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Blount Small Ship Adventures Grande Mariner Cruise Reviews

Blount Small Ship Adventures
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19 Blount Small Ship Adventures Grande Mariner Cruise Reviews

desertdame avatar


1 Review Written

Would not recommend this cruise to anyone


I chose this cruise because it is the only cruise on the Erie Canal and was looking for a small ship cruise. The ship itself is an older ship and in considerable need of refurbishing. The beds in particular were ...
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Sail Date October 2016

librarian avatar


2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Great Cruise

We traveled the Great Lakes from Chicago to NYC via the Welland Canal, 4 Great Lakes, Erie Canal, Lake Sinclair. Only Lake Huron was a bit rough for a day. Our cabin was basic 8 by 10. Separate shower and ...
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Sail Date September 2019

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Nicky Boy

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Small Ship-Big Fun

Blount Small Ship Adventures is just that, a small ship with adventures aplenty. Hubby and I have cruised with Blount many times over the past few years, but the cruise that I enjoyed most and I enjoyed twice was ...
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Sail Date March 2016

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Burbank Travelers

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Disappointing from start to finish

We chose this river cruise because of the itinerary up the Hudson to the Erie Canal and onto the St. Lawrence Seaway. We knew the cabins would be small but my wife and I were still surprised at the bathrooms (think ...
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Sail Date September 2018

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1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Small ship, small ports, great people, wonderful places.

I had sailed with Blount before on one of their Erie Canal trips. I loved the smaller ship and the terrific crew. Several of the passengers told me about their experiences during their Caribbean cruise on Blount, ...
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Sail Date December 2016

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1 Review Written

I enjoyed going where the big ships cannot

I wanted a small ship experience with lots of intracoastal sailing opportunities. We truly were able to "go where the big ships cannot!" My most enjoyable moments were on the various canals we traveled through - ...
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Sail Date April 2018

Richard-Maine avatar


3 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

Small older ship, good crew, not much else to recommend. Better values elsewhere

We wanted a small ship that was within driving distance and found Blount. They have two older very small ships that are identical. We knew it was a small boat but weren't prepared for just how spartan that meant. ...
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Sail Date June 2018

woebegone avatar


3 Reviews Written

12 Helpful Votes

This cruise was outstanding

We have always wanted to go to Lake Mackinac and were delighted with all you can see and do on this island including The Grand Hotel which was awesome. Payment to enter is waived for all Blount customers. All the ...
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Sail Date August 2017

Lupi2 avatar


1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Disappointed with the Magical Michigan Cruise

Chose this cruise for the ports we were stopping at. Knew ahead of time that the ship was old and rooms would be small, but older and smaller than expected. Limited water usage made washing hands/shower difficult. ...
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Sail Date August 2017

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Mary Jaqua

5 Reviews Written

44 Helpful Votes

Thought we knew what we were getting into

We knew the cabin would be small - around 90 square feet. What we did NOT know was that you could not walk around the double bed. You could not tell this from the cabin drawings. And we were in one of the ...
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Sail Date May 2017

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1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Like Cruising on Your Friend's Yacht

I went to the Bahamian Out Islands with Blount it was the best vacation I have ever taken. We boarded in Nassau and cruised past 4 HUGE cruise ships. We went to the outer islands that big ships will never reach. ...
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Sail Date March 2016

Faithila avatar


1 Review Written

27 Helpful Votes

Great Lakes and Erie Canal

There is not much to choose from if you like to cruise small ships and wish to remain in or near the U.S. Blount Cruises offers wonderful itineraries on Eastern U.S. Lakes and rivers and coastlines. Advantages ...
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Sail Date August 2015

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1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

It's like sailing on a private yacht!

We, a couple in our 50s, have sailed many times with Blount (formerly ACCL - American Canadian Caribbean Line) and absolutely love it. Here's the deal: The cabins are small, efficient, clean and comfortable. Public ...
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Sail Date March 2014

Mort48 avatar


1 Review Written

12 Helpful Votes

Never Again

We had heard wonderful things about this cruise line. The idea of a smaller more intimate cruise held a lot of appeal. Unfortunately, the idea was better than reality. The rooms are tiny and continually had a sour ...
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Sail Date July 2013

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1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Looking forward to another trip with Blount!

Just found the reviews for Blount on CC and want to praise them. Loved our Magical Lake Michigan trip in 2011 on the (now retired) Niagara Prince. Easy and comfortable way to see a part of the USA that would take ...
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Sail Date August 2011

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1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

June 16th 2012 Lake Michigan Cruise

My wife and I sailed on the Grande Mariner from June 16th to June 23rd out of Navy Pier in Chicago. The cruise took us to a number of different ports including Mackinaw, Sturgeon Bay and Milwaukee. For a small ship, ...
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Sail Date June 2012

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1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Wonderful cruise in Belize and Guatemala

The cruise was absolutely fantastic and my husband and I got to relax and unwind in paradise! The service was above and beyond, the food is always fresh and phenomenal (the dessert was my personal highlight!), and ...
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Sail Date December 2017

akruzich avatar


1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

First small Cruise

This was my first small cruise, determined not to go on a ship with a thousand other people. Overall I found it relaxing. However, though I had anticipated a small single cabin as not being very large, to call ...
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Sail Date July 2019

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