Number of Cruises: 20
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Majesty
Sailing Date: December 17th, 2005
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
We have cruised approx 20 times, this was our first “Holiday” cruise. We were enticed by the opportunity to finally get a longer cruise with out having to take 2 weeks off of work.
All in all, it was a very nice cruise because we simply love cruising. I am pretty sure that others on this voyage were not so happy. The seas were rough 5 of the 10 days and we only had a couple of days with sunshine. I felt bad for the first time cruisers. Because of the age of this ship, its definitely lost its glamour and it is rumored to be heading over seas the NCL’s sister company Star/Orient cruise lines……. which would explain why they are not fixing/upgrading anything on the ship. This ship is small with practically no space around the 2 small pools to lay out. You have to go up a deck to use a lounge chair. Although this cruise had hundreds of kids on board because of the holiday… my guess is that it would not me a real family friendly ship any other time. The kid’s club folks did a great job with our 12 y/o and all the other kids. Our 17 y/o teen was board to death (which ended up being a good thing because she spent her time with ol mom and dad…… and we loved it). Daily activities on board were poor to say the least almost like they had never done them before. If you liked Bingo and Art Auctions you will be happy with the activities. Otherwise this ship really lacks in things to keep you busy,,,, . Most of the activities were geared to making NCL $$ which I have no problem with but don’t ever do it. Wine tasting was $15 per person Sushi was $10 per person.
Ship is to small for “Freestyle Dining” and most had to wait over an hour for dinner in either of the 2 dining rooms. This was very very upsetting!! You can make reservations for the dining room if you want to eat at 5:30 or 9:30. Food was fair to good in the dining rooms………. The service was FANTASTIC !!! If you can get William(India) and Katrina, Joel and Catalina or Komang and Judith as your waiters/assistant waiter you will be happy.
The Le Bistro specialty restaurant ($15 PP charge $20 PP of you want surf and turf) was very very good. I don’t like to pay just to enjoy a good meal on a ship……. but it is worth every penny to get a MUCH higher quality meal.
A hidden secret is at the front of the ship on deck 9, a reservation only (although we walked right in 3 times) wonderful specialty pasta restaurant. There is not Xtra charge and it’s a great change from the dining room.
Buffets: Forget it, worst we have ever tried. But out side on the pool deck you can get some decent omelets, waffles, for breakfast and pasta for lunch. Also good hand dipped ice cream on the pool deck.
Deck 10 Rear of ship has 24 hour Pizza, Hamburgers, Hotdogs and French fries. Only down fall hear was watching them pour oil on the dogs and burgers to cook them on the grill. Fries were also drenched with oil.
Now the benefits of a small ship.
1. You can still get to know the crew and also other quests in this non-mega environment.
2. You can get on and off the ship rather quickly while in port.
3. You don’t have to walk 2 miles to get a drink, eat or go to a show.
Would we sail on this ship again……. No. Would I recommend this ship to future cruisers ?…… Yes. I recommend it for first time cruisers that want a good price and don’t want all the glitz of a mega ship that can DRIVE to either Boston or Charleston to embark.