We've cruised on all three ships in this class on their maiden voyages. While we had an excellent cruise, the Majestic fell short of our expectations given our experiences on the Royal and Regal although the cruising portion went very smoothly.
We chose this voyage based upon the destination ports of call and the offered excursions through Princess and our expectation that as a sister ship it would be a continuation of our previous experiences. It was not.
Pre-voyage we booked into the Hotel Hesperia Presidente through Princess, and booked air accommodations through Princess EZ aire. While the Presidente is a little more pricey, its in a great part of Barcelona, includes breakfast and has excellent rooms and excellent staffing.
For our post hotel accommodations, we made our own arrangements for three extra nights in Rome, plus our own transfer service sharing with two other couples.
During the voyage we booked excursions entirely through Princess. We had only one disappointment out of many and Princess refunded 40% of our cost.
Our favorite excursion was at port of Livorno, where we did the best of the best for Pisa/Florence and had an excellent guide. Our journey included a five-star luncheon at the Villa La Massa just outside Florence, in the countryside. It included the Galleria Accademia (for the statue of David,etc,) and the Uffizi Gallery. Outstanding service from our guide.
Our cabin aboard ship, was an aft balcony. While it was nice, it wasn't worth the extra money, mainly because we were never in it long enough to appreciate it and because we never had a great sunrise or sunset view.
The food was unremarkable in selections but well prepared and served.
Aboard ship, we were disappointed to not have the Sanctuary as we had known it from the Royal and Regal. Instead they have the Conservatory, which is noisy, lacking in style and purpose.
Nicely appointed, extremely clean - good sized balcony and view. However, for the extra money spent for this room, we weren't in it long enough to really enjoy it. There were no spectacular sunrises or sunsets.
It also meant very long walks to all the activities and dining - so will not likely book this type of cabin in the future.
We're ok with a balcony on an Alaska cruise, where you can expect to see whales or awesome views, but an unnecessary expense if your cruise is mostly doing extensive excursions. We so exhausted ourselves during our excursions we were glad to get back and just rest up for the next day.
Good points and not so good. First off, City bus tour booked through cruise line took us a square trip around the city limits, bringing us right back to our starting point within a half-hour. A waste of money. Had second tour booked to see the museum and walking tour around Cartagena. Well worth the time and money, beautiful area, great points of history.
Spent two pre-cruise days touring the city. Bus provides excellent map. Rode entire circuit first to plan our stops for walking the specific areaView All 284 City Tour Reviews
Next time would pre-book Parc Guell on-line because wait times for entrance are excessive.View All 60 Gaudi Walking Tour Reviews
Our second time here. First time took in-depth tour through Viator. Have used them several times and only had one disappointment, a night-time tour in Rome.View All 124 La Sagrada Familia Reviews
Good narration and covered a lot of area, although made the mistake of the last stop of the night not being near our hotel.View All 11 Montjuic/Olympic Stadium Reviews
Concierge at hotel, and hop on-hop off got us to the areas we wanted to walk around, such as the site of the Olympic stadium and its surroundings, and Las Ramblas.View All 12 Self-Guided Walking Tour Reviews
Amusing and fun to watch the apes. They actually tried (and once successful) to board the bus. Requires extreme caution. When they tell you no food in your backpacks take it seriously.View All 21 Ape's Den Reviews
Actually had two back to back tours that permitted us to see the most of the important sites on the island. Had same guide for both tours. The Great Siege Tunnels were outstanding, but difficult walking on wet cobblestones down and back up.View All 24 Great Siege Tunnels Reviews
This is my second time here and I love the cable car ride to the top, and the views are awesome.View All 103 Rock of Gibraltar Reviews
Lots of walking and wet steps but worth the view.View All 33 St. Michael's Cave Reviews
Took an excursion through the ship to Aix en Provence. Wish we had had more time at this port to also visit Marseille. But the tour to Aix en Provence was well worth the time and money and we had an excellent guide, with extra time on our own.
Reason is was terrible, is the tour company defaulted and never took us to Portofino. We had been guaranteed we'd be taken by bus if weather did not permit going by small watercraft. It didn't happen, and passengers were ready to revolt.View All 36 Portofino Walking Tour Reviews
This tour was one of the few disappointments for cruise line booked excursions we've ever experienced. We thought there'd be a mutiny before returning to the ship. Upon return to the ship, our 40% refund was waiting in our cabin. Apparently word got out. Our guide simply dropped us near St. Margherita and left us to "shop" for 3 hours. We were furious. It had rained early on the way from ship to city and that was no excuse. Poorly planned and executed.View All 5 St. Margherita Walking Tour Reviews
Had an outstanding guide and experience. Walking tour in/around Pisa then continued by bus Florence. Prior to our appointed time at the Uffizi and the Accademia Museums we had a five-star luncheon at the Villa La Massa outside of Florence. Best narration and guide we've had in Europe.View All 274 Florence & Pisa Tour Reviews
Combined score very good. Rome by night through Viator less than desired. Supposed to have multiple stops and didn't. Second tour through Viator, was train from Rome to Naples, then private tour (14) directly to Positano with time on our own, then on to Amalfi with time on our own. Excellent guide and touring. Our portion of this cruise on the Majestic was the 7 day portion Barcelona to Rome so we ended here with 3 extra nights on our own, then to airport and return to USA.View All undefined undefined Reviews