July 21. Serenade of the Seas set sail on Monday, July 19 as the first large cruise ship to head for Alaska since September 2019. The sailing is a milestone for the cruise industry, local workforce and Alaska’s communities that were significantly impacted by the absence of all cruise tourism, which normally represents more than 60 percent of the state’s visitors and generates upwards of $3 billion for its economy each year.
Calling Seattle home, Serenade offers seven-night itineraries with such highlights as Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka, Alaska, along with Endicott Arm fjord and Dawes Glacier. Ninety-seven percent of the entire onboard community on Serenade is fully vaccinated. Serenade will be joined by Ovation of the Seas in Seattle starting Aug. 13, rounding out Royal Caribbean’s great Alaska comeback in 2021.
Serenade is the cruise industry’s first big ship to return to Alaska and the second in Royal Caribbean’s world-class fleet to welcome back guests in the U.S. after Freedom of the Seas set sail from Miami for the Fourth of July weekend.
Vacationers sailing to Alaska can cruise with peace of mind knowing that Royal Caribbean requires that all crew members and guests who meet the age of eligibility for the vaccine are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As of Aug. 1, the vaccine age requirement for travelers will be lowered from age 16 to 12. Children younger than the eligible age must undergo testing and follow other health and safety protocols.
Source: Insider Travel Report