This was our third cruise with Royal Caribbean, and first time on the Majesty of the Seas. We choose this short 4 day/3 night trip, because we were meeting our daughter, who only had a few days off from work. We drove down to Key West ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Royal Caribbean, and first time on the Majesty of the Seas. We choose this short 4 day/3 night trip, because we were meeting our daughter, who only had a few days off from work. We drove down to Key West first, a place I had always wanted to go. Then up to the Orlando airport (MCO) to pick up my daughter who was flying in, and was on time. Then we drove to the LaQuinta on Cocoa Beach.
Day 1, Friday, Departing Port Canaveral, FL. :
We arrived at Park-N-Cruise right as they opened, and they immediately offered to take our bags to the shuttle bus. I was checked-in quickly, and given a parking receipt. Then we walked to the bus and sat a brief time until full. We arrived at the port and turned over our main bags to a porter, entered the terminal building, and went through the first screening process fairly quickly. Like last year I carried two bottles of wine in my backpack. Unlike last year, instead of seeing a secondary screen-er to check my wine, I was just passed through. We then got our ship passes without delay. Then we sat in the large holding center with many others for about 20 mins. We were allowed to board the ship around 10:20 and after looking around made our way to the buffet, and were eating lunch before 11:00am.
Neither of us have any real complaints about the food or service at the buffet. I suppose it would have been better, if it opened before 7:00am all days, and the ice cream machines were located there. And note, unlike our last cruise, the greeters didn't always insist you using the germ killer solution to enter.
Ocean View stateroom, #9524:
Around 1:30pm we got in our room, and while it was not as nice as our other two cruises, considering the ship's age, it was fine. This was my first time staying above deck 2, and I choose this room because it was where this type of room was available, and it didn't have pass thru door to the next cabin. On an earlier cruise, that gave us plenty of noise issues. This round, no earplugs, no calls to security, no noise hassles. We pulled away from the dock on time, and our luggage was outside our door on time as well. Only complaint was the room safe was located very low off the floor. We departed on time, about 4pm.
The Main Dining Room:
We unpacked and walked up to the MDR for dinner, having chosen My-Time dining. The overall service and food in the MDR was fine. We were always able to get a table for three next to a window. There was no lobster night, but we were all satisfied overall. Like before, I did not bring a suit or sport coat on the cruise, and wore a tie only once. Many others obviously shared my viewpoint on formal dress night.
Day 2, Saturday, At Sea, and arrive Nassau, Bahamas at noon:
We did the usual onboard stuff this day, hot tubs, suntan time, steam room, but it passed quickly on this short cruise. There was no Meet and Mingle due to the cruise duration. And with past experience, I wouldn't have attended the M&M anyway.
We arrived at Nassau around noon, and saw plenty of the city's highlights. We returned to the ship around 5pm, and ate dinner in the MDR. We did not buy or need any prepaid excursions. Purchased the usual souvenirs, and had a authentic island lunch.
Day 3, Sunday, 8am, arrive CocoCay, Bahamas:
Again ,we didn't buy any excursions of any type. The tender procedure went very well, catching the second boat out. We rented some snorkeling gear, and enjoyed the beach, drinks, and suntans. Finally, we got a few souvenirs, and took the tender ride back to the ship. Everything went smoothly, and I we all enjoyed the day.
Day 4, Monday, arrive Port Canaveral, FL.. :
Like our other cruises, we choose the self-disembarking option, and around 8:00am with luggage in tow, we went to the designated meeting spot. There, we stood in a long line for a while, but not as long as usual. Eventually, we were able to proceed to customs, and the line was shorter than beforer. However, we were unlucky enough to be routed to a another room, where our luggage was spot checked. With nothing found, we were quickly allowed to proceed with our luggage to the waiting Park-N-Cruise shuttle bus. About 9:00am we were in our own car and heading for the airport to get my daughter on her way.
This time, at a new port, I thought all went well. Using Park-N-Cruise was again a good choice. Good weather and calm seas while sailing added to the enjoyment during our 4 short days of sailing and excursions.
To Royal Caribbean --
The boarding process was good at Port Canaveral, even though we were early.
The self-disembarking is still the way to go for those that can, although delays continue.
I again saw no sign of anyone being sick whatsoever.
We had a nice room, without the joining cabin door, and were satisfied with it.
We both enjoyed cruising with Royal Caribbean on the Majesty.
I still miss the ice cream machines in the buffet area. Read Less