I just returned from the last weekend sailing of the Sovereign of the Seas. You could tell it was a bittersweet moment for the officers and staff. The ship is being sold and will head to Spain.
Embarkation was quick and painless. We were one of the first people on the ship at 11:30am. I led a large group, so I wanted to get onboard right away to answer any questions my clients may have. Many had never cruised before.
I stayed in an Ocean view cabin on deck 5. Our cabin was very clean and our stateroom attendant Terry was great.
It rained all day Friday, October 24th, so our sailaway party was moved indoors to Boleros! As usual, Royal Caribbean did a great job making everyone excited despite the nasty weather outside.
I did not attend any shows this time around, but did make some "contributions" to the Roulette wheel.
Our first stop was Nassau. We arrived about 11:30am and got off the ship around noon. My parents wanted to make their own "contributions" to the casino at Atlantis, so I tagged along. I made the mistake of not eating lunch on the ship before we left and found the food at Atlantis overpriced!!! We only spent a couple of hours at Atlantis, then returned to the ship.
Saturday night was formal night and I chose the Sea Bass for dinner this time. It was wonderful, but I was really there for my favorite dessert, the Grand Marnier Souffle! Our waiter Eliston gave me a hard time for not cleaning my dinner plate and brought me jello as punishment!!
After a few laughs he did bring me the souffle I have craved for months!!!!
Sunday, we spent a few hours on Coco Cay. It was very cloudy when we arrived at 8am, so we waited until the sun came out to grab a tender. We ended up arriving on the island about 10:45. The island BBQ was one of the best I have ever had. I couldn't get enough ribs or the penne salad!! I have been to Coco Cay many times, but the food quality seemed better than ever this time around!!
Royal Caribbean put on a big show for us Sunday night as part of the Sovereign of the Seas goodbye ceremony. About 8:15pm we attended the "Freedom Parade". The officers and staff paraded through the centrum and the chefs presented a huge cake, carved to look just like the S.O.S.
The crew sang, handed out champagne, small desserts and the captain cut the first slice of cake! It was a wonderful tribute to the ship and most of the passengers turned out for the party!!
Overall, this was a great cruise and many passengers expressed their sadness to see the S.O.S. go!! The Monarch of the Seas is replacing the Sovereign at Port Canaveral.
_________________Jeanie Beck, ACC, DS
Beck Tours & Travel
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