MS Serenissima Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Serenissima
|Year built||1960 / Age : 59|
|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|
|Decks with cabins||5|
|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).
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.