7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip) Sail Date: January 19, 2008 Ship: Serenade of the Seas Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 9 years ago
The ship, not the biggest afloat, was easy to get around and very attractive in appearance. Cleanliness and attention to detail were obvious.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
I think the quality of the food has gone downhill a bit. The pastries/breads were probably the most mediocre. I did like the portion size and the attention given on menu selections to healthier eating.
3 out of 5
The evening entertainment was not exceptional. Several of the shows were mediocre at best. The two production shows were okay but not up to the quality I had experienced previously on Royal Caribbean. The choreography was particularly bad.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
The entire staff - everyone you encounter - was terrific. One exception - the Crown & Anchor Society folks who were arrogant and projected a take it or leave it attitude about booking future cruises. When I cruise again, I'll make my own arrangements rather than work through them. But these people were the exception to truly outstanding staff friendliness and service.
5 out of 5
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
I liked the looks of the stateroom, its cleanliness and its excellent organization. The soundproofing between rooms and the hallways was exceptional Although we had an interior cabin, by choice, I still was impressed at how comfortable the room was.
Had a terrific guide - Angie - on the shore excursion. I think the views of places like Shirley Heights and Nelson's Dockyard aren't to be missed. Also enjoyed visiting the main Anglican church in town.
Don't Miss: Views from Shirley Heights, Nelson's Dockyard, etc.
Had a tour guide that never came up for air - Michael - but at the same time he did provide a lot of information. Not thrilled with the rum distillery - hard to hear the guide although she was very charming.
Don't Miss: Mahogony carving site
I didn't enjoy this port much - everything, even the shore excursions, are focused on shopping. I did like the walk to town - walking along the harbor. But even the store people were less than welcoming. We didn't stay long.
Don't Miss: N/A
I enjoyed our historical overview of the island and was impressed by the fact that our driver, which made recommendation re: shopping, was really right about the good prices to find in Marigot. Also, another great walk to and from the ship from the shopping area/boardwalk. I even found the shopping here to be much more pleasant.
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