We just returned from a fabulous cruise aboard the Grand Princess, sailing Nov. 3 ? 10. There were four of us in two cabins, my friend, Cindy, and myself, and my sister, Debbie, and brother-in-law, Larry. We departed early Sunday morning and arrived in Ft. Lauderdale shortly after 1pm. Thankfully, all of our luggage arrived with us. I am always phobic about losing luggage, but was greatly relieved when all our bags made it. Embarkation: We had express check-in, and it took less than 5 minutes. Then we were directed to our cabin by very courteous staff. Cabin: We were on the Dolphin deck, near the rear elevators, port side, cabin D630; my sister and B-I-L were in D632. These are categorized as mini-suites, with a separate sitting area and a large balcony. The balcony was completely open, with no cover at all. The sun was very hot, but in the shade it was very comfortable. We spent little time on the balcony because of decks above us looking down on us. The sitting area was very comfortable and a great place to get everyone together to plan our activities without feeling crowded or use the bed for seating. The closet was enormous; the bath was small, but larger than others I?ve used. William, our cabin steward, introduced himself and did a wonderful job the entire week. We met up with Debbie and Larry and headed up to the Horizon Court for a quick lunch.There was a group of about 14 who met for dinner each evening. We also went on some excursions together. Dining Room: We chose Personal Choice dining and had dinner in the Michelangelo dining room with our friends at 6:30 each evening. Since there was 14 in our group we sat at two tables and rotated dinner companions each evening. Our waiter and assistant waiter, were competent and accurate servers, but did not converse very much. The food was very good, but not spectacular. One evening there were only 10 of us, so we sat a one large table. Room Service: We ordered coffee and juice every morning using the card placed on the door the night before. Entertainment: We caught the end of the show of one of the comedians. Wish we had stayed in the casino. The hypnotist was entertaining and I went to the show mainly to satisfy my curiosity. There were many good comments about his first show, so we attended his second show. We saw the culinary demonstration by the chief chef, and the tour of the galley. It is difficult to imagine the large quantities of food being prepared every day.Princess Cays: We tendered into this port, and spent the morning sitting on the beach under a cabana watching the world go by. The water was very calm and the shore very rocky. There were several quaint gift shops and some local vendors beyond the back fence. Grand Cayman: We booked a private Stingray City and snorkel tour.
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