Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Sovereign of the Seas
Sailing Date: August 4th, 2002
Itinerary: Coco Cay, Nassau
Staterooms- After lunch we arrived at our staterooms (#3001) which is obviously located on the third floor. The rooms are quite small with an even smaller bathroom. You will be lucky to turn around in the shower!! But who cares, you're on a cruise you shouldn't be in the room anyways!!!
Rooms are pretty tiny!
Dinner- (Main Seating) we had the main seating dining experience in the GiGi dining room. The first night I had Lobster Bisque as an appetizer, Caesar salad, and Shrimp Scampi as my entrée. As you've heard from other reviews, the Dining experience is Incredible. If you're not satisfied or would like more of a particular item, the friendly staff is a step ahead of you to meet your needs. IF you're uncertain on what to order they generally bring you BOTH entrees. Second night dining I chose Grouper, Third night, Chicken Marsala and 4th night Fillet Mignon. Deserts consisted of assorted Cheesecakes, Warm Brownies with Ice Cream and anything else you could possibly imagine.
Our dinner party
Shows- Far better than my last cruise (Carnival Jubilee) in terms of entertainment. Rock on Broadway was outstanding with several songs from productions such as Grease and Rent. The flashback show was even better as the singers/dancers sung songs from the 60's,70's and 80's. The Michael Jackson copulation was great!!!
Casino- Was always packed after the shows as gaming consisted of; Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, and Slots. There were $5 minimum blackjack tables and slots from 5 cents to $5.
Alcohol- Again better than Carnival and more affordable. Beers are $3.13 including tip. The fruity drinks are typically more expensive, typically in the $5.00 range. At Coco Cay you can try the Coco Loco (A typical Rum Punch Mixture) for around $6.00.
Coco Cay- The last reviewer said this Island was Dirty!!! Let me say, this beach was cleaner and even more beautiful than Grand Cayman that I visited last August. Of course, the front of the beach is really crowed because that is where they let you off. I highly recommend Coconut Willies which is about a ½ mile walk from the debarkation spot. Willies is filled with hammocks and palm trees and there are plenty of lawn chairs to go around. We enjoyed Coco Locos on the Beach and pretty much soaked up the rays the entire day on the floating beach mat that we purchased for $8.00. Lunch was served around noon and was fair, nothing to brag about there.
Anchored at Coco Cay
Coconut Willies at Coco Cay
Beach Volleyball / Lunch at Coco Cay
Crystal-clear water at Coco Cay
Nassau- Mother Nature turned nasty on us at our day in Nassau!! However, we did manage to make it to the Straw Market where we purchased some really good Cigars, Jewelry, and clothing. (Offer 50% off their asking price) We too took a bus over to Atlantis for a small fee of $4.00 one way. This resort is like no other!!!! The aquariums are filled with assorted sharks, Rays and other marine life. Pools were beautiful with palm trees covering the patio. The casino was more expensive than I'm used to. $15 minimum on the blackjack tables. One 12oz Bud light was $6.00 not including tip. Therefore, we chose to drink when we were back on the ship. However, this Facility is a must see when visiting Nassau. It is said that the suite room that Connects the Two Towers costs $25,000 a night. We really enjoyed Nassau, but the Rain prevented us from enjoying the entire city.
Nassau - Atlantis in the Background
Day At Sea- Again all activities were cancelled due to a bad storm that hit all of the Bahamas area. We choose to work out in the gym, read in the library and play in the casino. We did manage to get in the Jacuzzi for a couple of hours. After dinner we went to the Karaoke which was Hilarious, As several fellow cruisers made complete fools of themselves. We ended the night with some room-service that too is Complimentary.
Debarkation- We had an early flight so we were given the white early debarkation luggage tag. This process took about 45 minutes through customs and all.
Majesty (front) and Sovereign of the Seas in Nassau
Overall, We had an Outstanding Time considering the storm that blew in. I highly recommend this cruise as a perfect 4 day getaway. The Sovereign of the Seas is a beautiful cruise ship and is still in great shape despite her age. Have fun and Happy Cruising!!!!!!