Since I am always on this board, my turn to write a review. I have cruised quite a few times with Royal, but never on the Radiance class, and always left from Florida. Since it was just me and my boyfriend, not with our teenage son, we figured we would try the Serenade with all the beautiful ports!
We flew in SJ 2 days prior, but got to our hotel around midnight (Sheraton Old San Juan, got it for $100 per night on Hotwire) for that price, it was great, but would never pay $250, so noisy... We toured San Juan and then went for diner at El Convento, tapas and sangrias, really good!
We boarded the ship around 12:30pm, quite easy, not hectic like Miami. Loved the ship, its decor, its size, and of course, the wonderful staff.
The whole week was great, we had balcony 9576, hump cabin, loved the balcony!
The food was pretty good, we ate in the dining room 5 nights, and we did Chops and Portofino. Loved Chops, as always, Portofino left to be desired, but we must admit, we were not that hungry. We had breakfast in the Windjamer 4 mornings and dining room the 3 others, prefer the dining room, by far.
The service on this ship is really good, you are not even sitting down at the buffet at lunch, they are already there to take your other for drinks.
First cruise that the waiters at the pool do not even bother you, they pass, you ask them if you want something.
The cruise director was quite good.
We would definately cruise on the Serenade again, and highly recommend it.