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lpranger058

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  1. Sorry I had only read the text when I typed the last message. The date is on the pic now that I looked. Thanks
  2. There are more spring breakers on the 3-4 day cruises, and no its not that bad, on The Grandeur the college kids were having harmless kid fun, and the ones who were problematic were kicked off at the very first stop. My teen wasnt exposed to any of it. The college kids wont go near the teen clubs. Leave the worrys at home, it will be fine.
  3. Simeon ? I believe (probably spelled wrong), and sorry other than the comedian we didnt catch any of the shows, my son (14) said one of the shows was a juggler who juggles fire & knives. Sorry I know thats not much help. I will say that you will love the solarium, I point this out because this is the first shipe I've been on that has had one. Have fun !!
  4. I just left Tampa, $22.00 by cab, $9.00 per person in the van (36 for the 4 of us). Obviously we did the cab route, at 9:15 it took about 20 minutes to go the 7 miles
  5. I had the same results with Dramamine. (slept all day). I start taking 2 ginger root tablets per day about 3 days before my cruise, I then take 1 pill a day on the cruise. Works like a charm, no after affects at all
  6. I've dived both Cozumel & Nassau, I prefered Bahamas, as long as they take you over a reef. (we went past Paradise Island to a small cove, ship sponsored). The boat crew in Mexico was much more lively though. Trade off I guess
  7. I also use Ginger Root, it does the trick. My first cruise I became sea-sick so I took dramamine and I had to spend the day in bed. Try ginger root first, then use OTC meds as a last resort
  8. Just got back from the Grandeur. (I’ll post this on the review board also). Having just got off the Sovereign a month ago I was anxious to escape Michigan’s cold winter yet again. Embark: The facility at Tampa is in a great location and is very modern and attractive. The booking agent did have some problems with our reservation so this delayed us about 20 minutes while this was fixed. Otherwise we boarded smoothly and fairly quickly. First Impressions: Compared to Sovereign the Grandeurs atrium is lighter as that it has floor to ceiling windows on most of the floors overlooking the lobby. This is not a dig on Sovereign though, it was just different. The area was clean and well laid out. The staff was very courteous as always. Stateroom: We were in 2598, (ocean view). We weren’t aware but this room turned out to be an adjoining room so we had a chair instead of a loveseat to allow use of the door. (I would have preferred a loveseat). Room was in good shape, and had more than adequate storage room for our clothes. The only bad news was there was a sewage smell in the bathroom, sometimes more prevalent, but not to the point of being overly bothersome. Ship layout: I loved that the ship had a solarium, as others have stated this is a peaceful area void of children (including mine). I also liked the fact that the library and card rooms were enclosed rooms overlooking the ocean. Each was very peaceful. I thought that there were two things that this ship needed, #1-I felt that “Singing in the Rain” lounge was underused, an should be split to make a smaller lounge and a Johnny Rockets, #2- I also think that they should try to fit at least a half-court basketball area somewhere on the ship. Activities: I tried to get a Euchre tournament together on our sea day, unfortunately I forgot to list the time on my posting so it was a light showing. I do think that RCI should take full advantage of these card rooms by scheduling various card parties. I must say the activities on this ship seemed fewer than the Sovereign. Oh, this is the first time we did “Quest”, I won’t give it away to anyone who hasn’t done it, but what a blast !!. Fellow cruisers: It was definitely spring break. The first night I saw a few hundred spring breakers most of who were doing what spring breakers do, I did see a smattering of people who looked like they were possibly trouble. And what do you know the next day they (troublemakers) were all gone, kicked off in Key West. WAY TO GO RCCL, this is why you have loyal followers, you grabbed the bull by the horns and removed the problem. Needless to say the rest of the trip was filled with college kids just having fun, without offending others. Teen facilities: My son loved their teen room, it kept him busy throughout the cruise and thoroughly exhausted once he got home. Ports: Key West: We went Parasailing, we did the “Fury” parasailing that was on B-pier. Scary but a blast. Cozumel: We took a cab to Paradise Beach, but ended up walking next door to San Francisco beach. I will caution parents, the inflatables and trampolines are all in deeper water. I didn’t feel that there were adequate lifeguards looking after the kids who were on these beaches. I will point out in fairness to RCI, this is not one of their excursions so I can’t say how the RCI beach (Playa Mia) would have been. Both Paradise & San Francisco were otherwise great, and the inflatables only “look” easy to climb. Food: I preferred the Windjammer over formal dinner. Our formal dinner was good though, although breakfast in the dining room wasn’t as good as breakfast in the Windjammer. Last evening note: I’m not sure what was going on, but at about 2:30 A.M I was woken by what sounded like the crew cleaning, or flushing out a system under our room, unfortunately this noise lasted for about 30 minutes. Debarkation: No rapid debarking for people who carried on their own bags (us), but none the less we were off the ship by 9:30. Overall: Another great cruise. I’m looking forward to my next one which I anticipate will be a 1 week on the Freedom/Liberty or the Jewel.
  9. Were Leaving on the Grandeur in a few days, does anyone know what dock they will use in KW,,also off topic do they have ping-pong tables aboard ? Thanks
  10. Can anyone tell me if the ship docks at the Navy pier, or Mallory Sq. ? Thanks
  11. Is there a "Fuel" teen club on Grandeur, I didnt see one on the ship diagram. Thanks
  12. Re: Teen activity, I posted this on another board. We recently came back from a cruise on the Sovereign. My 14 yr old loved it !!, the "Tween" club called Fuel is open all day, they of course have video games, but they (more important to me) have organized sport events like basketball, rock climbing etc- there is also foosball, ping-pong. Having cruised with other lines before I was very pleased with RCI's teen program. I would recommend that you research the ship and what it offers. I loved the Sovereign class, but they dont have mini golf courses or full size basketball (volley-ball) courts. I'm going on the Grandeur next and it doesnt have basketball at all. Most all of the newer ships have every sports activity offered on cruise ships, but these are generally the 7 day cruises and my schedule has me only doing 4-5 day cruises this year.
  13. We recently came back from a cruise on the Sovereign. My 14 yr old loved it !!, the "Tween" club called Fuel is open all day, they of course have video games, but they (more important to me) have organized sport events like basketball, rock climbing etc- there is also foosball, ping-pong. Having cruised with other lines before I was very pleased with RCI's teen program. I would recommend that you research the ship and what it offers. I loved the Sovereign class, but they dont have mini golf courses or full size basketball (volley-ball) courts. I'm going on the Grandeur next and it doesnt have basketball at all. Most all of the newer ships have every sports activity offered on cruise ships, but these are generally the 7 day cruises and my schedule has me only doing 4-5 day cruises this year.
  14. Looking for advice on the best beach for active adults/teens in Cozumel. Thanks much
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