Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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4 out of 5

Loved This Cruise!

Sail Date: June 12, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Came on this cruise with hesitation from other reviews. Was quite surprised with food. Tasted great, good selection to chose from. Chops is the best but now $30 per person. The comedian on night 4 was hiliarious! Even though it's a small ship couldn't tell there were over 2000 people on board. Aruba and Curacao are very windy ports so any water excursions should be on the calm side of the islands. We had 6-8 foot swells which we were told are normal. St. Kitts very hot but must try the zip line - what fun! Also, Batik factory is expensive but quality is good. Shopping in Aruba is priced like U.S. but tax is only 1.5%. Curacao is still in dutch guilders but they will convert to U.S. currency. Lots of purchasing in Curacao. There is not an art auction on this ship but Bingo is played a couple of days during the week.

Pros: Clean ship, great food, friendly staff

Cons: Smaller than usual room, some entertainment okay

Recommends Serenade of the Seas? Yes!

Ship Quality
Ship size is small but well laid out. Room is smaller than what we are use to with Royal. Deck 7 middle area has exteneded size balcony.
Food and Dining
Was expecting so so tasting food but was quite surprised at how well the food quality has improved. Salad available every day for lunch. Great improvement.
Cabin / Stateroom
Like I said before, we were on deck 7 and our room was smaller than what we were use to. However, our balcony was larger then the rest of the ship.
Service and Staff
Very friendly. No attitude with anyone.
Entertainment
Comedians were great.... show productions were so so.
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Hot Hot Hot! But try the zip lining. Also Batik factory makes beautiful stuff. Pricey but holds up year after year.
Don't Miss: Zip Lining
Curacao
Take a tour of the island, then come back and go shopping. Make sure you cross the floating bridge. Very cool.
Don't Miss: Crossing the floating bridge
Oranjestad, Aruba
Enjoy their beaches and shopping in the upscale shops. Save on the taxes
Don't Miss: The beaches
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Still my favorite beach is Megan's Bay. Great port to do a lot of stuff on. Suggestion: go to little grocery store in shopping area just outside port, get sandwich made and take a taxi to Megan's Bay for the day. Picnic on the beach!
Don't Miss: Megan's Bay
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Have been to Puerto Rico several times and it's an okay port. Tired of the touristy stuff there. But, must say, got our best deals on jewelry there.... also no tax.


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