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Grandeur of the Seas

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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 3 yrs ago    


What people said about this ship:

"The dining room food was very good and Neihl and Kenger were exceptional as our wait staff." in 87 reviews.

"...this cruise) and the staff was exceptional and the cruise director and his staff made for lots of good times." in 35 reviews.

"This is our 9th cruise and the first with Royal Carribean." in 28 reviews.




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Shows were great, stateroom cleanliness less than desirable

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: Jan 16, 2015

Staff was great while helping us to get on the ship (I was using a rolling walker due to back surgery); however, the day we disembarked, we were on our own and I was in tears because of pain by the time I got down all of the ramps. Our stateroom was not as clean as I would have preferred and although we enjoyed the towel animals, we only got 2 on an 8 day cruise. Picking up the "Cruise in Review" DVD was a difficult and frustrating experience and they offered no cardboard protection for the photographs that we purchased. The entertainment was great and we met some wonderful fellow cruisers on board. 

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LONG CRUISE, SMALL SHIP

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: Jan 06, 2015

My family and I enjoyed the cruise overall, but there are some elements that we didn't expect to have issue with.  Leaving from Baltimore puts you at sea for 2.5 days heading to Labadee, Haiti and then 3 days on the return trip to Baltimore.  Grandeur of the Seas is a fairly small ship, and we quite frankly ran out of things to do.  There were shows and trivia in the bars/lounges and of course the casino, but you can only keep entertained with these things for so long.  Most of the entertainment was geared towards a senior crowd (75% of the passengers), which myself, my husband, and 2 teenage daughters found to be a bit boring. We couldn't go up onto the pool deck because of the temps the first day and a half and last two days, so we were searching for something to do within the ship.  The staff and crew was amazing, and they were the highlight of the cruise.  Always accommodating and going out of their way to chat with us and keep us entertained.  The food was great, but I wouldn't recommend going to any of the specialty restaurants that are an extra charge - the food was comparable to what you are served in the main dining room each night.  Drinks were strong, which isn't a bad thing, but we are not quite sure that we drank enough to offset what we paid for the drink package. I would HIGHLY recommend that you sign up for excursions that get you out of the ports of call.  The ports are bombarded with locals trying to sell you stuff and you don't really get to see any of the landmarks, beautiful scenery, or natural areas of any of the destinations.  It is worth the extra money to get on a catamaran, a tour, something to get you out of the port.  In St. Thomas, we went on the 'Fast Cat Snorkeling and Honeymoon Beach Catamaran'  I would give that one 5 stars every day of the week.   Overall - we were on vacation in the Caribbean, so  I can't complain too much.  If you are going to spend the money on a cruise, spend the money to fly to Florida and get on a bigger ship.  Grandeur of the Seas is not the ship unless you enjoy a smaller ship and can self-entertain.   

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Nice Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: Jan 06, 2015

I was happy with the cruise. Some things disappointed me. Ordered things to be delivered to our state room when we arrived and it wasn't there. Although they did give us the stuff it was too late the surprise was gone. The cabin was clean but the hallway carpets need cleaned. Over all customer service was good. I will cruise again with them.

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Baltimore cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: Dec 19, 2014

Grandeur of the Seas is an older ship. It was supposedly updated but has issues. Areas had to be closed due to leaking roofs. Loud dance music, nightly,  in the Centrum produced noise throughout hallways and cabins making it difficult to sleep. Breakfast times in the restaurant changed daily. The Windjammer buffet area was small so frequently cruisers could not find a table for eating. Wait staff and cabin stewards were excellent. Diamond and above cruises were offered nightly snacks and free well drinks in the Diamond Lounge, a nice benefit. Disembarkation process was difficult since, in Baltimore, many cruisers had individual transportation. Long lines wrapped around the lobby and the cruisers were sent around and through others waiting in line.

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unclear documentation requirements

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: Dec 19, 2014

One of our family member didn't checked-in because no a documentation that not mentioned on requirements.it was very hard to contact the company to find alternative resolutions. so we wasted the ticket and no any credit back. 

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jgers47
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10 night Eastern Caribbean

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: Dec 09, 2014

The beds were very uncomfortable and it didn't occur to my husband or me to question this.  It wasn't until Day 9 that, by accident, we were in the right place at the right time.  A guest services person, Alma, asked us about the cruise.  I told her the beds were terrible.  That night we had pads on the beds that enabled us to get some decent sleep.  Unfortunately, we were with run down and caught colds.  The food was fine,  The staff was very attentive.  I did get  a little tired of the comedians complaining that the audience wasn't laughing enough.  Not all the jokes were rolling on the floor funny.  I think the comedian the last night got the most laughs and never complained about our reactions.  Personally, 10 days was too long for me.  I found the short times in each port too short to really do anything.  The Bermuda cruise, for me, was better.  It was shorter and we had time to explore one place.  The driving tour of San Juan was terrible.  Part of it was the parade that closed streets but perhaps the ship should have known about it.  We stopped only at San Cristobel.  I would have liked to stop at other sites.  We didn't even drive past the cathedral, perhaps it was a Los Posados parade and the cathedral was part of it?  It was never explained.

 

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noasark7
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Good But Not Great

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: Dec 09, 2014

For the most part everything was just good but not great. The staff were all very nice but they

seemed to just do their job and nothing more. My wife and I have cruised 3 times before and

this staff just seemed like they didn't enjoy their job as much as any of the others. The food

was again, good just not great. Not a lot of options and they didn't seem to change it up that

much. The activities seemed very limited for a 10 night cruise unless you wanted to shop or 

spend money. (Bingo, spa, casino, etc.) The ship boasted about it's outdoor movie screen that

they repeated the same couple of movies on throughout the entire cruise. 

If you're looking to just get away and have a nice relaxing good but not great time, this is the

cruise for you.

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Wonderful Time

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: Dec 09, 2014

The staff on the Grandeur of the Sea was excellent Head waiter Justin and Aglen

Our stateroom person: George, the staff taking all of the wonderful pictures.  the director Mitch and Gizzie.

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Good time, but some issues

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: Dec 09, 2014

The first problem was the ship was delayed 3 hours due to weather.  We arrived at the terminal at 11: AM and was told we had to wait in the parking lot or drop off point until 1: PM because no one would be allowed in there terminal,  Did I mention it was 30 degrees.  Although, Royal knew the ship was delayed, they didn't send an email alert until 12:30 PM when we were finally allowed in the terminal. Overall, food was good, (not necessary to pay extra for the special dining unless you want to). Entertainment was very good, something for all audiences.  The dining staff no longer sings and dances, big disappointment. The ports were excellent.  Six days at sea can get a little old.  The TV channels only had 2 English speaking channels except for the Royal advertising channels and CNN.  No major networks except when they want to show a football game.  The movie under stars needs to be available for viewing in the stateroom especially in the winter time. You'd think they would have figured that out by now. Our lead waiter made me feel very uncomfortable when I ordered more the one entrée during dinner. All previous cruises they were pushing food at you left and right.  By the time we got back, their were no bananas and potato chips just to name a few.  As a Platinum guest, I should have robes in the stateroom.  After 2 days onboard we were told they didn't have enough at check-in.  We only got them after asking our cabin steward for them.  No more mints on your pillow at night.  This was my 18th cruise so I know what to expect.  With this cruise I reached Emerald status, however, you're allowed to enjoy the benefits until your next cruise.  I didn't see that must difference between Platinum and Emerald.  Not sure when I will cruise with Royal again.  Average age for this cruise was 55+ (my estimate).   This is a smaller ship (2400 + guests) because the ship must navigate the Key and Bay Bridges.  This means that events in the main atrium are very crowded with limited seating, but everyone still manages to have fun. 

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I enjoyed eating at the Gasby instead of the WindJammer.

The sea was quite calm, the ride was just right. My wife has a gluten allergy and she managed very well.

If you tend to get seasick, you may want to consider a larger ship. I had minor seasickness on the 2nd and 9th day. There is soft serve ice cream outside the Windjammer Cafe every day.

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