Serenade of the Seas Review

Editor Rating:  4.5
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Serenade of the Seas Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    4.0
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.4
    5.0
  • Cabins
    4.3
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.7
    5.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    4.1
    5.0
  • Family & Children
    3.6
    5.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.9
    3.0
  • Enrichment
    3.6
    1.0
  • Service
    4.5
    5.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.0
    5.0
Editor Rating
4.5
Member Rating
Why Choose Serenade of the Seas?
  • Pro: Has both an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as multiple dining venues
  • Con: Lack of variety in main dining room food and onboard entertainment might disappoint some cruisers
  • Bottom Line: Good value-for-money choice for families and groups

Serenade of the Seas Overview

Serenade of the Seas is the third Radiance-class ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet. The 90,090-ton, 2,100-passenger vessel fits just within Panamax measurements (with one foot on either side to spare), which means it, like Radiance, Brilliance and Jewel of the Seas, has maximum geographic flexibility and can sail to and from just about any region.

That flexibility extends to the onboard milieu. Serenade of the Seas' greatest strength is that it offers plenty of options, from dining to entertainment, and yet remains a mid-sized ship. It's a good choice for a wide range of traveler -- including families, singles, couples and groups.

Royal Caribbean carries through this ship the Radiance-class' most interesting distinction is the nearly three acres of exterior glass employed in its design -- including glass elevators with ocean views -- that incorporates the outdoors, beautifully, onboard.

The effect is simply dazzling -- and there are remarkable views from nearly every public room. The decorating scheme itself emphasizes elegance, grace, and beauty, and creates quite a harmonious environment. The ship is very easy to navigate, with indoor public rooms concentrated on decks five and six and more-active areas -- sports deck, pools, spa, fitness center -- on decks 11 and 12.

Serenade of the Seas Fellow Passengers

While passengers onboard will vary based on itinerary and time of year, Serenade of the Seas has captured a wide ranging passenger demographic (older in non-school holiday periods, more families during winter and summer holidays). The ship's appeal is, like its other Radiance class counterparts, is its size. It's new enough to feature contemporary amenities (like balconies and alternative restaurants) and yet -- not so huge as Voyager class vessels.

Serenade of the Seas Dress Code

The dress code onboard is cruise casual - you'll see some jeans onboard after shore excursions or in the casinos later at night, but khakis and capris are fairly standard attire. Expect a formal night and at least one "smart casual" dinner, which means business formal, thought not quite black tie (think dress slacks and nice sweaters). Only a handful of men wore tuxedos on formal night, and the majority of women passed on the full-length gowns in favor of shorter cocktail dresses.

Serenade of the Seas Gratuity

Royal Caribbean passengers are charged $13.50 per person, per day ($16.50 for suite guests). Gratuities can be prepaid or will be added on a daily basis to passengers' SeaPass accounts during the cruise. Passengers can modify or remove gratuities by visiting the guest services desk while onboard. An 18 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs.

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Keysturtle
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 forum posts
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Sailed four weeks ago
We are RCL Crown and Anchor members but have never sailed on Serenade or to any of these ports. We knew going in the ship was older and is scheduled for a refurb this year. You could definitely tell that. A lot of the particle board ... Read more
mrtwo_putt
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This is our last cruise with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Embarkation - RCCL had only 2 lines taking photos of 2,200+ passengers. And of course the Emerald and Diamond cruisers were allowed onboard first before any others - which meant ... Read more
toonlady
Member Since 2017
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Sailed February 2017
travel agent found this cruise for us - DISASTER.we had lots of problems with the cabin allocation prior to sailing. one of the party is disabled and needs the use of a wheelchair on occasion. although i followed all RC's instructions, ... Read more
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