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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Second Time on Serenade

Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by patmama

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2016
  • Destination: Canada & New England
  • Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom

My hubby and I went to Alaska in June of 2004 on Serenade of the Seas. We thought it was a beautiful ship and after 25 other cruises decided to go to Canada/New England on the Serenade.

We flew into Boston day of the cruise because motel rooms were so high. The taxi to the port was less than $25.00 and took less than 15 minutes. Because we were platinum, our wait in line was less than 5 minutes and we were quick on board and went to the buffet for lunch. We had an inside cabin which was fine. Plenty of closet space and plenty of drawers.

We really prefer anytime dining on other ships but we were told it was full so we had 5:30 dining. The dining room wait staff was good. However, the food was just barely okay. It was not really any good to me. The entertainment was not what we have usually seen on RC. I do like that they had a small movie theather. The Pub where we tried to watch football was awful. You could not watch and listen to your game!!!!!. You had to watch one game and listen to another game!!!! Also, my husband loves to sing karaoke. They had the old books-not karaoke international!!! Really only a few songs he could sing.

The ports were amazing. In Portland, we took the lighthouse cruise through Portland Discovery. It was very good, these people also do a trolley tour. In Bar Harbour, we took Oiley's Trolley (located right at the port) very good. In St. John, we just walked around and had lunch. In Halifax, we took the RC tour to Peggy's Cove with a HOHO bus in the afternoon. We ate lunch in port every day where we feasted on Lobster and Clam Chowder. Best part of the trip!!

Disembarckment was very easy!! Taxi ride back to the airport. Beautiful leaves at every stop!

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Cabin Review

Interior Stateroom
Cabin N 8637

Plenty of closet and drawer space

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We walked thru the cruise port and up to the city market!! It was a dreary day and we had taken a tour there on another trip. Not really much to see or do at this port.

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Bus ride to Peggy's Cove was beautiful!! We were given 45 minutes to walk around and take pictures. We then had the HOHO bus for the afternoon. Enjoyed it!! So much to do in Halifax.

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Just taxi from airport to cruise port--very easy

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