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Ship profile: RCL Grandeur of the Seas

Grandeur of the Seas is an appropriate name for a cruise ship that can carry almost 2,500 passengers. The ship, which Royal Caribbean International has been sailing from Baltimore for several years, will be replaced later this year by the somewhat larger Enchantment of the Seas. In the meantime, cruise passengers can continue to enjoy this ship's full-service spa, six whirlpools, outdoor jogging track, six-story solarium and atrium and a wide variety of themed bars and lounges. The shhip does not have a wide variety of restaurants, but the chefs in Grandeur's art-deco inspired dining room will satisfy even picky eaters. For those who prefer not to follow a meal schedule, there is 24-hour room service.

Ports of call: Bermuda, Eastern Caribbean, Canada and New England

2009 sailing dates: June 27 through Nov.19

Built: 1996

Gross Tonnage: 74,000

Staterooms: 1,223 (interior, outside, balcony, state/deluxe)

Guest Capacity: 2,446 passengers

Length: 916 feet

Features/amenities: Two pools, one in a solarium with a sliding roof, six whirlpools, outdoor jogging track, conference center, Day Spa and Fitness Center, Adventure Ocean youth facilities, two pools, atrium with shopping and more, eight themed bars and lounges, a rock-climbing wall, Casino Royale, card room, children's room, Club Ocean teen center, library, beauty salon and barber shop, sports deck, video game room.

Restaurants: Two-story dining room, Great Gatsby Dining Room, Windjammer Cafe

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