Serenade of the Seas
Built in 2003, the third in the Radiance-class series carries just over 2,000 passengers, and by today’s standards is considered mid-sized and downright cozy compared to Royal Caribbean’s newest mega ships. Recently renovated, Serenade of the Seas now looks even better with its enhanced dining choices and entertainment options.
What We Love
Caribbean Slow and Easy: Serenade’s long and leisurely 11-night southern Caribbean cruises out of Fort Lauderdale visit some great islands; the best combo is St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Bonaire, Aruba, and Antigua, with four sea days (two at the beginning and two at the end).
Windows to the World: This ship features a preponderance of floor-to-ceiling glass walls that let lots of natural light stream in and provide priceless views of the sea and scenery.
Best Known For
Buzzy Nightlife: Bar-hop among 16 lounges and watering holes, from an English-style pub to the nautical-themed Schooner Bar or the hip, new R Bar with its 1960s décor and cocktail menu. Check out the sprawling casino with its nearly 200 slot machines or catch a Broadway-style musical in the multi-level show lounge.
Interesting Restaurant Scene: You can eat in the traditional dining room with its old-school feel, or experiment at one of the seven other eateries that include Mexican, Italian, Pan-Asian, and steakhouse venues.
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Who It's Best For
Couples: Pairs who enjoy pre-dinner cocktails, nice restaurants, and after-dinner entertainment can experience different venues every night of the week.
Families: The old chestnut, “there’s something for everyone,” certainly applies to Serenade. Adults can hunker down in the solarium or spa, while kids also have their respective spaces — a nursery for babies, a playroom for the 3 to 11 set, and a disco for teens. Together, the whole brood can enjoy mini-golf, a basketball court, a climbing wall, and a video arcade.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Cozy cabins: At just 164 to 167 square feet, standard inside and outside cabins are tight, so plan on spending lots of time out and about.
Heidi Sarna is a Singapore-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for Condé Nast Traveler and USA Today.
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Serenade of the Seas at a Glance
- Line: Royal Caribbean
- Class: Radiance
- Number of Passengers: 2112
- Ship Size: Large
- Launch Date: 2003