Return to Cruising Ship Guide: Serenade of the Seas
When is Serenade of the Seas slated to resume operations?
Serenade of the Seas will begin cruising in Alaska roundtrip from Seattle starting July 19, 2021. The ship will sail week-long itineraries with ports of call including Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point, as well as cruise the jaw-dropping views of Endicott Arm fjord and Dawes Glacier.
For July sailings on Serenade of the Seas, Royal Caribbean requires that all guests age 12 years and older be fully vaccinated, administering the final dose of the chosen vaccine at least 14 days prior to the sail date.
Cruising on Serenade of the Seas? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board.
About the Ship: Serenade of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s smaller ships. The vessel is part of the line’s Radiance Class and received upgrades in 2017. The ship can accommodate about 2,146 passengers (when sailing at full capacity) and includes 1,000 staterooms. Highlights of Serenade of the Seas include three pools and three whirlpools, a mini-golf course, rock climbing wall, casino, spa, world-class entertainment, kids and teens areas, as well as sixteen bars and nightclubs.
Activities + Entertainment: No cruise line does onboard activities better than Royal Caribbean. The line offers a wide selection of activities for teens and tots through the Adventure Ocean program. The entire family can enjoy a movie night by the pool or a competitive game of mini-golf. Adults looking to relax can enjoy the 16-and-over Solarium area or the full-service Vitality Spa.
Dining: Serenade of the Seas dining options offer a bit of everything, ranging from casual family eateries to elegant five-star venues. Complimentary options include the Seaview Cafe, the Reflections Main Dining Room and the Windjammer Marketplace buffet. Specialty restaurants include Chops Grille steakhouse, Izumi sushi or Giovanni's Table.
Pricing: Sailings are filling up quickly with the return of Serenade of the Seas to Alaska this summer, and prices seem to be changing daily. Right now you can expect to pay about $80 to $90 per person per night for entry-level accommodations. Consider booking a balcony cabin, so you can take in the views of Alaska from your own outdoor oasis. Serenade of the Seas’ balcony rooms currently start at around $150 per person per night and go up from there based on location and category.
We recommend booking NOW if you find a price you like - chances are it won’t last long!
What to Expect at Embarkation & Onboard Protocols
Prior to embarkation, all guests ages 12 and over will be required to present proof of the COVID-19 vaccine. Unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 11 years are required to take a PCR test for COVID-19 when checking in at the terminal, and will also receive an antigen test onboard within 24 hours of the end of voyage prior to disembarkation. No testing is required for guests under age 2 years.
When indoors per CDC guidelines, Royal Caribbean will require all guests 2 years and older to wear masks, unless actively eating or drinking. There will be allowances for guests to remove their masks in venues and events dedicated to fully vaccinated parties. Masks are not required in staterooms or outside on open decks unless in crowded settings.
Royal Caribbean will designate areas for everyone in the Main Dining area, including certain areas for vaccinated parties only. My Time Dining will not be available to parties that include unvaccinated guests. Some specialty restaurants will be open to everyone, while others will be for vaccinated parties only. The Windjammer buffet will be open to all, and food will be served by crew.
Theaters and activity venues will offer spaced seating with options for everyone and for vaccinated guests only. Spa services, except those offered in treatment rooms, are available to everyone. The Fitness Center will have dedicated operating hours for everyone, and specific hours reserved for vaccinated guests only. The Casino will be open to vaccinated guests only.
Tips from Our Community Members:
The Serenity area for adults only was beautiful and very relaxing! - Shack123
Be sure to tell guest services if you're traveling for a special ocassion while on board. They did lots of nice things for my mother who was celebrating her birthday, including a complementary call to the US, decorated her cabin door and cabin, had special desserts delivered during dinner + more. - TanLines419
Had a terrific time. The staff works hard to make sure everyone is happy and if you have any concerns, they address them immediately. The ship is well maintained and up-to-date. Food was wonderful. A large variety for everyone. - rrstone
With so much to see and do in Alaska, be sure to book shore excursions as early as possible. The top-rated excursions by port are:
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Latest Update: July 12, 2021
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