Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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4 out of 5

A great Cruise

Sail Date: February 12, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Inside

We have been on several Cruise lines, and we picked Royal Caribbean because
we expected it to be a bit nicer than the less expensive cruises and it attracts an
older crowd...not young partyiers etc...and the guests on this cruise were exactly that
very polite, easy to cruise with...and mature. The ship was older, but we felt well maintained and updated, we are not interested in RC's HUGE ships with 5000 people We were taking our 3 married daughters
and we wanted a special time...It was a dream for me as the Mom/ Grandma to have
just our adult family for nice dinners, wonderful off site excursions, clean entertainment
etc...and almost all our expectations were met....The ship is older

Pros: over all cleanliness, friendlyness of the staff,

Cons: off site staff/ knowledge lacking to explain or recommend

Recommends Serenade of the Seas? Yes!

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
pasteries were poor...dry and like store bought...not baked...
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
EXCEPT the off site staff, the guest service staff was great but the lack of knowledge or
service mentality was lacking with Off site...almost seemed like an inconvenience and
impatient to have you make a decision and get out of line!!
Entertainment
Comedian Jeffrey Jena and Cruise director were terrific..Sprectrum?Motown tribute wonderful too....the El Gaucho was pretty weak...
kept waiting for him to move to next part of act and that was it! He tried to be funny and
no one really laughed...felt sorry for him....
Roseau, Dominica
our FAVORITE because of the diversity....Hired a TAXI on our own after our bad experience with RC excursion day before....we toured the island briefly on way to the TRAFALGAR Fall We hiked the rocks down to the base of the falls,jumped in the water and then hot springs and then ALSO hit the Champayne Beach with WONDERFUL snorkeling!!
Don't Miss: Trafalgar Falls if you can hike to really experience it and not just look at it!
Basseterre, St. Kitts
DON"T pick the Kayak and Snorkel off site with RC...because it is really only a good kayak excursion...over priced and POOR snorkeling...didn't do as explained to us.. no reef etc...
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
VIRGIN GORDA and the BATHS a must...did it on our own with a ferry and taxi...
Don't Miss: same above...skip ROADTOWN...just a city
Bridgetown, Barbados
We did our own thing again, hired a TAXI and then to the beach to swim and interact with the SEA TURTLES...wonderful!! The men scuba dove with an ORBITZ excursion and had a great dive!
Don't Miss: Turtles...as they are fed so guaranteed to show up!!
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
loved just walking to the gorgeous beach NICE that it was a walking distance from ship not requiring any transportation to get a taste of the island.Loved being the only ship in the port too!


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