Two years in a row in January on the Grandeur is a lot better way to get to warm waters and plenty of sun traveling on a nice ship through choppy waters than the grueling voyage on I-95 in crowded traffic surrounded by crazy drivers.
The boat driver on the Grandeur had some work to accomplish to navigate the heavy weather on this voyage, but they call it an ocean, not a lake - thus one should expect rock and roll - not just in the theater.
The staff of this ship is terrific, friendly, responsive and personable. Glen the maitre'd in the My Time set the standard for good service. Victoriano served our group in the Chef Table for the second year in a row and the filet was the best anywhere.
The steaks served in the main dining room could have been used to repair the parking lot in Baltimore. All other meals ranged from good to great on all twelve days.
The Rockport Band vocalist who plays the piano has one of the best voices in any arena today - anywhere. The women playing the violin and guitar in various locations on the ship were accomplished musicians and the Grandeur orchestra was one of the best we have ever had on any ship at any time over the years.
The cruise director and her assistant were difficult to understand but they sure tried hard. The ship is still well maintained and in good shape, no difference from our first voyage on the Grandeur in 2008 however Royal is going to send her to a subsidiary in one year and replace it with a bit bigger ship.
Some of the reviews that criticize the age group of passengers due to their mobility and advanced age are simply written by folks that should book a booze cruise on another line and hope they never get old. The geezer crowd enjoyed themselves and were not rowdy beyond some occasional cheating at board games near the Park Cafe.
Some of the shore excursions could be better organized at the pier but once they got underway, they were top-notch.