Grandeur of the Seas from Baltimore (Cruise fire)
Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas
Sail Date: May 24, 2013
Ship: Grandeur of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 4 years ago
My husband and I along with our 2 children ages 13 and 7 decided to cruise with Royal Caribbean to the Bahamas May 24th thru May 31st, 2013. The ship was just renovated and looked very elegant. We had previously cruised out of Tampa on Carnival Legend and thought that ship was very gaudy/showy in comparison. RC had a giant screen TV on the pool deck playing song video's., everyone on deck seemed to enjoy this. Another difference we noticed, was that everywhere on the ship that you heard music, it was live. It did however seem that there were alot of "extra" expenses (like restaurants, starbucks, ice cream that were NOT included in the cruise). On our previous Carnival trip, the music was from speakers, etc, not live. But there were a lot of extras that WERE included (like sushi everyday at 5pm). On day 4 of our trip, a fire started on the cruise in the aft of the ship. We reported to our muster station immediately and the staff/crew did everything they could to help everyone. I cannot say enough of how great they were helping people who were sick, in shock, fainting, etc. They brought blankets and water/soda to the passengers and kept us informed every 30 minutes or so. When the fire was out, they allowed us to go to our room to rest because we had been on the muster deck for 4 1/2 hours. We are so thankful to the staff for all their help during that very scary time. Later that day, we ate with the crew/staff because their areas had been damaged by the fire (everyone was SO nice). They diverted us to Freeport, Bahamas and we decided to go to Taino beach (which was absolutely beautiful...highly recommend). Watch out for sea urchins in the water though, my little one got some needles stuck in his foot. We hired a taxi and paid $7.00 per person to get there....but they required us to pay for the return up front and gave us vouchers for the return. Back at the port, we hit Senor Frogs (fun, fun, fun - highly recommend).
I would definately recommend "Royal Caribbean".....Grandeur of the Seas to anyone wanting to cruise. In fact, we've already booked our next cruise to Bermuda in August 2013.
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At Freeport, Bahamas....stop at Taino Beach and Senor Frogs for lots of fun.