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My family - 2 parents and 2 teenage sons - went on the Majesty of the Seas cruise on April 18, 2008. I was surprised by the unevenness of the experience. The dining room food and service was great, and my kids enjoyed playing basketball ... Read More
My family - 2 parents and 2 teenage sons - went on the Majesty of the Seas cruise on April 18, 2008. I was surprised by the unevenness of the experience. The dining room food and service was great, and my kids enjoyed playing basketball and hanging out at the teenage activity center. Also, Nassau was fun. Royal Caribbean is the only cruise line which has a Segway tour in Nassau which was great. The snorkeling at Cococay is very nice. The fake shipwreck (the ship sank because it's concrete!) and the "crashed planes" (they were just dropped there) are hokey and the yellowtail snapper swim up to you because they're fed - it's not natural. On the other hand, the snorkeling over at the left side was beautiful when the sun came out with lots of coral and fish, and we even saw a stingray. For entertainment, the comedian was good as was the Broadway show. The comedian did spend a lot of time telling us how great our cruise was (Hmm . . .). We missed the juggler on the 2nd night. The casino smelled like cigarette smoke - which reminded that the rest of the ship did not smell like smoke - a good point. For bad points, the room was so small that the smoke alarm went off from taking a shower, the sink had a draining problem, and there were still crumbs from a snack from the last occupants. Yuck. On the disembarkation day they kick you out of your cabin by 8 AM - not so nice - and it took us one and one half hours from there to get off (through mass confusion) even though we were carrying our own bags. We were "Express Disembarkation 3" and they stopped announcing after "2." When we finally asked, they laughed and said we should have gotten off long before. So, if you're on this ship, just ignore the announcements and charge off. Most disappointing was the treatment when I complained that they would not rent the sailboats on Cococay. It was a great sailing day and I had read on the internet about the sailboats and that was one of the reasons we picked this cruise instead of the comparable Carnival weekend cruise to Nassau. The Dive Manager, Mark Taylor, and the Director of Guest Relations, Gary Huyton, were dismissive and mocking when I complained. Clearly, the passengers are just a commodity to them -like the airlines. What's strange to me is how many 5 star ratings are given to this cruise. I wonder if Royal Caribbean isn't doing some of that new "guerilla marketing" where they just have their own staff post good reports. Read Less
Sail Date April 2008
I am glad we took this cruise, it was fun. But I must add that I was not "wow-ed" and would not give this experience a 10. First off, I will admit that my experience is colored somewhat by the LONG, long distance we had to come ... Read More
I am glad we took this cruise, it was fun. But I must add that I was not "wow-ed" and would not give this experience a 10. First off, I will admit that my experience is colored somewhat by the LONG, long distance we had to come (from Seattle to Miami) for a very short (4-1/2 day) cruise. Bad weather in the East did delay a couple of our flights and made travel a very tiring, cumbersome experience. This trip was made by me, my husband and our 14 yr. old son. We arrived in Miami the night before the cruise at 1am, and stayed at the Sheraton Miami Mart. Perfectly nice hotel, got a shuttle (5 min.) and had very nice service- Got a great rate there from Hot Wire ($80 a night for 3 of us!!). Next day took a cab ($30!!) to the cruise ship (we were on West Coast time, and getting up to get out of the room by 11am-- 8am Seattle time-- was difficult after our long day of travel the day before). We have been on 3 previous cruises, but this was our first on Royal Caribbean. I must say that check-in seemed a little more cumbersome and lengthy compared to our other cruises, but went okay. We also did this one "on the cheap", getting a really low fare, a basic cabin, and did not pay for any of the ship's excursions-- just did activities on our own to save $$. Our first "not so happy" thing on the ship--we got on board at about 1pm and found our cabin. Okay, okay, we took this cruise "on the cheap" and had a cabin on deck 2. Man, it was the smallest cabin I have ever seen. the shower was like an upright coffin, with a hand held "sprayer" shower head. The closet was MINISCULE, only 4 TEENY drawers.. had to stow the luggage under the bed. It was very difficult to live in the cramped quarters, and this was definitely the smallest cabin we had ever seen. We had never had to adhere to a "set" dinner time before. We were the late 8:45 seating. Hmmm.. too late to eat (but 6pm is too early for us). Did NOT like having to show up each night at a set time, as well as sharing a table with 'strangers'. Perfectly nice family that we ate with, but they were very midwestern uptight and conservative and it felt awkward at times having to eat with them. Food was okay, but "just okay". Nothing really that great. We were shocked that the only choices for dinner were: eat in the dining room at your set time; eat at the buffet (sorry, we don't pay money to go on a cruise and eat macaroni salad at a buffet); eat burned, bad pizza at Sorrento's; or go to Johnny Rockets and pay money to have a teeny, dried cheeseburger, with milk shakes and fries costing more. Things we loved about the ship: The Pool Deck! The two pools were plenty big to accommodate guests on the ship-- and they both had a DEEP End-- how nice! One could actually SWIM! The Pool bar was great too.. the bartenders were super fun, enthusiastic and made it a blast. We also thought that overall-- staff was so very nice and helpful. Made the voyage pleasant. Things we did not like: Lack of choice for dining, and set dinner time; the "decor" seemed very 80's in some areas of the ship, which is 17 years old-- the mirrors and gold accessories seemed like a "bad 80's bathroom". Teeny, Weeny cabins; Also all the smokers in the Casino. Even on the one "non smoking night", you could smell the stench of 50 billion cigars and cigarettes having been smoked there. Our other cruises had "hand sanitizing stations" outside every single bar, buffet and restaurant. This ship had none. Walking up and down the stairs to go to dinner, etc., I thought how many grimy, grubby hands were touching the hand rails and elevator buttons on the way to the dining rooms-- and no hand sanitizing when one got there! Flu/colds spread quickly on cruises! My 14 yr. old had a blast at the Teen Club. He took part in the group that was supposed to be "15 to 17 yr. olds" (he will turn 15 in one month). They had a Disco club and video arcade of their own in an alcohol-free and adult-free zone, supervised by ship personnel. He LOVED it! He met many friends, and hated to leave the ship, as he had so much fun. Nassau was first port of call-- it was just okay. We were surprised by the locals being so aggressive about selling their wares/services ("Lady, do you want your hair braided?" "Lady I am talking to you! Don't go away!!"; "Lady, get your hair braided"; "Lady Come back, I want to give you good deal").. etc. Some okay shopping. We went to Fort Fincastle, Andastra Gardens, and shopped. Next stop was supposed to be Coco Cay. We were so looking forward to it. but it was not to be.... Rough weather/seas kept us away. From the comments our waiter made-- maybe only 5 out of 10 cruises actually gets to go there... big, big disappointment. Day instead spent on the ship was okay, but the shops and pool deck were inundated with people and very crowded. A beautiful buffet/sail away party was held on the night we left Nassau.. at 11pm. But since our Late Seating for dinner (8:45pm) meant we did not finish eating until 10:30pm-- we were stuffed and could not eat a thing!@ It was beautiful to look at though, and fun to be up top as we sailed off. Key West was fabulous! We rented a battery powered car for two hours and saw the Lighthouse; the 'southernmost point on continental U.S.'; and the Hemingway home... all worth it and very enjoyable. Loved having the car. When we turned it in, we had fun walking-- shopping, going to Sloppy Joe's, the Original Sloppy Joe's (Captain somebody's); just looking around. Fabulous place. Gorgeous plants, gardens, houses. People were fun and friendly. Beer and Mai tais were great. Entertainment that we sampled was again "okay". David Orion was a really funny comedian. We liked Schooner's bar-- after 11pm it turned into a Piano bar with Nathaniel playing.. was wonderful to sit around the piano with a glass of brandy. Leo the bartender was A+++ too.. remembered our names and what we drank, etc. End of cruise came TOO SOON! Seemed too short for us, having traveled so far to be there... but end it did. I think next time we'll go back to Norwegian Cruise line, where we LOVE the "freestyle" dining... with so many choices like French food, Italian, Sushi, etc. But this was a nice, pleasant cruise that we did "on the cheap" and I do feel it was excellent value for the money. The best thing about the cruise: the staff was really friendly, fun and helpful. We did not like disembarkation either... on our other 3 cruises, we stayed on the boat until 11am of 12Noon.. on this cruise-- they let you know in no uncertain terms: "GET OFF, ALL OF YOU, by 8am!!!". We exited then, and had 5 hours to kill before our flight was supposed to leave for home. The flight got cancelled (bad weather on the East Coast) so we took a cab to South Beach for the afternoon to kill time. Hot, humid, but fun to be there and see the beach and great restaurants and deco hotels. Would we do this cruise again? NO! But it was a fun experience, Key West being the highlight and well worth the trip. Read Less
Sail Date February 2008
My boyfriend and I just got back from our first ever cruise. Let's just say that we were a bit disappointed. First off, I know it was a pretty cheap vacation, and I really wasn't expecting too much, but I could kind of tell ... Read More
My boyfriend and I just got back from our first ever cruise. Let's just say that we were a bit disappointed. First off, I know it was a pretty cheap vacation, and I really wasn't expecting too much, but I could kind of tell from the beginning that something was amiss. The Ship: Overall the Ship is in MAJOR need of a facelift, and I know that she will undergo such in a matter of weeks, but I was greatly shocked at the condition of the vessel as a whole, we're talking chipped paint everywhere, 80's furniture, stained sheets/carpets and an absolutely FILTHY pool area that included a pool that I wouldn't permit my dog to swim in, I mean it was really gross! On the plus side I did see the staff scrubbing and cleaning quite frequently. The Cabin: Our cabin, an Oceanview, was okay, I knew it would be small before I arrived, and let's just say I was absolutely correct, though it was actually one of the better aspects of the ship. The Staff: Overall very friendly, but a little pushy when it came to trying to sell those cheesy frozen drinks and such. Activities/Entertainment: This was one area I was especially upset about, people always told me that I could never be bored on a cruise, but with activities such as napkin folding class (no joke) I certainly was looking for more to do than just eat and drink. I did see one show, a juggler (yes a juggler) and it too was lacking. Food: Not bad, kind of hit or miss, Breakfast buffet at the Windjammer was the best, dinner was a bit strange for my taste, it seemed like they tried a bit too hard to be gourmet, and it was obvious that they reused the previous nights dinner into a new concoction the next night, which kind of repulsed me. I give it a solid C. Ports of Call: Our itinerary was Miami-Nassau-Cococay-Key West and back to Miami. Being from Florida, I had been to Nassau and Key West before and was really looking forward to seeing Cococay, I couldn't wait to bask in the sun and lie on the beach, and my boyfriend was really looking forward to snorkeling. WELL, on the day we were supposed to arrive in Cococay, we packed our beach bag and headed down for breakfast as usual and waited for them to start tendering the boats. It seemed to be getting late and I saw no activity, so we headed down to Deck 1, where we were supposed to be tendered from and saw nothing going on. I had a gut feeling that that weather had prevented us from our stop on Cococay, as I had heard happened on previous cruises. Sure enough my fears were confirmed, and worse of all I had heard no announcement whatsoever, although one allegedly was made, and was greatly disappointed to say the least. That was the worst part of the trip. Even worse, RCL made no attempt to provide us with any compensation, (activities/free drinks) and I was left watching reruns of old movies in my cabin for the rest of the day. Key West and Nassau were fun, even though I had been there before, and my boyfriend and I settled for snorkeling in Key West (horrible) which we ended up being refunded for. (I was thankful to RCL for that) Overall, I don't think I will cruise any time soon. I was extremely disappointed that I did not get to see Cococay, and that they day was practically a total loss. At dinner, a couple who was on their 3rd or 4th RCL Cruise with a Cococay Stop was EVEN MORE disappointed because they had yet to see Cococay. It was cancelled EVERY TIME they sailed!!! If weather is always such an issue, why not just scrap the Cococay stop altogether??? Some of us were questioning whether the island really existed or not. Read Less
Sail Date December 2006
We spent Labor Day weekend on the Majesty of the Seas. Because it was a Holiday weekend we spent more then usual for this trip. Was it worth it?? NO WAY. This was my Husband and mine 14th cruise, 4th on Royal Caribbean. We were with 3 ... Read More
We spent Labor Day weekend on the Majesty of the Seas. Because it was a Holiday weekend we spent more then usual for this trip. Was it worth it?? NO WAY. This was my Husband and mine 14th cruise, 4th on Royal Caribbean. We were with 3 other couples. One that never cruised before. They were very disappointed because they have heard us talk so much about our other cruises. We knew the ship was smaller and older, but we thought because it was Royal Caribbean it was still be a great cruise. We were disappointed. The service in the lounges and bar areas was terrible. But what was worst, we could not find a lounge after midnight to just sit, have a cocktail and listen to music. All that was available was the Disco or Latin lounge. The Viking Lounge closed, that's right, stopped bar service, after midnight. The Schooner Lounge was open, but the Piano player stopped playing after midnight. If you didn't want to go to the casino there wasn't much else to do. We met one couple who said they just went back to their room and watched the Movie. I didn't spend all this money to watch a movie. I can do that at home. FOOD - Dining Room - The service in the dining room was very good. We had a great waiter and assistant waiter. Also the head waiter was very attentive. The food in dining room was good. Not great, but good. They had a good selection and we always found something we liked. Windjammer Buffet - Not one of the best. Just OK. I hate to complain because I love to cruise. I always have a good time, because I make my own good time. Royal Caribbean needs to put some attention to this ship. I know it is going into dry dock in January. They need to drydock some of their employees as well. There is alot that needs their attention on this ship. My next cruise will be in October - Enchantment of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date September 2006
Just returned from 4 nights on the Majesty of the Seas and out of 11 different cruise on various ines this was one of my least favorite. I am a 35 year old homemaker, my husband is a 42 year old executive and our daughter is 6. We spent ... Read More
Just returned from 4 nights on the Majesty of the Seas and out of 11 different cruise on various ines this was one of my least favorite. I am a 35 year old homemaker, my husband is a 42 year old executive and our daughter is 6. We spent the night prior in a Fort Lauderdale hotel and hired a sedan service to take us to the cruise port. Embarkation was quite easy and rather quick. No lines to speak of when we arrived just before noon. Once boarding the ship we noticed immediately that it was quite worn in many places. A little disappointed that champagne and mimosas were not being handed out as a welcome but at the time didn't think much of it - we should have known it as an indication of the class level of this ship. The first bad experience was the full court press to purchase their wine program immediately upon boarding. The waiters at this table were pushy and insistent and made one feel as though they would not get wine at all in the dining room unless you purchased the package. Personally, I like to pair my wine with my meal and how am I supposed to know what I want to eat three days from now? It felt like being on a tropical island where people chase you down to buy their trinkets of braid your hair. We were able to go to our cabin at 1pm. I had read many things about the size of the RCCL cabins. We booked this little getaway just a few weeks in advance and could only get an inside to accommodate 3 people. I am not kidding when I say the sleeping area of this cabin is only a foot or 2 larger than the closet in my bedroom. I was able to unpack us (thankfully I packed light this trip) and get the luggage stowed out of the way. No safe! I have cruised on older ships before but never encountered one that had not been updated to include safes in the room. In one's cabin you will find a half dozen cans of various sodas and 2 bottles of water. We prefer to have a pitcher of fresh water in our cabin but since this was a short trip decided not to bother since we had problems on another line trying to fresh water. So we drank the bottled water - one problem - it was never replenished. Even in your most basic hotel, when you open or drink something from the mini bar housekeeping puts a new on in its place. Not on this ship. Our dining table mates were lovely and we enjoyed their company. Our dining room service was very good and we got the best service ever from our maitre d', very attentive to us, getting Hannah shrimp cocktail when not on the menu, cutting her meat so I don't have to. On most cruises you only see the head waiters on tip night so this was a welcome change. The menu selections were substandard for us. The gala dinner left much to be desired (no lobster any night of the cruise) and for some reason, RCCL thinks it cute for the waitstaff to sing every night of your cruise. For me, if I want entertainment I will go to the show lounge. Only went to one show and was pretty much underwhelmed. It wasn't horrible but just not wow. Our trip had some not great weather (remnants of Gamma made it windy and quite cold in the Bahamas). Our excursion in Nassau was cancelled and we skipped CocoCay altogether. RCCL did refund our money for myself and my husband for our cancelled excursion in Nassau but not Hannah's for some reason and the line at the purser's desk wasn't worth the $16. Since the weather was so cold the pools were obviously chilly (we did have a good weather day in Key West however) but what was really disappointing was the temperature of the hot tubs (or "not tubs" as we began calling them). Not only did they not enforce the 16 year old age requirement in these tubs but the water wasn't even body temperature! Another problem with the pool area was the towel situation. Our first day at the pool we did not realize we were to bring the towels from our cabin (I thought they were for going ashore as on most cruise lines) and had to SIGN for towels to use at the pool. Like I would want to take home one of these towels! On most other cruises, the towels are already set out on the lounge chairs just waiting for you or there is a pick up and drop off point where you come and go as you please without having to be finger printed. Dining in the Lido area offered good food but bad service. We always had a hard time finding a table because they did not seem like they were cleared of dirty dishes very often. Overall the service on this cruise was very very poor. The public restrooms were almost always dirty, with towels on the floor, water all over the sink etc. I never once saw anyone in these restrooms cleaning them, on other cruise lines there is an attendant for each public restroom to maintain it, etc. No one working on this ship seemed happy to be there, no one says hello to you or offers a smile. Usually on a cruise at any given moment someone is cleaning something but on this ship I never saw anyone - no one polishing the handrails on the stairways, no one vacuuming or cleaning the public areas, it was overall just a dirty uncared for ship. The one saving grace was that Hannah enjoyed the children's program. She got a big kick out of Pirate Night and enjoyed the rock climbing wall This was our first RCCL experience and more than likely our last. Their bigger, newer ships may be better but I am not sure we want to risk that kind of money to find out when we know other lines d it right on ALL their ships not just the 7 day trips. 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Sail Date November 2005
I was not impressed at all. There were 18 family members. Five of the members had cruised before and all five said this cruise was not as good as the others they have experienced. For this to be my first cruise I was disappointed. I was ... Read More
I was not impressed at all. There were 18 family members. Five of the members had cruised before and all five said this cruise was not as good as the others they have experienced. For this to be my first cruise I was disappointed. I was excited when we first arrived at the port. Check-in was wonderful. Once we walked onto the ship, I thought to myself, this is going to be nice. The centrum was nice. We arrived early(noon), so our room was not ready. We went to the Windjammer for lunch. The food was okay. It was warm, NEVER HOT. After lunch we made our way to our room. As soon as we turned the corner on our floor(3rd floor) we were met with a foul odor(like sewage). That immediately turned me off. When I got to my room I no longer smelt the odor though the odor remained in that little section the entire trip. I did notice stains on my floor and on the dressers. The room size was good for my daughter and I. We had early sitting in the main dining room. Food was good but once again only warm. A friend of mine had warned me not to buy the soda pass because the juice is free and it is really good. However, she was on the Sovereign of the Seas, not the Majesty. The Majesty watered down their juices. The first night, I ordered cranberry juice and it did not taste like cranberry juice. It was drinkable but really weak. Well the next day at the BBQ cookout at Coco Cay, my sister-in-law witnessed the staff pouring pitchers of water into the fruit punch. I thought that was really low. That is like cheating your customers. Saturday night my toilet broke. The plumber came Sunday morning. He stuck his hand in the toilet to pull out some tissue, then he was touching stuff, i.e. door handles, sink nobs. I was too through. To witness that made my daughter and I both about throw up. I went to the pursers to complain and they sent my room attendant to sanitize my room, but still, I could not get that visual out of my mind. I did not use my bathroom the rest of the trip. I used my mother's room down the hall. If there would not have been anymore family on this trip I don't know what I would have done. I also was not aware of the tipping suggestions for the head waiter, waiter, assistant waiter and the room attendant. They suggest $30/guest to cover everyone. That would have been $60 for my daughter and myself. It's not mandatory, but the way they always leave notes in your room, you start to feel as if it is mandatory. Of course to each it's own. Some reviews I read had a ball. For me and my little one, we will never cruise this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2005
This was our third cruise in the last twelve months and my wife's tenth or eleventh overall, so we are experienced cruisers at this point. Last summer we cruised on the Disney Wonder and then at Christmas last year we cruised on ... Read More
This was our third cruise in the last twelve months and my wife's tenth or eleventh overall, so we are experienced cruisers at this point. Last summer we cruised on the Disney Wonder and then at Christmas last year we cruised on Carnival Imagination, so we also have recent experience with different lines and ships. We decided to take a quick Independence Day weekend cruise to celebrate my in-laws 40th anniversary. There were six of us all together with my wife, myself and our 7 and 14 year old daughters in one cabin and my in-laws in another cabin four doors down. Both cabins were outside cabins, which proved to be a good choice as the inside cabins are quite a bit smaller than the outside. The cabins on Majesty are smaller than we have been used to on other lines; however, by carefully storing our bags we managed to find plenty of living space for ourselves. The cabin was clean and the decor was very nice. One of lights above one of the bunkbeds did not work (finally fixed on the last day of the cruise after two requests) but everything else was in good repair. Our embarkation process was smooth and we were on the ship and at lunch by 1:00 p.m. There seemed to be many early birds on this cruise because the ship was already quite full by 1:00. We spent most of the first afternoon exploring the ship and unpacking our bags. We had first seating for dinner and the first night everyone was dressed pretty casual as is the norm on most ships. Dinner was good but not outstanding in any way. We found our wait staff to be slow, inattentive and not patient enough to really listen to what we were saying. At one point I was only half done asking our waiter for something and he started to walk away, making it necessary for me to call out for him to stop and come back. Over the three days there were at least half a dozen instances of orders being bungled by not listening to what we asked for. The food all three nights was good but not at the level that starts your mouth watering when you think of taking another cruise. I was somewhat annoyed that the only copies of the children's menu that were available in the dining room were printed in Spanish. Since none of us speak Spanish this went way beyond inconvenience and was a big problem every night trying to find a nice dinner for our seven year old daughter. On the second night I asked twice for the drink waiter to bring our bill, which he finally did, but he took so long bringing my Sea card back that I found myself sitting alone at the table for almost ten minutes. Probably the biggest disappointment in the dining room came on formal night. As mentioned before it was my in-laws 40th anniversary and we wanted to celebrate on formal night. Several weeks before we sailed we called Royal Caribbean and told them we wanted to celebrate their anniversary at dinner. Formal night was nice, but dinner came and went and nothing was done to acknowledge the event. The waiter, to his credit, sensed my displeasure without me having to say anything and fixed it the next night. Overall the dining experience on this cruise was sub-par to what we have been accustomed to on other cruise lines and one of the biggest disappointments of the cruise. Day two of the cruise was sunny and beautiful as we sailed into Coco Cay. We decided to just explore the island on our own so the four adults set off down the beach. Most of the guests stayed up near the tender docks so we almost had the beaches to ourselves. We enjoyed searching the surf line for interesting shells and watching the sand crabs scurry around the beach. We found five conchs that were still alive washed up on the beach so we returned them back to the water. It was fascinating watching the wildlife. Probably one of the highlights of the island was the lizards we saw that were as much as four feet long! By late morning it was getting hot so my wife and I lounged around in a hammock until time for lunch. Lunch on Coco Cay was quite good and you couldn't ask for a better environment to just kick back and relax. Day three found us in Nassau. I had been to Nassau on another cruise but had never actually gone into town so we decided to do some shopping in town in the morning. The straw market has some nice costume jewelry and the vendors are very willing to dicker on price. In the afternoon we all went to Atlantis and spent a couple hours just enjoying the aquarium there. They have a Manta Ray there that has a wing span of twelve feet and weighs about 600 pounds! I could have stood there and watched the fish all day. Let me backtrack and talk a little about the entertainment on the ship. We saw their dance production entitled "Boogie Wonderland" the first night. The show was nicely done and I would rate it slightly better than the shows we saw on Imagination but not nearly as good as Disney (but then who does have shows as good as Disney?). We opted out of the other shows on the cruise because they showed some very good movies on this cruise and we went to two different movies. My seven year old daughter positively loved the children's programs and even didn't want to leave when we picked her up each evening. "Toilet Paper Paul" does a great job with the kids and keeps them interested and involved throughout the whole cruise. My fourteen year old daughter always thoroughly embraces the whole cruise experience but she really threw herself into this one. There were 350 teens on this cruise so she had plenty of potential friends. She spent about 80% of the cruise with a group of about six other teens her age and she said this was her favorite cruise. I got to have a proud father moment when she won the gold medal in female teens rock climbing and beat the time of all of the boys, except one. There was one unfortunate occurrence on the cruise that really jaded my view of Majesty of the Seas and possibly even RCI. When we got on the ship on the first day I decided to purchase the unlimited soda package for both of our girls, which for six dollars a day gives them unlimited soda if they use a special cup RCI gave us. On the first day my younger daughters cup was stolen from the pool area. I went to the soda fountain, showed her card with the soda sticker, explained what had happened and asked for another cup. I was told that the cups had to be accounted for and they could not give us one, they suggested I see the pursers staff. I went to the pursers desk and was told that the cups were only distributed on the first day, so I said no problem just credit me for the two days she can't use. The customer service agent told me that I would have to see the bar manager to get that done and that the bar manager was in a meeting and unavailable. I asked what could be done and he said nothing. I then said we cruise two to three times a year and asked him if he was really willing to lose a potential repeat cruiser over a twelve dollar account credit. He said there was nothing he could do, so I guess I'll take that as a yes to my question. With some cruise lines, like Disney, now offering free soda service on their ships I find this whole unlimited soda card to be nothing more than a scam and I will not fall into that trap again. Overall we all liked the ship, my daughters loved the kids programs and the three days were quite enjoyable. We chose this cruise as a way of evaluating RCI because we're thinking about booking a cruise on their new ship "Freedom of the Seas" that debuts next summer and we hadn't cruised on RCI before. Will I sail on Majesty of the Seas again? No way. Will I sail on RCI again? I can't say never but as of right now I'd have to say probably not. Read Less
Sail Date July 2005
Ship: Majesty of the Seas Former cruise lines: Carnival -- Ecstacy 2 times TA booked cruise and air Air: departing Pittsburgh was a breeze. We had a 6:30AM flight arriving at 9:30AM, good and early. baggage claim was a breeze. we did ... Read More
Ship: Majesty of the Seas Former cruise lines: Carnival -- Ecstacy 2 times TA booked cruise and air Air: departing Pittsburgh was a breeze. We had a 6:30AM flight arriving at 9:30AM, good and early. baggage claim was a breeze. we did notice people holding up RCI signs to find out where to go after our luggage was claimed. our luggage was taken to the ship by truck. so we did not have the opportunity to tip porters. it was just left in a pile for them to load. Transportation to the ship was provided by RCI. the first bus to the port starts at 10:30AM. the bus that arrived was to transport us to the port was old, dirty inside and out and you could barely see out the windows. it was just plain old nasty. not a good first impression. however the air conditioning did work. the driver spoke very poor english. this is something to keep in mind when choosing excursions in Miami. departing Miami post cruise: a nightmare simply because by 8:00AM our color was called to leave the ship and our flight was not until 5:30PM and our Miami excursion Island Queen boat tour was cancelled. we did not choose to take the bus tour because of the fear of not being able to understand the tour guides english as we had already experienced. we decided to take a taxi to Biscayne bay? we planned on just walking around and stumbled upon a nice boat trip at the bayfront which did give us the same tour we probably had booked. first trip was at 12:15. the selling point was the sales girl told us the tour guide spoke very good english. which was true. he spoke in english then repeated it in spanish. it was only $15 per person. i do not remember the name of the tour, it was on a "pirate type boat" the sales kiosk was located near the hard rock cafe and discovery store in the bayfront shopping complex. it was very nice. we saw homes of the rich and famous and we even saw SHAQ walking outside his home talking on the telephone. ship: check-in: very simple. we were the first bus load of the day and waiting in line was not an issue total time from exiting the bus to entering the ship after check-in was approx 15 minutes. the ship was nice. i was expecting old outdated, but it was not bad at all. clean and well maintained. the rooms were not ready until 1:00PM. we tired checking 2 times, but they would not let us back the hall to see if our room was ready. the room was on deck 3 # 3024. it was small, but for 2 people, it was not a problem at all. the bathroom was small the shower was a small corner type stall. the curtain did not give me a problem. keep in mind i have a corner shower at my home, so it was not a big change. those that do have a full sized shower did complain about the size. it was efficient. we did use the shampoo provided. there was not conditioner. the hair dryer was located at the desk in a drawer, i was somewhat concerned when i could not locate it at a glance. no safe. plenty of storage. large closet with 5 shelves and much hanging room. had hangers, but they provided plenty for 3 days. desk had about 8 small drawers and vanity with about 8 shelves. did not even use 3 drawers total. we used the shelves in the closet for all clothing and drawers for other items. did not use an over the door shoe organizer. the bathroom was only used for toilet, shower, brushing teeth. we kept all other items in the desk. there were 2 outlets at the desk. no clock (which we knew). bed was comfy. i could feel when the anchors or something came down when we were docking. dh slept right thorough it. not bad, just a little vibration. climate control worked well in the room. room steward was very friendly. she did neglect to leave a daily compass for nassau which included the map for shopping, but i had attended the shopping talk so i had one, i picked up a compass at the pursers desk. i did not see her to ask for one. after Coco Cay i turned in our towels to be replaced, but she did not replace them, not complaining as we did not need them anyway. i did have the opportunity to ask for them. the stateroom attendant did remember our names and she was very friendly. luggage did not arrive until 5:00PM probably because we were the first bus, as luggage stacks up, it ended up in the back. we did pack a carry on. we ate lunch in the windjammer-outside. it was warm. the back of the windjammer is very quiet and cooler we ate in the back only 1 time after our nassau time. we enjoyed the outside. munster drill: everyone goes to deck 7. you line up in rows women and children, then men in back. it was not bad, we were in the shade. approx 20 minutes. you must sign in at your munster station so don't be late. they check your room. the mass exodus after the munster drill does test your patience as the entire ship is all leaving from the same floor. food: it was good. breads and cookies are very good. breakfast: windjammer 7-11 windjammer. dining room 7:30-9:30. room service 7-10. we ate in the windjammer omelets, bagels, toast, grits, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, oatmeal, cereals, danishes, donuts, muffins, orange jue, water, coffee, tea, Coco lunch: burgers, turkey, pork roll, salads, potato salad, sandwich meats and cheeses, iced tea, water, lemonade, coffee and hot tea, Coco dinner: first night it is at 5-6:30PM for light snacks at the windjammer. taco's are all that i remember they were good. pizza is available on deck12 starting at 5PM -2AM. Pizza was edible. late night snacks 10:30PM-2AM on deck 12. midnight delights mid -1AM in occasion, schooner bar and disco. we did not take part in these last 2. we did not go to dinner the first evening because we did not feel like dressing up, so we thought we would eat in the windjammer. unfortunately i did not look closely and thought that dinner in the windjammer started at 6:30 so we only caught the tail end of the light snacks. we ate in the mikado. service was excellent. they have a "fancy" menu along with an alternative and vegetarian menu to choose from. appetizers: pear soup, lobster bisque, fruit plate, veggie plate salads: night 2-caesar night 3-cobb main "fancy": duck, steak, chicken, salmon, alternative: pasta with marinara sauce, turkey dinner, chicken vegetarian: ? dessert: key lime pie, sugarless key lime pie, apple pie ala mode, strawberry shortcake there were more choices, but i do not remember them. the menu is run on the television but all of the choices are not listed. stop by the dining room to see the actual menu for the day. they did have a great variety of food. on the 2nd night the headwaiter actually told us to dress very casual he said and I quote "wear shorts, be comfortable". I did not wear shorts, but many did. on formal night some wore tuxedos, some polo shirts with dockers and others suits or sports jackets and dress pants. women mostly wore pantsuits or dresses or a dressy outfit. i found mixing and matching worked best. we only wore these clothes to dinner and we showered before dinner so we were able to mix and match clothes. entertainment: not much to do on board. the trivia shows were a joke. they used a compact disk and paused it after each segment. the girl in charge had no clue what she was doing. this was held in schooners lounge in a corner. not worth it at all. the love and marriage game was good. it is like the newlywed game they pick the most newly wed couple, the longest wed couple and an in between. unfortunately, the oldest couple went through the trouble of raising there hands, telling how long they have been married then would not go up on stage. we went through this 3 times! it was funny, but went rather slowly choosing this couple. any one can try to go up. they had the longest kiss contest, then the crowed had to pick by applause who would go up. we sat through 15 couples being applauded. it was a very long drawn out process. it was a good show though once it got started. We attended a juggler and magician show. nearly fell asleep during the magician, he was good, but neither spoke much, so it was quiet. other things they had we did not attend: bingo like 3 times, vegas type shows, asst auctions, bars had specially designated music, cinema showed: being Julia and finding neverland on separate days. there was also a late night comedian. Coco Cay: beautiful dh took wave runner excursion. he had a great time. we did book the snorkel. if i can't see my feet, i won't go in. i did try. but like the boards say the snorkeling area is very cloudy. dh did venture out. it was okay. lunch was good. don't leave your food for a second, the birds will attack it. once one comes..they bring an entire flock. lunch was ribs, chicken, burgers, hot dogs, salads, potato salad, luncheon meats and cheeses, fruits, baked beans, corn on cob, plus more things. it was good. your soda card is good there and they have water, tea and lemonade along with a bar. your seapass is used for sodas (without the stickers)and the bars. the strawmarket is cash. t shirts run from 3 for $15 and up. straw purses with dora, disney princesses, care bears, nemo, and other characters for girls are there. along with adult staw bags, beach totes. All of the straw items can have your name added to them while you wait. not something you do at the last minute. straw hats, other misc items for sale. it is a nice market. no lockers. bathrooms are flushable and clean. many hand sanitizing stations. beach volleyball. it is a nice island. many chairs and hammocks. you can drag a hammock anywhere. if you want clear waters, keep walking down passed the snorkel area towards the kyaks. we did not go any farther than this area so i am not certain of it. Take more cash than you expect to spend. you can always go back to the ship and return, but it would be easier to not. you can purchase the water wallets on the ship and at Coco Cay. we had no problem leaving our bag, we carried our water wallet and just left our camera in the bag...it was a disposable one. Nassau: yuck. I am not one for haggling or being pestered. we did attend the shopping talk on the ship to know the recommended stores. it was a little informative, but it is basically listed in the paper they will pass out and it is reviewed on the tv. going to the talk was a waste of time. nassau is dirty, the people are pushy. we went to the t shirt factory outlet...there are many stores named similar to each other, using your map is your best bet. got what i needed (3 shirts)and left. my sister went to the strawmarket and haggled. she enjoys that. we did atlantis on our own. it wa 29 bucks a person and there was no shortage of passes. the passes are for the dig which is neat. take a guided tour, it is very informative. the grounds are impressive and you do not need a pass for them. we probably could have used the pools and beaches if we did not have on our wrist bands for the tour. many people using those areas did not have any wrist bands on. we took a water taxi to get there 6 per person round trip. the boats were horrific. the guides were funny as both ways were were told different things about the same homes, prices, etc. the tour guides used words that sounded similar to what they should have said, but were completely not the appropriate word. I wish i could remember the exact phrase, but i cannot. you could figure out what they meant. they did say "remember your tour guide" we do not work for the captain. one also did say he might need to make another trip around with his hat because it wasn't enough. a little tacky. we went back to the ship and had lunch and then found a quiet spot on deck 7 to watch the waterways. boarding time was by 4:30pm we were to leave nassau at 5Pm. between 4:45 and 5:00 we counted 100 people strolling up to reboard the ship! we were shocked. 3 people never made the boarding. we left at 5:10PM. some of our group did breezes. they enjoyed it. people were late for the bus leaving the ship and they waited for them cutting into their time at breezes. people are amazing. leaving she ship on the last day was surprisingly fast. you must leave your rooms by 8AM our colors were called at 8:00AM, perfect if you have the right color and an early flight, which we did not. leaving the ship took a little time going through customs, probably 1/2 hour. marking your luggage is a good tip. we had red suitcases and there were a few others we had ours marked special, but someone took one of ours off and left it sitting in the middle of the area. after watching the luggage go completely around 2 times, i decided to look around in peoples piles...low and behold i found mine. then we took our bus to the airport, checked our luggage and checked our carryon into a holding area of the airport and went to the bayfront. we had beautiful weather. can't think of anything i wish i would have taken. brought home an entire suit case of clean clothes. MY TIPS: take less clothes than you expect you need take pants and a jacket for evenings on deck are cool with the breeze. take vinegar for sunburn...really takes the sting out make your luggage with something odd to help you see it and help others realize it is not theirs. i did feel some movement of the ship. it was not much but at times you could feel it moving for a matter of 10 to 15 seconds. it was not bad. i did not even see anyone with the 'sea bands' on. I only saw 3 people with patches behind their ears. i did my best to touch on each subject, and 2 hours later, i am sure i missed some. overall it was a good cruise. we will most likely go back to the carnival cruise lines for our future cruises. they had more as far as variety of entertainment. we may give the voyager class ships a try as we have two kids who like to ice skate and want to try that out. they did not go with us this time. we will most likely book ourselves through the internet rather than use a TA primarily because she had "no say" in what our flight arrangements were, which is hard to believe. but that is a whole other review. the majesty is a fine ship. being older it still is clean and solid. the only complaint i had was lack of variety of entertainment. we are not into the nightclub or bar scene or vegas type shows or bingo. maybe it is just us...that is possible. Read Less
Sail Date April 2005
My husband and I have never cruised and were excited to go on the Majesty with our 18-month old son. Unfortunately, the cruise was extremely disappointing. In short, cruises are not good vacations for young toddlers. Here's why: 1. ... Read More
My husband and I have never cruised and were excited to go on the Majesty with our 18-month old son. Unfortunately, the cruise was extremely disappointing. In short, cruises are not good vacations for young toddlers. Here's why: 1. Long line-ups: if you wanted/needed to use a stroller, you had to take an elevator and sometimes we would wait 10 minutes for one! To board, disembark for a port or disembark at the end all required long, long lines. To clear customs, we stood in a hallway with no a/c for 45 minutes until our screaming son caused a purser to move us to the front of the line! And we couldn't go ashore to Key West until everyone had cleared customs so we didn't disembark until almost lunch (and nap time). 2. Awful food: neither my husband nor I are picky eaters, but honestly the food in the Windjammer was atrocious. I don't think the chef even knows what pancakes are supposed to taste like. And my poor, picky son became a cranky nightmare because there was so little for him to eat that he liked. We thought at least the pasta would hold him off at lunch but it turned out to be too spicy for a toddler. We would have had breakfast in the dining room if we could, except for point number 3 next.... 3. Long, drawn-out dinner: it took at least 2 hours to eat dinner. Thank goodness they served the children first. Unfortunately, the kids menu was really limited -- pizza, chicken fingers, fries, fish sticks (no vegetables in sight anywhere!) and my son was quick to tire of all this junk food. At least the head waiter caught on and brought ice cream and sprinkles early on so my son could at least play with the sprinkles for a while. 4. Tiny, tiny, tiny cabins: they may work for 2 adults, but not 2 adults and a rambunctious toddler. Plus, the shower frightened my son and we would all end up soaked by the time we had him washed each night. Any good points? Some. The entertainment was good. The food at dinner was good. The service at dinner was good (our assistant waiter should have received the biggest tip, not our waiter, who seemed more interested in dancing and singing than serving). Our stateroom attendant was extremely helpful. And the babysitting service was excellent (in-cabin). Would I do it again? Not on your life. Read Less
Sail Date May 2004
I found this to be a very enjoyable cruise. Boarding was very easy, we were picked up at airport swiftly and processed in a very timely manner. Crew were ALL very helpful and friendly. No complaints about the food it ranged to good to very ... Read More
I found this to be a very enjoyable cruise. Boarding was very easy, we were picked up at airport swiftly and processed in a very timely manner. Crew were ALL very helpful and friendly. No complaints about the food it ranged to good to very good, nothing exceptional but no complaints either. Servers were excellent! Suite was very comfortable (3 women) and clean. It really does need to be updated, but that was no hindrance. Coco Cay was wonderful, we parasailed , took wave runners out , snorkeled and ate and just relaxed on mats!!! We were surprised at how much fun it all was , the BEST part of the trip Nassau of course is nothing to look at , we did take a taxi to Paradise Island which is beautiful(would like to spent a vacation there) but we spent most of that day on ship by the pool. Unfortunately, all of the good was undone when we tried to get off the ship at the end of the cruise!!! We had booked out trip thru RCCL and therefore were under the (dumb) impression that they would give up a color tag to get us off in time to make our flight that they had booked! As time got short we tried to reason with the crew to let us off and were finally granted an exit, however, we were late and had to grab the 1st taxi and race to make our flight. Read Less
Sail Date May 2004
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