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Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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The Solarium at Sea

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by ecrock1115

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2019
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View

So, my parents decided that they wanted to see Bermuda again, and wanted to take the rest of us - so we were a group of 10 (7 adults, 2 teens, 1 kid). My husband and I live in Baltimore, so my parents decided we should go out on the Grandeur. This was our third cruise, the first two were one the Carnival Pride (so fair warning, there will be some comparisons).

The best:

The solarium is an amazing place on this ship. A glass enclosed adult-only section with a little food counter and direct access to the spa with the sauna and steam room. It was amazing, and WAY better than the Pride's adult only section. We almost always were able to find lounge chairs, and the pool is a real sized pool!

Actually, both pools were real sized - which was a definite step up from the Pride's pools, with way more hot tubs.

We ate at Chops one night and it was delicious! (on par with the prides steak house)

The staff is all very friendly and sweet and helpful.

Comparing to the Pride: Embarkation and departure were a dream on the Grandeur - Easy and fast. (the Pride was a nightmare both times)

The Good:

The windjammer was delicious for breakfast and lunch. The great Gatsby was mostly good for dinner. The spaces on the ship (south pacific lounge, centrum, schooner bar) were beautiful.

The bad:

Dining: Not one dinner meal did everyone get their food at the same time - and my mom is a stickler for 'no one eats if everyone doesn't have a plate'. We received poorly done meat (seriously - who eats well done prime rib?). And breakfast in the main dining room was disgusting (cold eggs benedict two mornings in a row . . ugh).

Maintenance: 2 of the 9 elevators were broken from day 1. 2 of the remaining were on/off throughout the cruise (luckily it's a small ship).

Entertainment: The Schooner bar piano guy (andy?) needs to retire. No voice, not familiar with all the words to songs and very low energy. the beautiful south pacific lounge was bad karaoke multiple nights of the 5 night cruise. The ship basically closes down except the one night club room and an outdoor movie playing by 10pm each evening.

Room: the beds were cots shoved together. Lumpy and hard.

Verdict: I wish this ship could get a revamp - better food, better entertainment - because the ship itself is lovely and had a lot of promise. But, as is? I won't be choosing this ship over the Pride. The RC cruises typically are more expensive than Carnival, and the pros weren't enough to sway me.

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Cabin Review

Ocean View
Cabin 3N 3026

3026 - We had a wonderful room attendant, who let us have robes the first day. We take regular naps (usually 2) each day when cruising, and our bed was always made.

Only downers: The beds themselves were lumpy and hard - and we only got towel animals twice!

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Unfortunately, high winds meant our trip off-shore to snorkel at reefs/shipwrecks was detoured. Instead we got a glass bottom boat tour of a nearby shipwreck and snorkeling in a sheltered cove. The tour operator (Kevin) was funny and interesting. The snorkeling was not as good as the Caribbean.

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