This was my 11th sailing with Princess and my 3rd cruise to Alaska. It was my first time on the Majestic, and I was more excited about the ship than the destination this trip. I was not disappointed as the ship was - Majestic. She's beautiful, with a refined, elegant, decor. Which is one of the things I like most about Princess Ships. The layout is typically the same on Princess ships, and you'll find most venues are in the same or similar location, I like that familiarity. There were some welcoming differences on the Majestic from other Royal class ships I've sailed on (Regal & Royal). Favorite difference was the Hollywood Conservatory, which occupied space where you would usually find the Sanctuary. The Conservatory was large, beautifully decorated, quiet mostly (until someone decided to try their hand at playing the large percussion-chime instruments installed there) and clean. There were lots of cabana type rooms around the perimeter, some with table/chairs, some with sun-bathing lounge chairs, and other with comfy sofas. Best of all - it was complimentary, no reservations required. This was an Alaskan sailing - and the floor to ceiling windows made for a good observation area at times. I used the Medallion App several times to have food & beverages brought right to me while relaxing there. After having sailed on other cruise lines designed with observation lounges - it was the one thing I wished Princess Ships offered. I also loved the VIP Casino Lounge, which was spacious and elegant, yet had the comfort of a sports bar, with its wall of tv screens. Bellini's is my favorite bar on Royal Class ships...but instead there was "Good Spirits at Sea" which was fun & entertaining and also offered a specialty drink menu. It had the full International Cafe, which I love (except was disappointed that no salads were offered), it had Vines Wine Bar another favorite, and my "hang-out" the Enclave, which had the exact same features/layout as on the Regal & Royal. I always purchase a pass to the thermal-suite and as usual, had it to myself most of the time.
Some minuses: Embarkation in Vancouver was the worst experience ever! This was my fifth time sailing from Vancouver and each time gets progressively worse. I'm not sure who is at fault this time, customs, security, or Princess - but I know I will never plan to sail from there again. The musical entertainment onboard was good, but there were not as many venues, so not a lot of variety. The production shows & comedian were not very good, I walked out on both. The food was good, but not much variety offered in the dining rooms or the buffet. Pizza at Alfredo's was not as good as I've had on other ships and seemed the menu was more limited. The Ocean Terrace Bar did not offer sushi & Vines did not offer tapas, guess there have been changes since I last sailed Princess in 2019. I do miss some of the perks previously offered to me as Elite. Nonetheless, I enjoyed my sailing on the Majestic and felt she was the perfect Princess ship for Alaska.
Had a balcony cabin on Deck 16 (Lido). I usually prefer no higher than Deck 12. It was actually a nice, quiet and very convenient location. I will consider this location again in the future. I do wish Princess would get rid of the shower curtains!
My first time in Sitka. A beautiful place! The ships dock at Halibut Point - about 5 miles from downtown. Transport to/from downtown Sitka was provided by motorcoaches that departed/returned frequently. I followed an accessible walking trail along the harbor, past the Sitka Sound Science Center and ended up at Sitka's National Historical Park & Cultural Center (also known as Totem Park). Was a scenic, 30-minute, walk each way for me with my slight mobility issues (recent knee replacement). Spent an hour there learning more about Alaska Native culture and viewing totem poles carved by Tlingit, Haida artists. Well worth the visit. The main street downtown was blocked off in front of historic St. Michael's Cathedral, so you could get great photos. There were food trucks and food vendors (I had the most amazing salmon poke) in addition to the shops and a few restaurants.