MS Serenissima

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Cruise line
Noble Caledonia (Small Cruise Lines)

Current cruise:
12 nights / 13 days, one-way from Portsmouth to Aberdeen
19 May, 2018 - 01 Jun, 2018

MS Serenissima Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Serenissima

Year built 1960  /  Age : 58
Flag state Liberia
Builder Aker Trondelag AS (Trondheim, Norway)
Owner Volga Dream Cruises
Speed 19 kn / 35 kph / 22 mph
Length (LOA) 87 m / 285 ft
Beam (width) 13 m / 43 ft
Gross Tonnage 2598 gt
Passengers 110 - 118
Crew 50
Passengers-to-space ratio 26
Decks 5
Cabins 59
Decks with cabins 5
Last Refurbishment 2013
Former names Harald 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.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Portsmouth cruise port

19 May 2018 12 nights / 13 days, one-way from Portsmouth to Aberdeen
Prices starting
from $7042
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19 May      Departing from Portsmouth, England   
21 May     Guernsey, St Peter Port, Channel Islands   
21 May     Herm Island, Channel Islands   
22 May     Tresco Island, Scilly Isles, Wales   
23 May     Bantry, Ireland   
24 May     Inishmore Island, Ireland   
25 May     Tory Island, Ireland   
26 May     Isle of Iona, Scotland   
26 May     Lunga Island, Treshnish Isles, Scotland   
27 May     Loch Scavaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland   
27 May     Isle of Canna, Scotland   
28 May     St Kilda, Scotland   
29 May     Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland   
29 May     Shiant Islands, Scotland   
30 May     Fair Isle, Scotland   
31 May     Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland   
01 Jun      Arriving in Aberdeen, Scotland   

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Aberdeen cruise port

31 May 2018 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Aberdeen to Oban
Prices starting
from $6442
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31 May      Departing from Aberdeen, Scotland   
02 Jun     Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland   
03 Jun     Westray Island, Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland   
03 Jun     Westray Island, Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland   
04 Jun     Unst Island, Shetland, Scotland   
04 Jun     Fetlar Island, Shetland, Scotland   
05 Jun     Lerwick, Shetland Island, Scotland   
06 Jun     Torshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands   
07 Jun     Vestmanna, Streymoy, Faroe Islands   
08 Jun     Tvoroyri, Suduroy, Faroe Islands   
09 Jun     Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland   
09 Jun     Shiant Islands, Scotland   
10 Jun     St Kilda, Scotland   
11 Jun     Isle of Canna, Scotland   
11 Jun     Loch Scavaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland   
12 Jun      Arriving in Oban, Scotland   

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Aberdeen cruise port

21 June 2018 12 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   

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Valletta cruise port

22 September 2018 10 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, Sicily, Italy   
27 Sep     Trapani, Sicily, Italy   
28 Sep     Palermo, Sicily, Italy   
29 Sep     Lipari Island, Italy   
30 Sep     Messina, Taormina, Sicily, Italy   
01 Oct     Agropoli, Italy   
02 Oct - 03 Oct     Naples, Italy (Overnight)   
03 Oct      Arriving in Naples, Italy   

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