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22 Sydney (Australia) to South Pacific Princess Majestic Princess Cruise Reviews

On this cruise I had organised a Meet & Greet and 84 participants had agreed to attend, but some had other special places to be and we ended up with 76 in total . . as far as I was concerned that was a great turn-out. I sent out ... Read More
On this cruise I had organised a Meet & Greet and 84 participants had agreed to attend, but some had other special places to be and we ended up with 76 in total . . as far as I was concerned that was a great turn-out. I sent out invitations to the Captain, Cruise Director and other Senior Staff and all attended and spoke to the group. We arranged a Cabin Crawl to be done on the next day which was the first sea day and thanks to all you volunteered their cabins we were able to visit all different types of cabins . . . Suites, Mini-suites, Balconies, Inside, aft and forward . . . Thank you everybody. Now the review: Embarkation . . . After arriving at Sydney Airport from Port Macquarie we were escorted to a waiting Princess transfer bus that took us straight down to the Embarkation Wharf at Circular Quay and it was our first full sighting of the Majestic Princess. Boy what a ship . . . huge. We were directed to the Priority Boarding line (we are Elite Passengers) and soon were heading for the Registration Desk to get our cruise cards. It was at this point that we struck a little problem. Eileen received her card with no problem but apparently they had lost mine, so after searching everywhere they issued me with a temporary cruise card that would get me on board but not to the cabin area. Once on board I was stopped by Security and told to wait until the Purser’s Desk could check and print out another cruise card for me as their computer terminal had gone down. After three-quarters of an hour and very much apologising from the crew and ship’s officers, I eventually got my card and was allowed to proceed to my cabin where Eileen was already waiting for me. We had a Balcony Cabin on Port Side Aft and it was very nice and as expected was tidy, very clean and fresh. I checked for our little “Freebees” that Elite Passengers get and found that they were all in their right places and it looked like we were ready to sail. By the way we were celebrating our 59th Wedding Anniversary and my Birthday on board this cruise. The Ship . . . The ship can carry 3560 Passengers with a crew of 1345. There are 36 Suites, 306 Mini Suites, 360 Deluxe Balcony Cabins, 732 Balcony Cabins and 342 Inside Cabins. Please note there are no Ocean View cabins on this ship.There are 20 Decks and the ship has 2 gigantic anchors. The ship is propelled by 2 huge propellers. The ship was launched in 2017 . . . The Captain was Captain Dino Sagani. After Two Sea Day we started at our Ports of Call . . . The night before the first port of call, which was Noumea, we went to the Crown Grill, a Speciality Restaurant on board, and had a great evening. The food was excellent. Service was great. Our first port of call was Noumea. Noumea is a perfect combination of South Pacific hospitality and European elegance. Although we had been here before we decided to do an excursion and decided on the Noumea Sights and Anse Vata Beach Break. In our opinion not worth the money and quite disappointed in the excursion. This excursion went for 4 hours. The next port of call was Mystery Island. Apparently this Island is uninhabited and the islanderss who live on adjoining islands come across to Mystery Island to set up stalls only when the ship are expected. Went ashore and walked around the tiny island, had a look at the airstrip that the American Forces made and used in World War II. I think this airfield could still be used today. Got sand in our toes and had a refreshing time. The weather has been great for the entire voyage so far. Sea Day today so went to the usual Trivia, then to the Enrichment Programme which was about “The Golden Age of Pirates”, did other miscellaneous things around the ship but after dinner we went to the Princess Theatre show which was The Princess Entertainer of Year winner Nathan Foley . . . wasn’t too bad but the next show in the Vista Lounge was very good and entertaining and that was the Marriage Match Gameshow. Suva today, 21st September and my Birthday. I was 21 again and I felt like 25. Did not take a ship’s excursions as we have been here many times before and we decided to just hop on the free shuttle and walk around the shopping area. Some things had changed but not many and the city was still quite dusty, noisy and full of people hurrying from place to place. Headed back to the ship for lunch and then to the Vista Lounge for the movie “The Death of Stalin”, which was a disaster and we walked out just in time to get to the start of Afternoon Trivia. At this point I would like to mention our Trivia Team . . . Karryl and Warren, Terry and Bernadette and Eileen & John. We didn’t win any major prizes but we had fun. We had bookings at Harmony Restaurant as a treat for my Birthday and it was fantastic. The food was just so plentiful that we could not eat it all. The staff were excellent and the atmosphere was very, very Chinese. Highly recommend. Caught a bit of the “Mercury Rising” (Freddie Mercury) show but it was completely full up so decided not to wait till the late show and did other things about the ship . . . cocktails, etc. and watched the goings on in the Piazza. Lautoka The forecast for today was around the 27c and we had an excursion to the “Land of the Giants” and the Orchids that grow near this spot. The gardens were very lovely and we walked throughout the circular pathways and the orchid collection. Some of the orchids were amazing and after hearing about the “Black Orchid” we were intrigued to see where it was. Well we asked and it was pointed out us but it was a surprise . . . it was a white orchid with very small black flowers right in the centre of the flower. We were looking for a complete black orchid. After the excursion we went back to the ship for Afternoon Trivia!!!! Tonight was the “Hot Latin Nights Deck Party”. Another Sea Day today and tomorrow we arrive at Lifou Lifou First of all, the island looks different – less pine trees, higher cliffs. Secondly, there are no expensive resorts awaiting you, hardly any tourists are staying overnight (although you can, if you want to, stay overnight in basic, more traditional accommodation). People on Lifou Island go by their everyday business, and on days that a cruise ship arrives they pack their traditional clothes, their home cooked meals and their imported cheap souvenirs and welcome the day guests at the tender boat pier near Easo. Once the cruise ship departs, life returns back to its normal, quiet self until the next influx of 1,000 or so tourists arrive for one day only. Most people in Lifou live in modest houses these days, however, some of them still have a traditional hut in their yard which is sometimes open for visitors. if you want to be able to wade into the water safely, consider using reef shoes or other shoes that you can use in the water. Back to the ship for that famous game . . . Trivia. That was after we attempted to watch a movie in the Vista Lounge called “The Female Brain” . . . another terrible movie. The next two days were Sea Days . . . With all the activities that are on board we started off with the “Paper Plane Competition” then we went to morning Trivia followed later on to the “Explorers - Mapping Australia’s Coastline Enrichment Programme”. Then later in the afternoon we went to see the “Scrap Heap Boat Building Finals” which were done in windy conditions in the main pool area, then guess where to . . . Trivia. After dinner we attended one of the best show we have seen and that was “Fiere”. What a show, the costumes, the sets, the singing, everything was as you would expect from a full Broadway/Vegas show. After this show we went to the Simon McKinney Show which was a mixture of comedy and voice impressions. Very good. I must mention at this point that we did see another show earlier in the cruise, “Fantastic Journey”. It was really good, colourful, and we recommend it. Our last day at sea and the day before arriving back in Australia and apart from going to Trivia we went to the Enrichment Presentation which was “Famous Shipwrecks of the Australian Coast” . . . very interesting. We then went and saw the final of the Egg Drop Comp and surprisingly not one egg was broken when dropped from 3 decks above. Back to our cabins and we had to start packing so that before dinner we could put out our bags so they could be collected for disembarkation tomorrow. Disembarkation . . . This sad episode of the cruise went extremely well and we were off the ship within the hour after having our numbers called and we then met up with the transfer bus to take us to the airport. Our cruise was over. It was a great cruise and we met many nice people. We had a great turn-out for the Meet & Greet that was organised and Princess put on a great venue for us the Hollywood Conservatory. The exclusive Lounge set aside for the Elite, Suite and Platinum passengers was well attended and the pre-dinner complimentary hors d’oeuvres were excellent, changing every night. Last but not least on the two Sundays whilst on the ship we attended Interdenominational Church Services which were conducted by our Cruise Director, Andrew Kadillac. Thank you Andrew for a job well done. We would highly recommend cruising on this magnificent ship . . . The Majestic Princess. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Sailing date coincided with birthday. We cruise every two years and found this cruise to Noumea and Fiji fitted in with our holiday plans. lovely new and very large ship expertly crewed and managed. we enjoyed all the new features such as ... Read More
Sailing date coincided with birthday. We cruise every two years and found this cruise to Noumea and Fiji fitted in with our holiday plans. lovely new and very large ship expertly crewed and managed. we enjoyed all the new features such as the Hollywood Pool, Spa and Conservatory. The speciality restaurants, Harmony and Grill were quite good but the French restaurant La Mer was a disappointment. The food in the Any Time dinning restaurants was OK but only a little above average. The Atrium is a stand out feature in this vessel. Overall, the entertainment in the Theatre was of a high standard but the sound was cranked up too high and tended to turn good music and singing into noise. Platinum membership provides excellent embarkation and disembarkation and is a plus on such a large ship carrying 3500 passengers.The manoeuvrabilty of this large ship is amazing especially berthing at Sydney's International Terminal. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
The embarkation at Sydney was a breeze - on the ship within 40 minutes. Everyone was welcoming and friendly. Okay so it is a new ship, however the layout of our internal room (Cabin C334) in queen bed formation was so spacious, we ... Read More
The embarkation at Sydney was a breeze - on the ship within 40 minutes. Everyone was welcoming and friendly. Okay so it is a new ship, however the layout of our internal room (Cabin C334) in queen bed formation was so spacious, we couldn't believe it! The outfitting of the hanging space, storage etc., was very cleverly done - I had empty draws and shelves - when has that ever happened before????. Okay so the bathroom was "compact", but hey we weren't sleeping in there so we were completely satisfied with the layout, storage and comfort. Found the in-room TV selections more extensive than previous cruises. Couldn't fault the stateroom, the staff or the room service. We had anytime dining and with gluten intolerance to be taken into account, we weren't sure how we would go - well we were overwhelmed by the assistance, care and concern that we were shown by the head waiter and staff. The Chef also assisted. It was great. Plus even in the buffet there were gluten free options (okay they are probably not made in a fully gluten free environment, however they were suitable for us). The shops on board were way too "up market" for our taste - it would have been nice to see some more mid range stores, or the "sales" being more realistic as there are more and more middle class people choosing to cruise and it doesn't appear that Princess is catering to us. Lets be realistic - duty free isn't what it used to be! Wasn't thrilled by the excursions - main complaint was the ones that we booked and paid for months prior, were either cancelled or we were bumped to a time that didn't suit - not impressed. Additionally the categorising of the activity level was way out on most of the tours that we did take - many times there were people that were on the tour thinking that it was only moderate, when it should have been strenuous. Or vice versa - a moderate tour was a walk in the park - hopefully Princess will sort this out as it did cause a lot of issues with the older participants that should not have been on some of the tours, which in turn reduced our enjoyment by having to worry / assist these ones. The Captain was rather amusing many times when he was updating us on departures or the mid-day location etc., We only went to 1 show, which was excellently presented. The overall service from the front desk, waitstaff, bar staff, shore staff, stateroom steward etc., we couldn't fault. We had not difficulty in finding information, assistance and always a welcoming smile. When it was time to leave, we found that the Express Walk Off option was fantastic. We only had one bag each and a carry on, so we chose this option. We were then able to have our belongings with us till 8am the following morning, and walk straight off the ship at our designated time - wow it was so much better than the other options. Hope Princess keeps it for our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We are not new to cruising. We were travelling with two other couples from previous cruises. Stunningly large ship doesn’t always mean a great ship. Cruise was great ship less than good. We experienced a lot of negatives such as. Not ... Read More
We are not new to cruising. We were travelling with two other couples from previous cruises. Stunningly large ship doesn’t always mean a great ship. Cruise was great ship less than good. We experienced a lot of negatives such as. Not enough pools, unsupervised Hollywood Observatory adults only pool and someone took their grandchild in who defacated in the pool meaning the closure of pool for 2 days. Grill restaurant Tbone was well done on the edge and raw in the middle to the point you would get sick if you ate the bloody meat. One staff member was rude both during photos at dinner and at the shop. Another staff member sold me a $600 camera with an American warranty. Thankfully I returned it the next day and got the Australian version. What does it say when a staff member ask you where did you get the blankets for movies under the stars. We bought the soda package online and waited four days before receiving our soda drink bottles and then only because we asked every day. I also bought a coffee as I like my lattes. Alas never got a decent coffee the whole two weeks. Very bitter and I would like to ask the question did they have a barista or just use the staff. Never once did we get into Princess theatre. It’s too small and people were waiting for 1.5 hours beforehand to get in to the show. Big ship and very elegant but nothing personable about it. With the hot weather coming and the lack of good size pools makes for not good swimming. Will continue to cruise with Princess but not Majestic. Oh and we even found a piece of plastic in one of the desserts but they seemed more interested in telling us the money they paid the chocolatier for his recipe. Also other ships have milkshakes or thick shakes in the ice cream shop but majestic didn’t. Crazy when you have kids onboard. Everyone you spoke to said they were not happy. Lots of trips. Nearly every second day you saw someone with a new break mainly arms. Again will cruise princess but not majestic we stopped anytime dining as the menu was nothing to write home about. It’s not good when the burgers hot dogs and even the pizzas were more enticing. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
we chose this cruise as the 1st 1 out of Aus.Embarkment and Disembarkment was SO easy.we had a splurge and booked a mini suite(room m222)and it was AWESOME,not far from the lifts at the front of the ship.The Staff were GREAT and nothing ... Read More
we chose this cruise as the 1st 1 out of Aus.Embarkment and Disembarkment was SO easy.we had a splurge and booked a mini suite(room m222)and it was AWESOME,not far from the lifts at the front of the ship.The Staff were GREAT and nothing was a problem.the food was AWESOME,the noodle bar was Yum,had heaps of seafood on board,the Italian restaurant was great,we had dinner in the Crown Grill on the 2nd night(if u pre book before u go it's $29,on board it's $35)OMG SOOO GOOD,we ate in the restaurant and the Marketplace and it was all ok.heaps of things to do all day(we won the boat building and came 2nd in the egg drop).the shows were GREAT.the bar staff new my name on the 2nd day,LOL.they do bar flair shows at the sky walk bar,great fun.We booked our tours with Moana Tours for Suva and Lautoka,$55 for 5-6 hours including lunch,great value and fun with Queen Dee-Dee as our guide,SO FUNNY,my partner did a snorkelling tour with Walking Sun Tours on Mystery Island,$25 for an hour and a half,he said it was AWESOME. We met some great people,thanks John for organizing the meet and greet and thanks for the beer.We have no complaints(why would we,we weren't at work,lol)can't wait to cruise on her again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Plenty of food but all the same lack of flavour, very bland/basic. The ship seems to carry a huge amount of stored food so the fresh food / vegetables offered by the islands of the Pacific. Even water and soft drink was from Chinese ... Read More
Plenty of food but all the same lack of flavour, very bland/basic. The ship seems to carry a huge amount of stored food so the fresh food / vegetables offered by the islands of the Pacific. Even water and soft drink was from Chinese suppliers that does not have the same safety standards as Australia. Embarkation and disembarkation when docked at a pier was quick / easy. When anchored and using tenders expect to wait at least one or two hours. Entertainment was nothing special with only limited performances making it even harder to see it. Those shows that we did manage to see seemed that the Cruise Director was too busy drinking and shouting his staff drinks to ensure the show ran smoothly. The DJ seemed to think the cruise was full of 15 year olds and lacked any ability to get atmosphere. That being said the room assigned for the disco was not appropriate, lacking any vibe. The room was clean and spacious with great service from the room Steward assigned. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
The ship was excellent though too big. We had a balcony cabin on the 16th floor very good with unobstructed views. The staff couldn't be faulted.always smiling even though 50% of elderly passengers were rude and demanding without ... Read More
The ship was excellent though too big. We had a balcony cabin on the 16th floor very good with unobstructed views. The staff couldn't be faulted.always smiling even though 50% of elderly passengers were rude and demanding without manners.!!! The children on board were better behaved with better manners than some adults. Not enough seating in the indoor entertainment area's of the ship.(piazza and the theatre's) had to get to an area for the show you wanted to see at least 45mins early. No area around the ship for a good walk the promanade deck only went up each side of the ship and very narrow. The market dining area we felt left left a lot to be desired. most food cooked in oils or butter, no plain or steamed food, no sandwich making facilities. Even though there were several area's of choice the food daily was same, same. The resturaunts were fantastic especially the pizza and sympony dining.the hamburger bar on the deck was good too. Too many people just walking in the dining area's without washing there hands. worry about nova virus with poor hand hygiene.The excursions were fantastic and the tour guides very good value for money and saw a lot of the islands. The ships staff getting you on and of the ship did a fantastic job with the number of people most of them very pushy and rude to the staff and other passengers. We went on this cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding had a fantastic day but because of limited entertainment seating indoors when the weather was too cold to sit on deck we spent most afternoons in our cabin watching the TV . could have done that at home.will go on another princess cruise but will go on a smaller ship. Getting on and off the ship was expidited with reasonable speed at the begining and end of the voyage. couldn't fault that. Overall feeling was that the ship catered for the Chinese and American market rather than the Australian. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We went on the Majestic for a family getaway to Fiji...beautiful new ship with great crew and captain..all very helpful. Lovely cabin and steward, very spacious cabin with nice sofa and good bathroom. Priority Embarkation very quick, we ... Read More
We went on the Majestic for a family getaway to Fiji...beautiful new ship with great crew and captain..all very helpful. Lovely cabin and steward, very spacious cabin with nice sofa and good bathroom. Priority Embarkation very quick, we were onboard by 11.30 am. Service was great throughout the ship, except the atrium area where it was too crowded ..all the time....and the poor staff where often overwhelmed. Normal Princess activities, trivia, bingo etc, all pretty standard and well run. Great movies under the stars too. Ship is spotless and new. Unfortunately, we all found the food to be no where near as good as our other 20 cruises, mostly Princess...buffett was very bland and many items could not be found...breakfast was sadly not good, huge jars of jam and vegemite with spoons in them for all to share...no sachets which would have been more hygienic ..we have never seen this before, very strange!..I unfortunately I got noro virus onboard, I had my own hand sanitiser, and washed hands outside buffet area too and used the sanitiser also in buffett, no idea how I got that, but there you go! Medical staff were wonderful, sent the meds to my cabin and I was quarantined, and recovered well. The dining rooms were okay , we had a problem with the anytime dining, they only offered us 5.15 or 8pm, so we had to eat in the pizza place and buffett quite a bit to get a good time to eat. Food was very average . The worst thing about the ship is the one and only area..the piazza...where everything happens all day and night, 3000 people with only one area to congregated and not enough seating....not good,,,one dance floor on a ship this size is ridiculous. The theatres were very crowded with people saving many seats for an hour or more before the shows, so we avoided those. The ports were good, loved Mystery island again and Noumea, and enjoyed Lautoka. She is a beautiful ship, very strange layout for such a large number of people.. too much room for the huge casino and many high end shops were a waste of valuable space which could have been given over to more bars or a nightclub.... shes just not for us...we will keep to the Diamond, Ruby Emerald etc...and Celebrity Solstice of course. Looking forward to the Ruby when she comes to stay in Oz. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise because it was a new ship for Princess and it was its inaugural trip out of Sydney. Unfortunately it was a 5 star price for a 3star experience. Too many people, very slow dining service. No fault of table wairers who ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was a new ship for Princess and it was its inaugural trip out of Sydney. Unfortunately it was a 5 star price for a 3star experience. Too many people, very slow dining service. No fault of table wairers who had too many tables and people to look after. This had a snowball effect because we were unable to get to Princess theatre for showtime in time to get a decent seat.. Again too many people.. If we wanted to see a show we had to go to Princess Live for simulcast which was not the same or forgo traditional dining and go to bistro. The tender operation at Mystery Island and Lifou was unacceptable ntwithstanding apologies for delays.. For Mystery Island we attended the meeting point at 10:45am and did not board until an hour later at 11:45am. Lifou was even worse we attended the meeting point at 10:00am and did not board until an hour and a half later at 11:30am.Again too many people for Princess to cope with.. Niceties we had previously had on other cruises with Princess and as recently as earlier this year to New Zealand were no longer forthcoming. No Happy Hour for drinks and no lucky ticket prizes, no welcome back letter in cabin on arrival or postage stamp for princess passport. Drinks were very expensive with one price($8.75) for all beer including light beer. Embarkation and disembarkation process was excellent. Come Back New sorry Come Back Disappointed is more to the point. Having completed 10 cruises with Princess Cruises now some doubt exists whether I would choose them again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Drink packages and general pricing has increased. At Lotaka if you wanted to go into town you had to pay $20 to catch a bus, buy your own water for the trip as well. Premier shows have been reduced. Food was warm and twice (didn’t bother ... Read More
Drink packages and general pricing has increased. At Lotaka if you wanted to go into town you had to pay $20 to catch a bus, buy your own water for the trip as well. Premier shows have been reduced. Food was warm and twice (didn’t bother lineing up a 3rd time) the wait getting into the dining room was everlasting. Two tours were organised and the main objective was to take the bus load of passengers to one or more shops so everyone could purchase local garbage key rings or Chinese t-shirts. The cost was $120 per person. I ran into 5 guys from the ship who organised their own tour costing them $30 each and going to several other places than my bus went to and not including shopping centres. I think all the cruise ships need to find some more interesting locations to go too as the current ones are outdated and these days overpriced. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose the ship because it’s new and classy. Nearly all food in all outlets is included. Highlight was the traditional dining room with fine dining service and scrumptious food. Embarkation and disembarkation were both quick and ... Read More
We chose the ship because it’s new and classy. Nearly all food in all outlets is included. Highlight was the traditional dining room with fine dining service and scrumptious food. Embarkation and disembarkation were both quick and efficient. Deluxe balcony room was perfect - spacious and could look out at the ocean from our bed. The pool and outdoor hot-tubs were quite the bit of bliss whether in the sun or under the rain. The captain was polite and informative. We stayed on level 14 towards the front of the ship and had very little movement throughout the 12 days - the size of the ship kept it steady. Our room steward was attentive and kept things stocked and clean. The shows were ok but we mainly were on the cruise for the food, swimming and island visits - a clear focus for our luxury family cruise. Mystery Island a definite highlight. That impressed with the ship we are booking again on the Majestic Princess. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Our cruise on the Majestic Princess's inaugural cruise from Australia to locations with which we were well familiar in the South Pacific, complemented cruises on the Golden Princess in February and another planned for November, 2018. ... Read More
Our cruise on the Majestic Princess's inaugural cruise from Australia to locations with which we were well familiar in the South Pacific, complemented cruises on the Golden Princess in February and another planned for November, 2018. All our expectations on board the Majestic Princess were met and our cruise enjoyment was aided by the allocation to us of Stateroom M105 on Deck 15 which I suspect would be one of the best on the ship, with a very large balcony of some 4m x 5m, directly above the Ship's Bridge and looking forward over its bow. The Stateroom configuration is unique to that location and was very much to our liking and comfort, affording full use of the balcony with total privacy at all times, including during sea days. It was particularly interesting that at sea with the balcony door fully open, the curtains hardly moved, no doubt due to the forward profile of the ship. Our total experiences were positive with "seamless" embarkation, tendering and disembarkation operations providing minimal "down time", with virtually "walk on, walk off" experiences throughout all phases of port visits. As always we make independent plans for shore activity, whether that be snorkeling, shopping or sightseeing at those locations visited. Local currency was obtained ashore without issue as occurred when the need arose in Lautoka, and at other locations we used Australian Dollars or Credit Cards for purchase transactions without difficulty. Our preferred choice of Anytime Dining provided no obstacle to prompt seating in both the ship's Anytime Dining Restaurants during dining hours, and meals served during this cruise were as good if not better when compared to our other cruise experiences. Outstanding would have to be the description afforded to the friendliness of all crew we encountered on the Majestic Princess, at all levels. The Hollywood Conservatory on the Majestic Princess is impressive and a major asset of the vessel, both with respect to its position on Deck 17, and appearance throughout which includes the enclosed pool. Entertainment was substantially as we had seen before on previous cruises but nonetheless still enjoyable and impressive, well worth watching again. It did seem at times the venues struggled to accommodate all passengers seeking seats during some performances, and the choice of location for the Enrichment Lectures necessitated some passengers having to stand - something we had not seen to any degree on other ships. At times, despite the number of passengers aboard the Majestic Princess, we did not find particular difficulty locating seating in Public areas, something which has been a source of frustration in the past on cruises. Overall this cruise experience did not disappoint at any time and if anything, has spoiled us for future cruises given particularly the Stateroom we had and would be lucky to ever get again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
wow what can i say about this ship/cruise i had a fabulous time it was my 50th birthday present to me ... the maiden voyage out of Sydney. After watching Majestic Princess come into the spectacular Sydney Harbor i could not wait to get on ... Read More
wow what can i say about this ship/cruise i had a fabulous time it was my 50th birthday present to me ... the maiden voyage out of Sydney. After watching Majestic Princess come into the spectacular Sydney Harbor i could not wait to get on board. Embarkation process was fabulous we got on with no dramas at all. as soon as we stepped on board the crew were fabulous and that never changed for the whole voyage. i also had the pleasure of doing the ultimate ship tour ~ utterly fabulous and very enlightening about the workings of a cruise ship, it was lovely to have a chat with the captain and find out where he started and his journey to become the captain of this magnificent vessel. I did think that this was going to be a medallion cruise but there were some hic ups and that didn't happen but that was no important. I would love to sail on Majestic Princess again it was such a fantastic experience and one that i would highly recommend to anyone that was thinking about it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Having sailed on our first Princess cruise on the Sun Princess last year we were hooked. The temptation to sail on a "new" bigger ship was to easy to accept when recommended by our travel agent. From the moment we embarked ... Read More
Having sailed on our first Princess cruise on the Sun Princess last year we were hooked. The temptation to sail on a "new" bigger ship was to easy to accept when recommended by our travel agent. From the moment we embarked in Brisbane (did Brisbane/Sydney/Fiji/Sydney) we knew we had done the right thing.Everything went like clockwork, the crew were excellent and most helpful no matter who you dealt with.What impressed us was their friendliness and ability to engage in courteous conversation whenever you passed them or approached them. Their knowledge whether it be a waiter,steward,deck attendant,cruise direct teamperson was most noticeable-reflects on Princess recruitment and training. We dined in most areas and the food was excellent with a constant change of choice/menu One exception was Harmony restaurant where we found the Chinese presentation was not really geared for the european chinese menu that us NZ people enjoy.It appeared that on this cruise they had difficulty in getting much patronage on most nights. Crown grill on the other hand was great for us steak lovers. Hats off to the Cruse Director Andrew K and his ever smiling staff. Did a great job all of them. The Stage shows in the theatre were first rate, catered for all tastes and were very energetic. We only got off the ship in Suva as we had done other ports on the Sun last year and picked up a 4 hour tour from one of the many agents on the wharf. For $30 it was cheaper than a Princess excursion and probably covered the same sights. Our main recommendation to Princess is perhaps in today's new communication world that a free daily internet allowance should be part and parcel of your fare price.The elite category of passenger have so much internet allowance that they cannot use it all! This great 14 days of cruising for us had to come to an end too soon but at least Princess performed right to the end with disembarkation so well organised we were most impressed.Hardly had to touch our luggage until we got to the airport. We certainly came back new. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Good food experience with many options.No problems suppling food of your choose. Crown Grill still has good quality. International Cafe is good for light snack & coffee. Entartainment good but spaces limited to first diners. ... Read More
Good food experience with many options.No problems suppling food of your choose. Crown Grill still has good quality. International Cafe is good for light snack & coffee. Entartainment good but spaces limited to first diners. Pleaty of things to do during the day. Staff always willing to help you in need. outside area easy to get around with easy aCCESS TO FOOD & DRINKS. Cabin staff good with room always completed in time and never have to wait. Need to improve excursion departures compared to other princess cruise ships and depature disbarkment took some time compared to meeting times but only a sdmall problem. embarkment good and could board before scheduled time and luggage drop off excellant and recieved cases prompltly in rooms and could unpack before dinning time. Good cruise and would only consider Princess cruises for future cruises. have already travelled 12 times with another 2 cruises booked for the future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We went on the Majestic Princess out of Australia in Sep 2018. The ship was relatively new and was well fitted out, the food was good, the staff were generally great and the entertainers were fantastic. However, the amenities such as ... Read More
We went on the Majestic Princess out of Australia in Sep 2018. The ship was relatively new and was well fitted out, the food was good, the staff were generally great and the entertainers were fantastic. However, the amenities such as the Pacific Theatre, the buffet and the piazza did not cater for the large number of passengers. We had trouble finding a seat in the buffet and we found ourselves doing a lot of standing to see the entertainment in the piazza due to a lack of seats. The Princess Theatre was a joke; to get a good seat you need to get there about 1 hour before the show. You would miss on a seat completely if you did not get there 15 minutes before the show. The drinks were also quite expensive. AUD$8.75 for a beer and $13.95 for a nip of spirits. Maybe this was to discourage you from buying drinks because most of the entertainment venues did not have anywhere to place your drink, you had to hold it in your hand or put it on the floor. We also did not get the room we booked. We were given a room 2 floors up and half way down the ship rearward. This caused a slight problem for us as we booked a room opposite my mother-in-law (82 yo) to look after her. The response from staff at the front desk was that the travel agent changed the room and there was nothing they could do. We contacted the travel agent after the cruise and they confirmed that they did not change the room. They actually did not have the access to the Princess reservation system to change our room. None the less, we had no notification from anyone and when we printed the baggage tags off on the princess site a few days before the cruise, they were for the room we had booked. This was our 7th cruise. Compared to the others this was not as good and I think the number of passengers was the main issue, I recommend you avoid this ship. We will never cruise on the Majestic Princess again and will look for ships with a more modest number of passengers for future cruises Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Wanted to go on New Ship.The Majestic Princess was beautiful,Is a fair bit bigger but soon got a handle on the layout.The extra passengers number only came as a problem on the mandatory safety briefing on the first evening when all the ... Read More
Wanted to go on New Ship.The Majestic Princess was beautiful,Is a fair bit bigger but soon got a handle on the layout.The extra passengers number only came as a problem on the mandatory safety briefing on the first evening when all the passenger have to assemble in there allocated stations on deck 7,once the crowed dispersed all was well.Good entertainment in a variety of location,always something to do till late in the evening.The movie under the stars big screen has to been seen to be believed how good it is ,better than my brand new Sony Brava tv at home,so clear and colorful,best i have ever seen,The water show on the same deck to a theme is spectacular and with the back drop of the big screen is a winner.The allocated band area under the screen is good for shows up on that deck as well .The adults area only called Hollywood up on deck 17 is a beauty,Pool and Bar all under cover with private booths all around the edge with deck chairs and other furniture with a panoramic view ,great place to read a book and chill big time,big winner.The restaurants where up to Princess standard and so where the specialty restaurants as well.The bars are many and although there is no wheelhouse bar,its space is well taken over by the Crown Grill bar area.All round winner,and of cause the staff where top notch and one of the main reasons we like Princess and now this ship sailing in OZ another winner in my book Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Having sailed with Princess on other occasions, we found them to be all that we expected. As soon as we heard the brand new Majestic Princess was coming to Australia, we immediately booked to go on the first cruise out of Sydney. In a ... Read More
Having sailed with Princess on other occasions, we found them to be all that we expected. As soon as we heard the brand new Majestic Princess was coming to Australia, we immediately booked to go on the first cruise out of Sydney. In a nutshell the ship is big, new and shiny. The crew are fantastic, food in the Buffet ( they call it the Market Place) was okay, but we have had better on other Princess Cruises. The food in the Dining Room was very good as were the waiting staff.. Here's the crunch, The ship is big damn big, we found the balcony cabins to be smaller that on other Princess Ships. They have squeezed in more cabins (more passengers) but have failed to provide sufficient lifts to move the high number of passengers up and down the additional decks. This ship had the feel of a live sheep export ship. Crowds at the lifts were a joke. It was said that the Majestic Princess was built for the "Chinese Market". As far as we are concerned they should have kept this ship in China. In the long term this ship will not be well received in the Australian market. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
What amazing ship and cruise. It was our first time on the Majestic Princess and we both loved it. Enjoyed all the entertainment and the Singer & dancers shows were the best I have seen. You need to be at the Princess ... Read More
What amazing ship and cruise. It was our first time on the Majestic Princess and we both loved it. Enjoyed all the entertainment and the Singer & dancers shows were the best I have seen. You need to be at the Princess Theatre early, as the seats go fast. We waited for one hour, before the show. It was worth the wait. Take a good book. The service was great and the crew were more then happy to help. They always had a smile on their face. We liked all the Ports. we did one shore excursion and it was great and worth the money. If you are new to cruising I would do a tour with the ship. We went on a tour at Noumea from the information centre and they got lost. that made it interesting. We did go to a very nice Village and a lovely church out in the Countryside. The food is great and tasty, you will not go hungry. The International Café has lovely coffee and cakes. The Majestic Princess we would go on a cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose to do this cruise as it went to South Pacific Islands and being a new ship. Was a huge wow factor when seeing it from the dock. Way to many rooms and not enough areas to sit. Full of the elderly not recommended for the younger ... Read More
We chose to do this cruise as it went to South Pacific Islands and being a new ship. Was a huge wow factor when seeing it from the dock. Way to many rooms and not enough areas to sit. Full of the elderly not recommended for the younger crowds as nothing to do. Market place food was always cold. Princess has declined over the years very disappointing. Will be choosing a different cruise line to go on next. Full of walkers, wheel chairs. Even very disappointed with your entertainment staff. Heard so many complaints with so many passengers. Adults only area had children in it over the first three days but finally the staff monitored the area. Hand washing was only monitored in first couple days as well. Overall it’s very disappointing looking forward to a holiday and we honestly couldn’t wait to get home. That’s my opinion on majestic princess Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
To try a new ship but found most of the seating hard and uncomfortable On board photos were lost and only 4 found had to be redone Bistro food basically the same everyday very bland and tasteless Drink package to dare now its ... Read More
To try a new ship but found most of the seating hard and uncomfortable On board photos were lost and only 4 found had to be redone Bistro food basically the same everyday very bland and tasteless Drink package to dare now its cut back to 15 drinks per day Not enough bars open when in different ports Plus they open to late and close to early Public rest rooms very clean 99%of the time The lifts were allways full and had to wait 3 or 4 minutes each time We booked for anytime dining what a mistake they gave us a buzzer and said there was a 30 to40 minute wait definitely not good when you want to see different shows this happened 3 times so sometimes we went to the food court or just gave it a miss For breakfast we would have orange or tomato juice at lunch lemonade somtimes to sweet somtimes just coloured water We tried room service but what we orderd was cold Over all i would give the hole cruise 3.5 out of ten never again on Princess Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise because it was one of only a few options going to Fiji, which was my son's choice for his grad trip. We haven't cruised Princess before and thought this one-year old ship would be a grand experience. While ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was one of only a few options going to Fiji, which was my son's choice for his grad trip. We haven't cruised Princess before and thought this one-year old ship would be a grand experience. While owning "The Love Boat" theme and it's integration throughout was a cool touch, overall the ship and experience was average compared to other carriers / ships. Cabin size was disappointing (we were in a PREMIUM! - I'm 6'2" and this was a ship built for the Asia market so I guess I should have expected it), dining was good (not great), entertainment was good but limited, service was actually not very good, and excursions varied dramatically. Generally the ship was built for cabins, not venues - and so we ran out of things to do quickly - especially on multi-days at sea. It was very much a senior cruise - as are most 10+ day cruises. Expected. The itinerary was great although I would question the Noumea port. Not much to see in the city so without an excursion it was boring at best. We *really* depend on the carrier to provide good solid port information - probably a lesson learned there. Sydney is an EXCELLENT port from which to embark/disembark - especially at sunset. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
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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