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. Still, Royal Caribbean is investing in a major refurbishment of the beloved ship. In April 2016, Majesty of the Seas will be updated with new features, such as Voom, dubbed by Royal Caribbean as the "fastest Internet at sea." It will be available free to all passengers.
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.
The three- and four-day market is a magnet for younger cruisers, first-timers, those on a budget or people who just want to get away for a few days. There is a large Spanish-speaking population onboard, along with a number of international passengers; a whopping 56 nationalities were represented among the passengers on our sailing.
"Casual" is the operative word when it comes to attire, though shorts aren't permitted in the dining room. Cover-ups atop bathing suits are appropriate away from the pool. Slacks and a neat shirts are ideal for men and women for casual dining. Plan on a jacket and tie for men on formal nights, while women can pull out all the stops. Don't be fooled by these short sailings: Formal attire is in full effect and runs the gamut from polite sundresses and khakis to ball gowns and tuxedos. Each Majesty sailing has one formal night.
Royal Caribbean passengers are automatically charged $13.50 per person, per day ($16.50 for those in suites). Gratuities can be prepaid or will be added on a daily basis to passengers' SeaPass accounts during each sailing. Passengers can modify or remove gratuities by visiting the guest services desk. An 18 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs. Gratuity is optional but recommended for room service orders. An envelope with the option to leave additional cash tips to specific crewmembers is offered on the final night of each cruise.