This cruise goes from Tampa to Key West then to Havana. The cruise is catered more for adults. Even all the stops are more appropriate for adults as there aren't too many things to do for kids in Key West or Havana. The cruise in ... Read More
This cruise goes from Tampa to Key West then to Havana. The cruise is catered more for adults. Even all the stops are more appropriate for adults as there aren't too many things to do for kids in Key West or Havana. The cruise in general is good. Going to Havana overnight gave us the opportunity to spend more time in Havana but not enough time to see much more than a day's worth of touring around. We didn't take the Havana tour offered by Royal Caribbean. We hired a local tour company that made sure we complied with the visa requirements for US citizens and were able to have a tour guide with us and a driver which made the day easier for us in Havana with our kids.
The only reason why I gave an average rating for this cruise is because during the sail days kids that were not tall enough for the splash park could not use the area and couldn't use the other kiddie are if they weren't in diapers. They also had a kids' club but the games played weren't the best so kids kept trying to hit each other with a ball, or hit things they just built, etc. These games seemed to be fun for older kids but left the little ones crying. Who wants to be hit on the face or have their newly built structured be smashed? Basically, any children under 42 inches in height and does not use a swim diaper do not get to enjoy any kids' pool amenities. They can swim in the adult pool with a swim vest. The food was good, entertainment was good, the staterooms need updating. Read Less
Havana was fabulous! The ship, not so much...
Havana...The people, the city, the food, the atmosphere! We were off the ship by 8:30am for a walking tour through the city. Our guide was wonderful, very knowledgeable, spoke very good ... Read More
Havana was fabulous! The ship, not so much...
Havana...The people, the city, the food, the atmosphere! We were off the ship by 8:30am for a walking tour through the city. Our guide was wonderful, very knowledgeable, spoke very good English and made our educational tour - well very educational and interesting. She gave us several breaks throughout her tour to walk about, take pictures, ask questions, talk to locals if we chose to. Most locals knew some English. I sadly do not speak Spanish so my communication with locals was limited. I felt very safe there. As we walked, there were police standing and observing. What they were watching for, I have no idea. They didn't engage with anyone except other officers.
My takeaway after visiting to help you and the local people when visiting is to bring travel toiletries with you. These people are in need (at least the people I came in contact with) of travel sizes of shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, razors, etc. Also candy - lifesavers, pops, gum. These are things that apparently they cannot get without great expense or at all. I even had a guard ask me for candy. If you're a cat lover, bring dried food for them too. If you're an artist, bring art supplies - oil & watercolor paints such as Grumbacher/Rembrandt, brushes, etc. Also, if you're a car person - these people are in need of car parts for their classic cars. You'd be hailed as a prince if you brought some engine parts if that's possible.
Our evening in Havana - Go to the Tropicana! It was fabulous! Don't purchase the ship's excursion, do it on your own. The ship excursion is $200. Taking a taxi to the Trop is $10 cuc per person and $75 cuc for the show ticket at the door. Make sure you grab your taxi by 8/8:15pm, it's a 20 minute ride. You can get a taxi right outside the cruise terminal doors. We were able to ride in a 57 turquoise Chevy - gorgeous. Our driver also offered to wait and pick us up after the show. Show starts 9:45/10pm, but arriving early will ensure that you get there before the crowds and get good seats since you can't call ahead for a reservation. You can order drinks, but they also give you free of charge - a cigar for men, carnation for the ladies, glasses of champagne, cola, a bottle of rum for the table and snacks. Photos while in the Trop - you must pay a $5 cuc fee to take pictures at the door. I highly recommend this if you'd like to walk away with more than a memory.
Monies - Cuba will penalize you for trying to exchange US dollars in their country. If you are coming from the United States, change your money into Euros or Canadian - whichever will give you the best exchange rate, and as soon as you get through customs, there is an area where you can exchange that into cucs. You are also able to change that money back before you leave the port.
Our ship left from Tampa. FL. The ship is old and tired. It's well kept, but it is small and antiquated compared to the much larger ships in RC's fleet Very limited room selection. Only one adult pool with the kiddy pool right next it and a hot tub on either side. Bars at pool deck had very slow service, music was loud (to enhance the festive atmosphere I'm guessing), but their music selection wasn't that good and the volume made it hard to hold a conversation.
Entertainment was good, not great. Comedians were very good as well as the juggling act. There wasn't a big salsa party ... you'd think going to Cuba there would be. The did have a live band that played salsa music, but it played during the hours that we were going to dinner. They kept announcing that salsa would be played in the pool area, but every time we attended they were playing American house/club music. I thought for sure they would have salsa dance lessons, apparently not.
Food was subpar. Quantity - definitely, Quality of food, taste, complexity - not so much. Not many selections for people with food restrictions such as people with Celiac or have chosen an organic/non-gmo diet. Specialty shops included Starbucks, Johnny Rockets and Sorrento's Pizza (which was horrible). When the Windjammer eating area was closed, there were very limited options for food. Apparently the midnight buffet is a thing of the past.
Bottom line - I want to go to Cuba again. Would I take a cruise to get there, maybe. If I did, I would leave out of Coco Beach or Miami. Read Less
The food service was absolutely extraordinary. Several staff members took such care with my dietary restrictions while still ensuring that I had my top choices for meals. It was above & beyond what I expected. They provided me ... Read More
The food service was absolutely extraordinary. Several staff members took such care with my dietary restrictions while still ensuring that I had my top choices for meals. It was above & beyond what I expected. They provided me day-ahead with menus to prepare safe foods for me. I felt great while sailing and was able to totally avoid gluten, dairy and nightshades. This isn't an easy thing to cook for. They were amazing!
This cruise also seemed very family friendly. This ship has a water playground, life jackets, lots of lifeguards, diaper pails in the bathroom and lots of family style eating.
The staff was truly unbelievable. Parents of kiddos said that they loved the childcare/entertainment options.
Highly recommend this cruise - I would recommend to someone with terrible allergies like me, which make it scary to eat when others prepare your food.
I also liked that this ship wasn't so huge that it took forever to navigate it. Read Less
Have been on multiple cruises to the Caribbean and thought Cuba would be different. The Majesty of the Seas is a smaller ship than all of our other cruises and is overdue for refurbishment. That being said, the ship itself was a pleasant ... Read More
Have been on multiple cruises to the Caribbean and thought Cuba would be different. The Majesty of the Seas is a smaller ship than all of our other cruises and is overdue for refurbishment. That being said, the ship itself was a pleasant experience. The cabin, though small, was clean and comfortable and the cabin stewards were excellent. The service throughout the ship and the food was excellent. Entertainment was mediocre. Limited offerings for anyone not interested in pool activities, bars, or casino included enrichment lectures, movies, trivia, and game shows.
Key West is an excellent port of call. The town has a great feel to it, the people are wonderful, and there is plenty to see and do.
In Havana, we took a RC sponsored bus tour. The bus was modern, adequately air conditioned, and comfortable but the toilet did not flush. The tour guide touted the communist party line of information but was pleasant and accommodating. Havana itself, I would say, is not ready for tourists. The city is dilapidated, showing the 60 years of neglect. The prices were high, the $75 visa is a ripoff, and there is an 10% additional fee for exchanging dollars to Cuban pesos and pesos to US Dollars! I would not recommend Cuba as a port of call. Read Less
This was my second time on the Majesty Of The Seas and was just as amazing as the first time. The ship had been remodeled and the staff was friendly. The ship itself is one of the smaller ships in the fleet but i really like that about ... Read More
This was my second time on the Majesty Of The Seas and was just as amazing as the first time. The ship had been remodeled and the staff was friendly. The ship itself is one of the smaller ships in the fleet but i really like that about this ship. It is a lot easier to get where you want to go. I would definitely go on it again. What I didn't understand is that even though I had purchased the deluxe drink package and prepaid for my tips, i still had to sign a receipt after every drink even though the balance on the receipt said zero and the tip said zero, they had another place to write in an additional tip. so it made it very awkward when the server is standing there looking at you crossing that out before you sign, I just took a cruise in Jan of this year on the Independence Of the Sea (same cruise line) and didn't have to do that. Read Less
We really enjoyed this cruise but believe it could be restructured to include more port time. For example, we left Tampa on Monday afternoon, and didn’t arrive in Key West until Wednesday morning—38 hours later. I could have literally ... Read More
We really enjoyed this cruise but believe it could be restructured to include more port time. For example, we left Tampa on Monday afternoon, and didn’t arrive in Key West until Wednesday morning—38 hours later. I could have literally biked there quicker. In fact, it felt like the ship was barely moving at times. My suggestion, why not dock Tuesday late afternoon and give guests the opportunity to stay overnight in Key West? Also, it is billed as overnight and 2 days in Havana, Cuba, but we had to be on the ship no later than 6:30am the second day, so that’s not really 2 days in Cuba. The RC cruise experience was wonderful and relaxing but RC changed our ship between the time we booked and sailed, and somehow, also changed our dining preference from My Time to 5:30pm. It took me more than hour to get this resolved on the first night. Another issue that I believe needs to be resolved is the jogging/walking track on Deck 7 which also happens to be a smoking deck on the starboard side. Nothing like doing laps and inhaling/smelling second hand smoke as you go by. Finally, not sure if RC can be held responsible for the delays in the embarkation process in Tampa, but it was horrible. Over 90 minutes standing in line after you stand in the initial line to enter the cruise terminal. All in all, I would recommend this cruise and would consider taking it again, but would like to see more time in port, no smoking on the jogging track, and faster lines embarking in Tampa. Read Less
I chose this cruise for the itinerary going to Cuba at a good price point. I am clostrophobic so cannot do an inside cabin and this was an outside guarantee for the price of an inside. The cruise line pulls many dirty tricks to fleece ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinerary going to Cuba at a good price point. I am clostrophobic so cannot do an inside cabin and this was an outside guarantee for the price of an inside. The cruise line pulls many dirty tricks to fleece its guest. If you show up late, they were not searching for water bottles although the trash was full of pulled water bottles. We arrived at 1:30 and walked on with a couple in our carry on with no problem. They suggest People to People on visa request form which will require you to book a ship tour, but Support of Cuban People allows you to go ashore with no tour booked. Their ship tours are outrageously expensive do I gave it a low score. FB Free Tour Havana offers very reasonablec tours. The worse offense was the announce that no beverages of any kind are allowed off the ship in Havana but are selling water at the ramp before immigration. The ship is beautiful and the crew is friendly and efficient. They work hard keeping the food areas meticulously clean. Lots of elevators in good working condition and no waiting. We never had to wait to dine in either dining room. The only downside of the Sun is the cafeteria style buffet but that arrangement allows workers in galley easy access to put food out and it was always well supplied. The food was ok. The management of this ship was spot on. The shows were excellent. J.R. was great and could play and sing any kind of music. There was always some kind of live music to enjoy. The outside dining area is a major plus on this ship. Getting on and off was quick and easy. Read Less
We just returned from this cruise. I was pleasantly surprised by the ship, which is older. Very clean, and the staff was super friendly. Our room was very small, but we knew that before taking the cruise. Key West was fun to visit, many ... Read More
We just returned from this cruise. I was pleasantly surprised by the ship, which is older. Very clean, and the staff was super friendly. Our room was very small, but we knew that before taking the cruise. Key West was fun to visit, many people took the Conch tour. The food on the ship is very good, typical cruise food. The evening entertainment was great, particularly the Lionel Richie themed show. Havana was amazing. So fascinating to see a place that seems to be lost in time. I never felt unsafe. We hired one of the old cars to drive us around Havana on our own (50.00). My only complaint was about the transportation offered by Royal Caribbean back to the airport. They had a man selling this loudly as you left the terminal building. However, only one bus seemed to be available, and we waited in line for over an hour. Read Less
We have sailed twice before with NCL, both times on the Pride of America. We tend to favor Hal, Celebrity and Princess for our cruise.
So what was the draw? Simple, a short 4 day cruise leaving out of Port Canaveral that had a call ... Read More
We have sailed twice before with NCL, both times on the Pride of America. We tend to favor Hal, Celebrity and Princess for our cruise.
So what was the draw? Simple, a short 4 day cruise leaving out of Port Canaveral that had a call to Key West and an overnight stop in Havana Cuba. They leave on a Moday and return to every Friday.The cost was realistic low for what they are offering.
The ship has been updated and the ship is absolutely beautiful. She was launched in 2001 and while older the main perks are the spaceousness of our balconey cabins. We could have easily had enough space in the cabin for a two week cruise.
Now the other draw is that this is an all inclusive cruise. The drinks were on the house, unless you wanted something fancy. Wine, beer, soda, juce, most mixed drinks were included.They include on, two or three options such as excursion credit, 10 photo package, etc.
The activites aboard were endless. There was almost too much to do in the 4 days. The crew was friendly, curtious and helpfull. More dining options than you would ever need. Embarcation and disembarcation were a breeze.
Cuba travel is restrivite. That being said, they will handle your visa into Cuba for you at a cost of $75.00 per person, which is the regular cost anywhere else. You can arrange your own tours in Havana but they have tours that meet the goverment rpeople to people restrictions that must be met. Be smart and stay with the ship tours., they are pricey but they are worth the money. You must keep records of your time there for 5 years. Going with NCL tours, they will maintain records for you.
Be prepared for a city that has has not seen much upkeep to it's structures since the 1950's. The people are friendly. There is not the usual array of sourvenier shop in the port area, but they do have a Cuban shop abooard the ship.Many shop except in the port terminal will take US currency as long as they are small bills. The classic cars are amazing to see .
Would we do this cruise again? We're already deciding when to go Read Less
My boyfriend booked this cruise for us as a surprise late Valentine's Day gift along side his dad who purchased the same for his step-mother. Very upset that he wasted so much money on such a let down of vacation. As a whole the four ... Read More
My boyfriend booked this cruise for us as a surprise late Valentine's Day gift along side his dad who purchased the same for his step-mother. Very upset that he wasted so much money on such a let down of vacation. As a whole the four of us would never recommend this ship and we will not sail Royal Caribbean again. Royal Caribbean's check in was quick and efficient; but that is about the only positive comment I can make. Most of the staff didn't make any efforts to get to know you as a passenger. The only staff that made efforts were in the Starlight dining room for dinner time, the Windjammer Bar and Boleros Bar. The cabins are a tad smaller than most other cruise cabins. In the end of the day their main purpose is just to shower and sleep but there was still hardly enough room for two people to fit comfortably. Plus, our room had belongings of previous passengers (a shirt, glasses and stationary) when we first arrived to it which makes me question the true cleanliness of it. The overall cleanliness of the boat was a little concerning. I received drinks in dirty glasses a couple times and some of the dishes for self serve meals were dirty upon picking them up. The hallways often smelled of feces or dirty wet carpet. One of the main bathrooms in the lobby, which includes three total stalls, had poop on the toilet seat of one stall, urine on the toilet seat of the next stall and blood smeared on the third stalls toilet seat. Also was physically hurt not once but twice on this ship; the first time the back panel of one of the main lobby toilet stalls fell off the wall and came crashing down onto my calf and foot and the next I burnt my hand on a hot food display that was no where labeled or indicated that it was hot. The food throughout the entire boat was sub-par. This including breakfast and dinner in the Starlight dining room, breakfast in lunch in Windjammer and dinner in Chops Grille. There wasn't much of a selection of food and the selection was just about the exact same day to day. There weren't many activities or entertainment options offered and if they were, they were often double booked so something was cancelled (in my case most of the options in which I was interested in seeing were those which were cancelled). The service was okay. Nothing amazing worth mentioning. The three passengers I traveled with and myself have all been to Cozumel before so we did our own touring and sightseeing off the ships recommendations. We did do an excursion offered by the boat in Cuba, a walking tour which included a cigar and rum tasting, which was amazing. The transportation and guides were great. Overall bottom line is no, I would not cruise again with Royal Caribbean. We were excited to give the cruise line a shot since we usually sail with Carnival, but if anything this trip made us more loyal and frequent customers of Carnivals. Read Less