Good 1st cruise experience

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
Sail Date: January 01, 2010
Ship: Grandeur of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago
For the 1st cruise, this was a good experience. Great if you're outgoing person and like to meet people, play various trivia games, and attend shows. Ship went from Tampa to Costa Maya, then Cozumel, and back to Tampa. There was quite a bit of shaking leaving Tampa and my spouse got sea sick and had to resort to pills which in turn made her very drowsy. She spent most of her time in a cabin and will definitely not cruise again. I, on the other hand, enjoyed the cruise. There were lots of things to do on board the ship. Food is included in the price but drinks or any other extra items will cost a lot. Excursions are very expensive. Some people bought excursions online before boarding the ship and saved almost half. Be prepared to spend additional $500 on average while on the ship. This doesn't include purchases made in ports and to tell you the truth I was shocked at the prices in Costa Maya and Cozumel. These towns are geared for tourists so the prices are equivalent to those you'd find in the United States. Be wary of the exchange rates as well.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Depending who you are, the food selection and quality can be great or not so much. For me, it was fine. Some Italian dishes weren't that good but all in all food was very good. However, you won't find freshly squeezed juices or smoothies, salad varieties, or exotic fresh fruits which seems ironic since this is a Caribbean Cruise and one might think to have plenty of such selection. My spouse was really struggling as she is into fresh, raw, and healthy foods. Another reason she won't go on the cruise again.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
I was never bored. Always something to do whether play trivia, listen to music, go to shows, hang out in the pool and hot tub, dancing, or just relaxing in spa.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Don't have children, can't comment but the ship had a room for children as well as game room.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff was very friendly

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
It was obvious the ship is not new and had lots of voyages. Most areas were clean but there was often smell in the bathrooms coming from toilet, in my cabin as well. Carpeting needs updating. Overall layout was good.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Staff did a very good job keeping the stateroom clean and inviting.

Pros: Entertainment onboard, some food items

Cons: Expensive add ons, Costa Maya and Cozumel geared toward tourists, expensive

Recommends Grandeur of the Seas? No.

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