We have spent the last 4 years on RCI's Oasis or Allure and decided that it was time to go back to a a smaller ship with a more active itinerary. Serenade of the Seas did not disappoint. Although in places her age showed in stained hallway carpets Serenade is still a grand ship. As always the dining room service was impeccable however after 13 cruises on RCI i do wish that they would shake up the menu.
Serenade's crew were absolutely wonderful and accommodating. Everyone of them that we met were smiling and eager.
For you cigar smokers out their the cigar lounge is large and well used. It was even left open during the day so that i could sneak away and enjoy a stick while i read a book.
The Champagne Bar is always our evening kickoff location. While enjoying your favorite drink Hot and cold snacks are served nightly, something that we miss on the larger ships.
Due to the size of Serenade you do tend to bump into the same people a lot more which More
enables you to meet and get to know them.
After 4 years on the big ships we did find Serenade a little confining, especially at night. We missed the promenade. Its back to the big ships for us next year.If you like beaches then the Serenades itinerary is for you. This group of islands is all about beaches and water sports. There are some off road jeep safaris available but reports from those who went ranged from so so to boring. Zip lining got rave reviews although everyone warns about the 60 foot drop to get down from the tree tops.
If you just want to enjoy the ship then stay on board and be pampered while everyone else is ashore. Less
Serenade of the Seas Cruises to the Western Caribbean
Cabin review: Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Our cabin on Serenade was a little smaller than on the larger ships but not so that we really noticed. We did find that there was more noise from adjacent cabins and hallways. Where do they get those beds? We want to bring one home.
Grenada is a beautiful island to take a ride around however there really is not a lot to see. As a shopping port it is mostly local markets. If you do go touring take a lot of single bills as at every stop someone has a history to show you or a local costume to pose with you. Although we did not go to the beach we were told that they were fantastic.
More beaches. A trip across the island to shopping area is about 20 minutes each way but worth the ride. A visit to the rum factory is also worth it but beware of the tastings. They do pour generously. Be sure to try the strawberry flavor.
Always a favorite. A beautiful island to take a ride around. Shopping! Shopping! Shopping! This was probably the first time that we were actually able to walk down the street without it being crowded to the point that we were forced off the sidewalk. In visiting our favorite stores and catching up with local friends we learned that it has been a very tough season which may account for the more aggressive street hustling in front of the stores. Still the best value in the Caribbean. Bargain all you want.