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We spent several days in Copenhagen before our departure, in addition to ensuring you make embarkation, it is truly a beautiful city to visit. Embarkation went very smoothly, took a maximum 10-15 minutes to give the luggage, get the sea pass card, photos taken etc. Disembarkation was great as well, we did the express disembarkation and were able to keep our luggage and just walked off the boat in the morning (no lines, no fuss). The ship, while being older, is beautifully maintained - there are a lot of bars and lounges and places to spend your time on the boat. The solarium was great for this (Norwegian Fjord) type of cruise since the weather is not particularly warm. For this reason, Royal Caribbean also allowed children in the solarium (typically adult only) during 10-12 and 2-4. Unfortunately, they poorly monitored this and children were screaming and crying in there all day long. In past cruises, the dining room experience has always been luxurious and delicious - not this time! Overcooked meats, lack of diversity with side dishes (mostly rice and mashed potatoes), no more lobster night, mediocre seafood quality, no midnight buffets. Considering the cost of the cruise, the dining is definitely lacking value. We hope Royal Caribbean make efforts to improve their dining quality. The Windjammer food & Park Cafe met our expectations and were great. There are plenty of activities to fill your day - the cruise director and entertainment staff were wonderful. In regards to the Headline Shows, we were selective of which to see since many didn't interest us. The ones we did go to were absolutely fantastic (contortionist, magician, juggler). The staff was very friendly and dedicated and spoke many languages. We purchased only a couple of shore excursions as many of them seemed overpriced for what you get (50$US for a walking tour of the city for example). I would recommend to research (prior to your cruise) the ports of call and decide what interests you. Then evaluate the proximity to the port and decide if it's something you can do on your own or if a shore excursion is required. In most ports, they had a City Sightseeing bus for approximately 45$US which brought you to most of the city highlights, which can be an alternative to shore excursions.

Overall a Great Cruise - Disappointing Dining

Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by CruisingAway2016

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We spent several days in Copenhagen before our departure, in addition to ensuring you make embarkation, it is truly a beautiful city to visit.

Embarkation went very smoothly, took a maximum 10-15 minutes to give the luggage, get the sea pass card, photos taken etc. Disembarkation was great as well, we did the express disembarkation and were able to keep our luggage and just walked off the boat in the morning (no lines, no fuss).

The ship, while being older, is beautifully maintained - there are a lot of bars and lounges and places to spend your time on the boat. The solarium was great for this (Norwegian Fjord) type of cruise since the weather is not particularly warm. For this reason, Royal Caribbean also allowed children in the solarium (typically adult only) during 10-12 and 2-4. Unfortunately, they poorly monitored this and children were screaming and crying in there all day long.

In past cruises, the dining room experience has always been luxurious and delicious - not this time! Overcooked meats, lack of diversity with side dishes (mostly rice and mashed potatoes), no more lobster night, mediocre seafood quality, no midnight buffets. Considering the cost of the cruise, the dining is definitely lacking value. We hope Royal Caribbean make efforts to improve their dining quality.

The Windjammer food & Park Cafe met our expectations and were great.

There are plenty of activities to fill your day - the cruise director and entertainment staff were wonderful. In regards to the Headline Shows, we were selective of which to see since many didn't interest us. The ones we did go to were absolutely fantastic (contortionist, magician, juggler).

The staff was very friendly and dedicated and spoke many languages.

We purchased only a couple of shore excursions as many of them seemed overpriced for what you get (50$US for a walking tour of the city for example). I would recommend to research (prior to your cruise) the ports of call and decide what interests you. Then evaluate the proximity to the port and decide if it's something you can do on your own or if a shore excursion is required. In most ports, they had a City Sightseeing bus for approximately 45$US which brought you to most of the city highlights, which can be an alternative to shore excursions.
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