March 7, 2009 Southeran Caribbean Cruise - Great Experience: Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by tesarver

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March 7, 2009 Southeran Caribbean Cruise - Great Experience

Sail Date: March 2009
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
We arrived in San Juan on Friday. the day before our cruise. Something that I would recommend as it allows you to relax and not worry if you will make it to the ship on time on the day of departure. We stayed at the Double Tree (Hilton) which was a very nice and comfortable hotel. The hotel is in the new San Juan area & only about 10 minutes by taxi to the ship. One thing you need to remember is to bring enough money for a Taxi. It's $15 to almost any where you want to go.

On Saturday, we got to the Ship early (Around 10 AM) & they came out around 11:00 AM and checked our bags. After dropping the bags off at the ship, we took a Taxi back down to Old San Juan and was able to explore the city at our leisure. We went back to the Ship at 3:00 PM and was by the pool by 3:15. Check in was quick & simple.

The Cruise took us to St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia, & Barbados. Photos from the cruise can be found here: More

Overall the experience on the ship was great. The food served in the main dining room (Breakfast & Dinner) was out standing. The Buffet lunch in the Windjammer was good. But like buffet food anywhere, it's lukewarm and you need to be there when they 1st set it out. As with all of our cruises with RCCL, the service is always impeccable, and just makes the cruising experience that more enjoyable. The room, was an inside cabin, near the front of the ship, just under the theater. So if you went to bed early, you got to hear the 10:30 production. Other than that, the room was suitable for our needs.

Overall, we would sail again on the Serenade of the Sea. The staff, entertainment and the ship made this an excellent cruise. Less

Published 03/25/09

Cabin review: Q3509 Interior Stateroom

The cabin was a place to sleep, shower & Change your clothes. Other than the sleeping part (under the theater or very close to it) which was very noisy on some nights, it did those functions well.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Again no excursions planned for this island, so we walked into St. Johns. Was not very impressed with the town, so we went back to the ship and just spent the day relaxing on the ship, which was great. We virtually had the pool & solarium to ourselves.
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Here book the Barbados Natural Wonders excursion. This was a bit disappointing as from a photography perspective, as most of the stops for pictures, where to be taken from the bus. If we go back, we would not book this one again.
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On this island we booked an excursion through RCCI. We took the Island's Delight which was 7 hours. We were only docked here for 7 1/2 hours, so by being on an excursion booked through RCCI, we were guaranteed to be back to the ship before it sailed. The tour was mostly sitting on a bus, however, they did shop at a few places where you were able to stretch your legs and take some pictures. The lunch was a 4 on a scale of 5 and the guide was very knowledgeable and kept the tour interesting. We did get to stop in a small fishing village, but were only allotted 10 min, which was not enough time to use the rest rooms & explore the village.
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In St. Maarten, you are within walking distance to the town of Philipsburg. Again we did not have any excursions planned, so when we got off the boat, was found a tour that cost $25.00 per person. So we went on that with 2 other couples from the ship. The tour took us to both the Dutch side and the French side of the island. I would have to rate the French side higher than the Duchside as it seemed less crowded and cleaner. After getting back, we waked to the town, which was clean with lots of places to shop. It also has a beautiful beach you can go to and food and drink was very reasonable. (Beer for only $1.00)

In St. Thomas, you are within walking distance to Charlotte Amalie. We did not have an excursion, planned for this island. We went online and found a walking tour, that we took around the town. I would recommend doing that if you are up to walking. The Town is clean and the people are very friendly & helpful. A place that we would like to visit again.
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