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Serenade of the Seas
Serenade of the Seas
Member Name: madwitney
Cruise Date: January 2014
Embarkation: New Orleans
Destination: Bahamas
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 1.0
Spa & Fitness 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates Not Rated
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Above average Cruise ... with some problems

Our trip was very nice ... we arrived Wednesday for a Saturday departure from NOLA. It was very cold for them at this time of year ... was mid/upper 60s and sunny on 3 of 4 days ... freezing cold with sleet on 1 day. Still, great food, music right in the streets, shops, WWII Museum, Mardi Gras World.

The ship is old and smaller than I'm used to, but nevertheless very nice. 80s and sunny in Key West, Nassau and Cococay (RC's little private island) -- thought the island would be cheesy, but it was very lovely and charming, with very nice beaches and free ship's lunch while there. One rainy cool day at sea. We REALLY liked the RC clientele ... much older than we thought it would be, but that's okay with us. The entertainment and main dining room food/service were abysmal, but the rest of the service, the cabin and cabin steward, the up-charge restaurants (Chops/$30; Giovanni/$20 -- both YUM!), even the ship's captain were EXTREMELY good. They have 2 other upcharge eateries ... a Mexican cantina which is way cheap a la carte; and a Japanese restaurant, also way cheap a la carte that we didn't try. The gym was adequate, but the trainers were a joke. The spa was very expensive, but I got an excellent no-chip manicure ... still way over priced. Shopping on board was limited, unless you want liquor and over-priced jewelry.

Very nice state room. Ample drawers, vanity and large closet storage. Vanity with chair; comfy loveseat. Nice size balcony with comfortable chairs and little table. Adequate bathroom. Very quiet. Absolutely GREAT cabin steward.

The trip back, dis-embarking and getting home, however, were a nightmare. Very long story, that included ship engine issues, river traffic jams and a man overboard (I'm not making this stuff up) which delayed our arrival at port by 4 hours; Still, the captain and staff handled the issues with calm and grace. I would definitely sail with Royal Caribbean again.

Publication Date: 02/14/14
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