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Grandeur of the Seas

February 2015 - Grandeur of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Not a luxury cruise

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).

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Celebrity Equinox

January 2014 - Celebrity Equinox to Caribbean - Western

Love Celebrity, not huge ships

I still think Celebrity is a good value, after cruising with them for many years (elite member), but the size of these ships leads some disappointment, especially for dining.  I am a single traveler and am happy to be seated with people at any table that is available.  I had open seating and tried to make a reservation immediately on the first day and was told, as a single, I would need to come and be seated that evening - no specific time.  After standing in line for 40 minutes, I was told I could either sit alone or wait another 1/2 hour.  I ate alone at the buffet.  Same thing the next night.  I finally met a couple in the lounge for elite travelers and asked if I could joint them for dinner and got seated.  When I complained to customer relations I was told that I could either be seated at 5:15 or 8:30 - neither of which is really acceptable.  I have not had this problem on any other cruise line - Holland America, Royal Caribbean, etc.  While the staff is excellent and service is great, getting on and off the ship in ports with no dockage is a nightmare with people getting sea sick waiting for the shuttles to be full.  I loved the hot glass show and had a good cruise because I had a balcony, elite perks and good entertainment, but I expected more based on prior experienc with Celebrity.

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travelsingle's Tips

San Juan, Puerto Rico - Docking location very convenient for sightseeing and local activities - one of my favorites
Grandeur of the Seas Grandeur of the Seas - I usually have a balcony room for privacy and fresh air, but on this ship there are only two decks at the very top and in bad weather it is *very* rough so that sleeping is hard (or "sickening"). Middle of the ship with outside room on deck 3 or 4 might be better. Don't count on hand lotion, etc.
Celebrity Equinox Celebrity Equinox - The Wine Cellar and Michaels Lounge are relatively quite places during the day to read and listen to music. Get off as early as you can because customs took more than two hours!

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received a helpful vote on their Celebrity Equinox cruise review - Love Celebrity, not huge ships

received a helpful vote on their Grandeur of the Seas cruise review - Not a luxury cruise

received a helpful vote on their Celebrity Equinox cruise review - Love Celebrity, not huge ships

received a helpful vote on their Grandeur of the Seas cruise review - Not a luxury cruise

received a helpful vote on their Grandeur of the Seas cruise review - Not a luxury cruise

received a helpful vote on their Grandeur of the Seas cruise review - Not a luxury cruise

received a helpful vote on their Grandeur of the Seas cruise review - Not a luxury cruise

received a helpful vote on their Grandeur of the Seas cruise review - Not a luxury cruise

received a helpful vote on their Celebrity Equinox cruise review - Love Celebrity, not huge ships

received a helpful vote on their Grandeur of the Seas cruise review - Not a luxury cruise