Our first cruise was on the Majesty of the Seas and it was phenomenal. Boarding was quick and painless. We found the staff very accommodating and friendly.
Warning number 1 - when you board DO NOT be pressured into buying your wine for dinner for the whole cruise by the wine sellers. You can order wine from your table for nearly half what the lists the wine sellers give you cost. Thankfully we only purchased one night when we first boarded.
The Windjammer is serving a buffet lunch everyday and this is definitely the place to be if you board early. KUDOS to RCI for letting us board early and enjoy the atmosphere and explore the ship. We were on the pool deck sipping drinks enjoying the hot tub an hour before we set sail. If you do not carry on all your luggage then make sure you do carry on a swim suit if you want to be sunning before dinner on day one.
My recommendations are these... experience the art auction the first night if you are into art. It is a lot of fun and the only place free champagne flows. Don't miss many shows if you don't have to. All the ones we did catch were GREAT! the pool party/midnight buffet will not have the hot tubs or pools open so you don't have to go change before heading up for the party. The rock climbing wall is a blast. Get to know your favorites on staff. They are a lot of fun and very personable.
Now, about the extras. They say you have shampoo and soap in your room, bring your own, you won't regret it. Drinks - the drink of the day is listed on your Compass for each day telling you what activities are going on. That drink comes in a keeper cup and is discounted the rest of the day once you buy the cup. We did our share of drinking. My husband loved the Schooner and while I gambled a little next door he enjoyed the sea in the Schooner with his Glenfiddich. We spent about $200.00 on alcohol in the end.
Tipping - on the three night cruise it all comes out to tipping about $20.00 to your stateroom attdt, $20.00 to your waiter, $15.00 to your asst waiter, $20 + to your head waiter and then at your discretion to those you spent more time with. Mr. Martin in the Schooner was tipped well by us. He knew what we wanted the moment we walked in the door after day one and he took time visiting with us, taking pictures for us. Very sincere, beautiful man. Personally, I tipped the asst waiter as much as the waiter because she worked just as hard. Our stateroom attdt was the only one I was completely unimpressed with. I saw her twice and she didn't speak good English and she made no effort to greet or assist us as the rest of the staff did. Her animal towels were cute but that was about it.
Shore excursions - Nassau was not for me. Our next trip we are taking the Atlantis excursion IF we get off in Nassau, otherwise we will stay aboard the ship. It isn't exceptionally clean and the people were very aggressively trying to sell you anything, and yes I mean ANYTHING! Coco Cay we missed this trip, stayed on board, but we heard it is a gorgeous island and the barbecue is to die for.
Overall, this is a superb reasonably priced weekend in paradise!