Did everyone but me know that the Grandeur is NOT stopping in Key West on the 9 nights this summer? It still shows on the actual RCI website that is a Key West stop, and it will even allow me to book shore excursions for Key West, but my TA sent information from RCI dated last January that they would not be going to KW. Weird, huh?
If you go to the Web Cam (pick Mallory Square Cam) you can see Pier B is on the left side of the frame. The dock in the foreground is Mallory Square dock. Tomorrow (5/10), the Empress of the Seas will be docked in the morning til 2pm. Then Rhapsody will dock from 3:45 on. This will give you an idea of where the ship docks in relation to Mallory Square.
For those on the Grandeur 9 day itinerary from Baltimore, it appears RCI has expanded the Key West excursion offerings. About a week ago there were only three listed. I just checked the online excursion booking and found these:
Conch Train/Old Town Trolley Tour
Approximate Duration: 1 Hour 22.00 11.00
Thank you so much for alerting me to the update!! What a difference a day makes! We had a hard time narrowing it down, but ended up picking the Fury Catamaran & Reef Snorkel. We'll have time for Pepe's in the morning, then that, then race to the southernmost point for a picture(I think...will I?) then back on the ship for a late lunch as we sail away. Does that sound like it will work?
I think that sounds do-able, assuming you dock on time. Most ships dock on time.
Since your excursion starts at 9:30, you should have plenty of time to catch an early breakfast at Pepe's.
When you disembark you should be at Dock B which is a short walk over from Mallory Square. Walk towards Duvall St and go south on Duvall to Caroline St (make a left on Caroline if walking south)
You should pass Ann, Simonton, Elizabeth, Peacon Lane. Pepe's is near William St.
I have not walked from Mallory Square to Pepe's to time it but it really should only be a few minutes. ( I have always stayed on Fleming St and came from the opposite direction. )
I think you will enjoy the catamaran and snorkeling. One thing to keep in mind --and it has happened to me personally--- is that it can get a little rough out on the ocean by KW. We are not talking Gilligan's Island opening credits "The weather started getting rough" size waves or the one that hit the Norwegian Dawn...LOL...but enough that a FULL breakfast at Pepe's could end up feeding the fish, if you know what I mean. LOL. You might want to eat a bit lighter. If the weather is too rough, they will call it off. I was on a scuba and snorkel trip with a bunch of rough and tough New York City divers and it got really choppy.....even they complained. The captain ended up taking us back because of the various shades of green we were turning! LOL. (It was at that time I learned that perhaps only ONE donut is the way to go before a snorkel trip. ) I digress. Now my last trip (snorkel only) was smooth as glass. It was like being in a swimming pool.
The Southern Most marker is at the other end of Duvall. Consider some form of taxi (electric scooter, bike taxi, conventional auto taxi, etc) if there is a time squeeze. It is about two miles from Mallory Square. The marker is on the above map, just scroll the view finder to the south. If time is too short, you can at least get a photo in front of Sloppy Joes or in front of the ship or some landmark closer to Mallory Square.
On another note, I did a test drive to find the Dundalk Marine Terminal and had no problems finding the ship. It was extremely helpful that the Grandeur could be seen from I-95 before the Fort McHenry Tunnel. As you wind along and you pass the "visitors entrance" (there are small Cruise Ship terminal directional signs), there was a Port Police car and officer right at the entrance. His lights were flashing to let you know you were there.) It is an industrial section of town. Traffic along this area is usally not crazy since many of the trucks go slowly along there. Here is a link to the directions: http://www.mpa.state.md.us/cruises/newfeb05/page6_directions.htm
Let me know if you have questions about getting there. When I drop off family members in July, I can give you some more information.