Perfect trip on Serenade: Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by Nuclear Cruiser

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Nuclear Cruiser
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Perfect trip on Serenade

Sail Date: February 2010
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
Booked this cruise almost 10 months out as we wanted to book a Grand suite. We enjoy the ammentities and space that the suites offer. Used and found agency that was able to offer on board credits to reduce price. Flew out of Logan Int airport in boston. We flew out 1 day early to give some margin on potential storms. We were fortunate as it was only rain in Boston unlike New jersey & New York. Departed Boston 2 0830 and arrived in san Juan at 1:30 with the hour time difference. Grabbed a cab (24.00) to our hotel, the Sheraton Old San juan. We had stayed at this hotel over the melinium in 2000, and liked the location. The Hotel is the same, clean and conveniently located. We checked in (Booked via priceline for 85.00)and were walking around San Juan by 3:00PM. Had drinks at the harbour brewery, and ended the night at the always fun senor Frogs. Grabbed the brunch for breakfast and grabbed a cab for the ship at 11:00. The cab ride was 10 minutes (18.00). At the More port, there is a line for checked bags and it was empty. We dropped bags and got into the check in line (about 50 people)'

The Doors were opened at 11:30, and we were on the ship in the windjammer by 11:50. (Nice)Because we had booked a suite, we went to deck 10 and found the concierge lounge. gershwin was in there and let us gather there until our room was ready at 1:00PM. The grand Suites on the Serenade are awsome. There is a lot of storage, lots of room in the bathroom with double sinks and a deep soaking tub/shower. There was fresh fruit waiting for us along with the three bottles of wine we pre ordered for the cabin. We unloaded carry ons, connected the Ipod to the stereo and enjoyed a glass of wine o the balcony. Our 2 checked bags showed up at 3:00pm, which worked out very well. We were done with all itwms put away by 4:00Pm and went out to the Pool bar to enjoy some cocktails.

We had my time dining, so we visited the Maitride to set a reservation for 6:15, knowing that the muster was at 8:00PM. We set a standing reservation in my time dining for a nice table for 2 overlooking the Captais table below. Went on deck for sailaway, than went to the comic show and out to the various bars to meet some of the folks. We were fortunate enough to be able to afford a suite. The use of the consierge lounge for evening drinks, computer usage, good coffeee always available made for some nice extras. We ate at the speciality restaurants thre times, including the Wine Dinner offered at Chops on the last night. All meals were excellent. Our main hangout area was the champagne bar, where Alko from India took good care of us. We are into wines, and there is a great selection on board (not cheap, but a nice selection)

This was our fourth trip on a radiance Class ship, and really like what they offer for size, crowd, age etc.

I would recommend this trip to anyone. Less

Published 03/16/10

Cabin review: GS1552 Grand Suite

Grand suite 1552 was a great Cabin. With 350 sq ft of space, an an additional 100 sq ft balcony there is plenty of room. bathroom is large, with double sinks and a deep soaking tub. We had empty drawers there was so much storage area.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We booked the Extreme Circumnav tour with Elis Eco tour company. This tour takes 15 folks around the entire Island in a 45 ft Cigarette style boat with three 250 engines. We were taken to Hells gate, than off to a Sandbar to swim with the stingrays. Continuiing around the island, the atlantic gets pretty rough so this is not for the faint of heart. Stopped at lord nelsons Boat yard, and snorkeled at Hercules. Ha lunch on a beautiful beach in a deserted cove. Continued around the island stopping at rendevous bay for some rum punches on the beach. We got back to the ship at 3:30Pm. It was an awsome way to see all of the 365 beaches that antigua has to offer. Expensive tour (150.00pp) But well worth it.

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Got off the Ship and walked into town. The locals were very forceful at trying to get you to take an Island Tour. I am a big guy and still had to tell them to back off. Once out of the terminal, it is a 1/2 mile walk through a very small auto/pedestrian tunnel to the waterfront. we shopped at Dots spices and grabbed several different types for summer cooking. went back to the ship and again, enjoyed the pool area for the day.

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We booked a day tour with Spencer Ambrose. He is quite a character. He is a former special forces policeman from the island, and appears to know everyone. We took what wascalled the west End delight. The Tour was really good, but it is a lot of time in an air conditioned van. Once across the island, 91.5 hours) we went to Souffrie where the Pitons are. We boarded watr taxis an went over to jealousie beach in between the pitons. very nice. Spent 1.5 hours there and went back to town. stopped at the volcano, and the waterfall on the way home. spencer was running a bit late so it was a very interesting ride back to the ship. (65.00pp) good trip but not for us again.

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We have been to St Maarten many times and have done the Americas Cup challenge, and the rhino rider boats. We decided to visit a friend that manages Kay Jewelers on front street.Archie sold us some wonderful items, and it was back to the ship to enjoy the pool area. sat out by the pool all day, only leaving to go to the sea view cafe for lunch at 2:0pm when it opens in port.

We booked a sailing excursion ahead of time with a company not affiliated with RCCL. The Boat was the Aristocat, and it is a 48' catermaran that is in great shape. captain steve is a fun Captain for the day and promises to make your trip fun. We caught a cab to the west end (20 minute scenic drive)to catch the boat for 0900. There were a total of 8 folks on this sailing trip, and the boat can hold 25 comfortably. We stopped at several snorkel areas, had lunch on board at diamond bay, and than sailed over to Jost van Dyke so we could swim in for some pain killers at the Soggy Dollar. Captain Steve will make sure you get back to the ship on time. Cost is 110.oo pp which includes unlimited drinks, nice lunch, snorkel gear, and lots of good fun.

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