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Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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1,835 Reviews

Where's the beef?

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by wisnir

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2015
  • Destination: Canada & New England
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean View Stateroom

First of all, my wife and first started cruising on Royal Caribbean International since 1987, we took a nine night cruise from Baltimore on Grandeur of the Seas and sailed to Portland, Bar Harbor ME, St Johns, New Brunswick and Halifax Nova Scotia.

Our biggest disappointment was the quality of the food in the main dining room, the strip and "Manhattan" steaks were about 2 inches by 6 inches by a half inch thick and full of grizzle and had not taste at all. Don't order the beef. What RCI resorts to is up selling you a tenderloin for $10 or a specialty restaurant for $30. They would come around the dining room table and try to up sell the specialty restaurants or offer a champagne brunch for the incredible price of $50 each.

The next disappointment was the outrageous cost of beer, wine and spirits. The least expense 750ml bottle of wine was $28 for a bottle of Berringer's White Zin, which cost $10 at the local supermarket. Beer averaged $6 for a 16 ounce bottle. Mixed drinks averaged $7 to $10 then they tack on an 18% gratuity.

As we were traveling into the autumn and cooler weather, they had the movie of the night shown on the big screen at the outside pool with temperatures in the 40's, not the best way to enjoy it with the ship cruising at 20 knots. The TV channels were very limited in its selection, soccer or rugby on International ESPN and a couple of movie channels, no music channels.

BINGO is usually a big draw, the first time it was offered with an electronic tablet for $30 for 32 games, the second time it was offered it was $59 for 48 games, and the payoffs were less than $500 for all games, not exactly a bargain!

My wife and I earned a Casino Royale "Free" cruise for an inside cabin, unfortunately, you had to book the cruise within 30 days and their cruises were very limited, and you could only book it till February 1st, 2016.

The only bright spots were the excellent service from our Cabin Steward (RCI now calls them "attendants') and the dining room waiter and assistant waiter.

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS NOT THE ROYAL CARIBBEAN we had enjoyed in the past, and quite frankly, we probably will NOT cruise it again.


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Cabin Review

Large Ocean View Stateroom
Cabin F 2038

Standard cabin, with a large window, as we usually get a balcony, we did not get one on this cruise as it would have been doubtful that we would use it very much with the cooler weather. The mattresses probably needed to be replaced, a little lumpy!

The "mini" bar consisted of two each of coke, ginger ale, and diet coke, cookies, candy and bottled water with an expensive price tag to go with it.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Portland (Maine)

the city tour was great, wonderful tour guide. Portland is a very livable and lively city, alot of restaurants and entertainment

Portland (Maine)

sat on the schooner wind was blowing and it was COLD, the crew brought up blanket to wrap our head. Don't take this sail in cool / cold weather. Unfortunately, I mistakenly thought this schooner was a large glass of beer!

Bar Harbor

the Acadia National Park tour was GREAT, did the 22 mile loop, and went back to Bar Harbor Club for an excellent DownEast lobster bake which was excellent

Saint John (New Brunswick)

Other cruisers stated not much to see on St John's so we went to the pier shops for gifts/shopping.

Halifax

Excellent tour guide and trip to Peggy's Cove, enjoyed the City of Halifax which is another gem in Canada. We wished we could spend more time in the City.

Boston

Boston is always great, we took the $20 round trip shuttle to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, it was a Thursday and the Market was packed with tourist like us, the food vendors and the shops and push carts merchandisers had a variety of goods for sale.

Baltimore

The port of Baltimore Cruise terminal was a great place to embark and disembark from the cruise ship, it is still under construction but we got in and out, the fastest in our recollection of our 15+ cruises. Parking was reasonable for $15 per day for those who want to drive to Baltimore to take a cruise.


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