44 Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Bahamas from Miami

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 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
Let me start off by saying I NEVER write reviews, about anything, but after reading some not so great reviews, and being pleasantly surprised by my [first ever], 3 night cruise, I decided to put in my two cents. Stateroom- I had heard ... Read More
Let me start off by saying I NEVER write reviews, about anything, but after reading some not so great reviews, and being pleasantly surprised by my [first ever], 3 night cruise, I decided to put in my two cents. Stateroom- I had heard so many warnings about how small rooms are on cruise ships and I was pleasantly surprised by the size of our room. Definitely not huge, but if you pack smart, you will have plenty of room. Looking at the bigger picture, you ARE on a ship, so unless you are willing to dish out more money for a suite, you don't have much to complain about [tip: get an ocean view room for a beautiful view on a budget, its also much less claustrophobic]. Our room was cleaned/stocked multiple times a day, and the housekeeping staff (especially MALBERT) was always eager & quick to meet our needs. Service- The service on board really made our experience amazing- from guest services, to dining staff, to cleaning staff & more, everyone from the moment we stepped foot at the port, was lovely. Everyone was professional, friendly, and efficient. I was surprised to be greeted by name in may encounters and I can not say enough good things about the staff. Our highlights were Ahkil & Saipaul who were our main servers every night for dinner. I have never encountered more friendly and genuine people in my years of traveling and I am glad our paths crossed as they really made our cruise that much more enjoyable. Dining- The food was excellent, well, much better than I expected for a cruise. Breakfast was buffet style with endless options. Lunch could also be done buffet style, or at Johnny Rocket's/Sorrento's Pizza on the same floor. Dinner was by far my favorite. Each night had a theme and a different menu, and you can order as many apps, entrees, and desserts as you wish. Take advantage of "my time dining" and sign up for a time to eat. We had the same table/servers reserved for us ever night which was awesome. ALSO, there is 24/7 room service available (although you will get charged if you order between midnight and 5am). All in all, its safe to say you will not be hungry on your trip. Activities- There were so many activities available on ship, it was almost overwhelming (thankfully you receive a thorough itinerary every night preparing you for the next day). Some highlights were "Name that Lyric" game show, karaoke, parties on the pool deck, gambling at the casino, and line dance lessons. We chose to nap a couple hours each day so we missed quite a bit of the activities, but there were TONS of options. Shore Excursions - SO much to do if you are willing to pay (you're on vacay, why not right?). Cococay, a private island owned by this cruiseline, is BEAUTIFUL and a nice break from the ship. We decided to jet ski which was AMAZING, but there were plenty of other options. Some cheaper options are snorkeling, renting a floating matt, and playing in the mini water park set up in the ocean. There was live music, a great BBQ, and lots of seating available which all contributed to a perfect day at Cococay. Nassau- as expected, this island was infinitely larger than Cococay and the options are endless. We rented a scooter which we drove around the island for a couple hours which was a great way to see the island. We then ate some fish at the FISH FRY at Arawak (a must!) and spent the rest of the day at the beautiful Atlantis. This island is seriously breathtaking, and there is lots to do--you will not be disappointed. Side note: everyone on this island is so friendly and helpful, we were constantly asking strangers for directions, recommendations, etc. and we had the sweetest encounters. Also, they take US dollars everywhere and the official language is English which makes everything easy. *tip* don't buy excursions ahead of time, just play it by ear and pay once you get off the boat, way more flexible and you can get better deals on the island sometimes* Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was a two-fold trip: 1) to conquer my fear of water; and 2) celebrate my 50th Birthday. I really enjoyed the cruise, the ship, the islands, the shore excursions, the food and entertainment. I can't forget the people. I enjoyed ... Read More
This was a two-fold trip: 1) to conquer my fear of water; and 2) celebrate my 50th Birthday. I really enjoyed the cruise, the ship, the islands, the shore excursions, the food and entertainment. I can't forget the people. I enjoyed my dinner companion. Carlos, the Cruise Director had a lot of energy. I didn't realize they cleaned the rooms twice a day. Nicole was wonderful. would do it again with family! The ship wasn't too big with just the right number of passengers. I even lost some weight. Royal Caribbean you were the best for a first timer like me! Thank you for an amazing first cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Where do I start? Once on the ship and walking to cabin you could smell a fierce smell of sewage, rather unpleasant. The ship was ok looking overall, a bit outdated and in need of some remodeling. Very small cabins. The staff however was ... Read More
Where do I start? Once on the ship and walking to cabin you could smell a fierce smell of sewage, rather unpleasant. The ship was ok looking overall, a bit outdated and in need of some remodeling. Very small cabins. The staff however was wonderful, attentive and friendly. There was not much as far as activities for adults. I was very tempted to go hang out at the teen club, they seemed to have all the fun and cool stuff there. there is two pools but in same area and well might as well be one. The hot tub not so very hot. Always loud music playing. Wish they had at least one pool area that was more quiet. Food!!! OMG IT was god awful The buffet was just bad.... then when we went to sit down eating thinking it would be better well it was not. We even paid extra hoping to get a good meal and were again left super disappointed, over-salted steak and over cooked lobster. The last day they did make a good garlic shrimp but that was the only!! and I mean only good thing the entire time we were there. The only good meal we got other then the garlic shrimp was off the ship at atlantis. I didnt even mind paying the extra 100 for my family to finally get some good food. Spa, well not as clean as you would imagine a spa. the massage therapist clearly does not know how to properly drape a person,I asked for a swedish and i have bruises on my leg from where she went to deep. She also would do something on one side and not the other and just go over boney landmarks. I couldnt wait for that 75 minutes to be over! Worst massage of my life! Dont waste your time or money! You will be disapointed. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My first and last cruise. My stateroom was 1604- level 6 in front of the ship. My travel agent put in for a room change to the middle, the request was done & new stateroom assigned. When I printed the luggage tags they were for the ... Read More
My first and last cruise. My stateroom was 1604- level 6 in front of the ship. My travel agent put in for a room change to the middle, the request was done & new stateroom assigned. When I printed the luggage tags they were for the original room. Travel agent spent over 2 1/2 hours on the phone trying to get resolved. They said they see the change but it was never completed. Sorry the ship is full and wanted to give me 6 chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. I asked for 1-2 comp days for the premium drink package that I paid $455 for. They refused. 1st night at dinner, our assigned table was with 2 older couples that didn't speak English. The food was horrible. The chef came out and I told him about my meal but they did nothing. We never went back. The pizza shop left out raw pizzas and didn't cook them enough, had to ask to cook more every time. Excursions are very expensive and not worth it. The CAT 4 hurricane was coming so we traveled out at sea somewhere for a day and a half and missed the Coco Cay Island stop. We didn't get to snorkel or go on the party boat but that was out of their hands. I agree with their decision regarding safety of the ship and guests. Most music entertainment was in Spanish which was disappointing as we booked the trip in America. There were guests from 66 different countries aboard and most were very rude. The best things were the Flag of the Countries show, the comedian and adult game shows. The crew members were pleasant and our steward was wonderful.. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Being my first cruise I was hopeful after rave reviews of other RCCL ships from friends who cruise often. First night was OK. Food choice of shrimp pasta in Moonlight dining room was bland like they forgot to season it. Others at my ... Read More
Being my first cruise I was hopeful after rave reviews of other RCCL ships from friends who cruise often. First night was OK. Food choice of shrimp pasta in Moonlight dining room was bland like they forgot to season it. Others at my table who order same dish agreed. A lot of salt and pepper made it OK. Second day in Nassau got off to a bad start. We assembled at 8 to disembark for our excursions but were not allowed off. For an hour we were shuffled around the elevator hall on deck 2 while waiting. Line up in 2's and snake around. OK. Then we're told not clearing customs yet, lets line up according to excursions. OK. Still not getting off. It is hot, people are angry and we are only told ship still hasn't yet cleared customs. Yay! An employee comes with a cart of ice cold water-only for those who have the premium beverage package. Anyone with less or no package couldn't even buy a water with our cards. After an hour we are finally let off. Only the next day do we find out the reason for the delay was a passenger had died during the night. And we only found out this because a friend on the Carnival ship docked next to us saw the police and coroner there and asked what was going on. RRCL should have told us there was a medical emergency AND let us go back to our rooms while we waited. We would have been more understanding. The excursion, See and Sea, was nice. I recommend it. Even though we were an hour late it didn't seem as though it was rushed. After that we went to Fish Fry and ate at Anchorage. Very good Conch salad and fritters. On the water, nice view. Walked back to ship but unable to explore Nassau. Everything pretty much closes at 5 and formal dinner was that evening. Food was very good at that dinner. Tenderloin could be cut with a fork. Coco Cay was wonderful. We rented a cabana. I highly recommend it. Fabulous view. Very relaxing. No crowds. Great buffet. Thursday was Key West. I love it there. Have been there before. Will be going again-not on a cruise. In general the ship is very small. Two pools, no slides. Very, very little for kids to do. Our room on 9 was pretty spacious with ample storage. I found the food very lacking. The Windjammer food was mediocre. Thank goodness for Lattitudes cafe(Starbucks). I could get my daily mocha frap and it was reasonably priced. The Compass deli was turned into a Mexican restaurant each evening for 16.00 extra to eat there. I didn't try the pizza. Do try to get to breakfast in the dining room. That was very good. Great french toast! Casino allows smoking but I'm not a gambler so a few times I just had to walk through it. The general store ran out of essentials on the first night and no replenishment until the last night. The ship staff was excellent. I am glad I went but doubt I'd go again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We were not sure what to expect (after reading some of the recent reviews) but we have come back after our recent 4 night cruise on the Majesty of the Seas totally smitten. We enjoyed every minute of it. The best part was the efficient and ... Read More
We were not sure what to expect (after reading some of the recent reviews) but we have come back after our recent 4 night cruise on the Majesty of the Seas totally smitten. We enjoyed every minute of it. The best part was the efficient and courteous staff. Food was in abundance and tickled every palate. The evening entertainment, especially by the dancers and singers, was elegant. Our cabin though small was clean, neat and had everything we needed. As senior citizens we opted for the more sedate off shore activities and were not disappointed. A highlight was the Flags March by the staff who come from 62 countries. Some of them demonstrated their talents in dancing. The Indians need to improve on their Bollywood show.... Embarkation and disembarkation was painless. Kudos to the captain and her team. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This cruise wasn't all bad, so I'll write about the good and the bad. Good: very clean. wonderful, friendly staff. Food was good. Bad: 1st full day, went to Nassau. You have to pay to get to a beach. We did a beach ... Read More
This cruise wasn't all bad, so I'll write about the good and the bad. Good: very clean. wonderful, friendly staff. Food was good. Bad: 1st full day, went to Nassau. You have to pay to get to a beach. We did a beach excursion. The beach was beautiful, we waited for an announcement for lunch, along with others and there wasn't one. We finally figured it out by ourselves. Got back to the ship to shower to explore Nassua after. Except for bars, everything closed around 5. Nobody told us, I didn't get to see Nassau. Day 2. Cococay was beautiful also. If it wasn't for my social brother in law wondering around, we would not have eaten because nobody told us they were serving a lunch. Day 3. Fuel leak. Can't dock at Key West. So we continued to float in the ocean and pollute a different area. $35 per person credit. Packed pool, waisted alot of time in our rooms. Day 4. Back to Miami. They refueled before we left the boat and another cruise was leaving that day!!!! Really???? 8 people, $10,000 layer and pure disappointment. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This cruise wasn't all bad, so I'll write about the good and the bad. Good: very clean. wonderful, friendly staff. Food was good. Bad: 1st full day, went to Nassau. You have to pay to get to a beach. We did a beach ... Read More
This cruise wasn't all bad, so I'll write about the good and the bad. Good: very clean. wonderful, friendly staff. Food was good. Bad: 1st full day, went to Nassau. You have to pay to get to a beach. We did a beach excursion. The beach was beautiful, we waited for an announcement for lunch, along with others and there wasn't one. We finally figured it out by ourselves. Got back to the ship to shower to explore Nassua after. Except for bars, everything closed around 5. Nobody told us, I didn't get to see Nassau. Day 2. Cococay was beautiful also. If it wasn't for my social brother in law wondering around, we would not have eaten because nobody told us they were serving a lunch. Day 3. Fuel leak. Can't dock at Key West. So we continued to float in the ocean and pollute a different area. $35 per person credit. Packed pool, waisted alot of time in our rooms. Day 4. Back to Miami. They refueled before we left the boat and another cruise was leaving that day!!!! Really???? 8 people, $10,000 layer and pure disappointment. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I returned home yesterday from my 1st cruise. This was an incentive trip that my wife had earned through her direct sales business. As a result, I know my experience will differ from others who have been on this cruise. The Majesty of ... Read More
I returned home yesterday from my 1st cruise. This was an incentive trip that my wife had earned through her direct sales business. As a result, I know my experience will differ from others who have been on this cruise. The Majesty of the Seas is the oldest and smallest ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet and does show its age in some areas but it has been well maintained and is perfect for a quick get away. My wife and I flew into Miami International and were loaded onto shuttle vans, provided by her direct sales company, for our short drive to the Port of Miami. Boarding the ship was quick and easy since we had gone online and taken care of most of the paperwork before leaving home. I recommend arriving as early as you can to avoid the long lines. We chose to take small carry-on bags so that we could go directly to our stateroom without checking luggage with the ship. We were assigned to an oceanview stateroom, 3850, with a porthole window on the Port side of the ship. The room was small but adequate for the two of us. The two beds were pushed together to form a queen size bed, but where the matresses met formed an uncomfortable ridge down the middle of the bed. That was my only issue with the cabin itself. We were centrally located just of the elevators which was convient in getting around and the foot traffic/noise level wasn't noticable to me. The location of the stateroom also meant our stateroom was like the pivot point on the waves, we did not experience as much swaying/rocking in the stateroom. The wife and I didn't do any of the shore excursions so I can't speak to how those were and we really didn't spend too much time in either of the ports. The first port was Coco Cay, the private island leased by Royal Caribbean, on Saturday. We decided to take advantage of the pool area on board that morning and waited until around lunch to head to the island. For this port, you take "tenders" from the ship to the dock. These are like ferry boats and they run back and forth from 8:00 to 4:15 during the day. Unless you are doing an excursion, there isn't much to do other than lay out or swim. The second port was Nassau on Sunday morning. This time the wife and I were one of the first off the ship and we strolled around for about an hour or two and bought some things to bring back to the kids at the straw market. Unfortuately, if you arrive in Nassau on Sunday, there aren't many shops open until around 9 or 10 and they close around 2:30. You can do several excursions or explore on your own and head over to Atlantis. As for the dining on board, I was very satisfied with the food. If you don't like water, coffee or unsweet tea then I would recommend looking into the drink packages. My wife went with the unlimited softdrink package which was $23 for the weekend cruise. Dinner in the main dining room has a differnt theme each night and there was a formal night on Saturday. The dress code is not as strict as the website leads you to believe, and nice pair of slack and a collared shirt will be enough for the men and a nice sundress for the ladies. Typically, you are assigend a table for each night although with my wife's incentive trip the guest from the company were allowed to sit in any of the reserved tables. My wife and I decided to sit at our assigned table each night and it was one of the highlights for us, more on that in a moment. You can find the menu for each night posted outside the dining room and get an idea of what you want before you are even seated. If you can't decide what to order, then just order both! We would each order two starters, and entree, and two desserts each night. I even got two entrees on the last night! As for the staff on board... they were amazing!!! There is a "Parade of Flags" peformed one evening in the Centrum to celebrate the diversity of the ships crew... a flag from each country represented by the crew is presented along with the number of crew members from each country... very festive celebration. Our stateroom attendant Iskanda was always availble if we needed anything. He kept the room clean and well stocked, remembered our names and was always smiling and making sure we were enjoying ourselves. The onboard activites like 80's music trivia and bingo were very fun and the crew running them made sure everyone was having a good time. I mentioned earlier that my wife and I decided to sit at our assigned table for dinner each night. Our server, Merilyn, was AMAZING!!! Again, due to this being an incentive trip some things were different than the normal cruises... for example, everyone on the incentive trip was allowed to sit at any of the reserved tables so on the first two nights my wife and I had a table for 10 all to ourselves. This allowed us to get to "special" attention from Merilyn and special it was! She remembered our drink orders and kept our glasses and plates full. On the last night I ordered Garlic Tiger shrimp and Merilyn came over to show me how to quickly and cleanly remove the shells and actually removed them all... she even brought me and second plate ready to eat without me even asking. Overall I was extremely satisfied with my time on the Majesty! The only things I would change would be the matresses could use some updates/replacemens, and the itenerary should be reversed to put you in port in Nassau on Saturday when the shops are open. Also the shops and Casion onboard could do more business if they were open longer. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our first cruise and we selected this ship because of the length of the trip as well as the ports included. We relied heavily on reviews so we wanted to do our part and write one as well. Boarding: Boarding the ship was very ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we selected this ship because of the length of the trip as well as the ports included. We relied heavily on reviews so we wanted to do our part and write one as well. Boarding: Boarding the ship was very easy and being a suite quest everything was very quick. We dropped off our luggage and were on the ship within 30 – 45 minutes of parking our car. Port Parking: The parking garage was directly across from the boarding terminal so it was a quick walk and in the Miami heat that is a huge plus. The cost was $80 and well worth it to be able to avoid the crowds waiting on shuttles etc. We were able to be on the road within 15 minutes of going through customs. Ship Appearance: Overall the ship was very nice considering her age. We did notice some wear and tear especially on the windows but were not surprised as we read about this on several reviews before booking. Stateroom: The grand suite was nice and had lots of room to move around in, plenty of storage and a good size bed. The room attendant did a good job of keeping the room clean and stocked with towels and was very friendly. The bathroom while bigger than other rooms was a little on the small side with a single sink etc. Please note if you are a light sleeper this may not be the room for you. We did hear a lot of noise from the restaurant above all day and most of the night. We use a fan app on our tablet so most of it was muffled out but without the fan noise we would have slept very little. The balcony was very large with a lot of unused space due to only having two small chairs. This would have been a great place to take a nap if they had a lounger as well. Overall the suite was nice, not great but also not horrible. Suite Perks: Royal Caribbean boast a lot of perks if you stay in a GS or above. We found that once on board we were left guessing about what was included and missed out on a lot. The company needs to do a better job explaining what is available especially with first time cruisers. This ship is smaller so it does not have all the perks of the larger ships. One thing to note is they advertise free pressing on your first formal night on all of the ships for GS or above guest. When we asked the room attendant he seemed puzzled and we were charged to press our clothes. The ship also does not have a laundry facility like the bigger ships so make sure you pack enough. Entertainment: The cruise director Carlos and his team did a great job. One member of his team Isaac (from Spain) did an amazing job! He was truly the life of the party and got everyone involved and kept us laughing nonstop. They did a 70’s night that was a blast. Lots of great music and dancing. The karaoke nights were entertaining and a nice way to relax. Battle of the sexes is a must see. We laughed until we cried. They also had a quest game that was great. Guest had to work together on teams to obtain some funny items. The beauty pageant at the end was hilarious. Overall the team did an awesome job. Food: Not horrible but defiantly not great either. We ate in the windjammer two times and had stomach issues both times so we steered clear of it the rest of the cruise. If you are into buffets the windjammer did have lots of choices and different selections however nothing was hot. This ship only has a couple of choices for specialty restaurants and they did not really appeal to us so we chose to eat in the main dining room on deck 4 every night except one. The food was ok nothing to write home about. The seared scallops gave us a laugh as they looked like scallop raisins they were so small. The staff was great and did an awesome job of bringing extra things for us to try and making sure we were happy with the selections. We did the chef’s table one night and it was a great experience. The price seems high but the whole experience was well worth it. You get five courses over 3 hours with different wines and the chef comes in and speaks to you about each course. The captain came in and talked to us and even took some pictures so overall it was a great evening. Spa: Overpriced! The $65 pedicure was way overpriced for what you get. Yes they use some nice lotion and oils but that really was it. My advice is to get one at home before you board. Ports: 1. Nassau – We read a lot of reviews where people do not leave the ship for this port and now we understand why. This port is hot, crowded and full of pushy locals. The shopping was OK but not worth the hassle. We stayed off the ship 3 hours tops. 2. Coco Cay – Fabulous! The fee to rent a cabana is well worth it. We enjoyed a nice relaxing day just enjoying the sound of the waves and one of the only times on the cruise the food was really good. 3. Key West – Beautiful and no pushy locals. I would recommend taking one of the trolley or train tours as we decided to walk the city and with the heat we did not enjoy it as much. The shopping is similar to outlet shopping found in many cities. 4. Miami – The city is gorgeous and we plan on coming back for a longer stay. We did not get to see a lot only being in the city for 12 hours before cruising and we left immediately when the cruise ended. Leaving the ship: The whole process of getting off the ship was a huge disappointment from leaving at a port or leaving the ship at the end of the cruise. A lot of this was due to lack of communication about how the process works and again boasting about perks if you stay in the more expensive rooms. They advertise priority exiting but that did not turn out to be the case. Everyone is in the same lines to get off for all of the ports etc. They gave us information about being able to leave early on the final day and gave a meeting point of the library and a special carousel number for our luggage pickup. The frustrating part of this “plan” is that you can’t get to the library without waiting in the same line as everyone else and then when you finally get through the line there was no information about next steps, no employee to answer questions and the library was full of sleeping people. The special carousel was nothing special, lots of people leaving at different times than they were scheduled for so the lines were horrible. Once you get your luggage then you are moved to another long line for immigration. The workers yelling at us nonstop to move forward, create two lines and stay together made it feel like we were in a cattle line. We understand the need for a process but some people skills would go a long way. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
It was our first family cruise. We were a group of 7, with 3 young kids, and my parents. Unfortunately, it was the worst vacation experience we've ever had. First of all, not RCL's fault, the weather was bad. We were only ... Read More
It was our first family cruise. We were a group of 7, with 3 young kids, and my parents. Unfortunately, it was the worst vacation experience we've ever had. First of all, not RCL's fault, the weather was bad. We were only able to get off the ship at Nassau. The other two ports, we were not allowed to go due to the wind (its own island and Key West). Keep in mind, other cruise lines sailing at the same time were able to make it to Key West. Not sure what it was about, anyway, we were bored to death. Then the shore excursion in Nassau was badly organized. We divided into two groups. DH took older kids to Atlantis Aqua Adventure, and I stayed with the baby and my parents for an Atlantis land tour. The Aqua group left earlier, but our group waited under the sun outside till last shuttle (more than 2 hrs). By then, everybody had left, and we were the only people left there and nobody even talked to us about it. We could took a taxi to go by ourselves if we knew it in advance, and pay much lower gate price at Atlantis by ourselves instead of booking through the cruise service. The worst was, even we booked the tour, nobody took care of us. With another group of seniors, we had to talk to the people at Atlantis about our tour and they didn't get the booking, had no idea, and had to arrange it then. Even though, the ship said we could be ashore till 11 pm, we were informed that the last shuttle back was 5 pm, then changed to 4 pm. We had to stay in the ship till 11 pm without activities. The food for the first day was OK. But it got worse and worse. We really like the sushi bar in buffet area for the first day. But for the last two days, the sushi was just a piece of cucumber on rice. It was so bad, the fruit and salad were not fresh anymore. My mom got sick because of the unfresh fruit. There were not enough activities on board, at least not very kid friendly. It was super cold to use the pool. There was nothing else to do during the day. Well, they did arrange the cake tasting during one of two days that we had to stay on board. And one night was a talk show. Who would expect a 6-year old kid enjoy the talk show? To give it an end, the customer service was the worst I have ever talked to. I found out that I didn't get the onboard credit promised during booking, and called (suggested by the cruise staff) after we got off. The representative found out the promotion advertised when booking and promised to give the credit back. But his manager refused to do so, void all credits we should have, and hang up on us. It was my decision to go with Royal Caribbean based on some good reviews, and I was really regret about it. My suggestion is, go to other cruise lines: Disney, Princess, Holland American for your Caribbean cruise, or go cheaper to other lines. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
My husband and I went on a 4 night Bahamas cruise on the Majesty of the Seas this past July. This was our first cruise and we weren't sure what to expect. I read message board and reviews diligently and found them incredibly helpful, ... Read More
My husband and I went on a 4 night Bahamas cruise on the Majesty of the Seas this past July. This was our first cruise and we weren't sure what to expect. I read message board and reviews diligently and found them incredibly helpful, so I wanted to pay it forward and give a review of our cruise. EMBARKING We boarded the ship in Miami which was a very smooth process. I felt nervous that very few directions were given about how much luggage was permitted, when to get on the boat, etc, but things ended up being quite simple. We boarded the ship around noon because I wanted to get on as soon as possible after we checked out of our hotel. In hindsight, I wish we would've waited until after 1 because our rooms were not ready. Unfortunately, no one else's rooms were ready until 1 either so common areas like the buffet and pool were very crowded until crowds could dissipate into their rooms. Thankfully, this was the ONLY time the ship ever felt crowded. I was not prepared for the muster drill to take so long (20-30 minutes) and to be so disorganized. Despite multiple announcements, people seemed to straggle up to their stations at their leisure which made the process take much longer than it should've. THE SHIP/CABIN I'd read in reviews that the ship seemed outdated and unkempt, but I did not find this to be true. Yes, it had some tacky brass accents and casino style carpeting throughout, but it kind of added to the cruise atmosphere. We felt the ship was very clean and welcoming. The pool deck was nice although the actual pool was pretty small. We didn't have any days at sea so we didn't get a chance to swim in the pool. We tried to stop in the hot tubs on various evenings but they were always full of people. The pool deck was a nice place to relax though, even in the evenings under the stars. The entertainment on the ship was great. We saw a newlywed show, a juggler and a comedy show which were all enjoyable (especially for free entertainment). On the pool deck, we saw a "worlds sexiest man" competition which was hilarious. We played BINGO one night, and even though we lost, we had a blast. I really enjoyed that there was always something to do or watch on the ship. We booked an obstructed view ocean view room on Deck 7. I searched for reviews and couldn't find what that meant, so I'll solve the mystery. Deck 7 is a deck where people can walk the perimeter of the ship which means that we had a window, but we had to keep curtains closed all the time so that people couldn't see into our room. We didn't have to pay anything extra for this window "perk" so we weren't upset about the oddness of it, but it would be annoying if you were expecting something better. It was fun to have the window to peer out each morning and see if we had arrived at our port yet. Additionally, being on deck 7 was nice so that we could walk only a few steps to a deck railing with a view, and the pool and buffet were only a few floors up, and dining room a few floors down. Overall, the room was tiny, but not as tight as I'd imagined. The bed was very comfortable and there was plenty of room in the closet to store our clothes. The room was cleaned daily including a nightly turn down service, but I was disappointed we only got one towel animal. PORTS Nassau - We paid to go to Atlantis and after seeing the area, I'm glad we did. It seemed that the only things within walking distance was shopping and señor frogs. Atlantis had a beautiful beach. We were struck by how powdery white the sand was and how clear the water looked. The water park was very nice. We spent the entire day there and didn't get to see everything. There were many types of pools, watersides and lazy rivers for people looking for relaxation or excitement. Food is available for purchase but you have to use a credit card (they don't accept cash). Lockers are available, and I would recommend going there first thing because we waited over 30 minutes in line to get a locker. Also, we put our flip flops in the locker because we weren't sure what to do with them, but we both burned the bottoms of our feet on the hot pavement and it was quite uncomfortable. In hindsight, I wish we would've bought some cheap and dorky water shoes so that we could've worn them throughout the day. We spent some time walking around viewing the aquarium tanks but they were all spread out and I don't think we saw them all. COCOCAY - This stop was AMAZING! We wished we could've stayed at this island the entire trip. This is a private island owned by Royal Carib. To get here, the boat anchors slightly off shore and smaller boats called tenders pull up to the boat and take small groups onto the island. We took the recommendations of the captian's announcement and were on one of the first tenders. By the time we got on the boat, the line for boats had wound around the stairwell and up several floors. Getting their early also gave us first choice of beach chairs and beach locations. A friend advised us not to stop at the chairs near the dock and just keep walking. We ended up camping out at "barefoot beach" and it was a great choice. It was not crowded at all, but we were fortunately the only ship docked there that day. I have heard in peak season there can be 2 or 3 cruise ships docked there which would make it considerably more crowded. The other cool part about CocoCay is that your drinks and food are all included. Around noon there is a huge BBQ buffet which was tasty and there are lots of little tiki bars around the island where you can drink cold alcoholic beverages. A common complaint of this stop is that the water is very shallow a long way out and it's hard to really "swim". However, the sand is so soft and fine that you can just sit in the calm water. I also saw people drag their beach chairs right into the water. We rented floating mats which were super comfy. KEY WEST - One disappointment about Key West is that there didn't appear to be much of a beach. We took a snorkel tour at this stop, so we didn't have much time to explore, but we did walk around the main areas which seemed to have a lot of bars and shopping destinations, but not much else. After the awesomeness of CocoCay, Key West wasn't that impressive, but it was nice. DISEMBARKING - When embarking the ship, you are given a form to check off your disembarking options. A fellow traveler gave us a tip to select the option to carry off your own luggage and exit the ship first. This was a fairly easy process and we were off of the ship and through customs without any hassle. If you select for the staff to take your luggage off for you, you have to pack your bag the night before and place it outside of your room. Then in the morning you must exit according to announcements of floors or muster stations (I can't remember which). The ladies who advised us against that stated that they had waited HOURS for their luggage to arrive (yuck!). In hindsight, I may not have bought the unlimited alcohol package. While we did drink nightly, I'm not sure we got our money worth since we were gone most of the day. It was nice to have the option, however, and not feel guilty ordering fancy frozen beverages or sodas. We chose the "my time dining" option instead of picking a meal time which was a good choice. Some nights we were hungry early and others we ate quite late and it was nice to have the flexibility. We had dinner in the dining room every night and enjoyed the multiple courses and the very friendly service. We had a small table for 2 which was nice since we'd heard we would have to eat with other people. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Three 70+ year-old mothers, each accompanied by their 50+ year-old daughters, all who have been friends for 50 years. Most of us had cruised previously, except one (my mom). When we embarked the ship, we were greeted nicely by crew ... Read More
Three 70+ year-old mothers, each accompanied by their 50+ year-old daughters, all who have been friends for 50 years. Most of us had cruised previously, except one (my mom). When we embarked the ship, we were greeted nicely by crew members. Just a few feet away there was a table with blinking frozen drinks. I had purchased a liquor-included beverage package for $220 for four days, so I was psyched. However, when I showed the attendant my Sea Pass that indicates my beverage package, he told me that you have to pay for these drinks separately because they come in a souvenir glass! Thanks, but no thanks! When booking the cruise through Royal Caribbean on the phone, we specifically requested our three rooms be located together near an elevator bank, because a few have mobility issues. However, when we arrived at our rooms, we were almost the furthest walk away from the one elevator bank on our floor. And in the hallway down to our rooms was a large bump in the floor that at least one of us tripped or stumbled on every trip to and from the elevator. There were small signs on the walls advising caution, but some of us didn't notice them until someone pointed them out on day 3 or 4. Suggestion for Royal Caribbean: put red (or a different color) carpeting on the bumpy part of the rug to visually remind people as they walk down the long corridor, especially at night after a long day and/or a few drinks. The room was unfortunately as small as could be. Two separated twin beds, maybe a foot between them. The beds were firm, sometimes uncomfortably so. Room under the bed to store a large suitcase was a good feature. Pillows were sad sacks. Linens were adequate. Room was clean.One thing that irritated me was there were bottles of Evian water and soda, snacks and candy placed on top of the very limited dresser space. Of course, these items were like a hotel snack fridge - you use, you pay (with no prices shown), even though we had purchased beverage packages that included bottled water. After a day of working around this stuff, I tossed it all in the dresser drawers so we had more dresser/desktop space. Good thing we didn't want to put our things in the drawers. There was a small closet with shelving. Inside the closet is a small wall safe (large enough to hold an iPad Mini and a few other small items) that you program with your own personal four-digit PIN number. I used the same number as my cell phone lock, so I didn't forget it. There were about a dozen hangers to hang your clothes, and room on the floor for a bag or two.The bathroom is, of course, tiny as expected. The toilet seat looked worn and should be replaced. The shower was adequate, as long as you don't expect to bend over to shave your legs. Had to stick each leg out to shave which in turn soaked the bathroom floor. Some days we had a bathmat, other days we didn't. Why do they provide only one large towel person? Most women, if not men, need a body towel and a hair towel. So, ladies, be sure to ask your attendant for two extra towels every day.Our cabin attendant was friendly enough, although was sometimes difficult to understand. (I am a very patient person when it comes to language barriers, but it kept me from interacting with our attendant more than saying hello.) The one thing I asked was I needed to refrigerate some medicine. Our cabin attendant said he would take care of it, but when we got back to our room after dinner, there was no refrigerator or any indication that one would be coming. I went to Guest Services, spoke to a crew member there, who told me that he would have a refrigerator delivered to my room immediately. When I returned to my room later that even, the refrigerator was there as promised (free of charge). The food for breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer Cafe was cafeteria-style and okay. The omelet station was always a good choice. The one thing I didn't like there was the amount of flies around the food stations and at the tables. The food and service at the Starlight Restaurant was a step or two above the Windjammer Cafe. Our waiters were attentive (even feeding my mom her ice cream dessert one evening). They remembered our preferences for things after our first night. The food was good, but not outstanding. If you wanted lobster or filet Mignon, you had to pay extra for it, which we didn't bother. The only deficiency at dinner was the lack of bar service. Considering a few of us paid for a liquor package, the cocktail waiter didn't frequent our table much, usually just once during dinner. While we prepaid our tips when we purchased the vacation, we still felt obligated to leave a tip ($15 for six) at the end of each meal. While pre-paying tips seems like the easy way to go, we still tipped the staff each evening. On a good note, the Casino bartenders were excellent. They made great drinks, which, of course, encourages people to stay and play. The musical shows were average at best, but the Newlywed Game and Adult Quest activities were a hoot! One activity I strongly advise against is playing bingo. Yes, bingo! My mother and friends love bingo, so we went to play. There was a long line to wait to buy cards, which were very expensive ($11 per paper strip with three cards on it). They also offered electronic bingo machines that hold 30 games and needs no to interaction to play. These machines were $32 for one, $64 for two and get the third one free!! The most ridiculous thing of all is that bingo was only one -- yes, ONE (1) GAME!!! The letter "X." No $25, $50, $100 games. Not a coverall that takes a while. Just one game, the "X," for $500. There were probably 200 people there, spending probably an average of $20 at least, which would gross Royal Caribbean $4,000, not counting people buying drinks. It took some people 15+ minutes to buy their cards. It took LESS THAN 10 MINUTES for the one game to be played and won!!!!! This was the BIGGEST MONEY GRAB I have ever seen! I was disgusted that I bothered to participate in this charade. Royal Caribbean needs to review this activity and improve it. Charging people $64 for less than ten minutes for one game is outrageous!!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We sailed with our 18 yr old daughter and her friend to celebrate their high school graduations. This was our first real, weeklong family vacation in over 5 years, and the 2nd cruise for myself and my husband, 3rd for our daughter, first ... Read More
We sailed with our 18 yr old daughter and her friend to celebrate their high school graduations. This was our first real, weeklong family vacation in over 5 years, and the 2nd cruise for myself and my husband, 3rd for our daughter, first for her friend. Overall we had a great time and would recommend this cruise for anyone whose priorities are good value for the $, fun, quick port visits, and rest and relaxation. We feel we received good value for the cost and I'm happy with my choice of this cruise. We also spent 2 days in the Everglades after our cruise, which I highly recommend. Ports - these were fun stops, especially for older teens and adults. I don't see the attraction of Nassau and Key West for young kids up to tweens, overall, not for such a quick stop, but Coco Cay was very kid-oriented in parts and I'm sure they would love it. We absolutely loved Coco Cay! Perfect. Tip: We wanted a cabana but none were available when I tried to book so we got a cabanette, booked onboard, instead. This was not advertised online at all and it was a DEAL. $50 for a clamshell type setup with 2 floating mats, 2 very comfy lounge chairs, 2 big bottles of water on ice and a nice fruit platter. Our own little somewhat private paradise. Very worth the $! We got one for us and one for the girls. Highly recommend, esp if you want to be on the quieter, less kidsy side of the island. You have to book this on the ship on the first day or they could all be gone; there are very few available. One note: do not pick up anything you see while snorkeling as I did, very stupidly, thinking it was a sponge and got a "sting", itchy hand for about 30 min. No biggie, but I should have known just because there were no warnings didn't mean it was safe. I live in FL, I should know better. The lunch that was served was really good, BBQ ribs and chicken and sides and dessert, awesome. We took a shuttle with our food back to our "quiet side", as the picnic area was super crowded. Nassau was a repeat for us from a previous cruise. It is not my cup of tea because I'm not a shopper, so this time we took a city tour with Felton Cox (lugalcox@coralwave.com) and he was really good. Very glad we did it. I didn't pre-book any excursions for this cruise. We just found him amongst the MANY guides waiting for customers after we got of the ship, near the pier. Very knowledgeable, trustworthy, educated and well-spoken gentleman. We paid $25/per person (the going rate with the guides we spoke to) and it was money well-spent. Even the 18 yr olds enjoyed it. By the way, we felt fairly comfortable with these girls staying in Nassau a little longer than we did, and they returned to the ship before dark with no problem at all. Key West port was a major reason for booking this particular cruise. My daughter and I'd always wanted to visit there. I must say, it was a bit disappointing overall. Duval Street is exactly like Bourbon St. in New Orleans, just dropped on a pretty island, again, not my cup of tea. KW was also our shortest shore visit, disappointingly, and contributed to by the Customs visit that got us off the ship at the late hour of 11:30 am. We did walk quite a ways to a very good restaurant, Turtle Kraals, off the major beaten path (all paths seem somewhat beaten). Then our group split up. We first attempted walking around but it was too darned hot (the ONLY time I was overly hot on the entire cruise and stops) so we got a late start on a trolley tour with Cityview trolley. That was going fine until a young woman backed her car into our trolley and we had to get on a different one. Not our driver's fault, of course. We should have gotten straight on a trolley early on instead of even trying to walk around in that heat. One thing that we did in KW that was a lot of fun was book parasailing for the girls with Fury Water Adventures. It was around $55/per person, but I could have gotten a better deal booking online before we cruised. Still, worth the money and we paid $10/ea to ride on the boat with them, fun! They loved it. Cruise in General - Pros: Dinner was very good; I would have preferred earlier time than 9 pm seating but we adjusted quickly. Could have changed it after first day but didn't try, just dealt with it. Service here was excellent and the food was yummy. Windjammer was "nice cafeteria" style. Food was plentiful. Some people have atrocious manners as far as line courtesy or even how to walk around but it wasn't a major problem. I thought the breads and various salad types were especially good. Coffee and flavored waters were fine for all of us; we did not purchase beverage packages. However, if we were big alcohol drinkers it would have paid off quickly to have one of those packages, I guess. None of us missed sodas. Our stateroom beds were surprisingly comfortable and we slept very well! There were lots of deck areas to get away from the crowds and we took advantage of them for some great relaxation. Service on the ship was without fault; fast, friendly, easy. We had one issue of our toilet not flushing and we called and it was fixed quickly and they checked back with us to make sure it was fixed. We didn't do a lot of activities, but we did enjoy music trivia and one comedy show. My husband liked the comedian better than I did; I set a higher bar. :) Lots of sanitation measures were obvious throughout the cruise and much-appreciated. None of our party got sick in any way, seasick or otherwise. Cons: Not enough public restrooms; kind of ridiculous to have only 5 sets and 1 of those was by the pool. Our stateroom was on Deck 2 so a far ways to travel if you couldn't find a public restroom. I wish our stateroom had been higher up but I booked kind of late (early April) so my fault. This meant a LOT of stairs and /or waiting for elevators to nagivate to activities, dinner, etc. The carpet on the ship in various places really needs to be replaced if it can't be cleaned better. Just makes it look a lot less beautiful in overall appearance. The entertainment was just "okay". If there was a nice intimate dancing venue and music for our age group, I didn't find it. There were more opportunities for late night 20something dancing. The deck chairs on decks other than 11 and 12 were not full on lounge chairs but were shorter and with small "ottomans" for feet. I find these very hard to nap in, though my husband had no problem at all! Some normal lounge chairs would have been much better. Both cruises I've been on have done such a big push for shopping including all the kiosks; I'd rather that was non-existent. Both cruises also have blasted music all around the pool and nearby decks 24/7; this is my LEAST favorite thing about cruising! The pool area in general was very disappointing compared to the last time we cruised. There were 2 smallish pools and 2 hottubs, almost always full of people. I dipped into the pool once; none of the rest of my party ever got in. I got a hottub to myself on the last morning of the cruise because I was there early and everyone had a late morning due to Customs requirements in Key West. I had thought I would get a lot more time in hot tubs and pool. I guess this is due to partly it being a smaller ship than we cruised before. Because our young adults weren't 21 yet, we had to book them with us each in one room, but then we switched room keys after we got our luggage. This is a dumb policy. I know a lot more 21 yr olds I'd worry about bothering passengers than 18 yr olds who can't legally buy booze on the ship, if you know what I mean! Embarkation in Miami - we had a problem finding our cruise terminal as Royal Caribbean had provided zero direction and there are no sign designations for the various ships as you are driving into the port area. Had we kept driving straight we would have seen it but the signage that was there was a little misleading and we ended up circling out of the port and coming back completely and I called RC and asked which terminal. That was aggravating and unnecessary; an email could have told us which port on the day of the cruise. Debarkation in Miami - we did the self-assist, early exit and that was super easy and fast, highly recommend. Take your own luggage off the ship. (BTW, I packed way too many clothes since we lived in our bathing suits for a large part of the cruising.) Changes I'd Make: Compared to sailing on Carnival Victory (?) to Mexico and Bahamas 8 yrs ago, this ship seemed a bit more worn, and smaller. I would prefer a larger ship next time, add an extra day, skip Nassau, and a cabin with balcony. We are glad we did both cruises we've done, but we feel like we've "Been There Done That" at this price point and in the Caribbean as far as Bahamas and Mexico now. If we cruise again, we want a little more amenities and luxury and time. However, overall, this was a great value for what it was and a good choice for us and I am not disappointed. A good cruise overall. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Myself and my girlfriend are in our mid 20's & just got back from our first cruise and really enjoyed the experience. As lots of people have pointed out, Majesty isn't the newest ship on the seas but it's very well ... Read More
Myself and my girlfriend are in our mid 20's & just got back from our first cruise and really enjoyed the experience. As lots of people have pointed out, Majesty isn't the newest ship on the seas but it's very well maintained and the staff are, for the most part, very nice & professional. We did the 4 night cruise from Miami and it was the perfect amount of time for us as first timers. We had a standard ocean view room and although basic & small (which we expected) it was perfect insofar as it was very clean (twice a day they serviced it) and there was plenty of storage space (we had luggage for a 2 week trip with us). The only downsides we found on the trip were: a) the food in the main dining room was average/poor (and we're not fussy eaters!) but there is a very good alternative in the WindJammer which is surprisingly good quality, so we weren't too bothered. b) the service in the bars (mainly the Schooner & Casino) can be anything from slow and lazy to actually rude and incompetent. I've no idea why these bars in particular - the pool bars actually dealt with the vast majority of customers (especially as we had hundreds of Spring Breakers on our trip) and they were fairly good and friendly - but for some reason, the guys working in those interior bars seem pretty unhappy and it spoiled things a little bit for us as we had paid for a premium drinks package and found it could take 20mins to get served a drink while standing at the bar when it wasn't even that busy.... Bar service aside (and perhaps they were just having an off week!) we had a great time and would recommend to anyone looking for a casual, relaxing & not too fussy short break from Miami. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
First time cruisers should try this one. We got onboard and initially our toilet didn't flush. Public ones worked though. That problem was fixed within 5 hours and we didn't have any more bathroom problems. We bingoed, went on ... Read More
First time cruisers should try this one. We got onboard and initially our toilet didn't flush. Public ones worked though. That problem was fixed within 5 hours and we didn't have any more bathroom problems. We bingoed, went on self planned excursions (snorkeling, shopping, and exploring) and partied in the evenings. My daughters, 11 and 14 had a blast. The food wasn't bad, just not flavored too much. Our wait staff, Micheline was the BEST!! She answered our questions at dinner, gave us a full rundown of the next day's itinerary and made sure my daughter's french fry addiction was satisfied. We did the morning breakfast buffets which were pretty predictable breakfast buffet food - omelettes, cereal, eggs, potatoes, tater tots, fruit and assorted pastries. Our stateroom attendant, Franklin kept our room furnished and we were greeted with entertaining towel animals on our evening returns - the girls loved it!! As for advice, if you order the coke package for beverages remember it doesn't include virgin (non-alcoholic) cocktails or the CocoLoco drinks on CocoCay. At $6 a drink, we learned this lesson the hard way. Don't keep your cellphone near your Seapass card, it'll deactivate it. After 2 trips to guest relations, my girls finally followed this instruction. If you do bingo, keep your receipt and you can get free plays on future nights. We were the bingo queens by the final night and had a blast. Wait until you get off the ship to buy an excursion, it's cheaper and you can get the exact type of excursion you want. No waiting on a group, going places you don't want to see or missing cool places on the way. Even though there was a predetermined tip included on our final bill our service was better in the dining room when we left our tip at our table. Service was faster, our special requests were anticipated and the waitstaff was happy to see we were satisfied. Leaving the ship, carry your own luggage off. We left earlier, didn't have to wait and breezed through customs. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Having never cruised before, but have listened to many stories from my parents. We decided to give it a try and get our feet wet. Somewhat reluctant at first, we decided to book the 4 day Bahamas cruise on the Majesty. My parents 1st ... Read More
Having never cruised before, but have listened to many stories from my parents. We decided to give it a try and get our feet wet. Somewhat reluctant at first, we decided to book the 4 day Bahamas cruise on the Majesty. My parents 1st cruise was on this ship when it was new and coincidentally we made our first cruise on it as well. We (family of 4, children 9 &12) elected to fly into Fort Lauderdale and shuttle to Courtyard Marriott Miami. We saved a couple hundred bucks flying into FLL. We shuttled to Miami using a service called Jiffy Jeff 305.588.6143. Jeff called me while we were in lay over to make sure everything was still on schedule. Once arriving at FLL, Jeff was waiting for us, loaded our bags into a very clean and fresh Mercedes van. Jeff is American, native to Miami and believe it or not spoke English($15.00 a person to Miami). After staying the night in Miami we used the Hotel shuttle($5.00 a person) to get to the Port. The process of boarding the ship at first sight was somewhat overwhelming. The long lines moved FAST and SMOOTH. Everyone was very helpful and courteous and we processed through very quickly and found ourselves on the ship in no time. Once on board it was like "oh my god, are you kiddin me" i haven't seen anything like that before.Taking advice from my parents, we made our way to the Windjammer cafe' ate lunch and waited for the announcement that the rooms were ready. It didn't take long and that announcement was made(about 1:00pm). Our luggage arrived at the room a short time later. We had room 6046 and although a little small (122 sq ft) we had no trouble with a family of 4. Our dining experience was nothing short of excellent. Our waiter, Nowere from Dominican Republic was very personable and fun. If the kids didn't like what they had it was not a problem to send it back and get a good ole stand-by of spaghetti or something else. State room attendant did an outstanding job of taking care of our room. She made animal figures out of the towels. The kids really loved them and would guess at dinner what animal they could expect when they got back to the room. The shows were fun and entertaining. I would recommend sending your wife or girl friend to the shopping excursion meeting in the chorus line theatre. it was informative and helpful. The Ports of Call were great and we had a wonderful time. We didn't rent a umbrella at CoCo Cay we claimed a few lounge chairs under some trees near the paddle boat rental shack. It was hot at first but once the sun went behind us the shade from the trees felt nice. Once the sun got high in the sky we noticed others coming over to our area and finding the shade. The kids rented a paddle boat and had a good time with that. The food was good too. Consisted of bbq ribs, chicken, hot dogs hamburgers with lots of fruit. Nassau was nice. We just walked through the shops and took in the sights. Key West is beautiful, but take my advice. Purchase the hop on and off ticket. It is a little cheaper on the ship. We didn't and by the time we returned i wish we had. Wrapping this up. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we booked a second cruise to Honduras and Belize for next October. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Royal Carribean's Majesty of the Seas crew members and workers made my husband and I 6th anniversary and 1st cruise a wonderful experiene. They all were courteous, showed great hospitality and excellent service. The food was good. We ... Read More
Royal Carribean's Majesty of the Seas crew members and workers made my husband and I 6th anniversary and 1st cruise a wonderful experiene. They all were courteous, showed great hospitality and excellent service. The food was good. We had fun on the cruise ship and off the cruise ship in Nassau Bahamas and Cococay Bahamas. Waiters ShailesKumar, Junior Johnson, Chetan, and Abel did a great job in the Starlight Dining Room. Our stateroom attendant Fernandes for room 5586, always kept our room clean. Best part I liked on the cruise was the rock climbing, nite parties on the pool deck, dancing to the Carribean Band music in the afternoon near the pool deck, the comedy show, taking a taxi over to Atlantis Paradise Island in Nassau Bahamas,the beaches in Nassau and Cococay Bahamas, and the games the guests of Majesty of the Seas played against Enchantment of the Seas in Cococay Bahamas. Enchantment of the Seas won only because all of the judges were from that ship. I didn't join in the games, but I did cheer for our guests of Majesty of the Seas who played and I could not stop laughing. Everyone had a good time and it was fun. My husband and I met 3 nice couples on the cruise, we talked and laughed as if we all knew each other a lifetime. My husband and I had fun from the time we boarded the ship, to the time we got off the ship. We loved it. So glad my travel agent and coworkers advised me to do Royal Carribean Cruise Line for my first cruise and anniversary. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
This was my second time cruising on Majesty of the Seas. It was the same itinerary both times but I absolutely loved both of them and highly recommend this cruise for any first time cruiser. It is a four day cruise that embarks from Miami, ... Read More
This was my second time cruising on Majesty of the Seas. It was the same itinerary both times but I absolutely loved both of them and highly recommend this cruise for any first time cruiser. It is a four day cruise that embarks from Miami, FL and sails to two islands in the Bahamas and to Key West. The onboard experience is excellent as it has several shops and food bars to keep you busy while on the ship. The Windjammer Café is where we ate most of our meals. It has a wide variety of food so if you like exotic, new foods or just a hamburger, there is something for you. There is 24/7 pizza and room service and also ice cream by the pools. No matter what you are craving, you will be able to find it somewhere on the Majesty. There are also a variety of shows to keep you entertained as well. Unfortunately, for us, we were only on the ship in the evenings after exploring all of the ports of call so we did not go to any of the shows because we just wanted to relax. That is not to say there isn't enough time to do everything you want. The staff on the ship is very friendly and professional and made sure we were always taken care of. Our cabin was always cleaned and refreshed when we would get back in the evenings. The towel animals are always nice to come back to. Our waiters in the dining room were also very on point. They explained everything on the menu to us and even tried to persuade us to get seconds and thirds. In the dining room you can get whatever you want and as much as you want. If you want 3 appetizers, 4 entrees and 5 desserts, that is what you'll get. The staff on Majesty of the Seas really does an excellent job of making your cruise as enjoyable as possible. My favorite thing to do on the ship is to just relax by the pool. I enjoy walking around the pool deck just soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying myself. This ship has a sports deck that includes a basketball/soccer court, a rock wall and ping pong tables. I enjoyed the basketball court in the evenings as there wasn't anybody else there. If sports isn't your thing, there is a video game room with all kinds of arcade style games. There are several other things that I did not make the time to enjoy including a spa, gym, casino, internet café, and there might even be some things I have yet to discover. Majesty of the Seas maintains a fun, family atmosphere along with everything else you are looking for in a vacation.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
We just returned from a 4 night cruise on Majesty of the Seas. I was a little skeptical at first. I wasn't sure cruising was going to be for me. But by the last night in Key West I didn't want it to end. The staff was great. ... Read More
We just returned from a 4 night cruise on Majesty of the Seas. I was a little skeptical at first. I wasn't sure cruising was going to be for me. But by the last night in Key West I didn't want it to end. The staff was great. We worked with Garreth at the excursions desk and he helped us figure out exactly when and where to do all the things we wanted to do on the islands. He gave us the extra information we needed to make the right decisions. Maxine was our stateroom attendant and she was fabulous. Our room always looked great and she always had warm greeting for us in the hallway. The excursions made the trip. We went to Blue Lagoon the first day in Nassau. The boat trip over was worth the price of the excursion all by itself. We sat on the beach, relaxed, and had a great lunch on the island. The next day we were in Coco Cay and that was my favorite day. We rented Cabanettes. They were way down on the quiet side of the island. We had our own bar right there, the water was gorgeous, I couldn't have asked for more. And finally in Key West we went para-sailing and on the Conch Train. I was sad when we boarded the ship in Key West because it was all coming to an end. I would say the only thing that wasn't great on the cruise was the food. There is a lot of it but it's average at best. It's all prepared ahead of time and kept warm. It's fine, but just don't go expecting high quality. Except for Johnny Rockets. You have to pay extra but the food is cooked when you order it and it's great. I can't wait to go back. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
I went on this cruise with my daughter. It was her Christmas gift to me. Neither of us had been on a cruise before. This made a great introduction to cruising for us. We flew in on through Fort Lauderdale airport. We stayed at the ... Read More
I went on this cruise with my daughter. It was her Christmas gift to me. Neither of us had been on a cruise before. This made a great introduction to cruising for us. We flew in on through Fort Lauderdale airport. We stayed at the Rodeway Inn. That is a low cost hotel and it is like they say--you get what you pay for. Shabby rundown hotel. It was clean (more or less) and the breakfast bar was OK. We used SAS shuttle service to the port. Great service and much cheaper than the other services. I had forgot to pack one item. The shuttle driver pointed out the shopping mall across from the port. Since we were early we left our bags with the porters, hopped in a cab and went shopping for an hour. Then we took a cab back to the port. Once we actually started through the check in, it was very smooth. We had done the on line check in and had our forms printed out and in hand. That saved a lot of time. The only hold up is that we got put in line behind a large family that had not done the on line check in and did not have passports for everyone. It was only a minor delay and then we sailed right through. We went to our room and were pleased with it. We had expected a very tiny room and though it was small, it was so well layed out that we fit all our things in easily. The bed was made up as a queen size and we called room service and asked for it to be made up as two twins. We took all the food and water bottles from the "mini bar" tray on the desk and set it up on top of the desk shelf out of the way. I had brought extra hangers and that was good. The bathroom is very tiny, but served our needs well. The room was clean and the beds were comfortable. We had brought earplugs as the various cruise packing list recommendations suggested. We never needed them. There was some engine noise and vibrations, but it never bothered us.We never had time to do all the things that were available on the ship. We went to the shows each night, but that was about all we got to. Our dining time was 9:00 and there was a long line of people changing dining times when we came on board. So we just left it at that. We only went to the main dining room two times. The food was great and the service was great. My daughter ordered a bottle of wine to have with her meals. It was a very low quality wine, but not bad enough to ruin the meals. We ate most of our meals in the Windjammer buffet. They serve the same menu as the main dining room, plus lots of extra stuff. They have selections for all sorts of dietary and cultural preferences, it is much less of a hassle, and you can go whenever you like. I would recommend the Windjammer for anyone who wants to just fit in meals around a busy schedule and for anyone with special special diet limitations. It would also be a good choice for families with little kids who might not like the offerings on the menus in the main dining room, or who get restless with a long drawn out meal. As for the shows--they were all excellent. We went to all the shows and it is hard to say which was the best show. I guess the musical review show on the last night was my favorite for the energy and enthusiasm of the performers. A few comments on the ports we went to: First was Nassau. We didn't do any of the tours or excursions because of cost and because I wanted to shop. Big mistake. The shops are crowded and full of cheap junk. The straw market was worse than the reviews make it out. Just a bunch of tiny pitiful booths overflowing with gaudy trinkets in a stifling shed building. The people who run the booths are aggressive in trying to sell there goods. Aggressive is really too mild a term. We did have fun and just tried to keep laughing and keep in a good mood. We found a Starbucks shop right by the pier. We paid $3.00 for an hour of Internet. That was much better than the price on the ship. Coco cay: this was a great stop on the cruise. We rented a paddle boat and enjoyed riding that around. My daughter jumped off the boat to swim out to rescue her hat that flew away. Oops! We got a mild reprimand for that. Don't think about jumping off your boat. Strictly against the rules. After that we found loung chairs in the shade and relaxed with tall, cool "Coco Loco" drinks. We went back early because I was getting a bit heat sick. Key West: this was my favorite port. We took a tour trolley around the island. Hint: take the grey trolley--it is much cheaper and goes to all the important historic stops on the island. We found another Starbucks and enjoyed free Internet. We ate pie at the Key Lime Pie Factory and wonderful doughnuts at a shop called Glazed. We did lots more shopping. Big Hint: just off the pier you will find several $5 shops. They are great shops selling everything for five bucks. They had all the same T-shirts and dresses that we saw at Nassau, only cheaper and no high pressure sales tactics. We also went to a great toy shop called The Toy Factory and a sea shell shop called The Shell Warehouse. The last morning of the cruise went very smoothly. We choose to handle our own luggage and that seems to have been a wise choice. We sailed right through Customs and out to the shuttle pick up area. I almost forgot to go pick up a toy pirate sword that I had bought. Security had taken it and was holding it at the door where you go in when newly arriving for a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Hello~My husband and I just came back from a four night cruise on the Majesty of the Seas..This was our first cruise and I think it will be our last..at least for a few years..We were extremely excited about the trip..I have to say the ... Read More
Hello~My husband and I just came back from a four night cruise on the Majesty of the Seas..This was our first cruise and I think it will be our last..at least for a few years..We were extremely excited about the trip..I have to say the service aboard was excellent..The staff were helpful and pleasant..The food in the dining room was great..We ate there every night for dinner..We were not impressed with the buffets they provided..The room was kept very clean by our state room attendant and it helps to leave an extra tip for them everyday even though the cruiseline automatically takes out the gratuities and adds it to your bill..The entertainment was ok..We laughed at the comedy shows and the pool party seemed to be a big success with the younger crowd..My husband and I are in our forties..not "old" but not "25" either..Had read reviews of the POOL PARTY buffets and was really looking forward to it..too bad we were disappointed..They had corn dogs and chicken wings..cold cuts and desserts..The most disappointing was a "ROAST PIG"..It looked really appetizing..When I got it on my plate..it was like a meatloaf..IDK..very strange..needless to say I did not eat it..The ports were ok..We had been to Nassau a few years ago and knew what to expect..had a lovely day at Atlantis..Be aware though..The Atlantis has heightened their security and when you used to be able to just walk around the resort..now there is an employee at every entrance to the resort pool areas, etc. and if you are NOT wearing a wristband showing you had paid for a day pass..they will NOT let you through..We DID make it to the beach and walked through the resort however I can NOT reveal how we did so without paying for the day..The water was absolutely gorgeous..even better than the first time we had been..I love the Atlantis..It really is worth seeing..Was not really impressed with our first trip to Key West..The last port of call..nice to say that we went..but for the most part..it is just a bunch of gift shops and pubs..no beach access unless you take a cab or pay big $ and take a boat..so not worth the $..I do however recommend walking down to the "Southernmost Tip" of the US..everyone said to take a trolly or taxi but we walked it in about 30 minutes..bring water to keep hydrated..we figured we would never be there again..good photo opportunity at the buoy..We were lucky enough to have calm waters to take the tender at COCO CAY..Beautiful..but we did have rain..BBQ disappointing as well..Ok~So you are probably wondering if the trip seemed good..why are we not planning another? I will tell you..overall it was a great experience..not unhappy..but disappointed..We had a Junior Suite with a balcony..very comfortable..great view..BUT~There are ROACHES on this ship..YES~ROACHES..They don't seem to be in the state rooms or in the dining areas..but they were on my balcony and we saw some on the top deck too..Housekeeping came and sprayed and it helped..but after that I was conscious about it and always looking around..I was also worried about bringing the bugs back home with me..After talking to management..they reimbursed some of the $ for my inconvenience..but it was a real turn off and I believe ALL ships probably have this problem..maybe even rats in the lower decks..we saw some running on the ground at the port in Nassau..The cruise crews probably are able to "control" the situation..not fix and remove the critters..When you think about it..all big city restaurants most likely have this problem and no one knows..I wondered why no one had complained..but there were a variety of passengers and either they were too drunk to notice or they live with bugs and don't care..Well..I am going to end this..if there is a way to e-mail me any questions..feel free..If you haven't booked this cruise yet..I may recommend you reconsider..Go to an All-inclusive on an island somewhere..food is better and the alcohol is included..Our bill was almost $1000.00 USD after the cruise for drinks and things we purchased..pictures..massages..Anyway..GOOD LUCK..Hope this helps..I know I tried to find out as much as I could before sailing and was reading reviews daily..Take it easy.. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
First time cruiser review of Majesty of the Seas: In spite of no cruise experience with which to compare this one, our first time cruise has us hooked on cruising. We are already planning to take the family on a longer cruise next ... Read More
First time cruiser review of Majesty of the Seas: In spite of no cruise experience with which to compare this one, our first time cruise has us hooked on cruising. We are already planning to take the family on a longer cruise next summer. Our stateroom was on deck 2 with an ocean view porthole. The room was cozy but very comfortable, quiet and clean. Our steward was friendly and accommodating. We loved being so close to the water and being able to look right out at the waves while still seeing the stars and moonlight. The food was mediocre overall with the formal dining options much better than the cafe. We ordered room service for tea in the morning and evening along with a cheese plate "dessert". The cheese plate was the best item we ate! Room service was fast and efficient. Overall the service was terrific. I couldn't have asked for a more relaxing and enjoyable vacation, in spite of the tropical storm that nearly swamped us on Cococay. We will definitely cruise again, and would take Majesty of the Seas for a quick relaxing weekend getaway. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
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 3.7
Family 4.0 3.7
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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