Friday, July 25, 2014

Three Sisters - The Sovereign-Class Ships

In 1988 Royal Caribbean launched Sovereign of the Seas, the first of three “Sovereign-class” ships. Monarch of the Seas quickly followed in 1991, then Majesty of the Seas in 1992. With our recent cruise on Majesty of the Seas, we have now sailed on all three of the Sovereign sisters. I thought it would be fun to look back on our Sovereign cruise in 1996 and compare the ships and our cruise experiences.

Sovereign of the Seas portrait

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Majesty of the Seas Anniversary Cruise

Majesty of the Seas

If we knew then what we know now, we wouldn’t have gotten married on July 4th weekend. It seemed like a good idea at the time since we’d met in July and the holiday gave our wedding guests an extra travel day. But every year no matter where we go for our anniversary, it’s hot and crowded and more expensive. So to anyone out there planning a wedding, listen up. Do what we should have done and get married in April! :-)  Fortunately, after some searching we found a reasonable deal on the Majesty of the Seas. It left on July 4th and would be in Nassau on our anniversary. Perfect, especially since our first trip to Nassau was on our honeymoon cruise.

Traffic was light all the way to Miami so we were at the port at 11:30 and onboard by noon. It didn’t take long to find our way around the ship since we’d been on Monarch of the Seas, Majesty’s sister ship, three times. The ships were almost identical but there were a few differences. For one thing, Majesty had two additional casual dining spots - Compass Deli and Johnny Rockets. Johnny Rockets was a 50’s style diner with a $5.95 cover charge. Compass Deli was free and served fresh paninis, wraps and crepes. I was definitely looking forward to trying the crepes!