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Serenade of the Seas
Serenade of the Seas
Member Name: monkeyknuckles
Cruise Date: November 2013
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Transatlantic
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Member Rating   5+ out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 5+
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates Not Rated
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Good, Solid Transatlantic.

No complaints, great company, great fellow passengers. The food was great, fresh fruit held out throughout, even over long periods at sea. WARNING: Coco Cay is not much. A whole lot of Not Much. A complete mess, lack of planning, triple billing, failure to ice down beer prior to getting to the island, etc. AVOID, unless you have to go to this mess--you can actually see Norwegian's island from the RCI side, and it looked far more fun. Just kidding, Alcatraz would have looked more fun, we were wishing we had stayed on the ship, but it was nice to be on solid ground. There. I found something nice to say.

Now--about the crossing. The weather was spectacular, absolutely every day. The crew was spectacular, in every way. The passengers were all very well-suited for T/A cruising, nobody got in a hurry, everyone was nice and easy. Idyllic, and quite relaxed and homey. If you are looking for rowdy night life, T/A is not the way to go, as it's kind of like a Grand Hotel. The facilities are there, but the synergies are moving at different rates, so achieving a critical mass for dancing and jumping up and down is a bit difficult to achieve. I had the time of my life, bonded with a great group of people who were absolutely delightful. That's the beauty of long hauls and taking the time to unwind and re-charge the batteries.

Embarkation was a breeze, Barcelona is easy. Get there early, get on first. Disembarking--Get up, get out, get off, tote your bags, no worries, no problems. Get there first with the most, and start the trip. If you get there in the middle of the crush, you get what you get. Serenade is a great ship, not too small, not too large. Amazing. Kudos to all concerned.

Publication Date: 01/10/14
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