Number of Cruises: 4
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Sovereign of the Seas
Sailing Date: June 27th, 2005
Itinerary: NOT FOUND
This was my 3rd cruise on the Sovereign. I was very impressed with the changes from the refurbishing of the ship. We had a junior suite, and loved being able to relax on the balcony. It was worth paying the extra money for the balcony suite. There was plenty of room for our 21 year old daughter who was on the cruise with us this time.
Embarkation went very smoothly and everyone was very friendly and helpful. We got on the ship at 12:00 and had lunch in the Windjammer. Then our cabin was ready at 1:00. We changed into our swimsuits and went out and enjoyed the pool until it was time for the Muster Drill.
We enjoyed our 6:00 dinner time, because it gave us the whole evening to see shows and listen to music. We requested a seat by the window in the Mirage dining room, and we had a wonderful table to ourselves.
The service in the dining room was excellent. We preferred eating in the dining room, to avoid the aggressive, “starving”, passengers in the Windjammer. The Windjammer was always hot and crowded. We enjoyed eating up at Sorrento’s Pizza , though. We used our Crown & Anchor coupons for Johnny Rockets and enjoyed that for a late snack. We had room service deliver a pot of coffee to our room early each morning, and enjoyed relaxing on our balcony with our coffee.
The chocolate buffet was fabulous. They had it so well organized. They gave us a cover for our plate, and we kept ours in our little refrigerator for the next day.
The food in the dining room was good, but we feel that they should serve lobster and more seafood. (My daughter had cruised on NCL spring break, and said that their food selection was better.)
We loved Coco Cay. We snorkeled, relaxed on hammocks, and laid out in the sun. The barbeque would have been better if they had served potato chips with the hamburgers and hot dogs, instead of hot potato salad and slaw and corn on the cob. There needs to be more covered picnic tables, to keep people out of the sun and away from the annoying sea gulls, while they are eating their lunch. Several times we saw people being chased by sea gulls that were after their food! This is a health hazard that needs to be addressed by the cruise line. (One passenger got pooped on by a sea gull during lunch.)
Since we had seen Nassau and Paradise Island before, we just shopped around the pier and hung out on the ship that day. We had the pool to ourselves, and enjoyed the peace and quiet on the ship. We had fun watching the boats and action on the pier from our balcony.
Our day at sea was relaxing. We got some good seats at the pool early that morning, and enjoyed the Tango Mangos, Coco Locos, and Pina Coladas. (They may be purchased with or without the liquor.) We loved the ledge on the side of the pool, where you can just relax in the water and stay cool.
I think the thing that impressed me the most about the disembarking is that when we got our baggage, there was a port personnel to help take all our bags right to our car in the parkade. We showed our appreciation with a nice tip, and were on our way home.