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Serenade of the Seas, 7 Nights Norwegian Fjords Cruise, 13th May 2017. Week one of a back to back cruise. Captain, Krzysztof Szynkarczuk. Hotel Director, Patrick Olin. Chief Engineer, Trond Berg. Cruise Director, Carly Boileau. Cruise Sales Manager, Daniel Nunes. Food and Beverage Director, Markus Zihlmann. Concierge Mario Reyes Diamond Lounge Perla Francisco Day 1, depart Copenhagen, 4pm, MDR menu Mojo, casual dress, 7:45pm Welcome Onboard Showtime - Duo Gold Art - Acrobatic act, 7pm & 10pm Film - Fences. Day 2, Cruising, MDR menu Saffron, formal dress, 9pm & 10:30pm Headliner Showtime - Andrew Derbyshire, singer, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm & 10pm film - A Dogs Purpose. Day 3, Stavanger, Norway, 8am - 5:30pm, MDR menu Basil, casual dress, 7pm & 9pm Headliner Showtime magician Brett Sherwood, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm & 10pm film - The Founder. Day 4, Bergen, Norway, 8am - 5:30pm, MDR menu Pimiento, casual dress, 7pm & 9pm Royal Caribbean Singers & Dancers - Stage to Screen, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm & 10pm film - Split. Day 5, Alesund, Norway, 8am - 7:30pm, MDR menu Jasmine, formal dress, 9pm & 10:30pm Headliner Showtime The 4 Stations (Il Divo tribute act), 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm & 10pm film - Lion Day 6, Geiranger, Norway, 7am - 4:30 pm, MDR menu Shitake, casual dress, 9pm & 10:30 Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers Vibe*ology, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm & 10pm film - xXx Return of Xander Cage. Day 7, Cruising, MRD menu Pomodoro, casual dress, 7:45pm Headliner Showtime - juggles The Phillips Brothers, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm & 10pm film - Miss Sloane. Day 8 arrive Copenhagen, 7am The port where the ship was docked in Copenhagen was the furthest away from the City Centre at the new reclaimed land dock area. Bus number 25 goes from the city to the quay and was 24 krone one way, rerun tickets were not available, it went every 40 minutes. The bus does take Euro and Dollars, if you do not have the right money, change is given back in Krone. We went by taxi as we had three suitcases. The check in was easy after a smallish queue where you place your own suit cases onto a conveyor belt and through security. Being D+ and also in a suite got us to a priority check in desk, but there were no real queues for all anyway. We were there at about 12:45. Sea pass cards in hand, past the photographers by the standard back drops and onto the ship. Access to the staterooms was at 1pm sharp. We were in 1060 an Owners Suite. This is three times the size of an ordinary stateroom as we had compared this to the balcony space to that of them at the lower decks. It had a good sized bathroom, separate shower, bath and two sinks, toilet and bidet, drawer space under the sinks and shelves behind two of the mirrors. Luxury toiletries. In the stateroom there was a double bed, two double wardrobes, two further sets of drawers, a six seater settee and a TV that could be revolved towards the bed or lounge area. Lighting controls all over the room. The sound of the main air conditioning was noisy, especially at night when going to sleep. Our C&A bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, Caliterra Acon was waiting in the stateroom, along with six bottles of water. Day 1. Lunch at Windjammer, walk around the ship, muster drill at 4:15, met Milinda Hakkini, our stateroom attendant, met Mario Reyes, the most excellent Concierge who we had met on two previous cruises on different ships. We had dinner in the Main Dining Room. We were served by Bakhodir Makhammadiev a table for two 220, whereas we had requested a larger table, quick service and usual food, bed. Day 2 was the sea day, we missed the meet and mingle at 10am in Vortex, we did not accept the invitation to do any of the Bridge, Galley or Theatre tours. We did book our BOGO Chops meal. We did go to the Suites Guests cocktail reception in Chops at 11:30 where the officers of the ship did actually mingle and the food was very nice. We spent most of the day relaxing in our suite. A good meal in Chops, but the Molten Centre chocolate cake was not molten, we mentioned this and learned that they were now prepared in advance. Day 3, Stavanger, founded in 1125, main attraction is the Cathedral. Docked in the heart of the city, we walked around town, the weather was wonderful and to be honest, unless you were adventuring away from the town, two hours would have been plenty. We went to My Next Cruise and booked three. With this we got entered into the raffle to try and win $300 of on board credit. The deal on the cruises we booked was 30% off all passengers. Evening meal in Windjammer. Day 4, Bergen, which dates back to 1070, the weather was light rain. We were docked very close to the city centre, about a ten minute walk maximum. We went up the funicular for wonderful views over the port, which was not marked on the Royal Caribbean map provided? We went to the fish market and had lunch in Fish Me, fresh to say the least. Walking around the town could take hours or minutes, depending on what you were looking for. Evening meal in Chops, served by Christina and we were able to use our second BOGO as it was booked on day two. Day 5, Alesund, fully rebuilt in 1904 after a fire, our visit being the 17th May which was also a National Holiday in Norway as they celebrate their independence from Sweden. We were docked within easy walking distance of the town. We were able to watch a parade by the Norwegians of all ages with the majority wearing their national costume, the students passing out wear red dungarees. All shops were of course closed, barring a few convenience stores. We walked up the 418 steps beyond the national park for spectacular views of the surrounding area. Coffee and cake at the top as a reward. The weather was perfect. Chops again for dinner with a discount for multiple bookings, served by Cefon. Later in the evening we learned that we won the raffle for booking a rubies onboard in the first three days that gave us $300 on board credit. Day 6, Geiranger, weather misty with a hint of light rain. With the sunrise at 4:28, those that did get up early got the wonderful views of the Fjord, but we all got the views on the departure, especially of the Seven Sisters Waterfall. We walked up the 305 steps along the fast flowing river/waterfall and to the Norwegian Fjord Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This showed how the people had lived and do live in the area. We were docked along the floating but sturdy pontoon, another ship was in but the passengers had to get to shore via their life boats. A few shops in town as this was really an end of a fjord. In winter it must be desolate. Chops again. Day 7, at sea, relaxing day. As we were back to back Cruising we went to a meeting to find out what was happening. As explained in a leaflet, we either get off by 8:45 after getting our next cruise sea pas card from Guest Services after 7am, or go to the Safari Lounge at 9:30 where you wait till everyone was there and/or off the ship where you were given your next cruise sea pass card. Chops for dinner. At the end of the meal, this time, Cefon DSouza brought us a proper plate of cheese and biscuits with grapes and chutney and to top it, two proper molten centre chocolate cakes that had been made to order, with actual molten centres. Talk about exceptional service. Day 8, the cruise finished back at Copenhagen. We got our new sea pass card from Guest Services and then got off the ship, taking bus number 25 to the city centre. We used our two days each free internet, free photo each, but did not use the wash and fold, suit press or 3 free spins in the casino.

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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by spideyswims

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom
Serenade of the Seas, 7 Nights Norwegian Fjords Cruise, 13th May 2017. Week one of a back to back cruise.

Captain, Krzysztof Szynkarczuk.

Hotel Director, Patrick Olin.

Chief Engineer, Trond Berg.

Cruise Director, Carly Boileau.

Cruise Sales Manager, Daniel Nunes.

Food and Beverage Director, Markus Zihlmann.

Concierge Mario Reyes

Diamond Lounge Perla Francisco



Day 1, depart Copenhagen, 4pm, MDR menu Mojo, casual dress, 7:45pm Welcome Onboard Showtime - Duo Gold Art - Acrobatic act, 7pm & 10pm Film - Fences.

Day 2, Cruising, MDR menu Saffron, formal dress, 9pm & 10:30pm Headliner Showtime - Andrew Derbyshire, singer, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm & 10pm film - A Dogs Purpose.

Day 3, Stavanger, Norway, 8am - 5:30pm, MDR menu Basil, casual dress, 7pm & 9pm Headliner Showtime magician Brett Sherwood, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm & 10pm film - The Founder.

Day 4, Bergen, Norway, 8am - 5:30pm, MDR menu Pimiento, casual dress, 7pm & 9pm Royal Caribbean Singers & Dancers - Stage to Screen, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm & 10pm film - Split.

Day 5, Alesund, Norway, 8am - 7:30pm, MDR menu Jasmine, formal dress, 9pm & 10:30pm Headliner Showtime The 4 Stations (Il Divo tribute act), 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm & 10pm film - Lion

Day 6, Geiranger, Norway, 7am - 4:30 pm, MDR menu Shitake, casual dress, 9pm & 10:30 Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers Vibe*ology, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm & 10pm film - xXx Return of Xander Cage.

Day 7, Cruising, MRD menu Pomodoro, casual dress, 7:45pm Headliner Showtime - juggles The Phillips Brothers, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm & 10pm film - Miss Sloane.

Day 8 arrive Copenhagen, 7am

The port where the ship was docked in Copenhagen was the furthest away from the City Centre at the new reclaimed land dock area. Bus number 25 goes from the city to the quay and was 24 krone one way, rerun tickets were not available, it went every 40 minutes. The bus does take Euro and Dollars, if you do not have the right money, change is given back in Krone. We went by taxi as we had three suitcases. The check in was easy after a smallish queue where you place your own suit cases onto a conveyor belt and through security. Being D+ and also in a suite got us to a priority check in desk, but there were no real queues for all anyway. We were there at about 12:45. Sea pass cards in hand, past the photographers by the standard back drops and onto the ship. Access to the staterooms was at 1pm sharp.

We were in 1060 an Owners Suite. This is three times the size of an ordinary stateroom as we had compared this to the balcony space to that of them at the lower decks. It had a good sized bathroom, separate shower, bath and two sinks, toilet and bidet, drawer space under the sinks and shelves behind two of the mirrors. Luxury toiletries. In the stateroom there was a double bed, two double wardrobes, two further sets of drawers, a six seater settee and a TV that could be revolved towards the bed or lounge area. Lighting controls all over the room. The sound of the main air conditioning was noisy, especially at night when going to sleep. Our C&A bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, Caliterra Acon was waiting in the stateroom, along with six bottles of water.

Day 1. Lunch at Windjammer, walk around the ship, muster drill at 4:15, met Milinda Hakkini, our stateroom attendant, met Mario Reyes, the most excellent Concierge who we had met on two previous cruises on different ships. We had dinner in the Main Dining Room. We were served by Bakhodir Makhammadiev a table for two 220, whereas we had requested a larger table, quick service and usual food, bed.

Day 2 was the sea day, we missed the meet and mingle at 10am in Vortex, we did not accept the invitation to do any of the Bridge, Galley or Theatre tours. We did book our BOGO Chops meal. We did go to the Suites Guests cocktail reception in Chops at 11:30 where the officers of the ship did actually mingle and the food was very nice. We spent most of the day relaxing in our suite. A good meal in Chops, but the Molten Centre chocolate cake was not molten, we mentioned this and learned that they were now prepared in advance.

Day 3, Stavanger, founded in 1125, main attraction is the Cathedral. Docked in the heart of the city, we walked around town, the weather was wonderful and to be honest, unless you were adventuring away from the town, two hours would have been plenty. We went to My Next Cruise and booked three. With this we got entered into the raffle to try and win $300 of on board credit. The deal on the cruises we booked was 30% off all passengers. Evening meal in Windjammer.

Day 4, Bergen, which dates back to 1070, the weather was light rain. We were docked very close to the city centre, about a ten minute walk maximum. We went up the funicular for wonderful views over the port, which was not marked on the Royal Caribbean map provided? We went to the fish market and had lunch in Fish Me, fresh to say the least. Walking around the town could take hours or minutes, depending on what you were looking for. Evening meal in Chops, served by Christina and we were able to use our second BOGO as it was booked on day two.

Day 5, Alesund, fully rebuilt in 1904 after a fire, our visit being the 17th May which was also a National Holiday in Norway as they celebrate their independence from Sweden. We were docked within easy walking distance of the town. We were able to watch a parade by the Norwegians of all ages with the majority wearing their national costume, the students passing out wear red dungarees. All shops were of course closed, barring a few convenience stores. We walked up the 418 steps beyond the national park for spectacular views of the surrounding area. Coffee and cake at the top as a reward. The weather was perfect. Chops again for dinner with a discount for multiple bookings, served by Cefon. Later in the evening we learned that we won the raffle for booking a rubies onboard in the first three days that gave us $300 on board credit.

Day 6, Geiranger, weather misty with a hint of light rain. With the sunrise at 4:28, those that did get up early got the wonderful views of the Fjord, but we all got the views on the departure, especially of the Seven Sisters Waterfall. We walked up the 305 steps along the fast flowing river/waterfall and to the Norwegian Fjord Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This showed how the people had lived and do live in the area. We were docked along the floating but sturdy pontoon, another ship was in but the passengers had to get to shore via their life boats. A few shops in town as this was really an end of a fjord. In winter it must be desolate. Chops again.

Day 7, at sea, relaxing day. As we were back to back Cruising we went to a meeting to find out what was happening. As explained in a leaflet, we either get off by 8:45 after getting our next cruise sea pas card from Guest Services after 7am, or go to the Safari Lounge at 9:30 where you wait till everyone was there and/or off the ship where you were given your next cruise sea pass card. Chops for dinner. At the end of the meal, this time, Cefon DSouza brought us a proper plate of cheese and biscuits with grapes and chutney and to top it, two proper molten centre chocolate cakes that had been made to order, with actual molten centres. Talk about exceptional service.

Day 8, the cruise finished back at Copenhagen. We got our new sea pass card from Guest Services and then got off the ship, taking bus number 25 to the city centre.

We used our two days each free internet, free photo each, but did not use the wash and fold, suit press or 3 free spins in the casino.
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Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom
Cabin OS 1060
We were in 1060 an Owners Suite. This is three times the size of an ordinary stateroom as we had compared this to the balcony space to that of them at the lower decks. It had a good sized bathroom, separate shower, bath and two sinks, toilet and bidet, drawer space under the sinks and shelves behind two of the mirrors. Luxury toiletries. In the stateroom there was a double bed, two double wardrobes, two further sets of drawers, a six seater settee and a TV that could be revolved towards the bed or lounge area. Lighting controls all over the room. The sound of the main air conditioning was noisy, especially at night when going to sleep. Our C&A bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, Caliterra Acon was waiting in the stateroom, along with six bottles of water.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Alesund
    Alesund was fully rebuilt in 1904 after a fire, our visit being the 17th May which was also a National Holiday in Norway as they celebrate their independence from Sweden. We were docked within easy walking distance of the town. We were able to watch a parade by the Norwegians of all ages with the majority wearing their national costume, the students passing out wear red dungarees. All shops were of course closed, barring a few convenience stores. We walked up the 418 steps beyond the national park for spectacular views of the surrounding area. Coffee and cake at the top as a reward. The weather was perfect.
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  • Bergen
    Bergen, which dates back to 1070, the weather was light rain. We were docked very close to the city centre, about a ten minute walk maximum. We went up the funicular for wonderful views over the port, which was not marked on the Royal Caribbean map provided? We went to the fish market and had lunch in Fish Me, fresh to say the least. Walking around the town could take hours or minutes, depending on what you were looking for.
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  • Copenhagen
    A beautiful city with many churches and cathedrals to visit, good shopping and eating places too. We stopped the day before and could have spent a great deal more time here, will certainly be coming back.
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  • Geiranger
    The weather was misty with a hint of light rain. With the sunrise at 4:28, those that did get up early got the wonderful views of the Fjord, but we all got the views on the departure, especially of the Seven Sisters Waterfall. We walked up the 305 steps along the fast flowing river/waterfall and to the Norwegian Fjord Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This showed how the people had lived and do live in the area. We were docked along the floating but sturdy pontoon, another ship was in but the passengers had to get to shore via their life boats
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  • Stavanger
    Stavanger, founded in 1125, main attraction is the Cathedral. Docked in the heart of the city, we walked around town, the weather was wonderful and to be honest, unless you were adventuring away from the town, two hours would have been plenty.
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