Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Majesty of the Seas
Sailing Date: August 10th, 2007
Royal Caribbean International
Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review
My 6-year-old daughter and I sailed on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas starting on August 10, 2007 for their 3 night cruise to the Bahamas along with my friend and her 12-year-old daughter. In advance we checked in using the RC website and printed our sea passes. We boarded at the Port of Miami around 11am and as long as you kept your ID, birth certificates, and sea passes in hand, it was easy and quick. We then walked around for about an hour to tour the ship, which we found to be very well maintained and clean. We then went to a buffet lunch at the Windjammer. I would describe the food as OK, nothing special but with all the choices we were all able to find something to eat. I ate light and was hoping for a much better dinner. We then went to our rooms, which were ready as promised by 1pm. Our room was 8092, on the eighth deck with an obstructed view. To my surprise the view really wasn’t obstructed, we could see the water and the shore and only the very bottom of the lifeboat. The room itself is very small, 2 twin beds, a very small end table, a small desk, a small closet and an extremely small bathroom. But over all it was very clean and the beds were extremely comfortable. The only problem I had with my room is every time you took a shower the water would overflow onto the bathroom floor, even after telling RC twice the problem was never fixed. After unpacking we went to the 11th deck and enjoyed the pool and watched the ship sail away from Florida. And yes the pool is salt water and you feel sticky when you get out, but a quick dip in the hot tub after you get out of the pool will help.
After getting dressed we then went to dinner on deck 3 and it was Italian night. I had soup, which was good, and then I had the Lamb Shank, which was also good. The choices on the dessert menu were extremely disappointing and I skipped having desert. The dinner service was extremely slow; it took 40 minutes just to get an ice tea and 2 hours in total to have dinner. After dinner we went to the duty free stores, which open once the ship is in international waters to see what they had to offer. You will find liquor for 50% less, cigarettes for 60-70% less and jewelry for 60-70% less than in the United States. But we found out later that you are only allowed to take one liter of alcohol and 1 carton of cigarettes off the boat tax exempt. And you are allowed $800 per person of tax-exempt purchases including your 1-liter and 1 carton. After shopping we took the kids at their request back to the pool and they had a great time. For the adults sitting and watching, we would have enjoyed an open bar to get a drink. But all the pool bars were closed.
The next day we went to the Windjammer for a buffet breakfast (which we then did everyday) the food overall was good, their was a lot of choices including eggs made to order, pancakes/waffles, pastries/breads, breakfast meats, cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, etc. and the buffet was replenished at a steady pace, so the food always looked fresh. The drinks were horrible, the orange juice was orange in color but tasted like bad water and the same was true with all the other beverages. For a great cup of coffee or a latte, go to the coffee bar on the 5th floor. After breakfast we went to Coco Cay, my advice is get off the tender and go to the beaches on the left, not right. We went to both, the beaches on the right have large rocks in the water and the beaches on the left have mucky sand when you first get in, but if you go far out you will find beautiful clear water and no rocks. The beach was very relaxing and enjoyable. The only problems we had were with the food and drinks. They come around and serve drinks but only beer, Coco Locos (Pina Colada) and sometimes water. The lunch was a BBQ buffet and it was not well kept, the food looked like 100 people touched it before you got to it and for that reason alone I only had a hot dog which looked fresh and left. Very disappointing! When you pack to go to Coco Cay make sure you bring a towel per person, as they aren’t provided on shore. I would suggest to bring some non-alcoholic beverages with you.
We then went back to the ship and took the kids to a game of bingo, which was nice and then dressed for dinner. We went to dinner, the theme was French night and the food was excellent. I had the shrimp cocktail and then the filet of beef (served rare as I requested). The only disappointment was the dessert menu, which didn’t have the French desserts I expected and had desserts that didn’t appeal to me. Once again the dinner took 2 hours and service was extremely slow. We then went to the pool and were thrilled to find the bars were all open and a huge buffet of food was being offered, that looked good, but we opted not to eat as we just had dinner.
The next day we went to Nassau and headed straight to the straw market, we were surprised to find out that the market was in a huge tent with 6 long aisles to shop with no fans or ocean breezes. It was extremely hot and crowded. 70% of the merchandise was fake designer pocketbooks and then the rest was t-shirts, beach towels, an occasional woodcarving and a few toys. I wouldn’t go back. We then shopped some of the stores along Bay Street; we liked a few stores and made some purchases. We then decided to go by taxi ($4 per person) to Atlantis and see the Aquarium, which was very impressive and the kids had a great time. We then went to lunch at the deli, which was more like a diner. The food was simple, but good. We then walked all around looking at the hotel, the pools, the beach, etc. Next time I go to Nassau I am going to purchase the excursion to Atlantis, I am sorry I didn’t do it on this trip.
We then went back to the ship and went swimming in the pool. We then left early so we had time to dress for dinner and fill envelopes with money to tip the servers who gave us our horrible service while we were on board. Personally I would like to be charged more for my ticket on to the ship and not have to spend my time figuring out the tip amount, filling envelopes and delivering them to the staff. Once we arrived to the 3rd floor we were told it was international night, the choices on entire menu were a huge disappointment. I think for international night they could have picked out much better items to offer. I had the red hummus plate and the roast turkey and both were horrible. And once again the dinner took 2 hours and service was extremely slow.
After dinner we went to the Casino to test our luck but the casino was so smoky you couldn’t breath and the smell was horrible. And just so you know, I am usually not bothered by smokers, but when you put 100+ smoking people in a room with no airflow, I can’t stand it.
After we left the casino we went to the pool with the kids and once again the pool bars were closed. We then went back to our room to pack and go to bed, as we had to check out of our room by 8 am the next morning (earlier than I expected). The next morning I had to go to guest relations to pay for my bill and dispute some mini bar charges, they did nothing for me and just kept telling me I was wrong. (So now I am fighting with RC for my money back.)
We then decided to skip
breakfast and go get our bags from our room and after standing in line for a
total of 15 minutes we were off the ship and getting in our car to go home.
Overall I wouldn’t cruise with Royal Caribbean again, I think this cruise line
is best for people who just want to party it up and don’t really care about food
quality or service. When I was in my 20’s and if I went with friends this would
have been a fabulous experience. Now that I am in my early 30’s and I care more
about the atmosphere I am in, the food I eat, and the service I am given, Royal
Caribbean just doesn’t live up to my standards. I am now searching for another
cruise line for my next adventure!