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This was our first RC cruise, after hearing glowing reviews from so many. After booking, when reading these reviews I tried to take everything with a grain of salt since we all expect different things on vacation. As for background, my husband and I are in our 30s and travel extensively, but by no means luxuriously. We don't expect a lot as far as extravagant amenities. We like clean, comfortable rooms, and good food. Other than that, we're happy to read on the deck for the whole cruise. This is our second cruise, the first being on Princess. For both cruises we had the least expensive interior stateroom. This cruise started out late due to the previous cruise having to be sanitized due to Norovirus. The embarkation was tedious (we came at our assigned time and still stood in line for 3 hours), but we understood, and we were already on vacation! Getting onboard, none of the rooms were ready yet (it was 5:30 pm) so everyone was just lounging. They had us do the muster drill right away, but kept us outside for 40 minutes on the deck. Seemed a little crazy, but whatever it was vacation! For dinner that night we just went to the windjammer so we could crash after. I really don't require much, but oh man the food is bad in there. We walked around the buffet four times before getting something that seemed edible. And it barely was. The hot food was lukewarm at best. The room was insanely small with a large pole in the middle of the room. No way to walk around the bed, just had to crawl up from the end. There were no water bottles, refrigerator, towel animals, or chocolates on pillows. Certainly not necessities, but were a nice touch on our other cruise. The worst part was the last 3 days. They obviously have no control over the weather, but I'm not sure this boat should be in the middle of the Atlantic when there's the possibility of storms. We hit bad weather Tues evening and it lasted over 48 hours. There were 50 mph winds and 30' waves hitting the boat nonstop. The boat constantly felt like it was going to break apart. It really didn't feel safe, and what didn't help was the Captain didn't come on and tell us what was going on or how long to expect it. The intercoms didn't work in the room anyway, but we were waiting for him to come on overhead with some info. Glasses were breaking, doors slamming, and everyone, including staff, was sick. The cruise director actually came on overhead to tell us that guest services had motion sickness tabs. He was more informative than the Captain ever was. The disembarkation was a crazy mess as well. There was no organization or communication between staff. It was all around just a poorly organized ordeal.

Never again...

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by Travel_chica

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This was our first RC cruise, after hearing glowing reviews from so many. After booking, when reading these reviews I tried to take everything with a grain of salt since we all expect different things on vacation.
As for background, my husband and I are in our 30s and travel extensively, but by no means luxuriously. We don't expect a lot as far as extravagant amenities. We like clean, comfortable rooms, and good food. Other than that, we're happy to read on the deck for the whole cruise. This is our second cruise, the first being on Princess. For both cruises we had the least expensive interior stateroom.
This cruise started out late due to the previous cruise having to be sanitized due to Norovirus. The embarkation was tedious (we came at our assigned time and still stood in line for 3 hours), but we understood, and we were already on vacation! Getting onboard, none of the rooms were ready yet (it was 5:30 pm) so everyone was just lounging. They had us do the muster drill right away, but kept us outside for 40 minutes on the deck. Seemed a little crazy, but whatever it was vacation!
For dinner that night we just went to the windjammer so we could crash after. I really don't require much, but oh man the food is bad in there. We walked around the buffet four times before getting something that seemed edible. And it barely was. The hot food was lukewarm at best.
The room was insanely small with a large pole in the middle of the room. No way to walk around the bed, just had to crawl up from the end. There were no water bottles, refrigerator, towel animals, or chocolates on pillows. Certainly not necessities, but were a nice touch on our other cruise.
The worst part was the last 3 days. They obviously have no control over the weather, but I'm not sure this boat should be in the middle of the Atlantic when there's the possibility of storms. We hit bad weather Tues evening and it lasted over 48 hours. There were 50 mph winds and 30' waves hitting the boat nonstop. The boat constantly felt like it was going to break apart. It really didn't feel safe, and what didn't help was the Captain didn't come on and tell us what was going on or how long to expect it. The intercoms didn't work in the room anyway, but we were waiting for him to come on overhead with some info. Glasses were breaking, doors slamming, and everyone, including staff, was sick. The cruise director actually came on overhead to tell us that guest services had motion sickness tabs. He was more informative than the Captain ever was.
The disembarkation was a crazy mess as well. There was no organization or communication between staff. It was all around just a poorly organized ordeal.
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