Grandeur of the Seas below average: Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by KayakOtter

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Grandeur of the Seas below average

Sail Date: May 2013
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Baltimore
Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas was update since our first cruise on her. The updates include a new Arial performance space in the Centrum that seems like a neat idea but with so many people on board if you don't camp out hours before you can't get to see the show. They also removed the Card Room but the "official" map on RC's current iPhone App still shows it. I really wanted to have the card room as my mother loves to play bridge, but no Bridge get togethers were offered on this cruise.
Another "update" was to lower the beds (at least on the less expensive staterooms) by about an inch and a half. True it makes the room look bigger but we could no longer put our luggage under the bed to store it. Why RC did this is a mystery to me as they tell you to store the luggage under the bed.
They now have late touch screen monitors near the elevators that are a very nice addition, great to find the nearest restroom. The system also maps a route for you to the More bar/pool/restroom you want to go to, (it still has bugs, it routed me to go to deck 10 then to the rear of the ship when going to the Fitness Center, BUT there is no access at that level as you need to access it from the spa on deck 9).
A strange item is the elevator number buttons are very hard to read, they did repaint them while we we onboard but the paint was rubbing off the next day.
Food at the Windjammer tended to be cold, not sure why that was, perhaps just my luck.
One last complaint was that they need to do some checking of the information that the Grandeur puts out, the Cruise Compass had multiple errors every day and the TV Guide never had the correct times for the movies offered. I talked the the Guest Relations desk about this but it never changed.

On the plus side the Grandeur Singers and Dancers were fantastic, and the food at the main dining room was very good and hot. Less

Published 05/22/13

Cabin review: H3500 Large Ocean View Stateroom

Cabin 3500 is if the bow of the ship. It has two portholes that are inset about 5 feet from the wall. Not much of a view. The beds are very low only about 16 inches tall and no room for luggage under the bed. TV is a flat screen on a moveable arm. Restroom is small but adequate. The safe in this room is an old small one that says to use a credit card as the key. It had enough room to put just one ipad on it's edge inside. We used a room card for the safe "lock" but that still meant only one of us could open and lock the safe. This room also turned out to be very near to some HVAC equipment that was always running. The room is at the end of the hall with a crew door just across from it, that was never a problem. I would NOT recommend this room, try for one a couple of rooms closer to the center. They would be quieter the farther you go down the hall.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Nice island. Food was so-so and crowded for places to eat. Bring something to drink unless you use the bar! Tenders get a bit crowded but are ok.
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Forts & Pirates

Pirate museum, a bit pricey but ok. Lots of people hawking tours and taxies at the end of the pier which was a long walk from the ship. Sidewalks in town are very uneven and broken, be careful.

Pontoon River Cruise

Was listed as a wildlife tour, but we mostly saw just a lot of birds. Pleasant staff and it was a nice trip.

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