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59 Sydney (Australia) Princess Majestic Princess Cruise Reviews

Had always wanted to visit New Zealand but was uncertain whether to spend Christmas onboard. Turned out they did make it kind of special and we were pleasantly surprised. First of all, embarkation and disembarkation at the beginning ... Read More
Had always wanted to visit New Zealand but was uncertain whether to spend Christmas onboard. Turned out they did make it kind of special and we were pleasantly surprised. First of all, embarkation and disembarkation at the beginning and end of the cruise were breezy even though there were quite a few stations to go through during embarkation. Our cabin was almost ready when we got on and we could leave our hand carry there before heading to the buffet. The only complaint we had was that disembarkation at each port was announced only on the PA but not clearly signed onboard. So, if you happened to miss the announcement, you would have to ask/wander around to find the exit point. The gangway was kind of narrow and not conducive to passengers simultaneously getting off and on, which means waiting for the gangway to clear at one end before passengers could go at the other end. Having said that, the wait was usually not too long. We ate mostly at the buffet for breakfast and lunch. There were lots of variety at the buffet, although choices did not vary much from day to day. The Bakery at the buffet was disappointing. Most days I couldn't find anything worthwhile to try. We were able to find something different to try at the main dining room every night, although I had fish more often than I thought. Lobster was on the menu only once during our 12 day cruise and it happened on Christmas eve. Lunch buffet on Christmas day was exceptional. There was seafood galore - king crab legs, clams, prawns, etc. All served cold though. There was long lineup well into the afternoon that day. Dessert was also spectacular that day with quite a few selection of huge cakes, including black forest. The cruise director and staff sang Christmas carols and created fake snow in the piazza. Instead of the usual chocolates, the cabin steward left a small Christmas stocking with extra candies on Christmas eve. All nice touches. Nightly entertainment in the theatre was lovely, whether big productions or individual acts. As a result of the smallish size of the theatre, though, always needed to show up at least half an hour before showtime to get good seats. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise as an escape from the normal christmas. Embarkation was very quick. Our balcony cabin was nice the bed very comfortable,bathroom a bit smaller than other princess ships. and we were upgraded from an obstructed ... Read More
We chose this cruise as an escape from the normal christmas. Embarkation was very quick. Our balcony cabin was nice the bed very comfortable,bathroom a bit smaller than other princess ships. and we were upgraded from an obstructed view to a clear view near the back on deck 12. Our Steward Marvin kept our room very clean nothing was to much trouble. We were on this cruise with our in-laws usually we are linked so our cabins are close .This time we were on a different deck and although we were on the same side their balcony cabin was almost at the front.With such a big ship we certainly got our steps up unless we pre arranged where to meet. The theatre performances were the best we have seen on any cruises even previous princess cruises.The market place was very disappointing Couldn’t get any hot vegetables with roast meats until the second to last day of the cruise. The exception was the seafood feast on Christmas Day and the deserts were amassing. We payed the $299 for myself and my husband,probably should have just payed for myself as the first and last day of the cruise we didn,t get to use it and it was hard to fit it in when going on tours.Really missed being able to walk around the deck(no promenade. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We usually travel on the smaller to mid size ships on various cruise lines and were very hesitant to try a large ship but a very good deal came up for this Xmas cruise so it was only 12 days so thought it was a perfect opportunity to try ... Read More
We usually travel on the smaller to mid size ships on various cruise lines and were very hesitant to try a large ship but a very good deal came up for this Xmas cruise so it was only 12 days so thought it was a perfect opportunity to try it. We were very pleasantly surprised as the food was good in all venues without too many lines to wait in though we tried to avoid the lido buffet as it is like a mad house at peak times. The entertainment was plentiful day and night with fantastic production shows,great pianist in the crooners bar lots of trivia and game shows happening and always something happening in the atrium from dancing to crafts to the biggest Haka at sea. The stateroom was clean and modern and the ice was always replenished and the towels and bedding good quality. The ship felt crowded at times but mainly between showtimes or peak hour meal times. Embarkation was smooth and all well organised. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This is undoubtedly a beautiful ship. We have cruised many times and this was our first cruise with Princess. We found the passenger base on the older traveller side. We took our 17 year old with us on a XMAS cruise and there was very ... Read More
This is undoubtedly a beautiful ship. We have cruised many times and this was our first cruise with Princess. We found the passenger base on the older traveller side. We took our 17 year old with us on a XMAS cruise and there was very little for her to do and very little company her own age. The ship targets catering very well for the Chinese and American passenger base which was very high on this cruise. Given it was an Australian and NZ cruise, we though there would be a little more focus on this. We had a mini-suite and it was great. The food choices and quality were fantastic though you should note room service menu (all without cost) does not offer healthy choices. On this menu it is about hotdogs, cheeseburgers and fries. The only omission for restaurant and Marketplace food was fish and chips. I thought that fish and chips would be an option at some point but it wasn't. Le Mer was fabulous as was the Noodle Bar and the Italian Restaurant. The XMAS day food was above fantastic. Fresh seafood galore in the buffet for lunch and dinner in the restaurant had beautiful XMAS choices including ham, turkey, lamb etc. Our daughter is vegetarian and she had a lot of choice throughout the cruise. Our only disappointment was the teenager program. 13-17 year old are clumped together as one group. They put on a disco at 10.30pm clearly targeting the older teenager group but did this on the second last night. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My 12th cruise with Princess, sadly my last one in any of the Princess ships constructed from the Majestic Princess onwards from 2017. The good points. Excellent service, mostly excellent food, good attitude by almost all of the crew I ... Read More
My 12th cruise with Princess, sadly my last one in any of the Princess ships constructed from the Majestic Princess onwards from 2017. The good points. Excellent service, mostly excellent food, good attitude by almost all of the crew I encountered, ship in excellent condition, a good variety and great level of entertainment throughout the ship. The stateroom, mini suite, was fine and the on demand TV much appreciated That is why I usually cruise with Princess. Embarkation and disembarkation were quick and easy and tender service at Port Arthur good. The not so good, in fact very disappointing. It seems to be the policy of Princess, and other cruise lines, to construct larger and larger cruise ships, jamming as many staterooms onto them as possible, and of course many more passengers. It would be fine if they also increased deck space, number of lifts, entertainment and food serving areas in line with this but the opposite is happening. The lifts on the ship were hopeless most of the time, slow, jammed with passengers and long waiting times as they usually stopped at every floor up and down. Sometimes the lift arrived already full after waiting for some time. It was quicker to walk up or down seven decks than use the lifts but for many elderly passengers this is not an option. It is easy to see why this is the case, the Sea Princess, 2000 passengers, has 11 lifts, the Majestic Princess which can accomodate more than 4000 passengers has 14 lifts to service an extra 3 decks. There should be at least 20 lifts on the ship to adequately handle the number of passengers on board. There is no longer a time honoured feature of all cruise ships, the open promenade deck circling the entire ship, it is in name only, just 4 small decks in between the lifeboats. No more passengers relaxing on sun lounges or walking or jogging around the ship out of the sun, rain and wind. The secondary result is passengers are forced down the centre of the ship when moving around rather than use the promenade deck, quite often causing congestion. There is an absolutely useless and short jogging track on the top aft of the ship, which involved having to enter and exit the basketball court on both sides through gates, open to the elements and closed on one side for some unexplained reason. Open decks at the front of the ship have been eliminated, no more getting a great forward view over the bow of the ship like from several of the decks found on older Princess ships. There is a forward view from the enclosed Hollywood conservatory but this is very limited and cannot accomodate many people. However on the recently launched Sky Princess, a sister ship of the Majestic Princess, the Hollywood Conservatory and indoor pool has been eliminated and replace by about 60 staterooms, so even more passengers and less deck space and facilities. The Crooners lounge is another part of the ship which is passenger unfriendly. Meant to used as a music venue it consists on a number of partitioned off sitting areas completed isolated from where the entertainer/s perform. Ludicrous. Also the free steam and dry sauna usually found on older Princess ships has gone, So I will continue to sail with Princess but on their older ships. In fact I would rather sail on the 24 year old Sea Princess than the Majestic Princess, it is a cruise ship with lots of deck space everywhere. The Majestic Princess is just a floating hotel designed with maximum passenger capacity and minimum open deck space where one cannot relax and enjoy the views in all directions, surely a major part of the cruising experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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
Sail Date November 2019
Cruised to North Queensland. The ship is beautiful. There are some very classy parts of the ship. The anytime dining was no issue at all and we only had to wait a short time for a table on formal night. The buffet food was not so great. ... Read More
Cruised to North Queensland. The ship is beautiful. There are some very classy parts of the ship. The anytime dining was no issue at all and we only had to wait a short time for a table on formal night. The buffet food was not so great. Loved the pizza restaurant. The food was authentic. The biggest issue was disembarking and embarking from the ports (except for Brisbane). It was by tender boats and it took way too long. We were very stressed that we would miss our independent tour even though we turned up one and a half hours before our shore tour, it was almost not enough time.This has to be looked at by Princess as it really cuts down on time in ports. Overall it was a very pleasant cruise except for a few rude baby boomer aged guests. For example, on at least four different occasions I saw people who were in their sixties burping really loudly! And they were from a western culture, so they knew better. Walking through the glamourous Hollywood pool area and hearing one woman doing the longest burp I have ever heard from anyone really ruined the ambiance. - I hope you are reading this, learn some manners! Seriously, what is wrong with some people? We were travelling with kids and at one point we happened to be standing outside the Hollywood pool area just looking at it. Entitled BB walks by rudely telling us, kids are not allowed, acting like she's a cop. Obviously we know that, that's why are standing on the outside looking in. Sheesh! Considering how rude some of the older people were on this cruise ship it might be better to ban them from the Hollywood area, at least my kids don't burp like pigs. It's a pity such a classy ship isn't matched by some of the clientele. Apart from that, it was really great. I would definitely go back on this ship. Entertainment on TV was really good. Live shows were good. Costumes and sets were fantastic with some shows. The third bed in the cabin is in a bad place. They probably thought it makes it feel less like bunk beds, but it blocks access to the balcony when down. I know the housekeeper knows it's a problem as he wanted to put it up as quickly as possible. He said put the make up my room sign out, and he'll put it up, but we were still hitting our heads before then. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Better than expected Lots of Fun with lots of facilities Plenty food in Marketplace and staff are friendly and helpful A real holiday Staff helpful love your food waiters and they are all very accommodating Shows are ... Read More
Better than expected Lots of Fun with lots of facilities Plenty food in Marketplace and staff are friendly and helpful A real holiday Staff helpful love your food waiters and they are all very accommodating Shows are spectacular and are of international standards Dancers are very pro Preparation well for daily activities Videos prior to next day activity is a nice touch Paper version also a plus Ship is stable and well done providing a smooth trip and uneventful journey that’s pleasing to my group of six Love the swimming pool and spa Down side of trip Don’t like pressure sales such as art auction, regret attending Dance area too small Good line dance routine obviously popular but space too small in atrium and tables and chairs around it should be removed for dance sessions Rooms should be served with shoehorn combs and tooth brush and slippers Shuttles are messy with long waiting for return particularly at Airlie beach trip Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Wanted to do a NZ cruise. Everything from embarkation to disembarkation was smoothly and professionally done. Well done to every staff member on the beautiful Majestic Princess. The ship is beautifully laid out from comfortable cabins to ... Read More
Wanted to do a NZ cruise. Everything from embarkation to disembarkation was smoothly and professionally done. Well done to every staff member on the beautiful Majestic Princess. The ship is beautifully laid out from comfortable cabins to lovely restaurants. We chose anytime dining which suited us well, the service was faultless, we find the shore excursions promoted by the ship way out of our price range so we don’t use them and prefer to do our own. The staff were exceptional and had smiles for everyone, even those passengers who were a little more challenging. My only complaint would be that the entertainment was not as good as previous cruises I have done, I just chose not to stay for them rather than complain. Well done Captain Sagani and your wonderful crew. A memorable first and not my last time with this beautiful ship. Princess Majestic is truly a most majestic ship. A wonderful 60th birthday present for me. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
They need to have a Keto menu. We follow Keto for health benefits, no sugar no flour but there was only no sugar items made with flour or no flour items with sugar. If you changed gluten free option to Keto you would be serving both of ... Read More
They need to have a Keto menu. We follow Keto for health benefits, no sugar no flour but there was only no sugar items made with flour or no flour items with sugar. If you changed gluten free option to Keto you would be serving both of us. We only have cream in our coffee and had to request it each time, then we got so much it seemed a waste. Also took a while and then the coffee was cold. Why not have cream as an option with the other milks We enjoyed the shows and had some lovely massages, didn’t like being asked to buy products though. The library was sooooo disappointing, very small and not worth going to. Loved having a balcony as it made for great viewing without having to leave our room. Would have liked more craft activities by a professional as I am a crafter. Had a fab time but glad to be home eating my lovely lunch of haloumi, mushrooms and olives Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
The lovely cabin was the highlight of this ship. The Majestic Princess is certainly large! A cross between a Westfield shopping mall and a casino. Quite difficult to navigate as most of the large open areas have no markings as to what ... Read More
The lovely cabin was the highlight of this ship. The Majestic Princess is certainly large! A cross between a Westfield shopping mall and a casino. Quite difficult to navigate as most of the large open areas have no markings as to what direction is the front of the ship. They run red carpet on the starboard side and blue on the port side in the cabin hallways, common sense was obviously not used in this design decision. All of the (non-automatic) doors in the public areas are not marked with pull or push markings confusing many passengers. The entertainment and shows were great. The princess theatre was usually packed out at least 15 minutes before each show. They would simulcast the shows to princess live which is set up like a large TV studio but has the speakers overhead and a low ceiling so the sound quality is awful. They tend to cram the shows to conflict with the dining hours and they generally do not run matinee sessions which would be more appropriate on sea days. The design of this ship makes it very difficult to walk around the outside. There is no promenade deck you can do laps of and they deliberately close off areas to make it more difficult. The forward sections of deck 7 are cordoned off as crew only and the deck comes to a dead-end at the back of both sides of the ship. You can walk around the top when they do not block off the stairs due to "high winds" which they even did in light to moderate wind conditions. Being a large ship the tender transfers were generally well organised but the some of the tender crews appeared quite inexperienced. This was our second cruise with Princess and we prefered the smaller Crown Princess. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
First cruise on this ship. Internals similar to Sun and Sea Princess but bigger. Takes a while to get from one end to the other, apparently has 3500 passengers in Australia but up to 4500 whilst overseas. This probably explains why ship ... Read More
First cruise on this ship. Internals similar to Sun and Sea Princess but bigger. Takes a while to get from one end to the other, apparently has 3500 passengers in Australia but up to 4500 whilst overseas. This probably explains why ship did not feel busy ( except of course in Princess Theatre-as per usual for Princess Cruises). Being set up for overseas it had things that Princess once had in Australian ships.eg free soft cone ice creams, full cream ice cream at Bistro ( or Marketplace as they call it), pizza's free but with other items, free noodle bar, free hamburgers etc. Alcohol is expensive as no Australian $6 beers ( they were $8.50) no $9 glass of wine ( they were $14 up) compared to P&O. Duty free prices on board for alcohol was still twice the price in Port Vila. Princess Theatre had an extra escape route to level 6 which meant could exit with no problems as compared with Sun and Sea. Dancing and singing group larger then usual and put on great shows with effects, however, I am sure they were the second rate singers on board. Other shows were hit and miss, some great and others well so so. Always great to have a band playing not pre recorded music as on P&O etc. Entertainment crew boss Andrew was very good and deputy Cristiaan was excellent, other were ..so so. Stores only sold expensive rubbish, nothing worth buying. International café free was good, coffee on board was boring no real taste.But coffee cards loaded onto cruise card were good value. Cannot walk around ship on one level as on Sun and Sea, but plenty of room upstairs to move. Gym was excellent full of equipment and 24 hour access. Marketplace (Bistro) was excellent and plenty of variety, no need to go to restaurants. Only problem was finding what you need as so big, things scattered, but plenty of seating and quality and variety very good. Trivia prizes crap which maybe good as to reduce trivia rage.... Rooms were good, better insulation in walls, larger TV with movies etc on demand free. No gratuities charged to Australians. Elite members looked after with extra afternoon snacks and cheaper cocktails. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Having travel princess before we were hoping to get more of the same And while the dinning was great and service excellent - service at other time seemed under staffed. Who wants to get a scone or toast then wait 10 minutes for the jam ... Read More
Having travel princess before we were hoping to get more of the same And while the dinning was great and service excellent - service at other time seemed under staffed. Who wants to get a scone or toast then wait 10 minutes for the jam The highlight of past princess cruise was the entertainment staff - this time the flopped - they just went through the motions and didn’t engage the passenger to encourage participation The ship has 3000 people and most nightly activities are in the central piazza where getting a seat is hard work Shore activities were really good And their staff really helpful - it was a highlight Our room was always clean and fresh and what we expect from princess I’m still a fan - the food is always top shelf and presentation spot on. Just need to make sure the service picks back up to make in the Princess I expect Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
My wife and I wanted to visit Tassie so we decided to take a cruise there it worked out to be a great choice . Modern ship great decor, service was very good , the ship was at full capacity but never felt crowded . We had a mini suite ... Read More
My wife and I wanted to visit Tassie so we decided to take a cruise there it worked out to be a great choice . Modern ship great decor, service was very good , the ship was at full capacity but never felt crowded . We had a mini suite located deck 14 mid ship.Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze no hassles.Meal menus and choices in the dinning areas we felt could have been a little better, still good and should fulfill most people’s appetite.Shore tours where well planned and well organised by the crew . Would recommend you book prior to boarding the ship however as they were limited. Entertainment was good plenty of different themes from musical to comedy . The theatre was big and plenty of seats it’s pillarless and you have a great view of the stage from every seat.I would highly recommend the Majestic Princess for your next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Great ship and cruise but had a problem in the Princess theater. When my partner sat down the seat completely came out of its moorings and both he and the seat landed hard on the floor, causing an injury to him. No one on the ship can ... Read More
Great ship and cruise but had a problem in the Princess theater. When my partner sat down the seat completely came out of its moorings and both he and the seat landed hard on the floor, causing an injury to him. No one on the ship can handle serious complaints, as we couldn't dance anymore, which ruined our trip. I'm waiting for Princess Customer service to call me back. Other than that, it's a beautiful ship. Designed originally for the Chinese market, it's got beautiful Chinese designs and decorations and notably every corner is gracefully curved. The Piazza is larger than any other ship but still not large enough for the multitude of dance lessons they offer. Notably on this cruise often the Piazza entertainment was a lovely cello/violin duo who played classical music and the first Headliner was a showy classical violinist. Everyone enjoyed this, whether you were a classicial afficianado or not. We booked small sized private tours and loved them. Food OK - nothing outstanding, but waiters very accommodating in Club Class. Room steward outstanding. The large size of the ship didn't bother me. Don't miss the outstanding 17th floor solarium, which is free. And this was best time of year to travel - not that cool - definitely better than the hot summer months of January-February - and less crowded. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We did a 3 days cruise to no where. The ship is only 2 years old so is quite new and in good condition. Highlights were the movies under the stars, good steak at Crown Grill, quite good food at the buffet with a wide variety, good gym and ... Read More
We did a 3 days cruise to no where. The ship is only 2 years old so is quite new and in good condition. Highlights were the movies under the stars, good steak at Crown Grill, quite good food at the buffet with a wide variety, good gym and other sporting activities such as golf practice range, basketball court and numerous table tennis tables. Our balcony cabin was in good condition but the pull down bed for our daughter meant it was hard to get out to the balcony when it was down. The room seemed a little small but the wardrobe was a good size and the bathroom nice and modern and clean. The shows were very good, the violinist and the dancers put on great events especially the tech based dance show. Afternoon tea in one of the dining rooms was good, nice tea, cakes and nibbles. Did not like the lack of ambience of the speciality restaurants, they open to a bar or to a walk way, too noisy. Poor service in the Crooners Bar Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Great 3 night cruise, good entertainment and activities on board. Trivia, Bingo, game shows and dance classes. Lovely modern ship with some nice decor. Stayed in a Comfortable balcony room. Leaving from Sydney the ship operates in ... Read More
Great 3 night cruise, good entertainment and activities on board. Trivia, Bingo, game shows and dance classes. Lovely modern ship with some nice decor. Stayed in a Comfortable balcony room. Leaving from Sydney the ship operates in $AU which helps. Long lines for breakfast and lunch in the main dining room which was annoying, good menu and food was nice. Brought the enclave package for the 3 days $139 per couple and we were able to use the thermal spa pool, heated tile seats, fragrant showers, also the steam and sauna rooms. Cocktails on board were a reasonable price. We had a comedian show in the theater the first night, 2nd night was The Princess singers and dancers show which was spectacular and a violinist the 3rd night. Tropical Party at night around the pool and a balloon drop on the last night. Embarkation and disembarkation process was very smooth, easy and no queues. Nice arrangement of shops on board and they had sale days. Overall a nice ship and would definitely cruise on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The itinerary appealed. I enjoy cruising in and out of Sydney. I'd read reports that this ship was built for an Asian market so perhaps they don't like the fresh air and sun? The vast Hollywood Conservatory would have been ... Read More
The itinerary appealed. I enjoy cruising in and out of Sydney. I'd read reports that this ship was built for an Asian market so perhaps they don't like the fresh air and sun? The vast Hollywood Conservatory would have been much better if the roof and windows opened. It was adults only but strong chlorine smell, bizarre fake bird noises and lack of sun made it very unappealing. Might as well have been in a hotel lobby. There is only one outdoor pool and of course, the shrieking children were in that one. All ports except Brisbane were tender ports. The elderly demographic meant this was a very slow process, walking frames and all. The shuttle from Yorkeys Knob and Brisbane Cargo Wharf should have been free as there was no other option. Food was excellent, especially the Chef's Table experience, well worth the charge. Ship was very clean and shiny new, beds were fabulous. The buffet had a confusing lay out, many people going round in circles. It needed another tea/coffee area, often that was all I came for but those plastic mugs are horrible. The Room Service menu hasn't changed in 20 years and definitely needs a revamp. Afternoon tea in my cabin and balcony breakfast were superb. Super quick check in and out. I didn't go to any shows, too crowded. Atmosphere in bars ruined by sport on big screens. The outdoor movie screen was mostly not used as had broken in the storm. I liked the peace. Much time devoted to the art auctions, not my taste and very little sold. My cabin was on deck 15, good location for quick hop upstairs to pool and buffet. Deluxe balcony and I enjoyed having the sofa to sit on rather than those tub chairs or the bed. The balcony was small. I loved Port Douglas and Airlie Beach and will visit again. Saw friends in Brissie, port at Hamilton much more convenient but ship too large. I loved the newness of the ship but have realised I prefer a smaller vessel that can dock in town instead of tenders. I also think I'm too young or the Princess demographic is rapidly getting older, slower and grumpier, some real whingers onboard, nothing pleased them. Fortunately my dinner companions, late sitting Allegro were fantastic as were the staff. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This cruise was booked so that we could relax & unwind & we certainly were able to do that. The shore tours that we booked were well worth the cost,especially the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary & also the Crocodile Safari ... Read More
This cruise was booked so that we could relax & unwind & we certainly were able to do that. The shore tours that we booked were well worth the cost,especially the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary & also the Crocodile Safari Cruise. The chance to be up close with a koala who was actually awake & hand feed a kangaroo & also see crocodiles in their natural environment was amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed Alfredo’s Pizzeria & the Crown Grill was a great experience. Alfredo’s was included dining but the extra charge for Crown Grill was definately worth it as the waiters were very attentive. Despite Majestic being a large ship & there being 3500 passengers on board we never felt that it was over crowded or that we were unable to find seating for meals in the buffet or the theatre. We would cruise on Majestic Princess again in a heart beat. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
From Syd up the east coast to Port Douglas. Embarkation was very smooth. Princess does cater to an older demographic, but this Princess ship is larger than Golden or Diamond and it seemed a lot easier to navigate around all those walkers. ... Read More
From Syd up the east coast to Port Douglas. Embarkation was very smooth. Princess does cater to an older demographic, but this Princess ship is larger than Golden or Diamond and it seemed a lot easier to navigate around all those walkers. Beautiful Piazza, and Bars and Dining Room. there is something to be said for a ship that is only a few years old. Had an internal on Lido deck (L215) great bed and pillows and easy access to buffet and pools and the lovely Conservatory area. There was always space available which is such a bonus. Only draw back were those folks who can't seem to close their cabin door but let it SLAM shut behind them ( oh well what can you do). Food in main Dining Room was good, Hairdresser (Raylene) at the Spa was excellent. Had to search to find the ext. number for the Spa and the Massage price list, seems they don't want people ringing but prefer you trek all the way down to L.5 to the desk. Entertainment I would rate 6/10 not up to RoyalCaribbean's high standard but a few highlights. The big mistake on this Ship which holds around 4000 is a Theatre that only holds 875 ! People were getting into their seats at 6pm for a 7pm Show. Most just gave up and didn't bother - and there is no space to stand up the back at all. Weather was sunny and windy. Tenders at Airlie, Cairns and PtDouglas took a while. But Pt Douglas was lovely. Shops on board are quite good, musicians around the Bar areas are fine. Buffet area was hit and miss and very confusing layout. I also miss a pool at the back of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Stayed few nights in Sydney pre cruise. Enjoyed as had previously visited and knew what we wanted to see, Embarkation swift..good to be able to drop cases early . Were told we couldn't send cases of water through but could only ... Read More
Stayed few nights in Sydney pre cruise. Enjoyed as had previously visited and knew what we wanted to see, Embarkation swift..good to be able to drop cases early . Were told we couldn't send cases of water through but could only carry them on ourselves, Useful but expensive shuttle at Brisbane. Again we knew what we wanted to do once we were in town. Darwin quite disappointing..had visited previously. Felt ship could have offered complimentary shuttle into town. Wanted to visit Vietnam. Hadn't researched carefully enough and needed to book tour from Phu My 90 mins on excursion coach to Ho Chi Minh City. Very nice when got there but could have done with longer time in city but ship was leaving early. Disappointed in Kaosiung..again docked a long way from town in Commercial area.Paid for princess shuttle to downtown. Left at 8.30 am, arrived by 9 am but nothing opened till 11am. Again disappointed by short time in port. Did disembarkation tour in Hong Kong as had flight to Dubai that evening. Useful to be able to store luggage on coach until dropped off at airport....shame this tour wasn't advertised earlier. Again felt it was expensive, too much time at nunnery and insufficient time for lunch/ shopping (less than 90 mins). Arrived at airport after 4.5 hours when tour advertised as 5 hours. Felt overall planning of port visits not good. Timing needs to be looked at, so does docking so far away from downtown areas ! Balcony cabin was fine, balcony smaller than some ships we have been on, Steward was excellent, Didn't miss club chair which had been removed. Food in Dining Room very slow to come out one night..nothing to write home about. Buffet okay but difficult to find way around, Good service for drinks both on deck and in lounges. Not keen on shows but heard they were not that good and some complained they were unable to find seats but had heard others saw same show in each of the three sittings ! Ship large, disappointed no proper 'promenade' deck Always found sun loungers but we are early birds.. Didn't like cruise director making announcements 15 mins after MUTS had started. Surely he realises he is interrupting film ?? He stopped for a few days after someone sent a note to his Wake show but started again later in the cruise. Not keen on Piazza being so busy..used for too many activities..no peace and quiet ! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Excellent value for a suite - liked the itinerary - wanted to experience a new ship. Good overall but we did not like the mattress in the suite. I suspect it is rubber based as it always seemed to be hot. Club class dining is ... Read More
Excellent value for a suite - liked the itinerary - wanted to experience a new ship. Good overall but we did not like the mattress in the suite. I suspect it is rubber based as it always seemed to be hot. Club class dining is excellent with no waiting during anytime dining. Enrichment Lectures were lacking. Only one American based speaker (most of the PAX were Australian) and he joined part way through the cruise. No others. Captain Dino's announcements were all good but interaction with officers was non-existent - unfortunate - it happens sometimes. Had a look at pricing on a similar cruise (SYD-SIN) next year and note the price has doubled for the same number of days, compared with what we paid. At this price we will probably pass for that itinerary. We enjoyed the cruise and it was great value, an excellent ship. We will sail on her again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
First impression entering the Piazza, was wow. Very impressive. But the biggest thing that lets it down is the layout. The Market place is so confusing, it’s set out in 2 sections a bistro and buffet. To get your food you have to ... Read More
First impression entering the Piazza, was wow. Very impressive. But the biggest thing that lets it down is the layout. The Market place is so confusing, it’s set out in 2 sections a bistro and buffet. To get your food you have to negotiate .different areas. For example I wanted toasted Banana bread, I went to the counter with the Banana bread, then had to take it to another area to get it toasted then again to get butter. The Market place seating is divided by many screens, it feels a bit closed in. The Princess theatre is a good size but entering and exiting is a problem as the aisles are one person wide, which causes big problems with everyone trying to leave. The future cruise desk and captains circle club are in the same very small room, with only one staff member looking after each area. Causes major cuing. For a ship with 3500 passengers you would think they would have more room and more staff to handle the volume. Our cabin was excellent, we had a Club class mini suite, very big, plenty of room to sit, or eat a meal, very good and big balcony with table chairs and sun lounges. Embarkation and disembarkation was very good, very well organised. The entertainment was good with the imported artist, but the Princess entertainment was the same as any other ship. If you been on a few Princess cruises no need to go and see them. The crew where mainly very good, but there was a lot of Chinese crew that did not seem to want to serve anyone except Chinese passengers. I asked to use the Karaoke room and was told it was only for the Asian cruise, by one Chinese crew member, then told to go and see, the Internet cafe person, then told to see Customer services, who are the ones I saw first so I didn’t bother. I would not go on the Majestic Princess if there was an alternative ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
New ship and very very big. Great ship...Ports of call were interesting, should have been longer at Singapore and Vietnam, so much to see and do. Food menu was very disappointing in the Lido bar. Very repetitive and boring. ... Read More
New ship and very very big. Great ship...Ports of call were interesting, should have been longer at Singapore and Vietnam, so much to see and do. Food menu was very disappointing in the Lido bar. Very repetitive and boring. Disappointed with photo deals....no package offered...only digital copies promoted....not good! Ping pong tables were unsuitably positioned, in the wind rain and heat....should have been indoors. Gym was good, did not feel uncomfortable. Overall entertainment in Princess Theatre was good but not great, could have been better. Enjoyed the music and entertainment by the band Opus. Line dancing Flash mob Choir and yukelele was great. Balloon drop and staff entertainment was enjoyable. Loved The Majestic Princess overall. Looking forward to next cruise with Princess, already paid future cruise deposit in anticipation of a great holiday in 2020/2021. Hope my review will contribute to better changes in the future for all passengers concerned. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was a CruiseTour which included a 6 night land tour of Australia which included the Great Barrier Reef. Also included a 2 night stay at Ayers Rock which was a little long compared to what was there to see and the hotel accommodations ... Read More
This was a CruiseTour which included a 6 night land tour of Australia which included the Great Barrier Reef. Also included a 2 night stay at Ayers Rock which was a little long compared to what was there to see and the hotel accommodations were pretty rural. But the tour of Sydney prior to boarding the ship was excellent. The New Zealand portion of the cruise was excellent, beautiful scenery throughout and shore excursions were excellent. As I have trouble walking, we only do the easy excursions so we see a lot of scenery and drives around the town. Lot of good information, Getting on and off the ship in Sydney is extremely easy, well organized. As far at the ship itself, this is not a ship designed for cruising from US ports. This ship is designed for the Asian traveler as there are a reduced number of bars (areas are converted to gambling and mah jong halls. There is no pizza other than in Alfredo's which is a good pasta/pizza sit down space (no addtl charge) but the noodle bar poolside was good. We did Club Class dining and the service was fantastic. The food selections were not as they have been in the past, however with Club Class dining, you get one additional choice that is prepared in the eating area. Won't go back to regular anytime dining again when traveling on Princess. Hate the wait in lines to get a table. Only did the buffet on the lido deck once. The selection of food was mostly Asian type and layout was difficult to get around. All in all it was a good cruise, but it is long and if you are coming from the states, the time change affects you more than you realize. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Majestic Princess Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.2
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 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.3

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