Sovereign of the Seas (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Cruise to Nowhere

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

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4

1 out of 5

Royal CRAP-bbean

Sail Date: January 01, 2008

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

First & foremost - This ship smells like someone used the bathroom. When we first boarded we thought maybe someone did & it would just go away but it didn't. It stinks atleast from the 2nd-6th floors & maybe even higher than that but they try to leave the restaurant doors open to cover the smell. We even had a waiter tell us they are going to retire the ship by the end of the year because of the smell -- It's that bad!! Another thing we didn't like was they would close all the restaurants several times throughout the day -- we found it very inconvenient for them to close before & while you are at the ports of call & again at night between 5-7pm....However, they conveniently kept Johnny Rockets & Ben & Jerry's open during these times, which cost extra money. It was basically a money scam. We even met a couple on the last day that was going to contact the BBB to file a complaint because they felt it was a money scam. As for the "coke card"...I thought it was a pretty good deal at $6 a day -- They had so many people willing to serve you the first night but after that, you have to search for one of the coke carts, which becomes a hassle when you have hot food ready to eat & you have to walk around & find someone to fill up your coke. It would have been nice if the waiters would get the coke for you but they tend to all stand by each other & talk & only clean off the tables at the end...not ask you if you would like something to drink. BUT, they do exspect you to tip them -- That is all you hear about all trip. Any chance they get, they try to announce the suggested tipping proceedure & they also will turn on your tv to that channel so you will rememer to tip them. Lastly, the ports of call -- We were 2 hours late getting off the ship in Nassau. They cancelled Cococay (which was the only other port besides Nassau) due to the weather -- which everyone found odd since they had delivered an itinerary the night before stating the weather was going to be 78% with few showers -- If the weather changed that fast, they should have issued us a on board credit or a credit towards a future cruise...Or, they could have taken us to Key west or somewhere. I mean 1/2 of what we paid for was going to this island!! But, I think it was yet again another money scam to keep us on the boat spending money. Our $250 per person trip turned out to be more like $1,000 per person -- We had to pay to eat several times on this ship & to keep ourselves occupied we played bingo & stayed in the casino & drank. Did I mention they charge a 15-25% gratituity on ANYTHING you purchase. The boat was way too small for the amount of people that were on the ship. The pools were all full & the 2 hot tubs only seat about 4 people each so if you are one of the lucky 8 people out of almost 3,000 on the ship to actually get in the hot tub it was like hitting the lottery. To sum it all up, all of the "free" or included things on this ship are not open a lot of the time or are small (the pools/hot tub/fitness center). The best & nicest parts about the cruise are all larger, nice & cost extra money -- Johnny Rockets, Ben & Jerry's, the spa, etc. The only positive thing I can say about this experience was the staff was very friendly.

Pros: friendly staff for the most part

Cons: THE SMELL!!!

Recommends Sovereign of the Seas (RETIRED)? No.



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