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6 Barcelona Princess Majestic Princess Cruise Reviews

We booked this cruise in July, 2016. It was the week and route we wanted and I read that it was a new ship. We have sailed on a brand new ship before and loved it, so this sounded perfect. Unfortunately, nowhere in the literature back ... Read More
We booked this cruise in July, 2016. It was the week and route we wanted and I read that it was a new ship. We have sailed on a brand new ship before and loved it, so this sounded perfect. Unfortunately, nowhere in the literature back then did it say anything about this ship being designed for the Asian market. The changes made on this new ship did not make it as enjoyable as previous Princess cruises. The Food - The food in both the World buffet and the dining room left a lot to be desired. In the buffet, the food was always cold. The waiters were not particularly attentive as we have experienced on previous Princess cruises. There were two sections to the World buffet, and often the selections were different. We seemed to always pick the wrong side to sit on! Our best lunch was at the pool. We had cheeseburgers and fries. We really missed the pizza parlor that is by the pool on the other Princess ships. We ate dinner in the Anytime Dining Room on 6 of the 7 nights. We had an excellent waiter (Michael J) on three nights only! Unfortunately, on the other nights our waiters seemed inexperienced. Shops - The addition of the "designer" brand shops was not a good thing. Perhaps they will see more use when they relocate to their new Asian Market. Excursions- We did ship excursions in three ports. They were all very nice with excellent tour guides. We did private tours in Florence and Rome. Passengers' Service Desk- This was completely understaffed. The line was always long and moved at a snail's pace. On the first night of the cruise I stopped by this desk to get a small amount of pounds that we would need for a taxi on our return to the ship from the Rock of Gibraltar cable car. Our excursion was one way only and you had to find your own way back. I was shocked when I was told they didn't have any pounds. They "got rid of them" on the previous cruise! Spa - We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the thermal pool and took advantage of it every night after dinner. We also tried several sessions of acupuncture for the first time and loved our clinician and the results. Princess Air - This was the first time we used this service and it was excellent! We were able to select the flights and dates we wanted and selected our seats 10 months ahead of time. The price was cheaper than if we had booked it ourselves. Overall - Unfortunately this was our least favorite Princess cruise. We will definitely sail on Princess again, but I will select the ship more carefully. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We boarded in Barcelona great city. Embarkation easy. We liked the ports this cruise offered and being a new ship were so excited to sail on her, We were on the Majestic Princess for 35 nights Barcelona to Singapore for our trip of a ... Read More
We boarded in Barcelona great city. Embarkation easy. We liked the ports this cruise offered and being a new ship were so excited to sail on her, We were on the Majestic Princess for 35 nights Barcelona to Singapore for our trip of a lifetime. The ship herself is beautiful and new but not a ship for entertaining her travellers. The Piazza was always busy for line dancing and ballroom lessons it seemed, day and night, when the entertainment of Evolution was on board it was a breath of fresh air to be able to enjoy the music and dance but after Dubai the new band was terrible, very poor entertainment for a princess ship. Heddon Band great and Arny G great for relaxing with a drink in the evening. Grill Bar was the only place to be entertained but had to dance on carpet or in the passage. Cruise Director Dan organised nothing much for the pleasure of passengers, Paper Plane making, Juggling lessons, not for me. Bingo on sea days was good but costly for 4 games. We were bored most sea days as was many other passengers, it was very hot to sit by the very small pool area for too long. Food was good in Market Place but fruit terrible and not fresh. MDR food was good. Harmony Restaurant fair. Grill Bar Restaurant great. Chef's Table excellent. Vines Bar is great but only opened at night and does not serve sushi as on other Princess ships. Vista Lounge a crazy setup with the gaming setup. Karaoke Area never used so Lawn Bowls played in the passage of Karaoke Area. No great discounted sale days, the high end shops always empty. Most Staff were very pleasant and some outstanding but some really didn't want to be there it seemed and were not interested in more than getting through each day. Disembarkation was easy and Singapore a lovely city. Having met some great people on this cruise made it enjoyable but it lacked a great deal of Entertainment and the new layout for the Chinese market is certainly not to our liking. We missed Crooners Bar, Explorers Lounge, Wheelhouse Bar, Larger Pools, Wakeview Pool area. PublicToilets never working and never clean. Public areas often not clean. We love Princess but will not sail on the Majestic again, and hope Princess do not stay with the concept of this ships layout. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Me and husband have certain expectation when decide to go for Majestic Princess cruise ship, as most of our friends have very high regards of all the Princess cruises. Given Majestic Princess has launched on April 14 this year. We ... Read More
Me and husband have certain expectation when decide to go for Majestic Princess cruise ship, as most of our friends have very high regards of all the Princess cruises. Given Majestic Princess has launched on April 14 this year. We did 7 nights (cartegena, gilbratar, Toulon, Livorno, civittavechia) The ship is HUGE, but the overall services not being able to keep up to its size! What a disappointment becuz, no matter the services of photographers, services at eating outlet, food quality, wine selections, entertainments are not up to the standard. We expected the dining at evening might be much better, again, the food were not fresh enough, tasteless, often the food were luke warm, if not cold, when dishes arrived to our table. My room with balcony was pretty small, compare with other competitor. No couch or coffee table in my room. Entertainment programs were boring. Not sure if the management of Princess have the budget Issue or want? The ladies washroom right by the Theratre on deck 6 was dirty and smelly!!!! The staffs in the food serving area were impatient during breakfast! We paid the normal fare for Majestic Princess, definitely NOT value for money! What I can say is, won't choose Princess in future. Have to stick with other cruise ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We were originally booked on a Panama and Alaska cruises but due to problems with visas had to cancel and re-book the Mediterranean. This caused a few problems with transferring of deposits which were originally refused but nicely resolved ... Read More
We were originally booked on a Panama and Alaska cruises but due to problems with visas had to cancel and re-book the Mediterranean. This caused a few problems with transferring of deposits which were originally refused but nicely resolved by Princess in Sydney (thanks). The ship was almost new. I think it had done 2 or 3 cruises before ours which we joined in Barcelona. Biggest criticism was the cruise was presented as a 28 day cruise but in fact was 4 x 7 day back-to-back cruises. Essentially it was like the movie 'Groundhog Day' with 4 balloon drops, 4 champagne waterfall, 4 captains circle functions and same food menus every 7 days, same shows, movies etc. - you get the picture. Thankfully only one muster drill. Food in the dining room was nice (but repetitive on a 7 day cycle). Wait staff were professional, engaged and generally excellent. Personally, I have never been a fan of buffets (on or off the water), so I can't say much more other than 'adequate'. Organisation of the stations and layout was somewhat confusing and always seemed to have at least one section closed/changing over. Dinner in the Crown Grill (a freebie from the travel agent) was nice but I do have an aversion to paying for 'specialty' restaurants on a ship. Balcony cabin on deck 15 was nice and fairly similar to others across most of the Princess fleet. Obviously new furniture, fittings etc. Everything worked OK for the full 28 days. Cabin steward mostly unseen who kept everything in tip-top shape. We ran into several staff/crew from previous Princess cruises who had been transferred to the new ship to assist a lot of 'newer' crew on the ship's (eventual) passage and home porting to Asia. It was nice to be recognised by crew from cruises 12-18 months previously. There were no port lectures (which we usually enjoy). Apparently they were due to start a couple of weeks after we were leaving the ship. As for entertainment, there really wasn't much of it and hope it was only a teething/new ship thing. The shows we did see were incredibly loud - almost painful. I suggest a set of travel ear plugs - they work wonders! The Vista lounge seemed a very wasted and mostly empty space. Full of mah-jong tables that seem to make seating difficult if/when something was on in the lounge. Not too many people seemed interested in the 'high-end' boutique stores. The bars they replaced were missed as it took away from the 'cruising' feel of the ship. We did a lot of ship shore tours. These are always expensive (not unique to the Majestic or Princess). Most were long days but enjoyable. Ports in Turkey were cancelled due to regional 'unrests' which led to multiple visits to the some ports and deletion of Malta, however we had plenty of notice (pre-cruise) and could organise accordingly. Embarkation and disembarkation were excellent with minimal waits. Overall, an average cruise which I hope will get better as teething problems are sorted. I will make sure about the 4x7 next time as it detracted from the overall experience Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I have been on 25 plus cruises, however, this was my first experience with Princess. We booked this cruise strictly because of the ports. We arrived at the terminal in Barcelona at noon and we were on the ship less than 20 minutes ... Read More
I have been on 25 plus cruises, however, this was my first experience with Princess. We booked this cruise strictly because of the ports. We arrived at the terminal in Barcelona at noon and we were on the ship less than 20 minutes later. Yeah that is great and all but they don't deal with credit cards or making any changes at the port; you have to stand in the TERRIBLY long line at Guest Services on the boat. By the way, you can't see a detailed list of charges on your TV or phone, you have to go down to the 5th floor UGH! No kiosks to make payments either. Really Princess? Unlike the other reviews, I thought the decor was nice. Simple and clean. My mom and I booked a mini suite but it looked like a normal balcony room with a large shower. Not a big difference at all. The walls were so thin that we could hear our neighbors cough and we could hear their entire conversation. Our cabin steward was great and I like how Princess cleans the room twice a day. I also disagree with most of the reviews, we had a great dining experience. The food was never cold and the service was great in the MDR. Princess offers one of the best buffets on any ship I have ever been on. HANDS DOWN! The casino is very small and they literally have less than 10 slot machine options. We found ourselves very bored after dinner so we spent most of our night in the casino. The entertainment is just not up to par. No deck party, no real club, Bingo is only once per sailing, etc. The karaoke room is not promoted at all. Whoever writes the Princess Patter should be fired, they don't list ANYTHING important. The Lotus Spa was well worth the money. I had a massage and 2 blowouts and it was reasonably priced with great service. Make sure you book your excursions ahead of time because the shore excursion desk is never open. I want that job for sure! I swear they are open 2 hours a day. The excursions were VERY EXPENSIVE but we felt safe being in a guided group tour. Their internet is a JOKE!!!! $60 for 100 minutes and I had to wait in line for over 2 hours total. Complete nightmare with 1 employee for 3,000 guests. Oh and the public restrooms were disgusting. I think they were cleaned once a day if that. Customer service is not Princess' thing, that is for sure. At times we even felt disrespected from the staff *cough cough Elena* I think that will be my first and last time with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Wasn't overwhelmed to be honest. It was ok. Décor is very 1990s - dark and carpets are awful! Internet is a rip off .... and be careful to ensure that you log off completely if using the 80c per minute service on your phone. I ... Read More
Wasn't overwhelmed to be honest. It was ok. Décor is very 1990s - dark and carpets are awful! Internet is a rip off .... and be careful to ensure that you log off completely if using the 80c per minute service on your phone. I had to report to the Internet Manager about this problem. A very grumpy individual and barely spoke a word to me. The gratuity of 13.50 daily really is too high. Staff were nice of course and they have a tough job to do. But nobody stood out as being amazing. The cabin was dusty from beginning to end. The beds were made everyday and towels changed, that's it. Don't buy the soda package. Bad value unless you drink at least 5 cokes per day. Diet drinks not included! Crazy! If you're a vegetarian, be prepared to live on lettuce and tomatoes. Sometimes they have a vegetarian dish but not tasty at all. I wouldn't go again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Majestic Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.6
Entertainment 4.0 3.4
Public Rooms 4.0 3.7
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.6
Family 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 3.0 3.1
Service 4.5 3.9
Value For Money 4.0 3.3

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