This is my review of a back to back cruise on the Majesty of the Seas from April 27 to May 4, 2012, 3 night and 4 night back to back cruises!
I will start my review with the Port of Miami. The parking garage at the Royal Caribbean area was half empty, its very easy to get in and get out, and if you have a handicapped sticker, or a handicapped license plate, your parking is free, a big savings since parking costs $20. a day otherwise!
Checking in to board the ship was very easy, it took only 10 minutes, but as often happens today in cruise terminals, and airports, you must do some walking. The people who do the lay out of the aforementioned facilities always seem to make you walk as far as possible before you reach where you want to go!
My wife and I booked a back to back 4 day 3 night cruise with a 5 day 4 night cruise, where the only difference in the extra night was an added stop in Key West!
Our cruise began on a Friday afternoon, and would end the following Friday! Starting sometime Sat. morning, the rain began, and didn't end until sometime early Tues. morning!
Our first stop at Coco Cay was cancelled as the seas were to rough, so the Captain informed the passengers we would head early to Nassau where we would dock, not tender, so we could get off the ship if we wanted to get wet, it was also raining in Nassau! Most who got off the ship in Nassau the first weekend got very wet, and stated on returning they wished they had stayed on board the ship!
When the rain stopped, a sunny Nassau on Tues., a sunny Coco Cay on Wed., and a sunny day in Key West on Thurs., made the wet weekend seemed a distant bad memory!
We booked this cruise because of the many stops for a cheap price, and we like to tour a port off the ship during the day, whether its a beach day or a day shopping! A boat this small has very limited options when it rains, so its something to think about if you're looking at cruising on a small ship when the weather might be rainy! We were rather bored on the rainy weekend, and were very happy the week days turned out sunny!
I will finish on the Ship as follows, the Majesty is well maintained, very clean in public areas, much cleaner then its sister ship the Monarch. The food on the buffet was very good, better then what we had on the Allure buffet!
But as this ship is older, it does have some occasional plumbing problems in the cabin bathrooms, where it seems a septic smell comes out. It didn't last long, and it wasn't strong, but it is something RC should look into in the future.
As you have likely read in other reviews, it is true, this is a very friendly crew for the most part, and they try their best to take care of you.
The entertainment may not be of the quality of the biggest ships, it was good, and we weren't paying the cruise prices of the big ships either!
The Ports on these cruises include stops at Nassau, Coco Cay, and Key West.
Nassau has Atlantis if you're willing to part with big money, there is a Dolphin-Sea Lion encounter/swim on a small island just off Atlantis, and its about half the price of Atlantis, and includes a ferry ride to the island. You can get a day beach pass at the Sheraton Resort next to Cable beach for $25., and you can get to the Sheraton on a Jitney bus #10, for $1.25 a person one way, cash only, that starts at McDonald's and goes right to the Sheraton Complex!
Coco Cay is the Cruise lines private island, and each year we go back it seems there is more activities offered, such as snorkeling, diving, renting different water craft, etc., or just laying out in one of what seems to be thousands of beach chairs! If the weather co-operates, you'll always have a fun, sun, burn day at Coco Cay!
Key West is where I would like to move to from my current retirement home in Florida. The grey colored tour line at $19. a person, and you can get on and off all day long on their route as you please. Its the cheapest, and safest way to get around the small streets loaded with traffic in Key West, and you can drink a few drinks at the hundreds of bars and cafes without worrying!
Royal Carib., Carnival, and Norwegian all offer similar weekend getaways, and similar week day trips, and they're all budget cruises, offering a good bang for your buck, which one you like the most is personal preference, but remember, you get what you pay for, and at these prices you're not paying for luxury! And if it rains, you're not going to find a lot to do on these smaller ships!
I would take this cruise again on the Majesty, if the price is right! Those who pay this low a price to cruise 4 or 5 days and complain should spend more for the quality they think they deserve!