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My boyfriend and I are from New Jersey, and leaving out of Baltimore made the most sense to us. During March, airfare to Florida would have cost us close to an extra $1000 per person! We chose this 12 night cruise because the itinerary was appealing (St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Martin) and the drive was less than 3 hours to the port of Baltimore. I have to say, I was extremely pleased with check-in and embarkation. It cost $15 per day to park in port, which was relatively affordable compared to a flight to Florida. The entire embarkation process took maybe 15 minutes, after which we were directed to assigned seating by muster station until boarding began. I have been on two other cruises, and this was the smoothest embarkation by far. I was disappointed to soon learn that our visitation to St. Lucia had been canceled. Unfortunately the northeast was hit by a massive storm the night before which was still lingering in the Atlantic. Our itinerary was changed to hug the coast line in attempt to escape large swells. As disappointed as I was, I was still grateful to the captain for keeping us safe. Even in the shallow waters of the coast, the swells were large and hitting us from the side. We were rocking and rolling for two days. We were moving so much that dishes were breaking in the dining room, and cabinets were opening and closing in our stateroom. Thankfully waters were calmer when we reached Florida. Activities on sea days were definitely catered towards an older crowd. In fact, the majority of passengers were probably 70+ which we were not expecting. My boyfriend and I are in our mid 20's, and we were one out of a handful of couples we saw the entire cruise that were in our age group. We honestly did not mind though. We still found many activities to keep ourselves entertained. Old folk do not like to stay out late though, so this ship felt empty by the time 8 pm dinner ended. Dining was fantastic as always! There were so many options in the Windjammer and dining room to accommodate any dietary preference. Service was beyond amazing. By the end of the cruise we felt like our servers and the people we sat with at dinner had become part of the family. That's the nice thing about a smaller ship like the Grandeur, you meet so many great people that you run into day after day. Considering that the ship is over two decades old, I have to say I'm impressed. She must have been a real beauty back in 1996, but unfortunately her age is really starting to show. There are a lot of exterior areas that could use some TLC. The pool area looks recently redone, however, much of the railings and paint in public areas are rusting and peeling. If you look closely indoors you will find a lot of water damage near the windows in the Centrum. The Solarium pool could use some love as well. The ports of call that we stopped in were beautiful. I still wish that we could have stopped in St. Lucia (I will have to save that destination for another trip). Antigua's beaches are INCREDIBLE. Be warned though, you have to drive through the slums to get there. I was slightly concerned for our safety, and the locals were not as friendly as residents of some of the other islands I have been to. I would recommend booking an excursion through Royal Caribbean here. Taking a taxi by yourself is sketchy. St. Martin is still recovering from recent hurricane damage. Great Bay Beach was beautiful as ever, but many of the shops and resorts remain boarded up and destroyed. I am happy that Royal Caribbean and other cruise companies are contributing to St. Martin's economy, but they still have a long ways to go. St. Thomas seems to have recovered almost fully and St. Kitts was unaffected by recent hurricanes. Overall, we had an amazing time on Grandeur of the Seas. I am a loyal Royal Caribbean member and would certainly sail with them again. However, I think the next time around I'll be sailing on a larger ship. My boyfriend and I both agreed that we would like to experience a cruise catered towards a younger crowd. We are not drinkers or party-goers by any means, and we still found ourselves missing some entertainment on sea days.

Cruise for the old folk.

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by brendaslazyk

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My boyfriend and I are from New Jersey, and leaving out of Baltimore made the most sense to us. During March, airfare to Florida would have cost us close to an extra $1000 per person! We chose this 12 night cruise because the itinerary was appealing (St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Martin) and the drive was less than 3 hours to the port of Baltimore. I have to say, I was extremely pleased with check-in and embarkation. It cost $15 per day to park in port, which was relatively affordable compared to a flight to Florida. The entire embarkation process took maybe 15 minutes, after which we were directed to assigned seating by muster station until boarding began. I have been on two other cruises, and this was the smoothest embarkation by far.

I was disappointed to soon learn that our visitation to St. Lucia had been canceled. Unfortunately the northeast was hit by a massive storm the night before which was still lingering in the Atlantic. Our itinerary was changed to hug the coast line in attempt to escape large swells. As disappointed as I was, I was still grateful to the captain for keeping us safe. Even in the shallow waters of the coast, the swells were large and hitting us from the side. We were rocking and rolling for two days. We were moving so much that dishes were breaking in the dining room, and cabinets were opening and closing in our stateroom. Thankfully waters were calmer when we reached Florida.

Activities on sea days were definitely catered towards an older crowd. In fact, the majority of passengers were probably 70+ which we were not expecting. My boyfriend and I are in our mid 20's, and we were one out of a handful of couples we saw the entire cruise that were in our age group. We honestly did not mind though. We still found many activities to keep ourselves entertained. Old folk do not like to stay out late though, so this ship felt empty by the time 8 pm dinner ended.

Dining was fantastic as always! There were so many options in the Windjammer and dining room to accommodate any dietary preference. Service was beyond amazing. By the end of the cruise we felt like our servers and the people we sat with at dinner had become part of the family. That's the nice thing about a smaller ship like the Grandeur, you meet so many great people that you run into day after day.

Considering that the ship is over two decades old, I have to say I'm impressed. She must have been a real beauty back in 1996, but unfortunately her age is really starting to show. There are a lot of exterior areas that could use some TLC. The pool area looks recently redone, however, much of the railings and paint in public areas are rusting and peeling. If you look closely indoors you will find a lot of water damage near the windows in the Centrum. The Solarium pool could use some love as well.

The ports of call that we stopped in were beautiful. I still wish that we could have stopped in St. Lucia (I will have to save that destination for another trip). Antigua's beaches are INCREDIBLE. Be warned though, you have to drive through the slums to get there. I was slightly concerned for our safety, and the locals were not as friendly as residents of some of the other islands I have been to. I would recommend booking an excursion through Royal Caribbean here. Taking a taxi by yourself is sketchy. St. Martin is still recovering from recent hurricane damage. Great Bay Beach was beautiful as ever, but many of the shops and resorts remain boarded up and destroyed. I am happy that Royal Caribbean and other cruise companies are contributing to St. Martin's economy, but they still have a long ways to go. St. Thomas seems to have recovered almost fully and St. Kitts was unaffected by recent hurricanes.

Overall, we had an amazing time on Grandeur of the Seas. I am a loyal Royal Caribbean member and would certainly sail with them again. However, I think the next time around I'll be sailing on a larger ship. My boyfriend and I both agreed that we would like to experience a cruise catered towards a younger crowd. We are not drinkers or party-goers by any means, and we still found ourselves missing some entertainment on sea days.
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    We took a water taxi for $6 round trip per person to Great Bay Beach. The beach itself was beautiful, however, many of the shops and resorts remained boarded up and completely destroyed. St. Martin still has a long ways to go.
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