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Background info: I am 26 and my girlfriend is 25. I wanted to share our review so that people could read a younger standpoint. All in all we were VERY DISAPPOINTED with the level of service provided on this cruise. We just got back from ... Read More
Background info: I am 26 and my girlfriend is 25. I wanted to share our review so that people could read a younger standpoint. All in all we were VERY DISAPPOINTED with the level of service provided on this cruise. We just got back from a 4 night cruise to the Bahamas leaving out of Miami. My girlfriend and I were fully aware that this was going to be a boat full of spring breakers, but what we did not realize was that the service level to ALL guests was going to be severely lacking because of this. Both of us like to drink and let loose on vacation, so the spring breakers were a non issue for us. I'll start off with the only thing that was nice on this cruise. The embarkation process was a breeze. It was by far the easiest process of the cruise lines we have been on. Moving on to the bad. The rooms were very lacking. Showers were incredibly small, the bed was very old and uncomfortable and separated into two twin beds every time we moved, drawers and cabinets smelled like mold, and the tv was so small we could not see it. The food was very plain and bland to the point where we both realized at the last day that we hadn't enjoyed a single meal on the ship. All of what I just wrote can be forgiven. WHAT CANNOT BE FORGIVEN IS THE LACK OF SERVICE AND COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR GUEST SATISFACTION. After having a very poor first day of fighting with bartenders to give me two drinks at a time so that my girlfriend did not have to wait in line, I was informed that if guests looked like they were young and part of the spring break crowd they were purposely being treated different. I do not look young. The numerous 40-50 year olds we talked to did not look young. Yet every time ANY OF US tried getting a drink we were told "one at a time for you" in broken English. On the second day I tried greasing one of the bartenders that was being cool with a large tip. That worked well for the remaining 3 hours he was working. The next day he was floated to a different position and we were forced to literally FIGHT again for drinks. On top of this, our rooms were not cleaned sufficiently, toilet paper and soap/shampoo seemed to be in drastically low supply as we did not see replacement or refills during the trip. We were visibly disrespected when we tried to say good morning to staff members. Half the time our room steward ignored us or scoffed at us. An interesting and unexpected downfall was the food waitstaff. One of the best parts about cruising is the nightly dinner. As I have already stated, the food was dismal. The strange part was that even in the nicer restaurants we were not treated well at all. Over the course of 4 days and 4 dinners, were were checked on by a waiter ONCE. We have had better service at a disgusting McDonalds. We can look past the wild spring breakers, as that was expected, but what we cannot look past and cannot forgive is the clear disrespect and complete lack of service for the ENTIRE trip. We were informed the last day that "SURPRISE! A $13.50 gratuity per guest per day has automatically been added to your bill." They were clear to state that this is not for the room steward and wait staff, but that tipping them is expected as well. WHAT A JOKE. I always always always tip very well. This was the first time in my life that I did not leave a tip. It was honestly far from deserved. WE WILL NOT BE SAILING WITH NORWEGIAN AGAIN. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Not knowing exactly what to expect as a first time cruiser, I nevertheless always expect service with a smile, and that's exactly what I experienced aboard Norwegian Sky. Every Norwegian staff I encountered was cordial and helpful. ... Read More
Not knowing exactly what to expect as a first time cruiser, I nevertheless always expect service with a smile, and that's exactly what I experienced aboard Norwegian Sky. Every Norwegian staff I encountered was cordial and helpful. The ship was well maintained, and the stateroom more comfortable than anticipated. The exercise room and staff were very good. I traveled with my eighteen year old son during Spring Break...he lucked out because there were lots and lots of other college students onboard to hang out with. (I would have welcomed more opportunities to mingle with travelers my age.) However, I enjoyed the entertainment, especially the "Newlywed, Not So Newlywed Show" and other gameshows. Dinners were good to very good while buffets were not bad for the cost. (We did not dine at the specialty restaurants.) A small delivery charge for breakfast in cabin was worth it, and it was worth getting out of bed early for omelets made to order. Drinks were much too delicious and readily available...the mojitos were superb! The DJs and entertainment staff kept dancers on their feet. I appreciated that various musical genres were featured throughout the ship, and sing-alongs are always fun. The excursions we chose in the Bahamas were terrific! We rode ATVs, visited Atlantis, and rode Wave Runners--all worth the extra cost. The local guides were friendly and very helpful. Overall we had great experiences while on Norwegian Sky and while on shore. Will definitely cruise again with Norwegian, but plan to travel with a group of friends in the future to ensure I have a dancing partner! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was our third Norwegian cruise and we were looking forward to another great experience. Unfortunately, it was not to be. We found ourselves stuck on the ship with about 1000 college students on Spring Break. Norwegian accommodated ... Read More
This was our third Norwegian cruise and we were looking forward to another great experience. Unfortunately, it was not to be. We found ourselves stuck on the ship with about 1000 college students on Spring Break. Norwegian accommodated them by providing unlimited free liquor. If you are a fan of loud, vulgar language, drunk vomiting young people, and sleepless nights, this is your cruise! Our complaint to Norwegian was answered with a $175 per person credit on a future cruise, and the pithy explanation that "groups" can occur on any cruise at any time of the year. Apparently to Norwegian, a 1000 college students on a 2000 passenger ship, is just a group. We enjoyed our port excursions (away from the ship), particularly the jeep tour on Grand Bahama island. Our cabin steward Mohammad was excellent. The Buffet was very good, and the lines were never long. Our meals in the Crossing were excellent and served by attentive staffs. I do not believe the crew members were happy about the environment on the ship. We noticed some attempts by crew members to shield older passengers and families with children from the worst of the Spring Break excesses. We will cruise on Norwegian again. We will never schedule one on or around Spring Break. Once burned is more than enough. Added note: There was a question at the bottom of this review to check items that apply to this cruise. One of the choices was "Spring Break Cruise". I checked the box, but we had no idea that Norwegian was running such cruises. If we had, we would not have been aboard. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
The ship is huge and beautiful. The staff was friendly and attentive. The food and drinks were great. There were many amenities but the lines were so long that we didn't even participate in some. There are 2 pools but both were small. ... Read More
The ship is huge and beautiful. The staff was friendly and attentive. The food and drinks were great. There were many amenities but the lines were so long that we didn't even participate in some. There are 2 pools but both were small. One was taken over by the young adults and the other by young children. My mother who was celebrating her 70th birthday never was able to even get in one - not because of a physical disability but because there was no room. It was nearly impossible to find a beach chair anywhere except the Spice H2O deck but that area restricts children until after 7 pm. It was virtually impossible for all of us to enjoy the afternoon sun together as I have a 12 year old. There was too long of a wait to get a drink at any bar close to the pools. They offer a lot of shows but reservations should be made so you can get a seat. The comedy show was great! The rooms with a balcony were great. My advice is : don't book at spring break time, book early to get a deal on the drink package, get a chair outside early, go to the waterslides, etc when they open, go to the buffet early for breakfast and make reservations for dinner, read multiple reviews about excursions through NCL before booking (Seahorse Sail & Snorkel was not as advertised), eat a big meal before boarding (the wait to get your room is long and the dining is a mob scene) and don't bother with the seminars as they are merely a sales pitch We had a great time but would have been better if it was less crowded and if I knew then what I know now. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I've sailed Disney, Royal Carribean, Norwegian and now Carnival. My biggest concern with Carnival is food safety. The first item I ordered to eat, there was a hair in my food. This happens and isn't a big deal to me, and ... Read More
I've sailed Disney, Royal Carribean, Norwegian and now Carnival. My biggest concern with Carnival is food safety. The first item I ordered to eat, there was a hair in my food. This happens and isn't a big deal to me, and they were apologetic and remade it immediately. But upon standing there as they remade at the burger place, I observed a food service member dip his hands in the products they were serving behind the line (rice and beans and corn mix it appeared like, in the burrito section right next to the burgers), scoop up some of the mix in the palm of his hand with his glove on, proceed to put the food mix in his mouth with the glove on, then continue working with food without changing gloves. This is stuff that causes outbreaks on cruise ships. He looked right at me and smiled as if he has no clue he was doing anything wrong. I brought this to an employees attention who said she would notify her manager right away. I was shocked to say the least. I was later served a drink with a cracked lip with no regard the following morning. The plastic cups they serve drinks in were covered in spots. This seemed to be the theme as the time progressed. Sit down dinner was different. Clean dishes and stemware. Service was outstanding. The buffet in the morning was ridiculously long. It took us 20 min waiting in line before we realized we weren't making much progress and we finally ditched it for a continental breakfast (banana and yogurt) as otherwise, we would miss our shore excursion. Then frustration hit as we got to the meeting place for the excursion and we didn't go anywhere for 30 additional minutes as the team waited for everyone then announced if anyone forgot their ID they needed to go back to their rooms to get it. So we had to wait for all those people to return to their rooms and gather again in our meeting place. Overall, the breakfast and lunch food wasn't anything to write home about. The desserts were decent. The ice cream soft serve tasted funny. Like the machine hadn't been cleaned or maybe cleaned incorrectly. The dinners in Celebration were quite decent, however. Particularly the blue crab ravioli. Delish! The next morning we opted for sit down breakfast to avoid that ridiculous line and wait that the buffet brought us. Only all the staff seemed miserable. I requested decaf and the lady serving us rolled her eyes and went to get it. My sister requested a bloody mary and that wasn't well received. Even the people next to us we hadn't ever met commented on how rude that was and how miserable everyone seemed. Not sure if they all just got reprimanded in the back room before opening or something, but no one seemed to want to be there that morning or seemed to be enjoying themselves. This morning breakfast experience was a disappointment because every other service experience was quite decent. The dinner staff was pleasant. The casino and bar people were all very nice. Confused as some locations charged taxes for drinks like by the pool on the ship while sailing. But drinks you ordered inside at a bar on the ship, there were no taxes whatsoever. We opted for the all you can drink CHEERS package (Max 15 drinks per day) and paid for that. We were told that included everything...taxes and gratuity. Clearly it didn't include taxes everywhere. We encountered two times our room keys weren't working to charge anything. This created chaos as we were out to sea and had to incur phone charges calling to find out what was happening. Both times my bank told us there was no attempt to use the card so it was a clear issue with Carnival rather than the bank. And having been a victim of identity theft before, it ruined about 3 hours of vacation and sent us in a panic since we weren't even able to connect to our bank on our phones as we were outside of service area for moments hit or miss. I suppose I could've connected to the ships wifi had I wanted to pay the fee.... no thanks. I was already concerned someone wiped my account clean. Of course, my main concern was food safety. I stayed away from that food service location of the male employee scooping up food i his glove and popping it right in his mouth for the entire duration of the trip and made sure my guest traveling with me did as well. Its too bad because there were some great points to this trip. It was a decent price to do what we did. And the Entertainment was really good. Bands and solo artists were fun, eclectic and entertaining. Most staff seemed really nice and seemed to enjoy their job. (There's always a couple who don't no matter where you go, or at least give off a perception that they don't, but overall, everyone seemed enjoyable with the exception of the breakfast/brunch sit down Sunday Morning). Bartenders were nice. The cabins were a bit outdated but that was expected considering the age of the ship. But they were clean and the wait staff kept it clean throughout the trip. I was pleasantly surprised with a couple freebies for my birthday. My birthday was 2 weeks prior and I came back to the room to find a happy birthday card and a couple of little freebies. It was a nice touch. Having sailed Disney, Royal Carribean and Norwegian before and now Carnival, I would only suggest Carnival if you are a first time sailor. That way you don't have anything to compare it to. Concerned with food service outbreaks based on what my own two eyes observed, unless I am confident Carnival implements some sort of further food safety training (assuming they already have to meet federal standards), I likely wont sail here again. Which is too bad because outside of that, everything was ok. Nothing that wowed me except for a couple staff members and entertainment. But nothing sent my head in a negative spin as much as food safety concerns and that resonated the entire trip knowing what I saw with that employee the first day. Had that not occurred, I likely would say well worth the money for traveling. But its definitely not worth the money if there's a food outbreak! And from what I observed, I wouldn't be surprised if that's in this ships near future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
There are many elements influencing a specific cruise: The itinerary and ports of call, on-board activities, food, entertainment, the cabin, other amenities and so on. Having been on another ship also gives you a point of reference to ... Read More
There are many elements influencing a specific cruise: The itinerary and ports of call, on-board activities, food, entertainment, the cabin, other amenities and so on. Having been on another ship also gives you a point of reference to start with. This was a 4-night cruise from Miami, with stops as Castaway Cay, Nassau and Key West on the Disney Wonder Ports of Call: This is an interesting, "introductory" cruise, and better than the 3-night Castaway Cay/Nassau cruise from Port Canaveral. You have a bit more time to do things, and Key West is a great place to visit (much more so than Nassau). Castaway Cay is always fun but as we were there at low tide, bottom algaes were a bit of an issue. Nassau is Nassau. As this was one of the busiest day from a cruise ship perspective, we elected to go on a port adventure rather than risking doing something on our own. Port adventures in Nassau are overpriced, especially if electing to go to Atlantis, which is starting to be past its prime (the Aquarium). After two cruises, I am starting to feel that a 5-night cruise with at least one day at sea would be ideal for us as it gives you a bit more time to enjoy the ship Food: The food was above average to excellent, especially for dinner. I found the food to be better than on the Disney Dream at dinner time. Breakfast is a little bit of a different story. The Wonder is a relatively small ship and the buffet area is small, with more limited options (The Dream was much more impressive in that regard). I strongly recommend that one goes to Triton for breakfast for a more formal sit-down breakfast. Quality is superior. The quick snacks option offered decent choices and service was quick Entertainment: The night time shows are ok, and some of the shows are presented on more than one Disney ships. For example, the Golden Mickeys is also shown on the Dream (ok show). The one thing about the Wonder is that it showcases "Dreams" which is probably one of the best Disney Cruise production. Toy Story was ok, but not as good as I expected. One night featured a comedian/magician that I did not watch. There are other entertainment options such as movies (got to see Zootopia), clubs, game-nights,... Entertainment is at the very least adequate and I found better than on the Dream Kid's Club: The Wonder is set for a major refurbished and this is one area that I think needs improvement, especially when compared to the Dream. First the "Club" and the "Lab" have totally separate check-in areas and are technically separate from each other. Décor is a bit older and not as impressive as one would experience on the Dream. Programming was good and activities plentiful Cabin (overall) Even though the Wonder is an older ship, I found the cabin to be well-maintained and in good shape. We had one minor engineering issue which was quickly fixed. I much prefer the balconies and views on the Dream than the Wonder, but found the Wonder to be more stable and provide better sleep quality The ship: Compared to many other ships in the industry, and compared to the Disney Dream or Fantasy, the Disney Wonder is a relatively small ship and it is set for a major overhaul this Fall. I much preferred the larger open space on the top deck of the Dream, than the split deck that you have on the Wonder, as it creates 3 relatively small areas. On the flip side, the smaller size provides for a more intimate experience in the dining rooms (Triton, Parrot Cay and Animator's Palate). Unless you know that this is an older ship, you don't really notice it, except for a few areas of the ship such as the Kids club and the fact that the entertainment/dining experience is not as modern. We found the ride to be smooth, even though we went through at least one storm. Other: The fact that we go through Key West before reaching our final destination (Miami) means that we have to go through Immigration procedures in both Key West and Miami. It is mildly annoying, and results in slightly less time in Key West. Probably would not be an issue if Key West was the first Port of Call. All in this was a very enjoyable cruise on a fine ship. It is going to be interesting to see what Disney does to this ship as part of the overhaul. My understanding is that there will be a focus on the dining areas, kids clubs as well as an upgrade to the furniture. If this is the focus, then the Wonder will move from being a great ship to an excellent ship Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
The rooms and ship were clean, the food was very good not as bad as some reviews had stated. Smoking was not anything out of control the ventilation is good and I hate second hand smoke and it is only near casino. The staff were so nice ... Read More
The rooms and ship were clean, the food was very good not as bad as some reviews had stated. Smoking was not anything out of control the ventilation is good and I hate second hand smoke and it is only near casino. The staff were so nice and helpful. I will definitely book thru Carnival again. Our stops were Grand Turks which was a beautiful, clean beach and the Margaritavile Pool and bar was a huge party atmosphere which was so much fun. Next stop was Half Moon Cay the most beautiful Island/beach I have ever been to, the sand was sooo soft. The Barbeque food was good but get there as they only serve from 11:30 to 1:30 and some people were not aware and missed the meal. The last stop was Nassau Bahamas this was ok kind of dirty and the people who sell at the straw market are pushy in a desperate way (sad) here we just went to Señor Frogs where we got a beer and they make fresh guac right in front of you and we had chips that was very tasty. Then we went to Fat Tuesday's and had a beer so we could watch people jump off the sides of the bar into the ocean. Lastly we went and bought a beer at a store because it is legal to have open container on the streets so we had to expirience it since it is illegal at our hometown. The only drawback to the cruise is drinks are expensive ($7.50) for a beer after they add their 15% gratuity and $9.00 for frozen island drinks. If you have a trip coming up on the Sensation you will not be disappointed Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Visiting the Bahamas was a pleasure and I will certainly go again, but there's literally no chance we'll ever cruise with Norwegian again. We didn't pay the inflated Norwegian excursion prices and instead worked directly ... Read More
Visiting the Bahamas was a pleasure and I will certainly go again, but there's literally no chance we'll ever cruise with Norwegian again. We didn't pay the inflated Norwegian excursion prices and instead worked directly with locals. For Nassau we visited the Atlantis water park and picked up a taxi across the bridge both ways for local transport, paying $4/person each way. Atlantis water park was a discounted $99/person when we paid at the hotel. Picking up the taxi was a breeze, and the water park was perfect for our daughter despite the crowds picking up after lunch. The water rapids were particularly fun and we literally spent hours bobbing along and falling out of our tubes. Great memories there. The Grand Bahamas island was gorgeous. We caught a local taxi and went straight to gorgeous Lacaya Beach, a 20-minute cab ride from the cruise port. The water was heavenly and we rented a Hobie catamaran to sail along the coast. The sand was sugary soft and the waters stunning. While not a great spot for snorkeling, it was perfect for flying our sport kite, swimming, and lounging around. There were some local shacks for food and drinks. It felt great getting away from Norwegian and mingling with the locals. Great Stirrup Cay was basic and private, but mostly ruined by the drunk cruise college kids. Snorkeling was nice and we spent time in the water with a manatee, a highlight for my daughter, but we made our way to a more private area to escape the fellow cruise folks. The waters were amazingly clear other than the random Norwegian drink cup floating in the water. Trying to get back to the ship took some time due to the crowded tenders, so do plan to leave at least an hour early if you want to avoid waiting in line. The cruise itself was a terrible experience. Like others, we were informed this would be a family friendly experience, which, to Norwegian, must involve heavy intoxication, incessant swearing, puke everywhere, nudity, and rude behavior. How any sane person could think that mixing young children with a college booze cruise is a good idea totally escapes me. After contacting them, it appears to me they STILL think it's a good idea. I have no problem with them booking a college booze cruise, but to mix family with that scene is simply idiotic. The ship was filthy at almost all times. Puke down the side of the ship. Puke on the hand rails. Puke on the carpets. Empty cups and bottles everywhere. The main pool and kiddie splash pool were totally unusable by families. We ended up having to avoid most public areas after seeing and hearing the college kid behavior. Norwegian played music so loud on the top deck that our cabin literally vibrated all night. The level of noise through ear plugs and kept us awake. Even my pillow vibrated. My pillow!! Norwegian sucks at lines. The embarkation process was a total nightmare and they simply couldn't figure out how to make the two lines move at an even rate (hint Norwegian: you need to assign the same number of people servicing the two different lines). They screwed up the lines again when it came time to tender people back to the ship and would up hosing those people that followed instructions by letting others who didn't follow those instructions go first. Bar lines were outrageous. The safety drill took forever since they conducted it well after serving enough drinks to the college kids that would embalm an average human being. A few positive things: Our cabin steward was awesome in keeping our room squared away. The disembarkation process was super easy and fast since we were willing to carry our luggage off with us. The fitness center was well equipped and largely devoid of people. There were few lines for food (because most of the cruisers were at the bar). The kids center staff were simply amazing and our daughter looked forward to spending time there when typically she avoids such things. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I just returned this evening from a 4 night cruise out of Miami to several stops in the Bahamas. This was my first cruise and I read a TON of reviews and prepared for the exciting get away. Note - I did go on this cruise over spring ... Read More
I just returned this evening from a 4 night cruise out of Miami to several stops in the Bahamas. This was my first cruise and I read a TON of reviews and prepared for the exciting get away. Note - I did go on this cruise over spring break, fully understanding there would be college spring breakers on board. What I was NOT informed of was that this cruise was actually marketed as a "College Cruise 2016". The cruise line nor my travel agent did not inform me of this although I specifically asked. There were over 900 18-23 year olds participating in this marketed cruise to which there was vomit, long lines, lack of respect and complete mayhem at all turns. I am 37 and love a good time, but this was Cancun circa 1996 on steroids. Kids were arrested at ports, taken off by cops, held in the "jail" on the 2nd floor for drugs...and I could go on and on and on. On top of this, the recent renovation of the Sky in 2013 had me hopeful for a relaxing experience. The food was beyond acceptable (only one restaurant was open ONE day for lunch aside from the sub-par buffet). We ate at the premium restaurants 3 of the 4 nights to hedge our bets of the young clientele upon boarding of the ship. The food was at best, 3 stars. Steak house Cagney's was actually decent. The ship was not taken care of, rooms catastrophically small and the staff unapologetic for the long lines and spring break craziness. The only pool (adults only included) was so tiny even no room for lounging with nice loungers as expected. I even found myself envious of the Carnival docked next door with all of the activities it seemed on board. Would have gladly taken a gaggle of 3 years olds over the mess we just experienced. Entertainment was laughable embarrassing. I wasn't sure if they were really joking with the "games" and "shows" put on. Not sure I will ever go on a cruise again, but most certainly will not be going Norwegian. Spoke with a few other platinum members of not only Nor., but other cruise lines and they were all equally as appalled. Please, PLEASE, do not waste your time or money on this insanity. I wish I had both back bc I need a vacation from that "vacation". NEVER AGAIN. One positive - embarkmentdisembarkment was GREAT! Felt i should give an honest experience all the way around. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
My husband, my two kids, and I took this cruise because it was advertised as a family friendly vacation. Much to my dismay, when we arrived at the ship, it was overrun with college students. Apparently, this cruise was advertised to them ... Read More
My husband, my two kids, and I took this cruise because it was advertised as a family friendly vacation. Much to my dismay, when we arrived at the ship, it was overrun with college students. Apparently, this cruise was advertised to them as the "College Party Cruise (CPC)". They received "CPC" t-shirts when they boarded the ship, and some of the activities on the daily planner even said "CPC recommended", so Norwegian was obviously aware of the type of cruise this was going to be. Nowhere on their website was it indicated that this was a cruise for college partying. None of the other parents or people over 30 I spoke to on the cruise had any idea that it was this type of cruise. These young adults stayed drunk most of the time, spouting profanities constantly, and making many areas of the ship inaccessible to children. My girls are 9 and 12 years old. I'm sure you can imagine their disappointment to not be able to use the pool at all due to the inappropriate behavior of the mass of drunk people. Even the kiddie pool at the front of the ship was full of drunk college students most of the time. I have been to several all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, and despite the free alcohol, they were nothing like this wild cruise. On this cruise, when we weren't on excursions, my children were able to go to the dining room, our stateroom, or the kids' club. I was afraid of the language and behaviors they would see and hear anywhere else on the ship. In addition, the service on the ship was far below our expectations. This was my and my husband's fourth cruise (our second with Norwegian), and this was by far the worst service we have ever received. The servers were inattentive, and we were largely ignored by the bartenders. The food was mediocre, and the drinks were so strong, they were undrinkable. This cruise was falsely advertised as a family-friendly experience. The website should have stated that it was a "College Party Cruise". When I booked a room with two children, someone from Norwegian should have at least notified me that the ship was not appropriate for kids. When I contacted Norwegian after the cruise to complain, their response was basically 'sorry, but large groups are just a part of cruises. Here's a hundred dollar credit for your next cruise.' The only positive thing I have to say is that my children loved the kids club, which is a good thing, since that's all they got to do on the ship! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I usually do not bother to write a review, however this trip deserves one. We chose the norweigian escape because it is the newest and one of the largest cruise ships, and it was going to stop in the Bahamas. I was going to Alantis! Yah! ... Read More
I usually do not bother to write a review, however this trip deserves one. We chose the norweigian escape because it is the newest and one of the largest cruise ships, and it was going to stop in the Bahamas. I was going to Alantis! Yah! I will say it was very large with a lot of activities and resturants. We had a room with a balcony which was very nice and housekeeping did an excellent job keeping the room clean with plenty of towels. All that being said we were had a disappointing trip. First, we had a package that included 4 complimentary meals at speciality restaurants, unlimited drink package and 250 minutes of free Internet . Upon arrival we checked to make sure all these were accurate. We were told it was all correct. Day 2 we were charged $125 for the Internet after 12 minutes of use. Even though we had the contract with us showing the Internet package we were still charged. The restaurants looked exegant and the staff was wonderful. The food lacked quite a bit. It was more cafeteria style. The food at The Savor was being brought out in stacked cover dishes such as at the hospital. The burger at Margaritavilla made me sick after about 15 minutes. I've been to several Margaritaville restaurants, now I think it will take a while to get over that burger. Apparently during the 4th night someone got ill. I'm very sorry for their misfortune. They went to within 100 miles of Pureto Rico to drop them off to a lifeboat. Due to this we did not get to go to the Bahamas. Our money for the excursion was refunded but no other consideration was made for the rest of the 4800 passengers.There was many things they could have done to make this misfortune up to the passengers. A slight refund, on board spending, maybe a little discount on another cruise but nothing was offered and many were counting on this excursion. Many complaints were heard that we should have gotten to stop in Pureto Rico at least. According to the navagation channel, it the captain slowed down from the 35 knots on the way there to 9 knots coming back just so we didnt get back early. Just 4 days on the ship. After a while that gets boring. We could see an island from the ship which was probably the Bahamas. If he had went at the same speed we probably could have made the stop with little delay. No one would answer anyone's questions or concerns. I looked forward to this cruise for months, spend a lot of money on it now I wish we had take our money and went some where else. The ship is big and nice but the trip was not enjoyable. I will not be returning to the Norwegian cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Hi Everyone: I just sailed on the Carnival Sensation from Thursday, March 10th - Monday, March 14th. This will be a pretty detailed review so I hope it helps someone. About me: I am a single 38 year old woman. I have a 4 year old son ... Read More
Hi Everyone: I just sailed on the Carnival Sensation from Thursday, March 10th - Monday, March 14th. This will be a pretty detailed review so I hope it helps someone. About me: I am a single 38 year old woman. I have a 4 year old son who I typically cruise with. We have done 5 cruises together. This was my first cruise in 4 years without him. I was so excited for an "adult only" cruise. I have done close to 20 cruises. A mix if Carnival and Royal Caribbean mostly. My philosophy is that there is no bad cruise. For this cruise on the Sensation I was cruising with my friend who is also around my age (41). Embarkation: I live in Florida only about 90 minutes from the Port of Miami so we just drove to the Port of Miami the day of sailing. We got there at about 11:30am. Parking was easy to find (Garage parking) and we dropped off both of our suitcases w/ a porter prior. Once inside the terminal we had Faster to the Fun (FTTF) so we were checked in immediately. We could not yet board, because they had not started so we waited about 15 minutes and then they began to board. We were on the ship just before noon. How awesome is that?!?! Once on ship we purchased the Cheers Program. I highly recommend if you drink wine, cocktails, cordials, etc basically anything over $10.00 a serving as this will pay off if you have more than 5 drinks a day...which is easily done. Also, with the new Cheers Program you can get bottled water, Vitamin water, specialty coffee drinks, etc. I had so many of those throughout the cruise. The main pool was very lively. A lot of people, the DJ was great. Bar service was constant. I cannot complain. The Serenity Deck on this boat was not that great. No hammocks, beds/fancy chairs. However the view was fantastic and both hot tabs were nice and hot. Just the way I like it. My friend and I are in the MDR every night. The food was great. 2 out of the 4 nights we ordered Surf and Turf from the Steakhouse menu. Delicious!! We did Buffett for breakfast and lunch that was good as well. Sea Day Brunch was fantastic. We saw two comedy shows in the punchliner. I thought they were good. No other shows. We gambled in the casino every night. I love the dealers...especially PETER!!! Great time in casino. Overall the cruise was great. It is an older ship so you cannot compare it to a newer ship like the Breeze. Happy Sailing everyone. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was my fourth cruise (all with RC) and definitely the most disappointing. It began when my wife and I funneled all of our wedding expenditures through a RC Visa which earned us enough points for this "free" cruise for two ... Read More
This was my fourth cruise (all with RC) and definitely the most disappointing. It began when my wife and I funneled all of our wedding expenditures through a RC Visa which earned us enough points for this "free" cruise for two for our first anniversary. We hawked RC's website all year to find a cruise for under $1000 (the "free" allowance) and finally got it on Cyber Monday for this cruise which included $250 onboard credit. Unfortunately, it's $1000 off a regular priced cruise (per the fine print) so we had to settle for $750 onboard credit and use and additional 25,000 points. FYI 1% cash back cards are probably a better deal. Anywho... to the cruise. Ship is teeny and the layout has you running back and forth on the ship all day. The rooms are your typical closet size spaces with an unnecessary mini bar taking up most of your counter space (made great use of the closet). Beds weren't very comfy and the shower drain backed up quite a bit. They were constantly doing some form of maintenance in the hallways and it smelled awful (like roadkill) out there with varying intensity. Food: Meh! Buffet was plentiful, but nothing to write home about. Dinner in the dining room was alright, but not as good as past experiences. Didn't go anywhere else except for pizza place which was like other ships, but Freestyle machine only had one working and selection was limited. Drink: Freestyle machines were annoying for sure and located in a very inconvenient location. However, it was nothing compared to the bar issue. Fine initially on the cruise, but worsened as the days went by with Spring Breakers in full force. Simply not enough bars open on the ship. It took 20min to get a drink and it always felt like it was done purposely to keep people's drink quotas down so RC could make more off the drink packages. This was especially true when bad weather ended the Key West port and activities added were mainly more trivia. Ports were alright with a stop at Nassau and Coco Cay. Nassau was as crazy and off putting as I had been told when we first got off (you are basically attacked by taxi drivers and tour guides which is rather uncomfortable), but the city and the people were friendly and fun to walk through and see once you're in it. We did the stairs, visited the fort, did some shopping, and hit a recommended little restaurant in town which was great. Spent the rest of the time on the ship which was not busy and activities were fun by the pool. The next day we came to Coco Cay. Okay... We read the reviews on Coco Cay and they recommended the Cabbanas. They are $200ish and accommodate 3 couples. It comes with a private beach, covered couch and chairs inside and 4 beach chairs, snorkel equipment, floating mats, 4 giant bottles of water on ice and a fruit tray. There are only 14 and you have your own bar and private "upgraded" buffet with steak, chicken, and shrimp skewers. You are on the least windy part of the island with no birds and have a gorgeous view of the ship. In other words, "Everyone is Crazy For Not Fighting Over These". It is an excursion, but can't be booked until onboard at the desk. We signed up right away when on board and the desk said we were the first to sign up. The mats and snorkeling for 6 alone make it worth it and no wait for drinks was ridiculously awesome. One of my favorite all time cruise experiences. As far as the crew, they were absolutely on point. As good as any I have been and this was huge because it is what makes the ship a 3 instead of a 1 star. 5 stars from the bartenders to the waiting staff to the room attendants to maintenance to the captain and crew. They didn't have much to work with, but rocked it. Entertainment: Shows were not great. Comedian wasn't very funny, juggler was a juggler, dancing crew shows are old and tired (ABBA and 70's of course). However, cruise entertainment crew shows were fun and full of energy. Kudos to the the piano player though. BEST PIANO MAN ON ANY SHIP I HAVE BEEN ON! Overall, crumby ship that was saved by the crew and staff, RC Visa is pretty much false advertising at its grandest (in my opinion), and RC seems to be making bar service less accessible to save money (at least on smaller ships). Majesty is great on a budget, but you get what you pay for. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I booked an inside cabin one week before sailing due to the lower price and mine and my husband's need to just get away for a long weekend!! We weren't disappointed. Majesty of The Seas is an older, smaller ship. We were well ... Read More
I booked an inside cabin one week before sailing due to the lower price and mine and my husband's need to just get away for a long weekend!! We weren't disappointed. Majesty of The Seas is an older, smaller ship. We were well aware of this before we booked our trip. We knew the glitz and the glamour of the newer and more modern ships wouldn't be there but we weren't there to "sightsee" on the ship, we were there to just relax and have a good time. What this ship lacked in the above departments, it more than made up for in fun!! My husband and I enjoyed everything there was to do including the bars, lounges, casino, shows, the food, etc. We had a wonderful time in Cococay, although it was a cool and overcast day and we weren't able to go snorkeling because the water was too cold for us. We still enjoyed the island and the straw market, the BBQ lunch buffet, the cocktails (you must have a Coco Loco!!) and just walking around the island and enjoying the view. Nassau was Nassau, locals wanting to see you something, braid your hair or take you somewhere in their taxi. We were just there 3 months ago on another cruise, it hasn't changed. We enjoyed a nice lunch at The Poopdeck. It is about an $11 cab ride, each way, but worth it. We bought a couple of bottles of rum and returned to the ship. I thought all the crew were just as nice and friendly, especially in the dining room, we had a waiter one night name Roche from India. We loved him. I really have no complaints!! It was a mini vacation on a cruise ship, how can you complain. Yes, the ship is small and older but I knew that way in advance. It is what it is and if you want it to be fun and exciting, that is what it will be. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was our fourth cruise on RCCL - first on Majesty. We selected the Royal Family Suite because we need the two bedrooms. Space overall was good. Balcony was fairly large but because of the ship's design, the eleventh deck hung ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise on RCCL - first on Majesty. We selected the Royal Family Suite because we need the two bedrooms. Space overall was good. Balcony was fairly large but because of the ship's design, the eleventh deck hung over the balcony blocking the sun from coming into the cabin. Overall the ship feels tired- the wood and teak does shine anymore; small tears of the wall covering in the cabin; balcony deck had been repainted so many times that the paint was working it's way up the walls. We purchased the wi-fi package for two phones. Spotty coverage throughout the ship and no coverage at all in the cabin. Spoke with the folks at the customer service desk and he said well of course there was no coverage in the cabin. I said we had great coverage on our last cruise on the Independence... he answered - well not on the Majesty. The service in the main dining room was fabulous - our waiter and asst waiter were warm, friendly, accommodating and personable. Food each night was very good. Coco Cay was beautiful ! Overall we had a nice time - weather was good, but...It's time that RCCL gave the Majesty a spa treatment of it's own. I know it is scheduled in May and it's time ! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
After reading a few of the negative reviews I can see that many people who take this cruise are amateur travelers and don't do their homework before taking a trip. I flew into Miami from Chicago and had no trouble with the efficiency ... Read More
After reading a few of the negative reviews I can see that many people who take this cruise are amateur travelers and don't do their homework before taking a trip. I flew into Miami from Chicago and had no trouble with the efficiency of Carnival. At the airport I was able to check in at the Carnival cruise desk and get everything squared away before even heading to the port on the shuttle bus that I had booked along with my cruise. Taxi fare is about $30.00 from airport to seaport so unless you have a group of people the shuttle bus is your best value at $32.00 round trip. Arriving at the seaport already checked in I was able to bypass everyone else who had to still check in and was allowed to board the ship earlier than my scheduled boarding time. Our room was not ready but the cabin steward had no problem with us dropping our bags off in our room while we headed for the pool deck for some lunch. First we stopped at a bar to activate our soft drink beverage package that we purchased when we booked our cruise so we would have unlimited soft drinks. The food was great. ! never had anything I didn't like enough to actually complain about. The main dining room fare was very good and if you choose the assigned dining time you wont have any wait for dinner. Here are few things I will point out to first timers that should be obvious but after reading some of these reviews apparently not. 1. The ship is cashless except for the casino. Your sign and sail card also is a credit card allowing you to charge to it if you link it to one. This is where most amateur travelers get into trouble since their brains seem to take a vacation as well as the rest of the body. 2. Alcohol on board is expensive. If you plan to drink a lot purchase the tiered unlimited alcohol package that best suits you and you wont have to worry about running up a huge bar tab. 3. Packaged alcohol purchased at port and on board in the liquor store will be held until the end of your cruise where you can pick it up before debarkation. 4. The buffet will be busy in the morning. Feeding 2,000 people takes time. Peak breakfast hours 8-10 you will find it to be the busiest. There is also breakfast served in the main dining room where fewer people go for breakfast. 5. The best time to dine if you hate crowds is when the ship is in port. Most people debark to take tours or go to a nearby beach. This is a good time to eat on the ship and save some money. Not sure why people buy lunch in port when they already paid for the food served on the ship but I saw plenty of people doing it? 6. Your end of cruise bill will be delivered on your last night and will have the recommended tips included if you chose not to prepay them in advance. I like to tip as I go and as such I had the customer service desk remove the charges no questions asked. I recommend tipping the staff. They are paid very low wages and rely on tips to make an income. If you cant afford $10.00 a day in tips you cant afford to travel. My only real dislike was how their soft drink package works. Soft drinks are only served at the bars and if you have 10 people ahead of you waiting for some fancy mixed drink it can take a while to get your glass refilled. I would prefer they have fountain dispensers for soda so non drinkers like me don't have to wait for 10 Mojitos to be made. This was my first cruise and I enjoyed it very much. It must be that I am a seasoned traveler as I never seem to have all the problems many other reviewers on here are complaining about. Everything from the size of my stateroom to the additional fees I would incur were disclosed to me when we booked our trip. Before you book your trip read the fine print and plan your total bill on everything and not just the advertised fare price you see. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
The Sky is a good short trip for anyone. Our embarkation port was Miami. Embarkation was short and sweet. When we boarded we were able to leave our carry on luggage in a safe place with an attendant while we ate lunch. The food ... Read More
The Sky is a good short trip for anyone. Our embarkation port was Miami. Embarkation was short and sweet. When we boarded we were able to leave our carry on luggage in a safe place with an attendant while we ate lunch. The food throughout the cruise was seasoned well. My only complaint was the hot foods were not always hot. The cabin was small but clean. The balcony adds space and your own private view . Once you go balcony you can never go back. Our steward was nice and friendly so were the staff at the buffet. We did not go to the dining room,spa,workout areas,clubs or shows. The show did not sound promising. The state room movies were top notch. My favorite part of the cruise were the excursions. Blue Lagoon is actually a lagoon. The water is shallow,but swimmers could still swim. The buffet was very nice. Island music was played by the cutest Bahamian children while we ate. There is a small beach behind the food area that is on the ocean and not the lagoon. You swim at your own risk because the water is very rough. We enjoyed the serenity. My favorite private island is Norwegian's Great Stirrup Cay. It is gorgeous!!! There is more than one beach. Plenty of chairs and loungers for everyone. Nice beach games. The buffet was good. We even had BBQ ribs. The hot foods could have been hotter. I could live on that island. I almost forgot about the noisy people in the hallways at night. We will not go during spring break again. We traveled on March 4th 2016.Overall we enjoyed the trip and can't wait to go back. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Just off Disney Wonder. Brought 13 yr. old with me. Been on 93 cruises and this was the least enjoyable. Ship immaculate. Food delicious. Service outstanding. But...absolutely no activities for us. Tremendous blocks of empty time. ... Read More
Just off Disney Wonder. Brought 13 yr. old with me. Been on 93 cruises and this was the least enjoyable. Ship immaculate. Food delicious. Service outstanding. But...absolutely no activities for us. Tremendous blocks of empty time. Others were complaining as well. This cruise is appropriate for under age 6 cruisers. Over that, very disappointing. We ordered and PAID for a balcony. We got a Navigator opening. You could not see the ocean if you sat on the bench built into the "porch." My little girl had to stand on her toes just to see over the faux-balcony. It was awful. Every day the list of "activities" lay on our bed. If you didn't want to see a character, then you swam. That's it. Even the tween room, The Edge, only had WII and some other computers. Very uninspiring. The counselors chatted with each other. Kids bored. Never again on Disney Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We loved our cruise. We went to Nassau, Cococay, & Key West. Nassau we did the Queen's Staircase and a Booze Cruise. I recommend both. Stay away from Senior Frogs. Overpriced. Cococay we brought our own snorkel gear and ... Read More
We loved our cruise. We went to Nassau, Cococay, & Key West. Nassau we did the Queen's Staircase and a Booze Cruise. I recommend both. Stay away from Senior Frogs. Overpriced. Cococay we brought our own snorkel gear and swam around. We even saw a sting ray! Ask the locals for where the quiet beach is and go there! It was amazing! Key West we did the city view trolley tour. Highly recommend since you are on a short timeline. On the boat the shows, staff and food was incredible. I loved everything about the whole experience. We had an interior room. It was worth saving the money. We were only in our stateroom at night. We could have paid more for a window, but we wouldn't have been able to see anything because it would have been dark. Food for thought :) Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We cruised on the Norwegian Jewel last June and since we were going to be near Miami decided to take a short cruise. After reading more recent reviews of the Sky I was a bit apprehensive but overall we had a wonderful time and were ... Read More
We cruised on the Norwegian Jewel last June and since we were going to be near Miami decided to take a short cruise. After reading more recent reviews of the Sky I was a bit apprehensive but overall we had a wonderful time and were satisfied with all aspects of the cruise. Embarkation was very easy as we parked in Garage C at the Port and upon leaving the garage were greeted with a package person who checked our bags. The check in process was fast but since we were there a bit early (10:30 am) we had to wait a bit to board the ship but there seemed to be ample seating while waiting. For lunch and breakfast each day we did the buffet but found that buffet in the Great Outdoors was much less crowded than the Garden Cafe. We ate dinner either in the Palace or the Crossings Dining rooms and found the food and service to be just fine in both. With the new free drinks for all policy we were immediately presented with wine of our choice upon sitting down for dinner. Shorting after boarding we were checking out the ship and determined that there were a large number of college students on board for a Spring Break Party Cruise. We were initially were concerned this might be an issue in terms of crowds, noise, etc. but it turned out not to be. For the most part it appeared the partiers spent much time in the pool areas during the day and we were not bothered by them at all in the evenings. The bars in the pool areas were pretty busy but other bars were almost always available so getting our drinks was not an issues. We had a cabin on deck 10 with a balcony and did notice that about 5 am each morning we heard deck chairs being moved around a bit above us. We might consider deck 9 cabin if we take this cruise again. Our cabin was small but just fine for the amount of time we spent in it. We loved the balcony. We enjoyed some of the shows and entertainment. We did notice that most of the musical entertainment was concentrated in the Atrium area of the ship and in some of the venues seating was rather limited. The large Outrigger Lounge in the front of the ship was in our opinion much under used. It's a great spot but there was no musical entertainment there. We had terrific weather the entire trip and were especially impressed with Great Stirrup Cay. While the main beach area was pretty busy with all those college students, a short walk or tram ride away was the Blue lagoon beach and it was nearly empty. Such a beautiful place. Disembarkation was a breeze. Since we had parked in the Port Garage we walked our own bags off the ship. After eating any early breakfast we got our bags to go sit and wait for the call to get off. Just outside the elevator we saw a sign that said walk offs could begin so just before 8 am we walked off, sailed through customs with no lines, and were on our way. We found the cruise to be just great for a short one. All of the staff on the ship were very friendly and accommodating. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I'm a college professor with a very early spring break, so I like to go on a cruise to get away. In 2015, I went on the Norwegian Epic 7-day cruise and stayed in one of the studios. That was a fantastic experience. The room was ... Read More
I'm a college professor with a very early spring break, so I like to go on a cruise to get away. In 2015, I went on the Norwegian Epic 7-day cruise and stayed in one of the studios. That was a fantastic experience. The room was wonderful, and the food in the restaurants was excellent. Also, there were very few students on spring break. However, the experience on the Sky was quite different. This cruise, which offered unlimited free drinks, consisted of about 1/2 college students. That really was not a problem. They were fun to be around. The Sky, being an older ship, was just not as nice as the Epic, particularly the cabin. It was OK, though. The bartenders worked very hard and happily kept the drinks flowing. My only real complaint is that none of my experiences in the main restaurants for dinner were very good. The food was quite mediocre. The service was usually OK, but one night it was very bad. I enjoy a slow-paced meal, but this was just poor service--drinks empty, long waits between courses, and the food wasn't very good. We went to one show on the last night of the cruise, and it really was excellent. The singing and dancing were very high quality. In the future, I would look first for another 7-day cruise on a newer ship, but if I got a great deal on this particular ship, I might consider doing it again--just for fun. Overall, it definitely was a fun time! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I've taken cruises before, but I've never experienced anything like this. I'm not sure if Royal Caribbean has just gone to total crap, or it was this one ship. But to sum it up, I would need to be drugged and forcefully ... Read More
I've taken cruises before, but I've never experienced anything like this. I'm not sure if Royal Caribbean has just gone to total crap, or it was this one ship. But to sum it up, I would need to be drugged and forcefully taken back in order to sail with them again. I'll start from the beginning. Boarding the ship was uneventful, and they got us through pretty quickly and handled our bags with no issue. They of course had a "photo moment" where you could pose with your family with a printed ship background in the back before boarding (which I can't stand to pay for a horrible posed picture, but if that's your thing, that's cool). They let us skip by it with no issue. It was lunchtime when we boarded the ship, so we went to the Windjammer (their buffet) which was open for lunch. The food was pretty horrible. It was on par with school cafeteria food. We ate a light lunch and decided to save room for a big dinner. The ship itself was very outdated. It definitely needed some love. It appeared the last update the ship got was around 1995 (not sure if that's accurate, but it certainly looked that way). We got a drink package, and included was a branded insulated cup that had an RFID chip in the bottom so you could get your own unlimited refills from the Coke Freestyle machine. We were pretty excited about this before getting on the boat, to find there were only 2 on the ship, both in the same location (so depending on where you were, it could be a little trek to get a drink), and they were out of about half of the sodas inside for the whole trip, (they never refilled them). So they were somewhat useless, but you could use them to get sodas at the bar (but then again, I could have gotten that in a regular glass there without having to carry around this large cup everywhere). We were disappointed. We had a regular exterior room, nothing fancy. I've cruised before, so it didn't surprise me when the room was pretty cramped and the bathroom was so small you could shower, use the restroom and brush your teeth all by being in the same place. The one thing that I wasn't expecting, is the horrible bed and pillows in the room. The bed reminded me of sleeping on a thin egg crate put on top of a piece of plywood. (definitely don't try to jump when you lay down, you'll hurt something). Super extreme firm mattress aside, it would have been somewhat bearable if the pillows weren't so flat it was like the weren't there at all. There was absolutely no support for my neck, and anytime I tried to shift in the middle of the night, I'd wake up because my elbow slammed against the hard board (mattress?) and I would wake up. It was the worst sleep of my life. After the first night, we asked our cabin steward for more pillows, and we stacked 4 together and did the best we could. One night we took a break and went and slept on the lounge chairs on the deck for a little while, which was honestly heaven compared to our bed. The last time I cruised, wifi wasn't available for signup for mobile devices, so we were also excited about having this feature on the trip. My husband signed up for his device ($30 a day) and was excited to catch up on reddit in the times we went back to the room. Well, that would have been great, if the internet was ever working. Out of the 5 times my husband tried connecting the second day, he connected successfully once, and it was very very slow. Not what you'd expect for $30 a day. Be warned, don't try to go to guest relations to ask about the connection. We went to the front desk, mentioned we were having problems with the connection (and didn't even get a chance to ask if we could cancel/get a refund), before the man helping us gets a phone call, picks it up, and then begins helping another guest in front of us mid sentence. I'm a little embarrassed to say we stood there for a solid 4 minutes while he was on the phone thinking he'd be done soon, before we got frustrated and left. To get back to the food, on the first day (after the pretty awful Windjammer experience) we were very excited to have the formal seated dinner. We got there right on time, and our waiter was very friendly, super helpful and offered a lot of recommendations on the menu. We went to the formal dinner twice, and below is a brief review of what we ordered and what we thought of it: -Escargot: Cooked well. The escargot was tender, although it was a little on the greasy side. -Grilled Scallops with Chorizo: The smallest scallops I've seen in a restaurant, and they were very overcooked. I wouldn't place what they called chorizo as chorizo, it didn't have the typical spices chorizo uses, tasted more like extra crispy bacon. -(paid extra)Grilled Lobster: OVERCOOKED. Which is a shame, because I love lobster. The claw meat (since it's thicker) wasn't as badly overcooked as the tail (which they cut in half before they grilled it, it didn't stand a chance), but it also wasn't seasoned at all. -Fried fish with Fries: Cooked ok, but very very greasy (breading was sliding off the fish). The batter was also not seasoned at all (not sure if Royal Caribbean has heard of salt or pepper). -Cheese platter: It was ok. It was at the level of Delta airline's cheese platter. Very mild cheeses, nothing spectacular or memorable. -Cheesecake with Raspberries: This was passable, but was the same as the store brand frozen cheesecake you get at the supermarket. -Lobster Bisque: This was pretty awful. Bisque apparently means "chowder" to some people. Extremely thick, texture was off-putting. The flavor was mild, and I could barely find any lobster in it. -Shrimp Ravioli: This was basically frozen ravioli with the smallest of baby shrimp on it. It was edible, which for this cruise means I was happy to find something edible. The quality was pretty poor, and I only got 5 ravioli anyway. -Ribeye: My husband asked for medium rare, ended up with medium. They also (AGAIN) didn't season the steak before they grilled it, so it was very bland. -Lemon Meringue Pie: This was ok, it had a lot of fluffy meringue on top. The only critique I could give is that the lemon flavor wasn't very tart/strong, but compared to the rest of the food, this was one of the best items. On the third night we went to their small Mexican restaurant on board (the casino host gave us a free meal, which was really nice). This is a meal you'd normally have to pay an additional $20 each, so we thought it would be better than our experience in the dining room. Honestly, at the bottom of the menu should be an APOLOGY to the people of Mexico for butchering what is normally great food. The meal was a standard 4 course (starter, appetizer, entree, dessert). We got guacamole and chips as the starter, which was basically Tostitos chips (seriously, these were obviously bagged), and what I think was Wholly Guacamole that I buy at the grocery store. Again, not what I'd expect from a restaurant, more what I'd eat on the couch at home, but at that point on day 3, passable. We then chose our appetizer to be chorizo nachos (sounds great, right? WRONG AGAIN). It took 10 minutes to get the "nachos", which were, the most OFFENSIVE thing to be called nachos. It included: the same tostitos chips, very large chunks of lettuce and tomato (like it came from a burger joint and roughly chopped), strange chorizo AGAIN (I think I could eat my weight in chorizo, I eat it often, and many varieties (Spanish, Mexican, etc), I have absolutely no idea what they're trying to pass as chorizo except very crispy (like hard to chew) bacon substitute tasting nastiness), and lets not forget, to top it all off, COLD NACHO CHEESE. I had several questions. 1. How did this take 10 minutes to make, 2. Did you knowingly put cold cheese on room temperature chips and expect it to work out???? We walked out, handed the waiter our voucher for the meal and didn't want to put our taste buds through the rest. We ended up walking next door to the Johnny Rocket's on the ship (because really, how hard is it to mess up a burger and fries? Just wait, you'll find out!) You have to pay $7 per person to eat there, but once you're inside it's all you can eat unless you want a shake or a beer. The service at the Johnny Rockets was the worst on the ship. We stood at the hostess stand for 5 minutes before giving up and seating ourselves. Our waitress came a few minutes later with menus. She seemed like a nice person, very friendly, but just a BAD waitress. Rarely checked on the table and had difficulty taking the order. We ordered fries, onion rings and two burgers with sodas. I (tried) to order my burger medium (because in my opinion it just tastes better), and there was a lot of confusion: ("I'd like the original burger, cooked medium" "you want meat?" "Yes, I'd like the meat cooked medium" "Do you want any of the toppings on it, or just meat?") She couldn't figure out that I was trying to ask for a cooking temperature.... which should have been a sign. Finally she got it and said that they only cook burgers well done, which I thought maybe due to ship food safety or something. The drinks take a few minutes, and the slowly the rest of the food comes out. I took one bite of the burger and that was it for me, it was so badly overcooked (and stewed?) it reminded me of some sort of horrible catered meal where the burger was sitting in a tray for a few hours before you got to eat it. The fries and onion rings were cooked well, and that was basically dinner for us. To sum up the food: it was HORRIBLE. It wasn't cooked well, and the quality was the worst I've had in very very long time. Everything on there was a heat and serve sort of quality, and NOT what'd expect for how much you pay to cruise, when the food is usually what cruises are known for. I consider myself a foodie, and love anything from a hole in the wall small dive to fancy restaurants. It was the most torturous thing to be trapped on that boat with total crap to eat. The best meal we had on the entire cruise was the meal we had at the Hard Rock in Nassau, because it was exactly what we expected it to be. I was concerned about gaining weight on the trip, and even with the added alcohol consumption, I lost 5 pounds. So if you're trying to lose weight while cruising, this might be the cruise for you. We had two stops on the trip, Nassau and Royal Caribbean's island Coco Cay. We had one excursion at Coco Cay, to swim with stingrays. It was well organized, and we took a little boat ride to the habitat where all of the stingrays were held. The guys running the excursion were very nice, and you got to feed the stingrays as well as hold one while they took a picture (which you could purchase afterwards if you wanted). The water was beautiful and clear, and it was a really great experience. They provided snorkel gear, so you could check out all of the wildlife in the habitat if you wanted. The water was a bit cold (we did go in Feb), but you got used to it after a minute or two. I would definitely recommend this excursion to anyone (would be great for kids and adults alike). The second stop was at Nassau, which was fine. It was beautiful and we found this really cute ice cream shop (also a very good snack compared to anything on the ship) where we got to go on the second floor and eat ice cream on a balcony overlooking the street. We were hounded by cab drivers, etc on the street, but I think that's pretty standard for any cruise port. We walked into a few jewelry stores on the island, and I have a few things to warn people about: **First, I cruised a lot with my parents as a kid, and we used to go into a lot of jewelry stores where my parents would get a bargain. I did see some beautiful examples of tanzanite that (may, I didn't investigate the legitimacy of these) be a good bargain just based on quality compared to what I've seen. However, most of the inventory of these stores fell into two categories: 1. Natural colorless/near colorless diamonds at prices you can find (right now) online. 2. Treated stones that had very little value that were misrepresented to make it feel like you were getting a deal. These stones in the US (or online) are being sold for about the same price, you are no longer getting any deals in this part of the world. More about this in a minute. For the activities on the ship, there weren't very many. We like to gamble, so we were disappointed when the casino didn't open until 5:30 each night. We spent most of our time in the bars having cocktails and talking because that was about all there was to do. The activities started around 6pm, which was when our dinner seating was, so a lot of things we couldn't go to. Anything earlier than that was basically a plug for shopping (like discounts on this, learn about gemstone, yada yada) to push you to either spend money on the ship or in the port. We did go to the comedy/juggling show one night, which wasn't really that funny? His juggling was good, but there was a lot of long breaks in the comedy routine which killed his momentum. We also tried out the rock climbing wall, which was open for a total of 4 hours while we sailed, but it was fun, just a little crowded. It would be better if they opened it up more, so folks can go twice/space out their visits. Back to the gemstone issue. While we were on the ship, we went into the jewelry store and I saw a lovely sapphire ring. It was translucent, and appeared to be high quality. It was a three stone ring, total sapphire weight of 2.8 carats, with diamonds around the sapphires totaling .4 carats, set in 14k white gold. I am somewhat familiar with sapphires, and I thought this ring would cost around $4,000-$5,000 at my local jeweler. To my surprise, he told me it was on sale and that the price was $1,400. It was a very good price, so I followed up with, "are these real sapphires?", to which he replied yes. We bought the ring, and the next day we picked up a "certificate of authenticity" which stated the ring was a blue sapphire ring with diamond halo in 14k white gold. Matches exactly what the sales guy told me. When we got back home, I took the ring to my local jeweler to have it resized and appraised for insurance. He puts the ring under his microscope and tells me that something doesn't look right with the ring, that it's "too perfect" for the price I paid. He tells me his cost for the materials if everything was as I thought, would be around $3,000 and he doesn't know how my cost would be less than half of that. He refers me to a gemologist that specializes in identifying stones. After meeting with him, the mystery is solved. The sapphires ARE natural, but they had been diffused (this is a treatment where they take white sapphires which are less valuable and "bake" in the color). Blue diffused sapphires are DRAMATICALLY cheaper than equal appearance natural blue sapphires. This is why the price was so much lower, it was treated and sold as an untreated stone. (This is a HUGE violation of the Federal Trade Commission, which states treatments must be disclosed clearly to customers when they alter the value of the stone if the treatment is known. This ring was a branded ring, which they bought and then sold directly from the manufacturer (who is based in the US), so they knew of the treatment). Not only was I not informed by the salesmen, it was not on the papers I received as well. Now, the ship was traveling in international waters, on a ship registered in the Bahamas, owned by a company in the US.... so I'm unsure if FTC guidelines would apply on the ship, and they certainly don't apply on any of the islands. So this is VERY shady and unethical to not disclose such a thing, but without a microscope, you wouldn't be able to tell. Although my ring appraised for $1500 (so I paid what it was worth), it would be very possible on an island for them to mark it up higher, and you may still think you're getting a deal, when you'll end up losing money on your purchase (which you won't know until you get back home, and then good luck returning it and getting a refund). After talking to the gemologist, he explained that the internet has made the world very small, and the one benefit of buying on the islands is the lack of sales tax (no gems are mined or cut there, so they're all imported just as they are here in the US), but buying offline usually carries no sales tax, and lessens your risk of being scammed (at least you can easily return if it's not what you expected). I'd highly recommend to anyone considering a cruise for the sole purpose of jewelry shopping to NOT DO IT. Save money, stay at home and buy offline, and get everything checked out by a jeweler you trust. So, to wrap up this lengthy review: - The food was the worst/inedible - Activities were limited - The staterooms/sleeping situation was very uncomfortable - Service was very good - The stingray excursion was very enjoyable - Jewelry sales was very shady/unethical I hope this helps if you're considering Majesty of the Seas for your next vacation. Your money would be better spent put in the middle of the table then lit on fire. Seriously, do anything else. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Went on the Moody Blues Cruise III, Lovely To See You. This was my husband's and my second cruise. We LOVE the Moody Blues and their cruises. Everything could not have been better. The embarkation and disembarkation went very ... Read More
Went on the Moody Blues Cruise III, Lovely To See You. This was my husband's and my second cruise. We LOVE the Moody Blues and their cruises. Everything could not have been better. The embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The ship was beautiful and immaculate. Our room was very comfortable and the accommodations were perfect. The staff could not have been more friendly and welcoming. The crew are attentive and are always happy to see you. The selection of food was vast and delicious. I really like that you have a selection of different places to enjoy your meals. You can eat either inside or out on the deck to enjoy the weather. O.K. now for the entertainment.... OUTSTANDING!!!! We always have had wonderful, great fun on the Moody Blues cruises and we are so unhappy when the cruise ends. The bands and entertainers were superb. Obviously, a lot of thought and effort goes into the planning of these cruises because the cruises are nonstop excellent entertainment. I was not disappointed in any way during the cruise. We would not have changed anything! We can't wait until the next Moody Blues cruise. We really enjoyed this ship and we certainly will cruise on it again. Great ship, staff and thanks for everything!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My friends and I were offered an upgrade to the penthouse (PH1) which we definitely loved. The bar area and dining room were nice as well as the huge bedroom. The livingroom sofa pulled out to sleep 2 and a twin was brought in to ... Read More
My friends and I were offered an upgrade to the penthouse (PH1) which we definitely loved. The bar area and dining room were nice as well as the huge bedroom. The livingroom sofa pulled out to sleep 2 and a twin was brought in to accommodate all 4 of us in our party. The view from the balcony isn't great (life boats) but from the end of it we could look out on to Lido deck. The room steward kept our room clean and well stocked with towels, toilet paper, etc but noise might be an issue for some. Noise = music, people, and rattling when waters were a little choppy. I brought ear plugs which sufficed perfectly. The atrium elevators were slow (they were the only elevators to get to deck 12) but the other elevators seemed to work just fine. Service in the Celebration dining room wasn't that great. I had to ask for my daughter's drink 3 times before she got it. The food was ok but definitely better than what we found at the grill. Debarkation was a joke. We were told we would have priority debarkation but there was some confusion about the time. We received 2 letters with 2 different meeting times at the Cleopatra lounge, neither of which happened. No one seemed to know what to do despite asking multiple staff members. One member of our party uses a wheelchair and staff was great with her, and helping her get to where she needed to be. Accessibility was not a problem for us at all. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Highlights: Embarkation was smooth and quick. We upgraded to the penthouse and found it to be worth the money. It was roomy, well stocked with towels, and the bed was super comfortable. There is some noise from the Lido deck but we ... Read More
Highlights: Embarkation was smooth and quick. We upgraded to the penthouse and found it to be worth the money. It was roomy, well stocked with towels, and the bed was super comfortable. There is some noise from the Lido deck but we were warned about that beforehand. Disappointments: service in the dining room and during bingo were slow. Disembarking was a nightmare. Priority disembarkation for the penthouse guests ended up being a complete mess. We received 2 different letters under our door with different meeting times, no one showed up to meet with us or the other penthouse people, and staff was completely clueless about who was supposed to be there for us. Public areas were accessible and we did not have trouble getting my daughter's wheelchair around. We did one excursion (Nassau Top 10 tour) which was interesting but the stops were all at places that were absolutely packed. It was impossible to get through them on time. The bus was not truly accessible but the drive was great getting her chair on and off at each stop. My friends and I didn't participate much in onboard activitiesactivities besides bingo. It was fun and the emcee was entertaining though. We hung out in the penthouses, having some wine, and enjoying the time off. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016

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