“1st but not the last with Royal Caribbean”
Cruise review of Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas

7960Ken Serenade of the Seas 4 1st but not the last with Royal Caribbean
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We headed to the port on Sunday around 2:00. Dropping luggage with the ship porters took 20 minutes and we waited another 15 minutes to get inside the terminal, but actual check-in took less than 5. We were in our cabin by 3:00 and our luggage arrived about an hour later (although we were out and about this ship). RC seems to do as well as any other line with their boarding process. Getting on and off the ship at each port was easy and predictable.

We ate the buffet for breakfast and lunch and went to the dining room at night. The food in the dining room is very good. The food at the buffet was no better than average with many items remaining the same each day. The specialty venues are not worth the up charge. Stick with the main dining room and you will get great food every night.

The entertainment was high in quality, but limited in quantity. The showroom had good offerings each night, but the smaller bars and shows were very unimpressive. RC tries to use the deck 4 centrum as a venue, but it is limited in floor space. If you are interested in the entertainment, you end up on deck 5 through 8 listening and hanging over the rail to watch what is happening.

The spa if OK but the fitness center is top notch with lots of equipment and numerous class - some were even free.

Serenade of the Seas Cruises to the Southern Caribbean
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Cabin review: Junior Suite

Extremely large balcony room called a junior suite. Way more storage than we would ever need. Location was convenient, but very noisy. I sleep in a quiet room at home but this room is under the food preparation area for the buffet. Pans banging and equipment moving were a nuisance during the day and a problem at night. The industrial noises woke at least one of us up every night we were on the cruise. We loved the roominess, but hated the location noise.

Port and Shore Excursions

In the morning, we found some good deals on watches and took advantage. That afternoon we took the Green Zebra tour that I found on Trip Advisor. IT WAS A BLAST. If you like a little off road adventure, this is the company for you. The afternoon tour took us to the dry side of the island where we show huge cactus growing right up to the black rock cliffs next to the ocean with its crashing waves - very beautiful!

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We spent the morning exploring the shopping areas and took a tour of the city after lunch that ended at the beach for another snorkel period. This is a very unique city with its pastel buildings, narrow streets and pivoting bridge. Plan on spending time touring the city and forget about the beaches and water - you can see them all over the Caribbean. This island is living history and you should spend a day with a knowledgeable local to see all the beautiful and historic buildings.

Read 702 Curacao Reviews
We sailed from San Juan for the first time and found it to work well for reaching Aruba and Curacao on a 7 day trip. We arrived on Saturday and had little time to explore, but we got up on Sunday and toured the old fort and really enjoyed the way the National Park Service has staged the fortress. Getting around is easy as there are many taxis with most being full sized vans. The charge based upon a zone table so most trips are $15 (plus luggage extras).

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Tuesday we booked a Rain Forrest tour through the ship and spent 3 hours hiking - a little more exercise than we planned, but fun. The trip to the forest took 30 minutes on the bus, each way. Along the way you drive through very primitive living conditions for the island people. Watch out for the aggressive locals upon your return to the port. One of them tried to force my wife to pay $25 for taking her picture 5 times with his monkeys when it was he who grabbed her camera and set the 3 monkeys on her head and shoulders. I paid him $5 and walked away.

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Monday was spent in St. Thomas shopping for some diamonds my wife wanted. There was a complete selection of exactly what she wanted. Walking around is easy and safe.

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Published 07/22/11
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