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I chose princess as I had previously cruised with them in 2013 on the ruby princess by far the most amazing cruise I have ever done. I loved the itinerary and have always wanted to cruise with Princess up to the barrier reef. The ... Read More
I chose princess as I had previously cruised with them in 2013 on the ruby princess by far the most amazing cruise I have ever done. I loved the itinerary and have always wanted to cruise with Princess up to the barrier reef. The majestic princess looked amazing new clean we were very excited to be on the ship. This was a huge disappointment the ship is catered for an Asian market so the food was of the lower standard The entertainment was boring and the staff unfriendly. Also we felt like we were on a moving nursing home everyone on the ship was so old it was truly a geriatric cruise even my 71-year-old mother felt out of place. The entertainment at night was so dull that they had a string duo playing at 8 pm 9 pm in the main atrium. There is also no place to dance no dedicated place to dance only in the atrium where all the ballroom dances with frustrated if you got in their way. We paid a premium price for this cruise and were highly disappointed the only thing that redeemed it was the amazing itinerary I’m not sure I want to cruise princess again which makes me feel sad because the best cruise I ever did was on the Princess ship. The food was terrible just terrible my carnival cruise was better food,Actually even the p&o and MSC was better. So disappointed such an Asian ship it does not belong in the Australian market its really catered to the asian market. It was a floating nursing home a geriatric flop with bad food and boring entertainment the only good entertainment was zinger band they were amazing. . Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
New ship and very very big. Great ship...Ports of call were interesting, should have been longer at Singapore and Vietnam, so much to see and do. Food menu was very disappointing in the Lido bar. Very repetitive and boring. ... Read More
New ship and very very big. Great ship...Ports of call were interesting, should have been longer at Singapore and Vietnam, so much to see and do. Food menu was very disappointing in the Lido bar. Very repetitive and boring. Disappointed with photo deals....no package offered...only digital copies promoted....not good! Ping pong tables were unsuitably positioned, in the wind rain and heat....should have been indoors. Gym was good, did not feel uncomfortable. Overall entertainment in Princess Theatre was good but not great, could have been better. Enjoyed the music and entertainment by the band Opus. Line dancing Flash mob Choir and yukelele was great. Balloon drop and staff entertainment was enjoyable. Loved The Majestic Princess overall. Looking forward to next cruise with Princess, already paid future cruise deposit in anticipation of a great holiday in 2020/2021. Hope my review will contribute to better changes in the future for all passengers concerned. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
The Majestic Princess is an amazing ship. The staff and crew were fantastic and provided an outstanding level of service. One of the highlights has to be sailing through the Fiordlands. Absolutely stunning and we enjoyed this mostly from ... Read More
The Majestic Princess is an amazing ship. The staff and crew were fantastic and provided an outstanding level of service. One of the highlights has to be sailing through the Fiordlands. Absolutely stunning and we enjoyed this mostly from our balcony. There is so much to do on the ship if you choose to or you can simply relax. I would highly recommend the Chef's Table. This is worth every extra penny and as long as you enjoy fabulous food and service, then you will love it. It is also a great chance to dress up and for the men to wear sports jackets (not necessary but looks good). The food in the dining areas is fantastic and the service across the ship amazing. The bar and dining staff really know how to look after you. The entertainment on the ship is of an extremely high standard. Lots of places to sit and have a drink with friends before deciding where you will eat your dinner. You will love it. We will certainly be cruising with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Choose the cruise for ease of journey and a number of places in New Zealand we had missed previously. We were impressed with Dunedin and fascinated with the history and beauty of Napier. Having been to Auckland before we decided to take ... Read More
Choose the cruise for ease of journey and a number of places in New Zealand we had missed previously. We were impressed with Dunedin and fascinated with the history and beauty of Napier. Having been to Auckland before we decided to take the ferry over to Davenport, an easy choice as the ferry is right on the wharf where Majestic Princess docked. It was a lovely 15 minute ride which showcased the harbour and the little town itself was pretty and very visitor friendly; we had lunch there and browsed interesting shops before returning to Auckland. The itinerary Proved to be just the ticket! Every staff member we encountered on the ship were without fail, friendly, efficient and helpful, from wheelchair assistance at embarkation and disembarkation, to dining and stateroom staff. Caught up with all the latest movies under the stars and in cabin and really enjoyed The Crown grill, La Mer and Alfredos. Symphony dining staff were also superb. Joined the pop choir and made some new friends ….All in all loved it and are excited to return next year. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Such a fantastic ship and the step up in quality from our previous provider was HUGE. I didn't think it would be that different from our previous cruises but it really was. The rooms were so much tidier and newer. The bed was very ... Read More
Such a fantastic ship and the step up in quality from our previous provider was HUGE. I didn't think it would be that different from our previous cruises but it really was. The rooms were so much tidier and newer. The bed was very comfortable and the air con worked well. On previous cruises the air con didn't work which was horrid. Food was fabulous, outstanding in fact and we all put on weight lol. I think above all the dining staff were superb - they went above and beyond their duty each night and we really were grateful. We ate in the Symphony restaurant and recommend it highly. We had a meal in one of the specialty restaurants but we still preferred the Symphony. We thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment which was also a big step up from the previous provider we've used in the past. We would definitely recommend this ship over other providers of similar value. We were so impressed that we have booked two more cruises with this company. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This is our 3rd longer princess cruise and now qualify for “ruby “ (30 sea days or more) these ranks would be fine if they gave discounts for drinks, WiFi, laundry,etc. I think you get free laundry and WiFi if you go up to platinum! ... Read More
This is our 3rd longer princess cruise and now qualify for “ruby “ (30 sea days or more) these ranks would be fine if they gave discounts for drinks, WiFi, laundry,etc. I think you get free laundry and WiFi if you go up to platinum! Our Australia cruise started with 3 days at the Amora Hotel in Sydney... a very nice, quiet room in the convenient part of a large town. Even in our 60’s we opted for the bridge climb.. which was scary and fun! (Do the short one). We were told to embark on the majestic at a specific time based on your room floor.....ours was 4:pm. I have to admit... that is the fastest we ever got on a ship! The first sea day went quickly with the many new events to explore. We signed up for the you yang sanctuary in Melbourne our next port. Warning, this turned to be not what the description said... very difficult to see any kangaroos or koala! This tour would have been better if it was described as a sightseeing tour with a possibility of animal sightings! Our guide was good describing the area as we drove by. Another sea day... the Tasmania.... and Bonorong.... wow happy days!!! A tour with kangaroos, koalas and even dare devils!!!two more sea days... the the Fiordland and incredible scenery .....Dunedin,the next port was hilly and interesting. We toured and went to the batanical gardens.. also olverton house.. great if your into history and antiques in New Zealand! Akaroa, the next port.. was a hop in hop off... with a great driver who knew the area. We took the bike ride tour in Rotorua.. a super place inside a semi active volcanic area... with steaming geysers! Our trip ended in the Auckland hotel also a Amora... very nice hotel! We took another hop on hop off tour. Disembarking was long and painful from the ship and you wait for up to two hours to be called for port clearance! Eating on the ship for dining.... don’t get a set table number... if you want to meet people and have fun, ask for open dining or any time dining when you first book your cruise! Our room Stuart was so so ... he did his job, but not friendly like they usually are! The cabin was fine.... nice closet space... small balcony.. but mostly quiet and convenient. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
My family needed a cruise suitable for our range of ages and tastes and this family friendly, low stress cruise absolutely matched our needs. Very clean ship inside and out with friendly staff and fun entertainers. We travelled from ... Read More
My family needed a cruise suitable for our range of ages and tastes and this family friendly, low stress cruise absolutely matched our needs. Very clean ship inside and out with friendly staff and fun entertainers. We travelled from Sydney, Australia to Melbourne and Hobart and then went to New Zealand getting stops at Port Chalmers, Akaroa, Tauranga and Auckland. There was a large variety of activities that suited the seniors in our group as well as the younger cousins, too. From Zumba to Bingo to jaw-dropping production shows, we were thoroughly entertained onboard. Food was easy to acquire and change to our tastes as necessary for those with food allergies. I am pleased to note that there were accessible shore excursions and the entire ship was accessible for people with mobility issues. The outside and inside of the ship were truly majestic, with details everywhere to enhance the experience for guests of any culture. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Wanted to go to Australia and this was the best value for the money, We hadn't gone on Princess before but had been told by a former travel agent that they were a good line. It was a great experience so we signed up for another ... Read More
Wanted to go to Australia and this was the best value for the money, We hadn't gone on Princess before but had been told by a former travel agent that they were a good line. It was a great experience so we signed up for another cruise next February. The service was exceptional. Everyone was more than happy to help and everyone greeted us with a smile. Embarkation and disembarkation were so organzied with few delays if any. The food was great and always prepared they way it was requested. The Captain gave us an update every day which was appreciated. We were in heavy rough seas but the ship was so stable that it wasn't a problem. Our excursions went like clockwork for the most part and were just as advertised. We saw wonderful scenery and learned alot about Australia and New Zealand. I would recommend Princess Cruise lines to everyone. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
My wife and I chose this cruise to find out about this new ship. Dining in the Concerto restaurant at 5.15 was as we requested and we found the food to be of excellent quality The Theatre was good but we found it lacking a tray to ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise to find out about this new ship. Dining in the Concerto restaurant at 5.15 was as we requested and we found the food to be of excellent quality The Theatre was good but we found it lacking a tray to put your drinks as on the Sun and Sea Princesses. Also not enough seating in the Piazza when entertainment was on We did not dine at the Market on deck 16 as we found it hard going in different places. the best layout was as in the Sun and Sea Entertainment was excellent even though you had to go at least 20 minutes earlier to get a seat Another thing we missed was the Wheelhouse which was a good place to go and listen to music and dancing Will we travel on it again PROBABLY Enbarkation was smooth it took 15 minutes to get onboard the same when disenbarking The waiters we had in the dining room were excellent and would get anything we asked for Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Timing as the Cruise was over the new year and also location the ship was traveling were the important issues. Traveled on the other cruise ships during the new year eve time frame and it was very nice. This trip seemed to be smaller in ... Read More
Timing as the Cruise was over the new year and also location the ship was traveling were the important issues. Traveled on the other cruise ships during the new year eve time frame and it was very nice. This trip seemed to be smaller in activity scale when compared to other cruise trips Limited activities - Started a golf activity that was to continue - dropped without notification, no word, just dropped it. Food left a lot to be desired - Asian food represented very well however if you do not like this type of food the balance was less than acceptable - ended up eating from the kids menu for many of the meals. Became sick during the cruise and went to see the doctor - very little help - seemed as many people on the cruise were also sick with coughing and sore throats. Small room, balcony had the life boats right below the room. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Short cruise on new Majestic princess food quality and variety not up to scratch with previous cruises entertainment not that great , too much around top deck always cancelled bad weather, cruise shortened due to bad weather no ... Read More
Short cruise on new Majestic princess food quality and variety not up to scratch with previous cruises entertainment not that great , too much around top deck always cancelled bad weather, cruise shortened due to bad weather no componsation overall worsecruise than RCL & celebrity crew and staff did a fantastic job,very freindley and helpfull menu in dining room very poor with little variety compared to other cruise shiops I was expecting alot from princess having paid more than i normally wood but was totally let down on price and quality spa services too expensive, temperature in the lotus enclave, sauna & spa complexess wher way to cold most people using those facillities also agreed largest entertainment thetre filled out too quickley because it was too small for major acts. lifts where always slow and hard to catch alwas jammed packed although Nice new ship had go d decor freindly staff needed more seats around entertainment areas Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Great ship and crew. Unfortunately the weather was not good. Food good. Recommend the pizza , noodle bar and international cafe for lunch and coffee and teas. Cabin we had was long and narrow but plenty of hanging space, bed and pillows ... Read More
Great ship and crew. Unfortunately the weather was not good. Food good. Recommend the pizza , noodle bar and international cafe for lunch and coffee and teas. Cabin we had was long and narrow but plenty of hanging space, bed and pillows very good . Bathroom small but shower a reasonable size. Theater entertainments were top quality and enjoyed them very much, The show Encore was just like the shows use to be like . One tip . Not a lot of seats, get there at least 3/4 of an hour early and an hour early for Encore. Film were up to date and plenty of them. For hearing impaired people the TV in the cabins have captioned films. As usual Art auctions, face lifts, feet info, the same old stuff on all ships now. Shops are all very expensive. So by passed them. Spa still double the price what you can get at home. Internet expensive and very slow. Drinks prices between $7- $15 . Wine labels not the best and they ran out early of the best one, bottled water $3.25, coffee and teas about $3.. All in all a great trip around New Zealand. Did our own things on shore. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this particular cruise because Australia/New Zealand had yet to be checked off our bucket list AND we wanted to try out the Majestic Princess. My husband and I have cruised 20+ times with Princess and generally know what to expect ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise because Australia/New Zealand had yet to be checked off our bucket list AND we wanted to try out the Majestic Princess. My husband and I have cruised 20+ times with Princess and generally know what to expect on their ships... or at least we thought we did. We were in for a few surprises! Everyone told us to spend our time in New Zealand and not to worry too much about Australia, so we stayed four additional nights pre-cruise in Auckland and only one night post cruise in Sydney. Our Auckland hotel (Mount Richmond) was near the airport and was a real pit. It was clean, but it was also noisy, uncomfortable, and had crappy parking. Thankfully, we were only ever there to sleep as we rented a car and drove several hours each day to take in the sights and activities available. New Zealand is Awesome! With the exception of Auckland, the cities are all beautiful. Around every corner we discovered scenery more breathtaking than what we had just seen. We visited Hobbiton in Matamata, toured the glow worm, Aranui, and Ruakuri caves in Waitomo, visited the Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton), and of course did a general tour of Auckland. We had a great time sampling ice cream (my fave) and trying excellent restaurants in several cities. Pro tip- In NZ, they have an ice cream flavor called Hokey Pokey. I'd never heard of it and I REALLY know ice cream. It's basically vanilla with butterscotch candy pieces mixed in, and definitely worth a try. So fast forward to embarkation day... We had purchased a transfer from the airport to the ship through Princess. We returned our rental car and reported to baggage claim to find the Princess Rep. (around 11am). The rep says "We're getting ready to load the last shuttle. Did they not tell you what time to meet us?" Um, no, they did not. In fact, I was worried that we were going too early! I guess it's good we got there when we did. So they hurry and march us to a holding area, which they sometimes do, and we wait for another 30 minutes or so before loading us onto the bus. And then the fun really begins! We're told that our transfer also includes a tour of Auckland (Yea! I'm being facetious, I could not have been less pleased). So what should have been a relatively short ride took 3 times as long. Plus the driver tells us up front she's not a tour guide, but she'll do her best. She was right, she was NOT a tour guide. Evidently, the port was overwhelmed with people boarding so they told the busses to stall. Had I known, I would have grabbed an Uber. Once we finally got to the port, it was complete chaos. The lines were not managed in anyway and it seemed like a mob without order. In retrospect, I believe 60% of the passengers on this voyage were first timers and that could have contributed to the confusion. But Princess could have done a better job. In general, I believe most cruises are as good or bad as your attitude, so I'll just list some of the major differences that surprised us (most not in a good way). 1. No Gelato bar! Anywhere! Not even a little mini station at the end of the International Cafe. Did I mention my love of ice cream? Sad, sad day for me. 2. No Prego Pizzaria! What?! Now hubby is sad too. Pizza on deck has always been one of our favorites and it has been replaced with a noodle bar. 3. No night club. Some ships have Skywalkers, the Regal and Royal have Club 6, the Majestic has nothing. I believe I mentioned ice cream? Those calories don't disappear on their own! They did use the atrium as the night club starting at 11pm but it lacked the ambiance of a dedicated club. Just not the same... 4. The jogging track was a joke! I don't know how to describe it except too narrow, full of obstacles, and pretty much useless for jogging. You could walk it successfully, but that defeats the purpose. 5. Abbreviated menu in Alfredo's. Alfredo's is still wonderful, but they have removed the salads and most of the appetizers that we have enjoyed in the past. I hope this isn't a fleet-wide change. 6. Drink packages are only available on embarkation day. Since when?! Note to self: no matter how busy you are unpacking, attending muster drills, meeting people and checking out the ship... get your darn package the first day or you're out of luck. (Pro tip- you can still order prior to your cruise, I just forgot to do it). 7. What happened to the Princess luxury bed? It wasn't in my mini suite that's for sure! The bed was so uncomfortable I even tried to sleep on the couch one night. It wasn't any better. 8. How can the newest ship in the fleet still have the old crappy internet?! Really?? I was surprised that the medallion concept had not been integrated into this ship, but really annoyed that they hadn't at least upgraded the internet. Seriously. 9. I did check out the menus at Le Mer and Harmony, but neither really appealed to us. We do LOVE the Crown Grill though and usually go 2-3 times on every cruise. 10. I maintain that the live orchestra is one of the best things Princess has going for them. We love it! They also had wonderful entertainers including Chris Watkins who we've seen before and thoroughly enjoy. 11. Our cruise was over Halloween and they offered make-up application to those who signed up in advance. It was great! I was going as Cleopatra and they did a much better job than I could have done with it. 12. And of course, ice cream! For those who do not know, Princess makes all of their ice cream from scratch each day and they have some really interesting flavors, but they are only available in the dining room. So many new flavors on this trip!! My hubby and I have been trying and rating all the ice cream on our last few trips and I will post that list separately. :) Beyond the above mentioned differences, everything was as expected. The food was excellent, the shows were good, I always book our tours independently and disembarkation was a breeze. Pro tip- if you book this same itinerary (Auckland to Sydney) get a cabin on the port side. We had the best views through the entire cruise! We only stayed one additional day in Sydney but I wish we had stayed longer. Our hotel was the Meriton Suites (Campbell St.) in Chinatown. We reserved a studio which had everything you can imagine including a dishwasher and washing machine! Not necessary for one night, but cool to have the option. There was much more to do and see in Sydney than what we had time for. I guess we'll have to plan another trip! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was the Majestic Princess, 10/10/2018 sailing Australia/ New Zealand. First, the good: 1. The crew and service was first rate. I was inspired by these hard working people with fantastic attitudes. No criticism in this review ... Read More
This was the Majestic Princess, 10/10/2018 sailing Australia/ New Zealand. First, the good: 1. The crew and service was first rate. I was inspired by these hard working people with fantastic attitudes. No criticism in this review should take away from them. 2. The ship is gorgeous and our cabin (E726) was amazing. 3. We loved the itinerary. The cruise itself was a fantastic experience. Now, unfortunately are the issues I wish someone had told me prior to booking. Understand, whereas I'm not a 50+ cruise person, I have done 6 of them and have other Princess cruises to provide comparison. 1. We experienced SIGNIFICANT vibrations in our cabin sufficient enough to create rattles (noise). The vibrations were while underway and seemed to be triggered by rougher seas or faster speeds (anything that stressed the ship in the slightest). It seemed there was a balance issue in the drive system. We've been on other cruises in rougher seas and never had this experience. We had several sleep challenged nights. 2. The food was VERY disappointing and fell well below the expectations from our last Princess cruise. We thought maybe they were compermising to drive people to the specialty restaurants but those were disappointing as well. We found the food bland and flavorless. The dishes weren't very exciting and the food quality low (as in cafeteria quality). The Marketplace Buffett was better than the dining room but still far less than a lower end Vegas buffet. The specialty restaurants claim to be very high end but are little more than the dining room food repackaged. 3. Entertainment was disappointing to the point of being embarrassing for Princess. The bar entertainment demonstrated far more talent than the production shows. Some where better than others but because the worst were SO BAD it made mediocre seem good. With all the talent in the world there is no excuse for this. Our last Princess cruise had excellent entertainment so we know it's possible. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Do not book mini suite E719 unless you are a smoker!! Our balcony directly above outdoor smoking area! Unable to use balcony or even open door to balcony due to cigarette smell. Even well after all in bed the smell lingered! This should be ... Read More
Do not book mini suite E719 unless you are a smoker!! Our balcony directly above outdoor smoking area! Unable to use balcony or even open door to balcony due to cigarette smell. Even well after all in bed the smell lingered! This should be advertised as a mini suite above smoking area! Couldnt even have a surprise tomantic dinner on the balcony due to the horrible smell! Ruined it! The cruise itself was great altho personally too many people! The theatre was way too small for the crowds! Pushing and shoving to get seats for both shows every night! If you ate at the first seating you had to eat quickly and run to the theatre to wait for the show! Very dissapointing! As always food delicious and no complaints of service or staff! Will stick with smaller ships on Princess in the future and will definitely make sure I am no where near a smoking area Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this cruise because we hadn't cruised with Princess before, and Majestic Princess was available at a realistic price from Sydney to Auckland. We were delighted with the decor and ambience of the ship, it really is ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we hadn't cruised with Princess before, and Majestic Princess was available at a realistic price from Sydney to Auckland. We were delighted with the decor and ambience of the ship, it really is beautifully decorated. Everywhere you went there was evidence of careful thought and design, pleasing to the eye and simple yet delightful. The entertainment was first class, the production crew, and the rest of the entertainment team were easily among the best we have cruised with. The dining room staff left nothing to be desired, the cabin steward likewise and all personnel contributed to a very pleasant experience. There were a few negative experiences, however. Overall the ship appears to accommodate 3500 approx, but some main public areas cater for much much less. The Hollywood Conservatory is an excellent area to relax, but doesn't accomodate many people. Seated forward views are only available from 3 cane suites, which can seat up 6 each, but were usually occupied by 1 person each. There were 4 or 5 card tables, but unless you were there by 7am on a sea day, you had no chance. Along each side of the conservatory were 8 or 10 or so side looking cabanas for 2-4 people each, likewise you had to be there early. The Piazza is a magnificent area, but seats far too few for the entertainment spectacles it provided. It seats around 50-60 directly, with more seats available in the bars overlooking, but only those closest to the balcony rails had a decent view. Consequently many people missed out because they couldn't bear to stand for long - a consequence of age unfortunately. The spiral staircases connecting the three decks of the Piazza are beautiful to look at, and have safety treads built in, but still need a lot of care as the width varies from side to side. When people stand on these to watch the show, you are forced to use the narrow side of the stairs, which can be dangerous if you are not careful where you place your feet. Overall the ship appears to be designed for summer/warm sea cruising. The outdoor areas are well designed for relaxation, and accommodate a lot more people than the indoor ones. There are areas dedicated to golf driving, table tennis, golf putting, basketball, shuffleboard, plus a good selection of fitness and training machines, and much more. The pools and spas were popular, unfortunately the weather was not conducive for much in the way of outdoor activity, due to strong cold winds mainly. The Hollywood pool was indoors though, and had plenty of seating poolside. One negative was that the Lido deck, and others, always appeared to be wet. This is possibly because the drainage areas around the sides of the deck were too shallow for the amount of water sloshing around, either from the sky or the swimming pools. This was also true of the Seawalk, a terrifying but not to be missed experience to look down onto the sea beneath. This also was nearly constantly wet, with the fear of tripping or slipping spoiling the experience, even though the weather was mostly light drizzle and moderate seas. The lack of a true Promenade deck was a disappointment. Yes, they call it the Promenade Deck, and you can walk along it. However you are sharing most of the deck with lifeboats, and they restrict the width of the deck down to just enough room for two average sized people to pass. Elbows-out walkers need all this room for themselves!. It is impossible to walk right around the ship on the Promenade, being blocked at bow & stern. There are some areas, mainly outside of the shops, with cane tables and chairs provided, these areas are normal deck width, and a good place to relax away from the crush of passengers, as most people never discover them. Although corrosion and wear and tear are to be expected at sea, it was disappointing to see, under the Lido deck, and visible from many stateroom balconies if you looked up, that many pipe supporting brackets and some weld lines were already starting to rust. This points to either inadequate material specifications, specifications not properly followed, or improper installation. Also noticeable was the state of some balcony railings, the varnish failing and revealing bare wood, while next door the varnish is in perfect condition. On the positive side, the airconditioning throughout the ship functioned well. In the stateroom, the controls were as responsive as A/C gets, a small adjustment in the temperature dial brought forth a corresponding change in the temperature of the room. In the theatres the room was not allowed to get uncomfortably hot before the A/C kicked in, and it brought the temperature down reasonably quickly. Nor did it become too cold, or feel that you were sitting in a draught. There was a fair amount of wind noise when it first kicked in, but only to be expected, and it soon subsided. We were disappointed to find that the Hollywood Conservatory, and the Vista lounge were often closed for 'private functions' in the afternoons or evenings. With so many people on board quiet spaces outside of your cabin were hard to find, and the restrictions these private functions imposed were irritating. The ports we called at were mostly enjoyable, we had been to all of them before, and only took two Shore Excursions, to Port Arthur(Hobart) and Lanarch Castle (Dunedin). These were both interesting and informative. The least enjoyable port was Wellington, which we know well. We had previously visited Te Papa, and the Weta Cave, along with the First World War exhibition, which should not be missed otherwise. We didn't enjoy Wellington because it was cold & windy, it was the Saturday of Labour weekend, and most of the shops were shut. The free shuttle dropped us near Cuba Street, which is quirky, ethnic, rundown and in need of a refurbishment. We tried to walk to Lambton Quay but the wind defeated us, and we returned to the ship. Napier was the best port call. Even though it was the Sunday of Labour weekend, everything appeared to be open, Emerson St was buzzing, and the Vintage Car Club turned out in force, dressed in period costume, and came to farewell us at the wharf. We took a ride in one of these, a 1929(?) Hupmobile, with a very talkative and lively driver. Napier, and Bob our driver, take a bow. All the Port calls were interesting in their own right, e.g. Melbourne is a fascinating city, and the free tram service makes it so easy to get around the city centre. Akaroa is beautiful. Tauranga is the gateway to Hobbiton, and Rotorua/Te Puia for cruisers, which are well worth seeing. Overall we very much enjoyed our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
we chose this cruise as the 1st 1 out of Aus.Embarkment and Disembarkment was SO easy.we had a splurge and booked a mini suite(room m222)and it was AWESOME,not far from the lifts at the front of the ship.The Staff were GREAT and nothing ... Read More
we chose this cruise as the 1st 1 out of Aus.Embarkment and Disembarkment was SO easy.we had a splurge and booked a mini suite(room m222)and it was AWESOME,not far from the lifts at the front of the ship.The Staff were GREAT and nothing was a problem.the food was AWESOME,the noodle bar was Yum,had heaps of seafood on board,the Italian restaurant was great,we had dinner in the Crown Grill on the 2nd night(if u pre book before u go it's $29,on board it's $35)OMG SOOO GOOD,we ate in the restaurant and the Marketplace and it was all ok.heaps of things to do all day(we won the boat building and came 2nd in the egg drop).the shows were GREAT.the bar staff new my name on the 2nd day,LOL.they do bar flair shows at the sky walk bar,great fun.We booked our tours with Moana Tours for Suva and Lautoka,$55 for 5-6 hours including lunch,great value and fun with Queen Dee-Dee as our guide,SO FUNNY,my partner did a snorkelling tour with Walking Sun Tours on Mystery Island,$25 for an hour and a half,he said it was AWESOME. We met some great people,thanks John for organizing the meet and greet and thanks for the beer.We have no complaints(why would we,we weren't at work,lol)can't wait to cruise on her again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We have traveled with Celebrity, Cunard, P & O and Princess and till now Princess was our clear favorite, but our experience over the past 3 weeks has left that favoritism in tatters! There were many negatives on this ship but I ... Read More
We have traveled with Celebrity, Cunard, P & O and Princess and till now Princess was our clear favorite, but our experience over the past 3 weeks has left that favoritism in tatters! There were many negatives on this ship but I will start with some positives. The staff were all very helpful, polite and generally good at their jobs. The ship itself was extraordinarily stable with almost NO rocking and rolling over the entire 22 days even though we traveled from Asia to Australia. Their system of taking the passports from the passengers to ease the immigration processing worked in most cases and the tendering service on the one occasion it was used was extremely smooth. Sadly, the negatives affected our cruise more than the positives, with one having a major effect on us throughout most of the trip. I will work through them in a logical order. Some are not fixable but it is probably best if you are aware of them rather than being surprised later. For this particular cruise the boarding in Shanghai was a nightmare. I am told that Princess were not responsible for the debacle in Shanghai and had indeed tried to be in control and failed. All I can suggest is that in future they avoid Shanghai altogether. It ensured most of the passengers boarded the ship in less than a positive frame of mind and could well have been part of the reason so many people were negative about the ship . For our part, the cruise was spoilt by our inability to have the balcony door open at night, but more of that shortly. On the first evening we went to dinner in the any time dining restaurant, Symphony, at 6.30 only to be handed a buzzer and told to go away and wait till it buzzed!! I assumed they had made an error as there were plenty of empty tables in the restaurant and told them I had any time dining, but they said they realised that and to take the buzzer and wait. 40 minutes later it went off and despite a preference for a table for two, we were forced to share a larger table of six if we didnt want a further delay! In all the cruises with all the different shipping lines we have sailed with that was the first time that had ever happened. Any time dining in the past referred to any time WE wanted to eat not any time the staff could fit us in! As a consequence to eating so late, I had severe indigestion that evening and in order to avoid that problem again we went to dinner at 5.45pm each night to ensure we got mostly the same table and didnt have to wait to be placed on a table. However it completely nullified the point of any time dining which is one of the main criteria we look for on a cruise. The other main essential for us is a cabin with a balcony so we can sleep with the door open at night. The reason we do this is because we enjoy fresh air and it usually avoids the problems associated with breathing recycled air conditioned air and the coughs and colds that often causes. On this cruise, despite paying so much extra for a balcony (and indeed a mini suite) we were unable to sleep with the balcony door open for all but the final few nights. The reason for that was a loud ''howling'' sound that erupted spasmodically from the wall next to the door when it was opened. Sometimes it was a high pitched whistle and other times it sounded like the night of the living dead! On the morning of the second day, we asked the cabin steward to listen to the sound and see if it could be fixed. He appeared horrified and baffled by the noise and told us he would get someone to look into it. Nothing happened so we assumed it was something structural which could not be fixed at sea and started sleeping with the door closed. Whilst it had an impact on the cruise from our point of view, we understand that sometimes there are events that are outside peoples control. However, on the 18th day an engineer came to the cabin to check our fridge and while he was there I asked if he knew what was causing the wailing sound when the door was opened. He listened to it and recorded it on his phone after tracing it to the panel of the bulkhead beside the door and told me to call reception and request a carpenter. I did this as he waited, but all that achieved was the cabin steward arrived asking if I had called for him. I explained I had asked the engineer about the noise we had told him about 2 weeks earlier and he called down to someone and spoke to them in a foreign language and left after telling me a carpenter was on his way. After a while we left the cabin as well. 8 hours later I called down to reception to ask if the carpenter had been as the noise was still there and they said he had been and not heard the noise when he opened the door and left! I had explained it wasnt constant but irregular and often. After dinner there was a message to call reception if the noise started - which it did almost immediately. They said the carpenter would be there, but it took about 2 hours for him to arrive! Around 10.15 that night the carpenter came. The noise was very much on and off and not as serious as before but he did at least hear it and started banging a hammer on a screw driver. A manager arrived part way through and then when the noise stopped they both left and the carpenter said he would check back in the morning to see if the noise was gone. In the morning we advised him it was substantially reduced but still there a little and he then filled several gaps with silicone and from then on it was perfect. However it was annoying to discover we had paid for a mini suite for the balcony and not been able to use it for all but the final 3 nights despite pointing out the problem on the first full day! We may as well have paid for an ocean view for all the good of it. THAT issue obviously had a major impact on our cruise and its enjoyment. But it was not the only one. On the Majestic there is no promenade deck as such. On EVERY cruise ship we have traveled on in the past we could walk around the entire deck with a nice view and fresh air as we go. This was not possible on the Majestic and I believe that is a major design flaw. We took a Princess shore tour in Singapore and have to say we were shocked by the poor condition of the coach we traveled in. It was quite old and the air con was VERY limited. Worse still when the engine idled it was impossible to hear the guide speaking and the smell of petrol became quite over powering at the back of the bus where we were seated.Having said that, we could see the other coaches were all quite new, so it is possible we were unlucky. However the tour ended at some markets in China Town. They were about the least inspiring markets I have ever seen and having driven past all the fabulous stores on Orchard Street, a stop THERE would have been far better than ending up in a smelly third rate market! Due to the passenger numbers on the ship, there is another problem - not enough places for passengers to sit and read quietly. Most of the common areas are so full, there isnt a seat to sit on at times and far too much noise when there is. The lounge in front of the Hollywood Club was either full up (which it was all day) or the odd person would come and play the musical instruments around the place (BADLY) to interrupt any attempts to have a quiet moment in the evening. I am sure that sounds picky, but a lot of passengers look for that little place to sit and have some peace on board. On Majestic it really doesnt exist. For Trivia, there were more people than seats which resulted in my missing out a few times and I assume others missing out when I didnt! The room just wasnt big enough for the passenger numbers. The little nook and cranny problem was exacerbated by some of the few areas available being closed off now and again so a British film crew could film a fake wedding or give a (fake) impression of quiet areas on board as they made their free advert for Princess which will be shown on English TV shortly.! Finally I should mention the entertainment, which was disappointing. In over 3 weeks there were only 3 major stage shows on board - UNHEARD of on any other cruise where they are usually every second or third night. Whilst the value of the other entertainers is very much subjective and affected by personal opinion, the stage shows by the singers and dancers are what most of the passengers look forward to and less than one a week is pathetic! As for the other entertainers, some were good and some were iffy at best. I wont criticise individuals because as I said it is all a matter of personal opinion but for me, I have certainly seen better on every other cruise in the past. These are not all the problems or all the things that adversely affected the cruise for us, but I am sure if these had not been applicable the rest of the problems with have dimmed into insignificance. We may reconsider, Princess in the future, but at this moment we are very disappointed with them. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We booked this cruise using Marriott Vacation Club points for the 2 nights from Brisbane to Sydney. We wanted to experience the maiden voyage into Sydney. We found the ship to be in very good condition and enjoyed the experience very much. ... Read More
We booked this cruise using Marriott Vacation Club points for the 2 nights from Brisbane to Sydney. We wanted to experience the maiden voyage into Sydney. We found the ship to be in very good condition and enjoyed the experience very much. The food was excellent, having anytime dining we tend to eat late and was seated straight away at a table for 2. The world market place, I found the food fantastic, and in fact the 2nd night we had dinner there, as we did not fancy anything on the main dinning room menu. We enjoyed the noodle bar for lunch. The production show we thought was fantastic, it was new, and very enjoyable. We got to the Princess theatre 15 minutes before the show, and had to seat up the front, to het a better seat maybe 1 hour to 30 minutes before showtime Would I travel on Majestic Princess in the future, yes, have I cruised other cruise lines before, yes. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Just cruised on Majestic Princess from Brisbane to Sydney (2nights). This cruise was fantastic and not long enough. We had an inside cabin which was roomy enough and beds are very comfortable, but pillows not so comfortable so glad I ... Read More
Just cruised on Majestic Princess from Brisbane to Sydney (2nights). This cruise was fantastic and not long enough. We had an inside cabin which was roomy enough and beds are very comfortable, but pillows not so comfortable so glad I bought my own. I have many food allergies & intolerances & this is the first time I have eaten at the buffet & specialty restaurants as the staff were very knowledgeable & could explain the ingredients in each dish & chefs could easily modify menu options to suit my needs even coming up with options not on the menu. It made my experience all the more enjoyable. As normally this would be a very stressful experience for me. This cruise ship was very relaxing & the hydrotherapy pool helped improve my tight muscles. Though a little on the expensive side. Highly recommend this ship and can’t wait to sail it again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
The ports were beautiful, the ship not so. Not enough entertainment or bars. Seats in theather so tiny and cramp in . the tenders we were packed in like sardines. The embarking in Shanghai took 4 hours where Royal Caribbean is done in 30 ... Read More
The ports were beautiful, the ship not so. Not enough entertainment or bars. Seats in theather so tiny and cramp in . the tenders we were packed in like sardines. The embarking in Shanghai took 4 hours where Royal Caribbean is done in 30 minutes. People were fainting and the bus from one terminal to the other in Shanghai had luggage in the isle of bus and we had to unload ourselves . I will never cruise with Princess again. Nice ship but nothin to do onboard. No entertain for the younger group. The lounges and seats in Main Theather are so tiny and no where to place your drink. If some one in the middle needs to get out every one has to get out to let one person out. The tenders we were packed in like sardines. The beverage package is over priced for a 15 drink limit and kept being charge for drinks I never had. Always keep checking your account.Never again will I cruise with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We have sailed on the Royal and loved it. We knew Majestic was different as designed for a Chinese market but did not expect how little was avaliable. The Piasa has 3 bars,most closed at 2200. There is no Wheelhouse bar. No casino bar. No ... Read More
We have sailed on the Royal and loved it. We knew Majestic was different as designed for a Chinese market but did not expect how little was avaliable. The Piasa has 3 bars,most closed at 2200. There is no Wheelhouse bar. No casino bar. No Vista Lounge bar. Crooners is a converted high rollers bar which is a thoroughfare from the theatre and had a high screen running through the middle which stopped people seeing the piano. No dance floor. 3 pool bars. Trivia was in Princess live for the first week then moved to Vista. Table service was very slow as crew had to get drinks from the Crown Grill bar. Bingo was an after thought and the first games were a disaster. 1 production show per week. No Night Club. The only dance floor was the Piasa. International cafe is great for a snack and Vines for a drink. The paid French restaurant was a thoroughfare so people walked through as you dined. There was a band who were fantastic who played in various venues including the pool. Varied artists playing piano, singing and violins. Princess staples. Nightlife was centred in the converted Crooners with the fabulous Tonya on piano until 12pm then DJ Chris. Dancing on carpet was a pain. On average the bar closed around 1am. Sanctuary has also been removed and is a public area but get there early as seats are taken early. For those of you who smoke the choice was an uncovered area on 17 which for most of the time was either to hot or a wind tunnel. The other on 7 was semi protected but no chairs. The deck chairs wooden tables were the only seating. Chairs were brought in a week into the cruise. They also opened another area on 17 with tables and chairs plus ashtrays. If you cruise with Princess you are used to multable areas to gather, drink and dance. Majestic has removed most of these. 22 days became very long. If you only want to sit, read this ship is for you. If like me you like to dance this ships not for you. We did have fun and met some amazing people and as bars and entertainment was limited we made our own fun. There is one redeeming feature of Majestic and that was the crew. As the realisation of the many missing Princess staples became apparent and many passengers became disheartened the crew made all attempts to raise the spirit of the ship. We named the ship the Majestic guinea pig as management juggled areas, venues limited as they were and entertainment to try to offer a come back new experience. The load was mainly Australian and as such we like to party. This is not a party ship. Again I cannot fault the crew. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Where do I start Firstly the embarkment in Shanghai was terrible. Waiting for up to 3-4 hours This Cruise was for the older clientele Average age was around the 75 plus It was like being in a nursing home. Lots of mobility ... Read More
Where do I start Firstly the embarkment in Shanghai was terrible. Waiting for up to 3-4 hours This Cruise was for the older clientele Average age was around the 75 plus It was like being in a nursing home. Lots of mobility scooters, walking frames, wheelchairs. Most of the time you could never get a lift So the easy option was to walk the stairs. Being on the 15 deck. It was hard to work up all the stairs as hubby had recently had a knee replacement. Deck 15 Oh boy how if Id have known I would never have booked this deck Staff moving furniture at midnight for an hour or so Then again at 5am. After 3 days we complained It did eas off a little but not completely. So no sleep in for us Food Was not the best it seemed what was in the restaurants on an evening got recycled In the food buffet the following day It was some time like eating a pub lunch in the buffet The symphony restaurant was great apart from one of the waiters dropping lemon butter down my formal gown Hence I never made a fuss about this. Entertainment What can I say You had to get to the shows 1hour early to get a seat With many still saving seats Even though they were told not to save. Some of the shows were pretty average. Deck 16 Movie under the stars Hardly anyone went to the 10pm movie. So why show the same one twice in one evening. Same trivia on the big screen was the same over and over. Elton John tribute was on 3 time So princess get your act together otherwise you will lose a lot of your up and coming cruisers Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Repositioning cruise so great value on a deluxe balcony Friendly helpful staff and crew Great food choice menu in 5.30 fixed seat dining.Well presented, good standard food with good service from friendly waiters 3 million dollar ... Read More
Repositioning cruise so great value on a deluxe balcony Friendly helpful staff and crew Great food choice menu in 5.30 fixed seat dining.Well presented, good standard food with good service from friendly waiters 3 million dollar show Fantastic Journey with drones and new affects in an original Broadway type show .Shows so popular you have to get in early to get a seat Extra large balcony to stretch out full length and still room Settee in room to relax when using the cabin As brand new ship the standard of furniture and decor great Embarkation a disaster .We had no trouble getting off the ship in Shanghai so knew where the quickest entry point but were stopped by police even though we tried to go out and try again. The Hong Kong Tram excursion meal the worst in all previous Princess Excursions even though it cost well over $200 Excursions in other ports were good, especially Saigon at the Rex Hotel Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Far east cruise Feb-Mar '18 from Shanghai to Singapore. Our first time with Princess. I liked the ship and we had a good holiday, but the overall experience was not good enough to say that we will definitely sail with them again. ... Read More
Far east cruise Feb-Mar '18 from Shanghai to Singapore. Our first time with Princess. I liked the ship and we had a good holiday, but the overall experience was not good enough to say that we will definitely sail with them again. For us it is usually the itinerary that entices us, and certainly is never based on cruise line loyalty, as we have yet to see this returned by any company. Good and standard obstructed balcony cabin layout E607 on deck 8 (pictures attached as I hope these will help others considering choosing this category) and, being quite a new ship, all amenities worked well, though my wife reported that there were almost always cubicles out of action in the public ladies toilets. Anytime dining works for us though we found the dining room menu's and food quality quite poor, especially beef/steaks were very tough. We never use the buffet except for getting an occasional snack to eat elsewhere, though positively we thought the quality here was better than other cruise lines. We ate twice in the steak speciality restaurant, first visit was very good, second not so good as waiter poorly trained, scallop starter (a mousse not a real scallop - penny pinching!) was disgusting in taste and consistency and the side dishes were cold so had to be sent back, which is very poor on a night when not busy. Very positive that the pizza restaurant and room service were not chargeable and the quality of both was good. Also, the coffee (payable) at the international cafe in the atrium was very good and with an egg and bacon muffin or danish made for an easy and relaxing breakfast option which we used often. Bar prices are average, not as expensive as Royal Caribbean but not as good value as P&O, however, the cocktails (approx $8'ish) were not dressed very much and were often quite dull, not living up to the menu description. When the barman asked my wife if the cocktail was good and she said it was not a great choice he was happy to swap it at no extra cost. Daytime entertainment was not extensive, but the trivia's were good. Theatre entertainment was mostly good, though surprised that the company dance troupe were not used more. Duke, the cruise director and his assistant Abi, worked very hard throughout the cruise. Although the enrichment lecturer (Neil McShane Oz outback PC) was not a natural speaker I enjoyed his talks. Annoying that Princess do not publish that they run shuttles in many ports (clearly do not want to impact on excursion sales, exorbitantly priced as usual). $20pp in Busan and Hakata was a total rip off, as the journey was very short, and we heard some customers who complained were given a refund. We preferred to use public transport (despite getting on the right bus but in the wrong direction in Busan!) except in Thailand where we did pay the $20 each for the 40 minute shuttle to Pattaya. It is also worth mentioning that immigration in all ports, as well as embarkation in Shanghai and disembarkation in Singapore, was very well handled in the background reducing delays. Princess deserve credit here. Overall, and as said, it was an enjoyable cruise and a memorable holiday. If Princess keep focusing on good agenda's then we will likely be back but they did not offer enough to win our loyalty. Oh lastly, we had a good laugh at a British lady we had seen many times walking fine around the ship suddenly walking with a walking stick to justify early boarding on the flight back before the masses. You know who you are!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Majestic Princess Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.6
Entertainment 4.0 3.3
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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