By Brittany Chrusciel
Cruise Critic Associate Editor
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Entertainment

Majesty of the Seas Entertainment & Activities

Theater

A Chorus Line Theater, done in subtle coral, rust and beige tones, has a classical theater ambience with wide seating arrangements and a wooden stage. Art Deco statues of cabaret girls greet you from either side of the Deck 5 entrance. Seats toward the back are raised and more private, in banquette style, with their own round table; side seats are blocked by poles and have poor sight lines, but middle seats on both levels (decks 5 and 7) offer great views. 

There are a couple of shows or events each night, which are a mix of adult and family comedy, a Love & Marriage show and on the final night a 1970s-themed revue-type production. Majesty does not have the space or production capabilities for the Broadway hits that can be found on some other Royal ships, but nor does this ship require those -- music revues and participatory game shows are perfect for the short itineraries Majesty sails.

Daily Fun

A typical day on Majesty kicks off with stretches and "fab abs" in the Fitness Center, followed by daily trivia and sudoku in the Book Corner (Deck 7). Other activities offered throughout the day include trivia in the Schooner Bar, beanbag toss tournaments, giant Jenga, poolside dancing, wine tasting, bingo (with cash prizes), dance classes, poolside movies (on a giant film screen), volleyball tournaments and even a world's strongest man contest.

On our voyage, an art auction was held at 5:30 p.m. on the last night of the cruise (with free Champagne), with a preview of the artwork starting at 5 p.m. Other art sales might be held throughout your voyage and could include a raffle or giveaway for attending. 

At Night

You'll find lots of live music around the ship from the numerous talented musicians, including in the main atrium (Centrum), on the main pool deck and in all the inside bars. There is also nightly karaoke -- either in Spectrum or in the main atrium -- with a live band, after dinner.

There is a pool party on day two of the cruise, which starts at 11 p.m. and goes on till very late.

The ship's Casino Royale (Deck 5) is right beside Schooner Bar, but unlike on many other ships we've been on, you do not have to walk through it to get anywhere, and despite smoking being allowed, the smoke doesn't affect the surrounding bars. The room has slots and a roulette table, as well as craps. There are numerous casino events throughout the day, including Texas Hold'em, three card poker and blackjack tournaments.

Majesty of the Seas Bars and Lounges

There is always something going on, on this fun-packed ship. The cruises are short and passengers maximize their drinking time, packing out all the bars at most times of day or night -- except the Viking Crown Lounge, which is quiet day and night and makes a pleasant respite, should you wish some quiet time -- and great views.

Schooner Bar (Deck 5): The Schooner Bar enjoyed the biggest refurbishment of all the ship's public spaces in 2016, with new, smart wood paneling and flooring, new chairs in nautical blues and whites and comfy, old-looking brown sofas. Nautical memorabilia lines the walls, interspersed with much bigger TVs for screening sports. Royal describes the bar as an "elegant sports bar," which is a good description: the sports games never dominate the bar, and it has a relaxed, welcoming vibe. In fact, it was probably our favorite hangout space on the ship. It's a great hangout at any time of day, though it gets busy for pre- and post-dinner drinks. It also boasts a piano player each night, who takes requests, and belts out sing-along hits until the early hours.

Boleros (Deck 7): Boleros has a distinct Latin feel that comes alive on Majesty, and once the Dominican Quartet starts playing, with mojitos and caipirinhas flowing, you will see how. Boleros hosts the Park West art auction on each sailing, typically on the final night of the cruise.

Spectrum (Deck 8): Spectrum is as close to a club as Majesty gets, with a large dance floor, DJs at one end, a bar at the other and plenty of seating all round -- not that you'll be sitting. Exuberant CD Marc "Bing Bong" Walker hosted the party night on our cruise, frantically urging everyone -- young and old -- to get on the dance floor. The space is bathed in pink neon lights and has a major sound system and a live band on most nights. Themed nights (such as 1980s music or disco) blended into other activities in the area, including singles meet-ups, nightly game shows and karaoke. 

Pool Bar (Beck 11): This is the main pool bar and it is always crowded. It's open all day, serving beer, wine and cocktails. If you don't want to wait in line, head upstairs to the smaller, but less crowded, Sky Bar.

Sky Bar (Deck 12): Added in the 2016 refit, this small bar is just above the main pool bar and serves the much-needed function of dealing with the overflow from the ceaseless crowds at the Pool Bar. There are a few chairs scattered around, and it makes a good spot to look down on the pool deck and people-watch.

Viking Crown Lounge (Deck 14): A staple on Royal Caribbean ships, this one looks a bit outdated but guarantees a great bird's-eye view of the pool deck and surrounding sea. The lounge is closed occasionally because of private events, but, even when it's open, it's one of the quietest places on the ship making it a great spot if you're looking to get away from the craziness on the pool deck or in Spectrum.

Majesty of the Seas Outside Recreation

Pools

There are two pools on the main pool deck (Deck 11), one adult and one for children, with plenty of rows of loungers around both.

One of the biggest features added during the 2016 dry dock is the kiddies' splash pool area, Splashaway Bay. The actual pool is now a little smaller to accommodate the water park, which includes a tiny slide, a tunnel slide, water cannons, a drench bucket and lots of brightly colored fixtures on which to climb and hide. There were lifeguards present throughout the day. The refit also saw two new hot tubs installed, in addition to the two existing ones, on a raised area right beside the splash zone.

Recreation

When Majesty of the Seas first launched it introduced one of the first climbing walls at sea -- now a regular fixture across the Royal Caribbean fleet. The one here is situated at the aft of the ship high up on Deck 12, against the funnel. At 35 feet, it's not quite as large as those on other Royal Caribbean ships. The rock wall on Allure of the Seas, for example, is 43 feet.

Below you will find the sports deck, where you can take part in soccer shootouts, basketball and table tennis, among other games.

Recreational fun isn't just limited to the ship, beach activities at CocoCay include a volleyball competition and line dancing.

Sun Decks

The sun deck is on Deck 12, overlooking the main pool deck.

Majesty of the Seas Services

The heart of the ship is on Deck 4, which was also refurbished in 2016, with new fixtures and fittings as well as the installation of a "Voom Desk" beside Guest Services. Voom is Royal Caribbean's high-speed internet -- available anywhere in the ship. Prices are by device/day and start at $12.99 (surf) and $17.99 (surf and stream) for a single device; the best value is $9.99 per device, when purchasing for four devices at the same time for the surf package or $13.99 per device for surf and stream for four devices. These prices also apply to the small internet cafe adjacent to the Voom desk, where you can also print for free. Opposite the internet cafe is the shore excursions desk and the future cruise desk. There is also an ATM here.

The library, which is on Deck 7, was moved from the main Reception area following the refit, which means it's pretty quiet. The book selection is pretty limited. Fun fact: Here and the internet area are the only two places we found pictures of Queen Sonja of Norway, the ship's godmother. 

Deck 5 is peculiar; it's a half deck requiring just one flight of stairs to reach, rather than the usual two. It's mostly given over to shops and Starbucks, though the entrance to the theater is at the opposite end of the deck. You'll find a logo shop, designer watches, perfumes, duty free and essentials. Every day you will find sales going on in the central area here, tables piled high with jewelry, handbags and clothes and a shop employee urging you to buy whatever the special is. The Photo Shop is also here (the Photo Gallery is a deck below).

There is a conference center on Deck 7. 

We don't usually review ships' public restrooms, but they were so gorgeous that we had to point them out. They have a Zen quality with mahogany stained cabinets and bamboo-colored walls; big, white, square sinks with tall stainless-steel faucets; and earth-toned tile backsplashes. Even the lighting -- with a low-wattage overhead and mirrors that light up -- was calming.

Majesty of the Seas Spa & Fitness

Spa

The Vitality Spa and beauty salon on Deck 9 operated by Steiner Leisure with Elemis products (a brand of the ubiquitous Steiner Leisure, which operates many cruise lines' spas) is glossy and inviting. An interactive program allows passengers to analyze their skin types and choose recommended beauty products. There are a total of 10 treatment rooms, as well as a relaxation room serving tea, coffee and water. Expect a wide offering of head-to-toe services, from teeth whitening to pedicures. Treatments are on the pricy side -- expect to pay $149 for a 50-minute massage (not including 18 percent gratuity on top). Teens and kids have their own spa menu, too, including something called an ice cream mani/pedi.

There are special offers throughout the cruise, look out for flyers and ads in the Daily Compass.

Sauna and steam rooms are complimentary to all passengers. 

Fitness

Adjacent to the spa is the ShipShape fitness facility, which offers a complete line of Life Extension machines, treadmills and free weights, along with a space for mats in front of a row of mirrors.

Majesty offers fitness activities like Pilates and spinning classes for a $12 fee, but early morning fitness offerings under the Vitality moniker are complimentary. These include stretch and abs programs.

There are also yoga classes both on the ship and on the beach at CocoCay for a $15 fee. 

The fitness center also offers a Body Sculpt Boot camp for $69 for two 30-minute sessions; a metabolism test and a personal trainer ($85 for 60 minutes); as well as various seminars on weight loss and nutritional advice throughout the day.

The jogging track is on Deck 12, where it shares space with sun loungers.

Majesty of the Seas For Kids

Royal has some of the best kids' programming at sea, and Majesty is no exception with a packed program of activities on every day of its short sailings.

Families are invited to the facility on the day they arrive to register their child and get him or her fitted with a wrist band.

Adventure Ocean programming is divided by age into four groups: Aquanauts (3 to 5), Explorers (6 to 8), Voyagers (9 to 11) and a separate Teen program and hang out area.

Royal Babies & Tots (6 months to 3 years), which isn't officially part of the Adventure Ocean kids' program  offers free interactive and developmental activities for parents to participate in with their babies (6 to 18 months) or tots (18 months to 3 years). All activities take place on Deck 10 outside Adventure Ocean, in a light-filled space near the elevators. Typically, these activities are in the mornings from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. for babies and 10:15 to 11 a.m. for tots, then again at 5 p.m. for both groups. 

Adventure Ocean is available at no cost throughout the day and evening, until 10 p.m. Adventure Lunch is held at Sorrento's Pizza from noon to 1 p.m. during port days. Adventure Dining, from about 5 to 7 p.m., offers children the chance to dine with Adventure Ocean staff at Windjammer Cafe. Pre-registration for dinner the day of is recommended, as space is limited. Adventure Ocean Late Night is held from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and it incurs a fee of $7 per hour, per child. 

Private babysitting is only available to children aged 1 year or older, at a rate of $19 per hour for up to three children. 

There are also lots of family activities, such as family storytelling for the younger kids, a family disco and even family karaoke, which takes place in Spectrum.

Kids

Most of the activities take place in Adventure Ocean on Deck 10 at the aft of the ship (directly below the Sports Court). All children have to be signed in and out by a parent. Adventure Ocean is awash in primary colors and lots of natural light. It has been divided into separate rooms, each with its own toilets and wash areas, and all have areas for different activities, such as a coloring station where you can color in books -- or on the walls. There's also a game room, small internet cafe, dance floor, library and a cinema, plus several seating areas. Pets at Sea is an onboard experience akin to Build-a-Bear that allows children to create their own stuffed animals, complete with outfits, from $32.95. 

Aquanauts, ages 3 to 5, have a lovely large light-filled room and enjoy a whole load of age-appropriate games and toys including Rubik's Cubes, hula hoops, a dance floor area, a little play castle, a library and lots of arts and crafts for creative play. Daily activities might include drawing, storytelling and simple science.

Explorers, ages 6 to 8, have a huge space in which to play, again with lots of natural lights. There are TV monitors and age-appropriate video games, a library, clay making, arts and crafts and a coloring corner. Explorers do similar games as the younger kids, as well as science and painting, and competitions like Boys vs Girls.

Voyagers, ages 9 to 11, have yet another generous space, again with age-appropriate toys, TVs and video games and a sound system. The Voyagers' program includes games such as dodgeball and sprints; as well as science experiments and face painting.

Teens

Tweens and teens (ages 12 to 17) have Fuel Nightclub and a hangout lounge called the Living Room away from the younger children's area on Deck 11, right beside the basketball court. The Living Room is small but features a cartoonish orange, purple and red couch with a huge plasma-screen TV. Fuel is funky, with a DJ booth, dance floor, pizza and soda bar, plasma TV and many seating arrangements around the dance floor. It's open from noon to 5 p.m. port days, with teen activities from about 8 until 11 p.m. Teens can enter these two rooms separately or wander between them, as they are connected. They are free to come and go as they please during any activity.

On our voyage, we never saw older children in this area -- they all seemed to hang in the 24-hour Challengers arcade at night, on Decks 10 and 11 aft. Happy hours are offered at the arcade with half-price games during different portions of your cruise, so check the daily schedule. Teens also have glow in the dark parties, warehouse parties and prom night. The counselors organize sports activities, too, but no one is obliged to participate.

Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas Information

Additional Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas Information

Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas Details
  • Crew: 912
  • Launched: 1992
  • Decks: 12
  • Passengers: 2,350
  • Registry: Bahamas
  • CDC Score: 97

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