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Sail Date: March 2019
We wanted to go down under to Australia and New Zealand. This cruise was reasonably priced and had a lot of New Zealand ports. The majestic princess exceeded our expectations. The food was great, the service was outstanding, and the ... Read More
We wanted to go down under to Australia and New Zealand. This cruise was reasonably priced and had a lot of New Zealand ports. The majestic princess exceeded our expectations. The food was great, the service was outstanding, and the entertainment was brilliant. We really loved the day activities such as trivia and name that tune. We thought we had sufficient time at each port. The on boarding and disembarking process was well planned and had no waiting around. The only only problem we had was the room warmed up too much during the night. The waiters in our set time seating for dinner were so good and friendly that we tipped them extra. The ship is really well decorated and clean. We only had to search hard for a table once in the buffet area for breakfast. We enjoyed all the ports except Auckland, because it’s a big city and we did no excursions there. The port we stopped at which was close to Christchurch was our least favorite excursion, but we are still glad to have seen it. We took the 1.5 hour trip from the dock to Christchurch with uninspiring scenery . Then Christchurch is still in repair from the earthquake 8 years ago. Lots of scaffolding, construction sites and closed buildings. We visited 3 days after the shooting and saw an outstanding outpouring of love and sympathy with digs and flowers. The free museum is well done and we spent most of our day there. We ate at a great Indian restaurant. We booked small excursions on our own at most ports and enjoyed all of them. Hobbiton was a great tour which we recommend as was the glowworm cave at the Bay of Islands small group (4 of us) tour. The value we received was well worth the cruise price. We loved our cruise and look forward to another Princess Cruise Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We cruise to NZ every year, and Princess is our favourite cruise line. Majestic Princess is only two years old, and is still in very good condition. The ports of call are excellent, and there is a fairly good selection of shore excursions. ... Read More
We cruise to NZ every year, and Princess is our favourite cruise line. Majestic Princess is only two years old, and is still in very good condition. The ports of call are excellent, and there is a fairly good selection of shore excursions. The public areas are spacious, and the cabins are a good size. The bed is very comfortable, but there is only one chair. The balcony on this cabin was a very good size, with two deck chairs, a small table, and two foot stools. The food was well presented but quite repetitive. The waiters were very obliging and efficient, and also polite and friendly. The entertainment staff left a bit to be desired, with one member who didn't turn up to organise one event, and who was also 15 minutes late for another. The production shows featuring the singers and dancers were fabulous. The Wake Show (the morning in-house TV show featuring all the events of the day) was not very interesting, and we stopped watching it after a few days. We have noticed that the standards on Princess have deteriorated over the years we have been cruising (26 cruises with Princess, 10 with other cruise lines), so I think our next NZ cruise will be with someone else. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
It was to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary and was a perfect choice. We were married in NZ so it felt right cruising back on the fabulous Majestic Princess. We weren’t disappointed, the food, service and entertainment was first ... Read More
It was to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary and was a perfect choice. We were married in NZ so it felt right cruising back on the fabulous Majestic Princess. We weren’t disappointed, the food, service and entertainment was first class, just loved it. At night we dined in the Allegro dining room and it was the highlight of our day, the food and waiter service. We then went to the show of the night, not to be missed, great entertainment. The Hollywood Pool Club was such a relaxing area during the day, a heated indoor pool and spa, pleasant ambience to read etc. On our anniversary, balloons and a notice was put on our cabin door. We booked in to Harmony, a special restaurant that night and enjoyed it so much, wow. The waiters presented us with a little chocolate cake with a candle and sang Happy Anniversary. Everyone was so helpful on the ship, nothing was a problem, everything was so clean and we felt safe. For us, the cruise ports were all interesting, the weather was perfect and we enjoyed our shore excursions. Probably the highlights, and there were many, were the Sounds, Taieri Railway, Akaroa, Te Papa, Waiheke Island and the Bay of Islands, the Hole in the Rock excursion. The Art Deco in Napier we loved and all the volunteers who were there to meet the ship in every port made it special. I hadn’t been to Mt Maunganui and Tauranga, loved it. Very impressed with the embarkation and disembarkation, went like clockwork, congratulations to all involved. A really memorable cruise, we will be back! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
The Majestic Princess is an amazing ship. The staff and crew were fantastic and provided an outstanding level of service. One of the highlights has to be sailing through the Fiordlands. Absolutely stunning and we enjoyed this mostly from ... Read More
The Majestic Princess is an amazing ship. The staff and crew were fantastic and provided an outstanding level of service. One of the highlights has to be sailing through the Fiordlands. Absolutely stunning and we enjoyed this mostly from our balcony. There is so much to do on the ship if you choose to or you can simply relax. I would highly recommend the Chef's Table. This is worth every extra penny and as long as you enjoy fabulous food and service, then you will love it. It is also a great chance to dress up and for the men to wear sports jackets (not necessary but looks good). The food in the dining areas is fantastic and the service across the ship amazing. The bar and dining staff really know how to look after you. The entertainment on the ship is of an extremely high standard. Lots of places to sit and have a drink with friends before deciding where you will eat your dinner. You will love it. We will certainly be cruising with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We have cruised with princess for many years. Bigger ships are not always good. Smoother ride, nice amenities BUT.. CROWDS... only one pool area... PACKED. Only one spa.. PACKED. Only ONE ATRIUM.. not even standing room... They pulled ... Read More
We have cruised with princess for many years. Bigger ships are not always good. Smoother ride, nice amenities BUT.. CROWDS... only one pool area... PACKED. Only one spa.. PACKED. Only ONE ATRIUM.. not even standing room... They pulled things like Wine Stewards from the dining room..so no one has any wine knowledge.. "I think white would go with chicken" Used to be much better service but I understand their goal to be more main stream. We will likely look for smaller ships with better service options as we move into retirement. The bargain is still there for princess, but, they should steer bargainers to carnival and put princess back to the level it once was. EVERYONE on the ship worked very hard and the staff is incredible, but they are overworked by a company concerned with the bottom line. I would say, you have no problem filling your ships...up the prices a bit, bring back quality to top tier. The LA MER was a DISASTER. They put the fine dining IN THE ATRIUM at the same time as the rock concert... "Come enjoy the fine dining french experience..and yell" Also, the other fine dining Steakhouse was also adjacent to a music venue with no walls between..we heard others complain about that. The larger ship means no full running track any more, no wrap around promenade deck, and just 3500 people in the same place at the same time. For many this is fine but this is the first Princess cruise we were surprised with that way. Ports were good but of course, 3500 people getting off takes a while and the lines back were long on tenders. For those who like BIG, this ship is for you. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Loved Sydney before departure. Was a great ship and itenerary. Embarkation was easy. From checking to cabin within an hour. Huge ship but didn't seam busy very much. Always somewhere quiet to sit and chill. Plenty of quiet bars around ... Read More
Loved Sydney before departure. Was a great ship and itenerary. Embarkation was easy. From checking to cabin within an hour. Huge ship but didn't seam busy very much. Always somewhere quiet to sit and chill. Plenty of quiet bars around and nooks to sit and chill in. Food a bit repetitive in buffet. Could do with changing more but overall a good trip. MDR was great food and atmosphere like usual. Did anytime dining. Didn't have to wait for table. Cabin was of good size. Bathroom can always be bigger but that's what you get on ships. Layout was plenty room to move around in for 2 people. Only went to shows with princess dancers, shows were fabulous as always. Could have done with more shows and deck parties. Didn't have the usual love boat deck party I've had on previous cruises. Missed them a bit. Shore excursions were great. Loved the village and hungi tour. Would easily do NZ cruise on her again. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Princess Cruises are my favourite however this one fell short of my expectations it is far too big with not enough lifts and the entertainment venues were too loud they must be trying out new amplifiers which are simply not needed you ... Read More
Princess Cruises are my favourite however this one fell short of my expectations it is far too big with not enough lifts and the entertainment venues were too loud they must be trying out new amplifiers which are simply not needed you simply can't find a place inside to have a quite drink and chat which has been so good in previous cruises you couldn't even talk in several of the specially restaurants as the noise floated up the atrium to deck 6 & 7 it was like Princess were catering for the 30 to 40 year olds who like to dance the night away with loud music... you still can dance if the volume was turned down inside and maybe if you want it loud deck 16 would be the place not deck 5 that makes it uncomfortable for decks 6 & 7 as well.. having said all that I have another cruise booked so will see if the music is turned down...sure hope so. We chose anytime dining and whilst the waiting time was minimal the food was not hot and serving time was little too long, our cabin was adequate and the shower a little bigger than other ships. The entertainment in the Princess Theatre was very good and day time activities were plentiful, overall we found this cruise too noisy for us as we like to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee and this was not possible due to the lack of seating and the noise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
There is a bit to like on the Majestic. Being fairly new it is quite tidy and presents reasonably well on board. There are quite a few good spaces on board, a bit of flair here and there, but overall with 3,500 to 4,000 passengers on board ... Read More
There is a bit to like on the Majestic. Being fairly new it is quite tidy and presents reasonably well on board. There are quite a few good spaces on board, a bit of flair here and there, but overall with 3,500 to 4,000 passengers on board its all a bit of a mess. And from the exterior “the ship” is as ugly as sin. An ugly floating appartment block. The root of the evil is the Princess business model. The market researchers have told them that the average passenger is not too bright ... so Princess presents an infantile and condescending package assuming the passengers to be morons so the staff dont need to be too sharp either ... they all seem to come from the cheaper parts of Asia and Eastern Europe. The activities program throughout is dumb, the lowlight of the day is a hard sell and then one has to suffer the bars and restaurants. Actually a couple of the cabaret shows were quite good! Pretty sad that wait staff are enthusiastic with their recommendations, but are unable to even pronounce the fish that they have been told to dispense (buramooondi). And someliers who operate on bin numbers which they recomend but have no idea what a nero d’avola is. But the poor wait staff are not the problem (they are also victims in the Princess business model) they are the result of the Princess training program which is rubbish. Thankfully, we had a suite on board and could escape most of the crass Princess infantile exploitation dogma. The suite was little better than most, but a poor excuse for the use of good space. Thankfully, we escaped without too much trauma and certainly we will not have occasion to go to sea with Princess ever again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This is our 3rd longer princess cruise and now qualify for “ruby “ (30 sea days or more) these ranks would be fine if they gave discounts for drinks, WiFi, laundry,etc. I think you get free laundry and WiFi if you go up to platinum! ... Read More
This is our 3rd longer princess cruise and now qualify for “ruby “ (30 sea days or more) these ranks would be fine if they gave discounts for drinks, WiFi, laundry,etc. I think you get free laundry and WiFi if you go up to platinum! Our Australia cruise started with 3 days at the Amora Hotel in Sydney... a very nice, quiet room in the convenient part of a large town. Even in our 60’s we opted for the bridge climb.. which was scary and fun! (Do the short one). We were told to embark on the majestic at a specific time based on your room floor.....ours was 4:pm. I have to admit... that is the fastest we ever got on a ship! The first sea day went quickly with the many new events to explore. We signed up for the you yang sanctuary in Melbourne our next port. Warning, this turned to be not what the description said... very difficult to see any kangaroos or koala! This tour would have been better if it was described as a sightseeing tour with a possibility of animal sightings! Our guide was good describing the area as we drove by. Another sea day... the Tasmania.... and Bonorong.... wow happy days!!! A tour with kangaroos, koalas and even dare devils!!!two more sea days... the the Fiordland and incredible scenery .....Dunedin,the next port was hilly and interesting. We toured and went to the batanical gardens.. also olverton house.. great if your into history and antiques in New Zealand! Akaroa, the next port.. was a hop in hop off... with a great driver who knew the area. We took the bike ride tour in Rotorua.. a super place inside a semi active volcanic area... with steaming geysers! Our trip ended in the Auckland hotel also a Amora... very nice hotel! We took another hop on hop off tour. Disembarking was long and painful from the ship and you wait for up to two hours to be called for port clearance! Eating on the ship for dining.... don’t get a set table number... if you want to meet people and have fun, ask for open dining or any time dining when you first book your cruise! Our room Stuart was so so ... he did his job, but not friendly like they usually are! The cabin was fine.... nice closet space... small balcony.. but mostly quiet and convenient. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our first Princess cruise. Princess offered a land tour of Australia that had the cities we were interested in along with cruising to New Zealand. The tour guide was awesome and we really enjoyed the land tour. The descriptions ... Read More
This was our first Princess cruise. Princess offered a land tour of Australia that had the cities we were interested in along with cruising to New Zealand. The tour guide was awesome and we really enjoyed the land tour. The descriptions of the excursions weren't exactly accurate. Or maybe we read too much into the descriptions. The transition from plane to hotel when we arrived was very smooth. The planes and hotels on the land tour were adequate. Make sure you pack a hand scale for your luggage because Qantas is very strict on the weights! Especially for the carry ons! The Sydney tour included the Opera House - but it was ONLY a drive by which was disappointing. We did have time after dropping off our luggage at the ship and then walked to the Opera House! This was really convenient to be able to drop the luggage off and then be able to do some exploring of the wharf at Sydney. The cruise ship itself is so beautiful! The Piazza is the hub of activity for the cruise. They constantly have something going on so you can always participate or just watch. I did feel sorry for the diners - the specialty restaurants - they are right there and it is VERY noisy. The shops are all very, very, very expensive, top end shops and you hardly saw anyone in there. Very little that average people could afford. This ship was built for the Oriental market - and did not transition well for the Australian market! The food was bland - and most options were seafood - which is great if you are a seafood lover, but not so much if you are a beef lover. And there is NO true cream for coffee. I observed that if you got "white" coffee, it was with skim milk. If you asked for cream - it was whole milk. If you insisted on cream - you got this clotted cream that would not dissolve in coffee. Also, by using the milk in your coffee, they kept it cold so your coffee was lukewarm, at best. Very little ice in iced drinks, you have to ask for ice. Most drinks were cool or room temp. The pizzeria on board was very formal. It was good, but very formal - linen table clothes, waiters dressed formally - not what you were expecting. The dining rooms were also very formal - and our waiter was as personable as mud. Our room steward was awesome! The buffet was divided into 2 sections - one was a "bistro" that had more sandwiches, lighter fare. But the food was mainly the same day after day after day after day. And bland, bland, bland. The only time I detected seasoning was the garlic which they used a lot of! The entertainment was produced very well, but not really our liking, but it was put on with a lot of costumes, music and lights! The excursions were awesome, but usually left right after we docked and got back with only 30-60 minutes before we had to be on board. Most of the port cities did NOT have shops by the docks, so we got very little shopping done. And no of the port cities opened up for the ship - like other ports we have been in. They would open late and close early - which made it impossible for those that did excursions. Princess did do an awesome job of getting the people to their excursions - always meeting in the Theater and taken out by group to their buses or trains. Wine was VERY expensive - the cheapest bottle was $42 and only a few at that price. IF they had a daily drink special, it was not advertised - and did NOT have anyone coming by with the shot specials at dinner. Was disappointed also in the deserts - they were presented beautifully, but not much taste. Our tour group discussed this a lot - most agreed that the deserts almost tasted the same. I only saw cheesecake offered once???? It seemed that presentation was their goal! The everyday menu offered a sirloin steak that was tough and chewy. The roasted chicken was huge, but no seasoning. The fettuccine was good, but not offered with chicken or shrimp. The bread rolls were all crusty, and always the same selection - every night. I would ask for ice tea and they would give me a straw to stir in my sugar????? Finally, got them to give me a small desert spoon. I enjoyed the cruise, but a little too high end for me - I don't mind dressing up for formal nights, but didn't want every night to be on the formal setting - not with dress but with the formal, attitude of the wait staff. Are other Princess cruises like this? Read Less
Majestic Princess Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.5 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0

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