Can anyone give me some pros and cons or tell me about a recent experience on the Serenade? I am mostly concerned about whether the ship is worn and overcrowded. We like to hang out by the pool and don't want to wait for a chair everyday. I will be booking a balcony room and was also curious about the comfort of the rooms. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!!!
I just got back from the SOS.
The ship is not worn or overcrowded. It holds 2000+ passengers with around 820 crew. I don't know what you mean by overcrowded. Did I have to stand in line to get into the restaurant, disembark? At times. Did I have trouble finding a seat in the Windjammer? Yes, at times. Did I have trouble finding a lounge chair? Yes. But I would gather that is on any ship that is near capacity.
There are some people who it seems camp out in the solarium so it was a little hard sometimes to get a chair. Also despite the "no saving" signs, this did go on. One day I went to the solarium and there were no vacant lounge chairs, but there were not people in everyone and no one was in the water so I suspect people had stepped out or whatever and weren't actively in the solarium.
It was easier to find a chair outside, but there are more outside.
I was in an inside room and it was pretty much the same as on the Grandeur of the Seas. Configuration was a little different.
One problem that did hold up getting into the restaurant/Windjammer at times was the hand sanitizer. Sanitizers were at the entrances to lots of things and it seemed to be mandatory to sanitize. As we entered employees told us to sanitize. Sometimes I did, sometimes I didn't. Sometimes I'd get my food then use my own sanitizer. Anyway, when I would go to the restaurant I'd see a long line and I'd go to the front to see what was going on and it was people in line to sanitize, not to actually go into the restaurant.
I think the ship is in good shape. I didn't notice any glaring deficencies. If you have any questions, let me know. Oh, one lady did say she got bitten by a spider in the Safari Club, but it seemed like the ship didn't believe her.