We arrived in Miami at 10am. We used the off-site parking garage of Auto Boutique at the Miami International Airport, they drove us to the airport. A week of parking was $30. At the airport we met up with RCI's people inside to get a transfer to the seaport, cost $36 that was billed to our Seapass account. The took the bags to our cabin from the airport. A taxi after the cruise was $20 to get from the seaport to the airport, where we called Auto Boutique to be picked up, and we were in our car Friday morning at 830am.
Four nights, two ports of call, and spent the first day going "Carnival this, Carnival that..." but after 24 hours and a towel animal on the second night (didn't get one on the first night) I was feeling more comfortable in my decision to try RCI.
Check in was easy. We were on-board the Majesty of the Seas at 11am. We explored the ship some for the scavenger hunt drawing, then made our way to Windjammer for lunch. DH found hamburgers this day only, otherwise they must have only been available in Johnny Rockets.
Our cabin location was great. I prefer the front of the ship, as usually on Carnival, the food is at the back, but on this ship, the food is at the front. That took a lot of humor, as we'd head to the back of the ship, then go up two flights of steps before realizing we're in the wrong spot. This happened every day for breakfast.
Cabin: The Cabin itself was beautiful. Mirrors all along one wall made it appear larger. The bed was firm, yet soft. Lots of pillows with different firmness. A couch and coffee table. A small flat-screen TV was mounted in front of the bed, where as maybe towards the middle of the room would have been better. Our window wasn't obstructed at all, unless you count seeing the bottom of the bridge. No lifeboats to look over. The bathroom was pretty small, but it served it's purpose, and there was plenty of glass shelves around to keep items off the counter. The water was hot, and the shower head was adjustable up and down and multiple settings. Only body wash was in the auto-pump in the shower, whereas Carnival had Shampoo, Conditioner, and body wash (along with some toiletries on the counter top too). Our cabin-steward was Hurley. He was wonderful, and made us feel comfortable. The only downside to the cabin was we couldn't check our Seapass account from the TV, only at the Pursers desk.
At dinner, we ate in the Moonlight dining room, our waiters were Norman and Valentina. Our table was 147. It was against the wall and next to the waiter station. It wasn't very comfortable to have an elegant dining experience being served over a wall or my DH being reached over so I could be served. But the waiters did their best.
Food: was comparable to Carnival in both the Windjammer and in the dining room. We ate at the Compass Deli for lunch daily. A nice little nook to eat at is at the very front of the Deli, there are four tables that are off by themselves. For breakfast I kept looking for oatmeal, raisins, and brown sugar, but didn't find it. The bacon was crisper on RCI than Carnival. Eggs still the same- runny in the middle of scrambled eggs is not my take on good eggs. I liked that there were pancakes, waffles, and french toast available. Coffee was too strong, we ended up at the specialty coffee place after breakfast to get the same Seattle's Best Coffee tasting like it should taste, smooth not bitter. The danishes there are free, just ask, they are the same ones being served in the windjammer. In the dining room, Prime Rib is served the first night, and not Formal Night as on Carnival, but RCI's is a lot better! Our table companions were our age and from Japan. The table next to us was a two-top, and they were from Detroit. We had a lot of fun talking with each other and learning different cultures from our companions and our waitstaff. I had to ask about some of the food, as the descriptions are not well explained on RCI as Carnival.
Events on board: Cruise Director Ricky was great! There was always something to do. A huge test came when we arrived at CocoCay, and were unable to use the island because of the rough seas. It turned into a sea day instead, and the captain took us out away from islands and drifted for 7 hours. The sky was partially clouded, the deck chairs were full, and the pool decks were the place to be. The staff put together movies in the theater: Shrek the Final Chapter and Alice in Wonderland, along with all sorts of games and trivia throughout the ship.
The nightly shows were good. The piano bar was never happening- I think it was because it was in a non-smoking bar.
Debarkation was smooth. RCI wins here. We carried off all of our luggage, there was no standing on the stair well in crowded hallways. RCI looped the line through the dining room, and off the ship you went. Outside were a lot of taxi vans, and one was only $10 per person to Miami Airport, and $18 to Ft Lauderdale.