Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Sovereign of the Seas
Sailing Date: March 26th, 2007
Itinerary: NOT FOUND
We had a wonderful cruise on the Sovereign!
1st cruise ever, so we didn't have much of an idea what to expect. I read the reviews here so I had some worries, although I know that the reviews are sometimes inaccurate.
Smooth check-in process, took maybe 30 minutes from drop off to walking onto the ship. Very impressive atrium and common areas. 5 of us were traveling together and we had 2 rooms on deck 10 with balconies. Beautiful! The rooms were very comfortably sized and the balcony is excellent. Ice in the bucket and drinks in the fridge, ready to sail. Clean and well appointed room.
There are so many activities it's like summer camp times 3 for everyone. The challenge is to fit it all in.
There are a lot of people on the ship, so you get a wide variety -- but most everyone was very pleasant. I was a little concerned about drunken stumblebums on spring break but thankfully didn't see any.
The food and service at dinner was top notch -- we really enjoyed it. We ate other meals in the Windjammer which is the buffet-style restaurant. It was all fine -- you can always find something you'll like.
We skipped the Coco Cay stop on the way out (too windy) and spent the first day at sea. The next day was at Nassau where the two kids and I went to Atlantis for the waterslides etc. It's very pricey but Atlantis is the nicest hotel and grounds I've ever seen. The waterslides, beach, rapids, aquariums, and grounds are fantastic. I even liked the fake archaeological dig under the lobby.
The next day we hit Coco Cay for perfect weather and lazing under the palms. Saw some cool snail critters in the water and a couple conch. I did the scuba dive which was well run, but not many fish.
My advice --
-- The balconies on deck 10 are great. If you can afford it - go for it.
-- On Coco Cay keep walking, the beach gets less crowded and nicer further away from the dock.
-- Atlantis is great if you and the kids like high excitement waterslides. Do "The Rapids" and float on the left where you'll get tossed completely out of your raft by the waves. If you just want to see Atlantis then take a cab over don't do the official Royal Caribbean tour. In fact, I wish we had gotten our wristbands at the ship, taken our own towels, then gone by taxi. That would skip the water taxi, the walk to the hotel, and the orientation, which would save maybe an hour.
-- Seats go fast for the shows so go a little early and sit and relax.
-- Early morning is quiet and almost empty out on the decks.
And finally -- don't take the negative review on this board too seriously, there are always some people who can't be pleased.