Grandeur of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International

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Grandeur of the Seas

About Grandeur of the Seas

As the smallest ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Grandeur of the Seas retains the classic charm of a 20th century cruise ship, but with meticulous updating and maintenance of public areas. Only the cabins lack modern décor.

The deck plan flows smoothly, focused around a multi-deck Centrum. Some lower decks are split between cabins and public space. The ship features a nice blend of included and for-fee dining options, with a main dining room that goes beyond what we’ve experienced on larger ships, in both service and execution of the menu.

Though Grandeur lacks splashy top-deck attractions found on larger ships, it has adequate pool and sun deck space for its 1,992 passengers, including an adults-only Solarium pool and pair of hot tubs.

Grandeur is a ship that beckons to both new and seasoned cruisers looking for a simplified, lower-cost option for cruising the Caribbean.     

Grandeur of the Seas Features a Classic Centrum-based Deck Plan

From Decks 4 through 8, everything of importance on Grandeur or “Lady G,” as she is often called, branches off the Centrum. Elevator banks and stairwells located there make finding everything from Guest Services to Café Latte-tudes easy. The multipurpose Centrum also functions as a music venue, dance hall, and game venue throughout the cruise. On our cruise, it was the busiest spot on the ship every evening and all day long on sea days. The only downside to that is that centrally located staterooms on decks that open to the Centrum may have some noise issues.

Ocean views are abundant on Grandeur, with large windows in the main dining room, along walkways connecting the primary public spaces and from the traditional outdoor promenade along the sides of Deck 5. The three primary specialty restaurants also have ocean views.

The only attention-getting top deck attraction is the climbing wall, so beyond that and the pool, teens and tweens won’t find much to do. On our cruise they seemed to wander the ship in groups. The most problematic deck plan issue we noticed is the placement of Park Café at the far end of the adults-only Solarium. Since Park Café is the only place onboard to get pizza, that often created a steady stream of kids (both with parents and without) passing through for snacks. 

Inexpensive Rooms Dominate Choices on Grandeur of the Seas

For those cruising on Grandeur to save money, the most economic choices are interior cabins and oceanview, with an abundance of both scattered across all stateroom decks. Balcony lovers have far fewer choices. Cabin décor is quite dated with blonde wood cabinetry, and overall cabin sizes are compact. The good news, however, is that a considerable amount of storage space is squeezed into cabins of all categories –more than you’ll find on many newer ships.

Look for “spacious oceanview” rooms on the upper cabin decks. These have a larger footprint and are centrally located. Perhaps the most coveted cabins onboard Grandeur, though, are the aft facing Junior Suites. Newer ships invariably place larger and more expensive suites in this valuable space, so the ability to book an aft view at a reasonable price is one more economic reason to cruise on Lady G.

Those with motion sensitivity should avoid forward cabins. The smaller size of the ship does tend toward more movement in moderate seas. And anyone who prefers an in-room refrigerator will need a spacious oceanview category or higher for that. Small medical coolers are available for those who need one in staterooms without a refrigerator. You can request one in advance through guest accessibility services or ask for it from your stateroom attendant onboard.

Grandeur of the Seas Has More Than Enough Food Choices

As much as we loved the classic main dining room on Lady G, it is nice to have choices. Food quality was above average in the dining room, adequate in the Windjammer buffet, and superb in the specialty dining venues. We particularly enjoyed Chops Grille, where the experience extends beyond the high quality of the food. From start to finish, it is an event, making it an unexpected bonus of sailing on the fleet’s smallest ship.  

The Casino is a Popular Attraction on Grandeur of the Seas

Grandeur attracts casino players, in part due to the economics of cruising on a small ship, but also because the size makes the casino itself a friendlier place to play. It’s easy for bar staff, dealers, and the casino host to get to know those who spend the most time in the casino. And one more tiny bonus: In a smaller casino, your odds of winning raffle drawings or hot seat prizes increase just a little. 

Grandeur of the Seas COVID Rules

For the most up-to-date testing, masking, and vaccination requirements aboard Grandeur of the Seas, please refer to Royal Caribbean's 

health and safety protocols.

You can also refer to

Cruise Critic's guide to masking requirements 

on the world's major cruise lines.

Cabins

Grandeur of the Seas has 29 cabin types available

Inside Cabins

6 Inside types to choose from

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6 Inside types to choose from

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6 Inside types to choose from

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6 Inside types to choose from

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6 Inside types to choose from

Inside Cabins

6 Inside types to choose from

Outside Cabins

9 Outside types to choose from

Outside Cabins

9 Outside types to choose from

Outside Cabins

9 Outside types to choose from

Outside Cabins

9 Outside types to choose from

Outside Cabins

9 Outside types to choose from

Outside Cabins

9 Outside types to choose from

Outside Cabins

9 Outside types to choose from

Outside Cabins

9 Outside types to choose from

Outside Cabins

9 Outside types to choose from

Balcony Cabins

6 Balcony types to choose from

Balcony Cabins

6 Balcony types to choose from

Balcony Cabins

6 Balcony types to choose from

Balcony Cabins

6 Balcony types to choose from

Balcony Cabins

6 Balcony types to choose from

Balcony Cabins

6 Balcony types to choose from

Suite Cabins

8 Suite types to choose from

Suite Cabins

8 Suite types to choose from

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8 Suite types to choose from

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8 Suite types to choose from

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8 Suite types to choose from

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8 Suite types to choose from

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8 Suite types to choose from

Suite Cabins

8 Suite types to choose from

Deck Plans

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Activities and Entertainment

Theater and Shows on Grandeur of the Seas

The main theater on Grandeur is The Palladium, with typical combination chair and couch seating spread across Decks 5 and 6, forward. Drink service was adequate, but the casino bar on Deck 5 provided an adequate backup plan. Entertainment consists primarily of headliner acts of comedians or jugglers and musical production performances by the ship’s entertainers.  Reservations are not required. Most shows are performed twice per night, timed so that both early and late diners can attend.    

Daily Things to Do on Grandeur of the Seas

In part because it lacks top-deck attractions and multiple entertainment venues, the daily list of things to do on Grandeur is quite extensive, including a wide range of trivia games, game-show-style events, dance classes, and food preparation classes. Competitive rock-climbing events were scheduled for sea days, as were pool games, shuffleboard tournaments, and daily name that tune games. Events are scattered among all available venues, including Schooner Bar, South Pacific Lounge, and the Centrum. On our sailing, trivia was by far the most popular activity, followed closely by origami folding and the egg drop challenges in the Centrum, which were fun to watch.

Activities with extra charges include wine and whiskey tastings, a sip, tour, and brunch event, and the all-access ship tour. The Royal App makes it easy to begin planning your onboard fun by checking out what is happening on the current cruise any time you want to look.

Nightlife on Grandeur of the Seas

If you're looking for a wild night out, Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas might not be the ship for you. Although bars are technically open until 1 a.m., Grandeur tends not to be a late-night ship. The casino (and its bar) were typically the busiest spots on the ship past midnight on our sailing, but even that dissipated soon after twelve.  

The hottest spot between nine and midnight is often the Centrum, where musicians play for a crowd that includes families, who perhaps feel more comfortable taking children and teens there for a night out than to an actual lounge. Plus, lounges were often in use for adult game shows on our cruise.   

Grandeur of the Seas Bars and Lounges

So many daytime and evening activities take place inside the bars and lounges, they often were not the ideal place to sit and sip an adult beverage. We found small, dedicated groups attracted to sports on the screens at the casino bar, which almost always had patrons sitting and standing and at the Schooner Bar when other activities weren’t in progress there. Here are our top bar and lounge picks onboard Grandeur of the Seas.  

Our Picks

For a Pre-dinner Cocktail: Schooner Bar is on the way to most of the dining options and has ample seating with table service. Or, if your goal is a cocktail to take with you to dinner, walk-up bar orders are handled quickly here. The vibe is clubby and social, so it’s easy to strike up a conversation with fellow cruisers.

For a Drink and a Dance: R Bar in the Centrum is the top spot for those hoping to dance the night away, sipping their favorite beverage between songs. There is plenty of seating. The music is a bit loud for conversation, but the variety is ideal for dancers of all ages. On our cruise, we saw dancers from age four to 84.

For a Chill Afternoon: Both pool bars (outdoors and in the Solarium) have what it takes to breeze through your afternoon. We found the bartenders to be blender geniuses, and if your fondest desire is a dark beer with your slice of pizza from Park Café, the Solarium bartenders will find it if it’s not in their supply. We actually found that to be the case throughout the ship—it’s one of those small ship perks that the bar supply rooms are not so far apart that the staff won’t make the extra effort to get you what you want, regardless of where you are.

For a Chummy Bar Vibe: The Casino Bar is a friendly spot to hang. It’s tucked away in a corner of Casino Royale. We didn’t find the smoke to be a problem on our cruise, but that’s obviously a consideration. The bar was almost always hopping with casino players, sports watchers, and just friendly drinkers.

Dining

Food on Grandeur of the Seas is served in a main dining room on two decks offering traditional early and late dining times as well as “My Time” dining. In addition to the main dining room, there is a buffet, plus three paid specialty restaurants, a chef’s table experience for fee, a solarium pizza, sandwich, and snack eatery, plus snacks at the specialty coffee shop. Ben and Jerry’s ice cream serves scoops for an extra fee (in addition to the complimentary soft serve machine near the pool). Room service is available around the clock for a fee, other than continental breakfast.

Free Restaurants on Grandeur of the Seas

The Main Dining Room: Great Gatsby (Decks 4 and 5):
Passengers choose between traditional early or late dining times or My Time Dining when they book their cruise. Upon boarding, each stateroom sea pass card will show the chosen dining option, along with the deck they have been assigned to. Traditional diners will also be assigned a table number. My Time guests can reserve a set time for each evening either via the cruise line app once onboard or in person with the maître ‘d.

On our cruise, Deck 5 catered primarily to My Time diners, with two lines at each entrance, one for those with a reserved time and one for walk-ups. Table sizes range from two-person tables to larger tables seating up to twelve.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served most days in the dining room. Breakfast hours vary depending on the port schedule. The breakfast menu includes a “quick start” option of scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, toast and hashbrowns. It was strongly recommended on port days for those with early excursion times. Beyond that, the menu features a la carte options of pancakes, waffles, eggs, omelets, and cereals. Assistant waiters take drink orders and bring around trays of assorted pastries. Group seating is the primary method of filling tables during breakfast service.

Lunch is served on sea days. It’s a leisurely affair and guests may choose between a shared table or something smaller and more intimate for only their party. The menu leans toward soups, salads, pasta, and sandwiches. It’s easy to have a light lunch of soup and salad. We loved ordering only the fried cheese sticks and the scrumptious wedge salad – saving plenty of room for dinner.

The dinner menu is divided into daily and classic options, with “classic” consisting of items available every day. Daily items change each day. Guests choose from appetizers (soups, salads, shrimp cocktail, escargot, and small plate specialties), entrees (meat, poultry, fish, pasta, and vegetarian dishes), and desserts (cake, cobblers, cheesecake, crème brulee, fruit, and ice cream). The waiter takes orders for all three courses at once. The assistant waiter takes drink orders (other then bar drinks) and brings a bread basket.

Dinner menus include optional steak and seafood selections that incur an additional charge (shown on the menu), providing the opportunity to enjoy the filet mignon normally served at Chops, for a much smaller price tag.

Tip: Menus are always available in the Royal Caribbean App. A neat pre-cruise trick is the ability to see all main dining room menus for your ship, including, for the current and future sailings, whether you are onboard or not.

Windjammer Café (Deck 9, forward):
Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets are served daily in the Windjammer. Though a quick meal is often necessary on port days, Grandeur’s buffet service was not our favorite option. The space is small and crowded, and food quality often suffers from steam-table-mush syndrome. The one thing we missed most in the Windjammer was pizza – which we only found at Park Café during our cruise. On a sailing with hundreds of children, that seemed like a definite misstep, when most ships these days offer easy access to pizza almost around the clock.     

Breakfast service includes an egg station preparing omelets and fried eggs, with central islands serving scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage, bacon, pancakes, waffles, and assorted sides. Pastries and breads have their own station, as do cereals, fruits, juices, milk, and yogurt, the latter situated along the sides.

Lunch is a variety of salads, soups, sandwiches, and hot buffet items. We particularly enjoyed the hot dog station, which had grilled onions, sauerkraut, and spicey chili. Dinner service includes carved meat beef, pork, or turkey and also rotates through ethnic themed menus, available on the app. During dinner and lunch a bar waiter often services the buffet area, but the nearest bar is at the pool if you want to do a grab-and-go rather than wait.

Park Café (Solarium, Deck 9):
Park Café serves the kind of cruise ship food you want to nosh on between all your big elaborate meals: sandwiches (including the line’s famous Kummelweck roast beef sliders), pizza, wraps, salads, breakfast burritos, cereal, pastries, cookies, fruit cups, and yogurt parfaits.

The problems are a bad location (the far back corner of the adults-only Solarium) and it isn’t open all day. Because most of the food is snacky, a straight 7a.m. to midnight plan would seem logical, but it opens and closes at odd hours, always right about the time kids (and cruise writers) get hangry. Having said that, we’ve got to confess it serves the best pizza we’ve had on a cruise. It was light crispy perfection, but you’ll need to coordinate your timing with the hours on the cruise app, because they varies from one day to the next.

What Restaurants Cost Extra on Grandeur of the Seas

Chef’s Table $$$$ (Inside Great Gatsby Main Dining Room Deck 4):
On Grandeur of the Seas, Chef’s Table is hosted in a private room at the aft starboard side of the main dining room on Deck 4. It features a six-course tasting menu for an intimate gathering of diners, complete with wine pairings selected by the chef. In addition to an appetizer, soup, and salad, the menu includes a fish course and a meat course, often grilled filet mignon. The goal of the evening is to tease your tastebuds and expand both your social circle and your wine knowledge.

Chops Grille $$$-$$$$ (Deck 6, port side aft):
The food and atmosphere at Chops on Grandeur were both delightful. While steaks hold a prime spot on the menu, the appetizers and sides are a stunning complement to the main course. Our favorites include the jumbo lump crab cake, the wedge salad, gruyere cheese tater tots, and creamed spinach. And for those who do not eat steak, there are ample poultry and seafood choices on the menu as well. Chops is also open for lunch on sea days, with a smaller menu (including a hamburger) and lower price tag.

Giovani’s Table $$-$$$ (Deck 6, behind Schooner Bar):
Grandeur’s Italian food restaurant is tucked into a hallway behind the Schooner Bar on Deck 6, with a view of the water on one end. Our service was exceptional, and the food was well above average, but that has always been our experience at Giovani’s across the fleet. It’s nice to see the standards upheld on even the smallest ship. Open for dinner each evening, and lunch on sea days, the menu includes soup, fresh bread, fresh pasta dishes, and main courses of meat or seafood. The vegetarian baked eggplant was a tower of crispy perfection. Be warned, dinner portions are enormous, so bring an appetite or ask for the slightly smaller lunch portions. For the steak eater in your crew, Giovani’s menu includes a filet mignon, making dinner there a lower priced option for scoring a premium steak when compared to Chops.   

Izumi Sushi, a la carte (Deck 11, aft):
With stunning ocean views from the highest point on the ship, and a menu that includes small and large plates of sushi, sashimi, and hot dishes like shrimp wonton soup, vegetable fried rice, and shrimp and vegetable tempura, Izumi provides a nice break from the heavier meals in other specialty restaurants. It’s definitely an Americanized version of Japanese food, but particularly on seven-night sailings, it’s wonderful to have the option.

**Room Service, $: **Continental breakfast is included in the cruise fare and can be ordered by phone or using the hanging door tags found in your stateroom. All other orders incur a $7.95 delivery fee, including a full American breakfast. The room service menu is available on the TV in your stateroom and in the Royal App. It includes snack foods like hot dogs, pizza, chicken wings, and quesadilla’s as well as sandwiches, burgers, pasta, and grilled salmon.  

Cruise Critic Restaurant Picks on Grandeur of the Seas

The winner onboard Grandeur for our sailing is Chops, primarily because the menu has enough variety to make dining there on multiple nights a possibility. It is definitely not all about steaks. Giovani’s comes in a very close second with Italian food that warms the belly with the best service we encountered anywhere on the ship. Our third place perhaps surprisingly, goes to the main dining room. We have not encountered a mainstream cruise line MDR execution done as well as Grandeur’s recently. Food quality exceeded expectations, dining room staff were well trained and seemed genuinely happy to serve guests – including the ones with ill-behaved children.  

Dietary Restrictions on Grandeur of the Seas

Every server at every meal asked us if we had food allergies or sensitivities that needed to be addressed. While gluten-free buffet and grab-and-go items in other areas were clearly labeled, less common sensitivities like soy were easily addressed by asking any server behind the counter, who then brought a chef from the kitchen to advise whether the dish did or did not contain the allergen.