The Mashuganuts Sail Again: Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by Priusprof

Grandeur of the Seas 5
Member Since 2006
5,557 Forum Posts

Overall Member Rating

The Mashuganuts Sail Again

Sail Date: December 2008
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Tampa
We got to the pier at 11:30 am and it was a breeze going through security and checking in.We were through the security check in 15 minutes and walked right up to an agent to check in. Once we had our Sea Pass we walked right to the picture taking checkpoint to get our faces into the security system and then straight aboard. We had a nice lunch in the Windjammer and then to the cabin to await our luggage and unpack. Our luggage showed up right away and we had everything placed and stowed and made our way to the Schooner Bar for a pre-meet and mingle to meet our CC buddies asap.

Sail away was just at sunset and very pretty. Going under the Skyway Bridge and leaving the bay was made easy by Capt Rob. He announced the time so that we could head forward at the right time. The age demographic on this cruise was the oldest I have ever experienced. There were more canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters than you could shake a stick at. Early seating was at 5:30 and late seating at More 8. We had late seating and the DR was about 2/3 full. Early seating was a sell out. Very few children and only a couple of teens. There was never a problem with deck chairs being taken for the entire trip.

We had great weather for the entire trip. 80-85 with mostly sunny skies. The first two days, when sailing into the wind, it is very windy on deck. The second sea day we had a Coast Guard medievac of a critically ill passenger. They closed the pool deck to facilitate the helicopter dropping the basket and it was a really amazing to see them in action. The entire process was carried out with precision and it is amazing how dangerous the procedure is. Capt Rob changed the ships course to meet the helicopter that much sooner but unfortunately the passenger did not make it to the hospital.

The food was the best that we've had onboard in many a cruise. The Windjammer was very good with more selection and an Asian section that had great stuff every day.The Singapore noodles were better than the same offering a few days later in the dining room. We are used to the menus in the DR and we're very impressed both by the quality of the food and service. After a few days I felt brave enough to order the Sirloin steak that is on the menu every day and I was very pleased with the quality and preparation. Our waiter showed us the next nights dinner menu before we left each evening so we were primed for the next night. We ate in the dining room every night except for San Juan. There, we went to a gourmet restaurant in Old San Juan that some of our group discovered in September before their Adventure cruise. The staff was great from our cabin attendant to our adopted bar servers in the Schooner bar. Our group of 7 met every day before dinner and had a pre dinner cocktail. It was often mentioned that Grandeur would be getting a Concierge Lounge like Legend and Splendour but that did not come to pass. That was our only disappointment for the cruise. The Captain is a riot. He has a dry wit that is just too funny and he mixes it in to all his PA announcements. In person he is warm and charming. The cruise directors staff was very nice and handled the myriad of games, shows and activities very well. The ship itself is well maintained but there are a few spots where Grandeur shows it's age. The room safes need a magnetic strip card and some of the furniture is a little less than perfect but still perfectly functional. The Platinum/Diamond Loyalty party was the biggest I had ever seen. Usually it is held in the Viking Crown but this time it was in the main lounge and it was totally packed. There had to be 400 members at least. Amazing! The two and a half sea days back were the perfect way to end the cruise. Perfect weather, light winds, and smooth sailing all the way back to Tampa.

Leaving the ship on the final morning was the best handled we have ever experienced. We were in the main lounge and as soon as the non Americans cleared Immigration our color was called. Right on time!! We walked out of the lounge, down the steps, and we were out the door on DEck 5 and on the gangway.Our luggage was all laid out in the claim area and there was not the usual line to go through Immigration. We just handed our Customs Declaration to the officer and showed our passports and we were out the door. The whole process took 20 minutes and we were at the curb awaiting our ride by 8:45 AM. Less

Published 12/26/08

Cabin review: JS8088 Junior Suite

We had Cabin 8088. We booked 18 months out to get an Aft JS looking right down the wake. This JS has a triple size balcony that accomodated 2 chairs, table, and 2 pool lounge chairs. We still had plenty of walking around room as well. Our group had all 4 across on Deck 8.

Read All Junior Suite (JS) Reviews >>

Port and Shore Excursions

Here we were on a tour on a fast boat and did a complete trip around the island that included lunch. We saw the sights, stopped at a Stingray City type attraction, and swam with the rays and actually got to hold one. This was about a 6 hour tour that also included 3 snorkeling stops and a harbor tour where the big boats moored. The beaches were beautiful.

Read 1191 Antigua Reviews

Unfortunately our time was cut short due to the rescue emergency. All the shore excursions were cancelled but we only planned to stroll OSJ and have dinner so we were happy.The view coming into the harbor is the best on the trip.

Read 2947 San Juan Reviews

We hired our own private taxi via a Cruise Critic Board recommendation. We e mailed and set it up with Rose and Jims Taxi.Jim had a great Toyota van that was perfect for our group.For $30 per person we saw the Batik Factory, Brimstone Hill Fortress, and the volcanic beaches on the Atlantic side of the island. Breath taking scenery and lush island vistas. A photo op a minute.

Read 1319 St. Kitts Reviews

Here the ladies in our group shopped up a storm at a warehouse outlet for all the street vendor type stuff and then hit the jewelry stores on Front St. We rented beach chairs and umbrellas at the beach right off the pier for $5 per person and soaked up the sun.

Our last stop was Tortola, BVI but we saw nothing on Tortola. Our ships tour took us to Virgin Gorda.Most of our group did a private tour on a catamaran that also went to Virgin Gorda. The ships tour was less and we got to see more because we had a fast ferry vs the Cat. We saw Spanish Town, and spent about an hour swimming and snorkeling at a secluded beach before going to the Baths. The baths are a couple of beaches where huge volcanic boulders dot the beaches. There are a collection of boulders that separate two beaches and they have created a maze path to squeeze through that they call the Cave. It is about 350 yds from the lot to the beach and a longer walk back up if you choose the non-cave path back up. Nice bar, restaurant and pool at the top for those who didn't want the beach. It was a shame that we left at 1 but it was the last stop and we needed to leave to get back to home port.

Compare Prices on Grandeur of the Seas Eastern Caribbean Cruises

Read more Grandeur of the Seas cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic’s Grandeur of the Seas Review >>

Compare Prices on Grandeur of the Seas Eastern Caribbean Cruises

Member Since 2006
5,557 Forum Posts
Enrichment Activities
Family & Children
Fitness & Recreation
Onboard Experience
Public Rooms
Shore Excursions
Value for Money
Share feedback
Thank you!  Cruise Critic values your feedback.
How can we improve this page?
Skip X

See Grandeur of the Seas deals up to 82% off:

September Deals
Grandeur of the Seas 73% Loved It

9 Night Canada & New England Cruise
See all Grandeur of the Seas Deals >>