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Sovereign of the Seas
by Nan
July 2, 2007

We were pleasantly surprised to find the Sovereign of the Seas to be in very good shape considering her age. My preference is to cruise ships no older than 5 years.

Embarkation went smoothly, and personnel were all friendly as were the crew onboard. Our ocean view room, no. 8072 on the 8th floor, was midship and I was prepared for the small size (about 10x12). This size cabin is ok for 2, way too small for 4 unless they are small framed. The cabin had occasional smell of sewer odor, but I solved that by putting towels over the drains. Once in a while you would also get the "foul odor" closer towards the elevators, but it did not last very long.

The ship was spotless, and our room steward was very attentive, especially with our 19-month-old grandbaby next door. We had a cooler in the room for the baby's soy milk and Lucian was great at keeping it well stocked with ice.

The shows were well attended with comedians, magicians, etc., but no dancers on the 2nd of July sailing. Apparently they were rehearsing.

I thought the cruise director did a wonderful job at keeping his passengers entertained. Most of all we loved the Quest.

Our dinners were all fabulous, and the cold soups were great. On formal night the executive chef from Miami we learned was onboard and our dinner that evening was spectacular. Desserts were also very tasty, as opposed to the bland ones we experienced on the QM2 this past May. Kudos to the service in the dinning room, head waiters, waiters and assistant waiters.

The Windjammer had a good variety of lunch entrees with lighter fare after 3:00 PM. Johnny Rockets is always fun and the pizza at Sorrentinos was pretty good.

Of course there were some minor issues. Pools were small for the large number of people onboard. There were only 2 hot tubs that were generally full of young bodies, and the line to tender over to Coco Cay went up two levels; there has to be a better way to properly tender over, especially with small children. Coco Cay was fantastic, and I was excited to finally make it there.

This short 4-day cruise was a great value for the money. There are hard working people onboard the Sovereign.