Kim and Jon Cook
Age: 26 and 29
Occupation:Pharmaceutical Research and Music Teacher
Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Sovereign of the Seas
Sailing Date: July 12th, 2004
This was our first cruise and we had an amazing experience. We highly recommend this cruise to anyone looking for a relaxing yet exciting travel experience.
Boarding: Boarding the ship went very smoothly. Read your ticket book before you get there and you will have no problems. Also, fill out all the forms and boarding will be very quick and simple.
pleasantly surprised at its wonderful appearance. People who want to complain about the carpet and shiny brass are there to complain and not have a wonderful vacation. Since this was our first and only cruise, some ships may be in better condition, but we were perfectly happy with the condition of Sovereign of the Seas. We heard they are doing renovations in November and I’m sure it will be even more perfect then.
Stateroom: We had an ocean view stateroom on deck 2. Yes, it was small but very sufficient for 2 people, what can you expect on a ship! Our stateroom attendant was wonderful and we always had animal shaped towels waiting for us each evening!
Food: We ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer Café. They offer a great variety of food both American and ethnic. It is a buffet style restaurant so you can pick and choose to your liking. We were very pleased with our selections and even chose to eat there as an extra snack before our 8:30 dinner seating. Breakfast is also available in another dining room, but we did not have time to choose this option as we were very busy during the entire cruise. Dinner at the main dining hall was wonderful. Our waiters were excellent, and would do just about anything to please us. Our waiters definitely made our dining experience most enjoyable. There was a different menu each day to go along with the theme of the evening. Our waiter made good suggestions for what to try and we were very happy with our selections! The Key Lime pie was my favorite dessert!
Activities: For anyone that says they are bored on Sovereign of the Seas obviously does not read their cruise compass. There is constantly a ton to do on the ship. We read previous review before we went and booked several excursions. We found ourselves busy every second and did not even have enough time to what we wanted to do on the ship. Even if you do not book excursions, you will have plenty to do. There are different shows every night and the entertainment is great. The musicians onboard are very talented. My husband is a musician himself and he was very impressed with the talent onboard. There are several different lounges for different tastes of music, if you don’t like one, try another.
Ports: Coco Cay was spectacular! The snorkeling was even better than we imagined. Definitely bring a water camera and buy it before you are on the ship. We did the wave runner tour as well at Coco Cay. It was a 50 minute tour and well worth the money. My husband and I shared one wave runner and that was fine. It is a high speed tour so be ready for some excitement! We really enjoyed the BBQ lunch at Coco Cay as well, you must try the ribs!
Nassau was also a lot of fun for us. We did the dolphin encounter and had a great time; however, I am not quite sure if the amount of time you spend with the dolphin is worth the money. We did get to touch, hug, kiss, and dance with the dolphin and have some great pictures as memories (again with the water camera). The dolphin swim looked like more fun but was much more expensive. We also visited Atlantis, but did not purchase the excursion. We were able to walk all the way through Atlantis without getting stopped; however, we heard that most people do not get all the way out to the beach without being stopped by a guard. I would not recommend purchasing the tour and just sightseeing for yourself. We took both the water taxi and car taxi; we definitely recommend the water taxi as it seemed much safer! The straw market was also nice as we did get some good deals.
Leaving the getting off the ship, however we felt it was very organized and were off in the most efficient manner possible. We were off the ship by 9:45 AM.
Overall: We had the best vacation of our lives and can’t wait to travel with Royal Caribbean again. We are already looking for our next cruise. Next time, I think we will try a longer cruise and book less excursion so we have time to enjoy the ship!