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Coming from CT and not wanting to fly, we chose Grandeur and Baltimore. We have little interest in RCI’s monsters from Bayonne, and NCL’s product is simply unacceptable on many levels. It is too bad HAL and Celebrity abandoned the huge NY market, Amtrak to Baltimore beats a winter flight, and Grandeur’s reasonable size was enticing. While food quality and service level show the same deterioration which is damaging mass market cruising across the board, Grandeur’s staff are friendly, competent and seem to care about delivering a good experience. The cruise director needs a hard “slap upside the head”. A number of activities got re-scheduled/relocated; he failed to show up at one venue because he didn’t reset his clock for time change; he neglected to schedule anyone to run another activity - he had a glib tongue, but needs to do his job. The ship was clean, but showed age and careless maintenance - many rust spots on balcony, the hinges on the doors between balconies were inoperable, doors were sloppily locked in place with metal straps - meaning that cleaning had to be done by going through each cabin. RCI is obviously getting maximum mileage with minimal upkeep. Interesting, very loyal, passenger mix / very many multiple repeat cruisers, virtually all came from within a two or three hour drive of the port - obviously sharing my approach. The itinerary was ideal - I love sea days, hitting the warm Gulf Stream within 24 hours of plowing through ice on upper Chesapeake Bay is a great attraction of winter sailings.

An easy escape from winter.

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by navybankerteacher

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony
Coming from CT and not wanting to fly, we chose Grandeur and Baltimore. We have little interest in RCI’s monsters from Bayonne, and NCL’s product is simply unacceptable on many levels. It is too bad HAL and Celebrity abandoned the huge NY market,

Amtrak to Baltimore beats a winter flight, and Grandeur’s reasonable size was enticing. While food quality and service level show the same deterioration which is damaging mass market cruising across the board, Grandeur’s staff are friendly, competent and seem to care about delivering a good experience. The cruise director needs a hard “slap upside the head”. A number of activities got re-scheduled/relocated; he failed to show up at one venue because he didn’t reset his clock for time change; he neglected to schedule anyone to run another activity - he had a glib tongue, but needs to do his job.

The ship was clean, but showed age and careless maintenance - many rust spots on balcony, the hinges on the doors between balconies were inoperable, doors were sloppily locked in place with metal straps - meaning that cleaning had to be done by going through each cabin. RCI is obviously getting maximum mileage with minimal upkeep.

Interesting, very loyal, passenger mix / very many multiple repeat cruisers, virtually all came from within a two or three hour drive of the port - obviously sharing my approach.

The itinerary was ideal - I love sea days, hitting the warm Gulf Stream within 24 hours of plowing through ice on upper Chesapeake Bay is a great attraction of winter sailings.
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Cabin Review

Spacious Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 4B 7124
Comfortable, well laid out, good storage space.
Deck 7 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins