Autumn makeover for Royal Caribbean International’s Serenade of the Seas
- Category: Cruise
- Created on Tuesday, 25 September 2012 09:32
More speciality restaurants, new bars, a new baby and toddler nursery, flat-screen TVs in every room, plus a giant outdoor cinema screen are just a few of the stunning new features awaiting guests on Royal Caribbean International’s Serenade of the Seas when it emerges from dry dock at the end of November.
Serenade of the Seas is just one of many ships in the Royal Caribbean International fleet that is receiving a major upgrade as part of the extensive investment programme. Serenade of the Seas will be refurbished during dry dock in November 2012 in Cadiz, Spain and will then sail from Barcelona, Spain on an 11-night Western Mediterranean cruise departing on 3 December 2012. The ship will remain sailing from Barcelona throughout December, with a number of itineraries including a Christmas and New Year cruise departing Barcelona on Christmas Eve. On 14 January 2013 Serenade of the Seas will head to Dubai, where the newly refurbished ship will offer a series of seven-night cruises calling at Fujairah, United Arab Emirates; Muscat, Oman; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and back to Dubai, where the ship offers an overnight stay in the Emirates. Guests sailing on the seven-night Dubai itinerary will also have opportunity to join a 4-night Arabian land tour to further enhance their Middle Eastern experience.
Highlights available on board Serenade of the Seas following its revitalisation will include:
• An outdoor movie screen
• The new R Bar – an overhaul of the existing Champagne Bar featuring a retro 1960s vibe, complete with signature cocktails and trained mixologists
• Chef’s Table dining option - an exclusive and private experience co-hosted by the executive Chef and Sommelier for a wine pairing dinner of five courses
• Giovanni’s Table speciality Italian restaurant
• Izumi speciality sushi restaurant
• Rita’s Cantina speciality vibrant Mexican restaurant
• New Vintages wine bar
• Flat screen interactive TVs in all stateroom accommodation
• Wifi throughout the ship
• A Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty programme members
• And, various enhancements to the pool deck
In addition to the increased dining experiences on offer, Serenade of the Seas will debut a series of Speciality Dining Packages. Guests will have the option of choosing the Royal Choice Dining Package, which includes dinner at Chops Grille, Giovanni’s Table and Izumi for $55 per guest, or the Chef’s Table Dining Package for $130 per guest, which includes all of the speciality restaurants as well as the Chef’s Table.
Serenade of the Seas will also offer additional dining deals at Giovanni’s Table. Groups of four or more can take advantage of the Celebration Dining Deal, which is valid for the first two nights of each sailing and allows groups of four or more to enjoy a delicious meal plus a $30 beverage credit at a cost of $20 per person. Groups of eight or more can opt for the Set Sail Dining Deal which includes dinner on the first night of their cruise for $14 per guest.
Further enhancing its onboard culinary offerings Royal Caribbean International is expanding its partnership with renowned wine producer Domaines Barons de Rothschild by offering the exclusive Lafite Wine Tasting Experience onboard. Available for $23 to $25 per person, depending upon ship and itinerary, the experience, which was first introduced onboard Allure of the Seas, offers guests a unique tasting showcasing the renowned vintages from France’s Bordeaux region.
Developed in conjunction with Château Lafite Rothschild, the premier estate under the Rothschild name, and Master Sommelier John Blazon, the Lafite Wine Experience aims to expand guests’ understanding of growing regions within Bordeaux. A Royal Caribbean International cellar master leads the tasting, sharing details about the wines and the winemakers and the history and suggestions for food pairings. A souvenir packet allows guests to take a piece of the experience home with winemakers’ notes, recipes and more.
The Lafite Wine Tasting Experience is now available for pre-booking on select ships, including Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas.
Serenade of the Seas is the ninth ship within Royal Caribbean International’s 22 strong fleet to benefit from the investment programme. Further refurbishments will continue throughout 2013 and 2014.