Sail Date: July 2018
Cuba was the main draw of this cruise. The ship was not updated and very “blah”...unimpressive. It was clean but not updated. Key west was also a draw however it was a disappointing port. It was hot, not much to do, no ... Read More
Cuba was the main draw of this cruise. The ship was not updated and very “blah”...unimpressive. It was clean but not updated. Key west was also a draw however it was a disappointing port. It was hot, not much to do, no beaches nearby. Walked around a bit, got overheated, went to the shipwreck museum and aquarium. It was ok. Havana was amazing to see for the first hour. The buildings and parks/plazas are so amazing, lots of history. No shopping or things to do except pre arranged tours. Most people just hung our outside, no one seemed to work much (street sweeps just sat around on benches for example). Most buildings are vacant and falling apart. Would be cool to come back in a few years when they get they stuff together a bit more and are prepared for tourists. Everything is so run down. Cozumel was a great port. Most people’s favorite. Book a beach club like nachi cocum ahead of time. Great relaxing time. There were a few significant staff members that were rude and even lied to us when it suited them. The debarkation process for Cuba was a mess. We waiting in the lounge to leave for 2 hours and were not even allowed to get in line because they prioritized people who had royal Caribbean excursions. We were supposed to be allowed off at 7:30am (clearance time) but we only got off at 9:30am. When we complained about this, the staff ember said we should have know and watched their channel 14 cruise tv. Who watches that on a vacation?! There were many other disgruntaled families also waiting to get off. There was another strange run in with the same staff member at the pool for one of the competitions. A friend of ours signed up and was later kicked our of the competition because he didn’t weigh as much for the belly flor contest although that was not previously stated as a requirement and he was allowed to sign up initially. This specific entertainment staff memeber kept having to tell us lies to maintain his rep. The entertainment was very weak comparing to other ships. No cirque shows or anything too interesting. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
The Majesty of the Seas was very enjoyable. Even though it is an older and smaller ship, it was well maintained and accessible. It was very easy to get from one venue to another. Our cabin (Deck 6) was small. Not much room to move ... Read More
The Majesty of the Seas was very enjoyable. Even though it is an older and smaller ship, it was well maintained and accessible. It was very easy to get from one venue to another. Our cabin (Deck 6) was small. Not much room to move about. We were also under the walking and running track, so at times, it was rather noisy. The dining room and wait staff were outstanding. Very friendly and professional. Food selections were great. Service on the ship was excellent. The staff and crew were very helpful and accommodating. Would definitely travel on this ship again, particularly for a short cruise. The ports and shore excursions were very nice. Did the "Conch Train" (hop-on-hop-off) in Key West, which covered most of the well known sights. Would have liked to have had a bit more time in Key West. Havana was really interesting, with a lot of history. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise because of the Cuba portion of the trip. However, the entire staff of the ship surprised us with their great service. Our stateroom attendant was efficient and friendly. Our wait staff in the Starlight dining room was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Cuba portion of the trip. However, the entire staff of the ship surprised us with their great service. Our stateroom attendant was efficient and friendly. Our wait staff in the Starlight dining room was superb and the menu choices were delicious. The Windjammer buffet was convenient for breakfast but we ate lunch and dinner in the main dining room. The guest services and activities staff was full of enthusiasm and always helpful. We enjoyed the karaoke, trivia, bingo, comedy and singing/dancing performances. Even the live sports in the Schooner bar were entertaining. Embarkation was easy and lines were manageable. Disembarking in Key West was a long line for self-tours because there is a shuttle that must take you off the Navy Port where it docks. I would recommend booking a tour through Royal Caribbean because there lines were much shorter. We booked a tour through RC for our Cuba portion and the wait was still about 45 minutes but was well organized. The 4-hour Easy Panoramic Tour was interesting and historic but there was no where to buy food, so come prepared with bottled water and snacks. Our cabin was a good size and although the rooms could use a decor update from the 90's, it was clean and well-maintained. This ship is good for adults and teens but does not have as many activities for small children as a young family might need. We also recommend the Backstage All Access Tour. It was really cool to see the galley, lower decks, the bridge, and be able to hear directly from the supervisors of each section of the ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this line based on the company we were traveling with and the destination they wanted to go to. We got off the ship in the Keys but stayed on at Cuba as we were traveling with an 8 month old and did not want to incur the ... Read More
We chose this line based on the company we were traveling with and the destination they wanted to go to. We got off the ship in the Keys but stayed on at Cuba as we were traveling with an 8 month old and did not want to incur the additional fees. There was a baby splash zone on the ship that we loved for her. She thoroughly enjoyed it as well. The entire staff was extremely friendly. Everyone we encountered in the hallways and all the individuals assigned to us were fantastic. The ship was clean and organized. It could not have been easier traveling with a little one in light of the attentiveness of the staff. The food was excellent and navigating the ship was a breeze. All questions were satisfactorily answered. Our embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. The buffets were well kept but we also enjoyed the main dinning room experiences. The spa was clean and relaxing. The staff was helpful and provided information about specials upfront. We also participating in the rock climbing, which was awesome and our little one got to do some finger painting, which we probably enjoyed more than her. We had the deluxe drink package and the soda drink package, which I recommend acquiring. We had access to the fountain soda all day and got to keep great souvenir glasses that will be reused quite a bit. It was a pleasurable vacation made possible by the hard working individuals aboard. We will certainly cruise with this line again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Cruise Staff were excellent in service. There was not a lot of variety of activities compared to other cruise lines we have traveled with. The ships appeareance is old in our opinion. The casino was smaller than other cruise lines we ... Read More
Cruise Staff were excellent in service. There was not a lot of variety of activities compared to other cruise lines we have traveled with. The ships appeareance is old in our opinion. The casino was smaller than other cruise lines we traveled with in our opinion. The food quality was average. Their wasn’t much different types of cuisines, so after 2 days, we were bored of the food choices. Guest relations had excellent customer service. The person who cleaned our room was friendly and our room was clean. The tv in our room is small and there were not a lot of channels to watch. The room service isn’t free. We had to pay a room service charge. The kids camp program was excellent. The excursion prices were expensive. Overall We didn’t have a good vacation. Next time, we will research online what other people say in their opinion on which cruises they had thought were excellent. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
So to kick this thing off I guess you folks will want to know a little about us. Amber and I (Ron) are in our mid-twenties. I’m an engineer by day and a amateur smart ass by night. She is a dental assistant by day and a ... Read More
So to kick this thing off I guess you folks will want to know a little about us. Amber and I (Ron) are in our mid-twenties. I’m an engineer by day and a amateur smart ass by night. She is a dental assistant by day and a self-proclaimed dog mother just about any time of the day. On average we take about 4 cruises a year, mainly because my company has a pretty ridiculous PTO policy that requires I burn A LOT of time. Now that the introductions are out of the way let’s to the thing everyone cares about. Our recent trip to Havana, Cuba on Majesty of the Seas. Before we left I searched the internet high and low for information regarding the cruise and what Cuba is like. I wasn’t able to find very much, so my goal is to provide a lot of information for people planning to visit this very interesting country. Day 1: Departing Indianapolis On Thursday we planned to leave to start the trek down to Tampa to meet up with Majesty. Initially, we planned on flying, but due to my car being involved in an accident the insurance company gave us a week of a loaner car. Considering we both love road trips we nixed the flight ideas and decided to drive. We managed to leave Indy earlier then we initially thought, so I moved our hotel reservation from Nashville to just outside of Atlanta for the evening. We arrived at the hotel around 11:30 pm, and were put through the ringer on getting a room. I won’t go into details, because well this is about cruising, not my thoughts on if we did or didn’t get a room. (If you’re interested in this experience see my TripAdvisor). Day 2: Arriving in Tampa The next morning we set off from a different hotel then initially planned (again see trip advisor). At this point we had the “Tampa or bust’ mentality. A few hours later we hit our hotel for the evening, a lovely Marriott on the water. Upon checking in we were greeted with a room upgrade, from the ‘peasants’ level to a concierge suite. Walking towards the elevator with a pep in our step I was thinking ‘man gold status does mean something’….. Boy was I wrong. Upon entering the room we were overwhelmed by heat, the thermostat in the room was reading a balmy 87 degrees. Trying to be an optimist, I sauntered to the AC and drove down the temp. We left the room to explore. Acting on a tip from the bellman we ended up taking the Trolley to Yibor City…. Now I can’t say this is our type of scene, and it does look a little rough, but none the less we found a local cigar shop that was very friendly. After some cigars and Cuban Coffee we made our way back to the room. To find it hotter then the Sahara as before. A quick call to the front desk had an ‘engineer’ in the room. Now I’ll preface this next part by saying I LOVE bush fixes, or ingenious ways to ‘rig’ something. However, this version of bush fix was not was I expected…. The ‘engineer’ opened the AC unit, took a screw driver and literally shot about a gallon of water on the floor…. Weird, but suddenly the air started working. He gave me a thumps up and left the room…. Mic down and all…. Amber and I decided to sit down and watch the Departed, in the middle of Billy Costigan getting his broken arm slammed against the pool table we both suddenly realized we smelled the ominous odor of Marijuana…. And not just a small amount, but a full on smell that could not be denied, I opened the balcony door to see our neighbor puffing away like we were at a Snoop Dogg concert…. This coupled with the AC once again failing meant we had to change rooms. Now I will be the first to say not all of this was the hotels fault and they were very quick to remedy the problem and make it right. I would HIGHLY recommend staying at this Marriott if cruising out of Tampa. Day 3: All Aboard For cruise parking we decided on The Parktologists, now I will say the parking lot looks sketchy, but our driver was extremely nice. We arrived to the port around 10 am on Saturday. Now if anyone has ever seen the guy arguing with the security agents about what a ‘power strip’ is… Yeah, I’m that guy…. In February I ended up giving a 8 minute lecture to some poor security agent that wanted to tell me my outlets to go plug would trip a 30 amp breaker. In case anyone’s curious it didn’t make it on that cruise. For this cruise I snuck it aboard in my suit case (win). This time the security was very nice, Amber has a very long conversation with one about visiting Cuba, of course while my bag was being searched by hand for what turned out to be my laptop charger. Once through security and presenting our sign and sail pass we were breezed over to the suite area for check-in a nice gentlemen explained the visa process to us. Being as I couldn’t find a non-sketchy visa site we were forced to pay 75 dollars each for our Cuban Visa’s…. Now let’s break for a minute…. Royal Caribbean intimidates people about filling these things out, and honestly its not that difficult. Once you receive them sock them away until you get to your stateroom. There is instructions there on how to fill them out. Once getting checked-in we boarded the ship slightly after 11:30. We headed straight for the Windjammer to get some lunch, and a beverage since we had the drink package. At the Windjammer bar we say a familiar face from a previous sailing on Majesty. We were on Majesty last year right before Irma…. Daniel told us that after we got off the ship they rescued people from St. Thomas all while having 12 guests aboard…. He mentioned it got rather annoying when the guests wanted to drink because they had to go open the Scooner bar… After dinner we waited until 1 when our stateroom to be ready, after sailing on Indy in Feb. we became hooked on Jr. Suites. We find that with the size and balcony we rarely hang out on deck, spending most of our time on the private balcony. We honestly just napped until the muster drill at 3. When we left our stateroom we met out steward Bibi. I honestly cannot say enough great thing about Bibi. We’ve been on half a dozen cruises and she is by way the best steward we’ve ever had. After the wonderful muster drill we decided to go donate 200 dollars in the casino, which surprisingly only took around 8 minutes… Guess Royal has to pay for those new ships somehow :D. We ended the night relatively early excited to see Key West the next day. Day 4: Key West We awoke mid-morning on Sunday, sleeping in for the first time during this vacation. The itinerary had us arriving at Key West around 1:30 pm, but due to favorable conditions we arrived about an hour early and the captain make the decision to stay an hour late… So around 12:30 we packed a bag and decided to explore downtown Key West. Majesty ended up docking at the Navy Pier, which required we be bussed from the pier to downtown (for free). Upon arriving downtown we decided to explore, after having someone try to pick pocket Amber we decided to get our usual souvenirs from ports of call (Christmas ornament, and a bottle of rum) and head back to the bus stop. Honestly, Key West was a little disappointing for us, it reminded both of us of Nassau. Buildings are ratty and in some cases falling down. Although, I will say the amount of people wanting hand outs and to take you on taxi rides was less… So after 2 hours, we hopped a bus and headed back to the ship. We took advantage of the deserted buffet followed up with a much needed nap, Waking up just in time for a quick dinner before heading to karaoke. One thing we were disappointed in was the food at windjammer. It seemed to be mostly the same things and lacked decent flavors. Nonetheless we headed to bed after watching karaoke, Cuba would some early. We had an exclusion booked through Royal for the “Old Havana Heritage Walking Tour”. Day 5: Havana – Money shot Amber and I both woke up early elated to see what Havana looked like from our Jr. Suite balcony. Opening the door we were immediately hit with the smell of gas exhaust fumes and old architecture. The view from our balcony was awesome, almost like stepping back in time. We quickly got ready and headed to the theatre to meet our tour group. TIME OUT – So there’s a lot of mystery surrounding using non-RCI Shore excursions. We got clarification during the on-board discussion they host. You CAN book your own tour privately, but RCI is not responsible if the US questions it. They will not ban you from entering Cuba if you do not pay for an RCI tour. This being said we paid for the “Old Havana Heritage Walking Tour”. We met our group in the theatre where we were given a bottle of water and sent into a group. The group was pointless as we quickly walked to the gang way, then were put into separate lines to clear immigrations. This is the point where you present the Visa and Passport. After a very nervous 10 minutes we had cleared immigration and were in the port terminal. First thing was to change money, walking straight through security in the currency exchange. We thought ahead and brought CAD and Euro’s. This allowed us to bypass the 10% tax imposed by Cuban for doing from USD to CUC’s. They do charge a 3% fee both ways for changing to and from CUC’s. After loading up on CUC’s we headed downstairs to meet our guide Vladimir… Who interestingly enough was 100% Cuban, but born during the Cold War he was given a Russian name, which was quite common. After meeting the group we walked across the street and headed to the first square of 4 that we would be visiting. I’ll leave the details on this for you to experience on your own… The buildings in Cuba are incredible. Despite a few people trying to sell us pictures, hand sketches, Cuban newspapers, fried dough, and peanuts. We were relatively left alone. After visiting 3 squares our guide told us that he would show us to a Tobacco and rum shop. It quickly became clear that he was getting commissions from what we bought… He headed behind the counter and tried to sell us this cigar, or that cigar…. The merchant didn’t want to sell my 25 cigar boxes, so we left without buying anything. After leaving someone asked the guide for directions for a restaurant…. He very quickly condemned this establishment calling it garbage, but he did volunteer to make reservations for us (cash grab)…. After yet another attempt to make more money from us we decided to refrain from lunch with everyone else. Before lunch we had to finish the tour, which involved us taking a bus to downtown Havana for a visit to a local bar for; tobacco, rum, and a cigar…. Upon arrival we were packed into a small bar area where employees gave us samples of Cuban coffee, rum, and a cigar. A Cuban band played 2 songs before they sent a girl around to peddle CD’s. When I declined she gave us a bad look and said “well how about a donation for the band”…. Call me cheap, but I HATE cash grabs like this…. After being extorted for a few CUC’s the band took a break to allow the head waiter to explain how to smoke a cigar, and drunk rum… After this brief lecture we were greeted with another cash grab… This time for Mojitos, cigars, and Havana Club rum… I made the mistake of asking how much for a box of cigars… From that moment on he tried to talk me into buying…. I decided to wait… After what felt like hours (only about an hour) we hopped back on the bus and were taken to the last square. The guide wrapped this one up quickly, mainly due to wanting to get everyone to his special spot for dinner…. Once leaving the group we set to finding cigars, rum, and souvenirs. Quickly we found a small local shop that sold cigars, I bought a box of Monte Cristo #3’s for 280, and some Choibas for around 9 dollars a stick. While I was wheeling and dealing Amber was fighting off a portly older woman who in broken English was trying to get money from her. After saying no 8 to 12 times the woman disappeared. From there we did some exploring, and although we never felt in danger, we did stick to places where we say police or large groups of tourists. We explored for another hour then headed back to the terminal. Changing money back was painless and around 3 we boarded the ship. Tired, hot, and amazed. Overall, we loved Cuba and I highly recommend it to anyone on here. It’s a once in a life time experience and truly makes you feel like you stepped back in time. This cruise was perfect, so much that we are cruising to another part of Cuba in Jan. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to shoot em at me. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Embarkation was very smooth, was on the ship in no time. The cabin was prepared as expected - we bought the cruise less than a month out so all we had to choose from was 2nd deck. Food was amazing; especially evening Room Service - BEST ... Read More
Embarkation was very smooth, was on the ship in no time. The cabin was prepared as expected - we bought the cruise less than a month out so all we had to choose from was 2nd deck. Food was amazing; especially evening Room Service - BEST room service I have had out of 6 RCI ships. Cruise Director (Susan) was the worst CD I have experienced. Just threw out a lot of trivia events for the non-Pool Deck guests, no real other type of events that didn't involve shopping of some kind. Other RCI ships have more varied events, just felt like the CD wasn't really trying to engage and entertain guests. Fortunately, the Food and Bar staff really shined and did a great job. Didn't get off in either port (been to both before), so I can't comment on the port themselves. The only reason I rated the onboard experience low was because of the poor quality of the Cruise Director. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We have been on Majesty 3 other times in the past and am still impressed with the condition of the ship for being an older/smaller one. Very clean and well maintained. We went with our 6 year old daughter and she looked forward to going ... Read More
We have been on Majesty 3 other times in the past and am still impressed with the condition of the ship for being an older/smaller one. Very clean and well maintained. We went with our 6 year old daughter and she looked forward to going to Adventure Ocean for a couple hours every day. Loved it there. Overall the staff was very friendly and accommodating, we had no issues embarking or disembarking. Our room, 4529, was your basic run of the mill interior cabin with a pullman for our daughter to sleep on. We usually don't splurge on room upgrades because we are rarely in it other than to sleep, shower, etc. Only annoying thing I noticed was there was a bubbling/gurging noise in the bathroom plumbing that was noticeable occasionally when we were sleeping but there were no problems with the water draining. I did notice they had the rear most smaller pool closed for some reason the entire trip. The main pool and hot tubs were functional. The food was good, the bar service was great and fast. I noticed they put out some extra tables/carts on the pool deck with staff making and selling drinks on sea days so that really kept the bars moving nicely and not getting too crowded. Our cruise involved two days at sea which might not be for everyone on a smaller sized ship with limited activities but not a problem for us. We were 4 hours delayed leaving port at Tampa but I believe it had something to do with unusually high tide that evening that would have made us not fit under the Skyway bridge leaving the bay......if you cruise out of Tampa that is something you must see....the top of the ship cleared the bridge by what seemed inches but the captain said it was about 3 feet. Still very tight! That time was made up at sea the next day so we were right on time arriving at Costa Maya the following day. Costa Maya was a new port for us. We chose to go to Maya Chan which is a privately owned (by a couple from San Diego) small resort type area with a beach and all you can eat and drink. They made a really great Mayan style taco bar lunch, grilled right there, and we had a great time. They assign you a spot on the beach with several chairs and either a cabana or umbrella type shelter from the sun and keep bringing you drinks and chips, guacamole (which was amazing) and fresh made salsa all day. They will only accommodate a limited number of reservations per day but I would highly recommend! The owners are extremely friendly and the place is so nice and beautiful. The owners have a couple dogs and cats there that are very friendly and fun to interact with if you're missing your own pets at home. The only issue with Costa Maya was that there was a massive influx of loose seagrass "mats" that came ashore across the whole area and was piled all up on the beaches....made swimming near the shore kind of a nasty/stinky experience. I was speaking to the owners at Maya Chan and they have a bunch of guys there working trying to rake/clean it all up and hiring trucks to haul it off. Its certainly not their fault but it was kind of a mess all over the place along the beaches. Apparently it was due to some sort of unusual ocean currents and weather events that caused it. Next was Cozumel. We went to Chankanaab Park and did our own excursion thing that involved swimming with manatees and feeding them near the same area where the Dolphin experience is. That was amazing and we got a full hour in the water with them. We have done the dolphin thing several times before so we wanted to try something different. Very glad we did. My wife purchased the photo package there which is an expensive proposition but it does come with free food there and drinks at one of the bars along with a taxi voucher back to the port. Neither of which were very good, lukewarm beer in a tiny glass and the lunch was like school cafeteria style. Other than that we stayed there all day and used their beach area, swam in the pool, had a great time overall. Very large and clean facility and property. I'd highly suggest the place but bring lots of cash if you want any pictures of your dolphin or manatee experience. It was a $12 taxi ride from the port to there. There are excursions available from Royal Caribbean to the same place for the dolphin experience but we chose to do our own. On disembarkation day we had a flight home from Orlando (cheaper for us than Tampa) in the evening so we had all day to kill. We got a rental car and drove to Clearwater Marine Aquarium which is where they have the dolphins from the movie "A Dolphins Tale" that was filmed there. It is a rescue and rehabilitation facility for marine life as well along with an aquarium and some exhibits with sea turtles and various other marine animals. Very interesting place. The drive from Tampa/clearwater area to Orlando is supposed to only be a couple hours on the interstate but the traffic was insanely busy and we spent an extra hour in traffic back ups so if you intend to fly out of Orlando keep that in mind Overall we had a great time once again and will continue to use Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Travelled on this cruise with extended family members ranging from the age of 7 to 80. Everyone enjoyed various activities onboard. Crew members were really friendly and helpful all the time. Food is great and they catered to our request ... Read More
Travelled on this cruise with extended family members ranging from the age of 7 to 80. Everyone enjoyed various activities onboard. Crew members were really friendly and helpful all the time. Food is great and they catered to our request to make some Indian dishes we asked for. Embarkation and Disembarkation experience was smooth and in the orderly fashion. Got sufficient time to explore both the cities (Costa Maya and Cozumel) and excursions through the Royal Carribean were planned well. Cabins very small but clean and were taken care of well by housekeeping staff. All the information regarding daily activities on board were provided a day before for the next day planning. Headliner shows after dinner every night. We enjoyed the shows of a stand up comic, an American Idol famed famous singer named Lou Gazzara, Jeff the Juggler, A ventriloquist and the cruise's own production house's Singers and Dancer's show on different nights for Headliner Show. Rock Climbing was also fun. Took part in various Quizzes and Trivia Games and they were really fun to play. BuzzNation band performances and Live Karaoke were great events for music lovers. Overall great and entertaining experience. Would definitely love to go again ! Read Less
Majesty of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.6
Dining 3.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.0 3.7
Public Rooms 3.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.8
Enrichment 2.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 3.0 3.8
Rates 3.0 4.3

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