Majestic Princess Cruise Review by Joroy
- Sail Date: August 2018
- Destination: Trans-Ocean
- Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
This ship is shockingly, badly designed. On board there is no sensation of being at sea, due to the enclosed nature of all of the public areas. There are not enough lounge seats for more than 3500 passengers and none with a sea view. Those on board were aged and infirm. They were also cranky and demanding of the very friendly crew. Many times we saw people with walking sticks and even electric carts just fold up and walk as well as the rest of us. This is not the fault of the ship.
But - our usual Crooners Bar was horrible. On past Princess cruises we've danced till dawn with fantastic performers but this ship has an overly-lit room divided in half by a wall and one half has no connection with the performer. It was previously a 'high-rollers' gaming space and has kept the stench of cigarettes.
We missed having sail-aways from a bar with a view. The busy, windy and noisy Wake View Bar is completely inadequate for pre-dinner drinks.
The only food we enjoyed was in two specialty restaurants - Crown Grill and Harmony, though if you don't have six for the cellar room in Crown you'll sit with blinds down because the lifeboats are outside the windows. Whoever designed this awful ship? The closest we got to the ocean, other than from our own deck 12 balcony, was from a small window in Vines bar and you might be in any dark bar anywhere in the world - and it was 11am!
La Mer French restaurant should be avoided and was empty for most of the cruise. It sits above the only dance floor and loud band on the ship with nothing to separate it from passing foot traffic. We booked online ahead of the cruise for a celebration dinner but when we saw the location we asked several days ahead for a table as far away from the noise as possible. We were told it was 'first come, first served' starting at 6pm although we had been given only one booking time, 7.30pm. We made the mistake of dining there and the noise was deafening.
Food otherwise was ordinary and frequently cold. Breakfast once took more than an hour to be served in the dining room. The wine list reduced every day. We had excellent waiters in Allegra for traditional late dining and the efforts of the crew to keep us going were obvious everywhere.
Shops were boring and either ridiculously expensive or bargain-priced T-shirts, with nothing in between.
We did not take any ship's excursions, since they were too expensive and we'd previously visited every port.
Disembarkation in Sydney was the best yet and well-organised with helpful porters.
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