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The "New" Majesty of the Seas, Part II

Editor's note: This story is from the Cruise Critic Archives. Content was up to date at time of publication.

Anxious to see Majesty of the Seas' completed transformation? The 73,941-ton, 2,356-passenger ship, which went from classic to contemporary in just under a month, has been brought up to speed with many of Royal Caribbean's modern staples, including a Johnny Rockets restaurant, a rock-climbing wall and Adventure Ocean children's center, as well as major facelifts to the remaining areas. Take a look at our before and after photos to see what a difference just 28 days -- and about $36 million -- can make.

Once the landing station for all materials used to refurbish the ship, the pool deck is now the place for afternoon belly flop contests and midnight buffets. The squeaky clean deck is complete with newly designed canopies and new flooring.

This used to be a fully open area on Deck 12 ... now it's the hoppin' 50's restaurant Johnny Rockets, one of Royal Caribbean's staples. Our favorite part -- aside from the plates of smiley ketchup to accompany our fries -- was the dancing waiters..

Laying tile throughout the showers in the new Majesty Day Spa (Deck 9) may have been one of the most time consuming projects of the refurbishment, but it was well worth it. The spa was relocated one deck lower, and now allows for more space to feature 10 treatment rooms, a relaxation area and a beauty/barber salon.

A couple more "after" shots of the completed spa area, including a treatment room on the right.

The hub of overseeing all that contributed to Majesty's refurbishment is now the hub of the ship's nightlife as the revitalized Viking Crown Lounge on Deck 14. It may have gotten a new look, but honestly, it still looks dated.

Even with all the activities and amenities onboard, cruisers must sleep at some point! These oceanview cabins -- as well as the rest of the cabins -- were first tackled during Royal Caribbean's fleetwide bedding program, which included new mattress frames, brand-new nine-inch thick spring mattresses and mattress pads to close the gap between pushed-together twins, 220-thread-count sheets, micro-fiber pillows and more. Carpets and drapes were also replaced. To top it off, plasma- screen TV's were instituted in all the rooms so guests have more room at the vanities.

Purser's desk -- Deck 4.

Now that we've compared some before and after photos, let's take a look at some of the new and revamped spaces we didn't cover in A Closer Look: The "New" Majesty of the Seas.

Adventure Ocean is, above all, spacious. Its new location on Deck 10 allows for many areas for kids to play including a dance floor, a cinema, Internet access, library, coloring station, many seating arrangements, and -- my favorite part -- a place to color on the walls with fluorescent crayons.
Another shot of the kid's facilities.

The place to draw on the walls!
A Chorus Line theater (Deck 7) was revamped with new carpeting, chairs and fixtures. And although everything was refreshed, that classic theater ambience is still evident in their decor and their shows -- like one of their newest productions, Boogie Wonderland.

We loved how the newly designed ShipShape Fitness Center (Deck 9) was totally integrated into the spa experience to create a true "wellness center." It's located through the doors behind the spa's guest counter. New gym equipment, like stationary bikes, was also added to the room.
Another fitness center shot.
After a hamburger and milkshake at Johnny Rockets, head over to the rock-climbing wall (one of Royal Caribbean's signature features) to burn off some calories. This addition was part of Royal Caribbean's program to bring Majesty of the Seas up to speed with many of the line's modern amenities.
Fuel and Living Room -- new teen hangouts on Deck 11 -- may be divided into two spaces, but the rooms flow well together. You can enter into either room with separate doors from the main hallway, but there's also one connecting the two spaces in the middle that keeps the youngsters integrated.
A modern couch in the Living Room is provided to watch movies on a plasma-screen TV, while the dance club has its own dance floor, several seating areas, DJ booth and plasma-screen TV to watch music videos.

Some dining areas received major overhauls, but there were also a few new hot spots that caught our eye. Check 'em out.

The Windjammer Marketplace (originally the Windjammer Cafe) got a major overhaul with a cool island feel, but the best part about it is its convenient set-up: The food stations are located smack-dab in the middle of all the seating arrangements.
Sorrento's is located directly above Windjammer Marketplace and makes fresh pizzas (try the ham and pineapple pie!).
Latte-tudes is a cool addition to Deck 4's shopping area. The cafe features Seattle's Best Coffee and desserts, as well as Freeze -- an ice cream bar where they can combine your favorite flavor mixed with different candies on a cold slab.
Vanilla ice cream with peanut butter cups and oreo cookies (yum!).
The two main dining rooms, Starlight and Moonlight, both received a new look and new names! Its cozy setup makes for intimate dinners whether you're dining at a table for two or with a group of six.
Bolero's -- the ship's new Latin nightclub -- sets a very relaxed mood with low-key lighting, a dance floor, live musical entertainment and a bar. Hesitant about your moves? Take some onboard dance lessons!

Majesty of the Seas is no longer a fish out of water. The ship was floated out of dry dock and entered the Atlantic Ocean, sailing from Miami to the Bahamas, including a stop at the line's private island, Cococay.

--by Erica Sapio

Living Room and bottom dry dock image courtesy of Royal Caribbean. Before images courtesy of Dan Askin. All other images are courtesy of Erica Sapio.

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