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Majestic Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
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633 reviews
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Wrong time of year for this destination

Review for Majestic Princess to Australia & New Zealand
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Thisissilly
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Nov 2019
Cabin: Mini-Suite with Balcony

Missed feelings about this cruise. Overall we enjoyed our ten days, but not nearly as much as cruises on other ships. The Majestic Princess is a beautiful ship with lots of people on board, mini suite stateroom was lovely, but balcony small. Staff generally were very friendly and helpful. But for starters, we found Northern Queensland in December is not a good choice for a cruise as the weather and humidity was off the scale. Passengers suffered from the heat. We found getting off and on the ship at the four itinerary ports not a good experience. The three tendering ports were hot and tedious experiences - although efforts were made to bring in additional catamarans to assist. Some tender drivers seemed to be inexperienced - lots of rough handling of tenders docking. A slow process every time, tenders themselves awfully hot. In Brisbane the ship docked at a grain terminal 28kms from town, woeful shuttle service which you pay for, not enough buses, long hour wait in queue.

On board, poor people flow around ship, real bottlenecks occur around different public areas. Dining rooms are quite ordinary in that menus were repetitive and not very exciting, but food offered quite good. Breakfast very good in dining room however. Buffet upstairs was sometimes very good, other times really ordinary: sometimes lots of variety, other times much smaller selection on offer. Plenty of activities on offer, cruise director very personable. Princess Theatre too small for size of ship, and consequently you need to be there at least 30 mins before show to get a seat. Princess singers and dancers were very good. Other entertainers were great to just ok, but there seemed to be a shortage of entertainers as many of them were brought back for additional “brand new” shows a day or so later. Also the crew put on a variety show on the last night, not bad, but for an evening show for our final night, I really got the feeling Princess was cutting costs on entertainment. Other musicians playing around the ship or in the Piazza at different times were very good. Also showtimes in the Princess Theatre and dining room times overlap and if you have slower service in dining room (which certainly happened) you end up missing the shows. International cafe really good, as was Alfredo’s Pizza and Pasta. The shops on board are expensive and really don’t seem very busy except when a “sale” is on - and we found “sales” very poor. We found some duty free items like perfumes and makeup were still more expensive than you can get online locally on shore, There’s enough on board to fill your sea days, the ship is very new and sparkling, and crew smiling and helpful, so you can have a nice time - but really the destination was the wrong time of year, and for us the terrible humidity and heat overshadowed everything on the open decks off shore or at different ports on shore.

Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony

Very nice cabin, great bathroom. Lounge area with tv, also tv in bedroom area.

Port Reviews

Willis Island

Found this stop a bit confusing - very very hot and crowded standing on upper decks for 30 mins waiting for a weather balloon to be launched, and then balloon was white and people found it difficult to see against the cloud.

Brisbane

Place where ship docked not good at all, too far from town. Needs a better shuttle service.

Cairns

To hot to commit to an excursion that lasted hours off the ship.

Port Douglas, Australia

To hot to commit to a lengthy excursion off the ship, but found a great one hour tour offered on the dock in an air conditioned mini coach. This was very good.

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