Enjoyable family vacation: Grand Princess Cruise Review by Daisyloo

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Enjoyable family vacation

Sail Date: November 2012
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We travelled as a family of 6. Parents in our 50's, daughter 26 and her boyfriend, sons 24 and 21. We had 3 inside cabins in a row, aft on Baja deck.
Embarkation was easy. Cabins were ready as soon as we boarded. Cabins were all clean and comfortable and very similar to the cabin we had on the Emerald Princess in April, except smaller closet on the Grand. Also we thought the shower on the Grand was bigger than the one on the Emerald. The cabin was kept clean by a wonderful steward Pepito. He made sure we had all we needed, right down to fresh ice everyday.
Overall the ship was in good shape except the hallway on Baja deck port side between the mid-ship and aft elevator areas. Judging by stains on the carpet, there had been ongoing issues with leaks from pipes in the ceiling. About half way through our second week we noticed a worker on a ladder looking up in the ceiling at pipes. Later there were wet stains on the carpet and a very smelly odour that was there for the rest More of the cruise. They had a big fan blowing on this area for a few days and all it did was manage to blow the smell around. I was glad our cabin was farther aft and the smell was only an issue if we walked down that section of the hall.
The food was good and the service great. Shows were enjoyable, especially the British invasion show- we saw it both weeks as we enjoyed it so much.
We lost propulsion for a couple of hours one day during our second week. The captain was good at keeping us informed of the progress with repairs. This was a sea day for us so it was not much of an impact to us. At the same time we lost power to the aft end of the ship for maybe 20 minutes - again, not a big deal. Made us glad to have a flashlight with us though!
A bit of a disappointment was missing Princess Cays on the last day of our second week. It was windy, grey, overcast and there were whitecaps on the waves. We got to Princess Cays, but the captain made the decision that it would be too dangerous to try and tender us ashore. It was obviously the right decision. Instead we had a sea day, and as we sailed toward Fort Lauderdale the weather improved as the day went on.
Disembarkation was orderly and well planned. We were in one of the last groups off the ship at 9:45 am. We waited about 15 mins. in the taxi line, and then it was a short cab ride to the airport. There were 7 ships in port so the airport was really busy.
Overall it was a great holiday. We feel Princess offers a great product and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.
P.s. - we bought a future cruise credit each while on board. $100.00 each, good for 2 years. Can be used as deposit on any cruise you choose and gives you on-board credit too. If not used to book a cruise within 2 years the money is returned to you. Definitely a win win. Less

Published 12/16/12

Cabin review: JJB727

We liked the location of our cabins. They were just aft of the aft elevator lobby. They were just down the hall from the laundry room which was handy on the turn around day of our back to back cruise. It was a very quiet location. We never heard any noise from the hallway, elevators or laundry rooms. The closet area is smaller than what we had on the Emerald Princess, but it was adequate. The bathroom was small but adequate, and we thought the shower was actually larger than the one on the Emerald. The airconditioning worked very well. Overall we were very pleased with the cabin.

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