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Laurel Gibson

Age: 22


Number of Cruises: 0

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Sovereign of the Seas

Sailing Date: March 25th, 2005

Itinerary: Bahamas

My boyfriend and I had wanted to go to an all inclusive, but due to late booking we were out of luck and opted for a cruise instead. We were so happy with our choice!

Once arriving at the airport, we located the Royal Caribbean rep to buy a transfer to the ship. Booking was easy and hassle free. After a 45 minute drive to Port Canaveral, we arrived at the newly renovated Sovereign of the Seas. Upon our arrival at check-in we learned our traveler information forms had not been received since we booked last minute. That took a few extra minutes, but who was in a rush?

We were told our luggage would be delivered to our room within the next 2 hours, so make sure you have everything you need with you in your carry-on. We went to check out our interior room on deck 4 and it was pretty tiny- more reason to explore the ship and not stay in your room!

The main dish in the lunch buffet was tacos and we learned that was served everyday- if you don’t like tacos, there are many other things to choose from. Johnny Rockets and Sorrento’s (pizza) were just upstairs, and the pizza was incredible! Johnny Rockets has a charge of ($3.75), but it was well worth it. Dinner in the main dining room was excellent as there were many choices each night that catered to vegetarians, dieters and big eaters. Drinks are not inclusive, but there is a selection of wine to accommodate your dinner. I suggest purchasing the pop package ($24.00) as it offers unlimited refills and the lines are never long to refill. Breakfast was by far the best meal of the day at the buffet- what a huge selection! Should you not enjoy buffet early in the morning, a continental breakfast was also served in the dining room.

The day in Cococay was absolutely incredible! It is a privately owned island by RCL and was extremely relaxing. I suggest going over early to ensure no line ups to go and choice of seating by the beach. If you would like more privacy and a quieter beach setting, head towards the end of the island. There was a free BBQ for lunch and the food was excellent- hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, fruit and dessert- you can eat as much as you want!

The third day in Nassau was also enjoyable. There is a lot of shopping that can be done- but most stores offer the same things. If you choose to go to the Straw Market, make sure you bargain! Again, each isle had the same stuff over and over, so if you buy more from one vendor, the better the deal you receive! Many excursions are offered in Nassau and we went on the Yellowbird Boat, which had music, dancing and free rum punch (and other drinks for sale). We stopped at an island where there were several activities, food, a bar, and of course the ocean for swimming! Paradise Island is a must see and should you choose not to take the ferry, a cab is only $4.00/person (ferry is $3.00) and you see more of the island. The hotel is huge with many sites to see- the aquarium and casino for example.

Activities on the ship were well organized as we participated in The Quest at night (scavenger hunt) and our team ended up winning- it was a blast and we won a free t-shirt. We saw Johnny Thunder from The Drifters and a late night comedian who was absolutely hilarious! The belly flop contest on the last day was also fun as we watched from the upper deck of the ship- what a sight!

Overall, we both had an amazing time and would go again in a second. However, if you are young and a couple, we did not find many others our age, which we didn’t mind. This is one of RCL’s smaller ships, so next time I would like to see what the big ones are like!

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