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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise.

Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by drjimlewis

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2016
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

This cruise was back-to-back with Norwegian fjords. We chose it because we have done the Caribbean and Mediterranian, and wanted something different.

The itinerary was supposed to be Stockholm, Estonia, St Petersburg, and Helsinki, but the weather was bad in Stockholm, so we went to Estonia, then spent two nights in St Petersburg instead of the one we were scheduled for, and then went to Helsinki. I know some folks were disappointed, but we were happy to spend more time in St. Petersburg as we have both spent a lot of time in Sweden.

Seranade is a little smaller than the larger ocean-going ships, as it goes up through the fjords of Norway, and I expect a larger ship may not be able to navigate some of those narrow passages. We actually enjoyed the smaller ship. The big ones can be a bit hectic.

Food and service were excellent, as usual for RC. We had two excellent waiters in the main dining room, and very much enjoyed dining with them. Their names were Pablo and Vyacheslav. Pablo was from the Dominican Republic and Slav was from the Ukraine.

Excellent cruise and highly recommended.

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Cabin Review

Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Cabin D2 9624

Nice cabin. It was quiet, had a great view, and was pretty standard with king bed, sofa, shower, table with chair for writing, working at computer. Both 220 volt and 110 volt outlets. Hair dryer included. No coffee pot, but we carried a small pot that made two cups of hot water and carried Folgers singles so we could have coffee immediately in the morning.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Old Town of Tallinn

Walking tour. About 2 miles total, a bit tedious on cobblestones, but I'm 75 and it was manageable. We enjoyed the Russian Orthodox church, seeing the old town, doing a bit of shopping, and hearing about the history of Estonia.

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Enjoyed this tour a lot.

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Finnish Home Visit

Visited a farm where they raise Arabian horses. The hostess prepared lunch for us. Seafood, salad, and desert. On the way to the farm, we stopped briefly at a small town for a bio break, had a chance to shop a bit, and then went on.

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This port was canceled because the weather was so bad that we could not get in. Note that you can't leave the rating blank, so I gave it a 1. Stockholm is a nice town, which I have spent a lot of time in.

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