I do not think YOU will be disappointed and I'm certain your cruising partner will not. The Grand is indeed something else. The critique is merely constructive contrasts between her and other ships. I would definitely sail on the Grand again. I remember my first cruise - looking back, it was like an OLD, ready for the scrap yard tug boat. BUT, I fell in love with cruising and still hold the memories dear. Fear not, you are in for a wonderful cruise experience onboard the Grand.