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Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Relaxing trip

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by trumpetfish55

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2016
  • Destination: Bermuda

We cruise often, but this was our first cruise with RCCL. We knew that this was an older and smaller ship and we were prepared for not the same level of activities that we have experienced on other lines/ships.

After reading the reviews before booking, we were pleasantly surprised that the ship did not seem as old as she is. We had an outside cabin on Deck 3 and felt very little movement the entire trip. The beds are low, so fitting luggage underneath them was not possible, but the closet was large enough to fit our bags. The room attendant would enter the room, even if it was locked, if the 'do not disturb' card was not in the door. We learned this lesson quickly. The bathroom and the shower curtain were not an issue. We brought a portable DVD player, I recommend this.

The embarkation was smooth, we were parked and on the ship quickly.

The muster was the worst part of the entire trip. You are herded to your muster station where they scan your card and take down your cabin number. You then are asked to stand packed in for about 40 minutes on deck in the heat and humidity while they cram everyone in. Once you are standing there, they read off each and every cabin number that is missing. The final part of the muster for our station consisted of someone demonstrating how to put on a life vest that many could not see because we are lined up.

The food was somewhat disappointing, both in the quality, and the timing. We are new to RCCL, so we are not used to the very rigid eating times, since we are on vacation and did not want to be such a tight schedule, we ended up eating in the Park Café often. The food in the buffet did not have much flavor.

The entertainment was a return to simpler times. It seemed that the most popular event was the bean bag toss, followed by karaoke (standing room only). You could sleep for hours without worrying that you were missing something.

We had a very relaxing cruise and enjoyed the size of the ship.

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