Norwegian Majesty (RETIRED) Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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5 out of 5

A fantastic first cruise experience!

Sail Date: February 03, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

This was our first cruise, and so we were afraid of being overwhelmed by the size of the ship, getting lost, etc. We needn't have worried! Not only was the Majesty a manageable size to learn, but there were always crew members around who were happy to point us in the direction we wanted to go.

The sea days were so much fun, with activities to do, games to play and entertainment to watch. Or, if we preferred, we could sit on the deck and watch the people, and of course EAT!!

We'd been told to expect a small stateroom, and I thought I'd get claustrophobic, but it didn't really feel that tiny, even though it was on the inside. The room was well laid out, and there were plenty of places to stash the too-much stuff we had packed.

Pros: The crew was most attentive and the food was great!

Cons: The weather wasn't perfect, but whatcha gonna do?

Recommends Norwegian Majesty (RETIRED)? Yes!

Ship Quality
The cleanliness was exceptional. You could tell that there was some wear and tear on the ship, but it's not brand-new, so that's to be expected. There were always crew members around cleaning and painting, power-washing things. It just felt clean.

The size of the ship was very manageable. Once we got it in our heads which was was fore and which was aft, we were fine! Since the ship is smaller than many of the newer ships, we felt like it was perfect for our first cruise!
Food and Dining
Since we were free to chose when and where we ate, we decided to try everything!! We loved the barbeques they had topside, and the food was great there if we wanted something quick and casual. The morning and afternoon buffets were fantastic too!

When we wanted something a little more formal, we'd go to one of the inside dining rooms, and we particularly loved the service and attentiveness of the staff at the Four Seasons restaurant. The views were great too!

Some evenings, we would eat at the barbeque for supper, wait a couple of hours and then go to one of the restaurants inside for a fabulous dessert and cappuccino! Best of both worlds!!

We ate in the Pasta Cafe once, and the views there are great and the service is impeccable!
Cabin / Stateroom
Our stateroom was in category J, so it's certainly not one of the largest, but we felt it was a manageable size, particularly for no longer than a person stays in their stateroom.
Service and Staff
Everyone, from the chefs, to the waitstaff, to our great room stewards was all fantastic, cheerful and happy to help however they could! There was only one guy we didn't like so well, and he was a bartender at the Rendezvous, so he was easily avoided.
Entertainment
On our cruise, they had booked a great comedien, Alex Jackson; as well as country music singers Rushlow and Harris; and the comedic jugglers called Sharkbait! The entertainment was a lot better than I had been led to expect on a cruise ship!

They had little craft classes that were fun, and our favorite was the nightly trivia contests! We made some new friends and had a really good time!!

This cruise was perfect for 40-somethings like us!!
George Town, Grand Cayman
We chose what turned out to be too big of an itinerary. It was the Island Tour and Stingray City. It was too much to do in too short of a time. Then there were people on our bus who insisted on staying too long, and that made us run short to the next activity. If we had it to do over again, we'd have picked a different excursion with less to do. We thought that the "Hell" destination was a waste. The lava formations are interesting, but the little shop in front has a poor selection of expensive junk.
Don't Miss: We thought Stingray City was the best thing we could have done there.
Cozumel, Mexico
Even though the weather was pouring rain when we got there, we chose to go ahead and do our excursion, which was snorkeling and then a beach party. Just as we were about halfway to the snorkel site, the weather cleared up and it was nice and warm and sunny! We were really glad we went, as the snorkeling was wonderful! We saw so many fantastic fish and corals! This was the whole reason we went to Cozumel!! We'd been told to do lots of shopping in Cozumel, many bargains, etc. We didn't have time to do much shopping because we ended up having to take tender boats instead of docking at the pier, so we didn't get to do much of that. The few stores we did have time to visit were clearly expecting many cruise boat tourists, and we felt they were pushy and overpriced.
Don't Miss: snorkeling, definitely! Even if you don't swim, definitely try the snorkeling! They give you a lifejacket so you'll be fine!
Key West, Florida
Since getting falling-down drunk is not our thing, we weren't impressed with Key West. We walked around, did a little shopping and got a bite to eat. Basically, I couldn't wait to get back on the ship.
Don't Miss: The old buildings are pretty.


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