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We were looking for a Southern Itinerary and enjoyed discovering new places. We flew into FLL on Sunday and stayed at the Hilton Marina. The area was not walkable, which was disappointing so we took a short cab ride to get dinner at the 15th Street - we enjoyed the patio and our fresh fish dinner. The Hilton room was small but updated. There was a shuttle there in the morning for about 7 PP we were taken the short ride to the cruise port. Embarkation was very smooth. Our cabin was Aft - a long walk to all the main activities. Typical balcony stateroom. Unfortunately, it seemed like our neighbors were always on their balcony and very loud (f-bombs flying all the time), smoking too. We weren't really able to enjoy our balcony. We enjoyed my time dining in MDR and made reservations, so no wait getting a table. Very good service. Food was good, not great. We ate lunch at Izumi and it was delicious. We also purchased a deluxe drink package and took advantage of all the options, fresh juice, hot specialty drinks, cocktails and Evian water, it was worth it for us. Daytime entertainment was a good variety, evening entertainment always seems "less than" on the older ships - no Broadway style shows or top-tier entertainment. The musicians around the ship were excellent, as was the orchestra. The casino was disappointing - it really needs an update, from seating to slot machines. There just wasn't much energy going on in there - very different from other RCCL ships we have sailed. I found the ship overall very well kept. A lot of staff cleaning up and wiping things down. Ponce PR - on our own to Serralles Estate - very beautiful home and interesting, short day in town since it was Thanksgiving. St. Kitts - We went to a great beach bar on South Friars Bay. Grenada - RCCL excursion - Island tour, spice growing/processing and waterfall, an excellent day on the island. St. Lucia - Independent tour, 7 hours, catamaran to see the Pitons, Soufriere drive through volcano, botanical gardens and snorkeling. St. John, Antigua - Great day on Turner's Beach. Very few children on this cruise, average age probably 65 plus. It was so nice to have two days at sea on return. We enjoyed how relaxing this longer cruise was for us, as we usually just go for one week.

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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by NuzCruz

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We were looking for a Southern Itinerary and enjoyed discovering new places. We flew into FLL on Sunday and stayed at the Hilton Marina. The area was not walkable, which was disappointing so we took a short cab ride to get dinner at the 15th Street - we enjoyed the patio and our fresh fish dinner. The Hilton room was small but updated. There was a shuttle there in the morning for about 7 PP we were taken the short ride to the cruise port.

Embarkation was very smooth. Our cabin was Aft - a long walk to all the main activities. Typical balcony stateroom. Unfortunately, it seemed like our neighbors were always on their balcony and very loud (f-bombs flying all the time), smoking too. We weren't really able to enjoy our balcony.

We enjoyed my time dining in MDR and made reservations, so no wait getting a table. Very good service. Food was good, not great. We ate lunch at Izumi and it was delicious. We also purchased a deluxe drink package and took advantage of all the options, fresh juice, hot specialty drinks, cocktails and Evian water, it was worth it for us.

Daytime entertainment was a good variety, evening entertainment always seems "less than" on the older ships - no Broadway style shows or top-tier entertainment. The musicians around the ship were excellent, as was the orchestra.

The casino was disappointing - it really needs an update, from seating to slot machines. There just wasn't much energy going on in there - very different from other RCCL ships we have sailed.

I found the ship overall very well kept. A lot of staff cleaning up and wiping things down.

Ponce PR - on our own to Serralles Estate - very beautiful home and interesting, short day in town since it was Thanksgiving.

St. Kitts - We went to a great beach bar on South Friars Bay.

Grenada - RCCL excursion - Island tour, spice growing/processing and waterfall, an excellent day on the island.

St. Lucia - Independent tour, 7 hours, catamaran to see the Pitons, Soufriere drive through volcano, botanical gardens and snorkeling.

St. John, Antigua - Great day on Turner's Beach.

Very few children on this cruise, average age probably 65 plus. It was so nice to have two days at sea on return. We enjoyed how relaxing this longer cruise was for us, as we usually just go for one week.
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Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 2D 9646
Superior OV Balcony (not sure if it was category 2D). Toward aft, so a long walk down the corridor. Room showed slight wear on surfaces, and the sofa, but overall was very comfortable and was well-kept by our attendant.
Not much hot water in the shower, sink hot water worked fine.
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