My family and I sailed on the 9 night cruise to Bermuda and the Bahamas on August 24-September 2. I sailed with my parents who are in their late 50's and my sister and I are in our 20's. We're from Philadelphia. We chose ... Read More
My family and I sailed on the 9 night cruise to Bermuda and the Bahamas on August 24-September 2. I sailed with my parents who are in their late 50's and my sister and I are in our 20's. We're from Philadelphia. We chose this cruise because Baltimore is only 2 hours from our house and we love Bermuda and the Bahamas.
This was our 4th time on the Grandeur and we had a good time. The ship is clean and well maintained. The crew is terrific, they're friendly and helpful. They all seem to genuinely like their jobs.
The Baltimore port is very easy to depart from. We stay over in Baltimore the night before and do a park n cruise package. Boarding took less than 20 minutes.
The 50's, 60's and 70's parties in the Centrum were fun, name that lyric, Love & Marriage, we also enjoyed the Quest game. However the times for name that lyric was during late seating dinner. I don't think big evening activities should be during dinner seatings. We were only able to catch the last 10 minutes of it. The public areas are clean and we like the size of the ship. It's great they have pool lifeguards now. Very important and should always have had them. They were great at their jobs and took it very seriously. I don't think the solarium pool should close at 7 though, I have enjoyed night swimming in the past and was disappointed I couldn't do it on this cruise.
We had 2 adjoining inside staterooms on deck 2. Cabins were clean for the most part. Nice size and each room fit 2 people comfortably.
The only cleanliness issue was on my first night when I was getting into bed I pulled down my comforter and there was a large yellow stain. I moved the comforter around and put the stain towards my feet. The sheets smelled clean, so I think it was just stained, however this was still unpleasant to see. Also, I personally found the beds to be uncomfortable. The mattresses are just old and worn out. My family thought they were comfortable, but I didn't.
The food was fair to good. I thought the Windjammer buffet selection wasn't good. It seemed like the same food every day. Not a great selection. They had Indian and Mexican food, which I personally don't like. They had a lot of meat that was tough and I don't really like meat. I wanted more seafood. They don't have snacks in the late afternoon like in the past. It's not that the food was bad, just not foods I eat or are interested in. Breakfast was good and turned out to be my favorite meal of the day and I don't even like breakfast that much. Lunch was the same each day. Hotdogs, hamburgers, pasta, tough meat, rice, fish, and fruit. Deserts were either all mousse one day or pies. They would have theme desserts, so one day would be all pies and another all moe. I didn't care for this because if you don't like moose or pie, you had nothing but cookies for dessert. One night they did have cakes as a theme. Dinner was the same too except for dessert they had vanilla or chocolate ice cream too. The ship didn't seem too crowded, so we were always able to get a seat in the buffet. We tried to not go during peak hours.
The Park Cafe in the back of the ship was okay. Breakfast they had danish, egg sandwiches, oatmeal and parfaits which were good. They also had bagels with a nice selection of differently cream cheeses, which were good.
Lunch was just some sandwiches that were all bread. I didn't go for dinner. This was the only place for late night snacks which were fair. Hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos and pizza.
Cafe Latte-tudes is In between Ben & Jerry's and Starbucks. The cafe offers free pastries. They have muffins, fruit tarts, cakes and sandwiches, which are good.
The dining room is pretty and our waiter and assistant waiter were excellent. The food selection and taste were fair. I didn't care for most the food. Lots of meats and pastas. The lobster was very good and the last night's scallops appetizer and fish n chips were good. I'm disappointed they don't have shrimp dumplings and broccoli and cheese quiche anymore.
They only have 2 bartenders at each bar, so you have to wait awhile to get drinks especially at the pool bar and casino. They also ran out of Pina Colodas on the last sea day. I was disappointed in that because I don't understand how they ran out. The amount of alcohol they put in these drinks is a joke and a rip off. I usually just get virgin, since its cheaper and all the drinks are pretty much virgin because the lack of alcohol they put in. I got the welcome aboard drink that was $10.95. I thought it was alot, but I didn't realize that after tax and gratuity it became almost $14. Let's just say that was the last drink of the day I got.
Entertainment was good. The best show was the ventriloquist. The RCL singers and dancers are good. However they have been showing the same shows All Access and Rhythm and Rhyme for years now. We were on RCL two years ago and it was the same shows. They need to bring new shows every year. The Rhythm and Rhyme show is very good though. We had singers, comedians and a magician as well.
The cruise director Susan was okay. She seemed serious and didn't seem to enjoy her job. She acted like teacher when she hosted the Love & Marriage game show and the Quest.
I don't think she's funny or seemed happy.
Tino the assistant cruise director was happy and fun. He had a huge personality and seemed to really love his job. He had a ton of energy.
The other cruise staff were happy with energy.
The activities are only okay and are few and far between. They have the belly flop and sexist man competition, which are only funny if the guests are and these guests weren't.
They have trivia and bingo.
I was really disappointed they didn't have more line dancing out on deck by the pool. They had line dancing in the Centrum. There isn't enough room there and dancing there doesn't make you get like your on a cruise. The dance instructor Gemma is annoying and a show off.
The ship has virtually no nightlife except the casino and Viking Crown Lounge. The Viking Crown has an amazing view of the ship since it's the highest deck. However the only music played in there is club music like rap or Latin music. They need a lounge or club that everyone can dance to with music from all the decades. They did have a 70's night once, but this was a 9 day cruise.
The deck party is a joke and just a glorified exercise dance class. I remember when deck parties used to have food and dancing.
There was a band called Locomotion and they were fair. There were three men musicians and a woman singer. The men played their instruments okay, but the woman wasn't that good. I couldn't understand anything she said and she sang too soft. Other guests danced to their music, but I think because it was that or nothing. On the first few nights they were hidden away in South Pacific lounge in the back of the ship and nobody came to see them play. Then they moved to the Centrum where more people could listen to them. The songs they played varied from depressing to just slow.
The piano player/singer in Schooner bar wasn't good. He just couldn't sing and sang the same songs every night.
The islands were fun, just the times we were docked were so short. It rained on and off, but we were still able to get to all the beaches. We went to Snorkel park beach and Horseshoe Beach in Bermuda and in Nassau we went over to Paradise Island and Atlantis. Atlantis is beautiful, but the beach there doesn't have many tourists and was rough. CocoCay was better than years past. They cleaned up a lot of the trees and grass. It's built up better to look like a nice looking island. The lunch was fair. The ribs and chicken were tough and of course they had hotdogs and hamburgers.
All in all we did have a good time. A cruise is always fun and the ports were great! Read Less