Grande Mariner Cruise Review by Alamedacruiser: Great American Waterways Cruise
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Great American Waterways Cruise
We had one of the larger cabins and it was small. The beds could be converted to a double from twin beds, however it is difficult for the inside person to get out of the double. Cabins do have locks on the doors that can be used when you are in them. No safe or TV in the cabins. Good air conditioning in the cabins. No passenger laundry is offered on board, however there are launder-mats at several of the stops. No line or hooks if you wash in the basin. The bathroom is small (size is the same as on an airliner) with a separate shower. Each has its own water heater with 5 gallons of hot water, so it works best if you take Navy showers (Get wet, turn off water, soap up and then rinse off).
The meals are at set times, we had breakfast at 8am, lunch at 12:30pm and dinner at 6:30pm. Food was very good and the service was excellent. It is BYOB and the ship provides mixes and ice, etc. There are soda dispensers with several choices in the lounge and dining room. The recommended More tipping is $12 to $14 per day per passenger and must be in cash or checks. Visa or MasterCard can be used for the tours. The prices of the tours seem to be reasonable and in some cases are cheaper than if you do it on your own. Our cruise only had 34 passengers and the ship can hold 98. The entertainment after dinner was local and for the most part very good. We had a lecturer on board with lectures on the war of 1812. The ship does not have stabilizers, and it can move around in the great lakes. In 2013 the cruise line says the will include wine at dinner and they did this on our trip. So you only need to bring drinks for the cocktail hour. The crew was all from the US and they are as hardworking and pleasant as any other cruise we have been on. It was a laid back and enjoyable cruise. The cab fare was about $50. from the Providence, RI airport to the dock in Warren. Less
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