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We went on our first cruise on the Serenade. Friends recommended this ship from previous cruises. The ship was very clean and the staff was very friendly and accommodating to our needs. The language barrier was evident several times when asking some basic questions. A more fluent English speaker was summoned a few times when they didn't understand. That was fine as I would rather have a correct answer than an incorrect one. Our cabin (9064) was larger than expected and had ample room for our belongings. We requested extra towels to be in our room everyday and Milton always had some extras for us. I don't know if cost cuts have occurred, but we never had any mints or anything on our pillows and beds were not turned down each night. It was no big deal, but different than we had been told. Food on board was good, but not great. The windjammer had a lot of choices and the food was slightly better than typical buffet food. The made to order omelets were a nice touch. Just make sure that you ask for extra on whatever you order because they go pretty light on the items. The Seaview Cafe was a nice change to the buffet and had a decent selection of sandwiches. We tried the cuban and reuben sandwich and were very satisfied. The main dining in the reflections room was not as good as we expected. The choices seemed adequate and we were happy with the appetizers and main courses. They could stand to add something to the mains as they seemed very bland. The meat was all very tender, but I have had tastier beef in any steakhouse in our town. Portions are adequate, but don't be afraid to ask for seconds. The desserts were disappointing except for a couple nights. The flourless chocolate cake was not good at all. The fruit desserts however were very good on every night. Service in the main dining was excellent on every night. "Chip" was our main waiter and his attention to our every need and his quick wit made it a great experience regardless of any food issues. To the foods defense, we are picky eaters who have quite a few great restaurants in our area. Our tablemates seemed to be very happy with the food. Entertainment on board was a little on the elderly side. They had an Elvis impersonator and a 60's group and a lot of Broadway type shows. Most of the shows were not our cup of tea. Love and Marriage show and the "Quest" were definitely must see shows. Overall, a very nice ship with great staff! Booked a Buck Island snorkel trip with RCCL. Met the shuttle at the dock and we had about a 35 min ride to the other side of the island to our spot. We joined 35 other people on board the boat which was quite full. They had water and sodas and rum punch after snorkeling for everyone. The crew on board was great and Marcus spent time with everybody it seemed. The water was a little rough by the underwater trail and it was a a little more work to swim with the rough chop. Saw some nice fish and a nurse shark on bottom. Had about an hour to swim and that seemed adequate. Marcus brought up a live conch for everyone to see and take pictures of before throwing it back in. On the way back to port we had 5 bottle-nose dolphins some to our boat and circle around us for a couple minutes which was a nice bonus. We had a nice time on this trip and were glad we had booked it. We went back to the ship to shower and then went back into town to shop. This is where this port is in need of change. There were a few covered tables in town and that was about it. We did buy a nice sea-glass necklace from a vendor but he was from stateside. The locals mostly offered shell jewelry and t-shirts. Spent about a half hour shopping and decided that was enough. Nice excursion, but decided that we had seen enough of St. Croix. Apprently there is a problem w/ website. Won't let me add more ports so here is the rest of ports. Antigua was pouring rain most of day. Excursions got cancelled, so decided to join some others for taxi tour of island. Had a nice tour of falmouth harbor and old colonial forts. very pretty views of island and coastline. Wish we could have gone ziplining, but oh well! Nice stop, but town looked a little scary and pretty aggressive peddlers. St. Lucia is a beautiful island!!! Had booked a Cosol Tour from Online. They did not disappoint. "Bumpy" was our driver and was very professional and a wealth of knowledge about the island. They had stops for breakfast consisting of fried chicken, mahi-mahi, coconut breads and fresh fruits. Very tasty and perfect for a morning snack. They had all the free drinks you could want. We learned about the banana plants and our driver stopped to buy ius all bananas and fresh cookies along the way. At lunch they bought us fresh local bread that was still hot and stuffed it with cheese which was very tasty!! We took a drive into the volcano and hopped a water taxi to snorkel between the incredible Pitons. It was a long day, but well worth the $65 PP fee. We saw a lot of this georgeous island and would highly recommend their services to everyone! The next stop was St. Kitts and Nevis. We took a catamaran cruise down the coast (Fan-Ta-Sea on RCCL) and stopped to snorkel along the way. Saw some fish, conch and a stingray. Water was pretty nice but not as warm as I thought it would be. Conitinued on down the coast and over to Nevis for a barbecue chicken lunch and more swim time on abeautiful beach. Found large chunks of coral and lots of shell in the water. Very relaxing day and saw some beautiful coastline along the way. Great crew on board, especially Elvis and his dancing. Higly recommend this trip for a relaxing day and different way to see the islands. Back in San juan, we took taxi to from dock to Old San Juan and dropped luggage off at Barrachina's restaurant for a small fee. We walked over to EL morro, the old spanish fort which was a very nice stop with some georgeous views of the coast and water. For those with longer layover, share a taxi oer to this restaurant and they wil hold luggage for you for a few bucks. Well worth the stop and their food was pretty good as well. There is a cute little city square where there are hundreds of pigeons that will eat out of your hands. Kids will enjoy this a lot, just bring some hand sanitizer. They really need to clean up this part of the city though. There is a lot of dumpsters around, but it appears noone knows how to use them. Hope this helps some people out. It was a great vacation for us first timers and we hope to do it again!!

Dec. 5th - Serenade of the Seas- San Juan

Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by Hvacguy131

Trip Details
We went on our first cruise on the Serenade. Friends recommended this ship from previous cruises. The ship was very clean and the staff was very friendly and accommodating to our needs. The language barrier was evident several times when asking some basic questions. A more fluent English speaker was summoned a few times when they didn't understand. That was fine as I would rather have a correct answer than an incorrect one. Our cabin (9064) was larger than expected and had ample room for our belongings. We requested extra towels to be in our room everyday and Milton always had some extras for us. I don't know if cost cuts have occurred, but we never had any mints or anything on our pillows and beds were not turned down each night. It was no big deal, but different than we had been told.

Food on board was good, but not great. The windjammer had a lot of choices and the food was slightly better than typical buffet food. The made to order omelets were a nice touch. Just make sure that you ask for extra on whatever you order because they go pretty light on the items. The Seaview Cafe was a nice change to the buffet and had a decent selection of sandwiches. We tried the cuban and reuben sandwich and were very satisfied.

The main dining in the reflections room was not as good as we expected. The choices seemed adequate and we were happy with the appetizers and main courses. They could stand to add something to the mains as they seemed very bland. The meat was all very tender, but I have had tastier beef in any steakhouse in our town. Portions are adequate, but don't be afraid to ask for seconds. The desserts were disappointing except for a couple nights. The flourless chocolate cake was not good at all. The fruit desserts however were very good on every night. Service in the main dining was excellent on every night. "Chip" was our main waiter and his attention to our every need and his quick wit made it a great experience regardless of any food issues. To the foods defense, we are picky eaters who have quite a few great restaurants in our area. Our tablemates seemed to be very happy with the food.

Entertainment on board was a little on the elderly side. They had an Elvis impersonator and a 60's group and a lot of Broadway type shows. Most of the shows were not our cup of tea. Love and Marriage show and the "Quest" were definitely must see shows. Overall, a very nice ship with great staff! Booked a Buck Island snorkel trip with RCCL. Met the shuttle at the dock and we had about a 35 min ride to the other side of the island to our spot. We joined 35 other people on board the boat which was quite full. They had water and sodas and rum punch after snorkeling for everyone. The crew on board was great and Marcus spent time with everybody it seemed. The water was a little rough by the underwater trail and it was a a little more work to swim with the rough chop. Saw some nice fish and a nurse shark on bottom. Had about an hour to swim and that seemed adequate. Marcus brought up a live conch for everyone to see and take pictures of before throwing it back in. On the way back to port we had 5 bottle-nose dolphins some to our boat and circle around us for a couple minutes which was a nice bonus. We had a nice time on this trip and were glad we had booked it. We went back to the ship to shower and then went back into town to shop. This is where this port is in need of change. There were a few covered tables in town and that was about it. We did buy a nice sea-glass necklace from a vendor but he was from stateside. The locals mostly offered shell jewelry and t-shirts. Spent about a half hour shopping and decided that was enough. Nice excursion, but decided that we had seen enough of St. Croix. Apprently there is a problem w/ website. Won't let me add more ports so here is the rest of ports. Antigua was pouring rain most of day. Excursions got cancelled, so decided to join some others for taxi tour of island. Had a nice tour of falmouth harbor and old colonial forts. very pretty views of island and coastline. Wish we could have gone ziplining, but oh well! Nice stop, but town looked a little scary and pretty aggressive peddlers. St. Lucia is a beautiful island!!! Had booked a Cosol Tour from Online. They did not disappoint. "Bumpy" was our driver and was very professional and a wealth of knowledge about the island. They had stops for breakfast consisting of fried chicken, mahi-mahi, coconut breads and fresh fruits. Very tasty and perfect for a morning snack. They had all the free drinks you could want. We learned about the banana plants and our driver stopped to buy ius all bananas and fresh cookies along the way. At lunch they bought us fresh local bread that was still hot and stuffed it with cheese which was very tasty!! We took a drive into the volcano and hopped a water taxi to snorkel between the incredible Pitons. It was a long day, but well worth the $65 PP fee. We saw a lot of this georgeous island and would highly recommend their services to everyone! The next stop was St. Kitts and Nevis. We took a catamaran cruise down the coast (Fan-Ta-Sea on RCCL) and stopped to snorkel along the way. Saw some fish, conch and a stingray. Water was pretty nice but not as warm as I thought it would be. Conitinued on down the coast and over to Nevis for a barbecue chicken lunch and more swim time on abeautiful beach. Found large chunks of coral and lots of shell in the water. Very relaxing day and saw some beautiful coastline along the way. Great crew on board, especially Elvis and his dancing. Higly recommend this trip for a relaxing day and different way to see the islands. Back in San juan, we took taxi to from dock to Old San Juan and dropped luggage off at Barrachina's restaurant for a small fee. We walked over to EL morro, the old spanish fort which was a very nice stop with some georgeous views of the coast and water. For those with longer layover, share a taxi oer to this restaurant and they wil hold luggage for you for a few bucks. Well worth the stop and their food was pretty good as well. There is a cute little city square where there are hundreds of pigeons that will eat out of your hands. Kids will enjoy this a lot, just bring some hand sanitizer. They really need to clean up this part of the city though. There is a lot of dumpsters around, but it appears noone knows how to use them. Hope this helps some people out. It was a great vacation for us first timers and we hope to do it again!!
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Cabin 9064
cabin 9064, very comfortable bed. bathroom adequate, though a little smelly at times. Nice balcony, but a table would have been nice.
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