Cruising to Grenada

Cruise ships are an enjoyable means of arrival for your tropical vacation

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Cruising to Grenada
 

The allure of Grenada's beautiful beaches, cascading waterfalls, and gorgeous green vegetation has made the region a popular stop on most Caribbean cruises. Cruise ship passengers will find that this friendly little island places a strong emphasis on the safety of its cruise ship visitors.

Vacationers visiting Grenada via cruise ship will land on the island's capital, St. George's, which is considered by some to be the most picturesque city in the Caribbean. Once docked in the horseshoe-shaped harbor, cruise ship passengers can embark on a number of island adventures. St. George's is located in the heart of the the downtown area, which is full of exciting activities and wondrous sites. Cruise ship passengers can head inland for shopping at local markets, where you can purchase some of Grenada's popular spices or try some local cuisine served at St. George's many restaurants.

Since Grenada has become one of the more popular cruise ship stops in the Caribbean, several cruise lines visit the island. These lines offer regular service to Grenada:

Cruise Line Telephone Number
Carnival Cruise Lines 888-CARNIVAL (888-227-6485)
866-299-5698
Celebrity Cruises 800-221-4789
Costa Cruises 800-33-COSTA (800-332-6782)
Norwegian Cruise Line 800-323-1308
Princess Cruises 800-PRINCESS (800-774-6237)
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises 877-505-5370
800-477-7500
Royal Caribbean 800-659-7225
Seabourn Cruise Line 800-929-9391
Silversea Cruises 877-760-9052
Windstar Cruises 800-258-SAIL(7245)

Cruises Classes

Vacationers can chooses among three classifications of cruises: contemporary/value cruises, premium/luxury cruises, and specialty cruises. The most popular and largest cruise class is the contemporary/value cruise. This classification of cruise is offered by well-known lines such as Royal Caribbean and Carnival, which make up 90 percent of cruise ship traffic.

Cruise ship passengers can travel in style on either the premium or luxury class cruises. Luxury cruises are more costly than premium cruises, which are not always a big step down in style and service. Passengers of luxury or premium cruises receive royal treatment aboard one of these top-notch liners, which are characterized by their outstanding service and large waitstaff. Luxury and premium cruises may be more expensive than the other cruise classes, but vacationers enjoy every possible amenity and extraordinary service, which many travelers feel is worth the extra cost.

Maps

Specialty cruises are visit destinations that are not usually visited on popular cruise routes. The passengers aboard specialty cruises are usually groups with similar interests, including travelers interested in cruising with other singles, gays, lesbians, or elderly passengers.

Ships

When considering what kind of cruise is best, vacationers should not only consider the class of cruise, but also the size of the cruise ship. Luxury and premium cruises are usually set aboard smaller ships because they generally have fewer passengers than contemporary cruises.

Ship size is important when deciding on your destination as well as on the comfort level of your trip. Larger cruise ships experience less of the ocean's movement, which minimizes the rocking associated with sea travel, but there is a drawback to choosing a larger ship. Ships in the largest class, such as the Panama class ships, thusly named because they barely fit through the Panama Canal, have limitations on where they can dock, which can restrict the places cruise travelers can visit.

The smaller cruise ships only hold approximately 300 passengers, and the ride can be a little bumpy if the waves get rough. Mega-ships are able to carry up to 3,000 passengers and are more likely to visit major cruise ports like those in the Bahamas. Cruise ship vacationers will have to take smaller ships to visit islands with small ports.

The following criteria classify cruise ships:

Criteria Criteria Explained Meaning
Gross registered tonnage measurement of the ship's volume/vessel's size 1 gross registered ton = 100 cubic feet
Passenger-to-crew ratio number of passengers served by each crew member Smaller ratio = better service
Passenger capacity based on double occupancy
(2 passengers in each cabin)
More rooms = more passengers
Space ratio comparison of ship space/tonnage to passenger capacity Higher ratio = extra spacious

Cabin

When deciding on a cabin, most vacationers consider size and location to be the most important attributes of a room, but passengers should consider several other factors when making arrangements. The following information is worth thinking about when choosing a cabin:

  • Vacationers traveling with young children should avoid outside cabins, especially ones with balconies for safety reasons.

  • If you want a cabin in a specific location or with an ocean view, be sure to request it.

  • If you're prone to motion sickness, you may want to consider requesting a cabin on the lower deck in the middle of the ship because these rooms experience less motion than the outside cabins.

  • Rooms near anchors, bars, casinos, elevators, the engine room, gyms, nightclubs, public rooms, stairways, pools, hot tubs, theaters, or thrusters can be very noisy, so if you're a light sleeper or you simply prefer quieter accommodations, avoid cabins located near these areas.

  • Remember to lock your cabin door when you leave, and keep valuables stowed safely away. Also, avoid carrying excess cash around the ship.

When booking your cabin, you have two choices, a "run of the ship" cabin and a "perfect" cabin. When booking a "run of the ship" cabin, you may only choose between in inside or outside cabin. The final booking is completed the week of the ship's departure, and only then will you know the exact location of your room.

"Perfect" cabins cost more than "run of the ship" cabins, but they allow you to make more specific choices about your accommodations. Cruise ship passengers can reserve a specific cabin, which allows the peace of mind of knowing exactly what to expect well in advance. This tends to be the more popular option among cruise vacationers.

Costs

The cost of your cruise ship vacation varies according to the class of cruise you take, the season you set sail, and the length of your cruise. Although prices may vary, travelers can budget some aspects of the trip. Usually, the cost of the cruise will also pay for meals, entertainment, and activities but will generally not include tipping, alcoholic beverages, or island excursions. When planning the financial aspects of your cruise vacation, be sure to leave a little extra room for items that may not be included in the main fees.

Packing

Knowing what kind of clothes to bring on your cruise trip means bringing attire suitable for each island you visit as well as proper attire for the ship. Because cruise ship cabins are not as spacious as most hotel rooms, use discretion when deciding what to bring.

Beachwear such as swimsuits, sandals, shorts, and tank tops are a must for basking on beaches or by the ship's pools, but don't forget to bring cover-ups for going in town, where skimpy clothing may not be appropriate. Breathable fabrics and items to keep the sun off your face, such as hats and sunglasses, are also important to pack.

Most dining rooms aboard cruise ships have dress codes, so jeans may not be appropriate. Check ahead to see if the ship's dining dress code is considered evening casual, informal, or formal. Evening casual means men should wear collared shirts and women should wear slacks or sundresses. Informal means cruise ship passengers will have to bring a suit and tie or cocktail dress, while formal dinners usually require "black tie" accessories.

A cruise vacation to Grenada can be a unique and relaxing way to experience the beauty and wonders of this great Caribbean island hideaway.

 

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