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  1. I was asked about cell phone service on this itinerary...Balt - Charleston - Port Canaveral - Miami - Nassau - Balt. Does regular cell phone service work when the ship travels the East Coast? I tend to think that you need the use of the ship cell tower since the ship does not "hug" the coast enough for land cell towers to reach the phones.
  2. I use a Pride GoGo Elite Traveler Plus on our cruises. I have used it on other cruise lines, in a standard balcony, and we have no space problem when the scooter is parked in the cabin. I'm very comfortable going in and out, etc. because the standard balcony is a nice size. My question is has anyone ever used the referenced type of scooter on RCCL, specifically in an Inside or oceanview cabin. I'm guessing it will fit through the doorway, and it will take up space in the cabin, but is it workable? We could remove the seat, fold down the tiller, and maybe that would give us a little more room. The RCCL (Grandeur) prices look pretty good for a couple cruises, especially the inside cabin prices. Thanks in advance for responses. I have also posted on the Disabled board.
  3. Haven't been on RC for a few years now, think we have sailed on the cruise line four times, anyway can we bring small fan and sound machine? Are the cookies delicious in the windjammer and hubby hopes ice cream is great!? I believe I read to bring soda in carry on as we embark, can we bring a bottle of water or another soda on after a day at port? Do we pay for shore excursions when we booke them? Thanks everyone, has anyone been on the Grandeur lately? Any thoughts, Debbie
  4. Just made a July reservation on Grandeur. Was told by travel agent that MTD is not available. Is there a process to get on a waiting list? or do I just show up on sail date and make my plea to the maitre d ? Is there a diamond number I can call? Thanks much.
  5. Just got back from the 12 night Caribbean sailing itinerary. Really enjoyed this ship and itinerary, and have the same itinerary booked for next year (and I believe we will be booking for 2021 as well). I’ll go over some of the positives and negatives, please feel free to ask any questions, and I’ll try to answer Positives: Incredible staff all around. Honestly didn’t run into one surly staff member. Seems like everyone remembered your name after one interaction (including stateroom attendants that were not your stateroom attendant (Ivan & Rowena), janitors (Richard), Windjammer greeters, etc). The entertainment staff was also great about doing a ton of activities, including some new activities that we have never seen before. Negatives: Seas both coming and going from Baltimore (the first two sea days and second to last sea day) were a bit rough, in excess of 10 foot seas. My son got seasick for the second time ever in over 20 cruises. Also, the rooms could use a bit of re-staining/tarnishing. Also, my mother had an aft junior suite balcony, and the ash/soot that others had mentioned was true and prominent on my mom’s balcony. For the Diamond Plus tours, they limited the galley & bridge tour to the first 30 to sign up. This is the first time I have seen this. Given how many D+ are on board, that quota seemed very low. This is also the first ship I have seen a # limit. Windjammer needed more variety for lunch/dinner and could have used a chef station (only in use sometimes). Embarkation: We seemed to arrive at peak time (1030-1100) and the queue for dropping off bags was probably about 10 minutes, security checkpoint and check in were each a similar amount of time. So not, as quick as Fort Lauderdale Oasis class, but pretty close. Rooms: (Other than the initial comments) The shower curtain issue didn’t seem to be as bad as I remembered it on my past sailing. We did bring the binder clips to hold the curtain down. We did request extra cushioning for the bed, which was promptly taken care of. Also asked for a bed squeak issue to be taken care of and that was also promptly taken care of. The TVs had been replaced with flat screens, which gave us a nice storage cubby (where the old large TV had been located). Room temperature and water temperature were both great. Our room was Deck 7 aft, only occasionally noise was from late night shows in the South Pacific Lounge, and was minimal. We were able to fall asleep with our sound machine on without issue. Fellow passengers: Mostly retirees, very few children (30 total on board from age 1-18). Theater shows & trivia were well attended. Poolside even on sea days was never crowded, was always able to grab a group of chairs. Some of the pool sports activities were skipped for lack of participation. There were many B2B cruisers, with some on since the Fall Shows: Didn’t attend most, but did see that Jamie Allan was on board. We saw him onboard Rhapsody in the Fall and were amazed. He also just completed a month of land based shows in Chicago. If he is ever on your ship, totally worth attending. The other shows we peeked in on seemed to be the normal smaller ship shows. Ports: Did basically a beach at every port. In St Croix, went to Rainbow Beach, about a 5 minute ride from the port. I believe it was $3 each way and that chairs/umbrella at the beach were $10 each. Food & drink were averagely priced and service was quick. Antigua, went to Darkwood Beach, about a 25 minute ride, and I believe about $30 each way for 4 people, and I think it was $20 for 3 chairs and umbrella. Food & drink again average price. On St Lucia, we did the 2 hr short sightseeing tour for $30 per person, with beach drop off at Reduit Beach (according to my co-worker from St Lucia, this is the best beach) and then ride back to port. I honestly wouldn’t recommend the 2 hour tour, was basically just up to a couple of viewpoints. If doing a tour, would recommend the 4 hour one, otherwise just go straight to beach. At Reduit Beach, chairs and umbrellas were negotiable, and we paid about $15 for pair of chairs & umbrella. Food and drink vendors were plentiful, and food/drink was cheap. Getting into/out of water had a drop off and was a bit rocky. Vendors were slightly aggressive, but a no thank you worked just fine. Side note, we ended up right next to the entertainment staff. On St Kitts, went to Carambola, $16 each way for 3 people (believe same fare for 4 people), and $10 each for chair/umbrella, and it was EMPTY. Was able to get a wave runner for way under advertised price, as we were their first client at 2PM. St Martin, just went to the downtown beach, which has been discussed at length. It was a buyers market for chairs/umbrellas as only 2 ships in (3rd ship came in mid-day). We did walk down the beach to Shipwreck Bar, and the beach at Carambola was much nicer. Thoughts: On a longer cruise, I do think that it would benefit the cruise line to offer different (lower) fees for the drink packages, internet packages, and specialty dinner cover charges. I think that they would get more overall business. The bars seemed quite quiet, as did the specialty restaurants. I considered getting a drink package prior to the cruise, but couldn’t justify the high price for the cruise. For our one night of specialty dining, we obtained a significant discount just for inquiring. Also, it really is time for the casino to go non smoking. The vast majority of the smokers were campers (not actively playing games). I would have played even more if it wasn’t so smoky in the casino. Ship staff: I know I briefly mentioned earlier, but wanted to mention again. During a dinner announcement, it was mentioned that Grandeur won the fleet award for 2018 for friendliest staff, and I have to 100% agree with this. Every single person I met was nice. I can’t recall any ship in the past like this. Francis in the Concierge Lounge is the standard I hold any other DL or CL host to. He somehow is able to anticipate your needs. When making a reservation for Chops for our party, he asked if the dinner was for an occasion. I mentioned it was someone’s b-day, and he did multiple things during the week to celebrate this. I have no idea if he would ever be interested, but I could see him being an amazing Genie. Our wait staff (Danny & Rahab) were amazing, we happened to be their only table during late seating. Out headwaiter was Sudhir. Upon learning that I liked Indian, he made sure to mention the nightly offerings. He even brought Lahsis to the table one night for everyone to try (I didn’t ask for the lahsis, he surprised us with them). Our assistant waiter & headwaiter informed us one night that they would be leaving early (our waiter was still present), as they received Dining Room Team of the cruise for last cruise, and were being treated to a meal at Giovanni’s. I was glad to see the crew get recognized for their service. Side note - This is the second cruise where cruisers on multiple B2Bs that knew all of the trivia questions decided to participate and get 20/20 on multiple trivia’s, where the next best score would be 5-10 points lower. It was fairly obvious to most, and there was a lot of grumbling about it by a lot of parties. Not sure why some people feel the need to show that they know all of the trivia questions because they heard them last week/month. There was a new trivia (the repeat offenders did not attend) and the high score was 6/20, with an average score of 4. Let me know if you have questions.
  6. Do all Grandeur ocean view cabins have sofa beds? We have a 3n cabin, the cheapest I believe on Deck 2, and hoping for a sofa. Thought all cabins did but now I'm not sure. thanks once again, Deb
  7. Has anyone been on the Grandeur for the Super Bowl? I’m hoping that they show the game. Ship leaves on Saturday- game is the very next day Sunday evening. Wondering if they provide a special venue for viewing the game. On Explorer of the Seas RCL provided a great game in the studio 2. Covering the ice and provided hot dogs and popcorn. Wonderful time. On Celebrity it was in a studio/conference room. Once in the centrum. Hopefully it’s on. Hope for a decent venue.
  8. Looking at pictures it seems that this cabin only has two loungers on the balcony . Does anyone know if there is a table suitable for meals on there also? Thanks
  9. I am booked on a 12 Day Grandeur cruise in April. It has 7 Sea Days. I am very worried we will be incredibly bored. It is my wife and me, our two sons (4 and 1), and my parents. Has anyone done that many sea days on Grandeur? Will we lose our minds? I booked this due to the ports, but didnt consider the small ship and the large number of Sea days.... 6&8
  10. I have not been on the Grandeur since 2013. Has much changed? Looking at the deck plans, it doesn't seem that I notice much different. Was actually looking to see if Sorrento's or Johnny Rockets might have been added.
  11. am deciding between these two for summer 2019. Grandeur dates work better. Also less expensive. I am aware this is an older ship,was on it in 2006. Have since been on navigator,jewel,enchantment and symphony. Loved them all. Thoughts?Don't care about the ports. Would pick inside virtual balcony on anthem, outside on grandeur. balconies untouchable on the older ships. Much appreciated!
  12. Can any one tell me definitively if they have let it ride on grandeur. Thanx in advance
  13. Hi all !! I am aboard the Grandeur of the Seas and will be attempting my first live report. I am not too tech savvy , so only text , no pictures. We arrived at the port at 10:30 , and apparently the boarding had already started. It took us 30 minutes to go from dropping off luggage, to parking, through the security, and on the ship. I was in the hot tub in the solarium by 11:30. Windjammer was not crowded so got a nice lunch. Rooms were open at 1 and we went and unpacked. Walked around the ship for a while. It is beautifully Decorated for Christmas. I am going to see some shows and will report back tomorrow. If anyone has any questions about Grandeur, I would be happy to answer.
  14. We booked an inside guarantee on the Grandeur for February 2019. Booking in October 2018. About 20 days out and no cabin assigned yet. Anyone know when a cabin usually assigned. In the past we’ve always had a cabin assigned in a few weeks. Cruise is sold out and has been for a while. I’ve been reading this might be a good thing as the longer you wait the better the results. Any info on recent guarantee would be greatly appreciated. We are Diamond with the loyalty program.
  15. Hi All! I have written my first cruise review! https://familytimeadventure.com/cruise-reviews/grandeur-5-night-to-bermuda-6-30-2018/ I wasn't planning on writing the review while on the cruise, so not a ton of pics. However, we will be on a cruise in 2 weeks on Anthem that I plan to review semi-live, and will make sure there are plenty pics for that one :) I hope to post a new review every couple of weeks (I will do my best based on memory for some of them). If there is anything in the reviews you would like to see, let me know!
  16. Just back from another great cruise on the Grandeur of the Seas. Love the ship and crew and glad to be able to cruise out of Baltimore. Did a park and cruise out of Best Western Plus in Elkridge. Smooth as silk. Another wonderful cruise with RCCL.
  17. Hey all, we are leaving Baltimore in April on a 12 day cruise. Looking to book some dinner reservations. Just wondering what time are the Main Theater/comedy, etc shows? Does the times vary when we are at Sea Days or in the Ports? Thanks Mike
  18. The spacious OV on the Grandeur is the same size as the balconies so I'm wondering if they have refrigerators. I've read on here that the regular OV do not. Anyone been in one? Thanks!
  19. Just back from Dec 1 12-day on GoS. Is it just us, or has the quality of service in MDR, especially 1st-seating dinner, collapsed? We've always expected breakfast and lunch to be sedate; breakfast is becoming glacial. Our experience with dinner service until now has been excellent - capable and efficient without feeling rushed; even a late return ship's tour did not prevent us from making the 7PM show (yes I know that is for 2nd seating but we like having our dinner, show, and evening free). This sailing was totally different (not in a good way). MDR service felt haphazard, overall slow, with a lot of extra effort and a dinning room captain pitching in required to get back to something tolerable. We (us and 2 other cruise-experienced couples) thought MDR seemed understaffed. I wonder if more experienced and capable staff are now in My Time. Typical errors - long delays between ordering and meals arriving, incomplete orders (when ordering 2 appetizers or a 2nd dinner as a side), long delays for expected/requested condiments, beef consistently under-cooked (did I hear a "moo" just now!). And the coffee at dinner sucked (WJ or Park Cafe were always better). The dinner menu continues to shrink, but we expected that. On paper it wasn't bad (kitchen had a problem with poor-quality sole and switched fish dinners after the 1st time). Execution was where they had problems. We discussed the service with dinning room management and we saw some incremental improvement on last few nights, but it remained sub-par compared to prior experience. Specialty (Chops, Giovanni's, Izumi) had EXCELLENT selection, food quality, and service. Get a steak in Chops, lamb chops or veal in Giovann's, and the "rolls" and sashimi in Izumi. Come hungry. Worth the up-charge? Maybe. YMMV. I'd appreciate hearing from recent repeat GoS cruisers in particular if they also think MDR service has deteriorated unacceptably, or if we just had an earnest (they worked their tails off) wait staff who would benefit from more experience and mentoring. Also wondering if My Time is now preferable. We have another GoS cruise booked in late January so we'll get to see if any improvements made. Other than the MDR dinner service, the cruise was excellent and we had a great time!
  20. Has anyone been in a spacious OV on the Grandeur or one in that class of ships? I've read on here that the OV don't have a refrigerator but since the spacious ones are the same size as the balconies, I'm hoping they have one.
  21. We are sailing next week on the Grandeur. Our First Grand Suite and our First time as D+...we are super thrilled. I just received my email from the concierge. I replied and had a request of certain glasses in the room...he responded within 10 minutes. I think I'm in trouble...I'm loving this Grand Suite thing.... 7 days and counting....
  22. Any input into the best interior cabin? Specifically Grandeur of the Seas.
  23. Hi we are staying overnight at the RL Hotel Baltimore and looking for information regarding best way to get to our ship Grandeur of the Seas on 24th January 2019. Thank you
  24. Has anyone stayed on deck two forward in an OV on the Grandeur? Not sure if they are right over the engine room and what kind of noise there is up front. I'm used to the vibration off the stern. Looking at the deck plan it looks like the staterooms right at the curve at the front look a little bigger. I know that's not always accurate.
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