MS Serenissima

MS Serenissima Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Serenissima

Year built 1960  /  Age : 57
Flag state St Vincent & Grenadines
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.MS Serenissima cruise ship

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).

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 2017

The below listed MS Serenissima cruise prices on 2017 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
Mahe Island cruise port

07 December 2017 12 nights / 13 days, one-way from Mahe Island to Dar es Salaam
Prices starting
from $8842
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07 Dec      Departing from Mahe Island, Victoria, Seychelles   
09 Dec     La Digue Island, Seychelles   
09 Dec     Praslin Island, Seychelles   
10 Dec     Aride Island, Seychelles   
10 Dec     Curieuse Island, Seychelles   
11 Dec     Amirantes Islands, Seychelles   
12 Dec     Seychelles   
13 Dec     Farquhar Atoll, Seychelles   
14 Dec     Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles (Exploring)   
15 Dec     Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles (Exploring)   
16 Dec     Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles (Exploring)   
17 Dec     Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles (Exploring)   
18 Dec     At Sea   
19 Dec     Zanzibar, Tanzania   
20 Dec      Arriving in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania   

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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
Port Louis cruise port

03 January 2018 15 nights / 16 days, one-way from Port Louis to Maputo
Prices starting
from $9892
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03 Jan      Departing from Port Louis, Mauritius Island   
05 Jan     Saint-Denis, Reunion Island   
06 Jan     At Sea   
07 Jan     Sainte-Marie Island, Nosy Boraha, Madagascar   
08 Jan     Nosy Mangabe Island, Madagascar   
09 Jan     Masoala National Park, Madagascar   
10 Jan     Antsiranana, Diego Suarez, Madagascar   
11 Jan     Nosy Tanikely Island, Madagascar   
12 Jan     Mahajanga, Majunga, Madagascar   
13 Jan     At Sea   
14 Jan     Morondava, Madagascar   
15 Jan     Toliara, Tulear, Madagascar   
16 Jan     Europa Island, Madagascar   
17 Jan     At Sea   
18 Jan     Inhaca Island, Mozambique   
19 Jan      Arriving in Maputo, Mozambique   

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Port Louis cruise port

24 February 2018 15 nights / 16 days, one-way from Port Louis to Mahe Island
Prices starting
from $10568
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24 Feb      Departing from Port Louis, Mauritius Island   
26 Feb     Saint-Denis, Reunion Island   
27 Feb     At Sea   
28 Feb     Sainte-Marie Island, Nosy Boraha, Madagascar   
01 Mar     Nosy Mangabe Island, Madagascar   
02 Mar     Masoala National Park, Madagascar   
03 Mar     Antsiranana, Diego Suarez, Madagascar   
04 Mar     Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles   
05 Mar     Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles   
06 Mar     Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles   
07 Mar     Farquhar Atoll, Seychelles   
08 Mar     Alphonse Island, Seychelles   
09 Mar     Amirantes Islands, Seychelles   
10 Mar     Aride Island, Seychelles   
10 Mar     Curieuse Island, Seychelles   
11 Mar     Praslin Island, Seychelles   
11 Mar     La Digue Island, Seychelles   
12 Mar      Arriving in Mahe Island, Victoria, Seychelles   

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Larnaca cruise port

23 March 2018 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Larnaca to Thessaloniki
Prices starting
from $7192
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23 Mar      Departing from Larnaca, Cyprus   
25 Mar     Mersin, Turkey   
26 Mar     Tasucu, Turkey   
27 Mar     Antalya, Turkey   
27 Mar     Antalya, Turkey   
28 Mar     Fethiye, Turkey   
29 Mar     Didim, Turkey   
29 Mar     Kusadasi, Ephesus, Turkey   
29 Mar     Kusadasi, Ephesus, Turkey   
30 Mar     Patmos Island, Greece   
31 Mar     Kusadasi, Ephesus, Turkey   
31 Mar     Kusadasi, Ephesus, Turkey   
01 Apr     Dikili, Turkey   
02 Apr     Mount Athos, Greece   
03 Apr - 04 Apr     Thessaloniki, Greece (Overnight)   
04 Apr      Arriving in Thessaloniki, Greece   

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Chios Island cruise port

03 April 2018 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Thessaloniki to Piraeus
Prices starting
from $5992
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03 Apr      Departing from Thessaloniki, Greece   
05 Apr     Samothraki Island, Greece   
06 Apr     Chios Island, Greece   
07 Apr     Samos Island, Greece   
08 Apr     Icaria Island, Greece   
08 Apr     Fourni Island, Greece   
09 Apr     Patmos Island, Greece   
10 Apr     Lipsi Island, Greece   
10 Apr     Leros Island, Greece   
11 Apr     Nisyros Island, Greece   
11 Apr     Tilos Island, Greece   
12 Apr     Symi Island, Greece   
13 Apr     Delos Island, Greece   
13 Apr     Syros Island, Greece   
14 Apr      Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece   

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Piraeus cruise port

13 April 2018 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip Peloponnese The Land of Gods and Heroes
Prices starting
from $6592
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13 Apr      Departing from Piraeus, Athens, Greece   
15 Apr     Nafplio, Greece   
16 Apr     Nafplio, Greece   
16 Apr     Nafplio, Greece   
17 Apr     Monemvasia, Greece   
18 Apr     Kythira Island, Greece   
19 Apr     Gythion, Greece   
19 Apr     Mystras, Greece   
20 Apr     Areopolis, Mani, Greece   
21 Apr     Pylos, Greece   
22 Apr     Katakolon, Olympia, Greece   
23 Apr     Itea, Greece   
24 Apr     Corinth Canal, Greece (Transit)   
25 Apr      Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece   

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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     Hern 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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