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"LIVE" from the Majesty / 06-21-2008

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Hello everyone! Today is the first day of my first "LIVE" report aboard Norwegian Cruise Line. I will be sailing on the MS Majesty to Bermuda for a 7 night cruise.

 

We will be docked at the Ordnance Island Pier in St George's, Bermuda from Monday to Thursday.

 

Those of you who have followed my "LIVE" reports with RCI, and HAL already know that I will provide daily comments and trip reports from this cruise.

 

I will also try to post "LIVE" pics daily (as long as I am able to maintain a valid wireless connection)

 

The MS Majesty is currently owned by (Cyprus based) Louis Cruise Line, and is under charter by Norwegian Cruise Line until Dec 2009.

 

It will be interesting to see what 2.0 Enhancements will be implemented on this ship while she is leased to NCL.

 

The NCL Majesty was purchased in 1997, from Majesty Cruise Line, and was stretched in 1999.

 

This will be the first of 10 cruises sailing from the port of Baltimore (Cruise Maryland), and then she will sail another 10 cruises from Philadelphia, before returning to Charleston, SC later this year.

 

So sit back, and relax. . .this should be a fun cruise ! I hope that my internet connection stays active. I should be getting to Cruise Maryland by about noon, and I will try to post several pics before sail away at 4PM.

 

The weather for today should be nice (hopefully no rain !)

I will be sailing with my brother today . . .(Mrs Radio will be sailing with me for my next Cruise in September)

 

 

Thanks for tuning in !

 

Radio

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

 

 

 

Majesty of the Seas

 

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Image Courtesy of NCL Corporation LTD

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Lucky you! I can't wait to hear how wonderful your cruise is. I want to go to Bermuda too! Please tell us about the island as much as you do the ship. My sister says that Bermuda is beautiful!:)

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Hello everyone! Today is the first day of my first "LIVE" report aboard Norwegian Cruise Line. I will be sailing on the MS Majesty to Bermuda for a 7 night cruise.

 

Very nice, thanks! We sail on the Majesty one month from today. I can't wait to read your Live From reports.

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I'd be surprise if NCL implements many Freestyle 2.0 perks that require hard goods. The 2.0 perks not requiring hard goods maybe. Golly, the Majesty didn't implement Freestyle 1.0 all that well, you might be asking too much of the old gal for 2.0......

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Radio,

 

See you in a few hours :)

 

Weather looks good for Bermuda, and it looks like it should be a smooth trip.

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Looking forward to your reports, we are on the 9/13 sailing.

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Hi, Can't wait to hear everything we are going on 8-16. Please tell me about the parking. We have never gone out of Baltimore. I hope you have a great trip!

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Hi Radio looking foward to your reports we have not sail ncl for over 10 years maybe we will give it another try after reading your reports.

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Hi Radio looking foward to your reports we have not sail ncl for over 10 years maybe we will give it another try after reading your reports.

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Sometimes when I get up early. . . My brain doesn't cooperate with my typing. . . .:confused:

 

On my first post I labeled the ship Majesty of the Seas, when I should have typed Norwegian Majesty. . . . Oooops :mad: Sorry NCL . . .:D

 

(Maybe the Mods can correct it ?, The Cruise Critic Mod's are great, aren't they !)

 

I should be getting to the pier in about 1 hour. . . .

 

 

Thanks for tuning in. . .

 

Radio

;) ;)

 

 

Norwegian Majesty

 

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Thank you, Radio! I am looking forward to your reports and hope they are favorable.

 

Last year in Bermuda (on Empress) I saw the NCL ship in St. George's and so envied the lucky people who were parked there for 3 days. I took the plunge and reserved the Norwegian Majesty cruise for 2009. Much as I love Grandeur OTS, I need more time in Bermuda than a one-nighter.;)

 

Have a great cruise!

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The NCL Majesty was purchased in 1997, from Majesty Cruise Line, and was stretched in 1999.

 

 

When Majesty was under Majesty Cruise Line it was called CROWN MAJESTY and she DID come to Bermuda on weekly basis during the 1990's.

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Hey Radio! Have a great time on your cruise to Bermuda. I was there a couple summers ago with NCL on the Dawn and I'll be very interested to read whether you have a good week or not....mine wasn't so great. :( Guess that's why I'm sticking with HAL for the time being. :rolleyes: Enjoy Bermuda...it's a very nice but somewhat expensive island.

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Hi Radio!

 

Looking foreword to sailing with you to Bermuda! I know its one of your favorite ports and this cruise gives you plenty of time to relax and enjoy.

 

Can't wait for your pictures and LIVE posts!!

 

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I sailed the innaugural way back in the nineties and it was named the "Royal Majesty" never heard of it being the "Crown" Majesty. and i've sailed her like a dozen times since it first came to Boston and did the Bermuda run.

 

Weary

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Hello everyone! Today is the first day of my first "LIVE" report aboard Norwegian Cruise Line. I will be sailing on the MS Majesty to Bermuda for a 7 night cruise.

 

We will be docked at the Ordnance Island Pier in St George's, Bermuda from Monday to Thursday.

 

Those of you who have followed my "LIVE" reports with RCI, and HAL already know that I will provide daily comments and trip reports from this cruise.

 

I will also try to post "LIVE" pics daily (as long as I am able to maintain a valid wireless connection)

 

The MS Majesty is currently owned by (Cyprus based) Louis Cruise Line, and is under charter by Norwegian Cruise Line until Dec 2009.

 

It will be interesting to see what 2.0 Enhancements will be implemented on this ship while she is leased to NCL.

 

The NCL Majesty was purchased in 1997, from Majesty Cruise Line, and was stretched in 1999.

 

This will be the first of 10 cruises sailing from the port of Baltimore (Cruise Maryland), and then she will sail another 10 cruises from Philadelphia, before returning to Charleston, SC later this year.

 

So sit back, and relax. . .this should be a fun cruise ! I hope that my internet connection stays active. I should be getting to Cruise Maryland by about noon, and I will try to post several pics before sail away at 4PM.

 

The weather for today should be nice (hopefully no rain !)

I will be sailing with my brother today . . .(Mrs Radio will be sailing with me for my next Cruise in September)

 

 

Thanks for tuning in !

 

Radio

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

 

 

 

Majesty of the Seas

 

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Image Courtesy of NCL Corporation LTD

 

 

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Dude, why dont you enjoy your cruise instead of being on the computer

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Hey Radio - I have anxiously been waiting for your live reports! I have now officially switched channels and tuned into NCL!

 

Can't wait for your wonderful pictures! We want to go to Bermuda next summer, so any advice would be appreciated.

 

Bon voyage!!!:)

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Ever since I learned several weeks ago you'd be blogging your "Live from the Majesty" and checked out your website, I have found myself thinking "June 21 . . . Radio's cruise. . . almost here!!! Woo-hooo!"

 

And here were are, waiting with bated breath!

 

I'll be on the 7/5 sailing and just decided to make it a REAL vacation by not taking my laptop for the first time in years. I just learned that some people have been able to get free wifi while the ship is docked in St. George's, which is great for us while YOU do the posting!! :D

 

Have an absolutely wonderful time, Radio! I'm grateful that part of what makes it fun for YOU is posting for US!!

 

And thanks to the poster who provide the pic of the pre-stretched Majesty! Our first cruise was on her, which will make it interesting to get back on the ship where we experienced our "first," knowing that nothing compares to that. (Especially if it was beyond anything you ever dreamed!)

 

Sue in Dallas counting the days. . . .

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Ever since I learned several weeks ago you'd be blogging your "Live from the Majesty" and checked out your website, I have found myself thinking "June 21 . . . Radio's cruise. . . almost here!!! Woo-hooo!"

 

And here were are, waiting with bated breath!

 

I'll be on the 7/5 sailing and just decided to make it a REAL vacation by not taking my laptop for the first time in years. I just learned that some people have been able to get free wifi while the ship is docked in St. George's, which is great for us while YOU do the posting!! :D

 

Have an absolutely wonderful time, Radio! I'm grateful that part of what makes it fun for YOU is posting for US!!

 

And thanks to the poster who provide the pic of the pre-stretched Majesty! Our first cruise was on her, which will make it interesting to get back on the ship where we experienced our "first," knowing that nothing compares to that. (Especially if it was beyond anything you ever dreamed!)

 

Sue in Dallas counting the days. . . .

 

I bet Radio will be taking in quite a bit of saturated fats in addition to some great sun!!

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Hi Radio, hope you have a great cruise!! I can remember a TA telling us many years ago the the Majesty was a state of the art ship, and I do remember family sailing on her out of Boston to Bermuda.

 

We sailed her a few years ago out of Charleston in January. We had a suite and the room was very nice, ship was small though, but we still had a great cruise. One factor that we did not like was that two days going and one day or so coming were very cold as we sailed out of Charleston in January.

 

Looking forward to your pictures and your report, and....... Baltimore is really not that far from NC:) :)

 

Enjoy your cruise and thanks for taking us along again:)

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Hello everyone! I made it to Cruise Maryland Passenger terminal by about 11AM, and the parking lot was bare.

 

There were only a few cars there, and Mrs. Radio dropped me off at the terminal. I was able to speak briefly with Signman (avid CC Poster), who works at the terminal and he suggested that things were going smooth. He noted that the agents were having little difficulty with this being the Inaugural Voyage for NCL (From Cruise Maryland).

 

The Norwegian Crown sailed from the Dundalk Marine Terminal back in 2004, on the North side of the Tunnel.

 

The check in process was very simple, and there was a Platinum Latitudes waiting area as well with Champagne and snacks.

We boarded at 11:30Am, and I really like the way that NCL takes the Embarkation card photo during Check –In. RCI takes the photo while you are in line (after check in, and before boarding)

 

We did not use the Gangway here . . .instead we just walk over to the ship and entered on Deck 2. We are able to enter our stateroom immediately because there were no passengers on board, and the rooms were cleaned on Thursday (The last cruise had debarkation in Charleston, SC)

 

I have not had a chance to visit all of the areas on the ship, but I will have a lot of time to wander around with my camera, take some pics, and notes.

Our muster drill is at 330PM, and we sail away at 4PM.

 

I am happy that the Casino will open 1 ½ hrs after sailing, and there is a Coffee Bar onboard!

 

Here are a few pics from boarding.

 

Thanks for tuning in!

 

Radio

 

 

First View of NCL Majesty

 

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Cruise Maryland

 

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We arrived at a great time. . Not busy at all!

 

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Security Check in at the Terminal

 

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Easy boarding. . .with no ramps

 

 

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Here are a few more pics. . . More Pics from Sailaway later tonight !

 

 

Radio

 

 

Majesty just before boarding

 

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Promenade Deck FWD (My deck), right up on the Bridge.

 

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Luggage Loading

 

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Cruise Maryland welcomes NCL, and the Majesty !

 

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The Coffee Bar on Deck 5

 

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I sailed the innaugural way back in the nineties and it was named the "Royal Majesty" never heard of it being the "Crown" Majesty. and i've sailed her like a dozen times since it first came to Boston and did the Bermuda run.

 

Weary

 

 

When I was on board in April, 1995, it was called Royal Majesty, so I'm with you.:confused:

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Hi Radio, I'm so excited for you. I'm glad you enjoy posting for us and I'm looking forward to reading and viewing your posts all week. IMO part of the fun of cruising is posting "live." I posted live from NCL Majesty Jan. 2008.

 

I have especially liked your pictures of the ship. I was a companion to my disabled uncle. We were in the two room suite 903. The obstruction of the cables was very minor. I loved the floor to ceiling bay windows.

 

I am hoping to go to Bermuda in 2010, so I'm very interested in the details of your shore excursions. For a time we were thinking of booking this summer, but 2010 works out better for us. Will you be snorkeling in the caves that are partially filled with water?

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Maggie 3, We are also on the 8/16 cruise. Good to see a post by someone else on that cruise. Radio, Looking forward to your updates.

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I sailed on her in 1993 and have always wondered where she went. Nice to have her in my hometown of Baltimore!

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Radio - I am so looking forward to your reports from Bermuda. Be sure to visit the Swizzle Inn. We had such a wonderful lunch there (including several Rum Swizzles:D).

 

Virginia

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RADIO!!!! You are my new hero!!!! I'm slugging away on my long weekend to-do list, looking at the clock and thinking, "Muster drill time!" and "Sailaway!" as I vicariously enjoy your embarkation.

 

Your pictures ROCK!!

 

I laughed when I saw everyone boarding through the Deck 2 door, since the lower bowels of any ship are so utilitarian that it certainly doesn't offer much of a "wow factor" for one's first impressions of a ship! (We'll be very familiar with that door in Bermuda, won't we? YESSSS!!!!!! :::doin' the happy dance:::))

 

So. . . how and where did they offer the trays of bubbly? I'm still having trouble imagining staff with trays of champagne stationed in front of the double "Crew Only" doors!! LOL!!

 

And is your bedding upgraded??

 

Oh, and did you see at what point in the process they xrayed the luggage to look for contraband? I'm thinking of just carrying on my wine so we don't have to be summoned to the Naughty Room. But I keep hearing of people NOT packing alcohol who still get summoned. . .!

 

Thanks for everything, Radio!!

 

Sue

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Suebee, your post made me laugh, out of 20+ cruises, NCL -the only cruise we have ever had anything confiscated:eek: About 5 airplane bottles of Jim Beam, while our traveling companions sailed right through:D

 

It's funny now, but wasn't funny then when dh had to visit the naughty room, he said they were hauling out 1/2 gals and gals!!!! And here he was with his measley little five bottles, he likes to mix his own pre-dinner drink. Anyway, companions lent him some for the cruise:)

 

Radio, as always wonderful pictures!!! Thanks so much and looking forward to your cruise:)

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Jane, you mean they didn't let you pay the "sin tax," they confiscated your dh's baby bottles (of Jim Beam)??

 

That's crazy.

 

 

 

[Edited moments later] Oh wait. . . there is no corkage fee for liquor, is there?!! LOL!!

 

In the memorable words of Emily Litella, ". . . .never mind. . . ."

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Loving your pictures, so crisp, can't wait to be on here on Sept 20th

mew1

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When Majesty was under Majesty Cruise Line it was called CROWN MAJESTY and she DID come to Bermuda on weekly basis during the 1990's.

 

Umm...she was never called the Crown Majesty..only the Royal Majesty of Majesty Cruise Line. And that photo is of the former Crown Majesty (a totally different ship....originally the Crown Dynasty now sailing as Fred Olsen's Braemar)

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Radio, enjoy your cruise! We love this little ship, and sure do miss her...

 

Please tell Nenette (she's a bar waitress, you'll find her on the pool deck during the day) that Peggy and Joe said hello!

 

And tell the IT guy to fix the bridge cam! It's still stuck on May 20th!!

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Great info and pix as usual Radio.....can't wait for the next installments!!! Also, I am sure you will throw in some comparisons to RC as well......have a great trip!

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