October 2013 - Serenade of the Seas to Europe - Western Mediterranean
We have gone on 2 Caribbean cruises - this was the first cruise to Europe. The ship was very comfortable with lots of space in a two-person balcony room, great buffets for both breakfast and lunch, and great service and food in my-time dining. (Note: we made reservations for my time dining the evening before and had no problem being seated the following night.)
We purchased shore excursions on board and only one tour was full (the guided walking tour in Pompeii), so we walked the ruins by ourselves. Suggest buying excursions early if you know what you'd like. The tour quides used microphones and we had individual headsets which worked best when the guide him/herself had a minimal English accent. The walking tour of Florence/Pisa was a bit rushed since we covered lots of territory in a few hours, but we enjoyed seeing the highlights of the two cities. The two talks on board by staff who reviewed the shore excursions were very helpful. The Guest Services area where you purchased the shore excursions was adjacent to a lounge/music area which made hearing the Guest Services staff difficult at times.
In general, it was a wonderful cruise with lots to do all day and evening, a lovely adult-only Solarium area with a covered pool and hot tub, great shore excursions, especially Venice and Dubrovnik, and fantastic service.