Majestic Princess Cruise Review by spyslikeus
- Sail Date: February 2018
- Destination: Asia
I liked the ship and we had a good holiday, but the overall experience was not good enough to say that we will definitely sail with them again. For us it is usually the itinerary that entices us, and certainly is never based on cruise line loyalty, as we have yet to see this returned by any company.
Good and standard obstructed balcony cabin layout E607 on deck 8 (pictures attached as I hope these will help others considering choosing this category) and, being quite a new ship, all amenities worked well, though my wife reported that there were almost always cubicles out of action in the public ladies toilets.
Anytime dining works for us though we found the dining room menu's and food quality quite poor, especially beef/steaks were very tough. We never use the buffet except for getting an occasional snack to eat elsewhere, though positively we thought the quality here was better than other cruise lines. We ate twice in the steak speciality restaurant, first visit was very good, second not so good as waiter poorly trained, scallop starter (a mousse not a real scallop - penny pinching!) was disgusting in taste and consistency and the side dishes were cold so had to be sent back, which is very poor on a night when not busy. Very positive that the pizza restaurant and room service were not chargeable and the quality of both was good. Also, the coffee (payable) at the international cafe in the atrium was very good and with an egg and bacon muffin or danish made for an easy and relaxing breakfast option which we used often.
Bar prices are average, not as expensive as Royal Caribbean but not as good value as P&O, however, the cocktails (approx $8'ish) were not dressed very much and were often quite dull, not living up to the menu description. When the barman asked my wife if the cocktail was good and she said it was not a great choice he was happy to swap it at no extra cost.
Daytime entertainment was not extensive, but the trivia's were good. Theatre entertainment was mostly good, though surprised that the company dance troupe were not used more. Duke, the cruise director and his assistant Abi, worked very hard throughout the cruise. Although the enrichment lecturer (Neil McShane Oz outback PC) was not a natural speaker I enjoyed his talks.
Annoying that Princess do not publish that they run shuttles in many ports (clearly do not want to impact on excursion sales, exorbitantly priced as usual). $20pp in Busan and Hakata was a total rip off, as the journey was very short, and we heard some customers who complained were given a refund. We preferred to use public transport (despite getting on the right bus but in the wrong direction in Busan!) except in Thailand where we did pay the $20 each for the 40 minute shuttle to Pattaya.
It is also worth mentioning that immigration in all ports, as well as embarkation in Shanghai and disembarkation in Singapore, was very well handled in the background reducing delays. Princess deserve credit here.
Overall, and as said, it was an enjoyable cruise and a memorable holiday. If Princess keep focusing on good agenda's then we will likely be back but they did not offer enough to win our loyalty.
Oh lastly, we had a good laugh at a British lady we had seen many times walking fine around the ship suddenly walking with a walking stick to justify early boarding on the flight back before the masses. You know who you are!!
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That said, having a lifeboat there was not a problem. It did not creak or bang at night and it didn't stop the sun shining in. Choose carefully if you want this price level to ideally to get a balcony in the gap between lifeboats and not with the superstructure bang in front of you. E607 is a happy medium between these two extremes.