Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean

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4 out of 5

What a Cruise!

Sail Date: August 04, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

The ship was stunning. From the minute we walked onto the ship, we were impressed with the overall appearance, the kindness and respect offered by the crew mwmbers and the availibility of pretty much anything you wanted at your fingertips.

Pros: The crew, ship, and meals were absolutely outstanding!

Cons: The SeaPass after cruise billing process.

Cabin / Stateroom
While the rooms are expectedly small, the beds were not the most comfortable. They were OK, but that is about it.
While there were a couple of "good" shows, most of the shows were not of interest to me or my 18 and 19 year old. Not much stuff for their age group, other than the casino.
Ship Quality
Food and Dining
The food was nothing less than exemplary. I would have paid as much for the food as I would have for the cruise alone.
Service and Staff
At every opportunity the staff members were availbale to answer any question and resolve any issue that creeped up. I had an issue with the internet access being extremely slow and based on the pay-by-the-minute internet access, it appeared as though the bill would be astronomical. When taken up with the staff, they immediately reset the internet usage and things went well from there.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
Not much there at all. The main shopping area consisted of a shopping area at the end of the pier. If you wanted more, you had to either take one of the excursions offered by the cruise line, or hook up with a vendor on your own.
Key West, Florida
The best thing was the shopping areas were right outside the pier area. There was not a lot of walking required to see whatever you wanted. No excursions taken here.
Port Canaveral, Florida
Port Canaveral was a welcomed stop. After being on the ship for what seemed like eternity, it was time to get off and get your legs back under you again. Bus service was available for $8 per person into Cocoa Beach, to the Merritt Island Mall, and to WalMart Supercenter in Merritt Island for any necessities. $8 covered an all day pass for the bus. This was great as well.
Cozumel, Mexico
Cozumel was the best stop for us personally. We met up with a vendor right outside of the port who offered to provide an air conditioned van and driver services for 4 hours for $40 per person. Much cheaper than the tours offered by the cruise line. We were allowed to go wherever we wanted, stop when we wanted, and restart whenever we wanted. A couple stops at beaches, Mayan ruins, and shopping did it for us.
Don't Miss: Mayan ruins area
Miami, Florida
Hot, Hot and more Hot. To be expected in Miami in the summer. We wandered around on our own versus using one of the activities offered by the cruise line, and that worked out great for us. A lot of walking, but it was OK for us.

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