Southern Caribbean Great Escapes: Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by lpic1
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Southern Caribbean Great Escapes
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
This was our second trip on the Serenade of the Seas. We liked the ship so much last year that we booked it again for this year and we were not disappointed (with one exception which will be discussed later). The ship is kept spotlessly clean. Although there had recently been issues on another RC ship with Norovirus, we experienced no difficulties whatsoever (although I will also add that we were regular users of the purell stations - especially when we got on the ship after visiting a port. We also used the sanitizers outside the restaurants and Windjammer. ) (One suggestion would be to make More this MANDATORY for the Windjammer since anyone who does NOT sanitize puts everyone at risk!) By coincidence we had the same room steward as we had last year. Not only did he remember us, but he welcomed us like family!!! It made our trip very special! We also met our restaurant server from last year and even though we were not seated at her station she would often come to check up on us!
I am prone to motion sickness but the ship is generally very stable. We encountered weather that was not typical for the Caribbean in the spring (rain, storms, high seas) but the only time motion was an issue was the last night of the cruise when there were 5-7 foot waves. It was unusual even by the crew's standards.
The food was very good (what we had expected!) - with lots of choices in the afternoon at the Windjammer. The cruiseline has become more sensitive to different dietary needs, so there are always lowfat or low carb options.
We also enjoyed the "open" coffee and tea stations outside the Windjammer. The only 'glitch' as far as food goes in the availability of late night snacks. If you are hungry, you have to trek up to the one small cafe that is open after 9:30. It takes a lot of determination to find it and to get there and the selection is somewhat limited.
The only other 'disappointment' was in the cruise director and staff. Last year, the cruise director was absolutely excellent. He MADE the trip -- great sense of humor and limitless energy! He remained at ALL events well beyond when the director normally departs and he seemed to really enjoy being around the passengers. The cruise director this year was not of the same caliber and we were disappointed. Less
Cabin review: E27108 Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Our Cabin was 7108. It was the first cabin off the stairs and we were sure we would get noise from 'traffic' -- not true - we never heard any people in the hallway!! There was good news and bad news regarding our balcony. The good news was that because it is a corner room, we had an extra large balcony!! It was great!! Two full lounge chars plus a chair and table -- It added to our enjoyment and pretty much doubled the size of the room. The BAD news was that because we got a lot of rain, for some reason the rainwater backed up ONTO the deck. We talked to the room steward ASAP who called maintenance but I don't think this was a fixable problem as there was a drain pipe that ran down the side of the wall. It was a great location and the balcony 90% of the time (rain aside!) was a true plus. Also, since we had a corner room, there was no one on one side of us - extra plus!!Read All Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony (E2) Reviews >>
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