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Windjammer hot food was never hot, with limited selections. Dining room food was below average for a cruise ship. Extra charge specialty restaurants where up to expectations. Practically non-existent Casino VIP program, hassled just trying to get the free drinks. Seemed the bar staff didn't get the message on how to treat the casino VIP's. We were in a Jr. Suite, so it's size was OK, but just OK. Still small for a Jr suite, and all the other categories were under-sized. Embarkation was fine, disembarkation was the worst ever (and we are 60 times cruisers). Seemed like they just got everybody off the ship to stand in a backed up line (for 45 minutes) getting into the terminal. Even the mega new RCI ships move the people more efficiently and with almost 3 times the number of passengers. There did seem to be a hard core number of passengers who seemed to be return customers on this ship and like it. Most seemed to be non-fly old-timers who only cruise this ship because of convenience. What a bore! The itinerary attracted us as something different and we had never been to Charleston, so that was good. We had not been to Coco Cay and still haven't because they can't dock there and we didn't either because the sea was too rough. I was told that's common. Entertainment was old school but OK for us for a change from the bigger ships, we're not the late party people. The service overall was amazingly upbeat, friendly, and diligent. No enrichment on board, which is true across RCI. We like the lectures on Celebrity and some other lines. Gym is very small of course, actually cramped feeling with limited number of machines. So all in all we are done with this ship, never again. As far as RCI is concerned, we're booked on Anthem next month, and Adventure in Sept, also sister line Celebrity in August, so we're not soured to RCI overall.

Good for those who don't have much to compare it to

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by dougiefresh

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2017
  • Destination: Bahamas
Windjammer hot food was never hot, with limited selections. Dining room food was below average for a cruise ship. Extra charge specialty restaurants where up to expectations.

Practically non-existent Casino VIP program, hassled just trying to get the free drinks. Seemed the bar staff didn't get the message on how to treat the casino VIP's. We were in a Jr. Suite, so it's size was OK, but just OK. Still small for a Jr suite, and all the other categories were under-sized. Embarkation was fine, disembarkation was the worst ever (and we are 60 times cruisers). Seemed like they just got everybody off the ship to stand in a backed up line (for 45 minutes) getting into the terminal. Even the mega new RCI ships move the people more efficiently and with almost 3 times the number of passengers. There did seem to be a hard core number of passengers who seemed to be return customers on this ship and like it. Most seemed to be non-fly old-timers who only cruise this ship because of convenience. What a bore! The itinerary attracted us as something different and we had never been to Charleston, so that was good. We had not been to Coco Cay and still haven't because they can't dock there and we didn't either because the sea was too rough. I was told that's common. Entertainment was old school but OK for us for a change from the bigger ships, we're not the late party people. The service overall was amazingly upbeat, friendly, and diligent. No enrichment on board, which is true across RCI. We like the lectures on Celebrity and some other lines. Gym is very small of course, actually cramped feeling with limited number of machines. So all in all we are done with this ship, never again. As far as RCI is concerned, we're booked on Anthem next month, and Adventure in Sept, also sister line Celebrity in August, so we're not soured to RCI overall.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 8570
Small for a Jr. Suite but apparently way better that all the other undersized categories. Oh and very few balconies on this old ship. Glad we at least went for what we did. Seems to be a core of regulars on this ship who go on the cheap and keep returning. So good for them if they like it that way. And our bathroom was TINY for a jr. suite, balcony OK.
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