MIAMI, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Royal Caribbean International’s Majesty of the Seas returns home to South Florida after undergoing an extensive bow-to-stern renovation that includes several new dining and entertainment options. The newly transformed ship resumes year-round three- and four-night cruises from Miami offering a fresh onboard vibe for Bahamas- bound guests looking for a weekend getaway, a first cruise experience or multi-destination incentive group trip.
Coming out of an extreme 28-day makeover which required extensive around- the-clock man-hours – and accomplishing in days what can take months, Majesty’s onboard enhancements include a complete overhaul of the guest suites and staterooms, casual dining areas, the main dining rooms, the Majesty Day Spa and ShipShape Fitness Center, the Adventure Ocean youth area – adding the teen-focused Fuel Nightclub and Living Room lounge, conference rooms, the pool deck, the theater and Casino Royale. In addition, the Viking Crown Lounge, Centrum shops’ facades and other primary public areas have all been modernized. Finally, Majesty’s guests will enjoy an exciting all-new onboard entertainment lineup.
“We consistently see an attraction towards shorter trips as the perfect weekend getaway or for corporate incentive travel, so it’s natural to ensure that our ships consistently offer guests what they have come to expect from us – high standards for innovation and a quality product,” said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, sales for Royal Caribbean International. “The revitalized Majesty provides convenient and enjoyable three- and four-night escapes in the most contemporary setting, albeit for business or pleasure.”
Since her inaugural voyage in 1992, Majesty has sailed under the guidance of godmother, Queen Sonja of Norway, and is the third ship in the Sovereign class to be refurbished – following the facelifts of Monarch of the Seas in 2003 and Sovereign of the Seas in 2004.
Exciting New Culinary Configurations
Majesty offers a myriad of new dining options, including a new casual dining concept, the Windjammer Marketplace, which builds on the line’s Windjammer Cafe concept. The Windjammer Marketplace features a bountiful selection of Asian, Latin, Mediterranean and American fare in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. New to the Royal Caribbean brand is the Compass Deli, which features a lavish sandwich bar, daily soups, made-to-order salads, paninis, crepes and energy drinks. Guests also can choose from Sorrento’s Italian pizzeria or Johnny Rockets offering guests all-American favorites including hamburgers and milk shakes. Also new to Majesty is Cafe Latte-tudes, featuring Seattle’s Best CoffeeÂ®, and the Freeze ice cream parlor. Rounding out the culinary offerings, the renamed Starlight and Moonlight dining rooms boast new decor from the walls, column and seating upholstery to plush new carpets and drapery.
More Room for Wellness
The expanded Majesty Day Spa and ShipShape Fitness Center has been relocated, one deck lower, to the space previously occupied by the ‘On Your Toes’ Nightclub and Adventure Ocean venues. The new spa features 10 new treatment rooms, a relaxation area, and the Beauty Salon – fully equipped with a barber station, two experienced hair stylists, manicure and pedicure stations and a teeth whitening room. Exclusive to Majesty of the Seas is the introduction of the virtual ElemisÂ® SpaBar. Via interactive technology, guests have access to the ‘dos and don’ts’ for all skin types, as well as tips and recommended beauty products available for purchase onboard. Fitness buffs can now take wellness to the next level in the ShipShape Fitness Center, where stationary bikes and a new aerobic floor have been added to accommodate upbeat spinning and fitness classes.
The ship’s new entertainment scene warrants a shout-out as well. “Signed, Sealed and Delivered,” Royal Caribbean’s newest theater production, brings to life the soul, rhythm and blues of Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Tina Turner, among others. And the dancing continues with the addition of the line’s signature Latin bar Boleros, located at the forward end of the ship, serving up mojitos and caipirhinas in a design-savvy space. The popular Schooner piano bar has been brought up to par with upgraded decor such as new carpeting, chair upholstery and window coverings. Finally, guests can try their luck and enjoy Majesty’s re-energized Casino Royale, featuring new carpets, window coverings and upholstery, as well as a completely refurbished bar.
To enhance both the recreation and business travel stateroom experience, Majesty debuts fully rebuilt suites, with new wall linings, cabinetry, fixtures, and fittings, as well as standard staterooms complete with new mirrors, wood cappings and decorative rails. Amidst the new settings, all guests will have Wi-Fi access and additional room at the vanity desk, thanks to new flat-screen televisions mounted on the wall. Similarly, bathrooms have been outfitted with new hardware.
The fleet-wide roll out of the enhanced bedding program which debuted on Freedom of the Seas continues as planned with Majesty’s new mattress frames designed to prevent sagging; nine-inch-thick spring mattresses with separate two-inch-thick micro-fiber pillow tops that unfold to lay on top of one another to create a queen-size, gap-free mattress; 220-thread-count long- staple cotton-blend sheets; two micro-fiber pillows, plus one decorative pillow; duvet with cotton-blend covers; bed skirts; and colored bed scarves at the end of the beds to protect the duvet.
Hard at Work and Hard at Play
In addition to overhauling recreational spaces, Majesty offers an expanded and new state-of-the-art conference center, ideal for groups looking to conduct business on the ship’s convenient short sailings. The new multi-media system covers all audio/visual needs and attendees will be able to meet in the comfort of new, softer furnishings.
And not to be forgotten, while their parents are at work or play, younger guests will find something new of their own in the recharged, more colorful and more dynamic Adventure Ocean youth center which offers children of every age, immersive and engaging experiences in partnership with CrayolaÂ®, Fisher Price and Lowe’s. Teens will now have their own exclusive areas, at the ultra- hip Fuel Nightclub and cool hangout lounge called the Living Room.
Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 20 ships currently in service and three under construction. Liberty of the Seas, the cruise line’s newest ship which debuts in May 2007, will share the title of largest cruise ship at sea with sister-ship Freedom of the Seas. At 160,000 GRT with a capacity of 3,634 guests double-occupancy, Liberty of the Seas will offer alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Miami. The line also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand through its cruisetour division. For additional information or to make reservations, go to www.royalcaribbean.com or www.cruisingpower.com or call (800) 327-6700.