Majesty of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas delayed in port due to Coast Guard inspection


Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas was kept in port through Tuesday morning, after U.S. Coast Guard inspectors forced the ship to remain in port until an issue with the lifeguards was resolved.

Cruise Critic reports a spokesman from the U.S. Coast Guard cited the delay stems from the ship's older life jackets, "generally speaking, problems with older life jackets can include fraying straps that could break when a person was in the water or disintegrating foam that will not float in the water."

Royal Caribbean sent messages via Twitter to convey the company is working around the clock to fix the issues.

There has not been any indication yet when Majesty of the Seas will be able to set sail on her 4-night Bahamas cruise, nor what impact the delay will have on the ship's itinerary.

9:30am Update: Royal Caribbean is offering guests a 25% refundable onboard credit, and a 25% Future Cruise Certificate.

Hurricane Matthew forces Royal Caribbean to cancel Majesty of the Seas sailing


The path of Hurricane Matthew has caused Royal Caribbean to make the decision to cancel its October 8th sailing of Majesty of the Seas.

The cruise line looked at the path of Hurricane Matthew and decided to cancel the cruise to avoid putting the ship, guests and crew in the path of the massive storm.

Royal Caribbean had planned on having Majesty of the Seas take a shorter sailing and depart on October 8.  The path of the storm and impact on the ship's departure point of Port Canaveral have caused the cruise line to reconsider its plans and cancel the sailing completely.

5:02pm UPDATE: Guests will have the option to receive a full refund of the cruise fare paid or future cruise credit in the amount of 150% of the cruise fare paid. Refunds will automatically be issued within one week to the form of payment applied unless Royal Caribbean is contacted and a future cruise credit is requested.

Hurricane Matthew delays Majesty of the Seas return and revises the itinerary


Due to Hurricane Matthew, Royal Caribbean has had to make changes to the itinerary for the current and next sailing of Majesty of the Seas.

Port Canaveral will be closing all marine traffic on Thursday, and anticipate reopening on Saturday. 

As a result, Majesty of the Seas next sailing will now depart Port Canaveral on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Due to the revised itinerary, Royal Caribbean International will provide each stateroom with an onboard credit in the amount of one day based on the cruise fare paid, which will be credited to guests' onboard accounts.

As a gesture of goodwill, we will also be providing all sailing guests with a 33% future cruise credit.

A letter with more details and information about the updated itinerary will be provided at boarding.

As we reported yesterday, Empress of the Seas is also delayed returning to PortMiami by at least one day.

If there are any questions, please contact Royal Caribbean at 866-562-7625.

Royal Caribbean International will continue to closely monitor weather conditions and will provide updates as soon as they become available.

Royal Caribbean reroutes Majesty of the Seas due to Hurricane Matthew


Guests departing on the Majesty of the Seas sailing that leaves October 3rd will find a new route planned, due to the path of Hurricane Matthew.

Majesty of the Seas will now call to Key West, Florida, instead of her scheduled call to Nassau, Bahamas. Majesty of the Seas revised itinerary:


  • Monday, Oct. 3 - Port Canaveral, Florida at 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4 - Freeport, Bahamas 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5 - Key West, Florida at 8:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 6 - Key West, Florida depart at 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 7 - Port Canaveral, Florida at 7:00 a.m.

Royal Caribbean has also changed the itineraries of three other cruise ships this week due to the storm: Allure of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas.

Given the storm's path, Royal Caribbean wants to ensure the comfort and enjoyment of all guests on its ships for the safety of guests and crew.

Spotted: Izumi Sushi on Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas


Guests aboard Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas can now enjoy Izumi-quality sushi, despite not having an Izumi location.

Photo by Kayla Gillman

We reported earlier this summer that Royal Caribbean would be offering Izumi-level sushi across its fleet on ships that did not have an Izumi location, and we have a look at the Izumi sushi on Majesty of the Seas.

There are a few different varieties of sushi available at the Windjammer during dinner and priced a la carte.  These include

  • Crispy Philly: $8
  • Crispy Tuna: $5
  • Vegetarian Sushi Sampler: $6
  • California roll with masago and scallions: $6
  • Half Futomaki: $8
  • Spicy Salmon Avocado roll: $7
  • Shrimp Crunchy Roll: $8
  • Spicy Tuna in Togarashi: $7

Photo by Kayla Gillman

Royal Caribbean wanted to offer guests something quick and easy to enjoy, without having to dedicate time for a sit-down meal.

First look photos from Royal Caribbean's refurbished Majesty of the Seas


Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas just wrapped up a ship-wide refurbishment and we have some photos to share of some of the changes.

Majesty of the Seas entered dry dock following her April 29, 2016 cruise, and has had some work done to her, including

  • New poolside movie screen
  • Renovated Vitality Spa
  • Addition of Splashaway Bay aqua park
  • Voom internet
  • Renovated and enhanced casino and lounges

Splashaway Bay & Movie Screen

Renovated Grand Suite

Suites got new carpet, retiled bathrooms and new light fixtures.

Renovated Vitality Spa & Fitness Center

Updated Casino

Royal Caribbean to transfer Majesty of the Seas out of the fleet in 2018


It appears Royal Caribbean will transfer Majesty of the Seas out of the fleet in 2018 to a combined Pullmantur/CDF Croisieres de France fleet in 2018.

Cruise Critic is reporting the change, in which Majesty of the Seas will leave Royal Caribbean's fleet following an earlier announcement in November 2014 that the ship would leave the fleet, but Royal Caribbean decided to cancel those plans.

Until Majesty of the Seas departs the fleet, she will continue offering cruises as scheduled.

Majesty of the Seas is the last of the Sovereign-class cruise ships in the fleet and has a drydock scheduled for May 2016.  The changes coming to Majesty of the Seas in this refurbishment have been scaled back, but the ship will still be getting work done this spring.

Former Royal Caribbean vessel and sister ship, Monarch of the Seas, was also transfered to Pullmantur back in 2013.

Royal Caribbean removes complimentary internet offer from Majesty of the Seas


It appears Royal Caribbean has removed the complimentary high speed internet offer for Majesty of the Seas once the ship completes her scheduled refurbishment.

Cruise Critic is reporting Royal Caribbean decided to remove the offer, "due to a need for more resources for the ship's overall refurbishment that will include an expanded pool bar and poolside movie screen, family-friendly hot tubs, a kids-only pool area with the Splashaway Bay aqua park, and upgraded cabins."

Royal Caribbean had announced the details of Majesty of the Seas' refurbishment in July 2015, but has since scaled back those plans in January 2016, when they announced  the ship will not be receiving a new waterslide, new specialty restaurants in Sabor Modern Mexican or Izumi, as well as not receiving the DreamWorks Experience.

Royal Caribbean will honor the promise of complimentary internet to all guests that booked a cruise on Majesty of the Seas cruises departing May 15 to July 1, 2016. In addition, passengers who booked a Majesty of the Seas cruise on or before March 15 for a sailing departing anytime on or after May 15, 2016, will also receive free Internet. All others (anyone booking a cruise on or after March 16 for a sailing departing on or after July 2, 2016) will have to pay for their onboard Internet use.

Royal Caribbean scales back Majesty of the Seas refurbishment plans


Royal Caribbean has decided not to implement some of the previously announced changes coming to Majesty of the Seas during an upcoming refurbishment later this spring.

A Royal Caribbean spokesperson confirmed to Royal Caribbean Blog that the scope for Majesty of the Seas' refurbishment has been finalized and not everything that was initially announced is going onboard.

Specifically, it now appears Majesty of the Seas will not be receiving a new waterslide, new specialty restaurants in Sabor Modern Mexican or Izumi, as well as not receiving the DreamWorks Experience.

Other planned upgrades, including Voom internet, poolside movie screen, family jacussis and an update to the casino, are all still planned.

A guest initially reported the news on Cruise Critic's message boards, after receiving an email from Royal Caribbean customer relations.

Royal Caribbean originally announced the refurbishment plans in July 2015 after changing its mind and keeping Majesty of the Seas in the fleet, rather than transfer her to sister brand Pullmantur Cruises.

Royal Caribbean offering new Majesty of the Seas sailings after refurbishment


Royal Caribbean has added three new sailings to Majesty of the Seas immediately after she emerges from an extensive dry dock overhaul.

There are three new sailings now available for booking out of Port Canaveral, Florida

  • 4 night Bahamas cruise: May 16, 2016
  • 3 night Bahamas cruise: May 20, 2016
  • 4 night Bahamas cruise: May 23, 2016

At the time of this post, prices for the 3 night cruise begin at $259 per person and the 4-night cruises start from $231 per person.

All three of these cruises are being offered ahead of the previously announced first Majesty of the Seas sailing post-dry dock of May 27, 2016.

Royal Caribbean announced in November 2014 that it would transfer Majesty of the Seas to sibling company Pullmantur Cruises, but then in July 2015 announced Majesty of the Seas would remain in Royal Caribbean International's fleet.

Majesty of the Seas will receive a number of upgrades as part of her refurbishment, including

  • New waterslides
  • Three new specialty restaurants
  • ​Family-friendly Jacuzzis
  • Poolside movie screen
  • Dreamworks Experience
  • Enhanced casino

Majesty of the Seas will sail 3- and 4-night cruises to the Bahamas with visits to the cruise line’s private island destination, CocoCay.