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We wanted to do a quick cruise for my summer vacation from school and wanted to avoid flying. Driving to Baltimore from our home in Virginia was relatively quick and easy and we arrived a bit later then we usually do (12 ish) and parking was fairly quick. We always avoid the porters and carry our luggage on and off the ship. The embarkation was very, very quick and the line was very short. As we are Diamond on Royal, we had no wait at check in and it was fast. We had expected a medical questionnaire but there was none. We were on the ship by 1 pm and the cabin was available. We did a first on this cruise and had an inside cabin. Our room was tight but functional. After we stowed our cases we sorted out our soda packages and reserved our My Time dinner reservation and had a quick lunch at the Windjammer (which is alll the way forward on Deck Nine) and then unpacked. Soon it was time for the drill at our Muster Station. We lingered after Captain Patrick dismissed us to watch departurre from Baltimore and as it was a Saturday the watercraft that followed us out of the cruise terminal and past Fort McHenry and into the Chesapeake Bay. The cruise in a nutshell...Very good (A minus).. five days is short and we are accustomed to more than one day at sea coming and going to Bermuda...staff save one at guest services were very friendly and helpful. What was surprising was the invisible cruise director. On all our previous cruises on Royal the director is everywhere and heard all the time. Maybe it was us — go figure. Grandeur is showing her age gracefully and she was undergoing some repair work. There was nosy work being done by the Solarium (aft on the pool Deck) but it was not that distracting. Weather was great for most of the cruise as we missed the remains of Beryl...very nice in Bermuda and heavy rain, wind and whitecaps waves (seas maybe 15 to 20) came up in the evening after we left Bermuda and lasted all morning and finally eased towards late afternoon when the sun broke through. Arrival back in Baltimore was like clockwork and we were off the ship and through customs by 8 am. Hit rush hour traffic out of Baltimore but home by 11. All in all a nice little cruise. FOOD We found the food to be very good and the main dining room staff was excellent as usual. We like Asian Indian food and were disappointed not to see it on menu. We mentioned it to our assistant waiter and she told our head waiter and the next night we had a spicy and hot fish curry, dahl, a hot chutney and rice. The only thing missing was the naan bread! It has been our experience on Royal that they will move heaven and earth to satisfy the guests. The escargot was on the menu twice and the prime rib was melt in your mouth. My wife likes her food hot and not once did it have to go back. We kept our breakfast to oatmeal and fruit and coffee for breakfast and salads and my favorite cheese burgers and fries for lunch. The snack food fare at the Solarium bistro featured pork loin sandwich and horseradish. Yum! They have other treats also. We are at CHOPS for. special deal and food and staff were excellent. We did a sushi making class at Izumi and ate the results of our world. Our soda package at $8 a Day was a waste but there was more than soda available with it. My wife had the vitamin water. We just did not drink enough of it. STAFF Our room attendant was somewhat helpful and he tried. My wife has trouble with a hard mattress and requested a pillow topper to ease the hardness. He tried but his solution did not work out that well. The dining room staff we had were superb as they always are. They went over and above for us. It was a mixed bag at guest services. Most were great but we had trouble with one of our ship tours and took our concerns to him and he really could not be bothered. The guys outside (maintenance and pool lifeguards) were great and friendly. Even the security guys and gals smiled. POOLS and HOT TUBS One must get one’s swimming and soaking in early or you will be without a chair and in wall to wall people. The Solarium is a nice place for grownups but it can be s bit warm if the roof is not opened. The addition of life guards st the pools is s good thing.

Quick Five Day Cruise to Bermuda

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by Buoy65

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2018
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Interior
We wanted to do a quick cruise for my summer vacation from school and wanted to avoid flying.

Driving to Baltimore from our home in Virginia was relatively quick and easy and we arrived a bit later then we usually do (12 ish) and parking was fairly quick. We always avoid the porters and carry our luggage on and off the ship. The embarkation was very, very quick and the line was very short. As we are Diamond on Royal, we had no wait at check in and it was fast. We had expected a medical questionnaire but there was none.

We were on the ship by 1 pm and the cabin was available. We did a first on this cruise and had an inside cabin. Our room was tight but functional. After we stowed our cases we sorted out our soda packages and reserved our My Time dinner reservation and had a quick lunch at the Windjammer (which is alll the way forward on Deck Nine) and then unpacked. Soon it was time for the drill at our Muster Station.

We lingered after Captain Patrick dismissed us to watch departurre from Baltimore and as it was a Saturday the watercraft that followed us out of the cruise terminal and past Fort McHenry and into the Chesapeake Bay.

The cruise in a nutshell...Very good (A minus).. five days is short and we are accustomed to more than one day at sea coming and going to Bermuda...staff save one at guest services were very friendly and helpful. What was surprising was the invisible cruise director. On all our previous cruises on Royal the director is everywhere and heard all the time. Maybe it was us — go figure.

Grandeur is showing her age gracefully and she was undergoing some repair work. There was nosy work being done by the Solarium (aft on the pool Deck) but it was not that distracting.

Weather was great for most of the cruise as we missed the remains of Beryl...very nice in Bermuda and heavy rain, wind and whitecaps waves (seas maybe 15 to 20) came up in the evening after we left Bermuda and lasted all morning and finally eased towards late afternoon when the sun broke through.

Arrival back in Baltimore was like clockwork and we were off the ship and through customs by 8 am. Hit rush hour traffic out of Baltimore but home by 11.

All in all a nice little cruise.

FOOD

We found the food to be very good and the main dining room staff was excellent as usual. We like Asian Indian food and were disappointed not to see it on menu. We mentioned it to our assistant waiter and she told our head waiter and the next night we had a spicy and hot fish curry, dahl, a hot chutney and rice. The only thing missing was the naan bread! It has been our experience on Royal that they will move heaven and earth to satisfy the guests. The escargot was on the menu twice and the prime rib was melt in your mouth. My wife likes her food hot and not once did it have to go back.

We kept our breakfast to oatmeal and fruit and coffee for breakfast and salads and my favorite cheese burgers and fries for lunch. The snack food fare at the Solarium bistro featured pork loin sandwich and horseradish. Yum! They have other treats also.

We are at CHOPS for. special deal and food and staff were excellent.

We did a sushi making class at Izumi and ate the results of our world.

Our soda package at $8 a Day was a waste but there was more than soda available with it. My wife had the vitamin water. We just did not drink enough of it.

STAFF

Our room attendant was somewhat helpful and he tried. My wife has trouble with a hard mattress and requested a pillow topper to ease the hardness. He tried but his solution did not work out that well.

The dining room staff we had were superb as they always are. They went over and above for us.

It was a mixed bag at guest services. Most were great but we had trouble with one of our ship tours and took our concerns to him and he really could not be bothered.

The guys outside (maintenance and pool lifeguards) were great and friendly. Even the security guys and gals smiled.

POOLS and HOT TUBS

One must get one’s swimming and soaking in early or you will be without a chair and in wall to wall people. The Solarium is a nice place for grownups but it can be s bit warm if the roof is not opened.

The addition of life guards st the pools is s good thing.
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Cabin Review

Interior
Cabin 1V 7545
The cabin was tight but functional. The setup, when we arrived, was two single beds separated. We immediately told our cabin steward (Rodolfo) and he told us they would be pushed together by evening. And they were. it was very tight getting in and out of bed on my side. My wife had good access in and out of bed.
Lots of lighting options (one light on each side of bed...two overhead room lights...good lights by the drawers and good light in the head. Plenty of closet and drawer space and room to stow the luggage out of the way. Mirrors everywhere...by bed, on wall opposite bed, by the chest of drawers and in head.
Royal uses a weighted curtain for the shower. One must be careful or the head will be flooded.
We are used to having a.balcony and did miss it somewhat. Having an inside room was good at getting us out and about. We would do an inside Royal room again.
A little tight but very doable.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Baltimore
    We love leaving for Baltimore as it is a quick drive from Virginia and no jet travel involved. Parking this time was quick and easy.
    Royal has made some changes to the facility and added more AC for the march up the gangway.
    For those of you who do not know Baltimore, I would recommend coming early to visit the Inner Harbor (with an excellent aquarium and Science Museum), sports fans can take in an Orioles game if they are in town and for people like me (history - Fort McHenry and literature Poe's grave).
    Take care and be aware of your surroundings as it is a big city.
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  • King's Wharf
    KIng's Wharf has it all. Shopping, history, an aquarium, and beach. If you don't want to venture far to have a Bermuda experience. This time we just shopped.
    I recommend for further afield Horseshoe Bay (for pink sand and world class beach with somewhat pricey and rusty beach chair and umbrella rental - take a tour if possible. We did it by public bus and got a good view of the southern part of the island)...a catamaran tour from King's Wharf...a water taxi to Saint George and then on to Tobacco Bay (it is a bit of a walk but worth it...sheltered beach and grottos), Hamilton is okay and where you will see the guys with Bermuda shorts. We found that the town rolls up it's sidewalks early (literally) at 5 pm. For nightlife, King's Wharf clubs and pub.
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