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Sail Date: March 2019
It was to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary and was a perfect choice. We were married in NZ so it felt right cruising back on the fabulous Majestic Princess. We weren’t disappointed, the food, service and entertainment was first ... Read More
It was to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary and was a perfect choice. We were married in NZ so it felt right cruising back on the fabulous Majestic Princess. We weren’t disappointed, the food, service and entertainment was first class, just loved it. At night we dined in the Allegro dining room and it was the highlight of our day, the food and waiter service. We then went to the show of the night, not to be missed, great entertainment. The Hollywood Pool Club was such a relaxing area during the day, a heated indoor pool and spa, pleasant ambience to read etc. On our anniversary, balloons and a notice was put on our cabin door. We booked in to Harmony, a special restaurant that night and enjoyed it so much, wow. The waiters presented us with a little chocolate cake with a candle and sang Happy Anniversary. Everyone was so helpful on the ship, nothing was a problem, everything was so clean and we felt safe. For us, the cruise ports were all interesting, the weather was perfect and we enjoyed our shore excursions. Probably the highlights, and there were many, were the Sounds, Taieri Railway, Akaroa, Te Papa, Waiheke Island and the Bay of Islands, the Hole in the Rock excursion. The Art Deco in Napier we loved and all the volunteers who were there to meet the ship in every port made it special. I hadn’t been to Mt Maunganui and Tauranga, loved it. Very impressed with the embarkation and disembarkation, went like clockwork, congratulations to all involved. A really memorable cruise, we will be back! Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
While we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on the Regal in the Baltic, and the Royal in the Mediterranean, the addition of an enclosed conservatory on the Majestic, with full length floor to ceiling windows, allowed us to enjoy this trip ... Read More
While we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on the Regal in the Baltic, and the Royal in the Mediterranean, the addition of an enclosed conservatory on the Majestic, with full length floor to ceiling windows, allowed us to enjoy this trip even more. New Zealand, especially in Milford Sound can be very cold, even in March, and being able to enjoy the views from the warm conservatory, was a highlight. It is an adults only area, and is a quiet space to read, or play board games, as well as relax on comfy sofas or swim in the undercover pool. We were blessed with good weather, so were able to enter all the ports and enjoy all the excursions of some unique destinations. We enjoyed traditional dining, as well as the noodle bar (yummy broth soups), international cafe, buffets, Crown Grill, Le Mer (french). All meals were of a high standard. The service was impeccable, and the staff could not do enough to ensure we were well looked after. Even finding us at the back of the Lido deck, watching a movie, and going off to find some blankets for us, in case it became cool during the evening. We thought out obstructed view deluxe balcony stateroom might not compare to our previous mini suites, but it was very roomy, with a sofa and a balcony and the obstruction was only partial. Housekeeping staff were friendly and efficient, which makes all the difference when living in a small space for 2 weeks, to come back to a tidy and clean space. Sydney is a busy place to embark, due to limited space, but it didn't take very long to go through passport/security. Our accommodation, booked through Princess, was very nice, and in a great location for sightseeing, in the Rocks/Circular Quay. It was super nice having the Princess Team pick us up from the airport. Highly recommended. The Majestic is a very large ship, so my only recommendation to those intending to travel on it, is to do your research and read the daily newsletter, to keep on top of the many options available for being entertained. It would be easy to miss some outstanding talent/activities. The Princess Theater Shows were of a very high standard, and it was worth getting to the theater a little early to ensure a seat. The dance party nights (Beatles and Abba) were fabulous fun. Even those using walkers made sure they got up to dance and wiggle the night away. There are many choices for excursions. We loved the sheep farm visit/Christchurch, Speights Brewery in Dunedin, Napiers fertile fruit/wine growing tours, Wellington wharf and Cable car ride/museum, Auckland for shopping, Mt Manganui itself is beautiful, if you don't want to go to Rotorua, Bay of Islands /Waitangi Treaty grounds visit was exceptional, as we had a Maori guide. The Museum there is also a knockout if you like history, 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
Sail Date: February 2019
My family needed a cruise suitable for our range of ages and tastes and this family friendly, low stress cruise absolutely matched our needs. Very clean ship inside and out with friendly staff and fun entertainers. We travelled from ... Read More
My family needed a cruise suitable for our range of ages and tastes and this family friendly, low stress cruise absolutely matched our needs. Very clean ship inside and out with friendly staff and fun entertainers. We travelled from Sydney, Australia to Melbourne and Hobart and then went to New Zealand getting stops at Port Chalmers, Akaroa, Tauranga and Auckland. There was a large variety of activities that suited the seniors in our group as well as the younger cousins, too. From Zumba to Bingo to jaw-dropping production shows, we were thoroughly entertained onboard. Food was easy to acquire and change to our tastes as necessary for those with food allergies. I am pleased to note that there were accessible shore excursions and the entire ship was accessible for people with mobility issues. The outside and inside of the ship were truly majestic, with details everywhere to enhance the experience for guests of any culture. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Wanted to go to Australia and this was the best value for the money, We hadn't gone on Princess before but had been told by a former travel agent that they were a good line. It was a great experience so we signed up for another ... Read More
Wanted to go to Australia and this was the best value for the money, We hadn't gone on Princess before but had been told by a former travel agent that they were a good line. It was a great experience so we signed up for another cruise next February. The service was exceptional. Everyone was more than happy to help and everyone greeted us with a smile. Embarkation and disembarkation were so organzied with few delays if any. The food was great and always prepared they way it was requested. The Captain gave us an update every day which was appreciated. We were in heavy rough seas but the ship was so stable that it wasn't a problem. Our excursions went like clockwork for the most part and were just as advertised. We saw wonderful scenery and learned alot about Australia and New Zealand. I would recommend Princess Cruise lines to everyone. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We enjoyed every moment of our cruise! After being reluctant to cruise in the past we have now been opened up to a whole new world! We found the cruise exceeded all our expectations. Our mini stateroom was immaculate, comfortable, spacious ... Read More
We enjoyed every moment of our cruise! After being reluctant to cruise in the past we have now been opened up to a whole new world! We found the cruise exceeded all our expectations. Our mini stateroom was immaculate, comfortable, spacious and with excellent storage, we slept soundly each night. The staff we encountered were friendly, professional and always helpful. The food and bar services were of a high standard with so many options to choose from including many healthy options along with the more decadent choices! The ship is beautiful and although large there is ample room to enjoy quiet spaces and you never feel crowded. We particularly enjoyed the enclosed pool and surrounding areas. We felt that we had been away for a lot longer than 12 days, returning relaxed and grateful for such a wonderful experience. We have changed our opinion on cruising and look forward to future cruises. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
My wife and I chose this cruise to find out about this new ship. Dining in the Concerto restaurant at 5.15 was as we requested and we found the food to be of excellent quality The Theatre was good but we found it lacking a tray to ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise to find out about this new ship. Dining in the Concerto restaurant at 5.15 was as we requested and we found the food to be of excellent quality The Theatre was good but we found it lacking a tray to put your drinks as on the Sun and Sea Princesses. Also not enough seating in the Piazza when entertainment was on We did not dine at the Market on deck 16 as we found it hard going in different places. the best layout was as in the Sun and Sea Entertainment was excellent even though you had to go at least 20 minutes earlier to get a seat Another thing we missed was the Wheelhouse which was a good place to go and listen to music and dancing Will we travel on it again PROBABLY Enbarkation was smooth it took 15 minutes to get onboard the same when disenbarking The waiters we had in the dining room were excellent and would get anything we asked for Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Wow , so glad I was able to to experience best cruise on this beautiful ship , everything was great, best cruise ever, entertainment, restaurants, atmosphere , Excellent staff, big beautiful grand ship , so much to do and to see , ... Read More
Wow , so glad I was able to to experience best cruise on this beautiful ship , everything was great, best cruise ever, entertainment, restaurants, atmosphere , Excellent staff, big beautiful grand ship , so much to do and to see , can’t wait to do next cruise with Princess, loved every minute Planning on Alaska. Raise as I have been thinking of doing that cruise for a while now I have met some great people on this curenht trip and made lovely friendships, sitting in the international caffe in the Piaza , going every night to the great show in the Princess theaty, after a great dinner in the Conqerto restaurant being spoiled by magnificent waiters and greeted by all your wait staff Can’t fforvet great cruise director Andrew with his put in every night about next days program Well , now on to planning a next cruise and looking forward to great time again well done Princess cruises Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I chose this cruise because it was the right time of the year for me - just before summer in NZ and getting cold in the Pacific Northwest where I live. Everything was handled perfectly from embarking to disembarking which is quite a feat ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was the right time of the year for me - just before summer in NZ and getting cold in the Pacific Northwest where I live. Everything was handled perfectly from embarking to disembarking which is quite a feat considering the huge number of passengers. The cabin, dining, entertainment were A-1. I have many food allergies but the chefs and servers ensured I never had a problem. I enjoyed every port and the excellent entertainment on board. But most impressive were the Captain and every crew member I met. I felt like royalty. The only thing that would have made this cruise better for me would be to have an extra day in each port. So much to do in so little time. I did notice that people had to wait a long time for elevators and that seating in the Piazza area was quite limited at times. I personally am still able to take the stairs and did so most of the time. Thanks to using the stairs (and the exercise room) I pigged out on the fine dining guilt free and never gained an ounce! Thank you Majestic Princess for an awesome time! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We thought it would be wonderful to see the Milford Sound by ship and it was, it was raining and this only made the scenery more spectacular with waterfalls everywhere. The weather improved after this and all the other ports were so ... Read More
We thought it would be wonderful to see the Milford Sound by ship and it was, it was raining and this only made the scenery more spectacular with waterfalls everywhere. The weather improved after this and all the other ports were so pretty and so picturesque to sail into, a balcony was a must,some mornings we layed in bed just watching the scenery sail by. The food for me was quite okay but my husband is a strict vegetarian and he sometimes just had mashed potatoes, French fries and rice for lunch. He could order ahead for the "Anytime Dining" but sometimes you don't know what you will be hungry for the next day. He is rather spoilt at home with his favourite vegetarian meals on request. He says he is willing to put up with just filling up on what he can as he enjoys cruising,he did put on two kilos over the ten days so the food was okay. The Majestic Princess is an amazing ship, just the perfect size, big enough for a person to walk off the calories but not too big. The adults only section of the ship was so fantastic, a very relaxing decor, recorded bird trills added to the ambience and some musical instruments to play for fun. We spent many an hour watching from this area which is at the very front of the ship, there are private cabana and comfortable lounges everywhere. We can't wait for our next cruise on this new ship to our area of the world. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Everything on board was what we expected and more Ship was amazing no trouble finding our way around Cabin was excellent as was our cabin steward Dinning room and staff were great Overall everything was beyond what was ... Read More
Everything on board was what we expected and more Ship was amazing no trouble finding our way around Cabin was excellent as was our cabin steward Dinning room and staff were great Overall everything was beyond what was expected As we try to cruise at least once a year we highly recommend Princess The captain and his crew were very helpful and kept us up to date with the running of the ship.The Buffet area very clean and staff were helpful and friendly .We dinned at the Harmony dinning area and found that to be good although food couldbeen a little warmer.We found the outside eating area was well serviced and food was good We discovered the Hollywood relaxation area on deck seventeen and it lived up to its nameand again we found the service there excellent All around the ship the entertainment and activities were also good Ports and excursions were good and run well Looking forward to our next cruise with Princess Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I wished to return to New Zealand after a 50 year absence & had the opportunity to travel with a friend to explore places enjoyed in my youth. We had a comfortably sized balcony stateroom & were impressed by all the staff & ... Read More
I wished to return to New Zealand after a 50 year absence & had the opportunity to travel with a friend to explore places enjoyed in my youth. We had a comfortably sized balcony stateroom & were impressed by all the staff & crew of the Majestic Princess. Our room had a TV with access to daily updates by the Cruise entertainment Director, movies, news channels & presentation re ports we visited. Activities & Entertainment were scheduled daily with much variety that difficult choices sometimes had to be made. The Princess Theartre was a wonderful venue for big events & smaller gatherings catering for everyone were held at numerous venues on a number of decks. Mastering the four sets of lifts took some time - the walk to our many varied destinations always good to work off the good food that settled where it shouldn't have.Though we did not do any serious excersise this was well catered for onboard, as were luxury pampering services. I was impressed with my dinning experience as my allergies were well catered for & meals delightful, especially the sweets (so much variety within my limitations). The Concerto dinning room staff were so attentive, helpful & friendly. My companion tried out the World Fresh Marketplace(Buffet) as she was an early riser - she found it catered to her tastes during the day. We also availed ourselves of room service to our late evening tea ritual - very civilized. My friend utilized the self managed laundry available on each deck but I enjoyed others doing my laundry & was impressed with the quick service. I also availed myself of the medical services on deck 4. Shopping of course is always a trap for us all - managed to pick up some bargains for myself & friends at home. We both had explored the onshore excursion options prior to sailling & prebooked our trips, choosing those rated as easy. These excursions were all wonderful experienses, seeing local flora & fauna, the rebuiling that had occurred in Christ Church since the earthquake in 201, exploring Maori History & Culture & that of the early & current European settlements. At times we also explored the local scene where the Majestic was docked & availed ourselves of very good local sea food & wine. New Zealands - both first Nations Peoples & the European settlers were extremely friendly & welcoming. It was fun dressing up on two formal nights on board & smart casual workred well for the remained of the time. The weather got warmer as we approached the north island but had deteriorated as we arrived back in Sydney & was awful back in the ACT - made mw want to go away again. One of the things I noticed on the Majestic - the mulicultural nature of the crew/staff & passengers. Everyone was so friendly, listening & exchanging stories. I was amazed that my cohort had done so many trips with the Princess line - alll coming back for more & planning ahead whilst on the cruise - the is a wonderful loyality program that entices them back. Both the embarkation & disembarkations for excursions & returning home were very well run. We were greeted as we arrived at the whalf in Sydney with a crew member relieving us of our bags & given instructions on where to board - then fed - all within the space of 20 to 30 minutes. This trip, my second in 18 months met my expectations, allowed my mind & body to rest - didn't realise how tired I was before I came. Would definetly do another cruise after I have fulfilled my committments back at home - will start saving again Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise to experience this fantastic new ship. Embarkation was extremely smooth & easy from circular quay. Our cabin e225 was just perfect with a larger balcony & outdoor furniture which enabled us to put our feet up. ... Read More
We chose this cruise to experience this fantastic new ship. Embarkation was extremely smooth & easy from circular quay. Our cabin e225 was just perfect with a larger balcony & outdoor furniture which enabled us to put our feet up. As usual, princess offered excellent dining in all areas with superb service in all locations. The entertainment was fabulous! The cruise director, andrew, did an outstanding job! Early in the cruise, i enquired about booking the chef's table. The paperwork arrived & it was quickly organised. This was one of the many highlights of our cruise, with superb food, wines & ambience. a beautiful cookbook, photos, a souvenir menu & a fresh rose was given to each couple. The ports were really pretty, with many memorable shore excursions taken. The tender process was really quick considering the 3500 passengers on board. The total experience was fantastic! Thank you princess! We'll start planning our next princess cruise! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise, because we wanted to cruise to New Zealand and also be on the Majestic Princess. We now can enjoy her more in March, for our cruise to Hong Kong. The embarkation was a breeze, in that we walked straight up to the ... Read More
We chose this cruise, because we wanted to cruise to New Zealand and also be on the Majestic Princess. We now can enjoy her more in March, for our cruise to Hong Kong. The embarkation was a breeze, in that we walked straight up to the check in counter, completed processing in little more than five minutes and walked straight aboard. Likewise, disembarking was also easy, although we found ourselves waiting in the carpark for quite a while for our transport. This was our error in disembarking early. The ship is very well presented with an abundance of polished brass, glass and marble along with timber finishes. Our interior cabin had more than enough space, although the bathroom was just a bit squeezy. Another 100 mm in all directions would make a huge difference. Our dining experiences were very good to excellent. There was certainly many choices of fine foods available from the Market Place to the Dining Rooms. The entertainment on the Majestic was very good to excellent. The Princess Orchestra was particullarly of very high standard indeed. Only one act left us unimpressed, but I will not name that, as others may have enjoyed it. Activities were superb, with much to choose from. Trivia, Liar's Club etc by the Entertainment Crew was most enjoyable. We found the service onboard to be excellent. Our room steward, Glenn, was a real kind gentleman. We were particularly amazed how a wonderful young lass, Min, remembered us from our cruise to Hawaii on the Golden Princess a year ealrier. Amazing indeed. We were very pleased with the ports and excersions in New Zealand. we nedd to repeat this cruise to partake in further experiences in New Zealand. Oh, did I say we loved it? Oh yes, we did love this cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Wanted to go on New Ship.The Majestic Princess was beautiful,Is a fair bit bigger but soon got a handle on the layout.The extra passengers number only came as a problem on the mandatory safety briefing on the first evening when all the ... Read More
Wanted to go on New Ship.The Majestic Princess was beautiful,Is a fair bit bigger but soon got a handle on the layout.The extra passengers number only came as a problem on the mandatory safety briefing on the first evening when all the passenger have to assemble in there allocated stations on deck 7,once the crowed dispersed all was well.Good entertainment in a variety of location,always something to do till late in the evening.The movie under the stars big screen has to been seen to be believed how good it is ,better than my brand new Sony Brava tv at home,so clear and colorful,best i have ever seen,The water show on the same deck to a theme is spectacular and with the back drop of the big screen is a winner.The allocated band area under the screen is good for shows up on that deck as well .The adults area only called Hollywood up on deck 17 is a beauty,Pool and Bar all under cover with private booths all around the edge with deck chairs and other furniture with a panoramic view ,great place to read a book and chill big time,big winner.The restaurants where up to Princess standard and so where the specialty restaurants as well.The bars are many and although there is no wheelhouse bar,its space is well taken over by the Crown Grill bar area.All round winner,and of cause the staff where top notch and one of the main reasons we like Princess and now this ship sailing in OZ another winner in my book Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Sailing date coincided with birthday. We cruise every two years and found this cruise to Noumea and Fiji fitted in with our holiday plans. lovely new and very large ship expertly crewed and managed. we enjoyed all the new features such as ... Read More
Sailing date coincided with birthday. We cruise every two years and found this cruise to Noumea and Fiji fitted in with our holiday plans. lovely new and very large ship expertly crewed and managed. we enjoyed all the new features such as the Hollywood Pool, Spa and Conservatory. The speciality restaurants, Harmony and Grill were quite good but the French restaurant La Mer was a disappointment. The food in the Any Time dinning restaurants was OK but only a little above average. The Atrium is a stand out feature in this vessel. Overall, the entertainment in the Theatre was of a high standard but the sound was cranked up too high and tended to turn good music and singing into noise. Platinum membership provides excellent embarkation and disembarkation and is a plus on such a large ship carrying 3500 passengers.The manoeuvrabilty of this large ship is amazing especially berthing at Sydney's International Terminal. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Our cruise on the Majestic Princess's inaugural cruise from Australia to locations with which we were well familiar in the South Pacific, complemented cruises on the Golden Princess in February and another planned for November, 2018. ... Read More
Our cruise on the Majestic Princess's inaugural cruise from Australia to locations with which we were well familiar in the South Pacific, complemented cruises on the Golden Princess in February and another planned for November, 2018. All our expectations on board the Majestic Princess were met and our cruise enjoyment was aided by the allocation to us of Stateroom M105 on Deck 15 which I suspect would be one of the best on the ship, with a very large balcony of some 4m x 5m, directly above the Ship's Bridge and looking forward over its bow. The Stateroom configuration is unique to that location and was very much to our liking and comfort, affording full use of the balcony with total privacy at all times, including during sea days. It was particularly interesting that at sea with the balcony door fully open, the curtains hardly moved, no doubt due to the forward profile of the ship. Our total experiences were positive with "seamless" embarkation, tendering and disembarkation operations providing minimal "down time", with virtually "walk on, walk off" experiences throughout all phases of port visits. As always we make independent plans for shore activity, whether that be snorkeling, shopping or sightseeing at those locations visited. Local currency was obtained ashore without issue as occurred when the need arose in Lautoka, and at other locations we used Australian Dollars or Credit Cards for purchase transactions without difficulty. Our preferred choice of Anytime Dining provided no obstacle to prompt seating in both the ship's Anytime Dining Restaurants during dining hours, and meals served during this cruise were as good if not better when compared to our other cruise experiences. Outstanding would have to be the description afforded to the friendliness of all crew we encountered on the Majestic Princess, at all levels. The Hollywood Conservatory on the Majestic Princess is impressive and a major asset of the vessel, both with respect to its position on Deck 17, and appearance throughout which includes the enclosed pool. Entertainment was substantially as we had seen before on previous cruises but nonetheless still enjoyable and impressive, well worth watching again. It did seem at times the venues struggled to accommodate all passengers seeking seats during some performances, and the choice of location for the Enrichment Lectures necessitated some passengers having to stand - something we had not seen to any degree on other ships. At times, despite the number of passengers aboard the Majestic Princess, we did not find particular difficulty locating seating in Public areas, something which has been a source of frustration in the past on cruises. Overall this cruise experience did not disappoint at any time and if anything, has spoiled us for future cruises given particularly the Stateroom we had and would be lucky to ever get again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
On this cruise I had organised a Meet & Greet and 84 participants had agreed to attend, but some had other special places to be and we ended up with 76 in total . . as far as I was concerned that was a great turn-out. I sent out ... Read More
On this cruise I had organised a Meet & Greet and 84 participants had agreed to attend, but some had other special places to be and we ended up with 76 in total . . as far as I was concerned that was a great turn-out. I sent out invitations to the Captain, Cruise Director and other Senior Staff and all attended and spoke to the group. We arranged a Cabin Crawl to be done on the next day which was the first sea day and thanks to all you volunteered their cabins we were able to visit all different types of cabins . . . Suites, Mini-suites, Balconies, Inside, aft and forward . . . Thank you everybody. Now the review: Embarkation . . . After arriving at Sydney Airport from Port Macquarie we were escorted to a waiting Princess transfer bus that took us straight down to the Embarkation Wharf at Circular Quay and it was our first full sighting of the Majestic Princess. Boy what a ship . . . huge. We were directed to the Priority Boarding line (we are Elite Passengers) and soon were heading for the Registration Desk to get our cruise cards. It was at this point that we struck a little problem. Eileen received her card with no problem but apparently they had lost mine, so after searching everywhere they issued me with a temporary cruise card that would get me on board but not to the cabin area. Once on board I was stopped by Security and told to wait until the Purser’s Desk could check and print out another cruise card for me as their computer terminal had gone down. After three-quarters of an hour and very much apologising from the crew and ship’s officers, I eventually got my card and was allowed to proceed to my cabin where Eileen was already waiting for me. We had a Balcony Cabin on Port Side Aft and it was very nice and as expected was tidy, very clean and fresh. I checked for our little “Freebees” that Elite Passengers get and found that they were all in their right places and it looked like we were ready to sail. By the way we were celebrating our 59th Wedding Anniversary and my Birthday on board this cruise. The Ship . . . The ship can carry 3560 Passengers with a crew of 1345. There are 36 Suites, 306 Mini Suites, 360 Deluxe Balcony Cabins, 732 Balcony Cabins and 342 Inside Cabins. Please note there are no Ocean View cabins on this ship.There are 20 Decks and the ship has 2 gigantic anchors. The ship is propelled by 2 huge propellers. The ship was launched in 2017 . . . The Captain was Captain Dino Sagani. After Two Sea Day we started at our Ports of Call . . . The night before the first port of call, which was Noumea, we went to the Crown Grill, a Speciality Restaurant on board, and had a great evening. The food was excellent. Service was great. Our first port of call was Noumea. Noumea is a perfect combination of South Pacific hospitality and European elegance. Although we had been here before we decided to do an excursion and decided on the Noumea Sights and Anse Vata Beach Break. In our opinion not worth the money and quite disappointed in the excursion. This excursion went for 4 hours. The next port of call was Mystery Island. Apparently this Island is uninhabited and the islanderss who live on adjoining islands come across to Mystery Island to set up stalls only when the ship are expected. Went ashore and walked around the tiny island, had a look at the airstrip that the American Forces made and used in World War II. I think this airfield could still be used today. Got sand in our toes and had a refreshing time. The weather has been great for the entire voyage so far. Sea Day today so went to the usual Trivia, then to the Enrichment Programme which was about “The Golden Age of Pirates”, did other miscellaneous things around the ship but after dinner we went to the Princess Theatre show which was The Princess Entertainer of Year winner Nathan Foley . . . wasn’t too bad but the next show in the Vista Lounge was very good and entertaining and that was the Marriage Match Gameshow. Suva today, 21st September and my Birthday. I was 21 again and I felt like 25. Did not take a ship’s excursions as we have been here many times before and we decided to just hop on the free shuttle and walk around the shopping area. Some things had changed but not many and the city was still quite dusty, noisy and full of people hurrying from place to place. Headed back to the ship for lunch and then to the Vista Lounge for the movie “The Death of Stalin”, which was a disaster and we walked out just in time to get to the start of Afternoon Trivia. At this point I would like to mention our Trivia Team . . . Karryl and Warren, Terry and Bernadette and Eileen & John. We didn’t win any major prizes but we had fun. We had bookings at Harmony Restaurant as a treat for my Birthday and it was fantastic. The food was just so plentiful that we could not eat it all. The staff were excellent and the atmosphere was very, very Chinese. Highly recommend. Caught a bit of the “Mercury Rising” (Freddie Mercury) show but it was completely full up so decided not to wait till the late show and did other things about the ship . . . cocktails, etc. and watched the goings on in the Piazza. Lautoka The forecast for today was around the 27c and we had an excursion to the “Land of the Giants” and the Orchids that grow near this spot. The gardens were very lovely and we walked throughout the circular pathways and the orchid collection. Some of the orchids were amazing and after hearing about the “Black Orchid” we were intrigued to see where it was. Well we asked and it was pointed out us but it was a surprise . . . it was a white orchid with very small black flowers right in the centre of the flower. We were looking for a complete black orchid. After the excursion we went back to the ship for Afternoon Trivia!!!! Tonight was the “Hot Latin Nights Deck Party”. Another Sea Day today and tomorrow we arrive at Lifou Lifou First of all, the island looks different – less pine trees, higher cliffs. Secondly, there are no expensive resorts awaiting you, hardly any tourists are staying overnight (although you can, if you want to, stay overnight in basic, more traditional accommodation). People on Lifou Island go by their everyday business, and on days that a cruise ship arrives they pack their traditional clothes, their home cooked meals and their imported cheap souvenirs and welcome the day guests at the tender boat pier near Easo. Once the cruise ship departs, life returns back to its normal, quiet self until the next influx of 1,000 or so tourists arrive for one day only. Most people in Lifou live in modest houses these days, however, some of them still have a traditional hut in their yard which is sometimes open for visitors. if you want to be able to wade into the water safely, consider using reef shoes or other shoes that you can use in the water. Back to the ship for that famous game . . . Trivia. That was after we attempted to watch a movie in the Vista Lounge called “The Female Brain” . . . another terrible movie. The next two days were Sea Days . . . With all the activities that are on board we started off with the “Paper Plane Competition” then we went to morning Trivia followed later on to the “Explorers - Mapping Australia’s Coastline Enrichment Programme”. Then later in the afternoon we went to see the “Scrap Heap Boat Building Finals” which were done in windy conditions in the main pool area, then guess where to . . . Trivia. After dinner we attended one of the best show we have seen and that was “Fiere”. What a show, the costumes, the sets, the singing, everything was as you would expect from a full Broadway/Vegas show. After this show we went to the Simon McKinney Show which was a mixture of comedy and voice impressions. Very good. I must mention at this point that we did see another show earlier in the cruise, “Fantastic Journey”. It was really good, colourful, and we recommend it. Our last day at sea and the day before arriving back in Australia and apart from going to Trivia we went to the Enrichment Presentation which was “Famous Shipwrecks of the Australian Coast” . . . very interesting. We then went and saw the final of the Egg Drop Comp and surprisingly not one egg was broken when dropped from 3 decks above. Back to our cabins and we had to start packing so that before dinner we could put out our bags so they could be collected for disembarkation tomorrow. Disembarkation . . . This sad episode of the cruise went extremely well and we were off the ship within the hour after having our numbers called and we then met up with the transfer bus to take us to the airport. Our cruise was over. It was a great cruise and we met many nice people. We had a great turn-out for the Meet & Greet that was organised and Princess put on a great venue for us the Hollywood Conservatory. The exclusive Lounge set aside for the Elite, Suite and Platinum passengers was well attended and the pre-dinner complimentary hors d’oeuvres were excellent, changing every night. Last but not least on the two Sundays whilst on the ship we attended Interdenominational Church Services which were conducted by our Cruise Director, Andrew Kadillac. Thank you Andrew for a job well done. We would highly recommend cruising on this magnificent ship . . . The Majestic 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
25 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
I can't understand the negative reviews. I usually don't write reviews but had to give our opinion. Six of us,3 couples,got on the Majestic Princess at Singapore on 18th.June 2017 for 21 night cruise..We've done lots of ... Read More
I can't understand the negative reviews. I usually don't write reviews but had to give our opinion. Six of us,3 couples,got on the Majestic Princess at Singapore on 18th.June 2017 for 21 night cruise..We've done lots of cruises (23 for my wife & I) but this was a special cruise. We like band music & dancing and we've decided that Princess has the best bands of any cruise line.Over the 3 weeks on board we enjoyed 4 different bands. Happy hours with band music were a highlight. We had early dining in the Symphony dining room and our waiter Erasto & his assistant Danny were wonderful ( 10/10). Food in the dining room was excellent & so was the Marketplace with a big variety of dishes and many Asian fruits that were new to us & that we enjoyed. We had a balcony cabin & our room steward Rodrigo was also excellent anything we required was granted. We attended trivia competitions and fun live TV husband/wife quiz shows, bingo and dancing, port information talks etc. Theatre shows were very good particularly Nat King Cole, Johnny Cash impersonators, the Blues Brothers, a fabulous violinist, a Canadian comedian, song/dance shows were all very good. A few minor complaints: only two computers is insufficient in the Internet room (however I have to admit I got on immediately the 3 times I used them). I'd like the shops to sell some cheaper items as well as the high end brands. Shop prices seemed to be cheaper than a Duty Free store we visited in our Incheon excursion. I was glad to see Princess implement the idea of a different colour carpet on each side of the ship's stateroom hallways. ( I've always wanted this & in future a pattern pointing forward would be even better). Cabin was a little smaller than usual but nothing to complain about. Our safe was not working properly & our room steward arranged repairs & the repairman decided to replace the safe all within a short time. Of the 23 cruises we've been on my wife & I rated this cruise in the top three. 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
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
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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