The Grandeur sails out of New Orleans, and it was convenient for my wife and I to drive. The embarkation was a little slow and took about an hour before we were on the ship. Our balcony stateroom on the seventh deck was outstanding. Plenty of room, lots of storage, well designed. The design of the ship is excellent. This was the most convenient layout we had ever seen. The ship was filled to capacity, but it never seemed crowded. Food presentation in the restaurant was great, as was the service. The only problem with the food was the lack of flavor. The buffets were great, especially breakfast, where they cooked omelettes to order. Entertainment was good for the most part, with dancing and singing variaety type shows. There was a comedian that was reasonably funny one night. Entertainment was very professional. The highlights of the week were the "Who wants to be a Millionaire" and "Battle of the Sexes" game shows. There was tremendous audience participation for each of the games, and they were hilarious. The casino was nice, although I had absolutely no luck at blackjack. The Stingray City visit at Grand Cayman is not to be missed. Cozumel is the same as always, but the Costa Maya location was very laid back and a pleasant surprise. The only downside to the trip was that it was a bit cold the first day out and last day coming back, which you would expect in December. In the spring this will be the perfect trip. There were people on board from all over the US, with probably 25% from Louisiana. The staff was great, the ship is wonderful, and I would highly recommend this cruise ship.
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