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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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