MS Serenissima

MS Serenissima Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Serenissima

Year built1960  /  Age : 58
Flag state Liberia
BuilderAker Trondelag AS (Trondheim, Norway)
OwnerVolga Dream Cruises
Speed19 kn / 35 kph / 22 mph
Length (LOA)87 m / 285 ft
Beam (width)13 m / 43 ft
Gross Tonnage2598 gt
Passengers110 - 118
Passengers-to-space ratio26
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2013
Former namesHarald Jarl, Andrea

Review of MS Serenissima

MS Serenissima cruise ship was built in Norway and started its career in 1960 as "Harald Jarl", sailing on itineraries along the Norwegian fjords and coastline. Extensively refurbished in 2003, the 100-passenger vessel was renamed "MS Andrea" and chartered exclusively by Noble Caledonia for several years. In spring 2012, the ship was bought by the Volga Dream (a Russian cruise travel company) and renamed "MS Serenissima". Its current cruise itinerary program is very diverse and includes destinations, such as Panama Canal, the Azores Islands, Caribbean, Northern Europe (UK-Scotland, Baltic Sea) and also Mediterranean Sea.

After a thorough renovation and upgrade, Serenissima began cruise operations in April 2013. With its small size, the ship can navigate into remote ports of call, inaccessible to larger ships. Its fleet of Zodiacs allows expedition cruising in remote and island destinations. A doctor is available onboard. During the voyage, passengers have the opportunity to visit the officers and captain at the top-deck navigation bridge (open bridge policy).

MS Serenissima cruise ship

Cabins are attractively designed, fully air-conditioned and equipped with flat screen television, safety deposit box, phone, en-suite bathroom (with sink, toilet, shower), hairdryer, robes, slippers. A selection of toiletries is also provided (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soaps). Bottles of sparkling and still water are replenished daily. Ten different grades of staterooms are arranged over 5 decks. With the exception of the 3 inside cabins, all staterooms feature either portholes or windows. Because of the cruise ship's older design, cabins vary greatly as both sizes (between 7-26 m2 / 75-280 ft2) and shapes, but this only adds to the overall charm of MS Serenissima. 

Facilities onboard include a couple of lounges. The larger Andrea Lounge is spacious and comfortable and the smaller Harald is more intimate. A small library is available with a computer for internet access. Outside areas include a spacious observation deck that allows for 360 degree views of passing scenery. From here, guests can step down to the lido area with Jacuzzi, outside bar and two treadmills. The covered seating area on deck 6 is ideal for reading and relaxing with a drink. 

The Venice Restaurant is light and airy and easily accommodates all passengers in one sitting. Situated on deck 5, it features great views from all tables. Breakfast is served buffet-style and offers cooked dishes and eggs to order. Lunch is also buffet-style with cold and hot dishes. Dinner is served a la carte and is 4 courses, except for at Captain’s Dinner, which is a 6-course affair. There are al fresco dining facilities used in good weather.

Local produce is sourced where possible, for authentic dining experience. Included at lunch and dinner is a choice of white or red wine, beer and soft drinks. Coffee and tea are served around the clock in ship's Andrea Lounge. When dining passengers are able to choose their seating arrangements at their leisure. Dress is informal except for Captain’s Dinner for which guests may choose to dress in smarter attire.

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MS Serenissima Itineraries 2018

The below listed MS Serenissima cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Itinerary ports
Aberdeen cruise port

21 June 201812 nights / 13 days, one-way from Aberdeen to Tromso
Prices starting
from $7492
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21 Jun      Departing from Aberdeen, Scotland   
23 Jun     Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland   
24 Jun     Lerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland   
25 Jun     Haugesund, Norway   
26 Jun     Rosendal, Norway   
27 Jun     Bergen, Norway   
28 Jun     Sognefjord, Norway   
29 Jun     Flam, Norway   
30 Jun     Sunnfjord, Norway   
01 Jul     Alesund, Norway   
02 Jul     Torghatten, Torget island, Norway   
03 Jul     Lofoten Islands, Norway   
03 Jul     Trollfjord, Norway   
04 Jul      Arriving in Tromso, Norway   

Valletta cruise port

22 September 201810 nights / 11 days, one-way from Valletta to Naples
Prices starting
from $6442
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22 Sep      Departing from Valletta, Malta   
24 Sep     Siracusa, Sicily, Italy   
25 Sep     Licata, Sicily, Italy   
26 Sep     Porto Empedocle, Agrigento, Sicily Italy   
27 Sep     Trapani, Sicily, Italy   
28 Sep     Palermo, Sicily, Italy   
29 Sep     Lipari Island, Italy   
30 Sep     Messina, Sicily, Italy   
01 Oct     Agropoli, Italy   
02 Oct - 03 Oct     Naples, Italy(Overnight)   
03 Oct      Arriving in Naples, Italy