Cruising worldwide hasn’t been permitted for nine months, eliminating vacations & relaxing entertainment for millions. Corporate entities maintaining ships that offer these cruises sustain billions in losses, forcing companies like the Royal Caribbean & Carnival LLC to retail their lineup of vessels. The sale of two iconic ships that’ve held prominence in the industry over three decades has been announced.
Royal Caribbean is selling “Empress of the Seas” and “Majesty of the Seas”, two ships that arrived by the early 1990s. These two vessels created an aesthetic tone that defines cruising for decades. Onboard amenities & luxurious itineraries offered with these ships enabled Royal Caribbean to become a powerhouse operator. The announcement was issued by Michael Bayley, CEO, and International President for Royal Caribbean. He emphasised how Majesty & Empress created undeniable legacies that’ll be remembered for decades to come. Adorning tourists who maintained vacation on Empress or Majesty have mourned these vessels’ loss on Twitter & Facebook.
Royal Caribbean didn’t implement consistency amongst their ship’s names until 1998. It meant that “Empress of the Seas” had a different namesake upon her inaugural voyage. Empress was previously called the Nordic Express, marking the first ship released by Royal Caribbean after acquiring “Admiral Cruises” in 1988.
Majesty of the Seas
Royal Caribbean didn’t introduce the “Of the Seas” lineup until 1998, which meant that “Majesty of the Seas” had a different namesake before retrofitting towards the 2000s & again in 2007. Her namesake was previously “The Majesty” and was considered the first mega-ship created by Royal Caribbean. Its iconic architecture thrived innovations throughout the cruising industry, with glass elevators & sweeping staircases alongside marble fountains starting a luxurious feeling that former visitors say cannot be forgotten. Elements like the onboard theatre & multi-floor casino were firsts introduced into the cruising market for mega-ships, which defined these vessels’ popularity in Caribbean waters between the 1990s and 2020s.