2 Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Singles Cruises to Canada & New England

My friend and I chose this cruise bc it was the only 5 day cruise out of Boston with the New England and Canada intinerary. Our boarding was delayed because the Coast guard wanted to inspect the ship due to Serenade returning from a ... Read More
My friend and I chose this cruise bc it was the only 5 day cruise out of Boston with the New England and Canada intinerary. Our boarding was delayed because the Coast guard wanted to inspect the ship due to Serenade returning from a summer overseas...at least we knew the ship was safe!! You could also see Royal’s procedures in place to ensure a smooth boarding process and it was. It’s just that the ship was completely booked so there were a lot of people boarding at once rather than trickling on all day. The rooms opened promptly at 2. Our room was very nice and clean and our room attendant Juliarta was amazing...he made our cruise special with his attentiveness, efficiency and sense of humor! We were on the starboard side of the ship and we got both sunrise and sunset from our balcony! We stopped in the R Bar in the Centrum first and this turned out to be our favorite place to hang out.. there was a guitar player who entertained there a couple of times who was amazing! We also enjoyed Vintages and the Schooner for trivia..we received great service from the staff in all of these places! The ship itself is beautiful with different artwork in every corner hallway and stairwell, they even have a champagne art auction! The food in all of the venues was very good...service even better...we were especially impressed with the lunch buffet in Reflections dining room and the nice hot food in the Windjammer! We even had someone bringing us drinks and clearing things for us in the Windjammer. We dined in Giovanni’s and Chops and the service and food was second to none! We did Giovanni’s for 1st nite done right and it was only $20...There are so many choices to eat..just not in Rita’s Cantina, which was disappointing bc we wanted Mexican food with Margaritas! The excursions we took on this cruise were really great! 3 hour tour of Peggy’s Cove in Halifax and the trolley tour of St John. 1 1/2 hours...then we hopped off at the City market and walked back to the ship. There was a flea market inside a white tent specifically for cruise ship travelers, in St John...down the street and on your left of the terminal...Everyone in Canada takes American dollars! And they reduce the price for you...$20 Canadian and $17 American..I can’t say enough about how friendly everyone is in Canada!! Some people complained that they didn’t enjoy their 6 hour tours in both ports!, but I can’t even imagine touring for that long! I would suggest a shorter excursion and then finishing off with your own tour/ lunch by yourself..It’s perfectly safe and easy to get around in these city’s.. Bar Harbor was a different story because we were completely fogged in and we had to go thru immigration on the ship, but they couldn’t find the ship due to the fog! It backed everything up bc it was a slow process getting off, with excursion boats arriving late and only 2 tenders unloading everyone..But RC made up for it by giving us an extra hour in port and enlisting the help of local tour boats to get everyone back on in a timely manner!! Keep the very real possibility of fog in mind when you plan your excursions...sometimes they go anyway and you can’t see anything! There is plenty of shopping and dining in Bar Harbor if you choose not to do an excursion. Disembarkation was backed up a bit bc Boston was slow in releasing the ship, but it got moving pretty quickly...our bags were waiting for us and we were in a taxi by 9:30am....it would have been longer if we had to go through immigration. Overall, I was really impressed with every aspect of this cruise...the ship, the crew, the ports and the excursions..the only hiccups were from things outside of Royal Caribbean and they did everything possible to make up for it So I can say that I recommend it highly! 2 thumbs up!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Loved the size of this ship. It was just right for our group of 6. Always something to do and very friendly staff. Had never been to New England or eastern Canada and wanted to add to my list of states and countries I have visited. The ... Read More
Loved the size of this ship. It was just right for our group of 6. Always something to do and very friendly staff. Had never been to New England or eastern Canada and wanted to add to my list of states and countries I have visited. The cruise seemed like the best way to see and do everything and have a wonderful time doing so with friends. We did several of the shore excursions and they were all wonderfully organized and fun. (Whale Watching in Fundy Bay, Peggy's Cove and fishing village, and Cadillac Mountain and Acadia National Park). Everything from the beginning of the cruise to the end was very well orchestrated and easy to follow. Would suggest giving a little more detail about how much time is spent getting to and from the point of interest as well as how much time is actually allowed at the main point of interest. We did not realize a big portion of our tours would be spent on buses traveling to and from. The crew members that we ran into were fantastic. They were fun, upbeat and very entertaining. Big thanks to Jonathan Isip and Ademerson Diaz -waiters in Main Dining-Reflections (they were awesome!!). As were the bar tenders at the pool - Elena Cucu, Ananbel Sierra, and Vladimir Radovinovic. Jason Cross -server was fantastic and very entertaining. And special thanks to our room butler for states room #9504 -John. He was very helpful and always ready to get us anything we needed. Our cabin was very clean and roomy. We ordered room service a few times and were never served food at the wrong temperature and always when we asked. We loved having current movies to attend and the entertainment was fantastic. So two comedians and the dancers. The dining experience in the buffet area was great as it was at Reflectiions. Our hostess for the 8:00pm reservations in Reflections was awesome as well. (didn't get her name) We were able to stay in Boston a couple days before leaving on our tour so we could do some sightseeing. The weather was great for our trip and would definitely plan another cruise to another area. We did encounter fog and the ship had to sound the fog horn quite often which made it difficult to fall asleep, but I understand the need to keep everyone safe when fog arises. Did not partake in any exercise while on the cruise. Gained some weight that week so maybe I should have. :) Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
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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