Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas offers the ultimate 'at sea' experience by combining speed, comfort, space, sweeping ocean vistas and exceptional staff committed to serving your every whim. Among the ship's spectacular features are the ten-story glass-constructed Centrum, glass elevators facing the sea and the highest percentage of outside cabins in the Royal Caribbean fleet. With 13 decks of activity, entertainment and accommodation along with numerous exceptional eateries, be ready to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime.
No holiday with Royal Caribbean would be complete without experiencing the amazing variety of entertainment available onboard, including evenings spent in one of Serenade of the Seas fantastic bars or lounges:
Vintages- wine enthusiasts will love this sophisticated bar serving wines from around the world
English Pub- enjoy the best of British beers no matter where in the world you are
Schooner Bar- with its nautical theme and piano singalongs, there's no better place to spend an evening
Solarium Bar- a tranquil pool retreat, this peaceful spot is perfect for a relaxed drink
R Bar- head here for classy cocktails and amazing entertainment
Viking Crown Lounge- an iconic Royal Caribbean venue complete with amazing views, dazzling entertainment and all your favourite drinks
However, a night of fun doesn’t just have to be sitting in a bar, so if you’d like to try something else then Serenade of the Sea has plenty more to offer. With a cinema, outdoor movie screenings and even Curtain Up, the place to go for a Broadway-style performance, you’re sure to find somewhere memorable to spend your evenings. Before you leave, and if the holiday spirit is making you feel like luck is on your side, try your hand at the Casino Royale and see what winnings you can take home.
No matter their age, everyone should be able to enjoy a cruise and Serenade of the Seas makes it as fun as possible, even for the youngest guests onboard. For the little ones aged 6-36 months, there’s a dedicated club where they can play with their parents and guardians, making the most of all the interactive toys and games available. Older kids will have hours of fun at Adventure Ocean where they can make new friends as they play, discover and learn. Teenagers will be pleased to know that they haven’t been forgotten about as there is a nightclub just for them, perfect for hanging out and dancing to the best music without parents cramping their style.
However, a holiday is also about making memories together, so get the family together at the retro video arcade where everyone can enjoy the modern and classic games on offer. Alternatively, Adventure Beach is a pool area specially built for kids to enjoy, with sun loungers by the side so the adults can sit back, relax and see the smiles on their kids’ faces.
Royal Carribbean knows that there’s nowhere better to indulge in a bit of “me time” than on holiday and Serenade of the Sea is fully equipped to make this the most relaxed cruise you could imagine. Start off with a visit to the Vitality Spa, where treatments ranging from facials, to couple massages and even acupuncture therapy are guaranteed to help you forget all your worries. Continue with the relaxation by heading straight to one of the sun loungers by the pool- perfect for topping up that tan to make all your friends envious!
However, if sunbathing isn’t quite your style, there are plenty of activities onboard that will get you moving. To see the ship from a slightly different perspective, have a go at scaling the rock climbing wall and take in the breathtaking views on the way up (if you dare). Back down on the deck, there are lots of other sports to try out, from a race around the running track, to a game of table tennis or shooting hoops on the basketball court. For those who like to keep up their workout routine, the onboard gym has all the equipment you need to make sure you stay on track even when you’re at sea. After all that exercise, take a well-deserved dip in one of the pools to help you cool off, topped off with some time in the whirlpool to help those muscles recover.
Great ship with excellent facilities and dining options. Really enjoyed using the very well equipped gym. Stateroom very comfortable and clean. Our cabin attendant was lovely and very helpful. Entertainment exceeded our expectations. The crew were all really helpful and provided excellent customer service.
We were initially disappointed that our sea pass card was not loaded with our drinks package. This caused a number of embarrassing occasions when we were refused drinks, it was only when I insisted on being taken to someone who could address this issue that the problem was delete with by the head waiter. Also getting meals in the restaurant at a sensible time for my grandsons was only resolved after my son in-laws intervention with the restaurant manager. After this we could only speak highly of all of the members of the crew.
The cruise was more than i expected . Royal Caribbean can be proud of themselves as the ship was wonderful and the crew were always there to help out and the ports were great but i think we arrived at them at the end of there season so there were many places closed .
Just returned from an 11 day fly cruise up the the North Cape and Fjords. The destination and Itinerary was fabulous and the reason for picking this cruise especially during early June which gave a truly land of. The midnight sun experience. Its a while since we cruised with RCI having previously sailed on the sister vessel Jewel of The Seas and the larger Independence. The ship itself is a fine sea vessel withn Yacht like lines and well thought out although it is in need of a refit in certain areas with carpets and furnishings beginning to show signs of wear. First the good points Topi the Finnish Cruise Director was perhaps the best of all we have encontered in twenty or so full cruise holidays with his unique styles and genuine involvement. If you like a ship with a covered Pool this is a big plus feature if the ship although don't expect the solarium area to have readily available loungers at busy times. RCI is losing its way in my opinion with its central atrium 70s night, as an example featuring on all three cruises we have taken with the line over the last 10'years and needs variation. Yes they have a modern innovative fleet the Serenade is not one of the latest megaships but I suspect the rip off hard sell is common accross the fleet. When I go on a cruise holiday I do not expect to be accosted to buy something wherever I move aboard the ship. The Shuttle bus transfers were poorly organised as was our shore excusion to the North Cape where coach boarding can only be described as disorganised chaos. The dining experince in the buffet restaurant at breakfast and lunch time was poor with very average service and lack of seating. There was little in the way of healthy food options offered on say P&O or Cunard . Food was also cleared away half an hour prior to published opening times and on occasion sweet trays removed before our very eyes as we walked up for deserts. Even in the main dining room where our table staff were attentive things like tea or coffee spoons did not exist which is poor. Whilst I liked the ship and the destination and must give credit to our cabin maid who really made an effort I will think long and hard before choosing RCI for a future cruise as poor customer service and a rip off attitude is not why I go cruising.
Just returned from 11 night Med cruise on Serenade of the Seas. This is our 3rd cruise (2nd with RCI). I read numerous reviews before booking our holiday, mixed good and bad. I must say that I really can't fault this ship at all. Little niggles like dining tables not cleared immediately, and a bit disorganised on first day with a few queues here and there but so what! Passengers behaviours at times are far worse than any issues with the ship. Fantastic food, great stateroom service, good entertainment and friendly staff everywhere. Lovely clean ship and a real feeling of fun onboard just typical of RCI " your on vacation ". I loved the idea of the Centrum being the focal point of the ship. This brought everyone together. We have been spoilt by cruising on Independance of the Seas previously with its west end shows, chocolates on the pillow etc etc.....but this is a much smaller ship and more friendly in my opinion. Would recommend to anyone.
This was our seventh cruise with Royal Caribbean. I have never left a review before as it's just not my thing. First, let me say our previous six cruises with Royal Caribbean have been great. However, I just couldn't let our recent experience on Serenade of the Seas pass without a review. Short and sweet of it, Serande of the Seas has endless problems. We could have overlooked the lack of activities and terrible shows along with the rude ship staff. But when the food is terrible it is impossible to make the best of it and rack it up to just a bad week. However we did a nine night with a consecutive seven day Christmas cruise back-to-back on this ship, and we couldn't get off this ship fast enough! Even the staff told us this ship had problems, so this review should not be a surprise to Royal Caribbean. It's hard to find a fault with a cruise, as its a cruise for goodness sake - make the best of it, right? Well, we failed miserably at trying to make the best of this ship. I guess it helped by us overhearing many other cruisers during our sixteen days onboard complaining about the bad quality of food, shows, and activities in that we knew we were not alone and big complainers. Wow, did I just have the put that in a review for a cruise? Long complaint short - Choose a different Royal Caribbean ship for your next cruise other than Serenade of the Seas!
Although we had a good holiday, was a bit disappointed with this ship. It was our fifth cruise, first with Royal Caribbean, and thought this cruise line was at least up there with the other big players, if not slightly bettter, but was wrong. The food was not as good as other cruise companies, the staff in dining room although very pleasant, were so slow. The excursion team were not very helpful and could not be bothered to help. The Guest Relations desk were excellent though. Then we come to the entertainment, worst I have ever encountered. No West End/Broadway type shows in theatre, like advertised on RC web site and TV adverts! On other cruises, there has always been two shows a night, for first and second dinner seating guests. There was two shows, and for second seating guests these were at 6.30pm, and first seating shows were 8.30pm, but it wasnt a problem as the shows were really rubbish.The entertainments team working in bars etc, were not at all up to scracth and mostly it was guest participation that was the entertainment, there was a couple of trio bands/singers that were ok, but just ok. Then we come to the gratuities - what is going on with these cruise ships, they charge $24/day to your account per two person cabin, then on top every single drink is charged 15%. Even the spa, the stone massage started off $149 but ended up $175 when you come to pay account, with yet again gratuity added. We are all paying part of the staff/crew wages on top of paying for cruise, why dont they just put up cost of cruise, then we would all know what the cruise is going to cost up front. I have been on Carnival Cruise which was excellent, Holland America which was excellent and twice on Thompson Cruises - whilst the staterooms were not as good as the larger cruise lines, the food and especially entertainment was excellent. Would think very hard before chosing a RC cruise again.
Just returned from a lovely cruise to Dubai and the Arabian Gulf. It was it was our first time with Royal Caribbean and we would definately consider going again with them. All the staff on board were extremely polite, friendly and eager to help. The ship was very clean and very well-equipped. The entertainment was a bit repetative, but that could be just our taste. All the meals we had on board were lovely - we didn't try any of the specialist restaurants as we were more than happy with the 'general' eateries. Drinks were quite expensive - 31 dollars for the cheapest bottle of wine so we didn't see anyone 'over the limit!'. We had pre-paid the gratuities and couldn't understand why we had to pay 15% extra for every drink we bought and then to be left an envelope in our room for our (excellent) stateroom attendant. It just seemed a bit too much. We booked two excursions - the hop on, hop off bus in Muscat and the city tour of same city which included the Mosque which was absolutely fabulous and definately worth a visit. Special thanks must go to the Tailor-made team at Iglu Cruises. Everything went according to plan including three private pick-ups/drop-offs and two nights in separate Dubai hotels- the Holiday Inn Express at Dubai Airport and the Arabian Courtyard and Spa beside the creek. Both were excellent. A great holiday all-round!
We have just had the most amazing time on Serenade of The Seas. This was our first cruise and we really did not know what to expect, but we have now caught the bug and will definitely be cruising again. The staff were exceptional, they cannot do enough for you. We ate in the main dining room every evening, as we did not feel the need to try anywhere else as the food was so good (contrary to some reviews I have read!). Our waiter Alrick was most attentive and every evening he would give us information on the port we were visiting the next day, offering hints and tips on the best way to get around the island, etc. We drank in The Schooner Bar most evenings as we found this really relaxing and we were pleasantly surprised by the price of drinks on the ship - about the same (if not cheaper) than we would pay in the UK. We saw 3 shows - 2 by the Royal Caribbean singers and dancers, which were very good and we saw a Temptations Tribute act who were fantastic. We didn't bother seeing the comedians, as this didn't really interest us. We didn't pre-book any trips because there was nothing that we really wanted to do, so we just got off the boat and did an island highlights tour with one of the many people who are waiting when you get off the boat. We always went in one of the little mini-buses and for about $20 each you get a 2 to 3 hour trip, showing you the main points of interest, stopping for photos etc. I would definitely recommend doing this, as it is far cheaper than booking it through the ship. One thing I would recommend is that in your hand luggage you pack your swimming gear/sun lotion, as it can be quite late by the time you get your main suitcases delivered, and this means that you can take advantage of the sun/pool in the meantime. Also, I would pack something to wear that evening, as we didn't get our luggage until about 7.45pm and we had to be at the muster point safety meeting at 8.00pm and dinner at 8.30 - so it was a bit of a rush. All in all we had a fantastic time and would definitely cruise with Royal Caribbean again.