© Cees BustraanGTS Serenade of the Seas – Past and Present

GTS Serenade of the Seas

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer

Steel twin Azipod ‘Radiance Class’ gas turbine vessel built in 2003 by Meyer Werft GmbH & Co, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 657) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Royal Caribbean International (RCI)

Technical Data

  • Length: 293.2 m (overall) 266.23 m (between perpendiculars
  • Breadth: 39.8 m
  • Depth: 11.7 m
  • Draught: 8.5 m
  • Tonnage: 90,090 gross/53,812 net/11936t deadweight
  • Propulsion Engines: 2 x GE Gas turbine type LM2500 of 25 MW each, 1x Fincantieri 56B steam turbine of 7.8 MW
  • Main Generator Engine: 1 x Wärtsilä 38B 16V – 11.2 MW
  • Propulsion: 2 x ABB Azimuthing pods – each 19,5 MW
  • Power: 57400 kW/HP
  • Speed: 24 knots
  • Capacity: 2500 passengers
  • Call Sign: C6FV8
  • IMO Number: 9228344
  • MMSI Number: 311492000
  • Official Number: 9000068
  • Port of Registry: Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister-Ship: Brilliance of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas


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History

December 7th 1999: Contract signed.

September 26th 2001: Keel laid.

June 20th 2003: Launched.

© Benoit Donne

© Benoit Donne

July 11th 2003: Left Papenburg for Eemshaven.

July 30th 2003: Delivered to Serenade Of The Seas Inc, Nassau, Bahamas (Management Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd).

August 4th 2003: Maiden voyage from Amsterdam to Boston.

August 25th 2003: Christened in New York.

© Willem Oldenburg  © Willem Oldenburg

© Willem Oldenburg

August 25th 2003: Maiden cruise from New York.

© Cees Bustraan  © Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Cees Bustraan, Carsten Dettmer, Benoit Donne and Willem Oldenburg for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)


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