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Review: Serenade of the Seas

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Serenade of the Seas

  • By SilverTraveller GKW

    3 reviews

  • Jan 2014
  • Husband
  • Family holiday
  • Balcony

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We booked this cruise as part of a individual tour of the USA. We initially flew to Chicago, spending three nights there, we then caught the overnight Amtrak Train to Memphis and spent two nights in Memphis. Our next trip was a day time trip from Memphis to New Orleans on the Amtrak train and then two nights in New Orleans before we boarded our ship. I was very much looking forward the the cruise at the end of a hectic eight days travelling and I must admit I was a little disappointed. We were advised to check in at the terminal between 11 am and 11.30 which we did. We queued for around 30 minutes before reaching the check in desk. The young lady on the desk had only started working for the terminal that morning so she was very unsure as to how to handle our booking and it took around 20 minutes for her to give us our boarding cards. We then joined the rest of the waiting passengers in the terminal and waited, and waited and waited! They were calling the Premier and Prestige Members first and eventually after an hour, my husband and I joined the queue for the Prestige members and without question were able to board the ship. We were then herded to another queue for the Dining Room. We asked why we had to queue up again and were told that we had to queue to make a reservation for that evening. As the queue was not moving and seemed to be endless, we left! At around 2pm, some three hours later, we made it to our cabin! Our cabin however was very spacious, a good sized balcony with table and chairs, lots of storage space, a bad sized bathroom and a very attentive stewardess.

The ship has recently had a huge makeover and the bars, indoor pool area and the middle atrium of the ship was really lovely.

We sailed for two days before arriving in Jamaica. We did not take a tour, but spent a few hours wondering around the town, stopping for a beer and chatting to the locals. Everyone was very friendly and the port area with the shops and cafes was very tastefully laid out. The next day we arrived in the Cayman Islands. The sea was a beautiful turquoise colour and the buildings were also multi coloured and very attractive. We found the local people again to be very friendly and helpful. We would like to visit there again and stay longer. Our next stop was Cozumel in Mexico. Unfortunately it was raining and it continued to rain all day, so many of the trips were cancelled which was a great pity. There were quite a few little shops in the port and some bargains to be had if you like to barter!

Overall, in my opinion, the ship was very good. The staff were friendly and helpful, the food in the restaurant was not outstanding, though enjoyable. The self-service restaurant had some really nice food, i.e. the roast beef and fish and chips! (though not together!). We had been spoiled previous by travelling with Celebrity Cruises last year, but had this been our first cruise my opinions may have been different. The American passengers on the cruise were extremely friendly polite. We got used to saying " Hi, how are you?" in the lift as they did and found it hard to not say the same on arriving back in Heathrow! However, some of the passengers were extremely noisy, though you could always find a quite space.

Would I travel with Royal Caribbean again? probably not, but taking into account the Holiday we had overall, ending with two days in Washington, it was quite an experience and very enjoyable.

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