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Royal CaribbeanSovereign the Seas Review3 Night BahamasJo-Ann Ostien

Age: 52

Occupation:Insurance Producer/Agent

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Sovereign of the Seas

Sailing Date: September 30th, 2005

Itinerary: NOT FOUND

Royal Caribbean
Sovereign of the Seas Cruise Review
3 Night Bahamas

Jo-Ann Ostien

My Husband and I had watched the refurbishment of the Sovereign of the Seas on the Travel Channel and decided this was the ship we wanted to take our 3 night Bahamas cruise on. The home port of Port Canaveral is a beautiful port with an easy access from the Orlando International Airport, if you are flying into Florida for a cruise.

This was my 3rd cruise and my husband’s 2nd and found the entire process of getting to this port, boarding and getting settled for what was to be our relaxing Fall get-a-way the best by far. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned cruiser, Royal Caribbean really sets the stage and brings out the excitement in you as you enter the gang-way and step aboard.

With this being just a short weekend cruise, we decided not to do any of the formal dining or planned excursions. All of our meals were enjoyed in the Windjammer and once again exceeded our expectations as far as quantity, quality and service. The hours of the Windjammer met our schedule just fine - we ate when we wanted to and never felt rushed to finish and move out so someone else could sit down.

Whether it was taking our cup of morning coffee and sitting on deck watching the ocean go by or sitting by the pool in the afternoon listening to the live music with the special of the day – we were RELAXED and no one pressured you to do or buy anything.

Our first port of call was Nassau, Bahamas. This stop gave us plenty of time to plan a few hours of shopping and sightseeing in Nassau and catch a break from the quick afternoon shower at Senior Frogs. While enjoying the festivities at Senior Frogs, we had the pleasure of meeting folks from other ships in port, then we returned to the ship to get a bite to eat before we made plans to catch a cab (which there is no problem doing – everyone is extremely friendly and helpful) and headed over to Paradise Island and Atlantis to do more sightseeing – it is a must see.

Our 2nd port of call was Coco Cay. The weather was just perfect and the water was calm! Coco Cay is truly Paradise. Soft white sand and turquoise water all around you. The BBQ really makes for a wonderful ending to a perfect day on this Island of Paradise. While you are sunbathing, doing an excursion, swimming or just strolling around this island, you would never know that your ship just dropped off approximately 2,000+ people in one spot. Even though Coco Cay is not a very large island, there is plenty of room to enjoy whatever your pleasure is. And, you will never go thirsty there – someone is at your beckon call at all times! The first time I went to Coco Cay I had heard about the jelly fish – but had not seen them – however, this time we took pictures of jelly fish the size of a dinner plate. Coco Cay is a favorite stop.

Words can not explain just how incredible the entertainment is on a Royal Caribbean Cruise. With the three cruises being on different ships, each and every show production is superb in its own way. Hats off to the Cast and Special Guests. From the staff who polish the brass to our cabin steward – they are always there with a smiling, hello, can I help you.

From the moment you see the ship in port to the time you disembark, Royal Caribbean has made each of our trips an everlasting memory. No complaints what-so-ever! Our family is looking forward to our 7 day cruise in January 2006.

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