Many of our regular travellers will remember the MS Andrea with great affection. Noble Caledonia chartered her for five years until 2009 when the financial turmoil became too much for the U.S. based owners who reluctantly had to cease their operations. Over our five year association we operated cruises as far away as Antarctica, South America and the West Indies as well as all over Europe from the Baltic to Black Sea. During this time the vessel built a strong following in the UK with Noble Caledonia becoming the major provider of passengers.
We are therefore delighted to once again be associated with the vessel. With a new owner and a new name, MS Serenissima, she commenced her cruising season in the spring of 2013 after a major refit. The new owner is well known to us as we currently charter their deluxe river vessel, the ‘Volga Dream’.
Accommodating just 107 passengers, the cabins are attractively designed – no two cabins are identical. All are fully air conditioned with a modern shower and toilet, telephone, flat screen televisions and other thoughtful appointments. 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.
Perhaps, one of the best known and loved features of this vessel is its unique 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.
A new addition to the vessel is a Lido area on Deck 5 with a bar and Jacuzzi. Other facilities on board include two lounges, a small library with two computers for internet access, a spacious observation deck, fitness area, massage and a lift that serves decks 3, 4 and 5.
The free seating Venice Restaurant accommodates all guests in one sitting. In addition there is an outside dining area for when the weather and itinerary permit.
In areas such the United Kingdom and Norway the vessel is equipped with Zodiac craft allowing us to visit remote places where normal tender arrangements are not possible. The European captain, officers, expedition staff, and crew offer a first class service and have been selected for their professionalism and caring attitudes. The atmosphere on board is warm and welcoming and dedicated to discovery and relaxation.
For your comfort, safety and security
There are so few ships of this generation still cruising and she is a great testament to her 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.