We went on this cruise for our honeymoon with the worry there was going to be children. Luckily for us there wasn't any yelling toddlers, but many retired couples. If you are looking for a lovely, quiet cruise this one is for you! The ports are absolutely fantastic and swallow you up in nature! The boat is older, and doesn't have many of the entertainment aspects. If you are younger and looking for something more thrilling this is probably not the best choice.
The excursions were great. The evening dining was one of our favorite parts of the trip. We had Pilar from Chili, as our dining hostess who did an exceptional job. Fitzroy Wallace, head waiter from Jamacia, gave us Excellent service. His assistant Ankur Upadhyay, exceptional also. The dining experience in the Great Gatsby was our best so far of any cruise. Edison Bacalla, stateroom steward provided excellent service. Cyrus Soloman gave us excellent service in the Windjammer. And a gentlemen, Raniel helped our friend who is dietetic, get food when the Windjammer was closed, from the Park Grill. The people made our trip extremely pleasant.
It was an enjoyable trip. Nice ship, good staff, friendly passengers. The food could of been better. The specialty restaurants were excellent. Why can't the quality be better in the dining room and buffet? Great entertainment and excursions.
It wasn't Royal Caribbean's fault that the storms at seas caused us to forego Bermuda and dock at Cape Liberty, Bayonne, NJ. The entire staff did everything they could to make our altered plans as pleasant as possible. The evening entertainment shows were great fun. The food was good, the serving staff proficient and friendly. We were able to take a ferry (at no charge) to downtown Manhattan and spent a pleasant day there. My grandkids enjoyed the activities provided, and my accommodations (an inside cabin) were adequate. I was especially pleased to receive a refund for the trip and look forward to another cruise.
This cruise to Bermuda never happened and the decision to go towards Bermuda should not have happened in this day and time. It was the roughest ride ever had on the cruise and we only went from Baltimore to the end of the Chesapeake Bay before we turned around and went past Baltimore to New Jersey. We were told that we were going to Canada and that didn't happened! At first we were offered a 50% on our next cruise and after so many complaints and motion sickness that we received and offer of 100% on next cruise. The Grandeur of the Seas ship should be rehab because of the many water problems that came in the rooms and everywhere else.
Favorite part was the food. Worst part was that we were NOT taken to Bermuda but to Bayonne, NJ , of all places. Very disappointing. The cruise line should have cancelled this cruise prior to departing due to hurricanes, rather than take us to some awful place.
The Hurrican came, and de-tailed our trip, the old ship was not ready for a storm. Buckets catching water, around the ship leads, water 2 foot into state room, broken steam room, sanna, hot tub. and pool. all broken,
My favorite part of the cruise was nightly entertainment in the Palladium theater and late night dance and music program in the Centrum. Andre made it more exciting. He has abundant amount of energy and enthusiasm and is able to engage everyone in the activity. He did a better job than Paul , during first two days when Paul was away.
Dinner time at Great Gatsby was a pleasant experience. Everyone attending to us (at our table ) went out of their to make it great.
Food in the Windjammer was as we had expected (like an assembly line).
There was lot of variety of Indian food on two days only but most of the preparations were made South Indian style, with same type of spices and tomato gravy. Other days, there was may be one Indian dish but made in the same South Indian style. We found out that the chef making those preparation was South Indian .We communicated our concerns to Yogesh, one of the newer employees in the Windjammer. Following day, they made couple of different style dishes which were to our liking. India has hundreds of varieties of food preparation depending on which part of India one comes from. In future, Royal Caribbean should pay little more focus on food preferences of Indian people.
We've eaten variety of dishes (made from different parts of India) on other cruiselines.
Beautiful ship and beautiful trip destinations!
One suggestion to the store, please put one more layer protection for glass bottles. I bought few bottles of liquor, and one of them was broken before I arrived home.
other than this, everything was excellent, a wonderful trip!
Get to games and events very early to get a seat. Adults only pool is very hot and humid part of ship. Eat all meals in formal dining room. Don't waste money on the speciality dining. Expect long lines for cafe food and Starbucks coffee.
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