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Just completed Shanghai to Brisbane - 20 nights and still sick. My numerous attempts to speak to management re lack of enforced handwashing/cleaning of handrails etc, fell on deaf ears, Every night in the theatre, numerous people ... Read More
Just completed Shanghai to Brisbane - 20 nights and still sick. My numerous attempts to speak to management re lack of enforced handwashing/cleaning of handrails etc, fell on deaf ears, Every night in the theatre, numerous people could be heard coughing/sneezing right across the whole audience. Passengers who have previously cruised on Majestic, told us that this is normal - good business for the medical centre - upper respiratory infections/runny noses, Spoke to a passenger who said her husband had been confined to their cabin with confirmed Influenza A. Also a number of cases of diarrhoea and vomiting. Just very poor infection control for a ship of this quality and size. Will definitely think twice before we rebook princess. We have never experienced this much sickness on a cruise before - and we are very regular cruisers on princess, royal caribean. celebrity etc, Every time we booked a Princess excusion, we were short by at least 1/2 to 1 hour. And the numerous excuses for the reasons why, were an absolute insult to your intelligence i.e. too much traffic on the harbour when they had taken down sufficient tender boats for 3500 passengers. Very glad we were not on the previous cruise after reading previous reviews, but there continued to be numerous black hairs right through the whole cabin/bathroom /balcony repetedly, For the price we paid for this cruise, I did expect much better. On the positive side, the food was good, TV in room was excellent and the hollywood club was great too. Some ot the staff were sensational and made the greatest effort to be personable and lots of fun i.e. trivia and ukelele lessons. Just such a pity that basic cleaning/maintenence was not carried out apprpriately. And a 900 seat theatre for 3500 passengers is rediculous - had to get there 30 - 45 mins prior to show if you wanted a seat. Have 3 more cruiises booked over the next 2 years and none of them are Princess!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This is currently, the newest ship Princess sails - big however does not mean better. Poor food that was at best warm, inattentive staff, boring activities and No Promenade Deck! Walking around a deck on board a cruise ship is one ... Read More
This is currently, the newest ship Princess sails - big however does not mean better. Poor food that was at best warm, inattentive staff, boring activities and No Promenade Deck! Walking around a deck on board a cruise ship is one activity liked by many cruisers but not on this boat - there is nowhere to walk. We booked on this itinerary because friends asked us to go, they unfortunately had to pull out at last minute so we decided to go rather than loose cost of fare. With so many sea days and very few activities other than Bingo, Knitting, cards or just sitting around, we were counting down the days to get off. The ship outlay just doesn't flow well and deck 16 continually has water puddles making it dangerous for guests to navigate this deck to the Market Place. The Market place - though large in size, the food selections were awful, not nearly as nice as the food on the Sapphire or Emerald Princess. It was hard to get a coffee or juice - too many people - not enough staff. Had dinner at the Crown Grill one night and had planned to eat there on the four formal nights - after first experience - did not eat there again. Took ages to get served and then they rushed course after course in a hurry to get you out! Check in in Shanghai was a joke and getting off in Ports like Singapore or Vietnam meant you only ended up with a half day at most. The big shows were great and we enjoyed them very much, the other entertainers were fine as well. This boat seems geared for the Asian Market so it will be interesting to see what other Australians feel about it as it is here for an East Coast/New Zealand season. The Port lectures were so boring that we ended up just watching the bits we wanted on TV - this guy didn't have much information on the ports and his favourite saying was that he couldn't find any information on...... - wasn't it his job to find it out? We were so disappointed in this cruise that we have cancelled our Princess cruise for next year. I think, if you have a lot of sea days (13 out of 20 for this itinerary) then look for a boat that offers more on board activities. The activities on this boat are geared for the 70-90 age group. Have travelled on the Sapphire and Emerald Princess boats and enjoyed both of these cruises. The only good thing was that no tipping was applied to our room accounts however the alcohol and drinks were expensive on board. We were not big drinkers, did not gamble ahd only purchased 1 ship shore excursion and even with our $1250 free credit still had a shipboard account of over $900. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Our balcony cabin with of a sofabed on deck 15 in a nice quiet location which we choose diliberatly had been given to someone else. We only found this out onboard and not at checkin. We were given a mini suite instead but sadly the ... Read More
Our balcony cabin with of a sofabed on deck 15 in a nice quiet location which we choose diliberatly had been given to someone else. We only found this out onboard and not at checkin. We were given a mini suite instead but sadly the location was so bad we spent most of our cruise sleep deprived from the noise the crew made dragging tables and chairs around from midnight till 1am and then again at 4am. Complaints fell on deaf ears. Cabin wasn't ready, shelves were dirty, floor dirty, not enough toiletries for 3 in a room. We had to find our own luggage as it went to the wrong cabin. Buffet food - mostly Chinese food & same nearly every evening. Main dining rooms was pretty poor quality food so we choses not to dine there. Speciality restaurant: Harmony (Chinese) was average and not worth the extra cost. La Mer main menu not great but we ate Chef Darren Maclean's own menu 2 nights running and this was the only decent food onboard. staff took our drinks away whilst we had a photo with chef after the nine course & wine paring evening. pool deck Free ice-cream worst I've ever had. Buffet area has Plastic plates & bowls which is terrible. Buffet staff could not manage and tables sat dirty unless you asked staff to clean them. Gym area is poor, stretching area always used for seminars, Kareoke mostly Chinese songs. Ports: Shimizu isn't a great port but credit to the people of this small town who went out of their way to be helpful. Also Kochi isn't worth stopping at. Osaka should be an overnight stop there is so much to do and no time to do it. Took 3 excursions with Princess, they were good but expensive, I do question the time wasted on lunch which is included in the full day excursions. The ship is CROWDED. Everyone I met on the ship said it was ridiculous how many people are squeezed into rooms onboard. 6+ in small balcony rooms. Staff told us 4000 Chinese passengers were onboard when it should have been 3000. Apparently the ship just added more beds to cabins, shocking, is that allowed?. This is a cruise for the China Chinese only, it does not work for anyone else. The cultural differences will defiantly impact on you. Spitting in the pool, spitting on plates in buffet, shouting, pushing in, children in the adults only area throughout the whole cruise. I met several Chinese passengers from Singapore and Hong Kong who felt very uncomfortable with the behaviour of the majority passengers. There were 2 good shows at the theatre and thats about it. The language issues made most entertainment difficult. This cruise felt budget, unsafe, lawless and to be honest insulting. Disembarkation was chaotic, no crew around to help, passengers missed flights as they were unable to get off the ship in time, we just made it to the airport for our flight but we had to make a lot of noise to get off. Shameful. This is not how you say goodbye to customers, get some training. I do NOT recommend this cruise to customers outside of China. This cruises is totally aimed at China Chinese only. This cruise was certainly no Princess. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
5-day Keelung—Kagoshima—Busan: This was our 9th Princess cruise and our least satisfying. As stated in other reviews, the ship, food and on-board programming has been geared towards the Chinese market. While there is nothing wrong with ... Read More
5-day Keelung—Kagoshima—Busan: This was our 9th Princess cruise and our least satisfying. As stated in other reviews, the ship, food and on-board programming has been geared towards the Chinese market. While there is nothing wrong with that and while I applaud Princess for adapting to the sensitivities of its Asian market, what I don’t applaud is the total chaos that underscored the organization of this cruise. Two-hour check-ins, uncontained, unruly and loud behaviour in common areas, consistent slamming of state-room doors with yelling that could be heard through the walls, work-out and stretching rooms dominated by seminars during peak times, consistently huge line-ups at lunch and dinner, a 45-minute wait to retrieve our passport following the Japan leg of the trip, poor organization of excursions—in the case of the Japan one, we were asked to be in the theatre by 8:30 and didn’t hit the road until 10:20, total mayhem to re-board the ship. Ship staff yelled for everyone to get into single file but there were no defined walkways or roped off areas making it impossible for swarms of passengers to know where to go.The combination of large charter groups being led to and fro by barking tour guides coupled with defined times for dinner and excursions meant that congestion was inevitable. A number of ship personnel acknowledged that the system of multiple tour groups just didn’t work and they couldn’t wait until the cruise re-positioned itself in Australia. There was nothing relaxing about any of this cruise and the “escape completely” motto rang true only insofar as we wanted to escape the ongoing gong show. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We were excited to be sailing on the Majestic, given that she's the newest and biggest ship in the fleet. We'd only sailed on the Sea and Dawn Princesses before, and we enjoyed those, so we figured we'd love the Majestic. ... Read More
We were excited to be sailing on the Majestic, given that she's the newest and biggest ship in the fleet. We'd only sailed on the Sea and Dawn Princesses before, and we enjoyed those, so we figured we'd love the Majestic. However, this ship missed the mark for us. We opted for Traditional Dining initially, but the Allegro Dining Room styling was quite dark, and had many areas sectioned off, so it felt a little claustrophobic. Our table was one of the many that had a bench seat, with access on only one side, so one diner would have to slide across the seat. Not a fun prospect in formal attire! And given that Allegro was on deck 6, but could only be accessed from deck 7, we quickly switched to Any-time Dining. The theatre, although quite high tech, was nowhere near big enough, only holding 1000 people on a ship of 3500. That meant if you wanted to see the show, you had to be there AT LEAST half an hour early to have any hope of getting a seat. And if you wanted a seat in the middle section, you were looking at being forty five minutes early, minimum. We usually like to attend the ballroom and line dancing classes. However, on Majestic, these are held in the Pizza, and I certainly didn't want to be on display while I fought with my two left feet! There didn't appear to be a decent dance floor anywhere on the ship. Princess Live was one option, but wasn't utilised, as was the Vista Lounge. However, neither venues were really suitable. Pool deck was also a little disappointing. A lot of pool space is lost to the fountains, which although lovely, were only used four times on a 20 day cruise. When the band played out on deck, they were incredibly loud - to the point where you had to move if you wanted to have a conversation. The Hollywood Conservatory is, to our mind, a bit of a waste of space. I can imagine that the Chinese market like it, but to us it was a bit of a waste of space. The Hollywood Pool wasn't bad, although the smell of chlorine smacked you in the face every time you walked in there. A common comment among the people we met was that the gym was woefully inadequate. I didn't experience this myself, but hubby did, and he said there were waaaaay too many treadmills and bikes, and not enough of the weights machines to go around. There was a lot of waiting for those to be free. Now for the good stuff. Our balcony cabin was lovely, and our bed and pillows were very, very comfy. The best we've had on a ship. For the first time on a cruise, there was an abundance of deck chairs - we never had a problem finding somewhere to lie in the sun. The World Marketplace, although a little confusing at first, is actually the best buffet we've had on a ship. Because of the multiple lines, we never had to wait, and not once did we have trouble finding a seat. Would we go on Majestic again? Probably not (although I never say never!). It's a little bigger than we like, and it feels a bit like a live sheep carrier - they've crammed as many guests in as possible, sacrificing some of the common areas in the process. I'd be interested to try another ship of the same class to see if it's the ship, or the target market that is the problem. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
we chose this ship because it was new but it is badly designed you have to go to different floors to get from one end to the other end of the ship food was average would not sail again on this one found the sun and diamond princess ships ... Read More
we chose this ship because it was new but it is badly designed you have to go to different floors to get from one end to the other end of the ship food was average would not sail again on this one found the sun and diamond princess ships are better. Not enough cover around the pool area dance floor between the pools was a wasted space not enough seating for 3500 people no entertainment on pool decks just movies no good for families used passengers as entertainment with line dancing every day played lawn bowls in front of lifts .this ship is ok if you are over 70 and you like gambling or wake up in the morning have breaky then lay at the pool and sleep until lunch have lunch then go back to the pool and sleep until dinner when you have finished dinner they are ready for bed same again next day. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We have been on more than 10 Princess cruises and this ship by far is the worst. Mini suite is so much smaller than on the older ships, had to move the table each time to be able to walk past the sofa. Balcony is so much smaller and not ... Read More
We have been on more than 10 Princess cruises and this ship by far is the worst. Mini suite is so much smaller than on the older ships, had to move the table each time to be able to walk past the sofa. Balcony is so much smaller and not enough storage cupboards. Bed was also not as comfortable. We had set dining and the choices and quality of food was not as previous, usually cold and slow service due to the amount of tables waiters had to serve. Best food by far was room service, it was hot and tasty, usual options were available. Marketplace was always busy and passenger hygiene severely lacking, food aimed at Asian market. My husband and I caught a terrible cough in fact I had to be admitted to hospital upon my return as it turned into a chest infection. Ship too big, too many people and lack of walkway space. Would definitely not go on this or any of the other new ships Princess are building. Smaller and older ships so much better, I just hope that our cruise in September, which is on the Sapphire Princess, which we have been on before and loved, will make up for this extremely disappointing cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Missed ports last cruise due to bad weather. This cruise was very good, only problems were greedy people keeping reserved seats for shows, policing by ship should have been better. also many People entering pools and spas, did not shower ... Read More
Missed ports last cruise due to bad weather. This cruise was very good, only problems were greedy people keeping reserved seats for shows, policing by ship should have been better. also many People entering pools and spas, did not shower as requested by signs before entering,. Shore excursions from ship were good but a bit expensive as was the, price of drinks, could not see the duty free or GST exemption reflected in price. Buffet set up is messy as is trying to get a table, service in buffet area not very good. Movies in cabin were a bit dated and there was no current shows. The area for Elite passengers to get together each evening has been moved from Crooners bar to Vista Lounge a better idea, except that if you have formal dining at 5-15 pm it is hardly worth while attending hours shoul be advanced by a half an hour to give you a chance to enjoy yourself instead of rushing ir not going. Princess Happy hour has disappeared, where for an extra dollar you could buy a second drink, Not Good. Photographers are a nuisance,. always trying to push there product as is Effey, the spa, and fine art sales. you get the feeling they are after your money all the time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
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
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
This was our first Princess cruise. We chose it because we are booked for the 2019 World Cruise on Sea Princess, and this was a kind of "dry run" -- if one can have a "dry" run at sea! We are pleased we did it, as we ... Read More
This was our first Princess cruise. We chose it because we are booked for the 2019 World Cruise on Sea Princess, and this was a kind of "dry run" -- if one can have a "dry" run at sea! We are pleased we did it, as we learned a lot. We joined the Cruise Critic message board for this cruise, as well as the World one, and are so pleased that we did. At the meet and greet, it was great to fit faces to names, and have people to wave to in the corridors. We called ourselves the three C's -- Cool Christmas Cruisers -- and the three CCCs certainly fitted this ship -- though I am going to add more. It was Cool (the AC worked overtime, despite the cool weather), Clean (sparkling, in fact), and Colossal (it took us four and a half minutes to walk the corridor from our cabin the bow to the sternmost exit, which was the only way to the Allegro restaurant). It was also Confusing. By the 12th day people were still getting lost, myself being one of them. This can be blamed on a very poor interior design. The Piazza should be the heart of the ship, as the Atrium is on most ships we have sailed, but instead it is an impediment. It is also very noisy, as loud classes, such as Zumba, have to be held there, for lack of entertainment space. And the shops are not in an arcade, but scattered like an airport duty free area, making it very hard to walk through, when there is a crowd. I don't think they were doing much trade; I certainly didn't pause to browse. And then there is Culture -- lack of, that is. There is no card room, and the "library" is a set of shelves in the internet room. Bridge boards and bidding boxes were kept in the entertainment department, and put out in restaurants on sea days, for guests to use, unhosted. Games were played on the dinner tables, on top of the tablecloths. There was also a market held in a restaurant. I have strong reservations about this, which I have reported to the head Princess department in the US. Norovirus is the bane of cruise ships, and carrying publicly used material into the place where food is served is very risky indeed. There was little else of cultural interest. Two theatres, but no enrichment lectures. Each show is performed three times, two night sessions and the next in the middle of the day. I felt sorry for the entertainment department. It is a very hard ship for them. On the other hand, the internet is excellent, with an affable and helpful young man in charge of the internet cafe. Surprisingly, it was CHINESE! There must have been a big promotion in mainland China. If they were expecting a tropical cruise, they were disappointed. The Chinese from Australia and New Zealand were equally amazed, especially as everyone assumed they could not speak English, like their mainland counterparts. So that added to the fun. One night we shared a table with a lovely family. Their daughter, who lived in Melbourne, translated freely, but it was easy to "talk" as her mother had such an expressive face. I was informed that the ship was designed for the Chinese market, which explains a lot, including the interior design (very like a top Chinese restaurant in Beijing), and the double signage. The worst aspect was Cost. The cruise itself was a promotional bargain, but the accounts department is a disgrace. On disembarkation day everyone was talking about how they'd had to fix their accounts. One dear old lady with a cane said she had been charged $299 for a spa treatment! We drink only moderately -- and cut down even more when we found that two single Scotches (blend, not fancy) with water on the side cost $38. We only found this out when we checked our stateroom account, as this is the first ship we have ever experienced where there is no spirits menu, with prices, and where there is no chit presented to be signed in any of the bars. Chits are presented in the restaurants, but even though I added the price ($10 per glass on the menu) to the chit before signing, I was consistently charged $12. And, while it is cheaper to buy a bottle, to cover the next two or three dinners, the bottles seem to be very easily lost somewhere backstage. And now comes a strong warning. I used a debit card linked to my checking account, to avoid the surcharge that comes with using a credit card. The my horror, when I checked my bank account after getting home, I found that while the total on my shipboard account had been taken out on disembarkation day, throughout the cruise TEN other charges had been made, ranging from $8.62 to $130.47. None of them seemed to relate to the actual shipboard account -- the figures simply didn't match. All ten were "pending" so when I phoned my bank, I was able to freeze them. Then I phoned Princess, as the bank officer urged me to do, and was told that these were "holding" charges, and that I would be repaid after the next five working days. Well, I shall be watching my bank statements, meantime, and unfreeze the card if what I was told turns out to be true. But a checking account is an everyday one, with other charges coming in, which makes the reduced balance a problem. Worse still, if this happens during the long world cruise, this double billing is going to really snarl up the finances back home. It is a crazy policy, as it means that we will be doing as little shopping as possible, and definitely cutting down on drinks. Meantime, I will inquire further. If this double-billing does not happen with credit cards, then I will change from debit to credit, and swallow the extra cost. Unfortunately, as my husband says, it has soured our experience on Majestic Princess, and made us nervous about the next one. I am glad to have Cruise Critic to air our concerns, and strongly recommend their cruise roll calls, with their friendly and useful message boards. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Went on this ship with high expectations...travelled with husband and my parents. We were on deck 8 and they were deck 9. Both of us, midship. Between us all, we have been on more that 30 Cruises, across different cruise lines. This ... Read More
Went on this ship with high expectations...travelled with husband and my parents. We were on deck 8 and they were deck 9. Both of us, midship. Between us all, we have been on more that 30 Cruises, across different cruise lines. This was our second Princess Cruise. This is our combined opinion, based on what we like and look for on a cruise ship. As cruisers, everyone looks for different things, for us this is our opinion only. The great : * ship handled the choppy sea conditions wonderfully. We had to divert from original course due to low pressure system approaching through Bass Strait. The seas weren’t the worst we have ever encountered, but it was choppy, and ship remained very smooth and stable. Best “ride” we have experienced comparing it to similar seas on other ships. * the captain was very cautious with the incoming bad weather and ensured that the ship travelled the calmest waters possible under the circumstances. Again, something we have not always seen. * Hollywood Conservatory : can’t remember its exact name. But it’s on deck 17, at front of ship. Indoor pool area with very nice separate cabanas with seating. Nicest area on the ship, and the only real open space on the ship. Has a bar. Could benefit from also having peanuts, chips etc. could not get any food from there. This is an issue with pool and spas overflowing water onto walkways there. They had a crew member permanently standing there mopping up the water. He made a comment that 2 Cruises before ours, someone had slipped in the water and been injured. The good : * internet worked okay. Isn’t cheap, but reasonably priced. Speed was fine all around the ship and in cabin. * food at the International Cafe/coffee shop is very nice. The bad : * Interenational Marketplace/buffet Deck 16 - some of us thought the food was fine, but there is not much variety, with similar meals each day. Layout of this area makes it feel very pokey, and food stations are spread across a large area with lanes up and down. The dessert area is located away from the other food area, which is strange. The area has low ceilings and narrow walkways, so it feels like all you see is lines of people walking everywhere. Not a relaxing place to sit, in our opinion. * Piazza/atrium - this was always busy and provides a sitting area and is also where the line dancing, dancing lessons, disco, painting, etc etc are held. It is a small area and with the activities going on, is not a quiet place to relax. * Princess Theatre - apparently holds 1000 people. There were 3500 people on our cruise. Had to get to show around 45 minutes before, to secure a seat. If you couldn’t get a seat, they showed the show, in another small room simulcast on a TV screen. * Princess Hi Room - this is where they simulcast the show if you don’t get a seat. This was a very small room, and this is where bingo was. Again, the room is too small. * Dining room - we only ate there 1 night. We walked in with a bottle of wine we purchased from another bar. When we sat down, the waitress questioned whether we bought it from home or onboard, as $15 corkage applies if it’s not bought from the ship. I told her, we bought it on my husbands card, she said “ are you sure”. Not s nice experience, to be accused of lying. Again, area we sat, was small and pokey, we had another table very close to ours, not private. Never went back there again. * Library - whilst not a place we would sit in, it only has 2 small tables and a few chairs. Never saw anyone even sit in there, as it’s too small. On other ships, the library is using full of people playing board games or cards. Pointless even having this area of this ship. * Coffee - I don’t drink it, but husband and parents did not like the coffee taste. You can purchase a coffee card for $36 which gives you 15 coffees and unlimited premium tea (English breakfast, chamomile etc). Coffee was no good anywhere on the ship. Overall, whilst we were on a very large ship, the guest areas were small. We have travelled on large ships before, and always felt like their weren’t a lot of people onboard. This is the first time we felt like there were too many people. Seems the focus with ship design, is to fit as many cabins as they can, at the expense of small, pokey and not enough guest areas. A lot of the guest sitting areas are cut in half with walkways through them, so all you think about when you are sitting there, is how many people are walking past you all the time. Also, the design does not bring the sea feeling into the ship. Not many big windows, and you actually feel cut off from the water. Some areas that do have windows, all you see is the closed in verandahs out the window, not water. We have never felt this on a ship previously. Whilst we enjoyed the break away, would never travel of this ship again, even if it was for free...which is saying something. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I chose this cruise due to it's Itinerary and my up until now good experience with Princess - this cruise has changed that! Was looking forward to trying the new ship- but was disappointed.Crew were fantastic but there were so many ... Read More
I chose this cruise due to it's Itinerary and my up until now good experience with Princess - this cruise has changed that! Was looking forward to trying the new ship- but was disappointed.Crew were fantastic but there were so many issues with the ship and our cabin that I would not recommend it. Too big- too many things happening in piazza- Princess theatre too small- couldn't hold enough guests- had to be there 1 hour before show time in order to be assured of a seat. Food not as good as usual- often luke warm or overcooked risotto- Flooded balcony even when the sun was shining- issues with balciony door and creaks in the mini suite seiling. Door and creaks sorted out, but despite the staffs efforts, balcony unusable all cruise. VERY DISAPPOINTED. Travel agents took over the boat in the last 4 days making paying guests wait longer in line for dinner ----Elite and platinum area in a horrible area at back of boat- Some good features like Vines wine bar and International cafe and pizzeria- where we ate 6 times on our cruise. Hate that buffet- too busy never enough seats in peak time- Movies OK- some very old. Enteratinment varied- too hard to get into theatre for shows-ahd to line up too long-- need to ticket the theatre so everyone gets a chance. Think the boat is TOO big and the issues with our cabin unbelievable!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Thought this would be some thing special, it wasn’t. This was our 6th cruise, we have had some great cruises before. Firstly, upon embarkation, we found someone else’s suitcase had been left behind in our room, our cabin steward ... Read More
Thought this would be some thing special, it wasn’t. This was our 6th cruise, we have had some great cruises before. Firstly, upon embarkation, we found someone else’s suitcase had been left behind in our room, our cabin steward removed it but seemed very confused. Next day we found a dirty sock caught up in the curtains...yuk, so much for cleanliness. Our friends cabin had a huge stain on the carpet. The food was bland & neither prepared or cooked as described, worst prawns We have ever tasted, pale, soggy & tasteless. Layout of buffet dining area is a complete shambles, very confusing & overly crowded. Hygiene does not be a priority with guests avoiding hand hygiene ( a totally inadequate small hand washing area ) & disregarding the request not to directly fill thermos flasks / drink bottles from the taps. Food is presented in a haphazard arrangement & it was obvious meals were rehashed from yesterday’s leftovers. Anytime dining is not anytime, often given a beeper & told to go away & wait, often for over 45 minutes. Insufficient seating to cope with the 3,500 passengers, the auditorium was often filled 45 minutes prior to the show commencing, we missed out on a couple of shows as a result. However, the shows were mostly of a high standard & a good variety. The beautiful atrium is over crowded & people seemed to get there & stayed glued to “ their seats “ for hours. The constant “ hard sell “ & fake “ sales “ were over the top, didn’t see many guests in the high end boutiques. The safety briefing was embarrassing, a fake, cheesy voiceover as we were jammed in the auditorium. This ship may be elegantly designed, but spoiled by cheap plastic topiary & trees & ugly artworks. Beware of the sharp thick metal frame on the artwork inside the cabin beside the bed,I bumped into it & scratched & bruised my upper arm. A flu virus went around the ship so sadly my husband, myself & the other couple we travelled with got very I’ll for the second week of our 13 day cruise. I ended up seeing the Dr onboard but was annoyed my prescription was not filled correctly & I had to return the following day as only half the tablets were inside the pack ! This ship was crammed with the elderly & a lot of people with mobility issues, lifts were not able to cope with the demand, lots of waiting & crowded lifts were frustrating for many. Avoid the ridiculously overpriced shore excursions, a trap for the unsuspecting, do your research beforehand & save $$$. I would not recommend cruising on this ship to families / children, Sadly Majestic Princess was a huge disappointment. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
As it was a new ship we thought we would see what it was like. Cabins much smaller than on other smaller ships in the fleet. Our balcony was too small for us to sit on. We had a mini suite & are still waiting to be greeted by our ... Read More
As it was a new ship we thought we would see what it was like. Cabins much smaller than on other smaller ships in the fleet. Our balcony was too small for us to sit on. We had a mini suite & are still waiting to be greeted by our cabin steward & receive our complimentary glass of bubbly. Food, service, entertainment very average. When the CEO boarded the ship in Auckland parts of the ship were closed to the passengers so private functions could be held, e.g indoor pool, Chinese Restaurant, to name just two areas. My mother, who is 84 yrs old, was refused access to the toilet as it was for use only by those attending the private function. She was told to walk all the way to mid ships & use the one there. However the service did rise from very average to excellent, which was really needed. Toilets are very hard to locate on the ship. Rubbish bins are lacking everywhere. Smoking areas are out in the open. The one show we actually managed to see, due to not enough seating. we had seen on a previous cruise. The ship does not have a promenade deck. The shops on board are very high end, Gucci etc so they are catering for the rich passengers. Not enough seating in the Atrium. I could go on & on with what is wrong with this ship. It boils down to them having too many passengers, not enough crew & trying to squeeze it all in with really expanding the ship. Will be looking at another company for our cruising in future as many, many other seasoned Princess passengers has said also. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this Princess ship for the itinerary in New Zealand and Australia. However, compared to other Princess cruises taken in Asia, South America, Europe, it was disappointing, perhaps due to the crowds (3,500 passengers). Embarkation ... Read More
We chose this Princess ship for the itinerary in New Zealand and Australia. However, compared to other Princess cruises taken in Asia, South America, Europe, it was disappointing, perhaps due to the crowds (3,500 passengers). Embarkation in Auckland and disembarkation in Sydney were fine; spacious mini-suite cabin, though the balcony here was small (Lido deck). We found the food on the whole to be very much the same each day, and unlike other Princess cruises, very little variety in seafood. The shows we saw were incredibly loud as if the audience was deaf and there were very few lectures compared to other cruises. The so called "library" laughable, as it comprised of an extremely small space with few books, and situated across from a very loud entertainment/bar area. Cabin service was excellent; shuttle service and excursions well organized. However, we will avoid this particular ship if considering a future Princess cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Our overall impression is one of disappointment. Nothing about the large ship experience can be considered to enhance the customer's enjoyment. Compared to a "small" ship having a guest population of about 1200, our ... Read More
Our overall impression is one of disappointment. Nothing about the large ship experience can be considered to enhance the customer's enjoyment. Compared to a "small" ship having a guest population of about 1200, our experience on the Majestic Princess included sub-standard food (cool or pre-packaged), and an abyssmal disembarkation experience in Auckland. The day of disembarkation cannot be considered as part of the cruise, as guests are hustled out of their staterooms and off the ship as quickly as possible. The port in Auckland is terrible, too, when it has to accommodate embarking and disembarking passengers simultaneously. THE SHIP IS TOO LARGE! Staff service is excellent, however. Friendly and attentive, all staff seemed to be doing their utmost. However, there are simply too many people to allow extensive one-to-one service. The layout of the ship is a bit wonky, too. You can't get to the Allegro dining room on deck 6 by walking on deck 6; you have to travel along deck 7 then descend the stairs. A black spot for the naval architect, Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I had a great experience a year ago on a Princess Cruise in the Mediterranean. But this one was disappointing. The food on this cruise was repetitive and uninteresting. Chefs say this is a new corporate directive. In addition, ... Read More
I had a great experience a year ago on a Princess Cruise in the Mediterranean. But this one was disappointing. The food on this cruise was repetitive and uninteresting. Chefs say this is a new corporate directive. In addition, Princess did not accommodate lactose intolerance or shellfish allergy. This is very surprising since the average age on board was about 65. Lactose Intolerance is most prevalent in older adults. I may be the only person to lose weight on a cruise. Not a good endorsement for the food. Much of the staff was friendly and very helpful. Stateroom well equipped, clean, and comfortable. The itinerary was excellent with many stops in New Zealand and Australia. The EZ air option and staff provided no support. I did my own arrangements and saved $19,000! And I traveled in Premium or business class. We love to cruise but will be looking at other options outside of Princess for our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We wanted to see Australia & NZ is why we booked this. We had been on 2 other Princess cruises, but were smaller ships, and many years ago. FOOD- I am a vegan & they did accommodate me, although when I booked they had a ... Read More
We wanted to see Australia & NZ is why we booked this. We had been on 2 other Princess cruises, but were smaller ships, and many years ago. FOOD- I am a vegan & they did accommodate me, although when I booked they had a smoothie bar, but took it out for our cruise. VERY DISAPPOINTED! My husband liked the food & sometimes we waited a long time for dinner. SHIP-TO BIG & TO MANY PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! EXCURSIONS-They wanted you to designated area early but had to wait a long time to get started.The personnel talked to the people like they were little children, no respect! Some Excursions were to short, didn't have enough time & felt rushed! We arrived late to some of them but still had to be back at the designated time. One excursion I asked for a vegan lunch & a wake up call but did not get either. So we had to rush and missed breakfast. ACTIVITIES ON SHIP- If you like to gamble, shop & buy jewelry this is for you. I tried line dancing but the Piazza is to small for all the people so you run into people, no fun. Would of liked to Zumba but no room. Did do Tai Chi in area near indoor pool, so had a chlorine smell. Also a lot of rude people & employees walked between the teacher & people taking class. Sea days were very boring not much for me to do! Also to many sea days. CABIN- nice with a balcony although didn't get to use it much as the weather was cold most of our trip. ENTERTAINMENT-Most of it we did not care for and was so LOUD in theater! Always very crowded if you wanted to get a seat you had to get there an hour early!! They didn't want you to save seats either. CUSTOMER SERVICE PRIOR TO EMBARKATION-It seems with each agent you get told something different to the point you do not know what is the correct information. I cancelled an excursion for my husband way in advance before trip & it was supposed to be credited back to my visa but it was not. I called customer service but received two different stories & It went on the ship credit. We will not go with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was the Majestic Princess, 10/10/2018 sailing Australia/ New Zealand. First, the good: 1. The crew and service was first rate. I was inspired by these hard working people with fantastic attitudes. No criticism in this review ... Read More
This was the Majestic Princess, 10/10/2018 sailing Australia/ New Zealand. First, the good: 1. The crew and service was first rate. I was inspired by these hard working people with fantastic attitudes. No criticism in this review should take away from them. 2. The ship is gorgeous and our cabin (E726) was amazing. 3. We loved the itinerary. The cruise itself was a fantastic experience. Now, unfortunately are the issues I wish someone had told me prior to booking. Understand, whereas I'm not a 50+ cruise person, I have done 6 of them and have other Princess cruises to provide comparison. 1. We experienced SIGNIFICANT vibrations in our cabin sufficient enough to create rattles (noise). The vibrations were while underway and seemed to be triggered by rougher seas or faster speeds (anything that stressed the ship in the slightest). It seemed there was a balance issue in the drive system. We've been on other cruises in rougher seas and never had this experience. We had several sleep challenged nights. 2. The food was VERY disappointing and fell well below the expectations from our last Princess cruise. We thought maybe they were compermising to drive people to the specialty restaurants but those were disappointing as well. We found the food bland and flavorless. The dishes weren't very exciting and the food quality low (as in cafeteria quality). The Marketplace Buffett was better than the dining room but still far less than a lower end Vegas buffet. The specialty restaurants claim to be very high end but are little more than the dining room food repackaged. 3. Entertainment was disappointing to the point of being embarrassing for Princess. The bar entertainment demonstrated far more talent than the production shows. Some where better than others but because the worst were SO BAD it made mediocre seem good. With all the talent in the world there is no excuse for this. Our last Princess cruise had excellent entertainment so we know it's possible. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Not my first cruise over 300 days in last 5 years. But my first Princess and probably my last. Have cruise Carnival to Cunard and Princess is bottom of the pack. The buffet is a diaster area with cold food and a collection of pots and pans ... Read More
Not my first cruise over 300 days in last 5 years. But my first Princess and probably my last. Have cruise Carnival to Cunard and Princess is bottom of the pack. The buffet is a diaster area with cold food and a collection of pots and pans from a thrift store. They use foil on top of pans trying to keep food warm (very tacky) but all food on the buffet is cold. There is good seating in buffet and usually can find a seat. There are other places to eat which are better but usually very crowded. Tradition dining I thought the dinner menu to be lacking in choices. Very bland and they really need a new dessert chef. My worst find was premade Cuban sandwich with mayonaise. Cuban sandwiches have mustard NEVER mayonaise. But enough on food. If you enjoy a quiet place to sit and read take a different ship. No library (very small room no seating) no quiet bars always art auction or trivia going on. Good points the cabins are comfortable and TV is great. Good thing since I spent more time in this cabin then anyother cruise. Ship is very smooth in rough seas. Both boarding the disembarktation was very smooth. Crew did a great job. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This was our 2nd princess family cruise and we were very excited for the new ship. Sadly our expectations were not met. We were looking forward to the indoor pool (as we were well aware outdoor swimming traveling to New Zealand probably ... Read More
This was our 2nd princess family cruise and we were very excited for the new ship. Sadly our expectations were not met. We were looking forward to the indoor pool (as we were well aware outdoor swimming traveling to New Zealand probably wouldn’t happen). I called princess 3 times to confirm the use of the Hollywood conservatory for children, and was reassured that it will be. As soon as we stepped into the ship we headed up there, only to be greeted with an “ADULTS only area” sign. The stupidity of this is that the FAMILY area of instruments/chess/game tables etc is directly past the Indoor pool. The dirty looks we received from grumpy elderly people was disgusting (while we passed through to get to the family area) as if they paid more than us and we weren’t entitled to be in there!!! One grumpy OLD man actually had the audacity to tell us to get out. I spoke to customer service and upper management and was given an apology but no change. The pool was mostly unused throughout our cruise, but yet we still didn’t have access. Food was great, the few quizzes were funny too. Most of the shows in the theatre were average. Besides line dancing, couples dancing, juggling and painting not much else was on offer. This cruise will probably be our last with princess. If families are not welcome they should actually say so. Our first princess cruise was AMAZING, sadly this has completely put us off. Great staff, but rude passengers, not much to do and forget about finding a seat in the piazza area. People planted there behinds in a chair and didn’t move, some slept there others read books. This ship definitely does not have enough public areas to sit at, unless you are in your cabin. The private Karaoke rooms were also closed. Too much sales going on, such as Effy jewelers, beauty treatments, massages, etc. We did love however the crooners bar, as we usually could find somewhere to sit and at 8:30pm there is a GREAT entertainer named Tonya. She played the piano, sang songs by request and was very funny. This ship really was a retirement village on water, and traffic lights should be installed for all the wheelchairs and walkers around. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We have traveled with Celebrity, Cunard, P & O and Princess and till now Princess was our clear favorite, but our experience over the past 3 weeks has left that favoritism in tatters! There were many negatives on this ship but I ... Read More
We have traveled with Celebrity, Cunard, P & O and Princess and till now Princess was our clear favorite, but our experience over the past 3 weeks has left that favoritism in tatters! There were many negatives on this ship but I will start with some positives. The staff were all very helpful, polite and generally good at their jobs. The ship itself was extraordinarily stable with almost NO rocking and rolling over the entire 22 days even though we traveled from Asia to Australia. Their system of taking the passports from the passengers to ease the immigration processing worked in most cases and the tendering service on the one occasion it was used was extremely smooth. Sadly, the negatives affected our cruise more than the positives, with one having a major effect on us throughout most of the trip. I will work through them in a logical order. Some are not fixable but it is probably best if you are aware of them rather than being surprised later. For this particular cruise the boarding in Shanghai was a nightmare. I am told that Princess were not responsible for the debacle in Shanghai and had indeed tried to be in control and failed. All I can suggest is that in future they avoid Shanghai altogether. It ensured most of the passengers boarded the ship in less than a positive frame of mind and could well have been part of the reason so many people were negative about the ship . For our part, the cruise was spoilt by our inability to have the balcony door open at night, but more of that shortly. On the first evening we went to dinner in the any time dining restaurant, Symphony, at 6.30 only to be handed a buzzer and told to go away and wait till it buzzed!! I assumed they had made an error as there were plenty of empty tables in the restaurant and told them I had any time dining, but they said they realised that and to take the buzzer and wait. 40 minutes later it went off and despite a preference for a table for two, we were forced to share a larger table of six if we didnt want a further delay! In all the cruises with all the different shipping lines we have sailed with that was the first time that had ever happened. Any time dining in the past referred to any time WE wanted to eat not any time the staff could fit us in! As a consequence to eating so late, I had severe indigestion that evening and in order to avoid that problem again we went to dinner at 5.45pm each night to ensure we got mostly the same table and didnt have to wait to be placed on a table. However it completely nullified the point of any time dining which is one of the main criteria we look for on a cruise. The other main essential for us is a cabin with a balcony so we can sleep with the door open at night. The reason we do this is because we enjoy fresh air and it usually avoids the problems associated with breathing recycled air conditioned air and the coughs and colds that often causes. On this cruise, despite paying so much extra for a balcony (and indeed a mini suite) we were unable to sleep with the balcony door open for all but the final few nights. The reason for that was a loud ''howling'' sound that erupted spasmodically from the wall next to the door when it was opened. Sometimes it was a high pitched whistle and other times it sounded like the night of the living dead! On the morning of the second day, we asked the cabin steward to listen to the sound and see if it could be fixed. He appeared horrified and baffled by the noise and told us he would get someone to look into it. Nothing happened so we assumed it was something structural which could not be fixed at sea and started sleeping with the door closed. Whilst it had an impact on the cruise from our point of view, we understand that sometimes there are events that are outside peoples control. However, on the 18th day an engineer came to the cabin to check our fridge and while he was there I asked if he knew what was causing the wailing sound when the door was opened. He listened to it and recorded it on his phone after tracing it to the panel of the bulkhead beside the door and told me to call reception and request a carpenter. I did this as he waited, but all that achieved was the cabin steward arrived asking if I had called for him. I explained I had asked the engineer about the noise we had told him about 2 weeks earlier and he called down to someone and spoke to them in a foreign language and left after telling me a carpenter was on his way. After a while we left the cabin as well. 8 hours later I called down to reception to ask if the carpenter had been as the noise was still there and they said he had been and not heard the noise when he opened the door and left! I had explained it wasnt constant but irregular and often. After dinner there was a message to call reception if the noise started - which it did almost immediately. They said the carpenter would be there, but it took about 2 hours for him to arrive! Around 10.15 that night the carpenter came. The noise was very much on and off and not as serious as before but he did at least hear it and started banging a hammer on a screw driver. A manager arrived part way through and then when the noise stopped they both left and the carpenter said he would check back in the morning to see if the noise was gone. In the morning we advised him it was substantially reduced but still there a little and he then filled several gaps with silicone and from then on it was perfect. However it was annoying to discover we had paid for a mini suite for the balcony and not been able to use it for all but the final 3 nights despite pointing out the problem on the first full day! We may as well have paid for an ocean view for all the good of it. THAT issue obviously had a major impact on our cruise and its enjoyment. But it was not the only one. On the Majestic there is no promenade deck as such. On EVERY cruise ship we have traveled on in the past we could walk around the entire deck with a nice view and fresh air as we go. This was not possible on the Majestic and I believe that is a major design flaw. We took a Princess shore tour in Singapore and have to say we were shocked by the poor condition of the coach we traveled in. It was quite old and the air con was VERY limited. Worse still when the engine idled it was impossible to hear the guide speaking and the smell of petrol became quite over powering at the back of the bus where we were seated.Having said that, we could see the other coaches were all quite new, so it is possible we were unlucky. However the tour ended at some markets in China Town. They were about the least inspiring markets I have ever seen and having driven past all the fabulous stores on Orchard Street, a stop THERE would have been far better than ending up in a smelly third rate market! Due to the passenger numbers on the ship, there is another problem - not enough places for passengers to sit and read quietly. Most of the common areas are so full, there isnt a seat to sit on at times and far too much noise when there is. The lounge in front of the Hollywood Club was either full up (which it was all day) or the odd person would come and play the musical instruments around the place (BADLY) to interrupt any attempts to have a quiet moment in the evening. I am sure that sounds picky, but a lot of passengers look for that little place to sit and have some peace on board. On Majestic it really doesnt exist. For Trivia, there were more people than seats which resulted in my missing out a few times and I assume others missing out when I didnt! The room just wasnt big enough for the passenger numbers. The little nook and cranny problem was exacerbated by some of the few areas available being closed off now and again so a British film crew could film a fake wedding or give a (fake) impression of quiet areas on board as they made their free advert for Princess which will be shown on English TV shortly.! Finally I should mention the entertainment, which was disappointing. In over 3 weeks there were only 3 major stage shows on board - UNHEARD of on any other cruise where they are usually every second or third night. Whilst the value of the other entertainers is very much subjective and affected by personal opinion, the stage shows by the singers and dancers are what most of the passengers look forward to and less than one a week is pathetic! As for the other entertainers, some were good and some were iffy at best. I wont criticise individuals because as I said it is all a matter of personal opinion but for me, I have certainly seen better on every other cruise in the past. These are not all the problems or all the things that adversely affected the cruise for us, but I am sure if these had not been applicable the rest of the problems with have dimmed into insignificance. We may reconsider, Princess in the future, but at this moment we are very disappointed with them. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We went on the Majestic Princess out of Australia in Sep 2018. The ship was relatively new and was well fitted out, the food was good, the staff were generally great and the entertainers were fantastic. However, the amenities such as ... Read More
We went on the Majestic Princess out of Australia in Sep 2018. The ship was relatively new and was well fitted out, the food was good, the staff were generally great and the entertainers were fantastic. However, the amenities such as the Pacific Theatre, the buffet and the piazza did not cater for the large number of passengers. We had trouble finding a seat in the buffet and we found ourselves doing a lot of standing to see the entertainment in the piazza due to a lack of seats. The Princess Theatre was a joke; to get a good seat you need to get there about 1 hour before the show. You would miss on a seat completely if you did not get there 15 minutes before the show. The drinks were also quite expensive. AUD$8.75 for a beer and $13.95 for a nip of spirits. Maybe this was to discourage you from buying drinks because most of the entertainment venues did not have anywhere to place your drink, you had to hold it in your hand or put it on the floor. We also did not get the room we booked. We were given a room 2 floors up and half way down the ship rearward. This caused a slight problem for us as we booked a room opposite my mother-in-law (82 yo) to look after her. The response from staff at the front desk was that the travel agent changed the room and there was nothing they could do. We contacted the travel agent after the cruise and they confirmed that they did not change the room. They actually did not have the access to the Princess reservation system to change our room. None the less, we had no notification from anyone and when we printed the baggage tags off on the princess site a few days before the cruise, they were for the room we had booked. This was our 7th cruise. Compared to the others this was not as good and I think the number of passengers was the main issue, I recommend you avoid this ship. We will never cruise on the Majestic Princess again and will look for ships with a more modest number of passengers for future cruises Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Majestic Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.6
Entertainment 4.0 3.4
Public Rooms 4.0 3.7
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.6
Family 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 3.0 3.1
Service 4.5 3.9
Value For Money 4.0 3.3

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