Grande Mariner Review

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Thought we knew what we were getting into

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Mary Jaqua
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: May 2017

We knew the cabin would be small - around 90 square feet. What we did NOT know was that you could not walk around the double bed. You could not tell this from the cabin drawings. And we were in one of the expensive rooms! There was only an area about 4' long where you could access the bed, so I had to crawl over my husband to get into or out of bed. The bed was the only place to sit, and the top of the bed hit me at mid-thigh (I'm 5'3' so not terribly short) so sitting on the bed was not an option. It would have been more leaning on the bed. A lot of the rooms were made up as two single beds, and I think it was done so you could at least have an open area where you could walk and two people could access the beds. The heating and air conditioning duct was right over the bed, and was so noisy that when we went to bed we would cool the room down, turn off the air conditoning, and wake up at 12 or 1, turn the air conditioning back on for half an hour so it would cool down, and then go back to sleep. The one good thing - our cabin was near the front of the ship. Those cabins in the the back half of the ship were INCREDIBLY noisy when the ship was cruising. I have no idea how the people slept back there. Ear plugs, but I don't know if those would have worked either.

A lot of the reviews state that you don't spend much time in your cabin. How could you? There's no where to sit.

Next, shore excursions. These were quite good, and very reasonably priced. We went to the Norfolk Navy base and had an entertaining tour led by a young officer, and the Breakers, a huge house built by the Vanderbilts in the early 1900s. Also a panoramic tour of NYC. In those ports where Blount offered a walking tour, we just did our own walking tour. Saw some Victorian houses, a WWII destroyer at the Nautilus Maritime museum, the ship Constellation, as well as two ships in Providence.

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Cabin A

See the above comments. All the cabins are extremely small, but some are even smaller than the one we had. At least we had a small dresser and some shelves. Some had only a cabinet over the end of the bed. I think I would opt for the cabins with the shower over the toilet. That way you have more living area. And you only have five gallons of hot water anyway. The showers have a lever you turn at the bottom of the on and off lever that stops the water while you are soaping down. And a button you push in to stop the water completely after your donw showering on the shower head.

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