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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, the reputation of the Grandeur and for timing around the end of school. We cruised with a family with two pre-teens with whom we are essentially family and both families live near Baltimore. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, the reputation of the Grandeur and for timing around the end of school. We cruised with a family with two pre-teens with whom we are essentially family and both families live near Baltimore. We arranged private transportation to and from the port due to the party size of six and the amount of luggage. Upon arrival, the Port of Baltimore did itself no favors as our driver was directed to one line where the luggage carts were being locked and when attempting to ask for direction to another line we were met with incredible indifference and ineptitude. Once we finally offloaded our luggage, we were then met with yet more confusion as we had booked the Royal Suite and the other members were Diamond members. Port staff had no idea where to direct people for security screening and actually dumped both parties into different, yet packed and slow moving, lines. We met at the screening and went through together. By that time we had been able to identify ourselves to Royal staff and our concierge, Carlington Berry (more on Carlington later) was waiting for us on the ship side of security. That was the last of any bad issues for embarkation. Carlington whisked us directly to check-in and then around all other lines directly to a private elevator (one woman decided to latch on and was with us all the way to and pushed into the elevator with her husband by pure hubris) and then to our suite. All of the features of the suite were discussed and our attendant, Fernando Dierra, was introduced to us. The staff of the Grandeur truly earns their reputation as the friendliest in RCI's fleet, the food was superior to other RCI ships (Majesty and Monarch) we have cruised on and the itinerary delivered. Finally, the staff in the Great Gatsby dining room was top notch, with our table's servers, Deepshika and Mary Ann, being the best we have ever had by far. Deepshika especially, as our head server, was organized efficient and catered to our party's every request. The only average part of our experience were the shows in the main theater. They were at best average, with a hypnotist and a comedian being each an hour we will never get back. We chose private tours we arranged separately and all were excellent. Specifically, Jolly Breeze Tour's jet boat whale watching tour from St. Andrews-by-the-Sea (St John port stop) was in the top 5 of all excursions we have ever done, including seaplane snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef and a helicopter into the Grand Canyon for lunch below the rim. We had been concerned about a rough ride in the zodiak for the girls but they actually wanted more wake jumping as the tour went on. The shock-absorbing seats helped a lot. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We took the train from North Carolina the day before and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express across from the Casino. The hotel was clean but unremarkable. We were pleasantly surprised to see others who would be sailing with us there along ... Read More
We took the train from North Carolina the day before and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express across from the Casino. The hotel was clean but unremarkable. We were pleasantly surprised to see others who would be sailing with us there along with at least one Pinnacle couple. The shuttle from the hotel was already full for the early times so we decided to Uber it over. Less than $20 with tip. As we were arriving some of the folks from the previous sailing were still milling about and looking for their rides. The site did not have a lot of signs and we had to carry our checked luggage over to trams to be loaded. Since we were so early, we grabbed a bench outside and less than 15 minutes later someone got us and we went through security and to the check-in process. Mostly painless, but the brace on my wife's leg seemed to puzzle the security people. Still, we were one of the first checked in and shown the suite lounge. In the lounge, we were joined by some others including a nice couple cruising by themselves without their kids and family. Hi Tim and Tracy! We joked about the "difficulties" of getting to the port but agreed this was a smooth process. After about 15 minutes, they came and got us. As I mentioned, my wife had a knee brace from a broken leg and we got to enter the ship from deck 1 and not have to use the gangway. A nice option for those with mobility issues. At 10:03 we were on the pool deck and heading for the bar. We had the deluxe beverage package and wasted no time using it. It was a bit of a splurge, but we checked prices and got a great deal. In my opinion, the package is great because it offers you the ability to not worry about getting a drink. We waited for the Windjammer to open and called family and friends to let them know that vacation had started and they wouldn't likely hear much from us except pictures on Facebook of us having a good time! The food in the Windjammer was always good and varied. Most of the times the crowds were not too bad except at the made to order egg line. My wife mentioned a couple of times that the food was a little cool. I didn't think that myself. We split our breakfasts from the Windjammer and the main dining room. The Windjammer is more convenient, but we like the fact that you can sit with different people each day and have some great conversations. We did Mytime dining and had the same waiter and assistant waiter (Michael and Derick). They were wonderful and took amazing care of us. We skipped dinner on the first day in Bermuda since our tour got back late and ate at Giovanni's one night, but our MDR experience was outstanding. We hadn't eaten at Giovanni's before since my wife doesn't eat pasta, but we did it this time because I had to try the Pasta Carbonara. It was good. I did try small portions of several portions of pasta as well as shrimp and my wife had a filet. All was very good and we agreed that we would have to eat at Giovanni's again. We loved the entertainers that we saw, but we were disappointed by the ruckus in the comedy show the last night. We weren't there, so I'm not going to go further into it. There were some very talented guests and the karaoke performances were great. We actually gravitated to the Schooner bar by the end of the cruise. At night, we were entertained by the piano player, Danny Burgess, he was great at pulling the guests into his performance and even got several ladies to sing along clucking like chickens including my wife. He is out of Texas and had to fill in for Giovanni who got sick the cruise before ours. If you get a chance to hear Danny, don't pass it up. On Bermuda, we did a private tour with another couple with Quinton Bean and got an amazing tour of the islands and their history. The only complaint I have is the fact that we didn't dock until 2 PM and much the island slows down or shuts down in the late afternoon. It didn't help that we got there on a Saturday. Sunday was even slower and the weather was bad - nasty storms and lightning. We planned on going to Horseshoe Bay, but the weather kept us at the dockyard - most of which was closed. Nassau was Nassau, nothing remarkable. On Coco Cay, we rented a Chill Island Cabana(Oceanfront when we booked it). They revamped the cabana area with the whole Perfect Day relaunch. It was still a great time and having the nice calm cove with all the fish was great. For the right price, I'd do it again. The best part of this cruise and was the core group that was part of the Roll Call page. We had a meet and Mingle hosted by John and Katrina Blair and some of us did an impromptu cabin crawl. Definitely some ideas for future cruises. We do junior suites but are now on the lookout for aft view JSes and good prices on full suites. We have sailed on Grandeur before, but will she has aged some, you'd not be able to tell by looking at her and the crew and service are still the best part of a trip on "Lady G"! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
DH had Bermuda as a bucket list item and we've heard wonderful t hings about the Grandeur (all true!). From the time we boarded to disembarkation, the ship and crew were first class and we had a wonderful time. The ship may be ... Read More
DH had Bermuda as a bucket list item and we've heard wonderful t hings about the Grandeur (all true!). From the time we boarded to disembarkation, the ship and crew were first class and we had a wonderful time. The ship may be older, but is in very good condition. We were told the crew had been voted friendliest crew in the fleet. I can certainly see why. There wasn't anyone that wasn't doing the best possible job. The dining service team were first class. We heard our sailing was only the second sailing where our waiter was a waiter ( he was an assistant waiter prior to that). We would have thought he had been doing this for years. Both he, his assistant and the head waiter left us wanting for nothing. Our cruise director, John Blair, celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary with the Activities manager, Katrina. Both they and their teams did a great job and were out and about and very approachable. For people that think the CD & AD has no impact on their trip, think again. A great one can make all the difference (as could a bad one). If you would like to see a more detailed review, I wrote this and posted on the Royal Caribbean board. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2663258-grandeur-to-bermuda-april-25-may1/ Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We booked RCCL after sailing on NCL, Carnival, and MSC because we thought it would be more luxurious, but we've come to the conclusion all cruise lines are pretty much the same. The food was great, but the latest food venue closed ... Read More
We booked RCCL after sailing on NCL, Carnival, and MSC because we thought it would be more luxurious, but we've come to the conclusion all cruise lines are pretty much the same. The food was great, but the latest food venue closed at 1:00am, and it only had nachos, hotdogs and burgers. They need a 24 hour dining option with a broader selection. We had all of our dinners in the main dinning room and all of the meals were great. The wait staff was also very attentive and worked very hard to make sure that every passenger was satisfied. They were very accommodating when I ordered 2 appetizers, or on the evening that I ordered 2 entrees so that I could have steak with my lobster. The cabin steward was also top notch. Every time we left the room, he went in to clean, make the bed and straighten up. The only negative on this cruise was the first day tossing and turning enroute to Bermuda. The Captain was trying to get away from a storm system and was streaming full speed across the Atlantic which made the ship pitch and lean heavliy to port and starboard. Lots of sea sickness bags were placed on the stair ways, and guest services was giving out free sea sickness pills. There was one other minor negative as this ship did not provide digital photos. The photo prices were reasonable, but on Carnival and MSC, we were able to get digital files that we could immediately share online with friends. I was told that the ship didn't have the server capacity to support digital photography. Everything else about this cruise was great. Read Less
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: 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
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
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
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
The staff was amazing and went out of their way to make everyone happy ! We will definitely sail with royal Caribbean again ! It is a small ship but that is what we love about her. Everything went very smoothly ! Our 30 year old son and ... Read More
The staff was amazing and went out of their way to make everyone happy ! We will definitely sail with royal Caribbean again ! It is a small ship but that is what we love about her. Everything went very smoothly ! Our 30 year old son and his gf were with us and they had a wonderful time even though most of the guests are elderly . Can't wait to sail on her again ! Our room attendant Ida was great . Also loved our waitstaff Johannes Salmen and Erhon. We always ate in the dining room . Didn't step one foot into the windjammer. The food was excellent ! We enjoyed being waited on so always went to main dining room ! Will definitely sail with royal Caribbean again ! Loved that we could just drive to the terminal in 2 and half hours. Stayed at a hotel for one night and they supplied a shuttle to the port and left our car in their parking lot till we returned. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our third time on th Grandeur the first time being in January 1999. Three years ago we also were on in January. We had breakfast every morning in the windjammer and Salmen our waiter was usually there taking my omelet order. We ... Read More
This was our third time on th Grandeur the first time being in January 1999. Three years ago we also were on in January. We had breakfast every morning in the windjammer and Salmen our waiter was usually there taking my omelet order. We had lunch in the dining room a few days for the wonderful salad that was prepared. We only dined in the main dining room every night. We had Salmen, Johannes and Ehron who all excelled. We clebrated our anniversary and my birthday onboard. Everyone was very friendly and outgoing. Never had a problem with anyone. I spent almost every evening in the Schooner Lounge when the piano play Ross Leadbeater entertained the young and old alike. He was very well received by all and did an amazing performance every night. We did not attend a lot of the shows as we like to do our own thing. On the islands we would get off and usually just walk around ourselves without taking any excursions. We enjoyed sitting in the Centrum and listening or watching the shows. We met a lot of nice people on this trip. We stayed at Fairfield Inn in White Marsh that provided shuttle service. We were onboard by 10 AM easiest embarktion ever. We walked off at 740 AM and was met by the shuttle. This also was the easiest disembarktion out of 12 cruises. Only negative was we had to return to our cold weather again. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our 3rd cruise on the Grandeur. The crew is great across the ship. Our first Jr suite and aft to boot. Our stateroom attendant, Ikomang? was always around when needed and kept our ice bucket full and our room tidy. We spent ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise on the Grandeur. The crew is great across the ship. Our first Jr suite and aft to boot. Our stateroom attendant, Ikomang? was always around when needed and kept our ice bucket full and our room tidy. We spent more time in the specialty restaurants than the MDR. The food was very good at all. We went twice to Izumi, twice to Giavannis and once to Chops. Casino staff was friendly, the tables not so much. We enjoyed the daily evening entertainment, particularly the singer, Kenny James, the comedian Naster and, as always, the singers, dancers and orchestra. We saw all 3 shows for Naster, He was very funny and had a great message. There was constantly something going on in the Centrum also. We like the Baltimore port due to it being nearby to us. Stayed again at the BW+ on O'Donnell which allows parking and KD Elite shuttle each way. It was a great stay and there were no issues with the parking. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
This was a 10 year Anniversary cruise for me and my husband. We had an ocean view cabin and it was wonderful! Our room attendant Jay was very attentive. He kept ice in our ice bucket the entire cruise. We did a few excursions through ... Read More
This was a 10 year Anniversary cruise for me and my husband. We had an ocean view cabin and it was wonderful! Our room attendant Jay was very attentive. He kept ice in our ice bucket the entire cruise. We did a few excursions through the cruise company. They were all great. We were expecting more wear on the ship from other reviews we have read about her. We thought everything looked great! The dining in the main dining room was something we looked forward to every night! Our waiter, Vincent, and assistant waiter, Manoj, were both very attentive and kind. The entertainment exceeded our expectations. We enjoyed a show or comedy act each night after dinner. We also joined in on a few games, which were equally exciting. We will definitely be going on another cruise in our near future. We would love to sail on the Grandeur of the Seas again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Great value for all it offers. The entertainment is really good. The crew as well as the guests are some of the friendliest at sea. Love the smaller ship atmosphere. The Great Gatsby Dining Room is staffed by great waiters and is elegant ... Read More
Great value for all it offers. The entertainment is really good. The crew as well as the guests are some of the friendliest at sea. Love the smaller ship atmosphere. The Great Gatsby Dining Room is staffed by great waiters and is elegant in decor. The CD on this particular cruise was Mike (Polish name) and he was awesome. Our room was very clean and very nice, but wish the beds were higher to slide our luggage under. I still wish they had better hair dryers. I also feel that they should make the showtimes 7:30 and 9:30 instead of 7 and 9. We always seem to be rushed through early dining to get to the first show and even if we make it seats are pretty much gone by the times we finish dessert. We rarely can stay up for the later show as we have busy days and tire easily. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
You can see photos from this cruise and our other sailings by following the link on our Cruise Critic profile page: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/profile/35108-jgnova/ My employer closes for the holidays every winter, providing a ... Read More
You can see photos from this cruise and our other sailings by following the link on our Cruise Critic profile page: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/profile/35108-jgnova/ My employer closes for the holidays every winter, providing a great opportunity to take a longer-than-usual cruise spanning both holidays plus a few days on both ends. The holiday sailing on Grandeur of the Seas met our needs as it aligned perfectly with my break at work and we like the Baltimore port’s proximity to our house. We pulled out of our driveway at 11:45 and were in our cabin by 1:30. This was our fifth time and our second holiday sailing on the Grandeur, the first being last year on a slightly different itinerary. This year we went to St. Croix (last year was St. Thomas), Antigua, St. Lucia (Martinique last year), St. Kitts, and Sint Maarten. As in previous experiences with the Baltimore port, everything went very smoothly – only a few cars ahead of us to check our bags, no line inside the terminal for the metal detector or to check in. And right up the back-and-forth gangplank and onto the ship. There was the usual boarding day elevator delay as some elevators were being used for luggage transport. We got to our cabin, took the standard photos of our cabin to post on the web, and went off to Park Café for our traditional embarkation-day roast beef sandwich lunch and our first food disappointment of the cruise – they had turkey instead of roast beef!!!!! We were told they alternated among turkey, roast beef, and pork, but we found roast beef only once so we must have forgotten to check every day. Cabin: We were in cabin 8548, a mid-ship Junior Suite on the starboard side. This cabin (and its port-side equivalent, 8048) has the advantage of being opposite a right-angle passage from the mid-ship staircase lobby, avoiding corridor traffic and lobby noise. Like all cabins on Grandeur, it feels dated with its blond wood and green upholstered furniture (which actually is quite comfortable). The Junior Suite has more storage than most other cabin classes, with three drawers in the triple door closet, six drawers in the desk area, plus a few more drawers and cabinets opposite the closet. There are also two chairs and a convertible sofa with a coffee table and two ottomans (with removable tops for more storage). The bathroom had a bathtub, harder to get in and out of than a walk-in shower, but with the trade-off of more space for showering. We also had a balcony with two chairs and a table. This is a very comfortable cabin for the two of us and has plenty of space for company to come visit. Food: We ate most dinners in the Great Gatsby main dining room or Windjammer, my go-to spot for breakfast as well. (The continental breakfast options on the free room service menu are limited but sufficient. Delivery was often before or after the half hour selected; a few times they called before delivery. We didn’t get any coffee or tea since the Junior Suite has coffee/tea service in the cabin.) The dining room food was good, but the selection options were a major disappointment from previous sailings on Grandeur. The MDR dinner menus no longer offered a daily chilled soup and the only salad offering was Caesar Salad – EVERY NIGHT! (There were a very few other salads offered during a few of the 12 nights but generally, they were specialty salads and there was no garden greens salad option.) Last year, the “every night starters” consisted of Caesar Salad, Escargot, Shrimp Cocktail, and French Onion Soup. This year, they added a Seasonal Fruit Medley every night as well. But the trade-off was the loss of a different salad and chilled soup each night, and a reduction in the other appetizer selections from three to two. The main course options were reduced as well. Last year we had five “every night” options, reduced this year to three, and the varying options were reduced as well. Desserts also had only two or three changing items each night plus the standard chocolate cake, apple pie, cheesecake, ice cream (always vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry), and crème brûlée. The appetizer fruit plate served as a nice dessert if nothing on the dessert menu was interesting. We found the menus so boring that we occasionally ate dinner in Windjammer just to get some variety. Service was slow the first night but improved when the maître ď suggested that all the waiters serve the smaller (two-person) tables before the larger groups. We ate dinner in the Windjammer three times because of the international offerings those nights – one was Indian and another South American. The Indian food was excellent and varied, the South American not so much. Windjammer at night is a nice place to eat as it is usually quieter and the large windows all around provide nice views of passing ships. And there often are sightings of officers and their families in Windjammer. Ship overall: Grandeur is a lovely ship with artwork in all of the stateroom corridors and in all of the stairway landings. The ship is very bright and open feeling with lots of glass in almost every venue. I could usually find a chaise in a quiet shady spot on deck, my preferred spot on a cruise. The Solarium indoor pool area was crowded most days, but seemed to empty out around 4 PM every day, when I would go for a swim in the indoor pool. Entertainment: We tend to skip most ship entertainment because the volume level hurts our ears. Some of the music sounded like something we might enjoy but not enough to justify the hearing damage. Ports: St. Croix: We have been to St. Croix several times and in the past have gone to Sandcastle on the Beach resort for some beach time. We decided to try Rainbow Beach this year. The beach seemed larger than Sandcastle, but had many more people. We did not try the food in the restaurant. We will return to Sandcastle on our next visit to St. Croix. Antigua: We went with a group to BeachLimerZ on Fort James Beach, a ten-minute taxi ride from the port. The beach was very nice and the food and service were excellent. We might go there again – or try another of Antigua’s 365 beaches. St. Lucia: We took the water taxi across the bay to town and went to the Cathedral and Derek Walcott Square, attractions we enjoyed on previous visits. (Restoration of the Cathedral continues, though there is still quite a way to go.) St. Kitts: We had nothing planned for St. Kitts, as we have been there several times and toured the entire island. This turned to be an accidentally wise choice as it rained on and off almost all day. Sint Maarten: We took a ship excursion to the beach at The American Greenhouse on Simpson Bay. This was a lovely beach with water sports and a nice restaurant with good food. Overall experience: We lucked out with great weather for most of the cruise, with the only rainy day being on the port day at St. Kitts. The seas were calm for the entire trip, making things even better. As always, the staff and crew on Grandeur were friendly and provided great service. The only complaints we had were about the dinner menu selections, addressed above, and that RCI has decided not to offer the 12-night itinerary for at least the next two holiday seasons. But we’ll be back for another cruise at a different time of the year. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We stayed overnight at La Quinta, in BMW and it was nice, $159 for a room and parking for up to 14 days included. Shuttle to port included. We got picked up at 10:30 and were at the port by 11:00 and on board by 11:30 . In our rooms by ... Read More
We stayed overnight at La Quinta, in BMW and it was nice, $159 for a room and parking for up to 14 days included. Shuttle to port included. We got picked up at 10:30 and were at the port by 11:00 and on board by 11:30 . In our rooms by 12:30 ish. Family of 8 went for the holidays, the ship was beautiful, and we never felt over crowded. Embarking was quick and we were on board within 30 minutes of arrival at port in Maryland. The ship was fully decorated, we had Santa on Xmas morning, and NYE was so festive. Balloons from the ceiling, great music, champagne all around!!! We all had inside rooms one with 4 people, it was definitely a bit crowded for 2 adults and 2 teen boys, but manageable tho they would book a bigger room in the future. Our room , we separated the beds and had plenty of room, I was amazed at all the space to put things, drawers on the vanity were pretty deep, three on the right 3 on the left, the right ones were full size, the left were half size. There was another set of full drawers in the closet( I put my shoes here). Two mirrors on either side of the vanity had shelves for toiletries, and a huge mirror, a center drawer was also in the vanity /desk. There was no refrigerator and we thought it would be an issue, but we never missed it. The bathroom had plenty of storage too. shelves and drawers and a lower shelf. Shower took some learning to not have it come on too strong, and once in a while hot water was a bit scarce. we just learned when to shower around it. We really liked the room for 2 people, and even 4 did okay. We three decorated our rooms and doors....many did. The room was plenty cool when we adjusted the air conditioning. Our room steward Emerson Thomas was so personable and kept our rooms immaculate. He was in there after every visit to be sure things were perfect. Of course we had towel animals, always fun!! Always a smile and a hello in the halls, knew our names in one day. Always asked us about our days. We went to the windjammer for most breakfasts and lunches, most day we were able to get a large table to fit us all around, and enjoy our start of the day. Food was aplenty, with many delicious choices, even the omelet station was over all fast. most I waited was 5 minutes. Pool was not crowded, plenty of chairs to sit, didn't really see a lot of hogs. Hot tubs were busy but still could get in if you chose to. They opened the solarium on the colder days for children within certain hours, which was nice. The pool bar was a bit slow compared to the other bars, but it was always busy too. For dinner we all met at the MDR we had the 8 pm seating. Our head waiter was Amlan, and his assistant was Joe. There were a re few glitches on the first nights, but they did their very best to please us. Both were new and did a great job. Brought us extra bread baskets every night always had our drinks to serve, brought us some extra plates of cheese and fruits and extra butters. One night there was no escargot on the menu( my favorite) and Amlan got one for me anyways without me saying anything, which was very nice. We enjoyed the foods we had, we enjoyed our servers, and the little shows they had a few nights. We ordered a bottle of champagne for Xmas, and it was at our table chilling, we also won a bottle of champagne and it was there another night waiting in a chill bucket. Cannot say enough great things about both servers. The two teen age boys with us enjoyed the teen group, we had many many children on board being a holiday cruise and only had a few behave a bit naughty. Had adults behave badly as well. We didn't go to shows as we were busy, eating, at the time they were happening many times. Only big complaint I would have is 8 pm sitting and singular activities in the centrum at 8:15 pm. So all us missed all that. Should be after both meals like 9:00pm. Lots of fun there in the day times. Egg drop contest, corn hole games, dancing, music. This is where the chair hogs showed up. They would sit for hours and wait for each show. We did some trivia games in the south pacific area, went to play bingo, decided $40/pp was a bit rich so found trivia fun. The Schooner bar was always pretty fast with drinks. The centrum bar was slow and some times rude. If you asked for a drink from that bar that you had in another bar, they told you you had to go back to the other bar for it. Never heard of that. We went to the viking lounge one night to watch karaoke, it was nice but again getting a drink was a 15 -20 minute wait. We learned to get it else where and bring it along. Karaoke was a bit pre- planned. Seemed if you dressed in skimpy clothes you were in. 50's night was fun!! We brought poodle skirts and saddle "shoes" and did the dances. The dancers were excited that we came dressed in 50's gear. My daughter who is a pinup girl here at home did a duet with "Elvis" of summer lovin'. It was quite fun!! There was a 70's night but they did mostly 80's songs. Again we came prepared and had a good time. Other nights there was always a small band or a duet of violin and guitar, both were good!! Day 5 we stayed longer for the day which was nice. We went to buck Island and Turtle Bay in St Croix, had a great crew with Grace from Carribean Sea Adventures. We had to get to the other side of the island and we were getting ab it worried about taxi rates and getting there on time. But we disembarked earlier than they expected, and found a taxi at the end of the pier for $16 round trip pp, which was great. The ride to Christenstad was hot as this Taxi decided not to use his AC. A 30 minute drive in a closed in taxi, no windows to open and hot air blasting through the vents, fortunately the ride back he used full air and it was delightful. The excursion was terrific. We snorkeled on our own and also followed a trail. Word of warning do not use reef safe sunscreen, it doesn't work. Tow different brands and multiple applications and we all still burned. Grace told us regular sunscreen is fine as long as you apply it 30 minutes before the water then it doesn't leach. embarking was quick and easy, but the alcohol collection was a disaster. Day 6 we were in St Johns Antigua, we did the stingray city tour via rccl. Disembarking was again easy. We were promptly on our way to the boats to take us out. We liked that the rays are free to come and go and we are corralled in instead. They were magnificent. So beautiful. Got to feed them squids, and they were not afraid of us at all. Nothing as soft as a stingray massage!! W will be back!! Nothing shy of amazing. embarking was again slow only because of he alcohol situation, The man had no clue what he was doing sadly but was trying hard. Day 7, we were in St. Lucia, disembarking was a breeze. We booked an trip to Splash Island on our own. We ran into miscommunication of pick up but once we found them behind Diamond International, we ere off and on our way in a lovely AC taxi that you pay $10 pp round trip. If you are at all weak ankles, or overweight, this is not the place for you. It is large floats and they are difficult to get up on in the water, the "ladder" is also a float. I stayed on land , and they graciously refunded me. The others in my family had lots of fun on the floats. My Teen age grandsons had a blast. The taxi came for us on time and we were whisked back to the port, with time to shop around a bit, and of course get some nice purchases of alcohol that is very expensive here. Embarking was easy but still a cluster mess around the alcohol table. Many didn't wait and took their purchase up to their rooms, no one said stop. Day 8 we were in St Kitts, disembarking was again easy, some of us did the chocolate tour via rccl to St Kitts chocolate factory. The owner is very nice and we had samples of various chocolates and then we made some of our own to take with us. It was very nice. Seema was very knowledgeable and patient with the young 6 year old even when she asked silly questions... sadly people behind me were impatient and made mean remarks about this 6 year old. I don't know what the rush was. We still had plenty of time to do some shopping and get a bite to eat,which is a good thing because my husband and I stopped at a little stand that served chicken a fries. We ordered that and an almost an hour later we finally got our food after reminding them three times that we were waiting. Embarking was the same easy on but bottle necked at the alcohol collection table, they ran out o f tape, then told my SIL who had a $150 bottle of Johnny Blue that it was no a big deal, he waited a bit then took off for his room, who is going to assume a $150 bottle will be just fine unlabeled with the room number? Day 9 , we were in Sint Maartine, disembarking was quick we did some early shopping with my favorite jewelers the off to Maho beach. Hubs and me already had been but it was still lots of fun and a first for the other family members. Taxi was $16/pp round trip. Beach was free, bathrooms were not. $1.00 to use. Gave you a voucher to use in the hut for beers, but most of us didn't drink beer... St Maartine has come a log way from hurricane destroying it, still has a ways to go , but was lovely none the less. Spoke to our friend the jeweler, he was broken into and looted three times, as were many there he said. His cousin who was in the clothing store was looted 5 times. Sad that people do that. Embarking was easy but again the hold up a the alcohol table. We had high waves that night and deck 10 was closed. Day 10 was warm and NYE. We relaxed at the pool, enjoying our drinks after breakfast. We hung around and just chilled until dinner time, we got no pictures done as the 6 oclock seating was in line for that, so we gave up. We had lobster tails for dinner, which made 7 of us delighted, me I had a yummy dinner sans that. NYE in the Centrum was fun, and we drank champagne and toasted in the new year. Day 11 was NYD, we relaxed, watched games in the Centrum, Drank lovely drinks ( after a late breakfast) , Chilled by the pool, grabbed lunch in the windjammer, did a little trivia about xmas movies, did oragami in Schoorner. Dinner was in the MDR, we dressed up and had lots of pictures done as there were 5 different places. Then off to dinner. We ordered a seafood tower to be brought down to us ($39) and enjoyed the ooos and ahhs. After dinner we relaxed and had a few drinks before going off to bed. Day 12 We had breakfast in the windjammer, it was a bit more crowded but still found a large table. then just relaxed and enjoyed the ship and drinks!! It was too cold for the pool and they didn't open it to kids the last colder days. Got an announcement that Mike our cruise director had man flu as they called it. Seems many got sick after they left the ship, none of us in our party did. Packed up and placed suitcases out a 8 and they were promptly picked up but they shut off a bank of elevators to use for that and it made for long waits for elevators, we mostly used stairs, unless we were on floor 4 and going to floor 8 or 9. We chose 8:15 disembarking, but it was delayed due to the government shutdown had begun. Once we were called, it was a fast look at our passports and no declarations and we were off and running. Kudos to RCCl for having people with red Flashlights alerting porters to where they are needed, this is a nice addition since we last sailed with them. ( 2009). We had a hard time getting back to our hotel with their shuttle, people who had just come off from a later time were running to the shuttles meant for earlier people. Thought there was going to be fisty cuffs.... people were just rude about it not being their shuttle but would get in anyways and defy anyone saying they had to get out. La Quinta needs a better system. Over all we had a fabulous time. It is sad that Grandeur and RCCl has now split this cruise time up. You cannot go for both holidays unless you do B2B for lots more money. Many people made it a yearly trip and many knew each other from previous years. I am glad we booked it before that change. I would do it again as a full 12 days. Hopefully they will listen and change it back. We bought the drink packages ultimate for adults, refreshment for the teens. We got a great price and got more than our monies worth. Starbucks coffees were included on this ship. The only other thing that was rather slow was the cafe with food in the later afternoon, understaffed, salad side he would take off most of the time, and the selections went quick, when we did get food it was quite good. Hot sandwiches, soups, and the like. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Wife & I have done this 12-day on Grandeur 3 times now (2016, 2017, and now 2018); with 2 other couples this time. Only new port was St Croix, others were Antigua, St Lucia, St Kitts, and St Marteen. Plus: We like the smaller ... Read More
Wife & I have done this 12-day on Grandeur 3 times now (2016, 2017, and now 2018); with 2 other couples this time. Only new port was St Croix, others were Antigua, St Lucia, St Kitts, and St Marteen. Plus: We like the smaller ships. GoS is well maintained, never dirty, and has a very friendly crew. We're OK with the inside cabins, better light and sound control (usually) and we don't need a huge amount of space for 2. 1st time we had Mike as CD. Excellent job, I like his bad puns and he had some neat magic tricks (I want to know how he pulled off the last one on the last night). His asst, CC, is also good and has an enthusiastic staff. Lots of programming and games, and Mike was very creative at making sure there was at least one show a night, even when performers got (sea) sick. Dancing: Wife & I are big dancers, Real Time Band came through (again), and they've expanded their playlist and take more requests. Their Rock-a-Rockie (Karaoake with them) were fun. The calypso band was also good, and we enjoyed the ship band when they played. Recorded "ballroom" in South Pacific was just OK - too many really old slow tunes. We gave the DJ some suggestions, so did the couple providing the dance lessons on the at sea days. The strings duet suffered an injury mid-cruise, they were easy to listen too but not playing anything danceable. We didn't see any of our dance friends from the '16 and '17 trips, made some new ones. Entertainment: We have seen several of the acts before, still enjoy them espec when they add new material. The Motown singer (and his son) and the Beatles tribute band were excellent. I heard that the piano player/singer in the schooner bar was quite good, and very entertaining. Service: Ship crew generally provides excellent service. Cabin and Windjammer were particularly attentive. R-Bar never hassled us for ordering ice water all the time (dancers do that). At Sea: Lots of activities, and there were ballroom dance lessons from an excellent husband/wife pair each day as well as line dancing and other activities from the cruise staff. Mike (the CD) and CC (AD) and their team were very creative. Ports: Excellent weather all 5 days. Just windy in St Kitts. St. Croix was OK to disappointing, the town is small and still recovering from 2017 hurricane damage. Beach near the pier is very rocky, wear water shoes or sandals. If we go again, I'd want to take an island tour or maybe intro to scuba (the scuba shop mentioned that they must work through the ship, no walk ashore and schedule your own session). Antigua: Took cab to Valley Church Beach. Quiet, VERY scenic. Well worth the extra time and $. Shopping in St Johns is OK. St. Lucia: We tied up at the old pier again (a German ship was at the other pier). Good island for cheap stuff and t-shirts. Went to Marigot Bay (private cab) for a few hours. WELL WORTH IT (even if the roads are terrifying). St. Kitts: I like this island. We did some shopping, has better liquor prices IMO vs. Antigua. Wife found a lovely ring and bracelet at one of the jewelers. Better price than we saw for similar the next day in St Marteen. Too windy for beach (same as we experienced in '17). St. Marteen: Lots of recovery vs. what we saw a year ago (GoS was one of the 1st ships in post-hurricane). But still a ways to go. We were told French side is still in bad shape. We stayed in Phillipsburg, did some shopping and had lunch in town and then just hung out on the town beach. Liquor prices have come down vs what I recall from '17. As good as what I saw in St Kitts. Excursions: Didn't take any, just cabs as noted above with our travel companions. Kids: Only about 36 aboard on this trip (between holiday breaks). The ones I saw were well-behaved. Note the Solarium was open to kids on several at-sea days dues to weather. Other passengers: We're in late 50s/early 60s and felt like we were under the median age of the passengers. Not an issue for us, and I am impressed at how well the ship and crew could accommodate passengers with limited mobility. Weather: 1st and last days were indoors (temps), although last day was bearable and not too windy. Several at sea days were windy and decks 5 & 10 (the track) were closed. Day 11 was ROUGH. We were coming in behind a storm and dealing with what I was told later were 20 ft seas; ship pitched a lot with frequent spray up to Deck 9 & 10. Lots of people got sea sick and main dinning was maybe 1/3-1/2 missing that night. Wife & I were Ok but 3 of our 4 friends with us spent day/night in bed. Dinning: This was a mixed bag, I'll explain: MDR Breakfast: OK, not much change in menu (various pancake options and special omelettes). Service can be called "sedate", be aware if you are in a hurry for an early morning tour or activity. Windjammer Breakfast: Decent selections, some nice surprises (smoked salmon for omelettes!). MDR Lunch: We like the Tutti salads, and decent selections usually. Windjammer: About same as breakfast. VERY attentive service. Only a zoo on Day 1 (as usual). And now, Dinner: What has happened to MDR service? I know RCL has been economizing on food and service in the MDR, but table service for 5:30/1st seating dinner has become ATROCIOUSLY SLOW. In 2017 & 18, we had great service, and never felt ignored or rushed if we were trying to make the 7:00 show. Our companions agreed with the assessment, we think it is an understaffed MDR and less experienced staff (the experienced ones are in My Time and specialty?). Our waiter and asst were not incompetent, they were overworked and rushing a lot. Noted that they often had to make extra trips for condiments that should be pre positioned at waiter stations (mint sauce, horseradish, even ketchup, syrup at breakfasts). Service did improve to adequate when one of the MDR captains pitched in. They should not have to have done so. Also the MDR coffee at dinner consistently sucked and I'd go to WJ or Park for something tolerable. At least they figured out quickly we all drink a lot of iced tea. MDR Food: Decent if somewhat repetitive selections. The menu has been paired down and you now order dessert with dinner instead of ordering later. Food was well prepared and presented. EXCEPTION: Be prepared to get undercooked beef; either be very specific about what you want, order it 1/2-full grade more done, or send it back. Lobster tails on 2nd formal night are ok, they get smaller each year. Order 2 or 3 to save time. Windjammer Dinner Food: Reasonable selections and a special theme each night. Decent desserts, sometimes better than MDR. Specialty Dinning: EXCELLENT. After some discussion with our friends and the MDR management and THEIR management, we went to the 3 specialty restaurants. CHOPS: My favorite. Order beef. It will be prepared PROPERLY and well presented. Lamp chops are OK but much smaller portion. If you order the 16 oz ribeye, come HUNGRY. Giovanni's: Very good, better for lamb or veal (I loved the veal). Larger sides/portions, we definitely over-ate here. Izumi: Ala cart pricing, reasonable for what you get. EXCELLENT sashimi. The rolls dishes are good for table sharing. The ship ran several promotions for specialty dinning, and might be worth doing once aboard. We did not use My Time. Embarkation/Disembarkation: By far the easiest (as usual) we ever experience. Check in was hampered by only one working scanner. Quickly onboard after we got thru that. No longer have a carry on bag check. Staterooms open at 1:00, wife's bag arrived soon thereafter. Mine showed up during dinner. Go figure. At end, exited ship at the 'everyone please go home now" announcement at 9:15 and were in the Uber with our bags at 9:45. Customs was fully staffed and the line moved well. Going again: We love this ship and are likely booking the early December (11/30 actually) 2019 cruise. We already have a cruise in late January, we shall see if the MDR is a train wreck or has improved. Other than the service in MDR I noted above and the slightly less than perfect cabin, it was a great trip. Captain and crew handled weather well, you have to expect it this time of year. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
My wife and I are avid cruiser and usually plan our cruises in advance but in this case we decided to book this one at the last minute. We just couldn't pass up the great deal we got to be able to sail on a Thanksgiving cruise, and we ... Read More
My wife and I are avid cruiser and usually plan our cruises in advance but in this case we decided to book this one at the last minute. We just couldn't pass up the great deal we got to be able to sail on a Thanksgiving cruise, and we had a wonderful time. Being 2 hours aways in Fredericksburg, Va., we decided to leave for Port Baltimore far enough in advance to make sure we arrived on time and fourtonately traffic was wonderful. Port Baltimore: We arrived at the port around 10:20am, entering the port was easy but manuvuring through the port parking lot was confusing because of the directions given by the Allied Security team. But after getting the correct directions, dropping of the luggage was simple then we were directed to pay for parking ($135) ($15 a day) in the long term parking lot! We were blessed to park very close! Embarkation: Now Im sure it was because we were ealy but this was the quickest we have ever went through the process to get on the ship. We enter the building around 10:30am, went through security, was directed to the desk, recieved our Sea cards, took our picture and was sitting in the Centrum by 11:15am! Cabin: We were located on Deck 3, mid-ship Oceanview # 3102, located close to the stairs and elevator. ( See review below ) Dining: When we arrived on board, we purchased a package giving us access to the specialty dining rooms on board: Izumi's, Giovanni's Table and Chops Grille. So 3 out of the 9 dinners we were at one of the speciality dining rooms and we were not disappointed. The service and the meals were wonderful, and we highly recommend all three of the specialty restaurants! The other nights we were in the MDR, we had two wonderful servers and the meals were excellent. Now for lunch and breakfast we went to the Windjammer on the 9 deck in the back of the ship. They had a larger variety of food and it was pretty good, the ONLY issue I had with it was the size of the buffet area is to small for the number of people trying to utilizes it at ant giving meal. You could also tell that the poor crew was overwhelmed trying to meet the needs of the impatient cruisers, it was very frustrating at times to see. Entertainment and activities: Evening Entertainment: I have to admit that we were truly impressed with the headliners that the cruise line provided for this cruise, they were truly amazing, from the comedian, to the "Man of a Thousand Voices' to the comical juggling of Mike Price. I will also say that the cruise line singers and dance team did a great job for this to be only their 2nd week on board. Centrum Entertainment: They had three groups that would rotate through out the cruise to provide music for dancing during the day and in the eveings. All three were wonderful from the Carribean band to the violinist! Acitivies: There were several actvities on board and I have to admit we did only a few of them but the ones we were invovled in were very impressive. The cruise director and his team do a wonderful job to make sure there is alot to do. Service: There is nothing negative I can say about the service on board the Grandeur of the Seas. Every member of the crew that we enteracted with was just wonderful, they went out of their way to make sure our cruise was enjoyable! Ports and Shore excursions: Charleston, South Carolina: When we arrived in Charleston that day the weather was a little unpleasent and the streets were partially flooded, and it was an adventure in itself to make around town without stepping into a 6 inches of water or more. We made are way to the City Market, which is full of some wonderful vendors. Afterwards we decided to have lunch at the Noisy Oyster, the food was fantastic! After lunch we made are way over to the park which is right next to the port and on the edge of the water allowing a great place to take pictures of the ship and of Ft. Sumter. We then proceeded back to the ship after a wonderful SUNNY day in Charleston! Port Canaveral: Being Disney fans and annual passholders, we took the ship excursion providing us transportation to the Transportation & Ticket Center. We left the ship on the charter bus around 10:40 and arrived at the TTC at 12:00pm. We decided to take the monorail over to Epcot then around 3:00pm made are way back to the Magic Kingdom so we would be near by to make our way back to the bus by 6:30pm, returning to the ship by 8:00pm. Some may say its not worth the time but we had a great time!! Miami: We arrived in Miami and decided to explore on our own. We were blessed to port at Terminal F giving us closer access to the free trolley from the port into the city. The trolley stop is located directly across the street from Terminal F under the blue tarp, it is the Coral Trolley. We explored on our own and enjoyed the sights, then made our way back dropping us off at the terminal. Nassau: We booked an excursion on board for the Pearl Island and lunch. When we disemabarked we were informed that it may be canceled due to the rainy weather were experiencing at the time. Fourtinately the weather did clear allowing us to go. We boarded our transportation boat around 11:00pm and made our way over to the the private island. It was beautiful! There had been another ship that was supposed to have a tour group there but due to the weather it did cancel allowing our group to be the only group there at the time, which was about 20 people! The beach was small but clean and beautiful, it had a wind board you could try along with a water trampolin. There were more then enought covered and uncovered chairs, beach beds and cavanas to rest in. We had not planned too but we decided to jojn the snorkeling group and it only cost us $15 per person more there on location which I believe the excusion with snorkeling was a little more. We had a great time and the guys leading the group were great in showing and explaining the best spots to explore. Afterwards we had a lunch of baked fish, barbecue chicken, brown rice and cole slaw, it was delicious! Since we had left late they extended our stay by 1/2 hour, so we departed the island at 3:00pm. On the way back the crew gave us a tour and brief review of the stars that homes along the shore on the way back. We got to see Elvis Presleys home which is now owned by his daughter Lisa along with a few other celebritie such as Nicolas Cage and the home of Charlie Chaplin. After we reutrned, we cleaned up and went back out for a few hours of shopping before dinner since the ship did not leave port until midnight. It was a great day! Coco Caye: Unfourtinately we did not get to experience their private island due to the rough waters around the island the captain felt it would be unsafe to tender us out so we ended up having 3 Sea days back instead of two, which i felt the cruise director and his team did a fine job making up missing the port in the actvities they provided in place. And as always, you cant please everyone on board so there were you whiners BUT we didnt let it bother us. Safety comes first! Disembarkation: We arrived in Baltimore early. We went to breakfast and awaited in the Centrum for our to turn to disembark, we were luggage tag #5, 8:15 to 8:45?. We actually got off the ship at 8:20 made our way down to customs to the luggage area and was in the car by 8:45 and on our way home by 8:51am! The only thing I was discouraged by was that one of the wheels on my luggae was broken and is irrepairable. I'm not sure if it occured on board after they took it from our stateroom or if happened after it was turned over to the port. Ship: This was our first time on the Grandeur of the Seas, it is the smallest ship that we have cruised on with RCL and any other cruise line. I have to admit at first I thought she was very small but as each day went by I started to enjoy her more and the fact it did not take forever to get where we wanted to get too. She also allows you the opportunity to get to meet more of your fellow cruisers, because there is no doubt that you will definitely see the same faces more then once. We were very pleased with our cruising experience and will definitely be cruising Lady G again in the future. Read Less
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