Review of Serenade Of The Seas deck 11 (Lido-Pools-Gym)
Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center is a 2-level wellness complex. On this level is the Fitness (ShipShape Center, open between 6 am - 10 pm) consisting of a large Gymnasium (complimentary), Aerobics Room (for classes- Yoga, Pilates, spinning, stretching), lockers (separate for men/women). A staircase leads to the upper level (ShipShape Spa). The Gym room has floor-ceiling windows and modern bodybuilding and training exercise equipment (free weights, weight machines, treadmills, steppers, ellipticals, stationary bikes, Kinesis wall). In the mornings/afternoons are scheduled health and wellness seminars (free of charge).
Solarium is the ship’s adults-only relaxation complex with a retractable glass-roof pool, 1 swimming pool (depth 5,7 ft / 1,7 m, with cascading waterfalls), 1 whirlpool, sunbathing area surrounding the pool (loungers, deckchairs, chaise pads), a full-service Solarium Bar and a cafe restaurant. There is a 24-hour beverage station for complimentary drinks (coffee- regular & decaf, tea, iced tea, flavored waters).
Park Cafe is a complimentary deli restaurant serving with fast-food the Solarium and the Spa-Fitness complex. Park Cafe is open for Breakfast (6:30-10 am, hot panini sandwiches, made-your-own bagels, muffins, cereals, fresh fruits, yogurts), Lunch (11:30 am - 6:30 pm /seadays, and 1-6:30 pm /portdays) and also for late night snacks (9:30 pm - 3:30 am). The menu offers light-fare food – including fresh pizza and sandwiches, wraps, soups, selection of salads (incl custom-made) and desserts (cakes, gourmet pastries, coffee).
Outdoor Movie Screen (called Jumbotron) is a poolside cinema (complimentary) located near the main pool area. It is used daily for showing funny videos and live sporting events, and for watching new movies nightly.
Main Pool area has 1 swimming pool (freshwater), 2 whirlpools, stage (bandstand for live performances), expansive sunbathing area with plenty of sunloungers. Daily fun activities include live music, pool games and fun contests. The pool deck area is served with drinks and refreshments (frozens, soda, beer/buckets, wine, cocktails) by two outdoor bars – Pool Bar (deck 11) and Sky Bar (on sports deck 12).
Art Gallery displays original artworks available for purchasing. The gallery’s personnel also conducts the onboard art auctions.
Windjammer Cafe is the lido buffet restaurant (capacity 638 seats) with indoor/outdoor seating. Dining here is casual (as dress code), complimentary and self-service type. The buffet is open for Early Breakfast (6:30-7 am), Breakfast (7-11 am), Lunch (11.30 am - 3 pm), Afternoon Tea/Snacks (3-5 pm) and Dinner (6:30-9 pm). The Windjammer restaurant has various buffet stations, including for salads, soups, entrees, grill (incl BBQ meats and cooked-to-order steaks), panini (sandwiches), chicken, fish (incl sushi), vegetarian dishes, fast-food (pizza, pasta, hot-dogs, burgers, french fries), cooked vegetables, sauces and toppings, breads, fruits, desserts (incl healthy desserts). On themed evenings are offered Mexican, Indian, Asian and other international cuisine specialties. At Breakfast there is an egg station (made-to-order omelettes and eggs). At Lunch there is also a carving station. The lido buffet also has 24-hour operational beverage stations with complimentary drinks (milk, coffee, tea, instant hot chocolate, flavored waters, also juices at breakfast). Windjammer’s complimentary “sushi stations” open for dinner-only (at 6:30 pm). Designated chefs continuously prepare fresh sushi (cooked rolls variations, mostly of eel and tuna). There are no nigirizushi or sashimi (with raw meat) or made-to-order items.
Rita’s Cantina (aft-portside, 84 seats, open between 2-9.30 pm, menu) is an inexpensive Tex-Mex specialty restaurant (at US$3 surcharge plus a la carte priced menu). The restaurant (more like snack bar) is part of the Windjammer restaurant. It has indoor/outdoor seating and offers casual dining with Mexican cuisine food and drinks. The menu offers a huge variety of beverages (incl beers, mixed drinks, a selection of margaritas /served frozen or on rocks), light fare and snacks. Among the food items in the menu are soups, sides (Mexican Rice, Sour Cream, Peppers, Guacamole, Chilli Con Carne, Cheese Sauce), smaller plates (Taco Salad, Fiesta Guacamole, Party Nachos, Shrimp Tostada, Chicken Quesadilla), larger plates (Classic Taco Salad, Chiles Anchos Rellenos, Grilled Chicken, Roasted Pork Chimichanga, Grilled Salmon, Burritos, Seared Red Snapper), kids (Cheese Quesadilla, Nachos, Chicken Tacos) and desserts (Cinnamon Churros, Banana Enchiladas, Mexican Flan).