Majestic Princess 11-14 thru 12/7/19
A note, if this review appears to be more critical than one of praise of our back to back voyages on the Majestic Princess it’s because we’re more sensitive to features not pleasing to us. We ... Read More
Majestic Princess 11-14 thru 12/7/19
A note, if this review appears to be more critical than one of praise of our back to back voyages on the Majestic Princess it’s because we’re more sensitive to features not pleasing to us. We are optimists and thus expecting all to be wonderful.
The Sydney port is one of the easiest ones to use for embarkation, flawlessly run and efficient in allowing passengers to board. Ditto goes for disembarkation. On our back to back voyages, leaving from and returning to the ship was plain out and out problem free. Traffic about the port area moved smoothly. The pier is a block away from “the rock” an area of shops and restaurants, some with fine goods. You can also walk to the opera house from here or pick up a ferry to ride about the harbor and to the zoo. Try out some of the pastries, you’ll see them in various windows. The area is safe, eye appealing and worth a look. You’ll also find musicians about the dock area making it lively and attractive. The new light rail was about to open. It will take you to the Central Business District and all the sights about it.
Our baggage arrived quickly. Overall the embarkation process was something many other ports and cruise ships should emulate.
Our upgraded cabin was on the 8th deck, Emerald 203. It’s decently sized with a sitting area, large desk and significant outlets at the desk delivering 2 North American, 2 European, one Aussie outlet and an usb port. On one side of the bed are 2 usb ports. Our bathroom had a full sized tub, no shower stall. My wife found plenty of storage space in the bathroom, closet and drawer space in the cabin. The bed was one of the most comfortable we have had at sea and this includes on top lines.
An unusual item about the ship are oval skywalks with glass floor panels extended out from the port & starboard sides over the water near mid deck 16. It’s something to enjoy yet poses a problem for a number of starboard cabins. The skywalks presents views below of the water one normally never would experience. Think of the Havasupai Skywalk at the Grand Canyon and you have an idea what this is. The problem is the skywalk also provides views directly of deck 15 starboard balconies along with balconies on decks 14, 12 and further down. You will have zero privacy on many starboard side cabins. I mean zero. One can almost touch the nearest cabin’s balcony, it’s that close. The usage of these balconies in my opinion is null and void, a waste of money to purchase. What was Princess thinking? Photo of this is attached.
A potential serious problem for some in cabins on emerald deck 8 is thrump, thrump, thrump. From the forward cabins to a number of them in back of ours the beat of the music from the theater is heard, disturbing at times, when the band practices or is during a performance. You’ll have to turn up the tv or wear ear plugs if you’re trying to get to sleep. We were disturbed seriously one evening and annoyed the nights we were in the cabin while an event was taking place. Of course, if you’re not in the cabins during these times everything would be aok for you. Another point re balconies, decks 10 and above look down upon decks 8 and 9 balconies and 9 also looks down on 8. Decks 10 and higher appear not to have this privacy issue. Consider this if balcony privacy is a concern and opt for one of the higher decks. Remember, as on most Princess ships the bridge extends out which provides the captain and crew good visibility and also views onto balconies nearby.
Our cabin attendants were excellent. In fact throughout the ship the ship’s personnel worked hard to have you feel comfortable.
The ship’s stabilizers do a fantastic job in rough weather. This has been our smoothest voyage yet in rough seas. Yet remember, they can only do so much. The décor is not pretentious nor drab. The two tv’s in our cabin playback ABC (Australian not American Broadcasting Corp news, Sky News, etc) and videos on demand which features many movies. BBC news is repetitive yet informative. It was refreshing not to have CNN/Fox/MSNBC.
The entertainment in the main theater is that, entertainment with several Aussie entertainers. The theater’s seats are comfortable with a neat feature. The rows in front of you have sufficient drop that people seating in those seats do not block your stage view. There are no obstructing pillars, another plus and sign of good design. A negative is the audio system. It’s ok for voice but for music it falls short in audio quality to this writer.
The internet is slow and at times would not connect. This always is a disappointment. On our most recent Celebrity voyage it had nearly homelike speed and reliability so Princess sure has the prospect of upgrading what system the Majestic has.
There appears to be sufficient lounge space on the various decks even on sea days. Lounge towels are readily available. The bathroom towels are supple and of decent quality.
Deck 16’s World Buffet comments – waiters are fast and efficient. They make up for the lack of coffee/tea/water dispensary stations which amounts to around 2 for the entire buffet area. The orange juice, for whatever reason, equals the best you’ll find on any 5/6 star line. A personal observation certainly and was a delight to enjoy. There is always a greeter who tries to have everyone hand wash with soap & water using a sink. Great idea yet sometimes a long line forms at the sink. We bypassed this by going into the restaurant and using the Purell dispensers.
Buffet food is buffet food. Lots of starches always available. The restaurant foods are ok.
We found it really petty that a side card was inserted in the menu listing optional items at $25 up a plate. The service by the staff here as elsewhere we found to be fine.
There is a Chinese noodle stand near poolside. Give it a try.
Ice cream – in the restaurants is good. At the so called ice cream stand – it’s soft serve. Want to know why not many people crowd about it? Give it a try, you’ll find out why.
Pizza - there is a pizza sit down restaurant on deck 6 and worth trying. The single meal pie was surprisingly good with a crust many land based pizzerias should emulate.
The shops were of much higher end one would think of finding on Princess. Cartier and Bvlgary on a Princess ship? Come on now. But it was refreshing to see and being repetitive, all the stores’ staff were helpful.
The art auction is nice going to for the Champaign. Several works were bid up & sold for $10k. Buy art on a ship for enjoyment and not for investment might be a wise consideration.
The gym is well equipped. Lots of treadmills & bikes. There’s at least one side room for exercise classes. The weight area is ample with several machines for arm & leg strengthening. Even on sea days in midafternoon it was not overly crowded. On port days it was empty at times.
We are turned off by the photo staff wanting to take our picture upon boarding and at least one of the ports toured. They were not pesky and petty things like this happen on all equivalent lines. Once we say “no” they should honor our wish and move on to others.
We did laundry twice on the ship.
The self-use machines were near the rear of the deck. 4 washers and dryers were in the room. A token machine dispenser is available for machine use at $3 each. Simply determine the number desired and swipe your ship card through the machine. A dispenser for detergent also requires a token. The washers are of large capacity. The dryers do their job using a single token. Our elite status friends get their laundry done gratis. A shirt came back ruined, the ship compensated them for it. If you want to save a few bucks bring along some detergent pods from home for the washers.
With the average age announced on the 2nd leg of our trip being 68 and the first leg appearing to us being in the low to mid 70s we have to question the piped in music aboard. Did Princess ever hear of music from the 50s, early 60s or even the 70’s? The music selection played was bloody awful and at times more suitable perhaps for Carnival.
If you’re a lover of lido decks you will be disappointed here. The deck has nearly no open area visible to the sea. The aft portion is sealed off for crew only. Almost all of the remaining area is blocked by the tenders. The open rear area my wife believed was reserved for smokers. This personally I did not want to verify. Photo attached.
The Library – Blame it on progress but call this the game room instead for the number of books are the most limited of any ship we have cruised. If you’re expecting to read library material you will be disappointed. Bring along your own reading material be it in electronic or a physical form.
We’re not drinkers so cannot report on any of the bars. They all had eye appeal is all I can say.
Overall, our experience on the Majestic Princess was pleasant & made especially so by the dedicated staff. As big as this ship is it wasn’t overwhelming in size and the public decks were set up well. Read Less