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Old February 25th, 2008, 10:31 AM
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Just got back from7 days on NCL's Majesty, this is our last for NCL. the buffet on top was small,not replaced enough and always the same.This forced most passengers to result to the dining room, meals were hit and miss,not up to the excellence of previous cruises(we've been on 8 cruises)Freestyle doesn't work for this ship,a 30-45 minute wait for dining room was not uncommon.There was 1 formal night(lobster dry and overcooked,steak mediocre)no captains dinner,1 midnight chockahohilc buffet(small,no actual food)no send off dinner.We had booked a zipline tour 3 weeks before trip online,my wife and I had gotten sick before the trip and weren't feeling up to climbing rock towers,waited to see if we felt up to it,mistakenly thought we had 24 hours to cancel(it was 48,we tried to cancel at 46 hours and were ridiculed bt excusion staff who refused to let us cancel.This excursion was a disaster,we were out $220. The Bistro was the only enjoyable dining experience,why couldn't the dining room strive for that type of excellence? Overall,this was the worst cruise experience we've ever had,I wouldn't take an NCL cruise if it were given to me. Thanks for letting me vent, DENNIS
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Old February 25th, 2008, 10:45 AM
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Just got back from7 days on NCL's Majesty, this is our last for NCL. the buffet on top was small,not replaced enough and always the same.This forced most passengers to result to the dining room, meals were hit and miss,not up to the excellence of previous cruises(we've been on 8 cruises)Freestyle doesn't work for this ship,a 30-45 minute wait for dining room was not uncommon.There was 1 formal night(lobster dry and overcooked,steak mediocre)no captains dinner,1 midnight chockahohilc buffet(small,no actual food)no send off dinner.We had booked a zipline tour 3 weeks before trip online,my wife and I had gotten sick before the trip and weren't feeling up to climbing rock towers,waited to see if we felt up to it,mistakenly thought we had 24 hours to cancel(it was 48,we tried to cancel at 46 hours and were ridiculed bt excusion staff who refused to let us cancel.This excursion was a disaster,we were out $220. The Bistro was the only enjoyable dining experience,why couldn't the dining room strive for that type of excellence? Overall,this was the worst cruise experience we've ever had,I wouldn't take an NCL cruise if it were given to me. Thanks for letting me vent, DENNIS
Now I have read both of your postings, Obviously as you are new to the boards you did no research into the Majesty. Have you cruised NCL on any of their freestyle ships? If so you may have a little different feeling but maybe freestyle isn't for you.

As for 24 versus 48 hour cancellation, I am surprised. It normally is 24 hours. Maybe the tour was completely sold out, I don't know. Maybe the fact that you seemed to feel 46 hours in advance, you weren't going to feel like climbing ropes set the staff off a little. Still there is no excuse for them being rude.

What other lines have you cruised and was it recently? I ask because cruising has changed so much in the past few years.

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Your comment "The Bistro was the only enjoyable dining experience, why couldn't the dining room strive for that type of excellence?" only confirms our feeling as to what is transpiring within the cruise industry.

The transition to selective restaurant dinning aboard our ships is underway. Your cruise purchase price will include, say, the buffet and if you want to fully dine, the charges for same will be debited to your account. After all it's what the hotel industry does.

We personally see no negative in this provided that the fares are adjusted downwards and that the quality of the restaurant fare will be reflected in these additional charges.
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Your comment "The Bistro was the only enjoyable dining experience, why couldn't the dining room strive for that type of excellence?" only confirms our feeling as to what is transpiring within the cruise industry.

The transition to selective restaurant dinning aboard our ships is underway. Your cruise purchase price will include, say, the buffet and if you want to fully dine, the charges for same will be debited to your account. After all it's what the hotel industry does.

We personally see no negative in this provided that the fares are adjusted downwards and that the quality of the restaurant fare will be reflected in these additional charges.
Ron, I am not sure I totally agree, yes, this is a trend being practiced by most lines. Add the specialty dining rooms and add a charge. I don't think we will see a time, at least not in the near future where there will be no more dinner included in the price. I think there will always be the main dining rooms. That being said, yes, for truely good meals it is becoming almost a must to choose the sur charge dining as all lines are cutting back on the quality of food. Even those who always get rave reviews for food like, HAL and Celebrity are getting more negative comments.

LIke you, I can easily live with this. Keep the price of cruising down to a level where families and middle income individuals can afford to experience the wonders of the sea. Then let me deicde where I want to spend my addtional budgeted money. To some the buffet is fine but they have to have that spa treatment. Others would choose specialty dining every night and never go near the casino. Others will enjoy the casino and do their tours on their own.

Cruising now is not like cruising 10,15 or 20 years ago. For those who expect the "old traditional" cruise experience you had better be willing to spend your money and plan on sailing Oceana or even more upscale lines.

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We think we see eye to eye on this trend. Not to inflate the issue any further but there is one condition we would like to see in having a variety of dinning rooms (restaurants if you will) to choose from and that is having at least one where they enforce a dress code in requiring formal wear on Formal Nights. Now that would be something to behold and would certainly result in getting our custom.
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I have sailed on the Majesty 6X. Twice when it was the Royal Majesty and before they stretched her. I liked the Majesty. As far as waiting for a table for dinner the longest i have waited was 10 mins, and i cruise solo. I like the Majesty and would not hesitate to cruise her again. Thats my opinion. Thanks for listening. Henry
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I have sailed on the Majesty 6X. Twice when it was the Royal Majesty and before they stretched her. I liked the Majesty. As far as waiting for a table for dinner the longest i have waited was 10 mins, and i cruise solo. I like the Majesty and would not hesitate to cruise her again. Thats my opinion. Thanks for listening. Henry
Henry, it is good to hear both sides, I do think the OP is either a troll or did not do his homework. Not every ship is for everyone, but read his comments I have to wonder where he is coming from. This doesn't mean people can not have bad cruises, of course they can and do, but he obviously wasn't prepared for the Majesty. Many people love her, like they do the Dream. I have cliants doing the Dream in a few weeks. I have prepared them for what they can expect: a great cruise, a wonderful itinerary for a super low price, cabins larger than many, but not totally freestyle as some of us know it.

Ron, I agree with you, though formal attire isn't our thing anymore, I do think there should be one formal dining room for special nights at least. If they would do that and do a good job with freestyle 2.0 i can imagine how successful they would become.
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On my cruise last month on the formal nite I saw one formal the entire evening and he was in this attire because his friend who was in the Australian army was in dress blues. This was on Majesty.
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[quote="tennisbum"]On my cruise last month on the formal nite I saw one formal the entire evening and he was in this attire because his friend who was in the Australian army was in dress blues. This was on Majesty.[/quoteHe was wearing a formal?
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