Cruising is one of the most affordable ways for us to vacation. Living in Florida we have 4 ports within a three-hour drive of us making it very convenient to travel to the Caribbean by cruise ship. It has become one of our favorite ways to travel on a budget. On September 26, 2018, we embarked on a 5-night cruise to Havana Cuba and Cozumel Mexico aboard the Majesty of the Seas. This was our second trip aboard the Majesty of the Seas but it was remodeled recently and updated.
Majesty of the Seas Facts
Port of Registry: Nassau
Place Built: St. Nazaire, France
Year Built: 1992
Time Period to Build: 18 months
Maiden Voyage: April 26, 1992
Number of Crew Members: 800+ people
Total Capacity Including Crew: 3700 people
Number of Staterooms: 1193
Maximum Speed: 21.85 miles per hour
Why Do We Cruise with Royal Caribbean?
My husband has been on Disney Cruiseline as well as Carnival but we ultimately chose to Royal Caribbean for our cruising needs. Our first cruise together in 2008 was aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship and we enjoyed the atmosphere. All of the staff have been very friendly. The cruises are affordable (especially as a Florida resident) and there is always something to do. The activities department always has something going on even while in port. You’ll never find a dull moment on the ship. We are never able to fit everything in that we want to do!
While we have looked at other cruise lines we ultimately come back to Royal Caribbean because we are now a part of the Crown and Anchor Society which lends us perks onboard the ship.
What is the food like onboard Majesty of the Seas?
Have you ever been on a cruise? The food is AMAZING and there is never a shortage of it.
We enjoy breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer Cafe. It is Royal Caribbean’s buffet-style dining option. There is a wide variety of foods. When we were sailing into Cuba there was Cuban style cheesecake as well as other Cuban inspired entrees. If you wanted something a bit more traditional there is normally a chicken dish, mashed potatoes, veggies, salad bar etc. Almost anything you can think of is available! Breakfast lends itself to the same variety of foods. From chefs preparing custom order omelets to french toast, bacon, eggs, biscuits & gravy, cereal, fruit – the food just goes on!
The Dining Room
We did try breakfast in the dining room and was highly disappointed. On every cruise, we have been on we did the buffet for breakfast. We were arriving in port midday so we thought we would enjoy a nice sit-down breakfast. It was overcrowded and there was a tiny buffet available. You could order off the menu but there weren’t very many options. The waiter even insisted we go to the buffet rather than ordering from the kitchen. It was the first and last time we sat in the dining room for breakfast.
Each night we enjoyed dinner in the dining room which was a great experience. The menu changed each night but there were a few constants. There was always a steak on the menu and chicken. The seafood dishes rotated and there were other options for beef and chicken as well. The food is presented in a 5-star restaurant style featuring three courses. There is always a handful of appetizers to choose from, then your entree, and you end with a dessert and coffee. The best part – if you didn’t like the dish or wanted a second plate all you had to do was ask! The food is endless and is already included in your bill.
Additional Food & Beverage Destinations
Onboard there is a variety of food destinations that are an additional charge. There is a coffee shop featuring Starbucks coffee as well as Johnny Rockets. We did not use either of these destinations on this trip.
There are a few bars on board as well. The nautically inspired bar is called Schooner Bar. Schooner Bar has a piano with live music each night. There is a Latin-themed club called Boleros. There are salsa dancing lessons and music each night. You also have the Pool Bar if you would like to enjoy your drinks outside. There is never a shortage of drinks on board. If you like to enjoy an adult beverage definitely check out the beverage packages available. If you drink enough it can save you money!
What is there to do onboard at night?
After you are in port all day you want to come back and unwind. Or maybe you want to dance the night away. There are so many options and the activities are plentiful. The Majesty of the Seas features a theater with a different production every night. From singers and dancers to comedians, there is something different each night. You also have activities available in each of the bars I mentioned above like dance classes, trivia, and game shows.
Our favorite is always the productions in the theater. The entertainment never disappoints! Then we spend time in one of the bars or lounges listening to music before heading off to bed.
There is also a casino onboard Majesty of the Seas. The casino is only open while the ship is out of port so be sure to check the availability if you enjoy gambling. My husband enjoys Roulette and the only live tables we have found are on the cruise ships. The local casinos only have Roulette has a machine which is not the same at all! If you are going to spend any amount of time in the casino be sure to set a budget for yourself ahead of time. It is easy to give them your room key and make cash advances without realizing how much you are spending.
Is there anything for kids to do?
There are as many activities for the kids as there are for the adults. The kids have their own section of the ship! We don’t have children so I can’t speak to the activities available I do know from talking to other guests that their kids love the Adventure Ocean. There is also a rock climbing wall on the ship as well as a basketball court, table tennis, a pool etc. if you don’t want to utilize the kids club.
What is included in my stay on a Royal Caribbean Ship?
The price of your cruise vacation includes:
- meals onboard (excluding specialty restaurants)
- select beverages onboard (water, tea, lemonade, coffee)
- Most entertainment onboard
Your cruise compass will tell you if an activity or entertainment as an additional fee associated with it. If you have any questions you can also ask at guest services.
How much will a cruise really cost me?
The cost of the cruise will depend on the time of year you sail. There are peak seasons and an off season. We try to go in the offseason (aka hurricane season). We also take advantage of promotional offers. This cruise offered 50% off the second guest in your stateroom which saved us a few hundred dollars.
Our 5-night Majesty of the Seas cruise cost us about $1,200 total plus the cost of any excursions or additional onboard expenses. This came to $120 per person per day for all lodging, entertainment, and food. You can’t beat that price in my opinion!
There are a few different costs associated with a cruise.
Interior Staterooms are always the cheapest option. They are the smallest room and have no windows. Honestly, you are not in the room all that much so being interior doesn’t bother us too much. It makes a good afternoon nap too!
Ocean View Staterooms are a bit bigger than an interior room (but not by much). You’ll have one window, normally over the bed. They do have blackout curtains which is nice and will cost you a bit more than an interior stateroom.
We had an ocean view stateroom aboard Majesty of the Seas and the room was small but quaint. We had a double bed (or two twins if necessary), desk, closet, and bathroom. It was just enough room for the two of us.
Balcony staterooms are higher on the ship and will have an outdoor seating area. We have not stayed in a balcony room so I can not speak the size of them.
Suites are the largest staterooms available and will also be the most expensive. I have never been in a suite but they look amazing in the pictures! These are the most costly rooms available onboard.
Depending on the size of your stateroom and the location you may pay an extra fee. If you want to be in the center of the ship you’ll pay a bit more for that luxury. It’s not too much more expensive but it is something to consider when choosing a room. You may also pay a fee if you want a higher deck. There are decks that are part of the standard price or you can upgrade to a higher deck if available for a small fee.
Port Fees & Taxes
On top of your stateroom charge you’ll pay a port fees for every port the ship stops at as well as all applicable taxes. This normally adds a few hundred dollars to your total bill. While it’s not super expensive it is something you will need to consider.
Gratuities are not optional. Your stateroom will be charged at the end of your cruise for the daily gratuity fee. When we sailed the gratuity was $14.50 per day per person. The gratuity is shared among bar staff, dining room staff, and your stateroom attendant. If you had amazing service you can give additional gratuities. Guest services will have envelopes available for cash gratuities or you can add it to your stateroom card.
Is Sailing on Majesty of the Seas worth it?
Majesty of the Seas is one of the smallest ships in the fleet and is currently sailing out of Tampa Bay to Cuba and Mexico. We picked the port we wanted to go to (Cuba) and went with whatever ship was available during the time we could travel. The ship is beautiful inside and out and the staff was wonderful. With it being a small ship you won’t have all of the amenities of the larger ships like the aquatheater, additional specialty restaurants, Flowrider, and waterslides. What you will get is an intimate cruise without the daily distractions. The older ships normally come with a smaller price tag too because they are not as sought after as the newer bigger ships. However, I guarantee you’ll have a great experience and a relaxing vacation onboard.
Have you ever been on a cruise? What is your favorite cruise line?