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Having sailed once before on Princess's former Dawn Princess to Alaska 20+ years ago, we selected this New Zealand/Australia 13-day cruise precisely because of its stops in New Zealand and Australia and because of our fond memories of our previous Princess experience. We were NOT disappointed. The ship provided 5-Star Service by the dining room staff in the Club Class anytime dining room, The chefs prepared 5-Star Food taste, quality and presentation in the Club Class anytime dining room. Our stateroom steward provided 5-Star Service in our Club Class mini-suite stateroom. The additional space for a sitting area and couch in our Club Class Mini-Suite made ALL the difference in the world to ensure we had the extra space in our cabin to fit the additional seating area and couch. Without a couch and seating area inside one's cabin, your only other sitting area is on one's bed. The ship itself is only 18 months old, and my one complaint about this brand new ship is that it lacked any of the new on-ship experiences of other cruise lines with water-slides, surf waves, or any other physical activity areas. The ship was clearly designed for an older, more passive-activity crowd (over 60), without any walking paths around the ship, or the physical fitness or physical activities offered elsewhere. I give the ship itself 4.5 Stars, and it would have earned 5-Star IF it had these modern activities onboard. At age 55, I guessed we were about the 20th youngest guests out of 3600 total guests. For a 13-day cruise, it was definitely an Older (75+) More Mature group of patrons with plenty of canes, and not as many wheelchairs or walkers as I expected. Our visits to the smaller cities of New Zealand were definitely the highlights of the cruise, as were the many relaxing At Sea Days. We signed-up for any used every other day the relaxing and quiet Spa Pool called the Enclave, as the ocean air temperature was ALWAYS too cold to use the ship's free outdoor pool. Debarkation in Sydney was a piece of cake, but Embarkation in Auckland was way too crowded and stressful. Embarkation in Auckland had NO signs directing people to obtain or staple one's luggage tags to one's bags. Embarkation in Auckland had NO signs to the Baggage Drop nearby. The worst aspect of Embarkation in Auckland was the absolute crush of 2000+ people who all arrived to check-in at 1230PM. There was No Separation of Priority/Club Class/Suite check-in from the 'normal' check-in, where at least 1500 of those 2000 guests should NOT have been there at 1230PM. As Americans, the last aspect of the cruise we enjoyed was the 25-30% discounts we enjoyed from the strong US Dollar against the 25-30% lower cost of the Australian currency used for all cruise ship onboard charges. Our cruise was about 50% Americans (which surprised me being so high). I highly recommend the New Zealand & Australia cruising destinations and recommend the Majestic Princess for a quiet, almost child-free cruising experience. It really was great all-around.

5-Star Service, 5-Star Dining, 5-Star Stewards, 5-Star Club Class Mini-Suite

Majestic Princess Cruise Review by mberner1

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2018
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Premium Club Class Mini-Suite with Balcony
Having sailed once before on Princess's former Dawn Princess to Alaska 20+ years ago, we selected this New Zealand/Australia 13-day cruise precisely because of its stops in New Zealand and Australia and because of our fond memories of our previous Princess experience.

We were NOT disappointed.

The ship provided 5-Star Service by the dining room staff in the Club Class anytime dining room,

The chefs prepared 5-Star Food taste, quality and presentation in the Club Class anytime dining room.

Our stateroom steward provided 5-Star Service in our Club Class mini-suite stateroom.

The additional space for a sitting area and couch in our Club Class Mini-Suite made ALL the difference in the world to ensure we had the extra space in our cabin to fit the additional seating area and couch. Without a couch and seating area inside one's cabin, your only other sitting area is on one's bed.

The ship itself is only 18 months old, and my one complaint about this brand new ship is that it lacked any of the new on-ship experiences of other cruise lines with water-slides, surf waves, or any other physical activity areas. The ship was clearly designed for an older, more passive-activity crowd (over 60), without any walking paths around the ship, or the physical fitness or physical activities offered elsewhere.

I give the ship itself 4.5 Stars, and it would have earned 5-Star IF it had these modern activities onboard.

At age 55, I guessed we were about the 20th youngest guests out of 3600 total guests. For a 13-day cruise, it was definitely an Older (75+) More Mature group of patrons with plenty of canes, and not as many wheelchairs or walkers as I expected.

Our visits to the smaller cities of New Zealand were definitely the highlights of the cruise, as were the many relaxing At Sea Days.

We signed-up for any used every other day the relaxing and quiet Spa Pool called the Enclave, as the ocean air temperature was ALWAYS too cold to use the ship's free outdoor pool.

Debarkation in Sydney was a piece of cake, but Embarkation in Auckland was way too crowded and stressful. Embarkation in Auckland had NO signs directing people to obtain or staple one's luggage tags to one's bags. Embarkation in Auckland had NO signs to the Baggage Drop nearby.

The worst aspect of Embarkation in Auckland was the absolute crush of 2000+ people who all arrived to check-in at 1230PM. There was No Separation of Priority/Club Class/Suite check-in from the 'normal' check-in, where at least 1500 of those 2000 guests should NOT have been there at 1230PM.

As Americans, the last aspect of the cruise we enjoyed was the 25-30% discounts we enjoyed from the strong US Dollar against the 25-30% lower cost of the Australian currency used for all cruise ship onboard charges.

Our cruise was about 50% Americans (which surprised me being so high).

I highly recommend the New Zealand & Australia cruising destinations and recommend the Majestic Princess for a quiet, almost child-free cruising experience. It really was great all-around.
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Cabin Review

Premium Club Class Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin M1 R423
It made ALL the difference in the world to secure a Club Class Upgraded Mini Suite to ensure we had the extra space in our cabin to fit the additional seating area and couch. Without a couch for a seating area inside one's cabin, your only other sitting area is on one's bed.

The steward was incredibly hard-working, cleaning our cabin minutes after we left in the morning, and again for evening turndown service when we left for dinner.

Though additional tips are not necessarily required, I gave the steward and extra $100 tip for his incredible service and cheerfulness. They all are so very hardworking.
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