Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Royal Caribbean's Sovereign of the Seas

Up next on our journey through my cruising history is our trip on Royal Caribbean's Sovereign of the Seas from 2007. We did this cruise for spring break that year and just did a 4 night Bahamas cruise since we already had another cruise planned for the summer.
Here is some info on Sovereign before we get to the rest of the cruise. She is 73,192 gross tons, 880 feet long, and 106 feet wide. When she was launched in January of 1988 she was the largest ship in the world. In November of 2008 she was transferred out of Royal Caribbean's fleet to Pullmantur Cruises, which is part of the RCI family.
Once again we were in just an outside cabin but this was due to the fact that many of the older ships don't have that many balcony cabins except for the suites which are out of our price range. Also the cabins on the older ships just seem so small compared to the newer ships. Not that this was bad but after being on some of the newer ships you just notice these things. 
This was a 4 night cruise to the Bahamas so our stops included Nassau and Coco Cay (Royal Caribbean's private island). We have been to Nassau many times and very rarely get off. Since a lot of people get off to go into port you get most of the ship to yourself.  This time we got off to do a little shopping but were back on pretty quick so we could enjoy some time on board without the crowds.
Coco Cay is one of RCI's private islands. The other is Labadee. Coco Cay is a pretty nice little stop. You do have to tender in but they have some great beaches and plenty of activities to keep you going. They have chairs on the beach and some hammocks for relaxing. They also serve a BBQ lunch on the island so you don't have to go back to the ship if you don't want to. Don't forget to get your coco loco, Coco Cay's signature drink, while you are here!

The food on the shorter cruises also just doesn't seem to match what you get on the 7 night cruises. Still good just not as good. Plus you are on a cruise so does it really matter since you didn't have to make it? We did have an excellent service team in the dining room as usual. They always strive to make your dining experience the best it can be.
To see the rest of the pictures from this cruise please visit Partridge Pictures.

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