2 Tampa to Mexican Riviera Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Reviews

First, we live near Tampa so getting to the port and embarkation was a breeze. Valet park for the extra $15..totally worth it if you have several bags. The ship was nice, a bit outdated. Our Jr Suite was OK. The private balcony was a ... Read More
First, we live near Tampa so getting to the port and embarkation was a breeze. Valet park for the extra $15..totally worth it if you have several bags. The ship was nice, a bit outdated. Our Jr Suite was OK. The private balcony was a must. The room had small sitting area, fridge, hair dryer, 2 bathrobes, small TV, plenty of hangers and storage. This was on deck 8. Deck 9 has the pool, solarium, late night food, etc etc. Lots of activity and you hear it all night from deck 8. Sleeping was impossible. Surprised I never read that on any other reviews of this ship. We rent homes or condos when we vacation. We were concerned the ship would become confining and we would get bored. Well, that is exactly how we felt after completing the trip. There were activities that didn't suit our tastes on board. We felt that if you had kids and teens this was a great way to have them entertained day and night in a controlled environment so parents could enjoy themselves. Food was good. I was very disappointed with formal night. This was no more than any other night on the ship except you had to wear a suit, formal attire, etc. I thought there would be some differentiation but nothing. The shrimp cocktail had the smallest shrimp I've seen. And yes, people were coming to meals dressed as they pleased. I suppose it is time to eliminate most of the dress code written on the web pages. No one sticks to it anyway. The price of the drinks were no worse than any hotel and sometimes, cheaper than as well. The quality of the drinks was very good as well. However, the soda pkg was a rip off. You had to find an open bar every time you wanted a refill. The crew was very attentive and polite. The casino was small but I found a few slots that were paying. Table limits low entry as well. We just wanted to share with others that are contemplating taking a cruise for the first time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
Embarkation: Tampa is getting better and better organized. We did a similar itinerary two years ago on this same ship with our two pre-teens. This time we tried the valet parking offer (great choice!) and literally were on board in 30 ... Read More
Embarkation: Tampa is getting better and better organized. We did a similar itinerary two years ago on this same ship with our two pre-teens. This time we tried the valet parking offer (great choice!) and literally were on board in 30 minutes of dropping the bags. Cabin: The suite was very comfortably set up with a generous balcony and enough room for four people to move about without stepping on each other. Our Room Steward Ferdinand did a great job. Wait Staff/Dining Room: We had a later seating which I noticed was not a popular choice for parents with children. Many thanks to our patient and professional wait staff who did a superb job! Kudo's to Evangelina, Ashish and Carmen. Shore excursion: We did the Rock-Climbing/Zip-line and Snorkeling Adventure in Cozumel and highly recommend it! Looks like Grandeur groups have a great time-slot. We arrived early enough in the day to enjoy the sun without roasting and to have the full attention of a talented and enthusiastic team. Couldn't have had more fun!!!! Disembarkation: Wow! I have never left a cruise ship more smoothly. We literally ate breakfast, went back to room to brush our teeth and get our bags, and they were calling our luggage tag group! Fantastic as we were in the car and on the road within less time than it took to get on board. Overall - another great experience with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date February 2008
Grandeur of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.0
Dining 3.5 4.0
Entertainment 3.5 3.8
Public Rooms 3.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.8
Enrichment 1.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.5 3.9
Rates N/A 4.2

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