CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Majesty 2 Bermuda May 1, 2005

This was our second cruise on the Majesty--both trips were Boston to Bermuda.

True, this is an older ship, but they have done a nice job refurbishing the public areas--new carpeting, new appolstering, fresh paint, and very clean everywhere. The passenger cabins, while clean, could use a re-hab though. However, we didn't mind. We weren't expecting that even the public areas would have been refurbished since we're aware NCL is retiring the Majest sometime between 2007-10. So it was a pleasant surprise.

On our first cruise, we had a suite and hit rough seas. We were forward and felt every bump. Since there are no balcony cabins on this ship and the picture windows are small, we decided to save a few dollars and opt for a superior inside cabin, mid-ship, Deck 3. Well, again we hit rough water (75 MPH winds and waves 20-30 ft. high and breaking over Deck 5)our last night, coming back to Boston. But being mid-ship and down under, we had a relatively smooth sail. We heard others complain the next morning of being knocked out of bed and not being able to sleep at all with the storm we went through. However, we slept very soundly, no problems at all. It was our first time with an inside room, and we found we didn't mind the downscaling at all. The room was plenty big for the two of us, with ample storage. The bathroom was extremely small though, and from what we saw as we peeked into other cabins on our deck, the standard inside and the standard outside would have been too small for us to have been comfortable in.

The food was excellent in the dining rooms. We've sailed Celebrity, RCCL and HAL besides NCL, and I've got to say, the breads, rolls, and breakfast pastries on board NCL are the best by far. Nothing day old about them--they're fresh baked daily and impossible to resist. With Freestyle dining, we usually eat our dinner around 6PM, but one night couldn't get down to dinner until 7:30PM. We never had any problems with long waits being seated (always a table for 2). The night we went to eat at 7:30, we had a 5 minute wait--not bad at all.

The entertainment on NCL seems to be a little better than on other lines we've experienced. Besides the regular nightly shows in the Palace Theater, we thoroughly enjoyed NCL's own brand of "The Liar's Club" and "The (not-so) Newleywed Game Show." Both were hysterically funny.

The crew were polite, helpful and friendly.

Bermuda in early May is a wonderful experience. It was never "hot" but we had warm, sunny weather in the mid-70's to low 80's the whole time we were there. The Easter lillies are blooming everywhere, and the air is so perfumed with the fragrance of all the different flowers, it is truly amazing.

As we live in the Boston area, we're partial to any cruise from/to this port. But all in all, this cruise is a wonderful way to vacation in Bermuda and truly get your money's worth. Just be sure to bring whatever medication you'll need for seasickness if you are prone that way. The Boston-Bermuda Majesty cruise can hit some very rough seas. Would we go again? a heart beat!

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