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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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Great ship and crew. Unfortunately the weather was not good. Food good. Recommend the pizza , noodle bar and international cafe for lunch and coffee and teas. Cabin we had was long and narrow but plenty of hanging space, bed and pillows ... Read More
Great ship and crew. Unfortunately the weather was not good. Food good. Recommend the pizza , noodle bar and international cafe for lunch and coffee and teas. Cabin we had was long and narrow but plenty of hanging space, bed and pillows very good . Bathroom small but shower a reasonable size. Theater entertainments were top quality and enjoyed them very much, The show Encore was just like the shows use to be like . One tip . Not a lot of seats, get there at least 3/4 of an hour early and an hour early for Encore. Film were up to date and plenty of them. For hearing impaired people the TV in the cabins have captioned films. As usual Art auctions, face lifts, feet info, the same old stuff on all ships now. Shops are all very expensive. So by passed them. Spa still double the price what you can get at home. Internet expensive and very slow. Drinks prices between $7- $15 . Wine labels not the best and they ran out early of the best one, bottled water $3.25, coffee and teas about $3.. All in all a great trip around New Zealand. Did our own things on shore. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this particular cruise because Australia/New Zealand had yet to be checked off our bucket list AND we wanted to try out the Majestic Princess. My husband and I have cruised 20+ times with Princess and generally know what to expect ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise because Australia/New Zealand had yet to be checked off our bucket list AND we wanted to try out the Majestic Princess. My husband and I have cruised 20+ times with Princess and generally know what to expect on their ships... or at least we thought we did. We were in for a few surprises! Everyone told us to spend our time in New Zealand and not to worry too much about Australia, so we stayed four additional nights pre-cruise in Auckland and only one night post cruise in Sydney. Our Auckland hotel (Mount Richmond) was near the airport and was a real pit. It was clean, but it was also noisy, uncomfortable, and had crappy parking. Thankfully, we were only ever there to sleep as we rented a car and drove several hours each day to take in the sights and activities available. New Zealand is Awesome! With the exception of Auckland, the cities are all beautiful. Around every corner we discovered scenery more breathtaking than what we had just seen. We visited Hobbiton in Matamata, toured the glow worm, Aranui, and Ruakuri caves in Waitomo, visited the Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton), and of course did a general tour of Auckland. We had a great time sampling ice cream (my fave) and trying excellent restaurants in several cities. Pro tip- In NZ, they have an ice cream flavor called Hokey Pokey. I'd never heard of it and I REALLY know ice cream. It's basically vanilla with butterscotch candy pieces mixed in, and definitely worth a try. So fast forward to embarkation day... We had purchased a transfer from the airport to the ship through Princess. We returned our rental car and reported to baggage claim to find the Princess Rep. (around 11am). The rep says "We're getting ready to load the last shuttle. Did they not tell you what time to meet us?" Um, no, they did not. In fact, I was worried that we were going too early! I guess it's good we got there when we did. So they hurry and march us to a holding area, which they sometimes do, and we wait for another 30 minutes or so before loading us onto the bus. And then the fun really begins! We're told that our transfer also includes a tour of Auckland (Yea! I'm being facetious, I could not have been less pleased). So what should have been a relatively short ride took 3 times as long. Plus the driver tells us up front she's not a tour guide, but she'll do her best. She was right, she was NOT a tour guide. Evidently, the port was overwhelmed with people boarding so they told the busses to stall. Had I known, I would have grabbed an Uber. Once we finally got to the port, it was complete chaos. The lines were not managed in anyway and it seemed like a mob without order. In retrospect, I believe 60% of the passengers on this voyage were first timers and that could have contributed to the confusion. But Princess could have done a better job. In general, I believe most cruises are as good or bad as your attitude, so I'll just list some of the major differences that surprised us (most not in a good way). 1. No Gelato bar! Anywhere! Not even a little mini station at the end of the International Cafe. Did I mention my love of ice cream? Sad, sad day for me. 2. No Prego Pizzaria! What?! Now hubby is sad too. Pizza on deck has always been one of our favorites and it has been replaced with a noodle bar. 3. No night club. Some ships have Skywalkers, the Regal and Royal have Club 6, the Majestic has nothing. I believe I mentioned ice cream? Those calories don't disappear on their own! They did use the atrium as the night club starting at 11pm but it lacked the ambiance of a dedicated club. Just not the same... 4. The jogging track was a joke! I don't know how to describe it except too narrow, full of obstacles, and pretty much useless for jogging. You could walk it successfully, but that defeats the purpose. 5. Abbreviated menu in Alfredo's. Alfredo's is still wonderful, but they have removed the salads and most of the appetizers that we have enjoyed in the past. I hope this isn't a fleet-wide change. 6. Drink packages are only available on embarkation day. Since when?! Note to self: no matter how busy you are unpacking, attending muster drills, meeting people and checking out the ship... get your darn package the first day or you're out of luck. (Pro tip- you can still order prior to your cruise, I just forgot to do it). 7. What happened to the Princess luxury bed? It wasn't in my mini suite that's for sure! The bed was so uncomfortable I even tried to sleep on the couch one night. It wasn't any better. 8. How can the newest ship in the fleet still have the old crappy internet?! Really?? I was surprised that the medallion concept had not been integrated into this ship, but really annoyed that they hadn't at least upgraded the internet. Seriously. 9. I did check out the menus at Le Mer and Harmony, but neither really appealed to us. We do LOVE the Crown Grill though and usually go 2-3 times on every cruise. 10. I maintain that the live orchestra is one of the best things Princess has going for them. We love it! They also had wonderful entertainers including Chris Watkins who we've seen before and thoroughly enjoy. 11. Our cruise was over Halloween and they offered make-up application to those who signed up in advance. It was great! I was going as Cleopatra and they did a much better job than I could have done with it. 12. And of course, ice cream! For those who do not know, Princess makes all of their ice cream from scratch each day and they have some really interesting flavors, but they are only available in the dining room. So many new flavors on this trip!! My hubby and I have been trying and rating all the ice cream on our last few trips and I will post that list separately. :) Beyond the above mentioned differences, everything was as expected. The food was excellent, the shows were good, I always book our tours independently and disembarkation was a breeze. Pro tip- if you book this same itinerary (Auckland to Sydney) get a cabin on the port side. We had the best views through the entire cruise! We only stayed one additional day in Sydney but I wish we had stayed longer. Our hotel was the Meriton Suites (Campbell St.) in Chinatown. We reserved a studio which had everything you can imagine including a dishwasher and washing machine! Not necessary for one night, but cool to have the option. There was much more to do and see in Sydney than what we had time for. I guess we'll have to plan another trip! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Embarkation was the quickest I've ever experienced! Literally took less than 30 minutes - disembarkation was also the same. Amenities and stores on board were above expectations and the staff were all very lovely and friendly. ... Read More
Embarkation was the quickest I've ever experienced! Literally took less than 30 minutes - disembarkation was also the same. Amenities and stores on board were above expectations and the staff were all very lovely and friendly. Balcony cabin was amazing - only hiccup was the steward leaving a ladder in our room for some reason which took a while to get removed. The main dining room had an excellent array of food choices - our waiters were a bit slow/cold but it didn't put us off from returning each night. The trivia and outdoor movie nights onboard the ship were my favourite - also loved the Halloween balloon drop and the many Halloween decorations! Only disappointment was the karaoke rooms being closed - would have loved to enjoy this acitivty with my fellow passengers. Shows were of a very high calibre and the music around the ship was also very good. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We liked the itinerary and we really enjoyed the cruise on the magnificent MAJESTIC PRINCESS, a truly amazing ship. The shows were all top class, a big crowd every night. The Dining Stewards were amazing nothing was too much trouble for ... Read More
We liked the itinerary and we really enjoyed the cruise on the magnificent MAJESTIC PRINCESS, a truly amazing ship. The shows were all top class, a big crowd every night. The Dining Stewards were amazing nothing was too much trouble for them. It is a very large ship which handled the rough seas coming across the Tasman Sea very well. The Captain was very good and kept everyone up to date with the details of the weather and how far we had travelled and what to expect each day. The Cruise director was excellent also his staff they made it a very enjoyable cruise, we look forward to cruising again on this amazing ship in the near future. The dancers and singers put on some amazing shows and the guest artist were amazing as well, the Pop Choir was very good made up of talented cruisers and the Voice at Sea was also very good, all from fellow passengers. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Having sailed once before on Princess's former Dawn Princess to Alaska 20+ years ago, we selected this New Zealand/Australia 13-day cruise precisely because of its stops in New Zealand and Australia and because of our fond memories of ... Read More
Having sailed once before on Princess's former Dawn Princess to Alaska 20+ years ago, we selected this New Zealand/Australia 13-day cruise precisely because of its stops in New Zealand and Australia and because of our fond memories of our previous Princess experience. We were NOT disappointed. The ship provided 5-Star Service by the dining room staff in the Club Class anytime dining room, The chefs prepared 5-Star Food taste, quality and presentation in the Club Class anytime dining room. Our stateroom steward provided 5-Star Service in our Club Class mini-suite stateroom. The additional space for a sitting area and couch in our Club Class Mini-Suite made ALL the difference in the world to ensure we had the extra space in our cabin to fit the additional seating area and couch. Without a couch and seating area inside one's cabin, your only other sitting area is on one's bed. The ship itself is only 18 months old, and my one complaint about this brand new ship is that it lacked any of the new on-ship experiences of other cruise lines with water-slides, surf waves, or any other physical activity areas. The ship was clearly designed for an older, more passive-activity crowd (over 60), without any walking paths around the ship, or the physical fitness or physical activities offered elsewhere. I give the ship itself 4.5 Stars, and it would have earned 5-Star IF it had these modern activities onboard. At age 55, I guessed we were about the 20th youngest guests out of 3600 total guests. For a 13-day cruise, it was definitely an Older (75+) More Mature group of patrons with plenty of canes, and not as many wheelchairs or walkers as I expected. Our visits to the smaller cities of New Zealand were definitely the highlights of the cruise, as were the many relaxing At Sea Days. We signed-up for any used every other day the relaxing and quiet Spa Pool called the Enclave, as the ocean air temperature was ALWAYS too cold to use the ship's free outdoor pool. Debarkation in Sydney was a piece of cake, but Embarkation in Auckland was way too crowded and stressful. Embarkation in Auckland had NO signs directing people to obtain or staple one's luggage tags to one's bags. Embarkation in Auckland had NO signs to the Baggage Drop nearby. The worst aspect of Embarkation in Auckland was the absolute crush of 2000+ people who all arrived to check-in at 1230PM. There was No Separation of Priority/Club Class/Suite check-in from the 'normal' check-in, where at least 1500 of those 2000 guests should NOT have been there at 1230PM. As Americans, the last aspect of the cruise we enjoyed was the 25-30% discounts we enjoyed from the strong US Dollar against the 25-30% lower cost of the Australian currency used for all cruise ship onboard charges. Our cruise was about 50% Americans (which surprised me being so high). I highly recommend the New Zealand & Australia cruising destinations and recommend the Majestic Princess for a quiet, almost child-free cruising experience. It really was great all-around. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
First, readers should know that if the itinerary of the Majestic suits your desire, I would not let my negatives dissuade you from booking this ship. This particular cruise covers a good part of Australia and most of New Zealand. ... Read More
First, readers should know that if the itinerary of the Majestic suits your desire, I would not let my negatives dissuade you from booking this ship. This particular cruise covers a good part of Australia and most of New Zealand. Embarkation in Sydney was fairly smooth with the exception of one of our suitcases arriving at our cabin soaked with water pretty much through and through. Everything was wet and we had not even left the dock! The cabin steward and staff were exceptionally helpful though, and they agreed to wash, dry, and hang everything in the suitcase and return it to us within a few hours. They kept their promise and, of course, there was no charge. Our balcony cabin was quite comfortable with more then enough room for all our belongings. The bathroom was about as small as I have seen on a ship. Not an inch more then absolutely required. We ate virtually all of our meals in the dinning room where we found excellent service and a good choices at every meal. The food was beautifully presented and, and always adequate. Steaks were my last choice as they were the least appealing. Fish and pasta wishes were much better. This voyage had 5 sea days including 3 back to back sea days. While others may find the on board activities to their liking, I am not a fan of art auctions, karaoke,gambling,shopping or zumba. There were a few lectures about culture and sightseeing but really not enough for my taste. My main complaint is the.that the ship seemed unable to handle the 3500 or more guests she can accommodate. There were two shows each evening in the Princess Theater and guests would need to arrive as much as 45 minutes early to be sure of a seat. The entertainment staff found this amusing and suggested we "camp out" in front of the door to insure ourselves a seat. Cute, but not really funny. However, if you don't care about the shows or like to stay up a bit later and catch the late show, this will not be bothersome. The shows themselves were lavishly produced and the local talents were enjoyable enough. Princess says that saving chairs on deck is not permitted,however, its unlikely any crew member would enforce this and as far as I am concerned, they should have a contest for the most creative deck-chair saving method. I was quite impressed with the one shoe method. The Majestic Princess is a large ship- about 144,000 MT. She seemed designed to insulate passengers from the sea. From the window-less theater through the main deck 7 with heavy curtains or the dinning rooms with small windows, passengers rarely see the sea. Some readers might enjoy this as you can easily forget you are moving at 17 or more knots and will be delighted to see a new port when you open your windows in the morning. This observation is strictly personal. Finally, disembarkation, with so many passengers was a bit hectic but we were off the ship and our way in a bout 90 minutes after we left our cabin. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Our overall impression is one of disappointment. Nothing about the large ship experience can be considered to enhance the customer's enjoyment. Compared to a "small" ship having a guest population of about 1200, our ... Read More
Our overall impression is one of disappointment. Nothing about the large ship experience can be considered to enhance the customer's enjoyment. Compared to a "small" ship having a guest population of about 1200, our experience on the Majestic Princess included sub-standard food (cool or pre-packaged), and an abyssmal disembarkation experience in Auckland. The day of disembarkation cannot be considered as part of the cruise, as guests are hustled out of their staterooms and off the ship as quickly as possible. The port in Auckland is terrible, too, when it has to accommodate embarking and disembarking passengers simultaneously. THE SHIP IS TOO LARGE! Staff service is excellent, however. Friendly and attentive, all staff seemed to be doing their utmost. However, there are simply too many people to allow extensive one-to-one service. The layout of the ship is a bit wonky, too. You can't get to the Allegro dining room on deck 6 by walking on deck 6; you have to travel along deck 7 then descend the stairs. A black spot for the naval architect, Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
I had a great experience a year ago on a Princess Cruise in the Mediterranean. But this one was disappointing. The food on this cruise was repetitive and uninteresting. Chefs say this is a new corporate directive. In addition, ... Read More
I had a great experience a year ago on a Princess Cruise in the Mediterranean. But this one was disappointing. The food on this cruise was repetitive and uninteresting. Chefs say this is a new corporate directive. In addition, Princess did not accommodate lactose intolerance or shellfish allergy. This is very surprising since the average age on board was about 65. Lactose Intolerance is most prevalent in older adults. I may be the only person to lose weight on a cruise. Not a good endorsement for the food. Much of the staff was friendly and very helpful. Stateroom well equipped, clean, and comfortable. The itinerary was excellent with many stops in New Zealand and Australia. The EZ air option and staff provided no support. I did my own arrangements and saved $19,000! And I traveled in Premium or business class. We love to cruise but will be looking at other options outside of Princess for our next cruise. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
My first cruise - didn't know what to expect! I was thoroughly impressed with all aspects of this cruise. Clean rooms, clean EVERYTHING!, friendly staff, amazing food, good entertainment (mostly), and great ports. The dine in meals ... Read More
My first cruise - didn't know what to expect! I was thoroughly impressed with all aspects of this cruise. Clean rooms, clean EVERYTHING!, friendly staff, amazing food, good entertainment (mostly), and great ports. The dine in meals were very well presented as was the service provided by the wait staff. I was told that the Marketplace dining could be a bit 'cattle trough' on other ships so was interested to see. marketplace dining was amazing. The variety of food, well presented and an everchanging menu made it a fabulous choice for any meal. Room stewards went the extra mile every day, making our cruise a delight. Cocktails were a highlight each day. My only criticisms are that the adult indoor pool could have been warmer as the weather was quite cool, and I was disappointed that there was no happy hour. All in all??? A fabulous experience that has me already looking for my next cruise! 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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