Serenade of the Seas, third of the Radiance-class ship under the Royal Caribbean cruise line, fits just within Panamax measurements meaning it has maximum geographic flexibility and can sail to and from just about any region. This flexibility extends on board – Serenade offers a plethora of options, from dining down to entertainment. Decor exudes harmony, elegance and practicality with its easy to navigate floor layout. Daytime attire is mostly casual, other than the two formal nights (on seven day voyages). Royal Caribbean passengers are charged $13.50 per person, per day ($16.50 for suite guests) and can be prepaid or added on a daily basis to the passenger’s account. Guests can add or remove gratuities by visiting the guest services desk.
Standard cabins (balconies, outside, inside) feature the usual layout and amenities.Family suites come in two different types, one with a living room and two bedrooms, the other with one large room (with bed and sofa) and a small bedroom.Suite holders, in addition to getting more room, receive more amenities such as products, whirlpool tubs, CD players, and access to Concierge Lounge.
Reflections, the ship’s main dining room, spans two decks. The focal point of its decor is a cascading waterfall, undeniably a bit of an exotic touch. For dinner, passengers can choose between assigned early (6 p.m.) or late (8:30 p.m.) dining, or opt for RCI’s My Time Dining, in which you pick a preferred mealtime (anytime between 6 and 9:30 p.m.).Windjammer, on Deck 12, is the ship’s buffet and is the perfect place to grab breakfast or lunch pre-shore excursion. Here is a mini-type bar that sells wine, beer and sodas; lemonade, ice tea, coffee and water are offered on a complementary basis.
The gym facilities at the ShipShape Fitness Center are excellent, with treadmills, universal machines, weights, and everything else the average fitness enthusiast will need to work off the buffet from last night. A jogging track is also available around the Sky Bar area.Fitness classes like yoga and spinning, as well as personal fitness training, are also available for an additional fee (usually $10 per class).Don’t miss the spa tour on your first day onboard, and keep your eyes peeled for occasional freebies in the Daily Compass.
During school holidays and/or family-friendly itineraries this ship will be a prime ship for families.The youth facilities are concentrated on Deck 12. For the younger set, there’s a kiddie pool and waterslide. Teens have Fuel, their own hangout, and it offers a juice/coffee bar, televisions, cozy sofas, dance area, and computers. Nearby is the Adventure Ocean arcade.Royal Caribbean’s childrens’ program, Adventure Ocean, divides kids into the following categories: Aquanauts (ages 3-5), Explorers (ages 6-8), Voyagers (ages 9-11), Navigators (ages 12-14), and Teens (ages 15-17).Childcare is available each evening from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at a rate of $5 per child, per hour.
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