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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 3 yrs ago    

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A great vacation!

scottylathe reviewed 7 days ago

What people said about this ship:

"The food was lousy in the dining room but the windjammer was wonderful." in 95 reviews.

"...I a relaxed vacation -- the ship was stunning -- the cruise director and his staff made every event they hosted funny --..." in 37 reviews.

"...it to othjers this was my first time cruising with royal carribean and they did n't let me down." in 32 reviews.




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scottylathe
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A great vacation!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: Feb 03, 2015

I love the Grandeur of the seas that departs from my home port!  Great price and a great experience!  The crew was amazing keeping us safe from any GI upset.  Wonderful amenities and I can't say enough good things about everything available on the ship.  I do want the poolside servers though, to make more of an effort to wait on you and engage you (reason for a 4 instead of a 6)  Otherwise just phenomenal!

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ept928
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Overall good cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: Feb 03, 2015

Because of norovirus concerns and extra sanitation, the first few days were not as good as usual but it was overall a good cruise. The convenience of parking and boarding at Baltimore is great. This is nice time of year to get away to the warm caribbean at a very reasonable cost. Will be doing it again next year.

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travelsingle
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Not a luxury cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: Feb 03, 2015

I have been on many cruises and this one was *not* among my favorites.  I was very surprised at the lack of amenities and quality/variety of food.  If you don't like the smell of smoke, this cruise is not for you with a large smoking area just outside the eating area (Windjammer) and smoke permeating the whole casino.  The cruise was delayed because of a virus during the last sailing (understandable) but, even after they let us on they did not seem to be ready for guests for several days, everything being stripped from the rooms and not returned.  I was in a balcony room and had maintenance come to fix a squealing, rattling door that stayed fixed for one day.  The staff did not seem to be trained in all of the jobs they were supposed to do and supervisors seemed disrespectful to some of them.  This seems so out of character for Royal Caribbean, but they seemed to be cutting corners (efficiencies?).  The entertainment was excellent and plentiful and the "my time" seating worked well, so you might enjoy this, but I won't be doing it again.  I really like going out of Baltimore, but I think I will stick with Celebrity, even though I will have to go to Florida.  (We ran into really bad weather on the way home and many people got sick for more than two days - not the cruise line's fault, but pretty miserable).

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MeandTony
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Loved the islands and the staff too.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: Feb 03, 2015

Due to the illness on ship on previous cruise before ours, many of the little amenities were missing (towel animals, writing material, children's activities, singing waiter, etc.).  Much of the crew were kept too busy sanitizing everything including us.  But no one got sick on this trip.  The staff went out of their way to make up for any inconvenience and the ports were great.

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The Crew, Staff and Entertainers worked so hard to keep us healthy and safe

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: Jan 24, 2015

We've done a lot of cruising and we completely enjoy being on the sea.  This was the first time I've been sick and also my husband also got Montezuma's revenge about 5 days later, both happened to be sea days.   When we returned we heard that about 10% of the passengers got a noravirus, or something, not desirable.

Obviously someone or several people got on sick and I'm sure that the ship had no way of knowing who or what they were carrying with them.  When you have that many people, illness can travel quickly.  In spite of that I can say that all the staff worked their hardest to keep us healthy and safe.  They worked endless hours trying to keep the illness to a minimum and I know that was not easy.

This was not how we intended to vacation, but it happens.

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Not this ship never

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Grandeur of the Seas | Sail Date: Jan 24, 2015

First off it was a small ship use to explorer,it seemed so outdated,there was less choices with everything, so it was a little dissapointing,the staff worked hard ,very good, felt bad for them, the norovirus with large number of people and staff,was unexpected and understandable,but it was like a hospital ship not vacation, and we had to come to port day sooner and lost day at  labidee,that was dissapointing. There was a sick passenger, which i am glad they put a sick person first they should, and we returned to port,weather was bad and seas were very bad.which could not be helped it was january/feb..Was only reimbursed 75 for lost stop,and said i would receive letter for the day we lost with reimbursement on another cruise ,I was not happy with that.!!!!!!!. should have been my choice re reimbursement, Captain was trying to sugar coat the number of ill passengers ,i think they should have been upfront ,we all new something was up..Cdc was aboard...then i saw that the grandeaur of the sea has had norovirus twice  previously and now this one....If i could do it over i would pick a different ship...after this cruise (traveled with royal carribean 4 times),i will be considering other cruise lines..

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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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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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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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I enjoyed eating at the Gasby instead of the WindJammer.

The shopping on board is very limited. We have heard that RC is considering selling the Grandeur in a year or so. It's a great vessel for an intimate cruise experience, but she's showing her age.

I did not realize that the pastries with Starbucks were complimentary if you asked, even without coffee

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