Age: 41 to 50
Occupation:Computer Tech Support
Number of Cruises: First Cruise
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Majesty of the Seas
Sailing Date: September 11, 2000
We were informed by the Compass (the shipboard paper) that we would only be in Nassau from 8am until midnight. This is different from the published time of 3am. I can only figure that they decided that they needed more time to reach CoCo Cay. I did the Pirates and Dungeons tour. This takes you through three different forts and ends at the pirate museum, which if you've been on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney, you've seen this. The only problem I had here is more of a suggestion then a complaint. Most of the tours overlap. People cannot sign up for more than one. I really wanted to play golf in Nassau, but that overlapped with the tour I took. I did take a tour, on my own of Nassau, but would have liked to take an organized one. I went to the Atlantis casino, but did not gamble due to the high table stakes. No tables under $10? What's up with that? Also this casino was empty! I could count the number of people in the casino on one hand. Maybe if they lowered the table stakes they would get more business. Since the ship is so long in port, you would think they could schedule the tours so they wouldn't overlap. I guess that's one way they get you to return. This is the night of the Captain's gala. Don't miss the cocktail party given before dinner. All drinks (alcoholic and otherwise) are free! While going into the formal dinner, you get to meet the captain and have your picture made with him. We left port right on time.
9.13.2k CoCo Cay
This is RCCL's private island. All I've got to say is WOW! It's perfect. At the last minute, I decided to go snorkeling. Now, I've never been snorkeling before and I am not a very good swimmer, but they make it so simple. For $29 you get a mask, flippers, snorkel, and a life vest. This vest comes in handy. You inflate it and basically float along the top of the water. If you decide to go snorkeling bring along an underwater camera. They sell them, but they cost $17.95. I purchased mine for around $8 at Wal-mart. There is so much to do on this island. Every water sport imaginable is available. There is a cookout on the island, or
you can return to the ship and eat there. I choose the cookout. They had ribs, chicken, hamburgers, and hotdogs. There was potato salad and other normal bar-b-q stuff. I got sunburned even though I was wearing 15spf. You are on the island from 8am until 4:30. So it's a full day of fun in the sun.
9.14.2k Key West
I liked Key West. It is a small island and easy to get around. I played golf (the most expensive shore excursion $119). You are taken, by van, to a public course. The course is flat, flat, flat. I'm used to playing in East Tennessee where a flat course is non-existant. Since you're on an island, expect a LOT of water holes. Since the ship is only in port from 10am until 5:30, I didn't get to do anything else on this stop. Again, I think they need another tour or have one available to folks since we returned around 4. The ship left on time again.
9.15.2k Return to Miami and disembarkation
The folks at RCCL really have disembarkation worked out well. On the last night of the cruise you get a colored tag (mine were gray). The color depends on your outgoing flight. You are asked to vacate your room by 8am. You then procede to an airline like carousel to pick up your bags. You then procede through customs. After that, you go to an airline checkin station and they take your bags. You won't see them again until you arrive at the destination airport. I had NO trouble with baggage. I know for a fact that some folks NEVER received their bags the whole trip. What a way to ruin a vacation. Flights went smooth and I arrived home safe.
RCCL's website and various others were used to research my trip. I will list them all at the bottom of this page. It was stated on several web pages that NO movement could be felt. This is entirely UNTRUE! You can feel movement. Not a forward motion, but more of a side to side rocking motion. I didn't get seasick, but it did bother me the first day. Arriving into Nassau, you could feel the ship slow. There was a large vibration throughout the ship as it went into port. I found that there is NO place to hide on ship were you won't get offered a drink. For a casual drinker, I found this disconcerting. The only place one could
hide is their cabin, and there are even cokes in there for your use. If you drink any of these expect a charge for them even the bottle of water. I found the 24 hour coffee/juice station. It's outside of the Windjammer cafe on the 11th floor. The drinks here are free so I frequented that. At each port, on the first floor, they normally have bottle water available at a price also. Please be advised that you do NOT have to buy ANY tours. Most places you can go out on your own. Just remember to be aboard ship 30 minutes before departure or it will leave without you. If you don't want to, you never have to leave the ship. There are activities aboard all day long while you're in port. For those of you with children, there are structured activites for all age group. Look for sheets of paper with that day's activities near the pursur's desk on the forth floor. While I'm on the subject, the forth floor is like the main lobby in a hotel room. The purser's desk is exactly like a front desk. On this floor you'll also find the shore excursion desk and the internet stations. I didn't see any real problems that would cause me never to go again. I want to send out a special thanks for a great cruise to my table mates. You know who you are. We were the party animals of the room. I'm surprised that we didn't get thrown out several times. I was VERY happy the folks sat me at that table. I had more fun being with these people than I would have otherwise. My room (2588 on B deck) was small but functional. All the rumors about towel animals are true. I had one each night on my bed. I hope all my pictures turn out, because I'm going to have them all available here. The life vest drill is so wild.
You must take the stairs. My muster station was on the
10 floor and my room was on the second, so after walking 8 floors, I was ready for a drink. The room
steward (mine was Patrick) makes up your room twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the
evening. This makes your life so much easier. Also, be prepared to be pampered beyond your wildest
dream. The waiters/waitress/assistant waiters will do everything for you including cutting your
food. Although I didn't pay as much as some people, I felt rich. The casino. No matter what you
hear, don't believe it. The slot machines aren't as tight as they could be. I saw a person win $900
on a slot machine. I mostly played blackjack and craps. With craps being my game of choice (so what
else is new?). I ended up winning $110.
Suggestions and other things I may have forgotten:
I suggest you eat, as much as possible, in the main dining room. This will allow you to eat and drink as much as you want. Check all of the shore excursions to see which one you really want to go on as some conflict. Bring along an underwater camera if you want to go snorkeling. The prices of all drinks aboard ship are higher than what I am used to. $1.25 for a can of coke? I really wanted to get a six pack on shore, but didn't. I also wanted to get some Bahamian money, but couldn't find any. I tried the post office and Atlantis casino. Everyone looked at me as if I was nuts. By the way, at the Atlantis, there is a bridge type structure between the two buildings. This is actually a suite and costs $25k per night. YEOW! The ship is extreamly large. I got lost twice before I figured out how to get around. The only other thing I saw that some people may not like is tipping signs. On all the tours, if you took a bus, there was a sign that said tips appreciated. Also during my Nassau tour, at each fort, the tour guide asked for a tip. After paying $20 - 30 for a tour, tips should be included.