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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This is our 3rd longer princess cruise and now qualify for “ruby “ (30 sea days or more) these ranks would be fine if they gave discounts for drinks, WiFi, laundry,etc. I think you get free laundry and WiFi if you go up to platinum! ... Read More
This is our 3rd longer princess cruise and now qualify for “ruby “ (30 sea days or more) these ranks would be fine if they gave discounts for drinks, WiFi, laundry,etc. I think you get free laundry and WiFi if you go up to platinum! Our Australia cruise started with 3 days at the Amora Hotel in Sydney... a very nice, quiet room in the convenient part of a large town. Even in our 60’s we opted for the bridge climb.. which was scary and fun! (Do the short one). We were told to embark on the majestic at a specific time based on your room floor.....ours was 4:pm. I have to admit... that is the fastest we ever got on a ship! The first sea day went quickly with the many new events to explore. We signed up for the you yang sanctuary in Melbourne our next port. Warning, this turned to be not what the description said... very difficult to see any kangaroos or koala! This tour would have been better if it was described as a sightseeing tour with a possibility of animal sightings! Our guide was good describing the area as we drove by. Another sea day... the Tasmania.... and Bonorong.... wow happy days!!! A tour with kangaroos, koalas and even dare devils!!!two more sea days... the the Fiordland and incredible scenery .....Dunedin,the next port was hilly and interesting. We toured and went to the batanical gardens.. also olverton house.. great if your into history and antiques in New Zealand! Akaroa, the next port.. was a hop in hop off... with a great driver who knew the area. We took the bike ride tour in Rotorua.. a super place inside a semi active volcanic area... with steaming geysers! Our trip ended in the Auckland hotel also a Amora... very nice hotel! We took another hop on hop off tour. Disembarking was long and painful from the ship and you wait for up to two hours to be called for port clearance! Eating on the ship for dining.... don’t get a set table number... if you want to meet people and have fun, ask for open dining or any time dining when you first book your cruise! Our room Stuart was so so ... he did his job, but not friendly like they usually are! The cabin was fine.... nice closet space... small balcony.. but mostly quiet and convenient. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our first Princess cruise. Princess offered a land tour of Australia that had the cities we were interested in along with cruising to New Zealand. The tour guide was awesome and we really enjoyed the land tour. The descriptions ... Read More
This was our first Princess cruise. Princess offered a land tour of Australia that had the cities we were interested in along with cruising to New Zealand. The tour guide was awesome and we really enjoyed the land tour. The descriptions of the excursions weren't exactly accurate. Or maybe we read too much into the descriptions. The transition from plane to hotel when we arrived was very smooth. The planes and hotels on the land tour were adequate. Make sure you pack a hand scale for your luggage because Qantas is very strict on the weights! Especially for the carry ons! The Sydney tour included the Opera House - but it was ONLY a drive by which was disappointing. We did have time after dropping off our luggage at the ship and then walked to the Opera House! This was really convenient to be able to drop the luggage off and then be able to do some exploring of the wharf at Sydney. The cruise ship itself is so beautiful! The Piazza is the hub of activity for the cruise. They constantly have something going on so you can always participate or just watch. I did feel sorry for the diners - the specialty restaurants - they are right there and it is VERY noisy. The shops are all very, very, very expensive, top end shops and you hardly saw anyone in there. Very little that average people could afford. This ship was built for the Oriental market - and did not transition well for the Australian market! The food was bland - and most options were seafood - which is great if you are a seafood lover, but not so much if you are a beef lover. And there is NO true cream for coffee. I observed that if you got "white" coffee, it was with skim milk. If you asked for cream - it was whole milk. If you insisted on cream - you got this clotted cream that would not dissolve in coffee. Also, by using the milk in your coffee, they kept it cold so your coffee was lukewarm, at best. Very little ice in iced drinks, you have to ask for ice. Most drinks were cool or room temp. The pizzeria on board was very formal. It was good, but very formal - linen table clothes, waiters dressed formally - not what you were expecting. The dining rooms were also very formal - and our waiter was as personable as mud. Our room steward was awesome! The buffet was divided into 2 sections - one was a "bistro" that had more sandwiches, lighter fare. But the food was mainly the same day after day after day after day. And bland, bland, bland. The only time I detected seasoning was the garlic which they used a lot of! The entertainment was produced very well, but not really our liking, but it was put on with a lot of costumes, music and lights! The excursions were awesome, but usually left right after we docked and got back with only 30-60 minutes before we had to be on board. Most of the port cities did NOT have shops by the docks, so we got very little shopping done. And no of the port cities opened up for the ship - like other ports we have been in. They would open late and close early - which made it impossible for those that did excursions. Princess did do an awesome job of getting the people to their excursions - always meeting in the Theater and taken out by group to their buses or trains. Wine was VERY expensive - the cheapest bottle was $42 and only a few at that price. IF they had a daily drink special, it was not advertised - and did NOT have anyone coming by with the shot specials at dinner. Was disappointed also in the deserts - they were presented beautifully, but not much taste. Our tour group discussed this a lot - most agreed that the deserts almost tasted the same. I only saw cheesecake offered once???? It seemed that presentation was their goal! The everyday menu offered a sirloin steak that was tough and chewy. The roasted chicken was huge, but no seasoning. The fettuccine was good, but not offered with chicken or shrimp. The bread rolls were all crusty, and always the same selection - every night. I would ask for ice tea and they would give me a straw to stir in my sugar????? Finally, got them to give me a small desert spoon. I enjoyed the cruise, but a little too high end for me - I don't mind dressing up for formal nights, but didn't want every night to be on the formal setting - not with dress but with the formal, attitude of the wait staff. Are other Princess cruises like this? Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
My family needed a cruise suitable for our range of ages and tastes and this family friendly, low stress cruise absolutely matched our needs. Very clean ship inside and out with friendly staff and fun entertainers. We travelled from ... Read More
My family needed a cruise suitable for our range of ages and tastes and this family friendly, low stress cruise absolutely matched our needs. Very clean ship inside and out with friendly staff and fun entertainers. We travelled from Sydney, Australia to Melbourne and Hobart and then went to New Zealand getting stops at Port Chalmers, Akaroa, Tauranga and Auckland. There was a large variety of activities that suited the seniors in our group as well as the younger cousins, too. From Zumba to Bingo to jaw-dropping production shows, we were thoroughly entertained onboard. Food was easy to acquire and change to our tastes as necessary for those with food allergies. I am pleased to note that there were accessible shore excursions and the entire ship was accessible for people with mobility issues. The outside and inside of the ship were truly majestic, with details everywhere to enhance the experience for guests of any culture. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Wanted to go to Australia and this was the best value for the money, We hadn't gone on Princess before but had been told by a former travel agent that they were a good line. It was a great experience so we signed up for another ... Read More
Wanted to go to Australia and this was the best value for the money, We hadn't gone on Princess before but had been told by a former travel agent that they were a good line. It was a great experience so we signed up for another cruise next February. The service was exceptional. Everyone was more than happy to help and everyone greeted us with a smile. Embarkation and disembarkation were so organzied with few delays if any. The food was great and always prepared they way it was requested. The Captain gave us an update every day which was appreciated. We were in heavy rough seas but the ship was so stable that it wasn't a problem. Our excursions went like clockwork for the most part and were just as advertised. We saw wonderful scenery and learned alot about Australia and New Zealand. I would recommend Princess Cruise lines to everyone. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
First time on a Princess 'Royal class' ship and I was interested to compare this ship with the 'Crown class' ships I'd previously sailed on. Well I can confirm it's big, and although there were some pluses ... Read More
First time on a Princess 'Royal class' ship and I was interested to compare this ship with the 'Crown class' ships I'd previously sailed on. Well I can confirm it's big, and although there were some pluses in the experience, for me, I felt that Majestic was a little too big. As usual embarkation (Elite) was seamless. Even the photographers respected our polite no thank you, although sadly they reverted to normal at the port gangways. Did not like being mauled by that Panda! Our cabin was great, although the balcony was a little small and our steward was excellent. I thought that storage space was far better than the smaller ships. Lifts. I don't need to use them but when I did I found that I needed to wait longer than on previous ships, particularly at peak times. Alfredo's. Wonderful! Particularly liked the small pasta dishes. Service was always excellent and the pizza was cooked to perfection.(unlike in other reviews) International cafe. Good. but not as good as previously.Friendly service at breakfast. pastries v.good. Not always possible to get waiter even when quiet but always managed to find one. Coffee card now electronic so you can't carry it over to next cruise but still great value. Some confusion over which line is for coffee and which is for food. A few people very grumpy if they feel you're jumping the line, particularly in the morning. Walking the deck.On sea days I've got into the habit of an hour deck walk. Not easy on this ship. Previously I've walked Prom deck but this isn't really viable on Majestic. .Had to use upper decks which provided little shelter from the wind. ( Fortunately it was mostly dry). Elite perks. Mostly very good. Wife loves free laundry. One thing not as good. On past trips we were allowed to access the tenders by showing our cards at a time of our choosing. This didn't happen on this cruise. Yes, we had a separate waiting area and we probably got off the ship quicker than others but there was still a long wait. Dinning. World Fresh Marketplace Good variety of food and mostly excellent quality. Tea, coffee somewhat problematic with some machines empty or out of order. Didn't like the seating set up. Certainly not the place for a quite Lunch on a sea day Anytime Dining. It's a small thing but on my many previous Princess voyages I cannot recall an occasion when my water glass was allowed to empty. Not so on this ship. Service was inconsistent. Some of the waiters seemed to lack confidence, others didn't appear to pay attention to detail and on one night the waiter thought that he was auditioning for a comedy show! (He wouldn't have got the part). The food was comparable to other smaller ships. Captains Circle event. Better than anything we'd experienced before.: generous with drinks, relevant and mercifully short. Exceeded expectations. Theatre.. Simply too small. Not happy about having to arrive over half an hour early to secure a seat. Missed some shows I'd have liked to see, due to this. Gym Not big enough. Very busy at peak times. Enrichment programme. Hoped that a larger ship would have a greater range but this was not the case. Flash sales, bingo, quizzes were the norm. The Maori Ambassadors were a shinning light in an otherwise unenlightening experience. Disembarkation. Late and a little chaotic. Maybe due to numbers? I would not discount using the larger ship again, but ,on balance, I would prefer a smaller one. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We enjoyed every moment of our cruise! After being reluctant to cruise in the past we have now been opened up to a whole new world! We found the cruise exceeded all our expectations. Our mini stateroom was immaculate, comfortable, spacious ... Read More
We enjoyed every moment of our cruise! After being reluctant to cruise in the past we have now been opened up to a whole new world! We found the cruise exceeded all our expectations. Our mini stateroom was immaculate, comfortable, spacious and with excellent storage, we slept soundly each night. The staff we encountered were friendly, professional and always helpful. The food and bar services were of a high standard with so many options to choose from including many healthy options along with the more decadent choices! The ship is beautiful and although large there is ample room to enjoy quiet spaces and you never feel crowded. We particularly enjoyed the enclosed pool and surrounding areas. We felt that we had been away for a lot longer than 12 days, returning relaxed and grateful for such a wonderful experience. We have changed our opinion on cruising and look forward to future cruises. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We booked 2 years ago and have been used to the Diamond and Golden Princess size ships. We didn't find it too big to walk around but we felt that the public rooms had been enlarged a little but too many people crowded into them ... Read More
We booked 2 years ago and have been used to the Diamond and Golden Princess size ships. We didn't find it too big to walk around but we felt that the public rooms had been enlarged a little but too many people crowded into them causing congestion and a lot of noise. The practice of using the Piazza for activities such as Line Dancing classes instead of the Vista Lounge was a bad move. Most people go to the Piazza to sit down, have a coffee and meet people. When the so-called music started and a female with high pitched voice started yelling instructions into the microphone you couldn't hear yourself think. The music was not good apart from the piano player Marius because once again it was too high pitched and loud. The impressionist was excellent. Where, oh where, were the string quartets and trios??? Because it affected all the music mayabe the amplification was at fault. I daren't wear my hearing aids in the Piazza for fear of ear damage so consequently had trouble hearing people. On sea days you could hardly move because there were too many people around. The activities in the public area were not well planned when everybody was coming out of the lounges at the same time and trying to get through people who were waiting. The sudoku puzzle wasn't changed in the IT room. The Passenger Service staff on the whole didn't seem to know what they were doing and were quite unhelpful when a seat collapsed under me in the Princess Theatre. They wanted me to go to the doctor in 2 hours time when they opened and pay for it myself. We had to fill in 4 reports that essentially said the same thing and no apologies. Cabin staff were mediocre but Concerto dining staff were excellent even if the food was a bit tasteless. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
The embarkation and disembarkation from this ship was extremely smooth and well managed. We have travelled previously on the Royal Princess, so found this ship very familiar although it does have some differences and is more targeted ... Read More
The embarkation and disembarkation from this ship was extremely smooth and well managed. We have travelled previously on the Royal Princess, so found this ship very familiar although it does have some differences and is more targeted at Chinese passengers with much of the signage and announcements being in dual language. I did miss the Pizzeria by the pool which is on the Royal, which is replaced with Chopsticks Noodle Bar on this ship. The Hollywood pool club is a wonderful area on the ship. Not only does it has an indoor pool, it also has floor to ceiling windows with comfortable chairs to enjoy the views. The entertainment on board had been modernised significantly, it was current and vibrant, with lots of theatrics, which was great to watch. We didn't take any of the ship tours, as we have found that we could book the same tours for less through viator. We had a lovely trip and would happily cruise on this ship in the future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
My wife and I chose this cruise to find out about this new ship. Dining in the Concerto restaurant at 5.15 was as we requested and we found the food to be of excellent quality The Theatre was good but we found it lacking a tray to ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise to find out about this new ship. Dining in the Concerto restaurant at 5.15 was as we requested and we found the food to be of excellent quality The Theatre was good but we found it lacking a tray to put your drinks as on the Sun and Sea Princesses. Also not enough seating in the Piazza when entertainment was on We did not dine at the Market on deck 16 as we found it hard going in different places. the best layout was as in the Sun and Sea Entertainment was excellent even though you had to go at least 20 minutes earlier to get a seat Another thing we missed was the Wheelhouse which was a good place to go and listen to music and dancing Will we travel on it again PROBABLY Enbarkation was smooth it took 15 minutes to get onboard the same when disenbarking The waiters we had in the dining room were excellent and would get anything we asked for Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
In Sydney, for the size of the ship and the amount of passengers embarking, I was very impress with how quickly and smoothly the customs / security area was. Being the newest ship in the Princess fleet, I was truly amazed with the ... Read More
In Sydney, for the size of the ship and the amount of passengers embarking, I was very impress with how quickly and smoothly the customs / security area was. Being the newest ship in the Princess fleet, I was truly amazed with the overall impression of the ship. I originally booked an inside cabin on level 16, which I was happy with. Half way through the cruise, I was upgraded to an outside balcony cabin on level 8, I was very impressed by this. The dining area were always very clean and the food was good with always a good selection. The entertainment / on-board activities and the staff who hosted the events were all good and professional. The service from all staff was friendly, happy and professional at all times. The ports and excursions were very good and well organised. I would definitely like to sail on this ship again in the future. 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

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