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Serenade of the Seas Review

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Why Choose Serenade of the Seas?

  • Mid-sized ship with many dining, entertainment options
  • Good for families, singles, couples and groups
  • Alternative restaurants: Portofino, Chop's Grille

Serenade of the Seas Overview

Editor Rating
4.5
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 $12.95 per person, per day ($15.95 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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Serenade of the Seas Member Reviews

The Class Wars Delaware Cruisers
01/16
We sailed on Serenade during their southern Caribbean cruise on January 25, was not a good trip. This ship has a lot of issues mostly stemming from that the ship’s facilities cannot handle the volume of passengers it carries. We ... Read more
01/16
This was our 9th RCCL cruise but first one on a Radiance Class ship. The ship was well maintained and clean. We had an aft balcony cabin on deck 7. The balcony was large enough to have 2 lounge chairs and 2 upright chairs and a table. The cabin ... Read more
No Enrichment Lectures knittinggirl
10/15
Serenade of the Seas #1100 Last Drydock 2012 This review is for two cruises: Snowbird Migration Eastern Caribbean We arrived in Quebec City and got a cab to the Quebec City Marriott for about $30 Canadian. The hotel was wonderful ... Read more
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Serenade of the Seas Ratings

Editor Rating 4.5 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
4.0
4.1
Public Rooms
5.0
4.6
Cabins
4.0
4.4
Entertainment
5.0
3.7
Spa & Fitness
5.0
4.3
Family & Children
5.0
3.6
Shore Excursions
3.0
4.1
Enrichment
1.0
3.7
Service
5.0
4.6
Value-for-Money
5.0
4.2

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Ship Stats
Crew:
884
Launched:
2003
Decks:
12
Tonnage:
90,090
Passengers:
2,146
Registry:
Bahamas
CDC Score:
100
 
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