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We booked this cruise to introduce cruising to our adult children and grandchild (for ourselves this was our sixth cruise). It was an excellent choice because of many reasons. The embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly, the ship was tidy, clean, has amazing features, most of all the impressive atrium with glas cabin elevators, also at the outside. The staterooms were attended very well and everything was functionally in good shape. We only had dinner in the main dining room, with one exception when it was more convenient for our granddaughter (after a long excursion) to use the Windjammer self-service restaurant for a quick bite. Both restaurants serve very nice meals with good choice. The entertainment varied a bit, the bands were ok, most solo musicians were excellent and had a good repertoire, making the cruise experience extra pleasant. The overall service was excellent. Being a beer man myself I was a bit disappointed about the collection of international beer brands available. I'm from Holland but not a Heineken fan, contrary to my soon to be son-in-law, so that's alright then after all. We all enjoyed the champagne, though. With the exception of our 17 months old granddaughter, of course. She had a good time anyway, looking around, pointing out where she wanted to go and charming crew and passengers alike to bits. The only Royal Caribbean excursion we did was the Peterhof and Hermitage in Saint-Petersburg and it was excellent: pleasant transport, very friendly and competent guide (Andrey). On top of all this, the weather was exceptionally good for the nordic region and the time of year, this was amazing bonus! Too bad Royal Caribbean can't take credit for that. In summary, the cruise was an unforgettable experience in the best sense possible!

Very pleasant cruise

Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by jaboho

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony
We booked this cruise to introduce cruising to our adult children and grandchild (for ourselves this was our sixth cruise). It was an excellent choice because of many reasons. The embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly, the ship was tidy, clean, has amazing features, most of all the impressive atrium with glas cabin elevators, also at the outside.

The staterooms were attended very well and everything was functionally in good shape. We only had dinner in the main dining room, with one exception when it was more convenient for our granddaughter (after a long excursion) to use the Windjammer self-service restaurant for a quick bite. Both restaurants serve very nice meals with good choice.

The entertainment varied a bit, the bands were ok, most solo musicians were excellent and had a good repertoire, making the cruise experience extra pleasant.

The overall service was excellent. Being a beer man myself I was a bit disappointed about the collection of international beer brands available. I'm from Holland but not a Heineken fan, contrary to my soon to be son-in-law, so that's alright then after all. We all enjoyed the champagne, though. With the exception of our 17 months old granddaughter, of course. She had a good time anyway, looking around, pointing out where she wanted to go and charming crew and passengers alike to bits.

The only Royal Caribbean excursion we did was the Peterhof and Hermitage in Saint-Petersburg and it was excellent: pleasant transport, very friendly and competent guide (Andrey).

On top of all this, the weather was exceptionally good for the nordic region and the time of year, this was amazing bonus! Too bad Royal Caribbean can't take credit for that.

In summary, the cruise was an unforgettable experience in the best sense possible!
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Cabin Review

Spacious Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 2B 0640
Closet doors a little squeaky and a bit tough to close properly, everything else worked fine. Not the most modern style, but pleasant anyway.
Deck 9 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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