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We cruised out of PR on Dec 12th. We are a married couple age 36. This is our 8th cruise, our 4th with RCCL. We flew down a day early and stayed at the Marriott Stellaris - which was excellent and we paid $125 through priceline.com for this. It was no more then 10 minutes from hotel to ship. We left hotel at 12:45 on Saturday and headed to pier. We were literally on the ship by 1:30 PM eating at the Windjammer! Ok - I will start with cabin - with all of the price drops for our cruise we ended up upgrading to a D1 9060. Great location - being in the middle. Plenty of space for everything. It was only fractionally larger then a typical balcony room I would say - so I would not spend extra to get this room again. Cabin attendant was Darius - was awesome - and was quick to respond to every small request we had (more towels and more pillows!). Only downside to our cabin was the air conditioner - was set at full blast the entire cruise and never once got the room to a cool comfortable temperature. It was not enough of a problem to make me complain. It was cool, just not cold enough for our normal liking when we are hot! Food- we had second seating at a table for 12. Although one couple apparently did not like us - so they never came back - so it ended up being a table for 10! We had a new server - Osman. Very slow, not knowledgeable and not personable at all. Big bummer. However - our asst waiter NIC was awesome!!! He picked up the slack big time for Osman and was well compensated by all of us at the table! Food - I gained atleast 5 lbs so something must have been right! I filled up on appetizers because the main courses were never "amazing". But between appetizers and main course and dessert I walked out content every night. I remember the menu seemed to be quite similiar to last years menu, including desserts. Surprisingly - the lowfat, sugarfree desserts were very good! Windjammer - typical buffet style food...always something to find each day to fill you up until the next meal. We did eat one time in the Seaview Cafe. Had to wait about 15 minutes for our food - no big deal - food was good. I would have liked to eat there more often but hubby preferred getting food at Windjammer and taking it back to room without any waiting time! Ports of call...St Thomas - shopped in morning, then went to Marriott Frenchman's Reef beach called Morningstar. This was on the atlantic side- so there were waves crashing....no entry fee - did cost us $7 pp roundtrip taxi and $10 pp for a chair (if you wanted one). St. Croix - took taxi to the town that is about half hour away. Walked around, ate at Angry Nates and then went to a tour of the Fort. Good day. St. Kitts - took the excursion Fan Ta Sail snorkle catamaran tour....EXCELLENT - THE CREW WERE AMAZING!! Catamaran took us snorkeling then to Nevis! Had beach all to our selves! Expensive but well worth the tour - it was 6 hours + long! Dominca - we did the dolphin/whale watch....I dont ever get sea sick - but I did this day!! They stop the boat for a while to try and find the whales - and you bob around a lot!! Guess I did not like that. A few of the kids were puking - as well as one other adult!!! We probably scared away all of the whales! What seemed like forever - we finally saw whales. Barbados - we went into the town - very cityish and crazy - did not like - they we went on Green Monkey Encounter 4 x4...That was a blast!! We did not see green monkeys at the Wildlife place but we saw many other amazing animals. We did see green monkey's on the way back though at some mansion in Sandy Lane! That was cool!!!! Sea day was fun and relaxing ...perfect weather - mid 80's the entire time. Crew and Staff on Serenade are wonderful. Would recommend this cruise in a heart beat! Many back to backers on this cruise (lucky them!)....Already looking around for our next RCCL cruise!

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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by ANNIEGOLFCAR

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We cruised out of PR on Dec 12th. We are a married couple age 36. This is our 8th cruise, our 4th with RCCL. We flew down a day early and stayed at the Marriott Stellaris - which was excellent and we paid $125 through priceline.com for this. It was no more then 10 minutes from hotel to ship. We left hotel at 12:45 on Saturday and headed to pier. We were literally on the ship by 1:30 PM eating at the Windjammer! Ok - I will start with cabin - with all of the price drops for our cruise we ended up upgrading to a D1 9060. Great location - being in the middle. Plenty of space for everything. It was only fractionally larger then a typical balcony room I would say - so I would not spend extra to get this room again. Cabin attendant was Darius - was awesome - and was quick to respond to every small request we had (more towels and more pillows!). Only downside to our cabin was the air conditioner - was set at full blast the entire cruise and never once got the room to a cool comfortable temperature. It was not enough of a problem to make me complain. It was cool, just not cold enough for our normal liking when we are hot! Food- we had second seating at a table for 12. Although one couple apparently did not like us - so they never came back - so it ended up being a table for 10! We had a new server - Osman. Very slow, not knowledgeable and not personable at all. Big bummer. However - our asst waiter NIC was awesome!!! He picked up the slack big time for Osman and was well compensated by all of us at the table! Food - I gained atleast 5 lbs so something must have been right! I filled up on appetizers because the main courses were never "amazing". But between appetizers and main course and dessert I walked out content every night. I remember the menu seemed to be quite similiar to last years menu, including desserts. Surprisingly - the lowfat, sugarfree desserts were very good! Windjammer - typical buffet style food...always something to find each day to fill you up until the next meal. We did eat one time in the Seaview Cafe. Had to wait about 15 minutes for our food - no big deal - food was good. I would have liked to eat there more often but hubby preferred getting food at Windjammer and taking it back to room without any waiting time! Ports of call...St Thomas - shopped in morning, then went to Marriott Frenchman's Reef beach called Morningstar. This was on the atlantic side- so there were waves crashing....no entry fee - did cost us $7 pp roundtrip taxi and $10 pp for a chair (if you wanted one). St. Croix - took taxi to the town that is about half hour away. Walked around, ate at Angry Nates and then went to a tour of the Fort. Good day. St. Kitts - took the excursion Fan Ta Sail snorkle catamaran tour....EXCELLENT - THE CREW WERE AMAZING!! Catamaran took us snorkeling then to Nevis! Had beach all to our selves! Expensive but well worth the tour - it was 6 hours + long! Dominca - we did the dolphin/whale watch....I dont ever get sea sick - but I did this day!! They stop the boat for a while to try and find the whales - and you bob around a lot!! Guess I did not like that. A few of the kids were puking - as well as one other adult!!! We probably scared away all of the whales! What seemed like forever - we finally saw whales. Barbados - we went into the town - very cityish and crazy - did not like - they we went on Green Monkey Encounter 4 x4...That was a blast!! We did not see green monkeys at the Wildlife place but we saw many other amazing animals. We did see green monkey's on the way back though at some mansion in Sandy Lane! That was cool!!!! Sea day was fun and relaxing ...perfect weather - mid 80's the entire time. Crew and Staff on Serenade are wonderful. Would recommend this cruise in a heart beat! Many back to backers on this cruise (lucky them!)....Already looking around for our next RCCL cruise!
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