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The Grandeur is a nice, smaller (by today's standards) ship. Out of Baltimore, most of the passengers have sailed her before, many have sailed her multiple times. This was our first sailing on the Grandeur. Everything from the Palladium Theatre thru the shops and the Atrium is smaller than most ships but the casino is comparable to most of the larger ships we've been on. The main dining room is likewise of similar size to larger ships, while the specialty restaurants are smaller. Its a mixed bag. One thing we enjoyed was regularrly seeing folks we'd met on board. The size facilitated meeting new friends. Despite its smaller size, we found a number of quiet niches for reading and writing. We took all our meals in the Main Dining Room. There were problems. We found the service to be very spotty. We were seldom asked if we wanted drinks prior to the meal, water was not refilled, our waiter was absent and unattentive at times. The food itself was uninspired and a number of dishes needed to be returned. We only return dishes that are way out of line, that is, undercooked, horribly overcooked, not as described by a long shot from the menu description, etc. This isnt to say there werent occassional pleasureable evening meals, there were. But it was a definite crap shoot. Choose carefully. The islands, 5 on this trip, were typical, though hurricane ravaged St. Marteen, where we were the first ship to port since the storm, probably should have been reconsidered by RCL. We wanted to spend money there to help the folks, but even that was hard to do. Entertainment was a high point. Excellent in variety and presentation. A special note is the the ship orchestra which was fantastic, both in solo performance and in support of the traveling acts. Crew was generally helpful and pleasant. The ship is well kept and the common areas in good repair. Baltimore is a nice place to cruise from, boarding and leaving were smooth.

No Big Surprises but a Few Bumps in the Road

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by wolfmtn

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The Grandeur is a nice, smaller (by today's standards) ship. Out of Baltimore, most of the passengers have sailed her before, many have sailed her multiple times. This was our first sailing on the Grandeur. Everything from the Palladium Theatre thru the shops and the Atrium is smaller than most ships but the casino is comparable to most of the larger ships we've been on. The main dining room is likewise of similar size to larger ships, while the specialty restaurants are smaller. Its a mixed bag. One thing we enjoyed was regularrly seeing folks we'd met on board. The size facilitated meeting new friends. Despite its smaller size, we found a number of quiet niches for reading and writing.

We took all our meals in the Main Dining Room. There were problems. We found the service to be very spotty. We were seldom asked if we wanted drinks prior to the meal, water was not refilled, our waiter was absent and unattentive at times. The food itself was uninspired and a number of dishes needed to be returned. We only return dishes that are way out of line, that is, undercooked, horribly overcooked, not as described by a long shot from the menu description, etc. This isnt to say there werent occassional pleasureable evening meals, there were. But it was a definite crap shoot. Choose carefully.

The islands, 5 on this trip, were typical, though hurricane ravaged St. Marteen, where we were the first ship to port since the storm, probably should have been reconsidered by RCL. We wanted to spend money there to help the folks, but even that was hard to do.

Entertainment was a high point. Excellent in variety and presentation. A special note is the the ship orchestra which was fantastic, both in solo performance and in support of the traveling acts. Crew was generally helpful and pleasant.

The ship is well kept and the common areas in good repair. Baltimore is a nice place to cruise from, boarding and leaving were smooth.
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Cabin 3626
The windows on this ship are huge. The cabin is the usual size, the shower is the curtained type that some say is a bit smaller than some others, you do not get a fridge, storage is adequate and the bed comfortable by cruise standards. Nothing in this cabin will be unfamiliar to the experienced cruiser and nothing, save the window, will be a big plus. Noise wise, there is a door to the next room and we could hear every word spoken by our neighbors. I assume the reverse was true also. No ice bucket was provided, no robes, you need to ask for both, we did and they immediately appeared at our door.
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