March 2016 - Serenade of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern
The Serenade of the Seas provided an extremely smooth trip even in 9 ft seas. However the cruise line is, to say it nicely, too frugal. At a bingo a crew member said they sold 200- $60.00 bundles of cards in addition to the $44 and $33 bundles. So they took in about $15,000. The games were extremely short. There was only 3 games and the payouts were $500 and $300. The big game was a cabin upgrade but they only played an "X" game so it was over very quickly also.
The shows were short and average. To see a movie in the Cinema you had to go an hour before the show because there were so few seats. One elevator was out of service and we spent a "lot" of time trying to get on the remaining elevators. They would pass by empty and most passengers,us included, would just get on when they had a spot and go down to go up and vice versa.
On the plus side, the captain was very social, taking part in on board activities. Embarkation and departure was smooth at all ports of call. Cabin service and restaurant service excelled. Food was very good.