This was our second time on the Grandeur and we weren't disappointed. Embarkation at the new terminal was quick and easy, be sure to fill out the precruise info at the Royal Caribbean website. Arrived at the port at 11:30 and were in our room by 12:30.
After having a balcony cabin on the last cruise, we found although this cabin was smaller, storage was fine and the large picture window gave us a nice view. Angellina our steward did a good job and my request for extra bath towels was happily supplied.
We were seated on the main floor, early seating, and our waiter Edwardo did a nice job at dinner. Even told us to come late to dinner on nights when excursions made timing for dinner an issue. The food was good, not as great as one would enjoy at a small bistro but the duck on the first formal night was outstanding. Be sure to go to the chocolate buffet, you can take the goodies back to your cabin for later. The Windjammer food was just OK with the desserts tasting the best.
We did an excursion at each port. Freeport really isn't that nice. Did the Bahama Mama boat ride which was OK but the shopping part was awful. Port Lucaya Market Place is full of the same type of stores which sell so so items. The bus ride back was interesting, the driver was full of facts and stories.
Next port was Key West which we loved. Did the train ride and got a nice overview of area. Lunched at Sloppy Joe's, shopped at Key West Aloe and bought some nice jewelry and gifts at other shops. Then just walked around and took in the sights.
Cozumel was the next port. There was still lots of damage from Wilma and we found the venders to be very aggressive. We wanted to do Passion Island but since it was sold out did the Deluxe Beach Break instead. We thought we paid too much since you could take a cab to Playa Mia beach and pay for drinks, food and admission on your own. But we did have a nice beach day, the water was great.
Costa Maya was a nice port. We did the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins which was our favorite of the excursions. Granted we are history buffs but the sights there are fantastic and the guides were well trained. Just make sure to take bug spray. The port has a large swimming pool area and a nice selection of shops. Got a good deal on a gold mermaid charm but you need to bargain. Had lunch at Mamacitas which was very good. Had a table upstairs overlooking the pool area. The fish tacos are excellent and the salsa and chips were really good with 3 types of salsa and best being a mango style.
Port Canaveral was our last stop did the early alligator air boat and then came back to the ship and went to the pool area which wasn't crowded for the rest of the afternoon.
The shows were uneven in quality. Three comedians were very funny, the magician was corny and we had already seen the production shows last year.
The fitness center was was nice, never had to wait to use the equipment.
The ship itself was lovely but we did smell the sewage on the Centrum area on fourth deck, it's fleeting but it's there.
We would suggest bringing a alarm clock and large covered drink holders for the water, tea and lemonade instead of using those small plastic cups on ship.
All in all I'm planning our next cruise.