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We had been around NZ a couple of years ago and really enjoyed the Princess experience and the NZ scenery so decided to take another trip. We booked the cruise dates and itinary to fit in with work comittments at the time, believing the ship was not as important as prioritising the dates we wanted. So after booking our cruise, our attention then turned to getting information regarding the ship we had booked our cruise on. First alarm went up when we realised the size of the ship and the number of passengers aboard, second alarm raised after checking out previous passenger reviews. Ever the optimists we decided to put aside other peoples opinions and take it as it comes and give the Majestic a 'red hot go'. Sorry to say our experience was similar to so many others 1. Too many people on board and the ship does not cater to service passengers at peak times, be that for seating in the buffet or seats in the theatre or restarant dining or tender disembarkation....too many people not enough spport facilities for the numbers. 2. There is no deck where you can walk around the ship, in fact there is no deck where you can walk in a straight line from the back to the front of the ship without having to go up or down stairs somewhere. This was not only annoying to us but also seriously limiting to those who are mobility impaired. 3. The staff (not everyone but in general) did not seem happy to be there and again I put it down to too many passengers not enough staff. The staff certainly still worked as hard as usual but they didnt have time for the passenger interaction which seems to be a Princess feature on smaller ships that everyone enjoys. The itimate and friendly feel of other cruises we have been on was just plain missing. 4. Food choice and freshness just didnt work in the Marketplace. Food in the buffet was very ordinary with the odd 'star' dish popping out from time to time. We just got the feeling that Princess are cost cutting on the food and were trying to camoflage this in the way the stations were set up... The positives were, as usual the cabin stewards are fantastic and the shows were good (when you can get into the theatre), popcorn and icecream station went down a treat and of course the star of the cruise was NZ. Overall a very disappointing cruise, we will defo not be back on Majestic (nor Regal) in Australia and will stick to the smaller ship experience.

Fantastic cruise destination, not so fantastic ship!

Majestic Princess Cruise Review by two4travelling

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We had been around NZ a couple of years ago and really enjoyed the Princess experience and the NZ scenery so decided to take another trip. We booked the cruise dates and itinary to fit in with work comittments at the time, believing the ship was not as important as prioritising the dates we wanted. So after booking our cruise, our attention then turned to getting information regarding the ship we had booked our cruise on.

First alarm went up when we realised the size of the ship and the number of passengers aboard, second alarm raised after checking out previous passenger reviews. Ever the optimists we decided to put aside other peoples opinions and take it as it comes and give the Majestic a 'red hot go'.

Sorry to say our experience was similar to so many others

1. Too many people on board and the ship does not cater to service passengers at peak times, be that for seating in the buffet or seats in the theatre or restarant dining or tender disembarkation....too many people not enough spport facilities for the numbers.

2. There is no deck where you can walk around the ship, in fact there is no deck where you can walk in a straight line from the back to the front of the ship without having to go up or down stairs somewhere. This was not only annoying to us but also seriously limiting to those who are mobility impaired.

3. The staff (not everyone but in general) did not seem happy to be there and again I put it down to too many passengers not enough staff. The staff certainly still worked as hard as usual but they didnt have time for the passenger interaction which seems to be a Princess feature on smaller ships that everyone enjoys. The itimate and friendly feel of other cruises we have been on was just plain missing.

4. Food choice and freshness just didnt work in the Marketplace. Food in the buffet was very ordinary with the odd 'star' dish popping out from time to time. We just got the feeling that Princess are cost cutting on the food and were trying to camoflage this in the way the stations were set up...

The positives were, as usual the cabin stewards are fantastic and the shows were good (when you can get into the theatre), popcorn and icecream station went down a treat and of course the star of the cruise was NZ.

Overall a very disappointing cruise, we will defo not be back on Majestic (nor Regal) in Australia and will stick to the smaller ship experience.
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