1. Home
  2. Cruise Lines
  3. Royal Caribbean International
  4. Royal Caribbean International Cruise Reviews

520 Royal Caribbean Baltimore Cruise Reviews

Embarkment and disembarkment in Baltimore is smooth and awesome. They are truly a wonderful port to cruise out of. As for the dining experience, the wait staff go above and beyond. BUT.....the food choices need to change. It is the same ... Read More
Embarkment and disembarkment in Baltimore is smooth and awesome. They are truly a wonderful port to cruise out of. As for the dining experience, the wait staff go above and beyond. BUT.....the food choices need to change. It is the same mundane food every day. They need to have someone in charge of the menus who can change things up. Most of us decided to eat in the windjammer instead of the dining room. They really need to step it up with the food. We were not impressed. It has really gone downhill. The itinerary was perfect. St Croix, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Martel and St Johns Antigua. We met a lot of awesome people, did excursions at each port and visited some awesome beaches. In St Croix we did an outside excursion with Caribbean Adventure to Buck Island. They were the perfect tour guides, teaching you the right way to snorkel and going above and beyond and Turtle Beach was pristine and awesome. We were the only people on the island. Picture perfect. In St Johns Antigua we went to Ffryes Beach. This beach was beautiful, no rocks cushiony white sand and turquoise water. Calm waters, complete serenity. In St Lucia we went on a pirate ship to the Pistons. The trip on the ship was outstanding,along with the crew. As far as the mineral and mud baths it was a waste of time and I would not recommend that part. But the pirate ship trip was a blast and jumping off of the ship into the caribbean was a true experience. In St Kitts, we went to the Carambole Beach Club on South Friars. This place is awesome, no fee to get in only 10.00 for beach chairs and umbrellas. Beautiful clear water and the fish swim with you. In St Martin we took a Rhino Rider Adventure. It was fun driving these when you were in the coves but as you went out further and the water was a little wavy it beat the he'll out of your button. Then we went to Maho beach where the planes take off and land over the beach. It was an awesome experience and the beach and water are beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Background information: I booked this cruise with my recently widowed sister so that we could have some sister time together. It was her first regular cruise (she did one previously with Tauck) and her first time to Bermuda. It was my ... Read More
Background information: I booked this cruise with my recently widowed sister so that we could have some sister time together. It was her first regular cruise (she did one previously with Tauck) and her first time to Bermuda. It was my 27th cruise, and my 7th visit to Bermuda - my third on Grandeur of the Seas. I was 80 years old at the time of the cruise and I use a mobility scooter to get around. The scooter easily folds into a small light package, but my (younger) sister fell just before the cruise and sprained her wrist so while she could fold the scooter, I didn't want her to have to do so. Travel to embarkation port; Normally for embarkation in Baltimore, we drive up and stay at a hotel which offers free parking, but for this cruise, my sister came down to Baltimore on the train the day before and my husband Bob was dropping us off and picking us up. On embarkation day we drove straight up to the Cruise Maryland terminal and got there about 12:30. They gave Bob a big orange window sign that said Drop Off and we gave our two bags to the baggage men. Bob put together the scooter, put the red duffel with the scooter charger underneath the seat and my computer bag on the back and I put my pocketbook under the seat and he bungie corded my cane to the front of the scooter, and we got in line. (My sister just had a large pocketbook) Embarkation: My sister had to put the red duffel bag, my pocketbook and the computer bag, plus my camera and my cell phone through the scanner and then they were going to pat me down. She started to load stuff back on the scooter before they got to me to pat me down, and they reprimanded us for that and made the red bag go through again. Then we got to where we gave them our passports and our set-sail passes. The lady had a problem that my passport says my name is Rosalie Ann (with a space) and my registration says RosalieAnn without a space. She said she had to get that changed, and the confusion, she forgot to photograph us. We got on the ship at deck 1 with the wheelchair people instead of going up the ramp, but when we handed our cards to the lady at the entrance, there were no photos on them !!! So she took our photos there. God knows what they look like. I took off my hat and my hair is probably all on end. I guess it is fortunate that no one sees them except the ship company. The lifeboat drill was out on the deck and took a long time. They put all the people on scooters or with wheelchairs in one section so I could actually see what was going on, but on other ships, they do this drill for the handicapped people indoors so the people with them can sit down. Ship information: Grandeur is a smaller ship, which I appreciate. The only complaint I have about the ship is that it is very noisy. The music in the atrium is LOUD. If I were not already partly deaf, I would be after spending any time in the atrium. The internet connection was quite good in our cabin but I had signed up and then canceled and signed up for a different package, so I got two computer cards at embarkation. The man in the computer lab was excellent at straightening this out. The elevators were pretty quick and I didn't usually have a long wait, but I always had a hard time when I got off the elevator in figuring out which way to turn to get to our cabin. My sister quite liked the spa. We both swam in the spa pool which was nice and warm (it was salt water). I loved the spa pool, but for my sister the pool was 5'4" deep - too deep for her to stand, and it made it hard for her to keep the splint on her hand out of the water, so she mostly went up there to sit and read as it was warm and quiet up there. The library is pretty useless. We looked to see if they had a backgammon board, but they did not and the library is right off the atrium so it is very noisy. The band that played in the atrium was quite good and they played classical music in the afternoon which was nice and not as loud as at night. The climbing wall was sometimes closed because of the wind conditions, but we weren't going to be doing that anyway!! The ship made good time to Bermuda and probably could have docked at 2 pm - the five day cruises arrive on the second day at 1 pm. But they took the long way around the island instead of just going straight in and the reason for this was apparent when we got around to King's Wharf. Disney Magic was still at our spot on the pier. So we had to wait until the tugs pulled her off the pier before we could dock. We did not get docked until 5, and the Craft Market was closed by then. That was a waste of time we could have had in Bermuda Activities: I did not do any of the regular scheduled activities such as bingo or trivia because I was too busy talking to my sister. We haven't traveled together just the two of us (without husbands or parents) since 1964. There were two formal nights. One was the first sea day and the other was the day before Halloween. Since Halloween was the last night on the ship, the cruise director scheduled the Halloween costume parade on the second formal night so that we would not have to be packing and doing costumes on the last night. This worked REALLY well. My sister was Red Riding Hood and I was Grandma after the wolf ate her. There was a great parade of costumes with prizes. The only problem with this was the noise - the music was played so loud that you had to yell in someone's ear for them to hear you. Cruise Critics meeting was on the first sea day and they had munchies and drinks and a nice raffle for prizes. I think they should have people introduce themselves, but RCCI does not seem to do that. There was a meeting for Platinum and above at 10:00 and I had to leave breakfast (because service was slow) in order to get to it and I was 15 or 20 minutes late. The Captain and the Cruise Director spoke to us and told some jokes. All the heads of the departments were introduced and each said where they were from and thanked all of us for sailing with Royal. They had an award for the couple who were Pinnacle Plus (more than 700 days cruising) and also a Crystal award for another couple. Entertainment: I didn't go to any of the shows or lectures, but my sister did and she liked them. Some of the shows were broadcast on the TV later Dining: We went up to the WIndjammer for lunch on embarkation, and never used it again. I can't hold a plate and a glass and still run the scooter and there was no one to help at all. The labels and some of the dishes were over my head, so my sister had to get me something to eat and drink. It is perhaps unfair to judge the Windjammer on the basis of embarkation lunch, but we never went there again. For dinner, we had My Time Dining and we got a nice table for 10 at 5 pm which we had for the rest of the cruise thanks to the guy assigning the tables. Service there was great. The quality of the food was sometimes good and sometimes not so good. The cakes tended to be dry. There was one lobster night which also included strawberry soup (very good) and baked Alaska We used Izumi one time. Japanese food is not my "cup of tea", but my sister who often eats Japanese food and is a better judge than I am liked it very well, and thought that the prices were quite reasonable. My sister also like the Ben & Jerry's ice cream Since we were not using the Windjammer, we always had breakfast in the MDR. Service was quite slow. It did not matter if you ordered the Express Breakfast or the Special of the day - it was the same as far as speed went. They had a buffet set-up for fruit and cold cereal but my problem with this was the same as with the Windjammer. One morning was Chocolate morning, and the chocolate bread was delicious. If we wanted breakfast before the MDR opened, we had Room Service. A hot breakfast it is $7.95 extra plus a 15% tip, but if you don't get a hot breakfast (by which they apparently mean eggs), it is free. So we ordered oatmeal and tea and English muffins for 6:30 to 7 and a wake-up call for 6:30. At 6:20 I got a call that breakfast was coming. He needed two trips because the hot water for the tea would not fit on the tray. The tea was hot but the English muffins were barely warm and ditto the oatmeal. I ate mine, but my sister didn't want just barely warm oatmeal. The second day in port we just had yoghurt, fruit and tea from Room Service. Lunch in the MDR also has a buffet section for a chopped salad which I hesitated to use because I thought I would have a problem doing this on the scooter. On the last day at lunch I did try it and it was excellent, but I did have to carry my plate back to the table myself. On other ships when I have done this, one of the servers carried my plate back to the table for me. Shore excursions: I booked two excursions for Sunday which I thought I could reasonably do on a scooter and which would give my sister a good overview of Bermda. One was the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo (BAMZ), and the other was a boat tour of the island both listed as Easy. I had booked a private guide for Monday. The excursion desk switched the BAMZ tour to Monday, so we canceled that one. When I got the tickets for the boat tour, it said that people must be able to walk and climb steps. That was NOT on the excursion write-up on the website or on the printed information about the excursion. I can walk a little and if I have to I can climb steps but I decided to cancel this excursion too. I talked to someone who took it and she said that the boarding ramp was a narrow shaky plank so it is probably good that I canceled it. Instead we booked little red train (The Scenic West End Trolley) and that was scheduled to meet at 9:15 for an hour tour. We thought maybe we could go to church afterward. They said that I could not take my scooter on the train (although I really could have done as there was space for it folded up), so I decided that I would leave the scooter on the ship on deck 1. They offered me a wheelchair so I took it to the end of the ship where there was a little tent with seats and we sat there. But 9:15 came and went and we did not see the little red train. The lady that said she would come and get us when the time came, did NOT come and get us and when I finally saw the train out about 400 yards from me she had already gone past. So with great difficulty, I walked, stopping at each bollard to rest, and finally got to the street where the train was and collapsed into a seat where the taxi drivers wait. It came around the corner to us so I could get on. By now it was 9:40. The actual tour was nice. The driver (Sidney who was 92 years old) explained a lot of Bermuda history including how they built their houses and how the roofs are configured to collect water. He said when modern houses are build, they dig a big hole as big as the largest room, and then line it to make it waterproof. That acts as a cistern and they build the house on top of it. He went out of the dockyard and all the way to Somerset Parish. We had thought that we could get to church after the train ride, but we did not get back to the dockyard area until about 11:30 and then instead of taking us back to the ship he let us off at the Clocktower Mall. This was not acceptable - I could not walk back to the ship and I couldn't stand and wait for the free train to get back there either as I would still have had to walk quite a distance from the free train to the ship. Independent Activities in Port: After the excursion driver dropped us at the Clocktower Mall I hired a taxi [Conrad Albouy (441-334-8796)] for $50/hour and we went to lunch at The Swizzle and to the BAMZ. Then on Monday I had a guide my husband and I had used before [Lewis Foggo email: lewis_foggo@hotmail.com]. He gave us an excellent tour. He showed us where the ship logos that had been painted on the walls in the dockyard were erased by the Americas Cup people. We saw a lot of beautiful beaches and overlooks. He showed us a property for sale They want $695,000.00 for 0.28 acres (a little over a quarter of an acre). There was nothing on it. He said no one had bought it because they were asking too much money. He took us up to a fort on a hill, and we went to St. David's Lighthouse. We even got to see the ducking in St. George which I had never been there in time to see before. Service: Our room steward was very good and gave us ice for my sister to put in the ice bag for her wrist. The service in the MDR at dinner was very good. Breakfast service was cheerful but slow. Disembarkation We got our disembarkation tickets and times in the stateroom on the 29th. On November 1st we are to get off between 9:15 and 9:30. (Green 21) - the next to last time. I went up to ask about it. The customer service desk estimated 45 minutes to get our bags and get out to be picked up, which would be about 10 am. She says that my husband Bob who is picking us up will only be able to wait for a couple of minutes. Since he will be driving 100 miles to pick us up, and we are not really sure when we will be off the ship, this might be a problem. I thought Bob would leave about 8 to get there at 10. But I was worried as I had not heard from him for the whole length of the cruise. So about 6:45 I tried to call and got the answering machine each time. Eventually I called our daughter in Texas because she said she would check on him to be sure he wasn't doing the back house roof (which he was) when he was home alone. She said he hadn't seemed to be getting my emails. (He said later that they had all gone to spam). We vacated the cabin and went to breakfast about 7:45 with the carry-on luggage (for me this was my computer bag and my pocketbook and cane as I had sent the red bag with the charger down with the suitcase and my sister just had a large purse). We both got the Express breakfast, which still wasn't very express.They had told me that they would announce disembarkation numbers in the restaurant, but they did not. So when we finished breakfast they were up to #17. We went and sat in the library with a couple people who were B2B. We were supposed to wait on deck 6 but then I would have had to get an elevator up and then an elevator down. I turned my phone on and we got in line a little after our group was called about 8:55. At 9:15 we were still in line in the atrium (there was some hold-up downstream) and Bob called that he was there. They would let wheelchair people get off on deck 1 (where we had gotten on), but I saw no reason to do that as I knew from previous experience that getting an elevator down there would be the hard part. We inched our way down and through the walkway to the terminal. There was a large man/boy ahead of us carrying two small bags and he kept trying to sit or lean on the HVAC systems which were posted NOT to sit or lean on and which had benches right next to them if you needed to sit. Went through immigration (there was no customs to go through), and then went to find our bags. Bob usually finds the bags and brings them to me, but my sister was not so organized. I put the red bag on the scooter and then we found my bag, but my sister had found her bag and then lost it again (It was black like all the other bags and she has not apparently learned Mother's trick of tying some colorful thing to the handle) Then we went outside and the cars picking people up were all by the fence out by the road. Bob was there. He was able to wait for more than a few minutes. He took my sister to the train station and then we drove home. Summary I enjoyed the cruise and I always enjoy Bermuda. But I don't think I have converted my sister to cruising. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Recommended by travel agent, this was to be our first cruise, and had great expectations. On joining the ship my case was withheld and I had to muster in the lower deck to retrieve it, to be told that the £48 bottle of whisky was to be ... Read More
Recommended by travel agent, this was to be our first cruise, and had great expectations. On joining the ship my case was withheld and I had to muster in the lower deck to retrieve it, to be told that the £48 bottle of whisky was to be taken and "destroyed"! in New York I had had a small glass from the total of one litre. On asking to witness the destruction of my whisky, I was informed that It wasn't possible; and that the security would deal with it. I bet they did, no doubt shared around. It should be policy that any confiscated drink if not kept as an unopened bottle, should be poured down the sink in font of the owner. out of order RC. This sadly set the tone for the rest of the cruise, with gratuities added daily; and not informed that no one needs to pay this, but one can pay those in the tips envelopes to those you choose at the end of the cruise. I was charged for a treatment in the spa I did not request or receive. The staff were superb and the waiters in the Great Gatsby made our cruise, the young guy who daily did our cabin was also top notch. We have decided cruising is not for us, great if you like a Butlins at sea. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We selected this cruise to see the leaf color in New England and to celebrate my wife's birthday which occurred on the cruise--12 October. We've sailed from Baltimore before and it is one of the more convenient cruise ports from ... Read More
We selected this cruise to see the leaf color in New England and to celebrate my wife's birthday which occurred on the cruise--12 October. We've sailed from Baltimore before and it is one of the more convenient cruise ports from our home in Wake Forest, NC. We drove up the day before and spent the night at the Hampton Inn in Glen Burnie, MD. They offer a sleep, park, ride package that includes shuttle to and from the cruise terminal. Several days before leaving for the port, it became obvious that Hurricane Michael was going to affect our cruise in some way. RCCL sent us an email telling us to arrive early at the port so that we could sail two hours early to get out of the Chesapeake Bay and ahead of Michael. Embarkation at Baltimore went very smoothly. We all boarded early and were ready to set sail 2 hours early but the Captain announced that Michael was moving too fast so we were going to sail at the original time of 4pm, but would only sail for 2 hours and then drop anchor in the Chesapeake and wait for Michael to pass early the next morning. This now caused us to skip Boston and proceed straight to Bar Harbor, ME. We took the Best of Bar Harbor excursion which was very nice. Our tour guide was very good, a former teacher, but the highlight was the lobster bake! Best excursion meal we've ever had! Next port was Portland, ME where we met my wife's sister for sight seeing and shopping in Portland. Then on to St. John, New Brunswick which we had to sail by because of very high winds (50 its plus) so we could not dock. This was our second missed port due to weather. We then proceeded to Halifax, Nova Scotia where we took the top 10 tour. Again a very good tour with a very knowledgeable guide. The Grandeur was nice but is showing it's age. Our cabin was 3098, slightly aft of center and very convenient to the aft stairs and elevators. The cabin bed was lower than those on other ships which meant we could get our luggage under the bed. We had to stack the luggage in a a corner which cut down on our already limited space. We like early dining but could not get it so we dined 2nd seating at 8PM. Our wait staff was excellent. Nickolas, our head waiter, discovered we both like escargot so he arranged to have it for us every meal, even when it was not on the menu. The evening entertainment in the Palladium Theater was at 7:15 and 9:15PM. Since early dining was 5:30 and late at 8PM, this resulted in the 7:15 show being packed and the 9:15 show being sparsely attended. It would have been better if the early show was at 7 and the late show at 9, then more of the early diners would have attended the later show. Entertainment was top notch. The RCCL singers and dancers were superb and the guest entertainment was also excellent. Scheduled activities on sea days were for the most part disappointing. Only on the last day were there sufficient activities to keep us from being bored. Disembarkation went very smoothly. Our luggage tag number was 7 and we exited the ship about 15 minutes before the predicted time for our number. Crew and staff were awesome! Bob the Cruise Director was very personable and accessible. The last night featured a veterans recognition which was the best I've ever had on a cruise. It featured Tim, one of the singers, leading the singing of the national anthem and also a special rendition of Hallelujah. Not a dry eye in the Centrum! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was our second time on this 5 day cruise to Bermuda. We loved it so much back in May we decided to do it again. It is a short visit to this island nation but we made the most . of it. We enjoy the sea days on the ship, working out in ... Read More
This was our second time on this 5 day cruise to Bermuda. We loved it so much back in May we decided to do it again. It is a short visit to this island nation but we made the most . of it. We enjoy the sea days on the ship, working out in the fitness center in the morning, breakfast in the Windjammer, hanging out in the Solarium, dancing before dinner and more evening activities. We went on the bus to Horseshoe beach and shopped in the dock area. Fun trip. We do my time dining in the evenings and had a wonderful staff most of the week. However on the last night of the cruise we were seated at a different area with a wait staff that was new to us. We were so disappointed because we had a relationship with the servers we had enjoyed all week. The waiter on the last evening was not attentive and we get the impression that we were an inconvenience to him. We never saw the assistant waiter that night. It left a bad taste in our memory of the trip. This is not the usual RC way. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We had traveled on RCCL before and wanted to revisit Bermuda with friends. The hurricane changed that we went to Nassau, Bahamas. RCCL had notified 2 days before and offered to give us a credit to be used on a future cruise. We opted to ... Read More
We had traveled on RCCL before and wanted to revisit Bermuda with friends. The hurricane changed that we went to Nassau, Bahamas. RCCL had notified 2 days before and offered to give us a credit to be used on a future cruise. We opted to go. Excursions were posted on the ship to Nassau, we chose the Glass Bottom Boat, very nice. However the hurricane persetied and we were told our 5 day cruise would be extended by 2 more days. So we went to Port Canaveral, again excursions were offered and we took a Boat Ride on a nearby river, very nice. But we were extended again now 4 days. This was difficult for some passengers as they had not packed enough medicine for the additional days. RCCl provided free shuttle transportation to area pharmacies with instructions on how to go about filling prescriptions. They also helped the 400 people who left the ship on Thurs or original last day. We were impressed with all the help and refunds we received for these changes which were not RCCL's fault. As always our cabin which had a balcony was very nice, clean lots of storage, the food was excellent used the in room service one morning. That was prompt and exactly what we ordered. The activities on the ship were ample several good lectures. The Captains talk is always a favorite of ours, learn about the things he deals with. The crew was as always amazing, cheerful, helpful and friendly. The entertainment was great, varied and very pleasing. Amazing since they were on every night, even on the extension. How the shore excursions were added with so little notice was beyond me but they were different and in all price ranges. The only negative was leaving the ship instead of the usual morning departure we did not leave till after 6 pm. This caused a lot of difficultly. Largely because directions were not followed. No doubt this will be corrected in the future. We are booked for a 12 cruise in Feb. and very much looking forward to it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I have always wanted to go the the New England states along with some parts of Canada. I chose this one because it seemed to fit the bill. boarding and getting off the ship was very easy and fast. This cruise was geared more for a older ... Read More
I have always wanted to go the the New England states along with some parts of Canada. I chose this one because it seemed to fit the bill. boarding and getting off the ship was very easy and fast. This cruise was geared more for a older crowd. Not much activity, very small pool but lots of pool side loungers. Ice cream was very yummy. First couple of nights the Main dining room was very ssssslow. It took almost 2 hrs from the time we entered the dining room until we left. We normally eat dinner in the main dining room but on this cruise we only ate there 2 times. The windjammer was very nice and the service was EXCELLENT. EVERYONE WAS VERY HELPFUL, SMILING SINGING AND MADE YOU FEEL GOOD. The shows were fantastic but the theater room was way to small to hold all those people, every show we went to was standing room only if you didnt get there a hour before it started. They need to have more than one sitting for each show. We enjoyed the singing and dancing in the centrum area alot. The shopping on this ship didnt amount to much. Our stateroom attendant EDISON was super, always smiling and we never had to ask for anything and our room was always clean and well kept the entire trip. I felt like they only reconized the directors and the so called important people and not the people behind the scenes who do alot of the work. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Comfortable cruise. Excellent staff from dining room to stateroom. However excursion In Bar Harbor to Acadia and lobster bake was a total bust. Tour was rushed through Park and we arrived 11 AM for Lobster Bake.Tour should have been ... Read More
Comfortable cruise. Excellent staff from dining room to stateroom. However excursion In Bar Harbor to Acadia and lobster bake was a total bust. Tour was rushed through Park and we arrived 11 AM for Lobster Bake.Tour should have been one hour longer. Waste of money. Small lobster tail 1/3 piece of corn and two small potatoes. Opportunity to see a beautiful park lost. Could have booked our own tour and found our own restaurant . Very pleased with itinerary and time at ports. Entertainment was great . Hated the one show only days, first night and last. Forces you to arrive 45 minutes early for seating. TV limited. Most stations RC stations. Specialty Restaurant not worth the extra cost. Do not like that they force you to pay 20% gratuity for less than adequate service on top of the gratuities already prepaid. All in all will do this itinerary again, skipping the specialty restaurants and excursions. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
A good time was had by all. While there were several gluten free menu items, there was not much variety. I ended up having the same things for dinner nearly every night in the dining room, because there were only 2 gluten free items. ... Read More
A good time was had by all. While there were several gluten free menu items, there was not much variety. I ended up having the same things for dinner nearly every night in the dining room, because there were only 2 gluten free items. Our waiter did bring gluten free bread to me each night. At lunch, there was always a gluten free cheesecake or cake, but no variety there, either. No gluten free rolls or bread at the wind jammer cafe. I was thrilled when one day there was a taco bar. Hooray! Chips and salsa and tacos! This ship is a bit old, and it shows. There was some mold, and several people had plumping issues. Our plumbing was fine and we did not experience leaks like some. The shows were just ok. We had been on a previous cruise and LOVED the shows, but these were not fantastic. While I loved the ship band and orchestra, the singers weren't great, and I didn't love the jazzing up of broadway songs. Picky? I know. But I was expecting something as great as the Saturday Night Fever musical I saw on a different ship. We enjoyed the trivia and games, dance lessons were fun, pools were small but fun. We loved the ports, except St. John. Perhaps it was our bus tour guide driver, but the island was just not that great. And our driver seemed distracted or unsure of himself. Maybe he was new. I won't remember much except about the fort (which we couldn't go inside) and the wooden statues that we didn't stop to see. Sure, there's a reversing falls, but you'd have to come back 2 times to see the difference. The little local market was cute, but there wasn't much else. No one seemed that impressed with the port. It just doesn't compare in beauty or interest to the other towns we went to. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The New England cruise is a very nice itinerary. Our group of 5 did not sign up for shore excursions since we had been to most ports previously. Of all the ports, St. Johns was the least attractive, a mostly industrial city. Boston, ... Read More
The New England cruise is a very nice itinerary. Our group of 5 did not sign up for shore excursions since we had been to most ports previously. Of all the ports, St. Johns was the least attractive, a mostly industrial city. Boston, Portland, Bar Harbor and Hailifax were great. The staterooms definitely need to be updated. However, all the public areas were beautiful. The crew was super, and it felt great to be on a ship that is not as large as a small city, such as the newer mega ships. Food was best in the main dining room and themed restaurants. The buffet lines on the Windjammer deck near the pool were not appetizing at all and we stayed away from them. I highly recommend this cruise. The Cruise Director and Activities Director were wonderful hosts for the key activities. I especially liked the Hall of Nations ceremony on the last day, honoring all the dedicated crew. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The food was good the service was very good all the staff was very attentive about the meal and they checked on every on at the table to make sure every thing was presented well and tasted very good. The ships interior was kept up very ... Read More
The food was good the service was very good all the staff was very attentive about the meal and they checked on every on at the table to make sure every thing was presented well and tasted very good. The ships interior was kept up very well but the exterior needed much work such as paint and windows also needed cleaning. The cabins were very clean the rugs wear old but in good shape the same for the furnishings. The embarkation and disembarking at Baltimore pier was the most efficient that we ever experienced in a long time. We wish that all Royal Caribbean port of call was as efficient as this port. When it comes to ports and shore excursions we believe some of there prices are to high depending on distance form the ship duration of excursion and type of excursion . we found that if we just take a cab to your were you want to go it casts about one quarter of what the ship charges if you leave a enough time you will be back in plenty of time before the ship sails. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We wanted to do a quick cruise for my summer vacation from school and wanted to avoid flying. Driving to Baltimore from our home in Virginia was relatively quick and easy and we arrived a bit later then we usually do (12 ish) and ... Read More
We wanted to do a quick cruise for my summer vacation from school and wanted to avoid flying. Driving to Baltimore from our home in Virginia was relatively quick and easy and we arrived a bit later then we usually do (12 ish) and parking was fairly quick. We always avoid the porters and carry our luggage on and off the ship. The embarkation was very, very quick and the line was very short. As we are Diamond on Royal, we had no wait at check in and it was fast. We had expected a medical questionnaire but there was none. We were on the ship by 1 pm and the cabin was available. We did a first on this cruise and had an inside cabin. Our room was tight but functional. After we stowed our cases we sorted out our soda packages and reserved our My Time dinner reservation and had a quick lunch at the Windjammer (which is alll the way forward on Deck Nine) and then unpacked. Soon it was time for the drill at our Muster Station. We lingered after Captain Patrick dismissed us to watch departurre from Baltimore and as it was a Saturday the watercraft that followed us out of the cruise terminal and past Fort McHenry and into the Chesapeake Bay. The cruise in a nutshell...Very good (A minus).. five days is short and we are accustomed to more than one day at sea coming and going to Bermuda...staff save one at guest services were very friendly and helpful. What was surprising was the invisible cruise director. On all our previous cruises on Royal the director is everywhere and heard all the time. Maybe it was us — go figure. Grandeur is showing her age gracefully and she was undergoing some repair work. There was nosy work being done by the Solarium (aft on the pool Deck) but it was not that distracting. Weather was great for most of the cruise as we missed the remains of Beryl...very nice in Bermuda and heavy rain, wind and whitecaps waves (seas maybe 15 to 20) came up in the evening after we left Bermuda and lasted all morning and finally eased towards late afternoon when the sun broke through. Arrival back in Baltimore was like clockwork and we were off the ship and through customs by 8 am. Hit rush hour traffic out of Baltimore but home by 11. All in all a nice little cruise. FOOD We found the food to be very good and the main dining room staff was excellent as usual. We like Asian Indian food and were disappointed not to see it on menu. We mentioned it to our assistant waiter and she told our head waiter and the next night we had a spicy and hot fish curry, dahl, a hot chutney and rice. The only thing missing was the naan bread! It has been our experience on Royal that they will move heaven and earth to satisfy the guests. The escargot was on the menu twice and the prime rib was melt in your mouth. My wife likes her food hot and not once did it have to go back. We kept our breakfast to oatmeal and fruit and coffee for breakfast and salads and my favorite cheese burgers and fries for lunch. The snack food fare at the Solarium bistro featured pork loin sandwich and horseradish. Yum! They have other treats also. We are at CHOPS for. special deal and food and staff were excellent. We did a sushi making class at Izumi and ate the results of our world. Our soda package at $8 a Day was a waste but there was more than soda available with it. My wife had the vitamin water. We just did not drink enough of it. STAFF Our room attendant was somewhat helpful and he tried. My wife has trouble with a hard mattress and requested a pillow topper to ease the hardness. He tried but his solution did not work out that well. The dining room staff we had were superb as they always are. They went over and above for us. It was a mixed bag at guest services. Most were great but we had trouble with one of our ship tours and took our concerns to him and he really could not be bothered. The guys outside (maintenance and pool lifeguards) were great and friendly. Even the security guys and gals smiled. POOLS and HOT TUBS One must get one’s swimming and soaking in early or you will be without a chair and in wall to wall people. The Solarium is a nice place for grownups but it can be s bit warm if the roof is not opened. The addition of life guards st the pools is s good thing. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My husband and I took our three grown grandchildren on a 9 day New England/Canada on Grandeur of the Seas leaving on July 5, 2018. Positives: Weather was great, Baltimore is an easy port to access and park, our cabin attendant and ... Read More
My husband and I took our three grown grandchildren on a 9 day New England/Canada on Grandeur of the Seas leaving on July 5, 2018. Positives: Weather was great, Baltimore is an easy port to access and park, our cabin attendant and waiters were wonderful and the food very good. Diamond club and the designated diamond breakfast area were excellent. We did all ports independently...each grandchild was responsible for planning activities at a port and all of us had a wonderful time. We used the Viking Crown lounge on sea days for card games with the grandkids which was always quiet with no problem finding tables and chairs for our games. The ship to be very clean and easy to get around with friendly staff. When a hurricane threatened, the captain switched the order of the ports, even though in Halifax Royal Caribbean had to provide shuttles as the only berth available on such short notice was an industrial one. His actions insured that we were never exposed to rough weather and was much appreciated.Only complaint: one of the three cabins (2514 which is described below) was not satisfactory. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We went into Baltimore two days prior to the cruise, both to ensure no travel problems and to have a full day to explore Baltimore. Embarkation was good, although we apparently had priority boarding through AAA, yet it was not noticed and ... Read More
We went into Baltimore two days prior to the cruise, both to ensure no travel problems and to have a full day to explore Baltimore. Embarkation was good, although we apparently had priority boarding through AAA, yet it was not noticed and we had to stand in line, which took about an hour. Cabin was clean and nice and as expected. Bathroom is small compared to Disney but we knew that going into this cruise. Dining was excellent and wait staff was 100%. Could not ask for anything more. One elevator appeared to be having some problems but overall ship was in very good condition. On-board entertainment could have been improved. Overall service was excellent. Captain wisely swapped two port days (Halifax, St. John) to avoid Hurricane Chris. Disembarkation was very smooth with paid transfer to the airport. A lot of activities were to promote the spa (and its associated additional cost). No traditional poker table, only a blackjack table that appeared to be converted to a Texas Hold 'em table. Blackjack tournament ($25) consisted of playing only 7 hands, then the person with the most chips moved on to a final round at the end of the trip. Bingo was $39 and up. More lectures about ports would have been appreciated. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was my first cruise. I knew this wasn't the biggest or newest ship in their fleet. Before getting on the ship I felt like the cruise line was nickle and diming me for things like upgraded beverage packages, mandatory gratuity, ... Read More
This was my first cruise. I knew this wasn't the biggest or newest ship in their fleet. Before getting on the ship I felt like the cruise line was nickle and diming me for things like upgraded beverage packages, mandatory gratuity, wifi access, etc. I tried to keep an open mind. The line in the parking lot to embark was long and tedious due the bottle neck of stopping to drop off luggage before parking. That was unexpected and frustrating. When i first stepped into the ship my reaction was "wow this ship's decor is seriously outdated" i felt like i was back in the 1990s. BUT the staff on the ship made up for my first impression. They were friendly, courteous, quick, and attentive. The ship was always clean and they worked hard. The staff made the experience very enjoyable. And in the end i got accustomed to the decor. :) i had an ocean view cabin on floor 2. There were 4 of us. 2 adults and 2 teens. It was tight but we managed. We stuffed empty luggage out of the way. The bathroom although small was bigger than i expected. I ate bfast and lunch at the Windjammer buffet. The food was good and there was tremendous variety. I ate dinner at the main dinning room and the wait staff were very friendly and attentive. The food was very good. One thing that i think RC could do better (besides upgrading the decor) is to email guests ahead notifying them of special dress nights. There was a formal night for dinner and if i hadn't called the cruise line ahead of my cruise i wouldn't have known that and wouldn't have packed for it. Overall it was a good trip. My teens had fun doing their own thing and hanging with the family and new friends. I felt very comfortable letting them explore the ship and make friends. In the end, i would consider cruising again on RC. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The cruise itself was exceptional. Very friendly and helpful staff, very clean and great entertainment. Good food choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Windjammer and enjoyed our 'dress up' nights and service in Great ... Read More
The cruise itself was exceptional. Very friendly and helpful staff, very clean and great entertainment. Good food choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Windjammer and enjoyed our 'dress up' nights and service in Great Gatsby. July 4th celebration was a lot of fun and a nice tribute to veterans and first responders. Boarding and departure process went smoothly. Wasn't impressed with area off the ship in Bermuda as compared to ports throughout the Caribbean we've visited on previous cruises. People in transport area were friendly and accommodating, however, there was very little to do without incurring expense of excursions. Just walked around for an hour or so and walked back to ship. Took the Fantaseas glass bottom boat excursion the second day which turned out to be educational and enjoyable. Will definitely cruise Royal Caribbean again but don't plan on returning to Bermuda (unless it's to book directly for a resort stay). Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Our first cruise on Grandeur and it lived up to our expectations. Ship, crew and the service was outstanding. We did not want for anything and were treated exceptionally well in the dining room, the windjammer, and the bars and ... Read More
Our first cruise on Grandeur and it lived up to our expectations. Ship, crew and the service was outstanding. We did not want for anything and were treated exceptionally well in the dining room, the windjammer, and the bars and casino. For a short 5 day cruise The amenities and activities were spot on.The Shore excursion to Horseshoe Bay was brilliant. the ability to stay up late on shore on the overnight stay in Kings Wharf was a nice touch. I would have only one negative comment . I will admit i am not nautically astute to understand the schedule but slowing to 17 knots down from 20 heading into Bermuda in the early morning hours delayed departure onto land to 1:45pm. on the Monday. It would have been nice to get off the ship earlier in the day. Overall we will do a repeat cruise next summer but preferably on a 7 day out of Baltimore? Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I had some trouble getting adjustments made to my final bill in the area of gratuities. Apparently communication was an issue. Ultimately, it was straightened out before I left the ship. The majority of the ships staff were wonderful ... Read More
I had some trouble getting adjustments made to my final bill in the area of gratuities. Apparently communication was an issue. Ultimately, it was straightened out before I left the ship. The majority of the ships staff were wonderful and well mannered. However, there was one young man who was working in the Photo Center who made an inappropriate advance towards me. I did not look at him long enough to get his name. He was not working the register. I was looking for pictures of my brother and myself. Needless to say, I did not return to the Photo Center. He was the only one who was inappropriate. I should say that I am old enough to be his grandmother. With this being my first cruise, it was stress for the continuous reiteration of return times from excursions when we were at the mercy of the cruise supported excursion to get us back to the ship on time (in most cases). There were two excursions that we had paid for in advance who did not get us back until right at time of even a couple minutes late. This stress took away from my ability to enjoy the excursion. The Light House tour in Portland was one of these. On a positive note, I would like to compliment our dinning room waiter staff, Lulama, Ms. Campbell, and especially JingFang Lee - she was the kindest most delightful individual on our cruise. They were all very attentive with the right mix of being personable and professional. With the exception of the last comedian and the thrown together show with the orchestra in the Paladium Theater, the entertain was excellent! All the added expenses were a bit much. I did without a lot to keep things affordable. The Windjammer was best. The Hop On Hop Off in Saint Johns and Halifax were best. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I enjoyed the cruise. The port in Baltimore is fantastic. Easy on easy off. Fast lines. It was great. The ship is in good condition. Our room was mid ship third deck outside cabin. Plenty of room and storage. But no mini-fridge. We were ... Read More
I enjoyed the cruise. The port in Baltimore is fantastic. Easy on easy off. Fast lines. It was great. The ship is in good condition. Our room was mid ship third deck outside cabin. Plenty of room and storage. But no mini-fridge. We were a group of 20 headed to Bermuda for a wedding. All agreed the service was very good. Meals were good to excellent. They did make effort to correct anything that they could. Buffet is a big circle with some outside stations. Sometimes you have to search to find things. I had one issue; we had 8 o'clock dinners. Wedding night we got back to the ship late. The buffet closed at 8:30. Thank goodness they let us into the dining room because there is no where else to eat. We would have had to wait until the small cafe opened up at 11 like one in our group had to do. No food on a cruise ship? Who ever heard of that? Overall a nice experience. I don't smoke so I always avoid the casino. I tried but it was pungent. There is smoking on Lido (pool) deck port side so I avoided that too. Entertainment was biggest disappointment. 10th cruise so I had expectations. Main dance shows were good. Otherwise one piano bar, one DJ, one reggae band, and a violin duo. So not many choices. Again, no complaints but no wow. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The Grandeur of the Seas - 9 days to New England / Canada This is an overview of my May 2018 cruise and my second cruise on the Grandeur. First – embarkation and debarkation is fast and the port of Baltimore has this process down. ... Read More
The Grandeur of the Seas - 9 days to New England / Canada This is an overview of my May 2018 cruise and my second cruise on the Grandeur. First – embarkation and debarkation is fast and the port of Baltimore has this process down. The ship is old but the crew is constantly cleaning or painting something. However, on the promenade deck 5, the metal ceiling panels are pretty rusty and showing its age. For us walkers the ship is always being roped off with them pressure washing the deck, cleaning windows or painting making it difficult to navigate where or when to walk. The food is consistently good and the wait staff mostly attentive. The entertainment ranges from satisfactory to very good (one night we had the 50’s / 60’s vocal group - The Platters). The ship has many Royal Caribbean selling TV channels but only a few watchable entertainment channels. The only news channels are CNN and HLN (HLN is a CNN affiliate). Last year we had the Fox News channel but now it’s gone. The self-serve soft ice cream machine on deck nine actually has pretty good ice cream. The ship sailed Thursday evening at Four. I like that the new muster drills no longer requires you wear your life preserver. We chose “my time” dinning at 5:00PM. Seems that the first dinner night is always a little crazy making it appear like the waiters have never done this before. However, we (a couple) sat at a large table and had wonderful (interesting) table mates for nine days. Day 1 – (Friday) first full day at sea. This is a formal dinner night. We were tired so we missed the first show although we later heard it was good. Our room was cabin 7049, which is an inside cabin. The cabin is small but comfortable (but the furniture was showing its age). The beds were pushed together to make a queen size but kept separating in the middle so you could not lay in the middle of the bed. The inside dimensions of the shower are 24” to 28” inches, so it’s small. Hopefully the larger cabins have larger shower stalls. The water pressure is good but their shampoo is pretty bad. We brought our own hand soap and hand sanitizer. Day 2 – First stop was Boston and we took the Old Town Trolley (not Hop On & Hop Off like we thought we signed up for) bus tour of down town Boston. This was the most popular tour and had 5 full size buses. Getting off the ship and to our bus was somewhat difficult (seemed like it was RC first time doing this) as after you got off the gangplank you had to figure out where to go, what to do, and what line to get it. We had what looked like 500/600 people trying to catch their tour bus at the same time all within a very small condensed congested area. Also, having it raining slightly added to the confusion and discomfort. The tour was ok, our tour driver just ok (whereas another couple said their tour guide was excellent). Day 3 – Our second day was Portland Maine. We decided to walk the town ourselves without any excursions. We found the ocean walk path (next to the railroad) fun and the locals were friendly and easy to talk to. We saw a fair amount of homeless people when we headed "downtown" but never felt like we within a dangerous area. Day 4 – The island of Bar Harbor Maine (the stop is tendered). Hey but what a beautiful clean island. We took the Intimate Look at Acadia National Park small bus tour. Susan, our guide, was very good and would stop or pull over so a few of us could hop off and take photos. The view from the top of Cadillac Mountain was obstructed by fog (amazing watching it roll across the top of the mountain) and the wind was really blowing. The island is very lovely and interesting and a wonderful experience. After our tour we had a lobster roll lunch special at a local in-town restaurant (recommended by Royal Caribbean) and then we walked around, finding an ocean inlet path along the shore. The granite rock formations were absolutely stunning. Day 5 – We were at St John Nb (Canada). We took the Bay of Fundy Coastal Photography Tour of the Bay of Fundy and the reversing rapids and falls. The area was so different from what I see around my home in Maryland. I found the area, plants and trees very interesting and quite spectacular. Our tour guide was very passionate about photography making for a very good tour and scenic experience. Day 6 – Halifax NS. We took the Historic Halifax Walking Tour of the city starting at the Halifax Public Gardens. Next we walked to the fortress - Citadel Hill (which is all up hill). It was a long walk up but our tour didn’t grant us access to the fort (strange). We also looked at the outside of several old churches then our tour guide walked our group down to the water (and to our surprise that was the end of are tour). We had to find our own way back to the ship which was (best guess) a mile or more away. I would not recommend this tour. We left Halifax around 5:00PM and right into a thick fog bank. Day 7 – At sea (very dense thick fog, high winds and rain). The Grandeur used its fog horn which blasts every two minutes, making it near impossible to walk around the top two decks, 9 & 10, that is - unless you didn’t mind risking losing your hearing. The other outside deck, Deck 5, was partially closed down for maintenance. Very frustrating. Day 8 – At sea (more very dense thick fog, high winds and rain). I think everyone on board was looking for things to do. It would have been well received if the ship would have shown a movie in the Palladium theater. They had the new movie “Black Panther” and showed it on the 9th floor deck screen – which is outside in 40 degree weather with high winds, rain and the fog horn blasting every two minutes. They scheduled the movie for viewing at 6:30 and 9:00 on the Pool Deck in the thick fog, rain, fog horn and high winds. We really wanted to see it but couldn't due to the conditions. I realize these things are scheduled and planned in advance but they should be able to adjust to move the movie inside (or on the TV) when the conditions do not allow for being outside. During the day the adult pool area, the Solarium, was packed. I wish people would not place towels on the chairs in the Solarium (indoor pool) to hold them. We went into the Solarium at 9:00AM and 99% of the chairs had towels reserving the chairs with no people around. Although it is a heated pool they don't turn the heated water on until after 9 AM. It takes about an hour to warm up the pool water. The Solarium was pretty chilly and an amazing number of people, staff included, leave the doors open which chills the area further by bringing in the cool outside air. Day 9 – Back at the port of Baltimore on a rainy, dark morning. We used the option to carry off our luggage between 7:30AM – 8:00AM. People were already starting to line up their luggage at the gangway at 5:45AM so they could be the first ones off. They drop off their luggage then go off to do whatever. The Windjammer opens on the last day at 6:00AM and it is already crowded at 6:00AM, but it offers a full compliment of food, just like every other day. Once the debarkation starts it moves pretty quickly. Customs should have had more than 2 lines open. We enjoyed ourselves, in part due to meeting some wonderful people. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
My wife and I have vacationed with 2 other couples for years. Recently one of the wives was widowed, but she came on the cruise with us and it went very well. We were thrilled we could convince her to come along. The other couple is ... Read More
My wife and I have vacationed with 2 other couples for years. Recently one of the wives was widowed, but she came on the cruise with us and it went very well. We were thrilled we could convince her to come along. The other couple is celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this year and they picked the cruise ship and the destination. After reading some of the reviews, we were afraid we might be traveling with a nursing home crowd, but as it turned out the majority of the cruisers were in their sixties. 2000 cruisers, but only 20 below 18, but school is not out yet. The cabins were clean and well maintained. We had an inside cabin. I like the layout of this room better than a typical Carnival cabin where you walk through a hall as you enter the room. Main dining room food was great. I would have liked more variety with the starters, but once I asked for a garden salad they had a fresh one each night for me. Maha and Gavin were excellent waiters. I'm not personally a big fan of the buffets on any ship so I refrain from making any comment on The Windjammer. Mike, the cruise director, was also fantastic. The headliners were great and the staff variety show was very entertaining. I also enjoyed "Mama" and think she should be featured more. Some shows in Centrum would be better in the South Pacific so more people can see. While the weather was cool and rainy for several days, the ship provides lots of indoor areas for relaxation. Both the Centrum and the Solarium are great choices for respite. Great choice on the ports of call, we took private tours each day. A tour guide would meet the 5 of us in a minivan and off we would go for the day. This was our first experience trying this and I highly recommend it. Boston - Boston Custom Tours Portland/Kennebunkport - Maine Day Trips Bar Harbor - At Your Service Taxi and Tours St John - Charlene's Bay of Fundy Tours Halifax - Halifax Tour Guys Nova Scotia Great ship. Great Size. Lots of great relaxation Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I cruised out of Baltimore because it was more convenient than traveling to Florida and it offered a cruise to Bermuda, which I had not visited before this cruise. I had cruised with Norwegian to the Bahamas (and loved it), but I was ... Read More
I cruised out of Baltimore because it was more convenient than traveling to Florida and it offered a cruise to Bermuda, which I had not visited before this cruise. I had cruised with Norwegian to the Bahamas (and loved it), but I was excited to try a different cruise line and destination. My sister-in-law and I took this trip to celebrate our birthdays, so we were expecting a relaxing and fun trip! The staff at the port and on board Grandeur of the Seas was phenomenal! They were so helpful and friendly. I have a food allergy, and the dining staff went out of their way to make sure that I had delicious meals and that I didn't have to worry about my allergy. The room attendant must have changed our towels three or four times each day (even though we left them on the rack to reuse) and kept our room spotless! He refilled our cooler with ice several times a day so we could keep cold water, etc. in our room (the oceanview rooms on deck 2 do not have refrigerators). The port excursions that we booked through Royal Caribbean were reasonably priced (make sure to book ahead of the cruise because the price dramatically increased once you were onboard) and went very smoothly! We booked the Devil's Isle Snorkel excursion and the Horseshoe Bay Beach excursion. I would highly recommend both! The Devil's Isle Snorkel excursion was awesome because you could snorkel, kayak, paddleboard, swim, explore the beach, or relax on board the catamaran with a delicious drink. There was a bathroom on the catamaran. At Horseshoe Bay Beach, there is a small restaurant offering drinks, hot and cold lunch options (like chicken nuggets, hamburgers, subs, salads, etc.), a bathroom with showers, changing stalls, and changing station for babies. I did not see any lockers, so you just have to keep your stuff with you. The price to rent two beach loungers with an umbrella was $45 (they accept U.S. $), and an attendant sets it up for you. The sand is super-soft and pink, the beach is gorgeous and not too crowded, and the rocks/caves are fun to explore! If you want to go shopping in Bermuda, be aware that most of the shops close at 5 p.m. Some bars and restaurants stay open, but there is little to do right at the port after 5 p.m. The only two drawbacks to Grandeur of the Seas is the prominence of secondhand smoke and the lack of indoor activities for families with kids if the pool is closed. First, smoking is allowed in the casino and on the main pool deck (the pool for kids), and even if you try to avoid those areas, you smell smoke in the Centrum and Palladium Theater. It was hard to totally avoid! Second, the decks and pools were closed on our second day at sea due to a storm, so for the entire day, everyone was stuck inside. Your options were the casino, bars, sitting in lounges and listening to live music, etc. I know there are kids' programs available, but I saw many small children just sitting with their families or walking around the ship with not a lot to do. So, I would recommend a bigger ship with more indoor options if you're traveling with kids. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Everything about the cruise overall was great, as it always is on Royal Caribbean. The food in the main dining hall was excellent as was the waiter and his assistant. Entertainment was very good. The singers, dancers and band were ... Read More
Everything about the cruise overall was great, as it always is on Royal Caribbean. The food in the main dining hall was excellent as was the waiter and his assistant. Entertainment was very good. The singers, dancers and band were exceptional. The entertainmant director (Mike) did a very fine job in handling everything. I was extremely happy the way they saluted all veterans, police and first responders. I am a veteran and proud of it and it felt very good to be recognized! The only "downers" were the hard seas from Baltimore to Bermuda due to weather (which even Royal Caribbean could not control), and the amount of time in port . A five day cruise does not give enough time to see much of Bermuda's sites and history and spend some time relaxing at the pool or other shipboard activities. This was the fastest embarkation service of all our cruises taken. We will be scheduling a longer cruise to the Bahamas in January. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Only a 4 hour drive from home, good price. It was a overall great cruise. My issues were, sail away party was inside even tho the weather was beautiful. Not enough pool side activities, and need more music and dancing at poolside. ... Read More
Only a 4 hour drive from home, good price. It was a overall great cruise. My issues were, sail away party was inside even tho the weather was beautiful. Not enough pool side activities, and need more music and dancing at poolside. Also the poolside movie screen needs to show something more intresting instead of home videos of bloopers. The dining staff were amazing, especially Robert the sherriff and Monoj, we were treated wonderfully. This ship has an amazing crew, everyone goes above and beyond to make your cruise experience wonderful. I enjoyed most of the entertainment, some were better than others. Activities were good. I probably would not reccomend this ship for children. There is a kids club on board but not any pool amenities like slides or sprinklers. Also the poolside lounge chairs are so close together its hard to get on them. Again the overall experience was great. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
we chose this cruise with a group of people. The cabin was great , clean and service was excellent. The staff at the main dining hall were true professionals. The entertainment director was excellent. The staff in the main dining hall were ... Read More
we chose this cruise with a group of people. The cabin was great , clean and service was excellent. The staff at the main dining hall were true professionals. The entertainment director was excellent. The staff in the main dining hall were nothing but professional. The pool bar staff were also amazing. Some of the meals at the main dining hall were over cooked example the fish. We enjoyed the entertainment in the evening, the comedians were very funny. The embarkation and disembarkation were seamless. Our room air condoi ntining was not working properly at first but when problem reported it was repaired right away. When we got to ports there was plenty of staff to make getting off and on the ship quick and easy. I would recommend this cruise to other people and I would also take another cruise on The Grandeur of The Seas. The staff were true proffesionals and treated my wife and I with a smile every morning, afternoon and evening. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Already Booked?

Get to know who you’ll be sailing with

Find a Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click