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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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winelover817
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise for a girl's getaway. Very disappointed in the food and service on this ship. This was my 3rd cruise this year. The food was the worst! In the dining room was served lukewarm at best. Most seemed like it had been ... Read more
pleasehelp
Member Since 2010
1 review
30 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We originally chose this cruise to see the Northern Lights & the Faroe Islands. The Northern lights were a bust (not the ship's fault) but the Faroe Islands were mysteriously cancelled by Royal with no explanation. The dining on the ... Read more
psychokitty
Member Since 2014
1 review
89 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We choose this cruise because of the 4 days / 3 ports in Iceland and were not disappointed in our choice. The pre-cruise stay in Copenhagen was enjoyable and enjoyed the city tour and canal bout ride (arranged via Expedia) Even though ... Read more
Harveytra
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
This cruise was awful. The only good thing was the cabin. The cruise as full of young families with toddlers who did not control their children. Worse the hygeine in dining areas was appalling. Tables were sticky and only wiped with dirty ... Read more
rabear
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Cruise wasf OK, had balcony room on floor 8 and had best cabin person I have ever had. Christopher Williams was excellent and really did a great job. Ship needed painting and interior was OK. Shows stunk and were not good at all. Food has ... Read more

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CruisingAway2016
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
We spent several days in Copenhagen before our departure, in addition to ensuring you make embarkation, it is truly a beautiful city to visit. Embarkation went very smoothly, took a maximum 10-15 minutes to give the luggage, get the ... Read more
joyce_6333
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
12 forum posts
This review is actually for 3 B2B cruises on Serenade of the Seas (Aug 13 - Sep 13), Baltic, Norway, and 16 day TA (stops in Norway and Iceland). We had been on Serenade before, and although it isn't our favorite ship, we chose it for the ... Read more
Mike in Shawnigan
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
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
372 forum posts
4 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
2 helpful votes
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

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Speech_Diva
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
5 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
14 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
CruiseAlot14
Member Since 2014
1 review
22 forum posts
4 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
7 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
10 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

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trivia addict
Member Since 2010
1 review
9 forum posts
8 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
shall10292
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We chose RCCL Serenade of Seas due to the itinerary in the Baltic and St Petersburg. In our case we picked our general travel period, ports and then cruise line. I spent probably 40 hours total reading and researching every review I ... 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
Rom Com
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
13 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
19 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

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MJL1111
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
7 forum posts
11 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
DP_SD
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
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
1,167 forum post
12 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

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