My husband and I just booked a dec. cruise on Majesty with our families in lieu of exchanging Christmas presents. We just thought that as we do not live close to family this might be a much more appealing way to spend time together during the holidays!
We have cruised a few times, but never on Royal Caribbean and never to these ports. I was wondering if any of you have any suggestions about must-sees on the ship or special, out of the way locations aboard? Also, do you have any suggestions about shore excursions (with the ship or on our own) in any of the ports of call (Nassau, Coco Cay and Key West)?
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond!!
We sailed on Majesty last November, and had a great time. It was our first time on Royal Caribbean, and we have booked four cruises on Royal Caribbean since that...we liked it that much! (two still to come)
If you like cats, you should go to Hemingway house in Key West. We never have gone anywhere in Nassau - just the straw market. People say that hotel is a must see (I forget what it's called...the Nautalis?) Some people on a cruise we were on actually rented a room for the day at that place and loved it...apparently they have a water park you can only use if you're staying there...I bet they also had a great shower that day! Coco Cay was nice, but, again we didn't do anything but drink a fruity drink and soak up the sun. Obviously, we don't do much...but we LOVE cruising!
You will have a great time on this cruise...I'm so excited for you! It's a wonderful idea you had.
My favorite place on this ship is the "breezy place" up on the top floor of the Windjammer. It is breezy, but not windy, and usually no one was ever there (I don't know about at meal-time, since I was in the dining room at those times).
We are taking our extended family of 17 on this cruise next month. This will be me & hubby's 2nd time on this ship and a first time cruise for the rest. Great ship, great itinerary.
Bahamas: Last time we did the sightseeing tour. Very good. Descriptions are availible and bookable online. Also Atlantis resort has a very good aquarium (will do).
Key West: The conch train tour is great to learn about Key West & it's history (doing this a 2nd time), there is a lovely aquarium and butterfly garden. This time we are organizing a private ghost tour but this is also bookable through RCCL excursions (learned that a little late).
We just booked a weekend cruise on Majesty for early November, so are also looking for lots of insight, especially into the ports. Of course, RCI isn't visiting Coco Cay right now, and I don't know if they're visiting Nassau, so I'll also be very interested in what ports they visit instead (or if they do sea days).
As of now Nassau is fine and a rccl employee reports that they are bringing sand over from Freeport to Coco Cay and hopefully ships should be able to return in 2 weeks or so. So with a little luck there will be no changes in the itinerary.
We did the dolphin swim in Nassau which was one of the best excursions we've ever done. I booked it through shoretrips.com. It was pricey, but worth it. We also rented waverunners off the beach just down from Atlantis. As I recall it was about $50 for half an hour. Had a great time doing that too.
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My wife and I were on the Majesty in February. We had a great time and enjoyed the cruise. We went to Cable Beach in Nassau with one of the ship's tours. A couple at our dining room table did go over to Atlantis and said it was beautiful. At Coco Cay, same thing. Just hung out on the beach and snorkeled some. We walked around the island and found that if you keep walking away from the area where the food and shops are, you can find some beaches with only a few people sitting there. Lots of privacy, but a good walk to get there. Since it was our third time at Key West, just did the bar hopping and shopping on Duval Street with some detours to side streets to get some of the local flavor. I read all three of Tom Corcoran's novels which are based in Key West, so it was neat to see some of the local places and streets that he references in his books.
We enjoyed the food on the ship, but then again, we are not gourmet chefs. So while some people complain about the food on some ships, we generally enjoy it on any ship we cruise. We did not do any of the shows with the exception of the married couples game (which is always funny) and the comedian (who wasn't too bad). Did win a couple hundred in the casino on slots, so that covered some of the shore excursions.
All in all, a great time. Hey, it's better than work!
We're booked on Majesty for back-to-back cruises in March 2005, so we are interested in opinions from those who have upcoming cruises on this ship. We have never sailed on this class of RCCL ship, so we're interested in comparisons to the Voyager class and Radiance class.
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