The Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas returned to service last Friday, July 12, 2013, more than six weeks after a severe fire damaged the aft of the ship. Most of that damage has now been repaired and the ship is starting back to its regular sailing schedule from its home port of Baltimore, MD.
A block of about 70 or so cabins on deck 3 remain closed for the current voyage but are expected to be available for the sailing beginning on July 19th. Those that were booked in those cabins were notified of their cancellations if they could not be moved to another cabin. They were given a full refund of the cruise, assistance with any flight change penalties, and a credit for 25% off a future cruise. The South Seas Lounge and the Concierge Lounge also remain closed for this voyage.
While the ship was being repaired, some new enhancements were added. In the Centrum (the five-story atrium of the ship), you will now be able to watch daily aerial acrobatics shows. An outdoor large movie screen was added on the main deck. Family suites have been upgraded.
On the day before the first sailing for passengers, Royal Caribbean held a special one day cruise to nowhere for travel agents so that these new features could be showcased. The acrobatic show is well worth watching, but be sure to arrive early to get a place where you can view the whole show. Some of the upper decks were significantly less crowded than deck four. For the evening's entertainment, the group MO5AIC was on board. This a cappella group doesn't just sing, but also makes the music with their voices. If you haven't seen them, be sure to stop in on one of the regular shows in Las Vegas. Before dinner, agents were able to tour the ship to see all of the new features and view the various cabin types.
The Grandeur of the Seas regularly sails six and seven night cruises to Bermuda, as well as seven and eight night Bahamas cruises. There are a few longer Caribbean cruises on the schedule as well as four sailings to Canada and New England in September and October of this year. For details and to make your reservations, please contact your travel agent.