Formerly known as the Harald Jarl and subsequently the MS Andrea, the charming 107 passenger MS Serenissima began her new life in April 2013 after a thorough renovation and upgrade. We have a long history with the vessel and know her to be perfect for small ship cruising. She is an impressive site when moored and due to her size can dock in the heart of Europeís historic centres and is able to navigate into smaller, remote ports inaccessible to the big cruise ships.
Cabins & Suites
Accommodating just 107 passengers, the 59 cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an ensuite bathroom with shower, sink, toilet, a selection of toiletries including shower gel, soaps, shampoo and conditioner, hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.
There are eight different grades of cabin arranged over five decks, and with the exception of the five inside cabins, all staterooms feature either windows or portholes. Because of the very nature of the ship, the cabins do vary in shape and size, adding to the vesselís overall charm. Choose from the cosy inside cabins of approx 10 square metres, to the sumptuous newly built executive suites of 25 square metres boasting private balconies, minibar, and all the mod cons. The standard staterooms range in size from 10 to 15.5 square metres. The superior staterooms range in size from 11 to 19.6 square metres. The deluxe staterooms range in size from 15 to 25.4 square metres. The junior suites range in size from 20.9 to 21.7 square metres. And the ownerís suites are 22.7 square metres. The dedicated inside single cabins range in size from 9.9 to 11.52 square metres, and the dedicated standard single cabins range in size from 9.9 to 12.7 square metres.
The facilities onboard include two lounges Ė the larger Andrea Lounge is comfortable and spacious and the smaller Harald Lounge is more intimate. There is also a small library with two computers for internet access. The outside areas are something special. A spacious observation deck allows 360 degree views of the passing scenery. From here, step down to the lido area with state of the art fitness room, Jacuzzi and outside bar. The newly built covered seating area at the back of deck 6 is ideal for relaxing with a drink in hand. Perhaps, one of the best known and loved features of this vessel is its unique style. During the major refit in Sweden the then owners commissioned Swedish interior designers to create a Gustavian style interior. This bright Swedish 18th century influenced, country house style works particularly well on a vessel of this vintage, providing intimacy and classic nautical sensibility often lacking in larger vessels.
The free seating Venice Restaurant accommodates all guests in one sitting. Being on deck 5, it has great views from all tables. The picture windows mean the restaurant is light and airy. Breakfast is served buffet-style with cooked dishes available and eggs to order by the shipís accomplished chef. Lunch is also served buffetstyle with hot and cold dishes available. Dinner is served a la carte and is 4 courses, except for at the Captainís Dinner, which is a 6 course affair. Where possible, local produce is sourced for an authentic dining experience. A choice of red or white wine, beer, soft drinks, and water are included at lunch and dinner. Dress is informal except for at the Captainís Dinner when you may wish to dress in smarter attire. In good weather there are al fresco dining facilities available. Tea and coffee are served around the clock in the Andrea Lounge.
For your comfort, safety and security
There are so few ships of this generation still cruising and MS Serenissima is a great testament to her present and previous owners that they have seen fit to invest considerable sums over the years to keep her in top form and complying with the stringent health and safety requirements. The ship has an open bridge policy so during your voyage you will have the chance to visit the Captain and Officers. Six brand new Zodiacs have now been purchased by the new owner.
There is a doctor onboard, and staff are trained in first aid.
Smoking is limited to the open air public areas.
Life Onboard :
The MS Serenissima is more akin to a countryhotel than one of the large ships trawling the seas today. The European Captain, Officers and crew offer a first class service and have been selected for their professionalism and caring attitudes. The atmosphere onboard is warm and welcoming, and the emphasis is not on around the clock entertainment and dining, but instead on well-thought out itineraries, relaxation, time spent with like-minded passengers and discovery.
For your comfort, safety and security:
There are so few ships of this generation still cruising and MS Serenissima is a great testament to her present and previous owners that they have seen fit to invest considerable sums over the years to keep her in top form and complying with the stringent health and safety requirements. The ship has an open bridge policy so during your voyage you will have the chance to visit the Captain and Officers. There is also a doctor onboard. Our small ship will be able to dock in ports with easy access to places of interest, affording us less time in coaches and often the opportunity to explore by foot rather than docking in large, unattractive ports far out of town. Joined by Guest Speakers this itinerary promises a unique insight into the culture, history, art and architecture both on our well-guided shore excursions and in the comfort of our ship.