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4 Brisbane to Asia Cruise Reviews

Like the itinerary with lots of Sea days to rest and recharge. Also got to see Darwin Australia, Kaohsiung(Taiwan) besides the usual Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore, Phu My(Vietnam) and Hong Kong. Ship was big, and nice. Room was a mini ... Read More
Like the itinerary with lots of Sea days to rest and recharge. Also got to see Darwin Australia, Kaohsiung(Taiwan) besides the usual Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore, Phu My(Vietnam) and Hong Kong. Ship was big, and nice. Room was a mini suite(upgraded from a premium balcony), very comfortable, Excellent room service. Sea was calm until South China sea. Mostly Australian on the ship with lots of Asian from Australia. US pax are the minority. Lots of Fancy, high end stores, on board. Too expensive! Piazza was large, busy daily with all kinds of activities. Casino was fun on the Penny machines, not much table activities throughout the cruise(except for Black Jack Tournament), feel sorry for the casino attendants standing at their table side all morning, afternoon and waiting for table players to play! Love the Asian exercise equipment at the aft of the ship for stretching and muscle toning, very simple but effective! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was my second repositioning cruise on the Majestc. The first one was from Shanghai to Sydney in Aug/Sep 2018. Cabin: On this current occasion I traveled with friends (a couple). We had adjacent balcony cabins on deck 14. We ... Read More
This was my second repositioning cruise on the Majestc. The first one was from Shanghai to Sydney in Aug/Sep 2018. Cabin: On this current occasion I traveled with friends (a couple). We had adjacent balcony cabins on deck 14. We chose this cruise because we wanted a cruise that terminated in Hong Kong. My cabin was comfortable except for the very soft pillows that Princess now has. Also, there was a strong smell of stale urine in the bathroom. This was also the case on the earlier cruise when I had an inside cabin. Despite several attempts on both occasions by the cabin stewards to remove the smell, it lingered. Dining: The food overall was very good. We had anytime dining, and ate in the dining room sometimes. We also ate at the International Marketplace, Harmony Restaurant, Crown Grill, Alfredo's, La Mer, and the Noodle Bar, and we did the Chef's Table dining. I thought the Crown Grill on this ship was the best of any ship. The food was excellent and cooked to perfection. I didn't care for the food in the Harmony Restaurant. One of the dishes was very nice but the others were rather bland. La Mer was OK. We ate at Alfredo's quite a few times. Like the food there. Had quite a few lunches at the Noodle Bar. The Chef's Table was not as good as some I've had in the past; more emphasis on presentation rather than flavour. And the food in both the dining rooms and the International Marketplace was pretty good. Ship: I don't particularly like its design which I understand was tailored to the Chinese market. The ship lacks the bar/lounge areas which Australians, including me, seem to like, such as Wheelhouse, Explorers, Skywalkers and Crooners. There was a Crooners on the Majestic but it was the casino's high rollers room converted. Not a crowd-friendly space and tucked away in a corner next to the casino. This was also the nightclub but it didn't really work as that either. The ship has a space called Princess Live on Deck 7 midship. It's like a small theatre. It doesn't really work well for most of the events that it's used for. The seating is quite uncomfortable; there is no bar and wait staff from the nearest bar up the passage have difficulty taking orders and delivering drinks. Apart from a bench across the back of the room, there are no tables so activities like trivia and bingo are difficult there. Also, the Promenade deck walking area does not go right around the ship. It does run up both sides of the ship but it's very narrow in parts and walking is very difficult if there's anyone else in the area. The Princess Theatre has 800 seats for 3500 passengers. This meant that you'd need to get there more than half an hour before a show to have any chance of getting a seat. Most of the activities were held in the Piazza as there was really nowhere much else to have them. A couple of times when we were dining at Alfredo's (on Deck 6 in the Piazza), the music in the Piazza was so loud that we couldn't have a conversation. The Majestic has an adults area on Deck 17 called the Hollywood Observatory. It's an indoor area that has a good sized pool, a bar, lots of lounges and other seating, include cabanas which can be closed off for privacy. A lovely area except for two things - some recorded birdsong which is really unnecessary and gets on your nerves after a while; and the fact that the whole area is air conditioned. That's OK if you've gone there just to read or play games, etc, but it makes it very cold when you come out of the pool! Entertainment: The entertainment was very good overall. Some excellent performers, and the production shows were great. Lots of activities. We never had trouble finding something enjoyable to do. Service: The service on the ship, as always, was excellent, although I noticed that there seemed to be less wait staff than usual in some areas. This meant that there were sometimes delays in getting vacated tables cleared, or getting a drink. This was my fourth cruise with Captain Dino Sagani at the helm. While his daily noon navigation reports were always informative, I've never seen him or his officers out and about the ship other than at official functions. Ports: While the number of ports was small (only 6 including Hong Kong), there was plenty to do at each. I found the destination presentation for Kaohsiung to be very helpful in getting a feel for the logistics of the place. The only Princess shore excursion I did was to Long Tan and Nui Dat in Vietnam. So much Australian military history in that part of the world. We were privileged to participate in a short memorial service while at the Long Tan Memorial. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Would I go again on the Majestic? Probably not. I don't care for that class of ship. I much prefer the Grand or Gem class. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We had a wonderful trip on the Legend of the Seas. The weather was absolutely beautiful, the seas smooth and the service absolutely brilliant. We mostly ate in the dining room and found the food good but the portions were often too ... Read More
We had a wonderful trip on the Legend of the Seas. The weather was absolutely beautiful, the seas smooth and the service absolutely brilliant. We mostly ate in the dining room and found the food good but the portions were often too large and the desserts too sweet! We were on a fixed dining table with a really good group of people. The staff seemed genuinely happy! The napkin folded animals, the tooth pick puzzles and the "tricks" that our waiters presented us with were added fun! We loved the national songs performed on the dining room staircase by the dining room staff prior to arrival in their countries of birth eg Bali and the Philippines. The "washy, washy" girls at the entrance to the Windjammer Restaurant were just delightful. We were disappointed that there was no afternoon tea options! The entertainment was generally very good but the standout for us was the singer Chris Powley, it was a privilege to be entertained by a performer of his standard! The Ukrainian ballroom specialty dancers were wonderful and the orchestra and specialty bands were very good. We really enjoyed Upscale Trio. The movies on board were current and could be viewed on pool screen, in theatre or in cabin on TV. There were a huge number of activities on board that catered to all. The jogging track, the rock climbing wall and the mini golf were added features. Keith Williams, the cruise director did a good job! We also enjoyed the lectures on Reprogramming the Brain given by Dr. Cie Scott. We did a couple of Shore Excursions. They were okay but I prefer independent port travel and felt that only limited information was available from both the Shore Excursion Desk and the Guest Relations desk about the ports if you were not intending going on a ship tour. The ship is showing signs of its age and is ready for a refit, or sale! It looked "tired". The mattress was soft and well worn and with a back issue I felt like I was in a hammock. A timber board placed under the mattress helped this but I had expected more from a modern cruise ship!!! The linen and pillows were well worn and there were no complimentary toiletries. There was no fridge but there was an electric jug with tea and coffee making facilities which was super! The temperature in the cabin could be self regulated which was good but the system did not seem to turn itself off. I wonder could this have been responsible for the virulent chest infection that both my husband and I contracted, even though we had our flu vaccine before taking the cruise!! There was a small sofa and plenty of drawers and adequate hanging space. We enjoyed our daily coffee at Latte-Tudes and the smiling face of Jessie. We like the Loyalty Card but found the choice of cakes/biscuits in the cabinet too sweet and there was no variety. It would have been good to have had a savoury alternative! We were surprised that there was no longer chocolates on our bed at night. We always found this made us feel very special however, we did appreciate our towel animals - don't stop these! We greatly missed not having a copy of "Australia Today" delivered to our stateroom daily, as has been the case on every other cruise ship we have sailed on. This service is provided to passengers from a range of countries including USA, UK, Germany etc. When my husband enquired at Guest Services it was suggested that he purchase a WiFi package and download it from there!!! It was good to see the captain on deck as we disembarked in Hong Kong farewelling us! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Cruised 18 days Brisbane, Australia to Hong Kong. Embarkation okay, a few computer problems, but not bad. Cabin very nice - superior balcony, deck 7 #7112. Very roomy, lots of storage, nice bathroom. Pros: Purchased Ultimate Drink ... Read More
Cruised 18 days Brisbane, Australia to Hong Kong. Embarkation okay, a few computer problems, but not bad. Cabin very nice - superior balcony, deck 7 #7112. Very roomy, lots of storage, nice bathroom. Pros: Purchased Ultimate Drink package on sale last year for US$19/day instead of $59.95 - really a steal!; contract entertainers were very good, RC singers and dancers were average for the industry; good service by all "hands on" staff; nice outdoor movie screen; lots of very comfortable public seating; great cabin; temperature on the ship was very well-maintained; although the staff at Guest Services sometimes had issues with English, they always followed up with a call to see if the problem had been resolved; buffet very well-organized, no lines, not much variety - same carrots, cauliflower, broccoli vegetable mix EVERY day, but good Indian food; casino was non-smoking (Yay). Cons: No self service laundry, laundry "specials" were US$30 for a bag of underwear and PJs only - no outerware (as a result, sometime the ship looked like a Sicilian tenement with laundry hanging from many of the balconies when we were in port - I should have taken a picture!!!); limited choices in the Main DIning room, but the pasta was excellent; the pool deck in the Solarium was very slippery when wet, so I could did swim as that was the only pool with stairs into the pool - a problem for elderly clients; age limits of 65 on some of their shore excursions (2 out of 4 in Palawan); unable to store our suitcases under the bed (smaller ones will probably fit); not every balcony cabin had a refrigerator ( ours did) some guests were upset that they did not; you cannot hear the overhead announcements in your cabin (speakers turned off, no TV channel to turn to)-you have to open your door-ridiculous!; buffet set up in the main dining room for breakfast - if you ordered fruit, yogurt, cereal, etc., you were expected to go get it yourself - the reason most go to dining room is to be waited upon, not carry your own plates; the shore excursion meetings need to be revamped - very inconvenient for the passengers who have to enter the theater, walk down to the stage, and walk back up to the exits, fighting the people coming down. When asked why they did it this way instead of handing out stickers at the entrance, they answered "This way is easier for us.". We enjoyed this cruise, but prefer NCL and Princess, so may not return to RCCL - this was our second cruise with them and it fell short of meeting our expectations. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016

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