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The embarkation at Sydney was a breeze - on the ship within 40 minutes. Everyone was welcoming and friendly. Okay so it is a new ship, however the layout of our internal room (Cabin C334) in queen bed formation was so spacious, we couldn't believe it! The outfitting of the hanging space, storage etc., was very cleverly done - I had empty draws and shelves - when has that ever happened before????. Okay so the bathroom was "compact", but hey we weren't sleeping in there so we were completely satisfied with the layout, storage and comfort. Found the in-room TV selections more extensive than previous cruises. Couldn't fault the stateroom, the staff or the room service. We had anytime dining and with gluten intolerance to be taken into account, we weren't sure how we would go - well we were overwhelmed by the assistance, care and concern that we were shown by the head waiter and staff. The Chef also assisted. It was great. Plus even in the buffet there were gluten free options (okay they are probably not made in a fully gluten free environment, however they were suitable for us). The shops on board were way too "up market" for our taste - it would have been nice to see some more mid range stores, or the "sales" being more realistic as there are more and more middle class people choosing to cruise and it doesn't appear that Princess is catering to us. Lets be realistic - duty free isn't what it used to be! Wasn't thrilled by the excursions - main complaint was the ones that we booked and paid for months prior, were either cancelled or we were bumped to a time that didn't suit - not impressed. Additionally the categorising of the activity level was way out on most of the tours that we did take - many times there were people that were on the tour thinking that it was only moderate, when it should have been strenuous. Or vice versa - a moderate tour was a walk in the park - hopefully Princess will sort this out as it did cause a lot of issues with the older participants that should not have been on some of the tours, which in turn reduced our enjoyment by having to worry / assist these ones. The Captain was rather amusing many times when he was updating us on departures or the mid-day location etc., We only went to 1 show, which was excellently presented. The overall service from the front desk, waitstaff, bar staff, shore staff, stateroom steward etc., we couldn't fault. We had not difficulty in finding information, assistance and always a welcoming smile. When it was time to leave, we found that the Express Walk Off option was fantastic. We only had one bag each and a carry on, so we chose this option. We were then able to have our belongings with us till 8am the following morning, and walk straight off the ship at our designated time - wow it was so much better than the other options. Hope Princess keeps it for our next cruise.

Fantastic Cruise - not so good excursions

Majestic Princess Cruise Review by nigelwneat

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2018
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Interior
The embarkation at Sydney was a breeze - on the ship within 40 minutes. Everyone was welcoming and friendly.

Okay so it is a new ship, however the layout of our internal room (Cabin C334) in queen bed formation was so spacious, we couldn't believe it! The outfitting of the hanging space, storage etc., was very cleverly done - I had empty draws and shelves - when has that ever happened before????.

Okay so the bathroom was "compact", but hey we weren't sleeping in there so we were completely satisfied with the layout, storage and comfort.

Found the in-room TV selections more extensive than previous cruises.

Couldn't fault the stateroom, the staff or the room service.

We had anytime dining and with gluten intolerance to be taken into account, we weren't sure how we would go - well we were overwhelmed by the assistance, care and concern that we were shown by the head waiter and staff. The Chef also assisted. It was great. Plus even in the buffet there were gluten free options (okay they are probably not made in a fully gluten free environment, however they were suitable for us).

The shops on board were way too "up market" for our taste - it would have been nice to see some more mid range stores, or the "sales" being more realistic as there are more and more middle class people choosing to cruise and it doesn't appear that Princess is catering to us. Lets be realistic - duty free isn't what it used to be!

Wasn't thrilled by the excursions - main complaint was the ones that we booked and paid for months prior, were either cancelled or we were bumped to a time that didn't suit - not impressed.

Additionally the categorising of the activity level was way out on most of the tours that we did take - many times there were people that were on the tour thinking that it was only moderate, when it should have been strenuous. Or vice versa - a moderate tour was a walk in the park - hopefully Princess will sort this out as it did cause a lot of issues with the older participants that should not have been on some of the tours, which in turn reduced our enjoyment by having to worry / assist these ones.

The Captain was rather amusing many times when he was updating us on departures or the mid-day location etc.,

We only went to 1 show, which was excellently presented.

The overall service from the front desk, waitstaff, bar staff, shore staff, stateroom steward etc., we couldn't fault. We had not difficulty in finding information, assistance and always a welcoming smile.

When it was time to leave, we found that the Express Walk Off option was fantastic. We only had one bag each and a carry on, so we chose this option. We were then able to have our belongings with us till 8am the following morning, and walk straight off the ship at our designated time - wow it was so much better than the other options. Hope Princess keeps it for our next cruise.
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Cabin IB c334
layout of our internal room in queen bed formation was so spacious, we couldn't believe it! The outfitting of the hanging space, storage etc., was very cleverly done - I had empty draws and shelves - when has that ever happened before????.
Okay so the bathroom was "compact", but hey we weren't sleeping in there so we were completely satisfied with the layout, storage and comfort.
Found the in-room TV selections more extensive than previous cruises.
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