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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by gfd_2: Great time aboard the Serenade of the Seas


gfd_2
3 Reviews
Member Since 2009
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Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 2.0
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 1.0
Value for Money 4.0

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Great time aboard the Serenade of the Seas

Sail Date: February 2011
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan

This was our 6th cruise, the 3rd with Royal Caribbean and the first on the Serenade of the Seas. This is one of the smaller RC ships and we loved it. At no time did we feel crowded like we've felt on other ships. We didn't have to search for seats in the Windjammer, except for the morning of debarkation.

We were impressed with the quality and attention paid to the layout and the interior decor of the ship. On the Serenade you could walk from bow to stern without having to go up a deck, through the casino then down a deck. The decor was elegant and understated. Our stateroom with balcony was tastefully decorated and most importantly, the bed was comfortable.

We were pleased there were no obstructions on the balcony as we spend a fair amount of time on the balcony; before breakfast having coffee and before dinner having cocktails.

The staff, from the dining room to the stateroom attendants, was fantastic. They were very knowledgeable and had a great More attitude. Our stateroom attendant, Leon, did a great job.

We ate breakfast in the Windjammer where there was a wide selection of food, all of which tasted great. We never had to look far to find a table next to a window. For dinner we chose "my time dining" which worked out very well for us. We ate dinner in the Reflections dining room. The menu choices were varied and the food was VERY well prepared. As a Sous Chef for 17 years I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food and the presentation of each course.

The wine selection was nice and our waiter, Ajay, was well versed in what wine would pair nicely with the meals we chose. We didn't try the specialty dining rooms, Chops or Portifino, but will on the next cruise.

The comedian and other acts, with the exception of the song/ dance show, were good - not great but good.

As far as the ship excursions, we booked ours privately so we can't comment.

There were three aspects of the cruise which slightly disappointed us. The first was boarding. Having one camera to take the security photo showed a lack of planning; we spent an hour on line to get our pictures taken. The pictures should have been taken during the initial check in, where there were more then 20 check-in desks. The second issue was with the production shows. They are not as good as some of the other cruise lines. The mix of the song and dance routine was a little bizarre but the cast was talented, shame to waste it on the poor choice of show tunes. The third issue was with the glass roofed Solarium. The roof could be opened but never was and while the room itself was nicely decorated it reeked of chlorine from the whirlpools.

Overall, we were pleased with the crew and the experience we had aboard the Serenade of the Seas. Less


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Cabin review: Serenade of the Seas Superior Oceanview Stateroom Deck 9

Loved the balcony. We're not big people but the shower stall was a little small. Safe lock kept acting up.

Port and Shore Excursions


Beautiful island, we did an island tour which was very informative and the difference between the Atlantic side and the Caribbean side is amazing but it is a large island so there was a lot of driving. Next time we'll find a secluded beach to lounge and snorkel.

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We hit this island up on during last year's cruise; we did the Twin Falls and Emerald Pool tour - way to much driving. Also, the amount of garbage along the roads was a bit much. This year we just got off to walk through the shops and stalls along the pier and wound up buying the ingredients for "Wife Leader Rum Punch".

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Ship Wreck bar on Fire Beach was GREAT! Go to the right side of the beach and snorkel your way up to the swimming area.


Orient Beach was crowded. Next time we'll find a more secluded beach.


The Painkillers at Soggy Dollar Bar were great. OK snorkeling at the right side of the beach, about 150' to 200' off the shore.

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