Ship: Majesty of the Seas Former cruise lines: Carnival -- Ecstacy 2 times TA booked cruise and air
Air: departing Pittsburgh was a breeze. We had a 6:30AM flight arriving at 9:30AM, good and early. baggage claim was a breeze. we did notice people holding up RCI signs to find out where to go after our luggage was claimed. our luggage was taken to the ship by truck. so we did not have the opportunity to tip porters. it was just left in a pile for them to load. Transportation to the ship was provided by RCI. the first bus to the port starts at 10:30AM. the bus that arrived was to transport us to the port was old, dirty inside and out and you could barely see out the windows. it was just plain old nasty. not a good first impression. however the air conditioning did work. the driver spoke very poor english. this is something to keep in mind when choosing excursions in Miami.
departing Miami post cruise: a nightmare simply because by 8:00AM our color was called to leave the ship and our flight was not until 5:30PM and our Miami excursion Island Queen boat tour was cancelled. we did not choose to take the bus tour because of the fear of not being able to understand the tour guides english as we had already experienced. we decided to take a taxi to Biscayne bay? we planned on just walking around and stumbled upon a nice boat trip at the bayfront which did give us the same tour we probably had booked. first trip was at 12:15. the selling point was the sales girl told us the tour guide spoke very good english. which was true. he spoke in english then repeated it in spanish. it was only $15 per person. i do not remember the name of the tour, it was on a "pirate type boat" the sales kiosk was located near the hard rock cafe and discovery store in the bayfront shopping complex. it was very nice. we saw homes of the rich and famous and we even saw SHAQ walking outside his home talking on the telephone.
ship: check-in: very simple. we were the first bus load of the day and waiting in line was not an issue total time from exiting the bus to entering the ship after check-in was approx 15 minutes. the ship was nice. i was expecting old outdated, but it was not bad at all. clean and well maintained.
the rooms were not ready until 1:00PM. we tired checking 2 times, but they would not let us back the hall to see if our room was ready. the room was on deck 3 # 3024. it was small, but for 2 people, it was not a problem at all. the bathroom was small the shower was a small corner type stall. the curtain did not give me a problem. keep in mind i have a corner shower at my home, so it was not a big change. those that do have a full sized shower did complain about the size. it was efficient. we did use the shampoo provided. there was not conditioner. the hair dryer was located at the desk in a drawer, i was somewhat concerned when i could not locate it at a glance. no safe. plenty of storage. large closet with 5 shelves and much hanging room. had hangers, but they provided plenty for 3 days. desk had about 8 small drawers and vanity with about 8 shelves. did not even use 3 drawers total. we used the shelves in the closet for all clothing and drawers for other items. did not use an over the door shoe organizer. the bathroom was only used for toilet, shower, brushing teeth. we kept all other items in the desk. there were 2 outlets at the desk. no clock (which we knew). bed was comfy. i could feel when the anchors or something came down when we were docking. dh slept right thorough it. not bad, just a little vibration. climate control worked well in the room. room steward was very friendly. she did neglect to leave a daily compass for nassau which included the map for shopping, but i had attended the shopping talk so i had one, i picked up a compass at the pursers desk. i did not see her to ask for one. after Coco Cay i turned in our towels to be replaced, but she did not replace them, not complaining as we did not need them anyway. i did have the opportunity to ask for them. the stateroom attendant did remember our names and she was very friendly. luggage did not arrive until 5:00PM probably because we were the first bus, as luggage stacks up, it ended up in the back. we did pack a carry on. we ate lunch in the windjammer-outside. it was warm. the back of the windjammer is very quiet and cooler we ate in the back only 1 time after our nassau time. we enjoyed the outside.
munster drill: everyone goes to deck 7. you line up in rows women and children, then men in back. it was not bad, we were in the shade. approx 20 minutes. you must sign in at your munster station so don't be late. they check your room. the mass exodus after the munster drill does test your patience as the entire ship is all leaving from the same floor.
food: it was good. breads and cookies are very good. breakfast: windjammer 7-11 windjammer. dining room 7:30-9:30. room service 7-10. we ate in the windjammer omelets, bagels, toast, grits, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, oatmeal, cereals, danishes, donuts, muffins, orange jue, water, coffee, tea, Coco lunch: burgers, turkey, pork roll, salads, potato salad, sandwich meats and cheeses, iced tea, water, lemonade, coffee and hot tea, Coco dinner: first night it is at 5-6:30PM for light snacks at the windjammer. taco's are all that i remember they were good. pizza is available on deck12 starting at 5PM -2AM. Pizza was edible. late night snacks 10:30PM-2AM on deck 12. midnight delights mid -1AM in occasion, schooner bar and disco. we did not take part in these last 2. we did not go to dinner the first evening because we did not feel like dressing up, so we thought we would eat in the windjammer. unfortunately i did not look closely and thought that dinner in the windjammer started at 6:30 so we only caught the tail end of the light snacks. we ate in the mikado. service was excellent. they have a "fancy" menu along with an alternative and vegetarian menu to choose from. appetizers: pear soup, lobster bisque, fruit plate, veggie plate salads: night 2-caesar night 3-cobb main "fancy": duck, steak, chicken, salmon, alternative: pasta with marinara sauce, turkey dinner, chicken vegetarian: ? dessert: key lime pie, sugarless key lime pie, apple pie ala mode, strawberry shortcake there were more choices, but i do not remember them. the menu is run on the television but all of the choices are not listed. stop by the dining room to see the actual menu for the day. they did have a great variety of food. on the 2nd night the headwaiter actually told us to dress very casual he said and I quote "wear shorts, be comfortable". I did not wear shorts, but many did. on formal night some wore tuxedos, some polo shirts with dockers and others suits or sports jackets and dress pants. women mostly wore pantsuits or dresses or a dressy outfit. i found mixing and matching worked best. we only wore these clothes to dinner and we showered before dinner so we were able to mix and match clothes. entertainment: not much to do on board. the trivia shows were a joke. they used a compact disk and paused it after each segment. the girl in charge had no clue what she was doing. this was held in schooners lounge in a corner. not worth it at all. the love and marriage game was good. it is like the newlywed game they pick the most newly wed couple, the longest wed couple and an in between. unfortunately, the oldest couple went through the trouble of raising there hands, telling how long they have been married then would not go up on stage. we went through this 3 times! it was funny, but went rather slowly choosing this couple. any one can try to go up. they had the longest kiss contest, then the crowed had to pick by applause who would go up. we sat through 15 couples being applauded. it was a very long drawn out process. it was a good show though once it got started. We attended a juggler and magician show. nearly fell asleep during the magician, he was good, but neither spoke much, so it was quiet. other things they had we did not attend: bingo like 3 times, vegas type shows, asst auctions, bars had specially designated music, cinema showed: being Julia and finding neverland on separate days. there was also a late night comedian.
Coco Cay: beautiful dh took wave runner excursion. he had a great time. we did book the snorkel. if i can't see my feet, i won't go in. i did try. but like the boards say the snorkeling area is very cloudy. dh did venture out. it was okay. lunch was good. don't leave your food for a second, the birds will attack it. once one comes..they bring an entire flock. lunch was ribs, chicken, burgers, hot dogs, salads, potato salad, luncheon meats and cheeses, fruits, baked beans, corn on cob, plus more things. it was good. your soda card is good there and they have water, tea and lemonade along with a bar. your seapass is used for sodas (without the stickers)and the bars. the strawmarket is cash. t shirts run from 3 for $15 and up. straw purses with dora, disney princesses, care bears, nemo, and other characters for girls are there. along with adult staw bags, beach totes. All of the straw items can have your name added to them while you wait. not something you do at the last minute. straw hats, other misc items for sale. it is a nice market. no lockers. bathrooms are flushable and clean. many hand sanitizing stations. beach volleyball. it is a nice island. many chairs and hammocks. you can drag a hammock anywhere. if you want clear waters, keep walking down passed the snorkel area towards the kyaks. we did not go any farther than this area so i am not certain of it. Take more cash than you expect to spend. you can always go back to the ship and return, but it would be easier to not. you can purchase the water wallets on the ship and at Coco Cay. we had no problem leaving our bag, we carried our water wallet and just left our camera in the bag...it was a disposable one. Nassau: yuck. I am not one for haggling or being pestered. we did attend the shopping talk on the ship to know the recommended stores. it was a little informative, but it is basically listed in the paper they will pass out and it is reviewed on the tv. going to the talk was a waste of time. nassau is dirty, the people are pushy. we went to the t shirt factory outlet...there are many stores named similar to each other, using your map is your best bet. got what i needed (3 shirts)and left. my sister went to the strawmarket and haggled. she enjoys that. we did atlantis on our own. it wa 29 bucks a person and there was no shortage of passes. the passes are for the dig which is neat. take a guided tour, it is very informative. the grounds are impressive and you do not need a pass for them. we probably could have used the pools and beaches if we did not have on our wrist bands for the tour. many people using those areas did not have any wrist bands on. we took a water taxi to get there 6 per person round trip. the boats were horrific. the guides were funny as both ways were were told different things about the same homes, prices, etc. the tour guides used words that sounded similar to what they should have said, but were completely not the appropriate word. I wish i could remember the exact phrase, but i cannot. you could figure out what they meant. they did say "remember your tour guide" we do not work for the captain. one also did say he might need to make another trip around with his hat because it wasn't enough. a little tacky. we went back to the ship and had lunch and then found a quiet spot on deck 7 to watch the waterways. boarding time was by 4:30pm we were to leave nassau at 5Pm. between 4:45 and 5:00 we counted 100 people strolling up to reboard the ship! we were shocked. 3 people never made the boarding. we left at 5:10PM. some of our group did breezes. they enjoyed it. people were late for the bus leaving the ship and they waited for them cutting into their time at breezes. people are amazing. leaving she ship on the last day was surprisingly fast. you must leave your rooms by 8AM our colors were called at 8:00AM, perfect if you have the right color and an early flight, which we did not. leaving the ship took a little time going through customs, probably 1/2 hour. marking your luggage is a good tip. we had red suitcases and there were a few others we had ours marked special, but someone took one of ours off and left it sitting in the middle of the area. after watching the luggage go completely around 2 times, i decided to look around in peoples piles...low and behold i found mine. then we took our bus to the airport, checked our luggage and checked our carryon into a holding area of the airport and went to the bayfront. we had beautiful weather. can't think of anything i wish i would have taken. brought home an entire suit case of clean clothes. MY TIPS: take less clothes than you expect you need take pants and a jacket for evenings on deck are cool with the breeze. take vinegar for sunburn...really takes the sting out make your luggage with something odd to help you see it and help others realize it is not theirs.
i did feel some movement of the ship. it was not much but at times you could feel it moving for a matter of 10 to 15 seconds. it was not bad. i did not even see anyone with the 'sea bands' on. I only saw 3 people with patches behind their ears.
i did my best to touch on each subject, and 2 hours later, i am sure i missed some.
overall it was a good cruise. we will most likely go back to the carnival cruise lines for our future cruises. they had more as far as variety of entertainment. we may give the voyager class ships a try as we have two kids who like to ice skate and want to try that out. they did not go with us this time. we will most likely book ourselves through the internet rather than use a TA primarily because she had "no say" in what our flight arrangements were, which is hard to believe. but that is a whole other review.
the majesty is a fine ship. being older it still is clean and solid. the only complaint i had was lack of variety of entertainment. we are not into the nightclub or bar scene or vegas type shows or bingo. maybe it is just us...that is possible.