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Revitalised Serenade of the Seas docks in Dubai


Royal Caribbean International’s newly revitalised Serenade of the Seas made her first visit to Dubai and will be homeported until mid-April. 

The ship offers cruise enthusiasts an opportunity to explore the region on seven-night round-trip sailings stopping in Fujairah, Muscat and Abu Dhabi.

Lakshmi Durai, executive director Middle East, said: ”The ship showcases a new range of amenities and facilities. Today’s cruise ships are like floating resorts with all choices on a single platform, but better because they take you to new destinations as well.”

Royal Caribbean’s pre- and post-cruise packages and shore excursion programmes include desert driving, visits to mosques and local villages, and journeys to the mountains and wadis.

Serenade of the Seas can carry 3,360 guests on double occupancy, has 1,073 staterooms and 12 passenger decks.

Elaborating further Helen Beck, regional director, said: “The Radiance-class ship had recently undergone a US$29 million revitalisation in Cadiz, Spain, and now offers a host of new dining concepts, entertaining options and technological advancements.”

After her Dubai visit, Serenade of the Seas will return to Barcelona for 12-night sailings visiting Venice and Greece. In November 2013, she will return to North America and sail seasonally from New Orleans offering seven- and nine-night Caribbean and Bahamas itineraries.

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