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The decor was not impressive and a bit outdated but overall very clean, well-kept and somewhat elegant in an old-school kind of way.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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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).