CruiselineSarah

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Cruiseline.com Editorial Assistant, upstate New York resident, passionate lover of travel, bright colors, and chocolate.



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Majesty of the Seas

July 2015 - Majesty of the Seas to Caribbean - Bahamas

Great First Cruise!

Overall had a great first cruise. I enjoyed visiting the Bahamas and finally being on a ship. It's worth noting that this was two years ago, and some things have changed on the ship since I sailed.

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Kotor, Montenegro - The NCL excursion for a hike on the city walls was beautiful but wow! Don't be fooled by how easy 3/4 of a mile sounds - it's a steep hike with uneven footing throughout, even though there are steps most of the way. I was wiped out. The views when you get to the fortress are well worth it though. You're so high up the cruise ships look like little toys. One tip: if you want to save some money don't book an excursion here. We did get a small tour of the old town as well as the hike, but if you just want to hike do it on your own: it's 3 euro per person.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece - We did a Cruising Excursions tour here, which took us to Acropolis Rock and a short hike to the top to visit the Parthenon. What an amazing piece of ancient history. I couldn't believe I was actually there. Also - the views from the top of the city below were fantastic - we got lots of panoramic photos. Then there was some shopping and eating when we got down into the city. It's very busy but nice to be able to walk around for a little while in the area we visited.
Katakolon (Olympia), Greece - Unfortunately it rained while we were here, so even though we had an excursion through Cruising Excursions, it wasn't quite what any of us had hoped for. Instead of a guided tour through the ruins, the rain meant we just had a guided tour through the museum on site. It was still interesting though. Once the rain died down we hopped over to the ruins on our own before returning to the tour bus, and it was so neat to see where the Olympics began.
Venice, Italy - Venice is exactly as you'd imagine it... except the crowds. There are throngs of people almost everywhere. Sometimes you can find a quieter alleyway or street, but it was uncommon when we were there. There are pushy salespeople selling everything from roses to sticky silicon creatures to selfie sticks (ugh). Just try your best to ignore them or say no. I'm not saying I didn't like it though - I loved it. The city is beautiful, charming, and it's nice to be away from cars and motorcycles. We also went to the island of Murano - known for its glassmaking. It's like a smaller, quieter version of Venice. Very cute and we had our best meal in Italy there. I'd definitely recommend bringing a good camera, both for day and night. I took some long exposure nighttime shots that I was pretty happy with.
Dubrovnik, Croatia - Dubrovnik was beautiful. We did a Cruising Excursions excursion that took us to a beautiful overlook of the city and ocean, and then back to the old town for a tour and sightseeing. It's a beautiful old town with lots of limestone and marble, which seemed to be a theme throughout the ports on this itinerary :)
Split, Croatia - Not only did we tour Diocletian's Palace, but our excursion took us to a town about 30 minutes outside of Split called Trogir. I don't know what it was about this town, but I am convinced I could live there for a while. It was absolutely charming with a beautiful harbor, cute wine bars and restaurants, and fun shops. This was a great port day.
Norwegian Star Norwegian Star - Though Ginza is complimentary, they do take reservations which we did not realize until the last night when we tried to dine there one last time and it was booked full. :( Be sure to reserve there if you want a sure chance, especially on the last couple of nights. Also, if you want to try the Teppanyaki grill, reserve it as soon as you can. Each reservation time slot can only accommodate 12 people at a time. Also, if the lido deck is too crowded, a great place to get some sun is the large deck at the back that also serves as the helicopter pad. As far as the cabin goes, I'd definitely recommend Jovi's section, but maybe not if you want complete silence in the evening. It's a toss-up for me because he was that good.
Kotor, Montenegro - They call the water-filled canyon into Montenegro as Europe's southernmost fjord, and on deck is the place to be when you're sailing in. We did an NCL excursion to hike the city walls, which was great. However, you can also hike there on your own for 3 euro, which is a LOT cheaper. Beautiful port!
Miami, Florida - We didn't do any excursions, but it was a great port for embarkation and disembarkation.
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island) - We snorkeled here and it was awesome. It was my first time snorkeling and there are shallow and deep parts, with floating docks to take a rest. It's in a mostly enclosed cove area, too, so the water was pretty calm. Lunch on the island was great, but be sure to keep the gulls away from your food! They tried to snatch it multiple times. :)
Nassau, Bahamas - I can see why seasoned cruisers tend to stay on the ship here. We did visit the free part of Atlantis to walk around and see it, as well as a bit of shopping at the market and a stop at Junkanoo Beach. But unless you're planning to actually do some kind of excursion or spend the day at a local bar, there's not a ton to do here.

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