First Royal Caribbean cruise

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 7
Helpful Votes: 59

Overall rating:

2.8 out of 5
Grandeur of the Seas

8 Night Southeast Coast & Perfect Day (Baltimore Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 23, 2020

Ship: Grandeur of the Seas

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 2567

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Review summary

I tried to be as honest and fair as Possible with this review. I rely a lot on Ship Mate reviews for my future cruises. So I understand the importance of an honest review. This was my first Royal Caribbean cruise I’ve done. I’ve also did a Costa cruise and carnival. I will most definitely be sticking with the carnival cruise line! After doing 11 carnival cruises I realized that carnival definitely knows Exactly what people want.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Not bad even with a 4 hour delay

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5
I was very surprised that the food was not even close to the quality of the food on Carnival🙁

Windjammer Marketplace

3 out of 5

Big selection of food offered every day but seem to be repeated

Great Gatsby Dining Room

2 out of 5

The beef tenderloin and pork tenderloin were both tough. Both the lobster tails were slightly undercooked. It was very tough to find a good quality dinner in the dining room.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Jogging Track

4 out of 5

We enjoyed the jogging track nice size and comfortable on your feet

Solarium

3 out of 5

Solarium was a nice place to relax unfortunately they don’t open the roof to allow the sun in on a nice day. Also I did not like the 16+ I guess I’m used to carnival ships where the serenity is 21+

Gift Shop

4 out of 5

Nice shops!

Day Spa and Fitness Center

2 out of 5

Very shocked and disappointed to see the size of the fitness center. I’ve been on many cruises on different cruise lines and I would have to say that this was the smallest.

Entertainment

4 out of 5

Centrum

4 out of 5

I always love the live performers.

Palladium Theater

4 out of 5

Show we’re good. On par with other cruise lines. Disappointed that there were only a couple of comedy acts

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Our dining room waiter and assistant waiter were fantastic Shareen and John did an outstanding job! Unfortunately I have to say our room Stewart was not a very motivated individual and was rarely in a pleasant mood. A little shocking to see that. Bartenders seem pleasant the few times we did use their services. And generally the other staff seem pleasant

Ship Quality

2 out of 5
I think the layout was quite a bit different than I’m used to another ships. Which I really did not care for. The elevators seem to be busy at all times so we had to use the stairs most of the time. A lot of the bathrooms in the gym and in the common areas seem very dated. I found the beds in the state rooms uncomfortable and very low to the floor. We were on the second floor in room 2567 and we had a bad foul odour

Cabin / Stateroom

2 out of 5
Smaller room than I’m used to on other cruise lines. Very dated interior. Terrible odour in the room and also along the hallway on the second floor. And I realize that the rooms are only so big but the shower was very small and uncomfortable so I showered in the gym facility most of the time

Ship tip

This ship seems to move quite a bit even in smaller sea conditions. Not sure if they even have stabilizers? So if motion is a problem for you definitely take some type of precaution

Ports of call

Charleston, South Carolina

4 out of 5
Very nice port! Wife and I did a horse and carriage city tour got to see a lot of historical buildings. Did a little bit of shopping and then headed back to the ship got back to the ship just in time before the rain and it was roughly 54° that day. 🥶

Port Canaveral, Florida

2 out of 5
Unless you plan on taking a taxi or an Uber to some type of attraction there’s nothing else at the port.

Perfect Day At Coco Cay, Bahamas

4 out of 5
Royal Caribbean has a very nice island. We started the morning off I’m one of the beaches in the chills side of the island. Still a bit of snorkeling the water is cooler so be cautious if you go at this time of year probably 65°. Saw four or five stingrays some barracudas it’s a nice experience. Then we went over to the lagoon and enjoyed that area for the rest of the day. Royal Caribbean also did a very good job with the lunch spread that they put out food was very good.

Nassau, Bahamas

3 out of 5
Nice sunny day about 70°. Did a little bit of shopping then just headed back to the ship

Baltimore, Maryland

2 out of 5
The parking lot was very disorganized the staff did not seem to have control of the vehicle traffic. I just cruised on the carnival pride a couple months ago from the same port and it was a totally different experience it went flawless

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
My wife and I decided to carry-on luggage off and we were off the ship and driving out of the parking lot by 7:30 AM the fastest disembarkation I’ve ever experienced! Awesome

Traveler Photos

Royal Caribbean thought of everything when they Designed this designed this island Highly Recommend the horse and carriage tour! Snorkelling
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