Serenade of the Seas

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Serenade of the Seas in Long Bay, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, January 6, 2008
History
Bahamas
NameSerenade of the Seas
OperatorRoyal Caribbean International
Port of registryNassau,  Bahamas
Ordered7 December 1999
BuilderMeyer Werft, Papenburg  Germany
Yard number657[1]
Laid down26 September 2001[1]
Launched1 December 2002
Sponsored byWhoopi Goldberg
CompletedJuly 2003
Acquired30 July 2003[1]
Maiden voyage1 August 2003
In service2003-present
Identification
StatusIn Service
General characteristics [1]
Class and type Radiance-class cruise ship
Tonnage
Length293.2 m (961 ft 11 in)
Beam
  • 39.8 m (130 ft 7 in) (max)
  • 32.2 m (105 ft 8 in) (waterline)
Draft8.5 m (27 ft 11 in)
Decks12
Speed25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Capacity2,490 passengers
Crew891

GTS Serenade of the Seas is a Radiance-class cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International. She was completed in 2003.

History[edit]

The ship was built at Meyer Werft yard in Papenburg, Germany and is registered in Nassau, Bahamas. Her godmother is Whoopi Goldberg. She completed her maiden voyage on 25 August 2003. Other ships in the Radiance class include Jewel of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas.

It was the first Royal Caribbean cruise ship to visit Alaska since 2019, her first voyage there departed Seattle on 19 July 2021.[2][3]

Layout[edit]

Serenade of the Seas is a gas-turbine vessel. This system produces higher efficient speeds than other cruise ships, and lower emissions than diesel cruise ships, but its drawback is its higher fuel consumption as well as the demand for higher quality fuel. She is 294 metres (964 ft 7 in) long, 32.3 metres (106 ft 0 in) wide, has a 8.5 metres (27 ft 11 in) draft, and has a cruising speed of 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph). There are 12 passenger decks, serviced by 9 passenger elevators (6 of which are glass and either look over the Centrum atrium or outside the ship through a glass wall). The ship holds 2,490 guests and 891 crew. It is powered by two smokeless gas turbines, each able to produce up to 25.25 MW (33,860 hp) of power. There are a total of 1,055 passenger cabins.

Homeports[edit]

The cruise ship Serenade of the Seas arriving at the Port of Ponce, Puerto Rico, on 2 January 2020.

Serenade of the Seas sails the Caribbean, departing from her home port of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, during the winter months. During the summer months, Serenade of the Seas sails the Baltic Sea leaving from the home ports of Copenhagen, Denmark, or Stockholm, Sweden. Starting in August 2016, Serenade of the Seas started sailing out of Boston, Massachusetts until the beginning of October when the ship relocated back to Florida. Starting in May 2020, Serenade of the Seas was scheduled to sail out of Vancouver, British Columbia until the beginning of September when the ship relocated to Sydney, Australia, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these sailings have been canceled.

Serenade of the Seas was the first major cruise ship to return to service in Alaska from Seattle, departing from Pier 91, Seattle on 19 July 2021, and then every Monday until 27 September 2021.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Serenade of the Seas (22826)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 2013-05-24.
  2. ^ https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2021/07/01/royal-caribbean-releases-health-protocols-first-alaska-cruise-ship
  3. ^ https://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/news/6310/

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