Cruise of a Lifetime!: Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by glpondo
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Cruise of a Lifetime!
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
I had done a great deal of research for the ports of call and was glad I did. I booked everything on line. I enjoyed every port and didn't waste time on the cruise deciding where I wanted to go the next day. However, the problem with the excursions was you never had enough time. You were constantly hurrying from one site to the next, with little time to actually take in what you were seeing nor enough time to take pictures. An example was when we went from Florence to Pisa. First the bus broke down and we had to wait on the side of the highway for another bus. The new bus took an hour to arrive. The new bus had no air conditioning and it was 98 degrees outside. It took us one and half hours to get from Florence to Pisa, with no air conditioning and when we arrived in Pisa, we had a half hour to use the facilities and see Pisa (Leaning Tower).
Also, I took too many clothes for "Smart Dress" for dinner. They had 3 formal nights and almost every other evening dinner was casual. I did use the laundry services twice that Royal Caribbean provides and it was great and only cost $25.00 a bag.
Overall, our accommodations were great, the ship was a comfortable size, the staff was outstanding and the ports were everything I had hoped for. The food and entertainment (activities) are just ok. Definitely, not the same from 10 years ago when you came back 10 pounds heavier and you never wanted to leave the ship because you would miss so many activities on board from the minute you woke up until the wee hours of the morning.
I was very pleased with Splendour of the Seas and would highly recommended this trip - but manage your expectations for excursions limiting your sites for quality or knowing in advance the more you try to pack in - the less time you will have to absorb what you are seeing! Less
Cabin review: D18570 Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Our cabin was perfect - location was center of ship, close enough to the elevators and main atrium, balcony view was great. We were on the side of the ship that passed by St. Mark's Square in Venice. Decks were packed with people. We were able to stand on our balcony and get the best photo shots! Cabin perfect for two people. It was sound proof!Read All Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony (D1) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Field of Miracles
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Statue of David
Nice Walking Tour
Positano Walking Tour
St. Peter's Square
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