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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Interesting ports of call!

Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by TropicalBrain

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom

The first reason why we did this cruise is the ports of call and second this is our 6th time cruising with RCC. The ship could really use some major window washing. It was hard to see the views through the window in the back of the ship because the windows were really dirty. It's an older ship, so there are signs everywhere of it's age and used. Their Photo Gallery can use some lessons about photo retouching from Carnival Cruise. Carnival offers photo retouching for free and take much professional photos, where as RCC does not offer this at all. We could have spent more money in the photo if they came out more professional looking, come on, with the computer technology, this is not hard thing to do!

The food was just okay but gets to be boring after a couple of days. We booked a dinner at Chops Grille for $35 pp, I was disappointed that there are additional charges for some steak and lobster for $30! The steak almost tasted like the ones in the main dining room.

So I think the specialty restaurants on board is not worth it. The crews were amazing, the entertainment was good. What I love most was the disco night, everybody seems to have a good time. The crew did a wonderful job on this event. We also booked the specialty sushi restaurant, Izumi, which was a good relief from the ship's daily food routine. RCC seems to be cutting back and charging on things which they did not use to charge before, like American room service, no more lobster night. We are Platinum member and the only thing we got was a robe to use while on board! They did not even bother to do anything for our 33 year anniversary even though they asked us in advance;

We are glad that we booked all our shore excursions thru SPB tours, we don't feel like herds compared to the RCC big bus tours. SPB tours are so professional and have smaller crowds. The best to use anywhere in the Baltics, we booked cuz they have good reviews in tripadvisor.com.

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Cabin Review

Interior Stateroom
Cabin K 4551

the cabin was a little small

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