Majesty of the Seas is an older ship but still in very good condition. I've been on several other cruises and on bigger ships. I was afraid I'd be disappointed with this ship after reading negative reviews about it's small size and "old age" but I was pleasantly surprised and would recommend this ship. Our itinerary was a 4 night/3 day trip so this ship suited this type of trip perfectly. One of the major negatives, in my opinion, is the "beverage packages". We purchased the premium package and although we did not drink enough to make this a beneficial purchase for us (which was our fault), our biggest complaint is the way this program is implemented. First of all, you have to sign for every drink you "purchase" (even water!) It would be so much more convenient for the customer to only have to submit their Seapass card for a swipe and then you could be on your way. Unfortunately, after the swipe you have to wait for the receipt to print and then sign for the drink. Even at dinner we would have 2-3 glasses of wine so we would have to hand over our Seapass cards and wait for the waiter to come back with receipts for both of us to sign. It just seemed to be a very inconvenient antiquated system for a pre-purchased package. Also, there were only two coke dispensers for sodas and they were both in the same area of the ship. Of course this was only for beverage package customers who had the special souvenir cup, but the dispenser had time limits and you could not refill any sooner than every 15 min. so don't gulp your drink! The muster station drill was also a big negative. Realizing it's mandated and understanding the necessity of it, it was still very painful. We were ushered, literally made to get out of our lounge chairs, to report to our station 30 min prior to the drill. They then line you up single file, row after row, constantly ushering you to move closer together and then you stand in the heat of the sun for 1/2 hour until they proceed with the 5-10 min. drill. I truly thought I was going to faint. Too many people crowded together too closely for too long in the heat! Seems like you shouldn't be made to stand like this for 1/2 hour. I felt like I was on a navy ship not a cruise ship!
The breakfast and lunch buffets were very good (maybe they could have more than 2 omelet makers for a ship that carries 2700 people) and dinners in the dining room had a varied selection every night and everything we had was very good (tip - don't skip the key lime pie - yum!). We really enjoyed the comedy show but don't understand why people took their kids to the 11pm show.
Hurricane Arthur wrecked havoc on our itinerary. Nobodies fault but mother nature. We had to skip Cococay and spend the day at sea. We were looking forward to spending the day in our own little cabenette that we had rented but the weather was just too nasty. We would have liked to see some policing of smokers. Seemed like, although there were designated places to smoke, many people chose to smoke wherever they liked.
i don't regret booking this cruise. We did get some R & R. Every time there was a little glitch we would look at each other and say, "It's better than working"! Next time we'll probably go for more luxury and plan ahead. We planned and booked this cruise only two weeks prior to departure. So, all in all, despite the weather, it was a good last minute get away.