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Serenade of the Seas Review

2019 Best for Service
2018 Best for Families
2014 Best Overall
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Serenade of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
1679 reviews

Pros
Has both an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as multiple dining venues
Cons
Lack of Royal Caribbean's signature outdoor attractions might disappoint some cruisers
Bottom Line
Good value-for-money choice for families and groups

About

Passengers
2,146

Crew
884

Passenger to Crew
2.43:1

Launched
2003

Shore Excursions
412
Sails To
Alaska, Australia & New Zealand, South Pacific, Hawaii
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Serenade of the Seas Overview

Serenade of the Seas is the third Radiance-class ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet. The 90,090-ton, 2,100-passenger vessel fits just within Panamax measurements (with one foot on either side to spare), which means it, like Radiance, Brilliance and Jewel of the Seas, has maximum geographic flexibility and can sail to and from just about any region.

That flexibility extends to the onboard milieu. Serenade of the Seas' greatest strength is that it offers plenty of options, from dining to entertainment, and yet remains a mid-sized ship. It's a good choice for a wide range of traveler -- including families, singles, couples and groups.

Royal Caribbean carries through this ship the Radiance-class' most interesting distinction is the nearly three acres of exterior glass employed in its design -- including glass elevators with ocean views -- that incorporates the outdoors, beautifully, onboard.

The effect is simply dazzling -- and there are remarkable views from nearly every public room. The decorating scheme itself emphasizes elegance, grace, and beauty, and creates quite a harmonious environment. The ship is very easy to navigate, with indoor public rooms concentrated on decks five and six and more-active areas -- sports deck, pools, spa, fitness center -- on decks 11 and 12.

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Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in the Reflections Dining Room and Windjammer Marketplace, plus snacks and meals at Park Cafe; room service breakfast (continental breakfast options only)
  • Shows in the main theater and most daily events and activities, unless otherwise noted
  • Use of the gym, but not most classes
  • Use of the rock climbing wall, Sports Court, mini-golf course and kid’s water slide
  • Adventure Ocean Kids club activities through 10 p.m.
  • Gratuities, only if you booked your cruise in Australia and New Zealand in AU and NZ dollars

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Daily gratuities of $14.50 per person, per day for anyone staying in a Junior Suite or below or $17.50 per person, per day for those staying in Grand Suites and above
  • Room service orders (except complimentary continental breakfast)
  • All drinks except water, tea (including iced tea), coffee, lemonade and select juices from Windjammer Buffet or Rita’s Bar
  • Most specialty restaurants
  • Spa and salon services, most fitness classes
  • Auto-gratuities (18 percent) added to all specialty dining reservations, as well as beverage, spa and salon purchases
  • Select activities including but not limited to arts and crafts classes, bingo, arcade play, alcohol tastings, sushi classes and casino gaming
  • Adventure Ocean programs after 10:00 p.m.
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Photos and art purchases

Top Serenade of the Seas Itineraries

Serenade of the Seas
10 night queensland cruise

Sydney (Australia), Brisbane, Cairns, Newcastle (Australia), Sydney (Australia)

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Fellow Passengers

While passengers onboard will vary based on itinerary and time of year, Serenade of the Seas has captured a wide ranging passenger demographic (older in non-school holiday periods, more families during winter and summer holidays). The ship's appeal is, like its other Radiance class counterparts, is its size. It's new enough to feature contemporary amenities (like balconies and alternative restaurants) and yet -- not so huge as Voyager class vessels.


Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas Dress Code

Daytime: The dress code onboard is cruise casual.

Evening: Expect a formal night and at least one "smart casual" dinner, which means business formal, thought not quite black tie (think dress slacks and nice sweaters). Only a handful of men wore tuxedos on formal night, and the majority of women passed on the full-length gowns in favor of shorter cocktail dresses.

Not permitted: Tank tops are prohibited in the main dining room and specialty restaurants at dinner. Shoes must be worn in all dining venues at all times.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Royal Caribbean.


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Serenade of the Seas Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.2
Dining4.04
Entertainment5.03.7
Public Rooms5.04.3
Fitness Recreation5.04
Family5.04
Enrichment1.03.5
Service5.04.4
Value For Money5.03.9

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Where does Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas sail from?

Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas departs from Vancouver, Sydney, Fremantle and Honolulu

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Cruises on Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas start from £426 per person.

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Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas won 10 awards over the years, including Best for Service in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Service
  • 2018 Best for Families
  • 2014 Best Overall
  • 2014 Best for Cabins
  • 2014 Best for Dining
  • 2014 Best for Entertainment
  • 2014 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2014 Best for Service
  • 2014 Best for Value
  • 2013 Best Overall
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Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas Member Reviews

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ForeverCruisersJ&D
Sail Date: Feb 2020
As our cruise date approached, I was a little nervous about going on the Serenade of the Seas by Royal Caribbean.... Read More
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ForeverCruisersJ&D
Sail Date: Mar 2020
The March 2nd sailing of the Serenade of the Seas was the first back to back cruise we had ever had the pleasure of taking.... Read More
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1717Cruiser
Sail Date: Nov 2019
Entertainment included the Serenade of the Seas orchestra, dancers, one night of comedy/singer and one night of comedy (7am family and 10pm adult). One night of 'love and marriage show'.... Read More
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SimplyMarvie
Sail Date: Dec 2019
The Serenade is not one of RCCI's new mega ships, but it's a well-laid out, charming space that punches above it's weight.... Read More

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Majesty of the Seas
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Rhapsody of the Seas
3.5 / 5.0
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Vision of the Seas
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Voyager of the Seas
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Radiance of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Adventure of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Brilliance of the Seas
4.0 / 5.0
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Navigator of the Seas
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Mariner of the Seas
5.0 / 5.0
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Serenade of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Jewel of the Seas
3.5 / 5.0
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Oasis of the Seas
4.5 / 5.0
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Allure of the Seas
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Symphony of the Seas
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