Wonderful Serenade: Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by Suzefirstcruise
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Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
The Ship herself is beautiful, she's not a floating block of flats like the Epic or Carnival Legend, she's all curvy and the fantastic glass Centrium adds to the impressive look.
MOST of the staff are lovely, we had the best room steward called Sheddy, nothing was too much trouble and he even taught our 11 year old how to make each of the towel animals he left us each night. We were greeted with his lovely smile every morning and he always seemed interested in what we had done that day.
In the main dining rooom the food is very good, the seafood dishes are cooked to perfection, steak should be eaten at Chops or Giavanni's where they are carefully prepared rather than mass produced and chicken is usually left on the bone but on the whole the food in the main dining room was very good. Our Waiters were excellent, we had Ashutosh as our main Waiter and More Jose as our assistant Waiter, we could not have had better. If you can't choose between two meals - you get both! If you really liked something (the Calamari) they just keep bringing out more plates until you say " Nooooooo!"
The pools are hardly used and it is only kids that seem to be in them. They are salt water.
The pitch and put is great fun and really well maintained, a bit of a pain if you get a large group infront as a big queue builds up but just enjoy the fabulous views all around and you're soon on again!
The only negative I would say about the whole trip was that the same singers sang in the Centruim every day, in our case it was a miserable voiced lady and a strange spainish sounding band, they were really loud and you couldn't sit and talk with friends while listening to the music as it was just too loud.
Other than that FABULOUS time - I'm so jealous of anyone going on their Cruise on the Serenade soon. :-)
Cabin review: M9565 Interior Stateroom
Additional beds pull down from the ceiling so not in the way during the day. Storage space under the beds for cases etc. Extra cupboard space behind the mirrors.Read All Interior Stateroom (M) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
We were all "Ruined" out so we took this opportunity to visit "The best Waterpark in Europe" and yes, I'd go along with that ADALAND was brilliant.
To get there, we exited the port and walked left along the waterside until we came to the statue of the white hand with black and white birds landing on it (about half a mile's walk from the ship)when you get there, look at the Hotels alongside you, one is called Hotel Derici, cross the road and stand outside it,little white minibuses (Dolmus)take you to Adaland for 2.75 Turkish Lira. Make sure you check that you are on the correct bus ( just ask for Adaland) the buses run every 5 minutes. To hail the bus just stick out your arm and they'll stop.
Adaland was 24 euros each, which includes all slides, you can pay extra to go into the Dolphin park and the Sealife park but we found we were too busy on the slides to visit the other areas. You can load money onto a card they give you which saves worrying about having money with you. Make sure you load your card with cash - they will refund unspent cash as you leave but they won't refund money put on via Visa or Mastercard.
The wavepool and dance fountains operate at various time during the day.
I highly recommend this waterpark. It was great!
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