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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by preachergirl13

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2015
  • Destination: the Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean View Stateroom

This was my 4th cruise, my first with Royal Caribbean. I had high expectations because of the rave reviews I had received of Royal Caribbean. I know traveling in February would not be a typical "family" crowd but the other cruised I have been on were during the school year and my 15 year old son loved the teen club activities and made great friends on the other cruise lines. He was the ONLY teen that showed up for any events the entire week. He was so bored we let him charge $300 worth of games in the arcade because there was NOTHING else for him to do. There were other teens on board but they did not participate in the FUEL club activities. I don't know if this is necessarily RC's fault but on our previous cruise lines, the teen club staff would go around the first night at sea and personally go up to the teens on ship and ask them to join them to get the word out about the activities (this is how we found out about teen clubs in the first place). So entertainment for the week for the only child 15 year old was a complete bust.

Perhaps I am not a seasoned cruiser but our other huge disappointment was that one of the ports of call was cancelled. This has never happened on other ships. We had all our big excursions and activities planned for Cococay which was canceled because the tender boats couldn't make it to the ship due to waves. I have tendered before with rougher seas. I had no idea that they would just sail an extra day at sea and not make a substitute port of call. We were bored beyond measure by the last day at sea.

The entertainment was horrible. Other cruises we've been on had broadway style shows nightly, comedians or magicians in a smaller theater nightly and matinee performances. There were no shows during the day (factor in that extra day at sea and cooler temps and you can only sit at the pool for so long) and while this ship did have a movie theatre the movies shown were the same 4 the entire cruise (which we had already seen).

The food in the dining room each night was good and service was great. The food in the Windjammer was not. Other cruise lines had speciality burger bars open all day and night or pizza, nothing like that on this ship.

Overall I was extremely disappointed with the experience and will more than likely not travel with Royal Caribbean in the future.

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Large Ocean View Stateroom
Cabin F 4048

The room was small but clean and the stateroom attendant was amazing.

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