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  1. Since I really enjoyed doing a liveblog this past May when I was on Allure, I thought I would give it another go on Grandeur. It will be as live as Grandeur's internet will allow so fingers crossed! Pre-cruise report: Sailing: November 23-30, 2019, Grandeur of the Seas, 7 Night Bahamas Perfect Day cruise Sailing with: Me (32), and my parents (not my age to tell) Flying from: NOWHERE! Baltimore means that we get to drive to the ship for once and don't have to worry about liquids or carry on sizes, or luggage weight. Happy day! Pre-cruise hotel: NONE! Again, Baltimore means a 2 hour drive thus eliminating the need for a hotel. We plan to leave around 8:30 am so even if we run into traffic issues, we should be able to get there with plenty of time. (knock on wood) The itinerary is as follows: Day 1 – Baltimore Day 2 – At Sea Day 3 – Port Canaveral, FL Day 4 – Coco Cay Day 5 – Nassau Day 6 and 7 – At Sea Day 8 – Baltimore Not the most exciting itinerary in the world, but we were just looking for a nice easy get away for not much money. Cabin: Interior for this trip. Since it's the second one this year, it's our cheap quick and dirty cruise. No need to get fancy for this get away! Pre-purchases: We got a really great price on an internet package at around $8/day and my mom and I will have the refreshment package. I also managed to snag a Chill Island cabana before prices ballooned so I'm really looking forward to that since I am a ghost of a human being and burn just looking at a cartoon of the sun. Since Grandeur is a tiny ship and will be the only one docking at Coco Cay, tickets to the waterpark were only $32 so I figured it would be fiscally irresponsible to not at least check it out on this sailing.You know, for research. The last thing we pre-purchased are day passes to the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau so I am quite curious to see what it's like. I've heard mixed things, so we shall see. Random Pre-cruise thoughts: Please let me know if there is anything in particular you would like me to check out or take pictures of for you. I am open to requests. I'm very curious to see what the crew is like for this sailing since Grandeur has long been celebrated for the family like atmosphere. I have tempered my expectations though as I've heard that some of the crew are already leaving due to the pending sale. Forewarning that my idea of cruise fun is lounging and reading when on board so you won't catch a review of the rockwall from me! I do fully expect to burn through 5-8 books on my kindle though. So excited to make a dent in my "to read" list. I promise future posts will have more pictures!
  2. My wife and I just got back from our honeymoon which was the Grandeur from 11/16 to 11/23. I'm sure some have heard the stories that the Anthem and our ship had to endure at the start of their trips. While we are prepared for changes whenever we travel, we both felt that we were very let down by RCI. Unlike those on the Anthem that were offered a full future cruise credit if they decided to cancel and were still able to get off the ship after the first day, we were not so lucky. The itinerary was changed between the time we left our house and when we arrived at the port (8am to 10am), and there was no option to postpone. After we were on the ship, we were told that we would set sail at our scheduled time and anchor in the bay until the Coast Guard opened it. Now I have seen some people claim "a day on the ship is better than a day at home". While this is somewhat true, it is definitely not ideal when most of the ship is closed due to it being forty degrees outside. Even having the deluxe drink package did not help as bar service was horrible the entire cruise. We were routinely ignored by bartenders despite tipping with every drink and even standard recipes were mixed differently every time. The service was horrible all over the ship including not meeting our stateroom attendant until the last night, as well as the receptionist in the spa being incredibly rude when my wife was asking about scheduling a salon appointment. If it was not for our dinner waiters, Joe and Kevin were outstanding, we would have been totally let down by the staff of this ship. We only saw the Cruise Director the first night, though we heard rumors that he was sick for the majority of the week. We chose this ship based on the service recognition/awards it has received, but it did not come close to our expectations. We were hoping the staff would be as helpful and friendly as at Disney World, but they were not much better than a local amusement park. After we were cleared to head out to sea (11/17 at 10:30pm), we thought we would start to finally have our honeymoon. We would not be going to Port Canaveral, but we weren't expecting much there anyway. Nassau was altered to be 11/19 at noon; however, that changed as well. It kept getting pushed back until we finally arrived in port and disembarked around 10:30pm. My wife and I walked around for 45 minutes, found the only place open (Imperial Cafe), and used their free wifi. So now we have missed two of our three ports. But luckily for RCI we would be going to Coco Cay the next day. Conveniently for their wallet, it had been moved to 11/20 from the 19th before we had even left Baltimore. Coco Cay was amazing and helped to make up for the miserable three days leading up to it. However, it still felt like RCI sacrificed our entire itinerary to ensure that we had a full day on their island. I'm glad we went there and I'm happy we had a full day, but it still felt greedy to us. After we arrived back home, we had received FCC's for missing Port Canaveral. It wasn't much but it was something when we weren't expecting anything. It was very aggravating to know that we would not get anything for "missing" Nassau though. The only reason our ship stopped there was to re-supply and pickup the next night's entertainment (who was very good btw). This felt like we were getting ripped off, but again we weren't expecting anything as we know the risks of traveling. A little consideration and understanding goes a long way. Overall we were very disappointed in our experience. We loved our table mates, our waiters, and all of the other people that we met; but we feel that we would rather spend our money elsewhere than with RCI. We had a list of cruises that we were planning to book while on board, but realized we would not do that after about the third day. Not even a $600 credit would make it worth it to us right now. We've talked about itineraries with more stops and trying another time of year but we doubt it will be with RCI again.
  3. Instead of doing gifts this year, we thought a cruise would be a great way to get out of the hustle and bustle (and the cold) of our city just in time for Christmas. As a couple in our mid-30s, we are eyeing up a last-minute - at least by RCBlog suggested standards - Holiday sailing from Baltimore on Grandeur (8 nights w stops in Nassau, Perfect Day, Port Canaveral, and Charleston SC) We’ve never sailed on Grandeur, and we’re aware that she is a Vision Class ship that hasn’t been amplified or refurbished in quite some time. While we do understand that we aren’t getting the best in modern amenities as other classes of ships, that’s not to say there aren’t things to love about her. So.....What are your favorite things about Grandeur? Any tips you can provide to help us have an enjoyable Christmas Holiday sailing are greatly appreciated. Thanks! -Doug Previous sailings on: Enchantment, Majesty, Freedom
  4. https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-port-of-baltimore-fire-20190624-story.html?fbclid=IwAR1Nl85g5zVkG0ApgTvHB1Ao7NM1bd7CGgFqbC_FAM1XiPD2NEw3qMiixJk
  5. We are cruising on Grandeur to Bermuda in late April. We will arrive Saturday around 1:00 and depart Sunday at 2:30. My husband is training for a marathon and is wondering if there is a convenient and safe place to do a long run while there. It would have to be Saturday after 5pm or early Sunday morning before our tour. Thanks for any input!
  6. Newbie\first time poster here. I've searched the boards and don't see an answer to my question, so here goes. Sailing on Grandeur of the Seas out of Baltimore 9/13-9/22 (Mother\Daughter get away). Flying in to BWI and landing at 7:25 am. Current plan is to Uber from BWI to the port. From what I'm reading, the earliest we can get to the port is around 10. We're trying to figure out a plan of what to do between the time we land and heading to the port, especially as we'll have luggage. Suggestions? The bigger concern is the day we return. Mom's return flight is at 4:20 and mine is 4:55. We would like to explore Baltimore, at least the Inner Harbor, but can't figure out what to do with our luggage. My first thought was to go ahead and check in at the airport and then go explore, but I'm reading that the earliest we can do that is 4 hours before flight time. Any ideas are appreciated. Thank you in advance.
  7. Like how constable145 found out about Rhapsody getting put up for buyers, on Boats.com, Grandeur of the Seas has also been put up for sale for 300,000 USD. The title is listed as Cruise Ship 2400 Passengers -Stock No. S2388. Since two vision class ships were launched in 1996 that look similar, (ie the Enchantment) I took into account the passenger counts of both ships (remember Enchantment was lengthened in 2004, which increased the passenger count to 2,730 passengers. We can also most likely rule out Enchantment as the price to lengthen the ship was so much that I would assume that they would prefer to keep the ship sailing under Royal's colours for a little while longer. See it for yourself: http://uk.boats.com/power-boats/1996-cruise-ship-2400-passengers-stock-no-s2388-4886313/#.WZQSzFF97cs
  8. We are headed out on the Grandeur of the Sea next June from Baltimore. We haven't sailed with RC since 2007. But have sailed Disney several times. As for a lot of people, they have just overpriced our family of 5 out of the ship! So here are my questions!!! Since I have not sailed with RC in awhile, I know there have been changes. Do we now need to get seats ahead of time for the shows...? Meaning I read somewhere to reserve your seats but I don't know if that is only on the larger ships or if on Grandeur of the Seas as well. With Coco Cay, is this island similar to Castaway Cay? Are there water slides there free for anyone to use or do you book those too? Are there any recommendations with what do to for in Bermuda or Nassau? Thank you in advance. I will continue to read all the posts to try and get caught up!
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