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Sovereign of the Seas
by Sharon H
November 30, 2007

Recently returned from the Sovereign of the Seas on a 3-day Bahamas weekend getaway. This was my 2nd cruise on Royal Caribbean (previously sailed on Grandeur of the Seas) and my 21st cruise total. I have also sailed NCL, Carnival, HAL, Princess, and Celebrity. This was supposed to have been a girlfriend getaway, but my friends cancelled at the last minute. Rather than lose my money, I decided to take my husband along.

Port Canaveral is a very easy port to cruise from. We arrived at 12:30 and were on the ship by 12:45. Our cabin was tiny, but adequate. They had the beds made into a queen and it took up most of the cabin. There was plenty of storage space, but no safe.

After unpacking, we went up to the Windjammer for lunch. The layout is a bit confusing with no discernible traffic flow. People were going in every direction trying to move from station to station to get the different foods. Secret: Go past the food stations at the entrance to Windjammer and go to the other set of the stations at the front of the ship. They were less crowded. The food was average with a few good dishes. I find the food on the other lines (except NCL) much better.

After lunch, we explored the ship. It's in pretty good shape although you see signs of wear. After the safety drill, we went to the deck party for a while but then wandered the ship again.

For dinner, we had 2nd seating at a table for four. However, there were only the two of us. Our waiter Drina was good, but our assistant waiter must have been new. He made a number of gaffes. For example, when my husband ordered two soups one evening, he took the dirty soup spoon out of the first bowl and laid it on the table rather than grabbing a clean spoon from one of the unused settings for the second bowl. The selection on the menus was not all that good. Twice, I ordered from the alternative selections -- something I normally never do.

The comedian the first night was very good. The magician/illusionist on the 2nd night was only so-so. The show on the 3rd night was good. We enjoyed the pianist in the Schooner Bar and the pianist in the Centrum Lobby. The Rosario Strings were also good. We didn't hear the other acts. We really enjoyed the jazz music presented by members of the orchestra. We wish they could have done more than just the one set. The cruise director was pretty good on stage, but we didn't see him at any of the other activities we went to.

We made our donation to the casino on the first night, but tended to avoid it because of the smoke. There were quite a few smokers onboard this cruise.

Nassau was Nassau. Since we have been there so many times, we just wandered around near the ship and didn't buy a thing. CoCo Cay was enjoyable, but I like Half Moon Cay and Princess Cay better. We wandered around the straw market but didn't purchase anything. We would have come out cheap on this cruise if I hadn't plunked down a $900 deposit on a Hawaii cruise on Celebrity while onboard.

Debarkation was almost as easy as embarkation. We were in the second group to be called and moved quickly off the ship. The hold-up was the luggage carousel When we arrived at the carousel, there was lots of luggage for colors to be called later and we had to wait for our color to come back around. However, we were out of the terminal and in our car by 7:45.

Overall, I would say that it was a good cruise but not one that would endear RCI to me. The food and service are only average. We have had better on Carnival and Princess. We will probably try one of the larger ships in the future to see if they are any better. If not, I will only sail RCI if the itinerary or price is special.