Serenade of the Seas
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Serenade of the Seas, like sister ship Radiance of the Seas, is one of the most beautiful ships sailing to Alaska from Vancouver. The lavish use of glass in the construction of this vessel gives her excellent vantage points in most public rooms while the panorama elevators are pure joy.
Features which make this ship ideal for Alaska sailing include the solarium with retractable, glass dome which can be closed in inclement weather; expansive deck space and full promenade for outdoor viewing; the helicopter pad, which is frequently open for passengers, allows you to get reach the bow of the ship for excellent photographs and unique views; RCI's signature Viking Crown Lounge atop the ship is also ideal for excellent viewing indoors; the dining room is slightly mid-ship on low decks for good stability; and the windjammer café has casual dining available most of the day - very handy before or after a busy time ashore.
Serenade is distinguished as one of the best ships for active passengers with everything from a mini-golf course and climbing wall to multiple pools and Jacuzzis and an expansive spa and fitness center. She and sister Radiance also house the first self-levelling billiards table specially designed for use at sea. The children's and teens facilities are well supervised and keep the junior cruisers well occupied.
Sailing aboard Serenade and Radiance is very smooth as they have environmentally friendly, gas turbine engines which reduce vibration and emissions. (Their designation is GTV - gas turbine vessel).
Serenade's itinerary takes you to spectacular Hubbard Glacier, the historic gold rush town of Skagway, Alaska's capital city of Juneau and the leading fishing town of Ketchikan. Serenade is one the few ships sailing into Misty Fjords National Monument, a very scenic spot with some narrow passages.
This sailing took place in September 2004 and weather was overall very good. It ranged from spectacular in the Inside Passage to stormy in the Gulf of Alaska enroute to Hubbard Glacier. You never really know what kind of weather you might encounter in Alaska so I am always prepared to enjoy it regardless.
For Serenade I have created a photo gallery. While I personally prefer the smaller Vision-class ships, there is no doubt that this very popular vessel is one of the most visually stunning ships at sea.
More details on ports of call can be found in other voyage reports and on the Shore Excursions page.To view the photos below and on the following pages full size, click on the photo or the title and click on the arrows for a slide show. Click the arrows on each page to move between pages.
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