Serenade of the Seas is classed as a mid-size ship within Royal Caribbean’s Radiance Class. It’s nimble enough to dock into more ports than the mega cruise ships and can therefore sail to and from pretty much any region. Another feature of Serenade of the Seas is the abundance of glass, giving passengers incredible views from most public spaces and living up to the ‘Radiance’ category in dazzling style. With 16 bars, clubs and lounges, an impressive choice of dining options, fantastic entertainment and loads of daytime activities, Serenade of the Seas cruises are sure to become a favourite with Australian cruisers when the ship sails out of Sydney from October next year. Below you’ll find our guide to what you can expect on Serenade of the Seas cruises in 2020 and beyond.
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- Accessible Balcony
- Accessible Inside
- Accessible Oceanview
- Accessible Suite
- Balcony Stateroom - Guaranteed
- Deluxe Ocean View with Balcony
- Family Ocean View
- Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom
- Grand Suite with Balcony
- Interior Stateroom - Guaranteed
- Junior Suite
- Junior Suite with Balcony
- Large Ocean View Stateroom
- Ocean View
- Ocean View - Guaranteed
- Ocean View Balcony
- Ocean View Suite - 2 Bedroom (No Balcony)
- Owner’s Suite - 1 Bedroom
- Owner’s Suite - 2 Bedroom
- Royal Suite - 1 Bedroom
- Spacious Ocean View
- Spacious Ocean View Balcony
- Studio Interior
- Studio Interior Stateroom
- Suite - Guaranteed
- Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
- Two Bed Room Suite with Balcony
- Two Bedroom Family Ocean View
- Ultra Spacious Ocean View
Serenade of the Seas Onboard Experiences
Dining and bars
Fans of Royal Caribbean will be happy to know that the cruise line’s best-loved dining options are all on board, and if you’re new to RCI – you’re in for a treat. Serenade of the Seas has dining experiences and bars to delight every passenger, from the multi-course offerings in the Main Dining Room to the private epicurean experience of the Chef’s Table. Windjammer Marketplace is RCI’s global culinary pavilion, providing buffet-style dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, every day of your cruise. Chops Grille is the New American steakhouse aboard Serenade of the Seas, Izumi is where you can dine on freshly rolled sushi and Giovanni’s Table brings you the flavours of Tuscany. Deciding where to enjoy a drink as the sun goes down also presents you with a load of options, including the Congo Bar, The Safari Club and Zanzibar Lounge.
You’ll find all kinds of things to do aboard Serenade of the Seas. If you’re in the active, outdoorsy mood you could play some mini golf, scale the rock climbing wall (which has levels for beginners to speed climbers), take dance classes or enjoy a dip in any one of the ship’s pools. For activity of a different kind, there are cupcake-making classes, language classes, culinary classes, wine tastings, jewellery making, sushi-making and guest lectures to take part in, covering topics from stargazing to meditation. Serenade of the Seas also has a library and card room, so if you want to curl up with a good book or challenge some friends to a board game, that’s available too.
Kids and families
Families and children of all ages are made to feel very welcome on all Serenade of the Seas cruises. Adventure Ocean is the centre of the action, being the award-winning youth program for kids aged six months to 11 years. Navigators (ages 12-14) and Teens (15-17) have their own places to hang out, with Fuel a lounge area with a juice/coffee bar, televisions, cozy sofas, dance area and computers. As well as specific activities and play areas for kids, Royal Caribbean has its trademark array of family-friendly things to do, such as blockbuster movie nights by the pool with the 20.4 square metre screen showing new movies, live sporting events and more. There are also plenty of family dining options and family-friendly accommodation configurations aboard Serenade of the Seas as well.
Fitness and wellbeing
Positioned at the front of the ship, Solarium is a relaxing, indoor-outdoor retreat just for adults and the perfect place to look after your wellbeing aboard Serenade of the Seas. The exclusive retreat includes swimming pools, whirlpools and a lounge area. But that’s just the beginning. On Serenade of the Seas, you’ll also be able to make the most of the holistic spa services and state-of-the-art facilities at the Vitality Spa & Fitness Centre. By way of extra incentive to work out, the gym offers some of the best views of any indoor area, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows port, forward and starboard. Within the gym you’ll find the very latest exercise equipment, as well as the option to book into group classes such as yoga and Pilates. When you’ve had your workout and feel like a little pampering, make your way down to the Vitality Spa where you can treat yourself to a choice of massages, wraps, facials, and hair and nail treatments, as well as acupuncture – even tooth whitening.
Shows and nightlife
If you’re looking for great entertainment every night, Serenade of the Seas will keep you enthralled. From lavish original musical productions with world-class vocalists and dancers to live jazz, rock or acoustic performances, there’s always something going on. Book in to one of the Mystery Dinner Theatre performances, in which the professional RCI cast hosts an evening of intrigue over an exquisite multi-course dinner paired with fine wine. If you feel like playing a game or two of chance, head down to Casino Royale on Deck Six and try your luck at any one of the tables or slot machines. Note: Theatre performances are seasonal so check with your Flight Centre Cruise Expert about which stellar shows are currently showing on Serenade of the Seas cruises.
Services and accessibility
Serenade of the Seas has been designed for the comfort of every passenger, and offers a range of accessible features. This includes gangways wide enough to accommodate most wheelchairs and mobility scooters, with an accessible route to the tendering platform. There are 19 accessible staterooms which have wider automatic-entry doors, roll-in showers and a whole range of other accessible features. All decks have lift access and wheelchair seating is available in all dining and bar venues. There are lower tables in the Casino, assistive listening systems in the Tropical Theatre, Braille deck numbers on staircase handrails and more. Serenade of the Seas also has shipwide Wi-Fi and Digital Wayfinders to help you navigate your way around the ship.
An immediate standout on Serenade of the Seas is the higher-than-average number of staterooms with balconies – something that Royal Caribbean is known for. Flexibility is also key, with baby-friendly rooms, couples’ retreats, rooms catering for extended families and rooms designed to accommodate guests with special needs also available. Rooms can be grouped into four main classes: Interior, Ocean View, Balcony and Suite. The room name really says it all, with further room styles within each category, such as ‘Ocean View Balcony’ and ‘Spacious Ocean View Balcony’ among the options. Serenade of the Seas offers a nightly turn-down service and 24-hour room service.