Majesty of the Seas Entertainment
In addition to the events announced in the Cruise Compass daily planner, onboard entertainment features a lot of live music and recent movies on the big(ger) screens in Spectrum lounge (Deck 8) and Chorus Line Theater on decks 5 and 7 (venue depends on the day). Trivia and Sudoku puzzles are available daily in the library. Daytime offerings are limited because of time spent in port.
Evening entertainment offers a blend of production shows and individual performers -- generally a magician, comic or singer/musician -- in the Chorus Line Theater. Usually two shows are available nightly to accommodate both dining times. Music and dancing are offered all around the ship, from piano sing-alongs in the Schooner Bar to calypso music poolside, and from classics in the Centrum to Latin flavors in Boleros. Name-that-tune is played nightly in the Schooner Bar. Late each night, the cruise director's own take on a game show (Battle of the Sexes, The Newlywed Game, even an adult scavenger hunt) takes place, typically in the Spectrum lounge. These regularly draw large crowds.
The Schooner Bar, on Deck 5, is probably our favorite hangout space on the ship. Sunny and not smoky (although right off the casino), it's a great place to sit during the day, log on to check email from a personal device or grab a pre-dinner cocktail at night. A relaxed and nautical ambience caters to watching the piano player, catching Monday Night Football or simply staring out the window.
Spectrum, on Deck 8, is as close to a club as Majesty gets, with pink neon lights and a major sound system. Themed nights (such as 80s music or disco) seem to bleed into other activities in the area, including singles meet-ups and nightly game shows.
Boleros, on Deck 7, is one of the only places left to smoke indoors. It has a distinct Latin feel that comes alive on Majesty, and once the Dominican Quartet starts playing, with mojitos and caipirinhas flowing, you will see how. Boleros hosts the Park West art auction on each sailing, typically on the final night of the cruise. On our voyage, a preview of the artwork was held at 5 p.m., followed by the auction at 5:30 (with free Champagne). Other art sales might be held throughout your voyage and could include a raffle or giveaway for attending.
A Chorus Line Theater, done in subtle coral, rust and beige tones, has a classical theater ambience with wide seating arrangements and a wooden stage. Art Deco statues of cabaret girls greet you from either side of the Deck 5 entrance. The side seats offer those awful poles and poor sight lines, but middle seats on both levels (decks 5 and 7) offer great views.
Viking Crown Lounge, all the way up on Deck 14, is a staple on Royal Caribbean ships. It looks a bit outdated but can guarantee a great bird's-eye view of the pool deck and surrounding sea. The lounge is closed occasionally because of private events, but, even when it's open, it's one of the quietest places on the ship.
Casino Royale, on Deck 5, offers eight table games, two roulette wheels and one craps game in addition to a wide variety of slots. When dealers have downtime, they are more than willing to teach you any of the card games, for those who aren't pros or just want to pick up a few tips.
Majesty of the Seas Public Rooms
A small library is situated off the atrium on Deck 4; nearby, an Internet area offers 10 stations at costs beginning at $25 for 38 minutes of usage. Wi-Fi access is available only through hot spots in various bars and lounges -- not in cabins. Fun fact: The library and Internet area are the only two places we found pictures of Queen Sonja of Norway, the ship's godmother.
A conference center was created to enable groups to conduct business onboard. Located on Deck 11, the three conference rooms, Adventure, Voyager and Explorer, discreetly line the walls behind wood paneling and can accommodate up to 239 people.
Shops offer the usual liquor specials, watches, jewelry, fragrances and logo items for men, women and children. The stores line the walls on Deck 5 (across from Latte-tudes), but a bazaar-like arrangement of tables takes up the center, featuring daily sales and specials on designer handbags, perfumes, pashminas and other gift items (typically listed in the daily schedule).
We don't usually review ships' public restrooms, but they were so gorgeous that we had to point them out. They now have a Zen quality with mahogany stained cabinets and bamboo-colored walls; big, white, square sinks with tall stainless-steel faucets; and earth-toned tile backsplashes. Even the lighting -- with a low-wattage overhead and mirrors that light up -- was calming.
Majesty of the Seas Spa & Fitness
The spa and beauty salon operated by Steiner with Elemis products (a brand of the ubiquitous Steiner Leisure, which operates many cruise lines' spas) is glossy and inviting. An interactive program allows passengers to analyze their skin types and choose recommended beauty products. Additionally, you can expect a wide offering of head-to-toe services, from teeth whitening to pedicures. Teens and kids have their own spa menu, too, including something called an ice cream mani/pedi. Sauna and steam rooms are complimentary to all passengers.
Adjacent to the spa is the ShipShape fitness facility, which offers a complete line of Life Extension machines, treadmills and free weights, along with a space for mats in front of a row of mirrors. It appeared that patrons of the gym during our sailing were a mix of both routine exercisers and those seizing a rare chance to take advantage of a free and equipped facility. The gym was surprisingly crowded on the night of embarkation.
Majesty offers fitness activities like Pilates and spinning classes for a $12 fee. Early morning, from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., fitness offerings under the Vitality moniker are complimentary. These include stretch and abs programs. Beach activities at CocoCay include a volleyball competition and line dancing. Yoga on the beach carries a $15 fee.
Majesty of the Seas has two pools and two Jacuzzis, located on the main pool deck, along with a pool bar and stands offering tropical drinks of the day. The pool deck draws a crowd, but, with most of your cruise days spent in port, it won't be impossible to snag a chair if you decide to sun yourself onboard.
The famed rock climbing wall is on Deck 12; at 35 feet, it's not quite as large as those on other Royal Caribbean ships. (The rock wall on Allure of the Seas, for example, is 43 feet.)
The promenade deck, on Deck 7, has a jogging track, but with sharp turns and more than a few signs urging runners to be cautious overhead. We only ever saw couples power-walking or aimlessly strolling along there.