There is no mistaking a great ship like Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas with just any other cruise ship. Spend just a couple of hours on her and you will find out why.
“To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world,” John Muir. I mention Alaska because that is the trip I took with my wife and in-laws when I sailed on Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship, the Serenade of the Seas.
For me it was the perfect cruise ship to set sail on for this type of 7 day fun and adventure. With it’s floor to ceiling windows from the Champagne Bar to it’s great construction of how the balconies off of the rooms were laid out so that you can speak to your neighbors without a huge wall interfering with you, made it that much better.
It had many ammenities such as a complete workout facility, an auditorium for events and shows, many gift shops and of course the spa and salon, a service which my wife and I took advantage of. We each signed up for the half hour massage, which was well worth its price tag. The masseuse was very professional and thorough and after talking to my wife hers was also just as good. Just keep in mind the price you pay does not include your tip and that really should be based on the level of service that you received.
Another great feature of the Serendae of the Seas are the separated pool areas. One is set up so that both the kids and adults can enjoy it and the other pool area is for adults only. I found it hard to believe that families would bring kids on an Alaskan cruise, but they did and there were a lot of them.
At the time my wife and I did not have any children so I did not partake in learning of any of the kids activities, but on the top deck there were basketball courts, volleyball courts, miniature golf and a slew of other activities to keep kids of all ages busy and it looked like they were having loads of fun.
For adults there were ample amounts of “watering holes” to choose from to wet you whistle at anytime during the day. If for some reason you just did not want to get out of your seat to belly up to the bar for a drink there were plenty of courteous waiters and waitresses ready to meet your every need.
The trip through the inner passage and seeing the Hubbard glacier, Skagway, Ketchikan and Juneau was a great trip and I would highly recommend it. Seeing these sites from the beauty and comfort of Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas made it that much more enjoyable.