Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

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4 out of 5

The crew make this tired ship great

Sail Date: May 09, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 9825

We continued our transatlantic cruise vacation back-to-back with this 7 nighter to the fjords of Norway.  The itinerary was exceptional with the crowning experience being Geirangerfjord. The absolute beauty of this port can't be captured with words. It is something that one needs to experience.

Pros: We enjoyed our cruise because of the great crew who took care of us for our entire vacation. Paola and Andreea in MDR, Pedro (Maitre d'), Marisha and Jerome (MDR), DouDou and Ricardo (stateroom). Each of these people really understood how to make someone feel welcomed and not so far away from home.
Itinerary was fabulous if you wanted to see more of Norway and experience the fjords. The simple beauty of this country is breathtaking and every one we met was friendly and engaging.  
I also want to give a round of applause for the entire food service department.  Honestly, the food was miles better than we had on the Celebrity Reflection a couple months ago.

Cons: The Serenade needs a refurb. I've mentioned this in all my reviews. It does a disservice to the crew who work tirelessly but there is just so much one can do to make a silk purse, as they say.

Stateroom: After staying in a 'deluxe' balcony stateroom for the first leg of our vacation, we looked forward to moving to a "superior" one but quite honestly, we saw no appreciable difference between the two. The website boasts superior being larger than the other but our stateroom was the same confined small space. I really don't get how RCC charges more for the same cabin ~shrug~

Entertainment: Fair quality of uninspiring entertainment.  Highlights included Segundo on the spanish guitar.  He was awesome.



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Ship Quality
Mentioned rust, peeling paint, broken elevator buttons, etc. The list goes on.
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Saw no difference between deluxe and superior staterooms.
Service and Staff
see my previous comments on crew
Children's Programs n/a
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions


The Safari Lounge is a nice getaway during the day.

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