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Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by srgriffin77

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

We chose this cruise because Baltimore was within driving distance. It was our first cruise.

People said that the food would be great but....it wasn't. We typically eat at fine restaurants and so we were prepared to see similar fare. Not even close. The Windjammer Buffet was a feeding frenzy with people acting like they never saw food before. It quickly looked like a feeding trough for barnyard animals. The Windjammer desserts looked amazing but they had no taste. The MDR service was great however the food and menu choices weren't very special. The menu got worse as the week progressed. I'm thinking of one of the last nights there was an appetizer: "Chilled Strawberry soup with Mint foam" The last few days seemed like they were trying to get rid of leftovers. I'm thinking of the Smoked Salmon cut up and scrambled in with eggs.

Our cabin steward, Joseph, was the best part of our trip. He kept everything clean and orderly. Many other floors had a sewage smell but ours was kept odor free.

There were some warm days however, the wind and rain kept us from enjoying the outside pool and the one day we could...some kid pooped in the pool and they closed it until the next day. (at sea, they dumped it and refilled it)

The Adults Only Solarium permitted children during certain times because of the weather however, The Solarium resembled a nursing home by 10 am everyday. There were scooters, walkers, and canes. Older guests took up all the indoor poolside seating most laying there fully clothed, asleep, not even using the pool. The one man was so slack-jawed, I wondered if he might be deceased. The outer seating was filled with older guests playing cards, dominoes, scrabble and the like.

The older guests never left. They would sit, sleep etc until it was time to eat again. Some people were cruising back-to-back-to-back. One lady said she'd be there for another 115 days!

We only get one vacation a year. The full-time cruisers could not care less. This was their cruise ship and we were the interlopers.

The Charleston Historical tour was great and very informative.

The RCI provided tour guides in Miami were not the best. We felt man handled as we were quickly forced onto a double decked bus. I was concerned that we were being kidnapped.

We didn't go to Cococay. We didn't even know this was a possibility. We had our most special excursions planned for that port. It didn't ruined our time together but I was devastated. This was a special day planned especially for my husband. Excursions were reimbursed but we took the whole cruise without ever getting to see a beach.

We may try cruising again but not on this ship.

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Cabin 3V 3021

Our cabin was perfect for us. Joseph did a great job of keeping everything clean and orderly.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

City Tour

We were quickly forced onto a bus. I felt rushed and man-handled the entire tour. It was a hop on-off tour but I was afraid to get off the bus. The tours guide seemed so flaky that I wasn't entirely sure that they'd be back. He did explain several times that he was vegan and also pointed out where we could get "medicine"

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Perfect Day at CocoCay

We didn't get to go to CocoCay. Although the weather was a known factor before we left the bahamas, the captain pressed on. We would have rather spent an extra day at Nassau then having to spend an extra day at sea. We might have been able to actually go to a beach.

Island Tour

It was okay. A little Hokey.

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There was too much cloud cover for a sunset. The wind picked up and it began to rain. The offered extra rum punch and opened the glass bottom part. The said that they couldn't take us back where we started for "safety reasons" but dropped us off in the rain in front of a bar and gift shop.

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Kennedy Space Center

We didn't receive a map. The tour guide always seemed to be pushing. She kept talking about the "Apple-O" mission. I finally caught on that she was trying to say Apollo.

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City Tour

Informative and knowledgeable tourguide

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