Majesty of the Seas Live Blog

Majesty of the Seas Live Blog - Day 3 - CocoCay

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28Aug2017

Today was our third and final day of the cruise, but I didn’t want to think about that and enjoy my time on the island. We arrived in Coco Cay around 7am and guest can start getting off at 8am.

Currently you must take a tender boat over to the island, but Royal Caribbean is building a new pier here, so they can dock. I like to get over to the island early to take some really good pictures before the guest arrive.

I had a relaxing morning on the island; I noticed there are many changes taking place here. They have added little hotdog carts around the island to grab a quick snack and the are free. I also noticed a lot more drink carts setup so you don’t have to walk over to the full bar for a cocktail. A lot of really nice changes taking place here, and I can’t wait to come back in October.

At 11am they have a little party with the staff on board at wacky seagull area. All the officers come around to talk and just a way for them to say thank you for sailing on Majesty of the Seas. I enjoyed the free drinks and I think I ate 20 shrimps! I noticed they changed how the Coco Loco is made, before it was a red/pink color and now it’s white. Not a big deal, still taste great.

On Board

All on board was 3:30pm and I still saw guest coming back over after 4pm.

I went to the pool deck for a cool down swim and it very busy. They were having the world’s sexy man contest, so I watched that for a while. Thankfully I wasn’t one of those guys up there. It’s pretty entertaining to see guys get up there and dance.

I wanted a little snack before dinner and off to the Windjammer I went. At 4pm on the last day they always put out a nacho bar. This is my favorite, so I made a plate and enjoyed the cool air. They have all the toppings out and you can create them anyway you want.

Evening on board

First I went down to purchase some liquor to take home. I never did this before I moved to Florida, because I didn’t want to fly with it, but whenever I’m driving I usually pick up a bottle or two. Only thing different I noticed on Majesty is, on the last morning you have to go pick it up vs other ships they deliver to the cabin.

Tonight we reserved Chef’s Table, which is $85 per person. I’ve never done the Chef’s table before, so I was really looking forward to this. First we met in Boleros lounge, where they serve you a glass of Champagne. After 15 minutes, they walked us down to the room beside the main dining room for our meal.

We learned about the wines and how they should change the food flavor. I must say, it was one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. By the time the desert came I couldn’t even eat it I was so full.

We had such a good table and laughed all night, which really made the experience wonderful.

After dinner I did some exploring around the ship but wanted to get some rest for the drive home tomorrow. This cruise was such an enjoyable weekend getaway. My love for Majesty of the Seas just keeps growing every time I sail on her. Thanks for following along on this quick 3 day live blog. See you again soon on Harmony of the Seas group cruise!

Majesty of the Seas Live Blog - Day 2 - Nassau, Bahamas

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27Aug2017

Here we are already halfway through our weekend cruise on day 2, in Nassau, Bahamas. These weekend sailings go by so fast, but oh so fun! This morning I woke up early and waited for the coffee shop to open at 7am. Believe it or not, they usually have 3-5 people lined up ready for them to open. I ordered my large Americano and it was $3, since I don’t have the drink package.

After enjoying my coffee and working on the blog, I decided to grab some breakfast in the main dining room. On Majesty of the Seas they have a Diamond and up section to the dining room. Only real perk here, is not having to “wait” for a table or them to seat you. I ordered an omelet with a side of hash browns; I guess my only complaint was I wanted more! I didn’t order more, but I did grab some fruit they had setup in the middle of the dining room.

After breakfast they had the Crown & Anchor welcome back party in the Spectrum Lounge.

Funny they are talking about how they had the name Spectrum for quite sometime now. They also have conference lounges named after ships in the Voyager class. The party is always a good time, free drinks, and great music.

They talked about the next cruise booking program and how you can take dollars off the next cruise or on board credit. Also went over some new ships entering the fleet, I enjoyed my champagne, needless to say.

It was fun watching us sail into Nassau, Bahamas today. I have so many photos of that lighthouse, but you know I had to take more.

The pool deck was very busy; it felt like a sea day.

I was happy to see Oasis of the Seas dock in port today, they are on a reverse schedule due to the total eclipse special sailing. Oasis of the Seas is truly one of my favorite large ships in the fleet; okay this is a live blog about Majesty, back to topic.

Day in Nassau

Today in Nassau we decided to explore the brand new resort, Baha Mar on Cable Beach.

We took the city bus (#10) over to the other side of the island. The cost for the bus is only $1.25 per person and I felt very safe the whole time. Most of the people on the bus are local residents or local school kids. Once we made it over to the resort I made a comment to my friend Nick, “it feels like we are in a movie or something” we were the only people in the casino that’s one hundred – thousand square feet. While playing they quickly come over and offer you free drinks, you just have to keep playing for more.

They now restrict access to explore the outside grounds, as that’s for guest only. We did request a tour from the front desk and she showed us most of the property. I don’t think she liked that I was taking pictures of everything and thought that could upset some guests. I really couldn’t believe how beautiful the property was, they have seven swimming pools on the grounds!

They offer a lot, but I’m sad to report they have zero plans to ever offer day passes for cruise passengers. My suggestion is booking a room for one day, and enjoying the property since you are a paying guest.

Evening onboard

Tonight we were invited to dine at the Captain’s table with the hotel director, John Denton. We received an invitation in our cabin to meet in the Schooner Bar at 8:15pm for cocktails. They had a large section reserved for us to sit and we all talked until our host arrived.

Once he arrived we talked for a while and then they walked us to the main dining room to the table.

This is one of the nicest meals I’ve ever had, the service and wine was outstanding. We talked about Majesty at the table and her future within the fleet. Majesty of the Seas is going into dry dock in February 2018, so we talked about some options they have for the dry dock.

For the meal itself, I ordered the surf and turf. The steak was wrapped in bacon, so what’s not to love about that! The steak reminded me of a very large filet from Chops Grill.

After dinner we headed up to the under the starts dancing party. The cruise director, Ricky Mathews can create one party. He really knows how to get the passengers involved into the party. I was really surprised to see he joined the ship, as he’s usually on Oasis of the Seas.

That’s a wrap from my day 1 in Nassau, Bahamas. Stayed tuned, tomorrow we are headed to Royal Caribbean’s private island of Coco Cay.

Majesty of the Seas Live Blog - Day 1 - Embarkation Day

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26Aug2017

There is nothing more exciting than the day you board your cruise and today was no different. I woke up around 5am in Tampa, Florida and drove over to the port in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The trip over was uneventful and I arrived early enough to have breakfast at Grills beside the port. This has become a little tradition of mine over the years when I sail out Port Canaveral.

Boarding

I arrived to the terminal at 10:20am, first I think it’s easier to pull through and drop your bags off, then go park. This way you avoid pulling the bags through the parking garage to find the porters. Parking for my cruise was $64 at the terminal and you pre-pay when you enter with cash or card.

Boarding started at 10:30am and I must have been one of the first to board because the ship was totally empty for a few minutes. My friend Brandon Owen had a guest pass for the day, so I was able to enjoy a few drinks with him around the ship.

Lunch

We waited to have lunch a little later, since we had such a large breakfast at Grills. Note if you are ever sailing on Majesty of the Seas, they have two Windjammer sections. When you walk in, that’s the busy one, just keep walking back to the other section, it’s almost always empty.

That’s when I found the meat!

They had a rather large cut of pork roast, it was the next best thing to park café. They had plenty of options for lunch, so a little something for everyone. Those who are wondering, yes they had Indian food!

Sailaway

Muster drill was at 3:30pm, and all the bars shut down at 3pm to prepare for the drill.

Nick and I hung out in the cabin until the drill actually started and then went to the dreaded drill outside by the lifeboats. I think this is when I noticed how hot it is cruising in August.


 

After the drill we decided to attend the spa raffle, since it was raining.

If you have never attended them, it’s a short free raffle for prizes in the spa. They are basically trying to educate the guest on their services, while giving away things too. I couldn’t believe it, but my friend Nick won $100 credit in the spa! Sadly, I never win anything…

Evening onboard

Right at 5:00pm we headed up to the Diamond Lounge in the Viking Crown Lounge. First, I noticed how busy they were tonight; usually on Majesty the lounge is kind of slower, since it’s mostly first-time cruisers. But they had a rather large setup of snacks to enjoy while having a cocktail during the sunset.

I really enjoy the lounge on Majesty of the Seas for the views. We ended up staying up here for a few hours making friends. At 7pm I looked around and our table was the only one here, so it really clears out for first dinner.

We originally planned to dine in Chef’s Table tonight, but we waited until the afternoon to book and it was sold out for tonight. Lesson learned, if you want to book something do it right away when you board. We did schedule to dine there night three of the cruise. So we kept things simple and enjoyed a quick meal in the Windjammer. Once again, they had a little bit of everything from Belgian waffles, pulled pork to Chinese food. I was pleased and enjoyed the express option of coming and going, as we wanted.

After dinner we enjoyed some adult karaoke, this might have been the most entertaining thing I’ve ever seen! Well some of them at least, my friend Nick got up there and did some singing to get the crowd really going. After an hour we got that urge to hit the casino. Let’s just say I walked in with no cash and left with $5! I call that a victory. They don’t advertise this well, but there is a Crown and Anchor perk loaded on our sea pass cards for a free $5 in the slot machines. The casino was so busy, a lot of younger cruisers gambling for the first time.

Stray Observations

  • VOOM on aboard with the Diamond Plus discount was $13 for the weekend.
  • They are scanning sea pass cards in the diamond lounge as a trial, however this does not count for the 3 drinks you can use at any bar. So it virtually means nothing, other than handing them your card.
  • The youngest crowd on a cruise ship, I’ve ever seen. I think for the first time, I feel like older guy watching them.
  • VOOM works outstanding, always stays connected and streaming is no problem. It’s one of the few ships I’m able to watch live periscopes.

Live blogging from Majesty of the Seas - Preamble

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22Aug2017

Hi Royal Caribbean Blog readers, its Michael Poole and here I am with my next live blog.

In January, I did a 10 night live blog on board Majesty of the Seas, so be sure to check that out. This time I’m headed back to Majesty of the Seas for a quick 3-night weekend getaway. This cruise set sails this Friday, August 25th. Since I couldn’t wait for the Royal Caribbean Blog Group Cruise on board Harmony of the Seas, I had to add something. On this sailing I’ll be cruising with my good friend, Nick Vitani who spends almost every weekend on board.

Itinerary

This quick 3-night cruise will be visiting Nassau, Bahamas and Royal Caribbean’s private island Coco Cay.

In Nassau we plan to go visit the new resort Baha Mar on the other side of the island, which is know as Cable Beach.

For Coco Cay, no real plans but total relaxation. I do plan to take a lot of photos of all the construction of their new pier and report back how things are going on the island. I’ll be returning to Coco Cay in mid October so it will be nice to see the progress being made of the next few months.

Cabin

For this cruise, I’ll be staying in a superior ocean view cabin on deck 9. The actual cabin number is 9078, which is aft. I like the location a lot because it’s right beside the spa and gym, so I might fit one workout in! If you are looking to cruise on Majesty of the Seas, I highly recommend the superior ocean view cabins. Since this ship doesn’t have balcony cabins (other than suites) this is the largest cabin option without spending a lot of cash.

Dining / Drink Package

For this cruise we have decided to dine in Chef’s table. This is a specialty dining option that ranges from $85-$95 per person, depending on the ship. If you are flexible with time and date they are usually running a discount on board to book the first night. In all my cruises I’ve never had dinner in the Chef’s table, so I’m really looking forward to the experience. One perk of this dining option is the wine pairing, is included in the cover charge.

On this cruise I’ll be passing on the drink package, it was $170 for the weekend in the cruise planner. I’ll be spending most evenings in the Viking Lounge watching sunsets and that’s where the diamond lounge is on Majesty. We will see how this goes paying for drinks as I go.

Well friends it’s almost cruise time, please let me know if there is anything you would like to see on Majesty of the Seas. Feel free to comment below on my live blogs and I’ll respond during my cruise. I’ll also be doing live streams on the periscope app, so be sure to follow me @mpoole3.

Majesty of the Seas Live Blog - Day 10 - Sea Day

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23Jan2017

Today is the final day of my 3 consecutive cruises, it’s been a great vacation but I thought to myself it’s not over yet I have one more day.

Today I woke up around 7:30am to the Captain making an announcement that we would not be going to their private island of Coco Cay. Due to the storm front moving down from Florida, we would spend the day at sea. I was sad we couldn’t go to over to the island because I love it so much, but I was okay with a sea day too. 

Morning on board 

First I started off my morning in the dining room and it was busy. Many of the guests were just taking the morning slow since it’s a sea day. I discovered my love for their toasted raisin bread.

Of course, when you ask for some they bring you the whole plate to enjoy. I went with my standard morning omelet and bacon and off I went. 

After breakfast I just wanted to explore the ship to see what all was going on.

First, I saw they were doing trivia in the Schooner Bar, so I joined in on that action for a while. I’m not going to lie, these questions were pretty hard, I think the best score was 9 out of 20 right and it wasn’t me!

They also had some line dancing going on in the Centrum hosted by the assistant cruise director, Moe. He works so hard, every event on that ship he’s either hosting or involved in.

I don’t think I went more than two hours a day without seeing him. He’s become a real friend of mine over the years from Enchantment and now on Majesty. 

Afternoon on board 

This afternoon I had planned to enjoy the pool deck but the wind was so high it was almost not enjoyable to be outside.

I walked the outside decks to take some pictures and talk about windy, I was holding on to everything I had on me. At this point the captain made his second announcement of bad news, that we were headed back to Florida tonight. I suppose it’s not really bad news because we could still enjoy the ship that evening docked.

A few hours later they issues another update that we would be arriving sooner than planned. With that being said, all the stores, casino, photo shop would be closing at 9pm. 

Evening on board 

Tonight we went to the show at 7:30pm and it was their first time performing the show. The name of the show just can’t come to me, but it’s the main show from the Enchantment they have brought over to Majesty. It was a good show; I’ve seen it many times and last for around an hour. 

My final meal tonight was back in the main dining room and I ordered the lasagna and tiger shrimp. I asked for my lasagna to be made with their red sauce to change it up, since I’ve had it three times this week.

The service was outstanding and I couldn’t have asked for better dining service. 

Everyone on board kept talking about this amazing piano player in the schooner bar, so I had to go check it out. And I’m glad I did, he was one of the best I’ve ever seen. The bar was very busy since all the shops/casino was closed. This was very different than past players, he had the crowd up dancing all over the bar and singing. In fact, at one point he left the piano and walked around signing with guest around the bar.

My best comparison of this experience is an evening in dazzles, very loud music and everyone dancing. It was the perfect way to end my vacation, and I’m so excited he will be on board through May so I can see him again. 

Recap of the Majesty 

The Majesty of the Seas is not the newest ship in the fleet, it’s not the largest ship in the fleet, but she’s the friendliest ship in the fleet. Often you will hear the hotel director saying that, but it’s true. The crew on Majesty is what makes her different than any other ship I’ve been on. Yes, we have all had great service across the fleet, but on Majesty the crew is almost like family. I can’t tell you how many hugs I gave this last day and thanks for everything. I’ll give you an example; their loyalty ambassador on board Shane has won officer of the year two years in a row. I was surprised the same person won two years in a row, but now I understand it. Last night, I saw him in the Diamond area, the show, the schooner bar and again this morning at 7am; he came to the diamond holding area to wish everyone a safe trip home. I’ve never seen this type of exposure from officers on any cruise I’ve taken before. 

I’m sad my journey has come to an end, but I’m happy it happen, and made memories from this cruise for a life time. Thank you so much for following along with me these 10 days! Until next time, I’ll see you at sea…

Majesty of the Seas Live Blog - Day 9 - Nassau, Bahamas

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22Jan2017

Today we are in Nassau, Bahamas from noon until midnight. I woke up early (7:30am) and I hope you are sitting down when you read this…I went to the gym. They only have 5 treadmills, so I waited 10 minutes until one of them opened up. Not a big deal, but I did hear the staff ask someone to get off because she was over their 30 minutes limit. After the gym I showered up and headed down for breakfast in the main dining room. I kept telling myself I was going to skip breakfast this morning, but since I was skipping lunch off I went. I was sitting next to a couple we had met and he informed me to order a fresh made to order omelet with un-opened eggs. Wow this really made a difference from the omelets I’ve been eating previously. 

At 10:45am they had the Crown and Anchor welcome back party. Let’s just say I’m getting this party down since it’s my third time, but they do hand out free drinks.

This was the first time I have officially heard Royal Caribbean say the name of Oasis IV, Symphony of the Seas. This is the 4th Oasis Class ship launching in Spring 2018. They talked about when she comes out she will start sailing in Europe and then to her homeport in Florida. 

Around 12:30pm I left the ship for my afternoon in Nassau. We had a small group of 4 from the ship that decided to explore the island.

First up we headed to the Queen’s Staircase.

My last time here was on my live blog on Enchantment of the Seas in October. I wanted to go back to see how the area looked post hurricane damage. If you have never been here the walk is about 15 minutes and it is completely free to explore. The staircase is directly behind the Nassau hospital by the pier. After we left the staircase we headed over to the Greycliff Hotel.

This is a very old hotel and they let you just walk through it to explore. They offer day passes here also around $100, however it does not come with any food/beverages. Many famous people come to stay here because of how luxury it is. When you walk through their hotel you end up at the chocolate factory. They always have a free sample, so you have some chocolate to taste.

After exploring the hotel we headed back to the pier area to explore. We noticed they had a live band going on the sidewalk and just seemed like there was so much going on. Of course, I had to stop into my favorite pub again to grab a beer and use their free Wi-Fi. 

Evening on board

Tonight we went up to the Diamond event and I was able to take some great photos as the sun was setting. I know, you must be thinking well by day 9 how many more pictures can you take! But sometimes these just never get old.

They also had some snacks up in the lounge but I passed to safe room for dinner. 

For dinner tonight I was lucky enough to get invited to the Captain's Table again.

We met in the Schooner bar at 8pm for happy hour and then walked down to the dining room.

The experience at this table is hard to describe, but it is unlike any service I have ever had before.

The Hotel Director talked about the upgrades coming to the Majesty of the Seas during her next dry dock in January 2018. This leads me to believe, The Majesty of the Seas is not leaving the fleet anytime soon. The meal lasted a little over two hours and just great conversation all around. 

Well that is it for my full day in Nassau, Bahamas. Tomorrow we are headed to Coco Cay!

Majesty of the Seas Live Blog - Day 8 - Turnaround Day

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21Jan2017

Groundhog Day may be a few weeks away, but it has come early on Majesty of the Seas. We are back in Florida for another turnaround day for my third and final cruise.

I got up early to pack up my cabin and received a phone call from guest services that my on board account needed to be paid. On my pervious cruises I have always had my credit card roll over to the next cruise. However, on this ship you must go down and provide the card each time. Not a big deal, because he said I could come right up to the desk and settle the account. 

At 9am I decided to go move my belongings from one cabin to the next. This time I was going from deck 4, back up to deck 9-ocean view cabin. I didn’t take pictures, but it looks just like the cabin I day from day one blog post. At 9:30 they have all us back-to-back cruisers to meet down by guest services to receive our new SeaPass cards.

This time there were 23 guests staying on board for the next cruise. After going through customs, with a completed form, off to Grills I went. I had this bacon, egg, cheese bagel to the day and I just had to get another one.

I had some friends join me today that are local, few crew friends I’ve made, and even one guest on board. So I had quite a few friends for lunch today, and we stayed until 2pm. It was weird not getting on board until the afternoon hours. 

There were no lines in the new beautiful Terminal 1. This terminal is one of the best designs I’ve seen at any port. There are no escalators just ramp-style hallways that you can easily role down your luggage.

Once on board we quickly went to Johnny Rockets for lunch, are you getting the theme here just food, food, and more food! On the first day they offer 20% off, so it comes up to $5.64 and that includes all you can eat plus a soft drink. I did not really want anything but when on a cruise… I got a single patty burger and at around half. Now my friend Nick, he can’t say the same. He ordered two burgers and stacked them on top of each other. Let’s just say he at every single bite. 

Muster drill was right after our lunch, so at this point I felt like we were going quite a bit. But muster drill today was kind of fun because we had so many dolphins out in the water. They just kept signing back and forth beside the ship, so everyone was taking pictures.

Directly after muster drill we headed to the spa raffle, but sadly no free spa for me – maybe one day I will win. This is a raffle for 5 spa treatments for free, and they pitch many sales during the cruise.

I would say it’s not the most entertaining sail away, but someone has to win. 

Evening onboard 

Tonight we decided to see the comedy show in the main theater. Surprisingly the theater was packed, almost every seat was taken. We went to the 7:30pm show and let out at 8:20pm. It was a nice way to spend some time before dinner and some really good laughs. The comedy was for families and most of the jokes were at first time cruisers and their experience day 1 on board. The comedian was recommending that we all come back to his adult late-night comedy, however we didn’t make it. 

Dinner was in the main dining room, and I had the same waiters from this past week. So that was fun that they knew me and excited to have me back at their table. I ordered the Prime Rib, this is by far my favorite meal the whole cruise in the dining room.

Followed by carrot cake and maybe some ice cream too! 

Well that recaps my full day for turnaround. What an action packed day from start to finish. I went straight to bed after dinner, so that I was well rested for my day in Nassau, Bahamas tomorrow.

Majesty of the Seas Live Blog - Day 7 - Sea Day

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20Jan2017

These days are just flying by, but today is my seventh day on board Majesty of the Seas and it is a sea day. Sea days are always my favorite because you can sleep in and nap every few hours. 

This morning I woke up and had breakfast in the main dining room again. It is funny, usually I just grab a quick bite in the Windjammer on my past cruises, but the service is so great I just keep going back. They have a table setup in the center of the dining room where you can grab fresh fruits while you are waiting for your meal.

I went with the ham and cheese omelet, my waiter said, “same thing again?”

After breakfast I just walked the ship to explore areas perhaps I haven’t seen and walk off some of that big breakfast I just ate. I noticed they had the drink of the day starboard madras for $8 + 18% - not a bad price if you don’t have the drink package. 

In the Centrum they had their final day big sale items. Most of the items were on sale for $10 and buy 4 get 1 free.

I tend to try and avoid these type of activities, but for blog purposes I explored the area and took some photos. I noticed this sales last all day and even another set-up of these items up on the pool deck. 

Afternoon on board 

This afternoon I relaxed on the pool deck and surprisingly it wasn’t that hard to grab a pool chair, event at noon. I enjoyed the poolside live music for awhile until the men’s belly flop contest.

This was a fun contest with 6-8 men jumping in the pool belly first. I wanted to actually join the contest today, but let’s just say I got cold feet! 

After a few hours in the pool I went inside for my first drink of the day in the Schooner Bar.

The average beer price is $6.95 + 18%.

I spent around $50 the whole cruise on drinks, so I’m starting to question my value of the drink package. I did try to purchase the drink package for just today since it’s the last day and was told they don’t offer it. That’s probably the best, because I’m starting to experience drink fatigue from my free drinks in the evening. If you are diamond member they give you 3 drinks per night, and you can request more than 1 (beers not open) and enjoy them at a later time. 

Evening 

I went straight up to the Diamond lounge at 5pm so I could watch the sunset inside. I am so glad I did, because the views were simply amazing.

I was chatting with some other people in the lounge for a while and they just could not believe I am staying on board for the next cruise.

This evening they had the headliner event in the theater. Since, I haven’t gone to a show since the last cruise I decided to go check it out. The gentleman was singing a lot of Latin songs and was doing a great job at it. However, this just was not my style of entertainment, so I left after about a half hour.

The headliner always changes from cruise to cruise, so I would not worry about this if you are coming on board the Majesty of the Seas. 

Dinner was back in the main dining room and it was Matt’s favorite lasagna night! The quality of meat, sauce, cheese has greatly improved because this lasagna was outstanding! It reminded me of my favorite lasagna from Giovanni’s Table, so I am officially a fan. 

Tonight was the Quest at 11pm, and since I was in no rush to get up tomorrow I wanted to go. I talked to some friends around me and no one had ever been to the show before, so I tried to give them a crash course. I will not go into details of the game in case you haven’t been before, but this is a must do if you are on a Royal Caribbean cruise. My team got first place, I think I’m a streak of last 7 cruises getting first place in the game. 

After the game I went straight to the cabin it was almost midnight and I was ready for some sleep for my 3rd cruise. See you tomorrow for turnaround day.

Majesty of the Seas Live Blog - Day 6 - Nassau, Bahamas

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19Jan2017

Today we are in Nassau, Bahamas from 8am – 5pm. My plan today was to just relax and take it easy in Nassau.

I started my morning with some breakfast in the main dining room at 9:30am. They have most of the same options as the Windjammer, but without waiting in lines at the buffet. I enjoy the main dining room because I’m able to sit with my same dining room waiters. I ordered an omelet with ham and cheese and a side of bacon.

Something about eating bacon on a Royal Caribbean cruise that’s so good. The service in the dining room was outstanding, the headwaiter even came over to ask how my service was been going this cruise, very impressive. 

Around 11am I decided to get off the ship and head over to my favorite pub.

I could likely not put the name and many of you would know where, but it’s Pirate Republic Pub.

I had a few flights and met some first-time cruisers beside me. I love talking to people who are on their first cruise to get their feedback on how it’s going.

If you ever venture off to this pub, order the coconut porter it is one of their signature beers.

After I left the pub around 1pm I did not want to head back to the ship, but also did not want to venture off too far.

Well you know the sayings, you learn from your mistakes? Well today, I was reminded how much I dislike Senor Frogs. I went into the bar for 1 beer; the cost was $8 for their local sands beer that’s $1.50 at the sidewalk shops. So I was already wishing I’d stayed down at Pirates or headed back to the ship. I stayed around a half hour and got out of there. They were doing the games, blowing the whistle, just not my scene anymore. 

Back on board I headed up to the windjammer for my afternoon lunch. I had some corn mix that I love and some chicken and fish. The lunch did not look so great, but I actually thought this was one of my best lunches so far.

The quality of the food has started to greatly improve over the last few months. 

Evening on board 

Tonight I watched us sail out of Nassau, so I could take my lighthouse photos, which never get old.

The seas were so calm it almost looked like glass or something in the horizon. I was happy with the pictures I was able to get and headed inside for the evening. As usual, went to the Diamond section of the Viking lounge and it was empty; in fact I was the only one there! Let’s just say I had great service since it was just me. 

At 7:30 they had the welcome back party for their Crown and Anchor members.

Some are curious on the number of passengers on board in each tier, so I wrote them down: Gold 454, Platinum 107, Emerald 59, Diamond 71, Diamond Plus 43, and Pinnacle 4. They also mentioned the Crown and Anchor membership has over 6 million members and 1.5 million sailed within the last 18 months. 

Dinner tonight was in the main dining room. I had met some friends on board and invited them to sit with me tonight, so it was a table for 4. I ordered the French onion soup, scallops, and duck. It was all very good the meat on the bone just fell off with my fork.

For dessert I went with the classic ice cream, almost said nothing but who can pass up ice cream?

Our dinner was a little over 2 hours, but we were all in great conversation that it did not feel long. One thing I’ve noticed with the dining room staff is if you want it to speed up/slow down, just tell them.

After dinner I went straight to bed, no pass go to any areas of the ship straight to my cabin.

Tomorrow is my last day on the leg 2 of 3 and it’s a sea day!

Majesty of the Seas Live Blog - Day 5 - CocoCay

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18Jan2017

This morning I woke up at 6am; no idea why, I am on vacation but I figured since I’m up I should go watch the sunrise. I am happy I did because it was so beautiful and I took some great pictures. 

 At 8:30am I decided to head over to Coco Cay. They actually start the tender process at 8am and usually invite all guests down around 9am. If you are looking to avoid lines, I would suggest getting down there early. I was doing a Periscope and could not believe how the Voom Internet held from the ship until we pulled up to Coco Cay. 

The weather was perfect today and I was able to walk around and take some great photos. I walked the whole island and really enjoyed the island so empty that early in the morning.

The cabanas facing the ships are different from when I had one in July, so those are also new from the storm.

I also explored down to the beach beds are which is past the floating bar.

The beach beds are the furthest point down the south side of the island. If you were looking for a quite day, these would be perfect. The whole area is all brand new and very nice looking beach beds and beach cabanas. 

For lunch I went over to the VIP party, they had fruit and my favorite shrimp. I met a lady cruising solo for the whole year, so we talked quite a bit. I grabbed my favorite island drink Coco Loco! 

I spent most of my afternoon down at the floating bar.

This was added last year and now a little closer now it used to be. Before you would have to swim out, but now it’s not in such a deep area. The bar holds up to 35 people and you must be 21 to enter.

At 4pm I decided to head back over to the ship to nap before dinner. 

Evening on board 

Tonight was the flag ceremony in the centrum in between the two dinners, so all guest could join. If you have never seen it before, they honor the countries of the crew members. They also have some doing a dance from their culture back home.

For dinner tonight, I was invited to the Captain’s Table. The meal was outstanding, and again I had the filet. I felt so lucky to be apart of such an amazing meal.

 After dinner I enjoyed the ship a little and called it a night. The sun in Coco Cay was getting to me.

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