Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review by wisnir
- Sail Date: January 2019
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Interior
This time my experience on Majesty OTS was more enjoyable.
EMBARKMENT: Arrived at Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood airport from RDU, picked up my luggage and checked in with the RCCL cruise representative and sat and waited, we boarded the bus about 10:45 am and were at the terminal in under a half hour. Check in was fast and one the ship before noon. Staterooms were not ready till 1 pm, so I headed up to the Windjammer (WJ) on deck 11. After a nice lunch headed to the stateroom 5553 (interior) slightly after 1pm.
INTERIOR STATEROOM: Standard interior stateroom with two twin beds and a collapsible wall mounted night stand between the beds. A chair, desk, three drawer dresser and one closet. Sufficient for only one or two people. The bathroom is function with its commode, sink and 30' x 36" shower with a curtain, just don't drop the soap.
SHIP COMMON AREAS: The Majesty recently went through a dry dock "refreshment", but according to another passenger it was most for mechanical purposes. The bars and lounges were clean and comfortable.
DINING OPTIONS: The deck 11 Windjammer buffet has the standard fare, breakfast and lunch is very good, but still saw too many passengers loading up their plates and leaving a lot so there was tremendous amount of wasted food. Sad, but eventually, this will cause the cruise lines to increase their rates.
The main dining room (MDR), I was assigned to was the Starlight, early traditional dining at 5:30 pm, the sit down breakfast was good, but the menu was somewhat limited, but it is nice to be served. The same food is offered in the WJ buffet. I only had breakfast once in the MDR.
Lunch in the WJ buffet was good and a nice variety daily. The Serrento's Pizza is on deck 12 above the buffet and a they have added the "Compass Deli" to the left and the Johnny Rockets to the right side of the ship. I did not eat at Johnny Rockets as there is a service charge. The Compass Deli has hot hand carved pastrami, but only has white and whole wheat bread. Hot pastrami sandwiches need to be served on RYE BREAD. Also, it needs to be sliced thinly. There was no deli meat slice in the Compass Deli, but they do have a "Pastrami Counter" poolside on second sea day where they sliced the meat.
RCCL has pretty much "standardized" its dinner menu, its just about the same on all ship, an offering of pasta, poultry, fish and meat. The portions are reasonable and very satisfying. I sat at table 34 with waiter, Yasa and assistant waiter, Saputra, provided excellent service. It appears the produce buyer for RCCL got a great deal on CARROTS and BROCCOLI, as it was the vegetable offering on your dinner plate EVERY NIGHT!!!
There is only one pool and most of the chairs on by the pool were occupied early on sea days and vacant when the ship was in port. Beverages by the pool have had a increase price since last year, a 16 ounce beer no costs $7.99, plus the gratuity and the drink of the day is about $10, plus gratuity, and cocktails / mixed drinks at $12 and up, plus gratuity. The price increase appears to push guests to purchase the drink package which is about $70 per day, plus gratuity, so if a couple goes not the cruise and one drinks and the other does not, they both have to purchase the drink package.
The Chorus Line theatre had the standard production shows and a couple of comedians, most the entertainment was pretty good, after all it is not Las Vegas.
The Casino Royale casino is small with (1) three card poker, (1) texas hold'em, (1) ten player poker table, several blackjack tables, one craps table and (2) roulette tables. There was a variety of older and new generation slots. For the most part this cruise did not have very many "gamblers" as there were empty seats at both the tables and the slot for the entire cruise. The casino staff was very friendly and cordial, drinks in the casino came quickly. As I am a member of the Casino Royale players program, I receive free drinks in the casino while gambling. RCCL has a player program that is based upon points earned, for 2400 points you receive a free cruise certificate for an interior cabin, for 3600 points you receive a free cruise certificate for a oceanview cabin, and for 4800 points you receive a cruise certificate for a balcony cabin. THE COST on slots is about $5 per point, and the table play is based upon the amount wagered and the amount of time you spend at the table playing.
The Centrum Shops has a liquor store, that also sells cigarettes and cigars, before you go ashore on port day in Cozumel, be sure to check the prices for your favorite adult beverage and write it down noting the price and size, 1 liter, 750 ml. as I have noted the liquor prices on the ship have increased and you might be able to get a better deal in the port shops.
In the centrum common area they have the usual $10 table of "stuff", watches, wallets, ties, purses, scarfs, etc, etc. you might find a "bargain" made in China.
The Port of Cozumel have a abundance of silver shops, its fun to bargain, and make sure you refuse their first offer, and start to walk away as they will always come back with another offer that is still "too much" and begin to walk away, then the sales person will ask you what you are willing to pay, make an offer, wait for the counter offer and make you decision. It is a lot of fun.
If some one in your family or friends does any baking you have to get the Mexican vanilla in the one liter, but since last year (October, 2018) the price has doubled from $5. to $10 per liter but still worth the price.
I did not get off the ship at Costa Maya as the weather was overcast and it did rain.
EXCURSIONS: I have been to Cozumel and Costa Maya on previous cruises so I did not do any excursions. If you are a first time cruiser, I would suggest that you book an excursion through RCCL, and as the cruise line guarantees it won't leave you behind if the excursion returns to the ship late. If you book through an independent tour operators/excursion outfits in port, and it returns late to the ship, you might be waving good bye from shore. You can always check out the tour operators for your next visit.
DEBARKMENT: You can lug your bags off when you leave the ship in the morning, or you can tag your bag the night before and leave it outside your stateroom for pickup at the dock the next morning. I was in group one and was off the ship by 8:45 am, out of the terminal by 9:15 am with my luggage and checked in for my bus tranfer to the airport, but I bus did not arrive until 10:15am and did not leave until 11:00 am.
OVERALL: Remember, you are there to enjoy yourself, relax, have a cocktail/beer or two, dine well and converse with the other passengers, do some sightseeing and you will have a great time.
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