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Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Sovereign of the Seas Bahamas March 12, 2005

I wanted to post a review because of the negative reviews the Sovereign received when she just came out of her renovation. The ship is fine now!

The boarding process was smooth, although when you first enter the Atrium area where all of the sign-up lists are, I felt they should have had a more proactive cruise member there directing traffic. We ended up in the wrong line for a few minutes because of the confusion. If you have any doubts, I would highly recommend asking questions to any crew member around. Also, we were disappointed to find that the Wine Package described in the RCI cruise book was unavailable for the 3d/4n cruise.

One tip is to run up to the Viking Crown lounge after the man overboard drill and grab a good seat to watch the ship pull away from the pier. If you get there early enough, you can get a seat that oversees the pool deck AND the horizon views. This is a great way to start the cruise.

The cabins are small, but functional and we had no complaints about the cabin itself. We were located very far forward which was nice as far as limited foot traffic by our cabin; however, there were a lot of ship "noises" including the anchor being lowered and raised at the wee hours of the morning. Would recommend much further aft for folks who are light sleepers.

I saw some posts about the food being blah onboard. We didn't find this to be the case. The food was fine in the evening and we hit the breakfast buffet every morning and found that to be fast and satisfying. We also thought our table servers were pretty good and friendly. We enjoyed getting to know them throughout the cruise.

Our entertainment included a comedian, a duo (juggling & extreme flexibility routine), a singer and a dancing group. They all were pretty talented and I felt were up to par with other cruise line shows.

The highlight of our trip was the day at Cococay. We were extremely fortunate because the weather was BEAUTIFUL that day. 70+ degrees and a light breeze. We spent from about 11am to 4pm there and had an awesome time. I went snorkeling for hours. A tip on the snorkeling is to head way out toward the tall life guard tower. About 40 yards away from it and slightly to the left was the BEST snorkeling. I saw 2 Sting Rays (Eagle Rays), 2 barracuda and tons of other fish.

Overall, we had a great time and felt we got our money's worth.

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