We just got off the Majesty after going to Nassau and Coco Cay. This was our 3rd cruise so our only comparisons are to a Carnival cruise 6yrs ago and a week on the Oasis last year. We took our 7yr old son this time so wanted something ... Read More
We just got off the Majesty after going to Nassau and Coco Cay. This was our 3rd cruise so our only comparisons are to a Carnival cruise 6yrs ago and a week on the Oasis last year. We took our 7yr old son this time so wanted something short to see if he liked it (and so we did not lose our sanity!). Overall, I would say we had a good time and would recommend this itinerary and ship for people looking to go on a quick trip and not looking for many bells and whistles. The boat itself is older, some parts were recently updated, though I am not sure which. I know the kids splash area is new, though small. The pools are salt water which my son did not like and only went in for about an hour the whole trip. Also, in May the pool water was still cold.
As far as amenities, this boat does not have too many. We spent a lot of time on the sports deck which consists of half a basketball court, 2 small soccer goals that could be moved around, 2 ping pong tables, a corn hole game and shuffleboard. Looking at the daily planner, there seemed to be a lot of activities for teens. My son was not into the Adventure Ocean group as he is shy and would rather stay with us. We did walk in there once, it was hard to see what the place had to offer due to how they had the walls built up. I did notice it is directly under the basketball court making it very loud in there. But kids probably don’t care. The “jogging track” is non-existent so if you want to run, use the treadmills. The cruise planner said it didn’t even open until 9am which doesn’t make sense to me. If I wanted to run (I have a broken foot and couldn’t), I want to do it before 9am!! We never looked at the fitness center or the spa so I can’t comment on those areas.
Having the broken foot, I was on a knee scooter the entire time. Access for handicap people was lacking. The only automatic doors were those that led out to the pool. None of the side doors and bathrooms doors were automatic. This was fine for me as I could maneuver my scooter well. Also, the elevators were a pain to figure out which ones on which end went where. For example, our stateroom was on Deck 6 and only one set of elevators went there. The other set only went to 5 or 7.
We ate in the Windjammer a bunch of times and I have to say, the food and service there was not good. Trying to find an open table, many of them were dirty and the staff was in no hurry to clear them off, even after we were sitting there waiting. When a guy did come to wipe the table down, I had to point out that the other half of the table was dirty. He wasn’t even going to wipe the other side! They also never picked up the salt shakers and wiped under them. Later at night the food was cold. Also, the boat serves Nestle(?) Vitality Enhanced Waters. These are basically flavored waters with Splenda in them. No where on the machine does it say it contains Splenda. I personally hate anything with artificial sweetener in it and was not happy that these were the only choices if you didn’t have any drink plan. There was traditional iced tea and lemonade, however. Overall, not a good Windjammer experience. The dining room on the other hand was very good.
For those wanting to take alcohol on board, Rum Runners makes plastic flasks that can be stored in luggage. We actually bought a bottle of rum in Nassau, fully prepared to have it confiscated when we got back on. I put it on the belt, through the security scanner and no one said a word. I was quite shocked by this. I did buy pineapple juice at a little market there to make drinks with since they do not provide normal juices (see above).
Special accommodations for me being on the scooter. Taken to front of lines, offered assistance once in Windjammer, very fast disembarkation, etc.
Coco Cay was a nice experience. Taking the tender was very quick, both directions. Whole island was nice. Plenty of places to sit if you got there earlier. We rented snorkel gear ($40) and a floating raft ($14). For those who needed beach wheelchairs, there were plenty! I was quite pleased about this. I counted at least 25 which was way more than what our ship required.
Overall, I will sail with RC again, just not on this ship. Having been on the Oasis once, those large ships are the way to go. This sailing did have a lot of bachelor/bachelorette parties and family reunion types. Lots of teenagers also. More of a party crowd, probably since it was short.
No fridge in stateroom
Reading lights in room broken
Pool bathroom only had one stall working
Dated ship, lots of gold décor
Shore excursion lines was a disorganized mess. Had to keep asking staff what line was for what excursion. They were holding signs so no one could see them Read Less