According to Kevin Thorogood, the ship's hotel director, "Majesty is like a fine wine: She only gets better with age." Many who have sailed with Royal Caribbean would agree that Majesty of the Seas seems to have outlived the odds as both an older, smaller ship and as the only one left in its class. However, the cruise line plans to sell the ship to sister company Pullmantur, a fate seen by fleetmate Monarch of the Seas, in April 2016.
In a competitive short-cruise and weekend getaway market, Majesty of the Seas satisfies with its three- and four-night Bahamas sailings. Because Miami is Majesty's homeport, many passengers onboard are South Floridians who grab cheap cruises within driving distance of their homes.
Majesty has developed a Latin flavor organically, with influences ranging from its homeport and cruiser base to warm-weather flair, given the itinerary, which sometimes includes Key West. This is evident throughout the ship. Cuisine options include mojo-marinated grilled pork chops -- influenced by regional mojo variations in Cuba and Puerto Rico -- in the main dining room and Cuban sandwiches available in the Compass Deli. The venues re lively, including popular Boleros nightclub, which was a hit night after night; from the salsa dancing, you could tell the crowd knew what it was doing. Even the teal and orange plates and bowls around the ship suggested a Latin influence -- and Miami Dolphins colors, although we could be reading too much into it.
Cabins are small, but with only one night at sea, time is expected to be spent in port or enjoying ship activities that include cake decorating contests, trivia, workshops, seminars and, of course, bingo.
The ship is easy to navigate -- we had it figured out after a full day of exploring -- and it's manageable for first-timers and those looking for a small-ship experience.