Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

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4 out of 5

New England cruising: May 26 - June 4

Sail Date: May 26, 2016

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

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.

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Cabin / Stateroom
It was fine for an interior cabin except for the king bed (vs twins) arrangement: the end of the bed met the corner of the dresser, so I clambered in and out all the time. Only the smallest suitcases could fit under the bed; we stood two others up in the corner by the closet. The storage space was adequate, and the bathroom quite decent.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
We did Oli's Trolley in Bar Harbor, which I highly recommend. The excursion to Peggy's Cove in Halifax was super. Prowling around on our own in other ports was difficult, particularly in Boston where the ship docks a few miles from the heart of the city, and maps were not plentiful on the ship.
Onboard Activities
We took the Sushi class, which was not advertised well but was well worth it. The library and game selection is very small, some quiet activities were hard to find, but the rowdy games were well publicized.
Entertainment
Loved the musical events. We don't do silly, physical group games or comedians, which eliminated a number of activities. There was still enough we did enjoy to keep us as busy as we wanted to be.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Loved the Great Gatsby dining room and the Park Cafe; did not particularly like Windjammer's buffet. We would not buy the Starbucks or the Ben and Jerrys.

Tip

I enjoyed eating at the Gatsby or the Park Cafe instead of the Windjammer.



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