1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
We live near Baltimore and have sailed on this ship several times. Our room had several problems with the ac and heating. 4 times we had to have someone come up because the room was running ac all the time. When they fixed it, it was too ... Read More
We live near Baltimore and have sailed on this ship several times. Our room had several problems with the ac and heating. 4 times we had to have someone come up because the room was running ac all the time. When they fixed it, it was too hot. Could not even sleep. Last day they got it right. The entertainment was good but the same thing as last March. Food did not offer many new choices each night. The waiter and assistant, Richard, Iketut were excellent and was our steward in room 4570. We also took a shore excursion which was a disaster. The advertisement on the web page let me to believe that there would be a viewing of the deco art in Miami. Also the host on the bus did not speak English very well. Most of the group we traveled with said they could not understand her. I feel that anyone hosting a trip such as this should speak English. I did complain to the staff and they said I would be getting a 50% discount on the excursion, but did not see any discount mentioned on my bill. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
Close to Baltimore and I didn't have to fly. The embarking and disembarking was fantastic! Very easy and went quick. We were in cabin 4006. When docking, you could hear the anchors going down and at night time, the floor above us ... Read More
Close to Baltimore and I didn't have to fly. The embarking and disembarking was fantastic! Very easy and went quick. We were in cabin 4006. When docking, you could hear the anchors going down and at night time, the floor above us was the Palladium Theatre. You could hear the music. Getting to sleep before 10:30 was impossible. That being said, our stateroom attendant was fantastic! Dining was great. Every night the meals were yummy! The ship seems to host an older crowd but that was fine since no one was belligerent, tried to cut in lines or was snarky. We've been on the bigger Oasis class ships and the people were rude, Entertainment on this ship wasn't the best but if you're older, I think it would be fine. I wish that the time spent in Charleston was longer. I didn't think there was enough time there. I would go again on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary of cruising along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. Baltimore is easily reached from central Pa. (only a two hour drive). Embarkation was quick and easily the best of any cruise ship so far. ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary of cruising along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. Baltimore is easily reached from central Pa. (only a two hour drive). Embarkation was quick and easily the best of any cruise ship so far. The Grandeur is a small ship, and the stateroom reflect this. Smallest shower I have ever seen. But we didn't book this cruise for cabin. Price was perfect. Our first port was Charleston and took a city overview tour. Missed a few sights as it was St. Patrick's day and some streets were closed for parades. Excellent guide and beautiful weather (after all the snow at home). Next port was Orlando. Royal offered a great variety of tours. We chose the Space Center and loved it. Fantastic guide, great experience. Next was Miami, we did the Everglades airboat and had a ball. We did not get off the ship in the Bahamas. We also missed Coco Cay due to surf. But the ship still was entertaining enough we didn't mind. Food was OK, menu in the main dining room did not offer the best options on some days. Quality was uneven. The dancers on board were excellent. Vocalists were ok, but were given very strange arrangements to sing. This ship has the friendliest staff I have ever encountered. I would cruise on the Grandeur again, but upgrade to a balcony room Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Cruise was great. Food was excellent. Stateroom bathroom very small. Bed is very old, beveled and very hard. Need to replace the beds. Stateroom attendant service not as good as it was years ago. Would still reccomend taking a ... Read More
Cruise was great. Food was excellent. Stateroom bathroom very small. Bed is very old, beveled and very hard. Need to replace the beds. Stateroom attendant service not as good as it was years ago. Would still reccomend taking a cruise. I am a very picky vacationer. I have only sailed with Royal Carribean and they do provide great customer service. Just need to modernize their ships and offer internet at a reasonable rate. 15.00 per day is ridiculous. The grandeur of the seas is an older ship and needs updated. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The lines for cusotmer service were long. One of our excersions were cancelled and they added Cape Canaveral. The problem with that was there is allot to do at Cape Canaveral but, no one gave us a list of possible excersions. Would have been nice to be better informed about our options for that port. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We like this cruise because it's laid back and quiet. Not a lot of kids running around or younger people acting out. It is an older crowd of cruisers ,but sometimes it can be too old.We're in our sixties , but more and more the ... Read More
We like this cruise because it's laid back and quiet. Not a lot of kids running around or younger people acting out. It is an older crowd of cruisers ,but sometimes it can be too old.We're in our sixties , but more and more the age of the cruisers are going up and many are disabled. I would take this cruise again because I would much rather a older calmer group of people versus the rowdy drunken groups we have run into on some cruises. If you want a nice relaxing cruise to some very good ports, then this is the cruise for you. We like to go on a cruise because of where it is going and the entertainment is secondary. But on this cruise I thought the cruise director was one of the worst I have ever been on. He really didn't do anything. Most of the activities where trivia games. I would have liked if they had more entertainment on broad , but the cost is going up and cuts are being made everywhere. Again I say if your looking for excitement and entertainment this is not the cruise for you. If you want to be with friends and family to play cards and board games, eat and relax, then this is your kind of cruise. Big Bob was the cruise director. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
My boyfriend and I are from New Jersey, and leaving out of Baltimore made the most sense to us. During March, airfare to Florida would have cost us close to an extra $1000 per person! We chose this 12 night cruise because the itinerary was ... Read More
My boyfriend and I are from New Jersey, and leaving out of Baltimore made the most sense to us. During March, airfare to Florida would have cost us close to an extra $1000 per person! We chose this 12 night cruise because the itinerary was appealing (St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Martin) and the drive was less than 3 hours to the port of Baltimore. I have to say, I was extremely pleased with check-in and embarkation. It cost $15 per day to park in port, which was relatively affordable compared to a flight to Florida. The entire embarkation process took maybe 15 minutes, after which we were directed to assigned seating by muster station until boarding began. I have been on two other cruises, and this was the smoothest embarkation by far. I was disappointed to soon learn that our visitation to St. Lucia had been canceled. Unfortunately the northeast was hit by a massive storm the night before which was still lingering in the Atlantic. Our itinerary was changed to hug the coast line in attempt to escape large swells. As disappointed as I was, I was still grateful to the captain for keeping us safe. Even in the shallow waters of the coast, the swells were large and hitting us from the side. We were rocking and rolling for two days. We were moving so much that dishes were breaking in the dining room, and cabinets were opening and closing in our stateroom. Thankfully waters were calmer when we reached Florida. Activities on sea days were definitely catered towards an older crowd. In fact, the majority of passengers were probably 70+ which we were not expecting. My boyfriend and I are in our mid 20's, and we were one out of a handful of couples we saw the entire cruise that were in our age group. We honestly did not mind though. We still found many activities to keep ourselves entertained. Old folk do not like to stay out late though, so this ship felt empty by the time 8 pm dinner ended. Dining was fantastic as always! There were so many options in the Windjammer and dining room to accommodate any dietary preference. Service was beyond amazing. By the end of the cruise we felt like our servers and the people we sat with at dinner had become part of the family. That's the nice thing about a smaller ship like the Grandeur, you meet so many great people that you run into day after day. Considering that the ship is over two decades old, I have to say I'm impressed. She must have been a real beauty back in 1996, but unfortunately her age is really starting to show. There are a lot of exterior areas that could use some TLC. The pool area looks recently redone, however, much of the railings and paint in public areas are rusting and peeling. If you look closely indoors you will find a lot of water damage near the windows in the Centrum. The Solarium pool could use some love as well. The ports of call that we stopped in were beautiful. I still wish that we could have stopped in St. Lucia (I will have to save that destination for another trip). Antigua's beaches are INCREDIBLE. Be warned though, you have to drive through the slums to get there. I was slightly concerned for our safety, and the locals were not as friendly as residents of some of the other islands I have been to. I would recommend booking an excursion through Royal Caribbean here. Taking a taxi by yourself is sketchy. St. Martin is still recovering from recent hurricane damage. Great Bay Beach was beautiful as ever, but many of the shops and resorts remain boarded up and destroyed. I am happy that Royal Caribbean and other cruise companies are contributing to St. Martin's economy, but they still have a long ways to go. St. Thomas seems to have recovered almost fully and St. Kitts was unaffected by recent hurricanes. Overall, we had an amazing time on Grandeur of the Seas. I am a loyal Royal Caribbean member and would certainly sail with them again. However, I think the next time around I'll be sailing on a larger ship. My boyfriend and I both agreed that we would like to experience a cruise catered towards a younger crowd. We are not drinkers or party-goers by any means, and we still found ourselves missing some entertainment on sea days. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Chose this cruise because port is so close only 2.3 hours away from home. Great little ship friendly staff Chops Grill is the best. Port very easy to get in and out of. Once I dropped my luggage off we were on ship in 20 minutes. I ... Read More
Chose this cruise because port is so close only 2.3 hours away from home. Great little ship friendly staff Chops Grill is the best. Port very easy to get in and out of. Once I dropped my luggage off we were on ship in 20 minutes. I thought the entertainment was just so so but that is not the reason we go on cruises. We enjoy the overall experience with Granduer. When we were on board we booked another cruise on her for next year. This ship does not have all the bells and whistles of the larger ships but is very relaxing. Our cabin Stuart was great. Our cabin was kept clean and refreshed, never had to ask for a thing. When we disembarked just walked out ,went through customs , picked up luggage and we were on our way home. The process from walking off ship to getting into my car was about 15 minutes , Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
The Good; This was the second Grandeur cruise I have been on that the included a storm on the return trip. The first was Feb of 2014. Both times the Grandeur & the Crew handled 25 to 30Ft waves and high winds without any ... Read More
The Good; This was the second Grandeur cruise I have been on that the included a storm on the return trip. The first was Feb of 2014. Both times the Grandeur & the Crew handled 25 to 30Ft waves and high winds without any problems. I have to guess that the size and design of this older ship is well suited the Atlantic Ocean winter trips! Cabin & Dinner service was great!. The crew is friendly and accommodating. Ship was clean & fairly well maintained with some exceptions. The not so; We don't enjoy, or attend the production dancing & singing show & this cruse had a greater number of these than cruises on other cruises we have been on (most on Princess) Deck chairs are not all clean, and I didn't see any crew attending to them for the duration Food was good, but less expensive cuts Lots of extra charges for better dining. They offer at dinner extra charges for main courses that are been part of the menu on our other cruises. Value good for the cost, but I would rather pay more and get a little more service (on the decks), better entertainment, and better food. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
I was afraid of taking this cruise due to the reviews of several of the ship, food, entertainment, and photo dept. but, i found all of the reviews to be incorrect and very wrong. The crew members who dealt with us were of the highest ... Read More
I was afraid of taking this cruise due to the reviews of several of the ship, food, entertainment, and photo dept. but, i found all of the reviews to be incorrect and very wrong. The crew members who dealt with us were of the highest quality. food was not that great but was not bad either. i ate the food with no real complaints. The food service that waited on us stevan ? And jay ? Table 231 8:00 pm were excellent and were probably the best we have ever had. the photo dept. Treated us like family and i cannot express how much i enjoyed each and every one of them. matjaz susnik, greffin hembra joe gracias did a great job. The 5 photographers who worked with us i wish would be on all of our cruise's. george cristofan, alex muresan, chaitanya juwekar were the best and very professional. yu xi was one of the sweetest young ladies we have ever had the pleasure to have worked with. She was very professional and pleasant to work with, i hope to see her again on a future cruise. she always meet us with a smile. avinish reetam excellent, perfect photographer, i believe that he should be a manager on one of your ships. he was beyond what is a normal photographer is on a cruise ship. always, a smile a willingness to make us at ease and his photos show his capture his passion and desire of his work. please promote him. i cannot tell you how much i miss him and how he made us feel whenever he saw us on the ship. the grandeur of the seas photo department is the one thing that i will miss on future cruises. i wish however, that you gave the photo department the same upgraded tools to work with as ncl or princess has to work with. When we took photos with them they also gave us a usb flash drive with all our photos on them. rci does not have this ability and this is one of the reasons we lean toward the other cruise lines to sail with again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
This was our second cruise on Grandeur - we booked it two days after we returned least year. We had originally picked our cabin, but being a bargain hunter, I went for a WOW rate to save $500. NEVER AGAIN!!! We were assigned cabin 3651. ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Grandeur - we booked it two days after we returned least year. We had originally picked our cabin, but being a bargain hunter, I went for a WOW rate to save $500. NEVER AGAIN!!! We were assigned cabin 3651. We always take an interior cabin as we don't spend much time in there. The cabin was fine until the pipes started banging and the dishwasher started going around 1am (the cabin is located aft, under the MDR, right next to a crew hallway). The noise was horrible and we were unsure if it was something that could be remedied or not. It wasn't until day 4 of the cruise that they offered us another cabin (probably due to my husband's phone calls and demands for someone from engineering to come and hear the noise). We were moved to 2611 and although it was a smaller interior cabin, it was very quiet. So, be forewarned, DO NOT select cabin 3651 unless you're bringing noise cancelling headphones - and even then, I don't know if they will help. Our service also improved with the room change. We had no turn down service the first two nights, and I had requested an extra towel and a bath mat (which should have already been there) three times before I went to the cart and retrieved it myself. I was surprised that in both rooms even though I hung my towels back up because they didn't need changing after one use, they were replaced. We do not dine in the specialty restaurants, but this cruise we did purchase the filet, lobster tail and champagne upgrade for $20 per person in the MDR. It was delicious. The steak was cooked perfectly and the lobster was sweet and tender. We thoroughly enjoyed all our meals. There were a few nights we didn't feel like dressing up so we had dinner in the Windjammer and were pleasantly surprised at the entree selections. Once again, the only disappointment on the cruise is the desserts. It just doesn't seem that sweets are a Royal Caribbean forte. Breakfast and lunch were eaten in the Windjammer. We love the selection and the changes made daily so you're not eating the same thing day after day. This was our first experience with Bib Bob as a Cruise Director. He was fabulous. We were skeptical, as we really loved Tonya and were sad to see her move on, but he was great. We loved getting to know him when he'd come out and gab after the shows. He's a great addition to the Grandeur. You could tell Cece the new Activities Manager is still getting her feet wet. She seemed very nervous throughout the cruise. I'm sure she'll be great once she gets acclimated. We loved the onboard entertainment with exception to the singers and dancers. Unfortunately, they were underwhelming. The comics were hilarious, the tango dancers and magician mesmerizing, but the band Rookie was just unbelievable. I honestly could have watched their show all 9 nights and not been tired of it. The energy they put into their show is beyond belief. Just incredible. We ventured off the ship at all five ports of call. In Charleston we did a harbor boat cruise, in Canaveral we took the bus to Disney, in Freeport we visited Pirate's Cove Beach, in Nassau we spent the day at Breezes Bahamas, and we were lucky enough to make it to Coco Cay this trip. What a beautiful beach. If you have an underwater camera take it with you because you will get amazing photos. We saw schools of three different types of fish, we saw a sea cucumber, puffer fish, and spotted stingray. It was just amazing. The only thing that could be better on Coco Cay is to have food offered a little longer. Food was from 11:30-1:30. After 1:30 there is nothing available (not even a piece of fruit). I can understand the need to clean up the island, but it would be nice if something were available, especially for those, like us, who weren't hungry at lunch and didn't want to water taxi back to the ship for fruit and cookies. Embarkation and disembarkation were quick and efficient in Baltimore. It took about an hour from the time our shuttle dropped us off until we were on the ship. When we left this morning it was about 10 minutes from the time we left our cabin until we were through customs and heading to our shuttle. You honestly can't get any faster than that!! All in all, it was another fantastic cruise on Grandeur. We're already planning for next year and can't wait to be back on her. She's an older ship with a lot of charm and a fantastic crew. Read Less
Grandeur of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 0.0
Dining 3.5 0.0
Entertainment 3.5 0.0
Public Rooms 3.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 0.0
Family 3.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
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