The few times I looked, Johnny Rockets was virtually deserted. One of the couples at our table went there and said that they had burgers, fries, onion rings, and malts - all excellent! I meant to go there, but was always full from eating so much during meals, I was never hungry enough to go. I'm proud to say that I only gained two pounds on the cruise!!! (did walk a few laps around the deck every morning, though)
However, being the pizza lover that I am, did make it a point to go to Sorrento's for a slice. It was really bad - the pizza crust seemed to be premade and frozen, then they just added sauce, cheese, and toppings and put it in the oven. The crust was like cardboard, and I've had cheap, frozen pizza from the supermarket that tasted better. A real disappointment.
I can't imagine anyone saying that the food on the Sovereign was "horrible", unless the only place they ate was in Sorrento's. Everything we ate, including appetizers, entrees, and desserts were well prepared, nicely presented, at the proper temperature, and efficienty served. I found nothing lacking from our dining experiences, especially when considering that the kitchen had to produce some 1,500 meals at the same time!
Just a word about the formal dinner. It was on the second night (after spending the day at Coco Cay) and it was slightly exhausting after getting wiped out in the hot sun all day to have to get into your nice clothes (ladies having to redo their hair) and go to the 6:00 sitting. We posed for our formal pictures at 5:30 and then made it to the dining room. So many people had gone through the effort to look really glamorous - it was really nice. However, once we started looking around, we saw peple in shorts, jeans, tee shirts, and a couple of guys sitting at tables wearing baseball hats on backwards. It really killed the mood. I wish they would either enforce the rules and not allow anyone in the dining room who was not properly attired, or to just do away with the formal dinner. Having a mixed bag destroys the entire atmosphere of a special meal.
Didn't have a chance to see any other rooms except some JS
's that were being made up on our deck as we walked to the elevators. Our room was 173 sq ft and after a while, seemed roomy enough for us. I can't imagine how we would have adapted to one that was 54 SF smaller, but if it meant cruising or staying home, I'm sure we would do just fine!
One of the couples at our table had an inside stateroom and said they preferred it to an outside one. In fact, they said that it was great for taking a mid-day nap so they would be able to party into the wee hours.
If I had to find a "maintenance" item, the only one I could see was that the bathtub in our stateroom drained slowly, and a few inches of water accumulated while taking a shower. Not a big issue. Heck, I sometimes get more than that in my own shower at home! It was impressive to see so old a ship in such great shape. This has to be a testament to the hard-working crew.
We signed up for the Crown & Anchor membership while on board and dropped our application in the box at the Guest Relations counter. I thought we would have received an email confirmation informing us that they have received it, but have heard nothing yet. How long does it usually take until we know they have it and it's in process? Also, how long does it take before you get our member number? Can't wait to actually chalk up our first two cruise credits!
By the way Dave, congrats on your Diamond! Must be a good feeling to be able to get all those perks.
I overhead a conversation concerning the "retirement" of the Sovereign, and having it assigneed to a RCI affiliate in Spain, and sailing out of Barcelona. They also said that an assignment to Port Canaveral was the "last stop" for a ship before RCI retires it from service. I guess that means the Monarch is slated to be the next one being put out to pasture.
One more thing to mention, as soon as we were underway, we felt a little dizzy at times. I'm assuming that this was caused by the gentle rolling of the ship when sailing. The sea was relatively calm and I saw no significant waves when looking out. It felt like a little equalibrium problem, not significant and not nausea-causing, just a little discomfort. My wife reacted more than I and she had to hold on to me (or the wall) when walking at times. When we would be in bed, it was not as disturbing. I'm assuming that this was not sea-sickness, as there was no violent reaction. Is this normal or only because we were newbies? The return trip was not as bad, but I'm wondering if it was only because we weren't sailing as fast (< 9kts), the seas were calmer, or we were just getting used to it.