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Royal Caribbean International: Majesty of the Seas

Majesty of the Seas Review

Introduced in 1992, Majesty of the Seas now sails three- and four-night getaway cruises from Miami. Three-night sailings visit Nassau, Bahamas, and Royal Caribbean’s private island; four-night cruises add Key West to the itinerary.

Precursor of vessels to come,

Sovereign of the Seas, which no longer sails in the Royal Caribbean fleet, was the largest cruise ship afloat when it was introduced in 1988. Two sister ships followed, but only Majesty of the Seas remains. Majesty has received major refurbishments, with the addition of a Miami Beach–style Latin club and a Johnny Rockets diner. Other improvements include an expanded spa and enlarged areas for children and teens. Balconies were also added to Junior suites.

The futuristic atrium, combined with the abundant use of marble and gleaming metal, virtually assured the Sovereign-class ships design longevity. The addition of rock-climbing walls and other features found on subsequent Royal Caribbean vessels, plus sparkling new interior colors, belie Majesty of the Seas’ age.

Big, bigger, biggest! In the early 1990s, Royal Caribbean launched Sovereign-class ships, the first of the modern megacruise liners, which continue to be the all-around favorite of passengers who enjoy traditional cruising ambience with a touch of daring and whimsy. Plunging into the 21st century, each ship in the current fleet carries more passengers than the entire Royal Caribbean fleet of the 1970s, and has amenities—such as new surfing pools—that were unheard of in the past.

All Royal Caribbean ships are topped by the company's signature Viking Crown Lounge, a place to watch the seascape by day and dance at night. Expansive multideck atriums and promenades, as well as the generous use of brass and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, give each vessel a sense of spaciousness and style. The action is nonstop in casinos and dance clubs after dark, while daytime hours are filled with poolside games and traditional cruise activities. Port talks tend to lean heavily on shopping recommendations and the sale of shore excursions.

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Pros

  • Wi-Fi is available in public rooms
  • The Schooner Bar is Royal Caribbean's popular signature piano bar with seagoing flair
  • The multideck atrium—a cruise ship first in this class—is still stunning

Cons

  • Some remnants of late-1980s design are difficult to overcome, including few balconies and low ceilings in the dining rooms
  • The rock-climbing wall is impressive, but looks like an afterthought
  • Standard accommodations are really tight for more than two people
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 912
  • Entered Service 1992
  • Gross Tons 74,077
  • Length 880 Feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,829
  • Passenger Capacity 2,350 (2,7675 max)
  • Width 106 feet

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