1,851 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Reviews

I am overall extremely happy with my cruise vacation with royal Caribbean. I am extremely happy with my service provided by my stateroom attendant Arya Prasetya. Arya went above and beyond the call of duty. Arya recognized us by name ... Read More
I am overall extremely happy with my cruise vacation with royal Caribbean. I am extremely happy with my service provided by my stateroom attendant Arya Prasetya. Arya went above and beyond the call of duty. Arya recognized us by name by the first evening. Arya always said good morning and was generally interested in our plans for the day. Arya provided his card and advised us we could call him at any time if we had any issues. Arya even cleaned our room more than once in a day! The room was spotless other than the clothing and luggage mess we had made ourselves. Even though we left our belongings all over the place, Arya was still able to make our room look clean! I have not had any other comparable experiences in any travel setting with room attendants including hotels in which I can say were close to my experience with royal Caribbean (last year we had Gloria and she was also great). As far as bar service goes, I received EXCEPTIONAL service from Bipul Arya. As soon as I got to the bar, Bipul recognized me and would say "rob how are you I will be right with you". I knew that if Bipul was at the bar, I would not have to wait long. This was not favoritism on Bipuls part, he was just that good of a bar tender. He was fast, efficient and entertaining. In the time that most bar tenders could make 1 drink, Bipul would have already helped 4 other customers. Bipul also did fun tricks as he was making drinks and would keep everyone at the bar in a great mood. Each morning I would find Bipul and ask him what bars he would be working at that day and when. I would base my bar selections on where he was working as I had bad experiences with other bar tenders. From watching others at the bar I found that not many people tip the bar tenders. I make it a point to tip with every drink. I would like to think that the bar tenders would remember the people who are actually tipping and try to provide them with a little faster service but that was not the case with most tenders. Even if I got crappy service I would still tip, and I spent a LOT of time at the bar (over $300 in tips alone). Most tenders did not care that they were being tipped and seemed to come to expect it. I also did not find it acceptable that on a Bermuda cruise, the bars would not have goslings rum, and most bar tenders did not know how to make a dark and stormy or a rum swizzle. Goslings was not the only thing in short supply. On two separate mornings I was unable to get a Bloody Mary on the deck due to the fact that they did not have Bloody Mary mix. I believe that royal needs to employ someone to restock the bar constantly with essential items such as Bloody Mary mix on the deck bar in the morning where most of your guests are enjoying the weather and drinking. Some of the bar tenders need to be taught the basic drinks, such as a mudslide as they often had to be told by people at the bar what kind of drinks they needed. In my experience at the bar I had 4 bar tenders whom I have NO complaints about and received exceptional service. Obviously Pibul was by far the best of any bar tenders I had experiences with. There was also two bar tenders on the deck, KT (unsure of the rest of his name) and Allan belliso. These two gentlemen knew their drinks and knew to make them fast. They did not delay in helping people and making them happy. I also had great experiences with Jason who works in the casino bar. Jason was off to a rough start with my first order of drinks on the ship. I joked around with Jason that he got the order wrong and he made sure to correct it even though I did not really care, I was going to drink the drink anyway. From that interaction on, Jason remembered me and my usual order and always made a good drink and I did not have to wait long at all. I did not get to experience ALLof the bar tenders and I'm certain they are all great, however, most of my time was spent at the deck bar or the schooner bar. While at the deck bar, some of the bar tenders were very slow moving (I watched one take 7 minutes to make ONE Bloody Mary and nothing else). The good bar tenders were able to multitask and make two three or four drinks at once, but some would make one drink at a time and it was a very slow process when the bar was busy. I was very satisfied with all of the bar tenders as they were walking around taking drink orders so that I would not have to get up from my seat. This is a great service to provide. I was upset that each time I was in the South Pacific, the bar was not open. I remember this bar being open all the time last year, especially during karaoke and the adult game show, but not this year. I am also upset that the bars do not stay open later. My group consisted of several people who work nights and we are up very late. We were unable to find any drinks late at night as the Viking and casino closed too early. I also think that there should be more deck activities later in the evening for those people who are not up at first light. I understand that most of your clientele is over 90, but throw us young people a bone and do a belly flop at 5pm or a sexy man competition at 7pm. Upon arrival to the ship my group was Immediately dissatisfied right offf the bat. The muster drill. Something needs to be changed about this. If the muster drill is supposed to be at 5pm, them give a 5 minute leeway and start at 5:05. There is no reason we should all have to wait 45 minutes just because some idiots think they don't have to attend. I'm not going to stand huddled in a group for 45 minutes while you search an entire ship for 2 people who did not want to attend. If the muster is THAT important then add a stipulation in the contract that if you miss the muster, you're off the ship. Goodbye. Furthermore, is the muster really that important? Nobody learned anything at the muster drill other than the fact that your employees are unorganized and need a megaphone since they cannot yell loud enough. My suggestion, end the muster, I'm sure every other guest that was on that ship will agree, it was ridiculous. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Embarkation took a long time due to the processing of crew members following the ship being in dry dock. This delayed the ship leaving port by 3 hours but thankfully RCI put in some time in the itinerary in order for us to get to Bermuda ... Read More
Embarkation took a long time due to the processing of crew members following the ship being in dry dock. This delayed the ship leaving port by 3 hours but thankfully RCI put in some time in the itinerary in order for us to get to Bermuda on time. I feel the cruise singers and dancers were also affected by the dry dock time as their shows were opening night performances and it showed (one male dancer even kicked a female dancer in the head - oops!). I loved King's Wharf/Dockyards - it has all you need! Shops, restaurants, historical and social attractions and beach! Advice: don't pay for the excursion to the beach- admission to Snorkel Park Beach is only $5 (versus the $35 RCI will charge you!). We could have stayed longer in Bermuda to explore more of the island, but I know I will be back in the future. Our stateroom attendant was top-notch, and our wait staff appeared to be newer in my time dining, but they were still polite and professional. Thanks to Cruise Critic for the Park Cafe advice - it was my new favorite food spot! The cruise entertainment staff could have used a pick-me-up (not enough energy for the job), but Tonya and the Grandeur orchestra were fantastic. Loved the Veterans Ceremony and Parade of Nations - be sure to bring the camera for those! My family and I (all adults) took a relaxing pace to our cruise and weren't disappointed. Of the 2,053 passengers, only 100 were kids, so folks looking to get away from children should definitely cruise in May! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Of about 14 cruises, this was BY FAR the worst embarkation experience I have ever had. Just shy of 2 hours to park, go thru security (that part was quick), and check in. Horrid line management for dropping off bags and for the check in. ... Read More
Of about 14 cruises, this was BY FAR the worst embarkation experience I have ever had. Just shy of 2 hours to park, go thru security (that part was quick), and check in. Horrid line management for dropping off bags and for the check in. The Gold line took longer than the regular line; the terminal was still packed when we finally boarded at about 3:30. Once on board, the ship was scheduled to depart at 4pm, but due to an unspecified propulsion issue did not depart until 7pm; however, this did not affect the rest of the trip and was not an issue after this initial delay. We were assigned to 8pm dining, when I had requested Freestyle at the time I made my reservation. I was advised to correct this onboard. Guest Services told me they would see what they could do and would get back to me by noon the second day of the cruise. I did not hear anything at all. LUCKILY our waitstaff was so good at 8pm that we were happy staying there; but it would have been nice if Guest Services had kept their word about getting back to me. After this rough start, the rest of the trip was much, much better! Our dining team was terrific as mentioned (Jason and Timoteh). All the food we had was terrific. I liked the soda program with the special cup and the freestyle Coke machines. Was a great deal, and much better than the way it used to be when the only Diet soda at the bar was Diet Coke. The shows we went to were great, too- a couple of stand-up comics and two production shows were quite enjoyable. Our cabin was well-maintained and very clean. I like the new bathrooms! In Bermuda, we took the dusk glass-bottom boat tour. It was at capacity and a bit cramped; however the guy giving the tour was funny and very personable. The only other “problem” I would like to mention occurred at the Solarium adult pool. A couple had their young toddler in the pool; this child was in no way old enough to be toilet trained. I watched the Pool Staffer look at them for a number of minutes, expecting him to ask them to take the baby out of the pool. He did not until I approached him and let him know that the baby was certainly not toilet trained, and that the Solarium is the adults only area. I was surprised that he was not inclined to take action until I asked him to. All in all, this was a great trip, and I recommend the Grandeur and enjoyed her great staff. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Cruised during kids sale free event. Made it much more affordable. Kids loved cruising for the first time. Ship was not geared to kids directly but they found plenty to keep them busy/entertained. Bermuda was breathtaking. The food was ... Read More
Cruised during kids sale free event. Made it much more affordable. Kids loved cruising for the first time. Ship was not geared to kids directly but they found plenty to keep them busy/entertained. Bermuda was breathtaking. The food was good and had lots of variety at buffet. Not a whole lot of shopping on board to be had. Dolphin experience was worth every penny (and it was a lot of them). Used the stairs a lot as the elevators took a LONG time. Overall was a fun experience. Would love to visit Bermuda in the future. There was a delay embarking but disembarking was very organized and went smoothly. All of the RC employees were pleasant and hard working. Ship was clean. We would choose RC again if we could get the same deal. They did offer tea, juice and water in buffet area. Probably would not have gotten drink packages if I had known this. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We really enjoyed the cruise! Everyone was so helpful and pleasant. The only thing that we didn't like too much is how much the ship rocked. I didn't expect this since I had been on other equal in size ships. That aside, we ... Read More
We really enjoyed the cruise! Everyone was so helpful and pleasant. The only thing that we didn't like too much is how much the ship rocked. I didn't expect this since I had been on other equal in size ships. That aside, we really enjoyed it. I would also recommend the snorkeling in Nassau. This was so much fun and while it took a few minutes to get used to, we really enjoyed it. We also purchased the soda package which was a plus! We used our money's worth for sure! There is also flavored water and sparkling water in the soda machine so it worked out wonderfully!!!! My teen son enjoyed it as well and actually we barely saw him. The only thing I would recommend is adding more stabilizers if possible and a basketball court. I almost purchased the alcohol package... so if you are thinking about doing it... and you are a big drinker - then do it!!! The drinks are pricey and if you decide to get it while on board it is more expensive. I hope this helps! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because it would visit Charleston SC. Unfortunately, we did not recognize that it was Easter break for many children. We had not been to Charleston or Miami in many years. We loved Charleston when we first ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it would visit Charleston SC. Unfortunately, we did not recognize that it was Easter break for many children. We had not been to Charleston or Miami in many years. We loved Charleston when we first visited there. Charleston is still a lovely place to see and we enjoyed our tour of the city. We stayed aboard the ship in Orlando and had a quiet day. Miami was a bit chaotic both on our tour and in the city. Nassau is Nassau, always the same but that can be good, because we have special places we stop at every time we visit. Nassau is always pretty, the weather is always beautiful for us and it's a lively place with lots of life going on. We missed CoCoCay this time due to winds that prevented tendering everyone over to the island. The Grandeur has great staff, friendly, caring and always ready with a smile. I did see the security staff always present to deal with any incidents anywhere on the ship. If it hadn't been for the noise and chaos of 500 children onboard getting wilder and wilder each day, it would have been a perfect cruise. We still love children, and the Grandeur but will just double check our calendar from now on before booking a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I chose this cruise because of the port of departure (20 Min from Home) and the ship Grandeur of the Seas. The ship is just the right size and not over crowded. The Staff is very Friendly. The Headliner Shows were excellent. The only ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the port of departure (20 Min from Home) and the ship Grandeur of the Seas. The ship is just the right size and not over crowded. The Staff is very Friendly. The Headliner Shows were excellent. The only problem I had was that CocoCay lacks a pier and if the sea is rough, tender boats cannot be used. The stop at CocoCay was shipped both times I sailed because of rough seas. The food and service were excellent in the main Dining Room. I spend a lot of time in the casino accumulating points used to get free or discounted cruises. The shore excursions that I have taken were very good but also on the expensive side. I have another cruise scheduled for October to the Northeast states and Canada, a cruise that I did once already 5 years ago. I am an Emerald member and need one point to become a Diamond member. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Overall an excellent cruise. Very disappointed that we were unable to make the Coco Cay port. This was what my family was most looking forward to. The ship did not have much in the way for teens. There was no basketball court which was ... Read More
Overall an excellent cruise. Very disappointed that we were unable to make the Coco Cay port. This was what my family was most looking forward to. The ship did not have much in the way for teens. There was no basketball court which was a huge issue for teenage boys. The fitness center also had very little room for weight lifting and too much room for group classes. The people trying to work out were all huddled around one small bench and free weights while the whole floor area was only being used by one or two people. The staff on board, especially our dining room waiter made up for any other shortcomings. The head waiter we had all week was by far the best we have ever had. The staff were all very friendly and accommodating. The ship needed some updates (the shower curtains needed replaced) and there was definitely some wear and tear on the ship. However, everything felt clean even if a little old. The "Revoiced" entertainment group was fantastic and the comedian and magician were good but there was not much else for entertainment. Overall, it was a good cruise but I will know better next time to ask about specific amenities that my teens might enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Great service throughout the ship. The whole family had a great time. Great house keeping service. Our room was always clean and ready in no time. Great main dinning room experience. They are friendly and courteous all the time. ... Read More
Great service throughout the ship. The whole family had a great time. Great house keeping service. Our room was always clean and ready in no time. Great main dinning room experience. They are friendly and courteous all the time. Thank you. The only disappointment was that the stop at Coco Cay was cancelled due to the wave. The weather was perfect everyday. However it was a bit windy on the day when we arrived at the Coco Cay. So the captain made a call to skip Coco Cay. We really planned to relax and have fun there. Later we heard that the stop at Coco Cay was cancelled many times previously. Royal Caribbean should figure out another safe way to ensure guests getting off and back on the boat safely at Coco Cay, or provide alternative stop. This trip includes another 3 port of calls, Charleston, Port Caneveal and Miami, which is a little bit too much. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because our son and daughter in law had already planned and asked us to join them. We had never been on a Royal Caribbean cruise and we enjoyed the experience. The food in the main dining room and the Windjammer was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because our son and daughter in law had already planned and asked us to join them. We had never been on a Royal Caribbean cruise and we enjoyed the experience. The food in the main dining room and the Windjammer was excellent. Some of the best cruise food we have had on 3 different cruise lines. The service was not a 10 but was not bad. We felt like the staff could have smiled more; it was sort of hit and miss but no rude crew members. Things didn't always start on time and were at times a little unorganized but many activities to participate in and overall were enjoyable. Our room was always clean and we always love the towel animals placed in our room in the evening. We got the drink package which I feel saved us money as we enjoy our adult beverages. We were a little disappointed that we did not have a refrigerator in our room even in a large window room. The embarkation and debarkation were quick. The shore excursions were really nice; we went on the Lagoon Tour which was fabulous. The snorkeling was also very nice. We were disappointed that we did not get to make the CoCoCay stop but winds were high and safety was a concern. We were glad that they were concerned about safety. All in all we would take another Royal Caribbean cruise; next time we'll try a larger ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because of the ports-the Southeastern ports and Bahamas should have given us 5 ports over ten days, just the perfect combination of sea time and touring. Overall, a great cruise! PROS: The large interior rooms ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports-the Southeastern ports and Bahamas should have given us 5 ports over ten days, just the perfect combination of sea time and touring. Overall, a great cruise! PROS: The large interior rooms were MORE than enough space. My wife and I actually found our cabin comfortable enough that we enjoyed being in there even when we didn't have to. The location, 4th floor, was easily accessible to all parts of the ship. The ship is TINY, intimate and easily explored. Service was terrific. Great price for leaving Baltimore. Windjammer Cafeteria and the miniature Park Cafe had excellent offerings, and the MyTime dining in main dining room was also up to par. The ship was clean, comfortable and completely enjoyable. Wifi was pretty decent and worth the money for those who have to stay in touch. Entertainment was AWESOME! CONS: The age of the ship is obvious. Portions of the ship-including our stateroom-were a nice little throwback to the 90s. There is very clearly some aging going on, albeit gracefully (the Solarium not included-my goodness, there is a need for some updating and fixes there!). If you're not a pool dweller for 8 hours, you will quickly find yourself bored, particularly when your last port of call, CocoCay, gets cancelled at the last minute. Three days at sea to return to Baltimore left us bored to tears almost, given that the ridiculously priced on-board activities were not part of our budget with all of the time off the ship. By lunchtime each day, we had spent time in the Solarium, blew a few bucks in the casino AND walked through the stores. CocoCay was ridiculous and RC needs to get this figured out ASAP. I understand weather and safety are priorities and that things happen, but when the ship hasn't docked at a scheduled port in two months because of this, the passengers should receive notification upfront that this is a LIKELY scenario. We had no idea and could have planned accordingly if knowing that was a possibility. Three days at sea was boring-we were practically running off the boat on Monday when we returned to Baltimore. Overall, a great cruise and we would do it again. The staff made it great and the ports of call were a lot of fun (Charleston, Port Canaveral, Miami and Nassau). Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We like sailing out of Baltimore because it is an hour and a half from Philly. The smaller ship is more to our liking. The only grievance is that the parents were not in control of their children much of the time. Yes, I know it was ... Read More
We like sailing out of Baltimore because it is an hour and a half from Philly. The smaller ship is more to our liking. The only grievance is that the parents were not in control of their children much of the time. Yes, I know it was Spring Break, but the children were allowed on the dance floor doing cartwheels and running a muck. There are places for the children to play and many things for them to do. It took away the enjoyment of the adult entertainment to have a bunch of unruly kids running and playing on the dance floor during adult time. The parents seemed to be edging them on as if the entire ship wanted to see their child trying to act Other than this and the fact that we were not able to get on Coco-cay, it was an otherwise enjoyable cruise. Obviously we will not be doing the "Spring Break" Cruise anymore. However, overall, because of the smaller ship we were able to get on and off easier. We really enjoyed the entertainment and friendliness of the staff. All in all, we love Royal Caribbean and will definitely be sailing with you again. Joe and Lydia Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Awesome time on this cruise! I took my 9 yo son and he was so excited about the Adventure Ocean club. I just wish that our CocoCay port wasn't cancelled. We were told that the swells in the water were too big for the tenders. ... Read More
Awesome time on this cruise! I took my 9 yo son and he was so excited about the Adventure Ocean club. I just wish that our CocoCay port wasn't cancelled. We were told that the swells in the water were too big for the tenders. Based off several reviews, RC hasn't stopped there in a while. One reviewer said they stayed in Nassua for an extra day. They should have had a plan B knowing that this has been their immediate history. I also wish they had a bit more late night stuff for the adults to participate in. My son was so excited to go to late night but I didn't have any "late-night" activities to participate in while he was gone. I'm not a big gambler so the casino was not of interest to me. I hung out at the bar with my sister-in-law or we took walks around the ship to take in the sights. But not many adult activities. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
time of year and number of nights...the room should have a warning that the drum will stay with you at least till midnight every night ,this was our second trip on grandeur we had nine night last year ,so we tried a twelve night tis time ... Read More
time of year and number of nights...the room should have a warning that the drum will stay with you at least till midnight every night ,this was our second trip on grandeur we had nine night last year ,so we tried a twelve night tis time ,but the drum will drive you crazy after a few days.. food and service on the ship is very good ,the ship itself is showing it's age .Francisco and gene are excellent in my time dining...the exercise room had the most equipment .....if it wasn't for the drums I would rate this overall excellent..... port is very good for me ,just a four hour drive ,park and check in ,,entertainment was excellent I enjoyed the excursions offered by the ship....hot tubs were good but in the solarium they were hard to get out of an overweight man almost fell on my wife trying to get out... ,you,need another hand rail......................................... Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I picked this cruise because of the Port, Ship, and Itinerary. The embarkation staff has everything running so smoothly. We were on the ship by 10:45am. Grandeur is one of the smallest and oldest ships and I knew that before I ... Read More
I picked this cruise because of the Port, Ship, and Itinerary. The embarkation staff has everything running so smoothly. We were on the ship by 10:45am. Grandeur is one of the smallest and oldest ships and I knew that before I boarded. Have sailed on the Grandeur at least 10 times and love the ship. The staff is so friendly and they always have a smile on their face. Went with a friend who has reserved an inside cabin. My first! I was really surprised how much closet space and drawer space there was. We had a night light and really did fine. Edison was our cabin steward and fulfilled all our requests (extra towels, pillows, and a refrigerator needed for medication). MTD - I was surprised how long it took from start to finish. The food was just warm and favorites were gone from the menu, i.e. Prime Rib. I feel that the waiters just have too many tables. They were always hustling. Antonio and Ernesto were always checking to see how the food was and if we needed anything. Entertainment left a lot to be desired. RCCL has to change it with all the repeat cruisers from Baltimore. I'm sorry I don't recall their names but two comedians were fantastic. St. Thomas Meghan's Bay. Beautiful beach but there was a ridge in the surf and very hard to get out of the water. Barbados - Beach Getaway. Very Nice beach. St. Lucia - Coastal Tour to the Pitons - really nice boat and crew. Served Rum Punch after we were done swimming. Also had beer, sodas, and sandwiches. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Even thought the ship was full one could always find a deck chair. While chairs were limited in the solarium I found that area hot and not visually attractive. I have preferred this area before but did not stay there at all. I found the ... Read More
Even thought the ship was full one could always find a deck chair. While chairs were limited in the solarium I found that area hot and not visually attractive. I have preferred this area before but did not stay there at all. I found the Park Café to be understaffed so ate at the Windjammer more for breakfast ad lunch(when I wanted lunch). Also at dinner I found little vegetables included with the entrée. I ended up eating veggies at lunch. The entertainment was great and especially enjoyed The Rosario Duo (violin and guitar). Really enjoyed the classical music available on tv. I prefer to drive to the port and found staying at a hotel near the port great. They took me too and from the port quickly. I loved the Centrum concept. I could be with people if I wanted or move to another deck it I did not. Always love Giovanni for different Italian food and excellent service. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We booked this because we need to cruise out of Baltimore only. We had the 9-night trip, and I was worried I would get bored with two cruising days on both ends. No way! It was an awesome trip. Our only previous trip was on a Disney ... Read More
We booked this because we need to cruise out of Baltimore only. We had the 9-night trip, and I was worried I would get bored with two cruising days on both ends. No way! It was an awesome trip. Our only previous trip was on a Disney cruise, and the friendliness of the Grandeur of the Seas staff beat Disney. I would approach a door in my wheelchair and any employee in sight was always there ahead of me to push the button to open the door, even though I could easily do it myself. If you were stopped in a hall, anyone going by would ask if you needed any help finding something. For the service alone, I overlooked other flaws such as the wear and tear on the ship. However, after the current cruise it is going for refurbishment, and will be spiffied up. I felt that everything was VERY clean. There are sanitizer stations everywhere, and the public bathrooms were always kept clean. We had a handicap room on deck 2 which was very roomy with more storage than we needed. Food was varied and tasty. We bought a meal plan for four specialty restaurants, and we would not do that again. While the food and service were very good, I enjoyed the food in the dining room just as much. The headliner on the last night was AWFUL. His jokes were either not funny or I had already heard them. The other entertainment was a nice mix of musical shows, comedians, magic and a juggler, some much better than others. I had plenty of places to sit quietly on the ship. We enjoyed it so much we are taking our children for the 12 night Christmas cruise, and booked next spring for ourselves again. I was able to get everywhere I wanted in my wheelchair, and there were accessible bathrooms throughout the ship. My handicap room had a roll-in shower with a chair and there was plenty of room to maneuver in the room. A few things on the buffet in the Windjammer were too high for me to see, but there was always a crew member right there who would offer help. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The ship is old but in good condition, service is good, staff is very friendly. We didn't like the production shows exept for Argentina show, that was nice. We were impressed by Veteran's celebration and parade of flags. Cruise ... Read More
The ship is old but in good condition, service is good, staff is very friendly. We didn't like the production shows exept for Argentina show, that was nice. We were impressed by Veteran's celebration and parade of flags. Cruise director Paul was very good. I liked line dancing classes and Island night event. Spa had a lot of free events. I was very disappointed that there was not Zumba class, other cruise lines have it already. Food in the buffet was OK, we went to the main dining restaurant once-didn't like food at all. Our cabin was OK, but had some trace of people before us-meannig-was not clean well. We were very suprised that there was no refrigerator in the room-never happened to us before and we been on more than 15 cruises. I used the Sollarium pool all the time and liked it a lot. But what was very strange-my yellow gold jewellery become dark. When i asked jewellery guy in the shop why-he said it's chlorine-i don't think so because back home i swim in the pool all the time and my jewellery is not changing the color. May be salty watter and chlorine does that? Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Itinerary we never did before. WE MISSED OUT ON COCOCAY BECAUSE OF BAD WEATHER The cabin was smaller than expected. FOOD WAS AVAILABLE MOST OF THE DAY The cast of the shows need a lot of work. The comedians, jugglers and ... Read More
Itinerary we never did before. WE MISSED OUT ON COCOCAY BECAUSE OF BAD WEATHER The cabin was smaller than expected. FOOD WAS AVAILABLE MOST OF THE DAY The cast of the shows need a lot of work. The comedians, jugglers and magicians were excellent. Charleston, south xarolina was just ok, unless you have something planned ahead. Went to a beach near port canaveral wich was very nice. Ron jon store a must. Leaving the time of year we did, the weather was a bit chilly ubtil we hit the bahamas. A sweatshirt or light jacket could come in handy. Save yourself $$$$ by eating in the dining room or windjammer, also, we asked for low sodium diet, no problem, very accommodating . All in all, if you never did this itinerary, we suggest you give it a try and again plan ahead what you are going to do when you get into the ports. THANKS RC: JANET AND RICK SHOCH Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this cruise beacuse we wanted to try a smaller ship, we had sailed on the Anthem of the seas in March of 2017, 4000 passenters on that one, very big and crowded. Grandeur of the Seas, older refurbished ship, has about 1850 ... Read More
We chose this cruise beacuse we wanted to try a smaller ship, we had sailed on the Anthem of the seas in March of 2017, 4000 passenters on that one, very big and crowded. Grandeur of the Seas, older refurbished ship, has about 1850 passengers with 800 crew, nice ratio. The itinerary had us going to Charleston, SC, that is one of the reason we chose this cruise, and sailing out of Baltimore is only 2 hour drive for us (No flying). Charleson, SC was O.K. my expectations where high for this port of call, do not have to go there again. Port Carnival, hmm, if you are not going to go to Disney world or Universal as a land excursion, stay on the ship and relax, nothing much esle to do there. Freeport, Grand Bahamas. if you wanted to get off the ship and explore my strongest suggestion is book a land excursion. Nassau, Bahamas. You can do a lot on your own, as long as you like walking. Good shopping and if you know how to bargain you can get a good price on merchandise. What about Bahamians, are the friendly? I'll let you figure it out, the Royal Carribean Survey asked if the Locals in Charleston, SC where friendly, you do not get the question for Freeport and Nassau.....need I say anymore about that issue? The Coco-Cay stop was cancelled because of high winds and rough seas. Coco-Cay is a tender port. So much for the ports of call, the ship Grandeur of the Seas review: My wife and I loved this smaller older ship. Approximately 1850 passengers with 800 crew and officers. Nice ratio. Comparing Grandeur of the Seas to Anthem of the Seas, which we sailed on last year, the Grandeur has it beat in Service, Food, size of the Junior suties and Entertainment. The food in the Main Dining room was very good, mediocre on the Anthem. Food in the Windjammer, buffet also very good. Service in both eateries excellent. We had a free gift certificate to eat in one of the specialty resturant, we chose chops grill, it was free so no review; howerver if I had to pay $35 a person to eat there I would have written a scathing negative review. Our Junior suite wa larger with plenty storage space, hands down bigger than the Anthem. The only thing I liked about the Anthem cabin was the Shower stall, no bathtum. The Grandeur Junior Suite has a bathtube with a mediocre shower. I do beleive in the Grand suite you get a seperate shower and a bathtub, but it certainly cost a lot more Entertainment, damn good, we went to every evening show and we loved every one them, comparing it to the Anthem, well the Anthem is entertainment, back in March of 2016.. sucked. How's that for being blunt. The cruisers on the Grandeur are very friendly, 1850 people, it is relatively easy, if you so choose, to get to know a lot of people, many repeat customers on this particular cruise. Crew is outstanding, the friendliest crew I have ever experience. In a nutshell if you prefer all the gimmicks like bumper cars and wave runners etc, hoards of people, then the large ships, like the Anthem of the Seas, are for you. If like smaller, intimate, friendly, not so crowded environment, then the Grandeur of the Seas is it. RC has other smaller ships but I do not the origin of their port of orgination. If you are considering the Grandeur of the Seas check the port of calls carefully. This ship does go to Bermuda and other Caribbean Ports other than the Bahamas. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We had a nice time on this voyage; no big WOW factor, other than the price we paid. We got a very good deal in my opinion averaging around $60/day per person.,This being a smaller ship though, doesn't really allow itself for WOW ... Read More
We had a nice time on this voyage; no big WOW factor, other than the price we paid. We got a very good deal in my opinion averaging around $60/day per person.,This being a smaller ship though, doesn't really allow itself for WOW factors. Crew were great, the folks at the shops could be a little more pleasant, felt they just wanted to make the sale and don't take up too much of their time... but it was fine. We had an inside cabin 4043, a touch small, but everything just fine and in working order; our cabin steward Duane was as good as they get. Paul Rutter and his staff were good. They seemed to be enjoying themselves and trying to make sure the guests enjoyed themselves. Food was good, we elected for the Windjammer for most of our meals; my job is very customer oriented, so I just wanted to grab my meals and eat on my schedule. Chatted frequently with a lovely waitress Yulie from China, what a delight. My only criticism would be for some of the dishes to be a little warmer. Nightly entertainment in the theater was of a wide variety and enjoyable. The production shows were adequate, wasn't thrilled with them, but that's me. Ports were nice, Charleston is a very walkable town, and I enjoyed this visit very much; we just explored on our own and enjoyed a GREAT BBQ lunch at Sticky Fingers, the staff there were great. Port Canaveral we did the ship tour of Port Canaveral, very enjoyable tour and the Space Shuttle Atlantis is not to be missed. In Freeport we just walked the port area, this was ok and small, they had some live music there which was nice to listen to, we then spent the day enjoying the ship and hottubs. Our stop at CocoCay was cancelled due to high winds and potential weather, so the ship went ahead to Nassau where we spent an overnight. The first day we just walked the area; didn't seem too bad, some people trying to hawk their wares, but not as overbearing as I recall. The second day we had an excursion through the ship for Blue Lagoon. It was very windy, and not the best day for this island getaway, there were 5 ships in port and Blue Lagoon felt pretty crowded. Anyhow, nice ship; if you are a family, not sure this is the ship for you given the other options out there; but if you want a good steady enjoyable cruise, then this will fit the bill. Absolutely nothing wring with it. Smaller ship, maybe no WOW factor, and a great crew. Good enough for me. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this cruise for the variety of locations and sea time. This was our 4th Royal Caribbean cruise. Overall the cruise was a wonderful experience. The memorable moments were made greater by the service professionals who made it their ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the variety of locations and sea time. This was our 4th Royal Caribbean cruise. Overall the cruise was a wonderful experience. The memorable moments were made greater by the service professionals who made it their daily goal to provide great service. Special thanks to Pilar, Roupii & Alguin who served as our dining staff. Their service and efforts tied every day together, our table mates were well chosen and we thoroughly enjoyed our interactions. Our cabin was adequate & was cared for by Bridgett who kept things tidy. Two very big drawbacks were that our bed was very hard & uncomfortable, the separation of the bed frame did not help. Our windows were big and would have afforded great views but the plexiglas covering were stained and murky. Being on the lower level we were also subjected to the sometimes very loud engine. The rest of the ship spaces were comfortable and afforded us great views. First run movies were nice as entertainment in the theater.We were left to scratch our heads at the constant loop on the big jumbotron tv at the pool deck either a continuous loop of animal antics or athletic bloopers.The television aboard left alot to be desired. Older sitcoms and dramas were on a loop and just 2 episodes played continuously for the duration of the cruise. We enjoyed one series so much & were so frustrated by the same 2 episodes we resorted to buying the high priced internet. Our favorite excursion was DisneyWorld great service there and back to ship, Coco Cay was scrapped due to heavy wind so we spent 2 days in Nassau. Grand Bahamas Island & Charlston South Carolina were nice (lots of dolphin sightings) and on and off boardings in Baltimore were great. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We're a couple in our mid- to late-30's, have cruised Royal 5 times now and have been on Norwegian, Princess, and Carnival in the past. This ship leaves the Baltimore cruise port, one of my favorites. It's so easy to get ... Read More
We're a couple in our mid- to late-30's, have cruised Royal 5 times now and have been on Norwegian, Princess, and Carnival in the past. This ship leaves the Baltimore cruise port, one of my favorites. It's so easy to get in, park, and get on the ship in a short time period. We showed up around 11:30, and didn't have to wait at all to park and only waited about 20 minutes for security and checking in. The port staff are friendly. The ship is old, one of the oldest in the Royal ships. You can see this in the rust and wear on the exterior, the creaks of the ship in the waves, and the maintenance issues that arise. However, the size is quite nice where it doesn't take long for you to get from one venue to another, and it has lots of glass everywhere with wonderful views of the ocean and the signature Centrum. Biggest complaint about this ship is that, as it is small, there's really only four lounges: Viking Crown (at top), South Pacific (looking out back), Schooner Bar, and the Centrum. On our 12-night cruise, the Viking Crown was closed at least 8 times for a special event, and the South Pacific was closed each early evening for Diamond Club overflow. Then there were many activities in the Schooner and Centrum, leaving no lounge to just sit and read and chill in peace all day. Cabin review is separate. We have My Time Dining, and had no problem getting a table, though we normally eat at 8 which is late for many people. It was great that we could sit down to dinner at 8 yet still make the 9pm show. The dining room was also good for breakfast and lunch. The food isn't anything to write home about, but it's a bigger quality than I get at home or local restaurants. The Windjammer buffet was pretty good, too. I wish they had a little bigger variety on the breakfast buffet, but it was still okay. I liked that the dinner buffet had a special theme each night with special food, but again, wish there was a little more variety overall. I only did room service once, and it was delivered so quickly and was nice and fresh. We also did the Chops and Izumi specialty restaurants; as you expect with the extra fee, you get better food, service, and ambiance. Presumably because of the drink packages, the prices of the bar drinks have gone up significantly in the past 4 years. Normal drink prices were $10-12 and $6-7 for a beer. Specials were still $9+. Royal created some "10 drink cards" and other specials to try to encourage you to drink, but it was just crazy how much they are. And I watched the drinks being made - the alcohol content has decreased in the mixed and blended drinks. However, the ship does have the Freedom soda machines, so you can get a great variety of sodas if that's your thing. We were really impressed with the headliner shows on this cruise. Such a great variety of performers, and great quality for such a small ship. The Royal dancers and orchestra are also quite better than I've seen on other Royal ships. The cruise director, Paul Rutter, was very entertaining and made sure to reach out to all of the guests and be part of most all activities. We're trivia fanatics, and Danny's progressive trivia was run so well. The other trivias were generally good (but as always, depends on the staff member running the trivia). Beyond the trivia, there was a good dance class given daily (while at sea), and the traditional guest game show and guest vs. crew activities during the day and evening. Always wish for more variety of activities, but that's always a wish of mine. In addition to the traditional 70's dance, they had other fun dances in the evening. One note: the aerial act wasn't done in the Centrum - there is a rumour that the act was canceled after an injury and won't be given on this ship again. The staff on the ship are top-notch, what I expect from Royal, and the best of any line I've been on. Doesn't matter if you're in the buffet or at a bar, friendly, efficient and a pleasure. We ordered room service just once, but it arrived quickly and correct. We stopped at St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, and St. Martin. We did independent shore excursions at all but the last as we prefer the active adventures with small groups. There was no problem getting off the ship and getting to independently arranged excursions, and no problem getting back to the ship on time (though we did leave one couple on Antigua who made it back too late). We would sail on Grandeur again if it goes to different ports. We wouldn't go just for the ship (we prefer the Radiance class most). Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I chose this cruise because I got a good price for a solo cabin. Very easy to meet and talk to other passengers. Good food,dinner portions sometimes small. I sometimes would get 2 dinner entrees. Also you can ask for a shrimp cocktail ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I got a good price for a solo cabin. Very easy to meet and talk to other passengers. Good food,dinner portions sometimes small. I sometimes would get 2 dinner entrees. Also you can ask for a shrimp cocktail even tho it is not on the menu. Lobster tail one formal night,small but very good. I had a great dinner table with 4 other solo/singles-late dining. People would be good about sharing tables in the Windjammer buffet. Entertainment was very good-3 production shows,2 singers,and the Beatlemaniacs shows were the best! Lots of trivia,and other things to do on sea days. Park Cafe good for lunch and/or snacks. You can ask for chocolate chip cookies to be warmed up in the microwave-yummy! I had an inside cabin. Small,with just 2 chairs. Fine for me,was not in it much except to sleep and change clothes. Note bed is very hard,so ask for mattress topper. TV does not have many good channels. Lots of old stuff. Tiny bathroom-but most RCCL bathrooms are small. Alcohol drinks I thought were very expensive. So I only drank wine that I had brought in my cabin,and local beers in ports. Service was good for the most part,but I had problems with my cabin attendant of the first day/evening. Live music aboard ship was good. Piano bar was more a listening bar,than a singalong bar. Overall,a very good cruise! And I really liked the Grandeur! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We initially chose this cruise based on price. After going on the cruise, I would definitely pick it based on the service you get from the staff. Always smiling and extremely attentive to your needs. Airy and Toni were exceptional ... Read More
We initially chose this cruise based on price. After going on the cruise, I would definitely pick it based on the service you get from the staff. Always smiling and extremely attentive to your needs. Airy and Toni were exceptional waiters in the Gatsby Dining Room (level 5). Unfortunately due to weather we were unable to do our last port of call in Cocoa Cay, Bahamas. We ended up staying overnight in Freeport. Wished we had known sooner as we spent the day on the ship while in Freeport and was planning a beach day in Cocoa Cay. This was the 2nd cruise for our 7 year old daughter (cruised last year on another cruise line) and other than the lack of a kids water park she loved, loved, loved the cruise. She really enjoyed the kids program. We really liked the days where we could sign her up (at no additional cost) for the supper program. We took advantage of this for one evening (daughters idea) and we all enjoyed our evening. Read Less
Sail Date February 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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