Line's First Ship to Sail from Baltimore Kicks Off Summer Season;
Set to Return in 2005 With New Itineraries
MIAMI, May 10, 2004 - Royal Caribbean International's elegant Grandeur of
the Seas arrived today in the Port of Baltimore. The cruise line's first
ship to sail from Maryland's scenic and historic port, Grandeur of the
Seas will offer a series of Caribbean, Bahamas/Orlando and Canada/New
England cruises until Oct. 25, 2004.
"Baltimore is a very exciting new port of departure for Royal Caribbean,"
said Dan Hanrahan, senior vice president, Marketing and Sales, for Royal
Caribbean International. "We are able to offer another convenient
departure point to the Caribbean for many on the East Coast, and travelers
from other parts of the country can enjoy pre- or post-cruise time
exploring the extensive attractions in Baltimore and nearby Washington,
The 1,950-passenger Grandeur of the Seas features the graceful profile and
open design that make her a sightseer's dream. Glass is used to dramatic
effect, opening interior spaces to the sea and sky. The sunny,
plant-filled Solarium features a swimming pool below a retractable glass
canopy. The circular, glass-enclosed Observatory on Deck 10 is ideal for
evening stargazing. Higher still, on Grandeur's uppermost Deck 11, Royal
Caribbean's signature Viking Crown Lounge offers spectacular, panoramic
views through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Grandeur of the Seas boasts many of the same sophisticated features of her
larger sister ships, such as the line's signature rock-climbing wall; the
ShipShape Fitness Center and Day Spa; the Casino Royale; the Adventure
Ocean Youth Program; and a multitude of lounges, bars and shops.
Grandeur of the Seas begins her Baltimore sailings with a month of nine-,
10- and 11-night roundtrip Caribbean adventures. The cruises take guests
to a range of exotic ports of call, varying by itinerary, including Port
Canaveral and Key West, Florida; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas,
U.S.V.I; Oranjestad, Aruba; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Freeport, Grand Bahama
Island; Cozumel, Mexico; and Belize City, Belize.
Starting June 20, Grandeur will sail a weekly Bahamas/Orlando itinerary
stopping at Port Canaveral and Key West, Florida; Freeport, Grand Bahama
Island; and CocoCay, Royal Caribbean's private island paradise in the
Bahamas Berry Island chain. Grandeur of the Seas will conclude her time in
Baltimore by alternating a 10-night Caribbean escape with an 11-night
Canada/New England cruise, visiting the picturesque ports of Bar Harbor
and Portland, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and
Quebec City, Quebec.
In November, Grandeur repositions to New Orleans for the winter where she
will sail seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries, including several
special holiday sailings, through spring 2005.
New Itineraries in 2005
Grandeur of the Seas will return to Baltimore in May 2005 to offer two
exciting new itineraries. Grandeur will sail alternating nine-night
Caribbean and five-night Bermuda cruises through November 2005.
The nine-night Caribbean cruises will call in Key West and Port Canaveral,
Florida; Cozumel, Mexico; Freeport, Grand Bahama Island; and CocoCay. The
exciting new five-night Bermuda itineraries will provide guests two full
days and an overnight to experience the abundant beauty and charm of the
Island. Grandeur will dock amid the majesty and history of the Royal Naval
Dockyard (King's Wharf), the perfect gateway from which to explore