Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by jilesgulf
We always cruise to warmer climates-- bahamas, western & southern caribbean, bermuda, etc. We decided we would like a change of pace. We traveled with another couple. Me & the husband from the other couple had spent a lot of time in Maine about 10 years ago when our supermarket chain had been bought out by Hannaford, a supermarket chain in the New England states. We are glad we chose to go Canada/New England because Irma was tearing up the places we usually visit & have learned to love. Much prayer is needed for those folks! When cruising from Baltimore, we go up I 40 to I 95, turn onto 301 before getting to Fredericksburg, Va. We stay at Best Western in La Plata, then drive an hour or so to board the ship the next day. This time we decided we would drive to Baltimore & stay at Best Western on Mc Donnell St. & use the Park& Cruise that they offer. We thought it would be a little cheaper. This didn't work out for us as well as what we usually do. We had to drive past the ship, go through the tunnel, pay a toll, & do all of this in horrendous afternoon traffic. I thought we would never get there! If we had been on South I 95 instead of North I 95 it would have been fine. The hotel was very nice & hospitable & the shuttle service was absolutely great & I would recommend it for anyone coming from the opposite direction that we were coming from. We left the hotel on the shuttle at 10:15. Arrived at the ship about 10:30, took our carry on with us, & the shuttle service handled the rest of our luggage. We checked in right away & had to sit in the terminal about 10 minutes before we were allowed to board. We were in the Windjammer at 11:00, were allowed to get in our rooms at 1:00 sharp, & surprise, surprise, our luggage was there when we arrived at our awful rooms. Our friends were missing their 2 large suitcases & eventually had to go to security to get them because they had put a bottle of wine in each one. They were allowed to bring 2 bottles of wine aboard, but they had to be in their carry on or carried separately. We had My Time reservations for 5:30 each day. We only ate there about 4 times because we got back to the ship from excursions too late to get ready. We ate 1 night at Chops because we got a deal on the day we boarded for later in the week & 1 night at Portafino. Both of them were delicious! Ate in Windjammer 3 nights. We could always find something we liked in Windjammer. I always enjoyed the dining room but both of our husbands had to send their dinners back one night. Our waiters were absolutely fantastic. The head waiter was Monoj & he smiled 24/7. I can't remember his assistant's name but he was very good. The fellow that we checked in with when we entered the dining room remembered everything about us when we checked in with him. He called us the night before lobster night to remind us that lobster would be served because we had missed a couple of nights eating in the dining room. Wow! Very considerate! We didn't take part in many of the daytime activities because we went on excursions every day we were in port. Our friend went to the towel folding class & both of the husbands participated in the paper airplane flying contest. My husband came in 2nd out of about 12 contestants. Yahoo! FYI-- a service dog (Carlos) won the sexiest man contest! We went to the captain's question & answer time in the auditorium but he couldn't understand or speak English very well so not many questions got answered. Most of the shows were good. The first night we went to the Welcome Aboard Show. Singers & dancers were good. Jim McCue, a comedian performed & had an adult show later that night. Very funny. Next night the Headliner Show was Michelle Murlin, a singer. Just ok. The next night they showed a movie-- Pirates of the Caribbean that was just released. Good. The next night was All Access Show with the singers & dancers. Ok.The next night was Randy Cabral. He was billed as comedy, juggling, & other useless skills. He had the funniest show we have ever seen on or off of a cruise ship! I laughed so much that I had tears running down my face. Next night we went to see Greg Bonham, a singer & trumpet player. Bad singer but fantastic trumpet player & song writer. Next night was Broadway Rytham & Blues with the ship's singers & dancers. Great! We had seen it before but it had been changed a little bit since last time & these guys were very good.Next night was Horizon--motown music. Very good--high energy. Later on we went to the centrum to see Legend, a tribute show to Michael Jackson by Tino, the activities director. Fantastic! Next night was Kevin Flynn, a comedian. Very funny. All in all the shows were good--some of them very good. Can't believe we saw so many comedians & none of them bombed! In Boston we went on the Duck Tour. Our friends got off before it started because it was too crowded to enjoy. The operator said it happens a lot & they would get their money back because the company says that the Duck will hold 1 more person than it actually will comfortably. We had a great time. The operator was very knowledgeable & absolutely hilarious. We asked if we could get off at Quincy Market at the end of the tour & he said we could so several other people did that. We changed our minds & went back to the boat.In Portland we met a couple that we had worked with when Hannaford bought us out. They went back to Maine when Hannaford sold our stores. We had decided we wanted to eat lobster at DeMillo's & it is just a few blocks from the ship, so we started walking. We hadn't gotten too far before we spotted our Maine friends walking toward us. We had such a good time seeing them after all of these years & the food at DeMillo's was fantastic. Nothing like Maine lobster. They had brought us all kinds of goodies, but we couldn't take any of it back on the ship. Hand picked crab she had frozen for us, some kind of alcoholic concoction that he had brewed for us, etc. In Bar Harbor we did Best of Acadia National Park & Cadillac Mountain. Really good tour. Lots of stops to see the sights. Ate lobster, clams, corn on the cob, potatoes, slaw, & pie at Asticou Inn Restaurant. More Maine lobster! Delicious! The inn was in a very picturesque place. Fantastic view! Really good tour.Had to set our watches ahead 1 hour that night & lose 1 hour of sleep & to make it worse, we had to get up really early because our tour started at 7:45. All of the tours started early on this day because we had to be back on the boat by at 3. Yuck! In Saint John, NB we did St. Martins & the Bay of Fundy tour. Went through St. John's to the Bay of Fundy. This town was kind of depressing. Houses in need of sprucing up. The Falls were not reversing but is was still nice to see the location & how swiftly the water was running. We also saw zip liners running beside where we parked. Drove through the country side to The Coves Restaurant. Ate seafood chowder, a biscuit, & desert then went outside to see The Caves. We were cautioned about walking on the rocky shore to get to the Caves. The guide had told us that there were rocks there that had a white circle all of the way around them. They are called Wishing Rocks & if you found one you can make a wish & when it comes true you give it to another person. There were rocks that had white streaks but my husband finally found one with a white band all of the way around it. I wished that Irma would not to go to North Carolina & tear up stuff while we were gone & she didn't. Anyone want a Wishing Rock? Went to St. Martins & saw 2 covered bridges that were located in such a way as to take a picture & get both of them in the same picture. A couple of neat gift shops were there. Went back to Bay of Fundy, but Falls were still not reversing. Went to City Market in St. John's for a few minutes, then back to ship. Saw some fall colors & beautiful scenery today. Our guide was very informative & we learned a lot today about local lore & a lot about moose that I was very surprised about. Good tour in spite of not seeing the falls reverse. In Halifax, Nova Scotia we did Peggy's Cove & Double Decker City Tour. Drove to Peggy's Cove & what a special place this is. There is a magnificent lighthouse there in a tiny fishing village. I can't begin to describe how picturesque this place is & a lot of shops to shop in. There was a fellow playing the bag pipes at the bottom of the rocks leading to the lighthouse. We only had an hour there to explore & take in the scenery & we could have easily spent the whole day there. Look it up on the internet--you won't be disappointed. Took a different way back to Halifax. Beautiful scenery both ways. Fall colors are starting to appear. Got on hop on-hop off double decker bus back at the ship. We got off at the 3rd stop to go to the Maritime Museum. My husband was in the Coast Guard in Vietnam & is a retired tugboat captain, so this was a must stop. We stayed there an hour & then went to hop on the next bus. There were several people waiting for it but we waited for about 15 minutes & it never came. We decided since we were at just the 3rd stop we would walk back to the ship. Whew! It was hot & I was super glad when we got back to the ship. This was a great cruise & I would definitely do it again. The crew on the Grandeur is always so friendly & eager to please. The ship just went through a dry dock & I think they concentrated on the running of the ship & getting rid of the sewage smell on deck 3. There is still cosmetic things that were not done. Our shower curtain was not in the best of shape, the chairs in the Viking Crown Lounge are filthy, & the curtain next to our table in the dining room had holes in it. Instead of dry docking her every 5 years, she will be dry docked every 2 years from now on because of her age. I love the Lady G & I love cruising out of Baltimore.Disembarkation was a breeze! Went right through customs, found our luggage right away & all together, & our shuttle was there waiting for us. Great cruise---weather couldn't have been any better---good entertainment----great excursions----good service----terrible room---& the hurricane didn't hit NC. There you have it!
jilesgulf’s Full Rating Summary
We were on the 7th deck next to a couple that was cruising with us. We were supposed to be in large interior rooms. When we opened our room doors we were all unpleasantly surprised. We're used to having the bathroom on one side of the short hallway & the closet on the other side, the vanity on one side of the room & the couch on the other side, & the bed straight in front of us. This room had a chair about a foot into the room on the left, the bed about a foot to the right, & the vanity in front of us. The chair & the chair to the vanity were only a very short space apart. The short hallway with the bath & closet were to the left just past the chair. I've never had an entrance from the side of the room before & there was no room to move around in the room with another person at all. If I was sitting at the vanity, my husband couldn't get to the bath or the closet because the other chair was in the way. We were all furious! We paid for a LARGE inside room & it was smaller than any room any of us had ever seen before! We vehemently complained at Guest Services but the mgr. said he couldn't move us because the ship was full. I have been in a room on Holland America that had a chair instead of a couch, but there was enough room to get around. Our room attendant said most people put the chair at the end of the hallway on it's side since it was actually just in the way. That's what our friends did. After we split the bed that made some room between the smaller beds & that helped some. We left our chair where it originally was & scooted it to the side a little. Guest Services said all of the inside rooms on deck 7 were like ours. I have no idea why. This was our 3rd time on Grandeur & we've never had a room like this one. We like the inside rooms because we like total darkness when we sleep & we don't get that with outside or balcony rooms. We're very seldom in our rooms anyway but we like to have enough room to both bathe & dress at the same time! Beware if inside rooms on deck 7!!!!!!!!
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