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The beat of the Serenade of the Seas

Among the different categories of the Royal Caribbean International fleet, the Serenade of the Seas belongs to the Radiance class cruise ship and was completed in 2003. This cruise ship travels in the Southern Caribbean with a weekly exit from San Juan, Puerto Rico. In the past the ship alternated between the Southern Caribbean itineraries and Alaska. From 2012, it is said that between May and November, the ship will cover Mediterranean from Barcelona.

The Serenade of the Seas is the third in the Radiance class with 2,100 passenger capacity. The greatest strength of this ship is that it offers many options. Be it entertainment, dining, or any other feature, your options will not be limited although it is a mid-sized ship. The amenities and service makes it suitable for almost all types of passengers--couples, singles, groups, and families.

Another extraordinary aspect of this ship is features like the mesmerizing ocean views rendered through glass elevators. This has been made possible by the inclusion of three acres of glass in its design. This also allows you to have an amazing view from almost every public room. The decoration of the Serenade of the Seas exudes grace, elegance, and beauty. Public rooms, pools, sports deck, fitness center, and spa are the active areas on the ship.

Different facets of the Serenade of the Seas

Dress code aboard Serenade of the Seas: Casual is the word here with capris and khakis being the standard attires. However, be prepared for at least one smart-casual dinner (business formals like nice sweaters and dress slacks rather than black ties.) For women short cocktail dresses are more preferred instead of the full-length gowns.

Passengers: This cruise ship has more varied passenger base, which depends on the time of the year and the itinerary. Passengers are attracted by its size which is good without being too large and amenities like alternative restaurants, balconies, etc.

Cabins: The standard cabins have the usual layout with shower-only bathrooms. The family suits come in two different types--two bed rooms and one living room and the other comprising of a small bedroom and one large room. Passengers who opt for suites get more space, more amenities like CD players, whirlpool tubs, bath products, and admission to Concierge Lounge. In a junior suite, there is more space on the verandah and inside with a more elaborate bathroom. However, these passengers do not have access to Concierge service. All the cabins have television, pay-per-view and free movies, along with the option to book anything and everything like shore tour and room service by using the in-room reservation system.

Activities: If you are looking for entertainment, there will be no dearth of it on Serenade of the Seas. You have almost everything from seminars on digital photography and wine tasting to horse races, blackjack tournaments, etc. Production shows in the Tropical Theater is also a must watch.

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