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Majestic Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Nice ship but not as expected

Majestic Princess Cruise Review by Boris Doig

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2017
  • Destination: the Mediterranean

Picked this cruise because we have used Princess before. The ship was new and originally going to places we desired. However, troubles in Turkey saw port cancellations, port triple up and rescheduling.

Eight of the 10 Princess tours we took were quite ok, even for the price. However, although the Amalfi Coast was great the Naples bus tour guide was terrible. Too much extra-sales baggage to cope with. The other poor tour was in Rhodes, which was a fantastic place, where the guide was softly spoken and newish. The Greek tours had nil high level sales pitch as did the Mt. Etna tour.

The front desk staff must have been under pressure since they were far from friendly. The rest of the staff were wonderful. The food was good except the choice of desserts was less than on other ships. The laundromat token dispenser was woeful.

Access to the seas was constrained, we love cruising but felt we were isolated. Our balcony looked down on the tenders and we could not see the sea immediately below us. There is no real promenade AROUND the ship and we love to promenade and exercise on deck 7. Much of the upper deck was covered with plastic sheeting above the railing which further isolated us.

The cabin was really good but don't get one with an adjoining door to another cabin since they are paper thin and you can hear the folk next door easily. Bad if there are kids next door.

One of the really good things was although the ship had so many people on it we never felt crowded. Princess entertainment was patchy but the best thing ever was the elegant string quartet and of course the trivia contests. We had know difficulty with the tender transfers whatsoever. Some people forgot that at some of the ports no ships could have berthed.

An average cruise mainly affected by the ship's design for me.

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Rome (Civitavecchia)

Embarkation went well

Mount Etna

Was great.

View All 91 Mount Etna Reviews

Great guide: If only one visit to Kotor better to stay near the old town in Kotor to explore by yourself after the formal guiding bit.

Achilleion Palace

A bit long hence rushed but I enjoyed it.

View All 56 Achilleion Palace Reviews

Nice town but get away from the water as soon as you can to get a feel for the real Mykonos. Also, if berthed, have a look to see if there is a sea bus operating to the town centre before you buy a shuttle ticket since the sea bus is much cheaper. Because there was no port talk we did not know about this.

Olympia Archeological Tour

Excellent all around except for the low number of ladies toilets at the site which caused a 40 minuted delay.

View All 216 Olympia Archeological Tour Reviews

Excellent guide, excellent lunch, great bus trip looking at coast line out to Poseidon's temple.

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Mt. Philerimos

Guide was softly spoken and poorly organised in delivery of information

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We went of track and moved into an unpleasant area of Thira. Finally found the good bit and enjoyed it. Best to stay closed to the rim of the Caldera.

Amalfi Coast

Amalfo coast was great. The guide was more interested in guiding us to kick-back places and then at the end said please give me a tip. Something is not quite right. We paid a lot of money each for these tours so why do the guides have to be tipped. All other guides did not expect any tip. We estimated that our Naples bus alone was worth in excess of $10,000 in tour fees, so where did all the money go?

View All 284 Amalfi Coast Reviews

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