Number of Cruises: 3
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Majesty
Sailing Date: April 29th, 2007
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Majesty Cruise Review
We had a wonderful time on the Majesty April 29-May 6, 2007.
We boarded in about 15 minutes. They were so organized and ready for us. We got our luggage in less than 2 hours. The service was excellent. Our stewards were attentive, efficient and warm and funny. We tipped them extra, but felt no pressure to do so.
The food was great. Tons of choices. The flavors were not salt and pepper. They used lots of spices (not necessarily hot) and herbs, oils and vinegars, wonderful cooking styles. You can eat as much as you like even in the dining rooms. We were a party of two, so seating was never an issue. We chose to share about half of the time.
The soups, the appetizers, the entrees, the desserts, they were all good. I am not a fussy eater but I have a semi-sophisticated pallet, and I was impressed.
Freestyle Cruising is much more relaxed and fun.
My only complaint about the ship (and nothing can be done about it) is the hot tubs are not private. Maybe late at night – but most of the day and evenings there are lots of people near them, they are located near a bar, a dance floor and the stage. And happily there is a lot going on in that area most of the day and evening.
We had a personal goal of not using the elevators (I am an avid walker – at least 4 miles a day) so with all the yummy food, etc. we thought best to avoid the elevators. The dance lessons were great. The shows were lots of fun. We didn’t use the casino – but heard great things about service and the games available and the tournaments.
The ship was clean; in good shape and never smelled bad (the QE2 in 1997 was often stinky in the corridors with septic issues.)
The Bermuda cruisers are a much classier bunch than Caribbean cruisers. We heard no swearing, saw no thongs or butt cheeks. Maybe it’s the late April time of year, no college kids and very few teenagers (school is going full bore that time of year …) – the atmosphere was fun, relaxed and active but not PARTY, PARTY, PARTY.
The wait staff was great. I saw them come though in a pinch one night when the hostess seated too many tables at once by accident. They pulled it off with no dirty looks, complaints or lack of service to us the diners.
We read a lot of reviews and talked to friends. Many folks complained about a lot of things – they must have been singular events. We saw no issues with anything negative.
I sailed on Holland America and the QE2 so I know class and top-notch sailing. The price is good for what you get and the staff applies no pressure to spend more on anything, even the photo department was laid back.
Do your homework, read the NCL website thoroughly, they don't fool around with flashy promises.