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10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We were excited to be sailing on the Majestic, given that she's the newest and biggest ship in the fleet. We'd only sailed on the Sea and Dawn Princesses before, and we enjoyed those, so we figured we'd love the Majestic. ... Read More
We were excited to be sailing on the Majestic, given that she's the newest and biggest ship in the fleet. We'd only sailed on the Sea and Dawn Princesses before, and we enjoyed those, so we figured we'd love the Majestic. However, this ship missed the mark for us. We opted for Traditional Dining initially, but the Allegro Dining Room styling was quite dark, and had many areas sectioned off, so it felt a little claustrophobic. Our table was one of the many that had a bench seat, with access on only one side, so one diner would have to slide across the seat. Not a fun prospect in formal attire! And given that Allegro was on deck 6, but could only be accessed from deck 7, we quickly switched to Any-time Dining. The theatre, although quite high tech, was nowhere near big enough, only holding 1000 people on a ship of 3500. That meant if you wanted to see the show, you had to be there AT LEAST half an hour early to have any hope of getting a seat. And if you wanted a seat in the middle section, you were looking at being forty five minutes early, minimum. We usually like to attend the ballroom and line dancing classes. However, on Majestic, these are held in the Pizza, and I certainly didn't want to be on display while I fought with my two left feet! There didn't appear to be a decent dance floor anywhere on the ship. Princess Live was one option, but wasn't utilised, as was the Vista Lounge. However, neither venues were really suitable. Pool deck was also a little disappointing. A lot of pool space is lost to the fountains, which although lovely, were only used four times on a 20 day cruise. When the band played out on deck, they were incredibly loud - to the point where you had to move if you wanted to have a conversation. The Hollywood Conservatory is, to our mind, a bit of a waste of space. I can imagine that the Chinese market like it, but to us it was a bit of a waste of space. The Hollywood Pool wasn't bad, although the smell of chlorine smacked you in the face every time you walked in there. A common comment among the people we met was that the gym was woefully inadequate. I didn't experience this myself, but hubby did, and he said there were waaaaay too many treadmills and bikes, and not enough of the weights machines to go around. There was a lot of waiting for those to be free. Now for the good stuff. Our balcony cabin was lovely, and our bed and pillows were very, very comfy. The best we've had on a ship. For the first time on a cruise, there was an abundance of deck chairs - we never had a problem finding somewhere to lie in the sun. The World Marketplace, although a little confusing at first, is actually the best buffet we've had on a ship. Because of the multiple lines, we never had to wait, and not once did we have trouble finding a seat. Would we go on Majestic again? Probably not (although I never say never!). It's a little bigger than we like, and it feels a bit like a live sheep carrier - they've crammed as many guests in as possible, sacrificing some of the common areas in the process. I'd be interested to try another ship of the same class to see if it's the ship, or the target market that is the problem. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
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
5 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
After cruising for many years with Princess my partner and I were disappointed with the lay out of this ship, their seemed to be not enough staff for the amount of passengers on board, most places we visited on board did not have enough ... Read More
After cruising for many years with Princess my partner and I were disappointed with the lay out of this ship, their seemed to be not enough staff for the amount of passengers on board, most places we visited on board did not have enough seating, the ship was designed the Chinees market and it shows with the conversions of the public such as the vista lounge once part of the casino and another now bar also was the high rollers as you will see by the amount of surveillance cameras in the rooms, far to much Chinees writing hard to know were you are in the lift with the English/Chinese writing, we had the opportunity to have dinner in the French restaurant the food and service was good, the location of this restaurant was not good in a walk way I sat looking at a till, was told they were booked out so had to eat at 18:30! this was not the case only two couples in when we arrived, the walk way running along side was very busy and noisy, would not recommend this ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
First impression entering the Piazza, was wow. Very impressive. But the biggest thing that lets it down is the layout. The Market place is so confusing, it’s set out in 2 sections a bistro and buffet. To get your food you have to ... Read More
First impression entering the Piazza, was wow. Very impressive. But the biggest thing that lets it down is the layout. The Market place is so confusing, it’s set out in 2 sections a bistro and buffet. To get your food you have to negotiate .different areas. For example I wanted toasted Banana bread, I went to the counter with the Banana bread, then had to take it to another area to get it toasted then again to get butter. The Market place seating is divided by many screens, it feels a bit closed in. The Princess theatre is a good size but entering and exiting is a problem as the aisles are one person wide, which causes big problems with everyone trying to leave. The future cruise desk and captains circle club are in the same very small room, with only one staff member looking after each area. Causes major cuing. For a ship with 3500 passengers you would think they would have more room and more staff to handle the volume. Our cabin was excellent, we had a Club class mini suite, very big, plenty of room to sit, or eat a meal, very good and big balcony with table chairs and sun lounges. Embarkation and disembarkation was very good, very well organised. The entertainment was good with the imported artist, but the Princess entertainment was the same as any other ship. If you been on a few Princess cruises no need to go and see them. The crew where mainly very good, but there was a lot of Chinese crew that did not seem to want to serve anyone except Chinese passengers. I asked to use the Karaoke room and was told it was only for the Asian cruise, by one Chinese crew member, then told to go and see, the Internet cafe person, then told to see Customer services, who are the ones I saw first so I didn’t bother. I would not go on the Majestic Princess if there was an alternative ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Excellent value for a suite - liked the itinerary - wanted to experience a new ship. Good overall but we did not like the mattress in the suite. I suspect it is rubber based as it always seemed to be hot. Club class dining is ... Read More
Excellent value for a suite - liked the itinerary - wanted to experience a new ship. Good overall but we did not like the mattress in the suite. I suspect it is rubber based as it always seemed to be hot. Club class dining is excellent with no waiting during anytime dining. Enrichment Lectures were lacking. Only one American based speaker (most of the PAX were Australian) and he joined part way through the cruise. No others. Captain Dino's announcements were all good but interaction with officers was non-existent - unfortunate - it happens sometimes. Had a look at pricing on a similar cruise (SYD-SIN) next year and note the price has doubled for the same number of days, compared with what we paid. At this price we will probably pass for that itinerary. We enjoyed the cruise and it was great value, an excellent ship. We will sail on her again. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
MAJESTIC PRINCESS MARCH 26-APRIL 14, 2019 SYDNEY TO HONGKONG I am an Elite cruiser, and this is my 13th voyage on Princess, 1st time on Majestic Princess. Majestic Princess was launched in 2017, the largest ship in the Princess feet. ... Read More
MAJESTIC PRINCESS MARCH 26-APRIL 14, 2019 SYDNEY TO HONGKONG I am an Elite cruiser, and this is my 13th voyage on Princess, 1st time on Majestic Princess. Majestic Princess was launched in 2017, the largest ship in the Princess feet. Overall in solid business class condition, the food and entertainment consistent and of a very good standard. Firm and favorable recommendation to anyone wanting a good quality, big ship cruise experience. My critique, is based on my many cruises and any criticism is aimed only at seeking improvement Embarkation Ship boarded at Sydney. Large queue on arrival, but with my wife’s left knee requiring management, she was wheel chaired aboard, prompt, quick and efficient service. The ship in general The Majestic Princess is a large ship, 143,000 tons. Some people aboard found the size of the ship a little overwhelming and they thought a smaller ship would be more to their liking. We can understand that but we like the larger ships with more people and facilities and choices on board. Although there were approximately 3500 passengers on board, it did not feel crowded. So many choices, which are the great delight of cruising, one does as little or as much to do as you like. Some passengers take that for granted, mumbles here and there, but we value the great choices available! I often strolled through the ship at 6.30am in the morning, hardly a person to be seen! Used the Gym fitness machines each day, excellent facility, but the background music is too loud. There is no need for such sound, if you want to listen to music or television etc., a range of personal devices are available. Silence is Golden, great views from the Gym, why a heavy soundtrack. Pools and spa facilities as you expect, available, and nice, off peak the time to go, pools can be cluttered during the day. The Adults only Hollywood Conservatory is an excellent new addition, with great views and seating options, and being a covered pool, no weather problems. Princess cruises add a USD 12.50 a day per person amount to your bill and that covers your tipping for the total cruise. This is done so that people employed on the ship who are not in direct contact with the ship can also receive something. If you don’t like this idea you can arrange with the Pursers office to have the amount reduced if you wish, and envelopes for tips are available. Library facilities were disappointing, combined with the Computer room, and we personally missed the huge observation lounge facility on earlier class ships(Sky walker), and the limited walk around the ship facility for the walkers, it’s there but this time 6.5 times area around equals 1 mile and the area is contained. The other bars and public seating areas of the Majestic Princess were excellent, roomy and stylish. Spot entertainment e.g. pianist, vocalist, violin trio etc. were visible and pleasant. Listening to these spot artists, can make a cruise very pleasant. The shopping available on the ship is the biggest at sea 1000 sq. feet, mostly high end. Watch and clothing sales abounded, and the 3 hour clearance scrambles, always available. Another variety style shop would be useful, not really convinced, about diamond and jeweler shops, obviously enough people are buying product to keep open. Princess has done away with the on ship news sheets for USA, Britain, and Aussie etc. This is short sighted, many commenting on the lack of daily international news. Yes it might be available on the web, but the web at sea is costly, and soaks up time, hopefully these sorts of publications will return, when the world realizes technology is just another tool, and many people like something to hold and reflect on in their own time. Floor shows in the evening, and specifically the Princess Theatre Dance Company and singers were excellent. They did 4 presentations, equal to Broadway show standard, and the standard of these productions continue to improve and creativity very much in vogue. Excellent recording stars on each night, standard excellent. Overall the formal and stage entertainment was of good quality, all part of your travel package Solid range of late release movies shown on upper deck, available in room, or at advertised locations. Good work here Princess, my wife watched more than a few while reclining in the cabin. The more movies the better, it’s an ageless form of entertainment, and Princess Cruise deserves a bow for their up to date movie selection A number of presentations or lectures on this cruise, none of which jumped out as great Excellent range of cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, excellent range of choices every day, including the usual bingo, table tennis, bridge games. Art pictures shows were very visual. Soft freeze cone ice-cream available at no cost throughout the day, a nice treat, but real ice-cream limited on the voyage The weather conditions throughout were very good and no rough days at all, so the luck ran our way. However motion sickness can be an issue, and any cruise if you are susceptible, prepare in advance. Dining Traditional 1st or second sitting evening dining room sitting versus anytime dining are great options. We prefer anytime dining, and there were 2 choices plus the 24 hour buffet, plus the 24 hour International Café, and the open deck grill and Pizza bar options, also the Asian Noodle bar, produced good soups. We mixed breakfast venues. Dining formal on some days, buffet the next, sometimes dined for lunch in the traditional dining room (not available in the evening for anytime diners) and then at night, in one of the 2 anytime restaurants. Menu in each is the same as traditional dining restaurant, but we liked the change of waiters, décor and loved being able to eat anytime in the evening between 5.30pm and 10pm. If you had not booked, there was sometimes a small wait, but no great problem. A number of specialist restaurants are available. The Crown Grill (steak) restaurant, a French Restaurant Le Mer and the Cantonese Harmony restaurant all with A$ surcharge of $29-35 per person. The real issue is a specialist restaurant at $60 per couple good vale. In my view once only, plenty of choice for free elsewhere. The 24 Hour International Café was a real bonus. Great informal, pick your choice, from a salad to a cake, great alternative to the full meal service which abounds on the ship. The buffet at Market Place was good value, everything seemed fresh, lots of choice and we thought the food tasted fine. Open most hours was great. Service was good, and their breakfast buffet top class. You read some sharp comments about the cruise buffets; I think they offer excellent value, wide choice and sound presentation. You must be a very fussy eater, if you complain about sub-standard Princess cruise buffets. A nice touch each afternoon was the English afternoon tea served by waiters in white gloves 3.30-4.30pm, in one of the main dining rooms. Room Service Available 24 hours at no charge, limited menu but pleasant, nice to be relaxing in your room, and some refreshment arriving. Our cabin We had an interior Cabin, on the 12th floor. Pleasant. We made the decision not to have a balcony cabin, on cost differential and because many sea days, it was the right decision for us. The design of the cabin made good use of large mirrors to enhance the feeling of light and maximize space. The open space wardrobes without doors provided plenty of hanging and excellent storage space for our requirements. .Our main cases fitted side by side quite comfortably. Bedside lights have dimmer switches. Soaps and towels were changed twice a day. Bathroom shower was pressure excellent. Air conditioning was excellent. There is a safe in every room and our cabin had a fridge. Outside your door on the side is a paper holder with your cabin number on it so that the any newsletters or other information can be left for you. The Television was a good size. No noise transference issues on this trip, you need luck with who are your neighbors’, this time quiet. If you wish to drink bottled wines in your cabin Princess seem to have no problems with you purchasing wines or champagne and bringing them on board at embarkation (Small print says 2 bottles). You can take these wines into the dining room but you will be charged an USD15.00 corkage fee if you take them into the dining rooms PORTS OF CALL Big ships often mean you are located long distances from City. Ships are coy re detail on Port facilities, and access to City location. They want you to utilize on each occasion the formal ship tours, which are well organized, but costly. Independent travelers are tolerated, but they limit information as a means of keeping the formal tour numbers up. The internet is surprisingly limited re detailed information on Ports of Call (often very dated too), and guide books like Lonely Plant, virtually ignore it.  Brisbane is a poor port, industrial, and 25 K from City. Bus shuttle $25 each way. New Terminal required.  Darwin is the opposite, lovely port, great walkways, easy access to City.  Singapore, great Port, and many excursions.  Phu My, Vietnam: Gateway to Ho Chi Min City (Saigon) one and a half hours each way. Ships excursions the way to go here A free shuttle with a 40 minute ride to local Ba Ria township was the alternative, a nice respite from the sea days  Kaohsiung Taiwan: 2nd largest city, 3 million people. Excursions or free shuttle to a Large City Store for shopping was available  Hong Kong. Disembark here. We spent 3 nights at the Hotel Vic, North Point, lovely hotel, and well up to our expectations. Disembarkation Getting off the ship at Hong Kong was easier than expected. We made the decision to be in first group off, a choice we have due to our past record with Princess and the long wait for Taxi-Princess warned up to 4 hours wait - did not eventuate. Hong Kong has a poor reputation for taxi service from the Port, surprising for one of the great Tourist destinations; they need to address such issues Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Cost good for a repositioning cruise...Ship was generally good as it is quite new. BUT cabins are small as are the bathrooms and balconies. The pillows are awful felt like I was sleeping on a marshmallow and when I requested a better ... Read More
Cost good for a repositioning cruise...Ship was generally good as it is quite new. BUT cabins are small as are the bathrooms and balconies. The pillows are awful felt like I was sleeping on a marshmallow and when I requested a better pillow was given 2 pillows squashed into one pillow case. The mattress is ordinary. The ship's PIAZZA is ok at first.... BUT is very noisy and if you want to watch some thing you have to get there early in morning as the same people monopolise the seating 24/7. The same can be said of the Cabanas and seating around the pools. The ship is set up for the Chinese market with too many areas for gaming ie the 16th and 17th decks. There are not enough interesting activities such as Wine and other Alcohol courses or food demos and tasting times , or even interesting craft courses...there is too much emphasis on the Art shows and Bingo. The long days at sea need more activities. The LIBRARY was a disgrace it effectively did not have any books from day 1...it needs to be bigger and have staff looking after it. The so called SALES in the shops are ridiculous the same stuff, that is mostly junk is put out daily. There could be more interesting food stalls around the pools that could change regularly...the ice cream was the same flavour every day. The off shore tours were boring and not particularly well run. not really good value for money Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Main reason to travel was a "new ship" This should be reliable and meet our expectations. The ship was majestic and magnificent but mellowed in a few areas. Dining food was wet 60% of the time due to standing time. This means ... Read More
Main reason to travel was a "new ship" This should be reliable and meet our expectations. The ship was majestic and magnificent but mellowed in a few areas. Dining food was wet 60% of the time due to standing time. This means 40% was excellent. I measured this against Caribbean and Cunard where their food was very consistent Waiting to attend the theatre was potential safety issue because of crowd rushing to get seats in a theatre which was narrow walk ways and sit down space was like being on a cheap long haul flight. Designer of ships please note. 80% of all problems normally relate to poor design of one thing or another The one area which must be upto standard are beds, my bed sagged after 8 days, which caused my back to ache. Beds on ships must be commercial grade. I took plenty of shots of the ships, so it must have appealed to me. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
The ship was excellent though too big. We had a balcony cabin on the 16th floor very good with unobstructed views. The staff couldn't be faulted.always smiling even though 50% of elderly passengers were rude and demanding without ... Read More
The ship was excellent though too big. We had a balcony cabin on the 16th floor very good with unobstructed views. The staff couldn't be faulted.always smiling even though 50% of elderly passengers were rude and demanding without manners.!!! The children on board were better behaved with better manners than some adults. Not enough seating in the indoor entertainment area's of the ship.(piazza and the theatre's) had to get to an area for the show you wanted to see at least 45mins early. No area around the ship for a good walk the promanade deck only went up each side of the ship and very narrow. The market dining area we felt left left a lot to be desired. most food cooked in oils or butter, no plain or steamed food, no sandwich making facilities. Even though there were several area's of choice the food daily was same, same. The resturaunts were fantastic especially the pizza and sympony dining.the hamburger bar on the deck was good too. Too many people just walking in the dining area's without washing there hands. worry about nova virus with poor hand hygiene.The excursions were fantastic and the tour guides very good value for money and saw a lot of the islands. The ships staff getting you on and of the ship did a fantastic job with the number of people most of them very pushy and rude to the staff and other passengers. We went on this cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding had a fantastic day but because of limited entertainment seating indoors when the weather was too cold to sit on deck we spent most afternoons in our cabin watching the TV . could have done that at home.will go on another princess cruise but will go on a smaller ship. Getting on and off the ship was expidited with reasonable speed at the begining and end of the voyage. couldn't fault that. Overall feeling was that the ship catered for the Chinese and American market rather than the Australian. Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
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
3 Helpful Votes
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
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We have been on 13 cruises and spent 147 days at sea, we are Platinum members with Princess, this review is from our perspective and is based on our experiences on previous cruises we have done and the video and written marketing ... Read More
We have been on 13 cruises and spent 147 days at sea, we are Platinum members with Princess, this review is from our perspective and is based on our experiences on previous cruises we have done and the video and written marketing expectations created by Princess. Embarkation was a disaster with people queued for 2.5 to 5 hours in the heat with one person being taken away by ambulance, I accept Princess can't control Chinese Immigration but they can control the comfort of their guests whilst waiting in the queue, there was 2 air-conditioned terminals in use, the first one was used to drop off your bags, you were then ushered outside into the heat to queue for 1.5 to 3 hours to get to the next terminal, they could have seated us in the first one and shuttled us over when space was available, reading other reviews about the Majestic from Shanghai it seems they encounter this issue often and have failed to resolve it. The ship itself was impressive to start but as the cruise went on you encountered the flaws, the Hollywood area was our favourite area, we found most of the bars to be too small only seating round 20 people and very hard to get a seat most of the cruise, The Theatre and Princess live rooms were cramped with tight seats and nowhere to put your drink, overall it did not live up to their marketing videos. FOOD Included restaurants: Very disappointing, at best I would say equal to a cheap RSL club meal and not as good as that at times, an example of one night Filet Mignon was on the menu, my wife ordered it and what came out was 4 tough rump cubes on a skewer, when we said that was wrong and repeated her order we were told, yes that's our version, when I said everywhere in the world it is a piece of eye filet steak wrapped in bacon, we were told he would let the chefs know what we said, the standard of food only increased in the last 2 days of the 22 day cruise, when we left Brisbane where a group of travel agents and I think some company executives boarded, that night in the dining room we had rack of lamb cooked to perfection and an amazing chocolate dome desert, the next day in the upstairs buffet, the spread of food was the best we had seen all cruise, to the point even the chefs were coming out with their phones and taking pictures of what they had put out on offer, I can only assume the travel agents were scheduled to have lunch there. The Pizzeria Italian place had basic pizza and 2 pasta dishes that remained the same for the whole 22 day cruise and were quite bland in flavour, certainly nothing rememberable, the Lobster and Dim Dum bar that was supposed to be an included eatery (according to their web site), turned out to be a free burger bar (with bad burgers) and lobster that you had to pay $24 to $29 for and not a Dim Sum to be seen, The Stir Fry place had 3 items on it per day, 2 of these never change the whole cruise, we eat there twice and found we had to put chilli on to get some flavour into the dishes. The Chefs table: The Majestic videos create a great expectation and as soon as we got onboard we rang and got put on a list and despite several calls had to wait 10 days to be told that we were going to receive an invite to the chefs table at a cost of $125 each, instead of the usual Hors D'Oeuvres & Champagne followed by a 7+ course degustation with different wines matching each course, we received 3 Hors D'Oeuvres with Champagne served in the Galley whilst standing at a trestle table, then taken to a very impressive table within the dining room, to be given what was essentially a 3 course meal with a sorbet between entrée and main with one white wine, one red wine and a desert wine, which made it the most expensive and least impressive chefs table out of the 9 we have done. Speciality dining restaurants: After the overall experience at the other eateries we decided to give the Crown Grill ago, again very disappointing and not worth the $35 each cover charge, the Filet Mignon was at least eye fillet but still no bacon wrapped around it, no sauces (eg pepper, mushroom etc) available just a gravy, limited vegetables and when I asked for carrots and beans/peas I was told they did not have any but could go down to the other restaurant to get them but it would take a very long time, in other words my meal would be cold or finished by the time he got back, after that meal we decided not to waste any more money on the speciality restaurants, we asked other passengers if they tried the French or Chinese ones and got mixed responses but neither of these were busy and the French one is in a bad position open to the Piazza which had bands playing so you had to raise you voice to hear each other during dinner. ENTERTAINMENT Again very disappointing, only 3 production shows for the whole 22 days, other cruises had 2 to 3 per week, the first one was excellent and set a standard that was never meet again, the second was like a free RSL Tuesday night show and only went for 2 thirds of the time, the third was a bit better, let’s say a Friday night RSL free show. The other guest entertainers were of a free RSL mid week level and the piano player in Crooners bar was given the nick name by a few passengers of "the Screecher" which speaks for itself and the guitar soloist had to have the "echo" of the vocal microphone turned up to cover the quality of his voice (the same way they do it at karaoke) except for the band "The Drop" which we felt were very good, the entertainment was a low standard. There is no night club and the bands play in the Piazza area, so it’s like dancing in a Westfield mall, later the DJ plays in Crooners bar which was the VIP casino when it was based in Asia, so it has a low ceiling, partitions blocking the view, no real dance floor and bad acoustics, the DJ was told on many occasions to turn the volume down by his superiors. CABIN We had an inside cabin and thought it was the best cabin of that type we have ever had, the beds were awesome and we always had a good night’s sleep (the pillows were soft which my wife loved but I was not so keen on), there was a large screen TV with movies on demand, which was great for a long cruise, everything was clean and kept that way by our cabin steward, when we arrived 2 draws had their runners broken but they fixed it within a couple of hours when we reported it. SHORE EXCURSIONS We only did 2 of these the first was in Busan where the guide took us a different route which turned out to be harder for the older people and some could not make it all the way to the Temple, on the way back I left the group and followed the original route which was more scenic and would have been less strenuous for the group as the steps were in small groups and low level, when we were asked which way we wanted to go there were only 2 responses, 1 for each way so the guide made the decision. The second tour was in Nha Trang, the guide could hardly speak English (not like the ship told us) and spoke at such a low level that if you were not in the front 2 rows (as the majority of us were) you could not here or understand anything, at each stop we were told "the attraction is up there be back in 20mins etc" and left to do our own self guided tour, at one stop he lost 6 people due to bad instructions and we had to wait for 30 mins while he went off to find them. In Hong Kong and Singapore we did our own thing and got the Hop on Hop off Bus and had a much better experience. SUMMARY We went on board with high expectations created by the Princess marketing and were very disappointed with what we received, we had intentions of purchasing a future cruise deposit for a 31 day Mediterranean cruise next year on the Emerald Princess but after what we experienced on this cruise we did not get one and if this is an example of the new offering from Princess, we are unsure if we will sail with them again, surely on their newest and biggest ship which has been sailing for over 12 months they should have had time to get it right. Nice ship designed for the Asian market but I don’t think it will suit the Western market without some major adjustments to the bar and entertainment areas as well as a major improvement to the food and quality of entertainment. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We were very excited to be sailing on Majestic Princess to Australia and after veiwing videos sent to us by Princess on what we could expect, we had high expectations. What a let down. Embarkation was a nightmare, just over 2 hours of ... Read More
We were very excited to be sailing on Majestic Princess to Australia and after veiwing videos sent to us by Princess on what we could expect, we had high expectations. What a let down. Embarkation was a nightmare, just over 2 hours of standing in the heat before we boarded. We were lucky, others told us it took 4-5 hours, they did nothing to assist the elderly or people with walkers. One passenger collapsed and was taken away by ambulance! The ship itself is beautiful, but even though it has many bars, most of them only seat about 20 people, and some of these seats were taken by people reading books or knitting. There is no nightclub, so most of the dancing is done in the Atrium with limited floor space. The food was very average, we did anytime dining, so ate in the restaurant most days. The food often didn't match the description, one night I ordered Fillet Mignon and got beef kebabs! I did query this with the waiter and was assured it was Fillet Mignon. It seemed no effort was being put into our meals until we reached Brisbane where some Travel agents got on and then suddenly we had the best meal of the entire cruise. I don't think this was a coincidence and most people felt the same. The Market place was very confusing and the food very repetitive, until again after Brisbane, they had an amazing spread of food. The great production shows we were promised consisted of 1 brilliant show and 2 average shows for the whole 3 week cruise. The rest of the entertainment was mostly B grade, again it felt like this was a relocation cruise, so little effort was put in to give us great entertainment. We ate at the Bar and Grill, which was and extra charge, and was very dissappointed. We asked for a pepper sauce or mushroom sauce to go with our steaks and was told there wasn't any, just a very watery jus. There was a selection of sides to choose from, but the waiter said he would bring us all of them. He didn't bring the jacket potatoes and when we asked for them, we got 3 for a table of 4. The Hollywood inside pool area was lovely and we spent most of our time there. The cabin was nice and the beds very comfy. We spoke to many people on the cruise, a lot of them had sailed with Princess before, and they all said how dissappointed they were and it was the worst Princess cruise they had done. Again it felt like little effort was put in because we were relocating, but we won't be sailing with Princess again. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
SHIP: We chose this cruise as we had not visited any of the destinations previously, save for Brisbane where we remained on board. The ship is indeed a large vessel, but that's the way its going these days. The crew had been used ... Read More
SHIP: We chose this cruise as we had not visited any of the destinations previously, save for Brisbane where we remained on board. The ship is indeed a large vessel, but that's the way its going these days. The crew had been used to servicing Asian customers who generally have a different cultural expectation to that of westerners. There were approximately 2700 Aussies on board with the next group being Americans numbering only approximately 90. I think the crew did a magnificent job accommodating and adapting to the expectations of the Aussie passengers, although it did take a few days. There were many complainers on board that we noticed, but hey as other reviewers of other vessels say, look for the positives and not the negatives. CABIN: We booked M130 a deluxe balcony cabin. This was well appointed, tho a little smaller than the equivalent on Pacific Pearl. Standard features, Large comfy bed and couch with a smallish balcony containing two chairs and a small table. Our cabin Steward was attentive and friendly and provided for all our requests. DINING: We chose anytime dining and the "World Fresh Marketplace" provided a wide and varied choice for all meals. A favorite being the bakery which had a large selection of cakes and sweets to follow your meals with. The other dining choices including Crown Grill and Harmony Chinese were of a great standard and ample food was served at our 2 sittings for each of these. We did not try LaMer simply because we are not fond of French cuisine. The other eateries including Alfredo's Pizzeria and the Burger Bar and International cafe were also of a high standard serving a variety of choices. ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES: We found the entertainment on-board to be of a high standard. The shows in the main theatre were great. We did not like the american entertainer (pianist) in the crooners bar as she did not know the words to songs she was playing, and repeated the same performance for all 22 nights we were aboard. Also if we wanted karaoke we would have gone else where. Using passengers to supplement her inabilities did not go down well with not only us but others we were sitting near. One of the older american passengers ,named Francine, she used managed to racially slur the whole Asian population and this was inappropriate. Hopefully she will not be aboard any future cruises we undertake. Overall, however, the entertainment standard was high and varied enough to provide a choice every night for the whole 22 night cruise. SERVICE: The crew were impeccable in their willingness to be best with their service. Particularly we would like to mention Nenad in the International Cafe and Sascha in the gift shop. These two gentlemen went out of there way to accommodate requests and help us with purchases on board. All of the crew and hotel staff were friendly and courteous when we needed assistance. A big thanks to the medical staff on board who assisted us with an injury we sustained on the tender transfer into NhaTrang. PORTS & EXCURSIONS: This trip we only took Princess Shore Excursions and we found these to be interesting and informative. Only one tender transfer was required at NhaTrang and although it was hot and humid we managed this without major hiccup. We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise, and yes we were aware of issues at boarding in Shanghai, however this is something the Chinese authorities need to address and Princess need to keep abreast of. We heard many passengers complaining about things that to us seemed insignificant, so again I say look for the positives people not the negatives. If that's what you set out to do you are bound to have a crap holiday. We on the other hand enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and would sail again on this class of vessel if the itinerary appealed to us. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I will start with the positives - disembarkation at Sydney was fast and efficient. That's the positives taken care of! So now the ship and the cruise! The ships main problem is too many passengers and not enough public areas - so ... Read More
I will start with the positives - disembarkation at Sydney was fast and efficient. That's the positives taken care of! So now the ship and the cruise! The ships main problem is too many passengers and not enough public areas - so it is ALWAYS busy and finding a seat is not easy. Embarkation took over 3 hours for most people thanks to total disorganization at the port. At meal times with any time dining we were given a buzzer and told to come back when it buzzed - 40 minutes later it buzzed, so any time dining doesnt mean any time you want to dine, it means any time they want to seat you. The dining room was not full, they kept a lot of tables empty! Entertainment. What entertainment? In over 3 weeks there were just THREE stage shows with the singers and dancers and the rest of time they had VERY mediocre performers - for example an Asian Harmonica player had the first nights show in the theater and you have to ask yourself how entertaining could half an hour of a Harmonica player be? I will give you a hint, people were walking out after one tune and by the 4th more had left than remained! He also performed in other areas across the ship for the next week or so and the other artists that featured from then on were about as 'good'! The on board singing group were totally lacking in enthusiasm and ability. There is NO promenade deck! NEVER been on a ship without a deck to sit on and walk around the entire length of the ship - but Majestic doesn't have one. WHO on earth approved THAT design error? The coach supplied for our one Princess shore tour was old and smelled of petrol. We had trouble hearing the guide over the noise of the engine when it idled and the trip ended in a smelly awful market having driven past the beautiful shops of Orchard Road in Singapore. When our Mini suite balcony door was open, there was a hideous howling sound which made it impossible to leave it open at night. The noise was pointed out to the cabin steward on the first morning and yet was not fixed till the 18th day!! Our cabin was rarely cleaned before lunch and our friends cabin had a continuous smell of stale urine from day 1. This on a relatively NEW ship! Wines ran out long before the cruise ended and the one remaining red wine by the glass, a nasty, inferior and over priced drop was desperately offered from that point on. The wines werent even restocked when we made landfall. So many people tried to use the laundry to get tokens for the machines, but more often than not it charged their cruise card and didnt deliver tokens. I waited 40 minutes in the laundry for someone who I was told 4 times was on their way to arrive before giving up! An Elite member, who have their washing done for them as part of their loyalty program, was using the laundry on one occasion when I was there because she said it had taken FIVE days for her wash to come back when they sent it for the service wash - so much for loyalty. Having previously cruised with Princess we looked forward to the usual facilities and service and found neither up to their usual standard. The balcony on Majestics Mini Suite is substantially smaller than their other ships and despite the ship being less than two years old it felt shabby. When advised of the problems we had experienced, Princess offered us a pathetic $250 each towards a future cruise in compensation, which we turned down as it is clear Princess has lowered its standards across the board and none of their ships will be as they once were. So in closing, avoid Majestic Princess at all costs. AVOID Princess or severely lower your expectations because they are heading down the same road as their partner P & O. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Spent 22 days on the Majestic and wish we had not spent a single night on board. The boarding was hell, the food wasnt very good and the any time dining simply didnt work out. Unless we ate at 5.45 we would have to wait ages for a ... Read More
Spent 22 days on the Majestic and wish we had not spent a single night on board. The boarding was hell, the food wasnt very good and the any time dining simply didnt work out. Unless we ate at 5.45 we would have to wait ages for a table even though they werent all full. The entertainment was so bad we only went to 5 shows over the entire three weeks and the Princess cruise dancers and singers only performed 3 times over the entire period. What a joke on a cruise ship. So many things didnt work as they should it is hard to remember them all. Several types of wine ran out and werent replaced even when we docked. The laundry token machines were always empty but still charged our cabin for the tokens we didnt get. Our room was only clean on the surface and was never tidied till lunch time each day - obviously the cabin steward had too many cabins to look after - probably due to a shortage of staff. The balcony door impersonated moaning minnie or a howling Banshee when it was open forcing us to keep it closed and make the extra payment for a balcony over an ocean view a total waste. Despite all that, Princess thought the problems we had had were worth $250 in future cruise deposits for each of us but if we wanted to accept their offer, we would have had to write back to them 16 days before they sent us the offer. I am one preferred customer (platinum) who will NEVER be traveling with Princess again. Now where is that phone number for Celebrity? Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Travelled to Asia to join Cruise and Shanghai embarkation was abysmal. After arriving at the allotted time we were shown to a holding lounge for a bus transfer. The bus arrived and all passengers were told to load their luggage into the ... Read More
Travelled to Asia to join Cruise and Shanghai embarkation was abysmal. After arriving at the allotted time we were shown to a holding lounge for a bus transfer. The bus arrived and all passengers were told to load their luggage into the bus as the driver would not open the doors under the bus- those of us who could load the bus did so and helped those who were unable to do so. The bus arrived at portside and the driver stopped, jumped off the bus and we reversed the process to unload all the luggage procedure. We entered the shed and for the next four hours we waited while a Princess person was wandering around but did not have the courtesy to advise us of what was going on. We were the lucky ones as some passengers waited outside in the sun for some 90 minutes with no water or wheelchairs to help the not so well passengers - absolutely disgraceful of Princess. Our luggage finally arrived ay our cabin at approximately 7-30 PM. The cabin was small but clean and our balcony could just hold the 2 chairs and small table but the staff were very helpful. The Dining experience ( L6 dining) was not good with long delays in receiving warm food and a fairly ordinary menu. The Maitre d" of Hotel was very aloof and had no interest in upholding the dress code as noted on the Princess Patter - may need retraining. We found very limited areas to walk for 3500 passengers and in the L16 pool area people would be knitting or sleeping and the problem was even worse on L17 and the pools on both levels were so small for this size ship. The entertainment was average to say the least and will need to improve. The staff on the boat were mostly very helpful but the Service desk needs some people who understand english and know the job they are supposed to do. Shore excursions were expensive and passenger who have travelled more than us said they would not go on this ship again and that also applies to our group. To sum up - will avoid this boat again and very disappointed with Princess and the way we were treated - Ship to big, more like a floating hotel rather than a cruise ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
It gave me the opportunity to take a land tour of China before boarding the ship in Snahhai. Further the ship was the latest in the fleet so we were keen to experience the latest Princess’s offering. The cruise was underwhelming. The ... Read More
It gave me the opportunity to take a land tour of China before boarding the ship in Snahhai. Further the ship was the latest in the fleet so we were keen to experience the latest Princess’s offering. The cruise was underwhelming. The ship guest numbers was simply to many for the sh8p amenities to cope. This was exemplified by the demographic of the typical guest and as a result the 5th floor of the vessel which accommodated the 8nternational cafe, together with a convenience store, excursions desk, front desk, spa and restaurant was constantly full of people. Getting a seat or having a coffee was a bridge too far at peak times. Why all these facilities were accommodated on one floor was beyond reason. The coffee card offer was 15 coffees for $36A. No problem but any unused portion could not be car4ied forward to the next cruise. This was a contrast to the traditional format applied on other Princess ships. The cost of on board drinks and facilities had also increased as had the price for the speciality restaurants all of which were either $35 or $45 per person. ( Australian dollars) despite some aggressive marketing attempts, these restaurants were abandoned by guests due to the costs. The on board guest numbers of 4500 was too much for the princess theatre to handle at one time with capacity occupation at most shows. The singers and dancers also appeared just three times during the cruise over 22 days. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
My elderly mother and I chose this cruise for the interesting south east Asia itinerary, and the chance to get on the newest and largest ship in the Princess fleet. It was so disappointing. We've cruised a lot, including several trips ... Read More
My elderly mother and I chose this cruise for the interesting south east Asia itinerary, and the chance to get on the newest and largest ship in the Princess fleet. It was so disappointing. We've cruised a lot, including several trips with Princess, but this experience REALLY put us off booking with them again. Embarkation in Shanghai was appalling. I know Princess tried to blame the Chinese, but the company should surely have realised that getting over 3600 passengers through immigration would require them to take additional action. As it was, we were left queuing for nearly 3 hours, treated like cattle, without a Princess representative in sight. The cabin (D145) was supposedly premium deluxe (D4), but apart from having a really good sized balcony - which we mostly couldn't use because of inclement weather and standing water - there was nothing special about the room. Dining was very average. We mostly used the buffet, and sometimes found it difficult to get a seat, and get drink service. We went to the Concerto restaurant on 3 occasions, but found the food to be substandard, and the service slow and ordinary. The shore excursions were - as usual - expensive, but the main problem was how fake and inauthentic they were. For example, in Nha Trang there were over 22 coachloads of passengers trying to look at a 'typical' local house, which was clearly not lived in. We also went to see locals working in the rice paddy fields, but it was really 4 very fed up people clambering down from their veranda to hoe their overgrown front garden. Then other people turned up with 'disabled' people to beg for money. On the ship, there weren't enough service staff to provide a reasonable standard of service in the restaurants. The coffee shop saw arguments and even physical altercations as hundreds of people tried to get service from just two coffee machines. There were only free coffees and teas in the dining area. The posh shops were a waste of space, and the women working in the perfume shop were so rude and superscilious I only went once. There were not enough seats for those wanting to participate in the Trivia quizzes, and only 3 good shows in the theatre. I could go on, but I'm conscious how whingey and whiney this sounds. It was just so different from our usual experiences on Princess. The ship holds too many passengers to be looked after properly or appropriately. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
There was a group of four of us who chose this cruise as we liked the Ports of Call and the length of the Cruise. We had previously done a cruise on the Diamond Princess and really enjoyed that. Sadly we were very disappointed with this ... Read More
There was a group of four of us who chose this cruise as we liked the Ports of Call and the length of the Cruise. We had previously done a cruise on the Diamond Princess and really enjoyed that. Sadly we were very disappointed with this cruise. Embarkation was a disaster with queues as long as 3 hours, waiting in the hot sun with no cold water supplied, no chairs for the older people and no explanation from Princess. It appears that this is normal procedure for them. This Ship is large, but has no flow to it. There are no outdoor decks where you can walk all the way around. Getting from the front to the rear of the ship requires you to go up or down a floor to get to the other end. It appears that Princess has added more passengers and removed a lot of the public areas to do this. There is only two pool areas. One indoor which is fine, but the air-con keeps it cool The outdoor area has two small pools, right next to each other and is the noisiest part of the ship. It is right under the movie screen and when there are no movies being shown a band appears and plays as loud as possible. If you are wanting to lie around the pool reading and swimming quietly in the sun this ship is not for you. We were looking forward to using the Kareoke areas on this ship, however they have been removed, as has the Juice Bar. Once again no explanation from Princess as to what is going. They are still written on the options on all the signage onboard, they just no longer exist. We were in a Mini Suite on the 14th floor. Our room was nice, but the balcony was a waste of time. It was so small we didn't use it. Two of us could not fit out there at the same time. Anytime dining???? When you have to queue for 30 minutes to get a table in the restaurant at night it doesn't feel like they are coping with the large number of passengers on board. We didn't bother with the shows. You have to get there 30 minutes before the show to get a seat (at every sitting!). Service from restaurant staff was of a high standard as was our room steward. Bar staff however .............the normal wait time to get your drinks in the Wake Bar is 30 minutes after ordering. If you want a drink by the pool you have to go to the bar (no staff serving drinks to your lounger) and hope that the staff are not entertaining everyone with their juggling act. These juggling acts can go on so long you are better to go to the wake bar at the other end of the ship, wait your 30 minutes for your drink, then go back to the pool!!! We were very excited about travelling on this new ship, however have been very disappointed. We do travel regularly and have all done numerous cruises across several cruise lines. We went on this cruise to have a good time and we did manage to do this, however I think we will give Princess a miss for our next cruise. They don't cope with large numbers of passengers very well. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise because of the destinations and the timing suited us both. We spent three nights in Shanghai which gave us enough time to explore this interesting city. What did I like about our cruise onboard the Majestic ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the destinations and the timing suited us both. We spent three nights in Shanghai which gave us enough time to explore this interesting city. What did I like about our cruise onboard the Majestic Princess? The service was very good, friendly and efficient. The tapas in Vines Bar pre-dinner was a nice addition. The Hollywood Pool Club was a pleasant place to relax during the day. Both pools are heated. Movies under the Stars was an enjoyable experience particularly on warm evenings. The classical musicians were excellent and provided appropriate ambience in the atrium. The ports of call were interesting and we enjoyed all of them. Harmony restaurant was great and well worth the cover charge. The destination lectures were informative and interesting. Disembarkation in Sydney was a breeze. What did I dislike? Embarkation in Shanghai took three hours. Enough said. The house band often played in the atrium before dinner and the music was way too loud. It made having a conversation near impossible. The entertainment and activities were geared towards an older demographic. Only one deck party on a 22 night cruise says it all. Nowhere to place your drink in the theatre. Not a lot of options where to go for night caps considering the size of the ship. The openness of the atrium reminded me of an upmarket shopping centre. No observation lounge or wrap around promenade deck. We kept getting drinks charged to our account even though we both had a drink package. This was a daily occurrence. In summary, would we go again? We’ve done a couple of cruises to south east Asia, so probably not. We’d like to explore different destinations now. This was our second cruise with Princess and have found the demographic onboard too old for us, so it’s unlikely we’ll do one in the near future. We’ve cruised with Celebrity in the past and they are more to our liking. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2018
Chose back-to-back-to-back cruises on Majestic Princess (totaling 47 days) due to itinerary and effectively a brand new ship (about 1 year old). The Majestic overall was disappointing: 1) One of the 4 front elevators was ... Read More
Chose back-to-back-to-back cruises on Majestic Princess (totaling 47 days) due to itinerary and effectively a brand new ship (about 1 year old). The Majestic overall was disappointing: 1) One of the 4 front elevators was out-of-service for the entire 47 days - extremely inconvenient for those of us with forward cabins. This also was totally unacceptable for an almost brand new ship. We also got the run-around every time we inquired about the repair status. 2) The Front Desk was horrible - we had 3 requests/issues that we were promised someone would get back to us and they never did - even when we followed up again on one of the questions. 3) There was a wall left up (from when the ship was leased out to the Chinese market and the area was a high-rollers gambling area)) in the Piano Bar (Crooner's Lounge) that made seating in the Piano Bar very difficult. The Piano Bar "gal" (Tonya Scott) was absolutely excellent, but there was almost no seating available there to see her (due to the wall being left up). 4) The Embarkation from Shanghai was a nightmare. The worst Embarkation ever - some people were in line in the hot sun for over 4 hours. One woman in line had a heart attack while waiting in line. Complete disorganization and chaos. All Princess could do is blame the Chinese authorities - they took absolutely no ownership for this debacle. 5) Food was not nearly as good as we have had on the Royal and Regal (Majestic's sister ships). 1st Lobster night (last formal night of 1st cruise segment) was atrocious - worst cruise ship lobster ever!! The one good thing was the crew was warm and friendly. It is too bad they had to be on this particular ship. We will likely never book the Majestic Princess again. Read Less
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 3.6
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.5
Family 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.1
Service 4.5 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.3

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