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

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2-3 cruises

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3 out of 5

A great, but not perfect cruise

Sail Date: December 03, 2007

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Inside

This was a good value since it was a lower cost cruise. The wait staff in the main dining room were top notch. The cruise director was phenominal. The ship was extremely clean and the food tasted great.

Ok, so why didn't I give it a better overall score. This is an older ship (20 yo) so by today's standards the cabins were very small. My wife and I each had a suit case and with those on the floor next to the bed there was no room to walk.

The Windjamer cafe (the casual buffet) had far too little seating. Every visit was a long hunt for a table then waiting near a table when it looked like someone was about to leave so we could grab it. They could eliminate this problem if there were other options to eat, but the formal dining room only opened for limited seating for lunch and the other restaurant, Johnny Rockets, had a cover charge so very few people would go to it.

We bought the unlimited soda package for all 5 of us (our kids were with us in an adjoining cabin). A $127 total cost that was not worth it. It seemed that since it was prepaid (even a tip was taken out at time of per-purchase), but none of the bar tenders and dining room bar staff made such drink requests very low priority. We often went with no drinks for extended periods during a meal even though we ordered it. but others at our table, who ordered pay-as-you-go alcholic drinks would receive them very fast. This was every night.

The private island, Coca Cay, was pretty, but Royal Caribbean gouged a little here. The beach chairs and hammocks were free, but everything else was expensive. More modest pricing would be in order on their island. We didn't use any of the extra fee items as a result.

Overall we left our cruise feeling great about the on-ship experience. Again, if you look at it as a value-for-the-money prospect then you'll be very happy.

Pros: Service, food

Cons: Insufficient seating and cabins

Recommends Sovereign of the Seas (RETIRED)? Yes!

Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island)
Pretty beach, but bring water shoes. The sand in the water needs to be raked or something. tons for rocks that are very hard on feet.
Don't Miss: Large Iguanas laying around. They are easy to miss, but once you spot them they are fasinating.
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island)
Pretty beach, but bring water shoes. The sand in the water needs to be raked or something. tons for rocks that are very hard on feet.
Don't Miss: Large Iguanas laying around. They are easy to miss, but once you spot them they are fasinating.
Nassau, Bahamas
I wouldhave rather stayed on ship. Basically a big flea market for tourists.
Nassau, Bahamas
I wouldhave rather stayed on ship. Basically a big flea market for tourists.


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