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Pat Harmer

Age: 52


Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Majesty

Sailing Date: April 17th, 2004

Itinerary: 15 day Charleston to Boston

This was a repositioning cruise. From Charleston we went to Nassau, Aruba, Curacao, Great Stirrup Cay, Norfolk, Virginia, Philadelphia, Newport, Rhode Island and ended in Boston.

My only comparison is the Norwegian Wind. The Majesty is a fairly small ship, which is nice. Even here there were lineups. Imagine if there were 3000 passengers. Overall I
Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The flight from Toronto was the worst. Left Toronto at 6:30am, to Atlanta, 2hr 20min wait in Atlanta. Our travel agent told us that NCL just take whatever flights are left.

The food was good, I felt it was better on the wind and the presentation was better. Having said that, it didn’t stop me from having three courses at every meal!!! Lunch when the ship was in port was not that good, pretty boring, guess they thought most people would be ashore. Service some nights was sooooooo slow. One night it took us 2hrs and 20mins to finish dinner. That was at a table for eight. We all signed the comment card and I put my room number but no-one ever called. The waiters and waitress’s were friendly, some were more outgoing than others. I would have no complaints over their attitude.

There was plenty to keep you occupied if you wanted. Lots of places to sit and read a book. Nice library. Trivia games every morning and evening were fun. Some of the variety shows were ok, the dancers were not the best but then I am not that interested in variety shows, so don’t judge by me. Although there was one guest artist whom everyone found awful. Some of the fun games, such as not so newly wed game were a lot of fun, very funny. There were games on the sun deck with the entertainment staff and the resident band. Never had any trouble finding a sun lounger. Harder to find a chair in the shade on deck 10 and no shade where the sun loungers were on the sun deck. Pools were ok, only went in once and never used the hot tubs although they were well used.

Recently read one woman’s scathing revue of the Majesty. I would have to disagree with just about everything she had to say. The drink waiters are certainly there all of the time but I did not find them pushy at all. I found them helpful and polite. If I didn’t want a drink they left me alone.

We were very happy with our room. We booked the cheapest room, but because we booked early and were Latitude members we had a room upgrade and were quite satisfied with it. We spent very little time in our room. Our room stewards were very friendly and did a good job. When we arrived our bed was made up as a double and I went to the purser and requested it be changed to two singles (traveling with my mother) this was done almost immediately.

I like the freestyle dining. We ate with different people most nights, some days we ate alone…..especially if we wanted quick service!! We tried the buffet for breakfast one day and that was the last, after that we went to the Seven Seas restaurant, although it could be a bit noisy being at the rear of the ship, it didn’t bother us that much. We met a lot of very nice people and only about once would I say I didn’t care for the people we sat with.

The ports were fine. Curacao was my least favorite, found it a little seedy. Stores were tacky clothes and shoes. Really enjoyed Great Stirrup Cay, but the chairs and umbrellas are a little crowded together.

Would recommend this trip. Would definitely cruise with NCL again. Whilst it was not perfect it was extremely enjoyable nonetheless.

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