We have only been on the Grand once, but we really enjoyed it and would love to sail onboard again. We really didn't feel like it was crowded even though it was a larger ship. I love the way the pools are spaced out as well as the hot tubs, makes it far less crowded than other ships pool areas that are all grouped together. The solarium was our favorite spot for the afternoon :thumb The aft adult pool area is also a great place and the island night party they have back there was a lot of fun arty I am jealous of all of you that have gotten to sail on the Grand several times. Guess I need to plan a cruise onboard soon :lol
Me too, Hucc. For some reason, it just worked out that way for us - the itineraries were what we were attracted to, but I would rather try new & different ships than going on the same one a ton of times. =dunno
LJ, I know exactly what you mean. I don't love the NCL Majesty, but I love where it goes, and the convenience of cruising out of Boston to Bermuda. So, we've done the NCL Majesty four times. I think we're done with that ship.
Still planning more Bermuda cruises "some day" on "some ships.") :grin
I'd really like to get to Bermuda one day. Have you seen the new Crown Princess' itinerary? It only has one day in Bermuda, but it'd be fun to give the new ship a try and go down to the Caribbean also. Would love to sail out of NYC sometime too. Is one day enough in Bermuda?
Here is our "Grand" list:
Grand - 1x, Star - 2x, Diamond - 2x, Sapphire -2x, Golden -1x. In the next 18 months we will be on the Sapphire -2x, Golden - 2x and the Star -1x. We like crusin the Grand Class ships but do have to say the Grand was our least favorite ship....
You hit me with a tough question. First of all the Grand is a nice ship. I didn't mean to down-grade it but there were things that happened during our cruise that didn't sit well with us. Many issues were with the cruise staff and this one time the experience wasn't very good. The cruise director and his staff just seemed to go through the motions and were not motivated. We had to beg our cabin steward several times for minor items that are normally stocked in any stateroom. Several moving parts in the stateroom were either broken or didn't function properly (drawer handles broken/missing). The sink and shower/bath were both plugged up when we first boarded. During our entire cruise we hardly got anything repaired. They worked on the shower/tub and sink at least a 3-4 times and it still never seemed to drain properly.
You can go to the Princess.com website and look at the layouts for the Star, Golden and Grand and they will appear the same. Actually the Golden and Star are identical; the Grand is slightly different particularly with the stair case layout. The Star/Golden are much easier to get around because the stairs mid-ship go top to bottom in the ship where at the time of our sailing the Grand didn't have these stairs on the top decks. Drove us nuts that we had to walk to all the way forward/rear of the ship if we wanted to take the stairs to the Lido deck. The elevators on this ship were real slow so that is why we took the stairs. There were other little things with the layout that drove us nuts that are not worth explaining because you won't notice unless you have sailed several of the other ships of this type.
All things considered the overall experience was good and we did enjoy several parts of the cruise. Things just weren't great like other cruises. I want you to know that its highly unlikely that any of this will happen to you or your family when you cruise this ship. Princess has always provided great service and that is why we continue to sail with them. The majority of staff that was there when we sailed (almost two years ago) is now gone. The contracts of these individuals have long expired and if they treated others like us I bet they are no longer working for Princess because they won't put up with it.