7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip) Sail Date: August 28, 2011 Ship: Serenade of the Seas Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 5 years ago
Overall this was an excellent cruise. I would strongly recommend paying the money for a balcony, it's well worth it. The ship was very clean and the staff were very friendly. The food in the Windjamer Cafe was always quite good with a very large selection, if you didn't want to eat in the main dining room. It's also nice to take advantage of room service.
Barbados was one of my least favorite islands. I would recommend doing an excursion, as the shopping wasn't very exciting. The cruise docks in an industrial area and would require a taxi ride into town for any kind of shopping.
ALso one of my least favorite stops. The shopping is not very good, there is an open air market which I did not realize I was walking into. The locals are very grabby and desperate. I had homeless people asking me for money and people trying to sell illicit substances.
St Maarten was a close second to St Lucia. We allowed someone at the dock to talk us into doing a 60 min tour of a time share resort. I return we would be able to use the beach for free ( the beach chairs on this island cost $20 a day to use), they gave us $30 in food vouchers and the beach was was not very crowded. They also paid the taxi there and back. The trip was free and we had a great day on the beach.
St Lucia was my favorite island, It was so incredibly beautiful, with excellent shopping. I would love to have a vacation home here is I could afford it. There is shopping right at the dock and the most beautiful view.
Don't Miss: drive around the island!
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