Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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4 out of 5

A Great Time

Sail Date: February 17, 2007

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Our first cruise on Royal Caribbean and the ship, staff, entertainment and itinerary exceeded our expectations. The ports for the southern Caribbean cruise out of Puerto Rico are excellent. Each port has so much to offer and there is so much to do it is simply a great escape. The staff are happy and friendly and the ship has many things to offer. I would recommend Royal Caribbean to others especially this tour. We got a good taste of the southern Caribbean to plan a regular vacation or take another cruise.

Pros: Lots to do...

Cons: Too little time...

Recommends Serenade of the Seas? Yes!

Food and Dining
Food was good but the menus do not change much. The lobster dinner was quite good and the wait staff prompt and courteous.
Service and Staff
The staff is very nice, the only area we had problems with was in the guest relations area. When we would go there it always seemed like there was some tension. We wanted to tip extra at the end using our ship pass and could not because they only allowed tipping the night before the last night. This is a bad thing since the staff should have ample time to receive tips I would even be satisfied adding tips automatically at the end of the cruise. We both didn't like the envelope approach but other than that the Cruise Director and staff were very lively and fun. Josh was great and I am sure he will make a great cruise director one day.
Ship Quality
The ship was maintained very well and the public areas are varied and nice. You can find a quiet area anytime if you would like.
Cabin / Stateroom
Besides a slight problem we had entering the room our stateroom was kept nice and clean and it is adequate and comfortable.
Nice shows and agenda of things to do.
Castries, St. Lucia
This is a great island to take a tour of the plantations, volcano, pitons and other scenery. We took a private taxi and found that the 4 1/2 tour was well worth the $30 each that we paid. The winding roads can make you sick and we saw two people throwing up on the way down the mountain. It was a great experience
Don't Miss: The pitons, volcano and waterfall
St. John's, Antigua
Jolly Beach was great with white sand and not many people.
Don't Miss: Jolly Beach
Bridgetown, Barbados
A nice quiet end to the cruise. It offered a walking distance beach called Malibu ( 30 minute walk each way ) and a pretty nice beach. It was a nice ending to an excellent itinerary. You can also shop outside of the main shopping area to get some nice bags and t-shirts for a pretty good price.
Don't Miss: Malibu Beach
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
A great starting place to get your shopping out of the way for the rest of the cruise. Beautiful location and definitely take the Paradise Point tram car ride it offers a great view of the islands and allows you to do other things as well.
Don't Miss: Tram car ride up the top of the island
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
We rented a car and drove to the French side and visited Orient Bay beach. It was a great experience. Very picturesque drive and nice views.
Don't Miss: Touring the French side of the island especially Orient Bay beach

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