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Age: 33


Number of Cruises: 4

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Majesty of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2009-08-25

Itinerary: Bahamas

I live in Florida and was looking for a quick getaway for the weekend. Majesty's 3 day cruise to the Bahamas was the ticket. I really didn't expect much as I've heard less red carpet is rolled out for these shorter, less profitable cruises. While my past 7 day cruises had much better entertainment, this short trip still had that familiar RCCL service level.

The ship was in great shape and the employees were as friendly as I have remembered from past cruises. It was a relaxing, fun trip and I have returned to work, feeling refreshed. Then again, my trip to the port from home was a 40 minute car ride. My heart goes out to those who have to fly.

I have always enjoyed the food on RCCL. From the roasted duck, to the escargots; my taste buds savored every bite. The food temperature and presentation was always perfect, and any discrepancy was immediately fixed by the service staff.

The only gripe I had was with the deserts. I guess I wanted something a little more interesting. It seems their desserts were super sugary and kind of bland. They just lacked zing, but looked fantastic. In fact, the best sweet I found on the ship was their chocolate chunk or mudslide cookies. The texture and taste was amazing for a stupid cookie.

Due to the economy, RCCL not only charges for lattes from Seattle's Best, but they now charge for regular coffee. Also, there is a $4.95 per person charge at Johnny Rockets. That $4.95 doesn't include milk shakes.

The stateroom was always kept clean and orderly. My girlfriend and I aren't slobs, so we never tested the patience limit of our stateroom attendant. This was my first time in an interior cabin, and it was smaller, but cozy. Interior isn't bad for short trips. Just bring an alarm clock. Waking in the middle of the night and not knowing the time or having any windows made me crazy, at times.

My only complaint was that we had this occasional cheese smell that would manifest by the bathroom door. We never figured it out, but it wasn't over-powering. Also, the walls are thin. So thin, that if some one pressed their hand on the wall, you could see the wall flex from the other side. I attribute this to old technology, being that Majesty is nearing 20 years old. People complain about the shower size. For some odd reason, I thought they were more roomier that the Spinal Tap 'pods' featured on the Voyager class ships.

The activities onboard were the usual RCCL faire. Belly flop contest, island shopping mixers, rock climbing were all there. I was on the ship to sit on my butt and do nothing but read a book. I hear Carnival has more activities, but it really didn't care. The shows I saw were okay. The Saturday comedian was horrible, but the late night comedian on the last night was outstanding. Also, the RCCL singers and dancers did a great 1970's medley show which was pretty good.

I didn't do any excursions. Being from Florida, snorkeling in the Bahamas for money didn't appeal to me. I would say that the beach at Cocokay was awesome. No maniacs harassing you for hair braiding or jet ski rentals. I skipped the beach at Nassau due to past experiences and not feeling safe about my valuables being ashore while I was in the ocean. I hear Atlantis has a killer water park which I will visit when I come back in January on Majesty. The straw market at Nassau can be fun, if you like shopping. Avoid the water taxi in Nassau. You're forced to sit in a gas fume-filled boat hull while they try to pack the vessel with as many bodies as possible. Plus, it's slow and doesn't drop you off near Atlantis.

The trip ruled. I have always disliked Nassau, but chilling aboard the ship, at poolside, with a cheesy drink was fun. If you're on a budget or a first-time cruiser, this itinerary is for you. Just don't buy drinks like crazy. Your eyes will fall out of your head when you get the bill. Obviously, this less expensive cruise attracts some interesting clientele. Overeating is the best people watching activity to participate in. People eat like their going to the electric chair; it was funny stuff. This is a great cruise. Check it out.

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