Do the verandahs in the D1 rooms have a small table and chairs on the balcony? The size sounds way to small to hope for a lounger, but hopefully there would be enough room to eat out there once or twice.
We went on our first cruise on Grandeur in August. Just made reservations for the same 9-day cruise you will be going on, but for September 16th. Loved the ship and the crew. Everything was neat and clean, the food was terrific!! Tahsin, our head waiter (from Turkey) was exceptionally nice, and would keep my younger daughter supplied with catsup at every meal - she DEVOURS the stuff!
On this cruise, my sister and my 85-year-old mom will accompany us - their first cruise!
Hope you have a great time, and look forward to hearing about your experience - hopefully before we go!
Have you looked at the available shore excursions in Key West? I was really disappointed. We are there 7 am to 2 pm. Three land/tour/museum kind of excursions...nothing on water. Looked into private ones but none leave early enough to guarantee we'd be back on the ship in time. I guess we just walk around a little and reboard? Any sugestions?
Grandeur has also just added a new 42 foot porthole to the side of the ship as recently as yesterday in Costa Maya. Why they chose to have the work done there I'm not sure. Probably has to do with cheap labor. Jury's out on whether they keep it or not. So it might not bethere when you cruise.. Let me know
Granduer of the Seas is getting the "port hole" fixed in Costa Maya because the ship cannot sail with a 42 foot hole in the side of it. As well as the itenerary goes it will probally stay the same. My cruise for the granduer is booked on July 22 for 9 nights from baltimore. Nothing has changed.
Yes, the Key West Excursion pickins appear to be slim. It took a couple of weeks for RCI to update the website after KW was added back as a port of call. Maybe they will have more offerings a bit later.
There are a few things you can consider doing on your own in Key West. There is the Key West Conch Train Tour. Yes, it is hokey as all get out but it is fun and you do get to see a lot. The tour is 90 minutes and costs about $20. The tours start at 9am. You can buy tickets and board the train at Mallory Square not far from the ships. (As you get off the ship, walk to Duvall St) The website is:
The D1 balcony cabins have 2 chairs and a small table. The chairs will not fit under the table for dining purposes but the table top is big enough to hold a plate. A lounger will definetly not fit on the balcony. If you ever book a D1 cabin on a Voyager or Radiance Class try for an aft cabin if you can. You can get a nice cabin without the price of a suite and the balconies are huge. Loungers and regular chairs fit on those.
There is also a rock climbing wall on the Grandeur. Have a great cruise, it's a wonderful ship.
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Wow! Thanks for the KW info....lots to look at. Yep, no pub crawl with the kids, but if hapless students peddle taxi carts maybe my teenage son could make a few bucks to spend later on the ship!! Given the time issues I think we won't hit the water but spend the time in the town instead....is everything in reasonable walking distance to where we dock?
Still not sure what to do in Port Canaveral. I have a rental car reserved so we can decide later where we want to go....kayaking on the indian River looks good as do airboats, and there is always Disney attractions.
Yes, most things are within walking distance of the ship. Here is a link to an interactive Key West map. The ships normally dock at Mallory Square or a little bit further from the square. If you have high speed connection, the interactive map will work quickly.
The Interactive Map shows where the Conch Train station is. It is very popular and the hosts are fun (I have never taken it myself but I would always hear them with their jokes and whatnot. I know many people who have taken it and agree it is the best way to sightsee with a very limited time.)
Duvall Street is the main drag with tchotski shops and restaurants. There is a Hard Rock Cafe but many times it is crowded. Margaritaville is also fun but crowded. Sloppy Joes, of course has the Hemingway history. Often there is live music.
With many things opening by 9am, you should have time to catch some sights and grab some lunch. There is even a Burger King at Mallory Square if you need to grab something fast. Of course you can always get food back on the ship.
Here's a link with a photo of the town with a docked cruiseship. It also has a schedule of the ships, dock locations and a map. I believe Grandeur may get Pier B, which is just one step over from the Mallory Square dock. http://keywest.com/cruises.htm If it is Outer Mole, they will usually shuttle you to Mallory Square. (I think that's usually Carnival)
The one good thing about Key West is if you don't have anything planned and you just stroll, you will usually find something appealing.
With regard to Port Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center can be fun and the Disney Shuttles look appealing (you might get 6 hours in one of the parks). My sister and brother-in-law are on Grandeur in July and opted for Disney. There did seem to be a lot of excursions. Here is a link to Port Canaveral http://www.portcanaveral.org/funport/cruise.htm You can then go to the vacation info for more links.
Enjoy your visit! Let me know if you need any more information.
Pepe's is closer to the Cruiseship docks. Blue Heaven is further away near the Truman House.
WIth regard to removing the partitions, I have never heard of any cruiseline doing that. The best you can hope for a connecting door on the cabins. The deck plans usually have indicators to see if the doors connect.