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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
Sail Date: March 2019
We cruise to NZ every year, and Princess is our favourite cruise line. Majestic Princess is only two years old, and is still in very good condition. The ports of call are excellent, and there is a fairly good selection of shore excursions. ... Read More
We cruise to NZ every year, and Princess is our favourite cruise line. Majestic Princess is only two years old, and is still in very good condition. The ports of call are excellent, and there is a fairly good selection of shore excursions. The public areas are spacious, and the cabins are a good size. The bed is very comfortable, but there is only one chair. The balcony on this cabin was a very good size, with two deck chairs, a small table, and two foot stools. The food was well presented but quite repetitive. The waiters were very obliging and efficient, and also polite and friendly. The entertainment staff left a bit to be desired, with one member who didn't turn up to organise one event, and who was also 15 minutes late for another. The production shows featuring the singers and dancers were fabulous. The Wake Show (the morning in-house TV show featuring all the events of the day) was not very interesting, and we stopped watching it after a few days. We have noticed that the standards on Princess have deteriorated over the years we have been cruising (26 cruises with Princess, 10 with other cruise lines), so I think our next NZ cruise will be with someone else. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This is my 4 th cruise with princess and was excited for this one being there biggest ship but found the layout of the ship difficult to get my head around I had been on the royal princess a couple of years ago and no doubt in my mind the ... Read More
This is my 4 th cruise with princess and was excited for this one being there biggest ship but found the layout of the ship difficult to get my head around I had been on the royal princess a couple of years ago and no doubt in my mind the better ship . I also felt hygeine standards had slipped with often no staff member on guard or sanitiser available just a sink hand washing area and often soap had run out , consequently sickness was rampant through the ship and of course I got it and have been sick now for 12 days and ongoing visits to doctor , carry your own sanitiser. The staff work long hours and try there best and are very polite but often cannot speak English very well so sometimes it’s hard to get your order correct the first time. The food of course is in abundance most of it excellent standard and a great vareity. If I sail again with princess it would be on the Royal for sure. The inside cabins are small and aircon seems to be switched off at night which makes the room stuffy, would recommend a room with an opening window. Getting on and off the ship was easy very well organised, entertainment was first class ,the shows were amazing , room service was excellent but if you order a pot of tea be sure to ask for milk also.happy sailing Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We are a younger couple who didn’t not fit the average customer for this cruise. The cruise was full with older people, didn’t really appreciate our presence. If it wasn’t the passengers giving the side eye it was the crew. They ... Read More
We are a younger couple who didn’t not fit the average customer for this cruise. The cruise was full with older people, didn’t really appreciate our presence. If it wasn’t the passengers giving the side eye it was the crew. They must not expect us to spend money in this way as well. We chose this cruise for port locations. Next time we would choose to travel independently. Take a flight and stay at our destination. You get more of a geninue incounter with the land and people. Select members of crew were outstanding. Food was mediocre. Crew is trained to upsell you on EVERYTHING. Ship was clean. Available time to relax was perfect. Board game/game selection was outstanding. Onboard activities can be a little repetitive and cheesy. Wasn’t any real options for our age group except for drinking- we don’t drink a lot. We adored the center ballroom which always seemed to have older couples floating across the dance floor. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We sailed on the Regal Princess in June this year and wanted to compare vessels. From the very first impressions it was obvious this ship was indeed designed for the Chinese gambling market, a beautiful ship none the less but has missed ... Read More
We sailed on the Regal Princess in June this year and wanted to compare vessels. From the very first impressions it was obvious this ship was indeed designed for the Chinese gambling market, a beautiful ship none the less but has missed out in many ways. The theatre (Princess) was small and the seating reminded me of a budget airline and as about as comfortable. One of the bars in the atrium is a converted juice bar ( a terrible waste of space ) and sitting at the bar with an other couple was difficult because of a large glass showcase taking up most of the available counter. The French restaurant on the same level was always empty. The atrium is typical of Princess so no further comment Our cabin was a mini suite, mid ship and on deck 15. Very comfortable and nicely fitted out but the overhang from the walkway obscured any vertical view. The crew were fantastic as usual and often went beyond. The wife and I had booked the Harmony restaurant (Chinese banquet) for our final night and were disappointed at the standard - most of the courses were sent back as too cold or inedible. Entertainment was mediocre at best but I'm sure Princess are working on it. Makes me think they are trying to cut costs. We have travelled many times with this cruise line (three time this year) and have noticed a decline in the standards offered 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise as it provided something different from Asia and the South Pacific. The ports of call were all excellent and recommended. Our wait staff in the dining room were a great combination and made the cruise for us. On ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it provided something different from Asia and the South Pacific. The ports of call were all excellent and recommended. Our wait staff in the dining room were a great combination and made the cruise for us. On the downside we found that the drink prices (particularly spirits) were grossly inflated for this cruise when compared to other Princes cruises that we have been on. By example, so if you like a shot of Bundaberg rum and a can of Coke , it will set you back AUD $17.25 ( almost enough to warrant a royal commission). It was alo very disappointing to find out that the "Happy Hour" is no longer available. This was a big let down as it provided a great opportunity to interact with other guests on a daily basis. They also need to look at the minimum bet on the roulette as $10 is unrealistic as was evidenced by the empty table most of the time. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We started in Auckland, NZ and ended in Sydney. There were three stops in Australia and we wanted to see as much as we could. This is a wonderful trip but do not wait until you are too old ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We started in Auckland, NZ and ended in Sydney. There were three stops in Australia and we wanted to see as much as we could. This is a wonderful trip but do not wait until you are too old to do things because the tours can be pretty walking intensive. Scenery in these countries is wonderful. Auckland is worth an extra day. There are many beautiful beaches, parks and gardens to visit. A trip up the Sky Tower is also fun. Tauranga is the second port and a chance to see the native Maori tribal village. Also there are the thermal wonders and geysers. Wellington is easy to get around and do by yourself. Go up in the Cable car and walk down in through the botanical gardens. Also the Te Papa museum is worth a look. Great exhibits. Shopping is good here also. We went from Akoroa to Christchurch to see the area and the Cardboard Cathedral. At Dunedin there is a half day train trip to see the gorge which is great. Again the countryside is beautiful here. Then the ship travels through the Fiordland National Park and we had a sunny clear day and it was really a highlight of the trip. In Hobart, Tasmania we elected to go to Mount Fields Park for a walking tour of Russell Falls and the tall trees. If you love animals, go to Bonorong Wildlife Preserve to actually be close to the animals,..wombat, kangaroo, tasmanian devil, cockatoo bird, kookabura, and koala. In Melbourne there is plenty to do. You can go to the wineries or just visit the town or head up the Ocean Road for spectacular scenery. Sydney is also work and extra day as you will see lots of history if you go on a walking tour. Get out and meet the locals these countries are full of lovely friendly people. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
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: August 2018
Wanted to see some of Asia and this one was shown to us.Enjoyed it very much. Embarkation was a nightmare though , something has to be done about it if a ship leaves Shanghai, no thanks to the Chinese government, we think. Dining ... Read More
Wanted to see some of Asia and this one was shown to us.Enjoyed it very much. Embarkation was a nightmare though , something has to be done about it if a ship leaves Shanghai, no thanks to the Chinese government, we think. Dining room food leaves a lot to be desired, was disappointing. It was the first time we chose to miss dinner there, at least 5 nights. Overall loved the ship, crew, entertainment and excursions. Pool areas are great, plenty of deck chairs to relax in , even at night where you are supplied with blankets to watch the footy or movies under the stars. Indoor pool area and adjoining areas are great to relax in. Food market eatery had a huge variety and the Bakery was very popular especially with the age group that was onboard. Unfortunately this ship does not cater for children, it will have to add a lot of interests like Royal Carribean have , to get families onboard. But we , as a retired couple enjoyed it very much. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We choose this cruise because it was a new ship and the Destination was Australia. The all over experince was good with most services up to expectation and some exceeding expectation. However there was an unacceptable amount of short ... Read More
We choose this cruise because it was a new ship and the Destination was Australia. The all over experince was good with most services up to expectation and some exceeding expectation. However there was an unacceptable amount of short coming in PR. Firstly the embarkation in Shanghai was a disaster. 12.30 was the embarkation time and that appeared to be for every one. There was no stagerred times. Therefore all embarkation passengers were herded into the lines extending into the carpark with no shade and it appears there was only one door open into the embarkation hall. With temperatures of over 30 degrees and humidity of around 90%. from my view the average age of people were over 60. The whole experience took us 3 hours to get on board, some we heard took up to 4 hours, About 45 minutes to an hour were in the sun. Thre were no announcementss, no consideration of occupational Health and safety, People lining up in the carpark with Busses, Cars etc dropping off passengers. There were no consideration for DISABLED passengers for embarkation, they had to line ip with everybody else. There was no consideration for heat distressed people in this area If there was a reason for this then nobody bothered to advise your customers , THE PASSENGERS. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We`ve previously done small ships. Our last cruise was a Clipper ship with a very small number of passengers, so this was a new experience for us. Loved it. Great value for money. We chose it for the itinerary which was amazing. We were ... Read More
We`ve previously done small ships. Our last cruise was a Clipper ship with a very small number of passengers, so this was a new experience for us. Loved it. Great value for money. We chose it for the itinerary which was amazing. We were up early and went to bed late every day.....we didn`t want to miss a thing. OK the embarkation at Singapore was slow but the queue kept moving and once on board our cases were waiting and we were unpacked and in the bar by 5pm Loved our room, loads of storage and huge comfortable bed. Efficient shower and facilities. Balcony was big enough for 2, although we didn`t use it much, but view from picture window was fantastic. Market place buffet food was good but locations of items was muddled. Not always easy to find what you wanted. Waiter service dining room food was very good, with varied choices, both for breakfast and in the evening. We had free dining as we were happy to eat after 8pm. The Italian restaurant was very good, and we had lunch here several times. Coffee, cake, sandwiches and pies were always available from the excellent Atrium Bistro. Always got a seat in the theatre. Artists were varied and entertaining with some production shows. Talks didn`t tempt us but we found the Destination Presentations by Hutch really helpful and interesting. Dance area in the centre of the Atrium was small but people seemed to manage. Very, very impressed with excellent level of service throughout the ship in every department. It really seemed a happy ship. We bought the full drinks package and probably broke even. It was just so nice and relaxed to try new drinks, and great fun trying the extensive range of cocktails during our days at sea. It was a nuisance looking for sun beds without a towel or a book on them. Some remained like this for hours. Needs to be policed more. Love, love loved the cinema under the stars with pop corn and as the evening cooled we were given blankets. As we traveled north and the weather was colder there were other options to watch films including the TV in our room. Photographers took your photo at every opportunity(though we dodged most of these)and it was easy to view at them on their computer screen. We booked the studio and had a private sitting. Thrilled with just one perfect photo of the two of us. Appreciated our homework(all the visa and immigration paperwork on the bed most evenings) Some ports we did our own thing, but in Sth Korea and Japan we booked the full day tour with English guide. These tours were brilliant. Please note :-Some ports are a long way from the desirable destination. Varied reports on which was cheapest/ easiest....... either booking your own taxi or paying for the ship transfer. We disembarked early in Shanghai and booked our own taxi but beware you need to write down your destination in Chinese! The ship does not have currency exchange and the currency exchange at the port always had a massive queue. No time if you are booked on a tour. Bring the local currency with you. China does NOT accept Visa and we wasted 2 hours of our precious time looking for an ATM that would accept our card. Favorite thing:-level of service, lovely people we met and the surprise birthday card and balloons. Favorite destination - surprisingly Sth Korea Least impressed - out of order public toilets on board. Bonus - All our visa, immigration forms and other paper work was so easy thanks to you. Read Less
36 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
As cruise addicts we were alerted to the fact that Princess was about to send a new cruise ship to be stationed at Shanghai for cruises around the Asian region. The ship was launched in April 2017 and after undertaking a number of short ... Read More
As cruise addicts we were alerted to the fact that Princess was about to send a new cruise ship to be stationed at Shanghai for cruises around the Asian region. The ship was launched in April 2017 and after undertaking a number of short cruises in the Mediterranean was then repositioned to the Far East. The inaugural Asian cruise was for 21 days duration commencing at Singapore on 18 June and visiting the following ports : Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Xiamen (China), Hong Kong, Keelung (Taipei), Yokohama (Tokyo), Osaka and ending at Shanghai and provided an excellent overview of this part of the world. As I was an "Elite" member of Princess' Captain's Circle (membership of which requires you to have completed 15 cruises with Princess or sailed 150 days with them) priority embarkation was one of the benefits and resulted in very quick entry to the ship. Not sure how the other 3000 odd passengers fared. When you view the vessel from the terminal you are somewhat amazed at its sheer size. The ship is approx 144000 tonnes and has 19 decks. On entering the ship you are security checked in and then given directions as to where your stateroom is located. We had booked a twin bedded Premium Deluxe Balcony (M202) which was a little larger than the normal balcony stateroom. The bedroom area was quite roomy and a welcome innovation was the open wardrobe area which meant that you didn't have the normal doors colliding with the bathroom area as is so common on other ships. It also made access so much easier. The bathroom whilst quite attractive in design was fairly small but well designed for the space available. It could probably have done with more room on the vanity and the shower enclosure was relatively small. The balcony was the biggest let down in being the smallest we have ever experienced and with both of us it was a pretty tight squeeze.There was a reasonably sized writing table and a 2 seater sofa and overall it was quite pleasant. The ship is quite vast and it takes some time to fully explore its many venues. As we had a stateroom at the very front of the ship we had to walk the entire length of the ship to catch the lift to the main dining room - no worries about putting on extra calories with this arrangement !! The atrium is the showpiece and it was stunning in respect of both layout and design and regularly featured a very talented rock band and dancing lessons which were enthusiastically taken up by a good number of passengers. There are numerous lounges, some more attractive than others with cocktails costing around US$7 plus 15% service charge. A number of entertainers performed at these venues. There is a quite extensive shopping mall essentially given over to high end products and little else. One had to wonder just how much business they were doing given that every time we passed by there was no customers to be seen. It seems they have lost the plot in not having some more general type shopping. Perhaps they are keeping in mind that the ship is to be based in Shanghai with a significant number of future passengers being Chinese who seem rather keen on "brand" merchandise !! The International Market Place is the main day eating venue with a most attractive interior and serving a considerable range of food. It is set up so that you have a number of aisles flowing off the main walking area which you can wander down and choose what you would like. Our experience was that its sheer size led to considerable walking through the various food stations which stretched out around half the length of the ship. The food on offer was quite varied and its quality was good to very good. We opted for traditional dining which meant dinner at 8.15pm in the Allegro Dining Room. The waiters were excellent with the food again being good to very good with the very occasional meal being excellent. Overall the menu gave a good range of choice. One particular disappointment after being promoted as the meal of the evening was the Chicken and Leek Pie apparently designed by Curtis Stone. A number of people on our table opted to have it and were more than a little disappointed with the contents swimming in thin liquid and the pie being covered in a slab of pastry which was supposed to be puff pastry and was more like a piece of cardboard. Not sure if Curtis Stone would have been too impressed with this interpretation of his work. On the other hand they served Lobster with Prawn dinner which was brilliant. As a treat we dined at the Crown Grill and indulged in Rib Eye Steak - both the food and the service was excellent but the venue itself lacks any real design creating a "speciality restaurant" ambience and is open to the atrium area and when the rock band is performing your communication with the waiter becomes more than a little frustrating. The surcharge to eat here is $US29 pp. We also opted to dine at the much promoted La Mer French Restaurant. Again the venue was open to the atrium and the same situation arose in attempting to talk to the waiter. Here the food was a complete let down and the surcharge of US$35 was not warranted. The plus was the waiter (Milos) who was excellent in explaining the menu and his service despite the background noise. In our view it needs a complete rethink - the food needs to be much better quality and the noise factor needs to be urgently addressed - not in our view a speciality restaurant warranting a surcharge. The International Cafe is where you can have a coffee, tea etc., for a surcharge around $US3.50 and you can also have a free cake or small savoury item - a good area for morning or afternoon coffee. Whilst we didn't utilise it the ship has a dim sum and lobster bar where you can select from a limited menu and depending on your choice usually costs around $US6. There is also an ice cream counter which is free. The ship has a very well equipped gym and spa facilities. There are two main swimming pools which in our view are somewhat small given the fact that the ship is catering for 3500 passengers. The plus is that at no time did we experience any difficulty in finding a vacant sun lounge or deck chair. There are numerous areas around the outside of the ship where you can relax. Not sure who designed the internet/ library room which was totally inadequate in both size and content. The use of the internet at sea is very hit and miss and quite frankly costly. If it is not urgent you are better off popping into Starbucks at each port. The only advantage was that we had a credit of 500 minutes due to our "Elite" status which was quickly used trying to establish a connection and then retaining it. One of the main concerns is the ongoing customs/ immigration activities at every port which consumes so much time and consequently cuts into the time available at each port. Given that the ship is usually only in port for around 6 to 7 hours it borders on massive overkill. On boarding in Singapore you are photographed and fingerprinted and on check in issued with a photo ID. Every time you leave the ship you are checked out visually and the same applies on embarkation. Additional costs to the cruise fare need to be given some thought as they can quickly amount to a sizeable sum. Gratuities at $US13.50 per day per person amounted to US$ 560. We are both quite generous generally but the ever upping of gratuities has reached a quite unrealistic level. There is also a 15% surcharge on all drinks and over 21 days can be a considerable amount. Overall a very pleasant ship with some quite attractive design and with generally excellent service from the crew. Suspect the food could have been better on occasion but generally acceptable. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
The region was new for my wife and I and with this being a new ship, it made it an attractive choice. It is a nice ship that was built specifically for the Asian/Chinese market. All signage is in English and Cantonese, and motif along same ... Read More
The region was new for my wife and I and with this being a new ship, it made it an attractive choice. It is a nice ship that was built specifically for the Asian/Chinese market. All signage is in English and Cantonese, and motif along same lines. We has sailed its sister ship Royal Princess and liked that one more. The size of this ship restricted its ability to use some ports and terminals closer to the major cities thus creating lengthy drives for excursions on this itinerary. Since the Majestic will now be based in Shanghai for next 8-9 months, we don't know if it will sail the same ports and have same docking locations. All in all we had a good time and enjoyed the facilities this ship had to offer. One major issue we had on this cruise is lack of orderly process for immigration clearance. There were no officers monitoring people arriving at scheduled times. This resulted a waiting in line for 1.5 hours to complete a 2-3 minute clearance by South Korean officials. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2017
We boarded the ship in Dubai. We had a mini-suite on the 11th floor (Baja Deck) and it was spacious and very comfortable. We had anytime dining and the food in the main dining room was average at best. We ate at Harmony specialty ... Read More
We boarded the ship in Dubai. We had a mini-suite on the 11th floor (Baja Deck) and it was spacious and very comfortable. We had anytime dining and the food in the main dining room was average at best. We ate at Harmony specialty restaurant and that was a big mistake. I usually enjoy Chinese food but I didn't like Harmony food at all. While the service was excellent, the food was barely edible. We also ate at the steakhouse (The Grill) and the food there was very good. I had the lamb chops and my husband had the rib eye--both were really good. Since we were never able to get a seat in the showroom, I can't comment on the entertainment. We went 1 hr. before the show but there were no available seats left. Princess needs to deal with that problem because many people were complaining about not being able to see a show for the entire cruise. All of our excursions were from the ship. They were well organized and interesting. The guides spoke fairly good English. Service throughout the cruise was excellent. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth and efficient. I'm not sure if I would choose to go on the Majestic again. I enjoyed the cruise but I think other Princess ships are superior. Read Less
Majestic Princess Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.5 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0

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