By Brittany Chrusciel
Cruise Critic Editor
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Dining

  • Nine free and extra-fee dining options, including American-style, pizza and deli options
  • Vegetarian options for each course are always available in the main dining rooms; cruisers with other special dietary requests should contact the cruise line ahead of time
  • Room service is available 24 hours a day at a cost of $7.95 per order.

Food is not great on Majesty. It seems to be more of a necessity sandwiched between drinking, than something to be savored. Dishes are edible at best, with few standouts and a lot of frozen fare. Away from the main dining rooms, the quality is marginally better, with the exception of the Chef's Table, which is outstanding.

There's also not a great deal of choice.

Majesty of the Seas Dining

Moonlight (Deck 3) and Starlight (Deck 4) Restaurants
Meals: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)

Moonlight (Deck 3) and Starlight (Deck 4) are the ship's main dining rooms and were both designed to be functional rather than "wow." The service was consistently excellent: attentive, responsive and fast. Note, however, that there's a fair amount of slightly pushy upselling to chargeable menu items, such as lobster and high-end steaks.

One of the two (usually Starlight) offers open seating at breakfast, providing both a buffet with a granola station and an a la carte menu with eggs done your way.

For lunch on sea days, the restaurant becomes Brasserie 30, an at-sea bistro with a menu featuring slightly upscale salads, burgers and pasta, with one or two meat and fish entrees.

For dinner, passengers can choose between assigned early (6:30 p.m.) or late (9 p.m.) dining or opt for My Time Dining, in which you pick a preferred mealtime (anytime during the assigned settings). Reservations are recommended but can be changed daily. Or, simply walk in when you're hungry.

At dinner, expect a multicourse, banquet-style affair. Each night is themed. A Royal Lifestyle menu offers lighter and healthier items.

Windjammer Cafe (Deck 10):
Meals: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)

Windjammer is the ship's buffet.

Breakfast at the Windjammer features all the usual morning options, as well as tea, coffee and juice available self-serve from dispensers. Lunch is similarly robust, with some counters typically themed by cuisine, such as Mediterranean, Asian and specialties local to the region you're sailing in. The local counter is always fun and the food is spot on. Bahamian night, for instance, offers Royal Caribbean's take on conch.

An eclectic dessert station offers a sweet end to your meal and, at night, a crew member is ready, scoop in hand, to dish out ice cream.

There are two sides to the Windjammer Marketplace, but the forward area consistently has more seating available and nicer ocean views, even during sea days. For a quieter space to dine, try upstairs in the seating area near Sorrento's or Compass Deli.

Compass Deli (Deck 11)
Meals: L

Up a short flight of stairs from Windjammer is Compass Deli, which features hand-pressed paninis and wraps made to order, along with a small salad bar and an array of hot soups and cookies. This is a lovely, little-known spot away from the madding crowds.

Sorrento's Italian Pizza (Deck 11)
Meals: L, D

This pizza counter -- it's not a restaurant -- is almost always open (sometimes until 3 a.m.) for a quick serve-yourself slice. There's always plain and pepperoni, but sometimes you can catch a specialty pie, such as Hawaiian.

Room Service: You'll pay $7.95 per delivery for hot and cold dishes at all times of the day, though certain breakfast items are only available in the morning.

Majesty of the Seas Dining

Pricing was accurate at time of review, but may have changed since.

Chef's Table (Deck 4); $85
Meals: D

The Chef's Table, which is a long, but relaxed six-course dinner for six to eight people, is held in a small room just off the Starlight main dining room. Each course comes with a different wine pairing, while the food is freshly made to order and the chef and sommelier introduce themselves and run you through what they're planning (menus often vary by sailing). Our favorite dish of the evening, a butter poached lobster with cauliflower puree and caviar beurre blanc, was outstanding -- just the right side of indulgent.

Latte-tudes (Deck 5); a la carte, $2 to $9
Meals: Snacks

Actually a branch of Starbucks, you'll find specialty coffees and an array of sweets all with a la carte pricing. Attached to Latte-tudes is 'Onda Gelateria, featuring six to eight tempting flavors of gelato for a fee.

Johnny Rockets (Deck 12); $6.95, plus a la carte drinks and shakes
Meals: L, D

Johnny Rockets, the 1950s-style restaurant chain where hamburgers and milkshakes reign supreme, requires a cover charge but that doesn't include the drinks or shakes. The burgers are delicious.

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