8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise primarily because we wanted to go to Cuba! Day 1 - we were scheduled to sail at 4:00,but wanted to get on board as soon as possible, so we were at the port at 9:15. At 9:30, we were allowed to head on in and get ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily because we wanted to go to Cuba! Day 1 - we were scheduled to sail at 4:00,but wanted to get on board as soon as possible, so we were at the port at 9:15. At 9:30, we were allowed to head on in and get the registration process taken care of. It was very easy.....we simply handed over the paperwork we had already filled out, answered a question about any recent illness, had our picture taken and were on our way! We were ushered to a seating area and waited for about 30 minutes......meeting some very nice people during our wait...…..and then it was time to board! We had checked all of our bags, so we didn't have any luggage to drag around (*A quick note about this.....when we arrived by Uber at the terminal, we were met by a guy with a cart who loaded up our luggage and took it away. We rode the escalator up to where you enter and found that some people were already there - with all of their luggage. They ended up having to take it back down and it was confusing for them. So, make sure to find someone to take your luggage before getting on the escalator!!. ) We were greeted by several staff as we boarded and we decided to tour the ship and find a snack. They had a full blown sail away buffet at the Windjammer & we had multiple food choices! In comparison to Carinival, the food is much better!!! At 1:00, they announcstied that our rooms were ready, so we headed up to deck 9. Our luggage was still in the hall, but just steps from our cabin. Ida, our room attendant, was great. Friendly, helpful and always had a smile on his face. After unpacking, we headed to the Schooner Bar for a drink. I can't say enough about the service on this ship. From the minute we boarded, we were continuously greeted by our names and they remembered what drinks we liked.....I don't know how they do it. Eduardo, Deepan and KoKo were amazing and took great care of us! We had early dining, so we changed and headed to the dining room. The food was delicious ! We didn't have anything we didn't like. I even tried the escargot one night...….I would order it again! After dinner we checked out the comedy show, watched some Karokee, checked out the sail away pool party and then decided we needed a midnight snack. Important - Deck 12 - it will be your best friend! Sorrentos always had great pizza - and always 4-5 different kinds! And, most importantly, it was good! I remember not liking the Pizza on Carnival at all, but this was very good! Then, just around the corner is the Compass Deli, also open late. Taco and Nacho bar everynight, plus sandwiches and pastries. You will not go hungry on this ship!! Another important note....we got the unlimited drink package....it was a great decision for us. Our soft drink cup was in our room when we arrived, and our sea pass card had a sticker that alerted the bars that we had unlimited drinks. We had no issues whatsoever with it and were very glad we got it. Day 2 - Key West. We were not supposed to dock until 1:00, but got there early, so we were off the boat by 12:30. Before getting off the boat, we attended a Cuba Q&A & found it to be very informative! I would recommend going! We had all been to Key West before and done all the tourist stuff, so we just walked a little, rented an electric car and went to the beach and had some conch fritters. I like Key West, but it's just sooooo crowded. We drove by the Southern Most Point and there must have been 50 people in a line waiting for a photo. We headed back to the boat and hung out in the Schnooner Bar for a while. We enjoyed listening to Kim at the Piano bar later in the evening. And, again back to deck 12 where the midnight snacks were! Day 3 - Cuba! We didnt plan a shore excursion, we just wanted to tour on our own and had no problems at all. We had not planned to head out until 9:00 ish, but they made an annoucement at 7:30 that the Empress of the Seas was pulling in and that customs might get a little chaotic, so we headed on out. Going through customs was quick and easy, changing money took no time at all and we were quickly wandering around the streets of Havana. As an army brat, I spent some time in Turkey in the mid 70's and it was like I was back there again.....the smells, the vendors, the buildings.......very nostalgic! The people were welcoming and friendly. We ended up walking about 10 miles, stopped for a snack, stopped for a drink in the hotel Hemmingway used to haunt and then made our way back to the boat. It was a great adventure.....somewhere I have wanted to go for a long time. The next time I go, I will book an overnight in Havana so I can see the show at the Tropicana. We were parked next to the Empress of the Seas and I was admittedly jealous to watch them heading out at 7:00 pm to the city and the shows while I was getting ready to sail away. Day 4 - Day at Sea. Always an easy, breezy day. Shawn at the bar in the Windjammer had a Bloody Mary bar set up, so we had a few and lounged in the sun for a while. We had lunch in the dining room and the salad bar was in one word AMAZING! I've never had anyone prepare a salad like that for me before! So many things to choose from and apparently it is only at lunch in the dining room! I wish I had found out before the last day of the cruise! After lunch, we lounged in the sun some more, napped a little and had a late dinner in the Windjammer. Headed back to our cabin to pack.....always sad and depressing, and got to bed for an early departure the next morning. Day 5 - Heading home. We did self service disembark and were on our way at 7:15 ish. Waited in line for maybe 10 minutes and then rolled through customs and headed to the airport. Made it to Atlanta easily enough but then the storms had rolled in so we were delayed in getting on the plane to Chattanooga. Finally boarded and sat on the tarmac for 2 hours for a 20 minute flight! The joys of travel! Can't wait to do it again! Final thoughts: This was our 3rd cruise - the firsts 2 were on Carnival ships. Would I cruise Royal Carribean again - absolutely! The Majesty is an older ship, but she has held up well. I found her to be sparkly clean and well maintained. They layout is not as open as a larger ship and I confess to getting turned around a couple of times, but nothing that would deter me from sailing on her again. I can't say enough about the service on this ship. Patricio, the cruise director, was funny, engergetic, informative and super friendly! Everyone was! If you have the opportunity, take the Majesty of the Seas and go to Havana.....you won't reget it!! 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7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Like most people, we decided on this particular cruise for the opportunity to visit Cuba. This is now my 6th cruise (2 Carnival, 2 RC, 2 Disney). We knew going in that this ship was the smallest of the fleet and did not have all the bells ... Read More
Like most people, we decided on this particular cruise for the opportunity to visit Cuba. This is now my 6th cruise (2 Carnival, 2 RC, 2 Disney). We knew going in that this ship was the smallest of the fleet and did not have all the bells and whistles and tech of the newer mega ships, however for a 4 night cruise where the destination is the main draw Majesty was more than adequate and accommodating. Despite many of the reviews on here of "an old and tired ship" and "terrible food/stay clear of the fish" our experience was quite the opposite. The ship is in great shape for being 26 years old, and very clean. The service on-board was as good as any other cruise I have been on, there were enough activities for a 4 night cruise with one day at sea, we were never bored or felt we did not have something to do. The theater shows were very well done, and yes they are of generally 60s/70s music but the production was very good and the performers were very talented. The comedian (Chris Bliss) was great as well. The food on-board was good to very good. Dinner options were not as diverse as I would like however and lobster tail was a $29 up charge. I had fish twice while on this ship, once for dinner (swordfish-was excellent) and once in the windjammer buffet (baked fish-was good). The pizza at Sorento's was very good. Johnny Rockets we had for lunch on our day at sea and was okay I guess, I wouldn't go again as it is $9.95. We did a couples massage on day 3 after Cuba and it was incredible, they advertised $129 per person for 50 minutes I believe but they will knock of $30 if you ask. As far as the ports of call: Key West was lovely, make sure to beeline it for the southernmost point marker for photos because a line does form. Drinks at Sloppy Joe's were awesome. There is a free trolly tour available. CUBA! our day in Cuba started by lining up at the theater with our excursion tour, we were led out in a line to go through customs (which was interesting!) overall pretty easy but about a 45 minute wait to get from ship to Cuban soil. We did Royal Caribbean's Havana walking tour, It started out with a 15 minute bus ride through old Havana driving by many sights and historical locations. We stopped first at a place called "Salon Rojo" which is a night club of all places, there they had arranged Cuban cigar lessons with Mojitos, Havana Club rum and Cafe con leche. We were there for about 45 minutes and for me this was the highlight of the tour as it was totally unexpected and felt very authentic. Afterwards we took the bus for another 10 minutes to another location got out and started the walking tour going through many plazas, squares and beautiful architectural locations. There were a few negatives for us in Cuba: one was the beggars on the streets: I was grabbed by my arm several times by woman in Cuban dance costumes to get me to want to take a picture with them for tips, we were hassled by men playing guitar who felt that if they came close to you and started playing/singing you were obligated to tip them, we were also annoyed by men drawing/sketching pictures of us unbeknownst to us and coming up trying to guilt us into buying them. The other negative to Cuba was our tour itself: never was there an opportunity to get something to eat, and speaking of eating in Cuba- DO NOT DO IT! - Our guide at the end of our tour (when we were absolutely starving) advised us that if we chose to eat in Cuba to make sure our lunch was at least $20, if we were to only pay $7-$10 for lunch than they probably did not use sterile water and the food may make us sick! Our reaction was "well what if they sell us $7 food for $20???? Needless to say we rushed back to the ship asap to eat on-board. We did NOT convert currency at all and spent money in 3 locations in Cuba, all took USD at the correct conversion rate. Overall Cuba was visually stunning in many ways and totally worth the trip. The ship has a great crew (besides the Bingo host with the lisp who WILL NOT STOP TALKING) the food was very good and we had a blast. Do not hesitate to go to Cuba on Majesty- Ryan and Shaloni. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Chose this one because one of the stops was Cuba. And being able to visit there after all of these years is historical. The trip to the Keys was beautiful. It walking around Cuba was so interesting. The only complaint I had was the meal ... Read More
Chose this one because one of the stops was Cuba. And being able to visit there after all of these years is historical. The trip to the Keys was beautiful. It walking around Cuba was so interesting. The only complaint I had was the meal we had in Cuba on the tour, it was awful...the only bad meal I had on the whole cruise. The food on board was great and there was a lot of it. We ate every night in the dining room because it was always an adventure. The two people who were our wait help every night Paying and Huijun Wei, spoiled us. They catered to every need we had. They called us by name, even when we saw them else where during the cruise. We went with another couple and we all decided we would definitely take another for a longer period of time. We would be interested in going to the Mediterranean and New England. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We are an early 50's couple and have been on 14 cruises on various lines - Norwegian, Carnival, Celebrity and Princess. We chose this as we hadn't been on Royal in about 15 years and wanted to try it without spending too much or going too ... Read More
We are an early 50's couple and have been on 14 cruises on various lines - Norwegian, Carnival, Celebrity and Princess. We chose this as we hadn't been on Royal in about 15 years and wanted to try it without spending too much or going too far. We live less than an hour from Tampa so we chose this cruise. Embarkation took about 10 minutes ! We had enjoyed a drink and lunch at the buffet within 30 minutes and the rooms were ready by 1 p.m. The muster drill was also quick and efficient - one of the best we've been to. Our room attendant didn't leave any menus for us to order continental breakfast in the room so the first day we didn't get any coffee or anything. We thought it just wasn't available on Royal. I called her but no answer. I reached guest services the next day and they brought one menu to us. She still didn't leave any for us to use the rest of the cruise - I had to write her a note. She didn't learn our names like most stewards do. She did keep the room clean. The bed was a bit hard and the mattress cover kept coming off every night. Yes the rooms are small but not uncommon for that category. It had plenty of storage space (Oceanview Deck 3). Daytime poolside entertainment was awful. The band played Raggae versions of Kenny Rogers, John Denver and Paul Simon - apparently this is their idea of "Island Music. Have you heard of Jimmy Buffett? Kenny Chesney? There was just no upbeat or fun vibe and nothing one could dance to. We don't need a wild party, but geez I don't want nap time either. There was maybe 20 minutes of dancing at the sail away party and some good music during the belly flop contest on the last day. The DJ was great but got a very short time to play and then it was the bad band, or hours there would be no music at all. The big movie screen ran the same loop of blooper videos literally for five days straight … all day. There were movies at night but all day every day … the dreaded loop. As for evening shows, the marriage show was entertaining and the comedian was good too. We walked through the casino and it was really smoky.-the standard for most cruise casinos. One side of the pool deck is also designated for smoking too. The service in the buffet, the pool, and the Schooner bar were all great. We never waited for anything. Tables were cleaned and bussed quickly and the minute you sat down someone wanted to get us juice, coffee or a drink. The food in the buffet was average and there was a good salad bar. No freshly grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. They were pre-made and sitting in a tray. Most cruises have a poolside grill for burgers at least. There just wasn't much food much variety and no specialty restaurants on this one except Johnny Rockets. The pizza was good and fresh. We ate in the dining room once. Again, the service was great but the prime rib just Ok. The service was really the highlight of this cruise. We stayed on the ship at Costa Maya and had a wonderful day by the pool (memorizing the loop video LOL). Though I thought the pool entertainment was lacking, the cruise director, Patricio was very engaging and did a good job interacting. He was always around and upbeat and didn't constantly try to sell you things! This cruise was a relaxing getaway and I would cruise again on Royal just not on Majesty again because the offerings are limited for my liking. However I would still say it's great for a first time cruiser to see if you like cruising. You won't be overwhelmed. It is easy to get around on this ship and the crew is amazing. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I want to start off by saying the staff was GREAT. My review is in no way reflective of my awesome waiters or the rest of the hard working crew on this ship. However, this ship is in major need of updates and in my opinion, reflects ... Read More
I want to start off by saying the staff was GREAT. My review is in no way reflective of my awesome waiters or the rest of the hard working crew on this ship. However, this ship is in major need of updates and in my opinion, reflects pretty poorly on a brand that I had very high expectations for. The rooms were extremely outdated, the carpet old and dingy, outlets barely worked, and a sewage smell lingered in the room and hallways. I had read about the sewage smell on here before we booked it and I thought people were being dramatic. They were not... I have been on older ships on other cruise lines (Carnival and Norwegian), but I never felt as if the rooms were dirty on these ships. I cannot say the same for Majesty of the Seas. I wouldn't even walk around the room without shoes on. I did throughly enjoy the food and always found something to do on board. Even though the lounges and bars looked like they were straight out of the 90s, the gameshows, karaoke, and other entertainment were still enjoyable. Overall, this ship did its job in getting me to Cuba, but that's about it. It is time for a major renovation or for it to be retired. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise primarily due to destination - Havana - and timing - We were able to get off the ship and tour on our own, and then went on an excursion to the Tropicana - highly recommend - for a great evening - The next day we did ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily due to destination - Havana - and timing - We were able to get off the ship and tour on our own, and then went on an excursion to the Tropicana - highly recommend - for a great evening - The next day we did a cultural tour which was outstanding - the buses were new, clean and air conditioned and the tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable - We did the 'rays and sharks' experience in Cozumel, and enjoyed that, too - We had a stateroom with a balcony, which was very nice to get some outside quiet time - The food in the main dining room was very good (dinner), as was the food in the Windjammer (breakfast / lunch) - We did the Chef's table dinner, and enjoyed that as well - We had been on this ship 15 years ago, and the refurbish was done well - As we prefer smaller ships, this was perfect for us - Had a great time! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We selected this particular itinerary because Havana was the destination; and the ship sailed out of Tampa (within driving distance). We cruised only once 8years ago on Royal Caribbean and felt comfortable with our selection. Only ... Read More
We selected this particular itinerary because Havana was the destination; and the ship sailed out of Tampa (within driving distance). We cruised only once 8years ago on Royal Caribbean and felt comfortable with our selection. Only hiccup was arrival at the port...paperwork indicated Dock 3 when ship was actually at 6. So after a steamy walk, we got through check in very quickly. We were in the Windjammer before we knew it! We mistakenly walked past baggage drop off, so we even had our bags with us. Everything fit through security, so no problem there. Cabins were ready earlier than we were told, so we were unpacked and settled in no time! Muster drill was soon after, then we found a beverage and a deck chair to watch sail away. All in all, our cruise was wonderful! From our stateroom attendant to dining staff...everyone was incredibly friendly, helpful, pleasant and totally professional. We ate in the dining room every night because the food was fabulous...even when in port until after our designated dinner time! We did have the deluxe beverage and internet plan...but now I believe internet is a must, beverage maybe not so much. I found I was trying to drink enough to ‘get my money’s worth’ which really took the joy out of it! How many perfectly concocted mojitos can one drink...don’t answer that! We just walked around Key West as I have been there several times without my husband for songwriter events. I showed him all my old haunts (we can always come back on a driving vacay since we are Floridians). We hurried back to the ship so we wouldn’t miss dinner! Havana was very interesting; arrived before dawn so we eerily sailed into the harbor with every deck rail space taken by a passenger. Breakfast in Windjammer began early because of excursions. We took a RC excursion just to be sure we wouldn’t have any issues with paperwork and timing. The guided bus tour took us to major sites around the city. Our guide gave us lots of history and descriptions of the way of life in Havana. After the tour ended, we walked around a little as far as the Capital...then back in time for dinner. Last day was cruising back to Tampa. We participated in the galley tour and endless mimosa brunch...was wonderful. Then in the afternoon we had a wine tasting...very enjoyable. Before, between and after our scheduled events, I was able to find a quiet deck chair to finish my book. The next morning, we did self-depart and we were back home by 10 am! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
My Gf and I just got back from a 5 day Cruise which departed from Tampa, with stops in the Florida keys and Cuba We are 26 and 29, it was my 4th cruise and her 1st, we are both from the North East, and as a precursor to the food review, ... Read More
My Gf and I just got back from a 5 day Cruise which departed from Tampa, with stops in the Florida keys and Cuba We are 26 and 29, it was my 4th cruise and her 1st, we are both from the North East, and as a precursor to the food review, we both have eaten some of the freshest in the country. This is mostly a negative review of the ship due to our age range, BUT the service was EXCELLENT, the wait staff and house keeping were amazing and I gave them great reviews and tips. This would be best for families with young kids, and older couples 40+ (or those 30 year olds who are old souls). The 18-35 range couples or friends group's should find a better ship!!! The only good thing was the cheap price so we got what we paid for. The ship is really old and small, the smallest I've been on. It looks and shows its age, there was not a whole lot to do at our one day at sea as compared to any other cruise I've been on, and thats not a slight against RC, its just against this ship because its so old and s mall. We had an ocean view room which was very cramped, and since it was built in the early 90s before cell phones were always around, there are only 2 outlets on the dresser table. None by the bed side. I stayed in a windowless room on carnival which had a ton more space than this. The bed was also two twins put together so the divide in the middle got annoying at night. There were mostly families and older couples 40+, and most of the shows and dance parties were 70s themes so we did not enjoy those since we didn't grow up in those times to know most of the music or references. The food was very VERY sub par. The buffet foods were mostly bland and over cooked, The pizza and fried foods were the best part. I know buffets are hard to cook for, but on my other cruises I had a great time at the buffets, tho those were newer ships I was on. All the main breakfast staples for carbs, pancake, french toast, biscuit, waffles were very dry, and tasteless. The bacon was over crispy and fell apart when you tried to eat it. Fresh fruits were nice and fresh, and the sausage was pretty decent, but the meats and carbs were not. Lunch buffet was also just OK. The fried foods were good, and the salad selection was great. The carved meats were not seasoned and very tough. Smelled and looked good, but didn't taste so great. Dinner at the main dining room was interesting. You have the reserved which is 530p or 8p or You can sit whenever between 530-9p in a separate dining room. Somehow we were put in th 530p time and had no idea. They did a good job to change us to 8pm. The weird part of this cruise, and im sure its because its so old and small, is that we shared a table with 2 other couples. There was not a single two person table. So many people were not a fan of it and bailed on the dining, or asked for it to change. I wont lie I was not a fan at first because its super weird. We expected some privacy at our table. It ended up being fine tho because the other two couples were pleasant and the best part of the dinner. The food.... again has mediocre. DO NOT GET ANY SEAFOOD NO MATTER WHAT. The cod fitter and seafood cake apps were AWFUL. it tased fishy, which means the seafood was old or not good prior to it being cooked. I don't know if seafood has grades like beef, but these would be the lowest. It tasted very fishy and very salty like sea water. Someone tried the barramundi fish which smelled TERRIBLE and tasted just as bad. They didn't finish the food and got a steak instead. DONT GET THE LOBSTER, they have 3 upcharged dinners you can get every night, two if the choices had lobster. 3 people had it, including my GF and NONE liked it. It smelled fishy, and tasted just as worse. Being from new england, we get some of the best maine lobster, and this was tough and smelly. Its a shame and disgrace to the lobster. They definitely had these lobster sitting around for months, thawed it, then served them. I did enjoy the Beef tenderloin and strip loin. As well as the desserts. The apple pie was very waxy and chewy so stay away from that. The Comedian was pretty good, and the shows were good too, but as I said, its mostly 70s theme shows so if you don't know much about that time period then you might want to pass on it. The adult games shows were awesome, and the marriage game show was also, but there were not many, again because of the smaller ship size there are less activities than a medium or larger ship. Most things on the daily schedule were very kid oriented and for older people. Trivia was enjoyable, but each trivia games lasted 20 minutes so not something for a lasting entertainment value. There is only one pool and its lays crowded with no swimming, just people sitting in it. No adult only pools. Key West was great, RC didnt offer any snorkel or water exurcsion similar to it so we booked a snorkel there a 3rd party which was excellent. They left right from the cruise pier area, and got back with plenty of time to spare. Cuba was an excellent experience, and is the only reason, in addition to the cheap price, we picked this particular cruise. Having said all this I would go on RC again, with a more modern ship. Incase anyone was wondering we didn't get internet but it was 15.99/day or 18.99 with streaming capabilities. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise because of Cuba. Been on 17 cruises but first Royal Caribbean. There was twenty of us. Six had never cruised before so their expectations were met easily. For those you have cruised before the expectation was barely ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of Cuba. Been on 17 cruises but first Royal Caribbean. There was twenty of us. Six had never cruised before so their expectations were met easily. For those you have cruised before the expectation was barely met. The service was ok but I have rarely asked twice for needed items. I am not demanding at all but asking for an extra pillow should not take 3 attempts! Just an example. We were chastised in the dining room by the waiter for moving from our table to another table reserved for our group! Cuba was wonderful! We used Havana Journeys! What a wonderful group of guides we had! Miguel was my group's guide. He was so warm and friendly it was contagious. His knowledge at such a young age was remarkable. The cruise was a success despite to ups and downs encountered on the cruise. Thanks Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
The ship seemed old certain lounges smelled like smoky motel rooms , the cabin was clean but once again out dated, Plumbing issues on my floor for three of the four nights It smelled like pure poop on deck 5. Dining was ok it would have ... Read More
The ship seemed old certain lounges smelled like smoky motel rooms , the cabin was clean but once again out dated, Plumbing issues on my floor for three of the four nights It smelled like pure poop on deck 5. Dining was ok it would have been nice to have a vegetarian option in fine dining each night they charged us $14.50 a day each person for restaurant dinning find out if its optional because they use a lot of the buffet food expect for maybe steak, Entertainment would have been nice to be able to go to every activity but it seems like they were all going on at the same time, Service was good, Port of tampa was easy to go through however BEWARE, they lie to you to get you to book an excursion in CUBA threats of IRS audits and even cuban police arresting you if you don't book an excursion. You dont have to if you don't want to!!! on there paper work I choose #4 other and checked of for the Cuban people, ALSO be prepared for the $75.00 Cuban Visa fee for each person. CUBA Old Havana looked like a war zone and or like an earthquake hit. People begging on the streets. Very sad to say the least. I made the best of it went to the cathedrals an walked to the museums, food was horrible eat a hardy breakfast bring snacks eat on the boat!! BRING TOILET TISSUE and lots of dollar bills and fives they tell you you have to change currency but i saw a lot of American money being exchanged in CUBA AND BUY A CASE OF WATER its gets costly. Aside from booking cost, I spent and additional $700 over my budget in unexpected fees and and I was not partying or gambling every night either!!! look on line for your parking needs its over $140 parking at the port. Key West was the best part of my trip but this particular cruise I would not go again. Read Less
Majesty of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 3.6
Dining 3.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.0 3.8
Public Rooms 3.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.8
Enrichment 2.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 3.0 3.8
Rates 3.0 4.3

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