First of all, let me tell you my new favorite way to book a cruise. We booked this short cruise for December when we were on the Navigator in October. If you haven't met the loyalty consultants, you don't know what you are missing.
Embarkation was smooth as always with Royal Caribbean. We arrived in port just after noon after a nice drive from our home in Orlando and we hit the ship before 1. They told us the cabins were not quite ready, but no big deal. We had lunch in the Windjammer. The Windjammers on this class are not very nice. Not much selection and kinda dreary.
The cabins on this class are also pretty small. We did 2 cabins though and it was just fine. We had an outside and the kids had an inside right around the corner. It worked out well. The cabins were clean, and were very convenient. OF course, if you have cruised on the mega ships, the Majesty seems like a shrimp boat!
The public areas were very nicely decorated for Christmas. It was very nice and made our time of exploring a surprise around every corner. The dining room was very nice. we had a nice table for 4 in the middle of the dining room and our waiter and assistant were great. The food was pretty good. Since this was our 5th cruise with Royal, we know what to expect and what to avoid.
The entertainment was very good, especially for a short cruise. They did a great job. This was the first time we had ever been to Coco Cay, and wow, it is soooo beautiful. They have so much to do, including just exploring and relaxing. This was our 3rd time to Nassau. We just walked around and did some shopping. And folks - if you are going to do some shopping, make sure you talk to the shopping guide. She is so much help and can save you beau coup bucks. This is the one part of the cruise that many people ignore, but just do it.
The process to leave was great. We originally got a late departure, but just went to the front desk, and guess what - they gave us first group. All we had to do was ask!
Now, one thing I will say, this ship is quite old and probably is in need of a facelift, like, the Sovereign. The Windjammer is not particularly good, and much of the furniture in the rooms and the public areas are pretty worn. But the service the Royal gives and the entertainment means you don't always notice some of these things.
For the price, this was a good fun cruise, and a nice way to start the holiday season.