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49 Sydney (Australia) Princess Majestic Princess Cruise Reviews

Have done 5 Princess cruises, are platinum members and were interested to cruise on the Majestic even though we had done the cruise twice before. The dining team for table we had for table 299 had difficulty understanding our ... Read More
Have done 5 Princess cruises, are platinum members and were interested to cruise on the Majestic even though we had done the cruise twice before. The dining team for table we had for table 299 had difficulty understanding our requirements. Food service was very slow for the 7.30pm and on occasions we missed the late show in the Princess theatre. Wine service was particularly slow as the wine bottles had to be accesses from lower decks on the ship. The food in the market place was well prepared and presented nicely. There was a number of tender ports and the tender service generally was ok on a couple of occasions there were significant delays in getting back to the ship from the shore where clearly another couple of tenders could have assisted. The entertainment program was excellent. The singers and dancers and sets were amazing really the best I have seen on a cruise ship and we have done over 15 cruises. A big shout out for Sallie the dancer who conducted and trained the Majestic choir for the first time. She did a great job. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
First time on this ship. Have never suffered motion sickness and have experienced heavy seas on previous voyages on smaller ships. On this ship many of us felt the engine vibrations strongly, causing nausea and anxiety for much of the ... Read More
First time on this ship. Have never suffered motion sickness and have experienced heavy seas on previous voyages on smaller ships. On this ship many of us felt the engine vibrations strongly, causing nausea and anxiety for much of the cruise. I am very puzzled as to why this unpleasant feeling occurred but it was a common complaint among passengers so I was not alone. The seas were very calm so did not expect to feel sick. Came back several kilos lighter, so something positive, anyway. Can anyone explain why these unpleasant vibrations were felt? Mainly in the buffet and dining room but also in the theatre. Now for the rest...the good and the annoying..... The crew were all fantastic! They go out of their way to make you feel special and I cannot fault anyone on this cruise. They work so hard. The Halloween pumpkin display was superb and the crew enjoyed dressing up for the event. The Filipino crew members in particular are so friendly and cheerful and always say hi to you. The cruise director, a nice Canadian fellow, was very good. Embarkation and disembarkation were very quick and smooth...thanks to all the cheerful staff at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. The food was quite good and if you did not like a meal it was quickly and efficiently replaced with another of your choice. How can you complain about it? The head waiter, Larry, went out of his way to find us seating where that unpleasant vibration was less obvious, too. It didn't help much, though, and I ate very little. The crew deserve a Certificate 3 in Aged care as they are fantastic with the hundreds of frail, palliative and very elderly people on board. They even had a hoist to gently transfer them into the Hollywood Pool. I though this was amazing. The most annoying things? Idiotic passengers cramming themselves into already packed lifts instead of waiting for a less crowded one. There was no air coming into the lifts and if they broke down we would all suffocate. And unpleasantly, too, as some passengers do not wash or brush teeth. The other gripe? No room to see a show. We always got there at least an hour before the show began but no luck! People must just claim a seat and sit there for hours! Inconceivable to us! Same in the piazza. There must be a lot of folk with pressure sores on their tails from sitting in the same spot all day. To sum up...I could not travel on this ship again because of the weird, sick - making vibrations. My husband said he hated the ship as it was too big and nearly everyone we spoke to said it would be their last time on this ship for the same reason...no promenade deck, weird buffet setup, not enough seating etc made this a first and last for us and many others, sadly. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I did not chose this cruise but went with a relative due to the cruise leaving from Australia. I had never been to the South Pacific before, so it was a new area of travel. Embarkation and disembarkation were relatively easy and well ... Read More
I did not chose this cruise but went with a relative due to the cruise leaving from Australia. I had never been to the South Pacific before, so it was a new area of travel. Embarkation and disembarkation were relatively easy and well organised. This ship is lovely and clean and the cabin stewards are extremely helpful and friendly. Our disabled cabin was large and easily accessible for disabled. The Dining is typical of Princess, 3 star and basic unless you want to pay for the exclusive restaurants, which I heard were not that good anyway. Entertainment and activities are minimal that didn't include activites with a sales pitch, art auction, jewellry events etc. The Spa looked inviting but really expensive. Trivia, comedians, movies and shows are the same as per usual. Food and food service was good until the last 3 days, when the service dropped and the food felt like leftovers and minimal choice. Shore excursions you either purchase through the ship, or just hop off the boat for a wider variety for private tours that support the locals. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
With only a day and one-half to explore Sydney, we only captured a small glimpse of this charming city. Both embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly and very quickly for us. Our balcony cabin was roomy and nicely ... Read More
With only a day and one-half to explore Sydney, we only captured a small glimpse of this charming city. Both embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly and very quickly for us. Our balcony cabin was roomy and nicely decorated. Cabin steward was excellent. Being as it was at the front part of the ship, anywhere between 4,000 and nearly 6,000 steps were done daily.With so many guests, I worried about elevator wait times, but there was rarely much wait times. We were disappointed with food preparation. Chicken was consistently tough, and other meats overcooked and dry. Wait times for mains were extraordinarily long most evenings in the dinning room, and I found the Buffet confusing. For instance, all the cold cereals were in an entirely different place to the hot. Most of the entertainment was top notch with the notable exception of two or three. Also disappointed with one guest services' staffer whosexEnglish skills were so bad, neither of us could understand each other. Why would the ship put someone like that in that position? Excursions desk seemed able only to sell the excursions, but in some cases knew nothing about them. When I asked who might know more about a particular excursion marked 'strenuous', I was told I could see a picture, as if that would tell me what I needed to know Ports were interesting. The one excursion we did purchase from the ship was a hop, on/hop off bus tour in Noumea. It was very well organized and the best deal on offer. We found all offers to be cost prohibitive. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Hi. guys How r u! I will tell you some words which i felt and my first impressions from majestic princess on18th September to first of November with my good friends. so sorry my poor English but i will tell you the facts which i felt ... Read More
Hi. guys How r u! I will tell you some words which i felt and my first impressions from majestic princess on18th September to first of November with my good friends. so sorry my poor English but i will tell you the facts which i felt my experience and uncomfortable things use simple words. The food was not fresh, the cabin is very smaller than i expected and internet speed was horrible and activities not enough. many times were toilets blocked and no toilets papers. People were so crowded can't find seat during breakfast and lunch time moreover the buffet foods were everyday same manu and some vegetable especially cabbage and pumpkin were almost gone. Moreover, the free coffee's quality was so bad indeed. However there crews were so friendly and politely anytime the shows which princess theater was pretty good. Before i take on board we expected high quality of service this ship but some parts and should be up date for next guests thanks Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose the cruise to celebrate my wife's birthday. We decided to celebrate this at the HARMONY ASIAN RESTAURANT. What a disappointment! Food was terrible. For example, the Duck Salad only had two slivers of duck, less ... Read More
We chose the cruise to celebrate my wife's birthday. We decided to celebrate this at the HARMONY ASIAN RESTAURANT. What a disappointment! Food was terrible. For example, the Duck Salad only had two slivers of duck, less than a mouthful. Drink prices were way too high. For example a bottle of ATTEMS PINOT GRIGIO cost $59.00 and a glass $14.00. Local bottle shop in Australia, bottle costs less than $20.00. Entertainment was below the usual standard on other Princess Cruises we have done. Crooners Bar, a Princess favorite, was so impersonal. Glass walls separate the piano player and the guests. Even the crew hated serving there. Not a happy ship. Hope they keep her in China. The adults only area, Hollywood, was nice and at no cost was a pleasant surprise. Food was quite good in the Market place and in the Anytime Dining. Alfredos was a disappointment. All in alll not quite the Princess Standard that my wife and I love. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I chose this cruise for a South Pacific holiday break and to experience a new port for me SavuSavu, Australian Survivor filming Island. It was a 14 day experience. This was also recommended as a shining, new, modern Princess ship (built ... Read More
I chose this cruise for a South Pacific holiday break and to experience a new port for me SavuSavu, Australian Survivor filming Island. It was a 14 day experience. This was also recommended as a shining, new, modern Princess ship (built 2017), with the new Sea Walk. This was different yes but it does not make up for a decent promenade deck or front and rear views on a lower deck out of sun or wind. For Sailaway had to be with the smokers or peer through the life boats as in Port of Suva to listen to the Police Band. While it did have many positives being a local departure from Sydney for me, and the on board currency in Australian Dollars is a blessing when the US dollar keeps dropping, I also appreciate there are no gratuities to add to the fare ( unless you personally reward for good service), I was a little underwhelmed in this cruise. I do feel some Princess standards have dropped. I much enjoyed being able to use the Princess @ Sea App, on your personal phone or Ipad/tablet device, there were things however that left me disappointed. Positives: All Princess @ Sea capabilities. Able to book Shore Excursions, read daily Patter on your device, highlight your planner events you want to visit, access all ship information on your device. Keeps you updated with weather, time of arrival/departure etc. Port information, shore excursions. Order your breakfast . Can preview your photos, absolutely everything. The best advance and very welcome. The cruise is paid for in Australian dollars and no extra tipping is required except for excellent or exceptional service to reward your favourite crew. The Hollywood Pool and Spa , Exclusive for Adults only, with indoor pool and covered, skylight roof. Many lounges, exclusive private cabanas out of the weather, a TV . Excellent size and place for reading and solitude, bar access as well. Hoist for disabled. Lovely lounge rooms and decor. The Piazza Atrium area great, but could also be bigger for main events when passengers crowding to see, not enough seats. Standing only. Heaps of sun loungers, good concerts on the screen on deck, blankets for movies too and popcorn (small). Enjoyed craft activities...never take this away. It is a great alternative to Trivia but in saying that the ones on this cruise were fun and much effort and planning went into them. They were a cruise team highlight and worth attending. Tho many things would clash and not always able to get to them as much as I would have liked. Princess Live room for overflow concert performances was a positive idea and for comedy or lectures , however much better to have access to the actual Princess Theatre in the first place to feel the show Live and in person. Theatre seats do not have a table for drinks however and are quite cosy and a close, bucket, seating. Comfortable lounges and decor tasteful. Many lifts and wide areas to stand and wait. Fantastic gym facilities, and adult only areas. Lovely Fountain show but not advertised enough. I doubt everyone saw it. I only chanced upon it one night. Movie selection in your room was nice as well, latest ones and older movies. Complimentary in room service and light meals could be ordered. All crew worked hard and provided a friendly holiday, always trying to please. The International Cafe in Piazza area near Atrium served nice toasted sandwiches, meringue GF desserts, cakes and cookies, and a pie or quiche offering. This was complimentary to go with purchased coffee or for passengers just desiring a light snack. Negatives: Theatre not really big enough to accommodate everyone for each show. Cruise Planner had 2nd show at 9.45 pm, rather late or had early shows on a Port day 6pm and 715 or 730pm..... could not understand this. How to fit dinner around this when it can take too long to be served or you could end up eating quite late or miss dinner totally. This could occur even with anytime dining. Main Dining menu was not really great with variety choices. On offer were too many meals that were same or similar with just different vegetables or accompaniments. Meat , fish , chicken, and an overload of seafood. Desserts quite dull as well. Tea and coffee offered at completion not hot and meals also did not keep hot either even when close to kitchen. Buffet was serving similar to main dining but at least it was hotter and could just stick to fruit , or bread. Plenty of food provided but not choices I enjoyed however. Tendering could be a long process in Island ports. The entertainment on this cruise was a let down due to the fact I had seen many of the acts in the first and second week before. The Aussie comedian, McCool, AGoT was a breath of fresh air, as too much violin and classical type performers were offered. Much effort by those people but not to my liking and became too much the same style of entertainment. More variety choices for all age groups needed. Small internet room and library however there were many games to loan and a selection of many used books to read and peruse for interest. I enjoy seeing some of the dancers at the end of a show...did this occur??? Photography prices seem quite expensive. Many printing offers on metal boards, mugs, coasters etc are a lovely alternative souvenir to take home. No promenade deck to walk around, also no front access or rear access to feel the ocean around you and enjoy that at sea benefit, To Escape Completely and Come Back New. I hope Princess does not maintain this cut back feeling, and still embrace moving forward but not just with new ships but to still enhance passenger fun and friendly enjoyment all around including the main dining experience and buffet....not just to push extra cost dining. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
5 night cruise from Sydney to Tasmania and back. We had been on a Royal class ship before so knew what to expect with the Majestic. Overall it's a pretty ship and liked that they enclosed the forward Hollywood pool area on the ... Read More
5 night cruise from Sydney to Tasmania and back. We had been on a Royal class ship before so knew what to expect with the Majestic. Overall it's a pretty ship and liked that they enclosed the forward Hollywood pool area on the majestic. We are in our 40's and we felt really, really young on this cruise. Not that we mind what age other passengers are, more that we noticed we just didn't seem to get the same level of service and smiles from the crew as passengers double our age. In fact some of the crew just came across a little rude even. Most of the shows etc really were aimed at a much older audience. On previous Princess cruises we really haven't enjoyed the Dining room experience, so on this cruise we didn't bother. We ate at Alfredo's twice. First time was ok, second food was under cooked and not tasty at all. Buffet was real hit and miss. Some items were very good, while others seemed to be way over cooked and just bathing in oil and fat. It was also very annoying that most items had lids on them which made it hard to see what you wanted, etc. We did try to eat at the Crown grill one night but it was totally booked out. We would have tried the french place but there was a very strong unpleasant seafood smell coming from it. We had a standard balcony which was fine. but not as roomy as basic balconies you find on other Lines. Other points, you need to get to the theater very early to get a seat. Odd that such a new ship doesn't have the more hygenic push button doors to public toilets. The Piazza area is very nice and where a lot of things happen. The enclave area is also worth a visit. I would sail again on this ship, but only for a decent price or interesting ports. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Have cruised with Princess many times and overall, the standard is consistent. This time room steward exceptional, captain and officers daily update and log, exceptional, food average in fact almost disappointing in some areas, captains ... Read More
Have cruised with Princess many times and overall, the standard is consistent. This time room steward exceptional, captain and officers daily update and log, exceptional, food average in fact almost disappointing in some areas, captains club cocktail party very disappointing. Ship in good condition and easy to navigate if sailed Princess before. Shops average. Not much 5o buy if you've cruised before. International Cafe very good but extremely busy. Love Princess champagne waterfal but no officers this time - oh well!!. Buffett boring, and not well organized. Have had much better but still enough selection in buffett to fill an appetite.MDR in but not that impressed with food or menu. Embarkation easy and seamless. Love the fact that Princess gives a local map for each port. All over a reasonable cruise and Princess maintained its consistency - some excellent highlights and some disappointing as expected. My second favorite cruise line so will travel with Princess again Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Was really looking forward to being on the Majestic again. Absolutely thrilled and delighted that Princess offered us an upgrade from a balcony suite to a Mini-Suite for a minimal cost. Unfortunately some of the passengers ruined the ... Read More
Was really looking forward to being on the Majestic again. Absolutely thrilled and delighted that Princess offered us an upgrade from a balcony suite to a Mini-Suite for a minimal cost. Unfortunately some of the passengers ruined the experience with their ignorant behaviour - noisy, pushy and totally unaware of fellow passengers. We utilised Anytime dining and the experience varied from really good to disappointing. Our last dinner was dreadful - had to wait for an hour to receive the main course and the wine we ordered. The wait staff did not come near us when we finished the main course and as we had waited a ridiculous amount of time, gave up and left the dining room. I had made an enquiry at the front desk as to the latest we could disembark so I could inform my son who was picking us up. The answer was vague. Then we were not provided with the normal form to nominate a departure time. Lucky for us, it was a short cruise so we only had a small suitcase that I could manage myself getting off. The WiFi speed was the worst we have ever experienced on Princess. It would lose connection but still gobble up the Internet minutes unless I rebooted my iPad and then try to log off. I lost 60 minutes because of this. I keep my iPad up to date with the latest OS and have no issues at home. The stage show “Fantastic Journey” was one of the best we have seen and I would highly recommend it. Sadly the experience was spoiled by the hordes of ignorant passengers, constantly talking and letting their children run about. These passengers came late, crowded around the stairs. Hopefully this is only a blip as we are booked on five more Princess cruises. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this for a weekend away with adult kids. These dates and prices worked out at the time for us. This was our first Princess experience. For reference, we have sailed on Carnival Spirit, RC Voyager OTS, and Pacific Explorer. We ... Read More
We chose this for a weekend away with adult kids. These dates and prices worked out at the time for us. This was our first Princess experience. For reference, we have sailed on Carnival Spirit, RC Voyager OTS, and Pacific Explorer. We had four adults in a mini-suite. The lounge became a narrow single bed, with a pullman being the fourth berth. Shower over bath. Narrow balcony. No complaints about the room. Food did not quite meet our expectations, given the hype about Princess food. The desserts were terrific. Service in the MDR terrific of course. The buffet had a very weird grid-like pattern layout, which no real logic to it. I found this area very claustrophobic. I would rate this area and the food at 2.5/5. The inside of the ship seemed very disconnected from the sea outside. Almost all of the public areas are enclosed by restaurants around the outside, or the shops. Way too many shops in my view, but I know some people love them. Even the door to exit onto the small outside (uncovered) area on deck 7 was frosted. You may as well just be in a Westfield anywhere. There did not seem to be enough public areas to suit the number of passengers and not enough shady areas outside. The lack of promenade deck adds to the challenge in this area I believe. The atrium area is very pretty but very noisy with mostly paid restaurants or the photos etc around it. Sometimes parts of this area or the access way to it was blocked off for an activity, making it even more difficult to get around on the ship. I would not want to be on this ship in poor weather as I feel the inside public areas would become very unpleasant. You would be extra glad of your balcony cabin in bad weather. As mentioned by others the theatre area seems to fall well short of requirements for the number of passengers. We saw the new show which I did enjoy. The fact that the 7.15 pm show is televised live into the Princess Live theatre indicated that the supply of seats does not meet the demand. On the other hand, some of the game shows were done in the Princess Live theatre, which seemed too small for the number of people who wished to have a seat. Hollywood Conservatory is quite pretty, although I personally am not a fan of indoor pools. Table Tennis, golf driving range, basketball court seemed to meet with approval. The Laser shooting area did not seem to be open or accessible with no explanation given. Service terrific, poolside music, movies etc good. As mentioned by others trying to get around on this ship is clunky, with corridors and walkways on both the lower and upper public decks ending abruptly. I felt almost all of the public corridors, stairwells, lift lobbies, buffett area were too narrow for the number of people trying to move around on the ship. Seawalk area and bar a nice quirk. In short, I am not too sure that this ship suits the Australian market or cruising in warm climates or scenic areas. Lucky there is a lot of balcony rooms on this ship because it may be the best spot to sit and realize that you are traveling on the ocean. (other than on deck 17). We enjoyed our first taste of Princess overall, and will do again, but probably not on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Over all the experience was not so good. The ship was too big, it had to be docked at Circular Key not White Bay as it wouldn’t fit under the Harbour Bridge. The laundry's were located the end of the ship on each deck directly ... Read More
Over all the experience was not so good. The ship was too big, it had to be docked at Circular Key not White Bay as it wouldn’t fit under the Harbour Bridge. The laundry's were located the end of the ship on each deck directly above and below each other, meaning a cut lunch and a water bottle was needed. Some of the wait staff spent more time speaking to each other rather than looking after the paying passengers. The price of refreshments was a rip off being &42 a bottle and $12 to $14 a glass for wine. Water in the state room was also overpriced at $6.50 for a 1.5 ltrs bottle. The entertainment was that good, not a lot of of variety offered. The big screen was not used that often for movies. The main entertainment areas were located at either ends of the ship again meaning the cur lunch and water bag were needed. The layout of the main eating areas (help your self) on deck 16 was rather strange, having different sections for different foods but not those that should have been together ie the bread was with the cakes not with the hot foods. It meant by the time it took to get all you needed to make a main meal and returned to your table it was cold. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We’ve been on Princess for a number of cruises. I think we prefer the mid-sized ship as everything that we experienced on the Majestic that we didn’t like was due to size rather than crew, activities etc Embarkation was easy. Walk ... Read More
We’ve been on Princess for a number of cruises. I think we prefer the mid-sized ship as everything that we experienced on the Majestic that we didn’t like was due to size rather than crew, activities etc Embarkation was easy. Walk on and straight away you’re into cruise mode. The rooms are nice, we had a mini-suite which gives a bit more space. We like to make an effort to keep fit. We made good use of the fitness facilities and classes. All were good by Princess standards. Some free some you pay for (such as yoga and TRX) but there’s plenty of equipment to use even at busy times. What is disappointing is that there is no full promenade deck on this ship. One of our favourite things is to walk around a few times after dinner to help it settle. There’s not really the space to do this. They’ll tell you that you can walk around 17 & 18 but that’s right out in the elements and often got sections closed off. Anytime dining was a nightmare. Don’t be confused that you can ‘just turn up at anytime’. You need to book. But you need to book at 8am in the morning. You can’t be spontaneous. If you do not book first thing, you will not get a table at a normal time. You may get offered 5.15pm or 8.30pm. But anything inbetween - gone! You’ll also get conflicting information about whether you can book over the phone or you may even be told to go to the dining room in person - only to discover it’s not actually open.....If you don’t book and you just turn up they will tell you they are fully booked and give you a vibrating beeper. You can wait up to an hour for a table in this way. It is nice to eat in the dining room though. The wait staff are always lovely and professional. Tendering from a large ship is always problematic. We’ve been on the Diamond, Golden and Saphire and never had as many issues as there are on the Majestic and the Emerald. The ships have to anchor further out and have to shift thousands of guests. If you get up at the crack of dawn and get on the first tender you’ll be okay. Cairns in particular you have to queue for a tender AND you’ll then need to queue for a shuttle to take you into town 20 mins away. Prepare for this whole process to take up to 3 hours! Makes for a very short visit to the city centre. On the plus side, the ship is beautiful the crew on board are lovely. The cruise director and his team are great fun. They seem to be enjoying themselves, even when dealing with difficult guests they handle themselves with grace and good humour. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Sydney to Nth QLD September 17th 10 days We took my wife’s father on this cruise - and he was in good company. This was the oldest crowd we had ever seen on a ship. Lots of walkers, scooters, slow moving folk so don’t be in a ... Read More
Sydney to Nth QLD September 17th 10 days We took my wife’s father on this cruise - and he was in good company. This was the oldest crowd we had ever seen on a ship. Lots of walkers, scooters, slow moving folk so don’t be in a rush. The vessel size and the ports visited meant all but 1 were disembarked/embarked by tender. Combined with the age profile of the guests and some appalling organisation by Princess made this experience really poor. We felt the itinerary was boring would never do something similar again. Even sea days were boring - its the first holiday we were happy to see the end of. The Ship Nominally 3500 pax. We have been on bigger ships however this vessel felt crowded in the public areas. It’s an “odd” sort of vessel to get around. Lots of waiting for lifts. Moving from front to back you basically have to funnel through 1 public area which makes the whole ship feel crowded. There is no external promenade deck around the vessel. The gym is excellent. There is a large number of treadmills, cross trainers, bikes etc. the weights area is a little small but well stocked. There’s a golf practice net however, ridiculously, it was so low in height that you could not make a full swing - what a waste. There is a put putt course, basket ball come racket ball court. The central piazza is typical Princess - however it was also very crowded ...always. Finally probably the worst coffee we have ever had and we tried every location on the boat. They just have no idea. We were so delighted to go ashore for a drinkable cup of coffee. The Staff Just like the standard of food there are some hits and misses with the staff. Our suite cabin steward was MIA - days would go by between glimpses and waves in the corridor. Not once did he ask how we were going, need help etc. Some of the bar staff and food waiters were great. The people at the tour desk were just plain unfriendly - they definitely need a break from the customers. Restaurants General dining Concerto/Symphony/Allegro As a suite customer we had Anytime dining - which worked out to be anytime they aren’t busy. There is absolutely no difference or value in anytime dining on this vessel. The food in the general dining restaurants was also hit and miss. I had 2 genuinely awful meals which required meals to be sent away and 2 OK ones which didn’t. The service is fine. Alfredo Casual Italian/Pizza Good quality pizza. Thin base nice sauce. Tasty egg plant parmigiana. This is a safe place for dinner. La Mer French It is on the third level of the piazza. With a band playing on first level of the piazza it was impossible to have a conversation without virtually yelling at each other. I told the maître dei no thanks see you on a quieter night. When we did eventually go to the restaurant it was OK. They had a snail agnolotti with an awsome sauce and this should have been great ...however the pasta was not aldente :-( Overall nothing special and probably not worth the cover charge. Crown Grill - The best steak on any cruise line (not that i have been on many) Every time I eat at Crown Grill I have a small fillet Mignon and swear it is the best steak I have ever eaten. Good food, great service, just love it. We had 2 meals here. The first was typical and fantastic. The second was on our final night and was pretty ordinary - they were very busy and everything was overcooked - even desert. We had two glasses of wine which were off so i sent them back - the waiter didnt appreciate it and was exceptionally rude in dealing with us. The excellent maître d' sorted it out but it shouldnt need this intervention. Harmony Chinese It was just OK. We live in Ashfield Sydney which has a large Shanghainese community so we eat fresh, vibrant Chinese food - this food was the opposite to this. Not worth the cover charge. Market Place By the standards of cruise ship buffet of the same class as Princess this is typical - and awful. The idea is a taste of worlds which is a nice idea however it just comes off as disorganised. We had 1 lunch here and that was enough for us - maybe dinner may have been better? Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Cruised with Princess before, but the Majestic Princess was too big for us, very hard to navigate when your cabin is at the back of the ship. Were on Deck 12 & had to take lift to 7 and walk to the middle to get anywhere. Went with my ... Read More
Cruised with Princess before, but the Majestic Princess was too big for us, very hard to navigate when your cabin is at the back of the ship. Were on Deck 12 & had to take lift to 7 and walk to the middle to get anywhere. Went with my Mum who has a walker, so could not do stairs, lifts always busy & waited a while. Atrium was far too noisy, all the action happens here. Pity there was no Promenade deck (which we did know about) did miss this one. Tender ports took too way too long to get ashore. Ticket system, waited over an hour in dining room, took about another 15 minutes or so to get to the tender and another 15-20 min to get ashore. Staff very helpful when trying to board tender. No Happy Hour, which I did miss, drinks package way too expensive for me. Drinks expensive.but managed with our OBC. Grown Grill was a wonderful experience, food excellent as well as great service. Food generally average, did have issues with consistency Staff could have been more friendly & chatty. Thanks to Arthur in the Symphony Dining Room Table 7 for lots of laughs & jokes with dinner. Balcony cabin rather small as well as balcony. Overall we did enjoy our time on board & ashore Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We had been eagerly anticipating our cruise on Majestic Princess because of its size and newness (The Biggest and Newest in their fleet - of which we were constantly reminded during the cruise)! Sad to see so many areas of rust and ... Read More
We had been eagerly anticipating our cruise on Majestic Princess because of its size and newness (The Biggest and Newest in their fleet - of which we were constantly reminded during the cruise)! Sad to see so many areas of rust and general wear and tear ! Disappointed that we could never get a seat in the Theatre which is disproportionately small for the large number of passengers! Watching a simulcast on a large TV screen in another area really didn’t satisfy us as it lacked any “live show”excitement. Whilst the ships decor is pleasant, it didn’t give us the WOW factor which we were expecting! The cabins seem small - we had been expecting a sofa which seems standard on other cruise lines in balcony staterooms! And the smallest bathroom we’ve ever had! A shame that a shower screen hadn’t been installed instead of an old fashioned curtain! The food, staff, amenities, entertainment, etc were fairly standard on this rather conservative ship! The Captain always sounded happy and professional on his daily updates. Both embarkation and disembarkation were quick and efficient. The one true plus was the Australian Dollar’s use on board, making purchases more affordable! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Would not recommend this ship.The mother in laws first cruise and as her complaints were not dealt with made for a very unhappy and grumpy family as we had to put up with the lack of sleep causing being to tired for certain family members ... Read More
Would not recommend this ship.The mother in laws first cruise and as her complaints were not dealt with made for a very unhappy and grumpy family as we had to put up with the lack of sleep causing being to tired for certain family members of family unable to take part in ship activities.The constant harassment of the photographers is very frustrating and annoying.I feel the princess line has to look at trying to change things.Most multiple cruise passengers are not interested in the continuous art sales.Having to wait 15 to 20 minutes to be served is not acceptable to wait for drink.This I feel was due to staff shortages.The restaurant staff in the set dining were fantastic,the only complaint was that as my wife doesn't eat seafood was very restricted on choices.The staff were most helpfull in the area.I am not sure wether these issues were due to the cruise being a repositioning cruise.The shore excursions seem to be expensive as when ashore you can get way better deals.Was amazed at Hong Kong to find princess charging 20 dollars per head for a free curtesy bus.In Taiwan bused to a shopping centre at 9 am to find out nothing opened till 11 am.The whole experience needs to be ,in my opinion,revamped and not feel like buttlins at sea.It seems to be the same ol same ol. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose the Majestic Princess mainly as she was going to Hong Kong. She is a lovely ship with a great crew and has a nice feel about her and we really liked our cabin which was very nice. Entertainment was very disappointing, the cruise ... Read More
We chose the Majestic Princess mainly as she was going to Hong Kong. She is a lovely ship with a great crew and has a nice feel about her and we really liked our cabin which was very nice. Entertainment was very disappointing, the cruise director Andrew promised a performance from The Australian Beatles on 2 occasions which never eventuated and no explanation of why. The entertainment overall is nothing to write home about as is the daily activities, however I think this has become the norm for a lot of ships. Cocktails are expensive which we actually do expect, however when you are paying top dollar for a cocktail you expect them to be good, the recipes used ie 'The Princess Cocktail Recipe' do not have a lot of resemblance of how they should be made, I'm not sure who came up with the recipes but I think they need to 'google' how they should be made. Overall the food was disappointing. The staff were friendly and helpful, they went out of their way to please, they were wonderful. Having done a number of cruises on Princess and in the past thought very highly however we have been very disillusioned with our last couple of cruises with them. I think somewhere along the line they have lost the quality they once had mainly in the areas of entertainment and food. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Cost good for a repositioning cruise...Ship was generally good as it is quite new. BUT cabins are small as are the bathrooms and balconies. The pillows are awful felt like I was sleeping on a marshmallow and when I requested a better ... Read More
Cost good for a repositioning cruise...Ship was generally good as it is quite new. BUT cabins are small as are the bathrooms and balconies. The pillows are awful felt like I was sleeping on a marshmallow and when I requested a better pillow was given 2 pillows squashed into one pillow case. The mattress is ordinary. The ship's PIAZZA is ok at first.... BUT is very noisy and if you want to watch some thing you have to get there early in morning as the same people monopolise the seating 24/7. The same can be said of the Cabanas and seating around the pools. The ship is set up for the Chinese market with too many areas for gaming ie the 16th and 17th decks. There are not enough interesting activities such as Wine and other Alcohol courses or food demos and tasting times , or even interesting craft courses...there is too much emphasis on the Art shows and Bingo. The long days at sea need more activities. The LIBRARY was a disgrace it effectively did not have any books from day 1...it needs to be bigger and have staff looking after it. The so called SALES in the shops are ridiculous the same stuff, that is mostly junk is put out daily. There could be more interesting food stalls around the pools that could change regularly...the ice cream was the same flavour every day. The off shore tours were boring and not particularly well run. not really good value for money Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
First tiime we have cruised with Princess. Thought this new ship would be wonderful. And it was - to a point. The good: ship looks great. Beautifully decorated, shiny, clean and new. Our mini-suite was lovely, if smaller than on other ... Read More
First tiime we have cruised with Princess. Thought this new ship would be wonderful. And it was - to a point. The good: ship looks great. Beautifully decorated, shiny, clean and new. Our mini-suite was lovely, if smaller than on other cruises we’ve done with other companies. Bed comfortable. Balcony very small, but adequate. Our stateroom staff were just lovely, friendly, everything always clean. The food on board we found very good in the buffet area and dining rooms. The International cafe was great, staff excellent. The entertainment was quite good, if you could see it (more on that later). Movie under the Stars is well done, and great new movies all the time, which are then available on the tvs in your stateroom. The Average: where to start. I did not expect to feel the ship so crowded, and it only took a day to realise this magnificent looking ship has been designed by one screwy naval architect. There is simply a flow problem of people moving around the ship, particularly on sea days or when weather is inclement on the upper decks. The central Piazza looks great, but is overlooked by cafes, bars and restaurants, which suffer from the terrible acoustics - everything entertainment wise often sounds so shrill and loud and completely drowns out any conversation you’re trying to have. Tried and failed to have a relaxing breakfast one morning at the International cafe while a paper plane competition was being held with a very enthusiastic and shrill-voiced hostess - just awful. This area too becomes an absolute bottleneck when activities or performances are being held - just not nearly enough seating, and people have to stand two to three deep to see - and block anyone trying to move past. I can’t understand why other areas of the ship aren’t used for “fun” activities, Zumba, line dancing, wooden horse racing etc - where the noise can be managed better. There is a shortage of outside deck area, virtually nothing downstairs off the public areas, and on the upper levels there is nowhere you can walk completely around the ship - it all comes across as public spaces being compromised for additional cabins or exclusive areas. The theatre is small (much smaller than any cruise ship we have been on), there as there can be up to 4000 people on board, and shows are usually shown twice at night, sometimes repeated the next day in the afternoon, simple maths shows that there is no way everyone can see the headline shows, and people quickly work out they have to be in the theatre 30-40 mins early to get a seat. There are other public areas like the Vista Bar, and Princess Live Theatre, but public areas seems to be small and compartmentalised. The ship is enormous but doesn’t feel like it is - hard to explain but something seems amiss. We just felt it was such a shame when the ship looks so lovely at first sight, but just somehow fails to deliver. The bad: the worst by far shops on any cruise ship - some highend shops that were always empty, and then only two small stores for general merchandise, souvenirs etc - these were crowded, and offered very little - could not even buy a Princess logo hat (I collect) as these apparently sold out a few cruises ago, and the staff couldn’t order and they had to just take what was sent to them. The alcohol duty free section was ridiculous, one bottle of each type of alcohol you may want to buy stacked on a tiny table in among the toys and chocolates - you pick up an order form from the table - no staff interaction, no promotions, worst I’ve seen on any ship. Overview: I don’t know how, but this gorgeous looking ship, with lovely staff and good food, just misses - and I can only think it’s the design - more use needs to be made of some smaller public areas, and some activities moved from the central Piazza. Cruises are not inexpensive, there’s a big market out there and lots to choose from. I had a really enjoyable cruise as New Zealand is magnificent and we were off the ship for all shore-days. But I would not sail on this beautiful looking new ship again, although I will definitely cruise to New Zealand again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
The ship is new and very impressive. Staterooms were bigger that SEA princess and SUN princess. Both my wife and I enjoy keeping fit whilst on board. I was appalled that to use the sauna I would have to pay $199. You can not purchase ... Read More
The ship is new and very impressive. Staterooms were bigger that SEA princess and SUN princess. Both my wife and I enjoy keeping fit whilst on board. I was appalled that to use the sauna I would have to pay $199. You can not purchase a day pass to use the sauna or steam room. The Majestic also had fewer fresh water dispenses than SEA and SUN. At breakfast you were not able to serve yourself orange juice. The food was not of the high standard that I had experienced on previous Princess Cruises. The ship was full and it appeared that staff were struggling to cope with demand. At dinner our waiter had too many tables to cater for and we often had to wait long periods for drink service. The destinations were excellent in particular Milford Sound and Tauranga. In summary I would not recommend the Majestic Princess. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My wife and I are platinum level cruisers, needless to say we have stayed true to Princess. We decided to try the newest in the Princess fleet that is the Majestic Princess, unfortunately the experience was not what we expected. The ... Read More
My wife and I are platinum level cruisers, needless to say we have stayed true to Princess. We decided to try the newest in the Princess fleet that is the Majestic Princess, unfortunately the experience was not what we expected. The atmosphere we experienced on previous cruises with Princess on obviously smaller ships (Golden princess, Diamond Princess, Sea Princess) was not there. On this occasion it was just as if Princess have focused on getting as much as possible from passengers, giving very little back...No more happy hour...Elite/Platinum special afternoon get together s were dismal to say the least. Overall a very average cruise experience definitely not up to Princess standard...Hopefully it will not be the standard for future cruises, because if not then a lot of regular Princess cruises will be looking at other cruise lines. Ship:- A beautiful ship - clean and definitely Majestic Cabin:- Balcony cabin M629 was great with all anyone could ask for..No noise with easy access to lifts - stairs - buffet area and the Wake Bar at the very rear of the ship. Dining:- We had anytime dining and did not experience any problems getting a table. We were however disappointed with the meals on several occasions. Meat was not cooked (raw) one one occasion not edible. Other dishes were very repetitious and bland, definitely not as described. The buffet was as expected for the first two days, but it never changed ????what you saw to-day is what you got tomorrow.... Entertainment: Went to the Theater once and saw a juggler and comedian...great show Went once to a Princess production show and did not go again...It was loud and suitable for a very young audience, certainly not for the majority of older folk. In cabin TV was great with a good selection of the latest movies... Activities:- A good selection of daytime programs to suit most tastes. most of which were around the Atrium area of the ship. If you could get a table... Service:- Could not fault the service from any area of the ship...staff were always ready to assist and help. Ports:- Having done this cruise twice before we were familiar with the ports visited, however still enjoyed every aspect every time. Shore Excursions:- I guess this is always a bone of contention for regular cruises as they are aware that the cost of an excursion from Princess is going to be far more expensive than purchasing from local operators..Always a good idea to do your research before buying an excursion from the ship. Drinks:- One would think that sailing duty free ect would be great, sadly this is not the case. The average price of a beer was around $8.95 with the price of a glass of average wine was $10 per glass. A bottle of wine for which we would purchase in Australia for around $10-$12 per bottle, started at $46 and went up from there. I, like the majority of cruises who enjoy an ale or glass of wine consider this to be exorbitant. If you dont drink at all thats fine but an average Aussie considers this a part of the social experience and looks forward to it. The so called Duty Free alcohol on board the ship is just ridiculous, you can buy better from Dan Murphy on a regular day. Why Princess and other cruise lines think that passengers are silly is beyond me. Conclusion:- A big ship and definitely an experience, but for a regular older (65+) cruiser I would probably choose a more traditional ship, I can go down to Westfield Plaza and sit in a coffee shop and have the same if not a better atmosphere. 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
Sail Date March 2019
The Majestic Princess is a relatively new ship, but there are things about the ship that make me feel it's age. It feels closed in in the public areas. Low ceilings and small halls etc just gave me a closed in feeling. There was ... Read More
The Majestic Princess is a relatively new ship, but there are things about the ship that make me feel it's age. It feels closed in in the public areas. Low ceilings and small halls etc just gave me a closed in feeling. There was nothing really grand about the dining room: it was perfectly nice just nothing special. I had read alot about the beautiful atrium/piazza, again, nice but nothing really special. The rooms were also nice enough, although I have been in nicer rooms on other cruise lines. I wish there had been a lounge chair or small couch so that you didn't have to sit on the bed all the time. (Speaking of that: our cabin steward made our be before we checked out even though we told him we would be back--that grossed me out, knowing he had likely done the same thing before we checked in so we might be sitting on someone else's "germs") I really likely that there we laundry facilities onboard. We had taken a land tour prior to our cruise and it was nice to be able to do laundry without having to pay the ship's laundry rates. The food on this ship is, at best, uninspired. The buffet is similar to a low priced family buffet (Golden Corral for those in the US). The food is basically the same every day: there is really nothing "wrong" with it, it is just boring and not particularly flavorful. Getting a piece of bread toasted is a challenge, you have to track down a toaster, then an employee and then get them to toast it. It would be better if the toasters were available for anyone to use. We only ate at the buffet for breakfast after the first day because of the "blah-ness" of the food. Because of New Zealand's strict vegetation restrictions the fruit was cut up so you couldn't take it ashore. I didn't mind the apples, etc but peeling the bananas and cutting them in half was weird. We also struggled to get a refill on our beverages. Finding a seat was a bit of a challenge as well. We ate at the pizza restaurant several days, and we ate at the noodle bar several days for lunch. Both were tasty and amazingly fairly easy to get beverage refills. The burger bar was also pretty good. The main dining room was also okay: some of the food was really good, some just "okay". The desserts were absolutely nothing to write home about. You expect cruise desserts to be special but they just weren't. Again, getting a refill on our beverage was almost no-existant. It shows that the service wasn't what you would expect. The casino was small and the game payouts were not very "generous" I played very little. The shows were fine: I enjoyed them. My husband wasn't as impressed. As indicated in other reviews the theater just isn't big enough for the number of people onboard. The best night was the day that had 3 shows. Embarkation was great: very smooth and quick-we were in our rooms in less than a half hour. The rooms were ready when we got on so there was no lugging around your carry on bag while you ate lunch or had a drink. Very little pressure to buy beverage packages or upgrade to specialty dining. That was nice. We loved all of the ports of call: however, there were two things that weren't so good. There was a change in itinerary that resulted in less than normal time in two of the ports. Tauranga was very odd because we got in at 4:30 am. No shore excursions started that early(obviously) and most of them were fairly long so they ended up feeling rushed in order to get back to the ship on time. (We used a secondary provider instead of the ship's offerings.) Several of the ship's tours came back late so the ship had to leave late. The tours in Akaroa were also late getting back resulting in very long lines to get a tender and very few people got back to the ship at the recommended "on board" time. I think we were about 2 hours or better late leaving that port. It appears that Princess has some issues either with their own timing or that of their vendors to get back in a timely fashion. (one of the Princess tour buses ran out of gas and one had their keys stolen by a biker--made me glad that I was on an aftermarket tour) We discussed that we did not know that we would take another Princess cruise, primarily because of the food and the service. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
First time on a Princess 'Royal class' ship and I was interested to compare this ship with the 'Crown class' ships I'd previously sailed on. Well I can confirm it's big, and although there were some pluses ... Read More
First time on a Princess 'Royal class' ship and I was interested to compare this ship with the 'Crown class' ships I'd previously sailed on. Well I can confirm it's big, and although there were some pluses in the experience, for me, I felt that Majestic was a little too big. As usual embarkation (Elite) was seamless. Even the photographers respected our polite no thank you, although sadly they reverted to normal at the port gangways. Did not like being mauled by that Panda! Our cabin was great, although the balcony was a little small and our steward was excellent. I thought that storage space was far better than the smaller ships. Lifts. I don't need to use them but when I did I found that I needed to wait longer than on previous ships, particularly at peak times. Alfredo's. Wonderful! Particularly liked the small pasta dishes. Service was always excellent and the pizza was cooked to perfection.(unlike in other reviews) International cafe. Good. but not as good as previously.Friendly service at breakfast. pastries v.good. Not always possible to get waiter even when quiet but always managed to find one. Coffee card now electronic so you can't carry it over to next cruise but still great value. Some confusion over which line is for coffee and which is for food. A few people very grumpy if they feel you're jumping the line, particularly in the morning. Walking the deck.On sea days I've got into the habit of an hour deck walk. Not easy on this ship. Previously I've walked Prom deck but this isn't really viable on Majestic. .Had to use upper decks which provided little shelter from the wind. ( Fortunately it was mostly dry). Elite perks. Mostly very good. Wife loves free laundry. One thing not as good. On past trips we were allowed to access the tenders by showing our cards at a time of our choosing. This didn't happen on this cruise. Yes, we had a separate waiting area and we probably got off the ship quicker than others but there was still a long wait. Dinning. World Fresh Marketplace Good variety of food and mostly excellent quality. Tea, coffee somewhat problematic with some machines empty or out of order. Didn't like the seating set up. Certainly not the place for a quite Lunch on a sea day Anytime Dining. It's a small thing but on my many previous Princess voyages I cannot recall an occasion when my water glass was allowed to empty. Not so on this ship. Service was inconsistent. Some of the waiters seemed to lack confidence, others didn't appear to pay attention to detail and on one night the waiter thought that he was auditioning for a comedy show! (He wouldn't have got the part). The food was comparable to other smaller ships. Captains Circle event. Better than anything we'd experienced before.: generous with drinks, relevant and mercifully short. Exceeded expectations. Theatre.. Simply too small. Not happy about having to arrive over half an hour early to secure a seat. Missed some shows I'd have liked to see, due to this. Gym Not big enough. Very busy at peak times. Enrichment programme. Hoped that a larger ship would have a greater range but this was not the case. Flash sales, bingo, quizzes were the norm. The Maori Ambassadors were a shinning light in an otherwise unenlightening experience. Disembarkation. Late and a little chaotic. Maybe due to numbers? I would not discount using the larger ship again, but ,on balance, I would prefer a smaller one. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
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 3.7
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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