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All Aboard The Seranade

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Serenade of the Seas | Sail Date: Jan 16, 2015

Been on quite a few cruises in the past 30 years or so and this one was above most.  The food was as good if not better than NCL and much better than Carnival.  The ships layout was convenient for most activities and the cabin was small as expected but clean and very nice.  What made this cruise better than most was the entertainment on board.  The staff were professional with good voices and could dance very well as does those on the other cruise lines.  What set this cruise apart were those that came on for a 1 night stand as they had a comedian, a singer/entertainer and a ventriloquist who were above the type of entertainment usually provided as per my experiences.  This was my 1st cruise on Royal Caribbean and I must say, I was impressed and would return.

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a wonderful experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Serenade of the Seas | Sail Date: Jan 10, 2015

amazing and looking to book the next trip already. the staff was wonderful and our waiter was amazing. there are not enough good things I can say about this trip

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First cruise was great!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Serenade of the Seas | Sail Date: Jan 10, 2015

This was the first cruise my boyfriend or I had ever been on and it was a great experience. We are both 30 years old and looking for a cruise to relax/unwind. It was easy to get overwhelmed at first but once we settled in, everything was wonderful. If you haven't cruised before & you're reading this review, GREAT! It felt a little silly doing so much research before our first cruise but I'm so incredibly glad that I did.

We had an oceanview stateroom on the 3rd floor which truly was perfect. Our location kept our "seasick" feeling to a minimum and the room was just the right accommodation for a couple. We benefitted greatly from having a window for 2 reasons: 1. the view over the ocean was incredible- providing beautiful scenery during the say and a really unique view of the ocean lit up by the moon at night. 2. a window allowed us to acclimate to time changes and be aware of the time of day much more easily than if we'd just been looking at a clock.

The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Any issues we had were minor and painlessly remedied. Moving a shipload of people from place-to-place went smoothly and it was obvious the staff had every scenario well in hand. I think we made the right choice by starting with a smaller ship. At times, the "salesman" aspect can feel pushy & be a little exhausting but I assumed as much. 

We opted for an upgrade to the Thermal Suite which was on sale for $198/couple on Day 1. It was money well spent and we both enjoyed the luxury of the aromatherapy room and hot stone beds thoroughly. We also managed to go to the suite on off-peak times (like during the first dinner sitting) and we had the suite all to ourselves. 

Our only real complaint would be the room service food. It was often late (sometimes an hour late) and not worth the wait. I'd imagine the system will be remedied in subsequent cruises. Whatever the challenge is that the kitchen is facing, it wasn't worth any effort put forth on our part. A few tupperware containers and some planning ahead at the buffet made up for the lack of room service food. The food on the rest of the ship is really spectacular by comparison so focus your dining efforts in the restaurants instead.

We also had several reservations for the sushi restaurant, Izumi, for the cruise. I was under the mistaken impression that the specialty restaurants required reservations and a cover charge ONLY, not a cover charge in addition to paying full price for your meal. The menu at Izumi is geared toward diners that are new or possibly unfamiliar with sushi and most of the food is cooked. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal we had at Izumi but the menu wasn't diverse enough to tempt us to pay for another meal on an otherwise all-inclusive trip. It really was some of the best sushi we've ever had so if you're interested in trying something new, by all means make a reservation. The prices were very reasonable so that alone was not a deterrent for us.

The ports were all really interesting and varied. We had a fabulous time and we can't wait to cruise again. If not for our own curious nature and desire to experience new things, we would book on the Serenade again in no time.

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Royal Caribbean Serenade

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Serenade of the Seas | Sail Date: Jan 10, 2015

Cabin service excellent.     Windjammer food not so good. Anytime dining food ok with great waiters.  Limited menu at Reflections.   Needed more variety daily of food selection.   Ladies restrooms needed cleaning more frequently.  

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Fabulous cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Serenade of the Seas | Sail Date: Jan 10, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise, especially the entertainment provided by John and Katrina, the cruise directors.  The shows, ventriloquist, comedian and more shows were over the top in quality of talent and quantity of offerings.  The disco night was really fun with John being part of a YMCA group.  And the Neil Diamond show was awesome.

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Excellent experience on Royal Caribbean

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Serenade of the Seas | Sail Date: Jan 03, 2015

This was my first cruise on Royal Caribbean, and I think it's now my favorite cruise line.  I've sailed on several others, but RC was a notch above the others. From the roominess of the cabin (sofa in even the smallest cabins) to the quality of the entertainment to the value of the items in the on-board shops, RC impressed me with their quality.  And the service was excellent.  Sailing from New Orleans was very convenient.  The vistas of the Mississippi delta as the sun set were outstanding. And New Orleans is a great city to begin or end your cruise.  So much to see and do there.   I'll definitely choose RC again.

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Serenade of the Seas

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Serenade of the Seas | Sail Date: Jan 03, 2015

The casino area was partially non smoking but the smoke permeated every area so we did not enjoy that area as much as we would have liked. The food was good not great but it takes a lot to beat New Orleans food. The service and cleanliness was excellent. We are sorry the ship is leaving our port as we would have taken another cruise on it next year.

The entertainment was good not great. The staff were very congenial in all areas.

all in all this was a very good cruise and we would recommend it to anyone considering a relaxing week. I would skip the port in Jamaica unless you travel to Montego Bay. Falmouth had little to offer.

The trip to Stingray Bay was awesome. Cozumel was of course just made for tourist shopping but all the vendors were very pleasant and buying the vanilla is worth the stop.

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Excellent first cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Serenade of the Seas | Sail Date: Jan 03, 2015

My wife and I just returned from our first cruise on RCB's Serenade of the Seas.  Overall, the ship, service and value were excellent however there is definitely areas of improvement.  We had a balcony room in the front of the ship (8th floor), and since this is not a very big ship, it took us a little while to get adjusted to our sea legs. 

Here are some of the pros: Stateroom (We got spoiled by the service provided by our stateroom attendant), the features on the ship itself such as the common areas, the Solarium (It gets crowded easily), fitness area and the centrum (Truly a sight to behold). Cruise ports were good and Royal did a good job on managing the entry and exit in the ports of call.  We booked our own excursions independent of the cruise line, and saved 25-30% from the cruise line prices.

Cons: Food choices and quality ranged from poor to excellent.  The options were limited in the main dining room, however the food selection in the Windjammer was excellent.  Complimentary beverages only included water, tea, fruit juice and coffee.  The quality of on-board entertainment also varied from average to excellent.  On our first two days at sea, they only showed one movie and none in the outdoor screen.  The movie choices and selections vastly improved towards the end of the cruise, which was very puzzling.

For a first cruise, we definitely had a good time and learned a lot about cruising in general.

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CRUISE REVIEW

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Serenade of the Seas | Sail Date: Jan 03, 2015

I REALLY LIKED THIS SHIP. THE FOOD WAS GOOD AND LOTS TO DO. THE HELP WAS VERY GOOD AND WE ENJOYED OUR OCEAN VIEW BALCONY. I DEFINITELEY LIKED IT BETTER THAN MANY CARNIVAL CRUISES I'VE BEEN ON.

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Wonderful Christmas on the Serenade

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Serenade of the Seas | Sail Date: Dec 20, 2014

The Serenade of the Seas is a beautiful ship. It doesn't have all the new bells and whistles that many look for, but she is only 2500 passengers big and full of glass to watch the scenery go by. The crew was amazing - they work hard yet had smiles and "Merry Christmas" every time we encountered them. Even the officers got into the act by judging the belly flop competition. The food was very good to excellent and our Christmas Eve dinner in Chops was simply amazing for food and service. The magic of Christmas was everywhere, from ship decorations to staff wearing Santa hats to officer and guest caroling to Santa's visit on Christmas morning. The reason I gave this 4 instead of 5 stars? Some inconsistencies in service in the main dining room; port selection (can we PLEASE get rid of Falmouth Jamaica? although it left us with the ship on a beautiful day to ourselves!); internet connectivity is extremely expensive and very slow; small cosmetics of the ship (e.g., balcony rails, peeling mirror in cabin bath) should be taken care of. Overall I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this beautiful ship if you are looking for the feel of a cruise and not looking for an amusement park at sea!

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Holidays in the main dining room Serenade in Cozumel (Oasis is behind her) Miniature golf

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Remember it's YOUR vacation, just because the ship is at port doesn't me you HAVE TO get off the boat. Do what works for you, if your 'my time' dining doesn't work, then change it. If service is bad, SAY SOMETHING to a manager. And if someone is great, recognise them. :)

get the Thermal Suite package on the first day! it averages out to about $14/day per person which is absolutely worth it. Also, we really enjoyed the Evening Stretch class provided in the gym which was free & as challenging or as relaxing as you choose to participate.

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Fixed dining time worked great for us since we had kids and didnt want to wait.

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