We sailed on Oct 29th and beat the snow storm out of New England by flying to Puerto Rico 2 days before the cruise. Late fall and early winter, you never know what to expect so we always travel a day or 2 earlier.
The Serenade of the Seas is a great ship. Not big by todays standards but still big enough. The elevators on the outside of the ship are great, but elevators are limited and you sometimes have to wait. The dining room food and service were very good, The Windjammer was pretty good considering it is a buffet, but enough offerings for everyone. Try the Sea View Cafe on deck 12 for comfort food like hamburgers, hot dogs, fish and chips, Reuben's and such. The eating area behind this place is quiet and peaceful most of the time. The shows were actually pretty good and most of the bands playing around the ship were good. The band playing poolside was just so-so as was the band playing in the centrum on the 4th floor. The ship did a nice Halloween Parade and did a great haunted house for what was available to them. The crew was outstanding as well as the entertainment staff. They know how to get everyone involved. Don't expect to do a lot of shopping on the ship. It is available but limited. The pool deck was always pretty active but if you wanted some quiet time and still wanted by a pool, the Solarium is the place to hang out. Quiet and serene.
This may be an older ship and could use some updated, but it is still a beautiful ship. Its size meant we pulled into ports and no need for tenders.
If you get the chance to sail on this ship, do it.