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We chose this cruise because it left from Baltimore, which my wife and I had not seen before. It also was easily accessible by plane (not overseas, etc). We also liked the ports, in particular, Charleston, Miami, and Port Canaveral, where we went to Cocoa Beach. Unfortunately, there were some major drawbacks. First, Royal Caribbean International (RCI) has apparently done away with purchasing minutes for the internet, or day-by-day access to internet. Instead, one must pay 15.99 minimum for access for one device for the ENTIRE cruise. This comes out to abut $150. I think one can cancel the balance before the end of the cruise, but that is little consolatioin. It is much more affordable to purchase minutes or access as needed. Second, one of our shore excursions was canceled. This was no problem, in itself. It was rough windy seas, and the snorkeling tour was canceled. However, there appeared to be no alternate preparation on behalf of the shore excursion desk. We got up there, along with half a dozen or so others to book another tour, and there was no posting of what tours were available, no brochures of all the excursions (which existed, but were nowhere in sight), so each person took a huge amount of time, talking to the ONE staff person available. We went back to our room and looked at the brochure and decided against an excursion. In additon, there was very little to celebrate the cruising experience. Usually on a cruise, at least one night, there is a "midnight buffet" and often on another night there is a display of a carved ice sculpture, and even some carved vegetables, etc, showing off the chef's and chef's staff's talents. NEITHER of these occurred. Also, there was no celebration or special music on the last night of the cruise. It was fairly quiet and low key. Not bad perhaps, on other nights, but a deafening silence on the last night. All in all, we will not return to RCI in the future. The shore excursions themselves, the food in the Windjammer, the stateroom and stateroom attendant were all great. However, there were too many missing elements, or overpriced elements ($69 for an all access tour around the ship: the kitchen, etc. Cruises often provide this once during a cruise for free or a nominal fee).

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Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by kshore10

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2018
  • Destination: Bahamas
We chose this cruise because it left from Baltimore, which my wife and I had not seen before. It also was easily accessible by plane (not overseas, etc). We also liked the ports, in particular, Charleston, Miami, and Port Canaveral, where we went to Cocoa Beach.

Unfortunately, there were some major drawbacks. First, Royal Caribbean International (RCI) has apparently done away with purchasing minutes for the internet, or day-by-day access to internet. Instead, one must pay 15.99 minimum for access for one device for the ENTIRE cruise. This comes out to abut $150. I think one can cancel the balance before the end of the cruise, but that is little consolatioin. It is much more affordable to purchase minutes or access as needed.

Second, one of our shore excursions was canceled. This was no problem, in itself. It was rough windy seas, and the snorkeling tour was canceled. However, there appeared to be no alternate preparation on behalf of the shore excursion desk. We got up there, along with half a dozen or so others to book another tour, and there was no posting of what tours were available, no brochures of all the excursions (which existed, but were nowhere in sight), so each person took a huge amount of time, talking to the ONE staff person available. We went back to our room and looked at the brochure and decided against an excursion.

In additon, there was very little to celebrate the cruising experience. Usually on a cruise, at least one night, there is a "midnight buffet" and often on another night there is a display of a carved ice sculpture, and even some carved vegetables, etc, showing off the chef's and chef's staff's talents. NEITHER of these occurred.

Also, there was no celebration or special music on the last night of the cruise. It was fairly quiet and low key. Not bad perhaps, on other nights, but a deafening silence on the last night.

All in all, we will not return to RCI in the future. The shore excursions themselves, the food in the Windjammer, the stateroom and stateroom attendant were all great. However, there were too many missing elements, or overpriced elements ($69 for an all access tour around the ship: the kitchen, etc. Cruises often provide this once during a cruise for free or a nominal fee).
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