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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
I chose this cruise due the ports visited, living only 2 hrs from Baltimore, & also since it sailed on my 60th Birthday! This cruise DID NOT disappoint! This was one of my best vacations! The service was over the top, bed was very ... Read More
I chose this cruise due the ports visited, living only 2 hrs from Baltimore, & also since it sailed on my 60th Birthday! This cruise DID NOT disappoint! This was one of my best vacations! The service was over the top, bed was very comfortable, food was always great, fellow passengers were so friendly, entertainment was over the top. How could you not love Alfred & Seymour! Reading reviews. From some others here, I wonder if I was on the ship with them, Yes, it is an older ship, but I would not want to be on a ship with 5000-7000 people making reservations for all the shows & waiting in lines for everything. I met so many friendly people and made new friends. I enjoyed hearing others talk about how many times they have been on the ship. Anyone who did not enjoy themselves on this cruise only has there selves to blame. While on vacation cruising to beautiful islands with beautiful people the glass is not only half full but all the way full! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise as it was the spring break of our soon to be graduating daughter (HS), and it is an easy three hour drive to Baltimore. We have always loved the Port of Baltimore for efficiency and ease! We have been on three ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was the spring break of our soon to be graduating daughter (HS), and it is an easy three hour drive to Baltimore. We have always loved the Port of Baltimore for efficiency and ease! We have been on three Enchantment cruises in the past that we absolutely loved! I did read the reviews of the Grandeur (after booking, unfortunately , and had some concerns that the Grandeur would be different based on hearing it was for "the older" passenger demographic). Hey, I am no spring chicken, so due to proximity, and praying that this is spring break time, there would be something for my daughter to enjoy while making friends. Well, alas, it was not the case. I am not going to "bash" this cruise. We were in room 7078, a balcony with an awesome location! There were many "highs", and we did have fun. John Blair, the Cruise Director and his wife, worked very hard to make everyone's trip a fabulous event. He is an INCREDIBLY talented singer, and his Neil Diamond show was incredible! What a voice! Enjoyed the dancers and singers .... will not lie, I have heard better but also far worse. Good comedians, and overall great entertainment. Our room steward, Cornelius and waiters, AJ and Andy were fabulous! Dinners very good; not the best, but considering the number of guests they are feeding? We did not buy tickets for the upscale restaurants, but I heard a variety of reviews. I guess I just feel that you are already paying a significant cost, so the "push" for upscale meals is trying. There is seemingly never ending marketing for additional revenue; that is for sure! You can get some good buys, but many are overpriced or simply "junk". We did buy a Citizen watch. 35% off, but the retail price stated was less than looking the same one up on line. We usually play bingo .... did not even go as we heard it was $40 to play! The casino??? Horrible!!!! Never ending losses, machines a joke, and how the dealers keep pulling 21's is remarkable, to say the least. On previous cruises, they at least give you a free drink when losing your shirt; no longer happening! All in all, I would rate this cruise a 3.5. We did have a great time, met great people, and had lovely men and women working hard in their jobs to serve us. We were blessed with beautiful weather, and relatively calm seas. The Grandeur apparently has a huge following, and we now know it is geared for an "older" geographic population that enjoys smaller ships and is not focused on her "older" appearance with fewer activities. Not sure how long she will continue to be in service ...... but perhaps they need to take that into account when establishing pricing. Again, we did enjoy the trip ...... just trying to give an accurate evaluation of what to expect so there is no disappointment or regrets for your choice. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Our room accommodations were not as promised. The day at COCO Cay was a total disappointment. Nothing was operational, all still under construction. The beach was the only thing we were able to use. None of the staff knew where anything ... Read More
Our room accommodations were not as promised. The day at COCO Cay was a total disappointment. Nothing was operational, all still under construction. The beach was the only thing we were able to use. None of the staff knew where anything was as this was their 1st time at CoCo Cay themselves. The Cruise director told us all we needed was our key card when in fact if you wanted to buy something from the vendors you needed cash or a credit card. They were very uninformed as to what was happening there. We went into a storm with 25 ft. waves and were never advised until the following day when the captain announced that we were all safe. The ship was very old and definitely showed it's age. There was not much for the kids to do except for the rock climbing wall which was never operational for one reason or another. The food was good and service in the restaurants as well as the room stewards. This ship is not one that I would ever go on again or recommend to anyone especially with kids.. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
A little history first my wife and I have been on at least 15 previous cruises with Disney, Celebrity, Princess,NCL and bulk with RC. We live outside of Philly so it is almost the same drive time to NY, Bayonne, and Baltimore. We prefer ... Read More
A little history first my wife and I have been on at least 15 previous cruises with Disney, Celebrity, Princess,NCL and bulk with RC. We live outside of Philly so it is almost the same drive time to NY, Bayonne, and Baltimore. We prefer to sail out of any of the FL ports, quicker in the warm weather. Love to cruise in the winter months to escape the cold for a while. We already knew a little about the Grandeur being a older smaller ship but we like the smaller ships we love the Enchantment and seriously wish for its return to Baltimore those 72 extra feet are well worth it. Boarding was very easy as was disembarkation not a whole lot of the ship to see so we did lunch and went up to the Solarium which also was serving lunch a great place to have a light lunch we learned on the next 4 sea days would highly recommend. Down to our cabin 4026 which was "seriously" decorated for our 45th wedding anniversary which was done with out my knowledge but greatly appreciated wine, door decorations, wall hangings, pillow case's, beach towel,amazing. Met our room steward Abu.the best we have ever had and very happy to have had him. Room was plenty big when the bed was separated but the beds were extremely tough not very comfortable my Navy rack was better Abu managed to make the wife's a little better because we heard that they have some extra padding, this is one issue, but decor is nice. We had a ocean view large window but it was almost not worth it dirt/salt/age made it not so great to see out of. Dinning was the average with RC very good to just OK Chops GREAT Giovanni's Table wont do again and not worth it in our minds almost rushed there and food was less Italian than expected but staff in both were excellent and friendly. Don't like My Time Dinning at all because we like to build up a relationship with our servers and we had the same two for almost 7 nights but the guys who seats you captain/maitre d found it hard to seat us in their section if you came after 5:15 but left a table by the window empty on 3 separate nights for our whole meal while we were sitting next to a pole. But he did accommodate people that kissed his but and pressed some green in his hand, and I don't play that game till the end and he got nothing extra at all. Our servers were excellent as was almost all the staff we encountered, especially the morning staff in the Windjammer superb. Hardly anything to do during sea days that attracted us much. Pool deck was ok but the "large" screen showings were run and rerun to death and the middle of the screenwent black and not repaired for the last sea days like they didn't care. Cruise director and his staff we very nice and great energy and very good shows but almost the same on all RC ships. The theater shows were pretty good overall with the juggler being our favorite. The itinerary was what interested us the most. Have never been to Saint Lucia and the rest were islands we have been to before and loved so it was an easy choice and the price. Train Ride in St Kitts have to do it once we did it twice now and love it, Beach Excursions in Antigua and St Martin both worth it did our own thing in Saint Lucia 6 1/2 hour tour to see the Pitons with Gousel Tours would highly recommend. Saint Croix did the red fort tour on our own and walked around town not much to see in Frederiksted. Now why I wouldn't sail on her again till they get her fixed besides the rust and gunk on the windows and general rust on the hull the smell of the ship is rather disturbing in the bathroom was horrific till the wife out in one of the two Yankee Candle air freshers she was warned to bring even the outside of the ship while waiting for excursion smelled like a toilet bowl started calling it the Depends Of The Saes and other noted it also but has not been addressed. It was to go into drydock for two weeks but it should stay there much longer to take care of major issues the old girl need a major overhaul not carpets and refresh of the paint. The Centrum deck 4 port side had a fan blowing the carpet dry the entire cruise what is that about. The shope onboard were small and had very little to offer even RC merchandise lost money from us the wife can spend for sure. Last thing negative I have and it is a minor issue we bought post cards in every port to send home to our granddaughters because all kids like getting mail spent $1.05 per stamp to have them sent out and you know where they were sent out from Baltimore when we got home little bit of fraud there RC wwas told the mail was picked up every day in port. Overall buyer be ware! Just to be sure we have booked and other RC out of NY for 2020 even though the perks are getting worse and worse and they are nickle and dimming us to death. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I love the longer cruises. When I leave the ship I always feel that I’m leaving family behind! It’s always like a big reunion each time I return to the ship. Lots of repeat cruisers because of the friendliness of the ships crew! ... Read More
I love the longer cruises. When I leave the ship I always feel that I’m leaving family behind! It’s always like a big reunion each time I return to the ship. Lots of repeat cruisers because of the friendliness of the ships crew! My cabin was an interior 3079, close to the elevator which I wanted! A little noise from the Centrum, however not enough to bother me, plus nothing goes on the Centrum after 11 pm I’m a solo traveler and never feel alone on this cruise! Highly recommend! Not to be missed is the Neil Diamond show, it’s great. On day 11 of the 12 night cruise the Veterans and First Responders were recognized as they are on this ship every cruise, plus earlier in the cruise they had a Veterans get together. Last night of the cruise there’s a Flag parade, Flags from each country represented by crew are proudly displayed! When they get to the USA there’s an uproar! Great ship, great crew and fantastic passengers! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this ship primarily because of the cheaper cost, itinerary. (St Croix) and port of departure. We own property on St Croix and wanted to visit to take care of a little business as well as see friends and have a vacation in the ... Read More
We chose this ship primarily because of the cheaper cost, itinerary. (St Croix) and port of departure. We own property on St Croix and wanted to visit to take care of a little business as well as see friends and have a vacation in the mean time. Price: This cruise was cheaper than getting to JFK, flying to STX, renting a car for a week, renting a cottage for a week and handling all our food expenses. I think the location as well as price attracts many repeat cruisers. We found people who had been on the ship 33 times! 3-6 times was fairly common. Also, as others have said, it is an old crowd with many diamond members. Crew: They are excellent. Every one of them. Can't say enough nice things about the wait staff, room attendants, customer service etc. They get to know you quickly, like to kid around and talk and always took good care of us. Passengers: Much older crowd with very few kids. That's ok because they tend to be a laid back, smart, experienced crowd that are fun to meet. Maybe it's the mid-west and mid-atlantic vibe due to the departure location but almost everybody is very friendly. Some folks practically live on this ship. Activities: It's an older ship and doesn't have a lot of activities, especially in the evenings. That's ok with us. We are 60 & 64. We don't need DJ blasting pool parties. If we really want to see a Broadway show we'll take a train to Broadway. A little more entertainment and more outdoor dance options like an afternoon pool party would be nice. They did have a fun 70's night but most dances seemed to cater to an older crowd of very well practiced dancers doing waltzes, cha-cha's and even tangos. That left us feeling a bit left out but the showy dancers are still friendly. Most dancing takes place in the Centrum which is ringed with seats for 3 levels and open all the way from decks 4 through 8. It was nice to be able to walk down the hall from our deck 8 room and look down & check out what is going on. We enjoyed "enrichment" watercolor painting with Rosemary and her hubby. They are a lot of fun. Also the after 9 PM piano singalongs in the schooner bar with Russ were fun. What shows they did have were fun with comedians, singers and a jazz sax player. My wife saw the cruise director put a great Neil Diamond tribute. I was at a wine tasting at the time. Ports: We did a 12 night Eastern Caribbean run and the ports are were very good. St Croix, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Martin. We mostly did 3rd party tours. We had one RCL excursion on St Lucia; a catamaran ride for sightseeing, swimming at a bay and then viewing the Pitons. The crew on the cat was a blast and very knowledgeable. On/off was super easy as the cat was docked right in front of our ship at the port. Cabins: I said that we went cheap. We were in an interior room. It was 136 sq feet. It was tight getting in & out of bed but otherwise very serviceable with plenty of cubbies to put stuff. Others have said that suitcases don't fit under the bed. We solved that by leaving then open so they slid under, but that limits how many you can fit. I suggest bring bags that nest inside each other when empty like Russian Dolls. Bottom line: if you like an older crowd and are looking for a laid back relaxing ship this fits the bill. We would defiantly go again if we were still going be nearby the departure point. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
The Grandeur has the best crew on any seas, always smiling and friendly looking to make your day the best. This ship is smaller and older by today’s standards,if your looking for all the bells and whistles this ship is not for you,if you ... Read More
The Grandeur has the best crew on any seas, always smiling and friendly looking to make your day the best. This ship is smaller and older by today’s standards,if your looking for all the bells and whistles this ship is not for you,if you want a nice relaxing cruise with good service this is the one for you, if you have children I suggest another ship they may get board if they are a little older not much for them to do.The food and service in the dining room was good, the windjammer also good just hard to find seating sometimes. The production shows are the same ones that have been on this ship for sometime now, the headliners were very good don’t wait until the last minute to try to get a seat. Embarkation and disembarking the ship could not go any easier.The port of Baltimore is easy to navigate no matter how you choose to get here. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We don't fly so it is convenient to drive to Baltimore from Ohio. Embarkation was quick and efficient. Food in Windjammer and MDR was excellent. Band played great dance music and we enjoyed the recorded ballroom music in the South ... Read More
We don't fly so it is convenient to drive to Baltimore from Ohio. Embarkation was quick and efficient. Food in Windjammer and MDR was excellent. Band played great dance music and we enjoyed the recorded ballroom music in the South Pacific Lounge. Should have dance teachers hired on every cruise because there were a lot of people that like the lessons. It was lucky that Dave and Betty Begin just happened to be traveling on the ship and John Blair hired them. Debarking was also quick and efficient, customs was quick, and we were able to find all our luggage quickly. My only criticism would be about the catamaran excursion on St. Croix. The weather was very threatening and they never should have taken us out on that boat. Some people cancelled at the last minute and got their money back. I wish we would have known that because it was a miserable trip. No more ships excursions for us on future cruises. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Despite this ship being "refurbished" it is severely outdated!! I felt like areas such as the ceiling were not maintained well, many fixtures were tarnished and attention to detail was lacking. All our other cruises had different ... Read More
Despite this ship being "refurbished" it is severely outdated!! I felt like areas such as the ceiling were not maintained well, many fixtures were tarnished and attention to detail was lacking. All our other cruises had different carpet to distinguish port vs starboard, however, this ship did not. The carpet was also stained and I saw a place where chunks were missing. The picture in the cabin did not match any of the other decor (more modern) and none of the pictures in the halls made me go, "Wow! That's cool." I was not impressed with service by any means. Our main waiter was a delight & very friendly, we felt like dinner (& even breakfast in the main dining) took forever. Sometimes up to 1.5 hours with 3 children. Not ideal. Our oldest also asked for a straw, every single night (sometimes multiple times) and received a straw maybe 4-5 times on a 9 night cruise. When we had breakfast in the main dining area we rarely saw whoever was waiting on us. We opted for the Wind jammer for most breakfasts for this reason. Lobster night was a disaster and our table went by the way side. The dining room was not full but it was obvious that the staff were running around like chickens with their heads cut off. The next day, my husband ran into our waiter who apologized and said they have to wait for the lobster and count each lobster tail that goes out. He said it's like that every lobster night. Entertainment left a lot to be desired! While the comedy shows & skits were funny and entertaining I would expect these type of events to be held at one of the bars. Almost ALL of the music is geared towards senior citizens. I hardly heard anything current or music I knew or enjoyed (in my mid 30's). Shows were skimped on in our opinion. I booked a 75 minute hot stone massage at the spa while in port and also stopped in to find out the class schedule in the gym. I thought the gym schedule was very limited and times were not convenient. For my massage, I arrived on time (15 minutes early) with another woman and there was no body at the receptionist desk. The gym trainer came out and after sitting at the desk for a few minutes finally asked what I needed. ((Umm...what?!)) He directed me to the relaxation room and I asked if I need to fill out any papers. He said, no that the massage therapist would handle this. The woman and I went to the room and she looked at me and said, "that was the oddest greeting I've ever had at a spa!" I couldn't agree more! On top of that, we sat for awhile before being greeted by anyone in the spa. And of course, there was paper work to fill out! My massage therapist was out at the desk helping people (as there was no receptionist there) and later apologized for the wait. I waited over 35 minutes between the relaxation room and a long time between undressing for my massage. There was NO discount taken, which really surprised me. There were no extras such as aromatherapy and no tea or snacks offered while waiting at any time. While the massage was lovely, it was over priced. Wi-Fi was not always reliable and in my opinion, $16 a day is outrageous for Wi-Fi. I would NOT recommend this boat for those cruising with children! We cruised with our children ages 2, 6 & 9. Our oldest, also has high functioning autism. There are not a lot of kid activities on board and seemed solely geared towards senior citizens. The kids club/nursery hours left a lot to be desired. The nursery is limited to 5-6 babies/toddlers at a time. The kids club is very small and is limited, I believe to 50 - 3-11 y.o. Overall, the staff was very nice & supportive! On Day #8, there was a belly flop contest & volleyball tournament in the ONLY pool that kids are allowed in. It was our last "nice" day (weather wise) on the ship -- why on earth would you close the pool kids are allowed in? I should also note here that NO swim diapers are allowed in the pool and that there are no areas for children to get wet who aren't potty trained. We were told by a lifeguard to just take the swim diaper off. ((Uhh...what?!?) The one activity that we really enjoyed as a family was the scavenger hunt. We had 30 minutes to find staff members from various countries. I was irritated with how many senior citizens who shushed my children (on excursions and the boat) and asked me to tell my children to be quiet & stop running around. For every time this happened, there were at least 3 couples (grandparents & parents cruising without children) who stopped to say we had a lovely family and sweet children. While I realize RC has nothing to do with this, it made my experience and my children's experience unpleasant. This is our vacation as well. We had an infuriating experience while boarding the ship in Charleston. The previous night we had asked guest services if we would be allowed to bring on (sweetened) Vanilla Almond milk as this is a dietary restriction and the only thing my autistic son will drink besides water. He also takes his medications in the milk (hides the taste). We also had a doctor's note asking to allow us to bring this on ship in port. She told my husband to follow up in the morning as she would email someone to find out. We did and at that point there was NO answer. The representative called security and they told us this would be NO problems bringing back on board. When we returned to the ship. The gentleman who scanned our cards confiscated the milk and told us that Almond milk had been provided in our cabin and that we were not allowed to bring on the almond milk. We explained that my son would not drink their almond milk because it was not sweetened and that we went through security with no issues, that they had approved it earlier in the day, etc. My husband spent at least 45 minutes fighting with various staff members. We were told that they attempted to contact us in our stateroom (never called either of our cell phones) and that they "changed their minds" per the FBM (Food & Beverage Manager) because they were having an inspection. My husband explained several times that this was a dietary & medical need for our son. We also argued that we brought on two containers in Baltimore with no issues. Why when we were still in the US would we have issues. And their website clearly states that food/drinks may be brought on for dietary purposes. Finally, after arguing the manager said, "Fine, I'll take a risk allowing you to bring this on." We also requested a fridge prior to our cruise and it was not in our stateroom when we arrived. Our stewardess brought a medical cooler but the almond milk did not fit in this and I kept our milk in a small cooler, getting ice every 12 hours. Once they provided us almond milk, they exchanged the cooler for a fridge on Day #3. Shore excursions booked through RC were NOT family friendly. We did a guided tour of Kennedy Space Center. This tour was between 11-7:30. There was NO planned lunch or dinner. This would have been nice to know having 3 small children. We bought junk to hold them over. There was no schedule provided and very limited free time. Our tour guide was knowledgeable but not very friendly. It was hard to hear her and quite frankly became boring (possibly due to the lack of food/energy). It was also A LOT of hurry up and wait. We also had an issue with this excursion because we did not realize our shore excursions tickets were left in our Day 1 daily "newsletter". We went to the shore excursions desk the night before to have them printed. However, the day of the excursion when we were standing in line, we realized that they printed my husband & I's tickets 3x each. Remember, party of 5. Our tour guide took ALL the tickets and told us to take it up with the shore excursion staff. The next day, we checked and the assistant manager was called and came out to explained that our credit card was charged for SIX adults but would be refunded after we explained the situation. Funny thing is, is the tour guide gave a count for those tickets, that assistant manager was not happy with them either. Our next RC shore excursion was at Atlantis (Nassau, Bahamas). We went on a small tour bus with about 25 people. We went in a door and we immediately were left behind with another family because there were NO ramps for strollers. Literally, we were left to find our own way through the resort. My husband and the other dad took turns carrying both strollers down the various steps. About 20 minutes later, after wondering around, we found our "guide" who had a few remaining people left and had to ask where the kids section was. She had zero clue that we were left behind. It was unacceptable!!!! On a side note: the family that we met at Atlantis were on their first cruise and had the exact same complaints that we had! They were wondering if cruising just wasn't for them. Overall, this cruise left A LOT to be desired. My husband and I have sailed 4 times, twice with our 3 children. I'm not sure if a bigger Royal Caribbean ship would suit us better or what. But I'm hesitant to book again with RC as we were not impressed. For a cruise line that offers Autism on the Seas program this was not even a kid friendly boat nor did the staff understand the needs for special needs children. After spending what we did, it was a disappointment. However, we tried to make the best of it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our 7th cruise (Previously - 5X on Carnival Pride, 1X on Royal's Anthem). Were concerned after reading reviews and comments about this "small ship" that caters to "old people". At 51 & 56, my husband ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise (Previously - 5X on Carnival Pride, 1X on Royal's Anthem). Were concerned after reading reviews and comments about this "small ship" that caters to "old people". At 51 & 56, my husband and I loved our time on the Lady G. The entire staff was outgoing and friendly and truly made us feel welcome. We even ran into Captain Thor at Starbucks one morning. He made it a point to speak to us and seemed sincere in wanting to know how we were enjoying our vacation. Although Mike, the Cruise Director, and Nick, his assistant, were heading to new ships after this sailing, they are leaving behind BIG shoes to fill. They were outstanding! The ship is small but is absolutely perfect for a relaxing vacation. It has everything you need! Ocean View Cabin 3638 was small, but we don't spend much time in our room anyway. The biggest challenge was showering. My husband is 6'7" and the bathroom does not accommodate large people well! We ate the majority of our evening meals in the main dining room. Some meals were excellent, some were just okay. The coffee was terrible! Unless you enjoy yours with a very bitter taste and many grounds floating in it, I think you would agree. Wait staff was super and made sure we were taken care of. Bartenders at the R Bar were simply the best! We purchased the beverage package this time and ordered drinks throughout the ship. A Cruise Critic member had recommended trying a BBC - which we did - and we loved it! The unfortunate thing was that they were not consistent throughout the ship. Not sure if it was a language issue, but we received drinks that were not what we asked for many times. If we had been paying as we went (rather than the package), I would have been a little upset. We spent a lot of time in the Solarium. Enjoyed the pool! They did allow children in on the colder days, but only for certain blocks of time so it was tolerable. There always seemed to be kids under 16 in the area (not in the pool), but staff members did not ask them to leave. Most were well behaved so it wasn't an issue. I'm a parent and I love kids, but it seemed as though not many moms and dads watch their kids too closely. I observed kids barreling into/out of elevators without any respect to the elderly getting on/off; kids were picking food up from the buffet without using the prongs (mom's watched but didn't say a word), etc. Kids will be kids - but simple manners would be nice. Service was incredible. We were surprised how many staff called us by name. Definitely the friendliest ship we have ever been on. We had so many awesome conversations with other guests. Everyone was so nice. It made it one of the best vacations we have ever had. We packed gym clothes, but am ashamed to admit I only went once. There was a nice assortment of cardio machines and a great view of the ocean! The entertainment was pretty good. We loved laughing at the comics. They were fabulous. I loved 70s night and the Veterans' Tribute. What an awesome way to pay homage to our military men and women. Kudos to RC for hosting this event and for providing the flag cake. The crew talent show was excellent. Brilliant idea! Nice variety for a small ship!! Everyone has different likes and dislikes, but I cannot imagine anyone that goes on this ship would not have a good time. Loved the east coast/Bahamas itinerary. We are booked on the Anthem in November 2019, but am now wishing we would have booked Grandeur instead. That said, we will go back! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We were on the 2/14 sailing. We were honestly a bit unhappy with all the itinerary changes from our original booking, and especially losing our Coco Cay day, but we were pleasantly surprised. We are not used to so many children being on ... Read More
We were on the 2/14 sailing. We were honestly a bit unhappy with all the itinerary changes from our original booking, and especially losing our Coco Cay day, but we were pleasantly surprised. We are not used to so many children being on Lady G, and in all honesty, I will compare my travel dates with school holidays for future trips (too many people not realizing they weren't sailing on a large ship with not much for kids). The check in process at Baltimore is always seamless. We were out of the shuttle and on the ship within 30 minutes. We had in inside stateroom, 2609, and it was just as expected. Our stateroom attendant was wonderful. This is the first time I have had an uncomfortable mattress on the ship. It was quite hard, but it wasn't unbearable. We picked deck 2 because on most of our cruises we had exited on deck 1 for all our excursions and the cabin location was very convenient to that. This cruise, we exited mostly on deck 4, so it wasn't as convenient as we had hoped. We enjoyed the food in the Windjammer and were pleasantly surprised that the ice cream machines were always working. We weren't so lucky with the Freestyle Coke machines. They were out of many flavors of soda for most of the cruise and unfortunately, the machine would pour a cup full of carbonated water and then you'd have to wait the allotted time to get a beverage. We had My Time dining. Our head server was Rajesh. That team was WONDERFUL!! They always had our drinks ready for us and a wine list available. They were very pleasant and efficient and made it a wonderful dining experience. The food in the dining room was very good. We didn't have anything we didn't enjoy. The entertainment was somewhat enjoyable. We loved the Real Time band. The singer had a TON of personality and made it a lot of fun to be in the Centrum when they were playing. Both comedians were very good. We LOVE the Royal Caribbean orchestra. What we find most lacking are the Royal Caribbean singers. Unfortunately, they were having a very difficult time staying on pitch. It was so bad we couldn't even stay. They really need to get singers who can actually sing. Singing louder when you don't know the words and can't find the pitch doesn't help. We enjoyed all the ports. We did the USS Yorktown tour in Charleston - only $12 to Uber over. We took the bus to a very crowded WDW in Port Canaveral. We absolutely LOVED Pirate's Cove in Freeport. They certainly have improved the beach every year. With the taxi, beach admission, chairs and umbrella, food and lots of beverages the excursion was $77 for both of us. We had a great time. The staff there is always very helpful and a lot of fun. So, if you're looking for an inexpensive beach day on a clean beach with clean restrooms, give Pirate's Cove a try. In Nassau we taxied over to Breezes Bahamas for an all inclusive day pass. We really like it. It's not fancy like Atlantis or Baha Mar, but we've met the nicest people and enjoyed a beautiful day at a lovely resort with beach chairs and umbrellas, full all you can drink bar, beachside grill, lunch buffet inside the hotel, pool, hot tub, non motorized water sports and much more. In Miami we took the Big Bus who's kiosk was just outside the ship. What a fun (and hot) day that was. We took both the city and beach tours, which took about 3 hours for both. We had some excitement with our bus breaking down, but they sent another one out for us. This is a hop on, hop off tour. We didn't get off until we went back to the Bayside hub where we grabbed lunch. If you're ever there - the seafood place in there is delicious. $13 for a fish and shrimp platter that was more than two of us could eat (and we didn't have breakfast as we had to get off for customs). Honestly the best fried fish I have ever eaten. We hopped back on the beach tour again and got off at SoBe. The art deco architecture is really something to see. We absolutely loved it and I think it wound up being my favorite port. This sailing was the BEST cruise director and cruise director staff we have ever encountered. Mike S outdid himself. I'm so sad this was our first experience with him and he is now headed to Symphony, but that gives us reason to sail Symphony - he was extraordinary. And the "Fountain" act the CD staff did was just hilarious. People often ask why it matters who the CD is - people like Mike are why. You can tell he takes pride in his work. Loved his magic acts, too. It's always nice to see a CD who does more than just talk! He and Captain Thor did Bad Dad Jokes which was also quite amusing. It's really nice to be on a ship where you see the captain out and about talking to the guests and participating in the activities. All in all, it was a great cruise and we'll be sailing on her again in the not too distant future. While I love the larger ships, Grandeur just feels like home. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We picked the Grandeur because it sails out of Baltimore, about an hour drive for us, and we liked the itinerary. Having most recently been on Harmony of the Seas which is massive, I appreciated the walk-ability of Grandeur; I felt I ... Read More
We picked the Grandeur because it sails out of Baltimore, about an hour drive for us, and we liked the itinerary. Having most recently been on Harmony of the Seas which is massive, I appreciated the walk-ability of Grandeur; I felt I could walk the ship end to end easily and quickly. We often used the stairs. At the same time the ship felt spacious and uncrowded. The only place I had trouble getting a spot was the adults-only indoor solarium, and right before show time in the Palladium theater on one-show nights. Otherwise there were always spots to sit and lounge, especially outdoors there were always seats, from the sunny observatory on deck 10 to deck 5 shade under the life boats. -Solarium pool is open 4-6pm for kids, sometimes extra hours if weather is bad. This is great on a February cruise out of Baltimore, first and last days were too cold to swim outside. -The main pool feels a bit small, more room for wading than swimming. With beach days and a winter cruise it wasn't much of a problem, but I'd plan my pool time accordingly. -We were glad we brought water wings, my son didn't like the full body life vests provided -Solarium Park Cafe had nice snack options, especially nachos bar after 8pm -The cruise director was wonderful, we enjoyed the game shows like Love & Marriage and Weakest Link -bingo was disappointing, the smallest option was maybe $30, I couldn't just play one round. -Lots of trivia offerings, get the the Schooner Bar early as the place filled up most times -Food at Windjammer was better than I expected, especially their "ethnic corner" which changed each day. Service there was a nice surprise also, staff will bring you drinks so you have less to carry. They can also get you straws for the kids. -Main Dinning room food was average. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. On par with the quality in the buffet. Service there was very good. We aren't big on group dinning, and after the first night I asked if we could have a table to ourselves. They couldn't accommodate us that night, but the next night the Matride called us the next day saying he'd made an arrangement. I really appreciated that he took that extra step, and we enjoyed dinning room meals most evenings after that. -Blue Lagoon was excellent. Even the ride on the tender was fun, though the wait to departe was disorganized and long. We paid for a buffet lunch (one trip to the buffet only!) which was worth it. Water was calm and beautiful, it was easy to get a spot in the shade. We were able to walk around and see dolphins even though we didn’t sign up for an animal excursion. -I had a great massage at the spa -We had a lovely lunch at Izumi, at a discount because we signed up when someone was soliciting in the main dinning room. Great view up there, also uncrowded saw people eating alone which I would consider next time. My son and husband got skewers cooked on a “hot rock” table side (a lava stone according to a server, acted like a grill), steak and salmon, because they don’t like sushi, everyone was happy. -We brought a 12 pack of water bottles on board, and lots of ziplock bags. Both came in handy. -Staff overall were wonderful in engaging with my 4yo. -ADVENTURE OCEAN: The best part was that he LOVED Adventure Ocean, the kids programming. We went to the open house and registered him the day we came aboard. They have an indoor play structure with a slide and enclosed tunnel. They have books and TV. There were themes for each morning and afternoon session. Memorable themes were Wild West, Superheros, Sea Creatures. My son isn’t shy, but isn’t outgoing either, he usually takes a little time to warm up in a new place or even at a friends house. Not so with Adventure Ocean! We checked him in and he was excited to be there, barley said goodbye. We hoped to get him there once or twice during the vacation, but he ended up going almost every day, sometimes twice, he loved it so much. It ended up giving me and my husband the most relaxing vacation since he was born! We got in line about 15 minutes before each session to make sure he’d get in, as it is first come, first served. There is a cap of about 15 kids for his 3-5 Aquanats age group. Keep in mind kids have to take off their shoes when they enter the area. Most days there is a break from 12-2 between the morning and afternoon session, and from maybe 5-7 before evening session. Some days they have Adventure Dinning for lunch or dinner. The day my son was signed up, per his request…turns out he was the only kid doing it that night, so it wasn’t as fun as he hoped. We found him in a corner of the Windjammer with two staff and a whole pizza to himself! We were so happy that our son had a great time at Adventure Ocean, we left tips for the staff for his age group. I don’t know what magic they’ve got going on in there, but I hope they have it going every cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
I live near port of Baltimore and looked forward to not having to fly somewhere. I was interested in the ports being visited. I knew the ship was smaller than what I was used to but didn't think it was as old as it was. This was ... Read More
I live near port of Baltimore and looked forward to not having to fly somewhere. I was interested in the ports being visited. I knew the ship was smaller than what I was used to but didn't think it was as old as it was. This was first cruise on Royal Caribbean. I've cruised Celebrity, Princess and Carnival. It was my 11th cruise. I was a bit shocked how outdated the cruise ship was especially with inability to check account on tv. I had a Jr suite which should be called Balcony Plus, because it was a little bigger but didn't even offer a bottle of water as a perk for the more expensive cabin. And I was for some reason, unaware that there would be a POLE in my cabin at bottom of my bed !! Maybe it was in small print. I booked cabin on internet right under the spa....bad move. Water runs through pipe. The middle of night they clean spa and move furniture around...woke me up every night. We had 5 ports to visit....we had 7...SEVEN...cruise excursions cancelled !!! Yep, they offer soooo many excursions and it's a small ship so they said about 2/3 of them get cancelled. DUH !!!! The same excursions are offered to their ships that hold 2 and 3 times as many people. Therefore cut down the list for smaller ships and maybe, just maybe you won't be rescheduling&cancelling over&over. I felt sorry for Shore Excursion staff. In the dining area.....no real complaints about food, but about the specialty people bugging us with their menus and not getting the hint to stop interrupting us while having a nice time with our newfound friends was a problem. The prices are outrageous for the specialty restaurants and if not getting enough people then lower the doggone prices. It's a good thing that my main reason for cruising is to enjoy the view of the sea and it's very relaxing on balcony doing just that. The entertainment was pretty good and won a little in casino which helped me afford bottles of wine for dinners. Cannot understand why an $8 bottle of wine has to cost $35....4 times more. It was a 12day cruise so the 2 bottles we brought onboard only lasted a few days. All the staff in all the areas were very nice, pleasant people. No complaints there. But doubt I will be looking toward Royal Caribbean for next cruise. That POLE by my bed got run into a few times...glad it was padded. I will certainly do more research before booking my next cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We were on the Grandeur in 2017 and enjoyed it with the wonderful Sherry as activities manager. Zumba and dancing in centrum were great. This time lack of activities was very evident. And when scheduled it was usually late starting or ... Read More
We were on the Grandeur in 2017 and enjoyed it with the wonderful Sherry as activities manager. Zumba and dancing in centrum were great. This time lack of activities was very evident. And when scheduled it was usually late starting or short in duration. Sometimes we waited and then activities manager would show up and say my bad I forgot to schedule staff. Very low standards. Not professional. The good stuff now. Cruise director tried hard and was very nice. Comedians were good. Uptown show was excellent. Band with steel drum great. The other band excellent. MDR was outstanding. Caesar salad was excellent but lacking other salad choices was frustrating. Centrum was the spot for much of night time activities. Crowd was mostly elderly and many with walkers canes and scooters. Lots of vacant space on dance floor. Ship is old and smelly. Walking down lower deck hallway you would hold your breath. Fellow passengers were nice and friendly. Many repeated cruisers. If you’re healthy and young and looking for activities this is not the place to be. You’re going to be bored. We were often full of energy and had nothing to do. October on Visions transatlantic we could not take the stairs as our legs were worn out from activities. This cruise we took the stairs for the workout. RCL needs to step up in activities or were going back on Princess for Zumba and fun. Grandeur is great for food and service but lacking activities is a shame. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise for two reasons - to get out of the cold for 13 days and we did not have to fly to get to the port. Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze; no issues whatsoever. We are frequent cruisers and this was about our ... Read More
We chose this cruise for two reasons - to get out of the cold for 13 days and we did not have to fly to get to the port. Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze; no issues whatsoever. We are frequent cruisers and this was about our tenth cruise on Royal and the oldest ship we have ever been on. The Grandeur's age was not a factor. She was clean and surprisingly in better shape than expected. You cannot compare a ship of this age with all the bells and whistles the new ones have, and we do prefer ships of this size. Daytime activities were lackluster and uninteresting. If you weren't into trivia, line dancing, art auctions/lectures or drinking, there was not much to do. With three sea days going and returning to port, a lot more could have been offered. Many activities had an upcharge. I attended a cupcake decorating class for $25, which included decorating one cupcake and making a frog out of fondant - really??? It was an outrageous amount for that. The entertainment staff was average at best and the cruise director, although a very nice man, was not cruise director material. It was uncomfortable listening him at times. Unable to book a balcony cabin for the first time, we had an oceanview cabin on Deck 2. Surprisingly, we really liked the location and brightness of the cabin and did not miss a balcony at all. My only complaints were a very small shower and a curtain which never stayed in place. The other issue was a terrible smell coming from both the sink and shower drains. It was not pleasant at all. Service was outstanding on this ship. The crew was wonderful and was always willing to do anything they could for you. The Windjammer is appropriately named - always jammed. We ate in the dining room most of the time. Food in the dining room was good, not great. No excursions for us this trip; we took advantage of a beautiful beach at every port as the weather was beautiful. All in all, I'm not sure I would do this itinerary or ship again. I think once was enough for us although there were many, many repeat cruisers on board. There is a great advantage in not having to fly. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Coming from CT and not wanting to fly, we chose Grandeur and Baltimore. We have little interest in RCI’s monsters from Bayonne, and NCL’s product is simply unacceptable on many levels. It is too bad HAL and Celebrity abandoned the ... Read More
Coming from CT and not wanting to fly, we chose Grandeur and Baltimore. We have little interest in RCI’s monsters from Bayonne, and NCL’s product is simply unacceptable on many levels. It is too bad HAL and Celebrity abandoned the huge NY market, Amtrak to Baltimore beats a winter flight, and Grandeur’s reasonable size was enticing. While food quality and service level show the same deterioration which is damaging mass market cruising across the board, Grandeur’s staff are friendly, competent and seem to care about delivering a good experience. The cruise director needs a hard “slap upside the head”. A number of activities got re-scheduled/relocated; he failed to show up at one venue because he didn’t reset his clock for time change; he neglected to schedule anyone to run another activity - he had a glib tongue, but needs to do his job. The ship was clean, but showed age and careless maintenance - many rust spots on balcony, the hinges on the doors between balconies were inoperable, doors were sloppily locked in place with metal straps - meaning that cleaning had to be done by going through each cabin. RCI is obviously getting maximum mileage with minimal upkeep. Interesting, very loyal, passenger mix / very many multiple repeat cruisers, virtually all came from within a two or three hour drive of the port - obviously sharing my approach. The itinerary was ideal - I love sea days, hitting the warm Gulf Stream within 24 hours of plowing through ice on upper Chesapeake Bay is a great attraction of winter sailings. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Love not having to fly to cruise. Have done this cruise before and enjoy the extended time on board. The itinerary is great. We had an awesome wait staff in the dining room- Michael and Johannes. The excursions offered were very ... Read More
Love not having to fly to cruise. Have done this cruise before and enjoy the extended time on board. The itinerary is great. We had an awesome wait staff in the dining room- Michael and Johannes. The excursions offered were very diversified. The guests are older on this extended cruise so it is not really suited for families. The food was typical Royal Caribbean food. I didn’t feel the cruise director was as good as we have had on other cruises. The whole team is eager to please and are very nice and work hard. I wish that larger ships could come into Baltimore as we miss all of the things to do on the larger ships. The slots in the casino as usual are loose on the first day or so and then they tighten them to pay nothing by the end of the cruise. Would definitely sail this cruise again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I'll begin with a little background: We are a married couple, both 51, and generally cruise once a year. Our favorite ship so far has been Anthem of the Seas, we have sailed on Oasis, Liberty and Grandeur as well. This trip was our ... Read More
I'll begin with a little background: We are a married couple, both 51, and generally cruise once a year. Our favorite ship so far has been Anthem of the Seas, we have sailed on Oasis, Liberty and Grandeur as well. This trip was our third time on Grandeur. We picked it for the itinerary (mainly length of it - LOVE 12 nights), location (Baltimore extremely easy for us) and cost. As we have been on board "Lady G" before, we knew what to expect, but if you're reading this to get a feel for what the cruise will be like, the main thing to know is that this cruise really skews older. At our ages, we were definitely on the younger side. I saw only a handful of kids. This is exactly what we like - our "kid days" are done, and nothing like being surrounded by people older then you to make you feel young! ;-) Now if you were to go in the summer or during a school break, I'm sure the crowd will change, but for a mid February, 12 night, I feel pretty safe with predicting the same type of cruisers. With that in mind, some *generalized* observations: LOTS of diamond and above members. This affects the sailing due to the size of the diamond lounge. Basically the South Pacific Lounge is booked every day from 4:30-8:00. Grandeur is a small ship, and activity locations are limited. So your options are the theater show or whatever is going on in Centrum. There may be some trivia on the early end in the Schooner bar, but that is all. Also, as this is a February cruise the first few days at sea generally tend to be cooler. The Solarium is PRIME real estate. For people who have a problem with "chair hogs" be prepared! We are early risers - like to hit the gym first thing in the morning. By 5:30am there were towels on half of the chairs. Completely filled by 7:00 am. We just chuckled to ourselves and shook our heads. Earliest observation was one morning at 4:30 am - towels in place! And same folks all the time- recognize the hats - not necessarily the people, because of course they don't show up until much later... But as I said, we just shake our heads - doesn't bug us as much as others. At the end of the cruise did observe someone complain and staff actually pick up some things, but won't happen as a routine. As to the ship itself, Grandeur is older and smaller, but still offers a wonderful trip for us. Kept extremely clean, large emphasis on hand gel - always staff on hand at Windjammer entrance ensuring people "washy-washy". One of the aspects I love best about the ship is that it is easy to "find the ocean". My biggest disappointment with the Oasis is that while it is fun to have all the different venues and activities, everything faces inside, making it hard to see the ocean. As we usually book interior cabins, we really appreciate all the windows and views that Grandeur offers. Also, be prepared to feel the ocean more. Especially during this time of year. If there are any waves, you will feel them. The food and service are pretty consistent with other ships, with the exception of the fact that a smaller ship allows the staff to get to know you quicker. Especially for us, the bartenders were extremely friendly. We buy the drink package, and LOVED that we never had to sign a slip of paper with each drink order. We prefer to give our additional tips in cash, so appreciated not having to deal with signing. Not sure if this is just for Grandeur or not, but on previous cruises have always had paper slips to sign. We ate breakfast and lunch at Windjammer, and it was fine. Pretty standard buffet - nice selection, and appreciate the breakfast egg/omelet station. The dining room is where you see the most change. I appreciate Royal's attempt to keep cruising affordable (at least for us) and acknowledge that some things have to give. So don't expect it to be a "high-end" dining experience. The staff has been cut, and while they work extremely hard it is noticeable. The menus reflect it as well, with fewer choices (my parents always loved the chilled soup appetizers - on this sailing only 1 soup offered 1 evening). But the food is decent - some items better then others - but certainly not anything a true "foodie" should expect. We do not eat at the specialty restaurants, so can't offer any info on them. We were at sea during the Super Bowl. It was our first full day at sea, which is usually the first formal night, but they rescheduled it to the following night which I really appreciated (I like dressing up :-). They showed the game throughout the ship, including the theater, outside screen and bars. They had some different food stations set up, but were standard buffet choices, nothing special. Prior to this cruise I was curious about room service as I had never ordered it, and was searching for some good "bar food" to eat during the game. I can now recommend the chicken fingers and burger. Far better then buffet offerings. The chicken wings were ok, but hubby wanted them spicier (more bar-b-que then hot). Room service does have a fee - but it is a standard fee, can order as much as you want for set amount. We love cruising, and Grandeur is a nice ship. In my opinion if you do a little research, and have an idea of what to expect, it will only help make your trip a success. Don't expect to be waited on hand and foot, or be looking for exotic, over the top food - if that is what you want, look for a higher end line. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Bottom line up front: This ship is falling apart at the seams, everything stinks (staterooms, bathrooms, common areas, decks and interior spaces). Everything is designed to frustrate you to the point of spending more in convenience ... Read More
Bottom line up front: This ship is falling apart at the seams, everything stinks (staterooms, bathrooms, common areas, decks and interior spaces). Everything is designed to frustrate you to the point of spending more in convenience upgrades. The food is marginal (hit and miss), entertainment was pathetically bad. Pier check-in at Baltimore was bizarre; like it was the first time a cruise ship had ever docked to pickup passengers(!?). Staff were confused, lines were created and collapsed at random, people were visibly upset throughout the process. Unbelievable waste of money. Upselling everything, everywhere, all the time. Bait and switch tactics; everything is made to be inconvenient to pressure you into spending more money (don’t like the crappy food, pay for better; don’t like the lack of seating in the buffet, pay for better; don’t like having to go to the 9th deck for crappy ice-cream, here’s Ben & Jerrys in the best location for $3 a scoop!) Room service costs extra for hot breakfast but not continental. Understand what I am saying, they would bring you a cold breakfast for free but charge a $8.95 ‘delivery fee’ for your similarly free hot breakfast. Ship is designed to be inconvenient and pressure more sales. It’s like living in a 3D infomercial. The only way to get from one end of the ship to the other was either through the topside deck (with the smokers; more on that later), through the shops/photo sellers or through the casino. We found ourselves holding our breath and making the run across the cold and wet deck to get from the buffet to the auditorium. There are only 40 interior padded lounge chairs in the adults only section of the deck (for the 1850 passengers!), so you can forget lounging or lying down anywhere outside of your room. The outside pool was only open for 3 days of our 9 day cruise, so the 18+ ‘quiet’ rooms was opened up for kids as well. There are 6 hot tubs (4 outside in the cold/rain); so you can hold about 36 people at a time total (again, for the 1850 passengers!) So you can forget about that as well. The ship is falling apart everywhere. They had to continuously reschedule the shows due to mechanical issues with the stage / rigging / electronics. One night they gave up and just have the house band play some terrible jazz for 40 minutes. The comics were terrible and the two ‘shows’ were sub-high school drama class level. The whole ship stinks badly; the main areas, the bathrooms and the staterooms. Everywhere the ship was falling apart. The interior of the central areas were covered in leaks when it rained. Cigarette and Cigar smoke is everywhere. You smell it as soon as you enter the ship and it wafts throughout the halls and main spaces of the ship. They allow smoking in the casino (which is of course located in the most central and open part of the ship. All outside areas are also smoking areas (although it seemed like people would smoke everywhere). The stink is in the carpet and the furniture. Ports of call were OK, but transportation to and from the port was too expensive and difficult. In Charleston there was a simple bus but $20 per person for a shuttle from the pier to Ron Jons is entirely too expensive. I’m sure the Ron Jon’s kickbacks pay for the bus; this was just petty. The pier in Freeport is in an industrial wasteland with oil refinery sink and black smog. Freeport bus tour included stops at a free nature reserve and tourist trap where they make the junk they are selling. This should have cost half of what it did ($59 each) and been a whole day tour with a much longer stay at the beach. They first shuttle from the beach left 15 mins after we arrived. In Nassau, Pearl Island was beautiful for the 3 hours we were there. They didn’t have a full day option and the cost too much for what it was (chicken and rice buffet and a boat ride for $109 each; $4 for a bottle of water or a can of coke). The food was really hit and miss. The main dining hall was virtually empty for the 8pm dining experience; do you know why… because most people don’t eat supper at 8pm (which is really 8:45 before your main course arrives). Also, you will miss half of the evening activities because it will take them about 90 mins to feed you. Most will just opt for the buffet. Good luck getting a seat at the buffet; they seat about 200 and there are 1850 passengers. If you don’t lineup of arrive within the first 10 minutes you will be standing to eat or eating outside with the smokers. Also, the show times were at 7pm and 9pm with the earlier show designated for the later dining crowd. This was not enforced in any way so the early shows where standing room only with the late diners not being able to catch the second show. They would doo just about anything to ensure that you didn't;’t actually get any of the service or food that you paid for. I was extremely disappointed in this trip and I would not recommend it to anyone. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Signed up for this cruise because Baltimore is only like 2+ hours from our home... easy commute...easy on and off... But this ship is tired, worn out and should be put out to pasture.. (or where ever old ships go to die!).. The crew was ... Read More
Signed up for this cruise because Baltimore is only like 2+ hours from our home... easy commute...easy on and off... But this ship is tired, worn out and should be put out to pasture.. (or where ever old ships go to die!).. The crew was nice.. still too much pressure to give them good reviews..always reminding you that they need 10's... The food in the main dining room was again just mediocre.. same ole same ole.. Disappointed by the downgrade of the Cafe Card..not letting us get our frappuccino's.. :( They did give us our money back which was great.. Again forcing us to upgrade to you high end drink packages. We did go to Chops Grill.. always our favorite but was also disappointed with that..Food remained OUTSTANDING but we were definitely in the walk way to the grill which was very disappointing.. with waiter and waitress dashing past us. Took forever to get our food while others around us were served and we were still waiting. Really took away from the specialness of this fine dining.. Even with the minor problems it still was a special time away.. destinations were great..shore excursions were great.. weather could have been better but you can't fix that!! Again thanks for a great vacation!! PS Special shout out to the Best Western on McDonnell Street for their park and cruise package.. Great price..great shuttle..always a pleasure!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise as a relaxing winter get away, and that's exactly what it was. The size of the ship was perfect. It wasn't too big, but big enough to offer enough to do. I thought the entertainment was very good. There was ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a relaxing winter get away, and that's exactly what it was. The size of the ship was perfect. It wasn't too big, but big enough to offer enough to do. I thought the entertainment was very good. There was a problem with the stage, and shows had to be switched around, but they made sure there was a show every night. The food in the main dining room was excellent. We also ate in two of the specialty dining rooms and they were wonderful. The employees were very nice and always willing to help. I felt that several people on the ship had sailed on the Grandeur before and kept coming back. That says a lot for the ship and the people. I don't really have anything else to say. I like the cruise and the ports. I would consider cruising on the Grandeur again. Thank you. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We wanted to escape the colder period for winter for a few days, were looking for an economical trip, and needed a few more nights to reach RCL's Diamond status. We also love cruising from Baltimore and have been on Grandeur many ... Read More
We wanted to escape the colder period for winter for a few days, were looking for an economical trip, and needed a few more nights to reach RCL's Diamond status. We also love cruising from Baltimore and have been on Grandeur many times. My wife's long-range forecast was excellent and we managed to miss the late Jan cold snap and a light snowstorm. We've been to most of the ports before, so this was also intended to be a more relaxing cruise. Traveled with friends, although we all made our own dinner plans. Our cabin was interior, Deck 3 midships. Location is very convenient to forward and aft stairs and elevators, easy to get to MDR and Centrum, and quiet. Never heard our neighbors. MDR: We were 1st seating at a 6-seat with a couple from SoCAL and 2 older women from PA. We got along fabulously. Fnu and Naomi were the wait staff, they were excellent! Restored our faith in the MDR service [which had suffered a serious jolt from our expectations during our 12-night cruise early December]. So we never bothered to try the specialty restaurants. One of our travel companions has serious dietary restrictions and was happy with the MyTime service - they were able to meet all the necessary accommodations. We usually had breakfast and lunch in the MDR, Windjammer for lunch on port days. We had breakfast in WJ once or twice, very pleased with selections and would have been fine with WJ as the only breakfast option. On port days, MDR breakfast did not have the ceral, fruit, and waffle bar, which was disappointing. They resumed having it for Nassau and the 2 at sea days. We also visited WJ after dinner a few times to check the desserts and selections - several times, we thought the WJ had better desserts. CD was Mike M, with Nick as his AD. They had a great back and forth, and we enjoyed Mike's magic tricks at the start of the evening shows. Mike had to leave the ship at Nassau for an RCCL conference; Nick and the rest of the team ably picked up and kept things going quite well. Nick may have as much energy and enthusiasm as "Torando" Tanya when she was AD on Grandeur (anyone who's met Tanya knows this is high praise). Hope he has a long successful future at Royal and I expect Mike will be a CD someday. We heard that Mike is going to be going to Symphony of the Seas later this year. The ship had problems with the stage equipment, so several shows were rescheduled or modified and we had additional performances by the ship's band (excellent as always) and the singers. Most of the headliner acts (singer, juggler, magician) were good to great. The last headliner act was "Tribute Shmibute" which took a bit getting used to. We saw the current Broadway tribute and All Access before in December, so they were well done though nothing new for us. The crew talent show as a pleasant surprise - quite good, especially the singers and the comedy sketches. On-board services were great, the ship justly deserves it's reputation as friendliest ship in the fleet. Grandeur is also well-maintained; we saw it's sister Enchantment alongside in Nassau and Grandeur's exterior appearance was far better. Onboard entertainment is great, and as dancers, particularly the ship's band, Real Time Band, and the singer/piano player in the Schooner Bar. RT is going to be on GoS a bit longer before going to one of the bigger ships. They've expanded their play list (as we also noticed in December) which we appreciate - after a while, just doing rumbas and chachas gets old. We especially liked the night the ships band did a big band (and more) dance concert in South Pacific - it is a much better and larger dance floor, appreciated by the serious dancers. (If you were on the trip with us, we were one of the couples up dancing a lot, and the young lady is one of the friends travelling with us (and an accomplished dancer herself), not our daughter :) ! We pretty much did things on our own on-board and in port. There were no enrichment lectures (miss them) and one dance lesson taught by the show team dancers. There were also some line dance classes which were well taught and a friend really liked the Thriller class and performance. Ports: Charleston, we walked around with another couple, shopped the market area (if you go, look for the woman selling "hurricane art" - painted slates and bricks, about 2/3 back on the north side, and a glass shop that makes clever serving trays and wedding gifts from liquor and wine bottles!) Interesting museums include an Arsenal from the colonial period and the Slavery museum. Several architecturally interesting churches on Church street. Port Canaveral: Friends who've retired to the area met us and we went to KSC for the space center tour. You can literally spend all day there. In spite of the day-long downpour, we took the bus back to the Apollo museum. You'll see the re-assembled Saturn V firing room, a complete Saturn V (FLIGHT-qualified hardware that could have launched another moon mission), the Apollo 11 landing exhibit (which was having problems with the main projection screen during our show) and the Apollo 1 fire memorial. [We were there on the anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire and day before anniversary of the Challenger disaster, but other than seeing flags at half staff, there was no mention which was VERY disappointing to me.] We also visited the Atlantis Space Shuttle exhibit. You could spend many hours there and it is very well done. If you have ANY interest in the US history of space exploration, remember the "space race", GO. I'm hoping in a few years they have some exhibits on what we are doing in space TODAY, vs. long ago. Miami: FINALLY a (sort of) NICE DAY. We took the on/off shuttle from the pier to Biscayne Blvd, walked over to the Bayside mall and took an 90 minute harbor tour. This may be the best deal in Miami to see the area on a nice day. Very nice and there are some incredible yachts and mansions in Miami harbor. Shopped a bit in the mall and easy walk via the causeway bridge back to the ship for a very late lunch. Freeport. Meh. Almost a beach day - took taxi to Port Lacaya market area and walked over to the beach, walked it a bit until it started raining. Back to the market and my wife did some shopping, then we grabbed a snack and drinks at one of the bars. I think I'd have just as happy with going to CocoCay instead. There is a cluster of shops and markets at the port, selection felt same stuff as in every other straw market. A former Carnival ship was also in port, and we could see several ships in dry dock or maintenance pier across the harbor (at least 2 RCL, 1 NCL, and 1 Princess). While at Port L, we were told the casino is going to reopen "soon" and the hotel may reopen later. Nice location and a decent beach. Nassau: Walked over to the water taxi and took it ($8 r/t per person) to Paradise Island. Then wandered about following a group from the water taxi into the shops near the marina and into the Atlantis complex. A helpful staff member walked us through to the correct exit to the to the public beach. YES, FINALLY A BEACH DAY! Bargained for 2 chairs and an umbrella ($25, many vendors asking more) and then got some drinks from another vendor. They're definitely hustling. Water was very rough, so almost no one was going into or past the surf line. Afterwards, we walked down the beach to the Atlantis property and in where we could see the lagoon, "Water Adventure", walked through the casino (big and except for windows looks like every other casino I've walked through), got redirected by Atlantis security back through the casino, and finally found our way out via the marina area and the shops. Glad we saw a bit of Atlantis and that we didn't pay what they want for a day pass (overpriced in my opinion). Took the water taxi back and did some shopping in town. We've been to Nassau before, saw NO indications of any security issues but we also stuck to the main shopping area. There were several ships in port, including Enchantment (the previous Baltimore ship) and the Anthem. Also an NCL ship. Noted that the Grandeur is in much better exterior shape vs. the Enchantment. We did not take any of the ship excursions, but the shore excursion, activities, and guest services staffs were quite helpful with suggestions. Sea Days: Generally cold for outside activities except the day after Nassau. Had 2 semi-rough days around Port Canaveral and Miami, return trip was exceptionally smooth for those waters this time of year. Ship ran a bunch of activities on the last 2 sea days, including the egg drop competition, Thriller performance, Grandeur Carnival, paper airplane contest (mine flew well but decided to make a right turn into the crowd). Disappointed they didn't have a lecturer on board this trip, but the few sea days vs the 12 night cruises may be a factor. One thing we like about Baltimore is the easy on and off. Check in was straight forward, a few minutes delay while some higher priority guests got checked in. Getting off was ridiculously easy, and I was pleased there was just a little dry snow on my car and I didn't need the boots or shovel! We achieved diamond status (in terms of nights needed) during the trip, but can't take advantage of it until the NEXT trip. We think RCL could do something (not the full diamond benefits) to encourage folks and welcome us to the next level without waiting for the next trip. Overall a great trip and we're looking forward to our next GoS and RCL vacations. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We joined the Grandeur of the Seas in Baltimore following a 4 day stay in New York and, after the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, it is the best decision we made. New York was great, it was our first visit, but the pace a bit too ... Read More
We joined the Grandeur of the Seas in Baltimore following a 4 day stay in New York and, after the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, it is the best decision we made. New York was great, it was our first visit, but the pace a bit too fast for us and we knew on viewing the ship for the first time that our holiday had really began. Embarkation went smoothly and quickly and we were made to feel welcome from the minute we handed our luggage over at the port. We were on the ship within 20 minutes of arriving. Staterooms were ready at 1.00pm and luggage had already been delivered. The cabin steward introduced himself and did a great job throughout the trip. Food in the Windjammer and main diningroom was varied and tasty, yes there were some dishes which were not to our liking, but that is not a negative comment as there was a mix of nationalities being catered for. We did not use the speciality restraunts so cannot comment. Entertainment staff were very interactive with passengers throughout the trip and could usually be seen at one or other venue on the ship day and night. This said there was always plenty of quiet spots to sit and read. The ship docked close to all ports visited all of which we enjoyed except the weather which was not good to us!!!! The service throughout the ship was excellent and all staff had a ready smile and happy to talk to cruisers. We had flown from Scotland to be on this cruise and were the only Scottish couple on board. We met with so many lovely American people who took the time to chat with us and if you were one of them we thank you for adding to the joy of this cruise, you are a lovely nation of people. All in all a great trip, we will be back. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Was meeting up with friends from High School. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smooth..My husband has difficulty walking so he was able to walk onto the 1st deck and go up elevator..Of course Buffet was very crowded.. The room ... Read More
Was meeting up with friends from High School. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smooth..My husband has difficulty walking so he was able to walk onto the 1st deck and go up elevator..Of course Buffet was very crowded.. The room attendant was awesome as was all the crew members. The room was adequate..however the beds were very hard AND low for a 6'3" person. TV showed alot of sales and selling..very little entertainment channels (we watched cartoons thats how despirate we were) and what shows were on TV were like Growing Pains, Malcolm in the middle. Our room did not have a refrigerator. The food was very good in the dining room and buffet. Decks were very crowded on sea days. Definitly need more chairs for the tables out on pool deck..there were several tables that had no chairs as people grouped up at other tables. Hot tubs and pool were real nice. Ship had an adult solarium..but found that to be to hot. Found to have alot of trivia on the ship..or sales talks. The ship was an older ship and smaller..Easy to maneuver..No poolside grill or grill on the fantail..Dining rooms were 2 story..with My Time Dining upstairs and Set time on the lower level. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We choose this cruise because it was 9 hour drive from Hamilton Ontario Canada instead of flying to Florida Leaving Baltimore first time leaving from a cold water port first 2 days and last 2 days were cold the 5 islands we did nothing ... Read More
We choose this cruise because it was 9 hour drive from Hamilton Ontario Canada instead of flying to Florida Leaving Baltimore first time leaving from a cold water port first 2 days and last 2 days were cold the 5 islands we did nothing but sunshine . This was our seventh cruise . The entertainment and Windjammers Cafe were ok. The main dining room the great Gatsby was good the service was good and we went twice for breakfast but the other days was ordered Continental breakfast cereal and fruit plates and coffee and juice they only messed it twice. The Lady G ( Grandeur Of the Seas) is small and easy to get around good for adults no watersides so not many kids which was good .The Centrum is very bright and cheery but always smelled like cigarette smoke . NFL playoffs were jan 12-13 there is no sports bar so we went to the casino it was smoky and no sound it was a big disappointment the games on Jan 20th were shown on the big screen by pool which was good .The Lady G cast of singers and dancers were below average but its what we expected on a cheap cruise headlines Jamie Allen and Scott Record were good.We had a inside cabin 3911 and the smallest cabin we ever had you can't walk around the bed you needed to enter from the end of the bed and crawl forward and we could not put suitcases under bed . The two top dresser drawers were broke our room attendant pointed to out and ask if we wanted it fixed after my wife living 3 days out of her suitcase they fixed it but the bed was the worst they really are cots with spring and a mattress on my wife side was broken and after one night she hurt her back and had a hard time walking and she only 130lbs our last cruise on HAL had pillow top mattresses .They upgraded us to Oceanview cabin 4000 next to the engine and it had mechanical problems clinging and clanging our neighbours also complained about the noise . Would we go Lady G again NO beds are terrible Read Less
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