My mother took me on my first cruise in 1990, when I was 13 years old. She loved cruising, and I got to spend a lot of time with her on cruise ships – which is no doubt a big part of why I still cruise every chance that I get.
In the “arms race” of cruise lines, bigger and bigger ships have been making their debuts every year. My husband and I cruised for almost two weeks across the Atlantic on Allure of the Seas, and we took a fun one-week cruise to the Caribbean on Norwegian’s Escape. These ships are undeniably remarkable: Chock-full of activities, they’re filled with things to do and places to do them.
But to be honest, while I enjoyed my time on these larger, newer ships, I’ve also felt that there’s been something…well, different about them. They really do represent a new era of cruising that’s designed to attract a wider audience and – if you ask me – to pander to our modern sensibilities and our shorter attention spans.
Lately, I’ve been seeking out older and smaller ships, and my trip on Majesty fit nicely into that trend. I have to say that I was beyond pleased with the way that the ship evoked a nice sense of cruise nostalgia – nothing seemed old, per se, but even the layout of the ship was a throwback to the days when I began cruising with my mom. While the Majesty does have a rock-climbing wall, one of Royal Caribbean’s newer innovations and upgrades, most of its entertainment falls right into the sweet spot of cruising: Theater shows, a little gambling in the casino, and a nice drink with a great view of the ocean. What else does a person really need?