Sail Date: October 2018
The trip went smooth, especially with excursions. And the excursions were very organized and well worth the money. Second time cruising, different destinations. By chance both times on this same ship. This time we booked an inside cabin as ... Read More
The trip went smooth, especially with excursions. And the excursions were very organized and well worth the money. Second time cruising, different destinations. By chance both times on this same ship. This time we booked an inside cabin as we didn’t think the window cabin we had last time was worth extra money. Day stop at Havana was a smoothly run operation. Everything was clean. Cabin 2219 was noisy while the band played in the main area. Wouldn’t stay in this cabin again due to that. Last minute booking. Have found without excursions, our days aren’t as smooth. Great crew members as always. Getting VISAs on board for Cuba was a very simple, smooth process. Beautiful weather, and Hurricane Michael was the week prior. A little choppy seas the first night. But not bad. Smooth ocean the remainder of the time. But excursions, drink packages, Wi-Fi, etc prior to boarding. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Great cruise to Key West and Havana. But do not take cabin 4047 or any in that small hallway. Rolling carts overhead till 4AM every night. Yes we complained and no it did no good. Fair warning. We booked excursions directly with Old Cars ... Read More
Great cruise to Key West and Havana. But do not take cabin 4047 or any in that small hallway. Rolling carts overhead till 4AM every night. Yes we complained and no it did no good. Fair warning. We booked excursions directly with Old Cars Havana and had a great time for much less than the ships excursions. The entertainment was very good especially the comic. Food was what you expect on a Royal Caribbean, very good and the service was excellent with the exception of a failure to do anything about the noise in the cabin. It is obvious that many others have had this same problem and also obvious that Royal Caribbean has failed to correct said problem, so shame on them for that. One night one of the officers came to our cabin heard the racket and had the overhead crew put cardboard down which did make a difference. That was the only night we slept. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise because it went to Cuba, a place we've always wanted to visit. We've been on over 30 cruises with all the major players (Carnvial, Princess, HAL, Norwegian). This was our 5th Royal Caribbean cruise. Embarkation: ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it went to Cuba, a place we've always wanted to visit. We've been on over 30 cruises with all the major players (Carnvial, Princess, HAL, Norwegian). This was our 5th Royal Caribbean cruise. Embarkation: Embarkation was pretty painless. The ship left at 4pm and we got to the port around noon which I think is one of the busiest times. There were a ton of agents checking people in so the line went really fast. I'd say the whole process from getting there to being on the ship took less than 30 minutes. Overall Ship: This ship is quite old and is showing its age. If you are used to the newer ships, the decor will probably not impress you. I'd describe the atmosphere as "90s Vegas hotel". Overall though, the public areas are nice. There aren't very many elevators and the ones that we're there were constantly closed for maintenance. So there was always a lot of waiting for the elevator and when you did get one, it was extremely crowded. We opted to take the stairs most of the time, but that's not an option for some. The pool area was typically pretty crowded, but we never had trouble finding a seat. Room: We had an interior stateroom. These are definitely the smallest rooms I've ever seen on a cruise ship. You basically just open the door and there's your bed. We didn't spend much time in the room so the size wasn't a big deal. The mattress and pillows were fine. I'd seen some other reviews saying the beds were hard or worn out, but that wasn't the case in our room. The shower curtain in our bathroom was kind of gross and we asked the steward if we could change it, which he promptly did. The water pressure was good and there was a handheld shower head. Dining: I wasn't expecting much in terms of dining on this cruise, but I have to say, they blew me away in this department. The food and service in the main dining room was excellent. There was a nice variety of options each night and everything was cooked very well. On the last night they also had free lobster which was awesome. I'd recommend eating lunch in the main dining room as there are a lot of excellent options and they have an amazing salad bar with all sorts of fancy ingredients (brie, figs, etc.). The Windjammer buffet was alright. I wasn't super impressed with the quality, but it was good for a quick bite. There was also a pizza place that was open late. To be honest, the pizza was pretty cardboard-ey, but it hits the spot when you have those late night cravings. Entertainment: I didn't experience much of the entertainment as my form of entertainment was constantly gorging myself with food each day. However, what I saw was quite good. There was a comedian one night who was very funny. There was also a singer who did impressions who was kind of corny but enjoyable. They had a nice amount of activities like trivia, bingo, etc, but I didn't participate much in them as it was a very short cruise so there was limited time. Ports: As I said before, the primary reason for this cruise was to visit Cuba. We booked our own tour guide rather than go with the ship's tour. Getting off the ship in Havana was actually a lot easier than I expected. The ship pulls right into town. You have to go through customs/passport control which is pretty basic. On the second day they didn't even check our passports. I'd highly recommend booking your own tour rather than going with the ship's tour. I'd heard from other passengers that ship's tour was kind of boring and you spend most of your time on a bus. Overall, Havana is very interesting city, and I'd definitely like to return to Cuba to see more. We also went to Cozumel which we've been to about a million times. We paid a package price for transportation and access to a beach (which was somewhat overpriced but hassle-free). We arrived in Cozumel quite late in the day (around 2pm) and didn't depart until 9pm. Many of the beach resorts close around 5pm or 6pm. So by the time we got off the ship and took a taxi to the beach it was already 3:45pm which didn't leave us much time at the beach. We did some snorkeling and had a good time, but keep in mind the beach's hours before you decide to pay to visit one. Overall: I will end with the point that the service is wonderful on this ship. The service is typically good on most of the cruises we've been on, but the waiters, stewards, and staff on this ship really shined. They were always smiling and sincerely cared about providing good service. Despite the old ship and the small rooms, I would highly recommend the Majesty especially if you want to visit Cuba. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise primarily because we wanted to go to Cuba! Day 1 - we were scheduled to sail at 4:00,but wanted to get on board as soon as possible, so we were at the port at 9:15. At 9:30, we were allowed to head on in and get ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily because we wanted to go to Cuba! Day 1 - we were scheduled to sail at 4:00,but wanted to get on board as soon as possible, so we were at the port at 9:15. At 9:30, we were allowed to head on in and get the registration process taken care of. It was very easy.....we simply handed over the paperwork we had already filled out, answered a question about any recent illness, had our picture taken and were on our way! We were ushered to a seating area and waited for about 30 minutes......meeting some very nice people during our wait...…..and then it was time to board! We had checked all of our bags, so we didn't have any luggage to drag around (*A quick note about this.....when we arrived by Uber at the terminal, we were met by a guy with a cart who loaded up our luggage and took it away. We rode the escalator up to where you enter and found that some people were already there - with all of their luggage. They ended up having to take it back down and it was confusing for them. So, make sure to find someone to take your luggage before getting on the escalator!!. ) We were greeted by several staff as we boarded and we decided to tour the ship and find a snack. They had a full blown sail away buffet at the Windjammer & we had multiple food choices! In comparison to Carinival, the food is much better!!! At 1:00, they announcstied that our rooms were ready, so we headed up to deck 9. Our luggage was still in the hall, but just steps from our cabin. Ida, our room attendant, was great. Friendly, helpful and always had a smile on his face. After unpacking, we headed to the Schooner Bar for a drink. I can't say enough about the service on this ship. From the minute we boarded, we were continuously greeted by our names and they remembered what drinks we liked.....I don't know how they do it. Eduardo, Deepan and KoKo were amazing and took great care of us! We had early dining, so we changed and headed to the dining room. The food was delicious ! We didn't have anything we didn't like. I even tried the escargot one night...….I would order it again! After dinner we checked out the comedy show, watched some Karokee, checked out the sail away pool party and then decided we needed a midnight snack. Important - Deck 12 - it will be your best friend! Sorrentos always had great pizza - and always 4-5 different kinds! And, most importantly, it was good! I remember not liking the Pizza on Carnival at all, but this was very good! Then, just around the corner is the Compass Deli, also open late. Taco and Nacho bar everynight, plus sandwiches and pastries. You will not go hungry on this ship!! Another important note....we got the unlimited drink package....it was a great decision for us. Our soft drink cup was in our room when we arrived, and our sea pass card had a sticker that alerted the bars that we had unlimited drinks. We had no issues whatsoever with it and were very glad we got it. Day 2 - Key West. We were not supposed to dock until 1:00, but got there early, so we were off the boat by 12:30. Before getting off the boat, we attended a Cuba Q&A & found it to be very informative! I would recommend going! We had all been to Key West before and done all the tourist stuff, so we just walked a little, rented an electric car and went to the beach and had some conch fritters. I like Key West, but it's just sooooo crowded. We drove by the Southern Most Point and there must have been 50 people in a line waiting for a photo. We headed back to the boat and hung out in the Schnooner Bar for a while. We enjoyed listening to Kim at the Piano bar later in the evening. And, again back to deck 12 where the midnight snacks were! Day 3 - Cuba! We didnt plan a shore excursion, we just wanted to tour on our own and had no problems at all. We had not planned to head out until 9:00 ish, but they made an annoucement at 7:30 that the Empress of the Seas was pulling in and that customs might get a little chaotic, so we headed on out. Going through customs was quick and easy, changing money took no time at all and we were quickly wandering around the streets of Havana. As an army brat, I spent some time in Turkey in the mid 70's and it was like I was back there again.....the smells, the vendors, the buildings.......very nostalgic! The people were welcoming and friendly. We ended up walking about 10 miles, stopped for a snack, stopped for a drink in the hotel Hemmingway used to haunt and then made our way back to the boat. It was a great adventure.....somewhere I have wanted to go for a long time. The next time I go, I will book an overnight in Havana so I can see the show at the Tropicana. We were parked next to the Empress of the Seas and I was admittedly jealous to watch them heading out at 7:00 pm to the city and the shows while I was getting ready to sail away. Day 4 - Day at Sea. Always an easy, breezy day. Shawn at the bar in the Windjammer had a Bloody Mary bar set up, so we had a few and lounged in the sun for a while. We had lunch in the dining room and the salad bar was in one word AMAZING! I've never had anyone prepare a salad like that for me before! So many things to choose from and apparently it is only at lunch in the dining room! I wish I had found out before the last day of the cruise! After lunch, we lounged in the sun some more, napped a little and had a late dinner in the Windjammer. Headed back to our cabin to pack.....always sad and depressing, and got to bed for an early departure the next morning. Day 5 - Heading home. We did self service disembark and were on our way at 7:15 ish. Waited in line for maybe 10 minutes and then rolled through customs and headed to the airport. Made it to Atlanta easily enough but then the storms had rolled in so we were delayed in getting on the plane to Chattanooga. Finally boarded and sat on the tarmac for 2 hours for a 20 minute flight! The joys of travel! Can't wait to do it again! Final thoughts: This was our 3rd cruise - the firsts 2 were on Carnival ships. Would I cruise Royal Carribean again - absolutely! The Majesty is an older ship, but she has held up well. I found her to be sparkly clean and well maintained. They layout is not as open as a larger ship and I confess to getting turned around a couple of times, but nothing that would deter me from sailing on her again. I can't say enough about the service on this ship. Patricio, the cruise director, was funny, engergetic, informative and super friendly! Everyone was! If you have the opportunity, take the Majesty of the Seas and go to Havana.....you won't reget it!! 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10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Like most people, we decided on this particular cruise for the opportunity to visit Cuba. This is now my 6th cruise (2 Carnival, 2 RC, 2 Disney). We knew going in that this ship was the smallest of the fleet and did not have all the bells ... Read More
Like most people, we decided on this particular cruise for the opportunity to visit Cuba. This is now my 6th cruise (2 Carnival, 2 RC, 2 Disney). We knew going in that this ship was the smallest of the fleet and did not have all the bells and whistles and tech of the newer mega ships, however for a 4 night cruise where the destination is the main draw Majesty was more than adequate and accommodating. Despite many of the reviews on here of "an old and tired ship" and "terrible food/stay clear of the fish" our experience was quite the opposite. The ship is in great shape for being 26 years old, and very clean. The service on-board was as good as any other cruise I have been on, there were enough activities for a 4 night cruise with one day at sea, we were never bored or felt we did not have something to do. The theater shows were very well done, and yes they are of generally 60s/70s music but the production was very good and the performers were very talented. The comedian (Chris Bliss) was great as well. The food on-board was good to very good. Dinner options were not as diverse as I would like however and lobster tail was a $29 up charge. I had fish twice while on this ship, once for dinner (swordfish-was excellent) and once in the windjammer buffet (baked fish-was good). The pizza at Sorento's was very good. Johnny Rockets we had for lunch on our day at sea and was okay I guess, I wouldn't go again as it is $9.95. We did a couples massage on day 3 after Cuba and it was incredible, they advertised $129 per person for 50 minutes I believe but they will knock of $30 if you ask. As far as the ports of call: Key West was lovely, make sure to beeline it for the southernmost point marker for photos because a line does form. Drinks at Sloppy Joe's were awesome. There is a free trolly tour available. CUBA! our day in Cuba started by lining up at the theater with our excursion tour, we were led out in a line to go through customs (which was interesting!) overall pretty easy but about a 45 minute wait to get from ship to Cuban soil. We did Royal Caribbean's Havana walking tour, It started out with a 15 minute bus ride through old Havana driving by many sights and historical locations. We stopped first at a place called "Salon Rojo" which is a night club of all places, there they had arranged Cuban cigar lessons with Mojitos, Havana Club rum and Cafe con leche. We were there for about 45 minutes and for me this was the highlight of the tour as it was totally unexpected and felt very authentic. Afterwards we took the bus for another 10 minutes to another location got out and started the walking tour going through many plazas, squares and beautiful architectural locations. There were a few negatives for us in Cuba: one was the beggars on the streets: I was grabbed by my arm several times by woman in Cuban dance costumes to get me to want to take a picture with them for tips, we were hassled by men playing guitar who felt that if they came close to you and started playing/singing you were obligated to tip them, we were also annoyed by men drawing/sketching pictures of us unbeknownst to us and coming up trying to guilt us into buying them. The other negative to Cuba was our tour itself: never was there an opportunity to get something to eat, and speaking of eating in Cuba- DO NOT DO IT! - Our guide at the end of our tour (when we were absolutely starving) advised us that if we chose to eat in Cuba to make sure our lunch was at least $20, if we were to only pay $7-$10 for lunch than they probably did not use sterile water and the food may make us sick! Our reaction was "well what if they sell us $7 food for $20???? Needless to say we rushed back to the ship asap to eat on-board. We did NOT convert currency at all and spent money in 3 locations in Cuba, all took USD at the correct conversion rate. Overall Cuba was visually stunning in many ways and totally worth the trip. The ship has a great crew (besides the Bingo host with the lisp who WILL NOT STOP TALKING) the food was very good and we had a blast. Do not hesitate to go to Cuba on Majesty- Ryan and Shaloni. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Chose this one because one of the stops was Cuba. And being able to visit there after all of these years is historical. The trip to the Keys was beautiful. It walking around Cuba was so interesting. The only complaint I had was the meal ... Read More
Chose this one because one of the stops was Cuba. And being able to visit there after all of these years is historical. The trip to the Keys was beautiful. It walking around Cuba was so interesting. The only complaint I had was the meal we had in Cuba on the tour, it was awful...the only bad meal I had on the whole cruise. The food on board was great and there was a lot of it. We ate every night in the dining room because it was always an adventure. The two people who were our wait help every night Paying and Huijun Wei, spoiled us. They catered to every need we had. They called us by name, even when we saw them else where during the cruise. We went with another couple and we all decided we would definitely take another for a longer period of time. We would be interested in going to the Mediterranean and New England. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We are an early 50's couple and have been on 14 cruises on various lines - Norwegian, Carnival, Celebrity and Princess. We chose this as we hadn't been on Royal in about 15 years and wanted to try it without spending too much or going too ... Read More
We are an early 50's couple and have been on 14 cruises on various lines - Norwegian, Carnival, Celebrity and Princess. We chose this as we hadn't been on Royal in about 15 years and wanted to try it without spending too much or going too far. We live less than an hour from Tampa so we chose this cruise. Embarkation took about 10 minutes ! We had enjoyed a drink and lunch at the buffet within 30 minutes and the rooms were ready by 1 p.m. The muster drill was also quick and efficient - one of the best we've been to. Our room attendant didn't leave any menus for us to order continental breakfast in the room so the first day we didn't get any coffee or anything. We thought it just wasn't available on Royal. I called her but no answer. I reached guest services the next day and they brought one menu to us. She still didn't leave any for us to use the rest of the cruise - I had to write her a note. She didn't learn our names like most stewards do. She did keep the room clean. The bed was a bit hard and the mattress cover kept coming off every night. Yes the rooms are small but not uncommon for that category. It had plenty of storage space (Oceanview Deck 3). Daytime poolside entertainment was awful. The band played Raggae versions of Kenny Rogers, John Denver and Paul Simon - apparently this is their idea of "Island Music. Have you heard of Jimmy Buffett? Kenny Chesney? There was just no upbeat or fun vibe and nothing one could dance to. We don't need a wild party, but geez I don't want nap time either. There was maybe 20 minutes of dancing at the sail away party and some good music during the belly flop contest on the last day. The DJ was great but got a very short time to play and then it was the bad band, or hours there would be no music at all. The big movie screen ran the same loop of blooper videos literally for five days straight … all day. There were movies at night but all day every day … the dreaded loop. As for evening shows, the marriage show was entertaining and the comedian was good too. We walked through the casino and it was really smoky.-the standard for most cruise casinos. One side of the pool deck is also designated for smoking too. The service in the buffet, the pool, and the Schooner bar were all great. We never waited for anything. Tables were cleaned and bussed quickly and the minute you sat down someone wanted to get us juice, coffee or a drink. The food in the buffet was average and there was a good salad bar. No freshly grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. They were pre-made and sitting in a tray. Most cruises have a poolside grill for burgers at least. There just wasn't much food much variety and no specialty restaurants on this one except Johnny Rockets. The pizza was good and fresh. We ate in the dining room once. Again, the service was great but the prime rib just Ok. The service was really the highlight of this cruise. We stayed on the ship at Costa Maya and had a wonderful day by the pool (memorizing the loop video LOL). Though I thought the pool entertainment was lacking, the cruise director, Patricio was very engaging and did a good job interacting. He was always around and upbeat and didn't constantly try to sell you things! This cruise was a relaxing getaway and I would cruise again on Royal just not on Majesty again because the offerings are limited for my liking. However I would still say it's great for a first time cruiser to see if you like cruising. You won't be overwhelmed. It is easy to get around on this ship and the crew is amazing. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I want to start off by saying the staff was GREAT. My review is in no way reflective of my awesome waiters or the rest of the hard working crew on this ship. However, this ship is in major need of updates and in my opinion, reflects ... Read More
I want to start off by saying the staff was GREAT. My review is in no way reflective of my awesome waiters or the rest of the hard working crew on this ship. However, this ship is in major need of updates and in my opinion, reflects pretty poorly on a brand that I had very high expectations for. The rooms were extremely outdated, the carpet old and dingy, outlets barely worked, and a sewage smell lingered in the room and hallways. I had read about the sewage smell on here before we booked it and I thought people were being dramatic. They were not... I have been on older ships on other cruise lines (Carnival and Norwegian), but I never felt as if the rooms were dirty on these ships. I cannot say the same for Majesty of the Seas. I wouldn't even walk around the room without shoes on. I did throughly enjoy the food and always found something to do on board. Even though the lounges and bars looked like they were straight out of the 90s, the gameshows, karaoke, and other entertainment were still enjoyable. Overall, this ship did its job in getting me to Cuba, but that's about it. It is time for a major renovation or for it to be retired. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise primarily due to destination - Havana - and timing - We were able to get off the ship and tour on our own, and then went on an excursion to the Tropicana - highly recommend - for a great evening - The next day we did ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily due to destination - Havana - and timing - We were able to get off the ship and tour on our own, and then went on an excursion to the Tropicana - highly recommend - for a great evening - The next day we did a cultural tour which was outstanding - the buses were new, clean and air conditioned and the tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable - We did the 'rays and sharks' experience in Cozumel, and enjoyed that, too - We had a stateroom with a balcony, which was very nice to get some outside quiet time - The food in the main dining room was very good (dinner), as was the food in the Windjammer (breakfast / lunch) - We did the Chef's table dinner, and enjoyed that as well - We had been on this ship 15 years ago, and the refurbish was done well - As we prefer smaller ships, this was perfect for us - Had a great time! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We selected this particular itinerary because Havana was the destination; and the ship sailed out of Tampa (within driving distance). We cruised only once 8years ago on Royal Caribbean and felt comfortable with our selection. Only ... Read More
We selected this particular itinerary because Havana was the destination; and the ship sailed out of Tampa (within driving distance). We cruised only once 8years ago on Royal Caribbean and felt comfortable with our selection. Only hiccup was arrival at the port...paperwork indicated Dock 3 when ship was actually at 6. So after a steamy walk, we got through check in very quickly. We were in the Windjammer before we knew it! We mistakenly walked past baggage drop off, so we even had our bags with us. Everything fit through security, so no problem there. Cabins were ready earlier than we were told, so we were unpacked and settled in no time! Muster drill was soon after, then we found a beverage and a deck chair to watch sail away. All in all, our cruise was wonderful! From our stateroom attendant to dining staff...everyone was incredibly friendly, helpful, pleasant and totally professional. We ate in the dining room every night because the food was fabulous...even when in port until after our designated dinner time! We did have the deluxe beverage and internet plan...but now I believe internet is a must, beverage maybe not so much. I found I was trying to drink enough to ‘get my money’s worth’ which really took the joy out of it! How many perfectly concocted mojitos can one drink...don’t answer that! We just walked around Key West as I have been there several times without my husband for songwriter events. I showed him all my old haunts (we can always come back on a driving vacay since we are Floridians). We hurried back to the ship so we wouldn’t miss dinner! Havana was very interesting; arrived before dawn so we eerily sailed into the harbor with every deck rail space taken by a passenger. Breakfast in Windjammer began early because of excursions. We took a RC excursion just to be sure we wouldn’t have any issues with paperwork and timing. The guided bus tour took us to major sites around the city. Our guide gave us lots of history and descriptions of the way of life in Havana. After the tour ended, we walked around a little as far as the Capital...then back in time for dinner. Last day was cruising back to Tampa. We participated in the galley tour and endless mimosa brunch...was wonderful. Then in the afternoon we had a wine tasting...very enjoyable. Before, between and after our scheduled events, I was able to find a quiet deck chair to finish my book. The next morning, we did self-depart and we were back home by 10 am! Read Less
Majesty of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.6
Dining 3.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.0 3.8
Public Rooms 3.0 4.1
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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