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Sail Date: October 2012
We are a married couple working and trying to find time in our busy schedules to get a break from the hectic pace of the everyday. Away from responsibilities. Away from cell phones (NOTE to first time cruisers please disable your cell ... Read More
We are a married couple working and trying to find time in our busy schedules to get a break from the hectic pace of the everyday. Away from responsibilities. Away from cell phones (NOTE to first time cruisers please disable your cell phone or be prepared for huge international roaming charges on your cell bill when you return home!) We have found the NCL Jewel and her sister the Gem out of New York to be an ideal way for us to rest our Midwestern tired bodies in the warmth of the Bahamas. Because of the multitude of flights from Detroit to New York we book our own flight planning to arrive a full day in advance. YES buy travel insurance with the cruise line. I have read other writers recommending other choices such as other carriers but they will not match what the cruise line can provide, at keast in our experience. Out of our 12 cruises there have been medical emergencies on at least 5 medical emergencies, 4 of which required a change in course for the ship or a helicopter evacuation. Without insurance you are looking at about $35,000 added to your credit card! In international waters the ship has limited options and you may be forced to pay for the ride home on your own--if you choose to not pay the travel insurance. We stay with family in New York but there are a lot of great choices in the city. Consider linking with the cruise line if a first timer to reduce your travel stress. With NCL we have always contacted our NCL cruise consultant Kim Horton. If considering NCL give her a call: 877-436-9722 extension 7028. She or people like her can add an extra touch that will make your trip a little more enjoyable. These are intangibles such as locating a cabin close to the stairwell or out from under the basketball court, to arranging for a special occasion or a late breaking upgrade. Sure the Internet is a convenient way to book a cruise but you can't see the whole picture like another human! Our embarkation at New York Harbor was a little longer than usual due to the fact that two NCL ships and a Celebrity ship were in port at the same time. But all staff were helpful and proffesional and and we unloaded our bags got through security and were on board within 20 minutes from getting out of our cab. One of us was on crutches and we were pleased to receive special support in our embarkation. Another travel hint: don't take everything on board with you. Take a small travel kit with essentials such as passports, medication, and swim suits if you plan to get right in the pool. Your suitcases will be delivered to your stateroom but it may take a few hours. We have seen folks drag all their stuff on board personally but there is no need if you plan ahead. Also for most of us remember that the cabin is small. Bed. Small table. Bathroom. Closet. That's it. There will be room for a laptop and suitcases slide under the bed. But if you bring everything with you from home you will be looking at it for a week! We were very fortunate to have almost perfect weather. Some people had trouble with motion sickness nonetheless. If this is your first trip on a vessel bring medicine for seas sickness. If you have some rough patches in the water you may have trouble getting it on board. As we said we were cold and tired travelers from the frozen Midwest. Because of the crutches we chose to stay on the shop at each port and enjoy the quiet. But many others including families took advantage of the Orlando port of call to take advantage of Disney and other sites such as the NASA Space Center. Our stop at Grand Stirrup Cay was also beautiful and guests enjoyed disembarking and using the new facilities set up there by NCL. Our stop at Nasau was uneventful. Again we stayed on board and enjoyed the quiet. A special thank you to the officers and crew for excellent service. Many of the international crews come from places where English is not their native language. One sweet new cew member told us she learned English from watching television in her home in a village in the Philipines. The crew all come from places around the world. Many have not seen their families for months. You may see them on shore if they have leave at a local restaurant or wherever there is a good internet hookup to contact home by Skype or email (the shipboard Internet is slow although reliable). They are all highly motivated by culture and corporate policy to treat you well. NCL treats it's crew well and OT shows. They try hard to make your experience a joyful one. We are especially concerned now about our friends on the Gem and the Jewel with the recent events surrounding hurricane Sandy. True to the standards set by NCL they are making every effort to care for their passengers, officers and crew. When considering a cruise for you and your family please consider the NCL Jewel. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
Our first cruise ever was on the Destiny to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau and we enjoyed it very much and are saving up for another cruise. We stayed at the downtown Miami Hilton the night before and took a taxi to the cruise ... Read More
Our first cruise ever was on the Destiny to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau and we enjoyed it very much and are saving up for another cruise. We stayed at the downtown Miami Hilton the night before and took a taxi to the cruise port about 10 am so I think we avoided the crowds and boarded quickly and easily. When we woke up that morning we could even see our cruise ship outside our hotel window. Our steward, Vilma, was very friendly and helpful and provided excellent service. Our room, 7103, had plenty of closet and drawer space. We even got Miami tv stations in during the entire cruise. The food in the buffet was good but not great except for the melons which were perfectly ripe and delicious. The food in the main dining room was very good but sometimes was a little cold so I would suggest getting there right on time as I suspect a lot of the food is cooked at the start of the service. The service in the dining room was very good. We went to many of the shows and enjoyed them. They are not full scale broadway shows but were entertaining. I think the music onboard the ship was very good. Several rooms on floor five and the center on floor three had musicians playing regularly in the evening and they were all very good and I enjoyed listening to them. We tried to see the comedian several times but found out that we really needed to get there early to get a seat so we ended up missing him as we never got there early. We went to the spa the first morning and got a couples massage which was wonderful. We went to the spa raffle the first night and did not win anything but did get a flyer for a good special which we took advantage of. We also did the chef's table one night and really enjoyed it. it was 7 courses of wonderful food with wonderful service and we enjoyed talking with the chef. It also included wine and a photo and we felt it was worth the 75 pp charge. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
This was our second Disney cruise with our young grandchildren. We entered the terminal about 12:45. EMBARKATION- This was smooth and efficient. However, at check-in we were informed that the ship would not be going to Castaway Cay ... Read More
This was our second Disney cruise with our young grandchildren. We entered the terminal about 12:45. EMBARKATION- This was smooth and efficient. However, at check-in we were informed that the ship would not be going to Castaway Cay because of Hurricane Sandy which was headed towards the Bahamas. ROOM- Our balcony room was clean with a lot of storage space. Unfortunately because of the rain and high winds, we were unable to take advantage of the balcony. SERVICE- As always, our dining service was excellent. Our cabin stewart also did an excellent job. Our only complaint was that our cabin was not made up until late in the day. PORTS- Because of the storm, we did not go to any ports and spent three days on a stormy sea. ACTIVITIES- Fortunately, we went on the Aquaduck as soon as we boarded. Last May, our youngest grandchild was an inch too short to qualify for the Aquaduck. This time she made it! She went on it several times with her mother and loved it as did her siblings. Then we all played Goofy Golf. I am so happy we did this since the Aquaduck, children's pool and sports venues were closed the rest of the cruise because of the rain and high winds. The weather limited many of the activities including the outdoor Pirate Show which was moved to the atrium. A cooking show for adults was informative. A pirate family game show in one of the lounges seemed like it would be fun but we had to leave because the music was overwhelmingly loud. The one activity for which I am extremely grateful was Detective Mickey Mystery. You pick up your detective badge on the fifth floor and then hunt pictures on various floors. Once found, the pictures are activated by the children's badges and they are given clues. We did Detective Mickey five times during this cruise!. CHILDREN'S CLUB- The staff at the children's club did an outstanding job! The clubs were often packed because of the weather and no port time. The staff were always upbeat and friendly. Our grandchildren enjoyed it very much. DINING- Our meal the first day was excellent. The sea bass was an excellent choice. The food was just ok the rest of the trip although the breakfast pastries were always very good. The meals in the served dining room seemed superior to what we ate in the buffets even though the same items were often the same. We had to leave the dining room before eating the final night because of seasickness. The service was always excellent no matter where we ate. DISEMBARKMENT- Because we did not stop in any ports, this was the easiest disembarkment ever! I should mention that while Disney did not return port fees, they did give each cabin a non transferrable 25 per cent discount towards a future three day cruise . If we go again, it will definitely be before hurricane season. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
We had a lovely time on the Carnival Sensation leaving Port Canaveral 10/21/2012. Embarkation was very easy, we walked right through onto the ship. We parked our car in one of the private lots and took their shuttle and that worked out ... Read More
We had a lovely time on the Carnival Sensation leaving Port Canaveral 10/21/2012. Embarkation was very easy, we walked right through onto the ship. We parked our car in one of the private lots and took their shuttle and that worked out very well at one-half the price of the port parking. Getting off the ship was also very quick and easy. We had cabin M253, it was a balcony and very pleasant. Lots of storage and shower was larger than I expected. The carpet could stand to be replaced but the room was clean and the mattress and pillows - terrific. Our room steward "Com" was outstanding and really took care of us. Towel animals and chocolates every night and the room was kept spotless. He was delightful and personable. We had heard very mixed reviews of this ship including bad smells and dirty public areas. We must have been on a different ship because I found the public areas (including restrooms) to be very clean and they were constantly working on them. The decorating was definitely outdated but it was cheerful and we thought it was a lot of fun. I did not go to many shows but the comedy and game shows we did attend were fun and I thought the space was great, very roomy. Dining was really wonderful and the food was very good. My favorite was the mango melon soup and my partner loved the escargot and pizza. Every meal we had in the dining room was very good. The buffet was a buffet but I did love the grits at breakfast! They kept the lines moving very well. We did not eat in any of the specialty restaurants. I absolutely loved Nassau and I took the Ardastra gardens and city tour. Our guide "Rudy" did an amazing job and took us through the neighborhood he grew up in and we saw lots of interesting sites. He even took the time to point out all of the fruit trees and explained what they were and how they were cooked. The bus was roomy and nicely air-conditioned. I loved Ardastra Gardens, the animals are wonderful and feeding the parrots apple was a lot of fun. The marching flamingoes are rather cheesy but a pure delight! I enjoyed seeing them up close and I laughed and laughed at the ones who turned and went the wrong way, doing their own thing. I just wish the tour had been longer. Our ship raced ahead of Hurrican Sandy so it was very rocky the last night. Even the staff looked a little green. But weather will do what it will do and the cruise lines have no control over it. We had wonderful weather in Freeport and it was cloudy enough over Nassau the following day to cut the heat for the excursion. Prices are down in October, so I am happy to take my chances with the weather. This is a lovely cruise at a very good price. The ship is older but very well kept up and clean as a whistle. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
We sailed on the Glory from 10/14 - 10/20/12. We just completed our 16th Carnival cruise (we have completed 10 Royal Caribbean cruises as well) Our daughter dropped us off at the Port of Norfolk. Couldn't have been easier since ... Read More
We sailed on the Glory from 10/14 - 10/20/12. We just completed our 16th Carnival cruise (we have completed 10 Royal Caribbean cruises as well) Our daughter dropped us off at the Port of Norfolk. Couldn't have been easier since we live in VA Beach! Embarkation was fast and easy considering we have priority boarding!!! Debarkation was a breeze as well. We did self-assist and were off the ship by 7:30am the latest and home by 8:00am!! The ship is gorgeous! We love the layout of the interior as well as the outside decks, etc. I don't have a single complaint except that Carnival and other lines need to sail from NORFOLK year round. Our ship was full. The guests were super friendly and seem to have a wonderful time! We have never, and I truly mean never experienced such a genuine and happy crew. This was noticeable every single day. Even Aiden a Customer Service Rep recognized me and called me by name. He was super helpful and had an adorable smile!! Our steward and assistant couldn't have been more friendly or caring!!!! The Cruise Director Matt was also one of the best Cruise Directors we have ever had. Our waiter and his assistant in the Golden dining room was professional and friendly at the same time! Food was delicious and lots of variety. The warm chocolate melting cake is not to be missed.......along with many, many other wonderful entrees, etc. The Glory was one of our most favorite ships that we have ever cruised on. We understand she is going into dry dock on 11/2/12........she looks new now.....I can't imagine how she will look after dry-dock. More restaurants going in, etc. We went to Nassau and Freeport - weather was gorgeous in both ports and throughout our cruise. We were very fortunate - smooth sailing as well. This cruise we decided to try the Chef's Table. It was a wonderful experience and glad we decided to finally give it a try. Looking forward to our next cruise!! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
I am not a destination cruiser. I cruise for the fun on the ship and the people I am going with. I like cruising because I only unpack once and I get to do things I never would do on land. This cruise was with my sister (LS). This ... Read More
I am not a destination cruiser. I cruise for the fun on the ship and the people I am going with. I like cruising because I only unpack once and I get to do things I never would do on land. This cruise was with my sister (LS). This was her first cruise and she had a boot on her foot from foot surgery. Boarded at Port Canaveral. These people were great. LS had a boot and any time we encountered a person they offered a wheelchair or went out of their way to make our boarding easier. LS joked that she should wear the boot every time she got on a ship. Room was M10. My first port hole room. I will be booking these from now on. This was also my first time at the front of the ship instead of the center. I loved it. The extra motion rocked me to sleep at nite. The port hole was neat because you could crawl up in the window and look out. The entertainment staff was good. Jimmy (Cruise Dir) was funny and welcoming anytime you saw him. The staff running the trivia were engaging. Learning the dances seemed rushed. I ate in the MDR for dinner and breakfast (most mornings). The food was good. The fish was awesome! We named our table the 'invisible table' because none of the wait staff seemed to be aware of us unless they had to deal with us. We watched as others who arrived later would be served first. One night, we arrived early and were getting our deserts 15 minutes before the next sitting. I ate at Lido for lunches. I do not bother with hamburgers or the Wok as these are experiences I can have off ship. Lunches on lido were fair. Overall, I enjoyed the cruise: what is not to like when you don't have to cook, clean, or work. I enjoyed the porthole and forward placement of the cabin and will do this again. My complaint was about quality of customer care and centered around communication. At the Muster, they never made it clear that if there were a real emergency, you should report to your 'Muster Station" and not to the Fantasia lounge. I had to clarify this for several first timers. LS and I searched for two days asking six crew members and visiting three different places on the ship for the "sushi bar". For the record--it doesn't exist: ignore the map and don't look for it. Finally, disembarkation was not clearly communicated. I am a veteran so I knew what to do re: contraband, the customs form, etc. I again helped several first timers because they came away from the Disembarkation Talk confused. I have two recommendations for Carnival and forwarded this on my eval: First, at Charleston they do silent disembarkation. It is a much more pleasant experience and should move it to other ships. Second, we live in a digital age: save the planet and stop developing every picture you take. Put up screens and let us select what we want and then print. Third, have the Sensation staff brush up on customer service and learn their boat. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
Please take into consideration that I am not a picky person and usually do not complain unless something is really a problem. This was a "girls" trip and we were determined to have fun and relax. It was the 1st trip I have ... Read More
Please take into consideration that I am not a picky person and usually do not complain unless something is really a problem. This was a "girls" trip and we were determined to have fun and relax. It was the 1st trip I have taken for sometime that wasn't during summer, fall or winter break etc.. Not many kids on the ship. I was determined to meet someone who wasn't from Texas. Never happened, my group from Colorado was the minority. Everyone was very nice. I had not been on Carnival for 5+ years. My last 8-10 cruises happen to be on Royal Caribean. My last vacation was at a Palace Resort in Mexico. I had decided I liked that as much if not more than a cruise. My neighbor had her 60th birthday in October and invited me. BALCONY ROOM We were on deck 2 with a cove balcony. I had always been up way higher and was at 1st disappointed when I saw our room. After I adjusted I actually decided that I liked it. The life boats were directly above us and it was protected. You could sit out there and not get blown away. We saw some awesome sunsets from our balcony. SPA & Fitness Center My friend had recently been on a cruise and said we had to go up to the spa first thing because they would have specials. Sure enough... they said that they sell 50 unlimited passes for the thermal spa. It was $125pp for the week and totally worth it. We went everyday, it was something we enjoyed thoroughly. If you only wanted a day pass it was $35 per day. I got up every morning at 6:30 and would walk the track on top. Saw some great sunrises and it was very relaxing and a moment that I go back to often in my mind. I also went to the fitness center several times and it was very nice with good equipment. Nothing like that view...when I go to my gym now it just isn't the same ? The process for getting on and off the ship was one of the smoothest that I ever recall. It was a little crazy when everyone decided it was time for lunch. The Mongolian place upstairs in the buffet area was to die for. The 1st day the line was very long but worth it. The only thing I could find to complain about was the beverage services. When you got water it was hot..would melt the ice right away and that area did not ever flow smoothly. The entire week there was a line for coffee and tea or lemonade. Up in this area was where I did notice the cutbacks. I was used to sitting down on previous cruises and someone would come around and ask if you needed anything, refill your coffee or tea etc. there were not very many workers around up there. Dining Room service was slow the 1st couple nights, then we told them we would like to get out a little earlier so we could go to a show. After that we always got out on time. We were thrilled with the overall trip and would highly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
i just sailed on the carnival fascination on oct 27th-nov 1 out of jacksonville fl.i live about a 1/2 hour drive from the port easy to get to no traffic. embarkation was relative long due to computers or cameras not all working caused ... Read More
i just sailed on the carnival fascination on oct 27th-nov 1 out of jacksonville fl.i live about a 1/2 hour drive from the port easy to get to no traffic. embarkation was relative long due to computers or cameras not all working caused a backup with the lines.was on ship in about an hour .rooms were all ready by then so we did not have to wait for those to be done. stateroom was m73 and had enough storage for everything bathroom had good shower pressure bed was very comfy and the stateroom very clean. this cruise was on halloween and there was a ton of kids on board some of them were very rude and did not care about any rules for adult venues after hours.carnival needs to enforce this. waterpark was closed most of the time due to high winds so they were all in the whirlpools all the time. dinning was good to very good on this ship i would highly reccomend doing the chef tabel at least once it is very well worth it.dinning room was very good tabel was #265 behind the matrd station alexander and his team were great no problems.the rest of the staff were very nice and helpful they do work very hard to make everyone happy due to sandy we switch coco cay with freeport did not care for freeport at all and then we did nassau went to atlantis impressed and did the queens staircase . entertainment on board was good did not see any main shows. disembarkation was nice and easy was off ship by 1100 .overall a great trip Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
Review of Jewel -- October 14 to Bahamas Wife and I both mid-fifties, DW newly diagnosed with MS. 3rd cruise and all with NCL, 1st time with a balcony. Day 1 -- Boarding Embarkation was a bit hectic with 2 ships leaving the port ... Read More
Review of Jewel -- October 14 to Bahamas Wife and I both mid-fifties, DW newly diagnosed with MS. 3rd cruise and all with NCL, 1st time with a balcony. Day 1 -- Boarding Embarkation was a bit hectic with 2 ships leaving the port on the same day. Our son dropped us off at the pier at around 12 noon. A mass of passengers were moving very slowing into the terminal. We found a porter for the Jewel and gave him our 2 suitcases, keeping a camera bag and an overnight bag. We entered the terminal and were directed to the far end of the terminal were the Jewel passengers were being checked in. Once entering the latitudes line it took 45 minutes to board the ship. The person checking us in was very nice and very quick. We boarded the Jewel and were greeted by crew welcoming us aboard. I asked if the staterooms were ready and was told yes. We proceeded to our stateroom 10132. We were very happy with the room. It was very clean, the roses I had ordered for my wife were in place and she was very surprised and happy with them. (just a hint for all you guys out there). We opted to skip lunch at the Garden Cafe and went to Tsar's for a quiet lunch. After lunch we went back to our stateroom. Our 2 checked bags had arrived already so we unpacked and then watched from our balcony as the ship pulled out to head down the Hudson. At 3pm they started to announce the upcoming muster drill and we were to meet in Tsar's so we headed down there. When we opened the door we saw the 8pack of water we had checked had been delivered. We were surprised at the number of people who don't pay attention during the muster drill, using cell phones or just talking and joking around. We then went up to the sail away party which was packed so we headed to the Great Outdoors, not as crowded back there and we watched as we passed the Freedom Tower. We had dinner in the Garden Cafe, many selections and we only had trouble finding a place to sit a few times during the cruise. We walked around the ship after dinner for a bit doing some exploring. The Jewel is a beautiful ship. We went back to our stateroom and sat on the balcony enjoying the quiet. Day 2 Had breakfast in Tsar's. No waiting for a table. Service was excellent. At 11:00 we made our way to the Star Bar for our meet and greet. Thanks to CTCruiser001 for making the arrangements. Only 10 attended along with the Cruise Events Officer, The Captain and the Hotel Director. We signed in and the list became an invitation for Dinner with an Officer which occurred later in the cruise. I had heard about the Behind the Scenes Tour but asked if it was possible to obtain just a tour of the Bridge since my DW was unable to walk all over and climb up and down stairs. The Captain told the Events Office to arrange something for the group. Can't hurt to ask. The meet and greet broke up about 11:15 and we had time to make our way to the Spinnaker Lounge for the first of a number of chances to play BINGO during the cruise. We grabbed a light the Garden Cafe and then wandered around and just relaxed. We had dinner in the Garden Cafe also and found many options to choose from to satisfy ourselves. Then we headed to the Stardust Theater for the first of the week's shows. This was the Welcome Aboard Show which included a number by the Jewel Production Cast, a number by Fire and Ice, Night Stage, and the Magician/Comedian and the Acrobats. After the show we headed up to Garden Cafe for some snacks to take back to our cabin were we sat on the balcony relaxing and enjoying the ocean breeze. Day 3 - Port Canaveral We opted this morning to try Room Service and had coffee, tea, juice, fruit and pastries delivered. It arrived exactly at 8am which is the time I requested. We received a call five minutes prior to let us know it was on the way. We choose to do the Pontoon Boat tour of the Banana River. The boat ride was about an hour and half and we saw dolphin, many different types of birds and some manatees. The guides were very informative about the area. We enjoyed the excursion very much. Upon returning to the ship we were met by the crew handing out cool, scented washcloths. My DW didn't like the scent but I thought the idea was nice. We had dinner at Azura that night. We had a short wait of 15 minutes and then were shown to a table. Dinner and the service were excellent. After dinner we went to the Stardust Theater for the Production Cast of Band on the Run. This show was great. Day 4 - Great Stirrup Cay Today for us was a rest and relaxation day. We had breakfast at Tsar's, went to the pool. Very quiet since most passengers were over at Great Stirrup Cay. We had no problem getting chairs near the pool or a table in the Garden Cafe at lunch time. We had dinner reservations at Mama's and had a very delicious meal. Very attentive waitstaff and we though the meal was worth the $10 per person charge. Day 5 - Nassau We had decided to do the Dolphin Encounter at Blue Lagoon. After getting off the ship my DW and I found it a little confusing trying to find the right group for the Blue Lagoon. We were given wristbands to wear and then were told to follow the guide. We walked about 15 minutes to the dock for the boat that would talk us to Blue Lagoon. The boat ride was nice, about 30 minutes. When we docked at Blue Lagoon it was a short walk to the area for the dolphin encounter. We were first given a 20 minute educational program about dolphins then we were directed to the small pools were the dolphins were. We then had a chance to get in the pool standing on a waist deep platform and our picture was taken while the dolphin kissed one member of the family. In our case my DW got the kiss. After the pic was taken about 8 of us got on the platform and we each had a turn feeding the dolphin, kissing her, hugging, dancing and stroking her belly and back. When our group was done we got out and they had the DVD playing already on the TV screen. You purchase the DVD or single pics at the gift shop. We only bought the pic of my DW getting kissed. Single pic was $16. On the whole the Blue Lagoon Dolphin Encounter was great fun. We loved it. When we got back to the ship, the crew was out at the gangplank handing out the cool, scented washcloths again. Music was playing and the crew was dancing and making coming back onboard a big party atmosphere. This was the night for the Dinner with an Officer. We had signed up for this at the CC Meet and Greet and we had received a letter earlier in the week that we would be dinning with the Hotel Director Hugo. We were told to meet in the Art Gallery at 7:00pm. When we arrived we found that joining our group was CTCruiser001 and his new DW. Another couple not from CC also joined us. Hugo was a few minutes late thinking it was for 7:30. He led us to our table at Tsar's. Hugo told us that wine and drinks were complimentary with the meal. We had a delicious meal and great conversation with Hugo and the other couples with us. We finished around 9 so that we had time to make the 9:30 show if we desired. That night was the Magician/Comedian Jean Pierre Parent. My DW does not like magician/comedians so she opted to skip the show and wanted to go back to our cabin and read on the balcony. After I escorted her back I returned to the theater for the show. I've seen better magicians and I've seen worse. I thought he was very good for a cruise ship show. Day 6 and 7 - Sea Days There were many activities going on these days, we played bingo, went to the casino, relaxed on the decks or on our balcony. The captain made an announcement that the ship would be slowing down in order for the coast guard to airlift a passenger in distress. It was remarkable watching the coast guard helicopter hover over the ship. Friday night was the Le Cirque Bijou show. What an amazing show. Afterwards we went to the chocolate buffet. I have to say I was a little disappointed in the chocolate buffet. Saturday was another day just taking it easy. The last Bingo game was at 4:30 and they were also raffling off the free cruise. The Spinnaker Lounge was packed. We met up with CTCruiser001 and his DW there. Two games of Bingo were played before they drew the winning ticket. Unfortunately we did not win but congrats to the winner. Disembarking - We choose to have our bags picked up the night before and not do self disembarkation. We choose the 10:30 time and hag a nice breakfast in Tsar's and then went and picked up our 2 carry on bags and went up to Garden Cafe to wait. At 10:30 it seemed that they were running behind so we just went down to the Atrium and got in line even though our color had not been called yet. We disembarked found our other luggage and proceeded through customs. We were outside across the street on the corner by 11:15. We called our son who had been waiting around the corner. On the whole we had a blast on this cruise. We enjoyed every minute. My DW did get tired a few times from walking but we tried to space things out so that she had time to sit and rest. All the staff we came into contact with could not have been more pleasant. We never had an unpleasant encounter from check in to disembarkation. We didn't mind the "Washy Washy", anything that would help from spreading germs was a good thing as far as we were concerned. The food was good, not great but not horrible either. I was more disappointed in the desserts. We were very happy with how clean the ship appeared to be. We loved our stateroom. Maybe next cruise we'll try for a suite. We'll see how that goes. We love sailing with NCL and look forward to another cruise with them. 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Sail Date: October 2012
Sailed Majesty from October 22 through October 26, 2012. It was a great cruise. My sister and I left our families at home so it would take a lot more than some windy/rainy weather and Coco Cay cancelling to ruin our cruise. There were ... Read More
Sailed Majesty from October 22 through October 26, 2012. It was a great cruise. My sister and I left our families at home so it would take a lot more than some windy/rainy weather and Coco Cay cancelling to ruin our cruise. There were bumpy and rocking seas on the way out and, especially the last 18 hours or so due to Sandy. I felt sorry for anyone who got sea sick but we were okay. All in all I enjoyed Majesty. Our room was 9580 which was bit larger than a regular ocean-view stateroom. We loved its aft location near the spa and stairway/elevators. It was more than adequate with plenty of storage and closet space. Tons of hangers! We had some trouble with sink stopper getting stuck the first night, but it was fixed within minutes of reporting it. Our attendant, Antonio, was awesome. So friendly and magically seemed to attend to all our needs without ever being in the way. The other passengers were from all over the world with, perhaps, the majority from the U.S., but it felt very international and diverse. It was a great crowd, very fun and a variety of age groups. There were some groups having a great time, but I don't think I would describe it as a party boat, at least no one seemed to bother anyone else. It made for fun and interesting to watch game shows, like Quest, etc. I didn't see any of the production shows, but I did see Quest, Love & Marriage, Sexiest Man (pretty funny) and the comedian (good.) Usually I am traveling as a family so it was a treat to stay up a little later and see what everyone else is doing. The ports were great. I enjoyed Nassau so much more than the other couple of times I've been there. I don't know why??? We went shopping and then went to the Sheraton. We must have been the only cruise guests there and it seemed that there was no one there anyhow. I'm sure the windy weather kept the cruisers away. We sat on the beach and got in the hot tub. The sun came out a little bit. The best part was the Daiq Shack across the street. Awesome, fresh fruit daiquiris with the smoothest rum ever. We didn't waste our money at the Sheraton. I just ran across the street and brought our drinks back. Later we went to the Fish Fry for dinner. Just a heads up: don't do this if you are in a hurry to get back to the boat. Dinner will take a couple of hours. Great food and friendly service, though. Locals were so friendly in Nassau once you got out of the immediate port area. Coco Cay was cancelled due to high winds. It was disappointing, but we didn't let it get us down. RCI can't control the weather. FYI: if you want a seat around the pool or even on the pool or upper decks you must get there in the a.m. before 10 or so, at least on sea days. We missed out. We still managed to have a relaxing, book reading day. Key West was a bit rainy, but not too bad. The day was cut a little short due to hurricane Sandy, but otherwise a great day. After sailing away the captain advised passengers to get bonine shots/medicine from the clinic and to prepare for a rocky night. Its been 29 hours since the cruise and I'm still rocking and rolling so I guess it was worse than I thought at the time. We coped by getting out and about, drinking and acting like everything was normal. Also, took some bonine before bed, just in case. There is something fun about sitting up in the Viking Crown looking over the ocean/pool area while you are rocking back and forth in 15 feet swells. They cancelled the show because it was too dangerous for the dancers and I saw more than a few crew member almost lose their footing. There were no problems getting a seat for anything that night. It seemed that many people had thought to turn in early, but the last thing I would have wanted was to be holed up in a little cabin during all of that. On Friday the port of Miami was closed, but we finally got off the ship about 9:50 a.m. There were still plenty of people left on the boat. Our flight was at noon so we felt lucky to make our flight. I feel sorry for anyone's trip that was impacted by Sandy, but we felt extremely lucky. It could've been so much worse. I liked Majesty. It was perfect for my sister and I. We wanted a shorter cruise and to have fun and a break from everyday life. We also liked the ports. My next cruise is with the family on Adventure of the Seas. Read Less

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