My husband and I decided to take a 4 night cruise with another couple that wanted to try out Royal Caribbean after 3 on Carnival. This was our second Royal Caribbean cruise. It seems we were spoiled on Adventure of the Seas and found that Majesty of the Seas was not for us. Our friends will likely never cruise Royal Caribbean again. On the positive side, embarkation at Miami was fantastic. We arrived around 11:30AM and were pleasantly surprised at how quick and easy it was in comparison to our experience with Adventure of the Seas in San Juan.
The ship looked very nice and our dining room experience was good every evening. The comedian and farewell show were also good. Unfortunately, that was the extent of the positives and we found ourselves disappointed with the trip overall. We are in our mid-30s and were looking forward to a relaxing week away for some sun, snorkeling, and relaxation on the ship. On our first evening, we decided to hit the whirlpools at about 10:30PM. Upon arriving at the whirlpool, we were told by a crew member that the whirlpools closed at 11PM. We thought we could at least enjoy them for 15 minutes or so, but were surprised to start getting sprayed by jets as they started draining the tubs before 10:45PM. We aren't big gamblers or drinkers, so after determining that were was nothing else to do we went back to our cabin for the night.
It was cold and raining in Nassau, so we determined that snorkeling was out and we would just walk around the publicly available parts of Atlantis. If we had known what was to come, we would have paid to partake in all that Atlantis had to offer. We spent the afternoon napping in our room, since the pool deck was pretty much out due to the weather. We went out on the deck after dinner, but not for long due to the cold.
We were excited for CocoCay the next day and it looked like the temperature was going to be a little better. However, we were disappointed the next morning to find that we had a sea day as the sea was too rough for tendering to CocoCay. Once again, the wind made it too cold to enjoy the pool deck, so we stuck to the Schooner bar before lunch to see the sunshine. After lunch and another afternoon nap, we decided to go to the Viking Crown Lounge for "Champagne Hour". I expected to find something similar to the menu at the Champagne Bar on Adventure of the Seas, but learned that the only champagne on offer was in the form of mixed drinks or Korbel by the glass when the server finally stopped by our table. Unfortunately, the Viking Crown is the main smoking bar on the ship and can be smelled on the deck below. Usually smoking doesn't bother me, but the confined area and stale smoke were too much. I decided to skip the evening show and go to
the spa. Everyone else in the party enjoyed the evening show and my
time in the spa was enjoyable too.
Unfortunately, Key West just
continued the cold and windy weather and the bulk of the activities
involved bars and shopping, so we walked around for an hour and headed
back to the ship for my second trip to the spa and napping in the cabin
for my husband.
Fortunately, the price of the trip was very good and I
would have been extremely upset to have paid any higher for the
experience even if the weather had been good. In speaking with the
loyalty ambassador, we learned that the older ships tend to close
earlier in the evening and aren't for us. As I said, we don't stay up
all night drinking or gambling, but enjoyed late night walks, whirlpool
time, and other activities on our previous cruise that weren't possible
on Majesty of the Seas.