2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise as it was the spring break of our soon to be graduating daughter (HS), and it is an easy three hour drive to Baltimore. We have always loved the Port of Baltimore for efficiency and ease! We have been on three ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was the spring break of our soon to be graduating daughter (HS), and it is an easy three hour drive to Baltimore. We have always loved the Port of Baltimore for efficiency and ease! We have been on three Enchantment cruises in the past that we absolutely loved! I did read the reviews of the Grandeur (after booking, unfortunately , and had some concerns that the Grandeur would be different based on hearing it was for "the older" passenger demographic). Hey, I am no spring chicken, so due to proximity, and praying that this is spring break time, there would be something for my daughter to enjoy while making friends. Well, alas, it was not the case. I am not going to "bash" this cruise. We were in room 7078, a balcony with an awesome location! There were many "highs", and we did have fun. John Blair, the Cruise Director and his wife, worked very hard to make everyone's trip a fabulous event. He is an INCREDIBLY talented singer, and his Neil Diamond show was incredible! What a voice! Enjoyed the dancers and singers .... will not lie, I have heard better but also far worse. Good comedians, and overall great entertainment. Our room steward, Cornelius and waiters, AJ and Andy were fabulous! Dinners very good; not the best, but considering the number of guests they are feeding? We did not buy tickets for the upscale restaurants, but I heard a variety of reviews. I guess I just feel that you are already paying a significant cost, so the "push" for upscale meals is trying. There is seemingly never ending marketing for additional revenue; that is for sure! You can get some good buys, but many are overpriced or simply "junk". We did buy a Citizen watch. 35% off, but the retail price stated was less than looking the same one up on line. We usually play bingo .... did not even go as we heard it was $40 to play! The casino??? Horrible!!!! Never ending losses, machines a joke, and how the dealers keep pulling 21's is remarkable, to say the least. On previous cruises, they at least give you a free drink when losing your shirt; no longer happening! All in all, I would rate this cruise a 3.5. We did have a great time, met great people, and had lovely men and women working hard in their jobs to serve us. We were blessed with beautiful weather, and relatively calm seas. The Grandeur apparently has a huge following, and we now know it is geared for an "older" geographic population that enjoys smaller ships and is not focused on her "older" appearance with fewer activities. Not sure how long she will continue to be in service ...... but perhaps they need to take that into account when establishing pricing. Again, we did enjoy the trip ...... just trying to give an accurate evaluation of what to expect so there is no disappointment or regrets for your choice. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
A little history first my wife and I have been on at least 15 previous cruises with Disney, Celebrity, Princess,NCL and bulk with RC. We live outside of Philly so it is almost the same drive time to NY, Bayonne, and Baltimore. We prefer ... Read More
A little history first my wife and I have been on at least 15 previous cruises with Disney, Celebrity, Princess,NCL and bulk with RC. We live outside of Philly so it is almost the same drive time to NY, Bayonne, and Baltimore. We prefer to sail out of any of the FL ports, quicker in the warm weather. Love to cruise in the winter months to escape the cold for a while. We already knew a little about the Grandeur being a older smaller ship but we like the smaller ships we love the Enchantment and seriously wish for its return to Baltimore those 72 extra feet are well worth it. Boarding was very easy as was disembarkation not a whole lot of the ship to see so we did lunch and went up to the Solarium which also was serving lunch a great place to have a light lunch we learned on the next 4 sea days would highly recommend. Down to our cabin 4026 which was "seriously" decorated for our 45th wedding anniversary which was done with out my knowledge but greatly appreciated wine, door decorations, wall hangings, pillow case's, beach towel,amazing. Met our room steward Abu.the best we have ever had and very happy to have had him. Room was plenty big when the bed was separated but the beds were extremely tough not very comfortable my Navy rack was better Abu managed to make the wife's a little better because we heard that they have some extra padding, this is one issue, but decor is nice. We had a ocean view large window but it was almost not worth it dirt/salt/age made it not so great to see out of. Dinning was the average with RC very good to just OK Chops GREAT Giovanni's Table wont do again and not worth it in our minds almost rushed there and food was less Italian than expected but staff in both were excellent and friendly. Don't like My Time Dinning at all because we like to build up a relationship with our servers and we had the same two for almost 7 nights but the guys who seats you captain/maitre d found it hard to seat us in their section if you came after 5:15 but left a table by the window empty on 3 separate nights for our whole meal while we were sitting next to a pole. But he did accommodate people that kissed his but and pressed some green in his hand, and I don't play that game till the end and he got nothing extra at all. Our servers were excellent as was almost all the staff we encountered, especially the morning staff in the Windjammer superb. Hardly anything to do during sea days that attracted us much. Pool deck was ok but the "large" screen showings were run and rerun to death and the middle of the screenwent black and not repaired for the last sea days like they didn't care. Cruise director and his staff we very nice and great energy and very good shows but almost the same on all RC ships. The theater shows were pretty good overall with the juggler being our favorite. The itinerary was what interested us the most. Have never been to Saint Lucia and the rest were islands we have been to before and loved so it was an easy choice and the price. Train Ride in St Kitts have to do it once we did it twice now and love it, Beach Excursions in Antigua and St Martin both worth it did our own thing in Saint Lucia 6 1/2 hour tour to see the Pitons with Gousel Tours would highly recommend. Saint Croix did the red fort tour on our own and walked around town not much to see in Frederiksted. Now why I wouldn't sail on her again till they get her fixed besides the rust and gunk on the windows and general rust on the hull the smell of the ship is rather disturbing in the bathroom was horrific till the wife out in one of the two Yankee Candle air freshers she was warned to bring even the outside of the ship while waiting for excursion smelled like a toilet bowl started calling it the Depends Of The Saes and other noted it also but has not been addressed. It was to go into drydock for two weeks but it should stay there much longer to take care of major issues the old girl need a major overhaul not carpets and refresh of the paint. The Centrum deck 4 port side had a fan blowing the carpet dry the entire cruise what is that about. The shope onboard were small and had very little to offer even RC merchandise lost money from us the wife can spend for sure. Last thing negative I have and it is a minor issue we bought post cards in every port to send home to our granddaughters because all kids like getting mail spent $1.05 per stamp to have them sent out and you know where they were sent out from Baltimore when we got home little bit of fraud there RC wwas told the mail was picked up every day in port. Overall buyer be ware! Just to be sure we have booked and other RC out of NY for 2020 even though the perks are getting worse and worse and they are nickle and dimming us to death. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Coming from CT and not wanting to fly, we chose Grandeur and Baltimore. We have little interest in RCI’s monsters from Bayonne, and NCL’s product is simply unacceptable on many levels. It is too bad HAL and Celebrity abandoned the ... Read More
Coming from CT and not wanting to fly, we chose Grandeur and Baltimore. We have little interest in RCI’s monsters from Bayonne, and NCL’s product is simply unacceptable on many levels. It is too bad HAL and Celebrity abandoned the huge NY market, Amtrak to Baltimore beats a winter flight, and Grandeur’s reasonable size was enticing. While food quality and service level show the same deterioration which is damaging mass market cruising across the board, Grandeur’s staff are friendly, competent and seem to care about delivering a good experience. The cruise director needs a hard “slap upside the head”. A number of activities got re-scheduled/relocated; he failed to show up at one venue because he didn’t reset his clock for time change; he neglected to schedule anyone to run another activity - he had a glib tongue, but needs to do his job. The ship was clean, but showed age and careless maintenance - many rust spots on balcony, the hinges on the doors between balconies were inoperable, doors were sloppily locked in place with metal straps - meaning that cleaning had to be done by going through each cabin. RCI is obviously getting maximum mileage with minimal upkeep. Interesting, very loyal, passenger mix / very many multiple repeat cruisers, virtually all came from within a two or three hour drive of the port - obviously sharing my approach. The itinerary was ideal - I love sea days, hitting the warm Gulf Stream within 24 hours of plowing through ice on upper Chesapeake Bay is a great attraction of winter sailings. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise for two reasons - to get out of the cold for 13 days and we did not have to fly to get to the port. Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze; no issues whatsoever. We are frequent cruisers and this was about our ... Read More
We chose this cruise for two reasons - to get out of the cold for 13 days and we did not have to fly to get to the port. Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze; no issues whatsoever. We are frequent cruisers and this was about our tenth cruise on Royal and the oldest ship we have ever been on. The Grandeur's age was not a factor. She was clean and surprisingly in better shape than expected. You cannot compare a ship of this age with all the bells and whistles the new ones have, and we do prefer ships of this size. Daytime activities were lackluster and uninteresting. If you weren't into trivia, line dancing, art auctions/lectures or drinking, there was not much to do. With three sea days going and returning to port, a lot more could have been offered. Many activities had an upcharge. I attended a cupcake decorating class for $25, which included decorating one cupcake and making a frog out of fondant - really??? It was an outrageous amount for that. The entertainment staff was average at best and the cruise director, although a very nice man, was not cruise director material. It was uncomfortable listening him at times. Unable to book a balcony cabin for the first time, we had an oceanview cabin on Deck 2. Surprisingly, we really liked the location and brightness of the cabin and did not miss a balcony at all. My only complaints were a very small shower and a curtain which never stayed in place. The other issue was a terrible smell coming from both the sink and shower drains. It was not pleasant at all. Service was outstanding on this ship. The crew was wonderful and was always willing to do anything they could for you. The Windjammer is appropriately named - always jammed. We ate in the dining room most of the time. Food in the dining room was good, not great. No excursions for us this trip; we took advantage of a beautiful beach at every port as the weather was beautiful. All in all, I'm not sure I would do this itinerary or ship again. I think once was enough for us although there were many, many repeat cruisers on board. There is a great advantage in not having to fly. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We were on the Grandeur in 2017 and enjoyed it with the wonderful Sherry as activities manager. Zumba and dancing in centrum were great. This time lack of activities was very evident. And when scheduled it was usually late starting or ... Read More
We were on the Grandeur in 2017 and enjoyed it with the wonderful Sherry as activities manager. Zumba and dancing in centrum were great. This time lack of activities was very evident. And when scheduled it was usually late starting or short in duration. Sometimes we waited and then activities manager would show up and say my bad I forgot to schedule staff. Very low standards. Not professional. The good stuff now. Cruise director tried hard and was very nice. Comedians were good. Uptown show was excellent. Band with steel drum great. The other band excellent. MDR was outstanding. Caesar salad was excellent but lacking other salad choices was frustrating. Centrum was the spot for much of night time activities. Crowd was mostly elderly and many with walkers canes and scooters. Lots of vacant space on dance floor. Ship is old and smelly. Walking down lower deck hallway you would hold your breath. Fellow passengers were nice and friendly. Many repeated cruisers. If you’re healthy and young and looking for activities this is not the place to be. You’re going to be bored. We were often full of energy and had nothing to do. October on Visions transatlantic we could not take the stairs as our legs were worn out from activities. This cruise we took the stairs for the workout. RCL needs to step up in activities or were going back on Princess for Zumba and fun. Grandeur is great for food and service but lacking activities is a shame. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We choose this cruise because it was 9 hour drive from Hamilton Ontario Canada instead of flying to Florida Leaving Baltimore first time leaving from a cold water port first 2 days and last 2 days were cold the 5 islands we did nothing ... Read More
We choose this cruise because it was 9 hour drive from Hamilton Ontario Canada instead of flying to Florida Leaving Baltimore first time leaving from a cold water port first 2 days and last 2 days were cold the 5 islands we did nothing but sunshine . This was our seventh cruise . The entertainment and Windjammers Cafe were ok. The main dining room the great Gatsby was good the service was good and we went twice for breakfast but the other days was ordered Continental breakfast cereal and fruit plates and coffee and juice they only messed it twice. The Lady G ( Grandeur Of the Seas) is small and easy to get around good for adults no watersides so not many kids which was good .The Centrum is very bright and cheery but always smelled like cigarette smoke . NFL playoffs were jan 12-13 there is no sports bar so we went to the casino it was smoky and no sound it was a big disappointment the games on Jan 20th were shown on the big screen by pool which was good .The Lady G cast of singers and dancers were below average but its what we expected on a cheap cruise headlines Jamie Allen and Scott Record were good.We had a inside cabin 3911 and the smallest cabin we ever had you can't walk around the bed you needed to enter from the end of the bed and crawl forward and we could not put suitcases under bed . The two top dresser drawers were broke our room attendant pointed to out and ask if we wanted it fixed after my wife living 3 days out of her suitcase they fixed it but the bed was the worst they really are cots with spring and a mattress on my wife side was broken and after one night she hurt her back and had a hard time walking and she only 130lbs our last cruise on HAL had pillow top mattresses .They upgraded us to Oceanview cabin 4000 next to the engine and it had mechanical problems clinging and clanging our neighbours also complained about the noise . Would we go Lady G again NO beds are terrible Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Was meeting up with friends from High School. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smooth..My husband has difficulty walking so he was able to walk onto the 1st deck and go up elevator..Of course Buffet was very crowded.. The room ... Read More
Was meeting up with friends from High School. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smooth..My husband has difficulty walking so he was able to walk onto the 1st deck and go up elevator..Of course Buffet was very crowded.. The room attendant was awesome as was all the crew members. The room was adequate..however the beds were very hard AND low for a 6'3" person. TV showed alot of sales and selling..very little entertainment channels (we watched cartoons thats how despirate we were) and what shows were on TV were like Growing Pains, Malcolm in the middle. Our room did not have a refrigerator. The food was very good in the dining room and buffet. Decks were very crowded on sea days. Definitly need more chairs for the tables out on pool deck..there were several tables that had no chairs as people grouped up at other tables. Hot tubs and pool were real nice. Ship had an adult solarium..but found that to be to hot. Found to have alot of trivia on the ship..or sales talks. The ship was an older ship and smaller..Easy to maneuver..No poolside grill or grill on the fantail..Dining rooms were 2 story..with My Time Dining upstairs and Set time on the lower level. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
this was wife and mine 20th cruise and the seventh on RC. First time sailing on Grandeur. Both of us in mid 60's. We had a balcony room on deck 7. We did no shore excursions from ship. Itinerary was good. My rating of average was ... Read More
this was wife and mine 20th cruise and the seventh on RC. First time sailing on Grandeur. Both of us in mid 60's. We had a balcony room on deck 7. We did no shore excursions from ship. Itinerary was good. My rating of average was because of the food. Without a doubt, the food on this cruise was the worst we ever experienced which was surprising as we had had no prior complaints on RC or the other 5 cruise lines we have sailed on ( including Celebrity in January where the food was excellent). In the main dining room the food was hit or miss but with more misses. some nights the selections were blasé. Wife tried fish 5 times and me once and not one good one. All were too fishy tasting. Soup selections were unappealing. Twice we had to order a second dinner because the first one just wasn't any good. Ate one night at Chops (good) and one night at Giovanni's(excellent). Didn't eat dinner at Windjammer as breakfast and lunch didn't inspire any confidence that dinner would be better. Unless you order fresh eggs, the rest of the breakfast foods were lukewarm at best. Not much variety as everyday is pretty much the same food. Lunch had more variety but again almost all foods are lukewarm. Did eat 3X in MDR for lunch. Food was better but service really slow. You can have a made to order salad which is the way to go. Did grab coffee, fruit and pastries at Café Park in the Solarium some mornings. The Ship- mostly an elderly crowd. Many people have sailed the Grandeur many times. They obvoiusly love it. Over 500 Diamond members on board. Ship is small and easy to get around. Lots of activity takes place in the Centrum- music, dancing, games etc. Did notice a sewage smell in places esp on deck 4 right side of ship. PROS- small ship; Sails out of Baltimore so almost everybody could drive there. Cruise Director Mike. Activities. Itinerary. Balcony. Long Pirate Ice Tea.(3 rums- Yum). Bartender Antoinette. Happy crew. CONS- small ship so lack of bars and other places to hang out. Lack of variety in theatre productions- how many comedians are too many? no nightime event at outdoor pool. Only one device can be on wifi at one time. .........Bottom line is we wouldnt sail on this ship again. We like the bigger ships with more options and better food. We'll sail RC again but we're on Celebrity in July. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Like many mid-Atlantic cruisers, we booked the Grandeur out of Baltimore because it sailed from Baltimore! For a Thanksgiving holiday cruise, it was also relatively inexpensive, even for our junior suite. We also love the smaller ships. ... Read More
Like many mid-Atlantic cruisers, we booked the Grandeur out of Baltimore because it sailed from Baltimore! For a Thanksgiving holiday cruise, it was also relatively inexpensive, even for our junior suite. We also love the smaller ships. Parking was a bit high at $15/day, but oh so convenient. Embarkation at 12:30 pm was a breeze (because we had priority boarding) and debarkation was a bit slow with long lines going down the ramp from the ship. Let’s start with some good. Our cabin was quite good. We had plenty of storage, a nice balcony, a good sized bathroom with a full tub, and one of the best cabin stewards we’d had on any ship. Mark went above and beyond to ensure we were comfortable in our cabin and had everything we needed. We were on deck 8, and sometimes late at night or early morning we heard them arranging the deck chairs on the deck above ours. It never stopped us from falling asleep nor did the noise wake us up. The only negative of our cabin (which had nothing to do with the cabin itself) was the lack of room service! Room service was available for breakfast only, and the only FREE room service breakfast was simple continental fare. Anything else was extra. Speaking of breakfast, it was a challenge in both the Windjammer café and the Main Dining Room (MDR). If you bothered to go to the MDR (where the breakfast menu did not change once in 11 days), once you were seated and ordered your breakfast, the wait was usually around 30 minutes, more if you ordered eggs benedict. And it was lukewarm at best. In the Windjammer, by the time you waited at each station to get what you wanted, and then struggled to find a seat at a table, your hot food was cold. I saw wait staff carrying trays of drinks, but not once did anyone of them offer to get me juice or coffee. If you got up to get your own, you were at risk of your food disappearing and someone else taking your seat. Suite guests (not junior suite guests) were able to get breakfast in one of the specialty restaurants, but the menu was still the same. The advantage was that you were seated right away and your breakfast was cooked there and delivered to you hot. We opted not to try any of the specialty restaurants. We ate all our dinners in the main dining room. Service was good; we had an especially attentive head waiter. Our tablemates were a hoot and we enjoyed their company! I would say the food was average for cruise lines. I did have duck l’orange one night which was excellent. My husband said the prime rib was good, also. The night they served the petite lobster tails, I ate three! There were some nights, however, where I found none of the menu choices particularly appealing or tasty. I love ice cream for dessert, but the only options for 11 nights were vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Even during the day, unless you wanted to pay extra at Ben & Jerry’s, your only ice cream option was self-serve, soft-serve vanilla, chocolate, or v-c twist cones. There were plusses and minuses to the on-board entertainment. The production and headliner shows in the main theatre were quite good. As long as they had two of those shows each night (for late and early seating diners), you were likely to get a seat. The cruise director opened each show and he was delightful. A unique highlight for us was watching the very animated sign language interpreter. I don’t know if she was a cruise employee or not, but she was a show unto herself! The nights where there was only one show for all guests, the 800 person capacity theatre could not handle 2000+ guests. Entertainment after 9:30 was sparse; not because there was none, but because most of it was held in the Centrum atrium where seating capacity around the dance floor maybe accommodated about 40 guests. There was a bit more seating further away, and while you could hear, you could not see. Or you could hear and see if you were standing on the decks above overlooking the atrium, but you could not participate. There were standard fair activities during the day: Trivia, bingo, pool games, art auctions, “free” seminars in the spa, casino jackpots, and shopping. I suppose this is no different than on any other cruise ship, but we were able to price their 75% off designer watch for considerably less on the internet. The same was true for some of the jewelry and watch stores in Nassau. On cooler days the solarium was great. On the downside, on those cool and windy days, kids were allowed. Seating in the solarium was at a premium. Despite signs stating that reserving chairs was not allowed, people still reserved chairs unchallenged. I’d advise anyone who wanted a lounge chair to get there early and put your towel down. Speaking of towels, this was the first ship I’d ever been on where you had to show your key pass to get towels. If you did not return a towel, you would be charged $25.00 each!! A word about the spa. On a port day, my husband and I both booked advertised specials -- a combo massage and facial. The treatment room I was given was so cold, that I cancelled my appointment. There was no way I could stay there unclothed for any length of time. Lastly a word about our ports of call. For us, they were ideal. We were able to visit old college friends in Charleston, a beautiful southern city; tour the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral (we took the ship’s shuttle and unguided tour which worked fine for us); and spend the day with our family who met us in Miami. We window-shopped in Nassau. (Okay, I did buy one or two trinkets for myself.) Unfortunately, windy conditions did not allow us to visit Coco Cay. It might have been nice even just to sail around in warmer waters for a day instead of sailing back north right away, but I’m sure there were reasons for those decisions. We love cruising, and booked two future cruises while onboard, but not on the Grandeur and not with Royal Caribbean. We booked on Celebrity, one of our more favored cruise lines. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We selected this cruise because of the date. Wanted a place to celebrate a milestone birthday for hubby that departure was close to home. So we sailed out of Baltimore - destination was not important - but none of our 3 had been to ... Read More
We selected this cruise because of the date. Wanted a place to celebrate a milestone birthday for hubby that departure was close to home. So we sailed out of Baltimore - destination was not important - but none of our 3 had been to Bermuda so an added bonus. We did connecting rooms - and my 93 yo dad was with us so we selected cabins close to an elevator. We did outside cabins on deck 2. The door between the rooms made it simple to chat - but took away precious floor space. There is one arm chair and moving it from the door made maneuvering around a little interesting. We do open seating for dining and the first night we were near a couple families that do not know what inside voices are - and dress as if they are at a break from yardwork (shorts - hats ...) If I heard the one man say one more time that he was going to find a person that looked at him funny and punch him I was going to scream. The next evening we asked if we could be in a different section - but making sure that the waitstaff was excellent - so happily we moved over. They even came to check a few times to see it was better - nice touch. I am not sure why Royal Carib puts rules in the Cruise Compass that clearly says 'no hats in the dining room and no shorts for dinner' if they are not going to enforce it. I don't know how difficult it is for someone to leave their ballcaps in the cabin. Having been with many people that have lost hair to cancer I understand when some people want to cover their heads - this was not the case with these people. We also could not understand why the music needed to be so loud in the rooms when there was not an event. We did go to the Viking Crown Lounge to read and that music was a lower level - but otherwise it was difficult for my father to hear us. My father is a Navy veteran (WWII & Korea). There was a veterans gathering early in the cruise. They mentioned that later in the cruise there would be a veterans celebration. On the last night of the cruise they did this in the Centrum. They asked all the veterans to come on the staircase and celebrated them all. After a few words they also invited any first responders and a few more joined. Later asked for any Gold Star families. It was a lovely presentation - and my dad loved it - I believe it was his favorite part of the cruise. 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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