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Apr 21, 2017

Review of Majesty of the Seas

Ashlee Age: 35 Occupation:Homemaker Number of Cruises: 5 Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean Ship: Majesty of the Seas Sailing Date: 2017-01-2 Itinerary: Nassau and Coco Cay This was the worst cruise experience ever!!! 2 of our 3 rooms that we had flooded with sewage. The stench was horrible. The second time it flooded if we had not been in the room we would have lost everything. The brown and yellow water filled up both bathrooms and poured out into the

rooms and in the hallway. We scrambled to pack up our stuff and cram it into the 3rd room. We lost expensive valuables in this mess. They proceeded to clean it up and said we could return to our rooms by midnight. We told them there was no way we were sleeping in sewage soaked cabins. That carpet needed to be replaced. We lost an entire day of fun in the sun, dinner, and getting our professional pictures. We also dealt with a 17 year old boy (who was drinking) on the ship bullying my 15 year old daughter and her friend. He made the girls so incredibly upset. I told security but they did nothing to address it. They never even asked for his name. This cruise line is all about protecting their tails. They don't care about what is best for their guest. It was such an emotional upsetting experience. This was my children's Christmas present. When I got home I called customer service. All I got was their trained one liners of "I am so sorry this happened to you..." They offered us a small credit on a future cruise that we have to use with in a year. They didn't nothing to credit us for what we paid for this horrible experience on board. She said these things happen and that I need to learn to be more positive in life!!! So now the customer service lady is saying that I am being too negative because I spent $3,000 on a 4 day vacation, took my kids out of school, gave this to them as their Christmas present, and had a horrible experience. I know for a fact that a friend of mine had an issue with their room on their vacation and they gave them a $300 on board credit and sent them a $900 check in the mail. Now that's customer service! I advise you not to cruise Royal Caribbean. They only look out for their best interests. Their pizza was rubbery. If you wanted room service after midnight they charged you $3.95. IF you wanted filet or lobster you had to pay extra. I was not impressed with their food at all. 2 of our 3 rooms flooded with sewage twice. Only 2 outlets in the room and the plugs never stayed in. Worst experience. It also took 1 1/2 hours to get off the ship at CoCo Cay. There were fights that broke out because people were cutting in line that didn't want to wait. The line went up to the 5th floor. It was the most ridiculous thing I had ever seen.

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Jan 11, 2017

Nassau and Coco Cay

This was the worst cruise experience ever!!! 2 of our 3 rooms that we had flooded with sewage. The stench was horrible. The second time it flooded if we had not been in the room we would have lost everything. The brown and yellow water filled up both bathrooms and poured out into the rooms and in the hallway. We scrambled to pack up our stuff and cram it into the 3rd room. We lost expensive valuables in this mess. They proceeded to clean it

up and said we could return to our rooms by midnight. We told them there was no way we were sleeping in sewage soaked cabins. That carpet needed to be replaced. We lost an entire day of fun in the sun, dinner, and getting our professional pictures. We also dealt with a 17 year old boy (who was drinking) on the ship bullying my 15 year old daughter and her friend. He made the girls so incredibly upset. I told security but they did nothing to address it. They never even asked for his name. This cruise line is all about protecting their tails. They don't care about what is best for their guest. It was such an emotional upsetting experience. This was my children's Christmas present. When I got home I called customer service. All I got was their trained one liners of "I am so sorry this happened to you..." They offered us a small credit on a future cruise that we have to use with in a year. They didn't nothing to credit us for what we paid for this horrible experience on board. She said these things happen and that I need to learn to be more positive in life!!! So now the customer service lady is saying that I am being too negative because I spent $3,000 on a 4 day vacation, took my kids out of school, gave this to them as their Christmas present, and had a horrible experience. I know for a fact that a friend of mine had an issue with their room on their vacation and they gave them a $300 on board credit and sent them a $900 check in the mail. Now that's customer service! I advise you not to cruise Royal Caribbean. They only look out for their best interests. Their pizza was rubbery. If you wanted room service after midnight they charged you $3.95. IF you wanted filet or lobster you had to pay extra. I was not impressed with their food at all. 2 of our 3 rooms flooded with sewage twice. Only 2 outlets in the room and the plugs never stayed in. Worst experience. It also took 1 1/2 hours to get off the ship at CoCo Cay. There were fights that broke out because people were cutting in line that didn't want to wait. The line went up to the 5th floor. It was the most ridiculous thing I had ever seen.

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May 10, 2016

Bahamas

I learned to be loyal to Carnival Cruise lines! On this ship there were only two pools which could only accommodate about 50 people per pool and the first two days the right pool was closed, then both pools were closed for a time then the right opened and the left pool was closed for the remainder of the trip. It was July on the ocean near Florida! You need a pool to cool off in that heat!! Then my son is walking down the corridor with his hand on

the railing and the whole railing fell off! We paid for the soda program where you get a cup for like, I think it was $30 each and fill it with soda throughout the trip. The soda machine was either empty or out of order for most of the trip so I paid $60 (my son and I each got the soda deal) for about 5 16 oz sodas! That is ridiculous! And then the cabin...GAWD the cabin! It was so small that only 1 person could stand in the room at a time and there was nowhere to store the luggage so it was piled on our beds during the day and piled in the middle of the tiny walkway when we slept. That made for a fun "bathroom in the middle of the night" experience! On our last cruise with Carnival I booked the very smallest cabin on the whole ship for my mother and son and it was large enough that my mom could get around the room in her wheelchair and not get stuck anywhere, plenty of room for their luggage and storage/closet space. Food was mediocre at best and even when you tip they charge a tip for room service which is supposedly free. When we went to the private island, there was a long wait to get back on the ship and there was no fresh water for drinking anywhere. When we mentioned that several people were showing signs of dehydration to a medical worker she said it wasn't her job to fill the water barrels and didn't offer to find someone who could. In general, this ship sucked and the experience was terrible! Key West Port is definitely more for adults, not much for kids to do, private island port was fun but its just a beach play time, no excursions or anything available, Nassau port was ok but pricey to do anything besides shop or go to the beach. My son had a lot more fun in Florida the ten days we spent there after the cruise than on the cruise itself. They had a kids' program but every time we went there it was closed. Would definitely never cruise with Royal Caribbean again and I'm so glad this wasn't my first cruise or it probably would've put me off cruising altogether! I have learned my lesson and I will only ever cruise with Carnival again! Food was mediocre. Not many options outside of formal dining and ridiculously long lines for the few options they did have. Crazy small and dark cabin. hated even being in there because it was depressingly dark. I felt claustrophobic in the room. Only 1 person could walk at a time and there was nowhere to store luggage so we put it on our beds during the day and piled in the tiny walkway at night (super unsafe!!). The rock wall was awesome but we only managed to catch it open once even when it was supposed to be open according to daily activity list. Only ever one pool at a time was open. Kids' activity center was closed every time we tried to go there. Our 10 days in Florida after the cruise were great but the cruise itself was a monumental waste of time and money!

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Nov 18, 2015

Three days

I'm just coming back home from my three days cruise to the Bahamas. For my surprise, once back I received an e-mail from Royal Caribbean to let me know that they are working with the Center for the Disease Control and Prevention at Atlanta regarding two confirmed and one possible case of Legionnaires' disease (a serious type of pneumonia) associated with travel aboard in July and October 2015. They also informed that in recently water samples the

bacteria was present!! My goodness!! These guys having the information in advance, waited until we finish our cruise to let us know. This was an ABUSE since they put in risk our most valuable possession; our life!!! These guys manipulated the information in favor of their business. They need to inform about this type of situation upfront and let the guest to take the decision if he/she wants to take the risk or not. I'll be consulting my lawyers about this abuse from Royal Caribbean.

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Dec 21, 2014

Caribbean

My first-ever cruise was in the late 2000s - and it was on the Majesty of the Seas - and once again after that. And then on the Liberty of the Seas. And now here I was again on this ship, after a couple of cruises on a line that was good, but no comparison to Royal Caribbean International. The Majesty is considered a small and older ship. It is not a Monster Big Deal ship. Very beautiful, it is easy to get around to various areas without huge crowds

or waits at elevators. Every area is well maintained - and service is superb. Dining is a gourmet event, with a wait staff that is outstanding, attentive, cheerful - you are treated like a special guest at each meal. That is true also wherever you are on this Ship - the bars, the shows, the concessions. The staterooms are well maintained, safe, and do not show the age of the ship. The stateroom attendants are also cheerful, helpful, and kept my stateroom very clean. I have no negatives about my experience. I plan to get back on this ship again as soon as possible. I highly recommend it to those who may want a break from the huge ships, a more relaxed style & treated very well. While on this cruise, we were unable to go to Coco Cay, RCI's private island, due to extremely rough seas (the tender would not have been safe to dock). The ship's Captain immediately informed us of the issue & explained in great detail the condition of the seas and the concern for safety of guests & crew. From that point on, the Captain and the entire crew was outstanding in continuing to keep us informed. Alternative plans were initiated, enabling a positive and enjoyable day on the ship (even though the seas were rough!). And a surprise! We had an early arrival at Nassau (our next destination) that enabled us to have that evening and much of the next day on Nassau, a plus! This type and degree of professionalism is not seen on all cruise lines - but RCI excels at it! The food was outstanding - hot, well-presented, many delicious options - and the wait staff were outstanding - friendly, attentive, cheerful Very clean cabin (and kept that way by the attendants!), easy to navigate, everything worked all the time Many many choices for shows and entertainment! No chance of boredom - something for everyone I did not do any excusions.

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Mar 8, 2014

Miami

The ship was a mess! No staff member was picking up the glasses that were strewn everywhere. Only one Coke dispenser working! No ice machine working. Was served a glass of wine in a small plastic glass! The muster drill was a JOKE! It took forever for 30 seconds of I don't know what! The staff were running hilly nilly took our numbers down on a piece of paper! The onboard bathrooms were horrible and I have the photos! The usually cleanliness

we expect from the RC was not found on this cruise. Everywhere you looked there were glasses and cups, inside and outside the ship. The staff were NOT friendly (exception stateroom and waiter) they seemed ANGRY! We had to flag someone down for a drink and he never smiled or answered our thanks. Being spring break we would have expected MORE staff on hand. The spring breaker OVER indulged and no attempt to quiet them down was made. I had to go to the medical to get earplugs. At 3am the yelling was still going on. The bar area was blocked and no attempt to form a line was made as no service people were visible. My daughter and I went to the jewelry workshop and were given 2 kits and left on our own. Thursday our departure to KEY WEST was delayed because a count had to be performed due to a suspected "man overboard". The departure to that port of call was a complete disaster!! We lost several hours in Key West. No compensation was made! At Coco Cay our 50$ Cabana was suppose to come with towels as was written on the ticket¦no towels! The allowance of smoking at the pool and in the casino was out of hand. People went beyond the designated areas with no reprimand. I have asthma and suffered an attack after attending the casino. At the arcade only THREE machines worked. No hockey table and this, though reported, were never rectified. At the restaurant the bar service was iffy. We did not receive our drinks at the same time and it took quite a while at that. NO cards were asked when taking towels therefore chairs had towels reserved all through the cruise since there was no accountability. No one offered us drinks we had to go get them! Two women working the front desk Thursday at 430 had an argument about who would answer the phone. Since neither backed down the phone rang incessantly with no answer. People in line had to endure this childish behavior from RC staff! The female cruise director on channel 14 read the daily compass and didn’t seem to know what was going on. I can read too! NO BILL was delivered to our room, though we did see some rooms had. The line up on departure due to the lack of bills was ridiculous! My husband waited 45 minutes in line! NO RC for us!

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Feb 20, 2014

Bahamas

This cruise was a gift for our wedding. My husband and I are both cruisers and have experience on other cruise lines but not much with Royal Caribbean. Unfortunately, this trip was nothing to write home about. Some positives: we enjoyed our stateroom attendant, Rico, as well as some of our wait staff that tended to our table (Luis). We found Chuck the juggling comedian extremely entertaining (probably

the best part of our on-board experience). The food surpassed our expectations although I think you should offer more seafood options (almost invisible scallops and sad looking shrimp cocktail doesn't count as seafood). We met some nice couples that were also cruising. And the drink prices were more reasonable than expected which was a pleasant surprise. The ship was clean but that could have been a coincidence since it had a Norovirus outbreak right before our trip and I am sure it was cleaned top to bottom to be able to sail again. And that's where the positives end and the negatives begin: A majority of the employees on the ship were less than friendly and seemed "beaten down". Spent much of the time near your bar areas and could count on 1 hand how many times the bartenders smiled and seemed happy to be there. There was a roach in our stateroom crawling on our mirror the night before we arrived back in Miami (thankfully it was the last night or I would have been asked to be moved). We did not get to go to one of our ports (Key West) due to unforeseen weather conditions. This in itself was out of RC's control which we understood; however, there was nothing special offered by RC to make up for the fact that we were missing out on one of our destinations (like drink specials, spa specials or some type of incentive to make up for us missing out on fun in Key West and being stuck on a boat an extra day). And being stuck is how we felt- the Majesty of the Seas is anything but majestic these days. It seems to be outdated and in my opinion, needs to be retired from your fleet. We did not get the same "wow" feeling when we boarded MOS like we did on other cruise ships. It was a very underwhelming boat. The ship just has a lackluster appearance and needs a facelift. We have never sailed with Carnival Cruise Lines and never want to and the experience we had on MOS was comparable to what we were trying to avoid with Carnival. If we had paid for this cruise, we'd be severely disappointed, not just partially disappointed (we still spent over $800 of our own money throughout the 4 day cruise, mainly on alcohol to make the trip seem not as depressing). We received a $100 gift certificate from our family to use while on the boat. It took several phone calls and many people and even a visit to guest relations to figure out why the credit had not appeared after 2 days of being on the ship. It finally appeared on the 3rd day which seems inappropriate considering it was redeemed weeks before our actual trip on your RC website. This should have been available the moment we checked in! (Editor's note: Onboard credit is normally not added to a guest account until day 2 or 3.) Another thumbs down- we booked an excursion in CocoCay for a private, $200 cabana which was advertised to us as "private beach front with a ocean view". We were assigned our cabana, not given a choice. Upon arriving, we realized that this beach front cabana was on a beach overlooking the ocean but with no access to any water unless you walked many feet in the opposite direction. Our cabana overlooked rocks (which we were not allowed on) and was at the end of the row of cabanas that overlooked the channel where the tenders would pass through every 5 minutes, carrying hundreds of people who were videoing and taking pictures of the island as well as us in our "private" cabana. This is not the relaxing day that we expected when shelling out $200 for this excursion. My husband went to speak with a MOS rep but was told that there was not a rep on the island for our ship and that he could do nothing to help us resolve our issue. Prior to the trip, we booked a wine tasting experience which was scheduled for 4:00pm on the day of our cabana excursion in CocoCay. So we had to leave our cabana early to prepare for our wine tasting. Lo and behold, the tasting was canceled as we were the only ones who signed up. So not only did we miss out on cabana time that we paid for, but the whole reason why we had to leave the cabana early turned out to be a failure. My recommendation to RC would be for those types of on-board experiences to be scheduled later in the evening so you know cruisers will be on the boat and not have to miss out on fun at the port. And last but definitely not least by any means- the lack of organization during the muster station drills as well as the debarking process is just awful. We were blown away during the muster drill by the fact that our cabin number was manually handwritten onto a random piece of paper with a pencil by an RC employee (which was taken incorrect the first time by the person and had my husband not been paying attention, we would not have been accounted for). This is the verification system that is used to ensure our safety?? In this day and age of technology, why don't you utilize some sort of card reader system where your id card gets scanned? I cannot imagine why a company like RC does not use it as a standard on their boats. It has to be more reliable than a human with a pencil. And the debarking process was the just the "tip of the iceberg" (yes, pun intended)- when they told us to meet on deck 4 for the self service check out process, we dragged all of our bags to deck 4 only to find out that the line was already wrapped around up to deck 6. We had to drag all of our stuff back to a staircase and go up, all the while people were cutting in line, complaining in line, being completely confused by the entire process...and without any guidance or sight of a RC employee to calm everyone down. There should be announcements made during this process to let people know which deck the self serve line is on at that time. And there should be at least 1 RC employee, if not, 2 on every floor to guide people through this process. When we finally got back down to deck 4, there were families that were leaving their rooms and cutting others in line as if to blend in. Those people should have been directed by the RC employee on that floor to join the end of the line which started back on deck 6 or 7 at that point. Very frustrating to see this disorganization and leaves a very bad last impression of your cruise line to us as you can tell by this review. From what we saw on your RC Travel Channel, you put your best foot forward and offer your best ship to those who want to sail with you for more than 4- 5 days. We cannot get away for 10 days at a time but why should we be penalized with a lesser quality boat and experience? Bad first impression plus bad last impression= reluctant Royal Caribbean repeat customers

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By Alan_CR

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Jan 18, 2013

Bahamas

After 4 previous cruises on Princess and Celebrity (all 7 nights or longer) we opted for a last minute short cruise on Royal Caribbean (RCCL). Since I knew that this was an older smaller ship, I first checked the RCCL web site to view the cabins to determine if they would be acceptable. I went to RCCL, then to plan a cruise, then to ships, then to Majesty Of The Seas, then to deck plans deck 3, then to interior cabin, then selected view cabin.

The cabin shown for THIS SHIP lowest possible category shows a 2 seat sofa and room to walk around both sides of the bed. The actual cabins have no sofa and no room to walk around bed. In fact the bed was bordered on 3 sides by wall so the inside person had to climb over the outside person to get out of bed. This is a total misrepresentation by RCCL designed specifically to procure business. In discussing this matter with RCCL customer relation after the cruise, I was told that all this was acceptable and no adjustment would be made. Other problems:- Food was of poor quality and poor selection. Entertainment included a good comedian, a hypnotist who had to keep sending people back to the audience because he could not keep them hypnotized, and a juggler who dropped his items 5 times. The review on the last night was quite amateurish. The toilet did not work in the cabin the first night. One of the public bathrooms remained flooded for hours with no one attending to the problem. During the Muster Drill old and infirm people were forced to stand for 45 minutes. When they tried to sit, the chairs were taken away from them.

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Dec 21, 2012

Bahamas

After sailing with Disney my first three cruises, RCCL really surprised my family and I with a fantastic cruise. Embarking and debarking were very smooth. Food was excellent with a bit of disappointment within the desserts. The itinerary was Miami, Nassau, Coco Cay(private island), and key west. Nassau is Nassau which is nothing to be excited about. Coco Cay was very nice which was very surprising coming from castaway cay. (Disneys private

island-BEAUTIFUL) Its a little annoying having to tender into the island, however, all was good with that. The food was good at the barbecue. Key west is one of my favorite ports. We got mopeds and went all over within our limited time ashore. There was a formal night on the Coco Cay night. They're not strict about formal attire. The other nights are casual. Besides the juggler comedian Thomas John, the rest of the entertainment was pretty bad. The pool side band was pretty good. Stateroom was interior cabin. (Small but enough room for 3 guys) overall cruise was EXCELLENT! Will sail again. The captain is awesome, but some of the crew could brighten up a little. Excellent. Buffet food changed a bit each day. Most of the cruise the Sorrento's pizza is open. (Good and free). Compass deli is free as well and it's pretty good open during lunch and dinner hours. Johnny rockets is 4.95 extra charge but its unlimited after that. Besides a few boring main courses at dinner, the last three nights were really good. The last night I had the veal and it was amazing. Again, desserts were pretty lame. I will make this short. The cabins are small, clean, one bathroom. The shows were not bad but everything was decent. The piano guy at Schooner Bar is good. Thomas John the comedian juggler was awesome We didn't do any excursions. Awesome, fun, and we made the most of it!!

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Dec 21, 2012

Bahamas

After sailing with Disney my first three cruises, RCCL really surprised my family and I with a fantastic cruise. Embarking and debarking were very smooth. Food was excellent with a bit of disappointment within the desserts. The itinerary was Miami, Nassau, Coco Cay(private island), and key west. Nassau is Nassau which is nothing to be excited about. Coco Cay was very nice which was very surprising coming from castaway cay. (Disneys private

island-BEAUTIFUL) Its a little annoying having to tender into the island, however, all was good with that. The food was good at the barbecue. Key west is one of my favorite ports. We got mopeds and went all over within our limited time ashore. There was a formal night on the Coco Cay night. They're not strict about formal attire. The other nights are casual. Besides the juggler comedian Thomas John, the rest of the entertainment was pretty bad. The pool side band was pretty good. Stateroom was interior cabin. (Small but enough room for 3 guys) overall cruise was EXCELLENT! Will sail again. The captain is awesome, but some of the crew could brighten up a little. Excellent. Buffet food changed a bit each day. Most of the cruise the Sorrento's pizza is open. (Good and free). Compass deli is free as well and it's pretty good open during lunch and dinner hours. Johnny rockets is 4.95 extra charge but its unlimited after that. Besides a few boring main courses at dinner, the last three nights were really good. The last night I had the veal and it was amazing. Again, desserts were pretty lame. I will make this short. The cabins are small, clean, one bathroom. The shows were not bad but everything was decent. The piano guy at Schooner Bar is good. Thomas John the comedian juggler was awesome We didn't do any excursions. Awesome, fun, and we made the most of it!!

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Dec 21, 2012

Bahamas

After sailing with Disney my first three cruises, RCCL really surprised my family and I with a fantastic cruise. Embarking and debarking were very smooth. Food was excellent with a bit of disappointment within the desserts. The itinerary was Miami, Nassau, Coco Cay(private island), and key west. Nassau is Nassau which is nothing to be excited about. Coco Cay was very nice which was very surprising coming from castaway cay. (Disneys private

island-BEAUTIFUL) Its a little annoying having to tender into the island, however, all was good with that. The food was good at the barbecue. Key west is one of my favorite ports. We got mopeds and went all over within our limited time ashore. There was a formal night on the Coco Cay night. They're not strict about formal attire. The other nights are casual. Besides the juggler comedian Thomas John, the rest of the entertainment was pretty bad. The pool side band was pretty good. Stateroom was interior cabin. (Small but enough room for 3 guys) overall cruise was EXCELLENT! Will sail again. The captain is awesome, but some of the crew could brighten up a little. Excellent. Buffet food changed a bit each day. Most of the cruise the Sorrento's pizza is open. (Good and free). Compass deli is free as well and it's pretty good open during lunch and dinner hours. Johnny rockets is 4.95 extra charge but its unlimited after that. Besides a few boring main courses at dinner, the last three nights were really good. The last night I had the veal and it was amazing. Again, desserts were pretty lame. I will make this short. The cabins are small, clean, one bathroom. The shows were not bad but everything was decent. The piano guy at Schooner Bar is good. Thomas John the comedian juggler was awesome We didn't do any excursions. Awesome, fun, and we made the most of it!!

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Aug 8, 2012

Bahamas cruise

Our cruise was in July 2012 for our 50th anniversary. Daughters, husbands and grand children joined us. Fun was had by all. Children hesitated to attend kids functions, but after the first time they were happy to return for more fun. Room service was excellent. Upgraded one night for the main lobster YUM! Very clean cabin and was delighted to have a bath tub. Very entertaining onboard shows and music. Jet ski, great! You

can really get up and go. Our second time, would do again. Family members went on boat in Key West for snorkeling, they all enjoyed the experience. Adults liked the Margaritas on the way back. Our service staff was excellent in every area of the ship.

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By Ryan_CR

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Apr 16, 2012

Bahamas

Overall, it was average. My wife cruised with her family when she was younger, and I had heard stories about life aboard. I was a bit let down, from the worn out rooms to the subpar Ponderosa buffet food to a pervasive need for Royal Caribbean to attempt to upcharge us every time we turned around. It was average. Think Old Country Buffet. My Time Dining was worthless; we had to make reservations the day before we wanted to eat, which defeats

the purpose of the My Time idea. We missed dinner 3 out of 5 nights because there were no seating times available. Breakfast was average, but I thought it was tacky the way the waiters walked around with real orange juice trying to sell it for $4 a glass while we drank orango-mango flavored 'drink'. About what I'd expected. Room was worn looking, with spots in the carpet and worn woodwork. Felt like the ship needed another refurb. Weren't many. There was some odd dancing show where this group sang 70's songs while they danced. There was a guy named Jeff the Juggler who was quite entertaining. Kids all loved the Kids Club; we have kids aged 8, 6, and 3, and they all loved the place. One of the top deck pools was usually closed due to bodily fluid contamination. The kids loved the rock wall. Coco Cay was great, everything was included and there was plenty to see and do. The Blue Lagoon was alright, though there was a lot of pressure to buy more. Everglades Swamp Tour was cool, but we had a HUGE hassle with transportation which involved a disconnect between Royal Caribbean and the tour company, neither of which seemed inclined to try to fix the problem. The butterfly and aquarium tour on Key West was also well done, with plenty of shopping opportunity. Below is the cut-and-pasted document I'm sending to Royal Caribbean... This was our first cruise as a family. We have 3 kids- 8, 6, and 3. We stayed in Fort Lauderdale the night before and got dropped off at the dock in Miami the morning of the cruise. Boarding went smoothly, found our adjoining cabins, everything was in order. I made a few calls to the front desk and passing employees about getting the pass-through door opened to no avail. Nothing was done until our room attendant stopped by to see how everyone was doing getting settled in, and he fixed it right up. When making reservations, the cruise advisor and I settled on the My Time dining option, since we figured that with 3 kids and excursions, fixing us to a set dinner time the entire cruise might be troublesome. He assured me it was easy to just make a reservation or stop by anytime and endure a short wait. This was complete bunk. In my experience, unless we made a reservation that morning for the next day, we wouldn't get a sitting for dinner. There were several times I called and was told there were no dinner slots open at all. Where was the My Time dining in all of this? I wouldn't let them sell me on that again, since we only made one actual dining room sit-down dinner. The food was average, in my mind sort of like eating at an Old Country Buffet or similar. My wife told me tales of her cruising when she was younger, and I guess I expected a little more. One exceedingly tacky thing I have to point out is the pervasive use of upcharging EVERYTHING. Waiters would wander around at breakfast at the Windjammer, and while we were sipping our orange-mango flavored drink, they'd be trying to sell actual orange juice for $4 a glass. Same with dining- the nice food cost more. Johnny Rockets had a cover charge, AND a few of their items still cost extra. The wait staff and our room attendant get high marks for great service, though, so credit is due there. Our first excursion to the Blue Lagoon was nice. Coco Cay was the best, with the large all you can eat buffet and plenty of island to explore. We had a great time snorkeling at the fake shipwreck and sunken plane. We didn't do it as part of a tour, and can't see why you'd pay to do so, either. All three of our kids used the Kids Club at various times, and I'd rate it very highly. The kids loved it, the 'teachers' were excellent, and they always seemed to be doing something fun. Kids Club was a great idea, and we'd do that again in a heartbeat. Our second to last day is where everything took a turn for the horrible. We found a note in our room at 3pm, after we'd returned from our day trip to Key West, stating that our next day's excursion had been changed. We'd bought the Everglades air boat tour, with a van service up to the Fort Lauderdale airport at the end. This was because we flew out of FLL, so the excursion was perfect. The note said that the transportation part of the tour had been canceled. I contacted the Customer Relations people and got nowhere. This is where I learned that, as long as everything goes according to plan, life is good. If there's a problem, you're up the creek. Nobody on that ship was willing to take responsibility for anything. It was always somebody else's problem, somebody who conveniently wasn't on duty at the moment. Their advice was for us to take the train from a terminal near the airport in MIA to FLL. In any case, I spent 45 minutes that evening with various people at the Customer Service desk (a very inappropriate name, as there was very little service going on) trying to get my tour straightened out. Finally, after standing my ground and refusing to just go the back of another line, I found a very helpful manager by the name of Mpho. I told him that I didn't have any options other than the train, apparently. We'd sailed from port and out of cell phone range, or I would have started making my own arrangements. I told him that I'd like the option of buying a van service or even renting a car, and he took me to his office and we used his internet connection to find a rental car and shuttle place that I contacted. That problem is that Royal Caribbean wasn't the tour operator. It was a third party, and there was a disconnect between the two. Royal Caribbean (the people who were staffing the tour desk) didn't want to do anything to help me with my newfound travel needs, and the tour operator was simply unavailable. Neither party was going to take responsibility to fix the problem that had been dropped on me, and until Mpho came along, I wondered what was going to happen. The tour company refunded $20 off each adult ticket for not providing transportation, but when I was looking at my receipt, it seemed like they took off too much. I went back down to the desk and asked somebody if they could give me a detailed billing, because I was concerned they'd refunded the entire amount and hence wouldn't be expecting us on the tour the next day. Here again, Royal Caribbean couldn't tell me anything about that, nor could they raise anyone from the tour company. They promised to look into it and call me the next morning. Well, you can see where I'm going next. I had to call myself, and was told everything was ok. When we tried to get off the ship, my Seapass card gave an alert. We were trying to leave for the excursion, and the disinterested guy at the podium told me to go to the front of the line at a certain spot at the counter to get it fixed. I noticed another guest who was going on the same excursion experienced the same problem, so we stood together. After being ignored for a while, I asked a passing employee if we could speak to some sort of manager who might be interested in getting us to our tour, as due to a customs back-up we were all behind schedule. The guy behind me finally walked up to the spot of the manager while I caught another random employee and made them talk to me. She took me to the computer, and sure enough, the tour company had completely refunded our excursion the day before. Then, sometime in the middle of the night, they added the tour back on, though since I'd settled my bill already, my Seapass card showed a balance when I tried to get off the ship. I had to go to the podium to disembark again, and the card gave off two more alarms before they could finally convince the computer that I'd paid them. Meanwhile, the other tour customer was having an altercation with the 'manager'. The manager told him to go to the back of the line, and the customer said we'd both been directed to go to the front since our tour was waiting for us. Then the manager obsessed about the fact that he'd need to ask the next person in line if it was ok for the guy to go in front of him. They went around for a while before the customer finally got HIS bill seen to, as well. I mentioned earlier a customs issue.... They were backed up, and I can't really blame Royal Caribbean for that; it just seemed like it was one of those things. The problem was that, after everyone had been shepherded through the restaurant and cleared customs, nobody had any idea what to do next. If you've ever been on that ship, you might remember that lines back up and snake all the way through the ship, up stairs and all over the place. We walked past two distinct lines, and even the people in them didn't know what they were waiting for. They assumed/hoped it was for customs or the gangway to get off the ship. We stopped a half dozen employees at various times, and not a single one knew anything. You'd think that Royal Caribbean would know how to handle things like this, but every time there was an event, it was barely controlled chaos. People wandered all over, and there were never more than a couple crewmembers giving direction. None of the half dozen people we ran across could tell us what line to be in, where it started, or anything useful, especially considering they had large groups of people leaving the ship early for tours. As an organization, Royal Caribbean was sorely lacking. Apparently we just took the wrong cruise, as I see plenty of good reviews for the line, but I really have to question their abilities when they screw up things that they should see every last day of operations, like making sure their own employees know what is going on.

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By Tina_CR

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Nov 22, 2011

Miami-bahamas

Buffet food - Not so great. Fun :-) Lots of dancing. Good vibe. We went on the three night cruise from Miami to the Bahamas in mid October with the Majesty of the Seas, cruise line Royal Caribbean. It was a girlfriends getaway trip and we all had a great time. I particularly enjoyed the port stops; however, the ship experience itself was okay, not so impressive. Our rooms on the 2nd floor were really small which is fine if you

don't intend to spend much time in the cabins. But if you want the luxury of relaxing in your room or even eat in, you should opt for the larger rooms. My second gripe was the terrible breakfast buffet. And to make matters worse it was hard to find tables since everyone seemed to want to eat at the same time as us. Also, I wasn't a big fan of the pool deck area wasn't appealing. And there were only two pools and two Jacuzzis in the entire ship. The evening sit-down dining food experience was really nice. The food was delicious every night, and the waiters were all very nice and accommodating. Felt nice to be pampered! I was also really impressed with all the fun activities on the cruise. The air was very festive, with a lot of partying and dancing every night. The shows that we saw were really good especially the comedy show. The port stops were the highlights for me. The first destination was Coco Cay, an island privately owned by Royal Caribbean. It was really cute and colorful with turquoise colored pristine water. We chose parasailing as one of our excursions ($75) which was really cool. But, if you enjoy lying by the beach or just swimming in the water, I don't think purchasing excursions for Coco Cay is really needed. There were also plentiful hammocks for relaxing. The next day stop was at Nassau, the capital of Bahamas. For this stop I would definitely recommend an excursion. In fact I think it would be smart to research different excursions available at Nassau beforehand. We went with the Blue Lagoon beach day ($45) -- although I wish we had chosen the package that included swimming with dolphins. Our lagoon experience was fun and relaxing. However, the lagoon was very shallow - about three feet deep-- so if you are looking for a beach experience, you might want to opt for something else. There was also a water park for kids. And lots of hammocks as well. Perfect place to relax. Overall it was a fun experience. But for next time I would rather just fly to the Bahamas and spend more time there than on the cruise. Things I wish I knew before I cruised 1. No irons the rooms! 2. Internet service is 65 cents a minute 3. Feel free to get very formal on formal night. People get really decked out! 4. Learn the cha cha slide very well. You will need it for the late night partying.

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May 20, 2011

Bahamas

My boyfriend and I had never been on a cruise before and thought that a 4 day cruise would be the best way to ease ourselves into it. Let me just start off by saying we will definetly do a cruise over a resort vacation in the future. We don't have any other cruise lines or cruise ships from RCI to compare it too but we have no negative things to say. Although we had no days at sea, there was so much to do on board I don't think anyone would ever get

tired of being on that ship. Staff were amazing, food was phemonial, the people that we met were incredible. It's an experience that we wont soon forget. Food was easily 5 star. Dinner was an event every night. I tried new things and if I didn't like, hey I'll order another one that I know I'll like. If you can't decide, get everything! Juan our waiter was amazing and knew myself and my boyfriend as well as our table mates by the end of the cruise. Even got a hug an a kiss from him on the last night. The Windjammer for breakfast and lunch was always good. I enjoy the buffet style and it's easier to control your portions. Our stateroom wasn't as small as I thought it was going to be. We had an Ocean View on the 3rd level. Our room attendant Olga, was phenominal. Knew us by name by the first day and definetly deserves a HUGE tip by the end of our stay. Bathroom is alittle small, but hey you're not there to stay in your room the entire time. We're there to sleep, shower, and get dressed. SO much to do. Belly flop competitions, Binga, rock climbing. Dave Chapman the cruise director, by far the funniest and most quick witted person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He's the MC for all the games and shows, and is incredibly friendly, can dance, and definetly keeps the party going. I hope I get a chance to run into this guy again. When we were in Nassau we went to Atlantis on the dolphin and water park excursion. Yes a little pricey at $250 a person, but WELL worth the money. The trainers with the dolphins are so informative and very friendly. We learned so much and the pictures turned out so well. Water park is the biggest in all of the Caribbean and SOOOOOO much fun. Day 1 was great. We got to the port early so no lines up, (well no long ones anyway) and check in was so quick. Once on board we had a little time to wait before we could go to our rooms so we explored. Once allowed in our rooms we dropped off our carry ones and went to grab something to eat at the Windjammer. Your luggage does take alittle while to get to you so be patient and put anything you need ie a swim suit, sun screen, or what not in your carry on. Please remember that there or like 3000 people on board so if you can't be attended to right away RELAX, you are on vacation, have some patience and a small and a nice hello to the staff seriously does go along way. They have to put up with so much from crotchety people all day that they don't need more. At dinner we were excited to meet the people we would be eating with for the next 4 days. Turns out they were awesome. Kalelah and Staci, you ladies are awesome, and Jamie and Jeremy, cutest engaged couple ever. Day 2 we docked in Nassau at around 6 or 7 am, we got up had some breakfast, came back to our room, showered and then headed off the boat to get to our excursion. While waiting for our excursion right outside the ship we met the most amazing people who we would spend the rest of our trip with besides our table mates. Chris and Liz, we can't wait till we can go on vacation with you guys again. We spent the day at the Atlantis Resort. OMG words can't describe the beautiful architecture of this place. Also the aquariums were amazing. I almost cried when I saw the mantaray. That night was formal night and mostly everyone dressed up. First off I must say, yes I realize you're on vacation and should be able to relax, but showing up to dinner in the dining room in ripped jeans and a t-shirt or short shorts and a tank top and flip flops, ESPECIALLY on formal night, really irritated me. Day 3 was our beach day on CoCoCay. I was given some good advice on youtube. DO NOT stop at the first beach you see there, keep walking another 5 minutes to the right and you will come to Barefoot Beach, the sand is much softer, it's less crowded and the water is FAR more blue, in my opinion anyway. It was a perfect beach day. That night was the dancing under the stars party, so much fun. Go up to the pool deck and dance and have a good time everyone is so friendly. Day 4 was Key West. Really great tourist area and enjoyed walking around and seeing the sights. Everything is so cheap here too. Back on board for our last night we had dinner and then met up with our friends later that night for the Adult Comedy show featuring Miguel Washington (hilarious) followed by the Love and Marriage game hosted by none other than Dave Chapman. Absolutely hilarious, and great to see everyone there had a good sense of humour about being up on stage. After that was the Quest game which is an adult scavenger hunt. Dave divided the crowd into 8 groups and each team tried to be the first up there with what he was looking for. One of the things was someone from your group with a peircing that is not in plane sight,. Another was 6 belts looped together. The best one by far was a man wearing a bra, ladies shoes, carrying a purse and putting on lipstick. And finally day 5 was disembark day. Sad to leave. We got up ate breakfast and then like cows they hearded you group by group to leave the ship. I was surprised at how smooth it actually was. Last but not least people a few words of advice. -You're on vacation, leave your crotchety attitude behind and try to have a good time. -Make friends with people, you'd be amazed and the great people you'll meet. -Try new foods. It's included in the price so if you've never had it, try it, if you don't like you, get something else. -Yes the locals in Bahamas might try to swindal you out of money with promises of excursions. Be careful and have some common sense and book it with the ship and not with a random. -Watch how much you put on your Seapass. You don't realize how much you spend until you actually get your bill at the end of the cruise. Also try to put it on a credit card and not pay with cash, that way at the end if you have no discrepencies with your bill you can just leave and not wait in the CRAZY line up at Customer Service. -RCI has a Save The Ways program. You'll learn more about it on the website and on the ship but out of respect for the environment, don't throw any garbage and what not over board and try using your towels for more than one day. I hope this review was helpful and if you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me. stephanie.grabiec@gmail.com I thoroughly enjoyed myself on this cruise and would highly recomend it to anyone in their 20's-30's.

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Apr 17, 2011

bahamas

well, i just wanted to rest, do nothing but rest. But it didnt happen, in cococay i jump into a canoe with my nephew jason we has a blast, the water was so clear so warm, the staff incredible friendly and hard workers. The food ....hummm yummy , party in the vessel all the time, and i have a great stress out weekend. Thanks to all the employees at Majesty os the seas for their pride, the hard work,and the pleases for making us to fell like royalty.

Thanks ROYAL CARIBBEAN. The food was fresh, excellent,very well presented. clean, quiet ,comfortable. Party all the time, if you get bored in this cruise, is because you are a bitter person and you there is nothing in the world that will make you have fun. there is something for every one. From the embarc in miami port, to the recepcion,activities,storeroom, food and desembarc i have nothing but applauses.

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Apr 3, 2011

Bahamas

My wife and I enjoyed our time together on the Majesty of the Seas. There were plenty of activities, and the staff was great! There were only a few negatives. The ship did look a little dated and there could have been more policing the halls a night. Children ran amuck till the wee hours! On the last night I finally got fed up and ended up angrily banging on the door next to ours. Some parents decided to leave a cabin full of teens unattended

for the duration of the cruise. Will try to find adults only next time. Adequate. Something for everybody's taste. Smaller than expected with extremely thin walls! Was not thrilled with this. Plenty to do. Staff, musicians were great. Don't miss tour of Key West Enjoyed for the most part. Nights were a nightmare. Lots of disturbances as mentioned above.

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Apr 3, 2011

Bahamas

This was our first cruise and I must admit I went in with low expectations. My family of 4 (daughter 16, son 14) would like to go on an Alaskan cruise in the future and we thought that a "short, test" cruise over Spring Break would be a good idea....and it was! Our overall experience was fun and relaxing. We had spent the previous 3 days at the Sony-Ericsson Tennis Tournament in Miami. Arriving at the dock was a short cab ride and boarding was

surprisingly easy. Read the suggestions from the Royal Caribbean website and follow the directions. We checked 3 suitcases at the curb, but made sure we kept our passports, a duffle bag (with toiletries and clothes) and a backpack (with books, sunglasses, and electronics...flip camera, digital camera, i-pods). It probably took 15 minutes to check in and board. We entered on Level 4 where it was loud and a little chaotic. We decided to go search for our room on Deck 2. Although it was small (2 twin beds w/ 2 pull downs) it was very clean-this from a mom who worried about bedbugs and brought a small tub of disinfecting wipes). That said, the bathroom was very small with little counter space. The phrase airplane-like bathroom immediately came to mind. The safe in the closet was a pleasant surprise though! As for the food it varied. Our first concern was my son's peanut/nut allergy. He had no problem. We just made sure to ask and were extra cautious with baked items. Chocolate soft-serve ice cream was his favorite food-he must have had 12 over the course of the trip. :) The breakfast buffet was crowded and a little confusing at first, but the food was okay. We liked the made-to-order omelets and real bacon. (yeah, at home I buy turkey bacon.) The lunch buffet seemed more cafeteria-like in its selections, but we did like the tilapia and mango-infused water. Desserts were good too. Later we ate lunch in the deli area up on the 12th level. (They have good grilled cuban sandwiches and fair pizza.) Dinner in the main dining room was excellent! Really good food and WONDERFUL service. (Devendra was fantastic!) Eating at the same table with the same servers made it a warm experience. We all admitted we were a little sad to say good bye after our last dinner. Some of the good items I remember are: the onion tart, the duck, the lamb, the mahi-mahi, the chocolate souffle', and the key lime pie. The only meals we ate off the ship were a lunch on Key West (after our stand-up paddling) and a bbq lunch on CoCo Cay provided by the cruise. Our stateroom was small for 4 people, but we expected it because we had looked at it online. We considered it a kind of 'camping' trip for us. We are all active people and although it was a bit cramped, we were comfortable. The temperature was easily controlled and the beds were fine. As mentioned earlier the safe was a good thing. Our attendant was good at changing out wet/used towels and preparing the beds. Absolutely no complaints. As for noise we were very surprised at how quiet it was during the night. As my ex-consultant husband said, it was quieter than most of the hotels he's stayed at. Perhaps we were just lucky.......our hallway only had a few rooms. The onboard activities catered to lots of different groups. We did not participate in most of them......no casino, no bars/lounges, no belly flop/sexiest man contests or bingo for us. We did attend 3 of the shows.........two were of a musical/dance variety and one was a comedian. I truly believe your level of enjoyment is directly related to your attitude. Needless to say, we had fun. We are a family that likes to read and enjoy the warm, fresh air. (We came from the cold Chicago area.) So when we weren't exploring at our 3 destinations, we relaxed by the pool and read most of the time. I just want to add here that one of the more enjoyable aspects of this particular cruise was the make-up of the passengers. There were families, singles, young couples, older couples....a great mix of ages. I wouldn't have wanted to be on a ship with mostly adults, because of my kids. And I wouldn't have wanted to be on a Disney-type cruise with mostly young kids running around. I don't know if it's always like this or if it was like this because of the time of year........you know, Spring Break for many. I just know it worked for us. As for excursions we really liked the stand-up paddling I found online in Key West. We were picked up at 9am and driven a short distance to some canals where we did stand-up paddling through the mangroves. Our guide, Rachel pointed out/picked up marine life and explained things to us. We were driven back to the ship area around noon where we ate and then walked around and shopped for a while before getting back onboard. In Nassau we basically walked around and did our souvenir shopping. We did not go to the Atlantis, because frankly, we didn't think it would be worth the money. We have gone to Hawaii several times and stayed at nice resorts and didn't have any desire to go that route. In CoCo Cay we got up early, so we could eat and take one of the earlier tenders over to the island for snorkeling. The water was beautiful and we thought the snorkeling was great. Overall, we had a great time as a family. The trip was a good length (4 nights, 3 days). The service was great. The accommodations more than acceptable. The food was good with the dinners exceeding expectations. I would not hesitate to go on another cruise, based upon this experience. Lastly, getting off the ship and through customs took a little longer.....perhaps a half an hour. But since our return flight wasn't scheduled until late afternoon it wasn't a big deal. The most difficult part of the cruise would have to be packing on the last night. I didn't know that the luggage would have to be packed and tagged and placed outside your room before midnight. :)

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Mar 24, 2011

Miami-Coco Cay - Nassau- Miami

The shore excursions were the highlight of the trip. Everything else was mediocre. Services were bad, from food taking too long to be served in the dining room to not too many entertaining options on board, to mis-representation of services offered on board (they say they offer something, but them once you get on board the reality is very different, and they hide behind the small print). A lot of great promises, not a lot of following through. For

a quick, somewhat cheap trip, it was ok. Wouldn't sail with them again, though. Food was ok. But nothing fancy. Some additional options on the menu cost money. As expected. Didn't spend much time in there. I only saw the stateroom attendant on the first day right after we boarded and on the last day right before debarcation. All smiles in both instances, nothing in between. Also, no self-service laundry or pressing services. Did not participate during the day, as we went on shore. Did not participate in the evening, as they could not secure babysitting for any of the evenings, despite initial promises. Stay away. You have better options with other cruise lines.

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By Dave_CR

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Mar 6, 2011

Bahamas

This cruise was excellent!!!!!!!! 4 nights was not long enough for me!!! the ship had everything you could possibly need!! The food was top notch. My wife spent 10 years as a server in a Relais Chateau Fine dining establishment. She knows what top quality dining is like. The food on the Majesty was awesome. The stateroom is small, but remember your on an 18 yr old ship. and the reality is that you spend very little time in the room.

The was plenty too do on board for all ages, kids club looked great the nightly shows were great and the discos and casinos were lively it was a great experience We didnt do any excursions as we were more interested in touring the ports at our own speed From beginning to end RCL did a fabulos job. the check was quick and smooth the drinks were reasonable price and the food was excellent, what a great way to spend 5 days with your family or loved one! oh ya the only thing I suggest is use the elevators at the back of the ship they move faster than the main elevators.

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By Toni_CR

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Feb 27, 2011

Bahamas

This was my first cruise and I had a blast! My husband sent my friend and I on the 4 day Bahamas cruise. We enjoyed just relaxing most of the time. Our stateroom was very comfortable and clean. The crew was amazing ,the cruise director Dave was hilarious and this little squeak of a girl Mimi had so much energy and happiness we just enjoyed her antics. The food was delicious in the dining room our waiter Vicky was very helpful giving us his recommendations

as to what to order. Can't wait to go back next year! Yummy! We were always full! So full in fact that we couldn't even enjoy the amazing midnight buffet they put on. My advice to you is to eat around 6pm ( we had an 8pm sitting) so that you can enjoy a few drinks and snacks afterwards. If you drink wine with supper maybe think about ordering the wine package. They keep your wine right there in the dining room with your name on it. If you can't decide between 2 menu selections --then order them both! Cosy, clean and always straightened up whenever welft the room and came back our clothes were folded and put on the bed. Considering they were cleaning up after 2 women that had makeup and clothes everywhere he was amazing. They had lots to choose from. We were quite happy to just watch. You have to do the parasailing. We did it in Key West and had a blast! The driver of the boat was named Scotty (I think) and the other one was an Australian . GIRLS try and find these two!! Over all we had a great time. 1 Week away from the snow and work--what is there to complain about. really??

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By Ryan_CR

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Feb 10, 2011

Bahamas

My wife and I enjoyed a 4 day cruise, along with 14 other family members on RCCL’s “Majesty of The Seas.” We were celebrating Mom and Dad’s 40th wedding anniversary. Many of us have traveled on RCCL before and we all agreed that no one does cruising better than RCCL. We picked The Majesty for a variety of reasons. First of all it was the most economical choice for our large family. It also sailed to Nassau, Bahamas, which

is where Mom and Dad honeymooned back in 1971. The final reason was that the sail date fit into all our busy schedules. When booking a family vacation you must consider your ROI. Although this was part of the RCCL’s original ship fleet, you will definitely get you’re your monies worth. I was slightly disappointed with some aspects of the food service. Let me begin by saying that my disappointment had nothing to do with the wait staff. Infact, it may have been the best cruise wait staff I have ever experienced. My disappointment also had little to do with the quality of the food. Anytime you go to a place that serves 10,000 meals a day, you have to expect some minor setbacks in taste. I thought the food was quite good by cruise standards. My biggest disappointment was the cost of the food. You may say, "I thought the food is free on a cruise?" That’s what I thought too. In general it's free. Unless you specifically want a premium steak. They charge you $14.95 extra for that. Very tacky. My thought is that they should offer it for free or don't offer it at all. In addition, the ship boasts about 24 hours dining. In my experience with RCCL they usually do come through with that promise. On this particular ship, they did not deliver. There was no food service from 3pm - 6pm. That’s the time they do a lunch - dinner switchover. I will also state that after 10pm the buffet closes. That also means you can't get a non-alcoholic drink. One day at 3:30pm my sister-in-law tried to get into the Windjammer Buffet to get my 4-year-old niece an apple juice and they wouldn't let her in the room. After 10pm they do have a coffee / ice cream bar. They also have a Johnny Rockets on board. You are more than welcome to eat there but they also cost money. I find it to be very offensive that one should have to pay $4.95 just to walk into the Johnny Rockets to eat. The ship did have one night where they had a midnight buffet. If you've never been on a cruise before, you'd think it's the greatest thing in the world. This is my 5th cruise (my 2nd with RCCL) and I found this midnight before to be quite weak in terms of creativity, quality and excitement. To summarize, Dining Room Food = B+ Dining Room Service = A+ Quantity / Creativity / Availability = D Small. I admit that it’s an unfair assessment because we had an outside cabin, which is slightly smaller then the balcony rooms. But I will also say that the rooms are just as similar in size as any decent cruise liner in America. I will say that it was one of the most comfortable beds I ever slept on. It also had had a nice LCD TV on the wall. Both of which were upgraded when the ship went through a renovation a few years ago. Let’s be honest though, you will spend very little time in your room. It was a place to shower and sleep. The Cabin steward was also accommodating. He helped my brother and sister-in-law get a full-size crib into a tight cabin room without removing any beds. I imagine the tiny rooms were hard for my siblings with kids but that’s why they booked an adjoining room to make more space. In other words, if you travel as a family it makes better sense to get an adjoining room instead of cramming into 1 cabin. Let me just get this right out of the way, Our Cruise Director was the best Cruise Director I have ever had in my five cruises. No one even comes close. You may ask, what makes a good Cruise Director? I would judge by how well he/she engages their audience, their wittiness, originality and entertainment value. On almost every cruise I have been on, The Cruise Director has the same hacky / corny lines that come across as contrived and scripted. This Cruise Director, Dave Chapman, was both funny, relevant and compelling. Quite frankly, he may even be too talented for the job. My one minor complaint is that I felt an over abuse of the ships PA system. I understand its importance for muster drills and emergency announcements but to constantly remind passengers about Bingo and trivia contests seemed overdone since these things are posted in the "Daily Compass." (This is the daily publication left in staterooms detailing upcoming activities on the ship). As for daytime activities, I felt like Dave’s Activities crew did a great job considering there was more time in port then at sea. They had a funny "Mr. Hunk" contest on the pool deck. They also had a belly flop contest, towel-folding demonstrations, trivia contests, BINGO, etc. The ship had a great children’s program but my siblings opted not to enroll my nieces and nephews because it was such a short cruise and we wanted lots of family time. The ship also had a nice size casino. My brother and brother-in-law enjoyed playing in a Poker Tournament and my wife and I won a little money in Roulette. There were also diverse bars, bands and tons of shopping for overpriced junk. They have a really cool quiet bar called "The Viking Lounge." They also had an nice workout facility. I would also like to point out the rock wall, which my 6-year-old nice tried to scale with a smile.. The activities really shined at night. This ship did something a bit interesting. They had 4 nights to entertain but they had about 6 entertainment acts in the theater. They did this by creative scheduling. On most cruises, the entertainers do 2 performances (one for early seating guests and the other for late seating guests). For this cruise it was basically one show far all. The advantage was to jam in two different acts in a night. The downside was limited and obstructed seating due to seating capacity. The shows itself were just terrific. They had a comic do two shows. I thought his material was good enough for the cruise but not memorable enough to remember his name. The RCCL Singers and Dancers were also fabulous. One night the ship hosted a phenomenal juggler and one night, Dave hosted the "Love and Marriage" game show, which is similar to the Newlywed game. Every cruise has their own variation of this game but none as entertaining as Dave's version. I want to point out one glaring issue with the RCCL theater (Chorus Line Theater). In all honesty, I have been on different cruise liners with a similar issue so it may be unavoidable but the theater was very poorly constructed. By this I mean there are poles literally in many sightlines. Structurally, it looks like it holds up the balcony. Perhaps it’s the only way to add additional seating but it seems like this is can be avoided by a brilliant architectural mind. SYM (Save Your Money) Every excursion offered by any ship (Not just RCCL) is overpriced by at least 15-20% of the book value. This is how cruises make additional revenue. Its big business. The best thing to do is to get off the ship and book through a local vendor. Trust me; there are plenty of them by the port. The only caution I will extend is if the excursion is a far trip from the port. For example, canopy and jeep tours often involve a 60-90 minute ride to the jungles of the port country. If by some chance you run into delays, traffic, etc, the ship will wait for you to get back before leaving the port but only if you book the trip through them. In other words, if you book this kind of trip on your own, you will not appear on the ships excursion manifest sheet and you will be left behind. To summarize, book activities that don't require long rides from private vendors after you get off the ship because you will save yourself some money. Many people cruise for different reasons. For some it’s the chance to stop in various Caribbean islands, for others it’s the onboard entertainment, for some it’s the food and others it’s a combination. For this cruise only it was all about family. The chance to spend 4 nights with 16 family members was just what the doctor ordered. It bought us all a little bit closer and anticipating the next big family vacation.

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Feb 8, 2011

Bahamas

My wife and I planned a cruise on 2/4/11 for our anniversary. We missed the boat because of a snow storm in San Antonio (the first in over 7 years). We tried to see if we be compensated by the cruiseline; however, they will not do anything. This cruise was paid in full and it was a total lost for us. We did not get the insurance because we knew we were not going to cancel it and we never dreamed San Antonio would have a snow storm. Whenever we

talk to the customer relations department, they just keep reminding us how we "should have bought the insurance". They claimed that they CAN'T do anything, but I believe there is something they can do. They just choose not to do anything. My friends had the same thing happen to them on Carnival Cruiselines, and they were able to reschedule their trip. I know now that I should have chosen a different cruiseline.

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Dec 8, 2010

Bahamas

Absolutely the worst cruise line in the business in terms of customer service and guest relations. Guest Relations personnel did not care that there were 30 to 50 people in line needing assistance. If business would have been handled properly, there should have been very few people in line. My son has been due a refund for nearly three weeks now and they just can't seem to take care of business. If the shoe were on the other foot and the cruise

line was owed money, your reservations would be cancelled. No better than other cruise lines. If I have to chose between Royal Caribbean and not cruising, I will stay home.

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Nov 8, 2010

Bahamas

We just got back from a 4 day Bahama cruise. We had a clean inside cabin located on Deck 2 and I guess you get what you pay for. The mattress on the beds were about 6 inches deep. Very uncomfortable. Our porter was wonderful though and tried to make us comfortable. We enjoyed the RC dancers and singers very much. They did a great job. All of the shows in the theater were great. We had a 6:00 dining time in The Starlight Dining Room and the

service and food was excellent. We were disappointed with the Windjammer Buffet. The stations were hard to work around with the crowd of people and the food was okay but nothing spectacular. We found the Deli on Deck 12 one day and that was very good. Absolutely loved the day spent on Cococay. The island is beautiful and it was a very relaxing day. Our overall experience was good.

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Oct 13, 2010

Bahamas

A group of 8 senior women just back from a 4/5 d cruise on the Majesty of the Seas. We had a great time. Our rooms, outside cabins, were the smallest I have ever been in. Saying that, we were hardly in our room. The cabin was very clean and the room steward attentive. We chose anytime dining. This is the second time I have done this and really like this choice. Our wait staff (Richard and Luis) were wonderful. They made our dinners a lot of fun.

The food was very good if you avoided the steaks. The ship does offer a filet from Chops for $14.99. None of us went for this extra. The cocktails were top shelf. The entertainment, mostly performed by the RC Singer and Dancers. Their voices excellant and was entertaining. The comedian was a scream! The Cruise Director and staff did a good ob of trying to entertain the masses. The casino and the Schooner bar was so smokey it just about choked you walking through the area. The food was very good. Good variety for entrees and desserts. The steaks were grisely and suggest avoiding ordering the steak. We ate at the buffett a few times and the food and selection was good. There was a deli on the upper level which was excellant. Unfortuneately not too many people knew about it, so if you go on this ship, find it for a delicious lunch. The room was the smallest room I have ever been in on a ship. However, it was situated in the center of everything, and very clean. My roommate and myself were hardly in our room. Had fun, we participated in the "gotta dance" routine. The staff was energetic, courteous and engaging. Stay away from the Straw Market in Nassau. It is a very confined space, lots of women trying to hawk their products, aggravating and intrusive. Atlanis is fun, worth the trip to see the Aquarium. We had a great time and are already wondering where and what ship we are going on next year. It is going to be an annual getaway. I would emphatically suggest the Majesty for a great short trip.

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Sep 5, 2010

Key West and Bahamas

This was our first cruise and we were celebrating our 20 wedding anniversary. We were very disappointed in many aspects of the cruise and will probably never sail RC again. They really should host an orientation for new cruisers instead of hyping an entire hour and a half of "shopping advice." This time was wasted listening to someone telling us where to shop. Quite a coincidence that his brother and sister-in-law turn out to work for the chain

of stores he "highly recommends." The captain and the cruise director were both very entertaining and engaging. We did have to make a change to our itinerary due to Hurricane Earl, but the change was excellent. Granted we missed a port entirely, but the day we spent at sea was beautiful and relaxing. That was a much better choice than bouncing around and being rained on for a day. A very expensive item was accidentally left in our cabin and according to RC it was not found. While this issue has not been resolved yet, I am not pleased with the answer so far. The food was pathetic. I can get better food at my daughter's elementary school cafeteria. The cafe offered hot dogs, hamburgers and pasta items. The selections were very limited and not flavorful at all not to mention, the food was never served at the correct temperature. These items are the cheapest food you can provide in bulk. The dining room menu selections were no better than the casual dining cafe. In fact, of the 4 nights we had dinner in the dining room, I sent two meals back and didn't finish the other two. Nothing from the appetizers to the main course to the dessert was worth the calories. Also, how do you not have seafood on a cruise! We did have a shrimp cocktail one night and it consisted of four tiny, old, flavorless pieces. If not for our amazing waiter and assistant waiter, it would have been a complete loss. At least I didn't gain any weight because I never finished a meal. I was VERY disappointed in the fact that the staff did not enforce the dress code in the formal dining room. We had made sure to pack appropriate clothing to attend the evening dinners. On each night, there were guests in the main dining dressed in tank tops and shorts. One male guest actually wore a tank top that did not cover his underarm hair. He also wore ratty shorts, baseball cap and carried in an ice chest full of beer. By no means, are my husband and I snobs, but this was ridiculous. Especially since the dress code was posted on the menu and on all of our paperwork. Also if by some chance you missed dinner, you were out of luck. Of course, room service is available but their selections are very limited. There is no late night dining. RC should consider having a separate dining room with higher quality food for the patrons who paid more for their rooms. Perhaps like a club level that many venues offer. Our room was very nice. We had reserved a junior suite and we loved the amount of space we had and our balcony offered beautiful views. Our attendant was also amazing. She made the RC bunny out of towels and after we returned from an excursion, she had made a towel stingray. She was always in the area and made sure to help with any of our needs. The on board activities were very limited. We did play bingo and did some gambling. The comedian was excellent. However, if I heard any more disco music, I was about to throw the stereo system overboard. It was as if we were stuck in a time warp and on an episode of the Love Boat. A person can only take so much of Donna Summers and the Village People.

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Jul 23, 2010

Bahamas

This was my first Cruise So We decided to do a short one with a few stops. We chose The Majesty and I am glad we did. The ship left out of Miami and we were welcomed by a quick check in and super friendly staff. we arrived several hours before our Scheduled departure and were welcome aboard by a full buffet and use of all the facilities. The staff was absolutely amazing and helpful. Always ready to serve you and asking for ways to help you.

there was never a dull moment on the ship with activities for all ages all day long even when the ship was docked. there were people of all ages on this cruise as it is perfect for families, singles and couples of all ages. t the one negative I can say is the elevators were a bit slow and often packed. people on the middle decks often had difficult time catching an elevator because they were always full. food was good. Nothing spectacular formal dining room had a new and different menu each night Buffet was good also offering new and different menus each day such as make your own taco station, build a burger station ice cream sundae station... The room were extremely small but with all the fun activities and great ports along the way you are hardly in the room anyway. it was always kept clean stateroom attendant visited twice daily to make sure you had clean towels, and paper, turning down the bed, with a new towel animal nightly! Tons of activities for kids, teens, couples, families. There was constantly something going on often several things at once. There was something for everyone.

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By Mike_CR

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Jul 15, 2010

Island hop

This was suppose to be our first cruise and our "Dream vacation", however thanks to the staff at "Royal pain in the rear", it turned into a nightmare. We booked the trip back in Mar (2010) and the trip was a "Closed-loop" cruise, meaning that we departed and returned to the same US port, and you did not spend any nights off the ship. That being said, there is no federal law which requires passengers on such a trip, to have a passport, and you must

only produce some type of "Goverment issued ID". That being said, when we received our "Travel packet" the wording in regard to the ID requirements was rather ambiguous, so we did just what we found out a lot of other people did, we called "Royal" to check on this matter. We were told that "For minor children you must have ID in the form of a birth certificate, for adults a Goverment issued photo ID, such as a driver's license would be fine". In arriving at the cruise terminal and clearing the so called security check, we were directed to the "Check-in line". When it was our turn at one of the window to check in, I informed the woman there that we had completed the "On line early check in" where we provided the information as to what form of ID we would be using, and it was accepted by "Royal". However she still requested our ID, at which time I produced my driver's license. She in turn demanded by birth certificate, which I did not have and explained to her what I was informed of, she then told me that I had to speak to the manager in another area of the terminal, as did about thirty other people. We were all informed that if we could not produce our birth certificates we could not board the ship. Having worked for municipal goverment for twenty five years, I informed the manager that I was aware that this request was simply a policy on the part of "Royal" which she confirmed. Further, I informed her that as such, they could "Waive" this policy if they wanted to and again she agreed with me, but stated that they were not going to. After dealing with this mess for three hours I was informed (a half hour before the ship was leaving port) that I was not going to be permitted to board the ship. I then informed the manager, since on the first leg of the trip, the ship was only traveling from Miami, FL to Key, FL, we were not even going to another state not alone another country, if she would permit ,me to board the ship, that I could have the document they were requesting to the company the first thing the next morning, as it was the Monday after July 4th and a business holiday. To that I was informed that they had done that before and "Gotten burned on it" so they would not permit me to do so. Long story short, this company refused to look at the "Big picture" and look at each issue as a seperate one. Their unwillingness to apply some common sense did nothing but trun a family's "Dream vacation" into a "Nightmare". To top it all off, they informed us that they would not refund any of our money (which by the way we are still fighting for). I would NEVER recommend this company to anyone, and would NEVER even think of giving them a second chance.

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By sri_CR

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Jul 8, 2010

bahamas

Not bad. Food was below average. Sports deck was pathetic. spectacular views, helpful staff. very very disappointing. hilton has better breakfasts. dinner selection was pathetic. small. nothing to brag about. below average. not much for the sports activist. 2 ping pong tables and a small basketball court. that's it.

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May 28, 2010

Coco Cay and Nassau

By this being my first cruise I enjoyed myself. The cruise experience was wonderful and will sail on Majesty of the Seas again. The food was ok. Staterooms were small but, they were still comfortable and relaxing. OH !!!!!!!!!!! the activities were so much fun I had a ball at each one I attended. My trip was fun and relaxing all of my worries and concerns went away once I got on Majesty of the Seas criuse ship. They employess were

awesome whatever you wanted they got it for you with no problem. They were all happy and happy to serve you with any of your needs. THANKS

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Jan 25, 2010

Coco Cay and Nassau Bahamas

The overall experience of my trip was just okay. This is my fifth cruise and my first with Royal Caribbean and I was not impressed at all. Although, the food was excellent and I can not complain. The stateroom I found to be very small. I stayed in the interior stateroom and there was very little room for the two of us. Believe me when I tell you, the only thing you can do in this room is sleep. The rooms are very small. I found there to be very

little activities on-board. Most of the time we were walking around trying to find something, anything to do, but there was nothing at all. I usually cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines but decided to do something different. My friend was celebrating her Birthday and this was her first cruise. With Carnival they keep you busy from the time you step on until you step off. For this reason I will never cruise with Royal Caribbean again, we were so bored on this boat. We decided not to do the excursions. Once we made it the Coco Cay we purchased a life vest for $6.00 and went snorkeling. We had our own snorkeling gear so we only had to pay for the vest. Snorkeling was very fun. When we made it to Nassau we took a carriage ride for $10 per person, which was very nice. Then we went shopping. We found the excursions to be a little pricey, so we decided to venture out on our own.

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By Todd_CR

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Jan 22, 2010

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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By Ivss_CR

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Nov 27, 2009

Bahamas

Although it's my first cruise, I liked it a lot. I went during Thanksgiving week with a friend. The food was excellent! I was very impressed with the menu. Breakfast was between 6-10am and it offered from eggs (cooked already or you the cook can make one for you), muffins, bread, fruit, yogurt, cereal, coffee, juices, etc. Lunch was a buffet, which was my favorite actually. Every day they had different choices of salad bars, cooked food, soup,

pasta. Dinner was great every day. I was disappointed how slow they served though. Our dinner time was at 8:30. Appetizers were served at 9pm, dinner at 9:30pm, desserts at around 10pm. So although I ate there every night, many people preferred Johnny Rockets, which is like an old style diner with great burgers. Serving staff was funny (in a good way). You have the same two servers every night. They try really hard to make everything good. They even exchanged the dinner my friend didn't like at no charge and also allowed her to order extra appetizers. If you order a bottle of wine and you do not finish it, they keep it for you for the next night. We had one of those rooms with no windows. Two twin size beds. It was very clean. The shower was small. Honestly , an overweight person would not fit in that room. But we didn't care cause we barely stayed there. There were some very interesting on-board activities such as the salsa class (they should have at least two of those cause I, like a lot of people loved it), ping pong tournaments, some sort of mini golf tournament, battle of the sexes, and karaoke nights. That "cha-cha slide" dance they did on every dance party was just a big "NO" (it was weird for me at least). The shows at the theater were simply OK. The same singers and dancers were performing at each show. They were good, but honestly , nothing special. They had some fun games every day during the day (if you decide to stay on the ship ) and during the night. Stay away from the "Atlantis Beach Day" Tour ! It costs $69 and it's a big waste. We walked a LOT so if you don't like or can't walk, forget it. The pass gets you on the island by a small boat and the "tour guide" just walks you over to the big fancy hotel and tells you how to get back. Then they leave you on your own, which is just horrible. Also, a bottle of water there was $5 and ice cream $7! Snorkeling was tough since the water was so cold in November. So, Bahamas were nothing special - go to Bermuda or Mexico. Nassau was dirty and not very interesting to me. You can buy cheap alcohol there though. Only two liters are allowed to be brought to the states. Atlantis was an overpriced day trip which had nothing but two aquariums and a luxury hotel which you would only stare from outside cause it costs a fortune to stay there. It might be an interesting destination for the kids, the beach there was the best so far. Coco Cay island was kind of interesting. It's very small , so there is no port. The ship "parks" far away from it and you get to it by a boat which travels back and forth all day. On the island you can find souvenirs and other local crafts. At lunch, the food was cooked on the island itself and you eat there (it was good). I spent a lot of time on the hammocks. Very relaxing. A lot of people snorkeled there cause it's the cheaper place to do that, but there are many other organized activities you can do for a certain price.

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Oct 12, 2009

Bahamas

Overall, the cruise was excellent. My wife and I took this cruise to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. It worked out great as a long weekend so we weren't away from work or the kids too long. We have cruised twice before, 1st time on RCI Explorer of the Seas (130+ Tons), and then on the Norwegian Dawn (94 Tons), both to Bermuda. When we cruised on the Dawn, we felt the ship moving a lot more than when we are on EoS, and I was concerned that

an even smaller ship would be worse, but we hardly felt any motion on the Majesty. My wife is on a Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Wheat Free, low fiber diet, so our dining experience was not the typical one. Anyone with a special dietary need can rest assured that RCI will go out of their way for you. We met with the dining room staff upon boarding the ship and explained our needs (we had contacted guest services before we left). The head waiter (Angela from Jamaica) could not have been more helpful, she would bring us the menu for the next evening so my wife could pick out a gluten free meal. For breakfast, she had gluten free pancakes that Angela ordered for her the night before. One afternoon the main dining room was not open for lunch, but Angela requested a special meal be prepared for my wife in the Windjammer. When we walked in for lunch, we talked to the Maitre'd of the Windjammer, and they had my wife's meal ready before I got back from the buffet! We had a Junior suite, which I think is the equivalent of a balcony room on the Explorer of the Seas, Roomy enough for 2 people, and the bathroom had a full size tub! The onboard activities were great. I went to the fitness center and was disappointed to see the lack of elliptical machines, but the ceiling is too low for them. The equipment was in good shape, the weight machines looked to be new, the exercise bikes were good, but the treadmills were a little shaky. The rock climbing wall was a blast and the staff running it was great. The Casino was fun. We stayed on board at Co Co Cay, and went to Atlantis in Nassau. No excursions. The trip was fantastic, I would recommend this trip to anyone looking for a quick long weekend.

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By Todd_CR

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Aug 24, 2009

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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Aug 9, 2009

Bahammas

This was our first and last Royal Caribbean Cruise, we've been on 2 Carnival cruses and the staff can not compare. Carnival cared for us better than any other vacation we've ever been on where as with Royal it took 4 and 5 tries to get anything done. Pushed from one "department" to another without regard for our experience. When we complained the issue was never escalated and we were told that we were not discussing it with the right department and

we were instructed to get back and call their 1-800 number. When I returned I called and explained the service we'd recieved only to be met with someone who didn't seem to be concerned with fixing the core issues and simply told us that they were sorry to hear that we hadn't enjoyed our cruise. Carnival was the opposite for us - we thought about something that we might need and regardless of the department they seemed to be willing to do anything or go and find us the right person to do anything that we could possibly need. The boarding was better on Royal but thats all I can really give them credit for.

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Jul 10, 2009

Nassau

The inside room cabins were about 100 sq feet. My wife and I were tripping all over each other and our luggage. What a raquet!!!!! They also charged us for items on the mini bar which we never used. They don't provide shampoo bottles and only give to bars of soap. Shampoo comes from a dispenser which was difficult to use. DO NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT get an inside cabin!! WAY TOO SMALL!!! On the RC Majesty of the Seas the food was OK but no

lobster like we had on Carnival. The food was much better on Carnival and you don't have to pay $5 for room service after 12 am. You also have to pay a $5 service charge if you want Johnny Rockets. The complimentary drinks they provide during the Captain's social were bahama mamas, yellow bird, and champagne. No martini's or other mixed drinks like they provide on Carnival. The state room was clean but they don't provide a mint for they're turndown service. The bars were decent but don't expect the many different types of bars you'll find on other boats. Go to Cable Beach on the excursion instead of Paradise Island in Nassau. It's and excellent beach and no touristy crowds there. Everything was great except for the boat. Majesty of the Seas is outdated and the refurbishments they did about 10 years ago don't show.

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By J_CR

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Jul 2, 2009

Bahamas

I went on my very first cruise on RC's Majesty's of the Sea's and enjoyed it! My fav. stop was the private island, Nassau, not so much. The food was alright. It wasn't the best tasting but it was good enough to keep me stuffed. The dinners were good, but I had way better food cooked at home. Stateroom was small, but it was enough to accomodate me and my boyfriend. It was clean and housekeeping did a wonderful job keeping it clean. I didn't do

many of the activities, there was a lot of things for teens and younger kids to do, not so much for college kids. Plenty of activities for adults. Most of the time my boyfriend and I were at the pool, or chilling in the room when not docked. When you get to Nassau don't be surprised if you get swamped by local vendors to buy their junk. The designer purses they sell there in the vendor street are not real, they are counterfeit. Nothing much to do in the city besides going on excursions that the RC has to offer. I personally thought they were a little too pricey, so if money isn't a big deal go on one. I also advise not to get a pedicure done with RC's spa. The lady that did my feet was so unperfessional, and rude. I told her I just wanted my nails cleaned and cut, not cleaned then painted! I told her and she got angry with me. They are not gentle at all! The lady buffed my feet so sloppy and hard that she left a cut on the side of my foot! She did a overall poor and rushed job on my feet. HORRIBLE! I've gotten better pedicures from local businesses! Do not waste your money on their poor spa services.

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By Eric_CR

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Mar 30, 2009

Bahamas

Overall, had a great time. The company I work for celebrated their 15 year anniversary by taking the company on a cruise. Second cruise we've been on. Food was good, really no complaints. The ship we were on (Majesty of the Seas) had the Windjammer Cafe (buffet style) and we did the more formal dinner every night in one of the dining rooms. A little worn around the edges, but nothing horrible. Bathroom was in fine condition, but some of the

cabinetry in the main room was a little chipped and scratched. Don't really care though...I don't go on a cruise to sit around in a stateroom! Onboard activities looked fine...don't know if we did any though, because we were usually tired from the day's excursion, and wanted to eat and kick back afterward. It was a 3 day cruise consisting of excursions to Coco Cay and Nassau. Had fun at both. When I heard that Coco Cay was a private island owned by Royal Caribbean, I was afraid it might have just been a bunch of beach chairs. It did have the prerequisite chairs, but also had excellent snorkeling (which is what we did) and a lot of other fun things to do. There's also a 3 mile nature trail. Nassau was fun too. Our only concern was that the trip was over so quickly! I was really bummed out when we pulled out of port in Nassau to head back to Miami...but I consider that a good sign, that we had so much fun. Would recommend this cruise to others. I've posted photos of our trip at http://www.cybergooch.com/photo_gallery/Bahamas%20Cruise/index.html

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Mar 30, 2009

Nassau-Coco-Cay-KeyWest

Best trip ever! We had booked an air/sea package so we didn't have to bother with planning. Upon arrival in Fort Lauderdale we were greeted by a RCCL representative who put us on a bus to Miami. The check-in was fast and within an hour we were poolside enjoying the sun. We purchased a soda package for $6/day and got a souvenir mug. Our luggage was delivered to our room by 4pm and we changed and headed for the moonlight dining room. Our waiter

was very friendly and the food was good, a little bland, but much better then anything we have tasted on our many trips to an all-inclusive. The cruise director, Ricky, is hilarious and the entertainer that night was a standup comic who was very funny. Nassau was great and we shopped the Straw Market early so it wasn't too hot. We got got nice souvenirs and went back to the ship for lunch. The Windjammer buffet offers excellent food and plenty of seating. We rented a scooter to tour Nassau in pm and it was great. The Atlantis resort is worth the detour. That evening we skipped the Captains' dinner and ate at Johnny Rockets. It was one of the best burgers I've ever had! We toured the ship that night and went to the show which was ok. We ordered room service for breakfast the next day(which was good) and went to the gym. The gym is nice and the view is awesome. As the ship cannot dock in CocoCay we had to be taken by tenders. The line seemed scary going up two stories but once a boat arrived it cleared up quickly, as it can fit around 400 people. The island is beautiful. We snorkeled (we had to rent a vest as the waves were strong) and saw nice fish ans starfish. The food was included on the island and consisted of a bbq style lunch with burgers, hot dogs, ribs, corn, wings, etc. That evening we participated in a game called the Quest. The game is for adults only and you MUST attend...it is the funniest thing ever! Throughout the week we took many of the dance classes offered and had a blast at the Boleros Lounge. Key West was beautiful and we explored the city on foot. Our last dinner was good and the show was excellent. We did not book excursions at any of the ports, we just explored on our own and had a blast. The ship was very clean, our room( inside room deck 2) was well kept and big enough, as we only slept and napped there. Our only comlpaint was that we could never get in the hot tubs because they were always full of kids and the rules were not applied. Other than that our vacation on the Majesty was phenomenal and we will definitely cruise again with RCL. Very good, especially at Johnny Rockets and the Windjammer Cafe. Super clean thanks to our stateroom attendant Frankie. A wide variety and very entertaining. The belly flop contest was very funny, as well as the Quest and the name that movie tune trivia. Do go to the Atlantis resort.

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Mar 26, 2009

Bahamas

This was the first cruise for my girlfriend and I. We had so much fun! Based on value, you can't loose when you go on a cruise! We booked only a 2 months before we actually went, but everything went so smooth with embarkation, it was like we had been booked for a year! they were fast and friendly. We are trying carnival this December to see which we like better, but even if carnival is better, it wont stop me from taking another RCL cruise!

Everything was great! Breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. Unbelieveable portions and all you could eat, even if you were at dinner. They were fine with you ordering two entrees. Everyone at our table ordered two appatizers and two desserts each night because we couldn't decide which we would like the best...and there was no extra cost It was small, but unbeliveably comfortable. We were on the bottom floor and in the center of the ship. we were also in a hallway that connected the two long hallways... it was impossible to even tell that there were people on either side of us! We knew there were because on the last day their luggage was in the hall waiting to be disembarked. It was quiet and cozy, and we couldnt fell much rocking...only on one night, but there were really rough seas. We had a blast, however we noticed any time we were in port next to a Carnival ship there was a much bigger party going on. We didnt mind, because it was a relaxing getaway for us, but we still want to see what kind of a party Carnival offers, so we are going on one in December, as a said before. There was a lot to do...impossible to make it to everything! Make sure you check out the "adult quest" show late at night, definitely a fun time and we met some really nice people there! The best way to enjoy your cruise is to participate We went on the underwater sub adventure at stewarts cove in Nassau. It was a long (5 hour) excursion! And reasonably priced! We got to go in indevidual "subs" that were like a underwater scooter and snorkel and take a nice relaxing boat ride! At Coco Cay we did the jet ski's the instructer was nice and fun and very helpful. I recommend both excursions! we didnt do anything in key west. We wanted to relax! This was a Christmas gift to each other. It also doubled as out 5 year anniversary of dating. Our service was amazing and even though we are young (and look younger), the staff treated with the utmost respect. Our waiter - Yasin, was amazing. I wish I could have given him more of a gratuity. I gave him more than was expected, but he deserved a lot more. Our cabin steward - was great too. Left us alone, always yes Sir, yes Miss, polite and descrete. I felt safe knowing he was taking care of our room. We also gave him more than was expected, and he too deserved more than what we gave him! We didn't drink much, but enjoyed the service the bartenders gave us. Ricky - the cruise director - was funny, friendly and entertaining. To be honest, I am concerned that I will never get the same service I recieved from the staff on the majesty, but I am willing to give it a shot! I highly recomend RCL and the Majesty to anyone. Great for couples too. There weren't many kids, but we went in November so I am sure that most kids were in school.

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Mar 16, 2009

Miami-CocoCay-Nassau-Miami

The ship was refurbished a couple of years ago I believe so I was expecting everything to be immaculate. One of the two pools was drained the first day we arrived, but they did fill it up that night. There was some rust around some nails that support the pools. I found this somewhat strange since the ship was just refurbished. I really was not very impressed with the pool area of the ship. I wanted a resort style pool, but maybe that was too much

to ask for on a cruise ship. Everything else was really nice. You can just tell this is an older ship, but not in a bad way. Service was great no matter where we went. Everyone was friendly and willing to get you whatever you needed. The food on this ship is GREAT! I will admit that the scrambled eggs do taste kind of funny, but everything else in the Windjammer Cafe is pretty good. The dining room is what I was completely surprised about. The food was amazing. The first night was a casual night and I ordered chicken marsala which was great. My boyfriend ordered tiger shrip with asparagus and rice and he loved it. The second night was formal night and we both ordered the filet of beef with mashed potatoes. This is different than an actual "filet." This is more like prime rib and an actual fillet is an extra $14.95. This was equally as good though. We went to Johnny Rockets the last night of the cruise and it was GREAT, fattening, but great. I had the chicken club sandwich and my boyfriend had a chili cheese dog and a cheeseburger. He couldn't stop talking about how good the cheeseburger was. Drinks are an extra $1.95 and shakes are an extra $5.00. It was $3.95 to get in. The food in the Windjammer Cafe is not great but it is good. Make sure you eat at the dining rooms for dinner because that is where you really get all of the really good food. I also know everyone wonders about the drink prices and I definitely made a mental note so I could tell everyone...I think it will be somewhat helpful to know what you are getting yourselves into. Can of Coors Light = $3.95 (not too bad at all) Bottles of wine at dinner range from $23-36 (again, not too bad) A 16 oz bottle (the aluminum ones) of Bud Light is $4.95 A Margarita is $8.95 Mixed drinks (i.e. cranberry and vodka) are about $7.00 Hope this helps... We stayed in an inside cabin, the smallest you can get. The staterooms are small but not bad AT ALL, completely do-able for a cruise. We even relaxed in our room the last day/night of the cruise and were very comfortable. The bedding is great! Very comfortable and squishy. I had no problem sleeping any of the nights. The bathroom is small, as expected, but once again, completely do-able for a cruise. You are never in your room anyways so who cares. The room steward makes the bed and leaves fresh towels twice a day which is a really nice touch. It's great to walk into your room and have everything fresh and clean. The water bottles (evian) in the room are $3.95 so just order room service and ask for 4 glasses of water which they will bring to you for free. And it's good water, not the water you drink in Mexico. Make sure you order room service to your room. We didn't and wished we would have. It's just so great that it's all free and you can order as much as you want. The onboard activities were REALLY fun. The comedian the first night was HILARIOUS and I usually think stand up comedy is pretty pathetic. After that, we went to the 70's party which was equally as funny. People are dancing and having a great time. Deck 11, the pool deck, always has fun stuff to do day and night. Ricky, the cruise director is awesome and is so fun to watch. He does a great job with all the activities on board and he is really funny. The second night we went to the karoke session in one of the lounges. This was entertaining, as you can imagine. After that, we went to the Love and Marriage Game Show which we actually got chosen to be on!! That was pretty exciting. It's really funny and Ricky, the cruise director, asks really embarrassing questions that keeps the audience laughing the whole time. We just hung out in our room the last night, so I'm not sure what went on. We didn't participate in any excursions because we just wanted to relax and do our own thing. The parasailing looked like so much fun though at CocoCay. CocoCay is really nice and relaxing. There are beach chairs everywhere so don't worry about not finding a seat. The lunch was pretty good. I just had a cheeseburger but I liked it a lot. Nassau was interesting. The straw market was somewhat disappointing. There are only about 6 shops and they aren't very good. I would definitely suggest paying $16.00 for a taxi and go to Atlantis. It's really pretty and the structures that make up the building are amazing. Overall, we had a blast on this cruise line. I would probably choose a litte bit newer ship next time, but this ship was nice for its age. It was also really cheap for us to go on this cruise where the newer ones are about $100-$300 more expensive. So for the price, this cruise was great. Everything from the food to the service to the staterooms. I loved it!!

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Mar 19, 2008

3 Day Bahamas

WHY A THREE-DAY CRUISE? By John & Phyllis Kidwell A weekend cruise in November can do wonders for "cruise fever". We spent a wonderful three days on the Majesty of the Seas the weekend before Election Day. What a great way to get away from the political ads and media mania! A mid-afternoon arrival at Miami International Airport was great, in that there were no crowds and the RCCL Representative met us and only a

few other passengers. We were led directly to the bus as Royal Caribbean took care of claiming our luggage. For those of you who loathe the "multi-switchback-snakes-back-and-forth-forever" embarkation line, we strongly recommend arriving at the pier after 3:00 PM. No line! We boarded and soon found, to our surprise, that we had been upgraded from a category F guarantee to a Category C Superior Ocean View with a balcony! After the lifeboat drill, while we unpacked, we found all kinds of neat little extras in cabin 1584. A handy refrigerator tucked under the television, a safe in the closet that you program with your own code and a bottle opener in the bathroom by the tub for the ale we just brought back from the Schooner Bar. There was plenty of closet and drawer space and a nice vanity for the lady. The ship is fairly easy to get around, even though only the amidships bank of elevators traverse all decks. The Centrum is a multi-deck free flowing hub containing entrances to both dining rooms, a bevy of boutiques, the purser and shore excursion desks, casino and photo gallery. A note about the boutiques and shops: There is a tuxedo and ladies formal wear rental shop, logo sportswear shop and the usual fragrance, jewelry and expensive figurine shops. On several occasions during the cruise a flea market style bazaar was set up in the Centrum offering everything from watches to duty free liquor. We bought two liters of Swedish Vodka on the first night out and they boxed it and allowed us to take it back to our cabins. On the ships we have sailed before you could buy the liquor but they would hold it until the last day before debarkation. We don't know if this is a new trend or something that Royal Caribbean does all the time. While we're on the cocktail subject, we'll critique the three main cocktail lounges. Of course, we rate the Viking Crown Lounge "highest" for more reasons than just elevation. The service here was friendly and fast and the twelve to fifteen variations on the martini were inventive. We especially liked the choice between the regular size and the jumbo ten-and-a-half ounce! We can't understand why, but this lounge was never crowded during the early evening cocktail hour. While the Viking Crown is best for a martini at sunset, the Schooner Bar with Al Escobar at the piano is much more suited to an after dinner aperitif and sing along till you drop. You must sit at the piano bar to fully appreciate Al and his "20 piece (portable) orchestra". Believe us, Jimmy Durante never sounded so good! The last is a very quiet and cozy space at the top of the Centrum. The Touch of Class Champagne Bar offers the acceptable champagne we had last New Years, to the Dom Pérignon, which we may never have. A good selection of wines is available here as well. Choose this spot when you want a quiet place to get close and whisper sweet nothings into your lover's ear. It is hard to give a fair appraisal of the cuisine aboard the Majesty of the Seas on a three-day cruise. We booked this cruise only two weeks prior to departure so were not surprised when assigned to the Main Seating. Since we boarded late, we decided not to rush to dinner on Friday evening. Instead, we enjoyed a libation in the Viking Crown and dined in the Windjammer Restaurant. The Windjammer is the open and airy Lido dining choice during the day but in the evenings they bring out the white table cloths and serve the same cuisine that is served in the main dining rooms until 9:00pm. Friday night was "Italian night" and we were almost lonely at our next-to-the-window table for two. The salad bar offered several pasta salads and very nice Minestrone soup. Servings of fettuccini or vermicelli were tossed in a skillet at a hot pasta station where you could choose a variety of condiments and sauces. We felt the breakfast served in the Mikado Dining Room was far superior to the cafeteria fare of the Windjammer. We really didn't think those cafeteria scrambled eggs were related to a chicken, but the Windjammer did attract the larger crowds so it must have been pleasing to many. The outstanding mid-day meal was the barbeque buffet served on Royal Caribbean's private island, CocoCay. The food was wonderful. The only down side here were the long and very slow lines. Either get in line early or loll around until everyone else is full. Or do as we did and send one to stand in the line while the other guards his or her seat at the bar. (Phyllis was in line - John was at the bar). On a three-day cruise, the ports-of-call are really not the most important attractions. We tend not to go with the ship sponsored shore excursions, opting instead to strike out on our own to see if we can find something unique. Such was the case at Nassau. We had a late breakfast and avoided the rush to go ashore until around 11:00am. Walking through the crowded streets near the pier we slowly worked our way out of the crowds into the business district. We found several photo opportunities, as Nassau is very picturesque. Our wanderings led us to Frederick St. where we found the Maritime House, an office complex that lends space to The Brussels Brasserie. This is one of those small French bistros that only offer a few small tables. Owner, Chef Renaud Hendrickx, is the sole conductor and musician in his kitchen. We opted for the curried chicken salad on fresh baked bread and Scottish smoked salmon. After lunch, Chef Hendrickx insisted that we visit his breadbasket to put our noses in his fresh baked six-grain bread, fresh from the oven. Chef Hendrickx, we will return. We got back to the ship for the mandatory Saturday afternoon nap. We really can't judge the showroom entertainment aboard because we weren't able to tear ourselves away from Al Escobar's piano. However, we did speak with other passengers that enjoyed the venues. We enjoyed dancing at the Captain's Gala on Saturday night. Held after the main seating, but before the late seating, the whole ship is in attendance. It really wasn't that crowded and the free drinks were readily available. Of the nine cruises that we have experienced, two of them were three-day itineraries. These two cruises, one on Carnival's Fantasy and this one on Majesty of the Seas, are as memorable, if not more so, than the other weeklong itineraries. This may be because we booked them in a cavalier, "why not two weeks from now?" manner or maybe the shorter cruise urges us to magnify the moments. We are going to do it again……...spontaneously! "We do not remember days, we remember moments." - Cesare Pavese.

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Mar 19, 2008

Miami-Nassau-CocoCay-Miami

Judy Franklin This was our first experience cruising – it won’t be our last. We took the three-night Majesty of the Seas cruise to Nassau and CocoCay, RCCL’s private island. From start to finish, it was a wonderful experience, with little about which to complain. Air/sea through RCCL was not really a bargain since Southwest Airlines is a predominant carrier in our home city, so we booked cruise only, our

own air on Southwest, and got the RCCL transfers. There were at least 4 RCCL employees waiting for us when we arrived in Fort Lauderdale, and after we went down to baggage claim to put our Majesty tags on our suitcases, we were on the bus and on the way to Miami. The transfer took 30-45 minutes to arrive at the Port of Miami. Check-in was fairly quick and straightforward, and we were on the ship about an hour and a half after we landed. The cabin was nice – smallish, but well thought out – lots of built-in shelves and drawers, a good-sized closet with hanging rods for both long and short items (the hangers are those dreadful anti-theft ones, but there were lots of them, on both rods) and a safe with a guest-programmed combination, and a corner ‘sofa’ unit with, we discovered, a lift-up lid to a storage compartment underneath – very handy as a dirty-clothes hamper. We booked Category D, larger ocean view, on Deck 9, so we looked over the lifeboats but had a lovely unobstructed view of the outside world. The bathroom was pretty small but again, had adequate shelf space both outside of the shower unit and in it. Water pressure was good and the hot water was hot, both very important! The public facilities are quite varied and well-appointed. The Windjammer Café on the Pool Deck served buffet lunch on departure day, so one gets right into the swing of things. The Viking Lounge, the highest level of the ship aft, has an incredible view and we watched our departure from Miami from there. The Schooner Bar has lots of big picture windows and is a good place to have a drink and watch the ocean go by. The Centrum has plenty to keep one entertained and informed – Purser’s desk, shore excursion desk, shops, beauty salon, etc etc. We only walked by the library, but it looked very inviting in a men’s club sort of way – lots of big leather sofas. The computer area had a good number of what appeared to be quite new computers, and 50¢ a minute, while by no means cheap, is a lot more reasonable than the $2.00/minute I read in another review of the ship! We live in a high-tax state, so the drink prices weren’t terribly out of line with what we’re used to. The dining rooms are nicely decorated, large, and adequately staffed – I think our waiter in the Mikado had two tables of 8 and two of 6 to take care of. The food was good – not spectacular, but solidly good. The dining-room menus were varied enough so that even a picky eater could find something each night, and everything was presented attractively. The wait staff was very good – obviously, the better they are, the better their tips, but it didn’t appear forced, at least not from our waiter and assistant waiter. Four of our table of 8 had little to no English, but there were Spanish-language menus available and our waiter (Indian) and assistant (Filipina) had enough Spanish to be able to communicate. Open-seating lunch in the Mayfair dining room also worked well. The Windjammer has a buffet (i.e., a cafeteria line) for breakfast, lunch (until 5pm, very handy for an afternoon snack as well), and dinner. Cruise director Richard Spacey has more energy than should be allowed – he was great fun and all the cruise staff appeared to be very attentive to the guests. There is a great variety of nightly entertainment, and now I’m sorry we missed the first two nights’ shows. Majesty Quest (a scavenger hunt of sorts) on the last night was side-splittingly funny. The ‘On Your Toes’ discotheque played a good variety of dance music, and my concerns about being on the same deck as a disco were completely unwarranted – you couldn’t tell at all. The Captain, Tor Bohn, seems like a very nice and patient guy, which he needs to be if he’s meeting 5000 new people a week! The shore excursions were a good mix for both Nassau and CocoCay, there was something for everyone if they wanted it. The Nassau tour was as interesting as it can be for a place with really no dramatic history, although the fact that at both Fort Fincastle and Fort Charlotte the driver handed you over to a ‘courtesy guide’ for that location who was unpaid and guided for tips (from the tour members) was a little unfair, considering the price one paid for the tour. The Historic Harbour Cruise and Discover Atlantis was fairly interesting, but the Atlantis guide was a parody of a tour guide – walk fast, talk fast, and hope the group gets something out of it but too bad if they don’t. Atlantis, incidentally, exceeds all definitions of gross excess. Bay Street in Nassau is a good place to shop if you are in the market for jewelry, we bought a pair of good watches and when I checked prices when I got home, we had in fact gotten an excellent deal. CocoCay offers a variety of water sports (snorkeling, jet-skis, parasailing, banana boat rides) as well as lots of beach space and chairs in which to hang out and catch some rays. Lunch was a buffet barbecue (hot dogs, burgers, ribs - I was interested to note that neither the cole slaw nor the potato salad had mayonnaise - they try not to give you food poisoning). On the whole, the staff were attentive and responsive, but I do have one complaint: unless they were trying to sell you a drink on the pool deck, generally the staff did not speak unless spoken to. Maybe I’m being too picky, but I briefly worked at a 4-star hotel where it was required for all employees to acknowledge any guest who came with in a certain distance of the employee and made eye contact. It certainly is more pleasant to at least be acknowledged by the bellmen and engineering staff, etc, rather than stared at like they wish you would go away. If the whole crew is there to serve the guests, then they should all be pleasant to the guests. That minor gripe aside, we felt like we got a lot of bang for our buck – much more so than the trip we took to Cancun two years ago. The accommodations were fine, the food was fine, the other passengers seemed like a good bunch (our table mates were fun, and I was amazed at the age range on board - newborn to 90) and the shore excursion options were plentiful and varied. We had thought about an Alaska cruise a couple of years ago, and were looking upon this as a test to see if we could stand being on a ship for a week. It seems that we can, and we’ve got the Alaska brochure to start planning for next summer!

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By Sam_CR

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Oct 14, 2007

Bahamas

Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Sam We got an excellent price on this cruise and had a good time, so overall we were satisfied with the experience. Existing reviews seem to cover it pretty well, but I can add a few comments. On the positive side, the stateroom was small but entirely adequate, and the bed was very comfortable. The shower was nice and hot with plenty of pressure. The worst feature

was the ice bucket, which held only enough for about three drinks. As a result, we were constantly traveling between deck 3 and deck 11 to get more. Dinner in the dining rooms was fine, with very good service. But reviewers who claim that the Windjammer buffet has the same food are only partially correct. On night one, we had prime rib in the Starlight dining room. The Windjammer had minute steak. Some of the food is the same, but the best entrees are not available at the buffet. If you eat there, look around. The minute steak was tough and overcooked (we tried it on day 4), but the steak on a stick from the oriental counter was much better. Breakfast in the Windjammer is OK if you get the custom-made omelets or eggs, but the rest is on par with a college dorm cafeteria. The biscuits are awful, the gravy is watery and tasteless, and the sausages are the worst I have ever had. They didn't even taste like meat; sort of like a tofu-lard mixture stuffed into a casing. For lunch, we just grabbed pizza from Sorrento's. It's made continuously pretty much all day and all night. It's good enough, but the crust is mass-produced and doesn't rise much, so what you get is basically like a supermarket frozen pizza (better than Totino's and worse than DiGiorno's). You may or may not get away with bringing your own liquor aboard. In my opinion, it's definitely worth a try. For obvious reasons, I won't detail any of the successful methods of disguising your stash of alcohol, but keep in mind that x-rays are not good at detecting plastic. If you bring your own, I advise boarding as late as possible, when there is less time to inspect the incoming baggage. On board, a "double" (yeah, right) vodka will run you $12.65. I paid about $5.50 for a Red Stripe beer. Your bar tab can easily exceed the base cost of the cruise. Note that if you buy liquor from the duty-free store on the last night, you can take it back to your room with you. Customs says you can take only one bottle and one carton of cigarettes without paying tax, but they didn't check. Load up your suitcase. Bottled water runs about $2.00. You are not allowed to refill water bottles from the ice/water machines, and the staff will stop you if you try. They claim this is for sanitary reasons. Ho, ho. But you can fill as many water glasses as you want, carry them to the pool area, and refill your water bottles there. It's a hassle, but better than paying for something that is otherwise free. Coco Cay is a tiny little thing. If you're from up north, maybe you'll like it. Being from Florida, we weren't impressed. We live 10 minutes from nicer beaches. The barbecue was not bad, not great. Obviously machine-made frozen burger patties, but they tasted OK. Ribs were too fat (baked in their own grease), and the chicken was dark meat only. But the fruit and side dishes were good. Note that the barbeque closes at 1:00, though, so get there by noon. Live entertainment was iffy. The 70's music review was mostly lame R&B. We skipped the juggler. At poolside, they played the same tape loop over and over, so we heard the same tunes at least four times. The band played reggae-style stuff, so it all sounded the same. As I said, we had a good time for not much money, but I don't think we'll go Royal Caribbean again. From what I've heard, Carnival is better if you want more of a party atmosphere, and Holland and others are more luxurious. Royal is somewhere in between, which is not the best place to be.

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Aug 19, 2007

Bahamas

Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Christi Engle My husband and I went on this cruise (our first) for our 10th wedding anniversary. It was a great experience overall. We booked about a year in advance and I had tons of time to study up and read reviews, etc. We flew down a day early (Sunday) to Miami and stayed at La Quinta--I got the room for $50. from www.Priceline.com. The hotel was adequate.

Not great, not horrible, but adequate for one night prior to the cruise. I would highly recommend going a day early in case your flight is delayed or you choose to get bumped--no worries getting to the port on time. We arrived at the Port around 12:40 or so and were on the ship within about a half hour. The line wasn't long and moved quickly. We boarded the ship and went to our state rooms--our luggage was ready in a timely manner, but I heard others who arrived later complaining that it was taking too long to get luggage. (The cruise line tells you it could be as late as 7:30 p.m. until all your luggage arrives). The staterooms were SMALL (there was no room around the bed on three sides) but adequate and comfortable. We had a bottom-of-the-line inside cabin (#2623) and it was on a corner. We heard absolutely NO noise from neighboring cabins. The ship was recently dry-docked so everything was updated and it looked very clean. The crew on cruise ships work really hard to make it a comfortable experience for you. We didn't see much of our stateroom steward but when we did, he was friendly and took great care of our room. The food was great. My husband and I didn't have anything we didn't love, except the steak I had. It was cooked to perfection, but was still tough. Other than that, all food was great. We sat at a table with 2 other couples and had late (8:30 p.m.) seating. We usually left the dining room around 10 p.m. The waiters were very good, but our assistant waiter did most of the work and we tipped him accordingly. Speaking of tips, they gave us the option of leaving their suggested amounts on our Set Sail card (which gets charged to your credit card account), OR paying your people directly through envelopes, OR using the envelopes but dropping them off at the Guest Relations desk. I for one appreciated the options. Our port stops included Nassau Bahamas, Coco Cay, and Key West. I loved all three, but the Straw Market at Nassau was disappointing and hot and stinky as a recent poster described (see Nicole who sailed Majesty on Aug. 10th for an accurate description). Coco Kay was great, but I won't lie--PACK SOME BABY POWDER. CHAFE IS NO JOKE. My husband and I both had an issue with this and you'll want to bring your own powder instead of paying the $4 for the mini bottle that the cruise line charges. After being wet at Coco Kay (we Kayaked which was GREAT, then snorkeled, which wasn't), well....trust me on the baby powder thing. Anyway, snorkeling wasn't all I expected it to be--we only saw some fish, nothing exotic like I expected. Next time I will try snorkeling in Key West by the living coral reef. Overall, the cruise was awesome. Not too long, not too short (we left 5 and 7-year old sons at home) and I would do it again in a second. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at jbcyengle@mchsi.com. Bon Voyage!!

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Aug 19, 2007

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Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Jeff Krantz This is my second RCI cruise and frankly, I am impressed with the company because they know what they are doing. Boarding was superior. I managed to screw up and forget my passport at home and Ronald the manager at boarding figured out what I had to do to board the ship. He went out of his way. And magically, that was the attitude of the ship and

its staff. They all went out of their way. The ship just underwent a rebuild in February, and is IMMACULATE. It is a smaller ship and the rooms are smaller than I would like, but they are clean, new carpeting, brand new LCD screen T.V.'s and although I was disappointed in the size of my ocean view room, it was more than made up for with the service provided. The dining staff was very attentive and the food was excellent. Entertainment was spotty: the comic on the first night was good, but the second and fourth night productions shows were essentially "off of the strip" Vegas. Nothing spectacular, but just ok. Nassau is a great port of call: great shopping, BEAUTIFUL beaches, and a lovely island. It rained the day we were in Coco Cay so I cannot give a fair opinion. Key West was wonderful: Beautiful town, many many things to do. We will be back. In short, my cruise on Majesty was enjoyable, run by professionals and an example on how to provide value.

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Aug 9, 2007

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Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Nicole 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!

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Jul 14, 2007

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Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Shawna & Cameron Well, words and pictures can not really show everyone how much fun my husband and I really had, but I will try…. This was our first cruise and even though I did my research, I had no idea what to expect….. We flew into Ft Lauderdale on Sunday, rented a car and drove to Miami. It had been raining all week in Texas and also when we landed,

so I was really worried our trip was going to be ruined. The shuttle drops us off, we give our bags to the person there (tip them good and be friendly, they are the ones who make sure your bags get on the ship on time). We go check in, get our card and on the ship we go. They take your picture (which I hate when they do that, but we did it anyway and ended up buying the picture because we loved it.) Got on the ship, went to our Floor (9), looked at our room (which is small, but cute. It has everything you need (but an iron) and was perfect for us). We then went to the pool, got some drinks and hung out for about an hour. The ship started filling up. Floor 9 is perfect because the food is on 11 (buffet), main on 6-7 and gift shops on 5. I think we took the elevator only 3 times the whole week. Stairs are good…that means more cookies and drinks So, we then went back to our room and our bags were already there…..early. We changed into our bathing suit and went back on the deck. Had a few more drinks and just hung out…it was wonderful. So, at 4:30, we had to do the drill, which is mandatory, a little bit of a pain, but try to be one of the last people out there or you will be all the way in the back….very hot and crowed. We get done with that and went back to the room. I wasn’t feeling well all day and decided to lie down. Well, I ended up sleeping until 9pm, so dinner was already over. We ended up going to Johnny Rockets, which was perfect….Great food, great service and not crowded. We then went to bingo, walked around and headed back to the room. Day 2 – Bahamas = the ship was MOVING…(I put my patch on the back of my ear the night before), Cameron wanted to work out…I still wasn’t feeling well, so I read a magazine and just relaxed there. The workout area is wonderful. We went to the buffet for breakfast, which was great. Then went to get a water taxi over to the Atlantis for $6.00 round trip. Getting off the boat is a little hectic, but nice. You get over to the Bahamas Island/Hotel and it’s a lot of walking around. The food at the hotel is not worth it…Cost too much and wasn’t that good. Eat on the ship… we continue walking around and head back to the boat….at this point, it is very hot. Drink plenty of water. We started getting ready for Formal Night….I had my cocktail dress and Cameron had his tux. We went to the main dinner and met 2 wonderful young couples that ended up being a great part of our trip. We had a good time at dinner. We all then went to the Dance Show (which was lame), watched the Love & Marriage Game (FUNNY). Day 3 – Coco Cay = We eat at buffet, go to the island and just RELAX…NO Phones. NO Computers…just relax…Cameron went snorkeling; I laid out on a float and met a lady from my home town….small world. We ate on the island, walked around and headed back to the boat. We went back on the ship, hung out and went to dinner at the main hall. Great food. Walked around the ship and played Bingo again. Went to the main show, which was so funny…..It was the Motown, which we thought was going to be lame (That’s why our dinner mates didn’t go and they ended up missing out) and it was wonderful. Day 4 – Key West = we eat at the buffet and have to go to immigration and then go to the Rock Climbing wall (Which Cameron did it and loved it!!!!) before you get off the boat. Everyone has to do it. Try to be early so you can get in and out…We get off the ship, walk around the island, and wait for our “Wildlife Sanctuary Kayaking Experience”. Well, the lady was late and overall it was not good. We didn’t get to see anything, it was hotter than hot (but they tell you not to get into the water because of the jellyfish). We get done with our excursion and head back to the ship. Key West was pretty nice. We walked around, shopped, went to a bar and had a drink and headed back to the ship. We went to dinner (which was a good time), went to the show,, then walked around and hung out with our dinner mates, went and played the “Battle of the Sexes” Game, which was so much fun. We all played in it. So, that was our trip….It was a perfect week…..Our stateroom guy was amazing. He was there all the time, took care of our room twice a day, left a cute animal in our room each nice, very friendly…..everyone on the ship was great….very friendly (and we got around that boat like it was our own). We are defiantly going on another Royal Caribbean Cruise in the future… Also, I ordered the wine and chocolate covered strawberries when we arrived and they were perfect! The food everywhere was wonderful….so many choices, you should be able to find something.

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Mar 9, 2007

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Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Sky Please note, this cruise is after this ship's great renovation a month ago. so I got to be on one of the first few voyages this boat took after its renovations. Getting on the cruise was easy. Maybe that's because we got there early and had early check in. the lines were loose and we were almost immediately checked in upon arrival at the port. That meant

as soon as our room was ready, our luggage was there. The food is definitely the highest point of the cruise. The buffets at the Windjammer are great but the menu-style dinners are the starlight and moonlight rooms are incredibly good. the portions are not big at all but you're allowed to ask for as many as you like. if I had not been so full from an afternoon's barbecue buffet, I would've ordered the baked escargot and scallop risotto a couple more times. I'm talking about all you eat lobster bisque, lamb shank, angus steak, tiramisu, Baked Alaska, etc.etc.etc. The wine list is lacking but suitable for a value cruise. The room service is also lacking in items but still very satisfying for that late night snack after a night of dancing. There's no shortage of fitness and spa amenities. They have a 24 hr pool, basketball court, and ping pong tables, the spa and rock climbing wall are open most hours during the day. The staff is amazingly friendly. They make frontline service workers on land look bad. seriously, not even the best service representative I've met in Asia (where they're famed for service) can compare to the amazing service by the staff. One BIG note however, the highly trained staff is not only highly trained in customer service but also corporate liability. When I missed my paid, non-refundable on shore excursion that would've let me snorkeled with stingrays because i could not find the group gathering point off the boat, the first reaction I got from the employee I talked to was that she had been standing there since 8 am and that I was late. I told her I guess I walked past her checkpoint and asked if there's any way I can catch up. She checked her walkie talkie for the next 15 minutes and didn't really talk to us about anything. it was the coldest customer service on the trip. When i went back inside tot he guest relations table to see if I can get an exchange, catch up, or refund, the employee inside gave me the same lecture about the meeting point and times being stated when i bought the ticket. this lecture was the WORST display of customer service I've ever seen. When someone misses something they really wanted and paid a lot for, they don't want to hear you lecture them on why they missed it. I know they say it to protect against liability but really...eventually, we got it worked out and we got an exchange to go snrokeling at the coral reef instead. The end result was very good, but not creative at all, meaning they could have tried to arrange a future voucher or suggest trusted, individual on shore vendors. and the process to that result was horrible. But we can't let that isolated situation bog down the whole service experience too much. So I gave it a 4. The rest of the trip was great. The jet ski and parasailing at Coco Cay might be a little overpriced but were very fun and the guides for both are incredibly friendly and cheerful. there's nothing like a bright and humorous guide to make your vacation better. The alcohol is priced mid range. And there weren't that many open bar or promotional events. The shows are great. Very funny. and more, for the lazy vacationers who like to stay in the room, they can view the shows on TV, both recorded and live. There is a lack of TV channels though. you get 3-4 news channels (Fox, BBC, and one more?), 1 cartoon channel, maybe 2 soap/oldies channels, and then 5 channels playing the same movie in 5 different languages. pay per view would've been great. but the flat screens are all user friendly meaning you can plug your laptop in as a second monitor or bring a Play Station to plug in. Rooms were small but very comfortable and the bed is insanely cozy. The bathroom is small but if you're not 500 lbs, you should manage. Formal nights are great for pictures and the formal dance. I never went to prom so this was great. And somehow, our table's other guests never showed up, so we always had a large table to ourselves by the window, with a great view. Overall, this cruise experience was excellent. I would definitely go back. it's definitely not for the super rich, upper-aged class. I'd say this is better suited for anyone below that class that doesn't expect "way too much." sorry, no Foie Gras and Chateau Lafite on this cruise. Remember, the dinners are so good, don't miss out. Which means, don't get so drunk or full during the day that you can't have dinner! You'll be missing the best food and best service of the cruise!

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Mar 5, 2007

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Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Cari White We sailed the Majesty of the Seas after its "overhaul". I cannot say that I have gone on any other cruises in order for comparison, but we had an ABSOLUTELY fantastic vacation. We chose this cruise initially because of its short sailing distance. We weren't sure if we were going to like cruising, or if we would be sick. We wished we would have picked

a cruise that did have some sailing time because there was SO much to do on the ship and we didn't have near enough time to do everything we had wanted. The food was FANTASTIC! The only problem is I think we gained 10 lbs each. And the entertainment was great. We saw a comedian one night, who was surprisingly funny, and we attended the last night song and dance. Nicely done! Day 1 - Nassau This was a port of disappointment-though it had nothing to do with the cruise itself! The vendors are VERY pushy and everyone is pushing you everywhere when you get off the ship. After we took the water taxi to Paradise Island (which was only $3 per person) we walked around the Atlantis and found a public beach nearby, the rest of the afternoon was pleasant. That night we ate at the Windjammer Cafe, which had a selection beyond belief! We felt spoiled. And the staff was there to meet your every need. Day 2 - Coco Cay This was my favorite destination, although it was quite windy. We were the first group off the ship because we had booked kayaking in the a.m. The beautiful water and hammocks hanging between each tree make this location paradise!!! Kayaking was fun and our Royal Caribbean kayaking guide was SO much fun! He jumped out of his kayak quite often in order to show our group some ocean life, picking up star fish and such. We also tried snorkeling, which I did not like. The spot to snorkel was really rocky, and it wasn't for me. Day 3 - Key West Key West was wonderful. It was a lot less windy. We booked a sailing trip from a vendor on the corner. It made you really appreciate the helpful, but not pushy, American people :) We booked sailing on the Appledor for $39 per person for a 2 hour sail, which included beer and wine. It was very relaxing and a nice view of Key West. We did a little shopping, and headed back to the ship early to lounge by the pool. Overall, the ship and trip was FAR beyond my expectations. We loved it and are eager to book our next cruise and will DEFINITELY go Royal Caribbean. The staff treated us like royalty!

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Mar 5, 2007

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Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Lisa Singh I have been on this ship 4 times in the past, and Royal Caribbean has done a beautiful job refurbishing it. Majesty of the Seas was in dry dock for almost all of February 2007, and the time and effort to expand and freshen this ship shows. It no longer shows its 15 year age. Stateroom: The ocean view stateroom I was in seemed larger than the one in

the past. The beds were “real beds”, not couches that doubled as thin, uncomfortable beds in the past. The mattresses were thicker and so comfortable. The bed linens were beautiful white duvets with accents of green, topped with fluffy, thick pillows. The showers in the bathroom are still small (as in all ships), but the sinks appeared new with new tiling. Royal Caribbean added a lot of wood trim to the staterooms and hallways which give the ship an upscale appearance. All the carpets in the ship were brand new. Dining: The Windjammer buffet on Deck 11 was completely changed, for the better. It now offers all indoor seating, fashionable and comfortable tables and chairs for various group sizes, and the food is set out in different stations: Vegetarian, Asian, Italian, etc. There were never any long buffet lines. The food was tasty and creative…although some dishes were a little salty for my palate. The wait staff was also very friendly and helpful there, and everything was kept very clean. They have also added a Johnny Rockets and a Deli to Deck 12, and expanded the pizza area. There is a $3.95 per person cost to eat at Johnny Rockets…I believe this covers the tip for the staff, who well deserve it. Milkshakes and sodas cost extra, but you can have any and all food items and dessert items on the menu. The food tasted the same as the Johnny Rockets in Florida where I live. The entertainment provided by the wait staff and cooks were amazing….they worked very hard to please every passenger, and greeted you like an old friend. They would break out in a song and dance routine that had the passengers on their feet! They got a lot of business because they were open until 1am every night. The pizza area has all indoor seating, and is decorated in vibrant reds. The pizza was good….not like the hand tossed, thin crust pies that Princess makes, but it was still tasty and most importantly, open until 3am! Our group of eight people ate in the Starlight Dining room on Deck 4 twice. While the food was tasty and the service friendly, the menu wasn’t as dazzling as I’d had in the past…we actually preferred the creative foods in the Windjammer Buffet! They also had a midnight buffet on the pool deck as we departed Nassau…very festive with the music, ice carvings and displays. Unfortunately, I was too full from dinner to try any of the delicious looking food. Entertainment: Majesty puts on some GREAT dance shows. “Boogie Nights” and “Signed, sealed, delivered” showcased the great dance music of the 70’s and 80’s…both shows full of great dancing, costumes, and energy. There was also a Comedian and a juggler, which were okay. Activities: Since I went on Majesty’s Monday to Friday cruise, nearly every day involved a port. I was really pleased that we were able to go ashore to Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean’s private island. The food, sand and surf were wonderful. On previous cruises, the Captain cancelled Coco Cay due to weather, since passengers are tendered to the shore. A crew member told us that if the wind is blowing in a direction that can force the tenders into the rocks around the island, they have to cancel. Although the water was a bit rough, the winds were in our favor and we were able to tender without difficulty. If you don’t do an excursion or go ashore, there are very few activities to keep you busy on board. But the pools are usually empty! My mother and I were the only ones who showed up for trivia during one port day…winners by default! This cruise had about 900 spring breakers; however the pool always had room. There are only 2 hot tubs, and they were always full. Ports: I’ve been to Nassau and Key West many times. For the first time, however, I went to Paradise Island in Nassau. I recommend taking the water taxi round trip (it costs $3 one way/$6 round trip per person….regular taxi costs $5 one way)…it’s a beautiful view and ride. We walked to the Atlantis Resort (7 minutes)….at $400 a room per night, this is not a hotel I can afford to stay in. BUT, walking around the grounds is FREE…you can check out the shops, the restaurants, casino and the amazing Aquarium. There is a portion that is free, and another portion that costs around $25 for a guided tour. Skip the tour…just hang out in the free part; you’ll see all the same sea life! All in all….it was a great cruise, great crew, and great entertainment. I had family with me who varied in age from 35 to 75 and all found something they liked…no disappointments. The ship took extra precautions with security due to the large volume of young people. Everything was well controlled and quiet (at least what we experienced!).

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Feb 12, 2007

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Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Audrey Cruising was never something I truly had an interest in, but it was a suggestion made by my boyfriend for the week we had off. 4 nights seemed just right for me. I've never cruised before and this site was especially helpful in helping a first-time cruiser such as myself anticipate what was going to happen; it is probably the best way to prepare before

getting onto your own cruise! As it was February, I didn't know just how warm the weather was going to be... After checking local weather listings over the weeks, the majority of what I packed was summer wear: shorts, shirts, bathing suits... but the BEST thing you can do for yourself is to bring a sweater or two if not for the cooler nighttime breeze, or the cooler air on open waters then for the air conditioning inside the ship! Also, make sure that you've got all necessary documents (get your Set Sail pass online before leaving home!) for travel--depending on your cruise, they will list which ones you will need for your trip on the RCL website. We arrived in Miami the night before **this is RECOMMENDED just in case anything should happen (i.e. flight delays) and you miss the cruise** We stayed at an airport hotel and learned that most hotels around the airport have a shuttle service to the Port of Miami at least once a day, at around 1PM which we found to be PERFECT for the cruise leaving at 5. Actually boarding the boat was a little bit tedious--it was a long lineup, but it went relatively quickly considering just how many people there were. After dropping off your bags, the first line up is to check that you have all necessary documents, which leads into the next line up of getting your Sail Pass card, which is the only form of payment accepted on board and at some ports of call. They will take a credit card number to link to your card, and all purchases made with your Sail Pass card will immediately be charged to your credit card--you will receive the bill at the end of your trip. **BE CAREFUL! We were warned many times that with the Sail Pass card, it's easy to lose track of expenses, and it's true! KEEP ALL RECEIPTS until you receive your final bill!!! IN ADDITION, your Sea Pass card will be your EVERYTHING--your key to your room, your ID on and off the ship, so it is IMPORTANT to keep it on you at all times!** The next couple of line ups are for x-ray screening prior to boarding and then another line up to have your picture taken before boarding the ship. Though it's NOT necessary to have your picture taken, I really liked the way ours turned out... **Professional pictures will be taken at most ports of call and most nights during the cruise. Each night, all pictures taken will be posted for sale for around $19.95/per photo... some were cheaper** The whole process takes about 1.5-2 hours. We were fortunate to get the Majesty just out of dry dock, although because I had not seen it prior I didn't notice any changes. We had enough time to go to our room and drop off all the stuff we still had with us and noticed that our other luggage had not yet arrived to our rooms. We learned that the crew has up until about 8PM to get bags to the rooms, so be patient and don't panic! We went up to the Windjammer for lunch--and it is a FANTASTIC place to grab a bite! They have a great selection of food! One of the things we noticed almost IMMEDIATELY is how FRIENDLY the crew is--not just people who deal directly with you, but EVERYONE! Anyone who is a crew member--wait staff, room attendants, captains--will greet you upon passing, ask how you are doing and make sure that you're attended to. Since we had chosen the main seating for dinner (which was only about 2 hours away) we decided not to eat too much, and went back to our rooms to wait for the muster drill. **The MUSTER DRILL is MANDATORY... you will find your MUSTER STATIONS on your closet door/back of your room door, to which you will have to report with your life jacket ON at the time of the drill** About a half an hour before departure, the crew will conduct this drill... at this point, all hallways and staircases will become incredibly crowded with the entire ship trying to make their way to their stations. Once you arrive, the crew takes attendance and you stand in a group within your stations, until everyone is accounted for--this is a little tedious and takes about 45minutes of just standing around, waiting for everyone to show up. Oh, before I forget... **FORGET USING THE ELEVATORS, ESPECIALLY on the first night when bags are still coming up. There are 8 elevators that are constantly being used and we found most of the time it was easier just to suck it up and take the stairs because the elevators were often crowded. The BEST time to use the elevators are when the ship is at a port of call and most of the passengers are out and about** Choosing the main dinner worked out well for us. Our wait staff was INCREDIBLY nice and always made sure that we were taken care of. Our waiter always made recommendations with the food (each night being themed) as well as advised us what was worth doing/seeing at the next port of call. Although it is not mentioned, you're free to ask for second servings of anything on the menu! We heard some other guests throughout the cruise saying that the selection at the Windjammer for dinner was pretty good too, if being waited on isn't your thing. At first we were afraid that choosing such an early dinner would hinder any plans we may have had for each port of call, but you were typically back on the ship by 4-5PM anyway. Also for the FORMAL NIGHT, make sure you bring something nice to wear. They let you in regardless, but it's really something to see everyone so dressed up. On this night in particular, the line ups to have your pictures taken were a little bit longer than usual... **When BOOKING an EXCURSION, it is best to do this on the FIRST night as the excursions tend to fill up... at the Excursions desk on the main level, there will be a flyer with activities for each port of call along with prices... these trips range anywhere between $30/ea-$180/ea for things like glass bottom boat tours, dolphin encounters or parasailing...** We tried to choose excursions that were relatively inexpensive, but would also allow us to see each port in a different way so we chose the Yellowbird Boat Tour for about $30/ea for Nassau and the $34/ea Kayak Tour for Coco Cay, but nothing for Key West as we decided that might be a good place to explore ourselves. The Cruise Compass, a daily newsletter delivered to your room each night, is a first-time cruiser's best friend. It'll describe each port of call, the various activities that can be done at each port as well as events happening on board throughout the day. As dinner lasted about 6-730PM and the live shows (which my boyfriend and I LOVE) didn't start until around 9-10PM, the little gap gave us time to explore the ship, relax, or hang out in the casino but not too much time that we were bored. It was BEAUTIFUL when we arrived in Nassau but since our boat tour didn't start until the afternoon, we took the time to walk around the surrounding area of the Port. We stopped by the Straw Market, but it only takes an aisle or two to realize that they're all selling the same things and since the aisles are incredibly narrow and hard to walk down, we left to walk around a little further. From there we bought hot sauce and rum cakes, which seemed like the perfect things to bring back. The beginning of the boat tour was breathtaking but as we neared the beach we were supposed to stop at, the rain came down in sheets. Instead of a half hour on the beach, we all remained on the boat... this would seem like a downer except the band kept playing and the rum kept coming, which kept everyone in high spirits. This made us a little weary for our next port, but we woke up to sunny skies! As the port in Coco Cay was too small for the Majesty, they had little boats take us there... getting on the boat from the Majesty was an adventure in itself. The waters were a little rough, which kept both the boat and the bridge from the ship to the boat rocking--not for someone with a weak stomach! Coco Cay (Little Stirrup Cay) is owned by RCL, so the island was entirely ours! We were disappointed to find out that our kayak trip had been cancelled due to choppy waters (which we'd been informed about before we made it all the way to the kayak station) and spontaneously decided to take a wave runner instead. Although it was a little more expensive, it was entirely worth it--TONS of fun! There was also a mini straw market where the boats come in. On this night, we received envelopes in our room asking if we wanted to pre-pay our gratuities. Now this was something I'd been worrying about since before the trip, not knowing what was enough but the form simply asks you if you want the gratuities charged automatically to your Sea Pass card and the following night, you'd receive individual envelopes/coupons with the gratuities for everyone necessary... this made life a lot easier! We had nothing planned for Key West, so we simply walked around--which wasn't a bad idea in the least. There were lots of trollies to take people on a tour, and TONS of stands for people to rent scooters and bikes which also looked like a lot of fun. We walked along the harbor and then back into the city and along their main road (which our server had recommended the night before) to do some shopping... next time around, I would probably take a scooter or a bike though. I would definitely cruise with them again... the service was nothing short of fantastic, I was consistently entertained and the atmosphere was so much fun!

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Nov 24, 2006

Bahamas

Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Mario This was just a 'getaway' cruise for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We spend 11-23-2006 in Miami Beach. (Stayed overnight at the Miami Suites on 13th and Collins for $84.00 a night- a great bargain indeed. Temps in Miami 72 Degrees F.(20 Degrees C. Perhaps my partner and self (he brought his parents along too) are way beyond the three-night-er, but this was

below expectations. Pros: Boarding experience was good and fast. Food was excellent as always especially the dinners (they did away with the demeaning dances the waiters and wait staff had to do post dinner. The wait staff made a point of remembering your FIRST name (whether or not you want to be addressed as such - perhaps asking how one would want to be addressed would be preferable). Shows and cruise director were to expectations. Cons: Bar staff and waiters in deck and in lounge halls were WAY too aggressive and I mean that. In 15 minutes at the disco, no fewer than 6 approached me. This is ridiculous!! The hallways on many decks smelt of sewage...for want of a better word. Many of the public restrooms smelt of urine. The ship is in need of a MAJOR overhaul....and apparently this will be done early next year. It is in ok shape but showing her years. (Built in 1992). Midnight buffet (yeah, why do they have those things??), was ok. You can see a definite scaling back of personnel and services/goods on these ships. The cabin attendant was not seen from which was unusual as they usually come and introduce themselves Overall, as a first time cruise it's ok.

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Nov 10, 2006

Bahamas

Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Cheryl My 49th birthday present was a four day cruise with my husband, Tom. We chose RCCL on the advice of our travel agent and it was the best move ever. Day 1 - Boarding was easy, knowledgeable registration staff, quick picture (which we bought) and then boarding a great ship. We were first treated to a buffet luncheon at the Windjammer. Since we were in the

off-season we splurged on an outside cabin with a picture window! It was so neat watching the our ship pull into port and see the other lights of cruise ships at night! The afternoon was a pool party with the cruise director and this was just fun! Adult karaoke in the lounge at night and then dancing to the lounge band, ITS, and then the adult disco! It was like college years all over again!! Day 2 - Coco Cay - They brought the cruise ship to their private island. It was just wonderful doing nothing! I finally got a chance to read, sun bathe, tour the island and just float in the bluest water on earth! Just chat with fellow passengers, eat a great BBQ and relax. We did eat in the main dining room that night. Really great food, fun tablemates and an attentive wait staff. Make sure you talk to Chez. She is the Discover shopping guru for Nassau. You tell her what you want, she gives you a signed card and tells you were to shop. My present to me was a hook bracelet and what a deal! We spent the night at the Johnny Thunder show. He was an original member of the Four Tops and was very entertaining! He split the audience in half, and ran a sing-a-long contest of all the Motown hits of the Four Tops and the Temptations! I love Motown so this was right up my alley! Then off to the Newlywed Game and this was funny! Day 3 - Nassau - I was hounded the minute we got off the ship by some guy who wanted $5, $10 for a cheap necklace. Said no thanks and that was that. We stayed away from the Straw Market, just didn't want to be hounded. I did buy my bracelet and table linens (at the Linen Shop. She didn't push me to buy anything and that was just fine!) We did do the Black Beard's Cay beach excursion and this was great. More sunbathing, drinks and chatting. We wanted to enjoy the beach because we had all afternoon in Nassau. Day 4 - Miami - Easy to get off the ship but our tour of South Beach was cancelled and no one told us. I am in the process of trying to get my money back through my travel agent. I hope the business end of RCCL is as professional as the ship's captain, crew and staff! Anyway, $80 cab fare to Fort Lauderdale, we made the most of the day before our night flight! We splurged and rented a convertible car and drove all over the city! This was great! In conclusion, your vacation is what you make of it. Buy those frozen drinks, pre-pay your gratuities and add more for the great service you get, and eat, drink and be merry!!!. You are on vacation and as they remind you, "You will never see these people again so relax, have fun and remember it stays here (just like Vegas!)". The next problem is how to turn 50?! Have fun and I hope this helps the next cruiser!

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Oct 1, 2006

Eastern Caribbean

Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Eastern Caribbean Sandy Kiser We went on a honeymoon cruise on October 2nd aboard the Majesty of the Seas. We had gotten lots of good tips here so we thought we would share some of our own. 1. If at all possible, try to stay in Miami the night before. We booked our flight so that it was supposed to land around 2:00, which would have been plenty of time for us to get

to the dock and register. This was our first time flying and we weren’t aware of the delays that can happen. The second leg of our flight was delayed for an hour and a half due to an engine problem. We barely made it in time. So I would definitely recommend being in Miami by the morning of departure. 2. You can book what is called a “transfer” through Royal Caribbean, where they will come to the airport and meet you at the baggage claim and take you by bus to the ship. They send you luggage tags ahead of time with all their information and your information on them. This can save you the hassle of trying to find transportation to the ship. They also will take you back to the airport upon departure. This costs extra, but may be worth it, especially for anyone with a large family or lots of luggage. 3. Be sure to go get your passport 3-4 months in advance of your trip. You don’t want to book your trip and then find out that your passport won’t be back in time! 4. Several people had said that the muster drill was horrible, but it wasn’t so bad for us. Then again, some people are outside on the deck (in the sun) and others are inside in the lounges. We were lucky enough to have been inside. Where you are depends on what deck your stateroom is on, so if you can reserve a cabin on Deck 8, you will probably be inside like we were. It didn’t take long at all and they keep track of attends. This is mandatory, so I guess if your name doesn’t show up on the list, they know you didn’t attend. 5. Also, be careful of where your rooms are located. Some of the stateroom windows are blocked by lifeboats and the such, so you should definitely look into that when booking your cruise. Personally, we were probably on the best Deck (8) because it was only three decks up to the Windjammer and the Pools, and only three decks down to the shops, Casino, and Chorus Line Lounge. Also, the higher up your cabin is, the less you feel the ship rocking. 6. Speaking of which, you should take some medication with you for motion sickness. They sell it in the Sundries Shop on Deck 5 if you forget. We didn’t have a lot of trouble with it, but one day, the wind was up and the boat was rocking pretty hard. From what we heard, most everybody onboard was sick. So you should be prepared for it just in case. 7. We had read that the pizza at the Mast Bar up on Deck 12 wasn’t good, but we thought it was rather tasty. Lots of times, they don’t have it ready though, so you may have to wait a few minutes for it to get done. This may be the best choice for simple folks like us. Some of the food they serve at the Windjammer was a little “fancy” for our taste. They have a great salad though! The breakfast wasn’t all that, I have to say. The biscuits were, I don’t know, whole wheat or something. They weren’t good at all. The gravy wasn’t very good. Eggs were okay, despite what I had read. But you can get a made to order omelet if that’s more your style. 8. Be sure to attend dinner in the formal dining rooms. We skipped the first night, and ended up wishing we had gone. The food here is fancy, but boy is it good! Appetizer, entrees, and dessert. Whatever you want! 9. We were a little confused about what we were supposed to wear to dinner. We knew there was one formal night, and had appropriate clothing for that night. Besides that though, everything else we had packed was casual everyday type of clothes. We thought “casual” meant whatever you wanted to wear. We were wrong. They refer to it as “dress casual”, meaning slacks and a nice shirt for men, and a dress or slacks and a blouse for women. They’ll still let you in if you aren’t dressed correctly, but you’ll really feel out of place. 10. There were lots of comments on here about being hounded to buy the wine package or soda package before boarding the ship. We were never even offered either one, which was fine with us, since we didn’t have to worry about seeming rude. So this may not be something you’ll have to worry about. 11. Also, there are crew members that walk around the pool and the lounges before the nightly shows to offer alcoholic drinks for purchase. Some people had said they felt pressured by these employees, but we didn’t at all. We aren’t drinkers so we didn’t buy any of them, and we never felt as though they were trying to get us to. Note that you can get non-alcoholic drinks, like a virgin daiquiri, and it’s a little less. Also, they have great buys on alcohol on Deck 5. You can’t take it home with you, but if you have a favorite drink, you could get a heck of a deal on it here. 12. Be sure to catch the shows in the Chorus Line. We went each night and it was really a lot of fun. Especially the “Love and Marriage” show. That was hilarious. We didn’t go to the scavenger hunt, but they showed it on the tv in our room and those people had a ball! 13. Some people had said to pack light because the rooms are so small. We each had one large rolling suitcase and there was plenty of room. I wouldn’t recommend taking much more than that though. Then again, you really aren’t in your room very much because there is too much other stuff to do elsewhere. The bathroom is rather small though, and the shower is tiny. 14. If you plan on getting in some sun time by the pool, get there early to get a good chair. There are plenty of chairs for everyone, but the good ones will get taken fast. Also, one side is for smoking and one side is non-smoking, which is good for those of us who don’t want to sit beside a smoker. 15. The midnight buffet wasn’t all we had thought it would be. A lot of the foods were really fancy and not to our liking. We each had a small plate with just a few things, and ended up throwing most of it away. 16. Don’t forget that you can order room service 24 hours a day. We never did, but if you want to just hang out in your room, or get a midnight snack, this is a great way to do it. 17. If you’re planning on making any calls home, you’ll definitely want to re-think it! Calls made from your room are $7.95 a minute! We didn’t expect to have service on our cell phones, but we did. It showed up on our LCD screens as “cellular at sea” though, so there’s no telling how much it would cost you to make a call from your cell phone. I wouldn’t recommend testing it! You can send an e-mail from, I think, Deck 4 for 45 cents a minute. Also, when you go into Nassau, you can use the high speed internet access at Subway restaurant (just a few minutes from the ship) for just 10 cents a minute. This is your best option for contacting people back home. 18. Don’t book your excursions online. You can usually get them cheaper once you reach your port. 19. In Nassau, we took the Pirates City Tour. They take you by bus around the city and tell all sorts of interesting history. There are several stops where you can look around and do some shopping, if you want. Afterwards, you go through the pirate museum where they tell the history of pirates and how life on the seas was. As you leave the museum, you can tour the city by foot and go to the straw market, if you want to. The museum is only about five minutes from the ship, so you have plenty of time to do whatever you want the rest of the day. 20. The straw market would be a great place to get some bargains, if you’re a haggler. They have some good deals here, but if you’re like me, you don’t like places like this. We didn’t buy anything there at all. We made a beeline from one end to the other because as soon as we went in, women starting nagging us. They will invade your personal space and they will put things on you, if you give them half a chance. There are some little shops along the street beside the dock where you can get souvenirs, so I would recommend going there instead. 21. When you get off in Nassau, there are the women we have all heard about wanting to braid your hair. We simply told them no as we walked by, and didn’t have a problem. If you want to have it done, you’re supposed to negotiate with them over the price. I would definitely say to, because one of the women at our table at dinner had hers done and said she had talked them down to $2 per braid. She must have had at least 25 or 30 braids in her hair, so you’re talking $60 to have your hair done. And they don’t braid all the way down. Only halfway! 22. We were a little disappointed because we didn’t get to stop at Coco Cay the second day. We had been forewarned that if the weather was bad, you would have a day at sea instead. You have to be tendered from the ship to the island, so if the waves are too high, they can’t let you on these little boats, for safety reasons. 23. In Key West, you have to clear customs because you have just entered the United States again. They do this according to Deck. They started on the upper decks, so we were one of the first groups to get to go, since we were on Deck 8. This doesn’t take long on an individual basis. You just show your SeaPass card and your passport. But there are so many people on board that you have to wait in line for a while. We were able to get clearance within about thirty minutes or less. 24. In Key West, we were approached by someone who wanted us to take a tour of a resort there. He said it was only for married couples over 25 years old and that we would get $50 cash for taking the tour. Said it was not a timeshare, but it sure sounded like it to us! So we declined. He tried to push, but we didn’t give in. This was right after you leave the little strip mall that is there on the dock when you get off the ship. 25. There are parts of Key West that parents may be want be cautious about. You’ll see shirts and underwear in store windows that say things that you definitely wouldn’t want young kids to see. There was one motorcycle type shop that had a big board back by the cash register with pictures of women who had flashed their breasts so that they could be on this board. Funny stuff for adults, but watch out if you have your kids with you. 26. The night before departure, they will leave information in your room regarding how to tip, and also colored coded luggage tags for you. You have to sit your luggage outside your room, with the tags attached. Be sure to keep anything you might need the next morning in your room to pack in your carry on, because they’ll take your luggage away overnight. The next morning, they’ll call you down for departure according to what color your luggage tag was. Again, we got lucky on this one. Ours was grey and was the first color called so we didn’t have to wait around forever. I don’t know if everyone on our Deck got grey, or if there was some other system they used, but this might be another reason to try to get on Deck 8. 27. And last but certainly not least, some tips on luggage and how to find yours on the carousel. A word to the wise, try to get luggage that is some color other than black. Seems like 90% of the luggage was black and its almost impossible to tell yours from everyone else’s. You just have to pick it up and check your luggage tag, and if its not yours, you have to put it back on the carousel and wait again. Getting luggage that is unique from everyone else’s will help. If you already have luggage, there’s no need to buy more just for this purpose. Instead, do this: a lot of people had something tied onto theirs. For example, a bandana or a scarf of some sort. Something that would catch their eye as it came down the carousel and they would know that it was theirs. I’m sure this saves you a ton of time instead of rifling through every suitcase that looks like it might be yours. Well, we hope this helps all you first time cruisers. Have a good time and enjoy yourselves!

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Sep 10, 2006

Eastern Caribbean

Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Eastern Caribbean M. Hood Let me preface this review by saying that if you cruise in September there are upsides and downsides to the experience that you can expect: #1: this is the cheapest time of the year to cruise, so you can get exceptional deals, #2: because the cruise is cheap EVERYONE can afford it, so the quality of the your fellow cruisers might leave something

to be desired, #3: September is prime hurricane season so it will probably rain at least one day of the cruise and #4 school is in session this time of year, so if you would like a mostly adult vacation, this is a good time to go If you've ever cruised in July you know that often the ship is overrun with kids (parents are conspicuously absent) and you won't have that problem in the Fall. That being said, here is what else I thought about this particular cruise. This is my third time sailing with Royal Caribbean and this ship was the oldest of the three. If you've never cruised before you will probably be very impressed. The ship is in relatively good condition and the staff keeps it pretty clean. One bad thing: I was very surprised to find that they actually allow smoking on the promenade decks (5 & 6) of this ship, and of course it's always very smoky in the casino. Majesty of the Seas definitely needs to enter the 21st century and allow smoking only on the top deck in the open air. The ship's food is good but not spectacular. The setup of the Windjammer, which is the casual cafeteria, is a little odd and I noticed frustrated people searching for the entrance lines even on the second day of the cruise. The Windjammer's food isn't always the right temperature, but there are lots of choices and everyone should be able to find something appetizing. The dining room is very attractive and the variety of dinner choices is excellent. I would especially recommend the mahi-mahi tempura and the alternate selection New York strip, as well as the tuna carpacchio appetizer. The meat was cooked to order and the service was timely. The breads are all delicious, and the desserts were excellent. You will never leave the dining room hungry, because you can order additional appetizers, etc. any night. The wait staff was good but not great, although I attribute part of that to the short period of time they have to break the ice and get to know each guest. Judging from my personal experiences on RC, I think that they also save the best waiters for the more expensive itineraries and newest ships. Try to keep in mind that as is the case in most facets of life, you get what you pay for, and this is an extremely inexpensive cruise so you shouldn't have the same expectations you would have on a 10-night cruise on a luxury ship. My biggest disappointment on this cruise was my stateroom. It is a little smaller than on the other 2 RC ships I have cruised on and it didn't have a safe in the room, but the worst issue was the placement of the room. I booked a room that was the very last one at the end of the hallway on the Deck 2. I thought this was going to be great, because I don't mind walking all the way down the hall (you have to work off all that food you eat cruising somehow, right?) and I assumed there would be minimal foot traffic from other cruisers in front of my door. At the end of the hallway beside my stateroom was an emergency exit. You would think that would never be used, right? WRONG. That is the door that the crew uses when the go down your hall to make up rooms, deliver room service, etc., and when they pass through the door they just let it slam shut. This is very loud and it happens at least every single minute throughout the day, and at least twice an hour at night. It is useless to try and speak with any particular crew member about closing the door quietly because so many different crew members use the exit. A piece of advice here: book a room that is at least 5 rooms away from the end of any hallway. I would have willingly paid much more money to assure a quieter room. In Nassau we took the SeaTrek Sail and Snorkel excursion. I have never been on a sailboat before and I liked it. It was very relaxing and the weather was perfect that morning. You will have plenty of time (about an hour and a half) to snorkel, and the reef is pretty interesting. If you've never been snorkeling before, you should expect to spend some time just figuring out the equipment, but the staff is helpful. The unlimited rum punch was sweet but effective. I would definitely recommend this excursion. Since you are at port in Nassau between 8am and midnight, you will have plenty of time to shop in the straw market or head to Atlantis if you'd like. Beware of the vendors in Nassau! From the time you set foot on the island they will accost you with offers to sell you straw purses, leather frames, Conch shells and hair braiding. If you show them any interest at all, it will be difficult to get rid of them. However, if you are going to buy anything you should bargain for a better price. They are expecting this, so don't feel guilty about it. Coco Cay is awesome. There are hammocks and beach chairs on the beach, as well as waverunners, parasailing, a children's play area and a small market. The good thing about the market is that the vendors won't badger you if you are just walking by, the bad thing is that their merchandise is more expensive than at Nassau and they are less willing to bargain. You have to remember that although Coco Cay has lots of activities they aren't cheap, because Royal Caribbean owns the island and therefore has a monopoly on them. There are multiple beach bars on the island, which brings me to a tip for beer drinkers: Do NOT try the Royal beer (Royal Caribbean's signature beer). It is supposed to be a Belgian brew but it really tastes worse than Coors light. You'll enjoy a nice barbeque on the beach, which the crew brings to you from the ship. They also serve fresh fruit, hot dogs, hamburgers, healthier wraps, rolls and chocolate chips cookies. If you like cook-out food, you'll be happy. One last note about Coco Cay - even in September it is hot and you will need to apply and reapply sun block while you are there. Everyone at our dinner table was sunburned, and we are all from the South so we are well acquainted with the sun's effects. I am fair skinned and covered myself 4 times throughout the day, and my shoulders were still red. Key West is great. It's nice and relaxing and the natives are super friendly. We took the Old Town Trolley tour, which you can book through the ship or at the Old Town office just off the pier. (It is only $1 more expensive through the ship, which is surprising). If you like history, you'll enjoy this. The tour guides have a lot of personality and are happy to answer your questions, and you can get off the trolley at any of the 10 stops and another one will come around every 30 minutes to pick you up whenever you are ready. If you are a drinker, you'll like it here because there are tons of bars and people start drinking there early in the morning. A couple of final notes: the embarkation/debarkation process at port in Miami was very efficient. I have often read of nightmarish experiences others have had waiting hours to board or leave the ship, and that has never happened to me on RC. I think we waited about 15 minutes total to get on, and maybe an hour to get off at the end. Customs were a breeze. After boarding the ship we also received our luggage within 2 hours, which is pretty fast. Finally, let me say that our stateroom attendant was fantastic. He had a great personality and always greeted us when we passed him in route to/from our stateroom. The last word on this ship: good, but not great.

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Aug 10, 2006

Eastern Caribbean

Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Eastern Caribbean Jim White Found myself this year with a week of vacation with nothing to do. So, I decided to take a quick cruise. Took my 1st cruise last October with Disney and have already booked for another cruise for 2007, same ship, same cabin. Thought for this one I'd try a different cruise line. Before even sailing with Royal Caribbean I had already booked my

4th cruise, again on Majesty of the Seas, but, this time getting a cabin with a balcony and for a 4 night cruise. The 4 night cruise is about the same itinerary except the last stop is at Key West. I've never been there, and even though it's in the U.S., there's a couple of places there I'd like to see. Flying to Ft. Lauderdale I had to wait at baggage claim to get my luggage before finding anyone from Royal Caribbean to go to the ship. With Disney I never saw my luggage once checking in until I got to my cabin. That was really nice. But, the lady greeting me was right there at baggage claim (Ft. Lauderdale airport is fairly small). She helped me to the bus to go to Port Miami so it wasn't all that bad. I booked a cabin on deck 8 that I later found out had an obstructed view. It would have been looking out at a small runabout with the lifeboats. Then, you'd have to stand on the bed to look out the window! I figured it wasn't worth it for just a 3 night cruise. I was offered a chance to move up to deck 9, but, that still was just a cabin with a window. Only there you could walk up to the window and look out over the lifeboats! Since the windows don't open and it was just for 3 nights I passed on that choice. I switched down to deck 5 to an inboard cabin. It was small but I got by. There was enough closet space but no drawer space to speak of. Just those at the desk/vanity. And they were more desk drawer and not clothes. Printing off the Sea Pass from the computer helped in checking in to board. Practically no time in line and I was going aboard before I knew it. Once aboard I went to my cabin and put away my some things and went out exploring the ship. The first thing I did was go up to the Windjammer Cafe for lunch. The place was quite spacious with a wonderful view. And the food was quite good and plentiful. A very nice restaurant. Majesty of the Seas is about 80' shorter than Disney Wonder, the ship I was on last October. Both are the same width, 106', but, on MS, the superstructure, deck 7 and above, is set back from the side of the ship. This makes that part of the ship seem smaller at times. DW's superstructure goes straight up from the side with just the promenade deck recessed. The only real problem or inconvenience on MS is deck 7. That's mainly the promenade deck, but, there's cabins on deck 7 as well. The cabin windows look out onto the promenade deck! Now, that may not sound so bad, but, where you can look out to see people walk by, they, on the deck, can look into your cabin! So, if you an outboard cabin on deck 7, keep those curtains closed! All the main meals each night were delicious. The selections were generous and there was always some kind of steak on the menu for anyone that may not care for anything fancy. Our first day was spent at Coco Cay, RC's "private" beach. I say private like that because just about everything I've read most cruise lines lease their beach areas. Disney actually owns their island. All the cruise lines have to tender you ashore while Disney can dock right there. Although we had 3 tenders running back and forth from the beach to the ship with little waiting time, with Disney you can go back to the ship as often as you need with no waiting time. Coca Cay is a lot smaller than Castaway Cay. But, it was quite nice with everything close by (except maybe the restrooms) so you didn't have far to go to eat, get your snorkeling equipment or the shopping area. It really was nice and I quite enjoyed myself while there. BBQ must be the stable meal of choice for these cruise lines on their beaches. Last year at Castaway Cay they served BBQ as well. There's other food as well for each island, but, BBQ is the main choice. For Coco Cay, the ribs were very good. Very good. But, I didn't care for their BBQ chicken. Just wasn't up to par. Everything else I had was good though. I do suggest going snorkeling while there. The water is nice and there's plenty to see with the two sunken plane wrecks and the mockup pirate ship and cannon. And the fish! You may want to get an underwater camera just for them alone. Our next day was Nassau. Now, I was just in Nassau ten months prior. So, it hadn't changed all that much. And, with my next 2 cruises booked with Nassau one of the stops, I'm sure I'll be tired of Nassau later on.But, this was Sunday. And Nassau on Sunday is mainly a Sunday! Our ship's shopping tour guide, Anna H., tried to make it seem the shops would be open and ready to greet us as we came ashore. Not true. Now, not all shops open on Sunday. But, those that did not all open at 9:00AM. In fact, some of the ones I wanted to go to weren't open until after 10:30AM! I had to keep going back a few times to different ones waiting for them to open. The downtown Gucci store wasn't open, but, the sign in the window said their Paradise Island store would be. Just for an example.Still, I did get the few things I was looking for plus some extra. So, I didn't do too badly. Next trip I'd like to go out from Bay Street and see where the locals shop. The weather the whole trip couldn't have been better. The sea was calm and skies were clear. And the sun was hot! Mid-August you'd expect that. It was a gorgeous trip and I'm glad I went. There's a big difference between the MS and DW. The MS is more of a cruise ship. The decor is Las Vegas style or more bright and shiny. While DW is more of the old ocean liners. It's more laid back and comfortable. There's plenty of lounges and bars on MS, what with the casino and all. But, no place to just sit outside of a lounge. DW had nice big chairs scattered about where you could do this. But, two different cruise lines, two different ships. And I enjoyed both cruises and look forward to my two cruises on each. Come January I understand MS is going in for refurbishing. So, by the time I sail again in 2008 it'll be like a new ship. For a quick cruise with a beach stop off, this was fun. But, Nassau on Sunday isn't the best. That's why next time I'm getting the 4 night cruise. Hope this review was somewhat helpful for anyone trying to decide upon what kind of cruise and cruise line to go on. Bon Voyage!

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Aug 7, 2006

Bahamas

Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Jessica Link Let me begin by saying I will never cruise with this cruise line again. The majority of our experience on their boat, Majesty of the Seas, was a huge disappointment, and our dealings with their customer service team since have been challenging, ineffective, and insulting. Having prefaced my review with this forewarning, I will relay our vacation troubles.

In August 2006, my husband and I celebrated our third anniversary by taking a four night Bahamas cruise with Royal Caribbean. We selected Royal Caribbean based on its sailing dates, destinations, and reputation for fun cruises at an affordable price. Having done my research on the cruise line on this website (and others) I was aware that most of the Royal Caribbean cruise ships were dated but clean, and that the customer service was excellent. We set sail on Monday, August 7, 2006, from Miami. (We arrived a night early and stayed at the Sofitel to ensure we’d be at the port in plenty of time. In retrospect, that was one of the best days of our entire vacation). Our cruise quickly went downhill. When we arrived in our stateroom, we had our excursion tickets which included a ticket for a Sail and Snorkel at 9am on 8/9/06. We also had a note stating that exact same excursion had been cancelled and rescheduled for 1pm on 8/9/06. I immediately went to the excursion desk to talk to a customer service agent. The man I spoke with informed me there never was a 9am Sail and Snorkel; the only one was the 1pm event. I showed him my original ticket; he replied he had no idea why I would have gotten that since the excursion didn’t even exist. I told him I had booked it several weeks prior using the online system. He again said there never was a 9am event and that essentially I bought a “fake” excursion. He said he could not get us on any other excursions for that day now since our 1pm Sail and Snorkel conflicted with our other possible events. Seeing as how this was the one excursion I was most excited about, I resigned myself to changing our plans to make the 1pm Sail and Snorkel. My husband and I spent the beautiful, sunny morning walking around Nassau. However, by 1pm a storm had moved in and our Sail and Snorkel was cancelled. I was extremely disappointed by this. Had we gone out at 9am as previously arranged, we would have enjoyed the sailing excursion. However, as it turned out, we spent the day in Nassau – a place neither of us really enjoyed. We felt this day had been a rip off; we felt lied to about our previous excursion ticket purchase and let down by the change in weather. While I realize the weather is not something the cruise line could control, it was the proverbial nail in the coffin to a very bad afternoon that would have been pleasant had the 9am excursion existed. Determined to stay positive despite this set back, my husband and I spent sometime on the sun deck (where his book got ruined by a hosed-down wet deck). We then went down to our stateroom to dress for the formal dinner. When we arrived in our stateroom, we noticed the floor just inside the cabin was wet and squished under our feet. There was also wood chip debris on the carpet. Seeking the source of this mess, we opened the bathroom door to find the shower had dirty water coming up the drain. This water was all over the floor of the bathroom and had spilled out into the stateroom. The water soaked approximately a two foot by four foot area between the bathroom and the desk running from the end of the bed to the door to the room. The water was dirty colored with flecks of wood, paint chips, and other debris floating in it. I called maintenance and our stateroom attendant while my husband started moving our personal belongings out of the way. Our attendant came and a maintenance technician came. He removed the panel from the outside of the room. Water was squirting from the pipes and bubbling up in the wall. I went up to the concierge desk to speak to a customer service agent. I told the man our room was unsuitable and that we wished to be moved to a different room on the boat. The gentleman said the boat was full and that he would be unable to move us. When I explained that I found that hard to believe, he reiterated there were no regular rooms and no back-up rooms free on the boat. I explained again that our room was not functioning correctly, but he said we would have to stay there. I went back down to our room to find the technician gone. He had spent maybe twenty minutes there. My husband said someone had wiped down the bathroom floor. There was now a giant blower in our room to dry out the carpet, but it had not been cleaned. The blower was impossible to talk over. After crying for a good ten minutes, I showered in my flip flops (the bathroom floor had not been cleaned, just dried) and we proceeded to get ready for our formal dinner. As we started to leave the stateroom, we heard the gurgling of the shower and saw it start to fill up again. We closed the door and left for our dinner. My husband found our attendant to explain it was happening again, and I went to the concierge desk to talk to someone again. At the desk, I spoke with a woman who was much more compassionate than the previous man, but still did nothing to help. She said all rooms were booked, and we’d have to stay where we were. Again, I said the bathroom doesn’t work properly. She expressed her regrets, but said there was nothing the cruise line could do. With people looking at our room, we headed to dinner. Upon arriving, I told our waiter that, since we were celebrating our anniversary that night, I had made arrangements for us to have a private table for two. I had made this reservation on the phone with an agent on 6/9/06. She confirmed that we would have our own table that night. He looked at me with surprise and said that wasn’t possible. He said, “Those agents will promise you heaven.” He showed us to our regular table of six. For the third time that day, we were told we would have accommodations we were not given: a 9am Sail and Snorkel, a private anniversary table, a working stateroom. The cruise was becoming horrid. That evening we returned to our stateroom to find the blower gone and the shower free of water. Throughout the night, we would hear gurgling and would take turns waking up to check on the shower water. Needless to say, it was not a peaceful nor restful night. The next day we had scheduled a couple’s massage at the spa on the boat. We had done a couple’s massage before and greatly enjoyed it. This WAS NOT a couple’s massage. One person sat in a “vibrating egg” and the other got a back and neck massage. Our masseuse was not skilled in the least. She used her elbow most of the time and actually left a bruise on my husband’s back. He had to gesture to her twice to ease up on the pressure because she was hurting him. I spent most of the time in the “egg” silently crying. This was completely false advertising. When I booked the massage I saw a couple’s relaxation massage special for $169. When I called to book our spa treatment, I was told we were having the couple’s massage for $200 and that these two were different. They were not. It was a thoroughly awful experience. After our massage, we had an 11am parasail excursion. We were told over the speaker system that the excursion had been cancelled due to the weather. We went ahead and went on to the private island and found the parasail booth. The gentlemen operating it said they did not know it had been cancelled. The said they were going ahead with the parasailing and would take us. The weather was perfect, and we were able to parasail. That late afternoon we retuned to our stateroom to find again the dirty water had come up from the shower. Again, my husband set off to find our attendant while I went up to the front desk. There I asked immediately to speak to the housing supervisor. I met with a woman. She said there was an emergency room available and we could move it immediately. I just started crying. I asked her what about the first two shower back-ups didn’t strike anyone as an emergency. She was kind and sent a porter down to help us move our belongings. When we arrived in the emergency room, there was fruit spoiling on the desk. It was removed. The room had obviously been sitting empty the whole time! There was the initial paperwork lying on the bed with the life jackets. The room was just a couple of hallways down from our original room and was modest but worked! At that point, the cruise took a pleasant turn for us. With no showers backing up, no more cancelled (or seemingly cancelled) excursions, and no more painful, ridiculous spa treatments, we enjoyed our last two nights and one day on the boat. As we were preparing to leave the boat upon our return to Miami, I spoke with the housing woman that had been the most helpful. She gave me a card to call the customer service agents with the cruise line to talk to someone about refunding part of our trip. She said she couldn’t do anything on the ship, but I would need to contact the headquarters. Since the cruise ended, I have been going round and round with the cruise line. This includes letters, numerous phone calls, and countless minutes “on hold.” This has included week long intervals when they do not return my calls. They keep offering cruise discounts and coupons, but we find this totally unacceptable. I would not recommend this cruise line to ANYONE! Their inability to provide the basic necessities (a safe, working room), their despicable customer service, and their self-admitted penchant for lying and duping customers have taught me a lesson: I will not be cruising with Royal Caribbean again.

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Jul 30, 2006

Bahamas

Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Karolyn Starr We had great weather. At breakfast they only had one juice to choose from. There was no apple juice, ice tea, or tomato juice. We could not find a clean table, the help were standing around. The blue chairs had dried white paint on them, which came off on your clothes. The first day one pool was closed. Then the next day the other pool was closed,

and this went on until the last day when both pools were open. They were so nice to up grade us to an outside room with a port hole, that was great, but, the running track was above our heads, so at 6:00 in the morning the runners started. No sleep for us. Thanks for the up grade... Then by Wednesday afternoon they ran out of Bud Lite, so having an upset husband was fun. It was our 20th wedding anniversary. During the day at the pool, the music did not start playing until 3:00p.m. and when it was playing, it was not that great. Not enough things to do during the day. Our housekeeping girl was great. The ship was dirty with dishes, drink glasses, plates of food. In the Windjammer cafe the sliding glass doors did not work. Late at night there were no clean plastic cups to get a drink, and no one to ask. I must say, I will be taking Carnival the next time. My first cruise was with Carnival and my next will be with them again, I learned my lesson. This is what happened to us. Thanks.

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Jul 23, 2006

Bahamas

Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Deborah This was our second Royal Caribbean cruise; the first cruise was from L.A. to Ensenada on the Monarch of the Seas. I have to say I thought this cruise from Miami to Nassau exceeded our expectations. We arrived at the port around 11:30 a.m. I had previously checked us in online and we literally had no wait time for them to check our paperwork. There

was a bit of a wait to actually board the ship, but it was minimal. I should add that there were three of us and we all had carry on luggage, so we did not have to wait to have our luggage to be delivered. Once on board we signed my 16 year old up for the drink card and I believe we got our money’s worth out of that. We were asked about the wine and beer, but we declined. The Majesty has the exact same layout as the Monarch, so we knew our way around pretty well. We immediately headed up to the Windjammer for the buffet lunch. After sitting down we were immediately approached by a waiter offering us Pina Coladas. If a waiter saw you without a drink you were immediately approached, they didn’t push too hard but sometimes it was annoying. After lunch we brought our luggage to our room which was small, but with three people we managed okay. We had an ocean view room with a double bed (two beds put together) and one bunk bed. There was plenty of room under the bed to store our luggage. We also utilized the hangars and the drawers. I loved having a safe in the room as we kept our valuables there at all times. We then went up to the deck 11 to enjoy the pools, they were both salt water pools. I will say that I was lazy this trip and never even peeked into the gym. We spent the day on the deck, reading our books and relaxing. Muster drill was a pain, but only lasted about 30 minutes. Then we were off. Something significant was that we wore SPF 30 sunscreen every moment we were out in the sun and we still got a nice tan, we did see quite a few people that were sunburned and miserable. The sun is more intense in the Caribbean in the summer and sunscreen is essential. Our favorite part of cruising is the dinner. We like to choose the later seating so we don’t feel rushed to get to dinner after visiting a port. Our waiter was superb and had no problems with bringing my husband two appetizers or two main courses. Another gentleman at our table ordered in duplicate as well. You could basically have as many dishes as you wanted. The service was excellent and the food was quite tasty. My husband said this was easily a $50 dinner per person per night. Later that evening we went to the 70s disco and enjoyed the crew performing the YMCA. First port of call – Nassau. Let me preface this by saying we really didn’t have a plan about what we wanted to do in Nassau. We did not book any shore excursions, as I had difficulty paying to visit a hotel (Atlantis). Our dinner companions told us that the city was walkable, so once we got off the ship we started walking. Keep in mind that we were immediately accosted by taxi drivers, hair braiders and other entrepreneurs. I was aware that this was going to happen, but I didn’t tell my daughter who thought we should kindly say no to every single one. I just kept my blinders on and kept going. Since we were there in July the heat and humidity were quite high. By the time we had walked 5 blocks I was sweating profusely. My husband took one look at me and hired a taxi. The taxi driver took us to the public beach on paradise island and only charged us $2 per person. At this beach we were accosted by more individuals asking us if we wanted a lounge chair or an umbrella or jet skis. These people were seriously annoying, but we ignored them and kept going right into the beautiful ocean. The water was perfectly clear and the sand was white and clean. We spent some time in the water and then utilized some beach showers. We walked through Atlantis and saw the aquarium, pools, casino, etc. It was a nice place, but it was basically a Vegas style resort and we weren’t overly impressed. You could purchase a timeshare there starting in the low $700,000s. We did a bit of shopping and headed back to the ship. Once we were near the port we wanted to try Conch before getting back on board. We finally found a place and we got a table. Immediately I knew something was amiss when the owner visited every table except ours. We ordered the overpriced salad and it was okay. We were charged $2.50 for a glass of water. I asked for the bill twice before my husband got up and told the server in a firm voice that we wanted the bill. She ran to write it up. We would never go back to that restaurant (Athena Café) ever. We had no idea why we received such poor service. Back to the ship. If we ever visit Nassau again, I will stay on board. I only saw the Straw Market from the ship as I never saw it while I was walking around. My daughter was disappointed that we didn’t go there, but I wasn’t about to get off to go back. We went back to deck 11 (pools) to relax a bit. One thing I noticed about this ship is that they were constantly cleaning it. Around 5 p.m. they would move you from your lounge chair in order to clean the deck with a power hose. The first night the pools were empty before midnight and they were cleaning them. I have no problem with a clean ship, I just would have liked them to pick a time when no one was around – even if it was 3 a.m. Later that evening they had a party on deck 11 and a midnight buffet. Before it began they had an ice carving demonstration which was very impressive. I really enjoyed this party as it included my teenage daughter and they managed to get everyone dancing line dances (Caribbean style). It was great fun and although we were full from dinner, the buffet looked wonderful. We didn’t even realize when midnight hit and the ship had left the dock. Don’t miss this party. Second port of call: Coco Cay. I think this was probably our favorite port out of the three. We caught the tender and thankfully I was wearing my nausea patch so sea sickness wasn’t an issue. We booked the snorkeling excursion and we were not disappointed! After a 10 minute instruction, we were able to explore. I am a bit wary of the ocean, but they had life guards stationed on platforms a good distance out in the water; I had a flotation device on and had a great time. They also had platforms out in the water for people to rest. They give you a good amount of distance to cover and allowed you to do some deep water exploration if you were up to it. We saw lots of tropical fish, two stingrays and the sunken plane wreck (which we were sure was staged). I took the suggestion of past reviews and we all wore t-shirts in the water and none of us burned. After about 2 hours of snorkeling we took a break and enjoyed the BBQ lunch provided by the ship. It was like having the Windjammer on the island with us. Because the island was owned by the cruise line, we were never bothered by locals trying to sell us anything. This was a refreshing change. After a bit more snorkeling we caught the 2:30 tender back to the ship. It is hot so try to get on the bottom level so you have some shade. Again we relaxed on deck 11 and again around 5 p.m. they started their cleaning routine. Before dinner we went to the Chorus Line Lounge and saw a comedian. He was very funny and it was a clean, family show. My daughter really enjoyed it as this is the first time we took her to see a live comedian. Later that evening we went to the chocolate buffet. Again, having the late dinner put a damper on our appetite and our eyes were bigger than our stomachs. The chocolate carvings were impressive. Every night the air was warm and we were up on deck watching the lightning storms in the distance. Before getting off the ship in Key West we had to pass through customs. It was a breeze. All the decks were called before 10 a.m. and there was literally no wait. We had our passports and sea pass and they didn’t ask us any questions. It took about 5 minutes for the whole process. Third port of call: Key West. We loved Key West. Despite the heat and humidity we had a really nice time at this port. We rented cruiser bicycles and were off. We climbed the Key West lighthouse and got to see both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. We traveled further and took a picture at the Southernmost Point of the US marker. We parked our bikes and walked around Duval Street and had Key Lime pie. Yum! We took our bikes and rode through the cemetery to see a bit of history and then when the heat finally got to us we headed back to the ship. Key West is a quaint little town and I wish we could have spent a bit more time there. Because we had carry on luggage we did not need to have our luggage outside our door the evening before departure. Our room steward told us when they called for express checkout that we could use that and not wait for our color tag to be called. We were up at 6:30, showered, had breakfast on the Windjammer and then prepared to exit the ship. When we cruised on the Monarch it took us an hour in line before we could exit. On the Majesty we were off the ship within minutes and back at our hotel by 8 a.m. It was the most efficient departure I have ever seen. I highly recommend this cruise and Royal Caribbean. We have so far had good experiences with all the staff. They acted in the most professional manner and were most courteous and helpful. Royal Caribbean is a very organized, efficient company – they truly know how to show you a good time.

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May 28, 2006

Bahamas

Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Shannon Upright EMBARKATION: The line for the people who had completed everything online wasn’t any shorter than the one for the people who hadn’t thought ahead. This was a part of the cruise that I did not enjoy. We carried our luggage 3 terminals down to where we could give it to a porter. By the time we got to the gate to get in line we were already worn

out. All in all it probably only took 30 minutes to board, but after a 12 hour drive to Miami, we were exhausted already. ON THE SHIP: When we got onboard, we had no idea where to go. The people standing in the lobby were not much help either, We had to just search our way around. The good thing was that we boarded one floor below our room, so it wasn’t a long way to go. CABIN: We had an interior cabin with no port hole, but it wasn’t as small as most people said. We had enough room to do what we needed to do. The beds were actually comfortable. The only problem I had is that I couldn’t tell what time of day it was when I woke up. Sometimes I would wake up in the middle of the night and think that it was morning. Next time, I would at least spring for a porthole room. FOOD: We were very impressed with the food. We ate breakfast in the Windjammer everyday. It is buffet style and has eggs (not great), breads, rolls, pastries, bacon, sausage, pancakes, waffles, cereals, grits, yogurt, etc. They even have an omelet station, which had very good eggs. Juice, water, and coffee were always available in the mornings. Lunch was either in the Windjammer or at port. Once again it was buffet style, but the food was more gourmet, with salads, soups, breads, pastas, and meats. Very good and hot despite what some people in previous reviews have said. At dinner we ate in the dining every night. They offered appetizers (chilled soups, hot soups, onion tarts, shrimp cocktail, etc), salads (Cesar or house), entrees (duck, lamb, shrimp, steak, chicken, vegetarian, pasta, sides included mashed potatoes & veggies, breads), and desserts (fruit plates, chocolate cake/pie/ice cream, tiramisu, fondue, etc.) Tea, lemonade, water, and coffee are always available at no extra charge, or you can pay for soft drinks, wine, or mixed drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. They offer the dining room menu from 3pm until late in the night. At other times they offer salads, snacks, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. You can also order pastries, cereals, yogurt, and fruits to be brought to you at a specified time in the mornings instead of going out of your room to eat breakfast. There were also midnight buffets (chocolate & Caribbean) and at any time you could find pizza or something to snack on. You cannot go hungry on this ship. SERVICE: Everywhere we went on the boat the employees were extremely helpful and nice. They directed us where to go if we were lost, offered us drinks, and in general went out of their way to help us. Our dining room staff and stateroom staff were all great. PORTS OF CALL: We went to Key West first. It was a nice town, but we weren’t that impressed with it. We can now say that we have visited it and I think we got it out of our systems. Second up was Nassau, Bahamas. This town was very dilapidated and poor looking. I was not impressed with the straw market and have no desire to return to Nassau. Across the beach from Nassau was Paradise Island. Now this is a place you would want to visit, even though we didn’t. We took the glass bottom boat tour ( I recommend this, it was very fun) and they sailed us by Paradise Island and we got to see where all of the stars have homes there. (Nicholas Cage, Michael Jordan, and Oprah Winfrey) I would love to stay on Paradise Island sometime. The last stop was Coco Cay. This was the best stop of the entire cruise. This is a private island that it owned by Royal Caribbean. All you do is play in the crystal clear ocean, snorkel if you want (very fun) and lay in the sun. We got EXTREMELY sunburn with 45 SPF sunscreen on that had been applied 3 times. I recommend taking a higher SPF and slather it on if you burn at all. The ship brings out a BBQ lunch to the island (ribs, hamburgers, hotdogs, salads, and desserts). This was good, but not the best food on the cruise. Coco Cay has a small straw market on the island that I enjoyed much more than the one in Nassau. It was cleaner and the people weren’t as pushy. Prices seemed a little better too. SHOWS: We only went to two shows while we were on the ship, but we enjoyed both of them. We went to the comedian show and the last night had a show called “Boogey Wonderland”. SHOPPING ONBOARD: The ship didn’t have amazing prices onboard, but if you were buying alcohol, the prices were really good. EXCURSIONS: We decided before we went on this cruise that we would do one excursion in each port to save on money and still get to see some of the places we were visiting. In Key West we did a tour called “A Taste of Key West”. This was a really good tour that took you all around the city. You stopped at 5 different places to sample food from them. We got Conch Fritters (Ughhhh, not my cup of tea), Mahi Mahi fingers (amazing, a new fave of mine), Coconut Shrimp (yummy), Key Lime Pie (not my thing, but my husband loved it), and at a very cool little place called “Peppers of Key West” we got to taste all kinds of pepper sauces. (the asian marinade was so good I bought a bottle and got their web address to buy more). www.peppersofkeywest.com. In Nassau, Bahamas we went on the glass bottom boat tour, which I already stated that I really liked. You get to sit and enjoy the breeze with a tour guide telling you about all of the sites you are passing and they give a complimentary rum or fruit punch (rum one is yummy). Last, but not least, in Coco Cay, Bahamas we rented the snorkeling gear. You get to use this all day at your leisure. This was very fun once you figure out how to keep water out of your mask. DISEMBARKATION: Getting off of the ship was pretty much the same as getting on. It was tiring, hot, and long. But hey, when you get to your car it feels SOOOOOOO wonderful to get to sit down. My advice is to pack light, and try not to carry anything but your pocketbook and wallet. Have a great cruise and try to relax, because you won’t enjoy it if you are tensed up!

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May 21, 2006

Bahamas

Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Rob This was our first cruise and we were somewhat skeptical, as to how much we would enjoy it. However, it was very reasonably priced and the itinerary included Nassau, Coco Cay (Royal Caribbean’s private island), and Key West. Documentation from Royal Caribbean advised us not to board the ship on the departure date until 2:00pm. however, taking advice from

this website, we arrived at the Port of Miami at 11:30am, and we were boarded within 40 minutes. With access to our pleasing stateroom (floor 9), we quickly headed for Deck 11 for a welcoming cocktail (reasonably priced). Having heard reviews of big queues as the Windjammer Café, we anticipated a lengthy wait but we were eating within minutes. The food in the Windjammer Café was of an excellent standard with a huge amount of choices – though somewhat more limited if traveling with vegetarians. Throughout our time on the Majesty of the Seas, the food in the Windjammer continued to be of good quality and the staff always helpful, unusual in a buffet environment. Sailing on time at 5pm, we headed for Nassau. We dined on the third floor and were seated with 6 other passengers. Sharing stories of our holiday so far, this was far from the trauma we first imagined it might be. With good attentive service and quality food (smallish in portions but the waiters are more than happy to give you two choices should you wish), the dining experience was again good throughout our stay. Having skipped the first night Latin flavored show, we headed for the disco which was a relatively fun 70s night, featuring a guest appearance by The Village People. Regrettably, not the original Village People, but various members of the cruise crew lead by Director Hamish, a really great guy, who did an excellent job throughout the holiday. Arriving into Nassau on a cloudy day, we ventured down to the 3rd floor dining room for breakfast which was good but in hindsight going to the Windjammer Café was equally good and quicker. On leaving the ship, we ignored the less than perfect weather and excitedly entered Nassau only to find it was crushingly disappointing as a town. Virtually every shop sold tacky t-shirts or “cheap” jewelry. Evidently a good proportion of the cruise felt this was a good way to spend the morning, but we were glad we booked an activity for the afternoon. The “Yellowbird Boat” is a great way to spend three hours. Leaving Nassau and traveling across the harbor to one of the nearby islands, a very enjoyable hour is spent drinking free rum punch drinks and listening to a band. On arriving at the island, we had an hour to spend on the beach and ocean as the heaven’s opened. Departing back for Nassau, the party kicks in with a DJ, games, and plenty more free punch. That evening it was formal night on the cruise and when not engaged in various (overpriced) photo opportunities, it was a nice way to spend the evening. The Schooner Bar is recommended for excellent service and a likeable character knocking out songs on the piano. We also took in the show, an entertaining comedian/magician - good fun. The evening ended on the humid deck and a big party at midnight, complemented by a buffet nobody really needed, but rather guiltily, we still dipped in. With concern over how commercialized Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean’s private island, we were very presently surprised and this turned out to be the best day. Arriving on the island on one of the first boats from the cruise ship, we had a great hour lying in a hammock before moving onto more energetic activities. We took to the Jet Skis for a 50 minute tour of the island, passing the cruise ship at relatively close proximity. This was out first time on Jet Skis and we naively thought it would be an easygoing affair but within a few minutes we were traveling at full speed, bouncing over waves and clinging on for dear life (or so it felt). Still, a great adrenaline rush and the guide was really helpful, telling stories of drug running in the region, and other interesting facts. A quick dash across the island and we joined the paragliding excursion, a surprisingly easygoing affairs (again we were first timers). Whilst our time up there was relatively short (5 minutes perhaps), the views were excellent and it was good fun. Concluding Coco Cay with a good BBQ buffet and relaxation on the beach (where there was plenty of space), we joined the last boat back to the cruise ship for our third night on board. Due to the fact we were not scheduled to arrive at the next port until slightly later, we planned Wednesday to be a big party night. Beginning the evening with the reasonably good comedian, we had another pleasing meal before going to the Sky High lounge for a Latino band, more entertaining, for a few colorful characters heckling the band. With more drinks and exploring the various decks and bars over the course of the evening, we again visited the disco and realized the DJ was playing many of the same tunes as the first night. Heading down to the Paint Your Wagons bar, we watched some good karaoke, though it was evident that the same people hung around this place every night. Key West was a really nice place – it had loads of character with great architecture and whilst certainly it was very much embracing the tourist industry, it was still an interesting place to spend the day. The only activity we had scheduled in Key West was the Crazy Boat which may not sound particularly enticing or cultural … but it was hilarious. Bouncing around in the harbor on a boat spinning around and around, we all got completely soaked to the skin (as promised). Exploring more of the town, we ate some Key Lime Pie, (which was delicious) before wandering over to the other end of the town and a picture opportunity at the very bottom of the USA. Skipping a few of the bars with dubious singer/songwriters, we had a good time at Fat Tuesdays – great frozen drinks – before returning to the ship. Evidentially many of the passengers had taken advantages of the various bars of Key West and were rather worse for thenwear … although the ship security ensured they were not too disruptive to the families on board. The final evening was a more subdued affair – possibly because of the early departure time or equally because many of the passengers were sleeping off what they had drunk whilst in port. Despite this, we had a good final meal before retiring early to pack our bags. Disembarking the following morning was easy and as we had booked a final excursion to the Everglades (informative if a little brief), we were let off early than others (not a bad thing). Overall, we enjoyed the cruise even if not everything was to our taste (where was the wide range of music promised?). Despite this, the food was excellent and plentiful and the staff were very helpful and polite throughout. We were on our honeymoon and Royal Caribbean were very generous in the package they gave us, including champagne, chocolate treats, photos, etc. Whilst we certainly would not cruise every holiday, it is certainly something we would consider again given this happy experience.

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May 18, 2006

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Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Katie Just returned from my first cruise ever and it was a blast. We had planned this cruise as a celebration of some birthdays. 10 couples went and all 20 of us had a blast! We are all in our 20's and 30's. We got on the ship pretty quickly on Friday. We did not check any of our luggage and carried it right on board with us. The staterooms do not open until 1

pm, so we just brought our stuff to lunch with us and then dropped it off in the room right after. ROOMS: Yes, they are small, but totally manageable. I was actually surprised by the amount of closet, cabinet and drawer space they give you. Many people complained about the shower – it was fine. The shower head adjusts and it stays hot the whole time. The pressure was great too! We were on the third floor in an ocean view room – the window was small, but it was nice to be able to look out. I thought the bed was really comfortable as well. Our stateroom attendant was great – our room was always clean and she was always around. She even let us know which of our friends were still in their rooms and which were out and about! FOOD: If anyone complains, they have issues. There are options for everyone and plenty of them. While it is not 5 star quality, it is great and the choices are endless. We all loved the pizza – especially after spending time in the nightclub! The frozen yogurt machines were very popular as well. The dining room staff is amazing and they take very good care of you. And you can order as much as you want! We ate the whole time! POOL: Loved hanging by the pool. It was never too crowded and the staff came by constantly to bring you drinks (which are great!!!) The water is super relaxing and they play fun music all day long. There were always plenty of chairs and I never felt worried about leaving my stuff there when we went inside to grab a bite to eat. SHIP: Super clean! There are always people working. The elevators are a little slow – but it was nice to take the stairs as well. We had a blast in the casino and at the On Your Toes nightclub! The Quest (adult scavenger hunt) was amazing! There are always a ton of activities going on. The gym and spa are wonderful – I especially enjoyed the steam room and sauna. COCO CAY and NASSAU: Coco Cay is amazing! It is a tiny little island with everything you can imagine! We signed up for the snorkeling and had a great time. We saw a ton of fish – even a starfish! There is a sunken airplane and it was a lot of fun to snorkel out to it. The BBQ lunch was great too! We loved the shops in Nassau – they had great knock-off designer bags and jewelry stores. Lunch at Senor Frog’s was very fun! It was nice to see a Starbucks and a Haagen Dazs. Overall, it was a blast – especially with a big group of friends! We can’t wait to plan our next trip – and hopefully it will be for more than 3 days!

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By Kim_CR

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May 7, 2006

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Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Kim This cruise was a private charter for an insurance company. Having only previously sailed on Carnival (Inspiration and Conquest), I was interested in trying another cruise line. Overall, it was a pleasant trip, but I can say now that I do prefer Carnival over Royal Caribbean. The best part of this cruise was that you are in a port every day and do not spend

a lot of time on the ship. The ship is not BAD; it is clean and well-maintained, but it is not as beautiful as the newer ships and has fewer amenities. The primary reason I would not recommend Royal Caribbean is the size of the staterooms. They are literally ½ the size of Carnival staterooms (yes, even the Inspiration, which is not a new ship). We booked 2 staterooms for 6 people and after boarding, we saw that there was no way 3 adults and their luggage would fit into one room. Once the luggage had been delivered, 3 people literally could not get in the door in order to unpack. Fortunately, the ship was only 2/3 full and we were able to get an extra room, which made the trip much more comfortable. No matter what Royal Caribbean advertises, this particular ship does not have safes inside the rooms. The beds are also very narrow and although there is a roomy closet, drawer space is minimal. The food on the cruise was okay to good. The breakfast is so-so. They obviously use powdered eggs and the French toast was soggy. The lunches and dinners were much better and there were a few items that were very good. The crew on this ship were extremely friendly and service-oriented. They were always smiling a had a “good morning” for everyone. Ports of Call: All I can say about Nassau is that the water is beautiful and if you go here, do some type of excursion, and you will have a much better time. The shopping is not great unless you are going to buy diamonds or watches. The straw market is a joke. I’d say 90 % of the items I picked up had “made in China” stamped on them somewhere. After realizing the shopping was not panning out, we decided to check out Atlantis instead. Although $29 per person to enter is pricy, this was a much better option. The aquarium (called The Dig) and the grounds are truly spectacular. Coco Cay is a good beach day. There is a little straw market there as well, which had much better items at better prices than in Nassau. The snorkeling is fine and very safe, as the lagoon is roped off and there are plenty of lifeguards. Not being a barbeque eater, I can’t comment much on the beach food. There did seem to be a lot of variety and there was plenty of fresh fruit, salads, and desserts available in addition to the barbeque fare. Key West was incredible and I wish RCI would change the itinerary to spend more time here and less in Nassau. There is so much to do and see…plenty of beaches, museums, art galleries, bars, restaurants…something to suit everyone’s taste. The residents are all very friendly. If you want a great place to have lunch, check out the Old Mexico Café on Duval Street. The food is delicious and very authentic! I also recommend Hemingway House. We had a great tour guide and I loved petting all the six–toed cats. Overall, a good trip, but I think I will stick with Carnival or try another cruise line like Princess or Celebrity next time.

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By Gwen_CR

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Apr 30, 2006

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Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Gwen First off, I would like to say that my husband and I absolutely loved this cruise! If you're looking to relax, looking to party, or just looking for fun activities, this ship has it all. Like another reviewer said, our entire boarding procedure was extremely easy because we planned everything online beforehand. We only waited in line for about 5-10 minutes,

and once we were at the counter, it only took them about a minute to check us in because we had all our documents. So I highly recommend booking and paying for all your excursions online before your trip, and filling out the online check-in form so that you have your sea pass readily available. I found it even easier to purchase a folder and keep everything in there. I put each document in a clear sheet protector, so they didn’t even have to take anything out and I didn’t have to worry about losing any of it. Keep in mind that after December of this year, you will be required to have a passport to go on any cruise leaving the United States. Don't leave it to the last minute, or you may not get your passport in time. I read several reviews about the ship being old and needing updated, but we did not see this anywhere. Maybe we're just not very picky, but it seemed very clean and updated to us. As far as luxury, of course it's not going to be as luxurious as say, Disney, but it's still very well maintained. There are employees constantly walking about picking up items and cleaning down tables. We had a room on the second floor, and while it was very small (I wouldn’t recommend it for claustrophobic people) we didn’t mind at all because we were doing so much that we were only in the room to sleep and that’s it. I actually wouldn’t recommend a room with a veranda unless you’re going on a 7-night or longer cruise. You’re just not in your room enough for it to be worth it. And they are constantly cleaning your room, so whenever you have to return, the bed is always made and new towels are readily available. The cruise has so many things to do. We are a pretty young couple and didn't mind going from activity to activity. But if you want to relax more, you may miss out on some of the activities because there are just so many. We found the comedic juggler to be the best performance on the ship. They also had a regular comedian, but we didn't really think he was that funny. That is one thing we're picky about I guess. But I’m sure there are different comedians each trip, and it’s all a matter of taste whether you will like them or not. They also had Vegas style shows with singing and dancing. They had pool parties with ice sculpture demonstrations and midnight chocolate buffets. They also had karaoke, bingo, newlywed games and night clubs. The casino was pretty big, and in addition to the slot machines, they had poker tables where they would hold competitions. The last day of the cruise, I had about $.75 in change in my pocket and put it in a machine out of fun and won $20.00. Not much, but off $.75 that isn’t bad! So you can win in the casinos. In addition to all of this, they had several pools and hot tubs, a rock climbing wall, a library, a basketball court, ping pong tables, an internet area and several bar areas. If you have kids, they have programs that they will literally spend all day in. We didn’t bring our kids this trip, but we wouldn’t hesitate to do so next time. We went to the wrong floor one time and there was an employee taking care of the children and he was absolutely wonderful with them. I would trust their employees with my kids if we would have taken them because they seemed really friendly and kid-orientated. The biggest thing I would recommend on the ship is the ‘unveilings’ that are held each night before dinner. Each shop does an unveiling where they display their merchandise, and everything they display is on sale. There was a ring that my husband had wanted for sometime that we could never afford before, that was only $150.00 on the ship. These rings in the states normally sell for $700-$2,000, so it was a very good deal. I would also recommend the art auction, as they have a lot of fine art at reasonable prices. If they do a raffle, be sure to put your name down. They did a raffle to see who could guess the price of a Picasso they had onboard. They announced the closest guess at the auction, and my husband was the closest! So we came home with 5 art pieces worth $500.00 each. So you can find a lot of great deals and prizes on the ship. The food was very good. We really enjoyed dinner and found the staff to be very friendly. A tip we learned from our waiter is that, if you don’t talk to them a lot and have a ‘stiff’ attitude, then they’re not as fun. But the staff will go out of their way for fun people that joke around and have a good time. Our waiters not only served us, but they would stand around and talk to us as well because we were very friendly with them and would joke around with them. I do have to say however, that I like Disney Cruise Lines breakfasts better than Royal Caribbean. It was still good, but compared to our other cruise it wasn’t. The ports were wonderful. Keep in mind at Nassau that people will hound you for their services and merchandise. I would highly recommend bringing one dollar bills to that island, because they are really bad about giving change. They will sell something to you for $7.00, and if you only have a ten, they say they are going to get change and don’t. You have to keep hounding them for it. It’s a sales tactic, because they’re hoping you will forget about it. Also, they will put necklaces on your neck without asking, saying they are free, and then ask for a ‘small donation’ once they are on. Well, as soon as you pull out any money, they just grab it and walk off with it. Even if it’s a twenty dollar bill and you didn’t mean to give them that. But as long as you are polite and say ‘no thank you’ when you don’t want to purchase something, then they aren’t too bad. Coco Cay is definitely the best part of the cruise. If you are looking for that ‘paradise’ island with white sand beaches, palm trees, and crystal clear water, then Coco Cay is the place for you. I could stand in chest deep water and see my toe nails, the water was that clear. There is also an abundance of marine life, so the snorkeling is definitely worth it. We found it to be better than both Nassau and Key West. And the BBQ lunch was to die for! As far as Key West, the Pirate Museum was pretty interesting, and the shops were fun, but we didn’t do much else there because we did everything else on the other islands. If you’re scared of sharks and want to snorkel, I would recommend Coco Cay over Key West because there are sharks in Key West. They are harmless of course, but for someone that is scared of them, you might want to avoid snorkeling there. I hope this review helps! You definitely won’t be sorry on this trip. They have things for everyone. Just go into it with a laid back attitude and you will be fine. Ya mon!

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Apr 20, 2006

Bahamas

Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Lauren Sustic As a bachelorette party, I decided to take (11) of my girlfriends on a three day cruise to the Bahamas out of Miami on April 21st. Our group’s age range was 27 to 46, and we were strictly going for fun and sun. So most of my review will be geared toward the group cruiser looking for a party. I couldn’t find any such reviews prior to my trip.

I booked the trip through Royal Caribbean over the phone in January, and chose to have them book a hotel in Miami for the night before departure. The hotel was very nice and the fees included our transfer via bus to the Miami port. Royal Caribbean must get a good deal for this hotel (Radisson), because I tried to reserve it myself independent of the cruise and the price was higher. This was an easy way to do things, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to settle in before boarding the boat. We all reserved our own airfare, which was less expensive than through the cruise and a direct flight from Detroit with most of us together. We arrived at the port at 12:00 and immediately boarded the boat after showing our identification and tickets. Everything went quickly and smoothly. Between the bus and the boat, it took 20 minutes. Two girls have the same first names, so their reservations somehow were mixed up, but that was cleared up right away at the purser’s desk. We were all wearing the same T-shirts, which we had made before the cruise. The shirts had “Lauren’s Bachelorette Cruise” on the front and all of our first names on the back. It was surprising how many comments from other passengers we heard about how they liked that idea. Many women of all ages told us they wished they were in our group! We decided to check our rooms out before the rest of the ship. We had four interior cabins on Deck 2, three girls to a room. Yes, the rooms were tiny, but we knew we wouldn’t be spending much time in there anyway. There were two twin beds below and a bed that folded down from the wall to make an upper bunk. Royal Caribbean had our rooms near each other, which was nice. One special touch – one of our male friends back home ordered a surprise to be waiting for us in our room. We walked in to see two bottles of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. What a way to start a vacation! I would recommend that, if you have a close friend going on a cruise, this is such a nice gesture. I am going to do it myself for someone else! I guess you can just call the cruise line with the date and ship and set it up. We all packed our bathing suits in our purses, so some of us hung out at the pool until it was time to get ready for dinner and some girls checked out the ship. Yes, the Majesty is old and showing some wear, but it’s still beautiful. The pool was impeccably clean and it’s nice the way it is “stepped”. You can choose to just put your feet in, sit on the second step with water up to your waist, or totally jump in the center. Lots of chairs were available, which was surprising because so many people were on board. Lots of waiters were offering drinks. Of course, we HAD to indulge. After all, it was a bachelorette party and umbrella drinks looked so good. No being stingy with the liquor here; we could definitely taste the alcohol! After one of those, we beer drinkers ordered a bucket of beers piled with ice, which was much more economical than single cans. The service was good and it’s so easy to use those sea pass cards! Our luggage arrived around 4:00 so we changed and went to Karaoke. It wasn’t very crowded. Two in our group performed and the rest of us danced to distract from the crackling singing. It was a short session, about an hour and lots of laughs. The first night at dinner in the dining room was casual, so our outfits were short dresses or jean skirts. We chose late seating at 8:00. They sat us at two tables next to each other. In a nutshell, the service was excellent, the food was good, and we met some people around our table that were fun too. I especially enjoyed the appetizers. Every night in the dining room was the same, except for the second night, where apparel was formal. No complaints. After dinner, we met at martini bar. Why do those martini glasses make one feel so much more sophisticated?!!! We met a few nice couples at the bar, chatted, stayed for one and left. The bartender was attentive and friendly. On to the disco! Perhaps it was our age range because the music was perfect for us. The wait staff supplied us with ample beverages, but stayed out of our way enough to not interfere. There was a good crowd, but seats were plentiful because such a large number were dancing. There was some dirty dancing going on too, so people watching was fantastic. Most in the disco were our age or younger. I observed that, on land, people can get kicked out of bars for certain things, but it is much harder to get booted on a cruise ship. All in all, the disco was a riot. We stayed until the wee hours of the morning. The next morning, we awoke to our excursion tickets under the door. We had signed up, on-line, for parasailing on Royal Caribbean’s private island and the floating beach mat. Unfortunately, the envelope slid under the door informed us that there was a mechanical problem and parasailing was canceled. That was a disappointment, especially when we saw parasailers from another cruise line enjoying the activity when we went up on deck 11. Oh well. The weather was absolutely perfect; about 87° and sunny, and we boarded our tender at 10:00. That was easy. Only a ten minute wait and a quick boat ride. I misplaced my excursion ticket, but, on the island, they had all our names written down when handing out the floating mats, so it wasn’t a problem. There were little tiki huts with drinks spaced out well. Hammocks and beach chairs were everywhere. We saw a beach volleyball court. The sand was like talcum powder. Some laid in the sun, walked on the beach, some floated on mats, and a few of us played Baggo, a game much like horse shoes with platforms and bean bags. We were told some cruise ships had the game, but I couldn’t get an answer from Royal Caribbean on-line or over the phone, so we brought our own. Many strangers wanted to play, so it is a good game they should have. We played it on the island and on the ship. We held tournaments and people watched. At one point, most of our group gathered around one tiki hut bar on our stools and joked with the two bartenders. They were lots of fun! I never found a reason to complain about the staff. The service was awesome everywhere. In Nassau the next day, we shopped and stopped for a beverage every once in a while at the local bars. We were back on the ship for another Baggo tournament at 3:00. Our evening schedule included dinner, karaoke, casino, disco, and then to bed. The only complaint that I had was disembarkation. It took forever!!! I was on Carnival two years ago for the same cruise itinerary and that only took a half hour to depart. I felt bad for the kids (and their parents) who had to wait in line for almost an hour and a half. I never did figure out why it took so much time. We didn’t get to the taxi outside the boat until 1:00. I would recommend this for a bachelor or bachelorette party anytime. It is the perfect length of time for fun. Just when we had enough, it was time to go home. We didn’t bother anyone either, with our wild ways. There are mellow places for people to relax, separate children’s areas, and then the fun bars & casinos for the party lovers. I already booked our next cruise for our honeymoon. What a great way to travel. I can’t wait.

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Apr 16, 2006

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Royal Caribbean Internationl Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Erik F My partner and I just returned from this cruise to the Bahamas and Key West. It was my first cruise, and his third. The boarding process was very fast and simple. Some warned me ahead of time that there could be long waits in the terminal, and that passengers have to wait until called to board. Neither was the case. Instead, the terminal had long counters

with ample staff to help expedite the process. It was similar to checking-in at any hotel. All we needed was our SetSail Pass, Boarding Documents, Credit Card, and Passports. We did everything recommended beforehand Online, so the process took about 2 minutes, then we were free to board. Our stateroom on Deck 9 was more than adequate, clean, and we settled in right away. Our attendant came by and pointed out some of the options available: laundry service, room service, etc. He was very helpful and set a good tone for our vacation. Our luggage did not arrive at our stateroom right away, but we expected this, so we had a carry-on with everything we figured we needed before dinner. Who wants to unpack after boarding, anyway? We had a whole ship to explore and become familiar with! Some of the reviews I read on this site had me prepared for the worst. They suggested that this ship was old and showing its age. I guess people can find fault with just about anything, if that's what they are looking for. Considering the age of the ship and how many people must have enjoyed it, it does have a "lived-in" feel. The carpeting was worn in places and the decor seemed dated, but overall, it was clean and no different from any fine hotel I've stayed in. The ship has a relaxed feel to it and lots to do and see. We started our tour on Deck 2, and seeing how many staterooms there were there, I was happy we chose to spend a little more on a larger stateroom on Deck 9. I get claustrophobic at times, so maybe it is just me, but I wouldn't have enjoyed a lower stateroom. Our room was 9514, and since the hall was a dead-end with staterooms only on one side of the hall, it was ideal. The Centrum was pretty much as I expected. Multiple levels of shops, lounges, the dining rooms, excursion desk, etc. There was an over-abundance of artwork everywhere they hoped to auction off, but since we enjoy art, this was fine. There were long lines at the excursion desk, but since we took care of this Online, it only made me laugh at how ridiculously prepared we always are. There was also a line for soda passes and wine, but a crew member told us that soda passes can be bought at any bar on ship, so we skipped the unnecessary line and headed up to the pool on Deck 11. On Deck 11, there is the pool and Windjammer Cafe. We had breakfast and most lunches at the Windjammer, and the food was always good and plentiful. They have several different areas to sit; some more suited for the people coming from the pool in bathing suits, and other areas for the people coming up just to eat. We never had trouble finding a table with a view. And by the pool, we never had trouble finding chaises to relax on. We never felt like cattle or cramped. We had dinner in the Makaido Dining Room at Main Seating. I was a little apprehensive about the whole "dining room" thing, thinking that the experience would be like a bad wedding where one is seated with the long lost Uncle who everyone wished would really be lost. Luckily, it was not like this at all. We were seated with just one other couple, and it was fun to get to know them and discuss what we all did that day or planned for the next. The waiter we had was disappointing and seemed disinterested, but even as bad waiters go, he was OK. The Head Waiter, too, was distant, and I think he only visits the table to show his face as a reminder of "I expect a tip at the end of the cruise". His half-hearted welcome was worth the $.75/day tip I guess. But even though we didn't click with these two, the experience was good, and the food was wonderful! Coming from a family of Chefs, I appreciate good food, and Royal Caribbean's was excellent. We did pass on the formal night, though, and opted instead to eat ashore in Nassau. Nassau was fun. We took a sightseeing tour which included Ardastra Gardens. There were only 7 of us on this tour, so the experience truly felt more personalized. Our guide took us past many of the points of interest, stopped at a few, then took us to the Gardens. Ardastra is really a small zoo with trails connecting the exhibits. It is small, maybe 5 acres, and has a quaint feel to it. The highlight there are these marching Flamingos, and they put on a little show with them. It was cute, and the walk around was nice, too. The guide was informative, and seemed to think that the words "Coconut", "Public Beach", and "Doctors, Lawyers, and Bankers" would enthrall us. It was comical and we enjoyed this excursion. After the sightseeing tour, we had plenty of time to stroll Nassau, including the Straw Market and the downtown. I especially enjoyed the architecture. The Straw Market was not my thing, but my partner enjoyed it. If one is looking for deals on T-shirts, or straw beach bags, then this is the place to go. A lot of other people seemed very interested in seeing Atlantis, but we stayed in the downtown area. I figured that if I want to see Atlantis, I'ld wait until we actually stayed there. The Bahamian people are very friendly, and I never felt accosted. Yes, there are taxi drivers everywhere who think we all want to go to Atlantis, but after a gentle "No, thank you", they were satisfied and moved on to the next person. The following day, we were at Coco Cay. This is Royal Caribbean's private island, and it is all decked out in colorful, Bahamian decor. Our excursion for parasailing was cancelled due to mechanical problems, so we decided to just enjoy the beach and BBQ. There is also a Straw Market here, but it is not run by Royal Caribbean, and the vendors only accept cash. I would strongly recommend that one consider this before leaving the ship. I don't think there was an ATM anywhere, and we would have shopped here as it was more open and cleaner than in Nassau. Some may think it is too sanitized, but we are Disney lovers, and enjoy this environment of "Native Light". The BBQ on Coco Cay was the highlight, and as many wrote in other critiques,"Be sure to eat the ribs!" Key West was alot of fun. Before leaving the ship, everyone has to be processed by Immigration, but the process went quickly with no hassles. We took the Ghost and Legends Tour of Key West and had 10 people on this tour with us. It is a walking tour, and our guide was a knowledgable, fun lady. She was very attentive to the group; making sure we all had water or something to drink and planned our stops in areas with shade. It wasn't a hokey tour at all, but a very enjoyable way to get a feel of the history of Key West. We've been to Key West before, so after our tour, we went back to the ship to enjoy a lazy afternoon. Key West, however, is a great town, so I highly recommend getting to see as much as one can while there. With no day at sea, it is easy to miss much of what the ship has to offer, except at night. We went to the show the first night, which was a tribute of some sort to Latin music. My partner and I both thought it was terrible and on par with a high school recital, but were surprised later to find out others really enjoyed it. If our seats were better selected, we would have ducked out halfway through, so I recommend sitting near the back just in case. The comedian the second night was excellent, so aisle seats are not necessary. We also enjoyed the casino on the ship, played Bingo, and just relaxed. This cruise was a nice mix of heavy-duty partyers, families, and people who prefer to kick back with a book. It really is whatever one makes of it, and as the Assistant Cruise Director said several times, "Go ahead. You'll never see these people again". It was the right attitude to take. If I had to complain about anything on this ship, I would have to mention the elevators. Not because the ship doesn't have enough of them, but because so many people find it necessary to take the elevators just to go up or down one level. Because of this, the elevators are VERY slow. I highly recommend this ship to anyone looking for a getaway, and I would go again. Royal Caribbean serves many guests, but they truly go out of their way to give personal attention to everyone. No, Majesty of the Seas doesn't have an ice skating rink, but it's a beautiful ship and well worth every penny.

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Apr 1, 2006

Bahamas

Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Lacey This was our first cruise ever and it was amazing! When we first arrived to prepare to go to the ship, two of our bags had to be taken away because they were too large to carry on. Our bags did not arrive at our room until about 5:00, so pack clothes in a smaller extra bag. Note: If your bag is small enough to meet the size expectations that they use at the

airports to see if you can take you bag on the plane with you, then you should be able to take your bag on the ship with you. Contrary to other reports I have read, the boarding process was fairly quick, far faster than anything that I had expected. But, be sure to let the attendant know up front if you have any non-US citizen going on board. Because, it took our attendant several times before she got this right. All non-US citizens must turn in their passports and will get them back at the end of the trip. Once she gave us our SeaPass cards, which act as credit cards and room keys on the boat, we headed towards to escalators to board the boat. The people who checked our SeaPass cards before we entered the boat were not too friendly or happy, but don’t worry, these people do not come on to the boat with you. When walking down the walkway to enter the ship, we noticed a really long line up. Soon, we realized that it was a man who was taking pictures on a special background. Note: You do not have to have your picture taken. Just walk past the line up. Finally, we were boarding the ship. When we entered the ship, the staff was already friendly. Not one person hounded us to buy wine or soda packages. There were tables set up and if you were interested, you went to the table and signed up for it. Note: I would not recommend the soda package. It is four dollars a day per person. Every meal is provided with Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water, Coffee, Tea, and Orange Juice. Plus, during the day, you are not on the boat and the people at the ports will not honor it. Also, you can buy wine by the bottle during dinner and if you do not finish the bottle, they will save it for you to drink the next night. We went up to the rooms and put some of our bags away. Then we headed upstairs for lunch in the Windjammer Café. We barely made it because they stop serving at 3:30. The food there was pretty good, but was not hot in the slightest. It was what you would expect from a buffet. The desserts that they served, however, were excellent. We spent some time roaming around the ship, and then had to get ready for the mandatory lifeboat emergency process. We had to grab our life jackets out of our room and then go to the lifeboat station. And of course, we had to wait until everyone on the ship was at his or her station. Surprisingly, it only took about 30 minutes. Next, it was time for dinner at the Maytime. We had the first seating at 6:00 and I strongly recommend it. Our waiter was extremely nice and helpful. He was always able to recommend a good dinner plate and a good bottle of wine. When we sat down, he introduced himself and told us where he was from. He asked us how our cruise was going. He then gave us our menus and we chose from pretty large selection of food. The Caesar salad was very good, and always cold, not warm like the other report said. Our head waiter, Wilma, then came and greeted us with a big smile and talked with us for about five minutes, asking about how the trip was going and telling us about the other stuff that would be going on later that night. She even knew what country we were coming from. She came back three others time and was friendly every time. We then went to the singing and dancing show, which was okay. Tired from the long day, we went back to our room and were surprised to see a chocolate on our pillows. We stayed on level 5 in a stateroom with a window. It was tiny, but it was big enough to be comfortable. Besides, it isn’t like we spent the whole day in it. Nassau: Be prepared- the second you get off of the ship and into the city, people will ask you if you want tours or your hair braided. Just say ‘no thanks’ and they will leave you alone. The city was basically the same type of stores over and over again. We walked through some of them, and passed on others. It is a pretty poor city, but in no means will you feel endangered. Then we went to the straw market. Wow, what a busy place. However, it was a ton of fun. It is just the place to go for the knock off designer purses (which there are millions of), jewelry, t-shirts, and magnets or key chains. There is just a lot on fun stuff. The people do not hound you or anything and, contrary to the other report, if you touch the item, they will not jump all over you until you buy it. Keep in mind: You can barter with them to get a lower price, but these people do have to make a living, so please respect that. We went back to the ship for lunch. And came out for a little bit after dinner, but there wasn’t much more to see. We didn’t go to Atlantis, seeing as you have to pay for almost everything there. Coco Cay: Amazing!!! One of the best places I have ever been. There was snorkeling and Jet Ski trips, parasailing and kayaks. Everything you could imagine. I rented a mat for $10 and kept it the entire day. It was definitely worth it. They provided a wonderful BBQ lunch for us and we went back to the boat at about 3:00, when we had to go. It was just a wonderful little island. Key West: Was okay, not that great. It was nothing special, just a lot of junk stores. Note: If you feel like touring, rent a little car on the island. For $69, you get the electric car, which seats four, for two hours. You can drive around the island and see what you want to see, instead of going on the train/bus tour. The butterfly place was amazing. Go and see that. Getting off the Boat: Quick and easy. Note: Do not let them take your bags from you the night before. Keep them with you and carry them off. Otherwise, you will have to wait for them. Overall: Excellent cruise. I would highly recommend this. Crew was always friendly and there was no rocking what so ever. They are however, completely redoing the ship later at the end of the year. I would strongly recommend this cruise.

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Mar 24, 2006

Bahamas

Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Christie This was our second cruise, the first was on the Voyager of the Seas. I was interested in the itinerary for this cruise and decided to book on the Majesty. I was a little afraid that I would be spoiled by the Voyager and wouldn't enjoy the smaller ship experience as well. I was right. Everything about the Voyager was far better than was offered on the Majesty. If you

decide to book the Majesty and have been on larger ships, just go into this trip with lower expectations. We did this and had a wonderful time. Embarkation was very smooth. We arrived at the port shortly after noon and were on the ship within 20 minutes. Make sure you have all of your paperwork filled out ahead of time, it will save a lot of time! On our previous cruise, we were greeted in the embarkation area with smiles and cookies from RCCL staff. Neither of these were present this time. It was a hurry up deal, with no time for welcomes from the staff. You won't be allowed into your staterooms until after 1 pm, so make sure to bring a change of clothes in your carry on so you can go up on deck and enjoy the sunshine immediately! A wonderful lunch buffet was waiting on the 11th deck in the Windjammer. We signed up for the soda package for our two daughters, which was $24 each for the 4 day cruise. It seemed like a good deal, however, you spend most of your time at port and this isn't honored in the dining room. Not a good deal at all, I wouldn't do this again. At least on an itinerary with sea days, like the Voyager had, you got use out of these packages. I dreaded to see what our staterooms would look like...We had a balcony room on the Voyager and the only balconies on this ship are suites, which we did not book. We had a window on the 5th floor. Originally we booked on the 8th floor, but beware! These rooms all have obstructed views from the life boats so we changed to the 5th floor. I couldn't believe how small the room was! Our daughters slept in bunk beads that folded out from the wall. When these were down in the evening, it was so tight that two people couldn't be in the bed area at the same time. We spent as little time as possible in there, which was a shame. We spent a lot of time on our balcony on our previous cruise. The ports of call were excellent, which was the only good part about this cruise experience. The weather was perfect throughout. One word of warning to those that have motion sickness tendencies, bring dramamine or a scopalamine patch! I never had a problem with this on the Voyager, which also sailed out of Miami. The first day when we sailed out, me and my 11 year old were terribly sick from the motion. The pursers desk was handing out sea sickness tablets like candy and they worked well, thank God! Only kept us down for about an hour. I couldn't even say which port was my favorite, I loved them all. In the Bahamas we booked the Atlantis Beach Day excursion through the shore excursions desk on board. Previously, I had booked all shore excursions on line. I would highly recommend this if you know exactly what you want to do. We weren't sure and waited until on board to finalize our plans. If you do book on board, be very sure they are booking you for the correct excursion! Unfortunately, the desk agent booked us on the wrong one. She booked us on the Atlantis Tour, where we paid a ton a money to have a narrated tour of the hotel, grounds and aquariums. The beach break excursion would have provided us with a chair and towel on the Atlantis private beach, a ticket for lunch at the poolside diner, and privileges to tour the hotel and grounds on our own. BIG DIFFERENCE. It was disappointing, but we ended up making the best of it. We had to rent chairs and buy towels and lunch, but still got to enjoy the beach for the day. The surf at the beach was so much fun, huge waves and beautiful tourqoise water! You will get hounded as soon as you get off the ship with people wanting to braid your hair. If you're interested in this, make sure you talk them down in price. My daughters had their crowns only done and the prices started at $70 each and got down to $45 for both of them. You'll also get hounded at the straw market. Don't pick anything up unless you think you want to buy it. As soon as you pick it up, they'll be all over you! Senor Frogs is right off of the pier and was a lot of fun for lunch/dinner or just drinks. Coco Cay was awesome! I was so glad that we were able to stop there. I read a lot of reviews and many times they aren't able to stop because of rough seas or high winds. It truly is an island paradise. So many people got terribly sun burned there. Make sure to keep applying sunscreens throughout the day. The snorkeling was good, with interesting things to look at. I liked the fact that you could snorkel at your leisure throughout the day. They have a shipwreck and an air plane at the bottom with lots of colorful fish swimming near by. We also saw a barracuda in a deep hole. If you plan on bringing your own snorkeling gear, they will insist that you rent a vest for $6. We saw people try to sneak in without a vest and they got caught and weren't allowed to snorkel without renting one. Key West was also a fabulous stop. I had never been there before and wanted to take the trolley car tour to get a tour of the whole city. I had done this same tour in San Diego. You could stay on for the whole narrated loop, or you could get off at a stop and look around and get back on the trolley when you were ready. I tried to book this through the shore excursions desk also. This time I asked a lot of questions to make sure I was getting what I thought I was getting. They kept telling me that the trolleys don't make stops, that it was a 90 minute narrated tour. I'm really glad I didn't book it. When we got off the ship, it was easy to find the trolley station at Mallory Square. We bought tickets there (much less than RCCL pricing, of course) and were able to get off and on as we liked at the different stops. I found out that RCCL's trolley excursion was different and did not have stops. It's sad that they couldn't tell me that if I wanted to purchase a tour that made stops that I could do that in Mallory Square. I had to find this out on my own. We were able to see the entire island and got off at several spots: At the Key Lime Pie Factory for some Key Lime Pie in a beautiful little courtyard behind the store. We got off in the center of the Duval St. action and went into Sloppy Joe's and did some shopping. I found this spot to be the best for shopping for T-shirts, etc. We also got off at the Southern most point and had our pictures taken there. We stopped at Higg's Beach for a while and just relaxed on the beach. Although the island is small, it would have taken the entire day to walk to all of these places (or plenty of $$ to take taxis). The trolley was an excellent mode of transportation and you get to see everything. At the end of the trolley tour, we asked our guide where we could go to inquire about parasailing. He pointed us to a booth behind Mallory Square, the boat dock was by the A & B Lobster Shack. We ended up getting tickets for $35 each, and were able to fly tandem andleave right away. RCCL wants $79 each to parasail in any of the ports. HUGE savings! And this was a reputable island company. They were so friendly and explained everything to a nervous group of 4 that had never parasailed before. It was the highlight of our trip, an absolutely incredible experience! They took us behind Sunset Key and we flew for a long time, certainly longer than the 6-7 min. that RCCL gives. We went off of the platform on the boat and going up and down was very smooth. They did foot dips for free, where I saw other companies charge an extra $10 for this. The views of the ship and water were absolutely amazing from 400 feet up! We had the late seating for dinner this time, on our previous cruise we had main seating at 6 pm. I actually like the late seating because we didn't feel rushed to get back to the shop from port to get ready for dinner. There was always pizza or wraps in the Windjammer for late afternoon snacks when we got back on the ship that tided us over until dinner time. I noticed a huge difference in the friendliness of staff between this cruise and our previous 3 years ago on the Voyager. The staff on the Majesty weren't going out of their way for you. The wait staff in the dining room were o.k. The head waiter spent about 30 seconds at our table each night. On our last cruise, the head waiter knew all of our names and asked us about our day, etc. Even our waiter never asked about our day or if we were enjoying the cruise. He was fiendly, but there was nothing special about how any of them treated us. Our assistant waiter seemed ticked off that we didn't order drinks at dinner. We're not big drinkers and I like water with dinner. My water glass sat empty several times and I had to ask to have it refilled. ???? The dinners were a bit disappointing...I'm not one to complain about food at a restaurant and don't feel my standards are high. I had heard there was no lobster, and there wasn't, not on a short cruise. The dinners were not in line with a 5 star restaurant, that's for sure. So go into the cruise with this in mind. I would say it's about what you would get at a supper club, not an upscale restaurant. There was shrimp one night. Otherwise a lot of steak, chicken and pasta dishes. The food was "good", nothing spectacular, but always barely warm. The cesear salad was always warm also and limp, every single night. The desserts were very good and we always ordered several for us to share and sample without a problem. I had heard there were some great shows not to miss....the Wild, wild west show and others. They didn't have any of these! There was a comedian one night, that was pretty funny. Another night there was a comedian/magician. He was o.k. The other two nights were the ship singers and dancers. The dancing was excellent but they didn't "wow" me with their singing. I've heard much better on American Idol! It's hard not to compare to previous cruises. We had a fabulous experience on the Voyager previously and the Majesty fell way short in every aspect, from the rooms to the service to the food and the entertainment. You can definitely see the wear and tear from the years she's been sailing. If you can look past all of this, which we knew we would have to do, the cruise was worth it to see the ports of call. These definitely make the trip.

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Mar 20, 2006

Bahamas

Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Reviews Pete JUST GOT BACK FROM OUR RCI MAJESTY OF THE SEAS CRUISE, WHAT A GREAT TIME! THE WEATHER COULD NOT HAVE BEEN ANY BETTER !WE FLEW IN THE DAY BEFORE WHICH I AND OTHERS HIGHLY RECOMMEND! WE STAYED CLOSE TO THE AIRPORT AT FAIRFIELD INN WEST/DORAL.(50$ON PRICELINE) THAT EVENING WE WENT DOWN TO BAYSIDE MARKET PLACE AND ATE AT BUBBA BGUMPS. IT WAS VERY GOOD AND FUN. THE

NEXT DAY (MONDAY) TOOK THE HOTEL SHUTTLE (10:30) TO THE PORT(12$PER ROOM) CHEAP! TRAFFIC WAS TERRIBLE. DOWNTOWN MIAMI IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND OF COURSE IT IS BY THE PORT ENTERANCE. LOTS OF SEMI TRUCKS CLOGGING YOUR WAY. WAS AT RCI TERMINAL BY 11:30. UNLOADED OUR LUGGAGE TO THE PORTER AND WENT TO CHECK IN. THE CHECK IN PROCESS WAS VERY EASY AND QUICK IF YOU DID THE ONLINE CHECK IN. ONCE ONBOARD WENT UP TO WINDJAMMER FOR A VERY GOOD LUNCH. WENT BACK DOWN TO DECK 5 FOR OUR BAGS. TO OUR SURPRISE OUR BAGS WHERE THERE ALREADY. WE UNPACKED AND WAS AT THE POOL BY 1:30. SPENT THE REST OF THE DAY AT THE POOL RELAXING TILL IT WAS TIME TO GET READY FOR DINNER(8:30)WE LIKE THE LATE SEATING BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT RUSHED GETTING BACK TO THE SHIP AT YOUR PORTS OF CALL. NASSAU WAS THE 1ST PORT. WE DID THE SHOPPING THING. QUITE A FEW NICE STORES. WAS BACK ON THE SHIP BY 1:00. WE ATE LUNCH AND WENT POOL SIDE FOR THE REST OF THE DAY TILL DINNER. THAT NIGHT IT WAS FORMAL NIGHT. DINNER WAS VERY GOOD! THAT NIGHT THEY ALSO HAD A VERY NICE MIDNIGHT BUFFET. THE NEXT DAY WAS COCOA CAY. THIS WAS OUR HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP. WHAT BEAUTIFUL ISLAND! WATER WAS SO CLEAR AND CLEAN. WENT TO THE BACK SIDE OF THE ISLAND AND RELAXED. I DID WALK OUT ABOUT 300YDS.AND SAW 12 STINGRAYS. LUNCH WAS VERY GOOD AND ENJOYABLE. WAS BACK ON BOARD BY 3:30 AND WENT UP TO POOL DECK. HAD ANOTHER GOOD DINNER THAT NIGHT. ALSO THEY HAD A CHOCOLATE BUFFET THAT NIGHT ALSO. THE NEXT DAY WAS KEY WEST. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL FUN PLACE TO BE. LOTS OF SHOPS AND BARS AND THINGS TO DO. JUST NOT ENOUGH TIME THERE. I WISH RCI WOULD SWITCH NASSAU KEY WEST TIMES AROUND. NEXT DAY TIME TO GO HOME (SAD). OVERALL WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS FOR A FIRST CRUISE OR A SHORT GETAWAY! THE SERVICE WAS VERY GOOD AND THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD BUT NOT GREAT. WOULD DO IT AGAIN!

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Jan 30, 2006

Bahamas

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Paul Thomas My wife and I cruised for the very first time aboard the Majesty of the Seas, for our 30th wedding anniversary, January 30 - February 3, 2006. While I had seven + different reasons why I would not like cruising before, those perceptions are over for us now. We arrived on the ship at noon on Monday, and were able to place our carry-on luggage in our room

immediately, as the room was available, room 3000, at the front of the ship. We had a great buffet lunch in the Windjammer cafe on the 11th floor, the fish served made us optimistic that the food would be excellent. The state room is smaller in size, somewhat tight, but once I figured out how to get the suitcases under the bed, we were just fine. While the weather was so-so prior in Miami Beach, the weather in the Bahamas was spectacular, temps about 78 degrees, and water temp about 70, not bath water, but for this New Jersey couple in January, who could complain. The dinners aboard ship are excellent, and we eat out a lot, the food is as good as a 3 star restaurant, the service and entertainment are top notch. We saw three shows, and the piano player, rock band and night club are all fun choices, The private island, CocoCay was another beautiful day, and although the ship was filled to capacity, chaise lounges were very available, and zero lines for lunch or the return shuttle. What a view of the Majesty as you sit on a private Bahamas island. A great adventure, that left us dreaming of another cruise ! Overall, what's not to like ? Excellent food and service, great ports for a short cruise, and all ages of very nice people aboard. Royal Caribbean quite impressive.

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Jan 30, 2006

Bahamas

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Jeff and Deb Woodard Hello - My wife and I cruised on Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas from January 30th to February 2nd, 2006. This short four-night cruise was our 11th RCCL cruise (that makes us Diamond Crown and Anchor members); we departed out of Miami and visited Nassau-Bahamas, Cococay (private RCCL island, in the Bahamas) and Key West-FL. We are 34

and 39 years old; I am a Finance Director, my wife is a Realtor. My wife earned this cruise by selling a certain amount of real estate in 2005; so the airfare and tickets were paid for by her company. They booked us in an outside 'porthole' stateroom on deck 2, (this was quite different as we normally book suites on deck 10, and we prefer 7 night cruises, but, hey, the price was right!) As I said, this was our 11th RCCL cruise - we like Royal Caribbean very much, they have always taken great care of us and we are loyal to them. We go into every cruise with a great attitude, we understand that sometimes things out of anyone's control happen (i.e. weather, simple mistakes - we are all human, the fact that people have a variety of tastes, etc…) - we know we are going to have a good time. In fact, our biggest pet peeve is cruisers that are so arrogant they don't think rules apply to them, or so inept to think everything should be 'free', all the time. That being said, we had a wonderful time and following are some remarks to pass along about this cruise. Embarkation. Per normal we arrived in Miami the day before the cruise, stayed at a no frills Crowne Plaza the night before, and had transportation get us to the Port of Miami at 10:30 AM. We always arrange our own airfare and ground transportation - we have found the prices much better and far less crowded. Being Diamond Crown and Anchor members, we were immediately taken to the Chairman's Club lounge while the RCCL staff prepared to check everyone in. Our hope was to upgrade to a higher deck, bigger cabin, but we quickly found out that over 1/2 of the ship was chartered by members of a Mexican pharmaceutical company - the ship was completely full, so no upgrade. We got checked in and issued our Seapass cards about 11:15 and boarded Majesty at 11:40 - for the first time ever, we were the first ones to board - that was fun. The Ship - Majesty of the Seas is an older ship, the cabins are smaller but functional. Our deck 2 stateroom simply had a desk and chair, a relatively spacious closet and the 2 beds pushed together horizontally against the outside 'porthole' wall. The bathroom had a stand up shower, a sink/mirror area and the toilet. We brought one medium suitcase and one large suitcase, both easily fit under the beds. While Majesty was beginning to show some signs of age - she was very well maintained, continually being cleaned and painted. The pool area was clean, as were the lounges, shops, dining rooms and casino. The biggest change we saw was Majesty no longer had the rugs in the elevators that showed the days of the week (they were changed daily), they are all now hardwood floors. The Dining rooms and the Food - we ate Main Seating dinner (another first for us) on the upper level of the main dining room. I have been hearing people whine about the quality of RCCL's food for the past 10 years and it could not be further from the truth. All food in the main dining room was excellent, if something was not to your taste, you simply requested something else. The breads and appetizers were wonderful, the soups were some of the best I've ever had, the salads were good, the entrees were delicious and the desserts were excellent! We ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer - some of the food is buffet style, some is cooked to order - it was all very good. There is also a pizza station and room service - again, all good. I did the math on this once and it showed over 150 food options per day, and there are people who say its all no good - who has the problem here?!!?! We are now unsure of what seating we will do on the next cruise, we both felt there is no way we'd care for the first (main) seating, but it did give us much more time at night to take advantage of shipboard activities. The 4 day cruise has 1 formal night (day 2) and 3 casual nights (The 7 day cruises have 2 formal nights). Dress codes are 'suggested'; however, shorts, bathing suits, bare feet/sandals and tank tops are not permitted in the main dining room for dinner. The Bars - we are not huge drinkers but do enjoy our frozen drinks as we are in the tropics! The drinks were always consistent, my wife would alternate alcoholic and virgin drinks and she liked them both. One tip - the bartenders/bar servers are told to push the souvenir RCCL glasses, they are an extra charge and nothing all that special. We always ask for our drinks in a regular glass, we also avoid the pre-made drinks the bar servers carry around, we have found them to be not as good due to the melting and separation of alcohol. We strongly recommend the soda package if you plan on drinking any amount of coke/diet coke or sprite. It is about $6 a day for those unlimited drinks. It is easy to buy one package for 2 people and just share, the bar tenders don't care, they often gave us 2 diet cokes for the one sticker. We enjoyed the pool bars and the Viking Crown lounge very much. We don't care for the Schooner as it always seems to be very smoky. The casino bar was surprisingly not that busy, nor that smoky. As usual there were bar servers present at all the activities to take care of your beverage needs - all were very nice and polite even if you didn't order anything - the gratuities were automatically added on to the drink prices. On board activities - we are not sun worshipers. We have very fair skin and burn easily; so, while we enjoy the sun, we have to be careful. Overall, there are less on-board activities on the shorter cruises, possibly because there is no sea day. Each day has a port stop - and shipboard activities are greatly reduced while in port. That being said, all of the standard activities were offered - Bingo, karaoke, name-that-tune, trivia challenges, the obnoxious art auction, the Quest game, the Love and Marriage game, Captain's reception, fitness classes, the production shows, the rock climbing wall, line dance classes, various types of live music, the late night club DJs and so on. Pick what you like and enjoy! Ports of call: Nassau - we were at Nassau on day 2 from 8 AM to midnight. We've been to Nassau many times and it hasn't changed much. The straw market is very crowded, if you show the slightest interested in anything the sellers become very aggressive, but, there are some bargains to be found if you want to play the game. We did the rainbow reef snorkeling shore excursion - the ride through the harbor was nice but the snorkeling sight was very rough. The visibility was good, and there were some nice looking fish to be seen, but with the rough waves and the strong currents it wasn't that enjoyable. We have taken the Yellow Bird party boat excursion before and it has been fun. Many people went to check out the Atlantis hotel/resort/casino/aquarium - we heard various reports, some enjoyed it some not so much. We didn't do any shopping in Nassau - the deals aren't nearly has good as they used to be. I doubt we'll get off the ship next time we're in Nassau. Be advised you need your Sea Pass AND a photo ID to get on and off the ship in Nassau. Cococay - the private RCCL Island (day 3, 8 AM to 4 PM). We were at Cococay 4 or so years back and it was being renovated, so it wasn't much to see. I am happy to say that the renovations are finished and were a huge success! The beaches are clean and beautiful. The main snorkeling inlet has been dredged so it has a sandy bottom as far out as you can touch. There are plenty of beach chairs, a mini-straw market (laid out very nicely), clean restrooms, places to eat and drink and a nature trail. We snorkeled here as well and it was much better than Nassau. The airplane wreck site is very nice - lots of fish, the staged shipwreck was nothing special. There is also deep water (40-50 foot depths) snorkeling. This was incredible. We swam out over the shelf where the depth went from 10 feet to hundreds of feet very quickly. It was here 3 giant eagle rays swam directly beneath us - they were 8 feet across with 15 foot tails - it was an incredible sight to see. There is a lunch served on Cococay - while we did not stay for it we heard it was good (we prefer to eat in the comfort of the ship). Key West (day 4, 9:30 AM to 6 PM). Bottom line - we love Key West!! All passengers have to present themselves to US Customs before leaving the ship to go ashore in Key West. This process has greatly improved - once you are cleared by Customs (they stamp your Sea Pass card) you can go ashore immediately. In the past the entire ship had to be cleared before anyone could go ashore - this always caused delays. We got off the ship early and headed for Duval Street and (per normal) opened up Sloppy Joe's Bar. There is nothing quite like lunch, live music and adult beverages at Sloppy Joe's at 10:30 AM. We also visited Hog's Breath Saloon and several of the street corner jewelry shops. Local Color is a jewelry shop very near Sloppy Joe's - we have been buying earrings, toe rings, bracelets, necklaces and anklets from there for over 10 years, the merchandise and the prices are first rate - we highly recommend it. We also recommend the street corner jewelry shop diagonally across the street from Sloppy Joe's. We bought some bigger/thicker pieces there, which are somewhat hard to find elsewhere. Although we weren't able to stay for the nightly Sunset Celebration on Mallory Square this time, we still highly recommend catching it if you can - we have found some of the best hand made crafts and souvenirs there! You also need a photo ID plus you Sea Pass card to get back on the ship after visiting Key West. A note on shore excursions. I hear all the time that people can find a better rate booking on their own than a RCCL shore excursion. While this is sometimes true (and I stress 'sometimes'), we always book through RCCL for piece of mind - if something goes wrong on a RCCL booked shore excursion, the ship will wait for you. I hear at least once per cruise that someone booked a taxi tour of the island, or a fishing trip, or a trip to the beach on the other side of the island, for something like $10 less than the RCCL excursion, and they got stranded because the ship left without them. It happened on the cruise from Nassau, the group arranged for a taxi to pick them up, and it never showed up, the group had to pay for a flight to Key West, missing Cococay entirely, to catch up to the ship. Just keep that in mind when you are deciding what to do in port. The Casino. We get asked about the Ship's casino more often than I would have thought, so I'll throw out a couple observations here. Majesty's casino is somewhat small, only a dozen or so tables but lots of slots and video poker machines. We enjoy playing at the tables when it is not super busy, so we would like to see more tables and less slots machines. The table games consist of craps, roulette, various forms black jack (single deck, let it ride, wheel of fortune), Caribbean stud poker and 3 card poker. All card games have minimums of $5 to $25. It has been our experience that the nice thing about cruise ship casinos is the friendliness of the dealers and most other players. It is not a hard core gambling environment like Las Vegas; it is much friendlier; the dealers help you, which make it relaxed and fun. The best time to go to the casino is during the shows. Most passengers like to go to the shows, which leaves the casino (and many other areas of the ship) virtually deserted. Speaking of the shows - they are popular, but not with us. We have not been to a production show since the one we walked out of on our first cruise. There is an opening night show by the cruise staff, a comedian or 2, maybe an animal act or acrobats or a plate spinner, a headliner and a good-bye show. Don't get me wrong, these are wildly popular with the passengers, but they are just not appealing or entertaining to us. We use the time to go to other places on board while they aren't crowded. The shows are almost all replayed on the ship's closed circuit TV too if you think you missed something! Photos. Royal Caribbean loves to take your picture! From when you first board to the last dinner you are fair game to have your picture taken! Our advice here is to not buy your pictures until the last day - that way you can look over all of the pictures taken over the entire cruise and pick what you like best, as opposed to picking something and buying it on day 2 only to find out you took a better picture on day 4, but don't want them both. Cruise Compass. Every day the Cruise Compass is published and delivered to your cabin. This tells you all of the activities, eating options, entertainment, bar hours and gift shop/casino hours for the day. We suggest you keep one of these with you so you can refer to it throughout the day - they are very helpful. We have all of the Cruise Compasses from our Cruise - if anyone would like to see them, feel free to contact me. Connection options to the outside world. We did take our laptop and we were disappointed to find out that Majesty did not offer the Cyber Cabin option for internet access. There is the normal RCCL online internet café and a Wi-Fi package, both at 50 cents per minute. And, the ship satellite capabilities did allow for cell phone and data transmissions (GPRS) while at sea for most service providers - this was a first. I have a Blackberry/cell phone through Cingular and I had a signal everywhere except Cococay - and that may have been due to a shipboard problem as the internet café was down for a while then too. Perks. We are Diamond members of the Crown and Anchor society. This entitled us to priority boarding onto the ship as well as a private party (for Platinum and Diamond members) where we could talk with some of the Ship's officers and enjoy complimentary food and drink (we continually bring down the average age of this party). We were also given RCCL robes to use for the duration of the cruise, a gift from RCCL (this time it was a nice Majesty of the Seas tote bag) and the Diamond version of the Ultimate Value Booklet. This consisted of free photos, complimentary drinks, casino credits, gift shop discounts, wine discounts as well as discounts for the spa, coffee and Ben & Jerry's ice cream. RCCL also sends various 'thank you' surprises like fresh covered strawberries, fruit basket and champagne during the cruise. We also had a private debarkation lounge in the Library with a continental breakfast. It is a very nice perk that we appreciate and enjoy. Debarkation was relatively painless. We were staying over an extra day, so even though we had the ability for white luggage tags (first one to depart the ship) we didn't use them and slept in an extra hour and enjoyed a pleasant continental breakfast in the aforementioned private departure lounge. Once our color was called, we waited about 10 minutes then strolled back down to deck 5 and left the ship all in less than 10 minutes. We collected our luggage in about 15 minutes and made it through Customs in another 5 minutes. We were outside on the curb hailing a taxi a couple minutes later. What to pack, two words - don't over pack. This was a four night cruise and we saw couples with 5 and 6 large suitcases plus carry-ons and garment bags. When you are new at this, it is very easy to over pack; it’s best to plan your clothes by day - we figure a daytime outfit and an evening outfit, plus a couple extra pieces, just in case. This system has worked very well for us over the last 10 cruises, so feel free to contact us if you'd like any further opinions/information. Parting thoughts - again, we very much enjoyed this cruise, as we knew we would. I only have one minor disappointment on this trip, and it was really nobody's fault - the Purser's desk was busier than I have ever seen on any cruise, presumably because there we so many passengers that were part of the large charter group that had no credit and had to settle their SeaPass accounts daily, in cash, at the Purser's desk. The only other disappointment was the passengers that just "don't get it" - they seem mad all the time, at everything - those types of ultra self absorbed people I can do without. Everything was as close to perfect as you can get, including the staff, the food, the services, the activities, the cleanliness of the ship and so on. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about cruising Royal Caribbean, no mater if I touched on the topic in the review or not (we have also cruised on many other RCCL ships). I'm sure its obvious by now, we love to cruise and like helping other people to enjoy it as well. Looking forward to hearing from anyone who wants to chat. Bon Voyage! Jeff and Deb

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Jan 8, 2006

Bahamas

Royal Caribbean International Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review Bahamas Ela McAdams Let me start off by saying that we got married on this cruise, and it was a GREAT experience that everyone in our party enjoyed. I think it is a great way to get married for those who want everything included for one price and don't want to have to plan every last detail themselves. Royal Romance (the wedding subcontractor) arranges flowers, food, location,

licenses ... everything. Your primary responsibility is to get your paperwork back on time, double check their paperwork when they send it to you (read it carefully .. they could use some proofreading help!) and - most importantly - get your final guest list to them at least 30 days before the cruise. The wedding coordinator and officiant meet you and your guests before the cruise and walk you through everything. There are a number of wedding packages available including different levels of service. We picked the very simplest package, then added on a reception luncheon and it was wonderful. So, that is how we began our cruise. (The wedding happens when the ship is still in port, so non-sailing guests can attend.) After that, we started cruising! Let me start off by saying that I had read a number of reviews here before our cruise, and I was most worried about the ship being outdated and the food being substandard. We didn't find either one to be the case. We were on the last cruise before the ship is taken to dry-dock for refurbishment, but the ship was VERY clean, maintenance was constantly being done, and everything was in top form. Some of the decor (especially the pictures in the elevator!) did look a bit dated ... but absolutely nothing was dirty or worn. It just had sort of an 80's look (which actually made me think back a bit nostalgically to high school). But our bed linens looked sparkling new, the cabin was wonderful and well arranged, and the bed was super comfortable as well as spacious enough for two. Also, we were VERY impressed when our shower drain was slow, we called for maintenance, and a very friendly maintenance person was there in under five minutes! (He fixed it, too!) We also thought the food was great. There is a HUGE variety, particularly at breakfast. The breakfast is what you would expect at a rather all-inclusive buffet restaurant - all well-prepared, and with attention to presentation. I was impressed that there were some premium items - like platters of fresh lox! - and many health-conscious choices, like turkey sausage. I was also impressed that they made an effort to incorporate some variety. For instance, every morning, there were plain scrambled eggs and another type of scrambled eggs. I think the first day was scrambled eggs with veggies, the next day with cheese, and the day after that was "herbs". (As far as I can tell, the "herbs" in question were strictly parsley. But hey .. I guess that's an herb ...) Another thing that impressed us - the ship offers such a smooth ride! When we weren't near a window, we could literally not tell 90% of the time whether or not the ship was moving. I never saw anyone get seasick at all or mention feeling seasick. Dinners were also very good .. the staff is super attentive, and when I ordered two appetizers at most meals, this wasn't a problem at all. (One day, I liked two desserts and ordered both, and that wasn't a problem, either!) There was a "theme" for dinner each night (Italian, French, Mediterranean), and the food loosely matched that evening's theme. Overall, I had the feeling the food was prepared to be as non-exotic as possible, to keep the greatest number of people happy. But it was very good - I just wouldn't classify it as particularly exotic or adventurous. There was always at least one entree that seemed to be quite "simple", so even the fussiest eater would have a very simple meal they could select. If you wind up sitting with others who are friendly and outgoing, it helps a lot. We changed tables to be with my parents, and their companions were more outgoing than at our original table. This does make the cruise experience a lot more fun! Our first stop was Nassau, and while it was nice, it was our least favorite of the stops. We started off by walking around town, and that was good. We stopped by the library and museum and a very kind gentleman walking by decided on his own to stop and tell us a bit of the history of the place. That was great! The straw market was not that impressive, and the bathroom in the straw market is a definite "don't use unless desperate". (It has no toilet seats, no paper towels and no toilet paper). Bring your own toilet paper! The straw market is very cramped, and you have to climb over others to get down the aisles. The vendors sell pretty much identical merchandise and even though I enjoy bargaining, I didn't like the constant clamor of vendors trying to get our attention. We took the Yellow Bird cruise and it was WONDERFUL .. we would definitely do that again! They give you free rum punches out and back, and the live band on the ship is wonderful. It was very relaxing, and we had an hour on the beach, where we did some snorkeling. That was definitely the highlight of Nassau! (My parents took the glass bottom boat and also really loved it). The next day was supposed to be Coco cay, but that was cancelled due to wind. Instead, we went to Freeport. Communication about this was a bit scattered and inconsistent. The excursion desk ended up not being able to schedule any excursions for this stop, and the Australian gentleman at that desk gave us and my parents the rather confusing advice that "there are no activities in Freeport". That was a pity, because Freeport is actually VERY nice (my Dad said it reminded him so much of Hawaii!) and there is quite a bit to do. My husband and I were able to easily find a glass bottom boat tour to take (much cheaper than what the Excursion Desk would have charged us, too!). It was very nice .. beautiful blue water, lots of fish, and some sharks. It was a bit choppy, but we saw a lot. Freeport has a nice mini straw market, which we vastly preferred to Nassau's straw market! The stalls were larger and there was more variety of merchandise. (Prices were also a bit higher). The merchandise really covered the gamut, from junky stuff to very nice necklaces, bags and clothing. Freeport also has some beautiful shops, including many major brand names, and wonderful restaurants. I didn't see any real bargains, but I did see a lot of merchandise that I really liked! Also, all of the major hotel chains seemed to have resorts in Freeport, and they had all recovered from their recent hurricane damage, as far as I could tell. Our third stop was Key West, and we loved this one. We were lucky enough to have an EXCELLENT guide on our Hemingway House tour, and he really brought the town to life. He went way "above and beyond", telling us many interesting stories about the town and local legends. The house was great as well (for cat lovers as well as for Hemingway fans!). I would definitely recommend that tour! Afterwards, we went on our own to the Maritime Museum. It was more exciting than the name implies ... lots of information about pirate treasure and recovery operations of sunken ships. I had low expectations, thinking it would be dry and boring .. and I was wrong. We enjoyed it a lot. Another thing to not miss in Key West was the little enclosed mall next to the Customs House which includes the Blue Cat shop. We LOVED the Blue Cat .. it has lots of cat and dog merchandise, pictures of cats from around the world, and a very friendly proprietor. The rest of that mall had some wonderful shops, too, with high quality merchandise .. we were impressed. If we had had more time, we also would have toured the Little White House .. my Dad went, and said it was great! There are at least a couple of day's worth of activities in Key West, including the sponge shop, Customs House museum, the reef, etc. We were also impressed by how clean, beautiful and organized everything is. We would DEFINITELY visit Key West again! Overall, we had an EXCELLENT cruise, and no major complaints. I would recommend bringing a small pass holder to carry the sea pass in .. it makes life easier! Get your picture taken as often as you like .. you are under no obligation to buy it unless you like it. On formal night, they have numerous backdrops against which you can get your picture taken ... that was a lot of fun. Also, we really enjoyed the comedian the first night, although that was the only show we had time to attend. We found a few bargains in the on-ship shops, including some Kahlua at a great price. The clothing, on the other hand, was high quality but VERY expensive! Overall, it was a great cruise, and we really enjoyed it!

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By Amy_CR

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Dec 5, 2005

Bahamas

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Majesty of the Seas Bahamas Amy Overall we had a pleasant experience and would definitely recommend this cruise for anyone looking to get away on a short vacation. PROS— We both thought the food was very good! We ate dinner in the dining room every night and always found something we both liked that was very good. If you don’t like what they are having at dinner, you can always eat in the more casual

Windjammer café, get pizza in the sports bar, or order room service (nachos, hamburger, etc.). Make sure to go to the captain’s welcome because they give you unlimited free drinks during that hour (our choices were champagne or bahama mamas). They also have appetizers they serve you. We were in the later dinner sitting, so we frequently went to the Champagne Bar beforehand. If you like martini’s they had them on special starting at 5:00…so they were like $5.50 instead of $8.50. They also had appetizers there to snack on. I had read reviews before going that said they swarm over you trying to get you to buy wine packages for dinner when you board. We are not big wine drinkers and just walked past them and were never asked. We did order glasses of wine at dinner and found that to be very easy and the best approach. Also, we did not buy the soda pass cause didn’t think we would get our moneys worth. You can get unlimited tap water, iced tea, and lemonade…so that seemed like plenty to us. The pass is $24 and you can get unlimited juice and soda. You can get juice at breakfast for free though. We booked out excursions first thing when we got on the ship. We did the Atlantis Beach excursion in Nassau and were a little hesitant about paying so much, but found it to be very worth it. Atlantis was awesome and I would definitely recommend people to go there. We were able to use the beach there, which was also very nice and got lunch included. You can not use the pools and waterslides though, but it seemed that you could possibly go into a pool or lagoon and no one may notice. We did the kayak eco-adventure in the keys and also had a blast doing this. I am NOT a water person at all, so was very hesitant about this adventure, but would do it again in a minute.You only kayak in about 1-3 feet of water, so it is not scary. You see sting rays, sharks, some fish and some other things which are pretty cool. We actually accidentally rowed over a shark and it hit the bottom of our boat which made me scared for a second, but they are not harmful. There is a 30 minute boat ride to the island you kayak around and they give you free rum drinks on the way back. CONS—The waters were too rough, so we were unable to stop at Coco Cay. Instead, we just had a day at sea and had to stay on the ship. It was very overcast out, so the day was kind of a bummer. Also, the time at Key West is fairly short. Every single person on the ship has to clear customs before they will let you off. Therefore, this most likely will not happen until after 10am and we had to be back at 5:30. Also, we did not consider this a con, but others may- At dinner we were seated at a table where everyone spoke Spanish. There was another English-speaking couple there the first night that was around our age, but they never came back to dinner. We had a great time though as the Mexicans would try to speak English to us and we’d use lots of hand signals. Also, if you like bottled water, I would bring a few bottles along with you. It costs like $2 on the ship and can add up if you drink a lot. Also, just note that every time you order a drink, they automatically add 15% tip and tax on your account. So, they say a beer is $3.50, but ends up being like $4.30 or something. I didn’t mind though since I usually tip a dollar when they bring me a drink and this usually ended up being a little less than a dollar. I just thought the Windjammer Café food was so-so, but my boyfriend thought it was good. It is buffet style and just seemed to me to be what you would expect of a buffet, but nothing special.

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By J._CR

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Sep 11, 2005

Nassau

Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas Nassau J. 5 out of 10. This ship is pretty old. At night they would close down half of floor 14 for remodeling. That was pleasant, trying to get pizza right next to painters. The crew is a little shady. We are returning Crown and Anchor members and told our cabin attendant three times and visited the loyalty desk with no coupon book this time. Then in key west, my husband and friend were in a jet

ski accident. They didn't make it back on the ship in time for departure. While our friend is in the hospital and my husband by his side, the purser's desk pages me to come up there. The someone who can barely speak even a slurred English, asks for a credit card and bills me $600 for them not getting on the ship. They told me to contact US Customs in ohio for a refund if I provided documentation for the accident. Well after we arrived home, I called US Customs in OHIO, they said that Royal Caribbean was never billed anything by them and the Jones Act didn't apply to cruise passengers that had been cleared by customs in a US port. So after days of relaying this message to Royal Caribbean, I finally found someone with a heart to refund our money. We are going back to NCL, for better food, and WAY better service.

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By L_CR

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Aug 14, 2005

Bahamas

Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas Bahamas L Overall, the cruise is a great experience! Friendly staff, lots of activities, and wonderful ports. Some tips: 1. The Thriller Boat ride and Ghost/Legend excursions were not what I expected and really cut into our time on the island anyway. I suggest only choosing 1 excursion and make sure you really want to do it. 2. The shops in Nassau close by 5:00 pm, so shop early. 3. The Paradise

Island beach is the most beautiful beach in the world (much more so than CocoCay), so if you are a beach person, plan on spending the afternoon there! Not much else to see at Nassau anyway… 4. We took the Conch train/trolley tour at Key West which was an excellent way to see all the sights and hear some history. 5. The ship is FREEZING inside at night. I had 1 sweatshirt and wore it every night. On the deck is also chilly due to a breeze. 6. Food is sparse between 3-5 except for some pizza (that was not very good in my opinion). 7. Be sure to wear sunscreen at CoCoCay…I got terribly sunburned and couldn’t even sleep that night. 8. The ship has definite wear and tear and the decor looks like it came from my aunt Debbie's house (circa 1982...lots of gold). Otherwise, it was wonderful and everything else was great! If we did it again, we would probably go Carnival (because several people on our ship said Carnival was much more elegant and had much better food) and we would choose a longer trip. Enjoy!

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Jun 5, 2005

Bahamas

My girlfriend and I decided on a shorter cruise as our first (3 day 4 night) and narrowed the trip down to the Majesty of the Seas. The three ports of call; Nassau, Coco Cay, and Key West ended up being a good variety of culture, views, and shopping. We let Royal Caribbean select our flight, which is great since they take you to and from the airport and less for us to worry about. Our flight landed around 9 a.m. (ship left port at 5

p.m.) and we easily found the Royal Caribbean representatives near the baggage claim area. The only odd thing about it was you left your luggage curbside and were handed off to a few different agents until you reach another curb waiting for a bus. We ended up being ushered into a building to wait 15 minutes for the bus after waiting on the curb for a few minutes. The terminal to the ship in Miami was very self explanatory. Just have your Bahamas registration card ready (lines 1 and 14 print and sign), if your travel agent didn‘t give you one you can get one while walking through the terminal. The registration desk was fast and informative, if you have questions now is the time to ask them! This is where you sign up for your onboard spending account (we used credit cards, probably the easiest form to use) and are issued your Sea Pass card. The card will show your dining room name, time, and table. Credit cards are the easiest to use since you have to sign for every purchase anyway and your statement is put on your door the morning you leave and you’ll never have to go to the pursers desk. Entering the ship took us almost a half hour. Supposedly, the picture machine that takes your picture as you enter the ship (information placed on your Sea Pass card for entering and exiting the ship for identification) broke down. As much as I had studied the decks for the ship I became disoriented in the Centrum when we first stepped aboard. When you first board you can sign up for Champagnes, Wines, or soda drinks. The book that RC sends you gives you the list for the Champagnes and Wines. Neither one of us chose the drink option, water, ice tea, and lemonade are free throughout the ship and we never went thirsty (or hungry!). The soda and water in your stateroom will be charged to you if you do drink them. We were asked politely if we wanted to sign up for these options, they were not pushy. If you have not signed up for excursions in advance I would suggest signing up as soon as the excursion desk opens the first night. We spent the afternoon getting to know the ship and watched from deck 11 and 12 as we sailed out of Miami. Servers will hit you up for Pina Coladas or the drink of the day constantly as well as the photographers that are at your every step around the ship. Let them take your photograph as much as you can, as annoying as it is you don’t have to buy anything. Our only bad experience with them is when we went to get our formal dinner pictures. The photographer had taken four shots of us with one setting, I did not like two of the shots. They tell you to take all of your photos to the desk when you are ready to purchase. The guy said I could get a free fold out frame with the Majesty on one side, and he quickly stuffed the top photo in the frame. As he started to add things up I told him I didn’t want two of the photos (one of which had my girlfriend blinking). The man rudely explained that if I didn’t buy all the photos I couldn’t get the frame and the picture of the ship, I spent a lot of money for the photos and the guy basically said it was my fault for the photos. One piece of advice, buy only one set of the prints. You can go online to Royal Caribbean’s web site and get the release form from the photographer to take the photos to get them copied elsewhere (and much cheaper). The best time to eat any meal at the windjammer is when they first open. Breakfast was fantastic and offered a great variety of food. It becomes crowded though after 8 a.m., but was virtually empty when they first open at 7. The ice cream machine is located on the starboard side of the windjammer on deck 11 (facing front of ship, the right hand side). There are cones available, but many people were taking bowls up there, hey, it’s free! There is more seating toward the front of the ship as well as upstairs where the sports bar is. The sports bar is where the pizza is, it tastes like frozen pizza, but isn’t too bad. We practically lived out of the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch. The lunch menu changes daily and the food was always very good. The pool. Yes, the water is salt water. The good thing is that it was very warm! They give you towels in your room for the pool, but there are also bins located around the pool that have extras. Just remember if you take you towel from your room to bring it back or you will be charged for it. Amazingly, for as small as the pools are they were never too crowded. Mostly kids and teenagers used it. The staff (for the most part) were very nice and helpful. Our stateroom attendant always knew our name and was always genuinely nice to us. There were a few individuals who weren’t so nice, but it was the minority amongst the 800 or so crew members. The ports. Getting on and off the ship was always easy. Just remember to have your Sea Pass card ready as you have to put it into the machine when you come and go each time. Don’t forget also to bring your photo ID. It was needed in Nassau and Key West. Nassau was beautiful, granted, most of the city seems to be at poverty level. They are very happy and upbeat people, though they thrive off of tourism and will do anything to get your money. We had a gentleman run up and shove a bracelet on my girlfriend’s wrist unexpectedly. He kept saying they were free, but I knew better. He quickly asked us for a “donation”, I dug for a few singles, but accidentally brought out a five as well. He practically ripped my money from my hands as he ran off. The straw market was not as glamorous as you would think. Most of the goods are knock-offs or novelty items that you will find even in the states. A few of the vendors offered hand-crafted items, but there is very little to choose from. The women are very pushy. My girlfriend grew very tired of the women saying, “Come here pretty lady, let me braid you hair!” over and over. I’ve shopped in Mexico where they barter, the women here seem to act offended if you do not take their initial offer and cut down their price. They are very good at what they do, so don’t feel bad to barter down and get what you want. The market itself is just a building where vendors are stuffed together very tightly. The aisles are barely narrow enough for one person and the vendors will heckle the whole time you walk by their items, it’s a bit annoying, but it is their way of life. There are a few nice vendors there, though the majority were very pushy and somewhat rude. We took the Nassau/Paradise Island tour. The guide was nice and told us a lot of history about the island. When you reach either of the forts or Atlantis the driver will park and let you walk up to the areas with your group while he stays with the truck. We had 15 minutes at each fort and 30 minutes at Atlantis, which was about all the time you needed anyway. At Atlantis you can walk into the main building (under the Rotunda) and walk into the dining area and see the aquarium under water. Walk out any of the doors at the main level and walk all the way around the building. I’m a big Hard Rock Café fan, the one in Nassau is located on Charlotte Street just off of Bay Street. The best way to shop in Nassau is by using the map that they give you in your stateroom. They also will offer coupons near the pursers desk on deck 4 at every port. The next port was Coco Cay. We left the ship on the second tender. Beware if you sit on the top deck of the tender as sea gulls tend to gather overhead (people like to feed them from the windjammer café) and may add to your suntan lotion. Though sitting on the top deck (and the side along the ship) offers you a great photo opportunity of the ship anchored in the water. I would suggest sitting on the bottom deck on the way back as you will bake in the heat and the bottom deck is first to go back on the ship. The island itself is easy to navigate (signs posted) and has many bars. The island will have a BBQ lunch usually around 11:30. It also has a mini straw market, though you’ll probably have enough of that by the time you get to Coco Cay. It offers the same stuff on a smaller scale. Be wary if you go to any of the beaches, there are stingrays in the water as well as jelly fish, just keep you eyes open. The stingrays will usually swim away quickly, but may startle you yourself if you’re not aware of their existence. We signed up for the snorkeling excursion, which is at your leisure. If you have never snorkeled before be warned, they do not offer much in the way of instruction and guidance. They basically tell you how to put the equipment on and where you can snorkel and point you to the beach. My girlfriend had never done it before and found it to be a difficult and basically a disappointing experience. I had prior experience at it, but still had some difficulty, as their equipment isn’t all that great, as well as the waves that crash as your head and force you to bob in the water. Once you are out around the area surrounded by rocks the water becomes clearer underwater and you can begin to see fish. It was a great experience for me. I do recommend that you wear a t-shirt in the water as the sun will burn your back and the backs of your arms very quickly. The sun can be very deceiving in the Caribbean. Key West was also a very nice port. We took the conch train / shipwreck historeum / aquarium combo tour. The train (or trolley) tour was very informative and gave you a glimpse at most of the highlights of Key West. The shipwreck tour was a bit cheesy, but did tell a lot of history and offered you a chance to climb the tower to see your ship and over the city. The aquarium is a must see in Key West. It is very small, but does house a great variety of fish. We were also able to walk the whole city in search of our favorite sights and all the shopping. The Hard Rock is on Duval street closer to the pier. Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville is also on Duval further into the city. The city is full of t-shirt and trinket shops, though it seemed like most of the shops had the same merchandise (and plenty of offensive spring break clothing) so you’ll have to shop for a bargain. All of our ports were early, so we booked our excursions early as well. This was great, except we missed out on some of the nightly things that happened on the ship. Many of the activities go on to the early hours of the morning. They allow 18-20 year olds to drink beer and wine on the ship when not in port, so most everyone is slow to wake in the morning. You can feel movement of the ship, but it was generally not too bad. We did encounter rough seas the night we left Key West. The tropical depression Arlene was on the other side of Florida and was sending us some rough weather. The boat felt like being on a train and had some heavy movements side to side, but only short moves side to side. We had to take the hangars off their hooks in the closet since they were rattling all night. Leaving the ship was a process. Your bags must be set outside your stateroom from 7 pm to midnight sometime. So, you’ll be forced to carry clothes for the evening, next day, and something to sleep in, as well as items for the bathroom as you leave in the morning. We had to sit in the Chorus Line Lounge until our color was called. The process took nearly two hours since the baggage claim belt “malfunctioned”. Leaving the ship from deck 4 was quick (have your Sea Pass ready as well as your customs form) all the way through the baggage claim. Watch the televisions above to see your color flashing on the screen. Customs was also very quick, the guy basically looked at the form and said, “Thank you”. The worst part was when you went outside to find a ride to the airport. The only two buses they had parked for “Miami International Airport” were actually charters for somewhere in Alabama. We could not find a bus for Miami after waiting several minutes and ended up taking a cab to the airport since our flight was about an hour away. I’m sure this was not a normal occurrence and our color was called last, so I’m sure we would have had to wait a little longer for the buses. All in all a great experience for our first time. If it is your fist time be sure to read as many articles as possible about your ship and your destinations. Learn as much as you can to avoid any surprises as there is so much happening on the ship. Get to know your ship before you board. I cut and pasted the decks from the RC website and printed them out which helped us navigate (although there are maps posted everywhere by the main stairs.). Once you get to know the basic places, everything else will fall into place. Another piece of advice. You can send out mail on the ship (box by the purser’s desk) as well as buy stamps at the purser’s desk. We wrote out our post cards in our state room and mailed them out on the ship. Though there is a post office in Nassau and Key West as well. Get out there!  

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Jun 2, 2005

3-Day Bahamas Cruise

This was my second cruise and my daughter’s first. A three day cruise is just too short! But, with this being her first cruise – it was a great introduction. We have done both the pre/post cruise and the arrive the same day of cruise --- word of advise – take the pre/post option. With the chances of airline delays and the exhausting rush of being up early, having 6-7 hrs of air travel then transferring to port to board---- can

result in being too tired the first night of your cruise vacation to enjoy it all. As well as the day you disembark, you are subject to a very long, long day of traveling home again. This happened to us this time, we chose to fly and cruise same day and cruise and fly same day – we had flight delays one right after the other which resulted in a very long day at Miami Airport the day we arrived back in port. We neglected to do an excursion that day – big mistake. Take the pre/post cruise hotel stays! Once again, the boarding process went very smooth. Once you are there, the welcome on board festivities and lunch in the Windjammer is a great way to set the tone for what will be the time of your life if you want it to be. Immediately the staff starts greeting you and are there to answer any questions you may have, weather you are a first time cruiser or not. Even though The Majesty of the Seas is an older ship, I found it to be very clean and not looking old or run down. Just not as fancy as some of the newer ships. We had an outside stateroom on deck 4 which provided us with a nice view of our travels. I found this room to be a bit smaller than our large inside stateroom on the Enchantment that we were on in February, 2005, but still in very good condition and plenty of room for the two of us. Hats off to the staff once again! I found no difference in the quality of their service from the Enchantment’s 5 nights to the Majesty’s 3 nights. The formal night in the dining room was nice, but overall prefer the Windjammer for our meals. We will probably always do the formal night, but the relaxing atmosphere of the Windjammer is more appealing. The early seating in Dining Room seems too rushed. On this trip, we had the pleasure of having two super guys as our waiters in the Windjammer. Although, several waiters had assisted us from time to time, but Andrea and Keith, totally super! The food presentation, quality and quantity, once again exceeded my expectations. If it wasn’t for seeing some of the ports of call – I would be happy just staying on ship and enjoying all it has to offer – because you can’t possibly take it all in on a 3 day cruise. Oh, the shows are terrific. What a production they put on for the guests. The daily Cruise Compass is very helpful in trying to decide how to manage your time for the daily activities. Coco Cay – Royal Caribbean’s private island is truly a taste of paradise. The schedule allows you to have enough time to just relax and bask in the sun, walk around to sight see or do some souvenir shopping, enjoy the crystal clear turquoise water, do an excursion and have a barbeque that offers more than you can ever imagine eating. Our chosen excursion was the wave runner. What a blast! Cruising on the warm Caribbean waters on a jet ski and being able to see star fish that are the size of your dinner plate – way too cool! More time at Coco Cay would be welcomed. Nassau - a very picturesque city from the cruise ship – many, many shops to browse in and get a taste of what they have to offer. Our excursion at this port of call was the tour of Atlantis on Paradise Island. So spectacular and very upscale in every aspect. The aquarium – you have too check this out for yourself. WOW! If you want the picture that will capture you in a view of tropical paradise – take one from the grounds of Atlantis with the gardens and Caribbean in your background. I hope my review helps anyone who is trying to decide if they want book a cruise and what line to choose. Our two cruises with Royal Caribbean have made our decision for future cruises very easy--- we will be getting out there with them again in January 2006 on a 7-day cruise. The plans are in the making. Enjoy the vacation you so well deserve  

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May 29, 2005

Bahamas

I had always wanted to take a Royal Caribbean cruise after hearing about others. Our first cruise was on Carnival's Fascination last year, this cruise was SO MUCH better, especially in terms of breakfast and lunch food. Dinners, surprisingly, were comparable. The crew enjoy their work much more and it shows! We flew from Boston to Ft. Lauderdale since we flew Jet Blue. Whatever you do, fly into Miami. We had very smooth connections,

but we wouldn't chance it again. I had filled out lots of Royal Caribbean info online, but still had a long check in because the people in front of us were having language problems. Think RC should have some international consultants so that everyone else doesn't have to wait. Our luggage didn't arrive until 6:30 that night, even though we got on the ship at 1:30. My husband was freaking! So know that it can happen. The first meal we had was an amazing buffet lunch with chilled peach soup, compared with the rubbery hamburger we had on Carnival. Muster was normal, our station was way far from our room, but that is typical. Our room was good, get AT LEAST a porthole- It is well worth the extra money. It gives light to your room and it is cool to see the ports as the ship pulls in. We were on the 3rd deck, which gave us a great view. Dinner was great, we ate in the Mikado dining room. Food was always good, not great. The service was wonderful. We had Melvin as waiter and Jacob as head waiter. Attentive, but not obnoxious. We sat with 2 other couples. We had a couple from our state (MA) and Scotland. They were great people and we looked forward each night to comparing stories on what we did that day. I spent a while ironing as I knew that RC does not allow irons in the rooms (nor did Carnival). At least Carnival had a laundry room where you could press your stuff. RC charged you to press it and you had to get it out by 9 that morning to get it back by 5.It wasn't that high a price, but a hassle that shouldn't happen on a line like RC.Our stateroom attendant, Glenda was wonderful. She went the extra mile. Having your room made up twice a day and fresh towels is a luxury you get used to quick!! Nassau was OK. I would NEVER want to stay there, but this gave me enough of a glimpse. Did the Historic harbor cruise( a joke, about 15 minutes) but included an excellent tour of the Atlantis resort, which has an excellent aquarium, let's not fool ourselves, I saw the resort on Oprah years ago and wanted to check it out. One warning, take pictures as soon as you see an opportunity, our weather was in and out and I missed some pictures as I had an impatient husband!! I also waited to take some pictures of the ship on Thursday, when we were totally rained out!! The straw markets were awful, I thought, but the shopping district FAR better than Cozumel! You can get a lot of the same stuff, save the fake designer purses on the ship! Coco Cay was great, but the weather intervened. We were on the island for about 1 1/2 hours when it started pouring rain! They do have a great bbq lunch (ribs a must) and try the Cocoloco- basically an pina colada, powerful and yummy. Wish I had taken picture when I got there. There were plenty of seats to go around. We got a floating mat. We never got in the water, but they were a great pad for the chairs! The rest rooms were very clean. They had some free water further down by the Willie's place bar. I would take another cruise just to get another shot at this island. Use 30 sunscreen, the sun is HOT and there is shade, but not much near the beautiful lagoons where most chairs were. One reason we went on this cruise was to spend more time at Key West. The schedule says you get off there at 10, but doesn't tell you that there is a 2 hour long customs procedure that everyone (including staff) has to go through and no one can leave the ship until EVERYONE is cleared! This was not the first time we left before the ship schedule indicated. So we lost 1 1/2 hours and all hope of sunshine. It started pouring 10 minutes after we got off the boat. We went to the Truman White house, very interesting and the Mel Fisher museum (snore, skip that unless you are really into shipwrecks). Lots of people just drank all that day. Entertainment on ship- we were looking to do a little slow romantic dancing, I watched Love Boat in the 80s. Alas, that was not to be. Lots of Latin, Karaoke (yecch_ and bad disco. During the Captain's reception, there was a bit, if you wanted to get on stage. We had trouble finding this on our last cruise too. Getting off the ship was fine. We had tons of time to spare, so of course our color was called first. We went when we wanted to since our flight was hours later. I would have liked a day at sea to relax, but all in all, loved the cruise and would go back on Royal Caribbean in a heartbeat. Enjoy!!

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May 22, 2005

Bahamas

To start I would have to say yes I have now 3 cruises under my belt but they all have been on the older ships so far. Holiday, Sensation and now the Majesty of the Seas. We had a great time on this cruise and enjoyed our time. We arrived into Miami the night before to get an early start the next day. Arriving at the pier around noon we were all set to check in. A very short line awaited us then on through a couple of more security checks.

The next line was a little longer but that was for our boarding pictures. Once inside the lobby of the ship we did find more people buying their unlimited soda cards. Myself I do need my diet coke but can not stand syrup soda and brought a few 12 oz plastic bottles of my D.C. for the fridge in our room. Like others before us the room was ready. We chose to do a superior outside room and were not disappointed in the room size. As a matter of fact we found our room with the sitting area to be a good size room. The window did lookout onto the lifeboats but it preformed it's duty of letting the sunshine in. After putting a few things in the cabin that we carried on with us. All suitcases were tagged and handed over to the valet along with a nice tip. A backpack will carry a change of clothes and your swimsuits, this is all we brought onto the ship with us. Later that day between 5pm and 630pm our suitcases were waiting out in the hallway for us. The weather, food and islands were all in our favor. Some folks wrote that the wine Stewarts were in your face as you boarded the ship. I did not find this in my case. We ran into one by the elevators on our way to the room, we simply said that we were all set and nothing more was said. There is plenty of time to order wine at the supper table. I had preordered a bottle for the room. At the time I asked if glasses and a wine cork would be in the room with the bottle and was told yes. Well this was not the case but our room Stewart took care of that in no time flat. >From what I read about the shows, they sounded great. My main problem was I like late seating 8:30pm. On past cruises (Carnival) this was no problem. Royal Caribbean has pre dinner shows 7:15pm. Well I'm still around the pool or on shore at this time so I didn't get to see one show. The Newlywed Game or the Adult Scavenger Hunt. I did watch about 20 minutes of the scavenger hunt as our table of 8 was a great group of people and this was our time to find out about each other and where we were from. So dinners ran late. I do wish Royal Caribbean would reconsider this policy. Oh I had read and ran into the problem myself as a nonsmoker, the entrance to the Chorus Line Lounge is right next to the Casino and through the schooner bar. Yuck. But if you go up to deck 8 on the main elevator this one runs from deck 2 - 12 you can work your way down the hallway to the aft stairwell and avoid the smokers. Yea I know lots of extra steps but to me it was worth it. I asked several people about the Viking Crown Lounge (round room in the back of the ship) and not many people made their way up. It has wonderful sunset views and we found this a great place to have a pre-dinner glass of wine. One night after leaving CoCo Cay there happen to be a storm in the distance. Within no time we were in the middle of a gale with thunder and lightening everywhere. A little excitement and within no time we had passed through and could see moonlight again. Nassau is still Nassau as I was there about 12 years ago. The straw market may have moved slightly but still is the same bunched up people. Nothing there I needed. Senior Frogs was fun for a quick bite to eat and some photo ops. I have to have them. I'm not sure if the Majesty parks in the same spot each time but there were two other ship blocking the camera lens from the town side. I simply went to the Paradise Island side of the dock. No people or boats blocking my view there. A simple tripod and self timer I got some great shots of us and the ship in the background. We spent our day at Sandals. Yes the only thing that was suppose to be free on this cruise. As a travel agent I asked for a day pass to inspect their property. Well the first cabbie wanted $25.00 plus tip. I ended up spending $40.00 roundtrip with tip. So my freebie cost me in the long run. But yes I did get to see the Royal Bahamian. Most people for your first time into port head for Paradise Island and enjoy the beaches or a tour of the Atlantis with it $25,000 suite. CoCo Cay is not much to look at from the ship and my be a bit of a rough ride getting there on the tender. Once there if you are a beach person you will love it. We found a nice area to relax, swim and soak up the sun. Here there are lot's of things to do from snorkeling to jet skiing. They do offer a BBQ but for some reason we never made it to the lunch line. Again some nice photo ops on the windward side of the island with the ship in the background. Key West I was looking forward to. A great little town with lot's of place to wander in and out of. You exit the ship by the Hilton. If you happen to enjoying breakfast on deck 12 and on the opposite side of Key West there is a little island called Sunset Key. A lot of these little cottages are run by the Hilton. Yea a pretty penny to stay there but what a vacation. Down Front Street towards Duval. There are a lot of webcam sites in Key West lookout you never know who's watching you or when. WWW.webcam.keywest.com  . They have a couple of live streaming video camera on in front of Sloppy Joe's with a mic that you can say hello to the folks back home. All the way down Duval is the Southern Most Point photo opt. Yep 90 miles to Cuba. Along Duval along with Sloppy Joe's is Jimmy Buffett's place Margaritaville, look for it. There's not much signage in front of this place. Well anyway go and enjoy. Don't worry about this and that just enjoy yourself. If you've cruised before on Princess don't try and compare, it's not an apples and apples comparison. She maybe almost 14 years old and besides the smaller lower rooms I hope you enjoy your cruise as much as we did. Steve

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May 12, 2005

Bahamas

WOW… first time cruiser and had a blast. This was a 39 and holding birthday cruise and a mommy sabbatical with my best friend. I read many reviews on this site so I thought I would add one too.. they were all helpful in their own way. Let me just say anyone with motion sickness just go to the dr and get the patch that goes behind your ear you will be fine… I have awful motion sickness… I can’t read in the car or even talk to anyone

in the backseat while the car is moving… had the patch on and never a problem.. you will feel the ship move… so come prepared … and you will have a great time! We boarded the ship around noon. Check in was so easy no problem. They take your picture when you board. I brought a carry on as so many suggested with bathing suit, meds etc. all though our luggage was at a room before dinner so no problems. We were in our room by 1:00. It is a small room but you store your luggage under your bed and we hung everything up. Then up to deck 11 where the pool and food is. Oh and around 4:30 you will have to get your life vest from your room and go to your Muster stations.. mustering is mandatory due to if the ship was having trouble you go to your station to get off the boat. You will have some papers in your room when you enter with a lot of information. Deck 11 is the happening place… pools, food and drinks… party time! Everything is nice… and I did not know the pools were salt water… jumped in and whew... that was a bit of a shocker. The food was always good and the drinks too… Bahamas mama’s and Miami vices… those were our favorites. I would recommend a late or second seating for dinner, you are never rushed for dinner . At dinner we went to the dining room where we were seated with 4 ladies … they were a riot! Could not have had better dinner companions. Our waiter Petar (peter) from Bulgaria was wonderful and the food was always good… nothing gourmet but good. I don’t think this is stressed enough… go to the shows in the Chorus Line lounge… they were wonderful!!! “Boogie Wonderland” and “The beat goes on” were the shows we had and they were excellent. I would recommend anything they do in the Chorus Line lounge … definitely try to get to shows or whatever it is going on in there! We frequented there a lot! COCO CAY!! WE LOVED CoCo Cay!! We snorkeled and kayaked there. I probably would not kayak there again though… you really don’t see anything you are basically just paddling around. I highly recommend the snorkeling though. They have a plane wreck and a ship wreck you snorkel out to - very nice. Nassau is over rated… nothing great about it. We did the Yellow Bird tour and that was great they take you out to Blackbeards island and it was great… WOW I still can’t get over the beautiful colors of the water… this is a definite do again. We could never remember what deck had what on it… we were always like “what deck was that on” . The ship is very nice and very clean. There was so much to see and to I will tell you on a 3 night 4 day cruise you just can’t do it all. One thing we were not advised about was… you have to pack your luggage the night before your last day and have it out in the hall of your cabin by midnight so they can take it and you have to be out of your stateroom by 8am the next day. When you leave your cabin you go to a public area like the chorus line lounge. This was not awful but I wish I would of known about it just so I was not so shocked. Oh and the elevators are really slow… fyi. All in all we had a blast the crew was wonderful and the ship was great. Highly recommend a cruise to anyone!

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May 8, 2005

Bahamas

It was my 34th birthday present and my husband and I took our 4 year old son. We arrived early on departure day and checked in and got to our inside stateroom on the 5th floor. We had our carry on bags to unpack and we didn't receive the rest of our luggage which isn't unusual until later after dinner. It was advised to pack bathing suits, change of clothes, medications, etc. so I am very thankful that I read reviews beforehand and did

so. We went to eat at the Windjammer Cafe on the 11th deck and checked out the pool (both saltwater). The food was fabulous always and the pool water was very clean (they drain and clean and refill the pools nightly) always cold though...the temperature on our trip was always low 80's and sunny but the water I thought was freezing. Staff were fantastic. I had a feeling that I would get sea sick and I did get very dizzy with the ship swaying so much...I hear it wasn't too bad from other guests but for me personally-I am still having vertigo and we came home yesterday morning. The ports were very nice but we didn't take too much in the way of excursions because our 4 year old didn't like to walk much and in fact fell asleep in my arms as soon as we walked off the ship so we didn't see much of Nassau except for some of the shops when we got off. Coco Cay was beautiful and the water is pretty blue but alot of seaweed and the sand is white but muddy. They had a wonderful Bar B Q meal and it was very nice but watch out for the seagulls-they fly all around the picnic tables. It was so funny-one couple had set there food on a table beside us and the husband went to get beverages while the wife was eating and about 3 birds just came down and ate his whole plate of food...funny! There are so many nationalities on board the ship. The staff is from all over the world-hard to understand most of their English but all very wonderful people. The water was very calm most of the time and I felt the boat rock so if the weather is bad or water is actually rough...I would have been catching a plane ride out of there...I did take some Dramamine but it didn't really work. They have an EXCELLENT children's program that my son loved going to and the staff there again was so friendly and great. He is a shy boy most of the time who don't really like to go anywhere without me but wanted to go there every day and they have activities all day long and evening too if you want your child to stay after 10pm (which we didn't) you can take advantage of 5 dollars an hour paid in cash. Otherwise all activities were included. If you worry about gaining weight on the ship- YOU WILL. They do have a very nice fitness area that my husband used everyday and said it was great but he also gained 7 pounds! Amazing 4 nights and such great food at all hours. Key West has a lot of shops and fun things to do. My best advice for this cruise is to plan an excursion in Miami early if you have a later flight which we did...spent 6 1/2 hours waiting to catch our plane. That was the worst thing other than the sea sickness. I definately felt it in our stateroom which was so tiny! My husband is 6'4" and with our Pullman bed down...you couldn't even move. No one normally stays in their rooms much so it wouldn't really matter unless you are like myself with a child who both need naps :) The casino was very fun, a lot of nice slot machines...my favorite being Quarterama in the middle of the casino which had a progressive jackpot that I thought for sure I was going to win! I played for 3 hours on 20 dollars....was doing pretty good until I had ordered one too many drinks and couldn't hold it anymore so had to cash out and find a restroom....broke my luck! Shops on board very nice. I don't recommend the beverage pass because for 27.00-you can't drink that much soda unless that is all you drink. I had specialty drinks and all the ice tea, water, lemonade, coffee is included. Orange juice is also provided with meals. Milk is provided with meals so unless you drink that much soda-it was a waste and if you wait to purchase that pass on the second day-you are charged for the whole time. There is so much to do onboard but we just really didn't get too involved which I regret but they lay out a days itinerary every night when they make your room (twice a day) I could probably go on and on....another stupid thing I did was lose my video camera...was carrying it around my shoulder and hung it on the restroom hook where you put your purse and left it there...went up to get my son and remembered I left it there and went to get it and it was gone. I checked many times at the Pursers Desk and it was never returned. That hindered my whole trip...but all in all it was a good experience even though I am still rocking back and forth! Have fun because it is a nice ship and they are always cleaning it.

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May 8, 2005

Bahamas

This was my second cruise, the first with Imperial Cruise Lines. I must say i was treated like a king. The entire crew made my trip and 10 more people with me feel at home. I had and inside stateroom and I must say I never had such a good sleep (pitch black once you turn off the lights). The food was always good and there was always something to do. Coco Cay Island (RCCL Private Island) was amazing, god I will love to live there. One

thing that I do admit, the grand lady needs a make over (a head to toe renovation like her sister Sovereign of The Seas) but besides that it was the best vacation i had in years. We already are book for December on RCCL's Enchantment of the Seas (I hear she just got a make over and they extended the ships hull making her longer).

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Apr 10, 2005

Bahamas

Wow what an experience! My husband's and my 1st cruise. I wish we'd have done it years before. No better way to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Be smart and arrive early departure day. The whole boarding process was a snap. Their staff has this down to a science. Once on board you can begin using their facilities, have lunch and unwind before you ever depart. The ship I thought was large but, I'm told it's one of the smaller ships

in the fleet. It was clean and didn't have the appearance of being old or run down. Our stateroom (superior oceanview) gave us more than enough room and provided a nice view and surprisingly enough a very comfortable bed. I can't say enough about the staff, we never wanted for anything. The formal dining room was excellent, we ate in there 3 out of the 4 nights. The wait staff was totally superior and the food far better than I had expected! For breakfast and lunch we enjoyed casual dining in the Windjammer Cafe. I must confess I never had a bad meal there either. I was totally surprised at the selections offered. The midnight buffets were presented nicely and fun to attend poolside even if I was so full from dinner I couldn't eat another bite. I would have been happy never getting off the ship, always plenty to do and see. You will receive a Cruise Compass daily, take the time and read it! RCI highlights the day's activities, I loved receiving this and being in the know. We did however take advantage and got off at every port. Nassua in town was a bit run down and more shops than you can imagine. Ladies and gents if you are in the market for jewelry you can shop til you drop here... Check out the straw market here and bargain for a good price. They have more crafted items here then they know what to do with! If you want to see a beautiful sight check out Atlantis on Paris Island. How the other half lives is amazing, luxury abound. They also have a aquarium you can walk through at no charge. We did go to the beach at Paris Island however, the surf was to rough for swimming. The beach was beautiful and clean... We also visited RCI's private island CocoCay, it was too awesome. RCI needs to allow more time here. A beautiful setting and the ocean was so pure and the most beautiful blue you could imagine. Don't forget to stop by the Straw market there too. This by far was the best stop we made. Key West was a lot of fun too, we shopped more than anything here and, we did stop at a little Irish pub for lunch and drinks. A fun place with live entertainment. If you are having trouble deciding on a cruise, I hope I've helped. It was worth every minute and the time seemed to go by so slowly, allowing us to totally enjoy ourselves. This 4 day cruise was just enough to give me the cruise bug. I can't wait to go on another. Just get out there !!!  

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Apr 10, 2005

Bahamas

This was my first cruise and my wife's 3rd. I did not really have high expectations, but wow, was I wrong on that. Everything about Royal Caribbean is first class. We booked our rooms online and not only got a great price, but also got to pick our stateroom and book all of our shore excursions. Absolutely no problems there. About 2 weeks before the cruise, we received a booklet from RC with our tickets and all the boarding information,

all of it correct. We arrived at the ship around 12:30 the day of departure and had no problem finding a parking spot in the garage across the street. The porters checked our luggage (of course they wanted a tip, I gave them $2) we went inside to check in. Check in process was super efficient, all of the attendents were friendly and knew exactly what to do. My wife, who is a Canadian citizen, was concerned that she had to surrender her US green card to the check-in people. However, she did get it back at the end of the cruise with no problems. Next stop was security and boarding photos, this was one of the fews times on board that we had our photo taken. Contrary to some of the reviews, the photographers do not hound you. As we boarded the ship, we did see the dinner wine packages for sale, but there was no pressure to buy. We simply walked on by and headed up to deck 11 for lunch in the Windjammer. A tip for lunch, go past the first buffet line towards the bow of the ship and you will find a much less crowded line on the other side. This was the only lunch that we ate on board and it wasn't bad. I had Mahi-Mahi and my wife had the beef. Both were basically buffet quality, although they did have some nice salads and sides. After lunch we toured the ship for an hour or so while we waited for our bags to show up. They were waiting for us at around 2:30, so we took the time to unpack. I was pleasantly surprised at the room, it is small but very well laid out. We had plenty of room to store all of our clothes in the drawers and closet. We had an outside room on the 2nd floor and the view out the large porthole was fantastic. Bathroom was small but very clean and it served the purpose well. We found plenty of hot water for showers, the only thing that was strange is that there is no vent or fan in the bathroom so it steams up pretty bad. One time I left the door open when showering and the steam set off the smoke alarm! We spent some time at the pool, which was always buzzing with activity. The pool waiters and bar staff were super efficient, we never had a problem getting a cool drink while relaxing poolside. We had all of our dinners in the Maytime dining room and I found them to be one of the highlights of the cruise. Our wait staff was fantastic, very friendly and eager to please. The food was top notch, I really enjoyed the smaller portions that they served, since it allowed me to eat an appetizer, main course and dessert, something I don't normally do. If you like large portions, no problem, simply order another one! I was surprised at the variety and quality of the food, granted, it was not 5 star, but very close to what you would pay $100+ for a couple in a good restaurant. We found the wine selection to be good and reasonably priced, we did enjoy a bottle each night with dinner. We caught a show after dinner, it was a song and dance review that wasn't too bad. After the show we checked out all the lounges, our favorites were the Viking Crown and the Schooner bar. We didn't find much activity in any of the lounges on this cruise, I guess there were not alot of partiers aboard. The next morning I woke early and watched the captain bring the boat into dock at Nassau. My wife woke up about and hour later and we enjoyed a sit-down breakfast in the Mikado dining room. Food was OK, but the service was fantastic. After breakfast, we went onshore. Nassau is not really a fun place to go unless you like getting hounded to take a taxi, get you hair braided or buy junk. From the moment you enter the port terminal you are bothered by all sorts of natives trying to get you to buy something. What a pain. After a few minutes of that, I had enough and decided to check out the Hard Rock Cafe with a friend of mine while my wife went shopping. We sampled the local beer, Kahlik, which I found very enjoyable. Too bad they don't export to the US. We took the Yellowbird shore excursion at 1pm, which was a hoot. Cruising through the bay while drinking free rum punches on a sunny day was the life! We ended up on a tiny island that had a lighthouse, a bar, a beach and restrooms. That's about it. We enjoyed a few more Kahliks while relaxing on the small beach. There was a stingray farm next to the beach, and my wife was happy to be able to see a stingray so close. We departed the island much too soon, and were soon dancing and drinking more rum punch on the way back to the ship. Watch out, those things really sneak up on you! Tonight was the formal night, it was nice to get dressed up for dinner. I enjoyed a duckling while my wife had the filet. Both entrees were stunning. After dinner was the captain's recption, they give you a free glass of champagne and you get to meet the captain. Pretty neat. We didn't stay to see the show, as we were wiped out from the day's partying, but our friends said it was quite good. Third day was Coco Cay. What a beautiful island! My wife and I left the ship at 8:30 and found a secluded beach were we spent a few hours relaxing before it got too windy. We then moved over to the more protected main beach, where I did some snorkeling. Not too much to see, I saw a few schools of fish. I didn't go out very far, I think the more interesting stuff was farther out. We took the jet-ski tour at noon, that was a blast! It was very rough so we spent more time in the air than the water! Our tour guide was very friendly and explained the history of the islands that we visited. She also broke the group into slow and fast riders, so you could go fast or slow depending on your comfort level. We made it back for the end of lunch, which was very good. Ribs were fantastic and I also had a hot dog with chili and saurkraut which would rival any NYC dog. We took the tender back to the boat at around 3, very rough and it was hard getting off the tender as it lurched about. However, the crew was there to catch us as we tumbled down the gang plank! Once again we had dinner in the main dining room, another fantastic meal. Afer dinner we checked out the casino, I played some video poker and picked up a few bucks. The show that night was the singers and dancers from the first night doing 80's songs. Once again, not too bad. My wife went to bed after dinner and I decided to stay up for the chocolate buffet. This was the only disappointment of the cruise, and it was really no fault of RC. The problem was the people, everyone was pushing and shoving, grabbing everything in sight like they hadn't ate in days. Sheesh! I picked my wife a few goodies and left to the serenity of our cabin, far away from the chocolate savages.. The last day was spend in Key West, which we have been to several times. Everyone on the ship has to clear immigration in Key West, which was a quick, easy process. Of course, there were 3 people that they had to page because they didn't show. I guess this is pretty typical. We were able to depart the ship at 11am., which wasn't too bad considering we arrive one hour late. On Key West, we rented a pair of scooters and toured the entire island. We visited the beaches, the southern most spot of the US, the Key Lime Pie factory, and ended up at Sloppy Joes. I used to like Sloppy Joes, but this time the place was packed with families. I think Hemmingway would be rolling in his grave if he saw his favorite haunt filled with screaming kids! My wife did some shopping while the boys did some more bar hopping. We visted Hogs Breath, Billies, and Capt Tony's, all pretty neat and unique establishments. Dinner as always was great, tonight we gave our wait staff their tips. We gave cash, but you can charge it to your room. We think it is a little more personal to give each waiter an envelope with a thank you on it. Our waiter was very good, he spent time talking with us about his family in Bulgaria and how it is to live and work aboard the ship. Very interesting. And I almost forgot to mention that the wait staff does a little show each night! Dinners really were the highlight of the cruise for my wife and I, they really go all out for these. Our last day we pulled into Miami at around 7am and we were off the ship and headed home by 9am. The departure was very easy and efficient as every thing on the cruise was. I have to say for a $400 cruise, Royal Caribbean really knows how to make you feel like a million bucks. Great time, great people, great ship!

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Apr 10, 2005

Bahamas

This was my 2nd cruise and my husband's 1st cruise. We left from the Port of Miami on April 11th. Getting onto the boat was a breeze! We were aboard by 1:30pm. I recommend getting an early flight if possible so you can enjoy getting on the boat long before it sails. Dinner the 1st night was good. The service from the staff was fantastic. I read a lot of cruise reviews that had a lot of negative comments from the Majesty of the Seas

but we didn’t seem to have any problems at all. The boat was a little rocky the 1st night. (Just take Dramamine and you will be fine.) We woke up Tues morning and we were at Nassau. We went on the Thriller Powerboat ride in Nassau then headed to the Straw Market. The people there are not that pushy. It was fun to bargain with them. They will lower there prices! Take smaller bills with you. I think that Nassau was a little dirty though. Don’t think I will go back there again. But, it was fun to see. Tuesday night was our formal night. They had photo props set up on the 4th floor. (Check the Compass for times). This was fun! We had our picture taken a lot. You do not have to buy any of the pictures. We enjoyed the formal dinner. Our waiters were great! They remembered what we had to drink and brought it to us without us asking! The desserts were fantastic. The captain had said that they hoped to be able to stop at Coco Cay which is there Private Island on Wed. We were hoping so too! We woke up Wed and we were off on the 1st tender (a smaller boat) to go to the island! AHHHHHHHHHHH! Paradise! It wasn’t a very big island and I was afraid that it would be really crowed with the ship being full. But there were plenty of chairs and hammocks for everyone! We had rented snorkel gear and beach mats. I highly recommend snorkeling. You go right from the shore and only have to go out as far as you want. My husband isn’t too keen of the water but in time we were over 200ft out! It was so awesome to see the fish swimming around you. Then we used the floating mats a lot too! They were a nice way to relax and not get too hot! The water is a little cool at first but it doesn’t take long to adjust! The only thing I was irritated about was some little kid came and took my floating mat! I can’t believe that the parents would let their kids do that! After all we had paid for the use of them and some kids just took it!!! The picnic lunch was good. I had a couple braids put in my hair. And we bought a few things. Not as cheap as the Straw Market in Nassau. We stayed at Coco Cay until the last ferry back to the boat! This was our favorite Port! Wish we had more time there! So beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We left Coco Cay and headed for Key West. We docked around 10am. We had booked the Trolley Ride. (Not worth the $). Go into town and use the Trolley ride that you can get off and back on again. Key West was ok. We walked to the Southern Most Point of the US. A lot of shops and bars here. Wouldn’t care to go back. All in the entire cruise was a fantastic experience! You could eat 24hrs day if you wanted too! We would choose the 2nd seating for dinner if we went on a cruise again. The room was small but big enough for 2 people. Besides we were only in there to sleep and change clothes. The staff were all very nice and the food was good. The shows at night were a lot of fun! Karaoke was funny to go to! The ship was in good shape. There is a lot to do and see! I would recommend Royal Caribbean to my family and friends! SO! GET OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!  

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Mar 28, 2005

Bahamas

This cruise was not good to say the least!! I would never recommend Royal Caribbean to anyone! Huge rip off! Food was bad, service wasn't great, ship was nothing to write home about. Sure it had a rock wall, that's about it. Couldn't even us the "track" before 10am or after 10pm... what a pain! For comperable price Princess is a zillion times better... bigger room, wonderful food, beautiful ship with many amenities, much better

service (both in booking and while on the ship), flexible dining options (not stuck eating with others if you don't want to and still can get great dining room food). Seriously, I can't believe Royal Caribbean ranked so well on this site. I came back and a co-worker of mine said the same thing, should have talked to him before I booked.

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Mar 28, 2005

Western Caribbean

Dori Sonaco This was my first cruise experience, I was very nervous. But I loved it. We had an inside cabin on the third floor but it did not bother us, all we did was sleep in our rooms. Get your pictures taken, they are expensive but look great and they are worth it to buy one or two. The ports were great. In Nassau we did the snorkeling excursion with the sting rays and that was a great time. Coco Cay was relaxing and hot, good

tanning time. Rent a raft it is worth the $10. We shopped and did sightseeing in Key West and had the best Key Lime Pie on a stick at the Blonde Giraffe. The food on the ship was great especially the dinners. We loved the french cuisine at the captain's dinner. Our waiter Darwin and assistant waiter Martin were very friendly and made us feel very welcomed. I was traveling with a group with 3 staff and 15 adults with Developmental Delays on their spring break trip. All staff made us feel very comfortable and people on the ship were very nice to my group as well. I am going on another cruise with Carnival in May with my husband and am very excited to compare the 2 lines.

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Mar 14, 2005

Bahamas

This is an excerpt taken from the letter we sent to Royal Carribean after the cruise. My husband and I thought that someone should know the difficulties that we had on our cruise. Most of this we were told time and again was simply ROyal Caribbean's policies and that there was nothing they can do, but we thought maybe our experience might be shed some light on some issues so that they may be corrected for your other customers as we

have decided we will not be cruising with you again. This was our first time sailing on your cruise line, but not our first time cruising. This time we were cruising with the entire family for a relatives wedding. (14 people total, 7 rooms- 3 of which, including ours were suites) This issues started on our arrival. We were told to be there at 10am for early boarding. When we arrived a porter asked for our bags. We were a little hesitant, because some of the items were needed in order for us to get ready for the wedding, but we were assured they would be waiting for us in our rooms within the hour, and this would make it much easier for us to board and lighten our loads. Impressed we handed over all of the bags. When we got to the boarding place, there was a delay because the other passengers had not made it off the ship yet. We sat and waited and then a wedding coordinator escorted us through the check in process and onto the ship. By this time it was past 12, but we thought we had enough time to get ready for the wedding which we were told was at 1:30pm. As soon as we entered the ship- by this time nervous about having enough time to get ready, we were accosted by a man- A.J. about purchasing wine. My husband, father and I had already extensively perused your website, as this was my parents first cruise and we wanted things to be a smooth as possible. A.J. was very rude and abrupt informing us that right at that minute, right there, we had to purchase our wine for dinner for the entire cruise. Having already looked at your site, we told him we wanted to buy one of the packages, and we were in a hurry due to the wedding. He told us that the packages are not offered on this cruise. I asked him about the site to which I was condescending told that you do not offer packages on this short of a cruise, then we were told we had to order right that minute if we wanted wine with dinner, because it was such a short cruise, we would not have a wine porter and most likely not even an assistant waiter, and if we tried to order wine with dinner, they would be so busy that it would take 30 minutes for us to receive the wine. That really put a pleasant spin on the service to expect for the rest of the cruise! We asked if we could speak to someone later as we were in a hurry and to look over days of menus to choose just the right wines would make us late, we were told that this would be our only opportunity so if we wanted wine with dinner during our cruise we had to do it right then. I was very upset at this, already nervous and in a hurry, and my mother was frantic so we left to go to our rooms, while my father and husband stayed behind to order- and we were never informed, once, about the nice 15% gratuity AJ made on our 8 bottles of wine we ended up ordering! We made it to our rooms only to be told that the rooms would not be ready until 1pm. We informed them that we were there for a wedding at 1:30 and we were told to go get lunch and come back! Finally about 12:45ish, a nice porter (I wish I had gotten her name, we were staying on level 10), let us in anyway, although the rooms were not ready so that we could prepare for the wedding. We got to our rooms only to discover that our luggage was not there! We went back to the spot by the elevators where some luggage was being dropped off, and were allowed to rummage for our bags. We found everything but 2 carry-ons, and rushed to get ready (by this time it was past 1). Unfortunately 1 cary on had all of my mothers make-up and hair supplies. The other carry on had all of my fathers medications! We then went on a frantic search, checking the front desk, porters, everything. By this time the wedding was in 15 short minutes! My mother did the best she could, and at 1:30 they found her bag (by then too late to be of use) but still no medications. By this time we were late, and all of the luggage on our floor was delivered! We were told the bag was lost but they would do there best to find it. My dad decided to attend the wedding (not telling my brother who was getting married the problem) then if they did not find the bag he would have to get off the ship. You can not imagine what this felt like on what was suppose to be a joyous day. On our way to the elevators (by now late), the very nice lady who helped us earlier came running down the hall with the bag. When we sat down to dinner, we discovered that our server was the ever impressive AJ. We were stuck with his snotty behavior the entire cruise. He was so rude, everyone in our party (all 14!) commented on it! For example, when he asked for the dessert order, I said- oh, may I get some coffee with that, he snapped at me telling me that was the busboys job! When we asked for our wine, which we had purchased, he told us someone else would be bringing it. If we hadn't already spent so much for the cruise, I would not have gone back at all into the dining room! The busboy or assistant waiter, I think Marius, was the shining light and savior- so polite and nice and always smiling. The head waiter only introduced himself and spoke to us the night we were suppose to tip him. One night, the cruise featured a midnight buffet. We were starving by then, having walked around the island. (I did not eat anything on the island, we even came back to the ship for lunch before heading out again.) I have a seafood allergy and am very careful. I informed the waiter at dinner, and I checked every label. If I am uncertain about something, I don't eat it. Anyway, about 12am, I began to feel very hot, and my skin felt very tight. A fellow passenger remarked that I looked very flushed. I went to my cabin and looked in the mirror and saw that a severe rash had covered most of my face and that I had hives all over my chest and neck. My husband and I went to the pursers office where we asked if any store sold benedryl. I was told that I would have to see the doctor and it was after hours, so it would be $105 plus the normal fee- about $150, plus the cost of the medication which would be about $35. I was livid! I am certain that something was mislabeled or contaminated. I am SO CAREFUL! I know what makes me ill! This is pure extortion! A benedryl tablet costs about $8.00 for an entire BOX! I had carried some with me, as a matter of fact, but could only find 1 tablet, and new from the severity of the reaction, I would need 2. Having no choice, we went to the doctor where someone came out to go over the charges (at least you guys were thorough about these fees, unlike the rest of the cruise). I asked if they could just sell me the benedry as it was obviously a food allergy and they at last allowed this, so I got my 10 pills at $35.00. (I honestly just don't see how you can live with yourselves on this one. Extorting money from a sick passenger for something that was obviously caused on the part of your employees. This really just makes me sick thinking about the position I was put in.) Before we had left for the cruise, we had ordered Champaign and strawberries to be put in my parents room. We ordered them on Friday. When we returned we saw that we had been billed an extra $10.00. When we called, we were told that it was a late order, as it was ordered on Sunday. We said no, it was ordered on Friday. We were then told that due to time changes. etc. we were late. My husband explained that nothing on your website tells about the $10 fee, or even the cut off time for late orders. He did say the person that helped with this was very nice and checked your website and said, yup, nothing there. In defense of your company, we were refunded the $10.00. This is not to say that we did not have some people who stood out, like Marius. Even our room steward was pleasant, but for the most part, the crew seemed tired and wanting to do as little as possible. Nobody was helpful, questions were an intrusion, and AJ was just down right rude. The only time anyone made conversation was to sell you something. And your private island! It was so windy that they stopped taking people out there, but we had made the last boat out. Where it was so windy, we were asked to come back early and spent the entire afternoon in a line waiting for the shuttle to take us back. Again the only pleasantness we encountered there was a man peddling drinks. All in all it was a very expensive lackluster experience. I cannot in good faith recommend Royal Caribbean to any of my friends or family, nor would we choose your cruise line in the future. The ship had many amenities, but a rock climbing wall cannot substitute for good customer service. In fact, most of the disasters we encountered would have seemed better if someone had just cared or if we had received the proper information from your site or your employees. Thank you for your time. Hopefully this can help you and hopefully stop you from losing more customers.

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Mar 13, 2005

Bahamas

Overall, the cruise was fantastic! Excellent food, very good room, wonderful destinations! The only real problem was getting to the Miami Port terminal. We were driving down from the Miami Beach area where we had spent the morning. Getting through South Beach and over the bridge to Miami was no problem, but once near the corner of Biscayne Blvd. we encountered such heavy traffic that it took nearly an hour to go the final quarter mile

into the terminal area. I suggest allowing enough time to negotiate this area of Miami. Parking the car in the multi-level garage across from the ship was no problem ($10/day). In order to board, you have to drop off your heavy luggage and have it transported on board for you, but you can bring hand luggage yourself. Bring some swim clothing and a few necessities with you because it may take several hours for your luggage to arrive at your stateroom. Also, lunch can be had onboard at the Windjammer Café (the buffet food court) until around 3:30 on sailing day, so if you arrive early enough (as we did), you can drop off your hand luggage at your stateroom and head to deck 11 for an excellent lunch, then lounge by the pool or explore the ship until sailing. By the way, the handle on one of our suitcases was broken on transport to our room, but the repair people managed to fix it for us - at least until it broke again after we left the ship. The boarding process was smooth and swift, although, being Canadians, our passports were taken away when we boarded - something about the US not being allowed by the Canadian government to fingerprint Canadian citizens, so they had to keep the passports. Having someone take our passports caused some concern, and I will inquire about this with the Canadian government. Our stateroom was only a small, interior room, but it had a roomy bed and adequate space for us and all our luggage, which can be stored under the bed (We had way too much!). The stall shower is very good, and the bathroom and the rest of the room is impeccably clean - and is kept that way by wonderful room service staff. One note: it may take quite some time for hot water to arrive, but be patient, eventually it does get quite hot. Our room was cleaned twice daily (at least) and the ice bucket in the room was replenished each time. Animals made out of towels and placed on the bed and little candies on the pillows added a nice touch each day. The tv in the room received several movie channels and instructional channels to acquaint you with both the boat and with the shore activities. Activities on board are excellent. There are many lounges and bars, as well as several large rooms for shows. The nightly musical or comedy shows are excellent in the Chorus Line Lounge, and the audience-participation karioke in the Paint Your Wagon Lounge are worth seeing - as is the couples game patterned on the Newlywed Show. I agree with several other reviewers, though, that the smoking in some of the bar areas is really annoying - and having to pass through a smoky bar to get into the Chorus Line Lounge is really a pain.   The ship has two pools, though we never actually had time to go in, but we did enjoy some time in one of the hot tub whirlpools next to the main pools. I was personally pleased, also, to find a basketball court on deck where I could do some shooting and where people could engage in some friendly games. The ship also has a library with many books and board games if you have nothing else to do. My wife enjoyed looking through the onboard shops on deck 5, and some of the deals there (on liquor and jeweler particularly) are quite good. Another worthwhile visit is the computer area on deck 4 where you can access your email and communicate with friends and family while at sea for only fifty cents per minute. Our room was on deck 4, and this turned out to be an excellent location because the pursers’ desk and computer terminals are there, the shops and the Chorus Line are on deck 5, and our dining room was on deck 3. Contrary to other reports, the elevators run well and there was no more delay in using them than one would encounter in any large hotel. I would recommend eating in the dining room in the evenings. The wait staff is excellent and the choice of meals each night is varied. Order several appetizers as these are excellent and each one is quite small. The quality of all the food is excellent, although the menu is not exotic. We chose the late seating (8:30) so we would not have to leave our daytime activities too early, and I think we made a good choice in that regard - although we found that we weren’t really too hungry for the midnight buffets, which are also excellent. (Don’t miss the chocolate midnight buffet - and you can bring some back to your room so you don’t have to eat it all at once!) We ate both breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer Café buffet style. Breakfast is the same each day, but includes eggs, waffles, pancakes, pastries, smoked salmon, a chef making your choice of omelets, and much more. Lunches vary each day, but always includes burgers for those who can’t quite escape traditional American style. The first stop at Nassau was interesting. We planned to tour the town in the morning, return to the ship for lunch, then hit the beach in the afternoon. Everything went as planned, although the town of Nassau is not really worth the time to tour. It is old and fairly rundown with the only real activity being shopping (a main street and the Straw Market). You don’t need to pay for any shore excursions. We made the mistake of taking a carriage ride around the town when we first arrived, but it consisted mostly of pointing out shops. If you are interested in any historical visiting, do some homework ahead of time, then head on your own to a location you would like to see. Actually, there really isn’t anything of much historical interest in the town anyway. Nassau seems to cater mostly to shoppers and not to those interested in history or culture. The Straw Market is worth seeing, but don’t expect to get any real bargains. Haggle with the vendors, though; you might get lucky. Actually my one complaint about the cruise is that the ship advertises mostly shopping and shore excursions you have to pay extra for in both Nassau and Key West. It would be nice if the ship would inform passengers about all the historical and cultural sights at the destinations instead of just promoting the local vendors. Speaking of vendors, expect to be assaulted continuously in Nassau by locals trying to sell you something. They are polite - but still annoying. There is not this problem in Key West. The best part of Nassau was the visit to Paradise Island across the harbor. We took a ferry boat for $3 each one way, but the boat itself was actually an old fishing boat with planks to sit on. I doubt it would pass even a minimum safety inspection, but the water was calm and the trip over to Paradise was smooth. If you want to get to Cabbage Beach, though, (on the far side of the island) you have to walk from the ferry landing (at the Atlantis resort) across the island to the public beach entry (next to the Riau Hotel). We found out later that you can take a taxi (12 passenger van) for $4 each one-way directly to the beach from the boat dock (and take one back). We took this back to the ship after our beach stay - and the taxi driver was the most entertaining person we met while in Nassau - a highlight of the visit. Cabbage Beach is excellent, with white sand and clear water, although I was surprised that the water was quite chilly and the riptide was significant. By the way, the ship provides beach towels for you, so don’t weigh your luggage down with your own (like we did). On the next visit to Nassau we will go straight to the beaches and skip visiting the town altogether. A number of passengers visited the aquarium at Atlantis and said it was spectacular. If you haven’t been to a tropical aquarium before, this is one not to miss. The highlight of the trip was the visit to Coco Cay. One of the reasons we chose this cruise is because it travels at night and you are in a port all day. We heard that visits to Coco Cay are tentative, depending upon water conditions because the ship anchors away from shore and passengers take shuttle boats in. Fortunately, on this day, the water was calm, so we hopped on the early boat in the morning and stayed for the day. The beaches here are great! Venture away from the main landing area and explore the far side of the island where the beach runs extensively. No one lives here, so passengers have the whole island to themselves. I brought my own snorkel gear and enjoyed hours in the water watching the fish and taking pictures with a cheap underwater camera I bought ahead of time too. Great fun! My wife thoroughly loved tanning on one of the many lounges scattered all over the island; there is even an area under some trees with hammocks. Lunch on Coco Cay was great! We had read reports about cold food and flies, etc., but experienced none of that. The food was plentiful, hot, and tasted great - especially the barbecued ribs. I recommend them! Ship staff will begin calling people to the shuttle boats by around 2 PM to return to the ship (although boats go back and forth all day - no problem returning when you want to). We, however, didn’t want to leave, so we stayed until the last boat at 3:30. Don’t bother lining up in the hot sun and standing there for a half-hour or so for the next boat; just lie around the beach and wait. They won’t leave you there! You can always get on the last boat. I was a little disappointed because the tour brochure said we would be at Coco Cay until 5PM, but the captain said we had to leave in order to dock by 7:30 at Key West the next day. Arriving at Key West a little later would have been fine with me. One good thing about this cruise is that all the disembarking and embarking was very well-organized and ran quite smoothly. There is no need to line up immediately when the news to disembark is announced because if you wait 20 or 30 minutes, you can just walk off with no delay. Enjoy some food in the Windjammer, then leave at your leisure. Also, at every stop and at several times onboard, professional photographers will ask to take your picture. Let them take as many pictures as they want! You can review all the pictures at the end of your voyage and you can buy any you want - and don’t have to buy any if you don’t want to. Key West required everyone on board to pass through US Customs before anyone could leave. We all had to line up and have a brief interview (our passports were returned at this time), but this didn’t last long, and then everyone was free to go ashore. We took the boardwalk along the harbour and walked down Duval Street (the main drag) where all the interesting taverns are, but there were so many people that we couldn’t actually stop in any one of them because they were all full. We talked to some people who toured the Hemingway House, but unless you want to see a lot of cats, that didn’t seem worth the visit. Others rented bikes and explored more than we were able to, so I think that would be a good idea and we will probably do so on a future visit. The town is picturesque and laid-back, a real respite if you are used to most of the rest of southern Florida. Unfortunately, we were still full from lunch and didn’t try any conch on shore, but would like to do that next time too. So, overall, the cruise was great and I would certainly go again. Here is some advice: Get maps of your destinations ahead of time and plan what you want to see (unless all you want to do is shop); make good use of the Windjammer Café; take in all the midnight buffets; see the shipboard shows; order some of everything for dinner; don’t buy the soft drink package because you can’t possibly drink what you pay (Cokes are only $1:50 each to buy anyway) and unlimited lemonade, coffee, water, and iced tea is free onboard; bring your own snorkel gear and an underwater camera for Coco Cay; buy some cheap watches on board; head to the Nassau beach areas as soon as you can after visiting the Straw Market; and get lots of pictures taken.  

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Mar 4, 2005

Bahamas

We set sail from Miami on a Friday for a 4 day 3 night cruise. I had previously been on Sovereign and Majesty is the sister ship so finding our way around was not a problem. We arrived in Miami on a 11 am flight from JFK, proceeded through the Miami airport to baggage where there were many Royal reps waiting to show us to our bus. We retrieved our luggage, followed the rep across the street, dropped our baggage to a large truck and

followed her once again to a coach bus. Our plane and a plane that had just arrived from Boston filled the bus and we were off to the port. The ride took approx 25 minutes, we were dropped right off at the terminal doors and were the first passengers on it was 12:15. Made our way through the terminal...have your boarding documents and IDs available there are 2 check points before you arrive upstairs to the check in points. The check in area is divided by decks. We were on deck 4, we found our area and waited for 2 other passengers in front of us. I had pre-registered online, the rep took our documents, ids, passports, credit card, we were done with the process in under 5 minutes. She returned with our sign & sail cards & map of the ship. We boarded the ship... again keep out your sign & sail card there were 4 points along the way to the ship that you need to show it to security. We took the photo welcoming us aboard Majesty! You enter on Deck 4 the rooms would not be available until 1pm, but lunch was being served on the Windjammer deck 11 and there were welcome aboard cocktails, as well as wine stewards, soda purchase area. Nothing was a hard sell, no one approached us, we set had our welcome cocktails, read the ships map and proceeded to our room to change in to lighter clothes and go eat. The buffet on the 11th deck was wonderful!! After having just taken a Carnival Cruise Dec 2004 I can tell you the food on Royal is superior! Waiters are all around offering the drink of the day in the souvenir glass, the dining room is very clean and well kept but the ship is old and shows signs of wear. The selection of food was lovely from hot to cold, deserts were excellent. As a note here, the beverage machines are hard to locate they are all spread out, most of them didn't work well. Never was ice that worked properly. We went to our cabin on Deck 4 a oceanview suite. Small but nicely kept. Linens, bathroom, room area was very clean and orderly. Hung around on deck soaking in the sun, after cruising so many times I have learned to pack a carryon with a swimsuit or shorts to enjoy the sun in port ! We made our way to deck 12 in lounge chairs, had some drinks and people watched!! I love watching passengers come aboard all that first day excitement and meeting people from all over !!! Then there was the lifeboat drill, why is it always 150 degrees and someone cannot understand they have to come, so they page them while we all stand around sweating and packed in like sardines. Once we found those passengers, the drill was quick and we went back down to our rooms to leave the lifejackets and our luggage had arrived !!! That was wonderful ! Went back on deck watched the ship leave port, waved to the Carnival line right next to us and enjoyed the sun and then sunset. Late seating in the Makado for dinner. I will rate all the dining rooms shows etc at the end lets get on to Coco Cay on Saturday. Awoke early Saturday to the sunrise the sun was shining through our window and it beckoned me on deck, my husband was content to roll over and tell me to come down in an hour for him !! LOL ! I have been to CocoCay before, and after reading some reviews about the damage it had received and that previous cruises hadn't been able to even go ashore I was nervous that we wouldn't be able to... but the sun and water Gods were in our favor that day. Took the 8:45 tender over, got off the ship 1,2,3 and arrived at Coco Cay since I last have been there 4 years ago they have really built up the arrival area, they have added all the food areas, rental shacks etc. CocoCay does not disappoint, white sand, palm trees, crystal water...what a day. We went all the way to the end I like the silence of the beach and try to stay away from the volleyball etc I can walk after all you eat some walking is a good thing. Lounged in the sun, floated on beach mats, snorkeled, enjoyed the b-bque (which was very spicy) had a lot to offer everyone though and there was lots of food as always for everyone! Had the cocolocos in the royal Caribbean water bottles!! I can tell you the beach is wonderful, while there was a lot of sea grass in the water this time large large patches of it, the beach, the rocks, the areas were beautiful. Peaceful, restful, so enjoyable! I didn't leave the lounge chair until 4pm, browsed some shops that are on the island (bring cash they do not take your ship card) got on the last tender back to the ship. The ship was hoping, everyone was feeling great, lots of red lobster looking people, remember sunscreen, the sun is hot and harsh! Lots of ladies with braids, everyone looked relaxed and were having fun! The band played which by the way I could do with out they play 4 songs over and over and over again I would have rather listened to canned music. This is formal night, so we hung around the pool and went down to shower and get ready for the captains cocktail party and formal dinner. Picture with the captain, captain's cocktail party in the Chorus Line Lounge is a poor excuse from other cruises I have been on, some bad champagne, no food. The captain introduces the major parties on the boat and it was 8:30 time for dinner. Dinner was nice, however the service in the dining room was very slow we did not receive our meal until 10:15 while half the dining room had already left, the waiters did not put on a show this night which I always find amusing but no show. Sunday Nassau Arrived on time, ship cleared customs and we disembarked headed for Blackbeards Cay. I had seen Atlantis my husband went back there but I wanted to go to the beach. Had to meet at 8:45 our tour we did not leave until 9:40 Splendor docks right next to you and those passengers take the tour also. Walked about 5 min to the boat across from the straw market got on a open air boat and took a 20 minute boat ride to blackboards cay. There is stingray feeding, snorkeling, the thriller boat leaves from here, I was disappointed, its a lovely white beach but all for tourist, its off the property of sandals and must be part of their resorts on days that the ships don't use it. You stay for 3 hours, get back on the boat and back to the dock. Shopped at the straw market... they are very aggressive in there my advice its all the same row after row after row...next off designer bags, straw bags, t-shirts, towels. Chose 2 rows go up and down them and you have completed the straw market, bargain bargain bargain, they will sell you anything trust me!! Bring lots of small bills if they see you have too many twenties they aren't willing to bargain but if you have small amounts and say well I have $25 and have that amount in your hand you can get some great deals on bags and wallets. Liquor is here too, since it was Sunday most of the other shops were closed! Returned to the ship, you go through security at the gate in the Bahamas they pass a wand over you, inspect your bags, there is another check point and then the checkpoints on the ship. We brought our liquor right back to our rooms, remember you cannot bring that wonderful conk salad back on the boat no food so everyone who has it has to get back off and you see many people eating it along the pier! Packing that is the downer of a cruise, you just get there and the bags need to be outside your door by midnight! Casual dinner tonight, lots of entertainment Monday Miami Well, this is always a big waste of time. They tell you you have to be off the boat, report to this and that area I have learned stay in the cabin, wait for the tag to be called because you only get herded way up to a deck to only come all the way back down to get off the ship! Its always a confusing mess!! We were one of the first off at 8:30 we took a tour in Miami. We had breakfast, waited in our cabin and sure enough everyone who had gone to deck 7 the other end of the ship had to shlep all their stuff to the other side of the boat down 3 decks to deck 4 to leave the ship Have your card out, you swipe it one last time to leave, and now have your id, passport declaration cards ready for customs. They herd you through lines, these Custom Agents in Miami are nasty people! I had to put my finger in something to identify my fingerprints, they ask all kinds of questions, I had my purse inspected, everyone got some kind of inspection. You go downstairs to carasols where you find your luggage by colored tag this was the easiest retrieval of my luggage from any cruise I have been on. A porter took our luggage and we met our tour to go to the everglades! Summary Majesty of the Seas Ship is clean, well kept, but old, you can see signs of rust and wear on the stairs, I do not like the green rug around the pool areas its a ship after all. Very easy to find your way around. Food 4 stars Warm food is warm, Hot food is hot, cold food is cold. Large varieties, great deserts. Coffee machines never worked they had problems all the mornings on the ship. Breakfast was wonderful although the morning we ate in the dining room the Maytime it was just ok nothing great I like the variety of the buffet and the omelet station better! Plus that open random seating in the dining room is not my favorite. Dinners were wonderfully presented from appetizers to main meal to desert, nice selection of fish, meats, pastas. Service was not quick while top notch and the waiters are very attentive if you want to eat quickly avoid the dining room. The midnight buffet was Spectacular! That was a great night, ice carving, demos, dancing lots and lots of fun! Staterooms Small, old, even the staterooms on deck10 are showing there age. They are very clean, the stateroom attendants are very good in attending to your every need. Clean fresh towels, sheets turned back, chocolate on the pillows, beach towels, etc. The bathroom well you can shower, use the sink and the potty all at the same time and I don't spend much time in the cabin anyways but the beds are comfortable and lovely soft linens. Shore Excursions Ripoff... if you know the islands and do some research before you arrive its cheaper to take a cab, go to a beach, take a walk yourself to the straw market then to pay for the tours. The everglades tour was something I would never see again but it was a lot of money for not much! Personnel on the Ship Top Notch!!! Five Star service! Polite, helpful, I cannot say enough about them from the porters, to the housekeeping staff, to the pursers, waiters, etc. Ports of Calls CocoCay I cannot say enough about it, it is paradise Nassau lovely! Miami didnt love it, stayed 3 more days and its not what it looks like on tv, would have preferred to go out of Ft Lauderdale! Food Excellent...Royal knows how to serve a buffet! The only criticism is the slowness of service in the main dining rooms and Carnival has lobster I love lobster. Let me tell you go on a diet before going on the cruise, the food is that good and that plentiful and room service comes 24/7! Drinks are strong and expensive. Drinks of the day are fun but very rich and sweet too many make you rather sick! The schooner bar is fun. The Champagne bar was wonderful best martinis on the ship! Entertainment Wow! Of all the cruises I have been on this entertainment was incredible. The two shows, the comedians, amazing, very talented!!!! The lounge entertainment just ok. Karaoke was well attended but the cruise director who led it was rather flat and not fun. The bands on the boat were no better than a high school band and to tell you the truth our high school band is better. The disco is fun, wild times, lots of dancing, lots of 70's & 80's music! These cruises are short, had we not be given this cruise as an award incentive for a company trip I would not have chosen to take such a short cruise. They are a tease! I would take a longer Royal Caribbean cruise on a newer ship! All in all, wonderful weather, wonderful fun time!

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Mar 4, 2005

Bahamas

This was my first cruise and I was so looking forward to it. The embarkation process was very smooth. We got there around noon and immediately boarded the ship after a quick check in. We could not get to our stateroom until 1pm, but there was a lunch buffet ready for us and one bar was open. The food was mediocre at best. By the time we got to a table the food was cold. There was no one to fetch us a fork or some ketchup or another drink.

We took some time to tour the ship and get our bearings. We felt the deck areas were old and in need of replacement. The carpeting was ragged and the lounge chairs old and a little rusty. All of the interior areas were very clean and shiny. We were promised our bags by 6pm but we ended up having to root through a pile of luggage outside the elevator down the hall from our room and tote our own bags to the room. We didn't see our Steward very often, but when we did he was very pleasant and courteous. I tried to arrange for a manicure and pedicure but reached a dead end when I called the front desk. I guess they didn't understand what I was talking about. After we unpacked we headed out for another drink and some more food. The food was school cafeteria-like and not hot. The bartenders were all swamped with customers and not very friendly. Even if you gave one of them a good tip (on top of the 15% tip that is automatically added to your bill) you never saw them again unless you chased them down yourself. The lady who brought room service to us one evening just stood there while I took all the plates and glasses from her and put them on our tiny table. Then she waited for a tip. She never said a word. The entire staff looked very tired and unhappy to be there, with the exception of the Captain. He stopped and said hello and gave us a photo op! We made several friends the first night and visited most of the ship lounges. The music was good and there were plenty of opportunities to join in on singing and dancing. We slept well on the ship. There was no noise outside the room and there was movement of the ship that we could feel. The excursions were very nice, especially the Dolphin Encounter at Blue Lagoon. The staff there is extremely funny and friendly. The stay at Nassau is very short so plan well. The only thing I had time to see there were the shops at the pier. I never saw a beach! Coco Cay is absolutely beautiful. There are plenty of lounge chairs and plenty of drinks! The water was cold but we still went in and looked at the little fish swimming around in the water. You can rent a jet ski there, which looked really fun, but the temp was too cold for us. The shopping there is decent for t shirts and other small souvenirs. The buffet lunch there was pretty good; hamburgers and hot dogs, salad, cool drinks and light desserts. Nothing to write home about though. The dinners in the dining room were OK but again mediocre quality and cold. You are very rushed to go from one course to the next. They really push you buy bottles of wine but never offer a drink of any other kind. They must get commission on the wine. Whatever is left over from dinner is served for lunch the next day. Breakfast is the best meal they offer so eat a big one and skip the pizza and dogs for lunch. Don't expect to be treated like a king or queen because you wont be. However, if you are able to make your own fun and overlook the service, you will have a great time. I may cruise RC again, but would try a different ship and try to get my money's worth!

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Jan 28, 2005

Western Caribbean

3 night weekend cruise to Nassau. Food was plentiful but boring. Staterooms a little seedy. Entertainment was ok. No safe in room as advertised. Even with all my complaints, we had a fun time.  

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Jan 28, 2005

Bahamas

This was my second cruise with Royal Caribbean and overall it was good. Unfortunately we had some bad weather for the first half of the cruise so I felt some what cheated….of course the weather cannot be controlled. Day 1: Embarkation We arrived at the cruise ship at approximate 1pm. We boarded promptly and were at the windjammer café having lunch before you know it. The day was cloudy/rainy and so we basically stayed inside.

At dinner many of the guests including myself became sick from the rough seas…. The evening show was cancelled and I believe many people stayed in their cabins. My suggestion is that if you are prone to sea sickness take Dramamine an hour or two before the ship sails on the first evening. An RCCL employee says the first night is usually the roughest. I had preordered a birthday cake for my husband to be delivered to the dining room on this evening. The cake did not show up and needless to say, I was feeling too sick to talk to anyone about it. The next day I discussed this with an RCCL employee in the restaurant and they assured me that it would be at the table next night… and it was. I was disappointed that he didn’t get the cake on the night of this birthday, but in some respects it worked out good because I was not feeling so well that night. I headed back to my cabin during dinner to get some Dramamine and my key card would not work on the door. I then went to the pursers desk to see if they could fix my key card… but the line was way too long… so I headed to the dining room for my husbands key card and his key card would not work on the door either. Fortunately for me one of the cabin workers was in the hall and let me in. We had to get our key card reset several times on our cruise and each time there was a long line at the pursers desk…. I hope they try to do something about the constant long line at that desk and fix the key card system. Day 2: Coco Cay (??) We had to skip Coco Cay because of the bad weather…. And we were told by a RCCL employee that it happens often this time of year. We headed straight to Nassau, but the ship could not dock because there were no docks open until another ship left. We were stuck doing the inside activities for most of day including BINGO. For those avid BINGO lovers they could run the games a bit more efficient and give more players a chance to win. The ship eventually docked at approximately 7pm. For those of us who were sick the night before we were happy to be docked. This evening was a lot of fun. The show that was skipped the night before was shown this night – “The Beat Goes On” was entertaining. My husband and I bravely volunteered for the Love and Marriage game… we had a blast and a video tape of the game was left in our cabin the next day. There was a party on the pool deck with some dance instruction along with a conga line. The midnight buffet was on the pool deck along with ice sculptures. It really was a fun night. Day 3: Nassau We departed the ship in the AM to do some shopping in Nassau. If you are going there to enjoy the shopping and are a first timer I would highly recommend the on ship information session that we went to on the first day. It takes about 60 minutes but the information on where to shop, what to expect, and the places to get the best prices is well worth the time. We walked around and basically were enjoying the beautiful sunny weather. We signed up for the Sail and Snorkeling excursion in the PM. The sailing was enjoyable and the snorkeling was pretty good…. you only get to snorkel for about ½ an hour - which was fine with me, because the water was a bit chilly. This evening was quieter than the night before. The midnight buffet consisted of wait staff walking around with trays of finger food in the lounge. There was a farewell show that I was a little disappointed about…. I guess I expected it to be similar to the show on the second night, but it was just a comedian. Day 4: Miami We were docked and they were calling people off the ship by 7:30am. I expected to not be called off the ship by 9am at the earliest. You are required to leave your cabin by 8am and wait until your color is called (each cabin was assigned a color the night before). This was somewhat annoying to me, because when I made my reservations I had a flight that was going out at 12:30 and was told by RC that I should not book a flight any earlier than 4 hours after docking time(advertised as 9am)…. Which would be 1pm. So I went through the hassels and the expense of changing my flight to 4pm. I also heard an announcement the night before that if you had an early flight to catch to let them know so you could be one of the first off the ship…. If I knew that I would have kept my 12:30 flight reservation. Needless to say… we decided to remain on the ship until 9am. It took us about an hour to go through customs and get to the airport. We then spent the remaining 6 hours at the airport. Conclusion Overall, we had a good time, especially after the night of seasickness and cloudy weather. We had many glitches on our cruise but all were rectified immediately by the friendly RCCL staff.

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Jan 24, 2005

Bahamas

This was our first cruise and we were very much looking forward to it. 1st Day: Monday - 1/26. The weather was quite cool just under 48 degrees and we arrived at the port of Miami at about 10:30 AM. We parked the car across the street in the parking garage. Check in was quite easy as we had pre completed all the necessary forms. By 11:00 AM we were allowed to board and we went directly to the Windjammer on the 11th deck for lunch. We

met a delightful couple from Canada. We sat and talked for about an hour. Unfortunately, they had the early sitting for dinner at the Mikado and we had second sitting in the Mayfair. By the time we finished lunch our luggage was at our cabin. We had been afraid that the cabin would be small as well as the bathroom for my husband who is 6'4", but it was quite roomy. We were on the 9th deck in a superior outside cabin. From our porthole we were above the lifeboats so we had an unobstructed view. Put our clothes away and proceeded to tour the ship. We opted for the drink package which included unlimited sodas and juices which worked out well for us. We joined the first time cruise talk and it really was great. We toured the ship from 1st deck to 14th. The guide was wonderful, she was one of the entertainment staff and we really got to know her all week as she was everywhere. At 4:30 PM we put our lifebelts on and proceeded to the 5th deck for the lifeboat drill. This took about an hour. At the pool deck, we had a mixer as we watched the ship leave port and the sun set. It had warmed up a bit. Went down to change for dinner and to watch the first show at 7:15 PM. The ship was really "rocking and rolling" I had put on a Dramamine patch and was not bothered too much. The show was great. At dinner, we were disappointed because we were the only people at table for 8. Our waiter Amit was from India and very attentive as was the assistant waiter. The choices for dinner were okay, I had the salmon. After dinner we went to see the shops which had just opened and the casino. Tuesday: Nassau - 1/25 we got up and dressed and went up to the 12th deck to watch the sunrise as we docked in Nassau. It was quite chilly and we went directly to breakfast at the Windjammer. The rocking had stopped during the night. We had been told by several crew members that it has been like that for several weeks coming out of Miami. We took a regular taxi to the Atlantis, it was only $4.00 a piece. We toured the hotel and bought a guided tour of the Aquarium. we were joined by three elderly ladies from our ship. It lasted about an hour. The Atlantis is so big and expensive. Paradise Island is very touristy and built up, but the rest of Nassau was quite rundown. It time to get used to driving on the other side of the road. The bridge between the city and the Island is absolutely breathtaking. Took a taxi back to the ship and had lunch. We ran into the couple we had met the day before and sat together. I was beginning to feel a bit queasy. We disembarked again and strolled along the streets to the "straw market". The native Bahamians were freezing. We ended up buying some magnets and polo shirts for our grand children (each stall had exactly the same merchandise, you almost felt sorry for the women at each booth) and bought some liquor and went back to the ship. We dressed for the captains reception. We took a picture with the captain, and all of a sudden I felt nauseous, ran into the bathroom and threw up. Felt a bit better and we went to see the entertainment, but I could not sit very long. Went to lie down for a while and we went into dinner. Again we were alone at the table. I ordered tea and toast, took one bite and had to leave the dining room. I stopped off at the pursers desk to see if they had anything to settle my stomach, they did not and the medical office was closed. (I usually travel with pepto bismol, but l left it at home) They offered to call the doctor, but I went back to the cabin undressed and proceeded to be sick several more times in the next few hours. My husband went to see the midnight buffet and entertainment alone. Wednesday, 1/26 Coco Cay. In the morning I was still not feeling well. Went down to the Medical Office and bought a bottle of Pepto-Bismol for $10.00. There were several crew waiting to see the MD, but not too many passengers. I went back to the cabin and slept until around 2:00 PM. We never got to see Coco Cay. It was still quite cool. I tried to eat and had some bread and Jell-O. Was feeling a bit better. Sat by the pool for a while. We changed for dinner and the show. The shows were fantastic, such talent and energy. Tried our hand at the casino, but it was much too Smokey. At dinner, we asked to changed tables. We moved to a nearby table with three young girls around 30"s who were at a table for 6 from Detroit. I guess everyone is assigned a seating, but we saw that many passengers never came to the dining room and opted to eat all their meals at the Windjammer. We went to the crazy couple scavenger hunt. We joined with a younger couple and became team 12. It was really fun. But I was too tired and still did not feel right and we skipped the chocolate buffet that evening. Thursday, January 27 - Key West. It was finally a warm day. We had breakfast in the dining room. Everyone had to go through customs before we could leave the ship. It took about an hour, until every passenger was accounted for. We took the trolley car tour around Key West. Our guide was really informative. Then we toured the "Truman White House". Again had a great tour guide. We walked back to the ship had lunch. We changed into bathing suits and sat by the pool. The sun was really warm, and we had to get out of the sun after around 20 minutes. We changed for dinner and began packing. The entertainer for the show was an Impressionist who was great, and at dinner, we gave out our tips to the waiter, assistant and Head waiter. I must say they were very concerned about how I felt as was our room attendant. We went back to the cabin and finished packing leaving clothes out for the morning and put our bags outside the room. Went to the one of the lounges to see karaoke and met "Team 12" again. Went to the casino tried our luck and then to see the midnight show. Went back to the cabin by 1:00 AM. Friday, January 28. We were up early to watch as we docked at the Port of Miami. It was overcast and cool. We had breakfast with a lovely bunch of people from Ireland, Chicago and the Mayor of Porto Gourdo and wished we had been able to connect with other couples during our other dining times. Never did get to see the couple we had met on Monday or Tuesday. Our color "grey" for disembarking were the last to be called. We had been told to wait in one of the lounges, but it was too smoke filled. The one major complaint I had for the entire cruise was the amount of smoking and how it impeded my enjoyment, simply getting to the main theater etc, was also either through the casino or the bar. My husband who had had a bad cough all week, was really affected by it (as an aside), on Monday he was hospitalized with pneumonia, and I am sure the smoke did not help. Customs was a breeze and with the help of a porter who helped with the luggage he walked with us to pick up our car. The entire staff and crew aboard the Majesty were wonderful. The only criticism again was the amount of smoking aboard. If we cruise again, we will go with another couple.

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Jan 17, 2005

Western Caribbean

Quick Summary For a first cruise, I thought my experience was great. I got this cruise free for attending a time share presentation last year so for the value it was definitely worth it. The crew members were awesome and they worked their tail off to make sure I was satisfied the whole time. I tipped them extra because I felt that their efforts were worth it. This coming summer, my husband and I are planning on going on a cruise tour

in Alaska. We have already made reservation with another cruise line but we are considering Royal Caribbean as an option because I like them so much. Weeks before going on the cruise, I used this site and read everyone's reviews and tips about the ship. It was very helpful. Thank you all for such thorough reviews. Below is my experience on the Majesty. Day 1: Embarkation I arrived at Port Miami with my good friend who is a Miami resident. This was her first cruise as well. My husband is home on medical leave from shoulder surgery so he wasn’t able to join me on the trip. However, it was good for me to hang out with my friend and have some “girly” time. My friend's roommate dropped us off at the terminal and we were helped with our luggage by one of RCCL's employee. Note, if you get some help, tip them because I notice many people not doing it. We checked into the ship around 1:30 PM and went straight to our room (#2077 on Deck 2). The room was cleaned with the exception that the bed was converted to a queen size. Not a big deal, I called Housekeeping and our stateroom attendant, Edwin, came and converted it back to two twin beds. Next, we went up to the 11th floor for lunch at the Windjammer Cafe. The food was ok. I don't particularly care for buffet style food so the rest of the cruise I ate at the main dining room (Mikado Dining Room) for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At 4:30, we had the infamous Muster Drill. It was very interesting to see people in their life jackets standing in a line to learn about what to do in case of an emergency. After the Muster Drill, the ship left at 5:00 sharp. My friend and I went up to the Pool Deck (12th floor) to wave goodbye to everybody. After spending 30 minutes on the Pool Deck, we both decided to go to the gym. A word of advice, if you don't like to drink, hanging out at the Pool Deck is boring. That's all people did the whole time, drink on the Pool Deck. At around 7:00 I started feeling ill. Yes, the seasickness kicked it. We had a cross wind and everyone got sick the first night. Even the Bonine I took several hours before getting on the ship didn’t help. We had second seating for dinner so I was unable to keep anything down. Our waiter, Bulentz, and his assistant waiter, Glennifer, tried really hard to make me feel better. The only thing I could eat and drink were apples and hot tea. My friend, who is not susceptible to seasickness, started feeling ill. I knew I was in trouble when she told me that she was feeling sick. Half the people in the dining room started throwing up. Around 10:00, my friend and I went back to our room and went to sleep. For me, the only cure to seasickness is to sleep it off. Lo and behold, it did the trick. I was better the next day. So was my friend. Day 2: Nassau To be honest, Nassau was a big disappointment. My friend and I had this high expectation of beautiful beaches and nice shopping centers. Instead, it was ok. But, we decided to stay positive and make the best of our visit. We spent half the day at the Straw Market because my friend is a shopaholic. She bought two purses for $50. I bought a flamingo straw purse for $5. Bargaining is the key at the Straw Market. All vendors sell the same thing. You just have to go up and down and negotiate with them. If one vendor gives you a price that is better than another vendor, you go to the vendor with the stuff you like and negotiate with them. Day 3: Sea Day We were supposed to go to Coco Cay today but the water was too rough. So, we spent a day at sea. I slept in and woke up at 11:30 AM. I just spent most of the day on the Pool Deck (not drinking) bird and whale watching. Bird watching is one of my hobbies so I was able to see sea birds on this trip. The whales were awesome. I couldn’t tell what they were because the only thing I could see was their tails. But, I at least knew they were whales. Day 4: Key West The highlight of the trip for me was Key West. The shops were much better and I took a couple of nature tours. I got to see more birds. The only disappointing thing was we had to get back on the ship by 5:30. I wanted to stay there longer. Oh well, looks like I am going to have to go back to Key West some other time. Day 5: Miami Going through Custom was a piece of cake. We left the ship at around 9:00. I spent the day in Miami with my friend and left the next morning for home (I live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area). Conclusion Overall, I had a great time on this trip despite being seasick the first day. It was also nice for me to hang out with my friend and had some “girly” time. A word about the food in the dinning room. I have never been pampered like that in my life. Every night, my friend and I ordered 2 to 3 entrees and 1 to 2 desserts. Yes, we are both pigs but hey we’re allowed to be one on a cruise! Dinner was the highlight of the evening for me because of the quality of the food (e.g. shrimp, lobster, filet mignon, etc.) and exceptional service from our waiters. I will definitely go on another Royal Caribbean cruise. For those who have not been on a cruise, I highly recommend Royal Caribbean.  

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By Ken_CR

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Jan 7, 2005

Bahamas

Never thought I'd go on a cruise. But this one was a freebie so what the heck. Had a wonderful time. Ship wasn't plush but plenty comfortable. Good food available at all hours in multiple locations. Plenty of activities and plenty of places to do nothing but lounge in comfort. You can find places to be off by yourself or be with the crowds around the pool. Had second seating for dinner and the menu was great but there are pitfalls when

serving 700 folks at a seating. The duck I had on the first night must have been a Wood Duck cause it was hard and dry as a log. The wait staff was terrific and would replace a meal immediately but by the last night everyone at our tables was ordering the steak which was always perfect when it arrived at the table. I loved getting up at 6 am, finding coffee and Danish ready and going up on the bow to watch the captain bring the ship into the dock. Coco Cay was like a big beach party with plenty of chaise lounges, hammocks under palm trees, snorkeling, kayaking, jet skis and lots of food. Nassau was a disappointment of jewelry shops but we found a wonderful restaurant for lunch with elegant tables set by the spectacular Aquarium at Atlantis. Stateroom was small but adequate and we hardly spent any time there. The ships personnel were all wonderful. They are great young adults who seem to enjoy their work and are very accommodating. We would definitely go again.  

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By Eric_CR

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Nov 29, 2004

Bahamas

Overall the cruise was excellent. It was my second cruise, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Like many of you I read all of the reviews on this site prior to sailing to get an idea of what to expect and also to pick up any hints, tips or suggestions from previous cruises so I will try and include some of my own suggestions as well. We used the airport to pier transportation through Royal Caribbean and it was very easy. One of RCCL’s

staff was waiting for us at the baggage claim and directed us to the bus. We dropped our luggage at the curb and RCCL checked it to the cabin. The first suggestion I would make is to make sure to pack a change of clothes (especially shorts and a short sleeved shirt if you are traveling from a cold climate like me!) in your carry on luggage. We got on board the ship about 2:00pm but our luggage didn’t get to our cabin until after 6:00pm. After arriving at the pier, check-in took about 20 minutes. We had filled out all of our paperwork before hand and were ready to go, unfortunately the group in front of us in line was not so organized and they took 15 minutes to get processed. So suggestion number 2 is to make sure you have all of your documents filled out ahead of time. We had heard some complaints on this website about waiters harassing you when you board. I did not find this to be the case. I walked right by the table where they had the wine pre-order going on. They did not pressure us into buying anything. I decided to buy the soda sticker for unlimited soda during the cruise. You will need to decide for yourself if it is worth it. They have free lemonade, ice tea and water. If you purchase the sodas from the bar they are $1.50 each. After dropping our carry-on luggage at the cabin, (interior room on deck 2) we went up stairs to the Windjammer Café, where they were serving lunch. Another tip, they have 4 lines for the buffet, there are two right when you enter and two more further forward. Since most people are new to the ship they get in the first line they see so that line gets rather long. If you continue forward through the double glass doors you will find two more lines, (one on each side of the ship) with additional seating and less of a wait. There was a mandatory Life Boat Drill at 4:30pm with the ship sailing at 5. The drill was straight forward. One bit of advice: before the drill walk around and find your lifeboat muster station, if you are on the side of the ship that is in the sun you might want to bring a hat and sunscreen since the drill takes about 20 to 30 minutes. We had selected the second seating for dinner. On my first cruise we were on the first, or main, seating and I enjoyed the second seating much better. On the first, or main, seating it always felt as if we were rushed to get to dinner. The ship sailed at 5 and dinner was at 6:00 so you were always rushed to get back to the cabin, change clothes and get to dinner. At Key West the ship sailed at 6:00 so some people had to hurry to get back from the island and off to dinner. The wait staff at our table was excellent. My wife and I joined 3 other couples at dinner and had a very good time. Some people complain about having to have dinner with “strangers”; we actually enjoyed it. Everyone introduced themselves the first night and we had a great time. If you really want to be anti-social and dine by yourself you can always take advantage of the Windjammer Café or room service. A word on cabins, many people have made notes on this site about how small they are. We were in the smallest category, inside cabin on deck 2. It was just my wife and I and it was fine for the two of us. There was a queen size bed (actually the two beds in the cabin pushed together.) The room is small but you really don’t spend any time there since all the action is in the dinning room or on the upper decks. The bathroom is proportionally small, but it is about 4 times the size of an airline bathroom. The shower is narrow. I would guess it is about 3 feet wide by about 2.5 feet deep. If you need more room close the bathroom door and open the shower curtain. There is a drain on the main bathroom floor in case you splash water out of the shower. We had no problems with the size of the shower. Also the shower head is removable to help make rinsing easier. ( A picture of the bathroom for your information) Being a pizza lover, I was curious to see how the pizza was at the Mast Bar up on deck 12. I had read mixed reviews on this website. I thought it was pretty good. You shouldn’t expect California Pizza Kitchen, since you will be disappointed. It was better than frozen pizza but by no means gourmet. They have plain cheese and Cheese and Pepperoni every night plus one special of the day. They were vegetarian, Hawaiian (pineapple and ham) and Barbeque Chicken. The Barbeque Chicken was very good. There was some concern on this site about being able to catch a Monday Night Football game. We found the game on the on board Television in the rooms, and also the game was played on the big screen TV’s in both the Schooner Bar and the Mast Bar. If you like ice cream they sell Ben and Jerry’s up by the pool and they have a self serve soft Ice Cream machine at the Windjammer Café that is free. (Vanilla, Chocolate and mixed). The first stop was Nassau, Bahamas. We didn’t take any of the ships excursions; instead we just walked around the city. There is some shopping, jewelry, watches and liquor being the most common. We took a water taxi to Paradise Island (Home of the Atlantis Resort.) Atlantis was ok. We walked around the public areas and went back to the ship; if you don’t go over there you won’t be missing anything. The water taxi was definitely unique. It is a marginally seaworthy rig they try and stuff as many tourists into as possible. It is cheaper than a regular taxi ($8 vs. $6 round trip) The water taxi looked like one of the boats that you see the Coast Guard picking up the refugees fleeing Cuba in. Several of the excursions looked like fun. If I went again I would skip all the who-ha in downtown Nassau and go on one of the Snorkeling trips or the Seaworld Explorer. We went back to the ship and tried out the rock wall. It was fun, I had never done it before and the instructors were helpful and some fellow passengers waiting for their turns offered encouragement. If you want to try it, a good time to do so is while the ship is in port. The next stop was Coco Cay. Coco Cay was the highlight of the trip for both of us. We went snorkeling. I have been diving or snorkeling in a lot of places but Coco Cay was the best. If you like to snorkel, go early. We were on the first tender over and were about the 4th and 5th people in the water. It was incredible! The water was cool at first but felt ok after a few minutes. The visibility was great. Be sure to go early since the reef in close gets murky in the afternoon from all the people stirring up the sand. The fish were incredible they were everywhere. We saw tons of Yellow Snapper and Sergeant Major fish, they were everywhere. We also saw a lot of other stuff including a Barracuda about 4 and a half feet long and several Sting Rays, Grouper, among others. There is a “shipwreck”, a mock up of “Pirate” ship they have placed in the area to dive on. There is also 2 airplane “wrecks” that have been sunk as artificial reefs. (For you aviation enthusiasts the airplanes are a Piper Aztec and a Beech 18.) There are three lifeguard towers in the snorkeling area and the lifeguards will feed the fish when there are people snorkeling in the area. The fish are well aware of this easy meal so they gather at the lifeguard towers and swarm around you since they know that when the divers show up a meal is sure to follow! If you decide to go snorkeling on your cruise a couple of tips to make it more enjoyable. Wear a t-shirt while diving. This will keep the sun off your back and avoid a nasty sunburn. I wore a t-shirt and was fine; we saw several people that didn’t and they were burned badly! Also bring along an old pair of socks to wear while snorkeling, especially if you rent equipment. The fins can start to rub in places after a little while. I noticed this and put socks on and it prevented blisters and made the fins much more comfortable. If you plan to do any snorkeling, before you leave home, go out and buy a disposable underwater camera. You will be able to get some great underwater pictures. If you buy the camer at home you will pay $10 to $15 for it. If you wait and buy one at Coco Cay or on the ship it will cost you $20. One of the couples we met did the wave runner experience and they loved it. We walked around the island and had lunch at Blackbeard’s Grill. I was a little disappointed that they didn’t have the Aqua Park up and running which had looked like it would be fun. At the end of the day the line for the tender back to the ship was really long but it didn’t take that much time since each tender held 300 people. (The tenders are much better than the water taxis in Nassau!) The third stop was Key West, FL. Key West was a pain. Since we were back in the US we had to go through Customs which was a complete goat rope. The Customs Service insisted that everyone on the ship present documents (passport is best although they would accept a birth certificate with a picture ID) The process started at 8:45am and went fairly quickly except for a few people that didn’t show up holding up the entire process. We finally got cleared and could leave the ship about 11:45am! We opted to skip the excursions and walked around downtown Key West. We walked to the “Southern Most Point in the US” marker, and shopped on Duval Street. Mel Fisher’s Museum is interesting. We talked to a couple who went on the Snorkeling tour and they were disappointed, it seems the water was rough and the tour was more about drinking than diving. Although there were several tours to choose from. The last night of the cruise is when you tip the wait staff and your cabin attendant. There was some discussion on this site about tipping. The cruise line sends out a letter with suggested amounts. I will include them here for your information and planning. For your dining room waiter $3.50 per guest per day. For your assistant Dinning Room Waiter $2.00 per day per guest. For your Stateroom Attendant $3.50 per guest per day. We chose to give our stateroom attendant more than the suggested amount since we felt she did an outstanding job. Disembarking in Miami was no big deal. They give you color coded luggage tags and then call your color to get off the ship. The whole process was fairly smooth. Since we had 8 hours until our flight we booked an Everglades excursion through the ship. The tour included an airboat ride and an alligator show. It was ok, I wouldn’t call it a must see, but if you are have a long time before your flight out it is something to consider. One other point to ponder, check the availability and prices for flights out of Miami and Orlando. The Majesty’s sister Sovereign of the Seas sails out of Port Canaveral on the same route and depending on where you live airfare to Orlando might be cheaper. Either way I am sure you will have a good time. Get out there!

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Oct 28, 2004

Bahamas

Overall the cruise and the staff were excellent. The ship was very clean looking and the stateroom was perfect considering you are on a ship, but everything we needed was there. There were many choices with respect to food. For breakfast we chose to go to the buffet, rather to the restaurant since at the restaurant you had to sit with other people (tables of 6 people). I’m not a morning person and I like to have peace and quiet

so my husband and I opted for the Windjammer Café where we could seat ourselves wherever we pleased and did not have to sit with other people as in the other restaurant (Mikado). During dinner time we had the 6:00 pm seating and we decided to go to the Mikado restaurant since the food was much much better than the buffet at Windjammer, but again we had to sit with other people at our prearranged table. I did not like this since it was our honeymoon, but we met some nice people some that was okay. The food at this restaurant was excellent! It looked and tasted amazing. The waiters were very helpful. The entertainment was okay, lots of dancing and singing. They also have a disco which was a lot of fun. In Coco Cay we went snorkeling, which was awesome. But bring your own equipment if you have it, so you won’t have to pay. The water was very murky close to the beach because a lot of people snorkel there so you have to go further out. There’s a sunken plane and ships that you can see. As for Nassau we walked to see the Queen’s Staircase, the water tower, the Fort and some other things. It’s all free if you are able to walk for a few hours – everything is very close so no need to spend money on tours unless you’re too lazy to walk. There’s free maps available as you get off the ship so grab one and start walking! Afterwards we took the ferry to Paradise Island ($ 3 each way) and to Atlantis. If you’re in a rush take the cab because we waited for 25 minutes for the ferry to get some people together and go, but I didn’t mind. In Atlantis check out the underwater aquarium – it’s worth it. But we did not buy any tours – again, we just walked in and walked around. The only place you cannot go it to the pool areas, but understandably it’s for the guests of the hotel. After coming home I still felt like I was on the ship – my head was spinning a bit but it went away in a day. The whole trip was amazing and I would recommend it.

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Oct 28, 2004

Bahamas

Took my 61 year old mother on this cruise for her birthday. This was Mom's first cruise; my 3rd. I have cruised on Holland and Norweign. Mom doesn't do the sun, drink alcohol or gamble so I was a little worried that she would get bored easily. Rooms were clean, food was delicious except that the desserts were boring and didn't seem to have much taste. We loved shopping in the Bahamas; this was the highlight of the trip for Mom. Staff

on the boat was extremely friendly; our state room attendant was awesome. He made the best towel animals! Mom did get bored at times when I wanted to sunbathe; there weren't many onboard activities for someone her age; not even bingo was available every day. Embarkation was hassle free and convenient. I would definitely recommend Royal Caribbean and plan to sail on them again myself.

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Oct 24, 2004

Bahamas

At the expense of sounding repetitive with the other reviews, let me first direct my comments to the First Time Cruisers, of which I am one. This was an Excellent first time cruise. I chose the Four Day version as a first time cruise because I was not sure how well my body would react to the rocking motion. It was inexpensive while giving me a good taste of cruising. I am now planning my next – longer cruise, and will definitely

be on Royal Caribbean. Point number two, do not be discouraged or swayed too strongly by the negative comments that you have read in this forum. Yes, the ship is not perfect, it is however 13 years old. So lets try to keep a little perspective. If you set out to find lots of faults, you will do so. If you set out to have a wonderful first time experience; that is what you will have. Have you ever wondered why there are such varied opinions about this ship? The answer is how particular and how negative you want to be. That being said; here are my observations as a first and soon to be second timer. We arrived at the checkin early around 1:00pm and were on board within 20 minutes. If at all possible complete your documentation online in advance. Bring a change of clothes in a backpack which will get lots of use on the trip. I personally found the food to be excellent, both at the buffet and in the formal dinning room. We quickly learned that the wait staff will bring you more than one appetizer or dessert if you cannot decide or want to experiment. Go with the motto that you can do almost anything if you ask. With respect to drinks. The pop card is expensive, but several people bought one per couple. Although this is not completely according to the rules, you are entitled to unlimited drinks. People just ordered two and shared – no one seemed overly concerned. I also brought several bottles of wine with me, packed in my luggage. Royal Caribbean’s web site says you are not permitted to bring alcohol onboard. However, there is also a disclaimer that states this policy may not apply to every ship. In our personalized ticket booklet, the message was very different. It stated that RCCL reserves the right to “limit” the amount of alcohol brought on board. With that guidance we did so, and our stateroom attendant provided a wine bucket (continually filled with ice) and a corkscrew. This helped cut the drinking cost considerably. As far as the quality of the ship goes. There were a few warn spots on the rugs, and a little rust at the bottom of our shower, but nothing that had any impact on the quality or enjoyment of our cruise. One of the elevators had a nasty habit of not stopping on the correct floor, but that just added to the adventure. In Nassau, take a taxi tour instead of the excursion; but beware the “taxi” tour of the Atlantis only includes the hotel portion of the Aquarium. If you want to do the full underground tour, go for the excursion or pay at the hotel. One last comment with regard to motion sickness. I am susceptible to motion sickness, and usually take Gravol to go on rides at the fair. I took a little the first night, but overall did not find the rocking to be problematic. The ship is in constant motion, swaying back and forth, but I got used to it very quickly. I was surprised to find out that I continued to rock after going ashore. I guess I now understand what “sea legs” are all about. Overall, I was very impressed with the trip, the cruise and Royal Caribbean. This is a great entry level cruise at a great price. I highly recommend it.  

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Oct 21, 2004

3 Day Bahamas

I booked online, RCCL sent all the necessary paperwork on time and correct. Port Of Miami was easy to access and we were on the Ship without delay. As we stepped on board, we were bombarded by 3 men looking to sell us wine for our dinners. They would not take no for an answer and continued until I insisted for them to stop. I wished that RCCL would have told me that they were serving lunch on the Ship as nothing that they publish

mentions it. I also told the RCCL Rep when booking this cruise that it was my wife's 40 birthday surprise and I was assured that the Captain would introduce himself and make the trip a little more personable. Well they fell short in a big way as no one even sang Happy Birthday let alone a visit from the Captain. The Ship is about 12 years old and it looks it. I was told by the RCCL Rep that it had been recently refurbished but it still looked like a throw back from the early 90's. The stateroom was more like a closet. The bed had no spread and I was told it was dirty and being washed. I finally got the spread the next day. Also, the desk had a sticky red substance on it that was not cleaned until the next day. The food was buffet quality at best and seemed to be modeled after Las Vegas all you can eat mentality. I guess you could order 10 steaks if you wanted them but who would want them?? The Shrimp Cocktail was a joke. The shrimp were the 50 to a pound lot and we had to beg for cocktail sauce. If you are older or need help getting onto the tender, you better ask for help before you leave the Ship because your not going to get it as you board the tender. Coco Cay is just basically a small rock island in the Atlantic that is owned and operated by RCCL. It is definitely not a lush tropical island. There were chickens running wild under the hammocks. The shore is rocky so be careful not to cut your feet. Everything is over priced from clothing to wave runners and they are in abundance so check it out before you purchase the shore excursion or before you book it online. They do provide a decent lunch on the positive side. Activities on the Ship were nice. The Ship was clean although I could not understand why on Sunday, they closed the Windjammer Cafe to perform pressure cleaning maintenance on the decks. Nassau was dirty and no bargains to be had. Do not take the Ferry to Atlantis unless you want to walk a mile or so to get there. Taxi's are a better bargain. Aside from Atlantis being expensive, we discovered that staff are placed at every exit for the purpose denying you access to the pool and beaches. Tourists are prohibited walking outside without purchasing a pass. I spoke to a female in their vacation office and was told that the reason the resort is so strict is that if they allowed access to all the cruise ship tourists, it would cause a clutter problem for their guests. Funny, if you purchase a ticket for admission, the clutter problem goes away. They do not prohibit you from spending money in their casino or eat the food in the restaurants or by their merchandise. There's plenty of room for everybody. We spent about $175.00 on drinks for our trip. Photos op's are all over the ship and they would rather toss out the photos then make a deal with on the purchases. Getting off the ship in Miami was hassle free until the Customs Agent asked me about my Rolex watch insinuating that it was a Bahamas purchase. It took about a half hour to clear Customs. Apparently RCCL failed to inform their passengers that Customs flags all people with Rolex watches and forms are available to document your watch prior to departure. What a great feeling coming back to your Country. Hope this helps.

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Oct 3, 2004

Bahamas

My husband and I have just returned from our first cruise which I can only describe as fantastic. We were unsure of what to expect so opted for the 4 night cruise as a 'taster'. The Majesty of the Seas did not disappoint us and was way beyond our expectations. We were particularly impressed with the organisation on boarding and leaving the ship at each port. It was a little disappointing not to be able to visit Coco Key due to the

recent hurricanes but the day at sea was relaxing and fun. We Britains were in the minority but the American passengers made us feel really welcome. They were so much fun and were keen to join in the organised events. The 6 americans who made up our dining table of 8 were great. Our stateroom was good and it was certainly nice to have an outside cabin but the furnishings were dated and generally needed refurbishing, in particular the bathroom. Our stateroom assistant was excellent and nothing was too much trouble for him. The public/communal areas and restaurants were first class. Our only negative comment is with regard to tipping. We British are not particularly comfortable with this and although we had chosen the 'gratuities included' cruise we still felt we should tip the staff as some were particularly helpful - sometimes 'over the top'. The drinks were not too expensive but the bar waiters were rather over zealous!! Asking if you wanted another drink before you had finished. We would certainly cruise again with Royal Caribbean - perhaps for 7 nights - but certainly no longer as the excess of food would certainly tell on our waistlines. The midnight chocolate buffet was unbelievable!! This first cruise was one we shall never forget - and for all the right reasons.

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Sep 23, 2004

Bahamas

Was a little nervous that I had not received cruise docs 1-week prior – called RCCL and learned that they do electronic documents now! Worked out wonderful! Printed everything out from my computer at home! Received an email 3 days before the trip modifying our itinerary. Coco Cay was no longer on the itinerary due to damage from Frances, but we were now having an overnight stay in Nassau. I sailed with my husband a 2 friends on the

Majesty of the Seas out of Miami. We came in to Miami a day early, rented a car, and stayed at the Hotel Riu on Collins Drive – Hotel was beautiful, but had a very musty smell to it. Weather in Miami was beautiful, but Hurricane Jeanne was knocking at the door. Called RCCL around noon to see if there were any itinerary changes as Jeanne had made a U-turn and was heading back for the Bahamas. RCCL informed me that we were going to be heading to Key West rather than the Bahamas. We parked at the port on Friday – Incredibly easy to find the port and to find parking. Parking was $12 a day – paid at the end of the trip. Some ports we have been to require a pre-pay for parking. Checked in around 1:30. Check in was extremely smooth. I did not see a duty free shop in the port as I have seen in other ports. We were at dock 5. We got a super deal on our cruise on Deck 2 outside cabin. Cabin was smaller than the other ships we sailed on ( RCCL Sovereign of the Seas, RCCL Nordic Empress and Disney Wonder), but it was definitely large enough for 2 people to do what they need to do – sleep, change, shower. Bed was made of 2 smaller beds pushed together. Slept TERRIBLE the first night as I kept falling in the crack between the beds! I made my husband sleep there the next 2 nights and I slept great on the outside end! Shower was a little small for my husband. He is 6”3 and 225 and it was near to impossible for him to turn and navigate around the shower. Saw Harry Potter 3 in English, Spanish, Italian, French and Portugese on the in room TV. Not much else on other than cruise information. We did not see our cabin steward a whole lot on this sailing. Don’t know if we just spent that much time up on Deck or if they were laying low. We did get a towel animal on night two. We are Gold Crown and Anchor Club members and received coupon books the first night for 2for1 drinks, casino match play, shop discounts and more. The second night we received a Crown and Anchor commemorative embroidered Majesty of the Seas cosmetic/shaving tote– very nice and unexpected! Dinners were nice. Food was good – but I had better on other sailings. Chicken was a little dry and the steak came out VERY undercooked each time. We had Italian Night the first night, International Night the second night and French night on the third night. Windjammer was nice as usual. Pizza was not very good. Pool was crowded, but fun. It was a sell out. A very diverse group of sailors this trip…. all ages! Nice to see. We met a lot of wonderful people from all over the world. I would have liked to seen the band play a little more. Seemed to have more recorded music playing than usual – especially at our day at sea. Bar service was a little overdone in the pool area. Waiters were really pushy in selling drinks around the pool. One must have walked by at least every 2 minutes, but not a lot of people cleaning the ship. Saw cans, cups, napkins and other trash blowing around the deck quite frequently. In the past, there were more people on top of cleaning the ship as they went rather than selling drinks. We had to leave Key West 6 hours early due to the incoming winds set off by Jeanne and spent Sunday 5 miles off the coast of Cuba. I had never been to Key West so that was a pleasant port of call. Not what I expected. I was expecting a perfect little resort town. The port was BEAUTIFUL! But some of the shops and bars on Duvall Street were questionable. Did enjoy some beverages and a bite to eat at Sloppy Joes. We did have a problem with our key/purchase card. 3 times on our day at sea we were told we had to go to the pursers desk to ‘activate’ our card. Each time we went down there we were told our card looked fine and should work. Really became a pain in the butt to leave the sun and pool and go wait in line as well as an embarrassment. We were in the Schooner bar after dinner watching football, and we were told it had to be activated – the line at the purser’s desk was at least 50 deep. Some wonderful man next to us overheard us and bought us our drinks. Watching sports was a bit of a challenge. We are big football fans, and found many others on the ship that were as well. No sports were playing on Sunday in the “Sports” bar – we could only get updates from the CNN ticker. Finally in the Schooner Lounge we were able to watch Sunday Night Football on ESPN Espanol. Came to a very crowded Miami Port. They shut down the port on Friday after we left and it did not reopen until Monday. We were at dock 5 and had to walk a while to get to the parking garage as 4 other ships were in port as well that morning. Due to the small size of the dock, they asked us to carry our own luggage off rather than have them deliver it to the dock. Over the entire cruise was nice, but I have seen better service out of Royal Caribbean Staff. Captain was very informative with the conditions of “Jeanine” (Jeanne). He did announce on Sat night that due to the conditions and the itinerary changes we would be getting an onboard credit! Each cabin was given an onboard credit of $100. Nice gesture – covered lots of those Miami Vices! (Try one! YUMMY) and Coco Loco’s I would DEFINITELY cruise with RCCL again….I just get more critical the more experienced I get!

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Sep 19, 2004

Western Caribbean

Drove to Miami to board ship very easy to find Port of Miami parking deck is directly across from ship. Ship sailed @ 5 arrived about 2 PM easy boarding process no trouble at all. After getting settled my bride and I checked out the ship and found it to be easy get around and locate shops, casino, and theatre. Since hurricane Jeanne was in the area our ride out of Miami was VERY rough the first night. Not many happy sailors on board,

barf bags were located on all the stair railings. Fortunately we didn't need any but there was no dining or dancing or really much of anything going on Monday night. We arrived in Nassau on tuesday morning very smooth disembarkment Nassau is easy to get around has a 3rd world feel about it. Watch out for the time share hawkers from Ron Jon. It was a very pleasent morning afternoon downpour. BTW US cash is used in the Bahamas. A few bargains to be had on the street. I would not recommend getting too far off Bay St. seemed a little rough. Took a cab to Atlantis, huge let down. Atlantis is all hype, very tight slot and video poker machines, no Pai Gow and very few tables. Every thing @ Atlantis is WAY overpriced. Sailed out of Nassau around Midnight. Thanks to hurricane Frances Coco Cay was closed so we spent all day Wednesday @ sea. Favorite day of cruise. The formal dinner was nice and the formal dining room (Maytime) wait staff were excellent. Arrived in Key West Thursday morning went through US Customs check to prove we are Americans. The line moved quickly. Out to Key West. We took a guided walking tour of town. It was nice and informative. Picked up a few bargain t-shirts a drank quite a bit @ Sloppy Joes. That seems to be about all there is to do in Key West. Lots of Hemingway ate here and drank here and stuff, but he's been dead quite awhile now. Left Key West @ 5 PM ship hauled back to Miami. Nothing going on last night other than cleaning. The Mast Sports Bar is horrible. No sports on TV on 1 soccer game. The pizza is stale and non edible. The buffets were good typical buffet style food. Main dining room food excellent. The animal shaped folded towels in our room were a pleasent surprise. Cabin attendents did a great job. Casino slots and card tables are very tight, do not even think about winning anything close to big. You do not need to purchase an excursion to leave the ship when it docks. TV channel selection is very few but we didn't go to watch TV. Parking is $12 a day at the port. You do get a feeling of being nickeled and dimed to death as the ship tries to milk every bit of cash out of you they can. Leaving the ship @ Miami was a cake walk we carried on so no wait for baggage. I highly recommend small carry on bags we had 2 on garment bag and a small bag. We were on deck 2 inside. Room is dark but they have wake-up calls and TV has a clock and neat channel that shows speed and course of ship.

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Sep 11, 2004

Bahamas

We have been on several cruises all very different this was the shortest one. I have to say I much prefer the longer ones. We were very lucky we had an outside cabin with a porthole unfortunately we had a lifeboat stuck outside so we could not see much but at least we had daylight, with the cabins being so small I would have felt very claustaphobic other wise. The cabin attendant was brilliant, If she didnt know something she would find

out. The towel elephants etc. hung in various parts of the cabin with my sunglasses on was a great touch. We found the food and the service in the restaurant really good the only down side was the early sitting at 6pm.It was far too early esp. on the formal evening, On the middle day we had to stay at sea because of the hurricane unfortunatly it seems this private island and bbq was one of the best parts of the cruise. That day was not a lot of fun . The deck and all the sun beds were full it was boiling hot with no breeze , no ones fault. The pool obviously was also full I persuaded my elderley mother to sit on the side next to the steps unfortunatly a young boy pushed her and she tore a muscle in her arm and finished up on strong pain killers and her arm in a sling after spending a few hours in the hospital on board the last night of the cruise we missed the early dinner because mum fell asleep due to the strong tablets and when we finally tried to get some food we had no chance only a piece of cardboard pizza yuk. The last let down was the queuing to get our passports back to disembark it was horrendous 3 hours The americans went straight through understandable when we finally got to the end of the line because we were british they hardly looked at us we went through. Why cannot the brits have a fast track instead of being lumped in with the rest of the world? Its the last time We will cruise via the usa. Also with the royal caribbean every where you look its tip tip tip.I got quite paranoid was I giving enough or not when to give it when not to how much I have to say I prefer those cruises where the tipping is included and if you get special treatment you can directly tip the person concerned

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Sep 4, 2004

Mexican Riviera

This was our second RCCL cruise. It was even better than the first. If it's going to be a great cruise for you, you'll have to decide what you're looking for first. If you're looking for stuffed shirt decorum & luxury, RCI probably isn't for you. If you're looking for a relaxing fun vacation, I highly recommend it. Embarkation/Disembarkation: Arriving is a breeze. Airport to "B" street pier by taxi ~ $8.00. Check in as

close to 1:00 pm as possible. Leaving the ship can be a pain. Depends on how quickly US Customs does their thing. It's easier to leave than it is to return. Make sure your papers are in order. ;) The decoration & art work is stunning. Cabin: 3572 outboard starboard. Nice view. Well laid out & functional. Plenty of storage space. Small bathroom, removable showerhead makes it functional if your over 5' 8" Food: Dining Room food & service was average to above average. Windjammer (buffet) was pretty good. Service was inconsistent. Sometimes outstanding, sometimes lethargic. If you're hungry & it's late, the solarium has pizza, hamburgers, & hot dogs. Entertainment: Abundant. Depends on your tastes. OK Kids stuff: N/A Lots of little ones on board, but, they seemed to me to be well occupied & well behaved. I love pirate night. :) Quiet places to watch the sunset: Deck 4 aft & Compass deck forward. If you like to watch the DARK night sky, compass deck is good for that too. Ports: Cabo San Lucas: Hot & extremely humid. The vendors are very forward. Be careful crossing streets (no traffic control). No shopping bargains. This is an excursion place. Mazatlan: Hot & humid. Take the shuttle (mandatory) off the pier, ignore the Suburban's, & take an open air taxi ($6) to where you want to go. There are some good deals to be had if you have time & are willing to negotiate. The vendors are not quite as forward. Puerto Vallarta: Hot. Beautiful. Take a cab to the shopping district ($5 - $6), t-shirts (cheap) to art (wonderful, but, out of my price range). Check out the market on the pier. Lot's of junk & lots of good stuff too. Some good deals. I know we're not used to haggling, but, I would suggest that you haggle. Crew: Thanks to the Captain for the SitReps. Thanks to my cabin steward for her unobtrusive attentiveness. Thanks to the pool crew (Graham & Joao) & schooner crew (Marlin & Julian). And a special thanks to my good luck charm in the casino, Garry. Cruise Cons: The Windjammer runs out of the advertised beef quickly at dinner i.e. 10 oz strip or 4 oz filet. If the Staff Captain is scheduled to show, you can count on a good meal with good service. If not, it's pretty much self service, sans beef. Synopsis: The Legend of Seas is a beautiful ship with a smiling crew. If your're looking for fun & relaxation, I recommend it. If you're looking for proper fork usage at dinner, I suggest QE II.

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Aug 26, 2004

Bahamas

Since there are very few negative things I have to say,I will begin there. Like many of you have noted the rooms are very small, however since you spend very little time in your room, it doesn't matter. Our room easily accomodated two people. We had the cheapest of the cheap, Deck 2 interior rooms. The only problem I had was, when you awake each morning your room is completley dark and since there is no alarm clock you never know what

time it is. This could be something to consider if you are getting and interior cabin. T.V. channels are little to nil, you will find yourself watching the same movies over and over again, so make sure you enjoy the activites on the boot. There are a lot of things that are not covered in you cabin cost including, Spa Service, Exercises classes (i.e. yoga, pilates, spinning) and Bingo. However, since there is plenty of free stuff to do you shouldn't have a problem. We arrived on the boat quite early and had no problem checking in. Our room wasn't ready so we walked around and then had a bountiful lunch. The food was good, not excellent but very good and there was a variety, so that everybody could enjoy something. We didn't order the drink pass because we are not big drinkers, there was plenty of lemonade, water and ice tea to be had and I ordered a couple a drinks to my room. If you are a big drinker be careful because this could easily add up. Dinner was in the Maytime dining room. We had very nice waiter who was quite attentive and friendly. The food selection was more upscale than our lunch selection, but again there was plenty to be had, including a appetizer, soup, salad entree and dessert. Our first night we got acquainted with the ship for the most part. The movie selections were pretty good, Garfield, Laws of Attraction and School of Hard Rock. We turned in pretty early because we were tired, but there was plenty left to do including, shows, midnight buffet and dancing. The next morning we set off for Coco Cay after breakfast. We boarded the tender which was surprisingly painless and smooth. Coco is beautiful and if you are looking to just relax in the sun, this is a great place. Of course there were water sports, including a paddle boat, parasailing and wave runner. We tried the waver runner, which wasn't as much fun as I had initially envisioned. After that, we had lunch on the beach-- a BBQ which was pretty decent. We went back on the ship at about 3, a rested for a while before going to dinner. Since our seating was at 8:30 we had plenty of time to get ready for the Captin's Ball. Most people dressed up- women in cocktail dresses or gowns and men in suits or tuxedos. There were plenty of stations set up to take pictures which was really nice. We didn't have to wait on long line like I thought we would. After dinner we headed to the love and Marriage game show, which was very funny. I wasn't impressed with the South American Cowboy so I didn't stay for the comedy hour, but heard it was a very good show. We arrived at the Bahamas at 8 and got off the ship at about 10. I expected it to be many more people crowding the streets, but I didn't feel overwhelmed by people trying to get us to buy. We walked around the city but since it was pretty early on a Sunday a lot of things were closed. Bartering wasn't easy, most vendors had a set price and wouldn't budge, so that is a myth. We went to Atlantis which was beautiful and did some window shopping. We got back on the ship just as it started to rain. Later that night we walked around the shops on the boat which I found to be very reasonably priced. There were long lines everywhere, with people getting last minute deals. Before dinner I had a mini facial which proved to be the most disappointing experience of my cruise. Since the spa was booked I had my facial in the salon and had to sit in a chair the whole time. The facial actually was more than a cleanser, scrub, toner and moisturizer which I could have done myself and saved $55. We prepaid our tips which was the smart thing to do because when we got back in the room the vouchers were their waiting. Before dinner we went to the Beat Goes on show. It was fabulous, great voices, nice songs and good dancing. We enjoyed our last night on the boat, taking pictures with our waitstaff playing a round of bingo and packing to leave. The last night there is no midnight buffet, so there were long lines at the pizza lounge-- the only place to get food. We set our luggage out and waited we to sleep. The next morning we woke to the sound of the P.A. calling out color groups to leave the ship. We rushed through breakfast only to find a long, long line to get off the ship. Disembarkment was absolutely the most unorganized thing on the boat. People were confused and afraid they would miss there flights. But overall it was an excellent experience. I would definitely do it again. The boat was great, most of the time I didn't know we were moving. I would reccommend anyone who is new to cruising to start with Royal Carribbean. You may wish to take a longer cruise though.  

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Aug 22, 2004

Western Caribbean

We had a great time here are some helpful hints . Dinner formal on the ship We recommend doing the later time so you aren't rushed. Also book your island excursions on the island not on the ship. Like Atlantis you can geta guide right off the pier they are licensed and he will take you to Atlantis and the fort and all over the island as cheap as you would pay for atlantis.28.00 per person. Same on the keys we went snorkeling with the

fury catamaran same as the one thru the ship and it was cheaper too and there were people from the ship who payed more on our boat .The food was ok at the sit down dinner on the boat . Not overly impressed but the windjammer cafe buffet on the ship is just as good and takes less time and no tipping. I would do the captains dinner night get dressed up it was fun. Everything is run very efficiently as long as you follow thier suggestions and have your proper papers. Definitly go to blackbeards cay Its the nicest beach on the cruise really!!!!!!Also the snorkeling on coco cay was awesome its a definite .Enjoy we did!!!!!!!!!!!

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Aug 22, 2004

Bahamas

This was my first cruise, therefore this review is geared toward the information for the first time cruisers. Instead judgments or comparisons, I try to write down all the details that I wanted to know before the cruise. The information is based on a 4-day cruise started on 8/23/2004 from port of Miami, and may be specific to the ship. Port Miami: port of Miami was still under construction. It was quite a mess between the entrance

of the port area (after the bridge) to the ship dock (the buildings). The Ship dock buildings were NOT under construction though. The main cruise lines that sailed from Miami port were RCCL and Carnival. The docks for these two lines were not very close to each other. Luggage handling: Luggage was taken at curb. Porters / luggage handlers would take properly labeled luggage at the curb and they were also happy to take some tip. Luggage tags were included in the cruise document booklet mailed to home, and the tags needed to be attached to all non-carry-on luggages. Our luggage was delivered to the outside of our room door in a couple of hours. There was no need to be present to receive them. The signs at the port said that carry-on luggage need to meet the airline carry-on standard, although I've seen people carry luggage slightly larger then that. Upon arrival to the port, we waited a minute or two at the curb before a porter greeted us. We had a rental car, so we dropped off the luggage at the port first and returned the car and then took a shuttle back. We found that it would have been easier if we had just returned the car first and taken the luggage on to the shuttle bus provided by the rental car company (Alamo). Embarkation: Proceed to the port building and pass a simple security check, one could then follow the sign to the appropriate check-in desk. The check-in desks were assigned by deck levels, e.g. deck 6-8 shared a desk. The check-in area was pretty big, like the front desk of a large hotel. At the check-in desk, a payment method was asked (credit card is most convenient, I believe), and then a seapass was given to each individual. The seapass was in credit card shape and was used as such on board the ship. It was also used as the room key and ship reentry pass. After receiving the seapass, there were a couple of picture taking points to go through. Most pictures taken would be put on “photo gallery” for sale, but one had no obligation to buy. Minors were then asked to put on a wrist band at the ship entrance. There was a large number marked on the band which was the number of designated muster station (which everyone needs to know right away because mandatory muster happens before ship leaves). The wrist band desk was the only place we encountered a short line during the embarkation, probably because we arrived the port at about 1:30pm, relatively late. State room: We had a regular ocean view room. The size listed was 122 SF: pretty small as one could imagine. One can even call it tiny if compared to an up-scale hotel room in North America. However, it is very functional. We had four beds in the room (two pull-down berths), two for our children. Most standard staterooms on this ship had only two beds, which can be converted to one queen bed. The room had a small desk/dresser, a small corner storage area at the joint of the two lower beds, a tiny glass table (stool like), one chair and a small (13”?) TV mounted high in one corner of the room. There was also a closet and a bathroom. During the day time, berths were pulled up (by the cabin steward), and the two lower beds were used as couches. At night time, the back rest of the "couches" were raised to unveil more space, so the couches become beds. Berths were of the same size as the lower beds, which I believe were the size of twin beds. At 5'8, I can just sit up on upper berths with my hair touching the ceiling. When berths were down, walking in the room needed caution. For rooms don't have berths, that won't be a problem. There were plenty of lights, and each bed had its own reading light. The room and linens were clean. It was very well maintained, just like any good hotels. It was probably not really spotless and surely didn't look brand new, in case you have extremely high expectation. The closet had four or five small shelves and plenty of hangers (more than any hotel rooms I've stayed). There were four drawers in the desk/dresser. Other reviews indicated some inside cabins may have slightly different room configuration and furnishing. The room was perfect for four of us to unpack all we needed to use during the cruise, not much space left after that. Luggage cases had to go under the beds. Two large suite cases (27") were probably the most the under-bed space could fit. I had an expandable suite case, and when expanded, it was too tall to fit under the bed. It fit just right when not expanded. We had a safe in the closet. According to other reviews, safes are only available from deck 7 and above on this ship. After four days of stay, we actually liked the cozy room. I booked a large hotel room for post cruise, thinking we might need some room to stretch after staying in such a small room. It apparently was not warranted: none of us was excited when we entered the large room. That small cabin was just fine for us for four days, even with four beds. On the other hand, if the cruise were for ten days, I won’t be that sure. According to the ship layout, Majority of the cabins on this ship were about the same size. Deck 9 had slightly larger “superior” rooms. Deck 10 had suites with varying sizes. Also, windows of ocean view cabins are smaller on lower decks (those had round portholes), and larger on higher decks. Regardless big or small, I don’t believe the windows (or portholes) can be opened. Bath room: Again, a small bath room and shower area for a standard room. Also again, it had very efficient layout. It is comfortable for one person to use. The shower area is rectangular with a corner cut off. I'm relatively small, and I felt comfortable step in with some space to turn around. The shower curtain did cause some problem. It was very light nylon type. Once the shower was on, the curtain tend to be sucked toward inside. It was hard not to touch it. I brought a clap to hang at the bottom of the curtain following another reviewer's advice. It helped a bit. However, I figured it probably would take three claps to hold the whole curtain down. After a short while, when the curtain got wet, it was less a problem. Overall, it was more of an annoyance than a real problem, actually. The shower water did get out of the shower easily and made the small bath room floor wet. The small floor was easy to dry, however. Note that when the bathroom door is closed, water won't run out to the main room (which is carpeted). A hand soap and shampoo (in a wall mounted dispenser) were provided. Deck: We stayed at deck 7. It was called promenade deck, and for a reason: this deck was surrounded by a very wide walking or jogging track. It was not obvious when one look at the ship layout map. In fact, most of the muster stations were on this deck in the walking areas. There were no shops on this deck, however, if you wonder. The walking area brings some ramifications: the windows on outside staterooms actually looked out to the walking track (or call it deck), and then over the rail to the ocean/port. Views were not much blocked, and there were few people actually walking or standing, but curtains needed to be drawn most of the time, nevertheless. Starts from this deck, there were not many inside cabins because living space is smaller. One benefit to be on this deck was that it was easy to walk out to get some sea breeze. I'd guess people on other decks tend to forget about this walking area because they don't see it. Deck 8 was right above deck 7 and had similar layout. Most of the windows on deck 8 looked out to the life boats, and they were categorized as obstructed view rooms. Deck 9 had slightly larger rooms, and deck 10 were mostly suites. Deck 6 on this ship existed only in the cabin area (forward of the ship). The public area (aft of the ship) went from deck 5 straight to deck 7. Deck 4 was the main entrance, which was used in port Miami. On other ports, deck 1 was used ("gangway"), but I believe other decks can have “gangway” too. Coming back on board from shore, one needs to pass a security check. Noise: Really not much noise we noticed in the room. There was some noise at arrival of Coco Cay, probably because of anchoring. Didn't hear engine noise, nor people noise, whether from other rooms or hallway. Obviously, this aspect can be location dependent. Public area: Very well maintained and clean. The Centrum stair rails and decoration has a lot of brass. They are shiny most of the time, but understandably have some fingerprints if you look closely. There were a lot of lounges and bars. Many of them were nearly empty most of the time. There was a library which is more like a small lounge with a few cases of books. This itinerary almost always stop at a port during day time, and during evening hours, most people are at dinner or the show. Other than a few occasions, we didn't feel the crowd at all. The most crowded time turned out to be the mid-night buffet, a.k.a. sail away party from Nassau. Get on and off ship in ports can be a bit crowded depend on times. Pool: There are two pools, but only one was open most of time (both are functional, but one is cordoned off most of time). The pool looked pretty big, but there is a large wading area surrounding the pool. About one third of each pool is very shallow (for kids), and the actual swimming area for adults is rather small (more like a house pool). Not too many adults were swimming, however, so mostly the pool is not crowded. There are very reasonable amount of lounges on the pool deck. I haven't seen any fighting over them. Elevators: There are 6 elevators in the main elevator bank, which is close to "residential area" and get most of the use. Among them, one was apparently not running during our cruise. The elevators were indeed not up to the task during busy hours, such as arrival at a port, or mid-night buffet time. There could be a wait event during non-event hours, because the main elevators run from deck 1 to deck 11, and a lot of times they stop at almost every floor. It is generally no more than waiting for normal hotel elevator, however. At busy times, we opted to walk the stairs. In addition to the main bank, there are two glass elevators at Centrum, which goes the height of the Centrum (from level 3 to 7, I believe). There are also another two or three elevators at the back of the ship, which serves Viking crown lounge (level 14), kids connection and main show lounge. The back elevators run from deck 5 to 14, if I remembered correctly. On board selling: Main items sold on board are drinks, excursions, photos, art auctions and those from on-board souvenir/jewelry/liquor stores. We did not feel selling pressure at all. As a matter of fact, we had to ask for anything we wanted to buy. There were a couple of people walking around buffet area selling drinks (cocktails), but they were not on our face. Same was true on Coco Cay, where they sell "coco loco -- the island drink". At dinner table, beer, cocktail and alikes are obtained via bar tenders working in the dining room. Those drinks are paid using seapass after each dinner. No drink pedaling there. Photos may be taken involuntarily, and most people go along. They didn't even try to sell the photos though. All photos were developed a day or two later and displayed in Centrum area, and whoever want them go pick up and pay. Going price was about $8 for a 5X7 and $20 for a 8x10. Excursions were sold via a special desk (same area as purser's desk). There is also a form for ordering in the room when one first aboard. The form had to be turned in by 3pm the first day, and when ordered this way, the tickets will be delivered to the room. No way tried to sell us any excursions either. Breakfast: Breakfasts were served as a buffet in Windjammer cafe (deck 11) and dining rooms. They are almost the same everyday, but most standard breakfast affairs were included, such as pancake, bacon, two kinds of scrabbled eggs, fruits, yogurt, cereals and smoked salmon. Grapefruit juice, orange juice and milk were also provided without charge. The juices were of decent quality, not watered down or soda/punch kind. Although I don’t believe they were premium quality either. It’s a buffet after all. In addition to these, there were omelet stations. To my taste, the buffet breakfast was very satisfying, although one omelet I had was mediocre. We tried once at dinning room for breakfast, where one orders from menu. It was also very good and the bacons were particularly crispy. Nothing exotic there, but one can find most items that typical American breakfasts buffet would offer. Lunch: We ate at Windjammer buffet, and the main dishes seemed to change daily. There were generally a few main dishes including meat dish, sea food dish and vegetable dish. Choices were not great, but food tasted good, and I would say above average for a buffet. There were also hamburgers and hot dogs available. There was always salad and a nice dessert bar as well. The lunch on Coco Cay was actually similar to what's on the ship complete with salad and dessert, except the main dishes were simplified to barbeque fairs like ribs. Water, iced tea and lemonade were provided as fountain drink. BTW, these drinks were available most of the day. There were times that drinks or cups ran out, however. Dinner: Dinners are quite formal. I mean it consists of bread, appetizer, salad, entree and dessert. Menu changed daily and usually has about 4 or 5 entree choices including meat, sea food, vegetable and pasta. There were also low-carb choices which we haven't tried. Our waiter asked us to order appetizer and entree together and order by person (my family normally share appetizers in restaurants). Appetizers were pretty usual stuff, and are of small size (e.g., cocktail shrimp had 4 medium size shrimps). They were well presented and tasted good, but I've seen fancier and better appetizers from better restaurants. I'd suspect most people could easily eat two appetizers, and I had two sometimes. The waiter asked us if we wanted to try additional appetizers in a couple of dinners. There were usually some soups listed as appetizers too. It seemed to me that salad was always Caesar, and I usually skip. Entrees were well presented although not fancy, and I'd say they tasted equal to some of the better restaurants. Again, menu choices were not fancy (in my opinion, not-very-sophisticated steak, fish, duck, lamb, pasta, etc.), but basics were well taken care of and in very good quality. The portion of entrees were average to a bit small, and about the size I'd expect walking into a typical (if there is such a thing) Italian or French restaurant. It was just right for me considering eating appetizers and dessert. I can see some people can take two entrees if not worried about gaining weight. Service in the dinning room was much better than my local restaurants. I didn't see extraordinary service some other reviews may have indicated, but between waiter, assistant waiter and head waiter, one has to be served pretty well. They usually talk to kids, take away empty plates quickly and prepare for what you need next. Overall, it was quite amazing that each restaurant served about 500 people at the same time. With that in mind, we sometimes arrived about 15 minutes late to avoid the crowd. Kids choices are the same every night, but there are more choices than average restaurants. Kids food looked decent and juices were provided to them. On that note, adults only got water on my table. Most of us ordered drinks from the bar tender which we pay at the end of the dinner with the seapass. Another review mentioned that iced tea and lemonade can be ordered for free, but I didn’t try that, so cannot report. Kids program: Kids programs are held in Kids Konnection rooms on deck 11. It is cross the pool from Windjammer cafe and under Viking Crown lounge (The highest circular lounge). Room attendant will leave kids program schedule(s) together with the compass (adult's program) the night before in the room. There is one copy of kids program for each age group. Kids program run from early morning to about 10:00pm and kids can be dropped off at Kids Konnection most of the time when the program is open. There were two dinners that kids can also be at the Kids program having dinner with other kids, and parents need to sign up for them. For the days kids don't have dinner program, check out time was about 5pm, although evening program reopen after the dinner. On the CoCo Cay day, activities are held on the island and are short programs. Usually, Kids program ended at 10pm each evening, and child care was provided till 1am ($5 an hour). Regular kids programs were free. Children received a card for each attendance, and the cards could be used to redeem awards at the last night. Entertainment: This is too subjective and I didn’t attend all of them. I’ll skip this part. There were nightly shows provided, most nights one show for each dinner seating. Other smaller programs were available. Few activities when the ship was docked. The fitness center was reasonably equipped and has ocean view. I didn't go to the spa. Disembarkation: This process can take a while. Luggage had to be out of the room (leave them at hallway) the night before (before 2am?). Luggage tags were colored and distributed to the room the day before. So pack early. Many people ate at dining rooms the morning of departure and breakfast closed relatively early. Certain public lounges were designated as the waiting rooms, because people don’t get off at once. The broadcast will call for the color of the luggage tags. Once called, it means that the luggage is ready to be picked up at the terminal. One could then get into the line and walk off the ship. Once luggage was fetched, the line continued for the custom, and that was a long line. Well, similar to the custom in the airports for international flights during busy hours. Tip: There was a recommended tip amount, and that’s close to $10 per day per person. A letter of the tip recommendation was sent to the room the first day on the ship. One can purchase “prepaid tip voucher” by filling out the form on the letter and send to the purser’s desk. By doing so, charges will go to the seapass account and coupons will arrive the room before the last dinner, which was the time the tip supposed to be handed out. Coupons have the titles of the recipients printed (e.g. waiter, head waiter). We gave all the tip envelops (provided by the ship) in person. Of course, one is free to give cash as well, if enough cash is prepared. Vouchers don’t have amount on them, and the order form allowed the standard amount only. One needs to talk to the purser’s desk if non-standard tip voucher is needed, which I haven’t tried. In general, that one time tip covers all the tips on board, except room service and other small things. Beverage tips were generally included in the charge already.

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Aug 1, 2004

Bahamas

This was a good cruise for a honeymoon... Fly into Fort Lauderdale instead of Miami, it is cheaper by $60/pp and then hire a Town Car to take you to the ship, ($40 well spent). The best thing for you to do is to fly in a day early and book a hotel the night before the cruise, this way you do not have to get up super early to fly out and to get on the ship by 12pm...Take it from a couple who had to get up at 3AM to catch a flight leaving

by 6am which got into Ft. Lauderdale by 12pm....Yep you guessed it, we were too tired to do anything on the first night... Just to let you know to bring some extra cash since the ATM charges an outrageous $5.00 service fee... We tried to stay away from the Casino after loosing about $80 in the slot machines after our first hour of being in there... Nassau - You should rent a scooter and explore the island to get away from the city, Otherwise it will not feel like your in the Bahamas Visit Senor Frogs! We did the SeaTrek Sailing and Snorkeling, which I did not like because they combined our tour with another groups tour and crammed us all on this one boat... Coco Cay - Get into the Parasailing with the crazy guy driving the boat from Sweden haha that guy was crazy but it was awesome...Then relax on the provides hammocks and lounge charirs with a Coco-Loco, great drink... The BBQ lunch was great, this island was one of the highlights on the cruise... Key West - Again, rent a scooter, it is so much fun driving around the island instead of taking one of the trolleys or anything else...Visit Hog's Breath Saloon and Sloppy Joe's, also that Irish bar on Duvall St. was a blast... We had early seating for dinner...My advice is to go every night... Sheldon from Bombay India was the coolest waiter...Dirk from S. Africa was the greatest Ast. Waiter. Our room steward spoke but 3 words of English but always had a smile on his face and kept our room spotless... We are going on this cruise again in December 2005 because of the great food, the service and everything else.

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Jul 22, 2004

Western Caribbean

This was our first cruise ever. My husband and I left our children home to enjoy a vacation on our own for the first time in 16 years. We arrived in Miami the night before we sailed which I recommend highly. We leisurely got up the next morning and ate, swam at hotel and then took a taxi to Bayside for some shopping. We arrived at the port at 11:00 and got right on the ship. They were just opening up the doors and we basically walked

right in after getting checked in at the counter. We were told our cabin would not be ready until 1:00 pm so we headed to the Windjammer for lunch and then found a spot by the pool. It was so nice to just lay around and relax. We did not attend dinner in the main dining room that night, we went to the Windjammer again and it was your typical buffet style food but good. The next morning we arrived at Coco Cay and got up early and headed out. This was the best part of our entire cruise. It is beautiful on the island and the BBQ lunch was great. We really enjoyed this day. Our next day was Nassau and we were already disappointed in that our Shore Excursion to Blackbeards Cay was cancelled due to remodeling so we explored on our own. Nassau is nice but a little too dirty and pushy people for me. We looked around and shopped and ate lunch at Senor Frogs which was fun. We took a water taxi to Paradise Island and walked around Atlantis. Too fancy in my taste...rooms run $300-more per night! All in all our cruise was fine for first timers. I would recommend a longer cruise for sure. We had little time to relax because we didn't want to miss anything. The food was mediocre and nothing spectacular but ok. The ship was very nice only a few areas that need updating and the bathrooms up near the Windjammer tend to overflow from the toilets...yuck!! Next time we will probably try another cruise line just to compare notes. Good trip for someone starting out.

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Jun 10, 2004

Bahamas

This is the first cruise our family has taken and it was excellent. Very friendly people, nice atmosphere. Could not ask for much more. Our cabin was keep very clean. The ship could not of been any cleaner. Food was good. Our family really liked the Windjammer, lots of choices. On a different note I would advise you to bring a jacket. It was somewhat cool inside the ship. We went out on the deck many times to warm up at night. The only

other thing that I was not impressed with is that as far as gambling there are no blackjack tables under $10. This is a vacation we will always remember. Any questions you first time cruisers may have write me a e-mail. spark_o_matic14@hotmail.com  thanks Molly  

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Jun 9, 2004

Bahamas

Jaye Ditter Just got back from our first cruise, and it was truly a blast! The Majesty of the Seas was a lot of fun and filled with things to do anytime of the day or night! We boarded the ship on June 11, 2004, and the entire process was very easy. We did have all of our paperwork at hand, which included drivers licenses, birth certificates, our ship books (mailed to your home), etc. The process was very quick. One thing I

would recommend is taking your luggage with you with as you board, instead of sending it through with the Majesty of the Seas staff. They unload everyones luggage in the lobby of the floor in which you are staying, and luggage is everywhere. Needless to say, someone "grabbed" my luggage (as all luggage is mostly black in color, like mine was!) and it wasn't returned to me until late that evening. If I were to do it all again, I would carry all my luggage on, as many people did! We were very impressed with the food selection on the Majesty. We ate in the formal dining room each night, but really enjoyed the Windjammer food the most. The selection was always very good. The midnight buffet is something to NOT miss! It was awesome, and such a neat atmosphere. DO NOT MISS THIS! We snorkled in Coco Cay, and had a great time. I think the rental fee was $27.00 per person, and we literally snorkeled for hours! They give you a short "description" or "how-to", then you are on your own! It's very easy to catch onto! They do a beach BBQ which was OK. One thing to remember, do not forget your sunblock! Because you take a "ferry ship" ride from the ship to the island, it would kind of be a pain to go back and get sunblock. Plan ahead and bring your camera, sunblock, hats, etc all with you that morning! Nassau was OK. Shopped around the markets. Went to Atlantis - wouldn't recommend. We paid for a ferry boat ride to Atlantis for $6, then walked quite a distance to get there yet! Once there, it was basically a nice casino with an aquararium. If you've ever been to Las Vegas, you've seen Atlantis (in my opinion!) Another recommendation- if you are planning to "drink" on the ship, buy a soda "pass" (they sell these as you board the ship - I think $20), then buy your liquor from the Duty-Free shop, and make your own drinks. By purchasing a soda pass, you have unlimited access to pop. Depending how much you plan to drink, buying each drink could get expensive. We found it much more cost effective to buy a soda pass, our own liquor, and make our own drinks! The cabins were small, but yet had enough room to move about in. We had 4 people staying in our cabin. We had two pull down beds, and two regular beds. We were hardly in our cabin - only to sleep. Therefore, we felt we had enough room. The bathroom is quite small, as is the shower, but still wasn't a major problem. Our room attendant was awesome and THROUGHLY cleaned our room twice a day! It was a great benefit, especially having 4 people in one room. All of the entertainment on the ship was a lot of fun - especially the Newlywed game, the comedian, Majesty of the Seas Chorus Line team, etc. All and all, it was a great time, and I can't wait to go again. Feel free to email if you have any questions. . .

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Jun 6, 2004

Bahamas

This was my first cruise and maybe I was expecting too much. The places we went to were beautiful, but I was not as impressed with how we were treated. My dining room waiter was wonderful and the room attendant was very good. My problem was I guess that this was my first cruise and I didn't know how alot of thing worked. I did not know you can't use cash on the boat, everything had to be paid with money you put on a card. It would have

been really helpful if someone was there to help and tell you these things. We found out everything we needed to know from other guests who had cruised before. Many people were confused and asking questions of other guests. We waited in line almost an hour to put money on this card and then waited in line another 45 minutes to book an excursion and when we got up there it was sold out. My son was very disappointed. I would say if you want to book any land excursions book them online before you go. The elevators were terrible you waited and waited for an elevator hen when it came it would be full. The cabins are VERY small, but you're not in there much I guess. Overall I liked the vacation just not this cruise line I am planning another cruise but will shop around this time.

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Jun 6, 2004

Bahamas

We sailed Majesty of the Seas in early June 2004. It was a first cruise for everyone in our party: me (53), my husband (46), our married son (28) and his wife (27) and our 4 kids living at home: two sons aged 16 and 15 and a pair of daughters aged 12. We had four cabins; the four adults had two ocean view cabins and the four kids had two interior cabins across the hall on deck 5. We found the cabins modest in size, but completely comfortable.

I am not sure if they might seem a bit too cozy if you tried to squeeze four to a cabin. When we packed for the trip, I bagged each day's clothes with trash bags on hangers (the poor man's dry cleaning bags), which kept all the clothes more-or-less wrinkle free, and helped keep everyone coordinated and presentable. I had coached all the kids to unpack upon arriving in their rooms and put everything away, and then repack worn/dirty clothes into their suitcase at the end of each day. This system helped keep the cabins tidy, which I am sure contributed to our rooms feeling large enough and comfortable. A disorganized packer or someone who leaves clothing strewn about would not only make the steward's job harder, but I suspect might also find the cabin feeling smaller as the vacation goes along. Our steward was Alex, who charmed us all with towels folded into animals each day and plenty of chocolates left on our pillows. We selected the first seating for dinner, although as a rule we eat later at home. The logic was that we wanted to save room for the midnight buffet. Good in theory, but we could not keep pace with the mountains of delicious food, even with getting a head start by eating dinner early! We only made the midnight buffet once (and it was most certainly everything it is cracked up to be), and our 15-year old managed to also partake of the Chocolate Lovers midnight buffet, but none of the rest of us could squeeze in another bite (boo!!!!). We ate in the dining room every night and our waiter, Neb (from Serbia) and assistant waiter, Jose (from El Salvador) were a joy. We were treated like royalty. One night I asked for a slice of lemon for my water, and from that point on there was a saucer of lemon slices on our table each evening. In fact, we never asked for anything twice – ask once, and from then on it is provided as a regular service. Jacob and Brandi, our 20-somethings couple, ate breakfast in the dining room as well. They said it was wonderful – excellent service and always good food, plus less crowded than at dinner. The rest of us ate breakfasts in the Windjammer Café, and we all ate lunch daily in the Windjammer. The Windjammer Café was amazing. It reminded me of a line out of the old Billy Crystal movie, Mr. Saturday Night when he described his childhood dinner table as offering "all the food in the world." What a spread! It would be impossible to get hungry on this ship. Everything I tasted was good, but I would especially recommend their French toast (same whether you eat in the Windjammer or the Dining Room) – it was the best French toast I have ever eaten. The ship was a marvel – for a first-time cruiser, it reminded me of a luxury hotel. As a large ship, there was very little (if any) sensation of moving on water most of the time. Every now and then we could feel some rolling, but most of the time, for better or worse, you could just as easily be at a resort/convention hotel, that is, except for the ever-changing scenery. None of us are gamblers, so I can't comment on the casino although we did cut through it a couple times and it was certainly bright and people appeared to be having a good time. We also didn't set foot in the spa, so I have no observations on whether it was a good facility. The pools were attractive with plenty of seating on deck, and there's an upper deck above the pool for sun-worshippers as well. Sadly, my husband and I wound up being so busy we "forgot" to spend time lollygagging by the pool – I think next time I "need" a day or two at sea with no ports of call to fit in everything onboard. Our daughters were in and out of the pool, often as late as midnight, swimming with newfound friends and having a whopping good time. We enjoyed popping in to the bars for a nightcap – especially the Schooner. I confess that we also never got around to trying out the Champagne Bar, although it looked inviting. We surprised ourselves by enjoying the game shows after dinner. I really didn't imagine that this would be our scene at all, but all four adults in our party had a great time at the Love and Marriage show, and ESPECIALLY the Majesty Quest show. We also saw a show with a gaucho and a juggler that was FIRST CLASS entertainment. The Cruise Director, Duane [Davis I think?] was a superb master of ceremonies! My inexperienced guess is that a Cruise Director is either very very good, or lousy, and this guy was the best. First, he was hysterically funny; his Top 10 Questions of First Time Cruisers was funnier than any Top 10 List David Letterman has mustered (and I think a lot of Letterman!) – I was laughing to the point of tears. He was great at ad lib humor to keep things funny, and he was skilled at keeping a show moving at a quick clip. Our teenagers had a fabulous time with other teens aboard, thanks to the excellent teen facilities and organized programs. All four danced their nights away at Flashes, the teen disco. In fact, this is one of the primary reasons we sailed Royal Caribbean rather than Carnival. The Carnival teen program ends with 15, leaving 16 and 17 year olds out of the loop since they are not old enough to hit the bars or join the adult crowd, but they are aged out of the teen program. Royal Caribbean's teen program extends through 17, and after that they can join in the adult fare. Also, as far as I know, Royal Caribbean ships are the only ones to provide teen discos – Flashes, Fuel or Optix depending on the ship. Teenagers LOVE to hang out, hear their music and dance. BUT, teenagers do not need to be attending discos with singles in their 20's or older, even if this were allowed; it's too fast a crowd. But this was ideal. The kids boogied until the wee hours, yet there was always someone in charge keeping an eye out to be sure anyone older who might (dare we admit it) prey on teenage innocence was kept away. We know this first hand because our 16 year old son looks older than he is (he could pass for a college student), and the first time he went to the teen disco the friendly bouncer was right there, immediately checking him out to make absolutely sure he was under18. As the mother of two pretty 12-year old girls who were experimenting with make-up on that cruise, I say THANKS to Royal Caribbean!!! I knew all my kids were safe while also having a great time. Majesty of the Seas also has a cinema onboard, and while I didn't catch a movie myself, a couple of our kids went to see Eddie Murphy in the Haunted Mansion. My husband and I did pop down to look at the theater, though, and it seemed as comfortable and pleasant as any small theater in a large cinema complex you'd find anywhere. On our cruise, in addition to the Haunted Mansion, the 3 Lord of the Rings movies were shown. I think all of the Royal Caribbean ships have Royal Caribbean Online with computers/Internet access. I mention this, because in the case of Majesty of the Seas, it doesn't show up on the ship maps, but it is there nevertheless, on deck 4 just off the atrium. Frankly, Royal Caribbean Online helped to make this family vacation possible. I was teaching a university course online while we were on the cruise (!!!), and I was able to keep up with student email, post messages to my class and not miss a beat during the time I was away. The cruise we took had three ports of call: Nassau, CocoCay, and Key West. We were extremely impressed with how efficiently Majesty of the Seas handled 2600 people getting on and off the ship. When you board the ship the first day, your photo is taken and stored in the ship's database. Each passenger is issued an ID card (which does not have a photo on it), which serves as your room key and also as an ID and purchase card. This is the card you use for the cashless society on board (by the way, if you or your children drink a lot of soft drinks, be sure you get a pop card – they put a sticker on your ID card and from that point on you can drink as much soda pop as you want for the flat price of the sticker – it's a good deal!). When going ashore, you take your passport (or appropriate identification if you do have a passport) and your ID card. Your ID card is scanned on your way off the ship (sort of like an attraction pass at amusement parks) – very quick, no muss no fuss. But the crew onboard know exactly who is off the ship at all times. When you come aboard again, you flash your passport and card (except at Key West which is US) before entering the port area, then as you board, your card is scanned again. Each time your card is scanned, the crew member overseeing the process sees your picture on a screen, so he can determine that you are in fact who you are supposed to be. It was excellent security screening, and also fast. We did a shore excursion in Nassau – the Rainbow Reef Snorkeling. It was lovely, although there wasn't much in the way of instruction or safety emphasized. I am a PADI diver so I had covered the basics with our crew, and I kept and eye on those among our kids most likely to encounter problems so we were fine, but there was room for disappointment or anxiety if real novices got out there, had no clue what they were doing and encountered any problems. That said, the fish were abundant and the water was perfect. Nassau proper was so-so. I would not bother to go back myself. We were in town long enough for the girls to get the required hair braiding done (we paid $20 / head), but otherwise did not have much incentive to hang around. The "straw market" was a cheesy dive, and the prices were not especially remarkable. I saw very little straw there compared to the plethora of trinket souvenirs – ironically I saw small silk purses identical to ones my sister-in-law bought as souvenirs in Thailand last year!!! Oriental Trading Company??? My husband spent about 15 minutes in Nassau before he had enough; the constant shilling didn't agree with him although I will say that I have seen worse. In fact, although the locals were there at every step wanting you to buy this or that, they were presentable, and not too aggressive. My husband and our 16 year old son went back to the ship leaving me with the girls and our 15 year old son to poke around awhile longer and get the girls' hair braided. Once the two older guys peeled off from the rest of the family, they were approached with offers of "pretty girls" for sale, so while Nassau may have gotten the blatant hookers off the streets and cleaned the place up, the seedy side is apparently still alive and well just below the tourist tidy surface. I have heard that the beaches in Nassau are lovely, but I am afraid that between the hair braiding and snorkeling, we didn't get out to any of the beaches so I cannot comment from my own experience. We had no interest in seeing the Atlantis Hotel, so that "attraction" was lost on us. I recommend the snorkeling (it would be ideal for scuba) and I will recommend the beaches on hearsay, but the city of Nassau itself is probably not the high point of a Caribbean holiday. In contrast to Nassau, CocoCay was like a sliver of paradise. Truly, none of the promotional photos used by Royal Caribbean prepare you for how beautiful this little island is. Everything is clean, colorful and plentiful whether it is chaise lounge chairs, party beverages or (as always) tasty food. The palm trees and turquoise water are almost surreal. This is what we all dream the Caribbean will look like. Hallmark calendar picture perfect Caribbean. True, it is distilled and idealized like Disney perfect, but after Nassau with pushy people and that sense that presentability was nothing more than a thin veneer over a slum, CocoCay was a tropical paradise. We loved it there. We all snorkeled. We brought our own equipment, so just went out snorkeling at our leisure, but at CocoCay, if you rent equipment, I believe it is for all day instead of just a couple hours like a shore excursion. The teenage kids, my husband and I all stayed in the main beach area, but our married older "kids" ventured off away from the crowd and thoroughly enjoyed a serene day of peace and quiet plus better snorkeling than we had with everyone in swimming. If there was a criticism to levy here, it was that we waited to return to the ship until the end of the day, and the lines for the tenders were long and hot. I'd go back to CocoCay in a skinny minute. If it were my call, I'd put CocoCay on more of the Eastern Caribbean cruise itineraries in place of Nassau, although I don't suppose that will happen. In Key West we did an all-afternoon shore excursion, which left only a couple hours in the morning to sight see. My husband and I and our 15-year old went to see Mel Fisher's Maritime Museum, Jacob and Brandi went to see Hemingway's home, and the other 3 teenagers stayed onboard to hang out with friends. We would have enjoyed more time to see more of Key West, but it was not to be on this trip. Our shore excursion was SNUBA, and I cannot possibly rave enough about this excursion. I am the only certified scuba diver in the family, so this was sort of a compromise experiment to introduce the others to breathing underwater, and relaxing with the marine life in a way that is impossible with snorkeling. Our guide was named Steve (as in "Snuba Steve" – if there is more than one in this outfit, our Snuba Steve grew up in Gatlinburg, Tennessee), and he was top tier excellent – could not possibly have improved on a thing. One of our daughters can be a cranky customer when confronted with new situations (for which I apologize to the world!!!) but Snuba Steve was a master at dealing with her (thank you God) and the rest of my novice family. He had a great sense of humor, was thoroughly professional in his instruction and once in the water, he kept close tabs on everyone to make absolutely sure than everyone was okay at all times. I could not have asked for a more positive experience for each member of the family. The water was perfect, the fish were abundant, the coral was interesting, and we all felt like we got the best of the afternoon compared to most of the people out on the Fury Catamaran who were snorkeling 12 feet or so above us. To top it off, there was unlimited free coke and beer on the sailing cruise back to the ship. It does NOT get any better than this! :-) In conclusion, Majesty of the Seas offers a wonderful vacation for families at a reasonable price. Please feel free to contact me directly of you have questions JBFLeBlanc@aol.com

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May 30, 2004

Western Caribbean

This was the fourth cruise for my wife and me. It was the first time to cruise with Royal Caribbean. Also, it was our first cruise that was less than seven days. The ship was very clean and did not show its age at all. The cabin was smaller than our previous three cabins. However, how much time are you going to spend in the cabin anyway? Our stateroom attendant, Irina, was fantastic. I would have to say she was the best stateroom attendant

we have had so far. She was very fast and very thorough. The food in the restaurant was good. Nowhere near the quality of Celebrity Cruise Line, which we sailed on last year. Our waiter was good. He was not as good as the waiter what we had on Celebrity. Our assistant waiter was fair. I had look at his name tag on the third night to ask him for a coke for my wife. He finally brought my wife’s coke to her without having to ask on the fourth night. The headwaiter was very good and at tentative. He checked on us several times during the meal each night. Breakfast in the restaurant was fair. The buffet breakfast was much better. We liked the food in the Windjammer Buffet. The main thing we liked about the Windjammer was the fact that it was at the front of the ship. This made for some great views of our surroundings. We did go to one of the midnight buffets. The Nassau sail-away buffet was great. My wife likes pizza and we usually go and get at least one slice from the onboard pizzeria. The pizza was not very good at all. The crust was kind of like cardboard. The shows were overall pretty good. The guy that performed on the first night, El Gaucho, was really funny. The first production show, Wild Wild West, was really cheesy. We really did not like it all. The second production show, The Beat Goes On, was really very good and a real nice surprise after the disappointment of the previous show. The juggler and the comedian on the last night were pretty good but not great. Overall, we enjoyed most of the entertainment. The really glaring drawback with this ship is the elevator system. The ship only has one bank of elevators that goes to every deck on the ship and one of those did not work. The front elevators only go from decks 3 to 7. The back elevators on go from decks 5 to 14. We wasted a lot of time waiting on an elevator. Usually, when one did arrive it was full and you had to wait on another. This was the only real hassle we had during the entire trip. The ports were okay. We had already been to Nassau and Key West before. The private island Coco Cay was great. We have been to Disney’s private island before and this one was very comparable. I loved the hammocks that were placed between the palm tress. They have enough places sun and swim that you don’t feel crowded. The lunch served on the island was very good. The only problem here was we arrived at low tide. The water was pretty shallow. However, nothing Royal Caribbean can do about the tide. Overall, this was a good cruise. Not the best we have been on, but good. Would we go on this cruise again? Probably not! Not because of anything we did not like about the ship. Only because we have decided that we prefer a cruise length of seven days or longer. Four days is just not long enough for our taste.

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Apr 15, 2004

Eastern Caribbean

I'd like to start of this review by saying that my previous cruise experience, on Celebrity's Constellation, was excellent. It was a week long crusie on a practically brand new boat. It was more than I ever could have imagined. This being said, going on the Majesty of the Seas, was a step down. I somewhat expected it would be but I still was hoping for a pleasant surprise and it really didn't happen. We made all of our travel arrangments

with Royal Caribbean, flights including transfers to and from the airport. This is the way to go if you are not from the Florida area. It is hassle free. We arrived early on Friday and were transported to the boat by 12:30pm. There was relatively no line at check in and we were on the boat and in our room by 1pm. The only annoying part was the waiters trying to get you to buy wine for dinner in advance. There is no need to do this. You can easily order wine from the table at dinner. Since you don't know what the menu is gong to be till the night of, waiting till dinner it the way to go. >From our last cruise we knew that it takes awhile for your luggage to get distributed. So we had packed our swimsuits and a change of clothes to head up to the pool immediately and take advantage of as much relaxing time as possible. This is important on an only four day cruise. We got some good sun until the mandatory muster drill and then relaxed in the casino until we got ready for our late dinner seating. The casino is nice but all the tables had a $10 minimum. I like to gamble but not with a lot of money. I love $5 tables. Most cruise ships offer $5 tables. This one did not. The dealers were experienced and friendly, and we enjoyed our time in the casino for the most part. Dinner the first night was an Italian theme. None of us were impressed with the food. It was okay. Restaurant quality I guess, but not as good as my last cruise. However, I will say the the next two nights the food got a lot better. Especially, the Captain's dinner. Of course the service in the dining room was great. The waiter, his assistant, and the head waiter were all very attentive. They would get you whatever you wanted. To me, people like this make the cruise. Breakfast and lunch in the Wind Jammer were always good. They were nice buffets with good selections. Drink prices were also reasonable. Less expensive than my previous cruise. I don't recommend buying the soda card unless you are and adament soda drinker. There is always water, lemonade, and ice tea available anytime for free. All of the lounges through out the ship were very nice and well maintained. Head to the Viking Lounge on the 14th deck at sunset. Great views and it was empty each night we went up there. Its a good secret. We could not stop at Coco Cay the second day because high winds prevented the tender boats from being launched. I had feared this would happen after reading previous reviews of this cruise. My fiancee and I didn't mind as much because we are not big beach people but the couple traveling with us loves the beach and they were disappointed. We headed on to Nassau and arrived at 2:30pm. We spent most of the day around the pool until we got off and went into Nassau for some shopping. The locals bother you a little bit when you go thru the cruise terminal but once you get down to the shopping area, no one bothers you. I got some nice diamond earrings at a good price and some cheap liquor. The next day in Nassau we got up early and headed to Cabbage Beach on Paradise island. This beach is really nice, we had been on it before when we stayed at Club Med. You must bring money to rent chairs and umbrellas. If you try and use the chairs from the local hotels they will hunt you down. We saw many people from our ship approached about using hotel chairs and umbrellas without permission. Of course if you book a beach excursion from the ship, these things are usually included. There are some locals on the beach but they easily take no for an answer. And they do peddle cool drinks and snacks for reasonable prices. One thing I love on a cruise ship is playing bingo. They ran a good game on the Majesty. The snowball jackpot ended being $2500 and two people split it. When we docked in Miami the next day we were off the boat quickly and arrived at the airport four hours early for our flight. No stress. Overally, the trip was okay. I would give it three stars out of five. The boat is older but still well kept. The rooms are small but you don't need the space on a cruise ship. The staff were friendly and attentive. I think if you have never cruised before you will be pleasantly surprised but if you have cruised before this trip would be somewhat of a let down. I will sail Royal Caribbean again, but from now on I will stick to 7 day trips or longer.

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Mar 29, 2004

Nassau, CocoCay, Key West

This was the first cruise that my husband and I and our two friends took and all in all we had a very good time. We also felt that the ship needed some refurbishing, but our room was very clean and fresh. Elaine kept our room very neat and we loved the "towel animals" she left for us each night. Overall, the food was good, butI did not get the lobster i was wishing for. We did love, however, the art auction which was held

on board the ship. Bidding on the art work was fun, and we did win 2 bids and my husband won a raffle for a picture worth $450.00. We did enjoy the midnight buffet, and our traveling companions were as astonished as we were in the amounts of the food served and the way it was presented. We took a trolley tour of Key West which allowed you to get on and off where ever you wanted to. Although very much the tourist town, we still enjoyed our time there. We did find that the nicest time spent on the ship was staying on the ship when everyone was on Coco Cay. We did get off to see the island, but came back to be by the pool...It was fun to be there when everyone else was on the beach. The water this time of year was very cold, so you could only jump in and out. Can't wait to take my next cruise!

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Mar 15, 2004

Bahamas-Key West

One of the only mega-liners on a short(3 0r 4 nights) cruise. The ship's appearance and public spaces are quite good and the itinerary is excellent (Nassau,a private island, and Key West). Unfortunately, very small cabins, poor food, and lackluster entertainment make the Majesty a poor choice. Royal Caribbean's service seems to be slipping.

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Mar 1, 2004

Miami-Nassau-CocoCay-Key West

Overview- Generally speaking, we enjoyed our cruise. The ship shows some signs of her age. The service throughout the ship was quite good. Of the ports of call, we mostly enjoyed Key West and what it had to offer. Another tip would be to rent a car in Miami on your return and to fly into Fort Lauderdale (FLL), taking in the northward drive on the A1A to get there. There are several excellent beaches along the coast between Miami and Lauderdale.

Embarkation- We flew into Fort Lauderdale and had bought transfers from RCCL. We arrived relatively early, about 10:30 AM, and were greeted by a RCCL representative. We had to go and collect our bags from the carousel, and meet another agent for our transfers. This has changed since my last cruise as they used to take care of baggage transfer completely. We had to wait about 40 minutes for enough people to arrive to fill their bus, but the ride to the Port of Miami was pleasant. Upon arrival at the Port, the bus driver made his case for his willingness to accept tips and were told to retrieve our bags from bus side and to bring them to the loading belt, only about 30 feet away. We were then met by a ‘Porter’ who advised us that this was the “last time we would be seeing him and the only opportunity to tip him.” Let it be known that we tip very well in general for many services, but to be prompted before hand, and to tip to lift the bag from the ground onto a rolling belt, we were a little taken aback. The same porter had trouble communicating his tip plea to an older couple in front of us. He threw his hands up in exasperation, stating as he walked away, “I #$@*ing give up, no one understands.” We were among the first to arrive at the Port and as such proceeded quickly to check in. As we had already filled out our documentation (online) and even our Bahamas immigration form ahead of time our check in went smoothly. Being Canadian citizens/American residents we were prepared to present the additional paperwork required for U.S. Immigration re-entry, which RCCL took and secured until we needed those documents. Upon boarding the Majesty, we had to negotiate the drill line of salesman, with everything from Shore Excursions, to dinner wine, and soda cards (more on the soda cards later). According to many of the other reviews that are listed, apparently there are great welcome aboard drinks to be had, a Bahama Mama, but none were to be found when we boarded. We were able to make our way to our room quickly, Starboard side, forward, cabin 9050. Ship/Room Upon exiting the elevator and making our way toward our room we noticed a distinct smell of sewage that permeated our hallway for the duration of our cruise. The room was a different story however. We arrived at the room by noon hour and were surprised to discover that it had already been prepared. Our cabin attendant, Edy, was phenomenal, quickly picking up on our habits, our names, and re-organizing the room almost in an uncanny invisible way. The room, although small, was well laid out and had ample storage for two people, including one notorious ‘heavy packer’. The washroom and shower were quite tiny but provided enough room for its use. The shower itself was exceptional in its temperature and water pressure. The room décor did look like a 70’s throwback, which was strange considering the ships 1992 inauguration. Further note, that you are provided with cans of soda and bottled water in the room that you will be charged for if you use. Note that these items are charged the same as you can get at any of the onboard bars plus the usual 15% gratuity. The only disappointment with the room was the view, the main reason we paid additional money to obtain a higher category berth. The lifeboats were directly located below our window which prevented any downward views, although still allowed for a clear view of the horizon. RCCL did not list this room as ‘obstructed view’ which would have clarified our expectations. The public areas of the ship were generally well maintained, which to me is a feat in and of itself since there are passengers on board 365 days a year. It was easy to navigate your way around the ship with maps located conveniently along the way. The elevators seem to have a mind of their own, sometimes stopping on the desired floors and other times not. One elevator would only accept one floor input at a time. The glass on the exterior of the ship needs a good cleaning as they only hose it down for washing. There were plenty of bars so you didn’t have to walk far if you wanted a drink. The Windjammer Café has some stunning views towards the bow of the ship and on a second level. The casino was quite smoky and they should consider some better ventilation. Dining- Unlike our previous experience with RCCL, the food on board was good but unexceptional. The Windjammer Café served buffet style breakfast and lunches and we attended the Mikado dining nightly for our early (6PM) seating. Breakfast in the Windjammer was very good, with a wide array of healthy and not-so-healthy choices. But, hey, you’re on vacation! The steak in the Mikado dining room was not the worst I’ve ever had, but close. Our waiter, Samuel, was quite attentive, prompt and friendly. His assistant, Carrina, was very good and met our every need. We were sat at a table of eight, with two to the guest never showing up for the entire cruise. There was a midnight chocolate buffet on one night that we didn’t attend but heard that it too was unremarkable. The greatest dining disappointment was found on CocoCay, as I was looking forward to a great shore lunch. The buffet style shore lunch was cold which led me to question the food safety of what we were eating. The buffet was open air and subsequently open to bugs. It might be ideas to screen enclose the buffet area. There was pizza available ‘til the wee hours of the morning in the Mast Bar, near the Windjammer. That brings us to the soda card. We have read the reviews that suggest buying one card and sharing it for two people, but my attitude on a cruise is that if you are watching every penny like that, maybe you shouldn’t be going on a vacation. That said, we purchased two soda cards for our 4 day cruise at a total of $55. Unless you are going to be staying onboard for the duration of the cruise, it is not worth it at all. Not many drink soda with breakfast, you are usually off doing something in a port during lunch, and they don’t honor the soda card in the dining room. Further if you want a can of coke instead of the watered down fountain pop they serve, you pay for it. There is ample ice tea, lemonade, coffee, tea and water to be had at no charge in all of the self-serve dining facilities. It further seems that the wait staff do not make much effort for those holding the soda cards, as I am sure that their tips are tied to the automatic 15% gratuity tied to every bar beverage. We could have had 36 cans of coke during our onboard time for the same price. Save your money and buy what you use. Entertainment- We attended the Chorus Line lounge twice during our cruise. Once was to see the Love and Marriage game which was quite funny and worth attending. This pits newlyweds against middle aged couples against 50 year plus anniversary couples. It leads to some interesting insights into others relationships. Our second trip to the lounge was to see, ‘The Beat Goes On’, a musical retrospective, way, way, off Broadway. While some of the vocal performances were good, the overall show was not worth attending. One interesting area to sit and relax is in the Viking Crown Lounge, at the highest point of the ship. They had a folk singer/guitarist performing a variety of music and the lounge itself seemed to be quite under utilized (relaxing). We did not attend the cinema, located aft on the second floor. Ports- Our first port of call was Nassau, Bahamas. We arrived Tuesday morning on time despite some rough seas, and the ship was advance cleared by the Bahamas immigration authority. We hadn’t booked any shore excursion and now regret it. We decided that we would shop in the morning and beach after that. The walk down the pier into town was peaceful until you get past the shops, where the locals now have access to you. We have traveled fairly extensively and never have we been so inundated with street merchants wanting to sell us bracelets, taxi rides, and hair braiding among other items. We continued on into the downtown area to find it to be very touristy; that is, full of T Shirt and jewelry shops. We were constantly having flyers shoved in our face and barked at about the great ‘draw for prizes’ that would be occurring in moments. One British girl in front of a Tanzanite jewelry store suggested that I must be on Carnival when I politely declined her flyer. We walked a few blocks and darted for the calm refuge of the pier. Nassau has changed since our last visit. We took a water taxi ($3) from the pier over to Paradise Island with the impressive Atlantis on its shores, again enduring another diatribe extorting the benefits of tipping your water taxi crew (which of course we did). We had decided to go to Blackbeard Cay/Blue Lagoon to sun on the beach. The ferry to that island left from Paradise Island. We arrived at the dock only to find out that we missed the only ferry of the day and should have bought an excursion……it is supposed to be quite spectacular. We found only one area for public beach access on Paradise Island, past the Sheraton Hotel. This area too, was swarming with locals selling everything from ‘fresh’ coconut drinks, to hair braiding, to scarves and beach chairs. We paid $15 for two beach chairs for the day, after much negotiation, and spent the next several hours there on a crowded beach being harassed by the vendors. The next morning we awoke anchored off of Coco Cay, RCCL’s private island retreat. The island was just ok, crowded by mid day. There were ample activities to do. We had purchased shore excursions here of, Sea Kayak Adventure, and Floating Beach Mats. It, like Nassau the day before was incredibly windy, which truly made the Sea Kayak a real ‘Adventure’. Had we rented floating beach mats we would have floated out to sea we are sure. Tip for CocoCay: Buy your shore excursions on the island as there seems to be ample opportunity to do so. That way you can decide based on weather what you would like to do. The Shore Lunch was cold and had ample local flies enjoying it as well. We took the tender back to the almost empty ship and had some lunch in the Windjammer. There is also only one fresh water shower on the whole island, hidden beside one of the washrooms nears the tender docks. They need to have some additional outdoor showers installed. Also watch out for stepping on Sea Urchins, we still have a couple of spines in our feet. After another rough night at sea, we awoke to find that we were an hour late for our arrival into Key West. We further then had to clear customs, which took about one and a half hours before everyone on the ship had appeared. All in all that process was quite smooth. Key West was one of our favorite ports. We spent the rest of the morning browsing on Duval Street and stopped for a beer and Sloppy Joe’s (Ernest Hemmingway’s favorite hangout). We had a snorkeling excursion booked for the afternoon, so we returned to the pier to meet our RCCL guide. We met at 1:00 PM and were brought on board the sailing catamaran, the Pacific Fury, for our snorkeling tour. The seas were a little rough but the ride to the reef was very enjoyable, with a knowledgeable captain and crew providing local insights along the way. The Fury is a great vessel for snorkeling allowing the very young and very old access to the waters. The visibility was marginal, but we had some fun chasing some reef dwelling fish around their coral. Damn, they’re fast! It looks like another excursion called B.O.B. is a lot of fun. It is a personal self contained underwater diving bell, but book in advance as it was full. On arrival in Miami, you are assigned a luggage tag color and can not debark the ship until you color is called. The process sounds more daunting than it is, with the entire ship unloaded between 8:00 and 9:30. We rented a convertible in Miami to drive ourselves back to Fort Lauderdale via the coastal A1A. It is a great way to spend the day relaxing and stopping at will along the coastline. The beaches of South Beach, Miami and North Hollywood Beach near Fort Lauderdale are very scenic. It was a beautiful South Florida day. Summary- All in all I would say that we will cruise with RCCL again, although we have been told that the best staff serves on the longer 7 day cruises. We also would look towards a newer ship next time and will not return to the Bahamas. The service of the onboard staff of the Majesty of the Seas was very good, with special commendations to Edy, our cabin attendant, and Carrina, our Assistant Waiter.

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Feb 6, 2004

Coco Cay and Nassau

A friend of mine and I wanted to get away for a long weekend from the cold weather. As we couldn't take a week off we decided on a shorter cruise to the Bahamas. I have sailed on this ship before and this was my friends first cruise ever. Let me start by saying the Majesty is an older vessel, maybe 10 years old, but she should't be judged by her age. We spent thursday night in Miami on South Beach and left for the pier around noon

on friday. Check in was smooth and didn't take too long because we were early. After boarding we went to our cabin to get situated. The cabins on this ship are smaller than the newer vessels but then you don't spend too much time in there anyway. ( please note, the outsied cabins are a little larger than the inside ones on this ship and her sisters, the Sovereign and Monarch). We were located on 6 deck which is a good place to be, it's not far from the dining room and some other activities, also the elevators were not too far and that grants good access to the top decks where pool, bars, and the windjammer cafe are located. We sailed from Miami two hours behind schedule due to passengers who arrived late beacuse of the weather in the northeast corridor but that didn't effect our schedule at all. We were on late sitting for dining which I like and you will too if you enjoy a beverage before dinner. Our servers were very kind and attentive and the food was well above standard, even delicious. This ship has excellent chefs! The next day we arrived in Coco cay, Royal Caribbeans private island. I had been concerned about this because sometimes it can be cancelled in the winter months due to weather (high winds). The days condition was excellent! There are lots of activities for all ages on this island, some can be pricy, but it cost zero to loaf and swim and that's what we did. Walk to the far end of the island and find a hammock to lay in. Also when the tide goes out after noon walk to the shallows and see sting rays and star fish. For lunch they have an extensive bar-b-que with all the trimmings. The next day we were in Nassau where we rented scooters (do so at ones own risk) and rode around the island. On Nassau there's much to see and do other that the duty free shops in town, don't limit yourself to there and you'll enjoy it a lot more. Over all I give Royal Carribean an A+ for this 3 day cruise. The staff are all aiming to please and are well worth their gratuities. The food is delicious, and the ship is kept very clean. There are two larger than average (as far as ships go) swimming pools and ample outside deck space for sunning. If you're a first time cruiser or experienced one, in my opinion this ship will not disapoint. Also there are ample things to do for cruisers of younger years, where their parents can leave them at "adventure ocean" where they are in good hands. I would recommend this ship to all, and look forward to going again on her. Happy cruising!

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Feb 6, 2004

Miami-Coco Cay, Bahamas-Nassau, Bahamas-Miami

My husband and I recently returned from a three-night cruise onboard the Majesty of the Seas. This was my second cruise, and my husband's first. We had no choice in selecting this ship or itinerary; our choice was whether or not to book the vacation that our friends had already selected. Prior to departure I wondered whether or not I would have chosen a different cruise had the object been simply to take a vacation and not to vacation

with friends. Being home I can honestly say I would love to do this trip again. Granted, I am not the most experienced cruiser, but I felt that we received more than our money's worth of comfort, luxury, and entertainment. The dining alone would have added up to I can't even imagine how much had we pieced the trip together ourselves. The food was mostly excellent. Our stateroom, the least expensive available, was tiny but comfortable. I was impressed by the way the room is set up to accomodate for its size. Going in I was afraid of the quality of the shower, and I was very pleasantly surprised. The showers feature a detachable head (and we pretty much had to detach it to use it) and adjustable water pressure, from light to sandblasting-strength. The service was excellent. I had read a review of the ship by a non-drinker who seemed offended by the constant offering of alcoholic beverages. I can understand why this might be offensive to someone who wishes not to indulge in them. In any part of the ship that features a bar, and most notably on the private island of Coco Cay, drinks are constantly being peddled by the ship's bar staff. Wanting to indulge, my friends and I did not mind this. The constancy of the offers on CocoCay and the aggressiveness of a steward who insisted I must select wine for each of the nights as soon as I boarded were annoying enough to make jokes about, but not to have spoiled any aspect of the trip. For the most part we considered the attention of the bar staff to be simply good service, but, again, I can understand where non-drinkers might feel slightly uncomfortable. One must keep in mind that gratuities are automatic with bar service. As far as the destinations were concerned I was pleasantly surprised and slightly disappointed by days one and two, respectively. Day one was spent at Coco Cay, a private island owned by Royal Caribbean. It exceeded my expectations of charm and comfort. The lunchtime buffet was simply good. On the morning of day two we docked in Nassau. My husband and I chose not to explore Atlantis with the rest of the group but instead walked around the town. We were underwhelmed by what the city had to offer but were a little impressed with the feel of the city, not an aggressive tourist dollar-driven marketplace. Though tourism was clearly an important source of revenue it seemed that many places were closed due to the fact that it was Sunday morning, and those that were open welcomed visitors but by no means were aggressive in trying to get them into the shops. We went to the Pirates of Nassau museum, which was worthwhile. If we do go on this trip again we will research better what Nassau has to offer. Being with a large group of friends certainly helped to make this trip wonderful, but we spent much of the time by ourselves and still enjoyed ourselves immensely. One last thing which impressed me greatly was the music--live music at the beach and by the pool, music in the lounges and a very good music selection in the dance club. This certainly added to the ambiance of the experience. If you are inclined to book this cruise, I say do so confidently.

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Jan 30, 2004

Miami/CoCo Cay/Nassau

We just returned from our first cruise ever and it was absolutely fantastic in many ways. I had read many reviews on this site and found everyone’s tips helpful – here are some of mine as well. First, in checking in the ship, it seemed a bit frantic for us first-timers, but hang in there. Everyone there was so helpful- passengers and staff. Just ask them. For your carryon, don’t bring a wheeled-pilot case, it was just too big.

Try to stick with an over the shoulder bag for ease in the crowds. Once you board, they’ll welcome you very cheerfully with a complimentary boarding cocktail (made us feel real special) then they start with asking you to buy “special things”. We did purchase the wine at the start, and weren’t ever sure if we could have ordered it elsewhere, but it was nice to get it out of the way. Their selection was vast and very reasonable. The best part was it was chilled, and waiting for us when we sat for dinner each night! The food was great, and very plentiful. We did not use the dining rooms for breakfast or lunch since the Wind Jammer was more casual and had GREAT views. The staff in the WindJammer was superb, very attentive and always cheerful- many of the same dining room waiters worked there (just different uniforms, same great service). At lunch, we frequently got a plate to bring to the deck as we basked in the sun, and they will take your plate back for you as well. I would recommend purchasing the “soda card” (about $19 for the 3 day cruise) – it was a real bargain. As for the other drinks, they can really add up. The “drink of the day” is usually the best “deal” if you want a tropical flavor (i.e. Bahama Mama’s, Margarita, Mango Cooler). Just ask what it is if you haven’t read your Compass Newsletter yet. Each bar had varying prices on the same drink and their glass sizes varied, so remember where you got your favorite and go back there; you can wander anywhere. When they have the trays of some drink and they offer it to everyone, please realize it may be one of the pricier drinks and just looks the “coolest”. Also, don’t put your sodas and waters in your stateroom under the bed, etc to get more space - they charge you for them if they can’t find them in there. The lounges were nice, but sometimes very smoky. We really enjoyed the Viking Lounge (day or night) for spectacular views and a more romantic setting. Their evening guitar player was really good. The Schooner was neat looking but very smoky at times. It had an awesome piano player that was great. One lounge had a really good Latin Dance Band – not real crowded either. The other lounges seemed dark to us…but others really liked them. We also found that Coco Cay had to be cancelled due to bad weather. The captain went into Nassau early so it worked out really well. But there were many alternative programs on board, and my husband and I welcomed the chance to hang out, read by the pool, and they added “new activities” just as soon as Coco Cay was cancelled – very professional. A cooking class was really neat. We also explored the ship a bit more, and found lovely areas to bask in the fresh air (out of the wind as well). The library was beautiful and a nice place to relax as well. We did not go into Nassau until late Sunday just to see….but it was a bit seedy in places- stay in the main tourist area and you’re fine. Please listen to Karin (the shopping guide with the presentation the first day), as she knew where to go and not go. When in port, be prepared to be bombarded with taxis/scooter/hair braiders non-stop, and watch what they promise you– one guest was suckered into a nature tour by the taxi driver who took them to one spot only. We mostly did our what we wanted – relax- and didn’t get into the excursions, which were a bit pricey. At the formal dinner, there will be several “stages” to get your pictures taken at. We walked away, and missed it since we weren’t reading our “Compass” for the times. The pictures to purchase (viewed in the Photo Gallery on the last night for purchase around $20) were really nice and we wished we had done that. When you sit at the pool, don’t forget to take your towels back to your room, as they say they charge if you don’t turn it back in. Also watch the wind around the deck – I laid a shirt on a chair and luckily caught it before it went into the Caribbean. For clothes, resort wear is the ticket, but don’t forget a light sweater for the evenings- as it can be rather windy up on deck at night. If possible, try to bring as many hanging clothes as possible since the closet is normal size and there is very little drawer/flat space (except under the bed) to store your suitcase. The bathroom has plenty of shelf space. Leave your hair dryer at home; theirs is fine for a few days. The formal night even for a 3-day is quite formal. Lots of suits and long dresses so don’t think 3-day does it any less special. As for seasickness, I thought I could handle it as I normally do. But sitting in the front of the ship (Windjammer) when there are high seas isn’t a good idea. If you aren’t sure how you’ll do, don’t test it by going to the front of the ship, the back seemed much steadier. A lot of people had the patches on, and I never really saw anyone sick at all (except maybe from too many Bahama Mamas the night before) The only thing I was not thrilled with was the assigned dinner seats. Although you always know you have a seat, a language barrier between our table (no other English speaking guests) prevented any conversation. We could have asked to be moved, but we did not want to offend our dinner companions. If you want to eat alone your only option is the WindJammer; although we never did this for dinner. We were told it was really nice. Also, if you get an interior stateroom, it is odd to wake up in the complete darkness. Without going out, it is hard to tell if it is day or night. This didn’t bother my husband but I found it really messed up my internal time clock to not wake up to some daylight. Events that were quite fun were the Art Auction (free champagne, great art host), Battle of the Sexes, Captain’s Reception (they really treat you like royalty), the Pool-side scavenger hunt, the Shopping/Port Information session, the impromptu cooking class. Transfers to the airport by the bus were $11/ person each way – a taxi would have been $15-17 for up to four people each way…just an option to consider. I really think that it would be hard to not enjoy this cruise. Just understand up front that you are essentially on a large floating hotel with 2000+ other tourists arriving and departing at the same time, and you’ll be much more accepting of the lines, crowds, etc. The staff really tries to please you. They always smile and greet you as you pass. The bartenders around the pool are hilarious and look like they really enjoy their job. Royal Caribbean is a classy operation – just take advantage of what they have to offer.

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Jan 5, 2004

Bahamas

returned from our first cruise ever and it was absolutely fantastic. There was something for everyone on this cruise, and my only regret was not bringing my young children along, who would have had a blast (the kids in the children's programs all seemed to be very much enjoying themselves). The food was great, and one could never go hungry on this ship, with constant meals and eating options going on. The staff bent over backwards to

help us all along the way. The entertainment, which we frankly expected to be hokey turned out to be fun; we especially enjoyed the karaoke and the dance shows. The only issue was that Coco Cay had to be cancelled due to bad weather (the ship tenders passengers to the island, and it is dangerous in high winds). But there were many alternative programs on board, and my husband and I welcomed the chance to hang out, read by the pool, use the gym, see a movie, and explore the ships facilities, as there was not enough time otherwise to do so (the ship's itinerary originally had a daily port). We originally chose a short cruise because we were not sure we would like it, but we are now hooked. This was so much better than a typical resort vacation because there is so much to do - either off the boat or on the boat. Whereas I like to explore, my husband likes to relax, so it was the perfect combination for us, and at times we each did our own thing. Key West was great, as was Nassau. We did no excursions, but just did our own thing at each place, which was also cheaper. The only thing I don't like about cruising is the assigned dinner seats. Though it is nice because you get to know your waiter, we did not really click with our dinner companions, and would much preferred dining alone, which is not an option on this ship. But one night we chose to eat up in the informal buffet, so we really only had three dinners with the assigned table (breakfast and lunch are open seating). I had read reviews of the Majesty of the Seas prior to sailing on this ship, and some were negative. I was nervous about going but I truly believe they were unfair (assuming the service was not like my cruise). We loved it and would go again in a minute - but for longer!

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Jan 2, 2004

Bahamas

all as promised, Ok everything that you said about her is true and we enjoyed it so much and looking forward to next one I hope soon. First day, Friday we got to port Miami at about 10:30 am. People were still leaving the ship but we got a hold of one of the guys in a white hat and he took our checked baggage. We went in the terminal to check in got in a line and checked in. In about 3 min we had our sea passes and were ready to

board ship, but they had to take xmas decorations off of ship so we were told to wait by the wall till 12:00 noon. At noon we herded in like cattle and got our pic taken right before walking onto the ship. Deck four is where our stateroom was, so we decided to check it out knowing it would not be ready. 4530 was ours and we met our cabin steward. His name was Eric (nationality unknown) but I think he was from India. We introduced ourselves and from that moment on he knew us by name. Any time we saw him (2 or 3 or 4 times a day) he would say hi Mr. Chuck and Mrs. Shirley or Mr. Kevin. Every time he saw us, he cleaned our room and rearranged our room for us (2 times a day). He left mints and made animals out of the towels for our little guy and us. I trusted him fully, as we did occasionally leave some things of value in the room (like cameras, our camcorder and souvenirs). He was truly great. Our son lost a button on his shirt and sure enough Eric came to the rescue so he could go with us to formal night. We went straight to the Windjammer for lunch and the food was great (even tried some new stuff and loved everything). I am a cheese lover and pigged out. Went to the welcome aboard show at chorus line lounge and saw a great show It was the "Beat Goes On" hosted by the very funny cruise director Rico and a multi-talented group that sang some old favorites. We then went to our dinner table and met our table mates, which were a couple from England that were very nice and a woman with her daughter and her boyfriend which were nice as well (but sort of sticks in the mud. I guess they thought they were better than everybody else) but we later found out they were cheap tippers. We had shrimp scampi and all the trimmings, it was gr8! We then went to explore some more of the ship and (you guessed it) pigged out again at the buffet in Windjammer. We turned in early that night (at about 11:30) and slept great until they dropped anchor at Coco Cay. What an island! It is awesome and we got off the ship about 8:30 and thenwent straight to the snorkel shack. We got our instructions on how to use the equipment and then got in the water, which was a little chilly till you sat down to get your fins on, and then it was just right. We did we see fish from the minute I put my face in the water and I saw plenty of fish of all different kinds and colors from small to big (40 pounds.) I went out to see the plane wreck and saw fish running in and out of it and then went out to the raft and where the guard tower was and could not believe my eyes seeing all the fish. They were actually posing for me and swarming all around me. When I was taking some gr8 pics underwater, my wife came up to me and grabbed my leg and about scared the you know what out of me. She laughed so hard that she got a mouth full of salt water, then I laughed and I drank some too. We snorkeled for about 3 hours and then we chose to lay on the beautiful beach to dry and warm up and look at the sites. We had front row seats at the beach until the people that slept late and drank too much got there about 11:30. Then they started grabbing for all the untaken chairs and made new rows in front of ours (oh well it was fun to watch them too). They ended up making a human pyramid that crashed to the ground. I'm sure you can imagine. Oh and I can't forget to say that the coco locos are very good too (even without the booze). At 12 noon lunch on the island was a awesome buffet with all the food you could want and it was very good. It really hit the spot after swimming and snorkeling. We went back to ship about 2:30 to go to the rock climbing wall and lounge by pool . Later that night was formal night and we started getting ready about 6:30. We waited for the Maytime room to open for our late seating, but along the way we took some gr8 pics with some nice back drop scenery. We looked good and so did the scenery. We ended up spending about 100 on pics we bought from the ship. At formal dinner we had our pics taken again and we were serenaded at dinner to some great music from 3 guys that new all kinds of music. We had a New York strip steak that night and it melted in your mouth and you could cut it with fork. I can't forget to say that the frozen virgin strawberry daiquiri's were even better than coco loco's. At 4.95 ea., you drink them a little slower, but mmmmm they are good. oThe lnly show tonight was Gaucho and Steve Solomon from the new show boomers and guess what? I was called up on stage and had to hold a cigarette in my mouth while this guy spins boleros very very fast and cuts that cigarette in half with me looking like an idiot holding half the cigarette in my mouth afterwards. My wife caught the tail end of it on video to show everyone at home. I could have shot her for volunteering me. But, I had fun doing it as I can be a ham at times too. And then Steve Solomon was pretty funny after Gaucho. Then up to top deck for a pool party, line dances and another gr8 buffet that put all to shame. Ice carving that are made really faster than the eye and all the fruit you can imagine, and you guessed it we pigged out again. Fresh pineapple and watermelon and some things that I did not know what they were (but they were very good.) I thought that this day's formal night would be the highlight of the cruise and already thought that we got our money's worth, but I was wrong because the last night would beat it by far. We got to bed at about 1:30 am that night and slept till we docked at Nassau. What a sight Nassau is. We booked the Historic Cruise and Discover Atlantis Tour so we had breakfast at about 8 at windjammer and then got off ship and waited for the 10:15 tour to start. We got on a ferry and rode over to Paradise Island and then to Atlantis with cameras in hand. What a sight! It was gr8 and we had a narrated tour of The Digs. It took about 2 hours with the guide and then we were on our own to go back and take more pics and gamble a little )which we did) and donated a little but had fun till guard said that the wife's son could not stand and watch her pull the slots. So we left and went out by the beach and thought about going in but decided it was our last day so we went back for late lunch up in the windjammer. We had a very nice buffet again with flounder fingers and were they gr8, wow! I could have eaten them the rest of the day, but they closed it up and we went to rock climbing wall and watched our little guy make it to the top. Boy, was he happy and we got it on video to show his friends back home. We won't tell anyone that the guy running the wall helped all kids make it to the top so there were no hard feelings from no one. They are really good about treating the small ones very good. I guess they figure they are future cruisers to come years from now. We all get spoiled that's for sure. Then it came to the last dinner at the Maytime and time to pass out tips and say goodbye to the ones that have treated us so good and the new friends that we made at dinner. We exchanged email addresses and snapped some pics of them. Our last dinner was prime rib and ooooooh it was so delicious! We also had cherries jubilee and double shrimp cocktails. The double lobster bisque that my wife had was gr8. Well wanting to get most out of the last night, we went to our stateroom and our little guy was beat, so he was going to watch tv to see if I was going to be on since I got up on stage the night before. He thought he would get another laugh, so we gave him one of our frs radios and we kept one so that if he had any problems he could call us . Well he went to sleep and we did not hear from him the rest of the night. So we thought we would go watch what goes on in Majesty Quest and Rico was wanting everyone to get in groups of 4 or 6 people and my wife turned to the couple on our left and they wanted to watch too. We were going to watch too, but Rico said even if we were going to watch, we should get a number. Well, we waited to see if Rico was going to get this guy next to us in a group and no one wanted him as a single, but when his wife got there he told her to go get a number and she did. She asked me and my wife to join them on their team so we did. This is the scavenger hunt of a life time and one that no one should miss. My wife and myself and the couple who we teamed with found things and did things we never would have dreamed of (especially in front of others.) It was just hilarious and all 21 other teams doing the same was something that I will always remember and look forward to doing many more times I hope. Because I don't want to spoil it for others, you have just got to do it to see for yourselves. I promise you will not be disappointed weather you watch or participate, its hilarious. I wish I could have gotten the couple's names that we were teamed with because we left right after to check on our little guy and then make the last show, an adult comedy with Steve Solomon. So I do regret not asking their last names and when we introduced ourselves we were actually just thinking we would not do good in this and would probably just watch. Boy was I wrong because we were actually finding things first or second or third to get points and giving high five signs and hugging and clapping for each other all through the game. We actually got third and did not care because we had a blast playing as I am sure everybody did. We went to the Adult comedy show but should probably have stayed and visited more with them because they were going to do karaoke and I thought the comedy show would be better, but I was wrong and we should have stayed and watched karaoke because Steve was using old jokes that were funny (but I had heard them before.) And I think he toned it down because there were some underage kids with parents that should not have been there. They made like 3 announcements about munchkins in the room but parents did not take them out. Oh well, next time we do Karaoke. After the Comedy show we went top deck and looked for lights from land that were far off in the distance and got to bed about 1am and slept till we docked in Miami. Our luggage color was green so we went up to Windjammer to eat breakfast and before we could get half way through, they called our color and we were off ship and getting baggage by 8:00am. We had our form filled out for customs and were in our rental car by 8:30 heading back to my folks in Naples Florida. Did we ever have something to talk about for the next 2 days with them. I want to thank all of the reviewers for the reviews that I got before we went and for all those who have never been on a cruise (or the Majesty of the Seas) to go because you will have a blast, put on a few pounds and enjoy the beautiful islands on top of the getting treated like royalty from probably the greatest crew there is on The Majesty Of The Seas And if any of you know them personally Thank Them For Me and My Wife and Step-son because we will do it again very soon with more relatives in the near future. Any Questions email me at ccawalleye@aol.com PS And a special thanks to Jasmine from cruisesonly.com and Stacy from cruise critic for all your help. From : The Happy Cruisers Chuck & Shirley

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Dec 26, 2003

Bahamas

A LITTLE HISTORY: We'd never cruised before. There was 4 of us, myself, my husband and my 2 sons ages 14 and 12. I did some research. I basically asked a lot of people for their opinion. Everyone suggested Royal Caribbean for a first cruise. GETTING THERE: My husband won't fly so we traveled 30 hours on Amtrak New York to Miami. I actually recommend this for first time cruisers...after spending 30 hours in a "sleeper" car,

even the tiniest room on the ship will feel like a suite!!! BOARDING: When I called RC and asked when was the earliest time that we could board, they told me 1:00. We didn't listen and were on the ship by noon!! If you have all of your boarding papers filled out before you get there, you'll be on board in a flash. THE CRUISE: Our rooms were great. They were much bigger than we imagined. We were on the 9th deck large window no balcony. The food was abundant but not consistent. The buffets were just "o.k.". We had heard so much about the food on cruises that the truth is that we were slightly disappointed. We never got to CoCo Cay due to the winds and waves. My kids were upset but the truth is...I was happy to have experienced a day at sea. While at Nassau, we bought an excursion "A day at Atlantis". This is the Atlantis resort. It was a bit expensive but worth it. I've always wanted to go there. You get round trip transportation to and from the ship, freedom to explore the hotel, a spot on the beach and lunch vouchers (Fast food). They don't call this part of Nassau Paradise Island for nothing. ALL IN ALL: A little advice...take Dramamine an hour before you leave and take it every 24 hours thereafter. We didn't do this and the first night we were all sick. Once we took the Dramamine we were cured. We've unanimously decided that cruising is the most relaxing cost effective vacation you can take. My kids were disappointed by the "arcade" because it didn't exist. The food was o.k. Our rooms were better than expected and we're definitely doing it again.

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Dec 15, 2003

Bahamas

Embarking/Disembarking: Everything went smooth. Took a taxi from the airport to the boat for $20. Getting on and off the boat was a breeze. Staff: General Crew: Very helpful and accommodating. I was impressed.  Stateroom Attendant: Raul Roxas. He was great. Really over the top service from Raul. Head Waiter/Waiter/Ass. Waiter- They got us our food. That was it. Old but clean. The ship needs updated. How is a ship that was built

in 1992 outfitted with early 1980’s Décor? The Christmas decorations are well done. Ashtrays and towels are hard to come by. Workout room was small but I really liked it. All new machines. Food: The deserts were all excellent but every thing else could have been better. The food was very hit and miss. How do they get eggs to taste so bad? Steak? Looked like hamburger shaped in a steak mold. The duck (dinner on formal night) and the rib’s at Coco Cay tasted good. Drinks: The mixed drinks were awful. They don’t mix the alcohol it’s just poured right on top of the drink. I had 3 different one’s before I gave up on them. Irish coffee was awful too. Shows: We were too tired from the shore excursions to stay up late. So if you  miss the pre-show or the show on the last day, it’s taped and shown on the tv the next day. The newlywed game was funny. The farewell show was really good. The bands onboard are kind of cheesy. The screen at the movie theater was small and Wavy like a piece of corrugated cardboard. Overall: I wouldn’t go on this cruise again. We had fun and feel we got our monies worth but both my wife and I feel it could have been better. I felt like I was at a bad fea market at just about all the shops. There is nothing relaxing about being bugged to buy Coco Loco's every minute or so while on the beach at Coco Cay. Feel free to see pictures from my cruise at: http://www.paulrisko.com/trips.htm Read a more in depth review at: http://www.paulrisko.com/cruise/index.htm

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Dec 15, 2003

Bahamas

some positive and moderately negative info about our cruise. Our first cruise was Carnival's Fantasy. Our second was on Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas, and we are sold on RCL. We enjoyed Carnival, but we LOVE RCL. MIAMI PORT: Ten times better than Canaveral. SHIP APPEARANCE: It is obvious this ship is older, but it was clean and well maintained. They decorated beautifully for Christmas. The ship was easy to navigate except

for one of the lounges that was located behind the smoky casino. It was a long walk to have to hold one's breath. CABIN STEWARD: Excellent. He took great care of us in our teeny cabin. He made the delightful little animals and left a comfy cozy bed for us each evening. He always had a smile! CABIN: We were on the "Tween" deck with a window. The location was great, as shops were just a stairway away, but all elevators didn't go to 6th floor. In our stateroom, the shower is tiny tiny tiny and the shower curtain sticks to you like glue. They REALLY have to improve that! You have to open the bathroom door to breathe once you've showered. Bending over to shave your legs was pretty much impossible without hitting your head on a shower wall. Amazingly though, we stored 11 pieces of luggage (3 large, 5 medium, 3 small) in the room (in closet and under bed). There were 3 of us, husband and myself and teenaged son. Once we worked out the schematics of "turn around, I'm dressing", the room served it's purpose. On Fantasy, we booked the balcony suite. I did miss all that space, but all we did was sleep and bathe, so it seemed silly to pay for a larger room when we really didn't utilize it. ENTERTAINMENT: We prefer Carnival's stage shows, but the interactive events on Majesty were tons of fun. I particularly liked the scavenger hunt type of game show. It was an adults only thing, and not too risque, just fun. PORTS OF CALL: Nassau: Our second time...Great. Tour Atlantis if you can, watch for the aquarium... it is $25 per person. Pricey, but cool experience. Watch out for locals to offer drugs and "young girls" to the men in your group. We have been to Nassau twice, and both times my husband and our teen son were offered drugs and girls. Watch also for shady characters who wish to braid your hair. Stick to the licensed ones or you may spend the savings on lice treatment. Check out free samples in the liquor stores and bargain for the best price with straw market vendors. Walk away when your price isn't met, and you'll be surprised how quickly that price goes down! COCO CAY: scared us quite a bit. Rough seas for the tenders, VERY ROUGH embarking back on to our "mother ship". The actual experience on the Cay was awesome though. Hammocks, beach mats, snorkeling, even the food was A+. For the exception of the rough seas going back and forth, it was a dream come true. KEY WEST: We are all asking when we can move there! We loved it. I highly recommend the train tour. Sad surprise: A burger lunch for 5 at Margaritaville was $77! All had "Cheesburger in Paradise", and only 2 mixed drinks ordered. I had to get the manager to deduct the extra $1.50 they charge (without telling us beforehand) for a Coke refill. The waiter would not give us separate checks either. We sampled key lime pie all over the island. Don't fall for "best" titles... several claim to serve the best. SHIP MEALS: Great food. Carnival offers more choices for longer hours though. We were looking for incredible desserts, and wished for more familiar chocolate dishes such as cake or brownies. Still, the choices were delicious. NO DAY AT SEA: We didn't realize how much we enjoyed that on Fantasy. We will watch for a day or two at sea on our next booking. HUNKY CAPTAIN: Ok, just a note here... the cap'n on the Fantasy was nowhere near the "fantasy" image of a swashbuckling seafarer. An informal poll revealed that Majesty's big guy was quite handsome, and fit the bill rather nicely. It made up for all those "young girls" offers our men received! :-) All in all, we love the Royal Caribbean line even though this ship is older and is showing wear and tear a bit. The staff is top notch, and during the embarking from Coco Cay, senior officers were on hand to assist us as we walked across a bucking gangplank. It was frightening, but reassuring to know that the ship's brass was on hand to make sure all went well. I have read online that the seas are unpredictable around Coco Cay. In Nov. 02, 1500 passengers were stranded there overnight, but RCL provided warm clothing from the gift shop (sent over in an emergency vessel). They also reimbursed every single passenger (stranded or not) for the entire cruise and gave them an additional 4 day cruise for free. Now, that is what I call customer service. After our experience on the Cay, I can see how it is testy, and I am pleased to see how RCL handled that situation. We're ready to book that 7 day cruise to the Western Carib. now! RCL has won our loyalty.

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Nov 24, 2003

Bahamas

NOVEMBER 28th, 2003: This cruise is designed for "people who like roughing it" on (value) vacation and enjoy food packed with preservatives. BRING plenty of laxatives and an open mind for this vacation. It is possible to receive the comfort you deserve on this ship – FOR A LOT OF EFFORT AND A PRICE. Preface: I truly wanted to preface this review like so many others on this website, but unfortunately I do not have many good

things to say about this cruise. For the value, I suppose a family who goes on vacation once a year would be satisfied. For those who can afford to jump on a boat for a 3-4 night trip a few times a year, be sure to read my comments below. We had a more enjoyable experience on Costa and Radisson for the cost of this trip. Luggage: While the experience boarding and departing the ship went smoothly, Royal Caribbean’s staff wasted no time demonstrating disruptive "tossing" and blocking (literally) heaps of luggage on each deck entrance like garbage! Piles of luggage. No order or consideration for luggage (especially garment bags like we had on a rack) since you are not permitted to press clothing on the ship. Do yourself a favor and CARRY your garments on the boat. If you do check your luggage, check to make sure that it is not damaged. Moral and “Give me a break”: If I had one dollar for each employee who smiled and actually SEEMED as though he/she enjoyed their job, I could buy one can of soda on board MOTS with my meal! Can you believe RCCL is so cheap as to charge you for soft drink beverages with your meals? It was bothersome to locate, present your passenger card and sign for a $2.00 beverage EACH time you required a refill! Good god, make it inclusive. Families tell the kids to fill up on lemonade, water or punch outside in the Windjammer for FREE 24/7. No need for cards there! Cabin: We were fortunate enough to have been assigned an EXPERIENCED stateroom attendant, who would tastefully appoint the room with clever decorations, beverages and treats twice daily and took an interest in our vacation and personal details. Keep in mind, we tipped him $100 off the bat in exchange for excellent service and got just that. Otherwise, we did not see any relationships between the staff and guests in terms of surrounding stateroom attendants. Waiters/Diningroom: THE DAYS OF THE DOTING WAITERS ARE OVER! THE WAITERS (ALL OF THEM) WERE RUDE AND SARCASTIC TO PASSENGERS ON MANY OCCASIONS – not to us directly, but to others around us, which made for a VERY uncomfortable dining experience. Additionally, the days of the doting waiter who happily waits on you hand and foot (particularly towards the hungry male passengers) ARE OVER. The 45 minute breaks in between servings was so unbelievable that we walked out two nights and dined the rest of the time at the top of the ship at the INSIDE Wind Jammer Restaurant (not to be confused with the outside casual Wind Jammer). Both of these restaurants are back to back. The inside restaurant offers the ambiance, view and EXCELLENT SERVICE (all of which were lacking in the mail dining room). While I am not personally a fan of buffets, this was an organized presentation of the SAME food and alternate selections from the main dining room. We also noticed that the Wind Jammer will not charge you tax for your beverages (beverages are served to you) or accept tips, while the main dining room does. We successfully forced the tips on our Wind Jammer waiters. STAY AWAY FROM THE ROOM SERVICE MENU. TRUST ME ON THIS ONE. Shows and Disco: Amateur shows and entertainment. I believe if you require upgraded entertainment, you need to cruise on a bigger ship. The productions were no more impressive than a high school play. Very disappointing. The program one evening spotlights the Village People appearing live in the disco at midnight for one show only. A few eyebrows lifted even during the lively announcement that the Village People are on the boat for one appearance only. Other passengers asked the staff and pursers desk to confirm the show and they were assured it was the Village People. Long story short, it was not. It was a VERY POOR imitation of the Village People. I wonder what the Village People’s lawyer would think about RCCL using their name in PRINT and misrepresenting the group? Bad move. We did not mind the spoof, but others who stayed up glued to their seats in the disco until midnight with digital camera in hand were very disappointed. Just and FYI. Stickers and Shopping Deals: Be smart when you shop. Bargain and if you are going to purchase a costly item, do your homework BEFORE you cruise to locate authorized dealers in Nassau who sell the item you are looking for. Never buy an item on impulse if it is deal. Do not wear the stickers when you get off the ship. We know first hand of vendors who admitted to price inflation for those wearing the stickers from cruise lines and showing up for FREE items. Nothing is free and you get what you pay for. Activities and Coco Cay: Very efficient, clean, informative and friendly island help. Grilled luncheon was REAL food and a welcome relief from the meals on the boat. Nassau: Go to the Atlantis. Exit the ship and stay to the walk-way right of the marina. This will lead you to the water taxi for $3 each way per person to the resort. TIP the tour guide a buck per person if there is one on the water taxi.

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Nov 21, 2003

Bahamas

Very very very disappointing. The ship is old & tired. The rooms need to be re-done. The carpet is old, matted, and stained. We were scheduled to sail out of Miami but due to the Free Trade protestors we were switched to Ft. Lauderdale. That is all well & good but RCL did not bother to tell anyone that we would leave out of Ft. Lauderdale but come back to Miami. Also they were not at all clear about this & how they were

going to handle the situation so there were passengers on board who did not know how they were going to get from Miami to Ft. Lauderdale to get their cars! The boat now has a rock climbing wall. My 10 year old son loved this part of the cruise except the staff at the rock climbing wall was not at all nice. They were more interested in socializing with each other. Two days in a row my we were told that he could not use the rock climbing wall even though the schedule said it was open. One of the times a senior officer had to come to the rescue. Also my son was told at one point that he had climbed enough for the day and had to stop! I felt as though I had spent the weekend in a seedy motel. Was so happy to get off the ship.

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Nov 14, 2003

Bahamas

A few days ago I went on a Royal Caribbean cruise. When we boarded the ship we were sent to the Windjammer Cafe on deck 11. The food was delicious. Then we went to our rooms. The rooms were pretty small but we had enough room to walk around. I got pretty seasick that night. You could feel the boat moving beneath. We ate in the Maytime Dining Room. Our waiter, Homyar (Homy) was really nice. The food was pretty good. We saw a show

on the boat that night. The show was excellent. The next day we were docked in Nassau. We took a taxi ($4 per person) to "Atlantis" in Paradise Island. We rented a room for the day therefore we could use their facilities. It was wonderful. I got my hair braided on the beach. Remember to bargain!!! We bargained and I got my hair corn-rowed a LOT cheaper. We got back to the dock around 4:30. We went to go shopping. The only dilemma was that all the shops around the dock closed at 5:30. It was smooth sailing that night. The next day we were at the beautiful island of Coco Cay. My sister got her hair braided there. The shops were terrific. We went to the Aqua Park which was really cool. We didn't get to go snorkeling but we REALLY wanted to. I advise you to go swimming at "Atlantis" if you go there because the pools on the ship are salty and there are no pools at Coco Cay. Overall this was a WONDERFUL cruise!!

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Sep 21, 2003

Bahamas

I booked this cruise with www.cruisesonly.com which I can highly recommend. They were the cheapest I had found and were wonderful to work with. As for the cruise, overall it was a good value for the money. This is my third cruise (once on Norwegian and once on Carnival) and it was a nice cruise, but nothing special. I would rate the ship 3 1/2 out of 5 stars because it is older, but I found it to be very, very clean. It

has very nice pool and entertainment areas, but the rooms were extremely small. Our carpet was still wet when we boarded the ship because they had just cleaned it. Other than that, the room and bathroom were very clean. The food was ok, I give it 3 out of 5 stars. It was good but not great. One thing I CAN complain about was room service. On prior ships I could order just about anything I wanted 24 hours a day. On this ship, I could not even get a peanut and butter and jelly sandwich for my 4 year old. Their room service selection was awful and the food was so-so. One thing I can say about them was they were very fast (about 5 min.). I found the service to be very good, met several nice crew members and everyone was always smiling. We had second seating dinner in the Maytime dinning room which was nice, but halfway through the cruise, we found you could eat the same things at the Windjammer cafe at 7:30 and have a VERY nice setting (candles and dim lights which are NOT in the dining room) with the SAME FOOD in front of the windows, and a table by ourselves. I highly recommend this, but get there at excatly 7:30 to get a seat fast. One of the very best things I can say about this cruise is, if you have children, they have an AWESOME kids camp every day for free! The kids have sooooo much fun and do science projects, watch movies, have a scavenger hunts and do a little 'play' for the beginning of one of the ship's shows. They break it up by age and the kids just LOVE it. My 4 year old didn't even want to come back with us! The ports were very nice, but when you get to Key West, you have to wait for U.S. Immigration to clear EVERY ONE on the ship before you can get off. They started at around 8:oo am and because a few people did not show up, we ALL waited until 11:45 before we could get off. That wasted 1/2 a day (which was sunny and it poured later) but Key West is a wonderful place with lots of fun to be had (even during a thunderstorm)!! All in all, for the money, it was a very clean (but older) ship with decent food and good ports. I recommend the entertainment, especially "The Beat Goes On" which was very professional. It is a great 4 day cruise, but I would not want to go one this ship for the week. I think I would cruise Royal Carribean again, but on one of its' bigger ships. OVER ALL: 3.75 out of 5 stars.

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Sep 14, 2003

Bahamas

Embarkation - Prior Proper Planning is the key. Going on-line and completing the guest forms as well as completing the customs forms before you arrive at the RC Terminal in Miami will make the check in process go smoothly. Something worth mentioning – we purposefully scheduled an early flight to maximize our time on board the ship. We landed in Miami at 10:00 a.m., had our luggage by 10:20, on the RC shuttle bus by 10:45, arrived

at the terminal around 11:15, had our welcome aboard picture taking at 11:45 and was eating lunch at the Windjammers Café by 12:00 p.m. Recommend packing your swim gear and a change of clothes in your carry-on luggage…we were in the pool soaking up the sun at 12:45 p.m. Ship Condition - Considered old by industry standards (13 years), the Majesty was in excellent shape and appeared to be well maintained. The bathroom in our cabin had a few age spots but overall the ship looked very elegant and well groomed. Due to Isabel churning up the waters, the seas were a little rocky the first night, but the ship’s stabilizers minimized the rolls and we never heard a squeak one. Activities - Lots to do for every age group. That’s the great thing about these cruises, you can do as much or as little as you would like. Recommendation – we reluctantly never participated in the Art Auction, but did observe from a distance. It seems like a lot of fun with some great opportunities to purchase and/or win some very nice artwork. We noticed that the number of participants was always minimal and they give away free champagne and at least one piece of art at each auction (better odds then what you would find in the casino). The nightly shows were enjoyable and consisted of some very talented individuals (some of the dancers could use a little practice but the singing was outstanding). The best thing about these shows (Wild Wild West and the Beat Goes On) was that they appealed to a wide audience covering numerous genres. The Majesty has numerous plush lounges that were nicely furnished and never crowded. The Champagne Lounge was smoky but plenty of seats were available and they even had the Monday Night Football game on the big screen. Food - Enjoyable, tasty and somehow caused my scale at home to shift 4 notches to the right. The Dinners were by far the highlight of each day (with regard to meals) with excellent entrees and some very interesting appetizers. The best part of the meal had to be the desserts. Each dessert looked to good to eat and to good to refuse. We typically took one of each and shared among the three of us. Thankfully my 5 year old daughter could only eat a bite or two before she would throw in the towel which left more for me (did I mentioned that my bathroom scale is off by 4 pounds… still not sure how that happened??) The only complaint I had with the food was the eggs at Windjammers (instant and bland), but you do have plenty of other options including made to order omelets made with real eggs). Staff - Waiter/Asst. Waiter – Fahti (from Tunisia) and Bernardo (from the Philippines). Both of these guys were absolutely outstanding. They worked extremely hard to meet and better yet anticipate our every need. I don’t think any of our beverage glasses (water/Tea/soda) ever fell below the half way mark. On one occasion, we ate breakfast in the dinning room and we saw Fahti as he was about to end his shift. He stopped what he was doing and personally sat us down at a window table. And if that wasn’t nice enough, he took it upon himself to be our server despite the fact that it was not his section and that he was scheduled to end his shift 10 minutes prior. Now that my friends is going the extra mile and an excellent way to ensure a generous and well deserved tip. The Head Waiter Juan (from Spain), was also very nice and helpful. He made it a point to speak with us every night and even took the time to share his secret for peeling the shell off of the shrimp scampi. Our cabin attendant, Christian (from Costa Rica), was very personable and accommodating. He made it a point to have the animal towels and mints ready for our daughter when we came back from dinner. Overall - Can’t beat the value or the experience! Compared to other vacations where you have to pay A Le Carte (hotel, food, entertainment, transportation, etc.) cruising is definitely the way to go. And if you are going to go, I recommend Royal Caribbean. They know what they are doing from beginning to end and they know what people want…to be pampered.

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Sep 14, 2003

Bahamas

We booked on line at the last minute. We got a great deal and everything was very smooth. RCCI has a user friendly, information packed web site! Since this was September and prime hurricane season, as the weather forecasters projected Isabel was going to move right through our path I was very sorry I did not buy the trip insurance. I also purchased almost every over-the-counter anti-seasickness medication I could find. It turned out

I didn’t need it. There was only one night when I thought the ship was moving (that was also the night I had the most to drink – hmm coincidence?) Flight, Embarkation and Sail Away We flew from the NY area to Miami with no problems. We arrived at about 9 am and decided to have an adventure. Instead of paying $22 per person for RCCI’s transportation to the ship, we opted to pay $0.50 and take the local public bus. It would have been OK, if the driver fulfilled his promise to tell us where to get off. (You should get off by the Justice Complex and walk to the “tourist” shuttle which takes you to the pier for another $1). He didn’t tell us and we had to walk 3 blocks in the heat with all of our stuff. The adventure continued because the shuttle driver was new and she dropped us off at the business office not at the ship. We could have waited about a half hour for the next shuttle but Bobby was in a hurry to get there so we walked again, through a serpentine course under the Key Biscayne Bridge. Thank heavens we had luggage with wheels. The stevedores were great – they walked and extra ½ block to relieve us of our stuff when they saw us coming. We had to wait a few minutes in the embarkation area because we were very early and they weren’t ready to board yet. It really wasn’t a problem. Many of our fellow passengers didn’t follow directions or have their documents ready. We did, so we moved quickly and smoothly through the lines. Tip: fill everything out on-line, rip it out of the book they mail you and have it in your hands. Inside the terminal there were cookies and lemonade while you were waiting. I was thrilled – we were parched and hungry after our long hot walks. We ended up being about the 3rd or 4th people on the ship who weren’t members of the crown and anchor society, RCCI’s frequent cruiser program. Walking around on deck having the whole ship to ourselves was phenomenal. We took some wonderful pictures of Miami and enjoyed some silence before the Sail Away festivities began. As we unpacked and settled in, I realized I had forgotten some things. We actually disembarked and walked back into town. There’s an open air mall and some other downtown shops about 1 mile away from the pier. Taxis are available; we took one back for about $5. Getting back on was a breeze because we had our sea passes and could skip most of the lines. Muster was more organized and less scary than I anticipated. I just didn’t want to think about the possibility that the ship would sink. The crew explained that unlike an airplane crash, it is possible to survive a disaster at sea. All you have to do is put on your life jacket and follow directions. We did meet a couple at muster on their 26th cruise. They were our age too. Ahhh, something to aspire to. The Sail Away party was a bit hokey for my tastes. I do not like public participation activities, but the mood was festive, the weather spectacular and the vacation had begun! Be aware that you are being video taped and may be subjected to watching yourself on a big screen the last night. Your fellow passengers can also buy a copy of this tape for their future viewing pleasure. We tipped our bartender at the aft pool bar $10 when we got our first round. He remembered our names and favorite drinks for the rest of the trip! The aft bar on the pool deck is nothing to look at; you can’t sit there but it is much less crowded than the congested main bar near the Windjammer Café and the service is faster than waiting for a waiter. Cabin We opted for the ocean view room and enjoyed our partially obstructed view. The obstruction was that we could see the bottoms of the life rafts. The cabin was small but well designed and actually bigger than I expected. The bed was comfortable and there was enough storage space for everything. The temperature was always perfect – not too hot and not too cold. The bathroom was very tiny and I still wonder how arger passengers fit in the shower. If you are looking for “fun in the shower” with your cabin mate – give that idea up now. There’s not enough room to change your own mind in there. We were on deck 8 which was convenient to everything. We managed to keep the inevitable weight gain to a modest 5 lbs by always taking the stairs. We didn’t spend much time awake in the cabin so I doubt that I would ever opt for something larger unless I was traveling with more people; I could not imagine having more than 2 people in there. I was glad I brought a clothes steamer to get out some wrinkles. Bobby sent his tuxedo shirt out for pressing; that bill was $2. One of my favorite parts were the towel animals. When your cabin steward brings you fresh towels, the stweard shapes them. It's like oragami. Every night it was a new surpise. If you leave your sunglasses out, you will find one of the animals wearing them. It's hillarious. Dining We opted for the late dinner seating so as not to miss the sunsets and to avoid passengers with children. Sean our waiter was marvelous and Wilma, the head waitress, was one of the most vivacious people I have ever met. We were at a table for 6 but one couple never showed up. Our table mates worked in the travel industry for an airline and were lovely dinner companions. On the last day while we were in a bar in Key West, a couple from the table for 6 next to us came over asked if we could sit on the other side of our table closest to them, so they could have someone to talk to. We had previously kept space between our table and theirs. They had observed us having so much fun; ironically we had commented that their table never talked or smiled. It turned out these 20 something high school sweethearts had been stranded at a table with one couple who only spoke German and another other couple who was seasick. The last night we moved to the other side of the table to sit with our new friends. Wilma asked about the change. When we explained, she demanded in her thick eastern European accent that we all get up, and then she pushed the tables together to make one big party. Even the two other previously dowdy couples seemed to loosen up. We primarily ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer Café. Breakfast buffets are all pretty much alike but everything was hearty and hot. The lines were never too long. If you wanted something lighter, there was always plenty of fresh fruit available. I usually grabbed a piece for later by the pool. Do not try to take food on excursions; foreign countries usually prohibit this practice. We did eat in the dining room one morning because that was the only place to get eggs benedict. We were seated with a group of Asian tourists who did not speak English. I found the service to be slow and surprisingly the portions were small. We did not return to formal breakfast. The best pre-cruise tip we found was the suggestion to bring a large insulated mug on board. We’d fill it with water or juice from the fountains and sip that by the pool. It was much cheaper than paying $3.50 per bottle for the Evian the cruise seemed to be hawking at every opportunity. The water from the fountains is safe to drink; I do not know if you can drink the water from the sink in your cabin but I would be more safe than sorry and not brave it. The poolside midnight buffet was served on formal night. I was disappointed that all of our fellow passengers changed into shorts for the event. We opted to stay dressed. As we walked onto the deck some woman grabbed my boyfriend and pulled him into the conga line saying she couldn’t resist a man in a tuxedo. He was happy to go around the deck once and I was in search of chocolate so it worked out for everyone. The other midnight buffet was spectacular to look at. It was hard to believe that everything, including the flowers, was made out of food. We walked though at about 11 pm for the preview and took some pictures. When we came back at 11:45 to eat, the wait was over one hour to get in. Food simply did not interest me that much, so we had a pizza in the sports bar instead. Entertainment We loved the Viking Crown Lounge, RCCI’s signature 360 degree bar around the smokestacks. The panoramic view is breathtaking. We went up there the first night before dinner to have a quiet glass of champagne and unwind. We met a waitress named Sylvia who was great. She wasn’t very busy so she took the time to talk to us and tell us more about the ship. She explained the crew had been a bit nervous about hurricane Isabel but that we would have gone to Mexico if she came to the Bahamas. She gave us some fascinating insights about life on board from the crew's perspective. She also introduced us to an on-board entertainer who was enjoying his day off. We enjoyed a pleasant conversation with him and later saw his wonderful show. He was part of the acrobatic team. We only went to the casino once. It always seemed bustling with activity. We played a few slots and went to the champagne bar afterwards. The library and game room were well stocked and comfortable. The board games were often checked out early. It was supposed to be a smoking room and I felt bad for one guy who was trying to enjoy a cigar but another passanger's constant complaints caused management to ask him to extinguish it. The rock climbing wall defeated me early on but Bobby climbed it a few times. Each face is a different degree of difficulty. He swears the view from 15 stories above the ocean enhanced by your sense of personal accomplishment is not to be missed. I’ll take his word for it. Every day you are given a Compass itinerary. Bring a highlighter to note what you would like to do. There are so many choices everyday. On the second day the ship experienced some sort of problem that was never explained to us with one of the pools. It remained drained for the duration of the cruise. Thus, if you wanted to get wet the other pool was a bit crowded. I was more concerned about the lack of lifeguards especially since there were kids and people who had been drinking. The Captain’s Event was kind of boring, but you do get free champagne. The house brand was drinkable. It was also much less of a hard-sell commercial than I thought it was going to be. Exiting the event, we found a photographer set up. One other couple was ahead of us and a passerby took our picture with our camera too. We ended up buying the photograph because it actually came out well. (Anybody who knows me, knows I hate having my picture taken, so this was an accomplishment). Upstairs near the dinning rooms people waited up to 45 minutes to have their pictures taken. The on-board shopping offered better bargains that I thought we’d find. The duty free shops were competitively priced with land based stores. They do gouge you on necessities so pack your toiletry bag carefully. Excursions In Nassau we left the ship without any wait and walked around the main section of town. We bought some trinkets and other souvenirs. We had both been to the Bahamas before and neither of us liked it. It was much cleaner and less seedy than it had been in ‘91, the last time I was there. You can take public transportation or a taxi to Paradise Island or other public beaches on Grand Bahama. Both are much better values than booking the same trips through the cruise line. We did enjoy watching the crew practice the life boat drill. Coco Cay, RCCI’s private island, was cute. It had a Disney-esque quality. Everything was just a little too perfect and contrived, but it was a nice day at the beach. About the only time we waited for anything during the whole cruise was to get on and off the tenders to and from the island. The hammock was comfortable. I wish the waiters selling “coco loco in the sun” had on-off switches. After about 15 minutes of that mantra from every direction it gets old, fast. A menu similar to the lunch buffet aboard ship was available on the island, along with huge containers of fresh, potable water. Again, armed with our trustee insulated mugs there was no need to purchase water. The snorkeling was good. RCCI sunk a boat & a plane for you to go “find”. They give you a map and other swimmers tend to congregate by these wrecks. Various life guards throw fish food into the water to cause the fish to swarm around you. In that frenzy one fish bit a mole off some guy’s back. It was fairly disconcerting to see him bleeding but he thought it was funny. The current was strong and rough because of Hurricane Isabel so for safety reasons they closed the deep snorkeling reef. Although we brought our own equipment, I was very impressed with the quality and frequency of the safety lectures and the sterilization procedures. Key West was eye opening. The natives are incredibly liberal and welcome all sorts of alternative lifestyles. Watch out for all the people who rented golf carts to get around & can’t drive them well. The town was a bit disappointed; they had been expecting the arrival of an Aircraft Carrier and 5,000 sailors but due to the hurricane the carrier was re-routed to Norfolk to provide disaster relief. They were also waiting for a Harley Motorcycle Event to roll into town. I wasn’t looking forward to the mix of those two groups. There is no ban on public nudity in Key West as long as you are wearing body paint. We were there in the morning and afternoon so things were fairly calm. I do not think I would bring impressionable kids through many parts of town after a certain hour. We had a drink at the Hogs’ Breath Saloon because well, you have to. We also went to Irish Kevin’s – where as the sign said, “we came, we drank, we don’t remember.” Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville looked like it would have been fun but we were short on time. The tour of the Summer White House was educational. As you walk there from the pier, about 3-5 blocks, take a look at the lush and unique foliage. The highlight of our trip was parasailing with Sebago on Williams Street. Through the cruise you could purchase parasailing excursions at every port. They were charging about $60 pp for a ½ hour boat ride and a 6 minute sail. We paid $75 for 2 people to go on 5 minute boat ride and a ½ hour parasail. Sebago is a member of the Key West Chamber of Commerce. They are fully insured and take safety very seriously. For an extra $10 they will also take digital pictures of you sailing and give you the disk to print out when you get home. There’s an Internet Café on the pier right there, with cheaper access fees, if like us you didn’t bring a lap top but can’t wait to see yourself flying through the air. Sebago also made a point of sailing us past the Majesty twice for a birds’ eye view of the ship. The worst thing was a handful of inconsiderate people had to be called to go through customs repeatedly. Nobody could disembark until these slackers finally showed up. Being called once because you overslept is one thing but making 2,500 people wait because you couldn’t be bothered was something else all together. I realize the cruise line has no control over this but it’s worth mentioning that sometimes you will be inconvenienced by others. Disembarking We forgot that our stuff had to be outside the room the last night. As the porter was coming down the hall we were inside furiously packing. He graciously waited, well actually walked back down the hall to get our stuff. The next morning, we had a leisurely breakfast and disembarked with one of the last groups because our flight home was so late. Customs was very quick but we had to wait a few minutes for the luggage. This could have been less annoying if there had been more places to sit. As first time cruisers we weren’t sure what to do with our luggage all day. We decided to rent a car to explore Miami and lock our stuff in the trunk. Where else could you put all that stuff for $29 and know it was safe? We took the Avis courtesy shuttle back to airport. The driver told us that if we ever cruise again, Avis will drive us to the port for free too if we are renting a car on the way back. She also said that most of the rental car companies will let “club members” use the shuttles even if they aren’t renting on that particular trip. We picked up our rental and the agent went over the map with us. Florida is pretty easy to navigate. We headed south on Route 1 to Crystal Castle. It’s this huge place all hand carved by one guy in the 1920s and 30s. It has a sun dial that is still accurate. There a 9 ton door you can move with one finger and the furniture is surprisingly comfortable. Some people say the place has mystical qualities. I don’t know about that but I thought $20 pp for an attraction you can see in about 20 minutes was a bit pricey. After the Castle we drove north to the Miami zoo and learned the hard way why Floridians don’t go to the zoo on 90 degree days with 100% humidity. We had the place to ourselves and were able to listen in on some private zoo keeper tours. It was fairly easy to see all the animals. Every few feet there were misters to cool you so all in all it was fun. I enjoyed seeing the two baby giraffes who were both under 7 feet tall. Back at the airport, we were told our flight home was delayed. Isabel had played havoc with the airports along the Northeast Corridor and the airlines were still playing catch up. We were happy to be stranded on that end rather than at home anxious to come down. Instead of grabbing a quick bite, we settled in for a more relaxed meal and had a few more cocktails to wind down our vacation. Conclusion This was truly one of the best vacations I have ever been on! There was always something or nothing to do. The best part was it changed everyday and you did not have to plan any of it. You could just let it happen. Despite my generally skeptical nature, by the time I got off the Majesty I was a Crown and Anchor member & had an application for their credit card in my hands. I am looking forward to my next cruise next month.

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Aug 3, 2003

Bahamas/Key West

My family cruised on the Majesty of the Seas in 3 cabins on the "teen" deck. We arrived at the port at about 1:00, unloaded, parked, and we were on the ship by 1:45. Very quick and efficient. As soon as we boarded the ship we were greeted in the atrium where there were table set up where we could purchase soft drink cards, shore excursions, sign up for kids club etc. We chose and paid for our wine for dinner for three nights.

We accepted our free "punch" and then set out to find our cabins. We were on the "teen" deck 6 in three cabins fore. Two of the cabins-6500 and 6000 were the standard (small) size with two beds. Our cabin 6506, which is on the corner, had a strange configuration, but it was larger than the other cabins. There are no safes in these cabins and no toiletries were provided except for a shampoo dispenser in the shower (very small). I missed the shampoo, conditioner, lotion and shower caps we got on previous cruises on Carnival and Royal Caribbean (all though we were in suites previously on RCL). The cabins were clean and nicely maintained by our cabin Stewart Javier. He promptly brought us a champagne bucket and glasses when requested and kept the bucket full with ice the entire cruise. We brought on several bottles of our own Champagne to keep in our cabin. The shows on the cruise were great, especially "The Beat Goes On", which got a standing ovation. The comedians were great as well. Don't miss the shows...very enjoyable. They did "American idols" kareoke(sp.) and that was a lot of fun to watch. Love and Marriage game was entertaining and we heard that Majesty Quest was a blast. Cruise director, Rico, was the lead in the "Village People" dance show in the night club. nice body. Lots of fun. Dance parties up on the pool deck were a blast. We have been on 6 cruises previous to this one and up till now, I thought Carnivals food was better than RCCL...but the food on this cruise was really great. The desserts were ok..but the dinners were well excellent. We enjoyed every meal, and our Waitress, Daria, was very accommodating and brought us as many appetizers and/or entrees as we wanted. If we couldn't decide between two, she brought both! The assistant waiter and the head waiter were extremely friendly and accommodating. By the second night they knew what we were all drinking and brought cokes, diet cokes etc. without demanding to see our drink stickers on our cruise passes. Our preordered wine was brought to the table each night. If there was any left over (this hardly ever happened) they reworked it and brought it out the next night. The ports were ok..we had been to Nassau before..we shopped, stopped at Senor Frogs for a Margarita and went back on the ship. Key west is nice, but it was HOT! So, we shopped, had lunch and "Hogaritas" at Hogs Breath Saloon and went back to the ship. Coco Cay is great however. Very much improved and updated since we went a year ago. Beautiful island, delicious BBQ lunch, great snorkeling. We had a great time there. Overall we, had a great cruise experience on the Majesty..although we enjoy a longer cruise because we enjoy "days at sea", but this was a really nice time. Any questions? Feel free to email me.

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Jul 27, 2003

Bahamas

Kristi mikkelson I took my 18 year old niece on this 4 night cruise. We had an absolute blast. The one thing we were not looking forward to was the boat drill. Marcus King made it fun. We later found out that marcus worked in the casino, He was allot of fun to play with. The food was average. Service great. Our room steward Hubert put up with our messiness. All in all, we had a great time. Thanks to Marcus and the rest of

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Jul 10, 2003

3 Day Bahamas

Embarkation – We arrived at the pier very early! So early that we were the first passengers to arrive and passengers from the previous sailing were still collecting their luggage. We took a 6:30 AM flight from JFK to MIA and landed 30 minutes early in Miami. So we tried to take our time, but still ended up at the pier a little after 10 AM. Soon after, other people began filing in. At 11 AM we were aloud to go through the security checkpoint

and began the check-in process. There was no line and I had all of our documents ready and we had our sea pass card/room key in 5 minutes. We then had to wait in another line next to the escalator to board the ship until 11:30. We were on board by 11:35 after having our pictures taken and headed straight to our cabin. The Cabin – We were on the Teen Deck (6) Cabin 6074 and it was the smallest cabin we have ever been in! It was in ok shape…stains on the carpet, one of the drawers was busted in the desk / vanity. The closet was pretty big and had wire shelves to put clothes away on. But we lived out of our suitcases as it was only going to be 3 nights. The bathroom was tiny and definitely showed its age. The sink had several cracks in it and there was rust along the door. We were so early on the ship that the cabin steward was not done cleaning up the rooms and our bathroom still showed signs of the previous passengers. So we put our stuff down and headed up to the Windjammer for Lunch. The Windjammer - The lunch buffet at the Windjammer was nothing special. They had a few hot selections and a few salads along with the carving station. It was a little disappointing after being on the Radiance and having so many lunch choices. Lunch was served from 11:30 AM till 2:00 PM and then from 2PM to 5 PM they offered a “snack” selection, which consisted of Hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, pasta, asst sandwiches, Bratwurst, and one day was tacos and another was fajitas. There was also Pizza and hot dogs available from 2PM till 3AM at the Mast Bar. The Ship – After lunch we walked around to check out the rest of the ship. We were on the Monarch last August and it is the same exact layout and even the same carpeting. Only difference was everything had a different name. The pool deck looked great and the bars were all opened trying to serve you a drink the second you got outside. There are a few outside activities such as basketball and shuffleboard. Inside, the Centrum looked great, very clean, but the brass could use a lot of polishing. A lot of the carpet looked brand new and everything was in great shape for the ships age. The show lounge was a great layout and the Schooner Bar looks like the others. The stores were full with merchandise! The only negative comments about the ship are that some of the elevators were not working and the elevators that were working were very slow. As a result, the elevator waiting areas were always mobbed with lazy people waiting to take the elevator. I say lazy because several people would get on and take it only 1 floor. I can see not walking from deck 2 to 12 but 5 to 6????? The other negative was that on decks 9, 10 & 11 in the elevator areas on both ends of the ship, it smelt like vomit. It was very strong the first day and when we were in Nassau there were professional carpet cleaners on the ship cleaning the carpet on all the decks. There were also fans on the carpet, but it still had a smell the whole weekend. Dining Room – We had early seating dinner in the Maytime Dinning room. We went down to the dining room before dinner the first night to speak to the Maitre’d because my husband is severally lactose intolerant and we have had problems in the past of the ship not being able to meet his dietary needs. I had faxed a letter to RCCL 3 weeks prior to sailing explaining his dietary needs and requesting a table for 2 as it was our anniversary. We were at a table for 10 and had the Maitre’d switch it to a table for 2. I reiterated my husband’s dietary needs and explained that it had been a problem on past cruises and that I would seek higher authority if he was not accommodated. He assured me it would not be a problem. The first night at dinner we met our waiter and assistant waiter. They were on the slow side as we found out the other 2 nights. We were always in the dining room promptly at 6 and it would take 15 + minutes before we would see the waiter to even get a menu and it would be almost a quarter to 7 before we would receive our appetizer. We thought that with a table for two that we would be in and out quickly. Then on the last night, our waiter actually had the nerve to tell us to give him an excellent review on our review form because he would get in trouble if it was not positive. Let me tell you, just for that comment, he got a fair rating. Otherwise, the food was ok, nothing spectacular, but a lot better then the buffet at the Windjammer! Ports of Call – Nassau – The weather was great both days and Claudette never affected us. It was in the 90’s in Nassau and we pretty much stayed on the ship. We only got off in the afternoon and walked around for 30 minutes or so. It was just so hot that we headed back to the ship to the pool! We were in Nassau 2 years ago on the Century, and since then, there was a new terminal where there were little shops, the taxi drivers to take you anywhere, and a shore excursions area where you could purchase all sorts of excursions, just like the ones on the ship, just cheaper!!! Coco Cay – This is RCL’s private island and it was great! We were off the ship by 9 am and the sun was already hot! It must have been close to 100. We brought our own snorkel gear, but they also made us rent a vest. So once we got the vests we were off into the water. The water was really clear and there were tons of fish and reefs! Along with some sting rays and barracudas! After snorkeling we dried off and each got a Coco loco! They were great! Then we walked around the island and checked everything else out. The water park looked like it was for little kids and the parasailing and jet skis looked awesome! There were also a few little shops to buy souvenirs and the hair braiders were there also! They also had a BBQ on the island for lunch (the Windjammer was closed as a result). There were ribs, hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, Mac & cheese, backed beans, fruit salad and a few other salads. My advice to everyone is get there as soon as they unwrap everything because there were flies everywhere and if you didn’t get the food once it was unwrapped, odds are a fly landed on it first! After lunch, we headed back to the ship to enjoy the empty pool and hot tubs! Disembarkation – This was the worst part of the trip. We were done with breakfast at 7:50 AM and we sat in the elevator area of deck 5 until 9:45 when we finally cleared customs. No announcements were made as to what was taking so long and there were people everywhere. When they finally started to announce the color tags everyone ran to the exit and they had a hard time of keeping people in line and everyone was cutting. But we were off the ship by 10 with our luggage and at Miami International Airport by 10:15. Overall – This was a great cruise for a long weekend; however, I don’t think I would have been happy if I was on the ship for a 7-day cruise. I found most of the staff to have an “I don’t care” attitude, because they knew we would all be off in a few days and there would be a new group of people. It is a great cruise for a first time cruise that wants to get a taste of what a cruise is like. But for someone whose first cruise was on a larger vessel, they will be extremely disappointed. As for the rock-climbing wall, it was not up and didn’t even look like they were preparing to put it up anytime soon. The ship does need a little work, but people do need to consider how old she is compared to other ships in the RCL fleet! I give this ship: 3 out of 5 stars for appearance 2 out of 5 stars for dining 3 out of 5 stars for staff 5 out of 5 stars for value I hope this review helps any people considering this cruise and please feel free to ask me any questions!

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Jun 29, 2003

Bahamas

This was our first cruise of this newly renovated ship, and a very enjoyable one. Our cabin (Category D) was spacious and nicely appointed. The crew was very accommodating and gracious. We traveled with a group of 8 people and each of us had a wonderful experience.

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Jun 15, 2003

Miami, Nassau, Coco cay, Key West

This was our first cruise and we were celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary with my husband. Everything was wonderful. I read all of the reviews on lots of websites before we went on the cruise and I was surprised to find that everything was much better than the reviews. Embarkation was extremely easy and efficient. We decided to start the day early and got on the ship at 12:30. I think this was very useful because we had time to

see the ship and take some pictures of Miami from the top of the ship. We had a outside stateroom with a window and really think that it was a good idea. It was nice to have natural light and see outside. The service was very good, everytime we stepped out of the room, it was cleaned and it was nice to find chocolate and towel animals on our bed. The food was very good and the food service was the best!!! We also loved the shows (Don't miss Beat goes on, Wild Wild West and Farewell Show) and the games (Love and Marriage, Majesty Quest, Battle of the sexes. The singers and dancers were very talented. Check the list so that you don't miss any of them. Even if you are not a honeymoon or anniversary couple, go to the show for them because the music was very good, they gave unlimited free champagne and there was a ruffle in the end. Nobody asks for your wedding certificate! Participate in majesty Quest and Battle of the sexes, it was so much fun. We did the sailing and snorkeling excursion at Nassau and it was very much worth it. They also give unlimited rum punch on the way back. (it costs $42 each person )Coral reef experience is one of the best experiences. Buy a underwater one-time use camera from Wal-Mart. They are very expensive on the ship. The tour can drop you off at Atlantis Hotel so that you can save $8 by not getting a taxi. You should see that Hotel. Don't buy the shore excursions to see the city. It is very small and you can see all in 3 hours by walking around. Just get a free map at the pot and ask one of the very helpful guides to see Queen's staircase, castle, light house and the straw market. You can generally bargain your way to a 50% discount at the straw market. I realized that some things were cheaper at the shops of the ship so check them first. But do not wait until the last day because everything was gone very quickly, especially the postcards. Coco cay is the real Bahamas experience with the incredible sea, sand, hammocks, palm trees and the great barbeque lunch with live music. Bring your own snorkeling and floating beach mat. The shore excursions were very expensive there so I think you can do those at Key West.(at Key West parasailing is $75 for two people and $50 for wave runner rental) Just relax, swim and get some suntan. (be careful with the suntan because we put on 40 SPF but still got burned! Put sunscreen every 60 minutes and bring a hat, even my scalp got sunburn!) Try to wake up early and go to the ports of calls early because time goes so quickly. At Key west, Go to the southernmost point, Earnest Hemingway's house, Sloppy Joe's and eat some Key Lime Pie. You can also buy some key lime cookies. The shops had very interesting stuff that you can't find anywhere else. Overall, we had a great time and we will always cruise with Royal Caribbean in the future. The service, entertainment and food was very very good. There is one bad thing though, we both have post-cruise depression!!!

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Jun 8, 2003

Bahamas

Day 1- Getting on the plane and flying into Miami was not that bad, as soon as we got off the crew was waiting for us to load onto the bus. We got to the ship about 3 and got on quickly went to our room unloaded and went to the pool to have a drink. Then we walked the cruise ship for about an hour it was the biggest and best ship I have ever seen. Our dinner was at 6 not a bad time to eat , The food was great and the service was excellent.

Day 2- We arrived in Nassau about 8 am we got up at 9 and eat again that's all you do its great eat, eat and never starve on the ship, we went into Nassau and walked around , nice town a little dirty, now remember when you get off they try to sell everything to you. We went back onto the ship and book a excursion for coco cay the nest day. We had our formal night tonight and the food was great pictures turned out awesome. Day 3- We arrived in coco cay. This is the most beautiful island I have ever been on. We went parasailing This was fun. Expensive but worth every penny. And about 2 o'clock we were fried (sun ). So we went back on the ship, eat gambled and drank. We were a little tired so we went to the Jacuzzi. This is the best and most incredible ship I have been on. Day 4- We arrived in key west. Very nice town a lot of shopping .We went to fort Taylor beach. Very nice and clean. Stayed there for about 2 hours went back and enjoyed our last day on the ship. Day 5- We arrived in Miami so sad we had to leave and go back home. I just wanted to let everyone know this cruise was our honeymoon cruise and it was the beast I give everything a 10. hope you all enjoy your cruise. so long, Ryan

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May 11, 2003

Bahamas

spent so much time on these boards before my first cruise I wanted to tell you my impressions and maybe answer some questions. EMBARKATION — This was really easy. We arrived at the ship about 3 p.m. The lines were not bad at all. And anyway, who really cares. Your so excited that its best just to take it all in and enjoy every minute. ARRIVAL — Once we were on we found our room which was really easy. We were in 6590 (Tween Deck)

right near the elevators. I'd say a perfect place. We had a window. I liked that! As our bags started to arrive I unpacked everything. Although the room is small when you first see it, it really is big enough for two people. Plenty of storage place. My husband and I had no problems at all. At 4 p.m. we had the muster drill. It wasn't bad, about a half hour. Luckily it was overcast so the sun wasn't beating down on us. Once this was over we went back to our room to see if the rest of our luggage arrrived. It did so we put the rest away and went explore the ship. I know the ship is smaller than the others but it is big! I'm glad we chose this ship for our first cruise because it took almost four days just to figure where everything was. DINING — First of all, the food is just great. Our dining time was 8:30 p.m. in the Maytime. Our waiter was Elphie from India and he was just awesome. We loved him. This was a good time to eat, however, unless you don't eat much you won't enjoy any midnight buffets because your so full still. A little advice: Save your appetite for the midnight buffet on formal night. It's around the pool and it is just unbelievable. Also change your clothes to more casual wear. We thought "Dancing Under the Stars" was a romantic thing so we stayed in our formals, wrong! It is a big fun party so get comfortable. ENTERTAINMENT — I enjoyed the shows a lot. "Wild Wild West" was ok. My husband didn't care for this. But "The Beat Goes On" was really good and he didn't mind this. The "Love and Marriage Game" was hilarious! A must see. I didn't get to the Majesty Quest game in time but people looked like they were having a great time. NASSAU — Ou first port. We did the Atlantis tour. Not through the ship. We took a taxi ($4 pp) and paid the $25pp for the tour. It was really nice but I don't know that it was really worth it. We did not even get to see the pools and there is no beach access which is not what I was told on these boards. I knew about the pools but I though we could use the beach. We went to the straw market. That was a pain. Those people do not leave you alone. However I did get some good deals on souvenirs. Best place in Nassau — Senor Frog's Restaurant right next door to the straw market. A big party. We danced on chairs, joined in a conga line while doing shots and danced to the bunny hop. My husband's most memorable moment. He really loved that place! COCO CAY — What a day! We rented the jet skis and snorkled. If you want a deal, get the 8 a.m. jet skis and you'll get 1 free snorkle free! Go to the shipwreck to snorkle. I saw a huge sting ray right under me and a baracuta! That was awesome. The bbq lunch was great. Try the ribs. They are yummy! Oh and the Coco Locos, yum! KEY WEST — We truly loved this place. We took the trolley tour, went to the aquarium where I pet a shark. Go during the feeding times. We also went to the shipwreck museum. This was really interesting. Go to the top of the tower. You can see the whole city! I have to ay I see why people book cruises back to back. It was an awesome experience. Advice — We only booked the Coco Cay excursions through the ship. The rest we did on our own. You can save money that way. If you want to parasail do it in Key West. Go to the boat dock. It is much cheaper than Coco Cay. $75 for 2 people, not per person. Souvenirs at Coco Cay are expensive, do not buy here. Straw market has good deals. But Key West does too! Pay close attention to your daily Compass so you don't miss anything. Go to the shows, they're enjoyable. E-mail me if you have any questions.

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Mar 10, 2003

Bahamas

I was completely disappointed in my cruise. The food was substandard and there were very few activities on-board. The dining room was pretty and the food presentation was excellent, however, the food did not taste as good as it looked. The late night snacks were frozen pizza, hot dogs and cookies. The Windjammer cafe served food that was similar to a college dining hall. I felt this cruise did not compare to the Princess cruise I took

a few years ago. Furthermore, the tape of the cruise highlights featured 5 minutes of actual cruise footage, and 20 minutes of stock footage. I am in the process of trying to obtain a refund for the video tape. Save your money or simply pick a different cruise line. The one shining star of this cruise was the cruise director, Parker Cristan. He was fabulous and made a miserable cruise passable.

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Mar 3, 2003

Bahamas

Just returned and would like to make the following comments: Cabin Type F very very small. No more than two persons ! Food was good but not memorable. Food in Windjammer is the same. Parasailing ended up costing $16 a minute. They say in the book you are up for over and hour but they don't tell you that they pack 14 in the boat. They were up 4-5 minutes and were told (after grumbling): "Consider yourselves happy the boat wasn't

full... We have to get them out and back in an hour!". Very little success in trying to track down appropriate persons to discuss these inappropriate comments. They did not respond to my report and repeated attempts to contact. When I spoke to him he thought comments were appropriate and told me "you were the only one that was unhappy". Rather, the only one who said anything. Recommend booking shore excursions independently.

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Dec 26, 2002

Bahamas

Lisa & Josh C. Our Quick Thoughts: Nassau: great port, sufficient amount of time allowed on the island. We did the Pirates/Forts tour and that was a huge waste of money and time - would have rather had that time at the market or sleeping on the sand. Coco Cay: a big disappointment, it was too cold to go snorkeling, swimming or sea dooing, so all we did was spend time walking around the island. Lunch was provided but was an inadequate

amount of mediocre BBQ (as in they didn't have enough to feed everyone on the island). We left early and went back to the ship for more fun things to do. Probably would have been nice on a prettier day. Key West: Loved it & everything about it!!! We went out on a 18foot schooner (a RC shore excursion) and had a wonderful time. And we still had time to see the major sites, eat lunch, and make it back to the ship by the early time of 5 for the sunset. Miami: We did the GatorPark shore excursion and I can't say a negative thing about it, the guide, or anything. Fabulous! Free trip to the airport afterwards for those who need it. Food: mediocre. The buffets had good food but it was all cold. The formal dinners took way too long to eat and you missed all the activities going on that night. We chose to eat each way twice. Drinks: Only UNsweet tea, fruit punch, and water are offered free of cost. All sodas are extra. It's definately to your advantage to purchase the "coke card" where you pay one flat fee and then get a Coke sticker that gets you all your sodas for free. Alcohol: Most bartenders shouldn't quit their day jobs cause they didn't even know how to make a Sex on the Beach. The bar by the hottubs had the best drinks and service. You also have to put them all on your room account (can't pay cash) which we found annoying. The pools: pretty, too cold for us to go swimming. Hot tubs: crowded, great place to meet people Activities: BINGO was too expensive for us ($30 for one game), Trivia was poorly advertized (the game titled "50s music trivia" included questions not related to the 50s or Music and the questions were often phrased where they could have more than one right answer and if you didn't match the host, you didn't get it right). All the prizes were key chains and fanny packs. We're not big dancers, but it looked like others were having fun! Shows: Ranged from fun and fabulous (the married couple game, the opening show, the closing show) to an embarassing attempts of successful songs (the western show). The staff: Our stateroom attendent was fabulous, the front desk was average, and the people walking around at dinner only spoke to those who looked rich or didn't speak english. The ship: beautiful, easy to get around as long as you don't mind stairs, decorated beautifully for Xmas. Overall: In agreement with others on board, this was a cruise where you got what you paid for (a little money - a mediocre cruise). But we feel it was worth the money we paid. We do not think you should do the pay-ahead gratuities, because that automatically gives everyone who took care of you a nice tip. While some deserved it, there were some our money went to that we'd rather not have gotten any. RC did manage to loose our luggage while getting off the ship, but they found it and we were able to pick it up after the GatorPark excursion and get a free trip to the airport. Hope this helps, and hope you have fun on your trip! :)

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Dec 2, 2002

Bahamas

Nancy Norris TrvlJrnlst@aol.com Boomer Seas 2002 I was attending a cruise agent conference in Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 7. Three other travel agents I had met on a cruise seminar at sea earlier this year decided to combine work with a little bit of pleasure. On our first cruise together the four of us had become fast friends, separated by geography. Two of the agents live in the San Francisco area, one in

Texas, and I live in Ohio. So, a little 4 day pre-conference cruise seemed like the perfect vehicle for a reunion. We are all seasoned cruisers, having logged about 100 cruises amongst the four of us. Having set the stage; let me share our adventure aboard the Majesty of the Seas cruise to the Bahamas. Based on all the negative reviews I have read recently on the Majesty of the Seas, I was apprehensive as I boarded the ship. But, I would like to preface this review by saying, I thoroughly enjoyed my cruise, and the service we received from the staff and crew was outstanding from beginning to end. Embarkation: I had flown in to Fort Myers a few days early to visit family in Naples, while everyone else flew into Fort Lauderdale. Having rented a car, on the morning of Dec. 2, I drove to Fort Lauderdale to pick up my traveling companions and we proceeded to Miami, arriving at the pier about 12:15 pm. There was a tremendous amount of congestion at the port, but fortunately the traffic gridlock was isolated to those vehicles turning right and our pier was on the left. As we approached the pier, there was already much activity and the drop-off area was crowded. It was at this point, however, that our VIP treatment aboard the Majesty began. Now, sometimes playing the “ditzy blonde” has its rewards. Please don’t send me any negative e-mail about the blonde reference. I am a blonde, and consider myself a very intelligent and capable person, however, there are times when appearing seemingly confused and in need of assistance pays off. As the drop-off area was so crowded, I actually drove just beyond that area and stopped just before the restricted area. I jumped out of the car, and immediately spoke to the security guard. At first he told me I would have to continue on my way and circle all the way back around to the drop-off area. Feigning confusion, and asking if I couldn’t please, please just drop off my passengers and their luggage, then proceed to the parking garage where I was planning to leave my car … blah, blah, blah, (you get the picture), he smiled and granted my wish. Then as we unloaded the trunk, and he saw that one of our possessions was a walker, he immediately signaled for assistance. By the time I had parked the car very conveniently in the RC parking garage, and returned to my companions, a Royal Caribbean representative had commandeered a porter, a wheelchair for Pat (more about her later), whisked us through security, bypassed all the lines, and checked us in himself in a private lounge. From there he personally escorted us to our respective cabins. Now that’s what I call service!! Cabin: We chose to take advantage of a great promo rate and booked guaranteed outside cabins. We were assigned Cabins 2514 and 2526, located on Deck 2 forward on the portside. Both cabins had a porthole. Cabin 2526 was a bit larger, due to cabin 2514’s proximity to the bow, but overall configuration was the same. Two small futon-like beds were perpendicular to each other with a small shelf located at the apex. One bed was moveable so the beds could be converted to a queen configuration. As these cabins are somewhat compact, I was pleased to find the beds were high enough for a fairly large suitcase to be stored underneath. There was limited shelving and drawer space, but sufficient for two of us for a 4 day cruise. One note about shelving and drawers: My cabin (2514) had a beam running along the interior wall behind the shelving unit. Consequently, the depth of three of the six drawers in the desk/dresser, along that wall were cut in half and the second of two mirrored cabinets was eliminated and actually just a false front. This was unique to our cabin, so 2526 had full drawer space and a second functional cabinet. There were 2 closets, one of which had some open shelving on the side for additional storage. There was no safe in the room. On this ship only the suites and larger ocean staterooms have safes, but safety deposit boxes are available at the purser’s desk. The room did come equipped with an adequate hair dryer, however. The bathroom is tiny, in particular, the shower. I have a tendency to rate showers by how easily it is to shave my legs within its confines, and I am forced to give this shower a “thumbs down”. It also has one of those lightweight shower curtains that clings to the body (bring clothespins to weigh the bottom down and that helps). Storage and shelving space is very limited in this small bathroom. As a suggestion, purchase an inexpensive hanging shoe caddies. It can easily hang over the bathroom door, and the small compartments are great for storing all your toiletries, suntan lotion, etc. Although small, I will say the room was clean, and well maintained. As this is an older ship there are marked signs of wear and tear, but care has been taken to minimize the aging process. Royal Caribbean’s older ships are known for their small cabins, preferring to concentrate on emphasizing the public rooms. I am pleased to say, however, over the last few years they have revised that philosophy. Beginning with the Vision Class ships, cabin size has continued to increase. My cabin on the Majesty was only 122 sq. ft., while a standard outside cabin on the Voyager is 180 sq. ft. The Ship: As we were on the lowest deck, I’ll start the tour there and move upward. In addition to cabins, the only other facility on this deck is the Cinema. Movies such as Kate and Leopold, and A Beautiful Mind were shown here daily at 2, 5, 8, and 11 pm. Each time I peaked in, it was virtually empty, but had we experienced inclement weather, it would have been a nice alternative as an indoor activity. The Cabin TV also offered three movie channels (2 in English and 1 in Spanish) showing a variety of movies each day for in-room viewing. The Centrum The central focal point of the ship was the attractive; five story atrium, the Centrum, which begins on Deck 3. A baby grand piano, glass enclosed elevators, an open-spiral staircase, and lots of brass, complement this area. One note of caution, the glass elevators in the Centrum can only be used to traverse from deck 3 to deck 7. If you wish to venture higher, you will need to use the forward or aft elevators. Directly forward of the Centrum was a very nice size photo gallery, and more cabins. Aft of the Centrum, was one of the two main dining rooms, the Maytime. The Mikado, the second dining room, was directly above it, on Deck 4. Both are well-lit, pleasant rooms, but nothing ornate or elaborate. Having sailed on so many newer ships lately, with their multi-levels, massive staircases, and impressive lighting fixtures, these rooms appeared a bit sedate. But, the panoramic windows on both sides of the dining room provide a natural beauty and quiet ambiance. Moving forward from the Mikado dining room on Deck 4 we once again find ourselves in the Centrum. On this deck the atrium was encircled by the purser’s information desk, and the shore excursion desk. The internet café (royal Caribbean online) was also located here. For $.50 a minute you can use one of the several computers to communicate with the outside world. Forward of Purser’s Square there are more cabins. This ship is designed, for the most part, with cabins in the forward portion of the ship, with public rooms located aft. Atrium Boutiques Taking the winding open staircase in the Centrum to Deck 5 we find ourselves surrounded by the boutiques. Perfume, liquor, jewelry, and collectibles can all be purchased at these stores at duty free prices. Cruise memorabilia, souvenirs, logo-wear, and fashion accessories round out the shopping options. Interestingly, as well as the boutiques, here is where you will find the beauty/hair salon. I am so used to this service being part of the whole spa environment, that I was surprised to see the separate facility. Once again, forward of this public area are more cabins. So, if we turn ourselves around and walk back through the atrium (which is where our tour of Deck 5 began) we find ourselves in a V-shaped entranceway. If we were to take the entrance on the left, we would find ourselves in the Casino Royale. The casino was nice size, with all the requisite gaming tables and sufficient slots to keep one occupied. It had 7 blackjack tables, 2 roulette wheels, 3 Caribbean stud poker tables, a craps table and well over 200 slot machines. Although I usually do not spend much time here, two of my traveling companions made a very lucrative visit here one afternoon. Interestingly, it seemed that on this particular cruise, whether in port or at sea, the casino was open. Moving through the entrance on the right leads you to the Schooner Bar, which I personally found to be the most attractive lounge on the ship. The mahogany leather seating and wood and brass tables arranged in small conversational areas, coupled with the panoramic windows provide an appealing, comfortable ambiance. There was comfortable seating around the piano, as well as the bar itself. Most of our nightcaps were enjoyed here, where we were pleasantly entertained by Germaine, a charming bartender from Jamaica. Each night he had a different gimmick or trick to show (with straws, napkins, etc.), and always had a great suggestion for an unusual nightcap. We came up with some very unusual requests during the cruise, and he was always able to accommodate our needs. The only downside to this particular bar was that the most comfortable and pleasant seating was also the smoking section. Even just walking through the lounge to get to the showroom, there was no way to avoid the smoke. One of my traveling companions was highly allergic to cigarette smoke, and by the end of the cruise had totally lost her voice. She was a real trouper, however, and never let her allergies interfere with our good time. Chorus Line Show Lounge As I just mentioned, walking through the Schooner Bar, or the Casino, will take us to the Chorus Line Show Lounge. This two level show lounge had both theatre style seating and lounge seating with small tables. Sitting in the raised, rear center section of the main level seemed to provide the best seat in the house. These lounge seats (chairs and small tables) were much more comfortable than the theatre seats and still provided excellent, unobstructed views of the stage. Avoid the seating in the back on either side of the main level, sight lines are somewhat obstructed. Acoustics in this show lounge are excellent. Blue Skies Lounge We will skip Deck 6, also known as the Tween Deck, as it was only relegated to more cabins. Strangely enough, the way the ship was configured, the upper level of the Chorus Line Show Lounge was located on Deck 7. Walking forward from the show lounge we enter the Blue Skies Lounge. This lounge had a fairly large dance floor, with seating on both sides. A live band performed Latin dance music here nightly, and was also the location of a number of the early evening game shows. I was not impressed with this public space, and with the exception of walking through it, we never actually spent anytime here. Continuing forward, we find ourselves in the Centrum. On this level of the Centrum, Promenade Deck 7, we find one of the two conference centers aboard the Majesty of the Seas. Opposite the conference center was a very nice, comfortable library, which also happened to be the location for smoking cigars. During my cruise I found no one using this facility for the purpose of smoking cigars, but I was a bit taken aback that this would be the location for cigar aficionados. Perhaps it was the least obtrusive place for that activity to take place, but it seems to me it would detract from the comfortable ambiance that the library exudes for the pure enjoyment of reading or reflecting. Next to the library, was the very intimate and attractive Touch of Class Champagne Bar. Other than the Schooner Bar, this was my favorite locale for pure décor and ambiance. I would have liked to spend more time here as it seemed the perfect place to end an evening in quiet conversation, but alas, it was often empty or closed. Besides, my traveling companions were looking for a little more activity and excitement in our evening adventures, thus we opted for other venues. Forward of the Centrum on Deck 7, we once again find more cabins. Paint Your Wagon Lounge Making our way to Mariner Deck 8, we are at the Paint Your Wagon Lounge. Each evening contemporary dance music or big band music was offered for our listening and dancing pleasure. We did check out this location, and although it provided comfortable seating and a very nice dance floor, we spent very little time here, as it was definitely for couples only (obviously not quite how four ladies would choose to spend their evening). Although dancing here was not for us, some late night game shows, such as the hilarious Majesty Quest, and extremely entertaining karaoke sessions were enjoyed at this venue. And, at the sake of being redundant, the rest of deck 8 housed more cabins. On to Deck 9 aft, which was where we spent most of our evenings. In addition to more cabins, this deck was the location of the On Your Toes Nightclub (the disco). It was certainly nothing spectacular in the special effects area. By today’s standards it was not flashy, or impressive, but it provided good music and lots of fun. The dance floor was adequate and there were plenty of comfortable chairs and lounges to relax in while “dancing the night away”. Moving upwards to Deck 10 aft, the Bridge Deck, was the location of the ShipShape Fitness Center. Here sauna and massage rooms, spa treatments, and a well-equipped fitness facility await. Manicures, facials, pedicures, full body massages and aqua therapy were all available. The fitness center provided a marvelous panoramic view of the ocean along with stationary bikes, treadmills and stair steppers. Yoga, Pilates and cardio- kickboxing were provided for a small fee. Walkathons, early morning stretch and relax classes, and aerobic exercise round out the organized fitness options. Majesty of the Seas Pool Area On to Deck 11, the Sun Deck, undoubtedly the deck that was frequented the most by yours truly. If you have read any of my reviews you will know that I am a sun worshipper, therefore, most of my sunlight hours are spent enjoying the pool area. On the Majesty there were two very nice size pools and two whirlpools, surrounded by lounge chairs that beckoned to me. I particularly liked the extra large submerged deck around the pool. It provided a perfect way to be cooled by the pool water, yet continue to bask in the sun. The two elevated whirlpools were located at the aft end of the pool area and the pool bar was located on the opposite end. All in all, this area provided every amenity that I needed for a perfect cruise day. Forward of the pool bar was the Windjammer Café. I found the configuration of the Windjammer to be very interesting. There were 4 totally separate buffet lines, all offering the same items. Two were located in a very pleasant rotunda like room in the center of the ship, flanked by open stairways leading to deck 12. One could choose to eat inside along the panoramic windows on deck 11, or venture upwards to dine al fresco in the open air seating. Either choice provided wonderful unobstructed views of the ocean. Continuing forward, the other two buffet lines were located in the larger main portion of the bi-level Windjammer Café. Although windows also circumnavigated this area, I found the main section to be less appealing than the smaller circular area for dining. Beverage stations were located separately, on each end of the buffet lines. The configuration of the beverage stations was such, however, that they tended to be very congested. There was no discernible traffic pattern, so people converged on the stations from both directions making for a bottleneck in the middle. Once again it was in this area of the ship that we were greeted by the VIP service I spoke of earlier. Our dining room waiter and assistant waiter worked in the Windjammer each day and provided us excellent tableside service, both for breakfast and lunch, even though we were eating in a buffet area. Our trays were carried for us, iced tea was brought to our table, and items such as lemons, which were not available in the buffet lines or at the drink stations, were provided graciously. I was totally impressed with the extent that these wonderful gentlemen went out of their way to accommodate us. Now, I know this treatment is standard on many of the premier lines, but on a typical Royal Caribbean cruise, this service went far above the expected norm. Aft of the pool area on deck 11 was the Teen Disco, children’s playroom and a sport’s deck. The Sports Deck was open from 8:00 am – 8:30 each day for basketball, golf putting, and ping pong. Mast Bar Finally, we reach deck 12, the Compass Deck. On this uppermost deck, one can dine al fresco on the upper deck of the Windjammer Café, or visit the Mast Bar. The Mast Bar was actually the Sports Bar and Pizzeria on this ship. It was relatively small, but a large screen TV was visible from a variety of locations on the open deck surrounding the bar. This area also serves as additional seating for a portion of the Windjammer Café that I already spoke about. The sun walk, which surrounds the pool area on the deck below, also served as the jogging track. Additional lounge chairs take up the rest of the space on this deck. Moving to the very aft of the ship, a staircase led to the Viking Crown Lounge. This is the Royal Caribbean signature lounge that is perched high above the ocean. During the day, it was perfect for just sitting back, relaxing and reveling in the panoramic vistas, while at night one could enjoy “Music with a View”. Dining: I have already mentioned the various eating venues on board the Majesty, but I would now like to elaborate on each, as well as share additional dining options, that were offered on our 4 day cruise. Early bird coffee was available at 6:30 am at the outdoor Windjammer Café. From 7am – 9am the Maytime Dining Room served a full service breakfast daily, with the exception of the last morning, when service ended at 8 am. A buffet breakfast could be enjoyed at the Windjammer from 7-11 am, or a continental breakfast was available in your stateroom during those same hours. The buffet provided standard breakfast fare, along with the option of eggs cooked to order. Although there were a variety of breakfast meats, cereals, and sides, fresh fruit options were somewhat limited. The breakfast buffet received mixed reviews. I found their breakfast pastries to be thoroughly tasty, but one morning the scrambled eggs were excellent, another barely edible. The same held true for omelets that were ordered. A very well prepared omelet was served one day, and on another day it was burnt and unappetizing. There was no consistency to the quality of the food. The room service menu was somewhat limited, but we found the kitchen (galley) to be very accommodating and not without a sense of humor. We completed a breakfast menu request card and asked for “bacon please” and were surprised when room service not only delivered the coffee, but a heaping plate of bacon! We had breakfast in the Maytime Dining Room on our last morning of the cruise. My Eggs Benedict were excellent, as were the hash browns, but the service poor. I know this happens often on the last morning of a cruise, as they are anxious to get us off the ship, so they can prepare for the next load of passengers, however, I still found it disconcerting. Continuous full service dining was available for lunch in the Maytime Dining Room from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm., and a sun worshipper’s lunch buffet was offered in the Windjammer Café form noon – 3 pm. Well, needless to say, being the sun worshipper that I am, the buffet was my choice for lunch. The luncheon buffet had a variety of cold and hot menu items that changed daily, as well as the daily offering of burgers, hot dogs and fries. I was much more impressed with the luncheon buffet than breakfast. Soups were very good, and salad offerings were extensive. If neither of these choices appealed to you, there was always the option of grabbing a pizza at the Sports Bar between 11 am and 7 pm, or a light snack (including ice cream) in the outdoor Windjammer Café from 3 to 5 pm. I did not sample the pizza on this trip, but was told by others that it was good, not great. Mikado Dining Room Dinner on the Majesty is served at two seatings. Early diners (main seating) are served at 6:15 pm in both dining rooms, and second seating or late dining is at 8:30 pm. Casual dinner was served nightly from 7:00 – 9:30 pm. As this was a short cruise, and we all enjoyed a full dining experience, I did not have an opportunity to test the casual dinner buffet. Our group opted for second seating, and was assigned to the Mikado Dining Room. We sat at a table for 6 and were joined by a very nice couple from Baltimore. There was a difference of opinion within our group as to the quality and variety of the food served in the main dining rooms for dinner. Personally I was pleased with the menu options, and felt there was a nice variety. Food was prepared to my liking, and was well presented. Now, with that said, I am not a connoisseur of exotic foods and my palate tends to prefer traditional meals (a good steak, prime rib, baked potato, grilled shrimp, etc), so I was quite satisfied with the offerings. Sampling the desserts, which is a decadent pleasure I enjoy on cruises, was well worth the extra calories I consumed on this trip. One of the members of our group would not share this opinion. She found the foods generally to be too salty, too cooked, too tough, or just too boring. It is here that I would like to expand once again on the VIP treatment previously mentioned. Earlier in the review I shared how attentive our waiter and assistant waiter were while dining at the Windjammer. Kudos to our waiter, Illya (forgive my spelling) from Turkey, and our assistant waiter, Rubin, from Chile. Illya did everything humanly possible to placate the one member of our group who was unhappy with her meals. He was the consummate professional and took great effort finding something that would appeal to her tastes at each meal. As for Rubin, in addition to his attentiveness, his enigmatic smile, and great personality added great pleasure to our dining experience. We were very fortunate to have such a dynamic team serving us. I always know my service will be excellent when my table assignment is such that my servers also take care of the captains table, as was the case on this cruise. For our added culinary enjoyment, two midnight buffets were offered during our cruise. On our second night a Sailaway buffet was served poolside, and on the third night the Gala Buffet was served in both dining rooms. On nights when a midnight buffet was not offered they brought the food to us. From midnight to 1:00 am, light snacks and pastries were served in the Casino, Schooner Bar an On Your Toes Lounge. Entertainment: It is in this area that the Majesty of the Seas truly excelled! The cruise director, Parker, was entertaining and obviously enjoyed his job. The comedian, Greg Otto, was genuinely funny, and the revues performed by the Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers, on this cruise, were by far superior to any entertainment I have seen aboard a cruise ship in a very long time. The Wild, Wild West Revue, and The Beat Goes On production shows were outstanding!! A very talented troupe performed tight, well choreographed, original productions. Unfortunately, the gifted group of singers and dancers were concluding their run on the Majesty with our sailing. I hope that their replacements measure up to the high standards set by this production company. To give you some idea of how entertaining the shows were: Pat, one of traveling companions, has a penchant for falling asleep during every evening performance I have ever attended with her, but not on this cruise! It was truly a monumental feat as the lively, energetic, high quality productions kept her captivated, entertained and AWAKE. My only complaint in this arena was the scheduling of the shows. For those of us at second seating, two of the four nights the main shows were scheduled as pre-dinner shows at 7:15. I know this is based on significant research by the cruise companies, and trying to provide a compromise that will accommodate the majority, but I, for one, oppose this decision and much prefer my shows after dinner. Actually speaking with many of the entertainers, they too, would prefer all performances be scheduled as after dinner shows. A Rock’n Roll Dance party, 70’s Disco Ball, audience participation games, bingo, karaoke, live musicians playing everything from calypso to Latin rhythms, and a DJ spinning tunes late into the night were just a few of the additional alternatives to keep us entertained. The Cruise: Day One: Once we had settled into our quarters, the four of us went about the business of checking out the ship. First stop was the luncheon buffet in the Windjammer Café. Having driven from Naples that morning, as well as skipping breakfast, I was hungry. The lunch was just what I needed to refuel my body and provide the energy I would need to keep up with my traveling companions. By the time we had acclimated ourselves to our surroundings and had our first “welcome aboard” cocktail, it was time to engage in my least favorite activity, the compulsory muster drill. Upon completion of the muster drill we headed for the pool deck to enjoy the Bon Voyage Party. As we sailed out of the Miami port on our way to Nassau, we danced to the Caribbean sounds of Rhythm Explosion, and watched the Miami Beach scenery fade into the distance. We headed to the Viking Crown Lounge for a few final glimpses of the skyline, before the darkness of night, and made a few last minute phone calls home. I always derive some clandestine pleasure from discovering that a snowstorm is brewing at home, while I am sitting in my shorts enjoying a beautiful sunset. (I know that is probably a little mean spirited, but anyone who has spent a few harsh winters in the snowbelt on the shores of Lake Erie would understand). We had originally asked to be seated at a large table, but were placed at a table for 6. It was not a big deal, however, and as the dinner hour wore on it was obvious that the location, dining companions, and wait staff were all to our liking. An array of options for evening entertainment were available on this first night. We could have played bingo, enjoyed karaoke, checked out the first of the champagne art auctions, gone to the casino, attended the “Welcome Aboard Showtime” with comedian Greg Otto and the comedy magic of Levent, or headed to the disco for the 70’s disco ball. At the very beginning of my review, when describing embarkation, I mentioned my dear friend, Pat, with a teaser that there would be more about her later. Now is a perfect time to share “Life with Pat” on board the Majesty of the Seas. Although Pat is the oldest of the four of us, she has more stamina than the rest of us combined. All of us love to dance, and what better way to work off the calories we consumed at dinner than to head to the disco, with Pat leading the pack. Remember that this is the same lady who was provided a wheelchair at embarkation and ushered on board. The highlight of the disco ball was a rendition of the “YMCA”, led by cruise director, Parker Cristan, along with his staff all dressed as the “Village People” and Pat! She danced the night away and when the rest of us were tired and ready to call it a night, she was still going strong. Pat would need the assistance of her trusty walker (nicknamed “Cosmo”) if there was any lengthy amount of walking required, but get her on a dance floor and it was a completely different scenario. I am sure it was a perplexing site to see this feisty lady moving to the beat, then at night’s end walking slowly back to her cabin with “Cosmo” firmly in hand. We hoped to get an early start to our day in Nassau, so finally, sometime after 1:00 am, we were able to convince Pat it was time to retire. Day Two (Nassau): My roommate, Barb, and I enjoyed a power walk on deck early in the morning, before joining our other friends for a hearty breakfast in the Windjammer. I have been to Nassau on numerous occasions and was looking forward to a new experience, a day trip to the Sandals Resort. As travel agents they extended us the courtesy of inspecting their property, with the opportunity to sample everything this all-inclusive resort had to offer. The pools were beautiful, but surprisingly the water was very cold. The beach was quite nice, and the public areas impressive. We ate the buffet lunch at their Italian restaurant, which provided a huge variety, but were disappointed in the quality. We ended our afternoon doing the requisite souvenir shopping along downtown Bay Street, and found ourselves back on board by 6:00 pm. The Majesty was in port until midnight, but this was the evening of the Captain’s formal Gala Dinner and having already “been there, done that” in Nassau, chose to spend the evening on board. For those who have never been to Nassau I would suggest a visit to Atlantis on Paradise Island. Spend some time just wandering through this massive resort and visiting the aquarium and “The Dig”. It is certainly worth the trip, but be advised that there is a fee to go through “The Dig”, and the pools and water slides are off limits to anyone other than hotel guests of Atlantis or the Comfort Suites. If you purchase the “Beach Break” excursion offered by the cruise line, you will still not be able to use the pool facilities. The excursion allows you beach access and a voucher for lunch at the Dive In snack bar. Taking the ferry to Blue Lagoon Island is another wonderful option. The beach is nice, there are beach chairs and hammocks for lounging, a children’s play area, and changing facilities. Food and beverages can be purchased and snorkel and non-motorized water sports are available. Blue Lagoon Island is also the location of Stingray City, an underwater 3 ½ acre protected marine park. If none of these options appeal to you, there is always Dolphin Encounter, or take a catamaran snorkeling trip to Rose Island. I particularly like the Flying Cloud Catamaran trip. Glass bottom boat tours are popular, and there are many scuba diving companies. These are just a few of the options that await a visit to Nassau. There are some excellent restaurants in town that I would be happy to recommend. If you would like more information about this island feel free to e-mail me. We cleaned up, put on our finery for formal night and were ready to attend the Captain’s Welcome Aboard Champagne Reception at 7:30 pm in the Chorus Line Lounge. Royal Caribbean has gone to one reception to accommodate both dinner seatings. I am sure they have their reasons, but once again this “new” schedule is not necessarily an improvement. Not only does it mean that the reception tends to be overcrowded, but in this case, many of the main seating guests did not attend. Somehow, having appetizers and a pre-dinner cocktail AFTER you have eaten a formal dinner is a bit ludicrous. We had a wonderful dinner, with our usual excellent service, and finished coffee and dessert just in time for the “Wild, Wild West Revue” in the Chorus Line Lounge. I have already expounded on what a wonderful revue this was, but suffice it to say, we thoroughly enjoyed the evening entertainment. After the show, everyone made their way to the pool deck for the Sailaway party. Rhythm Explosion once again entertained us in true Caribbean style, as we departed Nassau and set sail for CocoCay. As if we needed it, a rather bountiful midnight buffet was offered poolside. Not quite ready to retire, we stopped at the Schooner Bar for our nightcap and conversation with the friendly bar staff. All in all, an excellent day, capped off by a wonderful evening. Life is good! Day 3 (CocoCay): CocoCay is one of Royal Caribbean’s private islands. Tenders ran approximately every 20 minutes transporting guests to this tropical paradise. Floating beach mats, hammocks in the shade, wave runners, snorkeling, banana boat rides, kayaks, sailboats, and parasailing are all available. A very nice barbeque luncheon is also provided on the island. This is another of Royal Caribbean’s offerings I have enjoyed on a number of occasions, so I opted to remain on board and bask in the sun poolside. For those who prefer a little entertainment with their sun bathing, an ice carving demonstration and a belly flop contest were both held poolside in the afternoon. The production show this evening was, for us, a pre-dinner show at 7:15 pm. Once again, the revue, “The Beat Goes On” was a winner! If possible, this show was better than the one we saw the night before. After the show we ventured to the dining room for dinner and looked forward to the 50’s & 60’s Rock’n Roll Dance Party. We were, however, disappointed. The dance party was held in the Chorus Line Show Lounge and that venue deterred from what could have been great fun. It would have been much more appropriate to have this kind of activity held in the disco, or the Paint Your Wagon Lounge. So, we were left to design our own fun. Knowing our groups penchant for frivolity, leaving us to our own devices is not always a good thing. We managed to keep entertained at the Schooner Bar, as well as the disco, and overall had a grand time. It should be mentioned that Pat, our fearless leader, made sure we had fun! If laughter is good for the soul, than the four of us are in fine shape! We managed to make this a very late night and we retired exhausted from another wonderful day (and night). Day 4 (Key West): I have always had a wonderful time in Key West and I am pleased to say this trip was no exception. We were very fortunate to dock right at the Truman Annex, rather than the more remote Naval Air Station Annex. That meant we could walk directly off the ship and be in Old Town, near Mallory Square, as opposed to the need for taking a shuttle into town. As this was the first visit to Key West for my traveling companions, once we disembarked, our original plan was to take the Trolley Tour. Once on land, our plans changed, however, and we decided to just slowly inch our way up to Duval Street. First stop was the Hog’s Breath Saloon. A pleasant guitarist who enjoyed conversing with the tourists held us captive for a short while. We were on a mission to find suitable souvenir charms, and some gifts for family and friends at home. Successful in our mission, we moved onward towards Sloppy Joe’s. For me, no visit to Key West is complete without a stop at this popular and lively spot. Although my friends chose to forego the trolley tour, the Conch Train and Old Town Trolley are both excellent methods of seeing this quaint town on a first visit. I particularly like the trolley as it allows you the freedom to hop off at any of the numerous designated stops, explore that area at your leisure, and re-board the next trolley that comes along. If you would like more suggestions for activities to enjoy while in Key West, check out my review of the Fascination as it provides a more in-depth profile of Key West. Watching the sunset from the southernmost city in the United States has become a daily celebration in Key West. We were fortunate enough to not set sail until 6:00 pm, so were privy to the carnival-like festivities that take place pre-sunset at Mallory Square. As the Majesty pulled out of Key West and headed back to Miami, we prepared for out last night aboard. We met for pre-dinner cocktails at the Schooner Bar, and then headed for the Mikado Dining room where the theme of dinner was a Venetian Feast. Once again, I was very pleased with my meal, as was most of our party. On this last night, our waiters sang to us, which is a tradition on Royal Caribbean ships. This is one of those traditions that has become less theatrical and somewhat abbreviated, but, nonetheless, a part of the cruise experience I thoroughly enjoy. Dramatic presentations of desserts, like Baked Alaska, and dancing and singing waiters has been eliminated on many mainstream ships, and although I know it is a bit “hokey”, an aspect of the cruise that I miss. After dinner, the requisite packing of suitcases, in preparation for tomorrow’s early disembarkation occupied a fair share of the evening. We made an abbreviated trip to the disco, and then bid our farewells to the friendly staff of the Schooner Bar. The four of us chose to go separate ways this evening. Karaoke was on the agenda for two of us, while the other two called it an early night. Now, I won’t mention any names, but I was one of the early retirees. Late nights with the “feisty one” were beginning to take their toll. You should need only one guess as to who was one of the late night revelers. Disembarkation: We vacated our rooms and met for breakfast in the Maytime Dining Room about 8:00 am, awaiting our color to be called for departure. Everything moved very quickly that morning and our color had actually been called before we were served our breakfast. We finished our breakfast at a leisurely pace, then with our carry on luggage in toe began the trek to the terminal pier. It was only fitting that the VIP service we were becoming accustomed to was provided for our departure. Having decided to make a last minute trip to the restroom before leaving the ship, one of the ship’s staff noticed Pat, with her walker. Without a moment’s hesitation, he instructed us to wait right where we were and he would assist us. Within moments he had procured a wheelchair, personally escorted us off the ship, gathered all our luggage, garnered a porter, and thanked us for sailing the Majesty of the Seas. The porter delivered the luggage to the garage while I located the car. We packed the trunk and within minutes were on our way to Fort Lauderdale for the cruise convention. I should qualify that in every instance that a Royal Caribbean staff member provided assistance, they did so of their own fruition. We never asked for any kind of extra special treatment or service, it was just provided. Needless to say, I would strongly disagree with anyone who feels that the service on Royal Caribbean has declined. The staff and crew of the Majesty of the Seas were some of the friendliest, conscientious, courteous, and hard-working team that I have had the privilege of meeting. If you wish to sample cruising, or just need a quick getaway, the Majesty of the Seas is a perfect choice.

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Jul 14, 2002

Nassau, Coco Cay and Key West

This is the second time my family has sailed on the Majesty. First time was Christmas 1998. I was amazed how well they have maintained this wonderful ship. We traveled with another family on their first cruise. They were shocked at how small the cabin was when they first saw it. By the end of the cruise they said the cabin was more than adequate considering how little time you spend there. Store your suitcases under the bed! Our cabin steward made

cute animals from the towels. Don't forget to leave sunglasses out! The food was excellent and plentiful. Niece sampled many different things at breakfast. The ports were nice. Didn't take any scheduled excursions but explored on our own. Avoid the water taxi's to Atlantis in Nassau. They charge round trip and are overcrowded and you have to walk quite a distance to the resort. We took a cab back to ship for $4. The midnight buffet poolside in Nassau was fantastic. The ship also pulls out at midnight! They were doing some renovations at Coco Cay but it still was a wonderful day. Don't wait too late for tender back to ship! Key West was beautiful. We docked right downtown at the Hilton. After sailing on two other cruise lines, we think the dining staff to be the best around. Our waiter, P.K. and assistant Doni were from India. Both were extremely pleasant and enjoyable. Getting off the ship was the fastest ever. Luggage is on a carousel now instead of a warehouse. Great cruise and wish it had been longer. Jim

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Jun 8, 2002

Nassau, Cococay, Key West

My wife and I had the best vacation experience ever on Majesty. The service was over the top. The food was outstanding. My only disappointment was the weather. It was cloudy and rainy the whole trip. We had a great time on the ship with lots of activities on board. The ports of call were nice. Nassau was a typical tourist trap. Lots of shopping and things to buy. Cococay was great! The beach was nice, the snorkeling was spectacular, and

the bar-b-que on the beach was really nice. Key West was also great. Lots of great food and places to shop and look around.. I would highly recommend Majesty to anyone who wants a leisurely cruise where all you have to do is be pampered by the great crew!

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Mar 22, 2002

Bahamas

This was my first cruise and I loved it. This is how it was. I will base my review on a five star system. CABINS **** The cabins were small for four people but still very comfortable. The maid came by twice a day once in the morning to make the room and once in the evening to turn down the beds. Food ***** For me this was the best part of the Cruise. From other reviews I have read I thought the food would be ok. Boy was I surprised I found my

self eating all the time. Every night they had dinner in the dining room. Two of the nights the dress was causal and then there was on formal night. The dinners had themes. They also had meals in the Windjammer. Overall the food was great. Staff *** This was my only complaint on the whole cruise. I am a Basketball fan and I traveled right in the middle of the College NCAA Games I and many others were disappointed when none of the games were on. When we asked the Staff was very rude. Most acted like they did not care. We got to see the games half way through the Cruise but the crew was not very nice. Ports of Call ***** The ports of call were great they had lots to do there. You can't miss the snorkeling at Coco Cay. Also do the banana boat ride. They had a barbecue lunch at Coco Cay so there is really no need to go back to the ship until it is time to leave. Entertainment ***** It was really good. Parker the cruise director was funny. Do not miss the Not So Newly Wed Game it was lots of fun. There was also lots of pool games. Overall ***** You can not miss this Cruise. There is so much to do on the ship there is no need to get off the boat. There is surely something there for every one to do. I look forward to taking a longer cruise with Royal Caribbean. If you have any Question regarding the cruise feel free to contact me at my e-mail address.

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Dec 24, 2001

Key West

Stewart Cohen International Majesty of the Seas 4 Night Christmas Cruise 12/24-28/01 (Key West) I had never considered taking a Christmas cruise due to the higher price and the number of families since I am single. However, rates had plummeted so drastically in October it would cost more to stay home for the holidays. At a $65. per diem for a single outside cabin I jumped at the chance. Fortunately my travel agent

knows this ship very well and had me placed in a perfectly situated cabin (5088) which is midship with only cabins above and below, so there were no noise or motion problems. My only previous cruise with RCI was on the Vision of the Seas, probably the most beautiful ship I have cruised on. The ship had wonderful amenities, excellent service, an activities program like no other ship I had been on and one of the worst buffets I have eaten at. I wondered how the Majesty would rate after such a wonderful cruise (wonderful after I avoided the Windjammer Café). It helped for me to know that even though RCI's marketing is now aimed to flaunt their Voyager class ships, I wouldn't be finding these features aboard the Majesty. No skating rinks, rock-climbing walls, Johnny Rocket's, multi-tiered dining room, spacious cabins, etc. To some this might be perceived as "false advertising" but I firmly believe that you have to do your homework when you book your vacations and know what exactly you will be getting for your buck. Turns out I still got a big bang out of mine. I flew to Miami the previous evening and stayed at the Quality Inn & Suites by the airport for $45. The place was just okay but it had free transportation from the airport and they offered shuttle service to the ship for $8. So for one overnight it was fine. We were picked up at 11am and arrived at the ship in 15 minutes. Boarding hadn't begun yet but the new terminal has a hall with plenty of seats. This also allowed for those passengers who hadn't completed their documents to do so. In under 15 minutes, the boarding procedure began which was very quick. After security we walked down a long corridor to the check-in hall and I went immediately up to a counter. I boarded the ship and although we were told that the cabins wouldn't be ready until after 1:30pm I decided to check my cabin out anyway. The ship had been beautifully decorated for the holidays, including a ginger bread village and Santa riding his sleigh, complete with reindeer. I would later discover lots of Christmas trees throughout the ship as well. My cabin was ready for occupancy. Yes, it was small but it was clean, attractive and very comfortable (I found myself spending more time in there than usual. I attribute this to the post-holiday need to recharge my batteries and was more interested in rest than activities. More than adequate for one person. The mattresses must have been fairly new. The only objections to the cabin were the lack of a safe and the need to use a separate card to open the cabin door (instead of one card to serve as your onboard charge, boarding and room key card). On the positive side, there was a hairdryer and it was not attached to the wall. It was a small portable one and came with a notice advising that if you wished to take it they would add the price to your onboard charge (i.e. you take it, you pay for it…subtle, eh?). Since the ship is almost 10 years old and Royal Caribbean has made major strides on improving the design of their ships since the Majesty's debut, it really isn't fair to complain now about what's already been corrected. However, certain amenities could be added, such as the ones I already mention about the cabin. I was told by a staff member that the ship will undergo improvements such as refurbished cabins, so I am hoping the line is trying its best to improve the ship. My cabin steward fulfilled all of my special requests (nothing too demanding, just extra towels, hold off on turn down service until after I have my pre-dinner shower). I was greeted with some pretty amazing towel/washcloth animals, including an armadillo made from the pool towel I took back with me to take to the private island which we never got to due to choppy seas (but ship remained stable). After dropping off my carry-on bag I proceeded to the Windjammer Café which is a much different set-up than on the Vision. This buffet was divided into 2 sections. One section was enclosed but could be considered "outdoors" since it was not climate controlled (i.e. no a/c) and had ceiling fans and opened windows instead. There were no tables by the pool and this was the closest you could come to eating by the pool. The actual buffet was indoors, except for desserts and meat carving which had to be set up in the middle of the dining area, due to lack of room. The buffet also had an awful odor on one side that fortunately wasn't coming from the food but was nevertheless very unpleasant (this ship had pockets of bad odors in elevators and corridors as well but I've heard about other ships having this problem as well). There were also beverage stations which would offer coffee and tea on a 24 hour basis, other beverages only available during dining hours (e.g. juice during breakfast, lemonade and fruit punch during lunch). There was also a machine that dispensed a frozen sludge that was supposed to be soft-serve ice cream. Avoid this like the plague and stick to the real ice cream served in the dining room at lunch and dinner). The indoor portion of the Windjammer Café was very nice and very comfortable and air-conditioned. However, many times this section was not open due to "cleaning" (what were the using, a toothbrush?). The good news about this Windjammer Café is that, compared with the Vision when I sailed her in 1999 had very good food and a very nice selection of salads, cold food and hot food. You could even make your own Caesar salad, complete with shaved, not powdered, parmesan cheese. At breakfast, smoked salmon was available every day, and for some strange reason, the bacon was crispier at the Windjammer than at the dining room. Lunches were also very good and one of the best offered jumbo fried shrimp (billed as shrimp tempura, but trust me, it was fried shrimp…they even offered tartar sauce, not exactly a Japanese condiment). They also offered excellent baby lamb chops at couple of times during the cruise. There was a nice selection of desserts which were dished out by a server instead of sitting out on plates. The carved meats were nice and wasn't restricted to the infamous corned beef I've read about on other reviews of RCI in the past. Buffet hours varied every day. The day we were in Key West lunch was offered until 5 pm. Other days, after lunch there would be snacks in the late afternoon. Since the ship didn't have a barbecue or a pizzeria, some days there would be pizza or hot dogs and hamburgers. Other days it was tacos. But there was always something more than sweets offered every afternoon. Although the buffet was far from gourmet food (I wouldn't use the word cuisine here) I always managed to find more than what I should have taken, so I would have to say the Windjammer served its purpose as a casual cruise ship dining facility. Continuing on the subject of food, the dining rooms were good. The décor doesn't compare with what RCI has now and looked more casual than a formal dining venue. Service was excellent and my head waitress, waiter and assistant waiter were all wonderful and made sure that the table was accommodated. Our waiter always made recommendations for each course. The weakest course was salad but actually their dressings were interesting choices and delicious. The other courses were all very good. Most important, meats were cooked to the desired doneness and the cuts of meat were of good quality. No lobster was offered which was a disappointment, but I had already read on web bulletin boards about this. Someone thought that for a short cruise RCI didn't have to offer it because after all the rates were lower. However, on a per diem basis you pay about the same on a 4-day or a 7-day cruise, so I don't find this acceptable. When I cruised the Carnival Victory on a 4-day cruise to Nova Scotia, there was lobster. But there was enough good stuff on the menu and my table mates and I shared extra orders, a sign that the food was good enough to want more. Desserts were very interesting and we had some spectacular features, including a memorable box made of chocolate, filled with mousse. The breakfasts and lunches in the dining room were open seating. Breakfasts were a bit disappointing. Although the service on the last morning (the infamous "after they've already got their tips and couldn't care less" breakfast) was typical, I actually got the best breakfast I had during the cruise). Lunches were very good and different than the Windjammer offerings, so sometimes I would have a little in the dining room, a little in the Windjammer (hey, I paid for it, as someone pointed out to me). And as pointed out before, you can get good ice cream in the dining room. Activities on the ship were plentiful. Due to not so hot weather, a lot of indoor activities, such as trivia contests, tai chi classes, cooking demonstrations, indoor games instead of pool games (including chair races in a lounge) were offered. In addition the ship has a terrific cinema, 2 stories tall with stadium seating, plush seats and excellent sound system. If only they didn't use a video projection system. This was in addition to the in-cabin films. All of the films offered were not first-run features. Instead they were the same films currently offered as pay-per-view films on cable tv. Still, I managed to see 4 films in all and on a 4 day cruise, that is a lot (I told you this cruise was about recharging my batteries). I did use the gym one morning and found the equipment to be very good. The gym was very busy (didn't the passengers know you're supposed to relax on a cruise?). They offered both steam room and sauna. My only complaint is that there were only 2 whirlpools (out by the pool) which is inadequate for a ship that holds over 2,000 passengers. Many times the water wasn't even warm and the pool attendants had to make calls to request warmer water. The whirlpools had an entire set of rules that were ignored by the passengers and also weren't enforced by the staff, which is about the same as all of the other cruise lines. I don't do Bingo, so I couldn't tell you about that, except it was there alright, as the announcements told you (they weren't too obnoxious with announcements, though). However, the art auctions were held in the atrium which was intrusive and annoying. There are too many big lounges on this ship for the auctions to have to be held in the central meeting place of the ship. There were some additional activities for the holidays, including caroling in the Centrum and Santa Claus parading with kids and then handing out presents and taking photos. Entertainment was good. The main show lounge has too many poles and obstructed view seats on the side. It definitely shows its age. The production shows were nothing to recommend. However, Parker, the cruise director is an accomplished singer, who opens a show like a real pro instead of just offering the same cruise ship jokes told since the year of the flood. I saw a few specialty acts, the best being "El Gaucho" from Uruguay who does combines his bolas routines with some racy humor. Other offerings were disco (with the same "Disco Inferno" night complete with "Village People" as offered on other RCI ships). A game called "Majesty Quest" that involved teams racing up to the stage after being asked to do things like have men wear bras. It worth it to see how many people are willing to make idiots of themselves. The lounges and bars were nice. The best, of course, being the Viking Crown Lounge. You must experience (and I don't like to use that word as a verb too often) a sunset up there. On the subject of lounges I bought the Royal Cocktail card which is good for 12 drinks for a price of $39. plus 15% gratuity. They punch the card each time they use it. It isn't good for things such as premium brands, imported beer and other things, but I think it depends on the bartender as to what you'll get. Frozen drinks like pina coladas were okay. House wine by the glass at dinner was okay. Martinis made with a call brand, like Tanqueray or Beefeater were okay. A White Russian was okay first time but then when one waiter refused, the bartender also wouldn't give me another. It was well worth the price. They set up a table by the pool on the first afternoon. I had purchased 2 of the cards, but only used one, and I was able to get a credit to my onboard account for the unused one. As I previously mentioned, we never made it to Coco Cay, the private island, due to choppy water and nasty weather. We were at seas, instead, which turned out to bore the heck out of the teens onboard who were seen hanging out on the stairwells. Nighttime was better for them since they had their own discos, etc. The only port, therefore, was Key West. I had pre-booked an excursion (Catamaran Race) but cancelled immediately when I got aboard due to the weather forecast. I got off the ship in the morning and bought t-shirts (check out the place opposite Cap't Tony's; shirts are 4 for $10.). Then I took the shirts back to the ship and used the whirlpools, which were finally empty and then sunbathed for a while before lunch. Took another walk in Key West for about an hour and that was the entire land portion of my cruise. Key West has gotten too commercial. Duval Street has become a horror. Conch Train now gets $20. per person which is pretty expensive for a 1 ½ tour. The only thing worse would have been what happened to the Horizon that week. I overheard a woman say that the Horizon stopped at Key West twice during the cruise because they couldn't get to Progreso, Mexico. Another point about Key West, is that Immigrations comes aboard the ship and you must take your proof of citizenship with you and show it to an officer when you get off the ship. I was lucky because the line was short when I came off the ship. But by 10:30 a.m. the line was up the stairs. It seems that 10:30-11:30 is the worst time to try to get off the ship. The same is supposed to hold true for Coco Cay. You have to either get off early or wait til after lunch or so. Disembarkation was a breeze on this ship. By the time I finished breakfast in the dining room and said my good-byes, they had already called my "color", so I went back to my cabin, picked up my carry-on (they gave everyone on the ship a very nice gym bag as a Christmas gift) and walked off the ship. The terminal has luggage carousels and you proceed to the one for your luggage tag color. I got my bag in less than 5 minutes and I was on my way. So after this critique what counts the most is if I had a good time. I had an excellent time. Most importantly, I had made friends and the people really do make a cruise, something you really can't include as a feature of the ship, just good luck. The Majesty wouldn't be a first choice for a cruise if I was looking for an upscale cruise with the latest features. But if I was looking again for a bargain cruise where I knew I'd enjoy myself, I would certainly consider her again.

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Dec 20, 2001

Nassau)

Carly K. This cruise was a Christmas vacation for our family of six. My parents are in their mid-fifties and my siblings and I (3 girls, one guy) range in age from 21-29. A cruise is the perfect choice for a family like ours - something for everyone and never a dull moment! We have about 20 previous cruises between us on various cruise lines (Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian) so we had a pretty good idea of what to expect.

EMBARKATION Port of Miami was an absolute nightmare. After unloading the cars at the curb (the RCCL staff was prompt and courteous) we faced the challenge of parking. There was major construction going on and the two parking decks were full. After driving around in circles - the directional signs were useless - we finally found parking at the far end of the port and had to walk about a half a mile back to the terminal. The entire process took more than an hour and left us all feeling pretty cranky! Once we made it to the terminal, the embarkation went smoothly. The lines were long, but moved swiftly. It definitely helps to have all your paperwork filled out and ready when you arrive. CABIN We had two outside cabins on the Promenade deck. We had booked inside cabins on a lower deck, but our travel agent had us upgraded - a nice surprise! I highly recommend an outside cabin. The views are incredible and its nice to have the beautiful Caribbean sunshine waking you up every morning. Plus, a window makes your cabin seem bigger. The cabins aren’t huge, but there was plenty of space for four adults (two twin beds and two fold down beds). My only complaint is the showers - they are very small and the water pressure is unpredictable. Our cabin steward was very helpful and friendly. She made a point to get to know us by name and was very accommodating to our requests. THE SHIP I had previously sailed Carnival Fantasy, which is a comparable ship. Royal Caribbean’s ships are a little bit “classier” that Carnival’s, with a lot less neon! The ship was beautifully decorated for Christmas, which was a nice touch. One of my sisters, a first-time cruiser, simply couldn’t believe that we were on a boat! She was very impressed with the floating resort! Something I’ve noticed on each of my cruises is that the elevators are always very slow. That is probably a good thing though, as taking the stairs is good for burning off all the calories you consume in the dining room! DAY ONE After getting settled into our cabins and going through the muster drill, we had lunch at the Windjammer Cafe. The Windjammer is not my favorite dining option. It reminds me a little too much of a school cafeteria (but with better views!). I prefer the fresh-baked pizzas or grilled hamburgers and hot dogs on the pool deck. The self-serve ice cream stations are great too, and available almost all the time. After lunch, we took some time to explore the ship and learn our way around. We were delayed getting out of port, so we had a couple of drinks by the pool and enjoyed the bright lights of downtown Miami as the sun went down. For dinner we had the late seating in the Mikado dining room. We were seated with two young couples, which I thought was strange, since we were a family of six, but we all got along just fine. We took full advantage of the unlimited gourmet dining, ordering multiple appetizers, entrees and desserts. No complaints whatsoever about the formal dining room - the food was fantastic and the wait staff was wonderful! They also took the time to learn our names and our preferences, offering me a Diet Coke each evening after I requested one the first night. Speaking of which, I highly recommend purchasing a “coke sticker.” Since only coffee, tea and lemonade are complimentary, the cost of soft drinks can add up fast. With the sticker you pay one price and get unlimited soft drinks. Definitely a bargain. After dinner, my siblings and I headed to the Disco Inferno in the On Your Toes nightclub where our cruise director and his staff (dressed as the Village People) taught us to dance the hustle. They played great music and we stayed up dancing for a while! DAY TWO - COCO CAY Coco Cay is Royal Caribbean’s private island, and it’s wonderful. For sun-worshippers like us there is nothing better than a great beach! You have to tender to shore, which is inconvenient, but the process was smooth and well organized. We had no trouble finding six chairs on the beach, and while our parents relaxed, my siblings and I did the SeaTrek Kayak Adventure. The excursion was fun and educational, and the guides were extremely knowledgeable. The only problem was that the water was too shallow in some places so we had to get out and pull our kayak to keep from getting stuck in the sand or grass. The guides may need to rethink their route. We spent the rest of the day snorkeling. It was very windy, so the water was a bit murky, but we saw plenty of fish, even a barracuda! We had lunch on the beach and thoroughly enjoyed the Coco-Locos. I’m not sure what they are exactly - something like a pina colada - but they are good!! The only complaint I have about Coco Cay is the lack of freshwater showers. After a day in the sea and the sand it would have been really nice to rinse off! Back on the ship we went to the cabins to get cleaned up and watched “Spiderman” on TV. We went to a show before dinner and though I can’t deny the talent of the performers, I thought the show was a little bit corny. My parents really enjoyed it though, so maybe it was just a generation gap! Again, we had dinner in the formal dining room and pigged out, as usual! After dinner we saw a comedian in the Paint Your Wagon lounge, then went to the pool deck for the dessert buffet and more dance lessons. The reggae band on the pool deck was great and really kept the crowd going. My sister and I danced for a couple of hours before collapsing into bed! DAY THREE - NASSAU In Nassau we booked a city tour and a visit to Ardastra Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The tour was really interesting - we went to the top of a water tower where we had incredible views of the island and the harbor, walked down the Queens Staircase (65 steps of coral rock), visited two forts, and learned about Nassau’s history. Ardastra Garden was unlike any zoo I’ve ever seen! Many of the birds were out of their cages and were very personable! There wasn’t a vast collection of animals, but they were all very alert and fun to watch. Ardastra Garden is home to the famous Marching Flamingos, which are trained to march and perform on command. It sounds strange, but they were absolutely hilarious! We definitely enjoyed that performance! After our tour we shopped the duty-free liquor stores downtown (where you can get free samples of Bahamian rum!) and bartered for great prices on handbags at the Straw Market. Most of the items at the Straw Market are junk, but there are a few hidden treasures! Don’t pay full price for anything! After shopping we had lunch on the ship. This time we opted for the open seating in the formal dining room, which was a much better choice than the Windjammer Cafe. After lunch we took a taxi to Paradise Island and the Atlantis Resort. Atlantis is definitely a must-see for anyone visiting Nassau! We spent some time in the casino and took the tour of Discover Atlantis. Crafted to look like the ancient ruins of Atlantis, Discover Atlantis is an amazing tropical aquarium. I’ve been there three times now and it never gets boring! Back on the ship, we got ready for dinner - formal night. Since we were all dressed up, we took advantage of the many photographers on board to take some nice family portraits, which are now hanging in our living room! We went to the Captain’s reception where we each had more than our share of free champagne, then had dinner in the formal dining room. Attire in the dining room on formal night really varies. One of the men at our table, who was in the Navy, wore his dress blues and his wife wore a floor-length gown. Others wore Sunday attire. We opted for dark suits for the men and knee-length cocktail dresses for the ladies. That seems to be the most common choice of attire. After dinner we took in the “good-bye show,” where the cruise director’s staff sings the RCCL classic, “If I Were Not Upon The Sea...” It’s hard to explain, but it’s a riot, definitely a must-see. For our last night on the ship we played a game of Majesty Quest. There was a great turnout for the game, which is sort of a scavenger hunt. We had a blast and our team won! We got to take home the coveted “Ship on a Stick” trophy and a couple of RCCL t-shirts and hats too! DISEMBARKATION On the morning of our disembarkation, we woke up to find that my sister was very sick. She was nauseous and weak to the point that she couldn’t stand up or walk. The staff was extremely accommodating in getting her a wheelchair and allowing us to disembark early. We made it through customs with no trouble (my customs agent even had a sense of humor!) and found our luggage relatively quickly. Once we left the terminal we were reminded of our trouble on day one as we hiked back to our cars. The wait to pay for parking and get out of the lot was long and slow moving. Getting out of Port of Miami parking is just as difficult as getting in. I will do everything in my power to avoid sailing out of Miami in the future. OVERALL Aside from Port of Miami, we had a wonderful experience. I can’t think of a better vacation value and this cruise was the perfect long-weekend getaway!

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Oct 21, 2001

Nassau, CocoCay, Key West, Miami

We were too exhausted after leaving Minneapolis at three in the morning to go to dinner, so instead, we took a nap and ordered dinner from room service. We were a little disappointed in the limited selection of foods, but the service was fast and the quality of the food, from nachos to salad to dessert, was excellent. We did get dressed to go out early enough to go to the show for the evening--an Uruguayan musician using the name of El Gaucho,

who was very entertaining. After the show, we wandered the ship for a while, stopped for a drink in the Viking Crown lounge, and closed the night at the outdoor Windjammer Cafe, where we ate some of the light late night snack buffet. By this point, the stress of the flight was gone, and we were settling into cruise life. DAY TWO, Nassau, The Bahamas We ate breakfast in the Windjammer Cafe again, this time eating indoors (a bit more comfy, since it was pretty humid in Nassau and we're both Minnesotans). Afterwards, we headed off the ship and into Nassau. Security was very calm and easy to navigate, and before we knew it, we were into the town. We spent about four hours in Nassau, shopping near the wharf--we were a little disappointed that the Straw Market had been forced into cramped quarters due to a fire, but not too disappointed, as the temporary digs were inside and it rained fairly hard in the morning. We returned to the ship for lunch, and finally ate in the very pleasant Mikado dining room. The food was outstanding and service phenomenal (this phrase will be repeated throughout the review). I was also happy to see a reasonable selection of vegetarian fare, as my wife is a vegetarian. She found plenty that she could eat, which always makes me happy. After lunch, we decided to stay on the ship and go swimming--very pleasant, as most people were clear of the ship, and the weather had cleared up by the afternoon. That evening we made it to our table for the formal night--I was surprised by how many people didn't take formal night seriously. Seriously, is it too hard to put on a coat and tie guys? Nevertheless, dinner was outstanding--our waiter, Merrill, was gregarious and punctual, and the food was outstanding. After dinner, we went to the Not-so-Newlywed Game at the A Chorus Line Lounge (absolutely hilarious--a "must do" for anyone sailing on the Majesty). We stayed on for the "Wild Wild West" revue by the RCCL singers and dancers. A decent show, though not as good as the show the following evening. After that, we went to the Casino, where I won $62 at Craps, and then off to the Windjammer Cafe for the not-so-gala midnight buffet (food quality was superlative, but no fancy decorations). Finally, back to our cabin for some sleep. DAY THREE, Coco Cay We arrived at Coco Cay on an absolutely stunning 93 degree day. The weather was perfect (especially since that very day, it was snowing in Minneapolis). We went in via tender, and we went off to go snorkeling. The waters were beautiful and warm, and the marine life was gorgeous. The coral reef was not too exciting, but the sunken airplane attracted a large school of fish, and the water was certainly perfect. I highly recommend the drink of the island, the Coco Loco. Don't worry about trying to find one. You couldn't avoid one if you possibly wanted to. There is are approximately two Coco Loco vendors for every person sailing on the ship, but the drink is delicious, and you can get them "leaded or unleaded," as you like. The lunch buffet on the island was very pleasant, and here's a tip--you can get veggie burgers at the main grill area if you don't eat meat. We returned to the ship at about four, and took a brief nap before dinner. Dinner was Italian, with the waiters singing "O Sole Mio"--our waiter, Merrill, a man after my own heart, hammed it up. We went to the show for the evening, And the Beat Goes On by the RCCL singers and dancers. This show was great, with a better music selection than the previous night's show. The evening closed with the gala buffet at midnight. The food was good, though light on vegetarian fare. I will recommend the white petit fours--they're red velvet cake, somewhere beyond phenomenal. DAY FOUR, Key West We didn't spend long in Key West. Were impressed with the ease of entering the country in spite of everything that's happened since September 11. Key West is a very pleasant town, and we took the Conch Train Tour (a great tour, but a little bit hot). After having the obligatory slice of Key Lime Pie, we returned to the ship and headed to dinner. Outstanding as every meal was. We went to the show--a comedian and a pair of gymnasts, closed with a little vaudevillian sketch led by Parker, our cruise director. DAY FIVE, Miami Barely counts as a day, since we were off the ship by 8:30. I will recommend the Huevos Rancheros in the dining room, though--they are outstanding. Also, be aware that if you are taking a transfer to the airport, you will arrive at Miami International Airport by 10 in the morning. This is not good if your flight leaves at 2:30--Miami ranks just below Kansas City International Airport for having absolutely nothing to do. All in all, it was an outstanding vacation. Very relaxing, very fun, far and away the best vacation we've ever been on. Oh, sure, a quibble here or there--they could add more food to the room service menu, for one. And they could add a greater variety of Scotches, in my opinion. But these are minor quibbles. The vacation was outstanding, and we couldn't have been happier.

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Sep 30, 2001

Bahamas, Coco Cay, Key West Fl.

My husband and I took this cruise to celebrate my 40th birthday. It was really all my idea because I had always wanted to cruise. After the turmoil on September 11 my husband and I were really apprehensive about being away from our 2 teenage sons since they were not going with us. But we decided that we were not going to worry about things, take a deep breath and just go and have a good time. And I will just start with saying we had a great time.

It was the most relaxing vacation I have ever been on. You do not have to do a single thing on the boat but have fun! We enjoyed all of our port calls. The only disappointment was that we were not able to disembark the ship at Coco Cay because of rough waters. The Captain did not think it would be safe to transport in the water taxis to the island. S

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Aug 9, 2001

3 and 4 Night Bahamas

I apologize again for the delay in writing the review. But I wanted to include all the details and parts of the cruise. This was our 7th cruise (parents 8), and 6th on the Majesty of the Seas. My Mom, Dad, Dad's aunt, 15 year old sister, me (20), and my 20 year old best friend went on this back to back cruise. We started our vacation with a "day prior" in Miami. And once again, as we do before each cruise, we stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown

Miami. This was, however, the very first time we decided to book the Air, as well as the Day Prior, ourselves. We were a little apprehensive about it, but we will do it again in the future. We had no problems. Now, for the cruise... Although we did not book our Air and hotel through Royal Caribbean, we were allowed to ride the bus over to the Pier from the hotel. They took our luggage, put it on the bus, and we were off to the pier after the quick, traditional talk from the RCI representative. We arrived at the Port of Miami at around 10:25. We grabbed our carry-ons, and were on our way into the terminal to board the ship. There was hardly anyone there yet, so check-in was fast and easy, found out our table arrangements of a table of 6, table #54 in the Maytime Dining Room, and late seating, which was for us, the very first time trying this. We asked our TA to give us late for only the first cruise, the 3 day, in case we didn't like it, but ended up staying for the second cruise also. DAY 1 Anyway, we were up the escalators, through the "Welcome Aboard" photo, and onto the ship, felt like we were home again. We know many many Majesty staff, so we set off to find them. Turns out that all but 2 friends were on the ship. We went up the WIndjammer Cafe on Deck 11, because our rooms were not yet prepared, and relaxed in our favorite place, the Outdoor Section, until Lunch was served. Promptly at 12 p.m., the "Welcome Aboard," or "Embarkation" lunch was served. We have noticed a little decline in the WIndjammer food. There is not much selection anymore, just lots of salads, etc. But we didn't mind too much. We ate, talked with friends, then relaxed by the pool until the Muster Drill. This was held at 4:30 p.m. and a MUST DO for all you cruisers who think you'll get away with not going. It amazes me at how many passengers decide to wait until almost 5:00 to "Make their Grand Entrance" while all of us are waiting for them, pouring sweat. After that was the Bon Voyage Party, Poolside, with a GREAT Calypso band, Caribbean Four. My parents were THRILLED to find out it was them, since they had them on the Grandeur back in 1997. We have their CD and listen all the time. We danced, drank our Pina Colada's and Daiquiri's, and were glad that we were back on our favorite ship. After the Cruise Staff was finished partying, we had some time, so we unpacked a little and met our cabin steward Junior. We were on the 6th Deck, cabin #6592, starboard side. It was an oceanview stateroom, and all four of us were in it. My friend and my Dad's aunt booked the Main Deck. We then explored the decks that we have walked so many times, videotaped, dressed, and were in the Centrum on deck 4 waiting for 8:30 to roll around. The doors opened, we proceeded downstairs to the Maytime Dining Room, and what a coincidence, we found our favorite waiter, Antonio Palha from India, was our waiter again! Our table was 54, near the galley, straight back. Only one table over from last year. He was shocked to see us as we were to see him, and it was a nice surprise. We also found more old friends, and met our assistant-- Richard Ohla from Hungary, and he was excellent. Fun guy. The first night was Casual, with the Venetian Dinner theme (Italian). The Spaghetti Pomodora is excellent. Then, O Sole Mio, clapping, singing, dancing, the waving of the napkins, and dessert to finish off our evening. Tonight's Entertainment: ~Welcome Aboard Show, "The Beat Goes On" with the CD, Richard Spacey and the RCCL Singers and Dancers in the Chorus Line Lounge, Deck 5. Main Seating Showtime: 9:00 Second Seating: 10:45 ~Piano Melodies with Al Escobar in the Schooner Bar, Deck 5~Karaoke, Paint Your Wagon Lounge, 10:30 ~70's Disco Inferno with "The Village People." 11:00 p.m., On Your Toes Disco, Deck 9 ~Poolside Calypso with Caribbean Four, 11:00-Midnight. DAY 2, Nassau, Bahamas We arrived around 8:00 a.m. in Nassau. Since we have been here many times, we slept late, ate breakfast in the Windjammer, and got off to the island around noon. We just shopped a little, and came back to the ship. Went to the pool and basically had our own AT SEA day, b/c everyone was off on the island! The weather was a HOT and SUNNY 92 degrees. On the 3 day cruise, the Majesty is docked alongside the Enchantment of the Seas in Nassau on Saturday's. We were walking near the Enchantment, and ran into a friend, Gedieon James, the keyboard player for Mega 4. Talked for a while, etc. then saw a few more friends from our August 2000 cruise on the Enchantment. It was a nice reunion. Then we were back to the ship. Tonight is the Formal dinner, Captain's Gala Theme. Filet Mignon Madagascar is served, but no singing and dancing waiters. The ship leaves Nassau tonight promptly at midnight to set sail for CocoCay. Tonight's Activities included: ~Main Show: Comedian Kelly McDonald and "The Not So Newlywed Game" ~Al Escobar ~Name that Tune ~Fiesta Latina Dance Music ~Dancing Under the Stars and the Food Market Buffet, Poolside.~Poolside Music with Caribbean Four DAY 3, CocoCay, Bahamas Partly cloudy weather and 90 degrees today. The Majesty arrives in CocoCay around 8:30 a.m., and the first tender leaves a little after that. If you are going to the island, I recommend that you get up and get on one of the first tenders over. Otherwise, you'll wait a long time. The beach was pretty nice, but we found it extremely rocky with lots of seaweed this time. We only stayed for a few hours, ate the barbecue lunch on the island, and headed back on the tender. It was SO HOT this day that people were complaining. We did rent the mats on the island, $10 with your SuperCharge card, and we enjoyed that. We wanted to do the banana boat ride, but were afraid to because of all the recent shark attacks. :) The last tender back to the ship is at 4:45 p.m. Tonight's dinner is Casual. International, Farewell, or Feast of Nations, is the dinner theme. This is the last night of the cruise for all the other passengers. The waiters sang "Hands Across the Sea," or as I know it, "Hey, Look Us Over." Today was the Men's International Belly Flop Competition, with Joe from Illinois taking the medal. Also the Fruit Carving Demonstration. Tonight's Activities: ~Farewell Spectacular starring "Doubble Troubble", and If I Were Not Upon The Sea. ~Final Snowball Jackpot Bingo ~The Majesty Quest, adult gameshow ~Poolside Music Tonight, your SuperCharge account statement will be delivered to your cabin when you arrive in Miami. Also, make sure you place all your luggage outside your cabin before midnight. DAY 4 For US, DAY 1 For THEM...MIAMI We were supposed to change cabins for this cruise, but one of our friends fixed it so we didn't have to. We did, though, have to get off the ship for a few minutes. Michelle McGregor took us off and we came right back on after seeing Customs. We then had another whole day on the ship. We got our new cards, but found out that we were moved up to the Mikado Dining Room. We were not happy about this, and we were switched back by the Maitre'D after a nightmare of a first night in the Mikado. We had Czengis (pronounced Jen-Gis) from Turkey as our waiter and Mauricio as our assistant. Cengis was very pushy and kept bringing plates of food that we didn't order to our table and FEEDING the girls at our table. He was very bold, too, and argued with me after I asked why the Jamaican Jerk Chicken was not the same. He told me I didn't know what I was talking about. Our assistant, Mauricio, I have to say, was awful. We didn't get our drinks until we were halfway into our meals, and when we asked SEVERAL times for a refill, we only got it once. And he would not refill your glass, he'd bring you a new one, and leave all the old ones on the table. He could barely speak, and could not even do little things like bring the bread, etc. We felt totally uncomfortable here, and wanted to go back downstairs. It just kept getting worse--we are NOT demanding people at ALL!!! We are very easy to please. But this was awful. And let me say, too, that we have never EVER encountered people like this on any Royal Caribbean cruise. When my dad called the head waiter over, Juan, he wanted to DIE when he saw all the empty glasses, etc. He went right over and told him, and it was taken care of. He followed my parents out of the DR, and talked with them for almost a half hour. They said they'd gotten many complaints about those two and it was going to be dealt with NOW. We were not going to go back there after that night, in fact, we didn't even stay for dessert. But they placed us back at our old table downstairs. This cruise we had a very close friend, Ozkan from Turkey, as our waiter, and Lloyd from India as our assistant. Jacob from Israel was our head waiter. What a nice man. They were all great as always, and we were back to our most enjoyable part of the cruise: dinner. Since the rest of the week is a repeat of the 3 day, with the exception of Key West, I won't go on to explain all the details. Key West was awesome. We'd never been there before, and we shopped and shopped!! I have lots of crew friends, so we went to Sloppy Joe's, a restaurant/bar type place that's lots of fun. We didn't take any tours, just sightseed on our own. We had a great time there, but it's too bad the ship doesn't dock there longer. It was a great cruise, and it was our best yet. Everytime we board that ship, it gets better and better. If you want a fun and relaxing time with GREAT service, book your cruise on the Majesty of the Seas. If anyone has any questions, feel free to e-mail me or post, and I'll be more than happy to answer. Before I end this, I want to summarize some of the key points. SERVICE/STAFF/FOOD Since they made our cruise what it was, I want to name each one of them so that they are recognized. Ozkan, Bilal, Mehmet, Antonio, Altan, Sayhit, Michael, Mustafa, Murat, Richard, Lloyd, Jacob and Francesco in the Maytime Dining Room are all outstanding and are a lot of fun. They each made our cruise memorable. If any of you run into them, be sure to say hello. They go out of their way to make you enjoy. If you don't like something you ordered, just ask them, they'll be glad to get you something else. There was always a good selection on the menu, and I even asked for some things that WEREN'T on the menu and got them, i.e. french fries, Caesar salad, etc. There is NO Lobster on the 3, 4 day cruises, in case you are wondering. Everything we had was always good, but I would recommend going to the Dining Room for lunch, instead of the WIndjammer. There were 2 Midnight Buffet's offered during the cruises, one being the Gala held in the 2 Dining Rooms, and the other being the Food Market buffet in the WIndjammer. All other nights there are waiters with little fingers foods in most lounges and public places. Also there is 24 hour room service, and it was always fast. They do not, however, still offer the full dining room menu on the room service menu anymore. I would also like to mention Ray and Ito (Sukito) on the Main Deck, Junior on Deck 6, and Fernando on deck 7. These guys work hard and are great people. Also Ozcan at the Purser's desk, and Caribbean Four--great guys. Make sure to listen to them. DEBARKATION Smoothest and earliest yet. We cleared in Miami at 7:30 am! Our color was called first, and we didn't even have time to eat breakfast! We were out of there fast. Finding luggage was a bit trickier, we didn't find one piece for almost an hour. Make sure you mark your luggage with brightly colored ribbons. Happy Sailing to everyone...

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Jul 26, 2001

Bahamas

  The 3 day Trip to the Bahamas on the Majesty of the Seas was our first cruise, and we loved it so much, that we are getting ready to take our third cruise, in less than a year. However, I would never take a short cruise again. It was fun, but hectic, with very little time to really relax. I much prefer the 7 day cruises, with “at sea” days, and all the little extras that you miss on the shorter cruises. But if you want a shorter

cruise, I think this is the best destination. The ship is lovely, and I was in awe, as a first time cruiser. Since then, I’ve seen much bigger cabins elsewhere, for less, and also better pool layouts, but I was impressed at the time. The room was quite small, and the shower was low on hot water, and leaked all over the floor, but we had a porthole, and didn’t really didn’t spend much time in our room anyway. The cabin steward was great. The Embarkation was pretty efficient, and we didn’t have any problems. Royal Caribbean has a nice port, and things went smoothly, and we boarded quickly. They served a great meal up in the Windjammer Cafe. Unfortunately, that only lasted for the first day. Dining- The Main dining room was superb! Everyone at our table agreed, and many were world travelers, who were used to fine dining. The Windjammer Cafe went downhill after making a good, first impression, and the midnight buffets in there were nothing to brag about. Also they didn’t ever serve lobster, or have 24 hour pizza, or any pizza at all, which would have been nice. I can’t complain too much though, because the meals in dining room made the food with the next cruise line pale in comparison. The food in there was a real highlight on this cruise. The mahi-mahi fish, and filet mignon, and prime rib, were delicious, not to mention the desserts! The wait staff was both friendly, and gracious- the best! Ship entertainment- The band was quite good, but very limited. They played the same songs over and over again. Fortunately, I love the song called “Sweat”, but we did not enjoy constantly hearing and watching The Macarena, The Electric Slide, and listening to “Who let the dogs out?” That got old really fast, and there was never any variety, except for Salsa dancing inside. Even on the formal night, when everyone was dressed up for “Dancing under the Stars”, they played those same old songs, instead of romantic, slow dance, music. That was our biggest disappointment. It didn’t even make any sense, and most people did not participate in those tired old dances, anyway. The night life on this cruise ended early in the evening, every night. This was not the case on the cruise I just took, and I don’t know why there is so much difference on ships. The pool layout, and the irritating dance instructor didn’t help. The shows were good, but we would have liked more comedians. There were lots of very young teenage girls on this cruise, and they were a problem, because they tried to get into the bars, and were not well supervised. It just didn’t seem appropriate for them to be roaming around at night, looking for action. And they were loud, and pushy at times, as well. We didn’t see any of this on our second cruise. My best advice to RCCL is to vary the music to include some romantic slow dancing, especially for “Dancing under the Stars”, on formal night. Many people looked lost, and bored, after the gourmet dinner, and were not in the mood for “Who let the dogs out?”, while wearing tuxes, and formal gowns!! Ports and Tours- Nassau- I loved this port, but didn’t get enough of it! We needed another day, especially since we had to be back on the ship early, to dress up for the formal night! We took the Atlantis tour to Paradise Island, and I thought it was extremely beautiful there. The yachts, and the hotel, and the aquarium, and seascape, were out of this world. You’ll know you’re not in Kansas anymore! There is a place to change on the beach, and the beach is quite lovely, although the coral is not too kind on the feet. The pools are not for use, except by hotel guests, but they are fun to look at, and I prefer the “real” beach anyway. The food included in that tour is not very good, but the view and the atmosphere can’t be beat! It’s worth spending the day there. You have to take the ferry back and forth to the ship. Try to save some time to explore downtown Nassau, by the ship. I regret not having a city tour. I never even found the straw market, although we did walk several blocks. I had my hair braided, and really enjoyed that, and the local people, and their sprit. They are pushy though, and will bother you to buy things, and have your hair braided, more than once or twice! We got a kick out of it. Some people just get annoyed. A taxi driver showed us where the other half lived, after seeing such grand wealth at Paradise Island. I don’t recommend going that route, as we paid a hefty price for that little unofficial tour. I would have liked to have seen the flamingos too, but there was too much to fit in one day, and lots of the tours sounded interesting to me. I think we chose the best one, but I wanted to see and do more there. We bought souvenirs for the kid back home at the Pirate museum store. They weren’t that friendly, and neither were the prices, but they have unique merchandise. I found the children on the streets quite entertaining, and enterprising! They would dive in the water for a quarter, and try to talk me into more braids, etc. Coco Cay- We took the first tender out of the RCCL’s private island, and got ready for a snorkeling tour. It’s best to do that early, and beat the crowd, and get the best view of the fish. At first, it was miserable, with all the gear on, and some of it defective, and then it was hard to get past the rough coral, with flippers on, and I fell several times, but once you get into the deeper water ( the life vest inflates, so you don’t have to be a swimmer, and I’m not), it’s fantastic. I got beautiful photographs of the fish with my underwater camera. And I almost gave up, before we even got started, since it was so difficult to get started. Stick with it. It was a such an experience! Then we relaxed on the beach mats, in the water, which is a good way to avoid the sharp coral rocks, which are everywhere!! You should reserve one before getting off the ship. The water is crystal clear, and warm, and the beach is beautiful, but the coral scares some people off. The beach hammocks are hard to come by, and very limited, but everyone has a chair, and the Coco Loco man comes around with Coco Locos (yum!) every other minute! Enjoy! The picnic lunch on the island is quite good, with hamburgers and hot dogs, corn on the cob, and fruit and salad, etc. We had a great day there! You can rent banana boats, and other water sport equipment too. There are bathrooms for changing. Coco Cay is delightful. Safari Swamp Tour in Miami- Just skip this one! You take a bus ride to a tourist trap, for a ride on an airboat., down a narrow strip of “swamp”, and you see a few birds, and some small alligators. Not worth it, unless you love that sort of thing, or have kids with you who do. It would probably appeal to the younger ones. Not the classiest joint around, and that’s an understatement! All in all, we had a wonderful cruise, and couldn’t wait to go again. We never cruised before, and in 5 months, we are preparing to book our third cruise. So this is the one that hooked us on cruising! It’s so hard to get back to reality. My best advice is to take this trip, But aim for a longer cruise, if possible.

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Jun 16, 2001

Southern Caribbean

  We are a family of four. Mom, Dad, my son is 9 and my daughter is 12. We chose the Monarch of the Seas itinerary based on the many beaches, the different islands visited and the kids program. I am going to focus on things that made the cruise fun and/or easy on the family or suggestions that made life simpler for everyone. Feel free to email me if you have any questions. We flew into San Juan a day ahead of time. I have had too many

bad experiences with airlines to chance it. We stayed at the Hampton Inn in San Juan. They have suites and a free breakfast in the morning. It is not on the beach but the price is reasonable and taxis are right at the hotel to take you anywhere you want to go. We had two cabins with a connecting door between them. I highly recommend this for families; it allows the parents to have a queen size and the kids twin beds. In addition, two bathrooms are great when everyone is trying to get ready for dinner. As you may have read, the cabins are small. Between the storage space under the beds and the closet space there is enough room to stow everything. We loved the room stewards, they always managed to clean your room no matter what time you left or came back. They would arrange the kids stuffed animals and pillows and it was always a treat to see what they do the next day. The bathrooms are cozy, if you have a hanging toiletry bag it will be useful, since there is very limited counter space. Another good idea is a nightlight; the rooms are dark at night. If you like to drink soft drinks or bottled water I would suggest you buy some in San Juan and bring it on-board, they will remove the soda and water if requested and they fill the ice bucket twice a day. Having a bottle of water on shore is a real good idea, it is very hot and sunny. I thought the ship was in excellent shape, very clean and well maintained. The ship is huge; when you are in the main shopping area it looks more like a shopping mall than a cruise ship. It never seemed crowded. There are lots of bars and lounges and you can always find a place for a quiet drink. Even on the last day a t sea it was easy to find a deck chair. They take formal photos almost every night. We were dressed up anyway and had our picture taken several times. It is not a professional sitting but it does not cost anything so why not? If you have children I recommend the main (6:00 PM) seating. My kids would not have sat still for the shows and then went to eat. We had a family join our table the second night because their kids could not wait until 8:30 PM to eat. We thought the food was very good. The nicest part was the kids could order off the dinner menu or the kid’s menu (or both). If the kids did not eat what they had ordered, they were very happy to bring something else. Our waiter was very nice and took very good care of us. I also liked the Assistant Waiter and Head Waiter. The Assistant Waiter learned very quickly who like what to drink and kept everyone glass filled. With four children at the table, he was always bringing extra napkins, replacement forks, etc. I have been on other ships and never seen the Head Waiter until the last night. Our Head Waiter stopped by every night and chatted with everyone. I mentioned to the Head Waiter that the kids wanted a snack around 10PM and no food is available until midnight. He brought us cookies for latter that night and we got a plate of cookies for the room every night after that.   Kid’s Program: Both of my kids spent most of their time in the Adventure Science Club. RCCL has a very nice children’s program. The age groups are 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, 13+. They kept the little kids in a separate group. The Club opened up every morning before the first tours left the ship. It was open until 5 PM, reopened at 7 PM until 10 PM. During the day they had scavenger hunts, did science projects, and played games. They would take the children to lunch if you were off the ship. My kids loved it. We could not get my daughter to get off the ship and visit the islands because she was having so much fun. One night they took the kids to the theater and they had a pajama party. You could pay for a babysitting service from 10 PM until 1 AM for $5 per hour per child, cash. They also have a teen nightclub that opens at 10 PM until early in the morning. The children’s staff was energetic and always had something going on with the kids. We asked if it was OK to tip them, they are salaried but pool any tips. Tipping was never mentioned or suggested but we gave a tip on the last night since they had spent more time with the kids than we had.   The islands:   St Thomas - We went to Coral World at Koki Point. The snorkeling was good and the beach was not too crowded. We actually went SNUBAing, which is like scuba but the tank is on a raft. The shopping is good in St Thomas, make sure you know your camera or electronic prices. St Maarten - I thought the shopping was better here, the merchants seem to want your business a little more than in St Thomas.   Antigua – The snorkeling was fair. The beach was nice though. The people selling on the streets were more aggressive here than anywhere else.   St Lucia – A very pretty island. The beaches were nice. People who took the around the island tour raved about it at dinner.   Barbados – We snorkeled at the marine reserve park and it was great. Lots of fish and very clear water.   We did not use any of the RCCL tours. It gets expensive for four people. Do a little research before you sail and listen to the port talk on the TV. The tours were very nice, we just wanted a little more flexibility. The taxis were plentiful and you could go as you pleased. On most of the islands the driver would ask what time to pick you up and you would pay for the whole trip on your return to the ship. Don’t worry about exchanging money on any of the islands, US dollars are accepted everywhere.   Final Thoughts - I would definitely recommend this cruise for a family. They have a very nice itinerary and the weather was great. The children’s club was popular with all the kids at our table and the low stress factor on Mom and Dad was great.

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May 3, 2001

Bahamas

Wow-what a cruise-crew great-food was the best- crew was the friendliest I've encountered. The weather was at time quite windy and rainy but you would never know it. I believe everyone enjoyed themselves. The crew kept activities up beat and there was so much going on at all times. This cruise for a short 3 day cruise was the BEST! Highly recommended by me and the 11 people I sailed with. Definitely a must for a short trip.

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Sep 10, 2000

Bahamas

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. Various rantings: 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.

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Nov 30, -0001

Bahamas

You won't be going to Coco Cay. I've read many reviews of this cruise after I got back and realized that 75% of the stopovers at Coco Cay were cancelled. I didn't know this until I got home and researched a little. I thought we would get a ship credit but we were given nothing. When my girlfriend called to complain they told her to read the terms. In other words they just didn't really care. I've cruised twice before and was really looking forward

to spending some time on the private island, so we were both very disappointed about skipping it. If one foot waves are too big to tender then they should skip this stop all together and quit lying to people. I probably won't cruise with Royal Caribbean again. clean and nice beds Go to Atlantis, then to the old fort and the "66 steps" in Nassau. Overall good, but not what was advertised. (ports that is)

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Nov 30, -0001

Bahamas

Barbara Wollin & Royal Caribbean Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas Sailing Date: December 23rd, 2002 Don't bother. Our cruise itinerary was changed after we were on ship for a day. The menu for dining was not correctly posted on the in-ship TV. Coco cay was a bust for bad weather & tendering.---That was Christmas day & we had planned a big day. There were no extra activities in case of bad weather. This is suppose

to be a professional cruise line, but when they have you on the ship your are at their mercy. The service, the cruise, the attention are minimal....DON'T CRUISE!!!!

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Nov 30, -0001

Miami to Nassau to CocoCay

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International Sailing Date: October 18th, 2002 Hey! Let me tell you this ship was great! You'd enjoy it a lot!!! The second I entered I noticed it was clean and pretty...The halls smelled a little greasy but that's okay! Make sure you eat in the inner part of WINDJAMMER CAFE its uncomfortably warm...The pool is excellent and salt water not chlorine! The room we had was an interior it was not too small,

it was good for the trip though.....The food was very well cooked and tastes pretty good! We shopped a lot on this cruise...The prices are not too expensive until the last night ,,,,its ALL cheap!!!! I enjoyed the kids program they are good for maybe a nigh or two! But if your kid wants to stay there till maybe 1 am its $5.00cash an hour.... The elevators were fast once in them... The glass panorama elevators were beautiful!!!!! WELL the island of NASSAU was good! Pretty day.....Make sure you take a ferry to ATLANTIS hotel once you get on Paradise Island you melt from the long walk to the hotel!!!!!!!! Coco-Cay was good! Make sure you don't get Sea Sick there is nooo dock there so you have to take a ferry called Coco Cutter which made me almost puke ...especially in the Sun! The captain was nice his name is TORR and he is tall!! OVER ALL the ship was great!

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Nov 30, -0001

Bahamas

Mike Gingerich Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean Sailing Date: September 6th, 2002 I just got back from my cruise and wanted to encourage everyone to take a cruise sometime in their lifetime. Service was excellent, people were friendly and everyone looked like they were having a great time. I was not disappointed with any aspect of the cruise we took. There was so much to do that you could not possibly take everything in at one time.

I'm inspired to write this review because I've read others writings before the cruise and want to correct some opinions expressed about the snorkeling at Cococay Island (RC's private island, Bahamas) The snorkeling was absolutely wonderful. There were many fish and species of fish. We say atleast 20 different reef fish. Those that say they could not find fish are those people who should probably not be allowed to find the fish. These are the people who have trampled over the first 200 yards of sea life. The snorkeling area that was roped off was superb. Once you go 100 feet from shore the water becomes undisturbed and extremely clear. Keep an eye out for a few jellyfish though, they make it interesting. The farther you went out the more you saw. In the deeper water 100 yards from the end of the roped in area you say many coral formations. There were many fan coral growths -- fantastic. It was hard to believe that there was still any growth of any kind in the area a! > fter I saw some super inconsiderate people stepping on the bottom in areas where there was sea grass or other living growth. Destruction of ocean habitat ruins life for everyone and thing. I'm not a big environmentalist but I get irked when I see behavior from people that are old enough to know better (50 something). It was a great cruise, I feel privilaged to have been able to go. I've also read in some of the reviews about hoards of people and bad crowds. I have to say that I do not like crowds at all either. It surprised me that everything went so smoothly. I didn't mind all of the people at all. Eating times were staggered and departures for shore excursions went well. If you aren't a "crowd" person don't let it hinder you from going. The crowd makes the people watching more enjoyable. There truly is something for everyone. I would recommend this cruise without hesitation.

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Nov 30, -0001

Bahamas

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean Seas Sailing Date: January 10th, 2003 This was one excellent cruise. We cruised Carnival in May and this cruise was absolutely fantastic. There is no comparison!! From the time you check in at the port to the time you disembark on your return, there was not one problem. The ship was beautiful. It was extremely clean. The entire staff that we encountered were very friendly and very helpful. The rooms are

a bit small compared to Carnival, however, that didn't matter because the rest of the ship was outstanding. The food in the Mikada dining room was excellent, along with the food in the Windjammer Cafe. The entertainment was terrific. The farewell show was comparable to Broadway entertainment. Nassau was pretty good. A lot of shopping. We don't recommend taking the shore excursion to Atlantis because it involves a lot of walking. For the same price, you can take a taxi and have them drop you off right in front of Atlantis. If you take the ferry it is a very long walk (about 10-15 min). Forget shopping in Atlantis or the surrounding shops. To expensive. Coco Cay was nice. Very relaxing. Overall we would rate this a 10 on the 1-10 scale. We intend on cruising with RCCL again .

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Nov 30, -0001

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Back to back, again January 27th to March 12th, 2000 PART II - Majesty of the Seas February 10th This time, took the Trolley Bus that does the outer circle of Old San Juan. Stopped at El Morro Fortress that was built back in the early 1500's. Amazing how they could build something of this magnitude so many centuries ago. We are waiting for the MAJESTY OF THE SEAS to arrive in 2 days for our next cruise.

February 11th We left our room and went out to the front of the hotel to a table near the street and people watched. Amazing the differences in people, in dress, and in language. We met many people who were waiting to board the various cruise ships. We gave them our advice and information. Thousands of people are here waiting to get onboard when the ships pull into port. Counted 8 cruise ships in port. Some ships are old, some are much smaller, some of odd design, and several had rows and rows of out side balconies. On the recommendations of many people, we decided to go out for dinner tonight to the Parrot Club. The food was enough for 4 people and the food presentation was excellent, but with poor service. Guess we are used to the special attention we get when onboard a cruise ship. We ate under the stars and trees. It is close to 80 degrees at 10:00 pm at night. February 12th Today we boarded the MAJESTY OF THE SEAS for a 7-day cruise. This is a 9-year-old ship, 880 feet long, that we have been on before. As in the past, we take a fold up wheeled luggage carrier with us. This enables us to unfold it and load the luggage on it. We checked out of our hotel room and wheeled our luggage across the street where the ship was docked. We discovered our cabin assignment on deck 2 was too far in the bow which would be very noisy when they are using the bow thruster plus more motion when in heavier seas. Requested and got a change to a cabin on deck 3 about in the center of the ship. Signed up for tours for the week at various ports we are going to be at. On a whim, wrote short letters to various managers and to the Captain informing them that we are onboard. I told them about the 4 back-to-back cruises we are doing and that it is our anniversary tomorrow. We found out later that the cruise ship we had just been on, some of the managers had contacted the people on this ship to "take care of us". Just after boarding a ship, we always go direct to the dining room to see where they have assigned our dining table. We always want a round table for at least 8 people. In this manner, you can speak to everyone easily. We were able to get it changed. Each ship has an early seating at 6:15 p.m. and then one at 8:15 p.m. We always take the early seating, otherwise, it is close to 11:00 p.m. before you finish dinner. Just to late, unless you are used to this schedule. February 13th At sea, all day today and tonight. This is our 29th wedding anniversary today. Early in the morning I found a letter had been slipped under our door. They offered to upgrade us to the Royal Suite at no extra charge. This was a 5-room cabin with a Jacuzzi tub, a wet bar, entertainment center, 2 huge color TV's, a foot washing bowl, and a huge private balcony. The bathroom was bigger than the cabin we had before. Found out later the bowl was not for washing feet. The only other cabin any larger in the whole ship is the Captains. Normally, they charge several thousand dollars per person extra for this suite. Pam did not know what type of upgrade we got because I found the letter before she woke up. I went to the suite and called her. I said the upgrade was a tiny bit bigger, but think she should make the decision to move. Come up and take a look at it I told her. She was quite surprised. We played the slot machines and had some good entertainment for $20 each. Pam won and I lost. Ships are now installing what they call the Internet Cafe. Sent Ryan e-mail. Cost 50 cents per minute compared to $8 per minute to use the phone. Been taking many photos only this time having them developed on the ship. Either it was my old camera or the security x-rays bleached out the ones from our trip 2 years ago. Again, getting free bottles of wine and special things delivered to our suite. Going to have to figure out how to get some gifts home, when to have time to eat them, or drink them. May ship them when in St. Thomas to Seattle. Would be no international duty or freight charges if we shipped from there. Been meeting the Head Pursor, the Hotel Director, the Cruise Director, and a lot of top management people. It seemed they all knew about us. I arranged for roses to be delivered to the dining room table for Pam. The Captain's Gala Welcome Aboard party was tonight. February 14th We arrived at Oranjestad, Aruba in the early morning. Went out on a semi-submersible submarine several miles offshore to view a sunken German freighter from WWII. The weather was overcast and it has been very windy the last few days. Many people got seasick. The ocean water was not very clear but still saw a lot of colorful fish. Took many photos. The Head Pursor informed us they have called the next ship we will be on, the MONARCH OF THE SEAS to let them know about Pam and I. We went shopping in town. Every where are jewelry stores, liquor stores, T-shirt shops, cigar shops, perfume shops, and other specialty shops selling "designer" clothing. The exchange rate between USA dollar and the florin is about 2 to 1. We took photos of our suite and the different rooms in it. February 15th We left Aruba at 1:00 a.m. this morning and arrived at Willemstad, Curacao at 8:00 a.m. Distance from the last port to the next port of call was about 75 miles. We had lumpy seas, lots of motion, windy, and rain squalls. However, it is still 86 degrees out side. The Captain of the ship came up to us to personally welcome us and said to advise him that if we needed anything, we were to contact him immediately. He had been informed we were coming onboard. We are getting treated like royalty. There are other cruise ships here. Been reading more books. The town is full of thousands of tourists. I like this place. Signed up for what they call the trolley train tour around the town. This was very interesting. Some buildings that were built in the 1500's are still used today. Coral rock was used as building blocks. They paint the building in vibrant colors, however, it must be done all over again every few years. The salt in the coral rock leaches out and peels the paint off. Viewed several old churches, one with sand floors. The members of the church ship the sand from Jerusalem. I asked the tour director why there are no garbage cans. She had no comment. It is sad to see the beauty and the historical landmarks of these islands soiled by so much litter. Boats from Venezuela bring their fruits, vegetables, and fish to sell at the public market. Amazing the selection they have for sale and how these boats could ever make the sea journey. February 16th At sea all day and all during the night. Amazing how at sunrise, it is immediately light and then at sundown, immediately dark with no twilight. This is a formal night, plus by special invitation only, a Diamond Level cocktail party. Weather was overcast with rainsqualls. The rain is so warm, people do not even move undercover when they are laying in the lounge chairs near the pool. Some of them are asleep, maybe they did not know it was raining? We are very careful about being in the direct sunlight. In 15 minutes, you can get burned very badly and many people did so. Seems we made quite an impression with the officers and other department heads at the Diamond Level cocktail party. We were far more outgoing than the other members and probably the youngest couple there. Took more photos. We received an invitation to dine with one of the ships doctors this evening at the Captain's table. Again, they only select 8 people out of about 2000 for this. On this cruise, the people at our assigned table were somewhat interesting to say the least. One couple was very weird. The wife was ugly, fat, and had no personality. The husband was also fat and never blinked his eyes. Another couple was in their early 80's. He was deaf, took a long time to order dinner, and hard to keep a conversation going. The last couple was easier to communicate with and they have cruised many times before, but never have been on Royal Caribbean. Finished another book. Our course is northeast. Did 12 laps around the ship today. Had to take another shower. This ship needs to have Starbucks coffee or some other similar brand. Coffee they serve is not very good. They make it in 500-cup coffee makers. Oh well, can't have everything. February 17th We arrived at Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch St. Maarten, after very calm seas during last night. This island nation is 1/2 Dutch (about 32,000 people) and 1/2 French (about 25,000 people). The language is Dutch, French, and English. The currency is the Netherlands Antilles guilder and the French franc. The island is about 37 square miles of which 16 miles is Dutch and 21 square miles is French. I chartered a boat and went out deep sea fishing about 20 miles offshore. I shared the cost with 5 other people and 4 of them became very seasick. Two of them had never been out on a boat before as I found out later. I had no problem at all. Seas were running about 15 feet offshore and were increasing. Sometimes, the wave would fill the cockpit of the boat. The 41-foot sportfisherman was well equipped, less than 2 years old, and with all of the modern electronics and safety devices. The crewmember Mark on the charter boat was from Canada. He came for a week vacation 4 years ago and has not left. Pam stayed onboard the cruise ship today. Transportation to the shore was by tenders that carried about 350 people each. No dock space for the ship was available because the ship was too large. These newer state-of-the art type of ships do not anchor anymore. They do not want to damage the coral reefs. With the modern GPS technology, the onboard computers keep the ship in one spot using the thrusters. Caught a 24-lb. mai-mai and a medium size barracuda. Had several hits by sailfish, but never hooked one. The mai-mai was brilliant green when pulled onboard, but turned brown quickly. People at our dining room table wanted to see our suite. We took them to our suite. Been going to the Show almost each evening. The entertainment tonight was 50's and 60's theme and was spectacular. Again, been giving advice to other guests about cruising on ships and the benefits of repeat cruises with the same cruise line. Each day, on several TV channels you can get information on the next port of call for shopping, tours, and other things to do. February 18th We arrived at St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Decided to mail the statues and other items back to Seattle because we had no way to carry them with us. Went on the tram to the top of one of the local mountains. Awesome view of the ocean and the other islands. Took photos of our ship as we were coming down the tram. Finished another book. Packed our luggage tonight because we are getting off of the ship tomorrow. Going to be difficult being in a standard cabin on the next ship after being in this huge suite. February 19th Arrived early in the morning in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Disembarked the ship and wheeled our luggage across the street to the Wyndham Hotel. Had to wait in the lobby for 4 hours for our room to be available. They had a McDonald's restaurant near the hotel and we had breakfast there. This was not a fast food type and no one spoke English. Saw 5 more cruise ships come into port. We went to the Hard Rock Cafe for something different to eat. Sure was a noisy place. This room in the hotel is very noisy with the road traffic and the air conditioning equipment on the roof of the building next door. Oh well, just here for the night, plus it is free for us. Lots of people waiting to board the cruise ships or have just left the cruise ship and are headed home. People of all nationalities.

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Bahamas 4 Day/3 Night

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean Sailing Date: October 4th, 2002 Day 1 - The Port of Miami is undergoing some construction so it took an extra few minutes to find a parking space and make our way into the terminal. RCCL lists 2pm as the boarding time for this itinerary and we arrived at the Port of Miami at about 3pm. The line to check in was very short and we were walking onto the ship within fifteen minutes. You board on Deck 4 right

into the Centrum. I believe RCCL started this concept and the Centrum area is very pretty with glass elevators, sculptures and artwork. This is always a great place to take pictures. We met up with some friends from our group and heard that they were able to board shortly after 12pm, so they had a few extra hours to explore. We quickly found our cabin and met our Cabin Steward who welcomed us and gave us some information about the upcoming muster drill and she also asked about how we would like our cabin set up. Throughout the entire cruise, she was wonderful. Our cabin was on Mariner Deck (Deck 8) towards the front of the ship. The Majesty (along with it's sister ships Sovereign and Monarch) are known for having small cabins and this was no exception. We expected this and were not disappointed as a result. The bathroom is small as well with a tiny shower. RCCL lists all cabins on this deck as having a partially obstructed view, but our cabin had a fine view and we were not disappointed at all. Our muster drill was on starboard side of Deck 7, which at that time of day was in full sunlight and it was very hot. We only had to stand out there for about fifteen or twenty minutes but everyone was dripping with sweat. We departed Miami at just a few minutes after 5pm. The top of the ship (pool area) was packed with people and music was blaring around the pool. Stations were set up everywhere to sell drinks - beers between $3 and $4 and blender drinks for about $5 or $6. The prices were not out of line but the blender drinks were very weak - very little alcohol. Our dinner was in the Maytime dining room on Deck 3 and we were pre-seated with our group. The food was very good as were the staff. Our assistant waiter was Romanian and fairly new to the ship. She had not yet mastered English and occasionally stumbled on requests due to the slight language barrier. Taking a moment to explain what you were asking for was all that was needed. The casino was very busy and we didn't hear of anyone hitting any jackpots. Most people in our party had lost money and a few had managed to break even. This held true for the duration of the cruise. The overnight ride to the Bahamas was smooth and hardly any motion could be felt from the ocean. Day 2 - We awoke at around 9am and saw the Carnival ship, Fascination, out our window so we knew we were in Nassau. We had missed breakfast in Maytime so we ate at the Windjammer Cafe, which had extended hours. The cafe is large and airy and located at the front of the ship. Though there were a lot of people there, we quickly found an empty table. The food was okayed, not outstanding, but there was a large selection to accommodate any appetite. We had passes to the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island and I inquired at the excursion desk about how to get over there. The options are a taxi for about $4 or $5 each way per person, or a water taxi for $6 round trip. We thought the water taxi would be fun so we opted to do that. It was a mistake. After making our way towards the market to buy our tickets, we were bombarded with people trying to get us to take tours, buy things, etc. This is pretty standard when visiting the Caribbean islands but it can be overwhelming for the uninitiated. The water taxi was a beaten up, old boat that held about fifty or so people in cramped style. No information was given on the use of the life vests, but if we started to go under I think I'd have faired better just treading water on my own. The condition of the vests I saw was awful. The twenty minute ride to Paradise Island is made worse by the shouting of the boat Captain who points out items of interest along the way. No p.a. is used, so he just shouted at the top of his lungs and deafened those seated near him. When we were about to dock he reminded everyone that he accepted tips for his tour. Fat chance. It takes about fifteen minutes to walk from the dock to Atlantis and it's very well maintained and appears to be safe as well. Atlantis is a beautiful and very impressive resort. Built on the site of the old Resorts International and Britannia Resort, Atlantis appears to be a top-notch operation. The property is immense with pools, water slides, restaurants, shops, an aquarium and a beautiful selection of artwork. The casino is also massive. You'd be hard pressed not to impressed as you take it all in. We made our way back to the ship after about four hours at Atlantis and endured another water taxi ride, on a different boat but it was just as shoddy and we were subjected to the same top of your lungs tour. I think they make up the information along the way as the dates, times, historical facts we were told on the way over were not the same as what we were told on the way back. This time we were asked for tips before docking in Nassau and the gentleman made his way around the tiny boat with his hat extended into which we were supposed to place money. Next time I'd definitely take a regular taxi but it's recommended to negotiate the fare in advance as it can fluctuate. Dinner on the second night of the cruise is formal and most everyone was dressed up. Long lines for picture taking were everywhere in the Centrum (shopping area) of the ship. Again, the food and service in Maytime was very good. We departed Nassau at midnight but the party on the ship was just beginning. Music, drinks and buffet were set up around the pool and it seemed like 1/2 the ship was up there. I turned in around 1am but a lot of people kept jumping till after 3am as the discos were still operating and the bars were still pouring drinks. Day 3 - After all the noise and excitement of the night before, waking up to see Coco Cay (RCCL's private island) and the calm ocean was a welcome sight. I got up early enough to have breakfast in Maytime as I expected it to be much better than Windjammer. The food was okay but I didn't think any better than Windjammer. The only things that were different was that you ordered off of a menu and the selection of items is more upscale. Tenders operated every twenty minutes to take you to Coco Cay. After the horrible water taxi in Nassau, the tenders operated by RCCL were a welcome sight. They were clean, large and well maintained. The RCCL staff operating them was very friendly and one of the women working down on Deck 1 (the boarding area) wouldn't let me pass until I danced with her. Coco Cay is a great place to unwind and work on your suntans. There is a fair amount of construction going on as you first enter the island, it looked like shops were being built, but if you continue walking down away from the first lagoon you could still find plenty of lounge chairs and other places to get into the water. The hammocks, as I feared, were all taken early in the morning. If you walk down towards the volleyball nets, there is a very friendly resident cat who will greet you and demand some attention before you can go by. He appears to be very well cared for so he probably lives with a caretaker on the island - he might even be on RCCL's payroll. Floats and other items for the water are available for rent and it was worth the $8 per person to get a floating mat to lie down on and relax under the sunshine. Just a word of warning - a lot of the beach areas are very rocky and you can easily hurt and/or cut yourself. Just exercise caution before running down the beach and into the water. We saw a woman who had her foot bandaged as she cut it on some coral and had to be rolled in a wheelchair back to the tender to go to the ship. For the more adventurous, parasailing and jet skis are available, for a fee of course. The afternoon barbecue is a lot of fun. Music is playing and there is a lot of food. Salads, burgers, hot dogs, ribs, etc. Water is free and sodas and alcoholic drinks are available for purchase. There are bathrooms and sinks available but there are no fresh water showers on the island. After about 3.5 hours, we were sufficiently baked and salted so we were ready to head back. The quick ride back to the ship is a great opportunity to take some pictures of the ship out on the water so have your cameras ready. Despite being surpassed in size years ago by larger ships, Majesty still looks very impressive. Lack of sleep from the previous nights and all of the constant activity and food was starting to take its toll on people. There were some people on deck chairs taking their last opportunity to work on their tans, and a good amount of people were taking advantage of another copious buffet at Windjammer, but everyone looked distinctly sleepy. Some RCCL branded merchandise in the Centrum was marked down 50% so it was a good time to buy souvenirs. Also, we found the duty free liquor to be much better priced on ship than in Nassau. The same goes for watches and jewelry. Other gifts available in the gift shop, clothing, knick-knack's, etc. were very overpriced and not worth the money. Our final dinner in Maytime went off without a hitch, though the turkey option wasn't that great - I should have stuck with the prime rib, which was recommended by our waiter. The last night is also the time to distribute tips to the waiters and your cabin steward. RCCL doesn't publicize it, but you do have the option of pre-paying all tips to your on board charge by going to the Purser's Desk. If you don't do this by early on in the last day of the cruise, you'll join the hundreds of people lining up to get small bills. This is always a huge pain so avoid it if you can by pre-paying your tips early on in your trip. Day 4 - We docked in Miami at around 7am and announcements were made for disembarkation. We were in the "orange" group so we knew we had some time for breakfast in Windjammer. Despite this being the day that everyone departs the ship, the crew was just as friendly as ever and our assistant waiter from Maytime saw us and came up to chat for a few minutes. I'm sure RCCL encourages this type of interaction but regardless of where it comes from, it's a very nice touch. Departure from the ship was painfully slow. We didn't clear U.S. Customs until after 11am. Whether this is the fault of the ship or Customs and I.N.S., I don't know. It's probably a little bit of both. All in all, Majesty of The Seas gets a definite thumbs up. This is my third RCCL cruise having previously been on Sovereign of The Seas and Nordic Empress. Sovereign was looking pretty tired when I sailed on her, but Majesty (being a sister ship and a few years younger) was in great shape. Everything was fairly well maintained and I really can't fault the ship about anything in particular. The main guest elevators are always fairly slow and usually full but I can't say that, that is a problem exclusive to Majesty. My next cruise is in November aboard NCL’s Norwegian Majesty. It’s a similar itinerary so I’m looking forward to making a comparison between the two lines.

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Bahamas

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean Sailing Date: September 13th, 2002 Since this was my first cruise, I thought of it as a learning experience. I went with three friends, and we all stayed in the same cabin, which I would not recommend. We saved money this way, but it was a bit close when the four of us were in the room together, other than when we were sleeping. This was a minor complaint, though, since we just didn't spend that much time

in the cabin. We went to the Windjammer everyday for breakfast and lunch. The food was always and there was a variety to choose from. The food in the dining room was excellent, and the only reason that we opted for the buffet for most meals was that we were in a rush. The service in the dining room required that we actually take our time to enjoy the food and service. We were treated royally! The waitstaff was superb! We had to choose between the shopping lecture and the first timers tour of the ship, so we selected shopping. We all won prizes during the talk, in addition to learning where to find some bargains (and a few freebies). The lifeboat muster was hot, crowded and uncomfortable, but it is necessary and it did not last that long. The live shows were thoroughly enjoyable, as were the bands. We watched some of the games and played others and we had a good time with those (our team won a Royal Caribbean shoulder pack playing "Majority Rules"). One night, my friends decided to play Bingo, but I decided to attend the art auction instead. They served complementary champagne, while I learned about some well-known artists. The paintings sold at prices less than half of their market value, and I won a set of pearls at the end of the auction, and another passenger won $500 worth of art. The cabin was cleaned twice daily, and it was nice to come in and find fresh towels each time. Two of us decided to take part in the morning stretch offered in the fitness center. It was a nice way to loosen up and start the day. We were given "Shipshape Dollars" which we traded for gifts on the last day. The staff was pleasant. They were one of the best things about the cruise. But the absolute best was Coco Cay. The barbeque on the beach was fun, with lots of good food (even vegetarian burgers for me!). The white sand beach had ample lounge chairs available, and when it got too warm, the it was only a few steps away from the water. The water was clear and clean. And every few minutes, a vendor came by with a tray of Coco Locos, with or without alcohol. I had set a limit for myself of two drinks a day, but I ended up drinking four of these! I will change a few things the next time that I cruise (for example, we selected early dining and we missed every sunset), but I will go again. I would not hesitate to recommend Royal Caribbean or the Majesty of the Seas.

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Nov 30, -0001

Bahamas, Coco Cay, Key West, Miami

David Beckerman Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean Sea Sailing Date: August 15th, 2002   Our trip was in August which included my wife and our two small children, age 4 and 5. We had heard that RCCL cruises were “family friendly” and we were not disappointed. For starters, the boarding time was fast and efficient. No long lines and the pre-boarding form-filling for customs were also fast and efficient. When we boarded

at the Centrum level, the staff was helpful and knowledgeable. No problems, here. The activities on deck were okay but the game area on the stern – the one below the basketball deck – could have been more kept up; i.e., the ping pong tables were not in great shape and the other games were not easily available. The twin pools on the pool deck was my only major quibble. Both pools are salt water which is counter-intuitive. After all, with all that ocean water under us and on Coco Cay, it would have been nice to swim in a fresh water pool. On the plus side, each of the pools had a “kiddie” area adjacent to the main pool separated by a rope fence, so you could check on the kids while you swam. A nice touch. The food was as people had told us in advance: not bad but nothing to write home about. The service, however, was great with the wait staff taking care to know who you were and doing what they could to make you comfortable; a major point if you have picky diners. For the kids, the ship had a supervised kid’s dinning area on the Windjammer deck, so the kids could eat with their peers and leave the parents to a quiet and serene dinner. Even better, the ship had all day activities for little kids where you could drop them off and pick them up as late at midnight each night. One night was devoted to a theme activity: the kids were dressed up and made up like pirates and paraded around the ship’s decks, brandishing “sabers” made of cardboard and tin foil and declaring they were “taking over the ship!” Even the ship’s captain got involved as a temporary “prisoner” of the pirates. The kids loved it and the adults thought the sight hysterical. The cabins were small as expected but then again we were there to enjoy the cruise, not sit in our cabins. Adult activities were designed for designed for all age groups and the best activities were late at night. The shows were surprisingly well designed and choreographed and we all had a good time. Coco Cay was pleasant, if not exactly like a Club Med experience. Again, there were all-day activities for the kids on the island and it was a good experience. One minor problem: at the time, there was one tender (out of three) out of commission, making disembarking and re-embarking slightly longer than normal. The ship displayed no motion when encountering waves. The weather was good but windy on most days with white caps on 3 foot waves. The ship’s stabilizers managed these with no problem and no discernable motion. Disembarking in Key West was longer than usual because several people did not heed the call to register with the INS and no one could disembark until all were accounted for. We lost 2 hours of time ashore but we didn’t mind since we’ve been to Key West before. Overall, it was a good experience and I would not hesitate to use RCCL again.

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Bahamas

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean Seas Sailing Date: December 30th, 2002 This being my first cruise I was excited to board the Majesty of the Seas. However, from the arrival at Miami airport to the departure at the same, I must admit that I feel less relaxed and more stress than when I had begun. First, I felt as if there was no communication between the employees, or between the employees and passengers. This led to a feeling of confusion

and frustration. We arrived at the Miami airport, didn’t know where to go so we just wandered around trying to find our way. Finally we found a Royal Caribbean employee (which you wouldn’t have known, he was carrying a tiny Celebrity Cruise sign.) He told us in a very abrupt manner to pick up our luggage and go to gate 13. Once again at the gate there was confusion. No one directing, no one leading just a bunch of traveler’s wondering what to do. Anyway, we finally boarded a bus and headed to the ship. Once inside the terminal, it was the same story, no one to help no one to give direction to make the process easier, we were just left there to fend for ourselves. I could go on and on with stories of these confusions, but I will relent and move on. Secondly, there was the matter of cleanliness. We arrived on the ship right after the news stories about ill passengers being removed. In my mind, I thought that cleanliness would have been a top priority to alleviate any further illness, but I was wrong. The first night, my mother pulled back the blanket exposing a tennis ball sized bloodstain on the sheet. When we called housekeeping regarding the stain, a steward came to the room, handed us a sheet, and told us that we had to change it ourselves. That’s mighty fine customer service if you ask me. Finally we arrived at our first shore excursion, the Bahamas. We were scheduled to be on the Bahamas till midnight, but upon arriving we were told our ship had to sail by six p.m., so we were cheated out of a full 6 hours of our trip. Now, I must stop here and say that the Bahamas are lovely and that anyone planning a trip to the Eastern Caribbean should make the Bahamas a key point to visit. So we set sail at six o’clock. That evening we did have a wonderful time at the New Year’s Party, and the crew did a lovely job hosting it. However, due to damage of my luggage cause by the baggage handlers of the cruise line, my black dress socks were missing out of my bag so I had to walk around with white socks on while dressed in a black suit with black shoes, Very Classy. The next day we arrived at our second destination, Cocoa Cay, the cruise line’s private island. We were to be on the island all day; however, we were not allowed to go to the island because of “inclement” weather. When I looked outside, I saw some clouds and a slight breeze. In my opinion, it is no reason to cancel a whole day that thousands of passengers had paid for. So we floated around the ocean for a whole day doing nothing. Thursday, we arrived at Key West, Florida. Key West was fabulous, and was the best part of the trip. But once again the day started in hassle. We were to disembark around 10 A.M., however because of disorganization combined with immigration, we were unable to disembark until 1 P.M., a whole 3 hours wasted. So out of a four night/five day cruise which consisted of 60 hours, we were able to be off the boat on excursion for only 14 hours when originally we were to have about 36 hours of excursion time. So we got less than half of what we paid for. Now while on Key West, I purchased a leather suitcase to replace the one that Royal Caribbean baggage handlers had broken. We told the purser that night that we had an early flight to catch the next morning. He told us that everyone would be off the ship by 9 A.M. We were fine with this estimation of time that would give us ample time to reach the airline. Well, being that we were dismissed by color code, we were the last color off the ship at 10:00 A.M. We then had to go once again claim our luggage. Now remember that new leather suitcase bought in Key West? When I picked it up for the baggage claim, the handle had been ripped off of it. A brand new suitcase ruined in less than 12 hours by the baggage handlers. Well after claiming my damaged luggage, I went and stood in the very long customs line, at which point another dock worker tried to run us all over with his luggage cart yelling, “Get out of my way.” I guess he was getting a good tip to be pushing others out of the way to get to the front. Well we got out into the parking lot around 10:30, now mind you our flight leaves at 12:15. So we sit and wait, sit and wait, finally at 11:00 we leave the terminal. Needless to say we make it to our flight, ONLY, because it was delayed by 45 minutes. Anyway, once again I could go on with story after story, but I shouldn’t have to. This cruise was appalling! I have never dealt with a company that is so ignorant towards its customers. I would NEVER go on another Royal Caribbean cruise, nor will I recommend them to anyone.

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