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Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Great ship, but be prepared for an older crowd

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by Mbayli1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2018
  • Destination: the Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Interior

Fantastic ship, wonderful crew, and lots of fun on the ship. Overall, great experience! A few specifics:

Ship: Very well cared for, always clean, and we always saw people dusting cleaning, and keeping up with the wear and tear of use. It's a very small ship that doesn't require a lot of walking to get places. That's one of the things that attracts the much older crowd. I think the median age of the clientele was about 75. Lots of scooters and walkers! It will never be updated to include all the newfangled things on the newer, larger ships. VERY loyal clientele coming out of Baltimore.

Cabin: Had an inside cabin on 8 under the Serenity pool area (which was sometimes referred to as God's Waiting Room). Very quiet, didn't hear anything in the hall, above, below, or next to us. Hard to hear the announcements in the cabin, so you have to open the door when they start. The only thing I was annoyed about in the cabin was that the bed (as a king) and the dresser touched corners, which made a great place to keep laundry hidden and separate from the rest of our stuff, but annoying to get out of bed on the one side.

Dining: Every time I told someone we were trying Royal for the first time, they told me just how amazing the food was. "So much better than the other cruise lines!" they'd say. It wasn't. It was about on par with every other line we've been on. Tried Giovani's Table, which was excellent, but they just kept bringing food after we told them we were full. A lot of wasted food. And whoever the pastry chef was should be fired for thinking that galaktoboureko was somehow a dry, semolina dough ball instead of a custard layered onto phylo dough. Overall the food was good. Very wide variety in the Windjamer for both lunch and dinner. Breakfast was standard fare, dining room breakfast was useless. Lunch in the dining room was also useless. Both had fixed menus that rarely changed. Dinners in the Dining Room was pretty good on most nights. Don't even try the coffee. Just go to Starbucks every morning. Sometimes they forget and brew 2 vats of coffee per 1 packet of coffee grounds.

Entertainment & Activities: If you're into trivia, you'll be sorely disappointed. Why? Because people ruin everything. On our sailing was a group of about 12 people who had sailed so many times that they knew every answer. Maybe change up the questions, trade with another ship, whatever. Shows were adequate, as were the other things to do. But god help you if you don't get there early - you will NOT get a seat. Oh, and if you want to rock climb, don't even thing about doing it with slightly damp clothing! They'll send you away.

Service: OUT-gorram-standing service! Every crew member we met was fantastic! This is the one thing that really saved this ship from being tedious.

Ports & Excursions: 3 days out and back from Baltimore was long, but it's OK. Just have to make sure to plan more indoor activities for people other than gambling on the colder days.

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