February 2016 - Grandeur of the Seas to Caribbean - Western
Sadly this would rate as the worst cruise experience I have had to date. The staff was excellent and the friendships made enjoyable but that is where the highlights end. The overall experience was extremely lacking. On the entertainment side the energy level was at an all time low. There were a few instances when the younger cruise manager, as he was called, was given the lead and he was able to bring the party level up closer to what is my normal cruise expectations. Generally on this particular cruise the entertainment was geared toward the most senior cruisers. One of the activity events was actually "Quiet zone". I didn't check it out but I'm guessing it was probably similar to library time where you can sit around and read a book in total silence as was the case in many areas of the ship. The weather didn't help either as it was high winds and overcast for a good portion of the cruise. The most desirable stop, Grand Cayman, had to be eliminated due to rough seas and high winds making tendering impossible. This was another event handled poorly on the ship. Having knowledge the night before that porting wouldn't be possible the crew waited until 10 in the morning when everyone had gather to disembark to announce the change. Even Ladadee couldn't be experienced to its fullest due to the winds and light rain. All in all, had this been my first cruise ever it would have also been my last.