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Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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Reviews: 11
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Overall rating:

4 out of 5
Grandeur of the Seas

9 Night Southeast Coast & Bahamas (Baltimore Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 25, 2017

Ship: Grandeur of the Seas

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 8001

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

I have become a loyal Royal Caribbean sailer over the last 3 years.  When booking this cruise, to be honest, the ship and the itinerary  were not the key factors.  I needed points to step up to the next level with the Crown and Anchor Society.  This 9-night cruise was the least expensive for a Suite cabin.  With that said, a friend and I both had booked JR Suites.  2 days before sailing, we were asked to room together as they had over sold JR suites.  We ended up sharing an Owner's Suite and were able to both keep the single traveler points.  
The food in the dining room was a bit off for the cruise, in fact on the final night, we went to Windjammer for an amazing made to order Mongolian stir fry that matched almost every meal in the main dining room.  We also ate at each of the specialty restaurants, Giovanni's Table, Chops Grill and Izumi.  Food was very good at all of them with Giovanni's and Izumi having the better service.

The ship is heading into dry dock in a few weeks for some haul work.  The ship was very clean over all, the shows were good, but not exceptional, weather prevented us from going to Coco Cay, but we did over night in Freeport.
Very glad we took the trip and we have some amazing experiences and new friends as a result.

 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Windjammer was very crowded for Breakfast and Lunch. Needed to use overflow seating spaces outside. Glad we were 400 passengers shy of a full ship, some sea days were very cold and sitting outside was not an option.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Paul, the Cruise Director, has to be the oldest person I have seen in the role. Many of the activities were traditional in nature. We were onboard for the Emmy's and not a single showing was available outside of your stateroom. Needs to pay more attention to guests under 50 years old.

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
There were some amazing staff onboard the ship. Danny and Almin in NextCruise were very helpful, Alex with bar services took great care of us, Francis, the Concierge, did a great job trying to accommodate requests - he also was able to get us into tours of the Bridge, Theater and Galley.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We could almost shake hands with the captain as we docked on the port side. The wing bridge was a few feet from our balcony. The room was spacious and had an incredible amount of storage space. The 2 of us in the room did not make a dent in the total storage available.

Ship tip

If you are going to the Windjammer, going during off hours and there was usually a line of people waiting to get in the second the doors open. Don't be shy about asking for items not on the menu. They actually get bored and love to go off menu for guests.

Ports of call

Baltimore, Maryland

5 out of 5

Charleston, South Carolina

5 out of 5

Port Canaveral, Florida

3 out of 5

Miami, Florida

3 out of 5

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

3 out of 5

Cococay (Cruise Line's Private Island)

1 out of 5
We were not able to go t this port - weather caused us to overnight in Freeport and head back to Baltimore at 12:30 pm
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