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David Van Bibber

Age: 57

Occupation:Retired

Number of Cruises: 6

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Grandeur of the Seas

Sailing Date: 01-5-2009

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

All cruises depend on the passengers aboard. This was one of the friendliest cruises we've been on, so far. From the time we left the airport in Flint, Michigan, during the hotel the night before, and our transfers and while on the ship we made new friends along the way. We have only cruised with Princess in the past, but would not hesitate to do Royal Caribbean again - even if we did not get chocolates on our pillows. The four of us had first seating seating in the Great Gatsby dining room at a large window table with 7 new tablemates who soon became our friends. The wait staff quickly learned our preferences and was quick to please. All the meals our waiter recommended were outstanding and dining was a pleasurable experience with our new dining companions. The Windjammer Buffet was okay with limited choices for breakfast and lunch compared to the Princess Cruise line. We did take advantage of and enjoyed the free room service breakfasts we ordered for port days. It came “on time” and hot. Staff would call just before they brought it and someone would call a little later to see if we were satisfied. The 4 of us stayed it 2 cabins next to each other, category D1 on the 7th floor. Both were balconies about the middle of the ship. We compared it to the mini suite we had before on a different cruise line. Very roomy with lots of storage, some of which we never used. We did ask for and got an egg crate for the mattress. On the downside: The bed was lower than we are use to, and could not store our suitcases under it. The bathroom was roomy for a cruise ship, shower had good pressure with plenty of hot water, but the toilet quit working twice on the 7th floor in the 5 days we were on the ship. They were timely in the repair but it was an inconvenience. The balcony was nice for 2 people with 2 chairs and a small table. Our room steward, Anderson, took good care of us and seemed to always be around and was friendly and helpful. We also enjoyed the towel animals he left around our room at night. For those who like Bingo - there seemed to be a lot of it. We enjoyed their Trivia games even though we did not win their cheap prizes. The Karaoke Super Star competition was the best we've ever heard on a cruise. The Quest game kept us laughing for days. We enjoyed the Not-So-Newlywed Game, as one of our tablemates came in second place and shared their bottle of champagne with us at dinner that night. The Casino was the smallest we've seen yet on a cruise. The small casino also had small payouts for us. The live music and entertainment around the ship was good, we especially like the piano bar player. As the cruise ships recommend you need to shop at the recommended stores for high end purchases. Our friends did purchase something from another store and found a surprise on their credit bill when they checked it when they got home and they were overcharged and we don't know if it has been taken care of yet. We have always shopped the recommended stores without any problems. This cruise was fun and a great value. We would do it again.

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