Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review to Transatlantic

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7+ cruises

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5 out of 5

Great Transatlantic Cruise

Sail Date: April 26, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

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We are very experienced cruisers, with most of our experience on Royal Caribbean...we prefer this line because they have consistently delivered a great cruising experience.  This was out second Transatlantic cruise with Royal Caribbean.  Our first one was very good, but this one was great.  The Serenade has been recently refurbished, and the entire ship sparkles.  From the moment we boarded, were impressed with the friendliness of the staff.  In fact, we were extremely impressed with the entire crew, from the officers to the various service teams.  This was our first cruise as a "Diamond Club" member, and really enjoyed the various amenities that status offers.  This ship is smaller than most of our previous cruises, but still has all of the features that larger ships in the fleet have.  The food was outstanding, and much better than our previous transatlantic.  We dined in all of their specialty restaurants at least once, and they were all wonderful...with the exception of "Rita's Cantina", which seemed like a mediocre Tex-Mex restaurant you could find in any city.  The Main Dining Room food and service was among the best we have ever had.  We liked the fact that we had a stop in the Caribbean before making the crossing.  St. Maarten is one of our favorite ports, and was a nice day ashore before the 6 consecutive sea days.  We had never been to the Canary Islands or Spain, so this itinerary was great for us.  We ended in Barcelona, and spent an additional 4 days in that spectacular city.  For those looking for a great ship, staff, and itinerary, this one would be tough to beat.

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Ship Quality
This class of ships (Radiance) is beautiful. Lots of glass, including their elevators. From any level, you can look down into the Centrum and see the activities and listen to live music.
Food and Dining
Among the best we have ever experienced. Out wait staff, Ajay and George were awesome, and very accommodating. On the nights we went to specialty restaurants, we almost felt guilty that we weren't having dinner with them. Great menus, especially their "starters".
Cabin / Stateroom
Very much up to the RCCL standard.
Service and Staff
Probably the very best among the many cruises we have been on. To us, this was a strong indicator that the leadership team, starting with the Captain, has their guests as their clear #1 priority.
Entertainment
Great music at all venues. Nightly shows were entertaining and good quality.
Children's Programs Did not use
Onboard Activities
There is always something going on.
Destinations and Excursions
Outstanding itinerary for a Transatlantic
New Orleans, Louisiana
We have been to New Orleans several times, and always enjoy our stay.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Wonderful port, with great shopping...especially watches and Jewelry. Great beachfront restaurants as well.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
Very interesting port. Tenerife is a nice city. We regret not doing an island tour. We did a wine tasting tour instead, and didn't see as much of the island as we would have liked.
Malaga, Spain
Great stop. City was so clean and friendly. Interesting architecture and historical sites.
Cartagena, Spain
Like Malaga, only smaller. Wonderful tapas restaurants and fun place to people watch. Friendly people.
Barcelona, Spain
This has become our favorite city. Can't wait to return. We stayed 4 days at the Princesa Sophia Gran Hotel, located close to the Barcelona soccer stadium. Wonderful hotel, great staff, incredible included breakfast buffet, and great location.

Tip

The Park Cafe on deck 11 became our preferred stop for breakfast or a quick snack. It is located in the Solarium, and is less busy than the Windjammer buffet. Isabel, is a gem. She also serves at Chops Grill, and we enjoyed her service immensely.



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