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  1. My family wants to take another cruise. Disney has priced us out and the kids are now 16 & 18, so definitely not worth it. Probably going to go in early June or late May. We live in Kansas and I want to save my airline miles for another trip to Europe and if we add $2000 to the cruise for flights, it will end up being more than I want to spend for this trip. So with that being said, we are likely to go on the Liberty (for the 3rd time) out of Galveston. I am intrigued by going out of New Orleans. We could handle that additional drive. The cruise is less expensive by quite a bit and we get ports we have never been to. Would love to go to the private island. But after starting to do a bit of research, I don't think we would be happy on that ship. On the Liberty, my wife and I have gotten the drink package and enjoyed a couple drinks by the pool during the day, but loved the nightlife options on the Liberty. It just doesn't seem like there will be that many options on the Majesty. My son loves the slides, playing basketball, and hanging out with kids his age. My daughter will be 18 for the first time and not sure what she will enjoy doing as she will be too old for the youth activities and too young to drink. (She wouldn't drink if she could - we went to Ireland two months ago and she was legal there and refused to try anything.) So before I completely give up on the Majesty, I thought I would come here to see if anybody had experiences that may convince me we would enjoy a week on it over the Liberty. The new ports (private island and Floriday Keys) are a bonus, the extra drive is a negative. If the ships were equal, we would go to New Orleans in a heartbeat for the new ports.
  2. I am currently sailing on the Majesty of the Seas, and decided to share some of my observations about Majesty's "quirks".
  3. Fresh of the Empress with a night in a hotel in between I'm ready and pumped for my next cruise. Did I mention... IT'S CRUISE DAY! This five night Majesty of Seas cruise was necessary. I needed something to justify the airfare to Empress so this side-to-side was the perfect solution. Itinerary Ft. Lauderdale Nassau Perfect Day at CocoCay Sea Day Key West Ft. Lauderdale I love Empress but this way I'm upgrading to a much larger ship! I originally booked a number of Empress and Majesty sailings when the Cuba cancellations were forced upon the industry. I feared Royal might move these ships out of the fleet. My plan was to take lots of pictures and document this legacy class of ship that were the foundation of so much that became even much more on later ships. It was because of the success of ships like this that Royal has become what it is today. Success breeds success. As it turns out they aren't moving these ships out to pasture just yet plus I get to sail on some of the best (small) ships in the fleet! That's a win-win. To be fair I split my time between Empress (3 bookings) and Majesty (3 bookings). I already had some fall bookings that were bucket list type cruises so I had push some my Majesty cruises into October but that's okay, she'll be here waiting for me. When you stay in a hotel and pay for things like meals and drinks you quickly appreciate the value that cruising represents. Spoiler alert - the view out my hotel window never changed and I woke up right where I was the day before. #boring Cabin this time is an Ocean View on deck 4.
  4. Hello all could anyone please tell me where the smoking areas are on majesty of the seas ? Thanks
  5. Just a heads up for those looking for points to move up.. Majesty of the Seas has some great prices for seven night cruises out of New Orleans. The ship is being moved off the Cuba run and will be new to New Orleans. I know it is older but the price for two( Feb. 8th, 2020) in a superior ocean view is around $1000 with port fees and taxes. If you can deal with a smaller cabin it is even less.
  6. Recently returned from a five day Majesty of the Seas cruise out of Ft Lauderdale. This was originally scheduled to be a Cuba cruised, but was changed to a Cozumel and Costa Maya cruise. We made the booking after the change, figuring RCCL would be trying fill cabins due to people cancelling. We enjoyed the cruise. The itinerary was... Ft Lauderdale Sea day Cozumel Costa Maya Sea day Ft Lauderdale Follow-up posts will be the Cruise Compasses, kid/teenager "compasses" and some odds and ends.
  7. We have booked our first Royal Caribbean cruise to celebrate our 25th anniversary. I have a question about the power outlets in the cabins. How many plugs are there and where are they located? I have looked at youtube videos and pics but am not able to see the outlets. For you past Majesty guests, please help me out. Thanks! Oh, I am in an inside cabin on deck six.
  8. I am curious about the JS on this ship - it appears that all the 'regular' balcony cabins are called Jr Suites and located under the pool deck -- which I normally avoid. Has anyone been in a JS on this ship and can tell me the best location for less noise in the wee hours? Thank you so much for your help.
  9. Would this be a fun enough ship for teens ages 14 and 17 to sale on for Seven Nights with parents? What is there for them to do? We would have 3 Ports of Call and 3 full days at sea. They have not cruised before. What activities do they have for them besides the pool and climbing wall.
  10. Let me start this by saying that I am not posting for people to tell me that I should NOT book a cruise on this old ship. We have about 30 family members that want to save on airfare and just drive to the Port of New Orleans to get on a ship. We are all tired of the Western Caribbean ports (sorry, Cozumel lovers), and RCCL happens to have a Key West/Nassau/CocoCay itinerary available on a date that works for all of us. So . . . Majesty of the Seas is it. To my knowledge, no one in our group has ever sailed on this ship before. We have looked at the deck layouts, and, for the most part, will be booking the cheaper inside cabins. It really looks like most decks should be fine, but we are leaning toward decks 4 and 6. Anything we need to keep in mind with those two decks? Sign me "newbie to RCCL,"
  11. Sailing next week. First time on this ship. Have been on several other RCI.
  12. We will be sailing on Majesty of the Seas for a 5 night cruise and would like to book a Junior or Grand Suite. However, all of these suites are below the Lido deck which can be noisy; pool, hot tubs, Lido dining room, etc. Can anyone recommend a quiet suite to us on this deck? Thank you.
  13. Can any recent Diamond Plus cruisers confirm if there is a special section in the Dinning Room for breakfast for Diamonds?
  14. My sister and I are sailing together in the same cabin on the Majesty in November. She is a Diamond member; I am Platinum. I know that the Diamond and above folks are accommodated in the front part of the VCL from 4:30-8. Even though I am not a Diamond member, will I be able to go there with her since we are cabinmates? I do have the drinks package, but I don't know if that would make a difference. Thank you.
  15. Just got back from an excellent trip on the Majesty of the Seas. I live about an hour north of Tampa so I drove over to Palm Beach two days before to go see the Flagler Museum which was very cool. It was Sunday and Worth Ave. was all shut down but it was nice there were no cars/no traffic. I mainly wanted to see the cute little Italian style squares they have there. Got some great pictures then wrapped it up it was soooo hot Day one: Arrived at Port Everglades around 12:30 there was a line to check in but not bad. I was originally booked in cabin 6030 category 3N(ocean view no obstruction) RCL called me a week before the cruise and asked me to change cabins, since I was going solo and my cabin was a “quad” and could hold four people they wanted me to switch. I said I would and choose cabin 9006 category 2M(much bigger) with an obstructed view, I asked her what else can you do for me since I'm giving up my view she said we can give you a $100 OBC. My cabin was very spacious 157 sq. ft. lots of storage, carpet in the cabin and the hallway was old and not very pretty but the carpet in the other areas of the ship was new and pretty. My window was large and there was a life boat under my window but I could see the ocean. No problems with the toilet, shower had good pressure, bed was very firm, requested soft pillows and Cheryl my steward brought them. Had lunch that day at the busy buffet, had beef tips, mashed potatoes and a salad all very good. I normally walk around and get a feel for the ship where things are etc. I had the early dining time, made friends with some ladies on Facebook and we made arrangements to be seated together. Went to dinner in the MDR had escargot(so so) french onion soup(very good) short ribs(full of fat) vegetables(so so) chocolate cake(so so) ice cream(very good) **Atrium** **Schooner Bar** Day 2- Nassau Decided to go with Stuart's Cove snorkeling they picked me up right outside the terminal and were on time. Their office is 45 mins. away on the other side of the island, we stopped at several resorts and picked up more people. Got to their location it was raining but no thunder and went out to the first stop. I'm a snorkel snob, I've snorkeled in Maui twice and now I'm spoiled. Unfortunately the reef is dead around Nassau or where they took us which was Elvis Reef and Hollywood Reef, the first stop Elvis reef is very dead, the second stop was Hollywood Reef which was better but still struggling. There were a lot of fish though. Third stop was snorkeling with the sharks, the waves were very big they had us hold onto to a rope tied to the boat with both hands and told us not to kick our fins, hold still. They had a bucket in the water to attract the sharks and there were several down there swimming around. Very cool. Got back to their office they have a gift shop and snack shop. We had to wait for the buses and I just happened to get on the last bus at 1:15. Was going to walk around Nassau for a little while but it was lightly raining so I just went back to the ship and has lunch at the buffet. I think I had a delicious hot dog with chili, french fries(so so), cookie. In the MDR this night I had Lobster Bisque just ok, shrimp cocktail very good, seafood linguine very good, carrot cake cake also very good. **Sharks**
  16. Just off the Majesty this morning... Here are my thoughts! First, when rooms open at 1:00, double check you are in the correct stateroom BEFORE you start unpacking Yes, the ship is small, but some people still had problems navigating! Yes, the staff is AMAZING!!! The ship's condition was average. I didn't see paint peeling, mold or obvious signs of wear and tear. Deck 8, cabins 8516 and 8520 had zero problems with air, bathroom, smells, etc. The water pressure was a little weak, and the air conditioning was never TOO COLD but everything was average, no complaints! The cabins are small. Fine for 2 people, I would have struggled with 3 adults. Minimal storage space, but for a 4 night cruise, we had no problems. There IS storage space behind the vanity mirrors, and of course, under the bed. Shelves, safe and plenty of hangers in the closet. Full length mirror on door, 2 wall hooks and a drying line across the shower stall. Body wash/shampoo/conditioner mix provided in the shower, as well as a hair dryer in the vanity drawer. Shower Curtains were cloth and NOT the kind that hug you while showering! Food is all personal. I am a vegetarian, and managed to always find something tasty. Let's be honest, if "restaurant rccl" was on land, I probably wouldn't go, but while cruising, the options were plentiful and it did the job. Entertainment was good. The shows were typical old school cruise shows. The singers and dancers were very good. The comedians were funny. BINGO ... complete rip off They promote the "packages" but you can buy the sheets without the "extras", and make out much better! It cost $96 for 2 packages + 1 pkg free. If we just bought the sheets, I think it would have been just $75. Oh, and that was for just 1 round of bingo Casino was good to me. I went once, played about 4 spins and came out 5xs ahead of my investment! Was smart enough to walk away and not return! Then had my husband cash in the voucher so i wouldn't be tempted to give it back! The pools are small. On day 1 and the sea day they were literally filled shoulder to shoulder with people... It was "people soup" at its finest! . on the mornings of port days, we had the pools to ourselves. Plan accordingly, people!!! Boarding was a breeze! We arrived at about 10:00 and through check in within 10 minutes. Waited a bit then were on board in no time! Debarkation was equally fast! We walked off at 7:30, through customs (they do not participate in mobile passport at port everglades), waited about 15 minutes for an UBER, checked in at FLL and waiting for our flight by 8:30. If only the weather had cooperated that day. Our scheduled flight was delayed multiple times due to severe lightning storms. What we had expected to be a 6 hour trip with plane change turned into a 12.5 hour trip with 4 hours spent on the tarmac! Those are the highlights! Being loyal to royal, almost Diamond ➕ members, who usually prefer to travel on the big ships, my companions and I agreed that we would happily sail the Majesty again! If anyone has any specific questions, I will try to answer them! Happy sailing!!!
  17. Where does the Diamond Club happy hour take place on Majesty? We were on Radiance in February and every night the entire Viking Crown Lounge was reserved for Diamond members. Does anyone know if that is the case on Majesty?
  18. We were on the Majesty of the Seas August 10th thru August 14th, Key West /Nassau as our ports of call. We flew in the morning of the 10th. From Ft Lauderdale Airport, we took an Uber ($13.08) to the ship and arrived around 11:15. Check in was painless and there was no wait as we walked right on the ship. First Impressions of the ship were somewhat disappointing. This was our third time on the Majesty, 2005, 2012. We had forgotten things about the small ships, like the low ceilings and the smallest rooms at sea. We had an inside and it was TINY. The ship showed some obvious wear and tear throughout. But this was our vacation and we decided that we would be positive. It’s amazing what keeping positive can do, because after the first initial impression, we never really noticed these minor issues. For anyone who expects a partial refund, the letter was on our bed the first day at sea. FOOD and DRINK: We had the drink package and thoroughly enjoyed it. The drinks were well made with lots of alcohol. We never had an issue at any of the bars getting served quickly. Each morning we got our coffee from the International Café, they had Starbucks. The line here could get long, but we were there by 730 and had no wait at all. We had Anytime dining and ate in the Main dining room each evening between 530 and 600. The food was very good. There was only one night that I didn’t like the item I ordered. The wait staff was fantastic. They were very friendly and went out of their way to make our dining experience pleasurable. We ate in the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch. We are early birds and were up and around by 730. We were always able to find a table to sit at for both breakfast and lunch and we had no trouble finding items on the buffet that we enjoyed. The staff here in the Windjammer always had a smile on their face and a friendly word. ENTERTAINMENT: Each evening we would watch the main shows. We weren’t expecting a lot and went to the shows with the thought that if we did not enjoy them we would just leave. Once again we kept an open mind and we found them enjoyable and always ended up staying for the whole show. The comedians were entertaining and provided some good laughs. We did not spend much time listening to any of the music in the centrum or on deck, so I can’t comment on them. We spent some time in the Casino, winning a little and losing a little. Ultimately we walked away a little lighter, but we had a good time. The table dealers were friendly and the bar staff was always around. The Casino is pretty small, but there were plenty of slot games to play. PORTS OF CALL: After Cuba being nixed on this cruise and us deciding to continue on, we made the decision to just relax and enjoy not being at work. Since we had visited both of the scheduled ports of call, we made no plans and just woke up each day to decide what we would do. Key West was a great place to just walk on your own. We had been here a couple of times before, but had never taken the opportunity to visit the Hemingway House Museum. It was very enjoyable. There is a guided tour with lots of information about Hemingway and his life. Nassau Bahamas is another port we have been to many times and our least favorite. We wanted to get off the ship for a little, so we took a cab to Atlantis and spent a couple hours walking around. Then back to the ship for some lunch and more “relaxing” DISEMBARKMENT: This was a breeze. We planned on staying an additional night at Margaritaville on Hollywood beach, so we took our time getting around the last morning. We had been assigned number 7 and our waiting area was Boleros lounge (several other numbers also had this lounge). The numbers were called quickly and when we got to Boleros to begin the “waiting” we found it almost empty (10 other people are all we saw). They had water, coffee and juice set up in the lounge. Our wait lasted only about 15 minutes and then our number was called. We made our way down to the line to leave which went quickly. We were off the ship and in a cab to Margaritaville by 815. NOTE: Information for those who thought they were going to take an UBER from the port. We were told by the UBER driver who took us to the ship the first day, that since the shooting in Walmart the week prior, security had tightened up. He told us that no UBER driver would be allowed in the port area unless they were dropping off a passenger. With this in mind, he warned us that we would not be able to order an UBER to pick us up and he suggested we take a Taxi after leaving the ship (a ridiculous $35.00). OVERALL TRIP SUMMARY: We had a great time. The staff went out of their way to make the trip enjoyable. We had a conversation with a couple of the staff who pointed out that it has been difficult for them since the cancellation of Cuba. It seems that there have been many disappointed guest who get on the ship disgruntled. We did not have any contact with people who didn’t appear to be enjoying themselves. One thing we did notice was there were a lot of “20 something” age groups. We assumed this was because of the people who bailed and the cheap prices offered after. For us, it was a very relaxing vacation. We were prepared to “just make do” and ended up pleasantly surprised. We enjoyed the food, the drink and the entertainment.
  19. I had read that the Carnival Fantasy got one of the lowest scores ever...a 77! I am sailing on the Majesty in November, so I looked it up. It received an overall CDC score of 82 when it was inspected for food and sanitation in early July of this year. Anything under 85 is very substandard. The other RCI ships were fine. The Brillance even got a perfect 100. Now, I am skeeved out about the Majesty. The report is available on line and it was pretty sickening. Basic sanitation and food storage practices look to have been teribly neglected. . I hope to heaven that it is addressed promptly and completely before our cruise. Egads!
  20. Hi cruisers! I'm trying to get a sense of what "obstructed view" really means on Deck 8 of Majesty of the Seas. Looks like cabin 8558 is our only choice. We're not planning to spend a ton of time just gazing out the window, but we'd definitely like to be able to see what's going on when we wake up in the morning! Thanks!
  21. Just returned Sunday from 5 nights on Majesty of the Seas visiting Key West and overnight in Havana. We did a car tour with Havana Cars and RC excursion to the La Zorra y el Cuervo jazz club. It was an incredible trip! I didn’t see many posts about Majesty when I was researching our trip so I thought I would try to help future Majesty cruisers! Any questions???
  22. I'm planning our family's first cruise, and my 70 year-old father-in-law is obsessed with pickleball. Does anyone know if the ship happens to offer this regularly? I see online that they have a basketball court, but since pickleball is "the fastest growing sport in America", as he tells us all the time, I thought they might have jumped on the bandwagon.
  23. Good Morning New Orleans is getting a ship year round!! Would anyone that has sailed the Majesty Of The Seas lately please tell me about her. Thank you for your help!!! https://www.fox8live.com/2019/07/17/royal-caribbean-announces-year-round-cruises-port-new-orleans/
  24. Where is the Diamond Lounge located on Majesty? I can't locate it on the deck plans.
  25. How early are excursions usually available to book? I was hoping to get an idea of our options for June 2020, but no luck. I also could not see prices for the beverage packages, or the internet packages. Hard to budget for those extra expenses, RCCL.
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