B. B. B. B. D. '08 San Juan Puerto Rico to San Francisco, California

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This year we went on a 14-day cruise (our first) aboard RCI's Serenade of the Seas departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico April 19, 2008 with ports at Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic; Cartagena, Columbia; Panama Canal transit; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Huatulco, Mexico; Acapulco, Mexico; Cabo San Lucas, Baja
then arriving in San Francisco, California on May 03, 2008.

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We had 5 sea days on this cruise. Ports are fun and interesting but we like sea days as we enjoy being aboard ship. There's always something to do on board. Of course we do spend a lot of our times in the bars :) Serenade had a progressive trivia tournament so we got a team together and entered. We started with the five of us but were soon joined by Roger, an Aussie from Boston. He was quite helpful in the clutch and was a great guy too! We made it all the way to the final 2 losing on a tie breaker. We were crushed but we did get medals!

The Cruise Critic party was well attended. Carly, the C.D. and some of her staff, Elvis and Dane. It was great to put faces to board names as well as real names.

We spent a lot of time at the Pit Stop bar as that was where Eugene was working most of the time. Most of the time we were the only ones there. He treated us well and we reciprocated. We also hung out at the Sky Bar with Attila and at the Pool Bar with Colin and Kelville. Kelville was a riot, singing a new song every day sometimes adding his own words.

We ate at Portifino's a couple of nights. The food is good but the service is much more subdued than the dining room.

Sea days are great for just enjoying the ship and really relaxing.

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Here's the intinerary map courtesy of Royal Caribbean along with a picture of the ship

Serenade of the Seas        Panama Canal Cruise Map

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Here are some random shipboard sea day pictures.

Eugene warming up

Eugene showing off

Bill at the bar - An unusual sight LOL

Linda and Earl at the pool bar

Our cabin

The balcony

Glow in the dark shots

Teddy being cute

Pandigenous

Alan slumming :)

Geno and Colin

Cute couple - The requisite BBB vacation shot

Pool games

Pool games

Pool games

The balancing act

Ted and Geno posing behind the bar

Teddy's turn

Cruise Critic party

Cruise Critic party

Cruise Critic party

Cruise Critic party - Carly, Dane & Elvis

Cruise Critic party

Cruise Critic party

Cruise Critic party

Cruise Critic party - Roger

Cruise Critic party

Cruise Critic party

Cruise Critic party

Cruise Critic party

Cruise Critic party

Towel ?

Towel turtle?

Towel snake?

Towel Dog?

Bill & Norma at the repeaters party

Patti at the repeaters party

Carly the Cruise Director

Betty and Hal - Serious cruisers at the repeaters party

Kelville from Nashville :)

Roberto

Teddy being pampered

Pit Stop regulars

Bill trying to be funny

Pit Stop regulars

Yo and Mateo looking very dapper

Arthur and Patti posing with the $1000 bottle of brandy

Bill & Patti with the bottle

Concierge bar regulars

Chops dinner

Chops dinner

Chops dinner

Chops dinner

The crew taking over Sky bar

Teddy at the Sky bar

Arthur and Atilla posin'

Some of the crew with Roger, our sixth on the trivia team

The almost Trivia winners

Bill asleep...or passed out?

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