3 Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

We were on our honeymoon and decided to take the 12 day with stops in Salerno, Sicily, malta, Montenegro, Venice, croatia and Corfu. The ports were wonderful. We went in September so we're on one of the "oldest cruises they had ... Read More
We were on our honeymoon and decided to take the 12 day with stops in Salerno, Sicily, malta, Montenegro, Venice, croatia and Corfu. The ports were wonderful. We went in September so we're on one of the "oldest cruises they had ever seen" and it seemed the ship was more geared towards that age demographic so there was not much of interest for our age group (we're in our thirties.) They closed the disco at least an hour early every night. We had heard the food was spectacular so we're expecting good eats...not the case. The main dining room serves their prime rib grey, and the other meals were also sub par. We paid extra for the lobster and it was overlooked and dry. Also, the first night we had to wait till after our mains till our wine showed up. On the last evening we stood in the front of the restaraunt and waited 35 minutes and were not even acknowledged. The couple in front of us and their two children had been waiting 45 minutes so I guess we should be considered lucky. The buffet is full of fatty, inedible food that made my husband and I sick so the main dining room is really your only option unless you want to pay more. We were scared to try after upgrading our main dining room experience to no effect. Tried to mention the above to the staff and were brushed off in a rude manner. Not impressed with the food, atmosphere or staff on this cruise line. This was my second and my husbands first cruise and neither of us will ever be on one again that's for sure!!! Totally ruined our cruising experience and put a damper on our honeymoon. We're planning a "redo honeymoon" for next year to wash away this bad taste in our mouths. South of France here we come...not on Royal Caribbean!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
First of all let me say that booking a suite out the aft of the ship sounded good at the time but turned out to be a disaster. I did however do my due dilegence and ask about what was above,the noise level and the movement of the boat ... Read More
First of all let me say that booking a suite out the aft of the ship sounded good at the time but turned out to be a disaster. I did however do my due dilegence and ask about what was above,the noise level and the movement of the boat before booking this and was reassured that it was "THE BEST ROOM ON THE SHIP" Deck 10 (the highest, room 1602). The windjammer is right above and from 6am the chairs are drug across your ceiling while the crew are cleaning and it does not stop all day. Actually it does not stop at night either. The kids find that running back and forth here after the resturant closes is great fun. Security was called every night starting about 1030PM. The ship needs a lot. The hallway carpets are torn and stink. One night we had to hold our noses to get from the elavator to our room because of the rotting smell of stagnant water. We had a suite which had a loveseat type couch that probably should have been replaced 5 years ago. With the amount of money they charge for this room they could easily buy a new loveseat for 250 bucks. Food was average at best. Waiters did a fine job. The pool for adults was never that way and the main pool was so crowded you could never get in.The Pool Bar bartender "Carlos" did not have good tings to say about RCL. Just what you want to hear on your first day. As far as the itinerary they should leave Sorrento and Ravenna completely out.Stay on the ship nothing worth seeing. It seems to me that when you pay to go on a cruise to see certain ports there should not be an extra added cost to shuttle you into the city you booked for. When did this start? It could be anywere from 6 Euros to 40 Euros per person.Unbelieveable.In Venice you got off the ship and had to walk for about 20 minutes in the hot sun to catch a water taxi to Venice that you had to pay for. Could they not even spring for a tram to take you to the water taxi? The head people seem to really want to help you with problems but unfortunately most could not be rectified by them. If I travel on RCL again it will be on a new ship. This one need to be melted down. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Embarkation: Taxi from the airport to the ship in Barcelona will run you about 35 euro, its about 15 min drive. Arrived at port at 1230, plenty of porters outside and greeted by several available RCI reps after going through a maze of ... Read More
Embarkation: Taxi from the airport to the ship in Barcelona will run you about 35 euro, its about 15 min drive. Arrived at port at 1230, plenty of porters outside and greeted by several available RCI reps after going through a maze of empty lines divided up by Crown and Anchor levels. After receiving our ship cards there was a few duty free shops inside the terminal. Be aware that duty free liquor purchased here cannot be brought onto the ship, it will be confiscated. Ship overall impression: The ship is in good condition and is kept very clean per usual by RCI. The staff seemed nice and friendly but were nothing to write home about. Needed a corkscrew one night and had some trouble getting one. Entertainment quantity i felt was lacking but understandable with a port intensive itinerary. I did not attend any of the main shows but heard good things about them. Stateroom: E1 balcony room was decent size with plenty of storage for 2. Tight shower but it is a plastic tube enclosure which is an improvement over a curtain. Room furniture had very some wear such as worn legs, tarnished metals, stained drawer bottoms, tired deflated couch. Bed was comfortable with nice fresh looking linens and plenty of pillows. Food: Windjammer offered a good and varied selection of foods every day. Food was hot and plentiful. Ice cream machine located in the back left corner. Outdoor seating aft is great. Solarium cafe offers good wraps and fresh pizza, both were good. Main dining room for us provided excellent service, decent menu selection. Food was always hot and quality was great. We ate in chops once, steak was excellent and cooked to perfection! Sides were enormous and great as well. Service was impeccable as usual with all the attention you can handle from your server without being overbearing. Seaview cafe was great as well, cuban sandwich, chicken wings, chips and salsa, brownie were all delicious and cooked to order. We used it for late night snacks, they are open till 1am. Ports: Great choice of itinerary, Dubrovnik was beautiful. Ravenna was a beach day for us. Took advantage of the overnight in Venice and stayed out late and went to dinner, i would recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
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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