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My BIL chose this ship to celebrate his retirement. My sister, their 3 kids and their spouses and two grandbabies went, along with me, DH, our 2 sons and their fiancee/girlfriend. 16 of us altogether. Our two families cruised on Grandeur in Feb 2000 and this was our first time back on her in 17 years. The ship was in very good shape; we've all done many other cruises since 2000, some on RCCL and some on other lines, mostly on much larger ships (including Allure), so it was difficult to remember Grandeur clearly. We were pleasantly surprised. DH and I had been on Navigator in Feb '17 and didn't expect much, as we knew Grandeur was much smaller, but we found ourselves really liking some features of being on a much smaller ship. One of the unexpected pleasures was the ease with which we moved about. No one's cabin was far from anything! The MDR, WJ, spa, pools, theatre, etc were all nearby. There were more than enough seats for everyone at any venue. In the past, if we wanted to see a show, we'd head to the theatre about 15-20 minutes early to find a seat, but this wasn't necessary on Grandeur. Also, the theatre seating appeared very new and comfortable. The WJ was small! We ate there only a few times, preferring the MDR for most meals and all dinners. We met many interesting folks during breakfast and lunch in the MDR and due to the small size of the ship, met up with many of them during the cruise at Trivia, one of the bars, etc. Another benefit of a small ship was tendering and visiting Coco Cay. The ship emptied quickly with a minimal wait and the onshore picnic lunch was very nice; there weren't any long lines with people jostling all over. BTW, a seagull swooped down and stole a piece of suckling pig right off of my plate while I was still in the buffet area! The cruise will be a memorable one for us because we cruised with family (who live out of town). We enjoyed spending time with them. It was great to reprise our trip of 2000 with our (much larger) family. ONE BAD THING: The UPSELLING, particulary the first several days of the cruise, was WAY OVERDONE!!! When embarking, guests were obliged to run a gauntlet through the Centrum where barkers were stationed, pushing drink packages, spa treatments, extra dining venues, Internet package, you name it. The upsell continued into the MDR, with an upsell offered at each meal for the first several days, ie, get a Chops-type steak for only $10 extra, etc. After about the 1/2 way point, the upsell suddenly mostly stopped. (Yea!). I read reviews of Grandeur before this cruise and there were many complaints; there will always be something to complain about, but we chose to make this an enjoyable trip. It was a thoroughly relaxing, much-needed respite from our very stressful jobs and we came back feeling refreshed!

Great time on Grandeur

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by chattyCathie

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2017
  • Destination: Bahamas
My BIL chose this ship to celebrate his retirement. My sister, their 3 kids and their spouses and two grandbabies went, along with me, DH, our 2 sons and their fiancee/girlfriend. 16 of us altogether. Our two families cruised on Grandeur in Feb 2000 and this was our first time back on her in 17 years. The ship was in very good shape; we've all done many other cruises since 2000, some on RCCL and some on other lines, mostly on much larger ships (including Allure), so it was difficult to remember Grandeur clearly. We were pleasantly surprised. DH and I had been on Navigator in Feb '17 and didn't expect much, as we knew Grandeur was much smaller, but we found ourselves really liking some features of being on a much smaller ship. One of the unexpected pleasures was the ease with which we moved about. No one's cabin was far from anything! The MDR, WJ, spa, pools, theatre, etc were all nearby. There were more than enough seats for everyone at any venue. In the past, if we wanted to see a show, we'd head to the theatre about 15-20 minutes early to find a seat, but this wasn't necessary on Grandeur. Also, the theatre seating appeared very new and comfortable. The WJ was small! We ate there only a few times, preferring the MDR for most meals and all dinners. We met many interesting folks during breakfast and lunch in the MDR and due to the small size of the ship, met up with many of them during the cruise at Trivia, one of the bars, etc. Another benefit of a small ship was tendering and visiting Coco Cay. The ship emptied quickly with a minimal wait and the onshore picnic lunch was very nice; there weren't any long lines with people jostling all over. BTW, a seagull swooped down and stole a piece of suckling pig right off of my plate while I was still in the buffet area!

The cruise will be a memorable one for us because we cruised with family (who live out of town). We enjoyed spending time with them. It was great to reprise our trip of 2000 with our (much larger) family.

ONE BAD THING: The UPSELLING, particulary the first several days of the cruise, was WAY OVERDONE!!! When embarking, guests were obliged to run a gauntlet through the Centrum where barkers were stationed, pushing drink packages, spa treatments, extra dining venues, Internet package, you name it. The upsell continued into the MDR, with an upsell offered at each meal for the first several days, ie, get a Chops-type steak for only $10 extra, etc. After about the 1/2 way point, the upsell suddenly mostly stopped. (Yea!).

I read reviews of Grandeur before this cruise and there were many complaints; there will always be something to complain about, but we chose to make this an enjoyable trip. It was a thoroughly relaxing, much-needed respite from our very stressful jobs and we came back feeling refreshed!
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Cabin 2094
We usually cruise in a balcony room, but because Grandeur is an older ship, the balconies were limited. We chose an outside room with a large window, which was otherwise very similar to the balcony cabin. Plenty of storage; some drawers were left empty. Didn't feel any motion in our stateroom.
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