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The ship is old but it’s been done up to have modern features, however the cabin my boyfriend and I were staying in was located above the engine so when we were docking at both ports we were unpleasantly woken by the engine noise at 5.30/6am. The entertainment was awful, apart from the comedian which we were charged an extra $9 to see - even he was joking about how ‘crappy’ this ship is. We were unable to sit on the top deck without being constantly harassed to buy an $80 drink package. Eventually, after seeing that an 18% service charge is added to each drink, we gave in and decided to get the drinks package as it seemed better value. However we misunderstood the deal and it turned out we would get a lot less for our money than it seemed so my boyfriend asked for a refund which they finally unwillingly gave us. There’s nothing to do on the ship and the day we got to the Bahamas there was a tropic storm so we only spent 20 minutes exploring before having to seek shelter in a shop for the remainder of the day. The food is ok but only one of the restaurants is free to eat at and so it was overcrowded and lacked good service. A bottle of water cost nearly $5. Our room was really clean and the shower was surprisingly powerful. We were charged just over $50 each for gratuities including housekeeping and FUEL CHARGE (!?) Lastly, we had to wait an hour and a half to get through U.S customs when we got back in Florida (although this is nothing to do with the ship). If you are planning to go on this cruise then be prepared to spend A LOT of extra money and be charged for everything. You are better off paying for a more expensive cruise line because you will probably end up spending the same amount on this ship.

Charged for EVERYTHING.

Grand Classica Cruise Review by Jessica97

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2018
  • Destination: Bahamas
The ship is old but it’s been done up to have modern features, however the cabin my boyfriend and I were staying in was located above the engine so when we were docking at both ports we were unpleasantly woken by the engine noise at 5.30/6am.

The entertainment was awful, apart from the comedian which we were charged an extra $9 to see - even he was joking about how ‘crappy’ this ship is.

We were unable to sit on the top deck without being constantly harassed to buy an $80 drink package. Eventually, after seeing that an 18% service charge is added to each drink, we gave in and decided to get the drinks package as it seemed better value. However we misunderstood the deal and it turned out we would get a lot less for our money than it seemed so my boyfriend asked for a refund which they finally unwillingly gave us. There’s nothing to do on the ship and the day we got to the Bahamas there was a tropic storm so we only spent 20 minutes exploring before having to seek shelter in a shop for the remainder of the day. The food is ok but only one of the restaurants is free to eat at and so it was overcrowded and lacked good service.

A bottle of water cost nearly $5.

Our room was really clean and the shower was surprisingly powerful.

We were charged just over $50 each for gratuities including housekeeping and FUEL CHARGE (!?)

Lastly, we had to wait an hour and a half to get through U.S customs when we got back in Florida (although this is nothing to do with the ship).

If you are planning to go on this cruise then be prepared to spend A LOT of extra money and be charged for everything. You are better off paying for a more expensive cruise line because you will probably end up spending the same amount on this ship.
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