287 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Reviews

The Grandeur is a nice, smaller (by today's standards) ship. Out of Baltimore, most of the passengers have sailed her before, many have sailed her multiple times. This was our first sailing on the Grandeur. Everything from the ... Read More
The Grandeur is a nice, smaller (by today's standards) ship. Out of Baltimore, most of the passengers have sailed her before, many have sailed her multiple times. This was our first sailing on the Grandeur. Everything from the Palladium Theatre thru the shops and the Atrium is smaller than most ships but the casino is comparable to most of the larger ships we've been on. The main dining room is likewise of similar size to larger ships, while the specialty restaurants are smaller. Its a mixed bag. One thing we enjoyed was regularrly seeing folks we'd met on board. The size facilitated meeting new friends. Despite its smaller size, we found a number of quiet niches for reading and writing. We took all our meals in the Main Dining Room. There were problems. We found the service to be very spotty. We were seldom asked if we wanted drinks prior to the meal, water was not refilled, our waiter was absent and unattentive at times. The food itself was uninspired and a number of dishes needed to be returned. We only return dishes that are way out of line, that is, undercooked, horribly overcooked, not as described by a long shot from the menu description, etc. This isnt to say there werent occassional pleasureable evening meals, there were. But it was a definite crap shoot. Choose carefully. The islands, 5 on this trip, were typical, though hurricane ravaged St. Marteen, where we were the first ship to port since the storm, probably should have been reconsidered by RCL. We wanted to spend money there to help the folks, but even that was hard to do. Entertainment was a high point. Excellent in variety and presentation. A special note is the the ship orchestra which was fantastic, both in solo performance and in support of the traveling acts. Crew was generally helpful and pleasant. The ship is well kept and the common areas in good repair. Baltimore is a nice place to cruise from, boarding and leaving were smooth. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We choose this cruise for 3 reasons: Itinerary, Price and to try sailing out of Baltimore. I certainly can't complain about the 1st two. St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten were our ports and while St. Thomas ... Read More
We choose this cruise for 3 reasons: Itinerary, Price and to try sailing out of Baltimore. I certainly can't complain about the 1st two. St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten were our ports and while St. Thomas and St. Maarten are still recovering and will be for some time from Hurricane Irma, we still enjoyed all the ports and are glad our tourist $'s are getting back to those islands. The price and perks we got were amazing. We enjoy longer cruises (10 plus nights) and we have sailed out of New Jersey several times because we can drive, there, Baltimore is a little further, but still only about a 10-11 hr drive. The port itself is nothing much, but since the ship is so small, they aren't dealing with the volume of passengers that they do in Bayonne. We stayed in a hotel that provided a shuttle both ways and parking for the cruise and that worked very good. Now for the ship.......well.....this is the smallest I have been on and despite 8 previous cruises with no sea sickness, this ship was far too small for me and having a OV cabin on deck 2 forward certainly did not help. The 1st two sea days weren't great, I started feeling better when I could be out in the fresh air more. The end of the cruise also did not end well with me (despite washing my hands many MANY times a day and constantly using their sanitizer) getting the Norovirus. We knew the previous cruise had it so we were careful, though not careful enough obviously. Luckily it is a short lived sickness, but certainly didn't help to give me a good experience. The crew were relatively friendly, though we did find our dining staff to be super some days and less than enthusiastic others. Food was good overall, no real complaints there. My husband would likely do this cruise again, but I don't think I would join him. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I read where the ship was refinished. I was on the Grandeur two years ago when it leak water in the Centrum. We had an issue for the first three nights. 1. the room was not ready. we got no ice the first night. things were not ... Read More
I read where the ship was refinished. I was on the Grandeur two years ago when it leak water in the Centrum. We had an issue for the first three nights. 1. the room was not ready. we got no ice the first night. things were not wiped down. 2. The bed was mate were old and brown , folded in half on each bed, causing the Mattress to separate and my wife ended up in a hole two night. The bed was hard as a rock. Our backs and neck hurt for three nights and we got not sleep. We said something to the house keeper. on the third night we went to guess services and expressed our concerns. we were offered a bottle of wine. we do not drink. so I ask the counter mate to sleep in our bed for the night. Two days later we received a letter for 10% off our next cruise. 3. On day 4, we got new mattressses and bed mats. 4. We were ask to rate the food. the food is better on the Grandeur than on the better shipe. i do believe the Egg frying pans need to be replaced. the eggs were sticking which maks a terrible omelete. But the varity was good and seasoned well. we booked our next Cruise, giving it one more try on the Athem of the Sea for 2019 Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Price was excellent, driving distance to boat, easy on and off boat. That said with 6 cruises under my belt I figured I know a few things about cruising. A few. Don't beat me up diamond cruise club members. I'm working on it. ... Read More
Price was excellent, driving distance to boat, easy on and off boat. That said with 6 cruises under my belt I figured I know a few things about cruising. A few. Don't beat me up diamond cruise club members. I'm working on it. Cleanliness on the boat is less than Disney as is entertainment. Great cabin steward, superb dining crew (Simona and Tushar this means you!) This was my first Royal Caribbean cruise. I quickly grew tired of the constant push to upgrade my dining experiences. No less than several times daily I was prodded to sign up for a special meal at various discounts. Anything from 15% off to 20..25...30...finally said yes at 50% off. That was worth the price to be sure. Giovanni's table was a hit as was Izumi's, the chops steak house left much to be desired. Nothing special about it at all. Good thing I bought that at a 2 for one special prior to cruising as well. Not having an ironing room was irritating. Disney can do it, I think RC can as well. $35 for a bag of laundry seems ridiculous. Drink prices, those fairly standard are ridiculous as well. As is the never ending auto gratuity of 18%. Found out that goes to a pool not the server giving the drink. Deceptive in my eyes. I would rather tip greatly those taking the best care of me. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I chose this cruise since it was extremely inexpensive. I traveled solo. This ship's bathrooms (I suffer from paruresis), meal times, food, exercise equipment, and time devoted to karaoke has improved somewhat since I last sailed it ... Read More
I chose this cruise since it was extremely inexpensive. I traveled solo. This ship's bathrooms (I suffer from paruresis), meal times, food, exercise equipment, and time devoted to karaoke has improved somewhat since I last sailed it five years ago, so it is now up to average (note to Grandeur: 7hrs of karaoke during a 9 day cruise is STILL not enough). Embarkation went as expected. This ship's placement of cabins on certain decks was thoughtful compared to the decks where the activities occurred (I usually took the stairs due to slow elevators). My greatest disappointment was with the indifferent (sometimes, angry) demeanor of the crew members - I do have emotional trouble communicating with people, but I have never encountered this attitude on any other cruise ship or cruise line I have sailed on. On the other hand, the staff at the service desks was excellent! The cabin was a somewhat small inside one, but it presented no problem since I was barely in it. There was a lot of down time activity-wise, but some of it was due to the cool and rainy weather. I did get off the ship at Nassau and Coco Cay and had a great time. At the same fantastic price, I would probably cruise on this ship again - warts and all. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The time and place was the right time and place for all of us traveling. I don't recommend this time of year, the weather was not good, in addition the food was terrible, I have been on several Carnival and Norwegian cruises and it is ... Read More
The time and place was the right time and place for all of us traveling. I don't recommend this time of year, the weather was not good, in addition the food was terrible, I have been on several Carnival and Norwegian cruises and it is 100% better.The staff however, was wonderful. You couldn't ask for more committed and proud employees. I do think they were lacking in the amount of staff though because the food and drinks sat around along while before being picked up and there are no places to put it yourself so you are stuck with dirty dishes and drinks spilling and falling on the deck during the rough seas we had. The comedian on the last night of the trip was great, as were the game shows which we all participated in. The weather definitely put a damper on what we were able to see in Bermuda, but that is not Royal Caribbean's fault. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I choose this cruise because it was a gift for my wife's birthday. We share a 2 year daughter together who also came with us on the cruise. I would rate the cruise rating even higher if there were more events or activities for our ... Read More
I choose this cruise because it was a gift for my wife's birthday. We share a 2 year daughter together who also came with us on the cruise. I would rate the cruise rating even higher if there were more events or activities for our child. There is a children's area on the Grandeur of Seas, however, a problem does exist. The portion that is some-what like a nursery is very very very small. I think only infants would be practical here and even so, maybe two total. The selection of toys were also targeted for the infant and not the toddler.The age criteria for the nursery is children 2 years and below. The other portion of the children's area is for 3 years and up. So that's a problem for our 2 year old. So if you are 2 years old, you do not fit in on this ship. Also, Royal Caribbean policy does not allow children in swim diapers to enter the pools, so count the pool out for your toddler if they are too young. I think more events could of been planned in the Centrum, which seem to be the prized area of the ship. My daughter did enjoy the "Fair games" that everyone could partake in. Maybe events like the fair games would great for little ones, the face painting was great. I know many would just leave their children at home and go on a cruise, but that is not our intentions. If that is a possibility for other cruisers, then I would give the rating a much higher score. It was tough taking laps around the ship because that was most of what we could only do with a 2 year old. Also, This cruise was in October, from Baltimore to Bermuda. The child count was 90, but I am assuming that is children 17 and below. Something to consider. A short talk on the cabins. I would recommend trying your best to get a cabin from Deck 4 and above. I was on deck 2 and, yes, you could smell a light stench constantly from the bathroom. The noise was not a problem, (ocean and engines) these ships are pretty strong. I talked briefly with a family on Deck 3, they agreed about the same issues of smell. The bathrooms are super small. I am 6ft and approximately 225 lbs, a very tight fit in the shower.... Please take my advice. Spend more $$$ or book earlier and you will be satisfied. "Cry now, not later!" I guess I purchased a little late (Approx 5 mos). Most buy them 1 year to 6-8 mos in advanced. Oh yeah... DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT! > eat at the Bone Fish Restaurant at Kings Warf Port. Its cost $15 dollars and change for a burrito. Other items on the menu are $18 and even $20 dollars per dish. Gratuity is automatically added to bill also. I am saying I have had more expensive food before, but the quality is something to consider. This Bone Fish Restaurant is a tourist trap! You can see the place as soon as you approach the roadway. ITS A TRAP! If you want food that is fast service and a far better price, take a bus or whatever your preferred method is to Horseshoe Bay. Just at the cove/beach plataeu is a great beach themed restaurant for drinks, ice cream, burgers, hit dogs, mozz sticks, and more. Warning, Horseshoe Bay is rumored to be busy/crowded, lucky for us, it wasn't! The alcohol drink package is very important. You will save big time. If you purchase an alcohol package, the soda package is included. Only problem is, you must order one drink at a time. This is done to limit potential sharing, to entice you to buy an additional package per person. If you have a little ingenuity like me, this isn't a problem. Just order your drinks with a little "skill" in timing, servers, and location... you get my point? The food was great! No complaints on a single meal or prepared drink. The servers are awesome, the waiters are compassionate and will make your family happy. Our waiters at dinner even remembered our first names and drink preferences every night. The room attendants were fast and polite. I made one request for new sheets and it was done pronto, like genie poof fast. Yes, I even rigged a secret trap to see if they did the real deal and not just a quick tighten up. They are legit! The room service is not completely complimentary for all the 1st timers out there. There is a service charge of $7.95 per delivery and sometimes an additional $3.00, not sure why the $3.00 though... I did order a lot of bacon one time, maybe that was it? Finally, the last issue. I think the port times could be arranged better. Why do we have to leave between 1pm and 2pm on the the second day? Maybe its a rule for the port or something? Its kinda sad that you arrive at mid day on day 1, have to run about the island and hope to make it back for your dinner time, unless you hit the buffet when you return. Then you leave so early the next day...I mean, you dropped us off at the end of the cruise in Baltimore at 730ish in the morning, that's not fair. Why cant we get to Bermuda in the morning to at least give 1 full day instead of 2 half days. The second day, you better get your lamb chops on the ship by boarding time because they do not wait if you are late. So really you short an additional hour or two if your smart on your ALREADY HALF DAY. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I am reasonably ill and was not sure if this would be my last vacation so was very excited about it. We booked to Bermuda because we had never been there. wanted to see new sights, and if sailed out of Baltimore. My niece lives in ... Read More
I am reasonably ill and was not sure if this would be my last vacation so was very excited about it. We booked to Bermuda because we had never been there. wanted to see new sights, and if sailed out of Baltimore. My niece lives in Baltimore, recently had a baby. and it's only a 7 hr drive from our home. My husband is claustrophobic and did no wish to fly this trip. The embarkation process was very fast, they were waiting for us with a wheelchair and could not have been more helpful. We boarded the ship and sought out Windjammer, their buffet restaurant. So did every other cruiser within a 100 mile radius. It was packed and seating was scarce. We had brought along our adult son who had recently ended a long term relationship. He needed cheering up, and we needed assistance. He found us a table and got us drinks, that was the best he was able to do. Shortly after they announced cabins were ready. Our cabin was an outside stateroom with ocean view. It was definitely a tight squeeze but attractive. Last year we sailed on Carnival and while Carnivals cabins were definitely older and shabbier they were slightly larger. The general public areas were equally lovely on both ships. That first night we went to the piano bar and listened to J.R. who was quite good. We were unable to gamble until we were in international waters on day 2. The seas were rough following the recent hurricanes and we chose to retire early as we were slightly sea sick and wobbly. Day II the casino opened and we had a lot of fun and lost little. We attempted the Windjammer again, I am on a scooter because of my disabilities, not one RC employee offered assistance. It was also very crowded as usual. My husband and son snagged some lunch, but rather than make them battle the lines twice I decided to wait for dinner. I must say the food in the main dining room was excellent. The menu far more extensive than what we experienced on the Carnival Paradise. The food was excellent with one exception and the service also excellent. Virgillio and Jingxia were both pleasant and attentive, We went to a show that night and it was nothing to right home about. I have found few cruise ships with above average talent. Simon Cowell often described contestants as cruise ship candidates, I never quite understood that until recently. We were unable to partake of any shore excursions due to my limitations, but were still able to shop on the wharf. Bermuda offers little in the way of home crafted items but would highly recommend the rum cake. The seas were rough throughout the cruise although we certainly can't blame that on RC, We did order room service and there is an automatic $7.95 charge for anything. We wanted to try the Wagou ? beef burger. I couldn't tell a difference in that and any other HB. The chicken wings were good. We tried the Windjammer several more times, and again never once was I offered assistance. Last year on Carnival, I no more than entered the buffet area (can't remember the name) when 2 or 3 attendants were there offering to carry my tray and assist me in any way. I did call customer service on the boat to complain and was told they would get back to me. The manager did call me and said they would email me with a discount offer to accommodate me. I have yet to hear from them and we have been home 7 days now. So, here are my ratings, Cabins, slight edge to RC, Carnival was slightly larger but RC more aesthetically appealing. Food in Main dining room, RC definitely wins this one by a mile. Their food was more creative, more extensive, and more delicious. Atrium, bars, pool deck etc. pretty much even both are very attractive. Entertainment both get a C- so another tie. Service, dining rooms, both were excellent. Windjammer vs Carnival's, Carnival wins by a huge amount. When you are handicapped, assistance without having to seek it out means a lot. In fact in means so much that next years cruise should I be so fortunate as to have one will be with Carnival. Personal touches out weigh age of ship etc. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We picked this cruise because it was easy for us to drive to (Pittsburgh to Baltimore) and the price was very good. Embarkation was a breeze. We got through with no problems and were on the ship very quickly. Disembarkation was a ... Read More
We picked this cruise because it was easy for us to drive to (Pittsburgh to Baltimore) and the price was very good. Embarkation was a breeze. We got through with no problems and were on the ship very quickly. Disembarkation was a different story. We physically stepped off the ship at around 730 but did not get our bags until 850. Was very hot and no places to sit. Ship- very dated Cabin- very dated Dining- Dining was great. Service was quick and food was great. Chops was delicious. Giovanni's Table was just okay. Entertainment- The shows were subpar but the cruise director had lots of fun activities during the day. Was pleasantly surprised. Service- Service was great Ports- This only went to Bermuda which was very fun. There is an AMAZING putt-putt golf place within walking distance that I would highly recommend to anyone with kids. Overall we enjoyed our 5 days. The ship was very rocky though and that did impact our rating. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise because we were going to Baltimore for a family trip that was starting on October 6th. I looked for a cruise from the east coast that would allow us to arrive a week early and enjoy a cruise before that trip. My ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were going to Baltimore for a family trip that was starting on October 6th. I looked for a cruise from the east coast that would allow us to arrive a week early and enjoy a cruise before that trip. My choice was made solely because the dates and departure worked. The cost, $2400, for a 5 day cruise with a junior suite was higher than expected for an older ship, but the dates and location worked for us. Would I have been better satisfied if I had paid less? Maybe. But maybe not. I am going to have to adjust my dining expectation to be more in line with what is now being experienced and make my cruising decisions accordingly. I’ve already booked a February cruise on Carnival to see if they too have sabatogued their own main dining rooms to lure people into specialty dining. Embarkation was amazing. Pulled up in our car to drop off luggage around 10:40. We were on the ship by 11:15. Smoothest embarkation ever. It has been 6 years since our last cruise and 10 years since last sailing with Royal Caribbean. I was shocked at the decline in the food. Most meals in the MDR were incredibly bland, almost tasteless. If you’ve only sailed in the recent past you may not know what you are missing, but the food used to be special, very special. It appears to now have been intentionally left lacking. Seasoning food is not expensive, so the only reason I can come up with is that they are making the MDR experience less special so people will spend additional money on the specialty dining rooms if they want more than a below average meal. I know they still know how to make a dish tasty, because we ate in the specialty steak house one evening and ahhhh....there was the flavor I remember from days of old. So it appears you now have to pay additional if you want to eat anything better than Golden Corral style food. And as far as the buffets go....ugh! The warm dishes were mostly cool/cold, the choices were bland, lots and lots of rice. Lastly, the coffee brought to the room through breakfast room service was some of the worst coffee I’ve ever tasted, and so weak as to be undrinkable. They also seem to no longer have real half & half to bring with the morning coffee but instead coffee “creamer” cups...even after I specified real half and half on the second morning I was brought this same “creamer crap”. One shining star was the chopped salad station in the MDR when it was open for lunch. Delicious and fresh! The cruise director kept referring to “150 onboard activities” yet there seemed to be almost none. At one point the crew walked around the Lido deck taking down people's guesses as to how long one of them could stand on one leg. Seriously. My husband and I joked that this was one on the “150 onboard activities”, and I think it was! I imagine most of the others are pay bingo games, trivia contests in the Schooner Bar that was inhabitable during the entire cruise because of an overpoweringly foul sour smell. Luckily, we are not “activity” seekers, so were able to find quiet places to enjoy the water, scenery, and each other with no difficulty. We enjoyed evening cocktails every night in the Atrium while listening to the 4 piece band Locomotion. This was our favorite part of each day. Stage shows were average, at best. Comedian on the first evening was a fun time. I have enjoyed the piano bar in the Schooner Bar in the past but on this sailing there was a overwhelmingly four sour odor in that space that kept me from entering it. Excellent service, from our room steward to the main dining room servers to the bartenders. They saved this cruise from itself. Ours was an aft facing Junior Suite and we enjoyed the space to move around. The large deck was a great place to watch the world go by. There is definitely engine noise, but I found it soothing. Others might find it unpleasant Very little to do at the port even though it is billed as a tourist destination. The glass blowing business was interesting. The “museum” was a lovely building, but the displays were minimal and we literally did not see one employee on the entire grounds after paying our admission, so no one to answer any questions. We did pay a taxi driver $150 (+tip) to drive us around for 3 hours and give us an overview of the island. This was interesting and the taxi driver, Howard, very pleasant. The self disembarkation went very smoothly. There is a system in place where they direct you to put your suitcases in line and then you can go elsewhere and sit, or stand next to your luggage. This worked well. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our first ever cruise and it was chosen because of the Bermuda destination and Baltimore port. Almost the entire cruise travel was a game of cat and mouse with hurricanes - with the passengers - and crew, suffering as a ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and it was chosen because of the Bermuda destination and Baltimore port. Almost the entire cruise travel was a game of cat and mouse with hurricanes - with the passengers - and crew, suffering as a result. Travel to and from Bermuda provided limited time for enjoyment of on-deck activities - except sitting - and the deck access was limited on more than one day due to the bad weather. Bermuda was almost a complete rainout - many shore excursion was cancelled due to the weather - but I don't blame RCP for that. Being our first ever cruise I was expecting RCP to try to mitigate the bottom line experience. We heard on more than one occasion "...well you booked a cruise during hurricane season so you should have expected this ..." I believe hurricane season lasts from June to November so I have trouble with that excuse rationale. Service was excellent. The dining room DINNER food was below average (Except for a one time Turkey offering that was excellent) - specially related to steaks/beef with the Windjammer being superior. The availability of draft beer was limited with only a couple of bars having taps - and those taps did seem to run out often. The embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. I'm an FCC licensed amateur operator and was looking forward to communicating with fellow operators in Bermuda but RCP has HAM RADIOs listed as a prohibited item - right along with firearms - and I couldn't find anyone to explain why. Avoid RCP if you're an Amateur Radio operator! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I was on the Grandeur of the Seas sailing on 9/16/2017 departing from Baltimore Maryland to Bermuda. I am not sure why the captain would decide to go through with this sailing because Hurricane Maria was looming in the Atlantic. The ... Read More
I was on the Grandeur of the Seas sailing on 9/16/2017 departing from Baltimore Maryland to Bermuda. I am not sure why the captain would decide to go through with this sailing because Hurricane Maria was looming in the Atlantic. The sailing was rough. It was the service from the crew that made this sailing enjoyable although I stayed in my cabin a lot. Grandeur of the Seas is certainly an older ship. I am a solo cruiser and booked a Grand Suite, cabin 8514. The cabin was decent. Everything about the cabin was old and outdated from the inside curtains and furniture to the balcony railing and furniture. Inside the curtains were old but they looked clean. The sofa and chairs in the cabin were also old and had a bit of a smell but that was okay to me because I only sat on them when I was fully clothed. There was a constant sewer smell coming from the bathroom so I kepted the door shut. Thank goodness for the Lysol and the Glade Air Beads that I brought along. They masked the odor so it was only during my bathroom visits did I notice the smell. The service I received from the ship’s staff was phenomenal. My cabin steward, Dennis, was wonderful and very friendly. Everytime I saw him, he was smiling and always willing to help. I told him that I would be staying in my cabin a couple of nights and would not need him to service the cabin and wanted to make sure that I was okay. As a suite guest, I received Conceirge service and Francis was incredible. I did not visit the Conceirge lounge however Francis called me a few times to make sure everything was okay and asked if I needed anything. Lastly, Luis the Sommelier was extremely nice. I met him the first day and his energy drew me to the Chef’s Table on night 2. He was very knowledgeable and answered any questions that I had regarding the various wines. Overall, my rating was average for this cruise however it was the ship’s crew that made it enjoyable. If you’re looking for a ship with lots to do, this is not the one for you. If you are looking for a smaller vibe with dinners, a great singalong piano bar and some decent comedy shows, this would be a cruise for you. My next cruise is on the Independence of the Seas February 5, 2018 out of Fort Lauderdale. I will be cruising solo in a Grand Suite on this sailing as well. Based on my research, this appears to be an older ship as well however it’s bigger so I am hoping to spend more time outside of my cabin and doing activities on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Embarkation was good, in room by 1.pm. Chosen for ports. Visited family in Baltimore and Boston. When we sailed on Grandeur in 2009 the was worse due to tail end of hurricane. The weather was wonderful all 9 days during this sailing. ... Read More
Embarkation was good, in room by 1.pm. Chosen for ports. Visited family in Baltimore and Boston. When we sailed on Grandeur in 2009 the was worse due to tail end of hurricane. The weather was wonderful all 9 days during this sailing. The ports of call were great. The ship needs a lot of refurbishment. The beds are old style and very uncomfortable. The room we had was inside because when booked in June, 17 that is all they had left. The room is small but adequate for 2 people, would be hard for 3 or 4. There was no space to get around the bed to get to bathroom because of desk and couch, so we had our bed separated, great after that. Lights in room kept going out. The first 3 days we only had cool water in shower and when we told them they kept saying they are working on it. Then low and behold the water got steamy hot in sink and shower. Their is a shower curtain around the shower, unless you are a tiny person you will get water outside the shower. The cabin had adequate storage (rm 2585). Dining was not up to par, just average food. At dinner savory bits were not offered, we requested and got them nightly after that. Main dining room service took 1.5 hrs. The windjammer food choices were average to poor for the most part. There menu needs to be updated and improved. Entertainment was average to poor. The Female singer was great, most of the others were below average. Activities on the ship were just average, not enough variation from day to day. Port days were poor for activities. Movies where not current movies, old ones, and shown mostly at dinner time and they did show some in the afternoon in the Pallisades Theater but it was visually poor/dark. Shore excursion taken to Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia was $66 for 3 hr. It took 1.5 hr to drive, 1/2 hr there at Cove and 1 hr drive back. I advised them that the tour stated 1 yr at Cove. RCCL did give me 10% back . All other port we toured on our own. We are diamond plus with 350 nights with RCCL. They need to improve things on this ship to bring it to 2017 standards. We enjoyed the concierge club on deck 11 each morning and evening. On the last day (10) we were told not to come there because we were not a suite/ pinnacle. We did enjoy the people on the ship, they are very nice and well go over board to help you. Our waiter, cabin steward and bar staff were all great. I recommend these ports anytime. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
As I live in the Baltimore area, it was very convenient to take a round trip cruise from our local port. The itinerary was also very attractive, cruising north on the East coast to Halifax, NS and back. I had cruised around ten times ... Read More
As I live in the Baltimore area, it was very convenient to take a round trip cruise from our local port. The itinerary was also very attractive, cruising north on the East coast to Halifax, NS and back. I had cruised around ten times back in the 1990's and 2000's (on different cruise lines) and had been very impressed with the service and dining experiences. The Grandeur of the Seas has been updated and it looked fine. I was in Cabin 4056 which was nice and it was kept very clean. My biggest complaint was the quality of the food. It seems like there has been cost cutting in this area. Positives first: I had room service for breakfast every morning as all I want is coffee, cereal, fruit and yogurt. That was very nice and great service! Lunch was fine as I eat lightly and had mostly buffet salads. At dinner the service was very good, the bread and desserts were also very good. But the actual food was mediocre. For example there were at least three entrees that I couldn't eat: a "seafood pasta" that was mushy, "scampi" stir fry that tasted terrible, and even the lobster was soft and tasted odd. Some of the food had been sitting too long, like soggy salads. I heard quite a few complaints from others about the quality of the food. Some other positives: I enjoyed most of the night time entertainment. The ships' dancers and singers were great! As were the comedians. The ports were great to visit. We did all private tours through "ShoreTrips" which were very professional overall. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I love the fact that the Grandeur is a smaller ship and that it sails out of Baltimore. Makes for an easier and more affordable vacation when I don't have to add the cost of a flight to my trip. Have sailed on the Grandeur three ... Read More
I love the fact that the Grandeur is a smaller ship and that it sails out of Baltimore. Makes for an easier and more affordable vacation when I don't have to add the cost of a flight to my trip. Have sailed on the Grandeur three times and have enjoyed all ports/destinations and have enjoyed some really good entertainment on board. Our most recent cruise on the Grandeur was to Canada and New England and I highly recommend it. Very beautiful destinations and lots to do and see. MY ADVICE FOR THIS CRUISE: IN CANADA, LOOK FOR THE PINK BUS TOURS. THEY ARE FREE TO CRUISE PASSENGERS. What I don't love about the Grandeur is that they are pushing more and more dining room menu options and specialty restaurants that you have to pay extra for, all while the quality of the menu items in the dining room and selection at the buffet become mediocre at best. It's like they're sending a message that the price of your meals is included, unless you want quality food. The drink prices have gotten ridiculous, then you have to add 18% to that and the bar service is slower. Less bartenders, less wait staff. We found it hard to flag down a waiter while sitting in the balcony level of the Palladium Theater, like they didn't want to have to come upstairs or something. Our stateroom attendant was wonderful, but our bed was very uncomfortable and looked and felt like an army cot (not even a bedskirt). Lastly, I'm all for being environmentally responsible, but on several occasions the bath towels had a foul odor. I'm guessing a really cheap detergent (at least I hope that's all it was and not dirty towels). Never experienced that before on any cruise line. I am not nit-picking, just giving an honest review of each like and dislike. I would definitely cruise on the Grandeur again but personally I'd rather see them hike their fares a little bit than make more cut backs. I love cruising and hate to see it getting dumbed down. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose the cruise because of our son's school schedule, availability and price. Chops was great although the crab cake was very bad and was sent back. The crab cake did not appear to have lump crab and was possibly made with fake ... Read More
We chose the cruise because of our son's school schedule, availability and price. Chops was great although the crab cake was very bad and was sent back. The crab cake did not appear to have lump crab and was possibly made with fake crab. The filet was one of the best I have every had. The Gruyere tater tots were excellent but the truffle french fries did not taste or smell of truffles and were not much different than the Windjammer fries. Park Cafe food was good mainly because the kimmelweck sandwichs were excellent; good meat and bread. Giovanni's was a very bad experience. Our reservation was not honored and we had to wait over 20 minutes to be seated. The appetizers were OK but the main course pasta dishes were not well prepared and of store bought quality. The Diamond Club was very good. We particularly liked Roberta who was very friendly and attentive. Our wait staff in the dining room at table 408 were excellent. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this cruise mainly for the destination. Admittedly I am a novice to the cruising world although have experience on one other cruise with Royal Caribbean. This previous experience was aboard Liberty of the Seas this past January, ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly for the destination. Admittedly I am a novice to the cruising world although have experience on one other cruise with Royal Caribbean. This previous experience was aboard Liberty of the Seas this past January, 2017. As I stated in my most recent review directly to Royal Caribbean I would have rated that (Liberty) experience a 10/10, and, this experience on the Grandeur as a 6/10. If I had to choose one word to describe the entirety of this most recent (Grandeur) trip it would be "average." First, some details regarding my travel group. I traveled with a group of 10. All friends and some family intermixed. We ranged in age from 24 to 62, and, come from a variety of backgrounds including law enforcement and medical personnel. Our group travels together frequently and we are always attracted to the idea of cruising because everyone can generally do whatever they please, and, there is no issue if each person wants to go their separate directions for different activities. Anyway, cutting to the chase; the good: -Service was exceptional from stateroom attendant to main dining room staff -I found the staterooms to be in excellent condition and repair considering the age of the ship -The food was great -Rather seamless on-boarding and off-boarding in Baltimore -Airport transfers were also seamless -Bermuda was gorgeous and we recommend a trip to Horseshoe Bay Beach -Minibus and taxi/ferry fares in Bermuda are reasonable ($5- $7) The bad: -Bar services ran out of several items by the end of the week, including, bottled water, Corona, limes, mint leaves, and other drink essentials. This was a large disappointment as the entirety of our group had purchased the unlimited drink package. -The general repair of the exterior portions of the ship were "tired" and in some cases not in the best of repair. This was a disappointment after cruising on the Liberty this past January. -One member from our group requested more shampoo for her room and was subsequently sent to one of the service counters to get it herself. This was disappointing that the room steward failed to handle this matter for her. Overall, an average experience based on the above review. If I cruise again with Royal Caribbean I am confident that I would not sail on a ship smaller than the Liberty of the Seas- despite the destination. I would recommend you consider the same. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Food allergy labeling could be more clear. We felt very oversold on all sorts of options for excursions, premium restaurant choices, next cruise sales, to use the casino, etc. In fact, we signed up for a special brunch in the Chops ... Read More
Food allergy labeling could be more clear. We felt very oversold on all sorts of options for excursions, premium restaurant choices, next cruise sales, to use the casino, etc. In fact, we signed up for a special brunch in the Chops Grille that was to include unlimited lobster tails (which were great), unlimited mimosas (which were also great), and the finest steaks that were to be (according to our salesperson and headwater) "succulent, juicy, and tender". Yet all the steaks had by everyone on the table were overcooked, firm/not tender, dry, and lacking flavor. What a disappointment for all the hype of the sales. That was $180 not well spent and feeling like we were "taken". Having two 1/2 days on bermuda was hard to fully take advantage of and really experience Bermuda. We'd rather have 1 full day there instead of split days, or better yet, sail faster so we could have more than 24 hours on land. The decor of the ship was nice and mostly up to date (except for the viking crown lounge which looked decades old). However, other cruise lines often decorate the food areas with ice sculptures and fruit/vegatable carvings which we only saw 1 bouquet during our paid-for brunch. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was the first cruise with Royal Caribbean, if I had never cruised before I would not have known there was better. But I have and I doubt I will use them again. The stateroom, the basic stateroom was small, the bathroom was smaller ... Read More
This was the first cruise with Royal Caribbean, if I had never cruised before I would not have known there was better. But I have and I doubt I will use them again. The stateroom, the basic stateroom was small, the bathroom was smaller and the shower was tiny. When we arrived on the ship I did not feel my bathroom was very clean. Shower curtain was filthy, toilet had a brown ring on the seat that disappeared after first night, floss on the floor that was not my own. For the seated dinning I was not impressed with my first meal so i did not return until the last two days of the cruise which was an improvement, but I have had better. The variety was slim in the buffet and cafe. This is the first time I left a cruise hungry. I wish there would have been rainy day activities, but there were not many. During the day it was hard to find things to do, but it was all jammed into the evening. There were two acts that were awesome Two Funny Guys, Daniel and Mario and IMPACT. Greg London a musical impersonator was pretty good too. Everything else fell flat to me. The other two comedians were bland. Royal Caribbean dancers were fairly good, singers were sub par, with one outshining the rest. They had a celebrations of nations which was pretty cool and honored our vets and service men and women which was very nice as well. The service was okay. Only a small amount were actually very friendly. We saw our room steward once, had to request a few Cruise Compasses as we didn't receive one. As for the ports Bermuda was great, Nassau is a port I'd skip, and CoCo Cay was okay. We enjoyed a Jet Ski tour on CoCo Cay and a Glass Bottom Boat excursion in Bermuda which was very informative. I did not travel with children, but there were a lot of children on board. I always heard Royal Caribbean had less children, but that is incorrect by my observations. I did not like that every time you sat someone was trying to sell you something; activities that cost extra, the exclusive restaurants. It was quite a nuisance when on vacation and tacky. I has three people try to sell me the same restaurant experience withing 15 minutes of sitting in the same spot. Personally, I would not cruise with Royal Caribbean again.I would visit Bermuda again, but on a different cruise line and I would not visit Nassau again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Chose this cruise because of the good price (2 more days and cheaper than Carnival). But, that was a mistake. Food sucked in Windjammer. Prefer Guy Fieri burgers, Mexican buffet, 24 hour made to order pizza, fresh deli, fresh salad bar ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of the good price (2 more days and cheaper than Carnival). But, that was a mistake. Food sucked in Windjammer. Prefer Guy Fieri burgers, Mexican buffet, 24 hour made to order pizza, fresh deli, fresh salad bar with lots of choices that Carnival has to offer. Definitely an older, non-fun crowd on Grandeur. Carnival is the FUNship! Septic smell on Grandeur was not very nice. Not enough evening entertainment choices - only one choice during each time slot. Wayfinder was very nice! Solarium was way too hot and was indoors. Love the Carnival Serenity deck. Shows on Grandeur were good. Nexus 4 band was good. Speciality restaurants too over space that could have been used for other entertainment venues. Cruise Director was good, but some of the other activities staff were annoying. Rooms much smaller on Grandeur compared to Carnival Pride. After 14 Carnival cruises, decided to try this RC cruise. Definitely going back to Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Embark - good Disembark -good Size of Group - 19 6 teens 13-18 - nothing for them to do, thankfully brought cards! 1 under 8 - very happy with kid club Ship - old / small Pool - too small - about 34 person capacity - ... Read More
Embark - good Disembark -good Size of Group - 19 6 teens 13-18 - nothing for them to do, thankfully brought cards! 1 under 8 - very happy with kid club Ship - old / small Pool - too small - about 34 person capacity - water sloshes out with boat movement Dining - great in Gatsby; good in Windjammer; check out Windjammer menu at night so you don't miss out on Indian night! Shows - good, better than expected Service - great Ports - Bermuda - WONDERFUL; Bahamas - OK; Cococay - GREAT Bermuda - first afternoon - Snorkel Beach - close by, good snorkelling/swimming - ask what time they close before renting chairs/umbrella; Horsehoe Bay (a must see for whole day) - no need to book excursion - just eat breakfast on ship, hop off at 7:30 and grab a cab there, head back in afternoon (cabs running continuously) Bahamas - if you want to shop, good; same as above, ask before renting chairs/umbrellas or you're paying for only a couple of hours Cococay - very nice; with teens, I'd just get off early and one of the first beaches are great, lots of fish, deeper water; if you want to escape everyone, travel to other side of island (walk-able and there are shuttles) there was no one over there! Food was great for lunch. Tips: 1. Bring Bonine/Sea Bands - one person in our group got sick first day - definitely can feel the motion much more than on larger boats 2. Don't pay for a bag of laundry until you get coupon in daily newsletter 3. Spa couples massage was great! 4. $15 corking fee for wine you bring on board ... bottle on board was about $30 5. Beverage package - buy it on sale and do your math, for us it was worth it because we drink Starbucks 2x a day on board 6. Shore Excursions - buy them when on sale, else, call cancel and rebook all on same call to get sale price 7. Walkie-Talkies - they work if you buy the right one's but we ended up not using after day 4 - boat small enough to find each other 8. Lots of opps for family photos and great quality pics! 9. Arcade VERY SMALL - not worth pre buying any amount We'd likely go again on a larger Royal ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We've been on more than 10 cruises on various cruise lines and this was right at the bottom of every cruise we've ever been on. The ship is old and small. Nothing to do for our 16 and 18 year old boys. The ship had some weird ... Read More
We've been on more than 10 cruises on various cruise lines and this was right at the bottom of every cruise we've ever been on. The ship is old and small. Nothing to do for our 16 and 18 year old boys. The ship had some weird odors throughout. The pool and hot tub ruined our white bathing suits, leaving them and my skin with a green hue. The disembarking for ports of call were disorganized. On the positive side, Bermuda was beautiful, one of the nicest ports of call we've ever been on. Nassau was also very enjoyable, but a seedier than Bermuda. Coco Cay was wonderful, but the beach was rockier than anticipated. The food at Coco Cay was more of the same as on the cruise. Mediocre at best. The staff however, was fantastic!! The Wind Jammer café was extremely hot the entire cruise, even though that is one of the reasons the ship was recently dry docked. Obviously, the fix for air conditioning did not work. Also, the showers were scalding hot and could not be cooled. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I would not go on Grandeur again if bringing my children. My biggest issue with the kid's club is you have to do the initial paperwork (given for legality purposes) and then each session you have to wait in a LONG line to check-in and ... Read More
I would not go on Grandeur again if bringing my children. My biggest issue with the kid's club is you have to do the initial paperwork (given for legality purposes) and then each session you have to wait in a LONG line to check-in and check-out your kids. The sessions are from 9-12am, 2-5pm, 7-10pm, and then paid after that time. We allowed our kids to check themselves in and out since they are older but the first two times we waited with them to get accustomed to the routine. No exaggeration: We arrived before 9am on the second day of the cruise and there was a long line. At 9:45am, we FINALLY got them through the door. My issue with this check-in and out process is although we signed the legal forms to indicate who can pick them up, you have to do it again with each session. They have you write it the kid's names, who you are, and who will pick them up--your card is not even used! The next time (probably the 4th cruise day) the line was about 25 minutes to the door. So, I can purchase alcohol on my card, spend multi-thousands in the gift stores, and book all excursions but there is no way to check-in and out kids with the cards? Even the soda machines read the Coke cups to determine if they are still valid before dispensing soda. This kid's club manual process is very 1980s-- the rest of the ship is equipped with the technology so why not the kid's club? Also, for summer cruises (or even cruises during school breaks), the kid's club should have more activities outside the walls of the tiny club. One of the workers (who were great) said, "this is the most kids we've ever had." I highly doubt this since is the case since it's the summertime and this ship has been in commission for 20 years. RC really needs to rethink the configuration of this club and begin setting-up the activities outdoors when so many kids are booked on the cruise. As stated, the workers were fantastic in the kid's club but the overall process is so poor that we will not be returning to the Grandeur with the kids. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We chose this trip because the ship left from Baltimore - easy to get to port and no airport needed. The ship needs an update. Our cabin had several mechanical issues. The food and service was great but there were so many upcharges in the ... Read More
We chose this trip because the ship left from Baltimore - easy to get to port and no airport needed. The ship needs an update. Our cabin had several mechanical issues. The food and service was great but there were so many upcharges in the dining room and other areas of the ship. The adults only pool was small and the chairs were all taken by 9:15 on sea days. I never remember a ship before where they put $13.50 per person per day gratuity on the bill and then put envelopes in the cabin for tips to people who provided exceptional service. The itinerary was limited - Bermuda and Nassau and Coco Quay. The 2 days in Bermuda - a beautiful stop - was not 2 days. Getting there after 2pm one day and leaving early after noon the following day gave us no time to enjoy and explore. Nassau was overrated and dirty, I would have skipped it altogether. Coco was ok. Limited shade and expensive beach activities and umbrellas. The upside was the staff. The waiters, food service people and room steward were excellent. Getting in and out of Baltimore was great as was the check in and departure process. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We chose the cruise from Baltimore for the convenience of driving from Northern Virginia and parking at the port. The embarkation was a bit lengthy having to stay in line to check in to get our sea pass card (1.5 hours) and we got there ... Read More
We chose the cruise from Baltimore for the convenience of driving from Northern Virginia and parking at the port. The embarkation was a bit lengthy having to stay in line to check in to get our sea pass card (1.5 hours) and we got there around 1200. The disembarkation was as smooth a process as it could be, very organized. There were no delays getting on and off at Bermuda. The ship is the smallest of Royal Caribbean ships. Therefore, it does seem a bit cramped. The centrum is like the lobby of the ship where all the events and activities are planned. People can see down into the centrum from other decks. However, seating areas are limited and many people end up standing to see the performances. Dining room experience was excellent, some menu items were a hit and others were not. The service at Royal Caribbean is excellent from the staff at the buffet restaurant and dining room to the stateroom attendant. They all work very hard. The cabin is small, we paid extra to get a large interior stateroom but did not feel any bigger. When we booked the ocean view and balcony staterooms were sold out. Bed is comfortable, the bathroom is very small considering the size of the stateroom. On day 2 of our 5 night cruise the sea was very rough and our whole party felt sick (sea bands and Dramamine)but it only lasted the day, the rest of the sailing was fine. Windjammer café for breakfast and lunch gets crowded and we went with a group of 6 and it was tough getting a table we could all fit. We would have to go and sit at the dirty tables so we would have one. Some people with a party of two would sit in a large circular table while a party of six would have to separate ourselves. There could have been some sort of seating service in the windjammer to avoid this. The dining room seating was perfect, they gave us the same wait staff and same table even though we went at various times. They knew us by name and were very friendly. Dining room experience gets a 10/10. There were various entertainment shows throughout the ship, most times during our dining experience (which was the best and did not want to miss). Some of the shows at palladium were trying to sell things like the port shopping ( diamond international) or excursion shows. Even the television channels get you to go buy things from the stores on board. Entertainment director Tornado Tanya and Cruise director Cruisin Susan were excellent. They tried to get the crowds going with line dancing, games such as finish the song and belly flop. We travelled with a 11 and 6 year olds. There is only one pool for children to use as the other solarium pool is an adult only pool. The pool was not large and therefore was crowded with adults and young teens lined up on the ledge. The afternoon activities also ended up being in the pool like pool volleyball and belly flop so not much opportunities for the kids to be in the pool. They also don't tell you that if you don't return the towels borrowed at the pool with the Sea Pass card you will be charged $25 per towel. Therefore you have to stand in line and make sure they scanned the towel being brought back. Older kids seem to be having a great time. Unfortunately, besides the pool and adventure kids camp on the 10th floor there weren't many activities/shows geared towards kids. Port and shore excursions in Bermuda was a breeze. We walked off the ship and found a taxi service to take us around the island for three hours and also to horseshoe bay. They were all very dependable and professional and cost less than Royal Caribbean prices. We had our taxi guy come back in three hours to pick us up at Horseshoe bay and he was there on time. Service is the best thing on the ship from the time you get on to the time you get off. One of the negatives is staff trying to sell you other dining options or soda packages while you are eating at the buffet or sitting in the lobby. Everywhere you turned seemed like someone was trying to make more money off you from portraits to onboard shopping to special packages for dinner. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Grandeur of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.0
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 3.5 3.8
Public Rooms 3.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.8
Enrichment 1.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.5 3.9
Rates N/A 4.2

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