Just got off the first sailing aboard the Grand Classica.
Cabin: We had a midship Oceanview. The room was large, beds comfortable, nice view, clean, safe functioned well, lots of closet space, moderate sized bathroom with typical circular shower. NO washcloths, hand soap, shampoo. TV was about 22" at best.
Entertainment: The complimentary evening shows were different each night of our 2-Night cruise. Both shows has a short intro by a comedian, one-act magician, then the Classica dancers. First night was "South Beach" full of energy, excellent dancing and singing. Second night was "Voodoo" with same cast doing blues type music. Both were fantastic. They also had the comedian for an "Adult Only" show which cost $13. We did not attend this. Poolside games were entertaining. Sports bar had NO TVs to watch anything. Only sport bar I have seen with no TV. The had a pool table, with only 6 balls, and air hockey table. Poolside had 2 foosball tables.
Food: This was horrible!!! Cold, overcooked both in the complimentary dining room and the buffets. Best food we had was rice crispies. Sorry, but they need a new Food and Beverage manager!!
Staff: Our room steward was excellent! Bartenders seemed to enjoy their jobs and kept pace with the flow of traffic. Speaking of bars, definitely purchase the drink package, unless you only drink beer. Checkin was slow possibly due to lack of technology. They still use a credit card imprint machine. Customer service desk onboard was always packed.
Excursions: Wide variety to suit anyone's needs. Reasonably priced too!
Overall: Don't expect luxury! The ship definitely shows its age and could use a complete paint job. Deck is in great shape as are the cabanas poolside. Hot tubs were fine, but adult pool was closed for some reason. Entrance artwork was a nice touch but the lime green/orange decor dates the ship to the late 90's, true with is build date. The interior design, across the entire ship, could use some updating. Safety muster was extremely unorganized. So glad we didn't need to evacuate at sea. Lifeboats didn't look very well maintained.
I was a bit disappointed. I had expected much more for an inaugural cruise. I hope they get the bugs worked out as this has a great potential.
We had a midship Oceanview. The room was large, beds comfortable, nice view, clean, safe functioned well, lots of closet space, moderate sized bathroom with typical circular shower. NO washcloths, hand soap, shampoo. TV was about 22" at best.
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