4 Night Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip) Sail Date: June 01, 2009 Ship: Majesty of the Seas Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 8 years ago
We were first time cruisers, at least on a large ship, compared to sailboat cruising, and we very much enjoyed our experience. The service is excellent overall, and the ship is kept quite clean from what we could see. We would definitely sail with Royal Caribbean again someday.
The only major concern with regard to the ship was proximity to smokers on deck. At times, it seemed as if we could not escape the smokers. We avoided the onboard venues that permit smoking, except for the casino on smoke-free night.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
The food was good overall, the preparation of which for so many people must be quite a challenge for the staff. At times, though, it was average. Buffet food and pizza were good. Ambience in our dining room was good, except for disco music occasionally played during dinner, and the way they crammed tables together during breakfast (dining room, not buffet). Service at dinner, however, was outstanding. We did not try Johnny Rockets because of the extra charge, and because we did not crave the sort of food they serve. Cookout food on Coco Cay was good.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Dining room wait staff and stateroom attendants were exceptionally friendly, responsive, helpful, and professional. Most other staff was friendly and helpful as well, even if they did not speak English well. The staff tended to be more polite than the passengers.
5 out of 5
Very, very clean. Purell hand sanitisers at entrances to eateries. Public areas well-maintained.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
Exceptionally clean. We stayed in a basic, but comfortable and serviceable interior stateroom. Not top quality, but we were not paying for or expecting top quality, so it was a good value. Small if you're expecting a hotel room, but plenty big if you're used to sailboat quarters. Comfortable for two normal-sized adults. There was even an LCD flat screen TV with a few channels, including ship information, real-time course charting with coordinates, speed, time, etc., and a channel with a camera facing forward above decks.
We enjoyed the conch train tour, which showed us everything we needed to see from a distance. Afterward, we set out on our own walking tour, going to the places we felt like seeing again. As cat lovers, we enjoyed seeing the felines at the Hemingway House. If we were into bar-hopping, we'd probably give Key West a sixth star. The bar made famous by a certain parrothead had a sour smell that turned us away.
Don't Miss: Duval Street, Hemingway House, Southernmost Point marker
So much fun to do, so little time. Everyone seemed to have a good time. The snorkeling was fun, and the nature trail was a great, quiet getaway from the noise and commotion.
Don't Miss: The nature trail, plus whatever you feel like doing.
We can now understand why so many folks head straight for Atlantis on Paradise Island. Nassau is a shabby town, overall, with pushy folks trying to get you to take a tour with them. We did not go to Atlantis, but we did take the semi-submarine ride, which was fun, and also included a mini-guided tour of homes of the rich & famous along Paradise Island.
Don't Miss: The Queen's Staircase and Fort Fincastle. Great view from the top of the historic fort.
Pros: Excellent service, emphasis on cleanliness, comfortable, fun private island
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