Number of Cruises: 3
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Sovereign of the Seas
Sailing Date: September 17th, 2004
Itinerary: Nassau, Bahamas
We departed from Port Canaveral on September 17. The itinerary had to be changed leaving out the stop at Coco Cay because of damage from Hurricane Frances replaced with a day at sea.
Since I live only about 20 minutes from the port we did not arrive at the port to board until about 3:00 there was a very small line to board and we were on the ship within probably 20 minutes.
We went straight to our cabin just to check it out, it was cabin 4092 on the 4th floor which was the main deck of the ship, it was very easy to find and very convienent. I was a little disappointed in the room size but with just two people it was managable. However, the bathroom and shower stall were pretty small!
The food in the Windjammer was not that impressive. I was looking for hamburgers, french fries, pizza, stuff like that since I knew we would be eating more balanced meals for dinner. However, when we arrived at the Windjammer it was more like cafeteria style food, don't get me wrong though the food was good just not the selection I was hoping to find!
We had the 6:00 seating for dinner and our waiters were excellent! The food was great for dinner and there was a good selection for dinner. However, after having been on this cruise, one on Carnival and one on Disney, I would recommend Disney's food over any other that I have taken!
We arrived in Nassau at around 12:00 noon so we really only had about five hours since we had the 6:00 dinner and wanted to get back to the room in time to get ready for dinner and formal pictures. Nassau is the same as the last three times I have been there, someone wanting to sell you something or braid your hair! We took a taxi over to Paradise Island to the Atlantis Hotel which was $10 for the two of us.
The show selection on ship was great as we went to one each night after dinner. The drinks were priced about right, about $5.50-$6.00 each, not too bad. I bought the unlimited Coke thing though for $20 it was very convienent and I was able to get my money's worth.
As I said earlier we were unable to go to Coco Cay due to hurricane damage, it was disappointing but living in Florida myself I can respect that. However, I was surprised that no shipboard credits were given since they kept us at sea that day and did not make a port of call anywhere else to make up for it.
We were fortunate enough to be the second group called off the boat for departure so we were back on land by 8:40 on Monday morning, not bad at all.
I read many of these reviews before I booked it and read the pro's and con's but all in all I would say this is a great ship with friendly people. I would definitely recommend it. Its a great weekend getaway especially if you are only paying $300 per person, you really can't complain too much!
I was told though while we were checking in that this ship is going into dry dock in November for about one month so I am sure it will be even more wonderful after that happens. We are already planning another weekend cruise on it for next spring!!