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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2019
They have absolutely nothing for the kids to do. Besides the closet sized room for the tots. My daughter is 3 and was nervous about going to the kids section and they wouldn’t even let me walk her in and say goodbye.. ridiculous. No ... Read More
They have absolutely nothing for the kids to do. Besides the closet sized room for the tots. My daughter is 3 and was nervous about going to the kids section and they wouldn’t even let me walk her in and say goodbye.. ridiculous. No activities.. nothing. Rooms are small. Workers are nice except for a few that seems miserable. Carnival pride is definitely a better choice. Their dining room is ok. Breakfast is the same food every morning. The crowd is mainly older and get mad when the kids are being kids.. just a warning. Our cabin is right above the door they open to let people off the ship so my kids get woken up in the morning and from their naps. Soda cans are $4.. they have ONE. pool open for public and if your kids are not potty trained they can’t go in.. so my one year old had nothing to do.. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
For the price it was a great vacation. We chose the cruise because it left from Baltimore. We have sailed out of Baltimore on the Carnival Pride four times. We enjoyed the cruise itinerary . The inside room is fine. But there was no ... Read More
For the price it was a great vacation. We chose the cruise because it left from Baltimore. We have sailed out of Baltimore on the Carnival Pride four times. We enjoyed the cruise itinerary . The inside room is fine. But there was no place for our luggage. It was either put them in the small closet and leave our shoes out, or put the luggage along side the bed.. Since it was impossible to get out of bed from my side that was where the luggage went. I literally, had to crawl to the bottom of the bed. It must have been hard for our steward to make out bed. There was plenty of storage for our items. Our waiters in the dining room were Annjie and Louis were beyond excellent. They were so kind to remember our preferences after the second day. They were run ragged by a table of 10 people near us. I could hear them complaining about something every day. These 2 truly made our vacation enjoyable. It bothered me how the top people in the dining room were constantly watching our waiters. I think it was because of the complaints from the other table. Also on 2 different days Annjie was required to try to sell us an upgraded meal in the special dining rooms. This practice also occurred in the buffet area as we were eating. I am an adult. I know how to read. I do not my meals disturbed with an advertisement. It was a truly enjoyable trip. I would do it again. I was prepared for some of these annoying things because I rely on cruise critic. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Ok so let me say again we had a nice time. The GOS shows her age but that's to be expected. The main reason for writing a review is to add a little ballancd. Out of all the reviews I read before 99% had the GOS walking on water and ... Read More
Ok so let me say again we had a nice time. The GOS shows her age but that's to be expected. The main reason for writing a review is to add a little ballancd. Out of all the reviews I read before 99% had the GOS walking on water and to be fair to her that's a tough act to follow. The Great: Cruise Director = Great Activities Director = Great Activity Staff = Great Bartending Staff = Great Embarkation = Awesome Disembarkation = Awesome Chops Gill! = Awesome The OK: Room Steward: was just ok. Never been on a boat were at times the room wasn't touched until lunch time. The Food: MDR food to me has always been average but for some reason the food some nights seemed below average. The Bad: Replacing the Movie Screen! I know it was out of commission for at least 4-5 days and for me that's a huge deal. We enjoy watching movies at night. This should have gotten fixed at dry dock. Broken elevators: have two down the entire cruise after being at dry dock was an issue for me and some others. Food \ Beverage Package Selling: or should a say relentlessly asking to buy the package. We always buy the Dinner and Drink package beforehand and are already asked when we first get on the boat but these folks I know asked me at least a 2 dozen times the first two days and I felt that was tacky.. With all that being said if the ports,price and time is right ill cruise on Lady G gain.. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Last year we decided to plan a family cruise to include extended family. We chose Grandeur because most of our family lives in Maryland and we loved the idea of sailing out of Baltimore. We read lots of reviews on Grandeur and watched ... Read More
Last year we decided to plan a family cruise to include extended family. We chose Grandeur because most of our family lives in Maryland and we loved the idea of sailing out of Baltimore. We read lots of reviews on Grandeur and watched several YouTube videos. We have cruised several times before and we knew that this would be the smallest ship that we have experienced. Embarkation: It was a breeze getting on the ship! We arrived T the port at 9:45 AM. We checked our luggage, paid for parking, checked in, and were walking onto the ship before 10:30! We didn’t have to sit and wait so that was fabulous. Best embarkation we have ever experienced. We walked right onto the 4th floor Centrum area. All of the staff greeted us warmly. We had drinks in our hands by 10:45! The Windjammer buffet opened shortly after 11, which was great. We had access to our rooms around 1:00 PM. Room: Balconies are limited on the Grandeur and are priced at a premium, so we had an ocean view stateroom. Then ocean view windows are a nice size. We had lots of storage space and the bed was super comfortable. The room was small and so was the bathroom. The decor is dated and could definitely use a refresh. The sofa was very worn out. However, the room was clean and the bathroom was also clean. The shower had a curtain and no door, which resulted in lots of water on the bathroom floor. Be sure to keep the shower curtain inside the shower to minimize this issue. Public areas: Clean and well-maintained...two elevators did not work for the entire cruise. Definitely showing signs of rust and carpets could be replaced. Public bathrooms were always clean! Food: Specialty dining is definitely the way to go on this boat. We went to Chops twice for dinner and the food was excellent. Our server took care of us and he did an amazing job. We also paid for the Chops brunch and it was really good as well (we enjoyed dinner more). We visited Izumi once for lunch and it was so good! Starbucks was great. Giovanni’s table was okay. The food in the main dining room was truly just average...some good, some gross. Our server was nice but very slow. Since there were 13 of us in our group they split us between two tables. The other table had an excellent server. She was so personable and efficient. To illustrate the contrast...we would order at the same time. The other table would be finishing up dessert when we were finishing our appetizer. They were in and out in 45 minutes while ours took 90 minutes. We only ate there three times and skipped dessert the third night because it was just too slow. Breakfast and lunch were faster. Try the chopped salad at lunch. It’s really good! The windjammer had a nice selection. Good burgers, good brunch selection, good omelets. Indian night and Greek night were both good. The place gets pretty crowded so we tried to avoid peak times. Park Place in the solarium provided snacks in the afternoon and later at night. Burgers and hotdogs were fine. Not a fan of the pizza (think undercooked frozen pizza) or the nachos (the cheese sauce has no taste). The fruit and fruit cups are good. They also offer cookies and chips. We ordered room service for breakfast and dinner...they charge a nominal fee, but the food isn’t worth it. Activities: The cruise director, Cory, was fantastic! We really enjoyed the shows! The singers and dancers were great. We had a magician, comedian, and guest singers. Everybody was great. All of the shows took place in the Palladium. The seats are comfy but be careful with the cup holders. They don’t hold all of the glasses, which results in spills. Trivia and karaoke were lots of fun. The 4th of July celebration was fantastic. They decorated the boat so nicely. Coco Cay is amazing! Truly a game changer for Royal. We loved the pool and swim up bar. The food was great and there were plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas. We would have loved to have more days there. The pools and whirlpools were great. We used them in the mornings and on port days. They were crowded on sea days so we avoided them. The arcade is really small, so my daughter was disappointed. The gym is equipped and adequate, but small, so it was usually packed in the mornings. The big screen was out of commission and was replaced during our cruise. It worked the last night. Should be great for future cruises! Beverages: The bartenders were great. We loved the Schooner Bar and Viking lounge. Customer service: Everyone was friendly and willing to help. Our room steward was great. From other reviews, Grandeur receives high marks in this area. I agree that they deserve it, but I have been impressed with the customer service on every single one of my cruises. Would I sail on Grandeur again? I enjoyed my cruise (I always do). I most likely will not sail Grandeur again. I prefer newer, larger ships, where the activities overwhelm me. I know that’s not for everyone. If you prefer an older, smaller ship with nice staff and without all of the bells and whistles, then Grandeur is for you! You will definitely have a good time. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
My family and I decided to give RCI a try this summer. We have been on 20 Carnival cruises and 2 Princess cruises since 2001. We picked this cruise strictly on the itinerary. My teenagers were doing a DC trip with their school so we met ... Read More
My family and I decided to give RCI a try this summer. We have been on 20 Carnival cruises and 2 Princess cruises since 2001. We picked this cruise strictly on the itinerary. My teenagers were doing a DC trip with their school so we met them at the end and then came on this cruise. Coming Jon the ship we had high hopes for a great cruise. We had purchased the Key which was quite expensive for a family of 4. The only amenity we even used was the internet. RCI claims you can stream with it and you can if you sit in the Internet cafe. On your personal device in your room - nope, could hardly even play a game without your connection dropping constantly. The internet is not good at all. With the key and with a suite, you get to have reserved seating for shows. On some of the ships, this may be a benefit but on this ship - the shows were hardly attended. The broadway show was awful. I admit that I am picky about shows because I am a huge broadway fan and have attended many shows in NYC and in London but this was the worst show I’ve ever seen on a cruise ship. The All Access show was better until they got to the Madonna part and then it was a train wreck. The first comedian was great - my favorite show by far. He was good in the Welcome Aboard show and not too terribly raunchy in the adult show which was a pleasant surprise. Sometimes on Carnival, they can be just disgusting. The hypnotist show was ok and the juggler was ok. The rest, meh, Rey disappointing. The ship just doesn’t have much to do or to choose from to do. There were a couple of trivia’s per day but that was about it. The only cleaver things they had was the egg drop and the Royal Fair. Food - if you love buffet food, this is the ship for you. I however, do not. If you don’t eat on a buffet there really isn’t any other choices. They do offer lunch in the dining room on sea days but on port days - that’s it. The buffet is not appealing, food has been sitting for a long time, the hamburger buns are hard as a rock and the patties are burned to a crisp. The main dining room was good, the servers were great but there aren’t too many choices every night, just a couple. They push the specialty dining almost to the point of irritation. They even push you to pay for a specialty add on meal every night when you are about to order in the dining room. They must get a bonus or something if they can upsell you. In closing, we thought we would try a small ship to see if it was worth it to brave 6,000 people and on a ship and the family verdict is - No Way! We will stick with Carnival and enjoy the shows, the activities and the variety of food offered every single day. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
Background information: My husband and I are in our 80s, and I use a small mobility scooter to help me get around. This was a cruise to celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary with our four children. This was Bob's 19th cruise and ... Read More
Background information: My husband and I are in our 80s, and I use a small mobility scooter to help me get around. This was a cruise to celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary with our four children. This was Bob's 19th cruise and my 30th cruise overall. It was his fifth and my sixth cruise on Royal Caribbean. We booked this cruise everyone could get off work on those dates and because it went out of Baltimore to Bermuda, and we always love to go to Bermuda. None of our children had seen much of Bermuda, so it was pretty new to them, and two of them had never been on a cruise before. Embarkation - One daughter came a day early and stayed an inner harbor hotel. She Ubered to the port. One daughter was driven by her husband. The third daughter's family flew in and stayed in a hotel near the airport. Our son drove up from SC and stayed in the same hotel. He took them all to the ship. Bob and I drove up from southern Maryland and arrived at the cruise terminal about 11. Check in was pretty quick. But we could not get into the room until 1:00 and the dining room was not open which meant everyone had to eat lunch in the Windjammer with all their luggage. This was NOT a good experience. I was supposed to have on-board credit, and it was never added to my account I thought the muster drill was kind of sketchy. They held it out on the deck (which meant that only about one in eight people could see because most people were behind another person). It was outside even for the people in wheelchairs, walkers and scooters. Unlike some ships who do the muster drills for the mobility challenged inside. Some people have a problem standing for that period of time. Ship: We have sailed on this ship before and it is a nice smaller ship, although it is quite noisy. There is always loud music in the atrium. One of the girls did the climbing wall and that was fun. There was a group on board and some of their meetings would close the Solarium or other venues. Two of the elevators were out of service for the entire cruise. The internet was the worst I have ever had on a ship. I could not post any photos because it was too slow. I could not even play a game of solitaire without having to turn the modem back on and log on again. We wanted to play dominoes and could not find a table anywhere that was big enough. Activities: There were scavenger hunts. We did trivia and had a good time with that. They had Harry Potter Trivia, Friends Trivia, and Pub Trivia in addition to regular general trivia. There was also Pictionary. Some of the group did Karaoke, and that was fun. My son-in-law tried to play Bingo, but he missed marking one of the numbers and then when he marked it and had Bingo, they said it didn't count because he didn't have the last number called. The Family Feud game was very poorly done. We didn't go to any shows and those of us that did weren't very impressed. Service was good. Our children commented that the bar service was particularly good (they had the drinks package) Our cabin steward did a good job and kept the cabin clean. We had a group photo that were taken on the first night. I decided that one of the group was good and we should get one for everyone. Everyone was good except one daughter who had her eyes closed in one of them. So I ordered four of the good one and one of the one with her eyes closed. They put that we should come and get the photos at 8 the next night and they were closed then. When we actually got the photos, they had done it the wrong way. 4 with her eyes closed and one with her eyes open. Dining: The Windjammer buffet was absolutely not an option for me. The labels were over my head and I could not see them from the scooter and I could not reach some of the food. Occasionally someone would offer to help me, but usually I had to get my husband to get me food. There were some times when it was not possible to get any food. For example, earlier than 6:30 am, or between breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer. They did a good job with the various allergies in our group (gluten, peanuts, lactose). In the main dining room, we had a nice round table for all of us on the first night (My Time Dining). We went to Chops the second night, and we were never able to get that good table again. We would get to the dining room as it opened and there was already someone seated at that table. Instead we had to have a long table which meant that we couldn't really talk to the people on the ends of the table. We mostly ate breakfast and lunch in the Great Gatsby. I like the chopped salad at lunch, and one afternoon, Bob had just shrimp and ice cream. The dinner at Chops was good - they did the sides family style. Port & shore excursions: I did not take any excursions because I have been to Bermuda eight times previously and I had booked a private guide. It was absolutely ridiculous to keep people not on excursions from getting off immediately. My children liked the Hidden Gems Tour and the Crystal Caves Tour, and one of them (who brought her bicycle) did some of the Railway Trail. Disembarkation: Very quick and easy Summary: We were able to do a lot of family activities and we had fun together. Bermuda was, as always, beautiful but our time there was too short. A five day cruise is just not long enough. I think two of our daughters are coming back by airplane and staying on the island Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Chose this cruise for the itinerary and although the weather wasn't the greatest the ports were still wonderful and enjoyable. Ship is older but was clean and tidy except for very dirty outside windows. Since it is a smaller ship ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the itinerary and although the weather wasn't the greatest the ports were still wonderful and enjoyable. Ship is older but was clean and tidy except for very dirty outside windows. Since it is a smaller ship the crew is friendly and good at remembering you and making you feel pampered. Cabin 3124 is small, quiet and comfortable with adequate storage. Unfortunately Royal falls short when it comes to food quality at all levels. Windjammer's quality is at best, equal to Golden Coral. Many items over cooked, dry, tough and tasteless. MDR is about the same as Outback. Specialty restaurants are only slightly better. Service far out shined the food quality by a large margin. Cruise directors felt insincere and phony. Entertainment activities where lacking in originality and not the best fit for the passenger demographics of this cruise. Main theater under utilized for activities. Many were poorly timed causing overcrowding at the buffet, Due to smaller ship size, it does make it easier to make friends and connect with others. Kolada Read Less
4 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
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
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: 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
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
this was wife and mine 20th cruise and the seventh on RC. First time sailing on Grandeur. Both of us in mid 60's. We had a balcony room on deck 7. We did no shore excursions from ship. Itinerary was good. My rating of average was ... Read More
this was wife and mine 20th cruise and the seventh on RC. First time sailing on Grandeur. Both of us in mid 60's. We had a balcony room on deck 7. We did no shore excursions from ship. Itinerary was good. My rating of average was because of the food. Without a doubt, the food on this cruise was the worst we ever experienced which was surprising as we had had no prior complaints on RC or the other 5 cruise lines we have sailed on ( including Celebrity in January where the food was excellent). In the main dining room the food was hit or miss but with more misses. some nights the selections were blasé. Wife tried fish 5 times and me once and not one good one. All were too fishy tasting. Soup selections were unappealing. Twice we had to order a second dinner because the first one just wasn't any good. Ate one night at Chops (good) and one night at Giovanni's(excellent). Didn't eat dinner at Windjammer as breakfast and lunch didn't inspire any confidence that dinner would be better. Unless you order fresh eggs, the rest of the breakfast foods were lukewarm at best. Not much variety as everyday is pretty much the same food. Lunch had more variety but again almost all foods are lukewarm. Did eat 3X in MDR for lunch. Food was better but service really slow. You can have a made to order salad which is the way to go. Did grab coffee, fruit and pastries at Café Park in the Solarium some mornings. The Ship- mostly an elderly crowd. Many people have sailed the Grandeur many times. They obvoiusly love it. Over 500 Diamond members on board. Ship is small and easy to get around. Lots of activity takes place in the Centrum- music, dancing, games etc. Did notice a sewage smell in places esp on deck 4 right side of ship. PROS- small ship; Sails out of Baltimore so almost everybody could drive there. Cruise Director Mike. Activities. Itinerary. Balcony. Long Pirate Ice Tea.(3 rums- Yum). Bartender Antoinette. Happy crew. CONS- small ship so lack of bars and other places to hang out. Lack of variety in theatre productions- how many comedians are too many? no nightime event at outdoor pool. Only one device can be on wifi at one time. .........Bottom line is we wouldnt sail on this ship again. We like the bigger ships with more options and better food. We'll sail RC again but we're on Celebrity in July. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Like many mid-Atlantic cruisers, we booked the Grandeur out of Baltimore because it sailed from Baltimore! For a Thanksgiving holiday cruise, it was also relatively inexpensive, even for our junior suite. We also love the smaller ships. ... Read More
Like many mid-Atlantic cruisers, we booked the Grandeur out of Baltimore because it sailed from Baltimore! For a Thanksgiving holiday cruise, it was also relatively inexpensive, even for our junior suite. We also love the smaller ships. Parking was a bit high at $15/day, but oh so convenient. Embarkation at 12:30 pm was a breeze (because we had priority boarding) and debarkation was a bit slow with long lines going down the ramp from the ship. Let’s start with some good. Our cabin was quite good. We had plenty of storage, a nice balcony, a good sized bathroom with a full tub, and one of the best cabin stewards we’d had on any ship. Mark went above and beyond to ensure we were comfortable in our cabin and had everything we needed. We were on deck 8, and sometimes late at night or early morning we heard them arranging the deck chairs on the deck above ours. It never stopped us from falling asleep nor did the noise wake us up. The only negative of our cabin (which had nothing to do with the cabin itself) was the lack of room service! Room service was available for breakfast only, and the only FREE room service breakfast was simple continental fare. Anything else was extra. Speaking of breakfast, it was a challenge in both the Windjammer café and the Main Dining Room (MDR). If you bothered to go to the MDR (where the breakfast menu did not change once in 11 days), once you were seated and ordered your breakfast, the wait was usually around 30 minutes, more if you ordered eggs benedict. And it was lukewarm at best. In the Windjammer, by the time you waited at each station to get what you wanted, and then struggled to find a seat at a table, your hot food was cold. I saw wait staff carrying trays of drinks, but not once did anyone of them offer to get me juice or coffee. If you got up to get your own, you were at risk of your food disappearing and someone else taking your seat. Suite guests (not junior suite guests) were able to get breakfast in one of the specialty restaurants, but the menu was still the same. The advantage was that you were seated right away and your breakfast was cooked there and delivered to you hot. We opted not to try any of the specialty restaurants. We ate all our dinners in the main dining room. Service was good; we had an especially attentive head waiter. Our tablemates were a hoot and we enjoyed their company! I would say the food was average for cruise lines. I did have duck l’orange one night which was excellent. My husband said the prime rib was good, also. The night they served the petite lobster tails, I ate three! There were some nights, however, where I found none of the menu choices particularly appealing or tasty. I love ice cream for dessert, but the only options for 11 nights were vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Even during the day, unless you wanted to pay extra at Ben & Jerry’s, your only ice cream option was self-serve, soft-serve vanilla, chocolate, or v-c twist cones. There were plusses and minuses to the on-board entertainment. The production and headliner shows in the main theatre were quite good. As long as they had two of those shows each night (for late and early seating diners), you were likely to get a seat. The cruise director opened each show and he was delightful. A unique highlight for us was watching the very animated sign language interpreter. I don’t know if she was a cruise employee or not, but she was a show unto herself! The nights where there was only one show for all guests, the 800 person capacity theatre could not handle 2000+ guests. Entertainment after 9:30 was sparse; not because there was none, but because most of it was held in the Centrum atrium where seating capacity around the dance floor maybe accommodated about 40 guests. There was a bit more seating further away, and while you could hear, you could not see. Or you could hear and see if you were standing on the decks above overlooking the atrium, but you could not participate. There were standard fair activities during the day: Trivia, bingo, pool games, art auctions, “free” seminars in the spa, casino jackpots, and shopping. I suppose this is no different than on any other cruise ship, but we were able to price their 75% off designer watch for considerably less on the internet. The same was true for some of the jewelry and watch stores in Nassau. On cooler days the solarium was great. On the downside, on those cool and windy days, kids were allowed. Seating in the solarium was at a premium. Despite signs stating that reserving chairs was not allowed, people still reserved chairs unchallenged. I’d advise anyone who wanted a lounge chair to get there early and put your towel down. Speaking of towels, this was the first ship I’d ever been on where you had to show your key pass to get towels. If you did not return a towel, you would be charged $25.00 each!! A word about the spa. On a port day, my husband and I both booked advertised specials -- a combo massage and facial. The treatment room I was given was so cold, that I cancelled my appointment. There was no way I could stay there unclothed for any length of time. Lastly a word about our ports of call. For us, they were ideal. We were able to visit old college friends in Charleston, a beautiful southern city; tour the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral (we took the ship’s shuttle and unguided tour which worked fine for us); and spend the day with our family who met us in Miami. We window-shopped in Nassau. (Okay, I did buy one or two trinkets for myself.) Unfortunately, windy conditions did not allow us to visit Coco Cay. It might have been nice even just to sail around in warmer waters for a day instead of sailing back north right away, but I’m sure there were reasons for those decisions. We love cruising, and booked two future cruises while onboard, but not on the Grandeur and not with Royal Caribbean. We booked on Celebrity, one of our more favored cruise lines. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Third Cruise this year, Princess, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean Not all bad but Royal Caribbean was in 3rd Place Embarking & Disembarkment was extremely smooth & quick Grandeur of the Seas is an older ship but some ... Read More
Third Cruise this year, Princess, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean Not all bad but Royal Caribbean was in 3rd Place Embarking & Disembarkment was extremely smooth & quick Grandeur of the Seas is an older ship but some things could be improved.... options/channels on the TV should be updated with OnDemand Movies & Shows and Interactive options, some things really showed the age like drapes felt dry Rotted..... Cabin #7046 Great location !!! Nice up graded bathroom Lots of storage Mini refrigerator Best Room Attendant Ever !!! Oliver Rellama....made us feel like we were valued & special Always there with Happy greetings Room well attended and Ice And wonderful Towel Animals :-) Food was really NOT that good except specialty dining rooms Room Service Fee is Terrible! Felt disappointed and at $7.95 + 18% gratuity felt Nickeled & Dimed Dining Room & Buffet variety not very good and food was often cool/cold and blahhh Drink package was worth the cost Entertainment was ok Activities in Kids Zone was a winner with my 10 year old grandchild Activities Director was wonderful Glass Bottom Night Tour wasn’t worth the money or time Aquarium/Zoo excursion was very nice and a good morning activity *error below Only traveled with one child Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We selected this cruise because of the date. Wanted a place to celebrate a milestone birthday for hubby that departure was close to home. So we sailed out of Baltimore - destination was not important - but none of our 3 had been to ... Read More
We selected this cruise because of the date. Wanted a place to celebrate a milestone birthday for hubby that departure was close to home. So we sailed out of Baltimore - destination was not important - but none of our 3 had been to Bermuda so an added bonus. We did connecting rooms - and my 93 yo dad was with us so we selected cabins close to an elevator. We did outside cabins on deck 2. The door between the rooms made it simple to chat - but took away precious floor space. There is one arm chair and moving it from the door made maneuvering around a little interesting. We do open seating for dining and the first night we were near a couple families that do not know what inside voices are - and dress as if they are at a break from yardwork (shorts - hats ...) If I heard the one man say one more time that he was going to find a person that looked at him funny and punch him I was going to scream. The next evening we asked if we could be in a different section - but making sure that the waitstaff was excellent - so happily we moved over. They even came to check a few times to see it was better - nice touch. I am not sure why Royal Carib puts rules in the Cruise Compass that clearly says 'no hats in the dining room and no shorts for dinner' if they are not going to enforce it. I don't know how difficult it is for someone to leave their ballcaps in the cabin. Having been with many people that have lost hair to cancer I understand when some people want to cover their heads - this was not the case with these people. We also could not understand why the music needed to be so loud in the rooms when there was not an event. We did go to the Viking Crown Lounge to read and that music was a lower level - but otherwise it was difficult for my father to hear us. My father is a Navy veteran (WWII & Korea). There was a veterans gathering early in the cruise. They mentioned that later in the cruise there would be a veterans celebration. On the last night of the cruise they did this in the Centrum. They asked all the veterans to come on the staircase and celebrated them all. After a few words they also invited any first responders and a few more joined. Later asked for any Gold Star families. It was a lovely presentation - and my dad loved it - I believe it was his favorite part of the cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This was my first time on Royal Caribbean. I have cruised with Carnival over 16 times. I have been told that I should not judge Royal Caribbean based on this ship, so I will try to bring out as many positives as I can. I do have ... Read More
This was my first time on Royal Caribbean. I have cruised with Carnival over 16 times. I have been told that I should not judge Royal Caribbean based on this ship, so I will try to bring out as many positives as I can. I do have another one booked on the Anthem of the Seas, so I will reserve a more general opinion of Royal Caribbean after that cruise. Here are my negatives about the Grandeur of the Seas: 1) the cabin shower was incredibly small. I have never been in a shower that small and it was difficult to take a decent shower. 2) On Carnival, I am used to seeing the Cruise Director a lot and even hearing the Cruise Director a lot. Although, the Cruise Director (Big Bob) seemed nice enough, he was not visible very much and you rarely heard him throughout the day. He seemed to come out at night for the shows in the main lounge. 3) The ship was dusty 4) Most of the food in the Windjammer and Dining Room is tasteless 5) Not a lot of activites. At night, it was a ghost town after 11pm. 6) The TV stations were all about Royal Caribbean...very, very, very few stations that were not about Royal Caribbean. Here are my positives: 1) Customer Service is great!! 2) Embarkation/Disembarkation processses were better than I ever experienced on a Carnival Ship. I have Platinum status on Carnival which allows me priority for embarkation and disembarkation but Royal Caribbean leads in this area hands down. 3) The cookies were fantastic, in fact, most of the desserts are very good. 4) the Casino was not smokey although smoking was allowed in a couple of areas in the casino. 5) The adult solarium is very nice Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
I have cruised RC several times before and we had been on the Grandeur before about six years ago and were pleased. Things have changed though. The boat is older but very clean. The service is outstanding. They now charge for room ... Read More
I have cruised RC several times before and we had been on the Grandeur before about six years ago and were pleased. Things have changed though. The boat is older but very clean. The service is outstanding. They now charge for room service which I was not happy about it. I went to the spa for a massage and to relax but felt pressure to buy products. I never went back. Bermuda was great. We stopped in Nassau at one pm and it was a madhouse. They try to get everyone off the boat at the same time which made everyone late. We spent six hours on the blue lagoon excursion to get 20 minutes with the dolphins because everything was so backed up. They need to stagger people getting off. It was chaos. I stopped at the desk to talk with someone and they said a shore excursion rep would contact me because other people had also complained. No one contacted me and a credit showed up a few days later for 20 dollars a person for a 106 dollar experience. The jet skiing in CoCo Cay was fantastic. And the beach was great. Again I can’t say enough about the service. Outstanding. I don’t think the rewards for loyalty cruising is all that great. I was a gold member this cruise and have moved up to next level but I think I will try a different cruise line next so I can compare. The rewards aren’t enough to keep me coming back. I didn’t expect a Disney cruise level experience but was not wowed. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Grandeur is a great ship with great staff but has seemed to tailor its daily activity schedule for the retirees/seniors that frequently travel on this ship. This was my second sailing on Grandeur (last one was a 7 night to Bermuda in ... Read More
Grandeur is a great ship with great staff but has seemed to tailor its daily activity schedule for the retirees/seniors that frequently travel on this ship. This was my second sailing on Grandeur (last one was a 7 night to Bermuda in 2015) and although I had similar expectations to some of things I remembered on my first sailing, I did not expect this sailing to be so boring during the day and the food quality to diminish. Most of the cruises big events such as the pool deck party, love and marriage game show, or productions were during days when we were docked, when most people had excursions and were off the ship. Additionally, they did not have much to do during the sea days (4 total sea days) unless you wanted to learn how to make a towel animal or exercise, making both pools a packed place. Even the rock wall had select hours with 1-2 hour time frames available during the day making it very limited for anyone to use. The food was also below my expectation of what I know I've gotten from Royal Caribbean in the main dining room. Much of our food was given to us cold leaving us to send it back meals multiple nights and having to go to the specialty restaurants or eat in the ports of call just to get a decent meal. Having traveled on 5 cruises, 3 Royal Caribbean cruises - 2 on Grandeur and 1 on Enchantment, I expected a little more activity during the day not a retirement community ship and definitely better food. Outside of the cruise being boring, this ship has the best attentive staff that you truly remember and get to know and size if you're not looking to be on a super large ship. If I choose to do another smaller ship sailing, I'll stick to the Royal Caribbean cruises out of Florida instead which all have been fun. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This ship was built in 1992 I believe, and it is showing it’s age. If you have children 5 and under, the activities for them are poor.The food was good, overall. Staff was very attentive and personable. Movie choices were lacking. ... Read More
This ship was built in 1992 I believe, and it is showing it’s age. If you have children 5 and under, the activities for them are poor.The food was good, overall. Staff was very attentive and personable. Movie choices were lacking. Showing movies about terrorists was not appropriate with so many teenagers and younger kids present, in my opinion. The arcade was extremely small and choices were lacking in so many ways. Although the seas were fairly calm, the ship rocked a lot. On the 4th day when the wind and rain were bad and many had seasickness that day. The trip to Horseshoe Bay Beach was incredibly beautiful. Do not miss out on this excursion. Do not wait to reserve parasailing upon arrival. We did and it was sold out when we got there. That was a huge disappointment but lesson has been learned. We will most likely sail again this year but not on the Grandeur... Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
My family took the 9 night cruise up the NE into Canada out of Baltimore. Without airfare, it made the trip far more economical. We paid around $3,700 before our final tab at the gift shops, bar, gratuities. Gratuities really add up at ... Read More
My family took the 9 night cruise up the NE into Canada out of Baltimore. Without airfare, it made the trip far more economical. We paid around $3,700 before our final tab at the gift shops, bar, gratuities. Gratuities really add up at $14.50/person/day. I don't debate they are deserved; just factor those in as you budget. I was on this ship in the late 90's and it's still the same. It's had a face lift, or several, but if you start looking close, you can tell it's tired. I will say that it's clean, which is what I care about most. The staff are excellent and work hard to make sure the experience is good! Age. Wow, there are a lot of older folks on this trip. It slows movement down around the ship. Not a complaint; just be aware of it. Kids activities were better than we expected based on what we had read. Our 9 and 12 year old enjoyed the kids room, pools and the rock climbing wall. Just be aware it's not a Disney cruise. The gym on this ship is terrible. Small and older equipment that needs to be replaced. I'm not sure what they would do to make it larger, but it's very much in need of a facelift and expansion. The ship is crowded. I am on the second to last day - on the ship now. When you are at sea (and you are the last two days of this trip), the place fills up quickly. Hard to find a place to sit other than your room. Two days, back to back, at sea is not ideal on this ship at all. The stops? Boston, Portland, Bar Harbor and Halifax were excellent. St. John's was our least favorite. Nice enough City, but couldn't really find much we wanted to do. Perhaps that's us? The rest were excellent stops! Avoid the "whale watching" tour they sell you at Halifax through RC. Listen, I full appreciate you can't always see a whale. However, it's positioned by RC that the likelihood you will is high. We paid nearly $200 for four of us to go and we basically went on a two and a half hour boat ride. Saw nothing more than a lobster and a crab. Terrible waste of money. Terrible. The food? It's not bad, but after 7-8 days, it gets old. You can tell what's going on. 10-15 year ago, you went on a cruise and got fed very well. Now, if you want that same experience? You are paying extra and going to their specialty restaurants. Add in the drinks and internet, you start to feel like you're getting nickel and dimed to death. It does get old in that regard. I did try a steak from their specialty restaurant. It was average, at best. Certainly not worth the up charge. I will also say, 9 days of food is hard to manage. You can only do some much to create variety. We made it a habit to have lunch off the boat in town each day. Try the café back by the gym. Great spot for an Egg McMuffin at breakfast, a light sandwich/snack in the afternoon, etc. Great food and it wasn't crowded as I don't think most people knew about it. The internet? Well, it works. It's not so slow that it doesn't run your machine, but it's certainly not blazing fast. At best, I was getting about 4mbps down and 2 up. At worst, it would manage 1 down and .5 up. It was quick enough to run FaceTime, etc. We bought a two device package. It's a real pain to connect/disconnect. About once a day, we would have to go to the customer service desk as it would "jam" and tell us we were connected even though we logged out. It would then lock us out of our account. A real pain to deal with every day. Overall, though, it's much better than I remember it being a few years ago. Useable if you need to be connected. Overall, we had a nice time. It was a great way to see many different spots that would be expensive to go to singularly. The age of the ship didn't create near the stir we thought it would. RC has done a nice job with it, frankly, and the staff was excellent. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
Different itinerary that the usual Carribiean for a family vacation that was not over-the-top in cost. We had a nice time in the ports but these ports are more site-seeing than "fun activities" such as amusement rides (although ... Read More
Different itinerary that the usual Carribiean for a family vacation that was not over-the-top in cost. We had a nice time in the ports but these ports are more site-seeing than "fun activities" such as amusement rides (although one had zip lining) so the kids didn't have the greatest time doing that. I loved Halifax and Bar Harbor. Our day at Boston coincided with "Pride parade" so it was very crowded. Ships wifi was expensive and poor connectivity unless you were on the deck; even poor in dining room. Was better at the port terminal than on the ship! Food was really good in dining room and pretty good in Windjammer. Main complaint is the onboard activities were full of art auctions and lectures on arthritis and they cut back on gameshow type activiites, Bingo, etc... On our last cruise they had Bingo 3x on a sea day once. When asked why so little on this cruise, answer was that the Southern lounge was one of the only places to accomodate a popular game like Bingo but they had to use it for art auctions so this limited Bingo time. They could have used the Theater I am sure. One Love-and-Marriage game in theater on day 2 and most of the other onboard games were 20 min scavenger hunts and trivia (which was crammed in the Schooner lounge so good luck getting a seat unless you came 20 min or more in advance). It just seemed lacking compared to past cruises. The late dinner time seemed to be a punishment as there was hardly anything going on by the time you finished by 915 or 930 - one activity in the Centrum at 9:30 (why do they use such a small area - again, couldn't ever get seats?) but after that only late-night dancing. No fun activity after 9:30. Music and shows geared toward older crowd with lots of 1950's stuff (but they did have a Lionel Richie musician who was great at what he did but Lional Richie...really?) . Comedy shows and magic show were good. Perhaps it was the size of the Grandeur but we were disappointed with the onboard activities and a bit disappointed with headliner shows. Maybe we need to stick with the Oasis class or, after 5 Royal cruises, try a different line. Also cutbacks are noticeable (unless you pay the additional fees)...what happened to mints on pillows or midnight buffet at least once on the cruise? Pushing "specialty" restaurants to make more money. I wish they'd just charge me a bit more up front and not during the cruise. One thing, however, that I liked was in the dining room on some nights for extra $10 you could get a fillet mignon and a glass of wine. That was a nice yet cheap addition to the menu without having to go to Chops grill for $30. So overall good cruise but also disappointing in few ways compared to our prior Royal experiences. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We picked this ship because of the itinerary and loved the ports. However, the ship was average. Average food, entertainment, cruise director and activity staff. Another problem I had with this ship was that they put the ping pong ... Read More
We picked this ship because of the itinerary and loved the ports. However, the ship was average. Average food, entertainment, cruise director and activity staff. Another problem I had with this ship was that they put the ping pong tables so close to the smoking section of the deck. Who wants to smell smoke when they are playing ping pong? My teen sons loved the teen room. We booked excursions that were not connected to RCCL and saved money. We had a tight schedule in St. John and our private tour guide told us if we actually missed the ship, he would drive us to the next port of Halifax. We made it back in plenty of time and had an amazing time at the Fundy Trail. We flew into Washington DC and spent a couple of days there before the cruise and stayed an extra day in Baltimore at the end. Coming from FL, we enjoyed the cooler weather and got to see a lot before and after the cruise in those two big cities. Read Less
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