3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise as a relaxing winter get away, and that's exactly what it was. The size of the ship was perfect. It wasn't too big, but big enough to offer enough to do. I thought the entertainment was very good. There was ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a relaxing winter get away, and that's exactly what it was. The size of the ship was perfect. It wasn't too big, but big enough to offer enough to do. I thought the entertainment was very good. There was a problem with the stage, and shows had to be switched around, but they made sure there was a show every night. The food in the main dining room was excellent. We also ate in two of the specialty dining rooms and they were wonderful. The employees were very nice and always willing to help. I felt that several people on the ship had sailed on the Grandeur before and kept coming back. That says a lot for the ship and the people. I don't really have anything else to say. I like the cruise and the ports. I would consider cruising on the Grandeur again. Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
the ship is a smaller, older ship but still has all the basics, our inside cabin was somewhat smaller than others we have been on but for the time spent in the cabin it was ok. It has been a while since we have sailed with RCCL but it ... Read More
the ship is a smaller, older ship but still has all the basics, our inside cabin was somewhat smaller than others we have been on but for the time spent in the cabin it was ok. It has been a while since we have sailed with RCCL but it seemed that dining was not quite what I remembered it to be but I definatly did not go hungery There was no access to the ice cream machine during bad weather or after 8:30 pm. The cabin did not have a refer which was a first for us. Entertainment was hit or miss, with all of these sea days there was only one guest lecturer, would have like more and even he was cut short on time. Crew was very friendly and helpfull with exception of the staff person in the internet area who was doing his own thing and did not want to be bothered with questions. activities in these ports were somewhat limited but still things to do if you took excursions. having to travel from Montana to Baltimore I probably would not do it again in the winter. overall a good trip. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This is our 3rd cruise out of Baltimore, 2nd on Grandeur and once on her sister ship. We were on deck 7 in a spacious ocean view cabin and had Cornelius as an excellent and skilled cabin attendant. Most of the reviews have already ... Read More
This is our 3rd cruise out of Baltimore, 2nd on Grandeur and once on her sister ship. We were on deck 7 in a spacious ocean view cabin and had Cornelius as an excellent and skilled cabin attendant. Most of the reviews have already described the friendliness of the crew (which I thought had actually declined since our last cruise), great job by Mike the cruise director and the good food in the MDR and buffet so I will leave it there by agreeing wholeheartedly. Entertainment: We had a great magician (Jamie Allan) and comedian (Naster) on our cruise who were both very high quality and very talented. However, the cast shows were really low quality and particularly the singers. Male vocalists on the ship sang dated songs and were not special in any way. Finally, if you like team trivia and various game shows, THIS is the cruise for you. Daily entertainment is abundant and fun. RCI is starting to economize and various changes are evident. On our last cruises on Oasis and Grandeur, Diamond members got a few hours of complimentary internet time. Now that is gone along with per minute plans to use the internet with the substitution of an exorbitant daily rate or whole cruise package as the only choices. I saw few people using the internet terminals unlike our previous cruise and myself and others getting free internet in our port stops. I love to have smoked salmon as part of breakfast on cruises but that was present in the Windjammer only once or twice that I noticed during a 12 day cruise vs. every morning previously; the quality was pretty bad in comparison to other ships we have been on. Beef used to prepare some of the various stew-type dishes in the Windjammer was frequently so tough as to be inedible. Hamburgers and meatballs were made with ground beef that often had inedible chunks of gristle. Other than those items most food was quite good in all of the restaurants including the MDR, Chops and Giovanni's. Major Negatives: The Centrum on the Grandeur is used for musical entertainment and dancing and for other things like dance and exercise classes. In the evening particularly, the sound level of the band and screaming singers and DJs was often well above 125dB (decibels) on the OSHA sound meter app. on our smart phone. At 100dB that can cause permanent hearing damage, OSHA recommend less than 15 minutes of exposure MAXIMUM to level of 100dB.............so you get the picture of how loud that Centrum "entertainment" is on the Grandeur and similar ships when the "entertainment" starts cranking (earplugs anyone???). Smoking is allowed in the Casino that is connected with the Centrum by a short hallway. The smell of smoke drifts into the Centrum and was often detectable at various times. Obviously the air circulation in the Casino is not adequately exhausting the air from there and it is thus forced into the adjoining hallways and entertainment spaces.......GROSS for non-smokers like us. The mattresses on the Grandeur as showing their advanced age as is the ship. Mine had a distict "valley" in it that I just lived with for 12 nights. Finally, we were on Deck 7 and endured constant sewer gas smells in the bathroom presumably coming from the floor drain in the backside of the toilet. Complaints to our room attendant mollified the smells for a few days but they returned so I had to routinely run the shower hand nozzle into that drain and cover it with a towel. I see another review on CC where the same problem was reported for a cabin on Deck 7on the same side as our cabin so this may be a system problem on this ship on this deck on the port side. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We booked this cruise (OK - I booked this cruise) after watching too much beachfront bargain hunt and seeing a piece on St. Croix. Our daughter lives 15 min from the port, so we thought it would be an easy to/from. Then she threw a ... Read More
We booked this cruise (OK - I booked this cruise) after watching too much beachfront bargain hunt and seeing a piece on St. Croix. Our daughter lives 15 min from the port, so we thought it would be an easy to/from. Then she threw a curveball into the mix and told us she was pregnant and due 12 days before out sail! But she delivered early (our grandson was born on Christmas morning) and we went on the cruise and spent a few days after with them to give them a bit of a break. We have cruised a total of 5 times prior to this, including RCI, Celebrity, and Princess. And that was spread over 20 years. So we are not big cruisers. If you are reading this to get info on pools, bingo, or trivia you can get out now because we did none of that. Our cabin was 2618 - the lowest deck we have been on. It was perfect. It was quiet, easy on/off when in port, and we had an awesome cabin steward - Dean. Very little movement even when the cruise was hitting rougher seas. We did my time dining and loved it. We made reservations only the first night. Typically we would go to the early show (7) and go to dinner after that and we were always seated without a wait and with the exception of the last night - when we went to dinner early - were seated with the same wait staff. Always at a table for 2. Food was good to great, and we enjoyed the dining room for dinner. We did the Windjammer one night when hubby was feeling a bit punk, but other than that all dinners were in the dining room. We did 2 breakfasts in the dining room and enjoyed the company and the service, but typically did the Windjammer. Other than lunch on embarkation day and one day with a later excursion we did the Windjammer. Those 2 days we did lunch from the Park Cafe. We enjoyed most of the shows, opted out of a couple. We arrived at the theater about a half hour before the show and few were there. About 15 min before it started to fill up. All shows we attended we enjoyed. Our fave quite space to read was deck 5 on a lounger. Our favorite place for a drink was the Centrum where Deborah from the R Bar took great care of us. We attended a couple of daytime activities, my primary one being learning the Thriller Dance which we performed the last night. Very fun! The crew - amazing!!! I get why people go time and time again on this ship. Yes, she is old, and she shows her age in places but so do we! We loved not only the crew but the passengers whom we found to be so very friendly. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise because of the destinations. We book travel every year during the winter months. This was a very good cruise. There were only two things that would have made this cruise better. A hard closing shower door vs the old ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the destinations. We book travel every year during the winter months. This was a very good cruise. There were only two things that would have made this cruise better. A hard closing shower door vs the old and not secure curtain. Every day we would have to fight with it and I'm a small woman. There's no reason to know a shower curtain that intimately. Secound was the hamburger quality. My several attempts to eat it were disgusting. There was gristle & fat all through out it. I've gone on other cruises that have (Guy Fierri) burger places on them and they're STELLAR! With hamburgers, then lasagna, meatballs, and the many other dishes that had hamburger in them, they SERIOUSLY need better quality beef. The shows were Amazing. Our cabin steward was AWESOME!! The one day I was sea sick and he told me that he's around all day long in the hallway if I needed anything. Would I go on Royal Caribbean again, Yes but probably closer to my destination (like out of Florida). Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our first trip out of Baltimore and aboard RCL. The ship, though rather old now, appeared to be well maintained and about as large as we would like. Crew were all very friendly accept for one of the guest service clerks who must ... Read More
This was our first trip out of Baltimore and aboard RCL. The ship, though rather old now, appeared to be well maintained and about as large as we would like. Crew were all very friendly accept for one of the guest service clerks who must have been having a bad day when we asked him to help in describing a charge on our account. It ended up being a DVD that we purchased. The charge statement could use some more detail on it to avoid such requests. Entertainment was really good and the food in the main dining room ended up being quite good after a couple of days of being less than steller. Our waiter helped us out by recommending some choices and having us avoid others which was much appreciated! The shore excursions were managed pretty well but varried in value for the money. We ate at two out of three specialty restaurants and Chef's Table all of which were top drawer. Over all we rated this cruise 4 out of 5. It would have been a 5 if the main dining room food had been more consistant throughout the cruise and St Thomas (probably damaged by the storms) replaced St Croix. We plan to go again on this cruise but not every year like many guests do apparently. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
The whole crew was very friendly and helpful. It took a while to get our luggage to our cabin. The dinning room food was the best that we’ve had so far on a cruise line! There was so much to choose from. Ev3n the items they had ... Read More
The whole crew was very friendly and helpful. It took a while to get our luggage to our cabin. The dinning room food was the best that we’ve had so far on a cruise line! There was so much to choose from. Ev3n the items they had offered everyday was fantastic! The only major downfall was that it was too rough to go to CocoCay. We hauled all our snorkeling equipment for nothing. This was a smaller ship, which I liked. There was only a couple times it was hard to find a table at the buffet, but was able to take our food to the adult area to eat. The cabins were bigger than I thought they would be. There were plenty of drawers, we didn’t even fill them all. The movie screen in the pool area wasn’t the best, kinda hard to watch. I wish that they had a more affordable water package like other cruise lines so we wouldn’t have to carry it on. My husband uses a cpap machine and they had a gallon of distilled water and an extension cord waiting for us in the cabin. I wouldn’t think twice about doing another cruise with Royal Carribean. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was probably my 12th time on Grandeur, but my partner's very first cruise. I always wanted to go on a holiday cruise and this was the perfect opportunity. It has been about a year and a half since I last sailed on RC, and some ... Read More
This was probably my 12th time on Grandeur, but my partner's very first cruise. I always wanted to go on a holiday cruise and this was the perfect opportunity. It has been about a year and a half since I last sailed on RC, and some changes weren't for the better. The dining room menus have changed a great deal, and the food was not of the quality I have come to expect and appreciate. We listened to a talk with the Captain, Hotel Manager, and Chief Engineer, and it was said that the new menus are something they are trying...I hope things go back to the way they were. I am sure they won't, as it is obviously a cost cutting maneuver, but one can dream... Service is wonderful, as it has always been on this ship. My daughter and I mistakenly took a Carnival cruise last fall and it made me appreciate the service on RC all the more. My only real complaint for the trip is one that I should have anticipated from the time I booked....I thought a 12 night trip would not be full of children, but I was so wrong. The holidays brought many, many children on the trip, and between small ones whose parents let them run wild, playing on the stairways and dance floors so that people could hardly pass or dance, to teenagers who daily seemed to band into large foul mouthed groups...well, it was not a great atmosphere. But again, I should have anticipated this and only have myself to blame for choosing a holiday cruise. I always spend most of the ship time in the Solarium, but that wasn't to be, as the cold weather for the days at sea caused them to open up the pool to children...there were posted times for them to be there, but parents ignored it for the most part and the area was full of shrieking children most of the time. The other problem was the large groups of teenagers (with their foul language) who gathered for hours in there. I finally found a place to read up in the Viking Crown...just wish I had thought of it earlier in the trip. So it was a good cruise, with a lesson learned for the future, which is that I like ships with a much older group and while I will still go on the Grandeur, I will be much more careful in choosing my dates! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise due to port proximity and cruise length. We live in North VA. The Grandeur seemed to rock and sway more than previous ships we have cruised, the weather did not seem bad enough most of the time to cause the extreme ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to port proximity and cruise length. We live in North VA. The Grandeur seemed to rock and sway more than previous ships we have cruised, the weather did not seem bad enough most of the time to cause the extreme rocking. The Grandeur staff was friendly, other than the French lady at the excursion desk, she seemed to be tired and irritated every time we spoke to her, but she still took care of us every time. Parking: Baltimore cruise terminal was awesome! Easy to find and reasonably priced at $15 a day. There was a lot of friendly help to get u around to where we needed to go. Boarding: Boarding was also fast, although a bit unorganized. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Disembarkation: Fast and awesome! Gym: We did not use the gym since the elliptical I normally use were in the back with no sea view. Other than that, it was small and clean. Food: The food at the buffet was great, and we only ate once at the main dining room. It took us about two hours to have a lackluster meal at the main dining room with a bunch of unfriendly and rude people. Chops Grill: This restaurant was mediocre. Great service by the staff but the steaks were meh! We ate here three times hoping we would like it more the next time, but no luck. Izumi: This was our favorite restaurant on the ship. Great food and service. We ate here three times. Excursions: Only want to mention that we did several beach/restaurant excursions that were not the best for the money paid due to local harassment and poor facilities (chairs, Sun shades). You will do best and save a ton of money if you go on your own, we’ll research more next time. We used Bernard Tours in St. Marten, we have used them before and really liked them. This time it was horrible, the company has grown tremendously and they no longer take great care of cruisers. They never came to meet us at the pier as in past trips, and we had to run around asking where to find them. We were the only cruisers on the excursion, probably for good reason. We will not use them again. Teen Center: Our 13-year-old girl loved the teen center and spent considerable time there. Internet: We bough WIFI for two devices. It was ok, but very slow. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Baltimore is close to home. Saving airfair allows $$ for massages and a suite. The extra room and balcony was great. A quiet place to relax. Room service was great on a rocky sea night. After a busy day on excursions it was wonderful to ... Read More
Baltimore is close to home. Saving airfair allows $$ for massages and a suite. The extra room and balcony was great. A quiet place to relax. Room service was great on a rocky sea night. After a busy day on excursions it was wonderful to have some room to stretch out and relax. I want my vacation to be relaxing. For excursions we go snorkeling so a lack of physical activities on board are not missed. Yes the clientele does tend to run older. I guess I am beginning to fall into that category in my mid 50s. The older crowd did seem to have fun. Many have sailed multiple times on this ship and many have many friends they meet on board. This is my 2nd sailing. Many guests seemed to have bonded with their servers in the main dining room. Our head waiter took very good care of my party of 3. I like the food in the windjammer. Give it an 8. The main dining room is my favorite for dinner. Last cruise we tried the specialty dining and only return to Izumi. Luckily there was not the hard sell for specialty dining this year. I am not a big one for shows, eating at 8 made it hard to see any. Watched them a day later on ship tv. Not much for line dancing and ballroom,swing, etc but those who did join seemed to have a good time. It is hard to find a seat in common areas with the older crowd but with a suite we could find seating in the concierge lounge. The cruise director had a good time and many of the activities were humorous. Perhaps it was due to my first cruise or it being over the Christmas holidays for last year but the presence of the cruise director was non-existent last year while he was everywhere this year. I don’t have kids and appreciated the lack of kids on the trip. Last year for Christmas they were running around unchecked. We picked some beach escape excursions and they are just not worth it. Love the catamarans and snorkel. The best of beach, sailing and swimming -no more beach escapes for us. The rum tours on St Croix was great. St Kitts to Nevis Fan2Sea catamaran is a favorite. The biggest issue and it’s a problem we have seen for the last two years are the vendors who really won’t take no for an answer and return repeatedly to sell trinkets, massages etc. When all you want is to soak up some sun. All in all a good trip.have booked again for next year. 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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