51 Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Bahamas

Having never cruised before, but have listened to many stories from my parents. We decided to give it a try and get our feet wet. Somewhat reluctant at first, we decided to book the 4 day Bahamas cruise on the Majesty. My parents 1st ... Read More
Having never cruised before, but have listened to many stories from my parents. We decided to give it a try and get our feet wet. Somewhat reluctant at first, we decided to book the 4 day Bahamas cruise on the Majesty. My parents 1st cruise was on this ship when it was new and coincidentally we made our first cruise on it as well. We (family of 4, children 9 &12) elected to fly into Fort Lauderdale and shuttle to Courtyard Marriott Miami. We saved a couple hundred bucks flying into FLL. We shuttled to Miami using a service called Jiffy Jeff 305.588.6143. Jeff called me while we were in lay over to make sure everything was still on schedule. Once arriving at FLL, Jeff was waiting for us, loaded our bags into a very clean and fresh Mercedes van. Jeff is American, native to Miami and believe it or not spoke English($15.00 a person to Miami). After staying the night in Miami we used the Hotel shuttle($5.00 a person) to get to the Port. The process of boarding the ship at first sight was somewhat overwhelming. The long lines moved FAST and SMOOTH. Everyone was very helpful and courteous and we processed through very quickly and found ourselves on the ship in no time. Once on board it was like "oh my god, are you kiddin me" i haven't seen anything like that before.Taking advice from my parents, we made our way to the Windjammer cafe' ate lunch and waited for the announcement that the rooms were ready. It didn't take long and that announcement was made(about 1:00pm). Our luggage arrived at the room a short time later. We had room 6046 and although a little small (122 sq ft) we had no trouble with a family of 4. Our dining experience was nothing short of excellent. Our waiter, Nowere from Dominican Republic was very personable and fun. If the kids didn't like what they had it was not a problem to send it back and get a good ole stand-by of spaghetti or something else. State room attendant did an outstanding job of taking care of our room. She made animal figures out of the towels. The kids really loved them and would guess at dinner what animal they could expect when they got back to the room. The shows were fun and entertaining. I would recommend sending your wife or girl friend to the shopping excursion meeting in the chorus line theatre. it was informative and helpful. The Ports of Call were great and we had a wonderful time. We didn't rent a umbrella at CoCo Cay we claimed a few lounge chairs under some trees near the paddle boat rental shack. It was hot at first but once the sun went behind us the shade from the trees felt nice. Once the sun got high in the sky we noticed others coming over to our area and finding the shade. The kids rented a paddle boat and had a good time with that. The food was good too. Consisted of bbq ribs, chicken, hot dogs hamburgers with lots of fruit. Nassau was nice. We just walked through the shops and took in the sights. Key West is beautiful, but take my advice. Purchase the hop on and off ticket. It is a little cheaper on the ship. We didn't and by the time we returned i wish we had. Wrapping this up. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we booked a second cruise to Honduras and Belize for next October. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Royal Carribean's Majesty of the Seas crew members and workers made my husband and I 6th anniversary and 1st cruise a wonderful experiene. They all were courteous, showed great hospitality and excellent service. The food was good. We ... Read More
Royal Carribean's Majesty of the Seas crew members and workers made my husband and I 6th anniversary and 1st cruise a wonderful experiene. They all were courteous, showed great hospitality and excellent service. The food was good. We had fun on the cruise ship and off the cruise ship in Nassau Bahamas and Cococay Bahamas. Waiters ShailesKumar, Junior Johnson, Chetan, and Abel did a great job in the Starlight Dining Room. Our stateroom attendant Fernandes for room 5586, always kept our room clean. Best part I liked on the cruise was the rock climbing, nite parties on the pool deck, dancing to the Carribean Band music in the afternoon near the pool deck, the comedy show, taking a taxi over to Atlantis Paradise Island in Nassau Bahamas,the beaches in Nassau and Cococay Bahamas, and the games the guests of Majesty of the Seas played against Enchantment of the Seas in Cococay Bahamas. Enchantment of the Seas won only because all of the judges were from that ship. I didn't join in the games, but I did cheer for our guests of Majesty of the Seas who played and I could not stop laughing. Everyone had a good time and it was fun. My husband and I met 3 nice couples on the cruise, we talked and laughed as if we all knew each other a lifetime. My husband and I had fun from the time we boarded the ship, to the time we got off the ship. We loved it. So glad my travel agent and coworkers advised me to do Royal Carribean Cruise Line for my first cruise and anniversary. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
This was my second time cruising on Majesty of the Seas. It was the same itinerary both times but I absolutely loved both of them and highly recommend this cruise for any first time cruiser. It is a four day cruise that embarks from Miami, ... Read More
This was my second time cruising on Majesty of the Seas. It was the same itinerary both times but I absolutely loved both of them and highly recommend this cruise for any first time cruiser. It is a four day cruise that embarks from Miami, FL and sails to two islands in the Bahamas and to Key West. The onboard experience is excellent as it has several shops and food bars to keep you busy while on the ship. The Windjammer Café is where we ate most of our meals. It has a wide variety of food so if you like exotic, new foods or just a hamburger, there is something for you. There is 24/7 pizza and room service and also ice cream by the pools. No matter what you are craving, you will be able to find it somewhere on the Majesty. There are also a variety of shows to keep you entertained as well. Unfortunately, for us, we were only on the ship in the evenings after exploring all of the ports of call so we did not go to any of the shows because we just wanted to relax. That is not to say there isn't enough time to do everything you want. The staff on the ship is very friendly and professional and made sure we were always taken care of. Our cabin was always cleaned and refreshed when we would get back in the evenings. The towel animals are always nice to come back to. Our waiters in the dining room were also very on point. They explained everything on the menu to us and even tried to persuade us to get seconds and thirds. In the dining room you can get whatever you want and as much as you want. If you want 3 appetizers, 4 entrees and 5 desserts, that is what you'll get. The staff on Majesty of the Seas really does an excellent job of making your cruise as enjoyable as possible. My favorite thing to do on the ship is to just relax by the pool. I enjoy walking around the pool deck just soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying myself. This ship has a sports deck that includes a basketball/soccer court, a rock wall and ping pong tables. I enjoyed the basketball court in the evenings as there wasn't anybody else there. If sports isn't your thing, there is a video game room with all kinds of arcade style games. There are several other things that I did not make the time to enjoy including a spa, gym, casino, internet café, and there might even be some things I have yet to discover. Majesty of the Seas maintains a fun, family atmosphere along with everything else you are looking for in a vacation.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
We just returned from a 4 night cruise on Majesty of the Seas. I was a little skeptical at first. I wasn't sure cruising was going to be for me. But by the last night in Key West I didn't want it to end. The staff was great. ... Read More
We just returned from a 4 night cruise on Majesty of the Seas. I was a little skeptical at first. I wasn't sure cruising was going to be for me. But by the last night in Key West I didn't want it to end. The staff was great. We worked with Garreth at the excursions desk and he helped us figure out exactly when and where to do all the things we wanted to do on the islands. He gave us the extra information we needed to make the right decisions. Maxine was our stateroom attendant and she was fabulous. Our room always looked great and she always had warm greeting for us in the hallway. The excursions made the trip. We went to Blue Lagoon the first day in Nassau. The boat trip over was worth the price of the excursion all by itself. We sat on the beach, relaxed, and had a great lunch on the island. The next day we were in Coco Cay and that was my favorite day. We rented Cabanettes. They were way down on the quiet side of the island. We had our own bar right there, the water was gorgeous, I couldn't have asked for more. And finally in Key West we went para-sailing and on the Conch Train. I was sad when we boarded the ship in Key West because it was all coming to an end. I would say the only thing that wasn't great on the cruise was the food. There is a lot of it but it's average at best. It's all prepared ahead of time and kept warm. It's fine, but just don't go expecting high quality. Except for Johnny Rockets. You have to pay extra but the food is cooked when you order it and it's great. I can't wait to go back. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
I went on this cruise with my daughter. It was her Christmas gift to me. Neither of us had been on a cruise before. This made a great introduction to cruising for us. We flew in on through Fort Lauderdale airport. We stayed at the ... Read More
I went on this cruise with my daughter. It was her Christmas gift to me. Neither of us had been on a cruise before. This made a great introduction to cruising for us. We flew in on through Fort Lauderdale airport. We stayed at the Rodeway Inn. That is a low cost hotel and it is like they say--you get what you pay for. Shabby rundown hotel. It was clean (more or less) and the breakfast bar was OK. We used SAS shuttle service to the port. Great service and much cheaper than the other services. I had forgot to pack one item. The shuttle driver pointed out the shopping mall across from the port. Since we were early we left our bags with the porters, hopped in a cab and went shopping for an hour. Then we took a cab back to the port. Once we actually started through the check in, it was very smooth. We had done the on line check in and had our forms printed out and in hand. That saved a lot of time. The only hold up is that we got put in line behind a large family that had not done the on line check in and did not have passports for everyone. It was only a minor delay and then we sailed right through. We went to our room and were pleased with it. We had expected a very tiny room and though it was small, it was so well layed out that we fit all our things in easily. The bed was made up as a queen size and we called room service and asked for it to be made up as two twins. We took all the food and water bottles from the "mini bar" tray on the desk and set it up on top of the desk shelf out of the way. I had brought extra hangers and that was good. The bathroom is very tiny, but served our needs well. The room was clean and the beds were comfortable. We had brought earplugs as the various cruise packing list recommendations suggested. We never needed them. There was some engine noise and vibrations, but it never bothered us.We never had time to do all the things that were available on the ship. We went to the shows each night, but that was about all we got to. Our dining time was 9:00 and there was a long line of people changing dining times when we came on board. So we just left it at that. We only went to the main dining room two times. The food was great and the service was great. My daughter ordered a bottle of wine to have with her meals. It was a very low quality wine, but not bad enough to ruin the meals. We ate most of our meals in the Windjammer buffet. They serve the same menu as the main dining room, plus lots of extra stuff. They have selections for all sorts of dietary and cultural preferences, it is much less of a hassle, and you can go whenever you like. I would recommend the Windjammer for anyone who wants to just fit in meals around a busy schedule and for anyone with special special diet limitations. It would also be a good choice for families with little kids who might not like the offerings on the menus in the main dining room, or who get restless with a long drawn out meal. As for the shows--they were all excellent. We went to all the shows and it is hard to say which was the best show. I guess the musical review show on the last night was my favorite for the energy and enthusiasm of the performers. A few comments on the ports we went to: First was Nassau. We didn't do any of the tours or excursions because of cost and because I wanted to shop. Big mistake. The shops are crowded and full of cheap junk. The straw market was worse than the reviews make it out. Just a bunch of tiny pitiful booths overflowing with gaudy trinkets in a stifling shed building. The people who run the booths are aggressive in trying to sell there goods. Aggressive is really too mild a term. We did have fun and just tried to keep laughing and keep in a good mood. We found a Starbucks shop right by the pier. We paid $3.00 for an hour of Internet. That was much better than the price on the ship. Coco cay: this was a great stop on the cruise. We rented a paddle boat and enjoyed riding that around. My daughter jumped off the boat to swim out to rescue her hat that flew away. Oops! We got a mild reprimand for that. Don't think about jumping off your boat. Strictly against the rules. After that we found loung chairs in the shade and relaxed with tall, cool "Coco Loco" drinks. We went back early because I was getting a bit heat sick. Key West: this was my favorite port. We took a tour trolley around the island. Hint: take the grey trolley--it is much cheaper and goes to all the important historic stops on the island. We found another Starbucks and enjoyed free Internet. We ate pie at the Key Lime Pie Factory and wonderful doughnuts at a shop called Glazed. We did lots more shopping. Big Hint: just off the pier you will find several $5 shops. They are great shops selling everything for five bucks. They had all the same T-shirts and dresses that we saw at Nassau, only cheaper and no high pressure sales tactics. We also went to a great toy shop called The Toy Factory and a sea shell shop called The Shell Warehouse. The last morning of the cruise went very smoothly. We choose to handle our own luggage and that seems to have been a wise choice. We sailed right through Customs and out to the shuttle pick up area. I almost forgot to go pick up a toy pirate sword that I had bought. Security had taken it and was holding it at the door where you go in when newly arriving for a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Hello~My husband and I just came back from a four night cruise on the Majesty of the Seas..This was our first cruise and I think it will be our last..at least for a few years..We were extremely excited about the trip..I have to say the ... Read More
Hello~My husband and I just came back from a four night cruise on the Majesty of the Seas..This was our first cruise and I think it will be our last..at least for a few years..We were extremely excited about the trip..I have to say the service aboard was excellent..The staff were helpful and pleasant..The food in the dining room was great..We ate there every night for dinner..We were not impressed with the buffets they provided..The room was kept very clean by our state room attendant and it helps to leave an extra tip for them everyday even though the cruiseline automatically takes out the gratuities and adds it to your bill..The entertainment was ok..We laughed at the comedy shows and the pool party seemed to be a big success with the younger crowd..My husband and I are in our forties..not "old" but not "25" either..Had read reviews of the POOL PARTY buffets and was really looking forward to it..too bad we were disappointed..They had corn dogs and chicken wings..cold cuts and desserts..The most disappointing was a "ROAST PIG"..It looked really appetizing..When I got it on my plate..it was like a meatloaf..IDK..very strange..needless to say I did not eat it..The ports were ok..We had been to Nassau a few years ago and knew what to expect..had a lovely day at Atlantis..Be aware though..The Atlantis has heightened their security and when you used to be able to just walk around the resort..now there is an employee at every entrance to the resort pool areas, etc. and if you are NOT wearing a wristband showing you had paid for a day pass..they will NOT let you through..We DID make it to the beach and walked through the resort however I can NOT reveal how we did so without paying for the day..The water was absolutely gorgeous..even better than the first time we had been..I love the Atlantis..It really is worth seeing..Was not really impressed with our first trip to Key West..The last port of call..nice to say that we went..but for the most part..it is just a bunch of gift shops and pubs..no beach access unless you take a cab or pay big $ and take a boat..so not worth the $..I do however recommend walking down to the "Southernmost Tip" of the US..everyone said to take a trolly or taxi but we walked it in about 30 minutes..bring water to keep hydrated..we figured we would never be there again..good photo opportunity at the buoy..We were lucky enough to have calm waters to take the tender at COCO CAY..Beautiful..but we did have rain..BBQ disappointing as well..Ok~So you are probably wondering if the trip seemed good..why are we not planning another? I will tell you..overall it was a great experience..not unhappy..but disappointed..We had a Junior Suite with a balcony..very comfortable..great view..BUT~There are ROACHES on this ship..YES~ROACHES..They don't seem to be in the state rooms or in the dining areas..but they were on my balcony and we saw some on the top deck too..Housekeeping came and sprayed and it helped..but after that I was conscious about it and always looking around..I was also worried about bringing the bugs back home with me..After talking to management..they reimbursed some of the $ for my inconvenience..but it was a real turn off and I believe ALL ships probably have this problem..maybe even rats in the lower decks..we saw some running on the ground at the port in Nassau..The cruise crews probably are able to "control" the situation..not fix and remove the critters..When you think about it..all big city restaurants most likely have this problem and no one knows..I wondered why no one had complained..but there were a variety of passengers and either they were too drunk to notice or they live with bugs and don't care..Well..I am going to end this..if there is a way to e-mail me any questions..feel free..If you haven't booked this cruise yet..I may recommend you reconsider..Go to an All-inclusive on an island somewhere..food is better and the alcohol is included..Our bill was almost $1000.00 USD after the cruise for drinks and things we purchased..pictures..massages..Anyway..GOOD LUCK..Hope this helps..I know I tried to find out as much as I could before sailing and was reading reviews daily..Take it easy.. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
First time cruiser review of Majesty of the Seas: In spite of no cruise experience with which to compare this one, our first time cruise has us hooked on cruising. We are already planning to take the family on a longer cruise next ... Read More
First time cruiser review of Majesty of the Seas: In spite of no cruise experience with which to compare this one, our first time cruise has us hooked on cruising. We are already planning to take the family on a longer cruise next summer. Our stateroom was on deck 2 with an ocean view porthole. The room was cozy but very comfortable, quiet and clean. Our steward was friendly and accommodating. We loved being so close to the water and being able to look right out at the waves while still seeing the stars and moonlight. The food was mediocre overall with the formal dining options much better than the cafe. We ordered room service for tea in the morning and evening along with a cheese plate "dessert". The cheese plate was the best item we ate! Room service was fast and efficient. Overall the service was terrific. I couldn't have asked for a more relaxing and enjoyable vacation, in spite of the tropical storm that nearly swamped us on Cococay. We will definitely cruise again, and would take Majesty of the Seas for a quick relaxing weekend getaway. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
I think that the ship was great!! There were some things that could be better but for the most part it was great. The love and marriage game show was very comical and the juggling comedian was also very good. The singers/dancers was as ... Read More
I think that the ship was great!! There were some things that could be better but for the most part it was great. The love and marriage game show was very comical and the juggling comedian was also very good. The singers/dancers was as good as a high school production but I enjoy those too.... The other comedian was just okay but it gave us time to do other things. The food was mostly very good. The last night was not really but most night before that were. We ate in the MDR every night except one and for lunch the windjammer most days. One thing that I noticed was every time I went down the hall to my room there was someone cleaning. They clean a lot!!!! They are always very friendly as well. We had a great time and can't wait to do it again. Next time we want to take along our children.... Can't wait :) Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Me and my fiancee left Brazil early on Sunday, arriving at Miami in the end of the afternoon. Got a rental car at Sixt (great car by the way - Ford Escape), and headed to Walmart to buy some useful stuff for the cruise (shampoos, bottled ... Read More
Me and my fiancee left Brazil early on Sunday, arriving at Miami in the end of the afternoon. Got a rental car at Sixt (great car by the way - Ford Escape), and headed to Walmart to buy some useful stuff for the cruise (shampoos, bottled water, sunscreen, etc.), then straight to the Fairfield Inn Miami Airport South, where a great room was waiting for us. After a good night sleep, great breakfast, we returned our car at the Airport and grabbed a van to Miami Port. Got there by 11:30am, the check-in process, although a bit crowded was VERY efficient as it was fast. By 12:15pm we were having an enjoyable lunch at the Windjammer. Then we started to stroll through the ship, taking pics. At about 1:30pm headed back to our room, one of the luggage already there, the other one arrived before 2:00pm, real fast! Then went to the pool, took more pics, the fiancee started to do her fingernails, and I headed to the gym, which was surprisingly well equipped (way better than most hotels gym´s). Then went for dinner, we were sitting with another Brazilian couple (lovely people by the way), and a newlywed couple from Florida (they were a lot of fun also). We were all the same age and we had a wonderful time together. The dinner was awesome, food was not the best I´ve ever had, but very tasty, would give it 8 out of 10. Then we went to the casino, lost a bit of money, but it was very fun. We woke up at 8:00am already at Nassau, had a great abundant breakfast at Windjammer and headed to the city. Strolled around, visited many shops, bought a few tax-free stuff, took loads of pics and then went back to the ship, had lunch at the Windjammer, headed for the pool, had a nap, and then, at about 5:30pm headed to the Atlantis. At this time of day you can go around the entire hotel for free, and we did it, took loads of pics, and headed back to the ship about 7:00pm. Quick shower, another dinner, great time also, more casino, loads of fun! Coco cay was also great, got there about 10:00am, just chilling, relaxing all cool, sipping Cocolocos. We tried to ride the Jet-Skis, but the tide was too low, and we couldn´t do it, no problems actually. Had the barbecue lunch, which was great, and at 3:00pm back to the ship. Another great dinner. Key West was the best. Great town to roll around, nice people, we had a traditional Sloppy Joe´s. We did a bit of shopping also. Now the Royal Caribbean staff is AMAZING! Waiters, room service, everybody with a smile on their faces, doing everything they could to please you. Just fantastic, we´re definitely NOT used to that in Brazil. Even though our gratuities were prepaid, we still tipped them generously, they work their assess of, they deserved it. Majesty is a great ship for first time cruisers, because it´s been renewed a few years back, but it´s not too large so you can lose yourself in there. The comedy shows were very nice too, specially the Love and Marriage game. Johnny Rockets onboard tastes so good, definitely worth the US$ 4.95 extra. Wonderful milk shakes! The cabins were a bit on the small side though. We didn´t feel "canned" in there, but the bathroom is just too small, even though we´re slim people. There were some weightier folks on the ship and I have completely no idea how they were showering, because they just can´t fit in there. I will most definitely be coming back for a RC cruise. Now I look forward to grab a stateroom at Oasis or Allure of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
This was our first cruise, and we booked well in advance with Royal Caribbean. We were traveling with our one year old, and paid for her as well, and were assured we would have a crib/pack-n-play in our room. However, it was not there ... Read More
This was our first cruise, and we booked well in advance with Royal Caribbean. We were traveling with our one year old, and paid for her as well, and were assured we would have a crib/pack-n-play in our room. However, it was not there when we arrived. We continued to inquire throughout the afternoon, and finally after the ship had sailed and multiple trips to the guest services desk we were informed that they didn't have enough cribs on the boat and we would not have one the first night. Consequently, our child had to sleep on the floor on some sheets. The guest services manager offered us a very small compensation which did not begin to compensate us for the fact that we had paid full fare for our dauther and expected a bed for her, we worried all evening, had to spend time at guest relations, and miss most of dinner to deal with this. We were also disappointed that small children are not allowed in the pool. Swimming is one of the few activities we were looking forward to with our daughter. Instead we had to leave the ship and pay an expensive fee at a hotel in Nassau in order to be able to swim.The food was okay but not great. The ship is starting to show its age despite having been renovated. Overall, I am not inclined to take a cruise again, but if I did it would be on one of the newer ships with larger cabins that offer balconies. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
We left from Minneapolis to go to Miami the day before. I'd recommend getting a room in South Beach or somehwere fun. We were located near the airport and many shops were closed on Sunday. It wasn't a very interesting part of ... Read More
We left from Minneapolis to go to Miami the day before. I'd recommend getting a room in South Beach or somehwere fun. We were located near the airport and many shops were closed on Sunday. It wasn't a very interesting part of town.We arrived at the port around noon on Monday, and the check in process was really fast and simple. We went to the Windjammer to get food and weren't much impressed with the taste of some of it--but the selection made up for it. The ship itself was nice enough. I know it was a little older, so it didn't feel super lush or luxurious, but there was a lot of space, it wasn't crowded. We LOVED going to the deck outside the Boleros lounge to share a cigar or walk the deck. It was quiet and beautiful on that deck. The pool deck was nice, we preferred the upper deck as it was quiet and you could look out over the ocean. If you get the soda package, the cup you get is handy really only on the pool deck, as you can refill your own cup. Otherwise, don't worry about carrying it around, they'll just bring you a glass. Also note, if you enjoy grenadine in your soda it's still no extra charge as a roy rogers. That was nice. We quickly learned our way around, the public areas were very clean. The bars had a nice feel to them, relaxing and enjoyable. We especially enjoyed Paul at the Spectrum and Dave at Boleros on our cruise, they were fun bartenders to talk with and gave great service. The cabin was actually a lot bigger than we expected. We were in 5005 way down on an end, and in a side-to-side hallway, which meant it was quiet. We got the "get what you get" interior room, and learned we'd never care much to get a window or balcony for the time we were in the room, it was just perfect for us. Our cabin attendant was Johnson Cassanova, and he was so friendly and kind. Every time we left our room we'd return to it nicely made up, and we love the towel animals--so cute!We took a salsa dance class and it was SO fun! There were tons of people but unfortunately after the band took a break everyone left and we never again saw boleros with a crowd of people. Such a shame! The band was great, they took requests, and they were fantastic. Too bad my DH and I are not dancers, we could have had the whole club to ourselves. Bingo was quite expensive, and electronic. We left without playing. We did love the penny slots whenever we had time to spare. A lot of the evening activities didn't give an end time, so it was hard to know if you could attend as a late-seating guest. The other activities were always started already before our dinner was done. I would probably choose the 8:30 seating again though, at 4 my DH would take a walk for an hour and I'd take a nap and we could take our time getting ready for the late night. Props to Dave the cruise director. Super funny with a crowd but not so much on mornings with Dave, which we affectionately renamed "drinking in the morning with Dave" because he was always peddaling the drink of the day. We did enjoy the juggler, the comedian, all the live music and the love and marriage show. For the price, this cruise was really awesome. We're not normally drinkers, but our bar tab usually came out at 6-9 dollars for mixed drinks and 5 for a beer with a tip. The shops were overpriced, of course. I was disappointed that the "general store" that had toiletries and contacts cases, etc was only open late at night so try to figure out the first night if you forgot anything important.The dining was excellent! The menu was great, the food was fantastic and the service was great, although at times it seemed slow. I loved the dining experience, and we had great table mates. We didn't do any "excursions" really. Coco Cay was fantastic and relaxing. We did rent a floaty mat to share and then purchased a $6 pair of goggles to use to take some underwater photos of fish instead of renting the whole scuba package. We thought Senor Frogs was off the wall, Nassau was pushy and crowded (but fun to experience once) and Key West had a lot of history but was really just a huge assortment of bars. We'll choose something with more beach days next time.The final tip I have is if you pay cash for your sea pass card, wait a few hours after purchasing anything before cashing out your balance. We waited 30 minutes or so. Then when we went to get off the boat, they made me go to guest relations and stand in line with 40 other people (only two staff people assisting them). The line was over a half an hour wait only to find out that they manually post tips, so when we rounded up our drink bill, we ended up with $1.38 owed. I was furious that a week's worth of excellent service was really damaged by this rediculous time-wasting move to force me to pay my $1.38 optional tip.Next time we'll pack more shirts, less pants, less shoes. We'll pick more beach days that fit our personalities better, and take dance lessons before we go. If we bring our kids we won't go on Royal Carribean--maybe Disney. This boat did not look like it would be fun for little kids--or people who don't drink much or are more conservative. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Here's my short version: This cruise is for people who like to have fun, enjoy sun and sand, and aren't expecting world class cuisine at every single meal. You will, however, have wonderful staff who will do their best to make ... Read More
Here's my short version: This cruise is for people who like to have fun, enjoy sun and sand, and aren't expecting world class cuisine at every single meal. You will, however, have wonderful staff who will do their best to make sure you have an enjoyable experience. Read on for more details......This cruise was intended to be a last hurrah before beginning my master's degree. I sailed with my boyfriend who was a first time cruiser. I have only sailed one other cruise before and it was with Cunard. Because I had been on one of the classiest ships in the world, I wasn't sure what to expect and was afraid that the bar had been set too high. I went back and forth between whether to go with the more affordable carnival or with the more recommended Royal Caribbean. I was NOT disappointed. Royal Caribbean was FANTASTIC!Transfers: We booked our flight with Southwest into Ft. Lauderdale. We booked our transfers through RC and I'm glad we did. From the baggage area, we were greeted by happy RC employees. The transfer was seamless to the port. The bus driver handled all of the loading and unloading of the luggage.Embarkation: When we arrived at the port from our transfer, the line was LONG. Having our travel documents already filled out and ready to go made our process faster but the line was still very long. Through reading other reviews, I knew that we would be served buffet lunch upon arrival but had read about the very long lines. We did not have this experience. We found the buffet easy to get to with plenty of seating. Stateroom: We were in an unobstructed ocean view room on deck 5 with a "picture window." We had a queen size bed that was pushed up to the wall on one side and had very little room to walk on the other. Please understand, although the room and bathroom were small, it was clean, so by no means am I complaining. The fact of the matter is that we were really only in our room to sleep and shower so although it was cramped quarters, it served it's purpose. Our room had it's own temperature control which was nice. The room is equipped with a vanity area, hairdryer, safe, shampoo, and two bars of soap. Our room attendant, Alex, was WONDERFUL! At one point we needed a pair of scissors and he happened to be in the hallway. Even though we had requested that he come in and help us, he still stood in the doorway and asked if he could come in. So polite, so helpful and willing to do what he can to help. The towel animals were so cute. I was worried about noise but honestly, we didn't hear a thing!!!Entertainment: The singers and dancers were typical cruise ship singers and dancers. They weren't the worst in the world but it certainly wasn't like seeing a broadway show. We only saw one show with them. I was glad we did but didn't have any real desire to see them a second time. The second evening the entertainment was a juggling comedian. He was very funny and I'm glad we went to see him. We went to several events in public rooms such as the "Love and Marriage" game show, "Battle of the Sexes" and "Majority rules" which were all very funny and entertaining. We also participated in "The Quest" which is an adult scavenger hunt. By far this was the most hysterical game. We LOVED it. We also saw the adults only comedian who was funny. Participated in some trivia games, which we won! Woo hoo!Casino: I liked that there was a smoking section and a nonsmoking section of the casino. We aren't smokers so not being surrounded by a plume of smoke was nice. If a table is empty, the dealers will teach you the game. Again, the staff are so eager to please and be helpful. Pool area and bars: The pool is also on deck 11 at the aft end of the ship. I found it to always be clean and towels were always available. I was worried about quantity of lounge chairs but there are plenty!!! Bar service throughout the ship was not lacking. There were plenty of waiters who were prompt with drinks. I found the drinks to be reasonably priced. It was no more expensive than if you were drinking at a football or baseball stadium.Food: We ate dinner every night in the dining room. Without a doubt, the service makes up for any shortcomings of the food. I thought that the variety was nice and the portions were ample. (not the type of size like in restaurants nowadays when you take half of your entree home) I can not say enough about the dining room staff. Our waiter, Romeo and assistant waiter, Roche were so wonderful! After the first night, they knew us by name, knew what we liked to drink, and had good recommendations for dinner. Every night after dessert, Romeo showed us some sort of magic trick. (which i thought was above and beyond) The second to last night, the entire wait staff did a dance and the last night, they all sang. It was truly entertaining. Food in the windjammer (their casual buffet area) is on deck 11 at the forward end of the ship. We ate there only for breakfast as lunch was always out at a port of call. I found that there was plenty of variety but that it was typical buffet food. My favorite part of breakfast was the omelet bar where you have a custom made omelet.Spa: We booked a couples massage which was absolutely wonderful. The therapist, names Mikaela was wonderful! She listened to what it was that I wanted and needed and delivered it well. Truly a relaxing and enjoyable experience. They did try to sell products and more services at the end but it was totally obnoxious.Ports and Excursions: Please understand that we did not pick this cruise for the ports but simply to relax, have fun, and get some sun and sand. We achieved what we wanted to. The three ports were Nassau (which I had been to before and knew only to expect one nice street), Cococay, and Key West. We did not book any excursions through RC or on our own. We're adventurous types and know how to make our own fun. We had to tender to Cococay but I found it a pleasant experience. If you don't like sand, sun and water activities, you will not enjoy Cococay. There's plenty to do between snorkeling, parasailing, jet skiing, kayaking, and an area with a floating trampoline and other playground type of activities on the water. The food was mediocre. The waiters served a delicious frozen adult beverage called "Cocolocos." If you're a fan of frozen fruity drinks, it will not disappoint. We were served a buffet lunch with hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, ribs and various sides. There was ample picnic area as well as beach lounge chairs. Even though I knew that I was sharing the island with 2500 other people, it did not feel crowded at all. The water was beautiful and it was a pretty awesome experience to be lounging on my floating raft and see a sting ray swim under me. We only had 7 hours in Key West. I would have liked to have had more time to explore there but it was still an enjoyable day.Every time we got off this ship at the ports, there were no lines and getting on and off was easy. There are cruise ship photographers at every port of call so there are plenty opportunities for professional pictures. The photographers also went around every night at dinner to take pictures and could be found with backdrops on the formal night.Disembarkation: I found the process to be simple. It's really just a matter of following directions. From the time we were called to get off the ship to the time we had gathered our luggage and were through customs was a matter of 40 minutes which I found to be easy and reasonable. Again, we had a transfer to Ft. Lauderdale which was seamless again.I recommend paying for as much as you can before you get on the ship. It makes life much easier. We did prepaid gratuities, booked a massage, and bought drink packages before ever getting on the ship. It was so nice to have so little to worry about!So, if you've read all I've written so far, hopefully you found it informative and helpful. Again, in summary, this ship is for fun people, not fuddy duddies!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
We are a family of four, first time cruisers, the wife and I and two daughters (18-15) arrived into Miami Airport the am of the cruise at 1020 from ATL, no delays no problems. I decided to take a cab and paid the $24 to get to the port ... Read More
We are a family of four, first time cruisers, the wife and I and two daughters (18-15) arrived into Miami Airport the am of the cruise at 1020 from ATL, no delays no problems. I decided to take a cab and paid the $24 to get to the port rather than book a transfer, a whole lot cheaper, also. We were afraid of waiting at the port since we arrived so early but it went really easy and quick. We arrived and were onboard the ship when they opened the boarding gate at 1130 am. Quick easy process with the online checkin and port pass. Listening to all the earlier reviews we ate at the Windjammer and had our packpacks with bathing suites and chilled at the pool after touring the ship from bow to stern and up and down. Our rooms were ready by 1:00pm and we had our checked bags show about 2:30pm. Stateroom: We had two rooms with oceanview on the 4th deck/floor that were small but had everything we needed. Clean showers and plenty of closet space for the wife and I. We brought the recommended power strip for multiple camera's, cell phones, and ipods as there is only one outlet in the room. We had the beds together to make a queen in our room and the girls kept them seperate. We also brought along a shoe rack to hang on the bathroom door for extra items. Ship Info: Older ship but was very clean and staff was friendly. Agree with all the other reviews but didn;t have any other ship to compare it to. The wife thought it was plenty big but I was looking for something bigger so I may go with the Allure or Oasis. Dining: Excellent food in both the main dining room and at the buffet the "Windjammer". PEOPLE WHO COMPLAIN SHOULD HAVE THEIR HEAD EXAMINED. Disclaimer: I am in the military and have been deployed overseas several times and the onboard food was way better than some of the stuff I have eaten in the past. Entertainment: On board activities were plentiful and the shows were entertaining and great fun. The Comedian and the magician shows were great. Service: Not one complaint about the service or staff, especially dining staff was great. Port & Shore Excursions: We did not book any shore excursions through the ship but rather online through tripadvisor's #1 activity in Nassau a Segway tour that was fun and well worth the price, the girls loved it. Other than that WE LOVE COCCOCAY and was in relax mode the whole time, in Key West we walked around and ended up rented bicycles for the day and visiting all the sites and museums. Disembarkation: We had a 8:45am debarkation and was off the ship and at the airport all by 9:45am. That's right we were able to get off the ship reclaim our bags, go through customs, get a cab and at the ticket counter all in one hour. I originally had a 1:30pm flight I moved up to an earlier one. Summary: GREAT first cruise would recommend it to anyone but now I'm excited about the next one on a bigger ship and the wife and kids have pasted the "we get seasick" test by NOT getting seasick. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
My wife and I took Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas 4 night Bahamian cruise on 4/25/11 from Miami. This was our first cruise and we honestly didn't know what to expect. We had a free flight on Southwest so we flew from ... Read More
My wife and I took Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas 4 night Bahamian cruise on 4/25/11 from Miami. This was our first cruise and we honestly didn't know what to expect. We had a free flight on Southwest so we flew from Chicago to Ft. Lauderdale in the morning. We had booked our transfers with Royal Caribbean and we had no issues with the trip from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami. However, it did seem like the drive from the airport to the port took forever. I would recommend flying into Miami if your ship leaves from there. The boarding process wasn't too awful. We waited about 15 minutes before getting to the check-in desk. The process was smooth, but the gentleman working our counter did not give us a Cruise Compass or a map of the ship. I noticed that people who had gone to other counters received these. It would have been nice reading while waiting in line to get on the ship. After we got on we went to our cabin #2069. The cabin is an interior cabin and it was very tiny. We had the beds pushed together and they were pushed up against one of the walls. I drew the short straw and slept on the wall side. It was rather difficult to get out of the bed while my wife was still sleeping. The bathroom was very tiny, to the point where I would think a larger person would have some difficulty maneuvering. There was a closet that provided enough room for us to hang our clothes and we shoved the suitcases under the bed. There were a few bottles of water that we could purchase on the counter. We should have had our stateroom remove them because they ate up valuable space. The bed was very comfortable. We never noticed any exterior noise while we were in the cabin and we never felt any unexpected motion from the seas. After checking out our cabin we went up to the Windjammer for lunch. The food was good but not great. We purchased the Coke package and felt rather encumbered by having to carry around the jumbo thermos-type bottles with us. I don't know if the Coke package was necessary for me, but my wife has a Diet Coke addiction so she made the most of it. We explored the ship a bit before we left port and had a cocktail in the Viking Crown Lounge. There were several spots in the floor that seemed like if you put your foot in the wrong spot you would go crashing down to the deck below. The views were great and the cocktails were good. We had the mandatory muster drill, which wasn't any fun, but it was fairly short, only about fifteen minutes to a half-hour. We then went to the shopping informational program in the Chorus Line Lounge. My wife spent the $30 for the coupon book. We eventually used a few of the coupons so we got at least what we spent back in savings. I'm not much of a shopper so I wish my wife hadn't bought the book and then dragged me to every jewelry store in Nassau to get her free gemstone. We had chosen to do the My Time Dining so we went and got changed for dinner and then headed to our assigned dining room, the Starlight on Deck 4. We were told that there weren't any two-seat tables available and we were asked if we wouldn't mind a four person table and eating with others if needed. We said we didn't and we were seated right away. A few minutes later we were joined by another couple. This is when I realized the dining room dress code is not enforced. The man that ate with use was wearing shorts, a t-shirt, flip-flops, and a baseball cap. The couple was about our age (late 20's, early 30's) and we still keep in touch with them. The food was fantastic. I don't recall what we ate since I'm writing this about five months after our cruise. The service was even better than the food. Our waiter was Inoman and he was great. My wife and I bought the 5 bottle wine package and it was definitely worth it even though we went with the low-end package. We really don't drink white wines so we stuck with Cabernets and Malbecs. Every bottle that we had was very good. Being our first night on our first cruise, we didn't know that we could order more than one appetizer, entree, and dessert per person. More on this in a bit. After dinner we explored a bit more and went into the shops since they were now open. There really is nothing special to report about the shops -â€" overpriced souvenirs, miscellaneous toiletries, and a poor selection of books and magazines. However, if you need jumbo cartons of cigarettes and gigantic bottles of booze you're in luck. We walked through the casino a bit and made friends with the bartender there since it is one of the few places you could smoke inside. We spent the rest of the evening exploring and hanging outside on the deck. Since we had a long day we called it a relatively early night. When we woke up the next morning we were just arriving in Key West. My wife had been there in high school, but it was my first time. We had breakfast in the Windjammer and, again, it was good, but not great. We then got off the ship and walked around Key West. My biggest complaint with the cruise is the timing of the port calls. We got to Key West at 7AM. For those of you who know nothing about Key West, it is a night town. There was literally nothing open when we arrived in port. We walked down Duval Street and the stench of the alcohol from the night prior was pretty foul. We made our way down to the Southern-most point and took some pictures and then we headed to the Key West Butterfly Conservatory. We had a 2 for 1 admission coupon from the coupon book my wife bought. This was one of the highlights of our trip. We both loved it. Well worth the time and the admission fee. Do not spend the extra money to do this as an excursion from your cruise line. The walk isn't bad if you're in decent shape and have gym shoes on. We then headed back up Duval Street, did some shopping, and stopped at the Hog's Breath Saloon for key lime pie and fried conch. The conch was very good, the pie was nothing special, and the service stunk. We then walked back to the ship and got ready to head to Nassau. Our time in Key West was from 7AM to 2PM. I noticed that Royal Caribbean has changed the order of this cruise for 2012. Key West is now the last stop instead of the first and the port time is 10AM to 6PM. This seems like it would be much better than our time frame there. After the amount of walking we did we were ready for the pool, a lounge chair, and lots of adult beverages. The Long Island Ice Teas from the pool bar were basically pure booze. Well worth the $8. We found a couple of chairs and read, swam, and drank the rest of the afternoon. This was the formal night in the dining room and my wife and I dressed the part. I do not recall seeing any tuxedos on the men or evening gowns on the women. Most men were in suits and the ladies in dresses. Some men went with slacks, a shirt, and tie. Again, Royal Caribbean really didn't enforce the dress code. This is where we found out that we could order more than one of each course. We had the same server and he basically brought us one of everything on the menu. We noticed that the couple next to us had even gotten a plate of French fries. Of course, we ordered a plate for ourselves. We absolutely gorged ourselves. The next day we had breakfast in the dining room which was much better than the Windjammer breakfast. We then went up to the pool deck for the cruise into Nassau. We arrived in Nassau and my wife hit up every jewelry store for the free thing from the coupon book. We then took the ferry / water taxi to Atlantis. We explored Atlantis for a while, but unless you're willing to spend several hundred dollars for a shore excursion to allow you access to the actual resort there is no point in going except to gamble. We took a cab back to the port area and then walked over to the open air market. This was a unique experience for both of us. We then headed back to the ship around 4PM. We were docked from noon until midnight. My wife and I thought this was far too long, but there were folks still returning to the ship right before departure. Another evening in the dining room and another fantastic experience with loads of food and great service from Inoman. We then went to the casino and they had a James Bond trivia contest. I answered a question correctly and got $50 to bet on red or black for one spin of the roulette wheel. I lost but the cruise director then gave me $75 to bet on red or black again. This time I guessed correctly and left with $150 extra in my pocket. We met back up with the couple we ate with on the first night and the couple that they had come with and we spent the night in the various bars having beverages. Our final day was spent in CocoCay. We got on one of the first tender ships and headed to the island. We rented the snorkeling equipment and the floating mats and found a couple of lounge chairs near the snorkeling area. My wife loved the snorkeling. Me, not so much. I'm not the strongest swimmer and I couldn't get the snorkel to form a tight seal with my mouth so breathing was a challenge. We took a break from snorkeling and basically walked around the entire island. The water park looked like fun but we didn't partake. The beach BBQ lunch was good. The menu was burgers, chicken, hot dogs and the like. The biggest problem was the crowd. It was very difficult to find a spot at the picnic tables. That night we asked if we could dine with the two other couples we had met on the cruise. The head waiter gave us a time that he would have a table ready for the six of us. We were disappointed to learn that we wouldn't be in Inoman's section, so we asked the head waiter if Inoman could serve us. He was more than happy to honor our request and Inoman literally brought us two of everything on the menu that night, plus another plate of French fries. The rest of the cruise back to Miami was great. We hit the Schooner Bar and the singer/guitar player was great. Lots of Beatles songs which I loved. We never did make it to any of the shows. We really just relaxed, chatted, swam, and enjoyed adult beverages for the majority of our cruise. Getting off the ship took a fair amount of time. We were assigned to wait in Boleros for our time to debark and it seemed like we were in there for about an hour and a half. Once we got off, we waited about a half-hour for our bags at the baggage claim area. No troubles with the ride back to the Ft. Lauderdale airport. We did make a mistake in that we scheduled a 6:30PM flight home so we had to kill about 6 hours in the airport. All in all, I think this is a great cruise for first time cruisers. It is also a good couples cruise. There are some children's activities, but there aren't nearly as many things for kids to do as on other ships. As a result, there weren't too many kids on board which was nice. I do regret not getting to the shows, but my wife and I needed a relaxing vacation where we didn't have to rush to get to anything. I am not sure if I will go on this specific cruise again because the new schedule spends 16 hours in Nassau and that is far too long. I preferred being at sea to being in port. However, this ship does a 3 night cruise that eliminates Key West and spends only half a day in Nassau. I'm thinking about that for my wife's 30th birthday in a few years. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Our overall experience was fun and relaxing. We had spent the previous 3 days at the Sony-Ericsson Tennis Tournament in Miami. Arriving at the dock was a short cab ride and boarding was surprisingly easy. Read the suggestions from the ... Read More
Our overall experience was fun and relaxing. We had spent the previous 3 days at the Sony-Ericsson Tennis Tournament in Miami. Arriving at the dock was a short cab ride and boarding was surprisingly easy. Read the suggestions from the Royal Caribbean website and follow the directions. We checked 3 suitcases at the curb, but made sure we kept our passports, a duffle bag (with toiletries and clothes) and a backpack (with books, sunglasses, and electronics...flip camera, digital camera, i-pods). It probably took 15 minutes to check in and board. We entered on Level 4 where it was loud and a little chaotic. We decided to go search for our room on Deck 2. Although it was small (2 twin beds w/ 2 pull downs) it was very clean......this from a mom who worried about bedbugs and brought a small tub of disinfecting wipes. That said, the bathroom was very small with little counter space. The phrase airplane-like bathroom immediately came to mind. The safe in the closet was a pleasant surprise though!As for the food it varied. Our first concern was my son's peanut/nut allergy. He had no problem. We just made sure to ask and were extra cautious with baked items. Chocolate soft-serve ice cream was his favorite food......he must have had 12 over the course of the trip. :) The breakfast buffet was crowded and a little confusing at first, but the food was okay. We liked the made-to-order omelets and real bacon. (yeah, at home I buy turkey bacon.)The lunch buffet seemed more cafeteria-like in its selections, but we did like the tilapia and mango-infused water. Desserts were good too. Later we ate lunch in the deli area up on the 12th level. (They have good grilled cuban sandwiches and fair pizza.)Dinner in the main dining room was excellent! Really good food and WONDERFUL service. (Devendra was fantastic!) Eating at the same table with the same servers made it a warm experience. We all admitted we were a little sad to say good-bye after our last dinner. Some of the good items I remember are: the onion tart, the duck, the lamb, the mahi-mahi, the chocolate souffle, and the key lime pie. The only meals we ate off the ship were a lunch on Key West (after our stand-up paddling) and a bbq lunch on CoCo Cay provided by the cruise. Our stateroom was small for 4 people, but we expected it because we had looked at it online. We considered it a kind of 'camping' trip for us. We are all active people and although it was a bit cramped, we were comfortable. The temperature was easily controlled and the beds were fine. As mentioned earlier the safe was a good thing.Our attendant was good at changing out wet/used towels and preparing the beds. Absolutely no complaints.As for noise we were very surprised at how quiet it was during the night. As my ex-consultant husband said, it was quieter than most of the hotels he's stayed at. Perhaps we were just lucky.......our hallway only had a few rooms.The onboard activities catered to lots of different groups. We did not participate in most of them......no casino, no bars/lounges, no belly flop/sexiest man contests or bingo for us. We did attend 3 of the shows.........two were of a musical/dance variety and one was a magician/comedian. I truly believe your level of enjoyment is directly related to your attitude. Needless to say, we had fun. We are a family that likes to read and enjoy the warm, fresh air. (We came from the cold Chicago area.) So when we weren't exploring at our 3 destinations, we relaxed by the pool and read most of the time.I just want to add here that one of the more enjoyable aspects of this particular cruise was the make-up of the passengers. There were families, singles, young couples, older couples....a great mix of ages. I wouldn't have wanted to be on a ship with mostly adults, because of my kids. And I wouldn't have wanted to be on a Disney-type cruise with mostly young kids running around. I don't know if it's always like this or if it was like this because of the time of year........you know, Spring Break for many. I just know it worked for us.As for excursions we really liked the stand-up paddling I found online in Key West. We were picked up at 9am and driven a short distance to some canals where we did stand-up paddling through the mangroves. Our guide, Rachel pointed out/picked up marine life and explained things to us. We were driven back to the ship area around noon where we ate and then walked around and shopped for a while before getting back onboard. In Nassau we basically walked around and did our souvenir shopping. We did not go to the Atlantis, because frankly, we didn't think it would be worth the money. We have gone to Hawaii several times and stayed at nice resorts and didn't have any desire to go that route. In CoCo Cay we got up early, so we could eat and take one of the earlier tenders over to the island for snorkeling. The water was beautiful and we thought the snorkeling was great. Overall, we had a great time as a family. The trip was a good length (4 nights, 3 days). The service was great. The accommodations more than acceptable. The food was good with the dinners exceeding expectations. I would not hesitate to go on another cruise, based upon this experience. Lastly, getting off the ship and through customs took a little longer.....perhaps a half an hour. But since our return flight wasn't scheduled until late afternoon it wasn't a big deal. The most difficult part of the cruise would have to be packing on the last night. I didn't know that the luggage would have to be packed and tagged and placed outside our room before midnight. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
One thing we did that was really stupid (at the time was a great idea). We were suppose to leave on Sunday and drive to Ft. Lauderdale and spend the night for a short ride on Monday morning. Well, about 10pm Sat night we decide to hit the ... Read More
One thing we did that was really stupid (at the time was a great idea). We were suppose to leave on Sunday and drive to Ft. Lauderdale and spend the night for a short ride on Monday morning. Well, about 10pm Sat night we decide to hit the road. 4 hours later in Ocala, Fl. We found a room ($100.00) and slept til about 8, got a "free" breakfast compliments of the Hilton and hit the interstate on to Ft. Lauderdale. (original destination for Sunday). So we wasted a good nights rest at home and a hundred dollars. Oh well, we will not do that again,(maybe).Had a good time in Ft. Lauderdale visiting the beach area and shops. It was "spring break" there and was crowded but nice.Our plan was to get passports in Miami on Monday morning (10am appointment). We found the passport office and made our appointment, no one said we would have a 5 hour wait so we ditched that idea and headed for parking. (this is another story). We will use port parking from now on.Arrived at Miami port around 11:00 am and made our way to the waiting area to board Majesty. About 30 minutes later we were ON BOARD. Thanks to some great information on this forum we knew to arrive at 11 and we also knew to head for the Windjammer and found some really good food (in our opinion) as I know some will have a different point of view. After lunch we started our tour of the SHIP, (DW says it is a big Damn boat) and that is saying it nicely.(LOL)As everything on board runs on schedule we were allowed to go to our stateroom at 1pm. We were expecting a tiny room from what we read on here but was surprised that it was roomier than we expected. Not big but nice enough for the two of us and was very clean,(we have a camper that we use quite often so I guess that helps by not expecting too big of a room). The bathroom (shower) was adequate and the great pressure and hot water made it nice. We found the "compass" (again thanks for info from CC) and decided our schedule for the afternoon. Monday afternoon we joined the sail away party, ate a lot at the WJ and attended the Welcome aboard show and settled in for an early morning visit to Key West.Tuesday morning we were up early and ate breakfast in MDR and visited Key West, we walked to the "southernmost point" and visited some of the shops on Duval St. and back to the Majesty for the belly flop contest which was a lot of fun to watch. We ate lunch in the Compass Deli and dinner in the WJ, both have very good food. The "crepes" in the Compass Deli are the best. The staff in all locations were exceptional. We attended two shows Tuesday night, comedian and karaoke and both were fun.Wednesday we walked to Atlantis (do not try this, very tiring) and visited the marina and casino which are elegant (the photo of Atlantis from bridge we walked over was worth the walk). Took a taxi back to the ship as we were not impressed with Nassau, Senor Frogs or the straw market. The ship is much more relaxing and enjoyable.Thursday was a great day on Coco Cay, this is a highlight of the cruise,(not that the ship is not amazing). Coco Cay is a small private island owned by RCI. The island is well maintained and has plenty to do. We walked around to see parts of the island that we read about here on CC, very private and quite on the back side. We decided to head back to main area where everyone else was and enjoyed a relaxing day laying around and having a few Coco Locos. We ate lunch in a shaded picnic area, sharing a table with some nice people and just getting to know about others experiences. We met a couple that have been on many RCI cruises and heard some great stories. Back to the boat that ferries you to the ship (Coco Cay does not have a dock). The ride is not long and was handled efficiently.We ate dinner in the WJ and read the Cruise Compass to make sure we knew what times the shows started we were going to attend.We really enjoyed most of the entertainment on the ship. The comedian was good,the musicals were OK (DW liked those, so you know I had to go),I enjoyed the magician, Love and Marriage show is a must see and the Quest is a hoot. We visited the casino several times during our cruise with no success. We played BINGO and enjoyed the fun of trying to win a cruise. We did win at BINGO, just not a cruise.We decided to self disembark so did not have to pack early in order to set our luggage out in the hall for pick up.Seems everyone on the ship had the same idea as we were in a line that went through the MDR and down two floors. Once the line started moving we did progress quickly.I think we were in line about 7:15 and were off the ship by 8.This was when we knew our choice of parking was not good. We had to call the independent parking company 3 times to make arrangements for our ride back to the parking area. Finally on the road home around 9:30. If we would have used port parking it would have cost $45 more but we would have not had the hassle of calling and waiting and would have been on the road by 8:15. Although this wound up being a trying time it did not ruin our GREAT and wonderful cruise on Majesty of the Seas.We are already booked on Monarch the end of May and probably will catch Majesty again in April 2012. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
This was our 1st cruise and we were afraid of not liking the lifestyle, we loved it !!! We are totally cruise people now. We had a great time on the Majesty of the Seas, the staff was really friendly and helpful all the time. Our ... Read More
This was our 1st cruise and we were afraid of not liking the lifestyle, we loved it !!! We are totally cruise people now. We had a great time on the Majesty of the Seas, the staff was really friendly and helpful all the time. Our stateroom was small but very clean and comfortable. The food in general was really good and I was amazed that it was never crowded anywhere but the cruise was at full capacity. There was stuff to do at any time of the day and night, shows, dances, live music, bingo, games, competitions, quiet places to be alone and in our stateroom we could barely hear any noises. I would say that the only bad thing is that the AC was really cold at the common areas, it's a summer vacation you are not supposed to feel cold on the cruise!! Prices for drinks were fair enough, cheaper than any other place we have vacationed. We visited key west and Nassau, couldn't make it to Cococay cause the bad weather. Nevertheless we bought a day pass for the Atlantic in Nassau and we had a great time enjoying the aquarium, the beaches, pools and water games. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Let me preface this by stating that this was my first cruise, but that my friend has cruised once before on Norwegian. I read quite a bit on Cruise Critic as we were considering 3 day cruises and Carnival Imagination, Majesty & ... Read More
Let me preface this by stating that this was my first cruise, but that my friend has cruised once before on Norwegian. I read quite a bit on Cruise Critic as we were considering 3 day cruises and Carnival Imagination, Majesty & Norwegian Sky were all similarly priced. We ultimately decided on Majesty because of the decent overall reviews and itinerary. Overall I'd say we enjoyed our cruise and had a lot of fun, especially considering the price we paid - $159 for an oceanview (porthole) stateroom. However, there were some definite drawbacks to our cruise which slightly soured our experience. On the whole, we'd definitely cruise again but only on the Majesty if the price was right. We flew in from Boston the day of, took an SAS shuttle from FLL to the port for $15 each - not a bad price. We arrived at the port at about 2 PM for a 5 PM departure, so we had plenty of time. We gave our bags to the porter and made our way onboard. Embarkation: This actually took quite a while, about 20-25 minutes or so, longer than I thought it'd take. The check-in staff was professional but not especially friendly. After making our way onboard, we dropped our stuff off in our cabin, which I thought was decent looking. I had read a lot of the reviews which griped about the tiny cabins, and while our cabin was small I thought there was plenty of room to move around. We had a small porthole which was nice but functionally useless. We also met our stateroom attendant, Keisha, who was awesome and super friendly (more on this later). After dropping our belongings off, we made our way to the Windjammer for the welcome aboard buffet. This was our first disappointment: the food was bland and ordinary, bordering in some instances to gross. Amenities: Here is another pretty big gripe. Although the Majesty has two pools, one of the pools was closed for two of the three days of our cruise. This was a big disappointment because the remaining pool was always packed, e.g. with tons of kids everywhere. We felt at times that we could not use the pool because it was so crowded. No explanation was offered for the closed pool. There are also far too few jacuzzis (whirlpools) - only two for the entire ship. We were only able to use the whirlpools twice (briefly) because they were always packed. The ship definitely needs more whirlpools for the amount of passengers it carries - around 2,700 or so. We thought the other public spaces were nice, nothing really to complain about. I'm not sure what the Majesty looked like before but the renovation $$$ were put to good use. The public rooms did not feel dated (other than maybe the theater and casinos which were small and looked like they were out of the 70s). We really enjoyed the Schooner lounge (piano bar) as it hosted some decent musicians. Boleros and Spectrum were nice too but we didn't go there as much - we found they were pretty much empty unless there was a scheduled activity. Entertainment/Activities: The cruise director and his staff were OK. I'm not a huge fan of the line dancing, but we had fun nonetheless. We actually participated in the belly flop and quest competitions (more on this one later), as well as in battle of the sexes, and karaoke. These activities were generally fun. The production show (on the third night) was meh - somewhat better than a high school production, but honestly not by much. Steve Schaffer (sp?), the entertainer/comedian on the first and third nights was OK, definitely better on the second night than on the first. The highlight was the comedian/magician on the second night, whose name I forget but who had us in stitches. The cruise director participated in many of the activities, e.g. he was very involved and visible, but I didn't find that he was especially approachable. Rock climbing was really fun and I recommend this to anyone who can handle it. It's a good workout. Re: the quest competition. We both participated. I thought it was incredibly humiliating (as a participant), but probably really fun for observers. It would have been nice if they would have given us (participants) something, if even a keychain, since we were basically the show. Definitely go to this, but only participate if you can handle like being paraded around in your underwear wearing a bra and lipstick (for guys). Dining: We really enjoyed the Main Dining Room service for dinner. We thought the food was good (although hit and miss on occasion) and our waiter and assistant waiter were excellent, as was beverage service. Our big disappointment with dining was for the sit-down breakfast in the Starlight Dining Room on the second day - after waiting in line for 20 minutes, we still couldn't get seated because we were just a party of two and the entrance staff kept seating parties of four, even seating three families who came AFTER us. In fact, all the tables were for parties of four, so I'm not sure if we would ever have been seated. Finally I lost it and told them that they had better give us the next table, which they did but only begrudgingly, and even then they sat us unexpectedly with another party of two. The breakfast service was extremely slow and it took nearly an hour. I complained to the head waiter who was receptive and apologetic, and who followed up with us in the evening as well. He was very nice and seemed to care about our complaint, but didn't really do much in the way of resolving the situation besides apologizing (e.g., no onboard credit or free wine or anything like that). Still, an apology was nice and better than you can expect on any airline. After this incident, the head waiter told our main dining waiter to take extra special care of us, which I think he did pretty well. The food in the windjammer, unfortunately, did not improve - we had breakfast there on the third and fourth days (before debarkation) but were not impressed. The other venue we grabbed food at was Compass Deli, which was OK but nothing special. Room service was a nice touch but the food was not appetizing (e.g., hugh slices of bread with barely anything in between). Stateroom Attendant: She (Keisha) was simply phenomenal. She introduced herself to us on the first night, kept our room in a pristine condition, fulfilled all our requests promptly (e.g., more ice, more towels), and even made us an origami elephant and dog - I really liked this touch. She was SOOOOO friendly and we both loved her. I hope she gets a promotion. Ports of Call: We really enjoyed CocoCay. We went jetskiiing, which although pricey ($79 for driver and $29 for passenger), was the most fun we had the cruise and worth the money, at least for us. We spent a good 50 minutes out on the water. The jetskis don't have governors (or if so, the limit is pretty high) so you can hit some nice speeds and the waves are really fun. It's actually a bit of a struggle to hang out so I wouldn't recommend this to the elderly. The rest of the island was nice - again the food was not spectacular but we weren't expecting it to be. The alcohol was actually reasonably priced and I really enjoyed swimming. I wish the water slides had been free - it kind of felt like we were being nickel and dimed, which I don't mind when it comes to alcohol but things like water slides, e.g. basic entertainment that Carnival has on all its ships, should be free. We didn't enjoy Nassau as much. Even though it's much larger, it's just not as relaxing, aside from Atlantis it doesn't really seem like there's much to do. We're coming back in December on a Carnival 9 day cruise with a stop in Nassau, and we plan on booking the dolphin swim and water park then (but directly through Atlantis since it's about half the price). Unfortunately, on this cruise, we didn't want to pay the inflated prices. We did go to Senor Frogs which was a lot of fun - I recommend this venue for the younger party crowd. Debarkation: Was a nightmare. It felt like we were rushed all morning to get off the ship, and then it took us about an hour standing in line just to get off, with another hour to get through customs. Ugh. Low point of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
I cruised with Royal Caribbean on May 3, 2010 on Majesty of The Seas to Key West Florida, Nassau, Bahamas, and Coco Cay Bahamas. We left Sunday May 2nd, just in case we ran into any problems. We arrived on time in Miami, Florida. We slept ... Read More
I cruised with Royal Caribbean on May 3, 2010 on Majesty of The Seas to Key West Florida, Nassau, Bahamas, and Coco Cay Bahamas. We left Sunday May 2nd, just in case we ran into any problems. We arrived on time in Miami, Florida. We slept in the airport. It wasn't bad at all. We sat right next to the Royal Caribbean desk and stayed there all night. When the staff came in that next morning, that is when the wonderful, top notched service started. The representative greeted us and took our luggage off our hands. She told us to walk around and burn some time and she would watch our luggage. It was like a load off! About an hour or so later, two men showed up and took our checked baggage to the ship and approximately 15 minutes later, our charter bus came and whisked us away to our ship. Upon arrival we went into the terminal and went through security. We went from one step to another without any problems. All of the lines moved at a steady rate. Before we knew it, we were on the ship. Our state rooms would not be ready until 1:00 P.M. They had the buffet open in windjammers for us to eat, and once you ate, you are free to roam the ship. Everywhere except the state rooms. Promptly at 1 we were allowed to go to our rooms. The state rooms were small, but manageable. They give you closets and shelves to store all of our belongings. Now the bathroom only gives you enough room to do what you got to do and get out. It was about the size of a closet. Our luggage arrived to our floor at around 6pm. We unpacked and went to a 70's party that they held in the centrum. We had a ball. We danced and partied the night away. On day 2, We woke up and were in Key West. The view was beautiful. The only thing missing was a view of the beach. We found out that the beach was a 30 min drive. We didn't want to take the chance of not getting back to the ship in time or being double charged for a ride back to the ship, so we elected to just walk around the city to shop and sight see. We went down to the southernmost point of the US and took pictures. Then we just shopped around. We were there from 7 am till 230 pm. Well, it turned into 3 pm because we were missing two passengers. So we waited for 30 minutes and they still didn't show. The captain announced that he guessed that the passengers would be staying in Florida, because He couldn't wait any longer. As soon as He announced that we saw the (almost) stranded couple WALKING back to the ship. So anyway, We had another day full of activities and games and parties, all led by our cruise director, who was hilarious. He reminded me of Kirk Franklin. So the next day, We eat breakfast at the windjammer and play games. We arrived a Nassau, Bahamas at 12:54. Our captain took the time to let us know that he had gotten us there a full 6 minutes early, and he was proud of it. Now this view from deck 8 was spectacular. And we actually could see the beach. It was in walking distance. The view of Atlantis was nice too. I wish I would have known that we could have went to Atlantis and played on their private beach for free. But next Time I will take advantage. When you get off the ship in the Bahamas, you will have people trying to sell you everything. If you are not interested then just keep walking. We decided to go to the beach and spend the day there.  Any way, we found the beach pretty easily and the water is sooo pretty. Its clear, you can stand up and look down and see your feet. Keep an eye on your belongings while you play in the water. While no one messed with our stuff, we did notice a few suspects lingering around. One guy actually looked into someones bag!!! Our evening event was a visit to a local bar called Bahamas Joe's. It was packed full of people. It was fun and the drink was good. We got back on the ship and enjoyed more festivities. The next day we woke up in CoCoCay. The island was beautiful and secluded. In some places on the beach, you could walk out into the middle of the ocean and the water would only come up to your ankles!!! It looked like people were walking on the water. Put on plenty of sunblock, cause I got sunburned and I am African American. Who'd thought?!!! So the next day was disembarkation day, everything went smooth. We went straight to the gate with no problems. They ushered us to our bus and off to the airport we went. Now to fill in some gaps, The muster drill was pretty easy. They didn't make us wear life jackets for it, we just had to go to our muster station and stand against the wall. Some stations are outside, but ours was inside Boleros. The shows and games were pretty good. They had 2 musicals and 2 comedians that weren't bad. They also had 2 pool parties with buffets, games like QUEST, which was HILARIOUS!!! Don't miss that game for nothing! They had contests like the men's belly-flop contest and Mr. Hot-stuff. They had Bingo, the casino, karaoke, a game room... The list just goes on and on. The service was top notch. They waited on us hand and foot, fingers and toes. Their staff is very personable and nice. They make you feel like ROYALTY. I guess that's why its called Royal Caribbean!!! I will definitely sail with them again!! 10 stars!!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
This was my husband and my first cruise and we LOVED it! Yes she is an old ship but they were constantly doing maintenance and touching things up so she looked GREAT! So where to start..The inside stateroom (we were on deck 2)is the ... Read More
This was my husband and my first cruise and we LOVED it! Yes she is an old ship but they were constantly doing maintenance and touching things up so she looked GREAT! So where to start..The inside stateroom (we were on deck 2)is the obvious place because Yes(big shocker here) it was very small but the beds were comfy, there were good movies on, and we had a great room Stewart so it didn't matter. Danillo(the Stewart) was awesome he would even fold my PJ's(i left them on the bed) and place them nicely back on the bed.We so wanted to take him home (he definately got an extra tip). Now for my favorite subject....FOOD! I was not impressed with Windjammers but The main dining room made up for it for sure.Day 1: We ate lunch in the Windjammers when we got on the ship(11:00) it was OK but nothing I had to eat again. Dinner was in the Moonlight dining room on deck 3. Adnan was our waiter. We actually saw our head waiter every night also. I ordered the Vidalia Onion tart and it was SOOO GOOD really creamy. The Prime Rib which I ordered Medium and I felt was too pink but it still had a REAL good taste and would order it again. For desert I got the Marnier sponge cake which was very light and yummy. I think this was my favorite night for dinner. Oh and I was completely addicted to the triangle poppyseed bread!YUMMM. My husband got ceaser salad and pork medallions, veggie quesadilla and no desert He said both were alright.Day 2: Ate breakfast in windjammers it was ok but it got better for me when I discovered the omelet station. I ate lunch that day in Key west (conch fritters and key lime pie on a stick YUMM) and the husband was just going to eat at windjammers when we got back on the ship but it was closed already so he got Sorentos which he compared to Cici's pizza.Dinner was in the Main Dining room again where I got Escargot which was EXCELLENT! I got both the duck and the eggplant tower which were both good but not great. Desert was the marnier souffle which was very very good. The husband got Oxtail broth, sea bass, and duck with no desert. He Really enjoyed the sea bass.Day 3: breakfast at WJ, lunch at the compass deli(it was pretty good) and dinner in the dining room.There was salad served family style I got the ny strip (which had to be sent back once by me and another table mate) and wasn't great the second time, and for desert the banana desert(wasn't great but ok) the husband got Salmon, Calzone, and the brownie sandwich desert(which he liked). Day 4: Breakfast at WJ, lunch at Cococay(it was a decent buffet) dinner in MDR I got scallop risotto which i liked pretty well, lamb and tiger shrimp both were good and Tiramisu( I wasn't impressed with the Gelatin style cake) I like my tiramisu with real mascarpone. the Husband got Garlic soup, cod, lamb ,and warm chocolate cake. He liked everything ok but the cod which he says in his words "yucky". Ok enough of the food already right lol. The first night on the ship we went to the welcome abord show and saw the comedian Billy Garan but I think Ricky Mathews the cruise director was much funnier HE was awesome! Day 2: Key west: WOW...We really want to figure out how we can move to Key West. We took the Haunted Legends tour that was offered through Royal Caribbean and that was fun and worth the money we got spooked and heard some history of the island. I got a dollar off of key lime pie on a stick at the key lime pie factory because i did the Haunted tour. We walked to the Ripley's belive it or not museum ( I found $1.50 off per adult coupon online) We really didnt feel this was worth our time or money so I dont suggest it. I got some conch fritters after that and then we walked around and shopped. Got some Ice cream and headed to the Southernmost point for the photo op (which I blocked the SO with my body). We caught a pedicab to the Mallory Square mall then headed back to the ship. We headed back to the room briefly then found a shady spot and I found a Miami Vice on the pool deck and watched the belly flop competition before getting ready for dinner.It was formal night. I wore a floor length dress and my husband wore a dark suit but we noticed many people didnt even dress up. I didnt hardly notice anyone wearing a tuxedo or the ball gowns. After dinner we hit the casino for a few minutes( darn quarter machine is addicting) then called it a night even though it was the deck party and midnight buffet I was tired and wanted to watch The Blind Side. Day 3 this was Nassau day which I will cover in a bit. My husband decided to participate in the Basketball shootout in which he won the gold! WOOHOO. After that we decided to checkout our formal night pictures where he was mistaken for the belly flop champ..lol.We played BINGO and I was one away from $500. Then it was off to Nassau...ugh I dont think we would even bother to get off the ship next time. We found the people in the straw markets extremely rude. We also got tricked into "donating" to the handicap HINT: if someone puts a necklace on you to "welcome you to the island" its NOT free.We got a Taxi to Atlantis where we took pictures, put a few bucks in slots, and saw the free portion of the Aquarium before catching a taxi back to the ship. On the way back there were people knocking on the window of the taxi selling weed. We also watched a local get chicken winged into the jail by many police.After dinner we thought we would go in a group with our table mates to go back out since we were there till midnight only to find out all of downtown was closed by six! So we just went to see the Jeff Tavegia the Juggler which was better than Nassau anyway. Day 4:Cococay! People thought I was crazy when I said "I hope we dont miss Cococay" people who dont read CC dont even realize that they ever miss the island. It was so beautiful! We went straight to snorkeling which I would reccomend to everyone! It was AWESOME! Saw lots of fish and got some great underwater pics. We were glad we bought our camera at walmart and not for $20 at the island. I got really burnt because I didnt re-apply sunblock to my face after snorkling but after a couple CocoLocos I was feeling no pain!YUM. Disembarkation:we set out our luggage the night before and met in the Schooners bar and we ran behind20 minutes but we had plenty of time to get to the airport and catch our 12:00 flight. All in all this was a WONDERFUL vacation and we are ready to book again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
I just wanted to take a minute to let all the first time cruisers that there is nothing to worry about. This was my first cruise and let me tell you I can't wait to book another. I was really worried about motion sickness as I tend to ... Read More
I just wanted to take a minute to let all the first time cruisers that there is nothing to worry about. This was my first cruise and let me tell you I can't wait to book another. I was really worried about motion sickness as I tend to get that even in a car. I took the advice of others on this board and bought Bonine. My travel partner and I started our vacation driving on the Saturday (cruise left on the Monday) and each day starting on Saturday I took one Bonine pill. Once I was on the ship and we were sailing I think I probably could have gotten away without the meds but I figured why mess with a good thing. I was not drowsy at all which is a nice change from gravol. The service on the ship was excellent and I have no complaints. Yes the pool chairs are very tight together and that's kind of a pain but other than that I can't think of one bad thing to say. For the excursions......we went to Atlantis. I will not do this again nor would I recommend it. Yes the resort is nice, the beach is just a normal beach but even though they say you are gtd a chair..good luck finding one. We also tried to tour around the resort and found the map and signage very inadequate. As well the staff were less than helpful and borderline rude. And to top off that day, we had planned to check out the straw market in Nassau after dinner but everything was closed at 5 or 6. So we didn't see anything of Nassau other than Senor Frogs. But that isn't the ships fault .....that was our poor planning. Anyway, that's all I wanted to say. I'm looking at going again next year and think this will be my preferred type of vacation now. If you have any questions feel free to write and ask. Keri Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Background Information: we were first time cruisers on a girls getaway weekend! Hotel Info: stayed at the Intercontinental Miami pre-cruise and loved it! We had a special rate through a tour company. Would stay there again! Very close to ... Read More
Background Information: we were first time cruisers on a girls getaway weekend! Hotel Info: stayed at the Intercontinental Miami pre-cruise and loved it! We had a special rate through a tour company. Would stay there again! Very close to the port and shopping! We had an amazing harbour view room! Ship Info: Majesty of the Seas, Deck 4, Oceanview cabin. Activities: we thoroughly enjoyed various activities on the ship. Service: excellent! Everyone went out of their way to please us!! Port & Shore Excursions: we went snorkeling with stingrays in Nassau and thought it was very well run. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. Travel To Port of Embarkation: a quick taxi ride to the port from the hotel. Stateroom: Room was very small, but adequate for our needs. We were not in the room much anyway. Everything was clean and in good working condition. Most importantly my privacy was respected! Dining: the highlight of our trip! the food was wonderful! The staff were incredible to us!! I miss Ernesto!!!! so many food choices! we preffered the main dining room over the buffet. Johnny Rockets was a nice treat as well. Room Service menu should contain more items. Disembarkation: fast and painless! our only problem was with a shuttle and that had nothing to do with RC. We had an amazing weekend and cant wait until next year to do it again! RC really went above and beyond for us. We loved every minute on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Reading all these reviews helped me so much on my first cruise. I hope this one will help you as well! So let's begin. To start I'll add that this cruise was supposed to be mine and my boyfriend's first trip and cruise ... Read More
Reading all these reviews helped me so much on my first cruise. I hope this one will help you as well! So let's begin. To start I'll add that this cruise was supposed to be mine and my boyfriend's first trip and cruise together. However, issues came up and he did not go on the trip. Royal Caribbean was so helpful and flexible in getting the name changed to my best girlfriend on such short notice and when we got on the ship everything had been changed to her name. They were very helpful. We landed in Miami around 11 a.m. and was on the shuttle and at the port in 15 minutes. We did the online check-in (recommend to anyone), we had our sea pass cards and walking on the ship in a matter of minutes! We couldn't go to our rooms for about 2 hours after boarding the ship, however, the Windjammer Cafe was open and you could walk around other areas of the ship so we stayed occupied!! We were on deck 2 and had an ocean view room. We loved it!! I will say that we are college students and are very accustomed to dorm life and the room was spacious to us. Our room was clean and our state room attendant Eru was awesome! He figured out our schedule really quick and was never in the room when we needed in. I was even pleased with the bathroom!! Plenty big for us and our shower never flooded (which is something I had heard happens a lot). Now onto the food..it was AMAZING!!! We ate in the Windjammer Cafe for breakfast and lunch and dinner one night and the food was always fresh and very good. They had a great selection. The girl that went with me had a very restricting diet and they were very helpful with that and she always had plenty of choices. The formal dinning room was great. Our waitress Lovely was excellent and memorized our names and drink orders after the first night! We sat with 4 other people around our age so it was really cool to meet and get to know people!! The food was amazing every night and they always had lots of choices..oh FYI you can order everything on the menu if u want..so don't hesitate to get 2 desserts or 2 entrees! Room service was available around the clock and when we didn't have a menu the person working the phones didn't have a problem reading me the menu over the phone! We ate good thats for sure!! For being an older ship and supposedly so much smaller there was so much to do and the boat was beautiful. Everything was clean up to date and beautiful!! I kept forgetting that I was even on a boat! The shows were great and they even had a comedian that came on board just for this trip and he was awesome!! Our cruise director Ricky was hilarious and so much fun! The whole time there was a jammed packed schedule of fun games, dances, and themed nights. I've never had so much fun or laughed so hard!! All the staff was so fun to be around and nice and helpful. Whatever you wanted, they made sure you got it! The ports of call were all great! Key West we did the conch trolley tour..recommend it to everyone! It let me see all the main points of Key West and I was able to decide which places I really wanted to go too! Def. get the key lime pie dipped in chocolate! Nassau was great too! We took a snorkeling tour and it was like a 2 for 1. We got to go snorkeling and got a tour of Nassau from the boat..so much fun! Little piece of info about Nassau. I knew this because of reading reviews, but a lot of people didn't and they were upset. Everything in Nassau closes around 6 p.m. (including the Straw Market) except Senor Frogs and Paradise Island so plan accordingly. We didn't go to Paradise Island but a lot of people said it was really cool. Now my favorite place, Coco Cay!! It was a gorgeous day and tendering back and forth was easy! The island was beautiful and there was plenty to do. They had plenty of chairs, floats, food, and activities. I didn't want to leave the island! We cruised back into Miami early (medical emergency with someone on board) and danced the night away by the Miami lights. Disembarkation was so easy. We carried our own bags off and it was easy and quick. I had one problem with my bill at the end of the cruise. They had double charged me for not returning towels, even though we did. However, I took a quick trip to Guest Relations and they quickly took it off my bill with no questions asked. I had such a great time on this cruise and I'm looking forward to going again. I'm very glad I picked this ship. You can't beat the deal and 5 days was perfect. There was a lot of younger people and a lot of couples, however being younger it was great for me. I did see a lot of families and they looked to be having a blast as well. I would recommend this cruise to anyone! I hope my review helps! Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Just got back from our first family cruise on Majesty. Overall it was fantastic, and we would do it again in a heartbeat. Travel - we booked our own flights to Miami, much cheaper than what the cruise line offered. We stayed near the ... Read More
Just got back from our first family cruise on Majesty. Overall it was fantastic, and we would do it again in a heartbeat. Travel - we booked our own flights to Miami, much cheaper than what the cruise line offered. We stayed near the airport the night before, the hotel (La Quinta Inn Airport East) had a free shuttle to the cruise terminal. I personally cannot stand Miami, so I will look for another embarkation point next time. Boarding - pretty reasonable, no real issues. We thought you couldn't board before 2pm, but they started well before that. Make sure you have cash to tip the porters, they work for tips only, and are not shy about pointing that out. We had about a 7 minute wait to check in, then onto the ship. As soon as we walked onboard, the kids staff identified our 9 year old, and put a wrist band on him, so he would go to the right lifeboat if we were separated. They were serving buffet lunch in Windjammer, so we ate there, good food, lots of it. Mandatory lifeboat drill was very efficient, no wasted time. Room - we were in a oceanview stateroom on Deck 4, near the bow. The rooms are tiny, but we knew that going in. Ours had two single beds and two fold-out beds. All we did was sleep there, so it was fine. Bathrooms are also tiny, but they serve their purpose. We met our room attendent, Danilo, who was very efficient, and like everyone else on board, very polite and friendly. Minor drawback was our room was well forward, so during docking or anchoring, there was quite a bit of noise, but we are not late risers, so no big deal. Food - we aren't huge snackers, so meals were at meal time for us. We ate breakfast in Windjammer. Hint: go to the front of the room - there is a separate buffet up there, and usually not nearly as crowded as the one you see when you walk in. Lunches were ashore. We ate at the early dinner seating - service was excellent. Our waiter Arun took time to learn our names, and called us by name at every meal. He also did little things like cutting our son's meat for him, and showing him puzzles with toothpicks. Just a really nice guy. Drinks - they kind of get you here. Lots to drink, and none of it cheap. Forewarned is forearmed, enjoy your drinks, but be prepared to pay. Shows - all very good. I don't know how they compare with other lines, but the production values were great, the singers and dancers were also great, very entertaining. Shopping - lots of it. I got a Citizen watch for a good price, and we picked up some other stuff pretty cheaply, like a pashmina, a necktie, and cheap watch for my daughter. The ship itself - I was prepared for some wear and tear in a 20 year old ship, but I was highly impressed. All the spaces were immaculate, and nothing looked worn or dated. Kids programs - our 9 year old went to Adventure Ocean every night, and loved it. The kids did lots of activities, the counselors were very involved, really a good program. Our 13 year old chose not to do any of the teen things, so can't comment on those. Fitness - my wife loved the fitness center, lots of quality machines. I'm a runner, which was a bit of a problem as I like to run first thing in the morning. Majesty has a wonderful promenade deck, but you can't run on it til after 10 am, so I ran way up on the 12th deck. It was fine, but there were folks standing around and crew members cleaning, so it was a bit of a slalom. Ports - Nassau is a bit rough, and you are hit up by taxi drivers and touts as soon as you leave the pier, but they were not rude or overly persistent. We went to the Dolphin Encounter, booked on our own, not through the ship. We took a taxi to the Paradise Island ferry terminal, and were promptly steered in the wrong direction by another tout, who wanted us to take a water taxi and sent us to the other side of the bridge. Not where we wanted to go. The ferry to the Dolphin Encounter is in the nice new building, don't listen to the touts. We did the sealion encounter, very fun, a little cheesy, but enjoyable. We also spent most of the day on their beach. Coco Cay - had a lovely day, and took an early tender to the island before it got too crowded. It was pretty packed with our ship's passengers, I don't know what it would be like with one of the bigger ships. Lunch is included, good variety, watch out for the sea gulls. My major complaint was the kids' Aquapark and water slide. Charges for these were outrageous in my opinion. Key West - we did the White Knuckle thrill boat ride here. Really nice operation, family run, small groups, lots of personal attention. Worth every penny, it was a blast. Debarkation - we put our bags out the night before. We were in one of the last groups off. If I did it over again I would do one of two things: either get off early and carry my own bags, or sleep in late and get to breakfast right before it closed. We had a fair amount of time to kill before it was our turn to get off. The terminal is where things slow down - the line for customs was pretty long, but our bags were on the carousel when we got there. Really, with the exception of the charges at Coco Cay, I have no complaints. We are already looking at our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
This cruise was arranged as a surprise 50th birthday present for my husband. The day before his actual birthday, we presented him with Airline Tickets and the Royal Caribbean Cruise Booklet. To say he was taken by surprise was an ... Read More
This cruise was arranged as a surprise 50th birthday present for my husband. The day before his actual birthday, we presented him with Airline Tickets and the Royal Caribbean Cruise Booklet. To say he was taken by surprise was an understatement. Arrangements had been made to fly to Miami a day before the cruise, and we stated in the Days Inn Miami International Airport Hotel which was comfortable and friendly and reasonable for a 1 night stay. Transfers were provided courtesy of the hotel (brilliant) to the Port the following day. On arrival at the port (approximately 11.30 a.m.), we were directed to baggage drop off (but being first-time cruisers and unsure of what to do, took our luggage on through to board!). This was a slight mistake as we had to have them with us until our cabins were ready. This meant navigating them with us in the Windjammer Cafe (trying to do this and choose the delicious food available for lunch) - a bit of a nightmare, we know not to do this next time! Anyway, back to the checking-in process, it was well organised and you flowed from area to area with ease, collecting Sea-board pass etc.,. Just before boarding, you get your picture taken (if you want) and then you are on-board. This is when all the fun started. The best arrival welcome, the best organised, friendly and informative staff we have ever encountered. It was like arriving at a 5*+ hotel and the ship was immaculate!!!!! We could not believe the food that was available - the choices were unbelievable! After lunch, we went to explore the glorious surroundings of the ship. On Deck 12 - pool area - the band was playing and cocktails were being served - wonderful! Great start to our adventure. After exploring most of the ship, our Cabin was ready and we headed down to off load the luggage. Here we were greeted by our Stateroom Attendant and as ordered, a bottle of Champagne was ready on ice in celebration of my husband's birthday! The room was fabulous (clean and welcoming). Throughout our stay, our Stateroom Attendant was excellent - nothing too much to ask and he cleaned our Cabin twice a day and turned down our bed every-night - WOW! Thanks Felix. There is so much detail I would like to tell you about, but that would take far too long and you need to experience it to believe it! So now I will just give a brief description of the rest of the cruise. .... We dined every night in the Moonlight Dining Room - again brilliant staff and the food was delicious! We tried to go to as many events as we could but the choices were enormous (by the end of the Cruise, we needed another holiday) with the various bars, events, shopping etc., We also had breakfast everyday in the Windjammer; again we needed a lie-down afterwards as everything looked so appetising, we went a bit mad trying different things. Unfortunately, we could not stop at our first port (Coco Cay, Bahamas) as the weather was too bad. Never-the-less, we still had a great time as special events were put on board to compensate and there was other areas of the Ship still to discover!!! Formal night happened to be on Valentines night and all the stops were pulled-out for this event - FABULOUS. We tried out the disco every-night but started flagging about 1-2.00 in the morning knowing that we had another full programme of events to take in the next day. But we still had a brilliant time. Our other Port of call was Nassau, which is a very friendly Island with wonderful beaches and shops. We must mention the evening entertainment which was great (the one's we managed to see). The only thing we could complain about was that we wished the cruise had been longer - hence the reason why we have now booked another one with the RCI for 7 nights this time instead!!!! We have nothing but praise for this cruise and recommend any first-time Cruiser(if unsure) to take a 3 night cruise as a taster and you will be hooked. Disembarkation was like a military operation, we could not believe how the staff managed to get everyone off with so much ease! We travelled back to our last Hotel stay by taxi (before returning back to the UK). We stayed in the Days Inn Miami Airport North Hotel. We arrived early but was allowed however to have our room that had been booked. This was really appreciated as we were exhausted and needed some rest after the cruise. Staff were very friendly and helpful and the room (although not as nice as the previous hotel) was sufficient enough for a 1 night stay. We would thoroughly recommend this cruise and just hope our next one is just as memorable as this one. Thank you RCI. Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
Majesty of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.6
Dining 3.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.0 3.7
Public Rooms 3.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.7
Family 4.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.8
Enrichment 2.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 3.0 3.8
Rates 3.0 4.3

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