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Majestic Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
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The Good & Not so Good of our First Alaskan Cruise

Review for Majestic Princess to Alaska
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6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Aug 2021
Cabin: Deluxe Balcony (obstructed view)

We choose the Majestic princess because it was a relatively new ship and there weren't a lot of options right now with the cruising industry starting back up. Overall, we were very pleased with the ship, food, and it's amenities. The good... Embarkation and Debarkation were a breeze, I thought there would be long lines despite all the problems with the APP but fortunately we had the first embarkation time and everything went very efficiently showing our paperwork, proof of vaccination, etc. From the time our Uber dropped us off at the pier to getting on the ship was a total of 30 minutes max. Once on-board we went directly to our cabin to drop off our carry-on bags so we could go to lunch without them. We went directly to Alfredo's for lunch which was a great choice! Go on embarkation day if you can, it's not crowded if you go right away and it becomes harder to get into Alfredo's throughout the week. It is amazing! Other thoughts on the food, we had reserved the 5:20 time via the APP in the main dining room and for the most part were able to stick to that time. There were a couple nights where we were late due to ship gang planks changing and we had to wait to re-board the ship. It was no problem and we were able to get right in after my medallion was scanned at the dining room entrance. Main dining room food was very good and service was fast! My only comment was that we sometimes were seated at larger size tables for 3 people so we all sat on one side of the table. The Marketplace buffet was huge and had 4 different areas plus a dessert section. You really have to walk through all of the areas as some of the food is different. Some of the highlights at the buffet were the crab cakes, fried fish, pork adobo, hashbrown potato cakes, crispy bacon, yogurt parfait station and made to order omelets. Overall I found the desserts in the dining room to be good but the desserts in the buffet area and international cafe with rather dry (muffins, breads, donuts).

Entertainment was very good. We had a really funny musician/magician, comedian, and two vocal acts and all were very enjoyable. The smaller music groups throughout the ship were also very good. Game shows were funny and very popular, all were held in the Princess LIVE theatre which had limited space so get there early if you want to find a seat. There is a nice bar right outside where you can get cocktails as well as using your coffee card if you purchased one ahead of time.

Ports: Juneau we took the bus to Mendenhall Glacier, we did not book this tour ahead of time but found an information booth right off the ship that was offering $30 PP round trip (ship tour was $45 pp) and it included our entrance fee to the glacier. I was pleased with this and it was only a 20-25 minute bus ride there and the driver told us exactly where to get the bus back which ran every hour. Frank was our bus driver and he was amazing! He actually stopped a couple additional places on the way back from the glacier and showed us some sights in the town. I would highly recommend this tour and you can't miss it, it's a little tour shack right as you start to walk into town.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Balcony (obstructed view)

L101 had a huge balcony but it was raining most of the week and it collected quite a bit of water so it was hard to use. It was partially covered which was nice but it would be nice to had some additional chairs. There was still only 2 chairs and one table. The cabin itself was fine but for 3 people I thought it was small and would go with a mini-suite next time. When the sofa bed was pulled out you couldn't access the refrigerator or desk area or balcony.

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