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Greg Smith

Age: 49

Occupation:Federal Govt Worker

Number of Cruises: 14

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Grandeur of the Seas

Sailing Date: 10-15-2008

Itinerary: Caribbean

Overall, the cruise was great and a good bargain for the money. Leaving from Baltimore was very convenient as we live in Maryland.

Overall, we enjoyed the food in the dining room. The food in the buffet was ok but it was rather limited. What I was not all that impressed with was that the buffet area that was only open for limited hours and frequently shut down to prepare for later meals. On other ships I have been on, the buffet was set up with several lines so one could always be open. We had traditional, second seating (at 8:30) which is late but there were no openings for the early (6:30) seating. Our waiter (Russell) and assistant (Haydee) provided excellent service. The ship served Seattle's Best coffee throughout the ship and it was very good. The desserts in Buffet unfortunately were rather tasteless and choices were very limited.

Outside with Balcony (7th floor). Most of the inside activities (dining rooms, show rooms, etc.) on the Grandeur are down on Deck 5 or Deck 6 so the 7th floor was convenient. The buffet was up on 9. I thought the room was rather large for a cruse ship. The room included a sofa, plenty of closet space, a refrigerator, tv, and a bathroom I thought was slightly larger than what I have had on the Princess ships.

We were in San Juan on a Sunday and got in too late to take the Bacardi tour which we had arranged. So, we just got off the ship and walked around and frankly I didn't think much of San Juan. In St Thomas, we decided to take a tour which went over to St John and toured the island. It was ok but nothing great… no shopping there. In Samana, we took the Samana Highlights tour which was a waste of time. Samana was very disappointing. Most people I spoke with on the ship agreed that Samana was not worth the stop. The few people that did seem to like the place took a beach tour. Labadee is a beach stop and was fantastic. I have been to Princess Cays and assumed this would be similar but I would rate Labadee as significantly better. There are several beaches there. The beach closest to the ship has very smooth water and was a bit crowded. We went towards Columbus Beach which had waves and rented float (mats). Nice spot but definitely recommend wearing aqua socks as the beach is a bit rocky in spots.

We arrived to the ship at Noon and there was a short line. Getting on the ship was relatively easy. Leaving the ship seemed a bit disorganized compared to the other cruises I have taken. RCI assigns people to various parts of the ship to wait and then does not announce departure via loudspeaker but instead sends a runner to the room to make the announcement. Not very user friendly as the room I was assigned to did not have capacity to sit everyone.

The Grandeur is a nice ship, the service was good, and the food was generally good. Having cruised several times before, I could have picked out several things to nag about that RCI could have done different but overall I was very happy to have taken this cruise. I did not think much of the stops except for Labadee which I would definitely like to return to.

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