1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
This was my first time on an ocean-going cruise. I was afraid to be on a ship with that many people, given all the horror stories I have read about Norovirus and malfunctions at sea. I chose Grandeur of the Seas, because I live only an ... Read More
This was my first time on an ocean-going cruise. I was afraid to be on a ship with that many people, given all the horror stories I have read about Norovirus and malfunctions at sea. I chose Grandeur of the Seas, because I live only an hour away from the port in Baltimore. I took my niece, because my husband wasn't convinced. The price was right, and the vacation a necessity, so off we went. I can't compare Grandeur of the Seas to other ships, but I was very, very impressed. Boarding was easy. Our room was clean and well appointed, if a bit cramped, which is what I expected anyway. We spent no time in the room except to sleep. We never lacked for activities. My niece dubbed it "hitting the wall" (the interactive activity board by each elevator). Just hit the wall and find out what is going on. We participated in almost everything except for gambling, as neither of us are gamblers. It was non-stop fun. The excursions we chose were fun. We really didn't have much time to explore Nassau (glass bottom boat in Nassau -- a bit disappointing, but worthwhile). By the time we got back from our excursion, the shops were closing down. We loved the bike tour we took in Key West. Best way to see all the sites and get a bit of exercise. The food in the formal dining room was excellent. The casual fare in the Wind Jammer was fine for breakfast and a quick lunch. The entertainment variety was very good. If you weren't into performance pianist, there was always something else. From morning until late at night there was something fun to do. The best excursion was Coco Kay, the private island. It was a bit of paradise. Disembarking was not too bad. We chose self-help, and after a bit of confusion in a long-winding line, we were off the ship at 8:00 a.m. (docked at 7:00 a.m.) and on our way toward home. I loved the cruise, and am already working on getting my husband to agree to come with me next time! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
This was our 10th Cruise, the second on Royal Caribbean. The ship is older but does not feel or look as such. Pros: -Super easy to get into the Port and your luggage is taken right away -Easy embarkation (a previous review ... Read More
This was our 10th Cruise, the second on Royal Caribbean. The ship is older but does not feel or look as such. Pros: -Super easy to get into the Port and your luggage is taken right away -Easy embarkation (a previous review mentioned that the walk was long). You burn a few calories but it's not a bad walk at all. -Good entertainment, the Cruise Director did a great job. In addition to the nightly shows his crew did a show in the Centurium each night and were quite entertaining -Lots of activities throughout the day on Sea Days (as well as days while in Ports) -Cococay (RC private island) is beautiful and has great snorkeling -Good selection of Shore Excursions -Quick dining room service -Attentive Staff -Our room was nice and spacious -Chef's Table is fabulous and worth the money -Giovanni's is great and you get more than your money's worth -Easy Debarkation Cons: -Need to cutback on promoting the sale of the Specialty Restaurants. Yes, they need to be promoted but it was a bit much -Too long in Nassau -Too short in Key West I would definitely recommend this Cruise! If you want to find something to complain about you can but if you like to have a good time; well you will! Read Less
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10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
First of all, my wife and first started cruising on Royal Caribbean International since 1987, we took a nine night cruise from Baltimore on Grandeur of the Seas and sailed to Portland, Bar Harbor ME, St Johns, New Brunswick and Halifax ... Read More
First of all, my wife and first started cruising on Royal Caribbean International since 1987, we took a nine night cruise from Baltimore on Grandeur of the Seas and sailed to Portland, Bar Harbor ME, St Johns, New Brunswick and Halifax Nova Scotia. Our biggest disappointment was the quality of the food in the main dining room, the strip and "Manhattan" steaks were about 2 inches by 6 inches by a half inch thick and full of grizzle and had not taste at all. Don't order the beef. What RCI resorts to is up selling you a tenderloin for $10 or a specialty restaurant for $30. They would come around the dining room table and try to up sell the specialty restaurants or offer a champagne brunch for the incredible price of $50 each. The next disappointment was the outrageous cost of beer, wine and spirits. The least expense 750ml bottle of wine was $28 for a bottle of Berringer's White Zin, which cost $10 at the local supermarket. Beer averaged $6 for a 16 ounce bottle. Mixed drinks averaged $7 to $10 then they tack on an 18% gratuity. As we were traveling into the autumn and cooler weather, they had the movie of the night shown on the big screen at the outside pool with temperatures in the 40's, not the best way to enjoy it with the ship cruising at 20 knots. The TV channels were very limited in its selection, soccer or rugby on International ESPN and a couple of movie channels, no music channels. BINGO is usually a big draw, the first time it was offered with an electronic tablet for $30 for 32 games, the second time it was offered it was $59 for 48 games, and the payoffs were less than $500 for all games, not exactly a bargain! My wife and I earned a Casino Royale "Free" cruise for an inside cabin, unfortunately, you had to book the cruise within 30 days and their cruises were very limited, and you could only book it till February 1st, 2016. The only bright spots were the excellent service from our Cabin Steward (RCI now calls them "attendants') and the dining room waiter and assistant waiter. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS NOT THE ROYAL CARIBBEAN we had enjoyed in the past, and quite frankly, we probably will NOT cruise it again. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
The food, the scenery, the ship and it's attendants surpassed my expectations! My husband had never had a desire to try a cruise, but gave this to me for my birthday! He enjoyed it very much, especially the music. Our favorite was ... Read More
The food, the scenery, the ship and it's attendants surpassed my expectations! My husband had never had a desire to try a cruise, but gave this to me for my birthday! He enjoyed it very much, especially the music. Our favorite was Rosario Strings. The entertainment was ongoing and top notch. We especially liked Earl Turner from Vegas. We ate only one time in the main dining room, the Great Gatsby. We chose to eat the rest of our meals at the Windjammer, which is a buffet, but has excellent food and plenty of it. Our stateroom attendant, Ishmael Scott, always greeted us with a smile and gave us good service. Our first day In Bermuda we spent a few hours on Horseshoe Beach. The water is a remarkable aqua blue color and the beach has pink sand. The next day we took an excursion by mini bus from one end of the island to the other. The roads are very narrow and the pastel color houses are close together. We learned some very interesting facts about so many things there. School girls, even in high school, aren't allowed to wear makeup, not even lip gloss. Gasoline is $9 a gallon. Oprah was not allowed to buy a house there because she is too big a celebrity and they did not want the paparazzi there. I could go on an on, but I won't. LOL! The only complaint we have is that the bed's mattress was too hard and a little lumpy. Word has it that they are replacing the mattresses, but not all at once. Overall, I absolutely loved this cruise and have memories to last a lifetime! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Chose Baltimore as it is an easy drive from southwestern Ohio and wanted to visit Bermuda again. This was my second cruise to Bermuda (5 night on Explorer from Bayonne in 2012). The port was easy to find from our hotel near the inner ... Read More
Chose Baltimore as it is an easy drive from southwestern Ohio and wanted to visit Bermuda again. This was my second cruise to Bermuda (5 night on Explorer from Bayonne in 2012). The port was easy to find from our hotel near the inner harbor, although I would have been better off following the route I had seen earlier in the day than my GPS. This was my 8th cruise (7th on Royal) and I was not disappointed. I should probably begin with describing my feelings about cruising as I am very happy as long as I have a room with a balcony on a Royal Caribbean ship. I don't need a lot of frills to have a good time. Embarkation as a Diamond Crown and Anchor member was quick and easy at about 1100. Went to lunch at the Windjammer and the food was good. We then spent an hour or so in the Centrum waiting for the room to be ready as they do not guarantee rooms until 1300. We found our room at 1300 (7140). There was ample storage in the room. My only slight complaint was the safe was hard to find. The bathroom was typical cruise size as was the shower area, otherwise the bathroom was fine and again storage space was good. My wife went walking on the track which is about 0.21 miles (it is marked as 4 laps/mile) each lap (GPS measured and confirmed on a few occasions). I am a jogger and used the track every morning except the one morning the deck was closed due to wind. 30 laps each morning yielded 6.3 miles. I had purchased the Ultimate Beverage Package and highly recommend this option if you drink soda, Starbucks and about 5 alcoholic beverages each day. It was worth the investment. It also left the opportunity to experiment with combinations. The beer selection is a little limited and I was not very impressed by the Beer Tasting session. There was not a lot of education about the beers. Also love the mixed soda machines. The Schooner Bar was my personal favorite (got to watch American football) and Bento and Kevin were fantastic. The trivias were great fun too. The ride to Bermuda was smooth and it is very interesting pulling into Bermuda as you enter their waters at the St. George end and it takes another hour for the ship to navigate the reefs to get into King's Wharf. While in Bermuda we did the Oktoberfest excursion. The band Oompah Brass was a lot of fun and there was a decent selection of beer that was included with the admission. It could have been improved if food had been included with the price of the tour. The next night we did the Glass Bottom Bermuda Triangle cruise. This was interesting and the young American guides on the boat were very knowledgable. The fish were quite active, saw a sea turtle and the wreck that was placed there intentionally. We did go to the Snorkel Park on our own on Monday (our full day in Bermuda). The snorkeling was good. There were a lot of fish and there were no guides so you were free to explore. There was a small, but adequate beach and a beach bar for after snorkeling. You could also buy food there, but we did not eat while there. Meals on the ship (all of them) were at the Windjammer or at special events on deck as we want to stay in shorts and not deal with the main dining room. Most of the food is the same. The quality of the food was not incredible, but at no point did we go hungry. The shows were good, particularly Bob Arno, the pickpocket, incredibly entertaining and informative. The ride back started off windy and rainy. This was not a factor in my wife becoming ill and using sick bay. They did a good job and cured the issue at a cost significantly less than an American ER. I felt a little ill on Wednesday morning after running on the treadmill. Not sure the origin of the ick feeling (don't usually get sea sick and should not have been a result of the past night's activity). We used self debarkation and this was quick and easy. We were in the car by 0800 and on our way home. Listening to people complain about many things over which the crew and cruise line had no control was tiring. Quit complaining and enjoy that you are on a ship. I had a clean balcony cabin and plenty to eat and drink. Morning coffee looking at the ocean or Bermuda was fantastic. Thank you for another great trip Royal. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise and not sure I want another. Even though the ship had been upgraded, it looked old. Never did see an aerial show in the Centrum and none was posted in the compass. Did get to see them rehearse ... Read More
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise and not sure I want another. Even though the ship had been upgraded, it looked old. Never did see an aerial show in the Centrum and none was posted in the compass. Did get to see them rehearse once, but not an actual show. The limited closet space is reduced more by a set of drawers within it and a pile of life jackets. The beds are ridiculously low making it a must to store luggage in the closet which again reduces space. The mattresses were bellied and lumpy in our cabin. The bathroom was one of the smallest I have ever encountered on a cruise ship.One night we rushed through dinner to make a show, got there and was told the entertainer missed his flight, so they would show a movie. A complete lack of communication on RC....they should of made an announcement stating the act was cancelled. I've been on cruises where the captain made announcements everyday giving how far we traveled and still have to go, weather reports, ship speed, etc etc....on this ship nadda. No way of getting your account info on the TV and no kiosks to view and print your sail and sign info either. The MDR menu had limited choices and the food portions very small. We had 2 dinners and one breakfast there....the rest of the time we ate at the buffet. Hated the fact that in the buffet the drinks were pre-poured and not very full, I prefer dispensing my own beverages. They allow baby strollers to stay parked in the hallways the whole cruise which should be a hazzard for emergency evacs and made it impossible for me to pass while in my wheelchair. They flood you with papers along with the Compass most of which is like getting junk mail at home. One of the papers I overlooked was one they wanted filled out and turned in by a certain time...it was for disembarking scheduling. I found it and turned it in a day late, and got a disembark number of 23 the last night of the cruise. We had no idea they expected EVERYONE on ship to wait in the small Palladium Theater for their disembark number to be called, so we waited in the Centrum and never heard any numbers announced since they only did that inside the theater....why could they not have put it out over the speakers on ship? We spoke with people that had the number 32, they knew nothing about the form to fill out for disembarking, they did not see it either. That is totally stupid. Carnival and Norwegian do not make you fill out a form so you can get a number to leave ship. The crew was great, and the entertainment they did have was outstanding. The cruise director was the best ever.....funny man and very entertaining. I heard people talking about how unhappy they were with the ship, and I personally talked to at least 3 couples that felt like me about the experience. I guess if I found a great price on another RC cruise I'd take it....but it won't be on the Granduer. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
This was our second cruise on Grandeur (plus two prior on Enchantment), all out of Baltimore. The big plus for us is being able to drive just ninety minutes to the port of departure. We're both in our mid-sixties, and over the past 38 ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Grandeur (plus two prior on Enchantment), all out of Baltimore. The big plus for us is being able to drive just ninety minutes to the port of departure. We're both in our mid-sixties, and over the past 38 years we've cruised 21 times on several cruise lines: RCI, Oceania, Windstar, HAL, and Uniworld (in Europe). Embarkation, as we've experienced in Baltimore before, was quick and efficient. You drop off your heavy/checked luggage by driving right up to the longshoremen who take it out of your car, and then you drive to the line to pay for parking. It's not far to park your vehicle, and walk back to the terminal building. There are several security lines inside the terminal, so there wasn't a long wait, and then there are lots of RCI check-in desks beyond. Grandeur still looks good inside and out. Our cabin and everything we saw around the ship looked very clean and in good order. Wireless Internet service seemed to work well wherever we tried it, either with our smartphone in our cabin or down on deck 4 just off the Centrum where the ship passenger PCs were set up. Our first two days outbound found Grandeur in a really active Nor'Easter storm. (We missed Hurricane Joaquin altogether, but we didn't know that until several days into the cruise). Two days of heavy waves and swells, drenching rains, howling winds, and all outside decks off-limits. Cabin drawers and cabinet doors slamming open and closed with every rise & fall & roll of the ship. Saw several passengers take hard falls trying to walk down corridors and in public spaces, and also (unfortunately) saw folks getting sick. Reduced staff and crew we saw were really working extra-hard trying to take care of us passengers and still do their jobs, as well as pick up the slack from other crew members that weren't able to work until the weather improved. Luckily, my wife and I slept well and never missed a meal. :) (Since food and service are quite individually subjective, please take my comments as such. We're not "foodies", and we think we have average expectations for food and service). We ate all of our breakfasts and lunches in the Windjammer Marketplace buffet. It was usually quite crowded, and difficult to find a vacant table, especially on our four at-sea days. Most of the clean-up staff was efficient, so that helped with table availability. Lots of hot and cold choices for breakfast, (omelets made to order were my favorite), but we noticed there was less variety and availability of pastries and breads at breakfast. The coffee was average, but better than on some of our other cruises. Lunches had a good variety of hot and cold selections, but we did notice salads and their sides weren't always available or as nice as we remembered. The freshly-baked cookies at lunch were usually excellent, and our favorite dessert. Our main dining room ("MDR") service for supper was very good. We opted for "My Time Dining" on this cruise, so we ate supper at different times each day based upon when the ship left the day's port. We enjoyed our cordial and efficient waiter, assistant waiter, head waiter, bar/wine server, and host. Entree variety wasn't as good as we remembered from our other RCI cruises, but the hot food was always hot, and the cold food always cold. Soups were delicious. If you couldn't find an entree in the MDR that interested you, there were always the stand-by beef, chicken, pasta, and salad offerings. We felt the desserts in the MDR were only average. We ate supper in all three specialty restaurants this cruise. This was our first experience at Giovani's, and we thought the food and service was okay, but nothing special. Chops was a bit of a letdown compared to our other dinners in Chops on our other Grandeur and Enchantment cruises. The beef was excellent as always, (at least as good or better than what we get at the best steak places ashore), but the accompanying side dishes' portions were smaller and not dressed well. The desserts were nothing special this time. This was our first time at Izumi's, and it was nice. My sushi was fresh and well-prepared, and my wife's beef/chicken skewers cooked on a hot rock at our table were good. Service in Izumi's was excellent. On this trip we didn't attend many of the production shows, mostly because either the ship was rockin' and rollin', or our My Time Dining and suppers at the specialty restaurants didn't align well with the start time of the shows. The shows that we did attend were average. The stage band sounded better and seemed more active than we remembered from our last Grandeur cruise. We enjoyed the aerial show in the Centrum, and the band that played there in the evenings on deck 4 was nice, with an excellent singer. As for our daily stops on this itinerary: Portland, Maine - The challenging (cloudy, overcast, blowy) weather forced a 4-hour late arrival, which changed (or cancelled) some of the ship-hosted excursions (including ours). We liked the afternoon excursion to Kennebunkport, although the drop-off time in town was too short to both walk around and also get something to eat in one of the many little restaurants. Bar Harbor, Maine - The town itself is Norman Rockwell-worthy. On our beautiful sunny Sunday morning, it was easy to walk around, with lots to see, some good places to eat, and several nice town parks to enjoy. We took the ship's afternoon excursion to Acadia National Park, which was beautiful, and shouldn't be missed. Saint John, New Brunswick - We're sure there are lots of things to do here on a blue-sky day like we had, but we opted for the pink Hop-on-Hop-off bus to see for ourselves what might be available. We got off the bus at the reversing falls bus stop, walked halfway across the bridge to get fairly up-close-and-personal with the falls, but that was the extent of our outing. Saint John has several heavy industries (a large paper mill, power plants, and the oil industry, all spewing plumes of something into the beautiful blue sky), and of course the huge Bay of Fundy port. Halifax, Nova Scotia - On this drizzly grey day, we (and sixteen others) were bumped off of our original ship's morning excursion to Peggy's Cove with a whole afternoon to ride the Hop-on-Hop-off buses. While in line for the coach we found out the ship's excursion staff over-sold tickets for the size of the pre-arranged coach/bus. We waited around for almost an hour in the cold drizzle while staff figured out that they'd put us on the pink Hop-on-Hop-off bus in the morning instead, and then we'd join another coach to Peggy's Cove later in the afternoon. Because we now had a shortened time in the morning, we just rode both pink bus routes to see some of the touristy sites, ate lunch, and then joined the afternoon coach ride to Peggy's Cove. Even with overcast grey skies and a brisk wind, little lobster-fishing Peggy's Cove was scenic, and worth the trip. It's perhaps someplace we'd like to return to sometime in the future. We had a wonderfully-smooth, blue-sky, lower-60s temps two days cruise back to Baltimore from Halifax. Everyone finally got to enjoy the outside decks for exercise or just relaxing sitting in the sun. Some were even brave enough to get in the outdoor pool, but there were more in the hot tubs. Disembarking was the usual very-early-morning hassle, but the staff was well organized, and we were off the ship and on our drive home pretty easily. Overall, we enjoyed our cruise north, and now we have great stories to tell about surviving our first two at-sea days. Note: We're hoping RCI regains its senses for Grandeur's 2017 itinerary out of Baltimore to Bermuda. Why? For 2016, Grandeur is reduced to only spending 25 hours, (from one o'clock the first day until two o'clock the next afternoon), actually tied up at King's Wharf in Bermuda. That's just not enough time there to justify a "Bermuda" cruise. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
I am a 35 year old woman with 3 kids and a great husband. We were celebrating our 10 year anniversary without kids and had booked this several numbers in advance. We booked the second best suite - the Owners Suite and paid a chunk of ... Read More
I am a 35 year old woman with 3 kids and a great husband. We were celebrating our 10 year anniversary without kids and had booked this several numbers in advance. We booked the second best suite - the Owners Suite and paid a chunk of change. In short, we were THRILLED as it was something to look forward to. We were VERY disappointed. I will keep the following brief as I don't want to waste anymore of my time thinking about this awful experience. Old Ship - if you want to see rust, broken pieces of things around the room, HORRIBLE carpet and decor, then this ship is for you. It was built in 2006. You've, it was old and smelly. Our room - Best suit equaled a 3 day leak from the ceiling right in front of the bathroom. We were actually told that they would not be able to talk compensation with us until the END of the cruise because there a chance the lead could continue the rest of the cruise. So we dealt with this ISSUE for the entire cruise. Staff - Burnt out. Food - HORRIBLE. No variety. We have cruised before and this was the worst. Both got VERY sick with stomach bug and ended up having to go to medical. Entertainment - Sad. Never ever take a cruise during hurricane season off the Atlantic leaving from the east coast. We left from Baltimore and are still taking medicine because we feel like we are rocking. Lastly - I love old people. BUT the cruise was 75% people OVER 50. I saw more walkers and wheelchairs in the last several days then I had in the last 7 years. Again, I love old people and one day I might be that old fart on a cruise...but you should know what you are getting into. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Sailed out of Baltimore on a 6 night cruise to Bermuda. Baltimore is an excellent port to sail from unloaded luggage parked car and checked in all within 20 minutes and was onboard at 1:00pm room was ready . Had JS 8066 nice room in good ... Read More
Sailed out of Baltimore on a 6 night cruise to Bermuda. Baltimore is an excellent port to sail from unloaded luggage parked car and checked in all within 20 minutes and was onboard at 1:00pm room was ready . Had JS 8066 nice room in good condition (no pole at foot of bed) and room steward George gave us excellent service. I would say that even though the ship is on the older side it has been kept in good condition. Found the food to be just average not great not terrible but nothing to rave about. Ate twice in Giovanni's table the Italian restaurant and was not impressed with the selection or the food the one veal dish I got was so tough I could not eat it. I complained but was not offered any resolution other than the waiter saying he would tell the cook. Ate in Chops and the steaks were excellent along with great service and atmosphere. Found the drinks at the bars good with generous pours average cost for a standard cocktail is $11.80 with the 18% tip added. Diamond lounge was great. Great service along with food and cocktails every night from 4:30- 8:00pm. Casino was hot and smokey and the machines are very tight easy to blow your money quickly with very little play. The weather was horrible 20 ft seas and 40+ MPH winds all the way to Bermuda then clouds and rain in Bermuda but that is the weather you can expect sailing in late September and not the Captain or crews fault but many passengers seemed to believe it was and took out their frustration on the crew which I felt was very unfair. All and all we enjoyed ourselves despite the weather but probably not cruise again during hurricane season . We docked at 7:00am and we were off and in our car by 8:30am. Would sail again on Grandeur without hesitation. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Let me start by saying that I am not hard to please....most of the time I can find a silver lining in any experience. This cruise had a few silver linings, but really was mostly disappointing. Embarkation and Debarkation could not have ... Read More
Let me start by saying that I am not hard to please....most of the time I can find a silver lining in any experience. This cruise had a few silver linings, but really was mostly disappointing. Embarkation and Debarkation could not have been smoother or easier.....room was ready as soon as we arrived and our luggage arrived quickly. Our room attendant, Ida, could not have been any more helpful. He responded quickly to all of our requests. We were frustrated, however, that our average size suitcases would not fit under our bed. In a small and already cramped room, this was a major issue. The water in the sink was a dribble at best and the toilet took up to 5 minutes to actually flush after you pushed the button. Actually, this often seemed to be a problem in the public bathrooms as well. Our room was nicely appointed and Ida did a great job of keeping it stocked and tidy. The weather was more than awful on our journey, and waves often lapped our window. It was common to get moisture inside the window that ran down onto our pillows beneath the window. That was annoying. Food was average at best. I can eat most anything, so I never went hungry, but the food lacked pizzaz and good variety. It lacked seasoning and was only served warm, never hot. Our assistant server, Oskars, and team worked diligently to keep us satisfied but requesting extra rolls, or an extra serving of anything seemed to be a strain on the kitchen. Interestingly, the same food served in the dining room was also served in the Windjammer and temperature there was much more pleasing. Breakfast in the dining room was a waste of time. They would not honor any special requests and I asked for iced tea and was rudely told that Iced Tea was not served at breakfast. On another day I asked for Iced Tea and it was delivered to me immediately. We found it far more preferable to eat in the Windjammer for breakfast. That was not true when we sailed on the Allure. Park place served great paninis and salads and pretty good late night snacks. They always seemed understaffed however. We only had room service one morning and it was fine. We sailed on very rough water/storms and much of the entertainment we were expecting didn't happen. We only had aerial entertainment in the centrum on the night we were docked in Bermuda. (understandably) Pools were drained and movies continued on deck but who wanted to sit in the rain and watch? Why weren't they moved? Shows were ok - I was really impressed by a salute to the military during the farewell party. That was pretty neat. There was a great violinist and good comedian/dancer. We didn't make the farewell show because there was only one showing at 7 and we were still in the dining room when that started. The farewell party afterwards was fun. I just really found that there was no back up for bad weather and that it was hard to find ways to entertain yourself when there was no pool, no pool activities, no movies, etc.... We did get a massage in the spa and that was nice but there was a hard sell in the end for skin care products that cost over $400 total. Cruise director and team did stay upbeat and helpful though during some rough days at sea and kept apologizing for something they had no control over. Our time in Bermuda was shortened by the weather to one full day and that was it. We immediately knew that without beach time we would need to book an excursion. We were treated VERY rudely by the man in excursions who refused to answer our questions and wouldn't give us any information on public transportation options. He really was terrible, and the young lady working with him sought me out and apologized for his behavior. I wish I had gotten his name...he should not remain employed....it was THAT bad. We ended up booking a private van with 2 other couples and our driver, Sam, was AWESOME. We literally saw every inch of the island, he stopped upon request for picture taking, had excellent commentary, knew all of our names by mid day, and left us in Hamilton with great instructions on how to catch the Ferry back to port, where to eat a good lunch, and tips on good shops to browse in. We found our excursion to be the highlight of our vacation. The ship, itself, was nice enough. Because of weather, there was much of the ship that went unused. I am bothered by the entertainment in the centrum as there is not enough room for everyone and chairs are pulled along the edge, blocking view for those having to stand. It is a very long time to stand, particularly on a rocking ship, so chairs are scouted out and reserved hours ahead of time. The ship is kept clean and most all of the crew are nice and attentive to your needs. Shopping area was extremely crowded, particularly during special events and sales, but I suspect this was amplified by the fact that there really was not anything else to do to occupy our time. The Palladium is nicely appointed and seating is comfortable, dining room is tight but bright and comfortable. Lounges are comfortable but $9-14 for drinks is steep in my book! Overall, a bad day at sea is better than a good day at work...staying optimistic despite the weather was hard. I hope to return to Bermuda again one day, but it probably wont be on this ship. (Although I think this is the last season for the Grandeur to go to Bermuda anyway) We were blessed to be traveling with good friends and sat around and talked most of the time. If we had been by ourselves, I probably would have lost it out of boredom. My husband liked not having to travel long distances between dining room and entertainment venues, but I, by far, find the larger ships more appealing. It was nice not to have to fight for an elevator all of the time and because there were only 3 main floors for everything, stairs were always a quick alternative. Overall, it was a nice getaway from the every day but if it had been my only vacation it would have been terribly disappointing...both from a service standpoint and a weather standpoint. Weather is not something the cruiseline had any control over but they do need to have alternate activities and plans to entertain when this happens. 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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