Majesty of the Seas

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Majesty of the Seas anchored off Coco Cay in 2009
  • 1992–2020: Majesty of the Seas
  • 2020–2021: Majesty
  • from 2021: Majesty of the Oceans
Port of registry: 1992–2005: Oslo,  Norway
2005–present: Nassau,  Bahamas
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique (St. Nazaire, France)
Launched: 21 September 1991
Christened: Queen Sonja of Norway
Completed: 26 April 1992
Maiden voyage: 4 April 1992
In service: 1992
Out of service: 2020
Refit: 12 January 2007
Homeport: Port Everglades, Florida
Status: Laid up sine December 2020
General characteristics
Class and type: Sovereign-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 73,941 GT
Length: 880 ft (270 m)
Beam: 106 ft (32 m)
Draught: 28 ft (8.5 m)
Decks: 13 passenger decks
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity: 2,767 passengers
Crew: 833

Majesty of the Seas (subsequently renamed Majesty, then Majesty of the Oceans) was a Sovereign-class cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and operated by Royal Caribbean International. She was built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyards in Saint-Nazaire, France, and placed in service on 26 April 1992. The cruise ship offered guests 4 and 5-night Caribbean getaways. She sailed from Florida. Her Godmother is Queen Sonja of Norway. As of April 2021, she is the only remaining Sovereign-class ship, although laid up since sale to Seajets in December 2020.


The ship has a casino and 11 passenger elevators, two of which are glass-walled, various bars, two swimming pools, four hot tubs, a basketball court, and a rock climbing wall. The ship holds 2,350 guests at double occupancy and a maximum of 2,767 guests.[1]

Service history[edit]

The pool deck at sunset in 2018

On 12 January 2007, Majesty of the Seas entered a 4-week dry-dock period where she underwent a multimillion-dollar refurbishment of the pool decks, all public areas, restaurants, shops, centrum and cabins.

Plans to transfer Majesty of the Seas to Pullmantur in 2016 had been announced on 21 November 2014, however in July 2015, Royal Caribbean reversed those plans, instead stating that Majesty of the Seas would stay with Royal Caribbean International.[2]

Majesty of the Seas was dry-docked after her 29 April 2016 cruise to receive several upgrades, a children's water play area, a poolside movie screen, and modifications to the casino.[3][4]

Majesty of the Seas was again dry-docked on 24 January 2018. The dry-dock was completed on 4 February 2018. From 11 July 2019, Majesty of the Seas offered guests 4 and 5-night Caribbean getaways sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Along with Empress of the Seas, she was scheduled to sail to Cuba until 2020, but as the US Government applied travel restrictions to the Caribbean island, Royal Caribbean worked to secure alternative itineraries. For the cruises beginning in January 2020, she would have sailed year-round voyages with New Orleans as her homeport offering seven-night voyages to the Caribbean including Key West, Nassau, Grand Bahama, and Coco Cay. Majesty completed her final passenger cruise from New Orleans on 14 March 2020 before entering a warm layup period during the cruise shutdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and ultimately leaving the fleet in December 2020. New manager is Eaglepower Shipping Limited.[5]

COVID-19 pandemic[edit]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC reported, as early as 22 April 2020, that at least one person who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 was symptomatic while on board.[6] From 14 March 2020 the ship's cruising operations were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[7]

Sale to SeaJets[edit]

In December 2020, Royal Caribbean sold Majesty of the Seas to Seajets who renamed her Majesty.[8][9] Seajets renamed the ship Majesty of the Oceans in April 2021, while still laid up at Piraeus.[10]

Scale model[edit]

A ​18th scale model of Majesty of the Seas was built in Morsbach, by François Zanella. The model was launched in 2005 and performs river cruises in and around Paris, France.


  1. ^ "Majesty of the Seas Fast Facts". Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Why Majesty of the Seas is Perfect for Pullmantur". Pullmantur Cruises. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. - Press Releases".
  4. ^ "Majesty of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International".
  5. ^
  6. ^ "CDC's role in helping cruise ship travelers during the COVID-19 pandemic". Centers for Disease Control. 21 April 2020. Archived from the original on 22 April 2020. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Is Largest Ever to Enter British Port". 10 July 2020. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Royal Caribbean Sells Majesty and Empress of the Seas". 16 December 2020. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  9. ^ Antoniou, Sakis (3 February 2021). "At SeaJets the Majesty of the Seas". Arxipelagos (in Greek). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  10. ^ Antoniou, Sakis (18 April 2021). "Majesty of the Oceans the new name of Majesty". Arxipelagos (in Greek). Retrieved 18 April 2021.

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