A Great Time & Unusual Experience
Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Review SummaryThe ship is an older one, but wearing its age well. The crew is fantastic.
The weather was perfect! Most of the passengers spoke Spanish, so there was a slight problem with some directions, shows and tours being almost exclusively run in Spanish. However, we considered that part of the experience and were able to work our way around it most of the time.
The ports were all good, except Montego Bay. We wanted to see the museum dedicated to the Christmas Uprising of the slaves (a great little museum) and so were off the usual tourist paths, but well within the center of the business area. Being accosted by young men who accuse me of bias if I don't buy what they are selling (or go where they want me to go) is not my idea of fun! Being followed for blocks by them was annoying and unsettling. Save for that port, all the others were good.
I'd strongly recommend this for anyone in North America looking for a break from winter weather! Forget Florida - how does 90 degrees and tropical breezes in February sound?
Food and Dining
Some of the entertainers were great. Some of the show numbers were terrific. Some seemed less than polished. Of course might have been trying to handle closely coordinated dance numbers on a rocky sea.
Almost all the entertainment was exclusively in Spanish. Not a problem with singing and dancing numbers, and actually added a interesting dynamic to the "game shows" which used audience participation. Of course you'd be surprised how much you can figure out just by body language and interpreting the situation. We didn't stay long, but got an alternative enjoyment from watching something that way.
Service and Staff
Dinner service was excellent. Breakfast servers were great, but the seating staff were a little unfriendly when we'd ask to have a table for 4 or 6 and we were waiting a few minutes for the rest of our party. I'd have happily waited outside for the entire party to arrive if they'd asked. Instead they'd seat us and then keep trying to put strangers at the table in the empty seats we were holding.
Questions and problems were addressed promptly and with seemingly real concern.
Cabin / Stateroom
Ports of Call
Don't Miss: history museum - quite a nice one
Pros: Weather, Roatan & the crew
Cons: Montego Bay, Jamaica