CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews


Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Serenade of the Seas Eastern Canada October 13, 2003

Sailed on this beautiful ship on a 10-day "repositioning" from Philadelphia, stoping at Labadee, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Marteen, St. Thomas and terminating at San Juan, PR. Seas were not bad, weather was clear each day and very little motion of the ship. It was a good cruise, but not memorable. Embarkation was swift, but the 2 pieces of luggage came 4 hours apart. Lunch was served in the Windjammer and was nicely presented: separate stations for hot, cold, drinks, desserts. Tables were ample and very little wait as the staff very quickly cleared the tables. Servers walked around filling cups with water, juice, coffee. Nice touch. The variety of food in the Windjammer was excellent, the hot dishes being the best. Neve a line for food except for omelets. Breakfast in the dining room was tedious and boring: the same menu each day. Lunch was fine, except it was not always available when the ship was in port. No high teas (too bad). Dinner at the 2nd seating was comfortble. Waiter/assistant were intelligent and extremely accomadating. Variety/presentation was adequate. Alternative residents were too expensive at $20 per person and the service was no better than it was in the main dining room.

Cabin was on the small side, especially the bathroom. Body lotion, shower cap,etc., were absent. Small loveseat. Tight quarters for a cabin with a double balcony. Entertainment was enjoyable and typical, with the Platters bringing us back to the 50's. Juggler was extremely funny especially when he got the audience involved. All in all, it was a relaxing, enjoyable cruise, but not a memorable one. The little touches would have made a big difference for me in deciding whether to cruise with RCCL again. As I have cruised more than 30 times ove the past 10 years, as well as being a member of the Crown and Anchor Club, I will look elsewhere for my next cruise.

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