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Grandeur of the Seas Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Review for Grandeur of the Seas to the Eastern Caribbean
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Talionis
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Mar 2016
Cabin: Interior Stateroom
Inside stateroom, view from twin bed
Rock climbing wall viewed from deck 5 below
Room service portions are small.

A great cruise, despite the fickle weather that put a damper on some of the would-be highlights of the cruise. The space in my inside stateroom was great - granted I was the only one in the cabin, but I needed less than half of the storage space available, so there was certainly room for a second person who packs relatively lightly, like I do. I ordered the Evian water package - solos beware, the water bottles are the huge 1 qt size, and you get 12. Brought two home with me.

The shore excursions were dampened, not only by the persistent rain, but by the very aggressive hawkers, especially on Labadee. As a single woman traveling alone, I seemed to be their special target, and I didn't appreciate the taxi driver who both proposed and tried to convert me to his religion over a 5-minute ride in St. Thomas. I still had fun on the Dragon zip line in Labadee, though, and enjoyed Magans Bay in St. Thomas.

Dinner was a blast, with interesting tablemates, two of whom shared my interest in the ballroom dance classes. I appreciated the loan of the husband so that I could participate in the classes, to. Argentine Tango was a particular highlight. Lunch in the Great Gatsby dining room seemed rushed and disorganized - a great deal of bustling, but slow food delivery and smallish portions.

Cabin Review

Interior Stateroom

Cabin M

Very clean cabin, squeaky closet door, but no rattling, even in rocky seas. Very quiet location.

Port Reviews

Baltimore

Excellent displays, but overpriced at $40/ticket, not including movies

Labadee

Fun, if short and rainy. Staffers were excellent.

San Juan

A circus festival and dog show added lots of local color, but also clogged the streets and made it difficult to see anything. After a quick stop at a drug store and a short stroll through the festival, I returned to the quiet of the ship.

St. Thomas

Shared a taxi to Magans Bay in the morning, then shopped in the afternoon. Beautiful beach, not crowded since we went first thing in the morning. Absence of street hawkers was very refreshing.

St. Maarten

Very good excursion to Orient Beach. Well organized and entertaining transport to the beach, a free drink on arrival and another with the lunch provided. Beach chairs included, and umbrellas for $3. Only downsides were the ubiquitous aggressive hawkers, including a drug dealer, and a bit of crowding in the beach chair area.

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