Excellent cruise which is exactly what we have become to expect from RCCL and the Grandeur of the Seas

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall Rating:

4.9 out of 5
Grandeur of the Seas

12 Night Southern Caribbean (Baltimore Roundtrip)

Sail Date: January 20, 2018

Ship: Grandeur of the Seas

Cabin Type: Suite

Cabin Number: 8548

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 7 months ago

Review Summary

As always, we enjoyed the Grandeur and RCCL. We will definitely cruise again on RCCL and especially the Grandeur. We live in Maryland and really like the proximity of the Baltimore port to our home. However, we are really disappointed in the air quality of the Casino. I'm convinced that the casino could be changed to NO SMOKING AT ANY TIME and you would not lose passengers. Give smokers a place somewhere on an outside deck and don't punish those that do not or cannot tolerate the smoke.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Problem free. Really smooth and absolutely no hassle. Great organization.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We experienced all venues on ship. We are extremely pleased with the service and quality of food in the specialty restaurants. Disappointed that the ZUMI was ala carte and I believe pricey. I believe the prices should be adjusted similar to that of CHOPS and GIOVANNIS.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Didn't experience the solarium as we would have liked. WAY too many passengers saving/reserving extra chairs/loungers. People are just so greedy and self-important. There has to be a way that RCCL can accommodate ALL guests all of the time. I believe there should be time limits with a crew member serving as check in/check out. Its a shame that other guests can become so engrossed in their own cruise that they prevent other guests from enjoying the ship.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Very professional in all regards. Very entertaining

Children's Programs

No children traveling with us.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Absolutely first class service from all of the staff. Specifically outstanding was our room steward, Roustan Rodrequis (spelling)(Room 8549). And extraordinary support, service and attention from the Viking Crown staff and specifically Nenad Dimitrov. Thanks to "Dimitri", we made the Viking Crown our go-to destination for the entire cruise.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Crew/staff did an excellent job of cleaning and maintaining the ship even though the ship is aging.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
location was good. Hall was quiet. Room steward did an amazing job and still took time to chat with us and share some of his life. Cabin was always clean and the balcony was a special treat.

Ship Tip

Be aware that smoking is allowed in the casino. Yes, I no longer smoke, and I do not object to being around those that do smoke. However, the casino is small and even though they have air circulators, the air quality is extremely bad. The air discouraged us from accepting the challenge of gambling. We usually try our luck several times during each cruise. But, not this time. Extremely poor.

Ports Of Call

Baltimore, Maryland Did not visit port

This is port of embarkation and disembarkation.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

4 out of 5
This port is not a port of interest to us.

St. John's, Antigua

5 out of 5
Was a good port. took the Safari tour. Had a great tour guide. Enjoyed.

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
Was a good port. Did the Segway tour. Enjoyed the tour guide and the tour immensely. Had a great time learning to operate the Segway. Will do that again. However, the locals sure pester about selling their wares. Really annoying.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

5 out of 5
A really good port. Toured the island and had the talent and knowledge of a great tour guide Nigel... Would do again.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
A good port. As always, shopping is great. Did not do an excursion. But enjoyed the island. Will tour next time at this port

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
We were off the ship and through customs in record time. Found our luggage and was on the road home in no time. Was a great experience.
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