When our daughter and her fiancé told us they wanted to get married in Key West off a cruise, my wife and I were skeptical that it would be practical. We knew we would be there, we're fairly experienced cruisers this being our 9th, and we were fairly certain that our daughter's fiancé's parents would cruise, but we were not sure anyone else would come. But, the happy couple had cruised on the Majesty fifteen months earlier and were determined to do so again, mainly I gathered, to see the ship's "new look," and so the planning began. To our surprise we set sail on April 28 with our group of 46 people.
We flew into Miami the day before the cruise with our daughter, her fiancé, and our grandson. Our other daughter, her husband, the groom's parents and friends from Fort Worth met us. We stayed at the Miami Sofitel, a very nice if somewhat pricey hotel near the airport. We booked their van to the ship ($10 per person) and arrived at the port about 12:20. By 12:40 we were on board and eating in the Windjammer Café.
The ship was in excellent condition, not surprising since it was given a 37 million dollar make over just a year ago. Because my wife and I had not cruised on Majesty before, we had no basis for comparison. Our daughter and her fiancé were very impressed with the improvements. The ship really is beautiful. Our cabin (5558) was small by today's standards, but we knew this would be the case from reading reviews posted here. The cabin's size was not really a factor, as we did little there but sleep and change clothes. Our cabin steward, Sergio, was extremely helpful throughout the sail.
As for meals we ate breakfast in the Windjammer every day. The food was good with enough variety to please anyone. We find ourselves amused at those critics who complain that the selection never changes. Of course, it doesn't, there are only so many choices one normally has for breakfast, and they are all offered here along with many things most of us do not normally eat for breakfast. Most lunches were also eaten in the Windjammer with one exception when we ate in the formal dining room. Again we found the selection to be varied and tasty with a wide variety of choices to fit all tastes from the exotic to the mundane. Upstairs from the Windjammer is a Sorrento's Pizza and a Deli serving healthy wraps, paninis, and soups. There is also a Johnny Rockets if the urge to eat a hamburger and shake is overwhelming. We ate supper in the main dining room at the late seating. Again, we found the quality of the food to be very good. Are these the best meals we've ever eaten? No, but they rival most meals eaten in most land based restaurants. Those people looking for gourmet meals need to remember that those gourmet meals usually cost more per person than the daily cost of a cruise. Our waiters Marlon and Ronaldo did a wonderful job of keeping us well fed and entertained.
The evening entertainment was about what one would expect on a cruise. The Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers really worked hard to put on a good show. We felt the singers had exceptionally strong voices and considering that the stage is much smaller than on newer vessels, the shows were well done. Mike Price, the juggler, was without doubt the best we've ever seen and even if one shudders at the thought of watching a juggler, he is not to be missed. He was funny and the end of the show with lighted props and lasers was exceptional.
This was a short cruise and as such the ports are few. Nassau is not that exciting to us as we've been there before, but most of the people with us had not, and as such they enjoyed the stop. Our daughter and her fiancé waited, on our advice, to buy her wedding ring in Nassau. They found exactly what they wanted at a price hundreds less than they had looked at in the Chicago area. Prices like that almost pay for the cruise. Coco Cay was a disappointment for many as high waves kept us from tendering in, but as the day was sunny, a sea day around the pool was not without its pleasures.
Our last stop was Key West. We really enjoy Key West and have visited there several times before. Most of this day was consumed by our daughter's wedding. As the wedding party and guests were ushered to the Key West Garden Club at West Martello Tower by Conch Train, we enjoyed the cheers and applause of onlookers. The weather was perfect and the ceremony beautiful. We were then off to Sloppy Joe's for a refreshment/reception with the new bride and groom who were given a serenade and danced their first dance together as man and wife. After that the people with us split up to visit Hemingway's house, Truman's Little White House, etc. or just wander up and down Duval Street.
Disembarkation the next day was a breeze. We were out of our cabin by 7:30. The first people left the ship by 7:45 and we were off the ship by 8:30, which just gave us an opportunity to eat breakfast.
In summary the whole cruise was great. Not once did I hear a complaint from any of the people in our group. In fact, what I heard most was the comment, "I can't believe I've waited this long to take a cruise!" I don't understand those who give this ship or cruise one or two ribbons. I suspect that they are people who either have a grudge or are working for other cruise lines.