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We chose this cruise because it had Charleston, SC, in the itinerary and we had never been there. Charleston was the first port we visited, followed by Port Canaveral, FL, Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas, and Coco Cay (RC’s private island). We chose to purchase day passes to some resorts in Freeport and Nassau since we enjoy beaches. We were glad we did this, as it worked out well in terms of accommodations at the resorts we visited. The day passes were purchased independently of the cruise line, and we purchased them online. RC’s private island, CoCo Cay is outstanding. There are PLENTY of chairs, some with natural shade of the palm trees; umbrellas could be rented for $25; there are also all sorts of water sports at an additional cost. There are about 8 private cabanas which could be rented for $309 for the day, and there were lounge beds with covered canopies that could be rented for $57 a day. The ship, while not new, was certainly lovely and elegant. The crew were so nice, especially Francis, our Concierge Club Butler, and smiling at all times. The food was delicious both in the dining room and at the specialty restaurants, and the dining staff were accommodating and professional. We were invited to have dinner at the Captain’s table, and this was quite a nice treat. Captain Ante Cavala is probably one of the youngest (and cutest!) captains of a cruise ship in the industry. He was exceptional and very delightful. Being in an “Owner’s Suite,” we enjoyed some very nice perks, including free drinks and snacks at the Concierge Club from 4 - 8 pm, (an exclusive area for guests in suites); quick and effortless embarkation and disembarkation; priority boarding of tenders; to name just a few nice upgrades. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise, our suite, the dining, and the entertainment.

Outstanding crew

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review by hollybuddy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2018
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom
We chose this cruise because it had Charleston, SC, in the itinerary and we had never been there. Charleston was the first port we visited, followed by Port Canaveral, FL, Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas, and Coco Cay (RC’s private island). We chose to purchase day passes to some resorts in Freeport and Nassau since we enjoy beaches. We were glad we did this, as it worked out well in terms of accommodations at the resorts we visited. The day passes were purchased independently of the cruise line, and we purchased them online. RC’s private island, CoCo Cay is outstanding. There are PLENTY of chairs, some with natural shade of the palm trees; umbrellas could be rented for $25; there are also all sorts of water sports at an additional cost. There are about 8 private cabanas which could be rented for $309 for the day, and there were lounge beds with covered canopies that could be rented for $57 a day.

The ship, while not new, was certainly lovely and elegant. The crew were so nice, especially Francis, our Concierge Club Butler, and smiling at all times. The food was delicious both in the dining room and at the specialty restaurants, and the dining staff were accommodating and professional. We were invited to have dinner at the Captain’s table, and this was quite a nice treat. Captain Ante Cavala is probably one of the youngest (and cutest!) captains of a cruise ship in the industry. He was exceptional and very delightful.

Being in an “Owner’s Suite,” we enjoyed some very nice perks, including free drinks and snacks at the Concierge Club from 4 - 8 pm, (an exclusive area for guests in suites); quick and effortless embarkation and disembarkation; priority boarding of tenders; to name just a few nice upgrades.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise, our suite, the dining, and the entertainment.
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Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom
Cabin OS 8502
We had never stayed in an “Owner’s Suite” before and now we are very spoiled. This cabin was beautiful, spacious, well appointed, and had plenty of storage. Our cabin stewardess, Evangeline, was delightful, effecient, and accommodating. We had read some previous reviews about the location of our suite being one floor below the buffet and some previous residents had experienced an unacceptable level of noise in their cabin from chairs being moved, etc., in the buffet area above. While we did hear “some” noise at times, it would not influence our decision to stay in this same suite again. Overall, this was an extremely pleasant living space for nine days.
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