Majestic Princess Review 2019
A summary/review of sorts for NZ 01 to 14 Nov.
WOW, what an amazing ship, we had a brilliant time 13 nights Syd to NZ.
I had been worried this ship may have too many people to find our own space to relax, but I was wrong... Time & time again we found heaps of seats free, inc on sea days, at : Cabanas and lounge areas in H'wood conservatory, inside and outside bars, sundeck loungers etc.
Check your stateroom account every 1-2 days. We had a charge of two beverages that were not ours. (Cards are not scanned when ordering drinks, instead the card Folio number is written manually.. It was refunded within 24 hours after letting Guest Services know). Possibly a little known fact is that you can inhibit charges of drinks etc. We placed a 'ban' on drinks charges on our card so we weren't charged incorrectly again in the cruise. You can view your statement via your ship app or by printing out a statement near guest services.
The busiest times are the same as all ships eg Buffet lunch on a sea day around 1pm to 2 pm, and on deck 6 and 7 around 6.45 to 7.30pm ie going to and from dinner/heading to theatre.
We always found seats in all the bars/lounges around the 3 Piazza levels, where you can grab a chair and table and bring your food from Intl Cafe to anywhere you like. (just remember to take some cutlery/use condiments from the Intl Cafe).
We did a lot of outside eating eg Pool areas or Wake View area, love the fresh air and plenty of seats, just take your sunnies and light cardigan/jacket for colder days.
Afternoon Tea in the Main Dining Room was great for a scone jam & cream and/or sandwich and piece of cake, tea and coffee.
At most bars around the ship there are water jugs and glasses to help yourself and if not, the bartender will pour you a free water.
Staff: 99% of staff are very friendly and helpful, Steward was great, just let them know if you need anything and they will try to obtain it.
We booked port side (left) for our anti clockwise trip from Fiordlands and we could see coastline most of day enroute to Dunedin, and then toward Akaroa and then at various times for the rest of the trip. Definitely worth booking the coastline side you are travelling around.
Milford Sound: We had great views from our balcony (Baja AFT, unobstructed), we were on balcony from 0645 to 0900. There is Iced Tea as a cold drink at the drinks station, but if you ask waiter they will bring you a glass of lemon cordial (they call it Lemonade) as they have jugs of it dotted around each dining area at their 'staff station' .
Refrigerator/Fridge: not actually a fridge says the steward, more of a "chiller". Steward will refill daily a bucket of ice and place inside your chiller. Works remarkably well but if you need a constant temperature for medication you best pre-arrange with Princess.
Room Service: Do not expect a speedy service. And the Caramel Flan on menu was actually a Creme Caramel.
Shows: Some comedy shows were 6pm, 7.30 and 9.15 (ie same performer same act) Production Shows usually 7.15 or 7.30 repeated 9.30pm.
Fun fact: Look for the optical illusion picture between Deck 7 and 8 AFT (the green blinds picture, changes when looking going up from 7 to 8 and vv).
Best pastries and Donuts: Breakfast time at Intl Cafe eg Jam Donuts, Custard Donuts, Almond Croissants, Chocolate Bretons... Only avail till around 11am ish. Intl Cafe change their Pies and Quiches daily eg Beef and Guinness, Steak and Kidney/Quiche Lorraine, Spinach and Cheese.
Alfredos was good, they will allow half and half pizza toppings.
Anytime Dining was good, but if in a hurry to be somewhere eg a show, you best inform your waiter.
A card is needed in your stateroom slot for lights and power, you may wish to bring a 'spare card' for this purpose eg an airline/supermarket card. We didn't leave it in when we went out, but it was just handy not needing to use our cruise cards each time.
Bathroom: Shampoo and Shower gel dispensers were good. We hate the little handsoap that gets slimy on the little silver dish so we bring a couple of Hand Soap Pump bottles for the bathroom sink- luxury!
Unfortunately the cabin I chose was directly over the bow/bow thruster (even though up on Deck 11: Baja 720) and it meant our room constantly shuddered and when trying to sleep at night we could feel every jolt, I won't be choosing this location again. Mind you, it may be different travelling in opp route and is if course sometimes weather dependant.
We enjoyed the fun games onboard eg Beanbag toss, Pictionary, Carpet Bowls, Golf Challenges.. Nice way to say hello to others onboard too.
Buffet: Once you come to terms with the fact you WILL get lost in the buffet and possibly not find a food you had your eye on 10 minutes earlier, you will be fine... (note: I am directionally challenged... You may do better!)
I would recommend bringing your own hand sanitiser and hand wipes for buffet after touching the communal ladles/serving tongs and then eating a roll or pastry..
People have previously commented that handwashing is not enforced.. This is what happens (based on this cruise) : For the first 3 days, staff are positioned at the buffet handwashing stations and motion passengers to the handwashing basins, to train passengers this is what is expected.
Deluxe Balcony Breakfast: This was a complimentary extra for us, it included champagne on ice in silver champagne bucket, juice, plate of pastries, 1 plate each of smoked salmon with cream cheese, 1 plate each of Quiche Lorraine with bacon strips and salad, and a half canteloupe filled with other fruit, plus we ordered coffee. It sounded like you could swap or add things like cereal if you wanted. Our balcony had a small knee-high table, not very wide, and so we had to eat on our laps unfortunately. I think the high price is really for the champagne on ice.. Everything else can be obtained in the buffet free.
We also received choice of wine complimentary, we chose the Vintage Port (under the Dessert Wines list), it was a lovely Port. (Mentioning this for those unaware you can choose Port).
Crown Grill: We received a complimentary Spec Restaurant and had a wonderful meal here. Amazing staff and delicious well presented dishes. We booked as soon as we boarded, got our preference.
**The library room has many board games inc Taboo, Chess, Jenga, Backgammon, Clue, Scrabble, Checkers, Scattergories, Trivial Pursuit, Battleship. Not many novels but quite a few Lonely Planet style books on many countries.
The young singer/piano player Alissa Musto was brilliant, keep an eye out for her performance times, usually Crooners from 8pm.
**Remember to pack your Drivers Licence for some NZ ports (if you don't wish to take your passports each time).
Hole-punching of your cruise card is done onboard via Guest Services.
**Our strong magnetic hooks came in really handy to hang our lanyards, caps, sunglasses on strap etc, and we brought magnetic clips for paperwork etc. The shoe holder was excellent as a spacesaver for all kinds of stuff like sunscreen, umbrellas, pens, hand cream etc. It came with 2 hooks that I hooked over the closet railing.
Laundry: If the token machines are out of order, you may have go up or down the next deck to alternate Laundromat. My tip is to know where the next nearest laundry is, ie is it directly below or above you or are they at the other end of the ship? You can phone the help desk from the laundry room and they will send someone if there is a problem with a dryer or w. machine. I bring my own washing powder sachets, but passengers were saying the machine capsule for sale in the laundry room does not dissolve properly so I recommend bring your own
**My coffee hack.. I take a Moccona Vanilla Latte sachet up to Wake View Bar (or buffet drinks station) and mix sachet with a little bit of the Coffee from machine-Hint: Don't accidentally select Decaf! you need a spoon to mix and get out the lumps (wooden stirrer won't work), then top up with more coffee, shot of hot water and milk. Instant frothy coffee!
**We usually arrived approx 20-30 mins before a 7.30pm Princess Theatre show, usually seats are full by 7.20pm ish. If you arrive late and stand at the back near the aisle stairs, please check behind you as you may be blocking the views of those in the very back corners, this caused a lot of contention most nights.
My favourite production show was the Motown show.
Announcements tip: You can hear the broadcasted announcements on the Webcam channel (these are the ones you can hear in your corridor from Cruise Director and Tender Boat announcements).
**Television screen is a great size attached to wall and has Movies on Demand and a huge variety of Television shows on demand. We didn't get time to watch much at all, but for those who remember the old 'looping' system this is a great system.
My biggest tip would be to try to use the stairs as much as you can, this will save you a HEAP of time instead waiting for lifts, as 95% of the passengers tended to use the lifts.
Excellent storage, great shower pressure/heat. Comfortable bed. Unfortunately cabin experienced a high level of shuddering, jolting, vibration when rudder/azipods hitting swells/waves... This may be different in calmer seas but I would choose more midship next time.
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