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wayne h wrote a review Feb 2020
Elkton, Maryland91 contributions104 helpful votes
Some 25 years ago the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship (Grandeur of the Seas) was commissioned and has been sailing ever since. The Grandeur and the Carnival Pride have been the lifeline for the Port of Baltimore and many, many first-time and many repeated clients who have enjoyed some of the least expensive cruise experoences that you can find: Neat itineraries; no air to purchase; Easy on and off; And great access.

As most people relize, you cannot keep renovatiing ships for years on end, before the cost involves more than a large cost of a new-build. Unfortunately, new ships constructed by the major cruise lines keep getting larger and larger. The Grandeur is the perfect size (person opinion).

Unfortunately, ships built larger cannot access the Baltimore harbor due to the Key Bridge-height. The Grandeur will sail until early next year (2021); And then be replaced by The Seranade of the Seas...slightly larger, and also delightful. Fortunately, there are still afew left hat will fit.

You should avail yourself of a delightful experience on the remaining year of the Grandeur and also look forward to the Serenade of the Seas................and the Carnival Pride (almost as old as the Grandeur)) and as the song goes: "Take Me On a Sea Cruise" before either You or these lovely smaller ships just fade away.
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Sail Date: April 2019
Cabin Type: Balcony
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Destination: Caribbean
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Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas

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Itineraries for this ship
7 Night Cruise to the Southern Caribbean
Departure date
Sunday, 12/12/21
Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Dominica, St. Kitts (Port Zante), Antigua, Barbados
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Passengers: 1,992   |   Crew: 760
Passengers to crew: 2.62:1
Passengers to space: 37:1
Launched: 1996   


  • Deck 2
  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
Additional decks
Deck 2 layout
  Ocean View (6N)  
  Ocean View (3N)  
  Interior (1V)  
  Interior (2V)  
  Interior (3V)  
  Interior (6V)  
  Ocean View (1N)  
  Ocean View (2N)  


Cabin size: 191 - 275 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 20
Accessible rooms: 4
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 122

Activities & entertainment

Activities (22)
  • CruiseCritic Meet and Mingle
  • Dance Classes
  • Dance Classes
  • Dance Parties
  • Fitness Classes*
  • Hot Tubs (6)
  • Library
  • Pool Games
  • Pools (2)
  • RC Online*
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Running Track
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Sports Tournament
  • Trivia
  • Video Arcade
  • Vitality At Sea Spa and Fitness Center*
  • Wine Tasting*
  • Adventure Ocean
  • Nursery
  • Teen Center
Entertainment (11)
  • Live Music
  • Casino*
  • Deck Parties
  • Demonstrations
  • Game Broadcasts
  • Game Shows
  • Karaoke
  • Movie Screen
  • Palladium Theatre
  • South Pacific Lounge
  • Wellness Lectures
Dining (11)
  • Great Gatsby Dining Room - American
  • Izumi - Asian*
  • R Bar - Atrium Bar*
  • Windjammer Café - Casual
  • Café Latte-tudes - Coffee Bar*
  • Chef's Table - Gourmet*
  • Viking Crown Lounge - Iconic Bar*
  • Giovanni's Table - italian*
  • Schooner Bar - Nautical bar*
  • Park Café - pastries
  • Chops Grille - Steakhouse*
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em k wrote a review Nov 2021
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Ship is OK, but Royal Caribbean has instituted a new, money-grab policy that cruise participants are ONLY allowed off the boat if they book a Royal Caribbean shore excursion. EVERY COUNTRY we are visiting allows us to debark as long as we are vaccinated & pre-book with an approved local provider. However Royal Caribbean won't let you off the boat to do that; you can only debark for one of their paid shore excursions. Bogus! Furthermore they say it's because the CDC mandates it that way but... they don't. And even if they did, the CDC is a US government agency, and has NO control over a Norwegian ship doing business in Barbados. They won't tell you this up-front of course; they don't want people knowing that they are held captive on that ship unless you pay Royal Caribbean to depart at any of the ports. This is their own self-imposed policy. Money grab! People should know this up-front, but they hide this information so that you go ahead & book the cruise. It cost us an extra $1200.00 just to leave the boat at ports of call on a 7 day cruise! I have uploaded a screenshot of the policy in this review.
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Hailie S wrote a review Jun 2021
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Great , Has a pool/ hot tub Huge . brilliant cruise . .. . ... .. . . Loved it Really big room Good fun you should try it
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Heather wrote a review Apr 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
This boat is old and small. Should be retired. Everyday there was something new broken or falling apart, from doors to tiles, and even our bathroom towel rack wouldn’t stay on the wall. We paid extra for the soda package and daily the soda machines/ice dispensers were out of order. We paid extra for an ocean view room. The window was just nasty. And to top it all off, we never even made it to our Bahamas destination. This was a horrible experience for a first timer. I’m sure we’ll never cruise again, we’re ruined. We decided to end our awful experience early as soon as we got back to the states. We simply couldn’t take another day on that ship. WE HAD TO PAY AS MUCH TO GET OFF THE CRUISE AS WE DID TO GET ON IT!!!
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Burningisis wrote a review Apr 2020
Baltimore, MD36 contributions46 helpful votes
I went on a 5 night Bermuda cruise onboard the Grandeur of the Seas. I splurged on an Owner's suite which is the 2nd best cabin onboard the ship. The Owners Suite was very comfortable (as should be with a suite) and for those who are curious as I was, the tub in the bathroom IS a jetted tub. So a room with a whirlpool bath (which was incredibly powerful on its jets, super relaxing!) a large balcony, a separate dining, seating and sleeping areas, it was perfect for myself and my husband. This cabin was about as far foreward as you could get (with a balcony) and YES you will feel the motion of the ocean. I find it relaxing but if you have a sensitive stomach to motion, I highly recommend some dramamine, a sea band, or a patch from your doctor. My husband and I went about as all inclusive as you can get on a cruise with the deluxe beverage package and the ultimate dining package as well. So there was nothing we were wanting for. Embarkation as a suite guest was amazing. First the luggage was whisked away so quickly I didnt even have a chance to tip the porters! Sorry porters I wanted to! We walked straight in and there was no line even for a non suite guest, but the lady greeting passengers escorted us directly to an awaiting agent who took our passports and documentation for the cruise, and this took all of like 2 minutes. Again we were escorted to the gangway that again was empty so we were from curb to onboard the ship in under 15 mintues. SHOCKINGLY awesome! We spent a great deal of time at the pool bar on the smoking side (as we are smokers) and the waiters were absolutely wonderful to us. I was never without a tasty cocktail by my side. I never felt "obligated" to drink or make the drink package "worth it". With each cocktail costing around 12 dollars each, it was very easy for us to make the package "worth it" just in our time by the pool bar and never once were we intoxicated. If you're a beer only drinker, you may want to rethink the deluxe beverage package though. Hub would get a cocktail in the evening and they'd permit him to take back to the cabin 2 bottles of beer. I visited the R Bar several times and they are DELIGHTFUL. I had the best Manhattan I've EVER had at the R Bar. The bartenders were actually rather knowledgeable about spirits which was very refreshing to me. Despite my frequenting the pool bar the most, the R bar was my favourite bar onboard. One night we spent some time at the Schooner Bar before dinner, and it was nice enough. It just wasnt my favourite. The bartenders were great, the entertainment was enjoyable, just I would rather have spent my time at the R Bar. 2 nights we visited the Casino. Hub had a lot of fun playing Blackjack, and I somehow made 20 dollars last 4 hours at video poker. It was a great deal of fun for us. The bartender there was slightly surly, but I didnt mind. She made a good Amaretto sour for me that I had as a nightcap. And you were allowed to smoke in the smoking section of the casino so as a smoker I felt welcomed, but I never felt like I was cast off to a lonely corner of the ship or with less service. And I didnt feel like I was intruding on the non smokers which was nice. So enough about bars, what about the FOOD? With our suite we were entitled to a lunch at the main dining room from Chops. I liked it. Though I can see where people expecting to eat at Chops and they had to eat in the MDR... I can see their disappointment. For hub and I, we had a wonderful 3 course meal. I had a salad which I had read about online and it was delicious. Hub had a crab cake that as a Baltimorean, it wasnt great. It was OK but I have to say, Royal Caribbean, you're sailing out of Baltimore, these people KNOW crab cakes. Please step up your crab cake game. I had a ribeye steak and hub had a filet and both were cooked to perfection and were just delicious. We both ended our meal with cheesecake which has to be some of my favourite cheesecake from almost anywhere. Stuffed to the gills, we headed to the pool deck. We had reservations that night for Chops, which looking back might have been too much steak for a day but, with Chops steaks, you can never get enough good steak. Hub got a seafood tower, as we had promised each other that we'd get this, and we werent charged extra for it even though I believe we were supposed to be. I didnt mind free seafood tower though. It was really good but even the small tower was a LOT of food. Especially considering how much we had for lunch. For appetizer, hub made another attempt at crab cake, and I had the salad and steak tartare because I'm a glutton. I LOVE steak tartare, hub doesnt like raw anything. I thought it was melt in your mouth perfection. Hub's crabcake was the same and this was his last attempt at crab cakes. I had a small filet and hub had the large one and I was too full for desert. Hub had some chocolate cake. They gave me a piece of cheesecake to take back to the cabin though. The wine selection at Chops was very impressive and I was very tempted by some nice bottles, but instead I had a glass of the Kim Crawford, which is very good for a glass that will fit under the limit of the drink package. The staff at Chops was wonderful. Attentive but not intrusive server. I was very pleased with Chops. That evening we were up WAY too late in the excitement of day 1, so we had a late night snack from the complimentary with a suite room service. I had a quesadilla which I became hooked on for my midnight snacks and hub had a burger. Food arrived within 20 minutes and we were very impressed with the food. Day 1, was just incredible. Day 2 was a sea day, so we slept in. We also split up a bit to explore. I visited the crown lounge, the solarium, the pool deck, and the windjammer buffet. I'm not quite sure what hub explored other than the inside of his eyelids. In the solarium they had some nice sandwiches and pizza, but I only visited once for a midnight snack on day 4. Food situation there was good, service as usual on the Grandeur was amazing. Food at the Windjammer was really really good. I had an ox tail stew which was melt in your mouth good. I think it was Jamaican but oh it was good. I went back for seconds it was so good. Pastries and cakes were also good. I was just still stuffed from Chops the night before. Back to the pool deck for sunning myself and more tasty cocktails and making friends with other cruisers. It was formal night but hub slept through it. But a nice consolation was we could get the food from the MDR as room service as a perk of being a suite guest. So we had our own formal night in our cabin. It was very very good. Enjoying the open ocean, sipping on some wine we had ordered ahead of time, enjoying food from the MDR on our balcony. It was very romantic and beautiful. Had a few late night beverages at our favourite pool bar. That night the seas were a bit high and you definitely felt the motion of the ocean. But for me, it rocked me to sleep like a baby. Day 3 we arrived in Bermuda and we watched the docking in Bermuda from our balcony. We had some breakfast delivered from room service. Omelettes and french toast were very good. I went down to the cafe lattetudes for some premium coffee that was included with the drink package. My latte was SO good. I went back for a second because it was so good. 2 of our shore excursions we did find out were cancelled, which was disappointing, but it was due to high winds. We did go on one snorkelling adventure which stopped at 3 places to snorkel. They had water toys as well to play with, swimming noodles, paddleboards, and little coves to explore. Also it included a dark and stormy on the boat. Very nice. And I think it was the crew of that boat's intent to get us tipsy after snorkelling with as much rum was in that drink! SO good. They took us on a small guided tour of the island, thats not mentioned in the excursion guide so it was a lovely surprise Once we got back onboard Grandeur after the excursion around Bermuda we took a nap, and then had dinner in our cabin because we were just too tired to dress up. We went to the casino and hub did very well at Blackjack. This was the night I went to the R bar solo and I had a great time listening to the band, sipping cocktails, chatting with new friends onboard the ship. Returning to the casino, hub was doing very very well, so I tried to coax him away from the table. The call of the pool bar won out. One thing of note, this was during the world series, so they were playing the games on the big screen on the pool deck, so it was nice to sit back, sipping tasty beverages, and watching baseball. Day 4 our excurision was cancelled, so hub decided to hang out at the pool deck and the cabin, and I decided to explore Bermuda myself. I just explored around the clock tower mall area, and got myself some trinkets and souvineers and a perfume from the local perfumery. I'm SO addicted to perfume there. I also visited the bermuda fudge shop which I saw on facebook and the ladies actually recognized me from facebook. So they told me a little about their fudge shop and about bermuda. A nice little surprise. Another nice surprise was there was a tour happening by a costumed tour guide, he looked like a lot of fun. No idea what it was but he was definitely in character and having a blast. I then got some Gosling's rum from the rum store and headed back to the ship with my trinkets. Just a note, I'm disabled and walking long distances would aggrivate me. There were PLENTY of places to sit around the pier area. And there was plentiful free wifi. I wish I had more time because I could have made a day just of the clock tower mall area. Back on board, my parcels were scanned, and I offered to surrender my rum, but they let me bring it back to my cabin. I then went to the room to drop off my things then back to the pool deck to watch the departure from Bermuda. Such a beautiful place, I'll definitely be returning. That evening I wanted to go "out" to eat so hub actually relented to me wanting to go to Izumi. I wanted sushi. He said, if he didnt find anything he wanted, he'd go to Chops. Izumi was wonderful. I honestly think we were the only ones there. We didnt even need a reservation. I had my fill of tuna tartare as a starter, my drink was called a Geisha, and that was just addictive. I had 3. I also had a sushi roll which was SO huge. I couldnt finish it all. Hub actually got adventurous and got some tempura as a starter, and then he did the hot rocks, which our server helped him cook. Such a kind server. Hub actually LOVED the hot rocks! So if you have someone who isnt fond of raw fish, the hot rocks are a fun way to enjoy cooked food. Izumi was a hit. Then hub went back to the casino, I spent some time with some more geisha drinks at the royal crown lounge that was right by Izumi, and back to the pool deck for the last game of the world series. Hub and I had a nice seat to watch the game in the smoking section, and they kept the bar open all during the game for all of the viewers. It was a very nice experience. Day 5 we were back in Baltimore. Disembarkation was an absolute breeze as a suite guest, we were assembled at the concierge lounge which we never once visited all trip long, and then escorted down to disembarkation where we zoomed through customs that was super fast. Our luggage was awaiting us, and back to the uber and back home. Disembarkation was just SO easy as a suite guest. All in all, my cruise onboard Grandeur of the Seas was just spectacular. I know i didnt mention anything about my cabin attendant, but honestly, I rarely saw him. He was super sweet and kind, but I just rarely saw him. Things just were done, which was awesome. We told him we wanted one bucket of ice a day and that's all that was needed. He was super sweet. All of the crew of Grandeur were just excellent. I feel like I was spoiled for future cruises with any other ship or cruise line because of the staff of Grandeur. The cabin was huge and comfortable, again spoiling me. The bar staff were incredible. I never saw any issues with rust or anything on the ship or anything that made the ship feel dated in any way. It was just perfect for me and my husband. I'm going to miss Grandeur when she leaves the fleet. It really was a delightful cruise. Granted I did go all out on this cruise, but it was perfect for me and my husband.
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Gary Hayman wrote a review Mar 2020
Greenbelt, Maryland299 contributions64 helpful votes
On this trip from Baltimore, The Grandeur of the Seas had to keep to a different schedule. Because of a large storm off of Cape Hatteras creating 24 ft. waves, the Captain anchored the ship in the Chesapeake Bay some 27 miles from the port and waited some 17 hours before proceeding. Once out in the Atlantic on the way to Nassau (behind schedule), there was a medical emergency causing a change of course to Port Canaveral to drop off the passenger(s). We could not keep our schedule to Nassau and, instead, stayed out to sea, and then made our voyage, to Coco Cay, followed by Port Canaveral again, then home to Baltimore, after 8 days. Other than missing a port stop, the trip proved to be quite enjoyable and most didn't mind the deviation and missed port. It is well known that this ship is old, and will be sold next year. It lacks bar lounges, and most indoor activity is done in a single place - The Centrum (Atrium.) The main dining room and buffet food have deteriorated over the years although the service is good in the dining room - but slow. The cold February weather keeps many people from the open deck for 3 to 4 days of the trip and ice forms on the deck on several nights. The crew and staff are highly amicable, professional, and helpful to the passengers. I occupied one of the few inside cabins that faced parallel to the corridor. It was quite nice. It was my 70th cruise. 11 from the Baltimore port. Embarcation and Disembarkation were very rapid for me.
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