Really enjoy cruising except that I get motion sickness. Lots of meds to keep me upright :-)
December 2018 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Allure of the Seas
Allure is a great ship!
October 2017 - 5 Night Canada & New England (Boston Roundtrip) Cruise on Serenade of the Seas
2nd Time Around Better than the First
October 2016 - Canada/new England Cruise on Serenade of the Seas
1st Time on RC and to Canada/New England
March 2013 - 3 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Sensation
Okay for first time cruise
Since we were Suite guests, we spent our time on the Suite exclusive Barefoot Beach. Although costly, we had a Hilltop cabana and it was an amazing, relaxing perk. RC provided a great buffet for Barefoot Beach visitors.
I've been to Puerto Rico many times, not just from cruising and it is great. We just walked off the boat and walked around in Old San Juan, but having been before you can't go wrong on the tours that are offered.
I took a Bernards tour of both sides of the island. The tour company was great. While the water and some beach area are beautiful, the island is still so devastated from Hurricane Irma. That said, this island depends 100% on tourism that visiting helps their economy.
Allure of the Seas
Don't set your expectations so high that you'll get to see and do everything on the ship. It is so big and there is so much to do that you'll run yourself ragged rather than just relax some and enjoy the ship.
I give Ba..Ha...Ba.. as those native pronounce it, an excellent rating mostly because the excursion. We took the 4 hour excursion with the lobster bake. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! It's a must do. We ate at a restaurant close to the port area so after eating we walked around and did shopping on our own. Just a delightful day.
Another long day tour... but still interesting sites. Shopping, the beautiful City Garden tour, a maple factory tour, Peggy's Cove tour and the weather could not have been more perfect, and a visit to one of the Titantic cemeteries.
With no port for the ship, you always have to take a tender, but it's a quick and easy process. We did a 6 1/2 hour excursion and saw many things. Went to an Irish pub for a beer/soda, did some shopping at their City Market, saw the reversing falls rapids, had lunch at the historic St. Martin fishing village and spent time at the Caves looking for lucky stones.
This was just our departure port and we did nothing here other than board the ship and then depart and head back to the airport.
Serenade of the Seas
Room location is always critical so that you don't have excessive hallway noise, or noise from a bar or restaurant above or below you. 8124 on Serenade was very peaceful.
Easy to get through but parking is expensive. $20/day
Unless you're going on excursions, it's almost not worth the time to get off the boat.
We had a balcony stateroom on the very back of the ship just under the Serenity deck (21 and over only). Nice and quiet part of the ship! Also convenient to food. Short flight of inside stairs to get to dinner, and then 2 short flights of stairs on the outside to get to the buffet area.