The March 2nd sailing of the Serenade of the Seas was the first back to back cruise we had ever had the pleasure of taking. The first leg of our adventure started on the Serenade on the February 21st sailing. We had no idea what a B2B was when we first saw the term on our roll call. After discovering that people really did do a cruise, stay on the ship and do another one we knew it was something we wanted to try. Our thought was it would be a great way to have a longer cruise and save the airfare of doing two separate cruises. It was delightful. We had the same balcony cabin, 8070, for each of the cruises. When we arrived back in Fort Lauderdale on March 2nd, we were escorted off the ship, our passports were reviewed, and within minutes we were walked back onto the ship. A very efficient and simple process. The crew was so busy getting ready for the next set of guests we stayed in our room out of their way. We enjoyed setting on our balcony and relaxing.
The Serenade was the smallest ship we had ever been on and we loved it. We could get from one end to the other easily and quickly. It was so easy to learn where everything was and navigate the ship in just a day. She is a beautiful ship. She does show her wear slightly but for the most part is perfect.
The second leg of our adventure was as outstanding as the first. Being settled into our cabin made our first day very easy. We wondered if spending 21 days in a cabin, even though it had a balcony, would be difficult for us. It definitely was not. The cabin had plenty of storage and room for the two of us. Our cabin stewardess Maria took very good care of us.
Due to our past sailings with Royal we do not purchase specialty dining. The food offered on RC in the main dining room, the Windjammer, and the other eateries available is outstanding. Doing a back to back cruise means you repeated basically the same menu. That was not a problem. There are a number of choices every day that allowed us to have a wide variety of various meals. The quality of the food and the superior service makes specialty dining a non starter for us. Sam, Okkey, and Omar were professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and caring. From the first night they knew our preferences and we never had to ask for anything.
Being we were doing a back to back cruise we knew we would probably be seeing the same shows on the second cruise as we did on the first one. It was definitely not a problem. Some of the headliners were different and the ones that were the same were still very entertaining. It also allowed us to catch anything we might have missed on the first sailing. Seeing it all on one cruise is not easy as there is so much to do. The ships orchestra, the dancers, singers were amazing. All professional and talented. We enjoyed seeing the cast members in the ports enjoying time off the ship with each other. Chris and Scott kept the fun going for everyone and could be seen all over the place. Not just doing their thing, but helping organize shore excursions too. It is definitely a team effort on the Serenade.
One of the most impressive things about the Serenade is that all crew members seemed to truly enjoy their jobs and each other. It made the ship comfortable and everyone feel at home.
The shore excursions were all excellent. We will definitely sail on the Serenade again.
Cabin was adequate in size. The bed was very comfortable. Balcony was great!
We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn and explored FL on our own. Nice place to get ready to sail.
The excursion was very disappointing. Eduardo was knowledgable and friendly but difficult to understand at times. The bus trip was long. We thought we were visiting a banana plantation but we just drove by. When we arrived at a National Park we walked extensively which was a surprise to some of us on the tour. The scenery all looked the same and when we asked how long the trail was we were told 2 1/2 miles. At that point many of us turned around and headed back to the entrance area. We were told others of our group were in the restuarant getting food and beverages. Jayson, Eduardo's assistant, told us we had an hour. In the restaurant the other part of our group had ordered food and had been waiting for a very long time to receive it. We did not order as we decided if we had to wait as long as they had we would hold up the group. Another group arrived back at the restaurant with Eduardo and they ordered food. Eventually, a family arrived at the restaurant and they ordered food as well. Eduardo said we weren't supposed to eat at this stop but allowed the last group to come back to order food???? The first group received their food, ate, and we all went back to the bus to wait. After some time the rest of our tour group returned to the bus. The last family to order had their food with them in to go boxes and had lost one of their children on the way back to the bus. The child was found and we were on our way. We stopped at a supermarket ? on the way back to the ship. Not sure what we missed of the 7 in 1 tour but it was very disappointing. We would not do an excursion with this agency again.View All undefined undefined Reviews
Excellent and informative tour! Mercedes was very knowledgable, professional and friendly. She took us to all the high points of Cartagena. Great excursion, reasonably priced. We would do this one again.,View All undefined undefined Reviews
Beautiful beach!!! Had to rent an umberella but chairs were provided. Coupon book provided for discounts on drinks but we forgot to use them!!! Great Day!!View All 125 Beach Reviews
Showed us parts of the island we would not have seen otherwise. Drinks served throughout the ride were complimentary. Great audio system so we could hear the tour directors every word. Great excursion. Would recommend.View All 43 Trolley Tour Reviews