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  1. I think the wording is a smokescreen to obfuscate that it is going to be a major downgrade from the current South Pacific lounge arrangement on Grandeur.
  2. I have four more cruises left on Grandeur to be enjoyed. Great ship. I have sailed Enchantment twice; once out of Baltimore in 2013, its final year. Windjammer and theater are more crowded; no expansions to either. If only the top Diamond Club is used, it will be massively overcrowded with the volume of repeat cruisers on Grandeur. On a particularly busy 12-day, the concierge told me there were about 500 D and D+ on the cruise. Grandeur uses the entire South Pacific lounge for the 4:30 to 8:00 gathering. I liked the pool deck and Boleros on Enchantment. A decent replacement, however. . . with the recurring propulsion problems EN is having, she could never complete the terrific 12-day itineraries that go as far south as Barbados. The Bahamas and Cuckoo Cay get real old, real fast. The itineraries offered will indicate propulsion confidence, though itineraries have certainly been changed before.
  3. I never book excursions in Freeport. I had no plans to do so for this cruise. Just reporting what I saw that related to the topic.
  4. I'm on the 10/6 Pride. I know they have excursions listed for Freeport.
  5. Wow, I've never seen the booking option for getting a bathroom with an ocean view. How cool would that be?
  6. I thought I was rather restrained! It might be an amenity that someone else may be looking for; like a public service announcement.
  7. I'm looking forward to it on my Pride 10/6 cruise. It gives the prostate a tingle while dining!
  8. Destiny, Victory, and Triumph - for the obvious reason.
  9. This is the method I use for excess OBC. 5% but easy to do.
  10. If you stay on the ship at HMC, other than Seaday brunch isn't that the same as a sea day?
  11. Quite a comment. Grandeur is a great ship. It is well kept with a great crew. It accommodates those who want a more traditional cruise experience. It allows for enjoying the sea while sailing rather than a resort/hotel experience. It is a drive to port for many, and Baltimore is the easiest port for embarkation I have ever experienced. I've sailed Quantum class, Freedom class, Mariner class, the first three Oasis class, and Vision class. I've enjoyed them all. But when I want to feel like being in touch with sailing, I look to Grandeur - the ship I sail most. And I am far from alone. Every time I sail her, it's like a reunion with previous cruisers. It is a drive to port for many, and Baltimore is the easiest port for embarkation I have ever experienced. The 12 day Caribbean itineraries are great. Oh, I'm sorry - I forgot I was told not to say it. All ships encounter mechanical problems. Enjoy your Florida cruises; I'm sure there are no problems on those like a hurricane hitting their home ports.
  12. I was on that cruise, also. I was hoping for an additional "free" day 🙂, but as you know, we got back on time easily.
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