CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews


Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Majesty by beentravelin Bermuda May 3, 2008

We left from Charleston SC on the Majesty. The ship is a little dated, but that didn't detract from all the fun being had. I understand this ship has just been sold so there are no plans to spruce her up.

We ate in the main dining room the first night and were pleased with the menu and service. The rest of our meals were at the buffet which was your standard fare, or we ate on land.

This was mostly an older crowd (50 to 60), but us younger folks all seemed to find each other. We had a good time in the casino and a better time on deck in the hot tubs. Drinks were pricey, but we expected that.

Once in St. George, Bermuda the fun continued. We ate twice and partied once at a restaurant/night club called the White Horse. The food was excellent, and the club was fairly hopping for a weekday. There was a good mix of locals and cruisers alike. We also ate at Tavern By The Sea for lunch. The pizza was excellent.

We visited a couple of gorgeous beaches. Elbow Beach is mostly a private beach (Elbow Beach Resort and Club). But the public section was very nice too. Horseshoe Bay was one of the prettiest beaches I've ever seen (the prettiest being Bavaro beach in Punta Cana DR). The sand really does have a pink hue. The people of Bermuda are some of the kindest I've met in all of my travels. My mother passed away while I was at the Bonefish Grill at the Royal Naval Dockyard. The bartender (Adam Kirk), was so understanding and offered to help in any way he could. He offered a cab ride, a drink on the house, and a pat on the back. What a nice man with a kind heart. We didn't try the food at Bonefish, but hear it's excellent. The owner/chef is Italian.

For a darker, more dungeon feel, try the Frog and Onion a couple of doors down from Bonefish. We had appetizers that were very good.

We also made the trek up to Gibb's Hill Lighthouse and were rewarded with astounding views. You can go there as part of a $52 pp tour through the cruise ship or you can buy a three day bus ticket and entrance fees for a lot less. The entrance fee to the lighthouse was only $2.50 pp.

On our last day we took a carriage ride in the hills around St. George. The tour was wonderful. Our driver/owner/operator Broncky was full of wonderful information. He even takes you back to his house/stables for some petting of the horses. The moongates everywhere were interesting. However our tour did run a little long and just as promised, the boat waited.

One more tour to mention that we went on was a glass bottom boat cruise that was run by an all female staff. They did a wonderful job and the (open) bartender/fish and coral expert kept us buzzed and well informed.

The Majesty was just fine for us. Yes, she's getting old, but we were going for the destination and not the ship, and Bermuda didn't disappoint.

I'd also like to mention that the staff were incredible. Only one complaint to mention is that when you use a drinking glass from the bathroom, they don't wash it thoroughly. You could leave a used glass (with lipstick on the rim) and the same glass would be put right back (lipstick and all). So I watched while they were doing someone else's room and they simply dip them in a sterilization solution and put a new paper cap back on them, then return them to the bathroom. You have the same glass for the whole seven days. This was a minor complaint on a wonderful cruise.

It was an excellent trip and we would most certainly do it again.

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