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We chose this cruise because of the destinations and the timing suited us both. We spent three nights in Shanghai which gave us enough time to explore this interesting city. What did I like about our cruise onboard the Majestic ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the destinations and the timing suited us both. We spent three nights in Shanghai which gave us enough time to explore this interesting city. What did I like about our cruise onboard the Majestic Princess? The service was very good, friendly and efficient. The tapas in Vines Bar pre-dinner was a nice addition. The Hollywood Pool Club was a pleasant place to relax during the day. Both pools are heated. Movies under the Stars was an enjoyable experience particularly on warm evenings. The classical musicians were excellent and provided appropriate ambience in the atrium. The ports of call were interesting and we enjoyed all of them. Harmony restaurant was great and well worth the cover charge. The destination lectures were informative and interesting. Disembarkation in Sydney was a breeze. What did I dislike? Embarkation in Shanghai took three hours. Enough said. The house band often played in the atrium before dinner and the music was way too loud. It made having a conversation near impossible. The entertainment and activities were geared towards an older demographic. Only one deck party on a 22 night cruise says it all. Nowhere to place your drink in the theatre. Not a lot of options where to go for night caps considering the size of the ship. The openness of the atrium reminded me of an upmarket shopping centre. No observation lounge or wrap around promenade deck. We kept getting drinks charged to our account even though we both had a drink package. This was a daily occurrence. In summary, would we go again? We’ve done a couple of cruises to south east Asia, so probably not. We’d like to explore different destinations now. This was our second cruise with Princess and have found the demographic onboard too old for us, so it’s unlikely we’ll do one in the near future. We’ve cruised with Celebrity in the past and they are more to our liking. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
There was a group of four of us who chose this cruise as we liked the Ports of Call and the length of the Cruise. We had previously done a cruise on the Diamond Princess and really enjoyed that. Sadly we were very disappointed with this ... Read More
There was a group of four of us who chose this cruise as we liked the Ports of Call and the length of the Cruise. We had previously done a cruise on the Diamond Princess and really enjoyed that. Sadly we were very disappointed with this cruise. Embarkation was a disaster with queues as long as 3 hours, waiting in the hot sun with no cold water supplied, no chairs for the older people and no explanation from Princess. It appears that this is normal procedure for them. This Ship is large, but has no flow to it. There are no outdoor decks where you can walk all the way around. Getting from the front to the rear of the ship requires you to go up or down a floor to get to the other end. It appears that Princess has added more passengers and removed a lot of the public areas to do this. There is only two pool areas. One indoor which is fine, but the air-con keeps it cool The outdoor area has two small pools, right next to each other and is the noisiest part of the ship. It is right under the movie screen and when there are no movies being shown a band appears and plays as loud as possible. If you are wanting to lie around the pool reading and swimming quietly in the sun this ship is not for you. We were looking forward to using the Kareoke areas on this ship, however they have been removed, as has the Juice Bar. Once again no explanation from Princess as to what is going. They are still written on the options on all the signage onboard, they just no longer exist. We were in a Mini Suite on the 14th floor. Our room was nice, but the balcony was a waste of time. It was so small we didn't use it. Two of us could not fit out there at the same time. Anytime dining???? When you have to queue for 30 minutes to get a table in the restaurant at night it doesn't feel like they are coping with the large number of passengers on board. We didn't bother with the shows. You have to get there 30 minutes before the show to get a seat (at every sitting!). Service from restaurant staff was of a high standard as was our room steward. Bar staff however .............the normal wait time to get your drinks in the Wake Bar is 30 minutes after ordering. If you want a drink by the pool you have to go to the bar (no staff serving drinks to your lounger) and hope that the staff are not entertaining everyone with their juggling act. These juggling acts can go on so long you are better to go to the wake bar at the other end of the ship, wait your 30 minutes for your drink, then go back to the pool!!! We were very excited about travelling on this new ship, however have been very disappointed. We do travel regularly and have all done numerous cruises across several cruise lines. We went on this cruise to have a good time and we did manage to do this, however I think we will give Princess a miss for our next cruise. They don't cope with large numbers of passengers very well. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
It gave me the opportunity to take a land tour of China before boarding the ship in Snahhai. Further the ship was the latest in the fleet so we were keen to experience the latest Princess’s offering. The cruise was underwhelming. The ... Read More
It gave me the opportunity to take a land tour of China before boarding the ship in Snahhai. Further the ship was the latest in the fleet so we were keen to experience the latest Princess’s offering. The cruise was underwhelming. The ship guest numbers was simply to many for the sh8p amenities to cope. This was exemplified by the demographic of the typical guest and as a result the 5th floor of the vessel which accommodated the 8nternational cafe, together with a convenience store, excursions desk, front desk, spa and restaurant was constantly full of people. Getting a seat or having a coffee was a bridge too far at peak times. Why all these facilities were accommodated on one floor was beyond reason. The coffee card offer was 15 coffees for $36A. No problem but any unused portion could not be car4ied forward to the next cruise. This was a contrast to the traditional format applied on other Princess ships. The cost of on board drinks and facilities had also increased as had the price for the speciality restaurants all of which were either $35 or $45 per person. ( Australian dollars) despite some aggressive marketing attempts, these restaurants were abandoned by guests due to the costs. The on board guest numbers of 4500 was too much for the princess theatre to handle at one time with capacity occupation at most shows. The singers and dancers also appeared just three times during the cruise over 22 days. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
My elderly mother and I chose this cruise for the interesting south east Asia itinerary, and the chance to get on the newest and largest ship in the Princess fleet. It was so disappointing. We've cruised a lot, including several trips ... Read More
My elderly mother and I chose this cruise for the interesting south east Asia itinerary, and the chance to get on the newest and largest ship in the Princess fleet. It was so disappointing. We've cruised a lot, including several trips with Princess, but this experience REALLY put us off booking with them again. Embarkation in Shanghai was appalling. I know Princess tried to blame the Chinese, but the company should surely have realised that getting over 3600 passengers through immigration would require them to take additional action. As it was, we were left queuing for nearly 3 hours, treated like cattle, without a Princess representative in sight. The cabin (D145) was supposedly premium deluxe (D4), but apart from having a really good sized balcony - which we mostly couldn't use because of inclement weather and standing water - there was nothing special about the room. Dining was very average. We mostly used the buffet, and sometimes found it difficult to get a seat, and get drink service. We went to the Concerto restaurant on 3 occasions, but found the food to be substandard, and the service slow and ordinary. The shore excursions were - as usual - expensive, but the main problem was how fake and inauthentic they were. For example, in Nha Trang there were over 22 coachloads of passengers trying to look at a 'typical' local house, which was clearly not lived in. We also went to see locals working in the rice paddy fields, but it was really 4 very fed up people clambering down from their veranda to hoe their overgrown front garden. Then other people turned up with 'disabled' people to beg for money. On the ship, there weren't enough service staff to provide a reasonable standard of service in the restaurants. The coffee shop saw arguments and even physical altercations as hundreds of people tried to get service from just two coffee machines. There were only free coffees and teas in the dining area. The posh shops were a waste of space, and the women working in the perfume shop were so rude and superscilious I only went once. There were not enough seats for those wanting to participate in the Trivia quizzes, and only 3 good shows in the theatre. I could go on, but I'm conscious how whingey and whiney this sounds. It was just so different from our usual experiences on Princess. The ship holds too many passengers to be looked after properly or appropriately. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Chose back-to-back-to-back cruises on Majestic Princess (totaling 47 days) due to itinerary and effectively a brand new ship (about 1 year old). The Majestic overall was disappointing: 1) One of the 4 front elevators was ... Read More
Chose back-to-back-to-back cruises on Majestic Princess (totaling 47 days) due to itinerary and effectively a brand new ship (about 1 year old). The Majestic overall was disappointing: 1) One of the 4 front elevators was out-of-service for the entire 47 days - extremely inconvenient for those of us with forward cabins. This also was totally unacceptable for an almost brand new ship. We also got the run-around every time we inquired about the repair status. 2) The Front Desk was horrible - we had 3 requests/issues that we were promised someone would get back to us and they never did - even when we followed up again on one of the questions. 3) There was a wall left up (from when the ship was leased out to the Chinese market and the area was a high-rollers gambling area)) in the Piano Bar (Crooner's Lounge) that made seating in the Piano Bar very difficult. The Piano Bar "gal" (Tonya Scott) was absolutely excellent, but there was almost no seating available there to see her (due to the wall being left up). 4) The Embarkation from Shanghai was a nightmare. The worst Embarkation ever - some people were in line in the hot sun for over 4 hours. One woman in line had a heart attack while waiting in line. Complete disorganization and chaos. All Princess could do is blame the Chinese authorities - they took absolutely no ownership for this debacle. 5) Food was not nearly as good as we have had on the Royal and Regal (Majestic's sister ships). 1st Lobster night (last formal night of 1st cruise segment) was atrocious - worst cruise ship lobster ever!! The one good thing was the crew was warm and friendly. It is too bad they had to be on this particular ship. We will likely never book the Majestic Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This ship was completely unprepared for this repositioning cruise from Shanghai to Sydney. The service in the dining room was the slowest and most incompetant Ive ever experienced. We had anytime dining, which should have been called ... Read More
This ship was completely unprepared for this repositioning cruise from Shanghai to Sydney. The service in the dining room was the slowest and most incompetant Ive ever experienced. We had anytime dining, which should have been called queue up and wait a long time. When we finally got a table we mostly got only one waiter for a table for 8. A waiter who seemed to be inadaquately trained or was in training. This happened time and again. It was not until after Singapore that things got a little better as a lot of new crew members got on. The shows in the theatre were good IF you managed to get in at least 2o minutes early otherwise you just could not get in even though they put on 3 shows a night. The main problem with this cruise was the lack of well trained crew from Shanghai to Singapore. It was disgraceful. We have cruised with Princess many, many times and could never imagine getting an experience like this. Hope that they have sorted out all the problems as it is a lovely ship.. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018

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