The Rollercoaster Cruise: Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by MedicKen
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The Rollercoaster Cruise
OK, let’s get the rollercoaster back on the upswing. The ship was very clean, neat and in good repair. We only had one minor episode of odor, and I attribute it to folks who flush what they shouldn’t. Smoke didn’t seem to an issue at all. Because of less than stellar weather we didn’t partake of any of the outdoor activities, and most of those held, were moved to the inside. We were entertained by a great Cruise Staff, although the Cruise Director wasn’t as visible as some, his staff was great. Because of our dining schedule we didn’t make any of the shows in the Palladium Theater, but the exhibitions in the Centrum were great, including the aerial show. The live music was SUPERB.
Now for the final hill on the rollercoaster ride, The Food. Overall the food was good. Let me start to "nit-pick”. Breakfast started our day and, in most cases, it was served in the Windjammer Café. Let me start with the Omelet station, suffice it to say, one of the cooks didn’t have a good handle on how to cook eggs and the other cook was worse. Toast was done, usually burnt, on one side and raw on the other. There was no toasting station; it was placed on the line in a covered tray. There was a noticeable lack of variety in the fresh fruit and they had no bananas by day three. Moving on to dinner. We ate in the Main Dining Room three of the evenings and spent the others at either the Windjammer or at Specialty Venues. The first evening we ate at Giovanni’s Table and had an excellent meal. Night two was a formal night so we skipped it and went to the Windjammer Café. Night Three was an MDR night without any notable situations shy of seeing a waiter we had on a previous cruise. When he saw us he went nuts and demanded we dine in his section the next evening. We couldn’t accommodate him for Night Four as we were scheduled to dine at Izumi. Izumi was a unique experience; the sushi was excellent as was the hot rock food. The low points included the lack-luster dessert and lack of coffee; by the way tea was available for $1.50. We will go back to Izumi if the situation were to arise again. Night Five found us back in the Main Dining Room with In (our waiter friend), dinner was good as usual but made better with In and his "Excellent Choice” manner. Night Six was the second formal night and we were back in the MDR for lobster, Status Quo. Night Seven, we went to Chops and had a great steak while we watched the Pilot Boat from Port Henry approach and offload the Pilot for our sailing up the Chesapeake. We spent the rest of the evening packing and getting good night’s sleep for the four hour drive home. Debarkation was one of the better ones we have been involved with. The Windjammer was overcrowded so we took our breakfast to the Solarium and ate there. Back to the cabin for one last check and to grab our carry-on bags. We only waited about 5 minutes for an elevator to Deck Four, then almost directly to Deck One and off the ship. We found our bags and loaded the car for our drive home. Yes, we had a few disappointments on this cruise but they were far outweighed by the plusses. Seeing old friends and making new ones are always top on our list. We hope to see some of those, and others, faces on Explorer of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas on our future cruises. Less
This cabin was wonderfully spacious but with some significant downfalls. The toilet was only 15 inches off the floor, they will get you a seat riser. The bed is VERY low, they will put blocks under it, Both these items need to be requested before sailing and you may need to reinforce it once on board. The bathroom call bell is in a bad place. BUT the balcony is wonderful.
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