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Royal Caribbean International: Majesty of the Seas

Majesty of the Seas Review

Insider Take

Overview

One of the oldest ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet - good for quick, cheap getaways.

Best For People Who Want

Relatively inexpensive three and four-day itineraries on America's two coasts; a boisterous spring break atmosphere; younger fellow passengers.

Public Rooms

As soon as you're aboard, you enter the Centrum, a hotel-style atrium with lush foliage, fountains, and a sweeping brass-railed staircase. Here you find passenger services and the small Internet cafe area. Sea days and even sail time after days in port, the entire centrum turns into a shopping mall with gold chain by the inch and temporary tattoos. During the quiet hours a solo classical guitarist strums.

The two-deck, 1,050-seat Sound of Music Lounge, which stages the expected production show spectacles, has some of the biggest video walls at sea. Other popular spots include the new Latin lounge, Boleros, The Circuit Disco, and the Schooner Bar, a pleasant place to listen to a piano player. Crystal chandeliers sparkle in the enormous Casino Royale. There's an Art and Photo Gallery on Deck 3.

The handsome new business center on Deck 7 features three individual meeting rooms, Voyager, Explorer and Adventure, accommodating a total of 240 persons who are able to enjoy sun and ocean views through the large windows lining the outer rooms. There are several computer terminals and a fax machine. Royal Caribbean Online centers provide 24-hour Internet for a per-minute charge. Virtual postcards can be sent for a flat surcharge per transmission.

Restaurants

The two refurbished dining rooms, Claude's and Vincent's (after Monet and van Gogh, you see) tend toward bright lighting. They are assigned by cabin, and the low noise levels can vary, considering that they accommodate 700 diners each. With little of the elegance of the two- and three-story rooms on the line's Voyager and Radiance classes, though, they're sadly reminiscent of banquet-halls. There are tables for two, four, six, and eight. Seatings are at 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The Windjammer Cafe, for casual breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and open-seating dinners served restaurant-style, has full-length glass windows on three sides, and encompasses Jade and Sorrento's. The back of the Lido buffet area, facing the stern, is the place to go almost anytime for hamburgers and hotdogs. They may not be fresh, but their fairly warm. On Deck 5 in the Boutiques of Centrum area you'll find Latte-tudes coffee house and a Ben & Jerry's ice cream parlor. Don't miss The Deli's colossally delicious sun-dried tomato, brie and avocado sandwich.

Some of the newer dining features include the Johnny Rockets 50's style burger joint with its patent chrome and etched glass booths and swivel counter seats. Sorrento's Pizza is open 24-hours for pizza and other "take-out" style goodies like calzone. Latte-tudes coffee house features Seattle's Best Coffee and wonderful, free pastries and finger sandwiches, a great place for people watching.

Service

Uniformly good, though less personal on these shorter cruises, the waiters are multitalented, good at balancing trays on their heads, or singing, and even doing both at the same time.

Entertainment

Even when there are no Las Vegas-style revues, the cruise staff will keep you well and truly entertained, especially with their riotous Farewell Spectacular. Boleros, a new Latin bar on Deck 7, will entice you onto its dance floor with its tangy Latin rhythms. Or sit back and enjoy guitar recitals, karaoke, and dueling piano shows. In the new disco, The Circuit, the resident show band plays popular tunes from 9:30 p.m. until midnight, when a DJ takes over. The main showroom on Deck 5, the Sound of Music Theatre, has been updated with new carpet and upholstery.

Casino Royale generously (ha!) offers free gaming lessons. For a $20 entry fee, new graduates and others, can enter morning blackjack and afternoon slot tournaments.

Cabins

Majesty's's staterooms were upgraded during The Great Refit of 2003, but inside cabins can be almost satirically tiny - 119 sq. ft.! - so by all means choose carefully and opt for an outside cabin at the least. These older ships do not have many balcony cabins available, unfortunately. The 2007 upgrade includes fluffier towels and softer sheets for the beds which convert to queen-size. Other amenities include phone; new flat-panel televisions throughout with CNN, ESPN plus movies; three-channel radio; individually controlled air conditioning, and a hair dryer.

The five categories of suites have balconies. They include the Junior Suites (264 sq. ft. balcony 70 sq. ft.) and Royal Family Suite with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living area, and a private balcony (371 sq. ft., balcony 155 sq. ft.).

In a Superior Ocean view stateroom, 157 sq. ft., attractively decorated, with a queen-size bed, sofa, coffee table, wall-length dresser and mirrors, lots of storage and closet space and a refrigerator, you'll hear no outside racket whatever.

Should Be Avoided By People Who Prefer

Large, luxury cabins; exotic itineraries; refined decor & decorum.

Majesty of the Seas is the second of the Sovereign-class (Sovereign, Majesty of the Seas) of Royal Caribbean vessels, launched in 1992. She went into drydock in May 2003 for a major renovation and refurbishment adding alternative evening dining, offering the full menu available for room service, a rock climbing wall and an Internet center. In yet another refurbishment in 2007 they remodeled the pool deck, expanded the Spa & Fitness Center facilities, and refurbished staterooms with luxurious bedding and space saving flat-screen televisions.

Onboard Experience

In her day, she was considered a huge ship, so Royal Caribbean introduced their "round robin" philosophy of passenger flow, getting the first seating of diners out of the restaurant and into the main showroom or casino early enough to miss the oncoming wave of second seating. At a mere 11 decks you can still find your way around, even when the ship is fully booked at 2,744 passengers. But if it is seclusion you want look in places like RCI's trademark Viking Crown Lounge during the off hours, 11 decks above the ocean with a 360-degree view.

Foremost, this is a fun-filled, generally short vacation ship. The cruise director delights in getting passengers involved in everything from belly flop contests to adult scavenger hunts. Daily activities are listed on a conveniently small card you can keep in your pocket. Shorter cruises generally mean younger passengers, so poolside can be all too reminiscent of spring break; just try to find a vacant lounge chair!

Decor

Muted beiges, blues, greens, and peach add a bit a of nostalgic chic to the public rooms atmosphere. The ship looks frankly a little dated, still, there's plenty of artwork on display, as well as plenty of '80s-style brass, chrome, and neon. Cabin decor is newly updated with brighter colors and softer surfaces.

Cuisine

A majesty cruise offers a wide range of dining options, including, in addition to five traditional fine dining entrees per night, ShipShape healthy menus (with less than 30 percent of calories from fat); vegetarian; ethnic and regional specialties. The same dinner menus were available at the casual open-seating Windjammer Cafe. There's Asian cuisine at Jade and pizza at Sorrento's.

Twenty-four hour room service is available with a variety of hot food, along with a full breakfast menu. Dining room menus are also available for in-cabin service during lunch and dinner. There is a waistline-threateningly irresistible chocolate-lovers buffet and a Gala Buffet that more than lives up to its name.

Tipping

Royal Caribbean suggests a per person per day gratuity of $3.50 for the stateroom attendant ($5.75 if sailing in a suite); $3.50 for the waiter; $2.50 for the Assistant Waiter; .75 Head Waiter. These gratuities may be paid in cash or charged to your onboard account. For children sailing as third or fourth passenger in the stateroom, tipping is at the parents' discretion.

A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to all beverage tabs. Gratuities for room service, spa, casino and other staff are at your discretion.

Fitness/Spa

The ShipShape Center and Spa aboard Majesty, expanded in 2007, now feature additional cardio equipment and panoramic views. But the ceilings are so low that persons over 6'3 are liable to knock themselves unconscious while running on the treadmill. There are two outdoor pools with plenty of room for sunbathing, as well as shaded areas, two outdoor whirlpools, jogging track, wrap-around promenade deck, basketball court, ping-pong, shuffleboard and the new three-sided rock-climbing wall on Deck 12.

The spa offers massage and beauty treatments, state-of-the-art equipment, morning and afternoon classes and walkathons. A barber and beauty shop provide full services.

Children's Facilities

In addition to separate play areas for kids aged three to 12, there is also a teen lounge that converts to a disco, making Vision an excellent choice for families with children of many different vintages. The "Adventure Ocean" youth program has age-specific facilities and programs supervised by youth counselors for Aquanauts (age 3-5, must be toilet trained), Explorers (age 6-8), Voyagers (age 9-11), Navigators (age 12-14) and Teens (age 15-17). The program runs year-round in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Bahamas, Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska. Parents can leave their children at Adventure Ocean while they take shore excursions. For this purpose, the facilities open 30 minutes ahead of morning shore excursion departures. Otherwise, organized activities are offered from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with group babysitting from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for a fee. Teen centers are now open past 2 a.m. Teens will find their own private coffee house and disco.

A new program for infants and toddlers 6 months to 3 years, in partnership with toy maker Fisher-Price, offers 45-minute playgroups for children accompanied by an adult, involving storytelling, creative arts, music and a variety of Fisher-Price learning toys and games. Aqua Babies are six months to 18 months old while Aqua Tots are 18 months to three years old.

Private babysitting is offered from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., provided sitters are available, for children from one year old. The rate is usually between $8.00 and $10 per hour depending on the number of children in the family. Cash payment is made directly to the sitter. Arrange through Guest Services at least 24 hours in advance.

At mealtime, young cruisers get their own eight-page menu, featuring word and picture games and pictures to color.

Attire

There is usually just one formal night per three or four-day cruise. A dark suit would be appropriate for most men onboard but feel free to don an actual tuxedo. In general, though, this ship offers so much to do onboard on any given evening that we noticed passengers dress pretty much the way they want to on any given night and no one seems to care very much.




Ship Overview

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! Royal Caribbean has the largest modern mega cruise liners in the world, as well as some of the most innovative technology on its newest ships, from robot bartenders to the fastest Wi-Fi at sea. Its fleet of 25 and counting are all-around favorites of passengers—arguably the most multigenerational (and Millennial) crowd at sea—who enjoy traditional cruising ambience with a touch of daring and whimsy. Each ship in the fleet has action-packed activities such as surfing pools, rock-climbing walls, and on the newest ships, skydiving simulators, and 10-story slides.

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.

What You Should Know

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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Apr 21, 2017

Review of Majesty of the Seas

Ashlee Age: 35 Occupation:Homemaker Number of Cruises: 5 Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean Ship: Majesty of the Seas Sailing Date: 2017-01-2 Itinerary: Nassau and Coco Cay This was the worst cruise experience ever!!! 2 of our 3 rooms that we had flooded with sewage. The stench was horrible. The second time it flooded if we had not been in the room we would have lost everything. The brown and yellow water filled up both bathrooms and poured out into the

rooms and in the hallway. We scrambled to pack up our stuff and cram it into the 3rd room. We lost expensive valuables in this mess. They proceeded to clean it up and said we could return to our rooms by midnight. We told them there was no way we were sleeping in sewage soaked cabins. That carpet needed to be replaced. We lost an entire day of fun in the sun, dinner, and getting our professional pictures. We also dealt with a 17 year old boy (who was drinking) on the ship bullying my 15 year old daughter and her friend. He made the girls so incredibly upset. I told security but they did nothing to address it. They never even asked for his name. This cruise line is all about protecting their tails. They don't care about what is best for their guest. It was such an emotional upsetting experience. This was my children's Christmas present. When I got home I called customer service. All I got was their trained one liners of "I am so sorry this happened to you..." They offered us a small credit on a future cruise that we have to use with in a year. They didn't nothing to credit us for what we paid for this horrible experience on board. She said these things happen and that I need to learn to be more positive in life!!! So now the customer service lady is saying that I am being too negative because I spent $3,000 on a 4 day vacation, took my kids out of school, gave this to them as their Christmas present, and had a horrible experience. I know for a fact that a friend of mine had an issue with their room on their vacation and they gave them a $300 on board credit and sent them a $900 check in the mail. Now that's customer service! I advise you not to cruise Royal Caribbean. They only look out for their best interests. Their pizza was rubbery. If you wanted room service after midnight they charged you $3.95. IF you wanted filet or lobster you had to pay extra. I was not impressed with their food at all. 2 of our 3 rooms flooded with sewage twice. Only 2 outlets in the room and the plugs never stayed in. Worst experience. It also took 1 1/2 hours to get off the ship at CoCo Cay. There were fights that broke out because people were cutting in line that didn't want to wait. The line went up to the 5th floor. It was the most ridiculous thing I had ever seen.

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Jan 11, 2017

Nassau and Coco Cay

This was the worst cruise experience ever!!! 2 of our 3 rooms that we had flooded with sewage. The stench was horrible. The second time it flooded if we had not been in the room we would have lost everything. The brown and yellow water filled up both bathrooms and poured out into the rooms and in the hallway. We scrambled to pack up our stuff and cram it into the 3rd room. We lost expensive valuables in this mess. They proceeded to clean it

up and said we could return to our rooms by midnight. We told them there was no way we were sleeping in sewage soaked cabins. That carpet needed to be replaced. We lost an entire day of fun in the sun, dinner, and getting our professional pictures. We also dealt with a 17 year old boy (who was drinking) on the ship bullying my 15 year old daughter and her friend. He made the girls so incredibly upset. I told security but they did nothing to address it. They never even asked for his name. This cruise line is all about protecting their tails. They don't care about what is best for their guest. It was such an emotional upsetting experience. This was my children's Christmas present. When I got home I called customer service. All I got was their trained one liners of "I am so sorry this happened to you..." They offered us a small credit on a future cruise that we have to use with in a year. They didn't nothing to credit us for what we paid for this horrible experience on board. She said these things happen and that I need to learn to be more positive in life!!! So now the customer service lady is saying that I am being too negative because I spent $3,000 on a 4 day vacation, took my kids out of school, gave this to them as their Christmas present, and had a horrible experience. I know for a fact that a friend of mine had an issue with their room on their vacation and they gave them a $300 on board credit and sent them a $900 check in the mail. Now that's customer service! I advise you not to cruise Royal Caribbean. They only look out for their best interests. Their pizza was rubbery. If you wanted room service after midnight they charged you $3.95. IF you wanted filet or lobster you had to pay extra. I was not impressed with their food at all. 2 of our 3 rooms flooded with sewage twice. Only 2 outlets in the room and the plugs never stayed in. Worst experience. It also took 1 1/2 hours to get off the ship at CoCo Cay. There were fights that broke out because people were cutting in line that didn't want to wait. The line went up to the 5th floor. It was the most ridiculous thing I had ever seen.

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May 11, 2016

Bahamas

I learned to be loyal to Carnival Cruise lines! On this ship there were only two pools which could only accommodate about 50 people per pool and the first two days the right pool was closed, then both pools were closed for a time then the right opened and the left pool was closed for the remainder of the trip. It was July on the ocean near Florida! You need a pool to cool off in that heat!! Then my son is walking down the corridor with his hand on

the railing and the whole railing fell off! We paid for the soda program where you get a cup for like, I think it was $30 each and fill it with soda throughout the trip. The soda machine was either empty or out of order for most of the trip so I paid $60 (my son and I each got the soda deal) for about 5 16 oz sodas! That is ridiculous! And then the cabin...GAWD the cabin! It was so small that only 1 person could stand in the room at a time and there was nowhere to store the luggage so it was piled on our beds during the day and piled in the middle of the tiny walkway when we slept. That made for a fun "bathroom in the middle of the night" experience! On our last cruise with Carnival I booked the very smallest cabin on the whole ship for my mother and son and it was large enough that my mom could get around the room in her wheelchair and not get stuck anywhere, plenty of room for their luggage and storage/closet space. Food was mediocre at best and even when you tip they charge a tip for room service which is supposedly free. When we went to the private island, there was a long wait to get back on the ship and there was no fresh water for drinking anywhere. When we mentioned that several people were showing signs of dehydration to a medical worker she said it wasn't her job to fill the water barrels and didn't offer to find someone who could. In general, this ship sucked and the experience was terrible! Key West Port is definitely more for adults, not much for kids to do, private island port was fun but its just a beach play time, no excursions or anything available, Nassau port was ok but pricey to do anything besides shop or go to the beach. My son had a lot more fun in Florida the ten days we spent there after the cruise than on the cruise itself. They had a kids' program but every time we went there it was closed. Would definitely never cruise with Royal Caribbean again and I'm so glad this wasn't my first cruise or it probably would've put me off cruising altogether! I have learned my lesson and I will only ever cruise with Carnival again! Food was mediocre. Not many options outside of formal dining and ridiculously long lines for the few options they did have. Crazy small and dark cabin. hated even being in there because it was depressingly dark. I felt claustrophobic in the room. Only 1 person could walk at a time and there was nowhere to store luggage so we put it on our beds during the day and piled in the tiny walkway at night (super unsafe!!). The rock wall was awesome but we only managed to catch it open once even when it was supposed to be open according to daily activity list. Only ever one pool at a time was open. Kids' activity center was closed every time we tried to go there. Our 10 days in Florida after the cruise were great but the cruise itself was a monumental waste of time and money!

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Nov 18, 2015

Three days

I'm just coming back home from my three days cruise to the Bahamas. For my surprise, once back I received an e-mail from Royal Caribbean to let me know that they are working with the Center for the Disease Control and Prevention at Atlanta regarding two confirmed and one possible case of Legionnaires' disease (a serious type of pneumonia) associated with travel aboard in July and October 2015. They also informed that in recently water samples the

bacteria was present!! My goodness!! These guys having the information in advance, waited until we finish our cruise to let us know. This was an ABUSE since they put in risk our most valuable possession; our life!!! These guys manipulated the information in favor of their business. They need to inform about this type of situation upfront and let the guest to take the decision if he/she wants to take the risk or not. I'll be consulting my lawyers about this abuse from Royal Caribbean.

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Dec 21, 2014

Caribbean

My first-ever cruise was in the late 2000s - and it was on the Majesty of the Seas - and once again after that. And then on the Liberty of the Seas. And now here I was again on this ship, after a couple of cruises on a line that was good, but no comparison to Royal Caribbean International. The Majesty is considered a small and older ship. It is not a Monster Big Deal ship. Very beautiful, it is easy to get around to various areas without huge crowds

or waits at elevators. Every area is well maintained - and service is superb. Dining is a gourmet event, with a wait staff that is outstanding, attentive, cheerful - you are treated like a special guest at each meal. That is true also wherever you are on this Ship - the bars, the shows, the concessions. The staterooms are well maintained, safe, and do not show the age of the ship. The stateroom attendants are also cheerful, helpful, and kept my stateroom very clean. I have no negatives about my experience. I plan to get back on this ship again as soon as possible. I highly recommend it to those who may want a break from the huge ships, a more relaxed style & treated very well. While on this cruise, we were unable to go to Coco Cay, RCI's private island, due to extremely rough seas (the tender would not have been safe to dock). The ship's Captain immediately informed us of the issue & explained in great detail the condition of the seas and the concern for safety of guests & crew. From that point on, the Captain and the entire crew was outstanding in continuing to keep us informed. Alternative plans were initiated, enabling a positive and enjoyable day on the ship (even though the seas were rough!). And a surprise! We had an early arrival at Nassau (our next destination) that enabled us to have that evening and much of the next day on Nassau, a plus! This type and degree of professionalism is not seen on all cruise lines - but RCI excels at it! The food was outstanding - hot, well-presented, many delicious options - and the wait staff were outstanding - friendly, attentive, cheerful Very clean cabin (and kept that way by the attendants!), easy to navigate, everything worked all the time Many many choices for shows and entertainment! No chance of boredom - something for everyone I did not do any excusions.

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