My partner and I just returned for a 3 night cruise to the Bahamas onboard RCI's Majesty of the Seas. Our previous cruises have been on the Allure of the Seas and the Liberty of the Seas and we knew that this was going to be a very different experience. We booked this cruise to celebrate a friend's birthday and to have a quick getaway for Memorial Day Weekend. Living in Miami does have it's advantages when comes to cruising!
We live near the port so getting to the ship was not a big deal for us. Once we arrived we handed our bags to a porter and then walked into the terminal. The security line was very long and for some reason did not move very well. It took much longer to get through security then on our previous RCI cruises out of Fort Lauderdale. We then checked in and were given our sea pass cards and then had to wait on another line to have our photos taken (for the sea pass account) and then on another line to get onto the ship.
Once onboard we entered the Centrum, which is a 3 story atrium with shops, the ship's cafe and guest services. It has a lot of brass and looks a little retro, but overall it was nice. Since our room wasn't ready we decided to walk around and get to the know the ship. Although, she had undergone a major renovation in 2007, certain areas were run down with areas of rust. The carpeting seemed outdated and so did the furniture. The Schooner bar, which we liked on other ships to sit in and have a drink, was run down and smelled from smoke from the adjacent casino.The Viking Crown Lounge was a little better and was our favorite spot for pre-dinner drinks with great views on the ship and the ocean.The pool deck was nice with new lounge chairs which were brought on the day we boarded.
We headed to the Windjammer for lunch, which had the same type of cuisine as RCI's other ships. Our room was ready around 1:30. To make our weekend extra special we booked a Grand Suite which was nice with a large balcony, however the chairs and the couch were very worn and uncomfortable. Since all suites are below the Windjammer or the pool deck, it did get noisy at certain times. However, we enjoyed the enhanced services that came with the suite and overall we were pleased with the accommodations.
We usually do not eat in the main dining room on cruises, but since the Majesty does not have any specialty restaurants we ate there 2/3 nights (didn't go to formal night because we didn't think there was going to be one on such a short cruise) and were happy with the food and the company. We did eat at Johnny Rockets one night which is always yummy.
The first port of call was Coco Cay. This island oasis, which is run by RCI was gorgeous and was a real island paradise. We reserved a cabana and just drank and relaxed the entire day in front of the ocean. The BBQ buffet lunch was delicious.
The second port of call was Nassau. We decided to do the Aquaventure at Atlantis which was a lot of fun, although it rained on and off throughout the day. After the water park we went downtown to do some shopping.
Overall, we had a lot of fun on this short cruise. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Yes, the ship is small and old and does not have the amenities or glamour of the larger ships, but is perfect for a 3 night cruise and a quick getaway.