By Jamey Bergman
Cruise Critic Contributor
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Dining

Marella Majesty features five restaurants, including a pair of all-open-seating main dining rooms (Seven Seas and the smaller Four Seasons), two buffet venues, a poolside grill and the for-fee Le Bistro, a French alternative restaurant that charges a £20 cover per person.

The ship's main dining room, the Seven Seas Restaurant, is a brash affair decked out in white with a rose-coloured carpet. The open seating rule means -- if your party doesn't fill a table -- you'll be paired up with other diners at tables for four or six. The menu for breakfast includes eggs, breakfast meat, fruit, yoghurt and other vegetarian selections. All three meals are waiter-served, and lunch and dinner offer a five-course meal suggested by the executive chef. There are multiple vegetarian options available, and courses include appetizer, soup, salad, main, pasta and desert, with each course having multiple options. A typical meal might be a shrimp cocktail followed by a cream of carrot soup, salad, grilled steak, cannelloni pasta, and warm apple pie.

The other free main dining option, the Four Seasons restaurant is much smaller than the Seven Seas Restaurant and is only open for dinner. It features the same menu that's on offer at Seven Seas, but the restaurant is smaller, quieter and darker. All tables seat four or six and are open seating.

The newest dining addition is the enclosed, revamped space in the Piazza San Marco on Deck 10. This casual buffet offers eggs and meat at breakfast and five or six mains -- usually including a meat, a fish and a vegetarian option among them -- at lunch and dinner. Alongside the mains, there's a salad bar and a snack and dessert bar. Piazza San Marco's wraparound windows at the ship's aft offer a nice ambience and the white tables and chairs give the space an open, clean feel. Covering the Piazza San Marco was a calculated move aimed at addressing a concern that the forward Café Royale buffet provided inadequate space for diners on a ship that sails winter itineraries that are sometimes too chilly to make casual dining on deck enjoyable. The bonus is that the newly refurbished Piazza San Marco is a big improvement on the Café Royale, where the buffet line feels cramped and chaotic.

Café Royale is also enclosed, but the ceilings are low, the décor is tatty, with dated wood paneling, and the entryway is subdivided into narrow hallways that make it difficult to maneuver in the buffet line. The main fare is the same that's served at the Piazza San Marco on the other end of Deck 10, but there are fewer side options available.

Directly outside Café Royale on both the port and starboard sides of the ship are extensions to the enclosed buffet called the Chef's Corners. In the mornings, you can find pancakes and waffles and for the rest of the day, hamburgers and sausages are served for those who want a quick, casual snack on the pool deck. Ice cream is also available at £1.50 for a cone with one scoop (£1.20 for each additional scoop) and £2.10 for pre-packaged ice creams like Magnum bars.

The one for-fee restaurant is the French-inspired Le Bistro (£20 cover) located amidships on Deck 5's port side. In spite of being just off the well-lit main thoroughfare, Le Bistro manages to achieve a dark, intimate and romantic Bistro feel relatively well. The menu hits all the French classics, offering things like pate, French onion soup, roast duck breast and Crepe Suzette over five courses. The menu is also interspersed with non-French classics like surf and turf and Caprese salad. Vegetarian options are available.

The ship does not offer room service.

Celestyal Majesty Information

Celestyal Majesty Ship Stats

  • Crew: 600
  • Launched: 1992
  • Decks: 10
  • Passengers: 1,462
  • Registry: Malta

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