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Planning to try their Grandeur of the Seas later this year. Listed as an older ship (10 years is old for a cruise ship??!!:confused: and reviews on it vary. Any feedback would be appreciated. Might be fun to sneak a line off the fantail as she exits the Bay:D
Thanks! Steve
 

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Royal Carribian is the best out there. Baltimore Port sucks but its close and no airline cost. Did the 10 day cruise 2 years ago. Had a great time. Good Luck
 

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I will be going for Thanksgiving this year for a nine day cruise with a group of friends/kids. Some have been before and said it's was a great time. This will be my first cruise and I'm looking forward to it.
 

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Had some friends do a 10 day 2 years ago...had the cheapest seats in the house and still had a blast.

If you get one of the outside compartments, the little decks out of the sides look excellent for trolling a rod:D but I'd suggest about 200# test and 14/0 hooks...its a long way up.

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We will have a balcony...

Hey Ed. We'll have a balcony on deck 10 or something like that. Probably a better place for a potato gun:D
 

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Steve did the Explorer of the Seas out of Miami 1100 plus Ft. Ship.Loads to do and when in Nassau the other cruise ships looked like dinghys.:D Theres a Casino and Shopping Mall inside and Tons of other things.RC is a quality ship,enjoy buddy.
 

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I,ve never been on a cruise ship, but sometimes they pass by me when im fishing and they look like they are having fun. loud music playing and everyone waving, it makes me wish I was on there
 

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A word of caution. You can easily double the cost of a cruise after you are on board when they offer those fancy drinks and by booking the side tours at the various ports.

I have cruised on the Royal Carribean, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Holland America. For my money, I personally prefer Holland America over the other two.

Our best cruises have been on small cruise ships where the side trips are included and you have open seating with casual dress. Next May we are going to cruise from Seattle to Juneau on a small ship ( 180 passengers max) where most of the side trips are included.
Have never cruised out off Baltimore. If you cruise out of Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, you will probably hit more ports and spend less time on the high seas. FWIW;)

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John, you're right...correct also

I much prefer the smallest boat possible. Casual and all inclusive. My wife didn't feel there was enough to do (while I was up in the wheelhouse having the time of my life:p ). On this one you even have to pay for soft drinks!!! Yes, I expect to pay an extra thousand just to eat drink and be merry....and tip, tip, tip...:mad:
 

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Steve: Good luck. One of the neatest cruises that we took was this time two years ago. We cruised from Bergen Norway to Tromso Norway (175 miles North of the Arctic Circle) to observe their celebration of the first day the sun was visible for the year. There were 55 people on board. The Norwegian Coastal Line ship stopped in just about every port to pick up passengers and some drove their cars on the ship. Fish in some form or the other was on the menu from breakfast thru dinner. The food was great. Even had whale meat and seal meat. (Don't tell PETA). Sat up in the observation deck every night watching Northern Lights. Some nights until 3:00 AM. The scenery was spectacular. There was no casino. You could just walk off and on the ship in each port. The towns were quite small so it didn't take long to tour a town. Went for a dog sled ride in Tromso. It seems that all the Norwegians spoke fluent English. Cruising can be a lot of fun.:D
 

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The wife and I are going on our 11th or 12th cruise in early Feb. We just had
a cruise to the "Mexican Riviera" in Oct/Nov. I've only been to the Mexican
Riviera and the Caribbean. I much, much prefer the Caribbean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We've been on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Celebrity and Holland America.
I prefer Royal Caribbean and Carnival. Holland America has a much
older clientele (eg less eye candy :D ). After a couple cruises we discovered
that is much cheaper to just walk off the ship and hop into a cab with a
pre-arranged price for a tour of the island or tour of some special feature
of the island.

Almost all of the cruises charge you for drinks (beer is about 2-3 dollars
and mixed drinks about 4-6 dollars :mad: ). Tours through the ship vary greatly
but are 20-150 dollars depending on the type of tour (snorkeling, submarine,
swimming with the dolphins/sting rays, visiting the banana plantation, etc).
You will have a good time. Just how much/little you want to do is up to
you.

While my wife does all the research and booking, I think she usually uses
bestpricecruises.com or something like that.
 

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Steve:

We cruised the Grandeur out of Baltimore last year to Bermuda. Prior to that we cruised once on Carnival and 4 or 5 times on RC (hint). All in all, the RC Baltimore cruise was enjoyable and lacked the travel hassles of driving to BWI, parking, shuttle and flying into Miami etc (reverse and repeat). When the Baltimore cruise was over, we were home in less than an hour! I was amazed how many people came from out of town to cruise out of Baltimore. Parking at the port was good, but that was the last time the Grandeur was berthed in Dundalk, now she's at Locust Point; I hope the change was for the better.

The Grandeur is a nice ship, not too old and not too slow. The return passage from Bermuda got "interesting" according the Captain, but nothing to panic about. We cruised at least twice on the Majesty of Seas out of Miami and the Grandeur was a notch or two up.

We are preparing to cruise next month on RC out of Miami again.

Hope you enjoy your cruise!

Clarence

P.S.> I recommend trolling from a balcony to get a better chance of getting into some "clean" water. The fantail was too turbid to get a knock-down ;-)
 

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Banacle Bill: You are right that Holland America definitely has older clientel. At my age the eye candy is nice but not a criterion. We definitely are not suitable for the Carnival crowd. We will most often walk off the ship and hire a driver for the day to show us around. It is definitely cheaper and you get to see more of the real people and less of the tourist traps.

In 2005 we took a riverboat cruise from Budpest to Amsterdam and last summer we toured China for three weeks including a 9 day riverboat cruise on the Yangtse River. As a result, I believe that all of our future cruises will be on small ships. The small ship cruises may not be for everyone, but every person that we have met on their first smallboat cruise has said that they will most likely never go on a large cruise ship again.

No matter what your choice is , it can be fun.:D :D

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Hey SteveF, I am going on the same ship this October 19th, out of Baltimore. Heading to the Eastern Carribean. Puerto Rico, Haiti, and two spots in the bahamas. Haven't been on one in years. We have a cabin that has a porthole. I hear the Grandeur of the Seas has a great big dent in it, so you can't mistake it for another ship. Have a good trip!! Dean
 

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We've taken 2 Carribean cruises out of Baltimore on the Celebrity Galaxy, which is now owned by Royal Carribean or vice versa. No plane hassels. We loved both our cruises, food, weather and people were great. My brother went out on the Grandier last spring and loved it. Most ships charge you for every drink they bring you. Iced tea and water were the only drinks you could get that were free with lunch or dinner. Free juice machine was also available 24/7 near the pool. They also usually run a different alchohol drink of the day which saves you a couple bucks if you like what they are offering. You could also sign up for a set fee per day of unlimited soda if that is your cup of tea. There are many discount cruise ship web sites that will save you hundreds of dollars so check the internet. I think I used one called smartcruiser.com. I highly recommend going on one. Do be careful if you do take a cab or flag someone down to take you somewhere on the island though, that is unafiliated with the cruise line. We heard a story of a couple that were being taken somewhere and robbed and left stranded in the middle of nowhere. The one good thing about booking a trip through the cruise line is that the ship will not leave port till you are back on the ship, but if you are on your own and miss the ship, it's on you to make arrangements to hook back up with the ship. Sometime peace of mind is worth paying a little more for IMO. Have fun.
 
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