Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by Priusprof: The Mashuganuts Sail Again
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The Mashuganuts Sail Again
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
We got to the pier at 11:30 am and it was a breeze going through security and checking in.We were through the security check in 15 minutes and walked right up to an agent to check in. Once we had our Sea Pass we walked right to the picture taking checkpoint to get our faces into the security system and then straight aboard. We had a nice lunch in the Windjammer and then to the cabin to await our luggage and unpack. Our luggage showed up right away and we had everything placed and stowed and made our way to the Schooner Bar for a pre-meet and mingle to meet our CC buddies asap.
Sail away was just at sunset and very pretty. Going under the Skyway Bridge and leaving the bay was made easy by Capt Rob. He announced the time so that we could head forward at the right time. The age demographic on this cruise was the oldest I have ever experienced. There were more canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters than you could shake a stick at. Early seating was at 5:30 and late seating at More 8. We had late seating and the DR was about 2/3 full. Early seating was a sell out. Very few children and only a couple of teens. There was never a problem with deck chairs being taken for the entire trip.
We had great weather for the entire trip. 80-85 with mostly sunny skies. The first two days, when sailing into the wind, it is very windy on deck. The second sea day we had a Coast Guard medievac of a critically ill passenger. They closed the pool deck to facilitate the helicopter dropping the basket and it was a really amazing to see them in action. The entire process was carried out with precision and it is amazing how dangerous the procedure is. Capt Rob changed the ships course to meet the helicopter that much sooner but unfortunately the passenger did not make it to the hospital.
The food was the best that we've had onboard in many a cruise. The Windjammer was very good with more selection and an Asian section that had great stuff every day.The Singapore noodles were better than the same offering a few days later in the dining room. We are used to the menus in the DR and we're very impressed both by the quality of the food and service. After a few days I felt brave enough to order the Sirloin steak that is on the menu every day and I was very pleased with the quality and preparation. Our waiter showed us the next nights dinner menu before we left each evening so we were primed for the next night. We ate in the dining room every night except for San Juan. There, we went to a gourmet restaurant in Old San Juan that some of our group discovered in September before their Adventure cruise. The staff was great from our cabin attendant to our adopted bar servers in the Schooner bar. Our group of 7 met every day before dinner and had a pre dinner cocktail. It was often mentioned that Grandeur would be getting a Concierge Lounge like Legend and Splendour but that did not come to pass. That was our only disappointment for the cruise. The Captain is a riot. He has a dry wit that is just too funny and he mixes it in to all his PA announcements. In person he is warm and charming. The cruise directors staff was very nice and handled the myriad of games, shows and activities very well. The ship itself is well maintained but there are a few spots where Grandeur shows it's age. The room safes need a magnetic strip card and some of the furniture is a little less than perfect but still perfectly functional. The Platinum/Diamond Loyalty party was the biggest I had ever seen. Usually it is held in the Viking Crown but this time it was in the main lounge and it was totally packed. There had to be 400 members at least. Amazing! The two and a half sea days back were the perfect way to end the cruise. Perfect weather, light winds, and smooth sailing all the way back to Tampa.
Leaving the ship on the final morning was the best handled we have ever experienced. We were in the main lounge and as soon as the non Americans cleared Immigration our color was called. Right on time!! We walked out of the lounge, down the steps, and we were out the door on DEck 5 and on the gangway.Our luggage was all laid out in the claim area and there was not the usual line to go through Immigration. We just handed our Customs Declaration to the officer and showed our passports and we were out the door. The whole process took 20 minutes and we were at the curb awaiting our ride by 8:45 AM. Less
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