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The Magic of Majesty. August 2019 and then again in October

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25 minutes ago, twangster said:

First noted on Empress so I inquired some more here on Majesty.  Powdered or "bulk" scrambled eggs are a thing of the past.  They were having trouble with the product turning black upon cooking so the fleet has standardized on fresh eggs being used for scrambled eggs, in fact for all egg purposes, only fresh eggs are used.

Great news!  Especially for @WAAAYTOOO!

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1 hour ago, twangster said:

First noted on Empress so I inquired some more here on Majesty.  Powdered or "bulk" scrambled eggs are a thing of the past.  They were having trouble with the product turning black upon cooking so the fleet has standardized on fresh eggs being used for scrambled eggs, in fact for all egg purposes, only fresh eggs are used.

This is the best cruise news I've heard in years !!  YIPPEE !!  Thanks.

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1 hour ago, twangster said:

First noted on Empress so I inquired some more here on Majesty.  Powdered or "bulk" scrambled eggs are a thing of the past.  They were having trouble with the product turning black upon cooking so the fleet has standardized on fresh eggs being used for scrambled eggs, in fact for all egg purposes, only fresh eggs are used.

This is a very interesting note.  Any idea how long this has been the case?

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Thanks for the new info on Fresh Eggs.  Also enjoying all the Pics, due to our normal cruise out of San Juan in Jan and Feb time frame interrupted by the Freedom Amplification this coming winter, we booked a Majesty cruise from NOLA.  This is a chance to show the DW what a good idea I had.

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The nightly Diamond event is hosted in the front half of the Viking Crown Lounge where Vernon our Loyalty Ambassador is there to take great care of us from 4:30pm to 8pm.  Other bars also accept the three Diamond happy hour drinks loaded on SeaPass cards.  In the VCL cards are not swiped and the servers are quick to find you when you arrive.  They even remembered my drink from the night before.  Great service.

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This became a great place for our sail away from Nassau on this formal night.  Can't visit Nassau without a lighthouse picture.

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Flag of Nations today in the Centrum.

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With confetti falling it was time for the U.S.A. to be represented.  

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Captain Per addressed the crowd.

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Day 3 - Perfect Day at CocoCay

Not much of a sunrise here early on the morning of day 3.

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We join Navigator again today after leaving her last night in Nassau.

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I spot a new addition to CocoCay.  Can you see them?

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Definitely something new since my visit last week.

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This view never gets old.

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Big sister, little sister, younger sister, older sister.  Family ships at the pier in CocoCay.

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In case you haven't figured it out yet, these lights are new since my last visit.

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LED lighting on the pier paves the way for late night stays on CocoCay.

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They must be testing them.  Down the pier there are cones where a few more will go so they are a work in progress.

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I thought I'd start the day with a morning snorkel.  

I asked about the submerged plane at the Snorkel Shack.  It's "Permanently cordoned off, for now." 

The water was a little rough and the currents had stirred up more stuff to reduce visibility so it wasn't the best conditions today. 

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More jellies on this visit.

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Back to the ship to change and get my good camera.

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I tested Voom on CocoCay and once again the speeds were very good for satellite internet.

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Always good to avoid scaring the mermaids away.

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Back to the Snack Shack for a Shack Crispy Chicken Sandwich, a Greek salad and fries.  The mango fruit drink is surprisingly additive.

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Yum.

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The floating bar remains popular.

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The pool was hopping again.  Having been several times to the new CocoCay I couldn't imagine it now without the pool.

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One last trip back to the ship.

Someone's not going to have a Perfect Day when they get charged for leaving a pool towel behind...

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10 hours ago, KathyC said:

So dinner apps are prepared at 11:30am...wow they sit out a long time before serving.

They go into a cooler to keep them at nominal temperatures.  On the tour they explain there are two controlling factors, time and temperature.  Everything is monitored for both.  The reality is they can't make 3,000 of everything on the menu a few minutes before dinner starts.  Once prepared they don't just sit out waiting for dinner, they go back into refrigerators at the appropriate temperature to keep them safe and fresh.  

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Here is the aft section of the Viking Crown Lounge that's open to the public while the forward half is used for Diamond happy hour.  A rain storm was just moving off so the ship and any guests who didn't see it coming while on CocoCay had the salt washed off them.

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Navigator arrived first and left first to the two ships following along on their whistles.  Shortly after it was our turn to depart.  

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Having been sitting for a while enjoying bottomless drinks at the Diamond event I was motivated to get up and move.  I saw a hint of a sunset so decided to check it out.

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Again not much of a sunset but there is always tomorrow.

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There is a lot going on around the ship but I'll be back soon enough so I'm not doing the ship's entertainment staff justice.  I'll post the Cruise Compasses once I get home to scan them in properly.

Outside for a walk on the Promenade deck there were a lot of stars visible.  That made me pull out my night sky photography app and see where the Milky Way might be tonight. Sure enough...

Majesty has these shelves along the forward section of the Promenade deck that worked great for my little tripod.

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While we were well past sunset the long exposure catches enough light coming over the horizon to make it look like a sunset.  The lights of a city were on the horizon to starboard.

The big dipper was very prominent tonight.  It stood out more with the naked eye compared to this 10 second exposure.

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In this one I caught a passing airplane with it's strobe light flashing every second.

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For this one I setup on the floor of the deck trying to get into the shade of those Windjammer lights.  In the darkness of the forward deck I got some strange looks as random guests walking past were wondering what I was doing crouched down low in the dark.  Oh well, all in the name of taking a picture.

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All in all not bad.  Majesty like Empress is also a good ship for stargazing with it's dark forward Promenade deck.

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24 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

Man, those night pics are just phenomenal

Yes definitely. Pretty sure Twangster used a polarizing lens on his daytime shots, based on the depth of color in the clouds, water, flowers, etc. I always use one when shooting outside, especially oceans shots. :27_sunglasses:

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52 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

Man, those night pics are just phenomenal!

And now my daughter isn't the only one thinking about a DSLR at some point in the near-to-middling future...

Just a note: See if you can get floor models, I got my DSLR for a THIRD of the normal price for the floor model. 

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On my way to my cabin after taking the stargazing pictures I came in off of deck 7 and saw...

So which way is the exit?  Maybe it's just me in my happy hour induced state that found this humorous.

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Speaking of drinking, they're multiplying.  Jorge the GSM who followed me over from Empress sent me a bottle of wine.  Combined with the two from Crown and Anchor I've got a lot of drinking to do starting tomorrow, day 4 of a 5 night cruise.  

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Fernando my cabin attendant dropped off a letter this morning.  We have to be processed by CBP tomorrow morning in Key West.

A disadvantage of not having Key West as our first stop like I had on Empress recently is that this marks our return to the U.S. after being out of the country at foreign ports so the whole ship has to be processed.  Based on our muster stations we all have a designated lounge to visit to see a CBP agent.  

Mine is the Spectrum Lounge at 8:15am.  

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1 minute ago, twangster said:

A disadvantage of not having Key West as our first stop like I had on Empress recently is that this marks our return to the U.S. after being out of the country at foreign ports so the whole ship has to be processed.  Based on our muster stations we all have a designated lounge to visit to see a CBP agent.  

Interesting...I wonder if they bring in more CBP to process people quicker?  How does disembarkation go?  Do you have to repeat the process or are the two situations-on ship vs disembarkation-very different?

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