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

This was my first cruise so I had nothing to compare it to except what others had told me. Communication aboard ship was lacking for a first time cruiser. If there was an orientation we didn't see it advertised. More info as to where ... Read More
This was my first cruise so I had nothing to compare it to except what others had told me. Communication aboard ship was lacking for a first time cruiser. If there was an orientation we didn't see it advertised. More info as to where things were and "you are here" signs would help. Explaining how the travel mugs provided with the drink package worked would also have been helpful. The ship was nice, clean and comfortable despite its age. The cabin was clean and functional. We had issues with excursions we booked being canceled and rebooked with little to no notice.The excursion guy was rude and uncaring when we tried to address the issue with him. Lots of time wasted getting off the ship in Nassau to go to Atlantis. Why should we have to wait for people that get up late or for another cruise ship's passengers. We could have taken a cab had we been told. We had the MyTime dining option and didn't know we needed to book the time before we left port or would have to wait for a table. The food was so-so; we felt rushed in the dining room two nights. The food was often cold, especially breakfast (cold eggs Benedict - yuck). Espresso was terrible - just plain coffee in a tiny cup, tepid at best. I wanted a Scotch and water but kept getting a Scotch and ginger ale, even after explaining what I wanted. The Windjammer Buffet was decent as well as the Chefs Table (at $85 a person). Staff was very nice (except the guy mentioned above) and helpful when asked. Entertainment was decent; no one major. The comedian was good but very short show, like 10 minutes. It was nice not to have people hawking you all the time to buy things, but the ship is oriented around selling things - art, watches, jewelry, etc. The casino was nice but the smoking was terrible. I would have enjoyed a day at sea at the start to get oriented with onboard stuff like the day-at-sea at the end. I'll have to look for that next time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Being my first cruise I was hopeful after rave reviews of other RCCL ships from friends who cruise often. First night was OK. Food choice of shrimp pasta in Moonlight dining room was bland like they forgot to season it. Others at my ... Read More
Being my first cruise I was hopeful after rave reviews of other RCCL ships from friends who cruise often. First night was OK. Food choice of shrimp pasta in Moonlight dining room was bland like they forgot to season it. Others at my table who order same dish agreed. A lot of salt and pepper made it OK. Second day in Nassau got off to a bad start. We assembled at 8 to disembark for our excursions but were not allowed off. For an hour we were shuffled around the elevator hall on deck 2 while waiting. Line up in 2's and snake around. OK. Then we're told not clearing customs yet, lets line up according to excursions. OK. Still not getting off. It is hot, people are angry and we are only told ship still hasn't yet cleared customs. Yay! An employee comes with a cart of ice cold water-only for those who have the premium beverage package. Anyone with less or no package couldn't even buy a water with our cards. After an hour we are finally let off. Only the next day do we find out the reason for the delay was a passenger had died during the night. And we only found out this because a friend on the Carnival ship docked next to us saw the police and coroner there and asked what was going on. RRCL should have told us there was a medical emergency AND let us go back to our rooms while we waited. We would have been more understanding. The excursion, See and Sea, was nice. I recommend it. Even though we were an hour late it didn't seem as though it was rushed. After that we went to Fish Fry and ate at Anchorage. Very good Conch salad and fritters. On the water, nice view. Walked back to ship but unable to explore Nassau. Everything pretty much closes at 5 and formal dinner was that evening. Food was very good at that dinner. Tenderloin could be cut with a fork. Coco Cay was wonderful. We rented a cabana. I highly recommend it. Fabulous view. Very relaxing. No crowds. Great buffet. Thursday was Key West. I love it there. Have been there before. Will be going again-not on a cruise. In general the ship is very small. Two pools, no slides. Very, very little for kids to do. Our room on 9 was pretty spacious with ample storage. I found the food very lacking. The Windjammer food was mediocre. Thank goodness for Lattitudes cafe(Starbucks). I could get my daily mocha frap and it was reasonably priced. The Compass deli was turned into a Mexican restaurant each evening for 16.00 extra to eat there. I didn't try the pizza. Do try to get to breakfast in the dining room. That was very good. Great french toast! Casino allows smoking but I'm not a gambler so a few times I just had to walk through it. The general store ran out of essentials on the first night and no replenishment until the last night. The ship staff was excellent. I am glad I went but doubt I'd go again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our first cruise and we selected this ship because of the length of the trip as well as the ports included. We relied heavily on reviews so we wanted to do our part and write one as well. Boarding: Boarding the ship was very ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we selected this ship because of the length of the trip as well as the ports included. We relied heavily on reviews so we wanted to do our part and write one as well. Boarding: Boarding the ship was very easy and being a suite quest everything was very quick. We dropped off our luggage and were on the ship within 30 – 45 minutes of parking our car. Port Parking: The parking garage was directly across from the boarding terminal so it was a quick walk and in the Miami heat that is a huge plus. The cost was $80 and well worth it to be able to avoid the crowds waiting on shuttles etc. We were able to be on the road within 15 minutes of going through customs. Ship Appearance: Overall the ship was very nice considering her age. We did notice some wear and tear especially on the windows but were not surprised as we read about this on several reviews before booking. Stateroom: The grand suite was nice and had lots of room to move around in, plenty of storage and a good size bed. The room attendant did a good job of keeping the room clean and stocked with towels and was very friendly. The bathroom while bigger than other rooms was a little on the small side with a single sink etc. Please note if you are a light sleeper this may not be the room for you. We did hear a lot of noise from the restaurant above all day and most of the night. We use a fan app on our tablet so most of it was muffled out but without the fan noise we would have slept very little. The balcony was very large with a lot of unused space due to only having two small chairs. This would have been a great place to take a nap if they had a lounger as well. Overall the suite was nice, not great but also not horrible. Suite Perks: Royal Caribbean boast a lot of perks if you stay in a GS or above. We found that once on board we were left guessing about what was included and missed out on a lot. The company needs to do a better job explaining what is available especially with first time cruisers. This ship is smaller so it does not have all the perks of the larger ships. One thing to note is they advertise free pressing on your first formal night on all of the ships for GS or above guest. When we asked the room attendant he seemed puzzled and we were charged to press our clothes. The ship also does not have a laundry facility like the bigger ships so make sure you pack enough. Entertainment: The cruise director Carlos and his team did a great job. One member of his team Isaac (from Spain) did an amazing job! He was truly the life of the party and got everyone involved and kept us laughing nonstop. They did a 70’s night that was a blast. Lots of great music and dancing. The karaoke nights were entertaining and a nice way to relax. Battle of the sexes is a must see. We laughed until we cried. They also had a quest game that was great. Guest had to work together on teams to obtain some funny items. The beauty pageant at the end was hilarious. Overall the team did an awesome job. Food: Not horrible but defiantly not great either. We ate in the windjammer two times and had stomach issues both times so we steered clear of it the rest of the cruise. If you are into buffets the windjammer did have lots of choices and different selections however nothing was hot. This ship only has a couple of choices for specialty restaurants and they did not really appeal to us so we chose to eat in the main dining room on deck 4 every night except one. The food was ok nothing to write home about. The seared scallops gave us a laugh as they looked like scallop raisins they were so small. The staff was great and did an awesome job of bringing extra things for us to try and making sure we were happy with the selections. We did the chef’s table one night and it was a great experience. The price seems high but the whole experience was well worth it. You get five courses over 3 hours with different wines and the chef comes in and speaks to you about each course. The captain came in and talked to us and even took some pictures so overall it was a great evening. Spa: Overpriced! The $65 pedicure was way overpriced for what you get. Yes they use some nice lotion and oils but that really was it. My advice is to get one at home before you board. Ports: 1. Nassau – We read a lot of reviews where people do not leave the ship for this port and now we understand why. This port is hot, crowded and full of pushy locals. The shopping was OK but not worth the hassle. We stayed off the ship 3 hours tops. 2. Coco Cay – Fabulous! The fee to rent a cabana is well worth it. We enjoyed a nice relaxing day just enjoying the sound of the waves and one of the only times on the cruise the food was really good. 3. Key West – Beautiful and no pushy locals. I would recommend taking one of the trolley or train tours as we decided to walk the city and with the heat we did not enjoy it as much. The shopping is similar to outlet shopping found in many cities. 4. Miami – The city is gorgeous and we plan on coming back for a longer stay. We did not get to see a lot only being in the city for 12 hours before cruising and we left immediately when the cruise ended. Leaving the ship: The whole process of getting off the ship was a huge disappointment from leaving at a port or leaving the ship at the end of the cruise. A lot of this was due to lack of communication about how the process works and again boasting about perks if you stay in the more expensive rooms. They advertise priority exiting but that did not turn out to be the case. Everyone is in the same lines to get off for all of the ports etc. They gave us information about being able to leave early on the final day and gave a meeting point of the library and a special carousel number for our luggage pickup. The frustrating part of this “plan” is that you can’t get to the library without waiting in the same line as everyone else and then when you finally get through the line there was no information about next steps, no employee to answer questions and the library was full of sleeping people. The special carousel was nothing special, lots of people leaving at different times than they were scheduled for so the lines were horrible. Once you get your luggage then you are moved to another long line for immigration. The workers yelling at us nonstop to move forward, create two lines and stay together made it feel like we were in a cattle line. We understand the need for a process but some people skills would go a long way. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Three 70+ year-old mothers, each accompanied by their 50+ year-old daughters, all who have been friends for 50 years. Most of us had cruised previously, except one (my mom). When we embarked the ship, we were greeted nicely by crew ... Read More
Three 70+ year-old mothers, each accompanied by their 50+ year-old daughters, all who have been friends for 50 years. Most of us had cruised previously, except one (my mom). When we embarked the ship, we were greeted nicely by crew members. Just a few feet away there was a table with blinking frozen drinks. I had purchased a liquor-included beverage package for $220 for four days, so I was psyched. However, when I showed the attendant my Sea Pass that indicates my beverage package, he told me that you have to pay for these drinks separately because they come in a souvenir glass! Thanks, but no thanks! When booking the cruise through Royal Caribbean on the phone, we specifically requested our three rooms be located together near an elevator bank, because a few have mobility issues. However, when we arrived at our rooms, we were almost the furthest walk away from the one elevator bank on our floor. And in the hallway down to our rooms was a large bump in the floor that at least one of us tripped or stumbled on every trip to and from the elevator. There were small signs on the walls advising caution, but some of us didn't notice them until someone pointed them out on day 3 or 4. Suggestion for Royal Caribbean: put red (or a different color) carpeting on the bumpy part of the rug to visually remind people as they walk down the long corridor, especially at night after a long day and/or a few drinks. The room was unfortunately as small as could be. Two separated twin beds, maybe a foot between them. The beds were firm, sometimes uncomfortably so. Room under the bed to store a large suitcase was a good feature. Pillows were sad sacks. Linens were adequate. Room was clean.One thing that irritated me was there were bottles of Evian water and soda, snacks and candy placed on top of the very limited dresser space. Of course, these items were like a hotel snack fridge - you use, you pay (with no prices shown), even though we had purchased beverage packages that included bottled water. After a day of working around this stuff, I tossed it all in the dresser drawers so we had more dresser/desktop space. Good thing we didn't want to put our things in the drawers. There was a small closet with shelving. Inside the closet is a small wall safe (large enough to hold an iPad Mini and a few other small items) that you program with your own personal four-digit PIN number. I used the same number as my cell phone lock, so I didn't forget it. There were about a dozen hangers to hang your clothes, and room on the floor for a bag or two.The bathroom is, of course, tiny as expected. The toilet seat looked worn and should be replaced. The shower was adequate, as long as you don't expect to bend over to shave your legs. Had to stick each leg out to shave which in turn soaked the bathroom floor. Some days we had a bathmat, other days we didn't. Why do they provide only one large towel person? Most women, if not men, need a body towel and a hair towel. So, ladies, be sure to ask your attendant for two extra towels every day.Our cabin attendant was friendly enough, although was sometimes difficult to understand. (I am a very patient person when it comes to language barriers, but it kept me from interacting with our attendant more than saying hello.) The one thing I asked was I needed to refrigerate some medicine. Our cabin attendant said he would take care of it, but when we got back to our room after dinner, there was no refrigerator or any indication that one would be coming. I went to Guest Services, spoke to a crew member there, who told me that he would have a refrigerator delivered to my room immediately. When I returned to my room later that even, the refrigerator was there as promised (free of charge). The food for breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer Cafe was cafeteria-style and okay. The omelet station was always a good choice. The one thing I didn't like there was the amount of flies around the food stations and at the tables. The food and service at the Starlight Restaurant was a step or two above the Windjammer Cafe. Our waiters were attentive (even feeding my mom her ice cream dessert one evening). They remembered our preferences for things after our first night. The food was good, but not outstanding. If you wanted lobster or filet Mignon, you had to pay extra for it, which we didn't bother. The only deficiency at dinner was the lack of bar service. Considering a few of us paid for a liquor package, the cocktail waiter didn't frequent our table much, usually just once during dinner. While we prepaid our tips when we purchased the vacation, we still felt obligated to leave a tip ($15 for six) at the end of each meal. While pre-paying tips seems like the easy way to go, we still tipped the staff each evening. On a good note, the Casino bartenders were excellent. They made great drinks, which, of course, encourages people to stay and play. The musical shows were average at best, but the Newlywed Game and Adult Quest activities were a hoot! One activity I strongly advise against is playing bingo. Yes, bingo! My mother and friends love bingo, so we went to play. There was a long line to wait to buy cards, which were very expensive ($11 per paper strip with three cards on it). They also offered electronic bingo machines that hold 30 games and needs no to interaction to play. These machines were $32 for one, $64 for two and get the third one free!! The most ridiculous thing of all is that bingo was only one -- yes, ONE (1) GAME!!! The letter "X." No $25, $50, $100 games. Not a coverall that takes a while. Just one game, the "X," for $500. There were probably 200 people there, spending probably an average of $20 at least, which would gross Royal Caribbean $4,000, not counting people buying drinks. It took some people 15+ minutes to buy their cards. It took LESS THAN 10 MINUTES for the one game to be played and won!!!!! This was the BIGGEST MONEY GRAB I have ever seen! I was disgusted that I bothered to participate in this charade. Royal Caribbean needs to review this activity and improve it. Charging people $64 for less than ten minutes for one game is outrageous!!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
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
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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