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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Great cruise, great weather!

Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by IbeAmerican

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2017
  • Destination: Canada & New England
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

Embarking at Boston around noon-ish went very smooth and fast with sunny skies and a temp near 80. A bite at Windjammer and then cabins were opened around 1:00. Performers around the pool deck as we left the harbor (with the NFL game of the week on the big screen). Giovannti's Table for the first night with our friendly server Luiz then off to the 7:15 welcome aboard show at the theater.

Day two a quick tender to Bar Harbor for the Acadia Park loop and lobster bake. Beautiful scenery, sunny and 70's then the luncheon on a full lobster with mussels and potatoes. It was delicious and local craft beer was available for purchase. Trinket shopping on the main street is a must. Night two was formal night at the main dining room with Zhelyu and Oksana giving us great service with a warm and fun personality then off to another show.

Day three in Portland, again Sunny and in the 70's. We did (on our own) the Portland Discovery Trolley and Portland Head Lighthouse. Our driver Gary was knowledgeable, entertaining, and above all safe as we explored back roads of the Portland area. Dinner at Windjammers gave a good variety and was as good as most buffets.

Day four in St. John, cloudy and fog and could have skipped this dock if not the first time visiting. A nice park at the top of the hill but not much else. If you never seen a tidal river then the falls could be for you.

Day five at Sea, rainy, did the Sushi rolling class with Chef John at Izumis. A fun and informative class with some good eats at the end (your creations). Plenty of time for the hot tub, pool, and trivia activities around the ship. Formal night two at the restaurant with the traditional lobster tail dinner. Tasty as always.

Day Six at Halifax, Sunny but a little cooler, the harbor boardwalk has some nice shops and restaurants but the big event is going to Peggy's Cove. A nice bus ride to a just pretty spot to a beautiful lighthouse then a quick walk though a the cemetery where several Titanic victims are buried. Back on the ship and Windjammer again satisfies for dinner.

Day Seven at Sea, Sunny, pool time and card playing day.

Day Eight, Sunny and a quick and smooth disembarkation. Customs is what slowed the process down but still kept moving. A fun, fun trip. Carly B and Tito did a good job keeping us informed and having something for us to do the entire time. The band and the singers and dancers were entertaining and worth catching a time or two on board.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Cabin E1 9212

Irvin kept our cabin neat and clean, magically appeared and cleaned the moment we were gone. Plenty of drawer and closet space for our clothes. Suitcases stored under bed to give more room.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Trolley Tour

A good overview of the city. You can hop on and hop off but the tolley stops picking people up at 5:00 so you can get stranded and have to find another way back if you don't keep up with the time.

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Acadia National Park

A nice bus ride around part of the park with the Lobster bake at the end. A must do before shopping the stores near the waterfront.

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Trolley Tour

Booked this independently, about five minutes from ship, level walk to tolley station. Our driver Gary was good and the 110 minutes of the outing passes before you know it. Highly recommended.

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Saint John (New Brunswick)

A little shopping not much else. If you never seen a tidal river then the falls could be for you.

Peggy's Cove

Some very scenic views to and from Peggy's Cove which is definite must see. Awesome raw power of the ocean on display. The boardwalk near the ship has some interesting shops. The Maritime Museum is not very big but worth the $10 admission.

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