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Serenade of the Seas Overview

By Cruiseline.com Staff

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 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 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

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Serenade of the Seas Ship Stats

  • Price:
    $$$$
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 2,501
  • Total Crew: 859
  • Crew to Passenger 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

Serenade of the Seas Cabins

1073 cabins and 26 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
4.5
(72 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $113/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
4.6
(76 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $126/night
Balcony Balcony
4.2
(175 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $175/night
Suite Cabin Suite
4.2
(25 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $331/night

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Serenade of the Seas Dining

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

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Serenade of the Seas Onboard Activities

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Champagne Bar Champagne Bar
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Viking Crown Lounge Viking Crown Lounge
5.0
(1 Review)
Dunes Mini Golf Dunes Mini Golf
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Safari Club Safari Club
5.0
(3 Reviews)

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1316 Serenade of the Seas Reviews

Long Lines and delays in St Petersburg by fmaguire

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Don't know if it was the Russians or RCL (or both) but the St Petersburg return to ship was a mess. The security line went the length of the building plus the parking lot and it took 45 minutes to get to the building and another 15 to get to the ship. We will not do that again!

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Exhausting, Amazing Scandinavia and Russia cruise by nlfradin

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

This itinerary was on my bucket list and I’m so glad we did it when we did. The shore excursions were taxing but worth it. I do not recommend it for folks with difficulty walking as the pace and the cobblestones would present quite a challenge. The ship reminded me of how much I enjoy smaller ships. We were spoiled at every turn by staff and got to know so many of the other passengers, which really doesn’t happen much on a ship of 6,500 passengers. I couldn’t imagine a better experience, unless, perhaps, I had won big in the casino.

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Baltic Cruise by jonuiuc

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Baltic cruise is great for the ports, weather is not bad in May. Sunlight is crazy long though, sunrise at 4am, sunset around 10pm.

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413 Serenade of the Seas Tips

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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