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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
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8 Night Southern Caribbean Holiday (San Juan Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 21, 2007
Ship: Serenade of the Seas
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
We recently sailed on the Serenade of the Seas, and all I can say is "Wow!". Having sailed on larger ships we were concerned about crowds, but the exquisite laout proved our fears to be misplaced. Traveling with our 22 and 16 year old sons and our 3 year old daughter, we booked a family cabin (not a suite) and we had no idea what to expect. The cabin was huge, larger than a junior suite and had some new unexpected features (really liked the new shower 'door" vs the old curtains)! Lots of new storage options have been added (3 closets & two 6 drawer dressers), which made it easy to unpack and feel like there was a place for everything. The layout of the cabin was impressive and not tripping over each other in the cabin really enhanced our cruise experience. We're Platimum members of the Crown and Anchor Society, so clearly we really like Royal Caribbean's style, service, and innovative ships. We typically ate breakfast and lunch at the Windjammer as it really isn't a "buffet" anymore, now it's like a food court with many more choices, stations you can approach from all sides (so no endless line!). Very wide-open and airy feeling, a huge step up from the typical ship buffet. We loved all the nightlife options. The shows were great but we really enjoyed the new latin club, Boleros, the Champagne Bar and the live music at Schooner's Pub. Felt like a totally different night out, every single night. The new Seattle's Best coffee shop didn't hurt, either! The water slide at the kiddie pool made a big "splash" with our 4 year old as did her experience at Adventure Ocean. Overall we have to say the ship was really impressive, the staff was wonderful as always.
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5 out of 5
The beaches were killer. We spent time at Malibu Beach, a clean, white and beach close to the cruise terminal. It costs to use but the price of $3.00 was very reasonable for such a clean facility with showers and changing rooms.
5 out of 5
Went whale and dolphin watching. Great excursion, one we highly recommend. No whaes spotted, but over 300 dolphins seen.
Don't Miss: Dolphin watching
5 out of 5
The beaches were killer. We spent time at Malibu Beach, a clean, white and beach close to the cruise terminal. It costs to use but the price of $3.00 was very reasonable for such a clean facility with showers and changing rooms.
5 out of 5
Went whale and dolphin watching. Great excursion, one we highly recommend. No whaes spotted, but over 300 dolphins seen.
Don't Miss: Dolphin watching
5 out of 5
Shopping was the highlight for my wife & I. Our boys went on their own and found a local beach that they loved.
5 out of 5
Shopping was the highlight for my wife & I. Our boys went on their own and found a local beach that they loved.

Pros: Great ship, fantastic staff made for our most enjoyable Christmas ever.

Cons: Very little to

Recommends Serenade of the Seas? Yes!

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