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We were interested in taking either a land tour or a cruise around the Baltic. We opted for a cruise because of the appeal of not having to lug suitcases and pack and unpack every day or two. We liked the itinerary of the Serenade of the Seas and Affordable Tours gave us a nice ship board credit. The embarkation went well, but the disembarkation was amazing--well-organized and hassle-free, much to our surprise. We had expected problems because we were going to a hotel in Stockholm, rather than to the airport. Luggage was handled beautifully on both ends. As this was our first cruise aboard a ship of this size and with RCL, we weren't sure what to expect. The crew was very helpful and efficient, not to mention patient. Our steward was very attentive, although we probably didn't tax him much. The first night, my time dining was chaotic and there was a long wait. After that, MTD went smoothly. We did not eat at any of the specialty restaurants and did not purchase a drink package. We were surprised that there was no free WiFi. We purchased Voom for one day and found it to be very slow and erratic--not worth $19.99 for the day. We took on-shore excursions with a private tour company, so we can't speak to that; however, the entertainment was good, not spectacular, but fun and worth the time, also the lectures and the talks by Spa staff were enjoyable. The Serenade of the Seas is a well-maintained ship and we have no complaints about the ship itself. We've read that the ship is showing its age. Whether that's the case, we couldn't say. We enjoyed the cruise and the various ports, especially St. Petersburg, Riga and Stockholm.

Enjoyable Baltic cruise

Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by Lisbeth3

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We were interested in taking either a land tour or a cruise around the Baltic. We opted for a cruise because of the appeal of not having to lug suitcases and pack and unpack every day or two. We liked the itinerary of the Serenade of the Seas and Affordable Tours gave us a nice ship board credit.

The embarkation went well, but the disembarkation was amazing--well-organized and hassle-free, much to our surprise. We had expected problems because we were going to a hotel in Stockholm, rather than to the airport. Luggage was handled beautifully on both ends.

As this was our first cruise aboard a ship of this size and with RCL, we weren't sure what to expect. The crew was very helpful and efficient, not to mention patient. Our steward was very attentive, although we probably didn't tax him much. The first night, my time dining was chaotic and there was a long wait. After that, MTD went smoothly. We did not eat at any of the specialty restaurants and did not purchase a drink package. We were surprised that there was no free WiFi. We purchased Voom for one day and found it to be very slow and erratic--not worth $19.99 for the day.

We took on-shore excursions with a private tour company, so we can't speak to that; however, the entertainment was good, not spectacular, but fun and worth the time, also the lectures and the talks by Spa staff were enjoyable.

The Serenade of the Seas is a well-maintained ship and we have no complaints about the ship itself. We've read that the ship is showing its age. Whether that's the case, we couldn't say. We enjoyed the cruise and the various ports, especially St. Petersburg, Riga and Stockholm.
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Cabin 7570
Our 1st cruise on a large cruise ship. Stateroom was roomy and light enough with plenty of storage space. The bathroom shower was excellent. The balcony had an obstructed view so that one could not look straight down to see the water or the dock as the case might be. Also, the noise from the casino below filtered up to our cabin, but usually by 10:20 or 10:30, the loudness of the bingo caller died down. There weren't enough plugs but we had brought both European plugs and US plugs so we were able to plug in all of our electronics.
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