We did a B2B on Majesty, repeating ports of Nassau Bahamas and CoCoCay. First cruise was a 3 day, second cruise, 4 day adding Key West as a last stop. We did this Back to back to achieve diamond status in C&A. And after experiencing one, I can say we will gladly do another. What fun! Yes, we did have to leave the ship to do a quick (5 minutes) Customs stop, but were escorted by an officer down and back. We received our 2nd leg sea passes the night before disembarkation of the first leg and by the time we returned from the customs desk, our door lock had been changed to the new card. There was also a bucket of Korbel champagne and a fruit plate in our room for doing the two consecutive cruises. A nice touch, which we utilized at the second sailaway. We took the champagne and fruit up to the aft deck 8 balcony at the rear of the ship and did a special private sailaway to celebrate our diamond cruise. Nobody was there with us, we felt like we had the whole aft to ourselves. It was lovely. Also, since we repeated Nassau and CoCoCay, we were able to do things on the second leg that we missed on the first. I highly recommend it.
Stateroom 5573, an interior on deck 5 was teensy, but manageable.
Bathroom was only suitable for one body at a time. Very small. And one
negative was that the shower curtain was always billowing out and
allowing massive quantities of water into the general bath floor and it
took some help to prevent it from overflowing into the room itself as
the drain was extremely slow. So like the newer sliding plastic doors
and circular design of the newer ships so no water gets out. Little
closet space and just 4 small drawers made unpacking difficult but we
managed. Definitely like the newer ships for stowing items as well.
Central location of this cabin is good, near the 5th deck shops,
dining, Schooner Bar and casino. Another bonus is that your tender
station is inside Boleros on deck 7.
Embarkation: Went well for this cruise, we have had it done not so well in Miami on occasion, but we arrived at 10:30 and were the first through the baggage machines by 11:00, on board by 11:30 and first in the WindJammer to eat (a first..ha ha).
Firstly, let me tell you about Majesty since her overhaul. She has been completely redone decor wise and is just stunning. Trendy white flat porcelin bowl sinks atop the granite counters and trendy chrome fixtures in public restrooms which also had glass tiles on the walls. Just beautiful. Never a rust stain anywhere I looked. Just a little wear and tear in areas like the stateroom bathrooms that could not be totally replaced and were patched. She is kept in top knotch condition by her excellent maintenance crew which we saw about the ship at all hours, painting, scraping and cleaning. People polishing chrome and brass constantly (beware of rubbing against the brass rails on the stairways, the cleaner may rub off on your clothing). New deck carpet poolside was installed while on our first leg. All in all, a simply beautiful ship.
Food: Oo la la. IMHO, the Windjammer food on this ship is the best in the fleet, and we have sailed 7 of them. In fact, since the changes started in the food service in the fleet, the best food since our 2004 sailing of Rhapsody, which again IMHO was exquisit. While we may have lost some of the pricier cuts and dishes over the last few years, I still think we more than got our money's worth with every meal. I still got to enjoy the lamb shank, which falls off the bone it is so tender and the tasty crispy duck I love. I really cannot fault any dish I was served. One new thing is the Indian and Pakistani type foods served on board...a definite lean toward global variety in the cuisine in both WJ and the main dining room. The Compass Deli was impressive, taking the place of the Promenade Cafe on the bigger ships. Fresh soups and peninis, wraps and sandwiches and fruit could be found there. The tuna melt penini is awesomely tasty! Pizza was good, not great, but as expected. I liked the chicken pizza best. The desserts in MDR have diminished a bit over the years but there are still wonderful offerings here. I loved the chocolate layered sponge cake and the warm chocolate cake along with the Banana crunch parfait. Very good too was the sugarless coconut cake I always rave about. One day for lunch in MDR, DH took the open steak sandwich which came to the table with two over easy fried eggs on top. Needless to say, he was wowed by this meal, one of his favorites. I had to brag to any officer we met about the food. It really is the best we have had on any RCCL vessel in a long time. The midnight market buffet was pretty good as well and now we can say we have been there done that. Lots of artistry displayed here and worth the one time effort to stay awake that long.
Ports: Described in the Port Review sections
Self Disembarkation was effortless and quick and no negatives here but the long wait to catch the flight back home. We were able to catch a $10 pp shuttle right at the port to the airport which saved us $12 over the $32 taxi ride. Loved this ship and the B2B experience. Will try to put up the photos soon on the following link: http://community.webshots.com/user/BecciBooHoo
CocoCay is still one of our favorites because of the critters you are
able to see and film. We got incredible videos of a stingray which was
the largest we have ever seen (the size of my coffee table, about a
yard in diameter!) And did find a lion fish under a rock but pictures
of him were not the best. We were looking for the baby sharks on the
shallow far side of the island, but didn't see one. You should make the
trek to the far side, worth the effort and quite a walk, but once you
get all the way around you are rewarded with a pristine beach, cabanas
and loungers and you are almost completely alone. Get a real Robinson
Caruso kinda thing going on. Loved it! It rained the second leg but we
were able to get back to ship before it really poured. A lot of others
who stayed longer weren't so lucky and were complaining about the way
the staff made them wait to disembark the cutters in the cold rain.