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Jenine Eason

Age: 31 to 40


Number of Cruises: 3 t

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Grandeur of the Seas

Sailing Date: June 3rd, 2000

Itinerary: Labadee, San Juan, St. Thomas, Cococay

We had a fabulous vacation on Royal Caribbean.  We have 4 children ages 9, 10, and 12.  The kids program was excellent.  A clever move by RC was  video taping the kids’ activities.  They aired them on the TV the next day.  So, we got to see the fun our kids had.   Our best move was bringing walkie-talkies.  We were able to communicate and find our children at any time.   It was even more effective while shopping on shore.  I suspect that once this has caught on, it will become more difficult to find unique channels.  Our waiters in the main dining room were great.  This is the 1st I’ve seen a head waiter get involved.  He even cut my kids food for them.  The food for lunches was odd at times and didn’t always suit the children’s tastes.  But there were always alternatives.  Do not play the slot machines.  No one won more than $400.  The Black Jack tables were lots of fun and the dealers were very helpful with new comers.  If you want a massage/facial, wait to book until the next to last day.  They run a huge special.

Labadee was beautiful.  The straw market was quite intimidating.  They stuck things right in my kids hands and freaked them out.  We took the banana boat ride.  I must say it was a total blast.

In San Juan, we took a tour outside the ship.  Not through RC.  I suspect we lost hearing some more interesting things.  But at the cost savings, I’ll live with it.  We paid $10 a person.   The fort is a must see.  The Crown and Anchor was a wonderful place to relax after shopping and quite an elegant retreat.   There was a liqueur store just off the ship at the port.  It had to incredible deals compared to anywhere else.

St. Thomas was great.  This is probably one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been too.  Once again we took a tour outside RC.  This time at $15 per person. Well worth it.  The shopping was far superior too. 

Cococay has better snorkeling.  I also went parasailing.  It’s far more comfortable than I thought.  I just loved it.  RC’s staff was excellent guides for the event.

Ever wonder what they’d do in case of an emergency?  We had a man have a heart attack at the furthest point from civilization.  They stopped the ship, cleared the top decks, and the coast quard helicoptered in for the pick up.  I spoke to the man’s wife the next day.  She was thrilled with how they had handled it, Although she was not allowed to go with her husband.  There was only room for the doctor to go.

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