1,857 Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas Cruise Reviews

To begin with, I have been on several cruise ships but I must say this has been by far the worst of my experience. Not all was horrible, the service we received from our dining and room service staff was amazing other than that everyone ... Read More
To begin with, I have been on several cruise ships but I must say this has been by far the worst of my experience. Not all was horrible, the service we received from our dining and room service staff was amazing other than that everyone seemed unhappy. My boyfriend and I chose this ship as a last minute vacation for my birthday so we had literally no other options due to the short time frame we decided to book. Majesty of the seas is an older and smaller cruise ship so we felt every bit of sea motion throughout our 5 day vacation if we could call it that. For starters the rooms are really tiny and there is not may activates to do the many days you are at sea. This particular boat in my opinion is better geared towards families and older age range about 40 years/ up. The game activities and shows the boat offered were 60's and 70's themed so most times we had no clue as to what was going on. We spent a lot of our time in our stateroom (on vacation yay!) or at the pool bar. Needless to say that's not where my horrible experience came into play. As you know on your cruise the internet is non existent unless you pay $20/ day as well as when you reach your destinations other that that nothing. So a day or two into the cruise my boyfriend stayed in the room and I headed to the bar and ordered a drink which are not expensive at all. After paying I receive my receipt. Letting my receipt sit on the counter as I tasted my drink another guest on the cruise mentioned that I need to make sure to fill in all lines on the receipt whether I tip or not because they will try to "finesse" their tips. As soon as he pushed the pen in my direction and initiated to draw a line through the tip the bar staff came over very aggressive towards the guy saying no you don't do that ,because you don't know her. I immediately intervened and stated that I always tip and proceeded to tip $2.00 as I only order 1 drink. As the trip continues I purchased a few more drinks as I do not drink often I thought well its a vacation so why not. Disregarding the other guys remarks as I am too trusting of a person and think people are honest I was I was just signing receipts. At times not leaving a tip or crossing out the tip line as I was not done drinking. In addition, there was another financial mishap including a unknown charge on my boyfriends onboard card which they immediately taken care of. Now we are at the end of our trip and we receive our invoices. Everything seem to be correct until 2 days after the trip I have over $300 additional charges from majesty of seas broken down into about 4 different charges that were unauthorized on my end. Furious I called the RC and the representative I spoke with stated didn't know much of where they came from and stated that they "could be" preauthorized charges on the cruise ships end or tips. So I then inform her their is 4 separate charges and no way I would tip $300.Furthermore why are there 4 separate "pre authorized" charges anyway usually it will be 1 charge but that is released back into your account. The payments were processed. She had no response. I hung up and immediately called my bank and at this very moment I am still trying to dispute those charges. The other guest was right and I have been finessed! Please Pay attention, this is really upsetting!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Nice cruise staff great & friendly Windjammer food was ok! Not hot and not alot to choose from! Boat was a bit small! But overall would go again ! Have already planned another RC cruise! And I didn't like sitting in Port for ... Read More
Nice cruise staff great & friendly Windjammer food was ok! Not hot and not alot to choose from! Boat was a bit small! But overall would go again ! Have already planned another RC cruise! And I didn't like sitting in Port for whole day !! But overall everything went smoothly getting on and off boat the room was clean every day towels folded like different animals ! It was alot of fun for me and my wife! We are die hard Royal Caribbean cruiser's and even though there we're a couple of things that I was not thrilled about it was not enough to Leave poor reviews! Yes the boat is older and smaller but it was clean and functional with an amazing staff who worked there butts off to make sure everyone had a vacation that they always remember!! Hats off to RC keep up the amazing job of helping people make great memories!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Boarding in Tampa was quick and easy. They were basically waiting on people to check in at about 1:30 when we got there. The cruise director Patricio was fantastic. The live music, not so much. The DJ was great at the pool but then ... Read More
Boarding in Tampa was quick and easy. They were basically waiting on people to check in at about 1:30 when we got there. The cruise director Patricio was fantastic. The live music, not so much. The DJ was great at the pool but then sometimes a band would play and it was essentially "island music" background music from a keyboard. They didn't really sing and certainly did not get the crowd into it. The band name was something like Umba. All of the activities like trivia, belly flop contest and karaoke were all awesome. Dinner in the dining room was fine. As usual, they are slow on bringing bar drinks and soda so its always better to fill before you go in. Especially slow for soda at breakfast. The couple times we ate in the Windjammer it was kinda cold. It would have been nice if there were more freestyle soda machines (there is one on 4 and one on 12 I think it was). The ports were fantastic. Key West was fun (we took the Hop On Hop Off trolley). It was Fantasy Fest!! Havana was amazing and quite an experience. It took about half hour to get through immigration. We exchanged $180 ($65 CUC was for our tour) and we did not have enough for souvenirs after lunch and giving various tips and buying a couple things in the City so we had to scramble at the port to exchange more money. My advice is to exchange well more than you think and then just exchange any you don't need back. There are plenty of tellers to exchange back when you are ready to go back on the ship. In Cozumel we did the semi sub reef explorer which was worth the money, and then we took a taxi to Money Bar to snorkel and hang out. This was a great trip. Yes the ship is old and yes the rooms are small, but you're on vacation! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was a first time cruise for some of my family members. There were 5 women and one of them was my grandmother who is 79 years old. We were looking for a short getaway that would provide a good time. The excitement of being able to ... Read More
This was a first time cruise for some of my family members. There were 5 women and one of them was my grandmother who is 79 years old. We were looking for a short getaway that would provide a good time. The excitement of being able to visit Havana Cuba was the highlight of our trip. We did not purchase the excursion from the crew ship because we felt safe enough to pay a taxi driver to give us a personal tour. I will suggest doing a horse-and-buggy because it seemed a lot safer. They did have a currency exchange area as soon as we got into Havana Cuba that was helpful. I wish I understood a little better the ratio of Cuban to US dollars. We also took the beach tour in Mexico,it was totally overrated. Would not recommend the Mayan beach door. Although this was an older ship with NOT a lot of entertainment the cruise ship crew was the MOST AMAZING ever. These group of people truly made our trip so awesome and made us forget about the lack of entertainment and amenities the ship didn't have. From the AMAZING bartenders (Carlington/Damion/Courtney/Denzie/ Marvin/Clive) to DuMeing in guest services to Mihai ( the beverage manager) and Gede and Jan in the dining area they were amazing. They made this cruise one of the most memorable ever. I hope they know the positive impact they had on our group. I truly hope and pray that Royal Caribbean will make them aware of how pivotal their role was to the fun the ladies from Ohio had on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this cruise because of the stops in Key West and Havana. We were somewhat leary because of the reviews that we had read over the last year. My wife and I have cruised previously and never had a bad experience. This one was the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the stops in Key West and Havana. We were somewhat leary because of the reviews that we had read over the last year. My wife and I have cruised previously and never had a bad experience. This one was the same. Yes an older ship but in good condition. It was clean, the food was good (main dining room) and the staff by inlarge were terrific. The boarding and getting off were easy and Tampa was a great port to sail out of. As far as excursions we did the Hemingway Tour in Key West, booked our own tour with Old Car Tours in Havana and an excursion in Cozumel. The walking tour guide in Key West was horrible as he wouldn’t shut up and the tour said Hemingway’s house and Sloppy Joes bar where Hemingway hung out. The guide took us on a 11/2 hour walk through some residential areas on the way to Hemingway’s. When we finally got to Sloppy Joes he said, there it is and left. Our car tour of Havana was excellent and 1/3 the price that the cruise ship charged. The excursion in Cozumel was ok. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Overall our cruise was a fun 4 day getaway. Kudos to RCI for their smooth and fast embarkation and disembarkation during the entire cruise. At first I thought it was a fluke that it went so well, but as the cruise went on, it became ... Read More
Overall our cruise was a fun 4 day getaway. Kudos to RCI for their smooth and fast embarkation and disembarkation during the entire cruise. At first I thought it was a fluke that it went so well, but as the cruise went on, it became apparent that the process was well managed. Our cabins were ready before we finished lunch and when we got there, so were our bags. The Majesty is an old ship and shows signs of wear rust. We were in cabin # 8072, small but comfortable. Dining was typical cruise ship fair and though we rarely do buffets, the Windjammer was very good for breakfast and lunch. The main dining room was ok but portion sizes almost made you want to go for a snack later. We did not do any of the shows but the bands were pretty good. Our cabin attendant, John, was super and took great care of us. Key West was a great port but 4 hours didn't cut it. We did the the ships Old Town Trolly Tour, shore excursion and was worth the money, however, it didn't allow enough time to really see and enjoy all Key West has to offer. A visit to the Key Lime Pie Company is a must. Our day in Cuba was awesome. We were off the ship, through the Cadeca money exchange and in the plaza of the Convent of St. Francis of Asisi, across from the port with in 30 minutes. We booked a third party tour with Geikis of "Nosotros Cubaneamos". Our tour guide, Abdel, was awesome as was our driver and his 1955 Ford Ranch Wagon. On our nearly 7 hour tour, we were taken to several interesting sites and provided much history, particularly on the current conditions as well as the revolution. Our only regret is that because we arrived on a Monday and left before 9 PM, we didn't have an opportunity to see and hear any of the great music Cuba is known for. Last but not least, to dispel all the hype about how hard it is to travel to Cuba, I must say it was the easiest we've ever encountered. #1. With Regards to the "Guest certification for authorized US travel to Cuba" form, the average traveler should check box #2, and complete part B & C. #2. Currency, we found exchanging US currency to Euros before we left and then exchanging the euros for CUC's when we arrived gave us a bigger bang for our buck. However, some places, though not many, were happy to accept the US dollar. #3. Reentry to the US was a joke, we weren't even asked about declaring anything and had I known, I would have picked up some more Rum and Cigars :-) Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I am a former travel agent,, but we have never cruised, never really wanted to. I have sold many cruises, to include the QE2 on down. I've had the opportunity to guest on many ships while in port. I know the saying goes that ... Read More
I am a former travel agent,, but we have never cruised, never really wanted to. I have sold many cruises, to include the QE2 on down. I've had the opportunity to guest on many ships while in port. I know the saying goes that it's not about the destination, it's the journey. This time for us, Havana WAS the destination. The opportunity to go to Havana lured us in. This was our first cruise on a "big" cruise liner (although Majesty is considered small). The size is comfortable. It was nice, and not overwhelming. We anticipated all sorts of negative experiences, and were pleasantly surprised. Maybe this was beginners luck. We went out of Tampa - check in was smooth as silk. Our visa paperwork for Cuba taken care of easily. Had a comedian of a check in guy at the counter - thanks Larry. Minimal time to board - probably about 20 minutes max. Hubby and I describe ourselves as laid back beach-bum types. We did not eat in the fancy restaurant at 5:30. We did not go to the shows. We were very happy with the offerings at the buffet and the deli. All over the ship, the service was excellent wherever we turned. Our cabin was as we expected. We do recommend two things we saw on Cruise Critic. There are only two plugs and they are loose - bring a power strip for your chargers. Bring a few heavy duty hooks with magnetic backs. We attended the on-board briefing about Havana. They told us about how long the lines would be. They tell you horror stories about going through customs. The next morning while eating breakfast, the cruise director gets on the loudspeaker and says we've been cleared early, so if you hurry up, you dont have to wait to disembark. We breezed through their customs and hit the streets. If you are on the RCCL tours, they will have your areas well organized for you, and easy to find. We organized our own private tour, and it was wonderful. No, you do not need to take an RCCL shore excursion, although they make it seem like it's mandatory to go with them. So much of the information they will give you is very confusing, and I cannot tell you what is really right. The briefing told us two litres of rum. We knew we wanted to bring enough back as gifts for friends, and so we decided to exceed the limit, and if we had to pay tax- so be it. We walked back onto the ship, expecting them to hold our purchases - we had more than the limit. But they just waved us through. I cannot promise that will happen to you, but it just might Same thing while returning through US customs - they just waved us back in through Tampa.. My summary of Majesty - we loved it. It was a pleasant comfortable cruise for us. Sure, she's an old ship, and showing her age here and there. Aren't we all? Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We wanted a short, but quality, itinerary and this: Tampa, Key West, Havana cruise was perfect. The Majesty of The Seas is an old (25) ship with the majority of rooms enclosed or interior. The ship is well maintained. There was a chronic ... Read More
We wanted a short, but quality, itinerary and this: Tampa, Key West, Havana cruise was perfect. The Majesty of The Seas is an old (25) ship with the majority of rooms enclosed or interior. The ship is well maintained. There was a chronic sewer odor on deck 4 forward, port side. Fans were in the hallway. The crew and staff provide excellent service throughout. Boarding, shore excursions, and debarkation were efficient. The food in all venues is below average for cruise vessels(7) that I have been on. The entertainment was only fair, but enthusiastic. This short, inexpensive cruise had an interesting clientele. Most were fine, but several were "R" rated. Solicitation to buy drinks and merchandise on the decks, common areas and on TV was constant but not obnoxious. The ship is easy to get around on, and the elevators were fast, but crowded. We had light 1 to 1.5 meter seas and the ship wallowed side to side. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My Sister-In-Law and I took this cruise because she's never been to Key West and neither of us have ever been to Cuba. This was her first RCCL cruise and my second. We were supposed to go on Empress of the Seas in September 2017 but ... Read More
My Sister-In-Law and I took this cruise because she's never been to Key West and neither of us have ever been to Cuba. This was her first RCCL cruise and my second. We were supposed to go on Empress of the Seas in September 2017 but due to the hurricanes, everything was cancelled. Worked out for the best! We had a great time! It was an easy taxi ride from TPA to the port terminal. We each had a 22" carry on roller bags and checked them in curbside. The line inside the building at 11:30am moved at a decent speed through security and then again while waiting to check in. We got our room/id cards and went directly on the ship. We opted not to get any drink or internet packages as we would be able to use wifi in Key West and then again once we were back in Tampa. Neither one of us are big drinkers. Also, reporting our every move to our friends and family was not a priority to us like it is to other people. We had a $25 credit and our first day at sea got us two drinks from the pool bar which ended up costing only 10 cents. LOL! My SIL said it was one of the best frozen margaritas she ever had and my pina colada was top notch. There was aways great music playing from both the live bands and also the dj. Majesty may be slightly older and a little smaller but she is extremely charming. We really enjoyed the fact that as a passenger, you don't feel lost in the crowd. On our cruise, there were less than 15 kids traveling. They were all very well behaved and we never saw one child or teen running around by themselves. Everywhere that we went on the ship was always clean. We found that the cabin attendants, waitstaff and bar waitstaff were the friendliest of all. Also, the girl in the perfume shop from South Africa (I forgot her name) was wonderful and would wave at us whenever she saw us outside the store. Entertainment: The comedians and the other guest entertainment was awesome. The ship's singers had wonderful voices and the dancers were very good. What drove me nuts was their costumes. It drove me batty seeing costumes that looked so cheaply made. To me that was a turn off that made the house entertainment sub par. It's just little things like the costumes that can bump it up to the next level if the looked like someone took the time to really design costumes that could compete with the newer ship entertainment. Dare I say they looked like hand me downs. Food: OMG the food. Windjammer has so many buffet choices daily. We had both breakfast and lunch there. Staff was great. Food was excellent. We opted to do little taster sizes and if we wanted more, we'd just go back. However, seeing people pile food a mile high not on one plate, but two, and just when you think that second plate was for someone else then to see both plates are for one person....and this was a lot of passengers, it kind of made us lose our appetite! Acting like they never ate before or as if the food would run out (which we know would never happen) was just insane. We opted for the 8pm sit down dinner in The Starlight. It was wonderful! We shared a table of 4 with an older couple from Tampa. We never felt boxed in or crowded. The appetizers, main course and desserts were heavenly! Our table was handled by Halyna and Lokhai. With my SIL being a very picky eater, they catered to her and she had nothing but the highest praise for both of them. She loved every dish that Halyna suggested. Lohkai always had hot tea ready for her right before the main course was served. We also saw them during breakfast and lunch and they always went out of their way to greet us and see how our day was going. I can see them both as section maitre'd. Room: See below. We had inside room #4011. Disembarkation/Embarkation Key West - Easy peasy. No waiting in line. When returning to the ship, they had freezing cold wet towels for every passenger. It felt so good! Key West - We were the only ship docked that day. It was awesome! No crowds and so easy to get around! We took the Conch Train tour. We didn't bother to get off at the Southernmost Point Buoy since there was a line so we took our picture from the train. LOL! We also walked around a little bit and saw the loose chickens and roosters. What a panic! Before going back on the ship, we each had a slice of Kermit's Key Lime pie. Sublime! It was soooo delish! Disembarkation/Embarkation Havana, Cuba - Easy peasy again! We had third party tours scheduled and so we were off the ship in record time. Customs took all but 3 minutes and the only line was for the currency exchange. Word to the wise, if you are exchanging USD to CUC, there is a 13% tax. If you have money to exchange back into USD, you get charged 13% again. I figured out exactly what everything was going to cost and then added USD $20 more to it. After our tour, getting lunch and drinks and getting souvenirs we had .05 CUC left. So we just went right through security, freezing cold towels waiting for returning passengers and no line to get back on. We returned around 6:30pm. Havana, Cuba - Wow is all I can say. We did a 3 hour Old Cars Havana tour with a driver and a guide. It was $120 CUC and well worth it! They were on time at 10am and we cruised around in a beautiful pink and cream 1956 Buick Special convertible. They took us everywhere and we learned so much. At one point they asked if we wanted to go to a cigar factory, which we didn't, and they adjusted the tour and took us around to different neighborhoods for more history. Be advised that when you go through tunnels, the gas/diesel fumes have no place to escape to so be prepared to hold your breath. We highly recommend getting a guide along with the driver for the extra $20CUC. Don't expect Club Med. This is a communist country. You will get a wake up call for sure. The majority of people only make $40-50 CUP a month. Yes, a month. But walking through the neighborhoods going back to the ship, we were stopped a few times by folks that in broken English thanked us for visiting because it means a lot to their economy and for people to see how the locals live. Lastly, make sure you bring toilet paper or toilet paper tablets with you because many of the bathrooms do not have paper. I did my research ahead of time and so we were prepared. Havana Lunch - I did not want to go to an over-hyped tourist trap. So I did my research and found Wanda's Cafe Bar on TripAdvisor. It's diagonal to La Floridita. Russ, the owner is awesome. He's originally from Toronto. He speaks English, Spanish, Italian and French. The drinks and food are not only priced beyond reasonable, they are so delicious too! My SIL had a mojito and couldn't contain herself it was so good. She ordered another one and savored it! I had a pina colada (without cinnamon) and it was delish! I also had a mango daiquiri and words cannot describe how wonderful it was. We also had The Cubano sandwich, at Russ's suggestion. It's Cuba meets Italy. His own recipe. Excellent. Everyone that came in ordered it so it has a fan base. We stayed at Wanda's Cafe Bar until 6:00pm or so (5 hours!) and we made new friends and had an awesome time. People from Scotland and Russ's friends from Cayman Islands that made a surprise visit. Disembarkation Tampa - Very easy. We opted to leave our bags in the hallway the night before. We walked off the ship after they announced our group and had no problems finding them in the terminal. Customs was very easy. All we had to declare was magnets LOL! Another word to the wise, don't book early flights if you are leaving the same day. We were lucky to arrive on time and the ship was cleared with no delays. But always be prepared just in case that doesn't happen. I booked our flight for a 3:50pm departure. We didn't have to rush and we had a nice tomato bisque lunch in terminal F as well as Starbucks before we boarded. All in all, yes, I know this was a long review, we had a great time. My final bill was $400 which included 2 t-shirts on the second to last day crazy sale, 2 room id neck holders, 2 RCCL water bottles, 4 drinks, 1 bag and the per person tips. We can't wait to go on another Royal Caribbean cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was the second cruise this year to Cuba but we chose it because we like last minute cruises and while our first cruise was $1250 for seven nights this was $229 for five. A no brainer. The ship is among the oldest you can sail on but ... Read More
This was the second cruise this year to Cuba but we chose it because we like last minute cruises and while our first cruise was $1250 for seven nights this was $229 for five. A no brainer. The ship is among the oldest you can sail on but have to admit it does not look old (except for the cabins, see below). The crew was among the best we have sailed with. Many are long timers and they are proud of their ship. So what the ship lacks in amenities they make up for in spirit. The ship is relocating to cruise from Ft Lauderdale instead of Tampa. Our cruise had the worst of the Cuba itineraries. We felt bad for the people who booked this cruise not for the low price but because they wanted to see Cuba. A better cruise is one that spends overnight in Havana. Although they promote them as that, most stay until 1 or 2 am. But that is enough to get out and enjoy the nightlife. To see the Tropicana is a must see and do. It takes you back to the 1950's. Also there are two other interesting Cuba ports to see Santiago and Cienfuegos. So if booking a once in a lifetime trip to Cuba do not do one with only a single stop in Havana that leaves at 4 or 7 PM. Find another cruise. Also do not be fooled with threats by the cruiseline that you must be on a ship tour. Nobody cares if you just get off the ship and walk around, except if during the next five years the US treasury dept (yes its them not customs or immigration) audits you and asks you to prove that you did whatever you checked off on the form (we checked off 4 support for the cuban people) and we did take tours with local guides so we did meet the criteria. The food was very good with lobster tails served the last night. It always came out hot and its rare for us to have to blow on our soup to cool it but we were doing that for each bowl. The shows were very entertaining. The best part was unlike the Holland American cruise to Cuba which had 90% retirees (and few activities day or night) this cruise had a great diversity of people onboard (Young couples, old couples, Americans, Canadians, Europeans) This lead to having much to do on board (sexy man contests, belly flopping contests) by day and games until late in the evening. Highly recommend the ship as a first timer but if you have cruised any of the Oasis class ships this can be a real let down which is why there are many negative reviews despite being RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We have always enjoyed RC but this cruising was such a disappointment with the exception of the cruise ports. We thoroughly enjoyed Havana! All crew members that we encountered were polite and helpful - no issues at all with crew members. ... Read More
We have always enjoyed RC but this cruising was such a disappointment with the exception of the cruise ports. We thoroughly enjoyed Havana! All crew members that we encountered were polite and helpful - no issues at all with crew members. I guess we have been spoiled with other cruises as they were on larger/newer ships but, Majesty IS part of RC and should be held to the same high standards of the brand. Main issues were: (1) The quality of the food in the main dining room was such a bland, cold, and unexciting experience. On past cruises, dining was an "event" for us to relax and enjoy dishes that were unusual and delicious. This cruise, we had the 2nd dining and our food tasted like it had been sitting under a warming lamp for hours. Lukewarm, plain, and bland are the best descriptors for our meals throughout the trip. Nothing exciting on the menu! The strip steak was thin, fatty, and with gristle throughout on both nights that I ordered. The best food that we had was the sautéed spinach on the buffet - it was hot, fresh, and well seasoned and the pumpkin seed rolls were fresh! (2) We often encountered the smell of sewage on our floor. (3) The room pictures advertised showed a window and not a portal for our room type. We generally reserve a balcony or suites but had to take an ocean view room as the suites were sold out and no balconies available. The room interior was clean - that is the only positive that I can provide. The common areas appear to have been updated somewhat but the rooms do not appear to have been updated since the 1980's. Horrible mattress. (4) Television channels - you have the best internet available on a cruise, but you can't have any television channel selections? We have always had at least one movie channel and one network station. (5) On the day at sea, Deck 11 was completely bombarded with cruisers. The pool and hot tub were beyond capacity as only one pool was open. Instead of a day of sea, find another port! The day at sea was not a relaxing event for the majority given the lack of adequate seating available and amenities available for use. We spoke to many who were as frustrated as us. Read Less
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
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
Sail Date October 2018
This was my 5th cruise, 2nd RC cruise, and 1st time on the Majesty of the seas. A lot of the other reviews really make the ship and crew not seem so good, but my personal experience was fine. Check-in: Yes, you have to stand in the ... Read More
This was my 5th cruise, 2nd RC cruise, and 1st time on the Majesty of the seas. A lot of the other reviews really make the ship and crew not seem so good, but my personal experience was fine. Check-in: Yes, you have to stand in the normal line that you always stand in when you get on any cruise. Only about 10mins. We had an extra step to take since we went to Cuba on this cruise, but the guy who checked us in (Steve) was very knowledgeable and helpful. Even gave us some tips for the Cuba stop (bring your own toilet paper...seriously). After that, we snapped 2 pics in front of the backdrops and we were on the ship! We got on the ship around noon. The rooms were available to go into at 130pm. The Ship: Not as grand as other ships when you first get on, but I have never been on one of the big magical ships. There was a great band that played amazing latin music in the main lobby area, and it was a nice start. My friend and I spent our time touring the ship just to get a feel of the layout. We passed by the spa/gym area, where the masseuses were waiting to give you a free sample of the services they provided. That was much needed after our flight from DC. Hot stone, bamboo and a general massage was provided (only about 10 mins) and they gave us all of the materials in case we wanted to book something. We then went up to the upper decks. Unfortunately, this ship does not have a solarium, like other ships, so there was 4 hot tubs, and 2 pool areas that were shared by children and adults. Great pool bars. The boleros bar was our go-to bar during our time on the ship. Douglas and Andee were phenomenal bartenders (get a frozen mojito...amazing.) Schooners was more for the older crowd (45+), in my opinion. Great gym, nice walking trail on the 7th deck. The Food: First, Sorrento's pizza.....BEST PIZZA IVE HAD ON ANY SHIP!! Always hot and tasty. I'm from NJ/NY, so I know good pizza, and this was pretty good. Asked for a whole pizza to take to our room, and they provided one without any questions. The Windjammer was what we had for dinner the first 3 nights. They provided a nice variety of food. The carving stations had great selections each of those nights. Cruise food is cruise food, so don't get super high hopes of 5 star food. Its not super amazing, but its tasty food. The Deli is a great place to bring your windjammer food, for a quiet area to dine. They also have some tasty food up there too! The smoked potato soup was pretty yummy, ate that a few times the day it was served. We ate in the dining room once (skipped the fancy night), and it was the same as any other cruise I have been on. Good service, nice servers, food was tasty (again, not amazing). Keep in mind, you can order as much off of the menu as you want. You are not restricted to 1 app, 1 entrée and 1 dessert. We actually both ate dessert there, and got one to go for the room. The Cabin: We stayed in Room 4003. Front of the ship, interior cabin. The room has PLENTY of space for 2 people. The beds were split and there was a built-in nightstand between them. There was also a vanity with a stool in the room. The bathroom was a cruise ship bathroom. Nothing fabulous about it. Unless you are in a suite, please don't have super high expectations. The rooms are like 150sqft. I am an average height, 170lbs, and was able to get around the cabin and bathroom comfortably. The Entertainment: We didn't do too much of the ships entertainment. Relaxed up on the pool deck a lot and watched the movies and sipped on cocktails. We did catch the love and marriage show, which is ALWAYS a good time. We participated in some of the trivia shows in the boleros lounge, which was also a good time. I was one of the winners of the Michael Jackson trivia games, and the prize was an RC highlighter, but it was about the fun, not the prize. The dance clubs opened way too late for us to make it any of the nights. That seems to be consistent across all of the ships. The Ports: The first port was Key West. Pulled up right to the dock, and was able to walk right into town. We purchased the pub crawl excursion, and went on our merry way. Key west was a fun time. You could easily have fun there without buying an excursion. There are bike and moped rentals everywhere, and bars and food places everywhere. The 2nd stop was Havana. ADVICE: Go to the Cuba information session the day before you get there. There is soooooo much valuable info that they give there, and its worth the time. The day you get there, and if you have an excursion, you will have to go to the big show room, and get a sticker to put on, to coordinate with your excursion group (if you got an RC excursion). That process takes a little bit of time because the visa process is involved. They call you group by group to get off the ship and to go through customs. Took about 30-40mins to get off the boat, go through customs and get to the excursion guide person. ADVICE: GET CUCs (Cuban Cash). They strongly encourage this during the Cuba info session as well. A lot of the places DO NOT take US cash or credit. And if they do take cash, they add a high percentage to it because they have to exchange it. MORE ADVICE: Whatever you do get in CUCs, try to use all of it! They charge 13% to exchange your CUCs back to US dollars. We purchased the Aromas Cigar tour. They took us on a bus to a cigar factory, then to a restaurant where we paired cigars and coffee and rum together. Then we went to a large flea market of sorts, where we were able to buy gifts/souveneirs. I am a big negotiator, and was able to do that there with no problems. Cuba is not as amazing as the pictures make it seem (in my opinion). We were also there right before Hurricane Mike hit, which may have had some affect on the day. It was wet and rainy at times. I would go back, but just to a different port. There were no beach-like excursions. MY ADVICE: If you are able to drink 5 cocktails/beers/wine in one day, GET THE DRINK PACKAGE!!! It may seem pricey, but its sooo worth it. All the alcoholic beverages, sodas, STARBUCKS (yes, for real), bottled water, sparkling water is included. All in all, the ship is slightly older, but the way other reviews are describing the ship is not accurate. If you are a cruiser, expect the normal cruise accommodations. This trip in particular was super rocky because of the hurricane. The Captain was able to re-route us to put us behind the storm so that we would be on more calm waters, which I commend him for doing for us. Being in the front of the boat meant that we felt it more, but I took is as getting rocked to sleep lol. 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Sail Date October 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. ... 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
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
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
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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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 ... 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
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
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
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
Sail Date September 2018
The ship seemed old certain lounges smelled like smoky motel rooms , the cabin was clean but once again out dated, Plumbing issues on my floor for three of the four nights It smelled like pure poop on deck 5. Dining was ok it would have ... Read More
The ship seemed old certain lounges smelled like smoky motel rooms , the cabin was clean but once again out dated, Plumbing issues on my floor for three of the four nights It smelled like pure poop on deck 5. Dining was ok it would have been nice to have a vegetarian option in fine dining each night they charged us $14.50 a day each person for restaurant dinning find out if its optional because they use a lot of the buffet food expect for maybe steak, Entertainment would have been nice to be able to go to every activity but it seems like they were all going on at the same time, Service was good, Port of tampa was easy to go through however BEWARE, they lie to you to get you to book an excursion in CUBA threats of IRS audits and even cuban police arresting you if you don't book an excursion. You dont have to if you don't want to!!! on there paper work I choose #4 other and checked of for the Cuban people, ALSO be prepared for the $75.00 Cuban Visa fee for each person. CUBA Old Havana looked like a war zone and or like an earthquake hit. People begging on the streets. Very sad to say the least. I made the best of it went to the cathedrals an walked to the museums, food was horrible eat a hardy breakfast bring snacks eat on the boat!! BRING TOILET TISSUE and lots of dollar bills and fives they tell you you have to change currency but i saw a lot of American money being exchanged in CUBA AND BUY A CASE OF WATER its gets costly. Aside from booking cost, I spent and additional $700 over my budget in unexpected fees and and I was not partying or gambling every night either!!! look on line for your parking needs its over $140 parking at the port. Key West was the best part of my trip but this particular cruise I would not go again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise because of Cuba. Been on 17 cruises but first Royal Caribbean. There was twenty of us. Six had never cruised before so their expectations were met easily. For those you have cruised before the expectation was barely ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of Cuba. Been on 17 cruises but first Royal Caribbean. There was twenty of us. Six had never cruised before so their expectations were met easily. For those you have cruised before the expectation was barely met. The service was ok but I have rarely asked twice for needed items. I am not demanding at all but asking for an extra pillow should not take 3 attempts! Just an example. We were chastised in the dining room by the waiter for moving from our table to another table reserved for our group! Cuba was wonderful! We used Havana Journeys! What a wonderful group of guides we had! Miguel was my group's guide. He was so warm and friendly it was contagious. His knowledge at such a young age was remarkable. The cruise was a success despite to ups and downs encountered on the cruise. Thanks Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My Gf and I just got back from a 5 day Cruise which departed from Tampa, with stops in the Florida keys and Cuba We are 26 and 29, it was my 4th cruise and her 1st, we are both from the North East, and as a precursor to the food review, ... Read More
My Gf and I just got back from a 5 day Cruise which departed from Tampa, with stops in the Florida keys and Cuba We are 26 and 29, it was my 4th cruise and her 1st, we are both from the North East, and as a precursor to the food review, we both have eaten some of the freshest in the country. This is mostly a negative review of the ship due to our age range, BUT the service was EXCELLENT, the wait staff and house keeping were amazing and I gave them great reviews and tips. This would be best for families with young kids, and older couples 40+ (or those 30 year olds who are old souls). The 18-35 range couples or friends group's should find a better ship!!! The only good thing was the cheap price so we got what we paid for. The ship is really old and small, the smallest I've been on. It looks and shows its age, there was not a whole lot to do at our one day at sea as compared to any other cruise I've been on, and thats not a slight against RC, its just against this ship because its so old and s mall. We had an ocean view room which was very cramped, and since it was built in the early 90s before cell phones were always around, there are only 2 outlets on the dresser table. None by the bed side. I stayed in a windowless room on carnival which had a ton more space than this. The bed was also two twins put together so the divide in the middle got annoying at night. There were mostly families and older couples 40+, and most of the shows and dance parties were 70s themes so we did not enjoy those since we didn't grow up in those times to know most of the music or references. The food was very VERY sub par. The buffet foods were mostly bland and over cooked, The pizza and fried foods were the best part. I know buffets are hard to cook for, but on my other cruises I had a great time at the buffets, tho those were newer ships I was on. All the main breakfast staples for carbs, pancake, french toast, biscuit, waffles were very dry, and tasteless. The bacon was over crispy and fell apart when you tried to eat it. Fresh fruits were nice and fresh, and the sausage was pretty decent, but the meats and carbs were not. Lunch buffet was also just OK. The fried foods were good, and the salad selection was great. The carved meats were not seasoned and very tough. Smelled and looked good, but didn't taste so great. Dinner at the main dining room was interesting. You have the reserved which is 530p or 8p or You can sit whenever between 530-9p in a separate dining room. Somehow we were put in th 530p time and had no idea. They did a good job to change us to 8pm. The weird part of this cruise, and im sure its because its so old and small, is that we shared a table with 2 other couples. There was not a single two person table. So many people were not a fan of it and bailed on the dining, or asked for it to change. I wont lie I was not a fan at first because its super weird. We expected some privacy at our table. It ended up being fine tho because the other two couples were pleasant and the best part of the dinner. The food.... again has mediocre. DO NOT GET ANY SEAFOOD NO MATTER WHAT. The cod fitter and seafood cake apps were AWFUL. it tased fishy, which means the seafood was old or not good prior to it being cooked. I don't know if seafood has grades like beef, but these would be the lowest. It tasted very fishy and very salty like sea water. Someone tried the barramundi fish which smelled TERRIBLE and tasted just as bad. They didn't finish the food and got a steak instead. DONT GET THE LOBSTER, they have 3 upcharged dinners you can get every night, two if the choices had lobster. 3 people had it, including my GF and NONE liked it. It smelled fishy, and tasted just as worse. Being from new england, we get some of the best maine lobster, and this was tough and smelly. Its a shame and disgrace to the lobster. They definitely had these lobster sitting around for months, thawed it, then served them. I did enjoy the Beef tenderloin and strip loin. As well as the desserts. The apple pie was very waxy and chewy so stay away from that. The Comedian was pretty good, and the shows were good too, but as I said, its mostly 70s theme shows so if you don't know much about that time period then you might want to pass on it. The adult games shows were awesome, and the marriage game show was also, but there were not many, again because of the smaller ship size there are less activities than a medium or larger ship. Most things on the daily schedule were very kid oriented and for older people. Trivia was enjoyable, but each trivia games lasted 20 minutes so not something for a lasting entertainment value. There is only one pool and its lays crowded with no swimming, just people sitting in it. No adult only pools. Key West was great, RC didnt offer any snorkel or water exurcsion similar to it so we booked a snorkel there a 3rd party which was excellent. They left right from the cruise pier area, and got back with plenty of time to spare. Cuba was an excellent experience, and is the only reason, in addition to the cheap price, we picked this particular cruise. Having said all this I would go on RC again, with a more modern ship. Incase anyone was wondering we didn't get internet but it was 15.99/day or 18.99 with streaming capabilities. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
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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