Background information: I booked this cruise with my recently widowed sister so that we could have some sister time together. It was her first regular cruise (she did one previously with Tauck) and her first time to Bermuda. It was my 27th cruise, and my 7th visit to Bermuda - my third on Grandeur of the Seas. I was 80 years old at the time of the cruise and I use a mobility scooter to get around. The scooter easily folds into a small light package, but my (younger) sister fell just before the cruise and sprained her wrist so while she could fold the scooter, I didn't want her to have to do so.
Travel to embarkation port; Normally for embarkation in Baltimore, we drive up and stay at a hotel which offers free parking, but for this cruise, my sister came down to Baltimore on the train the day before and my husband Bob was dropping us off and picking us up. On embarkation day we drove straight up to the Cruise Maryland terminal and got there about 12:30. They gave Bob a big orange window sign that said Drop Off and we gave our two bags to the baggage men. Bob put together the scooter, put the red duffel with the scooter charger underneath the seat and my computer bag on the back and I put my pocketbook under the seat and he bungie corded my cane to the front of the scooter, and we got in line. (My sister just had a large pocketbook)
Embarkation: My sister had to put the red duffel bag, my pocketbook and the computer bag, plus my camera and my cell phone through the scanner and then they were going to pat me down. She started to load stuff back on the scooter before they got to me to pat me down, and they reprimanded us for that and made the red bag go through again. Then we got to where we gave them our passports and our set-sail passes. The lady had a problem that my passport says my name is Rosalie Ann (with a space) and my registration says RosalieAnn without a space. She said she had to get that changed, and the confusion, she forgot to photograph us. We got on the ship at deck 1 with the wheelchair people instead of going up the ramp, but when we handed our cards to the lady at the entrance, there were no photos on them !!! So she took our photos there. God knows what they look like. I took off my hat and my hair is probably all on end. I guess it is fortunate that no one sees them except the ship company.
I had a handicapped cabin for the first time on Grandeur. The door does not need to have someone hold it open so I can get through- unlike regular cabin doors, it stays open when you open it until you close it. It does not slam on me while I am going through on the scooter. The scooter fits perfectly between the twin bed night tables and the cord to charge it reaches across behind my pillows. I think there are bunk beds in the ceiling, as there are two ladders in the closet. There is a safe in the closet. There is a lot of storage if there are only two people in the cabin. The beds were low and so to store suitcases under them I had to pick up the bed and have my sister slide the suitcase under it. We have a window (although it is dirty) and we are pretty close to the water since we are on deck 2. There is a small refrigerator, and the bathroom is large enough for a roll-in shower and a nice seat, but there is no place for me to put anything next to the toilet.
By accident I have twice set off the alarm that they have in the handicapped cabin because the little thread that you pull is right behind my bed. Once I was rearranging the pillows and once I reached behind my head while I was lying down to turn on the light without looking. Barbara wondered how they could get in if the cabin was locked. When I looked I saw that there was a keyhole in the door.