Sail Date: February 01, 2007 Ship: Sovereign of the Seas Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Large Group Reviewed: 10 years ago
We cruised before, but never on Royal Caribbean. We found it okay, but a little disappointing. A neighboring stateroom allowed smoking, and our room smelled of smoke. The dining room felt a little cramped; our table vibrated so bad, we switched to another room entirely. Stateroom: worn and needed replacement of carpet and beds. Food good; off-hours dining disappointing (only hot dogs and pizza at 11:00 PM?)
Private Cay nice, but we waited nearly an hour to depart via tender. When we arrived, we found the only chaise lounges that were available to be 200-300 yards away. Families grabbed a half-dozen or more and "reserved" them with towels. Same thing on pool decks: every chaise lounge "reserved" with towels on them--for hours unused. Annoying.
Excellent entertainment on board; an abundance of activities.
We found other cruise ships in better condition. Go for a newer ship.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Good quality food, nothing special. Our first table vibrated horrendously (so badly, water glasses fell over!) We were immediately relocated to another dining room; table still vibrated, but it wasn't objectionable. We were amazed that others didn't seem to mind their silverware rattling and glasses wobbling on table top! Desserts were very good. Premier dining room booked within minutes; we had only a few choices during very early or late hours. Disappointing.
3 out of 5
Wide array of choices. Entertainment excellent. Fun activities. BAD BAD BAD: Gym had broken treadmills and stairmasters. Very small gym for a ship this size - overcrowded. The exercise pads were FILTHY and smelled of body odor. The gym manager replaced a few, as others complained. Optional venues: everything was booked and most activities were no longer available. So, if you board ship, head over to customer service immediately and book your land options.
5 out of 5
Lots of kids on board...LOTS! Very family-oriented and kids program seemed excellent. Our group had only adults 21 and over.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
Staff in general were friendly, helpful and cooperative. The waiters in the dining room seemed a little rushed. Custom orders arrived in a timely way.
1 out of 5
Large public room amply sized. Cleanliness good. Decor pleasant. Long waits to reboard - in Nassau, OVER AN HOUR WAIT to reboard. Same on private cay (via tender)- 1 hour to leave ship, one hour to reboard.
Cabin / Stateroom
1 out of 5
Our stateroom was very poor. There were three pieces of chewing gun firmly glued into the carpet and were unremovable. Various stains made the carpet most unappealing. The window was cloudy as it's sunscreen film had been oxidized. The mattresses were terribly sagged and sunken. Replacement mattresses were not much of an improvement. Room stewardess was nice and helpful. Room kept clean, bathroom shower a bit cramped. Room was quiet, BUT smelled of smoke (nearby stateroom allowed smoking). Towels amply sized; linens good. Lighting good. TV selection: fair to good.
Pros: Choice of activities
Cons: Buffet; crowded, no chaise lounges, "worn and tired" stateroom
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