Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
2-3 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
3

1 out of 5

Lacking Grandeur of the Seas

Sail Date: February 21, 2016

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

Sadly this would rate as the worst cruise experience I have had to date. The staff was excellent and the friendships made enjoyable but that is where the highlights end. The overall experience was extremely lacking. On the entertainment side the energy level was at an all time low. There were a few instances when the younger cruise manager, as he was called, was given the lead and he was able to bring the party level up closer to what is my normal cruise expectations. Generally on this particular cruise the entertainment was geared toward the most senior cruisers. One of the activity events was actually "Quiet zone". I didn't check it out but I'm guessing it was probably similar to library time where you can sit around and read a book in total silence as was the case in many areas of the ship. The weather didn't help either as it was high winds and overcast for a good portion of the cruise. The most desirable stop, Grand Cayman, had to be eliminated due to rough seas and high winds making tendering impossible. This was another event handled poorly on the ship. Having knowledge the night before that porting wouldn't be possible the crew waited until 10 in the morning when everyone had gather to disembark to announce the change. Even Ladadee couldn't be experienced to its fullest due to the winds and light rain. All in all, had this been my first cruise ever it would have also been my last.

Cabin / Stateroom
Cabin was clean and adequate. My first time in an inside room and will probably be my choice going forward as little time is actually spent in the room.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
The Port of Baltimore ran a very smooth operation.
Ship Quality
Nothing out of the ordinary
Destinations and Excursions
The destinations and excursions would have been excellent had Mother Nature cooperated. She forced cancellation of the Grand Cayman stop and most excursions booked. This was outside the realm of the cruise line.
Onboard Activities
Limited and not continuous. This contributed to the boredom due to inclement weather too.
Entertainment
Daytime entertainment lacking , evening shows were average.
Service and Staff
Sary as room attendant and Nilesh and Gene in main dining room were excellent. They went above and beyond to help the experience.
Food and Dining
The food was OK, just your average in quality and lacking in late night snack variety

Tip

Bring a book like "War and Peace" you'll have plenty of quiet time to read.



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