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    Serenade of the Seas - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

    Serenade of the Seas in New York If you want the busy, active Royal Caribbean experience but prefer a classic-style ship over the city-at-sea Oasis-, Freedom-, and Voyager-class experience, the 90,090-ton, 2,100-guest Serenade of the Seas or one of her three twin sisters might be the vessels for you.

    Launched one per year between 2001 and 2004, they’re Royal Caribbean’s most elegantly traditional ships, with classic nautical lines and handsome, nearly traditional interiors.

    Public Rooms on Serenade of the Seas
    One of the most noticeable things about these ships’ design is the amount of glass used in their public rooms, which helps bring the outside in when sailing scenic destinations like Alaska and the Norwegian Fjords. The ship’s atrium, for instance, has a five-story wall of glass on the port side, and rooms like the Viking Crown Lounge, Singapore Sling’s piano bar, the Sky Bar, Champagne Bar, and Windjammer Café all offer huge views.

    In the stern on Deck 6, a cluster of five intimate, interconnected lounges is one of the most classically designed spaces Royal Caribbean has ever created, giving a real old-world vibe with their Oriental-style rugs, parquet flooring, and woody wall paneling. The romantic Congo Bar piano bar stretches across nearly the entire stern, offering views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Next door, the colonial-style Game Reserve offers some of the only pool tables at sea, kept level through gyroscopes that counteract the ship’s motion.

    The Centrum on Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the SeasOther public rooms include the lovely main theater; the large Casino Royale; a baseball-themed sports bar with interactive bartop games; the nautically themed Schooner Bar; a specialty-coffee bar; and the Viking Crown Lounge, perched way up on Deck 13 and offering both quiet lounging space and a disco with a rotating bar.

    For kids, the Adventure Ocean center on Deck 12 includes a large, multi-area playroom, a video arcade, a separate teen disco, and a pool with water slide.

    Outdoors, Serenade offers a large and often busy main pool area; a covered, Asian-themed, adults-only Solarium; and a Sports Deck featuring a rock-climbing wall attached to the ship’s funnel, a basketball and volleyball court, a 9-hole miniature-golf course, a golf simulator, and a jogging track. The spa and fitness center, a two-story space on Decks 11 and 12, offers a huge aerobics floor, dozens of exercise machines, more than a dozen individual treatment rooms, and a Thermal Suite steamroom with heated tiled loungers and showers that simulate tropical rain and fog.

    Dining on Serenade of the Seas
    At dinnertime, guests can choose between several elegant options. The two-story Reflections Dining Room is a classic, glamorous cruise ship experience, decorated with silk-draped columns, a dramatic split staircase, and evocative artwork. The intimate, 90-seat Chops Grille is a classic steakhouse, decorated in dark woods and rich upholsteries, and offering lovely sea views. Just next door, the upscale, 130-seat Portofino serves Italian cuisine.

    A number of outlets scattered around the ship also offer quick, casual meals and snacks, including the Windjammer Cafe buffet restaurant and a pizzeria in the Solarium.

    Cabins on Serenade of the Seas
    Cabins on board are pleasantly styled and fairly spacious. All offer small sitting areas, roomy closets, vanities with pullout trays for laptops, interactive TVs, minibars, and smallish bathrooms. More than half the cabins on board have private verandas. Most suites are located on Deck 10, and range from the 294-square-foot Junior Suite to the 951-square-foot Royal Suite, with its separate bedroom and living room, whirlpool bath, baby grand piano, and 283-square-foot veranda.

    Casino on Serenade of the SeasShip Information
    Serenade of the Seas belongs to Royal Caribbean's Radiance Class of cruise ships. The ship's design includes large open spaces and lots of glass, with glass elevators facing the sea, a nine decks high central atrium, more than 580 balcony cabins, plus dozens of dining and entertainment options. State-of-the-art technology abounds, including something as unusual as self-levelling billiards tables.

    Ship Facts
    Year Built 2003 ♦ Ship's Class: Radiance Class ♦ Country of Registry Bahamas ♦ Tonnage 90,000 ♦ Length 962 ft - 289 m ♦ Cruising Speed 25 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 2,110 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 2,490 ♦ Passenger Decks 12 ♦ Officers and Crew 891 ♦ Officer's Nationality Scandinavian ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

    Total 1,055 ♦ Suites with Balcony 60 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 529 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 240 ♦ Inside 226 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 19 ♦ Royal Caribbean's cabins are among the best one can find, with spacious, thoughtful and comfortable design. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, extensive satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

    Cabin Amenities
    TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

    Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦ Optional Open Seating - "My Time Dining" allows you to be seated any time the dining room is open ♦ Formal Nights ♦ Specialty Restaurant: Chops Grille, Portofino ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Room Service Available

    Public Rooms
    Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

    Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

    Sports and Activities
    Outdoor Pools ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Rock Climbing ♦ Jogging Track ♦ Promenade Deck wraps around the ship ♦ Billiards ♦ Golf Simulator

    Spa and Wellness
    Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

    Children and Teens
    Family Cabins ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

    Other Facilities and Services
    Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center