During the course of the next week I'll write and post a FULL report, and submit it to Readers Review area.. but thought I'd drop in on the boards and post a mini report about our CruiseMates Let's Get Lei'd Again Group Cruise.
First off... the Serenade is a REALLY beautiful ship, with great interior spaces. The Schooner's Bar, Safari Club are both remarkably comfortable, with an upscale feel to them.
We enjoyed terrific meals, with excellent service at both Chops and Portofinos.
The food in the dining room and Windjammer, though plentiful, was very average, and NEVER hot. Even warm would be a stretch. Most everything seemed to be at room temperature. Thought I kept ordering the chilled soups at dinner <G>
You won't starve for sure, but only about 2 nights menus, out of 11, were really interesting.
It seemed we were rather fortunate to be cruising with a CM group, and creating our own fun, because the entertainment and events aboard seemed out of sync the entire cruise. The Cruise Compass seemed to have errors in schedule and activities almost every day.
We had late seating dinner, and the majority of shows in the Theater were pre-dinner shows, which seemed to negate the benefit of doing late seating. The "theory" being with late seating there's no rush to return from ports or rush to dinner.
The Captain was a delight. Very friendly and entertaining. And kept the passengers very well informed when we were preparing for a medical evacuation at sea.
The crew seemed to be a particularily happy bunch. Each one we spoke with, seemed happy with the ship and their fellow crewmates.
The design of the main pool area is rather poor, imho. For a large ship, the area is small, and there's no area poolside at all with table & chairs to enjoy alfresco dining. One day there was a poolside bar-b-q, and though it happened to be cold to eat outside that day anyway, you had to get your food there, and go into the Windjammer Cafe to find a table and chair to eat at.
I'll go into much more detail in my full report, but this should give you a "taste" of our experience on Serenade.
The BEST thing about it was the CruiseMates group we were with. Fabulous and Fun!!