1. Home
  2. Cruise Lines
  3. Princess Cruises
  4. Majestic Princess Review
  5. Majestic Princess Cruise Reviews
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
We joined the cruise at Shanghai after a week in China visiting Beijing, Xian and Shanghai .with Wendy Woo Tours who were excellent. Don't try to Facebook etc in China as its all blocked including Google although email works. ... Read More
We joined the cruise at Shanghai after a week in China visiting Beijing, Xian and Shanghai .with Wendy Woo Tours who were excellent. Don't try to Facebook etc in China as its all blocked including Google although email works. The processing getting onto the ship was quick and efficient and the ship is magnificent, now where it gets interesting. The cruise is labelled 'East meets West' for a reason and embarking from Shanghai should give you a clue. Maybe 80% of the people were Chinese and from what I've been informed 800 children . People from different shore have different standards - lets leave it there! Formal wear for evening meal at restaurants was a joke where the any standard was acceptable (why have formal wear then)with whatever they wanted (Shorts,t Shirts , flip flops) , Americans, Aussies and Brits made the effort to dress correctly although after seeing what the standard was many of us, including me, dressed down to meet the downward standard. I thought the food was of a high standard. I only went to the Buffet at Breakfast and it was always busy and tables were at a premium so my wife and I eat breakfast by the pool where there was loads of empty seating. Food is catered to both Chinese and western tastes. Entertainment had be be revised to meet both spectrum's and I think it was a success although everything being said had to be repeated in English and Cantonese. The shows were excellent and should be commended. There where plenty of sun beds to be had although they were far less walking waiters on the decks because again Chinese not being drinkers. The cruise trips were excellent where the Chinese and non Chinese had separate trips and the guides knew their stuff. Japan was less compressed than China and I personally enjoyed the experience. The weather was stiffing with high humidity and the sweat was pouring off you just walking around on shore trips. Take an umbrella to protect you from the sun and a face cloth to wipe the sweat off you. Once again the cruise industry are not catering for vegetarians (my wife being one) and they need to get on board with this requirement. Too many chats with the Head Waiter were had. The cabin we had was excellent but all cabins on every ship are about the same. All in all a good cruise but people must be aware that this cruise is catered towards the Chinese. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Like the itinerary with lots of Sea days to rest and recharge. Also got to see Darwin Australia, Kaohsiung(Taiwan) besides the usual Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore, Phu My(Vietnam) and Hong Kong. Ship was big, and nice. Room was a mini ... Read More
Like the itinerary with lots of Sea days to rest and recharge. Also got to see Darwin Australia, Kaohsiung(Taiwan) besides the usual Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore, Phu My(Vietnam) and Hong Kong. Ship was big, and nice. Room was a mini suite(upgraded from a premium balcony), very comfortable, Excellent room service. Sea was calm until South China sea. Mostly Australian on the ship with lots of Asian from Australia. US pax are the minority. Lots of Fancy, high end stores, on board. Too expensive! Piazza was large, busy daily with all kinds of activities. Casino was fun on the Penny machines, not much table activities throughout the cruise(except for Black Jack Tournament), feel sorry for the casino attendants standing at their table side all morning, afternoon and waiting for table players to play! Love the Asian exercise equipment at the aft of the ship for stretching and muscle toning, very simple but effective! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was my second repositioning cruise on the Majestc. The first one was from Shanghai to Sydney in Aug/Sep 2018. Cabin: On this current occasion I traveled with friends (a couple). We had adjacent balcony cabins on deck 14. We ... Read More
This was my second repositioning cruise on the Majestc. The first one was from Shanghai to Sydney in Aug/Sep 2018. Cabin: On this current occasion I traveled with friends (a couple). We had adjacent balcony cabins on deck 14. We chose this cruise because we wanted a cruise that terminated in Hong Kong. My cabin was comfortable except for the very soft pillows that Princess now has. Also, there was a strong smell of stale urine in the bathroom. This was also the case on the earlier cruise when I had an inside cabin. Despite several attempts on both occasions by the cabin stewards to remove the smell, it lingered. Dining: The food overall was very good. We had anytime dining, and ate in the dining room sometimes. We also ate at the International Marketplace, Harmony Restaurant, Crown Grill, Alfredo's, La Mer, and the Noodle Bar, and we did the Chef's Table dining. I thought the Crown Grill on this ship was the best of any ship. The food was excellent and cooked to perfection. I didn't care for the food in the Harmony Restaurant. One of the dishes was very nice but the others were rather bland. La Mer was OK. We ate at Alfredo's quite a few times. Like the food there. Had quite a few lunches at the Noodle Bar. The Chef's Table was not as good as some I've had in the past; more emphasis on presentation rather than flavour. And the food in both the dining rooms and the International Marketplace was pretty good. Ship: I don't particularly like its design which I understand was tailored to the Chinese market. The ship lacks the bar/lounge areas which Australians, including me, seem to like, such as Wheelhouse, Explorers, Skywalkers and Crooners. There was a Crooners on the Majestic but it was the casino's high rollers room converted. Not a crowd-friendly space and tucked away in a corner next to the casino. This was also the nightclub but it didn't really work as that either. The ship has a space called Princess Live on Deck 7 midship. It's like a small theatre. It doesn't really work well for most of the events that it's used for. The seating is quite uncomfortable; there is no bar and wait staff from the nearest bar up the passage have difficulty taking orders and delivering drinks. Apart from a bench across the back of the room, there are no tables so activities like trivia and bingo are difficult there. Also, the Promenade deck walking area does not go right around the ship. It does run up both sides of the ship but it's very narrow in parts and walking is very difficult if there's anyone else in the area. The Princess Theatre has 800 seats for 3500 passengers. This meant that you'd need to get there more than half an hour before a show to have any chance of getting a seat. Most of the activities were held in the Piazza as there was really nowhere much else to have them. A couple of times when we were dining at Alfredo's (on Deck 6 in the Piazza), the music in the Piazza was so loud that we couldn't have a conversation. The Majestic has an adults area on Deck 17 called the Hollywood Observatory. It's an indoor area that has a good sized pool, a bar, lots of lounges and other seating, include cabanas which can be closed off for privacy. A lovely area except for two things - some recorded birdsong which is really unnecessary and gets on your nerves after a while; and the fact that the whole area is air conditioned. That's OK if you've gone there just to read or play games, etc, but it makes it very cold when you come out of the pool! Entertainment: The entertainment was very good overall. Some excellent performers, and the production shows were great. Lots of activities. We never had trouble finding something enjoyable to do. Service: The service on the ship, as always, was excellent, although I noticed that there seemed to be less wait staff than usual in some areas. This meant that there were sometimes delays in getting vacated tables cleared, or getting a drink. This was my fourth cruise with Captain Dino Sagani at the helm. While his daily noon navigation reports were always informative, I've never seen him or his officers out and about the ship other than at official functions. Ports: While the number of ports was small (only 6 including Hong Kong), there was plenty to do at each. I found the destination presentation for Kaohsiung to be very helpful in getting a feel for the logistics of the place. The only Princess shore excursion I did was to Long Tan and Nui Dat in Vietnam. So much Australian military history in that part of the world. We were privileged to participate in a short memorial service while at the Long Tan Memorial. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Would I go again on the Majestic? Probably not. I don't care for that class of ship. I much prefer the Grand or Gem class. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
My husband and I chose this cruise since it went to Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. We are Princess Platinum Cruisers in our late 50's/early 60's and American. The average age for the majority of our fellow cruisers was 68+ ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise since it went to Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. We are Princess Platinum Cruisers in our late 50's/early 60's and American. The average age for the majority of our fellow cruisers was 68+ and Australian. Prior to the cruise we spent 4 days in Singapore at the Swissotel The Stamford, and 5 days at the Holiday Inn Old Sydney, Post cruise we stayed 3 days in Hong Kong at the Salisbury YMCA Hong Kong. The reviews of our pre/post cruise stays, along with our experiences flying on Singapore Airlines are being posted on other sites. We are happy to answer questions about the hotels and our activities before & after the cruise. We especially enjoyed the view from the Harbor View Suite at the Salisbury. We had to book a year in advance to obtain that room/view Embarkation to the ship was smooth. We had priority boarding and were able to access our cabin immediately. The Majestic Princess is a very pretty ship. Being so new it was very clean & well maintained. We enjoyed the decor and the numerous dining options. The downsides of the ship have already been mentioned by other cruisers: lack of a promenade, Piazza too small for activities presented, and theater seating being uncomfortable for anyone above average height. Our cabin was a Penthouse Suite (R730) with a wrap balcony. We have posted a video of the cabin and balcony on the cruise critic Princess board. The cabin was lovely, with tasteful decor & plenty of storage. There was soot on the balcony and it varied daily. Our room steward wiped down both the deck furniture and the deck itself daily. We chose this cabin due to the extra large uncovered balcony and its proximity to the VIP lounge. We ended up using the VIP lounge several times a day for snacks, coffee and to seek assistance from the concierge stationed there at posted hours. Dining is subjective but this ship offered enough options to always enable us to find something we liked. We tried all the dining options with the exception of eating lobster on deck. The Chopsticks Noodle Bar was a disappointment with limited options. We enjoyed the Crown Grill for both breakfast & dinner. We also had a good experience at La Mer and with the Ultimate Balcony Dinner. We weren't as fond of the Crab Shack or the menu at Harmony. The World Fresh Marketplace was set up by stations, which did not move. It was easy to find things once you learned where the stations are. There was enough variety of items offered and the quality at the buffet was better than previous cruises. It was not much different than the quality of the food in the dining rooms. This is the first cruise where we saw more people eating at the buffet than in the dining room. Entertainment and activities on the ship were mediocre. The cruise director and staff were lackluster, at best. It seemed their answer to entertaining a large group at a disco party was to just have everyone line dance. The singers performing for Fantastic Journey did a good job lip syncing but the production theme was disjointed & the use of drones was minimal. The lead singer for the band, Opus sounded like he had never rehearsed with the band prior to the cruise. The singer at Crooner's piano bar was also mediocre and the setting uninviting. Fortunately, some good movies were offered on MUTS. Service on board was outstanding. With the exception of one grumpy bartender at the Sea view bar, all the staff encountered were cheerful and helpful. They were always around, cleaning, assisting passengers and ensuring guests washed their hands at the buffet. Some of the ports were a disappointment, but it is not the cruise line's fault. We chose ship's tours due to the distance from the port to some of the places we wanted to see. We were also worried about language barriers. Princess does a good job of describing the shore excursions and specifically noting the time the shore excursions leave and the activity level required to participate. Unfortunately, some passengers came late, returned late after free time and did not take note of the walking/steps listed in the shore excursion descriptions. This ended up impacting the tours. The tours left late and some sights were cut short to make up time. Next cruise we will go back to organizing our own shore trips. All in all, we enjoyed the cruise and all the sea days. We might not pick Majestic Princess for another cruise, but will certainly book with Princess again. We will try and book a ship that has an Enclave like Majestic Princess since this was our favorite location on the ship. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Stayed few nights in Sydney pre cruise. Enjoyed as had previously visited and knew what we wanted to see, Embarkation swift..good to be able to drop cases early . Were told we couldn't send cases of water through but could only ... Read More
Stayed few nights in Sydney pre cruise. Enjoyed as had previously visited and knew what we wanted to see, Embarkation swift..good to be able to drop cases early . Were told we couldn't send cases of water through but could only carry them on ourselves, Useful but expensive shuttle at Brisbane. Again we knew what we wanted to do once we were in town. Darwin quite disappointing..had visited previously. Felt ship could have offered complimentary shuttle into town. Wanted to visit Vietnam. Hadn't researched carefully enough and needed to book tour from Phu My 90 mins on excursion coach to Ho Chi Minh City. Very nice when got there but could have done with longer time in city but ship was leaving early. Disappointed in Kaosiung..again docked a long way from town in Commercial area.Paid for princess shuttle to downtown. Left at 8.30 am, arrived by 9 am but nothing opened till 11am. Again disappointed by short time in port. Did disembarkation tour in Hong Kong as had flight to Dubai that evening. Useful to be able to store luggage on coach until dropped off at airport....shame this tour wasn't advertised earlier. Again felt it was expensive, too much time at nunnery and insufficient time for lunch/ shopping (less than 90 mins). Arrived at airport after 4.5 hours when tour advertised as 5 hours. Felt overall planning of port visits not good. Timing needs to be looked at, so does docking so far away from downtown areas ! Balcony cabin was fine, balcony smaller than some ships we have been on, Steward was excellent, Didn't miss club chair which had been removed. Food in Dining Room very slow to come out one night..nothing to write home about. Buffet okay but difficult to find way around, Good service for drinks both on deck and in lounges. Not keen on shows but heard they were not that good and some complained they were unable to find seats but had heard others saw same show in each of the three sittings ! Ship large, disappointed no proper 'promenade' deck Always found sun loungers but we are early birds.. Didn't like cruise director making announcements 15 mins after MUTS had started. Surely he realises he is interrupting film ?? He stopped for a few days after someone sent a note to his Wake show but started again later in the cruise. Not keen on Piazza being so busy..used for too many activities..no peace and quiet ! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Excellent value for a suite - liked the itinerary - wanted to experience a new ship. Good overall but we did not like the mattress in the suite. I suspect it is rubber based as it always seemed to be hot. Club class dining is ... Read More
Excellent value for a suite - liked the itinerary - wanted to experience a new ship. Good overall but we did not like the mattress in the suite. I suspect it is rubber based as it always seemed to be hot. Club class dining is excellent with no waiting during anytime dining. Enrichment Lectures were lacking. Only one American based speaker (most of the PAX were Australian) and he joined part way through the cruise. No others. Captain Dino's announcements were all good but interaction with officers was non-existent - unfortunate - it happens sometimes. Had a look at pricing on a similar cruise (SYD-SIN) next year and note the price has doubled for the same number of days, compared with what we paid. At this price we will probably pass for that itinerary. We enjoyed the cruise and it was great value, an excellent ship. We will sail on her again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
First impression entering the Piazza, was wow. Very impressive. But the biggest thing that lets it down is the layout. The Market place is so confusing, it’s set out in 2 sections a bistro and buffet. To get your food you have to ... Read More
First impression entering the Piazza, was wow. Very impressive. But the biggest thing that lets it down is the layout. The Market place is so confusing, it’s set out in 2 sections a bistro and buffet. To get your food you have to negotiate .different areas. For example I wanted toasted Banana bread, I went to the counter with the Banana bread, then had to take it to another area to get it toasted then again to get butter. The Market place seating is divided by many screens, it feels a bit closed in. The Princess theatre is a good size but entering and exiting is a problem as the aisles are one person wide, which causes big problems with everyone trying to leave. The future cruise desk and captains circle club are in the same very small room, with only one staff member looking after each area. Causes major cuing. For a ship with 3500 passengers you would think they would have more room and more staff to handle the volume. Our cabin was excellent, we had a Club class mini suite, very big, plenty of room to sit, or eat a meal, very good and big balcony with table chairs and sun lounges. Embarkation and disembarkation was very good, very well organised. The entertainment was good with the imported artist, but the Princess entertainment was the same as any other ship. If you been on a few Princess cruises no need to go and see them. The crew where mainly very good, but there was a lot of Chinese crew that did not seem to want to serve anyone except Chinese passengers. I asked to use the Karaoke room and was told it was only for the Asian cruise, by one Chinese crew member, then told to go and see, the Internet cafe person, then told to see Customer services, who are the ones I saw first so I didn’t bother. I would not go on the Majestic Princess if there was an alternative ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
New ship and very very big. Great ship...Ports of call were interesting, should have been longer at Singapore and Vietnam, so much to see and do. Food menu was very disappointing in the Lido bar. Very repetitive and boring. ... Read More
New ship and very very big. Great ship...Ports of call were interesting, should have been longer at Singapore and Vietnam, so much to see and do. Food menu was very disappointing in the Lido bar. Very repetitive and boring. Disappointed with photo deals....no package offered...only digital copies promoted....not good! Ping pong tables were unsuitably positioned, in the wind rain and heat....should have been indoors. Gym was good, did not feel uncomfortable. Overall entertainment in Princess Theatre was good but not great, could have been better. Enjoyed the music and entertainment by the band Opus. Line dancing Flash mob Choir and yukelele was great. Balloon drop and staff entertainment was enjoyable. Loved The Majestic Princess overall. Looking forward to next cruise with Princess, already paid future cruise deposit in anticipation of a great holiday in 2020/2021. Hope my review will contribute to better changes in the future for all passengers concerned. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This was a CruiseTour which included a 6 night land tour of Australia which included the Great Barrier Reef. Also included a 2 night stay at Ayers Rock which was a little long compared to what was there to see and the hotel accommodations ... Read More
This was a CruiseTour which included a 6 night land tour of Australia which included the Great Barrier Reef. Also included a 2 night stay at Ayers Rock which was a little long compared to what was there to see and the hotel accommodations were pretty rural. But the tour of Sydney prior to boarding the ship was excellent. The New Zealand portion of the cruise was excellent, beautiful scenery throughout and shore excursions were excellent. As I have trouble walking, we only do the easy excursions so we see a lot of scenery and drives around the town. Lot of good information, Getting on and off the ship in Sydney is extremely easy, well organized. As far at the ship itself, this is not a ship designed for cruising from US ports. This ship is designed for the Asian traveler as there are a reduced number of bars (areas are converted to gambling and mah jong halls. There is no pizza other than in Alfredo's which is a good pasta/pizza sit down space (no addtl charge) but the noodle bar poolside was good. We did Club Class dining and the service was fantastic. The food selections were not as they have been in the past, however with Club Class dining, you get one additional choice that is prepared in the eating area. Won't go back to regular anytime dining again when traveling on Princess. Hate the wait in lines to get a table. Only did the buffet on the lido deck once. The selection of food was mostly Asian type and layout was difficult to get around. All in all it was a good cruise, but it is long and if you are coming from the states, the time change affects you more than you realize. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This is my 4 th cruise with princess and was excited for this one being there biggest ship but found the layout of the ship difficult to get my head around I had been on the royal princess a couple of years ago and no doubt in my mind the ... Read More
This is my 4 th cruise with princess and was excited for this one being there biggest ship but found the layout of the ship difficult to get my head around I had been on the royal princess a couple of years ago and no doubt in my mind the better ship . I also felt hygeine standards had slipped with often no staff member on guard or sanitiser available just a sink hand washing area and often soap had run out , consequently sickness was rampant through the ship and of course I got it and have been sick now for 12 days and ongoing visits to doctor , carry your own sanitiser. The staff work long hours and try there best and are very polite but often cannot speak English very well so sometimes it’s hard to get your order correct the first time. The food of course is in abundance most of it excellent standard and a great vareity. If I sail again with princess it would be on the Royal for sure. The inside cabins are small and aircon seems to be switched off at night which makes the room stuffy, would recommend a room with an opening window. Getting on and off the ship was easy very well organised, entertainment was first class ,the shows were amazing , room service was excellent but if you order a pot of tea be sure to ask for milk also.happy sailing Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Wanted to see New Zealand. Cruise tours were limited. No real wine tours if that is what you are interested in. Loved the Fjords. Cities were interesting . Missed a port due to fog-Port Chalmers. NZ is a beautiful if hilly country. Weather ... Read More
Wanted to see New Zealand. Cruise tours were limited. No real wine tours if that is what you are interested in. Loved the Fjords. Cities were interesting . Missed a port due to fog-Port Chalmers. NZ is a beautiful if hilly country. Weather was exceptionally good except for one day of fog. Tasmania was a pleasant surprise with a visit to a animal rescue sanctuary. Able to get up close and personal with many kangaroos. For a new ship the cabin looked a little worn and the food quality has definitely declined. It used to be so good now the quality is suffering. The beef options were in the main tough unless you ordered from the Steakhouse menu. Vegetables were wet or mushy. We used anytime dining and did go to the Noodle bar, the cafe, and the pizza restaurant which were all good. I always enjoy the music in the atrium. Good selection of artists and easy to get drinks and food nearby. Did not go to any shows but enjoyed the art auctions and did purchase some art Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We cruise to NZ every year, and Princess is our favourite cruise line. Majestic Princess is only two years old, and is still in very good condition. The ports of call are excellent, and there is a fairly good selection of shore excursions. ... Read More
We cruise to NZ every year, and Princess is our favourite cruise line. Majestic Princess is only two years old, and is still in very good condition. The ports of call are excellent, and there is a fairly good selection of shore excursions. The public areas are spacious, and the cabins are a good size. The bed is very comfortable, but there is only one chair. The balcony on this cabin was a very good size, with two deck chairs, a small table, and two foot stools. The food was well presented but quite repetitive. The waiters were very obliging and efficient, and also polite and friendly. The entertainment staff left a bit to be desired, with one member who didn't turn up to organise one event, and who was also 15 minutes late for another. The production shows featuring the singers and dancers were fabulous. The Wake Show (the morning in-house TV show featuring all the events of the day) was not very interesting, and we stopped watching it after a few days. We have noticed that the standards on Princess have deteriorated over the years we have been cruising (26 cruises with Princess, 10 with other cruise lines), so I think our next NZ cruise will be with someone else. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We have cruised with princess for many years. Bigger ships are not always good. Smoother ride, nice amenities BUT.. CROWDS... only one pool area... PACKED. Only one spa.. PACKED. Only ONE ATRIUM.. not even standing room... They pulled ... Read More
We have cruised with princess for many years. Bigger ships are not always good. Smoother ride, nice amenities BUT.. CROWDS... only one pool area... PACKED. Only one spa.. PACKED. Only ONE ATRIUM.. not even standing room... They pulled things like Wine Stewards from the dining room..so no one has any wine knowledge.. "I think white would go with chicken" Used to be much better service but I understand their goal to be more main stream. We will likely look for smaller ships with better service options as we move into retirement. The bargain is still there for princess, but, they should steer bargainers to carnival and put princess back to the level it once was. EVERYONE on the ship worked very hard and the staff is incredible, but they are overworked by a company concerned with the bottom line. I would say, you have no problem filling your ships...up the prices a bit, bring back quality to top tier. The LA MER was a DISASTER. They put the fine dining IN THE ATRIUM at the same time as the rock concert... "Come enjoy the fine dining french experience..and yell" Also, the other fine dining Steakhouse was also adjacent to a music venue with no walls between..we heard others complain about that. The larger ship means no full running track any more, no wrap around promenade deck, and just 3500 people in the same place at the same time. For many this is fine but this is the first Princess cruise we were surprised with that way. Ports were good but of course, 3500 people getting off takes a while and the lines back were long on tenders. For those who like BIG, this ship is for you. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Loved Sydney before departure. Was a great ship and itenerary. Embarkation was easy. From checking to cabin within an hour. Huge ship but didn't seam busy very much. Always somewhere quiet to sit and chill. Plenty of quiet bars around ... Read More
Loved Sydney before departure. Was a great ship and itenerary. Embarkation was easy. From checking to cabin within an hour. Huge ship but didn't seam busy very much. Always somewhere quiet to sit and chill. Plenty of quiet bars around and nooks to sit and chill in. Food a bit repetitive in buffet. Could do with changing more but overall a good trip. MDR was great food and atmosphere like usual. Did anytime dining. Didn't have to wait for table. Cabin was of good size. Bathroom can always be bigger but that's what you get on ships. Layout was plenty room to move around in for 2 people. Only went to shows with princess dancers, shows were fabulous as always. Could have done with more shows and deck parties. Didn't have the usual love boat deck party I've had on previous cruises. Missed them a bit. Shore excursions were great. Loved the village and hungi tour. Would easily do NZ cruise on her again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
MAJESTIC PRINCESS We did this trip for our 25th anniversary. Thanks to the Princess staff for the lovely banner and balloons. EMBARKATION was poor due to us receiving the wrong wharf information. We had Prince’s wharf in our ... Read More
MAJESTIC PRINCESS We did this trip for our 25th anniversary. Thanks to the Princess staff for the lovely banner and balloons. EMBARKATION was poor due to us receiving the wrong wharf information. We had Prince’s wharf in our itinerary but the day before we received an email telling us it was now Queen’s wharf. After being dropped at Queens Wharf, we had to trawl our suitcases through the busy ferry terminal to get to where the ship actually was on Prince’s wharf. Not sure what that was all about. Once at the right place everything went very smoothly. DISEMBARKATION was good. We booked the Princess airport transfer as it was only a few dollars more than public transport would have cost us and meant we were basically ship to airport (without getting too wet). Cabin L228 Cabin was comfortable and our steward Gomez was excellent. Bed was comfortable to sleep in but pillows were poor. One feather, one foam. I dislike feather but foam was not firm enough for me. Bathroom was extremely tight and neither of us are large people. Plenty of hanging space but not many drawers. Small fridge in cabin. Two USB ports but neither worked. Windows in need dire of cleaning, very annoying when going through the fiordlands. Also deck balcony glass impossible to see through and as you sit at a low level very annoying. The buffet marketplace is well set out so people have areas to go for what they want. Food choices ever changing and difficult to get to try everything or you would explode. Food is enjoyable, plenty of choices for all tastes. Just lacking seasoning but that is understandable due to the numbers aboard. Dining rooms are well decorated and spacious. Found food to be bland and either under cooked or over cooked. I have dietary requirements and tried to speak to the maître de as requested on the first and second nights in dining room. This did not happen and I was given food I am allergic too. After this everything was sorted out for me in the dining room. Harmony restaurant was enjoyable and worth the money. People we met liked the Le Mer food. Lots of small food places to get burgers, hotdogs, ice cream, noodles. Bakery cakes looked superb but were sometimes not quite as tasty as they looked. Loved Alfredo’s on deck 6. Great pizza and veal tortellini. Drinks packages are available but you need to work out for yourself if they are worth it. We didn’t buy one. Plenty of places to sit and read, have a drink, or play games. Laundry facilities on are all decks 7-15 at rear of boat. Some are larger than others. Very easy to use as you swipe your ships card to buy tokens for washers and dryers and powder, bleach and dryer sheets. Could do with more dryers though as wash takes 30-35mins and dryers 40-45mins. Causing a backlog waiting for dryers. The ship itself is clean and quite pretty. Crooners lounge was always good for a quiet pre dinner drink. Crown Grill was more pub like and livelier. Did an English pub lunch on two occasions which we never tried. Hollywood adults area on deck 17 at front was relaxing. The pool and hot tubs were lovely. Lounge area lacking enough of the comfortable loungers. Smoking area is outside on 17 starboard and if you forgot and went out the wrong doors you got a face full of smoke. Main pool area is spacious but busy on a sunny day. Liked the skywalk. Overall the ship was well appointed and enjoyable and we would sail on her again. Crew were overall polite but not overly friendly like other cruises we have been on. Downside. Usual problems with finding a seat at certain entertainments. Atrium activities and Princess Theatre shows especially. Something needs to be done as some people were saying they had seen the early show and went again for the later show. This left people standing in the aisles which blocked those sitting at the back. Surely a ticketing system using your cruise card could be designed so you could only get in once unless there was space. Spoke to a staff member but felt I was being humoured. Another staff member did come and move those standing in our view. Would travel on this ship again. TAURANGA Ship actually docks at Mt Manganui so you need to get shuttle or taxi into Tauranga itself. Just walked off ship. Nice seaside area with good coffee shops. We walked to the top of Moturiki Island then had a coffee. This is main port for Hobbiton which we had done prior to cruise. WELLINGTON Went on free shuttle into town. Rode cable car to top of hill then walked down through Botanical gardens. Stopped for a cup of tea in the rose garden then had a stroll to Old St Pauls church then we caught shuttle bus back to ship after a short ride around Wellington. AKAROA You tender in at this port so allow time if you book a private tour. We had organised to ride a V8Trike with Marty. We did the 1hr ride which was great. We then had lunch in town, lovely fish and chips and green lip mussels. Very easy to walk around this small quaint town. DUNEDIN Unfortunately we did not make this port due to a fog bank which caused us to miss the tide to get into dock. FIORDLANDS Cruising through the three sounds on a beautiful sunny day was wonderful. The ship cruises one way through DUSKY and DOUBTFUL sounds then has to turn around in MILFORD sound. Meaning you see everything twice or everything from your balcony. HOBART We booked a ship shore excursion to Mt Wellington and the Botanic gardens. We had to clear customs here which held the tours up by a small amount of time. Whilst enjoyable and I thought good value for money, I felt hurried in the gardens and we lacked time on Mt Wellington. The tour was booked as Mt Wellington then Botanic Gardens and we planned to spend extra time at the gardens then make our own way back to the ship. This obviously didn’t happen as we did the gardens first. DAYS AT SEA are relaxing days or there was plenty going on if that is your choice. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This is our 3rd longer princess cruise and now qualify for “ruby “ (30 sea days or more) these ranks would be fine if they gave discounts for drinks, WiFi, laundry,etc. I think you get free laundry and WiFi if you go up to platinum! ... Read More
This is our 3rd longer princess cruise and now qualify for “ruby “ (30 sea days or more) these ranks would be fine if they gave discounts for drinks, WiFi, laundry,etc. I think you get free laundry and WiFi if you go up to platinum! Our Australia cruise started with 3 days at the Amora Hotel in Sydney... a very nice, quiet room in the convenient part of a large town. Even in our 60’s we opted for the bridge climb.. which was scary and fun! (Do the short one). We were told to embark on the majestic at a specific time based on your room floor.....ours was 4:pm. I have to admit... that is the fastest we ever got on a ship! The first sea day went quickly with the many new events to explore. We signed up for the you yang sanctuary in Melbourne our next port. Warning, this turned to be not what the description said... very difficult to see any kangaroos or koala! This tour would have been better if it was described as a sightseeing tour with a possibility of animal sightings! Our guide was good describing the area as we drove by. Another sea day... the Tasmania.... and Bonorong.... wow happy days!!! A tour with kangaroos, koalas and even dare devils!!!two more sea days... the the Fiordland and incredible scenery .....Dunedin,the next port was hilly and interesting. We toured and went to the batanical gardens.. also olverton house.. great if your into history and antiques in New Zealand! Akaroa, the next port.. was a hop in hop off... with a great driver who knew the area. We took the bike ride tour in Rotorua.. a super place inside a semi active volcanic area... with steaming geysers! Our trip ended in the Auckland hotel also a Amora... very nice hotel! We took another hop on hop off tour. Disembarking was long and painful from the ship and you wait for up to two hours to be called for port clearance! Eating on the ship for dining.... don’t get a set table number... if you want to meet people and have fun, ask for open dining or any time dining when you first book your cruise! Our room Stuart was so so ... he did his job, but not friendly like they usually are! The cabin was fine.... nice closet space... small balcony.. but mostly quiet and convenient. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our first Princess cruise. Princess offered a land tour of Australia that had the cities we were interested in along with cruising to New Zealand. The tour guide was awesome and we really enjoyed the land tour. The descriptions ... Read More
This was our first Princess cruise. Princess offered a land tour of Australia that had the cities we were interested in along with cruising to New Zealand. The tour guide was awesome and we really enjoyed the land tour. The descriptions of the excursions weren't exactly accurate. Or maybe we read too much into the descriptions. The transition from plane to hotel when we arrived was very smooth. The planes and hotels on the land tour were adequate. Make sure you pack a hand scale for your luggage because Qantas is very strict on the weights! Especially for the carry ons! The Sydney tour included the Opera House - but it was ONLY a drive by which was disappointing. We did have time after dropping off our luggage at the ship and then walked to the Opera House! This was really convenient to be able to drop the luggage off and then be able to do some exploring of the wharf at Sydney. The cruise ship itself is so beautiful! The Piazza is the hub of activity for the cruise. They constantly have something going on so you can always participate or just watch. I did feel sorry for the diners - the specialty restaurants - they are right there and it is VERY noisy. The shops are all very, very, very expensive, top end shops and you hardly saw anyone in there. Very little that average people could afford. This ship was built for the Oriental market - and did not transition well for the Australian market! The food was bland - and most options were seafood - which is great if you are a seafood lover, but not so much if you are a beef lover. And there is NO true cream for coffee. I observed that if you got "white" coffee, it was with skim milk. If you asked for cream - it was whole milk. If you insisted on cream - you got this clotted cream that would not dissolve in coffee. Also, by using the milk in your coffee, they kept it cold so your coffee was lukewarm, at best. Very little ice in iced drinks, you have to ask for ice. Most drinks were cool or room temp. The pizzeria on board was very formal. It was good, but very formal - linen table clothes, waiters dressed formally - not what you were expecting. The dining rooms were also very formal - and our waiter was as personable as mud. Our room steward was awesome! The buffet was divided into 2 sections - one was a "bistro" that had more sandwiches, lighter fare. But the food was mainly the same day after day after day after day. And bland, bland, bland. The only time I detected seasoning was the garlic which they used a lot of! The entertainment was produced very well, but not really our liking, but it was put on with a lot of costumes, music and lights! The excursions were awesome, but usually left right after we docked and got back with only 30-60 minutes before we had to be on board. Most of the port cities did NOT have shops by the docks, so we got very little shopping done. And no of the port cities opened up for the ship - like other ports we have been in. They would open late and close early - which made it impossible for those that did excursions. Princess did do an awesome job of getting the people to their excursions - always meeting in the Theater and taken out by group to their buses or trains. Wine was VERY expensive - the cheapest bottle was $42 and only a few at that price. IF they had a daily drink special, it was not advertised - and did NOT have anyone coming by with the shot specials at dinner. Was disappointed also in the deserts - they were presented beautifully, but not much taste. Our tour group discussed this a lot - most agreed that the deserts almost tasted the same. I only saw cheesecake offered once???? It seemed that presentation was their goal! The everyday menu offered a sirloin steak that was tough and chewy. The roasted chicken was huge, but no seasoning. The fettuccine was good, but not offered with chicken or shrimp. The bread rolls were all crusty, and always the same selection - every night. I would ask for ice tea and they would give me a straw to stir in my sugar????? Finally, got them to give me a small desert spoon. I enjoyed the cruise, but a little too high end for me - I don't mind dressing up for formal nights, but didn't want every night to be on the formal setting - not with dress but with the formal, attitude of the wait staff. Are other Princess cruises like this? Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
The embarkation and disembarkation from this ship was extremely smooth and well managed. We have travelled previously on the Royal Princess, so found this ship very familiar although it does have some differences and is more targeted ... Read More
The embarkation and disembarkation from this ship was extremely smooth and well managed. We have travelled previously on the Royal Princess, so found this ship very familiar although it does have some differences and is more targeted at Chinese passengers with much of the signage and announcements being in dual language. I did miss the Pizzeria by the pool which is on the Royal, which is replaced with Chopsticks Noodle Bar on this ship. The Hollywood pool club is a wonderful area on the ship. Not only does it has an indoor pool, it also has floor to ceiling windows with comfortable chairs to enjoy the views. The entertainment on board had been modernised significantly, it was current and vibrant, with lots of theatrics, which was great to watch. We didn't take any of the ship tours, as we have found that we could book the same tours for less through viator. We had a lovely trip and would happily cruise on this ship in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
ship was very nice, crew on board were great. the cruise directors team were fantastic one helped with a temporary fix to the brake cable on my walker. we were surprised to find that there no longer cups given with drink package but ... Read More
ship was very nice, crew on board were great. the cruise directors team were fantastic one helped with a temporary fix to the brake cable on my walker. we were surprised to find that there no longer cups given with drink package but instead got two large bottles of water, we had planed on keeping the cups to use as gifts and feel that the bottled water was a waste. the dinning room team were excellent in looking after us making sure i knew which foods were safe for me to eat with my food allergies. we enjoyed the shows but feel that there is not enough seating for passengers with disabilities, there should also be a way of stopping people standing at top of stairs and blocking the view of the people sitting at back of theater, i was sitting next to stairs and heard lots of arguments over this. the only negative for me was that my walker could not get past the steward trolleys in hallway when i was trying to get to or from room. once i was stuck for ten minutes until a crew member came past and moved trolley for me to get to room. i have not had this on other princess ships. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Majestic Princess is a floating city 3500 passengers on board did not have any problems with queues always flowing, service and food world class Market place Buffet service has various menus to cater to all, staff friendly and ... Read More
Majestic Princess is a floating city 3500 passengers on board did not have any problems with queues always flowing, service and food world class Market place Buffet service has various menus to cater to all, staff friendly and professional, cabin modern and clean spacious mini suites have two large TVs and seperate lounge area which can be folded out to a Sofa bed every level has a Laundry with irons and washers,dryers. Decor thought out the entire ship modern and bright,two theatres to watch movies one open air on top deck which is very popular,three pools one under cover in the fantastic Hollywood Lounge, only one thing that distracts from everything is WI/FI the cost is very high only 24Hrs duration not too stable has different levels can be very costly when you can travel the world and receive WI/FI for free,this ship has to be experienced simply the best. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
In spite of having iffy reviews, This cruise was sold out several weeks before the sail date. I think it's because even though most cruise lines have become annoying with their nickel and dime tactics, it's still the most ... Read More
In spite of having iffy reviews, This cruise was sold out several weeks before the sail date. I think it's because even though most cruise lines have become annoying with their nickel and dime tactics, it's still the most comfortable way to visit several places without spending time on travel from one destination to another and packing and unpacking luggage every day. I take cruises for just that reason. I always ignore it and don't fall for the games when cruise lines try to get the better of me (or my money) while on the ship. Majestic did a few things to annoy me. Bottle of water prices are ridiculous. Pizza restaurant Alfredo's is free, but you are only allowed to eat your meal inside the restaurant and cannot take leftovers with you. I suspect it's because there is a $3.00 room service charge for pizza and the ship would loose out on those funds if everyone were to order their pizzas for pickup. Very petty and annoying. In the casino, the roulette betting was misleading. The table displayed "$2 to $50" chips, but minimum bet was $10.00. Prices of the specialty restaurants were outrageous. I would pay $40 extra per couple for a special meal, but not twice that much. I was told that the Aussies pay more per person than those of us from the United States. The reason for this is since the Aussies generally do not pay gratuities, their cruise fare has the daily per person gratuity built in whereas US citizens (and probably others) pay the lower fare but are charged a daily gratuity on their shipboard account. The ship was a typical cruise ship with all the glitz and glamour. Staff were very very nice and made sure your trip was great. In spite of the annoyances, it was a great cruise and shore excursions were excellent. It boils down to whether you are willing to pay or ignore the extra costs. I always go in knowing that the total fare is going to be more than I paid. One interesting note for those who try to save on the cost of alcohol - On the Australia cruise, we ordered the room service spirits. Even though the little bottles were expensive - about 20.00 AUD each- for 375 ml - they were still way cheaper than buying a drink at the bar (14.00 or so AUD per drink]. Over the course of 12 days of drinking that is a lot of savings. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Simple: the big new ship and New Zealand at the correct time. If it had been another destination in Australia at the time frame we still would have made a voyage on the Majestic. A diversion took us to Picton which was fantastic. We ... Read More
Simple: the big new ship and New Zealand at the correct time. If it had been another destination in Australia at the time frame we still would have made a voyage on the Majestic. A diversion took us to Picton which was fantastic. We missed the Fiordlands though. The entertainment at night was fantastic and the evening meals good. The buffet courts are confusing and you never know where to find what. A proper map of the setup should have been posted. There are no pools at the back which is very poor. In fact the pools are totally insufficient for this size ship considering that the only adult zone is totally enclosed. Loved my cruise but very disappointed with the mini suite and the pools. The cruise director was full of life and kept us posted of everything without being intrusive. The dancers were spectacular and I would have loved more shows with them. My cabin man was the best we've ever had on a cruise and the waitstaff in the dining room did everything they could to accommodate us. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose to do the Majestic Princess as she is such a new ship and we had never been on one this big. We arrived in Sydney the day before and stayed at the Travel Lodge Wynard. It was basic but suited our purpose. We were a group of 4 ... Read More
We chose to do the Majestic Princess as she is such a new ship and we had never been on one this big. We arrived in Sydney the day before and stayed at the Travel Lodge Wynard. It was basic but suited our purpose. We were a group of 4 couples travelling together and we met up at the OPT at 11am. Put our luggage through and we were then told we could board. Would have taken no longer than 10 minutes and we were on. We then went to see if our cabins were ready and they were. We had obstructed view balcony E603. The obstruction was the tenders, but we still had a good view. We did sail away from the back deck which is a great spot when departing from each port, although can get quite windy. The ship is big!! probably to big for my liking, but my husband had no issue with the size. Although for such a big ship she is beautiful and I did get use to the size of her as each day went on, and yes I would cruise on her again. Cabin E603 was comfortable and like most princess ships the cabins are probably the smallest that we have travelled in especially the bathrooms, the are tiny. We don't spend a lot of time in our cabin so this was not a problem. Dining - we were in Allegro dinning room and had 7.30 sitting. The food was ok and we had no complaints,(with the amount of food they deliver every day it was pretty good) our waiters were fabulous (Karlos and Alex). They made each night a very enjoyable experience. We went to the dinning room for breakfast most mornings as we found Market Place to be very busy. For lunch if we weren't in port we just had a burger or something from noodle bar on deck. Entertainment - We only did 2 of the shows but they were very good, very hard to get a seat in the Princess Theatre. Most nights we just went to the Crown and Grill (which I guess on other ships this would be the Wheelhouse Bar. We loved listening to the Two Brit Girls (Char & Philly) They were great entertainment. New Years Eve was a big night and they had parties happening all over the ship, we stayed in the atrium and had a great time with so much atmosphere. It is strange to be on a ship that has no Pomenade deck, and you do miss this, but we did get use to it. This was our third cruise to New Zealand, but we still found new and different things to do in each port. We booked a private winery/boutique brewery tour from Tauranga and this was a great day. So as not to pay the high prices that they charge on the ship for excursions, I just did a lot of googling. We went to Crown Grill (steak house) and as per usual the food was amazing, no complaints there. Harmony was another story, we were very disappointed, the soup was inedible. Then the waiter suggested that seeing as there were 6 of us that we should order 6 different mains and share them, this would have been a great idea if there was enough of each dish for each person to have a taste (example prawn dish had 4 prawns and there was 6 of us). The mains were ok but certainly nothing to rave about. So we didn't bother trying the French restaurant after talking to others who had been, they said Harmony was better! Overall we had a great time, of course it helps that half of us travelling are Elite so it was nice to have the perks that come with this. We had laundry done 3 times to have it back the next day. The 250min free internet was great. We would sail on Majestic Princess again, but still like the smaller ships (Sun and Sea) better, but that is only my opinion. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We often like to see in the New Year at sea and it's always a great party on the night. Loved the new Majestic Princess - a most beautiful ship. Before we sailed, we thought it might feel crowded with such a large number of ... Read More
We often like to see in the New Year at sea and it's always a great party on the night. Loved the new Majestic Princess - a most beautiful ship. Before we sailed, we thought it might feel crowded with such a large number of passengers, but were pleasantly surprised to feel that we never felt overwhelmed by sheer numbers. There was always spaces available in the dining areas, bars, etc, and even in the Marketplace, we did not have to "fight for a seat". Staff were always ready to help and showed great enthusiasm for their work. However, the theatre, which is great, only seats around 900 passengers, so we needed to be there at least 30 minutes beforehand to get a seat. The productions shows and other entertainers performing in the Princess Theatre were first class. Our biggest disappointment was that Princess have increased their bar and wine list prices by about 50% over the past year. And the wine lists seem to have changed to a "one size fits all" approach - wherever in the world you are, it appears it will be the same list. Previously, the wine list reflected the area of the world they were cruising in, but on our cruise to New Zealand, there were very few local wines to choose from - with Australia and New Zealand being blessed with so many good wines, those that were included in the list were excessively marked up in price. Wine by the glass was up around the $15 a glass mark, and by the bottle it was hard to find anything below $50 to $60 a bottle. This is a bit much to pay for Australian/NZ wine, and with regards to the international wines, it's a lot to pay for a wine you've never tried before, or usually, never even heard of. Cocktails and spirits are also very expensive compared to previous sailings. You will need very deep pockets if you like to have a few drinks onboard! It's a possible deterrence from going on a cruise when for some, the highlight of cruising is "wining and dining". Or, limit yourself to one glass a day or just soda! A very enjoyable cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We have been on the Diamond and loved it. The NZ cruise and the dates suited us, the Itinerary included all the NZ locations we wanted. We intend to cruise for many years in the future and wanted to explore a larger ship. The Princess ... Read More
We have been on the Diamond and loved it. The NZ cruise and the dates suited us, the Itinerary included all the NZ locations we wanted. We intend to cruise for many years in the future and wanted to explore a larger ship. The Princess Theatre on the Majestic is not large enough it was almost packed to capacity at 7.15 every night that we went and people were saving seats for other people who turned up just before the shows began. The other issue with the Majestic is around the International Cafe which is an excellent area, if only people didn't sit there for long periods of time reading and not eating or drinking or participating in the activities that are being held. We were sorry that there is not a Promenade Deck. On the whole the ship is beautiful, the crew are amazing, the food is great, the music and dance band Evolution were terrific and the theatre shows were world class. The ship seems to work well for families and the older generations too. Read Less
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 3.6
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

Find a Majestic Princess Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click
Compare and book excursions for your next cruise