Sail Date: July 01, 2009 Ship: Majesty of the Seas Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 8 years ago
I'm told the Majesty of the Seas is one of the smallest in Royal Caribbean's fleet, but we found it to feel relatively new and very well maintained. The pool deck and bar area are nice with plenty of chairs to lay out on (although chairs in the shade are harder to come by), and was always busy. All the dining facilities were nice and clean. The ship's layout is a bit tricky to figure out at first, but once you look at a diagram / layout it's not hard to find your way around. I would recommend this ship definitely.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
The food was pretty good, but could be hit or miss. The Windjammer Cafe had a nice buffet selection and if you chose the right things was quite good (the omelettes and pineapple compote pancakes were great!). The main diningroom was okay, but if you didn't like your selection the waiter was very good about getting you something else quickly. The waiter gave good recommendations too.
3 out of 5
We went to the Casino for an hour or so each night and that was fun. The dealers are all pretty nice and are happy to teach you to play their games. We saw a comedian / magician who was funny and the hypnotist show which was hysterical. There was also a cool ice carving demonstration, trivia competitions, Karaoke, and more. We were never bored!
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
I found it interesting that I never ran into one American staff member on the whole ship. It was very multi-cultural, staff literally came from all over the world. Everyone was very friendly and helpful (and most spoke decipherable English)
3 out of 5
The boat is older, but the refurbishing a few years ago makes you feel like you're in a newer ship. The atrium, shops, restaurants, etc. are all nice and well maintained. The hallway leading to our stateroom smelled of mildew, but our room was fine and the rest of the ship was clean.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
After living in a dorm room for all 4 years of college, our interior stateroom brought me back to my undergrad days; small room, but enough space for two. The bathroom is pretty tiny, especially the shower. It's manageable, but expect it to be small. We had the two twin beds put together into the queen, but one bed was comfy and the other sank in. Our room attendant was really nice and got us anything we needed (and even left us towel-folded animals every day). We had an interior room, which was less expensive, but I would recommend an oceanview room, not for the view, but for the light. Our room was so dark we had no clue what time of day it was in the mornings. Overall the stateroom was fine, nothing to rave about, but not bad either.
Nice to have a beach day and it be not so crowded. There is tons of room / space on the island, but most cruisers got to the first beach spot they see. Walk a little further down and you can practically have your own stretch of beach to yourself. the views are pretty and the water feels great. I didn't snorkel here, but my friend did and he thought it was better snorkeling than Nassau. the Coco Loco (the island's special drink) is good, but strong (especially when you've been sweating all day in the sun). Save yourself the money and order it in a regular glass, not the souvenier cup. The lunch BBQ is not as cool as it sounds. Pretty much the windjammer cafe in an outside picnic area. Watch out for the seagulls, they will literally swarm you on the way to your table. People seemed to enjoy their excursions this day too.
Honestly, Nassau was a bit disappointing. It is now so Americanized (Burger King, Starbucks, Senor Frogs, etc.) and dirty / trashy, that there is hardly anything left that is authentic / Bahaman. Combine that with the very pushy salespeople and it almost felt like a hassle. We went snorkeling with a private charter company ("Blue Water Sports" I think) associated with the Nassau Hilton. They were nice and we got to go snorkeling at 2 different dive sites with just one other couple for less than the Cruise excursion ($50 ish per person). I reccomend them. The jewelry stores have nice stuff and a lot of freebies with cruiseline coupons.
Don't Miss: If you drink a lot, stock up on liquor here - really cheap!
Our day in Key West was HOT. Definitely fill up a water bottle to take with you! We really liked Key West. It was much prettier than Nassau, but still with a little Caribbean feel. Still touristy, but not with pushy salespeople and much prettier / quanter homes and stores. We saw the southernmost tip of the US, US-95 milemarker 0, and Ernest Hemingway's home among other stops. This day is a lot of walking, so bring your sneakers or rent a bike.
Don't Miss: Key Lime pie of course
Pros: Fun stops, friendly service, good weather (but HOT), crystal clear waters
Cons: It was really hot but what you should expect in July, stateroom shower was tiny, pool area was always busy
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