Seniors galore: Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by scrabblesue
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Destination: Western Caribbean
The food in the Great Gatsby was just average and nothing great. There were not very many healthy options and thank goodness our wait staff steered us away from any less than optimal choices that we made for entrees. The lobster tails looked very small than what we were used to but we did not order them. Our wait staff was very More good and did whatever they could to please us. They mingled with us and seemed genuinely interested in our day. The musical performances were less than average for what we have seen. There were 3 comedians and 2 were good. One advantage of second seating dinner was that the early shows were not filled to capacity. The acrobatic shows in the Centrum were nice but the performances were very short. A big problem with a senior population on board was the saving of seats in the theaters, reserving of pool chairs with towels both on the main deck and in the solarium. Although there is a sign that says towels on chairs will be removed after 30 minutes of non-use we never saw any staff removing towels. Chairs would be reserved with towels around 9am in the morning and remain all day. I even took a photo and checked back hours later and found the same chairs unoccupied. On the cooler days the seniors would hog chairs in the solarium while they sat at tables to eat the Park Café food. The drink of the day was usually provided in a take home Glass and not plastic which was a nice souvenir and some days there were even plastic light up glasses to take home. I didn't feel like the bar staff was as pushy for me to get drinks like some other cruise company ships were. On day 4 of the cruise we did receive a letter from the Master letting us know that Norovirus was on the ship and they were starting enhanced cleaning procedures. We did see railings and door knobs being washed frequently in addition to frequent changing of the tongs in the Wind jammer during meals. They also didn't allow you in the dining rooms without a squirt of antibacterial spray. Less
Our room was in the front of the ship and we could really feel the rocking of the ship. There was no noise from the hallway. Low beds didn't allow for putting suitcases under the bed. Paint smell in our room during port stops due to painting of the exterior and noise from staff as they chipped the paint away. This ruined an afternoon nap.
Port and Shore Excursions
This was a short tour and not very exciting. There wasn't much to see.
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