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After reading the reviews I certainly prepared myself not to have a good time. I was wrong! This was an amazing cruise! The staff gave great service during dining and my stateroom though extremely small was manageable (suitable for 1 ... Read More
After reading the reviews I certainly prepared myself not to have a good time. I was wrong! This was an amazing cruise! The staff gave great service during dining and my stateroom though extremely small was manageable (suitable for 1 person) If you want more room I'd recommend a balcony or a suite if you really want to splurge. I certainly made my money back with the unlimited drink package. I had a drink at breakfast and all during the day. I thought for sure they would be watered down. No in fact I was pleasantly surprised by how orderly the lines are, the bar staff made sure we understood where the line was and they did it very respectfully. With the unlimited package I was expecting a few unruly passengers and only met 2 who should have been cut off, security was present and were not intimidating at all. The entertainment was amazing I did not expect it would be that great on a 4 day cruise! The production quality was comparable with a Broadway production. I really enjoyed the rock and roll show the singers can really belt out a tune. The dancers were amazing the lead dancers are very proficient in their choreography. The food was outstanding! Only an Indian Chef could make the Mexican night food taste like we were South of the Border. He really knows how to season with unique spices. I also appreciated the pairings. Having something chocolate every day assisted me with the few lbs I added. Tyler our Cruise Director and his team were very creative keeping us sufficiently entertained. I don't recall any down time, I always had something fun to look forward to. Thanks to the Captain for changing our itinerary in order that we could enjoy our private island. I'm definitely a Norwegian from this day forward! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I took my girlfriend on her first cruise and I was hoping it would be as wonderful as my previous cruises. We start our journey by waiting about 2 1/2 hours before we were allowed to check in due to a coast guard inspection. Ship ... Read More
I took my girlfriend on her first cruise and I was hoping it would be as wonderful as my previous cruises. We start our journey by waiting about 2 1/2 hours before we were allowed to check in due to a coast guard inspection. Ship didn't leave the dock until about 8pm. Next, we were placed with a few other couples at dinner. I'm not sure exactly how they decide who sits with whom, but we lost that lottery. We sat with a few older couples that were probably the most boring people on the planet. It would be nice if they looked at your age and sat you with people closer to your age range. The ship is small compared to the others I've been on. There are only two pools and two Jacuzzis. The heat in the jacuzzi wasn't working well, so they were mildly warm and not at all hot. The entertainment schedule seemed lacking and we found ourselves waiting around for hours to kill waiting on the next show. I love the cruise game shows, but one of them was held in the atrium area where there is the least seating available on the ship. You had to sit on the stairs or stand around the railings to watch the show. During the "parade of flags" they parade down half the stairs, so even these "seats" are unavailable. Public bathrooms were difficult to find. You would think there would be some in the Windjammer area, but you had to exit that area and head outside to the pool to find the closest rest room. Overall, the food was good, the service was good and the islands were fun. If you are looking for a cheap cruise and have low expectations, this might be a great cruise Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My boyfriend and I just got off of the Norwegian Sky after our 3 night cruise to the Bahamas February 12-15. He and I are both experienced cruisers and have cruised larger and smaller ships on Norwegian, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and ... Read More
My boyfriend and I just got off of the Norwegian Sky after our 3 night cruise to the Bahamas February 12-15. He and I are both experienced cruisers and have cruised larger and smaller ships on Norwegian, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Disney cruise lines. We booked this cruise in the beginning of January to get away from cold temperatures in the north. Our most recent cruise prior to this sailing had been a week long vacation on the Norwegian Breakaway (a newer and larger ship) in August out of New York City. For this time around, we flew out of Philadelphia on Thursday night into Fort Lauderdale and then took a 30 minute cab ride to our hotel in Miami. The next morning, we arrived at the port around 10:30 am to be the first boarding group onto the ship. Arriving early allowed us to not have to wait in any lines for check in and to get our sea pass cards immediately. We were able to board the ship at around 11:15 am which meant we could enjoy the 75 and sunny degree Miami weather and explore the vessel. We ate on the back of the ship outside at the Great Outdoor Cafe and then headed up to Champs Bar by the pool to grab a drink before posting up on lounge chairs. We rarely spend time in the cabins so we booked an inside cabin located on Deck 10. We normally have balconies so it was a bit of a change going to an interior but we are both easy going and had no complaints. Our stateroom attendant Jimmy was very talkative and was always asking us if we needed anything from him. I personally thought this was a great location of a stateroom since the buffet was on Deck 11 and the shops were on Decks 6 and 7. We rarely heard any noise from the floors above or below us so I would highly recommend this deck. There were plenty of elevators that never seemed crowded but we always take the stairs except for disembarking when we have our luggage. We had made dinner reservations online for all three nights but found that in the MDRs, the dining reservations were not necessary and you could walk in whenever you would like. We dined in Crossings the first night, the Palace the second night, and Cagney's Steakhouse our third night. I am used to taking week long cruises and getting to know our waiters in the MDRs but on a shorter cruise, this is not the case. With this said, all of the wait staff was still very courteous and our food was brought out at the perfect speed, but no one gets to know your name. Although I had never dined in Cagney's before, my boyfriend had and recommended we do it to celebrate Valentine's Day. Our steaks and selected sides were absolutely delicious and this is truly worth the extra money. Due to windy conditions, our port days were reversed and we ended up going to Great Stirrup Cay on the first day and Nassau on the second day. We had booked the jet skiing tour through the ship and found that we did not have to make any new arrangements due to the port change. The jet ski tour lasted about an hour and a half and is a great excursion for those who are both experienced and not experienced jet skiers. After, we headed to the lagoon at the far end of island to avoid the crowds. One thing to note is that there is a bar by the lagoon but it was not open so you have to walk to the more popular part of the island to get a cocktail. There are shuttles that run to the various parts of the island so for those who may have disabilities, the only struggle may be getting on and off the tenders. The food on the island was delicious, plentiful, and what to be expected: burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salad, a sub station, etc. Nassau has never been a favorite port of mine because it seems poverty-stricken unless you purchase a day pass for the Atlantis. Having been there on other cruises, we ended up going to Junkanoo Beach instead which was about a 10-15 minute walk from the port. It provided great photos of the ships in port but due to the wind, we only stayed about an hour and a half before heading back to the Sky. Junkanoo Beach had many restaurants where you could have lunch but the overall beach was a bit small and not as nice as other public beaches we have been to on other islands. Knowing I was going to be on a smaller ship, I did not have any expectations of amazing entertainment. After being on a large ship last summer where the entertainment was top-notch, I knew it would be hard to live up to the performances we had seen. In the theatre, we saw comedian and the Rock Show. While both were average performances, I still recommend going. We attended the Newlywed/Not so Newywed show and the Quest in Dazzles lounge (which are on most cruises). These were both very funny and the cruise director was lively. There were always a lot of people dancing in Dazzles around midnight after the shows (being that my boyfriend and I are both 24 and love to dance, this was important to us). According to our Freestyle Daily, during the day, there was always something to do on the ship and by the pool. We saw the Mr. Sexy Legs competition which occurred when departing Great Stirrup Cay. The Norwegian staff made disembarkation an absolute breeze. We had our last breakfast and one last mimosa at the Outdoor Cafe and then went back to our stateroom to grab our luggage. We got right on an elevator, took it to Deck 6, and walked straight off the ship with no problems. Kudos Norwegian! The all-inclusive drink package was one of the reasons that we chose this ship over Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas as well as knowing that this ship had been updated more recently. I read many reviews prior to our cruise that the ship had a lot of noticeable wear and tear. While the Sky is definitely not a new ship, it was still a beautiful boat and the crew was constantly making small updates where they could. Both on and off the ship, we had no problems finding lounge chairs or had a problem with the drinks being "watered down" (something I had read prior to getting on our cruise). The longest I had to wait to get a drink at the pool bar was about 2 minutes and the staff was always so kind. The food at the buffet was the same as newer Norwegian ships we have been on and was great. Overall, this was the perfect ship and itinerary for a few days of rest and relaxation and I would highly recommend it! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I went into this cruise very skeptical due to a previous poor experience on the "greyhound" of cruise lines (Carnival). This cruise changed my view on traveling by sea and I will definitely travel with Norwegian again. The ... Read More
I went into this cruise very skeptical due to a previous poor experience on the "greyhound" of cruise lines (Carnival). This cruise changed my view on traveling by sea and I will definitely travel with Norwegian again. The service and attention to the detail on this cruise was incredible. Every turn there was a surprise and delight! The entertainment was phenomenal and the Cruise Director Tyler and his crew were full of contagious energy that made every minute exciting and engaging. There was always something to do on this cruise, and did I mention the alcoholic beverages were INCLUDED!!! With libations flowing freely and smiles all around, this cruise is a no-brainer. There was always something to do on the boat. There were a-la-carte restaurants in which you paid for dining and the food at Cagney's really out-shined the "inclusive" dining areas. Definitely spring for at least one night of fine-dining. When we got on land, I'd planned all of our excursions and Nassau was by far the most fun. We visited the Tiki Hut on Junkanoo Beach which was run by Amanda and she was AMAZING! The food and drinks here were incredible and there was FREE WI-FI! Once they get a crowd there, the singing and dancing begins! We also visited Watlings Distillery where "Uncle Will" made us by far the BEST Pina Colodas I've ever tasted (and I've had plenty). We also visited Graycliff Resort where I was trained by "Vilma" on how to hand-roll cigars. A drawback to the Nassau is when we went to buy White Hennessey, we were charged more than what it cost on the ship. I felt a bit cheated by the lady on the island. This could be the case for all "duty-free" liquor so if you're looking to buy I would compare pricing. Hands down, this cruise gets 5-stars for the crew from the captain on down. I was highly impressed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I'm writing this more to answer the questions that I wish I had found here before our trip... ya know. DRINKS: This is why we took this cruise. And it's true. From when we woke up till 2am it was no-holds-barred good ... Read More
I'm writing this more to answer the questions that I wish I had found here before our trip... ya know. DRINKS: This is why we took this cruise. And it's true. From when we woke up till 2am it was no-holds-barred good stuff. Bloody Maries where we'd call Stoli or Absolut or Tito's or Ketel One or Russian Standard. Drinks with Gosling's Ginger Beer - and Gosling's dark rum or Meyer's dark or Bacardi dark. Blended mango daquiris and margaritas and pina coladas. 6 flavors of mojito. Plentiful wine and sparking wine at dinner. Endless beers in those strange metal bottles for the pool deck - bud and miller lite and Corona. (I didn't see any dark beer, but I wasn't looking...) All included. From what we could tell, only the tippy-top shelf and red bull and bottled water were excluded. I heard a rumor that shots were excluded, which we proved wrong, too. We drank our money's worth. And then some. EMBARKATION: We showed up around 12:30 and the line was moving fast. Probably waited only a few minutes. We were on board by 1pm and the bars, pools, and buffet were open. There really aren't enough tables at the buffet for the first/last day when everyone's chowing at the same time, but that changes on other days when some of us sleep in. Muster drill was fast and easy- no need to bring your life jacket with on this one- and the following welcome from the cruise director and his folks was fun. ROOMS: We were in 2 adjoining porthole outside forward rooms. The outside of the windows badly needs cleaning. We loved having the door open, giving us a 2-room 2-bath suite! Not a lot of clothing storage but plenty of room under the bed for suitcases, so we kept stuff there. Not a lot of outlets either - 1 on the desk and one in the bathroom. And the minibar was all water - $$$ and not included in the free drinks- so we avoided that. The steward was friendly but we didn't get any towel animals, which is fine. Bathroom had a hair dryer, shampoo, liquid body wash, hand soap, a bar of soap, a 1oz of body lotion. No conditioner. SHIP: Let's be honest - it's an older design. The pools and pool deck are small for how many people are on board, so it gets crowded. But the cocktail servers aren't sparse, which is nice- they'll even deliver a drink to the hot tub. The decorations in the "Captain Cook" bar are pretty backward and racist IMO. The lobby bar with its flavors of mojito was awesome, as is the omnipresent blender drinks and the amazing staff in the longboard bar. FOOD: Let's just start with, the food in the outdoor buffet is not good. The indoor buffet had a good selection including VEGETARIAN OPTIONS and indian food options with each meal! We ate at Palace and Crossings (2x ea) and loved having dinner there. They were flexible about letting us order multiple appetizers or odd substitutions. There were 2 veg entree options each night, though someone needs to tell them that grilled veggies alone as an entree is no good for people drinking all day. ;) Wine was poured plentifully and staff were friendly and attentive. We also had breakfast at Il Adagio, where they made omlettes and waffles. The line was horrendous for omlettes, so we didn't go back. There was this dude who sat with us at dinner one night and just whined and moaned about how bad the food was, but he was a jerk and looking for something to be upset about, and we actually sent him packing from our table because, heck, nobody wants to be around that kind of negativity when we're on vacation!!! ENTERTAINMENT: Disappointingly, it all seemed to shut down at 2am. Being from the West Coast, that was the equivalent to 11pm for me. Bummer. Either way, we enjoyed the white hot party (which also ended too early!), karaoke, and bingo. The piano bar- something we usually love- was populated by an older crowd that took their Elton John all too seriously. There were no camels or other smelly animals on board. We didn't go to the shows-- just too much else to do! THAT ISLAND THING: Yes, it's true, drinks are free there too, and there's a buffet there, so for free you can sit on a chair (under a shade if you wish), swim, drink, eat, dance, play volleyball for free. So nice! Tenders were NO TICKETS - just show up and get on the next one. I waited only because I barely missed the last one. FREEPORT: They're starting to build a tourist village at the dock, complete with at Fat Tuesday and Senor Frogs and shops. So if you're cheap like us, no need to take the taxi to Lucaya to go to some lame jewelry shops. I hear there's a walkable beach, too. NASSAU: We like Senor Frogs. They make us dance for free shots. Is very good. DISEMBARKATION: So... we didn't leave our rooms till after 9am and nobody seemed to care. We had a full buffet breakfast and several bloody maries and nobody seemed to care. We got off the ship with full bellies and a few drinks in sometime around 10am, and that was cool. Can't image why anyone would rush off. Just carry off your own luggage. Clearing customs was fast and easy. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Just got back from a fun 4-night cruise to the Bahamas on the NCL Sky. This is one of the older and smaller NCL ships. On the plus side, it offered the unlimited beverage package as standard, which is why I think that this ship had a ... Read More
Just got back from a fun 4-night cruise to the Bahamas on the NCL Sky. This is one of the older and smaller NCL ships. On the plus side, it offered the unlimited beverage package as standard, which is why I think that this ship had a much younger crowd on it....we saw more of the under-40 crowd than on our previous cruises (we are mid-50s). On the negative side, this ship has no thermal spa - something I was very disappointed to learn after I was on board and will be sure to check next time before I book a cruise. This was my 4th cruise and I have to say that the wait staff in the restaurants and the bar tending staff was the best I have ever encountered. I wasn't particularly impressed with my room steward - the first two cruises I was on, they came to the room and introduced themselves and were exceptionally friendly. Last year on the Gem and this year on the Sky, we barely saw our steward - although we did have clean towels every night, which was important. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Great Cruise, the crew was very friendly, food was good and dinning was perfect. The best day was on Cococay, RoyalCaribbean's private island. You have full access to the island and the crew prepare your lunch on the island (no ... Read More
Great Cruise, the crew was very friendly, food was good and dinning was perfect. The best day was on Cococay, RoyalCaribbean's private island. You have full access to the island and the crew prepare your lunch on the island (no need to go back to the ship). They also organize Sport activities which was very fun. Hoping to visit Cococay again, even more now, after the improvements I wish there were more pools and jacuzzis on the ship. Cabin was a bit small and bathroom size was ok. Onboard activities were fun, with entertainment crew being very funny and providing lots of entertaining options (quiz/trivia/sports/etc). Boarding procedure was very organized and fast. Dinning course was very tasty and waiter very friendly. Also, water and juices were included as courtesy beverages at all meals. Buffet food was ok. Pizza options were good. Ship is a bit old, but doesn't affect the trip experience. Recommend this cruise for everyone. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Just back from a short 3 night cruise on the Sky. Read plenty of reviews before going as to what we should expect. This was super bowl weekend and the ship was close to full. Never did seem to be too crowded expect prime time for food ... Read More
Just back from a short 3 night cruise on the Sky. Read plenty of reviews before going as to what we should expect. This was super bowl weekend and the ship was close to full. Never did seem to be too crowded expect prime time for food around buffets. This is where I feel NCL has dropped the ball on this ship. We sailed the Getaway in 2014 and not one complaint on food, Sky needs to follow suit with the NCL brand. Choices was the same pretty much each day, nothing special about what was offered. Like others have posted, the grill out on the pool deck was better than the rest. Cagney's was worth the upcharge! Great service and quality of food. Overall, the food was a 3/4 out of 10. Pretty disappointing in my opinion. Entertainment, again nothing like the Getaway, maybe a show each day but the production was subpar. Comedian was good, white party was average. I feel the Sky did a good job on providing areas to watch the game and also bar foods were provided at the locations. Casino, I been on 10+ cruises now and this ship has to be the tightest with the slots. Never did I see any hand pays or even machines whistling. Casino executive host was good, make sure to go see her before your final bill is calculated. Rooms are out dated, the worst mattress we have ever slept on cruising. Overall, the ship is still in decent condition, just doesn't live up to the NCL brand. Embark/Debark was easy, boarded in group 1 and had lunch by 1140am. Unlimited beverages was great, I believe NCL has this wrapped within the overall prices now on your fares. I feel for the servers, as now the tips are not present, just make sure to have some cash to give, they are getting short changed on that deal. Overall, I will stick to the newer ships, hopefully NCL keeps the standards with all the ships, not just the 7+ day ones. Food was just the issue for us, not the NCL we are used to. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our third cruise and our first with RCL. We have previously cruised with Disney and Carnival and both time it was in brand new ships. Given the spotty reviews and the age of the ship we were a little nervous about this cruise. ... Read More
This was our third cruise and our first with RCL. We have previously cruised with Disney and Carnival and both time it was in brand new ships. Given the spotty reviews and the age of the ship we were a little nervous about this cruise. Ultimately we had a great time, though. The Good The ship is very well maintained and clean. Service is great. Aside from some of the wear on the common area carpets, we hardly knew it for an older ship. Food in the dining room was great. It's smaller, but there are less people so we were always able to find somewhere to hang out where there weren't crowds. We had a room on deck nine which was close to the action, but never noisy. The only downside for some people might be the small old TV's, but I imagine these will be changed out during the upcoming refurb and we didn't watch ours. We loved Coco Cay. You could basically walk around the whole island and there are lots of out of the way places to explore. The fitness area is nice. The casino was fun. The Not Bad Food in the Windjammer was bleh and often cold. A lot of recycled items appeared over and over again. Also, there was little variety in the music. Basically there are two kinds of entertainment: Salsa/Latin Music and 70's lounge/disco music. We made the best of it, but seriously! The Uncontrollable The weather was windy and cold which basically put the pool deck out of commission for our entire cruise. We had a sunny day in Coco Cay but could not dock in Nassau. The "extra" sea day was actually nice, but we were unable to try out many of the on deck facilities during this cruise. As I mentioned above, we still had a great time. But if I were RCL I would put a little more money in the buffet quality and mix up the entertainment. We also found the similarities between our previous Carnival cruise and this RCL cruise a little weird. The stores carried the exact same items. The dining room menu was almost exactly the same. The buffet was similar (although I think Carnival had them beat on quality). Given that Carnival is generally cheaper I would lean towards them on a future cruise. I had heard from others that RCL was higher quality, but I did not see it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My husband and I had booked a cruise on Norwegian sky for Feb 1-5 and after booking it I went to this site, read some reviews, and was wicked nervous that we had just booked a cruise from hell. From first stepping onto the ship to stepping ... Read More
My husband and I had booked a cruise on Norwegian sky for Feb 1-5 and after booking it I went to this site, read some reviews, and was wicked nervous that we had just booked a cruise from hell. From first stepping onto the ship to stepping off the ship disembarking our experience was absolutely wonderful. All the staff that we ran into were amazing, wonderful, and willing to help us out any way possible. Both cruise director Tyler and Assistant Cruise director Kristine were great! Food/Drinks--My husband is a picky eater and found that there was a lot of food for him to eat at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We mainly ate at the buffet and food was good, got repetitive after a while but still good. We did eat at Cagneys and the Italian restaurant and prices for both was well below what we had thought they would be. Meals at both restaurants were delicious. If you can, please eat at one of these places. We did have a snag, we made reservations for both and both times they stated our reservation was somewhere else. I know they were wrong because when we made the reservations we had the person write it down for us. There was no problem in getting in as we went between 6-630 and both places were very empty at that time so wasn’t a huge problem, but still a snag we didn’t want to encounter. Drinks were unlimited and yes at times you stood in line for a while just to get your drink because they only had 1 bartender, however, there are waitresses around the pool asking if you want drinks and there are multiple of places to get a drink so it didn’t spoil our vacation. Room—when going on a cruise you have to know the bathroom and room will be very small from what you are used to. We had no problem with the beds, unlike other people who posted and hatted the mattress. When we booked, we booked an aft room with a balcony and if you can afford a balcony do it as we loved the extra space and views from the balcony. We sat out on the balcony every morning checking out the island and every afternoon into the night to sit relax and watched the sunset. Bathroom wasn’t too bad for my husband or I, but yes it was small and shower was about the size maybe a little bit bigger of a phone booth(if anyone remembers using them). Ports of call----1) Freeport, we docked at 7am, but were cleared to go ashore around 8am. There is this little shopping area with some bars right as you get off the ship, however, for beaches and bigger shopping you need to go downtown which we were told is about a 20minute taxi ride. We just did some little shopping and then went back on the ship to enjoy the pool and ship as most of the guests had gotten off. 2) Nassau, we did the Atlantis shore excursion and that was amazing. We got to the Atlantis around 12, hr guided tour of the main building and the aquarium, and then we were free to do whatever we wanted rest of the day. If you don’t want the guided tour, you don’t have to stay, but it was nice to hear stories and information about the hotel and aquarium. We had lunch overlooking the lagoon, gambled, walked around(place is amazing to take it and look at all the beauty and what it has to offer), then took shuttle back to ship where we walked bay street and checked out another little shopping plaza area before we got back on the ship. 3) their private island Great Stirrup Cay, we took the 915 tendor boat to the island and they made us wait till boat was almost filled which was about 20-30mins and then another 10min boat ride to island which I wasn’t happy with. We got a beach chair, but by 11am most beach chairs were taken and people had just put down towels and sat on those. They have a bbq on island that is free and same food as on ship but was free and good which is all we cared for. We didn’t do any excursions, just laid on beach, went swimming, relaxed, and checked out the small shopping area before we got back on the tendor boat. Entertainment—we went to the casino every night and played some slots, black jack, and roulette. Casino is small and gets crowded later in the night, but we won and had a good time. They offer bingo, deal or no deal, they had a comedian who was funny but average, family feud, battle of the sexes, name that tune, and shows every night but we weren’t able to see them except the comedian. Most of the things are corny, but made us laugh , and kept us entertained. We are husband and wife and in our early 30’s. We have traveled all over the place and stayed in some great hotels and not so great hotels. This was our first cruise together and yes it was only a 4 day cruise and was short(I wish we had at least 1 day at sea), but we knew what type of cruise we were booking when we booked. Please don’t take the negative reviews by heart, keep an open mind and make the cruise what you want out of it. You are on a vacation, just relax, have a couple of drinks, take in the scenery, take in what the ship has to offer, and most important have fun. Overall we had an amazing time and I give this ship and staff an 8 out of 10. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. We cruised before with Holland America, NCL and Celebrity cruise lines in Europe, Alaska, Hawaii and Caribbean. This was a first cruise just to get away from winter. We stayed 2 nights ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. We cruised before with Holland America, NCL and Celebrity cruise lines in Europe, Alaska, Hawaii and Caribbean. This was a first cruise just to get away from winter. We stayed 2 nights before the cruise in Miami Beach exploring the historic Art Deco district and enjoying the South Beach. Embarkation was quick and efficient. We arrived at assigned time (12:30 PM) and got on board right away. We brought 2 bottles of wine with us - no questions were asked. The ship is in very good condition and easy to navigate, with ample public spaces, convenient promenade deck, observation decks and amazing centrum. we expected less and were pleasantly surprised by ship condition and amenities considering the Majesty's age! We didn't participate in many activities, but enjoyed the life music in the Boleros. The main theatre shows were so-so, and we couldn't make them all due to early dinning. Service was excellent, thank you to Roche and Oleksandr in main dining room and our cabin attendant Putu! We didn't do any excursions, just enjoyed the beach and historical city walk in Nassau, private island amenities in Coco Cay and Mel Fisher Maritime and Hemingway museums in Key West. US Immigration control in Key West was awful - it took 2 hours before we could exit the ship! What to they really check? How all the people got aboard in Miami? We had an ocean view cabin on deck 8, slightly obstructed by a lifeboat, but still with a view. True, the cabin and bathroom are very small, but we didn't spent much time there at all! We disembarked early (at 7:30 AM), no issues or delays. Overall, it was an excellent winter getaway! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This may be a little lengthy, but worth it for those of you who read as many reviews as I did leading up to this cruise. First of all, my wife and I went on this cruise with her brother and wife as a short getaway. We are in our thirties ... Read More
This may be a little lengthy, but worth it for those of you who read as many reviews as I did leading up to this cruise. First of all, my wife and I went on this cruise with her brother and wife as a short getaway. We are in our thirties with three kids, so we were looking for a fun time away from the kids while not spending a fortune. We basically chose this cruise because flights were cheap, the cruise itself was cheap, and it was all inclusive. I read a lot of reviews on the ship, and tried to keep an open mind when we arrived. We had gone on a Carnival cruise six years ago for our honeymoon and had an amazing time, so we found ourselves comparing everything to our first cruise. So here we go... Embarking and disembarking the ship was extremely easy and fast. Don't worry about getting to the port at your assigned time. We were let on an hour before we had signed up to embark the ship. I think the overall process of embarking took less than twenty minutes once we arrived at the port. Disembarking took even less. Once we arrived on the ship, we got our luggage within an hour or two. We went to the Crossings for lunch while we waited. Service was slow, but the food was good. We found that the service at both sit down restaurants were very slow. My wife even complained about her food one night, but they didn't really care. We mostly ate at the buffets, which always served something different every day. I thought the buffet food was pretty good. Yes they serve burgers and hot dogs everyday, but there is also plenty of other options as well. They will even cook turkey burgers or grilled chicken for you if you ask. Everyday, they had a BBQ poolside which was really good. The food at the private island was also very good. We ate at Il Adagios and Cagneys for dinner. The food was pretty good and the prices were pretty reasonable. I would recommend trying either at least once if you get tired of the buffet. I thought the service at the bars was pretty good. At peak times, the poolside bar would get pretty busy and you may have to wait a few minutes for a drink, but that's why they let you order two drinks at a time! Where I think they really dropped the ball is the amount of wait staff working poolside. Maybe two servers at a time is all you would see taking drink orders. Some servers wouldn't serve poolside while others would. I decided I would tip one server some cash. Armando took care of us for the hour or two he worked the pool deck, but then his shift would end and someone else would take over. This was the exact opposite that we experienced on our first cruise. As far as ports and excursions, we did not do any excursions. None of them really seemed that interesting. Freeport and Naussau are basically one in the same. Not much to really do but shop at either. I would save my time and money and stay on the boat during Freeport and go shopping at Nassau. The great stirrup cay was amazing. The food was great and the water was beautiful. Plenty of bars and beach to find your own spot. Some advice once you get off the tender. Do not be tempted to just walk to where the hundreds of chaise lounges are. Go to the left and the beach areas become smaller and more isolated. Keep walking a few hundred yards and you will find the lagoon if you want peace and quiet. Overall, we had fun and would probably cruise Norwegian again, just not on the Sky. If you are looking for a quick getaway for cheap, this is the ship for you. But if you are looking for an upscale, high end vacation, you will be very disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
First a little background. I have sailed Carnival many times and I have Gold status in their loyalty program. Unfortunately, I will not be loyal with them any more. When I first sailed with them years ago, we were impressed with the ... Read More
First a little background. I have sailed Carnival many times and I have Gold status in their loyalty program. Unfortunately, I will not be loyal with them any more. When I first sailed with them years ago, we were impressed with the service, the friendliness, and attention to detail. Apparently this is all gone now as it seems like they are trying to run it like a cheap airline rather than a vacation. I brought my parents with us, as first time cruisers, I found it embarrassing that I put them through such a low rent experience, and trust me, they noticed! All the special touches are now gone. The stewards don't do turn down service anymore and will ask you what time of day you want them to come by. We eventually had a towel animal, but that took until day 3. Compare that to the old days when they would straighten your room almost like magic when you weren't looking. Also absent were robes in the closet and chocolates on the pillows. Embarkation was easy BUT the safety drill is DANGEROUS. I am serious! It takes about a half hour standing crammed in with hundreds of people in the hot Miami sun. There were a few people around us who looked like they might have heat stroke. I can only imagine people drop like flies in August when it is 87 degrees with 98 percent humidity. You would think after a few decades Carnival would have their stuff together with things like this. If you see elderly people during this drill, keep an eye on them. The Victory is "old" in today's standards, but it is falling apart unacceptably. For comparison, the Disney Wonder is a year older, but looks brand new. Things on the ship are rusty and in disrepair. There is a smell of sewage that seems ever present, which is probably related to the many non-flushing toilets we encountered. The ambient air on the inside decks smells like someone smoked a pack of pall malls and covered it with pina colada. A once smoker myself, I understand that smoking is allowed on the ship, but this is 2016 and investing in a good air handling system would alleviate that. Dining: The waiters seem dreadfully understaffed and under trained, no fault of their own. They come over within a minute of you sitting and expect you to be ready to order. It is like they follow a script. Deviate from that script and they can't handle it. For people pushing booze on you all day, you would think you wouldn't have to hunt them down for a beer at dinner. Also strange, selling shots during dinner! What is this, a wet t-shirt contest at Hooters or formal night on a cruise ship? this The food is OK, but has definitely taken a nosedive. Quality is like going to a friend's dinner party: Sure they can cook, but it isn't restaurant quality. Also if you want quality food, you have to pay extra for it. Lobster apparently is for those who are on 7 day cruises after I asked about it. You can buy it though for 20 bucks. I am from Maine, I could get two whole lobsters in a nice restaurant for that price. Before I go on, let me thank the staff again. These are hardworking people that work hard for their families. I am convinced it has nothing to do with them, but how Carnival has been training them as of late. Excursions: Grand Turk Cruise Center is excellent. They have a great pool and we rented a cabana since we have young kids. I recommend it! You will be right by the pool and have the option to chill out in the AC if it is hot. It is a short walk to the ocean as well. The cabana is staffed by Margaritaville. The staff there are very friendly and the prices are quite reasonable considering it is both an island and a captive market. Half moon Cay was a blast. Just chilled at the beach. This island is a gem. In Nassau we did the private island beach. Really nice relaxing place with bar and food, although the bar only had Bud and Bud light (I'm a beer snob) and some mixed drinks. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
First off I have to say that the specialty dining restaurants are excellent. I consider myself a bit of a foodie and am hard to impress, but I have to say the service, food and atmosphere in the space was special. All of the crew where ... Read More
First off I have to say that the specialty dining restaurants are excellent. I consider myself a bit of a foodie and am hard to impress, but I have to say the service, food and atmosphere in the space was special. All of the crew where very friendly and seemed accommodating, the bar staff was very good and efficient. The all inclusive alcohol is definitely a big perk and should be followed by other cruise lines in the near future. The staterooms are a little dated but very clean and not too small. The Sky is an older ship but is kept very clean, I believe she is scheduled for a major overhaul in 2017 which will be appreciated. The vibe of the ship is young and upbeat which I enjoyed, the cruise director was young and very energetic. He did some cool acts on the pool deck to keep everyone entertained. Overall it was a very fun quick getaway with friends and would definitely sail on Norwegian again, most likely on the newer ships. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
The food was terrible, and both my husband and I couldn't wait to get off the boat to get a good meal. Probably the only thing we enjoyed was the Porterhouse steak. The unlimited drinks were amazing, so if you don't care ... Read More
The food was terrible, and both my husband and I couldn't wait to get off the boat to get a good meal. Probably the only thing we enjoyed was the Porterhouse steak. The unlimited drinks were amazing, so if you don't care about food this is your trip. The staff were friendly, I don't know how they keep that smile on their face working 6 months straight. So they must be treated right! The rooms were small but the beds were comfortable. We both slept like babies. The ship is a little old and has a musty smell to it when you first get on. The shows were good, I like that they kept you entertained. Russ Rivas, the comedian, was hilarious! So overall, I think this is the last time we will take a NCL cruise because good food is very important to us on vacation!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
I took my wife on the Def Leppard cruise as a birthday celebration, and to give MSC a try, this was our 9th cruise... I'd read about all I could find about Divina prior to the cruise and so was aware of others misgivings. While ... Read More
I took my wife on the Def Leppard cruise as a birthday celebration, and to give MSC a try, this was our 9th cruise... I'd read about all I could find about Divina prior to the cruise and so was aware of others misgivings. While certainly not a perfect cruise, it was no where the life shattering experience others claim. Yes, the weather wasn't great and a performance on the pool deck was postponed- they did slow the ship down and tried to position it to minimize the wind. It would've been better to have the show moved to another venue, but that's for MSC to explain. As with several negatives about the cruise, both sides dropped the ball; which is odd since this wasn't the first theme cruise for either party. Quite a bit of the negativity I think comes from a share of the passengers who were drunk and stupid even before boarding.....complaining when looking for your boarding photo that DL wasn't the back drop? really, that ignorant?? You didn't see the ship as the backdrop??? I agree that it was "different" from other cruise lines to need to go to the reception desk to set up the onboard spending account, but it went well for us. Maybe the attitude you give is what you receive... Also agree a good portion of the staff could be more engaging, but in my travels in portions of Europe it came as no surprise. Not saying anything negative about it- it just is what it is and one accepts it; hopefully they will continue trying to improve catering to Americans if they're going to succeed here. I've seen several comments about how the Muster was handled. Agreed bringing flotation devices wasn't the greatest idea (a demo from crew would suffice). While MSC bears the ultimate responsibility of presenting it; at least at Station E the passengers would not shut up and pay attention, the few who did try could not hear anything. You fools- this is for YOUR benefit! I at least did see staff pull one lout aside who couldn't bother to bring his vest or listen. Yes, the weather was unfortunate and affected a lot of the cruise. Nothing any human could do about that- some cruise lines would give monetary consideration, some don't. There was rain and wind, hardly a hurricane. We got off in Freeport for a bit of quick shopping- nobody ever said you couldn't. At Half Moon Cay, the seas were not safe for tendering. Wandering up and down the Bahamas the rest of the time was monotonous and an alternate port of call would've been good, but I don't know the intricacies of unscheduled porting a cruise ship, maybe it was too involved for the amount of time we'd have been there. The food.....we didn't try any restaurants, as we like buffets for variety (reasonably portioned). The entrances to the buffet posted layouts of both Calumet and Manitou sections, showing icons and names of all stations. It was strange that dinner sections were pretty limited, and late night basically a few salads/sandwiches and fruit. I do fail MSC there. Breakfast was pretty good (didn't care for roasted bacon though), lunch we thought was the best. Variety and taste were very good if one bothered to look around and maybe be adventurous. The Ethnic station had a fine paella, jerk chicken and others. The pizzas were decent, but I thought they'd be better if they did a mix through the day, not the four daily varieties.... I really do agree the servers are understaffed, which sets up the situation of dishes empty for too long--- MSC gets hammered on this and has to improve. We DID enjoy the ship itself, the stage shows were pleasurable (wish the pirate show would've been part of this cruise), we really enjoyed the overall lack of smoke; and I'll certainly entertain the idea of another MSC cruise-- on several conditions. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
On the Divina on a recent rock cruise. Been on lots of cruises but first with msc. As it was a specialist cruise, clearly did not have any choice of ship. Have to say I would not go with msc unless i had to. They simply don't compare ... Read More
On the Divina on a recent rock cruise. Been on lots of cruises but first with msc. As it was a specialist cruise, clearly did not have any choice of ship. Have to say I would not go with msc unless i had to. They simply don't compare to the other cruise lines eg celebrity, Royal Caribbean and princess. Bad points- -Customer service prior to the cruise was non existent. Still waiting for responses to my two emails and the request for a call back ! Come on msc-that's just common decency ! -arrived at the private island and they would not let us get off. It was bad weather fair enough, but they could have stayed for a bit longer to see if it cleared up or even taken us to another port. Instead they just upped and left. Other cruise lines would have done some form of small gesture for this eg not charge the service fee for that day but msc did nothing. -The staff on the ship are ok but not to the standard of other cruise lines. The steward did not come and introduce herself as they usually do, the staff don't say good morning etc. -the cleanliness is not there, no staff at the buffet entrances getting you to use the dispenser so most people did not bother. The toilets were not regularly cleaned throughout the day. Glasses left everywhere the following morning. -There are mirrors everywhere ! Seriously you would not believe, it's not nice -Bar service very very slow. -saw a female staff member shouting at a young male staff member -really laying into him in front of all the customers. You would never get that with other cruise lines. -There is a nice indoor pool but no sunbeds meaning you can't actually stay in there. Only tables and chairs. Very odd. Positives -To be fair the divina is beautiful. The buffet food was ok but not much variety. The pool was nice. But that's where the positivity ends. Sorry msc but you are not in the same class as other cruise lines and would not sail with you again. Nb -the non rock cruisers (half the ship) were not informed of that half the ship would be rockers ! How bad is that ! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
I cruised on the MSC Divina for the first time for the Def Leppard cruise. From the beginning, the employees were rude, unhelpful and uninformed. Check in was excessively long and they don't even let you provide your credit card for ... Read More
I cruised on the MSC Divina for the first time for the Def Leppard cruise. From the beginning, the employees were rude, unhelpful and uninformed. Check in was excessively long and they don't even let you provide your credit card for onboard charges. They send you off on your own to figure this out, which wastes time when trying to start your vacation. The first mistake by MSC was to allow the promoter to book only half the ship for Def Leppard cruisers. Imagine a bunch of rock n roll fans who expect a rock n roll experience, but they are instead mixed in with families and regular cruisers. The result was the Def Leppard cruisers, who paid a lot more for this cruise than the regular cruisers, were treated like second class citizens. The employees had no information about our specific activities, didn't care to find out and did not want to help when weather interfered with plans to have our bands play on the pool deck. One day it rained and the bands scheduled to play on the pool deck couldn't play there. MSC had no contingency plan and it took them half the day to figure out how to provide the entertainment the Def Leppard cruisers paid for and were expecting. Any other cruise line would've planned for such adversity and implemented Plan B within minutes. Once they actually had a Plan B, it wasn't communicated to DL cruisers until the last minute because the regular cruisers were more important than those of us who paid more for a special experience. Our bands were also denied places to perform because MSC had other events scheduled in those spaces (one guy playing an acoustic guitar.) They should've reevaluated and planned better. The food was very mediocre in the buffet and the restaurants. At dinner time, more than half the buffet stations were closed and the buffet was packed. Though we had late night entertainment scheduled, the buffet served only ballpark food. The main dining room left a lot to be desired. The service was fine but the food was bland. The servers didn't understand what we were ordering for a drink and brought the wrong kind of wine. They then had us point to what we wanted on the menu. I've traveled all over the world and appreciate other languages and work well with language barriers but this was ridiculous for a cruise leaving from the U.S. carrying mostly English speaking passengers. Poor planning by MSC. Bartenders at bars were also slow. I have never seen a more unorganized vacation operator. If they want to be in the business of providing unique, tailored cruises, they need to overhaul their operations and customer service. The MSC communication team should be ashamed of itself. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
The good news, I took my daughter and my two granddaughters on their first cruise. Through no fault of the cruise line, this just wasn't a great first experience cruising. The weather was worse than predicted, very rainy and cold. ... Read More
The good news, I took my daughter and my two granddaughters on their first cruise. Through no fault of the cruise line, this just wasn't a great first experience cruising. The weather was worse than predicted, very rainy and cold. Our port visit in Freeport was rained out after the first hour or so, and the second port visit scheduled at Little San Salvador (formerly Half Moon Cay) was completely cancelled. Guess what? That makes for not much to do...the pools were freezing, the hot tubs over crowded and there was not much in the way of alternate entertainment especially for a 10 and 13 year old. The Kids Club for the younger set was pretty lame for a ten year old, catering to much younger children, and the teen club not well supervised enough for a just 13 yr old and seemed to be mostly video games that cost per play. This particular cruise was a Def Leppard charter, which was very cool but filled with less than typical cruisers and far less children than I have ever seen on a cruise. Made for some really interesting table conversations and fun people watching. There were some wonderful Arts and Crafts activities scheduled, but, when we inquired we were told participants had to be 18? Seriously? Even with a parent participating. This seems nonsensical especially due to the cancelled port visits and not much else going on. Other than that, the cruise, my first in a standard room on Divina, was way better than many reviews I have read. I thought the buffet was very good, the dining room food also really good, and the service we received met all expectations. Our room was maintained nicely each day, our dinner service was attentive and excellent. We also tried one lunch and one breakfast in the dining room and found those staff also very helpful and the service really good. The bars and their service were a little different, mostly self service or order your own and they will deliver to the table, but it seemed okay from my perspective. The retail stores on board on not great bargains, nor great rip-offs. If you forgot your lighter you could buy one for $1.50 and there were reasonable priced souvenirs. The shop staff not hovering or overbearing, but able to find stuff and answer a question if asked. A few more smiles might have been nice. Definitely would sail this line again but probably never in January again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
I have cruised with Holland America, Norweigan, Costa and now MSC. NEVER AGAIN. Embarkation was ridiculously long with zero help even though I purchased a package that included PRIORITY boarding. Texted and emailed the "help ... Read More
I have cruised with Holland America, Norweigan, Costa and now MSC. NEVER AGAIN. Embarkation was ridiculously long with zero help even though I purchased a package that included PRIORITY boarding. Texted and emailed the "help line." NO help. Safety drill was INSIDE the photography studio with too many of us (wearing life vests) crammed into a tiny space. No SAFETY explanation. Okay, so now we are at sea. Bars are jammed, table service non-existent. It was a DEF LEPPARD Cruise. Families and elderly were NOT told that at least half the ship were 80's rock fans. There was a naked guy in the pool and in the elevator with little kids holding their parent's hand! NO STAFF to scold him. Events were cancelled due to horrendous weather. First port we were told to stay on the ship as the ship wanted to leave ASAP but we stayed there ALL DAY in a CAT 1 hurricane. Second port we didn't even try. Stayed at sea going around and around. Why not go to Miami? At least it's a great port and not involved in a CAT 1?? Food is horrible! Everyone lives on PIZZA. Staff needs a ton of training. They seem to hate everyone on board. Blow dryer is nailed into a drawer, room not made up properly, ship is old and the MIRRORS will drive you crazy. This is one of those ships with zig zag hallways instead of straight ones so you don't know where you are until the cruise is over. My Balcony room 12219 was the SMALLEST BALCONY cabin I have ever had. No sofa, a mini desk and a Queen (I paid for a King) bed. That's it. Balcony just large enough to squeeze two chairs. Getting off the ship was HORRIBLE too. We were told we had an open tab even though we registered a credit card with Guest Services. After waiting in the Atrium for over an hour to disembark, we finally got to the ramp to get off only to be sent to GUEST SERVICES to pay our bill, which was SERVICE CHARGES ONLY. STAY AWAY FROM THIS CRUISE LINE! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
I will start off saying that I have cruised on NCL, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Celebrity and NEVER have I experienced anything remotely close to the HELL I experienced on the MSC Divina! I boarded the MSC Divina in Miami as part of ... Read More
I will start off saying that I have cruised on NCL, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Celebrity and NEVER have I experienced anything remotely close to the HELL I experienced on the MSC Divina! I boarded the MSC Divina in Miami as part of the Def Leppard cruise. I was excited to be going on this ship as my sister has sailed on it several times and raved about it. While it was an amazingly beautiful boat, the only pros on this ship were the size of our room and our wonderful room steward. Embarking on the ship was fine. When I did my on-line check-in, the computer crashed, so when I checked in on the boat I told the agent that I needed to confirm the credit card used for my onboard account and verify that I was not charged for two alcohol packages (MSC's site crashed while I was doing my on-line check-in). I was told I had to go to customer relations onboard. I thought that was a little odd because any other cruiseline I have sailed on handled these issues at check-in. No big deal. I go stand in line at customer relations and a very rude agent advised me that my credit card was not charged for onboard credit and I had to use the kiosk to load money onto my onboard account. That was their standard practice. I have never had to do that before and it was a little bit of an inconvenience, but so be it. I also asked the agent about my drink packages and she advised me that I had to go to the casino to pick up my drink tickets. Another line to stand in was inconvenient when others were purchasing their drink packages right at the customer relations area, but again, not a big issue. Muster drill was a bit of a hassle because unlike the other cruiselines, you have to actually bring your life jacket with you and then return it to your room. This was an inconvenience because we then had to run to sailaway so as not to miss the sailaway party featuring some of the bands we were there to see. These little inconveniences were nothing compared to what we were to face for the next 4 days! Food - absolutely DISGUSTING. Black Crab Dining Room - We tried the dining room twice and there were very little items to choose from and what we did have, was horrible. Service was extremely slow as well. Buffet - Nothing but a fast food area with a little bit of pasta. The buffet was mainly pizza, burgers, hot dogs, tuna and chicken sandwiches. There was one station offering various pastas, but they were mediocre at best. There was an "ethnic" station which was horrible, a salad bar, some fruit and a few desserts. I have NEVER gone hungry on a cruiseship before, but all that was edible on this boat was pizza. After four days of solely eating pizza, I never want to see pizza again! Being so disgusted with the dining room and the buffet, we attempted a pay restaurant. That was no better. As we sat down in the Italian restaurant, the gentlemen behind us was complaining to the waitress that his pasta was undercooked and his steak was overcooked. I can't confirm this because I jumped up and ran out at that point! I didn't need to spend money on the same horrible food I was being served elsewhere! When I returned home and asked my sister about the food she had when she was on the MSC Divina (as a regular cruiser, not part of a charter), she was telling me about wonderful lobster tails and shrimp. I couldn't believe it. I can't confirm this, but I wonder if MSC may have downgraded our food because we were part of a charter? Drinks - Epic fail! First of all, to get a drink anywhere took extremely long. But worse than that, I ordered a drink package. On board, I was told that my drink tickets included mixed drinks such as pina coladas, drinks of the day, wine, beer, etc., but never in my life was I ever charged for MIXERS! Yes, Mixers! I.e., I ordered vodka & cranberry and the vodka was included but not the cranberry! My friend was drinking vodka & soda water and they wanted to charge for that as well! Organization - Note that this was a Def Leppard cruise and that there were a lot of people that booked this cruise not knowing that. I understand the concern and believe those individuals should have been advised of the Def Leppard patrons. I did not experience a problem with this, however, I heard there were many angry patrons who were NOT there as part of the Def Leppard cruise and were not happy. Note that I had sailed on a prior cruise on Royal Caribbean and when I boarded, I did not know it was a Harley Davidson cruise, so this is probably the norm on the cruiseships. (I did have an awesome time though). However, where MSC fails is that due to horrid weather (we were unable to disembark at one port), the bands were not able to play outside (a part of which we paid for as members of the Def Leppard cruise). Rather than MSC accommodating our group, we were sandwiched into a small lounge and were completely agitated and miserable. I think MSC should have moved some of their other shows around to accommodate our group. Misleading Salespeople at the Photo Area - We had taken several photos which we purchased. I met someone who had purchased a few photos and when he got to his room, he realized he picked the wrong photo. He told me that the people at the desk would NOT allow him to exchange it. On top of that, we ordered what we were told was the "Def Leppard" dvd. There was a dvd of some karaoke and ship event highlights playing at the photo area and when I asked the salesperson is that the "normal ship dvd", she said yes and told me the Def Leppard version was a different one which included some clips of the bands, etc. that were EXCLUSIVELY part of the Def Leppard charter. I was told we could not pick up the dvd until after 9:00 pm. Since there were concerts going on, we were unable to pick up the dvd that evening. We were surprised because we were not told that the photo area would close before the shows ended. We had to race down and pick up our dvd before we disembarked the boat and when I got home and watched it.....it was the ship highlights and NOT an exclusive Def Leppard charter video! Disembarkation - From hell! We were assigned a disembarkation time of 10:00 a.m, but had to depart our room at 7:00 a.m. If you did self-assist, you could disembark at 6:45. We chose to disembark. After spending TWO HOURS on line, we were finally able to get off the ship from hell! It was the first time I heard people, including myself, actually CHEERING when we put our sign and sail cards in the machine to disembark. NEVER AGAIN with MSC!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
If I could give zero stars I would. Do not under any circumstances book a cruise with this cruise line. We were on a special cruise for Def Leppard. I was told by several people who booked the cruise that they were NOT informed that it was ... Read More
If I could give zero stars I would. Do not under any circumstances book a cruise with this cruise line. We were on a special cruise for Def Leppard. I was told by several people who booked the cruise that they were NOT informed that it was a Def Leppard cruise. So we had about thousands people on board who had no idea they would be on a Rock n Roll Cruise. This understandably pissed them off. Extremely understaffed which led to unhappy and unhelpful staff members. Several times we tried to get drinks at the bar and the bartenders ignored us. The food was just like fast food. The pizza was was just okay, a couple of times it was cold when it hit my plate. Not many options on the salad bar, I can get a better salad at Ruby Tuesday. If you happened to get fresh pasta, it was good but not great. The fresh made omelets in the morning were good, but small portions and at least twice the eggs were under cooked. The buffet lines were set up backwards. For example, the salad bar was laid out with the salad toppings and dressings at what you would think would be the beginning of the line. This lead to mass confusion when trying to get food. Several times we got our food and by the time we found a place to sit the food was cold. There were tables not being cleaned off efficiently. I do not blame the staff for this, I blame management for thinking cutting costs on staff would be acceptable. The one night we went to the actually dining room, our waiter got several plates of food wrong. A gentleman sitting with us had to ask for his drink 4 times before it was brought to him just in time for dessert. Our second port of call was cancelled due to weather and there was no back up plan. We were left with an extra day at sea, it was too cold to be outside so we spend time wondering around the ship only to discover because of their staffing issues only two bars were open on the whole ship. So You had 3,000 people with no where to go and they couldn't even drown their sorrows in alcohol because you couldn't make it to the bar. They nickle and dime you to death. I understand that cruise ships have alcohol and coke packages and maybe a specialty restaurant or two that are at an extra cost. But everything except the buffet and the dining room was an extra cost on this ship. I heard several people complaining that they order water (WATER!) with their alcoholic beverage and were charged extra. There was also a 15% service charge on anything you ordered, which I understand the waiters need tips but when you automatically give tips the level of service goes down. Overall, very unhappy with the way the cruise ship was being managed. The only positive thing I have to say about the whole ship was that there was always hot water in the showers. I would not go on another cruise with this cruise line even if I was being paid to do so. Spend a little more money to save your insanity. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
The good stuff first! Embarkation- easy. fast, fun boarding the ship. Cruise staff singing and dancing while boarding. The room was okay. No storage which I was surprised. Just closets. Room steward was great, pretty much the only ... Read More
The good stuff first! Embarkation- easy. fast, fun boarding the ship. Cruise staff singing and dancing while boarding. The room was okay. No storage which I was surprised. Just closets. Room steward was great, pretty much the only person that greeted us and smiled. The Cruise Director Tyler was awesome, kudos whoever hired him. Fun, Fun, Fun, The room was loud until about midnight then if was fine. The description online regarding the ship was false, there are no slides, trampoline etc. two small pools and 4 small hot tubs. The food was disgusting, there were 17 of us and many other people complained about the food. I am not picky and very easy going, the food was the worst and very disappointing. I will not try this ship again. The best part, the alcohol was included, however, if you booked in 2015 you had to upgrade your cabin to get a free alcohol package. I didn't but the rest of the family did. Customers were mad because they didn't get any money back for upgrading. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
I was worried after reading reviews if I would enjoy this cruise. I was surprised how nice the ship is. The staff were all nice, the food was good. The buffet garden cafe had something for everyone, the specialty dining was excellent. ... Read More
I was worried after reading reviews if I would enjoy this cruise. I was surprised how nice the ship is. The staff were all nice, the food was good. The buffet garden cafe had something for everyone, the specialty dining was excellent. The beds are very comfortable and the pillows were great. We had a balcony and our room was smaller but met all our needs. I would recommend to book excursions if you want to explore the Bahamas, my husband and I did not, we stayed on board for Freeport as the weather wasn't the best. We did venture off at Nassau and we were really surprised how run down the port was and because we did not feel safe we turned around and went back on the ship. The private island was awesome. Spoke to lots of cruisers and heard lots of good things about the cruise and how they were enjoying themselves. I would recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
First, to say that I was hesitant to book on the Majesty based on age and size. After this cruise I would not hesitate to book again (Thanks Dad). Hotel: Red Roof Inn Plus - Miami Airport - Nice enough to stay pre or post cruise. ... Read More
First, to say that I was hesitant to book on the Majesty based on age and size. After this cruise I would not hesitate to book again (Thanks Dad). Hotel: Red Roof Inn Plus - Miami Airport - Nice enough to stay pre or post cruise. Minutes from cruise port and airport. Free shuttle to and from Airport. Free shuttle to cruise port. Have stayed there a total of 3 times. No complaints. Hotel: Days Inn Intl Airport - Was lucky to find a room with all the northern flights cancelled. Will not return to this property or Days Inn. The hotel feels old, is old and in need of a makeover. They take credit card imprints at check in like it was 1986 (REALLY-its 2016). I could go on about how poor the experience was but this isn't a hotel review. Now the ship: Embarkation was so easy, Left the hotel at 10:30 and was on the ship at 11:05. Classic atrium with everything a few steps away in either direction. I was worried about shopping selection on board because it was a small ship. Was more than adequate. I had a mid-ship cabin, best choice especially on this ship because you don't have to walk a mile to any venue. Although there is that elevator that only services decks 4-7. There are a few quirks to getting around to the spectrum lounge but navigating the ship is better than similar sized carnival ships. Activities are the standard ones: Pool side contests, Karaoke, Love and Marriage, etc. The cruise director and her staff made the trip fun. (you just have to get out and enjoy) No poolside movies -but the ship goes into drydock in april. Art auction had nice pieces in all price ranges (still I think overpriced.) Service: It felt like all the staff on board wanted you to have a great time. Nothing over the top special that one would rave about but you feel comfortable interacting with them. Port: Missed Cococay and been to Nassau enough times. Cabin: Standard Oceanview. 118 Sq Ft they are small. Small tv, No sitting area, No refrigerator mini bar. A small request to cabin attendant kept my ice bucket filled (thanks). The next time I have to go with superior oceanview Deck 9 larger but obstructed views. This is the biggest problem with this ship and the only issue worth mentioning. I knew they were small before I booked it but thought it can't be so bad (wrong). Good condition but small. But you aren't going to be in the cabin much anyway (too small). Dining: Lots of choices for a small ship. Was extremely disappointed with Johnny Rockets on this trip (never said that before). But other venues made up for it. Entertainment: The main show was okay (cant remember the name of it now) but it could be better. The shows in general have not been as good as in years past. And there weren't many on this cruise, should have been more. Disembarkation: Still my least favorite part of the cruise. As great as embarkation was disembarkation was the opposite. And I do not have any realistic suggestions about how to improve it. Transportation pickup from the pier was confusing (first time I prearranged private pickup). Forget about the power outage in the terminal with no emergency lighting. Just 500 people in the dark getting out cell phones for light. When the lights came back on the TSA people were barking about the no cell phones in the terminal. (Hello, Hello, think McFly think. There was no power and no emergency lights. Don't tell me to put away my phone.) All things being equal, I can deal with the cell phone rule but not when 1+1 doesn't equal 2. Summary: Nice enough for a quick getaway and I will likely sail again especially if they can get a 5 day cruise in the rotation once in a while. I do have to mention that there were 2 employees that I was not happy with, but only 1 that actually did a sub par job. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016

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