Serenade of the Seas Overview

By Cruiseline.com - Updated Nov. 4, 2019

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, there's plenty of activities for adult travelers. Adults can choose to 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. These include 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.

Itineraries and Departure Ports

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. Travelers can also explore the Norwegian fjords on Baltic itineraries that include ports of call in Denmark, Finland, Russia, and Estonia. 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. Stops will include Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Icy Strait Point, then head down under for Australia and New Zealand itineraries.

Before You Book

This ship is best for: Thanks 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 know: While Serenade scores high marks with experienced cruisers and first-timers, it doesn't offer all of the over-the-top amenities found on some of Royal Caribbean's newer, larger ships.

 

Things to do on Serenade of the Seas

No line does onboard activities better than Royal Caribbean. Royal Caribbean offers a wide selection of activities for teens and tots through its industry-leading Adventure Ocean program. The entire family can enjoy a movie night by the pool or a competitive game of mini-golf. Adults can limber up with a class in the fitness center or get footloose on the dance floor at Club Twenty. There's opportunities to relax in the quietude of the 16-and-over Solarium. An onboard rock-climbing wall will challenge your strength, and a mini-golf course will put your skill and finesse to the test. Royal Caribbean's trademark workshops are also available onboard Serenade of the Seas. To try your hand at sushi making, cupcake decorating, or Latin dancing.

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

Cabins

Serenade of the Seas cabins accommodate about 2,146 passengers with just over 1,000 staterooms. Travelers can choose from four types of cabins including suites, balcony cabins, oceanview rooms, and interior staterooms. There is a high percentage of oceanview and balcony cabins, with these options representing about 70 percent of the ship's staterooms. Royal Caribbean also offers special amenities for families, including adjoining staterooms, pull-out beds, convertible sofas, and cribs. In-room spa amenities are available for couples retreats.

Dining

Serenade of the Seas dining has a bit of everything, ranging from casual family eateries to elegant five-star venues. Complimentary options include the Seaview Cafe for lighter meals, the Reflections Main Dining Room, and the Windjammer Marketplace buffet. For a premium dining experience, reserve a spot at the Chops Grille steakhouse, the sushi restaurant Izumi, or Giovanni's Table, which serves hearty Tuscan dishes family-style. Reviews from Cruiseline.com members sailing on Serenade often note the quality of the service across the dining venues as well as the variety. Due to the extensive selection of complimentary restaurants, many cruisers seem perfectly content to stick with these options throughout the voyage.

Serenade of the Seas Ship Stats

  • Price:
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  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 2,501
  • Total Crew: 859
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.91
  • Built: Dec 2002
  • Refurbished: Dec 2012
  • Number of Decks: 12
  • Total Cabins: 1,073
  • Cabin Categories: 26
  • Gross Tonnage: 90,090
  • Length: 962
  • Beam: 106

Cabins

1073 cabins and 26 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
4.5
(76 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $119/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
4.6
(79 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $141/night
Balcony Balcony
4.2
(184 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $190/night
Suite Cabin Suite
4.2
(27 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $355/night

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Dining

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Latte-Tudes Latte-Tudes
5.0
(4 Reviews)
Portofino Portofino
5.0
(1 Review)
Chop''s Grille Chop''s Grille
4.9
(13 Reviews)
Reflections Restaurant Reflections Restaurant
4.9
(8 Reviews)

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Onboard Activities

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Sports Court Sports Court
5.0
(1 Review)
Champagne Bar Champagne Bar
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Safari Club Safari Club
5.0
(5 Reviews)
Viking Crown Lounge Viking Crown Lounge
5.0
(1 Review)

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Beautiful New England & Canadian Cruise by kimberlybrundid

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This was an amazing, awe inspiring experience. I was completely satisfied with everything from beginning to end. I was definitely cruise with Royal Caribbean in the future.

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Beautiful New England Cruise Vacation by waltercarter755

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Would cruise on the Serenade of the Seas again anytime! A friendly ship, best bartenders anywhere and very good food, especially in the Windjammer!!

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Good Cruise - noisy room by gizreh

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The new and improved check-in system the Royal Caribbean has started is Fast and Easy ! Best check-in experience EVER.

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ArtAddict
Aug 04, 2014

Remember it's YOUR vacation, just because the ship is at port doesn't me you HAVE TO get off the boat. Do what works for you, if your 'my time' dining doesn't work, then change it. If service is bad, SAY SOMETHING to a manager. And if someone is great, recognise them. :)

LaurenBusiere
Jan 20, 2015

get the Thermal Suite package on the first day! it averages out to about $14/day per person which is absolutely worth it. Also, we really enjoyed the Evening Stretch class provided in the gym which was free & as challenging or as relaxing as you choose to participate.

mche88
Nov 30, 2014

Fixed dining time worked great for us since we had kids and didnt want to wait.

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