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Sail Date: January 2018
This was my first RCCL cruise. I wanted to compare it with Carnival and a cruise we took last year on Carnival Freedom. Even though the ship was smaller, I really enjoyed Grandeur. We had great weather heading down there, but ran into ... Read More
This was my first RCCL cruise. I wanted to compare it with Carnival and a cruise we took last year on Carnival Freedom. Even though the ship was smaller, I really enjoyed Grandeur. We had great weather heading down there, but ran into 12' seas on days 10&11. I could feel the ship rolling, but not enough to induce any motion sickness. Food was great, but dining venues were more limited than on the larger Carnival Freedom. Ports of call were great, even though I did not take an excursion in every port. Verizon cell phone data plans work in the US Virgin Islands (voice calls incur an extra charge--use Skype for voice calls.) The islands were beautiful, and I enjoyed getting out and walking around at every port. There was little variety in shopping venues in each port. Kudos to Kays Fine Jewelers, whose prices beat Amazon.com by 20%, tax free. Be the first customer to their store to get the best price. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
Sailed the Grandeur again with cruise buddies. Whata hoot! As usual the crowd was on the gray side. Food and service was great as always. The Grandeur has a reputation as the friendliest ship in the fleet. It's true! I got sick on ... Read More
Sailed the Grandeur again with cruise buddies. Whata hoot! As usual the crowd was on the gray side. Food and service was great as always. The Grandeur has a reputation as the friendliest ship in the fleet. It's true! I got sick on board with upper resp issue. The medical staff was top notch. Through and caring, I can't say enough about them. Entertainment was good but the RCL routines are getting old. St. Thomas has about recovered in the downtown area. Still some bldgs. w/o their roof. St. Maartin's water taxi dock is gone. They now let you off closer to the cruise ship dock. Not so much in the middle of the shopping area as before. The windjammer food and service was terrific as usual. Chef Brouno does an excellent job and the coffee was very good too. Cut up fruits and salads were fresh and crisp, especially the pineapple and melon. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We went with a group of 31 people from the Elks. We all had a good time despite the weather. The food was good, the entertainment was good. We appreciate how much the staff cleaned all the time to make sure we had a healthy trip. The ... Read More
We went with a group of 31 people from the Elks. We all had a good time despite the weather. The food was good, the entertainment was good. We appreciate how much the staff cleaned all the time to make sure we had a healthy trip. The music was entertaining. We especially enjoyed the violinist and guitarist. They were very gifted. The ventriloquist was very funny. Really enjoyed his show. Watched it two times. We also enjoyed the Tango dancing. We like the size of this ship. Easy to find your way around. The entire staff was very friendly. We also enjoyed the Anchor Society get together where we got to be introduced to all the Captain and his staff. All in all it was a good trip despite the fact we lost 2 days due to technical problems. We will be sailing again soon hopefully with RC. Thanks to everyone on board for making it a great vacation!!!! Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
The ship is old and not in the very best state of repair. The activities seemed pretty limited. The gym was almost a joke. Departure of the cruise was delayed a couple hours to allow for more time to clean the ship since there had ... Read More
The ship is old and not in the very best state of repair. The activities seemed pretty limited. The gym was almost a joke. Departure of the cruise was delayed a couple hours to allow for more time to clean the ship since there had been an illness outbreak on the previous trip. I think they should have taken a lot longer to clean the ship since both myself and my girlfriend got quite sick on the ship. And I suspect quite a few other people became ill because toward the end of the trip I was seeing far fewer people around and was hearing quite a bit of coughing. Not a cruise for people who don't like boat movement. I enjoyed all of the rolling on waves, but it was pretty much all day, every day. I have been home a couple days and am still feeling heavy rolling feelings, which is not enjoyable like it is on the ship. The weather was pretty terrible the whole time. I know that isn't controllable, but the average temperatures in January and February from Baltimore to South Carolina makes a person wonder how advised it is to be running this route in these months. I blame myself for not having considered this to be as big of a deal as it turned out to be. They cancelled 3 of the 5 stops during my cruise, so I can't speak to the quality of Charleston, Grand Bahama, or Cococay. Baltimore is a crappy city, in my opinion, and I will be happy to never visit there again. Port Canaveral has no business being a stop for anything claiming to be entertainment. If you are super into NASA, sure, go visit, but I don't think this cruise stop gives enough time to someone who wants to specifically go see that. Otherwise Canaveral seems to be a unremarkable central Florida coastal town with little of interest to offer. Nassau Bahama was a pretty typical Caribbean island city from my experience. By which I mean it is a bit more crowded and expensive than I prefer, but the different buildings, culture, ecology, and attitude of the locals makes it a pleasant place to check out. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise because we had been on the ship once before (Canada & New England) and the cruise, our first, was absolutely fantastic.....friendly, clean, accommodating. We also chose this particular cruise so we could experience ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had been on the ship once before (Canada & New England) and the cruise, our first, was absolutely fantastic.....friendly, clean, accommodating. We also chose this particular cruise so we could experience beaches and sunshine in mid winter! HA!!! Cut short, I understand. Bad weather, I understand. Crew attitude and lack of understanding or CARING about our dilema of 7 day cruise, only 2 ports, I don't understand.We could have gone to Freeport, a non-tender excursion port, but RC bypassed that so we could go, OR NOT, to THEIR resort COCO CAY and spend our time and moreso MONEY in their resort. It didn't happen. Stuck on boat for 2 days with nothing to do. I asked if they could at least provide free wifi......NOOOOO! But they did offer other excursions at $200 per person, in the RAIN! Don't get me wrong, the food was good, the entertainment was ok, and our attendant was, well, an attendant. Would I go on Royal Caribbean again? Probably, but with much trepidation. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Chose the cruise for the ports, but several were dropped when it changed from 9 to 7 days. We still had a great time. The crew aboard the Grandeur were awesome. Casino folks were pleasant and treated my son and I courteously. Our ... Read More
Chose the cruise for the ports, but several were dropped when it changed from 9 to 7 days. We still had a great time. The crew aboard the Grandeur were awesome. Casino folks were pleasant and treated my son and I courteously. Our room attendant, Iketut was tremendous. The waitstaff at the main dining seating, Stevan & Marko did a great job and the food was enjoyable. The shows we caught were a display of some very talented folks. The Tango Bueno Ares was spectacular. We did not know how they were able to move their legs and feet in so many directions and not injuring themselves or each other. Our cabin was 4510 ,near the front, but we had no issues even during the rough sea days. We ate at Chops, Giavannis & Izumi. Great service and the food was outstanding at each of them. We particularly enjoyed a lunch and a dinner at Izumi. The brunch at Giavanni was great and was followed by a galley tour. Even with the cruise changes due to the mechanical issue, Royal made the shortened cruise a great one. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
I picked this cruise because my parents have cruised with Royal MANY times and always gush about how good it was and how relaxed they felt . HOWEVER, I would not use relaxing to describe our experience. We got an e-mail 2 days prior to ... Read More
I picked this cruise because my parents have cruised with Royal MANY times and always gush about how good it was and how relaxed they felt . HOWEVER, I would not use relaxing to describe our experience. We got an e-mail 2 days prior to our departure explaining that there was Noro Virus on the ship and therefore our boarding process would be delayed. Then we got another e-mail explaining that the ship had problems with the rudder and therefore we would not be sailing on the 11th, and would be delayed to the 13th. We were offered compensation for the 2 days, and provided with an updated sailing itinerary. We were also told that we could have a full refund if we chose not to sail. Because MANY arrangements had been made for myself and my family to go, we decided to continue on anyway. I wish we hadn't. 2 days makes a BIG difference on this cruise, and I feel that we did not spend any time in the "sun" at all (more on that later). ANYWAY- DAY 1-- we boarded in Baltimore, it was our first cruise and had NO idea what we were doing, we got into the ship at about 2pm ISH and were told that the state rooms were not ready, and wouldn't be for a while, this left me, my husband and our 4 kids lost on the ship, as it was our first cruise we had NO idea where to go and everyone working there was SO busy there was no one to ask. We ended up in a restaurant that wasn't included in the cruise fare, and we accidently walked through the back entrance. One of the wait staff welcomed us anyway. and sat us with people who didn't look impressed to see us (mainly the kids) who were starving and excited (not a good combo) . We had no idea that there were other options to eat at that time. We stayed at that restaurant for 10 min, then decided to leave (boy were those people relieved) and wander to see what else there was. We did eventually find the windjammer (thank goodness) ate, then left to wander some more, we missed out on a really good movie because we didn't know it was playing and some other events on the first day because we had to drag our bags around. We just sat where we could find a chair and waited. Would have been nice to know that kids could have gone to Adventure Ocean and we could have enjoyed a Movie... ANYWHO we eventually got our rooms and the "cruse compass" sheet which helped ALOT. Ate dinner in dining room VERY NICE -- No complaints at all food was excellent wait staff awesome. DAY 2-- CRUISING- Food Great- Only issue was inside pool was for adults only and I found that more often than not the weather was poor so our kids missed out on swimming because the outside pool was either too cold or sloshing onto the deck. Other pool is indoor and only for 16 PLUS BIG DOWNSIDE FOR FAMILY and was not opened for children very often, despite the poor weather all trip DAY3- FLORIDA- Getting on and off ship was smooth, went on air boat excursion, fun, then back to ship DAY 4- NASSAU-- This port was a HUGE let down FIRST-because of our changed itinerary -- we didn't arrive until 1PM ish and were really crunched for time to get to any shops, RAN thru them as fast as we could so we could get to our glass bottom boat tour then back to the ship- This day was supposed to be our "Long" day in the Bahamas BUT-- we were told by ANYONE we asked not to be on the island past sundown because it is NOT safe. SHAMEFUL that this was counted as our long day and it really was only 5 hours at most. Boarded ship and ate dinner-- went to show only to find out that our Coco Cay day (supposed to be going next day) was cancelled because they couldn't tender the boat) ASIDE-- I spoke with others who said that they were not sure that Coco Cay even existed because on the MANY cruises they had been on they had NEVER tendered there -- WOW--- so since our cruise was already being cut short.... Why didn't they cut the place that they NEVER get to stop at anyway????????? we could've at least had 2 stops then -- Felt this was very poor planning, and in general that there should be a back up place to sail to if Coco Cay is not an option due to weathers since this happens quite a bit and not once and a while. I know that Royal is building a port/pier at Coco Cay (YAYE) right now, but until its functioning this should be better planned for Anywho-- we decided to sleep in the next day as we had no place to go.......and were staying in Nassau. DAY 5-Nassau-- (again)-- Well, we woke up and went down to the general info desk to find out what was going on that day as things had been changed, only to find out that there were excursions planned by the excursion desk. GREAT-- or so I thought until I looked at the sheet and found out that over 75% of them had already left-- at 8AM or 9AM- I was VERY upset about this, as we had booked a beach hut for Coco Cay so technically we had something going on with them already and no once contacted us to say "hey noticed you planned on something in Coco Cay, want to re-book for Nassau? When I asked they said they had printed the sheets at 10PM the night before but NOTHING was delivered to our rooms or announced. I was not the only one upset about this, MANY unhappy campers . We tried to make the best of the day by going to the beach, but as the rest of the weather on this trip, it followed suit and was windy/raining (not Royals Fault) but was not pleasant. In addition to this, I have to say Nassau is NOT the nicest Island. I have 3 little girls, and I was CONSTANTLY harassed by the locals about hair braiding, everywhere we went, usually MULTIPLE times. Its so bad even the cruise director joked about it. Plus, the straw market smells like PEE and since you can't be out past sundown this place is really only good till 6pm anyways-- this port should be the only cut short, as its really not a place you can spend too much time at after dark anyway. DAY 6- Heading HOME--- This was the craziest day at sea-- My family and I spent the WHOLE DAY in BED-- the seas were at 15 or more feet and we were charging thru :( There were sea sickness bags EVERWHERE-- and people being sick almost everywhere. Royal cannot obviously control this-- it just added a crummy/ wasted day to our already cut short vacation :( To anyone planning a cruise PLEASE GET YOURSELF A PATCH FOR BEHIND YOUR EAR. In general the seas were pretty rough for our cruise, we handled it pretty good until this day. You never know how you will react to the "motion of the ocean". I wish we had come better prepared. Crew was very nice thru this process, and I felt bad for them having to clean this up :( DAY 7 -- you pretty much spend this day getting off the boat-- went pretty smoothly, However, just be aware that this will take at LEAST an hour if you have anyone picking you up. Overall-- we REALLY enjoyed the dining, and some of the shows were really excellent. Felt that the cruise should have been rescheduled after original issues as 7 days is not long enough to get down to the Bahamas and back-- No tan, no sun :( 1 port :( Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Departure was delayed two days due to a rudder problem and we missed stopping at Grand Bahamas and Charleston. Royal Caribbean made a fair and good refund in return for our inconveniences. The crew was always polite and eager to please. ... Read More
Departure was delayed two days due to a rudder problem and we missed stopping at Grand Bahamas and Charleston. Royal Caribbean made a fair and good refund in return for our inconveniences. The crew was always polite and eager to please. Mahir, the head waiter at our table, was amazing, professional, efficient, friendly, and entertaining. He reminded me of waiters in fine NY restaurants, and I would think he has a great future ahead of him. I am gluten free, and my needs were met with help choosing menus and great concern. The food was in the dining room and throughout the ship was very good. At no time time we have a problem with any crew members. I am not giving this cruise the highest rating due to cold and windy weather, the delay, and missing ports. Royal Caribbean and it’s crew certainly did their best under difficult conditions. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Wanted to cruise to Charleston, but wasn’t meant to be on THIS cruise due to Maintenance Issues and a small outbreak of Norovirus. But we felt we were compensated nicely and will try to make this same cruise in the future. So our ... Read More
Wanted to cruise to Charleston, but wasn’t meant to be on THIS cruise due to Maintenance Issues and a small outbreak of Norovirus. But we felt we were compensated nicely and will try to make this same cruise in the future. So our Cruise was cut short by 2 days in the beginning, then we couldn’t make 1 stop on the way back due to high winds which was out of the cruise line so control (yes this has happened with other cruise lines), all in all we were forced to be pampered and eat our way thru the cruise and at the end after paying all our room fees, port taxes, stuff we bought on the ship we still had a “sizable credit” coming home. I would call that a nice cruise! Thank you Royal Carribean! Only complaints would have been was in the entertainment part while at sea. They really need to update the TV and what they have available, especially when Seas are a bit rough and people are spending more time in their rooms. There are no CD’s available or movies to rent thus making for a very LONG and ROUGH day/night. Read Less
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