1. Home
  2. Cruise Lines
  3. Princess Cruises
  4. Majestic Princess Review
  5. Majestic Princess Cruise Reviews
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We selected this cruise because of its itinerary and we because we have enjoyed sailing with Princess before. We booked a Suite (Riveria 616), partly for the extra space and partly for the added perks. The ship: Launched in 2017, ... Read More
We selected this cruise because of its itinerary and we because we have enjoyed sailing with Princess before. We booked a Suite (Riveria 616), partly for the extra space and partly for the added perks. The ship: Launched in 2017, Majestic is Princess’s newest and largest ship (19 decks carrying up to 3,560 passengers and 1,345 crew). Although a new-ish ship, the quality of the finish isn’t great and it is already signs of wear and tear. There are new venues and facilities on board, but the layout needs a rethink. I don’t think that Princess has a clear understanding of, or even wants, a target market (instead it seems to be trying to cater for a wide variety of tastes and interests). Embarkation / Disembarkation: Not a great start to our cruise. ‘Priority Embarkation’ for Suite (and Elite) guests is a bit misleading – you are only given priority within the boarding slot you have been pre-allocated based on your stateroom deck. After being told to follow the main queues at check-in and Customs, I complained when faced with tail-back at Security and was allowed to join the shorter Priority queue (there is no point paying for a service you don’t get). When checking in, we discovered that my husband’s cruise card had been lost and we had to wait for temporary one to be issued before we could progress to boarding. Although we boarded at 1330, two of our three cases didn’t arrive until after 1730. Disembarkation was a breeze though. We took advantage of a room service breakfast (on the last morning this is only available to Suite guests) and we were also able to relax in the VIP Lounge until we were ready to leave. Stateroom: All clean and neatly prepared by our friendly steward Ricardo, who welcomed us with a glass of champagne. We immediately received a call inviting us to make a reservation at one of the speciality restaurants (complimentary for the first evening). The beverage steward arrived promptly to tailor our mini-bar. The cabin layout and amenities were as advertised, although the DVD player had been replaced by on demand in-house movies (we couldn’t find any films we hadn’t already seen!). Ricardo did an outstanding job in keeping our cabin spotlessly clean, replacing towels, toiletries etc. Bars and Dining: A big gripe was that only one bar (Bellini’s) served champagne and we couldn’t get a seat here for a pre-dinner drink – mainly occupied by folks who weren’t actually drinking (most were watching the entertainment in the atrium or playing cards). Dining for Suite guests is split between two restaurants. We breakfasted in the Crown Grill which offered additional food options (loved the waffles). Lovely and quiet at this time of day. Service was attentive (thanks in particular to Ariel, Alex and Demis). No views here though. We enjoyed Club Dining in the Concerto for lunch and dinner. We were always welcomed with a smile by Keshia and Vicente. Misha and Kristina ensured that every meal was a delight - they were so friendly, taking the time to stop and chat, making sure that we were relaxed, remembering our favourite drinks and food, making recommendations that were just right for us. The food was pretty good too!. Food at La Mer (French bistro) was amazing, especially the lobster bisque and filet mignon. The lovely Marko ensured that our dinners here were so special. We also enjoyed our meal at the Cantonese Harmony, attended by Ammarin and Anup who were were friendly, attentive and professional. The quality of the steaks at the Crown Grill wasn’t a match for our previous experiences in Princess’s Sterling Grill. The VIP Lounge was handy for a lighter breakfast, snacks throughout the day plus the best coffee on board. Here, the ever-cheerful Monica was an absolute star for so many reasons. She answered our daily questions with patience, professionalism and good humour. She even lent us her personal mobile once, when we had a problem with our own phone. Tours: We loved the destination talks and presentations – (dance, arts & craft etc). Princess offered a good range of private, small group and larger tours. We booked ours well ahead and enjoyed all but one of these. The Waiheke Island Wine Tour was terrible (mainly due to poor planning and logistics) and, following several complaints, we were given a 50% refund. Entertainment: The theatre and Vista Lounge were too small to cope with the demand – to get a decent view you had to go 30 to 40 minutes ahead of the show starting. The entertainment was only so-so. Chris Watkins (instrumentalist) was the best. Mercury Rising wasn’t a perfect Freddie soundalike (then again who could be), but he provided an innovative and light-hearted tribute which got the audience going. We also liked the Neil Diamond (Jumari) tribute. The Watercolour Fantasy displays can’t compete with those in Las Vegas. Dubai etc, but are worth a quick look (we liked the James Bond and Sinatra themed shows) Other on-board services: Too much space devoted to expensive shops, including photography. The adults-only Sanctuary had been replaced by the Hollywood Conservatory and Pool Club. This is a covered area with a small pool surrounded by loungers and cabanas plus a separate games area. Children are allowed, except in the pool. The ceiling fans made this pretty cold on cloudy days. Spa treatments OK. Princess has moved from a minutes-based package (120 minutes for USD$69 = about £57 which would have done us fine) to one based on days (13 days for AUD$150 = £92 approx). Apart from the first day, the internet access was pretty good. We made repeated use of the laundry service (complimentary for Suite guests) – all clothes returned clean and pressed within 24 hours. I would highly recommend the Platinum Studio experience (black and white portraits). Jophel really took the time to understand us and ensure that we were fully relaxed before our session. He took plenty of photos, with no obligation to buy. The digital images are professionally touched up, and if required, printed and mounted. We really loved the results. Summary: Our highlight was the amazing customer service. The cons were the crowds and the ship’s layout. Apart from the small VIP lounge, we could not find a quiet space. Worst was the atrium, constantly used for various enrichments, with the noise spreading to the surrounding bars and eateries (including two speciality restaurants) - very reminiscent of a food court in a shopping centre. Also, you can’t use the quieter aft lifts to directly access the main restaurants. In the future, we will stick to small ship cruises. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We were eager to try out the Majestic Princess after its inaugural season in South East Asia. The ship itself is still new and shiny with some good features. Specially notable are the audio visual equipment in the Princess Theatre and ... Read More
We were eager to try out the Majestic Princess after its inaugural season in South East Asia. The ship itself is still new and shiny with some good features. Specially notable are the audio visual equipment in the Princess Theatre and throughout the ship. We had balcony cabin D208, which was spacious, clean and comfortable. Princess advertise their Princess Sleep luxury mattresses and bed linen. Our mattresses (there's always 2 mattresses whether separate or pushed together to form a queen size) were not new, by a long shot. Both mattresses were sunken and hard and obviously recycled from an older ship. The small coffee table in the room probably came from the same old ship, bubbling and peeling veneers. The clothes hanging space is same as other Princess ships, very roomy with plenty of hanging and shelf space with safe. Bathroom is comfortable. Very small with just enough space to dress in. The shower works well, has a curtain and enough space. The curtain doesn't feel too close. The shower gel and combined shampoo/conditioner is from a bulk dispenser on the wall. Hot and cold water with good pressure. Toilet works perfectly. Dining.. Buffet dining areas very good. There are hand washing areas near the entrance to the buffet areas, however these are placed out of site when entering the buffet areas and no-one washes their hands before entering and using the tongs to pick up food. There needs to be staff at the entry to direct all passengers to wash their hands first! Plenty of variety and great quality. Service very good. Quite crowded at most times. The enclosed area called The Bakery had good fresh breads, desserts and the fruit crumbles with custard and ice cream were popular. This particular spot is where to get the best coffee on the ship, compared to all other coffee outlets which are generally abysmal. The coffee which they use everywhere on the ship is called "New Grounds". Well it's rubbish. Definitely not worth buying their Coffee Card, which supposedly gives you a discount. At AUD$35 for 15 cups, by the time you've realised how poor the coffee is, it's too late. The main dining rooms, Symphony and Concerto have very good food, a smallish menu which changes daily, plus some standard menu items which are always available. Good service and nice surroundings, good silverware. Only one of the three Specialty Restaurants (at an extra charge of AUD$35 to $45 per person) was worth the extra expense. Harmony Restaurant, a Contonese style Chinese restaurant privides a good menu snd every item was expertly prepared. Delicious! The Crown Grill steak and seafood restaurant was not a good experience. Starter of lobster pattie was very nice. Main of grilled medium rare to medium fillet mignon was way overcooked, dry and I'd say boiled then flash fried. No thanks. The last of the specialty restaurants was the Le Mer French restaurant. Just an all-round bad experience. The venue is fully open to the passers by, staggering from one place to another, right next to people who are supposedly having an enjoyable French restaurant experience. The music and din from the Piazza, 2 floors below is so loud because there are no walls to this venue. The food was average quality but don't expect vegetables to be served with your main course. This was the most expensive of the specialty dining venues and at AUD$90 was not money well spent. The main dining rooms and even the buffet were better. The entertainment in the Princess Theatre were world class performances. Exceptional and worth managing other activities to fit in with these professional stage shows. But get there at least 20 minutes before starting time. On board shopping? No. Pool areas, good. Pool-side food outlets minimalist. Could be so much better if they added a few more items to the very basic menu. Some chicken wings, spring rolls, a dagwood dog? The Hollywood conservatory area. Basically empty space. Occupying the best position on the ship, top deck, forward, above the Captain's Bridge. Perfect location for a chic lounge. No. It's just 4 or 5 day-beds occupied by 8 or so people. Could be such a nice spot. And it doesn't matter how many drinks you buy here, you won't be offered canapés or a snack or a peanut! But at least the staff do enforce the 'no children' rule for this area. Generally staff are pleasant, helpful and professional. Vines Wine Bar advertises that they serve Tapas with drinks purchase. They don't. Over all, I feel this new ship is nice, the staff are warm, friendly and very helpful. I do feel also that someone or a committee I call the "Razor Gang" have been responsible for going around the ship and deleting many facilities and services from the ship's on-board offerings after leaving South East Asia. Such as Yum Cha, bar snacks, Tapas and other items that were previously available to passengers before the Majestic came to Australia. I can only assume that this level of cost-cutting is because in Australia and New Zealand it is not a natural custom to be handing out gratuities. No tips? They'll cut some of the services otherwise supplied in other parts of the world. Not a great way to be perceived when starting a new cruising season in this part of the world. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
My son and I recently had a chance to go on two cruises, one with Carnival, and the other with Princess. The review for the Carnival Cruise is in an earlier post, and when it came time to compare the two, there was no competition, our ... Read More
My son and I recently had a chance to go on two cruises, one with Carnival, and the other with Princess. The review for the Carnival Cruise is in an earlier post, and when it came time to compare the two, there was no competition, our Princess Cruise won in every category. We were incredibly blessed to be a part of the Majestic Princess inaugural cruise from Sydney to New Zealand, a glorious 13 nights, visiting both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. We visited Fiordlands National park, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Tauranga, Auckland, and the Bay of Islands. We arrived at the Overseas Terminal in Sydney three hours ahead of our scheduled boarding time, and as Princess was ahead of schedule, they were happily boarding all the early birds, which was really nice! The actual boarding process took all of about fifteen minutes, including the security screen and passport check, and even though we boarded so early, our cabin was already in perfect order. Being the inaugural cruise, the ship was, as expected, completely immaculate. There are hand tufted rugs and carpets, Italian marble, spiral staircases, and wide open spaces. It feels luxurious and welcoming, there are endless glass windows allowing for natural light, and the colours used in the furnishings are rich and of the highest quality. No matter what time you are wandering the ship, there are always staff seamlessly cleaning every inch, and they are so discreet they virtually fade into the background. In the entire voyage, never once did I see a space that was dirty or grubby, or anything except flawless. I was beyond impressed. The cabins are logically laid out, with even numbers having one corridor and one colour carpet, and odd numbers having the other corridor and other colour of carpet. The cabins are spacious and offer every amenity you could need, from Lotus Spa moistures and shampoos, to powerpoints for USA, UK and Australia. The cabin layout is thoughtful and functional. As you walk into the cabin, you have a foyer on the right, which houses the wardrobe, safe and cupboards. The bathroom is situated off this enclave, which means that someone using the bathroom won't disturb those sleeping, and the light won't reach the beds. Then you have the main section, which consists of the bed/s, two bedside tables and drawers, a full desk, mini fridge, more drawers, mirrors, phone, comfortable chair, and the TV. All of your blockbuster movies and TV shows are included for free on Princess, which is a nice way to relax before bed, presuming of course, that you get to bed. There really is not enough time for sleeping! Room service is free on the Majestic Princess, 24 hours a day, in case the munchies strike and you don't want to get dressed. The beds on the Princess ship are designed by an actual doctor, and are simply amazing! Every morning at breakfast people were talking about them, and if they would be able to smuggle the pillows out in their suitcases undetected! In case you are interested, you can actually buy the Princess beds, pillows and linens, which is something I will be doing once I can afford to. I honestly cannot remember ever having such a good nice sleep as I did on the Princess bed. The cabin stewards were amazing! You are never in danger of running out of anything, especially toilet paper. Honestly, when you are down to a quarter of a roll, they change it over for you. I don't know if the doors are somehow connected to an electronic system, but they were always in and out when we were not there, even if we had only ducked out for ice cream at midnight! The best thing about cruising, so I have been told, is the food, and this is 100% true aboard the Majestic Princess! There are so many places to eat, and so much variety, that you will be hard pushed to try everything during the voyage. Some of our favourites were Alfredo's, the Lobster Bar, Horizons Buffet, Concerto and Allegro. Alfredo's Pizzeria serves up yummy pizza, pasta, and calzones, and they even have some items that are not on the menu, like a word of mouth secret menu, which is cool. A word of warning, their individual pizza is actually the size of an Australian family sized pizza, so you may want to share one. The Lobster Bar is set on the pool deck, and is such a nice place to relax. They serve lobster, seafood baskets, hotdogs, burgers, and there is a self serve salad bar as well. Everything here is made to order, so you can request it cooked exactly as you like it, which is great when you travel with fussy eaters. Horizons Buffet is so big, and has multiple entries and exits, that is almost needs its own map! Every cuisine in the world is represented here, with delights such as Vegemite, pavlova, a carving station for roast meat off the bone, pastas, various breads and rolls, every vegetable you can imagine, soups, salads, and an endless array of condiments. There are hot and cold dishes, and each buffet has several variety of each item, such as mashed potato, baked potato and chips, or tomato soup, chicken soup or laksa. There is something for everyone here. The dessert bar is just delicious, and has numerous varieties of cookies, cakes, and baked desserts, along with cream, custard and ice creams. The breakfast buffet consists of waffles, pancakes, bacon, hash browns, muffins, baked beans, ham steaks and so on, as well as an omelette bar, where they will make your omelette to order. Allegro is one of the fanciest restaurants I have ever been in. We went here for breakfast every day, and were lucky enough to get the same waitress, who remembered our drinks order from day two onwards, and had them ready once we had been seated! The waiters here place your napkins on your lap for you, and will happily show you how to make some napkin art, like a swan, fan, cruise ship or Christmas tree. The napkins are insanely good quality, which is an odd thing to comment on, but I am in love with them! They are thick and luxurious, and feel like actual linen. Gosh, I don't even think I have sheets that are as thick as those napkins! Just glorious. Concerto has the same layout as Allegro, and we ate dinner here most nights, preferring table service to a buffet. The nicest thing about the Allegro and Concerto is the staff. They are impeccable. They all treated my son in the same manner they treated the adults, and happily conspired with him when they took his order. They are happy to switch out anything you don't like, and replace it with something else, and fully encourage you to order two desserts if you can't make up your mind, so that you can try them both. I ordered a meringue layer full of cream and passionfruit drizzle on night and liked it so much, that they later sent me one to the cabin! They don't even blink if you order the entire left hand side of the menu, as Wyatt did one morning for breakfast, just ask you with a polite smile if you would like anything else with that. I loved that, the fact that they don't rush you or make you feel bad for stuffing your face. Wyatt loved it to, as a teenager with hollow legs, he was always eating lol. I also need to mention that if you head down to the International Café before 8am, you can get jam or custard donuts, egg and bacon muffins, and other breakfast yummies. They go super quick though, so don't dawdle. The staff on the Majestic Princess are simply amazing. Nothing is too much effort for them. Do you need a pen? The service desk will happily give you a newly wrapped one, and ask if you want some paper as well. The entertainment team is a hoot, led by Andrew in the role of Cruise Director, they run so many fun activities, and during the day they are all family friendly. They host a morning show, called The Wake Show, which you watch on the TV in your room. each day they ask a question, and if you answer it correctly you go into the draw to win a prize. You collect the answer slips from the column near the customer service desk, and you can also pop in a joke or shout out. They film it the day before, so if you are still up, you can watch it on the TV from around 11pm, which is handy. Wyatt loved the Wake Show, and was super excited to actually meet Andrew in person, which was lovely. Each day you will find a Princess Patter in your room. This is a 4 page A4 sized newsletter showcasing the following days activities and shows, and is a great place to start planning your day. It is delivered the evening before, which is handy for those of us who like to pre-plan. We had so much fun about the Majestic Princess, there was so much to do that we averaged a total of five hours sleep most nights, and came home happy but exhausted! Some of the activities included: trivia, game shows in the Princess Live TV Studio, karaoke, line dancing, bingo, art seminars and auctions, destination talks, watercolour painting, hula hoop competitions, themed nights, live music, dance classes, shooting competitions, fruit carving, napkin folding classes, and lawn bowls to name a few. They even have their own choir, that is made up entirely of passengers, and performs in the atrium during the voyage. There is also an internet café, outside gym, inside gym, golf course, several pools, a spa, a library, a shooting gallery, dozens of shops, a basketball court, a dozen netted ping pong tables, three kids clubs, a medical clinic, a theatre, and numerous bars and cafes. The stage shows on the Majestic Princess were amazing. There is something for all ages, with two sessions per night. The later session is generally a little more risqué than the earlier session, for those who have children with them. On our cruise there was a tribute to Neil Diamond, a tribute to Queen, a magic show, electric violinists, dance troupes, and my favourite of all, Fiera. In fact, I loved Fiera so much, that I would book a cruise based entirely on if they were showing this performance or not. You can watch a snippet of the performance, on another Princess ship, here. This show had everything from catchy songs and star crossed lovers, to ferris wheels and actual fire. Just awesome. There was only one thing I did not like about the cruise aboard the Majestic Princess, and that was that it had to come to an end! Now, lets talk about the money side of things. Considering the fact that the Majestic Princess is a luxurious, all inclusive haven, I was surprised to discover, once all the figures were in, that it was actually cheaper than the nightmare cruise we had aboard the no frills Carnival ship. Another reason to stay with Princess Cruises, value for money. As Wyatt is now thirteen, he is considered an adult, so with that in mind, theses are the prices I paid for two adults. The cruise itself was AUD$1895, and we added the soft drinks package for both of us, as well as seven all day shore excursions for both of us, which brought the total up to $2895. With the added souvenirs and extras, it came to a grand total of $3400. Total bargain! Don't forget, when looking at your own cruise, that I booked mine twelve months ahead of time, and took advantage of some super specials they had going. What an amazing two weeks we had. We cannot wait to go back, and won't even bother trying any more cruise lines, we'll stick with Princess from now on. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
The Ship, the Crew, the Food, the Activities, Service and Ports were all absolutely fantastic! We did the New-Zealand Cruise and it provided heaps of on shore options, and the New-Zealand people are ever so friendly, they are just ... Read More
The Ship, the Crew, the Food, the Activities, Service and Ports were all absolutely fantastic! We did the New-Zealand Cruise and it provided heaps of on shore options, and the New-Zealand people are ever so friendly, they are just absolutely amazing. There are also lots of fun on board activities and the Entertainment Staff really look after you. Kicking back on Deck 16 or 17 outside in the sun, or under the stars is great. If you just want to totally relax, then the adults only area indoors on Deck 16 is a haven for it. The experience both on board and on shore was great. Get in early if you want to go to the Theater though as it is usually full. Lifts are also an issue as they become very busy around Meal and Activity times. Disembarkation along-side Port can be a bit of a disappointment as it can take quite a while some-times. Getting to shore on the Tenders though is really well organised and surprisingly quick and easy! Go figure. Have fun! 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
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
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
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
The embarkation at Sydney was a breeze - on the ship within 40 minutes. Everyone was welcoming and friendly. Okay so it is a new ship, however the layout of our internal room (Cabin C334) in queen bed formation was so spacious, we ... Read More
The embarkation at Sydney was a breeze - on the ship within 40 minutes. Everyone was welcoming and friendly. Okay so it is a new ship, however the layout of our internal room (Cabin C334) in queen bed formation was so spacious, we couldn't believe it! The outfitting of the hanging space, storage etc., was very cleverly done - I had empty draws and shelves - when has that ever happened before????. Okay so the bathroom was "compact", but hey we weren't sleeping in there so we were completely satisfied with the layout, storage and comfort. Found the in-room TV selections more extensive than previous cruises. Couldn't fault the stateroom, the staff or the room service. We had anytime dining and with gluten intolerance to be taken into account, we weren't sure how we would go - well we were overwhelmed by the assistance, care and concern that we were shown by the head waiter and staff. The Chef also assisted. It was great. Plus even in the buffet there were gluten free options (okay they are probably not made in a fully gluten free environment, however they were suitable for us). The shops on board were way too "up market" for our taste - it would have been nice to see some more mid range stores, or the "sales" being more realistic as there are more and more middle class people choosing to cruise and it doesn't appear that Princess is catering to us. Lets be realistic - duty free isn't what it used to be! Wasn't thrilled by the excursions - main complaint was the ones that we booked and paid for months prior, were either cancelled or we were bumped to a time that didn't suit - not impressed. Additionally the categorising of the activity level was way out on most of the tours that we did take - many times there were people that were on the tour thinking that it was only moderate, when it should have been strenuous. Or vice versa - a moderate tour was a walk in the park - hopefully Princess will sort this out as it did cause a lot of issues with the older participants that should not have been on some of the tours, which in turn reduced our enjoyment by having to worry / assist these ones. The Captain was rather amusing many times when he was updating us on departures or the mid-day location etc., We only went to 1 show, which was excellently presented. The overall service from the front desk, waitstaff, bar staff, shore staff, stateroom steward etc., we couldn't fault. We had not difficulty in finding information, assistance and always a welcoming smile. When it was time to leave, we found that the Express Walk Off option was fantastic. We only had one bag each and a carry on, so we chose this option. We were then able to have our belongings with us till 8am the following morning, and walk straight off the ship at our designated time - wow it was so much better than the other options. Hope Princess keeps it for our next cruise. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We are not new to cruising. We were travelling with two other couples from previous cruises. Stunningly large ship doesn’t always mean a great ship. Cruise was great ship less than good. We experienced a lot of negatives such as. Not ... Read More
We are not new to cruising. We were travelling with two other couples from previous cruises. Stunningly large ship doesn’t always mean a great ship. Cruise was great ship less than good. We experienced a lot of negatives such as. Not enough pools, unsupervised Hollywood Observatory adults only pool and someone took their grandchild in who defacated in the pool meaning the closure of pool for 2 days. Grill restaurant Tbone was well done on the edge and raw in the middle to the point you would get sick if you ate the bloody meat. One staff member was rude both during photos at dinner and at the shop. Another staff member sold me a $600 camera with an American warranty. Thankfully I returned it the next day and got the Australian version. What does it say when a staff member ask you where did you get the blankets for movies under the stars. We bought the soda package online and waited four days before receiving our soda drink bottles and then only because we asked every day. I also bought a coffee as I like my lattes. Alas never got a decent coffee the whole two weeks. Very bitter and I would like to ask the question did they have a barista or just use the staff. Never once did we get into Princess theatre. It’s too small and people were waiting for 1.5 hours beforehand to get in to the show. Big ship and very elegant but nothing personable about it. With the hot weather coming and the lack of good size pools makes for not good swimming. Will continue to cruise with Princess but not Majestic. Oh and we even found a piece of plastic in one of the desserts but they seemed more interested in telling us the money they paid the chocolatier for his recipe. Also other ships have milkshakes or thick shakes in the ice cream shop but majestic didn’t. Crazy when you have kids onboard. Everyone you spoke to said they were not happy. Lots of trips. Nearly every second day you saw someone with a new break mainly arms. Again will cruise princess but not majestic we stopped anytime dining as the menu was nothing to write home about. It’s not good when the burgers hot dogs and even the pizzas were more enticing. Read Less
Majestic Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
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

Find a Majestic Princess Cruise

Email me when prices drop