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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Serenade of the Seas: Outstanding Ship-Excellent Cruise

Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review by ForeverCruisersJ&D

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2020
  • Destination: the Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony

As our cruise date approached, I was a little nervous about going on the Serenade of the Seas by Royal Caribbean. We had been mostly on larger ships and the information I was ready on the blogs made me wonder if we had made a mistake. We were pleasantly surprised and as always when we sail on Royal Caribbean totally happy with our decision!

Embarkation and disembarkation went as smooth as silk. Very quick and very efficient.

Although a smaller ship the Serenade offered everything we were looking for and more. The ship has been well maintained and although she showed her age slightly in some areas was beautiful. The Serenade does not have all the bells and whistles for the kids but for a family looking for a relaxing vacation it should be considered.

Our ocean view balcony cabin was very adequate. It offered plenty of storage, the bed was very comfortable and our mid ship location between the elevators made the cabin perfect for us. Our cabin steward Maria did a great job.

We find the food on Royal to be outstanding whether we are in the main dining room or the Windjammer. We do not buy the specialty dining due to the quality of food everywhere on the ship. The dining room service was impeccable.Sam, Okkey, and Omar were the best waiters ever! Christopher in the Windjammer went out of his way to be sure we always had anything we needed.

The entertainment was excellent. The singers and dancers where extremely talented and did a great job. The headliners, the entertainers in the lounges, and the orchestra were all very entertaining and professional. We were not disappointed with any of it. The cruise director Chris, and the activity director Scott, were always visible and kept everyone involved.

The casino was like all others. if there was a negative to the cruise it was that the casino sometimes smelled smoky. Not good for people allergic to smoke. Early in the day it was better so that is when we visited the venue.

The service we received in all areas was the BEST we have ever had overall on a Royal ship. The staff was on a mission to make our vacation perfect. Since this sailing was at the beginning of the Corona virus they did everything they possibly could have done to protect all of us from the virus. They cleaned non-stop. We were totally impressed with their efforts and at no time felt anything but safe on this wonderful ship!!!

The ports were all beautiful and interesting. Shore excursions were excellent as always.

We are loyal to Royal and have another cruise planned for December of 2020 with our grandchildren and their parents on the Anthem. We also booked another cruise with Royal for next February on the Enchantment of the Seas. We have never had a bad experience on Royal and recommend their Serenade of the Seas to all. We look forward to sailing on her again in the future.

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