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BIG TIP if you booked already on lower decks: PLEASE take some Febreeze or any odor sprays because the smell of SEWAGE get pretty bad sometimes. You will thank me for taking one of those sprays. YOu can feel the smell in the halls and in ... Read More
BIG TIP if you booked already on lower decks: PLEASE take some Febreeze or any odor sprays because the smell of SEWAGE get pretty bad sometimes. You will thank me for taking one of those sprays. YOu can feel the smell in the halls and in the cabin bathrooms pretty much all the time, but at least twice it got really bad (uncomfortable). I can not believe RCCL has not done something about it. I can only image the problem they will get into if by any chance the ship gets hit with one of those weird viruses and a lot of people get sick. With that smell its a law suit waiting to happen. This was our 4th cruise, 3rd with RCCL (3 night in Sovereign and 7 night in Voyager).. The other one was a 7 night in Caribbean Princess). Embarkation: Really good, basically no wait and directly to the ship. We got there at about 2:00 PM. We went to the room and regretted not getting the spray for the odors..... Room: Inside cabin- deck 3; small, but I got a really good fare less that 4 weeks ago, so I can not complain ($225/person including all taxes and fees) Service: Excellent. Again that part was really good. They are very friendly and nice. Food: Dinners were good but were not spectacular. They need a lobster dinner in the 4 night cruise. It would be very nice specially for Formal nite. Windjammer breakfast and lunch were not too good. THey are like a $3.99 Chinese buffet. Both breakfast and Lunch in Princess were so much better. Lots of fresh fruit.. Majesty had some fruits but nothing nice (no pineapple or papayas) presentation was below average. Again dinners in main dinning rooms were fine. Public Rooms: The rooms were good, but the one next to the casino is just horrible because its always full of smoke. ventilation has to be really bad. Again, deck 3 smells really bad... Champagne Bar is really nice and quiet. I recommend it if you want to enjoy a drink, sit down and talk. Entertaining: The shows were very good. Much better that the ones in Caribbean Princess. Cruise director was good and very involved.. Scheduling of some activities was a bit bad. Bingo was during dinner Rock climbing was great... Ports of call: Nassau, Coco Cay and Key west: Been there before so we just walked for a little while and went back to the ship. Overall the cruise served its purpose for us: To get away for a couple of days, without having to spend a lot of money. Room, food, shows for 4 nights for less that $500/couple its hard to beat. I wanted to cruise only with RCCL to get higher in the Crown and Anchor programs to get some discounts and benefits, but I thing I will try some of the other cruise lines now. I can not believe after cruising VOyager of the Seas, that A RCCL would be so different.. They need to remodel Majesty. Read Less
Sail Date September 2005
This is my third time on the Dawn. I have been on 15 cruises before this one. This includes, Holland, Princess, Regal, Carnival Dolphin, and RCCL. Let me say that overall the cruise itself was passable. The ship is still kept clean and ... Read More
This is my third time on the Dawn. I have been on 15 cruises before this one. This includes, Holland, Princess, Regal, Carnival Dolphin, and RCCL. Let me say that overall the cruise itself was passable. The ship is still kept clean and beautiful. The cabins are still the same small sizes. The service from the cabin stewards, some cruise staff and restaurant staff are great. The rest of the staff needs some serious re- training. Some negatives: 1. The cruise director Ricky was terrible and was only seen at functions. He had the rest of his staff do all the dirty work. He must of been working on his tan all week. Last year,every where we turned to, the cruise staff was right around you to make sure you had a good time. 2. The food in the main dinning rooms was very salty and they used milk and cream in every single dish. We had Pasta with white clam sauce one night and it came out in Alfredo sauce. It never said it was in Alfredo sauce on the menu. I'm an Italian American and it was the worst white clam sauce we ever tasted. The chef came out and tried to explain the dish to us and even he didn't know what was in it. My brother and I figured out that NCL had cut costs and were using canned clams. The alfredo sauce was used to hide the taste of the canned clams. Last year we did have real clams in real white clam sauce with no cream. I'm sorry that I sound so negative, but white clam sauce is fairly easy to make. 3. It was a hit or miss in the main restaurants with the servers. My sister-in-law ordered hard boiled eggs one day for breakfast and when she cracked them open, they came out like a chicken had just laid them. Staff in the main restaurants had a funny way of changing dirty tables to clean ones. They would pull back the dirty table cloth halfway over the table, then place the clean dishes and silverware with a clean cloth on the table. Then remove the dirty dishes and dirty silverware from the other half of the table. Then pull the clean cloth,dishes and clean silverware completely over the table. Sickness waiting to happen. The servers not only had touched the dirty dishes, but handled the clean ones all in one motion. We brought this to the attention of the head wait staff, and were told that "this is the way we train our staff". NCL, the correct way to change a table is to have one person clear the dirty dishes and another person place clean dishes on the table. 4. The pools were drained every single night at around 9:30 PM with no warnings on why. 5. No activities after 12 midnight. They would get you all worked up and after 12 midnight, if u didn't want to listen to HipHop in Dazzels, u had to go to sleep. We and several other guests asked the DJ to mix the music, but were tuned out every single night. It was so bad that the night the ship had an overnight in Nassau, we counted close to 300 passengers wandering around the ship after midnight looking for something to do. When we asked the cruise staff the next day about it, they told us that we were in Nassau and had to find our own entertainment. 6. The front desk doesn't take cash to settle your bill after 9 PM on the day before the cruise ends. 7. Photos were very overpriced. 8. Smokers were all over the ship and never even worried about fellow guests that were non smokers. Ok, Now to the positives: 1. The wait staff in every single Speciality restaurant we ate in were great. 2. My cabin stewards were great. 3. The art auction had a nice priced variety of works. 4. Some of the cruise staff were great and tried very hard to work with the guests. 5. Dan Hodge was an outstanding performer and had us entertained every single night. 6. Bollywood was ok. 7. The buffet was better than it was last year. 8. The food in Blue LAgoon was better than last year. 9. The staff overall did try to please. I'm not sure if I want to give NCL another chance. Read Less
Sail Date September 2005
We were part of a group of 24 people that were mostly first time cruisers, my wife and I were the experienced ones having cruised with Carnival and Disney in the past. Our overall impression of this cruise was good but not great. If not ... Read More
We were part of a group of 24 people that were mostly first time cruisers, my wife and I were the experienced ones having cruised with Carnival and Disney in the past. Our overall impression of this cruise was good but not great. If not for the fact we were with a large group of co-workers it would have ranked as our least enjoyable cruise. I would have trouble rating any cruise as bad since you are on vacation and not working. Embarkation: This was a very smooth event. We went to the website and did the SetSail procedure and I would strongly recommend this to all. We breezed right through our lines in less than 15 minutes and we did this around 1:30. The line for the other people looked like at least an hour or longer. After finding our cabin we headed to the Windjammer and had lunch. The buffet was very nice and the food was a surprise for a buffet. We then spent the rest of the day poolside until the dreaded lifeboat drill. I know this is mandatory but I see little purpose since if you had a real emergency you would be hard pressed to find people going to the right stations. Dining: We had all our meals while we were on the ship in the dining rooms. Breakfast was just the basics. Service for all our meals was very slow to me. Breakfast was at least a 30-45 minute affair. I know if I wanted fast go to the buffets but I have a hard time thinking it takes that long to cook some eggs up since the meat and potatoes were already cooked before you ordered them. Dinner each evening was very long and drawn out. We had late seating in the Mayflower and were one of the last groups out of the dining room each evening. The quality of the food was just OK, I felt the food on previous cruises on other lines was much better. The range of selections was not very good with very little change. I felt the appetizers and desserts were very plain and did not strike me as appealing. Even after requesting that our waiter speed dinner along the last night we did not finish until after 10:15. It was very frustrating to see other tables come in after us and leave before we did. This was the most frustrating part of the cruise. Entertainment: Overall the shows each night were enjoyable. We made it to each show and the middle night was the best. We had a musically impressionist, sorry don't remember his name, he did a lot of Motown and got the crowd very involved. The nightclubs were busy each night and our group were very happy with the dancing. The casino was good and some gentleman won just under $27,000 on Caribbean Stud Poker jackpot. Shore Excursions: We wanted to scuba in Coco Cay but were given a very thin excuse that the compressor was broke. You would think that this is something that could have been fixed because they told us this the first night we boarded. Coco is very nice and the snorkeling was pretty good. We saw a lot of fish and also 8 rays of some sort. Beware that the life guards feed the fish by their stands and attract a lot of fish. If you not like the fish swimming right in front of your face stay back from the stands. In Nassau we did the Yellowbird Catamaran which was nice. I just wish that if would have left later in the day because if was rough to have to start drinking the free rum punch at 9:30 in the morning but I did manage to do it. After coming back we hit Senor Frogs, beware if you are not a big drinker that this place gets crazy even in the early afternoon. Service: Overall I was not impressed with the service on this ship. The help was too laid back and never did seem to want to move to fast. Drinks from the bar were slow. On the beach on CoCo you would have thought that the help didn't want to see anybody drink too much because the waiters were few and very far between. Our room steward compared to other cruises was not up to standard. In past cruises it seemed if you stepped out of your cabin at all they were in there straightening up. I asked to make sure our ice was full all the time and after the first bucket that was it. Like I said earlier, nothing was so bad to make this cruise bad but just did not measure up to past cruises. You definitely can tell this was an older ship. Lots of things dinged up and need of replacement and hopefully RCCL will do a refurbish job on this ship in the near future. Overall the trip was OK and the many first time cruisers on our trip had an enjoyable time and probably didn't notice the things that I did. For a long weekend this fit the bill and was a good bargain in that respect. Read Less
Sail Date September 2005
We just got back from our 4 night cruise on the Majesty of the Seas. This was our 7th cruise, but first with Royal Caribbean. I had always had the impression that Royal Caribbean was supposed to be somewhat of a step up from Carnival. ... Read More
We just got back from our 4 night cruise on the Majesty of the Seas. This was our 7th cruise, but first with Royal Caribbean. I had always had the impression that Royal Caribbean was supposed to be somewhat of a step up from Carnival. Perhaps my impression was incorrect. We took this cruise just to get away for a few days, and since this cruise was pretty inexpensive, we decided to give it a shot. As always, the old adage, "You get what you pay for", was true here as well. The Majesty of the Seas is an older ship, but overall the ship is in pretty good condition. If you are expecting first rate amenities and everything in brand new condition, this is not the ship for you. Embarkation at Miami is a breeze. If you are reading this, you obviously have access to a PC, so do yourself a favor, and print your Sail Away pass ahead of time. This gets you on an expedited check in line at the terminal. The check in process was the best we ever encountered. It took us 5 minutes in line at best, and about 5 minutes at the check in window, and we were on our way. It was 11:45am, and they already allowed us to board the ship. The rooms on the ship are not generally available until after 1pm, but ours was already done, so we were able to get into it at 12pm. Our cabin was on deck 3, and was on the port side toward the front of the ship. We had an outside cabin with a small porthole. The room was pretty small, but satisfactory for 2. Once again, you get what you pay for here too. The room was decent, but has no fridge or safe. Also, the room definitely showed its age, with cracks in the sinks, and a torn shower curtain. Not a big deal, but worth noting. Unfortunately in this area of the ship, the hallways leading to and from our cabin wreaked of both cigarette smoke, and nasty sewage. There were times of the day where the hallway just stunk very badly from both. Also, this smell of sewage could be detected in the bathroom as well any time you lifted the lid on the toilet bowl to use it. I heard several guests complain of this problem, and apparently it has been a problem on past cruises too, based on other reviews. The cabin has only 2 power outlets, and they are both located in the sitting area in the middle of the cabin. The bathroom has an international outlet, that will do you no good unless you have proper adapters. We now travel with a power strip to at least allow us to plug in multiple items, as well as move them around via the strips extension cord. With this room, it really came in handy. Luggage was brought to the cabins in a pretty timely manner, and left outside the stateroom door. After we got situated in our room, we went to have lunch in the Windjammer, which is located on Deck 11 at the front of the ship. There was a buffet set up with several items, but food was nothing special. There was a bon voyage party that started an hour late due to having to wait for late guests, and the Bon Voyage party basically sucked. There was no cruise director to be seen to organize any type of line dancing, or limbo contest, or conga line....all of the things you would normally associate with getting a party going. Dinner was in the Mikado restaurant on Deck 4. The restaurant was typical of what you find on a ship this size. It was a very nice restaurant, although the tables for 8 that we were seated at were a bit small. I must comment that we did not really think the selection of items each night was very diverse. There were very limited choices, and nothing really special on the menu each night. On the first night, both tried the black angus steak, along with others at the table who had it as well. All of our steaks were cold, and no one was very complimentary of the meal itself. The first night's dinner was considered a disappointment by all at the table. I will say that our waiter and assistant waiter, Suhadi, and Oswald, were very nice, and went out of their way to try to accommodate all of us as best they could. Out of 4 nights at dinner, 2 were downright lousy, and 2 were good. None of the entrees I had would I rate excellent, although Italian night featured a night Caprese appetizer and Tiramisu for dessert that were very good. My overall impression of the dining room food was that out of 7 cruises, this was probably the worst....probably tied with Carnival in that respect. We did not do any other meals in the dining room other than dinner. The breakfast buffet was done in the Windjammer. They serve breakfast until 11am, but unfortunately close the air conditioned section early, so you are basically sitting outside with the heat and humidity. The food was nothing special. Runny eggs, soggy bacon, and overcooked sausages. Not a great selection of items I did not feel. Also, the thing we noticed that really bugged the crap out if use here, was that there are no trays in this buffet line. The plates are extra large to hold a lot of food, but with no tray it makes it impossible to grab silverware, your plate of food, and drinks without finding a table first, and then making several trips back to grab everything else. Why this is done like this makes no sense, but it is definitely not well thought out for the guest. The entertainment in the main show room was good on each of the 3 nights we attended, although the Royal Caribbean dancers were maybe a little on the cheesy side. The adult comic was excellent, but they only had him on 1 night. The pools on the ship were very nice and laid out well. Oddly, they are both a depth of 5 feet and 7 inches. They did have a wading area around each pool too that was about 4 inches deep. The pool area only had 2 hot tubs. The ports of call were Nassau, Coco Cay, and Key West. The ship is in Nassau from the morning until midnight, which for most people is a waste. The city of Nassau rolls up at 6pm, and the only activity after that is a trip to Paradise Island to visit the Atlantis Casino, which is a beautiful place. If you are not into gambling, there is an aquarium there as well. Other than that, the 6 hours spent in Nassau from 6pm to 12pm are not really utilized by most. Coco Cay is Royal Caribbean's private island, and it was visited on the third day. It is a nice place to relax and a decent lunch was provided, but all activities on the island have a fee for them. The only way to get to the island is via the tender ships, which can be a real pain during the peak times in the morning when everyone is trying to leave the ship at the same time. Last call for the tenders leaving the island was at 3:30pm. Most people seemed to feel that we should have spent less time in Nassau, and more time at Coco Cay. Our 3rd stop was at Key West. The itinerary for the ship claims that the ship would be there from 10am to 6pm. The night before we arrived at Key West, there was a note in the stateroom to tell us that customs would need to board the ship and everyone would need to be presented to customs before anyone could leave the ship to explore Key West. The cruise lines letter seemed to make this sound as if it was a sudden surprise, but in talking to our waiter found out this is a routine event. We were told we would "probably" be cleared by customs by 11:30am. As it turned out, we were not cleared until after 12:30pm, so 2 1/2 hours of our time on Key West was wasted. The cruise director claims they have no control over this. But I feel their process was garbage. It took 15 minutes to account for every passenger during a muster drill, but 2 1/2 hours to account for everyone before debarkation at Key West. To say everyone was more than just a little ticked off would be an understatement. Disembarkation in Miami was pretty easy and straightforward. The only negative is that they really want you off the ship very early and want you out of your cabin by 8am. Not good for us late sleepers. In conclusion, if this is your first cruise, you will probably enjoy most things about it. The staff was very friendly for the most part, and since the ship is not huge, its easy to navigate. However, if you are a seasoned cruiser and have traveled on other lines, you might be somewhat disappointed. We did not expect miracles considering that we paid just over $300 each (including taxes) for an outside cabin, but still had a good time nonetheless. I would never go on this ship during peak times when the rates are more than double that. This cruise is not worth $600 or $700. The ship definitely shows signs of wear, the food left much to be desired, and the debacle in Key West was very frustrating. Overall, we would probably not go on this ship again, however, we might change our minds if we wanted a cheap getaway for a few days and this was the only ticket to fill the bill. The saying always holds true....You get what you pay for. Bon Voyage. Read Less
Sail Date September 2005
This was our 10th cruise, and my 4th one with NCL. I found the Dawn clean and the staff were very attentive to our needs. All of the staff from the Captain, his Senior Staff and down were very friendly and would always address you with a ... Read More
This was our 10th cruise, and my 4th one with NCL. I found the Dawn clean and the staff were very attentive to our needs. All of the staff from the Captain, his Senior Staff and down were very friendly and would always address you with a pleasant greeting. I liked the fact that the Captain and his Senior Staff , were highly visible and were happy to talk with passengers and pose for pictures. My wife and I booked a lower oceanview cabin and found that this "oceanview" was actually a small porthole instead of the usual picture window, which was disappointing. The bathroom in our cabin was partitioned into 3 areas and unless you were a very petite person, you were going to have problems fitting into the toilet section. The shower area, however was beautifully large. The cabin itself was attractive and had abundant storage. Our cabin stewards were excellent, the cabins were well maintained and we were greeted each night with a wonderful towel animal and a mint on our pillow. We ate in three of the specialty restaurants and found the food and service in La Trattoria (Italian) and Salsa (TexMex)were top of the line. We also tried the Sushi Bar where they had all you can eat Sushi for $10.00. The service was great, but the selection was poor in the all you can eat, so several of us opted to go Ala Carte. This was a little more money, but a better choice for anyone who is a true sushi/sashimi lover. The main restaurants (Venetian, Impressions and Aqua) were beautiful, but you should note the following: the portions were miniscule and I had to order two or three main dishes to make a decent meal. Over all, the fare in the regular restaurants was nothing to write home about. In fact, the night they served lobster, it was a disaster. It was overcooked, rubbery and covered in a tastless sauce, it was totally inedible. The buffets were a little better and the on-deck BBQ was ok if you like burgers and hot dogs. The food at the Bimini Bar had no wait and the burgers, fries, and hot dogs were fresh off the grill and delicious. The Blue Lagoon was also a good alternative for a meal, particularly if you were returning from an excursion and wanted a snack, lunch or even dinner at an odd hour since it is open 24 hours. Unfortunately, the one and only ice cream bar located by the pool was only open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The major production shows in the Stardust Theatre were good. The bands and pianists in the lounges were top the the line. There are many nice lounge areas around the ship and the drinks were reasonable. The on-deck parties are pretty run of the mill. The ship seems to cater to families with pre-teenage children. There was very little for adults to do late at night, since most of the bars close by midnight, however the disco stays open a little later and the casino stays open all night. Unfortunately there are no "adult only" areas around the pool deck. Many children (and surprisingly, some adults) totally disregarded the posted rules displayed by the pool & hot tub area, showing a total lack of consideration to their fellow passengers as well as a threat to everyone's safety by diving and jumping over both adults and children in the pool, horsing around in the jacuzzi's, and bringing glass bottles & drinks inside the pool itself. The three shore excursions we took were fun. In Port Canaveral the NASA Up Close Tour at the Kennedy Space Center,is worth the extra expense, especially if you want to see the actual parts of international space station and the space shuttle. We had an excellent tour guide, who was full of information. In Miami, the Airboat ride in the Everglades was very enjoyable, as was the wildlife show. The private island stop was fun if you like the beach (don't bother renting snorkeling equipment, but do rent a raft). It was a little to hot to spend the allotted time on the beach,so many people left early. Lattitudes members get VIP tender tickets, so you don't have to wait on line for an hour. Also, plan to go early. The stop in Nassau was a joke and not worth the stop-over at all. Arrived 8:00 pm when everything was closed and left at 11:00 am the next morning. What we did see was very disappointing. Some passengers were accosted by the locals, who hang out at the ship terminal, it was kind of sleazy. We did take an interesting excursion called Sea & See, part water, part land. The Sea part in a semi-submarine was great, the land part was rushed. Embarkation is efficient, arrive early, so you can get on the ship much earlier than you think. Let them know if you are a Latitudes Member when you arrive at the terminal, you get priority check-in and a special area to wait. Debarkation is extremely easy. You can wait in you cabin, or a lounge area, until your color ticket is called. You walk off the ship with no line and are immediately directed to your luggage. Read Less
Sail Date August 2005
A magnificent ship, but a mediocre cruise. Arriving at the pier was a nightmare. It took one hour to drive from Long Island, and then a full hour to pull in curbside at the dock. That's not NCL's fault, but it is a frazzling way ... Read More
A magnificent ship, but a mediocre cruise. Arriving at the pier was a nightmare. It took one hour to drive from Long Island, and then a full hour to pull in curbside at the dock. That's not NCL's fault, but it is a frazzling way to start a cruise. The ship is impeccably clean, particularly in regards to food service. Mandatory hand sanitizers at each buffet are a reassuring precaution. In general the staff was outstanding, friendly and efficient in their work. Our luggage was in our cabin before we left the pier. There is a decent casino, that seemed to be paying out a number of jackpots. But they only give you a 2 hour window on the last day to cash in your player's club points. There is something thrilling about sailing out of NY harbor and going under the Verrazano Bridge. Now for some of the woes. The number of underage teenagers who were drinking was alarming. Large numbers of children were hanging out in elevators and stairways well into the night. (Where were their parents?) Don't book this cruise for the Ports of Call. Overnight in Nassau gives virtually no time to see anything. Port Canaveral is hardly the height of excitement. The weakest piece of the cruise was the quality of the food. At it's best, it was okay, but there were times it fell short of that. The quality of the lobster was poor. If you want a decent meal you have to shell out extra. The casual dining experience made the whole cruise feel cheap. It felt like I was dining in Denny's at every meal. Their minimum dress codes were not always enforced. It was a hassle having to plan ahead where we wanted to eat, and then hope to get a reservation. Freestyle cruising is not for me. My last comment has nothing to do with NCL, but it did impact our experience. It seemed most of the clientele were from NY/NJ. Not for nothing, but we can be a noisy and crass group. It's back to Celebrity for me next time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2005
We just sailed the Majesty from July 25-29. Positives first:-) Atlantis a must do! Book a room at resort prior to and had full use of facilities, we had a blast. Coco Cay FUN!! Snorkeling no big deal!! Disappointed and LOTS of ... Read More
We just sailed the Majesty from July 25-29. Positives first:-) Atlantis a must do! Book a room at resort prior to and had full use of facilities, we had a blast. Coco Cay FUN!! Snorkeling no big deal!! Disappointed and LOTS of Jellyfish!!! Waverunner tour GREAT and worth it!! Floating mats fun and exploring island fun and found a lot of shells:-) Key West was fun, We did The Mel Fisher Museum and it was nice. We ate at The Conch Republic and it had GREAT food. As far as the ship... We had 2 connecting cabins, 6034 and 6036. Deck 6 had no hot water first day and it SMELLED like RAW SEWAGE!! the whole cruise. It did not permeate into the cabins though only upon leaving the cabin and entering Deck 6. RCCL representative said they couldn't do anything about it. Cabin size was nice and SERVICE!! was EXCELLENT!!! WINDJAMMER FOOD was AWFUL!! and Windjammer service was awful!!! Mikado Dining Room food EXCELLENT!!! AM NOON and NIGHT!! Service was SUPERB!! We had main seating table 17. Michael, Sheldon and Matko were the BEST!!! I suggest breakfast and dinner in the Dining ROOM!!! Room Service was lightning fast and very good, always had fresh ice, cold sodas and water in room. Wanted for nothing in the cabins. Soap, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, towels, tissues etc were all provided. Kids activities on this ship DISAPPOINTED!! We were with my 11yr old son and 15yr old daughter. 6 arcade games, small room dedicated to teens, not MUCH TO DO!!, 1 basketball hoop and 3 ping pong tables and a ton of kids running around with nothing to do!! The Radiance, Brilliance and Explorer were awesome for our children and tons to do. The shows were SUPERB!!! Even the kids enjoyed them. The Casino was full of cigarette smoke but we had fun as I won a few nights in a row:-) Midnight buffets okay!! Chocolate Buffet GREAT!!! Ice carving show okay. The ship itself is worn and run down in some areas but the Viking Crown was nice and we enjoyed the majority of the cruise. But the highlights for us were ATLANTIS!!!, COCO CAY waverunners. I cannot comment on the food on the island b/c we were having sooo much fun that we never ate the BBQ on Coco Cay! HINT!! Take a water to go when you leave Coco Cay as it is hot and waiting for the tender and on the tender back is HOT!!! Oh one more thing we ate at this restaurant in Nassau across the street from the Hilton called CONCH FRITTERS!! It was EXCELLENT!! Service, food and drinks! Snorkeling in Nassau is awesome as well, Shaun, behind the Hilton, very great service!! I suggest doing Atlantis on your own, people on tour did not look happy and no freedom to roam around and no pool facilities, We booked a room at Atlantis for the day and had full use of ALL FACILITIES!! Pool and waterslide and Aquarium were awesome. Okay as far as sailing the Majesty again NEVER!! RCCL again yes!! We loved our cruises on RADIANCE, BRILLIANCE and EXPLORER!! Any ?'s feel free to email me at nickiduca@aol.com:-) BYE!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2005
We brought three children with us on the cruise. I was disappointed with the overall experience. This is not to say we had a bad time, but it was just very trying on us: 1. Our kids are 2. 5, 4.5, and 6.5. The kids center agreed to take ... Read More
We brought three children with us on the cruise. I was disappointed with the overall experience. This is not to say we had a bad time, but it was just very trying on us: 1. Our kids are 2. 5, 4.5, and 6.5. The kids center agreed to take our youngest because she is very happy to not be in diapers. I certainly appreciated that. I did not like that if after 15 minutes your child did not want to be there, they paged you to have you pick them up. It made it impossible to get any time to relax. Normally, I wouldn't mind that but... 2. They have only 2 children pools for roughly 2500 people. Both are fairly small and were very crowded. It always required two adults to watch the kids at the pool and that was difficult with the density of children. 3. When we did try to get a break one night with my mother-in-law watching the kids after they went to bed, we wanted to soak in the hot tub. They have 4 (2 adult only), all were packed beyond the 6 person capacity and we ended up with little to nothing to do. 4. We were VERY disappointed with the shore excursion to Blue Lagoon. It was an hour boat ride and walk each way and the beach was not very nice and very crowded. The food was limited and water cost money. I could not find a water fountain. Thankfully, we brought a lot of water, but not enough. 5. We enjoyed Castaway Cay. Disney really got that right. Read Less
Sail Date June 2005
Before I went on my cruise, I used to check out these boards on a daily basis. Although VERY helpful, I can never really give an opinion unless I have been there or experienced things for myself. I'm going to be totally honest with ... Read More
Before I went on my cruise, I used to check out these boards on a daily basis. Although VERY helpful, I can never really give an opinion unless I have been there or experienced things for myself. I'm going to be totally honest with my review. This is not my 1st cruise.. I sailed RCCL Nordic Empress to Bermuda in 2001 and then RCCL Adventure last year on their Southern Caribbean itinerary. I flew into Ft. lauderdale on June 16 and stayed at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for one night before heading down to Miami to take this Long anticipated cruise. We only decided on a 3 day to Miami because we wanted a quick getaway.. we are getting married next year and didn't want to spend a whole let of money on a vacation. Instead of making a whole long wordy review, I will break everything down for you. Weather in Miami: POURING RAIN. No need to say more. Embarkation: LONG lines.. BUT only because we got to the port at 3:00 when it seemed as if the WHOLE entire ship was boarding at the same time. Make sure you get there early and have all your forms filled out in advanced.. on-line if possible. The wait didn't bother us at all because once we got up to the counter to check in.. It took 5 minutes, and we were on our way up to the ship from there. The check-in clerk was very nice, and assured me that the rain would stop, and not to worry! (The sound of the pouring rain was killing the mood for me.) Rooms: We had an oceanview stateroom. Our luggage arrived very quickly. VERY SMALL, but functional. Any more then 2 people in a room would be WAY overcrowded. Please be aware that there are NO SAFES in any of the rooms. For a 3 day cruise there was enough storage space.. Weeklong?? I don't know how anyone would function or keep themselves organized!!! Our stateroom attendant was very nice-he introduced himself to us 5 min after we got to our room. Food: Buffet -- HORRIBLE. And I'm not one to complain about food... EVER. BUT, it always seemed that the food in the Windjammer was cold and the menu items never changed. Same goes for breakfast & lunch. After 3 days I was tired of eating the food from there. Dining room food was okay.. service was okay.. waiter/asst waiter.. very nice, BUT much better menus on the Adventure of the Seas. Sometimes it seemed as if we were being rushed out of the dining room. We were in and out in and hour every night.. some people would LOVE that, but, quite honestly, I really enjoy the cruise dining room experience -- but it just seemed more better on the other cruises I said on. Ship: Well maintained.. BUT you can tell it was an older ship. if this is your first cruise, you will think this ship is HUGE & beautiful. IT IS a beautiful vessel.. but since I sailed before on AOS, I always found myself comparing the Majesty to the Adventure. Theres NO comparison.. Majesty just doesn't compare. Casino: ALWAYS packed.. You will have a hard time finding a table. Entertainment: Just okay. Saw the Love & Marriage game show... that was pretty funny. I also seen an adult comedian.. I've seen better on Comic Strip live. And and impressionist.. didn't do anything for me at all... He wasn't very convincing. One pool was closed on the deck.. don't know why??? Ports Coco Cay: ABSOLUTELY beautiful!!! Fun day.. You will have a blast. Nassau: HORRIBLE & run-down. I've seen better neighborhoods in the worst part of Brooklyn. Paradise Island was very nice though. Definitely visit the Atlantis.. such a beautiful place.. although.. (I know It seems like I'm being negative this WHOLE REVIEW) I've seen better hotels on the strip in Vegas. Please don't hate me.. I'm not usually this bitter about things!!! I've been on better cruises and I was disappointed with RCCL with this cruise. I expected a while lot more. Read Less
Sail Date June 2005
My husband and I decided to take a cruise with our one year old daughter. This was the first time that we have ever been on a cruise and I had to convince my husband that he would not feel " trapped" on the ship and there would ... Read More
My husband and I decided to take a cruise with our one year old daughter. This was the first time that we have ever been on a cruise and I had to convince my husband that he would not feel " trapped" on the ship and there would be so many things to do that we wouldn't be able to choose. Well, looks like I was wrong - for once! Embarkation: We were in the Skipper's Club since we had booked a suite. This was supposed to allow us priority boarding. I asked one of the carnival employees at the security entrance where I should go for the Skipper's Club and she asked if I had the immigration paperwork and sail & sign card filled out. I told her that I did and she directed me straight ahead. Well, this was not the way to Skipper's Club. I went through security and found out the Skipper's Club was the other way and I would have to go through security again to use it. We decided not to and just went through the regular entrance. Cabin: We booked a Penthouse Suite - category 12 with a large balcony. We wanted a large room to accommodate the portable crib (carnival provides) and a balcony to sit on while the baby napped. The room was very nice and I loved sitting on the balcony and looking out at the ocean. The bed was very comfortable and there was plenty of room for the crib. The closet was big enough to hold all of our luggage, the car seat, and umbrella stroller. The bathroom was fine except for the shower. The water temp. would change every couple of seconds and you constantly had to adjust the handles. We left port about an hour late. There was no announcement of what the hold up was. We were able to yell to a security guard at the port of Miami off of our balcony to find out what the wait was for. Turns out that one of the crew was sick and went to the hospital. They were waiting for him to come back. Must be a pretty important member of the crew. After eating at the Lido deck I can only assume it was the chef and that he never made it back. Food: We were told that there was lunch being served on the Lido deck. We got in the elevator and arrived at the Lido deck. We had no idea where to go because there was no Carnival crew member in the elevator/stairs area to direct people. After we located the Lido deck we got in line for the buffet. The lunch was fair (and I'm being generous ). We had hamburgers that were overcooked. The waiters were swarming around with the "drink of the day" for $6.25 in a souvenir cup. The drinks were very good. There was a band playing music and the staff seemed to be all pumped up and we were sure this was going to be a fun 3 days. We ended up eating at the Lido deck for all of our meals since we had the baby with us. Most of the time the food was below average. The had the same selection every day for breakfast. The lines were very long and we decided that we could get the same crappy breakfast in our room and sit on the balcony so we ordered room service the next 2 mornings. The dinner buffet did offer some good selections. The pizza was good as long as it had just come out of the oven. The sandwiches looked good as well. We did try to go to the "Open Seating" lunch in the dining room and were brought to a booth with another couple. We were told that there were not enough waiters on staff that day (a day at sea). I'm not sure if they jumped ship but somehow they were missing that day. Spa: I went to the spa during the "day at sea" . I paid $180 for a 105 minute "Spa Ritual" which included a massage and facial. The service was great but they really push their products. After my service she sat down with me to tell me all of the stuff that was wrong with me and showed me $80 creams that would fix everything. I asked if she had any samples and of course she didn't. I've visited a lot of spas and have never been pushed products like that. It kind of took the relaxation out of the treatment. Activities: This is supposed to be the "fun ship" . I have to say that I rarely had that much fun. After the first lunch on the Lido deck I never saw any more music there. Considering we ate every meal there I would say that we were there quite a bit. We always had to go in search of the "drink of the day" . There were no more waiters carrying the drinks around. Seems that they really put on a party atmosphere on the first day and then forgot about it the rest of the time. Even during the day at sea there were not that many activities. They had some bingo, a hairy chest contest, afternoon tea (with LIPTON tea bags - yes, I'm a tea snob), and margaritas with chips and salsa time. I was starting to realize that I felt " trapped" on the ship too! The day at port - the Bahamas- was the formal night. I'm not sure why they do it on that night since it seemed that a lot of people went off the ship to explore the port. My husband & I had my parents watch the baby that night and went out for a drink. The bars were empty! It was like a ghost town. The casino was fun. There was a slot tournament that my husband joined. The slot host was wonderful! Carnival does offer babysitting but it starts at 10pm and they do not come to your room. It didn't make much sense for us to wake up our baby and take her to a room and leave her while she screams. I thought that I had read when I booked the cruise that they come to your room but maybe they had changed their policy Staff: The staff were all extremely friendly and very nice to our baby. The room steward introduced himself the first day and then we never saw him again. I'm not really sure what he is there for. I did see a big change in attitudes as soon as we pulled back into Miami. The crew started cleaning out rooms and blasting music while they were cleaning. They asked if they could go onto our balcony to clean it even before we were supposed to be out of our room. They even came to our room the night before and asked for our robes!! My husband told them that we were wearing them! I was really surprised considering that we were in a suite that we got such poor treatment towards the end. Debarkation : I have no idea if every cruise is like this but this would be a big reason that I would not cruise again. We were all lined up like cattle for at least a half hour. I realize that they must check everyone through security but the wait was really annoying. Overall: We had heard the Carnival did not have great food and this is true. We could deal with it for 3 days but I could not imagine a whole week of that food. I think some people may be disappointed if they expect tons of things to do each day. Read Less
Sail Date April 2005
This was our third cruise (2nd with Carnival). This was a very last minute trip for us...and we knew that Carnival was not "top of the line" With that in mind, the cruise was just OK. Our cabin was adequate for 4 of us...we ... Read More
This was our third cruise (2nd with Carnival). This was a very last minute trip for us...and we knew that Carnival was not "top of the line" With that in mind, the cruise was just OK. Our cabin was adequate for 4 of us...we spent little time there. Although our steward kept the room immaculately clean...it was cleaned twice a day! The pool decks were great, with plenty of chairs. The health club had decent equipment and there was never a wait to use the machines. The food was very average. Our kids (8 and 11) enjoyed it more than we did. I was probably the only person that loses weight on a cruise! We read a lot of reviews, we agree, this ship is really showing its age...old carpet, old decor...and some of the areas look like Caesar's Palace gone mad! It's like they couldn't decide on a theme...so there's Cleopatra's Bar, the Forum...and the '70s discotheque! The casino was OK...very smoky, and the slots had a tendency to malfunction. The kids activities were a little boring for our kids..mostly computer and Playstation. All in all, you get what you pay for. And this is a budget cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2005
This was my second cruise on the Dawn and I must say that I was disappointed. First of all, it was Spring Break. Of course no fault of Norwegian, but when you have 1200 kids under the age of 21 on board, there needs to be some control. ... Read More
This was my second cruise on the Dawn and I must say that I was disappointed. First of all, it was Spring Break. Of course no fault of Norwegian, but when you have 1200 kids under the age of 21 on board, there needs to be some control. All of the activities on board were overrun by kids. Even when things were supposed to be for 18 and older, they were monopolized by 13 - 14 year olds. Staff members did not have control. The bars were loaded with 18 year olds that obviously shouldn't have been drinking, but no Id's were ever checked. Our room was nice and the balcony was great. A must have when traveling with my husband. He would get up early every morning and drink coffee on the balcony. I am not really sure who our room steward was. Our room was always clean, but we seldom saw him. Embarkation was great. Very quick, no lines, no waiting. When we boarded the ship, we were given a paper in our stateroom that said there had been a change in itinerary and that we would be arriving in Nassau at night so people could enjoy the "night life". Obviously it was for other reasons since every store in Nassau was closed on Thursday night and Friday due to Good Friday. We left at 12 p.m. on Friday. Very disappointing. We did spend a day at Great Stirrup Cay which was nice, but over crowded and very rough tender ride. The itinerary should have been changed to allow a full day in Nassau on Thursday and then to Great Stirrup on Friday. It would have allowed for a greater visit to the Bahamas. The biggest disappointment was the food and the service. The food was terrible. We dined mainly at the Buffet since the dining room service takes FOREVER. The food was a general mish mash of whatever is left over. One day at breakfast there was the basic breakfast items and then a pan of chicken breast. Who eats chicken breast for breakfast? Even when there was a theme for the evening, it was a hodge podge of dishes. I spent the week eating hamburgers and hot dogs. I didn't spend that type of money to eat BBQ all week. The second disappointment was service. Since the tips are guaranteed, there is no reason to go out of your way to help. The service is lacking on this ship. I understand that people are working everyday to keep the ship clean, etc. But, a simple thank you for have a nice day is appreciated. I doubt that we will ever cruise with Norwegian again. Our experience on Royal Caribbean far exceeded this trip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2005
We were on the 19 FEB 2005 sailing of the Fantasy. We traveled as part of a larger group (5 cabins). Most of us are in the 30- 40 age demographic with 3 kids aged 5,5, and 8 rounding out our crew. Overall we had a great time, tempered with ... Read More
We were on the 19 FEB 2005 sailing of the Fantasy. We traveled as part of a larger group (5 cabins). Most of us are in the 30- 40 age demographic with 3 kids aged 5,5, and 8 rounding out our crew. Overall we had a great time, tempered with a few disappointments. This was the 2nd cruise for my wife and I. Our previous cruise was aboard RCI's Radiance o/t Seas. We took a southern caribbean cruise in March of 2003. There's no sense in me comparing the two cruises as they are worlds apart. Embarkation and debarkation were relatively quick and painless. As was the lifeboat drill. Carnival was well organized and prepared in these areas. The ship itself was lackluster and dated. Not dirty, but showing her age and lacking in the refinements of modern cruise ships. The chrome and ceramic tile decor reminded me of "Miami vice" meets the "Partridge family". Definitely no "oohs and AAhs" as we toured this vessel. Well maintained, but definitely not a "showboat". The food. No complaints from me here. I enjoyed every meal I had on the Fantasy. The Celebration dining room was, however, a huge disappointment. We had a booth for 7, which meant that I sat on a chair in the aisle. Our service felt rushed and impersonal. "Git-r-done" seemed to be the mantra of the day. As for the dress code. Non existent. I saw everything from sweatsuits, to blue jeans, to shorts, tank tops, and baseball caps in the main dining room. Formal night being no exception. I found this insulting. I felt our maitre d' was not only worthless, but annoying. He found it necessary every night to interrupt our meal for some inane announcements and a lame song and dance routine by the wait staff. This "in-your-face,phony and forced,funship" schtick permeated the entire cruise. Activities and entertainment. I enjoyed all the shows. Most of our group didn't. The comedians were my favorites, but I thought the song and dance shows were well done, and entertaining, as well. However, the daily activities( Bingo, art auctions, etc.) and excursions were lame and a rip off. Another HUGE disappointment. Overall, I would have to say we had a great time in spite of Carnival. The "funships" aren't our bag. We prefer a little more refinement, value, and service in our vacations. If you enjoy a "loud and proud", "in-your-face" type of entertainment, then NASCAR, big- time wrestling, and Carnival are for you. Read Less
Sail Date February 2005
We have cruised 6 times with 2 cruises being on Carnival, 1 on the Disney Cruise Line and the other 3 on Royal Caribbean's larger ships (Voyager level). We wanted to go somewhere for a long weekend this winter and noticed that the ... Read More
We have cruised 6 times with 2 cruises being on Carnival, 1 on the Disney Cruise Line and the other 3 on Royal Caribbean's larger ships (Voyager level). We wanted to go somewhere for a long weekend this winter and noticed that the Carnival Miracle was doing a one-time repositioning sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau in February. Although we both knew that we enjoyed Royal Caribbean more than Carnival, since this cruise was only 3 days on one of their newest and largest ships, we thought we would give it a chance to see if things had changed. I went into the cruise with an open mind. However, Carnival just can't top the classy feeling that the Royal Caribbean cruise line has. Even on the Miracle, one of their newest ships, I still felt like I was on a lower-grade cruise line. This is due to the choice for the interior, the cheesy shows and especially the dining room ambiance. The dining room of the Miracle must have been decorated with over 1000 pink lights. No chandeliers (like on Royal Caribbean), but instead a grouping of the pink lights for the ceiling centerpieces. I think they were supposed to be grapes, but, I felt like I was in a disco at every meal. The welcome show featured the Carnival dancers dancing to a variety of different tunes that had the word "fun" in them. I wish there weren't so many of them. It was so cheesy that we left afterward. It was all we could take. The food was "okay." Not bad, but okay. The pools are very small and the decor around the pool again cheesy. Not like the Royal Caribbean Voyager line. The positives ... the crew was constantly picking up trash to keep the ship clean. Also, we were upgraded from a oceanview guarantee to a balcony room (although the rooms are smaller than what we have had on the Royal Caribbean Voyager line). Staff was kind, helpful and pleasant. As far as the ports go, we have been to Nassau a number of times but really enjoyed it this time due to an early morning visit to Atlantis (if you go early, you can roam around the grounds before security starts checking for armbands). Also, my husband did the Stuart Cove shark dive for certified divers that he really enjoyed. Keep in mind though that the water in Nassau is cold until about April! He froze but did see a number of large sharks while diving (this was not booked through the cruise line). I spent the day shopping in Nassau and found some bargains. After shopping, I paid the $15 day fee and laid out at the pool and beach of the British Colonial Hilton (very nice!). That night, we went to Senior Frogs, but didn't stay long due to the extremely loud music and crowd. Our sea day was horrible. It was too cold and windy to lay out on any of the decks so everyone was stuck inside. I was ready to jump ship by 4:00 p.m. and of all the cruises I have taken, I have never felt that way even when we we had a bad weather day. This was our last trip on Carnival. It was a cheaper vacation, but, I guess you get what you pay for and next time I'll pay more and be happier and more pleased with what I spent my money on. Read Less
Sail Date February 2005
The good: 1. Our cabin service was phenomenal! We had 4 people stuffed into the cabin and so it was basically a mess whenever we left. Our attendant kept the room so tidy and that was so nice!! The room was immaculate! She was friendly and ... Read More
The good: 1. Our cabin service was phenomenal! We had 4 people stuffed into the cabin and so it was basically a mess whenever we left. Our attendant kept the room so tidy and that was so nice!! The room was immaculate! She was friendly and helpful and that was so refreshing! The crib was a Portacrib and that was nice to have. So don't bring your crib from home! 2. The food was very tasty and the presentation and variety were A++++++! We ate in the Windjammer restaurant portion and were very pleased with the service and also the friendliness of our waiter and John, the pasta and steak cutting guy! He knew all our kids by name on the first night and warmed up our normally cool as a cucumber 8 y/o daughter! 3. The ship was basically clean although the carpeting really needs to be replaced in many areas and there was an aroma of sewage on the stairways near deck 9. The Bad: Bar service: Possibly because I am female and most of the bar attendants were male and from foreign countries, but several times I was standing right at the bar and was overlooked and the man behind me was helped first. I found that very odd. So in that regard, that was a little displeasing. Elevators: We were traveling with a 13 month old and a stroller. I have honestly never encountered such rudeness in my life while waiting for elevators! Able bodied people would push ahead of me to get on the elevator and basically I learned early on to run over ankles and feet with the stroller wheels to get on the elevator. A few times of that and most people got out of my way! Dining room service sucked! I called RCI well before the cruise and requested that our two cabins (my husband, me and 5 kids) all eat together at a corner table since we have an infant who does not deal well with meal times. We ate in the Windjammer because of the baby; however, they had a crew appreciation dinner in the Windjammer on the 3rd night of our cruise. When we got to the dining room we were told that 1/2 of our party (3 youngest kids ages 8, 10 and 13 mos) would have to eat at a different table on a different level. Yea right ... Not only that but we were told by our wait staff that another couple who had dined there the previous 2 nights had more rights to the table than we did, which I might add was about as small as they could cram us into and right out in the middle of the dining room for all to see me breastfeed. Needless to say, I was one unhappy "guest!" The other couple was placed at a different table, our family of 7 was allowed to dine at a table that 1/2 of us were assigned to and we tried to enjoy our meal despite the glares from them from us usurping their table! To top it off, it took all of 30 minutes to get our drinks and take our order! It was a 2 hour ordeal by the time we got outta there! It was obvious that our baby was fussy. Drinks weren't refilled. The service was incredibly slow. We ended up NOT tipping our wait staff in the main dining room. The service was horrible. Mandatory customs clearing in the Blue Skies lounge ... No problem except there was a huge pile of VOMIT on the carpet that EVERYONE had to wade through to get out of the Blue Skies lounge after they were cleared through customs. That would include ALL U.S. residents on the ship, over 1000 people for sure! Ironic since there is a huge problem with GI viruses on these ships, you'd think they'd have that disinfected pronto! Most likely it was some drunk tossing their cookies but still ... I would think that if they are going to make our path through the vomit mandatory (which it was for everyone), they would have cleaned it up well before clearing customs. It was disgusting. Shore excursions: Our options were 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. We are not 9 a.m. beach people and so we signed up for a 1:00 p.m. Cable Beach shore excursion in the Bahamas. We get to the pier to go to our 1 p.m. shore excursion only to see that the tickets say "9:00 a.m." Turns out that the 1 p.m. was cancelled and we WEREN'T notified and the tickets say "nonrefundable." Kind of disappointing to see this and not be notified. We did end up getting refunded the $128. And to top it off, we could have paid $3 per person ($21) and taken a taxi to accomplish the same shore excursion by not going through RCI. Shore excursions are extremely over priced! Traveling with Children: If you have children younger than 3, this isn't the cruise for you. It was filled with old, leather-skin smoking drunks over the age of 55. There was ABSOLUTELY nothing for our 13 month old to do. I had called RCI ahead of time and was assured that he would be able to play in their play area WITH ME THERE AT ALL TIMES. When we got on the ship, we were told he couldn't play AT ALL, even with me there. He also couldn't swim, which wasn't really a problem anyway because the water was frigid in the pools. Kids Konnection. We raved about it on our Oct 2002 cruise. The kids had a GREAT TIME during that cruise. This cruise ... Apparently, they have a late night from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. session and on the first night of the cruise my 10 y/o son wanted to stay. He was turned down because the other kids were going to leave at 11 and they didn't want to stay open for just one kid. The environment was CHAOTIC to say the least. Instead of doing fun activities with the kids, like they did in Oct 2002, this cruise they plopped them in front of several TV screens and played movies and the other 1/2 of the kids are hip hopping to music that was played so loudly that my 8 y/o daughter left each night with a headache and crying because of the noise and chaos. We were not impressed this trip. Cruise Director. Never to be seen or heard. Our first cruise on the Majesty in October 2001 was soooo memorable because of the most awesome cruise director Parker. He was EVERYWHERE!! He excited the atmosphere of the ship and it was such a fun 4 days. This trip, no excitement, no thrill. We took our 18 and 20 y/o daughters and we were in bed by 8 to 9 p.m. at night, including them! BORING.... All in all, kind of disappointing this time around. I doubt we'll be on the Majesty anytime soon. Read Less
Sail Date January 2005
If this was our first cruise I don't think we would do it again. The first night was so rocky half the ship was sick. Most of the activities were during the late dinner so we missed out on all the fun games. The super shopper was a ... Read More
If this was our first cruise I don't think we would do it again. The first night was so rocky half the ship was sick. Most of the activities were during the late dinner so we missed out on all the fun games. The super shopper was a joke her talk and giveaways were awful. We got better deals at the straw market then at the shops she told us to go to. When we tried to pick up her bargains the staff at the stores were rude to us. The real shocker was the last night as we were packing to put our stuff in the hall and after we had everything packed we notice that our robes were gone. We had planned on using them that night and the next morning. The photo staff was lazy. We had two rolls of film processed and when we went to pick them up the staff lied and told us they weren't in yet. So my husband went to the purser's desk and they called down there and we had them in two minutes. When we booked our trips off the ship we had planned to do to Nasa space center and the girl working the desk missed on both our order and our friend order. Our room and most of the public area smelled of smoke. I didn't think you could smoke in your rooms or in many areas of the ship, but people were smoking every where. The sightseeing trip in Freeport was boring and depressing. We could have spent more time at the shopping areas and beach and less time listening to bad stories and seeing all the damage to the island. We do plan on going another cruise but I think we will stick to the Mexico trips. Our wait staff was the best part of the trip. We had a bad table that was half empty. But we had the head waiter and he was great. Read Less
Sail Date January 2005
After taking a break from cruising for a few years we joined a group of 60 people for a cruise on the Majesty. We were all cruising to celebrate the wedding of one of 2 of the group. While we had a lot of fun with our group the ship left ... Read More
After taking a break from cruising for a few years we joined a group of 60 people for a cruise on the Majesty. We were all cruising to celebrate the wedding of one of 2 of the group. While we had a lot of fun with our group the ship left me wanting for more. I have cruised in the past and never had a problem with seasickness. The stabilizers were either broken or non-existent. We rocked so much that we would slide across the bed. Our cabin steward, David, was great always willing to help and he always remembered our names and those of our kids. I scheduled a massage in the spa and ended up getting it in the salon, it was the worst massage I have ever received. They show you around the spa and show you the quiet candle lit massage rooms only to then receive a massage in a room fully lit with lights and the massage oils were chilled in a fridge. I asked for a relaxation massage and received a painful chilling experience. When I complained they could have cared less. My ten year old daughter loved Adventure Ocean but our 3 year old son refused to go to the 3-5 year old room. I have to admit that I don't blame him. The room for 3-5 year olds was on in a room stuck behind a bar/lounge. Not exactly the right place for it. I felt as if it was an afterthought and they should have put it with the rest of the kids on deck 10. This ship needs a lot of work and hopefully they will upgrade it when it goes in later this year. We paid for a grand suite and had so much noise over our room that at times sleeping was difficult. I love cruising but in the future will sail on a larger RCI ship, this one was just too old and too small. Read Less
Sail Date January 2005
Having sailed on Voyage of the Seas prior to this cruise I was expecting to have a fabulous experience. All started well. My roommate and I arrived at the terminal and in less than 15 minutes we were onboard and enjoying the absolutely ... Read More
Having sailed on Voyage of the Seas prior to this cruise I was expecting to have a fabulous experience. All started well. My roommate and I arrived at the terminal and in less than 15 minutes we were onboard and enjoying the absolutely delicious luncheon in Windjammer. Our room was ready at 1 p.m. and our luggage arrived shortly thereafter. The first evening meal was delicious and offered seafood, meat, poultry and vegetarian selections. The "heart smart" selections were marked and there were alternatives every evening. The evening entertainment was excellent. All seemed to be going well. Our cabin was very very cold. We found the thermostat and reset it. We discovered that we only had one blanket for two beds. We were unable to find a number for "Housekeeping" so we dialed the operator. After waiting over 45 mins a blanket was finally delivered to the room. The next morning we discovered that there was no shampoo. We were also supposed to have beach towels because day 2 was the "private island beach" day. We called for the shampoo and towels. We finally went up to the pool and "signed out" two beach towels. At some point 2 beach towels were delivered to our room... and the shampoo dispense in the shower was filled. We faithfully returned the pool towels and signed them back in and also made sure the 2 in the room were there when we left. We had been told we would have a safe. We did not. That presented some problems because we needed our passport (picture I.D.) to get back on the ship so leaving the passports with the purser was out of the question. I had taken a waterproof "dry bag" on a belt and was able to carry my "important papers" 24/7. No one commented on my unusual swimwear when I did laps in the onboard pool. Day 2 ended with another delicious meal in the main dining room and an excellent evening show. I did not stay up for the 11:45 p.m. ice carving and midnight buffet but I was told that both were excellent. I never made any of the 11 p.m. and later "singles" get togethers. This "single" can't stay awake and meet new people at such late night gatherings. The photographers onboard were very good. I did buy two photos and because I am a Crown and Anchor member I received a free picture of the ship. I missed having live dinner music..... unless you want to count the accordion, violin and string bass trio that came around on the 2nd evening. When asked to play their favorite piece they played "TENNESSEE WALTZ!" There was a lot of loud...very loud... canned music... too much rap and hip hop...... throughout the ship. The music in the Ship Shape exercise area was much better and made working out pleasant. I missed having a live band playing dance music (waltz, cha, rhumba). If there were "dance partners/escorts" onboard I did not find them or any information as to their existence. This is the first cruise I've taken where there was no "old fashioned" dancing. There certainly were more of us "older" (over 50) people onboard than the younger ones. One afternoon "Caribbean Dance Lessons" were scheduled for 2 p.m. My roommate was there at 1:55 p.m. as were about 8 other people. I made it by 2:02 p.m. because I had been swimming laps and had to dry my hair. The dance instructor had already decided there weren't enough people, cancelled the lessons, and walked out........! leaving all of us there with our mouths open! He told the one couple to come back at 11:45 p.m. for Caribbean dancing! There is a lot of difference between 2 p.m. and 11:45 p.m.! and rude behavior is rude behavior. The dance instructor was RUDE. I had booked shore excursions online before leaving as I have done successfully in the past. I received a confirmation for all three and they were charged to a credit card. I decided to cancel the snorkeling at the "private island" because many other activities were scheduled for the 223 of us who were in our very large group! I was unable to access my excursions when I tried, even though I was well within R.C. stated time limit to access/change my excursions. I was able to send an email and Royal Car. did credit my account for the one excursion. I had signed up for the 2 hour bus tour of Nassau on the morning of day 3 and a swim with the stingrays at 12:30 in the afternoon of day 3. The confirmation came through as I had booked it. Imagine my surprise when the tickets came through the morning of day 2 for 8:30 a.m. for both excursions on day 3! I went to the excursion desk and the first man was unable to find my afternoon excursion. A second man said the ship was sailing at 5p.m. so the afternoon excursion had been bumped to the morning. He said I COULD go on the swimming stingray excursion in the morning (8:30 a.m. to noon) and then go on the Nassau 2 hour excursion at 12:30......... I don't think so. I explained that I booked the 2 excursions in the reverse order because I would be WET after swimming with the stingrays. I could not figure out why a 3.5 hour excursion would not jive with their 4:30 onboard curfew for a 5 p.m. departure. It seemed to me that if the excursion started at 12:30 it would end at 4 p.m. giving us 30 mins. to walk less than 1000 feet to the ship. Needless to say, I was only able to go on the a.m. tour of Nassau. I had not been there before and I thought it would be better to get an overview of Nassau. When I actually went on that morning tour I discovered that 7 of my 10 excursions "buddies" had the same thing happen to their afternoon excursions...leaving them with just the one 2 hour morning tour of Nassau by BUS! The tour (Nassau and Paradise Island) was a joke. The driver spoke English...but he offered NO information beyond :"This is the hospital. It is the government hospital. This is the government hospital." and "This is the beach. This is the government beach." and "This is the private hospital. This is Doctor's Hospital. It's much more expensive." and then there was the stellar "This is the elementary school. This is the government school." and "This whole compound if the police department." You might think we actually saw these buildings. Unfortunately 10 of us were crammed into a VAN taxi that had a solid roof. We were seated 3 across... some on jump seats. I know my knees were pushing into the back of the person in front of me and I was in the middle seat for much of the "tour." If you happened to be on the side of the taxi where the "sight" was located you could see it. No one else could and the person in the middle saw nothing beyond sidewalks and walls. We were given a few minutes at the fort where a tour guide gave us a brief 8 minute or so "tour." I appreciated his humor and the information he imparted. We were taken to a 2nd fort and given 10 minutes to climb the steps and see the view. There was no information available and no tour guide . I have no clue as to the significance of the 2nd fort. We were supposed to stop at the Queen's Staircase. The driver drove by, pointed out the sign , and kept going. We WERE given time on Paradise Island to walk through the Atlantis Hotel! I will be the first one to "OOOOOO and AHHH" about the absolutely HUGE salt water aquarium and all of the sea creatures swimming in it. I also saw a man with a cup of Starbucks coffee in his hand and by this time I could have used a coffee but I never found the store. I also have to add that I have seen MANY salt water aquariums in the U.S. in various big cities and in the Bass Pro Shop! Our tour driver added a tour of the Bayside Apartments that rent for $800 to $1200 a month. The drive DID accidentally show me the poverty and general squalor of the area because for most of the time all I saw was debris and trash on sidewalks, in yards and in the street. I am told that it is much cleaner now than it was earlier in the year because the hurricanes did some of the needed "cleaning up." I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Straw Market in Nassau (not discussed onboard or in literature onboard that I read.) I could see it from the ship and remembered hearing my mother talk about it when she and my father were in Nassau. My roommate and I explored a number of small stores that were most definitely not on the "approved RC" list but which nevertheless were wonderful shops with interesting and truly native articles for sale. I came home with some small unique items made by the owner or salesperson in that shop. My roommate and I decided to see the movie Shrek 2 in the ships theater on the last evening. We laughed and laughed! The theater was clean and the show started promptly. We missed our dinner seating because the show ran into the first seating but we knew we could get dinner on Windjammer. We were startled to find the doors locked. We went upstairs and had pizza and were going to have soft icecream (available noon to 10 p.m..... most popular spot onboard). I said to the man serving the pizza "Can you tell we missed dinner?" He replied that we had not missed dinner that it was being served in Windjammer! We went down one deck immediately and the door was indeed unlocked. We were seated immediately and had a delicious, delightful, quiet, leisurely dinner. The tables were beautifully set and I liked being able to choose what I wanted to taste and to have smaller portions of what I did take to eat. The Windjammer was not full because the seas were very rough. People had difficulty standing up and walking to their tables. Walking with a full plate and cup of coffee or soup was even more of a challenge. I sail a lot so the roughness and the rocking and rolling (which kept up all night) did not bother me in the least. Others, however, were affected by the motion . When we arrived back in our cabin we found just one "Immigration" form. My roommate found a steward and asked for a 2nd one. He said he would put one in our room later. She wisely just stood there and he finally did go get one for her. We were equally unlucky with the "cruise satisfaction" forms. There were NONE in our room. I stood in the Purser's line and eventually we were given 2 forms. Needless to say Royal Caribbean will not be happy with our evaluation of this cruise. I have been on R.C. before and I know this cruise was not up to their standards. My roommate had never been on R.C. before and definitely will never go on another cruise with them. The final insult came the last morning. We were given turquoise green departing tags for our luggage. We duly attached them and put our luggage out. We carefully read R.C. explanation of which lounge to go to in the morning. We were up early, ate a delicious breakfast, and went to the appointed lounge. Imagine our delight when "Green" was called at 7:15 a.m. We gathered up our things, departed from the ship, picked up our luggage from the carousel and cleared customs by 7:30 a.m. We then could not find anyone else (out of 223) from our group , nor our buses. By 9:30 the buses arrived but no one else had come off the ship. The upshot of this was that "turquoise" was never called. By 11:30 most people had wandered off the ship. Unfortunately several pieces of luggage were missing from the carousel! (no wonder) . We did not leave the terminal until almost NOON! I can not recommend Majesty of the Sea.... Our room also needs a new sink and new carpeting as what is there is in bad condition. Read Less
Sail Date November 2004
I don't normally do reviews, but felt there weren't enough on this ship. Please keep in mind that we had a fabulous time even though we weren't 100% happy with our choice of cruise and that I've only been on one other ... Read More
I don't normally do reviews, but felt there weren't enough on this ship. Please keep in mind that we had a fabulous time even though we weren't 100% happy with our choice of cruise and that I've only been on one other cruise to compare this to (Royal Caribbean). The good: Service was fantastic. We brought a lot of our own wine aboard and the room steward was great about keeping the white chilled and glasses rinsed. She was very responsive when we paged her and the towel animals were much more creative than what we had on Royal Caribbean. The rooms were nice and large. We had an inside on Empress deck (4A guarantee was booked) and it was more than enough room for us. Toilet was possessed, but that's another story... The main areas of the ship were beautiful and I don't think she showed her age at all. Everything was clean, well maintained and the "themes" for the various bars were beautifully decorated. The mixed reviews: The food. I'd heard that Carnival was all about the food, but I think we had better presentation/quality on Royal Caribbean. The buffet restaurant didn't impress me at all and we ate in the dining room or from the deli for every meal. The prime rib was fantastic, the filet mignon overcooked, mushroom sauce was too salty and the ice cream was sinfully delicious. Entertainment. There were two shows that we loved and the kareoke "finals" was a blast. The bingo, "game shows" and other events just seemed poorly executed. I think a few 12 year olds could have put together better stage scenes/props and been more entertaining than some of the MC's they picked. The Not-So-Newlywed game was a riot, but the Cruise Director didn't do a good job of explaining the rules, so it bounced around a lot with questions, directions, etc. I'm not saying it was bad, but it had so much more potential. The bad: Embarkation took forever. We arrived at the port at 12:30pm and didn't get on the ship until 2:15pm. The lines took forever and didn't seem well organized at all. Maybe it was a bad time of day, but compared to our previous cruise where we were on within 30-45 minutes, this seemed to take an eternity. I'm sure I'll be blasted for this one, but I think different people have different ideas of the style of vacation they wanted. I read one review that called the Fantasy a floating Walmart. I hate to say that I agreed. I guess you get what you pay for and maybe I'm just a snob, but there were a TON of really rude passengers and the ship seemed to cater to a lower class of clientele. The "feel" of the boat was nothing like I expected and was a huge disappointment. We had a great time regardless, but one of the things I enjoy the most about a cruise is meeting new people, making new friends, etc. There were very few that I could related to in any way. Finally, the destination. I was really disappointed in the Bahamas. Atlantis was amazing and totally worth the $ (we did it on our own for $37 each, including RT transportation). The rest of it was much like Cozumel, but dirtier. I'm hoping it was just post-hurricane issues, but there was a lot of trash in the streets, urine/trash smell in the streets and some very pushy street vendors. I'd definitely stick to excursions vs exploring Nassau on my own in the future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2004
I just returned from a 3 night sailing on Majesty, my first on the ship in almost 2 years. Here are my observations. We had three cabins with 6 travelling. Two were outside on Deck 2, mine outside on deck 8. The carpets have been ... Read More
I just returned from a 3 night sailing on Majesty, my first on the ship in almost 2 years. Here are my observations. We had three cabins with 6 travelling. Two were outside on Deck 2, mine outside on deck 8. The carpets have been replaced on the higher decks, but the lower decks are looking rough and really need to be replaced. They were soiled, worn and faded. Also, there was often a strong sewage smell in the forward section of Deck 2. The public rooms are well maintained and very clean, as are the outside deck areas. There was always someone working to keep things shipshape. We had cabin 8090, with an obstructed view of which we were not advised at time of booking. We looked straight out to a lifeboat. Otherwise, the cabin was typical small RCI space, compact but efficient. Our room steward did a great job for us keeping things clean. I was pleased with the new menus aboard and the overall improvement with food quality. The menus have been redesigned and are very contemporary and attractive. I did not see much of a change in the overall offerings and it was the same theme nights as on previous 3 night cruises: Italian, Captain's Dinner and Farewell dinner. I thought the foor in the Windjammer much improved, with a wider variety of choices at lunch especially. Service in the dining room was very good. ALso they are now serving Seattle's Best Coffee, which is quite an improvement over the coffee previously served. Entertainment was not up to RCI standards on this voyage. The musicians were not of the caliber I have experienced on previous cruises with RCI and I heard the same opinions voiced by other veteran cruisers. There were a lot of kids aboard as well as lot of teenagers. Our hallway was filled with smoke all the time and I had to call the Pursers Desk at midnight the last night as there were a bunch of teens hanging out in the hallway, drinking, cursing and playing loud music. There were children in the hot tubs all day long and the usual problem with the cruise staff not enforcing their own rules. That was the worst part of the cruise. All in all, the cruise was a good value for the price we paid, about 350 per person for the weekend. Read Less
Sail Date May 2004
Just off the ship today. We were pleasantly surprised by the overall condition of the Majesty. For a 12 year old ship it was in very good shape. I have read other reviews on CC stating that the staterooms were what showed the age of the ... Read More
Just off the ship today. We were pleasantly surprised by the overall condition of the Majesty. For a 12 year old ship it was in very good shape. I have read other reviews on CC stating that the staterooms were what showed the age of the ship. We were in a Junior Suite and other members of our group had interior staterooms on deck 6. In all 3 cases the rooms were in good shape. The JS was much more than we expected and was in excellent condition. The only place I saw real age was in the carpeting surrounding the pool areas. The food was good to very good. We have cruised mostly on Celebrity and there is definitely a difference in the two cruiselines. The service was good and very friendly but also much more rushed than on Celebrity, and much less formal. They give only one salad selection and pointedly try to skip that course if possible. On the final night of this cruise people were in shorts/halter tops, even a swimming suit in the dining room. I didn't care, we didn't pick this cruise for its elegance but because it was a good venue for a short family reunion. Everyone in our group was pleased with the service. The Schooner Lounge quicky became a favorite hang out for our group. The entertainment was definitely the weak point. The first night the show consisted of 1 number by the Royal Caribbean dancers, a unicyclist and a juggler. It was poor at best. The rest of the shows got slightly better reviews, but none of the entertainment was better than just average. The crew on this ship on the whole were very friendly and many had been on the ship for several years. Stephanie, the cocktail waitress in the Schooner Lounge was particularly good. Our stateroom attendant, Irma, from the Philippines kept our cabin in good order and always had a smile on her face. We went to Nassau, Cococay and Key West. We walked around Nassau a bit but had been there before and were happy just being on the ship. At Cococay the wind picked up and by 9AM they had stopped tendering to shore. In Key West we booked an excursion on the Liberty, which is a "Tall Ship" docked year round at Key West. We sailed out of Key West Harbor and into the Gulf of Mexico. This was a great excursion and I highly recommend it. Overall this was a good cruise, 2 of our family had never cruised before and they had a good time. I don't know that we will book the Majesty again, but I would recommend it to someone just looking for a quick getaway. The one BIG negative was the debarkation process. For whatever reason the members of our group were given different color luggage tags so half of our group was out on land by 8:15AM and had to wait for us for almost 2 hours. My husband & I were the last group called and then someone had taken a piece of our luggage by mistake so we didn't actually leave the baggage area until after 10AM. Thankfully the person who took the bag called this afternoon and is shipping our missing bag to us, which is more than Royal Carib. was going to do, all they said was "Fill out this form" which I did and it states right on it that your only reimbursement will be from your own homeowner's insurance if the luggage is not found. Those last 60 minutes in the Miami terminal left a VERY bad taste in my mouth, the staff was very cold, uninterested and frankly didn't care about the missing bags (yes-bags...we were only 1 of several whose luggage was lost) I guess the moral is, if you can carry it on then do it!!!! Overall though we had a good time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2004

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