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Serenade of the Seas

May 2017 - Serenade of the Seas to Europe - Northern Europe

Scandinavian Cruise

The destination was fabulous, the trip of a lifetime. Copenhagen was a wonderful city to explore and Tallinn, Estonia was our favorite port. We hadn't been on Royal Caribbean for several years, the last ship being the Allure of the Seas, but found this ship to be a good size, very clean and updated. The Windjammer breakfast buffet was excellent, I've never seen so many options for breakfast before on any other ship. It was unfortunately very crowded on port days, it was difficult to find a table. They even made an announcement that if you were finished with your breakfast to please leave so others could enjoy theirs. The lunch and dinner options in the Windjammer café were also very good. The cruise director Topi was very friendly and talented and really set the tone for an enjoyable time.While I don't spend a lot of time in the cabin, it would be nice if there were more TV channels to watch. The same show episodes were played over and over again the entire week. Embarkation and Debarkation were very organized and ran smoothly. All the shows started precisely on time. I would definitely sail with Royal Caribbean again.

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Norwegian Dawn

April 2015 - Norwegian Dawn to Caribbean - Western

Western Caribbean

This was my third cruise with NCL, chosen mainly because of the itineraries offered. I like the relaxed atmosphere and freestyle dining. The daily barbecues are a very nice feature. I enjoyed all of the ports, but liked Roatan, Honduras the best, we toured the Gumbalimba Preserve and Tabyana beach, very enjoyable. The ship itself needs an update, there was nothing that stood out on this ship. After cruising with Royal Caribbean and Princess, the Norwegian Dawn just doesn't compare. I don't know if we had unusually noisy neighbors, but the walls seemed paper thin. The room size is pretty standard. The entertainment was great, we enjoyed all of the shows. The food was good, some days better than others.The Garden Buffet was poorly designed, basically looked like a cafeteria, and just didn't flow well. The Aqua dining room opened promptly at 5:30 pm with people forming a line up the stairs as there was only one entrance and one person assigning tables. I would go on another cruise with NCL, but would go on a newer ship.

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HarryNomad's Tips

Tallinn, Estonia - We chose the Medieval Rakvere and Tallinn excursion, it was wonderful. They even had a fabulous four course banquet with beverage that was included and was delicious, and also a vodka tasting. If you are going to purchase the Matryoshka dolls buy them here in Tallinn, they are much cheaper than in St. Petersburg.
New Orleans, Louisiana - We did our own thing, try Cafe Beignet, the beignets were better than Cafe DuMonde.
Cozumel, Mexico - Enjoyed the Tulum Mayan ruins and Pamela the tour director was great.

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