In something of a change of heart, Royal Caribbean International has reversed its decision to transfer the Miami based Majesty Of The Seas to Spanish offshoot, Pullmantur, in 2016.
Instead of being reunited with her two sister ships and former fleet mates, Sovereign and Monarch, the 74,000 ton, 1992 built Majesty Of The Seas will, instead, receive a substantial refit next year, prior to a move north to a new home port in Port Canaveral.
Substantial details on the proposed refit are thin on the ground, but it has been announced that the refurbished ship will have new, bow to stern rapid wi-fi availability.
At present, the Majesty Of The Seas sails on three night cruises to Nassau and Coco Cay each Friday. A four night, weekly Monday sailing adds Key West to the three day roster. It seems almost certain that the Majesty Of The Seas will simply continue to run the same itineraries from her new home port.
It is possible that the decision to retain the still popular ship after all is likely related to current difficult trading conditions for Pullmantur. Adding a third mega ship to the Spanish market might look like simply bad business at the moment.
Still, it beggars the question of which ship will replace the Majesty Of The Seas out of Miami on the popular, short Bahamas runs. As one of the acknowledged cruise industry leaders, it would be strange if Royal Caribbean were to give up on one of it’s most lucrative, high profile routes.
Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
Many thanks are due to blog reader, cruiseaholictim, for pointing out that RCCL have, in fact, announced that Enchantment Of The Seas will be taking over the short cruise run from Miami, effective 2016.