My husband and I are considering a Caribbean cruise on the Grand in 2006. I noticed it was built in 1998 and read a couple of reviews that it was showing wear and tear and a little musty smelling in places.
Has any one sailed recently on the Grand or is aware of any future remodels?
The Grand had a refit in 2003 or 2004, my wife and I sailed on the Grand 3-5-05 out of Galveston. The ship was in tip top condition, nothing to worry about. We enjoyed the ship and cruise so much that we are going again in Dec.
You will love the Grand!! I was on this ship in 2003 and had such a lovely time!! Now my husband and I are booked to sail on the sister ship, Star in November of 2005!
Can't wait and I know that you will have a great time!
Happy sailing to you!
I sailed the Grand trans-atlantic in May of 2005.
The Golden in May 2005 ttans-atlantic.
These ships are in excellent condition.
With the sheer number of new cruise ships coming on line in the past few years, the general public gets the impression that a 5yr old ship is old.
Seasoned cruisers recognize that 5-10 yr old ships are still 'new'...
The single thing that really impressed me was during the ten sea days on thses cruises, I witnessed the crew replacing carpet on deck as well as constantly painting the ships while the passengers were in port.
You can nit-pick any ship.
In 2004, I sailed Celebrity's Millentium.
She's a real beauty.
However, on close inspection, I noted a broken clock and some broken glass.
As the previous poster noted, just consider 2000 people a week passing thru your house...
This "trend" to sale only ships with less than 1year of water under their keel has become
I said this on another post. Go look at those complaining. 99.9% of the time the have a key complaint that spread to the entire ship...even if it was the parking lot at the airport at home, suddenly the cruise is ruined and it is the fault of a 5 year old ship, etc.
All I can say is, I was on the Grand Princess in 2001 and she had a major refurbishment to ditch that Southwestern Mexican Restaurant and turn it into a Steakhouse I believe. Princess keeps their ships looking good unlike Carnival, who I sailed on their Destiny built in 1996 and that ship looks like it's never seen a drydocking or refurbishment since.
You'll enjoy the Grand Princess. I'm booked on the Star Princess this October and that's a sister to her. I look forward to the design and layout of the Grand Class ships, they're very well put together and run very smoothly (unless some jerk flushes something down a toilet that doesn't belong there like they always do and flood the hallway).
My wife and cruised on the Grand 1st week of April this year. It is a beautiful ship and we found no faults. We highly recommend sailing Princess. We've been on Carnival and RCL. We're gong back to Princess because of the outstanding service we received (although Carnival is a close second). We'll be taking the Caribbean Princess out of Ft. Lauderdale next spring.