Majesty of the Seas Review
- Pro: Fun-filled, short cruises that tick all the boxes -- sun, sea, sand and booze
- Con: Older ship with limited attractions, especially if you're used to newer ships
- Bottom Line: If you want a good value short-break cruise in the sun, you can't go wrong on Majesty
Majesty of the Seas Overview
Majesty of the Seas has certainly outlived the odds an older, smaller ship faces. It's 23-years-old as of 2017 and the only one left in its class and yet attracts strong loyalty from both crew and passengers. Even so, there's no hiding the fact it's showing its age.
Royal Caribbean does its best, however, and in April 2016, Majesty had a significant refurbishment that saw the introduction of a number of new features, including completely remodeled suites and suite bathrooms; new seating and decor in the Schooner Bar; a new pool bar, an outdoor movie screen and most significantly a completely new splash zone for kids on the pool deck. Majesty was also fitted with Royal's high-speed Wi-Fi, Voom.
The vibe on the ship depends very much on the time of year -- quiet and sedate on early in the year sailings, to full-on party ship during spring break. There's also a strong Latin showing at any time of year, so venues are consistently lively, particularly the popular Boleros Latin lounge, which was a hit night after night; from the salsa dancing, you could tell the crowd knew what it was doing.
Cabins are small and there are relatively few balconies due to the ship's age. Expect to spend time in port or onboard enjoying activities that include trivia, dancing, bingo and also, of course, gambling and shopping. Service is uniformly friendly; a lot of the crew seems to have been onboard Majesty for years. And, like the passengers, they are fond of the ship and its itineraries.
Majesty of the Seas is a great ship for first-timers. It's easy to navigate, and though small by today's standards, it has plenty to occupy you for a three- or four-night cruise.
Majesty of the Seas Fellow Passengers
Majesty of the Seas operates three- and four-night Bahamas sailings year-round from Port Canaveral, and the passenger makeup reflects this. Many passengers onboard are Floridians who grab cheap cruises within driving distance of their homes: the three-night cruise allows locals to embark after work on a Friday and be back at work in time for a 9 a.m. start on a Monday. The shorter cruises are also great for first-time cruisers looking for a taste of cruising. There is a large Spanish-speaking population onboard, along with a number of international passengers; a whopping 56 nationalities were represented among the passengers on our sailing.
Passengers also vary by time of year: January and February prices are cheap and the demographic skews high in terms of age; come March and April, a combo of spring breakers and families bring the age right down (and the partying right up). The same pattern is followed throughout the year; when kids are in school the age range skews up. When kids are out, the average age comes down.
Majesty of the Seas Dress Code
Casual is the operative word when it comes to attire, though shorts aren't permitted in the dining room. Cover-ups atop bathing suits are appropriate away from the pool. Slacks and shirts are ideal for men and women for casual dining. Plan on a jacket and tie for men on formal nights, while women can pull out all the stops. Don't be fooled by these short sailings: Formal attire is in full effect and runs the gamut from polite sundresses and khakis to ball gowns and tuxedos. Each Majesty sailing has one formal night, even the three-nighter.
Majesty of the Seas Gratuity
Royal Caribbean passengers are automatically charged $13.50 per person, per day ($16.50 for those in suites). Gratuities can be prepaid or will be added on a daily basis to passengers' SeaPass accounts during each sailing. Passengers can modify or remove gratuities by visiting the guest services desk. An 18 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs. Gratuity is optional but recommended for room service orders. An envelope with the option to leave additional cash tips to specific crew members is offered on the final night of each cruise.