1,851 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Grandeur has one of the nicest crews that we've found in over 30 cruises. They make every minute on the ship so much nicer. You encounter smiles everywhere and they are all extremely polite and helpful. Grandeur is an older and ... Read More
Grandeur has one of the nicest crews that we've found in over 30 cruises. They make every minute on the ship so much nicer. You encounter smiles everywhere and they are all extremely polite and helpful. Grandeur is an older and smaller ship but she's in excellent condition and we actually enjoy relaxing on this size of ship. She has three specialty restaurants to enjoy, a buffet that's well-sized, and both traditional and flexible dining options. What more could we ask?! The New England/Canada itinerary was new to us but we found it to be very enjoyable and intend to do it again in the future. All of our ports were easy to navigate and excursions were plentiful. We really enjoyed going North to cooler temperatures. After years of Caribbean cruises this was a very nice change of pace. Since we cruised in August there were a lot of children on the cruise, but we found them to be very well behaved. Royal Caribbean seemed to provide enough for the children to do along with a lot of nice activities such as recent movies like Star Wars shown on sea days. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was our fourth time sailing on RCI. The last time we sailed (Our 30th wedding anniversary) we were aboard the newest at the time Allure of the Seas. It was the biggest ship of the line at the time as well. We were going to one of the ... Read More
This was our fourth time sailing on RCI. The last time we sailed (Our 30th wedding anniversary) we were aboard the newest at the time Allure of the Seas. It was the biggest ship of the line at the time as well. We were going to one of the oldest and smallest ships so we had a few reservations at first. They were soon put to rest. The ship is a bit dated, and in need of the April 2017 refit, but we really enjoyed it! The crew made the trip a blast. Andre (activities director) was awesome and full of energy. We had a junior suite (rather nice size with seating area and bathroom even had a bathtub! There was a super large balcony with two chairs and table. I recommend it if you can swing the extra $s We were on deck 8 right near the pool deck. Shows were awesome - hilarious comics aboard as well as a cappella group. Lots of fun in Centrum but felt a bit cramped to get everyone there to see the cool 70's show and the aerial show. We noticed that while there were opportunities for portraits, they weren't as many as on other ships. Guess we owe that to the selfie sticks. Solarium was very nice (not as good as Allure for sure) but nice. The retractable roof was always closed so it got a bit warm in there. They are installing a sulfur scrubber and that impedes the retractable roof from opening. Only one main pool and it is really a bit crowded. There were over 600 kids aboard this cruise as it was an Autism at Seas event and the pool is sort of split between the kids and adults. Lots of line dancing, sexiest man competition, belly flop competition crammed and movies in on the limited space so we sort of spent most of the time in the Solarium. Food was meh....like it is nowadays, always pushing you to get the upcharged meals. We didn't accept so ate at the Gatsby. Food was as I said meh, but service was very good. Head waiter always would greet us by name even though we were on My Time Dining. Don't know how he did it. Housekeeping was awesome, kept the room very clean and very nice. All in all we would most certainly do this trip again. We also booked a 9 night trip on the Anthem for next year (but will push it off till 2018 - you can reschedule it) to Bermuda again, Nassau, San Juan, St. Luccia, and St. Maarten. Excursions in Bermuda - took transportation to Horseshoe Bay -nice place to spend the afternoon. Glass Bottom Pirate Sunset Cruise - a bit hokey but Capn was awesome and don't forget to say hello to his mate Scurvey Dog. Next year America's Cup is taking place in bay right near the King's Wharf Docks. There is a lot of shops selling gear. Go team Oracle. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We did B2B cruises, so was on the Grandeur for 14 days. I have a list of things for the stateroom attendant that I leave on the bed on the first night. Foremost is I request a lighter blanket for the bed. One can never get a room (hotel or ... Read More
We did B2B cruises, so was on the Grandeur for 14 days. I have a list of things for the stateroom attendant that I leave on the bed on the first night. Foremost is I request a lighter blanket for the bed. One can never get a room (hotel or ship!) cool enough to warrant the heavy duvets that are always on the beds. With that, we were quite comfortable. We had an aft balcony (JS) and were somewhat disappointed with the soot/ash that was a constant issue. Our hope is that if/when a Scrubber is installed, it will help minimize this issue. We don't take advantage of many of the activities/shows on a ship. We get a balcony to be away from the constant noise and activity. We were disappointed when one of our neighbors (on the 30 July-4 Aug part) decided that they wanted to play their music loudly so all might enjoy. Please folks, if you need to hear your music, please wear earbuds. We don't eat dinner in the main dining room so we really can't rate that. We enjoyed the Windjammer nightly. Shore excursions were rated very good but we did not do ship excursions but rather excursions with other CC members. Embarkation was fine but disembarkation had the feel of a cattle call. That seems to be a problem in Baltimore, as we've been through there a few times. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
First time on Royal Caribbean and sailed on Grandeur of the Seas. Room is small, but functional. Bathroom is tiny but well organized. Tip in the shower: to keep the shower curtain from sticking to you, hose it down from top to bottom. ... Read More
First time on Royal Caribbean and sailed on Grandeur of the Seas. Room is small, but functional. Bathroom is tiny but well organized. Tip in the shower: to keep the shower curtain from sticking to you, hose it down from top to bottom. The water weighs it down so it hangs straight. Found this out after I turned on the shower not noticing where the shower head was facing! Service is excellent throughout the ship! Food is great and they offer a nice variety. Only went to the buffet once for lunch. I enjoyed Park Cafe by the adult only pool. They offer some healthy choices. The oatmeal raisin cookies are great!!! Also enjoyed the soft serve ice cream area (at least once a day!). Had to go to the medical center the morning we arrived in Bermuda. The doctor helped so I could enjoy the time there. He even called our cabin later to ask how I was doing. The entertainment was pretty good. The newlywed game is my favorite! Enjoyed all the ports! First stop was Bermuda. There are mini buses right off the dock that offer transportation to Horseshoe Bay Beach for $7 per person, each way. Walked right on a bus and was on the beach in about 20 minutes. Arrived at the beach by 3pm and the beach rentals were all 1/2 price! Had no problem later getting on a mini bus to go back to the ship. Beautiful beach that lives up to its reputation! The next day, we took a tour of Bermuda arranged by someone on our roll call. Great tour with Ricky! It was a lot less than the shore excursion cost for a tour of Bermuda. Hope to go back to Bermuda! Nassau - Been there before on other cruises so decided to just walk to the nearby beach. Rented a couple of chairs from the Tiki Bar and enjoyed free wifi. Small, but nice beach. It was a relaxing afternoon! Coco Cay - first time there. Enjoyed the beach! Great lunch with a lot of variety. My husband enjoyed using his underwater camera to take pictures of fish. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I wanted to take a moment to comment and cover some of the unique items you may have questions about regarding your cruise. These are topics that I feel are important and will hopefully help make your cruise experience more enjoyable. ... Read More
I wanted to take a moment to comment and cover some of the unique items you may have questions about regarding your cruise. These are topics that I feel are important and will hopefully help make your cruise experience more enjoyable. This is geared towards first timers. We sailed from Baltimore to Bermuda with our family (2 adults, 1 18-year-old, and 1 17-year-old friend) on Grandeur of the Seas. For cabins, we had a Junior Suite and an interior cabin. Pre-cruise Website Experience Once you book your cruise, you will need to use the online check-in website and the cruise planner. We generally found the websites a little confusing and the information provided was limited. We often called the customer service number for clarification. In most instances, they could not answer our questions with confidence. Our travel was booked under two reservations numbers so we had to check-in and complete information twice. Also, our reservations had cabin assignments different from our actual final arrangement. They were the correct cabins but the people were mixed up (i.e. my wife and I were listed in different cabins). This caused some challenges which I will cover later. For this cruise, passports were not needed but I would highly recommend you have them. They are much easier than birth certificates and everyone should have them. If you bring birth certificates, they need to be originals. For the friend who was a minor, we also had the parents complete a notarized travel authorization form. You can find many samples online and edit for situation. I would also recommend it include language to cover medical decisions and signing of waiver forms. Also, don’t forget driver’s licenses and medical cards. After you check-in online, print baggage tags and setting sail confirmation. We printed extra baggage tags in case we needed them. Tags are only required for luggage that you will be dropping off for delivery to your cabin. Carry-ons do not need tags but make sure they are labeled. For the cruise planner, I will provide my opinion on what to book ahead of time but make the decision that best fits your situation. Shore excursion - I would recommend only booking the excursions you know you absolutely want to do ahead of time. We found that there were more options available on the ship then listed online. Book early as some excursions have space limitations. Dining – We selected my time dining and did not select any of the specialty dining experiences (extra charge). Beverages - Select the package that meets your needs. We did upgrade two packages to include bottle water. There are multiple water dispensers in the dining rooms if needed. The selection of beer and wine included in the beverage package is very extensive and should cover any taste. Internet – We signed up for the two device low-end package but cancelled it after 2nd day. The Wi-Fi was very inconsistent and was pretty much unusable. Our goal was to use it to keep in touch via iMessage. Verbally setting meeting times and locations was enough for us all to stay in touch. Spa – Book based on personal preferences. They do offer daily discounted specials on the ship so you may want to wait. Entertainment – No reservations required at all even on the ship. The main shows they advertise (Grease, etc.) are not offered on Vision class ships. You have to call to see exactly what is being offered on your particular cruise. Boarding Day We arrived at the cruise terminal around 10:30 AM and drove to the area for luggage drop off and long term parking. There were two lines of vehicles and we were directed to a luggage drop off area. Since our bags were already tagged, the unloading process took about 2 minutes. We proceeded to the parking payment line and paid $75 for the entire trip. We were directed to the long term parking lot and unloaded our carry-ons for a short walk to the boarding area. Have your paperwork ready! Next step is security where you will need your passports and pre-printed boarding pass. Very similar to an airport where your bags are scanned and you pass through a metal detector. Next you need to fill-out a quick customs form and then get in line based on which deck your cabin is on. Depending on number of people, this can take a while (45-60 minutes). When you get to the counter, have all paperwork ready. The attendant reviews all items and even made copies of the travel authorization form which they review thoroughly. You are issued your sea pass card and your photo is taken for security purposes. This is where we had the first issue with our reservations not matching the actual cabin arrangement. We were instructed by the attendant to go to Guest Services immediately once we board and get it corrected. Proceeding on, we were instructed to immediately board by another attendant even through everyone else was asked to sit in a waiting area. We were stopped at the next station and told we could not board. What we found out is that if you have a Suite, you can board early. Since that applied to only 2 of us, we choose to sit in the waiting area so the family would not be split up. Eventually, we were instructed to board and we headed to the ship. You will pass tables to purchase beverage packages and specialty dining experiences. I would recommend waiting until you board the ship. After boarding, we went straight to Guest Services on Deck 5 (NOTE: review the deck plan a head of time as it will save you a lot of time). While in line, there is an attendant who asks why you need help and we explained the cabin mismatch. He then talked to someone at the counter and passed on our request. We then go up to the counter and repeat our requests. The attendant at the counter then tells us that you cannot make any cabin changes/corrections until after 3:00 PM. I shared that nugget with the first attendant for other guests and he didn’t really seem to care. We proceeded to Deck 9 (pool and Windjammer) to hangout until 1:00 PM. It was busy but we were able to get drinks, grab something to eat, and explore a bit. The digital display and announcements indicated luggage and cabins would be ready at 1:00 PM. When we went to the cabins, the attendant’s said it would be 2:00 PM. They seemed a little freaked out that everyone was coming early. We explored until 2:00 PM and headed to our cabins. Our luggage was in a staging area so we just grabbed it ourselves. Cabins I’m not going to spend a lot of time on reviewing the cabins but I will touch on a few items. As mentioned we were in a Junior Suite which was on Deck 8 rear of ship. When booking your cabin, make sure you look at what is located above and below your cabin so see if you will be impacted by noise. I did feel that the rear location was perfect for easy access to everything. Overall, there was plenty of storage and the closet had at least 20 wooden hangers. The bathroom always had a musty smell which was probably due to the shower curtain. When you check-in online prior to departure, you can indicate how you want the beds arranged (separate or combined into one). Since this was a Suite, it had a balcony. The glass doors are not insulated so if the curtains are open, it can really make the room hot and uncomfortable even with the A/C on high. We constantly left the curtains closed which is unfortunate as you are blocking a beautiful view. Make sure you tell your cabin attendant to leave them closed as well. Overall, the Junior Suite was comfortable, clean and had everything we needed. One huge item of note, the Junior Suite does NOT have access to the Concierge lounge and services. The information on the website is very vague and we found some small print that indicated the Junior Suite was excluded. This was a big area of disappointment for us. Excursions When you arrive in port, you will be instructed when you can leave the ship. It was a very orderly process and make sure you take your sea pass, ID (driver’s license is fine), bank cards and money. Also, you can check out beach towels and take them with you. $25 charge if not returned. Once you leave the ship, you head to the end of the dock and look for signs for your excursion. Don’t be late! If your excursion leaves at a set time and you are not there, they will leave without you. We did a history/brewery tour (Frog & Onion) which was phenomenal and highly recommended. Tim was our guide and has a strong history and academic background as well as in-depth knowledge of the beer making process. We also went on a night-time glass bottom boat tour in the evening and finished by spending our second day at Snorkel Beach which is a 15-minute walk from the ship. Departure By Day 3 you need to complete a quick form to indicate your departure preference. You can carry your own luggage and be first off the ship, or you can select a departure time. We selected 8:30 to 9:00 AM. The night before the cabin attendant will leave luggage tags with a number and customs form. You need to place your bags in the hallway prior to midnight. On departure day, you will gather at the designated lounge and wait for your number to be called. Once called, you leave the ship, proceed through customs with a completed customs form and pick up your luggage in a holding area. General Items I’ll wrap up by covering a few other items that you may find useful. There are digital touch screens on each floor by the elevators that are very helpful and easy to use. Each day you will receive the Cruise Compass which is a newsletter with every event listed so you can plan your day. Also, it will indicate the dress code for dinner. When you see a show at the Palladian, I would recommend Deck 6 to the far left or right. There are couches that overlook the stage and provide an up close view. Get to the pool early! On a sunny day, most chairs were taken by 11:00 AM. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Wife and I departed on 9 night cruise (our longest yet) from Baltimore, MD. The transfer from the Airport to the Cruise Terminal was easy and cost us just $35 total including tip to the driver. We did not prearrange this at all, just ... Read More
Wife and I departed on 9 night cruise (our longest yet) from Baltimore, MD. The transfer from the Airport to the Cruise Terminal was easy and cost us just $35 total including tip to the driver. We did not prearrange this at all, just grabbed a shuttle in the Airport right by baggage claim. We appreciated the smaller check-in process at a smaller terminal, there are some real advantages. Dining only received 4 stars due to the quality of food at the Windjammer Buffet. At times the food was not appealing at all and flavorless and cold on most instances. Additionally, the options to grab a quick snack without have to go thru the Buffet shenanigans were very limited (no grab and go sandwiches, Pizza, etc.) that we have grown accustomed to on other RC cruises. Entertainment was awesome on all accounts, except for the Singers/Dancers on board the ship. The costumes were dated and the performers were not energetic on most instances. The Entertainment High Points were an Impersonator, an Impressionist, 2 different Stand-up Comics and the Las Vegas Tenors. The Cruise Director staff always had something going on as well such as the Love and Marriage Gameshow or the Quest. The wife and I were really impressed. MAJOR PROS: - SMALL TOWN FEEL on board regarding interactions with passengers. We met several lifelong friends on the ship that we can't wait to cruise with again. *THIS COULD BE A NEGATIVE, but was not for us - CUSTOMER SERVICE. I could give you hundreds of examples, but I won't bore you. The staff went above and beyond countless times. True professionals. - CHEF'S TABLE --> DO IT! This is a relatively new add-on feature where you skip the main dining room and dine with a Maximum of 14 cruisers in a 6 course meal with wine paring. There is a charge of ~$85 each person, but it was work every penny. We were able to taste food that we will remember for a lifetime. The Chef and staff love their job and made the 4hr+ experiences memorable. - CHOPS STEAKHOUSE. We ate there 4 times! 2 times for dinner, once for Lobster/Steak Brunch and once for Burger-as-big-as-your-head day. We were consistently impressed. - FAVORABLE (at least to us) ITINERARY. We loved only going to 3 ports (Bermuda was overnight, so could be looked at as 4 ports) in 9 days. The sea days in-between allowed us to relax and recuperate before the next port visit. CONS: - MORE EXPENSIVE. The overall cruise price was more expensive that comparable cruises we have taken, including the 2 additional days. - LACK OF CASUAL DINING. More details below, but nowhere to just grab a snack on the go. - SHOPS WERE SUB PAR. The staff was good, pleasant and knowledgeable, but Even based on the size of the ship, they were small. Not much to see there. We are looking forward to our Cruise next summer; and are tossing around the idea of moving to an Oasis Class ship again to compare our last few experiences on smaller ships. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Well, At the last minute,my wife and I booked this cruise. I wasn't sure a 20 year old ship that is small by todays standards would interest me but we really had a great time on the Grandeur of the seas.Having 2 days in Bermuda was ... Read More
Well, At the last minute,my wife and I booked this cruise. I wasn't sure a 20 year old ship that is small by todays standards would interest me but we really had a great time on the Grandeur of the seas.Having 2 days in Bermuda was nice because we didn't have to rush around to get back to the ship on the first day there.Make sure to get the public transportation schedule and use the buses and ferries to get around on your own. (avoid taxies) On the weekend a ferry only runs to Hamilton and if you go on sunday,most shops are closed and the few that open will open at 1pm. We took the 8pm glass bottom boat excursion which cruised back to the ship at night which we really enjoyed. Our dining experience was excellent, and we really enjoy "My time dining". Romar and Eiki were our waiter and assistant waiter for the full 9 days and they were great! We found the shows to be really nice and better than expected.Be sure to see the disco celebration show ..that was a lot of fun. This ship only has approx. 2,000 passengers and it never really seems over crowded.The food in the Windjammer was good,we ate breakfast and lunch there.The late night snacks at the park café were good also with our favorite being the nacho's with cheese and meat. Wilfred was our stateroom attendant and he supplied me with ice for my fold up cooler which kept my beer ice cold for the full 9 days , he did an excellent job keeping the room clean and neat which we really appreciated. I read reviews about the ship being worn or weathered but the inside of this ship was revamped in 2012 and still looks very nice I was pleasantly surprised.It doesn't have some of the bells and whistles of the newer ships but we would cruise on it again for sure! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We cruise often, but this was our first cruise with RCCL. We knew that this was an older and smaller ship and we were prepared for not the same level of activities that we have experienced on other lines/ships. After reading the ... Read More
We cruise often, but this was our first cruise with RCCL. We knew that this was an older and smaller ship and we were prepared for not the same level of activities that we have experienced on other lines/ships. After reading the reviews before booking, we were pleasantly surprised that the ship did not seem as old as she is. We had an outside cabin on Deck 3 and felt very little movement the entire trip. The beds are low, so fitting luggage underneath them was not possible, but the closet was large enough to fit our bags. The room attendant would enter the room, even if it was locked, if the 'do not disturb' card was not in the door. We learned this lesson quickly. The bathroom and the shower curtain were not an issue. We brought a portable DVD player, I recommend this. The embarkation was smooth, we were parked and on the ship quickly. The muster was the worst part of the entire trip. You are herded to your muster station where they scan your card and take down your cabin number. You then are asked to stand packed in for about 40 minutes on deck in the heat and humidity while they cram everyone in. Once you are standing there, they read off each and every cabin number that is missing. The final part of the muster for our station consisted of someone demonstrating how to put on a life vest that many could not see because we are lined up. The food was somewhat disappointing, both in the quality, and the timing. We are new to RCCL, so we are not used to the very rigid eating times, since we are on vacation and did not want to be such a tight schedule, we ended up eating in the Park Café often. The food in the buffet did not have much flavor. The entertainment was a return to simpler times. It seemed that the most popular event was the bean bag toss, followed by karaoke (standing room only). You could sleep for hours without worrying that you were missing something. We had a very relaxing cruise and enjoyed the size of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We were celebrating my Parent's 50th anniversary and wanted something different than Eastern/Western Carrib and something more reasonable than Disney. Baltimore was a great city. Enjoyed Inner Harbor the night before. Embarkation ... Read More
We were celebrating my Parent's 50th anniversary and wanted something different than Eastern/Western Carrib and something more reasonable than Disney. Baltimore was a great city. Enjoyed Inner Harbor the night before. Embarkation was easy. The ship was "tired." They were doing repairs on the decks the entire trip. Loud and welding repairs. Ports were amazing. Children's activities were lacking. One of the younger counselors told my 5 year old that his picture was bad! We got yelled at by the towel lady. Was told to go to Deck 5 to complain. Felt like it was a training cruise for staff. They were rude and disrespectful. Our cabin was fine but the service was lacking. We enjoyed the length of the cruise and the ports were amazing. Food was good. Disembarkation took a long time. There were long lines getting off of the ship. I would definitely go the itinerary again but would re-think the ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Booked this one a month before because I had the week off for vacation, liked the idea of driving 4 hours to get on a ship and exclude the hassle and cost of flying especially with that recent 3 hour TSA wait nonsense. I sailed RC for the ... Read More
Booked this one a month before because I had the week off for vacation, liked the idea of driving 4 hours to get on a ship and exclude the hassle and cost of flying especially with that recent 3 hour TSA wait nonsense. I sailed RC for the first time early this year and thought while some lines do some things better, RC is really the best all around line I've tried. This was hands down the best crew I've had. Everyone gave quick and courteous service. The last cruise I always got a receipt to sign, which made me feel kind of obligated to tip additional each drink, though I have the drink package and the gratuity is counted. I only got a receipt sometimes this time. I happily tipped additional. The pool deck bar has a great set of bartenders. Noel at Schooner was very good. Anastasia in Gatsby was wonderful as was the young, Croatian manager, and I feel terribly I can't remember her name right now. If you want a wild activity try the Adult Gameshow the second to last night. And if you can borrow your Granny's extra pair of dentures, bring them along for 50 bonus points. Also, make sure you wear a bra you can remove quickly. I also recommend Etta May's show if you have on the cruise. Bermuda was one of the best islands I've been to and am pretty sure I'm going back at some point. I recommend the Hidden Gems tour if you have some amount of physical fortitude. You'll hike through some slightly difficult paths which will become more challenging if it rains (like it did for part of the days both our days in port), due to the red mud and leaves (BRING OLD TENNIS SHOES/HIKING SHOES). The hike will be worth it when you hike into a cave and jump in to pull of water in the cave. You'll float so easily and it's surreal. After that your day will be easier with a visit to a a deck where you can sit and wait if you're tired from hiking or go jump off a 10 or 15 ft cliff with the Bermuda longtail birds flying above you. Super cool. You'll visit the smaller of 2 lighthouses on the island at 80 some steps, but it was quite manageable. Make sure you have a panoramic camera. You'll visit a pretty casual diner/bar for lunch. Try not to notice that it's not the cleanest place so you can enjoy the fish. It's delicious meat. Finally, you'll end up at pretty secluded but not pink beach where you can snorkel and pick up handmaid ice cream at a quaint parlor later. The tour is 7 hours long so you won't want to be out too late the night before, but you'll get to drive through all parishes of the island. The island is expensive but pretty safe. The bus system is fine but you can end up wanting 20 plus minutes for a bus to find out that it's too full for you to get on and you're stuck wanting another 20 minutes. I heard taxis there are very expensive so I didn't even try. You can get $9 tokens for a round trip to Horseshoe Bay if that's the only place you're going. Otherwise, get a day ($19) or 2 day pass for unlimited rides. I didn't do any shopping. I didn't see Hamilton at all. One day in our 25 hours there was a bank holiday and much of it was closed so I didn't bother. Because I went on the long tour, I did't get to walk around and explore King's Wharf where you dock, but I heard good things about the Frog and Onion pub. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
the price was right and Baltimore is only about 3 hours drive.......here's the UGLY......we couldn't find where the noise was coming from.....it sounded like a knocking at the door while we were sleeping.....this went on ... Read More
the price was right and Baltimore is only about 3 hours drive.......here's the UGLY......we couldn't find where the noise was coming from.....it sounded like a knocking at the door while we were sleeping.....this went on intermittently for 2 nites....maintenance confirmed the problem but nothing was done.... our complaints were met with politeness but that did not help....after 3 nites and not enough sleep the problem was resolved without an explanation.....to appease us we were offered a downgrade to an inside room!.....now the GOOD.....excellent debarkation and embarkation.....surprisingly good food not only in the main dining but also in the buffet.....for a full ship access on the Grandeur of the SIeas was easy and the ship was kept extremely clean and was pleasant to look at......staff was friendly and polite although not always with knowledge....loved the enclosed pool area and entertainment director made our trip even more enjoyable.....and most of all but least expected I actually WON at the slots!........so would we book the grandeur again?.......the answer is YES....i almost forgot....we were fortunate to have great service in our cabin and the dining room...... Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
For our 53rd wedding anniversary, we chose Canada and New England as we had cruised there before and just didn't want to go to the Caribbean. We especially liked the fact that it was nine days. Having sailed on the Grandeur twice ... Read More
For our 53rd wedding anniversary, we chose Canada and New England as we had cruised there before and just didn't want to go to the Caribbean. We especially liked the fact that it was nine days. Having sailed on the Grandeur twice before the refurbishment, we were interested in seeing what the ship was like since our last cruise. The night before the cruise, we stayed at the Embassy Suites on St.Paul Place, which was a good experience. We took Philex Transport Services from and to BWI airport to the hotel and to the pier the morning of the cruise. Excellent, courteous drivers who were quick to respond to calls and texts regarding pickup. Embarkation was smooth and orderly and, perhaps because we are Emerald members of the Crown and Anchor club, check-in went very smoothly. We found Baltimore to be a very convenient port from which to sail. Our experience is very unlike some of the reviews we have seen on line. The ship was clean, the beds comfortable and the crew couldn't have been more pleasant, friendly or helpful. Our cabin steward got our room done every morning by the time we returned from breakfast, and he went out of his way to greet us in the hallway and inquire as to whether we needed anything else. Our dining room servers were absolutely a cruiser's dream. Melroy and Victor were efficient, good-natured and always made sure we had everything we needed. They made dinner time a really fun experience. As to the food - my husband and I don't understand the negative comments about the meals. Everything we had was delicious and cooked as requested. My only negative is that I did not care much for some of the soups, but that was a minor complaint. Having been on over 20 cruises, on eight different cruise lines, the food on the Grandeur was as good as any ship we have sailed. Having escargot offered every night was a treat and I even had it one night for dessert when I couldn't convince Melroy that I didn't care for anything sweet after dinner. Chops Steak house was wonderful. You did pay an additional fee but the night we ate there a special rate was offered and the steaks were as good as any land-based steak house. It is the type of place to enjoy a leisurely, relaxing meal. If In a hurry, go to the Windjammer. Service was at a nice pace allowing us to enjoy each course and linger over coffee and dessert. There was a variety of entertainment - some better than othersl. We did find the cocktails pricey - around $11.00/drink. I don't recall other lines being that expensive (with an 18% gratuity). Although, in their defense, my husband insists the drinks were larger and stronger. Not thrilled with the excursions. Our whale watching in Bar Harbor was cancelled due to a "problem with the boat" and while it was pleasant being on the water on the Frenchman's Bay Scenic Nature Cruise, it was not worth $41/person. Likewise, the Portland to Kennebunkport excursion for $53.75/person was not one I would recommend. It was a long bus ride, the quaint village was jam-packed with tourists. Our large bus was the sixth one into the small parking lot. We barely had time for lunch before we had to head back to the ship. I believe the ship has activities for children, but I'm not sure it offers enough to keep youngsters busy. We had a few youngsters who felt it was OK to use the glass elevators as their own personal ride. Many time they seemed to be on their own without adult supervision, which was annoying to us and other people around us. All in all, we enjoyed the ship and the cruise and would certainly consider going again,. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Needed a vacation after surgery on both knees this year. Was treated very well by all personal. Food was excellent,gym was easy accessable for me to exercise my knees. I am truly grateful for the walks on the deck to strengthen my legs ... Read More
Needed a vacation after surgery on both knees this year. Was treated very well by all personal. Food was excellent,gym was easy accessable for me to exercise my knees. I am truly grateful for the walks on the deck to strengthen my legs and muscles. Also thank you for showing appreciation for we veterans that served. Really felt good that a female was chosen to speak for the group. We have truly come a long way. Thank you for a pleasant trip hope to be able to vacation on the Oasis next time. The lobster dinner and the singing by our waiters and the that prime rib. Oh and we also had a night at the Italian restaurant where we enjoyed the lamb chops ,what a treat that was they really went all out. They kept bringing us the best that they had to offer us. The dessert was to die for. We surely didn't mind paying for the wonderful meal we were served there. Also embarking was a snap! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
The port of Baltimore is the best port to cruise from. Embarkation went quick and smooth. Our room wasn't ready until 1PM. so we went to the Windjammer for lunch and as usual it was very crowded. The food was ok. When we could go to ... Read More
The port of Baltimore is the best port to cruise from. Embarkation went quick and smooth. Our room wasn't ready until 1PM. so we went to the Windjammer for lunch and as usual it was very crowded. The food was ok. When we could go to our room our luggage was already there. That was a first. The ship is old but very well kept and very clean. On sea days we ate lunch in the MD . Food on the menu was just ok however the salad bar was excellent. We never ate breakfast or lunch at the Park Cafe but we ate a late night pizza there. I don't think I have ever eaten such a cold and dry pizza. We had my-time dining in the MD and our waiter was Algen . He and his assistant were excellent. The food was not the best I have eaten however it was quite good. As for the entertainment,,,,,,, It was to be expected if you have ever cruised before. Some was really good and some wasn't. I never smelled any sewer smell anywhere on the ship as some people have said. We are Diamond members and we went to the Diamond event every night. The drinks and horderves were very good and the company of other Diamond members was lots of fun. All in all it was a good cruise Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
First time cruise with Mrs. Cruiser and another couple. No kids on this trip. We had a blast, so much so that both couples booked two more Royal Caribbean cruises, one for Dec 2016 and another for May 2017. Getting on board in ... Read More
First time cruise with Mrs. Cruiser and another couple. No kids on this trip. We had a blast, so much so that both couples booked two more Royal Caribbean cruises, one for Dec 2016 and another for May 2017. Getting on board in Baltimore was a snap - had that seapass all printed off and ready to go. Less than an hour from getting out of our hotel van to getting on board. We were on the ship at 11:30. Rooms were not available until 1:00 pm so we went up to deck 9 and the Windjammer Cafe for lunch and that first bar stop at the pool. It was great "getting acquainted" with our new home before departing the port at 4:00 pm. Luggage with delivered timely. Having preprinted RC luggage tags was handy too. Our cabin was on deck three, ocean view. Storage is cleverly built in. Mrs. Cruiser and I had three big suitcases between us and it all fit just fine. Bring one suit or tux for formal dining on day two. You will need pants to dine in the evening. Shorts are not allowed at dinner. We used suitcases that all fit inside one suitcase which made in cabin luggage storage easy. The room was small, but not unbearably so. Beds were pushed together to make a king size. Both Mrs. Cruiser and I missed our bed at home. It was OK on the ship, but not much more. Ventilation in the bathroom is not great. We brought bathroom air freshener with us, which was a lifesaver. Showers were a bit tricky but once we figured out how to best use the plumbing it was satisfactory. The sink water supply is barely adequate. I took to using the hand held shower nozzle to fill the sink for shaving. Hot water was more than hot enough. We had four available electrical outlets. Our cabin steward was very attentive and pleasant. All of our requests for extra pillows, blankets, and what not were fulfilled quickly and without complaint. Service was a winner here. Decor is nothing to write home about, but certainly pleasant. I get motion sickness, and having now sailed, I cannot imagine using an inside cabin lacking a window. It would not have been pretty. Spend the money for the window, it is worth it. In the main dining room, the Great Gatsby, the food quality was certainly nice, but gourmet it was not. We used same time dining and had the same wait staff each evening. The first night, a bit slow and not all that fantastic. Thereafter, it improved greatly. Our waiter and assistant waiter took the time to notice and learn our preferences and had it all buttoned up by the second dinner. Extra individual touches abounded. When we said we needed to be someplace at a certain time, the meal was paced to meet our time schedule. Of the three upcharge dining options (Chops, Giovanni's Table, and Izumi) we ate at two, Chops and Giovanni's. We ate the brunch at Chops. It was a disappointment. For us, the food quality was comparable to the "free" dining at Gatsby. Giovanni's was excellent in every respect, well worth the extra expense. The wait staff here was the best, hands down. Make your reservation early. If you have not cruised before, get used to washing and sanitizing your hands, A LOT. RC is serious about clean and it shows. Drinking. Mrs. Cruiser and our friends liked the bar service - they tried all sorts of interesting indulgences. We bought the middle alcohol package for each of us. The drinks were generous, no skimping by the bartenders here. I am a two beer a day kind of drinker. TIP: We could have saved some coin by purchasing a soda only package for me and buying my limited alcohol consumption al la carte. Pools. We found the Solarium was our happy place. Things around the deck nine pool tended to get windy. The pool in the Solarium was salt water. We had no problem with chair availability and such. Check out the snack stop tucked away in the back corner. Internet. It was sufficiently fast enough to Facetime with kids back home. Blazing home internet it is not but hey, you are 500 miles out in the middle of the North Atlantic. Good enough I say. Mrs. Cruiser and I bought one subscription and took turns. Worked on our android devices without difficulty. We had excellent weather - a lucky break for us first timers. The crew kept us informed of travel information, sea conditions and such. We never felt out of the loop. Excursions in Bermuda. We did not do any and it worked out just fine. After docking and leaving the ship at Kings Wharf, we immediately purchased tickets for the ferry to Hamilton. It leaves every half hour. Less than 30 minutes later, we were downtown. We had destinations already planned out. We walked to the Cabinet House and did a bit of sightseeing and shopping on Front Street. After finishing up there, we took a cab to Horseshoe Beach for the rest of day 1. If you are going to the beach, you need to bring a bag for towels, dry clothes, and such. It looked like chairs were available to rent, but we did not check it out. When we finished at the beach, we cabbed again back to the ship for dinner. On the morning of the second day, we walked the Kings Wharf area, bought our souvenirs (priced comparable to ship and Hamilton) and enjoyed the historical dock buildings. The ship left Bermuda on time and the ride home was pleasant. The Gatsby dining staff and kitchen staff performed a thoughtful send off on the last night during dessert. Don't miss it! We saw two shows on the ship. The first, was a comic who kept us laughing, the second was magician who I am certain was good, but his magic was largely close up and without a video screen, those of us in the back had difficulty catching it all. Sit near the front if this is your thing. We also watched a homegrown version of the Newlywed Game. Gentlemen, before you leave home, make sure you know your bride's bra size and save yourself some potential embarrassment! We spent time in the casino daily. The slot machines are tight but we stuck to our budget and had an enjoyable time. There seems to be enough table games to meet the demand. I play blackjack, tables were nearly full, but I rarely had to wait. Getting off of the ship, again, easy and smooth. The whole thing from exit of ship to car was less than 30 minutes. They stage you in groups on the ship to keep the lines down. Check with customer service on the ship two days before docking and ask to see your bill. It helps to eliminate any surprises and long lines on return to port day. In summary, a few flaws, but yes we would sail this boat and this cruise again, no question. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our first cruise. We chose this cruise because of the value and the convenience of cruising out of a port close to home. The Granduer of the Seas is a smaller, older ship, so keep that in mind when choosing it. It ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We chose this cruise because of the value and the convenience of cruising out of a port close to home. The Granduer of the Seas is a smaller, older ship, so keep that in mind when choosing it. It doesn't have the bells and whistles of a mega-ship, but it doesn't have the crowds either. And I felt it was a more intimate experience because you would see and talk to the same people from day to day. The ship itself is in need of a sprucing up. It's due for one in April of 2017. But this is just cosmetic. Some drawers in the cabins have dings and are hard to open, fabric looks a little worn - things like that. But the crew on this ship are all wonderful. The are friendly, professional, and go above and beyond to make your cruise a great experience. The food was good and the service impeccable. We went while school was still in session, so there weren't too many kids on the cruise. There doesn't seem to be as much for kids on this ship as they advertise on the larger ship. But that wasn't an issue for us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was my 33rd cruise -- a 25th anniversary gift from my mother. She chose this cruise because it was a great bargain, and we prefer a smaller ship without the bells and whistles. We live on Long Island, so Baltimore is only 3 hours ... Read More
This was my 33rd cruise -- a 25th anniversary gift from my mother. She chose this cruise because it was a great bargain, and we prefer a smaller ship without the bells and whistles. We live on Long Island, so Baltimore is only 3 hours away. We have sailed on Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean, with the most cruises on Royal Caribbean. Embarkation was so easy! You enter the port area, they take your luggage right out of the trunk for you and onto the ship, and you find a parking spot. Wonderful! As Diamond members, we got to go on a special line to embark, but it would have been just as easy if we were first timers. The ship is showing its age. I especially noticed this when we were in the tender, right next to the battered, rusty hull in need of a paint job. Other signs of aging were faded numbers on the elevator buttons and that sewage smell that other reviewers have noted. Otherwise, the ship is well maintained and the interior is as beautiful as when I first sailed on the Grandeur in 2000 (she was built in 1996). As far as activities go, if you want relaxation, this is the ship for you. Other than trivia and game shows in the centrum, plus the usual "sexist man" and belly flop competitions, most activities were either for a charge, or were free lectures connected to some sort of sales pitch, whether from the spa, the shops or the fitness center. If you want to sit and read a book or simply take a nap in the sun, this is a good ship! Actually, I shouldn't say that -- of course, you can enjoy the Quest and some fun dance parties. The Cruise Director, John, and his wife, the Activities Manager, Katrina, come across as slick and phony -- but they definitely grow on you by the end of the cruise at which time you realize they genuinely mean what they say. In fact, John puts on a Neil Diamond show near the end of the cruise as a tribute to his "mommy." Fellow cruisers on this sail date (April 17) were mostly retired grandparents in their 50s, 60s and 70s, mostly from Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Very friendly down-to-earth people. Also, I have never seen so many tattoos in my life!! The service is where this ship shines, and that's why they call it "the ship with a heart." The crew was always smiling and happy and ready to help. In the main dining room, the table of 4 next to us always had their ice tea waiting for them, thanks to our terrific waiter, Endi. Our assistant waiter, Ikomang, was terrific, too -- we never knew until the last day that this was only his third cruise; he was so professional! The itinerary was just perfect -- 4 days at sea, followed by Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica (Falmouth) and my favorite place in the entire Caribbean ... Labadee! In Cozumel, my husband went diving and got his PADI certification, while I went in the water. We did not go to town to shop because we really didn't need anything and did not care to bargain. In Grand Cayman, we went to Sea Grape Beach (part of Seven Mile Beach) and enjoyed the water. In Jamaica, we went on the Rafting on the Martha Brae River shore excursion, which I did last year. It is so relaxing and enjoyable, Here's my little tip for you: at the end of the raft ride, you end up at a little bar. Give the lady at the bar $2 and ask her to get you some ackee and saltfish, which is the Jamaican national dish. I have wanted to try it for some time, and I really liked it! Finally, Labadee! My husband and I went on a jet ski, which was a lot of fun! We spent the rest of the time at Nellie's Beach, our favorite spot which I highly recommend to you. Another tip, there is great snorkeling -- at a depth where you can stand in the water -- in the reef area under the cabanas at Nellie's Beach. You don't have to go on a fancy snorkel tour to enjoy seeing sea urchins, brain coral, sea fans and loads of beautiful fish! Another tip in Labadee -- if you shop, only go to the market in the building with the orange walls and red roof. They have beautiful things in there. Please avoid the aggressive vendors at the artisan village -- or you will end up hurling curses at them. Anyhow, we were the first off the ship and the last back on in Labadee. Just can't get enough of it. Our cabin: We had Cabin 3020, an outside oceanview stateroom. Not the best but certainly not the worst. The beds were basically 2 cots put together and very hard to get the luggage beneath, and the pillows were not the fluffy cruise ship pillows I am used to. But I thought there was ample storage. The only bad thing about our cabin was when the room steward forgot to make up our room one night, which I thought was odd because that's his only job. He came to our door the next morning, feeling guilty and bearing his business card in case we needed to complain, but we did not. Dining: Again, not the worst food, but not the best either. The best meals I had were the seafood pasta and the sole muniere. The lobster on formal night was salty, and the rack of lamb on the other formal night was fatty. The duck had so much fat I had to order something else. The cold fruit soups, which I love, were inconsistent -- with ice chips one night, lukewarm the next. The food in the Windjammer was just OK, and much smaller than the buffet on a larger ship. Every day they'd have a different ethnic theme. The Windjammer closes after dinner, so if you want a snack you have to go to the Park Cafe next to the Solarium Pool, and the food there neither looks nor tastes great. But the service in the dining room was outstanding. We had 8:00 seating and never left the dining room later than 9:15!! I would also like to mention that the ship had a wonderful Passover seder on board complete with a buffet. Let me mention one small problem I encountered. I believe that, as a Diamond Member, I am entitled to a backstage tour, but my Crown and Anchor representative said that the backstage tour was only for Diamond Plus members on the Grandeur because it is a smaller ship. I think this is unfair ... a perk is a perk! Nevertheless, we enjoyed the Diamond Lounge and its amenities, but thought the concierge, Inna, was either cold or ditzy -- we couldn't figure it out. Entertainment; The production shows were high energy, and there was always a live band, but some of the song choices were poor. The Tango Buenos Aires show was kinda boring. There were singing and comedy acts -- most of which I had seen before -- like Karen Grainger, the female impressionist, and the ventriloquist with the dinosaur dummy in the egg. The Rosario Strings duo were very, very good, as were the other bands that performed. I avoided the piano player in the Schooner Bar whenever possible -- he was pathetically awful. He could not take requests, and did not know tunes or lyrics. He inevitably always had a guest standing beside him coaching him. This was unfortunate. Since a new group of aerialists came onboard, they performed once in the centrum and were incredible. Also, the farewell crew show was the best I had ever seen! Another beautiful touch was, on the final night, a tribute to Baltimore and the Star Spangled Banner, and a salute to our veterans and first responders. It all ended with us singing "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me" and shaking the hand of the person next to us and wishing each other a safe journey home. Disembarkation was as quick and easy as embarkation! Quick and orderly! In summary, this is a friendly ship with excellent service. Take advantage of the homey, relaxing small ship experience while you still can! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I choose this cruise to celebrate my birthday, and the convenience of leaving from close to home. This is one of the smaller ships we have been on, it was very nice, but showing its aging in different areas. One of them were the pool and ... Read More
I choose this cruise to celebrate my birthday, and the convenience of leaving from close to home. This is one of the smaller ships we have been on, it was very nice, but showing its aging in different areas. One of them were the pool and hot tub areas. Very hard for anyone a little older to get in and out of them. The food was good, nothing exceptional, we went to 2 specialty restaurants, Chop Grille, the food was terrible, the steak was look shoe leather. Giovannis was much better. Our room on Deck 4 was small, but very surprised at the storage it had. Plenty for 2 people. The bathroom I nicknamed the torture chamber, I can't even imagine how anyone that is a little bigger can fit in the shower. I am not that big and when I stretch my arms my elbows hit sides, and it was a constant tug of war with the shower curtain sticking to you terrible.We also were in the middle of boat close enough to Centrum was afraid it might be noisy, but once you closed your door you really didn't hear anything,that is until morning when they were moving somethings around above us. The entertainment was wonderful, and the crew was fantastic. Getting on was a breeze, getting off a little hectic. Don't think I would go on this boat again, but I would go on Royal again. All-in-all it was a great time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My wife and I went on a 10 night cruise on this ship from Baltimore to the eastern Caribbean, March 30 – April 9, 2016. We booked a junior suite with a balcony because we knew we would be at sea a total of 5 days and didn’t want to be ... Read More
My wife and I went on a 10 night cruise on this ship from Baltimore to the eastern Caribbean, March 30 – April 9, 2016. We booked a junior suite with a balcony because we knew we would be at sea a total of 5 days and didn’t want to be cramped in a small cabin in the interior of the ship or on the lower levels. This was the first time we had not stayed in a small cabin on the lower levels of a ship. The suite consisted on a king size bed, 2 nightstands, small sofa, coffee table, a chair, dresser, closet, and a table and 2 chairs on the balcony. The suite had plenty of room for the two of us and a lot more storage space than I expected. The bed was very comfortable and the suite had a coffee maker and small fridge but no microwave or iron. There were only two AC outlets in the suite that we could find and none in the bathroom. The bathroom was pretty decent size and had an almost full size tub vs. a skinny shower stall. Our suite/room attendant was very friendly and did an excellent job, and our suite was made up at least twice a day. One “perk” I was not aware of that came with booking a junior suite: when we got to the cruise terminal and I saw the lines to check in, after we had gone through security, I thought we would be standing in line for half an hour to an hour. However, because we had booked a suite (even though it was only a junior suite), we were directed to a separate line where we went ahead of everyone else and got checked in right away. The ship was commissioned in 1996 so it is one of the older, and also smaller, ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet. It was refurbished several years ago, in 2012 I believe, but there were places where the ship is showing its age. The paint was peeling on our balcony and the caulk around the patio door and frame was dried, cracked and pulled away from the door and frame in many places. Workers did some scraping and repainting on our balcony during the cruise, but there were some places where they either missed or didn’t have enough time to repair. One day I noticed a lot of dust on the dresser and saw that the ceiling AC vent was completely blocked with dust, which I cleaned out. Several days later, the AC stopped working completely and it got hot in the suite very quickly. The maintenance personnel were quick to respond and had it working within several hours. We returned to the suite right after the technician got it working, and when we walked in, he was on the phone with someone. I heard him tell whoever he was talking to that it was “the same problem as the last time,” so this was not the first time the AC in this suite had failed. Our suite was on deck 8 and underneath the Solarium, and every morning around 5:30, I was awakened by banging, thuds, pounding, and what sounded like furniture being dragged across the floor. Luckily, I brought ear plugs and that, along with a pillow over my head muffle the noise enough that I was able to go back to sleep. If we ever cruise on this ship again, we’ll get a junior suite on deck 7, if available. The food on the ship was very good and our wait staff in the main dining room, Rolando and Kiki, were absolutely excellent. However, the free coffee at the Windjammer and Solarium Cafés was pretty bad, and the coffee in the suite was even worse. The coffee in the main dining room was better and “tolerable,” but not what I am used to drinking. I didn’t purchase a beverage package where I could get the premium coffee and I wish I had. Each day a newsletter called “The Compass” is published and it lists the weather, activities for the day, and any information pertinent to ports of call. However, there were several errors some other passengers and I noticed concerning the locations and times of the movies. In one edition of the newsletter, the name of the ship’s captain was incorrect. In another edition, it said we would be arriving back in Baltimore on a Wednesday but the correct day was Saturday. Clearly, the newsletter was not carefully proof read before it was distributed. The gym was small for the number of passengers and didn’t have much of a variety of exercise equipment. Most of the time I went to work out, I had to wait for a particular machine I wanted to use and sometimes never got to use it because of others waiting ahead of me. Many people we met had sailed numerous times, both on this ship and other, larger Royal Caribbean and other cruise line’s ships. Some of the younger folks who had been on the larger ships said they were kind of bored being at sea so many days because the Grandeur doesn’t offer as much as the larger ships. That may be true, but it seemed like there was always something going on to keep busy and my wife and I had very little idle time. I’m not going to list all of the amenities that the ship has to offer because this review would be way too lengthy and the information can be obtained on the cruise line’s web site. When we boarded the ship, our suite was not ready so we, and most everyone else, were lugging around our carry luggage. We did not know it until after we got to our suite and read some documents, but we could have had stored everything we were carrying on one of the decks on the ship. I don’t recall exactly where now, but I’m sure one of the crew members would have been able to advise us. Just an FYI for first time cruisers. One activity I did that I really enjoyed was a behind the scenes tour of the ship. I think the cost was $150 per person and lasted about 2 and a half to three quarters of an hour (even though it was only supposed to last 2 hours). I found it very interesting and worth the cost. However, I realize that something like this might not be everyone’s “cup of tea” and/or the type of an activity they’d be willing to pay that much per person for. Despite the few negatives I mentioned, my wife and I would go on another cruise on this ship. The suite was very nice and after having stayed in one for the first time, I’ll never go back to an interior or lower level cabin. The crew was very friendly and helpful, the food was very good, as was the entertainment, and there was always some activity going on that we enjoyed doing. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We were first time cruisers (just my husband and I, in our 50's) and chose the Grandeur of the Seas as a smaller ship so as not to be too overwhelmed and allow us the opportunity to really explore our ship, get to know the cruising ... Read More
We were first time cruisers (just my husband and I, in our 50's) and chose the Grandeur of the Seas as a smaller ship so as not to be too overwhelmed and allow us the opportunity to really explore our ship, get to know the cruising procedures (embarkation, ship familiarization, amenities, dining/food, etc.) The ship was fabulous for a first time cruise however I do think it was a bit on the smaller side and next time look forward to travelling on a larger ship with more amenities (more dining options and more entertainment). The service was AMAZING throughout our entire voyage in all aspects The cabin: A couple of thoughts on this...First, we booked a cabin that was right off the Centrum on the 4th floor right near the center of the ship (#4572). This was a perfect location for us as I have some difficulty getting around so the close proximity to everything was ideal. In addition, we quickly found that there are many activities that take place in the Centrum in which people arrive hours ahead of time to get the few seats that are there. With our room being so close, we were able to bring extra seating from our room which worked out perfectly. Also, although we did not hit any stormy weather, we did hear multiple reports from passengers claiming that rough water had made their cabins toward the front of the ship very difficult to endure. With our location, we could barely tell there were rough waters at all. Dining: We ate primarily in the main dining room for dinners and all meals were excellent. The cold fruit soup was absolutely amazing! We did dine one night at Chop's Grill which was 100% worth the additional cost for a lovely dining experience with food that was even better than the main dining room (I didn't think that was possible as all meals had really been fantastic). We didn't eat any dinners at the Windjammer but this was our choice for most breakfasts as there was more leeway with time (didn't have to be up so early as you did with the main dining room). The Windjammer always had a large selection but usually the same each day. The omelet station was fantastic and they prepared not only omelets, but any kind of eggs prepared fresh to your personal liking. On days when we had to be up really early for excursions - we ordered breakfast the night before from room service that was delivered right to our room. The room service breakfast was always right on time, always fresh and really made it quite convenient while preparing for a day ashore. Entertainment: The entertainment was always very well done however there was limited forms of entertainment on the Grandeur of the Seas compared to some of the bigger ships. Ports and Excursions: I do want to say that every port/excursion we encountered, Royal Caribbean seemed to have the process down pat with very efficient process, excellent service and assistant and all-around a very pleasant experience. Here's a few thoughts on the individual excursions: Our first stop was Labadee: Labadee was a beautiful island and our day was almost perfect except for one thing we didn't know about. Some of the beaches there are VERY rocky. We had heard something about this and thought that we picked a beautiful non-rocky beach (again because I have some significant problems with my legs and feet). What we didn't know was that the rocks weren't on the beach but under the water and as I started to walk out into the water all of a sudden I stepped on sharp rocks that instantly brought me down. We then found that most of the beach around us was so rocky in the water that I couldn't go in. So, you might want to do some homework ahead of time if that could be an issue with you - to find the beaches that are not as rocky and more swimmable. Otherwise, it was a gorgeous island and they offer several spots where RC provides an outdoor barbeque lunch. Attendants also come around taking orders for tropical cocktails (although be prepared for the additional cost unless you have the drink package). You can rent loungers, umbrellas or 2 person sun shelters, and even floats. Next stop was San Juan: Again, another perfect stop. We had about 10 hours in San Juan. Our first stop was to visit a really interesting salon/spa that offered massages and served wine/sangria or personal cocktails as well. The salon is about a 15 minute walk from the ships dock and hubby and I started the day each with a one-hour massage that was FAR cheaper than the spa services on the ship and in my mind, just as good if not better. After our massage & cocktail, we then ventured all around the city visiting shops and restaurants. In the middle of town near the university we ran into an outdoor concert area with music and spent time enjoying some of the local bands and music. From there, we made our way back to the ship just wandering through the streets of San Juan, in and out of stores - taking in the sights and finally dining at Senor Frogs almost across the street from the ship dock. After dinner, we enjoyed a lovely stroll along the waterfront before making our way back on board. St. Thomas was next and we chose to take a paid excursion through offered through RC - Turtle Bay Sail & Snorkel Adventure - ST97. This was fantastic! It was a Pirate Ship inspired sailing to a remote island where you swam/snorkled with the Sea Turtles and other marine life. Afterwards the crew provided endless Rum Punch drinks, entertainment and just general overall fun. What a great day! Well worth the cost. Philipsburg, St. Martin: On St. Martin we did some research ahead of time and decided against any of the specific excursions to help cut down on costs a little. We knew that right at the ships dock you can catch the water ferry which will take you across the Harbor to Great Bay Beach or it is only a very short 15 minute walk from the ships port. Great Bay Beach has a beautiful white sandy beach. For $15 a day you can easily rent a lounger/umbrella and a bucket of 5 beers. Right behind the beach is a boardwalk with lots of different restaurants and souvenir shops and then if you go through any of the alleys to the street behind, you will find all kinds of stores/boutiques, etc. Great way to spend the day! That pretty much sums up our first cruise. We had a wonderful time and would definitely sail with Royal Caribbean again. TIPS/NOTES: 1. We read about the high cost of the drink packages and even the ones that included bottled water. We heard a tip and thought we would give it a try. We brought a case of bottled water and just put a luggage tag on it (the Royal Caribbean kind with your room #) and just checked in it with our luggage and hoped for the best. Sure enough, it arrived at our room with the rest of the luggage. So I wanted to pass that tip on. 2. Cabins are very small and you will find the bed is very low to the ground. As soon as you get to your room, you can ask your room attendant for bed risers (it's important to do this as early as possible). The bed-rises raise the bed so that it is more comfortable to get in and out of but even more important is that it gives you tons of extra storage room under the bed to store suitcases, shoes, bottled water, dirty clothes bag and more. 3. Embarkation: We departed from Baltimore, MD. Great experience! Moved quickly. We stayed at the Best Western and they have a Stay and Park Package. Rate was $135 but included parking for the whole 10 days. In addition, they take you to the ship and pick you up which is also included in the cost. Well worth the price. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was our 6th time on the Grandeur I love the location for a vacation of a lifetime But the ship is in need of updates! The smell was bad in casino! Fresh carpets new engines etc! But- We had a great time. Love the fact that ... Read More
This was our 6th time on the Grandeur I love the location for a vacation of a lifetime But the ship is in need of updates! The smell was bad in casino! Fresh carpets new engines etc! But- We had a great time. Love the fact that John & Katrina Blair was back in Baltimore & Hotel Director Michael were on this cruise. The entertainment was great -They made it totally awesome. The singing was fantastic -This is what cruising is about a super great time. It was wonderful! The service was terrific. Could not ask for anything better Just great! It would of been a perfect cruise If the ship was in better condition A perfect solution is to have the enchantment of the seas back! Having the port of Baltimore is beyond great. It's s terrific port w getting on & getting off. I was concerned about very long walkway into the ship. "That could be improved. If you were handicap that was a struggle" But the port design checking in & getting your luggage was perfect Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Before we left for our cruise, I looked at reviews on this site about The Grandeur of the Seas and RCI, in general. I worried a bit because many reviews were negative stating that the ship was old, a bit run down, food was not great, etc. ... Read More
Before we left for our cruise, I looked at reviews on this site about The Grandeur of the Seas and RCI, in general. I worried a bit because many reviews were negative stating that the ship was old, a bit run down, food was not great, etc. Our experience was the exact opposite. My husband and I cruised with our 17 and 22 year old daughters. We had a junior suite (fabulous!) and the girls had an inside stateroom. They loved gathering in our room before dinner and we had plenty of space to sit and catch up. The Grandeur is a lovely ship. We found it to be very clean and well-maintained. The food was very good and we had a terrific waiter in the dining room. Also, we did not purchase any beverage packages. We brought four bottles of wine on board (2 per room per RCI guidelines) and bought an occasional cocktail with our sea pass account. Our daughters were happy with the free drinks and an occasional purchased coke. The husband and wife cruise directors were terrific and offered a lovely reflection on our last night during the farewell show. We left the ship knowing we had much to be thankful for. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
A great cruise, despite the fickle weather that put a damper on some of the would-be highlights of the cruise. The space in my inside stateroom was great - granted I was the only one in the cabin, but I needed less than half of the storage ... Read More
A great cruise, despite the fickle weather that put a damper on some of the would-be highlights of the cruise. The space in my inside stateroom was great - granted I was the only one in the cabin, but I needed less than half of the storage space available, so there was certainly room for a second person who packs relatively lightly, like I do. I ordered the Evian water package - solos beware, the water bottles are the huge 1 qt size, and you get 12. Brought two home with me. The shore excursions were dampened, not only by the persistent rain, but by the very aggressive hawkers, especially on Labadee. As a single woman traveling alone, I seemed to be their special target, and I didn't appreciate the taxi driver who both proposed and tried to convert me to his religion over a 5-minute ride in St. Thomas. I still had fun on the Dragon zip line in Labadee, though, and enjoyed Magans Bay in St. Thomas. Dinner was a blast, with interesting tablemates, two of whom shared my interest in the ballroom dance classes. I appreciated the loan of the husband so that I could participate in the classes, to. Argentine Tango was a particular highlight. Lunch in the Great Gatsby dining room seemed rushed and disorganized - a great deal of bustling, but slow food delivery and smallish portions. I drank as much as I wanted, and ended up with a bill about $150 less than an unlimited drink package would have cost. I wanted to try all different drinks, including the higher end ones, so anything less than the most expensive package wouldn't have covered the drinks I wanted. I wasn't sure how the math would work out, so I was pleased to discover that I'd made the right choice. There were get-togethers for solo travelers available - a small, eclectic mix this time around that made for a couple of interesting lunches headed by staffer Big Mac. This time around, the cruise skewed old, with lots and lots of senior citizens. Apparently the following week was scheduled to have 500 kids and over 750 college spring breakers. No way to know in advance, so your mileage may vary. Overall, the Grandeur was a good size for a solo trip - by the end of the voyage I was being greeted by name by all kinds of fellow travelers that I'd met in various activities. I definitely didn't feel anonymous. The major downside, of course, is having to pay double for a single ticket. Other cruise lines are experimenting with reduced single supplements or studio cabins - I hope Royal Caribbean follows suit. It's nice to earn double points towards the next Crown & Anchor level, but I'd rather earn the same number of points over two cheaper cruises in single cabins. Overall, it was an excellent cruise, just what I wanted for a last-minute getaway. Not a life-changing experience, but certainly an enjoyable vacation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
As always we enjoy our cruise.This was our 6th cruise on the Grandeur It is nice to get away to the Caribbean in the winter months.The Grandeur is an old ship but well kept.The Staff is always good.The Captain was able to keep us clear of ... Read More
As always we enjoy our cruise.This was our 6th cruise on the Grandeur It is nice to get away to the Caribbean in the winter months.The Grandeur is an old ship but well kept.The Staff is always good.The Captain was able to keep us clear of the storm,a little rough,but he did a great job. The casino and bingo are good place to stay away from. We always play at the slots, but they are not giving a return. We have decided on our next cruise in June bingo and slots will be a no no. Bingo package deals cost too much. The food was good, not great but good. There is always something to do on the ship to keep everyone busy. R.C.C.L. has cut back on SO MUCH that the regular cruisers have noticed. Why do I go back? Because it leaves out of Baltimore. Having cruised on this ship so many time and been in so many ports we don't go on too many excursions anymore. When we do, we are always satisfied with the ships selections. I always feel it is best to go with the ships excursions because if for some reason you are delayed the ship will wait. The check- in is good as well as the departures also no flying. Nice vacation and will continue to sail The Grandeur Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We chose this cruise because we didn't want to drive to Florida. Baltimore is an 8 hour drive for us and with the Canadian dollar sinking, it was going to be expensive for us with hotels and food. We arrived at the port which is ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we didn't want to drive to Florida. Baltimore is an 8 hour drive for us and with the Canadian dollar sinking, it was going to be expensive for us with hotels and food. We arrived at the port which is close to the size of a shopping mall. Very easy to navigate The staff was very friendly and kindly directed us through to drop off our luggage and pay for parking. We were through security, got our seapass cards and on board within 20min. We went straight up to the Solarium and grabbed a couple of chairs. It was nice and warm. People were swimming. My husband got us some lunch from the cafe. They had nice paninis, salads and soups. We used this for lunch a lot as it was not crowded. Our rooms were ready at 1pm -right on time. The ship is older and it's showing wear. They were painting a lot during the cruise. The carpets on the stairs were coming loose, the pool chairs were missing straps. The staff was friendly and always acknowledged us when we walked by. We didn't go to the dining room. There was always a very long line right at 5 pm and then a mad rush to get inside. The Windjammer served a great selection each day. The food was hot. We sat at a window each time. No trouble finding a table. The servers were courteous and always available to bring drinks and clear plates away. We went to 3 headliner shows. They were good, but there is a lot of advertising. Perhaps to show that they have skilled people and not just someone who auditioned and won the position. The cruise director was okay. He was present a lot, but we found he put down the activities director Andre a lot using sarcasm. It got old quickly. Andre was a great guy, always smiling and laughing and pleasant to listen to. There was a lot to do on this cruise. Trivia, contests, raffles, dancing, shopping, casino. The library was well stocked and there was a daily Sudoku page available here as well. Bring a pen as there are none in the room. We missed the returning cruisers party. We were enjoying the pools. They are heated and just beautiful to enjoy. Finding chairs on the deck is difficult. People put towels on the chairs and the chairs stayed empty all day. Even during Superbowl there were towel covered empty chairs for the entire game while some people had to stand to watch. The pool deck is not set up well to watch the screen. The shade covers on the hot tubs obstruct the view. We missed the meet and mingle. No invitations were sent out. I thought there was a brief announcement about it, but our door was closed at the time and I didn't hear clearly. We watched Spectre in the theatre. This was great. There were movies playing each day. Read Less
Sail Date February 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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