Our (DH and I are 60ish and work at stressful jobs) week on the Grandeur was again just what we needed. Had to travel in on Friday morning due to business commitments, which was stressful but the port was so well organized that we were on board within 15 minutes of arriving at 2pm (even had time to divert our cab to the Wine Market for our allowed 2 bottles of wine for our cabin). This was our fourth cruise on Grandeur as we love the size as we would not use most of the amenities on the larger ships, and were looking forward to sea days to unwind.
We had taken advantage of a last minute upgrade to a junior suite and were pleasantly surprised at the amount of space in the cabin. Another very nice perk is the bathtub. This cabin does have a pole at the foot of the bed but was never a problem. Balcony had two chairs and a table large enough to eat breakfast on- what a treat. We experienced no plumbing issues and did not notice any of the reported sewage odors that have been reported. Be aware that you can hear a low rumble whenever the Solarium door opens- not enough to bother us but if you are a light sleeper this could be important.
The weather didn't cooperate with overcast skies on embarkation- still really enjoyed sailing out under the bridge and down the Chesapeake that evening. Saturday and Sunday were rainy - not a big deal for us as we enjoyed relaxing, reading and getting beat up at the Trivia games but disappointed the sun bathers. We did attend the Bermuda lecture - slides were nice and information very good but the lecturer was a bit like a boring college professor. Tried two more lectures - Bermuda Triangle and Pirates which are very interesting topics but the presentation style made them boring. Love the availability of these lectures but they need to find lecturers with a bit of personality.
Sunday we sailed into the waters of Bermuda on calm seas. Lovely that you see a great deal of the island as the ship maneuvers into port. Easy walk off the ship at the Naval Dockyard- taxis easy to find and well organized with signage to find the correct transport. We walked around to see what was there and unfortunately saw a very nasty accident involving a cruise passenger on a scooter and a taxi. Made our way to Snorkle Beach where many people were swimming, tried the Rum Cake and really loved the pieces at the Clayworks. Other than that the area is what you would expect in a cruise port.
We were introduced to our MDR staff- Oswaldo and Marlyn took excellent care of us all week. The food varied from fine to very good. Particularly enjoyed the salmon and lamb shank. We did eat at Chops and Giovanni's- both meals very nice and worth the added cost. We did not use the bar often but always had good service when needed. Glad to see they had my Blue Moon and hubby's MicUltra.
More rain overnight but Monday dawned beautiful as we headed out early for a round of golf at Port Royal. We had reserved our tee times via GolfNow. Taxi from the dock to the golf course was $20 plus tip with the first of several very nice drivers. Course is in great shape other than newly aerated putting greens as they prepare for the PGA Grand Slam event in October. Be aware the the course is cart path only so you will work off a few desserts walking up and down the fairways. Amazing views as you see the holes open up to the water.
Tuesday morning we were off to Turtle Hill Golf Course at the Fairmont Southampton, taxi fare $24. This par 3 course was amazing- 18 very challenging holes. Again, cart path only with plenty of walking to the golf ball. We went on to Horseshoe Bay for a short walk (couldn't visit Bermuda without a beach visit)- crowded but very beautiful. The nicest sand and water I have experienced. Another quick stop at a little store as our driver insisted we also had to at least try a Dark and Stormy.
Our return two days at sea provided sun for pool time and less wind than the trip over.
Entertainment was a mixed bag this week - didn't enjoy the comic but that could be personal taste, special guest impressionist Finis , the Divas and final night juggler /comic were great and production shows just okay. The aerialist in the Centrum were interesting unfortunately all the music in the Centrum productions was so loud that it was unpleasant and we would leave. And our favorite place on past cruises has been the Schooner Bar for the piano bar but the duo performing were really bad.
Arrival back in Baltimore was the easiest we have experienced- we were purposely the last to get off as we headed into the Inner Harbour for a final night of vacation at the Renaissance.
This cruise was exactly what we were looking for- rest, relaxation and golf. Can't wait to book our next .