Serenade of the Seas Souther Caribbean Cruise: Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by Rburnit

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Serenade of the Seas Souther Caribbean Cruise

Sail Date: October 2011
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
We sailed on Oct 29th and beat the snow storm out of New England by flying to Puerto Rico 2 days before the cruise. Late fall and early winter, you never know what to expect so we always travel a day or 2 earlier.
The Serenade of the Seas is a great ship. Not big by todays standards but still big enough. The elevators on the outside of the ship are great, but elevators are limited and you sometimes have to wait. The dining room food and service were very good, The Windjammer was pretty good considering it is a buffet, but enough offerings for everyone. Try the Sea View Cafe on deck 12 for comfort food like hamburgers, hot dogs, fish and chips, Reuben's and such. The eating area behind this place is quiet and peaceful most of the time. The shows were actually pretty good and most of the bands playing around the ship were good. The band playing poolside was just so-so as was the band playing in the centrum on the 4th floor. The ship did a nice Halloween Parade and did a More great haunted house for what was available to them. The crew was outstanding as well as the entertainment staff. They know how to get everyone involved. Don't expect to do a lot of shopping on the ship. It is available but limited. The pool deck was always pretty active but if you wanted some quiet time and still wanted by a pool, the Solarium is the place to hang out. Quiet and serene.
This may be an older ship and could use some updated, but it is still a beautiful ship. Its size meant we pulled into ports and no need for tenders.
If you get the chance to sail on this ship, do it. Less

Published 11/12/11

Cabin review: E18628 Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

This room was upgrade for us. Cabin 8628. The room itself was typical size for RCL as was the size of the balcony. This whole level sits over the life boats so you don't get to see strait down to the ocean. It was odd at first, but didn't really diminish the view. We faced port for 3 out of the 4 islands. Noise was not a factor.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Hired a taxi to take us to the rock formations, the chapel, the Light House among other places. It was 16 bucks a person. The tour was good, plenty of stops and photo options. Good value for the money and cheaper than the cruise line for the same tour.

This was by far the best excursion we did. It was our 2nd time doing this same excursion. You meet on the dock at 5 pm and then get on the catamaran. The crew was great, the drinks were awesome. Try the green iguana. Yummy. The sunset was great. Everyone has a great time, the conga line was a blast. If you do early seating for dinner, you will miss dinner. This excursion didn't get back to the ship until about 7:15 or so. Plan on the Windjammer or maybe Portofino's for Chops. Will do this trip every time we visit Aruba.

You take a boat along the coast to the resort area where each hotel has a different name for the same beach. Nice area, blocked by a sea wall that keeps the waves at bay. Current is a factor though. We snorkeled by the sea wall and fish and colors were amazing. Plenty of food, activities and shade nearby if you need it. Would do this again.

Took a tour to Cockleshell beach by taxi. The ride to the beach is a bit rough since the roads to the beach have been washed out a few times. We saw lots of Green Monkey along the way the there. The beach itself was small but had plenty of chairs and shade. It was bit overwhelming with folks asking you if you want massages, drinks, food, to see the 900 pound pig or panhandlers trying to sell you things, but once you say no, they don't bother you again. The views coming back to town are great. So many colors of blue as you get to see the Atlantic side and Caribbean side. Would do this beach again.

The skyride gives you a great view of the island and the cruise ships. Don't get there early or you will have to wait. Everyone seems to work on island time and not ship time. There is some shopping at the top as well as entertainment and a great bar.

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