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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Sail Date: December 01, 2010
Ship: Serenade of the Seas
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 7 years ago

I am myself a captain's daughter so I know a thing or two about ships, and have traveled quite a bit. This is my second time on Royal Caribbean and first time on the Serenade and I was very excited about ship. The itinerary included Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Croix, and Antigua. The weather was so perfect that I couldn't have asked for a better time to visit the islands.
I went with a couple of friends and we enjoyed ourselves tremendously - we went to all shows in the theater and were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the performers. Coming from NYC, I know what to expect from B'way and these dancers and singers were every bit as talented and gave all they had to the performance. All the music was great too, from the piano bar guy to the Calypso band by the pool. The was only one awful awful entertainer and that was the cruise director Mercedes Lafuente. If she is on the next ship I go, I will cancel. Her English was at times offensive and it was clear that she preferred to speak to the Spanish audience more than to us. She could no deliver a single joke properly, nor did she make us feel welcome. Her assistant Rob (the scottish guy) should have been the director - super funny and entertaining guy! But again this is just my opinion!

The ports were great. St. CROIX: we took the Buck Island snorkeling tour and it was the best experience of the trip for me. Amazing crew, very careful and helpful with people who are beginners and accommodating for those who are not. The spot itself is a must see!! I cannot recommend it enough!
ANTIGUA(port of St. John) - I had a bad experience with the Canopy Tour, but the island is really cool. The crew on the Canopy Tour were rude and unhelpful so I will just skip this.
ST.LUCIA: This had one of the best beaches I have ever visited - Reduit (Rnaway) Beach. You can take a cab from the port north towards the beach and it is about 15min ride. The water, the view, the sand top quality. The only con was that in the afternoon there were too many motorboats and water sports that would land any which way they wanted that at one point they were literally by my head. It does not have a designated area for these things and it is rather dangerous. But that was in the afternoon, in the morning was amazing.

Mor on the ship - the food was very good. I just went to the Windjammer since I am not the social dining type. I was very happy with the abundant fresh fruit and vegetables they had. Also excellent deserts :)
The staterooms were in excellent condition and the attendants were as always helpful, polite and courteous.

I would recommend and go to it again! (As long as there is no Mercedes!)

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
excellent choices and quality!


5 out of 5
I did the belly dancing, caribbean line dance and hip-hop. All of it was fantastic!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
5 out of 5
If possible try the Bike Tour
Don't Miss: Runaway Beach!
5 out of 5
Buck Island Tour is a MUST!
3 out of 5
I would stay away from the Canopy Tour...not worth the money

Pros: the ports, the crew, the drinks, the entertainment

Cons: the cruise director Mercedes, bi-linguag delivery of every speech, too much a/c in most places

Recommends Serenade of the Seas? Yes!

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