We arrived Thursday night at Fort Lauderdale airport and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express. The hotel was new with a nice pool area and a continental breakfast included in the morning.
The day of the cruise we hired JMS limo service to pick us up at the hotel and take us to the Port of Miami. The drive took about 30 minutes.
Embarkation was the quickest ever! I've been on 4 other cruises and this, by far, was the easiest process! We arrived at the port at 11:15 and were through security, checked in, and on the ship by 11:40! Amazing! Rooms were available at 1pm so we had the prerequisite lunch buffet at Windjammer. The food wasn't at it's best but I still had no problem filling up the enormous plates they give you.
Our cabin was a Superior oceanview stateroom on the 9th deck. It was smaller than the other ship cabins I've stayed in before but still adequate for a 3 night cruise. The new bedding was heavenly and flat screen TV was nice. There was a small fridge filled with drinks to purchase. There were plenty of cabinets and drawers, enough that we didn't use even half.
Our cabin attendant, Richard, was very attentive. He introduced himself when we arrived and asked everyday in the hallway if we needed anything. We enjoyed the towel animals he left for us every night at turn down.
The ship was recently updated. It was clean and beautiful. It included some of the new amenities that the newer ships do, such as Bolaros (latin dance club), Johnny Rockets, Compass Deli, Sorrento's Pizza, rock climbing wall, etc. One thing I did miss from the other ships was the Solarium pool. Majesty only has one pool divided by 2 hot tubs in the center.
Itinerary...the ship left around 5pm, with the sail away party. It was a lovely day and everyone was having a wonderful time listening to the band and waving good bye to Miami. After sail away we had a spa appointment for a couples massage. The massage was nice but didn't enjoy the sales pitch afterwards for all the spa products that I "should use". After showering off all the oil, we made our way to Sorrento's for a pre-dinner snack. The pizza right out of the oven was very good. After checking out the ship we made it to dinner for the late seating on deck 4. Majesty has 2 dining rooms, the Moonlight on deck 3 and the Starlight on deck 4. Dinner tonight was lamb....it was very good. DH and I were at a table of 6 where we meet two other very nice couples, the same age as us, all with children, all living within a 5 hour drive of us and all of us on our 10th wedding anniversaries. We were very happy to have met them and spend a lot of time during the cruise partying with them. I wonder if the cruise ship matched us up on purpose???? We missed the comedian and went to Boleros for a few dances. This party was awesome....the band was great, the dance floor was constantly full.
Day 2 was Nassau. We docked around 8am and left the ship around 9:30am. We wanted to have a day on the beach so I read about some resort day passes. You can pay a small fee and use the hotel's beach and facilities for the day. We were able to walk a couple blocks down to the British Colonial Hilton. We paid $15 each for the day. The hotel was lovely. The beach was small but private and plenty of lounge chairs for all. We rented some snorkel equipment and did some snorkeling off the beach and were pleasantly surprised of how much we saw so close to shore. The hotel's restaurant servers come down to the beach and wait on those of us that couldn't pry themselves away from the beach. Margaritas and Mahi-Mahi on the beach, it couldn't get any better. We came back to the ship after a very brief stop off at the straw market. My recommendation......don't even stop. It's a bunch of junk and every vendor has almost exactly the same stuff. The aisles are so narrow and full of junk and swarms of people I felt the wall closing in. Back on the ship and a short nap before getting ready for the formal evenings activities. Dinner tonight was filet of beef, also very good. After dinner we joined the dancing under the stars party on the pool deck. There was a midnight buffet there too which looked good, but still couldn't eat another bite. One of the chefs did an ice carving demonstration at the party.
Day 3 was Coco Cay- We were up late the night before so we made it for a late breakfast at the Windjammer. The breakfast buffet was fine but seemed to be jam packed with people. The weather wasn't cooperating so we were unable to tender to the island. It rained on and off all day and most people tried to brave it out on the pool deck where they served FREE bahama mamas for an hour or two so hopefully you'd forget about missing the port! We pulled anchor at noon as the captain tried to find us some sun. He was unsuccessful so we found other inside activities to do, casino, salsa lessons, trivia, shops on board. The 70's and 80's review show put on by the RC singers and dancers is not to be missed. A very good show. Dinner that evening was more beef. I opted for a salmon pasta. It was good. Don't miss the brownie madness for dessert. Yum! After dinner we joined in the sing a long at the Schooner bar and headed up to the Viking Crown for night caps.
Day 4....it was sad that the cruise was already over, but a great time was had. We were staying in Miami for one more night so we took our time getting off the ship. We also carried all our luggage off the ship with us. Out of the cabin by 8 and breakfast in the dining room. We decided around 9am to get in the line to get off the ship. We were off the ship, through immigration and in a cab by 9:40am! I was impressed and very happy to not have to wait so long. We stayed at the Intercontinental in Miami, what a wonderful hotel. The service was top notch and every detail accounted for. We had a room on the 21st floor with a view of the port. We watched the ships pull out in the evening from our window. We spent the day by the pool in hopes of making up for our rain out day on Sunday.