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