Fantastic Cruise: Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by GRITS2GO

Serenade of the Seas 5
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Fantastic Cruise

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
We enjoyed seven days of beautiful weather with top-flight service. As a first-time cruiser, we stayed in the center of the ship on the 9th floor to avoid the ship's rocking. However, our family never experienced any seasickness and rarely noticed the ship's movement. Waking up in a new port is a great way to travel. Although, I was concerned about the room being small, it was adequate for my husband and I and two teenagers. Shower is a little tight, but manageable. The wait staff was exceptional. My son ate six lobsters one evening without the slightest sigh from the staff. We especially enjoyed the formal dining with our new friends.

For the excursions, I recommend snorkeling at De Palm Island in Aruba. A great way to spend the day lounging as well. The Fan-to-Sea catamaran snorkeling trip in St. Kitts was enjoyable thanks to a young, energetic staff though there was not much snorkeling time. St. Thomas was a little disappointing, but the banana daiquiris made it more More palatable. Avoid the snorkeling in Curacao by the sunken boat if you are an experienced snorkeler, as the sea life is primarily fish. As a very reluctant cruiser, I am thrilled to report this was our best vacation ever. Can't wait to cruise again. Less

Published 07/29/11

Cabin review: D19584 Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

Great location. Adequate cabin for four. Balcony made the room feel larger and provided great views. Bathroom facilities are fair. Beds were quite comfy. Rarely heard our neighbors.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Our favorite of the islands. Best snorkeling on De Palm island with lots of relaxation.

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Beautiful port with fantastic shopping. Wish we had skipped the snorkeling trip.

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For great informal dining try Yerba Buena. Fabulous dessert.

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Nice port with some shops. Catamaran excursion was terrific.

Read 1321 St. Kitts Reviews

We were warned that the area was somewhat dilapidated so we hop a taxi for a ride to the mountaintop. Merchants are aggressive and the deals were not impressive. Best open oven pizza in the main square.

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