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Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review
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Grandeur Has Sunk Compared To Last Year

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by Jhanders59

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2016
  • Destination: the Southern Caribbean

I was on the Granduer for Christmas just last year. The only difference is that last year RCCL offered 2 week long cruises over the holidays, when this year it was 1 12-day cruise over both Christmas and New Years. Compared to last year:

1. Qualtiy of food drastically went down.

2. Dinner menue selections were repetitive.

3. Quality of both dining room and cabin steward service drastically went down.

4. Entertain was just plain bad. Most in my group of 20 (who are Emerald & above Crown & Anchor members), either walked out of each show or sat through them and complained about how bad they were.

5. Only thing on the TV that ever changed was CNN and Sports. They continually ran the same episodes over and over and over.

6. All but 2 movie was geared toward children. Christmas children's and animated shows are expected, but after Christmas, they still ran the same kid's movies in the Palladium and on Pool Deck: Angry Birds, Minions, Annie were each show 3-4 times each. James Bond's Specter (1 time) and Suicide Squad (2 times) were the only adult movies shown and not until January 2nd, the 10th day of a 12 day cruise.

7. Never had an outdoor luch barbecue.

I would not recommend the Grandeur, except for the fact that it leaves out of Baltimore, so we didn't have to fly.

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