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Age: 33


Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Majesty of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2010-01-18

Itinerary: Bahamas

This is my second voyage aboard the Majesty. My first one was their 3 day weekend trip, back in August. This time, I opted for the week-long 4 day cruise. First, it was great to be aboard the same ship. Not only did the ship look as good as last time, but a lot of the same crew members were still there. The check in process has become progressively easier every time I take a cruise. The ease at which it took to get aboard set a positive tone for the remainder of the trip. This was my first time as an RCCL Platinum member, and the priority check in was nice. It didn't save me a ton of time, but I waited in line for 20 seconds. By completing the online check in, I saved about 5 minutes at the terminal counter. They just verified ID, swiped our credit cards, handed us our sea passes, and we were on our way.

The clientele was vastly different from my cruise in August. This voyage had more elderly and foreign guests. Also, a lot of folks trying to escape the cold from up north were very much in attendance. There were a lot of first time cruisers, but not nearly as much as you would find on the weekend voyages.

The ship is 28 years old, yet looked fresh and up to date. She had a huge refurbishment in 2007 and will go for a minor sprucing up, in the beginning of February 2010. The only thing that really shows the ship's age is the gym. Its size and inability to house new fitness equipment makes it obvious that working out was just an afterthought back in 1992. In fact, the gym is a big drawback of that ship. If you are a gym rat, avoid this ship.

The crew was nice and very accommodating. I feel for them and all of the dumb asses and jerks they encounter, daily. They are a huge reason why I love to cruise.

The food was the usual RCCL fare. The 3&4 night cruises no longer offer Lobster, so that stinks. If you have done an RCCL trip, before and you get the invite to the welcome back party; go to it! Free Bahama Mamas, Yellow Birds, and mimosas are served. Also included are hors d'oeuvres. The food was good, but the temperature always seemed off. Everything from biscuits & gravy to prime rib was cold. The desserts really didn't do much, for me. I ended up with ice cream for dessert, most nights. However, the sugar free vanilla coconut cake and mint chocolate cake are noteworthy. There was this ravioli that was served on the first night, and it was incredible. The garlic soup rules the school, also.

We had an interior room, which isn't bad, and quite cozy. Just make sure you bring an alarm clock. I did and it saved me from going crazy, not knowing the time. The beds were a bit on the firm side, but I slept soundly. The stateroom attendant was courteous, kind, and efficient.

The activities are the usual schedule of belly flop contests, bingo, etc. I don't cruise for activity. It's lack of activity I look for. Bingo has a new paperless system, and it does all the work for you. Pretty slick.

We arrived in Nassau on the first full day. I dislike Nassau, but found a great secret for those who want to party at an all-inclusive for little money. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry wants to visit Atlantis when arriving at Nassau. Don't waste your money. Get a taxi ($1.25 per person, one-way) and go to the Cable Beach or Breezes resort. Their all-inclusive's run anywhere from $40-60, per person, all day. Alcohol and food are included, and you are given access to the resort's private beach. Don't like the ocean? Sit poolside! If you book this on the cruise, it will cost $30 extra, per person. I went to the public beach, next to the resort, since I neglected to bring enough funds with me, that day. The public beach was fine, and we were only harassed once for a Jet Ski rental. We visited the straw market out of curiosity. NEVER AGAIN! I felt like I was in a US convoy, driving through the streets of Somalia. You're ambushed at every corner for fake purses and watches. The passage ways are so congested, that exiting in a hurry is nearly impossible. Another way to get great deals on drinks is Senor Frogs. I never went there in any of my past cruises, but I threw caution to the wind. First, the drinks are strong, and cost way less than the watered-down offerings on the ship. The food isn't bad either. The only catch is that they hit you up with some sort of stupid convenience fee on your bill. I wasn't sure if it was a gratuity, so I tipped on the amount, less the extra fee.

Cocokay is for relaxing and beach. I love this stop, because it's no pressure. No maniacs harassing you to buy their crap. Maybe fake bags and hats made from palm frons are cool for most of the guests on a cruise, but I find all that stuff to be junk. The water was too cold for my Floridian skin, so I did not enter the water at any part of the cruise. Most of my northern counterparts didn't seem to mind. The beaches were beautiful at Nassau and Cocokay.

I loved Key West, because it's anything goes there. The girl friend and I rented scooters and cruised all over the island. The scooters were great and cost us only $40 each, for the entire day! We visited the Hemmingway House, the Southernmost Point, and various crazy stores. Mallory Square is a nice place at night. Too bad it's a homeless/crack head haven in the day. That's the only thing that really sucked about the keys. The homeless population is quite visible there. The beach is not that great, so shopping and sightseeing is more popular.

This was a great trip. I feel relaxed and ready to go back to work. It was easy to get on and off the ship, and customs was a breeze. RCCL provides a great way to see the Bahamas and Key West in an affordable package. Once again; mind your drinking. I saw a few folks in tears when they got their room bill. At $8 a drink, it adds up.

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