July 2015 - Grandeur of the Seas to Caribbean - Bahamas
We were traveling with our children (ages 16,15,12 and 10) and were disappointed by the lack of pool/slide/water activities for them. This is an older ship, and it shows. What I wish I had read in the reviews, was that there was no outdoor area geared for kids and teens. The main pool was available to them, but the kids were not very welcomed by the adults lounging by the pool (even though there is another pool for those only over 16- the Solarium), and some children were really too young to be exposed to the "sexiest man contest"...it can get quite inappropriate, lol! We purchased the Aqua Park tickets for the kids at Coco Cay Beach, and had been misinformed that they could use the park for the day while we were there, but that is not true, and actually incorrect in the shore excursion descriptions as you are really only paying for 50 minutes of use of the park. We also purchased the Balmoral Island Beach Break...beautiful beach, but be prepared to be there for 5 hours without a way back to the ship until the end, and you can't bring water or food...you must buy it there....and bring your wallet...$5 for a bottle of water, very limited food choices as well...like $5 for a little muffin, no other meals available! We also did the Airboat ride which was nice...the one with the 100 year old fishing camp. The animal show was cute afterwards. Must say that where the ship docks in Nassau, hold your breath as the smells of urine and feces along the sidewalk area are overwhelming, and you cant avoid that area to get to any shops in town. We have been on Royal Caribbean cruises before, but not this ship, and I really wouldn't recommend it to anyone, even though the service and staff were good. It is an older and stuffy ship, and unfortunately attracts a good amount of older and stuffy guests, and many of them holding the opinion that "children should be seen and not heard". I work in a nursing home and love my job and my residents, but I witnessed many older folks shaking their heads in disapproval for kids just being kids...and several instances where these older folks think they can say what they want to discipline your children, especially in the elevator.