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Joe

Age: 15

Occupation:Student

Number of Cruises: 6

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Grandeur of the Seas

Sailing Date: July 18th, 2005

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

I thought it would be a good idea to have a teenager’s perception. This cruise was my sixth and I have done five with RCC. I have been on the Sovereign, Navigator, and Voyager (2X). This was my first time going to Bermuda and I was excited. This cruise was much smaller that the Voyager class ships but still beautiful. I drove to Baltimore from New York which took about four hours. Since my parents have Platinum status with RCC, we got on the ship in hardly any time, but if you are new to cruising, the line was very long. Once onboard we toured the ships and waited to go see our rooms.

Dining Room: My family went on this cruise with another family of five. We all sat together on the fifth floor and our waiter, Rajiv, from India, was spectacular. The food was good, but some of it was a little to ethnic. Dessert was great and the singing and dancing the waiters did to entertain us was amusing.

Windjammer: The food in the windjammer was okay. Breakfast left a lot to be desired. I was bored of eggs and pancakes after day two. The omelet station line was huge and you had to wait twenty minutes for an omelet. Lunch was okay. Towards the end of the cruise we began to eat in the dining room which was much better. We only ate dinner there once and it was good, but not as good as the dining room. We only did this because we got back from Bermuda late.

Pool: I personally did not use the pools because of the fact that they are filled with saltwater and crowded. There are little kids everywhere and they splash the water into your eyes which burns.

Entertainment:
I attend the Welcome aboard Show, and Farewell Show only. The welcome show was good because of the comedian. The same goes for the Farewell show. I regret missing Knight Magic which I heard was fantastic. I had no interest in going to the production shows because I have gone in the past and they are boring. Karaoke was funny to watch because the number of people that could carry a tune I could count on one hand. The Quest was a blast. It is an adult scavenger hunt where people will do almost anything to win a keychain. Overall the entertainment that I attended was great.

Activities: After a day I started to become bored. The rockwall was hardly ever opened because of wind, ping pong is only fun for so long, and there was only two shuffle boards to play on which were almost always occupied. It might be that I have been spoiled by going on the voyager but I found a lot more time to watch the movies in the stateroom which included, Million Dollar Baby, Be Cool, Spanglish, In Good Company, and The Pacifier.

Adventure Ocean-My brother, who is eleven, was at the kids club every night. He enjoyed it very much. However, when you get older, they start paying less attention to you and you have a lot more free time.

Stateroom: My brother and I stayed in an outside cabin which was fine. The beds were comfortable and we could move easily except for the showers which were very tight. Our Cabin Steward was Anderson and he was funny and did a great job.
Overall I give this cruise a 7 out of 10.

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