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Majestic Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Waited on Hand and Foot

Majestic Princess Cruise Review by Annie481

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2019
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Balcony

It was to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary and was a perfect choice. We were married in NZ so it felt right cruising back on the fabulous Majestic Princess. We weren’t disappointed, the food, service and entertainment was first class, just loved it. At night we dined in the Allegro dining room and it was the highlight of our day, the food and waiter service. We then went to the show of the night, not to be missed, great entertainment. The Hollywood Pool Club was such a relaxing area during the day, a heated indoor pool and spa, pleasant ambience to read etc.

On our anniversary, balloons and a notice was put on our cabin door. We booked in to Harmony, a special restaurant that night and enjoyed it so much, wow. The waiters presented us with a little chocolate cake with a candle and sang Happy Anniversary.

Everyone was so helpful on the ship, nothing was a problem, everything was so clean and we felt safe. For us, the cruise ports were all interesting, the weather was perfect and we enjoyed our shore excursions. Probably the highlights, and there were many, were the Sounds, Taieri Railway, Akaroa, Te Papa, Waiheke Island and the Bay of Islands, the Hole in the Rock excursion. The Art Deco in Napier we loved and all the volunteers who were there to meet the ship in every port made it special. I hadn’t been to Mt Maunganui and Tauranga, loved it.

Very impressed with the embarkation and disembarkation, went like clockwork, congratulations to all involved. A really memorable cruise, we will be back!

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Balcony
Cabin DB A511

Bed was SO comfortable, we slept really well. The cabin was well appointed, the only thing we missed was being able to make a cup of tea or coffee when you first wake and a light rug for a nap in the afternoon. The en suite was sufficient, good shower, wardrobe, safe, a fridge, room for cases. Our cabin steward Joe Costa gave excellent service, he was very pleasant, always greeted us with a lovely smile.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Taieri Gorge Railway

The old vintage train was at the cruise berth and manned by volunteers who gave great service, were very pleasant and courteous. We're train buffs and enjoyed travelling up the Taieri Gorge listening to all the history and being waited on.

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A very picturesque bay with a French influence, loved the little cottages and gardens and the shops too. Plenty of volunteers to to ask for help. We met friends and enjoyed fish and chips on the foreshore. We didn’t go on any excursions because we are originally from the area. Wonderful being able to visit.

Cable car

It was all over fairly quickly but I'm glad I did it, lovely views from the top.

I enjoyed Wellington, the Beehive, interesting city.

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Te Papa Museum

Our guide was very good giving us an insight to the Treaty of Waitangi and other aspects of what was on view at Te Papa. The Gallipoli exhibition was amazing, so lifelike.

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Napier Art Deco Tour

Our driver took us all around Napier where there were mainly Art Deco suburbs however he didn't drive us down the two city streets where I thought the best buildings were. Impressed with all the vintage cars and people dressed in the bygone era. Also, an orchestra came and played alongside the ship which was a thoughtful touch and lined up all the vintage cars.

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Loved Waiheke, wow, I could live there. Stony Ridge was our first winery, we had two tastings which were top class and then we had to pay. It would have been better if we could have sat down, it was a hot day and a lot of standing around while

we listened to the history of Stony Ridges owner. It said we were having morning tea but it was more like afternoon tea, the scones were delicious. The second winery I wasn't so keen on the wine, and once again we had to stand around. They gave us more tastings but weren't to my palate. We enjoyed the day but got back later than expected.

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Enjoyed it immensely, great scenery, beautiful weather, comfortable boat, very good commentary, a must do for Bay of Islands and I thought the fact that we were picked up at Waitangi and dropped off at Paihia was perfect. Put everything into perspective.

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