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Old February 11th, 2009, 04:01 PM
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This is our first cruise! My best friend, her husband, and her brother will be my ship companions. We will board ship in Charleston, SC. Would apprecation any information about what we should expect. Thanks in advance!
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We took the Majesty out of Charleston and I think I'd be banned if I told you our experience. They did promise us they were retiring her immediately. Never happened.
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Although we haven't cruised the Majesty for several years, we cruised that wonderful s hip when it was the Royal Majesty and then the NCL with a total of at least 12 times to Bermuda.. We were on the ship when it was transferred to NCL and there was a riot by the crew....lol. Then they split the ship in half and added 220 more cabins, pool, etc. No, it's not a big glamourous ship like the Jade, Pearl or Gem...but it is a smaller ship of which few ir any are around anymore. I'm sure the ship is showing it's age, but they have a dedicated crew..When I asked the Captain why they were adding bigger ships and moving it from Boston..he said..."it's like cars.. they want bigger and better".. As it is I'm going in a month or two on one of the smaller ships around.. the Pacific Princess.. but the Majesty holds a special place in our heart..imagine going on that ship at least twelve times..I'm sorry the previous poster had a bad experience.. I really am. The Majesty and cruising out of Boston has a special place here.. I hope your going to Bermuda,beautiful Bermuda as we have.. It is the only ship now that can go to St. GEorge
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On a 7 day cruise we didn't have air conditioning for 3 days. Pretty miserable in your cabin or public rooms.
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We are headed to the Bahamas. I apprecaite peoples honesty. I would rather know ahead of time there is no AC - helps me know what sorta of pajamas to pack!
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My wife and I, with our 2 first time cruising children (12 and 9) just went on this cruise from 02/14 to 02/21. Bring a jacket that is wind proof as the at-sea days Sunday and Friday were cool (upper 50's and windy). I could compare this cruise to the Royal Caribbean we have been on, but that is not fair at all (big price difference). The food was decent, and there was always plenty to do. Bring $110 to pay for the parking right up front. We also had a a/c problem, but it was fixed that very day. You will be cramped if there are 3 adults in one room. We had 2 next to one another (boys and girls) worked out well. We were told there were over 600 children on our cruise, but it was never chaotic. Keep an open mind about the cruise and I am sure you will enjoy it. Overall we spent just over $ 1,000 extra with the added ship fees, drinks, souveniers on ship and excursions. Bottom line is the kids want to go again, but it will be a different ship. FYI: we learned that the Majesty has been sold, and will not be leaving Charleston after October, 2009
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I live in SC and was thinking about a cruise out of Charleston for the convenience....maybe I should re-think it
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Home Port cruising was initiated by NCL.. and it certainly beats flying to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale (yechh) and if y ou remember the ship is a smaller ship, not the huge 3000 passenger jobs and everything is close by in comparision.. you wil enjoy yourself..
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My wife and I, with our 2 first time cruising children (12 and 9) just went on this cruise from 02/14 to 02/21. Bring a jacket that is wind proof as the at-sea days Sunday and Friday were cool (upper 50's and windy). I could compare this cruise to the Royal Caribbean we have been on, but that is not fair at all (big price difference). The food was decent, and there was always plenty to do. Bring $110 to pay for the parking right up front. We also had a a/c problem, but it was fixed that very day. You will be cramped if there are 3 adults in one room. We had 2 next to one another (boys and girls) worked out well. We were told there were over 600 children on our cruise, but it was never chaotic. Keep an open mind about the cruise and I am sure you will enjoy it. Overall we spent just over $ 1,000 extra with the added ship fees, drinks, souveniers on ship and excursions. Bottom line is the kids want to go again, but it will be a different ship. FYI: we learned that the Majesty has been sold, and will not be leaving Charleston after October, 2009
$1,000 for a family of 4? I would think thats a great deal. Did you take advantage of the Soda Program? Was it fountain soda or cans? We will have 4 adults in one room. We dont plan on spending much time in our rooms except to shower and sleep. But I am curious to the amount of storage. Can I hang my clothes? Would it be safe to say their is a dresser drawer for each person? Thanks in advance!
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My wife and I, with our 2 first time cruising children (12 and 9) just went on this cruise from 02/14 to 02/21. Bring a jacket that is wind proof as the at-sea days Sunday and Friday were cool (upper 50's and windy). I could compare this cruise to the Royal Caribbean we have been on, but that is not fair at all (big price difference). The food was decent, and there was always plenty to do. Bring $110 to pay for the parking right up front. We also had a a/c problem, but it was fixed that very day. You will be cramped if there are 3 adults in one room. We had 2 next to one another (boys and girls) worked out well. We were told there were over 600 children on our cruise, but it was never chaotic. Keep an open mind about the cruise and I am sure you will enjoy it. Overall we spent just over $ 1,000 extra with the added ship fees, drinks, souveniers on ship and excursions. Bottom line is the kids want to go again, but it will be a different ship. FYI: we learned that the Majesty has been sold, and will not be leaving Charleston after October, 2009
$1,000 for a family of 4? I would think thats a great deal. Did you take advantage of the Soda Program? Was it fountain soda or cans? We will have 4 adults in one room. We dont plan on spending much time in our rooms except to shower and sleep. But I am curious to the amount of storage. Can I hang my clothes? Would it be safe to say their is a dresser drawer for each person? Thanks in advance!
Think about using open suitcases under the bed for extra drawer space. It will be tight with 4 adults since the Majesty has the smallest staterooms in the fleet. 1000s do it have still have good cruises. I know I could not do it.

Soda card is fountain. You can bring your own soda onboard. An insulated cup and ice from the stateroom and you are good to go. Unless you drink massive amounts of soda bringing some, buying some cans onboard, and restocking in port will be less then the soda card.
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We did not utilize the soda option, our kids are hyper enough thank you!!! We purchased soda on board as well as at Great Stirrup Cay. We dont drink much alcohol but I had a few beers in the Casino (walked away plus $40 for 3 straight nights of roulette too!!!) Excursions were snorkeling equipment for parents at GSC (kids brought, but had to rent safety vests @ $3 per. We boarded a bus at Nassau and went to Cable Beach (Sheraton Hotel) and rented 2 of their chairs for $5 each (bus fare $1.25 person/trip). At Cape Caneveral my son and I went on the NASA-up-close-tour (recommended if going) while wife and daughter did a pontoon boat/wildlife excursion. If Dennis Byrd (ventriloquist) is on board, go see his act.... very good. We were on deck 7 (Promenade) midshipswith 2 cabins next to each other, There are 2 dresser drawers, with a third that has a room-card key. closet space was minimal but manageable (Maybe 10 hangers?)
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We did not utilize the soda option, our kids are hyper enough thank you!!! We purchased soda on board as well as at Great Stirrup Cay. We dont drink much alcohol but I had a few beers in the Casino (walked away plus $40 for 3 straight nights of roulette too!!!) Excursions were snorkeling equipment for parents at GSC (kids brought, but had to rent safety vests @ $3 per. We boarded a bus at Nassau and went to Cable Beach (Sheraton Hotel) and rented 2 of their chairs for $5 each (bus fare $1.25 person/trip). At Cape Caneveral my son and I went on the NASA-up-close-tour (recommended if going) while wife and daughter did a pontoon boat/wildlife excursion. If Dennis Byrd (ventriloquist) is on board, go see his act.... very good. We were on deck 7 (Promenade) midshipswith 2 cabins next to each other, There are 2 dresser drawers, with a third that has a room-card key. closet space was minimal but manageable (Maybe 10 hangers?)
I am a pepsi addict. I dont know if i can handle coke for 7 days. guess it will have to do. Did you purchase your shore excursions prior to your cruise? I heard people say that bringing a 5 or 6 hanging sweater shelf would be a good idea. Would it fit in the closet with other clothes? you are so helpful to me! I like to be prepared and organized and this whole thing is killing me!
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Excursions were purchased on the ship at the excursion desk. You can also use an order form the first day (at-sea). Since you are leaving a month later than we did, I am positive you will have beter at-sea days than we did. Your sweater holder will not fit in the closet as there is a 2 drawer/safe container in there, as well as 2 life vests stored on the top shelf. You will be sacrificing hanging space for dresses or suits if that is your thing. You will be surprised to see how casual some people are at dinner. I wore dockers and a polo shirt with shoes to dinner. FYI the bed is actually 2 twins that can be joined. My son and I joined ours leaving more usable floor room than the same room my wife/daughter used. I am definitley not a seasoned cruiser like the others on this site, but I am trying to give you a decent perspective on what to expect. The bathroom will be very small, even by my standards, with a vacuum flush that is loud. Good luck.
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FYI incase you have never read it.. Almost 20 years ago a cruiser on one of the boards had a list of hints.. and his big one for me was... buy an inexpensive shoe bag at Walmart...not vinyl, but mesh..the biggest one you can..You hang it over the closet or bathroom door and you have have 24 spots for putting sandals, lotions, toiletries, flashlight, first aid supplies, etc. It keeps things organized, is easy to pack.. of all the things I learned in cruising over 20 years.. this is the best idea yet.. If you have empty luggage you can have the room steward take it away.. often they find room under the bed,.,,or in our case on the Majesty.. we have a cabin with a pull down bunk.. and Parrot Pop puts his suitcase and clothes on that..
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Great idea especially with 4 passengers in the cabin. You can store everything from sunglasses to iPods

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You might find the mesh ones take less room in the suitcase..lol. Plus it makes it alot easier to find things.. thank a cruiser named Calgon... I laugh when I see it now on doors..and somebody says they read it on the cruise boards..lol.. Another hint.. we take two mesh bags.. the dark dirties go in one and the light in another (hanging them on a hook in the cabin).. when we get ready to disembark.. we put both bags in one suitcase.. fill the mesh bags with the liquor or breakables..and other dirty stuff..[/quote]
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Excursions were purchased on the ship at the excursion desk. You can also use an order form the first day (at-sea). Since you are leaving a month later than we did, I am positive you will have beter at-sea days than we did. Your sweater holder will not fit in the closet as there is a 2 drawer/safe container in there, as well as 2 life vests stored on the top shelf. You will be sacrificing hanging space for dresses or suits if that is your thing. You will be surprised to see how casual some people are at dinner. I wore dockers and a polo shirt with shoes to dinner. FYI the bed is actually 2 twins that can be joined. My son and I joined ours leaving more usable floor room than the same room my wife/daughter used. I am definitley not a seasoned cruiser like the others on this site, but I am trying to give you a decent perspective on what to expect. The bathroom will be very small, even by my standards, with a vacuum flush that is loud. Good luck.
I apprecaite all your insite. This is our first cruise and I am just trying to be prepared. Its good to know that my closet shelf will not fit. I think I will go with the mesh show organizer someone else mentioned. The beds together would be a good idea except for the 3 others I am with I would rather NOT share a bed with

We are counting down the days and are very excited!
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You might find the mesh ones take less room in the suitcase..lol. Plus it makes it alot easier to find things.. thank a cruiser named Calgon... I laugh when I see it now on doors..and somebody says they read it on the cruise boards..lol.. Another hint.. we take two mesh bags.. the dark dirties go in one and the light in another (hanging them on a hook in the cabin).. when we get ready to disembark.. we put both bags in one suitcase.. fill the mesh bags with the liquor or breakables..and other dirty stuff..
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Thank you, I am going to get the mesh shoe holder for our door. Thats a great idea. I came across a list of items you wouldnt think about bringing along on a cruise, a mesh bag for dirty clothes was one of them. I am just concerned about hanging my clothes. At home I hang everything. I dont want to have to worry about wrinkles
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You might find the mesh ones take less room in the suitcase..lol. Plus it makes it alot easier to find things.. thank a cruiser named Calgon... I laugh when I see it now on doors..and somebody says they read it on the cruise boards..lol.. Another hint.. we take two mesh bags.. the dark dirties go in one and the light in another (hanging them on a hook in the cabin).. when we get ready to disembark.. we put both bags in one suitcase.. fill the mesh bags with the liquor or breakables..and other dirty stuff..
Thank you, I am going to get the mesh shoe holder for our door. Thats a great idea. I came across a list of items you wouldnt think about bringing along on a cruise, a mesh bag for dirty clothes was one of them. I am just concerned about hanging my clothes. At home I hang everything. I dont want to have to worry about wrinkles[/quote]

MY answer in in e-mail hell..lol You want to take personal cards (see Vista Print), little sticky p ads for writing notes to each other or the room steward, a small flashlight, (we lost electricity on one cruise), wooden clohes pins for hanging things on the back of chairs on a deck, a bit of Whisk and Woolite, aloe vera for burns and first aid..and of course a first aid kit with an antibiotic and bandaids, pen to underline activities you want to participate in..Mint tea bags for a queezy stomach and ginger tablets for those who get seasick..
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