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Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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San Juan to Bermuda repositioning

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by panamatiger

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  • Sail Date: Apr 2009
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean

This cruise was our April school vacation week in New Hampshire. We liked the idea of this repositioning cruise because it stopped in Bermuda where we spent our honeymoon. We flew into San Juan a day early and hung out at the Conando Beach. Its was nice to warm up after our cold New England winter. We took a taxi to the new ( 5 yr old) Pan American pier. Checkin began at 11.30, went smooth, and was in the Windjammer for lunch at noon.  This was our seventh cruise and second time on the Grandeur.  Looking around, the ship hadn't lost its luster as bad as some other folks said.  The central Atrium  is quite bright and sound quality for the musicians were excellent.We are in our mid fifties now and wanted a good mix between relaxing and action.  The Solarium was definitely the quieter of the two pools but sometimes a bit crowded.  The sun was really effective at the outdoor pool and the reggae band did many tributes to Bob Marley.We ate breakfast and dinner in the dining room and lunch and evening desserts at the Windjammer cafe.One comedian said it is your God given right to eat as much as you want ... so we kind of took him up on it and really ate well on this cruise. The food was 4 to 5 star and the desserts were incredible. If you see Campanos at the dessert bar in the Windjammer, have a dance with him before you chow down.The shows at the Palladium Theater were pretty standard cruise ship fair. The singers and dancers really performed well and the Broadway show numbers they selected were quite appropriate. John and his wife Katrina did a good job on their respective parts of cruise direction and activities. Neither of us drink alcohol, so we were quite pleased that our table mates also didn't drink. It certainly made for a more relaxing cruise. Our waitstaff did not "push" any booze on us  nor did they hurry us along. Dinner usually took from 6 - 7.45 (main seating).RCCL has a pre-pay gratuity option. It bothered us at the beginning, but we decided to use the option.Check out was not as efficient because it was the first time the ship had been to Norfolk so customs was a little slow. Besides, we didn't really want to go home anyway. 


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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

San Juan

Old San Juan, the Beaches, and El Yunque the rainforest are the top spots on the island. You cant do them all in one day. Since we flew into San Juan, we'd recommend staying two days early to catch more sights.

St. Thomas

Sun and Beach - Go to Megans Bay , period. There's no other beach like it. There is a $4 admission because it is a state park

Try to get in some snorkeling at Coki or Sapphire Beach

Shopping in Charlotte Amalie - yes thats a lot of fun too. You can do both a beach and shop

St. Martin

The butterfly farm was very nice but only took an hour. Orient beach is a nude beach and most of the sights are not pretty Most of the island is in poverty and dirty. The cruise ships should only spend a half day there and a full day in Tortola

Tortola

Road Town is a quaint Jimmy Buffet "One Particular Harbor" kind of town. We enjoyed walking the small narrow streets and checking out the history. We didn't have enough time to get to the botanical garden. Perhaps we should have gone there first


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