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Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Laid back cruise with wonderful staff

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by MarcJ50

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2014
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Owner's Suite

We sailed from Baltimore to the Eastern Caribbean stopping at Labadee, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Maarten with 5 sea days.

I won't go into detail about the ports of call - very standard if you've cruised before. Lovely places and lots to see and do if you choose.

The cruise was wonderful. The ship is old - first launched in 1996 - much smaller than the newer ships. The plus side of that is that you learn the ship very quickly and the staff actually begin to recognize you by face within the first day or two, depending on how much you're out and about. I can't say enough wonderful things about the cruise staff. They all went out of their way to make us feel special and to deliver over the top service.

For background, I've sailed 6 other times on NCL, Holland America and Princess. RC ranks near the top for me.

The food was very good in all of the venues and they really tried to accommodate us for any food allergies or preferences. Especially enjoyed the food at Giovanni's Table.

Entertainment was a pleasant surprise. We saw Tango Buenos Aires, the comedy of Etta May and Spectrum. They were all excellent.

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Cabin Review

Owner's Suite
Cabin OS 8502

Fantastic room and terrible at the same time.We treated ourselves to the Owner's Suite and we were wonderfully impressed with the amenities and the amount of space. We had a huge bathroom with a jacuzzi tub, a separate stall shower, double vanity/sink, toilet and bidet - all appointed in beautiful marble.The living space was absolutely huge. Big, flat screen TVs and a nice size balcony with two chaise lounges with a small snack table for each.Now for the downside of this wonderful space.It's on deck 8, forward, starboard side. Terrible location, as it is under the Windjammer Cafe. Loud, lots of noise over your head and all night long, the kitchen staff are moving stuff through the cafe. It's like sleeping under a highway. So, we opened the balcony doors and let the ocean noise drown it out. It worked for the most part.Second and more annoying - the toilet didn't work 7 out of 10 days. Constant issues with flushing. I had read about these issues on this site and hoped they had been corrected, but unfortunately that was not the case. My wife and I began referring it to as "Phone to Flush". Annoying, irritating and just really put a damper on an otherwise wonderful trip.We've cruised on NCL, Holland America and Princess and we wanted to try Royal Caribbean so we could pick one cruise line and begin earning frequent cruiser benefits. Loved Royal Caribbean with this one exception. Definitely would not sail on Grandeur of the Seas again unless I read about them totally renovating the plumbing system.

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