Majesty of the Seas is a good choice for a short cruise.: Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review by saildrmr

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Majesty of the Seas is a good choice for a short cruise.

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Miami
A few months ago, my husband had gone to the Bahamas on the Norwegian Sky so I decided to book the Majesty of the Seas for the same cruise because we were provided with better pricing due to Florida residence discounts. The staff were friendly and helpful, but no longer are they a constant presence on deck asking you if you would like something to drink or providing a refreshing spray as you lie in the sun. The first time I experienced this was years ago on the Norway and then again more recently on the Celebrity Solstice. The attention to details was more relaxed,but it did not detract from the ship's cleanliness. The ship was clean despite sailing with full capacity. This, however, did seem to present some problems for passengers who did not book a definite time for dinner and chose to do optional timing for dining. This resulted in long lines outside the restaurant in the evening. Make sure you have a definite dining time if you go, and if you can change it once you are there, then More you at least know you won't have to wait. In addition, in the morning, those wanting coffee had to wait because it seemed as if the coffee ran out two out of the three mornings. That is not a good way to begin the morning for some, but if you have patience, the wait was not too long. It just seemed that the flow in the self- help dining areas needed some re-evaluation. The quality of the food was good, and there is always plenty of it, but there were no side orders of vegetables available at dinner. This is a newer cut felt by the passengers. As most of the other cruise lines, extra fees are charged for specialty coffees, hamburgers, and other delights. The entertainment, however, still delighted and the music combined island music with selections for all ages.

The exercise equipment is fairly new and there never seemed to be a wait to use it, but there is no running track. There is a deck that is dedicated for those who want to run, but it is not conducive to using because of the location and the traffic on the decks during the day.

Be aware, if you can carry on your luggage for a short 3 day cruise, it will save you time and aggravation. Make sure, you also budget for drinks, soft and alcoholic; tipping charges, which can be added to your bill if you choose; excursions, which can get pricey; and parking or transportation to and from the port.

On the three day Bahama cruise you will go to Coco Cay for a day of beach activities. It is an island that has man-made beaches and plenty of seating along the shore-line. Bring sunscreen and hats. The shops on their island are over-priced and you can do better in Nassau or on the ship for straw items and T-shirts. On the island, a barbecue luncheon is served, but they seemed to run our of juices at about 1pm. Lunch is served on the island from 11:30-1:30 and when food begins to run out around 1:00 they do not replenish the supply. The island is relaxing and you can take guided hikes, kayak trips, para-sailing, etc, but it can get pricey. Less

Published 08/01/11

Cabin review: G8512 Ocean View Stateroom

WE had an obstructed view, but that did not matter because I was more concerned with sunlight during the day and on a three day cruise we spend very little time in the cabin. On a longer cruise, I would not have an obstructed view because the life boat obstructed the entire view. The cabin is small and 2 people have a difficult time maneuvering around one another. The head is small but adequate. It is an older ship, so the cabins are not spacious or designed with today's clientele in mind. Bring your own shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and soap because if they are not lacking, they are no longer the quality they had been. There is a shampoo dispenser and body wash dispenser on the shower wall and the hand soap is harsh. This cabin, however, was quiet and situated near access points. Mid-ships has proven to be the section where I prefer to be located because I don't feel the movement of the ship as pronounced and it is easy to get to and from other areas of the ship because of stairwells and elevators.

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Port and Shore Excursions

The next stop is Nassau and you are docked opposite the customs building. The air-conditioned stalls are enticing, but wait until you visit the shops on the street or straw-market. You can always buy items on the way back to the ship. You don't want to carry purchases while you are on the island. There are some good deals on jewelry, but you need to know prices before you impulse buy. There are water taxis to Paradise Island where you can visit Atlantis Hotel or you can buy a ticket to go with a group from the ship. The excursions from the ship are expensive, but if you have never been to Nassau, you may want to hire a horse drawn carriage ride through the city and see it that way, or get yourself a map and walk. Depending on the heat and the time of day you arrive, you may want to walk over to Paradise Island if you have time and the energy. A must stop, however, is the straw market, where you negotiate prices for items. Of course, Senior Frogs, is always a stop to end the time in Nassau...if you are over 21.

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