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Just returned from the September 1 sailing to Canada. What a treat! I've sailed with Crystal on two occasions, and the Serenade of the Seas was a far superior cruise.   The ship is absolutely beautiful and the staterooms are intelligently designed and quite comfortable. Service is excellent. Chops Grille lives up to its reputation of having the best steaks and chops on the high seas. The coffee at the Windjammer is great! The atmosphere is congenial and relaxed.   Unlike Crystal, where you are bombarded with high-pressure sales techniques to encourage you to buy, buy, buy, extras on the Serenade (such as specialty restaurants, tour excursions) are for you to enjoy or not, depending on your inclination.   The children's "club" is exceptional and the counselors are well-trained. The Spa is state of the art, with a seasoned and experienced staff.   RCCL, with its new Radiance line of "smaller" ships, is attempting to create an upscale, deluxe cruising experience at mid-market prices. I believe they have succeeded! Now all they have to do is move the art auction from the atrium to another location...

Serenade of the Seas - Canada/New England

Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by NBK

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Just returned from the September 1 sailing to Canada. What a treat! I've sailed with Crystal on two occasions, and the Serenade of the Seas was a far superior cruise.
 
The ship is absolutely beautiful and the staterooms are intelligently designed and quite comfortable. Service is excellent. Chops Grille lives up to its reputation of having the best steaks and chops on the high seas. The coffee at the Windjammer is great! The atmosphere is congenial and relaxed.
 
Unlike Crystal, where you are bombarded with high-pressure sales techniques to encourage you to buy, buy, buy, extras on the Serenade (such as specialty restaurants, tour excursions) are for you to enjoy or not, depending on your inclination.
 
The children's "club" is exceptional and the counselors are well-trained. The Spa is state of the art, with a seasoned and experienced staff.
 
RCCL, with its new Radiance line of "smaller" ships, is attempting to create an upscale, deluxe cruising experience at mid-market prices. I believe they have succeeded! Now all they have to do is move the art auction from the atrium to another location...
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