MS Serenissima

Former names: Andrea, Harald Jarl

MS Serenissima current position

MS Serenissima current location is at East Mediterranean (coordinates 38.95508 N / 20.75526 E) cruising en route to PREVEZA. The AIS position was reported 14 minutes ago.

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Specifications of MS Serenissima

Year built1960  /  Age: 62
Flag state Liberia
BuilderAker Trondelag AS (Trondheim, Norway)
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 namesAndrea, Harald Jarl
OwnerVolga Dream Cruises
OperatorNoble Caledonia, Travelmarvel

MS Serenissima Review

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 Volga Dream (Russian cruise travel company) and renamed "MS Serenissima". Its current cruise itinerary program is very diverse and includes destinations, such as the Panama Canal, the Azores Islands, Caribbean, Northern Europe (UK-Scotland, Baltic Sea) and also the 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 TV, safety deposit box (in the closet), direct-dial phone, en-suite bathroom (single-sink vanity, WC, shower, toiletries - shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soaps), hairdryer, robes, slippers. Bottles of sparkling and still water are replenished daily. Ten different cabin grades are arranged over 5 decks. With the exception of the 3 inside cabins, all staterooms are with 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.

Shipboard facilities

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 the 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.

MS Serenissima cruise ship

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 an 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. The dress code is informal except for Captain’s Dinner for which guests may choose to dress in smarter attire.

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