Grandeur of the Seas - Western Caribbean: Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by michcruiser

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Grandeur of the Seas - Western Caribbean

Sail Date: February 2006
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Tampa
A little about us. Were in our 50s and this was our tenth cruise, fifth on Royal Caribbean. We originally booked a 7-night sailing from New Orleans but due to hurricane Katrina the Grandeur was redeployed to Tampa. The offer from RCI to do a 5 and 4-night, back-to-back, at the original booking price was too good to pass, so we were off to Tampa. We were sailing with my daughter, son-in-law and new granddaughter, and although we were all looking forward to a few pre-cruise nights in N.O. a 9-night cruise was quite welcome.

We flew in from Detroit, met with the kids at the Tampa airport and took a cab to the pier. Embarkation was a breeze and we were enjoying lunch in the Windjammer by 11:30. This was a budget cruise so we booked and inside cabin and as expected it was a tight fit but fine since it was used only for sleeping. The kids were a little cramped next door since the had to make room for the Pak n Play for the baby. The ship is in great shape and the crew was one of More the best Ive experienced. They were extremely friendly and always helpful. The entertainment was fairly typical for Royal Caribbean but enjoyable. The ships singers and dancers were quite good. Meals in the dining room were very good, not spectacular, but better than average. The Windjammer was consistently good and I enjoyed breakfast there most mornings.

Most of the time the ship did not appear overly crowded except for the Pool Deck. Due to many schools being off for mid-winter/Presidents Week breaks there were many children on board but most were well behaved. Those in the ships Adventure Ocean program seemed to really enjoy it.

On the first 5-day portion of our adventure we had scheduled ports of call in Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Both ports are tendered. Cozumel, due to hurricane damage to the piers, is using tenders and although its a bit slow boarding due to their size its a rather simple process. Also, due to the tenders there are late hours in Cozumel. We would be stopping again at the island during the second, 4-day portion of our cruise so this time we just did some shopping and enjoyed a great lunch at Ponchos Backyard. On Grand Cayman we also just did a little shopping before returning to the ship.

This was our first experience with doing a back-to-back sailing so we werent quite sure what to expect when we got back to Tampa. We did have to debark and clear immigration before re-boarding but since we would be staying in the same cabins we did not have to pack. We waited as long as possible before debarking and had only a short wait before we could re-board. There is a nice port-side mall just a block away, and although not open, was a good place to wait. We had been issued new Sea Pass cards the day before so we only had to have our pictures retaken as we boarded. We were given priority boarding once the ship had cleared immigration so we were onboard in no time.

The next 4 days were much the same. There were more kids on board and the weather was warmer so Pool Deck space was at an even greater premium. This time there was only one port, Cozumel. We hired a cab for the short ride to the Mayan ruins at San Gervasio. We had a great driver who shared much about the history of the island on the way to the ruins. Once there we explored at our leisure for about an hour and then returned to town. After a couple of cold drinks and snacks we returned to the ship and enjoyed our final days at sea.

Our final debarkation was the quickest Ive ever experienced and we had no problem securing a van for the trip to the airport and our return to the snowy north. Tampa seems to be a great port. Embarking and debarking were really easy and the airport is a quick cab/van ride away. Less

Published 04/10/06

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