Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review by Galveston Cruiser
- Sail Date: November 2018
- Destination: Cuba
- Cabin Type: Ocean View
We arrived a day early in Ft. Lauderdale as experience says never fly in the day of a cruise.
We stayed at the Embassy Suites which is a beautiful full service hotel, walking distance to many restaurants and a shuttle service ($9/each) to the port.
We arrived about noon at the Port as we are ones who do not need to be at the ship at the crack of dawn - let the crew clean the ship.
All seemed good until entering the terminal. We realized that this was Majesty's first cruise to Cuba out of Ft. Lauderdale, , but this was not their first rodeo! Absolute chaos by port staff. Even with completed Cuba forms in hand, they were passing out another form (RCCL - put this on the check in website), and must have asked 15- 20 times "have you completed the form"? Last "have you completed the form" question got us to the cruise line check in. Signage is not good for for Pinnacle/Suite, Diamond/Diamond Plus. Signs are in the middle of the lines vs. at the entrance.
Once finding D+ line, though short, took another hour! Port staff was directing other lines to the D+ and higher check in. We watched as staff checked others in at less than 5 minutes. the 5 working the D+ and upper took 15 -20 minutes - just chatting. All in all it took almost 2 hours to check in.
I never want to hear any one complain about Galveston!
As it took so long, cabins were accessible as soon as we boarded and, since we were on her in May.June, we knew our way around the ship. Dropped carry ons in cabin, walked forward to take elevator to Windjammer and saw our luggage on cart. Unpacked and off to lunch.
Muster was quick and easy. Sail away we were in Diamond lounge for cocktails. Nice and friendly staff.
We went to dinner at 8 pm, deck 4 as we had my time. No problem getting table, but was seated at very back of dining room near kitchen doors. We sat there two nights, but changed as neither of us like being ear the kitchen. Service was so-so.
Nassua was out first port. Stayed on the ship most of the day. Decided to get off, but not for long. Just can't deal with all the bars, loud music and hawkers selling t-shirts. Have been there many times so didn't miss anything.
The whole point of the cruise was to return to Cuba!
Sea day was relaxing, beautiful weather and quiet time at the aft loungers.
Havana at last! Off the ship around 9am. Easy, no issues - just like June. We had no tours planned, just walk around.
We love Havana, the people, food, music and history. We walked, ate, met people, purchased cigars, walked, listened to music, walked!
We had drinks at the Engineers Club with a gentleman we met - uniquie and lovely experience, then to the Iberostar Parque Central Hotel to their tobacco shop. Magnificent Hotel worth seeing. Lydia, in the shop, has been there 20 years. So glad we met her.
Walked to the Rum museum to make tour reservations for next day; next block was a small local restaurant where we had lunch. Good food, music and service.
Back to the ship to clean up, drinks in lounge then off ship for dinner. No real plans, though we had the names of some restaurants.
Happened upon Palador Donna Eutemia - lobster 12 CUC! Very nice restaurant with indoor and outdoor eating. Excellent service and food, musicians and singers entertained. The highlight was the young man (14) who sang several songs a capella. We found out he won a local singing competition in Havana. Beautiful voice and personality.
Walked ablock or two away to the Patio Amarillo to listen to music - music is all over Havana, Small, local bar with friendly service, good musicians and nice locals. Walked along the Malecon back to ship around midnight.
Off the ship ext day for more exploring, rum factory tour, lunch at Cafe de Paris with music and more cigar purchases. Walked to market, but same all over, just tons of stuff. We took a 3 wheeler from the market to Plaza de Armas for 10 CUC to walk around old town again,
Overall, we love Havana and plan to return, but by air, for a much longer visit to explore the country. We never had any issues getting off or on the ship and found the immigration staff much friendlier this time. Being polite goes a long way as does a smile.
At sail away we stood on deck 9 aft - lots of people on Malecon waving and telling us to return.
Ate in Windjammer last night in Havana.
Sea day relaxed by pool, cocktails in then early dinner on 4.
Sea day was relaxing.
We had breakfast each morning for Diamond plus (with exception of first morning in Havana) - excellent service.
Overall, the cruise was perfect. Love the Majesty, staff and crew.
Francois Chevalier is the hotel manager and does an excellent job. He is out and about meeting people and talking with staff.
Would never hesitate to sail Majesty again.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
HavanaThere are no words to describe. This was our second visit to Havana and plan to return. The best is getting off the ship, walk across the street to a beautiful plaza and have no bars with loud music and t-shirt shops selling junk.View All 179 Havana Cruise Port Reviews
One can only hope that Havana does not end up like other cruise ports that believe bars and shops are the main attraction.
People are friendly, food is good, music is awesome. The City is surprisingly clean though lots of construction and rehab going on due to next year they will be celebrating the 500 year anniversary.
We have always felt safe in Havana and, as any city anywhere in the world, be aware of what is around you and avoid dark alleys at night.
We walked all over this time and enjoyed the vibrancy of this City.
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NassauTerminal under construction. Not a problem, but hawkers are a pain.View All 5,916 Nassau Cruise Port Reviews
Have been to Nassau many times so not a port we spend anytime ashore.
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