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Free Internet for All on Majesty of the Seas

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Royal Caribbean International | Theresa Norton | July 06, 2015

Free Internet for All on Majesty of the Seas

Photo of Majesty of the Seas courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

The 2,350-passenger Majesty of the Seas will stay in the Royal Caribbean International fleet after all — and offer free Internet during short cruises starting in May.

The 1992-built Sovereign-class ship will move from Miami to Port Canaveral in May to operate three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas, visiting the line’s private island, CocoCay.

What’s more, all passengers on the ship will get free, unlimited Internet, using Royal Caribbean’s new Voom service, which it bills as the fastest at sea. It’ll be fast enough to stream movies and music, and gamble online, the company said.

This move is the latest example of the recent trend to bundle more amenities into cruise fares. Another example: Norwegian Cruise Line will include free unlimited beer, wine and premium spirits on three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas from Miami on the Norwegian Sky starting in January.

Majesty of the Seas was previously set to transfer to Spanish sister company Pullmantur. When it moves to Port Canaveral, Royal Caribbean will redeploy Rhapsody of the Seas — which was previously scheduled to sail short Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral — to Tampa to operate seven-night Western Caribbean cruises in winter 2016, further expanding options from Central Florida.

Before moving to Port Canaveral, Majesty of the Seas will go into dry dock for a major renovation. The ship will get more family-friendly features — as befits a ship based near Orlando — with waterslides, hot tubs, a poolside movie screen, and DreamWorks entertainment.  

New restaurants will include Izumi for Japanese cuisine, Sabor Taqueria, and the Chef’s Table, an exclusive wine pairing dinner hosted by the executive chef and sommelier.

Reservations for the Majesty of the Seas’ inaugural Port Canaveral season are open for sailings beginning May 27, 2016. The Rhapsody of the Seas’ Tampa sailings also are open for sale for departures beginning Dec. 3, 2016.


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