687 Miami to Bahamas Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas Cruise Reviews

this was my 1st cruise... It started out with someone breaking the handle off my Gucci luggage and losing the strap and the ship tried to repair it by gluing it not once but twice and then it breaks at the airport on my way home. The staff ... Read More
this was my 1st cruise... It started out with someone breaking the handle off my Gucci luggage and losing the strap and the ship tried to repair it by gluing it not once but twice and then it breaks at the airport on my way home. The staff was rude and unaccommodating. Then I was double billed by the bar staff and then stood in line for 40 mins to get if removed only to find it there when I received my finally bill.. My experience would not good. My friends spoke so highly of the cruise line however, It was a big disappointment to us.In addition I purchased a cake and decoration for the room and none of the staff was aware that I purchase it until I complained about its absence, then when they brought it was used as if for $100 decorations should be reused over and over and looks bent and wrinkled. Not a good experience Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Let me preface this by saying I have not gone on a cruise in about 13 years, with that being said, I wan avid cruiser as a young adult and teenager. I am now 32 years old. I have cruised previously with both Carnival and RCCL, and have ... Read More
Let me preface this by saying I have not gone on a cruise in about 13 years, with that being said, I wan avid cruiser as a young adult and teenager. I am now 32 years old. I have cruised previously with both Carnival and RCCL, and have done 4 cruises with Royal Caribbean. Things have definitely changed since my last cruise. Let me start off by saying one of the few redeeming factors of this cruise was the wait staff in the Main Dining Room. Our Server was a true professional. Now onto the bad. Upon arrival on board around 2:00pm we headed to our stateroom to leave our bags which we had carried on. Then we headed to the Windjammer for lunch, only to be told there was not more food service and we had to wait until after 4:00pm to eat. I was beyond appalled, we had been in transition of travel all day and not eaten anything. We begrugginly waited until 4:00pm only to then be told that the only "food" options were Tacos by the Pool or Pizza updatairs at their Pizza Parlor. WHAT?! We had some pretty awful tacos which were more like Hungarian Goulash than Mexican. Dinner in the Dining room was okay... 3 stars out of a possible 5. The next day we had breakfast at the Main Dinning room again, the eggs were gross. They were obviously powdered eggs and not fresh or real eggs at all. Upon arriving at CocoCay the lines to unboard the ship went up 3 floors. It took us an hour and a half to get off the ship. Unacceptable. We found a far corner of the island and enjoyed our own private beach we did not see 1 other human for hours! It was perfect! When we returned to the inhabited area for lunch we were held up again at a line and told there was no more food for us by a waiter! WHAT?! It was 1:40pm and we were not scheduled to leave the island until 4:00pm. The incredibly rude waiter kept telling us to just go on the boat that there was food on the boat. I complained and told him this was unacceptable, citing our experience the previous day. He allowed us to stay in the line and when we reached the buffet there were trays upon trays of food and new fresh food being delivered! My spouse and I were left in complete shock. Why was this waiter not allowing us to get food? How Sketchy is that? Dinner the dining room was again 3 out of 5, but then, the "performances" began. How corny. Bad audio quality, tacky, demeaning performances. All in all, RCCL is not what it used to be. Will never cruise again. Food quality is beyond poor. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We were bumped over to the Majesty of the Seas after our Empress of the Seas sailing was cancelled. We were somewhat concerned about our experience on the Majesty, given the poor reviews here and elsewhere. It was overall a positive ... Read More
We were bumped over to the Majesty of the Seas after our Empress of the Seas sailing was cancelled. We were somewhat concerned about our experience on the Majesty, given the poor reviews here and elsewhere. It was overall a positive experience, and better than we expected. What was good: We were pleasantly surprised by Royal Caribbean's food and staff. This was our first experience on RCL, with the bulk of our prior cruise experiences on Celebrity and Princess. While no means gourmet, we thought both the Dining Room and Windjammer food and service were well above average. Staff was very positive and welcoming, with great energy and desire to please. Franky, our server in the dining room, was excellent. Kenroy, our cabin steward, was also excellent. For a 24 year old ship, Majesty of the Seas is in fairly good shape. (It was headed into a drydock after our sailing, but was very clean and crew were constantly doing work on it.) While it doesn't have the whiz and bang of the newer ships, it certainly did the job for a cheap vacation. It pales in comparison to previous ships we've been on, but it was certainly fine for the price point. As Diamond Level members (because of our status on Celebrity), we were treated royally. Free drinks, friendly loyalty desk, and nice Diamond Lounge each evening. What could have been better: The stateroom beds were not particularly comfortable and seriously needed replacing. The entertainment was just okay (again, it's a four night trip...don't expect Broadway). The ports are nothing new and are good for sitting on the beach or relaxing...we didn't do any shore excursions. The interiors and furnishings need updating. What was not okay: Rick Corso, comedian. His act was vulgar and offensive and contained really inappropriate material about transgendered people. If the same comments had been said about persons of color or about other minorities, I know Royal Caribbean would discontinue his act immediately. I hope they will do the same in this situation. Regardless of how one feels politically about the issue, there were certainly transgendered guests aboard, or people with family members who are transgendered, and it was just offensive to all. Passengers, including us, left the event in droves. I have never made a complaint before on the 20+ cruises I've been on, but I did complain to the Cruise Director via a written letter at the guest services desk. She made no response. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We went on this cruise after being cancelled off of The Empress. Very good ship for her age, and it was the most smooth sailing cruise I have ever been on. The service was excellent and so was the food. My one complaint was that the ... Read More
We went on this cruise after being cancelled off of The Empress. Very good ship for her age, and it was the most smooth sailing cruise I have ever been on. The service was excellent and so was the food. My one complaint was that the air conditioning was mediocre at best...sometimes you just need to freeze after being out in the sun all day! The crew was excellent as well, I just wish there were a few more activities to partake in during the day if you chose not to get off of the ship...and the shows at night were just OK. Elevators ran smoothly and quickly the entire time, and the embarkation, debarkation process was excellent. We arrived at the pier at 10:30am and were on board with a drink in our hand by 11am. It was my significant other's first time cruising and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Our cruise with Empress of the Seas got cancelled so we were given the option to board with this ship and RC was not very accommodating about booking us a hotel for the night that we would be missing out on from our original itinerary. We ... Read More
Our cruise with Empress of the Seas got cancelled so we were given the option to board with this ship and RC was not very accommodating about booking us a hotel for the night that we would be missing out on from our original itinerary. We decided to board with this ship because our trip was already planned out. The cruise ship was very dated. The decor is a big throw back to the early 90s and the pool was small, dirty and crowded. I dreaded using the washroom in our room because it was in bad shape. The crew was friendly,helpful and provided good service though. The food in the buffet was nothing special and they ran out quickly and people would have to wait before a worker refilled the food in the buffet. It was also closed early so the only snack you can get in the evening is Pizza or room service with a limited menu. There wasn't enough seats in the buffet and restaurants so we had to stand or go outside the deck to eat in discomfort. The line ups to get to our destination and back into the ship was long and unorganized and there was no staff to control the line so people would budge which resulted in longer wait times. This was my first cruise and one part I did enjoy in this whole experience was the visit in Coco Cay and Nassau but I would definitely book with another ship next time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This cruise was average at best. With a few exceptions the food was tasty but nothing particularly special. There is food available nearly around the clock, you just have to find what is open - there is a daily schedule provided of ALL ... Read More
This cruise was average at best. With a few exceptions the food was tasty but nothing particularly special. There is food available nearly around the clock, you just have to find what is open - there is a daily schedule provided of ALL events to each room. At dinner the seafood dishes were better than the fish dishes. Few vegetarian options were available. The breakfast omelet to order was greasy. The entertainment was OK - with a variety of options - some very good, others OK. The stops were nothing spectacular, but decent (Nassau, Coco Cay, Key West). The staff across the board were friendly and very responsive. The exercise facility was fine (busy the first morning then not other days). Royal Caribbean knows how to manage people so lines were few. I would not get the beverage options unless you are going to be able to drink 5-6 per day (drinks in your cabin are not included). You don't have to buy it in advance either. You can buy a bottle of wine at dinner (restaurant prices) and save it for the next day. They have a bus at $18 from the airport; if there are more than two of you it may not be worth it - take a taxi, although you will have to manage your luggage. The wifi (at $20 per day for one device; $35 for two) is NOT available throughout the ship (i.e. not in the cabins) but in most public places. It is easy to switch between devices. It works OK; sometimes very slowly because of how many people are on it. The snorkeling on Coco Cay was decent ($40 for a day long rental; $10 more for a locker). Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was my wife's and I first cruise. my wife was a bit apprehensive at first to be on the ocean but eventually agreed. Everything went very smoothly with the embarkation and the staff was very helpful. The ship in itself was ... Read More
This was my wife's and I first cruise. my wife was a bit apprehensive at first to be on the ocean but eventually agreed. Everything went very smoothly with the embarkation and the staff was very helpful. The ship in itself was majestic after its name, being on a ship this big for the first time I was in awe. the inside was beautiful on entering and the ambience was very welcoming. On being ushered to my cabin at first I thought was a bit small but well put away. It was comfortable and clean, with adequate space for both my wife and I. The dining on the ship was indeed an experience, in that the food prepared was very delicious and they catered for everyone's need it was not a problem in getting the food more so from the windjammer buffet. What I liked about this, was that you can choose whatever you felt like having. There were tables readily available and when not, the staff would quickly ensure that one was located to suit your needs. It was even more pleasant dining and viewing your surroundings. The activities on-board was highly entertaining and was plentiful throughout the days activities. The service in my view was second to non as staff was always very helpful and courteous ensuring that you enjoyed your stay. The ports that I visited was indeed a pleasure and full of activities and most of all safe, there was so much to see with little time to do so. This cruise was to celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary and I am definitely looking forward to make this an annual event. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was my 6th cruise, 3rd with Royal Caribbean. I took my 70 yr old mother and 18 yr old daughter; it was both their first cruise. I specifically picked this itinerary because it was a short cruise, and my mom couldn't be gone ... Read More
This was my 6th cruise, 3rd with Royal Caribbean. I took my 70 yr old mother and 18 yr old daughter; it was both their first cruise. I specifically picked this itinerary because it was a short cruise, and my mom couldn't be gone for a 7 night trip. I did a lot of research and realized that this was an older, smaller ship, and that seemed ok. What I didn't realize, is that this was the smallest stateroom I have ever seen. We always choose interior staterooms for the budget price and because we don't really spend much time in the room. But really, this one didn't have a table (as pictured) or even a tiny loveseat. This room literally had room for the beds and a vanity. TINY. Upon arriving on the ship we went to a public area restroom and it was in such disrepair I was shocked. Fortunately that was the worst one. Other restrooms didn't seem as bad. As for food, we ate in the dining room each night. The dress code was not enforced at all. Many men we wearing cargo shorts, t-shirts and tennis shoes into the dining room. We had My Time Dining, which was great. The service by our attendants was fabulous, as always. They go above and beyond, and we love that. The food however was disappointing. Frequently served lukewarm, and a couple things I just didn't eat. Our server would probably have done something about it, but we hate to complain. We just ate it and went on to the next activity. The food came out of the kitchen VERY SLOW also. We had shakes one night and Johnny Rockets and they were wonderful! One night entertainment was Danio El Gaucho - he was FABULOUS! I thought the comedian however was rude and not really even funny. Overall, I would cruise with Royal Caribbean again, but not on this ship. I felt like I was making apologies to my mom/daughter all week, saying "it's not normally like this"... I'll be looking for a newer, bigger ship with more amenities! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was my 4th cruise and my boyfriends first cruise, I choose Royal Caribbean because I was comfortable with that cruise line. It was a short cruise and I wanted to go to Key West. I read all of the reviews regarding the ship and was a ... Read More
This was my 4th cruise and my boyfriends first cruise, I choose Royal Caribbean because I was comfortable with that cruise line. It was a short cruise and I wanted to go to Key West. I read all of the reviews regarding the ship and was a little nervous about the negative reviews the ship was going in for repair and we were on the last sail out before the ship repairs. The ship was nice I have never been on one of the fancier ships so it was nice to me and we had a good time. The one thing I did miss was the Solerium because it was spring break and children were everywhere. I didn't get the opportunity to get in the hot tub or enjoy the pool. Our ports were Nassau, Coco Cay and Key West. We didn't stop at Coco Cay waters to ruff. The staff was friendly and when we didn't embark in Coco Cay there were plenty of activities to enjoy our day at sea. We aretaking the same cruise next year with our girls 17 and 24. We will be on the Enchantment of the Sea I have been on this ship before it is a little bigger and has a solerium. The only complaint I have is that the nightclub was dead when I did Carnival the nightclub was jumping. My boyfriend complained that the entertainment crew talked too much before getting a game started. He loved his first cruise and Royal Carribbean and wants to cruise every year. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The ship was outdated and very dirty. If you have an allergy to mold or mildew beware. Our son had severe asthma attacks due to the mold and mildew level on the ship our entire cruise! Our shower floor, curtains, bed and toilet were ... Read More
The ship was outdated and very dirty. If you have an allergy to mold or mildew beware. Our son had severe asthma attacks due to the mold and mildew level on the ship our entire cruise! Our shower floor, curtains, bed and toilet were covered in it. You could smell the mildew when you got on the boat! The food was low grade quality! On day 2 we were suppose to stop in Coco Cay and we did not! We were stuck on a over crowded mold infested boat for an entire 24 hours. We were not able to find any free lounge chairs to sit in at the pool. No staff was around to help! The pool is very small and you can never get in the 2 over crowded hot tubs! After reading other reviews it is very common to miss Coco Cay! Beware. On the third day we were suppose to port in the Keys at 8:00 AM. The ship was late and we could not get off the boat until 10:45 AM because it took over 45 minutes to get through the line full of passengers happy to get off this dirty boat! On our third night the captain made an announcement at 3:30 AM. A different announcement was made at 4:00AM looking for a person, I think this is their way of waking people up so they can start packing to get off the cruise by 7am. We will never book a cruise with Royal Caribean. They lack customer service, cleanliness and quality! Book your excursions on your own! We saved $300 using google when we got to the ports! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We booked our cruise for March of 2016, thinking that the Majesty was leaving the RC fleet. Despite the news that Majesty will stay awhile longer, we still sailed on her. The ship does need a major refurbishment. She looks tired, with ... Read More
We booked our cruise for March of 2016, thinking that the Majesty was leaving the RC fleet. Despite the news that Majesty will stay awhile longer, we still sailed on her. The ship does need a major refurbishment. She looks tired, with the exception of the MDR on Deck 3. The food was very good in the MDR and good in the Windjammer. The crew was outstanding and worked hard to keep everyone happy. I also enjoyed the two shows that we attended. Here are my gripes. First, the Love & Marriage Show didn't start until 10pm. For those of us with kids or early risers, that's a little late. Second, as others have said, a shorter stay in Nassau and a longer stay in Key West would make a lot of sense. While we enjoyed Coco Cay, we tendered back to the ship at the first rumble of thunder, around 10:40. Shortly after 11am, the cruise director announced that tendering had stopped because of rough seas. Shortly after 12, the captain announced that because of worsening weather, we were going to leave ASAP. Because of the seas, we actually didn't leave until 2:30. Third, we learned that hard way that on short cruises out of the U.S., there aren't a lot of teens who participate in the teen programs. Our son, age 12, had a blast on the Brilliance last summer, sailing out of Harwich. He ran around with 9 kids, all British. So, he picked up a slight English accent and improved his soccer skills. On the Majesty, virtually every teen program was cancelled due to lack of interest, even though there were roughly 700 passengers under the age of 18, according to our cabin steward. I get the feeling that a lot of larger family groups sail on the short cruises, meaning that each family group has several teens to hang with. So, when you only have 1 teenager, he or she will get bored on the Majesty. Last, there seemed to be a dearth of trivia games on the ship. On a longer cruise, there seems to be 1 to 3 trivia games every day. But, on the 4 night cruise, I think there were only 3 trivia games. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Book another boat!! This one is smelly and moldy. The sewer backs up and makes the boat smell plus the mildew odor in certain parts (even the dining area) is unbearable. I don't think I have had worse food anywhere else. It was not ... Read More
Book another boat!! This one is smelly and moldy. The sewer backs up and makes the boat smell plus the mildew odor in certain parts (even the dining area) is unbearable. I don't think I have had worse food anywhere else. It was not edible. We had 6 people and none of us could eat the food. The buffet is awful. They run out of dishes and don't replenish them. The Starbucks is even awful. The worker there doesn't know what he's doing. The beds are extremely uncomfortable. One of the people with me had to take pain relievers because her back got so terribly out of whack from the bed. There is no late night food to eat other than the worst pizza ever. That is the ONLY option for late night. It was raw on the bottom with toppings that had zero flavor. We love pizza and couldn't eat this. We thought it was awful that there was nothing else to eat at night. It took us almost 4 hours to get off the boat. There is no organization at all and we stood in line for hours just to get off. The spa is located under the kids club and the noise makes the spa feel like you are in a daycare. There were hardly any shows to attend for entertainment. There are a few lounges that would have been perfect for that sort of thing, but they were not being utilized. There could have been dancing in one of them. At least with a DJ if they couldn't have a band. We had hoped to go dancing at night, but that wasn't an option. There is too much time spent at the Bahamas port and not near enough time spent at the Key West port. Save yourself from having a lousy time and book another boat. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We've taken several cruises, this is our second on Majesty of the Seas. It is a nice ship, a bit older but still in ok condition. Our main gripe is that they blasted this 20's something electronic pop music at full volume ... Read More
We've taken several cruises, this is our second on Majesty of the Seas. It is a nice ship, a bit older but still in ok condition. Our main gripe is that they blasted this 20's something electronic pop music at full volume through out the ship. Even at breakfast, full throttle party music blasted throughout the restaurant. You couldn't get away from it, drove us crazy. Now we are no old-timers. In our 40's, but this was ridiculous. We use to love going on cruises to relax and hear some island music or someone playing some jimmy buffet songs. (love live music) No more. Even the piano bar was full volume, (with in your face backing tracks). You didn't know if the computer was playing the music or the pianist. This was our 3rd Royal Caribbean cruise but probably our last. Seem's like they turned the keys over to the gen X'rs. Even the food was lacking compared to previous cruises. Does anyone know a cruise line that is for the older, more refined crowd? 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
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
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
This ship is an older and smaller ship without many of the amenities of the larger, newer ships. However the staff excelled at making the most of the facilities available. The Windjammer had more selection of deserts, Asian, curries and ... Read More
This ship is an older and smaller ship without many of the amenities of the larger, newer ships. However the staff excelled at making the most of the facilities available. The Windjammer had more selection of deserts, Asian, curries and other items than the one on the Allure of the Seas. The layout is actually two levels with Sorrentos, the deli (like the Park Cafe on some other ships) and Johnny Rocket's on the upper level. There is a nice little area with a few tables outside of this area, nicely shaded and out of the wind. Strangely, there was no thermos of milk for the tea, even at afternoon snacks time and the strawberries were completely absent in the sauce for the scones. The crepes were a nice touch! The staff conducting trivia and other activities were excellent. The cruise director, Simona, looked and acted the part, unlike on some RC ships. We are Diamond Plus Crown and Anchor Society members and I was somewhat concerned that there was no Diamond Lounge or Concierge Club on this ship. But they had set up the equivalent each night in the forward section of the Viking Crown Lounge and that worked out just as well. The Allure doesn't even have a Viking Crown Lounge anymore after they took out this signature feature in order to add more cabins! They had also set up a Diamond section in the dining room for breakfast, which was greatly appreciated. The two production shows were quite good, considering that the theater has a fairly small stage and pretty basic technical features. The first show was soul/r and b music and the second was seventies/disco music ( the same show as on Vision of the Seas). But the sound system was turned up beyond its capabilities causing distortion in the music and making it far less enjoyable. Why? The comedian was on a previous ship and was awful, so there was no need to go see him again. It was really nice that there was no tv screen on the pool deck and that the music was a pleasant mix and not played so loud as to be abusive. The crew parade of flags is always fun (but here too turned up so loud as to be distorted), the Captain was pleasant as was the hotel director. It's no wonder many of the Diamond and Pinnacle members I talked to enjoy this ship. The Guest Services staff was extremely helpful when it was necessary to change rooms two times, once because of mechanical noise on deck six forward and once because of noise until 1:00 am from the Boleros lounge on deck eight. All three room stewards were great, however. The weather was a bit cooler than it will be later in the year and this made it pleasant to walk around Key West, Nassau and Coco Cay. This ship will go in for refurbishment in May and receive some updates. Lets hope all of the good stuff remains. 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
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
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
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
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
This is our third cruise and our first on a Royal Caribbean vessel. We were not the only ones with our observations as there was a lot of reference to how much better Carnival was. With that said, let me explain. This ship is old and ... Read More
This is our third cruise and our first on a Royal Caribbean vessel. We were not the only ones with our observations as there was a lot of reference to how much better Carnival was. With that said, let me explain. This ship is old and outdated with few amenities of most other vessels. The cabin was smaller than our other cruise experiences even though we paid for an upgraded floor and cabin. We saw our room steward twice: once when we arrived and when he delivered our purchases liquor. The staff started moving around at 4 am each morning because that is when I started hearing the "staff" access door slamming open and closed everyday. Quiet it is not. Not even a towel animal during our visit or chocolate on the pillow. (YES, Carnival does this.) The food selection was pretty much limited to the buffet on deck 11 and the dining room. The food was actually pretty gross in buffet compared to past experiences. The dining room was not bad but still not as good as previous cruises. The best food of the cruise was Johnny Rockets which is a diner on the ship that you have to pay a cover charge to eat in and are limited to on quantity. There is also the pizza place that is still more limited hours than other cruises we have been on. ICE CREAM! The food of cruises. There was one machine that was broken or not open the majority of the cruise and a staff member was making all the ice cream cones. It was also located in a bad stop causing traffic jams on the only stairway up to the next deck. We were supposed to stop at the "private" island of Coco Cay but due to weather pressed on to Nassau. We arrived at dinner time but the whole town shuts down at 6-7 pm so it was a wasted night in port. Nassau is pricey if you want to do an excursion. We did find our own fun and a nice beach that only had about 20 people on it despite 4 cruise ships being in port that day. We checked out a zoo that is about a 20 minute walk. We did local stuff and really enjoyed our day but everything started closing about 4:30 and was shut down by 7 even though we didn't leave port till midnight. The ship is outdated. I have a child that has been dancing for 18 years. She should be on Broadway when compared to the talents for the show dancers. The singers weren't bad. The comedian was extremely crass to the point of not being funny. The first night teaser seemed like he would be good but no. We are not the partying type so the loud bar seen and dancing was not our thing. Other ships have had nice piano bars or other things going on in the evening to entertain. Not this ship. Other ships have had large movie screens on deck to watch a playoff game or movie at night. NOT THIS SHIP. Movies were shown mid afternoon when we wanted to be out on deck or on land sight seeing. There wasn't even a mini golf or water slide. There was ONE shuffle board and ONE bean bag toss. The boat had two hot tubs in the middle of the chaos. They were always full and often with children. Other ships have had an adult only area with a pool and extra adult only hot tubs. They even charge an outrageous sum for wifi. We resorted to playing cards a lot of the trip. Even the casino was weird. It was cash only and we couldn't put it on our cruise card like other ships. I don't carry cash when on a cruise. Also, smoking supposedly had designated areas but seemed to be more of a suggestion on this ship. In an attempt to find something redeeming about this cruise, I will say that our nightly dinner staff was exceptional! Dwight, Vinnie and Daniel were fabulous and probably the BEST we have ever had on a cruise. This ship was apparently going into a much needed dry dock for 11 days after our cruise. I am not sure what they could change significantly enough for me to go again. The consensus from prior cruisers was that even though Carnival was considered a party cruise line and the low rent district, it did offer many more niceties for the price comparison. We were told to give Royal Caribbean another chance by long time devotees. We will see. We have done several cruise lines and due to pricing category comparison I have compared it to Carnival but am not saying that Carnival is the best cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Majesty of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.6
Dining 3.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.0 3.7
Public Rooms 3.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.8
Enrichment 2.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 3.0 3.8
Rates 3.0 4.3

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