Grande Caribe Review

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Mixed feelings: Food A+, Cabins C-, yet they have a loyal following.

Review for Canada & New England Cruise on Grande Caribe
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Aug 2017

I chose for the destinations: Newport, RI, Nantucket and New Bedford and Martha's Vineyard, plus Block Island and a brief overnight on Cuttyhunk. I knew it would not entail cruise ship luxury, and was okay with and expected that. What I did not expect was so little organized activity options, mold in our shower, and beds worthy of a kids' camp cabin. To suggest that this was an "adventure" cruise is ludicrous, unless you count one chance to kayak and one to go on a sailboat, both for an extra charge. Be aware that no activities are included in your base price, except for a few shuttles. This is not like a European river cruise, where at least one outing a day in included. To be fair, their tours offered are inexpensive except for the sail.

The brochure and website suggest there will be lecturers on history, wildlife, etc--but this week there were none. The website and even a sign on our boat talk about bikes and kayaks being onboard "on some trips." We had none, despite being in locations where access to both would have been helpful.

The food was good, with both a seafood option and another meat for dinner each night, and they accommodated passenger allergies nicely. We did have lobster every day as advertised, including a nice "lobster bake" dinner. One day it was in an omelette for breakfast, another in a bisque for lunch. Once it was in a sauce over cod. The homemade breads and pastries at every meal were wonderful! Red and white wines and beer were offered free at both lunch and dinner. This would not be a good trip for vegetarians! Cocktails were offered free on two nights.

Cabin Review

Cabin upper deck

Tiny, which we expected. Twin beds, one nightstand, built-in dresser and half closet. AC and fan were noisy and kept going on and off--not possible to get a constant. Window looked out on promenade deck. No safe, and no way to lock door except if you are inside.

No TV. There was wifi when available--most of the time. Shampoo, conditioner and shower liquid soap were provided. Beds changed once. Towels once a day. No room service.

Mattress was an old thin bunk-type mattress with a thick foam pad on top. Pillows were hard and very high. I ended up using a throw pillow inside the pillow case instead.

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