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Peter Cunningham

Age: 61

Occupation:liquor broker

Number of Cruises: 25

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Grandeur of the Seas

Sailing Date: December 20th, 2003

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

This was our second cruise on the Grandeur in 14 months.

Embarkation was the fastest ever, with the exception of having to pay RCCL an extra $ 280.00 as our travel agent got us an exceptional price using RCCL's regional discount program. RCCL said it didn't apply at the dock and we could either pay or not go. I gave them a check for $280.00 which I immediately stopped payment on. The travel agent and RCCL are fighting that one out. Frankly I think it was a bait and switch.

Anyway even with all that were about the first on the ship, baggage following about three hours later.

We had an outside stateroom deck three. We had the room steward rearrange the furniture so the couch was facing the window, not the back of the bed. RCCL cabins are very small compared to Holland America. Last cruise on the Grandeur we had a balcony cabin but since we spend little time there the balcony cost seems high.

This was a X-mass cruise and the ship was full of kids. I was very surprised as I expected most families would keep their kids at home. But, RCCL kid's programs kept the 500 little monsters at bay for the most part.

We took most of our meals in the dining room. The food was very good and the service very good. My only grip is RCCL makes their wait staff put on shows almost every night and to me they get old. For first time cruisers it is probably fun.

The shows were good and well done. Not exceptional but what one would expect. We even had Charo at the end.

The ports of all were good. I in particular liked Costa Maya. The little town near the pier of Majahaul was cute and like going back in time. Too bad the developers are going to ruin it.

Cozumel was the same as always. We always rent a taxi and go the East side of the island. It is very nice sans tourists. There is a great bar there called Coconuts, right on the beach complete with an iguana and parrot. The walls are lined with panties and bras from past patrons.

Key West was OK but has grown tremendously. We even witnessed a knife fight between to bums. It took the police 30 minutes to get there. However Hogs Breath and Hard Rock Cafe were cool. The sunset at the pier was cool as well.

Overall it was a good but not great cruise. The Grandeur is showing her age and needs refurbishing. Rust showing everywhere.

One bright note, the Captain named Herman Ziny was everywhere. He is a great dude and saw more of him than any other of my 25 cruises.

Peter Cunningham
Fairhope,AL

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