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Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas

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Common Areas (910)
Dining and Bars (683)
Itineraries for this ship
4 Night Cruise to the Western Caribbean
Departure date
Thursday, 02/12/21
Tampa, Costa Maya, Tampa
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Passengers: 2,146   |   Crew: 848
Passengers to crew: 2.53:1
Passengers to space: 41.9:1
Launched: 2003   


  • Deck 2
  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
Additional decks
Deck 2 layout
  Interior (2V)  
  Ocean View (3N)  
  Ocean View (1N)  
  Ocean View (2N)  
  Interior (1V)  
Medical Facility


Cabin size: 162 - 265 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 90
Accessible rooms: 6
Maximum passengers: 5
Number of cabins: 517

Activities & entertainment

Activities (26)
  • CruiseCritic Meet and Mingle
  • Dance Classes
  • Dance Classes
  • Dance Parties
  • Fairways of Serenade
  • Fitness Classes*
  • Hot Tubs (3)
  • Pool Games
  • Pools (3)
  • RC Online*
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Running Track
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Sports Court
  • Sports Deck
  • Sports Tournament
  • Trivia
  • Video Arcade*
  • Vitality Spa and Fitness Center*
  • Vitality Spa and Fitness Center
  • Wine Tasting*
  • Waterslides
  • Adventure Beach
  • Adventure Ocean
  • Fuel Teen Disco
  • Nursery
Entertainment (16)
  • Live Music
  • Casino Royale*
  • Cinema
  • Deck Parties
  • Demonstrations
  • Game Broadcasts
  • Game Shows
  • Karaoke
  • Movie Screen
  • Poolside Movies
  • The Safari Club
  • Tropical Theatre
  • Tropical Theatre
  • Tropical Theatre
  • Vortex Nightclub
  • Wellness Lectures
Dining (19)
  • Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Reflections Dining Room - American
  • Izumi - Asian*
  • R Bar - Atrium Bar*
  • Windjammer Café - Casual
  • Windjammer Café Veranda - Casual
  • Zanzibar Lounge - Clubby Bar*
  • Chef's Table - Gourmet*
  • Viking Crown Lounge - Iconic Bar*
  • Giovanni's Table - italian*
  • Park Café - Lighter Fare
  • Rita's Cantina - Mexican*
  • Schooner Bar - Nautical bar*
  • Sky Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Crown & Castle Pub - Pub*
  • Chops Grille - Steakhouse*
  • The Congo Bar - Tiki Bar*
  • Vintages - Wine Bar*
* May require additional fees
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SheilaDaak wrote a review 10 Nov
Jacksonville, Florida53 contributions22 helpful votes
We went on a 4 day cruise out of Tampa. We liked the Day At Sea on either side of the stop in Costa Maya. Really enjoyed the crew. Our room was wonderful and Room Attendant, Richard was great. We stayed in the Main Dining Room for all 4 dinners. This is not who we usually are. But we had such great service and food - no reason not to come back each night. Our waiter - Ahmad was excellent - gave us a run down on each dish. Very helpful and professional. Our assistant waiter gave us everything we needed at each meal and was quite happy to see us each night. I like decaf coffee with dinner and it was at my elbow when I sat down each evening. Really love so much service!
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Amy R wrote a review Sep 2021
Houston, Texas372 contributions452 helpful votes
This was our first cruise since COVID. Not sure if they still have a lot of restrictions that we may not no about or if the cruise director and activities manager were just that bad. It was clearly based for seniors and kids. Please don’t forget your middle aged people are starting to like to cruise as well. BINGO at 8AM trivia at 9AM! What, no way. They show one movie a day once inside and once outside. We were going and in Alaska why show one outside. Why not show different movies all day inside? Make sure you eat when you can. The service was great the food was okay but hope your done eating by 9PM. Unless you order room service for an additional fee you have no place to get any food after 11:30 PM. The only place open till 11:30 PM is up on the 11th deck in the solarium and they may have a piece or two of old pizza. One trick you can go to your main dinning and order as much as you want and have it delivered to your room. We did this because we did have a balcony on the very back of the ship. The views were great you could see both sides which was amazing. Skip Icy Straight Point. This is nothing but a trap by the cruise lines. Very small place and it is owned by a couple of different cruise liners. Hope your ready for bed right after dinner or soon after. I’m used to being able to do something 24 hours a day on a ship. Everything is done by 10 PM unless you want to go to the club who on most night had no more than 8 or 10 people. The casino usually did not open till 10 PM and was closed by 2AM. I also had an issue in the casino and brought it to the table managers attention. He took my name and room number as said he would get back to me either way. Well I’m still waiting for that response. Do your research before booking, this was most likely our last cruise with RCCL.
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2 Helpful votes
jtcchicago wrote a review Apr 2020
Evergreen Park, Illinois30 contributions8 helpful votes
My wife and I were celebrating her 60th Birthday and had such a fabulous time on the Serenade that we have to mention of few of the people that made it specatular. Pastoria-Cabin steward, thanks for your great service Khrystina- Sky and Pool bar waitress.. Great service keep up the great work we miss you so much Irma- food service, our first server and she is awesome. Erwin/Sara - dinner servers. Great job every night... Christine- table seater. Thanks for your service( and the water on excursions) Beverly- server everywhere. Thanks for helping me out with cocktails you are great. Myksma-Sky bartender. Thanks for your awesome quick service Celia-Pool Bar- great worker seems to never stop Thanks Oliver- Solarium Bar. Thanks for keeping my beer flowing Christopher-R Bar bar tender. You made me laugh often.. Thank-you Franky- R Bar bar tender. My wife loved your drinks Thanks Taffreal- Giovannis - Thanks for all you did, it made our trip awesome. I'm sure I misspelled a few names but please forgive me. The staff at all the restaurants were great especially Chops grille and Izumi... Entertainment was well done and a pleasure to watch, In this terrible time, we were so lucky to be able to take this cruise, and we met so many great cruise workers and passengers too. Can't wait to take another cruise with Frank-o and Holly, and maybe some others... Thanks again Serenade for a great vacation, stay safe, God Bless...
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AlexaKempel wrote a review Mar 2020
3 contributions3 helpful votes
My husband and I just returned from a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Eastern Caribbean on Serenade of the Seas during the coronavirus scare (end of Feb 2020). I was not terribly nervous about getting sick, but I wondered how RC would handle the scare. I was very impressed with the lengths they went to in terms of cleaning, sanitizing and providing plenty of Purell everywhere on the ship. In fact, going into every dining area they had a few of their perkier staff members literally making sure every person sanitized upon entering. Crew members washed every banister and handle daily. I'd say they really couldn't have done any more to prevent sickness. Wanted to react to one of the previous review where a reviewer said the RC ship/cruise didn't meet their expectations. This is probably my 14th cruise with RC and I felt the value or the money is tremendous. We have also cruised with Celebrity and one cruise on Princess. Was the cruise experience as elegant as 20 years ago..nope, but the price was hardly more than it cost 20 years ago! It would be impossible to rent an Airbnd home and cook your own meals for the amount we spent I couldn't believe that they even had smoked salmon in the breakfast buffet (probably $12 a pound in a grocery store). We are not the kind of cruise people that eat everything in sight, but the dinners in the main dining room was good.with a nice variety. We bought a Dining Package tot the specialty restaurant (3 dinners for $80) which was truly worth every cent. The nightly entertainment in the Theatre was nothing close to Broadway. But, the entertainment throughout the ship in the many lounges was excellent. I thought the service was wonderful. Some day I want to try cruising on a higher level premium cruise line like Oceania or Regent Seven Seas where the quality will be better, but the price tag goes along accordingly. The prices are at least double, triple or four times the price we paid. Did RC meet my expectations for a relaxing vacation at a great price? You bet!
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1 Helpful vote
Don B wrote a review Feb 2020
Burlington, Canada9 contributions6 helpful votes
My wife was concerned about the smaller ship with 2,200 passengers, and whether she would get sea sick. While it did rock a tiny bit more than the larger ships we've been on, it really was no problem and was actually quite pleasant when trying to go to sleep. While it is a few years old, built in 2002 with a minor refurbishment in 2012, it truly did not show its age. This is a real testament to the attention Royal Caribbean puts toward maintenance and upkeep. While it does not have the same variety of recreational facilities as found on the large 5,500 passenger Oasis Class ships, it had everything we wanted. We're retired and look for a relaxed vacation in the sun and taking an 11 night cruise on the Eastern Caribbean provided an excellent experience – we thoroughly enjoyed it. It appeared at least 75% of the passengers were also retirees so the atmosphere and pace was a little slower and more laid back - it was perfect. As we've come to expect with Royal Caribbean, the entire crew is warm, friendly and helpful. It doesn't matter what you ask them to do or what your issues might be, nothing is ever a problem for them and help is always provided with courtesy and a smile. Our cabin was clean, did not look dated and everything worked. While it was minor, our only complaint was the lack of plug-ins at the bedside tables to charge our phones at night while keeping them available to see what time it is when you wake up. Plugs were provided on the desk. We’ve been on newer ships and they had the bed-side plug-ins so we’re thinking it was not a demand in 2002 when it was built. The food was fabulous – always fresh and good variety on both the Windjammer all-day buffet and the evening dining room. If you’re looking for the type of vacation described above, which our category ratings are based on, we highly recommend the Serenade of the Seas and this 11 night cruise.
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