Im starting a string of posts for the various Royal Caribbean Ship classes which We have cruised on. This post will focus on the Sovereign Class.
The Sovereign Class, first launched in 1987, consists of 3 Ships. First was the MS Sovereign(Originally Launched as Sovereign of the Seas) Which at the time, at 880ft in length, and weighing in at 73,100 Gross tons, was the largest cruise vessel in the world. In Comparison, the current largest cruise vessel in the world, the Symphony of the Seas, is 1,184 ft in length, and tips the scales at 228,000 Gross tons. The Second ship in the class is the MS Monarch (Originally launched as Monarch of the Seas) and the Third ship in the class, is the Majesty of the Seas.
MS Sovereign was transferred to Pullmantur Cruises in 2008, and MS Monarch was transferred to Pullmantur in 2013, leaving the Majesty of the Seas the only Sovereign Class ship remaining in the Royal Caribbean Fleet.
At 73,940 Gross tons, Majesty of the Seas is the 2nd smallest vessel currently in the Royal Caribbean Fleet.
Originally Launched in April, 1992, Majesty of the Seas was Revitalized in May 2016, and does not appear to currently be scheduled for Royal Caribbean Amplification
- Majesty is now Home-ported in NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) and will be through at least April, 2022
- There are no regular Balcony rooms onboard Majesty. If you desire a balcony, you must book a Junior Suite, or Higher.
- Pool bar, and Towel stations close around 9pm. Hot Tubs remain open to approx 11pm.
- Voicemail does not work in approximately 30% of the cabins onboard. RCI will be upgrading the phone system on the next scheduled drydock(As of March 2019)
- You cannot check your stateroom balance on your in-room TV system. This is also scheduled to be upgraded on the next scheduled drydock(as of March 2019)
- Windjammer buffet is closed from 3pm-5pm. However, Sorrentinos Pizza, Johnny Rockets, and the Compass Deli (All in the same area on Deck 12) Remain open during this timeframe.
- Some bars are closed at odd times for staff breaks, and cleaning. Your Daily Cruise Compass will show these times!
- As most RCI Ships, Majesty offers an All-access tour. If you have the opportunity, take it. It gives a whole new perspective to the inner workings of what makes your cruise happen!
- The only Specialty "fine" dining onboard Majesty is Chef's Table, which is located within the Starlight MDR on Deck 4.
- Majesty is one of few Royal Caribbean ships with stops in Key West
- The Quest ADULT Game show is held int he Spectrum Lounge at the rear of Deck 8, and is an absolute blast, but dont bring the kids!
- On this Particular class, being prepared with enough Dramamine or other Sea-Sickness remedy to cover everyone in your sailing party for the length of your voyage is a good idea. I did not find myself falling seasick on any day of this cruise, however on days where it was windy, there was noticeable motion.
- There are pop-up bars that appear nightly at dinner time in the Centrum on Deck 4
In conclusion, While Majesty doesnt have all of the "Bells, Whistles and Do-dads" of the newer ships, the experience is still First rate. We will absolutely be taking another cruise on Majesty, especially with her being home-ported at NOLA, and stopping in Key West!