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Denise

Age: 38

Occupation:Accounting Manager

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Sovereign of the Seas

Sailing Date: April 25th, 2005

Itinerary: Bahamas


My husband and I discovered www.CruiseReviews.com several months before our first cruise on Sovereign of the Sea’s. The information that we acquired on the reviews really gave us a head start to plan a fabulous vacation. We would like to share our experience with others, because the reviews helped us out a lot on our past cruises. So here I go, enjoy!

The Sovereign of the Sea’s just finished a complete renovation, and it looks great! Even though this is only our second cruise, and we have only sailed with Royal Caribbean, we are cruise crazy! We had a fabulous time again!

Embarkment:


Our flight was the last flight to arrive at the airport, we only had an hour and a half to get to Cape Canaveral, my husband and I were very nervous that we were not going to make our shuttle bus to the port. There was absolutely no need for worry; Royal Caribbean had everything under control. We purchased a transfer from RC, they had a representative holding up a sign as we were getting off the plane, she told us were to get our luggage, and placed tags on them, and found us comfortable seats to sit in as we waited for the bus. We were very impressed with RC’s courtesy and staff. A++ for them. As soon as we got to the port, it was easy as pie to get on to the ship. Remember we arrived late, so everyone else was already boarded.

Accommodations:

We upgraded from a Regular Ocean view Room, to a Superior Ocean view Room; the difference is about 30 square feet. That doesn’t sound much, but it is. It was beautifully decorated, clean, and had everything that we needed. {See photos attached} For two people it was definitely adequate. The bathroom was just refurbished, and was very clean. I slept beautifully the whole cruise, if you like your beds closer to the firm side, then you will not have a problem. My husband doesn’t like a firm bed, so he didn’t get any sleep at all. He stayed up and watched all the new movies that they show on the cruise for free!

Food:

We didn’t use the dining room this time; we spent too much time eating at Johnny Rockets. You have to pay a coverage charge to eat at Johnny Rockets {$3.75} But you can order anything, and as much as you want, for the low price of $3.75 per person. My husband and I think it is definitely worth it. The minute you enter the restaurant, they place a bowl of French fries, and Onion rings with dipping sauces on your table. The hamburgers are great too!

We also ate at the Windjammer Buffet. The food was good, but nothing great. I thought that the selection of meat really needed to be changed. The atmosphere was very nice, they redecorated the whole restaurant, and it really looks nice. Even though the ship was sold out, there was always a table to sit at, and the lines were not long at all.

Nightlife:

My husband and I are Night owls, so we were always looking for a party or two. Unfortunately, other then the midnight buffet poolside, there really wasn’t anything to do other then drink, or gamble. We went to a show “Johnny Thunder” he is an original singer from the drifters. He was fabulous, I definitely recommend anyone not to miss his show. My husband and I enjoyed his show so much, we bought his CD.

Coco Cay {Royal Caribbean’s Private Beach}:

Awesome!!! We had a super time at this beach. This beach is spectacular; it has hammocks, beach lounge chairs, bars, showers, and bathrooms. All for Free! If you want to do an excursion, we definitely recommend that you choose one on this beach. My husband and I took the wave runner tour, it was worth every penny. Our instructor was super, and we had such a good time. Just remember to book this excursion the first day you are on the ship, spaces go quick, and you don’t want the early morning tours, the water is cold!! We wished that we booked more excursions, because we had so much fun. Alcoholic beverages are put on your sea pass card, shopping at the straw market you have to use cash. They also have a huge barbeque luncheon, this is also free. If you have to get souvenirs for a lot of people, they have a huge selection of really nice T-shirts for $5.00 each, or 3 for $14.00. Overall, this island was our favorite part of the vacation. RC definitely earns an A+ for everything on this island! {See photos}

Nassau, Bahamas:

This was our second time here, and the first time we shopped. We choose to hire a driver and tour the islands on our own. We found a taxi driver that took us to see all the different sights and sounds that Bahamas has to offer. He charged us $90 for both of us, and the tour lasted 3 hours. He was great, and knew a lot about the history of Bahamas. We also were able to take a lot of pictures, and even buy some really cute homemade souvenirs off of the locals. Remember to bring a picture ID with your sea pass when entering the Bahamas, there was a lady that was having a hard time with the Bahamas Authority because she didn’t bring a picture ID with her. We went to the Hard Rock Café in Bahamas for lunch, here’s a little secret tip: they add 15% gratuity onto to your bill the minute you sit down, there are no prices on the menu for alcoholic beverages {they are very $$$$$$$} Overall, we would not go there to eat again. Service was extremely poor.

The big question is, would we do it again????

Oh, Yeah, definitely!! My husband and I are pretty easy going people that just like to relax and have fun. This cruise ship might not be in the voyager class family, and a little on the old side, but we enjoyed every minute spent on this ship. It was a beautiful ship, with a great friendly staff, and we definitely advise everyone that wants to have a super vacation, to book a cruise with Royal Caribbean on the Sovereign of the Sea’s. Maybe you will see us there.

Happy Cruising! Enjoy the Sunset!

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