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Pros

Wide range of venues, lots of entertainment and dining designed by Michelin-starred chefs

Cons

Might feel too big if you're used to smaller Australian ships

Bottom Line

A bigger offering of Princess Cruises' best, plus unique features not found on other ships


About

Passengers 3,560
Crew 1,346
Passenger to Crew 2.64:1
Launched 2017
Shore Excursions 247
Louise Goldsbury
Cruise Critic Australia Managing Editor

Majestic Princess Overview

Launched in 2017, Majestic Princess is the newest and largest Princess Cruises ship ever to sail in Australia and New Zealand. Originally designed for the Chinese market, Majestic is not overwhelmingly Asian; it could be more accurately described as international, given its French, Italian, American, Taiwanese and Aussie touches.

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Used to sailing on older, albeit refurbished, Princess ships, Australians will be pleased to find Majestic in showroom condition. Amenities that are new to local shores include the SeaWalk, a glass walkway that extends over the ocean; the adults-only Hollywood Pool Club and Conservatory with private cabanas; Watercolor Fantasy, a dancing fountain of lights and music; Bullseye Laser Shooting Range for fixed target practice; Princess Live! TV studio, and a bubble tea kiosk next door.

Additionally, it has the line's largest ever thermal suite, Movies Under the Stars and a dozen places to eat, some of which are new for Princess and were designed by Michelin-starred chefs (see the Dining section for more details). Another highlight is Fantastic Journey, a technologically advanced pop musical with brilliant performances, costumes and special effects including the use of drones. If you like art, there are lots of quirky pieces onboard, but also be sure to check out the murals on the outdoor, upper decks, which make you wonder why all ships don't use their vast, white walls as canvases.

Since leaving Asia, the ship's six private karaoke rooms have been reduced to one, with the remaining space to be used for spa treatments and internet. The smoking policy in the casino has also changes, with cigarettes permitted only at a designated area of an outdoor deck. Some food and drink selections are currently under revision to suit Aussie tastes, too.

The heart of the ship is the Piazza, claimed to be the biggest atrium afloat, rising three decks high beneath a massive, one-of-a-kind, blue chandelier inspired by ocean waves. Surrounded by bars, a 24-hour cafe and 1,000 sq. m of designer shopping, this busy area is positioned so that everyone walks through on their way to or from the restaurants and theatre. Buzzing from morning to night, it is used for Zumba and dance classes, live music and other entertainment such as juggling, acrobatics and fashion parades. It's also the late-night hot spot, as there is no nightclub onboard. While this open space can feel like you're partying in the middle of a Westfield shopping centre, it makes sense to bring the DJ to the people, rather than trying to fill an inconveniently located venue at the other end of the ship.

Unfortunately the Westfield vibe spreads to anything nearby, such as the French bistro, La Mer. The cuisine and service are superb but the location and layout are terrible. With no frontage to block the noise from the Piazza, it has the annoying ambience of a food court. Harmony, the new Cantonese eatery, scores a better setting and its menu is equally impressive. Other foodie finds include the poolside grills serving lobster and noodle soups -- a great benefit of an "Asian ship" -- along with free burgers and hot dogs.

We sailed on one of the few departures from Taipei and many of the cabins were occupied by three or four people, causing the ship to feel like it was close to full capacity (4,250 passengers); however, crowds and queues were only bad in the buffet and when disembarking in ports. Conversely, the benefit of this larger size is a wider variety of facilities, new and exclusive venues and more crew, giving Australians a chance to experience the best things that Princess has to offer.

For more details about cabins, dining and things to do, see the separate sections of this review.

Fellow Passengers

When based in China, passengers are mostly Chinese; in Taiwan, more Taiwanese join the short sailings; and in the seasonal homeport of Sydney, almost everyone will be Australian. Many families and multigenerational groups choose Princess for its varied activities and solid programs at the kids' clubs, especially during school holidays. Longer itineraries attract retirees; the average age skews younger on cruises of a week or less.


Majestic Princess Dress Code

'Smart casual' is Princess's description but Australians tend to dress even more casually during the day. The evenings are classier and most cruises have one or two (optional) formal nights where women glam up in gowns or cocktail dresses and men wear tuxes or dark suits. No swimwear, jeans, singlets or shorts are allowed in the restaurants at dinnertime.


Majestic Princess Gratuity

Princess Cruises has a policy of no tipping in Australia, but a gratuity is automatically added to spa treatments. The onboard currency is Australian dollars. When the ship is sailing in other destinations and the onboard currency is U.S. dollars, gratuities are charged at $16.50 per person, per day for suites; $15.50 per person, per day for those in mini-suites; and $14.50 per person, per day for everyone else. There is also an automatic 18 percent gratuity added for beverages and spa treatments.

For more details about activities, dining and cabins, click on the menu at the top of this page.


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Deck:
Gala Deck
Plaza Deck
Fiesta Deck
Promenade Deck
Emerald Deck
Dolphin Deck
Caribe Deck
Baja Deck
Aloha Deck
Riviera Deck
Marina Deck
Lido Deck
Sun Deck
Sports Deck
Sky Deck

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Gavin8876
Sail Date: Jan 2020
The New Zealand trip in the Majestic Princess has been the best for us....Read More
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laikanuki
Sail Date: Dec 2019
My 12th cruise with Princess, sadly my last one in any of the Princess ships constructed from the Majestic Princess onwards from 2017. The good points....Read More
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JeanDO
Sail Date: Nov 2019
Yet, as stated above, overall, it was great and enjoyable experience cruising with Majestic Princess. We received great value for our money....Read More
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jendowoz
Sail Date: Jan 2020
We wanted to try out the new Majestic Princess and it went further than we had travelled from Australia so very appropriate choice and exciting for my husband and I....Read More

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