CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews


Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Majesty of the Seas by Lunyma Bahamas March, 2001

This was a 3 day weekend getaway to Nassau and Coco Cay. It was my 3rd cruise this year, the first two being on Carnival ships. We hadn't been on Royal Caribbean in 7 years. After cruising as recently as last month, I find myself being more and more critical, which can be both a curse and a blessing at the same time. Only because we went onboard with the attitude that ANY cruise is better than being at home, did we have a good time...

Pre Cruise We stayed at the Wyndham Biscayne Bay which I got through Priceline. With hotel tax, it cost $50. The room was clean, but sparse, and the pool was closed for renovation. For one night, it was fine...

 

Embarkation We got to the pier about 11am and were allowed through security at 11:30. The RCCL terminal is bright, clean, and cool and there are pop machines available, which is a nice convenience (cans, 60 cents and bottles, $1). It took about 10 minutes to check in and then we waited till noon, when they allowed us to get on the ship. We noticed a large group of people with nametags and found out that it was a group of 400, attending a Latin American Amway convention. The group *serenaded* the crowd, with songs and a lot of enthusiasm, as we waited to board the ship. I was beginning to worry about immigration and disembarkation...

We went straight to our cabin (which we found with no problem from looking at the brochure) and unpacked our carry on bag. The cabin was VERY small. The beds had been put together with ONE sheet, which was quite nice, but there was no safe in the room. We then went off to explore the ship, ignoring the carpet stains and strange odor in the hallway. The pool setup is nice, although throughout the cruise, on one of the two pools were open, even though both were filled. We enjoyed the *Schooner bar*, and the bartender, Dwight. We ended up having a pre-dinner cocktail there each night, and other times as well. The Windjammer cafe was next, for lunch, where a buffet of carved beef, fried chicken, 3 salads, potatoes, vegetables and fruit were served. There were also 2 kinds of cake cut in to very tiny pieces. After lunch, we returned to our cabin to find that our luggage had been delivered.

We unpacked, and Chuck wanted to take a nap, so I went off to further explore the ship. I sent a quick email from the Internet area and walked around to familiarize myself with my new surroundings. I returned to the cabin to change for dinner and after the muster drill, we walked around a bit more. We found a table set up to pre order wine for dinner, on the pool deck of all places (?) and ordered 2 bottles. A quick drink at the Schooner bar and it was off to the Maytime dining room. We were seated at table 136, next to a window, and our tablemates were quite diverse. There were 3 couples, about our ages, one from Jamaica, one from Mexico, and the third were from Italy and the Philippines. I have to wonder if there was any thought put in to this??? For such a short cruise, I wasn't going to worry about it.

Food Rather than give a description of all we ate, it will suffice to say that the food was... AWFUL! It was either too cold, undercooked or overcooked, and everything was bland as could be. I still shudder when I remember feeling the grit in my mouth from the powdered eggs in the dining room. UGH! There was one midnight buffet, and although we didn't go, we heard that it wasn't worth it. The other two nights, trays of appetizers and cookies were passed in the casino, the disco, and the Schooner bar, although we didn't see more than one tray go by in each.

Entertainment The only *production* show we went to was on the first night. After a 10 minute advertisement for the upcoming art auctions and a song from the cruise director, Parker Cristan, we saw a magician/comedian, Lavent. He was pretty lame, but *ok* in the end. The karaoke later that night provided better entertainment (especially the trio that did *Proud Mary*), but the location of the lounge was strange (same for the disco)...

Service Our waiter, Marco, from Portugal, was the BEST! He has worked for RCCL for 6 years, and his experience shows. Same for Miriana, our wine steward(ess?). She was friendly and knowledgeable Derrick, our cabin steward, though out of sight most of the time, kept our cabin clean, our ice bucket filled, and provided us with towel animals on 2 of the 3 nights...

Ports Nassau is Nassau... We did a little shopping and then spent the afternoon at the pool onboard. After formal night dinner, we took a taxi to the Atlantis Casino, which ended up being very profitable : )

Coco Cay is beautiful. It was extremely relaxing and the weather couldn't have cooperated more. We were told that this was the first time the ship stopped there in the last 5 cruises because of bad weather. The crew was ecstatic, especially those that had the day off. Chuck went snorkeling there and really enjoyed it. I just laid in the sun all day...

Overall Impression of the Ship In my personal opinion, I think that the layout of the ship leaves much to be desired. The disco and a couple other lounges are in strange locations, the elevators are too far apart (you have to run to catch one, IF they stop at all), there are only two sets , 1 forward and 1 aft, and neither set stops at all floors. The cabins are WAY too small and if you weigh more than 100 lbs, you can barely turn around in the shower.

In the dining room, the main wait station is clearly visible if you are sitting in the front half of the room, which I had heard was a big complaint about Carnival. Bar waiters on the pool deck were not only hawking drinks on deck, but accosting people by the doors as they were leaving!

Disembarkation Although I was concerned about having customs clearance at a reasonable hour, apparently it was pre-arranged for the Amway group to clear immigration at a very early hour. I was more than surprised when the captain announced "all clear to disembark" at only 7:30am, while we were eating breakfast! We were off the ship by 8:30, but it took nearly 30 minutes for our luggage to show up on the carousel.

To Conclude We had a good time, BUT!!! If we were going to do another short cruise, we would go with Carnival... We had a BETTER time with them!

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