We just returned from the SOS from an April 2 cruise. We had a WONDERFUL time and stayed on Deck 3 (3022). Our Room Stewardess was AWESOME - so attentive and never missing a thing. The cabins are VERY small, smaller than I expected, but I was a first timer. It really was not an issue though, as we spent minimal time in there. Luckily, we did have an outside room, so we had a window.
The shows in Follie's lounge were great, the food in Gigi's was fabulous - our Waiter, Willem Benjamin was a hoot and a half! My 10 yr old son got the biggest kick out of him. Willem encouraged both my boys to "try something new" each night and to their amazement, they actually LIKED some of the more "exotic" things on the menu! He also joked with them, talked to them and even offered and brought my 10 yr old an entire second prime rib meal when we asked for it. That impressed him!
We did NOT get to go to CocoCay, due to high seas and winds, but there were extra things to do on the boat that were fun. RCI refunded our money for the snorkeling that we had pre-booked with no problems at all.
Nassau was neat and we took a taxi tour of the island, walked through Atlantis, went to the fort and visited the Queen's Staircase.
Unless you drink alot of pop and can't live without it, I wouldn't recommend the soda card. It was actually a nice break for all of us to NOT drink quite to much pop and just buy it by the can when we wanted it. The specialty drinks were plentiful, the waiters were always around, there were plenty of lounge chairs by the pool and upper deck. The pool water was saltwater, which I didn't really expect. We didn't swim at all, just put our feet in to cool off.
The Windjammer Cafe had great meals three times a day. My only comment (not really a complaint) is that when the Windjammer is not open, you really can only get pizza and hot dogs at the poolbar and it just didn't hit the spot sometimes. I think next time I would maybe bring on a few small bags of chips or something, or remember to take a few snacks from the buffett for off hours, if you like snacking.
TO TAKE OR NOT TO TAKE: I was mystified by all the lists, so I took just about everything I saw on the lists......................I took duct tape like everyone was suggesting and never used it. I only needed one bathing suit for the 3 day cruise. I packed too many shorts (4) and just enough tops (7). I was glad I took Clorox wipes for certain things and touching up the bathroom, etc. The boat wasn't dirty, but with all those people, it was a comfort thing. There was a hairdryer in the room. You don't need an alarm clock, cause you can set the phone for an auto walkup call. I took Febreze and used it to freshen up the room/pillows. Didn't need the nightlight/extension cord or extra outlet device. Should have remembered to take some Downy Wrinkle Releaser. They provided nice, big beach towels, shouldn't have hauled mine on board. Used our two way radios, that was handy. Took bug spray, but never used it. A hat or visor is a must. Of course, binoculars and camera. Flipflops or slippers for in the room (carpet was a bit dirty). Highlighter marker for the Daily Schedules was handy.
All in all, we are hooked and will be going again. Any questions, please let me know and I will try to answer them!!!!!!! Happy cruising!