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378 Royal Caribbean Bahamas Cruise Reviews

We arrived in Miami a few hours prior to boarding Majesty of Seas. Boarding was very quick and we were surprised at how quickly we were able to get into our room. As soon as we walked on the ship my wife and I were disappointed with its ... Read More
We arrived in Miami a few hours prior to boarding Majesty of Seas. Boarding was very quick and we were surprised at how quickly we were able to get into our room. As soon as we walked on the ship my wife and I were disappointed with its lackluster appearance and stale smell. We were traveling with 3 other couples and all got to our rooms around the same time. The crew did a great job getting all of our luggage up to our floor very quickly. However, when we entered the room we were nearly sick to our stomach. It had a moldy, smokey stench to it and the linens weren't exactly warm and cozy looking. The bed cover literally looked as old and dirty as the ship itself. Our friends next to us complained of the strong smoke odor in their room as well. Our bathroom was disgusting. The shower curtain had mold on it as well as the vent fan on the roof of the shower. The bathroom floor was so dirty we were scared to ever take off our shoes and at night the beds didn't look much cleaner so we slept with our clothes on...boo! We went to dinner and were pleasantly surprised with the cleanliness and customer service in the dining room. We were among the 8:30 dinner seating. Our wait staff was incredibly nice and entertaining and the food was comparable to something you'd get at Applebees or Chilis; which I believe is a good thing. The first night most of our group ate either the New York Strip or the pasta and everyone was impressed at how quick, hot, and good their food was. The onion soup was especially good. Afterwards we hung out on the 14th floor at the Viking Lounge. The mystery that none of our group could figure out was the absolute randomness of which bars were opened and closed; a majority on the ship were never opened the entire time we were on board which made no sense to us. Although the Viking Lounge was nice, it was really the only place we could gather as a group without puffs of smoke being blown in our face. The ship smelled smokey everywhere we went but for the Viking Lounge so we congratulated there often. The activities on our day at sea (we were supposed to go to CocoCay but could not due to the weather) were terrible. Bingo was run by the most annoying Canadian guy I've ever come across in my life. Moreover, it was a total scam. They had at least 400 people paying at least $25 each playing Bingo yet they only gave away $1000 in prizes total. We would have gone to the pool but a group of drunk teenagers and thugs had taken that over too. Our wives did make a trip to the spa for a massage and were impressed that. The buffet was okay for lunch but the food was pretty bland. I fell in love with the pizza but the ship staff insisted in only making 2 pizzas at time which created a constant 10 minute line to get a slice of pizza. I have no idea why they couldn't cook more than 2 pizzas at time when the pizza was in such demand. The one diamond in the ruff on this ship was the ice cream! This soft serve ice cream was the best of anywhere I've ever had it and best of all, you could serve yourself and didn't have to wait on the slow wait staff in the Windjammer Cafe to help you (i.e. pizza bar). I highly encourage you to NOT get on this boat. Pay the extra bucks for a cleaner, newer boat with better activities. Read Less
Sail Date November 2006
My wife and I are in our 50s and this was our fifth cruise. We have never had a bad cruise having traveled previously on Regency, NCL and twice on Carnival. We booked the 4-nighter on the Majesty of the Seas out of Miami at the last minute ... Read More
My wife and I are in our 50s and this was our fifth cruise. We have never had a bad cruise having traveled previously on Regency, NCL and twice on Carnival. We booked the 4-nighter on the Majesty of the Seas out of Miami at the last minute as a quick get away without high expectations. Before going further I must say that the experience exceeded our expectations and I think it was one of our best cruise experiences ever. The private island was a key factor in our choice of this cruise as well as the Monday embarkation and Friday disembarkation to allow a weekend front and back for preparation and travel since we live in the Midwest. We booked our own flight arrangements and purchased RCL transportation right in the baggage claim at Miami International. This was easy and the cost was about the same as a cab and tip. We really lucked out. On that day the Port of Miami was practically gridlock and our bus was driven by a retired NYC bus driver who was in his glory. We got to the ship in under 30 minutes. Embarkation was fast and we were in the Windjammer eating lunch by noon. We had all afternoon after getting to our cabin at 1 PM to explore the ship and sit by the pool and catch the sun and a drink before departing. After having read previous reviews describing the ship as showing its age, we were pleasantly surprised to find new carpeting in the pool areas, clean glasswork, polished brass and everything appearing quite new and fresh. The small stateroom was comfortable and provided plenty of under the bed storage and the closet also was quite large. The ship was completely booked, 2600+ passengers. We were concerned that it would be crowded. Not at all. The public areas were spacious, we always found plenty of good seats for the shows, there was never any problem finding deck chairs around the pool and we always found open and clean tables in the Windjammer Cafe. The captain and the entire staff were friendly and accessible, always attentive and at the end thanked us for choosing RCL. And I really thing they meant it. The food overall was above average to quite good. No disappointment there. The shows on the first and last night were well done and entertaining and the band was great, very professional. The comedy acts the middle two nights were also OK but not great. The casino was pleasantly large and not smokey like I had read on other reviews and I even came out ahead. We had late seating in the dining room (8:30 PM) which we prefer since it gives us a chance to spend a full day in port so we don't have to rush back too early to get cleaned up for dinner. We also choose a table for eight. We feel that a high point of any cruising experience is meeting new people, becoming friends and sharing the experiences of the ship and the day in port. I might say here that our waiter, assistant waiter & even our head waiter were outstanding and we enjoyed their service very much. Also our cabin steward was attentive and knew our first names. Of course, these are the folks you tip and tipping on The Majesty of the Seas is fairly traditional. You can have your tips put on your Sea Pass account but we prefer to put cash in the envelopes and give them out personally. We gave all of them extra. They work very hard and deserve it. There didn't seem to be a lot of extra activities on this ship and that was fine with us. You are in port every day and there is plenty to do there. No so called "fun days at sea". Shore Excursions: Nassau (day 1): The ship is in port from 8 AM to midnight. This seems too long but it leaves plenty of time for anything you might want to do there. I suppose if they left Nassau earlier they might get to Cocoa Cay (day 2) too soon. Anyway, we departed the ship and walked around the streets and shops for a while. The Bahamians are friendly, not too pushy and easy going. The shopping is somewhat expensive and the "straw market" was very congested. We got back on the ship for lunch and later about 1 PM took the Yellow Bird party barge tour. Do not miss this. When you board, they serve run punches as you cruise out to Pearl Island to spend about an hour at a small beach. While listening to commentary over the calypso music, you pass beautiful homes and boats of famous people. The beach on the island is quite pleasant and the island has restrooms and concessions. On the return trip, they serve rum punches again which are tasty but a little light on booze. Maybe just as well since the party really gets in gear. All in all a fun adventure. Day 2 (Cocoa Cay - the private island): This is a real high point of the cruise. Plenty to do, snorkeling, hiking, just relaxing on the beach, water activities, shopping (again, a small straw market, pleasant but rather high priced). We choose to snorkel, an activity we had done on other cruises and one we enjoy. The area to snorkel in was quite large. The farther you got from the shore, the water was very clear and there were plenty of fish. We even saw a stingray. But I guess this is not unusual. Also I have to add that with all the people on the island, there were plenty of lounge chairs and you never felt crowded. The lunch they serve is picnic fare and is very good. By now I should add that throughout the entire cruise the weather was perfect and the water was refreshing, not cold but not quite summer like. On day 3 we docked in Key West. This turned out to be a neat experience. You have to go through immigration here since you are reentering the USA. This was very fast and efficient and I guess it saves time on the return to Miami. We walked up Duval St. Stopped at a few bars, Rick's, Crazy Gecko, Sloppy Joes and did some shopping. There was a better selection here than in Nassau and the prices were a whole lot better. We ate lunch on the ship and later walked around looking at some of the restored old homes with tropical gardens. Quite a beautiful place. I might add that this was spring break time and I guess that Duval St. really rocks in the evening. The ship had to depart at 5 PM for Miami. A lot of people wished we would have left Key West at midnight instead of in Nassau. Could you have imagined the problem of getting everyone back on board! We departed for Miami and arrived about 7 AM. It is hard to believe that you could pack so much into a 4-night cruise. Royal Caribbean did a great job. This cruise is a big value for the money. The disembarkation took only a couple of hours. We had plenty of time to get things together and eat breakfast. We never felt rushed and the staff was always friendly and helpful. In parting, however, I should comment that some felt that RCL markets merchandise and drinks on the ship rather aggressively. Some might consider this to be annoying but we realize it is a money maker for RCL. Maybe this keeps the cruise prices reasonable. We did not find this to be a problem as we enjoyed the entire experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2006
Well I have to say I was not impressed. This was our first cruise. It was not the vacation of a lifetime. The food was mediocre at best. One night everyone at our table ordered steak. All 6 steaks were way overdone. The cheesecake tasted ... Read More
Well I have to say I was not impressed. This was our first cruise. It was not the vacation of a lifetime. The food was mediocre at best. One night everyone at our table ordered steak. All 6 steaks were way overdone. The cheesecake tasted like it was frozen and the brownie that was part of a dessert one night was stale. The Windjammer Cafe food was even worse. It was the equivalent of something served in a hospital cafeteria. The band at the pool was so loud you couldn't hear yourself think. The day we disembarked was the worse. We were asked to leave our room by 8am. We went to the Chorus Line lounge and sat until we were called around 11am. 3 hours in a room that was so cold it made your nose run, not to mention the ridiculous sitcoms that I guess was their idea of top notch entertainment. When we originally booked the cruise the man made it sound like you could stay on the ship at your leisure and disembark when you were ready. That was far from the truth. Not only was it cold and boring but the worse part were the ship's bathrooms. All the toilets were plugged up and overflowing. It was disgusting, and no one seemed to care. I've talked to several people that have taken cruises and they were all shocked. Most said they were able to disembark whenever they were ready, and I'm talking post 9-11. But none of them sailed with Royal Caribbean and if we ever decide to cruise again, we will go with another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date April 2005
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