I have been cruising since I was about 5 years old and am in the process of planning my 19th cruise! I've cruised Royal Caribbean (Grandeur, 3 times) , Celebrity (Millenium, Zenith, Mercury, and SS Meridian) Carnival (Holiday, Triumph, Pride), Costa (Victoria), Premiere (Big Red Boat), Princess (Sun Princess), and a few others I can't recall at the moment.
September 2019 - 5 Night Bermuda (Boston Roundtrip) Cruise on Serenade of the Seas
Serenade Is a Wonderful Ship
May 2019 - 8 Night Bahamas (Cape Liberty Roundtrip) Cruise on Adventure of the Seas
August 2018 - 7 Night Bermuda (Cape Liberty Roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Summit
May 2017 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Baltimore Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Pride
April 2009 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Triumph
February 2008 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Grandeur of the Seas
April 2006 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Century
February 2006 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa roundtrip) Cruise on Grandeur of the Seas
April 2005 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Millennium
May 2003 - 7 Night Bermuda (New York roundtrip) Cruise on Horizon
June 2001 - 7 Night Eastern Mediterranean (Rome roundtrip) Cruise on Grandeur of the Seas
April 2001 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Costa Victoria
November 2000 - 10 Night Panama Canal (Puerto Caldera to San Juan) Cruise on Sun Princess
April 1996 - 7 days on Holiday
April 1995 - 7 days on Celebrity Zenith
April 1994 - 7 days on The Big Red Boat
April 1993 - 7 days on Star/Ship Atlantic
April 1993 - 6 days on Celebrity Mercury
April 1992 - 7 days on Celebrity Meridian
Sail Date: August 27, 2017
Sail Date: April 24, 2005
Grandeur of the Seas
Sail Date: June 30, 2001
Adventure of the Seas
Sail Date: May 31, 2019
Sail Date: April 26, 2009
This is my home port. Although I've been on 19 cruises, the last one was the first time I cruised out of my home port. Parking wasn't made really clear, but the workers were most helpful. If you plan on cruising out of here, the parking garage is right across the street from the actual cruise terminal.
Serenade of the Seas
Rita's Cantina has the best views of the port. It's in the back of the ship, go there for the sail away for a great view!
Reserve show tickets early. I've heard they sell out quickly The Broadway shows are free and can be reserved 120 days out until your cruise.
My favorite port this trip! Be warned, they do charge admission to the park and it's not cheap: $50 per person. No, the wave and fresh water pools aren't free. The beaches are though, and they are gorgeous! I love to snorkel and saw a whole school of what looked like Royal Blue Tang Fish over by the rocks. The fish were so calm, they swam right up to me and let me take pictures with my underwater camera. They were like "Did you get my best side?" 😂 I've been to Cocoa Cay about 20 years ago, before they decided to develop the island. They've done an amazing job! Royal Caribbean has a Straw Market there as well as several bars and a buffet area. There's enough supplies for 2 megaships, so there's enough lounges with umbrellas for everyone....free of charge! And no, you no longer tender in to the port. They took down part of that pier and rebuilt the dock so that even the megaships can dock there. Then there's a tram free of charge to take you to and from the amusement park and beaches or you can walk directly on/off the pier. Well done, Royal!
We did some shopping at this port, despite a rainy start. The vendors were a bit pushy for my taste, but not too bad. We went to our favorite stores: Diamonds International, Pandora, and Del Sol. The Straw Market was nice as well, but a bit pricey.
Amazing tour, but not what we expected. We went to the Air And Space Museum instead of the Kennedy Space Center that we were promised. Still had a great time!
Go to the covered pool at the back of the ship if you don't want to swim with kids at the pool! There's 4 hot tubs and a hot tub-like lounge chair in the main pool!
Easy embarkation and debarkation! Debarkation was horrendous last year. This year, rather than waiting in the long lines, they had us stand in front of a camera to verify our identity. That was so much easier!
Just go and have fun! It's a higher class than Carnival, which is a relief. Overall, Celebrity really has their act together!
Beautiful, as always! There's a free tram to take you to the shops and Snorkel Beach. There's also ferry service to Hamilton, you pay once for a round trip ticket. Then there's a bus that will take you all over the island. Kids will love the Crystal Caves and Aquarium, but hang on to your belongings in the Caves: it's illegal to go back and retrieve list items in the water! Snorkel Beach is beautiful, but the fish have become too domesticated from being fed by visitors. They will bump you if you don't have food!
Adventure of the Seas
If you decide to go to the Ice show, get there early! I arrived there 10 min before for the show started and the venue was already packed!
Check out the Serenity Pool/Adults Only area in the back of the ship! It's one of the most relaxing and quiet areas of the ship!
The easiest port I think I've ever seen to navigate!
The most beautiful beach I have ever seen!
Again, it was unusually hot there for this time of year (May), so bring water if you can! Also be sure to visit the John Glenn landmark: that was the site of his splashdown landings in the 60's! Again, I just wish we had more time there!
I wish we had more time there,besides that, when we were there it was unusually hot for that time of year (May). I kid you not, it was 100% humidity in 100 degree heat! Bring water off the ship if you can! Wear light clothing and sunscreen! You may want to consider bringing sunscreen off the ship!
It was unusually hot for the time of year that we went, I kid you not, it was 100% in 100 degree heat! My best advise is to bring water with you if you can! If not, wear light clothing and good walking shoes! Wear sunscreen when you go, and bring some off the ship with you!
Your cruise is what you make of it. Carnival attracts a certain crowd and that crowd is not right for me.
One of my family's favorite ports! This will be our 3rd time here, and the first time I can actually remember anything really about the port. I've been cruising since I was 5 years old and have only been to Bermuda twice, so while I do remember Bermuda, I only remember snapshots. There is a great tour that goes all the way around the island, starting at King's Wharf. The first bus goes from King's Wharf to Hamilton, then a second bus takes you from Hamilton, around the other side of the island and back to King's Wharf. Great tour for first timers!
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