However, all of that's changed and, due to popular demand, Majesty of the Seas will continue to offer short cruises sailing with Royal Caribbean International. The cruise line announced that the ship will homeport in Port Canaveral, along Florida's Space Coast, starting in summer 2016. Before her season in Port Canaveral where she will sail to the Bahamas, Majesty of the Seas will go into drydock for upgrades and receive some of the line's signature features as well as new onboard amenities.
Voom, the fastest Internet at sea, will be available free and unlimited exclusively for guests on Majesty of the Seas to stay connected. New features to be introduced on board include waterslides for guests of all ages; family-friendly Jacuzzis; a poolside movie screen; and entertainment including the Dreamworks Experience featuring activities and entertainment with favorite characters from the powerhouse animation studio's popular movies. An enhanced casino will offer gamers a variety of the latest popular slot machines and table games and suite guests will enjoy exclusive amenities and services as part of a newly enhanced suite program. Some of the new culinary options include Izumi Japanese cuisine with fresh and flavorful sushi rolls and sashimi; the Sabor Taqueria featuring a mouthwatering menu of authentic, modern and unexpected Mexican dishes, including hand-made table-side guacamole—all which can be enjoyed alfresco; and the Chef's Table, an exclusive experience hosted by the Executive Chef and Sommelier for an intimate wine pairing dinner.
"Our short itineraries have been very popular offering vacationers the perfect opportunity to sample the unmatched experience of a Royal Caribbean cruise, as well as providing a quick adventurous getaway," said Michael Bayley, president & CEO, Royal Caribbean International. "With these exciting new features as well as unprecedented fast and free unlimited Internet for guests on Majesty of the Seas, we are stepping up our game and offering a phenomenal short cruise adventure for our guests."
Majesty of the Seas will sail 3- and 4-night cruises to the Bahamas with visits to the cruise line's private island destination CocoCay, the tropical paradise that offers white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters set in 140 acres of lush vegetation. The secluded Bahamian island—reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests—features an aquatic park and water slide, beach volleyball and soccer, snorkeling and other water-based recreation.
With Majesty of the Seas' move to the Space Coast, Royal Caribbean is now able to deploy Rhapsody of the Seas to Tampa to sail 7-night Western Caribbean cruises in winter 2016 instead of the previously announced short Bahamas itineraries it was set to sail from Port Canaveral. The new itineraries will further expand the choices for guests in Central Florida and increase the total number of conveniently accessible U.S. homeports from where vacationers can embark on the line's Caribbean cruises. Reservations for the Majesty of the Seas' inaugural Port Canaveral season are now available for sailings beginning May 27, 2016. Rhapsody of the Seas' Tampa sailings are also open for sale for sailings beginning Dec. 3, 2016.
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