Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by DEfirefighter: As a first time cruise passenger, I was pleasantly surprised.
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As a first time cruise passenger, I was pleasantly surprised.
This was mine, and my girlfriends, first cruise. We took the trip with 28 other people ranging from toddlers to 60 year olds for a wedding of friends. Traveling with a large group made the trip even more fun then expected. Boarding the ship was fairly easy, checking in took the longest and we were told some miss information about not needing our passports for the rest of the trip, that was false and almost prevented people from boarding again in FL. Checking into the room was a breeze and luggage was delivered before dinner. The food on the ship was amazing, every single meal between the Windjammer cafe, to the dinning room for breakfast and dinner and the sushi and steak restaurants was out of this world good. The events on the ship were fun and numerous, at no point could anyone say they were bored.
Ports, FL, Nassau and Coco Cay.
Problem #1 There wasn't enough time in Coco cay for anyone's liking. It took almost an hour to get off the ship, and almost as long to More get back on at 430 pm, Most in our group agreed that we could have skipped Nassau and went directly to Coco Cay for longer.
Problem # 2. The wait time to get drinks can get up to 20-30 minutes, the bar tenders poured great drinks and had very heavy pours on EVERYTHING so that was nice, but it took FOREVER to get a drink, at dinner, at any bar and god help you if you were on the deck and ordered one. The time to get served was obnoxious compared to land based bars that would have served 15 people in the time it took to get me one beer.
Problem # 3. They have KIDS ONLY hot tubs. This became very annoying for the adult guests who paid good money to use pools and hot tubs only to be told a group of 6 year olds, with no parents, had the hot tub and adults could not use it. Kids don't need hot tubs, its not safe, they are provided a very nice pool to swim in.
As you have read my complaints are very few and not bad at all, the trip was amazing, the food was better then anything I have ever had, the service, outside of bar tenders, was incredible. Take the trip, enjoy every second. GET A BALCONY ROOM, we regret not spending the extra $ to upgrade and enjoy the sea air at night and sunrises in the morning. Also, if you drink and beer or alcohol at all, buy the premium package, its a life saver and makes everything much more convent when you don't have to worry about drink prices when you are drunk and ordering your 6th drink of the day. Less
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Cabin review: 3124
The room was large enough for my girlfriend and I to un pack our belongings and move about the room with ease. The window was large and clear with nice views but we regret not upgrading to a balcony room. The bathroom is small, but useable. The shower head pressure is amazing. The bathroom has no vent fan so any smells kinda stay in the room with you.
Port and Shore Excursions
If you want to enjoy the day, get off the ship as close to 0700 as possible in the morning, it took us 1.5 hours to get off the ship around 0930 since they only had 1 tender boat making the trip. We went directly to barefoot beach and had an amazing day. We snorkeled with rays and a shark, found conch's and starfish etc. The nature trail was a lot of fun and a nice quite walk, a few people walked to the "other" side of the island and reported it was empty of people but had HUGE beaches with wildlife everywhere, they said they only came back around the rest of us to get food and to leave the island. Food is provided the same as the ship, it was BBQ for us and just as good as on ship dinning. The shops are the typical junk you'd expect but a few nick nac's were nice to buy. They offer teen tours for boating and snorkeling, a water adventure land that is $20 a person for huge blow up water slides etc, and the normal ocean kayaking, glass bottom boats and all the other water sports you'd expect for charge. I wish we had more time on the island, it is truly beautiful.
In Nassau we walked around the shops to the right of the port, DO NOT GO LEFT OF THE PORT, a fellow cruiser was assaulted and robbed for walking the wrong direction into a shady part of town.
The shops are the junk you expected to find, we went to Senor Frog's and drank heavly until it was close to the time to get on the ship. Many of the new friends we sailed with said they found a cab or bus driver and paid them about $60-80 to drive them around the island and show them the local gems, and they all said it was amazing, so try that, we will next time.
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