Number of Cruises: 3
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Sovereign of the Seas
Sailing Date: April 25th, 2005
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
I was quite pleased with this low cost cruise. I would say item for item it compares to the Carnival Cruise ship. We had a deck 3 interior room, and for 2 people it was fine. The bathroom was standard size with a shower stall. Very clean and easy access for this was on the other side of the photo gallery. 2 Main dining rooms, we ate there most of the time and the food was good. Steaks were perfect as well as the fish. No lobster, but for the price of the cruise I didn't mind. If you didn't want the casual wear of the main dining room you can eat on deck 11 buffet style, with the same main courses. There is also a Johnny rockets (I didn't eat), who has a cover charge to get in (like 4.00) And a pizza place (I had one it was good). I scuba dove in Cococay, and Dusty the dive instructor/master was great. the short 1.5 hour dive was nice and organized. I signed up for the dive in the Bahamas and due to lack of interest it was cancelled. I was pretty upset since this is one of the reasons I went. I wish they had offered me phone numbers of dive shops or other tours. I would have accepted that even if they had said they cannot endorse it, just the customer service would have been nice. When I went to Nassau to shop instead I did see brochures for diving but by that time it was too late.
Everyone on the ship was very nice, I bought the soda card on the first day, and you can get refills anywhere. Just so you know the lounge on deck 6 usually is not busy, and a good place for refills. Also make sure if you want "diet" you need to say it slowly!
I had taken this cruise with a bunch of scrap bookers as a tour and we scrapbooked in one of the conference rooms the whole time. booked through www.memorycruisin.com They were very good and nice teachers. I really enjoyed the whole trip. I didn't bring the kids but were quickly disappointed that I didn't. The kids programs were amazing, and I wanted to go to the kids room and play video games on the big screen tvs. Next year with the kids!! CocoCay is a very clean island owned by RCL there is chairs along the beach where you can just sit, a nice restaurant to grab snacks, shopping and all sorts of activities. go early when the rest of the boat comes over it gets crowded.
Nassau was nice, we ended up doing a glass bottom boat, and when I couldn't go scuba diving we went over to Atlantis. Amazing Aquarium with manta rays and fish! Instead of the tour you can catch a cab outside the boat for $4.00 and easy enough to catch a cab back.
I do recommend the glass bottom boat tour, while in line, people were selling ice cold water, which we bought for 2.00 (unlike the 3.99 on the boat for a much smaller size) it was fine and a good deal.
There is a building to the right when you get off the boat and come around that has vendors from front to back. You can buy lots of name brand items cheap (as long as you dont think you are getting real stuff) a lot of the stuff is similar from what is on the ship, but much cheaper! Keep that in mind and you can bargin with the vendors! They are all nice, just looking to get a sale.
The last day at sea was a little rough but the fast speed I was not surprised! The midnight buffet was a chocolate buffet!
As you can tell I had a very good experience, I took this cruise with my mom, just she and I. It was nice for if we didn't want to do things together we didn't have to. I recommend this cruise, you get more then what you pay for!