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13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Let me start this by telling you that I’m a HUGE Royal Caribbean fan. I’ve been on over five cruises and loved all of them. Where do I begin. No atrium, no wave runner, no zip line, one tiny little theater, no bowling ... Read More
Let me start this by telling you that I’m a HUGE Royal Caribbean fan. I’ve been on over five cruises and loved all of them. Where do I begin. No atrium, no wave runner, no zip line, one tiny little theater, no bowling alley, a lack luster single floor dining room with a 10 foot ceiling, one ping pong table and a basketball court, and no second half of the ship are just a few of things I could mention right now.. I understand that a few of those are only on your biggest ships but I was shocked to find out this ship didn’t have the indoor mall area almost all of the other ships have. These things may not have been a huge deal if we had actually made it to Coca Cay (the entire reason I booked this trip) since we had to break the news to our little girls that the island we had been bragging to them about for two weeks wasn’t going to happen and we were going to be stuck on the ship all day. Since it was too cold to go in the pool and the winds were too high to use the rock climbing wall they pretty much only had one thing to do the entire day and that was the hot tubs but for some reason two of the “hot” tubs were cold. When we asked the guy why they were cold he just shut them off and put a maintenance sign up on two of them for the entire day we were at sea. Then the next day in Nassau it rained and was freezing so after two hours of walking around the shops in the rain we went back to the ship and decided to see what was going on on the ship. There was ABSOLUTELY nothing going on on the ship until 7PM that night so I called down to the front desk to ask them what we were supposed to do for the next six hours in the rain. So they decided replay the same Boo movie they had been playing all week in the movie theater. So we decided to take the girls to the movie. Not only was the screen distorted and difficult to see but the movie was a PG-13 movie and was pretty inappropriate for my nine year old. Thursday rolls around and they decided to take us to Grand Bahamas to make up for Coca Cay. This was supposed to be the coldest day of the week and the closest beach to the port was 30 minutes away. Since we missed an entire day at Coca Cay you would think the ship would provide transportation or a free excursion to make up for it but of course not. So we had to pay some taxi service $96 to take us to the beach. Mind you this was the last day of the cruise and my girls hadn’t even seen a beach yet. So we ended up getting an hour on a beach in the sun on the last day of our cruise. We also ended up buying the drink package on the first day partly because of getting free drinks on Coca Cay. I’m not a marathon drinker.. I like to get a few doubles and then just drink beer the rest of the day. But apparently they changed the rules and started charging extra for doubles without even mentioning it to me. So every time I thought I was getting a drink that was included in my drink package I was being charged $8 for the double. I have been on five cruises with Royal Caribbean and have NEVER had to pay extra for doubles. After I was informed of this I didn’t even really use my drink package because I drink Vodka red-bulls and I don’t like a strong Red Bull taste in my drink. So there’s another $600 down the drain. You have no idea how many times I’ve bragged about the drink package to people that weren’t sure about cruises and told them you can order anything you want. That’s the whole reason you justify spending an extra $120 a day on alcohol. On top of that the tv in my girls room was snowy the entire trip. Mind you the tiny little tv in their room was about all they had for entertainment for half the cruise. We called about it twice and they were never able to fix it. The only other thing they had to do in their room was use their phone and the outlet was broken and every time you plugged something in the adapter would just fall out of the wall. In our room the sink leaked and every day we’d walked into the bathroom and step into a puddle. For the shows we ended up with one comedy act that was great and three musicals. The last night of the cruise we were expecting something big for the finale of the trip since there was no parade like on all of the other boats and it was just a different version of the same one we saw two nights earlier with the same singers. And all of the shows seemed to be 70’s themed. Do you think maybe they could have broken it up with a magic show or something? We also were under the impression they were going to have all kinds of events for kids and they had nothing. I understand you can’t predict the weather but they should have backup plans for when an entire week gets crushed. There should be free excursions or more activities planned. SOMETHING! It only hurts Royal Caribbean in the end because there are cruise people and there are non-cruise people and you can’t afford to turn off the people you’ve got. I mean I know they have all the fine print that protects them from stuff like this but it still doesn’t mean they shouldn’t feel bad about it. And like I said if the ship was better and had more stuff to do it would have only been half as bad. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise because we were looking for a new destination and in the past have been very satisfied with Royal Caribbean. The ship is old, small, and poorly maintained. Our cabin had little to no storage, we kept our suitcases ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were looking for a new destination and in the past have been very satisfied with Royal Caribbean. The ship is old, small, and poorly maintained. Our cabin had little to no storage, we kept our suitcases under the beds and pulled them out like drawers. No chest of drawers, 3 small desk drawers and only one chair, the desk chair, no mini bar. Very small TV and no speaker in the room to hear announcements. There are limited restrooms throughout the ship and often stalls were not in working order. Before arriving in Freeport, our final stop, we were unable to obtain a map or any worthwhile information. Were quoted inaccurate prices for taking a taxi from the port to the city, (inaccurate in excessively high.) On the positive side, the food was quite good and the entire crew was exceptionally helpful, friendly, courteous and hard working. I would strongly advise against sailing on this ship. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We had cruised with Royal Caribbean 15+ years ago to Alaska and the Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Caymens, Jamaica & Haiti). Both experiences were great and we really felt catered to. This cruise just didn't match that experience. ... Read More
We had cruised with Royal Caribbean 15+ years ago to Alaska and the Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Caymens, Jamaica & Haiti). Both experiences were great and we really felt catered to. This cruise just didn't match that experience. Majesty of the Seas is a very old ship and it showed it in much of the decor, ship conditions and appearance. While the food was good, it did not wow us and seemed somewhat repetitive (especially in Windjammer). Our dining room staff, while friendly, did not go out of their way to remember our names (even after 5 days). But the thing that frustrated me the most was the wifi. I needed reliable and somewhat speedy wifi so I could keep up with things while gone. For $18/day, I expected the VOOM service to work well. Let's just say that it hardly worked in our stateroom (staff told me to leave the door open to get better reception - really?!), I tried several of the lounges/bars, up by the pool (staff told me it worked better the higher you went) and even in the VOOM sales area. Best download speed I could ever get was 4 Mbps. I tried downloading an app on my tablet every day for the entire trip but could never get the download to complete, but when I got to the hotel the night after we left the ship, the app loaded in under 1 minutes. The trip was not all bad. The shows (comedians, singer/dancers) were good, the client interfacing events were fun (Newlywed game, belly flop competition) and they did show the NFL playoff football games on the big screen by the pool. Just not enough to make we want to do it again any time soon. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We had been on another Royal Caribbean cruise and were impressed. This ship was far different. Staterooms are tiny with very little storage (at least they could have put shelves in the closet!) Air conditioning wasn't as cool as desired. ... Read More
We had been on another Royal Caribbean cruise and were impressed. This ship was far different. Staterooms are tiny with very little storage (at least they could have put shelves in the closet!) Air conditioning wasn't as cool as desired. Restrooms on public floors were few and far between. No hand sanitizer near the stairways. Not as much entertainment as on other ships. Poor info given prior to stop at Freeport about taxi service. Long lines to get tenders to CocoCay. Formal night was when we were docked in Nassau and the ship wasn't leaving the port till late in the evening. Having looked for the "library" we were disappointed to find very little in it, plus it wasn't in a room, just a corner of the main public area. We couldn't hear announcements in our room, neither could our neighbors next door. I could go on and on. The only bright spot was the food and the outstanding staff. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
I'd been on Majesty once before and wanted to give her one more try. The addition of Grand Bahama Island, which I'd hadn't seen before, intrigued me. The good: the crew. Weencountered a lot of truly friendly crew members. Our stateroom ... Read More
I'd been on Majesty once before and wanted to give her one more try. The addition of Grand Bahama Island, which I'd hadn't seen before, intrigued me. The good: the crew. Weencountered a lot of truly friendly crew members. Our stateroom attendant(Richard Wong), our waiter (Alexander) and assistant waiter (Han), and manyothers were fantastic. We made it to Coco Cay! Itwas chilly, overcast, and it started to drizzle, but we made it. Despite the age of the shipand the impending drydock, most of the ship didn't look bad at all. Food in thedining room was good, and mornings in the Windjammer were all right. I tendedto go early so I didn't have any issues getting a seat. The weather was comfortablewhen we were in Nassau so we took the opportunity to see things we hadn't seenbefore. The bad: The damned freestylemachines kept breaking. They're a pain in the tuchus. We lost water for an houror so after returning to the ship on our Grand Bahama Island day. They had apipe rupture or something. It was fixed but many people who wanted a showerwere SOL. The tour we signed up forwas so bad it was comical! More on that later. The head waiter or whoeverhe was who lectured us at dinner on the 4th & 5th nights went on way toolong. The sound system was bad, making it worse, but the guy sounded like afrustrated preacher. I'm there for dinner, not for a sermon. Day 1: Embarkation was abreeze. We had taken Cortrans from MCO to the port, and they were great. We’d taken the chance of flying down on theday of our journey due to work issues, but we made it. Phew. Glad we had tripinsurance just in case. I definitely recommend Cortrans. This was our secondtime utilizing their services with no issues whatsoever. We got our bags and we were on the ship in about 10 minutes. We had a juniorsuite (sooo glad I was able to snag that) and enjoyed our location. Our roomwas 1544. We were close to the elevators but not so close that we couldhear anything, and the room was very quiet. After we were checked in we went tothe Schooner bar for trivia and our small team (us and a lovely lady namedGail) won. Our dining companions weregreat, and we enjoyed the service. Our waiter, Alexander, was hard-working andpleasant, as was our assistant waiter, Han. Alexander doubled as the ordertaker at the omelet station in the Windjammer in the morning. We often saw Hanwaiting tables in the Windjammer. I had wanted to seeVictoria & Abdul that night but it was a little too cold out on the deck,so we passed on it. Day 2: The next day we were inNassau. We decided to take a walk to Fort Charlotte, which was veryinteresting. I was comparing it to my childhood tours of Fort Wadsworth andFort Hamilton. After that we walked to the John Watling's Distillery for thetour and some libations. Nice piece of property, and for some reason they havetwo of the largest roosters I've ever seen walking around the place. They wereso fluffy they looked like they were wearing pants. As we were walkingback to the ship we found the Dunkin Donuts so I stopped for a coffee. I’m a DDaddict, I admit. Couldn’t use my app there but that’s all right. We had no issues withwalking around Nassau, everything was fine. I’m glad we got to see some of thehistory. This is my 4th time in Nassau and I always find somethingto do. I enjoyed the music in theevenings on Majesty much more than I enjoyed the music on Anthem. There was agood variety of music going on in the different lounges and it was enjoyable. Day 3: I’m glad we were able toget to Coco Cay. I wish the weather had been nicer than it was, but at least wemade it! Minor quibble: I asked for adiet Coke and it was expired, which I didn’t realize until I had walked back towhere we were sitting. Also, the bar charged me for it even though I had a sodapackage, which I thought was weird. I didn’t check my receipt closely, nexttime I know better. We stayed until a littleafter lunch and then went back to the ship. Most of the families had stayed onCoco Cay so we were FINALLY able to get into a hot tub. All 4 hot tubs werekiddie wading pools all the time. I am not joking. Often there weren’t anyparents in with them. Not having an adult-only area of the ship was a bit of abummer, I will admit. Next time: a ship with a solarium! The nightly shows in theChorus Line Theater were good, but please, RC, can we leave the 70s? Please? Day 4: Grand Bahama Island – I’dnever been there before! I was excited! It looked like Newark, NJ with palmtrees! Since I hadn’t been therebefore I signed us up for a shore excursion. The first one I wanted was soldout, so I settled on a shopping & beach excursion, figuring that would beall right. OMG what a comedy of errors! Here’s the description from Royal Caribbean: Island Highlight Beach and Shopping Tour - FR39 Enjoy the tropical climate and vibrant culture of Freeport. This tour takes you to the capital of Grand Bahama Island and growing international business site. The Port Lucaya Marketplace isan open-air shopping and entertainment hub that overlooks the waterfront. It’s filled with hand-crafted treasures. You’ll visit the candle factory, and open-air fruit market. Enjoy shopping or swimming at the beach. Highlights: • City of Freeport: Visit the candle factory, the open-air fruit market, enjoy shopping for souvenirs and swim at the beach We get on the bus, andthere’s a broken lever on my seat that’s hitting me in the leg. I put my bagover it and was fine, but the bus was dirty, half the seats were broken, theceiling was peeling, and the air conditioning didn’t work. The driver tells usour first stop is going to be a store with hand-made Bahamian crafts andcandles. Sounds nice, right? Is this the candle factory? Nooooo. We pull up toa roadside souvenir stand with an auto body place on one side, an empty, gatedstorefront on the other, and directly across the street is the only nicelooking building we’ve seen so far and it’s a mid-century modern crematoriumand funeral home. Inside the store wasn’tmuch better. It was crappy tchotchkes which definitely weren’t made in theBahamas. They even had questionable souvenirs – there was a figurine of a manwith exaggerated features, wearing Rasta clothes & holding a giant blunt,and when the blunt was removed another exaggerated feature was revealed. It’sthe kind of thing I haven’t seen since the 70s and didn’t need to see again,lol. OK, we get back outside andthey have called for another bus because of the broken a/c. We get the secondbus and it’s fine but the PA system kept going out. That wasn’t much of anissue because most of the commentary was on stuff we could see – this is abank, this is a supermarket, this is an insurance agency. The driver tells us he’staking us to another handmade Bahamian crafts market but that this one is alsoa farmer’s market. Is this the open airfruit market??? We drive through a rather questionable looking area and pull upnext to this one-street market which is selling the same crap as the lastplace. Only difference is that there are a couple of fruit stands and a placeselling conch, none of which looked healthy. We walked out of the “market” andwent next door to a convenience store to buy a bottle of water. Our trip continues on. Inoticed that someone who had bought the questionable conch fritters took a biteand threw the rest out of the window. Oy! We drive through some pretty run-down neighborhoods and then we get tothe Grand Lucayan Marketplace. Finally, someplace nice! Real food, real shops,some truly handmade stuff (loved the ornaments) but we only had an hour toenjoy it. If we hadn’t hit those first two stops we could have had more timehere. It was worth seeing. I bought a pendant and earrings for my daughter andmy friend bought a conch shell ornament. After that it was off tothe beach. Wow, the beach was gorgeous! The water was incredible. I had a great time walking along the beach,feeling the sun, and enjoying the afternoon. This definitely redeemed the day. Although we passed a streetof nice houses near the golf course on the way to the beach, the rest of thetour was pretty bogus. He actually drove down one street to show us the abandonedInternational Marketplace and hotel complex that have been out of businesssince the hurricanes of 2007-2008. I got the feeling that thefirst two stops on the tour were not the ones they were supposed to be, andthat the guy diverted us to someplace that was giving him a kickback. Nowherewas there a candle factory, haha. Also, the beach at the end, while nice, was notthe one that was advertised as being part of the tour. It would be like you getting off the Anthem,signing up for a tour of Liberty State Park and the Statue of Liberty withlocal highlights, and being taken to a store in the industrial neighborhood onCommunipaw Avenue in Jersey City, with a scenic tour of the burnt-out housesaround Ocean Ave. Back on the ship I was able to take some pictures of Adventure and Allure in drydock. My next cruise is on Adventure in May, can't wait! Dinner was nice, butinterrupted by the head waiter or whatever he was giving his sermon. It went onway too long and I was surprised he was doing it on day 4 instead of day 5. No,I really don’t want to do the Macarena at dinner, and no, I don’t want tosomeone go on and on about every little thing. Yes, I appreciate the staff.Yes, I fill out the survey. No, I don’t need to have a half hour of this atdinner. We took part in some of theevening’s entertainment and then headed to bed. I was tired after the day inFreeport. Day 5: Our sea day was spentplaying trivia games, eating, attending different events. We caught the BellyFlop contest, the Battle of the Sexes, the Love & Marriage Game Show, andwe even played Bingo. We didn’t win, but we had a good time. We tried again toget into the hot tubs but they were packed with the pint-sized crowd so I didn’tmake any attempts to get in. This was the only day wehad breakfast in the main dining room. Service was incredibly slow and we wereseated with one other couple. The wife was very nice but the husband acted likehe didn’t want to be there. He had a puss on, was miserable. If he’d wanted tosit alone with his wife, he should have said something to the person seatingus. I wouldn’t have minded and it would have been easier than sitting there inthat weird, awkward way. Dinner was the same as thenight before. We had our big lecture again on the bad sound system, where wewere implored to fill out the form and we were invited to do some conga linedancing. Again, way too long. Our table mates were not happy. One got up andleft early, saying she’d had enough. We went to the Quest. Ithink I liked it better the last time I was on Majesty, I think Susan had a lotof energy as cruise director and she added a fun, bawdy level to it that wasmissing this time around. It was good but not great. Then it was time to goback to the room. Not having to fill outcustoms forms – didn’t expect that. We were not putting our luggage out for thenext day because we were self-carry. Home: I woke up to some heavy rocking at 6:30 AM, not sure why, and it was quickly over. We got ready to leave, had breakfast, and walked off the ship. We weren’t flying out until 2:22, so we had a 10:30 reservation with Cortrans, but the guy had room on the 9AM shuttle so we took that one and had fun at the airport. I like Orlando –free wifi, a decent food court, free supplies for the ladies and lots of charging ports in the main building. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Took this cruise for our anniversary never been on a cruise never really cared to go on one but it was on my bucket list so we went. I did not catch the cruise bug but I may go again one day. The staff was amazing every one of them I've ... Read More
Took this cruise for our anniversary never been on a cruise never really cared to go on one but it was on my bucket list so we went. I did not catch the cruise bug but I may go again one day. The staff was amazing every one of them I've never been to a resort and had everyone give great service like it was on the ship. The food was great and more than I could ever eat. The reviews had me thinking I was going to spend 5 nights in a coat closet, but I found it was plenty of room for my wife and I except for the tiny shower but it was better than no shower or a shared shower. The ship is old but it felt very maintained carpets seemed spot free, walls clean, no rust. Now for the bad (at least to me) the reason I did not catch the cruise bug. Too many people, it was like you couldn't get away from people for the whole trip. Read Less
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