Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by 3 Dog Night
- Sail Date: March 2009
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
The ship: The Serenade of the Seas is an absolutely beautiful ship! The size is about perfect for us . . . large enough to offer a wide variety of venues and activities, but not overwhelming. I was especially impressed with clean and well-maintained the ship was, definitely better than most of the other ships we've experienced.
We're teachers, so tend to travel on "the budget plan". We don't have a problem with an inside cabin since we spend so little time there. What could have been a very negative experience with our cabin assignment (4521)turned out fine thanks to outstanding service of the crew. When we arrived on Saturday afternoon, we noticed a lot of noise from the back of our cabin . . . not constant, but a very strong beat when it was playing. We stopped by the concierge desk to tell them about the problem. We looked at the ship's map and couldn't figure out where the sound could be coming from. However, she said to call if the sound was a problem at night and they would send a security person down to check it out. To make a long story short, the sound was still there at 11:30 at night. The security guard checked it out and the desk called back a few minutes later . . . telling us that they could put us in an emergency room for the night and would switch our room the next day. We decided to stay put for the first night, but were moved for the rest of the trip to cabin 9011. As it turns out, the ship's movie theatre slopes down with the back of our original room bumping against the bottom of the theatre. Anyway, we were very pleased with the crew's response and they checked on how things were going a few times during the cruise.
The ship's main pool was very nice, though it was difficult finding an open lounge on the sea day. I have experienced ships with better layouts in this area. The solarium is very impressive and must be a real joy on an Alaskan cruise!
Food: We ate in the main dining room every night and found the food to be very good. It seems like all of the major cruise lines have cut back a bit in this area, but we were always able to find delicious choices. The Windjammer cafe was better than most of the cafeteria type food on other cruises. We especially liked the layout which makes lines nearly non-existent. On the fifth day of the cruise, we discovered the Seaside Cafe and really enjoyed their choices.
Entertainment: While entertainment was generally in the satisfactory range, we were not overly impressed. We went to the main show each night with the exception of an evening when they only had a game show. We guessed that an entertainer must have canceled or something. The best nights were the Broadway musical review and the comedian. What we really missed was a piano bar that played popular "sing-along" type music.
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