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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Having had a few clients that were not impressed with the Majestic Princess (I am a TA) I but my hubby choose this cruise for the main reasons that it was a new ship, we get to cruise NZ again and spend Christmas on board.The ship is ... Read More
Having had a few clients that were not impressed with the Majestic Princess (I am a TA) I but my hubby choose this cruise for the main reasons that it was a new ship, we get to cruise NZ again and spend Christmas on board.The ship is large (143,700 tonnes) and the only time it felt crowded was in the World Fresh Market Place (normally called Horizon Buffet on most of the other Princess ships). There was a mix of Aussies, Kiwis, Americans, Canadians and lots of Chinese folks and everyone got along well. We had a Balcony (BD category) D709 which had a huge balcony and it was "double" the size of other balcony staterooms below and above us. It was also situated near the aft lifts and near enough to the laundry if you needed that as well. My only issue with these type of staterooms is that you do not have a couch to sit on (I believe these are only in the Mini Suites and Suites) so you will have to put up eating your food either on the bed or out on the balcony. The food as good considering the amount of people the Majestic had to pump out all the time. All of the eating areas were meticulously clean and there was plenty of staff on duty all the time. We had our breakfast delivered each morning and would have a quick bite to eat at lunch from the World Market Place. Also tried the hamburger bar once and the soup from the Noodle bar. There were no dumplings being offered this cruise from the Noodle Bar (besides those in the soup). A few times I saw people eating the Lobster (additional price) and it looked good. We ate dinner in the Alegro Dining room each night and always enjoyed the food. My one complaint is that Princess has released a new wine list for this ship and the prices seemed to be very expensive compared to the other Princess ships that I have cruise on. Example - a bottle of Aussie Shiraz was selling for $56. There was no extra service fee added so that was a bonus. Also remember when any Princess ship is based cruising ex Australia the currency onboard will be AUD$. The entertainment was good but the Princess Theatre was always packed so you had to arrive early if you wanted a decent seat. Overall it was a nice cruise, we got to visit NZ again and were blessed with good weather (stunning weather when we cruised through the Fiords). Well done Princess. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Chose this cruise because it had an associated land tour after the cruise. The major issue was neither the cruise or land tour. It was what Princess did during booking. We booked a room almost one year before the cruise on deck 14 (room ... Read More
Chose this cruise because it had an associated land tour after the cruise. The major issue was neither the cruise or land tour. It was what Princess did during booking. We booked a room almost one year before the cruise on deck 14 (room 505) with a balcony on the starboard side after much research. After everything was paid and approximately 45 days before the cruise they gave our room away without our knowledge or permission. We didn't learn this until we were printing the boarding pass which showed a room on deck 9 starboard aft. We called both Princess and our travel agent requesting our original room back. Princess said this was an upgrade and refused to give it back and our agent said she would have to get permission from the new people. They didn't get our approval why theirs? Anyway after many calls and arguments they finally gave us a room on deck 14 but it was not a location we wanted. It faced the aft of the ship and the location was similar to one we had on another cruise and didn't like. We couldn't cancel for two reasons, the cancellation charges and other plans we had booked before and after this cruise. So we accepted their room offer, but they will never get another cruise out of us. Now for the ship itself. Food was mediocre at best in the buffet and the La Mer restaurant which was the only specialty restaurant we visited. The buffet started shutting down food lines around 6:30 pm each night. They also closed off 1/4 of the buffet twice during the cruise for a Crab Shack specialty night restaurant. Next one port required tenders. There wasn't enough tenders to get the 3500+ people off the ship in a timely manner. Also it took an extra hour beyond the posted return time to get the people back on the ship. A ship this large doesn't need to do ports that require tenders. During the cruise and land tour we discussed these issues with travel agents and people which have done many Princess cruises, most of them were appalled with this cruise. We have done over ten cruises with different cruise lines and this was the second worst ever. Never again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This is a very large ship however we never encountered a crowd! Seriously. We did pay extra for Club Class dining so that we could be seated and eat whenever we wanted to; this worked really well for us. Although the food was not ... Read More
This is a very large ship however we never encountered a crowd! Seriously. We did pay extra for Club Class dining so that we could be seated and eat whenever we wanted to; this worked really well for us. Although the food was not necessarily better in Club Class (we ate some very nice dishes at lunch from the buffet). We took part in activities like trivia and observed the game shows; the evening comedy show was excellent! We didn't use either of the pools (the outside pool is small and always full of kids) while the adult pool is indoors, but it looked nice. There was always a quiet place to sit and read -- or just watch the ocean go by. Staff were friendly and very helpful. One important tip: Princess gives a $100. ship board credit for US military -- active duty and retired. NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE. I booked the cruise from Australia and was told I was ineligible. After talking with the Future Cruise staff on board -- I am eligible -- but the Sydney Princess office gave me the wrong information. Not impressed -- and no ship board credit. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We decided on a pre Christmas cruise from Sydney to Auckland for two reasons. One we really needed a break from all that was happening at home and two we had coffee cards that were expiring on 31 December. We have family in Sydney so that ... Read More
We decided on a pre Christmas cruise from Sydney to Auckland for two reasons. One we really needed a break from all that was happening at home and two we had coffee cards that were expiring on 31 December. We have family in Sydney so that meant we could have a leisurely start to our break. The itinerary was good even though we had been to all ports except Hobart before. Hobart was uncharted territory so for us this only increased the attractiveness of the cruise. The embarkation went very smoothly with no hold ups. The staggered times was definitely a good idea. We actually arrived a little later than the time specified so that could have helped as well. Our cabin was everything we hoped for. We went for a partially obstructed balcony and found that while looking across the life craft was a little annoying it didn't impede our view all that much. So when we went into the Fiordland National Park we were well able to see Mitre Peak in Milford Sound and most of the other interesting places mentioned from our balcony. The weather was amazing, no rough seas crossing the Tasman and no problem getting into some of the more tricky ports, including Akaroa. We did a privately organised tour in Dunedin. The tour operator was "Book A Tour" and we saw all the sights we had promised we would including Larnach Castle. The cruise itself was great. The entertainment was excellent, no disappointments. Our only criticism was of our dining experience. Unfortunately the meals were most of the time only lukewarm. The waiters were quite slow which didn't help. Also the senior waiter seemed to think that it was more important to hat to one couple while the rest of us waited, a little impatiently at times, for our meals. The experience was improved when the junior waiter took it upon himself to go ahead and serve the remaining people. It certainly soured our experience. It should be noted that the only two meals that were hot came in the pizzeria and at the Plowman's Lunch. Majestic Princess is a beautiful ship and certainly had everything we could need. However it still seems to be catering for an Asian clientele. This did have its drawbacks but it wouldn't put us off going on it again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
MARINA DECK STATEROOM M611 BALCONYEmbarkation was fast and efficient...We arrived a day earlier into Sydney and as we had to vacate our hotel at 11am we were allowed to embark as soon as we arrived at the ship (4 hours earlier than ... Read More
MARINA DECK STATEROOM M611 BALCONYEmbarkation was fast and efficient...We arrived a day earlier into Sydney and as we had to vacate our hotel at 11am we were allowed to embark as soon as we arrived at the ship (4 hours earlier than programmed by Princess).This ship being just over a year old was in top condition as would be expected.It was pleasing to find the showers had a never ending supply of hot water throughout the day and the pressure was excellent.The large square porcelain handbasin was more functional than the oval ones on most of the rest of the fleet.The stateroom was well appointed with a power point above the fridge that was 230 volts AC,(idea for Australasian guests) The television was a large flatscreen wall mounted with an ample supply of movies and news channels.Movies started at the beginning and could be paused to continue watching later.Our cabin steward was an Indian gentleman (Ronni) was great and nothing was too much trouble for him.He kept our room and bathroom spotless and was a fountain of knowledge The view from all balcony staterooms on the starboard side of Marina deck was unobstructed.Best to steer-clear of staterooms on the decks directly below the sea-walk on lower decks as guests on the sea-walk are able to look directly into the staterooms of the two decks below it.The food in the any-time dining area "Concerto" was preferred by us as similar food in the world- fresh marketplace was seldom hot.The pop-up Crab shack on two nights of the cruise was superb and well worth the $35 cover charge....Where do they get such massive crabs? The entertainment in the Theatre was excellent and better than I have experienced on the four other Princess vessels I have travelled on. DOWNSIDES, Too few lifts in the centre of the vessel for the number of passengers on board,Happy hour has been dispensed with which used to be a cordial meeting place for friends to discuss their day ashore.Princess should rectify this as it was a huge discussion subject.No wheelhouse bar.The layout of the world-fresh marketplace is a maze and makes trying to relocate your table when returning with another plate an exercise in orientation.Diagrams?maps of the deck level outside the lifts are often East-West abeam instead of fore and aft thus making it difficult to ascertain where the stern and bow are in relationship to where you wished to go. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We enjoyed this cruise on this majestic ship. Even though there were 3500 passengers you hardly saw the same people twice.Such a roomy ship.Good ports of call. The markets at Hobart were huge and just walking distance from the ship. You ... Read More
We enjoyed this cruise on this majestic ship. Even though there were 3500 passengers you hardly saw the same people twice.Such a roomy ship.Good ports of call. The markets at Hobart were huge and just walking distance from the ship. You needed to get to the theatre about half an hour before the show to get a good seat, but that was no bother-people watching all good and good to chat to someone new.We were so lucky with the weather on this cruise, so good to get into Milford Doubtful & Dusky sounds. Join a meet & greet so you can meet people straight away.Lots of free champagne at the shop giveaways, always fun-especially when you win.We had a deluxe big balcony on deck 16 right in front of the ship, good to see where you were going.Excellent TV in the rooms, lots of good movies. Bathroom was small, room for one, but had a really good shower, large sink and bench and room for your bathroom gear. Very quick and organised embarkation and disembarkation.The Trivia-held twice a day are a lot of fun. Pools could have been a bit warmer for us. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise to be able to visit family in Auckland and enjoy relaxing journey there, with stops in Hobart and Melbourne. It was a pleasant cruise, seas were calm, weather cool but sunny. Had a great day in Hobart, hired a car ... Read More
We chose this cruise to be able to visit family in Auckland and enjoy relaxing journey there, with stops in Hobart and Melbourne. It was a pleasant cruise, seas were calm, weather cool but sunny. Had a great day in Hobart, hired a car and drove to Port Arthur, had another couple join us Enjoyed a day in Melbourne riding trams, wandering around Fitzroy Gardens. The ship was one of the largest for Princess, we had been on its sister ship The Royal around UK earlier in year. The Majestic was geared for Asian passengers who like to gamble so the Casino was bigger and the Vista Lounge called the Vista Gaming lounge, dark and a bit claustrophobic, pity could t see out of windows due to boards covering them up. No promenade deck either, just a short walk up and down deck, couldnt go around as with other ships. Made ship more enclosed other than going up onto deck 17-18. Loved the Conservatory - Hollywood deck, nice pool, lots of lounges, enclosed with glass. Food mix of good and not so good. Menus in MDR had less choices, some items availabke everyday missing eg steaks and for sweets creme brulee. We loved the addition of the Noodle bar on the Lido deck, next to Hamburgers, very tasty wanton soup, different noodle dishes daily. Entertainment production show disappointing, all whiz bang effects, not really our thing. Good Beatles and Rolling stones tribute groups. Daytime activities not very inspiring, same old same old, Line dancing, golf putting into pool. So much advertising the Lotus Spa and Jewellery shop, every night two or more fliers, ended up in the bin! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
cabin great ,staff great, food average ,shore excursions way over the top in price ,cant walk around the whole ship on any deck its designed different ,was upset that we could not see the fjords in new zealand because it was rough ... Read More
cabin great ,staff great, food average ,shore excursions way over the top in price ,cant walk around the whole ship on any deck its designed different ,was upset that we could not see the fjords in new zealand because it was rough apparently, but was not happy to here a much smaller ship P and O explorer was able to go there when we should have been there . any one wanting to go really do your homework on the excursions better off booking on shore or private before you go . found the food in the buffet average and was the same most days ...the times we dined in the dining rooms the food was ok the bakery was great the cakes etc were very nice....they make a fortune on bingo and of course the jackpot went off on last day as all the ships do they were a tad cheaper to play then royal caribbean . our cabin was alweays kept very clean and well looked after fresh towels etc everyday .i would suggest to check account every day as one day there was an extra four drinks on there that we did not have to the vale of 34 au dollars .....they were very good on giving us a refund ...but best to check and keep record of what you purchase . also when you order your wine etc if you are an aussie make sure you ask for aussie wine ...they tried to give me some chardonay from america it was like drinking chemicals took it back ...so you have to be quite clear to ask for aussie wines .to round this off i can only compare with one other cruise we booked this one because of all the hype about it ...yes its fairly new ,yes its a lovely ship ,but seriously our cheaper cruise was just if not better then this one ....will i book with princess if we go on another proberly not . Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We sailed the Australia/New Zealand cruise on the Diamond Princess in 2010 and returned to experience the Majestic Princess. Most of our 24 Princess cruises have been on their Grand Class ships including the Diamond, Star, Emerald, etc. ... Read More
We sailed the Australia/New Zealand cruise on the Diamond Princess in 2010 and returned to experience the Majestic Princess. Most of our 24 Princess cruises have been on their Grand Class ships including the Diamond, Star, Emerald, etc. Our first Princess cruise was with a dance group on the Diamond princess to Alaska. What we liked were the three wood dance floors on the Promenade level in the Explorers Lounge, Crown Grill, and Club Fusion. There was a Rock or Western band and a trio playing every night and they were flexible playing a variety of music. Princess has been getting more and more away from the dance floors and music and now caters to more senior travelers. The main place to dance on the Majestic was in the atrium with it's acrylic floor. We were with a dance group again an were very disappointed. Food in the main dining room was bland the first few nights, but several meals were better later in the cruise. Our group thought the bland food was because Aussies and New Zealanders like it that way. Service in main dining room was excellent. My favorites were the lobster and pawns and diver scallops. The buffet was mediocre. A few asian dishes made lunch more enjoyable. Where the old Trident Grill was located they have a new Lobster Bar (costs extra) and they also served hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. Where the old Pizza Bar was located there is a new Noodle Bar. Won Ton Noodles, Miso Ramen, and a special is served daily. I enjoyed it. We only ate at one specialty restaurant. Actually it was Crab Shack in the back of the buffet. Our King Crab was really good. The production shows were much better than the ones on the Emerald Princess in December. The singers and dancers were very good. Embarkation and disembarkation were excellent. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We went on a 12 day cruise New Zealand, we had booked our flights and transfers with Princess everything went smoothly and we were on board in no time at all, our room was not quite ready but Noel our room steward said it was okay to leave ... Read More
We went on a 12 day cruise New Zealand, we had booked our flights and transfers with Princess everything went smoothly and we were on board in no time at all, our room was not quite ready but Noel our room steward said it was okay to leave hand luggage in the room .We went off to explore the ship, had lunch in the Market place and had no problem finding a seat and that was the same for the rest of the cruise for Breakfast and Lunch.We ate in the anytime dinning for dinner and ate early which suits us. The food in the dining room was very good and our waiter Manual and Eberth were very efficient nothing was too much trouble. The Piazza was always busy and seats were at a premium , but didn't bother us as we prefer to be out in fresh air We managed to get in to all the shows starting at 7pm, the Theatre was full for all the shows but we got in about 30 mins before the shows and there were plenty of seats available,it you left it to about 5 mins before the show, the seats were all gone. We also attended some of the activities that were held in the Live Studio We missed out on going to the Milford Sound due to bad weather , but safety comes first. We enjoyed the Hollywood Pool area and could always get a seat we also used the gym on sea days. We found the Majestic very nice ship, we have booked another Cruise on the Majestic next year Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
This cruise suited the timing of a party of 8. We had done a similar cruise to NZ 10 years ago, and what we saw prompted 2 land tours since and another one already booked. After booking, our 3 mini suites were elevated to club class at ... Read More
This cruise suited the timing of a party of 8. We had done a similar cruise to NZ 10 years ago, and what we saw prompted 2 land tours since and another one already booked. After booking, our 3 mini suites were elevated to club class at no cost. No idea how or why, but no complaints. Boarding was as quick as we had experienced. Club Class gave us not only priority seating at all meals, but also the same wait staff, which we prefer. It also eliminated queuing which would have eaten into the attention span of our one-year-old grandson. The dining staff welcomed him and made sure he had everything he needed. (New words he learnt included "more roll"). The ship is new and brighter than some, but the lack of a full-lap promenade deck annoys us. There are only a couple of areas on deck 7, but are mostly narrow, and only partial length. You can walk laps on the exposed top deck through the basketball court. Not pleasant. The Princess shows were of the usual high standard, if short. The guest entertainers we saw were excellent. As we had cruised and toured previously, we only took one excursion - to Christchurch to look at the rebuilding progress. Most times we accompanied one or more of our family if they weren't doing their own tours. Unfortunately we were unable to go through the Fiordland National Park as we had to proceed quickly to avoid some nasty weather in the Tasman Sea. We had been in there before, but felt disappointed for those who hadn't. Disembarkation was at the allotted time, but the usual chaos prevailed at the kerb. We took the Princess transfer to the airport, after working our way through the crowds trying to get to their transport. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I chose this cruise because it was the right time of the year for me - just before summer in NZ and getting cold in the Pacific Northwest where I live. Everything was handled perfectly from embarking to disembarking which is quite a feat ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was the right time of the year for me - just before summer in NZ and getting cold in the Pacific Northwest where I live. Everything was handled perfectly from embarking to disembarking which is quite a feat considering the huge number of passengers. The cabin, dining, entertainment were A-1. I have many food allergies but the chefs and servers ensured I never had a problem. I enjoyed every port and the excellent entertainment on board. But most impressive were the Captain and every crew member I met. I felt like royalty. The only thing that would have made this cruise better for me would be to have an extra day in each port. So much to do in so little time. I did notice that people had to wait a long time for elevators and that seating in the Piazza area was quite limited at times. I personally am still able to take the stairs and did so most of the time. Thanks to using the stairs (and the exercise room) I pigged out on the fine dining guilt free and never gained an ounce! Thank you Majestic Princess for an awesome time! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We are a younger couple who didn’t not fit the average customer for this cruise. The cruise was full with older people, didn’t really appreciate our presence. If it wasn’t the passengers giving the side eye it was the crew. They ... Read More
We are a younger couple who didn’t not fit the average customer for this cruise. The cruise was full with older people, didn’t really appreciate our presence. If it wasn’t the passengers giving the side eye it was the crew. They must not expect us to spend money in this way as well. We chose this cruise for port locations. Next time we would choose to travel independently. Take a flight and stay at our destination. You get more of a geninue incounter with the land and people. Select members of crew were outstanding. Food was mediocre. Crew is trained to upsell you on EVERYTHING. Ship was clean. Available time to relax was perfect. Board game/game selection was outstanding. Onboard activities can be a little repetitive and cheesy. Wasn’t any real options for our age group except for drinking- we don’t drink a lot. We adored the center ballroom which always seemed to have older couples floating across the dance floor. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
The Princess Majestic is a beautiful ship that has amazing stabilisers. What was considered high seas, I personally thought were barely noticeable. The food was amazing and the service was wonderful except for one restaurant - The ... Read More
The Princess Majestic is a beautiful ship that has amazing stabilisers. What was considered high seas, I personally thought were barely noticeable. The food was amazing and the service was wonderful except for one restaurant - The Alfreado - The food there was amazing but the service staff were continually rude, abrupt and I do not remember once a smile from them. I had hoped that it was a busy night the first night but on one of the night we were only one of two tables in the restaurant (the last night of cruise). This poor level of service was experienced on 4 different occasions. One occassion it took 1 hour for order to be taken and an hour and half before only half order was delivered. The two members of my group left after this time. On all occasions we were all made to feel very uncomfortable if not for the amazing food we would have not gone back. To this day we have no idea on why they hated us...and yes that it what it felt like every time from the very first time we sat down. I had a very special birthday dinner in the Bar and Grill and would like to say that we were all made to feel very special and spoilt with the wonderful service and amazing food! I had special request to have a picture of my son (who has passed) and a specific colour balloon on the table. Every detail to the night was caring assured and carried out to a very fine detail.. such a beautiful night. My stateroom attendant was also amazing in assisting me in coordinating my travel companions... mostly my two other young adult children. Our rooms were beautiful and he was so caring and approachable we felt blessed to have had him allocated to us. Where the entertainment was beautiful it was engineered for a much older age group which was a little disappointing and at times unfortunately we were made to feel like we were intruding even though my travel companions were in the age group of the early 50's. I would also suggest a more descriptive fact sheet or something that outlines how money will be monitored. I found it very confusing and I was well aware that I was not alone in this as I overheard many a passenger complaining and expressing confusion at the front desk. The destination was amazing but at the age of 50 and spending approx. $9000 on a family holiday with friends spending approximately $6000 as well to be able to travel on a beautiful ship, it was at times not nice to be looked down upon by some deck staff and dining staff (The alfreado). I am not sure if I would like to travel on another princess cruise ship for this reason although I do realise they were the minority it was still a sour part of our magical holiday which I did not appreciate thus the average rating. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We sailed on the Regal Princess in June this year and wanted to compare vessels. From the very first impressions it was obvious this ship was indeed designed for the Chinese gambling market, a beautiful ship none the less but has missed ... Read More
We sailed on the Regal Princess in June this year and wanted to compare vessels. From the very first impressions it was obvious this ship was indeed designed for the Chinese gambling market, a beautiful ship none the less but has missed out in many ways. The theatre (Princess) was small and the seating reminded me of a budget airline and as about as comfortable. One of the bars in the atrium is a converted juice bar ( a terrible waste of space ) and sitting at the bar with an other couple was difficult because of a large glass showcase taking up most of the available counter. The French restaurant on the same level was always empty. The atrium is typical of Princess so no further comment Our cabin was a mini suite, mid ship and on deck 15. Very comfortable and nicely fitted out but the overhang from the walkway obscured any vertical view. The crew were fantastic as usual and often went beyond. The wife and I had booked the Harmony restaurant (Chinese banquet) for our final night and were disappointed at the standard - most of the courses were sent back as too cold or inedible. Entertainment was mediocre at best but I'm sure Princess are working on it. Makes me think they are trying to cut costs. We have travelled many times with this cruise line (three time this year) and have noticed a decline in the standards offered Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Not a family friendly ship. Had a quad cabin on Marina deck and when beds lowered from roof the ladders obstructed the main walkway for door/bathroom. Bathroom very small compared to other cruises Dont try to get food or drinks after ... Read More
Not a family friendly ship. Had a quad cabin on Marina deck and when beds lowered from roof the ladders obstructed the main walkway for door/bathroom. Bathroom very small compared to other cruises Dont try to get food or drinks after 11pm apart from the Piazza which dies off after midnight..with a majority of cruisers elderly which is what Princess have pitched this cruise to Cruised with a party of 8 and all agreed Royal Carribean and Carnival are better designed for families and have better used space on the ship You have to get a seat in theatre at least 45 minutes before shows which were average on some nights...Comedian and magician good Missed the fjords due to.poor weather..loved Akaroa and Tauranga where we did our own excursions to Rotorua where we went to the gondola and Luge..well worth the trip. First cruise on Princess and will be looking elsewhere for the next in 2019 Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Off to NZ for 12 days .Easy boarding at OPT Sydney and first impressions were very good indeed. The ship is in great condition as you would expect for its age, but more importantly it is very clean, and cleaning was in progress 24 hours a ... Read More
Off to NZ for 12 days .Easy boarding at OPT Sydney and first impressions were very good indeed. The ship is in great condition as you would expect for its age, but more importantly it is very clean, and cleaning was in progress 24 hours a day. We are seasoned cruisers and know what to expect. We heard all the usual whinges like - there is no promenade deck . there is on deck 7 about one third the length of the ship - The marketplace is crowded - well we went a little early or a little late and had no problem - There is not enough bars - yes there is, we never had to wait long at all anywhere. - The layout is all wrong - nope, just a little different etc ad nauseum. We were in a balcony cabin which was spotless and serviced three times a day every day. The one thing I would change is the fact that we had two single beds pushed together (misleadingly called a convertible queen) that was not the most comfortable arrangement. These seem to occur in four bed cabins without a sofa bed. On standard balcony cabins the balcony is small but adequate. There is an Australian, European and American powerpoint in the cabins Ships water is fine to drink but better if icy cold. There is no need to buy bottled water. The TV is excellent. A large flat screen opposite the bed with simple remote buttons and a wide array of free television and quality recent movies to choose from. Dining was interesting We enjoyed the noodle bar on LIdo which served three freshly prepared dishes daily Two were constant (wonton noodle soup and miso vegetable soup) the third dish was a daily special ranging from Tom-Yum (yum!) dan dan noodles, sweet and sour pork noodles, chicken and mushroom vegetable noodles. We found this a great lunch or snack anytime between 11am and 10pm and free. The Lobster grill was not so good. At $24 a small lobster the garlic butter one was not great, the salt and pepper lobster was better. The usual burgers chips hotdogs etc available free here as well. For some reason (frozen from Maine) ship lobsters are small and tough and hugely overrated. The marketplace (Horizon buffet) was well designed to prevent queues with several stations having the same offering. Sure a little busy around 8am but it we preferred to have breakfast early so no problem for us. The service was very impressive as soon as you sat down there would be a steward asking if you would like tea coffee juice or water. Tables were cleaned efficiently to make them available for the next patrons and the whole thing was well done for such a high traffic area. Food quality and variety was acceptible. We had lunch also in the dining room and were never disappointed with some meals even better than the dinner offering. Worth checking the menu outside the door for lunch and dinner to assist in your decision. The Crown grill was excellent as usual the service just awesome and the food was great and well worth the cover charge. We rolled out of there ! Harmony Restaurant (Cantonese) on the other hand was very disappointing. Slightly weird with Jellyfish and beef tendons and even the Harmony crispy skin chicken signature dish was simply that sliced up with a fraction of the sauce needed to swallow the dish. The restaurant was all but empty. We will give this a miss next time Le Mer was in an unforutnate open position above the piazza and very noisy and in our opinion a verbose and over complimentary menu description compared to the plate. Again disappointing. The dining room was just fine and the portions whilst small enabled seconds of an outstanding dish without splitting any seams.Worth checking the menu each day. We rode through some 3-6 metre swells in the Tasman in both directions and the ship took it in its stride. We did not go to many shows and those we did were worth seeing at least once - I have never understood the people that stay in their seats in the theatre to watch the same show again and preventing others from seeing the show. Selfiish in the extreme. There is an element of FOMO (fear of missing out) that causes some passengers to turn up even an hour before the show starts - we have better things to do. The ports were all still there, the locals speak english even though the vowels are muxed up, and it is easy to get around in a safe country like NZ. Get your NZ cash from an ATM ashore and you are ready for anything. The highlight was Beautiful Akaroa and swimming with the Hectors dolphins. Incredible. They are under a metre long and cute as buttons. If you are fit and can swim well in the open sea ... JUST DO IT !!! It really is a bucket list thing. On the way back we missed the fiords due to bad weather and it was really bad with incredible wind gusts and heavy seas. Our Captain (Dino) was excellent and burned a lot of extra fuel to circumnavigate a substantial storm with over 10 metre swells and huge winds to give us a better ride home. Disappointing to miss the Fiords but the alternative of going through this storm would have been much worse. Thankyou Captain for your safety decision and taking the ship around the storm at full speed I might add. Getting off in Sydney was a breeze We have three more cruises booked on this ship in the next two years and are looking forward to all of them, particularly Sydney to Singapore in 2020. Forget the whingers, they either cant cope with something a little different or cant slightly change their routine to make the best of any situation. Remember the passengers thata want to whinge and complain are far more likely to do so than the vast happy silent majority. I find that if you embark ready to have a great cruise then this attitude will ensure that you do. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this for a relaxing holiday break. I usually spend a lot of time on deck 7 Promenade deck enjoying walking and hearing and seeing the ocean in peace and quiet. Was extremely disappointed at the lack of a Promenade deck on this ... Read More
We chose this for a relaxing holiday break. I usually spend a lot of time on deck 7 Promenade deck enjoying walking and hearing and seeing the ocean in peace and quiet. Was extremely disappointed at the lack of a Promenade deck on this ship. There were short areas on deck 7 but with these narrow and hemmed in with the lifeboats and most areas blocked off. There is a shorter deck area for walking on deck 17 but there is no overhead cover so not as good if it is hot or raining. The gym has lots of walking machines/treadmills but this does not match a walk enjoying the sea breeze and sound of the sea. The entertainment shows were great and very professional, meals on board were excellent, and the staff very friendly and attentive. I felt though that the ship is too big with larger passenger capacity yet reduction in personal space. Some of the specialty restaurants are multipurpose and used as cafes during day while they are open to music from piazza at night. There is a great pizza restaurant onboard (no extra cost). All up a beautiful ship but next time I would prefer to go for a smaller older ship with my beloved deck 7 Promenade escape. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
This was the third time I have done this cruise, but the first on the beautiful Majestic. Also first time out of Sydney. We got down to the port early, as we were not departing port until 6.45 pm. Spent some time trawling through the ... Read More
This was the third time I have done this cruise, but the first on the beautiful Majestic. Also first time out of Sydney. We got down to the port early, as we were not departing port until 6.45 pm. Spent some time trawling through the market at The Rocks, before heading on board about 12.30. We werent due to embark until about 3.15, but with a Platinum card, I thought I would chance it. We has already dropped our bags earlier, so it was just getting out cards and boarding. There was no queue, and we were on in about 15 mins flat! Had lunch at the Trough, which was the only time I went there. It was set out well, very spread out. Again, not many on board, so no queues or dramas. Our cabin was well positioned and very spacious. As usual, the beds were comfy but the pillows less so, The new TV system was great, and we caught a movie before heading off to muster. Again, this was a lot less crowded than usual, with most people finding a seat or a perch. Not having to lug your life jacket was a plus. Catching the lifts afterwards was also not the usual scramble. (Travelling companion has a few mobility issues). The Atrium was beautiful, but not enough room for the popular line dancing or ball room dancing classes. Would be the only complaint in that area. A Kiwi comedian was very entertaining (cant remember his name unfortunately), as was the comedy duo Pearson and someone. I had seen them before, and found them genuinely funny both times. Think Morecome and Wise. (although they were from a group called The Kinsmen, who some Australians would know). The dining room was beautiful, and Daria, our waitress was just perfect. Very professional, kind and knowledgeable. The food portions have gone up in size, but I thought the menu was a little limited, not as much variety as there use to be. No lobster on either formal or the last night. The bomb Alaska has improved from previous sailings, as in the egg white was not as raw as previously. The only issue I would have is that the dining rooms are only open until 9am for breakfast. First sitting was at 5.15 which was great for getting to a show, but starting to get a little early. Loved the adult only areas, and there were plenty of them, including a pool. Although I didnt swim this trip and only went to the Hollywood Conservatory once. Again, a very beautiful place, although I did hear stories of people arriving early, spreading their stuff to prevent others from sharing and staying the day. Signed up for a TRX class at the gym, but this was unfortunately cancelled at the last moment as they were still selling shoe lifts/inserts. They were also a PT down. One was flown in from Dubai, and so I did the last class (only 2 were scheduled). They are getting a little expensive. The Princess Theater was lovely, but the chairs were smaller than an airline seat! A little cramped, esp when the Cruise Body starts being felt. The shows were what you would expect, but with more dramatic lighting. The costumes were stunning. Unfortunately there were only two waiters on and there was no little table or cup holder to put your drink. They really need more waiters. Also if they could offset the seats it would allow for better visibility. Didnt go to the shops, as they were all high end, Effy (which I love looking at their jewelry, but most of it is the price of another cruise, so I never buy), Cartier, and other top names. Even though the ship was large, I didnt feel as if I walked any further than usual (and I have the Cruise Body to confirm this), I also didnt feel crowded. In fact, I actually saw more people more than once than which is a little unusual for me. Overall, I found the whole experience very positive, the crew seemed a lot happier than on some of the other ships. The ship was very clean (as you would expect with a new ship), and elegant. Absolutely loved it. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Went on this ship with high expectations...travelled with husband and my parents. We were on deck 8 and they were deck 9. Both of us, midship. Between us all, we have been on more that 30 Cruises, across different cruise lines. This ... Read More
Went on this ship with high expectations...travelled with husband and my parents. We were on deck 8 and they were deck 9. Both of us, midship. Between us all, we have been on more that 30 Cruises, across different cruise lines. This was our second Princess Cruise. This is our combined opinion, based on what we like and look for on a cruise ship. As cruisers, everyone looks for different things, for us this is our opinion only. The great : * ship handled the choppy sea conditions wonderfully. We had to divert from original course due to low pressure system approaching through Bass Strait. The seas weren’t the worst we have ever encountered, but it was choppy, and ship remained very smooth and stable. Best “ride” we have experienced comparing it to similar seas on other ships. * the captain was very cautious with the incoming bad weather and ensured that the ship travelled the calmest waters possible under the circumstances. Again, something we have not always seen. * Hollywood Conservatory : can’t remember its exact name. But it’s on deck 17, at front of ship. Indoor pool area with very nice separate cabanas with seating. Nicest area on the ship, and the only real open space on the ship. Has a bar. Could benefit from also having peanuts, chips etc. could not get any food from there. This is an issue with pool and spas overflowing water onto walkways there. They had a crew member permanently standing there mopping up the water. He made a comment that 2 Cruises before ours, someone had slipped in the water and been injured. The good : * internet worked okay. Isn’t cheap, but reasonably priced. Speed was fine all around the ship and in cabin. * food at the International Cafe/coffee shop is very nice. The bad : * Interenational Marketplace/buffet Deck 16 - some of us thought the food was fine, but there is not much variety, with similar meals each day. Layout of this area makes it feel very pokey, and food stations are spread across a large area with lanes up and down. The dessert area is located away from the other food area, which is strange. The area has low ceilings and narrow walkways, so it feels like all you see is lines of people walking everywhere. Not a relaxing place to sit, in our opinion. * Piazza/atrium - this was always busy and provides a sitting area and is also where the line dancing, dancing lessons, disco, painting, etc etc are held. It is a small area and with the activities going on, is not a quiet place to relax. * Princess Theatre - apparently holds 1000 people. There were 3500 people on our cruise. Had to get to show around 45 minutes before, to secure a seat. If you couldn’t get a seat, they showed the show, in another small room simulcast on a TV screen. * Princess Hi Room - this is where they simulcast the show if you don’t get a seat. This was a very small room, and this is where bingo was. Again, the room is too small. * Dining room - we only ate there 1 night. We walked in with a bottle of wine we purchased from another bar. When we sat down, the waitress questioned whether we bought it from home or onboard, as $15 corkage applies if it’s not bought from the ship. I told her, we bought it on my husbands card, she said “ are you sure”. Not s nice experience, to be accused of lying. Again, area we sat, was small and pokey, we had another table very close to ours, not private. Never went back there again. * Library - whilst not a place we would sit in, it only has 2 small tables and a few chairs. Never saw anyone even sit in there, as it’s too small. On other ships, the library is using full of people playing board games or cards. Pointless even having this area of this ship. * Coffee - I don’t drink it, but husband and parents did not like the coffee taste. You can purchase a coffee card for $36 which gives you 15 coffees and unlimited premium tea (English breakfast, chamomile etc). Coffee was no good anywhere on the ship. Overall, whilst we were on a very large ship, the guest areas were small. We have travelled on large ships before, and always felt like their weren’t a lot of people onboard. This is the first time we felt like there were too many people. Seems the focus with ship design, is to fit as many cabins as they can, at the expense of small, pokey and not enough guest areas. A lot of the guest sitting areas are cut in half with walkways through them, so all you think about when you are sitting there, is how many people are walking past you all the time. Also, the design does not bring the sea feeling into the ship. Not many big windows, and you actually feel cut off from the water. Some areas that do have windows, all you see is the closed in verandahs out the window, not water. We have never felt this on a ship previously. Whilst we enjoyed the break away, would never travel of this ship again, even if it was for free...which is saying something. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
The Majestic Princess was a fantastic way to travel to Tasmania. The staff are so friendly, the food is amazing and the entertainment was excellent. Even with 3500 travellers on board you could always find a seat in the public areas. Our ... Read More
The Majestic Princess was a fantastic way to travel to Tasmania. The staff are so friendly, the food is amazing and the entertainment was excellent. Even with 3500 travellers on board you could always find a seat in the public areas. Our stateroom was well appointed and very clean. We encountered rough seas but the newer and larger ship was much smoother in the conditions than the smaller ships. The embarkation and disembarkation process was very quick and efficient. The adults only area with cabanas and a pool was included in the price. A great area to chill out. Our ports of Hobart and Port Arthur were very interesting places to visit with so much history. The tender service to and from the ship to Port Arthur was run very smoothly. It was lovely to have 2 nights in Hobart to explore the city at night. I would definitely recommend this ship to travel on. Princess is ahead in so many ways. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Main reason to travel was a "new ship" This should be reliable and meet our expectations. The ship was majestic and magnificent but mellowed in a few areas. Dining food was wet 60% of the time due to standing time. This means ... Read More
Main reason to travel was a "new ship" This should be reliable and meet our expectations. The ship was majestic and magnificent but mellowed in a few areas. Dining food was wet 60% of the time due to standing time. This means 40% was excellent. I measured this against Caribbean and Cunard where their food was very consistent Waiting to attend the theatre was potential safety issue because of crowd rushing to get seats in a theatre which was narrow walk ways and sit down space was like being on a cheap long haul flight. Designer of ships please note. 80% of all problems normally relate to poor design of one thing or another The one area which must be upto standard are beds, my bed sagged after 8 days, which caused my back to ache. Beds on ships must be commercial grade. I took plenty of shots of the ships, so it must have appealed to me. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise to experience the Majestic princess and we were not disappointed. Embarking was very quick and efficient as was disembarking. The ship is beautiful. The decor is lovely and not over the top. The entertainment was ... Read More
We chose this cruise to experience the Majestic princess and we were not disappointed. Embarking was very quick and efficient as was disembarking. The ship is beautiful. The decor is lovely and not over the top. The entertainment was great. The food was good with enough variety and the staff was very accommodating if you wanted to change or add anything to your meal. I liked the new look in the Fresh Market dinning option and thought there was a good variety to choose from. Enjoyed the International cafe. It was very popular so was sometimes hard to find a seat. I especially enjoyed the adult only pool and Hollywood conservatory area. The decor was lovely and I found it very relaxing. We had some rough seas and strong winds but the ship was very stable and comfortable. Overall I would rate my cruise as very relaxing and would highly recommend Majestic Princess. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
When I booked this cruise I requested our dining with friends who were also on the cruise but no we were seated at different tables so I have no faith in the Princess booking service as they don't follow-up on requests. Fortunately ... Read More
When I booked this cruise I requested our dining with friends who were also on the cruise but no we were seated at different tables so I have no faith in the Princess booking service as they don't follow-up on requests. Fortunately the Maitre D was able to seat us together after a long wait as he was busy fixing numerous complaints/errors. The cabin was a balcony suite and it was fine with a very happy, friendly Cabin Steward who was always ready with a hello and smile. The same can't be said of the rest of the staff who looked bored and at times inattentive. Maybe it is the size of the ship and the number of people on board. I didn't see any officers whilst on board unlike the smaller Princess Ships I have traveled on. The food was its usual high standard but I felt the menu selection was not up to Princesses normal standard with many items now requiring an additional cost. As for eating in the Market Place, forget it . Seating is very hard to find, there is no structure or control of lines or ques with people just pushing in and quite frankly being quite rude. Most of the bar staff were friendly and did their best to provide good service but again with so many people it often took some time to get a drink. The on-board entertainment ranged from excellent to ordinary but trying to please the masses must be difficult. Finding a seat in the theatre was near impossible unless you arrive 30/45 mins early as only has about 1000 seats. The offer of a free photo (with conditions of course) was a rip-off as you had to pay $19.99 to download the digital image before you received your $10 free photo. I can download my digital photos in a matter of minutes. I will travel with Princess again in the future but only on the smaller ships as despite the size the larger ship lacks personality, has limited seating capacity in most areas and a lot of staff just never raised a smile. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Short cruise on new Majestic princess food quality and variety not up to scratch with previous cruises entertainment not that great , too much around top deck always cancelled bad weather, cruise shortened due to bad weather no ... Read More
Short cruise on new Majestic princess food quality and variety not up to scratch with previous cruises entertainment not that great , too much around top deck always cancelled bad weather, cruise shortened due to bad weather no componsation overall worsecruise than RCL & celebrity crew and staff did a fantastic job,very freindley and helpfull menu in dining room very poor with little variety compared to other cruise shiops I was expecting alot from princess having paid more than i normally wood but was totally let down on price and quality spa services too expensive, temperature in the lotus enclave, sauna & spa complexess wher way to cold most people using those facillities also agreed largest entertainment thetre filled out too quickley because it was too small for major acts. lifts where always slow and hard to catch alwas jammed packed although Nice new ship had go d decor freindly staff needed more seats around entertainment areas Read Less
Majestic Princess Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.6
Entertainment 4.0 3.4
Public Rooms 4.0 3.6
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.5
Family 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.1
Service 4.5 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.3

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