March 11, 2006 – 7-night Southern Caribbean on Serenade of the Seas
Ports: St. Thomas, St. Martin, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados
Players: Me, late 20s, 6th Royal Caribbean Cruise, Best Friend, 30, 3rd Royal Caribbean Cruise
Ship: The Serenade is a beautiful ship with all that glass. One of my tablemates described the décor as Italian, which I sort of agree with, i.e. dark woods, dark colored fabrics, but still very beautiful. Love the cows on Deck 13.
We had stateroom 1602 a Junior Suite on the back of the ship. Huge room, with a great walk-in closet and probably one of the biggest balconies on the entire ship. The balcony held two lounge chairs, two regular chairs, one chair with foot stool, and a table and easily could have held even more. We did have one problem with the room as about the 2nd or 3rd night a leak developed and they were unable to fix it. We ended up having a blower in our room for most of the week. We did receive several bottles of wine for our inconvenience (hey, it lowered our bar bill). They said the leak was one that could not easily be fixed, so I got the impression that it was one that involved basically taking apart the room and/or the rooms around it.
The staff onboard this ship is wonderful. They were always smiling and ready with a good day. The issues we had were quickly addressed, even if they couldn’t be fixed. The staff was very responsive and tried to go out of their way to make this cruise absolutely amazing.
When we got onboard the ship I went and checked our dining room table, and was excited to find out it was a table for 8 in the middle of the room, we wanted a big table so we could meet new people. We got a call shortly before dinner from the Maitre’d asking if we could move as they had accidentally split up a large group. We laughed though when he offered us a nice, romantic table for 2 by the window (we’re two females). He quickly found us another table for 8 with great tablemates – Joe, Helen, Anne, and Frank from New Jersey and Bob and Gail from Maryland.
We didn’t go to many of the shows, except for the production shows which we loved. The singers and dancers were amazing. We liked most of the entertainment throughout the ship. The CD, Kirk Detweiler, was very fun. Oh, and we won the Quest!! And thereafter were known throughout the ship.
Schooner Bar is probably my favorite bar on the ship, with all the dark woods and comfortable chairs. But we spent more time in the Vortex lounge dancing the night away. Lots of fun, although the revolving bar gets sort of confusing after several drinks.
We did eat at Portofino's one night, Tuesday night which was supposed to be Caribbean night but ended up being Italian night. The food was absolutely amazing and the service phenomenal. We had our waiter, our assistant waiter, the manager, and other waiters helping us. The desserts were to die for.
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