3 New Orleans to Caribbean - Southern Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Finally getting around to post this review. This was our second RCCL cruise, and will not be our last. First, The Grandeur is a very nice Ship, and the upkeep is obvious. It's not the biggest or nicest, but a good value. New Orleans ... Read More
Finally getting around to post this review. This was our second RCCL cruise, and will not be our last. First, The Grandeur is a very nice Ship, and the upkeep is obvious. It's not the biggest or nicest, but a good value. New Orleans is a fantastic Port of Call, and a big reason we booked this cruise. My wife, daughter (15), son (12)and I flew in a day early and left a day after the cruise to enjoy "The Big Easy." We'll be back to N.O. also. Check in was easy, except that only then did RCCL inform us that due to hurricane damage, the Grand Cayman stop would be changed to Key West. Our Ocean view room was ready for us, and showed only slight wear and tear after nine years use. Luggage showed up one bag at a time over several hours. PATIENCE. They are dealing with thousands of bags. These rooms are small, and a good tip is to bring a clear plastic shoe or accessory holder designed to hang over the bathroom door. Lots of slots to put your stuff. The bathroom was a bit mildewy, but we brought cleaner for that.We also dressed for dinner in shifts to avoid elbowing each other. The SMELL: You've heard about the sewage smell on the lower decks. We smelled something one or two days, hardly worth mentioning from the third deck. Food. We were quite happy with the quality and selection. Only eat Dinner in the main dining room. Even your server will tell you that. You waste too much time for the same food that's in the Windjammer. I liked the appetizers and soups the best. The steaks were OK, not the best you'll have. The brand new Ben & Jerry's/Coffee shop opened up for our cruise (Feb 12-19), but we were so full all the time we never tried it. Plus, coffee is available free outside the Windjammer most of the time. Near the Solarium, Burgers and hot dogs (good, fries (really good) and pizza (well..) are offered until late. The worst part of the ship were the two "Putt-putt" holes. Rotted and warped, they are a bad joke. My son spent hours on the rock climbing wall, and mornings we would get up before the girls and work out, eat and save spots by the pool. Being February, it was too windy and cool most days to lie out. That was disappointing. Entertainment: The shows were fine, not blow your socks off, but professional. We liked the casino, and appreciated the kind and helpful blackjack dealer. Stops: Key West was first. Most people would probably not have much fun here, because the ship stopped for only about five hours. Fortunately, my wife and I spent five days here last year, so we made the most of our time. Rent a golf cart or scooter and go crazy! Get a photo at the Southern Most point in the U.S., visit Hemingways house, Jimmy buffett's place and if your really lucky, eat breakfast at "Blue Heaven." Second stop was Cozumel. Find the row of taxis and ask about the free beach ( I forget the name)past San Francisco Beach. S.F. Beach is the famous one, but it's $12 each! From the free beach (food, drinks, a pool)my son & I booked a great snorkeling trip. Let the girl take your photo, but don't buy it until you are in the taxi. You'll get it for a few bucks. I'll say here what I say often to picky travelers: If you don't have fun on a cruise ship, it's your fault. They can keep you busy all day with events (Bingo, kareoke, trivia, cooking, wine tasting.....) Each day we looked forward to the next days schedule so we could plan our day. Drinks add up, so go for the 'drink of the day'. It's a bit cheaper. The pop card for kids seems pricey, but it will probably pay off. If you feel the desire to sneak a bottle in your room to drink cheaper, you may need to call Betty Ford. There is so much more, but I've blabbed long enough. If you get a good deal, the Grandeur is a good choice. Read Less
Sail Date February 2005
GRANDEUR AIN'T GRAND We just got back from a cruise on the Grandeur, and we were disappointed. This was our 14th cruise on 12 different ships and this takes the place as the worst. If we never took a cruise before it would have left ... Read More
GRANDEUR AIN'T GRAND We just got back from a cruise on the Grandeur, and we were disappointed. This was our 14th cruise on 12 different ships and this takes the place as the worst. If we never took a cruise before it would have left a better taste in our mouths, but there were numerous problems that when you compare them with other ships, they stand out. The main problem that we had was the staff and their dedication to service. There were some people who were extremely nice and helpful, including our waiter and Head waiter, but that was about as fair as it went. The assistant waiter was a psycho who was more interested in gabbing with the other passengers. We constantly had to ask for ice tea, or a straw or lemon or bread. At first we thought they were under-staffed, but we noticed all of the other tables were getting the usual service. The other staff members were busy, while ours was providing us with world views and criticism of other passenger nationality issues. The head waiter and our waiter noticed us with empty water glasses and other short comings and had to pick up the slack. On every other cruise, we had our ice tea on the tables before entering the dining room, just like we wanted it with a straw and lemon. The other service in the Windjammer was worst. We asked for cream cheese one day and the person standing nearby told me they didn't have any more. Another member who overheard me, went in the back and got it for me. My wife noticed there wasn't any chocolate donuts out, and asked and got a response, "check the other side". This was never the treatment we experiences before on RCCL or other cruiselines. The staff always made you feel like you were the owners of the ship. One night we went to Windjammer for dinner at 8:40 and at 9pm they started busting up a marble counter on one side of the room with a masonry saw. The air in half the room was filled with a cloud of dust not to mention this shrill sound of the saw. At 9:10 I walked over to the dessert station, and they removed all of the desserts. The dining room manager was standing right in front of the area and didn't ask me if he can get us anything. We asked the port and shopping person who was on duty, where we can go to in Aruba to lay on the beach at a hotel, by paying a day fee. She barely knew her name. She was absolutely no help at all. Our fellow cruise critic passengers knew much more information. This type of service was typical. As for the food, the Windjammer food was like a typical cafeteria. Some stuff day after day with a slight variation. The food in the dining room was better, but not by much. The used to have a strip steak every night for those that didn't like the selection. Now they have something referred to as a ranch steak which doesn't taste so good. In the Solarium, I walked in one morning and slipped and fell on the floor. Two women sitting there, mentioned that someone spilled coffee over an hour earlier and the staff who handed out towels walked past there and didn't clean it up or put a wet floor sign there. The floors when wet from people by the pool sometimes had signs, but this didn't. The smells of sewage that were mentioned in previous critic reviews were noticeable in our cabin and the hallway and elevator area (Deck three). When we mentioned it to the cabin steward, we got a "what smell?". We asked for an air freshener and he sprayed the cabin, that masked the smell for a short time. The room was nice and it didn't show much wear as other people have mentioned. We had a nice time, just being away, the people in the cruise critic group were great and always love cruising. We were on the Serenade in December, and it was much much nicer than the Grandeur. Read Less
Sail Date May 2004
GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS MAY THE 1ST 2004 Well let me start by saying that I have been on 6 other cruises Carnival Celebrity ncl & Rcl lines. ALSO my wife & I are both 38 yrs old & we traveled with friends 2 people to a cabin. ... Read More
GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS MAY THE 1ST 2004 Well let me start by saying that I have been on 6 other cruises Carnival Celebrity ncl & Rcl lines. ALSO my wife & I are both 38 yrs old & we traveled with friends 2 people to a cabin. The ages of the people on the ship were varied with a lot of people our age! Embarking was the fastest I've seen! We got a Limo at the airport although the 1 we booked wasn't there! We got 1 for $40 for 4 people booze included its cheaper than the bus thing! We waited for 5 min online & boarded in another 10. Public rooms : The ship was in great shape! I was worried because I read some very bad reviews. Besides the SS norway It was the nicest ship Ive been on! Pool & solarium was great! chairs plentiful by the pool sometimes we stood for 5 min by the solarium. but didn't have a problem! The Dining rooms were very nice even though we were seated by the door.The theater was very nice & spacious! the seats very comfortable! The village people were there even though we missed them. Also the bars' decor was Elegant & the Disco the nicest I've seen on a ship! CABINS: Another thing I was worried about as the Sq. feet listed was the smallest I've seen BUT the way it was arranged was the best I've seen! we were very comfortable there our cabin was close to the champagne bar which was a great location also I had a soda pass all I had to do was walk like 15 feet to the bar for sodas in the room. I recommend the soda pass & getting a cabin next to the bar! I didn't think about this when I booked my cruise but I lucked into it! The only shore excursion I did was the Fiesta party boat in Cox Mexico! It was FANTASTIC! I will do it 2-3 more times as I am a cruise addict & will be there again I am sure! Dining was excellent! Again I heard so-so reviews about this & I was wondering what they were talking about! The only ship line that I was on that was better was Celebrity & It was a close 2nd. The shrimp in the cocktails were small my only complaint! I had escargot on special order almost every night & My wife & I asked our waiter to see the following night menu every night If we didn't see anything that grabbed us we would just order something special that wasn't on the menu! They always accommodated us! The entertainment was good although we were too pooped to go to a lot of shows! The value for price was excellent!!!! I cannot stress this enough!! I booked online and got a lg inside for 2 for $500.00 per person & booked my own air! $500 was a lot cheaper than any other cruise I've been on & the cruise was 9 nights instead of 7!as we were repositioning to Baltimore I live in NYC & I know that it is safer to book through the cruise line but what I did was find out what airline flight the ship would have booked me on & booked it myself! Knowing that if the flight was late the ship would wait for the other passengers which on the way home I noticed a lot of them. I would recommend booking through an online agency as I found that the prices are a lot cheaper as these agencies buy cabins in blocks of 100 or so at a much lower rate & sell them at a profit. RCL wanted $900 for the same cruise & cabin. I would & I am going to go on this ship again. I was so pleased with everything this was my favorite ship even though the SS Norway was a little nicer the service was better on THE GRANDEUR the pools Bigger The soda pass is unique. I would have rated the Norway as a 5 The Carnival Destiny as a 4 the Ncl sun a 4 the celebrity Zenith a 3 just to name a few for all you cruise addicts out there who might have been on other ships. Now RCL is my favorite cruise line! Read Less
Sail Date May 2004
Grandeur of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.0
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 3.5 3.8
Public Rooms 3.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.8
Enrichment 1.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.5 3.9
Rates N/A 4.2

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