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285 Royal Caribbean Baltimore Cruise Reviews

My family took the 9 night cruise up the NE into Canada out of Baltimore. Without airfare, it made the trip far more economical. We paid around $3,700 before our final tab at the gift shops, bar, gratuities. Gratuities really add up at ... Read More
My family took the 9 night cruise up the NE into Canada out of Baltimore. Without airfare, it made the trip far more economical. We paid around $3,700 before our final tab at the gift shops, bar, gratuities. Gratuities really add up at $14.50/person/day. I don't debate they are deserved; just factor those in as you budget. I was on this ship in the late 90's and it's still the same. It's had a face lift, or several, but if you start looking close, you can tell it's tired. I will say that it's clean, which is what I care about most. The staff are excellent and work hard to make sure the experience is good! Age. Wow, there are a lot of older folks on this trip. It slows movement down around the ship. Not a complaint; just be aware of it. Kids activities were better than we expected based on what we had read. Our 9 and 12 year old enjoyed the kids room, pools and the rock climbing wall. Just be aware it's not a Disney cruise. The gym on this ship is terrible. Small and older equipment that needs to be replaced. I'm not sure what they would do to make it larger, but it's very much in need of a facelift and expansion. The ship is crowded. I am on the second to last day - on the ship now. When you are at sea (and you are the last two days of this trip), the place fills up quickly. Hard to find a place to sit other than your room. Two days, back to back, at sea is not ideal on this ship at all. The stops? Boston, Portland, Bar Harbor and Halifax were excellent. St. John's was our least favorite. Nice enough City, but couldn't really find much we wanted to do. Perhaps that's us? The rest were excellent stops! Avoid the "whale watching" tour they sell you at Halifax through RC. Listen, I full appreciate you can't always see a whale. However, it's positioned by RC that the likelihood you will is high. We paid nearly $200 for four of us to go and we basically went on a two and a half hour boat ride. Saw nothing more than a lobster and a crab. Terrible waste of money. Terrible. The food? It's not bad, but after 7-8 days, it gets old. You can tell what's going on. 10-15 year ago, you went on a cruise and got fed very well. Now, if you want that same experience? You are paying extra and going to their specialty restaurants. Add in the drinks and internet, you start to feel like you're getting nickel and dimed to death. It does get old in that regard. I did try a steak from their specialty restaurant. It was average, at best. Certainly not worth the up charge. I will also say, 9 days of food is hard to manage. You can only do some much to create variety. We made it a habit to have lunch off the boat in town each day. Try the café back by the gym. Great spot for an Egg McMuffin at breakfast, a light sandwich/snack in the afternoon, etc. Great food and it wasn't crowded as I don't think most people knew about it. The internet? Well, it works. It's not so slow that it doesn't run your machine, but it's certainly not blazing fast. At best, I was getting about 4mbps down and 2 up. At worst, it would manage 1 down and .5 up. It was quick enough to run FaceTime, etc. We bought a two device package. It's a real pain to connect/disconnect. About once a day, we would have to go to the customer service desk as it would "jam" and tell us we were connected even though we logged out. It would then lock us out of our account. A real pain to deal with every day. Overall, though, it's much better than I remember it being a few years ago. Useable if you need to be connected. Overall, we had a nice time. It was a great way to see many different spots that would be expensive to go to singularly. The age of the ship didn't create near the stir we thought it would. RC has done a nice job with it, frankly, and the staff was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Different itinerary that the usual Carribiean for a family vacation that was not over-the-top in cost. We had a nice time in the ports but these ports are more site-seeing than "fun activities" such as amusement rides (although ... Read More
Different itinerary that the usual Carribiean for a family vacation that was not over-the-top in cost. We had a nice time in the ports but these ports are more site-seeing than "fun activities" such as amusement rides (although one had zip lining) so the kids didn't have the greatest time doing that. I loved Halifax and Bar Harbor. Our day at Boston coincided with "Pride parade" so it was very crowded. Ships wifi was expensive and poor connectivity unless you were on the deck; even poor in dining room. Was better at the port terminal than on the ship! Food was really good in dining room and pretty good in Windjammer. Main complaint is the onboard activities were full of art auctions and lectures on arthritis and they cut back on gameshow type activiites, Bingo, etc... On our last cruise they had Bingo 3x on a sea day once. When asked why so little on this cruise, answer was that the Southern lounge was one of the only places to accomodate a popular game like Bingo but they had to use it for art auctions so this limited Bingo time. They could have used the Theater I am sure. One Love-and-Marriage game in theater on day 2 and most of the other onboard games were 20 min scavenger hunts and trivia (which was crammed in the Schooner lounge so good luck getting a seat unless you came 20 min or more in advance). It just seemed lacking compared to past cruises. The late dinner time seemed to be a punishment as there was hardly anything going on by the time you finished by 915 or 930 - one activity in the Centrum at 9:30 (why do they use such a small area - again, couldn't ever get seats?) but after that only late-night dancing. No fun activity after 9:30. Music and shows geared toward older crowd with lots of 1950's stuff (but they did have a Lionel Richie musician who was great at what he did but Lional Richie...really?) . Comedy shows and magic show were good. Perhaps it was the size of the Grandeur but we were disappointed with the onboard activities and a bit disappointed with headliner shows. Maybe we need to stick with the Oasis class or, after 5 Royal cruises, try a different line. Also cutbacks are noticeable (unless you pay the additional fees)...what happened to mints on pillows or midnight buffet at least once on the cruise? Pushing "specialty" restaurants to make more money. I wish they'd just charge me a bit more up front and not during the cruise. One thing, however, that I liked was in the dining room on some nights for extra $10 you could get a fillet mignon and a glass of wine. That was a nice yet cheap addition to the menu without having to go to Chops grill for $30. So overall good cruise but also disappointing in few ways compared to our prior Royal experiences. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We picked this ship because of the itinerary and loved the ports. However, the ship was average. Average food, entertainment, cruise director and activity staff. Another problem I had with this ship was that they put the ping pong ... Read More
We picked this ship because of the itinerary and loved the ports. However, the ship was average. Average food, entertainment, cruise director and activity staff. Another problem I had with this ship was that they put the ping pong tables so close to the smoking section of the deck. Who wants to smell smoke when they are playing ping pong? My teen sons loved the teen room. We booked excursions that were not connected to RCCL and saved money. We had a tight schedule in St. John and our private tour guide told us if we actually missed the ship, he would drive us to the next port of Halifax. We made it back in plenty of time and had an amazing time at the Fundy Trail. We flew into Washington DC and spent a couple of days there before the cruise and stayed an extra day in Baltimore at the end. Coming from FL, we enjoyed the cooler weather and got to see a lot before and after the cruise in those two big cities. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Excellent: Service,Quiet Viking Crown Lodge,Solarium Adult Pool.horseshoe Bay Beach Above average:Cabin size,bed,safe and storage,buffet food Average: Great Gatsby Meals,On board Shopping, Below Average:Movies,Entertainment, ... Read More
Excellent: Service,Quiet Viking Crown Lodge,Solarium Adult Pool.horseshoe Bay Beach Above average:Cabin size,bed,safe and storage,buffet food Average: Great Gatsby Meals,On board Shopping, Below Average:Movies,Entertainment, Very Poor: Extremely noisy and loud throughout ship,worthless library,"Priority Boarding" meant nothing,Cocca Bay and Blue Lagoon Beach excursions terrible, o swimming or snorkeling,no 1% or 2% milk at buffet,People with drinks in plastic cups allowed in ship's pools,no separate phone # for shore excursions,no weather or Baltimore channel on TV,Gatsby menu not on display for examination before meals,had to ask for shampoo(twice), robes (twice), no slippers,told to board between 11 and 3, but room not ready until 4. My biggest problem: The noisiest ship I have ever been on. The activities leaders scream, the music always blasting, and all other activities are loud.If noise, loud music, misbehaving children are not a problem, then you may be comfortable on this ship. In the future, I'll stick with Holland America. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Dining room menu was the same every night. Order your dessert when you order your entree. Order everything all at one time. This does save on time. Food was just average, nothing special. Although the crew was very nice , some ... Read More
Dining room menu was the same every night. Order your dessert when you order your entree. Order everything all at one time. This does save on time. Food was just average, nothing special. Although the crew was very nice , some were persistant on making you buy Specialty meals in the Special Restaurants on board. They walk around and ask you over and over and some won't take no for an answer, This is a total turn off. If you say no, not tonight they say "what about tomorrow night"??? Ill give you free wine with dinner . come on Madame I can see it in your eyes. You just have to walk away. When buying a souvenir cup, they acted mad if you just bought one. They wanted to sell you 6 at a "special" price. "Why dont you want 6 , Why don't you want to save money". It's very irritating. Cruise director was non existant. He hardly ever announced anything and only appeared at some shows. The ship is tired. It's clean but old. Shower curtain was slimy. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The staff on the grandeur are some of the best to sail with they make you feel like family and even enjoy laughing with you, though the ship is one of the oldest it’s well kept and they work hard to keep it as nice as possible, ... Read More
The staff on the grandeur are some of the best to sail with they make you feel like family and even enjoy laughing with you, though the ship is one of the oldest it’s well kept and they work hard to keep it as nice as possible, unfortunately the cooks on the other hand must need a raise as the food seems to get worse instead of better, save yourself some disappointment and buy the dinner package seeing as Giovanni table and Izumi still take pride in serving only the best food and don’t take Mediocrity lightly they will cook it till it’s exactly how you want it without second guessing and will even suggest trying things to expand your palate through family sharing. When it comes to shopping even as small as this ship is theirs plenty to keep you busy through the rainy days and sail days, if the food improves this ship should return to the top of the list for traveling Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We came to join friends from previous cruises for work as well as play, and to see Capt. Ante Cavala again before he goes to Brilliance. We've been on Grandeur several times, so only went to "new" shows to us. ... Read More
We came to join friends from previous cruises for work as well as play, and to see Capt. Ante Cavala again before he goes to Brilliance. We've been on Grandeur several times, so only went to "new" shows to us. Britain's Best, a Beatles tribute group, and the Tenors group were good enough that we would go again. The reworked and much safer floor version of the Seasons show, is also worthy, with 4 excellent vocalists. Note to Staff: please check those mics- you lost a good male voice that way. We've done every route Grandeur offers one to three times, but will do our favorites some more, especially Bermuda. Baltimore is an easy port for getting on and off, with good parking at the port, although the price is up 50%, to 15.00/day. If you prefer, some local hotels offer a free shuttle to/from the port and 7 days of free parking, with additional days for a daily fee if your cruise is longer. If you are comfortable in the US, shore excursions aren't as essential as in foreign itineraries, but in new ports the Hop-On Hop-Off buses are a great way to find what interests you most and allow you time and transport to go back to those places. Service is a strength with Royal, but the dining has slipped noticably, with consistently undercooked steaks- if you want medium, order medium well or well done. If you want raw, order rare. Staff are happy to replace items until you figure it out, but the galley is a lot slower than it has been on past cruises. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
we chose this cruise , as we have traveled with rccl before , but since our last one ( 4 years ago ) their standards seem to have dropped ! , mainly in the dining experience , they are too quick to try and sell speciality restaurant ... Read More
we chose this cruise , as we have traveled with rccl before , but since our last one ( 4 years ago ) their standards seem to have dropped ! , mainly in the dining experience , they are too quick to try and sell speciality restaurant dining , the meals were not presented well , very little variation in vegetables Way too much emphasis put on the selling of art / diamonds when at ports of call they hand out directions to their stores and those they obviously prefer you to shop in !! the ship we were on the grandeur is showing it,s age , however this is not reflected in the booking price , if the ships got a star rating ,at least you could know before booking . The nightime entertainment on this cruise was quit poor as most of the voyagers were elderly , the disco in the viking lounge was not discovered by many until towards the end of the cruise , so sometimes had more staff than customers Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This cruise was picked for a group because of the itinerary. We travelled from the West Coast of Canada so our expectations were high. Embarkation went very smoothly as one of our group had priority status. We were given early access to ... Read More
This cruise was picked for a group because of the itinerary. We travelled from the West Coast of Canada so our expectations were high. Embarkation went very smoothly as one of our group had priority status. We were given early access to our cabin and our luggage came along very quickly. We had a balcony cabin but it wasn't much larger than the Oceanview cabin our friends had and there was little opportunity to use the balcony so I don't think it was worth the extra money. There was lots of storage but our suitcases didn't fit under the beds. The corner shower was teeny-tiny with just a curtain so impossible to get a proper shower. This ship is very beautiful, especially the multi-story atrium and I really liked the glitz and glamour. It didn't feel dated at all. We went to the buffet for breakfast and the offerings were pretty standard. The coffee was way too strong but we had the Deluxe beverage package so most days we stopped at the Cafe Lattes for a specialty coffee before going for breakfast. There were two options for dinner and we got the 5:30 seating. I found it too early and would have preferred Anytime Dining but was outvoted. We were seated at a table for twelve with a family group of eight (no children) who were very nice. The appetizers and desserts were good but lacked variety. The entrees were hit and miss and I had to send one meal back. I didn't like the heavy duty sales pitch for the specialty restaurants that we were subjected to during dinner on a couple of occasions. There was a reduced price for the Italian restaurant on the first night so we did that. The food was delicious but too much waste - just a lot more food than we could eat. I went by myself to the Japanese restaurant for lunch one day and had very good tempura. We played a lot of trivia on the sea days and took in some of the nightly entertainment although I retired most nights around 10pm. We did find a shortage of seating in some places. Went to the Solarium pool a couple of times but no seats available, most were being occupied by a towel. There is supposed to be a 30 minute limit for this but it wasn't enforced. The Park Cafe had drinks and snacks but it was disappointing there was no pub-type restaurant for things like chicken wings or potato skins. There are more pay restaurants than free ones. The thing that stood out most for me was the excellent service. There is no shortage of staff on this ship and everyone was friendly and helpful. Almost everyone I came in contact with remembered my name and, in some cases, my drink selection. We loved the Schooner Bar where the trivia staff kept us entertained and challenged. I was very happy with all the shore excursions I selected but the biggest disappointment of this cruise was the inability to get into CoCo Cay due to bad weather. Of course, safety must come first but In speaking with regulars on the ship, this is not unusual and sometimes they stay an extra day in Nassau instead. I would have really liked that. If I had known there were only going to be four stops I may not have booked this cruise. I certainly think RCI could have anticipated this problem and had a backup plan. I'm not going to say never, but not sure I would sail on Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Food and food choices has gone down hill in the MDR. Ate there only two nights then switched to the Windjammer for the rest of the cruise. Service in the Diamond lounge was hit or miss. We would order drinks from the wait staff and ... Read More
Food and food choices has gone down hill in the MDR. Ate there only two nights then switched to the Windjammer for the rest of the cruise. Service in the Diamond lounge was hit or miss. We would order drinks from the wait staff and sometimes we got them and sometimes we didn't. Had to reorder from someone else. Most of the headliner shows were good, but I've seen the never changing Royal shows so often now that they are a waste of time. The Solarium, I don't where to start. One day children had completely taken over the pool. I'm estimating they were in the 4 to 8 age range. More then once an adult would walk up to the pool to get in, look in, then walk away. I thought the Solarium was for adults. The life guard was right there and never said a word. Children in strollers were brought into the Solarium, again it's supposed to be adults only area and nothing was said. Chair hogs were out in full force. My wife and I always got up to the Solarium by 6 so it wasn't a problem for us, but by 7 no one else was going to get a chair. It looked like towel city. More then half the chairs were marked by towels and books with no people in them. You're supposed to only be able to do this for a half hour , but this was never enforced until the last day of the cruise. Why just the last day? To little to late. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This 12 day cruise was chosen because of the itinerary and price point. We took a 6 year break from cruising and things have indeed changed since the last time we were on a Royal Caribbean ship. This was our 9th cruise, so compared to our ... Read More
This 12 day cruise was chosen because of the itinerary and price point. We took a 6 year break from cruising and things have indeed changed since the last time we were on a Royal Caribbean ship. This was our 9th cruise, so compared to our fellow passengers we were newbies. I can see why retirees continue to grace this ship with their presence. It is small so less walking for the elderly. The service and staff are attentive and caring, perhaps even much better than one may receive at their retirement home. It is their home away from home. Grandeur of the Seas has a loyal following and I'm sure they will miss this cozy ship once she herself retirees in 2019. I have some minor negative things I would like to see changed on the ship...............Smoking in the very small casino should only be allowed if you are gambling. The amount of people sitting there reading their books, gabbing their faces off while having cigarette after cigarette.........was unbearable and a complete health hazard. This older generation has absolutely no respect for others and make smokers look horrible and disrespectful. SHAME ON YOU ALL! take your smoking marathons outside! Movies times for theater and Under the Stars....... were way off and waste of time......so dis-appointing. Cocktail prices were astronomical and a complete rip off. The automatic 18 % gratuity to walk to the bar yourself and grab our own drinks is nothing less than thievery ...the drink packages are way overpriced.....Norwegian is a better option for this for sure. I feel like the cruisers that enjoy the smaller ships are being taken for a ride as this company pays off their billon dollar debts on the MEGA ships that they have a hard time selling out. It does leave a bit of a bitter taste when you see the many scams on this ship and their giveaways of garbage keychains, and crappy t-shirts. I am not a loyal Royal Caribbean cruiser and probably will never be as I have heard they have changed their loyalty programs again. I will continue to shop around and choose my holidays based on itinerary and price point. Sadly Royal Caribbean didn't impress me enough. The best part of Royal Caribbean is their staff.....huge shout out to our room attendant "Daniel" Our Complete Evening Dinning room staff . Maître de "Vilesh", Head Waiter "Dan" our main waiters "Nilesh" and "Rey" thank you!!! You made our holiday memorable and your attention to details and quality of service is impeccable. Royal Caribbean is very lucky to have you all. Our itinerary changed due to a weather storms, so sadly we never go to go to St Lucia and that was the only stop we actually choose a ship excursion, but that destination will have to wait until another time. I researched and planned our days on our own. Port Canaveral This was an impromptu stop and basically we headed to Cocoa Beach to do some shopping and have lunch. If you have a chance eat at Sandbars Sport Grill, they have great Happy Hour prices, great environment and wicked Mahi Mahi! Delicious! St Thomas This was our second time and we choose shopping and taxi to Emerald Beach, great cheap way to chill out and relax. St John's Antigua We took a private island tour with "New York" he was an older driver that took to our selected spots. Shirley Heights, Nelson's Dockyard and then Dickson Bay. He stayed with us all day and waited until we were done, I would highly recommend him, he was polite, informative and very patient. All three stops were fantastic! We ate lunch at Coconut Grove (Dickson Bay) this place was beautiful and food was fantastic we shared appy's, drank a few beers and soaked in the most magnificent views. He then returned us safely to the ship port. Don't be afraid to negotiate the prices with the private drivers, especially when there is only a few ships in port. Our favorite port by far! St Kitts Once again we hired a private driver (Elvis) to take us to Timothy Hill (where you can see Atlantic and the Caribbean sea, perfect picture spot, and then we grabbed some beer there as well, before he took us to Carambola Beach Resort for the day. This was a great day, great beach chairs, umbrellas and clean washroom facilities. A restaurant and bar to order drinks if you want, and of course a great stretch of beach to walk on. Next time I would try Marriot Resort or Cockleshell Beach just to try something different. St Maarten Took a cab in to the main strip beach, made sure we spent money there for the locals, as they continue to clean up from the hurricane. Rented beach chairs, and order buckets of beers....You have amply choices of beach chairs and restaurants and wifi. This is walkable from the cruise port, if you want to walk off some cruise food! Great day Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was my 7th cruise out of Baltimore, 5th on the Grandeur. For the first time, I found the embarkation area chaotic. I was put on, and taken off, 3 different lines. Most of the crew seemed new and not nearly as outgoing and ... Read More
This was my 7th cruise out of Baltimore, 5th on the Grandeur. For the first time, I found the embarkation area chaotic. I was put on, and taken off, 3 different lines. Most of the crew seemed new and not nearly as outgoing and energetic as on previous cruises. The Meet & Mingle was a disaster and was a harbinger of things to come. The Grandeur often has an older group of cruisers. The Cruise Director and his/her staff can make a real difference in the vibe of a cruise by providing great entertainment and basically encouraging people to get out of their seats to join in activities. On this sailing, it felt like they were just phoning it in. The only operational soft serve machine was broken part of almost every day of the cruise. I was told the crew member in charge was new, etc etc. No one seemed to care enough to be responsible for fixing it. The ports were great, the food was fine and I'd rather be cruising than anywhere else. I'm just hoping that my next sail on the Grandeur is back to fabulous. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was our 22nd cruise across all lines, and we chose this cruise because we live close to Baltimore and February seemed like a good time to head south. This was our third time on this ship (last in 2007) and we were pleasantly ... Read More
This was our 22nd cruise across all lines, and we chose this cruise because we live close to Baltimore and February seemed like a good time to head south. This was our third time on this ship (last in 2007) and we were pleasantly surprised how easy embarkation was. As usual on most cruises, the buffet area was jammed and noisy. They offered carved roast beef, which was impossible to cut -- not a good culinary start. Don't bother with the burgers, they are dry and old and sit out in the buffet area. I missed the grill venue which is located near the pool on other ships and which serves excellent burgers and fries. Our Junior Suite was great and, at last, RCL is putting comfortable furniture both in the private and public areas -- this was great. The HVAC system was quiet and very responsive as we needed both heat and a/c on this voyage. While there was plenty of storage, there were only TWO plugs for charging stuff and using the hair dryer. Not enough for modern travelers. RCL has devoted half of the Viking Crown Lounge (VCL) for use by its Concierge Club members, even though they have a separate room on the same deck. Most times, there were only 5-10 people in there in a space that could hold 50 or so. It was roped off, so the rest of us ordinary folk would not trespass. Drink prices were inconsistent, i.e, Kim Crawford wine was $16/glass in one place and $11 and $12 in other venues. Since we took the drink package, we had to be aware of the price cap. Castle Rock Cab was available by the glass in the lounges (when they didn't run out), but only by the bottle (which was not included in our package) in the main dining room. We found the inconsistencies in pricing and availability annoying, Food in the MDR was average to wonderful. I especially like the lamb shank served on the last night, one of the best meals we had including the one we had at the specialty restaurant, Chops Grille. I ordered the bone-in rib eye which is one of my favorite steaks and my husband ordered the filet. I could not even cut mine with the steak knife! I complained to the waiter and he said, "sometimes it can be tough". I asked why he didn't tell me this when ordering and also told him I buy this cut frequently at my local super market and it has never been tough. He didn't have an answer and I have to wonder if they don't at least use the "choice" grade for this cut. The filet was fine however. We had dinner at the Chef's Table only because they offered a 30% discount prior to getting on the ship. It was ok, but the premium wines they used to serve have morphed into average wines. The experience was fine, but I wouldn't do it again. We chose not to eat at Izumi's because it is in a a loft area above the VCL and all the noise and music from there drifts upward to the restaurant. Beware of the elevators -- they make hardly any noise when arriving and the doors close very fast. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise with the understanding that we would spend two days in the Bahamas - afterall this was advertised as a Bahama Cruise. Just before beginning the cruise the itinerary was changed to two days in Miami and 9.5 hours in ... Read More
We chose this cruise with the understanding that we would spend two days in the Bahamas - afterall this was advertised as a Bahama Cruise. Just before beginning the cruise the itinerary was changed to two days in Miami and 9.5 hours in Nassau, no visit to the private island of Cococay under the pretense of needing to attend to the rudder. When contacting Guest Relations and the CEO both were somewhat apologetic - bottom line we can change the itinerary anytime we want, have a nice day. This ship will be 22 years old in a couple of weeks. If there was truly a "rudder" problem I would think that getting underway would be an issue. I must admit that the staff onboard were very attentive and paid very close attention to our needs. The ship at times seem to undergo routine painting and cleaning. On the uppermost desk several railings were removed for refurbishment - in place of the wooden railing was a frail nylon line with a paper notice attached warning of its removal. Dining was very good. Onboard activities were available from trivia to dance routines. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to get out of the winter weather for a couple of weeks. We hit a "sweet spot" on the price, very low cost, so we booked it. Although we had cruised quite a few times before, we had never ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to get out of the winter weather for a couple of weeks. We hit a "sweet spot" on the price, very low cost, so we booked it. Although we had cruised quite a few times before, we had never been to the Southern islands, and had never been on Grandeur before. The ship: Room: We had a "guaranteed cabin", very small cabin (inside, deck 2), it had an adjoining door which was a problem because our next door neighbors had a baby that cried at night. We could hear it screaming loudly through the thin door and it woke us up a few times each night. The cabin steward was excellent and kept the room very clean. There was not a refrigerator in the room, but we asked for an ice bucket and ice, plus wine glasses for the wine be brought onboard. We always had fresh ice. Common areas: Elevators were sometimes slow and crowded. Other times no problem. Centrum has comfortable seating. Most of the times we got seating, but some evenings it was full. There was music and dancing in the centrum area most late afternoons and evenings, as well as some games. The dance band and singer were good. There was also a calypso band, a violin-guitar duo, and a piano player. The dance floor was nice. They also had some line dance classes during the day. Pool deck was nice. Outdoor pool was closed during cold weather and rough weather, I didn't use it. Lots of chairs and chaises, but sometimes not enough (in good weather). Solarium (adults only) was good but crowded. Indoor pool was very nice, heated. Hot tubs were good. Very hard to find a chaise or even a table and chairs on sea days. Had to get there early or get lucky that someone was leaving. There is a restaurant in the solarium which was complimentary and pretty good. Salad bar and great sandwiches, a few desserts, fruit, etc. Dining: We wanted early seating, but that was full when we booked, as was any time dining, so we were assigned late seating. We ate in the dining room the first night and one of the formal nights (lobster and prime rib). It was ok. The timing didn't work for us, as we don't like to eat at 8 P.M. We ate most of our meals in the Windjammer (buffet). There was a good variety and they had most of the same dinners as in the dining room. Only complaint was that the food was all lukewarm, nothing hot or cold (except the ice cream). It was also very salty, sugary, or fried. Very hard for a person to eat healthy. They did have a good salad bar. Each night they also had a different ethnic food area, but again, not healthy choices. Service was excellent in the Windjammer. Coffee was brought, tables quickly cleared, dirty dishes quickly cleared. Service with a smile. Tables had a great view of the ocean. Windjammer is only open during certain times. They close the entire place after breakfast, then after 3 p.m. lunch, then after dinner. You have to time your eating to when they are open. When they are closed, the small restaurant in the solarium is usually open. We did not eat in the specialty restaurants. Activities: We like to dance. There were complimentary ballroom dance lessons on sea day mornings. The instructors were excellent and we learned a lot while having fun. Sea day evenings there was recorded dance music for an hour or two with the instuctors to help us practice. We enjoyed that. There was also dancing in the Centrum most evenings. There were the usual games and sales talks which we didn't attend. We did attend a talk by the cruise director about his life on ships. It was very interesting and entertaining. We went to most all of the evening shows We really liked the cruise director, he is very good. The shows were a variety of genres. We enjoyed most of them. A couple of them were excellent, a couple of them were lame. Shore Excursions :St. Thomas--we walked across a parking lot and across a street, then around the corner (ask someone how to get there) to Water Island ferry (a tiny boat) $10 each round trip about a 20 minute ride. There was an open bus to take us to Honeymoon beach (not far but up a hill). Free bus, but tip the driver. The beach was excellent and we were surprised that the chairs and umbrellas were free to use. Not very crowded. There was a small restaurant where we got local beer. Antigua--We took a crowded van taxi to Valley Church Beach. We were there 5 hours. We rented chaises and umbrella for $20. Not bad, but not as good as honeymoon beach. Crowded beach with lots of vendors. St. Lucia--Island tour in a van with 4 others. Very good tour. St. Lucia is a beautiful rainforest and jungle island. Beautiful mountains. Banana plantations. St. Kitts--Island tour with 2 others. Excellent tour. Sugar mill ruins. St. Martins--Island tour with 4 others. Excellent tour. We saw a lot of hurricane damage. Beautiful island. Sad to see such damage. Starting to recover. All tours--we got off the ship and found a small van tour. Did not want to go on a big bus or an expensive ship tour. Our drivers were all excellent and gave us a lot of history. Very good value, as well. Sea days coming back, seas were quite rough. We brought a couple of games to play on sea days. Recommend bringing things to do like games, crafts, books, etc. People on board were very friendly and nice. 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
This was our worst cruise ever. Now with that beginning I can't fault the staff on the cruise. We had bad weather, rough seas, and norovirus! Royal Caribbean can't control the weather or the rough seas but they should shut ... Read More
This was our worst cruise ever. Now with that beginning I can't fault the staff on the cruise. We had bad weather, rough seas, and norovirus! Royal Caribbean can't control the weather or the rough seas but they should shut down the ship for a little bit to get control of the virus being spread on the ship. There are not enough day time activities on this ship. If you are fine with no activities from 11am-7pm this is the ship for you! The food on this ship was good. Tried Giovanni's for the first time. I enjoyed it more then my husband. Also from what I heard and then saw. They are adding more money on specialty dining. So they better deal right now is to prepay them from the website. I spent less that way. From what I've heard a lot of people on this ship are from the Baltimore area and love that they don't have to fly to go on a cruise. They do not know what they are missing. There are so many better Royal Caribbean ships out there. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
My husband and I came on cruise to celebrate milestone birthday and each day brought some frustration. Many things seemed to need repair / just weren't working . Should be able to get water / coffee / tea easily 24 hrs a day without ... Read More
My husband and I came on cruise to celebrate milestone birthday and each day brought some frustration. Many things seemed to need repair / just weren't working . Should be able to get water / coffee / tea easily 24 hrs a day without buying drink package !! Felt as though we had to pay extra for every little thing beyond basic service. Staff were amazing and thoroughly enjoyed using solarium . Food was very good and great ethnic variety. Medical / guest services very helpful when feeling unwell. Recommend cruise ship take time in dock to fix all machines, paint as needed and make sure hot tubs are functional. Plan more activities for during days of sea travel and weather too cold to use outdoor facilities. Headliner shows were excellent. Cabin with pull down beds isn't really appropriate for three or more adults and I'm concerned it might be alittle dangerous with larger adult needing to sleep above. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We decided to take this cruise for our daughter who will be graduating from College this May and give her some time to relax and get ready for her final semester. Due to mechanical problems the cruise wa extended 2 days and ended up being ... Read More
We decided to take this cruise for our daughter who will be graduating from College this May and give her some time to relax and get ready for her final semester. Due to mechanical problems the cruise wa extended 2 days and ended up being a 11 night cruise. The weather was not the greatest but you really can't control that. This ship is one of the older ships of RCCL and it is starting to show its age. I don't know how true it is but I was told by one of the staff members that it is up for sale along with its sister ship. The cabin was in good shape and our Stateroom Atendent appeared to go out of his way to provide use with any of our needs. I would like to first compliment Royal Caribbean employees we interacted with during the cruise. I would have to say they were so friendly and helpful and performed above and beyond of what I had expected. I must say that our Waiter Roderick and Assistant Waiter Partomuan were by far the best group of waiters I have ever had on any cruise. They were beyond excellent. The staff in the stores were also very friendly and helpful. We were disappointed in a few things. First of all the food served in the main dining room I felt was very substandard for any previous cruise I have ever taken. In May of last year my wife and I were on the Majesty of the Seas and in November 2016 we cruised on Viking and I must say that the dinners were fantastic. Actually we felt that Majesty had better dinners than Viking. This cruise however it was not. It appeared that the quality of the food being served was not of the quality I would have expected or of what we found on Majesty just 7 months earlier or the other RCCL cruises we have taken. The best meals we found in the main dining room were breakfast. Lunches were at the same level as dinner. When talking with others cruisers they also agreed with me. This was one of the reasons I have traveled RCCL because of the fine dining that is offered in the Main Dining Room. I noticed all during the cruise that staff was trying to sell us Specialty dining options,. It makes me wonder if they have lowered the quality the of the food in the main dining room to push these dining options? The Windjammer we found to be very good but it appeared that there were fewer selections than we have seen on other RCCL cruises The staff were excellent. Another problem we found was the casino. Grandeur allows smoking in it. This is the only place inside were people can smoke and found it very poorly controlled. There were no smoking areas in the casino but it was completely ignored by smokers making the smell of smoke very unbearable. The staff of the casino made no efforts to stop smokers from smoking in designated non smoking areas. My daughter who came on the trip and is slightly asthmatic sometimes could not remain in the casino for any length of time due to the heavy odor of smoke. A few times she had to take her meds because of breathing problems. I cannot see why smoking is allowed there in the first place in that all you have to do is walk out the casinos entrances and there are doors to the outside deck adjacent. The entertainment was very good and there was a different show every night. In the centrum there was constant entertainment and activities going on all night and was enjoyable to watch and listen. We took shore excursions at each stop thru RCCL and found them to meet our expectations and we all enjoyed them. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Overall the cruise was good. Many a bit upset as the steering system broke extending the arrival time back to Baltimore by 2 days. Freeport is a bit of a bore not much to do. Nausea is great, strongly recommend Atlantis Hotel to visit. ... Read More
Overall the cruise was good. Many a bit upset as the steering system broke extending the arrival time back to Baltimore by 2 days. Freeport is a bit of a bore not much to do. Nausea is great, strongly recommend Atlantis Hotel to visit. Take a cab forget the excursion. Port Canaveral is ok, you're in the States so no big deal. RC is generally a good cruise line, I find the staff and service top notch. The excursions are all overpriced but that is the same with all cruise lines that's why I never book unless I can't do it myself. I like the fact I can drive to the Ports in New York to take a cruise. Living in Canada enables me to take an 8-hour drive and get on the cruise ship. Beats flying and is a lot cheaper. Rent a hotel and leave the car for a week at the hotel. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Wanted to do a cruise over the Christmas and New Year holiday. This cruise left from Baltimore which was very convenient. Expected kids to be on board but didn’t expect them to be able to run amok. No parental supervision or any ... Read More
Wanted to do a cruise over the Christmas and New Year holiday. This cruise left from Baltimore which was very convenient. Expected kids to be on board but didn’t expect them to be able to run amok. No parental supervision or any reprimand from the cruise line. Our dinner table was for sitting 12 people. We requested to get a table for 4 and the maitre d’ was very arrogant in our request and we were never able to get it changed. Since we were not able to get our table changed we ate most of our meals in the Windjammer buffet. They didn’t have a lot of rotation to the menu. Christmas dinner was the one exception. They had a very nice turkey dinner. You knew that hamburger, hotdog and fries would be on the menu. The last night they finally had shrimp but it was just shrimp cocktail. No hot shrimp. Our room steward could not have been more helpful. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We have taken this cruise for many years. We live less than 30 minutes from the cruise port so not having to worry about plane flights over the holiday/winter time is a tremendous plus. We have done it with the same group of friends and ... Read More
We have taken this cruise for many years. We live less than 30 minutes from the cruise port so not having to worry about plane flights over the holiday/winter time is a tremendous plus. We have done it with the same group of friends and are already booked for next year. That said, the staff is excellent, but most other aspects of this ship are mediocre. Very little to do on sea days and more than half of the cruise is sea days. The cruise is geared to families sailing with children and people celebrating Christmas. It works for them probably, but not for people without children or for people who do not celebrate Christmas. Buffet in Windjammer is weak. New Years Eve celebration is very disappointing. Continuous attempts to sell specialty restaurants. No surprise that this ship is being sold!! We have a great time in spite of the ship and the ports. We get some warm weather in the winter and spend time with friends. That is why we go. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The Grandeur is a nice, smaller (by today's standards) ship. Out of Baltimore, most of the passengers have sailed her before, many have sailed her multiple times. This was our first sailing on the Grandeur. Everything from the ... Read More
The Grandeur is a nice, smaller (by today's standards) ship. Out of Baltimore, most of the passengers have sailed her before, many have sailed her multiple times. This was our first sailing on the Grandeur. Everything from the Palladium Theatre thru the shops and the Atrium is smaller than most ships but the casino is comparable to most of the larger ships we've been on. The main dining room is likewise of similar size to larger ships, while the specialty restaurants are smaller. Its a mixed bag. One thing we enjoyed was regularrly seeing folks we'd met on board. The size facilitated meeting new friends. Despite its smaller size, we found a number of quiet niches for reading and writing. We took all our meals in the Main Dining Room. There were problems. We found the service to be very spotty. We were seldom asked if we wanted drinks prior to the meal, water was not refilled, our waiter was absent and unattentive at times. The food itself was uninspired and a number of dishes needed to be returned. We only return dishes that are way out of line, that is, undercooked, horribly overcooked, not as described by a long shot from the menu description, etc. This isnt to say there werent occassional pleasureable evening meals, there were. But it was a definite crap shoot. Choose carefully. The islands, 5 on this trip, were typical, though hurricane ravaged St. Marteen, where we were the first ship to port since the storm, probably should have been reconsidered by RCL. We wanted to spend money there to help the folks, but even that was hard to do. Entertainment was a high point. Excellent in variety and presentation. A special note is the the ship orchestra which was fantastic, both in solo performance and in support of the traveling acts. Crew was generally helpful and pleasant. The ship is well kept and the common areas in good repair. Baltimore is a nice place to cruise from, boarding and leaving were smooth. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We choose this cruise for 3 reasons: Itinerary, Price and to try sailing out of Baltimore. I certainly can't complain about the 1st two. St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten were our ports and while St. Thomas ... Read More
We choose this cruise for 3 reasons: Itinerary, Price and to try sailing out of Baltimore. I certainly can't complain about the 1st two. St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten were our ports and while St. Thomas and St. Maarten are still recovering and will be for some time from Hurricane Irma, we still enjoyed all the ports and are glad our tourist $'s are getting back to those islands. The price and perks we got were amazing. We enjoy longer cruises (10 plus nights) and we have sailed out of New Jersey several times because we can drive, there, Baltimore is a little further, but still only about a 10-11 hr drive. The port itself is nothing much, but since the ship is so small, they aren't dealing with the volume of passengers that they do in Bayonne. We stayed in a hotel that provided a shuttle both ways and parking for the cruise and that worked very good. Now for the ship.......well.....this is the smallest I have been on and despite 8 previous cruises with no sea sickness, this ship was far too small for me and having a OV cabin on deck 2 forward certainly did not help. The 1st two sea days weren't great, I started feeling better when I could be out in the fresh air more. The end of the cruise also did not end well with me (despite washing my hands many MANY times a day and constantly using their sanitizer) getting the Norovirus. We knew the previous cruise had it so we were careful, though not careful enough obviously. Luckily it is a short lived sickness, but certainly didn't help to give me a good experience. The crew were relatively friendly, though we did find our dining staff to be super some days and less than enthusiastic others. Food was good overall, no real complaints there. My husband would likely do this cruise again, but I don't think I would join him. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Price was excellent, driving distance to boat, easy on and off boat. That said with 6 cruises under my belt I figured I know a few things about cruising. A few. Don't beat me up diamond cruise club members. I'm working on it. ... Read More
Price was excellent, driving distance to boat, easy on and off boat. That said with 6 cruises under my belt I figured I know a few things about cruising. A few. Don't beat me up diamond cruise club members. I'm working on it. Cleanliness on the boat is less than Disney as is entertainment. Great cabin steward, superb dining crew (Simona and Tushar this means you!) This was my first Royal Caribbean cruise. I quickly grew tired of the constant push to upgrade my dining experiences. No less than several times daily I was prodded to sign up for a special meal at various discounts. Anything from 15% off to 20..25...30...finally said yes at 50% off. That was worth the price to be sure. Giovanni's table was a hit as was Izumi's, the chops steak house left much to be desired. Nothing special about it at all. Good thing I bought that at a 2 for one special prior to cruising as well. Not having an ironing room was irritating. Disney can do it, I think RC can as well. $35 for a bag of laundry seems ridiculous. Drink prices, those fairly standard are ridiculous as well. As is the never ending auto gratuity of 18%. Found out that goes to a pool not the server giving the drink. Deceptive in my eyes. I would rather tip greatly those taking the best care of me. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
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