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

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2 out of 5

Horrible Experience!

Sail Date: January 01, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Inside

Royal Carribean Sovereign of the Seas = Bad Times
We go through boarding the ship just fine. Our room was a closet. I have been on a cruse before and this was tiny compared to the last room I had. The room was big enough for a queen bed and that was it. They decided it was a good idea to shove in a desk, bathroom, closet, TV, and two twin beds that folded down from the walls. But what ever, we weren't going to spend the week in the room so its ok. It just sucked trying to have 3 people getting dressed for a formal dinner in there at the same time. The food either looked and tasted gross or tasted nothing like what you thought it was going to taste like when they describe it on the cards. Now the sit down restaurant was better. Again, most sit down places you go here on land was a lot better. I had the steak. It was nice and juicy, cooked just like I asked with a spoonful of mashed potatoes and two pieces of asparagus. The sherbert was good. We ordered room service the first night and took one bite and put it back out the door. I got cheese cake and she got the chocolate tort. The cheese cake was light and fluffy, almost like it was sugar free or some sh*t, it was rubbery and had no flavor, and the tort just didn't taste right. The next night we ordered a cheese pizza and turkey sandwich. Both were almost the best food we had the entire time on the boat. I would actually order them again and on a normal basis. Ok, enough about the food on the ship, there is more that was bad. The ship looks like its geared more for retired alcoholics than any one else. They had areas for the kids, but everything shut down at like 11 or 12. The casino and a club was open till 2. If I wanted that, I could have stayed right here and went to the hard rock casino. And then off to Ybor. So I wandered the ship at 3am and found a couple of other people to chat with for a while. The staff on the ship was awesome! They did everything they could to make you happy. Rock on crew! The ship itself was bad. First, its 20 yrs old. It's the smallest ship in the fleet for Royal Carribean. It had just been in dry dock, where they cut the ship in half and added a 73 foot section to the ship and supposedly went though this huge overhaul. You can tell they made drastic changes but didn't pay any attention to the small things. The Johnny Rockets (cover charge $3.50) and the shops were all wonderful and new but you go down to where the state rooms are and you can tell that the carpets are 20 yrs old, paint was peeling off the wall in the bathroom, the indoor outdoor carpet was wrinkled up in places around around the pool. The ship rocked side to side a lot, enough to produce large waves in the pools. The Jacuzzi's were open 24 hrs, and were nice and hot. Now, the ports of call. Cocoa Cay and Nassau. Cocoa cay was very nice. It was almost like a theme park. The brightly painted buildings.

Pros: Service

Cons: Food

Recommends Sovereign of the Seas (RETIRED)? No.

Cabin / Stateroom
Inside staterooms were like closets
Entertainment
Everything closed by midnight, except the bars & casino; they closed at 2am.
Ship Quality
Old, not updated.
Food and Dining
Now we get to the bad and the ugly, the food. Just abut everything on there was gross. Cheap Chinese and Ponderosa are better buffets! Breakfast was bad. The eggs just looked abnormal and she said they tasted bad as well. You could tell some non American was making the gravy for the biscuits and gravy. It was lumpy and watery at the same time. The hasbrowns were ok, they were almost like the ones from Arbys. So I had hasbrowns, bacon, and biscuits with cream cheese on them almost every morning. The "juice" they served was bad. The Apple juice was good, the orange juice was almost thick, just not right, the lemonade had pulp in it and was way too strong, if you mixed half juice, water and added some sugar, it was tolerable. We ended up getting a soda card so we had coke all week. Lunch wasn't much better. It was typical stuff, burgers, cold hot dogs and fries. All were edible but nothing to write home about. Dinner was again, bad. The mashed potatoes were ok, but lacked flavor.
Service and Staff
Staff were very friendly.


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