We got back from our 1st cruise yesterday. We sailed on the Majesty of the Sea, after reading some of the other comments on this website regarding cruises, I was concerned that we might be disappointed because it is a smaller and older ship. But since this was our first cruise, we had nothing to compare it to and we loved it. The 4 night cruise was the right length for our first time and the Majesty was very nice-the amenities, staff, etc were great. I would recommend the ship to anyone who is considering the 4 day cruise.
ROSCOE I WOULD AGREE ON YOUR OPINION OF THE MAJESTY. IT IS A GREAT SHIP! VERY CLEAN AND IN VERY GOOD SHAPE. WOULDN'T KNOW WHY OTHERS WOULD THINK OTHERWISE. THE 4 NIGHT CRUISE IS PEFERCT FOR FIRST TIMERS AS WELL AS EXPERIENCED CRUISERS ALIKE. WE WENT IN MARCH A HAVE ALREADY BOOKED FOR NEXT MARCH ON ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS FOR A FIVE NIGHT CRUISE! WASN'T COCOA CAY JUST THE BEST? I WISH THEY WOULD SWITCH THE KEY WEST AND NASSAU TIMES AROUND.
RC offers a class each evening to tell you what is offered at each port, it would be a good idea to attend them. The info is helpful.
Nassau and Paradise Island: We swam at Paradise Island (ferry-$3 one way per person or taxi-$4 one way per person). The public beach is clean. Some people on our ship swam at the public beach at Nassau and they thought the sand was dirty-sticks, stones, etc. When you get off the ship you will be followed by people who want to provide you with taxi serivce, etc. The gift shops,jewelry stores, etc are about two blocks from the dock, so you don't have to walk far if you want to shop. A lot of people toured the Atlantis Hotel, there is a charge, but it is very unique.
CocoCay-you will take a boat from the ship to the island. RC served a picnic lunch on the island. You can rent a mat to lay on in the water, beach chairs are plentiful and free. A couple vendors sell souveniors-all the vendors sell the same thing. They must buy their frames, t-shirts etc from the same source.
Key West-A lot of famous bars (Sloppy Joe's, Fat Tuesday, etc) Read up on Key West before you go, so you have an idea of where you would like to stop. Key Lime Pie at Kermit's or Blond Giraffe. The Little White House is about two blocks from the port, we didn't tour it, but wish we would have. We went into the gift shop to look around and I think the tour would have been interesting.
You can always go back to the ship for lunch if you don't want to buy food at the ports. Lunch is served at the Wind Jammer all afternoon so you could wait until late in the afternoon to eat if you don't want to interupt your shopping to eat. I emailed Nassau and Key West for brochues before we left so that we could see all the different things there were to do on each island. RC will schedule shore excurions for you, but you can schedule with the same companies yourself for a lot less. Ex: RC charged $85 per person to parasail with Fury Watersports. I called Fury and scheduled it for $40 per person, online it would have been $35 per person. If you want to take a tour, contact the museum yourself and get prices.
The shows are good. Food available at all times. Most people go on shore so the ship is quiet during the day. They offer classes on ship-how to use a digital camera, scrapbooking, etc.
Eze, I love Enchantment, although I haven't seen her since she was stretched and refurbished last year. The buffet in the Windjammer is more extensive than Majesty, if you can believe it. The rooms are a little larger. I'm escorting a group in January and I'm looking forward to seeing the new Enchantment. I sailed the un-stretched ship twice, both on 4-night itineraries. I love leaving from Port Everglades, as the Ft. Lauderdale Airport has such easy access to the pier.
I feel the Enchantment is much better than the Majesty. The Enchantment is a "Vision" class ship that has been streached 70 feet and seems almost as big as a "Radiance" class ship. There are a lot more balcony cabins on a "vision" class ship.