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4.5 Editor's Rating
Serenade of the Seas is the third Radiance-class ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet. The 90,090-ton, 2,100-passenger vessel fits just within Panamax measurements (with one foot on either side to spare), which ...
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Mike in Shawnigan
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
I went as part of a dance group from Victoria BC and this was my first ever cruise. Overall I'm glad I went but I don't think cruising is a perferable vacation method for me. Other than the staff at 'Guest Services' who were downright ... Read more
lupinsmum
Member Since 2012
1 review
286 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as it was going to Russia, we had a great time in all the ports, ship had to divert as the weather was to bad to dock in Stockholm but compensated by having two days in Russia. Having read a few reviews before ... Read more
SOS_traveller
Member Since 2016
1 review
This should have been the cruise of a life time - visiting Scandinavia, Russia and the Baltic states. Instead, it was an average cruise with reasonable on board comforts and good food BUT a shore excursion department probably controlled by ... Read more
Speech_Diva
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We chose this cruise because of the wonderful itinerary, and this never disappointed. However, Let me say this was not the usual Royal experience. We purchased the beer/wine/soft drink package but really was rarely able to use as pool ... Read more
dananny
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
I have never been so disappointed on a cruise. I choose this cruise because of the itinerary because it had 3 nights in St. Petersburg, Russia. The ship is well worn. It really needs to be refurbished. It was the smallest balcony ... Read more

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CruiseAlot14
Member Since 2014
1 review
20 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
I chose this cruise for the itinerary. The overnight in Stockholm, our embarkation city, allowed us to fly in on the day of the cruise, rather than fly in early to assure we did not miss the ship due to air travel delays. There were also ... Read more
frankania
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
My husband and I wanted to show our granddaughters 13 and 16 the capitals of Northern Europe and in spite of cheaper options of Holland America and others ($90 a day per person) chose Serenade of the Seas ($150) thinking the quality of ... Read more
texascat626
Member Since 2011
1 review
43 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Worse ship I've sailed on yet. We booked this for the amazing itinerary - lots of port days and only one at sea day. We booked private excursions on most of the ports - did "on our own" in Riga, Klaipeda and Fredericia. The ... Read more
trivia addict
Member Since 2010
1 review
4 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We cruise on the average of twice a year, usually on Royal Caribbean. The staff on this cruise was one of the most dedicated and friendly of any in recent years. Our cabin attendant, Ernesto, our wait staff in the MDR and the Windjammer, ... Read more
Keltarz1
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Great trip and entertainment on board, we had a balcony stateroom on deck 9 which was clean and spacious enough for a ship but a little dated. Beds were comfortable and Balcony while furniture while dated was adequate for our needs. Our ... Read more

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Rom Com
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
13 forum posts
We wanted to make a Baltic Cruise as we live in Germany and wanted to see Scandinavia. My wife did not want to be away from work too long-so we compromised and made the 7 day journey out of Stockholm. We had a wonderful time on Royal ... Read more
Larainerenee
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
253 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Having cruised on Azamara and Celebrity previously, we chose this cruise because of its 7 day itinerary. The Pros: Embarkation and debarkation were very smooth. Our cabin attendant was great. First night's dinner in the MDR was ... Read more
MJL1111
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
7 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
My family of 13 went on the Serenade from Stockholm to Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga in early July. We had travelled on many cruises previously, many with RC. I must say this was one of the worst. The family members ranged ... Read more
alapidot
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
It was an awesome cruise! certainly one of the best vacations we took. It combined the luxurious spoils of this great ship with very very interesting visits at the ports of call. The outcome was a week full of art, culture, history, beauty ... Read more
Lisbeth3
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We were interested in taking either a land tour or a cruise around the Baltic. We opted for a cruise because of the appeal of not having to lug suitcases and pack and unpack every day or two. We liked the itinerary of the Serenade of the ... Read more

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DP_SD
Member Since 2016
1 review
Enjoyed the ports of call as there was great weather and scenery. We had minor rain only on one June day. Traveling above the arctic circle with having no sunset was expected, but still strange. You have to travel in winter to see the ... Read more
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Loracpin2
Member Since 2004
1 review
1,161 forum post
11 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
I gave the review a four has a compromise rating. We chose this sailing strictly for the itinerary and that truly delivered. This was our 38th cruise, 7th RCI and second on the Serenade, last one being the Inaugural TA in September 2003. ... Read more
SusieCruiseAddict
Member Since 2014
1 review
6 helpful votes
Fantastic itinerary visiting Honningsvag, Olden, Tromso, Geiranger, Bergen, Alesund. Perfect ship for the trip too with great staff and really good service. We wanted to visit the North Cape and see the Midnight sun, but we experienced ... Read more
Cruiserbarbie
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
99 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Some quick comments for our visit to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Bergen and Olso: with so many countries, my worry about currency was a waste of time. Credit cards are used virtually everywhere. Might want ... Read more
aviator1945
Member Since 2012
1 review
267 forum posts
17 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
This was our third cruise with the Serenade; the two previous ones were in the Med, covering both the eastern and western parts of that beautiful region. In all we have now sailed 29 nights on the Serenade, more than any other ship in the ... Read more

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sprint213
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
30 forum posts
12 helpful votes
We’re a couple in our mid/late 50’s and have sailed with RCL eight times before, including twice to the Mediterranean. We’ve been loyal to Royal and are now Emerald members of Crown and Anchor. (We already have another ... Read more
saintlad
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
We chose the Serenade of the Seas because of the port of calls. We sailed from Copenhagen to Stockholm, Estonia, St. Petersburg, and Helsinki. Overall we had a real nice time. The ship is a little older but has that throwback elegance ... Read more
Talent312
Member Since 2003
3 reviews
78 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We've cruised with RCL before, and with Carnival and NCL, primarily in the Caribbean our of Florida. We've also traveled in Europe before. But this was our first overseas cruise. We found Serenade's Baltic Cruise to be well-organized ... Read more
Piece of Fruit
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We took Serenade of the Seas to Scandinavia and Russia. The ports of call were places I had been hoping to see for quite some time, and the towns were charming - especially Tallinn. The ship's worker bee staff seemed very pleasant and ... Read more
rriehs
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
We were booked for 1st dinner seating for a table for 2.  Arrived and told only larger tables available with 10 other guests so we had to switch to 2nd seating.  We experienced extremely slow and inattentive service by ... Read more

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