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We chose this trip because of price and destinations. We usually cruise with Carnival which offers basically the same thing but for less money. Although we enjoy the Royal experience, we do not see paying more for the same thing. This was a great deal and we could not pass it up. The ship is showing a little age but is still well kept and lots of open spaces. If you are in to laying out and working on your tan however space is a problem. You have to get up early to stake out a chair or two. We only succeeded in doing so one day. The chairs are not enough to cover everyone. More space than chairs. Enjoyed playing shuffleboard on deck 5, there are several others spread out over the ship. Putt Putt was fun as well as watching pickle ball, basketball and a nice pool area for kids to play. Caught 3 new movies which was a plus, however the shows were a little disappointing. The entertainment brought in, was great! A magician and Hypnotist were absolutely fabulous. We went to all 3 shows the hypnotist did! Live music was good, spent several hours in Centrum and other areas listening. Cassie was part of cruise team, she did trivia and other games. She was far better than cruise director who was a let down. He did not interact with passengers and never spoke to us even in passing. Seemed more interested in showing how many languages he could say hello in before shows. Food was a hit and miss. Buffet was actually better than Main Dinning room. The Main Dinning room only changed a couple of things on the menu each night. But the buffet was constantly changing. A little disappointed in desserts though, too much mousse! Oatmeal raisin cookies were a hit with the wife. We had a ocean view room which was very open on deck 7. No noisy neighbors and the ship itself was very quite, no heavy vibrations like some ships have, even when coming into port. Marion was our room steward and did a great job. Room was always spotless and he was always checking to see if we needed anything. Each port was fun and exciting, some more than others. Antigua was the least favorite although they have 356 beaches. Not much else to see or do. We took city tours at each location. Cost was $25-$30 each and lasted from 3-4 hours. We took notes so that when we return we will know where and what we want to try and do. We ate Roti in Barbados which were good and a little spicy. Went to St. James church, which is over 400 years old. Fed monkeys on the street and ate some sugar cane cut down by our driver. In Antigua we visited Nelson's Docks, ate fingerling bananas, coconut bread and learned some history. Grenada was beautiful with all sorts of trees and spices. Saw nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, soursap, ginger...all in one place. Also visited a waterfall and watched divers who dove for you if you gave them a donation. Ate at B.B.'s restaurant which was just a short walk back to ship. We had dish called "meaty Mia", which was chicken cooked in coconut oil, served with sweet potato and ham mash...fantastic. Visited sugar plantation in St. Kitts and ate at small restaurant recommended by driver. Lots of great memories made and tons of pictures.

Smooth sailing

Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by rc4music2

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We chose this trip because of price and destinations. We usually cruise with Carnival which offers basically the same thing but for less money. Although we enjoy the Royal experience, we do not see paying more for the same thing. This was a great deal and we could not pass it up.

The ship is showing a little age but is still well kept and lots of open spaces. If you are in to laying out and working on your tan however space is a problem. You have to get up early to stake out a chair or two. We only succeeded in doing so one day. The chairs are not enough to cover everyone. More space than chairs.

Enjoyed playing shuffleboard on deck 5, there are several others spread out over the ship. Putt Putt was fun as well as watching pickle ball, basketball and a nice pool area for kids to play.

Caught 3 new movies which was a plus, however the shows were a little disappointing. The entertainment brought in, was great! A magician and Hypnotist were absolutely fabulous. We went to all 3 shows the hypnotist did!

Live music was good, spent several hours in Centrum and other areas listening. Cassie was part of cruise team, she did trivia and other games. She was far better than cruise director who was a let down. He did not interact with passengers and never spoke to us even in passing. Seemed more interested in showing how many languages he could say hello in before shows.

Food was a hit and miss. Buffet was actually better than Main Dinning room. The Main Dinning room only changed a couple of things on the menu each night. But the buffet was constantly changing. A little disappointed in desserts though, too much mousse! Oatmeal raisin cookies were a hit with the wife.

We had a ocean view room which was very open on deck 7. No noisy neighbors and the ship itself was very quite, no heavy vibrations like some ships have, even when coming into port.

Marion was our room steward and did a great job. Room was always spotless and he was always checking to see if we needed anything.

Each port was fun and exciting, some more than others. Antigua was the least favorite although they have 356 beaches. Not much else to see or do. We took city tours at each location. Cost was $25-$30 each and lasted from 3-4 hours.

We took notes so that when we return we will know where and what we want to try and do.

We ate Roti in Barbados which were good and a little spicy. Went to St. James church, which is over 400 years old. Fed monkeys on the street and ate some sugar cane cut down by our driver.

In Antigua we visited Nelson's Docks, ate fingerling bananas, coconut bread and learned some history.

Grenada was beautiful with all sorts of trees and spices. Saw nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, soursap, ginger...all in one place. Also visited a waterfall and watched divers who dove for you if you gave them a donation. Ate at B.B.'s restaurant which was just a short walk back to ship. We had dish called "meaty Mia", which was chicken cooked in coconut oil, served with sweet potato and ham mash...fantastic.

Visited sugar plantation in St. Kitts and ate at small restaurant recommended by driver.

Lots of great memories made and tons of pictures.
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Ocean View
Cabin 2N 7021
nice and open, comfortable, water pressure in shower was great, although it was a little tight. No body wash, only shampoo supplied.
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