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1,785 Royal Caribbean Baltimore Cruise Reviews

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
This was my first time on Royal Caribbean. I have cruised with Carnival over 16 times. I have been told that I should not judge Royal Caribbean based on this ship, so I will try to bring out as many positives as I can. I do have ... Read More
This was my first time on Royal Caribbean. I have cruised with Carnival over 16 times. I have been told that I should not judge Royal Caribbean based on this ship, so I will try to bring out as many positives as I can. I do have another one booked on the Anthem of the Seas, so I will reserve a more general opinion of Royal Caribbean after that cruise. Here are my negatives about the Grandeur of the Seas: 1) the cabin shower was incredibly small. I have never been in a shower that small and it was difficult to take a decent shower. 2) On Carnival, I am used to seeing the Cruise Director a lot and even hearing the Cruise Director a lot. Although, the Cruise Director (Big Bob) seemed nice enough, he was not visible very much and you rarely heard him throughout the day. He seemed to come out at night for the shows in the main lounge. 3) The ship was dusty 4) Most of the food in the Windjammer and Dining Room is tasteless 5) Not a lot of activites. At night, it was a ghost town after 11pm. 6) The TV stations were all about Royal Caribbean...very, very, very few stations that were not about Royal Caribbean. Here are my positives: 1) Customer Service is great!! 2) Embarkation/Disembarkation processses were better than I ever experienced on a Carnival Ship. I have Platinum status on Carnival which allows me priority for embarkation and disembarkation but Royal Caribbean leads in this area hands down. 3) The cookies were fantastic, in fact, most of the desserts are very good. 4) the Casino was not smokey although smoking was allowed in a couple of areas in the casino. 5) The adult solarium is very nice Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We were looking for an inexpensive getaway before school starts back up. I had been watching pricing on this date since March and pulled the trigger the end of June. We have been on the Grandeur 4 times including this intinerary last year ... Read More
We were looking for an inexpensive getaway before school starts back up. I had been watching pricing on this date since March and pulled the trigger the end of June. We have been on the Grandeur 4 times including this intinerary last year with friends. Embarking took about 20 minutes. They keep getting more and more efficient at the port. Loyal Grandeur cruisers rave about the ship and we could really see why. We had exceptional service from all staff on board. Our room steward had my shirts back from pressing with plenty of time to spare for formal night. Our experience is usually getting it back just in time to go to early seating. He also made sure our ice bucket was filled twice daily. Plus our room was always clean Dining was excellent! Our servers Lulama & Harjo we excellent and worked well as a team. The menu featured 3-4 staple offerings for each course with 2-3 changes every night. We really enjoy the staples so this worked well for us. We also had a chops steak a few nights when the menu didnt suit us. Well worth the added cost. We enjoyed breakfast in the dining room as well. We had several lunches in the solarium. The roast beef was excellent There were 2 comics, one at the beginning (we missed) but the second one was funny. Missed the juggler, but went to the majority rules game show and the love & marriage show. L&M has always been our favourite but was at 3pm on day 8 and kind of felt like it was missing something being that time of day We loved Bermuda. Rented a kayak one day and went to horseshoe bay the next. Stayed on the ship in Nassau. Coco maybe was coco yes! Beautiful beach day and snorkeling. Special mention to KK and Marcus! Very helpful in solving our one minor hiccup. On the last sea day, there was a fellow outside the dining room loudly complaining about the cruise and how terrible it was. Felt like telling he was free to get off anytime he wanted. Disembarkation was the smoothest it has ever been. Took maybe 15 minutes from ship to car. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We had never gone up North. We picked RC as we had never cruise with them. We have over eleven cruises behind us, and this one was the worst ship, food, rooms and over all a total disappointment. We had a balcony on deck 7. The room were ... Read More
We had never gone up North. We picked RC as we had never cruise with them. We have over eleven cruises behind us, and this one was the worst ship, food, rooms and over all a total disappointment. We had a balcony on deck 7. The room were so tiny. The showers was the worst I have ever seen on any other ship, I actually had to stick my leg and rested on the toilet so I could soap my legs. We do like to take showers together, NO WAY you going to do that on this ship, unless your three feet tall and weight 40 pounds. The food was repetitious nothing to talk about here, except the same thing every day on the buffet. They actually would take left over and add something else to it and put it out the next day. I'm a seafood lover, forget about it NOTHING in that department. The main dining menu was terrible, who would want Meat loaf on a ship as part of a choice. Try asking for Shrimp cocktail, they were so small I had to order three every night. There was absolutely nothing that jumps out as great or good on the main course for dinner. Forget about the show, a total waste of time and they only had three on our 9 day cruise. The ship itself is totally falling apart. Rust outside our room was everywhere. Main floor where they hold different activities, the flood lights totally cover with dust, everywhere you look up from the balcony area above those lights have never been clean or vacuum. Lets move to the casino, they had a Russian crew running the tables, I would say 90% did not speak English and very rude. One day they had a class for the dice table and the lady could not be understood by anyone, I asked the pit boss to please get someone we could understand, he told me in broken English that it was all they had. I then took over the teaching lesson and was ask to either leave or let her explain at which time about 30 cruisers told the man we can't understand her, everyone left. In totally NEVER AGAIN. The only thing great was our room attendant and my main man in the dining room, they earn my extra tip. 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
We loved the ports! But the wait staff and crew were amazing. Food was excellent! Greeeeaaaat foood Omg! Service was definitely an A+. I would recommend these ports and this trip. Also disembarkation was so easy and smooth. My dad is ... Read More
We loved the ports! But the wait staff and crew were amazing. Food was excellent! Greeeeaaaat foood Omg! Service was definitely an A+. I would recommend these ports and this trip. Also disembarkation was so easy and smooth. My dad is handicapped and we had no issues at the ports except one which was bar harbor, because there were tenders. But a great trip overall. My family and i enjoyed thoroughly! The kids enjoyed also. We took a 1 and 2 year old. I had my concerns about safety originally because they are so active. However, that proved to be unnecessary worry as there were no hiccups. As soon as we boarded, my mind was immediately at ease. Kids enjoyed their time, in and out of the pool also. Lifeguards always in duty. I could be worry free. Great food! Great service! Great staff! Great trip! Loved and enjoyed soooo much! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We signed up for this cruise a year in advance. We wanted this particular destination and the price was right. We were also happy to try a cruise from Baltimore so we could just drive to the port. Ten of our family members traveled ... Read More
We signed up for this cruise a year in advance. We wanted this particular destination and the price was right. We were also happy to try a cruise from Baltimore so we could just drive to the port. Ten of our family members traveled together and we had a blast. Leaving from the port in Baltimore is so easy and organized. We are seniors and had no problems at all. Some of our family signed on to the cruise and we had five adults and five teenagers. The ship is not huge so it can fit under the bridges but it was well maintained. The young people in our group found plenty to do and we barely saw them. The food on board was good and all staff members were pleasant and friendly. We had great (hot) weather and spent a lot of time in the pools. We especially loved the children’s pool which you can sit in on hot days. The drinks kept coming and the snacks, ice cream and food were good and plentiful. The only thing I would change is the quality of the beds. Considering this was a ten day cruise, a less than great bed was not a huge problem. Our teenagers were well entertained and we barely saw them all week. I had purchased a drink package but really used it very little. There was complimentary iced tea and flavored drinks (sugar free mango/pineapple) that I drank almost all week. I did enjoy the big cup with the lid but could easily have brought one from home. We had such a great time and plan to do another cruise on this ship-maybe to Bermuda. Thanks Royal Carribean for helping us gather wonderful memories on this trip-we’ll be back :) Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise for the ports in New England. We had not been to this area of our country and wanted to see several with the bonus of Canada. The ship is nice and entertainment was great. I would have liked to see more arts and crafts ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports in New England. We had not been to this area of our country and wanted to see several with the bonus of Canada. The ship is nice and entertainment was great. I would have liked to see more arts and crafts besides scrapbooking ?? because I do not gamble. 9 days is a long cruise so we need more entertainment during day time for the arts. Room was comfortable and staff at bars, restaurants, and spa are fantastic. The menu for gluten free folks is basically the original menu without gravies, sauces, and breadcrumbs....so a bit bland but I still managed to gain some weight. hahahaha Evening entertainment and Dancing was awesome. The DJ was great. We really enjoyed ourselves. Our favorite port is Bar Harbor and recommend the Pedego bicycles and you must do the loop road in Acadia National park.....fantastic! Please indulge in some lobster and blueberry pie....I didn't get pie but I heard some ooos and ahhhs with each order. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Pros: Awesome experience for our first RCL cruise. Service, food, accomodations, staff and ports of call were excellent and would highly recommend. Arranging shore excursions was easy. Those excursions and guides were extremely ... Read More
Pros: Awesome experience for our first RCL cruise. Service, food, accomodations, staff and ports of call were excellent and would highly recommend. Arranging shore excursions was easy. Those excursions and guides were extremely knowledgeable about their content. Entertainment /shows was "top shelf". We chose this cruise for two reasons: first, our 44th wedding anniversary and second because it was going north in cooler waters and a cooler daily temperature. Had some rain enroute but had no impact of our plans or excursions. Boarding and diembaration was the easiest and most organized of any cruise we have been on. RCL can stick a feather in their hat for such planning and organization! Cons: Avoid their internet. Very pricy and a hassle to logon and stay on. Once connected, it drops signal. In addition, slower than dial up (1200 baud) phone modem. Ship needs to add an "app" for daily acitivity with a reliable internet. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We book Jr Suite unfortunately was located just under the DJ and bandstand at the pool level. Was very loud in the room especially the night the DJ played until 1:45am. Kids running in and out of shows. Could not always get a seat ... Read More
We book Jr Suite unfortunately was located just under the DJ and bandstand at the pool level. Was very loud in the room especially the night the DJ played until 1:45am. Kids running in and out of shows. Could not always get a seat for breakfast or lunch. Food was marginal at best, couple from New York told us the food was better on a Disney cruise. Morning pancakes, waffles and french toast were ice cold. Internet service we paid for did not work in our room at all. Paid extra for soda package but the machines did not have ice or diet coke 20% to 30% of the time, waste of money. Entertainment appeared to be good but could not enjoy the shows as kids were crying in front of us and other kids were running in and out of the show on the balcony level. We changed seats twice but it did it did not get any better. The boarding and disembark procedure and execution was very impressive. I will give Royal Caribbean and 10+ for that. First and last cruise we will ever take Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My husband and I are “empty nesters” now, so we decided to treat ourselves to a cruise. We chose Royal Caribbean because we had cruised with them once before and had enjoyed it. This cruise did not disappoint. It was smaller than the ... Read More
My husband and I are “empty nesters” now, so we decided to treat ourselves to a cruise. We chose Royal Caribbean because we had cruised with them once before and had enjoyed it. This cruise did not disappoint. It was smaller than the ship we sailed on last time, so there weren’t quite as many activities, but we had plenty to do for the five days of the cruise, considering the fact that almost two days we were able to go ashore. (We went to Bermuda.) What struck us the most was how friendly and helpful all of the staff were. The food was amazing as well... consequently, we indulged far too much! We didn’t love the musical productions, so we ended up going to the Casino instead. Our favorite activity was the trivia games in the Schooner Bar. We teamed up with other people there, which was a fun way to meet other cruisers. We chose to get a suite and were very happy we did. The room was comfortable and reasonably spacious, with an awesome private balcony. Again, the staff went out of their way to get us anything we asked for. We have already decided to take another cruise on Royal Caribbean next summer. Can’t wait! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I have cruised RC several times before and we had been on the Grandeur before about six years ago and were pleased. Things have changed though. The boat is older but very clean. The service is outstanding. They now charge for room ... Read More
I have cruised RC several times before and we had been on the Grandeur before about six years ago and were pleased. Things have changed though. The boat is older but very clean. The service is outstanding. They now charge for room service which I was not happy about it. I went to the spa for a massage and to relax but felt pressure to buy products. I never went back. Bermuda was great. We stopped in Nassau at one pm and it was a madhouse. They try to get everyone off the boat at the same time which made everyone late. We spent six hours on the blue lagoon excursion to get 20 minutes with the dolphins because everything was so backed up. They need to stagger people getting off. It was chaos. I stopped at the desk to talk with someone and they said a shore excursion rep would contact me because other people had also complained. No one contacted me and a credit showed up a few days later for 20 dollars a person for a 106 dollar experience. The jet skiing in CoCo Cay was fantastic. And the beach was great. Again I can’t say enough about the service. Outstanding. I don’t think the rewards for loyalty cruising is all that great. I was a gold member this cruise and have moved up to next level but I think I will try a different cruise line next so I can compare. The rewards aren’t enough to keep me coming back. I didn’t expect a Disney cruise level experience but was not wowed. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Grandeur is a great ship with great staff but has seemed to tailor its daily activity schedule for the retirees/seniors that frequently travel on this ship. This was my second sailing on Grandeur (last one was a 7 night to Bermuda in ... Read More
Grandeur is a great ship with great staff but has seemed to tailor its daily activity schedule for the retirees/seniors that frequently travel on this ship. This was my second sailing on Grandeur (last one was a 7 night to Bermuda in 2015) and although I had similar expectations to some of things I remembered on my first sailing, I did not expect this sailing to be so boring during the day and the food quality to diminish. Most of the cruises big events such as the pool deck party, love and marriage game show, or productions were during days when we were docked, when most people had excursions and were off the ship. Additionally, they did not have much to do during the sea days (4 total sea days) unless you wanted to learn how to make a towel animal or exercise, making both pools a packed place. Even the rock wall had select hours with 1-2 hour time frames available during the day making it very limited for anyone to use. The food was also below my expectation of what I know I've gotten from Royal Caribbean in the main dining room. Much of our food was given to us cold leaving us to send it back meals multiple nights and having to go to the specialty restaurants or eat in the ports of call just to get a decent meal. Having traveled on 5 cruises, 3 Royal Caribbean cruises - 2 on Grandeur and 1 on Enchantment, I expected a little more activity during the day not a retirement community ship and definitely better food. Outside of the cruise being boring, this ship has the best attentive staff that you truly remember and get to know and size if you're not looking to be on a super large ship. If I choose to do another smaller ship sailing, I'll stick to the Royal Caribbean cruises out of Florida instead which all have been fun. Read Less
Sail Date July 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
I have never done a cruise and I was so nervous I wasn’t going to like it. I was afraid I’d get sea sick or have a feeling of being trapped. I was nervous about being in the middle of the ocean for days. We arrived at best western in ... Read More
I have never done a cruise and I was so nervous I wasn’t going to like it. I was afraid I’d get sea sick or have a feeling of being trapped. I was nervous about being in the middle of the ocean for days. We arrived at best western in Baltimore the night before. They had transportation for us and we were able to leave our car at the hotel. I loved everything about this cruise. The staff was remarkable, the shows were like Vegas and the food was unreal. I was nervous about it being a smaller and older ship. I thought it was going to be outdated. It was a beautiful ship and very up to date. I was very happy with Bermuda and coco cay. It was so much fun and a lot of memories were made on that ship. There were so many different places to eat on the ship. Each place bringing its own unique foods. There was a lot of variety. My children were able to find things they love and Enjoy. There is always something to do on the ship. There’s a show or game happening somewhere on the ship at all times. You can never get bored. I was nervous about leaving my child in the childcare area. When I got there and saw how secure and dedicated the staff was, I felt at ease. My children begged me to take them there each day. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Staff was amazing, Steve was a magician our room was always clean. Traveled with family who is vegan and they had amazing vegan options in the windjammer. Grant in the Dining Hall made sure there were vegan options for my uncles. The beds ... Read More
Staff was amazing, Steve was a magician our room was always clean. Traveled with family who is vegan and they had amazing vegan options in the windjammer. Grant in the Dining Hall made sure there were vegan options for my uncles. The beds were comfortable, we had an ocean view room. I did experience some sea sickness and the "hospital" on the ship did provide medication for that. There were always newer movies being played and the Palladium Theater was my go-to spot. The DJ in the club could have a better variation of music. I went to the "club" about 6 or 7 days out of the 9 day cruise and the music was often repeated. Overall the cruise was wonderful and I plan to go on another cruise in a year or 2 with friends and possibly a bigger ship. The shops were great and everyday was a new adventure. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted something for our family. Our boys are 12 and 14. Our departure was easy and fast. We love that the ship leaves from Baltimore, as it is a short drive from our home. We arrived on board at 1:00 p.m., ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted something for our family. Our boys are 12 and 14. Our departure was easy and fast. We love that the ship leaves from Baltimore, as it is a short drive from our home. We arrived on board at 1:00 p.m., and it was the easiest check in ever! When our boys first entered the ship their eyes lit up and bugged out! They could not believe how beautiful it was everywhere around them! Our cabins were below decks because we like not only the quiet and the darkness, but the cabins below are always much less in cost than the higher decks. If you don't have a problem with no windows, it is the way to go. We spent so little time in our rooms, it really did not matter. Our cabins were managed by Reginald, who did such an amazing job at taking care of our "family circus". He was kind, patient with all of us, and would have our rooms immaculate in the blink of an eye! The dining..ohhhh..the dining! This is where the Granduer of the Seas set itself apart, not just the amazing food in the Great Gatsby, but the SERVICE...oh my..the service was stellar!!! Andro and Akeil became our friends over our 9 days cruise. Our boys thought they were the nicest waiters in the world (not just on the ship), but the WORLD! Again, patience, kindness, information about next-day activities, excellent food, we never wanted for anything. I would barely think "I would like coffee", and it would be delivered!. They knew our names within one day, and we truly felt pampered by them each and every night. The only thing about dinner seating, is I wish that there was a way to ensure dinner could be a bit earlier to accommodate the shows. One show is at 7:15 and the other is at 9:15, and when you are eating at 8, you either miss the last few minutes at 7:15 or the beginning at 9:15. This is not a huge deal, just something that we noticed we would like to be different. Our teens hung out with us most of the time, they did visit the arcade, but at a $1.25 a game (limited), they lost interest pretty quickly. They didn't hang out for the tournaments, which would have probably given them more of an opportunity to do more games for free. The did have a lot of programs for teens and there seemed to be a handful that were involved in the activities, but our boys were more interested in the pool and playing table tennis. We loved Bermuda, it is such a beautiful place, with rich history and lovely people. Our excursions (through Royal Caribbean were nice, but very pricey for the experience). Our first night we went on a Pirate Ship Glass Bottom Boat Excursion, which was very nice, but should not really have been billed a Pirate Ship (we expected more "swashbuckling"), but it was more a tour with two gentlemen (both very nice and knowledgeable), but this trip was really a "glass bottom boat tour", and really did not need to the schtick of Pirates. I only say this because if you had young children expecting a "Pirate Adventure", it may not meet their expectations! The tour, however, was amazing!!!! We saw beautiful sea turtles, many beautiful fish, fed hundred of fish, saw a shipwreck and enjoyed delicious rum punch! I would recommend it, but would just a take a regular glass bottom boat tour. In Bermuda we also did the Zoo/Aquarium Excursion. It was lovely. A bit smaller than what we thought it would be but very nice just the same. I would say that if you are watching your money, to simply take a Taxi and purchase tickets into the Zoo/Aquarium. We paid almost $400 for this excursion for our family, as it included a water taxi, however, we could have just taken a taxi for about $21.00 each way and then entered the Zoo/Aquarium for $35.00 for the whole family. That excursion COULD have cost us $77.00 instead of $400, and we did leave scratching our heads at the cost. In Nassau, we had already booked an excursion through our Travel Agent at a much less expensive venue. We did a dolphin excursion at Balmoral Island that was not through Royal Caribbean, and it was fantastic! We had the best time on this beautiful island, where we learned, played, laughed and completely enjoyed our time! The one and only hiccup, was the ship came in at a later time than what our excursion time was, however, after working with a very nice person at Guest Services, who let us call the company we straightened it all out. I do have to comment that the Royal Caribbean Excursion Desk people were not only not helpful with this issue, but the man that we spoke with was downright rude. He basically stated..hey..you didn't book it through us, so there is nothing I can do for you. Guest Services, though, saved the day. Our final excursion was in Cococay! Such a pretty little island! The lunch was amazing as well and provided by Royal Caribbean. I would warn parents with young children, however. We booked a Snorkeling Adventure through Royal Caribbean, that was described as "children the age of 5 would be comfortable with this excursion". They did recommend that they should be able to swim, however, it seemed more "tame" and "family friendly" than other snorkeling adventures, and that is why we chose it as it was our first snorkeling adventure. We were provided with life jackets, and for $10.00 they give you a new kind of snorkeling equipment, that quite frankly, it pretty terrible. My mask would never seal correctly. Long story short, we were in about 30 feet or more of water for the experience, which may have been ok, but they forgot to tell us about the jellyfish (while not harmful) can sting, and it can hurt for a few minutes. My oldest son, had two land on him, and he grabbed on to me in a total panic because he didn't know that they were not going to cause him harm. Unfortunately, the seal on my mask did not hold, he jumped on me to avoid being stung and I had water in my mask, up my nose, down my throat etc. Two lifeguards, thank goodness, heard my son yelling for help and came quickly to our aid, but this could have gone sideways very quickly if I had not been wearing a life jacket of my own. My suggestion, ensure that you know before you go, how deep the water is, whether or not you need to watch for jelly fish, and if they are safe or not (just be prepared, so you don't freak out). There was another lady on this trip that came out of the water crying for the same reason that we did..she was unaware that we would be around so many jelly's. The story has a happy ending, though. We ended up on a sand barge, where the kind staff showed my boys jellyfish on the deck to reassure them. We had some lovely drinks and relaxed on the barge for quite a bit. We even saw a Barracuda! Our boys finished out the day having lunch with us (terrific lunch provided by RC) and then utilizing the floating playground in the water. FYI, this is another $22.00 per person, but you can use your Sea Pass. Please remember that when you are on Cococay, if the "beach package" isn't included in your excursion, your are going to pay extra for umbrellas, floats, etc.(floats were an extra $18.00 a person ) The people ON Cococay, who were booking the floating playground and selling mats to lay on were also not very nice. They seemed as if they really, really...REALLY did not want to be there. The playground time was for 50 minutes, and the boys did have fun while they were there. The rest of the cruise was relaxing and lovely! Again, great staff, great food, wonderful service. Fun things to do all over the ship..you won't be bored! We would recommend Royal Caribbean, and have! Just a few FYI's for Newbies - Make sure you check and double check excursion information, and put aside some extra money for the "extras" that are not included. It was a fantastic cruise, and we are thrilled to have had the opportunity to have this family vacation! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This is our 3rd cruise in 4 years with Royal Caribbean. Great staff, food, activities. Like the smaller ship - quieter atmosphere if you want to get away and relax. We didn't travel with any other family members. We have done ... Read More
This is our 3rd cruise in 4 years with Royal Caribbean. Great staff, food, activities. Like the smaller ship - quieter atmosphere if you want to get away and relax. We didn't travel with any other family members. We have done this cruise two years in a row. We really like royal Caribbean. Staff is friendly and always willing to help. Loved the performers and they had good entertainment. Food was very good and there was plenty. We enjoy going out of the Baltimore port since it's an easy drive. Would love to catch some other destinations leaving from this port. We booked our next cruise on board. We have really enjoyed royal Caribbean and feel that it's an older more reserved crowd although there is plenty to do for the younger crowds and those who like more of a night life. There is a large variety of excursions available Entertainment is good - GREAT COMEDIAN MIKE MARINO, and some other shows. Entertainment also in main center on shop. Also plenty of trivia and other activities including ballroom dancing lessons and zumba. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We took this cruise with kids ages 16, 12, 4, and 1. There was nothing for any of them to do and it was a consensus that all of them hated this vacation. The pool and cabin staff were rude because my young kids were crying and screaming ... Read More
We took this cruise with kids ages 16, 12, 4, and 1. There was nothing for any of them to do and it was a consensus that all of them hated this vacation. The pool and cabin staff were rude because my young kids were crying and screaming during the trip because they were so bored. The teenagers stayed in their room and slept most of the trip because when they tried to go to the teen room, they were made fun of by other kids and no adults were present to help them. I actually cried a large portion of this trip because I felt so unwelcomed. Every activity schedule before 7pm involved gambling, drinking, or forcing you to spend tons of money (e.g. FORTY dollars for ONE bingo card). A shore excursion to the beach was $39 per peson whereas a taxi ride off the ship to the same beach was only $7 per person. Royal Caribbean was obviously out to rob you of every dollar in your pocket. The only enjoyable part of this cruise was the food. The waitstaff in the Windjammer Cafe were awesome. The shows and comedians were fair, althouhh my younger kids couldn't attend due to the late times. I will NEVER sail Royal Caribbean again. If you have a family with kids of any age, go Disney or Carnival all the way. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We selected Royal Carribean for our annual family vacation. We travelled with approximately 30 members. We were truly disappointed by the appearance of the vessel. The strong "rocking " motion of the ship made even the most ... Read More
We selected Royal Carribean for our annual family vacation. We travelled with approximately 30 members. We were truly disappointed by the appearance of the vessel. The strong "rocking " motion of the ship made even the most experienced cruisers in the group ill. The drink package price is exorbitant, skip it and pay as you go. Staff is very friendly though some have difficulty understanding english. One of the members of our group was inappropriately touched by another guest. It was reported to security (she was only 12). It was understanding that the offender would be required to be escorted by an adult for the remainder of the trip, but he continued roaming the ship at will. Unfortunately, this caused an us against them environment and we escorted our 12 year old victim as we believe it to be unsafe. Should we choose to cruise in the near future, it is doubtful that we will select RC. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This ship was built in 1992 I believe, and it is showing it’s age. If you have children 5 and under, the activities for them are poor.The food was good, overall. Staff was very attentive and personable. Movie choices were lacking. ... Read More
This ship was built in 1992 I believe, and it is showing it’s age. If you have children 5 and under, the activities for them are poor.The food was good, overall. Staff was very attentive and personable. Movie choices were lacking. Showing movies about terrorists was not appropriate with so many teenagers and younger kids present, in my opinion. The arcade was extremely small and choices were lacking in so many ways. Although the seas were fairly calm, the ship rocked a lot. On the 4th day when the wind and rain were bad and many had seasickness that day. The trip to Horseshoe Bay Beach was incredibly beautiful. Do not miss out on this excursion. Do not wait to reserve parasailing upon arrival. We did and it was sold out when we got there. That was a huge disappointment but lesson has been learned. We will most likely sail again this year but not on the Grandeur... 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
We decided on this cruise because Bermuda is my favorite island destination. Also, Baltimore is fairly close to 3 of us. This was my first RCCL cruise, though I have enjoyed several on other cruise lines. I was quite pleased with ... Read More
We decided on this cruise because Bermuda is my favorite island destination. Also, Baltimore is fairly close to 3 of us. This was my first RCCL cruise, though I have enjoyed several on other cruise lines. I was quite pleased with the experience. Embarcation was painless . Cabins were ready at 1 as promised. We dropped carry ons and explored the ship. Luggage was delivered later. We had 2 additional cabins, ocean view on deck 2. Adequate and nicely maintained by Stephen. Dining room meals were tasty but even better was the service by Robert and the rest of the staff. Robert is entertainment himself. We ate occasionally at the buffet and small venues. Pool very small. 11 year old grandson did not partake of offerings in kids club. Ship is well maintained and clean. No rough seas going or coming. Bermuda!! Yes!! We splurged on a private van for the 5 of us and lucked out with Marilynn Smith. Very expensive but worth every dime. She took us to all the places I wanted to share with the family. I love Bermuda! The men played golf at Port Royal Club the morning of the second short day. They loved it. Close to the port. Next time we will take a cruise that docks in Bermuda for more than 24 hours! We did a little shopping on the ship and at the port (disappointing). The art auction was not our favorite either.... We did not see any shows because we were lazy and enjoyed our cocktails and nice dining experience at night. Straight to bed after dinner!! Very relaxing cruise. Ready to go again as soon as possible. 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
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