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Grandeur of the Seas

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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    

What people said about this ship:

"I would recomend that all take supper in the main dining room as a standard." in 76 reviews.

"...a probably the best we have encountered on our many royal carribean cruises." in 26 reviews.

"Loved the cruise director and head waiter( Captain Kirk) All staterooms and..." in 26 reviews.


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dmnd100
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

3 star
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3 star
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Overall nice but wouldn't pay more than a similar cruise from other cruise lines

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: May 23, 2014

Our experience could be quite different from others on the same cruise and I am just passing along our experience. The cruise was very nice overall, but was middle of the road when compared with our past-other cruise experiences. (This was our eight cruise and first time on Royal Caribbean.) I guess part of the problem is that my wife and I bought into the hype from all the "Loyal Royals" and went in with high expectations.

 

Dining - food and drink:

The "Great Gatsby" sit down restaurant was on par with the other cruises...very good with excellent service.  We did the "My Time" dining but it really wasn't since they required you to reserve a time. This is problematic since we were not aware of the schedule of activities for the next day. (In consequence we conflicted with a few desired activities)

The Windjammer buffet was just so-so and we did not like the layout relative to other cruise lines. It was also apparant that the staff could use a lesson or two on how to wipe a table and chairs.

The Park Cafe had decent soup and sandwiches and was adequate but doesn't even compare to the available food on other cruise lines... (Guy Fieri Burgers and the Blue Iguana were awesome on the Carnival ships)

 

Ice cream was only in one spot and only available in the afternoon and shut down too early.. Why? Also, they had two machine but only utilized one.

Drink: OK, I'll admit it, I can't see paying the bucks for a soft drink package so we stuck with the ice tea, juice and water... This may sound trivial, but there were basically only three drink dispensers. It was somewhat pathetic because only two of the stations had an ice machine but were often out of ice or broken down.  Juice enhanced water was only available at the park cafe in the back. (Each dispenser had four heads, one would be ice tea, the other three water. (Why couldn't they have all three choices available at each machine.

 

Stateroom:

We decided to go last minute on the cheap and had chosen an inside stateroom. It was smaller than the other I/S staterooms on other ship, but was functional and was clean. The Bathroom was by far the smallest with the smallest showers of any other ships previously. Small is one thing, but not really a complaint. There are three main bathroom issues... 1.)Toilet placement - too close to the wall and had to sit side saddle and not easily fixed.  2.) Shower size - The shower could be corrected easily by adding a bowed upper curtain guide to move the curtain out and away and use a better- heavier-weighted grade shower curtain. (The curtain was very light and kept pushing in.)  3.) The sink faucet was not tall or long enough for the vessel style sink... Easy fix to replace faucet with a teller, better sized faucet.

 

Entertainment - Activities:

It seems that everyone is cutting corners and my wife and I have noticed a progressive cut in entertainment and activities over the past several cruises. With that said, the entertainment and activities were the worst of any of our previous cruises. The only jewels in their entertainment were the ships singers, dancers and ship's orchestra. The Comedians were OK, but a very short shows... Matt Yee was terrible so I wouldn't call him a comedian.  Other activities... trivia, etc were few and ill timed with dinner times etc. The two band that were playing in a few locations around the ship were mediocre at best.

 

Time in Port (Bermuda)

Bermuda was a fantastic and is now one of our favorite places. There are many things to do and see... very picturesque with dramatic shorelines with perfect white sand and blue water.  With that stated, it would have been nice to spend a little more time there. OK, when we booked the trip, we got mixed up with the celebrity schedule and were disappointed when did not arrive in Bermuda until after 3pm the first day and found out we had to be all aboard by 5pm the last day. The Grandeur of the Sea puttered across the ocean at a slow 12–13 knots and could have easily added time in port by going a little faster. One other issue was that we arrived on a Sunday and Monday was a Holiday so we were limited on our activities since most shopping etc was closed on those days.(Still found pleanty to do.)

 

Bottom Line:

We would do Royal Caribbean again but would not pay anything extra for the privilege. 

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bigpam
Purser

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
4-6 cruises

5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star

relaxing and fun

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 20, 2014

this was a wonderful cruise.  The food was great .  The staff was wonderful! I did not want to come home. I just wish the casino paid out better!  great for the money! shows were awsome!

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tdm3210
Purser

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

4 star
4 star
4 star
4 star
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Lots of time at sea

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 13, 2014

Love the convenience of leaving out of Baltimore.  Very efficient, easy process.  The trade off is four full days at sea.  There are plenty of activities to keep you busy from early morning to late at night.  The pool deck is always crowded and busy with activities or music.  The deck above is not as crowded or loud but you can still enjoy what is happening below.  If you really want a quiet space and shade, try deck 5.  We avoided the Windjammer.  Too crowded and not crazy about buffets.  The Park Cafe offers healthier alternatives.  Great sandwiches, salad and fruit for breakfast and lunch. We would get something there and take it back to our lounge chairs.  My biggests complaint:  the eating areas between the Windjammer and the Park were always FILTHY.  Tables not bussed, food spilt on floor.  They need more help to keep up with the turn over.  Or, a place for diners to leave their plates. Just disgusting. The Gatsby dining room offered a nice menu breakfast, lunch and especially dinner.  Definitely takes more time to eat there.  The food is very good.  And, if you don't like it, order something else.  Or, if you want to try two dinners, order two.   Don't miss 50/60's night or 70's night.  The activity staff does a great job.  The Quest game is a hoot; worth staying up.  We had my time dining but really, we were encouraged to come at the same time every night.  It seemed as though there were still just two seatings.  We only tried once to go without a reservation and that was while we were in port so it was not a problem. Our room was well kept and the stewart was always about if we had a problem.  We had a room with a large window which we enjoyed.  The shower is small but the water pressure is strong.  Plenty of storage space.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

4 star
4 star
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Cruise to Bermuda

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: May 23, 2014

Overall a great cruise. Didn't realize that it would take so long to cruise into and out otf the Chesapeak Bay. The food and the service in the main dining room was excellent. My stateroom attendant was also very good. I was disappointed that we didn't dock in Bermuda until 3pm on the third day. Also was not aware that the 26th of May was Bermuda day. Shore excursions did very limited tours because of this. I used the fast ferry to go to Hamilton and the next day to St. George. Did not use shore excursions because of the misinformation they gave us. I was told that Horseshoe beach was closed and the only thing closed was the snack bar. Enjoyed my day there without too many tourist. lol.

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star

Excellent review of Grandeur of the Seas cruise.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: May 30, 2014

Everything was wonderful on the cruise itself.  My experience with Priceline was a different story.  Carrie Hempel was the Priceline person that booked my cruise for me.  She said that I would get a $100 shipboard credit which I did not and she would not take my calls.  I will not ever book through Priceline again.

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Popular Tips for Grandeur of the Seas


Have dinner at Chops Grill. The Steaks and Mud Pie were excellent

Go to the Spa area (Park Cafe) for great healthy food including a salad bar & wonderful healthy soups & sanwiches.

Make sure to go over the itinerary for the next day activities, circle what you know you don't want to miss, and keep it with you every where you go. They just don't give you time to be bore ... its all about fun.

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Members on Cruise

10 Night Western Caribbean (Baltimore Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Nov 01, 2014
Ship Name: Grandeur of the Seas
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8 Night Bahamas (Baltimore Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Oct 24, 2014
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8 Night Bahamas (Baltimore Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Apr 10, 2015
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