Seven Seas Grandeur Review

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Review for the Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Seven Seas Grandeur
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Sail Date: Dec 2023
Cabin: Penthouse Suite

We chose this cruise for several reasons. The Panama Canal crossing was of interest as was the embarkation city of Miami. Embarkation was seamless and disembarkation was also complaint free. By the time the cruise started we lost 4 ports and ended up with an extra night in Los Angeles and a trip to Puerto Vallarta. Not happy with the last minute changes that were attributed to "green energy" concerns. Overall, the restaurants were spectacular with much variety for every taste. The crew was top notch. The entertainment was better than most other cruise lines with new acts brought in at a few different ports. If you ever have the chance to see Heather Sullivan, don't pass it up. The house orchestra was terrific and the lounge acts throughout the ship were very entertaining. As far as the Penthouse C cabin goes, I would have made some changes to the design. There are two doors that open into the closet. When they are open they prevent access to the drawers and one of the clothing racks. Therefore, you must close the doors to gain access to your clothes. You will now run the risk of someone else opening the closet door into you. I went through 6 band-aids from sharp door knob injuries. The bathroom was nice and large with a double sink and plenty of storage drawers and racks. There should have been a mounted magnifying mirror in the bath. The large and cumbersome one provided was essentially useless especially since there was no real area to use it properly. A real shower head in the bath would have been welcome. Rainheads look nice, but are basically useless. There is a tiny desk in the bedroom that doubles as one of the night stands. It is too small to be useful for someone that travels with a laptop. Therefore, we had to set up the laptop at the bar area and use it while standing. The blow dryer that was provided had a too-short cord and was very difficult to use. One had to put constant pressure on a button to keep it going, which prevents one from grabbing the barrel of the blow dryer to style your hair. Bring you own. There were plenty of European and US electrical outlets, which was welcome since on their other ships such as the Voyager, there is only one US outlet. If you like to use your hair tools in the bathroom, I would suggest that you pack an extension cord. I also packed my own magnifying mirror that I was able to attach to the bathroom mirror with the suction cups. The ship itself is just magnificent with beautiful art throughout. Overall, it was a positive experience, so much so that I have already booked the next one.

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Penthouse Suite

In my opinion, the penthouse suites are poorly designed. But if you like a butler, then you are stuck. The closet should have had pocket doors since they open up into the closet and then block access to your clothes. The outdoor space is roomy and the furniture is comfortable and still clean, since it is so new. The shower should have been designed with a real shower head that one may adjust. Instead, you have a rainhead that takes 15 minutes to get the soap out of your head. There is a hand held stick that you may use. Mid cruise, the ship's plumber swapped it out for a real shower head, but the design was really not meant for it. The clothes closet is roomy enough for two people and the laundry service was appreciated since this was a 16 day cruise.

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