Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Contributor Level: Third Mate

Experience
2-3 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
8

4 out of 5

Lots of time at sea

Sail Date: June 13, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

Love the convenience of leaving out of Baltimore.  Very efficient, easy process.  The trade off is four full days at sea.  There are plenty of activities to keep you busy from early morning to late at night.  The pool deck is always crowded and busy with activities or music.  The deck above is not as crowded or loud but you can still enjoy what is happening below.  If you really want a quiet space and shade, try deck 5.  We avoided the Windjammer.  Too crowded and not crazy about buffets.  The Park Cafe offers healthier alternatives.  Great sandwiches, salad and fruit for breakfast and lunch. We would get something there and take it back to our lounge chairs.  My biggests complaint:  the eating areas between the Windjammer and the Park were always FILTHY.  Tables not bussed, food spilt on floor.  They need more help to keep up with the turn over.  Or, a place for diners to leave their plates. Just disgusting. The Gatsby dining room offered a nice menu breakfast, lunch and especially dinner.  Definitely takes more time to eat there.  The food is very good.  And, if you don't like it, order something else.  Or, if you want to try two dinners, order two.   Don't miss 50/60's night or 70's night.  The activity staff does a great job.  The Quest game is a hoot; worth staying up.  We had my time dining but really, we were encouraged to come at the same time every night.  It seemed as though there were still just two seatings.  We only tried once to go without a reservation and that was while we were in port so it was not a problem. Our room was well kept and the stewart was always about if we had a problem.  We had a room with a large window which we enjoyed.  The shower is small but the water pressure is strong.  Plenty of storage space.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
The Gatsby and the Park Cafe. Did not use Windjammer
Service and Staff
Entertainment
Some of the evening entertainment was second rate but we would still go.
Onboard Activities
Always something to do. We enjoyed the shows in the Centrum the most. Get there early to get a seat.
Destinations and Excursions
We did Kennedy Space Center which was very interesting. In Nassau, it poured so many excursions were cancelled. We did Forts and Pirates which turned out to be better than expected. Gave a tour of the city in a clean, air conditioned van. Pirate museum was well done but the guide was wordy. Not a mile walk back to ship. Much closer and allows you to go to past Straw Market.
Cabin / Stateroom
Loved the window. Plenty of storage. Very clean.
Baltimore, Maryland
Easy access. Friendly and helpful staff
Port Canaveral, Florida
Went to Kennedy Space Center for the day
Nassau, Bahamas
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island)
We did not because of having tickets to the water park, but we heard the back side of the island was beautiful and not as croweded. Was taken aback by all the people packed into a small space. Two cruise ships were there.

Tip

Pack a refillable water bottle. We were able to fill it at the fountain at Park Cafe. Just put water in a glass and then fill your bottle. When you arrive, fill out raffle ticket for the spa. Three of us won. The services are great in a beautiful space. Take the steps for a workout.



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