Serenade of the Seas Cruise Review to Transatlantic

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
7+ cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
5

3 out of 5

The best part of this cruise were the Destinations/Ports

Sail Date: August 30, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

Since we've cruised on the Oasis, Quantum and Freedom class of ships, the Serenade of the Seas was a bit disappointing for us, showing her age and doesn't have enough venue areas for big gatherings/activities...the Centrum is awkward for viewing  and the Safari is not big enough for the 2,000+ passengers. There were so many Diamond  and up loyalty cruisers and the Diamond lounge was always packed.  It was nice that they gave us 3 drink vouchers to compensate for the lack of space in the Diamond Lounge. The destinations were the best part of the cruise.  

Cabin / Stateroom
Right above our cabin is the Park Cafe that opens at 6:00 AM 'till 11:00 PM. Every morning at 4 AM, we are awakened by banging, scraping , movement of the crew preparing the food and setting up the cafe. Then the clean up after it closes at 11 PM. Spoke to Guest Services who couldn't really do much about it ( structural problem) . This Junior Suite should be sold with this disclosure and priced accordingly.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Loved Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Norway. Unfortunately, the weather was rainy and cold and we experienced several rough seas.
Onboard Activities
Need more variety of activities on long sea days.
Entertainment
The big production were the worst we've ever seen on a cruise ship...the performers were just 'phoning it in', pretty bad costuming and musical numbers were bad. Topi, the cruise Director was fun and very talented and most of the activities personnel were friendly and fun. Loved Silvia, the Zumba instructor.
Service and Staff
Mari, our cabin steward was wonderful. The bartenders were very friendly and efficient, MTD worked well as they tried to put you with the same server. Waitstaff were very friendly and efficient.
Food and Dining
Food was mediocre at best...too much sauce, lobster was overcooked and chewy, etc., not much variety for breakfast. Breads, cold soups and desserts were good
Copenhagen, Denmark
Spend at least a couple of days to tour this city.
Oslo, Norway
Easy walk to the center of the city.
Kristiansand, Norway
Not really much to see.
Klaksvik, Faroe Islands
Spectacular scenery...take a tour of the islands
Reykjavik, Iceland
Make sure to soak in a geothermal spring...out of this world! We rented a 4x4 to avoid the crowds and be able to see more than just what the tours offered
Akureyri, Iceland
Not much in town so make sure you take a tour of the surrounding areas
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Peggy's Cove is worth the trip...rent a car.
Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey
Hard to get sail to and from...RCI tranfers are your best bet to get to the airports.

Tip

When picking your stateroom, make sure there are no public areas above it . Deck 10 is where most of the suites are but unfortunately Deck 11 is where the pool, Windjammer, Park Cafe, the Solarium and the Spa are located. If you are a light sleeper, you'll be able to hear all the movements at night



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