Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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5 out of 5

Arceneaux Cruise

Sail Date: March 21, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 2120

The purpose of this cruise was to spend some time with my siblings.  There are seven of us and four along with spouses made the trip.  Booking, boarding and accommodations were all good.  Once on board the fun began...we ate, drank, played cards, ping pong, shows and just lounging around.  We were disappointed in the piano man at the Schooner.  On past cruises this was our after dinner place to sit and enjoy music as we have out after dinner drinks.  The music at the Schooner was not up to the experience on the Navigator of the Seas.  I believe the piano man there was named Phil. 

We tried weeks before the cruise to find out about any special theme nights and were told that is not available in advance for our ship.  We were a little disappointed to find we did not have the appropriate dress for White Night and very disappointed we did not bring our afros for '70s night.

After the first welcome aboard show, we did not return to those shows.  This was no fault of the performers.  The production was just not up to what we saw on other RC cruises.  The first comedian was funny while the second was not so funny.


We purchased the Premium drink package which we made every effort to maximize.  It was around day 3 that I discovered the Lattitudes bar where the most luscious chai lattes were available and included in my drink package.  The staff there was also very professional.

We went to two specialty restaurants.  The first was Giovanni's and it was outstanding.  Because of this experience we decided to try Chops which turned out not to special.  The service was outstanding while the food was mediocre at best.  The ports was nice with the Cococay the best.  Unfortunately the bar tenders there informed us that one must go to the correct bar to be served, ie, not the one for the other visiting RC ship.  AND, can you believe they ran out of the drink of the day on the island?  The lunch was delicious and the setting wonderful. 

The cruise was just what we needed.  Before my husband and I left the ship we booked our next RC cruise for 2016!


Ship Quality
Seemed to be more rust spots on the balcony than on other ships.
Food and Dining
Several of the meals in the main dining room left something to be desired.
Service and Staff
Ernest our stateroom attendant was most professional and efficient. Inthe main dining room Ariel and staff were super. The services at Lattitudes (young man and lady) was outstanding.
Musical productions not up to other RC experiences...the performers were good but not the production. The 70's night was super along with the Coonass band. AND my all time favorite is the steel drum band. Wish they steel drum duo was playing as we boarded.
Destinations and Excursions
The private island was a first for us and was really enjoyed. The food outstanding and the bars a lilttle lacking. The bar tenders were not happy people.
Cabin / Stateroom
Key West, Florida
Nassau, Bahamas
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island)
Just get some chairs when arrive, rent floats and enjoy!


Consider one night in a specialty restaurant...Giovanni's is my recommendation. Not sure if the premium drink package is a good thing. We felt "obligated" to get our money's worth and that may have contributed to a little excessive drinking.

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