Serenade of the Seas Overview
Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas is a small to midsize ship designed for adventurers who want to experience different customs and cultures. A variety of exciting itineraries take families, couples, and solo travelers to unique destinations from the Caribbean to the Arctic Circle. The cruise ship has more than a dozen bars and nightclubs for nonstop fun after dark. During the day, adult travelers can soak up the sun in the Solarium, power up in the fitness center, or unwind with a relaxing treatment in the Vitality Spa. Families who are vacationing with children can take advantage of Royal Caribbean's many kid-friendly amenities, including rock-climbing, mini golf, arcade games, and Adventure Ocean science activities.
In 2012, this Radiance-class vessel underwent a $29 million dry-dock refurbishment that added new dining venues, entertainment features, and integrated technology. Additional improvements were completed in 2017. Since the refurbishments, plenty of Cruiseline.com members have reported that, despite its age, Serenade of the Seas offers a great cruising experience with wonderful service and phenomenal food.
Serenade is a truly worldwide ship, currently sailing Caribbean and Bermuda cruises leaving from Boston and Fort Lauderdale. In Fall 2019, Serenade of the Seas cruises will include sailings along the rugged New England coast between Boston and Nova Scotia, or travelers can explore the Norwegian fjords on Baltic itineraries that include ports of call in Denmark, Finland, Russia, and Estonia, and Serenade will offer additional sailings in Panama and to the Hawaiian Islands before the repositioning to the Pacific Northwest. Starting in 2020, Serenade of the Seas will sail along Alaska's Inside Passage with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Icy Strait Point, then head down under for Australia and New Zealand itineraries.
Best ForThanks to its smaller size, Serenade of the Seas is recommended for couples and families who prefer smaller crowds and a slightly tamer cruising experience. Additionally, the ship's unique itineraries cater to passengers who are interested in off-the-beaten-path destinations.
You Should KnowWhile Serenade scores high marks with experienced cruisers and first timers, it doesn't offer all of the bells, whistles, and over-the-top amenities found on some of Royal Caribbean's newer, larger ships.
Serenade of the Seas Ship Highlights
- Three pools and three whirlpools
- Jogging track and basketball court
- Rock-climbing wall
- Mini golf course
- Royal Tots Nursery
- Adventure Ocean activities
- Fuel teen disco and arcade
- Poolside movie nights
- World-class shows and live music
- Themed parties, parades, and special events
- Full-service Vitality Spa and Fitness Center
- Cooking, craft, and dance classes
- Adults-only Solarium and lounge
- Sixteen bars and nightclubs
- Casino Royale
- Twelve unique dining options