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Majestic Princess is a floating city 3500 passengers on board did not have any problems with queues always flowing, service and food world class Market place Buffet service has various menus to cater to all, staff friendly and ... Read More
Majestic Princess is a floating city 3500 passengers on board did not have any problems with queues always flowing, service and food world class Market place Buffet service has various menus to cater to all, staff friendly and professional, cabin modern and clean spacious mini suites have two large TVs and seperate lounge area which can be folded out to a Sofa bed every level has a Laundry with irons and washers,dryers. Decor thought out the entire ship modern and bright,two theatres to watch movies one open air on top deck which is very popular,three pools one under cover in the fantastic Hollywood Lounge, only one thing that distracts from everything is WI/FI the cost is very high only 24Hrs duration not too stable has different levels can be very costly when you can travel the world and receive WI/FI for free,this ship has to be experienced simply the best. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
In spite of having iffy reviews, This cruise was sold out several weeks before the sail date. I think it's because even though most cruise lines have become annoying with their nickel and dime tactics, it's still the most ... Read More
In spite of having iffy reviews, This cruise was sold out several weeks before the sail date. I think it's because even though most cruise lines have become annoying with their nickel and dime tactics, it's still the most comfortable way to visit several places without spending time on travel from one destination to another and packing and unpacking luggage every day. I take cruises for just that reason. I always ignore it and don't fall for the games when cruise lines try to get the better of me (or my money) while on the ship. Majestic did a few things to annoy me. Bottle of water prices are ridiculous. Pizza restaurant Alfredo's is free, but you are only allowed to eat your meal inside the restaurant and cannot take leftovers with you. I suspect it's because there is a $3.00 room service charge for pizza and the ship would loose out on those funds if everyone were to order their pizzas for pickup. Very petty and annoying. In the casino, the roulette betting was misleading. The table displayed "$2 to $50" chips, but minimum bet was $10.00. Prices of the specialty restaurants were outrageous. I would pay $40 extra per couple for a special meal, but not twice that much. I was told that the Aussies pay more per person than those of us from the United States. The reason for this is since the Aussies generally do not pay gratuities, their cruise fare has the daily per person gratuity built in whereas US citizens (and probably others) pay the lower fare but are charged a daily gratuity on their shipboard account. The ship was a typical cruise ship with all the glitz and glamour. Staff were very very nice and made sure your trip was great. In spite of the annoyances, it was a great cruise and shore excursions were excellent. It boils down to whether you are willing to pay or ignore the extra costs. I always go in knowing that the total fare is going to be more than I paid. One interesting note for those who try to save on the cost of alcohol - On the Australia cruise, we ordered the room service spirits. Even though the little bottles were expensive - about 20.00 AUD each- for 375 ml - they were still way cheaper than buying a drink at the bar (14.00 or so AUD per drink]. Over the course of 12 days of drinking that is a lot of savings. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Simple: the big new ship and New Zealand at the correct time. If it had been another destination in Australia at the time frame we still would have made a voyage on the Majestic. A diversion took us to Picton which was fantastic. We ... Read More
Simple: the big new ship and New Zealand at the correct time. If it had been another destination in Australia at the time frame we still would have made a voyage on the Majestic. A diversion took us to Picton which was fantastic. We missed the Fiordlands though. The entertainment at night was fantastic and the evening meals good. The buffet courts are confusing and you never know where to find what. A proper map of the setup should have been posted. There are no pools at the back which is very poor. In fact the pools are totally insufficient for this size ship considering that the only adult zone is totally enclosed. Loved my cruise but very disappointed with the mini suite and the pools. The cruise director was full of life and kept us posted of everything without being intrusive. The dancers were spectacular and I would have loved more shows with them. My cabin man was the best we've ever had on a cruise and the waitstaff in the dining room did everything they could to accommodate us. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose to do the Majestic Princess as she is such a new ship and we had never been on one this big. We arrived in Sydney the day before and stayed at the Travel Lodge Wynard. It was basic but suited our purpose. We were a group of 4 ... Read More
We chose to do the Majestic Princess as she is such a new ship and we had never been on one this big. We arrived in Sydney the day before and stayed at the Travel Lodge Wynard. It was basic but suited our purpose. We were a group of 4 couples travelling together and we met up at the OPT at 11am. Put our luggage through and we were then told we could board. Would have taken no longer than 10 minutes and we were on. We then went to see if our cabins were ready and they were. We had obstructed view balcony E603. The obstruction was the tenders, but we still had a good view. We did sail away from the back deck which is a great spot when departing from each port, although can get quite windy. The ship is big!! probably to big for my liking, but my husband had no issue with the size. Although for such a big ship she is beautiful and I did get use to the size of her as each day went on, and yes I would cruise on her again. Cabin E603 was comfortable and like most princess ships the cabins are probably the smallest that we have travelled in especially the bathrooms, the are tiny. We don't spend a lot of time in our cabin so this was not a problem. Dining - we were in Allegro dinning room and had 7.30 sitting. The food was ok and we had no complaints,(with the amount of food they deliver every day it was pretty good) our waiters were fabulous (Karlos and Alex). They made each night a very enjoyable experience. We went to the dinning room for breakfast most mornings as we found Market Place to be very busy. For lunch if we weren't in port we just had a burger or something from noodle bar on deck. Entertainment - We only did 2 of the shows but they were very good, very hard to get a seat in the Princess Theatre. Most nights we just went to the Crown and Grill (which I guess on other ships this would be the Wheelhouse Bar. We loved listening to the Two Brit Girls (Char & Philly) They were great entertainment. New Years Eve was a big night and they had parties happening all over the ship, we stayed in the atrium and had a great time with so much atmosphere. It is strange to be on a ship that has no Pomenade deck, and you do miss this, but we did get use to it. This was our third cruise to New Zealand, but we still found new and different things to do in each port. We booked a private winery/boutique brewery tour from Tauranga and this was a great day. So as not to pay the high prices that they charge on the ship for excursions, I just did a lot of googling. We went to Crown Grill (steak house) and as per usual the food was amazing, no complaints there. Harmony was another story, we were very disappointed, the soup was inedible. Then the waiter suggested that seeing as there were 6 of us that we should order 6 different mains and share them, this would have been a great idea if there was enough of each dish for each person to have a taste (example prawn dish had 4 prawns and there was 6 of us). The mains were ok but certainly nothing to rave about. So we didn't bother trying the French restaurant after talking to others who had been, they said Harmony was better! Overall we had a great time, of course it helps that half of us travelling are Elite so it was nice to have the perks that come with this. We had laundry done 3 times to have it back the next day. The 250min free internet was great. We would sail on Majestic Princess again, but still like the smaller ships (Sun and Sea) better, but that is only my opinion. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We often like to see in the New Year at sea and it's always a great party on the night. Loved the new Majestic Princess - a most beautiful ship. Before we sailed, we thought it might feel crowded with such a large number of ... Read More
We often like to see in the New Year at sea and it's always a great party on the night. Loved the new Majestic Princess - a most beautiful ship. Before we sailed, we thought it might feel crowded with such a large number of passengers, but were pleasantly surprised to feel that we never felt overwhelmed by sheer numbers. There was always spaces available in the dining areas, bars, etc, and even in the Marketplace, we did not have to "fight for a seat". Staff were always ready to help and showed great enthusiasm for their work. However, the theatre, which is great, only seats around 900 passengers, so we needed to be there at least 30 minutes beforehand to get a seat. The productions shows and other entertainers performing in the Princess Theatre were first class. Our biggest disappointment was that Princess have increased their bar and wine list prices by about 50% over the past year. And the wine lists seem to have changed to a "one size fits all" approach - wherever in the world you are, it appears it will be the same list. Previously, the wine list reflected the area of the world they were cruising in, but on our cruise to New Zealand, there were very few local wines to choose from - with Australia and New Zealand being blessed with so many good wines, those that were included in the list were excessively marked up in price. Wine by the glass was up around the $15 a glass mark, and by the bottle it was hard to find anything below $50 to $60 a bottle. This is a bit much to pay for Australian/NZ wine, and with regards to the international wines, it's a lot to pay for a wine you've never tried before, or usually, never even heard of. Cocktails and spirits are also very expensive compared to previous sailings. You will need very deep pockets if you like to have a few drinks onboard! It's a possible deterrence from going on a cruise when for some, the highlight of cruising is "wining and dining". Or, limit yourself to one glass a day or just soda! A very enjoyable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We have been on the Diamond and loved it. The NZ cruise and the dates suited us, the Itinerary included all the NZ locations we wanted. We intend to cruise for many years in the future and wanted to explore a larger ship. The Princess ... Read More
We have been on the Diamond and loved it. The NZ cruise and the dates suited us, the Itinerary included all the NZ locations we wanted. We intend to cruise for many years in the future and wanted to explore a larger ship. The Princess Theatre on the Majestic is not large enough it was almost packed to capacity at 7.15 every night that we went and people were saving seats for other people who turned up just before the shows began. The other issue with the Majestic is around the International Cafe which is an excellent area, if only people didn't sit there for long periods of time reading and not eating or drinking or participating in the activities that are being held. We were sorry that there is not a Promenade Deck. On the whole the ship is beautiful, the crew are amazing, the food is great, the music and dance band Evolution were terrific and the theatre shows were world class. The ship seems to work well for families and the older generations too. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was the 2nd time that I had traveled on Majestic Princess, I was very excited to experience this new ship for a longer period than last time and get a true feel for it and with my hubbie. The first time was in November for only 4 ... Read More
This was the 2nd time that I had traveled on Majestic Princess, I was very excited to experience this new ship for a longer period than last time and get a true feel for it and with my hubbie. The first time was in November for only 4 nights and then for this one over New Year. The main difference for us, was the amount of people on board. Even though November the ship was "sold out", it had a lot less people and space could be found in Hollywood Pool Club and the main theater. On the New Years cruise it was so full due to the amount of triple and quad share cabins. You had to get to a deck chair early if you wanted one as they were always full. Also to see a show, you had to be there a minimum of 30 mins before the show started to get a seat, which is insane. Good points: Lovely new ship, wonderful Princess staff like always and the food was very good (even in Market Place (buffet). NYE celebration was a lot of fun and we danced the night away until 1.30 am on the top deck. Crown Grill (steak) and La Mer (french influence), which are both specialty so there is a surcharge per person, are lovely dining experiences and the food and service was great. Alfredo's does great pizza and pasta. One thing I love about Princess, is room service is free during normal hours. Not like a lot of other cruise lines which charge for it. We had an obstructed balcony on deck 8 (E509) and it was larger and had a great view still. Even if you sit on the seats, you still see over it easily. Love that Princess also do free in house movies when you want to relax in the cabin and don't charge like most cruise lines. Our room steward (Bombie) always had our room looking like new and half the time you never saw him. They work so hard and are such a credit to the company. Bad points: Amount of passengers on board, it felt a bit cramped and there are not enough bars with live music for Australian market (too much happening around the atrium (Piazza)), everything on this cruise was way more expensive than November cruise ie: Beer prices gone from 7.50 up to 8.75. All specialty restaurants around $35 pp. Bit of price gouging happening. There is always something on sale etc to try and make you spend your money. I hat all the "high end" shops they now have on board. Prefer the older Princess shopping experiences. Drink packages at $86 pp per day are to us not value for money anymore. We prefer to bring our own wine on board (see tips & tricks). Destination NZ: Been to NZ a few times, but never experienced weather like we had on this cruise. Only 1st day into Milford Sound was there some rain but this added to the majesty of this place. Waterfalls everywhere because of it. The rest of the cruise was amazing sunny and warm weather (around 25 degrees). The itinerary was follows: Milford Sound - beautiful to have a balcony so you can just take it in from there. As it rained most of the night before and was foggy, it made it more majestic due to the amount of waterfalls. Dunedin (Port Chalmers) - if not booking one of the expensive Princess excursions, there is an information counter inside the big shed where you can book. Other option is a return shuttle to the township of Dunedin ($20 NZ per person - a bit expensive) but you have the freedom. There is also a lovely little quaint town of Port Chalmers you can walk too. The bus drops you off at the Octagon roundabout and there is a Information counter over the road you can book from. We walked to the Botanical Gardens (told 20 mins but turned into 50 mins) so a pretty big walk. The gardens are lovely and on the way back we stopped in at the museum, then went to Woolies (Countdown), got some lunch and sat in the park. Akaroa (for Christchurch) - my favorite port. A beautiful picturesque seaside village. This is a tender port. On arrival, there are heaps of options to book different excursions again. Here we did a 1 hour tour with V8 Trikes ( https://v8trikes.co.nz/ ). Cost $120 pp so not cheap but you will have great memories from it. Service was amazing and this is for Adrenalin junkies. They take you for a exhilarating ride up into the hills for a great view back down to the ship. We then walked around time and the lovely little shops (very busy on cruise ship days). Look forward to visiting here again. Wellington - we have been to Wellington a few times and got lucky again with wonderful weather. Again we decided to do our own thing, transfers provided to the city centre and the Information site free of charge as it is a working port. From the Information site you have a 10 min easy walk to were the Cable car goes from. Easy to organise yourself here. Alot of options. Tauranga (for Rotorua) - Again we did our own thing here. Very easy walk to the shops and beaches of the lovely beach side part of town. Also there is a Information site at the port where you can book tours. We booked here for the Hobbiton tour (NZ159 pp (much more expensive on the ship) . I always wondered why Hobbiton tours are so expensive, and now I know the reason why. When you arrive, you then get on a conducted tour coach that takes you to "the Shire", as it is on private property and a ticket price for this alone is $84NZ pp. It is worth the money and we had a lovely day. On the way we were taken to McClaren Falls and also stopped at a Manuka Honey stop. Totally enjoyed out tour. Auckland - as you are at the Princess Wharf at the lower end of town and right at the harbour, there are heaps of options again to book for. There is also an Information site here. The Hop on Hop off bus was way too busy so we chose a 1 1/2hr cruise on the harbour as it was such a beautiful day. This was very enjoyable and only cost NZ50 pp booked directly at the wharf. Bay of Islands - This has some beautiful scenery and it is a tender port. You can easily walk to the Treaty Grounds and also get the complimentary bus which takes you to town. Once there, you can book all sort of tours and cruises from the I-site. Like all the other ports, we did our own thing here and chose the 1 hr Trike Tour with Tony's Trikes https://www.tonystriketours.co.nz/. Great service and always a fun way to see the area. Cost is NZ$124 pp for 1 hr. After that and lunch (heaps of bars and restaurants to chose from), we bought ferry tickets and went over to the small township of Russell, which back in it's day was full of bars and brothels in the 1800 to early 1900's for the sailors. It is now full of small shops, wonderful old buildings which are being restored and a nice way to spend a few hours or a day. Tips and tricks: As I am a avid wine drinker and NZ has some amazing wines, you can bring 2 bottles on board free of charge to drink in your cabin, but must pay the $15 surcharge (corkage) to drink anywhere else. What Princess doesn't tell you, you can bring more than 2 on board and just pay the corkage. Also in port, you can bring a couple of bottles on board and again pay the corkage when you drink it anywhere outside the cabin. Great way to save money and also experience some fabulous wines from NZ. We picked up Villa Maria at a few supermarkets for only $12NZ so even is you add the surcharge, you are way ahead compared to what is charged on board. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose the cruise for the destination as we wanted to be in Sydney for the New Year Celebration and the cruise ended on December 30th. I was very disappointed in the Lotus Spa on this ship. I booked a 90 minute massage and upon my ... Read More
We chose the cruise for the destination as we wanted to be in Sydney for the New Year Celebration and the cruise ended on December 30th. I was very disappointed in the Lotus Spa on this ship. I booked a 90 minute massage and upon my arrival was shown to the co-ed “relaxing” area. This was not a spa atmosphere - more like a doctor’s office waiting room. No nice bathrooms to relax in, not even in the treatment room. Totally co-ed. No free use of whirl pool, sauna or steam room, but you could buy a week pass for $199 to use them (The Enclave”). Was told by spa personnel that this ship wasn’t like the other Princess ship spas and they needed to control the amount of people using the spa whirlpool, etc and that is why they charged for them. However, the message was wonderful! Just wish I could have relaxed before my message. Felt very disappointed about that. Hollywood Pool Club was Adult only, no charge and it was lovely. Very relaxing and serene and no charge. I just chose to lounge and read a book. We did pay extra for Club Class but did enjoy not having to wait at all for a table for anytime dining. It was really nice to have a special section reserved for Club Class. The waiters were phenomenal! We sailed over Christmas and felt that they did a wonderful job with Christmas decorations and celebrating Christmas. Christmas Carols were sung and everyone joined in. On Christmas morning Santa appeared in the atrium and had a gift for every child under 12 yrs. Every child got to take pictures with Santa and his helpers. It’s a beautiful ship but felt crowded in the corridor the public areas. Personally, too big of a ship for me. Will definitely use Princess again but will sail on the smaller ships. Our ages are 59-65. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This cruise was our 'move-over' cruise from 2016, so we were upgraded to a Club Class Mini Suite. We combined this with the New Year cruise so had 25 days aboard the Majestic! We have been on many New Zealand Australia ... Read More
This cruise was our 'move-over' cruise from 2016, so we were upgraded to a Club Class Mini Suite. We combined this with the New Year cruise so had 25 days aboard the Majestic! We have been on many New Zealand Australia cruises, so for us the ship was the destination. We also had the pleasure of cruising with friends we met on the Diamond in 2010, plus introduce another friend to the pleasure of cruising. Embarkation was easy, although dropping off the luggage in the morning was a mission due to the traffic on the wharf. Also dropped off our Aussie friends at the same time (11am), who boarded and they were in their cabin before DH got home (12 kms away!) When we embarked it was fast and smooth. Ship: Lovely new ship with a slightly weird layout due to being configured to the Chinese Market. Same layout as Royal and Regal but some areas used differently. Found it easy to get our bearings and the electronic signage all over the ship was great. Vines became our pre-dinner hangout (with tapas provided) and Crooners our after dinner spot, and before and after shows as it was adjacent to the lower access to the Princess Theatre. TIP: wheelchair and walker users - there are areas on the lower level of the Theatre where you could sit and be in close proximity to the stage, which was wonderful. Cabin B433 - Accessible Club Class Mini Suite Lovely large cabin with angled balcony which was sheltered because of the forward decks being further out. Heaps of space and heaps of storage. Has a pullman bed and large pull out sofa (great for a family of four). Hardly saw the steward and the service did not seem to be any more than a standard cabin. Dining: Dined a couple of times in Club Class and then gave up as no one seemed to share and our friends were Anytime Dining, so joined them instead. BUT dined there each day for breaststroke as there was always a queue and we could go straight in without waiting. Service was amazing. Menu no different to the other MDRs. Entertainment: Great shows and entertainers. Went to all but a few, usually to the late show as it was easier and less crowded. Crooners and Vines: Barman were fantastic - great service and great fun. Crown Grill - wouldn't bother again as the atmosphere was missing and frankly the meal no better than the MDR La Mer - wonderful (try and get a window seat). Food amazing and so was the service. Our gluten free friend was well catered for. Alfredos - great Pizza and fantastic desserts. Sometimes there was a queue and a wait time on the pizza but that was no biggie. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I want to share some very good aspects and some not so good issues. Start with the good then bad and finish with the ugly. The good was the buffet, Hamburger grill, fitness center, and some of the service. The bad was one of our shore ... Read More
I want to share some very good aspects and some not so good issues. Start with the good then bad and finish with the ugly. The good was the buffet, Hamburger grill, fitness center, and some of the service. The bad was one of our shore excursions "The Train Ride" to no where and stop at stops of nothingness ( it was a waste of money and a wasted day). The ugly is what I call it when you go to the service desk three to four times to get information or fix an issue and receive different advice or information every time from a different representative. We had the same issue with the activity crew in trying to do a simple activity such as volleyball. (little help and different answer when you did talk to the activity crew). If I was to sum up what the cruise was like is to say "This one is for retired people." Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Having had a few clients that were not impressed with the Majestic Princess (I am a TA) I but my hubby choose this cruise for the main reasons that it was a new ship, we get to cruise NZ again and spend Christmas on board.The ship is ... Read More
Having had a few clients that were not impressed with the Majestic Princess (I am a TA) I but my hubby choose this cruise for the main reasons that it was a new ship, we get to cruise NZ again and spend Christmas on board.The ship is large (143,700 tonnes) and the only time it felt crowded was in the World Fresh Market Place (normally called Horizon Buffet on most of the other Princess ships). There was a mix of Aussies, Kiwis, Americans, Canadians and lots of Chinese folks and everyone got along well. We had a Balcony (BD category) D709 which had a huge balcony and it was "double" the size of other balcony staterooms below and above us. It was also situated near the aft lifts and near enough to the laundry if you needed that as well. My only issue with these type of staterooms is that you do not have a couch to sit on (I believe these are only in the Mini Suites and Suites) so you will have to put up eating your food either on the bed or out on the balcony. The food as good considering the amount of people the Majestic had to pump out all the time. All of the eating areas were meticulously clean and there was plenty of staff on duty all the time. We had our breakfast delivered each morning and would have a quick bite to eat at lunch from the World Market Place. Also tried the hamburger bar once and the soup from the Noodle bar. There were no dumplings being offered this cruise from the Noodle Bar (besides those in the soup). A few times I saw people eating the Lobster (additional price) and it looked good. We ate dinner in the Alegro Dining room each night and always enjoyed the food. My one complaint is that Princess has released a new wine list for this ship and the prices seemed to be very expensive compared to the other Princess ships that I have cruise on. Example - a bottle of Aussie Shiraz was selling for $56. There was no extra service fee added so that was a bonus. Also remember when any Princess ship is based cruising ex Australia the currency onboard will be AUD$. The entertainment was good but the Princess Theatre was always packed so you had to arrive early if you wanted a decent seat. Overall it was a nice cruise, we got to visit NZ again and were blessed with good weather (stunning weather when we cruised through the Fiords). Well done Princess. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This is a very large ship however we never encountered a crowd! Seriously. We did pay extra for Club Class dining so that we could be seated and eat whenever we wanted to; this worked really well for us. Although the food was not ... Read More
This is a very large ship however we never encountered a crowd! Seriously. We did pay extra for Club Class dining so that we could be seated and eat whenever we wanted to; this worked really well for us. Although the food was not necessarily better in Club Class (we ate some very nice dishes at lunch from the buffet). We took part in activities like trivia and observed the game shows; the evening comedy show was excellent! We didn't use either of the pools (the outside pool is small and always full of kids) while the adult pool is indoors, but it looked nice. There was always a quiet place to sit and read -- or just watch the ocean go by. Staff were friendly and very helpful. One important tip: Princess gives a $100. ship board credit for US military -- active duty and retired. NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE. I booked the cruise from Australia and was told I was ineligible. After talking with the Future Cruise staff on board -- I am eligible -- but the Sydney Princess office gave me the wrong information. Not impressed -- and no ship board credit. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
MARINA DECK STATEROOM M611 BALCONYEmbarkation was fast and efficient...We arrived a day earlier into Sydney and as we had to vacate our hotel at 11am we were allowed to embark as soon as we arrived at the ship (4 hours earlier than ... Read More
MARINA DECK STATEROOM M611 BALCONYEmbarkation was fast and efficient...We arrived a day earlier into Sydney and as we had to vacate our hotel at 11am we were allowed to embark as soon as we arrived at the ship (4 hours earlier than programmed by Princess).This ship being just over a year old was in top condition as would be expected.It was pleasing to find the showers had a never ending supply of hot water throughout the day and the pressure was excellent.The large square porcelain handbasin was more functional than the oval ones on most of the rest of the fleet.The stateroom was well appointed with a power point above the fridge that was 230 volts AC,(idea for Australasian guests) The television was a large flatscreen wall mounted with an ample supply of movies and news channels.Movies started at the beginning and could be paused to continue watching later.Our cabin steward was an Indian gentleman (Ronni) was great and nothing was too much trouble for him.He kept our room and bathroom spotless and was a fountain of knowledge The view from all balcony staterooms on the starboard side of Marina deck was unobstructed.Best to steer-clear of staterooms on the decks directly below the sea-walk on lower decks as guests on the sea-walk are able to look directly into the staterooms of the two decks below it.The food in the any-time dining area "Concerto" was preferred by us as similar food in the world- fresh marketplace was seldom hot.The pop-up Crab shack on two nights of the cruise was superb and well worth the $35 cover charge....Where do they get such massive crabs? The entertainment in the Theatre was excellent and better than I have experienced on the four other Princess vessels I have travelled on. DOWNSIDES, Too few lifts in the centre of the vessel for the number of passengers on board,Happy hour has been dispensed with which used to be a cordial meeting place for friends to discuss their day ashore.Princess should rectify this as it was a huge discussion subject.No wheelhouse bar.The layout of the world-fresh marketplace is a maze and makes trying to relocate your table when returning with another plate an exercise in orientation.Diagrams?maps of the deck level outside the lifts are often East-West abeam instead of fore and aft thus making it difficult to ascertain where the stern and bow are in relationship to where you wished to go. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We enjoyed this cruise on this majestic ship. Even though there were 3500 passengers you hardly saw the same people twice.Such a roomy ship.Good ports of call. The markets at Hobart were huge and just walking distance from the ship. You ... Read More
We enjoyed this cruise on this majestic ship. Even though there were 3500 passengers you hardly saw the same people twice.Such a roomy ship.Good ports of call. The markets at Hobart were huge and just walking distance from the ship. You needed to get to the theatre about half an hour before the show to get a good seat, but that was no bother-people watching all good and good to chat to someone new.We were so lucky with the weather on this cruise, so good to get into Milford Doubtful & Dusky sounds. Join a meet & greet so you can meet people straight away.Lots of free champagne at the shop giveaways, always fun-especially when you win.We had a deluxe big balcony on deck 16 right in front of the ship, good to see where you were going.Excellent TV in the rooms, lots of good movies. Bathroom was small, room for one, but had a really good shower, large sink and bench and room for your bathroom gear. Very quick and organised embarkation and disembarkation.The Trivia-held twice a day are a lot of fun. Pools could have been a bit warmer for us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise to be able to visit family in Auckland and enjoy relaxing journey there, with stops in Hobart and Melbourne. It was a pleasant cruise, seas were calm, weather cool but sunny. Had a great day in Hobart, hired a car ... Read More
We chose this cruise to be able to visit family in Auckland and enjoy relaxing journey there, with stops in Hobart and Melbourne. It was a pleasant cruise, seas were calm, weather cool but sunny. Had a great day in Hobart, hired a car and drove to Port Arthur, had another couple join us Enjoyed a day in Melbourne riding trams, wandering around Fitzroy Gardens. The ship was one of the largest for Princess, we had been on its sister ship The Royal around UK earlier in year. The Majestic was geared for Asian passengers who like to gamble so the Casino was bigger and the Vista Lounge called the Vista Gaming lounge, dark and a bit claustrophobic, pity could t see out of windows due to boards covering them up. No promenade deck either, just a short walk up and down deck, couldnt go around as with other ships. Made ship more enclosed other than going up onto deck 17-18. Loved the Conservatory - Hollywood deck, nice pool, lots of lounges, enclosed with glass. Food mix of good and not so good. Menus in MDR had less choices, some items availabke everyday missing eg steaks and for sweets creme brulee. We loved the addition of the Noodle bar on the Lido deck, next to Hamburgers, very tasty wanton soup, different noodle dishes daily. Entertainment production show disappointing, all whiz bang effects, not really our thing. Good Beatles and Rolling stones tribute groups. Daytime activities not very inspiring, same old same old, Line dancing, golf putting into pool. So much advertising the Lotus Spa and Jewellery shop, every night two or more fliers, ended up in the bin! Read Less
Sail Date December 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
Sail Date November 2018
We sailed on the Regal Princess in June this year and wanted to compare vessels. From the very first impressions it was obvious this ship was indeed designed for the Chinese gambling market, a beautiful ship none the less but has missed ... Read More
We sailed on the Regal Princess in June this year and wanted to compare vessels. From the very first impressions it was obvious this ship was indeed designed for the Chinese gambling market, a beautiful ship none the less but has missed out in many ways. The theatre (Princess) was small and the seating reminded me of a budget airline and as about as comfortable. One of the bars in the atrium is a converted juice bar ( a terrible waste of space ) and sitting at the bar with an other couple was difficult because of a large glass showcase taking up most of the available counter. The French restaurant on the same level was always empty. The atrium is typical of Princess so no further comment Our cabin was a mini suite, mid ship and on deck 15. Very comfortable and nicely fitted out but the overhang from the walkway obscured any vertical view. The crew were fantastic as usual and often went beyond. The wife and I had booked the Harmony restaurant (Chinese banquet) for our final night and were disappointed at the standard - most of the courses were sent back as too cold or inedible. Entertainment was mediocre at best but I'm sure Princess are working on it. Makes me think they are trying to cut costs. We have travelled many times with this cruise line (three time this year) and have noticed a decline in the standards offered Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Off to NZ for 12 days .Easy boarding at OPT Sydney and first impressions were very good indeed. The ship is in great condition as you would expect for its age, but more importantly it is very clean, and cleaning was in progress 24 hours a ... Read More
Off to NZ for 12 days .Easy boarding at OPT Sydney and first impressions were very good indeed. The ship is in great condition as you would expect for its age, but more importantly it is very clean, and cleaning was in progress 24 hours a day. We are seasoned cruisers and know what to expect. We heard all the usual whinges like - there is no promenade deck . there is on deck 7 about one third the length of the ship - The marketplace is crowded - well we went a little early or a little late and had no problem - There is not enough bars - yes there is, we never had to wait long at all anywhere. - The layout is all wrong - nope, just a little different etc ad nauseum. We were in a balcony cabin which was spotless and serviced three times a day every day. The one thing I would change is the fact that we had two single beds pushed together (misleadingly called a convertible queen) that was not the most comfortable arrangement. These seem to occur in four bed cabins without a sofa bed. On standard balcony cabins the balcony is small but adequate. There is an Australian, European and American powerpoint in the cabins Ships water is fine to drink but better if icy cold. There is no need to buy bottled water. The TV is excellent. A large flat screen opposite the bed with simple remote buttons and a wide array of free television and quality recent movies to choose from. Dining was interesting We enjoyed the noodle bar on LIdo which served three freshly prepared dishes daily Two were constant (wonton noodle soup and miso vegetable soup) the third dish was a daily special ranging from Tom-Yum (yum!) dan dan noodles, sweet and sour pork noodles, chicken and mushroom vegetable noodles. We found this a great lunch or snack anytime between 11am and 10pm and free. The Lobster grill was not so good. At $24 a small lobster the garlic butter one was not great, the salt and pepper lobster was better. The usual burgers chips hotdogs etc available free here as well. For some reason (frozen from Maine) ship lobsters are small and tough and hugely overrated. The marketplace (Horizon buffet) was well designed to prevent queues with several stations having the same offering. Sure a little busy around 8am but it we preferred to have breakfast early so no problem for us. The service was very impressive as soon as you sat down there would be a steward asking if you would like tea coffee juice or water. Tables were cleaned efficiently to make them available for the next patrons and the whole thing was well done for such a high traffic area. Food quality and variety was acceptible. We had lunch also in the dining room and were never disappointed with some meals even better than the dinner offering. Worth checking the menu outside the door for lunch and dinner to assist in your decision. The Crown grill was excellent as usual the service just awesome and the food was great and well worth the cover charge. We rolled out of there ! Harmony Restaurant (Cantonese) on the other hand was very disappointing. Slightly weird with Jellyfish and beef tendons and even the Harmony crispy skin chicken signature dish was simply that sliced up with a fraction of the sauce needed to swallow the dish. The restaurant was all but empty. We will give this a miss next time Le Mer was in an unforutnate open position above the piazza and very noisy and in our opinion a verbose and over complimentary menu description compared to the plate. Again disappointing. The dining room was just fine and the portions whilst small enabled seconds of an outstanding dish without splitting any seams.Worth checking the menu each day. We rode through some 3-6 metre swells in the Tasman in both directions and the ship took it in its stride. We did not go to many shows and those we did were worth seeing at least once - I have never understood the people that stay in their seats in the theatre to watch the same show again and preventing others from seeing the show. Selfiish in the extreme. There is an element of FOMO (fear of missing out) that causes some passengers to turn up even an hour before the show starts - we have better things to do. The ports were all still there, the locals speak english even though the vowels are muxed up, and it is easy to get around in a safe country like NZ. Get your NZ cash from an ATM ashore and you are ready for anything. The highlight was Beautiful Akaroa and swimming with the Hectors dolphins. Incredible. They are under a metre long and cute as buttons. If you are fit and can swim well in the open sea ... JUST DO IT !!! It really is a bucket list thing. On the way back we missed the fiords due to bad weather and it was really bad with incredible wind gusts and heavy seas. Our Captain (Dino) was excellent and burned a lot of extra fuel to circumnavigate a substantial storm with over 10 metre swells and huge winds to give us a better ride home. Disappointing to miss the Fiords but the alternative of going through this storm would have been much worse. Thankyou Captain for your safety decision and taking the ship around the storm at full speed I might add. Getting off in Sydney was a breeze We have three more cruises booked on this ship in the next two years and are looking forward to all of them, particularly Sydney to Singapore in 2020. Forget the whingers, they either cant cope with something a little different or cant slightly change their routine to make the best of any situation. Remember the passengers thata want to whinge and complain are far more likely to do so than the vast happy silent majority. I find that if you embark ready to have a great cruise then this attitude will ensure that you do. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this for a relaxing holiday break. I usually spend a lot of time on deck 7 Promenade deck enjoying walking and hearing and seeing the ocean in peace and quiet. Was extremely disappointed at the lack of a Promenade deck on this ... Read More
We chose this for a relaxing holiday break. I usually spend a lot of time on deck 7 Promenade deck enjoying walking and hearing and seeing the ocean in peace and quiet. Was extremely disappointed at the lack of a Promenade deck on this ship. There were short areas on deck 7 but with these narrow and hemmed in with the lifeboats and most areas blocked off. There is a shorter deck area for walking on deck 17 but there is no overhead cover so not as good if it is hot or raining. The gym has lots of walking machines/treadmills but this does not match a walk enjoying the sea breeze and sound of the sea. The entertainment shows were great and very professional, meals on board were excellent, and the staff very friendly and attentive. I felt though that the ship is too big with larger passenger capacity yet reduction in personal space. Some of the specialty restaurants are multipurpose and used as cafes during day while they are open to music from piazza at night. There is a great pizza restaurant onboard (no extra cost). All up a beautiful ship but next time I would prefer to go for a smaller older ship with my beloved deck 7 Promenade escape. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Main reason to travel was a "new ship" This should be reliable and meet our expectations. The ship was majestic and magnificent but mellowed in a few areas. Dining food was wet 60% of the time due to standing time. This means ... Read More
Main reason to travel was a "new ship" This should be reliable and meet our expectations. The ship was majestic and magnificent but mellowed in a few areas. Dining food was wet 60% of the time due to standing time. This means 40% was excellent. I measured this against Caribbean and Cunard where their food was very consistent Waiting to attend the theatre was potential safety issue because of crowd rushing to get seats in a theatre which was narrow walk ways and sit down space was like being on a cheap long haul flight. Designer of ships please note. 80% of all problems normally relate to poor design of one thing or another The one area which must be upto standard are beds, my bed sagged after 8 days, which caused my back to ache. Beds on ships must be commercial grade. I took plenty of shots of the ships, so it must have appealed to me. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Embarkation was excellent and we were onboard within about 15 minutes. The decor of the ship is impressive as was our cabin. As usual the crew were outstanding and so friendly. Our only complaints were that there was no Wheelhouse ... Read More
Embarkation was excellent and we were onboard within about 15 minutes. The decor of the ship is impressive as was our cabin. As usual the crew were outstanding and so friendly. Our only complaints were that there was no Wheelhouse Bar, no walkable promenade deck and too many activities in the piazza. This made our dining experience at La Mer very disappointing with the very loud band and people trying to sit at vacant tables near the walkthrough and the waiters having to ask them to leave unless they had a reservation. We did not try the Harmony Restaurant which was a separate dining room as La Mer should have been. The flow of the ship was disjointed and broken and trying to get around was at times confusing. We did think the Princess Theatre was very nice and the entertainment very professional. The gym was excellent with lots of cardio equipment. The dining room and Market place meals were all good. We were disappointed that the usually quiet and relaxing Vines Wine Bar was just like any other bar on the ship with people trying to grab all of the tables to put them together for their large and noisy groups. The Hollywood Conservatory being adults only was lovely and quiet. All in all a nice ship but just lacking some of the familiar ambiance of some of the older ships. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I like to try different ships and different cruise lines. Majestic Princess was coming to Australia, so I booked the 6 night cruise to Tasmania. The ship was all lovely and new, as you would expect from a ship this young, but sadly the ... Read More
I like to try different ships and different cruise lines. Majestic Princess was coming to Australia, so I booked the 6 night cruise to Tasmania. The ship was all lovely and new, as you would expect from a ship this young, but sadly the only thing that WOWed me, was the Princess theatre. Mostly everything else just seemed like new versions of old concepts. The Lotus Spa onboard was very nice, although I paid for a 50 minute treatment and only got 40 minutes, (disappointing). The Enclave was fantastic, but quickly became crowded and with the main door being left open, people who hadn't paid to use this space had wandered in, adding to the non-availability of lounges etc. There was a great selection of food at the buffet, but the only pizza we found was in the Italian restaurant in the atrium midship. it was very popular, so you had to wait a while for a pizza. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We specifically chose this trip to try a brand new ship. We normally sail with Princess but on the smaller sun class (2000 pax) so we didn't know what to expect on the Majestic at 3560 pax built specifically for the Asian market. ... Read More
We specifically chose this trip to try a brand new ship. We normally sail with Princess but on the smaller sun class (2000 pax) so we didn't know what to expect on the Majestic at 3560 pax built specifically for the Asian market. Check in at Sydney was straight forward with no delay, took about 15 minutes from check in to arriving at our cabin. We had a mini suite on deck 12 (A212) which was very comfortable but nothing special. In hind sight we could have saved some $$ and had a deluxe balcony cabin for the same experience. Other than the free glass of bubbly to welcome us on board, the only other perk we had with the mini suite was a free canape session at 4.30pm each day in the Vista Lounge which we didn't go to as there were too many other things to do. The staff were all friendly and professional and up to the usual standard we have experienced on other Princess ships. There was plenty of room to spread out on the ship and we didn't feel like we were on a crowded ship almost double the size of what we were used to. The Piazza was always crowded as there was always some entertainment there, again the same as other ships. The main dining room service and food was what we have previously experienced, although they were out of 2 wines on day 1. The buffet on deck 16 called the Market Place had a confusing layout to locate food, food was OK, no better or worse than other ships. There were lots of shows and entertainers all high quality. The costumes and stage sets on the main productions were the best we have seen. The biggest criticism from guests and crew was the inadequate size of the Princess Theatre, it held around 1000 pax which was way too small for such a large ship. There were 2 shows per night at 7.45pm and 9.45pm. If you wanted to ensure a seat for 7.45pm, you had to get there no later than 30 minutes before the show. There were often people sitting on the floor and standing. Disembarkation was smooth and took under 30 minutes. Princess is now very popular with older cruisers with most being over 70 on this voyage, there were many mobility aids being used that really slowed up traffic walking from one end of the ship to the other. We are in our 50s so it felt like an old aged home to us. We had expected to be wowed by this brand new ship but we weren't. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We started in Auckland, NZ and ended in Sydney. There were three stops in Australia and we wanted to see as much as we could. This is a wonderful trip but do not wait until you are too old ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We started in Auckland, NZ and ended in Sydney. There were three stops in Australia and we wanted to see as much as we could. This is a wonderful trip but do not wait until you are too old to do things because the tours can be pretty walking intensive. Scenery in these countries is wonderful. Auckland is worth an extra day. There are many beautiful beaches, parks and gardens to visit. A trip up the Sky Tower is also fun. Tauranga is the second port and a chance to see the native Maori tribal village. Also there are the thermal wonders and geysers. Wellington is easy to get around and do by yourself. Go up in the Cable car and walk down in through the botanical gardens. Also the Te Papa museum is worth a look. Great exhibits. Shopping is good here also. We went from Akoroa to Christchurch to see the area and the Cardboard Cathedral. At Dunedin there is a half day train trip to see the gorge which is great. Again the countryside is beautiful here. Then the ship travels through the Fiordland National Park and we had a sunny clear day and it was really a highlight of the trip. In Hobart, Tasmania we elected to go to Mount Fields Park for a walking tour of Russell Falls and the tall trees. If you love animals, go to Bonorong Wildlife Preserve to actually be close to the animals,..wombat, kangaroo, tasmanian devil, cockatoo bird, kookabura, and koala. In Melbourne there is plenty to do. You can go to the wineries or just visit the town or head up the Ocean Road for spectacular scenery. Sydney is also work and extra day as you will see lots of history if you go on a walking tour. Get out and meet the locals these countries are full of lovely friendly people. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Have always wanted to visit Australia & New Zealand even though a very long plane trip. Decided to do it while we could and it did not disappoint. Our first disappointment was upon arrival on the ship to find the only excursion we ... Read More
Have always wanted to visit Australia & New Zealand even though a very long plane trip. Decided to do it while we could and it did not disappoint. Our first disappointment was upon arrival on the ship to find the only excursion we booked had been cancelled. We found the excursions to be terribly expensive for what you get which is mostly more time on a bus than seeing the actual site. The next disappointing thing was the extremely SLOW internet service and long lines to get into the very small and crowded internet café, only 2 computers to use and they crammed a small library in as well which was always jam packed with people having internet issues so no place to sit, relax & read as in libraries on the other Princess ships; we were told this ship was geared to the Asian Market and they didn't think a library necessary. It took anywhere from 15 minutes to over an hour to post one thing on the internet all the while using precious minutes! It is interesting that Princess has such a large fleet yet they offer no internet for free as other cruise lines have begun offering. There was no Sports Bar as on other Princess ships which normally wouldn't be a problem for us except husbands Alma Mater was playing a big game and we couldn't get it. Positives: Ship is beautiful, staterooms nice, entertainment was top knotch especially the large production shows~~must better than former cruises. The Piazza is gorgeous and we spent a lot of time there enjoying the different musicians; some of the game shows they had there were quite silly for adults but we just stayed away. Food great as always although the Horizen Food Buffet is extremely large but no signage as to what is where so we only ate there once as you spent most of your time going up and down rows trying to figure out where specific foods were, except the Bakery which was well marked. By the time you had to go down many rows to get a complete meal your food was cold. We did not do any of the Specialty restaurants this trip because instead of the $25-$30 upcharge advertised on Princess website, we were finding they were all $45 which is pretty high when the dining rooms offer such variety and quality. Also some of the Specialty Dining Rooms were very open (one facing Piazza) so there was no opportunity to experience a quiet, romantic dinner. This was our 7th Princess Cruise and we will definitely stick with them, just feel on this ship there were issues that needed addressing~~maybe this is just what is to be expected on a ship with 3600 passengers (our first on one this large and will try for smaller ships next time) All the crew was fabulous and very customer oriented and pleasant which is greatly appreciated. One frustrating thing was the room accounts. They were not clearly understood. Example: our $400 excursion that was cancelled was directly to our credit card when booking and not on our shipboard account. Yet instead of automatically crediting this charge back to our credit card they broke the amount up into random amounts on mine and my husbands account and applied to shipboard credit yet total wasnt $400. Then took different amounts here and there; in the end it ended up correct but it took 3 people working the customer service desk to figure it out. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
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 3.7
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.6
Family 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 3.0 3.1
Service 4.5 3.9
Value For Money 4.0 3.3

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