3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
I really didn't know what to expect on this cruise, as the reviews are all over the place, but we had an amazing time. 1. I know it's an older, smaller ship. However, since this was my kids' first cruise, they had ... Read More
I really didn't know what to expect on this cruise, as the reviews are all over the place, but we had an amazing time. 1. I know it's an older, smaller ship. However, since this was my kids' first cruise, they had nothing to compare it to. The kids in our party (3 families, kids ages, 3, 7, 9 and 9) had a blast between the pools and the kids' club. We were all happy to hear the kids beg to go back to "Adventure Ocean" (the kids club). I didn't really have any moments where I looked around the ship and had it feel shabby. 2. The cabin was small. It's a cruise. We never planned on spending a ton of time in the cabin, so we didn't really get upset by that. I recommend poo-pourri if you're sharing a room with 3 other people. Sometimes trying to navigate all 4 people getting ready was rough, but it generally was fine. 3. Our waitstaff in the dining area was super fantastic and accommodating. On the final night when they offered lobster tail, they made it clear that the lobster was small and *wink wink, nudge nudge* you can order 2 meals. 4. Lastly, I feel like this is the most important advice I have - we did NOT use the cruise line for our excursions. And the options we chose were WAY better than anything offered. - In Key West, we did used Fury Cat (https://www.furycat.com), and chose their Ultimate Adventure. The family with the 3 year old didn't do that with us, but for the older kids it was PERFECT. Super fun, completely fit within the time we had on shore, and the experiences and staff were awesome. - In Havana, we used Havana Journeys (https://havanajourneys.com), and they were so above and beyond amazing. They were so communicative while we were setting up the tour from home and gave us everything we needed, including pictures of our guide and driver so we knew who to look for. They are OFAC compliant, which was important for out travel, and Eileen, our guide was so so great-- really knowledgable, smart, timed everything perfectly - if we ever get to go back to Cuba, we will absolutely call them again. We planned this cruise for the sole purpose of going to Cuba, and it was 100% worth it. Even with our large group, everyone had an amazing time. I've seen some bad reviews, but I think every trip is what you make it. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was the first time I’m this ship. Pro 1. The ship is easy to get around 2. The staff was over the top friendly. 3. The rooms are extremely cozy. 4. Shopping was easy, not like the larger ships as if it were Black ... Read More
This was the first time I’m this ship. Pro 1. The ship is easy to get around 2. The staff was over the top friendly. 3. The rooms are extremely cozy. 4. Shopping was easy, not like the larger ships as if it were Black Friday. 5. The shows were fun, and enjoyable. 6. The ship is clean Con. 1. Smoking in the casino ( yuk yuk) those of us who can not breath due to asthma, or other lung issues can not go into the casino, not only that due to the fact the smoke and smell filters out into the entry wash while going into the schooner bar. It’s nasty PLEASE stop smoking inside the ship. This is a fire hazard, and it stinks. Second hand smoke is not healthy for the staf eather. 2. Coffee has not been consistent some days it’s great, other days it’s been bitter. 3. Diamond purks are not consistent one ship we get unlimited cafe, espresso. This ship nothing, we paid. 4. No fridge in the room. Overall. We love this ship and will come back. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Destination was why we booked the MAJESTY OF THE SEAS. Pricing was why we selected an INSIDE STATEROOM. Experience of ship and destination exceeded our expectations. We selected the 8 hr BEST OF HAVANA, also the 5 hr EASY PANAROMIC TOUR ... Read More
Destination was why we booked the MAJESTY OF THE SEAS. Pricing was why we selected an INSIDE STATEROOM. Experience of ship and destination exceeded our expectations. We selected the 8 hr BEST OF HAVANA, also the 5 hr EASY PANAROMIC TOUR (included lobster lunch w/entertainment, by the sea). 5 hr tour was alot of repeat of the 8 hr tour, with a couple of new stops added. If you want souvenirs, best selection is on the 8hr tour. However, we found the coffee and rum best affordable on the 5 hr tour at the Fort. It is there you get the best view of Havana. You also visit the marble Christ statue. No admission into fort. This is also where you see the man (and his wax figure) who holds the Guinness world record for rolling the longest cigar. We purchased a cup of coffee at this shop. Affordable, but not recommended if you must have weaker coffee and/or with cream. We thought it was delicious. Prior to leaving home, we exchanged US dollars into Euros. Bank did not charge us any fee. Upon disembarkation in Havana, we exchanged those Euros for Pesos (CUC). Small 3% fee. Had we changed US $ into CUC, there would have been a 13% fee. We changed back to Euros, prior to leaving Cuba. Took equivalent of @ 100 Euros and spent about half. I did tip many (bus driver, tour guide, musicians, washroom attendants, & man I saw cleaning the cemetery). I left money in the church donation box. So, you will get the chance to use the CUC. I also took small (hotel-type) toiletries and spread the loot around as washrooms were visited. Always most appreciated. Some offered paper, but BRING YOUR OWN TP. Camera recommended if your cell phone is slower. Lots of storage necessary. Photo ops are many. The CARS! Revolutionary Square. It is endless and exciting. This being said, there are tour opportunities for touring in the classic cars, as well other options. Sun is brutal, so you want your hat and sunscreen. A note about the bus: it was new, comfortable, with seatbelts, and a toilet. A note about condition of city: walkways, as streets, are often uneven and in bad state of disrepair. Wearing good walking shoes and be mindful of where you are walking. We were too exhausted from 8 hr tour to go back out at night, but you could if desired. The VISA fee of $75 is worth it to see this destination. Touring on your own may not be permitted. Rules keep changing in Cuba. Note for Inside Stateroom: separating beds gives you floor space plus a shelf you would otherwise not have. We did get robes, foam pillows, nice toiletries. Everything worked and was clean/comfortable. The Diamond + experience was good. Breakfast in dining room in special area with specialty coffees. Evening was in the Viking Crown. No complaints - view was fantastic. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Cuba was on my bucket list so decided to take this cruise. We had a great time. The ship is in good shape, the room was small but we did not spend much time in it. Small sofa was beautiful, not quite as much storage as larger ships but ... Read More
Cuba was on my bucket list so decided to take this cruise. We had a great time. The ship is in good shape, the room was small but we did not spend much time in it. Small sofa was beautiful, not quite as much storage as larger ships but adequate. Our tour "The Best of Havana", was amazing. We got to see so much in the 7 hour tour. Hemingway's house was great to see, the cemetery was very interesting, and all the old cars were fun to look at. We had a wonderful lobster lunch right on the water at Mr. Crab. Our tour guide was amazing and answered all kinds of questions we had about Cuba and the local life in Havana. We had bad weather on the way to Costa Maya and couldn't dock so the captain made a decision to go on to Cozumel, that was fantastic as we had great weather to spend sunning on board. The food was very good, the staff in the dining room was A No. 1. Our cabin attendant made us towel animals and kept the room in tip top shape. This is an older ship that I cruised in 1998, but it hasn't lost it's luster, we truly enjoyed our five days on the ship. Entertainment was good, the comedian was awesome, the ventriloquist was excellent and the singers and dancers put on a good show. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
our group of six cousins does a weekend cruise every winter. this time, we wanted to stop in havana and chose the majesty and it was fantastic! i found the ship to be in fine condition and the crew was very friendly and accommodating. ... Read More
our group of six cousins does a weekend cruise every winter. this time, we wanted to stop in havana and chose the majesty and it was fantastic! i found the ship to be in fine condition and the crew was very friendly and accommodating. this is my 16th or 17th short cruise and i've been on royal, carnival, celebrity and princess. in other words, this ain't my first time at the rodeo. we had a delay embarking due to the tragic death of a crew member on the way into port. i can't imagine how the crew members who knew this person managed to put on a happy face after such a sudden shock. the muster was mercifully short and well-organized. we had the moonlight dining room and i can't recall the names of the waiter and assistant but they were both right on the ball and very sweet. my sister has celiac disease (gluten allergy) and the staff was very solicitous of her the whole trip. they were very kind to me the time i was too hungover to eat anything but mashed potates :-) the dining room meals were very good and the buffet was good too. i didn't realize the pizza place (sorrento's?) was free until the last night. oh well. the cruise director whose name i've also forgotten was one of the best i've experienced. his second in command was also really fun and charming. kareoke was hilarious. the comedian was surprisingly good too. i usually find them cringeworthy but this guy was actually funny. we listened to a guitar player and a piano player - both excellent. and the band in the show was very good as well. our cabin steward was eugene and he was both adorable and very sympathetic on my hangover day. we re-arranged the cabin a bit. i don't know why cruise lines insist on having extraneous furniture in cabins. we had a good size table that i shoved under the desk. i put the chair between the beds and used it as a luggage rack. we were way up the front of the boat on level 2. it was pretty noisy the first night but it settled down after that. other people from level 2 said they hadn't heard anything so it might have been the location on that floor that was the problem. we had not-so-great weather. so we didn't hang out at the pool. it's on the small side but we only had one day at sea so no big deal. we stopped in havana and nassau. don't believe the hype about going to havana - it could NOT have been easier. both the US and cuban immigration/customs folks glanced at our passports and sent us on our way. we went to junkanoo beach in nassau. not as loud as i remember and great conch fritters. would definitely recommend the ship and the itinerary. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Convenient for our family and somewhat lower price than others. We cruised on IOS last year, a larger ship, and were a bit concerned about some of the negative comments on MOS in the forums. For us, they couldn't have been more ... Read More
Convenient for our family and somewhat lower price than others. We cruised on IOS last year, a larger ship, and were a bit concerned about some of the negative comments on MOS in the forums. For us, they couldn't have been more wrong. The staff on MOS is outstanding, always catering to your needs and requests with a smile. We didn't even get to experience all the activities, as we were so busy having fun at others. Our waiters, Dody & Vitalli, bent over backwards to please us. After mentioning a delicious dessert we'd had the 1st night, SIX of them magically appeared for our table the next evening! I had THREE lobster tails on our final night! The food was delicious, the headliner comedians were very funny and the game show/trivia events were hilarious. I enjoyed the smallness of the ship and would definitely sail her again. GO, you'll love MOS! 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We picked this trip just for the Havana overnight and it fit into a week we already had off. The ship is old but well maintained. Cuba exceeded expectations. We did a tour with Discover Viñales that was one of my favorites ever! Two ... Read More
We picked this trip just for the Havana overnight and it fit into a week we already had off. The ship is old but well maintained. Cuba exceeded expectations. We did a tour with Discover Viñales that was one of my favorites ever! Two and a half hours each way and well worth it. The overnight in Havana have us time to get out of the city the first day and still have the evening of the first day and the second morning to explore Havana. The food and drink quality was consistent but our cabin was subpar. It was on deck 6, exterior, no balcony and right underneath the jogging track so we had a lovely wake up each morning listening to those clearly more dedicated to their fitness than us. The AC was inadequate and the room stayed pretty warm. Size was what I expected but the heat and wakeup call were not. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
This was a 6-day cruise from Ft Lauderdale that included a 36 hour stop in Havana, Cuba. This was our first time visiting Cuba and it proved to be very interesting and informative. I would highly recommend a cruise with a 2-day visit to ... Read More
This was a 6-day cruise from Ft Lauderdale that included a 36 hour stop in Havana, Cuba. This was our first time visiting Cuba and it proved to be very interesting and informative. I would highly recommend a cruise with a 2-day visit to any of my friends. THE STAFF: Compared to other ships, I felt the staff on the Majesty of the Seas was more attentive and accommodating. According to an officer at our Cruise Critic Meet and Greet, this was a major goal on this ship. Specifically, there were more service staff at pool-side during days at sea allowing for easier and quicker service, there were hardly any lines for dinner and the service was fairly quick, and the buffet area tables were cleaned quickly. The common areas were clean and seemed to be less congested. The lines getting off and on the ship in ports were relatively short and quick. Despite the very basic production shows (no props), the dancers were very precise and energetic and the band and singers were very good. The comedy shows were surprisingly funny and got lots of laughs from the older crowd..The side entertainment throughout the ship was good. The dinner menus had many good choices, making it difficult to choose, including free Caribbean lobster on the last night. Our cute waitress from the Ukraine was entertaining and very efficient. The buffet food was adequate. There was a sandwich bar above the buffet that had good sandwiches. There were many separated buffet serving stations (instead of a few long stations) so it didn’t seem as crowded. There were three separate areas with tables to sit on two levels so we were always able to find a free table. Our morning room service was not on time twice so we simply requested it a half hour earlier the third time. THE PORT: Because this ship was going to Havana, Cuba for 2 days, there were very special Visa and guest certification and documentation requirements. Royal Caribbean did a good job laying out and reminding us of all the requirements before the cruise. To help alleviate our understandable apprehension in visiting Cuba, the cruise director provided a very good and thorough 2-hour presentation in the theater the day before we arrived in Havana. He carefully explained what we could possibly expect on shore and how to deal with the different cultural issues. It helped me a lot but as usual, they over sold the need to use their RC excursions because you really didn't have to. Good news - even though he said it could take up to 90 minutes to go through Cuba Customs, it was a lot shorter, especially if you were independent and did not have to sit around in lounges waiting for everyone to show up.. It seemed that the Cuban authorities were more interested in making sure we didn’t smile when they took our pictures than anything else. After they stamped our passports the first time through, subsequent re-entries over the 2-day stop were quick and simple. RC allowed us to bring back bottles of rum from Cuba without confiscating them. We went on an independent tour of Havana the first day. We were able to get off the ship early at 8 and miss the long lines. We were able to get through customs and still have an hour to walk around before our tour started at 9:30. The Locally Sources Havana Tour only had 12 guests on it and it was quite informative and fun. We could see the renovations being done to some of the buildings in Old Havana. It included lunch on a rooftop and a 1 hr drive around in an old classic car. That evening, we took the very expensive RC excursion to see the Tropicana show because we were overly concerned about our safety at night. We found out from other guests that independent excursions were a lot cheaper (half the cost) and safety was not really a concern, assuming you are careful and choose reputable companies. The second day, because to the distance away from the ship, we took a RC excursion to the UNESCO Las Terrazas Reserve an hour out in the country. It was very nice to see the contrast between the crowded and crumbling city of Havana and the countryside of Cuba. It included a nice lunch with entertainment. Although the tour was scheduled for 9 hours, it only lasted about 7 hours, probably because there were only 12 people on the tour. THE BASICS: Unfortunately, we happened to arrive at the Ft Lauderdale port at 12:30 and the embarkation line was, not surprisingly, quite long. As we were getting on the ship 45 min later, we looked back and there was hardly any line by then, and our rooms were ready.Debarkation was quite organized and pretty much on schedule and fairly easy. We realized that we could not hear general announcement in our hallway. After I called the front desk, it was fixed that day. For some odd reason, this ship does not broadcast announcements about ship clearance at ports and other useful information on the in-room TVs so you had to open the stateroom door to hear them. Cuba Visas cost $75 each. The forms are handed out when you board. Fill them out according to the instructions because replacements also cost $75. Room Gratuities are $14.50 a day pp. Drinks were more expensive this year: about $37 for a bucket of 5 beers including service charge, about $10 to $13 for pool side drinks w/ sc. After a few days, they offered a 10 drink voucher for $88. Converting US $ to Cuban Pesos requires an additional 10% tax on top of the normal 3% conversion charge. Canadian $ and Euros do not have the extra 10% tax. US Credit Cards are not accepted in Cuba. The ATMS on the ship are turned off at midnight before you arrive in Cuba due to regulations. This ship only has one deck with balconies and these cruises sell out fast. We booked late and reluctantly accepted an ocean view. I wasn't so bad on this short trip. The room was good sized and had plenty of drawers. The room itself was not that expensive. Finally, it did not seem that this ship with a capacity of 2700 guests was full. The common areas and theater were not crowded and were were many lounge chairs available on the days at sea. There was a private band related event on board but we did not see any evidence of it except for a few t-shirts. I'm not complaining. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
This was our second time on the Majesty in 5 months sailing to Cuba. We arrived a day early in Ft. Lauderdale as experience says never fly in the day of a cruise. We stayed at the Embassy Suites which is a beautiful full service ... Read More
This was our second time on the Majesty in 5 months sailing to Cuba. We arrived a day early in Ft. Lauderdale as experience says never fly in the day of a cruise. We stayed at the Embassy Suites which is a beautiful full service hotel, walking distance to many restaurants and a shuttle service ($9/each) to the port. We arrived about noon at the Port as we are ones who do not need to be at the ship at the crack of dawn - let the crew clean the ship. All seemed good until entering the terminal. We realized that this was Majesty's first cruise to Cuba out of Ft. Lauderdale, , but this was not their first rodeo! Absolute chaos by port staff. Even with completed Cuba forms in hand, they were passing out another form (RCCL - put this on the check in website), and must have asked 15- 20 times "have you completed the form"? Last "have you completed the form" question got us to the cruise line check in. Signage is not good for for Pinnacle/Suite, Diamond/Diamond Plus. Signs are in the middle of the lines vs. at the entrance. Once finding D+ line, though short, took another hour! Port staff was directing other lines to the D+ and higher check in. We watched as staff checked others in at less than 5 minutes. the 5 working the D+ and upper took 15 -20 minutes - just chatting. All in all it took almost 2 hours to check in. I never want to hear any one complain about Galveston! As it took so long, cabins were accessible as soon as we boarded and, since we were on her in May.June, we knew our way around the ship. Dropped carry ons in cabin, walked forward to take elevator to Windjammer and saw our luggage on cart. Unpacked and off to lunch. Muster was quick and easy. Sail away we were in Diamond lounge for cocktails. Nice and friendly staff. We went to dinner at 8 pm, deck 4 as we had my time. No problem getting table, but was seated at very back of dining room near kitchen doors. We sat there two nights, but changed as neither of us like being ear the kitchen. Service was so-so. Nassua was out first port. Stayed on the ship most of the day. Decided to get off, but not for long. Just can't deal with all the bars, loud music and hawkers selling t-shirts. Have been there many times so didn't miss anything. The whole point of the cruise was to return to Cuba! Sea day was relaxing, beautiful weather and quiet time at the aft loungers. Havana at last! Off the ship around 9am. Easy, no issues - just like June. We had no tours planned, just walk around. We love Havana, the people, food, music and history. We walked, ate, met people, purchased cigars, walked, listened to music, walked! We had drinks at the Engineers Club with a gentleman we met - uniquie and lovely experience, then to the Iberostar Parque Central Hotel to their tobacco shop. Magnificent Hotel worth seeing. Lydia, in the shop, has been there 20 years. So glad we met her. Walked to the Rum museum to make tour reservations for next day; next block was a small local restaurant where we had lunch. Good food, music and service. Back to the ship to clean up, drinks in lounge then off ship for dinner. No real plans, though we had the names of some restaurants. Happened upon Palador Donna Eutemia - lobster 12 CUC! Very nice restaurant with indoor and outdoor eating. Excellent service and food, musicians and singers entertained. The highlight was the young man (14) who sang several songs a capella. We found out he won a local singing competition in Havana. Beautiful voice and personality. Walked ablock or two away to the Patio Amarillo to listen to music - music is all over Havana, Small, local bar with friendly service, good musicians and nice locals. Walked along the Malecon back to ship around midnight. Off the ship ext day for more exploring, rum factory tour, lunch at Cafe de Paris with music and more cigar purchases. Walked to market, but same all over, just tons of stuff. We took a 3 wheeler from the market to Plaza de Armas for 10 CUC to walk around old town again, Overall, we love Havana and plan to return, but by air, for a much longer visit to explore the country. We never had any issues getting off or on the ship and found the immigration staff much friendlier this time. Being polite goes a long way as does a smile. At sail away we stood on deck 9 aft - lots of people on Malecon waving and telling us to return. Ate in Windjammer last night in Havana. Sea day relaxed by pool, cocktails in then early dinner on 4. Sea day was relaxing. We had breakfast each morning for Diamond plus (with exception of first morning in Havana) - excellent service. Overall, the cruise was perfect. Love the Majesty, staff and crew. Francois Chevalier is the hotel manager and does an excellent job. He is out and about meeting people and talking with staff. Would never hesitate to sail Majesty again. 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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