Sovereign of the Seas
by Abaco Angie
September 22, 2006
This was my fourth cruise on the Sovereign. I just love that ship. This was a girls getaway weekend. My best friend of 36 years, my sister in law, and my husband's daughter. We had adjoining cabins on Deck 8, obstructed view. I am not sure why they are billed as "obstructed view". Yes, the tenders were below our windows, but we had a clear view. I would book on that deck again.
I live 10 minutes from Port Canaveral, so getting there was no problem. After giving the porter our luggage, we went in and were processed through in no time. Off to the Windjammer for lunch and a much needed drink!
We were pleased with the cabins, a bit small, but really, how much time are you in the cabin? My only complaint with the cabin was the shower. If you are claustrophobic, be warned. Did the showers get smaller, or have I gotten larger?
I only saw our cabin steward once, and that was to ask for ice. After that, we always had extra ice in another bucket, but we don't know how it got there. I think we had the Phantom Cabin Steward. Not complaining, I know they are worked to death. Our cabin was always clean. We did miss the turn down and the towel animals.
My sister in law and I decided to get up and go to breakfast in the dining room one morning. Something we did not do on previous cruises. Big mistake. We ordered bacon and eggs, and the eggs were cold, and the toast was hard. No big deal, but we were disappointed. Dinner in the dining room was fantastic. No complaints there. The food was great, and the service was adequate. I think they need more servers. The poor guys have too many tables and are run ragged. We ate dinner in the dining room on two nights, and did not get out of there no earlier than 10:00 both nights. Luckily, we were seated with a lovely couple from England. It's always nice when you have good table mates.
We were lucky enough to have Johnny Thunder as our entertainment. He was fantastic. We had caught him on a prior SOS cruise, and I was excited to learn he was back again. The man is 74 years old and shows no signs of slowing down. For those who don't know JT, he is one of the original members of the Drifters. Great show, He had us up out of our seats getting our groove on. Many members of the audience wound up on stage. After that show, we found our way to Beleros for the Dueling Pianos. What a great show! We went to see them the next night, also.
In Nassau, we booked the Yellowbird. Also known as the booze cruise. That was fun. Very relaxing. We spent about an hour at Blackbeard's Cay before heading back. When we got back to Nassau, we wanted to eat, and we wanted to eat Conch Fritters. We asked a cab driver if there was somewhere local, and she said she would take us to Fish Fry, an area about 5 minutes away. I am so glad we decided to go. She dropped us at one of the restaurants, and I can't remember the name of it, but the beer was cold, and the conch fritters were to die for! $2.00 for eight of them. We were led upstairs to an outside dining area, overlooking the water. All local people. We were so pleased. We also ordered "Grouper Snacks", huge pieces of grouper deep fried, and "Shrimp Snacks", a plate of fried shrimp. Both came with fries, Way too much food for us. But, oh, was it yummy.
Sunday was Coco Cay. What a lovely island, and a good way to relax. We spent most of the day in the water. There were some sea nettles, or jelly fish as they are called down here, and they were of the stinging variety. Some people got it pretty bad, I was stung on my arm, but you rub sand on it and the stinging goes away.
All in all, this was a great cruise. I love the Sovereign, and we have every intention of sailing again on her. This is a great weekend getaway.