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Just returned from a week on the Serenade (1/24 to 1/31). This was my second sailing on the Serenade, the first being one of its first sailings to Canada/New England. The ship is beautiful and well maintained. I have sailed on RCCL seven times, and the Radiance Class ships are my favorite. We flew into San Juan a day prior and stayed at the Intercontinental. The hotel grounds were very nice, and while the room was clean, it was dated. For the money, it is not really worth it. I had previously stayed at the Hilton Caribe and enjoyed that better, and for about $100 less per night! We had lunch by the pool (yummy frozen mojitos) and dinner at the italian restaurant. Both were good, but VERY expensive. We checked out of the hotel right at noon on Saturday and took a cab to the pier. Embarkation was quick and painless (I have never had to wait on RCCL). We walked right up to the check-in desk and were onboard by 12:30. Had a quick lunch in the Windjammer, then went to our cabin at 1:00. CABIN: We had a Junior Suite on deck 10. We had cabin 1598, which is an obstructed view. The obstruction is the window washing equipment which is "parked" there; I did not find this to be an issue at all. Our balcony was actually larger than the adjacent junior suites, and had the benefit of a shady area from the overhang of the back of the ship. We had a table and three chairs, and could have fit an additional lounger. The cabin itself was great for the three of us (mother and sister). The sofa bed isn't overly comfortable, but was better after adding an egg crate and a duvet comforter. PORTS: We have done this itinerary before, so this time we just did the beach. We did not book any excursions through the ship, just caught a cab when we were ready. FOOD: I don't understand why people complain, because the food is really good on this ship! We also ate at Chops and Portofino, which were both fantastic! Highly recommend! ENTERTAINMENT: Just OK. We didn't really care because we're happy with a nice long dinner after a day in the sun, but my mom likes the singing/dancing shows, and there was only one. There was also a comedian (we didn't go but heard he was funny), and the Coasters. DISEMBARKATION: Also quick and painless. Off the ship by 8:30, went into Old San Juan for a little while, caught our 1:30 flight and home by 5. Overall, a great vacation. You will not be disappointed if you sail on the Serenade!

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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by mblvs2crz

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Just returned from a week on the Serenade (1/24 to 1/31). This was my second sailing on the Serenade, the first being one of its first sailings to Canada/New England. The ship is beautiful and well maintained. I have sailed on RCCL seven times, and the Radiance Class ships are my favorite.
We flew into San Juan a day prior and stayed at the Intercontinental. The hotel grounds were very nice, and while the room was clean, it was dated. For the money, it is not really worth it. I had previously stayed at the Hilton Caribe and enjoyed that better, and for about $100 less per night! We had lunch by the pool (yummy frozen mojitos) and dinner at the italian restaurant. Both were good, but VERY expensive.
We checked out of the hotel right at noon on Saturday and took a cab to the pier. Embarkation was quick and painless (I have never had to wait on RCCL). We walked right up to the check-in desk and were onboard by 12:30. Had a quick lunch in the Windjammer, then went to our cabin at 1:00.
CABIN: We had a Junior Suite on deck 10. We had cabin 1598, which is an obstructed view. The obstruction is the window washing equipment which is "parked" there; I did not find this to be an issue at all. Our balcony was actually larger than the adjacent junior suites, and had the benefit of a shady area from the overhang of the back of the ship. We had a table and three chairs, and could have fit an additional lounger. The cabin itself was great for the three of us (mother and sister). The sofa bed isn't overly comfortable, but was better after adding an egg crate and a duvet comforter.
PORTS: We have done this itinerary before, so this time we just did the beach. We did not book any excursions through the ship, just caught a cab when we were ready.
FOOD: I don't understand why people complain, because the food is really good on this ship! We also ate at Chops and Portofino, which were both fantastic! Highly recommend!
ENTERTAINMENT: Just OK. We didn't really care because we're happy with a nice long dinner after a day in the sun, but my mom likes the singing/dancing shows, and there was only one. There was also a comedian (we didn't go but heard he was funny), and the Coasters.
DISEMBARKATION: Also quick and painless. Off the ship by 8:30, went into Old San Juan for a little while, caught our 1:30 flight and home by 5.
Overall, a great vacation. You will not be disappointed if you sail on the Serenade!
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Cabin 1598
Loved the extra space a JS giveswalk in closet, bathtub (so much easier to shave your legs!), and the bigger balcony. Long walk to the back of the ship, but it was exceptionally quiet so well worth it.
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