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We are a group of 7 (3 Adults, 2 Seniors & 2 kids that are 12 and 10) and wanted to choose an itinerary that would go further south rather than the standard Eastern and Western. The cruise consisted of 11 days. 2 days at Sea, Ponce Puerto Rico, Basseterre St Kitts, Castries St Lucia, Bridgetown Barbados, St Georges Grenada, St John's Antigua and then 2 days at Sea. Overall the cruise was very good and it was interesting to see the West Indies but we found that 6 stops in 6 days was tiring with the different age groups. We only chose on ship excursion - the Pitons in St Lucia. The other ports we found it easy to get a cab and do our own excursions. We had some great taxi drivers and specifically Victor in Grenada who was very proud of his island and was very interesting to listen to as he has spent his entire life on the island. In St Kitts we were lucky enough to have Kevin take us to the beach. He was very knowledgeable about the island and full of personality - he was a highlight of the St Kitts experience. Antigua was frustrating. As soon as we left the security of the cruise ship area we were harassed by taxi drivers to take an excursion. This needs to be addressed by Antigua as it turns visitors off and made us leave the area and not spend any money in the shops. Once we finally decided to take a trip Barry, our driver, was excellent and Long Beach was beautiful. On Barbados we went to Harbour Lights. A great facility that offered chairs, umbrellas, good food, a great beach and things to do - all at a fair price. Check it out. In regards to Serenade of the Seas it is a nice boat and good size to get around easily. The ship is in need of of some care. The railings on the balcony was peeling and didn't look as though any attention was given to it in years. There is some rust at some of the connection points on the balcony and the rooms are dated. In our room, the overall square footage was about 165 sq feet. It was 2 small for 2 adults and 2 growing boys. Next time we would look at 2 adjoining inside rooms. Limited plugin locations for electronics. I found the dining room menu, for lack of a better word - boring. There were many items on the menu that were there every day. We ended up eating dinner in the Windjammer a couple of times to change up the menu. What a great choice! The windjammer had great food with lots of choice and the Indian Food was fantastic. If you are looking for a cruise to the West Indies this is one that I would consider but the age of the average traveller is higher than we were use to - many more electric scooters than we had seen on previous cruises. We have been on RCL before (without kids) and had a great time. 3 other cruises were on the Disney Fantasy and those staterooms are much better - the split bathroom and higher beds are something all lines should copy. Our kids, 12 and 10, found limited things to do and did not go to the kids programs as there didn't fit their needs. I think a lager RCL ship would be better but then you don't get the ports of call.

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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by happycamper305

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We are a group of 7 (3 Adults, 2 Seniors & 2 kids that are 12 and 10) and wanted to choose an itinerary that would go further south rather than the standard Eastern and Western.

The cruise consisted of 11 days. 2 days at Sea, Ponce Puerto Rico, Basseterre St Kitts, Castries St Lucia, Bridgetown Barbados, St Georges Grenada, St John's Antigua and then 2 days at Sea.

Overall the cruise was very good and it was interesting to see the West Indies but we found that 6 stops in 6 days was tiring with the different age groups.

We only chose on ship excursion - the Pitons in St Lucia. The other ports we found it easy to get a cab and do our own excursions. We had some great taxi drivers and specifically Victor in Grenada who was very proud of his island and was very interesting to listen to as he has spent his entire life on the island. In St Kitts we were lucky enough to have Kevin take us to the beach. He was very knowledgeable about the island and full of personality - he was a highlight of the St Kitts experience.

Antigua was frustrating. As soon as we left the security of the cruise ship area we were harassed by taxi drivers to take an excursion. This needs to be addressed by Antigua as it turns visitors off and made us leave the area and not spend any money in the shops. Once we finally decided to take a trip Barry, our driver, was excellent and Long Beach was beautiful.

On Barbados we went to Harbour Lights. A great facility that offered chairs, umbrellas, good food, a great beach and things to do - all at a fair price. Check it out.

In regards to Serenade of the Seas it is a nice boat and good size to get around easily. The ship is in need of of some care. The railings on the balcony was peeling and didn't look as though any attention was given to it in years. There is some rust at some of the connection points on the balcony and the rooms are dated. In our room, the overall square footage was about 165 sq feet. It was 2 small for 2 adults and 2 growing boys. Next time we would look at 2 adjoining inside rooms. Limited plugin locations for electronics.

I found the dining room menu, for lack of a better word - boring. There were many items on the menu that were there every day. We ended up eating dinner in the Windjammer a couple of times to change up the menu. What a great choice! The windjammer had great food with lots of choice and the Indian Food was fantastic.

If you are looking for a cruise to the West Indies this is one that I would consider but the age of the average traveller is higher than we were use to - many more electric scooters than we had seen on previous cruises. We have been on RCL before (without kids) and had a great time. 3 other cruises were on the Disney Fantasy and those staterooms are much better - the split bathroom and higher beds are something all lines should copy.

Our kids, 12 and 10, found limited things to do and did not go to the kids programs as there didn't fit their needs. I think a lager RCL ship would be better but then you don't get the ports of call.
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Cabin 8560
small bathroom and the shower was too small. The room was too small for 4 people
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Antigua
    Went to Long Bay Beach in Antigua. Very nice but about 45 minutes away from the cruise port. Roads are not that great in Antigua, which was surprising for the consistent weather they have.
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  • Shipwreck Snorkel
    Good facility. Amazing beach. Saw shipwreck and turtles as part of our package. Substantially cheaper than it would have been with the cruise line. Good food available at the resort.

    Taxi drivers drive fast. Ours lost his bumper when he left Harbour lights - the kids thought they were on Amazing Race.
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  • Turtle Swim
    was taken off shore (a few hundred meters) and swam above a shipwreck and then taken to swim with the turtles. Saw a few small ones at the bottom but still was a great experience.
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  • Grenada
    Found a taxi and went to see Annandale falls and beach time. Falls are small and we were met by a group of locals that would jump into the falls for a price. I guess this was some sort of photo opportunity. Our driver describe the island to us and answered any questions we had. Victor was excellent and he made our trip.
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  • Beach
    Took Cab to Timothy Hill and Cockleshell Beach. Rented chairs and umbrellas. Washroom facilities and restaurant. My wife noticed that if you walked down the beach toward another beach beers were cheaper.
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  • St. Lucia
    Took a boat to the Pitons with a snorkelling stop along the way. Water was clear and could see fish along the rocks.

    I thought it was interesting that we were told to take off any jewelry if we were going to town. This gave us the impression that it was not safe but we didn't hear of any issues.
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