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9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We are Royal Carrabean cruisers and first time with Princess. One of a few cruises that included Rhodes in their itenerary. We spent 3 weeks on board.The ship is intended for the Chinese market. That is fair enough, BUT doing a ... Read More
We are Royal Carrabean cruisers and first time with Princess. One of a few cruises that included Rhodes in their itenerary. We spent 3 weeks on board.The ship is intended for the Chinese market. That is fair enough, BUT doing a Mediterranean cruise, we expected a bit of the local cuisine as most on board at least over 2000 we're from US, Canada, Australia and UK. Chinese were not the majority on this cruise, They didn't even offer FETA cheese when the majority of the 3 weeks was spent in Greece. FOOD. Not very good. Sit down quality was awful. The buffet was slightly better but the lay out very confusing. THE WATERMELON was SLIMEY and off for the first 2 weeks of the cruise it improved on the 3rd. STAFF. First 5 minutes on board encountered the most rudest staff on board. People were pressing their floor numbers in the lift and she went ballistic at 10 paying passengers. Not a good start. We accidentally left my husbands jacket with subscription sunglasses (worth $600) at the disco very first night. Went back to collect and it had gone missing. Went to enquirer counter where they confirmed it was not handed in. When we mentioned that if it was not handed in that it was then stolen! The staff member then said it was our fault for leaving it behind. So be aware people it's FINDERS KEEPERS on board. Kudos to Tony Keay though for at least getting his staff to look for it ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE. The person who organised the seating, should be fired. You cannot reach 60% of the poker machines as the chairs are too big for you to squeeze through. Same everywhere around the ship. Dance classes in the piazza was a joke. I got trodden on pushed, shoved and hubby got a hand to the face by an over enthusiastic Chinese lady. Unfortunately during one of the shows, a fight broke out over seating which continued for over 8 minutes and ruined the show for many. Maybe if staff disallowed people sitting on stairs or standing in hallways because of overcrowding, this would not have happened. PLUSES. Best way to see the Mediterranean as long as you just use the ship as your moving hotel rather then expecting the ship to entertain you. EXCURSIONS. We spent over $2000 on land excursions and most were fantastic. Only minus for us was having to go to Kotor 3 times and Missing out on Messina because of weather. All in all I would do the Mediterranean cruise again but unfortunately not with Princess. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
we chose this cruise to meet up with relatives on the ship who had travelled from Canada, We were disappointed with the entertainment we had to wait for 2 weeks for the one and only big spend show by the resident company. The food was ... Read More
we chose this cruise to meet up with relatives on the ship who had travelled from Canada, We were disappointed with the entertainment we had to wait for 2 weeks for the one and only big spend show by the resident company. The food was poor in the Allegro set time dinning not very imaginative cold and please do not have the short ribs a mix of grissle and fat the menu was repeated for the second week. The Market place self service was disorganised much too big and like food was never together for eg if you had cooked breakfast the fried eggs were 3 aisles away from the bacon. Hot food was not held at a high enough temperature.This I found very worrying. The shore excursions were overprice.The drinks were very expensive. Disappointed that we went to some islands twice they were repeated the second week. overall the cruise was very overpriced This was not how memories are made Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
our first suite after 21 princess cruises. Chinese influenced ship (we thought slow boat to china) and all new musicals chance to reaffirm our faith see places I served in. Food usual princess quality, ports changed a privledge of ... Read More
our first suite after 21 princess cruises. Chinese influenced ship (we thought slow boat to china) and all new musicals chance to reaffirm our faith see places I served in. Food usual princess quality, ports changed a privledge of princess. Only one musical not 3 as advertised but it was very good. Chinese specialty food cold and mediocre the time we tried it. Tours were moderate to stress on most stops not much for handicapped folk. We used cabs mostly and got around less costly than tours. Staff was superb in all areas especially the Maitre D who took special care of us handicapped folks. Ship is very pretty the ceiling in central area is breath taking and a marvel. smoothest onboard and disembark everi. Since ship is destined for China sea and then Australia region most staff were knowledgeable in several languages and were a mix of Asian and European. Dont get me wrong, the ship was beautiful inside and out, but on a ship not even christened yet,we thought they could do better Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We decided upon this cruise for the itinerary (Embarkation in Rome, then to Sicily, then various ports in Greece, disembarking in Athens), . Although not disappointed in our ports, we were extremely disappointed in the ship itself. The ... Read More
We decided upon this cruise for the itinerary (Embarkation in Rome, then to Sicily, then various ports in Greece, disembarking in Athens), . Although not disappointed in our ports, we were extremely disappointed in the ship itself. The food was really disappointing ... even in the specialty restaurant. The World Fresh Marketplace was a nightmare to maneuver, with little seating available. And, the food seemed anything but "fresh" most of the time. With 34 cruises under our belts, the food was most notably the worst of any previous cruise experience. Staff seemed not to be oblivious to our needs. Although we knew this ship was geared to the Asian market, we certainly didn't anticipate that the staff would seem to cater more to the Asian passengers than to American & European passenger, which we witnessed on more than one occasion. Disorganization, which can be somewhat expected in the inaugural season, was evident in all ship activities, especially shore excursions. All-in-all, the entire cruise experience was quite the disappointment. Certainly would return to the destinations ... but not on Princess. Ruby level past passenger here, and this most assuredly will be our last Princess cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
My Wife and I chose this cruise mainly due to its Mediterranean Itinerary as we had not cruised with Princess before. The destinations themselves were all great to visit - although there were some issue with the itinerary changing. With ... Read More
My Wife and I chose this cruise mainly due to its Mediterranean Itinerary as we had not cruised with Princess before. The destinations themselves were all great to visit - although there were some issue with the itinerary changing. With three weeks on board, we ended up visiting Kotor three times, which although a lovely place, became a bit much. Cruise itself was not up to the standard of other cruise lines that we have been on. For the first two weeks slimy Watermelon was served for breakfast, which was just disguising :-(. Food quality and variety overall was just average with my wife sometimes struggling to find something to Her taste. The seating layout throughout the ship was also poor with it sometimes being almost impossible to access a seat - especially the poker machines in the Casino. The Hollywood Pool Club, which was also used as the only night club, was poorly thought out and seem to be an after thought with very poor patronage. I could go on, but others seemed to have covered that well. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
This was not our first cruise; however, it was by far worse than we could have imagined. What was wrong? Cold food, lack of quality in the bedding, inconsiderate crew, and It just seemed like everything was filthy. We were always seeing ... Read More
This was not our first cruise; however, it was by far worse than we could have imagined. What was wrong? Cold food, lack of quality in the bedding, inconsiderate crew, and It just seemed like everything was filthy. We were always seeing crew members cleaning on prior Princess cruises. In contrast, we saw the same dirty spots remain from day to day on the Majestic Princess, whether it was on the floors, on a table, or on the walls. Plates in the buffet were never very clean, either. Princess lived off their reputation, rather than lived up to it with this ship. It was almost like they were short on entertainment, so they compensated by subjecting the entire ship to activities such as line-dancing lessons and a disc jockey in four-story atrium area. Overall, the cruise wasn't enjoyable, and we would rate it a "2" on a sale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We choose this cruise for the ports of call, which were all good. But the ship albeit shiny new and very clean was very disappointing the entertainment was very poor, only one show all week, pianist on several times a day, boring after the ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the ports of call, which were all good. But the ship albeit shiny new and very clean was very disappointing the entertainment was very poor, only one show all week, pianist on several times a day, boring after the first time, string quartet good but again every day. Small band ok but bit past it, disc jockey playing music for young teens only, very little other entertainment. Bored and in cabin by ten every night. Staff polite but knowing they have no future on board were not particularly helpful happy or polite. Had to complain twice in restaurant as food was not cooked. Good food in help yourselves but cold by the time you got to your table..Bar prices were extremely expensive. No small token to say maiden voyage. We will definitely not cruise with princess again unless they can guarantee much better time. Would definitely like to hear what they have to say. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We hadn't taken a Princess cruise for a few years and were really excited to try a brand new ship. The Majestic is beautiful and sparkling without being gaudy. We knew that there might be problems to be worked out on a new ship, and ... Read More
We hadn't taken a Princess cruise for a few years and were really excited to try a brand new ship. The Majestic is beautiful and sparkling without being gaudy. We knew that there might be problems to be worked out on a new ship, and there were. Some of the issues were really minor, others not so much. EMBARKATION AND DISEMBARKATION: Both were excellent - well organized and quick. PUBLIC ROOMS: The Internet Cafe and Library was a joke. Only 2 computers and about 12 ft. of book shelves that were half full. Seriously? Some of us don't have our media sources attached to our wrists at all times, and some of us still get pleasure from actually holding the printed word. The fitness center was large and extremely well equipped. There must have been 25 treadmills - more than I've ever seen in any gym! There was a separate weight room and a separate room for exercise classes. The center plaza was much larger than expected and had a raised platform for entertainers. This was the only place we found for dancing which was disappointing for us. No more Explorers Lounge or Wheelhouse, and the Vista Lounge was really set up for gambling. The 3 different dance lessons offered on this cruise were fun and Gary was an excellent teacher. The restrooms were really problematic on this cruise. Many of them had several non-functioning toilets. You'd think that something like sanitation would be one of the kinks they'd have worked out before ever launching. There was a venue called "Princess Live" which was a sort of theater where they held many of the onboard games. It would be a fine room for "The Newly Wed Game" or things of that nature, but it was impossible for any kind of team games because the chairs didn't move! There was no way to group around a table (there weren't any tables) or just put your heads together to come up with your answers because all of the seats were in rows! Basically this was a useless space, at least for the kinds of things they used it for on this cruise. The shopping area was very pretty with lots of upscale shops. I didn't see anyone in any of the shops ever, but maybe the Chinese market will appreciate this area. The theater was pretty with comfortable seats, and the entertainment was fine. We especially like the large production shows and this cruise offered just one. It was good, not great. CABINS AND BATHROOMS: The rooms didn't really look much different than any others. It was very subdued in color to the point of being bland. Our balcony cabin was average in size with 2 chairs and a small table. There were NO amenities in the bathroom other than a bar of soap! I asked for body lotion and it was then supplied. The shower might have been a tad bigger than other Princess ships we've been on. This is the first ship (and we've been on many different lines) where I could plug a nightlight in the bathroom. A small thing to be sure, but I really appreciated it. The bed was comfortable enough but nothing special in my opinion. I'm not sure what all the raves are about on the message boards. We still love the closet space on Princess and the way the closet hallway is shared by the bathroom rather than in the entry hallway to the room. The carpeting in the room was so new that it was full of lint. Our room steward vacuumed daily but by evening it was already starting to get linty again. But here's the real problem we had with the carpet . . . it was soaking wet outside the bathroom door!! Our room steward said something about the shower leaking in the room next door. He brought in a shop vac to remove the moisture, and then we had a giant blower in the room all day for the next 2 days. I guess that isn't nearly as bad as the people we met who had a toilet that only worked part of the time! The room fridge had an ice bucket in it . . . that's all! We're accustomed to having the fridge stocked with an assortment of beverages. The only beverage in the room was a large bottle of water with a hanging price tag. For a new ship, I was surprised at the crummy hair dryer they provided. It was already wired into a drawer in the vanity and was the type you might find in the cheapest hotel room. DINING: We really enjoyed the layout of the buffet - very different from the old Horizon Court which we don't like at all. There were two oval sections to the buffet with many of the same offerings, but if you really wanted a full picture you needed to go around both sections to find different dishes. In between them was the salad bar area. Unfortunately, there was very little selection of toppings for salads, especially in the protein category - no grilled chicken, no turkey or ham chunks, no tuna fish. There is a separate room for the bakery. If desserts are tempting for you, you might like the fact that you don't have to walk past all of the goodies when you're getting your meal. Instead of Purell dispensers at the buffet entrances, the Majestic has hand-washing stations supplied with 3 sinks. . . a nice idea but not very practical. I'm guessing that lots of people won't take the time to actually wash their hands and will just head for the buffet - yuck! We always opt for Anytime Dining because it gives us an opportunity to meet interesting people. That was really a challenge on this ship. At least half of the passengers were Chinese and traveling with big family groups, so there were only a limited number of English speaking passengers choosing to dine early. Just about every meal involved a lengthy wait for others to join our table, and usually when we had 6 people we'd just give up waiting and order. The very worst night was following the "loyalty" party with the captain. There were a lot of Platinum and above passengers on this cruise, so there were two timed parties Ours was at 7:00, so we headed to the dining room about 7:45. We were handed a beeper and told there would be a long wait. About 15 minutes later we found out it was going to be at least another hour! According to the Patter, one of the two fixed seating dining rooms opened for anytime dining at 8:00, so we headed up the stairs to eat there. The hostess said we needed to go to the other side of the dining room to be seated, and the gentleman on that side said he wasn't seating anyone and we needed to go back across the elevator bank to the side we started on! At this point the maitre 'd came along and whisked us to a table for 2. The Anytime Dining concept was not handled well at all on this cruise. We found the food to be uninspired and pretty mediocre. Most of the food was lacking in seasoning and was quite bland. In fact, the most memorable food I had on this cruise was a Cobb Salad at lunch in the main dining room. THE FRONT DESK: Oh boy . . . these people really need to get some training. The lines were always very long and slow moving, and the staff often couldn't answer fairly basic questions. And here's a news flash for those of you who sometimes don't spend all of your onboard credit. Some of your credit is non-refundable (like the credit you get from Princess for future bookings, promotions, etc.) and other credit that you get as a gift (like the kind many passengers get from their travel agencies) is refundable. Any unspent refundable credit used to go back on your credit card automatically at the end of the cruise. Now you have to wait 2-4 weeks and you'll get a check issued by some third party (not Princess). Watch your mail carefully so you don't think it's junk! EXCURSIONS: The only ship sponsored excursion we took was in Livorno. We've been to Florence twice before, so this time we decided to take the Cinque Terra excursion. Since it was a full day trip, we used the Princess excursion to make sure we got back to the ship in time. We'd put this excursion in the "just okay" category - not through any fault of the tour guides, but basically because we expected it to be much more picturesque than it was. For the amount of uphill and downhill walking we needed to do, the payoff should have been much better. This is NOTHNG like the Amalfi coast for beauty, quaintness, shopping, or anything else. Next time we're in Livorno we'll try something else. In summary, we had a good time in spite of the annoyances. We've never had a "perfect" cruise, but we always have fun, and this was no exception. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We booked this cruise as seeing the ads for the new Majestic Princess it looked spectacular, and who wouldn't want to be one of the first to try it. For me it just didn't have any wow factor. The atrium was nice but ... Read More
We booked this cruise as seeing the ads for the new Majestic Princess it looked spectacular, and who wouldn't want to be one of the first to try it. For me it just didn't have any wow factor. The atrium was nice but that's it, no thinking this is fabulous. We like to spend our evenings having a few drinks in bars but there are only 3 on Majestic with very Iimited seating, this I was told was because the Chinese don't drink much Alcohol and as the Majestic is going to Shanghai soon it's set up for the Chinese market. The entertainment in the bars was very good but unless you got there very early you had to stand. The next big complaint was the food, it was just awful. It didn't matter where we ate it was Luke warm with no variety. Bland, cold food for 7 days was just awful. Again they have catered for the Asian market and not thought about the full price European guests. All in all a very disappointing cruise. Read Less
Majestic Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.6
Entertainment 4.0 3.4
Public Rooms 4.0 3.6
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.5
Family 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.1
Service 4.5 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.3

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