Fabulous ship and cruise!
Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern
Sail Date: January 13, 2007
Ship: Serenade of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 11 years ago
Review SummaryWe just returned from a great trip to the Southern Caribbean islands of St. Thomas, St. Luccia, Antigua, St. Maarten and Barbados. The first impression of the ship was how clean it was! We literally saw hand washing stations set up throughout almost the entire ship. The food was terrific! Another couple, who have traveled previously on this same ship said the food was much tastier this time. The servers in the dining room were really great too.
We all preferred the Italian restaurant to the steak restaurant, but both were good.
The excursion in Barbados was a highlight--kayaking and snorkeling with turtles--super cool!! Only down side was the number of other shipmates and other tours present. Still, got to see the turtles up close which was great! The tour guides then lead us to a private little beach where we hung out for 30 minutes before heading back to shore.
We went to a fun place afterwards. It was called something like The Boatyard near downtown Barbados. You pay a flat fee like $15. You get a chair, a drink, and free use of the swinging rope and trampoline. Nice place tohang out, have lunch/drinks, swim, sunbathe.
Great shopping in St. Thomas!
If you have a spare day or two, check out Old San Juan in Puerto Rico. We had a great time touring the historic fort there. We also enjoyed some good food in town there. Another highlight: We stayed at The Normandie Hotel our last night before heading home. It's near the port in San Juan. It is an art deco hotel with a fun little bar outside and a nice pool. For a more resort oriented stay, try the Caribe Hilton. We walked all over the grounds, and they are beautiful! It sits right on the oceanside. We could easily have stayed there for 5 nights and been perfectly happy!
I'd recommend Serenade of the Seas to anyone. It was a very pleasant experience. We would do another one at some point in time.
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Don't Miss: Not sure.
Don't Miss: Orient Beach
Pros: the various ports and excursions