1,851 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Reviews

We love leaving from our home port of Baltimore (15 minutes away); plus the embarkation is smooth as silk on Grandeur. Debarkation was smooth too just a little slow going through customs; however, we requested the latest (we were ... Read More
We love leaving from our home port of Baltimore (15 minutes away); plus the embarkation is smooth as silk on Grandeur. Debarkation was smooth too just a little slow going through customs; however, we requested the latest (we were literally last!) debark time because of our ride pick-up time. Overall the cruise was very nice and we couldn't ask for a better crew. The weather was could have been better but no one can control that. The food was mostly good but some day's were less desirable. We were disappointed that filet wasn't offered at all unless you paid extra. Two days you were offered a discount of $10 instead of $16.95 but still. Not too long ago filet was a menu choice once or twice during a 9+ day cruise. We didn't go to all the after dinner shows but the ones we went to were very good. Two of the acts we have seen on previous cruises's but it was a while back. They were still very good! I think they could offer more activities or maybe just some different ones. We didn't do any excursions but explored on our own. We were disappointed that we arrived in Barbados on a Sunday. On Sundays most things are closed. Barbados was the only port we hadn't been too before. So we went to a close beach called Harborlights and it was very nice. Our original plan was to go to another place very close to that one called Boatyard but our taxi driver said the other was cheaper. It was; a chair and umbrella cost $10! The beach was beautiful and it was VERY hot. Harborlights was a bar restaurant and you could use their facilities. We didn't eat because we had breakfast prior to leaving the ship. Others said their food was good. There were many disappointed cruisers including us arriving in St Thomas at a different port. We actually took a taxi to Havensight because we always liked shopping there. the port change was something to do with a new contract so we heard. I cant remember the name but think it was Crown something. There were some stores there but pricier than the other port. We spent most of the day shopping. In St Johns we went to Valley Church beach and it was lovely. We have been there before so we were looking forward to returning. Unfortunately it rained shortly after we arrived. There is a restaurant with a covered porch dining area to keep us dry. In St Lucia we didn't do much because it started raining as we exited the ship. We hadn't expected the huge shopping area right outside the ship! In March we were here and seriously don't remember seeing this. It appeared to be for cruise ships but had very reasonable prices. I ended up spending a lot of time checking out the variety of stores and hadn't realized it was now sunny out. We spoke to many cruise mates that did awesome tours in St Lucia with local tour excursions. Two party's basically did the same thing that included the twin pitons, mud bathes, beaches and other sightseeing. One $60 per person; the other $70 per person. The cheaper went via a fast boat I think they called a cigarette boat; whatever that is. The other went via a catamaran. Both included rum punch. We are absolutely going this route next time! Last stop was St Maartan! We did our favorite and walked from the ship to great bay. It's not that far a walk that we found accidentally a few years ago. At the beach you can't pass up the deals. We got 2 lounge chairs, an umbrella, a bucket of 5 bears, free wifi and use of their facilities for $25!! Then we shopped a little. When you return to the ship one of the last shops you will see gives out samples of their coconut smoothies. They are soooo good you can't resist not getting one. Their inside rooms are very small and the shower needs to be changed!! You can't keep the shower curtain away from you. I only weigh about 106 lbs and still can't keep it off of me. That is one thing I wish wasn't. Overall this was a good cruise. Very rocky coming home due to the extreme wind but it is November. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We departed Baltimore on Halloween. Baltimore is a great port to leave from and I understand why so many people leave from there. Embarkation was so easy. Our cabin, a Jr suite, was a little smaller than others we have been in, but this ... Read More
We departed Baltimore on Halloween. Baltimore is a great port to leave from and I understand why so many people leave from there. Embarkation was so easy. Our cabin, a Jr suite, was a little smaller than others we have been in, but this is a smaller ship. The Diamond Lounge, although busy every night was great and Joan could not have been more gracious. The cruise was lots of fun and we met some really great people. The Cruise Director Bobby and Activities Director Andre were really good. The ship has some creaks but is just the right size for an enjoyable cruise. The Dining room staff and our cabin attendant were really wonderful and the Port shopping guide was very knowledgeable. The food in the dining, which I felt, had a good variety was good, with the old reliable standbys also available. Lunch in the Dining room, something we had never done before, offered many options, including a really good salad bar. A disappointment was that some salad bar items in the Windjammer were available on the first few days and then never made another appearance. We met lots of people who have cruised on this ship many times and still love her. The ports were about what you expect. We are not beach people but lots of folks said the beaches were beautiful. The shop keepers were not as pushy as in the past. Although we loved the Grandeur, we understand that RCCL will be bringing in a new ship in 2018 and we are anxiously awaiting info for our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We are Diamond Plus members of RCL and this was our first cruise we didn't have to fly to get to. I am 59 and my wife just turned 60...and we were among the youngest passengers on board. This is not a criticism of any age group, but ... Read More
We are Diamond Plus members of RCL and this was our first cruise we didn't have to fly to get to. I am 59 and my wife just turned 60...and we were among the youngest passengers on board. This is not a criticism of any age group, but the number of motorized wheel chairs and walkers did cause some congestion in public areas at times. This is to be expected when cruising at this time of year. Embarkation was a breeze and disembarkation was even easier as we did the "self carry" program with our luggage. Both of our Shore Excursions that we purchased on-line were cancelled due to lack of participation. We opted to book independently while on board by booking at "resortforaday.com" in St. Thomas & Barbados. We also purchased Voom "surf & stream" internet package for my IPad. At home, our bandwidth speed is 75 mps download. On the ship, our speed using Voom was 3.89 download mps at best. Don't expect to facetime friends or stream video. Staff on ship is excellent. Very accommodating with any reasonable request. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We've sailed Grandeur many times and love the ship! However, this time - which was a back to back cruise was lacking. Our waiter forgot us - salad one night, lobster - husband although he ordered it - it never came and after waiter ... Read More
We've sailed Grandeur many times and love the ship! However, this time - which was a back to back cruise was lacking. Our waiter forgot us - salad one night, lobster - husband although he ordered it - it never came and after waiter was offering seconds to everyone - hubby had to raise his hand to get waiter's attention. It took 7 nights before I was served hot tea - was told didn't have what I wanted so I brought it to the table! Never told about the filet mignon special, althought our other table was told about it. He also gave us a political speech each night - highly unappropriate. Our stateroom man was wonderful. We did a back to back 12 days, then 9 days! Never did get a "thank you" - as in a special lunch like before! One reason we did B2B! Very Disappointed!! We get back on Grandeur on Dec 10-22! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The cruise director and staff did an excellent job of keeping us entertained and activities/events moving. The headliner shows for the most part were perfect with only one magic act uneven in his performance. The food in the dining room ... Read More
The cruise director and staff did an excellent job of keeping us entertained and activities/events moving. The headliner shows for the most part were perfect with only one magic act uneven in his performance. The food in the dining room was varied and of good quality, and with the recommendations of our wait staff (Kenneth and Eduardo) made selections easier. The only issue I had was trying to get a reservation for MTD on several nights. I had stopped in around 4:30 and no one was available and I called several times after that and no one answered the phone. Not a big deal since we got seated shortly after arriving at our desired time. The ports visited were interesting and had several options for tours both through the ship or on your own. Fortunately the weather cooperated except for gusty winds on several days, but not a show stopper. The Hop on hop off bus in Miami is a great option to see the city at a reasonable cost, unfortunately RCL was lax in providing a complete description of what this actually was. For example, some people thought they had to stay on the bus once it picked you up at the pier. The fact that it picked you up at the pier was not made evident on the website or even calling the 800 number where the person who answered told me I had to take a taxi to Bayside mall. It is so close you can actually walk. Overall a great cruise even though we missed Coco Cay and had to stay over in Nassau. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I choose the cruise because of the itinerary - Charleston, Miami, Nassau, private island and i always wanted to try Royal Caribbean. It just didn't happen for us. Carnival, NCL, but never on RCI. So, we even drove to Baltimore from ... Read More
I choose the cruise because of the itinerary - Charleston, Miami, Nassau, private island and i always wanted to try Royal Caribbean. It just didn't happen for us. Carnival, NCL, but never on RCI. So, we even drove to Baltimore from NY. The ship is relatively small and we understood it before made a decision. But i agree with all reviewers of the ship before me - the crew is very friendly, pleasant and does everything possible so we would have a great time. The weather was great (from top)), but some crazy Bahamian current (from the bottom)) was rough and our captain decided not to go to the CocoCay island and we stayed in Nassau overnight. I never get sea sick, been on the cruise during hurricane Hanna in 2006, but the night after we left Nassau was a rocky one up until noon the next day. Other than that - the ocean was calm and weather was sunny and pleasant. The food was OK. You can never go hungry on a cruise. Our only issue was that we are late risers and if we wanted to have a normal breakfast (not sandwiches in the Park Cafe or nothing if you happened to go for food between 11am and 11:30am) you need to hurry up and be at the buffet before closing time at 10:30. For the "normal" people, it wasn't the issue)). Our cabin was clean, everything worked, except one day light lamp started to blink and was quickly replaced. Big enough flat screen TV. We were able to watch movie from our external hard drive through it. Great staff at the Main Dining room. We had dinner there every day. Variety of tasty food, service team made our dinner elegant and nice. Entertainment was good. Two expectable cruise ship productions show, few comedians, musician, magician. A lot of laughs and mostly fun. Live orchestra is very good. All musical band (yes,there more than one)) were great. Many interactive activities for adults for any taste. We loved the interactive boards - touch screen to see what is going on right now and where. I went to gym, small but has everything needed. The embarkation and disembarkation was quickly enough without problems. It was me and my husband, so no kids with us. If i'll find another interesting or unusual itinerary, i will go on the ship again. Even though we a little bit used to cruise on the bigger ship, but small one has advantage to go to a smaller port like Charleston in our case. Three hours drive is not bad, ship is good if you know not to expect big modern ship with a skate ring))), so why not again?..)) Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our fifth cruise on Grandeur and our first in a junior suite. We live an hour from the port of Baltimore and enjoy the fact that we do not have to fly to get to the terminal. As always we dropped off the luggage and sailed through ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise on Grandeur and our first in a junior suite. We live an hour from the port of Baltimore and enjoy the fact that we do not have to fly to get to the terminal. As always we dropped off the luggage and sailed through the paper work quickly. We were on the ship from car to Centrum in 25 minutes. We went to the Park Cafe for lunch and then to our cabin, 8052. We loved the extra room of the junior suite compared to a balcony cabin. We had a sofa and two chairs plus a bathtub. Our steward was named Charlie and he was great, We asked for a recliner for the balcony and he brought it to us within the day. The only negative for the cabin was that it was under the Solarium and we could hear the food carts rumbling over us from early in the morning until late at night. We also heard a few cement footed people from time to time. We ate in the MDR two nights of the 9 night cruise. The food was average with only a choice or two that we wanted. Service was great. For the first time, we noticed empty tables at dinner. We sat at a table for 8 and on the first night we had a couple seated with us. A few nights later we had the same couple seated with us plus three others who had come to our table because they were the only ones at their 8 person table. We also ate at the Windjammer and two of the three specialty restaurants which had a very good choice of fare as well as outstanding service. We found the food in the MDR and Windjammer to be tolerable but the quality and choices have diminished over the years. Our excursions were a mixture of positive and negative experiences. We loved the tour of Fort Sumter and Charleston and the bus and boat tour of Miami. The excursion to Cocca Beach was a disaster! The write up sounded like a hop on hop off to three stops in the Cocca Beach area. When we got on the shuttle we were told that the shuttle would drop us off at the surf shop which is in an underground parking garage and that we would have to catch another shuttle to Cocca village. We sat in the garage breathing bus exhaust for 20 minutes before another two shuttles pulled up. The first shuttle filled and we got on the second one. We had been at this location for close to an hour. As we got on the shuttle, the driver got off and stood outside the shuttle. The shuttle was full and we all wondered what was going on. After sitting there another 5 minutes we got off and got on another shuttle to take us back to the ship.Our excursion to Coco Cay was cancelled due to high winds. Speaking of winds, for most of the cruise we had strong winds. The Captain had a hard time getting the ship docked in Nassau and we were told by a waiter at a restaurant in Nassau that they had 70 mph winds the night before. It was a tropical storm without the rain. We enjoyed the music each night at the Centrum and enjoyed sitting out on the deck watching the ocean flow by! We are not much for the shows when we cruise. Disembarkation was fast and we were headed home in half an hour after we were called to leave the ship. We love to cruise and find that the Grandeur gives us a relaxing, enjoyable cruise. We look forward to March when we go on our next adventure with Lady G.. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise in order to see some fall foliage and we were not disappointed. The trees were in full color, the weather was terrific and the cruise was fabulous. We embarked in Baltimore, quickly with no problems, had a show by ... Read More
We chose this cruise in order to see some fall foliage and we were not disappointed. The trees were in full color, the weather was terrific and the cruise was fabulous. We embarked in Baltimore, quickly with no problems, had a show by the Blue Angels, who were in town to dedicate a ship or museum, and started on a grand vacation. Although a small ship, the Grandeur is immaculate, the staff are friendly and always helpful. Our JS on the 8th floor was the usual room and a half. Large bathroom(comparatively) with tub. The storage in the room was WONDERFUL!! and our steward was attentive. The shows were surprisingly good: comedians and singers were top notch. The 70's Inferno dance party is always a blast. We ate breakfast and supper in the Great Gatsby dining room. Outstanding service. I always have my waiter order for me because they know what has received good reviews. Never disappointed. We were disappointed in the Windjammer buffet. The food was not as good as the dining room. Like usual, it was always a madhouse with people walking in to each other, etc. We tried to frequent the dining rooms and the Park Cafe, at the Solarium Ports: Boston - always delightful; Portland- such nice people; Bar Harbor- rented a car and drove to Acadia Nat'l Park. Great Idea!!; St John= spent 3 hours in the Nat'l museum on the 1st floor of the Market; Halifax - lovely walking in the gardens, visits to St Paul's and the Basilica. In every port, whenever we needed help, everyone was willing to aid us. We will definitely return to New England, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We traveled Oct 13-22,2016. We picked the cruise because of the ports. The ports were good to excellent. It was easy for us to get on the ship. We arrived at 1:30 and walked on the ship by 1:50. We were able to carry on our bags right ... Read More
We traveled Oct 13-22,2016. We picked the cruise because of the ports. The ports were good to excellent. It was easy for us to get on the ship. We arrived at 1:30 and walked on the ship by 1:50. We were able to carry on our bags right to our room. We had an interior and it was clean. We had great service with the room. The cruise was very good with excellent service in MDR. We had ATD. We went mostly at 5:00. It was busy, but service was very good to excellent. We never waited and sat at the same table every night. We had a table for 2. The entertainment was hit and miss. We were on the Grandeur last year, so some was a repeat for us. We could not complain about the weather it was great to be in the north, it was 60's and 70's. We booked three excursions through RCCL and two private excursions.The only issue I had was the way RCCL disembarked the excursions booked through RCCL. So excursions met on the ship and were escorted off. Some booked through RCCL met on the pier and had to get off the best way possible without missing the excursion. RCCL needs to review this process to help all paying for an excursion to get off the ship. All of the excursions were very good. Boston we toured Boston, Lexington and Concord through RCCL. It was mostly history. Portland was a private tour and we toured the city and lighthouse. This was an o.k. tour. Bar Harbor was a private tour{Olis Trolley) and was excellent. St. John we used RCCL excursion. We rode a train to see the reversing river and then hop on hop off of city. It was an o.k. tour. Halifax was also through RCCL and was excellent. We visited Peggy's cove and titanic graves. We used self-assist to leave and were the first to leave. We were off the ship and in the car in 10 minutes. This was our second time on Grandeur. We would cruise on the Grandeur again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Great staff and crew but felt that if you didn't purchase a beverage package there was limited availability of complimentary drinks. Also after 1 pm your only choice is room service with a charge between midnight and 5 am. Room ... Read More
Great staff and crew but felt that if you didn't purchase a beverage package there was limited availability of complimentary drinks. Also after 1 pm your only choice is room service with a charge between midnight and 5 am. Room was comfortable enough but could use an updating. It also was very very noisy all through the night. We discovered we were under the dining/kitchen. Others near us also experienced the same. Public areas seemed more up to date and were much nicer. Plenty of fun activities to either participate in or just watch. I particularly like the solarium pool and whirlpools. Water was always warm as was the air temperature. It was also nice having the cafe in there so that refreshments were readily available. We also discovered that it is easy to have a great day even if you don't go into port.Plenty to do on board and much less crowded. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Chose this cruise due to close proximity of departure port and port of calls for viewing fall foliage. We were not disappointed. Ship crew is fantastic. Food was not up to usual and precious quality, but was ok. Somehow we manage to always ... Read More
Chose this cruise due to close proximity of departure port and port of calls for viewing fall foliage. We were not disappointed. Ship crew is fantastic. Food was not up to usual and precious quality, but was ok. Somehow we manage to always get a rookie server in MDR. However, we were patient and still gave them extra gratuities. We all have to start somewhere! Had a wonderful dinner one night in Giovanni's. Entertainment- some good shows and some not so good. Diamond concierge and guest service reps. were super helpful, as we needed assistance to correct some discrepancies with our OBC. There was no shortage of activities, something for everyone almost evey day, evening, and night. Onboard shopping was not as good as on previous RCCL cruises. Only other con- spa/salon appointments, they always seemed to be running behind. Seemed as though they had less staff on this ship. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise, really don't like to complain, as the worst cruise is wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We choose this cruise to once again visit the New England area during the beautiful fall foliage. Loved the day in Boston --12 hours-- wow have never spent the entire day in a port. We were able to meet friends from CT. who drove to ... Read More
We choose this cruise to once again visit the New England area during the beautiful fall foliage. Loved the day in Boston --12 hours-- wow have never spent the entire day in a port. We were able to meet friends from CT. who drove to Boston to meet us. Spend the day on Newbury street mostly, as we have been several times and have seen the usual things. We spent a pre-cruise night in Baltimore at the Renaissance Inner Harbor Hotel that was in walking distance to So many things to do. Baltimore was absolutely hands down the best and easiest port for embarkation! My husband, who has a little trouble walking far, had no problem. No ups and downs, all on one level. Disembarkation was just as fast and easy! Joan Sanchez the Diamond Concierge was the most helpful, gracious and always smiling host ever. This was definitely an older crowd, (which we are part of) but we found a gem of a young just married couple that made our day. The food was not as delicious as we have had on past cruises, but hopefully this will change. Excited to see what the upgrades will bring to the Grandeur, as a refurbishment is needed to spruce it up. Bar Harbor absolutely my favorite place to just chill and see the scenery. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our first cruise ever. It was a gift from me to my husband. This was perhaps an extremely challenging cruise for all onboard being that we were facing rough seas due to 2 hurricanes. First, it clearly states that you should be at ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever. It was a gift from me to my husband. This was perhaps an extremely challenging cruise for all onboard being that we were facing rough seas due to 2 hurricanes. First, it clearly states that you should be at the port at least 90 minutes early for circumstances such as this. Maybe 10% did not make the ship because we needed to leave 1 hour early due to the Chesapeake Bay closing. I was on deck 4. Yes it was very rocky. I did see the motion sickness bags available. All areas that had outside access were blocked for passenger safety when the Seas got really rough. This cruise itinerary was changed a few times from Bermuda to Canada and finally to New Jersey because of the rough seas. I did not see much water leakage at all in the areas where I was. I was NEVER confined to my room. It was a concerning situation, especially since it was my first cruise, however I felt RC handled it well. After seeing what weather did hit Bermuda I would say that RC made the best decision they could other than possibly cancelling the cruise. NYC was gorgeous weather and the free ferry for the passengers was generous. Going back to Baltimore was wonderful cruising weather. Also the generosity of RC to give 100% cruise credit shows to me that they really care about their passengers. All of the service on our ship was amazing, from Katie our housekeeper, to Andre our activity director, to Algin and Boniface out waiters, to Paul the cruise director and of course out captain who steered us into safety. I also am so greatful to Crystal Crumlic from Tripping With Crystals Travel in Mechanicsburg, PA for constantly being in touch with me when possible for land side updates. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Embarkation was smooth. It took about 1 hour from arrival at port to on the ship. Ship although 20 years old was beautiful, classic, generally well maintained. Nice layout with wrap around promenade deck on Deck 5 and Walking track (4 ... Read More
Embarkation was smooth. It took about 1 hour from arrival at port to on the ship. Ship although 20 years old was beautiful, classic, generally well maintained. Nice layout with wrap around promenade deck on Deck 5 and Walking track (4 laps to the mile ) on Deck 10. Nice layout and easy to get around. Some small maintenance issues and some water leaks between Deck 9 and 10 when it rained but nothing that caused an issue with our experience. Had a large sideways interior cabin on Deck 7. First interior cabin. Room for everything we needed / brought for 10 day / 9 night cool weather cruise to New England / Canada. Small suitcase fit under the bed but had to park the large suitcases in the closet. With the bed made up as a double bed you had to step over corner of the bed to get past the vanity on the one side. There were are few issues with water leaks in our kids room from ceiling on 3 different days, and our toilet quit working the morning of departure. Maintenance was quick to respond when called. Entertainment was good with 2 production shows, 4 comedians, a violinist, aerial show in the spectrum. Lots of activities ( Trivia, Dancing in the Centrum, Evening special events,) Casino wasn't friendly to us the couple times we stopped by to try the slots. We did My time dining and made pre-reservations before the cruise. No waits upon arriving at the dining room. The food in the main dining room was very good and we had a wonderful service team (Fransisco and Arvin were great). Enjoyed our shore excursion through the cruise line. Duck tour in Boston, Taste of Maine in Portland, Light House cruise in Bar Harbor, And Reversing Rapids Railway tour and Hop on Hop Off Bus in St. Johns NB, Canada. In Halifax we rented a car and Drove to Peggy's Cove and Visited the Citadel on our own. Close but no issues caused by Hurricane Matthew. Debarkation was a little slow due to only 2 Custom's officers at the start but more came halfway through the debarkation and thing started to flow smoothly. We had breakfast in the dining room and then went to South Pacific lounge to wait to debark and were there for about 45 minutes. Would love to do this cruise again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This is my third cruise on Royal. I don't remember much about my first (Monarch of the Seas), but last year's cruise to Alaska on the Jewel set the bar too high for the Grandeur to meet. I'm not dinging them in my review ... Read More
This is my third cruise on Royal. I don't remember much about my first (Monarch of the Seas), but last year's cruise to Alaska on the Jewel set the bar too high for the Grandeur to meet. I'm not dinging them in my review because the cruise was good and, other than some truly sub-par food in the main dining room, I was generally satisfied. It just wasn't up to the experience I had on the Jewel. Lesson learned, do not sail a lower class of ship. Our cabin was tiny (expected), but clean and comfy except for the one bed that squeaked. I think we only saw our cabin steward twice the entire trip. The dining room staff and the bar staff were great! I didn't do any of the ship's shore excursions. The entertainment that I caught was good. The main dining room struggled with food temperature most nights. Also, for a U.S. chef, to get what they called "beef stroganoff" was NOWHERE NEAR what anyone at our table expected. Ditto for the "Tempura" - it was more like beer battered. The lasagna noodles were too thick and very chewy. Breakfast was an utter disappointment. The food was lukewarm, the menu was limited and the server did not want to vary from the menu selections. I am fairly sure the hash was out of a can. Yuck. The Windjammer food was more consistent, but getting my morning mimosa in there was like pulling teeth. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I boarded the Grandeur on Sat. Sept. 24th. Boarding processes went quite smoothly. Once onboard proceeded to Windjammer as no access to rooms until 1pm. Windjammer on embarkation day is always a tad insane, and this day was no different. ... Read More
I boarded the Grandeur on Sat. Sept. 24th. Boarding processes went quite smoothly. Once onboard proceeded to Windjammer as no access to rooms until 1pm. Windjammer on embarkation day is always a tad insane, and this day was no different. Food options were plentiful, and staff worked as fast as they could to turn tables for others. Speaking of food, I will say the food onboard has definitely taken a notch up from last time onboard. Everything very tasty, and I saw when guests debated about their choices the staff brought them the other meal option so they could try both. Old school cruising is coming back on the end. The room onboard was very clean, but you can tell she will need to go into dry dock for some cosmetic touches. balcony doors rusted in places, balconies in general all need to be re-sanded and stained. Staff overall couldn't have been nicer. As since she is a more smaller and intimate ship, one with no zip lines, central parks, water slides etc. the crew is what makes guests return. They are engaging, friendly, and accommodating and you truly come off with a friend. Onboard entertainment truly blew me away this trip! Earl Turner a Vegas Entertainer was the shows headliner this trip. For the first time in a long time, I can honestly say it was the BEST show I've seen while at sea. He had the entire audience from start to finish, singing, laughing and just all-in-all have the best time ever! I hear he does preform throughout the year on other RCCL ships, and I need to find his schedule as I'll definitely make plans to sail again with RCCL when he is on board!!! The other entertainers/ staff were also exceptionally good as well. The atrium show Seasons was lovely and breathtaking. The hotel director also was active with the atrium shows and events, which I've not seen before and that was a nice touch. I will say the most touching moment on the cruise was at the end of the goodbye show, last night of cruise the band played the National Anthem and EVERYONE was singing and paying their respect, which actually brought a tear to my eye. Very Proud of RCCL there. Only suggestions for faster service. All other lines, have a Platinum + member level designated counter area but on RCCL they do not. So be prepared to wait in a line at Guests Services sometimes. Also in the casino if you want cash to play with, they will not give you cash, but Vouchers for that amount to ensure you put it into the machines. Quirky. Notice to Diamond Members and above. The rules of allowing a guest to join you in the diamond lounge has changed, and you will NO longer be permitted to do so. So if you are traveling w/ a friend that has not earned the perks, forget about going into the lounge during your cruise to relax with your friend. You will just have to go to another regular lounge instead. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed sailing on Grandeur again! You will actually love Mustering on this ship, as they keep your attention :-) Smooth sailing everyone, and now looking forward to going on Allure in 2 weeks. Check back afterwards! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Living in the Baltimore area we decided to try a cruise from Cruise Maryland. Grandeur of the Seas (GOS) provided a short getaway to Bermuda. Friends dropped us at the ship terminal and picked us up. That process was convenient and well ... Read More
Living in the Baltimore area we decided to try a cruise from Cruise Maryland. Grandeur of the Seas (GOS) provided a short getaway to Bermuda. Friends dropped us at the ship terminal and picked us up. That process was convenient and well executed on behalf of our friends and us. Embarkation went smoothly in spite of two things we did not quite understand. The first was to pick a dining time upon boarding in spite of "My Time Dining" and the other was a report of misplaced luggage two days into the cruise. This latter point we could not understand at all. We were impressed with the diversity of the cruisers on the ship. They seemed to be of all economic strata and ethnicities. It was refreshing to see the interaction of all of these people in a positive way GOS is a small ship by today's standards. It barely fit, to our eyes, under Baltimore's outer harbor crossing, Key Bridge. It was maintained adequately, to our view, but is showing its age and frequent use. Capt. Thor was informative with his noon announcements on sea conditions and weather. He announced use of the ship's stabilizers while in route to Bermuda. The sailing is 2 days down and a day and a half coming back. The ship has a smallish outdoor pool amidships and two hot tubls, a climbing wall in the back and a wonderful "adults only" indoor pool, seating and dining area aft known as "The Solarium" which is where we spent much time when not on deck. Our Cabin was 522. Beds were requested as a "queen" and were so upon our arrival. The cabin had great storage space, more so than any other ship we were on in recent memory. That was accomplished mainly through the provision of extra shelving. We had a large window. Mr. Endro, our cabin attendant, was personable and efficient, going so far as to produce towel "animals" for us in the evening. As stated, dining was "My Time" in the Great Gatsby, The maitre d's were excellent. We always try to give them a time when we'd like to dine. Although tables cannot be reserved, we requested the same wait staff station every night. They got to know us quickly and brought things to our table which they anticipated we might like, without asking. They were wonderful. The food was excellent, in our opinion, in the dining room, for dinner, although that view was not shared by several cruisers we spoke to, who deemed it "good". The buffets for lunch and breakfast were acceptable. Nothing to rave about, but good. For lunch we visited a little known area in the "Solarium", (the "Park Cafe") which had wonderful salads, carved roast beef, and paninis. The entertainment each night was good. There is only one theater on the ship, located in the bow area. Booking a cabin beneath it might not suit those who retire early. The comedians were especially entertaining. We did not do much in the way of activities but the ship's staff was energetic in getting activities up and carrying them out. Of course, there was the obligatory "on deck" television which displayed Sunday football and evening movies. We found no fault with the service of the crew. Even if not talkative, we were frequently greeted with "hello" and it seemed as though most of them enjoyed there work. The service in the dining room was excellent, as was that of our cabin attendant, mentioned above. There is only one port of call on this cruise, King's Wharf, Bermuda. We did not take any excursions although we heard from some cruisers that the ones taken by them were very good. We opted to do things on our own. We took the ferry from the dock at King's Wharf. It is a short walk from the ship to the ferry terminal, currently next to the "America's Cup" kiosk (2017 running) and took the ferry to St. Georges. We walked around there and then took the public bus down through the island, stopping in Hamilton for dinner, and returning to the ship around 9 p.m. The next day, we went to Horseshoe Bay and stayed at the beach until we had to return to the ship, which departed around 2 p.m. We did not travel with children but we saw a few on the ship. Either they were being "home schooled" or they were taken from class by their parents for the trip. After all, it was late September and the schools were open. Disembarkation encountered some delay due to foul weather. But it was no more than a 20 minute wait in the theater. The port should consider better cover for "pick up" passengers on disembarkation and better exiting from the ship through the terminal. We briefly had to walk outside in heavy rain. A final word of caution. As recent weather events (Oct. 2016) have shown, cruising to Bermuda during the Fall can be a roll of the dice. We had travel insurance and we were fully prepared to lose a portion of our fare and make a claim if the weather was uncooperative. Fortunately, the weather fooled everyone, including the ship's captain who warned of potentially rainy weather, and seas higher than 8-10 feet (moderate), and it was sunny, warm and beautiful the entire time save for an hour or two here or there. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We choose the Grandeur because it is like a second home for us. We celebrated our birthdays on the ship from September 24, 2016 to October 22, 2016. The crew and senior officers were very kind to both me and my husband. The formal ... Read More
We choose the Grandeur because it is like a second home for us. We celebrated our birthdays on the ship from September 24, 2016 to October 22, 2016. The crew and senior officers were very kind to both me and my husband. The formal dinners were very special to us. We also enjoy eating at the Windjammer. It is nice to try small amounts of different kinds of foods. We also enjoyed the entertainment on board the ship. On the Oct. 8, 2016 Bermuda cruise we experienced high winds. Our captain and his staff took very good care of us. The ship went to Bayonne, NJ to get us out of harms way. Then we stayed in NJ for two days. They also provided a ferry to take people to New York. We will be on the Grandeur again on November 21, 2016. Hope to meet some more new people. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Chose as to the closeness of our home to port without flying and a nice get away. Found the ship very well kept for the age. Very clean and we could not have had a cleaner room and cabin attendant. The meals are a bit only average ... Read More
Chose as to the closeness of our home to port without flying and a nice get away. Found the ship very well kept for the age. Very clean and we could not have had a cleaner room and cabin attendant. The meals are a bit only average and must say could have been served warmer in the dining room.After remarks they did come delivered to the table more on the hot side,they do their best to please,but it should take place without having to mention it when asked how things are. The entertainment was nice for the size of the ship. The dancers and singers are always out drowned by the band,so you can't understand the words they are singing. So much happens around the centrum where seating is limited,why they don't use other rooms is unknown. There are times when there seems to be a lull,especially around the 2 dinner hours and MTD. They seem to stress the cost items so much,restaurants,spa,casino,bingo and of course the art auction. They seem to have a lot of passenger involved entertainment, may help fill in time and cut cost. Ports were very nice ones that was the reason for this cruise choice. Port times are limited,but gives you a taste in order to do it again if you wish. It is ashame they don't stick to their dress code for nite time dining in the Great Gatsby dining room. No Shorts, are they afraid to loose a cruisers or 2? Did 2 shore excursions and felt satisfied with the choice. Portland lighthouses and hop on hop off bus in Halifax. Do not be afraid to cruise on the Grandeur, you could not have a nicer crew. You just have to close your eyes to some things and enjoy what suits you. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
The Grandeur of The Seas is an older ship in the fleet though it has been updated recently. She is still in need of a new paint job and cleaning in several areas. The embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The best aspects ... Read More
The Grandeur of The Seas is an older ship in the fleet though it has been updated recently. She is still in need of a new paint job and cleaning in several areas. The embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The best aspects of the ship was the entertainment for this cruise, the dining, games and cabin staff and the ports of the cruise. The worst aspects were the price- which stayed high for the cruise, the constant selling of stuff and some of the places chosen to have some of the activities were very tight (mainly because of the size of the ship). The food in the main dining room tended to be on the bland side though you could get what you wanted most of the time. The menu was nothing special but they want you to go to the specialty restaurants. We did have an issue since we were placed at a table of 8 but noone else showed up. However, they added another couple who had a similar problem so it worked out fine. There was no "special" extras like a chocolate themed, late night party. The cruise director was ok but his assistant was great. There were fun, theme nights in the Centrum though it often was impossible to get a seat if you had the late dining time. Karaoke was sometimes scheduled too early for us to get to. The piano bar singalong person could have encouraged more audience participation (compared to others we have been to) and all musicians were very good. The ports chosen were all exceptional. However, half of our tours purchased from the ship made very few stops and did not seem worth the money. The tour descriptions could have been more precise in the printout. We did have some tendering issues as their scheduling seemed off and we waited almost an hour to return to the ship. Service was excellent as we were concerned that, since our gratuities were pre-paid, that it would not be as good but that was not the case. Our lower deck, outside cabin was comfortable. If you just cannot stand the very large ships, the Grandeur (and Vision) should meet your needs. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose Grandeur because Baltimore is just a couple of hours up I-95 for us. Embarkation was very quick and smooth without any problems. After reading so many negative reviews on the condition of the ship, we really didn't know what ... Read More
We chose Grandeur because Baltimore is just a couple of hours up I-95 for us. Embarkation was very quick and smooth without any problems. After reading so many negative reviews on the condition of the ship, we really didn't know what to expect but after boarding we were pleasantly surprised at what a nice ship the Grandeur really is. Even though the ship is 20 years old, everything inside looks new and everything was very clean. We experienced exceptional service from our stateroom attendant to the dining room staff, bar staff, and all of the crew that we came into contact with. We dined in the main dining room every night for dinner, and although the quality of the food was acceptable, it really didn't meet my expectations. We did order a filet from Chops Grille one night when the dining room ran a special for $10 extra per person. The filet was of course delicious, and I really feel like they are trying to persuade you to pay for the specialty restaurants if you really want exceptional food. We went to shows every night, 3 different comedians, aerial shows in the Centrum, broadway style shows in the Palladium theatre. All of the entertainment was excellent and we really enjoyed ourselves at the shows. We really enjoyed Bermuda and our only complaint was that we didn't have much time there (about 24 hours). We were mainly interested in going to the beach and found a good deal on the minibuses right at the port, $7 per person one way to Horseshoe Bay Beach. The passenger vans are parked and waiting for you as you come off the ship and are a much better deal than the cabs. The beach was fabulous, they rent chairs and umbrellas but we just took a couple of towels from the ship and soaked up some rays. Disembarkation was a breeze, we were scheduled to leave the ship at 8am, we were in our car with our luggage by 8:20, and safely home by 10:30. We would definitely recommend this cruise, although next time we are going to try Anthem going out of New Jersey because looking at their itinerary you get 2 full days in port at Bermuda. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose this port for proximity and the ship due to familiarity. Grandeur has a great layout, itineraries and crew. We thoroughly enjoyed the destination port, excursions, dining entertainment and cabin service. The Captain expertly ... Read More
We chose this port for proximity and the ship due to familiarity. Grandeur has a great layout, itineraries and crew. We thoroughly enjoyed the destination port, excursions, dining entertainment and cabin service. The Captain expertly navigated around the tropical storm. We booked the ship's excursions and appreciated the service we received. We take advantage of the scheduled programming and found the cruise activities to be fun and educational. We enjoyed meeting other passengers. Bermuda is a beautiful destination. We took the evening glass bottom boat and Hamilton excursions. Baltimore is a destination in and of itself. One could tour for a week and still not see everything. Go to the 27th floor of its World Trade Center and map your tours. We went to Poe's grave and house (though only open on weekends). The National Aquarium was great. Lunch at Phillips Inner Harbor and dinner at La Scala with a complimentary shuttle. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Embarkation was really fast, we got to the port of Baltimore around 2:00 pm and was on the ship by 2:15 pm. The Grandeur of the Seas is a great ship. I like the smaller size, nicer balcony room and overall service. Our cabin was a ... Read More
Embarkation was really fast, we got to the port of Baltimore around 2:00 pm and was on the ship by 2:15 pm. The Grandeur of the Seas is a great ship. I like the smaller size, nicer balcony room and overall service. Our cabin was a balcony room 7596, which is right next to the elevators & stairs. I was worried about the placement of the cabin but it turned out to be fantastic. You never hear any noise, I really recommend this cabin. The Gatsby Dining room was really good, it was always busy every night, the food was great and so was the service. Pros: This ship is easy to get around. The shops are nice and they have a lot of things to do for all ages. Cons: Park Café, the food was great but the café is located in the solarium and it's really hot in there. You can't sit in that area without sweating like crazy. The service is good but it could be better by having more crew on the pool deck. The outdoor movie screen could have been a lot better, it's not very big and not very good quality and most of the time they only had water on the screen????? Our ports of call were: Bermuda over night- Nassau & Coco Cay.... In Bermuda we did the Segway Tour-it's fantastic I totally recommend it and the Bermuda Triangle glass bottom tour-It was very informative and worth taking. In Nassau we did the Balmoral Dolphin Swim and beach break...fantastic tour. If you every want to swim with the dolphins this is the tour to take. At Coco Cay we did Stingray City....It was really fun and another excursion worth taking. Overall this was a great trip. I liked the ship and the itinerary. I enjoyed the 9 day cruise, 7 never seems to be enough. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I do not know how many cruises I have been on, but I continue to enjoy them. RCCL has been a big part of my cruising experience. I am Diamond level member, and the Diamond staff member did an incredible job is taking care of us. The best ... Read More
I do not know how many cruises I have been on, but I continue to enjoy them. RCCL has been a big part of my cruising experience. I am Diamond level member, and the Diamond staff member did an incredible job is taking care of us. The best ever! I took a 9 day cruise from Baltimore to Bermuda and the Caribbean. Departing from Baltimore is fantastic. Very easy to get to the port, they take your bags right from your trunk, parking is less costly than New York, and the terminal is right there. Fantastic. I wish more than the Grandeur and Carnival Pride sailed from there. I see RCCL is doing three itineraries from Baltimore, which is good. Carnival does two. I was there early (by 11;00 AM) and although the crowd was building check in went very quickly. Then it was off to the ship. This is where I was not totally pleased. As you “think” you are going to walk on to the ship a large line stopped you. You waited on it and moved up. It was not until you got close to the head of the line that you saw it was for the wrist bands for children. There should have been a sign. Than, if you are on My Time Dining they send you to another line. After standing behind about 30 people you find out you only had to stand in line if you had not reserved a particular time. I had. You walk and see a table with the soda cups on it and another line. Since I had purchased the package I thought I had to get my cup here. After standing on another line, I found out my cup was in the cabin. It took me way too long to stand on uninstructed lines. Tell people what they are. I love the size of the ship. You get to know people and see them onboard. I will take this some 90,000 ton ship over the mega ships. The Grandeur is 20 years old and showing it. They need to update it – soon. It was kept rather clean on the inside I will say. The hull and decks were full of rust, dirt and peeling paint. My cabin was on deck 2, an ocean view. It was a typical cabin from an older ship, small but adequate. My cabin steward was fantastic and kept the old cabin very clean. However, the furniture was a disgrace. The tables were chipped; the sofa was broken in and your elbows sunk in the broken arms. The MATTRESSES were HORRIBLE. You could stand there and look at the valley of the old, used, broken mattresses. By the second night my back was killing me so I went and asked for a new mattress. No way! They put some small mattress over the other mattress which did reduce the “valley” somewhat. RCCL, I have news for you: if passengers get a lousy night’s sleep due to your lousy broken mattresses, it sets a very, very bad tone for the rest of the cruise. The TV selections were very poor. The deck chairs on the promenade deck were also old, with broken slats. They were never wiped off so when you sat down you cleaned the salt off the chairs. Very poor deck maintenance. The crew was fantastic. They could not have done more for you. The Cruise Director and Staff did a very good job. The entertainment was OK, but nothing was outstanding. I had My Time Dining and I loved it. The dining room staff was fantastic. They could not be better. The menu and food was OK, but not great. I had the toughest steak of my life at dinner one night. I ate at CHOPS once, and the service was poor and the food was no better than the dining room. NCL steak restaurant was far superior to RCCL. The Windjammer was good and a nice selection. The Park Café was terribly hot and humid to eat in. I had been to the ports before and really did not get off. I did go ashore at Coco Cay, spent about 30 minutes and went back to the ship. I was disappointed in it. Holland America’s private island is far, far superior. Disembarking in Baltimore was great. Within 15 minutes of walking off the ship I was in my car and on my way home. Overall I was very pleased with the cruise. The ship size is great; the old condition of the ship detracts. I would definitely recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was my 63rd cruise. I am a Diamond Member with Royal Caribbean. I will be a Diamond Plus Member on my next cruise in December of this year. Overall this was a nice cruise. The good points: After reading many of the ... Read More
This was my 63rd cruise. I am a Diamond Member with Royal Caribbean. I will be a Diamond Plus Member on my next cruise in December of this year. Overall this was a nice cruise. The good points: After reading many of the recent reviews I was concerned that the ship would look like a rust bucket about to sink at any minute. I thought the ship was in very good shape for her age. A few things here and there need some refreshing, but nothing major. The old girl looks good even though she does have some miles on her The Staff were always pleasant, smiled, and tried to help. A few people worth mentioning: Esperanza our stateroom attendant was great. Our waiter Fitzroy and his assistant Mayor in the Main Dining Room went over and above to help one of my travel mates with low sodium meals. The Diamond Concierge Manager - Gisieni was wonderful as were the servers in the area, superior job!! A few of the shows in the theater were good, Tony Tillman was great. The two main production shows were both excellent, but the costumes in the first show were about the ugliest things I have ever seen on stage, Helen Keller could have selected better costumes.. The food in Chops and Giovanni's were both fantastic. We were a party of six, half thought Chops was number 1, the other half thought Giovanni's was best. I thought they were both great, but would give a slight edge to Giovanni's mainly for presentation. If you do plan to go to Giovanni's for dinner I would strongly recommend skipping lunch or have a very light lunch. You may not have much room left after the generous appetizers are served. The not so good: The mattress in the cabin is very tired. It needs to be replaced. I do not know why ships do not replace certain items on a regular basis more often. The food in the dining room most of the nights is fair. Way too much rice, noodles, and mashed spuds being served. The food in the Windjammer is just plain poor with a few exceptions- mainly the roasted turkey was the best. But the other problem in this area is the vast majority of the food is not even warm. Sorry I do not like cold food, turn the heaters up please. Several of the soups in the Windjammer were piping hot and good. All the elevators with exception to the glass elevators need the buttons replaced inside the car. The panels are high polish stainless steel, the buttons are also high polish stainless steel with black painted numbers that are partially worn off. This makes seeing the numbers very difficult. They need black floor buttons with white numbers or the reverse to improve the visibility of the numbers. Speaking of elevators, how come more than half of the passengers on the ship have the elevator etiquette of a two year old? When you are waiting for an elevator, and it arrives at your floor, PLEASE let the people out of the elevator FIRST, then you may enter. The same way with a Taxi cab. If you rush the elevator it just makes it that much more difficult for people trying to get off. Please show some manners. I know you are in a hurry to get to deck nine, the Windjammer, but believe me they will not run out of food before you get there. Well, let me take that back, one day they had a huge, I do mean huge apple pie, the size of a Buick at the entrance and it only lasted about an hour. I understand the ship is going into dry dock in April 2017. I look forward to hearing about the updates. New mattresses please. Just remember this is Royal Caribbean, like Carnival and NCL these are the Chevy's and Ford's of the cruise line. There is nothing wrong with a Chevy or Ford, they sell millions a year and do a fine job. But if you want the high end Mercedes-Benz such as Azamara or Oceania cruises it is a major step up but it will cost a major step up as well. You must decide if you can afford the Mercedes and if you can, are you willing to spend the premium for a premium product. Read Less
Sail Date August 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

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