Just returned from an awesome 9 day sailing out of Baltimore on the Grandeur. Will try to answer any questions for anyone.
A few comments - Parking at pier is $10 per day paid in cash only in advance. This is uncovered, but a shuttle bus will drive you to the terminal. Luggage is loaded onto a cart similar to the airport or into a container & delivered to the ship.
We arrived about 12:45 in the parking lot & were on the ship around 1:30. Those arriving earlier had a long wait, I hear, as they did not allow anyone on until around 1:00.
Today for disembarking, we had green tags & were called about 11:30. We were off the ship in the terminal by 11:45, collected luggage & on shuttle bus by 12:00, out of the parking lot by 12:15. Ship arrived in Baltimore just after 8:00. Interestingly, I watched the harbor pilot board the ship at Cape Henry last night at about 10:50 so it took 9 hours to travel the Chesapeake Bay.
Ship condition - while we did note some stained carpet and other signs of minor wear, there was nothing to prevent our enjoyment of the surroundings. While we waited to disembark, the solarium pool was drained & it's interior painted today. We also noticed other painting going on during our travels.
Food - Solarium Cafe had the best burgers & fries we've had in a long time (but we've been on South BEach since Feb) We did not eat in dining room for breakfast or lunch so no comment on those meals, but dinner each night was quite satisfactory. We could find something on the menu we liked each evening or we ordered from the alternative menu. My son ordered the steak several nights & never complained. I had one meal that I didn't enjoy, but I wasn't very hungry that night anyway so it didn't bother me too much. (it was the sweet & sour Mahi Mahi). Our waiter, Kaya from Turkey, & asst waiter, Arped from Hungary, were excellent. The Windjammer had the usual fare - some items tasted better than others, but I cannot be convinced that anyone could not find something they liked in there. We didn't care for the "pod" arrangement of the Windjammer as it was difficult to navigate & difficult for the staff to service, but we certainly managed to enjoy several meals there despite the crowding.
Cabin service - we had 2 adjoining cabins, but 2 different attendants. Service from both was excellent. We were the last cabin for one steward & the first for the other so service was not completed at the same time each day, but that was no big deal. I referred to our steward, David, as "the invisible steward" as we only saw him once during the trip - the day of embarkation. However, our room was always serviced to our satisfaction including the twice daily filling of a collapsable cooler we brought on board.
Entertainment - we had 3, I think, comedians and a magician. I didn't care for one of the comedians, but the others were better than the entertainment on our 2 prior RCCL cruises. I don't know about the last entertainer as we missed the Farewell show due to packing. We skipped all the RCCL production shows because we had already seen them twice. We attended "Battle of the Sexes", "Who Wants to Feel like a Millionaire?" and "The Quest". The lounge was overly crowded for all of these & the first two were pretty lame. The Quest was fun, but it was difficult to see what was going on due to the layout of the lounge where it was held.
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