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RELAX: Majesty 2/14/09 Live Thread


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Let me preface this thread by mentioning two things: first and foremost, DH’s cousin died in the terrible Buffalo Continental plane crash on the 12th. Second, my one and only “goal” for this cruise was relaxation. So here it is… 56 hours after boarding… and we haven’t seen one show or been to the casino or really done much of anything… except… RELAX. There are tons of Western New Yorkers on board and everyone was pretty shaken up about the crash.

I’m not going to dwell on Majesty’s obvious and well documented flaws. Yes, she has rust here and there, her walls need repainting, one elevator door has “The Captain is a Malaka” scratched into it, and there is a random sewage odor that occasionally presents itself. There are very, very few public bathrooms, and the ones by the pool are circa 1900. My cabin is… well, have you ever served time in Attica? This is a small cabin. Look- she needs an overhaul and I’m sure she’ll get one when she leaves the fleet in October.

But... I love her.

 

The crew is what I’ve come to expect from NCL- friendly, helpful, kind- what can I say? Our cabin steward, Fidel, is an angel. We ate in Le Bistro one night- it was EXCELLENT and we walked in without reservations, FYI, and the waitresses were wonderful. The CD is a very warm and funny guy named Denny Anderson. Totally unassuming guy, not the most flashy CD I’ve ever seen- thank God- but just the kind of guy we needed as a CD on this trip. We have Sherry as our Future Cruise Consultant and we remember her from a Spirit cruise in the past. Canadian, but hey, we can overlook things…

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Food- if I said it was exquisite would you believe me? :rolleyes: How about if I said it is QUITE GOOD?? Because it IS. Really. The idiosyncratic NCL “mallow rubber” desserts have been replaced by tasteless gel puddings shaped like Today Sponges- give those a pass. But the flan and some of the other desserts- yum. The buffet is actually really, really good. The Pasta Café was also a real highlight. Nice and quiet, very skilled waiters, excellent food. I had the spaghetti Carbonara and it was perfect. We ate in the dining room for breakfast yesterday- meh. What can you say about the same exact NCL breakfast you’ve eaten 25 times? I’ll get back to you after we eat dinner in the dining room tonight. I have a feeling we’ll end up in the Pasta Café again, however. The baked goods are excellent. I have no idea how this ship manages to pull off warm, crusty bread like no other ship I’ve ever been on.

So it’s a very low key cruise and we are loving it. I wanted the small ship experience and this is it in a nutshell. Peanut shell. The CC Meet and Mingle/Greet was nice. Denny the Warm and Funny CD was there, along with Sherry the Canuck and the HD (whose name escapes me right now)… The Latitudes Party was fine… DH won some cheesy pay-$5-get-$10-at-select-gaming-tables thing….

Today we stopped in Nassau. Been here, done this. Got off the ship, went to Starbucks, some lady made a crack about the plane crash and we hightailed it back to home base. I love this ship. I love this cruise. Bells: absent. Whistles: never had ‘em. Good time? You betcha.

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I’m starting to think I prefer NCL over HAL. I can’t believe I’m saying this. I swore I would never sail NCL again after I saw the Gem’s hull art. The faded turquoise funny-ha-ha writing on everything also leaves me cold. But I just ate dinner in yoga pants and one of my husband’s button down shirts. I then had ten cups of coffee and about 20 desserts out on deck with my feet up on a chair, watching the Disney Wonder pull out of Nassau, wind whipping in my hair, officers and crew alike nodding and saying hello. Sure beats the hell out of the last five formal nights I’ve had. It’s just relaxing and fun.

I put $500 down on the Cruise Rewards program. For those of you who don’t know what it is… when you are onboard a NCL cruise you can put a $250 deposit down on a future cruise- which you must book within 2 years. In exchange, you get a nice $100 OBC to be used on your current cruise. Translation: it costs $150, which is a heck of a lot less than the usual $500 per person deposit. I think I’m going to cancel my Carnival dream repo when I get home and book a Dawn or Majesty in late August for us and three of the kiddos.

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Carla: So glad to hear you are RELAXING! We will be on the Dawn 14 night repo on Nov. 1. Looking forward to a nice change of pace and not having to be all "dressed up" for all the dinners. We have only cruised on NCL once on the Pearl, and had a wonderful cruise. Enjoy the rest of your cruise!

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Hey! Glad you're enjoying yourselves & I'm so sorry to hear that you had a family member on that plane. I am originally from the Buffalo area (Lancaster) & my heart dropped when I heard the news.

 

DH & I were on the Majesty last June & thoroughly enjoyed ourselves as well. Of course it was our 1st cruise & we had no expectations or comparisons. But we LOVED the food & thought the service was well above our expectations. A very friendly & helpful staff. I'm glad NCL has kept the important things on a cruise a high priority.

 

Please continue having a relaxing, enjoyable vacation!

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Hi Carla!! Enjoying your review immensely. Firstly, so sorry for your tragic loss. Condolences to you and DH.

We love Majesty too! You've described her to a tee. I'm so glad you're enjoying the service and the food.

Thanks for sharing your week with us. I really hope it continues to be wonderful.

Tell the fish we'll be seeing them in 2 short months!

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Carla,

So sorry about your loss.

 

Welcome to LOTPASM...lovers of the plain and simple Majesty.;) So glad that you appreciate her and are enjoying your cruise. I agree with Winkler that you've described her to a tee. Irritates me when people ask about her, find out the good AND the bad but then come back and complain.

 

I thought there was lots to choose from in the buffet and the made to order pasta is particularly good so do try that if you haven't already. Also the made to order omelets and waffles are a good bet for breakfast.

 

Anxiously awaiting more posts about the Little Old Lady.:)

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Thanks, everyone. We weren't sure whether to continue on with the cruise, but honestly, it will be a while before there is a memorial service and there are not likely to be any remains. There will probably be one service in San Diego and one in Buffalo. It's a guess at this point. His cousin was the pilot who was dead heading home.

 

OK, that topic is closed as far as I am concerned. You CC'ers have always been supportive of others who are going through tough times- I genuinely appreciate it. I just don't want everything to sound so trivial so I'm not going to talk any more about the crash. Thanks so much, though... your kind words really mean a lot. They do.

 

So, anyway, I'm sitting in my microscopic cabin (only myself to blame for booking the cheap seats) listening to the bow thrusters fire up. Just ordered room service- great fruit and really good cheesecake. And tea. Delivered by a great looking Peruvian dude. While my husband sleeps soundly next to me. Does it get any better than this? ;) BTW, room service came in 17 minutes. This morning they had two pots of coffee, muffins, danish, fruit and something else I now forget right on the stroke of 7.

 

I wanted to mention that we drove down from Buffalo (INSANE IDEA- 14 hours) and stayed at the Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview. Great hotel, super, super clean, and the shuttle takes you right to the pier. One night, including parking for the full week and the shuttle both ways came to... something like $148 bucks. Forgive me, I am in the cabin and I would have to wade through bathing suits, Freestyle Dailies, room service trays, etc to find the exact receipt. I think it was about 40 bucks more than parking alone at the pier would have been- and you get a full breakfast buffet with it as well.

 

Oh- and I always mock people who bring duct tape and over the door shoe holders and night lights, right?? Well, this time I acutally did bring a soft sided rolling cooler filled with soda. Thought it might end up in the proverbial naughty room, or at least the academic probation room, but we got it all. What a bonus! It's been great to have.

 

Umm, lets see... got a couple of books out from the library, Park West still has laughably atrocious art, the elevators are extremely quick, although they are prone to making odd squeaking noises or even chimes for no apparent reason. Not a lot of kiddos on board. OH! I love cruising with Southerners. Nice people, no rush- hey, remember that I took two NCL cruises out of NYC, ok? Just click on the links below. NO pushing, NO shoving, NO screaming at kids, NO complaining, NO cutting in line. I like Southerners. Just calling 'em as I seee 'em.

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Carla,

So sorry about your loss.

 

Welcome to LOTPASM...lovers of the plain and simple Majesty.;) So glad that you appreciate her and are enjoying your cruise. I agree with Winkler that you've described her to a tee. Irritates me when people ask about her, find out the good AND the bad but then come back and complain.

 

I thought there was lots to choose from in the buffet and the made to order pasta is particularly good so do try that if you haven't already. Also the made to order omelets and waffles are a good bet for breakfast.

 

Anxiously awaiting more posts about the Little Old Lady.:)

 

LOL, just read your post. I'll tell DH about LOTPASM tomorrow. There was once a day when he would have said "You people are out of your minds" but that day has long past. The Little Old Lady is fine. Nice and quiet. People were passed out sleeping in the leather chairs across from that bar today... you know the one? It looks like a coffee bar, too? Not sure what it's called. Anyway, people were CRASHED out in those chairs. I swear it's like they're piping in sleeping gas through the vents. EVERYONE IS SO CHILL. Just how I like it. Meanwhile, the Wonder was next to us, blaring The Suite Life of Zack and Cody on it's billion foot TV screen, etc etc (ok, it is a beautiful ship)....

 

Everyone is having a wonderful time. Wish you were here. BTW, had about 45 people at our M&M.

 

Tomorrow, Freeport. Might possibly get off the ship but not dying to. OK, I'm going to go listen to the bow thrusters and fall asleep.

 

Peace out!

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Love what you are doing, Carla! Our thoughts are with you and yours. Glad to hear that Majesty is a quiet old lady. After being on Freedom OTS 3 weeks ago I think this is just what me and my better half need.... Nice quiet run to Bermuda with 3 lazy days to discover the beaches and the sites around the island and retreat again to a peaceful classic ship. Thanks for making me realize that I made the right decision to book on Majesty. Stay well and safe travels.:)

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Carla:

 

Thanks for all the updates. I was at the beach (near the Charleston harbor) when you were leaving on Saturday. I had my camera and took pictures as she was leaving the harbor.

 

I thought you may like these as it was your actual cruise. It is a view I hope to never see while I am on her (means I just missed the boat!!)

 

http://picasaweb.google.com/scchasgal/20090214CharlestonSullivansIsland#5303181043571479794

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Hi Carla,

I am glad you are enjoying the Majesty the way you want to! It took me almost one day in Bermuda before I decided to actually decided to venture off the ship. She is definitely very relaxing and the crew is phenomenal! Enjoy the rest of your trip and thanks for posting.

 

coka

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We are sailing out of Charleston,Apr 4th on the Magesty.This is very helpful.Thank you,Carla!Glad to know the buffet is good.We have a well minded 8yr old(Southern)boy who loves to eat.Also if he really enjoys the cruise we might take advantage of the 250.00 down for the 100obc.Who cares if the ship is older.Heck,I,m 48 yrs old and a little rusty and have a few scars,but I still act like a kid.This is my first post.

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ok I get what the over the door shoe holder would be good for, but why take duct tape? Is this something kinky we need to know before our first cruise??

You've never heard of the "Duct Tape Club?" Ooooh... You are gonna love it!! ;)

 

Duct tape can be used to cover a multitude of sins.. a torn suitcase, a quick hem repair, keeping your curtains shut for those mornings when light hurts the eyes, a snoring husband, hand cuffs... you get the idea! :D

 

Thanks for the pix scchasgal!

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OK, sorry it’s taken me a while… but I’ve been relaxing, right? I can’t be expected to run to the computer every five minutes… :D

OK, today was GSC. That place is HEAVEN- but I think we have the heaven that no one else does. If I stayed in the main beach area with 1200 other people it would be a small circle of hell, to be honest. And I know everyone knows where the beautiful private beach is! So why are we always the only ones there? Here goes: when you get off the tender, GO RIGHT. Keep walking along the rocks/lava formation/coral/whatever it is. In 25 minutes you will reach a point, beyond which is a GORGEOUS PRIVATE BEACH. With crystal clear, turquoise, Caribbean water and white sand.

 

Last night we ate in the dining room. I was underwhelmed. My Coq au Vin was horrible. DH’s prime rib was pretty good. We had more of that incredible bread… DH had roasted tomato bisque which he says was “good.” To be honest, I almost can’t stand to be chained to a table for an hour (it was an hour exactly, FWIW) when I can get what I want from the buffet and eat it al fresco, capisce? I know I’m in the minority on this.

 

There have been no sailaway parties (every time we left port on the Spirit we had one!) and no band by the pool. Sorry, but we have been to no shows! I see that “On the Radio” is on tomorrow night, which I first saw on the Spirit in 2005. Come on. Change it up a little! Actually, we did see Sharkbait on the Spirit in ’07. They were excellent. Basically we are not night people and are just not big show lovers. We did just watch “Vicky Christina Barcelona” in the stateroom and it was great.

 

I have been eating like crazy! The buffet has been great. The puck burgers, potato salad, fries, ice cream, cookies- all super. The other buffet items, the “real food,” is also so much better than Raffles or even the buffet food on Noordam. The salad items are green and very fresh. The fruit is plentiful. There is always a chicken dish of some sort, and a fish, and two kinds of rice, as well as the pasta and stir fry stations which go all day and night. Today there were about four excellent items on the buffet at lunch.

 

Breakfast buffet…. Arghhh! Can’t believe we forgot that the dining rooms close early on port mornings. Stuck in the buffet again. People darting in line to get five boxes of cereal and then dropping them everywhere, tongs which won’t pick up sausage links, eggs always gone, syrup disasters, VILE hash… one huge problem is that the sneeze guards are right on top of the food and always steamed up. So you have to crane your neck down under the sneeze guard to see what the food even is…. The tongs are a joke… Oh well!

 

So I love the buffet for lunch and dinner and hate it for breakfast.

 

Let me get back to the cabin… I can’t think of the category without spending 20 bucks in internet fees to go to Expedia and find out (lol). Deck three, OV. Smallsville. The hair dryer belongs in the Smithsonian. Do not count on these hair dryers to dry hair. They don’t. I laughed when I looked at the thermostat! Again- OLD. But guess what? Does the trick. Put it on red and the cabin heats up in three minutes. Blue- chills it down immediately. The beds are beyond hard, but I think everyone knows this by now, right? Ask for the egg crate mattresses immediately upon boarding. I DIDN’T. Paying for it. Fidel put some extra duvets under the main sheet but we still have back aches. Oh well- same on the Spirit. What can you do? It’s a ship. Things aren’t perfect- that’s why we like it. We like to be pampered but we also want something to make us feel like we’re roughing it in sympathy with sailors of yore.

 

The pax are a mix of card playing retirees, younger couples, a few families… that’s about it. No crazies. No drunks. No loudmouths. Kids all well behaved. Everyone smiles and says hello in the elevator. No complainers. If I had to guess I would say that 75% of the pax are repeat Majesty, or at least NCL, cruisers. People know where to go, when. They know how to chill out. No people screaming about tender tickets or embarrassing the waiters THANK GOD.

 

Yesterday we celebrated our glorious day in Freeport by tanning on the ship and practicing the Buffet Arts. We thought about getting off the ship but… too much work. Tomorrow is Canaveral. Last time I was in Port Canaveral I left the ship to go to Walgreen’s. Tomorrow I don’t even think I’ll get that aggressively goal oriented. As I mentioned, I bought the two cruise rewards certs and I have a feeling we’ll have the kids in Port Canaveral this summer…. So we’ll do something with them then.

 

Tomorrow night is the Chocoholics Buffet. I went over that whole process in my last Spirit review…

What I am doing is writing all of this on my laptop, signing on to CC, and pasting it in. I then copy all of your responses and paste them into a Word doc. That cuts down on my internet fees by about $100. So if I don’t answer your Q’s right away- that’s why.

 

Thanks for all of your well wishes again.

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