom That was disappointing at night. We would love to do this cruise again next year and hope that everything would go well. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We love Grandeur of the Seas. We love being able to drive to the port in 20 min without the hassle of flying to Florida. The ship is a throw back (now that its turned 21 years old) - its not DisneyWorld of the Seas. Its a cruise ship ... Read More
We love Grandeur of the Seas. We love being able to drive to the port in 20 min without the hassle of flying to Florida. The ship is a throw back (now that its turned 21 years old) - its not DisneyWorld of the Seas. Its a cruise ship with real people and an unbelievable committed and friendly crew. The ship is showing its age - a lot of it is because its runs though the cold northern winters so its showing its rust as the crew valiantly tries to keep up with maintenance and painting in the cold weather. When in the Caribbean, its easy to see the difference between the ships based in Florida and Grandeur by the paint. But inside, she is still a beautiful ship and still in great shape after the huge 2012 drydock renovations. It is sad though that the aerial shows that were done in the Centrum are gone (one CD said it was deemed to be too dangerous whereas a stage crew person said that the equipment was rented and deemed to be too expensive). Nevertheless, the food and the service is unparalleled. This ship has a superb reputation. We talked to lots of people who drove to Baltimore rather than go to closer home ports such as NYC or Port Liberty because they relished embarkation in Baltimore and cruising on Grandeur (lots of horror stories about Anthem). My only complaint is that Royal Caribbean is still cutting corners. Thankfully they still have a full compliment of live music all around the ship as well as guest headliners. However, the production shows are long-in-the-tooth and been around way too long. Plus activities are now gravitating towards "cheap" trivia contests. Lots and lots of trivia during the day - there needs to be more alternative activities. Lectures? Seminars? More movies? Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We choose this cruise because it offered Caribbean ports of call that we have not been to before. We like sailing from Baltimore as it is in driving distance.We really liked that the time we were in each port was at least 7 hours. Plenty ... Read More
We choose this cruise because it offered Caribbean ports of call that we have not been to before. We like sailing from Baltimore as it is in driving distance.We really liked that the time we were in each port was at least 7 hours. Plenty of time to wander and see the sights. As a disabled traveler, there were no accessible cabins available even through we booked almost a year ago. We ended up booking a junior suite because the door was wider and there would definitely handle my scooter. This added almost $800 to the cruise over our planned budget. There were very limited accessible cabins on the whole ship. The rest of the ship dealt very well with the scooter. Our cabin on the Granduer was on deck 8, just below the pool. A minor annoyance was that after 10 pm the staff dragged the chairs back to where the belonged. This was pretty loud. One night, I was awakened from sleep to the sound of sliding chairs at 3am.. By the end of the cruise, I hardly noticed it. Embarkation and disembarkation were easy and timely. Parking at the terminal is convenient if a little expensive ($18/day) but much cheaper than airfare. Baltimore is our favorite port for cruising. Easy access from I95 and plenty of nearby hotels. The dining room and the servers were a treat. Our waiters Kirk and Ray were an absolute delight. Their service was attentive and timely. The food was above average, Avoid the chicken as it was pretty dry. But otherwise the recommended appetizers and entrees were great choices. The quantity of food was appropriate, and the option of ordering seconds was there, but we never needed to. The dining room manager, Ken, was friendly and accommodating. The maitre d, Murat, was very visible and visited every table at least once every meal. The buffet, Windjammer, has a wide variety of food, from hot dogs to fresh roasted turkey, ham and beef. There are a great variety of fresh fruit and veggies. You can select foods to accommodate most special diets. The only down side is it closes at 8:30pm. After that, you have the hot dogs or hamburgers from the tiny buffet in the solarium that closes at 1am. Or room service that has a $7.95 plus 18% gratuity delivery charge but this is 24 hours a day. We did eat in two of specialty restaurants. Chops has amazing food. I had the petite filet mignon that was the best I ever had. The sides, served family style, were excellent. Do not miss the cheesy tator tots. Yum! At Giovanni's The Italian Restruarant, the food was delious. The canolli for desert are to die for! The wait staff are outstanding. Great value for your money. The shows in the main theater, palladium, were simplistic. The singers and dancers are quite talented, but the lack of staging and costuming left their efforts lacking. The headliners were entertaining. The movies were newer releases. The pool side big screen movies were diminished by the quality of the screen display. The entertainment in the center of the ship was of better quality and more enjoyable. Seating, of course, is limited even with more seating on the fifth and sixth deck. There was plenty of audience participation that made it spontaneous and hilarious at times. The scheduled activities had about 50% of events that were additional expense or a sales pitch for expensive services. Events scheduled on the pool deck were "one and done.". The live bands or dj's were often playing at the pool. But for the most part was just loud, good background music. The weather was amazing. The sailing was as smooth as we ever had in 9 cruises. The ports were great. Most of these islands were hit hard by the hurricanes. There was still some evidence of the devastation. However, for the most part, the areas close to the ship's were rebuilt. St. Thomas was still rebuilding and many of the shops were in various states of repair. It was sad to see, but the people from the island were happy and positive. There were plenty of shops and street vendors operating with cool inventory "We are not just rebuilding, we are making it better!". The other islands were the same. With the ports we visited, I chose to buy from the smaller vendors that are locally owned. I went to the straw markets for the tee shirt and scarves. I believe the money I spent would stay local and go to rebuilding. We opted out of the shore excursions. The ship was clean and well maintained except many of the chairs in the Windjammer dining room were loose and made me nervous that it would break, especially on the carpeted areas. Everyone from crewmen to senior officers were friendly and more than willing to answer questions or provide assistance. The Captain, Thor, was very visible attending and participating in some events. Compared to other cruise lines, this was a nice change. I believe his willingness to be accessible, has set the standard for the staff's behavior. Well done y'all! I may be nitpicking a bit, but we really enjoyed our cruise. We love cruising, and will continue to do so. Hope to see you there! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We like the longer cruise and have sailed Grandeur before. Pricing this time of year is usually a little lower as well. But combined with the longer sail time and time of year, you are with an older crowd for the most part. We're ... Read More
We like the longer cruise and have sailed Grandeur before. Pricing this time of year is usually a little lower as well. But combined with the longer sail time and time of year, you are with an older crowd for the most part. We're in our 40's, and it's fine with us. Many shore excursions were cancelled in both St. Thomas and St. Maarteen due to the recent hurricanes. This is surely not the fault of the cruise line and more and more both of the islands are coming back. The ship is 21 years old and is one of the older ones in the fleet, so it does have all the bells and whistles that the Oasis class delivers. For us this is fine, but if you need all those activities, go for the newer ships. This is another reason this brings in an older crowd to this ship and this ship brings back many return guests who are within driving distance of the port. My review on last years sailing on board Grandeur was only negative on the selection and quality of food. It could be seen that they had been back to save money and the selection in main dining and the quality of the food last year was not as good as it should have been. This year, it was better, but I still would say it was not to the standards that I think Royal tries to maintain. We've never had a complaint on food quality for any other Royal or Celebrity ship and this does seem to be grumble with many passengers. Again, it has improved, however I don't feel it is at the quality it should be at. We again did the specialty dining with Chops 2 nights and Giovanni's once. Would you believe me if I said both of us thought the best steak we had the whole trip was in Giovanni's? It was. Chops, like my comments on main dining, is better than last time, but does not seem to hold up in comparison with Chops on other ships. It's not bad, but with the options available on land I can tell you I would not go back if it was a land based restaurant as there are better options at the price. But at sea, we do like to mix it up a little and still did it on this sailing. But I caution you if the cost is an issue for you, you may not be as happy as you would like. Can't comment much on Windjammer as we seldom went in there. It definitely is crowded though. As for the crew, they are fantastic. Many have been on that ship for years. It is great to come back and recognize so many people. It is harder on the larger ships to get to know as many of the crew, but this isn't important to everyone. Hope this gives you a little insight to this sailing on the Grandeur. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My wife and I went on the 12 day December 9th voyage to the Carribean. We stayed at the Best Western hotel in Elkridge, Maryland the night before. We selected this hotel because they have a program where they take you and pick you up ... Read More
My wife and I went on the 12 day December 9th voyage to the Carribean. We stayed at the Best Western hotel in Elkridge, Maryland the night before. We selected this hotel because they have a program where they take you and pick you up from the ship and let you keep your car over the length of the cruise as long as you stay one night. The price of the hotel was about the same as parking at the pier. Below is my analysis of our cruise: Embarkment was delayed because there was a neuro virus on the previous cruise and the crew had to sterilize it before we boarded. Once we were allowed to board the process was quick and seamless Cabin - We stayed in outside Cabin 3060. Although the cabin was small, it was very comfortable. There was plenty of storage space. Our luggage fit under the bed after we lifted the beds. One was placed in the closet. I recommend that you bring soft sided luggage. There are three 110 outlets, two by the desk and one for a shaver in the bathroom as well as two 220 outlets. I recommend that you bring an extension cord if you want to charge more than 2 items. The bathroom is small especially the shower. The shower did have good water pressure. The bed, configured as a king, was very comfortable. Two king size mattress pads were placed on the bed so you don’t feel the separated beds. The cabin was very quiet and we did not feel the ship’s motion. The cabin steward kept the cabin clean and made cute animal figures. Television – The TV is flat screen. The tv stations could have been better. There were 5 stations related to the ship and RCI. However, channel 14 was good in that it had the daily morning show with Big Bob(Cruise Director) and Tornado Tanya (Assistant Cruise Director). There was no indication on any of the cruise channels of the current temperature or weather condition. There was one prime time station which showed the same reruns constantly. They had CNN international which reported very little US news. However FOX News was broadcasted with much more US news. TNT, TRU and TBS was broadcasted in Spanish, but the shows were in English with no Spanish subtitles, but commercials and promos were in Spanish (how weird). There were a couple of children’s stations as well as sports. Dining – We ate breakfast mainly in the Windjammer because of the delicious made to order omelets. The fruit was also delicious as well as the hash browns. In the dining room they offered a fruit, cold cereal and meat bar which was very good. For lunch we mainly ate at the café in the Solarium. They had a delicious fresh carved roast beef sandwich with gravy every day as well as pre-made sandwiches and desserts. They also had made to order salads. We ate dinner every night in the Main Dining room. The food there was excellent. There was always something different each night. There was one lobster night and two formal nights. Our wait staff, Antonio and Loxley, was great and very accommodating. Shows – There was either a production show or a headliner every night. There was also one adult late night show. The production shows were good but could use some updating to more contemporary music. The Tango show was boring but well executed. Most of the headliners were very good. There was one violinist which was unbelievable. The singer was amazing. The comedians for the most part were good. There was one Magician/comedian which was awful. He told cliché type jokes and performed very little magic. The magic was something you would see at a kid’s party. The ship’s orchestra, singers and dancers were great. Game shows – The game shows and competitions were very good especially the Quest and the Sexiest Man. Pool – The configuration of the pool area is great. We were able to sit in the outside pool area and use the adults only pool located in the Solarium. We were always able to find a lounge chair at the outside pool, but had some trouble in the Solarium. There are four hot tubs in the outside pool area, two for kids and two for adults. In the Solarium there are two hot tubs and one pool. The pool was never very crowded. RCI now has a policy where lifeguards are on duty at all pools which keeps the kids from jumping in the hot tubs and pool. Music – Most of the music was in the Centrum. The house band, Celebration, played mostly easy listening music. There was a fantastic guitar and violin dual (Rosario Strings) and the pool band was great. There was also a piano player which was a typical lounge act. They Grandeur should have a rock band playing contemporary music. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Baltimore was very easy for parking, boarding and disembarking. Also, very smooth cruise. Enjoyed the production shows and the headliners (especilly ROOKIE). Cruise Director Bob and assistant, T. Tonya along with their staff were hard ... Read More
Baltimore was very easy for parking, boarding and disembarking. Also, very smooth cruise. Enjoyed the production shows and the headliners (especilly ROOKIE). Cruise Director Bob and assistant, T. Tonya along with their staff were hard working, entertaining and always pleasant. The servers and staff were all friendly and gave great service and our cabin attendant, Oxille, was wonderful. I would like to see cruise lines have more port talks that tell about the places we are visiting instead of just where the stores are. Our day at RCCL's private beach, Coco Cay, could not have been more perfect-husband enjoyed the snorkeling and saw many colorful fish! Great lunch provided. Charleston was great because it offered so much near the port and we had booked a VERY reasonable walking tour with Groupon (Old Walled City with Al). We prefer a small ship to the megaliners so we were quite satisfied with what the Grandeur offered. We asked Oxille to seperate our bed into two twins and that really opened up our inside cabin. We had plenty of closet space, drawers and shelving in our cabin which also offered an easy chair and straigh back vanity chair instead of a "hassock" to sit on. Only drawback was our shower which was on the small size. We found seating throughout the ship to be very comfortable. Took most dinners in the MDR with only one that was a problem (not too tender pork chop). Nice selection in the buffet for all servings and at the Park Cafe also. Would definitely sail RCCL from Baltimore again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I chose this cruise based on itinerary and price. You get what you pay for. The ship is old and there is new carpeting, but the beds need replacing, and the outside of the ship needs lots of work (i.e. rust everywhere and when it rains it ... Read More
I chose this cruise based on itinerary and price. You get what you pay for. The ship is old and there is new carpeting, but the beds need replacing, and the outside of the ship needs lots of work (i.e. rust everywhere and when it rains it leaks heavily in the schooner bar). It was relaxing as the pools are heated, the food and service in the dining room good. Not so good in the Windjammer (and service there is bad). The itinerary with Charleston and Port Canaveral is good, but Grand Bahamas should not be on the itinerary (most of the hotels and the casino are closed). The beach is hard to access and no amenities. Nassau is really hurting and we were constantly warned re muggings by Ship staff and locals. Coco Cay is is great as expected. Overall, not an excellent experience but it was relaxing. Perhaps if they fix the ship, improve Windjammer it would be a little better than just average. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Days 1-9 were fabulous. It was our honeymoon. The staff was ever ready to help us with questions, things we needed, extras like cushions on the bed, or non-dairy ice cream after dinner in the Great Gatsby. The shore excursions were ... Read More
Days 1-9 were fabulous. It was our honeymoon. The staff was ever ready to help us with questions, things we needed, extras like cushions on the bed, or non-dairy ice cream after dinner in the Great Gatsby. The shore excursions were excellent, our schedules were full, the activities were numerous, the weather was perfect, the ship seemed clean and looked well kept. The food was good and the ambiance in the dining rooms were lavish. We played hard and we slept well, we dined and we shopped, we were pampered and massaged. Of days 10, 11, and 12, the Norovirus shared between the two of us in our cabin overshadowed the once wonderful memories of days 1-9. We received excellent care right up until we were sick and then it was impossible to get help with clean up, cleaning supplies, disinfectants, or room service after they quarantined us to our rooms. I learned that there were only 9 sick with the norovirus on the whole ship. If that was the case, why was there no help for us? We couldn't go out of our room, I understand that. But why couldn't they send someone up to simply help us clean up so that it wouldn't spread? They called to tell us not to disembark with the rest of the passengers. They called to tell us not to put our bags out in the hall. They called to tell us we should wait until someone came to get us and our luggage at 9:30am after everyone else had gone. When my husband was diagnosed with the norovirus, he wasn't allowed out. Although I showered and washed every chance I got, they wouldn't give me supplies to sanitize our cabin and I was allowed to freely wander the ship, infecting people wherever I went. I was sick within 24 hours of my husband. Free room service isn't as exciting when you're vomiting up bottled water and anti-diarrhea pills. People would come to our door to bring us things, no smiles, no looks of sympathy. Their expressions were more like looks of revulsion and disgust as they kept their distance. We might have been able to drink a bottle of gatorade on the last day, but room service was shut down on the last morning. We were really too exhausted to pack up our bags but we did. Then at 9am someone knocked at our door and asked us why we were still in our room. He then also chastised us for not putting our luggage out the night before, as instructed. The way that our situation was handled made us feel filthy and isolated in more ways than one. We were left with the impression that they were totally overwhelmed with dozens of sick guests(but there were only 9 of us) and/or unequipped to handle large quantities of guests simultaneously getting sick with the Norovirus, but either way, they need a better future plan. We showered daily; sometimes twice daily. We washed our hands constantly and used the hand sanitizers at every entrance or exit even if we hadn't touched anything yet we still got sick. The cruise ships need a better plan for isolating the sick person so that the others in their cabin don't get sick too. We're not scared off though. We have 4 more cruises already booked with RC and we're looking forward to them all. Next time, we'll be bringing our own lysol and chlorine sanitizing wipes with us. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was our first RC Cruise - I've cruised 4 other times, all on Carnival. We wanted to finally try out RC and see how the two were different/similar. Overall Experience: We loved the Production Cast/Singers and Dancers and the ... Read More
This was our first RC Cruise - I've cruised 4 other times, all on Carnival. We wanted to finally try out RC and see how the two were different/similar. Overall Experience: We loved the Production Cast/Singers and Dancers and the Activities Manager Tornado Tanya and were blown away by how friendly all of the crew and staff were. Many of the other guests had been on the Lady G before so she's treated like a home away from home for many of these people. Both the hubs and I were sick with colds during the cruise (me at the beginning and he at the end), so that certainly impacted our enjoyment of everything, too. That being said, the vibe was not a "party" vibe, and often the ship would clear out early at night. Still, we would certainly sail our on the Lady G again! 1. Embarkation - Baltimore. We live in Baltimore County so we took an uber to the Cruise Terminal and after a reasonable amount of time we were on the ship and checking out our interior cabin. Soon after we had our first drinks and were enjoying a yummy lunch in the Windjammer! 2. Sea Days. Our first two Sea Days were great - lots of activities to choose from. We did the Nations Scavenger Hunt which allowed us an opportunity to engage the crew members and find out where they came from. This was a great way to interact with everyone all week, which was so much fun! We also spent the time exploring the ship, including the Royal Stores. Jesus and Kathleen in the Shops were both great and very approachable. 3. Port Canaveral. We've been to this port several times so we didn't do much except get off and go to a CVS for some cold/flu supplies. 4. Freeport, Grand Bahama. We've been to Freeport before but we did get off and explore a bit. We dislike the hustle and people trying to get us to buy crap we don't want. 5. Coco Cay, Bahamas. This is RC's private island and was our first time visiting. The weather was great although a bit windy. I loved just wandering around and exploring the island, enjoying the gorgeous beaches and my bartender from the R Bar on the ship Persand was nearby ready to serve up drinks! This was my favorite port in the itinerary and I highly recommend to all! We were the only ship so everyone could spread out and it was like our own private piece of paradise. Loved every moment! 6. Nassau, Bahamas. We've been to Nassau before but we still went out and did some shopping. Nassau is nicer than Freeport, as there is not as much hustling so you can actually enjoy perusing the items for sale. We bought several gifts and had a lovely time. 7. Miami, Florida. This was our first time in this port and my hubs was not feeling well so we took a cab from the cruise terminal to the Bayside Market, where we enjoyed some local food and did some shopping. It was the perfect escape. Next time we hope to plan some tours as the city is huge and there is so much to do. We had some rain showers but the weather was pretty good considering. We went through Immigration here which made Debarkation much easier once we got back to Baltimore. 8. Sea Days. The last two Sea Days are always the hardest. The very last day it was too cold to enjoy the upper deck so everyone was kind of bundled up inside. Still, the entertainment staff kept everyone going and we had a great time coming back to Baltimore. 9. Debarkation. Nice and smooth - we got off around 8:30 or so, our luggage was ready and we got a taxi and made it home. It was nice getting home on a Saturday so we had a buffer day before going back to work on Monday... 10. Cruise Director and Cruise Director's Staff. In our opinion, the Cruise Director Paul Rutter was a shadow compared to Tornado Tanya. Their banter didn't work well because Paul was the "straight" guy but he was also the one in charge - so Tanya did what she could but it usually fell flat. Tanya herself was amazing - she was everywhere and engaged everyone. She even had a showcase where she performed several songs and blew it out of the water. I really felt like she helped to make the entire Cruise more fun. Alex, Orlando and Gemma also did their parts by engaging the guests and bringing the party to the ship! 11. Production Cast. When we cruise the hubs and I make sure to check out the productions. They are always top notch and the performers are the celebrities of the cruise. The Lady G's Production Cast did not disappoint. We were especially impressed by the singing power of Roberto, Erick, Kirsty, and Kiana, and the dancing moves of Jason and Miles. The entire team worked well together and we could often find them around the ship, engaging guests and just having a good time. We only wished they had had more opportunities to perform! 12. Headliner Entertainment. The Lady G also boasted a magician and several comedian, all of whom provided excellent entertainment. We only missed one of the shows (due to dinner times) but otherwise we saw them all and were impressed. We liked the diversity in the Headliner offerings. 13. Food. We typically ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer. We would eat dinner in the dining room when we could plan around the various evening events and when it wasn't formal night. We found that RC's breakfast and lunch buffet were pretty similar to Carnivals - although Carnival offers the Guy Fieri burgers and the Tacos/burrittos whereas RC offers the specialty dining options (that cost extra money). We were adamant against paying the extra fees - and since we dress up each day at work we didn't want to dress up on vacation. The dining room dinner food was on par with Carnivals. Overall, I would say RC provides a broader selection of buffet items compared to Carnival. The little sandwiches offered by the Cafe Latte-tudes and the Solarium Park Cafe were always yummy, especially for a late-night snack. 14. Beverages. My favorite bar was the R Bar, as it provided a great view of the Centrum. All of the bartenders provided excellent service, and it was nice not be constantly hustled to purchase a beverage package, which is what happens at Carnival. The drinks were strong and delicious. My favorites were the Chocolate Martini and the Lava Flow - yum! 15. Music. The use of live music is one of my favorite aspects of cruising. On the Lady G, there are few venues to do so, other than the Schooner Bar and the Centrum. I wish they had more venues. However, the performers were amazing and provided a large variety of different musical offerings. 16. Summary. As the title indicates, we found that the vast majority of the guests were over 60+ in age, which was not a problem, just an interesting statistic. Many of the activities were catered to this group, which is fine. We were on a cruise, so we didn't care. Hubs and I are in the 35 - 37 age range and there were some other couples in that range, but few below that. Make sure to give the Lady G a try - you won't be disappointed! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I chose this cruise for several reasons. Our first cruise was with,Royal Caribbean, second with Carnival. The Royal Caribbean cruise was so much better we decided to go back.The dates worked well with our schedule and I really liked the ... Read More
I chose this cruise for several reasons. Our first cruise was with,Royal Caribbean, second with Carnival. The Royal Caribbean cruise was so much better we decided to go back.The dates worked well with our schedule and I really liked the idea of a 9- night cruise. Baltimore is only a 3- hour drive and this made it appealing. Embarkation and disembarkation was extremely easy and most of the personnel were friendly. The food quality in the main dinning room was mediocre. The presentation of the food was nice but was often bland and lacked seasoning. Even food promoted as spicy was plain. We were also disappointed that there were fewer free restaurant options.You should not have to pay extra money for good food, that's one of the main reason you choose a cruise over other vacations. Stay away from the art auction,staff is very pushy, fake and aggressive. However the service throughout the rest of the ship was outstanding especially Leah and Dejan in the main dining room. The Casino staff was helpful patient while explaining the various games. Paul the Cruise Director was wonderful and the entertainers were fantastic. We really had a good time and definitely would go back again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We went on the Oct. 28th 12 day cruise to the Caribbean and had a OV cabin on deck 2 since I booked this popular ship too late to get a suitable cabin on a higher deck. I chose this cruise because of distance from our house in NC that did ... Read More
We went on the Oct. 28th 12 day cruise to the Caribbean and had a OV cabin on deck 2 since I booked this popular ship too late to get a suitable cabin on a higher deck. I chose this cruise because of distance from our house in NC that did not require us to fly and because of all the positive comments from repeat cruisers that showed how much people loved this ship and the crew. POSITIVES: I totally agree with the reviewers who have repeatedly said that the crew on this ship are exceptional. Captain Cavala had his wife and 3 children on our cruise and we could often see them in the Centrum, in the Windjammer or at different events all around the ship. This captain is EXCEPTIONAL in that he is friendly, humorous and quite visible around the ship. Cruise and Activities directors Paul Rutter and Tanya Yates are also exceptional but sad to say that their days on the Grandeur are numbered. Paul will be off to Asia on the Quantum of the Seas and Tanya will be leaving in April. Activities on the Grandeur are more numerous and varied than ANY of the other 25 cruises we have ever taken. There is something for everyone to do onboard at all times of the day. However, as a result of all of these activities there are few places inside the sip that provide a quiet place to read or relax. OV cabins are smaller than we have encountered on newer ships but storage is in fact superior because of many drawers in bedstands, desk and unit in the closet No refrigerator allows more drawers and I think that was a better use of space than a minibar we never use. Our cabin steward, DR waiters and wait staff in the Diamond lounge and Chops and Giovannis restaurants were ALL exceptional and we rewarded them accordingly with and extra tip above the daily gratuity. NEGATIVES: Suprisingly we had few negative experiences even on this oldest vintage ship in the RCL fleet. The main negative comment I have is about food quality and menu choices. In the Windjammer, smoked salmon was available only about 3 of the 12 days of our cruise. This may not be a problem for many people but we enjoy bagels and lox at breakfast. Throughout the ship, soups are the same )(must be one large cauldron somewhere) and all were uniformly horrible. Typical soups included: beef or chicken BROTH, beef with barley (NO barley evident at all), cream of mushroom, celery, asparagus or vegetable.........ALL were homogenized to the point where the main ingredient was unidentifiable microscopic particles and most were also uniformly tasteless; a few other varieties such as an Asian soup was available but totally non-authentic considering the interanational crew in the kitchen. Numerous menu items in the Windjammer AND MDR were primarily carbohydrate based pastas, rice dishes or the ultimate Golden Potato Pie as a Main Course. Unlike other ships that serve prime rib several times, None on the Grandeur (although the beef in the Spa Cafe and cuts served in the MDR were particularly good to make up this absence). Typically there was only ONE desirable entree that we found each evening so making up our minds was not a problem at all unlike the larger/largest cruise ships. OVERALL IMPRESSION: Like other reviewers I would also recommend the Grandeur to my friends and relatives because of the overall positive features of the ship and crew. Despite the failings of several menu items and preparation, you can alway find plenty of well prepared and acceptable menu items somewhere on the ship. The Grandeur is a pleasure to sail on and we will likely book again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Previously sailed on Explorer and Adventurer. First time on the smaller Grandeur. Each has its benefits. We liked the seven story Centrum of the Grandeur, which provided numerous viewing options while activities were going on. The downside ... Read More
Previously sailed on Explorer and Adventurer. First time on the smaller Grandeur. Each has its benefits. We liked the seven story Centrum of the Grandeur, which provided numerous viewing options while activities were going on. The downside was fewer shops and no "sports bar". The Windjammer lacked light night snacks, but the addition of the Park Cafe in the Solarium made up for it. The panini sandwiches and late night nachos were welcome! Service everywhere was excellent except for in the Schooner Bar. Service there was very, very slow, even when not crowded. Really enjoyed the art auctions, a first for me. Even if not buying, very educational. Our itinerary was modified due to the hurricanes. We dropped St. Thomas and Sint Maarten and added Barbados and Martinique. Both ended up being bonuses. In Antigua, we booked the Catamaran Sail with Lobster Lunch through R/C. It was awesome and I recommend it. A+ In Barbados we went on our own to Harbor Lights at Carlisle Bay. This was a nice beach club with lounges and umbrellas. Just offshore is a marine park which is excellent for snorkeling. A In Martinique we took the Best of Martinique tour through R/C. Though long - at 7 hours - it was entertaining and educational. B In St. Lucia we booked the Suffrierre by Spanish Galleon through R/C. The boat was a bit hokey; I would have preferred a catamaran. The visit to the volcanic mud baths was interesting. I'd only give this excursion a "C" though. Our final stop was in St. Kitts. We were previously there on a rainy day and were booked on the sugar cane train. It wasn't very good and we did not have a very good impression of St. Kitts. That all changed with this cruise. We arranged a private tour which took us to the Reggae Beach Bar on Cockleshell Beach at the south end of the island. Fantastic time! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise for the destinations and for the value of a Junior Suite. The ship is 21 years young, and there are some creeks in her bones! All in all, however, it was a lovely experience. Chops Grille was a delight on this one. ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the destinations and for the value of a Junior Suite. The ship is 21 years young, and there are some creeks in her bones! All in all, however, it was a lovely experience. Chops Grille was a delight on this one. We did dinner and two lunches. Simply fabulous. Our room attendant was great! A quiet man, but extremely efficient and thorough. Unfortunately, the dining room service staff for our table was made up of two rookies. They were apparently overwhelmed, but they did the best they could. The ship was very clean and attractive. Services were, on the whole, very good. We were so satisfied with that accommodations that we booked another Junior Suite on this same ship for a cruise of New England and Canada in August 2018. Two of the shore excursions were superb: the catamaran cruise around Antigua, with lobster lunch, two beaches and a staff of genuine professionals on the Mystic Cruise II. The Caribbean Cooks tour at the Fairview Manor in St. Kitts was just a lot of fun with superior food and guides. We plan to visit both venues again! One annoying part of the experience was the room ventilation system. There were smells of what seemed like rancid cooking oil, garlic and - of all things - varnish. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Leaving from Baltimore was a breeze. Stayed at the Best Western right up the highway from the pier, right off 95, the night before. Free shuttle to pier and parking was included for the 13 days. Check in was quick and easy. We were on the ... Read More
Leaving from Baltimore was a breeze. Stayed at the Best Western right up the highway from the pier, right off 95, the night before. Free shuttle to pier and parking was included for the 13 days. Check in was quick and easy. We were on the ship by 10:45am and felt like we gained an extra day. Crew was very friendly as were other shipmates! We had a room just off the Centrum, so everything was quick and easy to get to on the ship. Ate in the Windjammer for breakfast (opened at 6:30am) and lunch. Very good variety of foods every day. Ate at Park Café when back on the ship later after an excursion. Had early, 5:30, seating for dinner in Main Dining room. Staff was friendly in MDR, but service inconsistent. Timing off a few nights. Food was good, but not exceptional. Big push to get you to go to specialty restaurants, but we have excellent Italian and steak houses nearby, so we were not interested. Two nights the same steaks from the specialty restaurant were discounted and could be served in main dining room. Filet for $10 and T-bone for $16. Wide variety of shows; comedian, singers, dancers, pianist, juggler, ventriloquist, hypnotist. Plenty of activities. Big screen on pool was not used that much. Wished they had shown a film on sea days, but it was short clips of mostly blooper type activities. Pool is small in both open deck and solarium, so it did get crowded in afternoon. Chairs easy to secure. No issues there. Ports were great and easy off and on. St Kitts we were berthed at an alternative commercial port so taxi needed to access shops which left many folks not too happy. I tried one RC excursion in Antigua and was not happy as we had wait for late folks who actually were already on the bus. Lack of communication. Private excursion through Viator was excellent in Martinique. Shared taxi for beaches in St Kitts, Barbados. Went on own in St Lucia which made taxi ride more expensive, but beaches were great. Always felt welcomed on all the islands. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We like the Grandeur as it's near to home. I have seen other reviews with valid gripes, namely being solicited, repeatedly, to "buy" upgraded meals in the specialty restaurants, poor Guest Services experiences, stuff being ... Read More
We like the Grandeur as it's near to home. I have seen other reviews with valid gripes, namely being solicited, repeatedly, to "buy" upgraded meals in the specialty restaurants, poor Guest Services experiences, stuff being added to our bill, and cruddy excursions, generally. That said, the great morale and great attitude of the crew once again made our cruise pretty great. The dining room food and service was pretty great for banquet food. The Windjammer buffet was awesome. Great variety from cuisines around the world along with a very cheerful and very hard working wait staff made the Windjammer our main choice for hunger relief. This is definitely a "senior citizen" boat usually so not generally for the active crowd. Our nights usually end early and days start early so I can't rate the entertainment. One inherent issue, for me, is that the ship usually arrives at a port in the morning and leaves the evening of the same day. Really getting a real feel for a place is nearly impossible. The excursions are mostly geared for the active crowd, which is fine but not us. The tours are usually of breweries or distilleries. I like to drink, but after you have seen one brewery or distillery, you have seen them all. Walking off the ship on one's own is always a trying experience as the gate is usually very crowded with taxi drivers, T-shirt shops and jewelry shops. Reminds me of the miltary gates of old Korea and Vietnam. The only thing missing is the beggers, though the taxi drivers come close. So, all in all, worth the money. We just like the cruising at sea experience and have so far not had a bad high seas issue. The crew made the voyage a treat for us. Great attitudes all around. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I chose this cruise because it was leaving on my friends birthday. Started out as a small possibility of the two of us going and ended up a group of 10 having a wonderful time celebrating the birthday and enjoying a cruise to beautiful ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was leaving on my friends birthday. Started out as a small possibility of the two of us going and ended up a group of 10 having a wonderful time celebrating the birthday and enjoying a cruise to beautiful Bermuda. Grandeur (Lady G) is a wonderful ship. On the smaller side but still lots to do and not over crowded. She is showing her age but is well maintained and staffed by an amazing crew. The crew we encountered were great as usual. Royal always seems to deliver on this. This being my 6th cruise, all Royal I have gotten used to the way they do things and have not yet been motivated to switch to any other cruise line. I have noticed a couple changes that I don't like. First, why is BINGO a 1 game and done situation now and no more progressive jackpot played throughout the cruise. We loved the build up and excitement, plus the prize could be a large sum on longer cruises, 9k on a 12 day cruise once. Also, how activities are sometimes limited, they had Karaoke it was limited to 1 hour no matter how many people showed up. If it were longer wouldn't people stay and buy drinks and mingle? We felt "kicked out" right in the middle of the fun. This is not really a big deal and of course there were other things to do but it just seemed a little stunted sometimes. We had lunch at Chops day 1, GREAT food, SLOW service, the only reason I mention this is because our group of 10 and 2 other tables with 2 people each were the only guests and service was slow, with only 14 people in the entire restaurant it would seem it should be easier to serve timely. Service in MDR was a little off as well but still VERY friendly and welcoming and the food was good. I love cruising and Grandeur is yet another Royal ship I would gladly sail again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose Grandeur of the Seas based on a previous cruise on it to Bermuda - TOP tier entertainment; not so much this cruise. Staff in the main dining room were absolutely EXCEPTIONAL but the food was typically not not though the staff ... Read More
We chose Grandeur of the Seas based on a previous cruise on it to Bermuda - TOP tier entertainment; not so much this cruise. Staff in the main dining room were absolutely EXCEPTIONAL but the food was typically not not though the staff would quickly remedy that. The ship was probably a 9 out of 10 on cleanliness - the cabin was a 10 on cleanliness and upkeep by the steward. The ports and excursions - two out of four were interesting and two were boring. The worst part of the cruise was being told that no Accessible Rooms were available, AFTER being told I had one. Then, encountering a woman who was upset because she was put in an Accessible Room, and told when she asked for another room that "none were available." Meanwhile, I had asked if RC would check to see if there were Accessible Rooms given to people who did not NEED one, and I was told they would check that, but ultimately, I was told that none were available to switch with. While our cabin was clean and well tended to, it was terribly cramped and using the shower was a nightmare. Apparently, once assigned a room, Royal Caribbean will NOT even attempt to get you into an appropriate room. The did take the coffee table out of our cabin to make SOME room for my power wheelchair. The cabin was given an "Excellent" rating because, while too small, it was tended too by a VERY accommodating steward. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My best friend, her husband along with their handicapped son, my husband and I decided that we wanted to take a cruise. I am terminally ill, and wanted to take a cruiseas part of my bucket list. My husband has never flown anywhere, and ... Read More
My best friend, her husband along with their handicapped son, my husband and I decided that we wanted to take a cruise. I am terminally ill, and wanted to take a cruiseas part of my bucket list. My husband has never flown anywhere, and says he never will. So it was very convenient to be able to leave out of Baltimore. Being it was our first cruise for the whole group of us. We decided we wanted to go somewhere tropical, but not having to travel too far. The first evening was very choppy, from the hurricane Irma passing through the east coast. I along with many others got sea sick. Your staff and crew were so great with all of us. I had to receive a shot from the Dr. on the boat. Which really helped along with the help of your crew and staffs great knowledge of what to eat and what not to eat and drink. One young lady in particular, she was from Turkey, went out of her way to help me and continued to check on me throughout the whole cruise. Everyone went out of there way to include our handicapped young man, in almost all of the activities on the ship as well as off the ship. We especially liked the activities with Orlando and the music the band played by the pool. Our boy would sing along with the music throughout the ship. Entertainment was plentiful as well as food and drinks. We were so pleased with our trip, that we are planning another cruise in the future. We truly enjoyed our trip.We appreciated the room service as well as the cleanliness of our cabin. I truly don't have anything bad to say about our experience. We are looking forward to our next trip on this amazing cruise ship. Thank you everyone for making our trip so awsome and memorable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We cruise on Grandeur every Sept. Weather was an issue this time, but we were prepared for the rough seas with the patch. Our goal is relaxation. If you want more options choose one of the larger ships. The photo staff is lawns. ... Read More
We cruise on Grandeur every Sept. Weather was an issue this time, but we were prepared for the rough seas with the patch. Our goal is relaxation. If you want more options choose one of the larger ships. The photo staff is lawns. problem. I no longer buy any of the photos as a result. Spa staff is pushy to get you to buy product thereby ruining the calming affect of any service. Food is great. The staff went out of their way to provide broth for one of use when we were not up to eating a meal. The Grandeur is dated but due to the size of the Balt pier, a larger newer ship unable to dock there. It would be nice if they would do a 7 day in Bermuda. The itinerary says 2 days but it is really 24 hours. Not enough time to really visit the island. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
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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