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

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3 out of 5

Good overall experience

Sail Date: October 23, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Inside

This was our first cruise and we had a good overall experience. The staff throughout the ship was wonderful- very friendly, helpful and attentive. The quality and presentation of the food in the main dining room was comparable to that of a high-end restaurant. We were really pleased with the entertainment at the Follies Theater- all three shows we saw had great singers and dancers. CocoCay Island was a piece of paradise with its white-sand beaches and crystal-clear ocean water.

Still, there were a few things we thought could use some improvement. To begin with, the toilet in our stateroom's bathroom would not flush on and off the whole time. I called maintenance and was told that it was a central problem and that they were working on it. Apparently, they never managed to fix it completely. There was a sewer gas smell we did not appreciate at all. Secondly, except for the food in the main dining room, we were not that impressed with the quality of what was offered at the Windjammer Cafe or Sorrento's Pizza. Thirdly, we wish there were more activities for young children like our daughter who is 2 yo: there was only one 45-minute activity a day for toddlers her age and I wasn't happy with the fact that it was organized at the Viking Crown- a bar permeated with cigarette smoke. We thought that it would have been nice if there was a slide/swing set on one of the decks. Also, one of the days our daughter scraped her knee and we tried to find a doctor/nurse to clean the wound. It wasn't very comforting to find out that the "hospital" on board the ship was open only a few hours daily. What if we had a real emergency? Lastly, as far as the ports of call were concerned, as much as CocoCay was wonderful, Nassau was quite a disappointment- we would have much rather spent two days at CocoCay instead.
All this being said, we would love to go on a second cruise, possibly with Royal Caribbean again, but maybe on a different ship.

Pros: The food in the main dining room, the service and the entertainment

Cons: Condition of stateroom's bathroom, lack of activities for very young kids

Recommends Sovereign of the Seas (RETIRED)? Yes!

Ship Quality
Big and tastefully decorated, easy to get around, but you could tell it was a few years old. The public bathrooms could have been cleaner, as well as the area of the Windjammer Cafe. Also, considering I am pregnant, I did not like the fact that in order to get to certain parts of the ship, the Follies Theater for example, we had to go through dense clouds of cigarette smoke in the bars or the casino- there was simply no other way around.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our stateroom was quite small and its bathroom downright tiny. What was worse, the toilet didn't flush most of the time and there was an almost constant sewer gas smell.
Children's Programs
There seemed to be a very well developed program for kids ages 3 and up. However, there was precious little entertainment for our daughter, who is 2. The only activity organized for 2-year-old tots was 45 minutes/day in an environment not entirely free of cigarette smoke.
Food and Dining
The quality and presentation of the food in the main dining room was exceptional. The rest of the dining options (e.g. Windjammer Cafe, Sorrento's Pizza, etc) were only so-so.
Service and Staff
The ship staff was great. We loved our dining room waiters and thought they did a great job.
Entertainment
All three shows we saw at the Follies Theater were very good. The singing and dancing were professional.
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island)
We loved this little island! It felt like we were in paradise! The beaches were with fine white sand and the ocean water was warm and crystal-clear. We spent the entire day just lying on the beach and swimming in the water! Don't waste your time shopping here, though- everything was at least two or three times more expensive than Nassau.
Nassau, Bahamas
We were quite disappointed in Nassau. There didn't seem to be much of interest here expect for shopping which wasn't our primary reason for going on a cruise in the first place. If you do plan on shopping though, definitely do it here and not in CocoCay Island- prices are a lot lower in Nassau!


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