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This was a complete surprise of a trip - both in intent and in the trip itself. We booked 2 Superior Oceanview cabins as a surprise for my fathers 70th birthday, which was the day before sailing. Wanting to make the most of our cruise ... Read More
This was a complete surprise of a trip - both in intent and in the trip itself. We booked 2 Superior Oceanview cabins as a surprise for my fathers 70th birthday, which was the day before sailing. Wanting to make the most of our cruise experience (since we generally do 10 day sailings)we arrived at the post of Miami at 11:30 am. Unloading the luggage was easy and parking at the post even easier. By noon we were checked in and on board - with no lines to wait in anywhere. Since the cabins would not be ready until 1, we went directly to the Windjammer for some lunch. It was packed outdoors, and then we found a nice quiet area to the very front of the buffet - enclosed, air-conditioned, and directly above the bridge. We had a great lunch with an even better view - and away from the crowds. We went down to our stateroom about 1:15 and it was ready for us. We booked the SO category because we had done one 3 day trip a couple years back and had the "oceanview" category, which we found cramped (we generally do Balcony staterooms or junior suites on longer cruises). This was perfect for a 3-day getaway with a small couch, lots of storage space, a nice sized window, and the standard RCCL sized bathroom. Luggage arrived by 2:00, so we were all settled in and changed into bathing suits by 2:30 - allowing us a couple of hours by the pool before boat drill. Sail away was perfect -a beautiful spring day - always best enjoyed form the Viking Crown. Followed by dinner that night. The dining rooms serve standard, but slightly down-scaled RCCL fare - but the service is most definitely up to par with other RCCL ships (in fact we even saw a waiter we had on the Brilliance now working on this ship. The dining rooms themselves, however, are not of the grandeur of the newer ships. The next day we had to cancel the stop at the private island, due to the roughness of the seas. But, the weather was still great, so we enjoyed an excellent "sea day" - with all the traditional outdoor games, plus a full day of casino and shopping time. The Cruise Director did a great job of providing an updated Cruise Compass that was full of activities to keep everyone busy. The final day in Nassau was, again, a beautiful day. We managed to dock the evening prior, so it made for a nice leisurely stroll of the ship on Sunday morning - when we were ready to go. Disembarkation was probably the most efficient we have ever experienced. We never had to leave our room and go wait anywhere. While my parents were local, we had a flight departing Fort Lauderdale at noon. We ended up being in the first group to disembark. We were off, through customs, and had luggage in hand all in a span of about 30 minutes. The a quick walk to the car and we were on our way to the airport. We were so early that we managed to catch a flight leaving Fort Lauderdale at 10:00. All in all, this is a great 3-day experience - provided you set the appropriate expectations. This is not a 10 day cruise on a new mega ship, this is a 3-day trip aboard an older ship - set up for people who are just looking for a weekend getaway/escape where they have nothing to worry about. Highly recommended and we will most definitely do this again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2005
Where do I start, first a few days before leaving we found out that we would not be stopping at Nassau in the Bahamas. The cruise line however offered a full refund if you wished not to take the cruise, can't beat that. Anyway we ... Read More
Where do I start, first a few days before leaving we found out that we would not be stopping at Nassau in the Bahamas. The cruise line however offered a full refund if you wished not to take the cruise, can't beat that. Anyway we thought we would be staying at Miami for two days turned out to be just one long day, about 8am to midnight. After all was said and done the trip down and the stops at the ports went fairly well. Coming home would not offer the same peace. The seas turned a little unsettling. Then they got rough, and then it was just crazy. The ship at times slanted heavily from side to side. Plates, glasses, stands, chairs, everything seemed to be falling breaking and crashing. We were trying to stay up and keep our mind off of the bad weather. We spent most of the time in the casino. Finally around 3am it was time to go to the cabin and sleep. After a few minutes of being tossed around in my bed I was able to fall asleep, it wasn't that the boat stopped shaking and shifting, its just I was that tired. Then it happened while I was deep in sleep. A 70 ft wave crashed into the front of the boat breaking windows on floor 9 and 10. My cabin was just doors away from the front where the damage was done. I awoke to a woman going down the hall banging on doors yelling "get out get out now" I opened my cabin door and in came the water. Since I had just waken I was confused and thought maybe that was it just maybe we were going down. The water kept coming, it was like the movie Titanic. After I got my head straight I called up my family who was staying in a different room. They were not taking on water and they were on a lower floor so I assumed it was local to just our area. I left the room with no life jacket to go and try to find out what was going on. When it was all done we found out that a wave had hit and busted out some windows in the front of the ship. Our room was moved and we headed inland to have the boat repaired at Charleston, South Carolina. We had to stay another day on the ship and arrived home Monday instead of Sunday. I don't blame anyone for what happened. It was Mother Nature and certainly not the captain's fault. In my opinion he did an excellent job. The crew for the most part was excellent. It seemed the attitude in the Venetian was a little to stern. But everywhere else everyone was friendly. In the end it was a great cruise and NCL went out of there way to do their part to make it better. 50 percent off this cruise that same amount off the next one and free drinks the last three days. Not to bad. On a totally different topic, no changing rooms to change babies. That is the only thing I can really see them needing to add. Read Less
Sail Date April 2005
ROYAL CARIBBEAN - MAJESTY OF THE SEAS 04-11 THRU 04-15-05 Just wanted to share our experience on this cruise. We had purchased transportation from the airport in Miami to the ship, then back again. We were greeted promptly upon arrival ... Read More
ROYAL CARIBBEAN - MAJESTY OF THE SEAS 04-11 THRU 04-15-05 Just wanted to share our experience on this cruise. We had purchased transportation from the airport in Miami to the ship, then back again. We were greeted promptly upon arrival and after another plane landed with more passengers, we were loaded up and driven to the ship. It was all very painless. We arrived at the ship around 2:30. Checking in at the ship's terminal took about 10 minutes. We went to our cabin first and our room steward, Alvaro, promptly came and introduced himself and explained where things were and answered our questions. He made us feel that we were in good hands. We were able to eat at the Windjammer Cafe and relax before we departed. We had the late seating for dinner at the Maytime. Our waiter, Djordje, pronounced "Georgie" was excellent and elaborated on the dinner choices. Our head waiter came around early and often throughout the cruise to make sure everything was satisfactory. Our assistant waiter always made sure we had all the bread and drinks we wanted. The food was very adequate, but the outstanding part of dinner was the service and the presentation. Our room was on the 6th deck. It was small, but we weren't expecting a large room. It made very good use of the space; none to spare really, but room for everything. Our empty luggage fit beneath the bed. The bathroom shower was very, very small. However, the walls were always very handy to brace myself when the ship started rocking. I noticed many people wearing patches for motion sickness, but I rather enjoyed being rocked to sleep again! We didn't experience any discomfort. Our room was straightened and fresh towels brought several times throughout the day and evening, and they made those cute little animals out of the towels. We were, in fact, in good hands. Our trip to Nassau was a good experience. My favorite things were the old, old buildings and the very friendly folks. We had signed up for the Yellowbird Tour and enjoyed it very much. Pearl Island was very pleasant. And the ride back (and the endless supply of rum punch) was very fun, too. Our next stop was at Coco Cay. We were pleasantly surprised. There was everything that we needed right there. Nobody had to scramble for the beach chairs and there was a good number of hammocks here and there, too. The folks were friendly. There were a lot of chickens on the island, and many baby chicks. Because it's still early in the year, the water was colder than we like. Next time, we'll go when it's a little warmer. Our last stop was Key West. The ship had to be cleared by Immigration before we could get off, but honestly, when our deck was called the line kept moving and we barely stopped. I had brought our Customs card down to fill out while we waited, and there was no waiting. The only delay was a few guests who must have "forgotten" that they really needed to go through this procedure, and needed a very public invitation. We enjoyed this stop, too. We stopped off at Capt'n Tony's bar and asked about getting a really good cheeseburger. The bartender suggested the "Depot" in a mostly residential area. It's a sidewalk cafe with a "Kleen Wash" laundry attached to it. They have a model train that runs above the seating area. We were seated in the "West Wing"; actually the middle of the three picnic tables provided in the front. It had a great umbrella. This is not a fast food establishment but it was time well-spent. When the owner got a whim, he would blow a real train whistle. This is at the corner of Margaret and Fleming, and across the street is "Maggie's book store", also known as the "Flaming Ladies". We were told that years ago, it was a cheap diner, and Ernest Hemingway used to eat lunch there most days. The next morning we were back in Miami. I dreaded the process of getting off the ship and back to the airport, but we were called for the Customs process at about 7:30AM and were getting our boarding passes at the airport by 8:30AM. It was just extremely easy. The only inconvenience we encountered was the lack of ashtrays available for use on the smoking side of the ship. I never saw more than four plastic ashtrays and there were several tall ashcans here and there along the decks but a real lack of them for sitting at the tables. We felt that this was a very wonderful way to spend four days, and worth the expense. I'm very glad we went. Read Less
Sail Date April 2005
(Pack a lunch - this is really long!!!) Who we are My name is Robin and I'm a cruise-aholic. [Hi, Robin.] I've been on 4 cruises in two years, this is my first on RCCL. This one was with my son, Dan, 18, who has been away in ... Read More
(Pack a lunch - this is really long!!!) Who we are My name is Robin and I'm a cruise-aholic. [Hi, Robin.] I've been on 4 cruises in two years, this is my first on RCCL. This one was with my son, Dan, 18, who has been away in his first year of college so this was our chance to reconnect. I also hoped he'd also find some nice kids his own age to hang out with (and he did). We were on a budget (college expenses and all) but knew we could have a good time on a short cruise without breaking the bank. Impressions of the ship I'd been advised to have low expectations because of the age of the Majesty, but I thought this was a beautiful "classic" ship. It lacked some of the amenities of the newer, larger ships, but I liked the layout --people forward; stuff aft. We had one of the forward-most cabins on 4 (we really got our exercise walking!) which was small even by cruise-ship standards. They made the maximum use of the space, however and it was just fine for the price. There was no hall traffic by our room, but the anchors must have been just on the other side of the cabin wall. (Suffice it to say, we didn't have to ask if we had reached ports.) The weather was a little cool and there was no solarium. I didn't notice any deck chair saving but the chairs were not that comfortable. Not all had footrests. They were an older style with webbing and where quite narrow. I guess cruisers have gotten larger over the years. The two identical back-to-back small pools didn't look particularly inviting. At first, I thought the water was brownish, but realized it was due to the brown marble wading area around the slightly deeper pool. Poor choice of color. The lounges/theaters were lovely with good sight lines and I never had a problem finding a good seat even if I arrived late. TV had an odd assortment of movies and sitcoms plus ESPN and the deuce but I didn't see sports on other than soccer even though we are in the middle of college basketball March Madness. The cinema seemed particularly under-utilized for a very nice space. They had a different movie each day (shown 3 times each)-- Being Julia, Sideways, Friday Night Lights and Shrek 2. In other words, the DVDs most popular at your local rental store. I never had time to see one all the way through but it was an interesting thing to do when waiting for something. Passenger makeup -- This is the beginning of the spring break season and there were more young adults than I expected. Most were with a parent or slightly older sibling, but I did wonder how some of them got around the minimum age restrictions per room since the ratio of younger adults to older adults didn't seem quite right. I didn't notice any misbehavior, but my son pointed out that I was asleep by midnight or so, so I may have missed it. There were also 43 honeymooning couples and both the other couples at our table were celebrating anniversaries (10th and 25th). I saw about a dozen kids in the children's program. This was the first cruise for almost everyone I talked to. Dress was mostly on the very casual side. Lots of jeans/shorts in the dining room for dinner. I'm not a person who cares, but I saw some people dressed to the nines for every dinner who seemed bewildered. They stood out more than the overly casual majority. Formal night felt like Prom with very wide participation. (We did the "casual alternative"at the Windjammer and even there, people were dressed nicely.) Entertainment -- CD was Warren a sweet baby-faced person who seemed to go way out of his way not to offend anyone. I'd give him a solid B. The singers/dancers were some of the best I've seen on a ship and the Beat Goes On was the best show I saw. (I'm not a fan of Disco so the second show - Boogie Wonderland—though good wasn't quite my cup of tea.) Phil Tag, the comedian was OK, but I swear I saw another comedian on a different ship do the same ship-related material. The gaucho and "impressionistic singer" were just plain odd. Day by day -- Pre-embarkation day. We flew in a day early (to Ft. Lauderdale) and chose to splurge a little with a night at an "Art Deco" hotel in South Beach. Used Tri-County for shared ride and waited only a few minutes to get several parties together for the trip. We stayed at the Park Central on Ocean Drive and the location was perfect! We had a 5th floor room, which I would suggest because of the partial ocean view (as opposed to some of the lower level rooms that look out at a brick wall). The price (we paid $169 for 2 extremely comfy beds) includes beach chairs (but not umbrella) at the beach across the way, but after trying that, we preferred the small but beautifully landscaped pool. We had lunch at Johnny Rockets (the waiter actually asked what "youze guyz want for lunch today") on the sidewalk while we watched the "car show" pass by us. (My son said he never saw so many incredible cars in one place before!). For dinner, we continued the "pub crawl" on Collins and Ocean which is a true experience. We were too tired from the early morning flight (Song - excellent!) to stay up too late so it was more of a pub wander than a pub crawl. Day 1 - Embarkation Day -- Up around 9, got some pastry from a nearby shop and coffee from the lobby and ate on the rooftop terrace. Perfect! Taxi to the port was $17. We got there at about 11:30 and boarding had just begun. Only waited a couple minutes at the Seapass card station. Room was open, but largely ready. Met our steward and asked for robes, which he was able to locate (tipped him extra immediately for that). Dropped our carry on bag with no valuables in it so we didn't have to drag it to lunch (kept our real valuables with us in my purse). Our other bags arrived at about 2pm. Lunch at Windjammer was ready - roast beef carving station, hot dogs and seafood paella with a variety of salads. Yummy! Thanks to all who pointed out there there are two "stations" to the Windjammer, one farther back than the other - it was always less crowded than the forward one. Muster drill was well organized and there was ample time afterward to get the life jackets back to the room before sail-away. Names/cabin numbers were checked. Late comers had to do a "walk of shame" down the passage in front of the assembled masses and there weren't too many of them.(Deck 10 and 11 passengers get to assemble in a lounge instead of on the deck.) We had Main dinner seating at 6 so we had to hurry to get ready after sail-away. We were at a table for 6 with two couples celebrating milestone anniversaries. They were a delight! A digression about food I wish I could remember exactly what I ate for dinner, but I don't. It was all good. Compared to the food on other lines, I thought the dinner portions were quite large. I never once considered ordering two entries and rarely finished everything on my plate (though I never missed dessert!). We did two breakfasts in the Windjammer (quick easy, but lukewarm except for the omelets) and two in the Mikado dining room (good conversation and excellent Eggs Benedict). Other than the Eggs Benedict (the best I've ever had - eggs were cooked perfectly) my favorite was waffles with strawberry sauce and (real) whipped cream. And bacon. This ship must go through a ton of bacon.... It was a good week for pineapple, cantaloupe and kiwi, too. We didn't tend to eat lunch on the ship because we had late breakfasts and early dinners but we did have room service once for a snack. It wasn't during meal hours so we went with the limited menu. (There's a TV channel that tells you what you can order other than what's on the room menu and the hours that the special items are available.) The nachos just hit the spot and the fruit plate was also very good. The best meal in general was the BBQ on Coco Cay. The ribs and the mac and cheese were outstanding. I slept through the Chocolate buffet on day 3 (which I heard was beautiful!), but did make the midnight sale-away party in Nassau. A little too crowded for me, but I had some good pasta. Back to the regular program Day 2 -- Nassau -- Our original plans were to taxi to Cable Beach to the Wyndam for the morning, return to the port area in the afternoon and go to Atlantis in the early evening skipping formal night in the process. I think I had decided to do this because so many people had told me that Nassau was not a pleasant place to be. I found it no worse than any other Caribbean port. We could see that Senior Frogs and the British Colonial Hilton were side by side from the ship and decided that it might be easier skip the taxi ride and just spend the day there instead. I knew the BCH had a $15 pp day pass available. (A similar excursion from the ship to the Wyndam is $44 including transportation and a $10 gambling voucher but we didn't want to be locked into a specific time to leave or pay double for the transportation, nor did we want to be kicked out of the Cable Beach hotel pool areas.) I was comfortable allowing my son to go to Senior Frogs while I relaxed on the beach/pool at the BCH, so for us, this was the better option. Around 3 we wandered back through the Straw Market and the port area. The Straw Market was too claustrophobic for me, but the rest of the shops were moderately interesting. There is also some shops in the area of the port that we never got to see - they looked better than the Straw Market. After a rest and a room service snack, we took a shared taxi for $4 pp to Atlantis at about dusk. We wandered about where we could and it was certainly very grand. I was surprised to find that the beach areas were closed down already but we didn't get close enough to the pools to see if they were open. If we were a party of four, a "room" at the Comfort Inn would have been worth it, but with only the two of us, it wasn't. The casino itself was very small (but we come from the land of Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun) and my son came out $27 richer than he went in. Then it was back to the ship and a quick snack at the Windjammer to tide us over until the sail-away party at midnight. All in all, a busy, fun and relatively inexpensive day! Day 3 --Coco Cay -- We made it even though the day was very cool (low 70's) and rain threatened all day. Our plans were for me to go over early and for my son to sleep in (late nights at On Your Toes) and meet me at about noon at the BBQ. I was hoping to snorkel (brought everything but fins and vest) but the water was too cold to be inviting. Instead I had a great time walking along the beaches (best area is beyond the area where you can get the kayaks) and lounging in a hammock. We headed back around 3 and spent the rest of the day with ship activities – but I don't exactly remember what. (I was somewhat disappointed in the lack of variety of ship activities compared to other cruises I've been on, but I always found something to do.) I was delighted to find that the Quest was offered at 10:30 pm and hoped that my son would participate. He did with his newfound friends and all I can say is, I never thought he'd look so good in a purple bra. (For you newbies, the Quest cannot be described, only experienced. You will not believe what people will do for even the possibility of winning a key-chain!) Talk about mother/son bonding! We will laugh about this forever! Day 4 -- Key West -- Docking was delayed due to a strong head wind so immigration didn't start until 9:30 am. Took less than 5 minutes to go through but there were about a dozen people who didn't get it and had to be paged once. We were allowed to go off the ship at about 11:40. We wandered into town and got tickets for the Conch Train. This kept us busy until around 2 (there's one “potty stop” midway) when we walked up Duval and got some snacks and did a little shopping. We happened across two of the ship's shopping raffles on our way, but didn't win either one. Then it was back to the ship for one last dinner and a show. We put our tips on the seapass account and received our vouchers for the envelopes only minutes before dinnertime began. We added some extra to our vouchers, but only a few dollars because I felt our dinner service was good, but not great. (I don't consider this part of the “service,” but the waiters lip-sync after dinner rather than sing, and seem terribly ill at ease about it. It's not like Carnival, where they really get into it and invite you to sing/dance too. If they are not going to do it well, I'd rather they didn't do it at all.) Going home day -- The seas the last night were quite rough and I had a hard time sleeping. We pulled into port at about 5:30 am and our color was called before we got to breakfast at the dining room at 7:30. We departed about 8:30 and only had to pick up our bags and drop off the customs form with the agent (since we had cleared immigration the day before). We had reserved a car with Alamo since we had a 7pm flight from Ft. Lauderdale and needed something to do with our luggage. This turned out to be the perfect solution. We drove up to Hollywood Beach and found a little beach community with on-street parking ($1 an hour), shady trees on the beach, bathrooms and a little festival going on with music (in French) and line dancing. It was a wonderful place to spend the day and was only about 15 minutes from the drop off at the airport rental car center. It was the best $26 we spent. (My $10 faux pashima from the ship became our beach blanket and we had packed a couple small beach towels.) There was also a little park a bit further up A1A that we didn't see until we left that also would have been nice, but I had forgotten to pack my map. Too soon, it was time to go back to the airport and fly home to 6 inches of snow. Talk about getting back to reality! We had a great time and have already started a savings plan so we can do this again next year!!! And we have a new “to do” list for next year of the things we didn't have time to do! Let me know if you have any questions. Read Less
Sail Date March 2005
First, let me say, that other than the food, the cruise was a 9.5 out of 10. We were pleasantly surprised with both the size of our room and the furnishings. Down comforters on the beds, two pillows per bed...and nice ones to boot. Shower ... Read More
First, let me say, that other than the food, the cruise was a 9.5 out of 10. We were pleasantly surprised with both the size of our room and the furnishings. Down comforters on the beds, two pillows per bed...and nice ones to boot. Shower was not only spotless clean, but had good water pressure. Things to do on the ship were nice, too. Although, you had to pay $10 per Bingo card or 3 for $20. There were lots of other seminars you could attend for free. The shore excursion lecture was a good one. Also, there was a free liquor tasting one night. WONDERFUL. I didn't know there was that much difference between Banana Rum from St. Thomas and Smirnoff. Glad I tasted the difference. Took the Blue lagoon shore excursion with the snorkeling. Best deal since sliced bread. Boat was an hour over there, then only an extra $10 to rent the equipment for all day. Wished we'd have been in Nassau for an extra 24 hours to shop, as we spent the day at the Blue Lagoon. Came back on the 4 P.M. boat instead of the 2 P.M. boat. Would have done it differently next time (taken the 2 P.M. one so could have had more shopping time.) Be careful of the taxi drivers in Freeport. We were with a group of 3. $5 per person into town and the guy handed the taxi driver a $20 expecting $5 change. The taxi driver put it into his pocket and said, "Thanks for the tip." Don't forget that you can take the gratuities off your cruise bill and tip individuals. No questions asked. Next time, we won't take beach towels, as nice ones are provided by the cruise lines. Food was OK, but nothing to write home about. We had a late seating...8:30 P.M. and the first 3 nights, until we complained, didn't get out of there until after 10:30 P.M.! We did have lobster, salmon, Chateau Bria (however you spell it), Prime Rib, and other lavish desserts. Evening meals were good, but daytime meals were just OK. Only thing that was 24 hours was pizza. We called for room service (free service) and the wait was over an hour so we canceled it. Email me with other questions. Overall, it was a great cruise. People were nice. Read Less
Sail Date March 2005
This was a spring break cruise for my 15 year old sister and I (32 years old). I've cruised 4 times before but it was my sister's first time. We flew into Fort Lauderdale the day before and stayed at the Days Inn Civic Center in ... Read More
This was a spring break cruise for my 15 year old sister and I (32 years old). I've cruised 4 times before but it was my sister's first time. We flew into Fort Lauderdale the day before and stayed at the Days Inn Civic Center in Miami (do not stay there, it was a TOTAL DUMP!) Went to Bubba Gump's at Bayside, overpriced but a fun place. Food was pretty good. Live music at Bayside was nice. EMBARKATION: Got to pier at 10:30 by taxi, onboard at 11:30, went straight to Windjammer for lunch buffet as cabins were not open until 1 PM. DINING: Windjammer buffets very good. Scrambled eggs were okay. Lots of variety. Dining room service very good, a bit slow at times. No sommelier but the assistant waiters do a fairly good job of providing all the drinks. NO LOBSTER TAILS on this cruise! Disappointed about that, heard it was only 5 night or higher cruises now that get lobster. There were only 2 midnight buffets but they were very nice. Room service was a limited menu but available 24/7. ENTERTAINMENT: Very good shows, 2 dance shows and 2 comedian shows. Last night is farewell video and a singer/comedian. CABIN: We had an inside cabin, it was very clean and well maintained though very small. Certainly big enough for 2 people though. Lots of hangers in closet and a few drawers in vanity desk. Very cozy little space. We hardly stayed in our cabin anyway, just shower and sleep. Next time will get an outside cabin though for the window. Got 2 towel animals, a swan and an elephant. PORTS: Nassau is okay but we made the mistake of going to the Straw Market and were hassled A LOT! They are very aggressive and will start putting things on you (necklaces, hats, bracelets) and acting very offended if you do not buy. The hair braiders were persistent too. If you get your hair braided bring your own comb as I've heard the ones they use are not very clean. There are drivers who try to get you on a tour of the island in their cabs too, they are somewhat aggressive. We took the water taxi to Atlantis and it is a nice place. "The Dig" is nothing more than a large aquarium but it is pretty. Not sure it was worth the $29 a person though. There was a shore excursion available to the Breezes resort that probably would have been a better idea, $78 a person, but includes food and drinks and 4 hours at their pools and jacuzzis. Coco Cay: WHAT A GORGEOUS PLACE!!!! The weather was perfect and the sea was very smooth. We did the jet skis, it was FABULOUS! The BBQ lunch they served was awesome! The whole place was all new buildings and amenities. Water was crystal clear. I could stay there for a week! The tendering went very well too. The whole trip was worth it just to stop here for a day. A lot of times the cruises do not make it there due to high waves so we were lucky. I think they are trying to dredge a channel so they can dock but looks like it will be a while before that is done. Key West: Very hot but the ocean breezes are nice. Took the Ghost Tour and it was very interesting. Tried to rent bicycles but they were all taken. There were mopeds available. Tried to eat at Sloppy Joe's but it was very crowded so we went back to the ship for lunch. Docked at Mallory Square so not too bad of a walk to Duval St. OVERALL: This was an excellent value for our money. Coco Cay is the best port in my opinion. Even though it was spring break the teens and children aboard were fairly well behaved. Karaoke was fun each night too. The ship is gorgeous, seemed like the carpet was in very good shape all over the ship. I really was surprised it was in such good condition for being 13 years old. Elevators all in working order though at times slow. Royal Caribbean is doing it right in my opinion, we had very good experiences with all staff and crew. They were all very friendly and helpful. Our waiter Ian was excellent and he worked very long shifts. I tipped a little extra because they all work so hard and so cheerfully! Hope you have a great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date March 2005
3 day on Wonder around April 1st Room 1078 host Allan Malayao was very nice. Towel animals were great. Having separate toilet from shower rooms was a great design. mattress needed to be changed. Two singles pushed together with one good ... Read More
3 day on Wonder around April 1st Room 1078 host Allan Malayao was very nice. Towel animals were great. Having separate toilet from shower rooms was a great design. mattress needed to be changed. Two singles pushed together with one good and one sagging. Kid's 16 year old male & 11 year old female did not participate in any youth/teen program. Teen club on deck 10-11 looked great. You can visit before leaving the port. I wish I could have hung out there but NO parents allowed after leaving port. If you have teens the LOFT has TV's, computers, private events just for teens. Soda is free on the ship and during meals thus no soda card needed. Dining room: Rolando Albano, server, and assistant, Hermanto Pakpahan, with head Joachim Rothe all very good and made the meals memorable. Movement of dinning locations, pre assigned, gave a nice chance to experience all of the ship. Our schedule was Triton's deck 3 midship-> Animator's palate deck 4 aft -> Parrot Cay deck 3 aft Food quality equal to most upper scale chain restaurants. 8/10 quality Wine lovers should purchase the wine package on the first day. $69 for good wine/champagne or $100 for higher level. This allows you 3 Bottles from the selections. If you do not finish them they are there the next night or you take them home. Getting on and checking in was very easy and fast, room was ready @ 1:30pm with lunch buffet on deck 9 aft where you will eat most breakfast meals unless you like sit down Day 1= Nassau Atlantis beach shore excursion must meet @ 9am or you are on your own. We were told by 2 Disney staff members on the dock that if we missed the 9am departure and we were out of luck. Thus we found ferries are 6$ round trip/person to pleasure island. Atlantis staff was great and escorted us to the beach with a tour on the way. They had chairs and towels for us even though we were late. Thank god for them because there were no Disney staff in sight the whole day. $60/30 min jet ski Fireworks after pirate's party Day 2= Castaway cay, previous Big Red Boat island. Snorkeling sub, diving bell, tee cups. Adult only beach very quiet All boat, parasailing... Canceled due to strong winds. (Blustery at best) best part of the cruise. Can come and go as you please. Spa was great. Rainforest package $36 for unlimited access to the steam, sauna, aromas room, rain showers and relaxation. Very Nice Shows; Golden mikes was very nice Dreams Plenty of character appearances and you can purchase the pictures @ 10 each Overall a great cruise for families with children who can truly appreciate the Disney Magic. Not worth the money for anyone else. For those who have been to Disney you know the expense for anything with the mouse on it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2005
So we started off with the transfer Carnival offers from Orlando Airport to Pt. Canaveral. That went very well, did not have to wait long at all. Nice bus ride to the port, when we got to port the line to get into the cruise terminal was ... Read More
So we started off with the transfer Carnival offers from Orlando Airport to Pt. Canaveral. That went very well, did not have to wait long at all. Nice bus ride to the port, when we got to port the line to get into the cruise terminal was VERY long! Took about 30 minutes to get through. Then stand in line to check in for about 20 minutes. Then get ur picture taken and get on the ship! When we got on the ship, they had a lunch buffet available, and we checked out our room. FYI there is NO clock in your room! so make sure you bring a watch or something. It took forever to get used to how the ship was laid out. You have to take certain elevators to get to certain areas of the ship. We just spent the first day checking everything out, all the different areas and they had raffles to win things all around the first day. I'm a college student, and me and a few friends went for spring break, so I recommend if you're doing the same thing, get the Carnival cup, its $5 for frozen drink refills in it and they're great. We went to Senor Frogs in Nassau, which was intense! 20 min wait to get in, then $5 cover, then it was crazy, beer was $5.50!!! Check out the liquor stores in Nassau too, cause one had a free sample liquor bar, you could just stand there all day and pour shots for yourself for free!! In Freeport we went snorkeling, they took us on the boat into the ocean and let us in the water there, that was great, and Port Lucaya in Freeport is definitely the place to see, tons of bars with cheap drinks and gift shops, etc. In Nassau we took a ferry to Atlantis ($6 roundtrip per person) and walked around, saw some of the aquarium, didn't cost anything, then walked around the corner to the public beach, I did not think there was a public beach there but if u ask they will tell u how to get there. The beach was GREAT! had people walking around hair braiding, and selling coconut drinks (very strong) and renting jet skis, etc. Overall, the ship was great, the service is amazing, every employee that walks by you acknowledges you. the food was AMAZING! The last night, there was a storm, and the ship was swaying back and forth REALLY bad! Make sure you bring motion sickness medicine! Read Less
Sail Date March 2005
I booked this cruise with a local travel agency less than one week prior to sailing. Actually, it was really rescheduling a cruise that I had cancelled earlier due to a medical emergency. I am somewhat of a veteran cruiser with 6 previous ... Read More
I booked this cruise with a local travel agency less than one week prior to sailing. Actually, it was really rescheduling a cruise that I had cancelled earlier due to a medical emergency. I am somewhat of a veteran cruiser with 6 previous cruises and my traveling partner was my sister, a first time cruiser. On my previous cruises, I had always flown in the day of the cruise and never had a problem. I have read on the boards the pros and cons of doing so, but always built in time for things to happen in my flight schedules. This time was no different and I had planned for an early morning flight to Orlando, non-stop jet service. Flying time was a little less than 1-1/2 hours. I figured I had about a 6 hours window for trouble. I won't go into the details here, but due to fog and problems in Orlando, I used up almost 4 hours of my contingency, which made me seriously reconsider the flying in a day early option for my next cruise. Once we were cleared to leave my home airport, the flight was uneventful and we landed at MCO, collected our luggage and proceeded to the Mears Bus Station to buy our transfer. After doing so, we were told the next bus would arrive in 10 minutes. About 40 minutes later, we boarded the bus and made our way to the port. We arrived at the port only to find the line was backed out the front door and it appeared there were about 75 folks in front of us. However, the line moved fast and were checking in about 20 minutes later. I was really surprised the line moved this fast, but the agents were working hard. I had booked this cruise too late for documents to be mailed and I was a little apprehensive about the pier pick up, but they had the docs, my FunPass was complete and we were on board shortly after that. In short, embarkation was a snap and painless. I was really anxious to see the Fantasy since the refurb and I was probably expecting too much because I was a little disappointed in what I saw. Our cabin was on the Main deck and the carpet was very badly stained and dingy, at least along our hallway. The Centrum Bar was nice and the disco florescent lighting had been removed. The theater had been reworked and the biggest change I saw were the stateroom bathrooms. The old pink sinks and counter were replaced with new features and it really looked good. As far as the stateroom goes, I found two areas that I thought needed improvement. The lighting in the bathroom, which was recessed over the mirror, left the shower area a little darker than I would have liked to have seen. Also, the makeup mirror area in the stateroom had no lighting over it, so the only lighting you had was the overhead lighting in the center of the room. Again, this left that area a little dark and my sister complained that she needed more lighting to apply her makeup. Otherwise, the rooms were a nice size and well appointed. The lighting situation was really more of an aggravating kind of thing as opposed to a real problem. I normally don't have a problem with the ship's water, but his time the water was just absolutely awful. It had a strong sulfur taste and smell to it that made it impossible to drink. Even the dining room water was the same way. This was the first time in 7 cruises that I just couldn't drink the water. I couldn't find anyone who could tell me why the water was tasting so terrible. It was not really a problem because I loved the tea and did without the water with no problem. The only real problem that I found on the ship was the constant raw sewage smell that lasted for the entire cruise and was almost present anywhere you went on the ship. I heard that complaint from folks all weekend. The crew was constantly cleaning and tidying up the ship and for a ship that is almost 20 years, it is still in great shape overall. Our cabin steward, whomever it was, he/she never introduced him/her self and I never saw him/her. Our room was kept clean and supplied and while that is their job, I really like to see and get to know a little bit about who is cleaning my room. Whomever it was did a great job, I would have liked the opportunity to personally tell them that and let them know how much I appreciated their work. Our dining room staff was the same. Although they did introduce themselves the first night, they really didn't make any small talk or really interact with us. We were seated at a large table of 8 guests and they never asked our names, where we were from or took the time to do those special things that I think deserves an extra tip. I had to ask the waiter every single night for tea instead of water. As did my sister. The rest of the folks at our table ordered drinks from the bar. I also had to tell the bar waiter every single night that I didn't drink and wouldn't be ordering anything from the bar. Other than that, they were very efficient at their jobs and the food was always delivered hot, on time and right. Again, I would have liked a little interpersonal action from our dining room team. Overall, the crew was always smiling and greeted you when passing. I was particularly pleased with the food on this cruise. It seemed to me that the food, both in the Windows of the Sea restaurant and the formal dining room were especially good this time. I would rank the food excellent. The prime rib just melted in my mouth and the buffet selections were quite tasty as well. The shows were good and while they may be Las Vegas style, they certainly are not Las Vegas quality, but entertaining none the less. The showband was great as usual. Timing was tight and there was some great talent playing on this ship. I particularly liked Luigii on the piano across from the Century 21 bar. He plays some fine jazz and is quite an accomplished pianist. The weather really didn't cooperate as much I would like, but I can't complain since Carnival nor the Captain can do anything about it. You have take what the good Lord gives and make the best of it. But, in short, it was unusually cool in Nassau and off and on cool rain showers made the time on deck very limited on our sea day Saturday. Another major complaint that I heard was that the ship was rocking quite a bit. I will have to agree on this one. The only time the ship was not rocking and moving was while it was anchored in port. This was the 5th time I have been to Nassau and it was by far, the roughest seas that I have been in, but I didn't think it was all that bad. I have been in much worse, but some of the folks thought that big ship was not supposed to rock at all! Imagine that? Anyway, by Saturday night, barf bags were showing up around the ship, but I have never had problem with motion sickness and the only problem I had with the rocking and rolling was that I kept dosing off from being rocked to sleep. Ahhhh.....ya gotta love that! My sister was just blown away with everything since it was her first time. She had a great time and is now hooked, even with the cool weather. I laughed at her because I told her to pack a pair of elastic pants and an extra bag or suitcase because she would need them both. I told her she would need the pants because she would eat herself out of the ones she wore to the cruise and she needed the extra bag for all the first time cruiser's souvenirs. She laughed me off. After debarking on Sunday morning, which was again, painless and efficient, we caught the Avis shuttle to their base of operations and picked up the car we had reserved. Since our outbound flight was not until 10 p.m. that evening, we had decided to spend the day at the Kennedy Space Center. The Avis operation was smooth and flawless and after spending all day at the KSC, we headed back to Orlando for some supper and to watch the Super Bowl before catching our flight. But, not before we found a Wal-Mart and picked up a pair of elastic pants and another suitcase. She walked around the last day with the button on her pants undone. I then laughed her off. The Super Bowl was over before we departed thanks to our plane leaving 45 minutes late. We had a smooth flight and I was back home and in my own bed by 1:10 a.m. The Carnival Fantasy is a wonderful short weekend getaway anytime, but I think it is also a great starter cruise for those first timers who want to get a small taste of what cruising is all about and to see if they like it or not. I think most of them do. JMHO. Read Less
Sail Date February 2005
Finally getting around to writing up a review. Dina and I took our first cruise, Feb.. 24-27 on the Carnivals Fantasy. Checking in was a breeze since we booked a Cat. 11 Cabin. Just walked into the Concierge Office, sat down and they did ... Read More
Finally getting around to writing up a review. Dina and I took our first cruise, Feb.. 24-27 on the Carnivals Fantasy. Checking in was a breeze since we booked a Cat. 11 Cabin. Just walked into the Concierge Office, sat down and they did the rest. No standing in line. After that we were personally escorted to the ship. We soon found our cabin and the steward soon found us. I had ordered some roses and Champaign, and other novelties and was happy to find them in good order. The roses were brilliant. After getting settled in we took a walk just to get familiar with the ship. Since we arrived at around 3:30 pm we didn't have much time but the ship was easy to figure out. The cabin was large enough for my wife and me but I don't think I would put more then more then two people in there. Before we left port we had our life boat drill which was soon over. We pulled out of port under an overcast sky. After about 30 min. sailing, the sky cleared and made for wonderful weather. The sea was smooth and dust soon gave way to the rising of the Full Moon. If all I did was sit out on the Balcony with Dina and watch the sea pass by under the Full Moon, it would have been enough. It was time to find our dinning room and table. We were the first to arrive at our table soon our table mates arrived. The maitre d' and Waiters very friendly and attentive to our needs and request. The Decor in the Dinning Room was a bit loud & busy for me. I felt as though I was in a casino in Las Vegas, Bright Colors, Lights and no windows. It took a while for me to get use to it but by the second night I knew what to expect and it didn't bother me as much. The Food was great. Every where you went there was something going on. It was a carnival atmosphere. I guess I should explain that I've been in Iraq for 8 months and walking into an environment like that was a bit much. My senses were overloaded. I wanted to get out and go back to my "Balcony by the Sea" but Dina was having a great time. As I said the food was great and the service excellent. There was always some place to go on the ship at anytime, to find food. After pulling into port, we set out to see what Freeport had to offer. Get ready for the hair braiding assault. We took a tour on a horse drawn carriage that lasted all of 20 min. Most exciting thing was the horse getting spooked by a passing vehicle and almost running a red light. All I was thinking was "I'm glad I got the Travelers Insurance". We signed up for a snorkeling excursion with one of the local tour operators. A short boat ride out to a reef and soon we were in about 30 feet of water with a wide variety of marine life to enjoy. We were in the water for about 1.5 hours then it was time to get back. Everyone was very friendly and a good time was had by all. The ship stewards we very attentive to out needs. We always came back to our room to find it cleaned, by whom, only the towel animal knows. My wife enjoyed the yoga class, but thought it could be a little better. In Fantasy's defense I should add that my wife thinks most yoga classes have room for improvement. As the days past we got to meet and get to know more people with very seating, breakfast, lunch and dinner. By the last night the seas did pick up a bit so I thought I'd reach for the Dramamine. I bought a bottle at the request of my wife. I didn't think we'd really need it, but I bought it for her just the same. Ok I was wrong, the only problem was I left it home on the counter. I just had to tough it out. The Food was great, and the service excellent. Every where you went, there was something going on. It was a carnival atmosphere. Disembarking was an event and definitely needed to be better organized. I would recommend the Fantasy to anyone who asked. This was our first cruise and we were not disappointed. Thank you Carnival Read Less
Sail Date February 2005
We arrived at the pier around 1:30 and boarded about an hour later; the most exciting moment for me was walking up the gangway to enter the ship. This was our second cruise and it seems that this is what going to heaven must be like! ... Read More
We arrived at the pier around 1:30 and boarded about an hour later; the most exciting moment for me was walking up the gangway to enter the ship. This was our second cruise and it seems that this is what going to heaven must be like! After exploring the ship and our stateroom we went up to the pool deck to see New York as we sailed away. It was exciting beyond compare, but it was February 27 and after a while the cold became unbearable. We warmed up with our send off meal in the Garden Cafe and then set about fully exploring the ship. Our first cruise was on the Empress of the Seas to Bermuda in July, 2003-also a great experience-but the Norwegian Dawn was much better. Of course it is new and much larger, but the food was excellent and the stateroom spacious. We ate at Impressions, Aqua, Le Bistro, Venetian, La Trattoria and the Garden Cafe and always found the food of excellent quality. The staff was great and we always received first-class treatment-always a smile. We enjoyed all our ports of call, but the ship was unable to stop at Great Stirrup Cay due to weather and conditions on the island; the captain indicated that repair work was still ongoing due to last year's hurricane damage. We spent extra time in Nassau. The shows were great, but they are just one of many wonderful things to do on this ship. I enjoyed sitting in the library and also the reading room where I could scan the sea for hours with binoculars. The only negative thing I can say about this cruise is that it ended. I will definitely cruise with NCL again on the Dawn! Read Less
Sail Date February 2005
We flew into Miami on Sunday Feb 20, stayed at the Clarion Suites airport because I had a free night. Transportation to Port of Miami on Monday was $16 for two people. Time between being dropped off in front of the RCL terminal to boarding ... Read More
We flew into Miami on Sunday Feb 20, stayed at the Clarion Suites airport because I had a free night. Transportation to Port of Miami on Monday was $16 for two people. Time between being dropped off in front of the RCL terminal to boarding ship was about 30 minutes, very easy and quick process. We went directly to our cabin on deck 5 which had a window. The only other cruise we had taken was in 1993 on this same ship and on that one we had an inside cabin. There was no comparison, it was great to have a window. After checking out our cabin and leaving carry ons we headed for the Windjammer buffet, same place everyone was going. What has been said about the elevators is true, they are very slow, and sometimes even bypass your deck for no apparent reason. To us the buffet food was only average, but on a ship everyone eats as if it is 5 star. It was a beautiful night to sail, and for 4 days we had very good weather. The sea was as calm as a lake. We took a pill the first night as a precaution against seasickness, but did not need any pills after that. We had second seating, 8:30, and that proved best for us. They had shows at 7:15 for us and at 9:00 for the first seating. The entertainment was first rate, from the singers and dancers to the comedy act. That was our most enjoyable part of the trip. We found the dinner food also just average to good, certainly not great by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, if we were served that food at a restaurant back home we would probably not go back. Steaks were tender, but lacked something. Chicken dishes were ok, but also lacked something. Desserts were not as tempting as they could be, cheesecake was good, although it took waiter a long time to find a piece, ice cream was good, but others were average at best. Best thing my wife had was appetizers, scallops and shrimp cocktail. We ate breakfast in both the dining room and Windjammer, not much difference between the quality. Pizza we had as an evening snack reminded us of Domino's. Nassau was not very impressive to us, shopping was name of the game. We intended to go to Atlantis, but opted out after walking in the city. Coco Cay was a beautiful little spot, with lots of food available. Key West was a nice place to visit, if you like bars Duval street had plenty of them. Getting off the ship on Friday was orderly and also an easy process. Ship is old, but we witnessed plenty of workers painting, cleaning, and generally everything was in good shape except carpet should be replaced in many areas. We were happy with the 4 day cruise because it convinced us that cruising is not for us. After the 7 day cruise in 1993 we wanted to test the waters again. I think we will remain on land for our future vacations, as there is much to see in the USA. All in all, boarding was easy, people on ship were very friendly and cooperative, sea was calm, shows were good, but food was average. Read Less
Sail Date February 2005
We just cruised this month and had a wonderful time onboard. This was our second time cruising the Disney Wonder, the first time being in 2003. We noticed lots of changes -- pleasantly surprised. The entertainment was great. The movies ... Read More
We just cruised this month and had a wonderful time onboard. This was our second time cruising the Disney Wonder, the first time being in 2003. We noticed lots of changes -- pleasantly surprised. The entertainment was great. The movies shown in the Buena Vista theater were current releases. I suggest going to their presentation on shopping in Nassau as they give really good info on where to go for great deals and free stuff. The accommodations were wonderful. My husband and I traveled with our 12 year old son and he had a wonderful time at their Oceaneer Lab. We were traveling with a larger group, 15 total of family members/friends and the servers we had each evening were wonderful. They were very personable and attentive. The food was ok. The desserts were ok as well. We were invited to a special reception for repeat cruisers to meet the crew and we were giving our opinion on the desserts and how they weren't the best. Little did we know that we were talking to the pastry chef. We did enjoy the desserts at Triton's and the Chocolate Cake at Parrot Cay. But overall the cruise was amazing. On our last day we visited Disney's private Island, Castaway Cay. Our excursions were cancelled due to high winds but they really made up for it by adding lots of extra activities on board and the BBQ buffet on the island was good also. We enjoy Disney cruises, we appreciate the space we have in the room. I think the split bathroom/shower tub design is a little to be desired. I think it takes a lot of space away having the two separate rooms. But it worked out ok. A couple without kids also traveled with us and had a great time, so you don't have to feel as if you'll be bombarded by kids by going on a Disney Cruise. Whether you have kids or not, you'll have a wonderful time. Because of how their entire staff treats you, it sets high standards that you wonder if you'll get the same type of attention on another cruise line. I guess one day we'll find out. But we're in the process of planning our 3rd Disney Cruise. The embarkation process was smooth. If you're a repeat cruiser you have a separate line to get waited on quicker but the regular line was going quickly as well. Read Less
Sail Date February 2005
Let me start this review with WONDERFUL, FABULOUS, DELICIOUS! We had a simply fantastic time. EMBARKING: We got to the pier at approximately 11:15, knowing we would probably have a long wait. The Dawn got in a little late and people ... Read More
Let me start this review with WONDERFUL, FABULOUS, DELICIOUS! We had a simply fantastic time. EMBARKING: We got to the pier at approximately 11:15, knowing we would probably have a long wait. The Dawn got in a little late and people didn't start leaving the ship until about 11:30. By time everyone was off and they started boarding, it was about 1:30-1:45. They did have seats though, so I had a book and the time flew by. Last time we sailed out of New York on Carnival we had to stand, although it was only for a little over an hour. Once they started calling people to board, it was no time before we on the ship ... probably 15 minutes. We had our obligatory picture taken and off we went. CABIN: We had an aft cabin, 9238, and we loved it. Had an aft cabin on the Carnival Legend and specifically booked another aft cabin this time around. We love sitting on our balcony and watching the wake. It's also nice because you get to see so much more when coming and going to and from port. It was roomy for 2 people. I remember someone on the boards complaining about not enough storage space, and I'll agree there could be more drawer space (only 3 in the vanity section), but there are 4 huge shelves in the closet, so we had more than enough. Our Cabin Steward, Ronald, and his assistant, Angie, delivered our luggage about 5 p.m. and introduced themselves. They were just great. Ronald was a little shy, but Angie was very outgoing and spoke wonderful English. They made fun towel animals and kept our cabin spotless. SHIP: She is beautiful! Colorful and elegant, tasteful and eccentric! I thought the ship was easy to get around, except for the times I was aft on Deck 7 and tried to get to Deck 6. I kept forgetting about the Aqua being there and the stairs down being "Crew Only." Most of the bars and restaurants, along with the Stardust Theater and the Casino are on Decks 6 and 7, so everything is very convenient. I will say I'm glad it was so big! The only exercise I got was walking from bar to bar and restaurant to restaurant, which could be a hike because of our cabin location. The design is very pretty with bright colored carpets everywhere, but elegant in the dining rooms and Atrium. FOOD: What can I say? Delicious and plentiful. We ate at LeBistro on the first night and it was fabulous. They had ½ price deals on all pay restaurants. The salmon is to die for and my husband loved the filet. Of course, extra escargot all around! We tried Salsa's with 2 women we met through Cruise Critic, and since Barbara had been on the Dawn numerous times, we let her take care of ordering the appetizers. The waitress insisted on bringing us 4 of everything so we could taste all of them and ended up ordering more Onions .... mmm. We all had ribs and had no problem just picking them up and eating them off the bone ... lol! Our last night was at LaTrattoria. Just super. Lasagna was very good, not like you find anywhere else. Lots of layers of pasta, spinach and ricotta sitting in a very dark tomato based sauce. I had the Beef Medallions. Our other dinners were eaten in The Venetian. We like the atmosphere of the big dining room and it was very elegant. There was always something on the menu we loved. We never had to wait more than 1 minute to be seated and ate around 8 p.m. We ate breakfast every morning but two in the Venetian as well. I'm not a buffet kind of person. Why eat up there when I can get great food and wonderful service in the Dining Room. 2 lunches were eaten at the Blue Lagoon and we had some snacks there also. You have to try the Shepherd's Pie. It was like nothing I had ever eaten. My husband loved the Won Ton soup, although I didn't. There was a pork and noodle dish chock full of peanuts and cashews that was delicious. Bottom line ... food and service were incredible! ENTERTAINMENT: We are not much of the show-going type, so I can't really comment on many of the shows. I am from Chicago originally, so, of course, had to check out Second City. Boy, am I glad we did. It was hysterical. I was laughing so hard I cried! Don't miss it! 3 of the cast members along with Colin, the Cruise Director, did a version of the Liar's Club later in the week and it was very funny. We caught the Not-So-Newlywed Game and as usual, entertaining. We signed up to be on Family Feud, but didn't get called. It was still enjoyable to watch. Anything that Colin, the CD, had to do with was great. He is the best Cruise Director I have ever had the pleasure to sail with. He was very visible and always had a smile on his face. I can't remember the names of any CDs I've sailed with and I can guarantee I will never forget Colin Kerr! There was always music being played somewhere and Karaoke most nights, although the Karaoke was kind of weird. The background music was very soft and hard to hear, and the original singers of the songs came through. One of the most enjoyable times I had on our last Carnival cruise was a piano bar with a great musician and a book of songs so we could all sing along. I would have enjoyed that and was disappointed that there was nothing like that on this ship. CASINO: Very tight slot machines, although I found one that was fun and paid off a bit. My husband is a big Let It Ride player and was a little frustrated that there was only one table. On our last night, he had to wait 1-1/2 hours to get a seat, just to sit for 2 hours and lose all his money! (haha). It is huge though, with $1, 50 cent, quarter and nickel machines. Lots of Blackjack, along with Roulette, Baccarat, Craps, Caribbean Stud Poker and a table of Texas Hold 'Em. There were Slot Tournaments and Blackjack Tournaments throughout the cruise. Any questions, just ask. We spent a lot of time there. ITINERARY: We didn't care what the itinerary was. To us it's not the destination, it's the journey. I don't fly, so our options are limited and I booked this cruise for nostalgia purposes. I used to live in Florida and have a friend I hadn't seen in years who lived in Orlando. So, in Port Canaveral we took a bus ($4.00 round trip) to Cocoa Beach Pier, ate lunch at a raw bar, had a few foo-foo drinks and met up with our friends about 3 p.m. Spent some time with them and back to the ship at 6:30. In Miami Beach, where I spent many weeks when I was young, we took the BB Hopper (much cheaper than a taxi) to South Beach. We just walked around and shopped at Lincoln Road (what memories!) and took a bus to 72nd Street Beach where I lived back in the early 1970's. We walked and sunned on the beach, headed back to South Beach and caught the 2 p.m. BB Hopper back to the ship where we knew we could get a chair by the pool. In Nassau, we had booked the Athol Island Snorkeling excursion and it was fabulous. They had fish food on the boat that took us to the island, and when you fed the fish schooled all around. We could actually touch them. We love to snorkel and thought this was the best one we had ever done. After the excursion we ate lunch on the ship, took the shuttle to the shopping area and checked out the Straw Market. That was interesting. Rows and rows of people all selling the same thing! Just find the one that will bargain the best and you're all set. Of course, had to have a Margarita at Senor Frogs! DISEMBARKING: I can't really give a review of our disembarking. We were given VIP tags and were off the ship right after the non-US citizens. Also, there were no people waiting to board due to the Dawn going into dry dock. So it was so easy. What is nice about NCL is that you can stay in your room until you are ready to leave the ship, so there were no crowded throngs of people waiting impatiently to get off the ship. All in all, this was our best cruise out of 4. It was very relaxing and the food and service were excellent. We never saw one crew member without a smile on their face, and a hello on their lips. We will definitely consider another Dawn trip. We have come to believe that NCL is our favorite line and the Freestyle Cruising is the way to go. Less luggage, more relaxing. If anyone has a question, please feel free to ask. Talking about the cruise after I come home keeps the memory alive! Read Less
Sail Date February 2005
Let me start by telling you this was my 10th cruise and my husbands 7th and our 6th Carnival cruise. We cruised with 2 other couples and we are all between 40 and 60 years old. I'm a little partial to Carnival but for a good reason, ... Read More
Let me start by telling you this was my 10th cruise and my husbands 7th and our 6th Carnival cruise. We cruised with 2 other couples and we are all between 40 and 60 years old. I'm a little partial to Carnival but for a good reason, they offer the best deal for the money you spend! Their food is always good and the entertainment outstanding. Until the Miracle we have always been quite satisfied with our other Carnival cruises, but the Miracle surpasses all other ships we sailed on including the Pride which use to be our favorite. We even did the Pride 2 times -- once in Florida and the other time in California. We felt the Miracle was extremely clean, friendly and the food was excellent. The Beatles show was outstanding. It was like "old home week" for us because the Captain and our waiter and a lot of the crew had been on the Pride when we first sailed her out of Port Canaveral in 2002 when she was brand new. I asked our waiter where the Prides original Maitre d' was and she said he had retired. That's too bad because he was a great Maitre d' and he really kept his staff busy entertaining us. He even sang a few songs himself. Anyone who took the original Pride cruises out of Florida know what I'm talking about. This was only a 3 day cruise, but it gave us time to get away with friends and relax and also to see the Miracle. For 2 of our friends this was their first cruise and I know it won't be their last. They are already talking about another one in the spring. We booked a balcony guarantee through Carnival and were upgraded to the Panorama Deck with an extended balcony. We were quite happy. The first timers were upgraded from an inside cabin to a obstructed balcony, which they said was great. I thought that was a great upgrade for first time cruisers. In Nassau the girls went shopping (of course) and then we all went over to the Atlantis Resort and saw the sites there. The Aquarium was really nice and my hubby won a little in the Casino which made his day. A couple of our friends got engaged on the first night on board. He took her to Nick and Nora's to ask her the big question, but it was too busy and he decided to wait till he found a more private spot on the ship and then he asked her. She was thrilled and afterward we all had champagne in our cabin to celebrate. I think the wedding should be on board a cruise ship so we can all go on another cruise together. I'm voting for Hawaii! They are thinking about it! Boarding was a breeze. We arrived at the Port at 10:30 and were on the ship at 11:30 and were eating on the deck at 12:15. The best boarding we have ever had. The Pride boarding in April was a different story! Going through customs on return was also great. No hold up at all. We were bussed to the parking garage because we came back to a different dock than we left from but that ran smoothly too. I heard some people complaining but I didn't think it was bad at all. We were off the ship by 9:15 a.m. and driving home. That to me is a Miracle in itself. Thanks Miracle for the miracle. There really isn't enough space here to tell you everything we crammed into 3 days, but we had a ball. If you would like to ask me any questions I will be happy to do so. Carnival thank you for a very organized operation and a wonderful vacation. We will be back!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2005
This is my fifth time with RCCL and seventh overall cruise. On a scale of least to most favorite ship I would rank Majesty as a five next to Norwegian's Sky and #1 Navigator cruise right after she was new. The service was outstanding ... Read More
This is my fifth time with RCCL and seventh overall cruise. On a scale of least to most favorite ship I would rank Majesty as a five next to Norwegian's Sky and #1 Navigator cruise right after she was new. The service was outstanding in my opinion except for one or two minor details. Everything was clean and neat and very well taken care of for a ship ready for refurbishing in dry dock. We had a great time. Beautiful ship, very elegant, and it had great facilities head to toe. I thought it was spotless in all the public rooms and there was live music in many places throughout the day. PreCruise Details: Flew Spirit Air which is usually best price from Detroit for us. The flight was bumpy but not something they could help. There were no snacks served which was a new experience for us, though they did serve soft drinks and pay items as well. Larry's Limo picked us up at West Palm airport to our hotel, nice service and always there when we request. We spent precruise one night at Wyndham Resort on Miami Beach which we booked through Priceline for less than $100 with taxes and fees. Excellent hotel! It was really beautiful art deco redecorated and we were upgraded to an oceanview just by asking nicely. Good touch. Dining and breakfast was expensive but not above what we expected for a great hotel. Very elegant and worth the money in my opinion. We crammed the five of us into ONE taxi, lots of luggage and all, and sped away to port the next morning. Embarkation in Miami: There's nothing better than watching your kids faces the first time they see a huge ship. Spectacular reactions. We arrived at 11:30 and were on by 11:45, "sailed" right through! Lots of people there to point the way and help us through the process, check in was very very easy and were were told we couldn't put our luggage in cabins until 1:00. So off to the Windjammer for a nice hearty lunch. Food was hot when supposed to be hot and cold was cold as it should be. Everything was tasty and so much to choose from. Of course the kids had to pick up two desserts each! (okay so did I) The kids sped off to find the pool area and basketball court. They were not unhappy to find everything so big and wonderful. The ship was still pretty empty but already a few people were sipping cocktails beside the pool. Caribbean music played in the pool area to stimulate the mood. By 1:00 our friends with kids arrived so off went the six kids ages 9, 11, 11, 12, 14 and 15 on their first adventure without us beside them. Yes, we were a bit nervous about that but gave them some rules to follow like "be back here in 1/2 hour". That "half hour" turned into one hour later in the cruise! Dad yelled as they sped away..."stay TOGETHER ALWAYS!" Okay off for a cocktail..... The ship really got crowded and festive by 3:00 pm and by 5:00 the sail away party was in full swing. Didn't seem like long before we had left Miami behind and we were close to our first dinner together. They seated us at a window for a table of the ten of us. Nice touch, we were afraid we wouldn't be able to sit together. Our waiters were EXCELLENT and by the end of the meal had most of the names down pat. I'm not sure they ever got our twin boys correct, but they're identical so we gave them a break:) The food was good at dinner, some had steak, others had fish, most meals we found were good and if there was something we didn't like we were able to order something else. Our waiter was GREAT at offering kids menus (something I didn't know they had...REAL food like hot dogs and French fries) or another entree if the kids hadn't ate much when he came for their plates. This cruise was the first a Head Waiter had impressed us. In the Mikado Dining Room we had Wellington and he was not only really nice and friendly, he was HELPFUL. Even showed the kids a couple "card" type tricks. He got a nice tip from us! There were just a few bartenders (wine captains?) that came around and by second night ours always asked us if we'd like another Bud Light since we're not wine drinkers. Very thoughtful. After dinner we coaxed the three youngest (boys) into checking out Adventure Ocean. The counselors were not though a bit animated, sort of like you would be for younger kids. The boys decided to stay with the thought that they were allowed to sign themselves out. Parents have that option of allowing them to do so. We saw A LOT of younger kids from probably 6 down to 3, but no other older kids like ours. They ended up staying until we picked them up at closing time 8:45. They sort of had fun but decided they were "too cool" for those younger kids. It became a joke all week of these boys dodging the little "adventure ocean" kids. Like they would kidnap them back into the program?!! We saw the end of "The Beat Goes On" and the entertainers were really good. A couple singers had awesome voices. We visited the Schooner Lounge (highly recommend for a quieter bar) and the Viking King Lounge which had a gorgeous view of the ship and water. We passed by the Champagne Lounge which seemed VERY quiet but I imagine people sipping wine in there and really having a nice quiet spot to relax. I saw the Library and Computer area as well and they seemed well equipped. We turned in early that evening due to the day's heavy schedule and adventuring. Our cabin 3015 was very small for four people but the bunks were very comfortable and pillows were fluffy. The bathroom is like a closet but tidy and clean. In our inside cabin there is almost no storage other than a big closet though, so we were constantly pulling luggage from under the beds to rearrange clothes. Day One: Nassau Bahamas...weather forecast wasn't good but it turned out to be a nice day. Our girls slept in too long so we opted to eat lunch in the Windjammer before heading out to explore. The Windjammer was BUSY but go way forward on the ship to find a great Windjammer view. By 11:45 About 75 degrees and windy when we took the #10 Jitney (bus) from the McDonalds downtown to Cable Beach. They dropped us at the Wyndham Hotel beside Breezes (old) Resort. Wyndham hotel was beautiful and we felt a bit strange walking through their hotel to their nice beach area with nice lounges. Right away we had an offer to braid my daughter's hair so I pulled up a lounge and soaked up some sun while she had that done. Though a waiter didn't come onto the beach to ask us for drinks, my husband was able to walk to the great outdoor bar and order some pricey beers...it was worth it. The kids did end up dipping into their pool and even used the water slide a few times. THAT made their day! A few hours there in the sun, flipping a couple times, and we were fully baked. Back to the Jitney outside the hotel and to the ship to clean up for dinner soon. Amazing how a day goes so fast! Day Two: Key West. After a slow process of customs due to leaving Bahamas, we were cleared to go into Key West at about 10:30 am. We ate a quick lunch to fill us and were off to explore with no real plans in mind. We had hoped for another beach day and trying out maybe Smathers that we've read about, but it was a bit too cool and sort of rainy looking. We opted to shop a while and site see a bit. The kids did the Key West Aquarium. Now this IS NOT Seaworld by any means, but it's a decent family run business with a lot of interesting fish you can see really close. One of the best things our kids liked was the hands on tank that you could pick up different things like live starfish, sea cucumbers, live moving conchs and other spiney things. They also had a large pool with sharks and thousands of other fish in big wall tanks. We spent about 45 minutes and to be honest I had to pull the kids away. My husband and I ended up staying on Key West on our own another hour or so doing the bar crawl...it was really fun. Seems as though it starts warming up in Key West late afternoon! We sailed at 6:00 though so the sunset was seen from our dinner table with our group. We went to the Karaoke Lounge and had some fun there. Funny thing was that I had a cold and when I started singing Shania it sounded like Barry White! Honestly there were some really talented singers there, especially an old guy about 86 years old singing Sinatra...he was GREAT. Later in the evening we went to the Pool Party "Dancing Under the Stars" which later I found out that we were the ones who got the dancing going. It was supposed to start at 11:45 but we were around at 11:00 or so and great dance music playing on top of several long island iced teas....well let's just say we were in the MOOD to dance! It was a GREAT party and all of our kids also had a blast dancing with everyone in a party mood. There was a buffet served at midnight though I can't remember the food exactly...it was tasty and as always beautiful. It was all very fun and we didn't get in until after 2:00 a.m. Day Three: Coco Cay...not Well another day at Coco Cay was cancelled and we were disappointed. It would have been our one chance for the kids to snorkel in the ocean. Not too mention that a sea day after dancing and partying all night...it was a bit rough early morning for us:) The captain said it was too rough to try to tender so instead we would sail up the northern Florida then back down throughout the day. I would have preferred to sit still (oh that headache) but no one seemed to have a problem with a sea day. So instead we had a windy but very sunny nice day at sea with many activities added to the agenda. Our kids found warm spots to sun in and our boys played basketball and rock wall climbed throughout the afternoon. We watched the belly flop contest and it really was kind of entertaining. I enjoyed the pool and people watching and of course countless buckets of beer on special. That means a nap by the end of the afternoon too! :) Another good dinner and it was time to start packing up the bags for the next day in Miami already! The post cruise depression was beginning to take hold! We spent most of the evening walking through the ship, finding what fun we could, and enjoying everything for the last night. Our girls stayed up for the disco again and also got to the Midnight Chocolate Buffet which they said was outstanding. The younger boys also went to the Comedy Show that early afternoon and they LOVED it. Just a bit of bathroom humor which the boys thought was great. Disembark: We were up and around by 7:00 and trying to nudge our tired kids out of bed for breakfast at the Windjammer before they close at 8:30. Tags were being called by 8:00 but ours would not be first since we didn't have an early flight or excursion. We had a rushed breakfast and a lot of coffee to perk up before the travelling home. We settled a small outstanding bill for our daughter's room and were ready to go when our tags were called about 8:30. We stood in a long line winding out the door of the ship and were on the dock at 8:45. So the disembark was very very smooth and they couldn't have made it any easier. This is where we began waiting for our Dollar Rental shuttle that was not to be seen for nearly an hour. Several times we saw large Alamo buses, we saw Thrifty and Budget a couple times, and one other rental car van once or twice. There were many "Super Shuttle" vans ready and many private limos and taxis awaiting. We gave up on Dollar and took a private van to the rental car location we had booked. We ended up getting a better discount on the rental because my husband complained so much. I think an hour wait is ridiculous but only because they told us 10-15 minutes a shuttle would be around. I would not recommend Dollar because of this. I've heard other experiences with the rental companies not having a shuttle for long lengths of time and I guess I would recommend a private service OR taking a taxi directly to their rental location to save time and MAJOR frustration. Not a great end to our trip, but it smoothed out at the airport with an easy flight home. "Funny" things that happened: 1) one of the kids overchewed some steak and discreetly put it in his napkin which fell on the floor and you guessed it...meat ended up on the floor. One of the other kids loudly said something like "what is THAT? CAT FOOD?" everyone snickered including the waiter who was trying his best not to. 2) Another time our 11 year old son finished ordering his four course dinner and the waiter said "Very Good Sir" to which Charlie replied "Right on, Brotha" another roaring laugh from the crowd. There was a quiet couple on their own behind us and they actually came up to us as the end of the last dinner thanking us for the kids entertaining them all week...it seems that they truly enjoyed them and I was thankful they weren't annoyed by our kids' humor! 3) One of the boys got separated from the group one evening and though he knew every inch of the ship by the end of Day One, he was a bit upset when he didn't find us for about 45 minutes. I found him sitting in the cabin waiting for someone to come back for him. Parents...be sure to have a solid plan in place including meeting times and places and what to do if you get separated. Even leaving notes in the cabin of the details is a good idea. It wasn't awful but he sure did stick close to the other kids after that. Overall the food was good all over, the entertainment seemed just right, and the spaciousness and quality of the ship was really beautiful. The kids had a lot to do all week and really had fun with the few other kids on board. I would definitely recommend this as a value-priced vacation. We loved the ship and had a great time! Check out postings by my user name for other information I've given on the boards. Happy Cruising! Read Less
Sail Date February 2005
This was our second 4 night Bahamian cruise on the Wonder, and we have sailed on its twin ship, the Magic, as well. We are early 40s, our son is 8. My wife and I have also cruised Royal Caribbean once w/o our son before we discovered ... Read More
This was our second 4 night Bahamian cruise on the Wonder, and we have sailed on its twin ship, the Magic, as well. We are early 40s, our son is 8. My wife and I have also cruised Royal Caribbean once w/o our son before we discovered Disney Cruise Line. We drive to Port Canaveral from Atlanta, so for the Sunday embarkation we drive down on Saturday to have a stress-free embarkation day. By the way, for those driving down I-95 to the Port, the Hampton Inn in Titusville is less than a year old, clean, comfortable, modern and has two queen size beds in a double room, much roomier than two double beds, and is conveniently near a Wal-Mart for anything you may have forgotten when you left home. Embarkation is fast for Castaway Club (returning Disney cruisers), but the relatively new process of registering kids for the Oceaneer's Lab or Club in the terminal was slow as can be and an hour or more later I had to step out of the line to board while my wife and son were still in the registration for Club line. Minnie and Donald's appearances in the terminal were a nice touch of magic, and I have always found the luggage drop off and parking and sign in to be very well organized with lots of Disney staff to direct you. We had booked an oceanview Cat. 8, and a month in advance were upgraded to a Cat. 5 verandah. Solid walled verandah at the back of deck 7, much less enjoyable than the regular plexiglass walled verandah must be. We find the split bathrooms handy, sure they are tight, but it is a cruise ship. Overall, the spaciousness of a Disney stateroom, on a square footage basis, is a big edge over other cruise lines. Storage in many rooms was more than ours -- a quirk in the ship's architecture left our room without the "steamer trunk" storage piece and that is a major amount of storage. On a 4 day cruise, not as big a deal, but might have mattered on a 7 day. We do find the buffets in Parrot Cay, that have the same menu as the buffets in Beach Blanket Buffet, to be more civilized with beverage service from the wait staff, and and we do think there is good variety and choices. Omelet station is a plus for breakfast, pasta or stir fry station at lunch likewise. Mickey shaped waffles were not available in Parrot Cay, though, so had to go up to Beach Blanket Buffet on Deck 9 one morning to make sure I got my fix. The grab and go choices for burgers, fries, hot dogs, chicken fingers, etc., at Pluto's Dog House is good and fast and easy, though since it is outdoors to get to it, in "iffy" weather it could be a problem. We have still never done the Palo's adults only optional restaurant, as we enjoy sharing dinner with our son. Dinners, the rotational dining among three restaurants, is a nice touch to get restaurant variety but take your wait staff with you. By the third night I did not have to order my dinner drink, my assistant waiter knew what I wanted, and our waiter was doing magic tricks and playing with our son. The food is "good," not more, not less. This is not a gourmet line, but is down the middle of the road for a family oriented audience. Kids menus are fun, and I did order the Mickey shaped ice cream bar for dessert off the children's menu one night. The talent level of the production shows is very high -- Hercules the Muse-i-cal is about to be retired, but it had been updated with topical lines for the stand up comedy interludes since I had last seen it two years earlier. I skipped the singer and juggler evening. The Golden Mickeys and Disney Dreams are just nice, plain and simple. If you want glitz, not wholesome, look elsewhere. This is a DISNEY ship, remember -- some forget that and criticize because there are not all night discos. No all night discos in the Magic Kingdom, either... The adult areas are a nice option -- too bad the smoking in the Cadillac Lounge drove me out of that piano bar. Enjoyed an early evening showing of a half an hour of ESPN commercial classics in the Diversions Sports Pub, and on embarkation day the NFL playoffs had that room packed, though we skipped the games (Falcons had won the night before). The public areas are kept immaculate, our room steward was responsive to whatever request we had, and the one morning we pre-ordered breakfast off the limited room service menu it came exactly on time, and included a special type of chocolate croissant that was not on the menu but our son had enjoyed in the restaurant so I wrote it in on the request. The ship is elegantly decorated with subtle touches to remind you it is Disney -- think Grand Floridian, not the garish All Star resorts if you want to compare it to WDW. A nice touch -- we wore T-shirts from Disney's private island onto the ship, and upon seeing the emblem, a Cast Member (as Disney calls employees) not only welcomed me aboard, but welcomed me back. The bad -- January isn't guaranteed swim weather in the Bahamas, and other than the hot tubs, we didn't. And the seas were rough the first night, sending my wife to an early bedtime with medication. All was fine by 3 or 4 a.m., but hearing the ship creak in 16 foot seats and the motion was pretty dramatic! Our son is active, and the Lab and Club are not always active, so he played a lot of basketball up on deck 10, but always went to the Lab at night to play Playstation with the other boys in his age group on the big screen. Had to drag him out of there, and he stayed until closing the last night. His third Disney cruise, and him being 8 years old and responsible, we gave him sign-in and sign-out privileges. No problems -- I made sure he knew how to open the door with his Key To The World card. Disney's programming, and indeed the story lines of its shows with so many heroines and princesses, do make this a bit more magical for the girls than the boys. Didn't get off the ship in Nassau -- been there, done that, found a comfortable lounge and read my book, did some hot tub time, snacked and enjoyed down time with wife like our hectic regular lives never allow. Bummer -- the device involved in my wife's desired spa treatment was in need of repair so she did not get that treatment as she wanted. Castaway Cay -- sure, it can get crowded, but no one asking to braid your hair or sell you junk every 30 seconds. Mostly immaculate except where Hurricane Damage and repairs underway (no work done on the days a DCL ship is there) are plain to be seen. Food was not fancy on the island, but good, and the fresh fruit cutting station is a nice option, and soft serve chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream ... YUM. Son finally got to go to Quartermasters arcade -- might have cost me a total of $20 for the cruise, filled some time when he wasn't swimming because of temperatures in the 60's with 20 knot winds. Sea day -- great chance to explore the ship, visit the spa (for those who complain the fitness center is small, then why have I never had a problem getting a treadmill?) and on a calm, flat sea sunny day, did 3 miles of laps around deck 4. Disembarkation is ridiculously easy, only problem being that on a 4 day cruise it comes just as you have gotten unwound. Which is why we'll be back on the Magic for a 7 day cruise over Spring Break in April. Read Less
Sail Date January 2005
As a first time cruiser, I joined this site to get an idea of what it's like on the ship, what to expect, and what others found useful. I must say I gained valuable insight that helped me to have a more pleasant trip, and I hope that ... Read More
As a first time cruiser, I joined this site to get an idea of what it's like on the ship, what to expect, and what others found useful. I must say I gained valuable insight that helped me to have a more pleasant trip, and I hope that my review will help someone also. My group consisted of 6 good friends. Five of us work together, the 6th is the girlfriend of one of my friends. Only one of us had been on a cruise before, and it was a different cruise line, so none of us were sure of what to expect. We booked online ourselves, and the information said we couldn't board the ship earlier than 1230. We wanted to get there early, so we actually arrived a little after 1100. To our surprise, we were able to board right away. My suggestion would be to keep a stash of $1 bills handy for tips. You want to tip the baggage guys right away, as you won't get the chance to see them again. I wasn't sure how much was enough to tip, so I just did what I saw everyone else do and gave them each $2. I only had 2 bags for them to handle, so I felt that was a fair amount. Upon entering the building, there was a man standing there, calling for people to have their "blue tickets" ready. Of course, all we had was what came with our booklets, so we panicked. While the rest of my group searched frantically for something blue, I watched the other passengers handing them something white. I figured it out....he was saying "book tickets", but his accent made it difficult to decipher. This is where a little forewarning would have come in handy. I just didn't expect to encounter a language barrier right away. Relieved that we had what we needed, we went upstairs to get our room keys. The process went quite quickly, and I was impressed with how smooth it all happened. I only wish I could have spent a little more time looking around, taking in sights and sounds. I'm a "people watcher", and enjoy knowing I'm not the only one who feels a little lost. They have staff helping you along, getting you from one point to the next, which kind of made it feel a bit rushed, but not to the point of making it feel uncomfortable. Once we all got checked in, we were told our rooms wouldn't be ready until 2, but lunch was being served in the Windjammer Cafe, so that's where we headed, along with every other person boarding the ship. Needless to say, the cafe was crowded. It took a while to find a table to accommodate our party of 6. The selection was huge. It was presented very well. From other reviews, I've seen some say the food is not great, but good enough. Well, as a mother of 3 who has meals from McDonald's or Pizza Hut at least twice a week, I've got to tell you it was delicious. I'd love to have some of those recipes. I completely enjoyed every nibble. Have I had better? Yes. But considering the price of the cruise and how many passengers were on board, I'd say they out-do themselves where dining is concerned. Once we were stuffed from the lunch buffet, we didn't know where to spend the next 90 minutes until our rooms were ready. We decided to take a walk past our cabins just to get acquainted with the layout of the ship. Once there, we found our cabins were ready. I had heard they were small, but didn't expect them to be quite that tiny. I was a bit disappointed at first. As the trip went on, however, I found it to be just the right size. We spent very little time actually inside the cabin, and everything seemed to have a place. I wouldn't recommend it for more than 2 people, but my friend and I had no problem at all living in the tiny space for 4 nights. The television was on and giving instructions on life onboard. I thought that was a nice touch. It played while we looked around and unpacked, as our luggage arrived shortly. I've heard other passengers say that if you board later, it takes a lot longer for luggage to arrive, simply because of the amount of people coming in at once. I found it thoughtful of them to tell us we did not have to dress for dinner for the first night since all of the luggage had not been delivered yet. Upon arriving in the dining room, we found tables that seated 8. Shortly after we sat at our assigned table, another couple sat down with us. I felt sorry for them because they had to deal with our lively crowd, but they were extremely pleasant and didn't seem to mind. In fact, they joined in every now and then. They were experienced cruisers, and gave us helpful tips for surviving this cruise as well as things we may want to consider for future cruises. Again, I found the food to be excellent, and so did my entire party. Our head waiter was a joy. He joked with us, and made us feel quite welcome. The one thing that confused me was who served what and when. I didn't know which waiter to ask about drinks or bread, and who to tell if I needed something special. I ended up just blurting out what I wanted to anyone who was near, and it seemed to be taken care of. Our assistant waiter the second night had a bit of a language barrier, and when he offered us a choice of bread couldn't tell us what the choices were, so to compensate, he just gave us all one of everything. I was so impressed with how well all of these different people from all over the world worked so well together. I felt so at ease there, and it was especially obvious in the dining room. They are entertaining and sweet. The shows were outstanding. The drinks are top notch, and not all that expensive, as I had thought they would be. In the Schooner Lounge, our waiter, "G", made our trip very memorable. I was amazed at how he remembered everyone's favorite drinks, and how they wanted it (extra cherries, a shot of rum, etc). He sat with us and talked when it wasn't busy. He was the sweetest guy, and I would definitely look for him on my next cruise. We spent the majority of our time onboard in that lounge talking with him. The cruise itself was fantastic, and made cruise lovers out of every one of us. We're planning on doing it again in 2 years (gotta take the family next time too). The ship seemed large enough, and the only time I would say it was crowded was on the elevators during mealtime or when we docked for excursions, and during the midnight buffet. I understand it was the smallest in the fleet, but it seemed perfect to me. It is showing it's age, but I have no problem with seeing a little rust in the bathroom or a worn carpet in the hall as long as it's clean and well maintained, which I must say it was. Our attendants were exquisite and the entire staff just couldn't be beat. They truly know how to make sure you enjoy every minute. While filling out the surveys at the end of the cruise, my roommate told me not to give anything a perfect rating, because there's always room for improvement. While this may be true, I would have to say that I don't see how much improvement could be made. I felt this was one of the best vacations I've ever had, and cannot wait to do it again. The ship is beautiful, the staff is friendly, and they know how to take care of you. My only regret was that there wasn't enough time to try everything. I believe next time I will book a longer cruise, and may even try to spend a little more time onboard, as I enjoyed being on the ship as much as I enjoyed the ports. Read Less
Sail Date January 2005
I traveled with my stepmom and two stepsisters on this trip. Our cruise left on Monday, and we flew down the day before. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Downtown Port of Miami, across from Bayside Marketplace. They were great, location wise ... Read More
I traveled with my stepmom and two stepsisters on this trip. Our cruise left on Monday, and we flew down the day before. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Downtown Port of Miami, across from Bayside Marketplace. They were great, location wise and price wise. I would totally recommend staying with them. As I stated above, our cruise left on Monday at 5:00 p.m. We went to the Port at about 2 p.m. We went right through -- there were no lines at all. We arrived on the ship and went straight to our cabin. I was a little disappointed in the size of the cabin, as the pictures made it look bigger. A must for cabins: an over-the-door shoe holder and extra outlets (surge protector like). These were our life savers. There was absolutely not enough room for 4 women to get ready. After we got somewhat settled in our room, we set out exploring. We went upstairs for the sailaway and watched until we were all the way out of Miami. We really were sailing into the sunset! We then went back to our room to see if our suitcases had arrived yet, and they had. We put all of our stuff away, and that helped with the size of the cabin. At least it wasn't as crowded! We then got ready for dinner. We had the second sitting. Dinner was pretty casual that night. The next morning, we arrived in Nassau. We had a nice leisurely breakfast as we would be in Nassau all day. We then set off exploring. I was really disappointed in all the people haggling you once you got out of the port area. Once we got off of that street that leads to the straw market, we were fine. We took a taxi over to Atlantis and had a look around. That place is amazing! Our taxi driver told us about a public beach close to Atlantis, so after having a look around, we walked up there. The people haggling were no better there. Although, we pretty much kept to ourselves and they left us alone. After the beach, we decided to go shopping and brave the straw market. It was just ok. Got a few good deals, but then everything started becoming the same. We decided to head back to the ship. That night was formal night. We went back to the room to get ready. Once we all got ready, we headed to get pictures and to dinner. The dinner was very nice. Afterward, we headed to the casino to donate some money. Once we were done, we went upstairs for the midnight buffet and sailaway. All I can say is that its an experience not to miss. The next day was Coco Cay. The island was beautiful. It was cloudy and kind of chilly (in my bathing suit -- not complaining, only an observation!). We laid on the beach for quite a while and then decided to go exploring. It sprinkled for about 2 minutes and it was over. The day in Key West was the best day in my opinion. The weather was absolutely beautiful, the people were great, and it was just fantastic. We walked down Duval Street all the way to the Southernmost Point. If you are going to do this, be prepared to walk! It was a great walk though. After the walk we headed back to the ship and to the pool and that was great. We watched the sailaway while laying out! After that, we went and got a snack and then and got ready for dinner. We went to the farewell show, which was great. Do not miss the Love and Marriage show! It was hysterical! Read Less
Sail Date January 2005
This cruise was mine and my husbands 5th cruise (2 on Carnival and 2 on NCL). This one was by far the best cruise we have been on. Embarkation was a breeze. We were on the ship by noon and immediately went to the Windjammer cafe for the ... Read More
This cruise was mine and my husbands 5th cruise (2 on Carnival and 2 on NCL). This one was by far the best cruise we have been on. Embarkation was a breeze. We were on the ship by noon and immediately went to the Windjammer cafe for the buffet lunch. Dining: We had main seating in the Mikado Dining Room. Food & service were excellent. The wait staff went out of their way to please everyone at our table. Needless to say, they got good tips from us. Great selection on the menu each night. We ate breakfast 1 morning in the dining room, the rest of the time we ate off the buffet at the Windjammer Cafe. We were pleased with it all, especially the omelet station. Casino: We gambled on the slot machines twice. The first night I put in $20 and an hour later I cashed out for $120. The second night I put in $20 and 2 hours later I cashed out for $233. Nassau: We took the Nassau & Paradise Island Tour. Atlantis is beautiful , we really liked this tour. Got back in time to do some shopping. Coco Cay: This is truly a beautiful island. The BBQ lunch was good. The weather was gorgeous. Key West: We went on the Key West Cup Regatta. This is our favorite shore excursion to date. A lot of fun with a fun crew. This is a must do. Room Steward: Our room steward was Edwin from Dominican Republic. He went out of his way to be pleasant and friendly. He was very helpful to my husband (handicapped). We never had to wait for anything . He kept our cabin clean and always asked if we needed anything. Room Service: We ordered for room service 1 time. Our food was there within 10 minutes. Menu is somewhat limited. Overall, we enjoyed this cruise very much and have reservations on this ship again for September. Read Less
Sail Date January 2005
Overall, a brief, but very good trip. The ship was wonderful, on a rather short itinerary. The trip got off to a good start. we learned were upgraded from an obstructed standard stateroom to one on the Verandah deck with a balcony before ... Read More
Overall, a brief, but very good trip. The ship was wonderful, on a rather short itinerary. The trip got off to a good start. we learned were upgraded from an obstructed standard stateroom to one on the Verandah deck with a balcony before we left for the ship. The trip from Ft. Lauderdale airport to the airport was less than $10 by cab- don't bother with Holland's transfers, they're not worth it. The airport itself was somewhat chaotic, with a bit of a wait for a cab. Embarkation was great- we'd done as much of the preboarding as we could over the internet, and it really helped. There were two lines- internet and others. We were able to board the ship and were having lunch by 1130am. The cabin was great- the bathroom even had a tub! We found the room quite spacious, and enjoyed it for the duration of the trip. We had meals in the main dining room and the Lido deck. All the food was enjoyable; the portions seemed smaller than on some other cruise lines (Carnival) but of high quality (on par with Celebrity). At random intervals, they ran out of chocolate ice cream on the Lido deck! Very high marks overall. We only sampled one stage show- it was okay, but nothing extraordinary. The ship was quite impressive overall. Immaculately clean, well appointed, and it even LOOKED like a ship, if you know what I mean. The clientele was mixed in age- we'd been expecting an older crowd. However, we found quite a few young families, so the atmosphere was very pleasant. The cruise went to Half Moon Cay, Nassau, Key West, then back to Fort Lauderdale. We didn't book any activities through the ship, but "did our own thing". Unlike some ships, it wasn't possible to view our account in our cabin, but there were no billing difficulties. Half Moon Cay was lovely- the beach was well maintained, the water gorgeous, good amenities. We were disappointed that Holland charged for any kind of activity, including the use of SHADE!!! Our analogy would be to compare this to a beachfront resort, where we feel it would only be reasonable for the guests to be use non-motorized watersports, etc, without having to pay. Nassau was, well, Nassau. Interesting to walk around and sample the activities. Similarly, Key West was also enjoyable. We were shuttled from the dock into town. We took the "Trolley Tour" and found it a good overview of the island. Disembarkation was also well organized and trouble-free. We chose to request breakfast in our cabin the last day, to avoid having to compete for space in the dining room or on the Lido deck. We had been hesitant to travel with Holland, first because it was owned by Carnival (and we'd expected cheapening of the brand) and secondly because of the passenger demographics. We were very pleasantly surprised- with the exception of charges in Half Moon Cay, there was no "nickel and diming" of the guests, and the mix of people on the ship made for a lively and enjoyable experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2005
To begin with, having traversed the Internet for reviews about Carnival Fantasy and finding stories about distracted service, dirty rooms and crowded public areas, I had low expectations. My boyfriend and I chose the Fantasy because it was ... Read More
To begin with, having traversed the Internet for reviews about Carnival Fantasy and finding stories about distracted service, dirty rooms and crowded public areas, I had low expectations. My boyfriend and I chose the Fantasy because it was the least expensive in its category with the kind of itinerary we wanted. Being hardy backpackers, we thought we could put up with a little inconvenience for a short relaxing vacation of sand and sun. I'm glad to say that we were pleasantly surprised and absolutely loved our Carnival cruise. Leaving New York City on a cold drizzly day, we were immediately won over by warm, breezy Orlando. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn, which has complimentary pickup from the airport and is located in a green leafy business park with jogging trails and a little lake. I would highly recommend it. We arranged with Laura's Shuttle (407-888-8004) to take us to the pier the next morning (round trip, $35 a person). (PS Crummy hotel alert: avoid La Quinta West at all costs. Staying there on the way back, we found it dirty, next to a noisy highway and graced only by a McDonalds next door.) We had both packed small backpacks so we opted to carry them aboard rather than wait for the crew to deliver them at 7:00 p.m. If you want to hop in the pool right away, it's a good idea to bring your swimsuit aboard with you. Packing tip: if you are coming from colder climes, don't lug your winter coat to the airport with you (because you'll find a it a fat wooly nuisance in the Bahamas). Instead, layer a sweater and light jacket. Light, airy clothes are great for the trip, and you'll appreciate more than one swimsuit. (Don't ty to buy one in the Bahamas --expensive and little variety.) Our oceanview cabin, in the bowels of the ship, was perfect. Roomy, full of light, simple decor, clean, with a big comfortable bed. It was also quieter down on Riviera than on the higher decks. I would recommend an oceanview for all of the natural light and amazing view of the blue sea & sky. The public areas are varied and some spots are rarely crowded. Our favorites: the lounge chairs around the casino (fun for people-watching), the ping-pong area, the jogging track (a good place to sunbathe), the gym and the topless sun deck (empty but for a few old dudes hoping to sneak a peak). A tip: there are two hot tubs in the spa that usually empty. Dining was a favorite part for both of us. The evening meal, in the Jubilee dining room, was much more elegant than we expected, with white tablecloths and a tasty range of food. My favorites: lobster tail, artichoke salad, crab meat cocktail, cold mango soup, De-lice of the sea, souffle and chocolate mousse. John had filet mignon and sirloin steak every night. The cooking was French-style, small portions and heavy on the cream. The vegetarian options were also good, but I recommend avoiding the low carb options (bland). Out server, Denny, always made a few recommendations that were very helpful. If you see two appetizers you crave, order them both. Mmmmmm. We had the salad bar at Windows on the Sea a few more times and enjoyed the fresh vegetables, but it smelled like a diner (greasy) and was full of large people guarding the ice cream machine. Instead, we ate in the dining rooms as often as possible. The Celebration dining room breakfast was delicious. The wait staff even got my weird coffee order right (double espresso and pot of hot water). The service was phenomenal. Our servers and room stewards were so friendly, thorough and prompt! I have never had such courteous service (maybe I'm accustomed to surly NYC service). We were very, very impressed. At ports I suggest avoiding the Carnival packaged tours (you can get more bang for your buck with local operators) and embark on your own. We found great beaches and toured local neighborhoods on our own, seeing more of the real life of the island than most cruisers. My one problem with cruises is how it feels a bit colonialistic to come to an island and enjoy its attractions without contributing much to the economy. Most cruisers don't buy food or drink on the islands and don't stay in hotels, spending only small amounts on little purchases and transportation. Cruise ships themselves don't buy goods or produce from ports and pay only a small amount in taxes & fees to drop their toxic wastes (i.e., film developing chemicals). I would have liked Carnival to serve Bahamian food, offer information about Bahamian culture, history and language and purchase some items (i.e., rum, coconuts, bananas, crafts for the gift shop) from the islands. We loved our Carnival cruise, but it's pre-packaged travel ... nice for a short sunny getaway but not the kind of vacation that teaches you about a place or lets you experience another way of life. You can expect comfort and relaxation, but don't expect to have your horizons expanded by a Carnival cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2005
My mother and I sailed on The Disney Wonder January 23 to the 27. This was my third cruise and first cruise with Disney. I have been on Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas. We ... Read More
My mother and I sailed on The Disney Wonder January 23 to the 27. This was my third cruise and first cruise with Disney. I have been on Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas. We arrived in Orlando a day before the cruise so we stayed somewhere nearby the airport. At about 10 a.m. my mother and I went back to the airport to ride the Disney Cruise Line bus. It's about an hour drive. During the ride down to the port a video on the cruise was playing. It was interesting and helpful. Embarkation was the easiest I have ever experienced. My mother and I were one of the first people on the ship. We then headed up to deck 9 to the Beach Blanket Buffet. The food was very good and so was the selection. Since it was only 55 degrees that day, my mother and i spent most of our time indoors exploring the inside of the ship. We had an inside cabin. It was the best inside cabin I ever had because there was so much room and storage space. We then took a short nap and woke up around 7 to get ready for dinner at 8:30. The first 2 nights we ate at Tritons. I didn't really like the food. I found the dining room food better on Royal Caribbean. But the service was outstanding. Leo and Palva were our waiters. The third night we ate at Artists Palette. The food was the same as Tritions but the restaurant was gorgeous. It was cool seeing the place turn from black and white to color. The last night we ate at Parrot Cay. The food is better there and the decor is very cute. We arrived at Nassau on day 2 some time in the morning. I have been to Nassau several times before so my mother and I just went shopping. Nassau has the best deals and the islanders don't bother you like they do on other islands. On day 3 we were at Castaway Cay, Disney's private island. The weather was beautiful and so is the island. Castaway Cay is a lot nicer then Royal Caribbean's private island. I just laid out and tanned by the family beach, but the island also had fun stuff to do like snorkeling or bike rentals, among several other selections. Day 4 was a day at sea. Not much to say about that except there were no group activities by pools like there are on other ships. Since I'm only 16 I decided to check out the teen hangout Aloft. Its a great place to hangout, but other than that its not very interesting. The stuff they had planned for us was not fun at all. Luckily I met a super cute guy the first night so I had someone to hangout throughout the cruise. Anyway, although I did enjoy certain things on this cruise, I probably will not cruise with Disney again only because I already went to all of their Ports of Call. But I do recommend this cruise because the ship is super clean and nicely laid out. Read Less
Sail Date January 2005
Hi. Just returned from 4 night Bahamas cruise aboard Zuiderdam and here are my thoughts and opinions: Pre-stay and Embarkation: Flew down from Pittsburgh on Friday 1/28 on USA 3000. Nice trip and even had free tv shows, music and ... Read More
Hi. Just returned from 4 night Bahamas cruise aboard Zuiderdam and here are my thoughts and opinions: Pre-stay and Embarkation: Flew down from Pittsburgh on Friday 1/28 on USA 3000. Nice trip and even had free tv shows, music and lunch(sandwich/cookie/chips/whole can of pop). Stayed at Sheraton FLL Airport. Booked thru Priceline for winning bid of $50 and well worth the price. Had the Sweet Sleeper beds. Nice place for a pre-stay night but wouldn't book for a vacation since not near anything. Took a taxi to the pier which cost $11.50 before tip. Went to embarkation at 11:15 am and on ship within a half hour. Was originally booked in VA #6003 and was pleasantly surprised at check in to find out was upgraded to SS#5001. Took picture and away we go!!!!! First Thoughts and Cabin: Biggest newest ship we have ever been on and only have Carnival to compare to. Color scheme very similar to Carnival but in a more upscale way. Lots of teak wood and extra special touches like fresh flowers and artwork. Was surprised that there really wasn't an atrium and the seahorse crystal not given justice. Husband couldn't believe how tight the ship felt at first. Hallways very skinny and ceilings are low leaving you with a claustrophobic feeling. Also not too many windows in public walkways. I am happy to report that by second day the closed-in feeling was gone and you didn't even notice. I also didn't like that you had to walk through the casino to get to the Vista Lounge and walk through the Spa to get to the Lido. Felt too much like in your face advertising. Did end up finding other ways around eventually. Cabin was HUGE!!!! There was plenty of drawer space and three cupboards. The bathroom had whirlpool tub and free standing shower. Medicine cabinet was ample sized and utilized easily, liked that it had bars so items could not fall out. There were 2 telephones, a TV and a DVD player. Like that doorways were wide with no step over due to being a handicapped cabin. We are not in need of this service but choose 6003 due to floor plan looking larger than other cabins in this category and it is true -- they are. We were bumped to SS but still a handicapped cabin in very front of ship. This was a great location in that you had floor to ceiling window and door and a second window which overlooked front of ship. There was a deck right outside our window so it felt like you had this huge balcony!! Only drawback to this cabin was that it sat over anchor so you knew when you stopped, but we didn't mind. Also, would have been better to book even numbered side of ship because this faced ports instead of nothing. Our cabin did contain magnifying mirror and vanity, fruit bowl, robes and silver plated ice bucket but did not have upgraded bed or bedding yet. All in all a great room and great accommodations!!! Would book again in a heartbeat Food and Service: Everything was very nicely presented and very good in my opinion. Ate at the Pinnacle on the first night and it was excellent. Only $10 pp and dress was causal even though most dressed more like business casual. Top notch food and service. Husband had clam chowder, 20 oz porterhouse and volcano cake while I had cedarplank halibut and berry shortcake. Vista dining room was very elegant and food very good. Waitstaff was wonderful. Had 3rd floor 8 p.m. seating at table 82 which was a two-top right along the railing by the stairs. had no movement or vibrations. Only item wasn't too crazy about was the surf and turf. The steak was chewy and lobster tail small and watery. Loved everything else, especially baked potato soup, mushroom ravioli, raspberry sherbert and cheesecake sampler. All salads were good, too. Service excellent!!! Always had breakfast delivered to room and ate on balcony. Had nice assortment to choose from and served on same china as Vista. Came on time as did any time ordered room service. Lido had a lot of choices and always found something easily to eat. Only time that was bad was first on board and everyone there at same time. Could not find a table because most just sitting waiting for room to be done. A lot of people ate with plates in lap by the pool. Yes, there were liqueurs for the ice cream and Hunky Dory was there too!!!! Overall service was incredible. Lots of smiling faces and thank-yous to go around. Everyone seemed to really go out of there way to make you feel special. Lots of joking around and singing to be heard. Entertainment: This is where I would say Holland is lacking. Yes you could always find something to do but your only real choices were drink, spa, gamble, art auction, bingo, drink, shop, drink, show and an occasional other activity. I don't drink very much and didn't use the spa. Never made it to the art auction. Played bingo once. Shopped a little. Gambled some but didn't have any luck. The magician was incredible! DO NOT MISS HIS SHOW!!! Julie Barr the comic act sucked. not funny at all. Her X-rated show was kids playground humor (called her private area her sweet spot), MISS HER SHOW!!! The showtime live acts were good. They did a summertime musical and last show was a Broadway showtune with glamorous Bob Mackie costumes. This is a good cruise to take if you want laid back activities and minimal choices. We always found things to do but not always plentiful choices. Biggest complaint was that Windstar, where they sell specialty coffees closed at 9 p.m. each evening. Not a great way to get late night or after dinner coffees. Was disappointed. Ports: Key West was nice. Very party-like and alive. Walked all of Front Street, down Duval and up Whitehouse? Shopped and saw a lot. Was pretty cool that there was an arts festival going on in town with lots of local artists selling their arts. Way cool! Nassau was kinda scary. We were there 2 years ago and can't believe how much it changed. Now there is this "compound" you have to pass through to get into town with armed guards wearing fatigues. Streets in town much more hectic and busy with cars whizzing around with out a care for pedestrians. We are stopping there again in August on Disney Wonder with kids but don't think will get off the boat. First time I ever felt that I could easily be in some kind of danger in a port. When we went last time we walked all over town, even up to fort and Queen Anne's Staircase and took public bus to Radisson Cable Beach. And took a taxi at night to Atlantis. This time I couldn't wait to get back on ship. There was a definite air of desperation with the public, from hurricane devastation maybe? and a definite crackdown by military or police. Did not like this port. Half Moon Cay: As everyone says HEAVEN!!!!! We rented clamshell, thank-god or would have fried more than did. Water is sapphire blue and transparent. Sand is like baby powder. Could easily have stayed here for whole cruise. We did horseback riding excursion which I would highly recommend. Take truck out to stable and trainers pick you a horse you ride around in ring until everyone has a horse and then you start on hike down beach and up and down hillsides. You come back to stables for a can of pop or bottle of water and horse is changed from saddle to a mat. You then ride into ocean and water is waist high. Horse gallops and swims and then you return to beach. Was the most incredible thing I ever did. I have never ridden a horse before and was scared but in a complete giddy way. Going into ocean on horseback was breathtaking. Only bad part was that husband dismounted from horse badly and tore knee muscles. Had to push him around in wheelchair for remainder of cruise. Be very careful dismounting and don't think you are too manly to have trainers to help you off horse. These are big beautiful Jamaican horses. Went to BBQ on island. Standard fare like hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, salads and desserts. Disembarkation: EASY EASY EASY. All in all would rate this as one of the best cruises I ever took. Would go on Holland again in a heartbeat. Might be a little sedate for children but not too much. Would take my kids if itinerary right. Club Hal looked small and not sure what kids activities were like. Age mix on this cruise was varied from 20/30 all the way to 80s. Best thing we brought was lanyards for room key cards that we hole punched at front office and wore around our necks for duration of cruise. Made purchasing and getting on/off ship a breeze. And we never lost or misplaced key. Would also suggest bring spare suitcase for purchases and alcohol or YOU WILL EXCEED WEIGHT LIMITS FOR AIRLINE LUGGAGE. Please ask any questions you may have and thanks for all your help!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2005
This was a wonderful cruise. I was impressed at how easy embarkation was. We boarded the ship around 12:30 and were able to enjoy the day at the pool. Ports of call were nice. We went to Atlantis (even won a few dollars in the Casino). ... Read More
This was a wonderful cruise. I was impressed at how easy embarkation was. We boarded the ship around 12:30 and were able to enjoy the day at the pool. Ports of call were nice. We went to Atlantis (even won a few dollars in the Casino). Coco Cay was absolutely beautiful. The beach was awesome. We did not snorkel though because of the cold water although plenty of other passengers did. Key West was great. We enjoyed the day shopping. Food was ok. I would not say it was great but it was tasty and well presented. We ate in the dining room for most meals. My college daughter does not like buffets because it reminds her of the college dining hall!!! Service was top notch. Our waiter was very attentive. One girl at our table was pregnant and not eating much but the waiter always made sure it was not because of the food quality. Entertainment was good. We only attended one show but had a lot of fun in the clubs and casino. The cabins are very small but sufficient. I would probably opt for a window next time. Our last cruise, we had a suite so an inside stateroom seemed quite small. My daughter didn't seem to mind it though. I would highly recommend this cruise. The ship was at full capacity but never seemed crowded. Even though the Majesty is an older ship, she is well maintained, very clean and beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date January 2005

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