Having sailed several times before on Royal Caribbean, my wife and I decided to take a badly-needed short vacation (and celebrate our anniversary) over Presidents' Weekend on the Majesty of the Seas. This was our sixth cruise and our third on Royal Caribbean, but our first on Majesty.
The Ship - The recent renovation really shows. Majesty looks absolutely terrific. We stayed in a Superior Oceanview cabin on Deck 9, which was somewhat small but cozy and completely adequate for such a short cruise. Royal Caribbean has really done a great job on the public spaces as well which, I would venture to say, now exceed the condition of some of the Vision class ships.
Dining - The food was adequate. As usual, Royal Caribbean cuisine, especially in the dining room, more closely approximates a decent banquet hall as opposed to a fine restaurant. One exception was the filet mignon on the second night, which was excellent. Owing to the short length of the cruise, we were unfortunately denied the traditional lobster tail. Deserts were frankly mediocre, the one exception being the key lime pie on the last night.
Activities - The usual assortment of activities, the production show was decent and we always enjoy the trivia contests (I also had a really good hot stone massage in the newly-renovated spa). The fitness center, also fully renovated is well-equipped and offers a great view. The comic on the last night, David Orion, was really, really funny. The short itinerary and substantial port time made on-board activities a little less important. The bar service onboard maintained Royal Caribbean's high standards.
Ports - It was a little rainy on our second day, so we cut our visit to Coco Cay a bit short. Nassau exceeded our expectations; we had a great time exploring town, climbing the Queen's Stairs, walking along the beach to Fort Charlotte and doing some shopping.
Embarkation/Disembarkation - My only really negative comment relates to embarkation. While we arrived at the ship around 2:30, the slow pace of the check-in staff meant that we did not get to our cabin until close to 4, which is really late and just before the life boat drill. It was absolute bedlam at the terminal and the staff seemed completely overwhelmed. This was really surprising, considering that Majesty embarks from the Port of Miami twice a week all year round! Disembarkation was relatively easy. Not surprisingly for a short cruise, many of the passengers chose to walk off with their baggage. As a result, we had a really long line leaving the ship and it took us 30-45 minutes to leave. Not a big deal really, but the ship's staff to their credit seemed extremely unhappy that the process was moving so slowly. Of course, it was in their interest to get us off the ship as quickly as possible.
All in all, a great weekend. We left the ship 3 or 4 pounds heavier and well-rested. We're looking forward to our next cruise in June with our kids.