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We chose this cruise because it went to Cuba. My husband loves old cars and wanted to go. We were not disappointed. Our only complaint was the size of the Majesty. We have been on many cruises and this was the smallest ship we've ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it went to Cuba. My husband loves old cars and wanted to go. We were not disappointed. Our only complaint was the size of the Majesty. We have been on many cruises and this was the smallest ship we've been on. We had an ocean view room which was very tiny for three people (our daughter went also). Also, the food was not as outstanding as iother cruises. But, I wouldn't let that prevent anyone going on this cruise. Cuba is unlike any place we've been. Our first day, we chose a RCCL excursion since we didn't know what to expect. I thought we would have been the first off the ship with a RCCL excursion. But, just the opposite - we had to wait till everyone else went through customs. It took an hour. Considering Royal charges more for their excursions, we should have been first. But, we enjoyed the excursion regardless. We had a great Cuban guide, Carlos, who told us a lot about the city. I would definitely book an excursion the first day to learn more about Cuba. On the second day, we booked an excursion with oldcarstours.com. We had a 1955 Chevy Bel Air convertible for two hours. Patricia was our guide and was terrific. Just tell them what you are interested in and they will take you anywhere you want to go. I would highly recommend them. In Cozumel, we booked an excursion with Trikes Cozumel. It was a blast. I would highly recommend them. A trike is part motorcyle and part dune buggy, so all three of us were able to ride on one. My husband drove part of the way and my daughter drove the way back. We rode along the coast of Cozumel. We made stops along the way. It was so much fun. A few more things about Majesty. It may be small, but service is first class. We never had bad service the whole cruise. My daughter and i did the sushi class the first night. It was great. I would recommend it if you like sushi. The comedian on board was very good. That's the only show we went to. Debarkation was easy. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Overall, a tight ship with nice amenities and pleasant servers, but disappointing in some respects; and not particularly good value for the money. Our cabin, dubbed a “Penthouse Suite,” was certainly nice and roomy, but it was ... Read More
Overall, a tight ship with nice amenities and pleasant servers, but disappointing in some respects; and not particularly good value for the money. Our cabin, dubbed a “Penthouse Suite,” was certainly nice and roomy, but it was neither a penthouse nor a suite. The butler service was nice, but the butler himself gave a rather grumpy reception to all but the most basic requests. Excursions were expensive, lackluster and uninspired. Far too much time was spent boarding, driving, shopping, etc., and there was far too little time on the ground with the sights and activities. The excursion to San Juan Hill, Santiago, for example, was a waste of time. Nothing much to see, and not much for the guide to say either, but it took nearly an hour getting there and back and walking around aimlessly. Similarly, the long drive to the Havana Cemetery was a bust. The time could have been much better spent walking through neighborhoods, driving by Havana’s unique, crumbling edifices, or just listening to live music in a cafe. Red Ginger restaurant is widely touted. However, for me it was a flop, plain and simple: Bland, watered-down quasi-Asian concoctions, some a bit too clever for their own good. I complained about bland food and was given a tray with a couple of bottled sauces. This is not five-star dining. In addition, service at Red Ginger was slow and clunky compared to the other restaurants. The Tuscan Steakhouse, on the other hand was really superb in form, food and function. See, I’m not that hard to please. Recognizing that U.S. equal opportunity employment laws have no apparent application at sea (and aboard a Micronesian-registered vessel), it was nevertheless startling that management staff introduced during the welcoming ceremony were almost exclusively Caucasian while their subordinates were a rainbow of diversity. On a similar note, for a cruise destined for Cuba –a musical treasure--one might have expected a band or a show on board with a little bit of a Latin flair or flavor. Not so. The music shows and performers were generic “plain vanilla” down the line, in more ways than one. The “Broadway” show was a real snoozer—literally, I fell asleep. I didn’t go to Cuba to hear well-worn American show tunes. The classical string quartet was nice, but a Latin guitar group with a little percussion would be been more apropos. A disappointment, and a lost opportunity to turn a rather standard, cookie-cutter cruise into a destination-tailored travel experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This cruise was awesome and the itinerary including Cuba made it worth doing in itself. We are diamond members with RCCL, so the embarkation and debarkation were great and efficient. I was not pleased with the fact that RCCL tries to trick ... Read More
This cruise was awesome and the itinerary including Cuba made it worth doing in itself. We are diamond members with RCCL, so the embarkation and debarkation were great and efficient. I was not pleased with the fact that RCCL tries to trick their guests into doing an excursion in Havana with the line, which you do not actually HAVE to do. This is glossed over in several places but most especially during embarkation when you are filling out the customs visa and they tell you to check a certain box certifying that you are going out with the cruiseline in Cuba. The cabin was nice but had only two outlets in the whole room. The food was good but not impressive. The buffet at the Windjammer was especially lacking in selection and quantity, but we were pleased with how often the dining room was open. The service was, as always, great, though the activities onboard were not as appealing as those on past cruises have been. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We took cruise since it was only one just going to Cuba on a 7 day cruise; Cuba was fantastic and would visit again; sirena and oceania probably not ; ship was weak in activities unless u like bean bag toss and a FEW other activities ; ... Read More
We took cruise since it was only one just going to Cuba on a 7 day cruise; Cuba was fantastic and would visit again; sirena and oceania probably not ; ship was weak in activities unless u like bean bag toss and a FEW other activities ; food was good to excellent ; everything seemed in slow motion on cruise ; we are seniors but still like many activities even though we don’t often participate in them ;ship was clean; small but just lacked something that we were used to on other bigger ships ; we went for Cuba and not the ship however; rooms were clean but housekeeping supplies were always stored by our room; they told us they had to store them by our room ; anyway Cuba is a must see and glad we took this cruise there; but felt that oceania is well overpriced for their return; Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
WARNING to loyal Royal Caribbean customers. There is no Diamond Club now on this ship. We were here 4 months ago and there was a Diamond Club benefit of free drinks, but it was taken away because people who didn't have this benefit ... Read More
WARNING to loyal Royal Caribbean customers. There is no Diamond Club now on this ship. We were here 4 months ago and there was a Diamond Club benefit of free drinks, but it was taken away because people who didn't have this benefit complained. So loyal customers need to complain to get it back, or SAIL ON OTHER SHIPS. We earned this perk by all the many sailings we did! We talked to the Hotel Director Keith this morning, and he said it's a corporate decision. SAD! The ship stateroom that we're in is badly in need of repair. The air conditioning barely works, grouting around bathroim floor is black, bottom of bathroom door seems to be falling apart. The toilet water sprays you when you flush. There is only 1 chair in the room, but there's room for 2. One of us has to sit on the bed. The room generally looks beaten to death. However, it's kept amazingly clean! Also amazing are the public areas, very beautifully refurbished, and also very clean. The food is pretty good, really, including the speciality restaurant Chops-outstanding. We took this cruise for the itinerary, Key West plus 2 days in Havana. We arrive in Havana tomorrow! I gave a "terrible" to "service" and that's only because of the Diamond club issue. Otherwise service is excellent, but you can tell what's important to me. We won't be back on this ship or the Majesty of the Seas because we're told the same issue with the Diamond club exists. BTW: This is our 72nd cruise over several cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise because of the unique itinerary, which included 2 nights spent in Havanna, Cuba. We loved the route (Havanna-Montego Bay-Cayman Islands-Cozumel) and found MSC Armonia to be a cozy ship. Sure, the ship shows signs of ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the unique itinerary, which included 2 nights spent in Havanna, Cuba. We loved the route (Havanna-Montego Bay-Cayman Islands-Cozumel) and found MSC Armonia to be a cozy ship. Sure, the ship shows signs of wear and tear but we actually enjoyed sailing on MSC's smallest (and oldest ship). The public areas and restaurants never got crowded and it did not take many hours to learn what is located where on the ship. We ate most of our meals in the a la carte restaurant. Service and food quality was excellent. Lots of options to choose from and for breakfast there was both a la carte and buffet options inside the main dining room. Good and Italian-inspired food also in the buffet restaurant, but the options were quite limited at least for dinner, so we enjoyed the main dining room. All staff members we met were genuinely happy and provided great service. Our ocean view cabin was clean and our cabin attendant was a great guy, gave us tips what to do and see in Cuba, etc. For the price paid, I would 100 % recommend sailing on the MSC Armonia. Just don't expect to find the ziplines, waterslides and crazy activities that can be found on most of the newest ships. A cruise on Armonia is like cruising in the "good old days". Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Very disappointed. The ship was old and disrepair it was also dirty. It smelled like a sewer especially in cabin. The staff were not overly friendly (with the exception of a few) and most didn't speak English. There were tons 9f ... Read More
Very disappointed. The ship was old and disrepair it was also dirty. It smelled like a sewer especially in cabin. The staff were not overly friendly (with the exception of a few) and most didn't speak English. There were tons 9f hidden charges, for example for pop. During the day the only free drinks were water, coffee and iced tea. Our cabin was disgusting with mild, rust and pubic hair. The dining room was always dirty and the food choices were limited in the sense that most of it was the same every day. Breakfast and lunch were always the exact same. Kids were allowed in the adult only whirlpools which meant we could not relax as we were next to screaming and splashing kids. They played the same 2 movies every night. Hardly any entertainment and what little they had were about 15 to 30 minutes long right at the "centrum" or fancy name for the main staircase! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
After 22 years of fun sailing I feel it necessary to give my first negative review. My wife and I are Platinum Members and truly enjoy the perks we receive but this cruise started off wrong before we ever got on the ship and the problems ... Read More
After 22 years of fun sailing I feel it necessary to give my first negative review. My wife and I are Platinum Members and truly enjoy the perks we receive but this cruise started off wrong before we ever got on the ship and the problems continued afterwards. During our "Priority Check-in" our desk attendant froze the computer three times and each time needed an IT staff member to unlock his screen. Finally while trying to take my photo so I could get on the ship he locked the computer once again, only now he needed to provide his security number, which he forgot, to unlock the computer. Further delays while he and the IT officer went off to fix the issue. Bottom line we finally met up with our friends who went through general check-in and ended up waiting for us. Please note that problems during check-in lead to further problems two days later when I received a form letter from the Front Desk notifying me that I had to pay cash as there was no credit card on file. After ten minutes the Front Desk attendant, who was very polite, informed me that during my "check-in" the save button was not hit after I provided my credit card. She was able to correct this problem with no further issue. One of the nicest perks with being a Platinum Member is using having dinner in the extra charge dining rooms such as Cagney's. Too bad we didn't know this benefit does not apply on cruises under five days. We did go and the food was great as always but it would have been nice to know ahead of time what was and what wasn't covered. Loved Cuba, and the excursion was great even though the country is so very poor. But as of today 7/23/18 we have still not heard a word from NCL, nothing. We wrote them once right after the cruise, and emailed them. twice, but after six weeks still not one word, which as I mentioned to them is unacceptable. Update...finally received response from NCL after 35 days. Email was a combination of a form letter however there were a few personal entries referring to this cruise. A small future credit has been issued and it is appreciated. We are already booked on a future cruise for Thanksgiving and will probably go on another Baltic Sea Cruise next summer. We did the Baltic Cruise three years ago and had a wonderful time. Hopefully our experience with going to Cuba was a one time event as all of previous cruises were most enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise because it: departed from Port Canaveral, was 4 nights (not too long, not too short) and most importantly went to Havana Cuba. The embarkation and disembarkation processes went very smoothly. The ship was well ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it: departed from Port Canaveral, was 4 nights (not too long, not too short) and most importantly went to Havana Cuba. The embarkation and disembarkation processes went very smoothly. The ship was well maintained, and our cabin was clean and comfortable. The crew were friendly and fun without being too obtrusive. Dining at the Garden Café buffet was nice but usually very busy. The food was good and what you would expect from a buffet. We ate several nights in the included restaurants. The food there met my expectations but was not exceptional. Entertainment and activities were never ending and fun. But I could always find a quiet spot for some R&R when I preferred. The stop in Key West was fun but not long enough if this is your first visit. It deserves a long weekend! Havana Cuba was a "bucket list" thing for me. We took the Havana Old and New tour. The bus was modern, clean and air conditioned. Our tour guide was very friendly, spoke English extremely well, and shared all kinds of great information. We went the Jesus statue overlooking the bay, Revolution Square, Fort Morro, and the beautiful Havana cemetery. We saw and heard about many other sites as we drove through the city. I highly recommend this tour. After it was over, a few of us asked our tour guide if she could direct us to a restaurant for a late lunch. She took us and we had a wonderful meal at La Moneda Cubana Restaurant. It is within a few blocks walking distance from the ship and close to the old cathedral. We went up 3 flights of stairs to the rooftop restaurant and had a lovely meal with delicious food and friendly wait staff. We had converted some USD to CUP but they would have taken USD. Our last full day at sea was overcast with a bit of rain from time to time but that did not stop the fun and relaxation. Although I did not go to the stage shows, others in my group that went were very impressed. We also enjoyed the comedian and the fact that his "early" show was clean. We also enjoyed the variety of music available at various locations around the ship at all times of day and night. A few things that were not great: (1) one room of our party was abruptly awakened early on the last day with loud banging near their room. It was obvious that some kind of maintenance was being done; the noise continued for many hours. Why can't they do that later in the day or when in port and guests are out on excursion? (2) they varnished the rails on our balcony during one day of the cruise and that was inconvenient for our use of the balcony. (3) one of our party won a spa gift certificate. Turns out it was only for a service available off the ship. That seems a bit ridiculous. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Chose bec advertised itinerary says tues- Havana, wed -Havana. The truth was Wed was a day at sea as they departed Cuba at 6 am. If not bad enough, they advertised Keratase treatment $49 in the daily flyer on the non Cuba day . Oh, no , ... Read More
Chose bec advertised itinerary says tues- Havana, wed -Havana. The truth was Wed was a day at sea as they departed Cuba at 6 am. If not bad enough, they advertised Keratase treatment $49 in the daily flyer on the non Cuba day . Oh, no , the $49 is for a blow out. Keararase starts at $149! Thirdly, daily activity sheet said Yoga 12:00 on their private island, Great Stirrup Cay. No Yoga to be found and staff kept redirecting me to the other side of the beach area, although everything was visible from any view point. I gave up by 12:15 and 4 different replies. Deceptive advertising and NCL reps say don’t care! They also did not know a lot about regulations and Cuban customs ( re entering/ leaving). We brought lots of goods to distribute which we could not bring in! Other than that, the free drinks were nice and dining staff was excellent. Cabins were small so ocean view porthole was a lifesaver! Reading descriptors below reminded me of several complaining cabin doors were not wide enough for wheelchairs. Vinales valley tour was pretty but bring toilet paper and Clorox wipes. Cuba is a very very poor country. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise for an introductory short visit to Havana, and also loved the fact that the ship was leaving from Port Canaveral....much less hassel than Ft. Lauderdale or Miami. Parking was amazing...right outside the ship, across ... Read More
We chose this cruise for an introductory short visit to Havana, and also loved the fact that the ship was leaving from Port Canaveral....much less hassel than Ft. Lauderdale or Miami. Parking was amazing...right outside the ship, across the street. Embarkation was easy and quick. We are very experienced cruisers who almost always sail on Cunard or Celebrity. We had only been on NCL in 1997 for two cruises to and from Europe on the late, great oceanliner the SS Norway. So, we booked this cruise with some trepidation. We chose a standard cabin with balcony. We were totally surprised by the cabin, which we expected to be claustrophobic. First of all, the recent renovation was very obvious. The upholstery was all brand new, the carpeting clean, the lighting terrific, the table and chair had been removed to open up the space, with a flexible hassock put on its place to double as table or seat. The mirrored headboard and other mirrors gave a feeling of spaciousness. The sofa was very wide and roomy. The old fashioned shiny warm wood, combined with the very plentiful and well designed amazing storage throughout the cabin, gave the feeling of a vintage yacht. The bed was extremely comfortable. And, loved the coffee/hot water machine!! The bathroom was just adequate...it could have used upgrading, especially the shower which was ridiculously tight. But, the water pressure, temperature and great hand shower were all perfect. Even the dreaded clingy shower curtain was changed mid cruise to a brand new one. Our room steward Hearty was wonderful, attentive, and did a great job. The balcony was good, but could use a larger table. The ship itself was a bit confusing at first, because the layout is very unusual. A deck map on each level with a 'you are here' symbol, would have be advantageous. Other signage was helpful, however. The elevators were great. We liked the size of the ship, especially for a short journey. We were delighted with the 'free cruising' concept, with so many restaurant choices and inclusive drinks, etc. Bartenders were excellent. Other than a first night dinner problem....main course and dessert not good, all food after that was superb. The two main dining rooms were lovely and obviously upgraded (also, there were obvious upgrades in the other main areas), and the staff throughout the ship very gracious and attentive (but, odd that we never saw the Captain!!). We also ate in the Brazilian place and Le Bistro. We never encountered crowds or waiting...and we were were always ushered to a window table. Especially have to compliment the chefs on the pumpkin gnocci, the panacotta, the flan (part of the excellent Cuban dinner), the excellent onion soup in Le Bistro....and some other dishes that were really very, very good. Wish there were additional ice cream flavors. We enjoyed the guitarist/singer and the Latin duo. Would have loved two full days in Havana....just too much to see and do in one day and night. We toured on our own (six hours in vintage car)....at a much lower price than the ship offered for half the time. But, on the next cruise (we just booked the same cruise again for August) we are booked for the ship's art tour. Only real downer was the paucity of immigration personnel at debarkation....causing us to stand on line for an unusually and uncomfortable amount of time. But, that is not the ship's fault. One important recommendation is to add a lecture about Cuba....history, culture, sites, perhaps in late morning before docking in Key West. . Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was my 16th cruise, hubby, BIL, SIL are all experiences cruisers as well. We are Carnival fans (this was my third NCL And everyone else’s first). I’ll attempt not to compare NCL to CCL... no promises though. This cruise was a ... Read More
This was my 16th cruise, hubby, BIL, SIL are all experiences cruisers as well. We are Carnival fans (this was my third NCL And everyone else’s first). I’ll attempt not to compare NCL to CCL... no promises though. This cruise was a birthday present for the hubby and BIL. Kid free planned cruise... bring in the booze! We live in N Fl so we drove down the day of the cruise. Parking at Port Canaveral is always A breeze! The hubby had a 11 am check in time. The rest of us had 1:30 pm check in times. I was stressed about this and couldn’t figure out why they were different since we were traveling together. They let us all acheck in and board at the same time. We were on the boat by 11:30! The Sun is a smaller ship and I’ve been in her sister; the Sky before. The decor was ok. I am one of those cheesy people that LOVES the glitz and glamour of Carnival ships. We were in an inside room and they were in a balcony. Both rooms were nice and had good space for a couple. Good in the main dining room and buffets were all good. Brazilian steakhouse was just ok and not worth the money in my opinion. Spa was ok. Massage was ok. This was the first cruise that I’ve been on that I actually felt a little bored on the sea day. The shows were ok. Bingo was good. We won the scavenger hunt. I actually won a free cruise in the raffle and while I was excited about winning, I found myself asking “can I take my free cruise on a carnival ship?” There was nothing wrong with the ship, staff, or trip.... but it wasn’t wow inspiring! We are not Pepsi fans and that’s all they have on board. You can’t even carry on a 12 pack of soda which is crazy because it would just save them money. I do love the all inclusive aspect to this ship. It’s nice not being tied to a room key/card every time I want a soda or drink. We did a tour through FerTours in Cuba. It was AMAZING! Nestor was our tour guide. He was awesome. In Key West, we did a conch train tour. Both were on our own; NOT through the cruise line. We will take our free cruise and enjoy it because a bad day at sea is better than a good day on land. I’m not sure that I’d pay for another NCL cruise unless it was the perfect trip at the perfect price. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
After having taken several over the top cruises with Norwegian's luxury brand Oceania, I felt safe booking a family vacation with Norwegian to Cuba. Surely my Oceania experience would translate to a great, albeit slightly lower luxury ... Read More
After having taken several over the top cruises with Norwegian's luxury brand Oceania, I felt safe booking a family vacation with Norwegian to Cuba. Surely my Oceania experience would translate to a great, albeit slightly lower luxury experience. Where do we begin... The Good Stuff - The Norwegian Sun is a clean, well maintained ship with small to mid-size cabins one would expect on a smaller ship of it's size. My wife & I had a balcony room, and our kids shared an inside cabin right down the hall from us. This isn't a cruise where you interact with 4000 of your best "not" friends. The staff completes their tasks, and our room and food presentation was excellent. Embarkation and disembarkation were painless & quick. The deserts were amazing. And it was nice to have an open bar so you could get a drink or two without worrying about racking up huge charges that you'd have to settle at the end of the cruise. The only drawback to an open bar is that the bartenders were an unhappy lot - bordering on surly. The "free" wine at dinner was uniformly good. The Bad Stuff - the dining room food & entertainment (shows) were just awful. FOOD - again, after the 5 star Oceania dining experience, I knew the food wouldn't measure up, BUT I still expected it to be good. The presentation was beautiful, but the food was bland and tasteless. Salads with no dressing, fried food that had obviously been siting in warming trays before being served, and most disturbing of all service without a smile or enthusiasm. As if the wait staff couldn't wait for their shifts to be over. The dining rooms had plenty of staff, but operated with little efficiency, and then when the food was served it was only warm, if not cold. And the Coffee.... The coffee is just awful dishwater (weirdly I found this on Oceania too). And if you want to get a good cup of coffee, you have to pay for it at the coffee bar. So you have an open bar, but you have to pay for bottled water and good coffee... Go figure. Interestingly, I found the food on the buffets to be better quality than the dining rooms. My recommendation if you're going to eat on the Sun is to explore the curry dishes. Most of the staff is from the far east (including the main chef), and without exception, the dishes from their countries were flavorful. If you don't like curry, you're screwed - expect to get bad banquet food and you won't be disappointed! ENTERTAINMENT - the performers for the shows are EXCELLENT. The shows however are at best banal, and at worst cheesy and insulting to the intelligence of those watching. I saw people get up and leave, and I ended up leaving from the 2nd show (World Beat) about halfway thru. I felt sorry for the performers having to sing & dance such crap. Other entertainment "highlights" were a 3 piece caribbean band with a drum machine, a jazz band with an out of tune vocalist and uninspired playing, and an un-funny MOR comic. THE PORTS: The ports (Key West & Havana Cuba) are what you'd expect. Key West is touristy, crowded and expensive. Because you dock at the Navy yard, you can't walk off the ship and must wait for "going to shore" tickets to take a free tram/trolley to the downtown. If you want to go to shore, get down to the Bliss lounge as soon as you are allowed to get your tickets (usually 11:30am). We waited and it took over 3 hours AFTER we docked before we could leave the ship. Havana, Cuba is in dire need of a whole city pressure washing. Think a moldy Barcelona... Cuba still hasn't recovered from the damages of 2017's Hurricane Irma, and much of the water front architecture is in dis-repair. That being said its a beautiful city with incredible architecture. The people were uniformly friendly. We chose to book an old car tour directly with a cuban company before we boarded the ship (oldcartours.com). It was less than 1/4 of the price that Norwegian wanted for the exact same experience. THIS WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE CRUISE!!! Two hours of a personal guide in a candy-red 1953 chevy convertible with white leather seats. My kids and wife LOVED it! At the end of the tour, our driver gave us two beautifully ripe mangos he had picked from his garden that morning - YUM! Be aware that you will get screwed when you go to convert your dollars to the Cuban tourist currency (CUC). Cuba has set the exchange rate at 1:1 PLUS a 14% fee. So my $160 ended up being 140 CUC. You will get a better exchange rate if you use Canadian dollars or Euros. BOTTOM LINE - Although we enjoyed our family vacation cause we were all together, I don't feel like we got the value we spent on the cruise. If I'd spent 25% more, I could have cruised on Oceania and eaten like a king. Other than the managers, the staff of the Sun really seemed like they didn't want to be there and their grim faces underscored their attitude. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We liked the itinerary of an overnight in Havana and that the cruise was only 4 nights, We chose an oceanview cabin which was quite small but good enough for a short cruise. Would not want to spend 10 or 12 days in such close quarters. ... Read More
We liked the itinerary of an overnight in Havana and that the cruise was only 4 nights, We chose an oceanview cabin which was quite small but good enough for a short cruise. Would not want to spend 10 or 12 days in such close quarters. We did not do the ship's excursion in Havana as I had booked a private all day tour for 4 of us. It was considerably less expensive than the ship's tour and we were able to see all the things that interested us. Although we looked in at the buffet a few times, we only ate lunch there one day. I did not like that they had plates only at the far ends of the buffet line making the line quite long. Why not supply plates at each of the stations? We did eat all breakfasts and dinners in the Palace dining room. The food was of very good quality and service was also very good. Never crowded and usually able to get a window seat for the 4 of us. Given that this was an open bar cruise we expected the bars to be very crowded. There were so many bars on the ship that not one of them that we encountered was busy. All in all, not a 4 star ship, but good value for the money. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Don't listen to any hype on this line. Food is horrible, way too salty. Boat is falling apart, broken drawers, no remote control worked, pool rusty and tiles falling out. NOTHING to do...all guest under the age of 80 hated it and ... Read More
Don't listen to any hype on this line. Food is horrible, way too salty. Boat is falling apart, broken drawers, no remote control worked, pool rusty and tiles falling out. NOTHING to do...all guest under the age of 80 hated it and couldn't wait to get off. Sub par shows where entertainers went through the motions. Most staff were good...2 stated to us the were board. No music, no life, no fun...they actually advertised being cheaper than a convalescent home....seriously. it was a convalescent home, who are they kidding. Cooking demonstration was a comedic act of buffoonery and a total insult. Wine tasting is 100.00, manicure is 100.00 get over yourself Oceania. Noon on sea day and the casino was closed because no one was playing. Snore fest on a dilapidated ghost ship with gross food. Excursions not at all what was advertised and many closed venues. They tried to have us snorkel in contaminated brackish water where dead fish floated on top and it smelled so bad it made me sick. Those who went in were surely ill. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Decided to take a cruise on Oceania Sirena due to the itinerary to Cuba. It was suppose to make three stops but due to water conditions one stop was removed. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and wanted to have a nice room ... Read More
Decided to take a cruise on Oceania Sirena due to the itinerary to Cuba. It was suppose to make three stops but due to water conditions one stop was removed. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and wanted to have a nice room - rented Owners suite #7114 and #7117 for my daughter. Our room was a great size, but on most nights we could not sleep in the room. When the captain had the boat at full throttle our room vibrated so badly that the bed shook excessively, lamps shook even though glued down, glassware in cabin rattled, closet doors rattled, etc. The noise was overwhelming day and night. The vibration in the bed was awful. It caused one to feel sick and overwhelmed. My husband had to leave the room and he slept on a chair on pool deck. Then after stating the issue, our butler was given permission for us to sleep in a standard cabin that was available. The other room was #7030. There was no vibration in that room. So we used our OWNERS SUITE for storing our luggage and showering and slept in a tiny space just to get some rest. This was ridiculous. I am pointing this out to those thinking of renting this suite - don't waste your money. Oceania should make it clear to those looking to rent the Owners Suite that it will have excessive vibration when at full throttle and cruising at night. FYI: we met another guest on the floor below us and he had the same issue. We have cruised on may types of ships - private and larger. We have never experienced this issue. Also, the destination dept. needs to spend some time investigating the excursions they promote. We went on a seven hour trip - The Vinales Valley. Oh my, the Guayabita del Pinar rum Factory (part of trip) was about the size of a store front and wasn't opened when we arrived. Not sure it was a factory - just a place to bottle and sell rum.Then we continued on to learn about the production of cigars. That took place in a cigar drying hut. The owners son rolled some cigars, gave them to a few guys to smoke then did a sales pitch. We stopped at two other sites for 15 minutes and had lunch at one. The trip was not well organized and we really did not see much - just sat on the bus for way to many hours. We then took excursion in Santiago Cuba. Colonial Santiago - well another bus ride to no where. The tour director dropped us off in a square. The church to visit was closed, the hotel there would not let you in unless you paid for drinks (and we did not have time). Tour guide then proceeded to have us walk up a hill to a bar. There was some music and a chance to have a beer. The beer was to be included, but the waitress harassed everyone to pay. The whole thing was a mess. Lastly, I tried to get my nails done at the Canyon Ranch Spa on board. Well they over booked me! What else could have gone wrong. Mainly - I just wanted to alert passengers to the room situation. Spending the money wasn't the issue - it was about getting what you paid for. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Old ship, smelliest bathroom, couple of hours during the day there’s no were to Eat, no entertainment for kids under 3. Still the crew members were the greatest overall. Our bedroom hallway was flooded at a point during the cruise the ... Read More
Old ship, smelliest bathroom, couple of hours during the day there’s no were to Eat, no entertainment for kids under 3. Still the crew members were the greatest overall. Our bedroom hallway was flooded at a point during the cruise the smell was awful. Our bedrrom bathroom had the world worse urine stink and even when they cleaned it it would still stink. We traveled with friends and there were 2 kids with us and nothing for them to do beside the kiddie pool, the had this place next to the stairs with a playmat and couple of toys that was the only thing for them. During our whole day on water we went to the buffet to grB something to eat and it was closed and other people started arriving and told us there was no other place to eat on the ship and that it happened everyday during the same time of day. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this ceuuae because it dir inro my vacation schedule. The peice was fair. We knew getting on the shil that ir was the oldest and smallest od the Royal Caribbean fleet. I paid for an icean view cabin and was very disappointed ... Read More
We chose this ceuuae because it dir inro my vacation schedule. The peice was fair. We knew getting on the shil that ir was the oldest and smallest od the Royal Caribbean fleet. I paid for an icean view cabin and was very disappointed that a rescue boat blocked my entorw window. My friend paid the same foe her cabin, but it was not an obstructed view. Vwry disappointed. Crew were friendly and I had no qualms with the ship. I take cruises for the destinations, not the activities onboard or the food. That being said, the food in the main dining room as not very good at all. Food didn't have much taste, especially the desserts. The meals looked appetizing, but our party of four was disappointed at most meals. The Chops grill was worth thr money. Delicious steaks. Once again, the desserts were mediocre. If you have a sweet tooth, bring your own! Our ports...Nassau.. I am not a fan of the Bahamas- and this trip didn't change my mind. Havana-I was thrilled to finally gst here... BUT don't buy your classic car tour from Royal Caribbean. They charge almost $300 per car. If you book on your own-80 cubans per car. A HUGE savings!! I dont like that the cruise line is taki g such a huge cut of the money, especially when these people are living in suxh poverty. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I decided to cruise solely for the destination of Cuba and chose Royal Caribbean over other cruise lines because I've had great experiences with them in the past as a client and as a travel agent. I know when cruising the shorter the ... Read More
I decided to cruise solely for the destination of Cuba and chose Royal Caribbean over other cruise lines because I've had great experiences with them in the past as a client and as a travel agent. I know when cruising the shorter the cruise length the smaller and older the ship however I was expecting RCL to pick up their game a little. Two best friends in their late 20s had little to do on board. There was little entertainment and what was available was not good. We attended the comedy show (certainly not the best), saw the entertainers, and watched some game shows. The biggest saving grace was able to watch the World Cup while tanning. This is a great cruise if you want to catch up on sleep and get a lot of sun. The room was also nothing to be desired. The beds were falling apart and there was crud on the walls of the stateroom as well as the bathroom walls. I cannot say enough positives about the service! The people on board were incredible and very sweet, courteous, and overall just happy! Everyone appeared to really love their jobs. I had 2 wonderful servers in the main dining hall (whoever waited on table 477!). The food was so bad that we only ate in the dining hall for 2 nights before ditching it for the buffet for the remainder of the cruise. The waiters were gracious and tried problem solving but could not make it taste any better. The steak was grey and did not taste like meat. The Caesar salad dressing was gritty, the soup was extremely watered down, etc. Previous RCL sailings had much better quailty. So not sure what happened here! It was not edible. We did shore excursions in both the Bahamas and Cuba. Bahamas we did the Bahama Brews tour. SO MUCH FUN! Our tour guide was amazing, the beer was great, we got to eat while on the island :), and we met some other fun cruisers who have become friends! I was excited to get to Cuba, the main attraction! We booked late so many options were already full but we did the Best of Havana Express. Believe me, it is express. Our tour guide was NOT a morning person, so the first 2-3 hours were not the best. But after lunch at Hemingway's favorite restaurant, she really perked up and was phenomenal! We saw most sites from the bus and already passed them before we knew what they were so it was hard to get great pictures. We also went on a Sunday so some sites were closed or we did not have enough time to see them?? I did get some great Cuban products like cigars, coffee, and rum all for under $100! Over all, I would NOT cruise this ship again and definitely not recommend it to any friends, family, or clients. I think I may take a break from RCL for awhile. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We took this cruise to experience Cuba. Cuba was great! The ship,not so much. It is an older ship that shows its age. The staff was hard working and did their best to make the trip good but they don’t have a lot to work with. The food in ... Read More
We took this cruise to experience Cuba. Cuba was great! The ship,not so much. It is an older ship that shows its age. The staff was hard working and did their best to make the trip good but they don’t have a lot to work with. The food in the main dining room is bad. The strip steak has a funny texture, the ice cream is terrible, the desserts are not good at all. Despite that, service was really good. The ocean view room is tiny. The shower is itty bitty. The beds are hard as rocks. The Calvin stewards keep the rooms immaculate and are very friendly. I would not sail Royal Caribbean again. I did enjoy the spa. Got a great deal on a massage. We bought our excursion for Cuba from Old Cars Havana for 80 cuc. I contacted them on line. The guide was knowledgeable and the old Cadillac convertible was great. One tip is to get euros to exchange in Cuba. You will get a better exchange deal. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We were looking for a budget friendly cruise to celebrate my son’s high school graduation. We live in Florida and had never been to Key West or Havana, so the 4-night voyage in Majesty of the Seas fit the bill. We had perfect weather, ... Read More
We were looking for a budget friendly cruise to celebrate my son’s high school graduation. We live in Florida and had never been to Key West or Havana, so the 4-night voyage in Majesty of the Seas fit the bill. We had perfect weather, food was good (except for a fatty steak), and we enjoyed our ports of call. We did a bus/walking tour in Cuba, ending with a delicious meal in a restaurant there. In Key West, we went on our own and took a trolley tour, hopping off to go to Ernest Hemingway’s house, Higgs Beach (not the nicest, but we got to cool off a bit), and the famous Sloppy Joe’s restaurant. Our day at sea was nice too. We managed to find a quiet spot on Deck 5, away from the noise of the pool party, to watch the ocean and read. We played trivia games, watched a movie poolside, saw a show, and my 17yo son enjoyed many of the teen-only activities. The ship was clean and staff was helpful and friendly. I can think of only three negatives, none of which ruined the trip. 1) We made the mistake of booking a small inside cabin for three adults (me, my husband and 26yo daughter) along with my 17 yo son. We figured we wouldnt spend much time in the room except to sleep and change clothes, so it wouldn’t matter. Well, it mattered! We won’t make that mistake again! 2) Some people like dining with strangers and making new friends. I’m an introvert, so those situations make me very uncomfortable. I prefer the formal dining room setting to the buffet, but i could not have a quiet peaceful meal alone in there. People were very nice and friendly. So it wasn’t terrible, just not my preference. 3) We learned that the show performers on the Majesty are beginners. More seasoned performers are assigned to the bigger ships. They gave spirited performances but the quality wasn’t the best. Again, but terrible... just not the best. Overall, we had a nice time. I’d recommend the Majesty for a quick getaway... but i look forward to my next cruise being on a larger newer ship, with a larger stateroom! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I recently cruised to Key West and Havana on Royal Caribbean and cannot praise the trip enough. Even though the Majesty of the Seas is an older and smaller ship, it was very clean and I felt like it was easier for the crew to get to know ... Read More
I recently cruised to Key West and Havana on Royal Caribbean and cannot praise the trip enough. Even though the Majesty of the Seas is an older and smaller ship, it was very clean and I felt like it was easier for the crew to get to know us. We had a balcony cabin and it was spacious and plenty of storage for clothing, shoes and personal items. The bathroom was roomier than I expected and also had plenty of room for personal items. Dining and entertainment was great and the excursions in Key West and Cuba were fantastic! The pool bar was always busy, but service was quick and the staff always friendly. Food was great in both the cafe's onboard and in the dining room. Royal Caribbean did a great job in both ports with getting on and off the ship. I would highly recommend this cruise line and the ports of call. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We selected the Veendam because of it's smaller size and lower key atmosphere. This was our first trip on the Veendam (but not our first cruise) and the ship was fabulous. She is well maintained. The staff ratio is excellent and ... Read More
We selected the Veendam because of it's smaller size and lower key atmosphere. This was our first trip on the Veendam (but not our first cruise) and the ship was fabulous. She is well maintained. The staff ratio is excellent and the food is the best we have experienced. Our children enjoyed the activities geared toward them. The shows were well produced. The room was well sized, the decor of the ship is tasteful. The main dining room food was extraordinary! The afternoon tea daily was something fun for mother/daughter/grandmother to do. We played tennis and enjoyed the pool. Several of the staff went above and beyond. The spa services were well priced and well done. The library was a good resource for family time. Overall, this was our best cruise out of the 4 we have taken. The island time was lovely, and disembarkation was well handled. We would do this one again! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I chose this cruise because I wanted to go to Cuba and it fit my schedule. Let me first say that I pre-purchased the online service Voom and it didn’t work at all. So there is no confusion...at NO point did it work. I was able to get ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to go to Cuba and it fit my schedule. Let me first say that I pre-purchased the online service Voom and it didn’t work at all. So there is no confusion...at NO point did it work. I was able to get a refund and while waiting on line at Guest Relations I heard other passengers say that their internet wasn’t working. The staff member at Guest Relations told me that it might work better on a phone but I purchased it so I could watch the College World Series and I didn’t want to watch a baseball game on a phone. MOTS is an older ship that is fairly small. All of the public areas are in good shape. I had an ocean view cabin on Deck 2. Which apparently is a deck that also houses staff. (I would not have known this except a server told me she lived on Deck 2) The convenience of Deck 2 is that it is very quiet and the Dining Rooms are on Deck 3 and Deck 4. There were two places that the ship showed age: the restroom in the cabin and the deck chairs on Deck 7. Deck 7 is about the only place outside that had shade. I didn't sit around the pool because I try to avoid sun. They do have soft serve ice cream by the pool and they have movies on the big screen there. I think I heard some passengers talk about Black Panther so I think that's what they were showing. The food in the dining room isn’t very good. If this were a restaurant at home I would never go back a second time (and I would warn all my friends about it). In fact, it might be closed before you had a chance to go there twice. The quality of food in the dining room on the Carnival Elation was exponentially better. The first night I had the pepper soup for the appetizer. If airlines made soup it would be like this soup. It was a clear, greenish soup with red pepper. I think you can usually look at a soup and know whether or not it will be good. If you took one look at this soup you would think it was made in an institution. The dinner special was Chicken Cordon Bleu and once again the chicken was very much like an airline meal. The rice and squash with it were better. I skipped dinner the second night because we were in Key West and I went to Margaritaville. Dinner Night #3. The meal they were recommending was Sword Fish. They had a Shrimp Cervites recommended as the appetizer. The menu said it had sweet potato and corn with it. I would not swear that everything in my little bowl was shrimp. It was cold shrimp (and perhaps some other raw seafood product) on top of lettuce. I didn’t eat much of it. The girl at the table had the French Soup (which they seem to have every night) and she said it was OK. For dinner, she had Vegetarian chili and she didn’t finish it. She also had the Cuban Lamb Shank and said that it was good. The menu only offered one or two unique items each night. They had Breast of Chicken and a Grilled Steak every night. I tried the steak. I have never seen this type of steak in a steakhouse or at any barbecue I have ever been to. If it were a foreign country I would have doubts that it was actually beef. The color of the meat was white very similar in color to a pork chop. To be honest, if I went to the store and bought a steak and tried to turn it that color I wouldn’t know how to do it. There was no sign of any juice and no remnant of flavor. If I cooked my wallet it possibly would have looked more like a steak. However, the mashed potatoes and carrots were good. it seemed that they had the same quality (or lack of) of steak at the Windjammer. Let me just say that there were a LOT of empty tables in the dining room. Their main customers seemed to be older or larger families. I believe that most passengers end up in the Windjammer. It’s crowded and has a lot of choices. I actually didn’t realize there were so many choices. If you are in Windjammers and you turn your back to Sorrento’s upstairs you face all the food stations and behind them is the kitchen. I didn’t realize that they had food stations all the way around behind the kitchen. They have a Mongolian Grill there as well. I heard a girl asking about Vegan food. The staff person said all you have to do is let them know about special food needs the night before and they will prepare it special for you. So, if you have any allergies, etc., the will take care of you. The Windjammer gets crowded and in the afternoon the side of the dining room facing the sun is roasting. I often went up the spiral stair case to Deck 12 to sit by Sorrento's. The staff in the Windjammer and Sorrento’s are very nice. I had Chicken Parmesan a couple of times. They had other Italian food there. They had desserts but if you see what you want it might not be there when you get back. You have to be flexible with both of them because farm animals have better manners than some of the passengers who graze continually and will trample you to get what they want. The first night I went to Sorrento’s and there were two couples in front of me who loaded up all the pizza available and waddled off to a table. So, I waited and another herd went through and I went up and there were a group of old ladies and I somehow got in front of one of them. There were only 2 slices left and I let the old lady have it so she would eat with her friends. So, I waited again and there were so many people eating there that they were serving up pizza that looked like it was barely cooked. I don’t blame the staff. If I were cornered by wild bears and didn’t have a weapon then I would throw food at them to prevent them from devouring me. Same premise at Sorrento’s. Enormous people devouring everything in sight must scare the crew. It’s only natural. They also have the Compass Deli and they had cookies and sandwiches. They had Tuna Fish and Egg Salad sandwiches and some salads. I would go on the Majesty again. I just wouldn't bother going to the dining room. I tried the breakfast in the dining room once and it was OK. The orange juice was great. The scrambled eggs were really well done and were not that tasty. I drink tea and they have a really good black tea...London Breakfast that I really liked. They have a Starbuck's on Deck 5 and they have a little ice cream station with it. The black tea they had was good enough that once I found it I didn't go back to Starbucks. They don't have a library on board. They have a little section where they have board games you can borrow. Bolero's has tables where people play games. They get their crowd at night after the show...I didn't go to any show or the casino. Schooner's was OK. They had a good crowd watching the World Cup Soccer. I would say the ocean view cabin I had was bigger than the one we had on the Carnival Elation. I was behind a passenger trying to get a refund because he said he paid for an ocean view cabin and they had a lifeboat outside their window. He actually used the word "Refund". I don't think he actually thought he would get one but maybe he thought he could get a little money back or a deal on another cruise. I skipped dinner onboard the second night because we were in Key West and I went to Margaritaville. I had the Coconut Shrimp and fries and a strawberry daiquiri for $31. A daiquiri on the ship is $11.80 when you add the 18 percent service charge. A daiquiri at Margaritaville is $8.50. (On the next to last night the bartender on the ship showed me a sign that you could get 10 drinks for $75).They are both about the same size. The Coconut Shrimp was fine. No different than any Coconut Shrimp I would get at home. In fact, it is probably better at Bahama Breeze. I think there were 4 large shrimp. It comes with fries and Cole Slaw but I wasn’t in the mood for Cole Slaw so the waitress said they would give me extra fries. Don’t know if they did or not but I ate them all. The food was OK. If it was at home I would not drive out of my way to eat there. I vaguely remember getting nachos as a meal at Margaritaville before but I thought it had meat with it. They have nachos that looked good from a distance but they didn’t have any meat so it wasn’t a meal. There really is no special reason to go to Margaritaville. There has to be better options in Key West. I just didn’t invest a lot of time in research. I bet the locals don’t go here and I will go somewhere else next time. There were a LOT of empty tables on a Sunday afternoon at about 1 pm. After that I went across the street to Jack Flats because I wanted to watch the College World Series. There were a LOT more people at Jack Flats and it had a better atmosphere. It seemed like the portions there were good and people were happy with what they got. Let me just say about Key West restaurants/bars. If you pay in cash and they owe you $5.80 in change, you are only getting $5 back. They don’t do coins. I pre-paid $29.95 for the Trolley. I think that (and the Conch Train) is/ was a waste of money. Because the ship lands at a US Naval Station (NO PHOTOS ALLOWED) they transport you in to town. I think they drop you off at Mallory Square. The only reason to pay for the Trolley or the Conch Train is if you want to spend an hour and a half listening about the history of every old house and every old bar in Key West. If you only want to get to a restaurant or bar it is a waste of money to do either. In fact, the Trolley takes people back to the Majesty from Mallory Square and they don’t ask to show any ticket to get on it. The difference between Key West and Cuba is night and day. Key West is really a shake down for money. It is all about selling hats, t-shirts and alcohol. (Not in that order). In Cuba, I took the walking tour from RC. You walk for a good ways and you pass a few stores that sell shirts, hats, etc. You also have people with guitars that will come up and sing and you have to pay them to get rid of them. If you get your photo with a person’s dog or car then they expect you to pay them. We ate at La Cubana. There was a very nice girl, Stephanie, who speaks a little English. Her family owns the restaurant as opposed to the government. She works for tips. She said that if she worked for a government she would earn about $16 a MONTH. The lunch was 2 for 25 in Cuban Cucs. They take US dollars but charge 20 percent more. They give you rice with chicken, spiced beef and ribs. I really only ate the chicken and spiced beef and it was REALLY tasty. I am sure that you could eat cheaper but this was good. We got plantains for an extra 3 Cuban Cucs. A beer was 2.50 and what they called a strawberry daiquiri was 2.95. It was more like a red-colored slurpy with alcohol. This restaurant has running water and a toilet that flushes. There are many places that don’t have running water. You need to tip the restroom attendants at other places but not at La Cubana By the way ladies, you need to use the Buddy System for the restroom there. The restroom is at the top of a narrow spiral staircase so they don’t have room for a door so they have a folding door you pull across. It has both running water AND toilet paper and is clean. Allow me to point out that there are places in Key West that don’t allow people to use their restrooms. At Starbuck’s on Duval there was one toilet for men and the seat had been torn off and thrown on the floor. In Cuba, many people only have running water every other day so they have water tanks on their roofs to collect rain water. There was a guy in our group that noticed that there were many places that didn’t have ANY light turned on inside their house or business. His son said that they looked in one place and people were dancing in the dark. I would go to Cuba 50 times before I even thought about going to Nassau or Freeport. I don’t travel to buy t-shirts or hats. Cuba is much more interesting just to see how other people live. It’s a very poor country but the people are friendly and it is a great experience. One thing that really stood out to me was how nice their students looked in school uniforms. None of the children’s clothes were wrinkled and I saw one young girl with purple sneakers and a very colorful backpack. I think you can spot children who have relatives in America that send them sneakers, clothes, etc. The RC walking tour is good. They take you by Air-Conditioned bus to shop for cigars, Rum etc. After that they take you to a club where they give you a Mojito, Rum and a cigar for free. That is the worst part of the walking tour. They have some woman explain everything about cigars...and the tour guide translates....you are there for about 2 hours. WAY too long. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
+I had never been on a cruise before let alone out of the United States of America. I chose this exciting cruise because of a combined decision among family members. The ship is not even the biggest ship offered, yet is still really large! ... Read More
+I had never been on a cruise before let alone out of the United States of America. I chose this exciting cruise because of a combined decision among family members. The ship is not even the biggest ship offered, yet is still really large! The state rooms were very clean and the staff members were lovely. Most of my meals were held at the Marketplace. The food had many options- some the same every day but definitely enough variety for me to enjoy the experience and not feel like I am eating the same thing every day. -There were two fires while I was on this ship. One was at 3am. This consisted of staff members and the captain over the loud speaker at 3 o clock in the morning. The way the staff handled the situation was great, however a fire in the incinerator at 3am is not always the best wake up call. The second fire had to do with the A/C units. I don't know how far the A/C outage occurred, but me and my floor did not have air conditioning for a night & half the next day. The last negative I have is that the bathroom toilet in my state room randomly did not have water flowing in it and would refuse to flush. This is gross and not acceptable for obvious reasons. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018

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