We chose the serenade because of the great destinations and with a 7 year old girl it felt like a convenient way to get around and see Scandinavia and Russia. Having said that we were very conscious that the ship itself was fairly old and small and we’d read reviews about everything that has gone wrong from embarkation to food to the service.
But we were so pleasantly surprised right through the programme. Getting on the ship was an absolute breeze. We were taken into lunch at the Windjammer and by the time we’d finished the rooms were ready. The rooms also was just about right and clean with a cozy balcony. It was serviced twice a day with my child’s bunker bed put down during the evening turn down service.
Our daughter absolutely loved the kids club activities in the adventure ocean club (9 am to 12pm; 2pm to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm). So much so that she didn’t join us in a couple of ports. This gave us ample time to lounge around, check the 16 bars without having to worry about her. This was such a blessing and the team at adventure ocean where thorough professionals providing fun educational ways to keep the children engaged.
It was a balcony room. Very clean. With adequate space. A clever bunker right above opens out for the child. The shower is in a cubicle but not as tight as I had read in other reviews. Loads of towels were provided. The service was great. Hot shower, comfy beds and nice balcony. But we were out in the pool and solarium on cruising days.
The airport shuttle was convenient
Gamla Stan was charming.
We had a 10 Euro shuttle drop us of to town centre. Loved the little charming town.
Town centre is again very charming.