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Different itinerary that the usual Carribiean for a family vacation that was not over-the-top in cost. We had a nice time in the ports but these ports are more site-seeing than "fun activities" such as amusement rides (although one had zip lining) so the kids didn't have the greatest time doing that. I loved Halifax and Bar Harbor. Our day at Boston coincided with "Pride parade" so it was very crowded. Ships wifi was expensive and poor connectivity unless you were on the deck; even poor in dining room. Was better at the port terminal than on the ship! Food was really good in dining room and pretty good in Windjammer. Main complaint is the onboard activities were full of art auctions and lectures on arthritis and they cut back on gameshow type activiites, Bingo, etc... On our last cruise they had Bingo 3x on a sea day once. When asked why so little on this cruise, answer was that the Southern lounge was one of the only places to accomodate a popular game like Bingo but they had to use it for art auctions so this limited Bingo time. They could have used the Theater I am sure. One Love-and-Marriage game in theater on day 2 and most of the other onboard games were 20 min scavenger hunts and trivia (which was crammed in the Schooner lounge so good luck getting a seat unless you came 20 min or more in advance). It just seemed lacking compared to past cruises. The late dinner time seemed to be a punishment as there was hardly anything going on by the time you finished by 915 or 930 - one activity in the Centrum at 9:30 (why do they use such a small area - again, couldn't ever get seats?) but after that only late-night dancing. No fun activity after 9:30. Music and shows geared toward older crowd with lots of 1950's stuff (but they did have a Lionel Richie musician who was great at what he did but Lional Richie...really?) . Comedy shows and magic show were good. Perhaps it was the size of the Grandeur but we were disappointed with the onboard activities and a bit disappointed with headliner shows. Maybe we need to stick with the Oasis class or, after 5 Royal cruises, try a different line. Also cutbacks are noticeable (unless you pay the additional fees)...what happened to mints on pillows or midnight buffet at least once on the cruise? Pushing "specialty" restaurants to make more money. I wish they'd just charge me a bit more up front and not during the cruise. One thing, however, that I liked was in the dining room on some nights for extra $10 you could get a fillet mignon and a glass of wine. That was a nice yet cheap addition to the menu without having to go to Chops grill for $30. So overall good cruise but also disappointing in few ways compared to our prior Royal experiences.

Northern US/Maritimes

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by docgordon

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Different itinerary that the usual Carribiean for a family vacation that was not over-the-top in cost. We had a nice time in the ports but these ports are more site-seeing than "fun activities" such as amusement rides (although one had zip lining) so the kids didn't have the greatest time doing that. I loved Halifax and Bar Harbor. Our day at Boston coincided with "Pride parade" so it was very crowded. Ships wifi was expensive and poor connectivity unless you were on the deck; even poor in dining room. Was better at the port terminal than on the ship! Food was really good in dining room and pretty good in Windjammer. Main complaint is the onboard activities were full of art auctions and lectures on arthritis and they cut back on gameshow type activiites, Bingo, etc... On our last cruise they had Bingo 3x on a sea day once. When asked why so little on this cruise, answer was that the Southern lounge was one of the only places to accomodate a popular game like Bingo but they had to use it for art auctions so this limited Bingo time. They could have used the Theater I am sure. One Love-and-Marriage game in theater on day 2 and most of the other onboard games were 20 min scavenger hunts and trivia (which was crammed in the Schooner lounge so good luck getting a seat unless you came 20 min or more in advance). It just seemed lacking compared to past cruises. The late dinner time seemed to be a punishment as there was hardly anything going on by the time you finished by 915 or 930 - one activity in the Centrum at 9:30 (why do they use such a small area - again, couldn't ever get seats?) but after that only late-night dancing. No fun activity after 9:30. Music and shows geared toward older crowd with lots of 1950's stuff (but they did have a Lionel Richie musician who was great at what he did but Lional Richie...really?) . Comedy shows and magic show were good. Perhaps it was the size of the Grandeur but we were disappointed with the onboard activities and a bit disappointed with headliner shows. Maybe we need to stick with the Oasis class or, after 5 Royal cruises, try a different line. Also cutbacks are noticeable (unless you pay the additional fees)...what happened to mints on pillows or midnight buffet at least once on the cruise? Pushing "specialty" restaurants to make more money. I wish they'd just charge me a bit more up front and not during the cruise. One thing, however, that I liked was in the dining room on some nights for extra $10 you could get a fillet mignon and a glass of wine. That was a nice yet cheap addition to the menu without having to go to Chops grill for $30. So overall good cruise but also disappointing in few ways compared to our prior Royal experiences.
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Cabin Review

Interior
Cabin 3V 3017
Small (but expected, especially on older ship) but clean and excellent service. They really need to add more outlets in this day and age when we have multiple devices to charge. We had to buy an multi-outlet extension cord at our first port! A clock would be nice also. TV programming was pitiful (very few channels for entertainment, no movie channel options even to purchase). If you have bad weather on a sea day especially, or just want to relax after a long shore excursion, a better TV option would have been nice. We could have been fine on our laptops with Hulu or Netflix but the wifi in the stateroom was AWEFUL and dropped connections constantly.
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