1 New Orleans to Europe - Western Mediterranean Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Reviews

This was our 6th cruise, and 4th with Royal Caribbean. We originally planned to take a larger vessel and had booked with our travel agent, however, after speaking to some friends, we learned that the Grandeur of the Seas, leaving from New ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise, and 4th with Royal Caribbean. We originally planned to take a larger vessel and had booked with our travel agent, however, after speaking to some friends, we learned that the Grandeur of the Seas, leaving from New Orleans, was essentially the same as the Voyager of the Seas, with the same ports, at a much reduced price. We then booked with the cruise line directly. We advised our travel agent that we wanted a refund for the original cruise. Her response was that by changing the booking from Royal Caribbean to her she could even save us more money. So we did it. This is our fifth Xmas cruise all with our three teenagers. Generally we have travelled with a large group of people who we know. This was our first family trip where we didn't know a soul. We arrived in New Orleans on the 23rd of December, leaving one day early in case the flights were delayed or cancelled. We travelled U.S. Airways and no sooner than we arrived in New Orleans, one of our 6 bags was "lost." The weather was just at freezing, something that has not happened in many years there. Without a warm jacket, we weren't able to explore New Orleans. However, just as promised, three hours before we were to board ship, the missing suitcase arrived. We were feeling much better. The nasty weather didn't end as we sailed. The seas were rough and the temperature and wind did not improve. Even with stabilizers, there was some rocking and rolling for a few days. My teenagers and wife were not happy campers, but we still took advantage of most of the facilities. The rough seas did not allow us to visit the Cayman Islands, or Coco Cay in the Bahamas, but we did stop at Nassau and Miami instead. In the end the weather did improve, but there was always a refuge in the Solarium for us. My three sons, aged 17, 19 and 20 had a pretty good time, in spite of there being no basketball court as they had on other cruises. We actually were seated for supper with another family from our home town and we all had a great time. The food at supper and the wait staff were the best we've ever had. They searched out shrimp cocktail for every supper, the boys had steak every night and they were only too willing to find berries of all sorts especially for us. As we don't eat bread (Atkins) they brought us celery sticks every evening with a great Blue cheese dip. The food and service were as good as any top-rated restaurant, and our home town is Montreal, where there are an abundance of great places to dine. We can't say enough great things about our waiter Alex and helper Bruno, as well as our head waiter, whose name I never learned. The Windjammer had a good selection of food, but was not as good as dinner, so after a few days we ate breakfast and lunch at the restaurant as well. Our inside cabins were o.k., not the largest, but adequate, as all we did there was sleep and shower. My wife used the gym twice a day, and although it had machines she liked, there were not enough of them for a ship that size. We never use the Spa facilities other than the gym, as they are quite overpriced and a friend had an hour massage that only lasted 40 minutes. We read about an odor on the Internet reviews, but smelled it only in our bathroom, the day we sailed and another time while waiting outside the Great Gatsby restaurant for breakfast one morning on the 4th floor on the port side of the ship. I don't like taking the excursions, so the fact that we couldn't dock a few days did not disturb me. The boys were upset that we couldn't take the jet-ski excursion in Coco Cay, but we found out too late that they could have gone in Key West. The casino was very smokey, as we are non-smokers, and at times we left before we really wanted to. Besides the dining room staff at supper time, we found the crew in general was not as regimented and pliable to our request as on previous cruises. Everything else about the Grandeur of the Seas was as promised. In spite of the bad weather, we were glad we didn't plan to go to southeast Asia, instead, on our vacation. One last thing. Upon our arrival in New Orleans, we learned about a service called RUSH IT! airport storage and delivery. For about $40.00 they stored our bags when we disembarked. We were then free to explore New Orleans before our flight at 6:00 p.m. They delivered the bags to the airport, where we picked them up before our flight home. I would rate the ship and Royal Caribbean very highly. Read Less
Sail Date December 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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