Sovereign of the Seas (RETIRED) 232 Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

Other cruise lines are better, sorry RC

Sail Date: October 01, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Oceanview

Boarding was great, fast and easy. Good parking area at Port Canaveral. Not enough activities for teens and kids. The door to the adjoining cabin was unlocked when we got to our cabin and could only be locked with a key. It took several times asking in person, by phone, and then a trip to the main desk demanding to get them to lock the door so we did not have to carry our items the rest of the day. We traveled with friends and ahead of time requested to be seated at the same dinner table. This request was not granted ahead of time so we were told to go to the dining hall after boarding but when we did we were advised that it could not be changed. We all made the decision to eat else where during the trip and did so. This decision did not hurt us but only the waiting staff at our tables who did not get a graituity from any of our group.
My husband wanted some cheese and crackers during the daytime so we all headed to the winjammer cafe to get a plate to take back to the pool area but were refused entry because one person in our party did not have on shoes. It's vacation who wears shoes. This was our 5th cruise and this is the first cruise that did not offer a food area that served hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken sandwiches. We have a teen daughter that is not fond of the cruise "fancy" food as she calls it and likes to go with other teen friends to this burger bar. This ship has a restaurant called Johnny Rockets instead and you have to purchase these food items. Great music and staff at this restaurant though. The ship did offer a free pizza bar. The ship is older and could use a few updates. We moved the bed the second morning in the room because it was up against one wall with only room to get out on the other side and also because the pull out bed for our daughter was above my head. The room attendant was not happy with this at all. We booked an oversized room on the 9th floor so we would have a bit more room than usual and I glad that we did. It was the smallest cabin we have ever stayed in. I am scared to see the size of the regular rooms. This is an older ship and the newer ships do seem to have more room. This cabin did have a bigger bathroom and shower. Great white comforter on the bed, soft and warm. Overall it was an ok vacation but we have sailed with Disney, Princess, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival and we will pick something besides RC for our next cruise.

Pros: Docking at the RC private island and snorkling

Cons: too many rules

Food and Dining
group travel and they refused to seat us all at the same table even though it was requested at booking
Service and Staff
don't move the bed to another position so you can climb out at night to use the restroom or you will make your stateroom attendand very unhappy even if it means wacking your head on the bed that hangs from the wall above you
Ship Quality
pretty much ok, older ship and we saw more areas that were worn out and could use some updating
Cabin / Stateroom
very small rooms even those that say over sized , older ship
Children's Programs
young kids seem to have good programs and activities but the older kids seem to be left out and need more planned activities that are of interest to them

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