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Old 08-08-2004, 12:15 PM
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We are going on it in April 05, It was the first ship we went on for our first cruise, I have heard they are re-doing it over in Nov.04 does anyone know what changes are being made, we have 3 cabins booked on deck 4
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We are going on it in April 05, It was the first ship we went on for our first cruise, I have heard they are re-doing it over in Nov.04 does anyone know what changes are being made, we have 3 cabins booked on deck 4
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Here is information that I have about the renovations to the Sovereign:

Third Ship in Fleet to Undergo Major Renovations to Receive New Dining and Entertainment Venues, Expanded Fitness Facilities and Dedicated Teen Areas


MIAMI, May 7 -- Royal Caribbean International is kicking the onboard experience into overdrive for Bahamas-bound guests on Sovereign of the Seas. The company today announced that the 73,192-ton ship is slated for an extreme makeover this November, including the addition of the line's hot Latin lounge, Boleros, a sit-down coffee and ice cream scoop shop, and three teen-only areas.

"Royal Caribbean has led the industry in introducing innovative and exciting features on our newest ships in the past few years," said Adam Goldstein, executive vice president, Brand Operations, for Royal Caribbean International. "Now we are bringing many of those same outstanding experiences to guests sailing on ships that debuted before a rock wall at sea was even imagined. We are particularly pleased to expand and enhance the onboard experience for guests on our popular short Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral on Sovereign of the Seas."

Renovations will touch nearly every square foot of Sovereign, with the most visible addition being new balconies for 62 suites on Deck 10, creating the first balcony staterooms for the ship. In addition, each stateroom and suite onboard the ship will be refurbished, including entirely new bathrooms.

On the dining scene, Sovereign will be serving up several new options including a pizza parlor, Sorrento's, as well as another new restaurant concept still under development. The Windjammer Cafe will be updated, as will the two main dining rooms, which will be completely refurbished and renamed. In between meals, guests can enjoy specialty espresso drinks from Seattle's Best Coffee®, as well as their favorite flavors from Ben & Jerry's® at the new sit-down Latte'tudes coffee shop and ice cream parlor.

Each night, Sovereign will offer entertainment options from bow to stern, with the main attraction being the mid-ship Boleros Latin lounge. Boleros bar menu includes favorites from Brazil, Cuba and Central America, such as caipirinhas, mojitos and specialty tequilas. Dueling piano players and live Latin jazz performances will offer high-octane evenings. The main showroom, the disco, the Viking Crown Lounge and Casino Royale also will be renovated and refurbished.

Teen guests out for the evening will have a choice of three exclusive areas designed just for them -- the ultra-hip Fuel nightclub; a cool hangout lounge called The Living Room; and The Back Deck, a sun deck with an outdoor dance floor.

During the day, fitness-focused guests will find everything they need for a full workout at the relocated and expanded ShipShape Fitness Center and Sovereign Day Spa. Moving to Deck 9, the new facilities will feature a bigger gym with additional cardio equipment. The full-service spa will have a hair and nails salon, as well as 11 treatment rooms, including a two-person room for couples.

Finally, for guests interested in combining work and play, Royal Caribbean is expanding the ship's conference capabilities. The former card room, library and champagne bar on Deck 7 are being converted into an expansive, sophisticated business facility, with a large, multi-purpose Conference Center and a Business Services office to meet any organization's meeting or communications needs.

Hope that information is what you were looking for!
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Old 08-10-2004, 05:42 PM
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Jee , thanks NancyN. I will be going on that ship next June.That's nice to know.Does any one know why the have salt water pools ,instead of cholrine.
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You're welcome -glad you found the information useful! Many cruise ships have saltwater rather than fresh water pools because theare easier to maintain. If you think about it, they are in the middle of the ocean and it is quite easy for them to empty a saltwater pool into the ocean and refill it with fresh saltwater.
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Nancy, you are right. It is much easier to pump salt water into the pool than it is to process salt water into fresh water for the pool. The salt water converters are busy 24 hours a day making freah water for the ship's use and if they had to fill the swimming pool with fresh water they would probably have to bring another converter on the ship.

Unless the water is too cold, having the pool full of salt water isn't all that bad.

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