anyone booked for this winter? Just booked Cat AA - im stll a little nervous because its a new ship and all - Last cruise was on the Adventurer in Feb. I also cannnot seem to get photos. Are the cabins and amenities comparable to the Adventurer>
The Serenade is just out and a nice picture of it in Amsterdam taken Aug 2 can be seen on the Cruise@ddicts board, via a link from their community message board, not the photo gallery (yet) The Serenade is virtually identical to the Radiance and Brilliance, and not the Voyager, Explorer,Adventure, or Navighator which are larger with the central promenade and the ice rink, but it does have a climbing wall , minigolf course, lovely solarium, self-levering pool tables, and lovely public rooms and lots of glass.
The first cruise on Serenade begins tomorrow , a transatlantic cruise from Amsterdam. Jim
We'll be with you on the 11/29 sailing. Like you, I had decided no one else was going with us. I'm starting to research ports - hope to have plans (or at least tentative plans) before we leave for what we want to see in each port. We'll be a group of 4 from Tennessee. Where are you from?
The Serenade is beautiful with some refinements over the Radiance and Brilliance. Food so far has been excellent. We're just leaving the English Channel west bound for Boston at 24.4 knots. Very smooth running.
I just checked travelocity.com yesterday, and those were the prices for 11/29..def call your travel agent!
I just checked my week again and it's up to $1099 again...so its a good thing my group kept checking as the prices dropped to $839...now they are way back up again as I said...our TA matched the price from travelocity.com when we found it...=)
I am going on the Serenade trip to halifax 9/11/2003 and am becoming excited.
The Serenade is built along the same general lines as the Radience of the Seas so I have been researching reviews of the Radiance as a giude to what a Serenade trip will be in the absence of reviews. The ship was made in the Mayer Werft shipyards in Papenburg Germany as was the Radiance. The photo tour of the building of the Serenade is at http://home.tiscali.nl/~t411310/ser/serenade01.htm
The dinners look good. A site with sample RCI Radiance class dinner menus is at http://members.csolutions.net/morrica/menu_dinner.htm
Advise: Make reservations for your excursions online a month before your embarcation:
ww.rccl.com and follow the menus
The TV is interactive and you have movies, cnn and a channel by which you can follow the course of the ship on it's journey.
On the radiance sister ship it was found advisable to :
Immediately when aboard ship make reservations for Portobello’s
and buydrink cards
If this is the same as the Radiance then you will need:
a multi plug or power strip. There is only one receptacle with two plugs in the cabin.
A bungee cord to hold balcony door open
plastic Clips for the bottom of the shower curtain (weighs it down and keeps curtain inside) to prevent wet floor. Also use them to hang wet swim suit or washed things.
Pack in light plastic dry cleaner bags and use light hangers, so your clothes won't be wrinkled and can be hung right away.
You never can have too many hangers.
Don't miss the two drawers under the sofa if you need extra storage. They can be hard to open.
The steward will empty your mini-bar if you request it.
Also, a post-its pad is great for leaving notes for the cabin steward
Travel alarm clock,
Have a blast......
I hope to see some of you on the Sep-11 four nighter to Canada/NewEngland
The showers have doors on the Sereanade, no curtains. You don't need a bungie cord for the bacony door, it stays exactly where you open it ot as on RD and BR. The restaurant is Portofinos, not Portobellos. Portofinos and Chops have filled up fast on this SR crossing.
The captain is Nicholas Antalis from the Vision. He's gotta be due for a vacation soon though. He has been very visable on this crossing. He comes up to everyone and greets them and a handshake.
Cruise Director will be Allen Brooks next week as Ken Rush will be leaving in two weeks. [There will be an overlap with both aboard]
Thank you for letting me know the captain. My wife and I are pleased to know his reputation.
The good Captain "Nick" - a fine man, an excellent Captain. Nerves of steel. As you say, he is a mingler. He can charm the birds out of the trees.
He took the Vision to the edge of the red hot lava flows on the Hawaii tour in 2000 and he came to the edge of the Hubbard Glacier in 2002. He is an extraordinary navigator. Get him on the subject of navigating in icy water.
I had the same question so I called Royal Caribbean. Yes. Each room has a safe.
I saw a picture of the safe on the Radiance (a very similer ship to Serenade) and it was about 6"high x 12" deep by 22" wide. More or less.