Just a brief synopsis of our recent 10 day cruise to the Western Caribbean aboard the Grandeur of the Seas. As a background traveling were myself and gf/partner both in our upper 30's and have numerous cruises under our belts; while I wouldn't consider ourselves foodies, we do enjoy a good meal. With that in mind, we rarely found a good meal on this trip. They were all ok, but between the dining room and Windjammer buffet, none of our meals were ever hot, or even very warm. They were all barely warm or even cool to the touch. But as I mentioned, since reviews are subjective, this was our feeling. Some of the meals were ok, some seemed bland to us; and the desserts were tasty.
The cruise itself was enjoyable, the entertainment so-so; particularly the daily activities. Starting the cruise with 3 full sea days, this was surely lacking we felt; and between the two of us we knocked out 4 books during the voyage as this was our best option given not much else was going on, and this is including plenty of time for tanning!. For the evening shows, we had more fun watching Gina the sign language girl signing for a fellow passenger than we did some of the shows. She'd be rocking to the beat, signing away it was fun to watch, and the gentleman she was signing for, what fun it was to watch him partake in activities and congrats to him on winning 3rd place in the Belly Flop contest! The crowd was behind him 100%!
The ports were good in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth Jamaica and Labadee; we kind of wish one more port was added, maybe even removing Labadee from the itinerary, but we understand that is a cash cow for the cruiseline. Not enough seclusion or "privacy" for the type of sunning we prefer.
The interior of the ship is in really nice shape, the exterior could use some paint touch ups. The crew while friendly, weren't over the top helpful. While there were plenty of older folks on board, there was a decent mix we felt, and more families than we expected which was fine.
It was a nice enough cruise, wish this itinerary was offered leaving from NJ, closer to home, and a bigger ship in the Explorer. But it was nice; mission accomplished - we got our tan on and found some secluded beaches at the stops.
Nice enough port, not much of a language barrier; we just found a car service and asked them to take us to a particular private beach we knew of, and they obliged nicely and picked us up right at the time we asked for.
Didn't hear great things about this port, so we stayed close to the pier and near the ship. Even within the pier, while it was all safe, many of the folks working there, while they didn't make us uncomfortable, we were just as happy to return to the ship.
Our favorite port of them all on this trip and of all of the Caribbean. Once again we took a private tour that we pre-arranged for an island tour then had the driver drop us off at a private beach where he picked us up at a pre-determined time, worked out perfectly. Not surprising what a nice smile, good attitude and a little skin can get you... lol.
We had been 2 other times, and this is a nice beach/resort stop, but even the private or adult areas aren't quiet enough for us; we are spoiled and like to find those places where there is a good 100 - 200 ft between us and the next person; not going to get that here; but very nice port stop; very clean, surprisingly a lot of walking but there are trams; we even thought it would be nice if there were bikes to rent and some trails, but I am not sure how much property the cruise line owns and around the immediate area seems pretty hilly.