Sail Date: July 2018
We have been on four cruises, all with Grandeur of the Seas. We like the crew and staff and the ship is just the right size for us. The staterooms are very nice, and clean and the staff really take pride in taking care of the rooms. The ... Read More
We have been on four cruises, all with Grandeur of the Seas. We like the crew and staff and the ship is just the right size for us. The staterooms are very nice, and clean and the staff really take pride in taking care of the rooms. The chefs and staff in the Great Gatsby go overboard (pun intended) to make sure that we had the best experience possible. We loved the variety of menu options and there was not one meal that we did not thoroughly enjoy. The lobster night was perfect and if you are unsure of the menu items, the waiter and waitress make recommendations. The shore excursions are plentiful and prices are set to suit every budget. We booked some tours through the ship and sometimes we just set off on our own to explore the area. The only complaint that we had is that the 1pm curfew time for children should be adjusted to 10pm or 11pm. There seemed to be more unsupervised preteens this trip then in previous cruises, which led to some unruly behavior. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
After my wife's first experience cruising 20 years ago, this was something I had always wanted to do. So, this year, we pulled the trigger. What a lovely experience! The staff, waiters, bartenders all stood out as part of the best ... Read More
After my wife's first experience cruising 20 years ago, this was something I had always wanted to do. So, this year, we pulled the trigger. What a lovely experience! The staff, waiters, bartenders all stood out as part of the best of the experience and part of our fondest memories. A tropical storm developed into a Category 2 Hurricane directly in our cruising path. But, because of the captain's care in navigating around it and changing our itinerary, we wouldn't even have known that the storm was an issue. Wait staff was exceptional to the point that we are still grieving leaving our waiter Kadek Dwi. Food was very good. The drinks and bartenders were outstanding and the ports of call were very fun! Our tours of the ports of call were self-directed so I can't speak to Royal Caribbean's Shore Excursions other than to report that our table mates who took part in a number of the cruise line's excursions reported having a great time. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Sailing into Chesapeake bay on the evening, 4th of July 2018 was magic. Firework displays were to be seen at multiple locations across the horizon from our balcony. The darkness on the water enhanced the romantic visual experience. This ... Read More
Sailing into Chesapeake bay on the evening, 4th of July 2018 was magic. Firework displays were to be seen at multiple locations across the horizon from our balcony. The darkness on the water enhanced the romantic visual experience. This was a five day cruise to Bermuda from Baltimore on The Grandeur of the Seas. The limestone fort at Kings Warrf and turquoise waters of Bermuda are amazing. The specialty dining onboard the Grandeur is outstanding. A sushi making course at Izumi capped by a luncheon dinning of your handmade sushi was a highlight. There were fair winds and following seas the entire voyage, and the service and cuisine at specialty restaurants such as Chops and Giovanni's was superior. The breakfast in the main dining room was an amazing experience with 2 identical twin brothers, Yogi and Bubu cheerfully providing outstanding service. This 5 day cruise on the Grandeur of the Seas is a great value! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We just returned from a 5 day Royal Caribbean cruise from Baltimore to King’s Wharf, Bermuda. The entire experience was exceptional. The food, drinks, service, cleanliness of the ship and onboard activities were above and beyond. Our ... Read More
We just returned from a 5 day Royal Caribbean cruise from Baltimore to King’s Wharf, Bermuda. The entire experience was exceptional. The food, drinks, service, cleanliness of the ship and onboard activities were above and beyond. Our family and friends who joined us were spoiled rotten by the amazing staff. We chose Royal Caribbean because of s superb previous experience on a similar cruise. If you haven’t cruised with Royal Caribbean or visited Bermuda you have no idea what you are missing. This trip was vacation perfection!!!!!!! The entertainment on the ship was fantastic. We haven’t laughed so hard in years! It was SO much more fun than simply flying to an island and staying there. You have got to try a cruise if you never have .... and Royal Caribbean is the best!! I promise you won’t be disappointed. It truly is the most fun and relaxing trip you could ever take. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Very enjoyable. Service was exception. Every aspect was the highest in quality. Dinner service allowing “my time” dinning was an exceptional feature on Royal Caribbean’part. Our waiter Yogesh, was exceptional an “over the ... Read More
Very enjoyable. Service was exception. Every aspect was the highest in quality. Dinner service allowing “my time” dinning was an exceptional feature on Royal Caribbean’part. Our waiter Yogesh, was exceptional an “over the top” in the service he provided. He went beyond what would be expected in addressing our concerns. Food quality was exceptionsl. If an item was not on the menu, the dining staff would go out of the way to accommodate us. Entertainment, the shows, were “over the top” in quality, far exceeding what we expected. The comedian show was the best I ever seen. The quality exceed many of the shows we have attended on broadway. The two Shore excursions offered by Royal Carribean that we took were of exceptional quality. The entertainment in the Centrim was exceptional. The Embarkment and did-embarkment process was far more efficient that we had experienced on prior cruises with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
My husband chose this cruise to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We splurged and booked a junior suite (7656) because I had always wanted an aft balcony. Getting the Port of Baltimore was an easy 15 minute drive (we used Uber) and ... Read More
My husband chose this cruise to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We splurged and booked a junior suite (7656) because I had always wanted an aft balcony. Getting the Port of Baltimore was an easy 15 minute drive (we used Uber) and both embarkation and debarkation were a breeze! The Grandeur is an older ship, however the entertainment and activities staff provided a lot for everyone to enjoy. We were not traveling with our children, so it met our needs. However, our previous cruise had been on Freedom OTS and I feel as though our children would've become restless on this ship. I can't speak to the children and teen programming, but by day 7, kids were launching their sea pass cards down the stairs for entertainment. My point is that this ship is fine for adults, but doesn't have the amenities for kids (mini golf, ice skating, etc.) that your children may be accustomed to...especially on such a long sailing (9 nights). The ship is older and definitely showing signs of rust, etc. However, the ship was very clean. Our cabin steward, Randy, was one of the highlights of our cruise. He seemed to be working around the clock! We are tidy people and he kept our cabin in perfect condition. Since we were in a junior suite, we received shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and lotions. I'm picky about what I use on my hair, but I loved the products which helped to tame my frizz. Randy kept us well stocked with those! The balcony had a table and chairs as well as two lounge chairs. I enjoyed taking one of my bed pillows out and napping on the balcony. My only true complaint is that the night before we arrived in Coco Cay, I was laying on a lounge chair when something dark began to "rain" down on me. I spoke to Randy about it the next day and he told me it was ash from the incinerator. This became a daily occurrence for the remainder of the cruise. I would use a beach towel to clean off the chairs and sweep of the balcony. I saw Randy doing this in other staterooms, but didn't want to ask him to do it because the man literally worked around the clock. Food in the Great Gatsby wasn't anything to write home about, but we took advantage of some promotions and ate at Chops twice and Giovanni's Table once. Both were worth the surcharge. The service was excellent and I preferred the intimate setting. Activities were a lot of fun and all three comedians were great. We saw one stage production and it was well done. I did take advantage of the Pamper Party promotion and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I get massages on a monthly basis at home and this massage was wonderful. We did the mountain biking and beach break in Bermuda and the Balmoral Beach Break in Nassau. Both were very small groups (which we prefer and is usually why we don't book excursions through the ship) and enjoyable. The second day in Bermuda, we traveled to and from Horseshoe Bay Beach by minibus, which was convenient and inexpensive. The beach was beautiful and so were the life guards. Seriously, it was like an episode of Baywatch! LOL!!! We were excited to actually visit Coco Cay. On a previous cruise, we were unable to tender due to sea conditions, so we were thankful that we were able to make this port. We rented an umbrella and a float for the day. It was very relaxing and the floating bar was a lot of fun. I appreciated the natural beauty of the island and I'm a little sad that they are adding the water park, etc., as that may detract from the serene setting. Would I go on this cruise again? Absolutely. It was very relaxing and just what we were looking for. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
The dining experience was out of this world! Our whole family was treated extremely well. The service and food.....5 stars!! Desmond and Robert were excellent servers. They always had a smile on their face and they hustled to make sure ... Read More
The dining experience was out of this world! Our whole family was treated extremely well. The service and food.....5 stars!! Desmond and Robert were excellent servers. They always had a smile on their face and they hustled to make sure everything was going smoothly. The activities were fun to watch and the entertainment was phenomenal! They always seemed to have something for everyone to do. The onboard staff made the dancing a "act as no one was watching" experience. They took front stage and everyone had a good laugh. All the staff were very friendly and extremely helpful. What a great stress free vacation! Our cabin was always kept clean. It seemed as though we would leave for breakfast and we would come back and our bed was made, bathroom cleaned, new towels, etc. We would leave for lunch and he would touch up our room again. How does he do that and have time to make towel animals? Excellent job! A little about Bermuda: This island is British owned , so they drive opposite of the United States so be careful when crossing the road. When you arrive at the port, absolutely go to Horseshoe bay beach, Glass beach and the glass blown factory. You won't be disappointed! The public bus is $4.50 one way. The two beaches are too far to walk. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
This cruise was given to me as a promotion from a casino in Atlantic City so I can't comment on the cost (I only had to paid fees and tips). However, I can comment on everything else. Starting at the very beginning... Pulling up to ... Read More
This cruise was given to me as a promotion from a casino in Atlantic City so I can't comment on the cost (I only had to paid fees and tips). However, I can comment on everything else. Starting at the very beginning... Pulling up to the Port of Baltimore, you do a drive-by luggage drop-off. It's so convenient. They take everything from your car that you want to appear infront of your cabin door later in the afternoon. (If you are going to go to the pool when you get on the ship, I recommend keeping your bathing suit with you in a carry-on or wearing it onto the ship.) Embarkation was a breeze. You go through security and then they have tons of agents waiting for your documents and taking your picture for your SetSail card. After you get your card you go around a corner where they take your picture (you can bypass this if you aren't planning on buying any pictures). Then they make sure you have dining reservations for The Great Gatsby (the main dining room). You finally board your home for the next 5 nights. The Grandeur isn't the biggest, newest, most modern ship out there, but the guest service and friendliness of everyone onboard compensates for that. My cabin (interior stateroom 4027) was a nice size for just myself. I would feel comfortable with another person, but more than 2 people gets a little cramped. My bff and her husband and kids (13 year old boy and 10 year old girl) were in the same size cabin as me (4017-right around the corner from mine) and they had 2 upper berths that came down from the ceiling. The kids loved the bunks. Unless everyone was sitting still in one spot while one person was moving around, it seemed kind of cramped. We loved being on Deck 4 Forward because that's the deck where the Centrum (main area of the ship where lots of activities and music happen all the time) was. Everything was conveniently located. The ship isn't super gigantic, so walking from one end to the other wasn't far at all. Entertainment was terrific. We had 2 amazing comedians that did a PG rated show early and an Adult Only show later at night. Make sure to make it to the Adult Only show if you can. Soooooo hilarious! The Grandeur Entertainment staff and Big Bob, our Cruise Director, was super and they kept everyone busy. They also performed awesome shows in the Palladium Theater most nights. During the sea dàys we hung out by the pool and played games. There is a main pool and a pool inside a solarium (at the back of the solarium is the Park Cafe which serves beverages, food and snacks-especially late night). We preferred the main pool. It wasn't overly crowded and we could always find chairs. They have activites all day long. You can highlight things on your Cruise Compass (your itinerary of all the things going on aboard the ship) so you don't miss anything. Your stateroom attendant will deliver it to your room the night before for the following day. My stateroom attendant was Ricardo Estargo. He was so amazing. He made sure everything was spotless. He even brought me an ice bucket every day for my drink bottle I carried around with me. He literally catered to my every need as far as comfort in my stateroom was concerned. For breakfast every day we went to the Windjammer Cafe. It's the buffet. The food was really good and there was a lot of variety. We didn't have dinner there but they change their dinner daily for a specialty theme. They also have 24hr self-serve soft-serve icecream and cones. For dinner we went to The Great Gatsby main dining room. We had table 527 right by the window. Our waiter was Yogesh (Yogi for short) and our assistant waiter was Elena. These 2 were an incredible duo. After the first night, they knew what we wanted to drink as soon as we sat down. They even knew the kind of bread we liked and who drank with a straw and who didn't. Their attention to details and satisfaction was fabulous. Every night Yogi would give us his appetizer, entree, and dessert recommendations. I have diverticulitis and am extremely cautious of what I eat, Yogi made sure everything was safe for me to eat. He consulted the chef and told me what was okay for me and what wasn't. Their service was superior. The kids even loved the food. We arrived in Bermuda around 1 o'clock on Monday. We got off the ship and went to the end of the pier. There, many shuttle services are waiting for you. These mini-bus shuttles are the best and cheapest way to go. Ask for a shuttle to Horseshoe Bay and it will cost you $7 per person EACH way. So a total of $14 round trip. (Royal charges $33). I was so excited about how much money I was saving that I gave the drivers bigger tips. A man nicknamed "9 Eggs" was our driver on the way to the beach. I sat upfront and he gave me an awesome history tour of some cool areas we passed as well as explained all the beautiful flowers we drove past along the side of the road. On the way back there are shuttles waiting for you at the end of the beach. Dr. Larry was our driver on the way back. He explained what it was like to live on the island and work for the government. Cool information. These shuttles take you to the BOTTOM of the beach and you DO NOT have to walk the steep boardwalk pathway from the road down to the beach. We stayed at the beach for a few hours and then went back for showers and dinner. It was windy at the beach but it was gorgeous. Pink and tan sand. They have convenient outside showers, changing rooms, and restrooms. They might also have inside showers but I didn't notice. Bring your sunscreen! The next day we ate breakfast and got off the ship at about 10am. We didn't realize that the Ferry to Hamilton only runs periodically. (Buy your tokens in the little glass house where the ferry leaves for $4.50 each way.) It leaves like about every hour and a half. The next ferry we could catch was at 11:15. The only problem with that was that it docks in Hamilton at about 11:50 and then leaves to return to the Dockyard at 12noon. That gave me 10 minutes to literally take my shoes off and run to the Lili Bermuda perfume shop to get a refill of "Sunkiss" for my atomizer I bought on my last visit. Sure I could have ordered it online, but that's just not the same. So I left my bff and her son at the dock in line for the return ferry at 12noon and I took off running down Front Street. When I came back they were just loading the ferry. About 15 people ahead of us, they cut off the line saying the ferry was full and we would have to wait for the 1:30 ferry. The Grandeur leaves Bermuda at 2pm. There was no way this 1:30 ferry would make it back. So we opted for Bermuda public transportation bus #8. We took a 5 minute walk up a hill to City Hall. Next to City Hall is the bus depot. We were lucky to catch the bus before it left because they seem to run every 30 minutes and the ride back to the Dockyard was about 1 hour. We got back to the Dockyard about 1:05 and boarded the ship at about 1:30. Just a half hour to spare. The ride on the #8 bus uses the same token as the ferry. It was cool to see so many parts of the island by bus and to experience the locals riding the bus. Everyone was super helpful and friendly. BE MINDFUL OF YOUR TIME AND THE FERRY SCHEDULES! My bff's husband and daughter took a Royal Caribbean shore excursion that day. They went on a catamaran and went snorkeling. They had an amazing time. Well worth the $94 or $95 for adults and $64 for children. They raved about their excursion and said the tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly. The Grandeur leaves almost exactly at 2pm so make sure you are not a "Dock Runner" and leave yourself time so they aren't waiting on you, because they will leave you in Bermuda if they need to. The children in our travel party loved the Teen Club and the Adventure Ocean Club. The teen club offered lots of cool age appropriate activities and the 13 year old spent a lot of time with the kids in the club and around the ship. The 10 year old couldn't wait to leave us and go back to the club (check the schedule because it's only open certain hours). She loved it. They kept her busy and we felt it was very secure. They have the option of her being signed out or signing herself out. We chose to sign her in and out each and every time. It made us all feel safer. They also offer after hours club for $6 or $7 an hour (we didn't use it so I can't remember how much). So, this is a good option and a cheap option if you want to go to the Adult Comedy show or the Viking Lounge to dance the night away. You do not want to miss "The Quest". Look for it on your Cruise Compass. It will probably be on your 4th night in the South Pacific Lounge on Deck 6 Aft. Funny, funny, funny, but not for people who can't laugh and let go. We had our 13 year old watch the 10 year old back in the cabin so we could go to The Quest and the Adult Comedy shows. That was perfectly safe to leave them in the cabin alone. I hope I gave you some good, useful information. I am sure I am forgetting things. But you can explore the ship and the ports and you will figure things out easily. The crew members are always there to help. Overall, we had a Bermudaful time in Bermuda! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Chose the cruise because it was close to home. Everything from boarding to debarkation was well planned and went smoothly. Appreciated their focus and sanitation. Excellent accommodations, great food and entertainment. Staff was always ... Read More
Chose the cruise because it was close to home. Everything from boarding to debarkation was well planned and went smoothly. Appreciated their focus and sanitation. Excellent accommodations, great food and entertainment. Staff was always polite and professional. There were a variety of excursions to choose from. Staterooms were clean and comfortable. Enjoyed the ports of call and time cruising. We felt safe everywhere we went. The ship was clean and well maintained. The service in the dining room was five star. Everyone went out of their way to ensure all of our needs were met. This was our first cruise on Royal Caribbean and we plan to cruise again on Royal Caribbean. The entertainment was top notch. The variety of food offered was plentiful and well prepared. I appreciated Royal Caribbean’s recognition of our veterans and current military personnel as well as first responders. The Cruise Director went out of his way to ensure we had a pleasurable experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We were very interested in the itinerary of this sailing and it didn’t disappoint. We had a grande two bedroom suite which was very nice. The concierge, Francs, was wonderful to us. The ship is older, with some rust here and there, ... Read More
We were very interested in the itinerary of this sailing and it didn’t disappoint. We had a grande two bedroom suite which was very nice. The concierge, Francs, was wonderful to us. The ship is older, with some rust here and there, but the ports of call and fantastic staff make up for it. Ports of call included Boston, Portland, Bar Harbor, St. John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia. We also visited Lexington, Comcord, Acadia National Park, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport along with Peggy’s Cove. The Citadel in Halifax is very impressive. My son also enjoyed himself on the tours and the ship. On our days at sea, he told me he needed a rest! Our staff was very attentive especially our wait staff. We were honored to have dinner with the Captain and the staff on that evening were superb. Overall, a great cruise experience that I would recommend to others. Read Less
Grandeur of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 0.0
Dining 3.5 0.0
Entertainment 3.5 0.0
Public Rooms 3.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 0.0
Family 3.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
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