Grand River LSMR-505 - History

Grand River LSMR-505 - History


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Grand River

Rivers in Louisiana, Michigan, Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota; formerly the name of the Colorado River from its source to its junction with the Green River in southeastern Utah.

(LSMR-505: dp. 790; 1. 206'3"; b. 34'6"; dr. 7'2"; s. 13
k., cpl. 138, a. 15", 440mm., 820mm., 44.2" m., 14_
rkt.; cl. LSMR-401 )

Grand River (LSMR-505) was laid down as LSM R505 on 31 March 1945 by Brown Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Houston, Tex., launched 28 April 1945, and commissioned 14 June 1945, Lt. Hall B. Wessinger in command.

After shakedown along the East Coast, LSMR-505 departed Portsmouth, VA., 7 August for duty in the Pacific. As World War II came to an end, LSMR-505 was assigned to Squadron 3 operating along the West Coast. Based at San Diego, she engaged in training exercises off California until March 1946. Arriving Astoria, Oreg., 22 March LSMR-505 reported for duty in an inactive status. She decommissioned 20 May 1946 and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet. While berthed in the Columbia River Reserve Group, she was named Grand River 1 October 1956.Her name was struck from the Navy List 1 October 1958.


Departing Houston on 27 June, LSM(R)-507 steamed via Galveston, Texas to Charleston, South Carolina, where she arrived on 7 July. From 28 to 30 July she sailed to Little Creek, Virginia, for training in Chesapeake Bay and along the Virginia coast. Assigned to LSMR Squadron 4, she departed Little Creek on 4 October for the Great Lakes. She touched at Halifax, Quebec and Montreal and arrived at Rochester, New York, on 16 October. During the next three weeks she sailed to Detroit and Chicago before returning to Rochester on 1 November and Little Creek on 17 November.

During the next two months LSM(R)-507 continued operations out of Little Creek. She departed on 29 January 1946, for operations off San Juan, Puerto Rico and later out of Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. She returned to Little Creek on 24 March.

Following duty out of Norfolk, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland, LSM(R)-507 departed Little Creek for the West Coast of the United States on 18 October, arriving in San Diego, California on 20 November. Assigned to LSMR Squadron 3, she operated out of San Diego she was decommissioned there on 5 February 1947 and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet. While berthed at San Diego, she was named Greenbrier River on 1 October 1955, after the Greenbrier River (a tributary of the New River). Her name was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 October 1958.


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USS St. Mary's River (LSM(R)-528)

USS St. Mary's River (LSM(R)-528) was originally authorized as LSM-528. Reclassified LSM(R)-528 on 21 April 1945, she was laid down on 19 May 1945 at the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Houston, Texas, launched on 16 June 1945, and commissioned on 2 September 1945, Lieutenant Norman E. Wallin, USNR, in command.

On 6 September, LSM(R)-528 sailed for Galveston, Texas, arriving the next day. She sailed for Charleston, South Carolina, on 12 September. However, after two days at sea, she ran into a storm and was diverted to Naval Frontier Base, Burrwood, Louisiana. After the storm, LSM(R)-528 resumed her voyage and arrived at Charleston on 21 September. While there, the ship had her rocket launchers and mortars installed.

Departing Charleston on 12 October, LSM(R)-528 sailed for Little Creek, VA, arriving on 14 October. After leave and upkeep, she began shakedown training on 15 October. Completing shakedown training on 15 November, she reported a week later to Commander LSM(R) Squadrons, Little Creek. On 29 November, she sailed for Green Cove Springs, FL, with orders to report for inactivation. LSM(R)-528 was decommissioned in March 1946. Named St. Mary's River on 1 October 1958 for the St. Marys River in northeast Indiana, she was struck from the Navy List on the same day. She was sold on 4 August 1959 to Fleet Storage Corp. Her name disappeared from mercantile list in 1989.


USS Saint Croix River

USS Saint Croix River (LSM(R)-524) was a rocket-equipped Landing Ship of the United States Navy during World War II.

Saint Croix River was laid down a few days before the end of the Second World War on 5 May 1945. Build in Houston, Texas, Saint Croix River was launched on 9 June, and initially commissioned on 14 August as USS LSMR-524 before being awarded the name of the St. Croix River between Maine and Canadian New Brunswick in 1955. Despite earning the American and World War II campaign decorations, Saint Croix River never saw action nor traveled further than Chesapeake Bay or the Gulf Coast of the United States, and was sold in 1961, with its subsequent fate unknown to the US Navy. [1]


Grand River LSMR-505 - History

The LSM(R) 188 was the first of 12 ships that were built solely as rocket firing ships. They were called the 188 Class as the ship numbered #188 - 199. they were 203 feet long by 33 1/2 feet wide. These ships carried tanks, vehicles and troops right up to the beach. When they would hit the beach the big bow doors would open up and everything could run or drive out.

The same hull was used to build the LSM(R)'s only the bow doors were sealed in the front and decks put across the otherwise open bay, with 400 rocket launchers. A 5- inch gun was installed on the fan tail. It was claimed at the time that being able to fire 400 and some rockets that carried a 5-inch projectile on each one, in just a few minutes, gave this little ship the firing power of as the Iowa Class Battle Ship. Nowadays, our standards would find this idea primitive these launchers were fixed or stationery, leaving the steering of the ship into position as the only means of hitting our target, other than raking through the target area. This would entail firing at the target areas is was driven through and demolished.

When firing rockets - all the men on the decks would have to go below because the heat of all the rockets going off was too much. When we came back up we had to step or dance around as the heat would come right through our shoes - like walking across a hot blacktop street in bare feet. Also because we had to go below decks, no one would be manning the guns and these firing runs carried us pretty close to the beach. Therefore a destroyer or destroyer escort would be behind us when Japs would fire at us, the destroyer would wipe out their guns.

The rocket ships or planes with rockets and bombs came in handy when hitting inland. At Karama Retto for instance, the whole island had big hills around it. Years ago it was probably a volcano. Big ships could shell the outside of the hills forever causing no damage. The things of importance were behind these hills, so these other means were used for this purpose.

The idea of Kamikaze or suicide attacks grew toward the end of the war as the Japs had their backs against the wall and did anything.

At General Quarters "Battle Stations" I was a loader on a 20-millimeter gun. (I asked for that duty). I wanted to be up topside where I could see or know what was going on. The thought of being below deck and hearing "boom, boom, boom" and not knowing whether or not your giving it or getting it would turn me inside out. Everyone thinks differently. Some boys would rather be below decks where anything would have to go through the steel bulkheads "walls" to get to them. They would say "You guys go on up there - well take it down here."

They informed us that we were chosen to cover and patrol up and down the Okinawa shoreline through the night. To watch for any suicide boats or any boats sneaking over to the smaller islands that we already hit where most of our bigger ships were. Besides suicide or Kamikaze planes - they would do the same with speedboats, (mount a bomb on front and run into a ship).

It was unusual that they would give us that job with the type of ship we had. A destroyer or destroyer escort would be more suitable with more firepower and more speed. We did have a 5 inch gun, 2 forty millimeter, 3-20 millimeter and a couple of 50 caliber machine guns though. They may even have considered to lose a smaller ship like ours may be better than losing a bigger one. Who know? When word spread around the ship no one cared for the idea. Why us?

Anyhow, around sunset we headed over there. It was only 20 -25 miles if I remember correctly. We stayed at battle stations all night. We took turns with breaks after a while, lying on deck or sitting and resting our eyes. (Using night vision staring, and staring, and staring at the darkness looking for boats or anything is tough on your eyes). You can't see anything and need a break to rest your eyes. The cooks would bring coffee and things up to us once in a while. The night seemed extra dark -almost like the inside of a hat. Evidently there was an airstrip just in from where we were patrolling. Every once in a while, Japanese reinforcement planes would come in groups of 2 or larger to land in that airstrip. It was so dark that they couldn't see us so well. The only advantage we had spotting them was the flames from their exhaust. We would shoot at them, some turned away and others continued their pattern to land. It must have blown their minds to get to "their island" and have someone shooting at them while landing. There was no way of telling how many or how much damage was done by our night-stalking. They disappeared over the trees and landed just over them.

You poke around a hornet's nest with a stick and pretty soon the hornets are going to come out, and come out they did. Just as day was breaking they came to retaliate. I don't remember how many now, but there were roughly between 5, 6 or 7 that started strafing us. We got 3 of them we know of.

It was amazing how well planned the Kamikaze attack was on us. There was an early morning haze hanging over the water 20 to 30 feet. While other planes were keeping us busy, he came in just missing the water. When we spotted him it was too late and we just hollered "hit the deck!"

The plane hit right into our 5-inch gun control tower - the bomb went off - the front of the plane kept going, taking parts of the ship with it right over the side and floated around a little. There were still parts of the plane in with the mess on board. The concussion got me before I hit the deck and blew me about 15 feet against the rocket launchers. Evidently, during this period one can't think or your mind is blank or maybe you're out for those seconds. Because all I can remember is starting to hit the deck, then getting up over by the rocket launchers. We looked back at each other. That's when one of the other boys saw blood running down my neck from under my helmet. Then he saw blood coming out of my jacket sleeve and off my hand. I didn't even know I was hit with all excitement or maybe it was from the concussion. Different types of body damage or burns have more feeling because some fellows were in terrible pain.

Thank God the other planes left thinking we were done in. They could have kept on us until there was nothing left. At this point the Captain panicked or temporarily cracked. We were sinking and he wanted to run it onto the beach. We would have been mincemeat if he did as we weren't going t make a landing on Okinawa till April 1st also April Fools Day also Easter Sunday. So there wouldn't be anyone there but Japs. We could see the beach and trees real well, so I figure that we must have been abut 1/2 mile from the beach before an other officer took command and turned toward other islands. Even then, while we were going full speed to get back t safety the Captain is hollering "Drop the anchor!" which if we did and the anchor grabbed the bottom we could have rolled over.

I think at this time I went to the sick bay to see if the pharmacist could check out my wounds. Down there was crowded and someone is always worse off than you are. Ferryman was sitting there with a hole right through his hand from a bullet with his center finger completely gone. He was crying, "Oh my hand, oh my hand!!" I think I helped wrap it up and I tried to console him and told him that they'll be able to move the other fingers closer together and it will be as good as new. He said no, they'll have to take his whole hand off. I don't know how it turned out. Different ones were really in bad shape. One fellow in the Rocket Handling Room had rockets go off and the fire coming out the back of a rocket almost burnt his foot off, which indeed they had to amputate later. (He always loved to dance). One boy in the Radio Room was dead and didn't have a hole in him - it was either fright, shock or a heart attack.

A week and a half before this happened I was on a millimeter right where the plane hit. Olenick was on the gun I'm on now and he had buddies on my gun and he asked me if I would mind changing places. We asked officers and they said OK. He is responsible for me being alive now as he and all the other fellows in that area were killed.

The officers tried to organize things a little and made all the wounded lie or sit close together on deck away from the damage and fie area while all the able put the fire out. We were going as fast as we could to get back over where our fleet was at Karama Rhetto Island, to safety as we were sinking. The back of our ship was real low in the water. All of a sudden we looked up at this great big ship pulling along side of us. It was the Battleship Arkansas. They lowered portable pumps down to us and hoses to help keep us afloat. Also a doctor and a couple of Pharmacists mates. They then followed us the rest of the way back. The pumps helped to pump us out and found that the hull wasn't ruptured. It was all the broken water lines filling us up with water.

We got back in the middle of the rest of the ships. A landing craft came along side and we climbed down to it and they took us over to the hospital ship. They took the Captain over to an LST which they called Section 8. That was for fellows that cracked or had breakdowns. We had to lay in wire baskets which they hooked on a boom and raised us up on the hospital ship. It sure felt terrific to be back to safety.

Fred A. H. Bessell Colon, Panama December 8, 1944.

In the name of the President of the PURPLE HEART MEDAL is awarded by the Commander of Amphibious Force, United States Pacific Fleet, to

FREDERICK A.H.BESSELL, SHIP'S COOK THIRD CLASS

UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE

For wounds received in action against an enemy of the United States on March 29, 1945

LSM(R) 188 Ship's Company October 1945 Charleston Navy Shipyard

Courtesy Fred Bessell Jr. February 2011

A s dawn arrived on March 29, 1945, enemy planes commenced their attack. One flew directly for the LSM(R) 188. She shot it down just before it would have crashed onto her deck.

Later that day CPO Alex Barthel of the LSM(R)-189 was assigned to direct the work party to board its sister ship, the188, to assist in identifying the the body parts and the dead. "It was the worst day in my life." he recalled. "We trained together and had become friends."

James F. Stewart CO LSM(R)-189 Alligator AlleyOctober 1992


Physical features

From its sources in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, the Rio Grande flows to the southeast and south for 175 miles (280 km) in Colorado, southerly for about 470 miles (760 km) across New Mexico, and southeasterly for about 1,240 miles (2,000 km) between Texas and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the Gulf of Mexico.

Its early course follows a canyon through forests of spruce, fir, and aspen into the broad San Luis Valley in Colorado, after which it cuts the Rio Grande Gorge and White Rock Canyon of northern New Mexico and enters the open terrain of the Basin and Range and Mexican Plateau physiographic provinces. There, declining elevation, decreasing latitude, and increasing aridity and temperature produce a transition from a cold steppe climate with a vegetation of piñon pine, juniper, and sagebrush to a hot steppe and desert climate characterized by mesquite, creosote bush, cactus, yucca, and other desert plants. Shortly before entering the Gulf Coastal Plain, the Rio Grande cuts three canyons between 1,500 and 1,700 feet (460 and 520 metres) in depth across the faulted area occupied by the “big bend,” where the Texas side of the river comprises the Big Bend National Park. Along the remainder of its course the river wanders sluggishly across the Gulf Coastal Plain to end in a fertile delta where it joins the Gulf of Mexico.

The principal tributaries of the Rio Grande are the Pecos, Devils, Chama, and Puerco rivers in the United States and the Conchos, Salado, and San Juan in Mexico. The peak of flow may occur in any month from April to October. In the upper reaches of the Rio Grande it usually is in May or June because of melting snow and occasional thunderstorms, whereas the lower portion commonly experiences its highest water levels in June or September because of the occurrence of summer thunderstorms. It has been estimated that the Rio Grande has an average annual yield of some 2.6 million acre-feet (3.2 billion cubic metres), of which about a third reached the gulf before the building of the Falcon Dam, upstream from Rio Grande City, in 1953 the river’s average discharge rate is now about 3,000 cubic feet (85 cubic metres) per second.


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Video View of Causeway from the water

Grand River LSMR-505 - History

Chambers Grove, a park on the St. Louis River at the far western end of Duluth, has had a lot of work done to it in recent years. The biggest changes have been made to the shoreline. For decades, the shoreline was armored with steel sheet piling, an arrangement that essentially cut people off from the river. Though you could walk along the boardwalk right next to the river, the water was a four-foot drop away, on the other side of a chain. You could look out over the water or cast a fishing line into it, but you couldn&rsquot touch it.

In 2015, the Department of Natural Resources, the Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies teamed up to reconfigure the shoreline at Chambers Grove. The sheet piling was removed and the land was graded in a gentle slope down to the water. Entire tree trunks with roots attached, known as &ldquotoe wood,&rdquo were then stuck horizontally into the shoreline like pencils, so that only the roots were left exposed at water&rsquos edge. This stabilized the shore and provided good places for small fish and other creatures to hide from predators. Stone jetties built into the water redirected the main flow of the river to the middle of the channel and established slower-moving &ldquoriffle&rdquo habitat (preferred by sturgeon for spawning) closer to shore.

In the two years or so since the project was completed, grasses and shrubs have begun to establish themselves at water&rsquos edge, creating a much more natural connection with the river than existed before. Would you like to dip your toe in the water? Launch a canoe? Now you can.

The softened shoreline also serves a valuable hydrological function by reducing the destructiveness of floods. During floods, shorelines protected by sheet piling resist the rising water, then get destroyed by it. When the shoreline slopes gently up from the river, however, the floodwaters simply rise up the slope, widening the river and losing their destructive energy.

In conjunction with the shoreline restoration work, the city has made improvements to park amenities. The entry road and parking lot have been improved, and additional parking spaces added. A new playground and new ADA-accessible restrooms have been built. An ADA-accessible path has been built to the picnic pavilion. A half-mile-long interpretive loop trail has been built in the woods at the west end of the park. Stands for eight interpretive signs have been installed along the trail, minus the actual signs. Informational panels will be fabricated over the winter and attached in the spring.

Constructed by Duluth landscape architecture firm SAS at a cost of $26,750 (paid for with a state grant), the interpretive trail loop passes through areas of low-lying forest and along the bank of the St. Louis River. Being ADA-accessible, it is substantial: The tread has been built up with gravel, culverts installed, at least three bridges constructed, and an encroaching hillside dug back and reinforced with boulders. What used to be a sweaty slog through mud and brush is now a cane-twirling boulevard.

This is the first interpretive trail I can remember being built in Duluth in 20 years. Chambers Grove has plenty to interpret. As far as natural history goes, Chambers Grove is the city&rsquos only park located directly on the St. Louis River (Grassy Point doesn&rsquot count since the boardwalk sank), which provides a fine opportunity to impart all sorts of ecological wisdom to visitors. And, although Chambers Grove and the Fond du Lac neighborhood feel like they&rsquore way out on the edge of town today, historically the area was central to Duluth, or what was to become Duluth, so there&rsquos plenty of information to pass along there.

Chambers Grove history

For centuries, Native Americans traveled along and lived within the St. Louis River estuary. By the 1670s, the native Ojibwe had established a village on an island in the river. Eventually French fur traders and missionaries arrived. In the early to mid-1800s, right around the corner from where Chambers Grove Park is today, the Fond du Lac area was home to an Indian village and fur trading post.

Michael Chambers, an immigrant from Ireland, purchased his land along the river in 1869. In that area, many sandstone outcroppings stuck out from the banks. Chambers hoped to quarry the sandstone and sell the blocks using the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad, Duluth&rsquos first train, for transport. At that time, the LSMR was a year away from completion. The Chambers property was located directly adjacent to the rail line. Today, the 150-year-old line, heavily overgrown with brush and trees, steams right through Chambers Grove Park. You can still see it, if you know where to look.

Chambers and his wife Emily built a 20-room mansion on their property, facing it with sandstone from their own quarry. The mansion became one of Duluth&rsquos early tourist attractions, as people came by to look at it and hang around, perhaps hoping to hear the talented Emily Chambers playing her grand piano within. In 1882, Michael Chambers opened part of his land along the river to the public as a picnicking ground.

The Chambers mansion burned down in 1891, a casualty of arson. It was believed to have been torched by someone disgruntled with Michael Chambers over a property dispute, though no charges were ever filed. Later, the suspected arsonist&rsquos own home was burned down. No charges were filed in that case, either.

Michael Chambers never rebuilt his impressive home on the river, though he continued to operate the quarry. He died in 1895, and the quarry closed. The ruins of the house remained on the grounds until 1912, when they were finally cleared away. The city purchased the property from Emily Chambers in 1923. Chambers Grove has been a city park ever since.

The main quarry

The best parks have unique features within them&mdashLincoln Park has Elephant Rock, Chester has a cell tower disguised as a tree, Park Point has the ruins of a lighthouse. Chambers Grove, too, has a unique feature: the main quarry itself.

Of all the abandoned quarries in Duluth, the Chambers Grove quarry is undoubtedly one of the oldest. Resembling a large bite of sandstone taken from the shore of the St. Louis River, the quarry has walls maybe twenty feet high or so, composed of brittle, cracking layers in some places and smooth faces of solid sandstone in others. The only way to approach the quarry is from above (or from the river). A notch cut into the wall of the quarry provides a ramp down to the floor. Up close, drilled holes are evident in the stone.

Chambers Grove isn&rsquot a gigantic park, but the main quarry isn&rsquot as obvious as you might think. It&rsquos filled with trees and brush, and very overgrown in the summer. The new interpretive trail passes by some smaller excavations, but avoids bringing visitors to the main quarry. The casual observer could easily fail to realize it&rsquos there.

But now that the interpretive trail has opened up the woods, the quarry can expect more visitors. When the trail turns away from the river to lead people back to their cars, some of your friends will continue following the river onward and find the quarry pretty quickly. When I went out there the other day, tracks in the snow showed that some people already had. Hopefully, it can handle a little traffic.

Mud Lake super-meeting

The question of what to do about the Mud Lake causeway continues to hang in limbo. People will remember that Mayor Emily Larson unveiled a plan to remove the causeway in 2017, saying that it would open the waters of Mud Lake to the St. Louis River at large and help restore the ecological health of the estuary. Natural resource professionals hailed the plan, but the volunteers who operated the present-day LSMR tourist train on the tracks across the causeway strongly objected. By removing the most popular feature of their ride, they felt, the city would doom their operation.

Following that meeting, I wrote a number of articles showing that the city had been conspiring with natural resource professionals to remove the causeway for months before the mayor made her announcement, all while saying publicly that they hadn&rsquot reached a decision. My articles, among other factors, caused the city to take a step back and regroup. They did not, however, abandon their plan.

Despite the fact that the LSMR essentially created Duluth as a city, the administration has consistently opposed any formal designation of historical significance for the railroad&mdashperhaps fearing that a historical designation would make the causeway more difficult to remove. In 2018, when the Heritage Preservation Commission (against the administration&rsquos wishes) voted to seek historical designation for the LSMR line and sent the measure on to the City Council, the administration convinced the Council to send the measure back for &ldquofurther consideration&rdquo&mdashessentially stopping the historical designation in its tracks.

But the city has to make a decision sometime. The causeway issue is connected to the much larger US Steel cleanup plan nearby. Planning for the $70 million project has gone on for years, longer than anyone anticipated, and the current government shutdown has delayed things further, but sooner or later the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Steel will ask the city to make specific commitments in return for specific compensation, so that the project may begin. It&rsquos unlikely that the city would be able to find money for causeway removal anywhere else.

On Jan. 8, 2019, City Planner Adam Fulton informed the Planning Commission that the city hoped to hold a &ldquosuper-meeting&rdquo among the Planning Commission, the Parks Commission, and the Heritage Preservation Commission to discuss Mud Lake and &ldquowhat&rsquos our game plan for bringing that site back to productive use.&rdquo Fulton said the city was waiting for the EPA to release a report on Mud Lake. The city wanted to hold the super-meeting soon after.

It is unclear what the city hopes to accomplish with the super-meeting, but one thing is certain: They&rsquoll need a big room. The three commissions have 27 members in total.

Hopefully, the EPA&rsquos report will present hard data on Mud Lake&rsquos ecology, rather than speculation, but even if it does, what then? Will the administration present a plan for Mud Lake and invite feedback? Is everybody supposed to come to a consensus?

Planning Commission President Michael Schraepfer had a more practical question about the meeting. &ldquoWho runs it?&rdquo

&ldquoWho runs it is a good question,&rdquo said Mr. Fulton. &ldquoI guess we&rsquoll have to, you know, [play] Rock, Paper, Scissors between the three chairs of the commissions. I&rsquom not sure.&rdquo

So the concept of super-meetings still has a few kinks to work out. Meanwhile, the causeway patiently awaits its fate, hoping Rock wins it all.


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  • Stretching. We can help you stretch every single muscle in your body in our gym.
  • Zumba aerobics and water aerobics. Do aerobics to Zumba rhythms without having to leave the pool!
  • Dance classes. Dare to join in our fun dance classes.
  • Petanque and horseshoe throwing. For those that prefer the most traditional games, we have petanque (French bowls) and horseshoe-throwing tournaments.
  • Olympic Games. Mexican games, crazy games in the main pool, beach party, and beach games, among others. Sign up in the entertainment center next to Bar Fantasy.
  • Theater and shows. The Princess Theater offers you our best dancers, artists, acrobats and impersonators in exciting and entertaining evening shows. Enjoy the best shows at the Grand Riviera Princess Hotel.
  • Live music. Delight your ears with live music and the most vibrant atmosphere.

Activities not included:

  • Diving. Use your vacations to delve into the world of diving in Riviera Maya. Whether with friends, or on a romantic adventure with your partner, immerse yourself and discover the world of diving in Caribbean waters.

Spa at Grand Riviera Princess

Even if you are in a family holidays at Grand Riviera Princess you will also find a place where you can relax and unwind with your loved ones. And so, forget your daily routine and enjoy a unique experience in our fabulous wellness facilities in Riviera Maya.

Our Spa in Grand Riviera Princess Riviera Maya offers you an array of services and treatments that will enjoy the whole family, from the kids in the pools to the parents with a massage or an aerobics class.


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