Mixed feelings: Food A+, Cabins C-, yet they have a loyal following.: Grande Caribe Cruise Review by scotcanus
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Mixed feelings: Food A+, Cabins C-, yet they have a loyal following.
Destination: Canada & New England
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 More 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.
Until the last two nights when pleasant singers came onboard, the only evening entertainment was an old movie on the one TV onboard, in the lounge.
We met people who had been on as many as 16 previous Blount cruises, and frankly, we just do not understand why. Probably the Caribbean snorkel cruises attract a younger and more active crowd.
We enjoyed our meals, our destinations and had plenty of time to nap and read--but in other ways this just did not measure up to our expectations. We have been on a number of smaller ship cruises before in Europe and the US and Canada, and have been pleased with two river cruise companies over several trips in Europe, so I do not consider ourselves to normally be critical people. We will not be repeat customers with Blount. Less
Cabin review: upper deck53A
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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