Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Sovereign of the Seas
Sailing Date: November 27th, 2006
Itinerary: NOT FOUND
I have to say that after reading all the reviews I could find about this ship, I was a little skeptical to say the least. But after returning I have to say that I'm a big fan of cruising and Royal Caribbean. Everything was great about this vacation that we've only been home a week and are already planning our next cruise which will probably be on the Mariner of the Seas because we want to see different ports of call.
Everyone on this ship was absolutely fantastic at making sure that you were enjoying your vacation. When we left the ship, we felt as if we were leaving close friends behind that we had known forever. Some reviews talk down about different things about this ship such as the smell, toilets, her age and other things. Honestly, we smelled a SLIGHT odor only a few times in the hallway near the aft end of the ship, but nothing to complain about. The ship to me was in immaculate shape for being as old as she is. If this is a below average ship in some folks minds, I can't wait to see what a newer on looks like. The were times I thought that the ship was a little stuffy, especially in the casino, but a short trip outside would take care of that as there was a nice wind blowing during most of the cruise.
I thought the cruise director Chris Armas was great. He went to the extremes to make sure everyone was having fun. Bingo Mama Edwienna was also great, keeping everyone entertained. The shows in my opinion were good. They weren't Broadway plays or anything, but I found them entertaining. One piece of advice. Unless you plan on spending a lot of money on jewelry you can pretty much skip out on the shopping show on the first day. IF you do want to shop in Nassau for jewelry you probably should go as Martin will give you great pointers and also some discount VIP passes.
If you are taking your kids, by all means take them to Adventure Oceana. We took our 9 year old daughter with us, and believe me, were very skeptical about leaving her alone. She loved every minute that she was there and begged to go even when they weren't open. They have a great staff and a great program with lots of activities for the kids to do. They will get a cool nickname and get to do a skit in front of an audience before one of the shows and even meet the captain. The food was good in every aspect from the Windjammer to the dining rooms. The Windjammer is buffet style dining with lots to choose from. Sorrentos pizza was delicious and my kid ate it every night. We did try out Johnny Rockets one afternoon is it was very good.
I did have one complaint
about the Windjammer as sometimes it was difficult to find a seat when we ate
there. Coco Cay was as nice as everyone says it is. The Island is very beautiful
with sparkling clear water. I do have a regret and that is that we planned no
excursions. When we go back we will definitely do more. My kid did the giant
waterslide on the island and enjoyed it. But pretty much we just stayed on the
beach enjoyed the nice weather. The barbeque lunch was very good and they had a
pretty good selection of different kinds of meats including hamburgers, hot
dogs, barbeque chicken and ribs and all kinds of sides. Nassau was alright but I
didn't spend to much time there. We went to Atlantis when we got off the ship
and took a taxi. The cost is $4.00 a person each way. But it is definatley not
within walking distance. We looked around but didn't get to see as much as we
wanted of the place because they asked to see your room key in different areas
of the place. We shopped in thestraw market and down the main drag, but like I
said, unless you plan on spending al ot of money on jewelry, there is not much
else close by. If we ever go back, I will take a tour of the island to learn
about is history because most people I talked to enjoyed that part of Nassau. I
wrap this up by mentioning my favorite parts of the trip and lead favorite.
FAVORITES- Coco Cay, the employees of Royal Caribbean who went out of their way (the Rosario Strings were great. They were all made up of people from other countries, one whom could sing just like Louis Armstrong) and the ship itself.
Disembarking was terrible, as you had to wait for what seemed an eternity, but
this is with all cruise ships. The casino offered one table for Texas Hold'em,
as I love to play that, but the minimum buy in to sit at the table was $100,
which was pretty steep. Next time I'll just save up more money to take and
gmable with. (I lost $45.00 overall playing blackjack). In all, this was a
wonderful vacation, especially for the price we paid and would gladly do it
again. If you have any questions about this cruise please fell free to email me.
I will gladly answer any questions that you have. firstname.lastname@example.org