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Kevin Beckwith

Age: 32

Occupation:Engineer

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Majesty of the Seas

Sailing Date: September 15th, 2003

Itinerary: Bahamas


Embarkation -
Prior Proper Planning is the key. Going on-line and completing the guest forms as well as completing the customs forms before you arrive at the RC Terminal in Miami will make the check in process go smoothly. Something worth mentioning – we purposefully scheduled an early flight to maximize our time on board the ship. We landed in Miami at 10:00 a.m., had our luggage by 10:20, on the RC shuttle bus by 10:45, arrived at the terminal around 11:15, had our welcome aboard picture taking at 11:45 and was eating lunch at the Windjammers Café by 12:00 p.m. Recommend packing your swim gear and a change of clothes in your carry-on luggage…we were in the pool soaking up the sun at 12:45 p.m.

Ship Condition -
Considered old by industry standards (13 years), the Majesty was in excellent shape and appeared to be well maintained. The bathroom in our cabin had a few age spots but overall the ship looked very elegant and well groomed. Due to Isabel churning up the waters, the seas were a little rocky the first night, but the ship’s stabilizers minimized the rolls and we never heard a squeak one.

Activities -
Lots to do for every age group. That’s the great thing about these cruises, you can do as much or as little as you would like. Recommendation – we reluctantly never participated in the Art Auction, but did observe from a distance. It seems like a lot of fun with some great opportunities to purchase and/or win some very nice artwork. We noticed that the number of participants was always minimal and they give away free champagne and at least one piece of art at each auction (better odds then what you would find in the casino).

The nightly shows were enjoyable and consisted of some very talented individuals (some of the dancers could use a little practice but the singing was outstanding). The best thing about these shows (Wild Wild West and the Beat Goes On) was that they appealed to a wide audience covering numerous genres.

The Majesty has numerous plush lounges that were nicely furnished and never crowded. The Champagne Lounge was smoky but plenty of seats were available and they even had the Monday Night Football game on the big screen.

Food -
Enjoyable, tasty and somehow caused my scale at home to shift 4 notches to the right. The Dinners were by far the highlight of each day (with regard to meals) with excellent entrees and some very interesting appetizers. The best part of the meal had to be the desserts. Each dessert looked to good to eat and to good to refuse. We typically took one of each and shared among the three of us. Thankfully my 5 year old daughter could only eat a bite or two before she would throw in the towel which left more for me (did I mentioned that my bathroom scale is off by 4 pounds… still not sure how that happened??) The only complaint I had with the food was the eggs at Windjammers (instant and bland), but you do have plenty of other options including made to order omelets made with real eggs).

Staff -
Waiter/Asst. Waiter – Fahti (from Tunisia) and Bernardo (from the Philippines). Both of these guys were absolutely outstanding. They worked extremely hard to meet and better yet anticipate our every need. I don’t think any of our beverage glasses (water/Tea/soda) ever fell below the half way mark. On one occasion, we ate breakfast in the dinning room and we saw Fahti as he was about to end his shift. He stopped what he was doing and personally sat us down at a window table. And if that wasn’t nice enough, he took it upon himself to be our server despite the fact that it was not his section and that he was scheduled to end his shift 10 minutes prior. Now that my friends is going the extra mile and an excellent way to ensure a generous and well deserved tip. The Head Waiter Juan (from Spain), was also very nice and helpful. He made it a point to speak with us every night and even took the time to share his secret for peeling the shell off of the shrimp scampi. Our cabin attendant, Christian (from Costa Rica), was very personable and accommodating. He made it a point to have the animal towels and mints ready for our daughter when we came back from dinner.

Overall -
Can’t beat the value or the experience! Compared to other vacations where you have to pay A Le Carte (hotel, food, entertainment, transportation, etc.) cruising is definitely the way to go. And if you are going to go, I recommend Royal Caribbean. They know what they are doing from beginning to end and they know what people want…to be pampered.

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