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Grande Mariner Cruise Review
0.0 / 5.0
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Disappointed with the Magical Michigan Cruise

Grande Mariner Cruise Review by Lupi2

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2017
  • Destination: the USA

Chose this cruise for the ports we were stopping at. Knew ahead of time that the ship was old and rooms would be small, but older and smaller than expected. Limited water usage made washing hands/shower difficult. It is at the Captain's discretion if the itinerary changes due to "weather" and we missed one of our stops. Also cancelled one of our tours at one of the major ports, then promised there would be something else "nice" to replace it, but no there wasn't. Internet access is a joke and there are no TVs anywhere on the ship. No real entertainment, just a lecturer and photographer. Very boring evenings and long days.

On the positive side, staff was great, helpful and hard working. Food was good and enough at each meal. Chef baked fresh breads and deserts which was something to look forward to. Our stop at Mackinac Island was delightful. However, Sturgeon Bay (cancelled tour), Beaver Island (didn't stop weather), St. Ignace nothing there, Manitowoc, same thing.

We booked our own tours in Chicago and that helped to salvage an otherwise disappointing cruise.

Do not think I would cruise with Blount again.

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Cabin Review

Small and old. Shower was difficult to use, and water in sink shut off after a few seconds. Could barely wash one hand at a time.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Excellent tour. In depth look into Chicago. Well informed guide and driver. 4 full hours and some wonderful and informative stops. Would highly recommend.

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