Good day! We sailed on Majesty from December 20-24 and give this trip an overall score of B+. We will have more detail later in the Message Boards but here's a brief summary of our trip.
Check-in -- No problems or delays. Checked in at the Port of Miami and was on board in less than half an hour.
Day One -- We dropped off our carry on luggage in our stateroom and headed off to the Windjammer Cafe for a terrific buffet lunch. The Muster drill went fine and we returned to our cabin to unpack. As the ship departed for Nassau, we found out how rough the Atlantic Ocean can be when the older ships lack stabilizers. We found it very difficult to unpack as we rocked back and forth (I lost my balance several times and my partner was VERY dizzy and seasick). We made it to dinner (2nd seating) and spent the rest of the night finishing our unpacking and being dizzy.
Day Two -- Woke up in Nassau! It's cloudy and cool but the ship is steady. I took a brisk walk along the top deck (deck 11 wraps around the ship) and realized that this ship needs to replace all its outdoor carpeting; other than the rips and stains, the ship is in excellent condition, as far as I could tell for a 14-year old cruise ship.
We enjoy a great breakfast (omelettes to order) and as we plan our day, the sun comes out and the water appears to be a shimmering turquoise. We relax a bit as our Nassau excursion is not scheduled to leave until 12:30 p.m. I'll go into more detail later but we won't ever do another "tour of Nassau" again, as we saw more slums than any inner city of the U.S.A. The highlight of our tour was Atlantis Casino and Resort on Paradise Island. When we got back to the ship (an hour late!), we grabbed a quick lunch in Windjammer, then went back to shore and hailed a taxi to revisit Atlantis, to gamble and buy Atlantis T-shirts on our own time.
Formal Dinner night. Ships photographers SUCK -- we had a bar waiter take our pictures at the Viking Crown Lounge (Deck 14--best part of the ship) which came out 1000% better than professional photographers' pictures. Food was excellent at dinner, but skipped midnight buffet (we were never in the mood to eat at midnight, when we ate dinner at 8:30 pm.).
Day Three -- CoCo Cay is great -- best weather of the week! Sunny, hot, and very windy. Only negative was the windy day made for poor snorkeling as visibility was poor due to winds churning up bottom of sea so water was cloudy. Enjoyed the rest of CoCo Cay though.
Chocolate Midnight Buffet was moved indoors due to high winds so we didn't stay -not as much offerings as usually available as they had less room to serve the desserts. Then again, we didn't care as we ate dinner so late.
Day Four -- Key West: Took my daily 8:00 a.m. walk around the sun deck -- the crew is out and about scrubbing and cleaning the ship, including sections of the bow off limits to passengers. This ship may be old by today's standards, but she is extremely clean.
We got a late start because ONE family did not go through customs -- without sounding like an "Ugly American," let's just say it wasn't anyone from the U.S. -- rained all day and the weather didn't get sunny until we had to reboard the ship.
Day Five (Disembarking) -- Back in Miami: Took 2 1/2 hours for the ship to get clearance to let passengers leave. Nobody knows why but at this point, we're ready to go. We have another 4 days of vacation and will be staying in Fort Lauderdale. I love Fort Lauderdale! I want to move to Fort Lauderdale someday!!!! The bus ride from Miami to Fort Lauderdale was good but getting to the bus was somewhat challenging as 3000+ passengers grab their luggage and head out of the port to get home.