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Lisa

Age: 47

Occupation:Manager

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Serenade of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2010-11-7

Itinerary: Southern Caribbean

This was the first cruise for my husband and 7 year old son and they are now hooked on cruising. Royal Caribbean outdid themselves on service on the Seranade of the Seas. Every crew member seems to really enjoy being there and they are hand picked to be around tourists, some more demanding than others. Our waiter and Asst. Waiter discovered our tastes in the first days and would bring our son some items from the menu that they thought he might like and he LOVED them! We visited St. Lucia, Barbados, Antigua, St. Martian, St. Croix. Unfortunately, our cruise was just days behind Hurricane Thomas, which wiped out St. Lucia. I lived on the island, teaching scuba for 18 months and was excited to show my favorite island in the Caribbean to my family. But the island was still recovering from the landslides and therefore we could not go to Soufriere or go in the water.

We did book the Turtles excursion in Barbados, which was wonderful for beginner snorkelers and advanced alike. They first take you to a couple of shallow wrecks, teaming with fish then to the shallow area just off the beach where turtles are known to come and they are fed squid. They will come so close that they can be touched. They are not aggresive. About 40 minutes later, you are sped away to a beautiful beach where you can spread out for about 45 minutes and drink rum punch before going back to the boat. This excursion came highly recommended by all who went.

On Antigua we booked the "Swim with Stingrays". You are piled on a van for a 45-50 minute drive across the island, then onto a boat for 10 minutes to the "middle of the ocean". There are about 30 Southern Stingrays in a enclosure on the reef. Although some people, including myself, enjoyed this, my husband and son did not. The Rays were very aggresive in getting food. One lady in our group came out of the water with a large mark where one of the rays "sucked" on her leg. There was also the question of the Barracuda right behind the rays... we lost a few people to that too. So this is not an excusion for the faint of heart.

On St. Maartin, we took a taxi to Orient beach and had a wonderful day. Highly recommended for anybody who wants to just get away and have a beautiful day on the beach. You can rent a couple of chairs and an unbrella for $10-15 or just park it in the sand like we did. Don't mind the nude and topless, there arent that many of them. Just warn the kids first. On St. Croix we took the shuttle to Christianstad and toured the fort (great history) and had a great lunch right on the water prior to going to "hotel on the Quay".

This was the only thing I would say that Royal Caribbean would need to improve some. I was not overly impressed. We have been to Club Med many times and the food is better the Royal Caribbean.

Very nice stateroom with balcony. Absolutely spend a few extra dollars for the balcony, it really makes the difference. We were able to sit outside and watch dolphins on several occasions.

The Rock climbing wall was a big hit with my son but the kids club did nothing for him. Club Med does a better job with the kids. The rock Climbing wall needed to be open longer hours.



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