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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Chosen cruise for the many Ports of Call

Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by Wanetadrift

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2018
  • Destination: the Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom

Left from Port Everglades and did self park in ramp garage after dropping off luggage at terminal. Took free shuttle to the ship and embarkment was easy. The RC Serenade of the Seas was built in 2003 and it shows its age with the dated décor and smaller ship then there are available today and doesn't have all the amenities the newer ships do. Still the crew works hard to keep it clean and are the friendliest crews ever, even though most are very hard to understand their English. Rooms ready by 1pm, luggage came around 3pm. Had inside stateroom which is much smaller then other ships been on but plenty of storage and clean. Nice linens, towels, pillow, comfy bed.

This cruise and ship were chosen by us strictly because of the itinerary. Southern Caribbean ports of call for a first time visit by us. To our observation, 70 percent of the passengers were 70 yrs, plus, 20 percent with mobility issues, and 60 percent overweight. Not a cruise for young ones as not much to do for them.

Entertainment: The nightly shows in the Tropical Theater were very good. The variety of dance music and the other musicians performing throughout ship very good. Casino typically tight slots. Other activities offered throughout day, but hard to understand persons giving trivia questions because most of the staff very hard to understand!

Service: Wait staff, drink staff, stateroom attendents all friendly and efficient.

Dining This is where we fell short of having a successful cruise. To us, one of the most important aspect of the cruise is the dining. The Main dining room food was awful to say the least. All very exotic with tons of unfamiliar spices on everything that to our taste was inedible. Was looking forward to our nice sit down, catered and waited on dining experience, one of the main pleasures of cruising. So disappointed, tried 5 times and it just was not to our taste. There is only a few venues to choose food from and Ended up most nights in Windjammer buffet and lo and behold a lot of those dishes very similar but enough salads, fruits, deserts, soups and a fresh carving station and a pasta station to choose from but was not the same!! For this reasons alone we will not be cruising RC again. We have cruised 5 other lines, in at least 17 cruises and never encountered this.

Charges: At $14.50 per person per day, the gratuities are higher then other ships we have been on. We were able to carry on two 750 wine bottles and bought a three wine bottle package on board ($99 plus 18% gratuity). Also, purchased a Café-lattitudes card for 15 specialty coffees that is highly recommended. Also, had a 12L case of water delivered to room $39. Drinks on board $8 to $12, wine, beer, mixed plus gratuity.

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Interior Stateroom
Cabin N 4545

Very small but clean. Lots of closet storage and drawer storage. Safe, hair dryer, flat screen tv, love seat, bedside tables, small coffee table.

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