The great adventure of Alaska is already underway: Royal Caribbean is back and is the first cruise line to sail to the Last Frontier since September 2019. The Serenade of the Seas has kicked off and returns in the season of summer departing on the first of a series of 7-night cruises from Seattle. This return marks a time of celebration for the cruise industry, local workforce, regional suppliers and Alaska communities that were significantly affected by the absence of cruise ship tourism, which typically accounts for more than 60% of the visitors to the state and generates more than $ 3 billion for its economy each year. 97% of those traveling on board the Serenade are fully vaccinated.
The Serenade, a local favorite, heads to classic towns and picturesque towns like Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point (Alaska), as well as the stunning Endicott Arm Fjord and Dawes Glacier. This ship will be joined by the Ovation of the Seas in Seattle beginning August 13, completing Royal Caribbean’s grand return to Alaska in 2021.
“Alaska cruises are finally back, and we are excited to be the first to return. Alaska is one of the most popular destinations for our customers, ”said Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.
Once again, families and passengers of all ages will be able to venture out to explore Alaska’s unspoiled wilderness by sea after more than a year. Views will be available to everyone on board the Serenade, thanks to the ocean-facing glass elevators and floor-to-ceiling windows that keep the spectacular scenery – and wildlife sightings – in focus. In addition, Serenade of the Seas offers the 40-foot ocean-view climbing wall, poolside movie nights under the stars, and restaurants inspired by a world of flavors, such as Chops Grille, Giovanni’s Table, and Izumi.
With stunning glaciers, a sprawling coastline, and mountainous scenery amid charming ports of call, Royal Caribbean Alaska cruises also offer passengers first-hand experiences from local experts showcasing the region’s carefully preserved traditions and influence. in cultures, both in the past and in the present.
The Serenade of the Seas is the first ship in the cruise industry to return to Alaska and the second in the Royal Caribbean fleet to welcome its passengers to the United States, after the Freedom of the Seas set sail from Miami to celebrate the 4th of July weekend. Thirteen Royal Caribbean ships will sail around the world at the end of August, including the Ovation of the Seas, which is set to sail on 7-night adventures to Skagway, Sitka and Juneau, in Alaska, and through the famous Inside Passage. The cruise company recently extended the Ovation’s Alaska season through October with four additional sailings.
Cruise passengers sailing through Alaska can do so with peace of mind, as Royal Caribbean requires all crew members and guests who meet the vaccine age to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Starting August 1, the vaccine age requirement for travelers will be lowered from 16 to 12 years. The vaccination policy is one of the cruise line’s many measures that safeguards the well-being of all passengers, crew members and communities at each port of call.
Before resuming its activity in Alaska, the Serenade of the Seas successfully completed a simulated voyage and received a Conditional Certificate of Navigation from the United States CDC.