53 Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas Romantic Cruise Reviews

We cruised out of PR on Dec 12th. We are a married couple age 36. This is our 8th cruise, our 4th with RCCL. We flew down a day early and stayed at the Marriott Stellaris - which was excellent and we paid $125 through priceline.com for ... Read More
We cruised out of PR on Dec 12th. We are a married couple age 36. This is our 8th cruise, our 4th with RCCL. We flew down a day early and stayed at the Marriott Stellaris - which was excellent and we paid $125 through priceline.com for this. It was no more then 10 minutes from hotel to ship. We left hotel at 12:45 on Saturday and headed to pier. We were literally on the ship by 1:30 PM eating at the Windjammer! Ok - I will start with cabin - with all of the price drops for our cruise we ended up upgrading to a D1 9060. Great location - being in the middle. Plenty of space for everything. It was only fractionally larger then a typical balcony room I would say - so I would not spend extra to get this room again. Cabin attendant was Darius - was awesome - and was quick to respond to every small request we had (more towels and more pillows!). Only downside to our cabin was the air conditioner - was set at full blast the entire cruise and never once got the room to a cool comfortable temperature. It was not enough of a problem to make me complain. It was cool, just not cold enough for our normal liking when we are hot! Food- we had second seating at a table for 12. Although one couple apparently did not like us - so they never came back - so it ended up being a table for 10! We had a new server - Osman. Very slow, not knowledgeable and not personable at all. Big bummer. However - our asst waiter NIC was awesome!!! He picked up the slack big time for Osman and was well compensated by all of us at the table! Food - I gained atleast 5 lbs so something must have been right! I filled up on appetizers because the main courses were never "amazing". But between appetizers and main course and dessert I walked out content every night. I remember the menu seemed to be quite similiar to last years menu, including desserts. Surprisingly - the lowfat, sugarfree desserts were very good! Windjammer - typical buffet style food...always something to find each day to fill you up until the next meal. We did eat one time in the Seaview Cafe. Had to wait about 15 minutes for our food - no big deal - food was good. I would have liked to eat there more often but hubby preferred getting food at Windjammer and taking it back to room without any waiting time! Ports of call...St Thomas - shopped in morning, then went to Marriott Frenchman's Reef beach called Morningstar. This was on the atlantic side- so there were waves crashing....no entry fee - did cost us $7 pp roundtrip taxi and $10 pp for a chair (if you wanted one). St. Croix - took taxi to the town that is about half hour away. Walked around, ate at Angry Nates and then went to a tour of the Fort. Good day. St. Kitts - took the excursion Fan Ta Sail snorkle catamaran tour....EXCELLENT - THE CREW WERE AMAZING!! Catamaran took us snorkeling then to Nevis! Had beach all to our selves! Expensive but well worth the tour - it was 6 hours + long! Dominca - we did the dolphin/whale watch....I dont ever get sea sick - but I did this day!! They stop the boat for a while to try and find the whales - and you bob around a lot!! Guess I did not like that. A few of the kids were puking - as well as one other adult!!! We probably scared away all of the whales! What seemed like forever - we finally saw whales. Barbados - we went into the town - very cityish and crazy - did not like - they we went on Green Monkey Encounter 4 x4...That was a blast!! We did not see green monkeys at the Wildlife place but we saw many other amazing animals. We did see green monkey's on the way back though at some mansion in Sandy Lane! That was cool!!!! Sea day was fun and relaxing ...perfect weather - mid 80's the entire time. Crew and Staff on Serenade are wonderful. Would recommend this cruise in a heart beat! Many back to backers on this cruise (lucky them!)....Already looking around for our next RCCL cruise! Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
Serenade of the Seas is a great ship for going to Alaska. There are windows everywhere to take in the magnificent view. It was a fairly easy process getting on the ship. Once onboard we noticed how clean the ship was. The service ... Read More
Serenade of the Seas is a great ship for going to Alaska. There are windows everywhere to take in the magnificent view. It was a fairly easy process getting on the ship. Once onboard we noticed how clean the ship was. The service there was extraordinary. Our cabin was just the right size with a balcony. We had a cabin by the elevators which was great for easy access to all parts of the ship. The bars, and lounges were nice. The pit stop hardly had anyone there so it was a good place for me to just relax. The entertainment was decent except they could have done a better job with the decor. We didn't use the outside pool and mainly used the pool in the solarium. We did not understand why the outside pool was heated and the pool in the solarium was not. It was a nice place to relax. The spa was very good. We used the thermal suite a few days. Everytime we went there it was empty and you can just relax and enjoy the scenery. We had a couples massage and it was very good. Our food experience: In the main dining room,the food and service was excellent. the windjammer was just ok. It was served buffet style. The seaview cafe is a good alternative. The food there was good. The other problem we had with the windjammer was finding a place to sit and eat. Most of the days we got breakfeast and brought it to our cabin to eat on our balcony. We ate a Portofinos one night and the food there was excellent. Overall we had a great experience with this ship. Plenty of time to relax and take in the sights. We will definetly plan another trip to Alaska but we never go back on the same ship twice. Read Less
Sail Date August 2009
This was our fourth Royal Caribbean cruise and one of our best. As with any vacation experience there were some positives and some negatives. So let's start with the positives. We flew in to San Juan, Puerto Rico two days ... Read More
This was our fourth Royal Caribbean cruise and one of our best. As with any vacation experience there were some positives and some negatives. So let's start with the positives. We flew in to San Juan, Puerto Rico two days before embarkation. We stayed in the Old Town San Juan Sheraton. The hotel was very nice and had a wonderful view of the bay. It is also within walking distance of many of the Old San Juan sites. While in San Juan, we did two excursions booked through the hotel. The first was a Bacardi Rum/Old San Juan Tour. Save your money. The Bacardi Rum tour was a waste. A 30 minute drive to the factory, a 30 minute Bacardi rum commercial, a visit to the gift shop, and a ticket for two Bacardi rum drinks. We had higher expectations and thought we would see the distillery and really how rum was made but this was not the case. The tour of Old San Juan was nice including a guided walking tour of Fort San Cristobal. The guide then dropped us off in town for an hour of free exploration. While the tour was informative, I would recommend saving your money and going to the forts on your own. The National Park Service provides guided tours. The second tour was of the El Yunque Rain Forest and was extremely informative and showcased some of the beauty of Puerto Rico. Embarkation Day was smooth and quick. Serenade of the Seas is a beautiful well laid out ship. We were most impressed with how Serenade seemed so clean and well maintained. In fact, she seemed newer and better looking than the younger Voyager of the Seas which we had sailed on the year before. Here are my quick opinions of the ship: Food - Excellent to Good. Dining room food was excellent. We definitely noticed the portions were smaller from previous cruises but we enjoyed this since we did not leave any meal feeling stuffed. Specialty Restaurants - We attended the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater in Portofino. The food in Portofino is excellent and definitely a step above the dining room. Windjammer - Well it's a buffet and it has not changed in four years. We used it mostly for Breakfast. Service: Excellent to Good. Our Dining Room main waiter, Ravi, was excellent. Our assistant waiter Joseph, while attentive, had short timer's disease as he was getting off the ship at the end of the cruise. I cannot blame him since he said he been on for eight straight months. Our stateroom attendant did a good job but was not as friendly or attentive as past attendants. Entertainment: Average to Poor. We feel that RCCL really needs to update their entertainment. The welcome aboard show and the Broadway review all seem exactly the same as they have for the past three cruises. Another disappointment was the Murder Mystery Theater. We had done this on Voyager a year ago and we had so much fun that we thought we would do it again. We were disappointed to find out that it was the same story with the same villain. Another couple told us that they had not changed the play in six years. On the other hand the bands throughout the ship were excellent. Activities: Average. Since this cruise had only one at sea day there was definitely a drop off in the number of activities offered. While I understand the lack of activities while the ship was in port, the evenings were also lacking. There were times when my wife and I looked at the cruise compass and were amazed there was not much to do besides the main entertainment offering. Read Less
Sail Date March 2009
Serenade of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.6
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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