My husband and I chose this cruise over his spring break (he is a teacher) because we got a great price under the BOGO 50% off deal. We typically cruise Carnival to get the best deal, but the sale bumped RCL's prices slightly below ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise over his spring break (he is a teacher) because we got a great price under the BOGO 50% off deal. We typically cruise Carnival to get the best deal, but the sale bumped RCL's prices slightly below Carnival's. Sold!
Embarkation was a breeze, as it always is through Port Canaveral. We arrived around 10:30, and there was already a bit of a line, but we were still on the ship within twenty minutes of arriving. Our only complaint on the first day was the wait until our rooms were ready. We typically buy Faster to the Fun on Carnival so we can access our rooms right away, but RCL doesn't have an equivalent, so we wandered around with our carry-ons for about two hours before we could drop them off. Wasn't a huge deal, we just walked around and explored. The only problem is that I had made the mistake of wearing high heels! We noticed that a lot of people had carried on all of their luggage; I imagine they were even more ready to get to their rooms than we were!
After we got to our rooms, it took another hour or so for us to get our luggage. We, like most of our neighbors, opted to search through the suitcases as they were brought up rather than wait until they were delivered around 3 or 4. It took an hour or so to get them, but we kicked back and watched a movie until they showed up. Then I got my flats on, and we went back to exploring the ship.
The Majesty of the Seas looked great, especially considering her age. There were a few rust spots and some of the decor was dated, but I still thought it was a beautiful old ship. The layout worked well; there were very few dead-ends when trying to get from one end of the ship to another, or between floors. We opted to take the stairs as often as we could to reclaim a few calories here and there, so we didn't have very much trouble with the elevators.
I think the biggest difference we noticed between quality on RCL and Carnival ships was the food. Everything we tried in the main dining room was AMAZING. The buffet food was a little more hit-or-miss, but generally up to par with buffet food anywhere you go. The buffet and seating areas were kept very clean, and all of the service was amazing.
We've been warned before about cruising in March/April because of the Spring Break crowds, and there were definitely tons of college students, but we weren't bothered by them. They certainly kept the atmosphere lively, and we didn't see anyone overindulge too seriously, and even those who had one or two too many were polite, and their friends were there to keep them in line (shout out to the young lady who brought three or four glasses of ice water to a booth of her friends who were in various stages of falling asleep on each other at karaoke one night).
The first day of our cruise was a sea day. We took part on a lot of onboard activities, and we filled the rest of our day reading and relaxing on the deck. My only complaint from the down-time onboard was that it seemed like every out door area allowed smoking. I had to hop around a bit because it seemed like every time I found a comfortable spot, someone else would walk over somewhere up-wind and start smoking.
Nassau was...Nassau. It really only takes one trip to Nassau to see everything there is, unless you want to pay out the nose for excursions. Nevertheless, we thought we'd try a cheap tour through RCL. It was...okay. We went to all of the usual places; the fort, the distillery, the rum cake factors, etc. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Our biggest complaint was that it went about two hours over the advertised time! The last stop was Fish Fry, a section of beach with a few dozen restaurants. When we arrived, the guide said we could either make it a ten minute stop so we could walk around and maybe grab a quick bite, or we could stay an hour and a half for lunch. About four people out of the twenty on our bus wanted to stay for lunch, so the rest of us were effectively stranded for ninety minutes. We didn't have any other excursions planned for the day, but I imagine that some people may have missed their second excursion because the first one took so much longer than expected.
Coco Cay was the typical relaxing beach day, as usual. We found out later that three other ships were also supposed to have been there, but they didn't make it due to weather conditions. I hate to say it, but I'm sort of glad they weren't there. With only the 2,800 passengers from the Majesty to fill up the beaches and bars, there was plenty of room to spread out. The lunch hour was hectic, as usual, and I can't imagine how much worse it would have been with another few thousand more people there, fighting to find the shortest lines.
Overall, we had an amazing cruise. The food and service were excellent, the ship was just the right size for us, and the onboard activities were great. Read Less