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Sail Date: August 2016
We chose this cruise because we have done the Mediterranian and Caribbean and wanted something different. We actually did back-to-back cruises to the Norwegian fjords and the Baltic (see separate review). August is not the best time of ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have done the Mediterranian and Caribbean and wanted something different. We actually did back-to-back cruises to the Norwegian fjords and the Baltic (see separate review). August is not the best time of year to go to Norway, but it was our vacation window, and even though it was chilly, rainy, and windy, we still enjoyed it. The two best stops for us were Bergen and Gieranger. It poured rain while we were in Bergen but it was still fun to walk around the town and eat at the seafood market. Gieranger was our favorite stop, and the weather cooperated that day. We took and excursion to a goat farm where we saw how they make that brown Norwegian cheese. The road across the mountain was a bit nerve-wracking for a fellow with vertigo (me), but it was well worth seeing the countryside, the waterfalls, swollen streams, and the mountain tops with newly falling snow. (Yes, it snowed that day in the high elevations.) What was amazing was to see mountains rising to about 6000 feet directly from the fjord itself. And sailing up the fjord to reach the sea was a very peaceful and pleasant experience. Royal Caribbean provides excellent service, and we were extremely impressed at how well organized they were for those of us who had back-to-back cruises. We took the opportunity to take a hop-on-hop-off tour of Copenhagen, and as we left the ship, we received new cards so that when we returned, we were able to go directly back to our stateroom. It was interesting to compare the cruises of Norway and Baltic sea with the one in the Caribbean. The food was more variable, in order to satisfy a broader clientele, I suppose. Being from North Carolina, I was amused to see a German fellow loading his plate with what they called NC barbecue, and it was a reasonable facsimile to what I am used to. Overall, the food was good both in the buffet and the sit-down restaurant. We also ate in the Italian and Japanese restaurants, both of which were excellent. In fact, the sashimi was flawless, and the service was very nice. Great experience. We had a balcony room, which was very nice. Read Less
Serenade of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.7
Public Rooms 5.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.5
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 5.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.3

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