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To start the ship was the nicest in all of the ports we visited. We had a balcony which was great. Not large but enough for us. The bathroom was very small, the shower was an adventure trying to move around, it doesn't help that I am not a small guy either. There were good movies on the TV that was a pleasant surprise. At night we had different towel animals greet us in the room. We took the monkey home with us. We started off with 1 pillow each which did nothing for us. I ended up taking the cushion off of the sofa and used that as a pillow. We asked for more pillows but it never seemed enough, the bed though was very comfortable. The crew was extremely friendly and outgoing, everytime we stepped outside the crew was either cleaning or paintings so nothing was dirty. The first 2 nights we ate at the Windjammer cafe because we didn't know about the restaurant downstairs. Biju the head waiter actually called us and asked why we haven't been there yet. He set us up with a table and we ate there ever since. There was very good food. We had a balcony room on deck 8 which I wouldn't want to imagine doing without. On board all we heard about was the shopping at Diamond International, and the great deals that were to be found. It's a good deal if you have $3,000 to spend on jewelry. Certainly out of our price range. There was an art auction on the ship, artists ranged from Dali, Peter Max, there was even a Picasso piece. The only negative aspect was that we couldn't find chairs in the sun on the deck of the ship. We caught some rough sees between Puerto Rico and St. Maarten, going and coming. You will feel the ship rock. I didn't get sick or close to being sick, but my girlfriend wasn't feeling well 2 of the nights. Nothing bad but enough to keep her awake. We averaged 6-8 foot seas, maxed out at about 10 or 12 if I recall correctly. Also, the casino is small 2 blackjack tables, single deck and a large deck. Also there was a $6 fee for use of the ATM on the ship.

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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by csvette77

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To start the ship was the nicest in all of the ports we visited. We had a balcony which was great. Not large but enough for us. The bathroom was very small, the shower was an adventure trying to move around, it doesn't help that I am not a small guy either. There were good movies on the TV that was a pleasant surprise. At night we had different towel animals greet us in the room. We took the monkey home with us. We started off with 1 pillow each which did nothing for us. I ended up taking the cushion off of the sofa and used that as a pillow. We asked for more pillows but it never seemed enough, the bed though was very comfortable. The crew was extremely friendly and outgoing, everytime we stepped outside the crew was either cleaning or paintings so nothing was dirty. The first 2 nights we ate at the Windjammer cafe because we didn't know about the restaurant downstairs. Biju the head waiter actually called us and asked why we haven't been there yet. He set us up with a table and we ate there ever since. There was very good food. We had a balcony room on deck 8 which I wouldn't want to imagine doing without. On board all we heard about was the shopping at Diamond International, and the great deals that were to be found. It's a good deal if you have $3,000 to spend on jewelry. Certainly out of our price range. There was an art auction on the ship, artists ranged from Dali, Peter Max, there was even a Picasso piece. The only negative aspect was that we couldn't find chairs in the sun on the deck of the ship. We caught some rough sees between Puerto Rico and St. Maarten, going and coming. You will feel the ship rock. I didn't get sick or close to being sick, but my girlfriend wasn't feeling well 2 of the nights. Nothing bad but enough to keep her awake. We averaged 6-8 foot seas, maxed out at about 10 or 12 if I recall correctly. Also, the casino is small 2 blackjack tables, single deck and a large deck. Also there was a $6 fee for use of the ATM on the ship.
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We had a balcony which was great. Not large but enough for us. The bathroom was very small, the shower was an adventure trying to move around, it doesn't help that I am not a small guy either. There were good movies on the TV that was a pleasant surprise. At night we had different towel animals greet us in the room. We took the monkey home with us. We started off with 1 pillow each which did nothing for us. I ended up taking the cushion off of the sofa and used that as a pillow. We asked for more pillows but it never seemed enough, the bed though was very comforatble.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Antigua
    We did the kayak tour which was good. We took a quick little hicking tour that was about a 5min walk, it had a very nice view. We went snorkeling for about 45 min. just off of the beach which was ok. Then took a kayak tour in a very calm area for about an hour, and saw a huge starfish. The tour was good and the guides were very friendly. We slept very well that night. I personally would stay on the ship in Antigua next time. We heard from a good amount of people that Antigua was the least favorite island on the trip. It was ours.
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  • Barbados
    We took the Rubaiyat cruise for $80. That was a good time. We left about an hour later than everybody else so when we got to the ship wreck, all the other boats were gone, and the same with the turtles. The other boats were at the turtle location for maybe 30min if that, we stayed for about 1.5 hours, had lunch and saw about 4 turtles. They are not small either, a little smaller than the size of the car hood. The captain, Eddie, thought it was funny to throw bait at near us, so we had to dodge the turtles from all angles, it was scary but a lot of fun. We saw the other boats and each boat had like 40 people on board, we had 12 including the crew. Aside from the Cosol tour this was our best time.
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  • St. Lucia
    Did the Cosol tour. Even had Cosol as our guide. The price increased to $65 a person but still worth it. The tour took about 6 hours and it was awesome. We didn't have time to go to Marigot Bay, but still a great tour. Cosoltours.com. Everybody knows him on the island. We have some fantastic photos thanks to the tour. But there are some poor areas and stray dogs.
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  • St. Maarten
    We took the water taxi across the water to a beach we could see from the ship. 2 beach chairs, umbrella, and a choice of 5 beers or 2 tropical drinks for $20 and $6 for the water taxi. Very peaceful and simple. St. Juliana airport was insane. Not many people go there, the planes fly about 30 feet above you. Check it out on youtube.
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  • St. Thomas
    It was beautiful as were all of the islands but Antigua. We found a driver named Clem in the shopping district who took a group of about 10 of us on a tour of the island for like $20 each. We stopped for photos and went to Sapphire beach. It was a nice beach with a reef right off the beach about 15 feet, so if your into snorkeling it was a good stop, but out of the way. The beach was small and windy but I still managed to get a good tan and saw some fish and coral formations. I would go to another beach next time though.
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