I have tentative reservations on the Sovereign of the Seas for the 3 day Bahamas trip. It was the only one that would fit my sister's schedule and I have my heart set on a family thing with my dad & his wife, my sister and her husband, and my husband and I. I am footing the bill for it all. I've done 3 different Carnival cruises and loved them all. I've never gone with any other company. Is the food as good on RCCL as Carnival? How does the entertainment compare? This will be the first cruise for several of them and I don't want them to get a bad taste and never be willing to cruise again. Do you have any suggestions for the best tours in Nassau and the other stop (can't think of the island name cococay or something)?
I read some posts about the Kennedy Space Center, so I think we'll do that on the day we get back (flights don't leave till past 9:00 pm).
I am paying about $929 per couple. Seems kind of high for 3 days - but it's the fall break for my sis, and she can't travel any other time. What do you think?
I'm confirming flights tonight, but I wont' confirm on the boat until Wed. or Thursday. I'll check for any replies before I confirm. Tell me if I should reconsider and do Carnival instead. The reason I picked the RCCL instead was because the day on the island seemed better than the day at sea on Carnival - but I'm open to any opinions.
I'd plan on being at port around 11 AM. Have all of the required documents in your ticket binder completed before you get to the port. At the port, all you will have to do is fill out the Bahamas immigration card. Assuming boarding in Port Canaveral went for me like it did on my last cruise from Miami, I arrived at the port at about 11:20 AM, they started boarding at 12:15 and I was in my cabin at 12:25.
As for food, I've heard it both ways. I've had clients who say the food is better on RCCL and vice versa.
We just got off the Sovereign's 4-day trip and although it was a good trip (and we've done it before) we prefer the Fantasy's product. I prefer going to CocoCay versus Freeport but the Fantasy, IMO, is a better laid out ship, has better food, and better entertainment. The Sovereign is the oldest ship in RCI's fleet and is showing her age. There are some things we prefer on the Sovereign, such as their signature Viking Crown Lounge, and the larger casino, and the Centrum shopping area, but given the choice I'd prefer the Fantasy for this trip even though it stops in Freeport whereas the Sovereign stops at CocoCay. But you can go to the Blue Lagoon in Nassau if you want a beach and barbeque day.
We haven't been on the Sovereign since 1995 but she was beautiful then. It is a lot less neon than the Fantasy and maybe a little calmer crowd wise so it might be a better choice for the whole family. The Sovereign isn't too anything - very open, nice, no neon etc. Some people really don't like CArnival but I haven't heard that too much about Royal. Since the Fantasy is a very neon Carnival ship the Sovereign might be a better choice for first timers. I do love Carnival and have been on 8 cruises with them and 5 on RCL I was just thinking about the rest of your family and what their first impressions might be. Besides RCL private island is so much fun - been a couple times to CocoCay and it is very nice... Debbie
Thanks to everyone for the replies. We ended up being able to work it out for a longer cruise - and ended up choosing Carnival Holiday out of New Orleans for a 5 day. Got the cat. 12 suite with private balcony for my husband and I. Got oceanview with picture window for the rest (i'm generous, but not able to get suites for everyone - and we'll share!). With the cheaper air fare to New Orleans, we are getting a much better deal all around. If I hadn't splurged on the suite, the cost would be within a close amount for the 5 day of what we were going to pay for a 3 day. I hope they like it ok - but hey, they're getting a free cruise, so I doubt anyone will complain!
I am glad you chose to go with Carnival. Went on royal caribbean sovereign of the seas last year and it was NO comparison to the fun on carnival. The rooms were smaller too. (i have been on 3 carnival ships prior to RCCL). I am looking to book a cruise with carnival this year. Carnival has more action, funstuff to do, rooms larger.
Janet, will you adopt me? I've been on 3 Carnival and 1 Royal. While the Royal was more elegant, we had more fun on Carnival, the service was better, rooms were bigger and nicer and the food definately better on Carnival. No doubt your family will enjoy it!
You may have made a better choice. Read the message from someone that just came back from the SOS on MyTravel website. It's on the Cruise Info section, subject is Bad Royal Caribbean Experience. Doesn't sound like a ship I'd want to go on unless they made it all up?? Happy cruising.