Just off the Serenade 4/3 sailing

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#1
Twin Cities MN
317 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
We had the greatest time on this cruise. The ship is really beautiful and the service was great.

We arrived at the Pier at 11:10 AM and after upgrading to the Royal Suite we were on the ship by 11:30. We did have E-docs and it didn't slow us down. As far as disembarking goes it was just as smooth. Off the ship at 7:25 AM and had no problem catching a 9:00 AM flight. If anybody wants more info on early disembarking let me know.

Food in general seemed better than the AOS four weeks earlier. The Sea view cafe is a nice alternative to Johnny Rockets. The deck chairs are much nicer because they don't have the straps and they have a padded head rest. The solarium pool area is stuffed with plants and trees, more than any other solarium pool that I have seen.

The captain gives good PA's and the sight seeing excursions of the Pitons out of St. Lucia and the day at sea of Montserrat, St. Kitts and Saba are great. Sometimes he would bring the ship in as close as a few hundred yards.

St. Thomas we just walked to town and just shopped. St. Marten we went to Orient beach and it's still as beautiful as ever. My 13 and 14 year old boys didn't mind a few topless women walking around. Antigua just rented a taxi and drove around the island. St. Lucia we did the 7 hour hike tour offered by the ship. It was good but you only hike about an hour or so and you spent a total of 2 1/2 to 3 hours on a bus. Barbados we did the 5 star cat and that was good. Saw big turtles and 5 foot tarpon. A Festival cruise ship was anchored just outside the sea wall that had just gone bankrupt and left a there passengers and employees stranded.

The Royal suite and all the perks you get both official and unofficial were definitely worth it to us. We had never done a suite before and then to get this one were your the top dog because nobody else can have one because there is only one truly makes you feel special. It's bigger than the Royal on both the Radiance and Brilliants so there is plenty of room. Six cabins below on deck 9 make up the width of the Royal suite. Marista the concierges is a delightful person and added to the wonderful experience and was worth her weight in gold. Kids loved the big plasma TV for DVD movies after dinner. We were invited to do a bridge tour while the ship was at sea and got pictures of the boys sitting in the star trek chairs.

You can't go wrong with the Serenade!!!!

Todd


Norway 7/87
Inspration 01/99
Galaxy 01/00
Ocean Princess 10/00
Ocean Princess 12/00
Enchatment of the Seas 04/01
Dawn Princess 10/01
Dawn Princess 12/01 14 days
Explorer of the Seas 08/02
Spirit 01/03
Adventure of the Seas 02/04
Serenade of the Seas 04/04
#3
CT
2,341 Posts
Joined Oct 2002
You're right about Maritza... she's a WONDERFUL young lady. Do you know if she's "staying on" when Serenade does Alaska?
Carolyn
#4
Twin Cities MN
317 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Cruiser21.... We traded in two cat. E balcony cabins and $1300 for the Royal suite.

Carolyn... Yes she is, she just returned to the Serenade from vacuation. Your right when you say she is WONDERFUL!

Todd


Norway 7/87
Inspration 01/99
Galaxy 01/00
Ocean Princess 10/00
Ocean Princess 12/00
Enchatment of the Seas 04/01
Dawn Princess 10/01
Dawn Princess 12/01 14 days
Explorer of the Seas 08/02
Spirit 01/03
Adventure of the Seas 02/04
Serenade of the Seas 04/04
#5
1,272 Posts
Joined Oct 2003
WOW! What a deal. Did you have two bathrooms and privacvy away from your kids?

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#6
Twin Cities MN
317 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Family of 14.... We had two bathrooms and the french doors to our bedroom had frosted glass that did lock. I thought it was a great deal especially since it was the busiest week of spring break.

Todd


Norway 7/87
Inspration 01/99
Galaxy 01/00
Ocean Princess 10/00
Ocean Princess 12/00
Enchatment of the Seas 04/01
Dawn Princess 10/01
Dawn Princess 12/01 14 days
Explorer of the Seas 08/02
Spirit 01/03
Adventure of the Seas 02/04
Serenade of the Seas 04/04
#8
Twin Cities MN
317 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Family of 14... Two is the prefect number but the couch pulls out and they store a rollaway in the walk-in closet. Anything over four is a stretch. The suite is so big that it didn't seem to get cluttered even with two teenagers. The boys raided the free mini bar every day so that saved us hundreds right there and they even had pop cards.

Todd


Norway 7/87
Inspration 01/99
Galaxy 01/00
Ocean Princess 10/00
Ocean Princess 12/00
Enchatment of the Seas 04/01
Dawn Princess 10/01
Dawn Princess 12/01 14 days
Explorer of the Seas 08/02
Spirit 01/03
Adventure of the Seas 02/04
Serenade of the Seas 04/04
#9
Monterey,Calif.
943 Posts
Joined Apr 2002
Todd glad you liked the cruise. Maritza is a fantastic Concierge. She mad my wife and I feel extremely special.


Serenade 10/30/03
Destiny 6/02
Monarch 5/99
Holiday 4/98
Tropical 6/95
Asure Seas 3/93
Asure Seas 5/91
Holiday 3/88
Ms Southward 5/85
#10
Twin Cities MN
317 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
fireguy091... Maritza already has turned down promotions for assistant hotel director and assistant to the captain. She has a gift and was glad she was part of our cruise.

Todd


Norway 7/87
Inspration 01/99
Galaxy 01/00
Ocean Princess 10/00
Ocean Princess 12/00
Enchatment of the Seas 04/01
Dawn Princess 10/01
Dawn Princess 12/01 14 days
Explorer of the Seas 08/02
Spirit 01/03
Adventure of the Seas 02/04
Serenade of the Seas 04/04