Majesty of the Seas March 9-12,2007 Being as it had been 6 years since our first sailing on the MJ ,we were eager to be back onboard to see all the changes. Stepping onboard ,we at once noticed the fresh colorful carpets ,drapery and fresh paint throughout the ship.
FOOD(and plenty of it!!) Heading straight to the Windjammer Marketplace for a quick lunch, we were excited to see the addition of not only Sorrento's Pizza, but Johnny Rockets and the Compass Deli. We really liked the way Johnny Rockets was set up . On the MJ, you get the look and feel of the original diner. The only drawback that we noticed(and was confirmed by the staff there) was that it is hard to find .Both Johnny Rockets and the Compass Deli get little use because not too many passengers know they are there(upstairs from the Windjammer). What a shame! Sorrento's Pizza has great daily specialty pizzas (i.e. Hawaiian, Sausage, Veggie, etc) in addition to the daily standards (pepperoni, cheese and margarita).No charge... The Compass Deli serves sandwiches, quesadillas, paninis, crepes, salads and soup .All food here is included in the cruise fare, except for bottled drinks ($3.50 for Snapple or bottled waters). Johnny Rockets is like stepping back in time to the 1950s......Jukebox pumping out old time songs and the wait staff stop what they are doing to do a little dance for you. Very entertaining! Hamburgers, fries, onion rings, desserts.etc........all you can eat for a $3.95 service charge....Drinks are additional (milk shakes not to be missed!!). The Windjammer Marketplace had a quite extensive makeover. Instead of the single buffet line, it is now divided up into stations that each had its own variety of food. There was an Asian station, a pasta station, a Mediterranean station, a salad station, desserts,etc. No one would ever go hungry in here. Something for everyone, whether they choose to eat here for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a snack. Deck 5 is where the Shops on Board are located, which include Seattle's Best Coffee. They serve (for a nominal fee) several coffee and tea drinks, (hot and cold). With each beverage purchases, you are offered a pastry (complimentary) to go along with it......they offered cookies, muffins, scones, danishes, etc)....... Right next to Seattle's Best is Freeze ( an ice cream place).Not your ordinary ice cream shop, but one where you pick your flavor ice cream (approx 6-8 flavors) The flavors they had were vanilla, chocolate, strawberry ,pistachio, key lime, rum raisin, and banana)..After you pick your flavor, you choose what toppings (wet or dry or both) to mix in. They offered such toppings as gummy bears, nuts, candies, fruits, etc).Prices start at $2.95 and up. There are two newly improved dining rooms on deck 3(Moonlight) and 4(Starlight). Wow is a word that comes to ones mind when entering either venue. The colors were quite elegant and the updated changes were most welcomed.All new curtains ,carpeting and seating. You could tell RCCL put a lof of effort into these rooms. As always, the top notch dining staff could not do enough for you. Always ready to make sure you had enough to eat and drink and eat and drink some more!! Ready to please the most demanding guest and always with a smile on their face.
Bars and Lounges Viking Crown Lounge (deck 14) is one of the best places on the ship to get an "aerial" view of the pool deck and the surrounding water. We love the VCL on all the RCCL: ships, but here it appeared to be under used. Maybe it was because of the way it was set up with no active bar area. There is a bar but it was not manned. When we placed an order the waiter would disappear behind a closed door and later reappear with our drinks. Perhaps they prepare drinks in a back room?? Who knows? We felt kind of bad for the guitar player who was performing basically to an empty room. I overheard a staff member say people usually show up one hour before closing to get a night cap. The VCL does have an area set aside for cigar smokers (perhaps that's why no one else uses this part of the ship?). Anyway, they do have air purifiers up there and they do appear to work quite well. Boleros (deck 7) is a Latin themed bar with live music. This place get quite lively with people doing the salsa,rumba,.etc....fun to watch even if you don't participate. Be sure to try a Mojito.it is the signature drink in here. One thing they don't have(that other ships do) is Dueling Pianos. But since the Latin band plays later, it is not a big deal. Schooner Bar(deck 5) seems to be of the most popular bars on the ship .Always hopping and drinks flowing .Lets not forget the piano man...he always had a crowd around him singing along. Love the nautical look in this bar. Perfect for a ship. Spectrum Lounge (deck 8) is more of a club atmosphere. RCCL really enforced the age minimum here. They had Quest, the 70s show, Karaoke, etc .Every night had something going on in here. Pool bars (deck 12) were always busy and very handy to those just relaxing in the sun. Even though, they were busy, there were plenty of staff working behind the bars or strolling along the pool area so one did not even have to leave the comfort of their lounge chair. The one location we did miss was the Champagne Bar. It was taken during the refurbishment. It was missed by several others we spoke to.
Various other public areas The Casino (deck 5) looked like you were walking into Mardi Gras with the colors....Very nice. In here were the usual gaming tables, slot matches and video poker. There was also a table that held (8?) people and they played poker against each other but with computer generated cards that showed up on a screen in the middle of the table. It was all electronic and quite interesting to watch,(if you're like me and don't play poker).The first day, they had sessions at each table to help you learn how to play(craps, roulette, blackjack,etc).The staff were very helpful during the rest of the cruise if you had any questions. There is a bar in the casino with 2 flat screen TVs showing sporting events.
The pool deck (deck 12) was one place we spent a lot of time. We found plenty of seating space (no evidence of chair hogs). The pool deck patrol took care of that as well as constantly picking up left behind items such as dirty glasses, cans, towels, etc. They also enforced the non smoking/smoking areas. The only complaint here was the hot tubs. They looked like bubble baths.........overflowing with bubbly foam. Perhaps someone had pour some soap in them?? It was reported to the guest relations desk and they were going to get it cleaned up. The canopies over the hot tubs areas were a nice addtion.The whole pool area appeared to have been freshened up and fine tuned .They even had added 2 flat screen TVS by the aft pool bar where we noticed several people watching sports. The Shops On Board(deck 5) had plenty to offer for all.......They included the General Store, Bijoux(the $10 store), a camera shop, perfumerie,clothing,jewelry,etc).All were nicely appointed, bright and cheery. The staff were the usual... pleasant and helpful. I happened to be chosen to be a Mystery shopper and the clerk I had passed with flying colors..A+!!
The Chorus Line Theater (decks 5&7) looked amazing. The changes were beautiful and we felt as if there was not a bad seat in the house to view the great shows and entertainment. In here, they had replaced the chairs, carpeting and even the fixtures ..Among the shows we had were a comedian, a juggler, a production show, Love and Marriage. You could tell everyone worked hard to entertain us. The Majesty day Spa (deck 9) consists of the Fitness center, Barber, Hair salon, and spa rooms. Up here you can get anything from a massage to a facial to teeth whitening and lots of other spa services .Costs varies .Reminded us a spa at a 5 start hotel. The fitness Center offered the latest state of the art exercise equpiment.They offer classes for a nominal fee(Pilates, yoga,.etc) The staff is there to assist you if need be. Sure do miss the saunas though. Adventure Ocean(deck 10) is the area onboard for kids only (ages 3-17)......We didn't spend any time here since we do not have any little children. However, we were impressed with what they had to offer, everything from computers to a video arcade to organized activities conducted by the counselors to a disco(for the teens).The kids all seemed to being having a great time.
Our cabin (Grand Suite #1036) We couldn't wait to; see our stateroom with the new bedding. We were not disappointed! The new colors were very pleasing to the eye and the bedding was so comfortable. In addition, since we were in a suite, we were given a pillow menu to pick what type of pillows we wanted. Our choices were: 1. Conformance (unique 3 dimensional polyester in a cluster shape with a slick finish. The clusters flow inside much like a natural down and feathers providing the ultimate comfort and support for all sleeping positions. This is the best quality cluster fiber available today.) 2. Goose (The white goose down zippered and interlined pillow is made with only the finest European white goose down. The outer cover is woven damask, 100% cotton fabric with a 350 thread count for enhanced softness and comfort. 3. Body (the feather and down body pillow provides full body comfort when an ordinary pillow just wont do. It is ideal for guests with body aches and also excellent for expectant mothers. 4. Isotonic (feels unlike anything you've ever felt. Before. It is slow acting, marshmallow like foam that reacts to your body temperature and physique to provide true, customized relaxation. With Isotonice, the body's own weight effortlessly creates forces that sculpt and mold foam contours. It relaxes and self adjusts according to your body dynamics, and then rejuvenates within seconds. It was so hard to choose just one, so I picked all 4!! Tested them all........My personal favorite was the body pillow. It was huge!! Close to 5 feet long! The cabin had more than enough closet space and storage. Much more than two people would need for a short cruise. Two huge closets. Inside one of the closets was the safe. It was activated by using a card with a magnetic strip (we used our AAA card because I wasn't sure if the strip on a credit card would become demagnetized using it)).Granite counter tops were all over the room. Very luxurious! The bar area came equipped with a mini refrigerator they kept the sodas inside very cold. There were plenty of glasses provided too, all sizes (wine, water, etc).The flat screen TV was a nice additional to the cabin, along with the DVD player (a CD player would have been nice to have too or a stereo system). The balcony was large enough for us as well as guests. It had new white mesh furniture (one lounger, two chairs and a table).Perfect for watching those Caribbean sunsets. We also like the railing (slats) as opposed to the Plexiglas you find on most ships. It gave a more open air feeling to the balcony.
We were eager to get back on the MJ since it was our first RCCL cruise. We remember the "wow" feeling it gave us many years ago. This time, however, it gave us the "WOW" feeling. We didn't know how they could have improved this lovely ship, but they certainly did. We had a wonderful time and we contribute that to the best crew on the high seas. As always, RCCL staff and crew from bar servers to cabin stewards to wait staff to the Captain and everyone in between are the most courteous and professional ever. "They aim to please"
The only con I can say is SPRING BREAK!!! Never again...........because of them,we all had to adhere to several rules..........no taking drinks out of the clubs, no buckets of beer poolside,and when you bought liquor,you couldnt get it till the morning you leave the ship.....at 6:45am!! Seems they have had lots of trouble with the spring breakers, esp on the 4 nighters...........last week's, 70% were SBs!! and they expect the same the next few 4 nighters(guess they don't like the 3 nighters as much)............they steal liquor from behind the bar....and in the beginning when they allowed the liquor to the room the last night,they would polish it off!! The hot tubs were full of foam....looked like big bubble baths......(someone poured something in there?)....21 year olds buying liquor for underaged......I can only hope RCCL learns something from this.............I rather have a bunch of little kids onboard......
So in ending, we just want to say, it was "our pleasure" to once again cruise this RCCL and to see first hand the new Majesty of the Seas.