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113 Princess Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

We had previously taken an eastern Mediterranean cruise, which was highly enjoyable, and wanted to repeat the experience, this time taking in ports in the eastern end of the Med. We chose this particular cruise based on the time of ... Read More
We had previously taken an eastern Mediterranean cruise, which was highly enjoyable, and wanted to repeat the experience, this time taking in ports in the eastern end of the Med. We chose this particular cruise based on the time of year, and also based on the advertised claim that the Crown Princess (built in 2004-2006) had been 'refurbished' in March of 2018. We found this claim not to be true... the ship was rather tired, worn, and dated. While the public areas still looked good, we were very disappointed in our cabin, which had worn and damaged furniture. It is normally our practice to pick 'new' ships only... and were seduced by the 'refurbished' claim. We were very disappointed. The public areas looked a great deal better; perhaps it was only the public areas which received a makeover. Princess cannot be faulted, however, on service; every staff member, from the cabin steward to the dining room waiters, were outstanding. The dining experience was 'ok'. The service was impeccable, although the dining room food was perhaps not quite up to the level of the service. The food in the Horizon Court on the Lido deck was about what you might expect from a buffet restaurant: a good variety, nothing particularly outstanding, adequate for breakfast and lunch. The one 'premium' restaurant we tried was not worth the $29/pp up-charge. They did a good job in providing gluten-free options for my wife. Princess never misses an opportunity to make a buck, and one could spend a fair amount of money on various separately charged services... as well as all the on-board shopping. We didn't take advantage of any of that. The internet service was separately charged; we paid $69 for 120 minutes.... the speed was understandably slow, which we didn't mind, but the requirement to log in and out of each session using a browser (while the 120 minute clock was running) made it extremely inconvenient, especially for smart phones and things like my Kindle e-reader. One caution: using your cell phone while at sea could be outrageously expensive. My carrier, T-Mobile, provides for 25 cents/minute international roaming rates... but.... It wasn't made clear, in any of the Princess literature, but calls made while at sea are routed through the ship's own cellular service... and billed, to your regular cell phone provider, at $4.95 per minute! I only found out about this when my carrier (T-Mobile) sent me a text message warning me that I had built up over $250 in air time. The embarkation and debarkation at each port, and at the beginning and end of the cruise, were efficiently managed. We took only one excursion, to Gibraltar, which consisted of a bus ride to the cable car, and a ticket for the cable car (return transportation was on our own)... nothing to complain about. The evening entertainment was meager. There was only one 'production' show, called 'Magic To Do', which featured dancing, singing, and a few magic tricks... a lot of effort, not all that good. Other nights included a comedian (awful), and a Celine Dion tribute singer (we didn't go to those shows). The only thing I can compare the evening entertainment to, was a previous cruise on the Holland America line, which featured really superb production shows... but, then again, Holland America is a more 'upscale' cruise line. In general, we enjoyed our cruise, despite being disappointed in the condition of the ship, especially our cabin. The BEST thing about the cruise was the service staff.... in every single case, the staff was truly outstanding, from the cabin steward, to the waiters... it's one thing Princess does extremely well. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I had my concerns when I booked this cruise because of some of the reviews I read. However, the itinerary seemed great and I thought I'd give Princess a try. In the past, I have sailed Royal Carribean and Carnival. I was very ... Read More
I had my concerns when I booked this cruise because of some of the reviews I read. However, the itinerary seemed great and I thought I'd give Princess a try. In the past, I have sailed Royal Carribean and Carnival. I was very impressed with my trip and would say I preferred my overall experience on princess over RC and Carnival. Things I liked: - the interior rooms, while still small, didn't feel as small because the room had a full closet and cabinet space. Also had a mini fridge and amazing beds and pillows. - great steward and overall staff on the ship. I didn't drink much but the lines at the bar always seemed minimal. - no need to check in and out your towel which I loved because it saves you time where other cruise lines I'd have to wait in line. - efficient boarding off the boat at stops. We even got to one port 30 minutes early. This is critical because you only get so much time at the stops and you don't want to spend a while trying to get off. - wonderful variety of food. Now it's still cruise food so I can't say it was spectacular but I always found something I enjoyed to eat and felt the variety was much better then RC. -the hours of the food buffet and other dining options was done well. It drives me crazy when cruises offer food and then at certain times they shut down or only have one thing open so you're waiting a while. This wasn't a problem and in general I never felt like finding a table to eat at was a problem -super smooth sailing this trip. I hardly knew I was on a boat. -not overwhelming upselling. Yes, they had posters up or commercials and flyers but it wasn't in my face. I could just flip the channel or throw out the flyer and move on with my day unlike some cruise lines that have people hounding you at the buffet to buy a speciality restaurant meal. - the tv actually really stood out to me in a good way. I like to watch tv to fall asleep and on other cruise lines the same thing plays so much over and over. Princess seems to play the same set each day so the next day you're on to the next episode and not the same one. Certainly wasn't a ton of channels but far better then other cruise lines I've sailed. The things that could be improved: - the shore excursions I felt were overpriced for what you get. I think a lot of people feel this way on cruises but compared to RC I'd say much more for the same type of thing in my opinion. -like most cruises, limited deck chairs on sea days - no worse then other cruise lines though -wish there was a bit more entertainment on the cruise. It wasn't terrible but I'd say average and very music oriented. Overall I loved my cruise with princess! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I chose this cruise because our agent was able to tie it in well with a land trip we were doing earlier. It also included many places that I have always wanted to visit, and some I hadn’t heard of too. When booking we were not told it ... Read More
I chose this cruise because our agent was able to tie it in well with a land trip we were doing earlier. It also included many places that I have always wanted to visit, and some I hadn’t heard of too. When booking we were not told it was 2 back to back cruises, but this did have an effect on the cruise. Ports included were:- Salerno, Kotor, Corfu, Crete, Mykonos, Athens, Santorini (substituted with Corfu), Kotor, Messina and Naples. Our documents told us that we wouldn’t board until 1pm, but our shuttle dropped us off around 11am. We were pleasantly surprised that they were already boarding groups and we didn’t wait more than 1/2 hour in the terminal before going onboard. First thing we notice about our balcony cabin was that the bed looked soft and inviting. And it was. Second thing, and this was echoed throughout the ship, was that furnishings and the whole ship looked worn and tired and in need of refurbishment. We found the entertainment in the Princess Theatre to below the standard of our last cruise on the Regal. Some of the guests were average, and there were not many “production” shows. Due to this being 2 back to back cruises, some shows were actually repeated and several of the guest performers did 2 shows, but with different material. Unfortunately because of the back to back cruises the menu in the dining room was repeated on a few nights. I was really looking forward to “lobster” night, and was extremely disappointed. It was small, tough and tasteless, and others who returned theirs received replacements which were no better. Had better in Horizon Court for lunch the day after the second lobster dinner night (although it was a case of very limited numbers). Drink service in the dining room was very slow, and when asking for Cabernet Sauvignon it was a bit of pot luck if you got a decent one or a bad one. Very hard to find out which one you had from night to night due to anytime dining. Our room steward, Rodney, was very friendly, helpful and accommodating with requests. We received great drink service from Cedric in Crooners. We had been having afternoon cocktails at the International Cafe before discovering Crooners and their martini menu and delicious bar snacks. For a cruise of this length, we were informed in our paperwork to expect 3 formal nights but due to the 2 cruise status, there were 4. The itinerary included 2 visits to Kotor, and 3 sea days. At most of the ports I had booked ship excursions. On the whole, these were overpriced and tended to be very similar in format, something I didn’t notice until we were actually participating. These were moderate activity ratied but seemed to involve olives and local wines. I should have looked closer, but there was not a lot of choice. We did not have tours booked for Mykonos or Messina, as sometimes it’s just nice to get off and walk around without being herded here and there. However, I got bold, and thanks to the Cruise Critic Roll Call connected with other passengers and we had 2 ports where we had private tours booked. We were all mindful of the “all aboard” times, but we had great trips and no issues with the times. Both tour guides were from companies who had claims of never missing a ship on their websites. The trips were so much better than the ship tours as using smaller vehicles meant we could go places and stop at viewpoints that big buses couldn’t get to. Due to adverse weather/wind conditions, the Captain was forced to cancel our day in Santorini as the wind would have been dangerous for the tenders. This was the most disappointing thing about the whole cruise, as many passengers had booked solely due to this once in a lifetime chance to visit. Instead we revisited Corfu (well for those that had been onboard the first week anyway it was a revisit) which wasn’t the most desirable place for a revisit but safety is more important in the long run. For those of us on a two week itinerary, we visited Kotor, Montenegro twice, with the second time being a 2.30pm departure, which was a bit earlier than we would have liked. Disembarkation was handled well, although our stateroom had to be vacated by 8am. I enjoyed this cruise, but would not be looking to repeat these ports as I prefer to find somewhere new each trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise because it took in a lot of the major European landmarks that were on our bucket list. We booked it when the price was right (albeit an interior stateroom), but were upgraded to a better deck and a room with a view. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it took in a lot of the major European landmarks that were on our bucket list. We booked it when the price was right (albeit an interior stateroom), but were upgraded to a better deck and a room with a view. Pretty happy about that. It was a great way to visit multiple cities so we could work out where we'd happily revisit, or not bother again. Embarkation/disembarkation was seamless, but not everyone onboard was getting on/off at the same time so that was to be expected. Cabin was clean and well appointed. Dining options were varied and menu choices excellent. Entertainment/activities was not as detailed as other cruises, but as we were ashore each day (apart from 3) it didn't impact us at all. We were up early and in bed early every day anyway. Stateroom Steward (Antonio) was brilliant..friendly and accommodating. We did 3 shore excursions with Princess...value for money and well run. The other 3 excursions were with another providers because they offered better value for the places visited. To be honest, while I enjoy cruising, it's all about WHERE I want to go, and if a cruise ship offers that in the best way, then I'll opt for cruising. As long as the rooms are clean, the bed is comfortable and the food is ok (and lets face it, if I don't have to cook then I'm already liking it) then the actual ship doesn't make any difference to me at all. The one thing cruising has trumps over other forms of travel..you only have to unpack once!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise predominantly because it was convenient both in length and destination. Nonetheless, the itinerary was great and easy enough to plan shore excursions with local agents or simply going ashore on your own. The ship ... Read More
We chose this cruise predominantly because it was convenient both in length and destination. Nonetheless, the itinerary was great and easy enough to plan shore excursions with local agents or simply going ashore on your own. The ship was in good condition having been refurbished in March last year. The beds were extremely comfortable and our mini suite was very spacious (more space than we really needed to be honest but it was the only category of cabin left available). The staff were very helpful and professional at all times and nothing seemed to be too much trouble. We arranged a transfer from Rome airport direct to the ship so we were not able to explore before but we have been to Rome before. I would recommend anyone see Rome beforehand if they have never been before. Embarkation was very smooth with no wait time. We chose anytime dining but actually only visited the main dining rooms on 3 occasions as the food in Horizon Court was delicious. The entertainment was disapppointing though especially the shows in the main Princess Theatre. Most interesting ports were definitely Salerno where we visited Caserta Palace, Viestri sur Mer, and Salerno itself (having already been to Pompeii and Amalfi coast on a previous cruise), and Kotor where we visited Budva, Perast and Kotor. Corfu, Crete and Mykonos are all easy enough to visit independently although all required a short transfer from the cruise ship port to places of main interest. In the case of Mykonos, there were two choices - a 15-20 minute local bus ride costing €1 each way or a 5-10 minute local sea-bus costing €2 each way which is what I chose. In Crete, there was a local bus service from the port costing €1.70 each way which took approximately 15-20 minutes from the cruise ship port (new port) to Old Town. Sadly, Princess arranged the bus transport in Corfu for those who didn’t want to walk the long distance and charged $14 per person. We chose to use a local taxi which we shared with another couple - total cost for the 4 of us was €10 (i.e. €2.50 per person)! Again, in Athens, we arranged airport transfer with Princess so didn’t see the city before departing. The transfer takes approximately 45-60 minutes so their transfer service at $29 per person seems to be a cheaper option than the potential cost of a taxi which was estimated to be around €79. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
To see the best of Europe, explored Rome before embarkment, embarkment was very smooth and we were able to embark early. The cabin was excellent with a balcony that had a great view of the coastline for most of the cruise. The cabin was ... Read More
To see the best of Europe, explored Rome before embarkment, embarkment was very smooth and we were able to embark early. The cabin was excellent with a balcony that had a great view of the coastline for most of the cruise. The cabin was clean/tidy and always serviced regularly. The only fault was we were directly under the pool/bar deck and early 5.30-6 am we were woken with the setting up of the deck chairs and tables, and they would scrap them along the deck and this went on for a very long time. The shore excursion were great except on a couple we were not able to have a drink/toilet break or lunch, so at the end of the excursion everyone was thirsty and hungry. There enough pools and spas for everyone to be comfortable and the water was a comfortable temperature. There was not enough quality evening entertainment on this cruise. The service of the staff was exceptional. The shops on board appeared to have something for everyone, the pricing was reasonable. The food and service at all the dining centers was of exceptional quality. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Arrival in Rome, met immediately and escorted to the holding area before bus ride to ship. Embarkation was quick and we were on the ship and checking our cabin. AND yes, our cabin was available immediately. We had a inside cabin with ... Read More
Arrival in Rome, met immediately and escorted to the holding area before bus ride to ship. Embarkation was quick and we were on the ship and checking our cabin. AND yes, our cabin was available immediately. We had a inside cabin with 3 women, we had enough room for all our stuff, and enough towels! My only disappointment, was the entertainment was pretty bad - Even the headliner was just ok. She kept going flat.. just bad. - ALSO why do you use an electric piano, while putting it on a Lovely grand piano??? - really folks. Ports - Wonderful selection of ports - quick on and offs everytime. - No delays, even with tenders. Dining and bars - We had good food every night, had an amazing steak at the specialty Steak House, good service with a smile from everyone. On Lobster night, the staff came around offering more lobster to anyone who wanted that - Who does not love that! Favorite place on ship - Adults only pool on Riviera Deck Aft, We had breakfast there every morning. Perfect Over all, well tended ship, good friendly crew, and good ports. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The ports on this cruise were amazing everyday we woke up in a different county and, the weather was perfect it was a wonderful cruise. The ship was redone I haven't seen much of a difference from the last time I was on it about 2 ... Read More
The ports on this cruise were amazing everyday we woke up in a different county and, the weather was perfect it was a wonderful cruise. The ship was redone I haven't seen much of a difference from the last time I was on it about 2 years ago. The bedding was new and very comfortable but other then that it ship looked pretty much the same. I love princess its' a great cruise line. they have a laundry room which makes life so much easier. The food wasn't as good as I remember it being the first week there wasn't a thing I could rave about was very surprised since on the regal 9 months ago the food was amazing lots of seafood even lobster for lunch. Not on this cruise seafood wasn't plentiful and, a lot of the food was dried on the buffet. The entertainment also was just ok nothing was great. They had a singer that they called Sinatra but he sounded nothing like Frank Sinatra . The band was great . The second week the food got better and the third it was once again very good. That first week I don't know what happened. We had to ask almost every night for more butter they only put two pats on the table .There were never bread sticks they stopped putting them in bread basket which I love they told me machine was broken but, they had it up in Elite every night. The cruise was very good the only fault we have was I feel that they have been cutbacks on the food. The Crown is a perfect size ship not to large and, not to small just right for us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We enjoyed the rear facing balcony cabin.The room Steward was good the waiters were excellent.T\Rebecca the assistant waiter form Serbia always kept my glass full and was very friendly. I tipped her extra over the auto tips.The food in ... Read More
We enjoyed the rear facing balcony cabin.The room Steward was good the waiters were excellent.T\Rebecca the assistant waiter form Serbia always kept my glass full and was very friendly. I tipped her extra over the auto tips.The food in the dining room was very good with the exception of the unpounded Veal Scallopini which we had to send back as it was so tough. Normally this is a good dish to order,.Also the rock fish was very mushy. I would avoid these two choices.The steaks were better than the last cruise, though my wife thought the Rib eye was a bit tough.The Pizza was terrible and tasted like cardboard. This seemds to have been the case for a while, so I would avoid it. Not sure why this would be. We found the buffet generally good, with the exception of the ice cream which obviously had melted and been refrozen. You can tell when ice cream is crunchy that this is the case.The usually had lemonaide, with the exception of one day when we were told the standard reply"There is none on the ship". Very disapointed in the lack of strawberries or other berries on the ship. This has been the case the past two cruises. Not sure if this is a new cut back but not happy about this. The filet Mignon in the Steak House was excellent as was the Onion Soup and the scallop appetizer. What wasn't good was the cold baked potato and the non creamed spinach. The waiters were agonizingly slow. After two hours we left, skipping desert. Only 5 tables filled that night. Hard to understand.Aslo tedious descriptions of the food which were boring and unnecessary. The entertainment was top notch. excellent Violinist , comedian ,ventriloquist and Princess dancers.easy to get a seat on this small ship. You could come at the last minute, unlike the mega ships where you have to get there a half hour before the show. Bingo only draws 25 people so I won three times and came away with $200.00. The normally silliness connected with Bingo seemed to be gone, although the numbers were called agonizingly slow. We booked allot of ships tours since we had alot of onboard credit.Most were good, except Rhodes where the guide really could understand no English. WE missed one port due to wind, always a disapointment but luckily it was not one of the ports we had most wanted to visit Lesbos, Greece. We docked in Venice when all you could see was fog. amazing job by the captain as Costa did not dock and their passengers were disembarked 150 miles away causing most to miss their flights( Many were in the Marriot Courtyard with us} Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I chose this cruise to celebrate my 50th birthday. I loved the experience, but I wished there was MORE TO DO!!! On the ship, I mean. The best part for me was the excursions, and meeting some really nice people onboard. Outside of that, ... Read More
I chose this cruise to celebrate my 50th birthday. I loved the experience, but I wished there was MORE TO DO!!! On the ship, I mean. The best part for me was the excursions, and meeting some really nice people onboard. Outside of that, I wished there was more opportunities to have get-togethers. For those who have been on many cruises and have met all sorts of people, I think that would be easier, because you can plan cruises with these people. But for first-timers? Perhaps I can spend more time on cruise critic and maybe find some new friends to go on the next cruise with. I went with my aunt this time. OH......and the best thing that happened to me was the day before my birthday, I went to the First-time cruisers welcome in Princess Live!! and won the drawing for an Elite membership being given away!!!!! That was awesome!!! :) Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Just back from enjoyable cruise. Embarkation quick. Ship in good condition. We had previously sailed on Regal 3 yeas ago and did notice some cutbacks- mainly in deck bars drinks quality and MDR choices but on nights we went we still ... Read More
Just back from enjoyable cruise. Embarkation quick. Ship in good condition. We had previously sailed on Regal 3 yeas ago and did notice some cutbacks- mainly in deck bars drinks quality and MDR choices but on nights we went we still managed to find something!!Food in Horizon court was great-don't miss the seafood buffet!Crown Grill was good too. We saw the illusionists and the welsh comedy vocalist shows which were entertaining. Did nt do any others. We thought the resident band, I think they were called The Sound, were poor but the quality of the other musical groups/acts were good with plenty of variety. Ports were good and tenders well organised. On the Regal they made a big thing of every sail away with the band playing live but it only happened once on leaving Kotor- as I mentioned we did nt think much of band so it was no loss I suppose. Service was good except on sea days on deck,when It was obvious they needed more staff but they all tried to remain cheery. We had an Aft cabin and loved the extra large balcony. Some specks of soot on some days but not a problem. Overall we had a great time with enjoyable pre cruise stays in Athens and post in Barcelona. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
My sister and I chose this because we had one week in common off and I said, I am looking to see to where Princess goes this week and that is where we are going! At first I was a little disappointed that there was 2 sea days but we ... Read More
My sister and I chose this because we had one week in common off and I said, I am looking to see to where Princess goes this week and that is where we are going! At first I was a little disappointed that there was 2 sea days but we enjoyed those almost more than the port days. The Cruise activity staff were wonderful. We loved the trivia and name that tune activities. They had some new twists and turns to the old standard games. The Princess at Sea application is new since the last time I sailed on Princess and I loved it! I could communicate with my sister, we could pick out our activities, find out what was going on when our plans changed, and had a map on hand at all times. The ship was full! We had two calls prior to leaving asking us if we wanted to change our cruise as it was oversold, we did agree to a voluntary downgrade from a mini-suite to a baloney for a nice rebate. The room was still fine as far as room and really we did not need a suite. We ate in the Crown Grill and it was a great experience. The steaks were wonderful. The side dishes outstanding. Eating away from the dining room once was fine, otherwise, I enjoy the dining room. The food is fine and service great. I like to share with others and enjoy the lively conversation. It was quite hot while on excursions and that was good. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Just returned from a Mediterranean Cruise on board the beautiful 'Majestic Princess' She is stunning inside and impressively designed. We did this cruise mainly to see the new ship as we had done the ports, and she is going ... Read More
Just returned from a Mediterranean Cruise on board the beautiful 'Majestic Princess' She is stunning inside and impressively designed. We did this cruise mainly to see the new ship as we had done the ports, and she is going to the Asian market. The Balcony cabins are very similar to all other Princess ship in Size and design. Majestic is a superb sea boat 'not a movement' despite the sea being choppy and not being able to get into Sicily. The entertainment was not to the high standard of other Princess cruises I have been on and the activities put on for sea days were awful. What adult wants to make paper planes and fly them through a hoop ! Really....! The food in dining halls was beautifully presented and plenty of choice, we went to the Seafood and Steak restaurant which was exceptional. Staff: 60% were friendly and helpful but unfortunately we had to complain about a member of staff who was rude in the dining room, never ever had to do this, I heard similar stories from other cruisers! We didn't do any excursions with the ship as we were in all ports previously. We had decided in Naples to go to 'Capri' as we had heard it was beautiful and also do the Cable cars, I did all the research and all seemed simple enough! Bought the ferry tickets at the harbour got the 9.30am Ferry which takes 60 minutes to cross to Capri, then 20 minutes after sailing we heard a passenger say we had broken down! we were bobbing up and down and going nowhere Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Sailed recently between 7th and 14th May 2017 on the Majestic Princess. What an amazing, large beautiful ship and I can honestly say we had a wonderful time. Travelled with friends and the other couple who booked at the same time as us, ... Read More
Sailed recently between 7th and 14th May 2017 on the Majestic Princess. What an amazing, large beautiful ship and I can honestly say we had a wonderful time. Travelled with friends and the other couple who booked at the same time as us, but as the departure date approached they chose the option to upgrade their cabin via their travel agent. We didn’t and this is what happened. We got given B210 on the port side which is on deck 11 and forward (blue carpet) and our friends got given the equivalent cabin, same deck on the starboard side (red carpet). They chose to upgrade and got moved down a deck to deck 10 and they looked out of their balcony directly down onto a lifeboat! Not every cabin has the same view. B210 by the way was Fabulous with a very good clear unobstructed and totally private view from the balcony out to sea. 2 Lounge chairs and a small table on the balcony. Move a few metres towards Aft and you encounter lifeboats etc. There is also an amazing Sky Walk up on deck 16 which you can walk around a glass floor and it’s like walking out over the ocean but people can also look directly down into your cabin, you can see people lying on their beds. Cabins below mine had a larger balcony but I could look straight down into their balcony as they sat eating Breakfast. Be interesting if Princess Cruises read these reviews, they could maybe attach a 360degree camera view from each cabin onto their website, be interesting but each passenger would know exactly the view and balcony they are paying for. Chose to have the all inclusive drinks package which I can honestly say was the best thing we did. It really took the pressure off buying any drinks especially travelling with another couple. It was 43$ per day but my gosh you certainly went over that amount easily and I am far from a big drinker. We started the day with a nice coffee down on deck 5 International Café (approx $3) then went to the gym followed by a freshly prepared Melon smoothie at Ocean Terrace juice bar on deck 7 (approx $3-$5). Breakfast in the Buffet then up on deck in the sunshine with virgin Strawberry Daiquiris etc all day, bottles of water we took back to the room, then down for pre dinner cocktails (approx $6-$10) then into the restaurants. Sometimes we had several glasses of wine and mini single glass bottles of champagne with dinner ($6-$9) then retired to a lounge to listen to music with another couple of cocktails ($6-$10). Tried nearly all the drinks on the menu over the week especially in the Wake View Bar at the back of the ship as we sailed away from ports. You can have anything under $10 in the package which honestly covers about 98% of the drinks menu, just expensive Remy XO style Cognacs that are not included. It’s a little different than in my day however. I was a Princess Cruises Bartender for over 8 years working on the Sun, Sea, Island and Regal Princess ships. Back then the more drinks you sold the more Tips you got. Not sure this is the case and I am undecided whether prepaid gratuity system is the way forward. I could be convinced otherwise but the Jury is still out. We paid our prepaid gratuity before boarding and I asked several people onboard how exactly this pre paid gratuity system works and I was given conflicting answers. What I mean is several and I don’t mean all by any means but several of the bar stewards seemed to walk around like Zombies for want of a better word and trying not to be rude or derogatory in any way. For example I sat down on deck 5 in the amazing Foyer area and a Bar steward walked past me 12 times looking very smart in his purple waist coat carrying his tray like a Frisbee. Never spoke to me, never asked if I wanted a drink at all in fact I never saw him speak to anybody. I placed my Blue cruise card on the table and he came over on his next pass. Kept it business like, asked me what drink I wanted, took my card, returned with said drink and placed my card on the table and left, not much conversation took place. The Bar Manager position seems to have gone but I recall my old bar managers Hiscox and Chaffey would have gone crazy at you for Frisbee carrying your tray. Looking around not many people seemed to have a drink in front of them and often throughout the cruise people would approach me and our friends and talk to us about the fancy colourer cocktails we had in front of us. Some of the drinks seemed stronger than others, so possibly a little short measuring going on or is that the old bartender in me coming out. For example I tried one cocktail one night that had 3 different spirits in it but it was like a fruit punch, I think I would have been flat on my back if this cocktail had in it what the menu said it had in it Lol. You don’t get any record of what drinks you have, your cruise card disappears when you order and then gets returned, anything could be added or any amount of drinks could be added to your account but you never get to see what drinks you have had or this itemised break down is not included in your Cruise card breakdown which you can check on line at any time. Each bar has its own style, drinks menu and theme which is a fabulous Idea. For example you can get Newcastle Brown Ale on draught in the Fountain Pool bar on Deck 16 but no place else. Each bar has different style quality menus; some leather menus some wood offering different drinks and wines. This does move you around the ship and I liked this whole different bars offering different choices theme. When you order a drink and your cruise card is returned it is sometimes just placed on the table without any words being said, the more experienced waiters talk to you and read out first names and hand the individual person their respective cards back which I think is a very good idea and should be Princess policy in my opinion. For example in one bar a chap took away our 4 cards and then brought the drinks over, ten minutes later the cards appeared back and got placed on the table. It was a few minutes later before these were picked up and one of the cards belonged to a complete stranger! The waiter just immediately dropped into denial and shoulder shrugging and it wasn’t him !! Before an experienced waiter overheard and immediately sorted the situation and calmly stated they would go down to reception immediately and sort it out. They disappeared for a few minutes and returned with a correct new card. The ship is designed for the Asian market and I am sure Princess has spent some considerable time on this and I am sure they have got it right. BUT. For example there is no Night Club. They have stuck a DJ in The fountain pool bar on deck 16 at night but it’s not a night club, it’s like an after thought, went once didn’t ever go back. They have an amazing Foyer area on deck 5 which has a stage with music and dancing but you get a handful of couples on the dance floor and it’s FULL, that’s it. Lots of people sat around watching and I thought yes they want to dance like me and my wife but there was no room what so ever. Bellinis bar on deck 6 was our favourite bar, the only daft thing was it closed at 11pm with music in full swing, every seat and every bat stool taken as was every night but they closed which was a shame. We would stay in the bar as did everybody whilst the bar was wiped down and lights turned off as the band still played on. The other bar downstairs is still open. There is another small band/singer in The Crown grill bar near a (pay Extra) Grill restaurant but it felt to me again an after thought. The band squash in and its like a few tables have been moved and maybe 4/5 couples could possibly dance on carpet. There is a marble circle nearby as if that should have been the dance floor, not sure really. No place else on this massive ship that you could have a dance with your wife ?? I was very surprised at this but again it’s designed for a different market. You would often see people just dancing in corridors and by the lifts. There is a beautiful Games lounge with purpose built card type tables and lovely chairs with a stage. They do the bingo in this room (Bingo was great and well worth it, very professional and funny compared with Bingo in my day) and shows but one night there was a Hypnotised show on stage at 9pm and at 10 minutes to 9 I saw numerous couples lift the lid on a monopoly board games etc. The lights went down at 9! Which is fab don’t get me wrong, everybody is different and if people want to play board games great but just shows the difference cultures wants and enjoyments people have whilst cruising. The food was outstanding throughout the ship and there is not much to say on this subject, I can’t image anybody could ever complain and the chefs need a pay rise. It was strange for me coming from an old school Princess back ground as not all the restaurants were included in your sailing package. Several restaurants you had to pay extra for. We ate `Anytime` dining and turned up at Symphony and Concerto restaurants and only had to wait a few minutes before being shown to a table. We paid extra for the Crown Grill restaurant and wish I hadn’t paid the bill but I will cover this later, However the Grill restaurant was fabulous food and service and tipped our Mexican waiter, lovely knowledgeable chap extra. We paid extra for the Chinese food Harmony restaurant which again was outstanding with very traditional Asian food, this wasn’t to the liking of the couple we travelled with but it was a surprise the restaurant was almost empty all night and most nights when we walked past. The Buffet however was always full and I mean full, I’m sure some times are busier than others but I never seemed to ever go when it wasn’t busy. We often spent time wandering around with a plate of hot food trying to find a table. Its sort of 2 buffets in one really. Princess have tried to separate them with different furniture but they are directly next door to each other with similar food but one does have an amazing walk through bakery with cakes to die for. The food as I said is wonderful and the choice is out of this world, anything you can image is in the buffet apart from drinks. I am not sure Princess have got the drinks service right in the buffet. Its find a seat with your food and someone comes over and serves you coffee and Orange juice. Sounds great in principal but it’s a Buffett at the end of the day and as it’s very very busy mostly the shameless got their coffee and juice first, those who were prepared to shout for the waiter. We always got coffee and juice but more often than not when you had finished your breakfast. You get a bright Blue coloured plastic credit card style cruise card as a first time cruiser and you use this for everything which is very clever. If you come again for a second cruise this changes to a Gold colour and so on, the more you cruise the more your card colour changes, very good idea and I am sure keeps you coming back to Princess cruise. A lot of people carry their card around their necks on a clear lanyard holder to show off the colour of their cruise card, which is sweet. The onboard Casino, I was surprised at being totally honest. It was on my to do list as I was prepared for it to be out of this world I thought as the ship is designed for the Asian market and they like a casino I thought it was going to be out of this world with water jets, lights and things moving, something on pare with Las Vegas. It was Ok, very practical and square shaped, not very big but practical and a bit boring being honest with little atmosphere. Asian market type slots around the outside with tables in the middle, all in American dollars as is everything onboard. You can get cash added to your cruise card to then use on the slots and electronic Roulette games but if you win, the money stays on your cruise card until you cash out in the casino. You then get given CASH only in the casino!! You can’t have any winnings credited to your cruise card account. You are handed physical American Dollars, but no where else onboard takes cash only the casino. You would then have to physically take the cash down to deck 5 reception desk, queue and have this money put against your onboard cruise card account. Bit naughty really I thought and I was surprised at Princess Cruises, yes other cruise companies would deploy this tactic to keep you spending your cash in the casino but not Princess. I took home some American dollars as I had paid my bill already. Some of the croupiers were brand new and certainly hadn’t come from a Lake Tahoe or Vegas background and but were very nice people but several didn’t have any casino experience at all. Photographers are around as in any place you visit and take some great pictures of you all week. Its very clever facial recognition system they deploy and you enter your cabin number into one of the many monitors and it recognises your face and up pop your pictures. $249 for your pictures I thought was a bit steep or am I being a skin flint? We bought a couple of photographs that’s all at $25 each and they appeared on our cabin door slot overnight, not the best quality prints I have seen being honest, for example if I bought this prints back home in one of the many print your own style units you see in supermarkets etc after putting in your memory stick I would have asked for a refund, I thought they were a little pixalated and not in any cardboard frame etc just loose. You get a cruise ship shape memory stick which is Fab on a plain lanyard also with your pictures, it was a shame the lanyard strap didn’t have princess cruise printed on it. The poor quality of the print would probably prevent me from ever buying physical photographs onboard in the future but would just buy them electronically on a stick to print myself at home but some great pictures taken, not sure about the red Lobster when going ashore, is that the best thing they could think of or did I miss the meaning. Show Lounge was very large, not grand but big and practical with lots chairs in it and we enjoyed a great light show. Its like a cinema style seating so everybody had to stand up to let you past if you wanted to get to some seats and it was a tad of a squeeze to get past, you cant cross your legs whilst seated. I saw a couple of drinks waiters walking around before curtains up and I wanted to order a drink but with half a dozen people either side of me how was this waitress going to get this drink to me and with no place apart from the floor to put the drink as there are no tables I didn’t order anything, would have been nice to have sipped on a cocktail during the show, something I remember from years ago passengers doing and me thinking yes I will do that when I cruise as a passenger one day. There was when the curtain went up lots of people walking around in the dark trying to find seats. I didn’t see anybody helping here but there was lots of single seats all around me as people had left a single seat between them and the next person, it would have been easy for staff to politely ask people to nudge up a chair and get more people seated, seat staff finders needed. Noodle bar on deck 16 was very tasty, they give you a beeper and it lights up you’re your food has been prepared to go back and collect. On the other side of the deck is a pay extra Lobster bar but this also serves Burgers and chips which are not any extra, I didn’t get that. Watched Movie under the stars at night. They put a very soft red lounge chair cover on deck loungers which is ok to lie down on in your clothes and they have red blankets to put over your knees and bags of popcorn, it was fantastic. Watched Star Wars fabulous. Only saw the captain once from a distance during the week but the Captain of this ship certainly gave you confidence with his regular detailed announcements and updates. He tried to get into one port several times but it was blowing a gale (nothing to do with Princess) so the captain aborted the port and moved on. I don’t think nobody could have complained the way the captain updated people and reassured people he had everyone safety at heart. Massive decision not to go into a port but I never heard anybody mention it around the ship or anybody moaning whatsoever and that was due entirely too how the captain handled this situation. Top man. The security onboard was Ok but that’s as far as I would go, I was a little surprised in this day and age. You arrive they take a picture of you on an Ipad style handheld device and when ever you disembark or return on board they scan you cruise card and up pops your picture, they know who is ashore and who is onboard, very good system. It is when they get busy the security cracks appear. When you embark you get your cruise card scanned then move onto the scanners, you place your bags and belts etc into a tray just like at the airport and it goes through the scanner and you step through the metal detector, all very good and reassuring. However one port we came back from via tender, people were queuing from the tender with one guy with one foot on the tender and one foot on the ship as he couldn’t go forward because of the long queue ahead, it was hot and people were getting frustrated The metal detector buzzer was going off but people were being usured through and not invited to go back through the metal detector after producing a coin or similar from their pocket !! I saw that at least twice and I even saw one elderly Asian man walk around the metal detector as he was frustrated at the queue and he was not challenged! The chap watching the security bag scanner, some one was chatting to him constantly and he didn’t have his full attention on the monitor. Maybe chairs or more scanners are required for the infirm. I would have queued for ages if I was assured that everybody was 100% checked, I think everybody onboard is of the same mindset, get more gangways if the numbers are too many to cope with on tender days but 100% check everybody every time. If some lunatic is going to do anything they are going to test the security at peak times as in any place around the world. This security area needed more officer supervision I thought at this vulnerable time. I am sure officers were walking around the ship but I didn’t see any but it is a very big ship. As an ex princess cruises bartender I wanted to do the engine room and bridge tour, at $150 per person !! I couldn’t afford that, but that would have brought back some memories and I would have loved that. They had an Art gallery to wonder around and look at, some fabulous paintings, I was surprised at how some of the artwork resembled an artist called `Stanley King` for example the Red Hearts and American flag in POP art style but that could have just been my imagination, be interesting if Mr King has any opinion on this. And finally we booked a table for four at the pay extra Crown Grill restaurant. Got a lovely table and we all ordered a lovely steak. It was going great until two passengers, a couple of tables down from us stood up and started arguing at the top of their voices and nearly punched each other. They were shouting and screaming at each other but what was a surprise was no body did anything !! the white coated head waiter just disappeared and nobody did anything. A young Asian couple left their meal and walked out, I stood up to go over but my wife went ballistic at me and said I wasn’t a Princess Employee anymore so I sat down. They eventually stopped arguing but they should have been approached and they should have been offered to move tables or something, Princess got that wrong. Is that lack of experience or a situation that doesn’t happen very often I don’t know but it certainly ruined the atmosphere for everyone in the whole restaurant and I cant imagine other passengers have not fed this back. If a waiter had sorted it then everyone could have relaxed but it was like it wasn’t over between these two guys, the constant jibs and loud remarks for the remainder of the meal certainly ruined the experience of paying extra for this meal. If you had been in another restaurant you would have walked your wife away but it was because you had paid extra but then I thought afterwards no don’t pay the extra, complain and book for another night that would hopefully not get ruined, but being British you just tend to get on with it. Food great and well worth the extra but a ruined experience. All in all I loved sailing as a passenger on Princess and it brought back loads of fond memories. I will certainly sail again with Princess Cruises and I am looking forward to getting my Gold cruise card oooh. Would I sail again on Majestic, probably not being honest. Lovely ship but on my next cruise I want to go to a ball room class and learn to dance, I want to find a lovely cocktail bar and dance in my tuxedo with my wife to the odd song. I want to chat to the drinks waiters and bartenders without a language barrier. It doesn’t lend itself for you to do any of this on Majestic. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We have sailed on Princess 30+ times so know the features that make for a good cruise. First of all the ship is beautiful being it's new. Liked the blue carpet on one side and the red carpet on the other side indicating immediately ... Read More
We have sailed on Princess 30+ times so know the features that make for a good cruise. First of all the ship is beautiful being it's new. Liked the blue carpet on one side and the red carpet on the other side indicating immediately which way to go coming off the elevators. Our room was the same as before but more than adequate. After putting our luggage away we did a tour. First thing we noticed was that the Internet Cafe was in the Library - and there were only 2 computers. I asked why only 2 computers and was told that the Chinese don't use computers. Wonder if the 10+ people standing in line knew that. Fortunately we had our own computer but it still took forever to check both of us in. Does Princess think that everyone who sails has a smart phone, I pad or computer. Maybe 5 years from now but there were a lot of frustrated people who wanted to use the internet. And looking around, the library had few books. Speaking of "The Chinese don't use computers", I heard from table guests that they were told the exercise equipment is minimal because the Chinese don't exercise. I noticed the lack of a running and walking track on the 18th deck. The area didn't go all the way around unless you opened 2 doors on 2 sides of the basketball court. Then you could make a circle. And at times the track was only wide enough for 2 people - maybe, We noticed a door that said Hollywood Pool Club. We walked past the indoor swimming pool to the Hollywood Conservatory. Surprise - thats where elite guests were allowed for drinks from 5-8 in the evening. At no time were we notified about this. I must say it wasn't a very pleasant place to sit and have a drink. The only thing going for it was the view out the front of the ship. Otherwise you sat on plastic cushions on plastic chairs with fake trees and oversize games on the floor. Green outdoor carpet was in some areas - and I noticed in several places there were large snags already. It is not a warm comfy place to have drinks prior to going out to dinner. And why no notification? Food was OK although the menu in the dining rooms seemed to be about the same off and on. Service was OK but then you had the disappearing waiter. We weren't impressed with the food in the World Market Place. I know they are catering to the Asian market but I wondered a lot trying to find food I liked - other than salads. We always ate our breakfast out on the Wave View area but 99% of the time we had to get our own juice. And the coffee machine didn't work so coffee was delayed. The last week the ice machine out there was broken. Noticed the nice comfy furniture was missing from that area. Is it still coming? Ate at the Crown Grill one evening. My steak was very good but my husband said his steak was so so. Potatoes were different tasting. The music that was coming in on the PA system didn't make for a pleasant dinner. - very loud and high pitched singing. Did enjoy dinner at Alfredo's a couple of nights. Had a very good waitress. Ate several lunches from the International Cafe. My husband said he liked that best because he found he didn't eat so much. Of course we still had to have our dessert. Missed our stop into Messina because of high winds - Captain said 60 knots. But the ship felt very stable. I went up to the Wave View area - one side was protected from the winds - but the next thing I saw and heard was plastic glasses blowing all over the deck and then I heard a big bang. Part of the ceiling came down on the other side and a piece flew off the ship. I left right away! Was looking forward to Mt Etna. Entertainment was so so. The "fantastic" show was a sensory overload event and talked to a few people who didn't enjoy it either. As I have said MANY times, we are not all hard of hearing! The shopping area was huge with very high end shops. The cosmetic/fragrance shop was twice as big as Regal and Royal. I didn't like it though when I just wanted to walk around and look and I was always asked if I need help. Otherwise I didn't feel like there was much shopping that interested me. And one of the "fun" things I always do, is enjoy a few turns on the slot machines. There were none of the "older" type slots so I walked away and didn't spend a dime - well a lot more really. The TV reception in our room was the best of all our cruises. Just wish they would give us CNN again. And the Movie Under the Stars screen had top resolution. Would we go on the Majestic again? I suppose if it was the only ship having the itinerary I wanted to go on. One of our waiters even told us he couldn't wait to get off this ship. We have sailed on Princess in the Asian market and it was very enjoyable. This didn't do much for us. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Wife and I chose this back to back cruise because it was a brand new ship and for 3 of the ports never visited. We travel often and usually opt for private transfers, so it was a pleasure to have our driver waiting to whisk us to Piraeus ... Read More
Wife and I chose this back to back cruise because it was a brand new ship and for 3 of the ports never visited. We travel often and usually opt for private transfers, so it was a pleasure to have our driver waiting to whisk us to Piraeus to embark. Boarding was well organized and there were no lines to get aboard as it was done in controlled groups. Staff were waiting onboard with elevators reserved to take us to our cabins. Lugggage arrived within 75 minutes which was nice. Our cabin steward who we met later in the day was excellent and kept the cabin spotless. The ship never felt crowded even at full capacity. The passengers were from all the continents and made for interesting encounters. Temperatures in the public areas were kept quite low and reminded me of my travels to the Orient where the restaurants felt like meat lockers. We soon learned to dress accordingly. There were not many places to hangout except for the atrium area and the dining spots. I used the gym and it was stocked with good equipment and only crowded on sea days at certain hours. Anytime dining was OK if you went early or late without a reservation. A res was needed most other times. Host/hostess staffing was hit or miss and it appeared this cruise was a learning experience for some. The wait staff was hard working and were trying hard to please. We avoided the buffet after trying it once and not finding the selections to be worth waiting on oneself. The dining room meals were far better and easier to enjoy. The selections were varied and the presentation quite good. The only negative experience was when a head waiter would not change a drink order from the bar I found unacceptable and would only remake it to my satisfaction. Being in a chill mode I decided to be okay with it but in back at home mode there would have been a problem. Because we planned many early tours the breakfast option was room service. Although delivery was punctual and presentation quite good, the selections were very limited. We saw just one show and it was OK , not great. If you did not arrive 30 minutes before show time, seats were difficult to find. The international cafe on the atrium deck was excellent and easily accessible. Compliments to captain Dino for skillful cruising through rough water when we were unable to dock at Messina, Sicily. The ship handled it magnificently. Debarkation in Barcelona was unbelievably efficient. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Subject: Majestic Princess Cruises Title: Excellent large new ship Overall experience was very satisfactory. Excellent and cooperative staff., Very Smooth check in and check out was the highlight of of our stay.We opted for sit in ... Read More
Subject: Majestic Princess Cruises Title: Excellent large new ship Overall experience was very satisfactory. Excellent and cooperative staff., Very Smooth check in and check out was the highlight of of our stay.We opted for sit in dinner at Concerto Dining room. Very good and cooperative staff , excellent food and good ambiance were the high lights. We will like to thank for outstanding services of JanRay supervisor, Rolando A. Sacay and Ron Madrid waiters for services given to us on all the seven days of our dinner. Lunch was buffet and we took in place known as Market place on 16th floor. There also service was excellent of ever smiling staff. We will like to thank waiter Ashwani who was very helpful. One difficulty we faced was about to find out Vegetarian food which was in plenty but spread at all the places. Management can easily provide a separate counter of vegetarian food . This will avoid moving around in the entire restaurant. Evening shows were lacking as compared to other cruises. Our teenager and child were very happy with their respective activity centers marked for them. My grand daughter aged 9 years was so happy that she wanted to spent entire day there and only for this reason she wants to visit again Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We are big fans of the Royal Caribbean and Celebrity format, but last year we sailed on the Emerald Princess because the price was reasonable and we hadn't done the itinerary before. We rather enjoyed the Emerald, particularly the ... Read More
We are big fans of the Royal Caribbean and Celebrity format, but last year we sailed on the Emerald Princess because the price was reasonable and we hadn't done the itinerary before. We rather enjoyed the Emerald, particularly the happy hours, so when we found out the Majestic was being launched in April, we loved the idea of sailing on the 5 day maiden voyage. Our cruise travel agent packaged a couple of days in Rome before sailing so we explored Rome first. We were picked up promptly by our taxi driver on Tuesday morning, and it took 90 minutes to get from the centre of Rome to the port. Embarkation went smoothly, and we were in the Marketplace buffet for noon. First impression: the Majestic is not as "boutique-y" as the Britannia, nor as "glitzy" as some of the RCI ships. I think they've got the balance just right. it is destined for the Chinese market, and every sign you see is in English first, translated into Chinese. On this sailing, there were over 900 guests from the UK, apx 400 from the US, apx 400 from China, and apx 300 from Italy, or so the cruise director, Dan, said. Dining: we didn't book a speciality restaurant as this was a short sailing. Anyway, we didn't really need to because the food in the dining restaurant was excellent. We opted for any time dining and always got a seat without a wait. Perhaps it was because the ship wasn't full. The waiter's paid plenty of attention to detail, and we never felt rushed. Likewise, the Marketplace buffet food was excellent, well laid out, with a separate area for desserts. I really couldn't fault the quality of the food, neither could my husband. We also tried Alfredo's, a pizzeria, and again, absolutely tip top quality. Entertainment: Tuesday: the Princess entertainer's performed a couple of songs, and then an American comedian called Troy Thirdgill took the stage. I thought he was hilarious, but I heard a lot of silence around me. I suspect the Chinese and Italian didn't get his humour, but I thought he was great. Wednesday: a group called the Unexpected Boys performed in a nod to Jersey Boys. They sang Franki Valli songs, and kept the crowd entertained. I thought they were very good. They're a little before my time, but I remember them. Thursday: the Princess entertainer's performed a show called "Fiera". Absolutely fantastic. Great choreography, great songs, lots of bright colour. Ticked all my boxes. Friday: the Beatlemaniacs performed. They were very good, and the audience enjoyed them. For me, though, I've seen various versions of the Beatles on several ships now, and I'd like to see another tribute act. Maybe Queen, Elton John, or Abba. Saturday: I never enjoy the last night because the theatres are usually half full. in this case, the entertainment was a comedian from Liverpool called John Martin. We've seen him before, on the Anthem, I think. He's good, but tbh, he had a hard job warming everybody up. Service: Excellent, everywhere. Apart from nobody could manage to fix the aircon unit in our room. Ports and shore excursions: We rarely pay the ship prices for excursions, we used to until we realised we could do them cheaper ourselves once we reached the port. We visited Kotor which was a sleepy mountain-type of town with really not a lot going for it other than the scenery, and Corfu, which again, I would say has seen better days. I will just say though, that the Majestic were charging $16 return per person, to get a bus from the Corfu terminal to the town centre. We decided this was a rip off, so it seemed, did a lot of other people. Instead, we got the free shuttle bus to the terminal, then got on a hop on hop off bus for 16 euros. Much better value, and we got to see more of Corfu. Would I go again: The destinations were secondary to the ship. We chose this sailing because it was the maiden voyage and we liked the idea of being the first people to sleep in the beds. We like the ship but prefer the RCI format better. We may travel with Princess again if the price is right, but we'll probably stick with Royal Caribbean (and are looking forward to being on the Indie again in July). The cruise director's on RCI get more involved as well. Regarding the ratings, they were marked down on the cabin, purely because of the aircon problem, other than that it was clean, new and perfect. They were marked down on service, only because my husband had to ask a couple of times for water. In the general scheme of things, it isn't much but it counts. We didn't pay for their shore excursions, because they were overpriced. VFM - they were marked down here because of the rip off price for the bus to Corfu. We didn't visit the gym, or do any enrichment activities but they looked good so I marked them as excellent. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We travelled down by train from Rome for a mere €5 fare and decided to walk in the sunshine from Civiavecchia train station to the dock gate. It is almost a mile, but on level ground and manageable in half an hour, even for us pensioners ... Read More
We travelled down by train from Rome for a mere €5 fare and decided to walk in the sunshine from Civiavecchia train station to the dock gate. It is almost a mile, but on level ground and manageable in half an hour, even for us pensioners pulling heavy cases. We were quickly transported by coach to the terminal where Majestic Princess was moored. Embarkation was exceptionally easy and we were on board by 12.30 p.m. We decided to see if our cabin was ready, and it was, so we were able to drop our hand luggage and start exploring the ship. After a short complimentary session on the Shooting Range on Deck 18, we visited the Hollywood Conservatory on Deck 17 which is particularly relaxing and impressive, with a covered pool and quiet area. As we started off on the top decks we soon discovered the buffet and it was not yet very busy. Lunch proved a good start to our cruise. We followed this up with a guided tour of the extensive and luxurious Lotus Spa. By 5.15 we were unpacked and ready for the safety drill and it proved to be the longest we have ever had on any cruise (this was our 9th). The crew were very efficient in organising it but every part of the procedure was broadcast in English and Chinese. It was rather amusing too, as the crew were regularly having to wake up passengers who had fallen asleep. Obviously it is necessary but the dual languages made it frustrating for everyone concerned. Majestic is a sparkling new ship and we were impressed by the excellent finishes. Although there were around 3000 passengers on board it never seemed crowded. Our cabin was on Deck 9. It was a good size and comfortable, especially the bed. Everything worked well in it. The steward, Lin, was cheerful and efficient. The bathroom layout was good although the shower is only separated by a curtain. The balcony was adequate with two chairs and a small table. Entertainment: We were surprised that on a 5 night cruise there were two nights featuring comedians. Both were very professional but on the last night the theatre was less than half full and John Martin had difficulty getting much response from a very multi-national audience. The best joke, about Donald Trump, was particularly appreciated by the U.S. audience. The tribute groups, covering Frankie Valli / 4 Seasons and The Beatles, were good. The stage show ‘Fiera!’ is spectacular and not to be missed. Later in the evenings there was usually music in the Atrium, and a DJ in the Hollywood Pool area played into the small hours in an unusual setting for a disco. Food: We prefer using the buffet on most cruises. Here the food was good but often merely warm. This was our first Princess cruise and as regular NCL travellers we felt there was less choice here with no stations for freshly cooked eggs, omelettes or crepes on this ship. The only ice cream available meant a trip out on deck to get a small pot with none available in the buffet. Waiter service for water/juice and coffee/tea was efficient and tables were cleared quickly. Tables were laid with serviette, knife, fork and one spoon. There was no cutlery around the buffet so one had to catch a waiter to request an extra spoon etc., which seemed inefficient. Surely better to have spoons available with the desserts which were displayed in the separate bakery area. Small points but important. Our one dinner in the Allegro dining room was excellent. Great food and service. We had bought a coffee card pre-cruise and this proved good value for money. Staff throughout the ship were efficient, helpful and seemed to be enjoying being on a new ship. This was originally billed as the maiden voyage, but a preview cruise was slotted in just before this so there were no momentos here to celebrate the cruise, other than a printed ‘Log of the Cruise’. Even senior staff seemed quite surprised by this. The gym and fitness suite were well equipped and we attended a useful talk on nutrition. We hoped to see the spectacular Watercolour light show on deck and had to wait until the last night before it was scheduled. Several hundred people were waiting on deck at 9.30 p.m. on a chilly evening but after a delay it was announced that it was cancelled due to technical problems. Disappointing. Visits to Kotor and Corfu were good. We used the ship’s excursions and the guide was excellent in Kotor but the one in Corfu was on his first day and gave out less information. As we were on a ship’s trip we were able to stay on in Corfu town and then take the shuttle back without having to pay extra. Dis-embarkation was very efficient and groups were called slightly ahead of time. Overall we had a very enjoyable cruise on an excellent ship – well done to Captain Sagani and his team who had everything working so smoothly after a very short time. Would we sail with Princess again? Yes, definitely, if the itinerary and price was right. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was my first cruise on a smaller ship. It was our 40th anniversary and we wanted to visit Venice and ports in the Adriatic Sea. The itinerary was excellent. The weather did not co-operate though. Our best investment was the $3 rain ... Read More
This was my first cruise on a smaller ship. It was our 40th anniversary and we wanted to visit Venice and ports in the Adriatic Sea. The itinerary was excellent. The weather did not co-operate though. Our best investment was the $3 rain ponchos that we bought as soon as the ship sailed. Kotor Montenegro was a lovely new port that we visited. We travelled up 29 switchbacks up and down the mountain to visit other places in Montenegro. Lovely scenery. However sailing out of Kotor we had a huge thunderstorm and a small tornado. That was interesting to watch. It didn't really affect our trip though. Then coming into Nice the weather kicked up a powerful wind and our ship hit the breakwater rocks and unfortunately suffered damage that could not be repaired. Our ship made it into the port however the water had to be turned off. We headed out on our excursion to Monaco and returned at 4:30 to find out that we had to pack our bags as the ship could not continue. Princess arranged for our hotel in Nice and we were bussed there. It was a 5 star hotel. The next morning we were organized into busses and driven to Barcelona and checked into another hotel. We spent 8 1/2 hours on the bus but it was a lovely day and the drive had spectacular scenery. Our bus had only 10 passengers so we were well spread out and comfortable. Our hotel in Barcelona was another 5 star hotel. The next morning we were taxied to the airport. The Princess staff went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. They took care of all the expenses other than our meals which we had to submit to head office for reimbursement. Two days after arriving home we received a 50% refund of our cruise and we are also receiving a credit towards another cruise to be booked by December 31, 2017. We have nothing but good things to say about the way they handled a difficult situation. Now for critique of the ship itself. Because of the size of the ship it is more intimate. It is also easier to get around. We were on the 7th deck. The 5th deck had the entertainment and dining room. The 9th deck had the buffet, pool and spa. So we took the stairs a lot. Two flights up or down was just the right amount of exercise. It also seemed to free up the elevators as you hardly had to wait for any if you took them. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Our room was adequate. It stated that we were getting a Queen bed but it looked more like a King. The closet had plenty of hangers and there were plenty of drawers as well. The dining experience was a little less than I expected. The menu wasn't that great some of the nights. We were so close to Italy that I thought we would have had more Italian dishes. Don't get me wrong. The food was good but there was no WOW factor. I am sure that the specialty restaurants had the WOW factor. We had the first seating that was at 5:30 pm. Interestingly enough there were several times on this itinerary that dining was open seating. If we got into port later and stayed later we had the open seating. The breakfast buffet seemed to have the same thing every day. There was a lot of variety though. I thought the Danish weren't as flakey as usual so I thought they might have been heat and serve. All in all though, this was a very good cruise. The smaller ship does not have the extravaganza shows, there is no International café but there is enough to do on the ship if you choose to and when you go to Europe there is so much to do on shore that many consider the ship as a floating B&B. I would recommend this ship to a couple. There isn't much on the ship for young people though. Although the ship is used for World Cruises I think I would go stir crazy if I had more than 1 sea day at a time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We've sailed on over 26 cruises with PRINCESS. This was our first on the small Pacific Princess. It was very easy to get around the ship and the entire staff was friendly & approachable; it's perfect for cruisers who like a ... Read More
We've sailed on over 26 cruises with PRINCESS. This was our first on the small Pacific Princess. It was very easy to get around the ship and the entire staff was friendly & approachable; it's perfect for cruisers who like a 'family' feel. We chose this cruise for the itinerary & used PRINCESS for all our shore excursions, which were excellent and reasonably priced. Our stateroom was a standard balcony. The bed was comfortable and there was enough storage space. The bathroom door was noisy, the shower stall needs replaced and the bathroom in general needs a scrub. The dinning staff and the food was excellent in the dinning room and the buffet. There was a 'glitch' on this particular cruise; but, PRINCESS took excellent care of us throughout the entire experience. Overall a great cruise. We've sailed many times on other cruise lines, but always come back to PRINCESS for the value. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We choose this cruise for the ports in Turkey and Malta. As results of the security situation in Turkey the cruise was rescheduled to other ports such as Corfu and Kotor. We were not happy with this change but understand why the the ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the ports in Turkey and Malta. As results of the security situation in Turkey the cruise was rescheduled to other ports such as Corfu and Kotor. We were not happy with this change but understand why the the change made for our safety. This was our third time on this ship Royal Princess we love this ship, but this ship is starting to show its age. The ship was going to dry dock for couple of weeks just after out voyage, in fact some of the work had already started. We were told that one of the work will be add stairway in the middle. We had inside cabin and we were comfortable, even though during our 14 day cruise we had three different room stewards we were well served. Because of the port scheduling and in general the European cruises is very port intensive we did not fully realize he ships fine entertainment offerings. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Took the Eastern Med cruise. Had a great time with many ports of call. Each port provided transportation to where ever you wanted to visit. Our choice were antiquities and we visited many museums and ancient temples. Turkey's and ... Read More
Took the Eastern Med cruise. Had a great time with many ports of call. Each port provided transportation to where ever you wanted to visit. Our choice were antiquities and we visited many museums and ancient temples. Turkey's and Greece's Island were just great and the view from the mountains in Santorin were breathtaking. We did travel in Istanbul and the travel guide provide historical details for all the stops. We were a disturbed at the problems with the politics and would probably not travel there after the latest news reports. The ship was well manned and the help was very friendly with entertainment every night at sea. They have movie under the stars which enjoyed although a bit brisk at night so you will need a sweater and they provide blankets. The restaurant Santorin on board the ship had the best Italian dinner of the cruise. The Cruise line goes out of their way to make your trip comfortable and the food is well prepared in the cafeteria. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We were a group of eight cruise age people, meaning seniors, ranging from 72 to 75, one in wheelchair and one mobility challenged using a walker. The draw of this cruise was the itinerary, which turned out to be more challenging than ... Read More
We were a group of eight cruise age people, meaning seniors, ranging from 72 to 75, one in wheelchair and one mobility challenged using a walker. The draw of this cruise was the itinerary, which turned out to be more challenging than anticipated, and the Turkish ports of Istanbul and Kusadasi, as well as Naples, Italy. Starting with the negatives, it all started when we checked in and found that Princess had "upgraded" one of the reserved accessible cabins to a non-accessible mini-suite. The perks of a mini-suite would have been nice, but for a person in a wheelchair, a door and bathroom that are not accessible is not a viable option. Despite repeated claims from the onboard staff that "we must have authorized the change," (a false claim by the way), the problem was eventually fixed to the total satisfaction of the couple involved. As the contact for the couple, I have checked my emails and have received confirmation from my TA that there had been NO notification of the proposed "upgrade" and none had been authorized. For me, just another in a string of misinformation from Princess headquarters. Leading me to the second disappointment. Princess at the last minute cancelled the call on Istanbul, citing safety concerns. For months it had been known that the day of the call was to be an election day, and Princess headquarters had assured my TA that there were no plans to skip Istanbul. Then at the last minute it happened. Subsequent events required further itinerary changes, suggesting that Istanbul could have been switched to another day and not be cancelled. A clear case of convenience for Princess rather than consideration of the clients who might have booked this cruise specifically to visit Istanbul, as was the case for half of my party. (As a "substitute" Island Princess wasted a day sitting off Santorini!) On the positive side, Island Princess is a nice ship that was somewhat butchered to make it fit into Venice itineraries, then rules changed and it's back to Alaska. The promenade deck is severely truncated, the Vista lounge is gone, and the Fitness Center is more like a down scale gyn than a bright, airy, ocean view fitness center common on most Princess ships. Evidently, Princess is still having birthing pains with "Anytime" dining. Long frustrating lines at prime dining hours in the Anytime dining room while upstairs the Traditional dining room sat largely empty. After a couple of days, the lines disappeared, presumably frustration set in and the Horizon Court (buffet) got busy. Our party, with mobility problems, was eventually accommodated at a fixed table of proper size, but we had to maneuver the wheelchair up two steps to reach the table when several of same size were on the entry level. The Maitre'd in the Anytime room was not the most pleasant face on the ship. Our service team, Richelle and Sherwin, were outstanding however and mealtimes were a joy. Food was Princess standard, comparable to an upscale restaurant back home. La Patisserie is a joke,its' a bar not an alternate food establishment, so miss the International Cafe on Emerald and Ruby. Our group of eight had a range of cabins, from standard midship balconies, to a forward mini-suite to a new accessible balcony cabin in the newly refurbished area. All were more than adequate with excellent cabin service from all the Philippine stewards. The new accessible balcony cabin was especially nice, large, with totally accessible bathroom and a large balcony, with no complaints about noise or vibrations mentioned in some reviews of this area. We did not manage to partake of the entertainment or activities, due in part to the port intensity and some minor fatigue, but also in part to the scheduling of entertainment. At our age, shows starting at 10:30pm are just not on, and the earlier show conflicted with the only meal time we were able to arrange. Some Princess ships alter the show length and schedule three in an evening, much more accommodating. Not sure if there was a Cruise Director on board, certainly not one in evidence. Just a pet peeve, the Captain's announcement were virtually incomprehensible and curt. This review turned out to be more negative than intended, but as i wrote the negatives came flooding back and the positives seemed minor. Too bad, we had a good time but have had much better on other Princess ships. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. It was our first cruise so had nothing to compare it to and no idea what to expect from Princess. Overall, we were impressed and will definitely cruise again. Majority of the passengers were Brits ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. It was our first cruise so had nothing to compare it to and no idea what to expect from Princess. Overall, we were impressed and will definitely cruise again. Majority of the passengers were Brits and Americans but also lots of Australians and Canadians. Most we spoke to seemed to think Princess were one of the better cruise companies. The food and service were excellent. Great buffet choice @ breakfast / lunch although it felt a bit like one of those all you can eat diners you get in Orlando. We had the Anytime Dining in the evening and the food was generally superb. We didn't feel the need to pay extra to visit the speciality restaurants. The one big disappointment was the entertainment. I was expecting much better but what we got was a bit like Butlins. We didn't bother with any of the Princess excursions as the prices were ludicrously expensive. With a little bit of research it was easy to DIY and a huge amount cheaper. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
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