Five Things to Know About Royal Caribbean International's Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Ship

Five Things to Know About Royal Caribbean International's Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Ship
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Passengers:1,992 Best for: Families who want plenty to do but don’t want to navigate a mega-sized ship Sails: Bermuda, the Caribbean, New England and Canada At a Glance: Many Vision-class ships specialize in exotic itineraries, but Grandeur of the Seas, refurbished in 2017, sticks to short jaunts along the east coast, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. And though it’s much smaller than Royal Caribbean’s largest ships, it still has plenty of fun activities to choose from (rock climbing, anyone?). Related: Explore 100+ ships with the T+L Cruise Finder

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You Won’t Get Lost

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While Royal Caribbean is best known for floating metropolises like Harmony of the Seas, aka the largest cruise ship in the world, the line’s Vision class feels much more intimate. Grandeur of the Seas carries less than half the number of passengers as Harmony. But you’ll still find plenty of Royal Caribbean’s signature activities, kids’ programs, and restaurants. (For more on that, keep reading.)

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It’s a Great Way to See the East Coast

Five Things to Know About Royal Caribbean International's Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Ship
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Though many of its sister ships are out exploring the globe, Grandeur of the Seas prefers to sail close to home, cruising to Bermuda and the Caribbean, as well as New England, Maritime Canada, and the southeast coast. Included in many voyages: a stop at CoCoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island, where you can jet-ski, kayak, romp at the floating aqua park, or just laze the day away.

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You Can Stay Active

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Grandeur of the Seas may not be the biggest Royal Caribbean ship, but it still offers many ways to play. There’s a rock-climbing wall, a video arcade, two pools, and a poolside movie screen. And if you’re in the mood for a workout, you can always hit the fitness center where you’ll find lots of classes to help you work off that buffet.

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Relaxation Is a Priority

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If you’d rather chill by the pool with a book than hit the rock-climbing wall, this is the ship for you. The adults-only Solarium pool is adults-only and has a retractable glass roof. Or book a treatment at Vitality Spa, which offers everything from body wraps and massage to acupuncture and Botox.

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There’s Plenty to Eat

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When you’re not sampling the local cuisine onshore, you’ll have several onboard options to choose from. During the day, grab a sandwich at Park Café or hit the buffet at Windjammer Café, then grab a scoop at Ben & Jerry’s. For dinner, do the main dining room or pay an extra fee for steak at Chops Grille, Japanese at Izumi, or a five-course, wine-paired extravaganza at Chef’s Table.

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