October 2016 - Southeast Coast & Bahamas Cruise Cruise on Grandeur of the Seas
Lucked out with weather for a great cruise
Leaving from Baltimore is a dream since you park within a stones throw of the ship. The cruise director and staff were outstanding in providing continuous options for keeping you busy/entertained if you wanted to participate. The food in the MTD was fine and with the recommendations of the wait staff made decisions easier. The ports were all great with Charleston, Miami and Nassau within walking distance of the ship. We had to skip Coco Cay due to being too windy for the tenders and some shore activities, but spent another day in Nassau. Overall a great cruise. The ship is scheduled for an overhaul which should make it more comfortable and up to date.
The centrum which was a central stage allowed viewing from decks 4-9 for many musical and special events.
Great stop with many landmarks to see. Took small van tour with Italytours.eu and had both a great driver and Vatican tour guide. This tour picks you up at the ship and not at the downtown bus area. This saved us an additional hour to see the sights. We had time and tickets to go in both the Coliseum and the Vatican, plus have lunch.
Rhapsody of the Seas
Check the itineraries since you may not be on board as much and onboard activities may not matter.
Grandeur of the Seas
Especially convenient if you can drive to Baltimore and smaller ship with max passengers around 2500, we had around 2000.