Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by smd604
- Sail Date: December 2016
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
I was a bit challenged early on for this booking to change to a larger ship. I really believed that Royal Caribbean is focusing their efforts on the larger ships and not putting as much attention into the smaller ships. I like the smaller ship and departure port, but again to be honest I can not put down the larger ships since I have never sailed on one. I seriously considered changing my booking to a large ship prior to this cruise, but with a price drop I was encouraged to stick with the voyage.
As I boarded it was clear that items have been cut from what cruising used to be, and in just a short time. The Windjammer had very little variety from day to day for breakfast and lunch. We did not do the buffet for dinner, but several friends did and said they would not recommend it over the main dining room. Items that used to appear on the buffet are no longer there. There was no turkey cold cuts that I used to get used to if there was not many options that appealed to me. It seemed at breakfast the only item to change was the potato's and that was merely how they were cooked and prepared. I was clear that the portion sizes in the dinning room have been cut back. While we never left hungry, it normally took two dinners to satisfy our fat tummies. This was also the first cruise that I felt the quality of the food had decreased. While most was edible and could be enjoyed, I certainly could tell a difference in the food from just over a year ago.
While I am not much on the onboard entertainment, I was thoroughly disappointed with the daily activities that lacking, especially on sea days. In fact on one day I could not find one thing on the Cruise Compass that I was interested in doing. I am really not that picky, but the schedule was nothing but Spa and Fitness (I am not fitness buff at home and certainly don't want to spend my vacation doing it). If it was not about spending money to get healthy, it was all about buying art (biggest was of valuable space on the ship, in my opinion). Otherwise you had an occasional trivia here and there, most of the themes were geared to a much older crowd. The production shows were typical of Royal Caribbean, I actually attended a couple, since there was very little around the ship to do. The Cruise Director planning of activities seem to be on another cruising schedule. The exciting events seems to happen at the most awkward of times or when in port. I truly believe that you must look at this sailing for the many sea days that are included. I used to rely on Royal Caribbean to provide events and activities to attend and plan some of the time relaxing, now about 95% of the time is spent relaxing with little options of activities to do.
I seldom, if ever do shore excursions off the ship. The ones I planned on my own or with a group saved me lots of money and were more enjoyable being tailored to the things we wanted to do.
I understand Grandeur will be refurbished next year. I am sure the push is going to be to add venues that charge additional fees. I am looking forward to sailing next year after the refurb to see what changed and what sailings will be offered in 2018. The is the first time I have ever thought about traveling long distances to board a ship and honestly considering sailing on the larger ships just to see if there is more to do and see.
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