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John Jones

Age: 39

Occupation:School Principal

Number of Cruises: 6

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Sovereign of the Seas

Sailing Date: July 5th, 2004

Itinerary: Nassau

I have cruised more than 6 times and have come to truly enjoy the art of cruising. I have been on varied ships...from the intimate Holland America Veendam to the innaugraul voyage of the Carnival Triumph.

Basically said, this is an inexpensive cruise...and you get what you pay for. Our family decided to take a reunion cruise, and we chose a ship that would only carry us for four days. With almost 30 traveling, this length of stay was perfect for our family.

As with most lines, the shorter the cruise, the more likely you will have an older ship. However, I was not displeased with this ship. Yes, Sovereign shows its age, but I did not find it filthy or full of bad odors. The ship was full of places to go, and although a cozy ship, there was room to move. Cabins were tight, but my room was clean. Bathrooms are small, but there were no major problems. I would recommend no more than 2 to a room....3 or more would be a challenge!

Surprisingly, I received some of the best service I have experienced afloat. Our table service was wonderul(thanks, Gerard and Nicoya). THe room attendants were fantastic....I even had towel bunnies every night. The cruise director and staff were full of energy and friendly. The sail away party from Nassau was one of the best I have attended (I even learned the line dance for Hot Hot Hot!).

Food was OK...but not the country club style of more upscale lines. It was hot, tasty, and always satisfying. Great selections...and many alternatives for low-carb and diet-minded people. I, too, thought the soda card was a great idea.

ONE WORD OF CAUTION....I suffered a problem with some bad suntan lotion and an eye infection. Thus, I visited the ship's infirmary early one morning. The doctor was pleasant and the service was should be for a quick visit that costed me $110.00...and I only got an over the counter bottle of eye drops. MY ADVICE...If you can afford the cruise insurance, do so. My cruise insurance (which was only about $27 for the cruise) will reimburse me for the doctor's visit. It is worth the investment.

Again, the ship was mostly clean...yes, a few worn spots on the carpet and some brass not shiny, but this was a lower-end cruise. For the money, I was very pleased...and if I wanted a quick getaway for four days again, I would sail Sovereign. It was a great vacation, and for those going, you should have a great time (those looking for the country club won't find don't bother). But, I was a happy customer.

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