Number of Cruises: 3
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Majesty
Sailing Date: June 23rd, 2007
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Majesty Cruise Review
We took this cruise at the last minute because we could not
figure out what to do for a family vacation (Two adults and a 9 & 10 yr old).
Embarking and Disembarking
The Boston port was awesome and getting on the ship was a breeze and a pleasure. I loved the fact that we were in port for 3 days and you could come and go as you please. It was easy every time.
Food and Drink
On our past cruises we always did the “soda” plan. I believe on Princess it was $30.00 to $35.00 and Royal Caribbean was a bit more. NCL’s was $63.00 for adults and $16.50 for kids. They then told us that they had no more kid’s wristbands for the soda and that they would have to carry around a cup for the whole cruise. We were in a hurry to get to out room so we paid for four (4) adults ($252.00). This was TOTALLY our fault. The problem was that every single soda we had on the ship was terribly flat and undrinkable. On day three we complained and asked for at least the kids to be discounted. They said they would get back to us and when they did they said they would credit us a day. When we got the bill this credit was not there so when I went down to complain right before getting off the ship they said the bills were all done and they could not change them. The four of us drank maybe $18.00 worth of soda for $252.00. By the way, the individual sodas were $1.25 so even if you were a heavy soda drinker it would take a lot of soda to get to $63.00. The other two cruise lines also honored these “soda” stickers for juices at the bar. They were OK for non-alcoholic drinks (not frozen). NCL did not do this. It had to be soda.
The food was very good and the service was good too, except when
we told them the soda was flat they looked as though they had never heard that
before and that was impossible.
The ship was OK. It is an older ship and we were expecting this. It was in good shape. The pool area was a bit crowded because unlike wider ships there was not a lot of room on the side of the pool. There were only tables, not the rows of lounge chairs like larger ships. They had no big theater but the smaller one was nice. The rooms were neat and clean and the stateroom employees were excellent.
Bermuda was beautiful. St. Georges is a quiet area with not a lot to do. We went to Hamilton where ships also dock and there is a lot of activity there. The downside is that St. Georges is on the north eastern side of the island and all the really nice beaches are on the south western side of the island. About a $50.00 cab ride each way and a long drive (About 45 minutes). We loved Horseshoe Bay Beach and we were told to go to Elbow Beach which was also nice. This is part of a resort and we were told that we could go there but they pushed us down the beach a bit. Still nice.
We received $50.00 food vouchers for $10.00 on the ship. We had two of them so we had $100.00 worth of vouchers. We ate at the Carriage House in St. Georges and although I know Bermuda is expensive I could not believe the bill. After the $100.00 discount we still paid $117.00 before the tip and that was with no alcohol. My daughter got a plate of spaghetti with sauce (not very big. I thought it was a kid’s portion) and it was $36.00)
We were with the kids so we only saw one show and that was a magician/comedian. He was pretty funny and the kids had fun.
Overall it was a good trip except for the soda situation which was partly our fault. I suggest Bermuda either by cruise or by air, it was beautiful.