May 2016 - 9 Night Canada & New England (Baltimore Roundtrip) Cruise on Grandeur of the Seas
New England cruising: May 26 - June 4
We did this cruise in conjunction with a 7-day visit to DC and a 2-day visit to Hershey, PA, driving from the St. Louis area. I had never been to DC or to New England, so it was a treat to see so much on vacation and make the drive really worthwhile. We are active seniors, but this was a little tiring for us. The weather was sometimes cool, often foggy, even rainy, but we were in Boston in record heat. We were not enthused with Boston, but that could be because of our visit to DC just before the cruise. We loved Bay Harbor and Halifax, and enjoyed walking around Portland and St. John. Baltimore was an easy port, and embarking & disembarking were easy.
We had never cruised on RC, being partial to Princess and HAL, but this route was perfect for us. RC is not in the same class as our favs, but it was still a good cruise. The staff was attentive and cheerful, John and Katrina Blair were great, the Great Gatsby (we did MyTime dining but requested a table with servers Melroy and Victor each night) had delicious & well-prepared food, and the ship was well-maintained. We enjoyed the musical entertainment; we did not attend the comedians or game shows. There were some opportunities for us to dance a bit, which is always a plus. The Windjammer food was repetitive and disappointing, the port information was scanty both on line and on ship, and we packed extra clothes for the Smart Casual evenings which never happened. Still, it was a good cruise and a decent value.