We went on the Majesty of the Seas 4-night Bahama cruise from Miami with 2 stops in the Bahamas (Nassau and CocoCay) and 1 stop in Key West.  This ship was not the biggest, baddest or newest but it was a lot of fun and we loved it.  And did I mention we got engaged!!!  (video)

Everything was so organized and smooth sailing.  Every morning they would deliver the daily compass with itinerary information, activities and port information.  There was no waiting in lines, the staff was attentive  and overall an enjoyable experience.   So here is the breakdown of the trip:

THE SHIP
The decor was not impressive and a bit outdated but overall very clean, well-kept and somewhat elegant in an old-school kind of way.  It provided plenty of elevated viewing areas for sunrises, sunsets and sail-away city views. It had two large salt-water swimming pools (one was 10 ft the other 2 ft), hot tubs, bars and DJ/music. I don’t know how to swim so I wish the height was a bit more scaled for pools however I still enjoyed being in the water. The ship had plenty of elevators, stairs and multiple lobbies per floor which made it easy to navigate and was free of crowded spaces. Tip: take glass elevators leading to the shopping area for a nice view of the interior.

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ROOM/LODGING
We had a Superior Oceanview Suite and it was very comfortable. The room had a small closet and plenty of drawers. It also had a safe box, mini bar and cable TV.

FOOD & BEVERAGE
The complimentary restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner were a self-serve buffet style for casual dining at Windjammer Café and a multi-course menu with waiter service at the two Main Dinning Rooms (each serving different menu options).  There was also a Deli (not sure about the hours), Sorrento’s Pizza available 24 hours and free room service before midnight.  For an extra fee you can get Johnny Rockets burgers (the guys put on a nice dance show!), gourmet coffee and gelato.

The food was neither excellent nor bad, I would say we were satisfied. The self-serve buffet was very efficient and convenient and so was the 24 hour pizza.  Fruits and vegetables were plentiful.  If you are a steak or seafood fan, the Main Dining Room always had steak and seafood options.  There was a formal night at the Main Dining Room for which you are expected to dress-up an although no enforced, most woman wore cocktail/evening dresses and man wore suits/business casual.  All dining rooms had water views which was nice add-on.

There were plenty of bars all around.  Some bartenders were very slow and looked tired and sometimes we were better off finding the cocktail server and going on about our business until they came back with our drinks.  We found that tipping the cocktail servers cash, as with any other establishment, kept the drinks coming.

ENTERTAINMENT/ ACTIVITIES
There were many types of entertainment going around at every time. There was Karaoke every night, pool parties, very funny comedy shows and a special night for couples (that was a lot of fun!).  The rock climbing under the stars on the highest part of the ship was really nice (tons of little kids but go for it anyway).

Royal Caribbean - Majesty of the seas - Activities - Things to do

PACKAGES
The liquor package is worth it if you are a heavy drinker. We bought the package and found ourselves drinking just to make it worth our spend.  I think next time we’ll put that money towards something more useful.  We only bought one package and shared it (meaning Antonio got me drinks on his card) and even between the two of us there were days we barely had anything to drink because we were off the boat.

The photo package seemed pricey considering we spent $250 on alcohol but  the pictures were good quality.  

SHOPPING
Bring spending money! They had used Rolex watches for sale, jewelry, sunglasses, perfumes and ran deals/special discounts for each department on different days.  Purchases were tax-free and many stores automatically  added us to a raffle with each purchase.  I bought super cute bracelets and babe bought Michael Kors sunglasses.

CUSTOMER SERVICE
Customer service was impressive… excellent all around.  The room attendant was very attentive and kept our room nice and tidy.

THE STOPS & BEACHES
Below is a summary of the things we did on each stop.  I am the type to research and have a list of things to do prior to a trip but I didn’t do that this time.  And although there were things I wish I had done I found that going with the flow was freeing and refreshing.

Nassau (8 am – Midnight) 
The currency is at par with the dollar (1 Bahamian dollar = 1 American dollar) so you’re not getting any deal here.  The island was very safe and it seems that you can wander around without fear.  They warned us not to rent scooters since Bahamians drive on the left side so we took a taxi to cable beach at $5/pp.  Later on we realized that we can take a jitney bus for $1.25/pp so we did that on the way back to the ship (bus #10 will take you from the port to cabbage beach or cable beach).
 
  • Cable beach it is by far a better option than cabbage beach.  It was clean, beautiful and somewhat deserted which was great.  You can however still find vendors for para-sailing or jet ski.  We rented a jet-ski for 30 minutes for $60.  The only downside of this beach was not having many food options right on the beach.  According to our friend’s research Cabbage Beach is not as pleasant and is very crowded, but the upside is that it is closer to the port and you can easily find food vendors.
  • Atlantis is very close to this island (you can actually see it from the ship) but we chose not to go.
  • Places I would visit next time: Sandy Toes beach

cable beach - Nassau - Bahamas - Royal Caribbean - Majesty of the Seas

 

CocoCay (8 am – 5 pm)
This is a tiny private island owned by Royal Caribbean and here they organized a really nice BBQ for us at the beach. The beach was beautiful and clean. There were souvenir shops, a water park and other water activities going on.
CocoCay - Nassau - Bahamas - Royal Caribbean - Majesty of the Seas
Key West (10 am – 6 pm)
At key west we rented a scooter and that was A LOT of fun, I highly recommend doing this instead of the tour bus.  It’s a fairly small island and you can get around in just a few hours.
  • Sights to visit: 0 Mile, Southernmost Point in the US, Hemingway’s house and light house (all within walking distance of each other).
  • Beaches:  I highly recommend going to Salute! restaurant on the beach – this was located in the nicer part of the beach – great for pictures!  Too bad we couldn’t stay for sunset.
  • Next trip: Hunted House Tour (which we didn’t do).    
    Royal caribbean - Majesty of the seas- Key West Things to Do
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  • It all looks/sounds amazing! Never been on a cruise but would love to. Congrats btw :)

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    • Thank you!!! :) – You should totally try it Amy, I was hesitant before this trip because I love to explore but was totally worth it!

  • Catherine S

    Congrats, looks like a great vacation. I have been a cruise to Mexico through another cruise line. I would love to go on one to the Keys and the Bahamas.

  • Sounds like a great cruise. I really want to go on one. I’ll have to see what the line’s policy is in regards to small children. :-)

    • What are your children ages? I can tell you that this particular cruise (it’s my first one) was very kids friendly in terms of activities and if not i’m not mistaken even child care. They will love it!

  • Diana Villa

    Everything sounds and looks so amazing! Thank you so much for sharing :D

  • I can tell that you had a blast during this cruise. I have yet to try going on one.

  • Rochkirstin Santos

    Wow! It’s great to be engaged in a cruise ship. Glad to hear your great and enjoyable experience especially when you’re in the company of the person you love most.

  • I’m dreaming to experience cruise ship with my family. You’re luck to spend it with your love ones. I’m sure you had a blast!

  • Ogiro1

    Sounds like you had a great time! Congrats on your engagement :)

  • Royal Caribbean Majesty looks like a blast! I’d love to go on a cruise.

  • Christine Topley

    I so want to go on a cruise. Looks like an amazing time!! I have heard so many of my friends rave about the times they have had.

  • We’ve never gone a cruise, but you make it sound really appealing! Great post!

  • I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise. I hope I can go someday with my hubs. That looks so awesome!

  • TouristMeetsTraveler

    I love going on cruises, I need to go on one soon!

  • angele @shoeboxbegone

    Great recap of amenities and activities – thought I would have liked to hear more of your adventures :) Looks like you had a great time!

  • Constanza Oller de Moore

    Wow you guys had such a great cruise. We wanted to go again but with a baby who knows when we’ll be able to actually do it again

  • Vanessa

    I bet you had a fantastic time! I went on one of the last voyages of the Monarch of the Seas about two years ago. The rock climbing was so much fun; we didn’t get to Coco Cay, we were cruising just before Hurricane Sandy!

    • Oh bummer, Sandy ruined so many things. I have a co-worker that is just now recovering from it. I’m not familiar with Monarch, Quantum looks fantastic though!

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    I would love do visit these destinations. Many of them are on my travel bucket list, Key West being near the top. Very thorough review. Thanks!

  • Have heard great things about this cruise line and have been thinking about this or Disney for our cruise. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    • I think you’ll have fun in either one but Disney does sound fun.

  • Rebecca Swenor

    Looks and sounds like you had an amazing and wonder time. I would love to go on a cruise like this one.

  • It looks so amazing, you look like you really enjoyed yourself. I can’t wait to go on a cruise with my husband!

  • Erin

    That sounds like such a fun trip! I’d be hooked, too. Congrats on getting engaged!

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