Majesty of the Seas - Bahamas: Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review by Don Drennen

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Don Drennen

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Majesty of the Seas - Bahamas

Sail Date: November 2005
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Miami
Ship boarding was one of the smoothest we have encountered. Ship's photographers were at the gangway on time and taking pictures for once. On the past 6 voyages, we boarded early as we are Platinum and Diamond members, and the photographers were rarely on time. Once onboard we set up our wine for dinner for the cruise, got our coke cards and headed to the Windjammer for lunch.

The Sovereign Series of ships, while they were state of the art during the early years, these ships have many obstacles for people in wheel chairs. I would not recommend these ships in this series only because RCCL has so many other vessels that are more accessible. The Majesty is also showing her years. The 3 and 4 day market tends to run a ship down fast. Most restrooms are not wheelchair accessible. You must do some real planning when you are away from your cabin to get to a restroom with a wheelchair. Most of the electric openers on the doors did not work either. Very run down. Many of the regular More restrooms had large enough configurations that the restrooms could be made accessible. Many elevators stopped working during our voyage or at least were being worked on. This is an inconvenience when youre in a chair and 15 people load in front of you to go "down" one deck. And the elevators on this ship only go to select floors based upon which ones you utilize. Best to take the forward or aft elevators if you want to get to most floors. However you sometimes must use the Centrum elevators to access certain mid decks because of the split decks at the front of the ship. Being that we had been on the Sovereign of the Seas before, we knew this before boarding. Many lounges have limited access. The one GREAT exception was the show lounge. Sloped ramps all the way to the front row made it very easy to get great front rows seats for the shows. This is nice!

Cabin 9534 was huge!! I would book this cabin if you have an electric scooter or wheelchair. The bathroom however, while standard in handicap size, is dark. They have placed raised tiles to keep the shower water from running out into the cabin. This makes it VERY hard, if you are in a wheelchair, to maneuver and turn as you are continually being stopped by these large tiles on the floor. The furnishings in the cabin are warn at best but consistent with the rest of the ship. Cabin as well was located to the most accessible elevators that took us up and down to every part of the ship that we needed.

One area that is not accessible to wheelchairs is the Spa area. All doorways are standard size. So when my partner went for a massage, not only did they not tell him it wasn't accessible but gave him a massage in his chair in the hallway. Sad but true. No discount was even offered as well. These doorways could be made accessible as well.

Our first port was CocoCay. What a great improvement since our last visit back in late 1997. One side note. Someone wrote that CocoCay had cemented paths that took you from the pier to the eating and restroom areas. While there are some, they are at best covered with sand and cracked. As Well as they do not exist from the pier. You are given a beach buggy with wide tires that makes it easy to traverse on the sand. However, very difficult to get you into a restroom. Don't let this discourage you though. These buggiess make a day at the beach great! You can take them all the way into the water. The island is beautiful. With the straw market and water park area, this truly makes a great getaway for the entire family. Getting on to the tender from the ship is simple and easy. Stay right in your chair or scooter and off you go. It was easier than getting off the ship in Nassau.

Nassau was our second port. This island has also greatly improved over the years. While accessibility is not that great, the taxi's and people will kindly assist you.

Disembarkation. Be ready to go by 7:15am. This is one of the earliest and fastest disembarkations I have been through. Let's just say my partner was just rolling out of the shower when the disembarkation began. But once you are off of the ship and in the terminal, be prepared to wait for customs in a long line for about 15 to 20 minutes. Now the luggage part has greatly improved over the years. The bags are put on carousels like at the airport by your color. No more walking up and down rows of black bags trying to find yours. I would still recommend marking your suitcases with something that would set them apart from the sea of black bags.

The buses are right outside of the terminal parked safely so you don't get run over by taxis and other cars. Great improvement. Although you need to be very aware and ask questions before boarding a bus or you could end up at the wrong airport. We took a private limo as this works better for my partner.

Well, if you are considering an RCCL cruise and have questions about accessibility on ANY of the RCCL ships, please feel free to email us. We have been on them ALL as well as been to most if not all of the ports in the past 5 years. We cruise 2 times a year. It truly is one of the best ways for a person with a disability to get out and enjoy many ports all with the comfort of a nice cabin that you know will work for you when you come back.

Happy Cruising!! Less

Published 12/12/05

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