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Old January 25th, 2007, 02:11 PM
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Default Kids activities on the Majesty

We are thinking about cruising with 2-9yr olds and a 5yr old, will there be enough for them to do on this ship? What about motion sickness? I have read that smaller/older ships tend to cause motion sickness.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 05:09 PM
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We were on Majesty 2nd to last week in October, to Bermuda. Just around the engine problem time. On the way TO Bermuda it was smooth as glass.
I am prone to sea sickness, had meds and bands but were not needed.
Return trip, 10 minutes after the "cut" in St. Georges we hit a BAD storm.
No time to catch-up with the motion sickness prevention. We lost that day completely, the crew wasn't much better, tons of sick people and cancellations of shows and dinners. BUT I blame that on really bad weather!
It was a front to back rocking, not too sure if this is due to small size. I had some idea that seasoned travelers knew that the Bermuda run is a doozy either going or coming so you decide that one. There is a game room, it was jammed with kids and Adults every time I went by it, even during the storm there were crazies in there with slings on their arms, having fallen but still playing! We also hit another storm the last night, this a rocking back n forth motion, again plenty of sick people and banging around. We were 3 hours late coming into Charleston so......
On the what to do otherwise for kids, not too sure, have heard good and bad about the activities for kids. The casino is quite smoky and you have to walk thru it to get to the shows, I loved all the shows and the musicals should be good for the kids, the juggler was terrific and gave lessons another day, several kids were there. They do warn you about the shows for late night- no kids ears allowed. One hot tub was ok for kids (not as hot) and was fine, Pools were cool in temp but enjoyable.
Flavia, the concierge was terrific, a big help if you get to know her and so was Mike the cruise directer. have read complaints about him but we thought he was WONDERFUL!
I've read all the bad again about the food, I truly have no idea where some of this comes from. I saw more plates piled miles high with danish and bacon as some sort of breakfast appetizer for tons of bruisers, oh I meant cruisers! We ate well and were a group of 10, not 1 complaint about the food. There also was a library room small but cozy, plenty of places to watch TV and movies on big screens. I wouldn't say it was a kids paradise so you need to bring some materials, as I'm sure kids will do.
Hope this helps.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 05:45 PM
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Our granddaughter cruised the first time when she was about 10: on NCL btw; those days (10 years ago) the kids programs were not nearly as advanced as now: she still had a ball just being with other kids. Of course we did family things like shore excursions and some pool time most days. We would eat together and she, with her older sister loved the shows. I can guarantee you never was she bored and is now addicted to cruising. NMnita
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Old February 6th, 2007, 10:11 AM
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The Majesty, being an older smaller ship, doesn't have all of the bells & whistles of the mega ships. No rock climbing walls, skating rinks or bowling alleys.

I did notice the Kid Krew counselors with groups of kids. They seemed to be enjoying themselves.

For seasickness I used Bonomine, which worked well for me. The seas on the Boston-Bermuda run can be rough, so follow the directions on the package. For the kids, check with their doctor for dosages.

The Majesty is well-run ship with a fantastic crew. Bermuda is a charming island-----------enjoy.
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Old February 11th, 2007, 12:03 PM
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We just returned from sailing to the Western Caribbean on NCL Majesty and loved every minute... It is an older ship but couldn't asked for a smoother ride. I have been on mega ships which were worse. It depends mostly on the weather and the seas. No ship is safe from seasickness if the sea is rough. We have no children but met a wonderful fun filled crewmember who worked with the kids. They all seemed to be enjoying themselves. Not allot of physical activities such as bowling alleys or rock climbing walls but the kids we saw seemed to be totally happy with the activities available. Good luck and smooth sailing wherever you decide to go. ...Happy with the Majesty....
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