26 Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas Transatlantic Cruise Reviews

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
Two years ago, we found ourselves cruising the Baltic on the Serenade. During that sailing, they began advertising for their fall crossing from Copenhagen to Boston. It looked intriguing, so we kept our eyes peeled for future crossings. ... Read More
Two years ago, we found ourselves cruising the Baltic on the Serenade. During that sailing, they began advertising for their fall crossing from Copenhagen to Boston. It looked intriguing, so we kept our eyes peeled for future crossings. Cut to 2017, and they released our itinerary with the addition of Greenland! We jumped at the chance to book it, and we were not disappointed! What was originally a family cruise turned into a mother/daughter trip. While we had already spent time in Copenhagen for our Baltic cruise, we knew we wanted to spend more time this year, since it's such a great city. We spent three days exploring prior to embarkation and stayed at The Square Hotel, right across from City Hall and down the street from Tivoli. We couldn't have asked for a better location. The actual port for embarkation is Oceankaj, which is a ways away from the city center. I believe our taxi cost about 260DKK. Embarkation in Copenhagen is a breeze. Disembarkation in Boston is not. We'll get to that later. THE SHIP: We've been sailing on Radiance class ships for the past three years, so upon embarking, we already knew the lay of the land onboard. The only difference we noticed was our room. We stayed in a junior suite, and during it's quick dry dock in 2017, they switched out the sagging sofa bed for a nice, large gray couch. Since our third guest canceled, we never got to test out the sofa bed, but anything would have been better than the old one from two years ago. Our stateroom was 1570, which was great, since there's a lot of annoyance with being below the pool and Windjammer deck. We lucked out and found that our room was below a carpeted section of the Windjammer, so we had no noise above us. There's a little wear and tear on the ship, parts of the deck railing were chipping off and our bathroom sink had a few cracks. But overall, the ship looks to be in good condition, and it's always reassuring when you constantly see staff members cleaning all areas of the ship. FOOD: It was average. We typically buy some kind of dining package to avoid the formal nights, so we had a few meals in Chops Grill and Giovanni's Table. Both restaurants were the best meals we had onboard. Our waiters in the MDR were great, but the food was average. We found the MDR menu didn't change much, so after 16 days, we were ready for food off the ship. ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES: They had a number of enrichment lectures throughout the cruise which always seemed to be packed. The nightly entertainment was normal, after three straight years of European cruises, we had seen over half the acts already. The one unique thing with this cruise was the Blue Nose Ceremony, which has to do with crossing the Arctic Circle. But everyone was involved, including the Captain. We took part in progressive trivia on sea days, which was excellent. Additionally, the crew hosted Master Sea Chef with a number of staff members. It was a huge hit and I hope they continue the tradition on crossings. SERVICE: Overall, the staff was great. The cruise director, Jamie, was fantastic and was seen quite frequently around the ship. Captain Aris was also seen quite a bit. The activities staff were great, especially Diego, who made countless trivia games knowledgeable and fun. We've become accustomed to being greeted by every employee as you pass by and this cruise was no exception. Maybe it was the fact that it was a 16 night cruise, or maybe it was because we were making history with Royal, or just being on a smaller ship, but we did feel like a big family by the end of the cruise. PORTS & SHORE EXCURSIONS: I'll break it down by port. SKAGEN - it was pouring rain shortly after we arrived, so we stayed onboard. However on a nicer day, it a great opportunity to go to the northern most point in Denmark and see where the North and Baltic Seas meet. STAVANGER - originally the itinerary had us going to Bergen, so when it changed, we were a little disappointed. However Stavanger was quaint and beautiful. We booked a fjord tour independently with Rodne and it was worth all the money. Luckily for us, they boarded the fjord tour directly behind the Serenade, so it was a short walk for us. LERWICK - we tendered here and just walked around the city. It was a cute Scottish town with incredibly friendly people. AKUREYRI - this was our first experience with Iceland and it did not disappoint! From the sail in (you sail into a long fjord to get to the city) to the view from the port, we were in awe. We booked an independent tour with Fab Travel and did a day tour of Lake Myvatn. Again, it was well worth the money. Our guides were knowledgeable and it was nice having a smaller bus to tour with. REYKJAVIK - we stayed overnight in port, allowing for two tours. Reykjavik was the only time we booked tours with Royal. The first night we went to the Blue Lagoon for a night swim. Maybe it's considered too touristy, or too expensive, or both, but for the rest of the cruise, the people we spoke to raved about their time at the lagoon. It's big enough to not feel crowded - especially at night. And overall, it was just a relaxing and wonderful time. After the highs of seeing the beauty of Akureyri, the lagoon seemed to add to the magic of the country. The next morning, we (and basically the whole ship) did the Golden Circle tour. The sites were crowded (it was also on a Sunday), but it didn't take anything away from it. PRINS CHRISTIAN SUND - we just sailed through the sound for about six hours on a sunny day. We were lucky enough to have a geologist onboard who made sporadic announcements to give people information about what we were sailing by. Initially, we were slated for a 7-8 hour tour through the sound, but we were working to beat a storm front. QAQORTOQ - being the first Royal ship to sail here, there wasn't a whole lot of information regarding the city beforehand. There were only a few excursions offered and they were incredibly expensive. Most passengers just wandered around the town for a little while, so hopefully next year there will be more options for cruisers. It was just the small price to pay for being the first cruise for the company to port here. SYDNEY - there were a number of excursion options in Sydney, but since we spent the bulk of our money on Icelandic excursions, we just walked around the city. HALIFAX - again, Royal offered a lot of diverse excursions for passengers, but we opted to take a walk along the boardwalk. It was a Sunday, so it was a bustling city with families out and about. We did a quick tour of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and found some food along the waterfront. Overall, Halifax was a gorgeous coastal city and we'd love to go back. The only issue we found with the excursions we booked with Royal was that they were extremely disorganized. Our Blue Lagoon tour met on the pier, but there was no shore excursion employee around to check tickets and to point people onto their respective buses. While the tour operators tried to fix the issues, the missing shore excursion employee showed up and stood to the side, not bothering to help. The following morning we had to report to the theater to get our stickers, which was a normal occurrence. However, unlike every other excursion that met in the theater in the past, the staff had people lining up around deck five and giving stickers at the entrance to the theater rather than down by the stage. Overall, it seemed like Royal was extremely disorganized with tours, which wasn't the case when we sailed on the Serenade two years prior. The excursions themselves were excellent, but the organization needed some help. DISEMBARKATION: Understandably, the US does a thorough inspection on a ship that comes in from Europe. But it definitely delayed the start of disembarkation. We elected to do the express walk off with our bags as usual, but in the end we were getting off the ship with groups 1-3. The start of disembarkation was slated to be 7AM, so we went down at 6:30 to sit around. Except everyone was already lined up, and the doors didn't open until about 7:30. The first ones off the ship had to have come down before 6AM to stand in line. Immigration was held in the dining room and we were promptly led off the ship. Pro tip: Use Uber or Lyft. Boston has limited taxis at the port. By the time we got to the taxi line, there were about 7 families in front of us and two taxis that were full. The port employees even suggested using Uber. There were 50 or more people in line after us, and only a handful of us elected to get out of line and order an Uber. In the end, it took 20-25 minutes from the time we ordered a car to being dropped off at the airport. Overall, the cruise was excellent. Even though I'm a little tired of the Radiance class at this point, the itinerary was always the reason behind booking this sailing. The fact that the crew was so wonderful seemed to be icing on the cake. The balance between sea days and ports was perfect and made the cruise fly by. While I don't have any future sailings booked on the Radiance class, I will always look at the Serenade with fond memories and appreciate that it took me across the world with an amazing crew and incredible passengers. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
First time for RCL to go to Greenland. Plus Iceland and other ports. Embarcation was fastest of any cruise we have been on. Very satisfied with all acpects of the ship. Weather prevented use of most outside facilities and activities. ... Read More
First time for RCL to go to Greenland. Plus Iceland and other ports. Embarcation was fastest of any cruise we have been on. Very satisfied with all acpects of the ship. Weather prevented use of most outside facilities and activities. The "at sea" days were spread out ,which was good. Only negative was that the food in the main dining was average at best. About 60% of the menu was the same each night. Food at buffet was above average. Chops was great. Really enjoyed Park Cafe in Solarium for breakfast and some lunches. Much more relaxing than buffet. Ports were all good. Cruising thru Prins William Sound and Iceland made the trip. Go all in for excursions in Iceland. Only way to truly see and experience everything. The disembarkation process - going thru passport check and customs on board the ship took forever. In conclusion ,great way to see unique parts of the world Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Did back to back cruises from Copenhagen to Baltic and then across to Boston. Loved all the ports, they were all new to us except Stavanger. First time Royal was in Greenland, going through Prins Christian Sund was gorgeous. We had 14 ... Read More
Did back to back cruises from Copenhagen to Baltic and then across to Boston. Loved all the ports, they were all new to us except Stavanger. First time Royal was in Greenland, going through Prins Christian Sund was gorgeous. We had 14 ports in 23 days, what a great itinerary. We spent three days in Copenhagen before departure and enjoyed the city immensely. We did independent tours, not from the ship. Embarkation was smooth and we were on the ship in no time at all. We had a balcony and the room was adequate size, we were on deck 7 close to the forward elevators. Lots of activities all over the ship and especially in the Centrum [music, dance classes, chef cook off, etc]. Food in the regular dining room was extremely good on this ship and we also ate at Chops, always good.Service was great. Loved Damian, the singer in the pub. Lots of other entertainment, some really good, some not as good. We did not travel with children. I would definitely recommend this trip and the ship is going again next year. Just be sure to pack warm clothes. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
It was all that we expected. Calm seas virtually all the way. Only a couple of days with choppy seas. Average age of passengers was high but it meant all activities was almost always available. We absolutely loved the sea days, made the ... Read More
It was all that we expected. Calm seas virtually all the way. Only a couple of days with choppy seas. Average age of passengers was high but it meant all activities was almost always available. We absolutely loved the sea days, made the trip with it. Loved seeing only ocean for 6 days. The itinerary was great. Enjoyed the various stops and sights along the way. It's great to see places one would normally not even have though of. We will most definitely be returning to some of the cities we visited. The Serenade of the seas is might not be Royal Caribbean's biggest ship but it has enough to keep us busy for the 16 days. Playing miniature golf on 5m waves was an experience. Playing pool while the ship moves around the table is something extraordinary. The table and balls might be 100% level but your not. The staff was great. Will do another one soon. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We always choose our cruises based on the itinerary and this cruise was no different. We liked the idea of a transatlantic for the relaxation, and were delighted to find that combines with access to 2 of our bucket list areas of the world ... Read More
We always choose our cruises based on the itinerary and this cruise was no different. We liked the idea of a transatlantic for the relaxation, and were delighted to find that combines with access to 2 of our bucket list areas of the world - Normandy Beach and Flanders fields areas of the world. We took RC shore excursions to both areas. The Normandy beach tour was excellent and very moving, and 12 hours long with a long drive. We walked around a German battle area about Omaha and Utah beaches with bunkers and bomb craters still intact. Then we went down to Omaha beach where had a short time to walk on the beach and see the memorials there. Very moving. Lastly we went to a museum for lunch and several hours. This part of the trip was a bit disappointing and we would rather have spent more time at Omaha Beach. That said, there were 2 highlights. We were able to go down into the actual german bunker that Rommel used during the invasion which was quite fascinating, and we finished the day with a heart wrenching short video about the war and invasion. The Ypres (Flanders Fields) tour was superb. Our guide was born there in 1942 and spent his career removing and detonating mines - from Europe the first 20 years or so, then the middle east. Amazingly, they are still finding unexploded ordinances and bodies in the fields today - a hundred years later. We saw a couple of British military cemeteries and the place where the poem was written. We had free time in Ypres to wander the beautiful town & the was museum. You would thing Ypres had been built in the middle ages, which it was, but what you see is the recreation after it was totally destroyed in the war. Other ports - Azores & Cobh Ireland were beautiful and I would love to return to either. Amsterdam - The tulips were in season and we went to the Kuekenhof festival which was amazing! The only comment I have on that shore ex is that 2 hours is NOT enough time to take it all in. Main dining room - since the last time on this ship they changed to a one page dinner menu which included dessert choices. We did not like this at all. It presented much more limited selections and reduced the elegance of the dining. We did learn later that some of the things we missed (cold soups) were really available, you just had to know to ask for them. Again, this was a change we did not like. Service was excellent however. Entertainment was excellent and there was a fabulous lecturer who covered the history of the areas we were going to visit. As usual, RC tries to sell sell sell and it got old fast. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
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
Excellent service, food and entertainment, but we chose this cruise for the itinerary (which included Iceland). Taking a northern cruise in late August/early September limits your pool time somewhat, but it is a great time to be walking ... Read More
Excellent service, food and entertainment, but we chose this cruise for the itinerary (which included Iceland). Taking a northern cruise in late August/early September limits your pool time somewhat, but it is a great time to be walking through ports. Repositioning cruises with multiple at sea days require a variety of entertainment and enrichment options to ensure a positive experience. Serenade of the Seas is large enough to support variety in these areas so there is virtually never a time when you cannot find something to do. The food is of great quality so the specialty restaurants are not needed by most people (although they do offer a different experience). Everyone should take a cruise that stops in Iceland. In addition to waterfalls, guysers and a unique landscape, you get to see where scenes from the Game of Thrones were filmed. Do take the Golden Circle tour (consider Iceland Guided Tours -- their guides are terrific and they use mini buses). Overall this cruise was a wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose to go back to back after the Transatlantic on this ship. We loved the itinerary because the countries were absolutely fabulous. It was great staying inboxed the same cabin with the same cabin steward who was the best! The ... Read More
We chose to go back to back after the Transatlantic on this ship. We loved the itinerary because the countries were absolutely fabulous. It was great staying inboxed the same cabin with the same cabin steward who was the best! The menus in the dining room were not the best but the food was delicious. The entertainment was great, lots of talent every night. The enthusiasm of the cruise director was contagious. We have travelled on transatlantic trips before on bigger ships but we really enjoyed this one and therefore, we enjoyed staying on and doing the Baltic on this ship. There is definitely something to be said about the smaller ships. You get to know a lot of the crew because the ship is smaller. We did have a glitch in between cruise and the embarkation process for returning passengers could have been a little smoother but it did not affect our attitude toward the cruise. I would definitely recommend this ship to anyone. This was our third trip on the Serenade. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I traveled with my 12 year old son for the european education aspect of this cruise. It met every expectation I could imagine. Embarkation and debarkation were easy. Granted after 17 days, our cabin became small but we managed. The ... Read More
I traveled with my 12 year old son for the european education aspect of this cruise. It met every expectation I could imagine. Embarkation and debarkation were easy. Granted after 17 days, our cabin became small but we managed. The service was amazing and the food was good. More teen/kid food on the menu would have been great. Also, since there were not many teens they could have met with them collectively and created a plan. Instead of trying to make a square peg fit a round hole. It is a long cruise. So everything gets mentally tiring after a while. The entertainment was good. Some were much better than others but it is hard to be spectacular every night. The shore excursions were the highlight of the trip. Do not bother seeking private tours. RC has you covered! We did one private tour and it was fantastic but just as good as the RC. All in all, a trip of lifetime! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I love the transatlantic and the ballroom dancing available on transatlantic cruises. The Activities director, Grant was outstanding. he did a comedy set in the pub. He is a bit sarcastic at times, but always good natured. He is very ... Read More
I love the transatlantic and the ballroom dancing available on transatlantic cruises. The Activities director, Grant was outstanding. he did a comedy set in the pub. He is a bit sarcastic at times, but always good natured. He is very talented. Charles, a Youth staff member suggested and did a poem workshop and reading. It was very nice. I like that it was new and it was well received. I enjoyed writing a poem and presenting it. Carly B , the cruise director seemed to encourage new things which I found refreshing. There was also a spelling bee that was lots of fun. Of special interest to me was the ballroom dance classes on each of the 10 sea days. The dance instructors were very good, but not enough time to actually dance to music during the lessons. There was plenty of ballroom dance music though. The port of La Havre was cancelled due to a labor strike at the port; but instead we visited Dover, which turned out to be a great experience. The castle there was wonderful. All in all a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
CD Carly B and her Activites Manger Grant kept us busy and informed. When the ship missed LeHarve due to French workers strike, we went to Dover and the ship provided free bus service to the train station, town center and the castle, Well ... Read More
CD Carly B and her Activites Manger Grant kept us busy and informed. When the ship missed LeHarve due to French workers strike, we went to Dover and the ship provided free bus service to the train station, town center and the castle, Well Done. The Windjammer was the best ever with many, many individual stations - multiple eggs, carved meats, ribs, whole pig, crepes, fresh ice cream etc. also the MDR food was hot and tasty. The Captain took the ship around an Atlantic storm to limit the motion in the ocean and sped up for us to maintain our schedule. In Amsterdam we were delayed ata the lock, but again the ship stayed later to ensure our full time in Amsterdam. There was a nice variety of on board entertainment including showing the movies on yout cabin TV concurrent with the cinema and pool screen showings. Also, the music in the venues was expanded in number and times from our previous TAs. A couple of NON WOWs were..the assistant waiters now cover more folks, do not serve bread and also,take your drink orders...too much in my opine. Finally, the shore excursion team was a little disorganized in Amsterdam when we arrived an hour late and they told us everything was delayed an hour, then took the tours on time. The folks need a little more training in customer relations based on our interactions with the team in the Amsterdam terminal. Overall, a very nice cruise vacation.... Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Chose this cruise to accompany our family and friends. First 7 days were sea days - great shows, great activities, and lots of relaxation. The crew on Serenade is simply amazing - smiles and greetings from all. The ship is due for refurb ... Read More
Chose this cruise to accompany our family and friends. First 7 days were sea days - great shows, great activities, and lots of relaxation. The crew on Serenade is simply amazing - smiles and greetings from all. The ship is due for refurb but is still beautiful, just a little rough around the edges. Food was good and plenty of it! Our room steward, Anthony, was friendly and right on top of any issues. When the battery in our cabin door started to give us trouble occasionally, he had it fixed within minutes. We boarded her and were in the Windjammer by 11:00 am. No problems, even with the collection of passports. Everything went smoothly. Disembarking was the same. We walked off in Denmark, found our luggage quickly and taxied to our hotel. I must say though that Denmark didn't seem to have enough taxis that early in the morning. We booked our excursions through Royal simply because we like the guaranteed wait policy. We did not want to get stranded in a foreign country with no passport! The only change in our itinerary was France - it had to be changed due to a dockworker strike. Arrangements were made for us to dock in Dover, England instead, and on such short notice the excursion team did an amazing job of acquiring buses for excursions to Canterbury and London for those that wanted to leave Dover. All in all, we had an amazing time and would do it again in a heartbeat. Same ship, same captain, same crew! Loved everything about this cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise based on the itinerary. We were disappointed to be diverted from France secondary to a port strike. The planned D-Day excursion was to be the highlight for my husband. The ship staff did a great job in setting up ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on the itinerary. We were disappointed to be diverted from France secondary to a port strike. The planned D-Day excursion was to be the highlight for my husband. The ship staff did a great job in setting up alternative excursions in Dover, England and we did enjoy our visit there. We had MyTime dining and had great service. We chose to always sit at the same table with great servers! The food selections seemed more budget conscious than in the past with surcharges for certain menu items that would have been included on previous cruises. Many high level Crown and Anchor guests were on this ship and the perks offered to them made many of the lower ranking guests feel excluded. The sense of entitlement by these "higher" classed guests offended some lower ranked guests. I am referring to people who thought they did not have to wait in lines like others, they would just walk to the front in front of those who had been waiting and the ship staff allowed it. We attended the evening shows every night except one. The times of the shows caused some issues. They were scheduled at 9PM and 10:45PM which were later than we previously experienced. Most passengers tried to go to the 9PM show and it was difficult to get seats unless you arrived very early! They did change some of the shows later in the cruise to 7PM and 8:45PM which made attending easier. The crew was very visible maintaining and freshening the ship. An outside paint job was very noticeable when we returned from an excursion. The Vortex on the 12th level was a nice place to sit and peacefull read and relax. The piano bar in the Schooner Lounge was enjoyable. The Safari Club also had fun activities topped off by The Quest one of the last nights. Ballroom dance classes were available and well attended. Bingo was overpriced and had to be cancelled once for lack of attendees. We booked our excursions through Royal Caribbean after researching the destinations. Many cruisers were experienced and took trains and planned their own excursions using public transportation available in the ports. We learned many tips from experienced cruisers. There were six time changes on this cruise and usually done at noon. This made dinner and lunch very close together. The last time change was done overnight and did not affect daytime activities. Overall we had a great experience, made new friends and visited new locations. We would do this again! 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
Chosen for the interesting-port itinerary, Serenade of the Seas also provided excellent entertainment, informative lectures, great food and very good stateroom service. Can't praise our Entertainment-Cruise Director, Topi, enough! ... Read More
Chosen for the interesting-port itinerary, Serenade of the Seas also provided excellent entertainment, informative lectures, great food and very good stateroom service. Can't praise our Entertainment-Cruise Director, Topi, enough! The shows were the best that I have seen and included a matinee featuring the top performers for a second time. Our quiet, inside, third-floor cabin, 3127, was an superb location because dining was just above on the fourth floor, an easy walk up the carpeted steps. In fact, the Lounge, for the Trivia-game location, Gyro-Pool tables, library/Sudoku, were also conveniently above us on the sixth floor. The only relatively long walk was to the theater, still not bad. Ports: beware of the Hop-On-Hop Off Bus in Reykjavik, Iceland and Halifax, NS, Canada. In Reykjavik, our ticket was purchased at the Information Bldg. The first bus passed us by, even though there were empty seats. Waited and the second bus let us on even though it was packed, so we got off. After waiting over an hour for the next bus, we walked back to the Information Bldg. and were able to get our money back. The Hop On Hop off Bus was worse at Halifax! Charged an outrageous sum of $50 per person, which was paid only because my husband had a pulled muscle and could not walk very far without pain. After a one-hour circuit drive around the city of Halifax, the orator made all of us get OFF the bus because there were three ships in port and lines of people. After the circuit, most of us wanted to stay on and ride to the third stop. Bottom line, it cost us $100 for that one-hour bus ride. And, despite the circumstances we could not get any part of our money back. Of course, If my husband could have stood for an hour or two, we could have gotten on another bus. Beware of the number of ships in the harbor before you pay for a Hop-on Hop-off bus. A highlight at Copenhagen, Denmark is the very beautiful, large Carlsberg Sculpture Museum! It is fascinating, even if you have been to many museums. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Overall experience on the cruise was excellent. The Captain and crew were very personable and helpful. The Cruise Director (Carly B.) was fun and energetic, and overall the entertainment was a step above what we have experienced on other ... Read More
Overall experience on the cruise was excellent. The Captain and crew were very personable and helpful. The Cruise Director (Carly B.) was fun and energetic, and overall the entertainment was a step above what we have experienced on other cruises. The shows in the main theater were very good, and the ship's pop band was exceptional, playing everything from easy listening to rock and roll and even threw in some jazz and show tunes. Made for great music in the Centrum and the Schooner Bar where there was more dancing and fun times with karaoake. We dined in the main dining room every evening of the 16-day cruise, and found the food, service and cocktails exceptional. Our dining room servers (Jerome, Pablo, and Octavio) attended to our every need and made for a very personal experience accommodating all special requests without hesitation. We had a group of 12 traveling together, and they were able to seat us all together at one table each night and the service was comparable to that of any upscale restaurant. Our beverage server (Marco) was excellent, and prepared cocktails to perfection, and had a surprise after- dinner specialty drink available every night. We did the buffet for breakfasts and lunches. The buffet had plenty of variety, and the quality was very good. Had cooked-to-order eggs and omelets every day, and the pastries and breads were excellent for breakfast. Lunch included everything from main dishes to sandwiches, burgers, soups and pizza. As with most cruise ships, the 24-hour a day buffet is gone. Most food was done by 9:00 pm, but there was always light sandwiches and a few desserts at the atrium pool til midnight, and room service was available at no charge until midnight, and room service at a small charge all night. The indoor and outdoor pools and Jacuzzis were clean and well-maintained. Jacuzzi was only about 100 deg. F, so it was comfortably warm but not a "hot tub". I found this understandable for health concerns trying to accommodate such a wide range of passenger ages. Steam rooms were plenty hot. Fitness center was well-equipped, with plenty of classes available for a fee. Zumba type class available poolside every morning at no charge. We booked most of our excursions through Royal Caribbean, but had mixed experiences. Our first excursion was in the Azores Islands and was a terrible experience. Our time in the Azores was cut short because the Captain made the decision to leave 3 hours early due to a storm brewing. This was a good decision as we avoided some pretty rough seas. However, we paid for an excursion that was to include a tour of a pineapple plantation and a view of Fire Lake (a main attraction on the island). The tour of of the pineapple plantation consisted of a short narrative about pineapples while we were on the bus, and then being dropped off for 20 minutes in the gift shop of the pineapple plantation. We were then hurried onto the bus for a drive up a very narrow and winding road to the top of the mountain to view Fire Lake. The problem was that about two thirds of the way up the fog was so thick that the visibility was so bad you could not even see the sides of the road. The bus driver had to go so slow that by the time we got back down to the bottom, there was no time left to go into town or shop. Several passengers on the bus were concerned for their safety because the visibility was so bad on the bus. This excursion should have been cancelled. Certainly the bus driver knew, or should have known, that the fog was so bad on the top of the mountain before we went up. We believe it was poor judgement to take a bus full of people up that narrow winding road with visibility so bad. Even though we expressed our concerns, Royal Caribbean refused to issue any credit or refund. We also experienced a problem on our excursion to Bruges, Belgium. We scheduled a Walking Tour of Bruges through Royal Carribbean. The guide that was assigned to us had such a weak voice that you could not hear her among the group of 20 people that was on our tour, and she had no amplification system. Our group consisted of all people over 60 years old, and many of them had a hard time walking as fast as the tour guide. The tour guide would start talking about points of interest before the majority of the group arrived at each point of interest which meant that we learned nothing from her presentation. The tour was very long, and several people had requested bathroom breaks along the way, but the guide never directed anyone to a bathroom. The guide finally told us that there would be bathrooms at the Market Place, but this was the very last stop on the tour, and all of the bathrooms were in restaurants and only available to paying customers of the restaurants. The canal ride was the highlight of the tour, and you should try to schedule a boat ride on your own. Bruges, Belgium is a beautiful little historic town and is well worth exploring, but can easily be done on your own. Our son and his wife were there 3 days after we were, but not on a cruise ship. They toured Bruges on their own and had a delightful time exploring the the intimacies of Bruges. Transportation from the port to the center of Bruges is available for around 5 Euros. Our Walking Tour of Bruges through Royal Caribbean was a total waste of time, and worse than that, denied us the ability to explore this beautiful European village. We did have good experiences on our excursions of Blarney Castle and a Lunch Cruise of Paris, both organized through Royal Caribbean. Both of these excursions lived up to how they were presented, and were well worth taking. In spite of our problems with two of the excursions outlined above, the cruise itself was wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We took the 15-night Transatlantic cruise from Boston to Copenhagen on the beautiful Serenade of the Seas. We had a junior suite on Deck 10, #1548. It was a great location and a beautiful cabin well kept by Nenko. We flew into Boston ... Read More
We took the 15-night Transatlantic cruise from Boston to Copenhagen on the beautiful Serenade of the Seas. We had a junior suite on Deck 10, #1548. It was a great location and a beautiful cabin well kept by Nenko. We flew into Boston the day before we sailed and stayed at the Hyatt Boston Harbor. We took a water taxi to the ship the next morning – fun and amazing views of Boston and the airplanes at Logan Airport. Embarkation was easy and we were soon eating lunch in the Windjammer. As Diamond Plus, we enjoyed the Concierge Club often during the cruise. The staff was always friendly and professional. Nizar, Julian and Santosh – thanks! Another perk we enjoyed was having cocktail benefits at the Schooner Bar between 4:30 and 8 PM. It was a lively area of the ship and the bartenders did not seem to mind some non-paying customers. Of course we tipped them! The Master Sea Chef competitions in the Centrum were one of our favorite activities during sea days. Eight of the ship’s officers were given specific ingredients to use in preparing an original dish, then their creations were judged and one officer was eliminated each day. The final competition was held during our last day at sea. Otherwise they kept us entertained indoors because the weather was typical for the North Atlantic at this time of the year – 40 to 60 mph winds, 17 ft. waves, etc. The ship handled the weather easily. The Solarium was heavily used. We did not use our balcony until we docked in Ireland. One annoyance on this cruise was the hogging of tables at the Windjammer by the passengers. Often we could not find a place to eat our food because there were so many tables of people just sitting there after they finished eating and their dishes had been cleared away. With so many nice areas to sit around the ship, I could not understand how people could be so selfish. We truly enjoyed being in a different city every day without having to pack and unpack, or check in and out of hotels. And you could count on a nice dinner on the ship when you returned from your shore excursion. So many special moments make up a cruise this long. As we were about to leave Ireland, a tenor from Cobh sang a fabulous mini-concert in the Centrum. After he finished singing and we responded with thunderous applause, he stepped back on the shore and the rest of us sailed away to Portland UK. Our shore excursion in Portland UK was the Corfe Castle and Scenic Drive. The castle is in ruins, but on the day we visited, a huge group of “re-enactors” donned costumes, erected tents, lit cooking fires, and fought a battle between the Saxons and the Vikings, complete with helmets and colorful shields & weapons. Everybody had a great experience there. Another special moment: as we left the dock at Portland, a small group of uniformed gentlemen braved the wind and rain to honor us with a 3-volley salute from their cannon. We cheered and applauded their efforts. Docking in Le Havre, we headed out on our 11 hour D-Day Beaches & Bayeux Tapestry excursion. We thoroughly enjoyed the day. Normandy still holds the memories of the invasion force. The American Cemetery is legally United States soil, given to us by France. It is beautifully maintained and honors the fallen heroes with quiet dignity. The Visitor’s Center tells the story in photos. The bus let us off to walk on Omaha Beach and then we rode to Bayeux where we had an excellent lunch with wine. The Tapestry was amazing and we had time to walk around Bayeux before heading back to our ship. Bruges On Your Own was our shore excursion in Belgium. We liked the time to explore on our own, and we were each given a map of the city. Meeting time and place were given very clearly and everybody made it back to the bus. CON: We bought a Post Cruise Package with RCCL for transportation downtown to stay at the Scandic Palace Hotel in Copenhagen, breakfast, and transportation to the airport the next day. Several of us questioned the representative when we docked to be sure we received all of these services, and she assured us that all was included. The letter we received at the hotel did not agree. We were to “ask the Hotel Concierge about our transportation options” to the airport. The Hotel Concierge did not know anything about free transfers for the cruise package holders, but he said the lady from Intercruises would be at the hospitality desk early on Sunday morning, and she could answer any questions. The phone number they gave us was only good from 9AM to 5PM, so we decided to find out the next morning at the hospitality desk. Alas, THE LADY DID NOT EVER SHOW UP, so we had to find a taxi, find the right currency and pay our own way to the airport. Not a good way to end a wonderful cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We had a package which included 4 days in New Orleans and 2 days in Copenhagen. We had a great cruise... food ...entertainment and the crew were all excellent, We had 13 days around the Caribbean and what a glorious cruise and ports, ... Read More
We had a package which included 4 days in New Orleans and 2 days in Copenhagen. We had a great cruise... food ...entertainment and the crew were all excellent, We had 13 days around the Caribbean and what a glorious cruise and ports, Our next Port was Boston and we found it to be a lovely city. 2 days out of Boston we celebrated an Anzac day dawn service with the few Aussies on board and then a 10am service in the lounge area and other guests from different countries joined in. The crew were fabulous and helpful and they made our day a successful one, The ports through the British isles were interesting as were the European ports and we did a few ship tours which were great. There wasn't any children on board probably because of the length of the cruise. We didn't attend any enrichment activities so I can't say anything about that........ Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
At first I wasn't too sure about doing the transatlantic cruise for our Honeymoon but my wife and I really did enjoy our time on the ship and at the ports. I will try and be as thorough as possible. Ship: yes the Serenade of the Seas ... Read More
At first I wasn't too sure about doing the transatlantic cruise for our Honeymoon but my wife and I really did enjoy our time on the ship and at the ports. I will try and be as thorough as possible. Ship: yes the Serenade of the Seas isn't the latest and greatest but we found the ship to be very clean, spacious that included many different amentities. we especially enjoyed the movie cinema, under the stars screen at pool deck and Chops grill/Giovannis. Spend the extra money on the package for the specialty dining. I ate some of the best food I have ever eaten at these restaurants. you cant go wrong. Staff: the dining staff were phenominal. we sat at table 462 and were served by melbert and max, paul was the head waiter. they went above and beyond to meet our needs. our stateroom attendant also did a great job and was always greeting us with a smile. the entertainment staff also were great. Bobby (cruise director), Lorenzo and debs were great. ports: we enjoyed Malaga spain the most and found it to be very picturesque. we also did the dolphin excursion in Anguilla, loads of money, but totally worth it! Days at sea: it was a transatlantic cruise, so we had many days at sea. we always found that there was something to do which was nice. but for times when we just wanted to relax we found that not to be a problem to kick back by the pool and read a book. all in all, great service, nice ship and some cool ports. we plan to try a larger ship for our next cruise. happy cruising!   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
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
This was our third transatlantic cruise and as the title suggests our best so far and as we enjoyed them all that is no mean feat. Royal Caribbeans Radiance class are our favourite ships and even more so with the new enhancements . This ... Read More
This was our third transatlantic cruise and as the title suggests our best so far and as we enjoyed them all that is no mean feat. Royal Caribbeans Radiance class are our favourite ships and even more so with the new enhancements . This combined with the best and most active cruise director we have had, Topi is his name from Finland, and a really good group of passengers certainly helped along with Royals normal high standards in friendly but also efficient and helpful staff. The staff on the ship said that this cruise had the highest proportion of repeat passengers and the highest number of pinnacle passengers on any ship, I do not know if this helped but I have never known a cruise where all passengers seemed to all be really pleased with their cruise. Topi the cruise Director organised that the speciality acts all gave matinee performances as well as well as their normal evening shows and these had different content not just a repeat. We also had passenger flash dances organised, a very high quality passenger show and two different crew shows as well as the two new acrobatic displays in the Centrum, which we really enjoyed. The first time we went on a Radiance ship several years ago we said that the Centrum should be used for shows and we are so glad to see this come to fruition. The atmosphere is wonderful with all the levels and obviously the acrobatic displays make the most of these. With all this extra entertainment I have not mentioned the two production shows which surpassed the normal high standards we usually see with Royal. I personally think the refit must have put more technology on the stage with lighting effects and scenery as it seems more spectacular although those in the know may be able to tell me differently! We ate in the main dining room most evenings and the food was always good. For the first time we took advantage of the Speciality restaurant package of Chops, Giovannis Table and Izumi all for $55. This was good value with Giovannis being our favourite although Chops was a close second. We were on the second sitting in the main dining room which we prefer on a table for six, there were two of us . As the cruise was predominately American passengers first sitting was jam packed full and second sitting only half and so every table of six in the restaurant only had two people, our table was no exception. This could have been a disapointment as we enjoy the interaction of traditional dining but our waiters were excellent and they had so much free time to chat with us that later in the cruise we turned down the offer from new found friends to join their table, as they were also two on a table, due to not wanting to leave the boys. Our new friends agreed as they said they felt the same with their waiters too. Full marks to the staff as they turned a potential disappointment to a very memorable part of the voyage. I do think that it was a very different story for first sitting however as our waiters said they were really rushed on the first sitting with many of their guests wanting to eat too quickly and leave. Sorry that this review is long but there was so much that we enjoyed on this cruise, not least the surprise of Coco Cay ( Royals own island stop). This was a first for us and I think we had rather low expectations, but the day was excellent very relaxing and good facilities on shore with beautiful beaches. I have never seen so many sun loungers in one place in my life! I am a coeliac and always found all the cruise lines cater well for my needs, but with Royal they usually ask me not to have the barbecue on ship because of cross contamination and to go to the windjammer instead. With this in mind I asked the restaurant staff about the barbecue ashore on Coco Cay, they checked with the chef who said he would ensure that some gluten free buns were taken ashore and that they would barbecue meat seperately which they did , full marks again and many thanks. Finally this was our second transatlantic to end in New Orleans, last years on Navigator the immigration was horrendous taking up to four hours to clear . This year although still not excellent there was a large improvement as it only took 1.5 hours but why do they mix departing passengers with embarking passengers in the same hall. They really need to sort out that terminal!!!!! Our best cruise so far thanks to the staff, ship, and all the old and new friends that we made on the cruise, no other form of holiday can match a good cruise like this one. How can poor Adventure of the seas match this next November when we do our next transatlantic, but I am sure that it will do its upmost, Well Done Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
This is our 3rd cruise - second with RCI. We were looking for relaxation rather than sight seeing and this transatlantic cruise delivered exactly that. A huge bonus was that it did not seem to be a popular choice for families with young ... Read More
This is our 3rd cruise - second with RCI. We were looking for relaxation rather than sight seeing and this transatlantic cruise delivered exactly that. A huge bonus was that it did not seem to be a popular choice for families with young children so the guests were predominantly adult We booked a balcony cabin which was pleasant and kept spotlessly clean by Kevin our cabin attendant. It had a fridge and flat screen TV. The shower had doors and not those annoying plastic curtains. We previously sailed on the Navigator which was a much bigger ship and we immediately noticed that things were a little more cosy. This was never an issue, however peak times in the main restaurant could get a tad crowded. The alternative dining venues were excellent. We opted for an all inclusive package that gave a discount if we ate at all 4 restaurants. I would seriously recommend the Chef's Table. However as it's a small private dining room (max 15) the evening's enjoyment is often dictated by who you end up dining with. We had an excellent time, others that we spoke to were not so lucky when Mr grumpy pants joined them. The enjoyment of the whole trip was due in no small part to the cruise director and his staff (Topi, Tori, Sara, Flabio, Vinny and Rod) they worked tirelessly and sometimes extremely energetically to keep us constantly entertained. Nothing was too much trouble and they were always bright, cheerful and eager to be of service. The cruise was 15 nights and we stopped at 3 ports on route, Cadiz, Tenerife and Coco Cay. Each of these destinations can easily be explored on foot so no issues with tours or transport. Coco Cay is a private island leased by Royal Caribbean so the service is the same as onboard but with sand between your toes. The only small area of criticism was when we reached New Orleans, getting through customs was a slow process and we queued for nearly 2 hours, a small tip here - use the bathroom before you disembark. We booked a 2 night stay in New Orleans through RCI and we ended up at the Hilton Garden Inn near the convention centre. I would recommend looking for something a bit more central and less orientated towards business clients. We would definitely take another transatlantic cruise as they offer excellent value for money and create great opportunities to make some new friends. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
No complaints, great company, great fellow passengers. The food was great, fresh fruit held out throughout, even over long periods at sea. WARNING: Coco Cay is not much. A whole lot of Not Much. A complete mess, lack of planning, triple ... Read More
No complaints, great company, great fellow passengers. The food was great, fresh fruit held out throughout, even over long periods at sea. WARNING: Coco Cay is not much. A whole lot of Not Much. A complete mess, lack of planning, triple billing, failure to ice down beer prior to getting to the island, etc. AVOID, unless you have to go to this mess--you can actually see Norwegian's island from the RCI side, and it looked far more fun. Just kidding, Alcatraz would have looked more fun, we were wishing we had stayed on the ship, but it was nice to be on solid ground. There. I found something nice to say. Now--about the crossing. The weather was spectacular, absolutely every day. The crew was spectacular, in every way. The passengers were all very well-suited for T/A cruising, nobody got in a hurry, everyone was nice and easy. Idyllic, and quite relaxed and homey. If you are looking for rowdy night life, T/A is not the way to go, as it's kind of like a Grand Hotel. The facilities are there, but the synergies are moving at different rates, so achieving a critical mass for dancing and jumping up and down is a bit difficult to achieve. I had the time of my life, bonded with a great group of people who were absolutely delightful. That's the beauty of long hauls and taking the time to unwind and re-charge the batteries. Embarkation was a breeze, Barcelona is easy. Get there early, get on first. Disembarking--Get up, get out, get off, tote your bags, no worries, no problems. Get there first with the most, and start the trip. If you get there in the middle of the crush, you get what you get. Serenade is a great ship, not too small, not too large. Amazing. Kudos to all concerned. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Overall: We had never before had more than one sea day. Here we had six in a row. We (ourselves and six friends) were fully occupied. We had time to do things (clubs, dancing, shows) that is tough to do if you have to get up at 6 the ... Read More
Overall: We had never before had more than one sea day. Here we had six in a row. We (ourselves and six friends) were fully occupied. We had time to do things (clubs, dancing, shows) that is tough to do if you have to get up at 6 the next morning for a 7:30 a.m. tour, so the TA gave us a chance to enjoy the ship. Embarkation in San Juan: Took about 30 minutes at San Juan's Pan American Pier. A cab there is essential, although we arranged a van for the 8 of us and assorted luggage. Check in was fine. Most of the time is involved in walking. Room: We had Junior Suite 1570 on the tenth deck. A very spacious room with a walk-in closet. We could never fill all of the hangers and drawers, even though we brought three suitcases of stuff. The bathroom was very nice and had a tub. The balcony was a good size, with two chairs and a table. Our steward kept the room neat and clean, with towel art about half the nights. Did I mention the walk-in closet? The room is very quiet, and no matter what was doing in Centrum, no noise passed through the door. No noise from deck 11. Breakfast: We did room service a couple of times. We went to Windjammer a couple of times. It took us about 7 days to find the lox. Otherwise, standard buffet fare. The staff will bring coffee and tea. Plenty of seating, so asking someone to let you share was generally not necessary. Most of the time, we ate in the MDR. A good buffet as well as waiter service. Service was not as good as the MDR for dinner. The wait staff simply don't seem motivated at breakfast or lunch as they are at dinner. Lunch: Generally Windjammer or MDR. MDR had good choices. Generally had to share tables; some tablemates were friendly, some less so, and for some there were language barriers. A couple of times in the Sea View cafe, with mixed results. While service was quick, sometimes the place seemed to be missing ingredients. Dinner: In the MDR most nights. Good service; generally good menu choices. Only had one night where I was bored by the menu. For an extra price, you can have a Chops steak or lobster; I'm not the only one who resents this creeping nickel-and-diming. Do not order the sirloin steak. In any form. Wine: We pre-ordered 29 bottles at about $25 per bottle rather than $40 per bottle off the menu. Bars: Always a daily drink for $6.95+ and you keep the glass. Snacks: Frozen yogurt available most of the day. Portofino: Great service, good menu choices, and a fantastic sundown that night. Chops Grille: Great service, limited menu typical of a steak house. I had the New York steak, it was very good. Food choices: note that Windjammer closes at various times. At times it is closed, Sea View and the snack bars are open. Gym: most equipment worked, and despite it being a TA, most time there was no wait. Recreation: The pools are nice; we mainly used the Solarium Pool and hot tubs. On occasion, too many people tried to enter the hot tub. I don't know what motivates someone to get into a hot tub in which no seating is available and then expect to sit. Most people were friendly, but some were off in their own world, holding loud conversations among themselves across the tub. The pool tables are on gyros, fascinating to play. Basketball and miniature golf are interesting when the ship moves. The rock wall was lightly used, so access was easy. Laundry: no laundry facilities, BUT RCI does a $25 special for all you can stuff in a bag. Washed and folded, not ironed. We got about 40 pieces each time, since our principal dress was shorts and T-shirts. Ask your room steward for the schedule. Internet: Our Blackberries worked well (with a slight hiccup on Day One). You need an international package from your provider. No payment to RCI. I had continual billing issues with my laptop. RCI kept writing off 100% of the charges. Tough to complaint about that. Our friends with IPads had recurring connection problems. This is a satellite service. If you have to connect with a secure office server, like I do, to do work, it moves s-l-o-w-l-y. Very slowly. I would read work on the laptop, and type messages back on my Blackberry. This is not a problem that RCI has much control over. Entertainment: Typical cruise shows. The last night's show was a balancing act that was really not worth going to. The piano player was OK, and the sing along was good, but he tended to play with his foot on the pedal at all times. There was entertainment every night in Centrum. The dancing music varied from night to night. The best was the night they played 60s. Every balcony in Centrum was filled to the top. We danced for more than two hours. Why the cruise director did not repeat this event is a puzzlement. Special event: We got up in the middle of the night to watch the ship go through the Strait of Gibraltar at about 4:45 a.m. It's neat to see the lights in Europe and Africa at the same time. Of the 2100 passengers, there were 4 of us to see this event. Tours: Our first choice was cancelled in St. Maarten for lack of interest. It seems that most people on a TA don;t buy tours. Serious lack of interest. There were six ships in port, including 2 TA's by RCI, and RCI was running 6 out of about 50 listed tours. The tour in Cartagena was unnecessary and overpriced. Dis-embarking: Very quick and smooth until one of our bags, marked in group 6, was placed in group 9. It took 45 minutes to sort out. How to avoid weight gain: I never took an elevator; they looked nice. Learn not to clean your plate, despite what your Mother told you. Learn to exercise by pushing away from the table. I had frozen yogurt every day, and dessert at every dinner, and sometimes at lunch. I walked between 4 and 9 miles a day. Dancing every night. I lost a pound over 14 days. Bottom line: We booked another TA on RCI. Read Less
Sail Date April 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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