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My wife and I cruised the Grandeur of the Seas last year, mid November, 2015, and the quality of the food was a lot to be desired. The "Manhattan" steak was small, thin and tasted like leather, this cruise, all of the meal in the main dining room was of an excellent quality and very tasteful. The main dining room for breakfast had excellent food and service. The Windjammer buffet, however, was okay, about par from what you expect for a all you can eat restaurant. The entertainment both the production shows, the musicians two concerts, the headliners were all excellent. In the casino, as a part of the RCCL's Casino Royal program, I received complementary adult beverages while gambling. The bar service did not start until noon, so as an early slots player I was a little disappointed on the sea day without my morning Bloody Mary. You have to accumulate 1000 points combined on the gaming tables and slot machines to qualify for free adult beverages on the next RCCL cruise, it takes about $3 for each point on the slots. The prizes are tee shirts, golf shirts and free play and promotional casino chips. The tournaments were somewhat of a disappointment, the prizes could have been better, mostly a few dollars, a tee shirt and promotional chips or slot free play. The casino staff and management were excellent and friendly. Comparing the RCCL's Casino Royal program with the Carnival Cruise line's Premier VIP casino program, Carnival appears to have a superior program, as the tournaments and monetary prizes are substantially more. Both offer complimentary adult beverages while gambling.This was a nine day cruise, but the casino is closed the first and last evening of the cruise as the ship is in US territorial waters and RCCL doesn't allow gaming when in US waters, so in effect, if you are on the casino program its a seven day night and eight daytime gambling. The casino is closed while its in port, except for Nassau, when it opens in the evening. Had an interior stateroom #2581 and my stateroom steward, Oliver, was excellent, I had requested ice and fresh wine glasses daily and they were there every night. The interior rooms are small, but traveling as a single, it was fine. The RCCL's TV selection is extremely poor, the RCCL's promoting its shops and pushing the preferred retailers on the ship's destinations became tedious after a while. Two ESPN channels, the left politically slanted CCN and Headline News, became nauseating due to the recent elections and this plummeting of the president elect for 24 hours a day. There were a couple of movie channels and other foreign language channels that show reruns of The Big Bang theory, and Two Broke Girls over and over again, with the same episodes, the same for the cartoon channels and the Disney channels, same shows over and over again. I recognize that the reason they do it to keep you out of your cabin, and shopping and / or drinking. I did not purchase any of the drink package, cocktails are $8 to $11, with specials in the Viking Crown lounge was $7 from 5 to 8 pm, but the tack on the automatic 18% tip. Sodas are $2.50 each, so if you are a heavy drinker the drink package might be right for you, but most who do purchase the ultimate drink package wind up drunk and obnoxious by the end of the night, based upon my prior experience on Majesty of the Seas. The liquor bottle prices are somewhat higher than past years, I believe that you can get a better prices on the islands for selective liquors. Check out the prices in the on ship liquor store and see if you can get a better deal on the islands. As I have been in the Port Canaveral, Miami, Key West and the Bahamas on numerous times before, I did not do any excursions, however looking at the excursion brochures, the prices are not very reasonable. In Nassau, Bahamas stay away from the nearby Junkanoo beach, its a public beach, noisy, crowded and lousy drinks, beach chairs and umbrellas are worn, dirty and torn.

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Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by wisnir

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2016
  • Destination: Bahamas
My wife and I cruised the Grandeur of the Seas last year, mid November, 2015, and the quality of the food was a lot to be desired. The "Manhattan" steak was small, thin and tasted like leather, this cruise, all of the meal in the main dining room was of an excellent quality and very tasteful. The main dining room for breakfast had excellent food and service.

The Windjammer buffet, however, was okay, about par from what you expect for a all you can eat restaurant.

The entertainment both the production shows, the musicians two concerts, the headliners were all excellent.

In the casino, as a part of the RCCL's Casino Royal program, I received complementary adult beverages while gambling. The bar service did not start until noon, so as an early slots player I was a little disappointed on the sea day without my morning Bloody Mary. You have to accumulate 1000 points combined on the gaming tables and slot machines to qualify for free adult beverages on the next RCCL cruise, it takes about $3 for each point on the slots. The prizes are tee shirts, golf shirts and free play and promotional casino chips. The tournaments were somewhat of a disappointment, the prizes could have been better, mostly a few dollars, a tee shirt and promotional chips or slot free play. The casino staff and management were excellent and friendly. Comparing the RCCL's Casino Royal program with the Carnival Cruise line's Premier VIP casino program, Carnival appears to have a superior program, as the tournaments and monetary prizes are substantially more. Both offer complimentary adult beverages while gambling.This was a nine day cruise, but the casino is closed the first and last evening of the cruise as the ship is in US territorial waters and RCCL doesn't allow gaming when in US waters, so in effect, if you are on the casino program its a seven day night and eight daytime gambling. The casino is closed while its in port, except for Nassau, when it opens in the evening.

Had an interior stateroom #2581 and my stateroom steward, Oliver, was excellent, I had requested ice and fresh wine glasses daily and they were there every night. The interior rooms are small, but traveling as a single, it was fine. The RCCL's TV selection is extremely poor, the RCCL's promoting its shops and pushing the preferred retailers on the ship's destinations became tedious after a while. Two ESPN channels, the left politically slanted CCN and Headline News, became nauseating due to the recent elections and this plummeting of the president elect for 24 hours a day. There were a couple of movie channels and other foreign language channels that show reruns of The Big Bang theory, and Two Broke Girls over and over again, with the same episodes, the same for the cartoon channels and the Disney channels, same shows over and over again. I recognize that the reason they do it to keep you out of your cabin, and shopping and / or drinking.

I did not purchase any of the drink package, cocktails are $8 to $11, with specials in the Viking Crown lounge was $7 from 5 to 8 pm, but the tack on the automatic 18% tip. Sodas are $2.50 each, so if you are a heavy drinker the drink package might be right for you, but most who do purchase the ultimate drink package wind up drunk and obnoxious by the end of the night, based upon my prior experience on Majesty of the Seas.

The liquor bottle prices are somewhat higher than past years, I believe that you can get a better prices on the islands for selective liquors. Check out the prices in the on ship liquor store and see if you can get a better deal on the islands.

As I have been in the Port Canaveral, Miami, Key West and the Bahamas on numerous times before, I did not do any excursions, however looking at the excursion brochures, the prices are not very reasonable.

In Nassau, Bahamas stay away from the nearby Junkanoo beach, its a public beach, noisy, crowded and lousy drinks, beach chairs and umbrellas are worn, dirty and torn.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 2581
Queen size (two twins put together) bed, small sofa, desk and chair with a small round table and two night stands. Standard bathroom with the stick to the body shower curtain, plenty of hot water, the heat and AC were functioning properly. Its an interior, inside cabin. Plenty of storage and closet space. There are two 110 outlets, if you use a CPAP, you get the distilled water from your cabin steward and not from room service.

TIP: bring a nightlight and an alarm clock,
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