February 2015 - Grandeur of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern
I have been on many cruises and this one was *not* among my favorites. I was very surprised at the lack of amenities and quality/variety of food. If you don't like the smell of smoke, this cruise is not for you with a large smoking area just outside the eating area (Windjammer) and smoke permeating the whole casino. The cruise was delayed because of a virus during the last sailing (understandable) but, even after they let us on they did not seem to be ready for guests for several days, everything being stripped from the rooms and not returned. I was in a balcony room and had maintenance come to fix a squealing, rattling door that stayed fixed for one day. The staff did not seem to be trained in all of the jobs they were supposed to do and supervisors seemed disrespectful to some of them. This seems so out of character for Royal Caribbean, but they seemed to be cutting corners (efficiencies?). The entertainment was excellent and plentiful and the "my time" seating worked well, so you might enjoy this, but I won't be doing it again. I really like going out of Baltimore, but I think I will stick with Celebrity, even though I will have to go to Florida. (We ran into really bad weather on the way home and many people got sick for more than two days - not the cruise line's fault, but pretty miserable).