Great cruise experience!: Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by runridedive
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Great cruise experience!
Destination: Western Caribbean
We always fly to Florida one day ahead in case bad weather in Michigan delays us. We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Tampa and it was EXCELLENT! I booked it online with confidence because others had given it great ratings. I will do the same. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. Even the young guy busing dishes smiled and wished us a great day. Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas was built in 1996, but looks fabulous! We like the Radiance class ships best (included Brilliance of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, and of course Radiance of the Seas). But the Grandeur was nearly as nice except for the gym (very small with limited equipment) and the More "aftermarket" rock wall.
All food was great, but we are not especially hard to please. The dining room was especially nice with a live musician providing relaxing background music. Grandeur of the Seas does not have Portofino's, Chops Grill or SeaView Cafe, however the pizza, hot dogs and burgers in the Solarium were top notch, really!! The Windjammer is very bright and provides fantastic views of the ocean- much nicer than any Windjammer we've been in on the Voyager class ships. The food options at breakfast were plentiful but were the same every day.
The staff was excellent; everyone seemed to be very happy and provided excellent service with a smile. We found it especially remarkable how quickly the servers learned our names and made a point to use them!
As always, there were tons of onboard activities, and all were shown in the daily cruise compass. We also noticed that our fun was NOT interrupted by announcements about bingo games or are auctions like on previous cruises.
Shore Excursions: We went diving in Grand Cayman, Roatan and Cozumel. We did not get off the ship in Guatemala but heard it was beautiful. we have found that diving from a cruise ship in Grand Cayman is not very good because there is no time to get to the better dive sites. Diving in Roatan was nice. Diving in Cozumel with Sand Dollar Sports was AWESOME: the BEST diving and fantastic service.
Embarkation was the only goof up. Usually Royal Caribbean gets us on the ship with minimal delays and almost no waiting in a line. Apparently this was the first RCCL cruise to embark in this terminal for the season and the computers failed. Although we were not delayed long, it was not nearly as smooth and quick as usual for this cruise line. Less
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