First time cruising with the entire family

Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 12, 2014
Ship: Serenade of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9038
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 4 years ago

I am not a big cruising person, but since my husband and parents had never cruised before, we decided to make a family trip out of it.  We have young kids, so a kid area/pool was essential. Since we were taking the grandparents, I didn't want them to be overwhelmed with kids or other passengers on one of the newer, massive ships.  Consequently, I chose Serenade of the Seas-- as a good mix.


I was very disappointed in the Kid Aventure Park/swimming area.  It had one little water slide that barely even worked-- not enough water pressure for my 40 lb. child to make it down without pushing herself. The kiddie pool itself was also very small, and there were hardly any chairs surrounding it for parents to sit.


I was also disappointed by the food in the main dining area.  I'm sure I expected too much (because we live in Las Vegas and frequent some of the finest restaurants in the world), but I wasn't impressed with any of the entree's in the main dining room.  While some of the appetizers were fantastic, the same cannot be said for the main courses or desserts.


Aside from the friendly and accomodating staff, the staterooms were the next best thing about Serenade of the Seas.  For staterooms, they utilized the limited space well, and the beds were very comfortable.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
3 out of 5
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