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4 Princess Majestic Princess Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Asia from Shanghai

The ports were beautiful, the ship not so. Not enough entertainment or bars. Seats in theather so tiny and cramp in . the tenders we were packed in like sardines. The embarking in Shanghai took 4 hours where Royal Caribbean is done in 30 ... Read More
The ports were beautiful, the ship not so. Not enough entertainment or bars. Seats in theather so tiny and cramp in . the tenders we were packed in like sardines. The embarking in Shanghai took 4 hours where Royal Caribbean is done in 30 minutes. People were fainting and the bus from one terminal to the other in Shanghai had luggage in the isle of bus and we had to unload ourselves . I will never cruise with Princess again. Nice ship but nothin to do onboard. No entertain for the younger group. The lounges and seats in Main Theather are so tiny and no where to place your drink. If some one in the middle needs to get out every one has to get out to let one person out. The tenders we were packed in like sardines. The beverage package is over priced for a 15 drink limit and kept being charge for drinks I never had. Always keep checking your account.Never again will I cruise with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We have sailed on the Royal and loved it. We knew Majestic was different as designed for a Chinese market but did not expect how little was avaliable. The Piasa has 3 bars,most closed at 2200. There is no Wheelhouse bar. No casino bar. No ... Read More
We have sailed on the Royal and loved it. We knew Majestic was different as designed for a Chinese market but did not expect how little was avaliable. The Piasa has 3 bars,most closed at 2200. There is no Wheelhouse bar. No casino bar. No Vista Lounge bar. Crooners is a converted high rollers bar which is a thoroughfare from the theatre and had a high screen running through the middle which stopped people seeing the piano. No dance floor. 3 pool bars. Trivia was in Princess live for the first week then moved to Vista. Table service was very slow as crew had to get drinks from the Crown Grill bar. Bingo was an after thought and the first games were a disaster. 1 production show per week. No Night Club. The only dance floor was the Piasa. International cafe is great for a snack and Vines for a drink. The paid French restaurant was a thoroughfare so people walked through as you dined. There was a band who were fantastic who played in various venues including the pool. Varied artists playing piano, singing and violins. Princess staples. Nightlife was centred in the converted Crooners with the fabulous Tonya on piano until 12pm then DJ Chris. Dancing on carpet was a pain. On average the bar closed around 1am. Sanctuary has also been removed and is a public area but get there early as seats are taken early. For those of you who smoke the choice was an uncovered area on 17 which for most of the time was either to hot or a wind tunnel. The other on 7 was semi protected but no chairs. The deck chairs wooden tables were the only seating. Chairs were brought in a week into the cruise. They also opened another area on 17 with tables and chairs plus ashtrays. If you cruise with Princess you are used to multable areas to gather, drink and dance. Majestic has removed most of these. 22 days became very long. If you only want to sit, read this ship is for you. If like me you like to dance this ships not for you. We did have fun and met some amazing people and as bars and entertainment was limited we made our own fun. There is one redeeming feature of Majestic and that was the crew. As the realisation of the many missing Princess staples became apparent and many passengers became disheartened the crew made all attempts to raise the spirit of the ship. We named the ship the Majestic guinea pig as management juggled areas, venues limited as they were and entertainment to try to offer a come back new experience. The load was mainly Australian and as such we like to party. This is not a party ship. Again I cannot fault the crew. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Where do I start Firstly the embarkment in Shanghai was terrible. Waiting for up to 3-4 hours This Cruise was for the older clientele Average age was around the 75 plus It was like being in a nursing home. Lots of mobility ... Read More
Where do I start Firstly the embarkment in Shanghai was terrible. Waiting for up to 3-4 hours This Cruise was for the older clientele Average age was around the 75 plus It was like being in a nursing home. Lots of mobility scooters, walking frames, wheelchairs. Most of the time you could never get a lift So the easy option was to walk the stairs. Being on the 15 deck. It was hard to work up all the stairs as hubby had recently had a knee replacement. Deck 15 Oh boy how if Id have known I would never have booked this deck Staff moving furniture at midnight for an hour or so Then again at 5am. After 3 days we complained It did eas off a little but not completely. So no sleep in for us Food Was not the best it seemed what was in the restaurants on an evening got recycled In the food buffet the following day It was some time like eating a pub lunch in the buffet The symphony restaurant was great apart from one of the waiters dropping lemon butter down my formal gown Hence I never made a fuss about this. Entertainment What can I say You had to get to the shows 1hour early to get a seat With many still saving seats Even though they were told not to save. Some of the shows were pretty average. Deck 16 Movie under the stars Hardly anyone went to the 10pm movie. So why show the same one twice in one evening. Same trivia on the big screen was the same over and over. Elton John tribute was on 3 time So princess get your act together otherwise you will lose a lot of your up and coming cruisers Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Far east cruise Feb-Mar '18 from Shanghai to Singapore. Our first time with Princess. I liked the ship and we had a good holiday, but the overall experience was not good enough to say that we will definitely sail with them again. ... Read More
Far east cruise Feb-Mar '18 from Shanghai to Singapore. Our first time with Princess. I liked the ship and we had a good holiday, but the overall experience was not good enough to say that we will definitely sail with them again. For us it is usually the itinerary that entices us, and certainly is never based on cruise line loyalty, as we have yet to see this returned by any company. Good and standard obstructed balcony cabin layout E607 on deck 8 (pictures attached as I hope these will help others considering choosing this category) and, being quite a new ship, all amenities worked well, though my wife reported that there were almost always cubicles out of action in the public ladies toilets. Anytime dining works for us though we found the dining room menu's and food quality quite poor, especially beef/steaks were very tough. We never use the buffet except for getting an occasional snack to eat elsewhere, though positively we thought the quality here was better than other cruise lines. We ate twice in the steak speciality restaurant, first visit was very good, second not so good as waiter poorly trained, scallop starter (a mousse not a real scallop - penny pinching!) was disgusting in taste and consistency and the side dishes were cold so had to be sent back, which is very poor on a night when not busy. Very positive that the pizza restaurant and room service were not chargeable and the quality of both was good. Also, the coffee (payable) at the international cafe in the atrium was very good and with an egg and bacon muffin or danish made for an easy and relaxing breakfast option which we used often. Bar prices are average, not as expensive as Royal Caribbean but not as good value as P&O, however, the cocktails (approx $8'ish) were not dressed very much and were often quite dull, not living up to the menu description. When the barman asked my wife if the cocktail was good and she said it was not a great choice he was happy to swap it at no extra cost. Daytime entertainment was not extensive, but the trivia's were good. Theatre entertainment was mostly good, though surprised that the company dance troupe were not used more. Duke, the cruise director and his assistant Abi, worked very hard throughout the cruise. Although the enrichment lecturer (Neil McShane Oz outback PC) was not a natural speaker I enjoyed his talks. Annoying that Princess do not publish that they run shuttles in many ports (clearly do not want to impact on excursion sales, exorbitantly priced as usual). $20pp in Busan and Hakata was a total rip off, as the journey was very short, and we heard some customers who complained were given a refund. We preferred to use public transport (despite getting on the right bus but in the wrong direction in Busan!) except in Thailand where we did pay the $20 each for the 40 minute shuttle to Pattaya. It is also worth mentioning that immigration in all ports, as well as embarkation in Shanghai and disembarkation in Singapore, was very well handled in the background reducing delays. Princess deserve credit here. Overall, and as said, it was an enjoyable cruise and a memorable holiday. If Princess keep focusing on good agenda's then we will likely be back but they did not offer enough to win our loyalty. Oh lastly, we had a good laugh at a British lady we had seen many times walking fine around the ship suddenly walking with a walking stick to justify early boarding on the flight back before the masses. You know who you are!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Majestic Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.6
Entertainment 4.0 3.3
Public Rooms 4.0 3.7
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.6
Family 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 3.0 3.1
Service 4.5 3.9
Value For Money 4.0 3.3

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