Fabulous Time on Serenade of the Seas: Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by lawdog111

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Fabulous Time on Serenade of the Seas

Sail Date: April 2010
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
Just returned from a 7-night cruise on Serenade of the Seas with a friend. Both of us are single in our mid-30s. There weren't alot of other singles on board, however there was a good mix of age-groups on board and a surprising number of guests from Europe and Canada. I didn't notice alot of children on board and those I saw were very well-behaved.

We flew into San Juan one day early and stayed overnight at the Sheraton Old San Juan. The hotel itself was nothing spectacular but it was clean and comfortable. The best thing about the Sheraton is being right in the heart of Old San Juan and being within walking distance of lots of restaurants, shopping, and the Forts. The hotel also held our bags after check-out so we could explore more of OSJ. After hitting the Coach, Burberry, and Ralph Lauren outlets, we headed to ship around 2:00pm. Taxi fare to the pier was about $16 and embarkation was swift since we had completed the on-line check-in process prior to leaving home. More

The ship is beautiful and well-maintained. Lots of glass and light colored wood decorated the main areas. The service was excellent. The food in the Windjammer was good but the food in the main dining room was just average compared to Celebrity and Carnival. Nothing on the dinner menu was exceptional and the portion size was small, particularly on items like the lobster tail and shrimp dishes. Drink prices were pretty average and there was always a drink of the day for $5.95 that packed a punch. The frozen mojitos were my favorite! The entertainment was hit-or-miss. Some of the performers were excellent, especially Roxy (piano player) and Tina (one of RCI singers) but others were just fair. The Vortex got hopping around midnight. The highlight of the cruise was Quest. Don't miss it but be forewarned it is definitely an adults only show. The captain was very informative and he performed a 360 right by the Pitons in St. Lucia, allowing everyone on the ship to get photos. Overall, it was a great trip. Less

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Port and Shore Excursions

It absolutely poured the entire day were we docked in Antigua so many people, including us, never even got off the ship. I was really disappointed since I had planned a beach day to Valley Church beach. Those who ventured out into the rain and went ziplining said they had a great time anyway.

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Got off the ship and 6 of us paid $20 per person to have a cab driver drive us around the island. We toured the Westhall Rum Distillery and got to sample some 140 proof rum. I recommend bringing a Coke to mix with the rum because boy was it strong. Ended up at Grand Anse Beach just in time for a rainstorm. The beach was ok but not as nice as those in St. Martin or Tortola. Lots of vendors, some of whom were fairly aggressive, but we got some spice baskets and spice necklaces for $4-5 which were great souvenirs.

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St. Lucia is a beautiful and lush island. We took a ship sponsored tour to Soufriere and the rainforest to visit Warm Piton Falls. I was expecting a large waterfall but it is really nothing more than just a trickle with hordes of people trying to get in the mineral springs below. Of the two springs, one was warm (80 degrees) and the other was extremely hot (100+ degrees). The views of the Pitons were gorgeous from Soufriere and we had a nice lunch at a hill-top restaurant where local vendors sold warm fried bread, fresh fish, and yummy jerk chicken.

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Had a couple rain showers in St. Martin but they were brief and then the sun came out. We did not have a shore excursion planned here. Just jumped on board the water taxis right by the pier and rode over to Phillipsburg were we wandered down Front Street for some shopping and then headed over to the Blue Bitch for lunch. We enjoyed the beach right in front of Front Street where we paid $15 for 2 chairs, an umbrella, and 5 drinks with an excellent view of the ship. The vendors were numerous but if you just told them "no" they would leave you alone.

Took the ship sponsored shore excursion to the Baths in the afternoon. The Baths were beautiful and the right around the Baths was amazing. The water was extremely clear and we are allowed plenty of time to snorkel and explore the caves before returning to the boat. The crew on the boat was fun and they were generous with the rum punch on the return trip to Roadtown. I brought watershoes but didn't use them as we had to swim in from the boat to the beach. I went barefoot through the caves and didn't have any problems. If you do this excursion, bring an underwater camera since there's no way to get a regular camera to shore without getting it wet.

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