Cruiser172

Cruiser172
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Joined: 11/19/2015
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Serenade of the Seas

February 2016 - Serenade of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

Not as great an experience as expected

The Serenade of the Seas was an older ship but was very clean and in good repair.  But there seemed to be a shortage of staff in the buffet dining on the 11th deck of the ship.  We would be sitting with empty plates not taken away as soon as they usually do that.  And you didn't see many wait staff helping out.  The food in the buffet was okay but I wasn't happy with many of the selections.  I would have a salad each day for lunch as not much else appealed to me.  The food in the dining room was so-so.  It used to be excellent on our other sailings years ago and it made my cruise on Norwegian that I took in November 2015 seem so much better.  I am used to RCCL being much better than Norwegian.  The wait staff in the dining room were excellent, and we had my time dining with a group of 22 and they always had our wine and drinks there when we arrived for dinner.  But we did have some problems getting out tables near each other and some nights we didn't have enough seats for all 22.  We had our time set up for 6:15 every night so they should have had us set up for that time.  They kept shifting us from one area to another.  After the third or fourth night we were set up in the same area.  The entertainment was not very good.  The RCCL singers and dancers show was very good and the comedian was great also.  But the other shows were not up to the level of entertainment as we were used to on this cruise line.  The Centrum was a small area and they held some shows there but it was almost impossible to see anything because of the crowds in such a small area.  The entertainment in the small lounges was very good.

Overall, this cruise was fun as we were with such a large group, but it made me want to try other lines for our next cruise.  The cabins were very clean and the stewards were very good also.

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Norwegian Getaway

October 2015 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean - Southern

Good Accommodations

The Norwegian Getaway is a large, new ship that was in great shape.  It was kept very clean by the staff and maintenance people.  Our stateroom was very nice, we chose to take an an oceanview room, without a balcony, as I wasn't able to get a guaranteed room mid ship or aft and I have a little problem forward.   Our location on deck 5 aft was great for walking up the stairs to the restaurants on Deck 6 and 7.  Even though the ship held 4000 people, but it was only booked with 3300 guests or so, there weren't any lines or crowding when leaving the ship for excursions and going to dinner or the buffet for breakfast and lunch.  Everyone was pleasant and accommodating.  The food was good, not as good as some other cruise lines that I have been on.  I did not try any of the specialty restaurants so I can't comment on them.  Entertainment was ok, I have been on ships with better.  Overall, the ship was well run and we had a good cruise.  This was a freestyle cruise so you can wear casual clothes to dinner, but I wish the dress code was a little better.  Some people wore T-shirts to dinner that were kind of messy looking.  A simple collared shirt would have been better. 

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