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Grandeur of the Seas Review

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Grandeur of the Seas - Western Caribbean

Review for Grandeur of the Seas to the Western Caribbean
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Votergirl
First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Mar 2007
Cabin: Large Ocean View Stateroom
Traveled with children

We embarked on the Grandeur of the Seas from New Orleans on St. Patrick's Day. We boarded the ship with no real problems. I was traveling with my husband and my son who is eight. None of us had ever been on a cruise before. We boarded at about 1:00 p.m. and we had to wait a few minutes before we were allowed into our cabins. When we were allowed into 2536, an oceanview cabin, we were a little taken back at the smallness, but we we quickly adapted and it wasn't much of a bother.

We enjoyed our meals in the Great Gatsby and the Windjammer. My son is loves milk and it was always available. He also loves chicken fingers and by Wednesday night, they were out of them for the rest of the week. I attribute this to the abundance of spring break students sailing with us. That is my only complaint about them as they were unfailingly polite and pleasant every time we encountered some of them. My son did not care for the pool but he was thrilled with the Ocean Adventure program. He also loved the arcade, but the cost of playing a game, usually $1.50, made us decide to limit that activity.

At Grand Cayman, we paid a taxi driver $20 a person for a tour of the island that only took one hour. She let us out at a public beach that was too crowded to be believed. The guys who rent snorkel equipment told us that we could also rent equipment about a half a mile down the beach. On the hike down, we received the worst part of our sunburns. My advice would be to take that sun very seriously. When we got there, we realized that this was an exclusive resort hotel. They were willing to rent the equipment to my husband and son, so I tried to blend in with the ladies on the beach since I don't snorkel. I'm not sure that I was fooling anyone, but at least they didn't run us off. Later, the doorman got us a cab. Back at the pier, the line was so long for the tender, that we went to an upstairs restaurant across the street for a light lunch. We assumed from the prices on the menu that the lunch would be about $40. Well, that was in Cayman dollars. In U.S. dollars, it was $64. Then we still had to wait 45 minutes for a tender back to the Grandeur. At Costa Maya, we went on the Mayan ruins tour in the jungle. The ruins were spectacular. During the 50 minute bus trip, it was a sobering to see the homes and lifestyles of the local people. The houses were mostly cinder block with no glass in the windows. The ship docks there, so there was no waiting to get back on the ship. At Cozumel, we had to tender again, but things went much better both times. We went to the Playa Mia beach for a $15 cab fare and then returned to the city for some lunch and some shopping. Of the three ports, Cozumel is definitely the best place for shopping. There were 4 to 6 cruise ships docked at every port.

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Large Ocean View Stateroom

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