Best For: Travelers looking for a relaxing cruise with plenty of food and beverage options.
Not For: Folks who need waterslides, go-kart tracks and the like.
Bottom Line: Majestic Princess offers an enjoyable cruise experience with some unique twists not found on the line's other ships.
Originally designed for cruises from Shanghai to suit the Chinese market, the 2017-built Majestic Princess has since decamped from Asia and Australia for the shores of North America, where it began cruising Alaska, the California Coast and Mexican Riviera in 2021.
Thanks to its Chinese pedigree, Majestic Princess is unique in the Princess fleet, boasting a handful of features found only onboard this ship, such as the superb Chinese-themed specialty restaurant Harmony, and the magnificent indoor Hollywood Pool Club that provides much-needed indoor pool and leisure space when the ship is sailing the cooler seas of Alaska.
At the same time, Majestic Princess still retains the best features developed for Princess's Grand Class vessels, like the Piazza-style atrium and expands on them, while also including the best features of the Royal Class to which Majestic Princess belongs.
Passengers will find plenty of favorites expanded upon aboard Majestic Princess, like the popular International Cafe, with its coffees, pastries and light bites. Across the way, Vines serves up vintages from around the globe, while the ship's best-kept secret may very well be the pizzas and pasta found in the superb (and completely free) Alfredo's that sits adjacent to the atrium on Deck 6.
Also onboard is the Crown Grill, Princess Cruises' specialty steak house, and the venue even offers up locally-caught seafood selections when sailing in Alaskan waters.
Bistro Sur La Mere, on the upper portion of Deck 7 adjacent to the atrium, offers up French delicacies, and while the food is scrumptious, its atrium location mars the experience with a cacophony of noise and decidedly un-French music. However, the excellent cuisine and thoughtful service still make this one specialty venue to check out.
Reservations for most venues can be made via the OceanMedallion app on your smartphone.
Fun diversions aboard Majestic Princess include the SeaWalk, a glass walkway that extends over the ocean; the poolside Watercolor Fantasy, a dancing fountain of lights and music; the Bullseye Laser Shooting Range for fixed target practice; the Princess Live! TV studio where gameshow-style events are held, and what is reportedly the line's largest Lotus Spa, situated on Deck 5 forward.
Onboard entertainment, from Broadway-style production shows to more standard trivia and gameshows, are offered nightly. These scheduled productions are complemented by an abundance of live musical performances throughout the ship, from the Majestic Princess Ensemble performing jazz in the Piazza atrium to pianist and vocalist Tony Delaney's performances in the Crown Grill Bar. Majestic Princess is a musical ship by night; don't be surprised to find yourself bypassing the more flashy production shows to sip a glass of wine in the Piazza instead.
Passengers may also be pleasantly surprised at just how much top-deck space Majestic Princess offers. There is an abundance of open space throughout, with some fabulous vantage points offered from Decks 18 forward and aft, and of course, the hidden gem that is the Wake View Bar aft on Deck 16. This sheltered outdoor bar is perfect in inclement weather, and is rarely found by most passengers. Access it through the aft elevator lobby if you don't want to cross through the World Fresh Marketplace buffet.
Longtime Princess passengers might notice what Majestic Princess is missing: the ship does not have the popular martini bar Crooner's, while Harmony takes up the space normally occupied by Italian-themed specialty restaurant Sabatini's. There is also no Wheelhouse Bar onboard, though the expanded (and very clubby) Crown Grill Bar on Deck 7 amidships is a suitable replacement few will find fault with.
Masking and physical distancing are required in all terminals.
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THis was a great cruise but attempts to book another princess Majestic cruise is sending me to another cruise line