Grandeur of the Seas
Launched in 1996, Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas has held up well over two decades of service, while a series of refurbishments, the most recent in 2012, have seen the ship refitted with the cruise line's latest gadgets and enhancements. Attractive and mid-sized, she's a modernized throwback to the way cruising used to be — complete with two pools and four whirlpools, eight bars and lounges, and 11 decks worth of amusements and fun.
What We Love
Remodeled Staterooms: The dated decor is no more; Royal Caribbean completely refitted the cabins aboard Grandeur of the Seas to include flat-screen TVs, remodeled bathrooms, and spiffy new furnishings.
Cool New Features: Grandeur of the Seas now offers specialty restaurants such as Izumi, Chops Grille, and Giovanni’s Table. A 220-square-foot outdoor movie screen has been added above the main pool, and a new aerial acrobatics show is performed in the ship’s towering central atrium.
Best Known For
Tons of Windows: Grandeur of the Seas and her Vision-class sisters were dubbed "ships of light" when they launched, thanks to the wall-to-wall glass windows that stretch across nearly every public room.
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Who It's Best For
Those Put Off by Mega Ships: Let’s face it: 5,000-plus-passenger Quantum- and Oasis-class ships aren't everyone’s cup of tea. With a passenger capacity of just 1,992, Grandeur of the Seas has a more open, less crowded feel than her newer fleet-mates.
Mid-Atlantic State Residents: Grandeur of the Seas homeports in Baltimore, so the ship offers a convenient way for residents of the region to get to Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Canada, and New England.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Small Staterooms: Most interior staterooms are a snug 136 square feet, and the lowest category of ocean view staterooms aren’t much bigger, coming in at just 151 square feet. The rooms are designed well, but expect close quarters with your cabinmate.
Aaron Saunders is a Calgary-based contributor to ShermansCruise.com.
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Grandeur of the Seas at a Glance
- Line: Royal Caribbean
- Number of Passengers: 1992
- Ship Size: Large
- Launch Date: 1996
- Refurbish Date: 2012