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Royal Caribbean Cruises aboard the Grandeur of the Seas
Above: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Ship.

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Ship Details
Began service: December, 1996 Refurbished: January, 1998
Guest capacity: 2,446
Total staff: 760
Length: 916 feet
Passenger decks: 11
CDC inspection score: 95

Grandeur of the Seas Overview

The Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship departs from Baltimore, MD and New Orleans, LA. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to Bahamas, Bermuda, and Western Caribbean.

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The Grandeur of the Seas is a beautiful and elegant ship. We visited when the ship was filled to capacity with a mix of couples and families, but never felt a sense of overcrowding and never experienced any longer-than-normal lines. The ship offers plenty of daily activities and entertainment to appeal to every age group.

The cabins on the Grandeur of the Seas are considerably larger than those on the Sovereign-class vessels of the Royal Caribbean fleet. The service in both the cabins and the dining rooms was excellent. Royal Caribbean has added a computer center, offering passengers access to the Internet and to their email 24-hours a day, for .50 per minute and $4.95 for a digital postcard.


The Grandeur of the Seas has 576 outside staterooms, 212 staterooms with private verandahs and 399 inside cabins. In addition, there are 83 suites and 4 family suites.

All of the staterooms have a private bathroom, twin beds that convert to queen-sized beds, telephone, color television, radio, wall safe and individually controlled air conditioning. The suites have additional amenities like refrigerators and VCR's. There are 14 staterooms designed for the physically challenged. While the standard cabins are smaller than those found aboard many other mass market ships, the 157 sq ft. staterooms are well designed, with ample storage space for a seven-night cruise.


The Great Gatsby Dining Room is Art Deco with sea views. Tables are available for two to ten people. While the service in the dining room was excellent and attentive, we found the food to be either under-seasoned or not prepared according to our tastes or expectations. The meat dishes tended to be the best. Our waiter and assistant waiter were constantly apologizing for the food. They tried hard to please us as best they could, and their guidance about what to order was usually right-on.


Royal Caribbean is known for having quality entertainment,, and the Grandeur of the Seas is no exception. We had two headliners on our cruise -- The Coasters and Rondell Sheridan. The disco was a lot of fun, playing a variety of dance music for the late night crowd. A talented singer performs Cole Porter standards and Broadway show tunes in the Centrum each evening.

Fitness & Recreation

The Grandeur of the Seas boasts a generous amount of open deck space and ample deck chairs. The Main Pool is large and offers a wading area and whirlpools. An Roman-themed Solarium Pool is more subdued and features a retractable glass roof in case of inclement weather. The Solarium Pool itself has underwater jets, and is surrounded by additional whirlpools.

The spa and salon offer a superb selection of treatments and services. The salon and the spa have floor-to-ceiling windows affording wonderful views. The private treatment rooms are quiet and relaxing, and some of them have private showers or hydrotherapy tubs.

The gym, which is part of the same complex as the spa and salon, offers the latest in exercise equipment, as well as fitness classes. The ship also offers table tennis and shuffleboard.

Public Areas

Passengers enter the ship by way of the Centrum, with expansive glass on every level, affording breathtaking views of the water.

There are many lounges and bars scattered throughout the public areas. Our favorite lounge is The Schooner Bar, a warm, nautical-themed piano bar - the perfect place for an after-dinner drink and conversation with friends. The dramatic Viking Crown Lounge is used primarily for social functions and is the location of the late night disco.

The ship's Casino Royale is very glitzy and gaudy, but a bit cramped and smoky. At the entrance of the casino there is sunken treasure (literally), covered with a glass floor that you must walk across to enter. Many passengers do a double-take the first time they see this glass-covered treasure trove, as you almost get the feeling that you are going to step into it and fall. The casino offers the usual assortment of slot machines, as well as blackjack, roulette, craps and Caribbean stud poker tables.


We had four kids in our group, ranging in age from six - 13, and we could barely drag the younger ones out of the children's center and Adventure Ocean program. They adored the ball pit and the pipe-like sliding board, as well as the arts and crafts activities and video arcade. The activities were perfectly in tune with the various age groups. Royal Caribbean also has children's menus in the dining room, as well as a soda card program for unlimited soft drinks for a flat fee depending on the length of your cruise. A 3-night card is $7, 4-night $9, 7-night $15, 10-night $21,and an 11-night card is $23 per child for the entire cruise.

Expert Grandeur of the Seas reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

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Grandeur of the Seas cruise reviews

Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Grandeur of the Seas Score: 95

Cruise Critic: Grandeur of the Seas
The Cruise Critic gives Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas a 3+-ribbon rating.

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