1,847 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Reviews

This review is slightly off-base from my normal reviews. This is my first solo cruise ever and probably my last, but through no fault of Royal Caribbean for the most part. Also, this is my second time on the Grandeur of the Seas. The ... Read More
This review is slightly off-base from my normal reviews. This is my first solo cruise ever and probably my last, but through no fault of Royal Caribbean for the most part. Also, this is my second time on the Grandeur of the Seas. The first time was New Years eve 2014-2015 and that ended up being my top cruise contender of all time. So, the bar was set high for her to surpass. Embarkation: I can’t say enough good things about Baltimore. Baltimore is just amazing. This was my first cruise as a Platinum member so I got a bump to the next line. Not quite Diamond, but getting there. Total time from door to gangplank. 25 minutes. I think this was a little quicker than the last time, but in my opinion, anything less than an hour is great. The ship is the same. Since my last sailing, there have been no upgrades or refurbishments. It continues to amaze me that they keep the elegance of this ship even though the ship is 21 years old now. The complaint I had on my last cruise seems to have diminished. The photographers are nowhere near as aggressive as they were before. So much so, there was a remark from one of my tablemates that the photo gallery was strangely deserted and devoid of normal activity. Food: I found the food to be quite good. The menus have not changed much so if you’re an experienced Royal Caribbean passenger, you will find a lot of the old favorites. One thing I’ve noticed that irked me a little. The beef was no longer cooked to order. You now only have two choices, medium rare, and medium well. This was in the main dining room. I HOPE that is not the case at Chops, but I did not go to Chops or any of the for fee restaurants on this trip. Windjammer, from the one time I had lunch there, it wasn’t bad, but there is not enough seats in there to accommodate people, especially when the weather is bad. Service: I found the service to be consistent with Royal Caribbean’s par. My wait team Ruyat and Ping were decent but I could tell they were a little overworked, more than usual. Regardless, they saw to my needs adequately and I have no complaints against them. Room Steward. My guy, Hayat was awesome. He had it pretty easy with me as I didn’t make much of a mess and I was a solo traveler. I didn’t request new towels that often, but when he saw me in the hall, he greeted me personally and warmly and we talked a little. Entertainment. The production shows I’ve seen before, so I did not see them again. I have no input on the current singers and dancer. The headliners were hit or miss. The good ones were James Stephens III and the cover band Rookie. James Stephens was amazing. He was a comedic impressionist who sang like the original artists. Absolutely amazing. Rookie was a cover band that played primarily old time (50s and 60s) rock and roll. This singer Aaron was totally energetic on stage. The comedians, Gary Couquette and Wayne Cotter were mediocre. I got a couple chuckles out of them, but it was nothing to write home about. And the bad. Paul Rutter, in my opinion, is a terrible cruise director. With a cruise like this with many people who have cruised before, if you can guess what the cruise director is going to say before he says it, then you need new material. His jokes were canned and used before. His Love and Marriage show was EXACTLY the same as others I’ve seen. His “audition” for the contestants were the same, and I also heard anecdotally that some of his jokes, were coached to the contestants. His attitude seems scripted throughout the cruise. I noticed times where he could have done something to keep an audience going, and instead, he stayed on script, and let the momentum go. The 70s party that is usually a lot of fun, looked like an aerobics class with no real energy behind it. At one point, the crowd looked like it was about to take off, and then nothing. His antics actually dragged it down with the normal scripted response. Activities: I found the activities to be a bit boring. I think the ONLY thing I found interesting was a lecture on the civil war. The guy was a treasure hunter and gave us a course on items found in on old battlefields. The rest was a lot of trivia and dance classes. Fortunately for me, this was a cruise for me to get away, unwind and pretty much do nothing, and I got that in spades. Port of calls: Charleston. Wonderful place. It is very accessible if you’re willing to walk. A couple blocks in, and you get to a main stretch of commercial establishments that offer pretty much everything you could want. The city is a mix of old and new. I opted to go independent and book a tour myself to Fort Sumter. $21.00. I probably will not visit fort Sumter again as its actually fairly small. I could have used many an additional 30 minutes on the island, but that’s it. I could easily spend days in this city exploring. Would come back to this city in a heartbeat. Port Canaveral. This would be a throwaway port for me, but I found its stride. I have friends here so I hooked a ride with them and they took me all over. We ended up at a place called Cocoa Village, which was a nice quaint little town. If I came back here again (and I probably would), I would rent a car and come back here, or somewhere similar to here (Cocoa Village). This was a suggestion from the waitress at a restaurant at the beach we went to. Miami. Again, I considered this a throwaway port. It’s always been a port of embarkation and never a port visit. I had low hopes here, but again, I had friends I connected with and they drove me around to. We ended up in South Beach and Miami Beach. South Beach is an amazingly beautiful place. I could spend all day here. There are so many restaurants and shops to go through. Freeport (Grand Bahamas). In the past, when I came here, I actually said I preferred this place over Nassau. I was disappointed here this time out. Granted, I had no real impetus to really do anything. I was thinking of maybe going to West End or downtown Freeport, but the cabs here were vans. And with vans, they were all looking to fill the van and when they found me solo, they couldn’t get away from me fast enough. I felt the charm and friendliness of the Bahamas strangely missing here that I had once seen before. With that, Freeport, has now become a throwaway port for me. I had hoped it would be different at Cococay, but alas, that was missed due to weather and we ended up spending the night at Freeport and leaving the next day at noon for our trip back to Baltimore. Debarkation, Baltimore This was quite efficient. I opted to do self-disembark as I carried all my luggage on, I carried all my luggage out. Easier when you’re solo. I was out in 20 minutes after the door opened. Customs agent didn’t even ask me any questions. He looked at my passport and waved me through. This is only relevant in the winter time (like when I cruised), but the port is smart enough to put heaters between the gangway and the terminal. Those of us foolish enough to not back winter coats (because it was about mid 50s when we embarked) were greeted with below freezing temps. Bottom Line. Grandeur itself is a wonderful cruise experience. The ship is small and intimate enough that it isn’t overwhelming, but still offers the traditional cruise experience. This particular cruise, if I was expecting a bit more from my cruise experience, I might have been disappointed. The service on the ship was adequate to my needs, but I have to say, my needs on this particular cruise was actually fairly low. I felt the single/solo accommodations the cruise offered was minimal. As a whole, I felt the activity staff to be lackluster and failed to engage with the passengers. Would I do this solo again, probably not, but as I said before, it had very little to do with the cruise line itself. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
WE chose this cruise because of the convenience of the port and also for the price and itinerary. We went to the Southern Caribbean which was wonderful. There could have been less sea days but we still had fun while we were at sea. ... Read More
WE chose this cruise because of the convenience of the port and also for the price and itinerary. We went to the Southern Caribbean which was wonderful. There could have been less sea days but we still had fun while we were at sea. Dinner in the main dining room was fabulous. Our waiter Desmond and Assistant Waiter Yogi were the best. I think Yogi got promoted to Waiter the day that we got off the ship which we were so happy to hear. Food was good but not as good as in the past. We ate breakfast and lunch and dinner in the main dinning room whenever we could. We only ate in the Windjammer the first day we boarded the ship for lunch and days we were in port for lunch. There was a large variety of food for lunch there but I still enjoy the main dinning room better for all 3 meals. I like to be served my meals when on a cruise and relax. Our only gripe was that there were too many activities going on at the same time so that we couldn't participate in all of them like we would have liked to. The shows in the Palladium were alright but could have been better. One of our ports was Barbados but it was on a Sunday and everything was closed so we didn't go on any excursions or do very much. I wish they would not stop in ports that basically have everything closed on a Sunday. That could have been a sea day and then Monday could have been a port day if it was thought out better. Our room attendant was good but didn't do anything outstanding for us. He only made towel animals 3 or 4 of the 12 nights we were on the ship. Of course there were the chair hogs at the pool. We only like the solarium since the regular pool is too noisy for my husband. There was plenty of storage space in our cabin which was an oceanview cabin. Only problem was that our luggage wouldn't fit under the bed so we had to store it in the closet and next to a chair in the cabin. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose this cruise to get far away from the winter cold and because Baltimore is within a reasonable drive from our house.The small size of the ship helped establish a good rapport with the crew and other cruisers My wife and I both ... Read More
We chose this cruise to get far away from the winter cold and because Baltimore is within a reasonable drive from our house.The small size of the ship helped establish a good rapport with the crew and other cruisers My wife and I both enjoyed this cruise very much. The ship appeared to be in great shape for its age and the crew kept it very clean. The staff were polite and very helpful with any request we had. Our room steward Satish was top notch. He worked hard and kept our cabin clean while exhibiting a warm and friendly demeanor. Our dining room waiters Toni and Airy did everything possible to make dinner enjoyable. They were very attentive to all our needs. The food in Park Cafe was tasty but had a very limited selection. The buffet had a giant selection of foods and a focus on different cuisines every day. If you like to be served then the main dining room is the place to be. There were an adequate number of choices for each meal that gave us a nice variety at lunch and dinner. However, the menu descriptions did not always appear completely as described. The overall quality of the food and preparation was good considering the number of meals being served from the same kitchen. The food did not taste bland but some dishes and soups bordered on being too salty. Room service had a very limited menu of good food. We did not dine in the three specialty restaurants. Our cabin, #3112, was sufficient to meet our needs. I feel that there was plenty of storage space for clothes and other small supplies. Our suitcases stacked between our chair and the beds. The bathroom was small as was the shower. We had a very good supply of hot water, but no electrical outlets in the bath. I'm glad I brought extension cords and a strip outlet. The cabin has two US outlets and two Euro, all by the desk top in the cabin. We has a strange odor in the bathroom near the start of our cruise. It was mostly resolved after a call to Guest Services, but never totally disappeared. We had four follow-ups with two in person and two by phone to make sure all was well. A hairdryer was supplied. I hope new mattresses are included in the April refit. The casino was very smoky and it spread out to the Centrum on deck 5. The entertainment in the Centrum was enjoyable most evenings. The theatre had one or two good shows. Movie selections were pretty good and the TV had something for everyone. Of course, the sales pitches never ended like on most cruises. Overall, we had an excellent trip. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The pressure to "spend more" on this or that was all encompassing. Embarkation and disembarkation went fairly smoothly. Our cabin steward Irwan Sanusio was outstanding as were our usual dining room waiters, Joseph and Rian. Shows ... Read More
The pressure to "spend more" on this or that was all encompassing. Embarkation and disembarkation went fairly smoothly. Our cabin steward Irwan Sanusio was outstanding as were our usual dining room waiters, Joseph and Rian. Shows were entertaining, food was excellent, although there were not a lot of restaurants. Dining hours were somewhat challenging. Late-night dining options were particularly limited. The Starbucks coffee card needed better explanation. The woman at Guest Services did not resolve an issue with specialty dining to our satisfaction. There were plenty of opportunities to have our photo taken. The initial discount package was very good; it was easily changed later at our request. Shore excursions were great. Also, there were plenty of choices.Shipboard activities were plentiful and engaging. Overall, the personnel were friendly, courteous, and helpful.We look forward to sailing again with Royal Caribbean. PS - I wish I knew about the Drink Card sooner. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
As a point of reference: this is our first on Grandeur, second out of Baltimore, first out of Baltimore in winter. We have 21 sailings under our belt with four cruise lines, and hit Diamond status on Royal with this trip. We booked it ... Read More
As a point of reference: this is our first on Grandeur, second out of Baltimore, first out of Baltimore in winter. We have 21 sailings under our belt with four cruise lines, and hit Diamond status on Royal with this trip. We booked it because it was an easy drive to the port, scandalously inexpensive – under $70 per person per day for our interior cabin – and because it allowed us to visit Charleston SC and Port Canaveral as ports of call (we’d used PC twice as a departure port), along with Freeport, Nassau, and Cococay, Bahamas. Embarkation: oh, Baltimore, how I love thee for thy ease of embarkation. We ended up arriving an hour earlier than we planned due to a work obligation prior, at 10:30 am. We could see folks still leaving from the last cruise, but we were quickly processed and moved into the ‘VIP’ waiting area. We noted that the ‘general’ waiting area was quickly filling up . . . so much so that they started having to put non ‘VIPs’ in the VIP area, but organized in such a way that they knew who would go where. One Platinum cruiser was miffed that a sizeable group from the ‘general’ area was led aboard before us – but, to my untrained eyes, it looked like a sizeable group of individuals with disabilities, and besides: really? We went from the parking lot to the Windjammer deck in an hour. In.One.Hour. Brilliant! Hint #1: they are now doing ‘carry-on storage’ in the South Pacific lounge. You can leave your stuffs there and roam freely until they open access to the cabins at 1 pm – but you do have to go back and get said stuffs. Hint #2: Park Nine, the snackery area tucked in a corner of the Solarium, has a lovely and (mostly) healthy selection of eats. Way easier to deal with than the Windjammer. Fruit cups on demand, practically. Ship in general: Overall, you can tell the ship’s due for a refurb – stains here and there, a table in our cabin that’d seen better days – but almost nothing that made us question the safety or cleanliness of the ship. She’s aging well for turning 21 later this year. This is our first time in this Royal class of ship, so we’re used to everything – or so we thought. It’s been eight years since we’ve been in anything smaller than Freedom Class (with some time spent on Celebrity, Carnival, and Holland America in the interim). The use of the Centrum as an entertainment/active performance space took us by surprise . . . as it was not originally designed as such, it does make for traffic management issues if you need to traverse any part of it for anything on either side. I also felt sorry for anyone with cabins relatively nearby if they wanted to make an early night of it. The mix of passengers on this nine-day sailing was all over the map, although we’d guess the vast majority were older than 40, with the exception of the 30 or so kids under 12 travelling with their parents (more on that later). Given the aforementioned group, it was no surprise that there seemed to be lots more mobility movement machines (scooters, etc) but then again: it was a nine day sailing out of Baltimore in February. That might also explain the schizophrenic music selections on the ship. In the Solarium: muzak versions of 50’s, 60’s and 70’s hits. The Rosario Strings (all two of them – a violinist and a guitarist): Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. Nexus 4 – The Love Boat, followed by Adele (although, to be fair, they were led by a woman with some serious pipes). Mega 4, the poolside band, was more island-friendly – although we didn’t spend much time there (see below). Sailing from a cold place to a warm place, on a ship where the large pool does not have a roof and there is no ‘kids zone’ for the young ones, creates some challenges. Royal solved this by relaxing the ‘no kids in the Solarium’ rule until we got to/passed back by Florida and by designating two of the four whirlpools in the main pool area as for children only for the entire cruise -- effectively tagging the main pool as the kids zone. Now, last time I checked, kids shouldn’t even be in hot tubs without parents; shouldn’t be in there unless they can stand up on the bottom and be heads and shoulders above the water; and shouldn’t be in there for more than 5 minutes at any time. We spotted kids in life vests (yes, Royal now offers on board personal flotation devices for kids, along with a “Pool Watch” staffer in a safety yellow vest, presumably because of what happen on Anthem last summer) in the whirlpools, kids turning into prunes in the whirlpools, no adults to be seen beside them . . . it’s almost as if the addition of the life vests and staff observation has made parents more lax about supervision around the pools rather than more vigilant. This became even more problematic when a adverse weather system necessitated an earlier arrival than planned in Baltimore. We entered the Chesapeake Bay – essentially ending all ‘revenue resources,’ like shops and the casino – at 1 pm the day before disembarkation. We avoided the packed Solarium as a result. The Windjammer always had yummy things to eat. Breakfast offerings were pretty standard, but there was plenty of it. We often had lunch at Park Nine, but did venture in Windjammer for early dinner snacks and were never disappointed by the variety of dishes. We didn’t do the specialty restaurants, so can’t comment on that. Dinner in the Great Gatsby was terrific. We had late traditional dining at a six-top with an older couple (who we never saw after the first night) and a couple closer to our age who, as it turned out, only lived a couple hours away from us on the other side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Made and Nina, our serving team, were spectacular – I caught a cold during the trip and once they realized I was forgoing my wine for tea to combat it, made sure to bring me tea with lemon and honey every night. We did have a couple of stumbles involving my husband’s odd but deathly food allergies, but they were resolved quickly with no harm done. Ship staff was uniformly friendly and polite, and believe me when I say some folks gave them good reason not to be. It was a little weird starting the cruise with one (acting) Cruise Director, and ending with another (permanent but returning from a conference) Cruise Director. I never realized how much the CD’s personality and demeanor affected the overall feeling of the cruise experience until this sailing. I can’t quantify how it was different, but it was. We also pre-purchased the Voom surf/stream package for 1 device and shared it – along with a 30% discount, it forced us to log off when done so the other could check email and such (we don’t have international roaming on our regional carrier cell phones). This is not a complaint: it made sure we weren’t buried in our electronic devices 24-7! Cabin: 3071, standard interior. Sadly, it seemed our cabin did not receive the new bedding others have reported – the mattress and pillows have seen better days. I prefer a firmer sleeping surface, but husband had no issues with it. (Bonus: flatter pillows = easier to meld around your ears when husband’s snoring peaks.) The flat screen TV had an arm that pivoted it for better viewing from the desk or bed. You will still struggle with the lack of outlets, but if you purchase a couple of 230/110 converters, you can use the ‘european’ power outlets, thereby doubling your electric functionality. When we arrived, the bathroom was overwhelmed with a mildewy smell. We asked our cabin steward, Ien, to replace the shower curtain (no curved glass walls). Voila! Smell removed. I liked the extra storage in the bathroom – it came in handy. One oddity: the water in the bathroom sink was noticeably cloudy. It didn’t taste bad, but it’s the first time we took notice of potability challenges; it’s probably why there was complimentary bottled water in the cabin. Also, if this is important to you: there are no mini-fridges in standard interior cabins on Grandeur. We asked for an ice bucket and received one missing a lid – our steward said he’d get a replacement, but one never materialized (despite his attentive replenishment of the ice itself). Another oddity: random things magically appearing or disappearing in the cabin. The first night, a door handle was sitting on our ice bucket tray (not from our room, apparently). It went away after a day or so. A couple-three days later: a plate of cookies awaited us. No note as to why. We presumed it was a Crown and Anchor Society gift. Third oddity: we appreciated the towel animals awaiting us . . . although we only received four during our cruise. One we’re still trying to figure out what it was supposed to be. Disembarkation: about as painless as you could ask for. Kudos to the Intercruises staff that assisted us after husband took a header just outside of customs clearance (his fault, not theirs) – they couldn’t have been any kinder or more helpful. All in all: nice ship, will be nicer post-dry-dock. Love Royal, but wish they could place a ship here with more enclosed pool spaces. Love Baltimore, but will probably sail during warmer months to avoid the cold weather issues. Ports of Call: Charleston – used “Free Tours by Foot” for an entertaining and an informative two hour walking tour of the historic district. Scott was worth every penny we decided to pay him. Afterwards, we walked to the Market and wandered through the shops. Port Canaveral – we visited Brevard Zoo, a delightful little community based zoo that’s doing a lot with a little. A couple of displays could use some larger accommodations and/or a second animal in the enclosure – one or two seemed to be exhibiting boredom-flagging behavior like pacing. However, given the price point, it was a great way to avoid the Kennedy Space Center/Orlando crowds. Note: Lyft charges a surcharge to pick up and drop off at the port . . . which we got charged twice for coming back because our driver took the wrong exit and ended up north of our ship, so he had to double back. Boo. Freeport: we visited Lucayan National Park, booked through Viator and a third-party tour company (H Forbes). Leonard, our driver/tour guide, was friendly, efficient, full of interesting facts, and compassionate – he stopped at a taxi that had broken down with four of our fellow cruise mates on the side of the road, and gave them a lift to the park while the taxi driver got things squared away. The lunch at Bahama Bay restaurant, just down the road from the Viva Wyndham resort, was yummy. I will say this: the bus in which we rode was in need of a good cleaning. Not so grimy as to be unhealthy, but it was noticeably in need of scrubbing (especially the floor and ceiling). Nassau: we’ve been here so many times, we decided to wing it. We cabbed it to Ardastra Gardens (still struggling with post-Matthew renovations), then walked to Fort Charlotte/Stanley/D’Arcy and over to the Queen’s Staircase and Fort Fincastle. The forts are now charging a nominal ($1.08) admissions fee, but well worth it to see the interpretive displays they’ve added as a result. We then headed to Junkanoo Beach for a little quality time with seashore until we returned to the ship for dinner and bed. (We were in port until 11:30 pm, which seemed a little out of place on a ship where there weren’t enough partiers to keep Senor Frog’s, Hard Rock Café, AND Sharkee’s going, but who are we to say.) Good thing we didn’t pass up Junkanoo, because . . . Cococay was cancelled due to high swells and wind gusts. Boo. That left us with three sea days to burn, which was probably one day too much for me and my husband. (Well, okay, more like 2.5 days because of the expedited return, but you get the idea.) Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
My wife and I chose this cruise for the convenience of the port (Baltimore), the timing, and the price. This was our third cruise on Grandeur in 9 years, all from Chesapeake bay ports (Norfolk and Baltimore). Overall we felt at home on ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise for the convenience of the port (Baltimore), the timing, and the price. This was our third cruise on Grandeur in 9 years, all from Chesapeake bay ports (Norfolk and Baltimore). Overall we felt at home on board. We had My Time dining with Francisco and George as our waiters. They did a great job. James was our cabin attendant and kept the cabin in good shape. As repeat cruisers we were surprised and disappointed that the two stage shows in the theatre were the same as three years ago: Broadway Rhythms and the tango show. We enjoyed the ventriloquist act and the Love and Marriage show did not disappoint. Tanya was our cruise director for the first 5 nights and Bobby returned for the last 3 nights. I agree with the earlier post about their respective skills. Grandeur is not the Oasis or Quantum. The ship shows its age with wear and tear in the cabin and public spaces. I also agree that the smoke from the casino carries into the Centrum. The trade off is the relative comfort of its smaller size and friendly crew. The food was good. The only odd menu item that stands out a few days after the cruise was the chicken Marsala with breaded fried boneless chicken. We are booked again later this summer for a Bermuda cruise with our granddaughter and look forward to being back on board. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I like cruising out of Baltimore for the convenience of not having to fly. Grandeur is great, but would love to see a new pier on the other side of the bridge so that larger ships could dock. Grandeur needs some refurbishing as it is ... Read More
I like cruising out of Baltimore for the convenience of not having to fly. Grandeur is great, but would love to see a new pier on the other side of the bridge so that larger ships could dock. Grandeur needs some refurbishing as it is very worn, but I love the ship. The food, though very good, has been downgraded, not the selections we used to have. The cabin was fine, but the mattress needed to be replaced, very lumpy. The staff couldn't be better. They've been downsized, but still work very hard to please all passengers. The dining room staff was outstanding. Loved the islands, od course. The zip line safari on St Kitts is the best! Didn't care for Antigua at all. St. Thomas is always a favorite. Embarkation and debarkation went extremely well. Customs was also a breeze. All in all, it was a great winter break and will continue to sail with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This cruise left from Baltimore, which worked for the four of us because we drive down from New England. This is our third winter Grandeur cruise; we stay and park at the Holiday Inn Express Stadium view. Boarding was efficient. This ... Read More
This cruise left from Baltimore, which worked for the four of us because we drive down from New England. This is our third winter Grandeur cruise; we stay and park at the Holiday Inn Express Stadium view. Boarding was efficient. This year, we noticed that the grand of Grandeur is fading. Hopefully an April refurbish will bring the sparkle back. The Grandeur's crew is sterling and makes this cruise better. The crew members are willing to answer our questions about their home and ship experiences. They share pictures of spouse, children, parents, and home and are eager to welcome us into the Grandeur family. Over the years, we've seen a favorite dining room waiter promoted to Chops and on this cruise, he was supervising the Windjammer as a lead waiter. He even recalls our names and at one port stop, he shared videos of his new born son! Our waiter, Rolando (aka Rollie) and Assistant waiter Adi enhanced our main dining experience with their professional, efficient, and friendly skills. On the last evening, we discovered Adi was promoted to waiter for the next cruise. Our cabin steward Jerold was a shining light for sure! The room was always serviced twice a day and most evenings we discovered a fantasy towel animal! He managed to keep the bathroom area spotless even though we seemed to flood it with every shower. Paint is chipped and rust is showing in several places - signs of 20 years of use. The windows in the Diamond Lounge and Windjammer were in need of a deep washing and as a result, it was difficult to catch all of those sunset views. I did however catch a rainbow hovering on the ocean one day during lunch in the Windjammer. Since the Captain was eating his lunch at the lunch counter, I was able to personally thank him! The Captain, Cruise Director Bobby and staff were exceptionally accessible daily! The 3 main production shows were repeats from last year's Jan 2016 cruise. I wish RCCL did a better scheduling job for repeat customers/itineraries - which is the majority of this ship's passengers. Most of the headliners were exceptionally entertaining, but one magician-comic was way past his prime and was not entertaining at all! Actually, he was rude and missed most of his setups! The Diamond Lounge was an exceptionally busy place and Grandeur allows it to expand to include the entire South Seas Lounge area. Most nights, we were in the Diamond Lounge proper and had excellent service. The two nights we sat in the South Seas area, services was not nearly as good. The Concierge did work to keep the appetizers and utensils moving. We were disappointed to learn that the coffee machine broke down on the first day of the 12 day cruise…. no lattes or cappuccinos for us! And no gesture was made to enable us to order gratis in the main dining room. Sunday Mass was not available. Unfortunately RCCL no longer participates in the Clergy at Sea mission… this also means that the Catholic cruise staff is not able to attend Mass for weeks on end! This continues to be a disappointment. The Main Dining Room experience was saved by the service! The menus were a major disappointment! Food preparation was not the issue - the issue was in food selections! This area had declined somewhat rapidly. More and more, specialty restaurants at an additional cost are a must for decent food choices. One night, a Potato Tart was offered as a main course item - not as an appetizer or side dish but as Main Course!!! The Stroganoff was dry and appeared to be mystery meat. The onion soup had maybe five pieces of chopped onions in broth! Steak was not offered every evening - even roasted chicken was not offered every evening! Gone are the days of flambéing bananas foster table side or walking the room with Baked Alaska. No, Caesar salad is no longer made table-side here! The food in the Windjammer was unusual - the burgers were perhaps frozen and tasteless…. the large woks of food were often indescribable… a huge disappointment. Although we do not wear ball gowns, we do dress up…. many people were in the main dining room in jeans, t-shirts, hats, and even jogging pants! Seriously, casual does not mean sloppy! We opted to arrange our own shore excursions as it is so much more cost effective. For several years now, we use Trip Advisor as a valuable resource. We have met some wonderful people and tour opportunities. Overall, we were pleased with our cruise, because we leave determined to be happy, and because the ship's crew was so very pleasant and helpful! Obviously we are not novice cruisers and this was our 52nd since 1987; we have four additional ones reserved. I have seen RCCL change over the years… I miss the little things - the chocolate on the pillow; the assortment of bath products n the vanity counter; the presentation of food as an art; the welcome aboard gift (a fanny pack; travel mug; beach excursion bag; etc/) … even our Diamond premium plate was not 6 fabulously fresh chocolate covered strawberries - it was one chocolate covered strawberry, two squares of cake, and one - believe it or not - Rice Krispie square! But, I would do it again in a heartbeat!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
we chose to cruise on the grandeur for the third time in 4 years. we like that it departs from baltimore and have chosen it repeatedly because of the staff. the embarkation process went smoothly, though disembarkation had some minor ... Read More
we chose to cruise on the grandeur for the third time in 4 years. we like that it departs from baltimore and have chosen it repeatedly because of the staff. the embarkation process went smoothly, though disembarkation had some minor waits. there was some disappointment with this cruise. the food in the main dining room was just ok, although the staff was stellar. and the shows were stale and we had seen them on previous cruises. the headliners were ok, but nothing to write home about. most of what we liked centers around the staff and the cruise director. bobby kept us all laughing, especially for the 70's night! the parade of flags and the recognition of veterans on our last night was very special. the staff that we interacted with the most took the time to know our names and our preferences. i appreciated that johnnie had my cosmo waiting for me each evening! the line dancing was very lively for participants and spectators. the excursions were very nice, with the exception of the one in st. thomas. it was an 'accessible' coral world excursion, and it definitely wasn't. our fellow traveler was in a wheelchair and the transport to the facility was difficult and embarrassing to maneuver. would definitely steer guests clear of this excursions. i wish i could rate this higher, but i can't. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
On St. Lucia rude & pushy Vishal at Diamonds Int. (What’s the matter lady, don’t you like diamonds?) And Vijay at Gold Mine, pushy like a hungry used car salesman. Amit, Diamond lounge concierge and John, Diamond lounge bar ... Read More
On St. Lucia rude & pushy Vishal at Diamonds Int. (What’s the matter lady, don’t you like diamonds?) And Vijay at Gold Mine, pushy like a hungry used car salesman. Amit, Diamond lounge concierge and John, Diamond lounge bar waiter both very good. Cabin attendant Edison was most accommodating to us. Accessible officers on this ship were good. They were friendly and genuinely concerned for providing a good cruise experience for us. Table 335 terrible service. Poor assistant waiter. Main waiter and head waiter disappeared for as much as 15 minutes at a time. Other tables finished dessert before we received our main course. Waiters at this table on previous cruise (consecutive) were great. Windjammer napkins were not dry the last few days of the cruise. Music in lounges and public spaces was too loud most of the time. Desserts generally lacked flavor, especially that wonderfully large apple pie on the last day in the Windjammer. It needs more spices and a flakier crust. WiFi service is overpriced for what is delivered. The connection to the RCCL web site via the ship computers was painfully slow. I hope dry dock upgrades will resolve the connection issue. Like the new bed frames and mattresses. Much easier to store the suitcases and more comfort. Cabin 2073 shower drain gurgles when water is run in the wash basin. Something is not properly vented or a vent pipe may be plugged. Vanity lights glow and flicker in the early morning 2-6 AM. This was fixed in 2069 on the previous cruise. All but 2 head-liner acts were disappointing. The poor guy who sang Happy Days theme was lousy. At this point in his career maybe he should focus on writing. Also, his stage presence was uncoordinated and nervous, like he didn’t trust the ship’s crew to be able to follow a program. I saw many people leaving most of the head-liner shows in the early show. I think RC saved too much money when they hired the lady piano player. Nexus 4 has possibilities to grow. I really liked the Real Time Band who will be on the Alaska cruises. The ship is a comfortable old friend on which we have cruised several times. She is in generally good shape but getting a little shabby in places. The life boat that was dropped on the cruise before this one had not yet been replaced. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This is my second cruise on the Grandeur in less than a year. Laving from Baltimore is great. It is so easy and convenient. The crew and staff were fantastic. I did not have a hot lunch/dinner on the whole cruise. The dining room was a ... Read More
This is my second cruise on the Grandeur in less than a year. Laving from Baltimore is great. It is so easy and convenient. The crew and staff were fantastic. I did not have a hot lunch/dinner on the whole cruise. The dining room was a disappointment that they could not serve hot food. The Windjammer was ridiculous in hot cold everything was served. The entertainment brought on board was very good. however the RCCL singers and dancers were just down and boring. The ship is worn and tired. I know it is going into dry dock in April or so, but I think for just two weeks. Unless I am wrong, or they have a tremendous crew going 24/7 they could not totally tear the ship apart and redo it. It needs a makeover from top to bottom. The cabins are pathetic. The gym is a total joke. It looks like something out of the 1960's. Pathetic. I enjoy RCCL and i like the Grandeur, but you have to have hot food and clean the ship up. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This cruise left Baltimore, which worked for us because we could park at the port. Boarding was no more difficult than it has been for any cruise we've taken. (Compared with some of our fellow cruisers, we are pretty new at this!) ... Read More
This cruise left Baltimore, which worked for us because we could park at the port. Boarding was no more difficult than it has been for any cruise we've taken. (Compared with some of our fellow cruisers, we are pretty new at this!) Royal Caribbean's best asset is its crew, and I told them so in our survey. The crew made this cruise a grade 4. We met so many crew members who were willing to answer our (probably nosy) questions about their home nations and families. They showed us pictures of children and towns and parents, when things got slow at a bar, for instance. Even the young women cleaning our bathrooms were willing to practice their English and offer us a paper towel to open the door. Our cabin steward was a shining light for sure! The ship is ready for a sprucing up, which is scheduled this spring. Paint is chipped and rust is showing. We live around salt water, so we are aware of how much damage salt water does to infrastructure. However, in all the time that we were aboard, we only saw windows washed on the highest decks. Sitting on 4, 5, or 6 trying to look out a window was almost painful. This, too, I mentioned in my review. We don't cruise to look at each other. We like the water view. I had the "opportunity" to visit the medical facilities on this cruise, and this was a first for us! Our care was prompt, the nurses and doctor efficient, and my glued cut is healing nicely! Another wonderful experience, since I ended up having to go. Since I like karaoke, which was available nightly, we did not get to see many of the shows, so I will leave that up to other reviewers. Also, we did not get off the ship much, so excursions are not included in this review. Some pretty major things went wrong with the ship. A lifeboat breaking away from its restraints during an exercise is no small thing. Flooded decks from a water line break do not make this a 5. We were without water overnight, and were not offered bottled water. We were without hot water in our cabins beyond that. Not ideal, but - as we say to kids at school - this is not a crisis, just an inconvenience. Finally, I will remember for next time that Sunday religious services were not available. I offered, as a lay person, to arrange some Word and music, but the response from the front desk was almost warm, at best. These things need to be arranged ahead of time. Overall, I was pleased with our cruise, because we leave determined to be happy, and because the ship's crew was so very pleasant. It was our first Royal Caribbean. We would take another with them. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Took this cruise to get away from the cold . Went with 3 other couples from town. Like Baltimore port for closeness to home. No need to deal with airlines.. The Grandeur is familiar with friendly crew. Always found chairs and loungers ... Read More
Took this cruise to get away from the cold . Went with 3 other couples from town. Like Baltimore port for closeness to home. No need to deal with airlines.. The Grandeur is familiar with friendly crew. Always found chairs and loungers when needed.Ship is a bit worn with visible rust but due for a rehab in April. Food was okay. Like the park cafe for lunch and snack. In MDR we found the choices limited. We tried the Windjammer one evening but it felt very chaotic. Entertainment headline shows were great. Production shows were well done. Especially liked the group Rookie. We enjoyed the ports especially Charleston, SC. This was a relaxing cruise, with great weather and smooth seas. We lost a life boat while in Charleston port which delayed departure , thus getting into Port Canaveral a few hours late. The Captain was able to stay later in Port Canaveral since the next port was Miami, a short distance to go. Some excursions were canceled. We had rented a car and were able to do some sightseeing. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Looking for a post-holiday cruise to celebrate our anniversary and dear hubby's birthday and not wanting to have to fly to Florida for departure we decided to cruise out of Baltimore on the Grandeur. We cruised on her to the ... Read More
Looking for a post-holiday cruise to celebrate our anniversary and dear hubby's birthday and not wanting to have to fly to Florida for departure we decided to cruise out of Baltimore on the Grandeur. We cruised on her to the Bahamas/Key West, Fl in March, 2016 and had an amazing time. This time however there were a lot more sea days and the average age of our shipmates seemed to be well into their 70's. We had our (much younger) heels rolled over on more than one occasion! There weren't a lot of activities (other than gambling, trivia, Bingo, or drinking) offered on cruising days. A Chicago concert (from 2010) was the highlight of one of the sea days, but unfortunately there was no sound! Ugh - hard to enjoy a concert you can't hear! Guest services and other staff members were made aware but nothing changed :( The night time entertainment was outstanding, although the cruise director Bobby and his side kick "Tornado" Tanya were loud and obnoxious. Enjoyed art lectures & auctions. Wish they would've had more lectures or movies offered during the daytime. Captain Ante personable and very approachable. Shore excursions: St.Thomas: cruise to St. John's - wonderful, informative, and stunning sites. Antigua: Lores & legends - walking tour - informative and eye opening to the poverty of the area St. Lucia: cruise to the Petons - short swim in a cove, saw site where Dr. Doolittle (the original movie) was filmed, amazing view of Petons St. Maarten: tall ship experience on the Mercedes -favorite tour. Hubby helped to hoist the sails, saw planes fly into airport, million dollar yachts. Day was cut short due to leaving port early in an attempt to avoid a storm. Food: We chose to eat in the windjammer and Park Cafe - didn't visit MDR. Not a lot of vegetarian choices (besides pasta) in WJ. More choices at Park Cafe Spa: Had acupuncture for sciatica & was pain free for about a week!!! Gym: Not crowded if you were there by 6 a.m., equipment in ok shape, but 20 minute time limit (+ 10 minutes for "cool down") Solarium: Unable to get seat/lounge chairs (people had their seats "reserved" by 6 a.m.) No reserving rule was not enforced. Unbelievable. Shows: Once again, people reserving seats-C'mon if you want to see the show be in the Palladium early to get a seat!!! Don't show up late it is so disrespectful to the performers. We booked another cruise while on board (great savings & on-board credit for next cruise) that will be on a bigger ship out of FL next January. Fingers crossed we won't be bored on the cruising days! We would probably go on the Grandeur again if there weren't so many at sea days before ports. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
It was our first time on the Grandeur of the Seas and it has a lot to offer. We left Baltimore and cruised for 3 days before encountering the first of the 4 US Virgin Islands. The food in the Great Gatsby dining room was exceptional and ... Read More
It was our first time on the Grandeur of the Seas and it has a lot to offer. We left Baltimore and cruised for 3 days before encountering the first of the 4 US Virgin Islands. The food in the Great Gatsby dining room was exceptional and the service was better than that. We also all like the offerings in the Windjammer. Be sure and check out the Park Cafe in the Solarium for healthy options and far less crowded. We paid for the internet package for the entire trip and this was a big waste of money. I was constantly getting dropped and the other fellow had not much better success. The staff was exceptionally friendly and efficient. Our wait staff of Kasroy and Kimmette in the dining room were the very best ! The 4 of us all thought the night time entertainment was very professional and some of the best we've had on our 8 or 9 cruises with 4 different cruise lines. We had 2 excursions sponsored by RCCL and both were exceptional. The " Fast Cat" snorkeling on Buck Island and the 2nd stop at Water Island was a great trip! On St. Lucia we did the mineral baths and botanical gardens and this was a VERY informative trip.Our guide Felizicia was exceptional. The Solarium is a super nice place. It's just a shame that everyone "reserves" a chair by 7:30, which is difficult to enforce the 30 minute rule. The cabins have a lot of nooks and crannies to store your clothes, not found on a lot of cruise lines. The fitness room is adequate, most of the equipment is outdated but just enough to get a fair workout. We will definitely travel again on the Grandeur of the Seas but will not purchase the internet package. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Cabin - good, some fuel smell, esp. on port days Food - MDR - good but the same selection as other RC cruises, I just kept trying new things; WJ - rarely ate there but hubby did and liked it every day. They had many international ... Read More
Cabin - good, some fuel smell, esp. on port days Food - MDR - good but the same selection as other RC cruises, I just kept trying new things; WJ - rarely ate there but hubby did and liked it every day. They had many international choices like curry, rice mixtures, fishes, noodle dishes, salads with interesting ingredients; Park Cafe - my fave - light fare like cuban sandwiches, fruit cups, egg mcmuffin-type sandwiches, danishes, potato chips, salad bar Entertainment - WOW, every show was good. There was a pianist, comic, quartet, ventriloquist, productions shows and TANGO....an amazing, amazing, show. Entertainment Staff - well, I'd say over all I wasn't impressed; they seemed fake and unapproachable and to have complexes of seniority/popularity/control. I had fun at trivia for about 3 times but every single time the questions became more impossible, so I stopped going. I did karaoke and the live band karaoke - both fun. Port staff was great - embark/disembark went well Ports - DON'T GO ON THE CRUISE IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE PORTS!!!!! I don't see why people complain about them, honestly. I stayed on ship for 1/4. Did one RC excursion - pirate ship in St. Thomas - nice (but not for faint of heart bec of rough seas) JUST RESEARCH AND RESEARCH before going. If you're not sure, don't do anything, just walk around. Suggestions: more on board activities, like organized games, especially for the days heading home - you're inside a lot. HOT CHOCOLATE in Solarium. Personality profiling FOR cruise director staff. If your staff hates colouring, don't make them do the colouring activity. More movies in the theatre. Section off smoking section in casino better. (less machines and smokiness all over even to the furthest non-smoking machine made it gross- even my clothes smelled like cigs). Stop pushing/upselling at dinner table. (chef specials/tours) Yes, I'd go again. Captain Ante was hilarious. The Captain's Corner was worth going to...it has been every time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We have departed from Baltimore on other occasions and love the ease of their port. Departing from ports such as NY are nowhere near as nice and easy and friendly as the Baltimore Port. We had an 11 night cruise that included ... Read More
We have departed from Baltimore on other occasions and love the ease of their port. Departing from ports such as NY are nowhere near as nice and easy and friendly as the Baltimore Port. We had an 11 night cruise that included stops at St. Thomas, St. Lucia, Saint Maarten and Antigua. Each island having something different to offer and enjoyed each and everyone. We had purchase prior to departure the 3 night speciality dinner package and Highly Recommend. Enjoyed 2 nights at Chops Grille an 1 night at Giovanni's. Wonderful food and relaxing atmosphere at each location. As always the Windjammer and Main Dining Room have great service as well as great food and varieties. And of course, each and every member of the staff was Excellent! They all work very hard to make sure every passenger enjoys their vacation. We had a night and following day with 20 to 30 foot waves/swells and Captain informed everyone which helped to keep passengers calm and assured we would be just fine. A couple times during the night I felt like we were flying in the air - I actually enjoyed it and loved to watch the waves break. We did a couple of excursions and each one was nice but our best memory is the taxi driver we found on our own in Antigua and the private beach resort he showed us in Deep Bay. We literally had our own slice of paradise for several hours thanks to the Taxi driver (who was much cheaper than the main drivers that hit you up as soon as you get off the ship). The only thing I wish was for Royal Caribbean to have larger bathrooms/larger showers in their outside view cabins. Everything is wonderful and I am already viewing options for our next cruise with Royal Caribbean. Thank you everyone at Royal Caribbean, From aka Sunshine! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Even though we were on the roll call, we never received info about the Cruise Critic mix and mingle. Just sayin'. We chose this cruise because it sails out of Baltimore, I got a flash sale price and we live in DC. What's not ... Read More
Even though we were on the roll call, we never received info about the Cruise Critic mix and mingle. Just sayin'. We chose this cruise because it sails out of Baltimore, I got a flash sale price and we live in DC. What's not to like? I recommend exploring Baltimore to those unfamiliar with it. On and Off: Embarkation was the slowest I have experienced. It was hard to tell why it was so slow. Disembarkation went very smoothly because of the orderly process RCL uses. Ship: It is a smaller ship and that is what we like. It was easy to get around with pretty public areas (though the library could use some large tables for jigsaw puzzles). The 5th deck prom went all the way around. There was an additional prom on deck 10. Cabin: We had an inside guaranteed. It was VERY small. The first cabin was 2541 and I do not recommend it. Some sort of functional ship's room was below and it produced a lot of loud, though intermittent, noise. After three nights we swapped for a room next to the elevator which -- believe it or not -- was a great improvement. Dining: We ate most meals in The Great Gatsby main dining room. The food was quite good as was the service for "my time" dining. We chose "my time" because we like to eat with different people every night. That did not jive with their practice of trying to put us with the same waiter every night because that narrowed the people with whom we might be seated.. When we saw ourselves being marched towards a table for four with the very people we had eaten with the previous two nights we called a halt to the march and explained our interest in meeting different people. We never had this problem with open dining on Holland America or Norwegian. Because I am onion intolerant, the Windjammer did not work for me. Too much of that food had onions in it -- even at breakfast! Entertainment and Activities: There is too much reliance on trivial pursuit and silly games by the pool during days at sea. The "enrichment" program consisted of seminars that were really tools for marketing spa services, shopping seminars and port of call info given by a woman who was clearly on her maiden voyage for doing this kind of work. Thank goodness for the Solarium which is kid and cruise activity leader free. The Solarium has two hot tubs, lots of lounge chairs, a glass roof that can be open during warm weather, a small cafe and -- best of all -- a small, heated salt water pool (though for two days the pool boy insisted there was no way to heat the water -- passenger persistence prevailed). Except for three nights, entertainment in the theater was one male stand-up comic after another each with his own special twist and the usual jokes about wives, being old and forcing some audience members into the act. The Rosario Strings in the Centrum were quite good as was the Grandeur of the Seas Orchestra which played big band music. The singers and dancers did two nice variety shows--one much better than the other. There were no aerial shows in the Centrum. Even though we were told there were only 90 kids on board, the movies were definitely kiddie movies. Compare that with Holland which shows Oscar nominees aimed at an adult audience. Just sayin'. Days at sea could be improved with quality movies in the theatre. TV consisted of CNN, TCM, Big Bang Theory in several languages and what might have been Two Broke Girls (they wear yellow/maroon waitress uniforms) and, of course, kiddie channels. Service: Our stateroom attendant was extremely cheerful and did a great job -- he even made a birthday cake out of towels for my husband. One of the customer service staff was very helpful in solving the problem of moving us to a room without a lot of noise. The two waiters who took care of us most of the time were an excellent team. Ports and Shore Excursions: We enjoyed all of the ports. We like DIY shore trips so we cannot speak about the shore excursions. We are not shoppers but noticed that the same stores are in all of the ports. Children: We did not have kids with us but we noticed there is a day care center and a teen activity room. Would we go again?: Yes if we can get a good flash sale price again. Now that I know I should plan on spending time in the Solarium and reading on one of the prom decks, I will do OK with the days at sea. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
To be fair I have only cruised on Royal Caribbean and the majority of those sailings have been on Grandeur of the Seas. Last year I noticed some wear on the ship, it seemed as if general upkeep was not as ongoing as it had been in the ... Read More
To be fair I have only cruised on Royal Caribbean and the majority of those sailings have been on Grandeur of the Seas. Last year I noticed some wear on the ship, it seemed as if general upkeep was not as ongoing as it had been in the past. Of course to be fair the vessel did just celebrate 20 years of sailing. With that being said I can not help but have noticed over the last few years the cutbacks on general maintenance that is normally seen around the ship. Overall the ship is clean and staff seem to take pride in keeping in clean as possible so good job with that. I was a bit challenged early on for this booking to change to a larger ship. I really believed that Royal Caribbean is focusing their efforts on the larger ships and not putting as much attention into the smaller ships. I like the smaller ship and departure port, but again to be honest I can not put down the larger ships since I have never sailed on one. I seriously considered changing my booking to a large ship prior to this cruise, but with a price drop I was encouraged to stick with the voyage. As I boarded it was clear that items have been cut from what cruising used to be, and in just a short time. The Windjammer had very little variety from day to day for breakfast and lunch. We did not do the buffet for dinner, but several friends did and said they would not recommend it over the main dining room. Items that used to appear on the buffet are no longer there. There was no turkey cold cuts that I used to get used to if there was not many options that appealed to me. It seemed at breakfast the only item to change was the potato's and that was merely how they were cooked and prepared. I was clear that the portion sizes in the dinning room have been cut back. While we never left hungry, it normally took two dinners to satisfy our fat tummies. This was also the first cruise that I felt the quality of the food had decreased. While most was edible and could be enjoyed, I certainly could tell a difference in the food from just over a year ago. While I am not much on the onboard entertainment, I was thoroughly disappointed with the daily activities that lacking, especially on sea days. In fact on one day I could not find one thing on the Cruise Compass that I was interested in doing. I am really not that picky, but the schedule was nothing but Spa and Fitness (I am not fitness buff at home and certainly don't want to spend my vacation doing it). If it was not about spending money to get healthy, it was all about buying art (biggest was of valuable space on the ship, in my opinion). Otherwise you had an occasional trivia here and there, most of the themes were geared to a much older crowd. The production shows were typical of Royal Caribbean, I actually attended a couple, since there was very little around the ship to do. The Cruise Director planning of activities seem to be on another cruising schedule. The exciting events seems to happen at the most awkward of times or when in port. I truly believe that you must look at this sailing for the many sea days that are included. I used to rely on Royal Caribbean to provide events and activities to attend and plan some of the time relaxing, now about 95% of the time is spent relaxing with little options of activities to do. I seldom, if ever do shore excursions off the ship. The ones I planned on my own or with a group saved me lots of money and were more enjoyable being tailored to the things we wanted to do. I understand Grandeur will be refurbished next year. I am sure the push is going to be to add venues that charge additional fees. I am looking forward to sailing next year after the refurb to see what changed and what sailings will be offered in 2018. The is the first time I have ever thought about traveling long distances to board a ship and honestly considering sailing on the larger ships just to see if there is more to do and see. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I was with swing dance friends. We chose this ship because we live in Baltimore and wouldn't have to fly. We could also dance every night. For the price, it was very nice (you don't pay for a Chevrolet and get a Cadillac). ... Read More
I was with swing dance friends. We chose this ship because we live in Baltimore and wouldn't have to fly. We could also dance every night. For the price, it was very nice (you don't pay for a Chevrolet and get a Cadillac). Here's the good: My window cabin was roomy and the cabin steward was attentive. The window exterior was dirty. RCL did not wash it for the whole trip. The dining room has many windows. We watched the sunset while having dinner - nice. The theater shows were very good, some of the best I've seen on cruise ships. The entertainment activities were good, but many of them should have been held out on the pool deck instead of in the centrum. The solarium adult pool was very nice, but they didn't turn the water heater on until people complained that the water was cold. Service in the dining room was generally good, but sometimes slow. We had to ask for the hand-ground pepper or the waiters would not even tell us they had it. Some of the beef dishes were terrible and some of them were good. The chicken dishes was very good. The house band in the Centrum was lousy. They played little music that was good for swing, ballroom or even Latin dancing. They hadn't even heard of most of the famous old rock & Roll songs. Free style dancers would probably like them. This was my second cruise on the Grandeur and on both cruises parents would let their toddlers and small children run around on the dance floor. Dance floors are not day care centers. Many of our dances are athletic. We move around a lot. Although we try to avoid them, a small child could be injured. RCL should tell parents to keep small children off the dance floor. The house Caribbean band was poor too. Every song they did was the same. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We are happy with Royal. We sailed last year on Grandeur and I'm writing this review based on that trip, and sailing again in about a month on the Grandeur again. We like the Vision class ship, so this is just a slightly smaller ... Read More
We are happy with Royal. We sailed last year on Grandeur and I'm writing this review based on that trip, and sailing again in about a month on the Grandeur again. We like the Vision class ship, so this is just a slightly smaller ship than we prefer, but it is a great ship with a fantastic crew. And if you are in a suite, you're in for a treat with the concierge (I won't mention the name in case he's on holiday when you sail). The nice thing with a ship this size is the crew really does get to know you, and you get to know them. Not always so easy on the larger ships. One thing we were disappointed on was the food quality. We felt that the selections in the dining room had been cut back a bit, and it seemed probably as in a cost cutting manner. Even Chops we weren't thrilled with the quality of the food on this trip. This is the first time we've not been completely satisfied with dining on Royal, so it isn't something that we have experienced on a regular basis. We hope to see an improvement this time around and will again return to Chops. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We like to sail from Baltimore and the Grandeur is the only ship of the Royal Caribbean fleet that sails from that port. It is only three hours but we go the day before and stay at the Best Western, part the car and use their shuttle ... Read More
We like to sail from Baltimore and the Grandeur is the only ship of the Royal Caribbean fleet that sails from that port. It is only three hours but we go the day before and stay at the Best Western, part the car and use their shuttle service (KD Elite) which has the system down to a science. We have grown to love the Grandeur as we sail often during the winter months. Lately I have read many negative comments about this ship on the roll call, but I must say we did not encounter unhelpful crew, the food was good (not four star but good). We had shrimp cocktail many evenings, no shortage of beef (as I read) and we went to Chops and Giovanni's and enjoyed filet and a great selection of dishes including Osso Buco. The entertainment was good and varied although I will say the Theater shows are a little old even with new singers and dancers. That is what happens when you are on the same ship too often. Did miss the trapeze show in the Centrum but I imagine it takes a lot of training and perhaps the ones on the Grandeur went to the larger ships. The activities offered are many and we are always entertained from wine tasting to the chili contest and the belly flop contest. At night my husband and I loved the RC Jazz Band and the full Orchestra. Also the Piano Bar with Tony B was fun. He was so much better than the last few RC has had on the Grandeur. The Love and Marriage game was great. One of the best this time. Also, the Cruise Director and his crew were so good. All in all, we enjoyed the trip and are looking forward to our January 3rd sailing on the Grandeur. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My wife and I cruised the Grandeur of the Seas last year, mid November, 2015, and the quality of the food was a lot to be desired. The "Manhattan" steak was small, thin and tasted like leather, this cruise, all of the meal in the ... Read More
My wife and I cruised the Grandeur of the Seas last year, mid November, 2015, and the quality of the food was a lot to be desired. The "Manhattan" steak was small, thin and tasted like leather, this cruise, all of the meal in the main dining room was of an excellent quality and very tasteful. The main dining room for breakfast had excellent food and service. The Windjammer buffet, however, was okay, about par from what you expect for a all you can eat restaurant. The entertainment both the production shows, the musicians two concerts, the headliners were all excellent. In the casino, as a part of the RCCL's Casino Royal program, I received complementary adult beverages while gambling. The bar service did not start until noon, so as an early slots player I was a little disappointed on the sea day without my morning Bloody Mary. You have to accumulate 1000 points combined on the gaming tables and slot machines to qualify for free adult beverages on the next RCCL cruise, it takes about $3 for each point on the slots. The prizes are tee shirts, golf shirts and free play and promotional casino chips. The tournaments were somewhat of a disappointment, the prizes could have been better, mostly a few dollars, a tee shirt and promotional chips or slot free play. The casino staff and management were excellent and friendly. Comparing the RCCL's Casino Royal program with the Carnival Cruise line's Premier VIP casino program, Carnival appears to have a superior program, as the tournaments and monetary prizes are substantially more. Both offer complimentary adult beverages while gambling.This was a nine day cruise, but the casino is closed the first and last evening of the cruise as the ship is in US territorial waters and RCCL doesn't allow gaming when in US waters, so in effect, if you are on the casino program its a seven day night and eight daytime gambling. The casino is closed while its in port, except for Nassau, when it opens in the evening. Had an interior stateroom #2581 and my stateroom steward, Oliver, was excellent, I had requested ice and fresh wine glasses daily and they were there every night. The interior rooms are small, but traveling as a single, it was fine. The RCCL's TV selection is extremely poor, the RCCL's promoting its shops and pushing the preferred retailers on the ship's destinations became tedious after a while. Two ESPN channels, the left politically slanted CCN and Headline News, became nauseating due to the recent elections and this plummeting of the president elect for 24 hours a day. There were a couple of movie channels and other foreign language channels that show reruns of The Big Bang theory, and Two Broke Girls over and over again, with the same episodes, the same for the cartoon channels and the Disney channels, same shows over and over again. I recognize that the reason they do it to keep you out of your cabin, and shopping and / or drinking. I did not purchase any of the drink package, cocktails are $8 to $11, with specials in the Viking Crown lounge was $7 from 5 to 8 pm, but the tack on the automatic 18% tip. Sodas are $2.50 each, so if you are a heavy drinker the drink package might be right for you, but most who do purchase the ultimate drink package wind up drunk and obnoxious by the end of the night, based upon my prior experience on Majesty of the Seas. The liquor bottle prices are somewhat higher than past years, I believe that you can get a better prices on the islands for selective liquors. Check out the prices in the on ship liquor store and see if you can get a better deal on the islands. As I have been in the Port Canaveral, Miami, Key West and the Bahamas on numerous times before, I did not do any excursions, however looking at the excursion brochures, the prices are not very reasonable. In Nassau, Bahamas stay away from the nearby Junkanoo beach, its a public beach, noisy, crowded and lousy drinks, beach chairs and umbrellas are worn, dirty and torn. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Usually love sailing with Royal Caribbean, but the Grandeur of the Seas has seen better days. The food was "meh" and the service in the dining room was so slow that even though we had dinner at 5:30pm, we were never done in time ... Read More
Usually love sailing with Royal Caribbean, but the Grandeur of the Seas has seen better days. The food was "meh" and the service in the dining room was so slow that even though we had dinner at 5:30pm, we were never done in time for the 7pm show. I had heard via Cruise Critic that we were most likely going to skip the Grand Bahamas due to damage from Hurricane Matthew. Called Royal to confirm this and they said that there was no problem with going to Grand Bahamas. Once on board we were told that we would NOT be going to Grand Bahamas and would be going to Key West instead. It would have been nice to know this beforehand. The shops on board did not have a good/large selection of items and the sales were not that good. In fact, I purchased a rolling tote bag and as I walked off the ship the last day, one of the wheels completed shattered and broke off. And quite a few of the stones in rhinestone necklace I had purchased have already started to fall out. On the positive side, our stateroom attendant was amazing, the shows were fantastic, the Cruise Director was one of the best I have ever had, the staff in the Photography department were friendly and outgoing and the people we met on this cruise were awesome! Overall, the cruise was a good value for the money, but not the level of service or professionalism that I usually expect from Royal Caribbean Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The service and staff on this ship were exceptional. Eveyone was friendly and courteous. Attention to detail was above par. Michael Landry was the hotel manager and he runs a tight ship. He is visible and cares about what the passenger ... Read More
The service and staff on this ship were exceptional. Eveyone was friendly and courteous. Attention to detail was above par. Michael Landry was the hotel manager and he runs a tight ship. He is visible and cares about what the passenger think. The cruise director, Bobby,is warm and personable. The activities director, Tanya, is delightful, one of the most energetic I've ever seen. We met wonderful fellow passengers who brightened our days. I hope to see many of them again in the future. What really made this one special was Cruise Critic roll call. Many thanks to Tody Hilda for organizing the slot pull, and the Philly Frenzy get together. It was a wonderful trip down memory lane. We expect to take more cruises on the Grandeur after the dry dock. I hope by then they have glass shower enclosures so my cabin steward's life is a little easier. Hopefully, the Grandeur will remain in the Royal Caribbean fleet and sail from Baltimore forever. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
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

Find a Grandeur of the Seas Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click