We chose this cruise to use our credit from a cancelled trip last year and didn't want to cruise in hurricane territory. This was our third trip to Alaska and our twentieth cruise overall. The Majestic is a beautiful ship with elegant decor without being garish. It's basically the same layout as other Princess Royal class ships, except this ship was built for the Asian market and is missing two of our favorite venues, the Wheelhouse lounge and Crooner's lounge. I guess we Yanks drink more than those across the pond. There are three main dining rooms, but only two were operating as the ship was at 65% capacity. But even with Covid still around, we found the tables were maybe 12" apart and made us feel uncomfortable. With a full crew of 1,300 on board, why wouldn't they open all dining rooms and spread us out? The menus were extensive with options for meat, seafood, fowl, and pasta dishes that were rotated nightly. A good selection of soups, salads, and appetizers are available as well as special desserts by their head creator, Norman Love. The buffet on Deck 16 had a good selection for all three meals of the day contrary to what some critics complain about. What else could you possibly want for breakfast or lunch that they didn't offer? The crew now serves buffet items from behind glass panels and was very efficient and friendly. Alfredo's Pizza in the Piazza area is not to be missed. Each pizza is made to order right in front of you as you dine in a large restaurant tastefully decorated as anything you would find in town. The entertainers in the theater, lounges, and Piazza were top notch and talented, but geared toward the nursing home set, in my opinion. Not all of it, but I thought much of it was dull. There are several fairly high-end shops on Deck 7 and the standard art show and auction area as well. We didn't spend any time on the Lido deck with it's pool, hot tubs, burger stand, and bars due to the cold, windy, rainy days. But they compare to all the ships we have sailed on and look like great fun in the warmer climes. The absolute highlight of the whole cruise experience was the crew. To a person, everyone was smiling, friendly, helpful, and appreciated the fact that they were once again back to work and serving you. The reason we choose Princess for our vacations is the impeccable service, elegant surroundings, great food, and almost no screaming kids or obnoxious drunks. Looking forward to the three Princess cruises we have booked for next year!
Standard balcony cabin on Deck 10 with no public spaces above or below and very quiet. Very clean and functional with plenty of storage space and hangers, fridge, safe, and good T.V. reception. Steward kept the cabin clean and we hardly had any contact with him.
Due to Covid and the end of the season, Skagway was a ghost town too. Only a few shops open for business understandably. We took the ride on the White Pass Railway which was shortened quite a bit due to a high elevation bridge out of service. Unavoidable problem, but disappointing.
Get here before long as it might not look the same in the future. Park Service Rangers board the ship and narrate the story of what you're experiencing as the ship does a 360 and everyone gets to see the full bay. Awesome.