Older, smaller ship with less than ideal itinerary, but still fun. : Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by kstrimm

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Older, smaller ship with less than ideal itinerary, but still fun.

Sail Date: August 2017
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Baltimore
We selected this cruise because it left out of Baltimore. Unfortunately, embarkation took an hour in line. The intinerary was poor in terms of the times we arrived at the port - not until 1 pm at both Bermuda & Nassau. We went to Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda and the Baha Mar in Nassau. Both were great. It rained the 2nd day in Bermuda so we weren't able to do anything that day. It also rained on and off on Coco Cay, but we stayed out there anyway. The buffet lunch they providded was tasty. Even with a small ship like ours the beach at Coco Cay felt pretty packed. The ship rocked quite a bit on sea days, & my boys felt sick on the first full day, but were fine the rest of the 9 days.

The food was really good in the dining room, but it took nearly 2 hours each night to get through the meal - too long with little kids. We asked for my time dining, but didn't get it. I went to ask about my status on the waitlist as soon as we got onboard, but was simply told More "no." This is the first time we have not been able to eventually get our preferred dining option. So we ended up having to go to the buffet for dinner a few times, because we couldn't get back to the shop in time with a 1 pm arrival in port & a 5:30 dinner. Our waiter was actually annoyed that we skipped some nights, & even scolded us for being late another night. That was surprising. We left before dessert on more than one occasion because the show started at 7 pm, but we hadn't gotten dessert menus yet by that point.

The buffet was good, but the lines were often long & the confusing circular layout meant people didn't know which way the lines were going & often cut in line. The fish choices were tasty, although the beef options were usually too tough to eat. There was really no other seafood available besides fish. The burgers were so bad even the kids wouldn't eat them. Sometimes it was so crowded we couldn't find a table. They had a lot of Indian dishes available on this cruise. The buffet ended at 9 pm & the ice cream machines outside were also turned off then - too early really. After 9 pm, the only food was in the adult only area, which of course meant lots of kids there in the evenings. The eggs on the breakfast buffet were always too runny. We got omelettes whenever the lines were reasonable, which was about half the time. The waffles were hard & the French toast was rubbery. And they had no grapefruit. The employees at the the buffet all worked really hard & were really great about clearing tables & being helpful.

The ship's photographers must not work on commission because they didn't see all that interested in selling pictures. This ship doesn't offer any digital photos at all. We ended up paying $250 for the all inclusive prints package. Really wish they had a digital option.

The cruise director's staff was pretty good. Orlando & Gemma were hilarious & fun, but we had a really bad experience with Alex, who refused to let our child join the water balloon toss because he ran out of balloons (he only had 8). He was actually rude about it & told us it was our own fault for being late, but we were there 5 minutes before the scheduled time!

The kids club was fun enough that our boys kept going back. But the teen club only had 2 gaming consoles with only one working remote for each. The last carnival ship we were on had 4 times as many!

The cabins were showing their age. Our bathroom smelled bad the entire cruise, and the window squeaked when the ship rocked. But overall, the ship was kept in good shape & we all had a fun time. Less

Published 09/09/17
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Cabin review: L3540 Large Interior Stateroom

It was clean but showing its age. The window squeaked when the ship was rocking, & there was a sewage smell in the bathroom that never went away.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Requires a tender. Have to wait to fill the tender before it takes off. The sand is full of rocks & shells, and the water full of seaweed, but there were plenty of fish to see near the rocks.
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Horseshoe Bay was packed, but really gorgeous.

The Baja Mar is a new, stunning resort, nicer than Atlantis. Definitely worth a visit.
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