Sunday 8:30 a.m.--Awaken to the sun shimmering on the oh-so-blue waters near CocoCay. Ride the tender over to a paradise of palm trees and white sand. A family area sports a huge water trampoline where kids splash and play. At the far end, a secluded beach welcomes those looking to get away from the crowds. On the main beach, rows of lounge chairs beckon sunbathers. Stewards with delectable frozen rum punch come by every half hour or so. The free luncheon buffet here offers barbecue ribs, turkey burgers, hot dogs, and salads. You must be back on board by 4:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m.--Tonight's dinner is the most casual, as everyone scurries around to cram in the last activities.
Monday 7:30 a.m.--Loudspeakers throughout the ship call assigned colors for disembarking. You must be ready first thing, but your color may not be called till almost 11. Don't plan your flights out of Miami before 1 p.m., as you'll want to end your cruise just as relaxed as can be.This article is from the February 2004 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.
Incidentals and Tips
While rates that include meals and entertainment help, beware of extra costs. Here's what we found.
Drinks: $5 for each mixed drink or wine, $2 for each soda (Plan on $25 per person, per day.)
Portraits: $20 each
Shore excursions: $30 for a typical sightseeing tour
Tips: cabin stewards and stateroom attendants--$3.50 per day per person; assistant waiters--$2 per day per person; head waiters--left to your discretion
For more information: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines: 1-800-722-5045 or www.royalcaribbean.com. Rates per person for a three-night Miami cruise to Nassau and CocoCay: inside cabin from $299, outside from $369. (Prices include all shipboard meals.)
This article is from the February 2004 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.