This was our 13th cruise. We left on 9/11 and traveled through the Bermuda triangle during hurricane season and used a credit card that expired on Sept 2011. It's a good thing that we're not superstitious.
We left Michigan on the morning of the cruise and arrived in Fort Lauderdale about 11:30. A short cab ride past the Oasis and Carnival "Irritation" (as Captain Rob called it) and we were at our ship. The check-in was a breeze and we were soon on board.
We booked this cruise as sort of a last minute get away to use up some free air that we had and we got a great deal. We had a great time and this isn't a complaint, but RCCL clearly cut back on a number things on this cruise.
The first port was Key West. We docked at 7:00 AM and the dining wasn't open until 7:00. We weren't in a hurry, but I thought that was a little odd. We took the trolley around the island, did a little shopping and we were back on the ship by about 11:00. The ship left Key West at 1:30 so we didn't have much time there.
The next stop was Cozumel and the "Irritation" joined us in port. It was extremely hot in Cozumel so we just did a little shopping and headed back for a relaxing day on the ship.
Day three was at sea. The pool area was packed so we spent most of the day at the Solarium. There was a group that got a little out of hand with cannonballs and security tried several times to get them to stop, but it got a little rowdy for about an hour.
The last day was at Coco Cay and we loved this stop. The snorkelers told us that they saw several barracudas in the three foot range and lot of other fish. We spent our time on beach and just relaxed and people watched.
The food was decent in the Windjammer, good in the dining room and not so good in the Solarium. There were several complaints about not having any food options (other than room service) open before 7:00 A.M. or after 9:00 P.M. That really wasn't an issue for us, but I can understand how it could be for others.
Our room was adequate. We did have some mold in our shower and, at times, we could hear people moving chairs on the deck 5 above us. The safe in the room required a credit card to open and shut it - that meant that we either had to carry the credit card around or hide in the room someplace.
The highlight of the cruise had to be Captain Rob. This was his last cruise on Grandeur. He is the only RCCL American born captain and his announcements were hilarious. He's now on the Enchantment of the Seas.
All in all, this wasn't the best RCCL cruise that we've ever been on, but it was a good value for what we paid and it great to just get away from the office for a few days.