Number of Cruises: 6
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Majesty
Sailing Date: December 2nd, 2006
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Majesty Cruise Review
I really wanted to share our experience onboard the Norwegian Majesty to attempt to add some balance to a lot of the negative comments I have read.
My partner and I sailed with another couple who we were treating to their first cruise ever. This was cruise number six for me, and number three for my partner. All in all we had a wonderful time and have no regrets. I believe a lot of the complaints people have could have been eliminated if they had done their research, and kept their expectations in check.
Despite being 14 years old, we found the Majesty to be in very good condition. Day and night we observed the crew cleaning, painting, polishing etc. Some of the public rooms are on the small side, but due to the smaller passenger load, the ship never felt crowded (we were informed every cabin was occupied).
Embarkation is simple if you know what to do. If you are being dropped off, do not get in the line of cars. Get dropped at the corner of Market and East Bay Streets, and walk one block to the luggage drop-off area. From there a shuttle will take you to the cruise terminal. Easy as pie.
As soon as we entered the terminal we were handed a revised itinerary. I knew about the recent engine problems the ship had been having so this wasn't a huge surprise. We were told that due to the reduced speed, we would not be calling at Grand Cayman. While this was mildly disappointing, we knew that the cruise lines never guarantee ports and are required to offer no compensation for missed ports. The good news was that instead of an additional day at sea, we would have two days in Cozumel. This worked out great for us.
After boarding we headed up to the Lido deck for sail away and a lite lunch. The buffet food was fairly typical, not great, but certainly not bad.
We had dinner three nights in the Seven Seas dining room, the larger of the two. Despite it size, it never was very noisy, and we never had to wait more than a few minutes, despite being prime-time diners.
On formal night and one other we ate in the Four Seasons, the smaller, and in my opinion, nicer of the two dining rooms. We would have gone there more, but due to its size the wait could be longer.
One night we dined in Le Bistro which is easily worth the extra cost! The mushroom soup, seafood stew and apple tart were out of this world.
Service in all dining venues was excellent, friendly yet
unobtrusive. Same for bar and room service.
The entertainment in the Palace Theater was a mixed bag. The Norwegian Majesty Company was actually very good. They were a talented bunch with energy to spare. Comedienne Patty Ross was hysterical, easily the best comic I've seen on a cruise ship. Hypnotist Joshua Seth was also pretty good. Singer Sonny Rose was terrible! Like a bad Vegas lounge singer.
Ventilation in the Monte Carlo casino was top notch. Despite a fair number of smokers, the room never smelled overly "smokey". The casino staff were excellent. They were very helpful in showing people how the various games were played. Although no one in our group won big, we didn't lose a lot either.
Cruise director Mike Witte was very friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. He managed to keep everyone well informed and entertained, without the hyper cheesiness we've seen in some others.
As for the ports, we did the Fury Catamaran Sail and Snorkle excursion in Cozumel. We booked it through NCL and had a wonderful time. Decent snorkeling, all the beer and margaritas you want, time at a very nice, private beach and the crew on the catamaran was a lot of fun. Our second day in Cozumel we shopped and had lunch in town. It was nice to see how far Cozumel has come since the hurricane. It was also nice that we docked right downtown at Punta Langosta both days as a lot of ships are still having to use tenders.
In Key West we did the sunset celebration at Mallory Square (everyone should do this at least once, simply beautiful). We then went to the Hog's Breath Saloon for drinks and chicken wings. We wrapped it up with key lime pie at the Blonde Giraffe (wonderful!!). Keep in mind that the Majesty docks at the Navy yard and you must take the conch train into town and back. Its not too bad. Also, you must clear immigration prior to getting off the ship, as you are re-entering the U.S.
In summary, our group had a terrific week. It seems like most of
the complaining we heard was from people who didn't know what they had bought
into. If you want all the latest bells and whistles, go with another ship. If
you want a comfortable ship, with a crew that is above reproach, and you want to
keep the price down, the Norwegian Majesty is a great way to go. Happy