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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 1992 Age Restrictions: One person in each
Year Refurbished: 2004 room must be 21 years old or older
Previous Name: Royal Majesty Seating Assignments: Freestyle Dining
Guest Occupancy: 1,462 Dining Hours: 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Crew: 661 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 40,876 tons Bars/Lounges: 9
Length: 680 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 89 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 20 knots Swimming Pools: 2
Decks: 11 Hot Tubs: 2
Ship's Registry: Bahamas Bowling Alley: No
Casino: Yes Rock Climbing Wall: No
Show Room: Yes Ice Skating Rink: No
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Yes

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Overview
Norwegian Majesty is one of the oldest ships in the (young) NCL fleet. Because of this, she was not originally built with NCL's Freestyle Cruising concept in mind. She's a small ship, relative to the rest of the NCL fleet, and features less dining choices than the majority of the NCL ships. Besides what this cruise ship is lacking compared to its family members, there are several very nice features onboard. For example, there are six international restaurants, nine bars and lounges, a casino, a fitness center, a Broadway-style theatre, and more. Another major plus is that NCL offers very good pricing for most of her cruises.

NCL has announced that Norwegian Majesty will be departing their fleet after her 2009 cruises are completed.



Destinations & Itineraries
Norwegian Majesty will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2009: Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada & New England



Staterooms
Norwegian Majesty does not feature as wide of an array of stateroom types as the newer Norwegian ships; however, there is a decent range of accommodations available. Please be aware that not all rooms onboard Norwegian Majesty have a refrigerator, and none of the rooms have a balcony.

Interior Staterooms:
The interior staterooms onboard Norwegian Majesty range from a category N (a standard interior stateroom, located on the lowest passenger deck of the ship) all the way up to a category II (a superior interior stateroom, located higher on the ship). All of her interior staterooms have two lower beds (that can be converted to a queen-size bed), a TV, a sitting area, and a bathroom with a vanity and shower. The categories in between the N and II (in order of usual price increase) include M, L, K, KK, J, JJ, and I). The most basic difference between the categories are their location on the ship.

Oceanview Staterooms: Norwegian Majesty's oceanview staterooms are very similar to the interior staterooms, besides the fact that they feature a window of some sort (either a porthole, obstructed view, picture window, or floor-to-ceiling window). The category H's are the least premium, as they have a picture window and are located on the lower passenger decks of the ship. The category G's and GG's have an obstructed (the G's) or partially obstructed view (the GG's). The most premium oceanview rooms are the category CC Superior Oceanview Staterooms. These rooms feature a picture window (some with view obstructions).

Balcony Staterooms: There are no balcony staterooms onboard Norwegian Majesty.

Suites:
There are not many suite categories onboard this ship, relative to the rest of the NCL fleet. There are only two types of suites available onboard Norwegian Majesty, Suites (category AB) and Owner's Suites (category AA). The Suites have a bedroom with two lower beds or double bed, a floor-to-ceiling or large picture window, a refrigerator, a VCR, a tub and shower, and concierge service. Some Suites have a partially obstructed view. The Owner's Suites have a living room, dining area, a separate bedroom with two lower beds, floor-to-ceiling bay windows, a refrigerator, a VCR and stereo, a marble bathroom with tub and shower, and concierge service. Please be aware that one of the Owner's Suites (suite 903) has a partially obstructed view.


Dining
All Norwegian Cruise Line ships have an open dining setup (which is one of the main aspects of their Freestyle Cruising format). Open dining means that you can eat where you want, when you want. Norwegian Majesty has six dining venues from which you can choose from, besides the 24-hour room service!

There are two main restaurants onboard Norwegian Majesty, Seven Seas and Four Seasons. Both of these dining rooms are located on deck 5 and offer the same five-course menu, which changes each night of the cruise. Seven Seas is a grand dining room with high ceilings and relaxing color tones, while Four Seasons is an expansive dining room with an amazing view of the ocean. Dinner is served from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

Pasta Cafe, located on deck 9, offers impressive views and Italian cuisine in an intimate setting. Piazza San Marco (on deck 10) is open 23-hours a day and serves pizza, burgers, and other fast foods. Cafe Royale is located on deck 10, and is Norwegian Majesty's buffet area. This indoor/outdoor buffet offers a wide range of international dining choices, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

There is only one specialty restaurant onboard Norwegian Majesty, Le Bistro. It is a French restaurant, featuring a very nice menu. The standard per person cover charge for this restaurant is $15. However, there are options to increase the fee. For example, for an additional $5 per person you can have the Surf 'N Turf. Reservations are highly recommended for Le Bistro, as it is quite popular and can book up quickly. Dining reservations cannot be made prior to your cruise. You can make a reservation 24 hours prior ot the day you want to dine, unless you have a balcony or higher (in which case you can make a reservation within 48 hours). Be sure to make reservations at least the night before you want to dine, to help ensure that the time you want to dine at will be available for you.



Onboard Features
There are tons of activities to participate in, and lots of places to go, onboard Norwegian Majesty. There's really something for everyone.

For the health-minded and sport-loving guests, there is a jogging/walking track (on deck 7), the Bodywaves Fitness Center (also on deck 7), two swimming pools (one large pool and the children's splash pool), and two hot tubs.

Since there are no balcony staterooms onboard Norwegian Majesty, the outside decks are very popular. If you have a few people in your party be sure to get to the deck early on a nice day if you want to get a few lounge chairs in an ideal spot near the pool.

The Mandara Spa is a very popular choice among the guests of Norwegian Majesty. It's located on deck 7 and has a full-service staff that is ready to pamper you.

The Palace Theatre is this ship's Broadway and Vegas-style show theatre. Significantly smaller than the show theatres on most other NCL ships, It's located on deck 6 and can accommodate up to 590. Nearby is the Monte Carlo Casino, featuring 158 slot machines, Craps, Roulette, Blackjack, and various card tables.

Are you a shopper? Well, the Galleria Shops are located on deck 5 and feature a full range of items for purchase. For example, you can buy jewelry, makeup, perfume, clothes, memorabilia, duty-free alcohol, snacks, and more.

There is a boardroom on Norwegian Majesty. It accommodates up to 16 people and is located on deck 5. The internet cafe is located on deck 5, and is a great way to stay in touch with those at home (since the internet charges are MUCH cheaper than the phone charges). The well-stocked Library & Game Room is on deck 5.



Dress Code and Attire
Because of the Freestyle Cruising concept, the dress code is not very strict or formal on a Norwegian Cruise - it is actually quite casual, relative to other cruise lines. As far as dining goes, casual attire is preferred during the day. Examples of casual attire are: khakis, skirts, jeans, casual tops, and shorts. At the buffet and outdoor dining venues, swimwear with a cover-up is just fine.

During dinner a collared shirt and pants (or nice jeans) is fine for men. For women slacks, jeans, dresses, skirts, and tops are fine. If you'd like to dress up for dinner and wear something more formal or glamorous that is OK too, as on most NCL cruises there is usually at least one night were many people will do so (known as the "Captain's Night" or "Formal Night"). For kids 12 and under, shorts are OK in all of the restaurants.



Children Programs
NCL's children's program is called the Kids Crew. The Kids Crew program is run by NCL's Youth Staff and is free of charge (of course, gratuities are appreciated by the staff). Each staff member is CPR and First Aid certified. The Kids Crew program features complimentary activities that are scheduled throughout each day of your cruise. Examples of these activities are painting, pajama parties, pizza making, and shows. A parent or guardian is required to initially register 2-17 year olds for this program. Children are assigned to groups, based on age (Juniors = 2-5 years old, First Mates = 6-9 years old, Navigators = 10-12 years old, and Teens = 13-17 years old). Kids under 13 may not sign themselves out. There is not a one-on-one care program available in the Youth Program.

There is group-sitting available for kids. The "Late Night Party Zone" and "Port Play" are both programs for kids 2-12 years of age. The "Port Play" program is run from 9 am to 5 pm and is for parents that want to go on shore excursions alone, leaving their kids in the hands of qualified professionals. The "Late Night Party Zone" is available from 10 pm to 1 am. The cost of these two programs is $5 per hour, per child, and $3 per hour for each additional sibling in the same family. These charges are applied to your onboard expense account.

There is also a Teen Program available onboard Norwegian Majesty. This program is for those that are 13-17 years of age. This program is a great way for teens to meet and have fun.

As far as facilities for children go, there is a children's splash pool and Kid's Korner located aft on the Norway deck. There's also a video arcade on the Atlantic deck.



Tipping and Gratuities
NCL charges a fixed fee for what they call service charges. This fee is $10 per person, per day and is charged to your onboard expense account. Children 3-12 will only be charged a $5 per person, per day fee. There is no charge for children under 3 years of age. If while on your cruise you find that these fees are more than you'd like to pay (or if you are very unhappy with the service you've been provided with by the staff), you can adjust the service charge fees to the level you prefer (as long as you do so before you leave the ship). NCL does not consider this service charge to be the same thing as a gratuity or tip. NCL states that they do not auto-charge you for gratuities (even though the service charge does seem to be a similar fee).

If you find a few staff members that really stand out and make your vacation more enjoyable, NCL's staff is allowed to accept cash gratuities. The recommended gratuity for guests purchasing bar beverages is 15%. For those purchasing spa treatments, NCL recommends a gratuity of 18%.


Alcohol Policy
The official legal drinking age on a Norwegian cruise is 21 years of age. However, guests that are 18 to 20 years old with written consent from their parents or guardian are allowed to purchase beer and wine when the ship is sailing in international waters (except in Alaska & Hawaii, where you must be 21 years old to do so).


Gambling Policy
The minimum gambling age on all NCL cruise ships in 18 years of age. A valid photo ID may be required, so be sure to have one with you while in the casino. Please be aware that onboard casinos are closed on NCL ships while sailing in Hawaii.


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