Hello everyone, I am new to this site so I would like to introduce myself, I'm RCIFANCT.
I am going on the Indy in April, and I have some questions about the ship- I have been on the Majesty of the Seas, and that was my only RCI cruise, but I had the best time! I am asking, besides the obvious ones, what are the differences between the Indy and the Majesty?
To compare these two ships literally is like comparing a rowboat to an aircraft carrier - they really are that different. About the only things they share is the fact they're both RCCL ships and both have a rock climbing wall, that's about it.
The Majesty of the Seas is the last of the Sovereign-class ships. It is the smallest and oldest ship in the RCCL fleet and is due for retirement in the fairly near future. It was built in 1992, is 74,000 gross tons, and holds 2744 passengers.
By comparison, the Independence of the Seas is one of the three Freedom-class ships. It was built in 2008, weighs 160,000 gross tons, and holds 4375 passengers.
The Indy is more than twice the size, yet holds only 60% more passengers resulting in a much large passenger to size ratio, which allows for more amenities.
For one, the promenade down the middle of ship, first introduced in the Voyager-class ships, is a wonderful area to stroll, shop, drink, and eat. But there are way too many amenities to list, such as the flow-riders, ice-skating rink, etc, etc.
Now, I'm not saying that the Indy is better - just saying it's much bigger and allows for more things to do. However, there is something to say about smaller ships - you don't get all the amenities, but you get a more intimate experience. Sometimes the smaller ships can feel more crowded than larger ships, yet the larger ships will provide a more stable ride because they have all the latest stabilizing devices
This all results in what makes cruising so much fun; there's something out there for everyone and we all love trying them all until we find the right one for us.
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