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Tom 12-16-2002 09:47 PM

My wife and I are considering a cruise in April aboard Royal Carribean's Sovereign of the Seas. This will be our first cruise. We're pretty excited, but want to make sure that we're making the right decision. The ports-of-call include Nassau and Coco Cay. It sails out of Port Canaveral. A few questions:

1. The ship appears to be "old" (relatively speaking, launched in 1988); has it been sufficiently refurbished? Any drawbacks to it's age?

2. Are there fun things to do at the ports-of-call?

3. It looks like the best thing to do to get there is to fly in to Orlando; is there a way to get to Port Canaveral without having to rent a car?

Thanks so much for any and all advice!

Tom 12-16-2002 09:47 PM

My wife and I are considering a cruise in April aboard Royal Carribean's Sovereign of the Seas. This will be our first cruise. We're pretty excited, but want to make sure that we're making the right decision. The ports-of-call include Nassau and Coco Cay. It sails out of Port Canaveral. A few questions:

1. The ship appears to be "old" (relatively speaking, launched in 1988); has it been sufficiently refurbished? Any drawbacks to it's age?

2. Are there fun things to do at the ports-of-call?

3. It looks like the best thing to do to get there is to fly in to Orlando; is there a way to get to Port Canaveral without having to rent a car?

Thanks so much for any and all advice!

KimCruisin 12-18-2002 08:37 AM

My husband and I took the very same cruise as our first cruise - about 2 years ago. As far as new-ness of the boat, I have nothing to compare to. I will say that the experience was so good that we're cruising again this February - but this time trying Celebrity Horizon for the Western Carib. itinerary. I can say that the multi-story main lobby with glass elevator is an impressive sight when you first board the ship.

The ports:
-Nassau: Beware of TONS of people at the port trying to sell their wares, braid your hair, give horse-and-buggy rides, etc. These people are relentless. Just ignore them. We took a short cab ride to Paradise Island to check out Atlantis resort, which is just awesome. There's a beautiful casino and a really nice aquarium (cost=$25 if I'm remembering right). Also beware - eating at restaurants in the Bahamas is VERY expensive. We went to a diner-type place on Paradise Island and paid $35 for two cheeseburgers.

Cocao Cay - AWESOME. I wanted to stay behind and live there. You can snorkel (when you rent the equipment they give a little how-to course - it was my first time snorkeling and it was easy and fun!), float on comfy mats you can rent, drink some tropical cocktails (guys walk around selling these) and you get a free barbecue that was yummy. Catch an early tender out there - it is worth staying on the island for as long as you possibly can!

The ship: The food was good in the dining room, just average at the buffets. The shows were a lot of fun. An inside cabin is quite small - I highly recommend spending a bit more for a cabin with a window and/or a bigger cabin. The pools are salt-water.

One other tip - don't miss the show on the last night of the cruise. It's some kind of contest with audience participation that was supposedly an absolute scream. We missed it because we were packing our stuff to put it outside our rooms before midnight (this is the protocol on the last night). So remember to pack your bags before dinner and don't miss that show!

It's a great first-time cruise. Short but sweet! Enjoy.

Tom 12-19-2002 09:30 AM

Thanks so much. We're going to talk with a travel agent today. I think we might wait a month or two before buying tickets; just to see if the price goes down a little (yes, I'm a cheapskate). Appreciate all your advice!

cruiseman 12-19-2002 01:42 PM

Wait until early May to cruise. Prices are usually much better at this time following the Spring break period when prices are usually sky high.
Recently booked a foursome on the new 'Navigator' for a seven night cruise which was only about $200 more than a four nighter on the 'Sovereign' sailing in April. Cruiseman


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