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6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
The ship was excellent though too big. We had a balcony cabin on the 16th floor very good with unobstructed views. The staff couldn't be faulted.always smiling even though 50% of elderly passengers were rude and demanding without ... Read More
The ship was excellent though too big. We had a balcony cabin on the 16th floor very good with unobstructed views. The staff couldn't be faulted.always smiling even though 50% of elderly passengers were rude and demanding without manners.!!! The children on board were better behaved with better manners than some adults. Not enough seating in the indoor entertainment area's of the ship.(piazza and the theatre's) had to get to an area for the show you wanted to see at least 45mins early. No area around the ship for a good walk the promanade deck only went up each side of the ship and very narrow. The market dining area we felt left left a lot to be desired. most food cooked in oils or butter, no plain or steamed food, no sandwich making facilities. Even though there were several area's of choice the food daily was same, same. The resturaunts were fantastic especially the pizza and sympony dining.the hamburger bar on the deck was good too. Too many people just walking in the dining area's without washing there hands. worry about nova virus with poor hand hygiene.The excursions were fantastic and the tour guides very good value for money and saw a lot of the islands. The ships staff getting you on and of the ship did a fantastic job with the number of people most of them very pushy and rude to the staff and other passengers. We went on this cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding had a fantastic day but because of limited entertainment seating indoors when the weather was too cold to sit on deck we spent most afternoons in our cabin watching the TV . could have done that at home.will go on another princess cruise but will go on a smaller ship. Getting on and off the ship was expidited with reasonable speed at the begining and end of the voyage. couldn't fault that. Overall feeling was that the ship catered for the Chinese and American market rather than the Australian. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise because it was one of only a few options going to Fiji, which was my son's choice for his grad trip. We haven't cruised Princess before and thought this one-year old ship would be a grand experience. While ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was one of only a few options going to Fiji, which was my son's choice for his grad trip. We haven't cruised Princess before and thought this one-year old ship would be a grand experience. While owning "The Love Boat" theme and it's integration throughout was a cool touch, overall the ship and experience was average compared to other carriers / ships. Cabin size was disappointing (we were in a PREMIUM! - I'm 6'2" and this was a ship built for the Asia market so I guess I should have expected it), dining was good (not great), entertainment was good but limited, service was actually not very good, and excursions varied dramatically. Generally the ship was built for cabins, not venues - and so we ran out of things to do quickly - especially on multi-days at sea. It was very much a senior cruise - as are most 10+ day cruises. Expected. The itinerary was great although I would question the Noumea port. Not much to see in the city so without an excursion it was boring at best. We *really* depend on the carrier to provide good solid port information - probably a lesson learned there. Sydney is an EXCELLENT port from which to embark/disembark - especially at sunset. 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
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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