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Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Serenade of the Seas
Sailing Date: August 22nd, 2003
Itinerary: 1 Night Cruise to Nowhere and Naming Ceremony
We arrived at LaGuardia Airport and the taxi ride to the port was $26 plus tip.
Check-in was real smooth and the process took about 5 minutes.
After a buffet lunch at the Windjammer Cafe we took a walk around to get familiarized with the ship. The Serenade of the Seas is the third of the Radiance class ships. The ship is the first to start it's inaugural season with sailings out of New York. The ship is fairly easy to get around. The glass elevators in the Centrum facing the outside of the ship give amazing views.
Staff: All of the staff were both friendly and very courteous. Everyone greeted you with a smile.
The cabin was a category E1 outside balcony. The bathroom was about the average size with a shower area and shelves inside the shower stalls to hold your soaps, shampoos and other
necessities. There is also a soap dispenser in the shower. Also there was a sofa with a cocktail table. We also had a desk with a chair and a data port for an online hookup for a computer..
Above the desk on either side were mirrors that opened up with shelves for storage behind them. The storage space was very good with a double closet that can hold your clothes and luggage. There was ample room for 2 passengers to move around.
Bars and Lounges:
This ship has twelve bars and lounges in which there should be no trouble finding one that you will like.
Restaurants and Dining
Reflections Dining Room Decks 4 and 5. This is the main dinning room on the ship. There is one seating for breakfast and lunch and two sittings for dinner. An extensive menu is offered for all meals.
Buffet style dining on Deck 11. This is an alternative to the main dinning room. You can have breakfast lunch and dinner and is buffet style. You can also enjoy a late afternoon tea each day with various types of tea and other beverages along with finger sandwiches, cookies, scones and other sweets. The hat food was kept hot and ice around the cold food. The variety of choices should please everyones tastes.
Sea View Café
Casual dining on Deck 12. The Sea View offers casual dining and snacks through out the day.
Chops Grill and Portofino – Alternative Dining
Specialty restaurants on Deck 6 for dinner require reservations and a service charge.
Entertainment and other public areas
Decks 4, 5 and 6 Forward. This is the main theatre on the ship for the shows and is stadium type seating.
There are a no obstructed view seats that I could find.
Deck 6 Midship. This is the place to go if you feel lucky. They have a variety of table games and slots.
Shopping and Photo Gallery
Deck 6 Midship. There are a variety of shops (gifts and jewelry, fashion, liquor, perfume, souvenir and photo) to purchase tax and duty free items or to purchase pictures taken during the cruise.
On Deck 5 the conference center is set up very nice and equipped with the latest audio and visual technology. The conference center can be made into several small rooms and can be enlarged into the Showboat Lounge if the space is needed.
Due to the limited time and the busy schedule these were all of the areas of the ship that we were able to view.
The Naming Ceremony in the Tropical Theater was really special.
The ceremony started with the Harlem Gospel Choir followed by the parade down each side of the theater by the New York police Department Pipes and Drums Corp. The Naming was done by the ships godmother Whoopi Goldberg. The ceremony ended with more performances by the NYPD Pipes and Drum Corp and the Harlem Gospel Choir.
We were delayed departing and we set sail and were treated to a phenomenal fireworks show at the Statue of Liberty.
After we had a great dinner in the reflections dining room. The special menu offered a complete five course dinner with your entree choice of Monk Fish or Filet of Beef and white or red wine.
After dinner we did some shopping.
At midnight we were thrilled by a spectacular show in the Tropical Theater. After the show it was time to say goodnight while the ship sailed off the Long Island coast.
In the morning we had breakfast and then we could disembark without waiting as there were no customs to go through.
This is a beautiful ship and would highly recommend it.