Grandeur of the Seas

Grandeur of the Seas Ship Review

Grandeur of the Seas
Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas docked in Key West, Florida. Photo © Aaron Saunders

The 74,130-ton, 1,950-guest Grandeur of the Seas was the third of Royal Caribbean’s six Vision-class ships, launched in 1996 just as the megaship era was getting up to speed. Today, she and her sisters are downright tiny next to their newer fleetmates, measuring about half the size of the Voyager- and Freedom-class ships and a third the size of the Oasis-class ships. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since midsize ships can be cozier and easier to get around.

But all in all, the Vision-class ships are a mixed bag, offering some of the attractions and amenities of Royal Caribbean’s newer vessels but also feeling a bit dated, with more glitz than subtlety in their 1990s designs.

Public Rooms & Activities On Grandeur of the Seas

Grandeur of the Seas
The spacious atrium aboard Grandeur of the Seas lets in plenty of natural light. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Most public rooms are located on Decks 5 and 6, radiating out from a central seven-story atrium full of faux palm trees and glass elevators. At the base of the atrium, on Deck 4, the Champagne Bar and Terrace offers musical entertainment to go with its namesake bubbly. On Deck 5, there’s the glittery Palladium Theatre and the flashy and crowded Casino Royale.

On Deck 6, there’s the nautically themed Schooner Bar for piano entertainment and relaxation; the cozy Singin’ in the Rain seaview lounge; the South Pacific Lounge for a mix of live music, dancing, and entertainment; and six shops. Up at the top of the ship, Deck 11’s Viking Crown Lounge is an observation lounge by day and disco by night.

For kids, the Adventure Ocean playroom on Deck 10 is stocked with toys and games, and there’s a teen center and video arcade right next door.

On Deck 9, you can swim or lounge in the spacious main pool area or chill out in the Solarium, with its retractable glass ceiling and vaguely Roman design motifs. Just astern, the spa and fitness center offers the usual selection of treatments, steam rooms, and saunas, plus small aerobics and workout rooms. One deck up is a rock-climbing wall and a jogging track.

Dining On Grandeur of the Seas

Grandeur of the Seas
The Great Gatsby Dining Room aboard Grandeur of the Seas. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Dining options on Grandeur are limited. Dinners are taken at the two-deck Great Gatsby Dining Room, with its grand staircase and dramatic chandelier. Other than that, your main alternative is the Windjammer Cafe buffet restaurant.

Staterooms On Grandeur of the Seas

Staterooms aboard the Vision-class ships tend to be small and have seen a lot of use in their decade and a half of service. Standard outside staterooms are only 152 square feet, and come with a TV, a small sitting area, a vanity, and a small bathroom.

If you want a private balcony, you’ll have to bump up to a 191-square-foot Superior Oceanview stateroom, which also offers a minibar, small sitting area, and lots of storage space. The top-of-the-line accommodations are the 1,087-square-foot Royal Suites, which come with separate living room and bedroom, a huge marble bathroom with a whirlpool tub, a baby grand piano, and a 139-square-foot private veranda.

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