This was our first time cruising in the Caribbean, and we are very glad we chose Royal Caribbean for it! The Serenade of the Seas was a fantastic way to see the islands.
We've cruised on the Radiance before in Australia and appreciated that the Serenade had a similiar design with lots of glass so it never felt crowded or dark. There was heaps to do onboard too,we definitely enjoyed the rock climbing wall and minigolf together as a family. The sports courts were great too. My husband and I loved the Schooner Bar which felt a little bit nautical.
The food was quite standard but quality cruise fare and well suited to our tastes, and the Solarium Cafe was a great alternative where I could get some healthier options.
We went for a Junior Suite and liked having some extra space with the kids. Having a bathtub was fantastic and the suite was very comfortable. Nice one, Royal Caribbean!
The Serenade of the Seas sails to a variety of destinations in North America and Europe. New England, Canada, the many islands of the Caribbean and the fjords of Norway are all included in her itineraries.
Whoopi Goldberg is the ship's godmother, having wondered at the naming ceremony whether she was now responsible for putting it through college! It was launched in June 2003, measuring 962 feet long, 131 feet side and 12 decks high.
Royal Caribbean's four basic categories of staterooms offer up something for any cruiser. Suites, balconies, ocean view and inside cabins are all designed as comfortable havens where you can relax after a full day at sea or in port. They all offer TVs, ensuites, mini safes and 24-hour rooms service.
Suite passengers enjoy a few more luxuries - some even have their own whirlpool tubs. The Serenade of the Seas also has a few of those sought-after rarities: studio cabins for single occupancy.
In true Royal Caribbean style, the Serenade of the Seas can keep you occupied all day long if that's what you want. Three pools, a spa and fitness centre,rock-climbing wall, mini golf, basketball court, video arcade, children's programs, shopping, casino and more are all available onboard - and that's without mentioning the full schedule of activities organised by the crew. Dance classes, card games, wine tasting, sports tournaments and more are there to be experienced during days at sea.
The fun continues into the evening, when the ship's many bars and lounges provide space for socialising, drinking and live music. Spectacular productions and shows happen nightly in the ship's theatre, and the casino is a favourite amongst the cruisers who like a flutter.
The main dining room is the place to go for delicious multi-course dining, and it's included in your cruise fare - along with an extensive buffet, a pizzeria, the Seaview Cafe and the Park Cafe. Room service is also complimentary before midnight - you certainly won't go hungry aboard the Serenade of the Seas.
For a small cover charge, specialty restaurants present some alternatives to the standard dining venues - and on the Serenade of the Seas they cater to all tastes. There's Rita's Cantina for Mexican, Izumi for Asian-fusion cuisine, Giovanni's for some Italian comfort food and an amazing gourmet experience at the exclusive Chef's Table.