Overall
Dining
Children
Cabins
Excursions
Ents.
Sports
Overall
Dining
Children
Cabins
Excursions
Ents.
Sports
  • Average scores calculated from:
  • 214 web reviews - 7 cruiselinefans reviews
Read all

Write a cruise review

Did you love or loathe your cruise?

Tell everyone about your cruise by posting a review. It's quick and easy.

Write a review and earn 2,000 points, bringing you that one step closer to a Bronze award.

Review of the Serenade of the Seas

Royal Caribbean

Cruise Date: February 2015

Booking: Travel Agency

Embarkation: New Orleans

Destination: Caribbean

Cabin number: 9218

Cabin category: (optional)

Packer Fans Cruise

written by packercruising posted on 06/03/15

We started out with a Pre-Cruise at Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome in New Orleans. We can enthusiastically recommend this hotel if you are staying there. We found the service, friendliness of the staff and the rooms were all excellent!

EMBARKATION- This was a breeze. We had priority boarding, but it didn't seem to make a difference. It was very well organized.

CABIN- The cabin was well laid out with lots of storage space and a decent size balcony. It was very clean and the bed was comfortable.

CABIN ATTENDANT- The cabin attendant was pretty efficient. She wasn't very personable and we did not see her around a lot, but she kept the room clean and was prompt to respond to any requests.

MDR- We ate in the Main Dining Room 3 of the 7 nights. After the first night, we did not have to ask for the same table. We had a table for two, but there was a table for 4 right next to us and the same 2 couples were there each night. Very nice people. The quality of the food was much better than I was expecting. We really liked our assistant waiter, but never once met the waiter. This applies only to dinner. We did eat in the MDR for breakfast one morning and it was not a good experience.

WINDJAMMER/PARK CAFE- The food in the buffet was also very good and there was a wide variety to choose from. The scrambled eggs for breakfast as well as the hash browns, were generally not hot, but there were a couple of omelet stations where you could get eggs cooked to order. If you just wanted a snack, there was the Park Cafe for sandwiches.

BARS- Believe it or not, we did check out several of the bars. If you have ever been on an RCI ship, there is no need to discuss the Schooner Bar as they are the same on every one. We used that one a lot if we just wanted to relax for a bit or get on the internet (BTW, the wi-fi on the ship was really slow). The Crown and Castle Pub is right by the auditorium and we stopped there fairly often. The only other bars we went to with any regularity were the R Bar, which was in the Centrum, and the Pool Bar, which was conveniently located by the pool.

BARTENDERS- There were no bartenders that really stood out, except for maybe Vic in the C&C Pub and maybe our drinks server in the MDR. The overall service was very good and the lounge service was exceptional, for the most part.

GUEST ENTERTAINERS- The guests entertainers were top notch. We enjoyed those shows very much.

MAIN SHOWS- It only took one of these shows to tell us we did not want to waste our time going to any others. the talent of their crew, especially the lead male singer was average at best.

LOUNGE ENTERTAINMENT- This was a high point for us. They had a couple piano players and a couple guitarists, each playing a different style. Their singers were good, but not great.

CROWN AND ANCHOR PIER EVENT- This is the lamest excuse for an event we have ever seen. Seats were jammed together, so if you didn't get there early, you were pretty much out of luck. They didn't have the different managers up front to introduce them individually, and the Captain didn't even speak. Most of the speaking was done by the Assistant CD.

SHORE EXCURSION- We only did one shore excursion and it was post cruise. It was a tour of New Orleans with an Airport drop off. We did this excursion because our plane wasn't scheduled to depart until later. It was worth the price.

DISEMBARKATION- This was very well organized and there were no problems.

This review was written by...
show profile
packercruising
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star

Location: Townsend, WI

  • 21 friends
  • 6 photos
  • 14 cruises travelled
  • 6 reviews
  • 10964 forum posts

More reviews by packercruising

Baltic Adventure

View our Baltic Adventure photos here, http://cruisingmemories.shutterfly.com/balticadventure 2013 BALTIC CRUISE June 19- Copenhagen- We have the honor of being the first ones on the ship by virtue of the fact that we never left the ship from the...

Read this review

Norwegian Fjords

All photos are posted here, http://cruisingmemories.shutterfly.com/norway June 4- Leaving the cabin today! Want to make sure I have a document started. A cold and rainy start to our vacation. June 5- Copenhagen- Major hassles in Amsterdam, but we g...

Read this review

Australia/New Zeland

As most of you know, Lynette and I were gone in March for a trip to Australia. For anyone hoping for a koala bear, sorry, they wouldn?t let us take them out of the country. Hope you enjoy the pictures! We left March 1, the day after a 15? snowstorm....

Read this review

Australia/New Zeland

As most of you know, Lynette and I were gone in March for a trip to Australia. For anyone hoping for a koala bear, sorry, they wouldn?t let us take them out of the country. Hope you enjoy the pictures! We left March 1, the day after a 15? snowstorm....

Read this review

More reviews of this ship

Cruises from Venice Italy

by Judyd12

The eastern Mediterranean, the Greek Islands, Croatia, and Turkey. If you are a history buff, ideal itinerary. Imagine waking up and viewing the blue Aegean Sea - spectacular! The views of the sea from Santorini was breathtaking. We took the tour of...

Read this review

Such high hopes but a big let down

by aml3679

We were so looking forward to our first Royal Caribbean cruise only to leave having felt like we had never been on vacation and leaving doubts about ever going on another one with Royal Caribbean. Not the cruise line's fault, but, the ship had a wat...

Read this review

Serenade of the Seas Feb 8, 2014

Our review of the Serenade of the Seas cruise Feb 8-15, 2014 - Key West, Nassau and Coco Cay   We began our drive to NOLA on Feb 6 and after spending the night just south of Jackson, MS we arrived at the Holiday Inn on Loyola Street near the Mercedes...

Read this review

Suez Canal

by henggia

very nice show in the centrum,, the acuatronics.. but the show is too short,, you have to stand in the balconys internetconnection was very slowly. very, very slowly

Read this review

Most friendliest Crew

by nathan1

The friendliest Crew that I have experienced in our cruise experience. We had an amazing Stateroom attendant(Wayne), who went out of his way to assit all the guest. The state room was always kept clean and very friendly. The Dining room staff from Con...

Read this review

Serenade of the Seas to Alaska - July 3-10, 2005

I just returned from my third trip to Alaska. What this trip made me realize more than anything was that I definitely will be going back to Alaska again. Alaska is an amazingly beautiful place. Its people are friendly, its sights are breathtaking, a...

Read this review