11 Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Transatlantic

We love to travel on Royal Caribbean and made that decision based on the quality of the rooms, crew, on board amenities, and the food. Now, we know that even on the same cruise lines, the food varies from ship to ship and chef to chef. ... Read More
We love to travel on Royal Caribbean and made that decision based on the quality of the rooms, crew, on board amenities, and the food. Now, we know that even on the same cruise lines, the food varies from ship to ship and chef to chef. But this is our second voyage on Serenade of the Seas and the food on both voyages was the best of my dozen plus voyages on 4 cruise lines. Visitiging different sites in Europe via the onboard Shore Excursions was the goal of this voyage. All of the excursions were excellent, including one where several buses from various ships were held up at a day excursion destination due to a major traffic closure. This caused us to miss our reservation for dinner, but we were accommodated immediately with all dinner items available. Crew was gracious and concerned asking each of us as we boarded if they could do anything. The excursions to each of the port destinations in Europe were very informative, clean buses, and always on time. The Highlight excursion for us was Ireland where we traveled to Cork and enjoyed the best Irish Coffee we ever had in a wonderful Hotel overlooking the town and countryside. Our disembarkment port was Copenhagen, which I had visited many years ago on business and had fond memories of the beauty of the city and the outside cafes. We decided to spend an additional 3 days there before flying home. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Generally we prefer the Oasis class ships due to the amazing entertainment, but we decided to give Serenade a try because of the itinerary. We did have a concern that 29 days on a smaller ship might get a bit old, but because the first ... Read More
Generally we prefer the Oasis class ships due to the amazing entertainment, but we decided to give Serenade a try because of the itinerary. We did have a concern that 29 days on a smaller ship might get a bit old, but because the first two cruises (Baltic and Norwegian Fjords) were so port intensive that we never felt tired of this ship. The final cruise, a TA stopping at Iceland and Halifax on its way to Boston, was fun as well. Seas a little choppy and windy in the beginning, but still had lots of fun. The staff was a great family and 29 days gave us plenty of time to become friendly with them all. Even our first captain (Thor) jammed on his guitar with Topi and the Topcats! While we were on-board they rolled out a new puzzle game played with teams...FUN! If there was a disappointment, it was the food. We did enjoy Chops several times during this adventure, but we found the dining room food was ordinary. However, that wouldn't stop us from taking this ship again if it does other equally exciting ports. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We had seen all the reviews of the Serenade of the Seas before we went on the cruise and were very surprised by the ship. It was beautiful and well maintained. The staff were friendly and very attentive. We had suite 8036 which was near ... Read More
We had seen all the reviews of the Serenade of the Seas before we went on the cruise and were very surprised by the ship. It was beautiful and well maintained. The staff were friendly and very attentive. We had suite 8036 which was near the rear of the ship. It was comfortable and very quite. The entertainment was excellent and their was plenty of activities to keep busy on an Atlantic crossing. Anything from Bingo to just setting and listening to great piano or grittier music while having a great Lotto. We took several tours at the stops along the way and all were excellent. We loved it and would sail again on the Serenade of the Seas. The food was outstanding. Great choices in the Wind Jammer and the dinning rooms had exceptional fair. We love everything about the cruise and it wont be our last. See you aboard. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I love the sea days found on Transatlantics and many of the ports on their itineraries are wonderful, too. As the Radiance class ship is unquestionably my favorite class of ship, I was pleased to give the Serenade of the Seas a try on a ... Read More
I love the sea days found on Transatlantics and many of the ports on their itineraries are wonderful, too. As the Radiance class ship is unquestionably my favorite class of ship, I was pleased to give the Serenade of the Seas a try on a recent Eastbound Transatlantic. The Fort Lauderdale boarding procedure was perhaps the worst or nearly worst I have ever encountered. Loved the layout of the ship as I had expected. Was very disappointed that as a diamond plus, I was unable to use the concierge lounge as I had been able to use on many of the ships before this trip. Do understand that there were a large number of high level loyalty members aboard so I understand the numbers factor but the concierge lounge was frequently nearly empty. As a solo traveler (now a widow) I appreciate having a bar seat available to use...It is daunting to enter a room with groups and couples and have to ask if you can join a group. A lounge with bar seats is much more relaxing way to meet unfamiliar people than seats around a small table. The Diamond plus "spill over lounge" in the Vortex had a bar but it was not available to the Diamond plus members unless we used the voucher system so very few of us used it. Also there were not enough available seats in the designated roped-off area. Very poor advanced planning by the Royal corporate staff that is aware of the ever growing Transatlantic loyalty lemmings. I did use the diamond lounge in the Safari Club as it had 2 bars - a great and welcoming staff of bartenders and waiters - as did many of the diamond plus cruisers. The venue certainly lacked the ambience of the water views that the upper decks hold, but it was an enjoyable and spacious room. The lowering of a once-quality food standard in dining room is certainly noticed and frequently discussed. Very few seeded rolls available, quality of the meat selections has dropped significantly, soups once a source of pride is now only passable - watered down versions of the past delicious varieties. So many once enjoyed amenities are now history. There is no lack of money to publish fancy ads for art auctions, future cruise bookings and shop promotions, however, to keep the trash can overflowing. I would like to commend most of the shipboard staff. Their cooperation and helpfulness was ever present and mostly outstanding. Corporate cutbacks make it much harder for the staff to do their job, when the cruisers are disappointed and disgruntled by not having their expectations met. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Good value for a 16 day cruise. However, RC has apparently achieved that by cutting back on the budget for stage shows. There were only 2 evening and 1 daytime ensemble show; much smaller ensemble than in the past. The remainder of the ... Read More
Good value for a 16 day cruise. However, RC has apparently achieved that by cutting back on the budget for stage shows. There were only 2 evening and 1 daytime ensemble show; much smaller ensemble than in the past. The remainder of the evening shows were individual acts. A few were outstanding but the rest were just ok. The dining room food was quite poor. Our waiter was horrible and multiple conversations with the head waiter &the dining room manager yielded little improvement. First run movies on board was a pleasant surprise. The solarium, when sailing the Atlantic in spring, was a delight. Plus the only place to get late night food unless you want to pay $8 for every food order delivered to your room other than a continental breakfast (I guess carrying an egg with a continental breakfast takes so much more out of the waiter!) Late night in the Schooner Bar is a stitch, but after a couple of nights, a change is nice. The cabin stewards work hard, but have so many more cabins to care for nowadays, that you really hardly ever see them. I would go again, but I'd lower my expectations. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I wanted a nice long cruise to relax and visit cities I hadn't been to before. If you are not a dedicated RC cruiser be prepared to feel like a second class citizen. It began with check-in when we were put into lines segregated by ... Read More
I wanted a nice long cruise to relax and visit cities I hadn't been to before. If you are not a dedicated RC cruiser be prepared to feel like a second class citizen. It began with check-in when we were put into lines segregated by rewards level. It you're not Diamond plus, be prepared to wait. The entitlements of the upper level reward system continued throughout the cruise. Also be prepared for the makeup of your fellow cruisers: 90% over 60, mostly from Florida and not active. There were a lot of canes, walkers and wheelchairs. The daily enrichment classes were geared toward the makeup of the patrons: napkin folding, doodling, coloring, etc. I looked forward to the enrichment lectures on the cities were would be visiting: Cohb, Bruges, Amsterdam, Paris, Copenhagen. Unfortunately, while the lecturer was very knowledgeable, his speciality was Ancient History. Each lecture began with the early Romans and Vikings and he only touched on topics after the 18th century in the last 10 minutes. We learned to arrive after 30 minutes into the lecture to hear about modern times and present day highlights and what to expect in each city. We had booked all our excursions before boarding but soon canceled almost all of them when we discovered that there was usually local transportation to each city at 1/3 the price. So instead of paying RC $60 for a bus to Bruges, we took a bus right at the port to the city for $20. The excursion desk will not give you any information unless it's about their excursion. The first few days we had warm, sunny days and spent a lot of time either at the outdoor pool or indoor pool. Contrary to the signs posted, people would put the towels on chairs at the indoor pool at 8:00 AM to save them. If you were patient, though, you could usually wait it out and get a chair. We had a balcony room and enjoyed the patio but after the first couple of days, couldn't sit out due to the high winds. We still enjoyed looking out at the wide expansion of the ocean though. We had nice meals at the main dining room and Windjammer. We were seated at a table of 10 and everyone was just great. We were from all over the country and enjoyed wonderful conversations. There were three formal nights but most people dressed in business casual. We had definitely packed too many dresses. Because of a pier strike in LeHarve, we went to Dover instead. Although we were disappointed, Dover was a fabulous substitute. We took a train to Canterbury ($18 instead of $60 that RC was charging) and then went to Dover Castle. Although my review has lots of negatives, I would like to do another transatlantic cruise now that I know what to expect. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and it was our first trans-Atlantic cruise. We had fantastic entertainment, great musicians, good singers, and dancers. There were lots of shore excursion options. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and it was our first trans-Atlantic cruise. We had fantastic entertainment, great musicians, good singers, and dancers. There were lots of shore excursion options. We especially enjoyed the one in the Azore islands. It is impressive that these remote islands are virtually energy self-sufficient, except for the importation of oil and gas, having a combination of geo-thermal, wind, solar, and hydroelectric. We enjoyed the two lakes and the village in the crater of the extinct volcano. Visiting a pineapple farm was also a unique experience! It certainly makes me appreciate the two years of work and growth that goes in to get my pineapple for breakfast every morning! The tour of the Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam with the breathtaking display of tulips was the experience of a lifetime. It was an item on our bucket list! It was a great celebration, and we would do it again, but we will have to have a different excuse than a 50th anniversary! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We originally chose this cruise to see the Northern Lights & the Faroe Islands. The Northern lights were a bust (not the ship's fault) but the Faroe Islands were mysteriously cancelled by Royal with no explanation. The dining on ... Read More
We originally chose this cruise to see the Northern Lights & the Faroe Islands. The Northern lights were a bust (not the ship's fault) but the Faroe Islands were mysteriously cancelled by Royal with no explanation. The dining on the ship was so so. Lobster tail only served once on a 16 night cruise and it was served on the same night as prime rib. Breakfast in the Windjammer was great and included (on a rotating basis) crepes, belgian waffles, pancakes & breakfast burritos made to order. The cabins and the ship were clean but nothing special. The staff was friendly for the most part. Afternoon shows on sea days were new & refreshing. You can only spend so much time & money in the casino. One of the slot machines in the casino that I like was broken when we were on this ship in February and it was still broken. We missed the aerial shows in the Centrum. Too many people and you had to be there at least 1 hour to get a standing spot for a 5 minute show. There was a continuing problem with the coffee station outside the Windjammer. It is the only place to get early morning coffee and it was frequently out. When I complained to the food maonager he assured me it would be taken care of but the next morning it was out again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My instructions to the travel agent were, "find a ship that will spend a lot of time at sea." She came up with the Serenade..... This was only my fourth cruise, (Two Carnivals, Disney and the US Navy) so I have little basis ... Read More
My instructions to the travel agent were, "find a ship that will spend a lot of time at sea." She came up with the Serenade..... This was only my fourth cruise, (Two Carnivals, Disney and the US Navy) so I have little basis for comparison. I was very lucky in that I had a really GREAT waiter. He was fast and friendly. The rest of the staff were nice except the customer service desk. First they were cold, rude and unfriendly, but even worse for me, they spoke such broken American that understanding them was a real chore. The entertainment was poor to fair. Ninety percent of the passengers were well grayed yet they played much to current music. I got very tired of the same evening entries. Salmon or pasta every night is just not filling. The ship was clean neat but the restrooms were a bit smelly. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Iceland was the new destination. And it was great. Glad we went. We had an extra day in Copenhagen. However we had a bad screw-up with their air department. At this time I don't recommend using OVC air department. The hotel ... Read More
Iceland was the new destination. And it was great. Glad we went. We had an extra day in Copenhagen. However we had a bad screw-up with their air department. At this time I don't recommend using OVC air department. The hotel we stayed at was great!! Rode the ho-ho bus around Copenhagen and enjoyed the city. Embarkation went smoothly. The ship was wonderful, although getting ready for a re-do with lots of minor maintenance issues. The main dinning room was wonderful for dinner. Enjoyed meals that were as good as the specialty restaurants. However, breakfast and lunch were better in the Windjammer. Enjoyed the fruit and yogurt bowls in the Park diner for breakfast. The omelets in the Windjammer were great!! and much better than in the dinning room. I have to say that I miss the "Production" shows. On the 16 day cruise we only had 3. And the acts in general were "so-so". We did enjoy Brooks Aehron and his discussions about the classical composers, as well as his piano playing. Also liked the idea on "sea" days to have a matinee showing of the artist from the previous night. Overall wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I am 67 and this was my 1st time at sea .my husband was in the merchant navy many years ago so he was up for holidaying at sea. Seranade of the seas was perfect in everyway for me and my husband . The activities were plenty if you wanted ... Read More
I am 67 and this was my 1st time at sea .my husband was in the merchant navy many years ago so he was up for holidaying at sea. Seranade of the seas was perfect in everyway for me and my husband . The activities were plenty if you wanted them but if you (like me ) wanted to chill out there was plenty of space to do so. The service was excellent and although we didn't do the excursions we did our on thing and really enjoyed wandering through the ports of call. We had a balcony cabin and found it more than addiquite although the shower was a tight squeeze. The cabin steward couldn't do enough to make our cabin comfortable . The main dining room staff were excellent and the people on the table were really lovely The dining room was well run and so was the Windjammer. In. Fact I couldn't find anything negative to say about the foods and cafe's We enjoyed all the entertainment in the theatre very professional Disembarkation was well run from the ship but something needs to b done about customs which took 2 hours to get through. I would certainly sail with the Seranade again Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
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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