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Trip Start May 26, 2010
Trip End May 31, 2010

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Royal Caribbean - Grandeur of the Seas

Flag of United States  , Florida
Thursday, May 27, 2010

Our bus pulls up to the port and we're greeted by two gentlemen who immediately take our luggage. We are ushered through the security check point then check-in with the Royal Caribbean representative who gives us our board passes. A quick snap shot is taken, then we are up the escalator to the gangway.

As we enter the atrium, I'm not even sure I'm on the boat. There is a baby grand, walls of glass and shiny metal. I go into sensory overload a little. Somehow, I make it a few steps to the elevators. I'm not the only lost looking soul. My eyes can't seem to hold any one thing very long. I finally manage to grab an elevator and head down to our floor. We go the wrong way a couple times trying to find our room. There are attendants also trying to get luggage to their owners. It's all very busy and very chaotic. I don't care because it IS very exciting and the prelude to my first cruise.

The stateroom is small, but not the horror stories I've heard. It's a cozy, intimate feel. Even for someone like me who gets a little claustrophobic.  We rummage through all the little spaces provided, lock up our valuables (or play with the safe like little kids tinkering with a toy) and head out to explore our surroundings. On exiting, we meet our room attendant. Pedro briefly tells us when he will be cleaning our room and which tag to place in the lock. I get the warm fuzzies knowing that we will be taken care of.

We ditch the elevators since they are in overload bouncing from floor to floor. The stairs have two flights per floor with these amazing art pieces decorating each landing between. It's the first time I realize that memorizing the artwork will help me figure out my surroundings. It doesn't always work when the elevators have different exits, but it worked most of the time.

The first main floor houses the casino, pursers desk, excursion desk and other food/shops. The next floor up is more of the same. As we go up, we find the library, Internet, pool, spa, fitness center, rock wall, games and other places to curl up. We find a chair on deck and enjoy a little salty air before the safety drill.

The safety drill was the worst part of the whole trip (well except for the airport drama later to come). It was hot and we were stuck behind a wall of people. Most of which had already started drinking or were using their vacation voices. Didn't mind, but it was uncomfortable. Nothing terrible, but I didn't really get to hear or see any of the emergency procedures I was there for.

We pull off later that evening. The sea is calm, the weather is nice and I'm thrilled to be on a boat!
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