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My 12th cruise with Princess, sadly my last one in any of the Princess ships constructed from the Majestic Princess onwards from 2017. The good points. Excellent service, mostly excellent food, good attitude by almost all of the crew I encountered, ship in excellent condition, a good variety and great level of entertainment throughout the ship. The stateroom, mini suite, was fine and the on demand TV much appreciated That is why I usually cruise with Princess. Embarkation and disembarkation were quick and easy and tender service at Port Arthur good. The not so good, in fact very disappointing. It seems to be the policy of Princess, and other cruise lines, to construct larger and larger cruise ships, jamming as many staterooms onto them as possible, and of course many more passengers. It would be fine if they also increased deck space, number of lifts, entertainment and food serving areas in line with this but the opposite is happening. The lifts on the ship were hopeless most of the time, slow, jammed with passengers and long waiting times as they usually stopped at every floor up and down. Sometimes the lift arrived already full after waiting for some time. It was quicker to walk up or down seven decks than use the lifts but for many elderly passengers this is not an option. It is easy to see why this is the case, the Sea Princess, 2000 passengers, has 11 lifts, the Majestic Princess which can accomodate more than 4000 passengers has 14 lifts to service an extra 3 decks. There should be at least 20 lifts on the ship to adequately handle the number of passengers on board. There is no longer a time honoured feature of all cruise ships, the open promenade deck circling the entire ship, it is in name only, just 4 small decks in between the lifeboats. No more passengers relaxing on sun lounges or walking or jogging around the ship out of the sun, rain and wind. The secondary result is passengers are forced down the centre of the ship when moving around rather than use the promenade deck, quite often causing congestion. There is an absolutely useless and short jogging track on the top aft of the ship, which involved having to enter and exit the basketball court on both sides through gates, open to the elements and closed on one side for some unexplained reason. Open decks at the front of the ship have been eliminated, no more getting a great forward view over the bow of the ship like from several of the decks found on older Princess ships. There is a forward view from the enclosed Hollywood conservatory but this is very limited and cannot accomodate many people. However on the recently launched Sky Princess, a sister ship of the Majestic Princess, the Hollywood Conservatory and indoor pool has been eliminated and replace by about 60 staterooms, so even more passengers and less deck space and facilities. The Crooners lounge is another part of the ship which is passenger unfriendly. Meant to used as a music venue it consists on a number of partitioned off sitting areas completed isolated from where the entertainer/s perform. Ludicrous. Also the free steam and dry sauna usually found on older Princess ships has gone, So I will continue to sail with Princess but on their older ships. In fact I would rather sail on the 24 year old Sea Princess than the Majestic Princess, it is a cruise ship with lots of deck space everywhere. The Majestic Princess is just a floating hotel designed with maximum passenger capacity and minimum open deck space where one cannot relax and enjoy the views in all directions, surely a major part of the cruising experience.

More a floating hotel than a cruise ship

Majestic Princess Cruise Review by laikanuki

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My 12th cruise with Princess, sadly my last one in any of the Princess ships constructed from the Majestic Princess onwards from 2017.

The good points. Excellent service, mostly excellent food, good attitude by almost all of the crew I encountered, ship in excellent condition, a good variety and great level of entertainment throughout the ship. The stateroom, mini suite, was fine and the on demand TV much appreciated That is why I usually cruise with Princess. Embarkation and disembarkation were quick and easy and tender service at Port Arthur good.

The not so good, in fact very disappointing. It seems to be the policy of Princess, and other cruise lines, to construct larger and larger cruise ships, jamming as many staterooms onto them as possible, and of course many more passengers. It would be fine if they also increased deck space, number of lifts, entertainment and food serving areas in line with this but the opposite is happening.

The lifts on the ship were hopeless most of the time, slow, jammed with passengers and long waiting times as they usually stopped at every floor up and down. Sometimes the lift arrived already full after waiting for some time. It was quicker to walk up or down seven decks than use the lifts but for many elderly passengers this is not an option. It is easy to see why this is the case, the Sea Princess, 2000 passengers, has 11 lifts, the Majestic Princess which can accomodate more than 4000 passengers has 14 lifts to service an extra 3 decks. There should be at least 20 lifts on the ship to adequately handle the number of passengers on board.

There is no longer a time honoured feature of all cruise ships, the open promenade deck circling the entire ship, it is in name only, just 4 small decks in between the lifeboats. No more passengers relaxing on sun lounges or walking or jogging around the ship out of the sun, rain and wind. The secondary result is passengers are forced down the centre of the ship when moving around rather than use the promenade deck, quite often causing congestion.

There is an absolutely useless and short jogging track on the top aft of the ship, which involved having to enter and exit the basketball court on both sides through gates, open to the elements and closed on one side for some unexplained reason.

Open decks at the front of the ship have been eliminated, no more getting a great forward view over the bow of the ship like from several of the decks found on older Princess ships. There is a forward view from the enclosed Hollywood conservatory but this is very limited and cannot accomodate many people. However on the recently launched Sky Princess, a sister ship of the Majestic Princess, the Hollywood Conservatory and indoor pool has been eliminated and replace by about 60 staterooms, so even more passengers and less deck space and facilities.

The Crooners lounge is another part of the ship which is passenger unfriendly. Meant to used as a music venue it consists on a number of partitioned off sitting areas completed isolated from where the entertainer/s perform. Ludicrous.

Also the free steam and dry sauna usually found on older Princess ships has gone,

So I will continue to sail with Princess but on their older ships. In fact I would rather sail on the 24 year old Sea Princess than the Majestic Princess, it is a cruise ship with lots of deck space everywhere. The Majestic Princess is just a floating hotel designed with maximum passenger capacity and minimum open deck space where one cannot relax and enjoy the views in all directions, surely a major part of the cruising experience.
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