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Majesty of the Seas

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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 1992 Age Restrictions: One person in each
Year Refurbished: 2007 room must be 21 years old or older
Previous Name: N/A Seating Assignments: Assigned or My Time
Guest Occupancy: 2,744 Dining Hours: 6:15 pm or 8:30 pm
Crew: 827 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 73,941 tons Bars/Lounges: 9
Length: 880 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 106 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 19 knots Swimming Pools: 2
Decks: 12 Hot Tubs: 2
Ship's Registry: Bahamas Bowling Alley: No
Casino: Yes Rock Climbing Wall: Yes
Show Room: Yes Ice Skating Rink: No
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Yes

Majesty of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean's Sovereign Class ships. This means that she's the sister ship of the Monarch of the Seas. The Sovereign Class family of ships is the oldest class of ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet. In fact, they were among the first mega-ships in the cruising industry.

Although Majesty is not one of the youngest ships in the fleet, Royal Caribbean has updated her throughout the years. In fact, she was completely renovated in January of 2007. Upgrades include refurbished staterooms (including the addition of flat-screen TVs to all rooms), a new fitness center and day spa, new lounges, new dining options (such as Johnny Rockets and Sorrento's Pizza) and new discos. Because of these upgrades, Majesty does feature some of the more modern amenities available at sea.

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

2012 & 2013: Bahamas (sailing round trip from Miami, FL)

There are a wide array of stateroom types onboard Majesty of the Seas. Rooms range from basic interior staterooms all the way up to a 670 square foot suite. All Royal Caribbean staterooms onboard Majesty come with a private bathroom, hair dryer, flat-screen TV and phone. In order to have a private balcony as part of your stateroom you must book at least a Junior Suite.

Interior Staterooms:
Besides the standard features listed above, the interior staterooms onboard Majesty of the Seas have two twin beds (that can convert into one queen-size bed), a shower in their bathrooms and room service that is available 24 hours a day. The least premium interior staterooms are the category Q's. The category Q, N, M, L and K rooms (in order of usual price) are all 119 square feet in size (not too spacious).

Ocean View Staterooms: Majesty's ocean view staterooms are larger than her interior staterooms. The standard ocean view staterooms are 122 square feet and feature the same amenities that the interiors do. The standard ocean view categories of Majesty (in order of usual price) are I, H, G, F2 and F1. Superior Ocean View Staterooms (also known as category SO staterooms) are 157 square feet.

Suites: In order to have a balcony onboard Majesty you must book at least a Junior Suite, as there are no non-suite balcony staterooms. The most basic suites onboard Majesty are her Junior Suites (category JS). These rooms have two twin beds (that can convert to a queen-size), sofa bed and a private balcony. The Junior Suites are 173 square feet, with a 74 square foot balcony.

Grand Suites (category GS) are 382 square feet, with a 90 square foot balcony. These suites feature two twin beds (that can convert to a queen-size), a private balcony and a sitting area with a soda bed.

The Royal Family Suite (category FS) is very popular and gets taken quickly, since there's only one. It is 371 square feet, with a 155 square foot balcony. It has two bedrooms (one with a queen-size bed and the other with two twins and a Pullman bed), a living area, two bathrooms, a refrigerator and a private balcony.

The Owner's Suites (category OS) are 446 square feet, with a 129 square foot balcony. They have a queen-size bed, a private balcony, walk-in closets and a large living room.

Majesty of the Seas' one Royal Suite (category RS) is 670 square feet, with a 141 square foot balcony. This suite features a separate living room with a refrigerator and entertainment center, as well as a whirlpool tub.

Royal Caribbean offers a choice between traditional dining (with assigned seating times) or My Time Dining (an open-dining setup). You'll have the same menu regardless of which dining format you choose. When making your reservation you must let the booking agent know which dining setup one you'd like to request. The one you want may be unavailable or on a waitlist. If that's the case, you'll have to wait it out and see if you get the one you want.

Traditional dining is where you must choose between a specific seating time: the main seating (at 6:15 pm) or second seating (at 8:30 pm). With this format, on each night of your cruise you'll dine at the same table, with the same people and same wait staff. One of the nice things about having assigned dining tables is that you get to build a rapport with your waiter, rather than having a different one each night.

My Time Dining allows you to select when you dine and who you dine with. With this flexible dining setup you can choose to dine in the main dining room at any time between 6:00 pm and 9:30 pm on each night of your cruise. If you choose this setup you must pre-pay your gratuities prior to your cruise. With My Time Dining you'll be able to request a specific waiter (subject to availability). You'll be seated with the party you arrive with, and you can request to be seated alone or with other guests. If you select My Time Dining, reservations are recommended to avoid a delay in seating (reservations can be made once you're onboard the ship).

The elegant main dining room spans two stories and is located towards the rear of the ship. Each level of the dining room has a different name (the area on deck 3 is called Moonlight and deck 4 is Starlight). There is a five-course menu that changes each day, with cuisine that is slightly above average for the cruising industry. The menus usually have a theme each night (such as French, Italian, Caribbean, etc).

Located on deck 11 is the Windjammer Cafe, Majesty's buffet. This is a very popular dining option, especially for lunch. The food being served changes on a daily basis, and is constantly being refilled throughout the day. During lunch times you'll find items such as sandwiches, burgers, pizza, fries, buffalo wings, salads, wok-dishes, sushi, desserts, and more. You can also go there at dinner time (instead of to one of the restaurants) for a more casual setting, with the same basic menu as the main restaurant.

You can find other dining options on deck 12, the highest deck onboard Majesty of the Seas. Forward on this deck you'll find Johnny Rockets (a 50's-style burger joint that has a $3.95 per person cover charge), Sorrento's (a pizza place) and the Compass Deli.

Don't forget that 24 hour room service is available for all passengers. There is a basic complimentary menu, but it's an excellent option for a late night snack, or for when you're feeling a little lazy and would rather the food come to you. There are a few items on the menu that you can order at an additional cost, such as bar drinks.
A new policy, as of 2009, is that Royal Caribbean will be charging guests $3.95 per room service order placed between 12:00 am and 5:00 am.

Onboard Features
Majesty of the Seas is filled with things to do, and places to relax at, including 9 bars and lounges (such as the popular Latin-themed Boleros Lounge), 2 outdoor whirlpools, 2 outdoor pools and a fun rock-climbing wall.

Like on all Royal Caribbean cruises, there's a great children's program onboard Majesty of the Seas (see below for specific details). Adventure Ocean, the main headquarters of the children's program, is located towards the rear of the ship on deck 10. The teen center is located towards the rear of the ship on deck 11 (near the sports deck).

For those looking for a more active time, the day spa and fitness center is located towards the rear of the ship on deck 9. A wide range of spa treatments are available in the day spa. The average price of a spa manicure is $45, while the average price of a full-body massage is $120 (both costs are subject to change). The fitness center offers a variety of classes, such as kickboxing and yoga. Some classes are available at an additional charge.

When it comes to entertainment, Majesty of the Seas certainly does not disappoint. A Chorus Line Lounge is Majesty's main show lounge (that accommodates up to 1,050 people), where you can see a great show on each night of your cruise.
This two-story lounge, located on decks 5 and 7) features a wide range of shows, such as Broadway-style production shows, comedians, singers, musicians, magicians and acrobats. Casino Royale is Majesty's casino, and is located on deck 5. This casino features over 220 slot machines, as well as various gaming tables (such as Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Let It Ride, Roulette and Craps). It can get especially busy in the evening, after one of the lounge's shows ends.

Those looking to shop should check out the Boutiques of Centrum, located on deck 5. This is a great place to do some duty-free shopping, for popular items including jewelry, clothing, cigarettes, perfume and liquor.

The Guest Relations and Explorations! (shore excursions) desks are both located in the Centrum on deck 4. If you need to check your bill, make a payment, exchange currency or ask a general question the guest relations desk is the place to go. The photo gallery is located mid-ship on deck 3.

Worried about keeping in touch with those back at home? Not a problem! Majesty of the Seas has an internet cafe and feature Wi-Fi (wireless internet) throughout the ship.

Dress Code and Attire
While onboard the ship the following is considered by Royal Caribbean to be typical attire, for indoors or outdoors: shorts, t-shirts, slacks, trousers, casual skirts, blouses, and sundresses. Don't forget to bring bathing suits for the pools and hot tubs. Pretty much, it's casual during the day.

For dinner, there is a certain dress code in place. Depending on the night, there may be a casual, smart casual, or formal dress code recommended. On a Royal Caribbean cruise there will be at least 1 formal night. The number of formal nights on your cruise depends on the length of your cruise. Please be aware that the number of nights are subject to change at the ship's discretion. Formal night clothing is considered to be cocktail dresses for women. For men, suits and ties (or tuxedos) are good. Smart casual is considered dresses or pantsuits for women, and jackets for men.

Here's a general guideline that Royal Caribbean provides for its nightly dining types:
Cruise Length Casual Smart Casual Formal
3-Night 2 0 1
4-Night 3 0 1
5-Night 3 1 1
6-Night 4 0 2
7-Night 4 1 2
8-Night 4 2 2
9-Night 5 2 2
10-Night 6 2 2
11-Night 7 2 2
12-Night 7 3 2 or 3
13-Night 8 2 3
14-Night+ 9 2 3

Children Programs
Royal Caribbean offers babysitting in group settings, and on an individual basis in your stateroom (based on the staff's availability). Children must be at least 1 year old for babysitting services. If you want to have in-stateroom babysitting you must reserve that service at least 24 hours in advance (just call the main desk while onboard, as it cannot be arranged for prior to boarding the ship). The current (subject to change) rate is $8 per hour for one or two children of the same family. It is $10 per hour for three children of the same family.

Adventure Ocean® is Royal Caribbean's youth program. Their program is divided into groups, by age: Aquanauts (3-5 Years), Explorers (6-8 Years), Voyagers (9-11 Years), Navigators (12-14 Years), and Guests (15-17 Years). Every member of the Adventure Ocean® staff has a college degree in education, recreation, or related field and has experience working with children ages 3-17. There is a Teen Center that is open from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am.

Royal Caribbean has Fisher-Price programs for younger children as well: Aqua Babies (6-18 months), and Aqua Tots (18-36 months).

There is a ton of kids and teens facilities on deck 12. For example, there is a video arcade, featuring both old and new games. The Teen Disco is also there; it's a great place for teens to meet, dance, and hang out. Adventure Beach is an area with a kids' pool with child-sized furniture.

Tipping and Gratuities
Royal Caribbean recommends the following gratuity guidelines:
Suite Attendant: $5.75 a day, per guest
Stateroom Attendant: $3.50 a day, per guest
Dining Room Waiter: $3.50 a day, per guest
Assistant Waiter: $2 a day, per guest
Head Waiter: $0.75 a day, per guest

These gratuity rates apply to guests of all ages. Please be aware that a 15% gratuity charge will be automatically added to your bar bills. Gratuities for the room service, casino and spa staff is at your discretion.

You can pay for your gratuities by one of the following ways:
- In cash (at the end of your cruise)
- Having the cruise line add them to your SeaPass (onboard) account
- Pre-paying them (by having your travel or booking agent add them to your reservation)

Alcohol Policy
The official minimum drinking age on all Royal Caribbean cruise ships is 21. However, on cruises departing from European and South American countries, where the legal drinking age is typically under 21, a parent that is sailing with their 18 to 20 year old son(s)/daughter(s) may sign a waiver allowing them to consume alcoholic beverages.

Guests are not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages onboard. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports of call or from the onboard shops will be stored by the ship and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of sailing.

Gambling Policy
The official minimum gambling age on all Royal Caribbean cruise ships is 18 years old. Guests under 18 are not even allowed to be inside the casino. Proof of age is required. On Alaska cruises you must be at least 21 years of age to gamble. All gaming operations are performed in U.S. currency.

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