we just returned from the SOS on 4/29/05. The food was great, our waiter,Francis was wonderful and our cabin attendent, Benjimen was really great(deck 4) the only problem we found was that they crowded the dining rooms with to many tables, they were very close, even the waiters could not move between them to serve, not their fault but the designers fault, we put that on our comment card, rooms are slightly smaller but the bathrooms are somewhat larger. I like the smaller ship but if I ever take another cruise, NEVER will I go with family, I would rather go with girlfriends.
The only thing I can say is that sometimes traveling with family can be miserable, I wanted to go swimming with dolphins, had reservations but found out that dress up night was for Wed. not Tuesday as I was told by RRCL, I had the last reservation for swimming with dolphins on Wed. @ 3:00pm, to late to get back for early seating for dinner. I was looking forward to this since I need to have my thyroid removed soon, I just wanted to have a really good time with the dolphins, like a jerk, I cancelled the reservation. My husband said it was my choice and I should decide what I wanted to do, but then he said all of the family would miss me at dinner and that he wanted me to be with him at dinner, we went with his Mother and step father and my daughter and son in law. I planned this cruise for a year. He said I ruined everyone's cruise. also alot of verbal abuse from him and no apology but I apologized to everyone for that but they also had done things to ruin the cruise. it was like being on a cruise with "Everybody Loves Raymond"
Since you cancelled your plans to be with the family - can't imagine why YOU were the one to ruin everyone's vacation and had to deal with the verbal abuse. I guess I will join Tom in putting my 2 cents where it doesn't belong, but had it been me - I would have swam with the Dolphins and NOT felt the need to apologize for it! Please keep us posted on the medical proceedings and how you are fairing - wish you all the best!
I know I should have just went swimming with the dolphins,and I called my in laws and apologized(duh) I guess I was brought up differant than them, I saw the doctor yesterday and the surgery is scheduled for July 7th. My Kristy(my dog) is having surgery to remove a nail on her back paw on June 27th, I know both of us will be fine, with God all things are possible. I just want to thank all of you for being there when family isn't. I will swim with the dolphins, maybe in Florida at discovery cove.