(11 a.m. EDT) — Passengers on Royal Caribbean’s second oldest ship, Majesty of the Seas, will not receive free Internet as part of their cruise fare when the ship returns from dry dock in May. The free «fastest Internet at sea» perk had been a part of the line’s original plans for the ship when it decided to keep Majesty of the Seas in the fleet rather than transfer it to Spanish cruise line Pullmantur.
According to Royal Caribbean, the decision to pull the perk was due to a need for more resources for the ship’s overall refurbishment that will include an expanded pool bar and poolside movie screen, family-friendly hot tubs, a kids-only pool area with the Splashaway Bay aqua park, and upgraded cabins.
«Developing the best onboard experience for our guests is always a top priority, and this revitalization is no different,» said Lyan Sierra-Caro, manager, corporate communications for Royal Caribbean International. «In order to invest in these great features, we have made the decision to no longer include Voom, the fastest Internet at sea, in the ticket price.»
To honor the previously advertised perk, Royal Caribbean is offering complimentary Internet to all passengers on Majesty of the Seas cruises departing May 15 to July 1, 2016. In addition, passengers who booked a Majesty of the Seas cruise on or before March 15 for a sailing departing anytime on or after May 15, 2016, will also receive free Internet. All others (anyone booking a cruise on or after March 16 for a sailing departing on or after July 2, 2016) will have to pay for their onboard Internet use.
This exclusion of Internet from the cruise fare is not the first change Royal Caribbean has made to its Majesty of the Seas plans. In January, Royal Caribbean announced it would not be adding a waterslide, the DreamWorks experience, or the Sabor Modern Mexican or Izumi restaurants. All were part of the line’s original refurbishment plans for the ship.
Built in 1992, the 2,350-passenger Majesty of the Seas is the only ship left in the line’s Sovereign Class. Sister ships Sovereign of the Seas and Monarch of the Seas moved to the Pullmantur fleet eight and three years ago, respectively. Majesty of the Seas was supposed to leave as well, but the line changed its mind last summer, instead deciding to keep it in the Royal Caribbean fleet.