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Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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1,835 Reviews

Overall very good, a few minor improvements possible

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by FCfree

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2018
  • Destination: Canada & New England
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View

We went into Baltimore two days prior to the cruise, both to ensure no travel problems and to have a full day to explore Baltimore. Embarkation was good, although we apparently had priority boarding through AAA, yet it was not noticed and we had to stand in line, which took about an hour. Cabin was clean and nice and as expected. Bathroom is small compared to Disney but we knew that going into this cruise. Dining was excellent and wait staff was 100%. Could not ask for anything more. One elevator appeared to be having some problems but overall ship was in very good condition. On-board entertainment could have been improved. Overall service was excellent. Captain wisely swapped two port days (Halifax, St. John) to avoid Hurricane Chris. Disembarkation was very smooth with paid transfer to the airport.

A lot of activities were to promote the spa (and its associated additional cost). No traditional poker table, only a blackjack table that appeared to be converted to a Texas Hold 'em table. Blackjack tournament ($25) consisted of playing only 7 hands, then the person with the most chips moved on to a final round at the end of the trip. Bingo was $39 and up. More lectures about ports would have been appreciated.


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Cabin Review

Ocean View
Cabin 2N 2568

The cabin was what we expected. We knew that it was not a large room and in fact, it wasn't. However, it was nice and quiet down on deck 2. They do have some music and activities in the centrum area, so if booking a room on deck 4, 7 or 8, be aware of that if booking mid-ship. Cabin attendant kept the room in excellent condition with at least twice daily service. Nice towel animals.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Baltimore

None were offered by RCCL. We did our own thing, touring the USS Constellation and seeing the 4th of July fireworks.

Lexington and Concord

RCCL first had this scheduled 10 AM to 2 PM. Not ideal as there was no way to get lunch. Their operator then changed the tour to 3 PM to 7 PM. Even less ideal as there was no way to get dinner. We booked our own independently. Much better way to go.

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Schooner Sail

Good tour. I recommend it. I prefer doing tours with the cruise line as you know they will hold the ship for you, but what is packaged by the cruise line is not always the best. I would (and did) use RCCL's "Portland by Land and Sea" tour and enjoyed it.

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Acadia National Park

Wanted a tour where we could control the pace -- spend more time at locations that interested us and less time where we were not that interested. Private tour was the way to go here.

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Cadillac Mountain

Wanted a tour where we could control the pace -- spend more time at locations that interested us and less time where we were not that interested. Private tour was the way to go here.

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City Tour

Wanted a tour where we could control the pace -- spend more time at locations that interested us and less time where we were not that interested. Private tour was the way to go here.

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Island Tour

Wanted a tour where we could control the pace -- spend more time at locations that interested us and less time where we were not that interested. Private tour was the way to go here.

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Wanted a tour where we could control the pace -- spend more time at locations that interested us and less time where we were not that interested. Private tour was the way to go here.

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City Tour, Bay of Fundy, and St. Martin

Wanted a tour where we could control the pace -- spend more time at locations that interested us and less time where we were not that interested. Private tour was the way to go here.

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City Tour

All Things Canadian, organized by RCCL gave us a great overview of the Halifax area. It was 7 hours long, but allowed for a stop for lunch. Nicely organized and always easy when organized by the cruise company.

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Halifax

All Things Canadian, organized by RCCL gave us a great overview of the Halifax area. It was 7 hours long, but allowed for a stop for lunch. Nicely organized and always easy when organized by the cruise company.

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Lunenberg & Mahone Bay

All Things Canadian, organized by RCCL gave us a great overview of the Halifax area. It was 7 hours long, but allowed for a stop for lunch. Nicely organized and always easy when organized by the cruise company.

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Peggy's Cove

All Things Canadian, organized by RCCL gave us a great overview of the Halifax area. It was 7 hours long, but allowed for a stop for lunch. Nicely organized and always easy when organized by the cruise company.

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