Return to Cruising Ship Guide: Serenade of the Seas

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When is Serenade of the Seas slated to resume operations?

(Latest Update: November 11, 2021) Serenade of the Seas returned to service in Alaska on July 19, 2021. In early October repositioned to Florida and homeport in Tampa. It will sail a number of Caribbean itineraries through the end of 2021. 

For all sailings through March 31, 2022, Royal Caribbean guests ages 12 years and older are required to bring proof of vaccination, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 vaccination record card, with the final dose of the vaccine completed at least 14 days before sailing (not counting the sail date).  Guests under the age of 12, who are considered fully vaccinated, should follow the guidance for vaccinated guests. Unvaccinated children ages 2 to 11 must present a negative PCR or antigen test result taken no more than 3 days prior to sailing in order to board. There continues to be no testing required for guests under age 2.

In addition to presenting proof of COVID vaccine, all guests 2 and older must present a negative COVID test result. Vaccinated guests must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before sailing. Unvaccinated children ages 2-11 must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken no more than 3 days prior to sailing. 

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. 

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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. 

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Pricing: Depending on the itinerary, entry-level accommodations on Serenade of the Seas 2021 cruises are currently starting at around $50 per person, per night. Want a little more space? We recommend checking out a balcony cabin to have your own private oasis to sit outside and enjoy the scenery. Prices on balcony rooms start at $80 and go up based on cabin category, location, and sail date. 

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What to Expect at Embarkation & Onboard Protocols 

There are a number of evolving protocols that Royal Caribbean has implemented for the embarkation process. All guests ages 12 and older (regardless of vaccination status) will need to take a COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) with an accredited test provider no more than two days before arriving at the terminal for embarkation. Unvaccinated children ages 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than three days before boarding day. 

Prior to sailing, Royal Caribbean suggests passengers download the Royal Caribbean App to check into their cruise as well as select a time slot for arrival on boarding day. One day before departure, all guests must complete the app’s Guest Health Questionnaire. When you arrive to board the ship, all passengers should be prepared to present the following: Passport/Passport Card or a state-certified U.S. Birth Certificate, COVID vaccine card, COVID-19 test result, proof of travel insurance, and the completed health questionnaire. 

When indoors on the ship, CDC guidelines require all guests two and older to wear masks unless they are actively eating or drinking. Per the guidelines, Royal Caribbean will make allowances for guests to remove their masks in venues and events dedicated to fully-vaccinated parties. Masks are not required in your stateroom when you are with your traveling party, outside on the open decks, or at Perfect Day at CocoCay unless in a crowded setting. 

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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

Shore Excursions: 

With so much to see and do in the ports which Serenade of the Seas will visit, be sure to book shore excursions as early as possible. Spend your day in port exploring, at the beach, on an adventure, or doing a city tour. Save money, and be guaranteed to return to the ship on time when you book with Shore Excursion Group. 

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