1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Easy to get to from Baltimore. Boarding was very efficient,and leaving ship was excellent.Our cabin was fine and taken care of always..Food service was fun in dining room and food was good. I would not book excursions from ship,we did bus ... Read More
Easy to get to from Baltimore. Boarding was very efficient,and leaving ship was excellent.Our cabin was fine and taken care of always..Food service was fun in dining room and food was good. I would not book excursions from ship,we did bus tour in Boston,a waste of time and money,stuck in bus for 2 hrs.. After that we did our own tours,went by taxi and saw many great. Things.. My favorite place was Halifax,our driver had us everywhere for over 4 hrs. Would stop whenever we asked.. for a low price of 130.00. Even bought me a gift to remember Peggy's Cove. His name was Mo from Yemen,plans to open up a restaurant next yr. showed his further spot. Of course my husband gave him a nice tip,which he deserved..I will definitely tell all my friends to go on this cruise as we enjoyed it immensely..Best drinks and views were on the 11th floor,which we enjoyed.. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was a perfect little "Get Away" cruise with friends to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. With limited vacation days available we chose the close-by port of Baltimore and the 5 day Bermuda itinerary over Labor Day. DH and I ... Read More
This was a perfect little "Get Away" cruise with friends to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. With limited vacation days available we chose the close-by port of Baltimore and the 5 day Bermuda itinerary over Labor Day. DH and I arrived at the port by 11am, parked right next to the ship and were on board before 11:30. It was quick and easy! We headed straight to the Solarium to hang out and have a salad and roast beef sandwich at the cafe. Rooms were ready soon after. We had a balcony cabin on deck 7. It was perfectly suitable. Nothing fancy but everything in good order. Steward was friendly and provided us with ice. My husband went off to the Viking Crown lounge with friends to enjoy Sail Away while I enjoyed a Swedish massage in the spa. Relaxation commenced! The spa is located aft and the treatment room has a wonderful glass wall to see the wake as we pulled away. The rest of the days on the ship were a blur of lazy reading by the pool with tropical drinks, listening to steel bands, walks on the promenade and jogging path, afternoon naps and watching the ocean slide by from our balcony. Very pleasant and just what the doc ordered. In the evening we would meet our friends either in the Schooner Lounge or Viking Crown Lounge before heading to one of the specialty dining experiences. We ate in Chops twice. Food was great and service perfect. The filet and lamb were wonderful. I liked the side dishes served family style. Giovanni's was good, not great, but service was attentive. Izumi was my favorite. I had a Rainbow Roll and we shared the mixed hot rock entree. Again the service was perfect. Out last night we enjoyed the Chef's Table experience. It was a nice way to end the trip. Luis was our affable host. He introduced us to the wines and served the meal. I think this experience still needs some tweaking. Presentation was great but Luis could have used an assistant waiter to free him to answer the diners questions. Our table mates were interesting and stories and conversations flowed with the wine! We are not the theme party or production show types but we did enjoy the late night comedians and the Love and Marriage game. We enjoyed the Deluxe drink package. It was worth it just to have what we wanted when we wanted. My only complaint was the lack of decent wines by the glass covered under the package. Sometimes the wines on the menu were not even available. A couple of times I just paid the difference. I mean you have to have a good red to go with the Chops filet! As far as the port this could have been a cruise to nowhere as far as we were concerned. But I was happy it was to Bermuda. It was enough time to get a taste and wet our appetites for a future trip. Without a full day I felt it would be too stressful to try and see everything. We arrived around 1pm and just walked around the Kings Wharf. It was so hot and humid! Too hot to see the museum and to mini golf! There are some nice shops which we poked around in and then headed back to GOS comfort! The next day we were up early and took a minibus to Horseshoe Beach. We rented an umbrella and chairs and spent the morning in the ocean. Beautiful! There was a bit of an undertow so you have to be careful. The lifeguards had the yellow flag out and we witnessed a few water rescues. Boy they can run fast! It is nice to know they were there. Around noon we took another minibus back to the ship and were underway by 2. A great day! Overall this was exactly what we were looking for in a vacation. At this point in my life it seems time is traveling at warp speed. I think it is important to slow down and enjoy it when we can. To relax and be together with good friends, enjoy some wonderful meals followed by moonlight walks on the Promenade. What else could I ask for? I can not wait to do it again! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
My husband and I cruised on the GOTS 09/02/17. We had a good time. The food was good, better in the buffet than the MDR. Loved the oatmeal cookies in the buffet. The MDR food was seasoned well the buffet was ... not sure why. The cabin ... Read More
My husband and I cruised on the GOTS 09/02/17. We had a good time. The food was good, better in the buffet than the MDR. Loved the oatmeal cookies in the buffet. The MDR food was seasoned well the buffet was ... not sure why. The cabin was very small, we supposedly had the Large inside cabin 7045. The staff does a great job of getting everyone involved. We didn't make it to any of the shows, the husband grew weary of the caribbean music but he did enjoy 70s night. We had a variety of people seniors, middle aged, singles, couples, teens and children. Good service although we only had 2 towel animals the whole time. It may be a minor thing but its something I was looking forward to. A cruise is really what you make it. You can choose to do all the activities or just relax by the pool. We would go again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise because the port of departure (Baltimore) is close to our home and we are loyal Royal Caribbean cruisers. Embarkation was slow due to the heavy rain. Note to those who are in line to pay for parking, ...the extreme ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the port of departure (Baltimore) is close to our home and we are loyal Royal Caribbean cruisers. Embarkation was slow due to the heavy rain. Note to those who are in line to pay for parking, ...the extreme right lane is for cash, and you can avoid the long lines of those paying by credit card if you use this lane (it is not marked; the cost is $15.00 per day to park). The buffet in the Windjammer is very good, and perfect for a quick bite to eat. The main dining was excellent, lobster night, lamb shank, desserts, etc. were very good. Giovanni's (the fee Italian restaurant) was exceptional and worth the money (we paid $20.00 pp before we boarded via online). Entertainment was top notch, singers and dancers were exceptional. The Centrum is too small for the many entertainment events they had here, get there early if you don't want to stand three deep. The entertainment director and assistant were constantly going and keeping us informed (Cruisein Susan...excellent job) The cabin steward was the best we have ever had. But...watered down overpriced drinks were the down side of the cruise. Had to wait at every bar for a drink,..no staff to assist. The bartenders are really busy, but I think that the popularity of the drink packages are causing this problem. If you want a drink, you will have to que up at the bar. Bermuda is a terrific location to visit (our third time there), very safe, clean, and nice people etc. Very similar to the Cayman Islands. It is alittle pricey but know that before you go. Snorkel park is a decent beach within walking distance...$5.00 to get in and mixed specialty drinks were about $8.00. The pink sand beaches of Horseshoe Bay are very unique and worth a visit. Kayaking is also a fun thing to do. Debarkation was smooth, we did the self assist (begins at 7:30 AM) and carried our bags off. Customs no longer requires you to fill our a declaration form, so things are really sped up. We were off the ship in about 20 minutes. I enjoyed the cruise and look forward to going on Grandeur of the Seas again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
My family and I sailed on the 9 night cruise to Bermuda and the Bahamas on August 24-September 2. I sailed with my parents who are in their late 50's and my sister and I are in our 20's. We're from Philadelphia. We chose ... Read More
My family and I sailed on the 9 night cruise to Bermuda and the Bahamas on August 24-September 2. I sailed with my parents who are in their late 50's and my sister and I are in our 20's. We're from Philadelphia. We chose this cruise because Baltimore is only 2 hours from our house and we love Bermuda and the Bahamas. This was our 4th time on the Grandeur and we had a good time. The ship is clean and well maintained. The crew is terrific, they're friendly and helpful. They all seem to genuinely like their jobs. The Baltimore port is very easy to depart from. We stay over in Baltimore the night before and do a park n cruise package. Boarding took less than 20 minutes. The 50's, 60's and 70's parties in the Centrum were fun, name that lyric, Love & Marriage, we also enjoyed the Quest game. However the times for name that lyric was during late seating dinner. I don't think big evening activities should be during dinner seatings. We were only able to catch the last 10 minutes of it. The public areas are clean and we like the size of the ship. It's great they have pool lifeguards now. Very important and should always have had them. They were great at their jobs and took it very seriously. I don't think the solarium pool should close at 7 though, I have enjoyed night swimming in the past and was disappointed I couldn't do it on this cruise. We had 2 adjoining inside staterooms on deck 2. Cabins were clean for the most part. Nice size and each room fit 2 people comfortably. The only cleanliness issue was on my first night when I was getting into bed I pulled down my comforter and there was a large yellow stain. I moved the comforter around and put the stain towards my feet. The sheets smelled clean, so I think it was just stained, however this was still unpleasant to see. Also, I personally found the beds to be uncomfortable. The mattresses are just old and worn out. My family thought they were comfortable, but I didn't. The food was fair to good. I thought the Windjammer buffet selection wasn't good. It seemed like the same food every day. Not a great selection. They had Indian and Mexican food, which I personally don't like. They had a lot of meat that was tough and I don't really like meat. I wanted more seafood. They don't have snacks in the late afternoon like in the past. It's not that the food was bad, just not foods I eat or are interested in. Breakfast was good and turned out to be my favorite meal of the day and I don't even like breakfast that much. Lunch was the same each day. Hotdogs, hamburgers, pasta, tough meat, rice, fish, and fruit. Deserts were either all mousse one day or pies. They would have theme desserts, so one day would be all pies and another all moe. I didn't care for this because if you don't like moose or pie, you had nothing but cookies for dessert. One night they did have cakes as a theme. Dinner was the same too except for dessert they had vanilla or chocolate ice cream too. The ship didn't seem too crowded, so we were always able to get a seat in the buffet. We tried to not go during peak hours. The Park Cafe in the back of the ship was okay. Breakfast they had danish, egg sandwiches, oatmeal and parfaits which were good. They also had bagels with a nice selection of differently cream cheeses, which were good. Lunch was just some sandwiches that were all bread. I didn't go for dinner. This was the only place for late night snacks which were fair. Hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos and pizza. Cafe Latte-tudes is In between Ben & Jerry's and Starbucks. The cafe offers free pastries. They have muffins, fruit tarts, cakes and sandwiches, which are good. The dining room is pretty and our waiter and assistant waiter were excellent. The food selection and taste were fair. I didn't care for most the food. Lots of meats and pastas. The lobster was very good and the last night's scallops appetizer and fish n chips were good. I'm disappointed they don't have shrimp dumplings and broccoli and cheese quiche anymore. They only have 2 bartenders at each bar, so you have to wait awhile to get drinks especially at the pool bar and casino. They also ran out of Pina Colodas on the last sea day. I was disappointed in that because I don't understand how they ran out. The amount of alcohol they put in these drinks is a joke and a rip off. I usually just get virgin, since its cheaper and all the drinks are pretty much virgin because the lack of alcohol they put in. I got the welcome aboard drink that was $10.95. I thought it was alot, but I didn't realize that after tax and gratuity it became almost $14. Let's just say that was the last drink of the day I got. Entertainment was good. The best show was the ventriloquist. The RCL singers and dancers are good. However they have been showing the same shows All Access and Rhythm and Rhyme for years now. We were on RCL two years ago and it was the same shows. They need to bring new shows every year. The Rhythm and Rhyme show is very good though. We had singers, comedians and a magician as well. The cruise director Susan was okay. She seemed serious and didn't seem to enjoy her job. She acted like teacher when she hosted the Love & Marriage game show and the Quest. I don't think she's funny or seemed happy. Tino the assistant cruise director was happy and fun. He had a huge personality and seemed to really love his job. He had a ton of energy. The other cruise staff were happy with energy. The activities are only okay and are few and far between. They have the belly flop and sexist man competition, which are only funny if the guests are and these guests weren't. They have trivia and bingo. I was really disappointed they didn't have more line dancing out on deck by the pool. They had line dancing in the Centrum. There isn't enough room there and dancing there doesn't make you get like your on a cruise. The dance instructor Gemma is annoying and a show off. The ship has virtually no nightlife except the casino and Viking Crown Lounge. The Viking Crown has an amazing view of the ship since it's the highest deck. However the only music played in there is club music like rap or Latin music. They need a lounge or club that everyone can dance to with music from all the decades. They did have a 70's night once, but this was a 9 day cruise. The deck party is a joke and just a glorified exercise dance class. I remember when deck parties used to have food and dancing. There was a band called Locomotion and they were fair. There were three men musicians and a woman singer. The men played their instruments okay, but the woman wasn't that good. I couldn't understand anything she said and she sang too soft. Other guests danced to their music, but I think because it was that or nothing. On the first few nights they were hidden away in South Pacific lounge in the back of the ship and nobody came to see them play. Then they moved to the Centrum where more people could listen to them. The songs they played varied from depressing to just slow. The piano player/singer in Schooner bar wasn't good. He just couldn't sing and sang the same songs every night. The islands were fun, just the times we were docked were so short. It rained on and off, but we were still able to get to all the beaches. We went to Snorkel park beach and Horseshoe Beach in Bermuda and in Nassau we went over to Paradise Island and Atlantis. Atlantis is beautiful, but the beach there doesn't have many tourists and was rough. CocoCay was better than years past. They cleaned up a lot of the trees and grass. It's built up better to look like a nice looking island. The lunch was fair. The ribs and chicken were tough and of course they had hotdogs and hamburgers. All in all we did have a good time. A cruise is always fun and the ports were great! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
Ship was clean and older but it still had enough to keep us busy for the 9 days we were there. Cabin was clean, well equipped and adequate. Dining was very good and staff were very helpful and knowledgable about the food they were ... Read More
Ship was clean and older but it still had enough to keep us busy for the 9 days we were there. Cabin was clean, well equipped and adequate. Dining was very good and staff were very helpful and knowledgable about the food they were serving. Good taste and a good variety of entrees were available. Entertainment was good and the staff were energetic. Lots of fun things to do Service was much better than the average, Bar staff were attentive also. Some activities were great for the younger people and lots of things for us older people to do. had a nice size gym and well maintained equipment. Bermuda was a excellent port for me. I prefer not to have people following me around and trying to get me to buy there stuff . Pink sand beach is a great one to try Nassau Bahama was ok, but limited to stuff that i have done may times before/ Coco Cay was a good relaxation beach type spot to swim,sunbathe or just jump into a hammock and take a nap My wife and i are older and we do much easier thing for the most part, BUT every now and then a snorkel trip is a must do Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We selected this cruise because it left out of Baltimore. Unfortunately, embarkation took an hour in line. The intinerary was poor in terms of the times we arrived at the port - not until 1 pm at both Bermuda & Nassau. We went to ... Read More
We selected this cruise because it left out of Baltimore. Unfortunately, embarkation took an hour in line. The intinerary was poor in terms of the times we arrived at the port - not until 1 pm at both Bermuda & Nassau. We went to Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda and the Baha Mar in Nassau. Both were great. It rained the 2nd day in Bermuda so we weren't able to do anything that day. It also rained on and off on Coco Cay, but we stayed out there anyway. The buffet lunch they providded was tasty. Even with a small ship like ours the beach at Coco Cay felt pretty packed. The ship rocked quite a bit on sea days, & my boys felt sick on the first full day, but were fine the rest of the 9 days. The food was really good in the dining room, but it took nearly 2 hours each night to get through the meal - too long with little kids. We asked for my time dining, but didn't get it. I went to ask about my status on the waitlist as soon as we got onboard, but was simply told "no." This is the first time we have not been able to eventually get our preferred dining option. So we ended up having to go to the buffet for dinner a few times, because we couldn't get back to the shop in time with a 1 pm arrival in port & a 5:30 dinner. Our waiter was actually annoyed that we skipped some nights, & even scolded us for being late another night. That was surprising. We left before dessert on more than one occasion because the show started at 7 pm, but we hadn't gotten dessert menus yet by that point. The buffet was good, but the lines were often long & the confusing circular layout meant people didn't know which way the lines were going & often cut in line. The fish choices were tasty, although the beef options were usually too tough to eat. There was really no other seafood available besides fish. The burgers were so bad even the kids wouldn't eat them. Sometimes it was so crowded we couldn't find a table. They had a lot of Indian dishes available on this cruise. The buffet ended at 9 pm & the ice cream machines outside were also turned off then - too early really. After 9 pm, the only food was in the adult only area, which of course meant lots of kids there in the evenings. The eggs on the breakfast buffet were always too runny. We got omelettes whenever the lines were reasonable, which was about half the time. The waffles were hard & the French toast was rubbery. And they had no grapefruit. The employees at the the buffet all worked really hard & were really great about clearing tables & being helpful. The ship's photographers must not work on commission because they didn't see all that interested in selling pictures. This ship doesn't offer any digital photos at all. We ended up paying $250 for the all inclusive prints package. Really wish they had a digital option. The cruise director's staff was pretty good. Orlando & Gemma were hilarious & fun, but we had a really bad experience with Alex, who refused to let our child join the water balloon toss because he ran out of balloons (he only had 8). He was actually rude about it & told us it was our own fault for being late, but we were there 5 minutes before the scheduled time! The kids club was fun enough that our boys kept going back. But the teen club only had 2 gaming consoles with only one working remote for each. The last carnival ship we were on had 4 times as many! The cabins were showing their age. Our bathroom smelled bad the entire cruise, and the window squeaked when the ship rocked. But overall, the ship was kept in good shape & we all had a fun time. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
Management of all departments were doing an excellent job. The food and customer services in all restaurants were excellent. The staffs didn't mind to go extra miles to get what the customers want. Food were always fresh. ... Read More
Management of all departments were doing an excellent job. The food and customer services in all restaurants were excellent. The staffs didn't mind to go extra miles to get what the customers want. Food were always fresh. Overall staffs were very helpful and polite, however, 1 or 2 European staffs in guest service desk in 5th floor seems didn't have the patience to understand the issue or have difficulties to express the issue in English. Toilets in stateroom and most of the public areas were stinky due to the ageing drainage system of the ship regardless how hard the service staffs were cleaning them.? Odours often coming from the sewage systems and tiolets bowls? Not enough signs or directions for the Room# and function rooms, need time to search. Shower place in stateroom was extremely small, could not even make turn during showering. Water can easily came out from the shower place and flooded the tiolet. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise as it is driving distance from our home. We thought it would be a wind down to the summer before we take a fall cruise. I was amazed as the number of children beings it was a week before school. Seemed to be ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it is driving distance from our home. We thought it would be a wind down to the summer before we take a fall cruise. I was amazed as the number of children beings it was a week before school. Seemed to be families including grand parents. First stop Bermuda, not much time there. arriving at 2p.m. and leaving the next day at 3p.m. very hot and humid Nassau same hot and humid and timing so short 1p.m. to midnight. Cococay first time there and they have it fixed so nice with a lot of activities of course it is all extra charge. Included was a very nice lunch. We had rain showers off and on so that messed up staying on the beach long. They are building a dock, that will be nice, but a long ways away yet. The speciality resturants were nice, but I would say Chops was the best. Dining room food seemed pretty good and I did not like lobster nite. They are not Maine lobster and tuft. The morning breakfast in the dining room is very nice along with lunch time too. Since so many children the Windjammer was just unreal. Swimming pools crowded with children but we don't use them anyway. They now have life guards standing around the pool areas. Our room Deck 3 3518 very satisfactory. Good stewart Jason. very quite but did a nice job. Did not take any Grandeur tours. some I heard was canceled because of rain in Bermuda the a.m. before we left. Entertainment was good. The Production shows would be good but the band music out drowns the singers just so loud. We didn't stay for the whole thing. Seems the art auction is very over powering with paper work sent to the cabin to entice you to come. The talks to sell jewelry at their connections with the stores in the islands is over powering too. Of course you don't have to go. They had someone to lecture about the islands but it was 9 a.m. why could it not be more mid a.m.? All in all a get away for 9 days. For older people it is better to go before school is out in the spring or in the fall when school is back in. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
Great trip, great food, great boat. We took a 5 day trip from Baltimore with Bermuda as the only port of call. The room was clean, the room attendant was very nice, prompt and visited our room to clean up several times a day. The ... Read More
Great trip, great food, great boat. We took a 5 day trip from Baltimore with Bermuda as the only port of call. The room was clean, the room attendant was very nice, prompt and visited our room to clean up several times a day. The entertainment was top notch with several hysterical comedians and a decent dance/singing show. The food in the main dining room was outstanding and the buffet (for non-dinner) was just as good. In fact, the buffet was so good, the only reason to go to the main dining room for breakfast or lunch was to get wine/beer/mimosas. There are two reasons that this isn't a 5. Lots of upselling EVERYWHERE (buy this exclusive steak for more than the VERY good strip steak at the Great Gatsby, dine at the chefs table for a LOT more money, come get this massage for more money, buy this beverage package for more money) and the bar service was VERY slow and had inconsistent quality. While the bar service is understandably busy during rush events like right after the abandon ship drill or right after a show, it was also really slow in general due to the fact that the process to charge people for drinks requires each bartender to type in an ID code at the beginning of every transaction (inefficient compared to, say, swiping an ID card) and insufficient supply of bartenders. Additionally, a lot of frozen drinks are ordered and they should probably have at least a single bartender at every bar who serves beer and wine only. The line to get ON the ship at the Port of Baltimore was horrendous and slow but I do not hold that against Royal Caribbean and it is not part of my overall score. But besides that bit of whining, I would absolutely rebook a trip on this boat, for this itinerary, and with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This was our first cruise. The Grandeur seemed a bit old but that didn't interfere with our experience! Cabins are really cozy and neat and the stateroom staff was so nice! They take the time to know your names and stuff. However, the ... Read More
This was our first cruise. The Grandeur seemed a bit old but that didn't interfere with our experience! Cabins are really cozy and neat and the stateroom staff was so nice! They take the time to know your names and stuff. However, the stateroom bathroom had a funny smell. It didn't smell bad; it smelled like equipment. The buffet wasn't top-class stuff, but it was still really good and the kitchen staff really made the whole experience; they were warm and welcoming and sung songs and made us smile. The Great Gatsby was by far the highlight of our evenings. The food was awesome and the wait staff was impeccable. Incredibly friendly and welcoming beyond our thought. Lots of activities for old rich people, such as jewelry and painting auctions. Not so much for children and teens. There's a movie every evening at the big-screen pool for kids and teens, which was our favorite activity for the kids. As far as daytime activities, there was a kid's playroom and a teens-only lounge on the top floor. If your kids are old enough, they could find plenty of fun in the regular activities. There are free yoga classes, complimentary pamper parties, rock climbing and evening shows at the theatre. The spa was absolutely delightful. Getting a massage costs money, but it's worth the relaxation whilst gazing at the Atlantic sea. At Bermuda, we didn't really know what to do. The tours and stuff cost a lot of money so we just walked around and bought gifts. The other tourists seemed to know where they were doing though. I think this is a matter of experience; when you're a first timer like us, you're a little bewildered and intimidated by everything. Bermuda was beautiful, by the way. One complaint is that I got a bunch of splinters while swimming on the beach, and when I came back I had to wait for the doctor. Once she was ready for me, she told me I had to pay like, 160 dollars to be treated. No way I'm paying that much money for a few scrapes. As I type this, I still have a bunch of splinters on my toes! So overall, the best part of the Grandeur is the amazing staff (except for the doctor). Everyone is smiling and happy and they are unbelievably kind and amazing! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
Went with our daughter and her family (husband and two elementary school boys). Trip was mainly for them, but we very much enjoyed it! The grandchildren loved the pool and the kids club. Hard to get them to leave either. Ship of course ... Read More
Went with our daughter and her family (husband and two elementary school boys). Trip was mainly for them, but we very much enjoyed it! The grandchildren loved the pool and the kids club. Hard to get them to leave either. Ship of course is older, but largely in good shape. We like its size, as you don't feel overwhelmed by crowds or get lost easily. One area which could be better (for me at least) is pools. Both are quite small, and the main pool seems devoted largely to watching the giant screen. Yuck. Special recognition to room steward Rodolfo, and to main dining room wait staff "Yogi" and Algin! They went out of their way to make our cruise as wonderful as possible. Top notch people! The dining room management also helped with several scheduling and menu issues. We also appreciated the waiters at the Royal Crown Lounge, which was by far our favorite venue. Lots of thoughts about meals. -- In both Windjammer and main room, breads, salads, and deserts were uniformly excellent. -- In main dining room, most appetizers were quite good; especially liked polenta and olive/hummus tartare. Main course was hit or miss: filet (brought from Chops) was superb! Wow! Lamb and salmon were quite good. The other fish were often overcooked; good flavors but not right. The roast beef was both lukewarm and not very flavorful. -- Surprised by the uniform quality of buffet offerings at Windjammer; not gourmet but tasty and fresh. One disappointment was stale taco shells. Loved fruit and pancake choices. -- I appreciated the many Indian food options. -- Only specialty restaurant meal was at Izumi, gave them a 10! -- Our daughter and her husband are gluten intolerant, and they had some issues. Staff and mangers willingly helped provide information and alternatives, but menu was often misleading. Several supposedly gluten free choices were not. We appreciated the quality music provided by the Blue Ocean Duo and the Big Band. Very good musicians, and excellent choices of material (classical, jazz, American songbook). Less interested in Vegas style shows and frequent loud pop offerings. Personal taste, of course. A bit disappointed in our two shore excursions (in both Bermuda and Nassau), as we went on vessels (glass bottom boat and semi-submersible boat) to see tropical fish but nothing very exciting to report. Not much color or variety in fish. The tour aspect was interesting. Better luck snorkeling (on our own) at the snorkel beach just off the pier at King's Wharf. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
My husband and I have been on several cruises. We love going out of Baltimore because the arrival and departure are so easy. Parking is a little expensive. The Grandeur is an older ship and show some wear and tear in some areas, like the ... Read More
My husband and I have been on several cruises. We love going out of Baltimore because the arrival and departure are so easy. Parking is a little expensive. The Grandeur is an older ship and show some wear and tear in some areas, like the staterooms. Other areas seem to be updated. This doesn't diminish the cruise experience, however. The ship has a smaller, but not too small, warm feeling. I'm very visual, and I enjoy things like the marble embellishments, the artwork in the hallways and public areas and the large amount of glass windows giving spectacular sea views, one of the main things my husband and I enjoy on a cruise. We are not pool deck regulars but prefer to be away from the noise and crowd on the upper deck. There is something for everyone: the quiet and beautiful Solarium (if you can manage to snag a seat in there), the noisy, lively main pool deck and the fore and aft areas of the ship where you can sunbathe in relative quiet and serenity. The food ranges from decent to excellent, depending on the venue. The specialty resturaunts are excellent on the Grandeur, in our opinion. Good quality meats. The Chef's Table is expensive but a very worthwhile experience. It's and informative pairing of wine and food and the host and chef are charming and engaging. I liked the comment one cruiser made that sometimes our tastes are different than the European tastes creating the food. I see that especially in the desserts. However, everything is entirely homemade and that's amazing. A tour of the galley gives you a clear picture of that. Royal Caribbean has an excellent loyalty program, and we take advantage of the very attractive features of being Diamond and Diamond Plus members, including a nightly reception offering complimentary cocktails and hor d' oeuvres. It can be a nice way to meet others and form friendships with fellow cruise-lovers. We had a junior suite this time, and I loved the floor to ceiling glass windows that made up the whole balcony side of the room. The cabin attendant was friendly and great, as they always are in our experience on the Grandeur, and with RCCL in general. Yes, the room could use a bit of updating but that's a minor detail. The room was a nice size but not overly large with a nice amount of storage for the overpacking that we do, lol. Our favorite shows are the Production ones, with singing and dancing. The quality of those is superb, in my opinion. We enjoyed the comedy shows, also. Would like to see a wider range of music offered on the Grandeur but Pop is their mainstay. The gym is a bit small but nice. Certainly better than the average hotel gym. Yes, we'll definitely be back on the Grandeur! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise because it was close to home, so we wouldn't have to fly. We also chose it because it went to Bermuda (and we always wanted to go there) and it was a 9 night cruise for the same price as some 5 night cruises. It ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was close to home, so we wouldn't have to fly. We also chose it because it went to Bermuda (and we always wanted to go there) and it was a 9 night cruise for the same price as some 5 night cruises. It was a great deal! We have two children - a 12-year old girl and almost 11-year old boy. We all had an amazing time! Although it's a small ship, it was plenty for us. We enjoyed watching the shows, game shows, using the pool, and even going to dinner. Even our kids loved going to the main dining room every night for a special dinner. Our only complaints were the Adventure Ocean age groups and the Centrum size. Our kids are a year and a half apart, but since one is 12 and one was 10, they could not go to the Kids' Club together. I thought they'd let the 12 year old go with the 10 year old to the younger group since she fits in better there than with the teenagers, but they would not. So, my kids did not really go there. I think the ages should be 10-12 and 13 should start the teens. This is the same on all the RCL ships, though, not just Grandeur. They had fun on the ship anyway. Another complaint is that the Centrum does not have enough room when they have shows there. It was only twice, but get there early if you want a seat for a show. We still had a great time - not a deal breaker. The 9 night cruise was a perfect amount of time! We were nervous that the kids would be bored on the ship, but that was not the case at all. In Bermuda, we took a taxi to Horseshoe Bay and did the Bermuda Triangle Night glass bottom boat tour at night-- it was a nice way to make use of the Bermuda time at night, since other things were closed in Bermuda. The stars were beautiful, and we could see the Milky Way! The next day, we did the Devils' Isle Beach Snorkel/Kayak/Paddle Board. It was amazing! I highly recommend that. They have a ton of noodles, too, if you just want to float. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
We are a family of 4 - 2 boys ages 11 and 13. Overall we very much enjoyed this cruise. It was my 10th overall and probably my 4th on RCI. The good in order of just how good: Crew - A happy crew seems to make a huge difference on a ... Read More
We are a family of 4 - 2 boys ages 11 and 13. Overall we very much enjoyed this cruise. It was my 10th overall and probably my 4th on RCI. The good in order of just how good: Crew - A happy crew seems to make a huge difference on a cruise. The Grandeur is truly a happy crew. You can see it in everything they do. Ports - it helped that we had perfect weather, but the selected Ports, with the possible exception of Saint John, were just out of sight. Embarkation/Debarkation - We live in NoVa so traveling out of Baltimore is a breeze. We were from car to poolside in 45 minutes. Debarkation was even easier - 30 minutes from poolside to car. Parking ain't cheap; $15 per day adds up on a 9 day cruise. Whatcha gonna do? Food - Dined at 2 of the surcharge joints, Giovanni's and Izumi. Both were very good. Windjammer food is what it is. Staff was very efficient at turning tables and the flow was very good. Gatsby dining room (anytime) was overall pretty good. The food is good enough and the service is fast and friendly. Cleanliness - Outstanding. Again, I credit a happy crew for this. Fellow cruisers - A couple clicks better than normal. The length of the cruise and the itinerary seem to lure a good group of folks. Kids weren't running amok and no bros shotgunning beers at the pool bar. The not so good: Cabins - a little dated albeit it in a charming way. We were on deck 3 in 2 adjoining ocean views. It was kept spotless all the time. Entertainment - Limited for sure and what I saw wasn't great. You have 3 solid days on this itinerary so it would be helpful for the kids to have more options. It's an older ship so there are definitely limited in real estate for things like mini-golf and water slides. Casino - Needs a serious upgrade. Slots are old and tired and the odds are craps table are awful - 1x odds only Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
The itinerary, which did not disappoint. The ports were magical and quite a change from the Caribbean itinerary which I have done several times. The only port that was uneventful was New Brunswick, Bay of Fundy. If this were changed ... Read More
The itinerary, which did not disappoint. The ports were magical and quite a change from the Caribbean itinerary which I have done several times. The only port that was uneventful was New Brunswick, Bay of Fundy. If this were changed this could become a very popular cruise. I would like to promote because I enjoyed the food, service and ports so much but I was very disappointed in the condition of my stateroom. As stated, it was very worn and took away from what was otherwise an excellent experience.I like to sit out on the balcony while cruising but it was filthy and stained with what appeared to be blood. Not very appealing. Of particular note were Rudi who was excellent and also the Supervisor in the Windjammer Restaurant. I cannot remember his name but he was excellent! Tall, dark haired, very respectful gentlemen from perhaps India? The Windjammer Restaurant food was always fresh and excellent. We enjoyed the choices and quality of food. We dined in the main dining room once (The Great Gatsby) and were treated like a King & Queen. Overall I would have liked to have given 5 stars, but I probably would not do this again or recommend because of the condition of the cabin. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
I was not excited about driving into Baltimore Harbor but found the access eased by signage and staff at hand. Parking lot was tricky. More direction could be given when paying the parking fee when entering. Overall, my accommodations ... Read More
I was not excited about driving into Baltimore Harbor but found the access eased by signage and staff at hand. Parking lot was tricky. More direction could be given when paying the parking fee when entering. Overall, my accommodations with my daughter were excellent. The Stateroom attendant immediately noticed a light out and had it taken care of when we entered. The dining staff, main dining room, remembered our names and greeted us each evening. Problems we encountered: extremely hot water, be careful. Announcements by the crew were too loud and fast, considering the dialect as well. Could not absorb what was said. Dining very good, but some entrees were not enjoyed as much, though eaten. I liked seeing how the ship was anchored at each port, and for a fee, you can see how the ship is operated, met some of the crew, learned how the meals were prepared for so many, the bakery, the laundry, how the trash is prepared for pickup back in Baltimore, etc. Entertainment offered variety for all ages. Liked the least was shore excursions and I would advise choosing carefully, maybe not planning them at all and waiting until embarking each shore and talking with tour guides there. Look at all options for getting around if you choose to do the excursion on your own. I liked the city bus and the hop on/hop off buses, features of both. I do not feel that enough information is given or known about the excursions if planning aboard ship. You might consider also reading about the city you are going to visit before going there. The Boston tour guide was well informed of the history, in spite of traffic congestion and noise, (walking tour). The tour guide on the train of the Reversing Rapids Railway chatted too much about impertinent information and an attempt to steer her to more relevant information was futile. This excursion was most disappointing for the amount paid. I would travel again on Granduer of the Seas, and be more prepared to get the most out of the trip. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
This was our third cruise and our second with Royal Caribbean. This was our first time out of Baltimore and our first cruise to New England/Canada. We cruised with our two children (16 and 20) and one set of grandparents (70). We live ... Read More
This was our third cruise and our second with Royal Caribbean. This was our first time out of Baltimore and our first cruise to New England/Canada. We cruised with our two children (16 and 20) and one set of grandparents (70). We live about an hour west of Baltimore. We left our house at 9:30 AM on Thursday morning and were stepping aboard Grandeur by 11:00 AM. It was amazingly easy! We sailed through each step. We pulled in to the Baltimore port, were greeted warmly, dropped off luggage, parked, walked through customs and security with a very small line, then walked right up to an open ship check in. We are still stunned with how easy and quick embarking was! Our first day of the cruise was cloudy but the rain held off. Sailing out of Baltimore was fun. We stayed out on deck and watched us sail under the Key Bridge and Bay Bridge. We had every intention of staying up for the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel but didn't make it. Midnight came too late that first night! Sailing down the Chesapeake Bay was great. We experienced a little weather Thursday night/ Friday but after that the weather was picture perfect - cool, no humidity, sunny. We enjoyed Cruising' Susan as the Cruise Director. She was upbeat and fantastic. Paige and Alex ran the meet and mingle. Paige soon became our favorite cruise activities staff member. We went to many trivia events and loved her. Our wait staff in the Main Dining Room, Aster and Arpi, were terrific and turned every dinner into a special occasion. Our party of six had our own table. Aster was sick at the beginning of the cruise and waiters from the specialty restaurants filled in until he returned. We found the food in the Main Dining Room and Windjammer good. We would have liked more variety in breakfast offerings in the Windjammer from day to day but branched out to Park Cafe and the Main Dining Room for variety. The demographic of the cruise was overall older but still had quite a few families on board. Lots of multi-generational groups. As a whole, the staff and crew on Grandeur were amazing - so friendly and welcoming. The Grandeur is well organized. Getting off at the ports and even tendering was easy. We stood in very few lines and when we did they were short and fast moving. We had two adjacent inside cabins on deck 7 midship. Once we adapted to the shoebox size, it was fine. The beds were firm and the pillows a little on the thin side but the room was in great condition and clean. Roy, our room steward was excellent. He greeted us enthusiastically every time we saw him and always asked if we needed anything. The rooms were quiet. There was a little bit of everything on ship; something for everyone. My family enjoyed trivia. My in-laws enjoyed the live music around the ship. We went to most of the shows. The comedian the first night was good as was the magician. We also enjoyed the two production shows. All of the ports were great. I booked all of our excursions privately. We used Old Town Trolley in Boston and it gave a great overview of the city. It wouldn't work as hop on/ hop off though. The lines at each stop were so long that it would be difficult to hop back on. In Portland, we used Portland Discovery Tours and did the land and sea package. It was fantastic. We took a trolley tour in the morning and then a harbor cruise of lighthouses in the afternoon. In Bar Harbor, we caught an early tender to shore and moseyed around town. We ended up walking out to Bar Island at low tide which was fantastic. We then grabbed lunch and took an Oli's Trolley tour of Acadia in the afternoon. Portland and Bar Harbor were our two favorite ports. In Saint John and Halifax, we rented a car and explored on our own. We used Enterprise in Saint John which provided excellent service. We used Hertz in Halifax and were disappointed with the service. In Saint John, we weren't able to visit St. Martin's Caves at low tide so that was a bit disappointing. The drive to and fro was beautiful. The reversing falls were cool and we stopped there twice - at high and low tide to see the contrast. We also drove through Irving Nature Park. It was a low key day in Saint John which we needed. Five port days in a row is a lot. We were dreaming of a relaxing sea day by day 3 of ports! Halifax was a much busier city than what we expected and Peggy's Cove was mobbed! We had trouble finding parking so we weren't able to explore as much as we would have liked. Next time, we would book a tour that included Peggy's Cove so that we didn't need to navigate the sea of humanity on our own. Leaving Halifax, the fog rolled in fast and our fog horn got a work out all night long! All in all, we were amazed by how smooth the seas were. The ports were great. We look forward to returning. This was a fantastic cruise and we wouldn't hesitate to do it again. Grandeur was terrific. Cruise Maryland is an easy port and the itinerary was fun. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
2nd trip on Grandeur and the ship is in the best condition ever. RCI has invested heavily in keeping this ship up for the Baltimore market, and it shows. Fresh decking on Deck 10 and the "crack" is finally fixed. Embarkation ... Read More
2nd trip on Grandeur and the ship is in the best condition ever. RCI has invested heavily in keeping this ship up for the Baltimore market, and it shows. Fresh decking on Deck 10 and the "crack" is finally fixed. Embarkation and disembarkation went fine, although the did not call our group so we left one group late (no big deal). Voom WiFi worked quite well, speeds usually measured 2-3 mb which is not too bad for satellite internet at sea. I used Google Hangouts dialer to make outgoing phone calls on the WiFi and that worked just fine, with a little delay. I suspect other internet phone apps would work fine also with the basic wifi plan. Well worth it. Entertainment was fantastic, in spite of relatively new cruise and entertainment directors on this cruise. They did just fine. Our only complaint was sound too loud in Palladium (remember it is a relatively small theater) and we said something and they seemed to pay more attention to that afterwards. We had to use ear plugs the first couple shows (mother in law actually brought some!). Food was fair to good. My first trip on Grandeur had much better food. Giovanni's was not good, and the main dining room was fair the first couple nights which drove us to Windjammer. Windjammer was always great. Izumi's was excellent, and at the end the main dining room was better so they sort of redeemed themselves. Sometimes the Chef's interpretation of what a dish is just does not match our American palates. Shore excursions were fine and we did not each stop and we were very happy with those. Only one we really didn't like was Salem Witch museum, the bus ride was too long and the trip wasn't worth it. I didn't like Boston in general but all the rest of the stops were great. Service was usually excellent and friendly, especially our cabin steward. Drinks were really too expensive, and keep in mind prices vary due to taxes so usually cheaper when out to sea. Be careful when in a US port, they can be a buck or so more. Take advantage of the two bottles of wine per stateroom! They tend to look the other way about charging corkage, we never got charged for that and returned the favor in the tip envelope. If you are traveling with friends have every cabin bring two bottles and you can have wine with dinner every night for free. Grandeur is not the big super sized ships but there are plenty of things to do on board and they really work hard giving you things to do especially when at sea. Took the All-Access tour, which was great. Yes, they charge for it, but was worth it. Got to drive the ship for a couple minutes (OK it was on autopilot). Saw the bridge, kitchens, provisioning area, crew quarters, laundry, engine control room, etc. Book that very early if you want it because it is very limited and will fill up. We lucked out and there was enough interest to add more than one session so we got in. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We were looking for a quick summer time get away. We took this very same cruise on Enchantment 7 years ago. A short train ride and we were here. We chose the Grand Suite this time - 8516. Lovely, spacious, in need of some TLC. First ... Read More
We were looking for a quick summer time get away. We took this very same cruise on Enchantment 7 years ago. A short train ride and we were here. We chose the Grand Suite this time - 8516. Lovely, spacious, in need of some TLC. First the bathroom. Two sinks, a great choice. At sea the water never gets cold or cool, it always starts luke warm. One sink was repaired and the repair doesn't quite match. The gritty feeling in the tub, I am guessing to keep you from slipping is mostly worn off except on the edges. Though there is a slot for tissues in the under sink drawer door, we were told they could not put a box there as people were throwing them in the toilet. The most concerning thing was the hot water. I had left a washcloth in the sink and ran the hot water, I wanted the cloth really hot for shaving. I noticed that after a few seconds there was a brown spot appearing on the white cloth. Rust? It lightened up after a longer run, but never disappeared. Plenty of closet space. Mirrored doors for hanging clothes, plenty of drawers. Didn't feel cramped. The bed. Well it seems that hard mattresses are the way to go. Plenty of pillows, but mattresses a little uncomfortable. The chairs and the sofa. All looked nice, but the same hardness as the bed. Can't say comfortable, though they were supportive. Needs more outlets. Only 2 "American" outlets by the dressing station and 2 "European". No USB ports. I found another outlet behind the tv. So score 3. Some little things missing. Maybe since we haven't cruised Royal in 6 years, mostly do to their change in the rewards program, but I digress as a man with a grievance often does, but no slippers for use, no pens or paper (unless requested -the pen and paper not the slippers). The robes, well they are meant for the slight of frame, and sadly to say am not that. Not even fluffy (the robes not me). The cabin never got cold or cool. Though the thermostat was turned all the way, it was ok, not cool during the humid days. On non humid days, it did get cold. Sound. As the cabin is just below the Windjammer and pool deck, you will hear chairs dragged. Also loud music , though slightly muffled will be heard. The constant boom boom boom is annoying. Especially when trying to sleep. This is a suite and maybe a little more sound proofing? The balcony held 2 lounges and a table and 2 chairs. Spacious. The suite comes with full in room breakfast. You make choices in advance with the concierge or in the morning. Now I don't know who to blame? My self because we just sailed Cunard and their level of service is extraordinary or what we are getting. For example this morning we ordered breakfast to be delivered at 9. Pancakes, scrambled eggs and bagel and lox. Also a pot of tea. They attempted to deliver at 9, but we were on the balcony and did not hear them. They called and said they will make fresh and redeliver. Well that "made fresh" was to keep the eggs under a warmer and maybe nuke the pancakes. They forgot the bagels and we waited another 10 minutes for them. Well the pot of tea came in a pot used mostly for coffee. The coffee taste still resonated in the pot. We used the in room pot to boil our own water. Dinner. My wife has a shellfish allergy. The server asked immediately if anyone did and only my wife spoke up. Quite a lengthy discussion and a joke that she was the only one at the table with one. She ordered the tempura fried pollock the menu did not mention shrimp. There was an option for tempura fried haddock and shrimp. Two different items listed apart from each other. When the food arrived the server, thank God, did announce that there was shrimp on the plate. Then it started. The server got quite indignant using "Sweetie" and "Honey" when addressing my wife. Not a good way to calm a situation down. That was settled. Then at the senior officers meet and greet it was brought up to them. They said they had a report. I asked what did it say. The server said she was never told of an allergy. She lied never thinking that I would ever see the report... oops. We did receive a bottle of champagne to ease the mood. Not the good stuff, but better than the typical. Concierge. RaHul is great. At our service. Takes care of it all. We dined in Bermuda and he arranged the travel. Friendly, helpful and we believe sincere. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We choose this cruise for a couple of reasons. First, it was a cruise that would actually be on our 53rd anniversary. and second it was out of Baltimore. It made it a no brainer since it was Royal Caribbean and we had cruised with them ... Read More
We choose this cruise for a couple of reasons. First, it was a cruise that would actually be on our 53rd anniversary. and second it was out of Baltimore. It made it a no brainer since it was Royal Caribbean and we had cruised with them before. The crew on Royal Caribbean are always friendly and more than willing to do what ever it takes to make sure you have a wonderful vacation experience. The ship is kept clean at all times and the entertainment is wonderful and none stop. One group was so amazing, of course they played and sang all of the music that I loved as a teenager and I couldn't get enough of them. We enjoyed the casino very much and I even won a little money. It was great fun. They had games and all kinds of activities for adults, teens and little ones. No one was left out. I cannot say enough about the food and the wonderful people who served us. They were wonderful and made sure we were well taken care of. You could have all you wanted. They even accommodated special diets or needs. The deserts were so good you just wanted to eat more and more. You could eat in the Great Gatsby Dining room or go to the Windjammer Buffet. There are several other places to eat , but some restaurants are not included in the prices of the cruise. The cabin we had was an outside cabin with a nice size window. We were on the third deck and not too close to the elevators. It was quiet and comfortable with a private bathroom and a nice size closet. They have two beds which can be put together for a queen size bed or apart for a comfortable twin size. If you leave them apart, you would have more room in the cabin. We had no problem either Getting on the ship or disembarkation. It runs like a well oiled machine. Just make sure not to lose you "Sea Pass" they give you. Everything is tied up to that pass, it is also your cabin key. It is also your credit card to buy what ever you may want to purchase. Believe me, they have wonderful deals aboard ship. I think I discovered most of them! Once the ship is underway, spend your time exploring the ship to find out where everything of interest is. It will save you time when you know what activities you want to do and where they are held. Each day you will get a little paper that gives you the next days events so you can plan out your day. They have plenty of information on line before you go on your cruise to help you to choose what excursions you might be interested in. There are many things to consider and there are many reviews about each one. Do your research to make your vacation a wonderful one that you will remember. One more tip. Join the Crown and Anchor Club. It costs nothing to join and it gives perks to members. I'm glad we joined. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2017
did 5 night Bermuda last year as first cruise wanted to do a longer cruise and we live in VA and dont want to fly before cruise . worked our great. wish more rccl ships came to Baltimore. traveled with wife and two kids. inside room. ... Read More
did 5 night Bermuda last year as first cruise wanted to do a longer cruise and we live in VA and dont want to fly before cruise . worked our great. wish more rccl ships came to Baltimore. traveled with wife and two kids. inside room. last year we had the two bunks and a queen bed and it was pretty tight. this year we had the room configured as two bunks was so so much better . food was great and we had the unlimited drinks package it seemed expensive . hopefully they will bring back beer and wine package back. and make it more affordable. I would go again and hopefully with rccl . the drink package could be a deal breaker but will see what deal are out there in a years time Bermuda is awesome horseshoe bay is great (get the fish and chips on the beach ) did the water park at Nassau $$$$$ but once in a life time for us #leapoffaith Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
Embarkation went smoothly & before you knew it we were on board and enjoying the services and scenes. Food services were excellent, even the Windjammer & Park Cafe, the buffet & snack bar. Staff were very friendly and helpful ... Read More
Embarkation went smoothly & before you knew it we were on board and enjoying the services and scenes. Food services were excellent, even the Windjammer & Park Cafe, the buffet & snack bar. Staff were very friendly and helpful when needed to help with whatever needed doing. Weather was great throughout the trip & the ports of call were great. Shore excursions were plentiful and covered many interests. We had no problem getting exactly what we needed and the staff & contractors did exactly what they needed to make our tour enjoyable. We especially liked the beach day at Coco Cay. The beach was great & the water perfect. Enjoyed seeing abundant wild life on the beach area. Several small rays were feeding in the water in which we were swimming. The lunch provided was great as always. The production shows were repeats but were entertaining & were very well done. Other entertainers including the on-board bands were good. On-board bands were even a little better than we experienced our last cruise on this ship (my opinion, of course). Crown & Anchor Society (Loyalty program) events were really nice & amenities were fulfilling. e had a somewhat minor problem with out stateroom (see below) but worked it out with the help of Guest services. As this was a summer cruise, there were a few more kids than we like but at least half behaved themselves adequately. All in all, it was a great summer get-away at a time we felt we needed one. Our 14th cruise on this ship. Staff does very well & we'll likely keep coming back. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
This was my second cruise with Royal Caribbean, but my first to Bermuda. The biggest criticism I had with the trip was the fact that we effectively only spent 24 hours in Bermuda with an arrival at 3PM the first day and a departure at ... Read More
This was my second cruise with Royal Caribbean, but my first to Bermuda. The biggest criticism I had with the trip was the fact that we effectively only spent 24 hours in Bermuda with an arrival at 3PM the first day and a departure at 2:30PM the second day. There is a lot to see and do on the island, but the time limited your activities immensely. This is my second trip on Grandeur with Captain Thor, and I have to say that as was the case last time, the service was excellent. The cabin attendants are very accommodating while the dining staff is always on point. The bar staff does alright for how busy they are, but like all bars it can be easy to fall through the cracks if they are very busy. The ship itself is starting to show it's age a bit, not all of the areas of the ship are completely accessible for those who are wheelchair bound, and the cabins themselves are a bit dated and a bit worn. The amenities of the ship however are decent, with two pools (saltwater) and six hot tubs (two reserved specifically for kids, the' rest for adults), outdoor screen, myriad activities, a casino, and a rockwall, but they don't have quite as many features as the latest ships. The Grandeur's class of ship (Voyager) has a tendency to be replaced early, with two of the previous ships in the class/era being sold already so it's unknown if Grandeur will continue to operate into 2018/2019, but because of the clearance under the Key Bridge just outside the port of Baltimore (Grandeur clears it by a mere 20 ft), the choices will either be keep Grandeur, get a new ship of similar size, or skip sailing into the port of Baltimore. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
This is a great New England Cruise and we chose it due to the ports and summer break. The ship is not too big, but has plenty to enjoy. We liked the musicians in the evening in the center of the ship prior to dinner, and several nights ... Read More
This is a great New England Cruise and we chose it due to the ports and summer break. The ship is not too big, but has plenty to enjoy. We liked the musicians in the evening in the center of the ship prior to dinner, and several nights there was great entertainment in the theater (comedian, juggle, and magician). We aren't into the musical/dancing events, so just skipped them. We also enjoyed three current movie nights out on the pool deck in the late evening. It felt like a drive in movie (although we did have to bundle up as it was quite chilly). Also enjoyed a daytime movie in the theater during a sea day. The ports were the primary reason we took this cruise. Loved having 5 days in port as we get stir crazy on the ship. By the last day I was so ready to get off the ship (third day of sea only), but overall this was our favorite cruise! We had two teenage boys with us, and we managed to make the small inside cabin work just fine for all four of us (with some good advanced packing planning). The large luggage doesn't fit under the bed, so plan for those to go in the closet with backpacks and thinner items sliding under the bed. Lots of small drawers that we could put things in too. We were also thrilled to have a nice flat screen TV in the room that my 17 yo had no problem hooking the HDMI cord for his PS4 to. Be warned that Dine anytime really needs reservations, but with that we got a consistent wait staff (very nice for the personal touch on a longer cruise and our team was fantastic-Joseph and Airi) and we dined most nights around 7:00 in the main dining room. Food was good with good variety. Iced Tea and coffee did taste a bit off, so i ended up brewing a cup of hot tea after a couple days. We never did one of the specialty dining as we don't feel it's necessary for the additional cost. The staff on this cruise is phenomenal with everyone being very friendly and they all seem to be working very hard with cleaning occurring regularly. We didn't do any shore excursions as we like to plan our own with research. Took an Uber to Harvard in Boston and loved that! Was a little underwhelmed with the Freedom Trail (think my expectations were too high, but still glad we did it). Portland, just stayed in town; Bar Harbor took the free shuttle into the park-a bit tough as it was crowded-might recommend doing an excursion or tour here due to that; St. John went to the Reversing Falls (meh), and Fundy Trail Parkway and St. Martin Sea Caves (nice, but not great) and short time in port was fine given the limited things to see here and would actually have preferred to stay overnight in Halifax-our favorite stop of all. Drove out to Peggy's Cove and so glad we did. Beautiful. And the town is great too-so made sure we got back in time to enjoy that. Make sure to bring clothes for hot and cool weather as even in July it was cool up in Canada especially at night for movie night on the pool deck. Nice jogging track up top for the sea days (plenty of walking on port days)-except one day it was too windy. Overall the entire family enjoyed the cruise and it was a great way to take in New England. Read Less
Grandeur of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 4.0
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 3.5 3.8
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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