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Embarkation: Got on and found the water to be $6.50 for a 1.5 Lt rip-off And all beers to be $8.75 per stubbie Day 2: International bar Went for early morning coffee at 6am, which was very weak and bitter and order was made ... Read More
Embarkation: Got on and found the water to be $6.50 for a 1.5 Lt rip-off And all beers to be $8.75 per stubbie Day 2: International bar Went for early morning coffee at 6am, which was very weak and bitter and order was made wrong by Milan. He did remake it for me but no better. For next 5 days the coffee was the same and my order was stuffed up each time buy the same barista and needed him to remake it each day. I noticed every one who ordered coffee their order was stuffed up as well on these days. I think retraining is needed their. So I did not waste any more money on coffee. Was also told at least twice about 4.30am that I would need to come back at 5.30am to get something to eat. So much for a 24 hour snack bar. Bars: It was observed that at all bars they were not putting a full nip in mixed drinks ( jack daniels & coke ) when question about it the staff were happy to call people a liar. So no more money spend on over priced low quantity drinks. Most bars told us that ice water is found in the market place area and that’s where you should go to get it. Lotus spa: On day 1 we bought the enclave pack $299.00 it was a great place but needed to stop going their for hygiene reasons and no protection from germs being spread by other passengers. Found a passenger using the hair drier to dry his private parts. Did not find any hand sanitiser on entry or near the self serve water. Constant hard sell by staff was annoying. They were sending out advertising material to the room and instructing it be placed on our bed in our staterooms which was done without knocking or knocking and just walking in which on 2 occasions we were in the room having a sleep or private time and we had some messenger boy walk in. This was unnecessary as their is a mailbox outside the front door no need to enter my room. As far as I no the room steward, maintenance and security are the only people allowed in my room with out my permission ( privacy laws ) We won some gift vouchers and made a booking for treatments but when staff found out about vouchers booking time were changed to a time when we would need to be at dinner which was unsuitable for us. Excursion: Found to be double or more than local operators prices, and had privately booked tours cancelled because princess forced them too by using stand over tactics. Some of these were booked up to 8 months in advance to secure our spots. The locals operators apologies but told us it was out of their control and princess cruiser were the ones who were forcing them to cancel us. Restaurant: Were very good and most staff excellent. Food servings a bit small and the food sometimes tough from over cooking or left in warmers to long, ice cream was always delivered half melted. No New Zealand wines on menu and all wines over priced. We also found the dress code was not enforced In the dinning rooms on formal nights with people allowed in in tee shirts and jeans or shorts. This was also the case at the platinum & Ellite captains circle party. The once high standards of princess has been lowered dramatically and at times I thought I was on a Sydney harbour ferry. Destinations: Dunedin and Fiords cruising canceled for safety reasons and Picton was put in to replace Dunedin but no replacement for a full day cruising the Fiords, this allowed the ship to cruise back to Sydney at 14 notts and that would have been a great saving to princess. At this stage we have not been offered any compensation. When I check the weather charts supplied by the captain the swell and wind was no higher than what we got on Wednesday in open ocean on our way back to Sydney. Which princess should have none about as the weather charts indicated that the bad weather that stopped us from going to the fiords was moving north and we would get it anyway. If we cruised close to shore we would miss most the high swells but this would not allow the casino or gift shops to open. This suggest to me that the ports were changed for lost income more than for safety. A large amount of passengers were also of the same opinion and wanted some compensation. We paid an extra $1000.00 per person to secure a balcony at the rear of the ship for the scenic cruising which we would not normally do, so we felt ripped off again. I pick this cruise at this time for the ship and the itinerary as it was advertised as going to fiords first but found out to late that it was going north island first to be able to change to a different departure date. Photos: Very little effort was put into have a nice background for onshore photos and found the quality of photography to be very poor. Even the formal and casual photos on the ship had little effort put in to make sure the photos taken were good, some photographers did not even check each shot after taking them to see if they were any good which resulted in poor quality and no photos were bought because of this. I wanted to buy a Nikon P900 camera but the price was $799.99 which I was told was duty & tax free but when I checked the price with my local camera shop near my home I found them to be priced at $698.00 including tax & duty. When I checked with Nikon in Japan I was told a price of under $600.00 Australian delivered to my residence in Australia. I ask them camera shop to price match and was told no. Another sale lost for your company. Casino: We went to play roulette and the sign at the table said $2.00 to $50.00 chips. But once we purchased chips we were told we must bet a minimum of $10.00 per each and every spin. So we cashed out and I have sent an email to the Australian gamberling authorities to investigate as this seems to be wrong to me and have never encounter this before on any of the 10 cruises I have done. Entertainment: This was found to be top quality but show times were not planned as good as other cruises we have been on with show times 8pm & 10pm. This ment if you were on late dinner you could only go to the late show and this made bed time after 11pm. On your other cruise ships show times lined up with dinner times so when first dinner sitting in the restaurant was on, the 1st show would be on & the same at the second dinner sitting ( 1st show at 6pm & 2nd show at 8pm) this allowed everyone a chance at getting a seat in the theatre and not have to go to bed late or miss the show, as some people would go to the early show and stay for the second show reducing the seating in the second show. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We went on this cruise with a friend who was celebrating his 50th birthday. We had been on the Diamond Princess before, so expected the newer Majestic Princess to be just as good. Sadly it wasn't. Worse cruise we've ever been ... Read More
We went on this cruise with a friend who was celebrating his 50th birthday. We had been on the Diamond Princess before, so expected the newer Majestic Princess to be just as good. Sadly it wasn't. Worse cruise we've ever been on. *Noisy cabin *poor food - marketplace was bland and food was overcooked and dry, too much asian food *small entertainment venues with not enough seating, especially the small piazza area where the dancing was - so overcrowded, not enough room for everyone *problems with the soft drink package - when it clearly states fresh fruit juice included,however whenever I ordered some I was told it wasn't. Staff would argue with me, telling me I was wrong (nice attitude staff!) *poor layout of ship, not enough places for those of us who like dancing *night time entertainment was on too close together, or at the same time, so we missed some things, *incompetent staff that continually got orders wrong - I asked for no ice in my drinks, and so many times got ice. Ordered vodka, lime & soda specifically asked for lime cordial.. drink came without cordial and not even a piece of lime, *far too many health/beauty talk. We were told there were many complaints about this ship, and I'm not suprised. Would never sail on the Majestic Princess again Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Princess keeps improving its standards for passengers with special dietary needs. This has been my sixth cruise with Princess and it just gets better and better. The head waiters are ultra-attentive because they want to make sure you ... Read More
Princess keeps improving its standards for passengers with special dietary needs. This has been my sixth cruise with Princess and it just gets better and better. The head waiters are ultra-attentive because they want to make sure you get the best out of your dining experience. The chefs go out of their way to make sure you get to experience food the way everyone else does. Escargot cooked in margarine because you can't eat butter? Not a problem! Can't have ice cream? How about rice milk semifreddo? Going on a shore excursion where there might be food? That's not a problem either. I was pleasantly surprised to find a form in my cabin where I could detail my dietary requirements. This was forwarded to the venue for the shore excursion I chose. When everyone else was eating cheese scones and sweet muffins at Hobbiton, I was eating two gluten-free, dairy-free cakes. Something as simple as this is very much appreciated. Add in an unbelievable entertainment experience - 5 tribute acts, 3 Broadway-style shows, aerialists, a juggler and a magician - Wow! And the activities organised by the cruise director's staff - absolutely amazing and such fun. Unfortunately the weather got the better of us and we missed out on Port Chalmers and Fiordlands but Picton was a delightful seaside town and the cruise staff stepped up the entertainment because of the extra sea day. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise as we wanted to cruise on the newest Princess ship in Australia, the Majestic Princess, this particular cruise fitted in with our holiday time available, and it went to both Islands of New Zealand, which we had on our ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we wanted to cruise on the newest Princess ship in Australia, the Majestic Princess, this particular cruise fitted in with our holiday time available, and it went to both Islands of New Zealand, which we had on our Wishlist after visiting the South Island on Emerald Princess two years’ ago. We flew in from Perth the evening prior to our cruise departing and stayed at the Adina Hotel Apartments close to the airport (fully recommend this place), and then caught the train into Circular Quay. Our first view of the beautiful Majestic Princess was breathtaking and the cruise itself didn’t disappoint! Embarkation was smooth as usual for Princess. We were allowed into the OPT by 10:30 am and onboard by 11 am. The welcoming staff invited us to put our hand luggage in our stateroom, even though the steward had not completed his duties there, so we were able to quickly do that before doing our traditional tour of the new ship. The ship being quite new was oustanding in its appearance! From the dazzling Piazza to the beautiful artwork and decor throughout the ship, the Majestic is very impressive. We did miss the opportunity to walk around a full Promenade deck, but there are lots of other areas to provide exercise, if desired. We were in an starboard aft balcony stateroom and enjoyed that very much. The room was always spick and span, and there was plenty of storage room for clothes etc, with an abundance of coat hangers, much to my wife’s delight! We thoroughly enjoyed the embarkation lunch in the Concerto dining room, thanks to CC tipsters. We were assigned to the Allegro dining room for tea at 5 pm, and used that on a few occasions, depending on the menu for the day. One negative point to note is that although booking a table for two, in Allegro the tables were so close together that it may as well have been a table for ten! Interestingly, this was not the case in the Concerto for the two lunches we ate there. So if you are looking for a quiet, intimate, romantic table for two, avoid the Allegro. The food itself in the MDR was of usual Princess standard, with a certain sameness appearing during the two-week voyage. The food in the Marketplace was excellent, we found, with good variety and contrary to many CC reports we had read earlier it was always hot, not warm. We also tried the Noodle Bar and Alfredo’s Pizzeria and were impressed with the standard of food at both of these complimentary food outlets. We didn’t eat at any of the specialty dining places, but can understand the criticism of the location of the La Mer restaurant. Being so close to the Piazza must surely detract from the atmosphere of a Michelin Star restaurant. We enjoyed one live show at the Princess Theatre, Fiero. It was quite full but we did find a seat, even though we arrived just before the show started. From observation, some shows did appear very popular and would have been difficult to get a seat for. Some were shown via video link to other parts of the ship. We did catch some of the live performers in the Piazza and similar places around the ship. Whilst entertaining, it wasn’t outstandingly so, we felt, but admittedly this is very much a personal preference thing. Nonetheless, it was very relaxing to enjoy a coffee and cake from the International Cafe (IC) whilst listening to some pleasant background music. We did enrol in the Enclave at the Lotus Spa ($299 per couple). Whilst we made some use of this, scheduling to use the spa and saunas was challenging with so much happening on the ship and on shore days. We probably didn’t get the full value out of this and wouldn’t likely be tempted in the future with this. The Internet service deserves a mention—it was painfully slow! Fortunately we only used our complimentary internet time to check emails, etc, so we were largely spared the frustration! The library was small but with quite a good selection of books, and there was ample board games to be borrowed and used. Again, it was very relaxing playing Yahtzee in the adults only Hollywood Conservatory, which is well equipped with an undercover swimming pool, spa pools, and cabanas. The service staff onboard were as usual excellent! Waitstaff in Allegro were friendly, helpful and amusing, and the behind-the-counter staff in the IC were outstanding. The front desk staff were helpful when my wife lost a piece of jewellery and it was recovered within 24 hours. Very impressive! Our steward, Maynard, was efficient and unobtrusive. The intinerary introduced us to a new port in NZ, Tauranga, and we absolutely loved the visit here. The magnificent beach with its adjacent alfresco cafes was stunning, and the climb up Mt Manganui presented a vista well worth the effort. The only downside was that due to the late arrival time in Tauranga (10 am), the walk up the mountain was done in the heat of the day, and being a hot day it was quite physically draining. A cruise that lands earlier in the morning would make this shore excursion far more enjoyable. The other shore highlights for us were the visit in Wellington to the Te Papa Museum, which was hosting the Terracotta Warriors display. This was an outstanding exhibit! Also, we again enjoyed visiting Akaroa. This beautiful French style town has so much to see. This trip we did the lighthouse tour (thanks Tom and Clive for such an informative commentary) and visited the Garden of Tyne bush walk which had some fascinating bird life. Next time we’ll remember our binoculars and NZ bird book! The museum in town and the town library are also well worth a visit. The only negative I could make about our shore visits would be the HOHO bus in Auckland. The price for this service ($45 pp) is a rip-off, and it is one of the worst organised services of it’s kind I have encountered. Half of the bus trip was spent waiting for passengers to fill whatever seats happened to be empty (no standing allowed apparently), having to do this as they negotiated the steps on the double-decker bus without tripping over prams etc which were stored in the aisles and exit of the bus! What a schemozzle! We used this service primarily to visit the Kelly Tarlton’s Sea World display ($30 pp) which was great value, especially the penguin area and Scott’s Hut display. Given our time again, we would catch the free shuttle out to Sea World and skip the HOHO bus. Whilst on shore excursions, I must mention that we did miss Dunedin and Fiordland due to poor weather conditions, which would have been disappointing for ones who had booked with these highlights in mind. We had seen them on our last trip, so we weren’t too disappointed, and appreciated the skill of the captain and crew in ensuring a pleasant and safe cruise. In summary, this was a memorable cruise on an oustanding ship! We have already booked other cruises with Princess, and wouldn’t hesitate to go on Majestic again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This ship was amazing, great restaurants,buffet area and of course delicious food. The decor and furnishings all over the ship were well thought out and very stylish. Comfortable cabin and luxurious bed.The Ports we visited were good but ... Read More
This ship was amazing, great restaurants,buffet area and of course delicious food. The decor and furnishings all over the ship were well thought out and very stylish. Comfortable cabin and luxurious bed.The Ports we visited were good but we were disappointed that we couldn’t visit Fiordland National Park because of bad weather but better to be safe. Sea days had activities, pool games and movies and concerts on the big screen. The adults only area was one of the best I’ve seen. Pool, spa, bar, lounges, tables and chairs,board games and again great decor. The fitness centre had plenty of great exercise equipment, and a great amount of treadmills. Always very clean. The entertainment was the best that I have seen on a cruise. There was a Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Freddie Mercury tribute shows. The entertainment cast and band were also very talented. I travelled with my husband and there weren’t to many children on the cruise.We would definitely cruise on this amazing ship again and again. So if your thinking of doing a cruise check out Majestic Princess. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
The Majestic may be the biggest fleet of Princess, but it is the worst cruise ship and cruise experience I've ever had (and this includes the time I went on a cruise to Alaska - also with Princess - and we hit the tail end of a ... Read More
The Majestic may be the biggest fleet of Princess, but it is the worst cruise ship and cruise experience I've ever had (and this includes the time I went on a cruise to Alaska - also with Princess - and we hit the tail end of a typhoon and the waves were coming up to the 5th floor). Embarkation/disembarkation: The embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly, so that's a positive. We were one of the first onboard and our room was ready for us. Left relatively on time and it was smooth sailing. Disembarkation was also very quickly and we were able to conveniently take a bus to the airport straight from the ship terminal. The ship itself: The layout of this ship is so disjointed and I have no idea what the designers were thinking with some of their choices. For such a huge cruise ship that can carry more than 3000 passengers, why in the world was the Princess Theater so small? I think it could only hold 700-800 passengers, and it was the smallest theater I have ever seen on the 6-8 cruises I've taken with 3 different cruise lines. You had to show up at least half an hour before show time for the less popular entertainment shows, and even when we showed up an hour early for the last night's show (a relatively boring magician with card tricks and not much else... oh wait, he also incorporated coins), half the seats were already full. There was an altercation next to us between 2 husbands trying to save seats for their wives, and another couple of women who told them that's wrong (which it is) and not right. The seats are also very tiny and narrow, considering the average size of most cruise passengers. The "library" consisted of a couple of bookshelves in the very crowded and tiny internet cafe, where there was a line of people who didn't know how to connect to the internet. It wasn't the kind of space you'd want to sit with a book - not that there were more than 3-4 chairs available for sitting in. The VIP lounge seemed like an after-thought; it was on the 14th floor amongst other cabins and next to the meeting room. I've been in VIP lounges that actually had a view and were places you'd *want* to go to. The casino was huge, but we didn't spend any time in there, and from the looks of it, neither did most people. I felt bad for the staff standing at tables hoping someone would join. Food/buffet: The buffet layout is also disjointed and weird. There wasn't much variety with the food, but they do love offering a majority of Asian dishes, and lots and lots of meat. Wish there were more pasta and vegetarian options, and I'm not even a vegetarian. At least the watermelon slices were yummy, although I wish they offered watermelon slices for breakfast as well, but they were only available for dinner.... which if you came to eat after 8pm, half the buffet closed and the options were limited to mostly.... slices of meat and fried Asian food. Buffet service: TERRIBLE. It's not that the staff were rude or crappy themselves (although a couple seemed like you were inconveniencing them by asking for something), but you could tell the ship must have been understaffed because just getting some water poured in our glasses or getting a refill of orange juice in the morning took a long time. Some meals, I'd be more than halfway done before someone finally poured us some water, unless we flagged someone down (which feels kind of rude and pushy). The juice glasses in the morning were so small! I don't know about other people, but when I wake up in the morning, I'd like to have a normal sized glass of orange juice. Then maybe the staff wouldn't have to walk around refilling glasses as often. It would have been more efficient if I could just pour my own juice or water. Stateroom: We had a mini-suite which had a large couch (which is good because we ended up spending a lot of time in there since most of the activities were catered either towards older people, gamblers, art auction lovers, and kids), but our balcony was so narrow! We set the thermostat to the lowest it could go to (it's just a dial so you don't even know what the temperature actually is), and it was still too hot. Woke up every morning in a sweat because it was so stuffy, and was a sweaty mess after showering and blow drying my hair. Opening the balcony only provided relief if it was a cooler windy day, but even then, not much help since it was mostly humid and warm most days. Steward service: Our beds were made, or turned over for the evening, and the bathroom was tidied, but the shower or the bathroom floor still had hairs in it, and you could tell the desk was never touched the entire time because you could clearly see the water stains from glasses, and fingerprints on the surface, so that was strange. Our steward was very nice though. Stateroom bathroom: Ugh. At least we had a tub, but the ventilation in there was terrible. Also, from the very first day when we first walked into our stateroom, there was an overwhelming smell of urine in the bathroom. I mean it was strong - like gas station bathroom strong, like someone had missed the toilet and pissed everywhere else. You had to hold your breath in there. We mentioned it after a couple days when it didn't go away, and they replaced our shower curtain and said they gave the bathroom a good scrubbing. The smell was still there. My dad reported it again to them (and we are not usually ones to complain about most things, which is why this cruise just felt like such a disappointment) and said it was probably a plumbing or ventilation issue, and the supervisor (who claimed there was no urine smell that she could smell... okay, so more than one person is just imagining things then? Right.) said she would tell the plumber to look into it. I don't know what they did, but after that the smell did improve, although it was smellier some days than others. At least it was more tolerable. They also gave us a free dinner at Crown Grill (which is good that it was free, because the filet mignon wasn't that tender and the food was less than memorable). The passengers: Encountered some rude passengers. Encountered a lot of bad elevator etiquette. Just horrible. I felt bad for older passengers who couldn't walk to the elevators fast enough because people would push the close doors button without waiting for others to get on. That said, the elevator layout was a little weird, and also the elevators were tiny. They say each can fit 20 people, but maybe they mean 20 small children. Our travels to the last port (Dunedin) and Fiordland Nat'l Park were canceled due to weather. I was so disappointed. I know there's nothing that could be done, but there's not much you can do to alleviate the disappointment of having travelled more than 6,000 miles to a destination where you can't see the thing you wanted to see the most (Fiordlands). They promised to "make it up" with "even more entertainment!" but didn't really deliver with anything worth writing home about. Overall, if this was the first cruise I'd ever gone on, I'd never want to cruise again, so I hope first time cruisers on this trip had better experiences/lower expectations. The previous cruise I went on (2 weeks in Greece and Turkey with Royal Caribbean) was beyond amazing and excellent compared to this - great service, great stateroom, great entertainment, a theater that can actually fit more than a third of the passengers.... I've cruised on Princess before (to Alaska), but will never cruise on Princess again if I can help it. We only chose this cruise because of the destination ports/timing/cost/availability, but I'll just try to think fondly of the ports we experienced, and not the cruise itself. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I chose Majestic because being a new ship I wanted to know what it was like. I’d read a lot of negative reviews that there wasn’t a promenade deck, that there weren’t enough bars and that it was for the Asian market. I went into the ... Read More
I chose Majestic because being a new ship I wanted to know what it was like. I’d read a lot of negative reviews that there wasn’t a promenade deck, that there weren’t enough bars and that it was for the Asian market. I went into the cruise with an open mind though. The Sailaway Party was great but because most cabins have balconies there never many people on the decks so it felt a little bit empty and there wasn’t really a party vibe going on. That might have been the cruise’s demographic though. I went to a couple of activities on the second day and they were fun, the staff had a lot of enthusiasm for what they were doing and were always friendly. The trivia and karaoke nights were also a lot of fun, with myself and a few others as regulars. The staff always made us feel very welcome. Towards the end of the cruise I made friends with a few other people in my age group - 25-35 and it would’ve been nice if there had been activities for this age group like there was for the 18-20 year olds. It sort of felt like this age group was ignored in meet and greet activities and excluded from some of the trivia with the questions targeted at either older people or really young people. I missed having a proper promenade deck. I don’t get why a ship would be built without this. The facilities were fantastic. I loved the piazza and the on board gym which is the best I’ve seen on a ship. Crooners Bar was also good and there were so many places you could either have a quiet drink or party. The cruise entertainment staff - the assistant cruise directors were brilliant and very organised. It was always heaps of fun and they always joked around and were good humoured. If you like trivia, music, karaoke, live music in the bars and lounges then you’ll love Princess Cruises. Despite Majestic receiving negative reviews it’s a fantastic ship and there is something for everyone. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We wanted a new years cruise but had to be back by January 17th so this cruise fit perfectly. We also wanted to avoid the heat of the islands at this time of year. We embarked quickly, staff were always friendly and the food and ... Read More
We wanted a new years cruise but had to be back by January 17th so this cruise fit perfectly. We also wanted to avoid the heat of the islands at this time of year. We embarked quickly, staff were always friendly and the food and entertainment (especially the on-board dancers and singers) were fabulous. Our cabin was always clean and well maintained as you would expect from a new ship. The ports of call were what we expected and disembarkation and tenders were smoothly run. We finished our cruise with a ship organised fishing trip and it was the highlight of the holiday. It was professionally run, the boats were not crowded, the skippers friendly and they went out of their way to make sure everyone caught something! I would totally recommend this experience. Princess made sure that the cruise was safe and the adult only pool area made sure we could escape too many children if we needed to. A wonderful experience all round. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
New Zealand summer time never lets you down it was just a pity about the balcony of the cabin. The ship itself is lovely and the entertainment very good, food was hit and miss the kitchen trying to pass chicken pieces off as ... Read More
New Zealand summer time never lets you down it was just a pity about the balcony of the cabin. The ship itself is lovely and the entertainment very good, food was hit and miss the kitchen trying to pass chicken pieces off as sweetbreads......both Grille and Harmony had good food but Le Mer was a very poor representation of French cuisine. Definitely go to the English Pub lunch at Grille it's the closest you would get to a true pommy experience the sausages are the best I have ever eaten and my wife had the steak and kidney pie with plenty of kidney we went both times it was on. Drinks are super expensive we were going to do the drink package and decided not too which worked out well just limiting how much you have to drink, cocktails nothing out of the ordinary here compared to other cruise lines. Entertainment was exceptional but to get a seat in the theatre you had to be there one hour before the show started a lot of people were disappointed. Shopping was per any ship. Embarking and disembarking were exceptional smooth we took the baggage with us when leaving the ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
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
Sailed to NZ on the Majestic Princess over the new year. It was the first time we had been on a cruise and it far exceeeded our expectations. Service and staff were excellent and probably the best thing about the boat. Enjoyed the ... Read More
Sailed to NZ on the Majestic Princess over the new year. It was the first time we had been on a cruise and it far exceeeded our expectations. Service and staff were excellent and probably the best thing about the boat. Enjoyed the entertainment we saw ranging from comedians to magicians and singers. Did not get to see the musicals only because it’s not our thing however we heard they were good. Fine dining and specialty dining was very good with the exception of Harmony which we did not rate being spoilt by excellent Chinese’s food in Australia. I suggest anytime dining rather than set times as it was tricky at times to coincide eating with going to shows. Loved the Italian Pizza restaurant NZ was spectacular and the excursions we did through the boat were well organised and really good. Cooking school at Akaroa was a highlight and was booked via the ship. Our self tours were also great and there are lots of options once you left the shop to self book things and tours. Rooms were a good size we thought and well designed with lots of wardrobe space and balcony was good enough for us- would def8nitley always go a balcony room for future cruising Remember to have money left in AUs or NZ dollars for a tip for exceptional service from staff at the end as we were a bit disorganised with this. We did not do the drinks package but maybe in hindsight we would in future as we love a cocktail however you are able to byo with corkage at ports for bottled wine and bubbles which we only realised towards the end of the cruise. Only negative we had was pools way too small for the Aussie market and inside pool was like a swim centre but definitely would book with Princess again. 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
If you have young children, avoid the Aust/NZ cruise. Go to Royal Carribean instead. This ship is predominately retirees. Some of which are not very accepting of young children. You will be getting the evil eye, or rolling eye balls as ... Read More
If you have young children, avoid the Aust/NZ cruise. Go to Royal Carribean instead. This ship is predominately retirees. Some of which are not very accepting of young children. You will be getting the evil eye, or rolling eye balls as soon as you kids open their mouth. Kids club was amazing though. We left the kids there most of the time. They enjoyed it. You do have to pick them up for lunch and dinner. We were a party of 3 adults between 30 - 38. There was hardly anything fun for us to do. Majority of the activities and music is catered towards the the older crowd. Buffet was terrible and lacks choice. They served the same food for 13 days!! They change the sausage from English bangers to Italian sausage on alternative days and that’s about it. Dining room menu was fantastic. Changed every day. Service was fast Service staff were all fantastic. Ship was nice and clean. Luxury brands were reasonable prices compared to what you pay outside. Basically, if you have kids or if you are young. Go elsewhere. This is not the cruise for you Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Timing as the Cruise was over the new year and also location the ship was traveling were the important issues. Traveled on the other cruise ships during the new year eve time frame and it was very nice. This trip seemed to be smaller in ... Read More
Timing as the Cruise was over the new year and also location the ship was traveling were the important issues. Traveled on the other cruise ships during the new year eve time frame and it was very nice. This trip seemed to be smaller in activity scale when compared to other cruise trips Limited activities - Started a golf activity that was to continue - dropped without notification, no word, just dropped it. Food left a lot to be desired - Asian food represented very well however if you do not like this type of food the balance was less than acceptable - ended up eating from the kids menu for many of the meals. Became sick during the cruise and went to see the doctor - very little help - seemed as many people on the cruise were also sick with coughing and sore throats. Small room, balcony had the life boats right below the room. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
My husband and I wanted to cruise on the Majestic Princess and chose the New Years Eve cruise to New Zealand. The ship was magnificent and the staff were all very friendly and efficient. New Years Eve was fabulous and the ship ... Read More
My husband and I wanted to cruise on the Majestic Princess and chose the New Years Eve cruise to New Zealand. The ship was magnificent and the staff were all very friendly and efficient. New Years Eve was fabulous and the ship celebrated in style. It was a formal night so most people were dressed for the occasion. We had lobster tails in the dining room. The captain had his usual champagne waterfall and introduced all the major staff. We were all given party poppers and either hats or tiaras for NYE and at midnight it was a fabulous experience welcoming in the new year on such a beautiful ship. The weather was perfect with smooth seas and sunny, blue skies in every port. Even the days at sea were clear so the pool area was very popular. We went to the adults only area called “Hollywood” on Deck 17 where there is a pool and plenty of cabana-type seating. Being at the front of the ship, there were panoramic views. Our cabin steward was fabulous and always had our cabin neat and tidy. He was by far the best cabin steward we’ve ever had. The waiters in the bars and dining rooms were all very friendly and efficient. The entertainment was top class. The production shows were outstanding and the Australian Beatles were fabulous. The only criticism I had was that the Princess Theatre was very cramped and the seats at the back couldn’t see the stage. Embarkation and disembarkation was very quick with no delays. We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary and although we had been to New Zealand many times before, we were still amazed by the breath taking scenery. The ship was all we were hoping for (and more, if that’s possible). 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
We chose this cruise to experience a reasonably new ship and to have a Christmas at sea. We overnighted in Auckland before going down to Princes Wharf about midday on the 18th. Our bags were whisked away in a flash and we then presented ... Read More
We chose this cruise to experience a reasonably new ship and to have a Christmas at sea. We overnighted in Auckland before going down to Princes Wharf about midday on the 18th. Our bags were whisked away in a flash and we then presented ourselves at Check In. As we were the first deck to load we were on the ship around 1230hrs and got our first look at the Atrium all decked out for Christmas with Carolers preparing to welcome all with Christmas cheer, We decided on a quick visit to our stateroom to dump our carryon luggage and then head off for lunch at the World Fresh Marketplace on deck 16, There was plenty to select from and we were soon replete and off to our Mini Suite (R210) on Riveria Deck (14) to unpack and meet our Stateroom Attendant Johner who looked after us very well throughout the cruise. The cruise itself was everything we expected it to be and more. (Snow in the Atrium during Christmas Carols, lovely food all over the ship, friendly helpful staff everywhere and what a beautiful ship decked out in her Christmas finery). She is indeed a beautiful ship but some small things puzzled us, like no wrap around Promenade Deck (deck 7), having to jog into and then out of the Sports court as you do laps and more could be done with the mini golf greens to make them interesting. The trek from the front of the ship to the Allegro Dining Room requires the use of more than one deck as there is no way to walk the length of the ship on deck 6. (where the Concerto and Allegro dining rooms are located). Still good for the digestion I guess. These things should not detract from the ship as a whole. She is indeed a Majestic Princess. We were located in the Allegro dining room (Tradional Dining) and were looked after by Elvie and Roy. Elvie is the consumate professional. She is vivacious and funny and we didn't just eat there; we were entertained and enjoyed every moment of it. Roy is a shy young man, but very friendly and efficient and looked after us well. They were a great team. As for our Stateroom it was excellent even for three people. The only small problem was that the curtains which divide the room didn't mearly meet in the middle. It was kept clean and tidy throughout the cruise. The entertainment on this cruise was absolutely first class, from the shows in the Princess Theater, the entertainment in the Atrium and of course the other bars and showrooms although we didn't spend much time in these. The Cruise Director was efficient, funny and had the ships entertainment running like clockwork. He even ran a Christmas Church service which was well attended. I think this is all I need to say about this cruise. I do however have to mention the disembarkation in Sydney. It was smooth, rapid and we were in a Taxi heading for our accommodation in a most timely manner. Top points for this. 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
This is only the sixth cruise of my lifetime (on five different lines) and it was easily the best of the lot - to say nothing of the tremendous value it represented versus Regent et al. Even if all six cruises had identical prices, this ... Read More
This is only the sixth cruise of my lifetime (on five different lines) and it was easily the best of the lot - to say nothing of the tremendous value it represented versus Regent et al. Even if all six cruises had identical prices, this cruise would have earned first place by a wide margin. The ship, itself, is so new and well-maintained that it spoiled us with its finishes and amenities. Embarkation was truly efficient and we never felt there were 3500 guests and another 1500 staff. It always was so spacious - a genuine achievement. The staff was a tremendous blend from around the world - Antonio from Portugal did a yeoman's job as our cabin steward and Monika in guest services lounge was priceless to us in terms of helping secure meal reservations for our difficult party of 7. Room service in the mornings was unbelievably precise and prompt - the best we've ever experienced. Great amenities for the kids and teens (of which there were many on this Christmas Cruise). Our captains (one from NZ and one from Italy) did a tremendous job with the seas and we had the smoothest sailing I can remember. Our day in the Fjords and Milford Sound was one of the most rewarding, sunniest and relaxing days I will ever live. Harmony Restaurant (and expecially Caesar) won our hearts for the extraordinary menu, service and ambience. Crown Grill was the best team on the ship - Dennis at the front and Jaron from Serbia - best waiter anywhere on the ship. The Concerto and Symphony dining experiences were average in terms of both food quality and inattentive service (mostly from inexperienced, young Eastern European servers). La Mer was a standout experience until that music starts to play in La Piazza below and any opportunity for a civilized experience goes out the window. The music on the ship was uniformly bad (the open La Piazza is a genuine problem for programming) and the 'program staff' was an odd group with an over-inflated sense of self-importance, but they could not detract from this extraordinary experience and the truly flawless itinerary. One significant disappointment was that tidal levels significantly shortened our visits at every port and as my family was strictly doing independent shore excursions, we were under outrageous pressure throughout the cruise to return under the shortened time frames. There was always a tour that arrived after the ship was already to have departed (according to the posted 'All Aboard' time) during this particular sailing. Leaving from Auckland, sailing Milford Sound, visiting Tasmania and Melbourne and arriving in Sydney (at Circular Quay, no less) is a simply flawless itinarary. Christchurch, Dunedin and Rotarua are all brillint spots to visit and pre- and post- tours in Auckland and Syndey are not to be missed. This itinerary is a 5 out of 5 and being onboard with mostly Kiwis and Aussies made the trip especially pleasant for us, as Americans who are not accustomed to such polite colleagues. 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
We chose this cruise to celebrate with a friend who was turning 70. Having this celebration and Christmas on board was a highlight. The boat was decorated throughout with Christmas decorations, making for a pretty sight. Whever you ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate with a friend who was turning 70. Having this celebration and Christmas on board was a highlight. The boat was decorated throughout with Christmas decorations, making for a pretty sight. Whever you dined the food was exceptional along with the staff that worked continuously throughout. Talking about the staff - we made conversation with quite a few to learn where they came from, how long had they been on board and whether they enjoyed working for the Princess and they in return found out about us. In short - very happy and friendly. Cabin was small but still well set out and decorated. Chai, our housework saviour was spot-on! Bed was made, room tidied, bathroom cleaned and towels changed, each day. At night he straightened the bed and left two chocolates for us to enjoy. For us woman, this alone is magic, it left us time to enjoy the cruise. Entertainment each day and night was well orgainized and plenty to visit. Bar attendants quenched our thirst without a hitch. Entering the Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds on a beautiful day was breathtaking. Sydney harbour is very pretty. We parked between the opera house and the bridge!!! Embarkment and Disembarkment was so easy, thanks to the experienced staff. So, thank you Majestic Princess for a lovely cruise and for ordering the calm seas. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
So I have been on many cruises in the past. Princess cruises was my first cruise ever in fact. I had nothing to compare it to at the time so I loved that cruise. My kids were very young so I had no real time for entertainment then. I have ... Read More
So I have been on many cruises in the past. Princess cruises was my first cruise ever in fact. I had nothing to compare it to at the time so I loved that cruise. My kids were very young so I had no real time for entertainment then. I have cruises on carnival, royal Caribbean and Norwegian and all of those are fun. Princess is the most boring cruise I have ever been on. There was nothing going on ever. I brought teenagers with us and they were bored out of their minds which was really disappointing since I spent so much money on this cruise. For the first time in my life I couldn’t wait until this cruise was over and I have never felt that before. They cater to old people and people who like quiet refined entertainment. Lots of orchestra bands playing everywhere always!!! It was annoying to say the least. On sea days there was no entertainment besides outdoor movies or playing your own cards or board games. Many people reading all over the ship. That says a lot about the kind of cruise ship this is. BORING!!!! The service is great, the staff is friendly for the most part but if you are under 60 and if you like to have fun, this is not the ship for you! Evening entertainment was just as dismal as the day with many classical musical shows and very few upbeat events anywhere to be found. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Majestic Princess, Auckland to Sydney, 18 December 2018 Context: We had previously cruised on the sister ship, Regal Princess (Baltic, August 2018) We note that Majestic Princess has been specifically configured for the Chinese market, ... Read More
Majestic Princess, Auckland to Sydney, 18 December 2018 Context: We had previously cruised on the sister ship, Regal Princess (Baltic, August 2018) We note that Majestic Princess has been specifically configured for the Chinese market, this may not be a good thing when the ship is based, albeit temporarily, in other parts of the world such as Australia. Overall: We judge “Regal” to be far superior in many respects, in particular: • “Majestic’s” roofed-in Hollywood Pool Club is nowhere near as user-friendly or relaxing as Regal’s “The Sanctuary” – which is open to the air. There was always an overpowering aroma of chlorine in the Hollywood Pool Club – possibly attributable to the lack of ventilation. • Regal’s main dining menu selection, food quality and service was significantly superior to that on offer throughout the cruise on Majestic. On the final night of the Majestic cruise the main course had only four items – no meat or fish, one game dish. Table service was indifferent: it was not unusual to have to wait up to half an hour after being seated for menus to be presented. We were disappointed at the very ordinary standard of the Christmas Dinner. This was not four or five star dining. • Even though passenger counts were very similar, “Majestic” always seemed to be very crowded, no matter which part of the ship you were in. It does need to be said that some other dining options on “Majestic” were of a good standard, in particular the lunch buffet, Alfredo’s Italian, and the “English Pub lunch” that was offered twice during the cruise in the Crown Grill. Room service was consistently prompt. Entertainment: Without exception, the stage performances on Regal Princess were exceptional. Not so on her sister ship. The first production show on “Majestic” – “Viera” – was entertaining. Regretably, this standard was not maintained at other performances, with the exception of that by a featured solo artist, singer Will Martin. The “tribute show” to the iconic band “Queen” was a disgrace in every respect, so much so that guests (including ourselves) began leaving the theatre soon after the performance started. The sound was overly loud to the point of being painful – patrons were observed covering their ears and removing their hearing aids: all in all we judged this show to be an insult to the memory of Freddie Mercury. Censorship of the internet: After buying an internet package we discovered that access to some websites was being blocked. In particular we could not access websites operated by two New Zealand Government agencies – The New Zealand Racing Board and the Lotteries Commission. (At this point the ship was actually in New Zealand waters) This was taken up with the internet manager on board, who claimed the ship had the right to block any access it pleased – and asserted that this was outlined in his briefing on internet use (presented on the first day) and in the conditions when signing up for the service. We absolutely reject those claims; he did not and they were not! When pressed further he became somewhat more aggressive and said that if we didn’t like it, that was just too bad! He refused a part-refund of the cost of the package. We suggested to him that the reason for this censorship was to eliminate any form of competition for the ship’s on-board casino and other gambling options. He did not refute this. We fully accept that the ship (or any other internet service provider) should take steps to control access to websites that might be objectionable or illegal. This was not the case here – the sites were completely legal and legitimate. These comments have been referred to Princess via our travel agent. We have not had the courtesy of a response. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Majestic Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.6
Entertainment 4.0 3.3
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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