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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by chaddor11: Royal Caribbean Hasn't Let Us Down Yet


chaddor11
1 Review
Member Since 2010
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Member Rating

Cabin 4.0
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 4.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 5.5
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Royal Caribbean Hasn't Let Us Down Yet

Sail Date: May 2010
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan

This was our 3rd cruise, 2nd with Royal Caribbean. Both of our experiences with Royal Caribbean have just been amazing. The other line we have cruised with was Princess and it was way below par for us. It's more of an older person cruise with nothing to do really.

We sailed out of San Juan, PR on 5/16/10. We visited Curacao, Aruba, Dominica, and St. Thomas. All the ports were amazing. We had great weather and just great activities.

The ship activities were wonderful as always. The ship has two pool tables that move with the ship to keep the balls from moving. It does make it a little difficult to shoot sometimes but it's still a blast. The games and shows that the ship did were really good. Shows were good but they are about the same with every cruise we've been on. The games and activities are always entertaining. Anybody that cruises with Royal Caribbean has to play the quest. It's usually in the later days of the cruise so look for it. It is a blast to play. More

The food on the ship was better than expected. Was a little surprised with how some of the food locations worked but it's understandable and we were able to adapt to it. Let me explain: the Windjammer (buffet) wasn't open all the time like I thought it was on our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. It closed at 9PM at night and from then on, you had to go to the SeaView Cafe (on the back of the ship, not easily found) to get food and it was only certain foods that you could order. Not convenient at all. Breakfast was the same thing every morning. You have your breads: muffins, donuts, pastries, ect..., fruits, cereal, sausage, bacon, omelets, and some other stuff. Again, same thing every day in the Windjammer. The Main Dinning Hall, we never got a chance to go to so we could eat breakfast there. Lunch in the Windjammer was basically the same food as well. Hamburgers, hotdogs, fries, sandwhiches, soups, and just your basic lunch foods. Not sure about the Main Dinning Hall on this one either. Dinner: Windjammer: changed items each night with similar items to the Main Dinning Hall. Main Dinning Hall: just amazing food all the way around. Everything we had was amazing. Would advise everybody to do the Main Dinning Hall for dinner. Well worth it.

Really enjoyed laying out on the main pool deck with this cruise. We got up with the best bar service attendant. His name was Gener. If anybody is going on this ship anytime soon, look for Gener and tell him Chad, Dorothy, and Rick recommended him to you all. He's just amazing.

Do have to say that I wasn't pleased with some of the other staff on board though. The other 2 cruises we took, even Princess, the staff would go out of their way to make sure everything was right for you and they wouldn't get in your way or anything. They were wonderful. This cruise was a little different with a lot of them. Serveral times crew was moving something or just walking and they wouldn't stop for you or anything. I know that sounds bad on my part with being so picky but I guess we just got spoiled on our other cruises.

For those of you that are beer and cocktail drinkers. Domestic Beers: 4.25 can get a beer bucket on them (6 beers) for the price of 5. Imported Beers: 4.75 and up. Cocktails: 6.25.

All and all, the cruise was just amazing for us. We really enjoyed the islands that we went too as well. Less


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Cabin review: Serenade of the Seas Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom Deck 7 8652

Cabin 7050 was our first room. Horrible view and you're right on the corner so you're looking into your neighbors room. View straight down is blocked by the life boats. We changed rooms and got 8652 which still didn't have the best view straight down as it was blocked too but it was better.

Port and Shore Excursions


Took a cab to Palm Beach which was amazing. Not rocky at all and just a lot of activities. Be aware that you have to rent your seats, umbrella's, and floats here. Very expensive beach to go to if you're not expecting it. Cab ride is not too bad if you get with a group that is going. All in all, Aruba is over rated for the most part. Very windy.

Read 681 Aruba Reviews

Took a $15 tour that we got on the pier which was great. The guides showed us a lot of the island and then dropped us off at Cabana Beach. It was a little bit rocky in some areas but still beautiful. We did walk the beach and found about 6 topless people. Guys, it wasn't all that great as majority of the topless ones were grandma's. FYI, there is public transportation that you can take for cheap if you're out and want to get back to the main shopping area.

Read 501 Curacao Reviews

Very very beautiful. Greenery everywhere. Take a tour of the island as it is small but just amazing. Go to the waterfalls in the rain forest. Take your camera as there are plenty of wonderful picture opportunities. Do your souvenir buying here as it is cheaper than the other locations.

Read 491 Dominica Reviews

Beautiful but very expensive. Island is built up more than the others. Make sure to shop around before purchasing anything as all the stores have different prices for everything. We found that our the hard way. Recommend eating at the Green House in town.

Read 2318 St. Thomas Reviews

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