We just got back from 7 days on Grandeur, leaving from New Orleans. We arrived the day before to make sure we made the cruise, lucky we did as it was so foggy on the day of departure that they closed the river and we ended up staying the night in port, leaving at 9am the next morning. Had a great time in New Orleans. The cruise was fabulous, great weather and calm seas. We were 24 hours late in arriving at Grand Cayman and Cozumel, and did not make it to Progresso at all due to the delayed departure. Our one excursion was Capt. Marvins in Grand Cayman, highly recommended. In Cozumel we spent the day at Chakanaab Park, good snorkelling, clean, lockers, sunbeds, dolphins etc.
Godd to hear you had a nice time considering the delays and changes.
We are going on our first cruise on the 22 so I may have lots of questions for you!
Do the rooms have individual heat/air controls? We may bring a small portable fan with us. I have slept with one for about 15 years and can't sleep w/o it!
What type of nightlife is there besides the shows and casino. I haven't seen anything about any dance type lounge. The Viking lounge and some kind of piano bar?
We are alos planning on going to Chakanaab Park.
Whe you went on the G. Cayman excursion did you still have time to go about town and shop? We are going on the stingray city, snorkel, beach combo which is 7 hrs but I wasn't sure if we would still have time to do any shopping.
Is there a Tortuga's Rum shop close to the port?
I probably will have more questions, sorry! I'm just soo anxious!
Clare - There is that old saying about, "If life deals you lemons, make lemonade ........". You know the one. Well, it looks like you took all the fog in stide and made the best of your cruise and enjoyed New Orleans. We did Captain Marvin's and also recommend it.
From the North banks of the Piscataqua.
"Keep your face into the sun and you can't see the shadows" - Helen Keller.
To answer your questions me4bamma2, I believe there is a control for air/heat, but it was set just right so didn't have to adjust it. As far as night life goes, there is the shows, which were very good, one comedian had us all rolling around in our seats. The there is the South Pacific lounge which has dancing, one evening there was big band music and another night I think they had 50's, 60's music, but wasn't there to confirm. They also have the nightly disco up in the Viking lounge, but didn't make it up there either, although we did have an excellent martini there before dinner a couple of times.
Chakanaab Park was great, taxi there was $10. and cost $10 each to get in. There are loungers provided, but difficult to get one if you go late, although a lot of people packed up about 1 pm, so plenty then. The water was good for snorkelling, plenty of fish. We had a beer there but didn't eat (had a good breakfast on the ship!). Cozumel is where a lot of people go crazy with the margaritas, lots of tipsy passengers coming back, and rumours that some didn't make the last tender, and they do leave you behind if you don't make it!!!
Grand Caymen. Our excursion with Capt Marvins was about 3 hrs. (10 am to 1 pm) we met at 9.15 am and they drove us over to where the boats are. Plenty of time to snorkel and see the fish, coral and sea rays, did not feel rushed. 7 hrs seems like a very long excursion. The ship arrives first thing and I think the first tenders start at about 7 am, but the last tender back was at 3.15 pm. We got to the dock at about 2.30 pm and there was quite a line up then, but within minutes it got longer and longer. I heard that the last tender had left the dock when someone noticed a group waving frantically from shore, so they went back for them, boy they were lucky! We only had time to go to an internet cafe, which didn't work, my daughter couldn't connect to her hotmail, stopped at one or two stores on the way back and that was it. So no I don't think you will have much time for shopping if you do a 7 hr excursion. Sorry I don't know about the Tortuga rum shop but maybe someone else reading this does.
Another thing you may want to watch for with regards to shopping. The stores we were in would take our US $ but only give us change in Cayman $. We needed another $1 but only had a $20, which meant getting $19 back in Cayman $'s. (Capt Marvins came to the rescue with change) They also wouldn't take coins.
Please feel free to ask me anything else. I got a lot of info from this forum and feel that it is my turn to answer questions if I can.
Clare, I told you I would have more queations!
And if anyone reads this and wonders why I don't just ask our TA is because we haven't heard from her since we booked. She wont return our calls and doesn't have an answering machine! Don't get me started!
I am now considering changing the excursion, I want to have some shop time without having to flag down the tendors! Of course, it would make for exciting dinner conversation!
I have heard several things about informal and formal nights. No one has been able to tell me a definite answer. How many informal nights are there for GOS?
I have a pair of black shiny dress slacks, not real slinky, just shiny, and I wonder if they might be appropriate for a casual night.
If GOS has 3 informal nights they will be great for that. The outfit borders on informal and dressy casual.
I just don't want to wear it on casual and everyone else be in capri's and kahki's. Then again, I will probably wear it anyway cause it's a great outfit!
What documents do we have to take on excursions?
I know I will find out some of these things when we board but I already can't sleep at night feeling so excited about going! Please, forgive me!
Thanks for all of your advice and answers!
One more, just out of curiosity, how far of a drive was it for you to N.O.?
Sorry to hear about your travel agent, time to get a new one!
I am not sure about this, but, I think that we were originally supposed to be tied up at the warf, rather than at anchor in Cozumel. Because of our delayed departure from New Orleans due to the fog, we were 24 hrs behind schedule and lost our warf space there. I may be wrong, but I think I heard the captain saying something to that effect. If you are indeed tied up at the dock, then getting back on board will be much easier and less time consuming, allowing everyone more time ashore. All you need with you when going ashore, by the way, is your sea card (to get back on) and spending money of course. The excursion people said to bring a towel (one from the ship) and sunscreen.
As far as formal evenings go, there were two, one on the second night, as some of the passenger don't get their luggage till quite late, we had to wait quite a while for one of ours so take anything you might need immediately, in you hand luggage, some take change of clothes, swimsuits, toiletries etc. And the second formal night was on day 5, but our schedule was a bit messed up, so don't know if this is normal. The info sheet they give you the night before tells you everything going on the next day, including dress code. Actually, it's a very handy guide, look at it carefully, as I missed a couple of good things that I would have gone to.
People were dressed in all kinds of things, most men wore a jacket and tie on formal night, and I don't believe I saw any shorts and tees at dinner. One of the ladies who shared a table with us had put on a pound or two and couldn't get into her dress by the second formal night! I think just dress nicely on most nights and a bit better on formal, unless you want to go all out, which a few people did, but not many. Don't worry, just enjoy.
As to how far we were from New Orleans - I live in Toronto.