We had always wanted to do this itinerary, so we found a good price and booked it. This is a smaller ship with a big heart! The staff was wonderful, very caring, and professional. We especially want to thank Mennie, our cabin attendant, Virgilio, our waiter, Wayan, our assistant water, and Pilar, the Head Waitress. They all helped to make this cruise very special for us. We booked an inside "horizontal" or "sideways" cabin on Deck 8 (cabin 8577), and absolutely loved it! We have cruised in every kind of cabin from an outside, balcony, to junior suite, and this cozy little cabin perfectly suited our needs on this cruise. There was absolutely no outside noise, the bed was comfortable, and we slept very well. The cabin is next to an electrical room (not a pantry), and close to the "secret staircase" to the spa which then leads to the Park Café where we enjoyed many lovely breakfasts.
We found the food to be good and plentiful. We did not go to any specialty restaurants, and ate all of our meals either in the Main Dining Room, the Windjammer, or the Park Café.
The ports were all spectacular. We particularly liked Baltimore, the departure port, and Bar Harbor, but every port was interesting and colorful. We did not take any ship excursions, but chose to walk around every port city. In Portland, ME, we took the ferry to Peaks Island which was a great experience, and in Halifax, we took the ferry to Dartmouth. Both of these ferries provided a very inexpensive way to get out on the water.
I only have two complaints. The first one is regarding the terrible smoke that comes out of the casino and permeates the entire atrium area. We have been on Vision and Rhapsody and encountered the same problem. I don't know why they can't either make the casino non smoking, or at least put doors on it so that not all of the smoke drifts out. This is a serious problem for people like myself who suffer from allergies.
My other complaint could be fixed easily. The safe in our room does not pop open automatically, so we had to use a bottle opener every time we wanted to open it after we had entered our password number. A small handle on the outside of the safe would fix this very nicely. We had to call maintenance the first night, and after that we used the bottle opener.
All in all, this was great cruise, and I would highly recommend this itinerary and the Grandeur of the Seas!
This is a great cabin, we never heard any noise. It is very cozy with lots of storage. It is next to an electrical room (not a pantry), and close to the "secret staircase" to the spa and the Park Café which we used to go to breakfast. It is a "horizontal" or "sideways" cabin, and seemed more spacious due to this configuration. The bed was very comfortable and we slept very well. We thought we might feel claustrophobic, but we did not. Instead, we felt cozy and protected. Due to the configuration of the cabin, it almost felt like we had a walk-in closet. Highly recommend this cabin!