6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My spouse and I are second-time cruisers, our first being a California Coastal cruise on the Grand Princess. We chose this cruise due to the scheduled overnight in Havana. Without that attraction, we would never have considered cruising ... Read More
My spouse and I are second-time cruisers, our first being a California Coastal cruise on the Grand Princess. We chose this cruise due to the scheduled overnight in Havana. Without that attraction, we would never have considered cruising on Majesty of the Seas at the price point offered. Nevertheless, we're glad we went. Majesty is among the oldest of Royal Caribbean’s active fleet of over two dozen ships, and among the smallest. As I’d read negative reviews of this ship on Cruise Critic and other sites, I did not have high expectations. But I was pleasantly surprised by several aspects of life on an older, smaller ship. First, the crew to passenger ratio allows for more personalized service. The ship’s tour we took on our second day made clear that even small ships require constant care and meticulous planning. Our room attendant, Herman from Nicaragua, made sure our small cabin (7546, with an ocean view) was kept clean and orderly. At dinner each night, we had the same waiter and assistant, Cany from India and Shandy from the Philippines, in the Starlight dining room. The food there was never less than very good and at times excellent, if a bit mainstream. Each course was delivered with optimal timing – we were neither left waiting nor feeling rushed. The Windjammer buffet was about what one would expect of a mid-level buffet restaurant. We only used it for quick breakfasts and our initial meal after boarding. Again, the attentiveness of the service will win over all but the most jaded. There are a few more options for the hungry: Sorrento’s offers nearly round the clock pizza of middling quality; Compass Deli has Continental breakfast, lunch sandwiches (including about the best egg-salad sandwich I’ve ever eaten) and light desserts; and Johnny Rockets – a 1950s-style burger joint which costs extra. I would not recommend the latter - the burgers are fine but the fries mediocre, not worth the extra cost. Our major complaint is about the ship's internet - it's highly throttled and we were unable to load the web-cam where our dog was being boarded, either on our phones or the ship's computer nook. The desktops there are older with badly out of date internet browsers. In the end, I thought of Majesty as akin to an old pair of leather shoes: a bit scuffed, maybe resoled a few times, but familiar, and comfortable to walk in for miles. We chose to hoof it on our own in Key West, making a stop at the Little White House before some drinking and dining. After we re-boarded, the captain announced that - due to an approaching storm - our scheduled overnight in Havana was being cut short - instead of Thursday 8:00am - Friday 1:00pm, we would be leaving shortly after midnight. Subsequently, the stopover was further reduced and we wound up leading at 6:00pm Thursday. Fortunately, we had chosen the morning Old Havana Sightseeing Tour. That morning, we made our way to the theatre, then waited at least a half-hour before we departed the ship. The lines at Sierra Maestra terminal moved at a reasonable pace, the border agent stamped my passport, took my photo, and welcomed me to Cuba. Then it was more waiting until we boarded our tour bus and met our guide, Daily (pronounced DYE-lee). She was very knowledgeable as she guided us to the Cristo de la Habana statue, La Cabaña fortress, Colon Cemetery, San Jose market (where the vendors can haggle like born capitalists), and the Plaza de la Revolución. Although by now the official tour was complete, Daily offered to extend it, and those of us who opted to stay on were driven to La Moneda Cubana – one of the private restaurants that have sprung up in Cuba in recent years. Meals there run about $20 per person, and we enjoyed about the best meal we’ve ever had at that price point. To top things off, we were even treated to live music. My overall impression of Havana was that of a city which has definitely seen better days, but that’s on the mend (new construction and refurbishment of existing structures were happening all around). The infrastructure was not as bad as we’d been told, and some of the roads are in better shape than their Ohio counterparts. The most disappointing site was the constant presence of litter, and I saw several people – not tourists – tossing wrappers to the ground. Nonetheless, the Cubans we encountered were nice to each other and to newcomers alike. We plan to return. Although I regretted we would not be staying overnight, weather events are unavoidable and the crew really rose to the occasion during our full day at sea Friday. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Having done RCI for several cruises prior, my spouse and I chose Majesty for its itenerary to Cuba. 4 night, Havana and Nassau stops. Long review, so here’s the summary: Overall, Majesty had a wonderful crew that made it feel like ... Read More
Having done RCI for several cruises prior, my spouse and I chose Majesty for its itenerary to Cuba. 4 night, Havana and Nassau stops. Long review, so here’s the summary: Overall, Majesty had a wonderful crew that made it feel like their goal was to make your cruise a happy one. Getting on and off the ship was super easy, and I appreciated the cruise director’s helpful and honest explanations of Cuba. Take Majesty if itenerary and service are important to you. Don’t if older cabins and a smaller ship with less amenities will turn you off. Pros: Excellent service Tasty and plentiful casual dining Lots of activities Smaller, easily navigable ship Efficient embarkation/debarkation Cons: Outdated inside cabins Waiting for hot tub space As others will note, the ship is older. I did not see it prior to renovations, but what they did seemed to update most of th ship. The Windjammer had plenty for us as vegetarians. We liked it so much we only did formal dining once, though part of that was because we felt the vegetarian options were very limited there (seasonal fruit medley two nights as an app, really?). I have to give it to whoever was cooking the Indian food. It was perfectly spiced, and I was able to have Chana masala for breakfast! A vegan meal was possible in the Windjammer, but of course variety will be limited. They did have a full selection of non dairy milk on request. When we weren’t eating (which was often), we were lounging by the pool, at the casino, or taking in some of the scheduled entertainment. As a small ship, expect a packed pool area and spa area. We didn’t have any problem getting chairs at he pool, but sometimes it was a few minutes before we got into a hot tub. Our comedian, Dean Austin, was great, and really interacted with the crowd. The casino was fun, but it had the worst odds I’ve ever seen. Single odds on craps and 26 (or was it 25?) on a straight up Roulette number is abysmal. Admittedly, it’s been a while since I gambled on a cruise so this may be standard. Yes, it’s just another form of entraintainment and I consider the money already lost, but the house doesn’t need that much of an advantage. But, we took this cruise for the itenerary and ports. Getting on and off the ship was easy, and Cuban customs and immigration was surprisingly fast. This is the advantage of the smaller ship. We generally don’t do ship excursions and opt for cheaper and often better third party experiences, but the selection onboard seemed fair. Thankfully, there are really excellent third party excursions in Cuba and Nassau. Overall we really enjoyed our time in port and on the ship, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Majesty for a Cuba trip. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Me and me family been Cruise a lot... and this is the worst ship I even been. It’s super old, and dirty. The public restrooms ( pool are) are very very small dirty and smell.. the worst part is when we arrive our cabin was totally ... Read More
Me and me family been Cruise a lot... and this is the worst ship I even been. It’s super old, and dirty. The public restrooms ( pool are) are very very small dirty and smell.. the worst part is when we arrive our cabin was totally disgusting, dirty small and the worst area was the bathroom was a lot hairs, the sink dirty the trush cans disgusting and dirty smell very bad. The closets dust also the small places where you put the staff. We call customer service to make a complain so they send the housekeeping clean the room again...also this ship offer babysitting for kids under 3 and then we get her and they donde have it. So I don’t know what to said about it now we have to babysitting put kid all the cruise... you can go better ship for the same money. We don’t recommend this cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
My first time on Majesty was one of my early cruises (this was #12) and over a decade ago! This was my first ever SOLO cruise. so I thought a smaller ship would be a better choice. While some aspects of smaller WERE preferable (fewer ... Read More
My first time on Majesty was one of my early cruises (this was #12) and over a decade ago! This was my first ever SOLO cruise. so I thought a smaller ship would be a better choice. While some aspects of smaller WERE preferable (fewer people, got to know the crew better), the lack of major amenities (Solarium, Promenade, better hot tubs, etc) was a big downer. Add to that the ship is showing its age (I heard it was heading for some "cosmetic surgery" in Jan) made it an overall "Miss". That said, the service and food were up to the usual high standards. The shows are one of my fave parts of sailing, and while the talent was all there, the smaller theatre with FAR less "tech" features was a disappointment, especially after experiencing Freedom, Quantum and Oasis class ships.The result: It's go BIG or don't go for me from here on out! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My room was smelly and had a lot of problems The toilet stopped working three out of the six nights and the shower gurgled as water came up that smelled like rotten eggs The ship was old and at night while we laid in bed creaked ... Read More
My room was smelly and had a lot of problems The toilet stopped working three out of the six nights and the shower gurgled as water came up that smelled like rotten eggs The ship was old and at night while we laid in bed creaked all the time There was only one pool on deck 11 which inconveniently was right next to the kids water park The drinks were severely overpriced and hardly any alcohol in them if you’re going to charge 1250 for a piña colada you should have a little rum in it oh let’s not forget the three dollar service charge so excuse me $15 for a piña colada and there’s no alcohol in it In my opinion this ship should be retired as it is old smelly rusted out and is in dire need of some rest As far as the drinks are concerned you really need to reevaluate your prices and your pours Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Everyone chooses this ship because they want to see Havana. It's a very popular itinerary so like many others--by the time we booked only oceanview cabins were available. The cabin was so small that one person had to be on the bed ... Read More
Everyone chooses this ship because they want to see Havana. It's a very popular itinerary so like many others--by the time we booked only oceanview cabins were available. The cabin was so small that one person had to be on the bed while the other person walked down the narrow aisle to the desk and bathrooms. The bed was basically boxed in on 3 sides and if you aren't capable of climbing over your bed partner--then don't book on this ship. Did I say that the cabin was small--I think the smallest in over 25 cruises we've been on. And besides being small there was literally no drawer space. Everything had to either be hung up on the 8 hangers allotted to you--jeans, sweaters, bathing suits--everything. There were 4 small draws for underwear, socks, etc. We easily made friends with our neighbors on deck 7 because EVERYONE kept on commenting to one another: I can't believe how small our room is. Embarkation was remarkable for the long lines--maybe because of the added complication of Cuba visas. I don't usually go on Royal Caribbean--but I do go on other "value" cruise lines and I was continuously amazed by how much the line has cut back on and how much they try to nickel and dime you. No beach/pool towels in the room and everytime you got one of their thin beachtowels you had to scan your room key. Do people actually take those towels? There was room service--and a surcharge for everything except continental breakfast. The only place I could think of to even put a tray was on top of the toilet--(did I mention that the room was really small?) so we didn't try room service. Drinks were outrageously priced. After ordering our first drink and seeing the bill everyone said that there would be no more drinking on this cruise. Single shot drinks were $16 + service charges that brought the price up close to $18.00. (On day 3 of the cruise--suddenly there were drink offers--5 drinks for $35.00--I guess everyone else had curtailed their drinking also.) There were no cholocates on the pillow--no fruit available for the room. No free drinks in the casino even when betting $50-$100 per hand in BlackJack. No robe in the room. No surf and turf served on formal night (unless of course you wanted to pay a surcharge.) I had never before been on a cruise ship where lobster wasn't served on formal night at no charge. This was a very loud cruise--loud music blaring at the pool most of the time--and the pools were crowded, crowded, crowded. As were the elevators. Almost impossible to even get on the elevators except at off times. Come to think of it the only thing that wasn't loud was the sound on the football games shown on the Lido--they were muted so that loud music could be played. We ended up retreating to our small room to watch football or to the schooner bar which was overflowing with people. The waiters were very attentive and polite. Just got really tired of listening to speeches on the last day at dinner about how talented the chefs were and how we should rate everyone so highly. Just let us eat dinner please--it was only a 4 day cruise and the food was OK, not great. 50% of the menu was the same every night. Nothing special. I didn't like that "superior food" was available for an extra charge. Would have been uncomfortable eating "better" food than my tablemates. Cuba--everyone should go. But be prepared for lines getting off the ship and lines getting back on the ship. There's also a line for money changing. Don't stamp "Trump lives here" on $20.00 bills because the Cubans won't take that money. Seriously--someone in our party did that. More practically--make sure that your $20.00 bills looked normal--some had a green line across the bill and the Cubans wouldn't take those either. I forgot my voucher on the ship for a 3rd party tour and couldn't get on and off the ship in an hour, so I missed my tour. I did feel that the cruise director prepared us well for what to expect in Cuba--very good cruise director. I really liked the fact that this ship was a beautiful promenade that goes completely around the ship. Not sure why--but they turned off the lights on the promenade by 7-8PM and it was pitch black walking at the front of the ship. I thought that walking in a pitch black area was dangerous. Due to the fact that this was a 4 day cruise--there were a fair share of drunk folks on the cruise. My imagination was concerned that one of them was going to trip and fall overboard, or climb up on the dark guardrail and fall overboard or alternatively pitch someone over. And--did I mention that our stateroom should have been more aptly called a statecloset. Boy was it small. Almost hate to mention it --but maybe you can take advantage of the following until the cruise line reads this. In Havana you can buy liquor like rum and bring it back on the ship without it being confiscated. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
As I write this, I'm sitting in the 12th deck restaurant that has 24-hour coffee service, concerning which I'll say more later. This is my 11th cruise in 25 years. Compared to other ships I've been on, I'd rate the ship ... Read More
As I write this, I'm sitting in the 12th deck restaurant that has 24-hour coffee service, concerning which I'll say more later. This is my 11th cruise in 25 years. Compared to other ships I've been on, I'd rate the ship itself and the hotel department excellent. A recent refit really shows. The crew could not be more cheerful or helpful. The food on Majesty is mediocre at best when compared to other ships. The dinner menus are uninspiring and similar from one night to the next. Presentation shows a lack of imagination. I had duck a l'orange on the formal night and found it to be dry and tasteless. A fellow passenger warned me off of ordering steak. I rate dinners barely acceptable. The lunch/dinner buffet is marginally better, but the menu is decidedly monotonous. I think the food buyer needs a bigger budget. The only high spot In food service is the breakfast buffet, which has all the expectable choices and plenty of them. One of us attended one of the shows. The theater was commodious. The juggler who performed was entertaining, but his act could use some more variety -- perhaps demonstrations of other skills besides juggling. We took a half-day bus tour in Havana and learned a lot about Cuban history, though from the vantage point of a committed revolutionary. We got to see some of the extensive waterfront fortifications and much of the old city. RCL personnel shepherded us all through Cuban immigration in expert fashion -- without them to meter the flow of passengers into the arrival hall, there would have been a free-for-all with much variation in waiting time. A very welcome cold washcloth and drink of water greeted us on return. We spent the one day at sea in a professional seminar, so we have nothing to say about the shipboard activities one expects. We wore our regular street clothes to the formal dinner without any comment from the staff. We walked around Nassau on our own. At our age and state of fitness, the many beach alternatives were not attractive. Embarkation was reasonably fast and efficient. But we arrived very early at FLL, knew enough to take a shuttle to the pier, had our luggage tags on our bags and handed them off to porters as soon as we arrived, etc. Not our first rodeo. Debarkation was a breeze compared to other cruises, where we had long waits in a crowded lounge while US immigration fiddled and diddled. On this cruise, we had barely arrived in the lounge where we were supposed to wait when our group was announced. There was no line at customs. About that coffee... At 5:30 am yesterday, the coffee was lukewarm. This morning, my first cup came with a healthy dose of coffee grounds in the bottom of my mug. You'd think no-one could mishandle coffee service. The Internet service aboard Majesty is unacceptable, and that's being charitable. I bought the high-speed service on the assumption that I'd have access to all the services I'm accustomed to while ashore. I couldn't get my e-mail because the POP3 protocol is throttled to the point of choking. It seems that the server really only supports HTTP connections, and them badly. IF YOU NEED TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE WORLD, steer clear of this ship. This aspect of the cruise is so important to me that I can't say I'd travel with RCL again until it's addressed. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We are an older couple. It was a celebration of our golden anniversary. The ship's crew made us feel really special. It's a nice ship but a little old. The pool is really small. It has no USB ports but the productions shows and ... Read More
We are an older couple. It was a celebration of our golden anniversary. The ship's crew made us feel really special. It's a nice ship but a little old. The pool is really small. It has no USB ports but the productions shows and other entertainment are really good, We selected this ship because we wanted to go to Cuba at this time of the year and we do not regret it. The food was delicious. The service is great. I mean starting with embarkation and ending with disembarkation. The crew is very friendly. The service in the dining room and the Windjammer caffe. The cabin steward was very good. We loved the walking tour of Havana. We highly recommend it. .The tour guide was excellent and the tour ended with a visit to a night club where we tasted smoking cigars, drinking rum and drinking coffee. It was great. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We sailed on the Majesty 4 years ago for a short weekend cruise and it was great. So we did it again this year when we found ourselves with a free weekend. It was just my husband and I on this trip and we really had an awesome time. ... Read More
We sailed on the Majesty 4 years ago for a short weekend cruise and it was great. So we did it again this year when we found ourselves with a free weekend. It was just my husband and I on this trip and we really had an awesome time. We’ve sailed on 6 different Royal Caribbean ships from many different classes so we knew going into it that the Majesty wasn’t a flashy ship with a lot of innovative features but not once did that detract from how awesome the vacation was. The crew on this ship is on top of their game! Everyone we met was super friendly, attentive and just nice to talk to. They really went above and beyond to make sure everyone was cared for in a genuine way. Bar service was even better than on some of the bigger ships. It was quick to get a drink no matter what bar you went to or just laying by the pool. We didn’t have a tough time getting a chair by the pool any day we were there either. The main dining room was phenomenal! Food was fantastic. Service was great. Our waiters were quick to bring drinks and would bring you a couple different starters or entrees to try and share at the table. We certainly never left hungry or dissatisfied in any way! Our first stop was Havana. We were so excited to check our Cuba and Royal made it as easy as they could. Cuba was definitely a cool place to visit and interesting to learn about. Also cool to get some Cuban cigars to bring home too! Be careful where you buy them though. Make sure it’s a reputable store. We overheard someone at dinner saying they bought a box of cigars for $55 and when they opened it, it was full of garbage. Nassau was also a good stop. We have been a few times before so it was tougher to find something to do and not pay exorbitant prices for Atlantis. We did the Rainbow Reef Snorkel tour and it was amazing! It was short but efficient. They didn’t waste time with ‘mandatory’ shopping stops or sightseeing. They took us straight out to the reef. Got in the water and fed the fish to bring them closer. We were literally swimming in a school of fish which was so cool. If sightseeing Nassau is your thing, this isn’t for you. But if you just want to spend some time in the water and take a boat ride, this tour is perfect. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
The price was very for our first cruise but it sure did leave a bad taste in our mouth for cruising. The food in the main dining room was awful the buffet was so so the entertainment was underwhelming the pool was small 2 of the hot tubs ... Read More
The price was very for our first cruise but it sure did leave a bad taste in our mouth for cruising. The food in the main dining room was awful the buffet was so so the entertainment was underwhelming the pool was small 2 of the hot tubs were closed for all the days that we were on the ship which left the others overcrowded. The Wi-Fi that was sold on the ship was worthless it never work properly and was entirely a waste of money. I do have to say the rooms were kept relatively clean but the rest of the ship was old and maybe needs to be put to rest. Most of the Associates on the ship for underwhelming they just assumed run you down than anything else. We're certain we won't be traveling Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines again we're going to try celebrity in the fall of 2019 Read Less
Majesty of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 0.0
Dining 3.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 3.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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