Just thought I would share this press release I receive today via email.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL’S NEWEST SHIP
TO SAIL INAUGURAL SEASON FROM NEW YORK CITY
Serenade of the Seas to Offer Line’s First Cruises to Canada From The Big
MIAMI, May 19, 2003 – The arrival of Royal Caribbean International’snewest ship, Serenade of the Seas, in New York this August marks two firsts for the cruise line: Serenade of the Seas will be the first Royal Caribbean ship to sail an inaugural season from New York City, as well as the first to offer Canada itineraries from The Big Apple.
Set to be delivered on July 31, 2003, Serenade of the Seas first will sail a series of special, pre-inaugural cruises before offering four- and five-night itineraries to Canada from New York City, Sept. 1 through Oct. 27.
“Serenade is the third in our Radiance-class series of ships, which combine an elegant, yacht-like design with many of the most innovative amenities and onboard programs available in the cruise industry,” said Adam Goldstein, executive vice president, Royal Caribbean International. “Like her sister ships, Serenade allows guests to both do and see more during a cruise vacation – whether it is enjoying an intimate dinner for two at the Chops Grille steakhouse, working up a sweat on the rock-climbing wall, or enjoying the fall foliage from a private balcony.”
Serenade of the Seas was designed to bring the sea, sun and coastal scenery indoors with nearly three acres of exterior glass – including floor-to-ceiling windows in most lounges and public areas; the line’s highest percentage of balcony staterooms; and glass elevators facing the ocean. The 90,090-ton Serenade also offers an impressive span of activities, including Royal Caribbean’s signature rock-climbing wall; a sports deck with a golf simulator, nine-hole miniature golf course and
basketball court; a billiards room with gyroscopic pool tables; the ShipShape Fitness Center and Spa; an adults-only Solarium with retractable glass canopy; and expansive Adventure Ocean facilities for kids ages 3-17.
Guests on Serenade of the Seas have a variety of dining venues to choose from, including the two-story, traditional main dining room; two casual eateries, the Windjammer Café and Seaview Café; and two specialty restaurants, Chops Grille steakhouse and Portofino. Evening entertainment includes a Las Vegas-style casino, full-scale production shows, and a range of performers and musicians appearing in multiple bars and lounges throughout the ship.
Serenade of the Seas’ special, pre-inaugural season schedule includes a transatlantic voyage from Amsterdam to Boston on Aug. 4 and two charter cruises by Vacation Outlet on Aug. 14 and 18 from Boston. She will be named in New York on Aug. 22 and then will sail a one-time-only, seven-night New England/Canada cruise on Aug. 25.
Beginning Sept. 1, Serenade will offer four- and five-night cruises from New York to Canada, with stops in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick. Prices start at $499 per person, double occupancy. In November, Serenade of the Seas repositions to San Juan, where she will sail weekly seven-night Southern Caribbean itineraries to ports of call, including St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John’s, Antigua; Castries, St. Lucia; and Bridgetown, Barbados. Prices start at $649 per person, double occupancy.
I'd really love to sail on this ship. We recently sailed on her sister ship, Brilliance, and it was wonderful.
Mary Lou Scanlon
NCL Pride of America April 24, 2010
NCL Epic February 12, 2011
RCCL Allure of the Seas - September 18, 2011
Celebrity Eclipse - February 11, 2012:
RCCL Navigator OTS - February 9, 2013
There are some photos over at Passenger Ship Parade that Bart de Boer just put up.
The preliminary pics of the ship looks great and considering the Brilliance of the Seas, I'd say they have another great ship in this one!