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9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
MAJESTIC PRINCESS MARCH 26-APRIL 14, 2019 SYDNEY TO HONGKONG I am an Elite cruiser, and this is my 13th voyage on Princess, 1st time on Majestic Princess. Majestic Princess was launched in 2017, the largest ship in the Princess feet. ... Read More
MAJESTIC PRINCESS MARCH 26-APRIL 14, 2019 SYDNEY TO HONGKONG I am an Elite cruiser, and this is my 13th voyage on Princess, 1st time on Majestic Princess. Majestic Princess was launched in 2017, the largest ship in the Princess feet. Overall in solid business class condition, the food and entertainment consistent and of a very good standard. Firm and favorable recommendation to anyone wanting a good quality, big ship cruise experience. My critique, is based on my many cruises and any criticism is aimed only at seeking improvement Embarkation Ship boarded at Sydney. Large queue on arrival, but with my wife’s left knee requiring management, she was wheel chaired aboard, prompt, quick and efficient service. The ship in general The Majestic Princess is a large ship, 143,000 tons. Some people aboard found the size of the ship a little overwhelming and they thought a smaller ship would be more to their liking. We can understand that but we like the larger ships with more people and facilities and choices on board. Although there were approximately 3500 passengers on board, it did not feel crowded. So many choices, which are the great delight of cruising, one does as little or as much to do as you like. Some passengers take that for granted, mumbles here and there, but we value the great choices available! I often strolled through the ship at 6.30am in the morning, hardly a person to be seen! Used the Gym fitness machines each day, excellent facility, but the background music is too loud. There is no need for such sound, if you want to listen to music or television etc., a range of personal devices are available. Silence is Golden, great views from the Gym, why a heavy soundtrack. Pools and spa facilities as you expect, available, and nice, off peak the time to go, pools can be cluttered during the day. The Adults only Hollywood Conservatory is an excellent new addition, with great views and seating options, and being a covered pool, no weather problems. Princess cruises add a USD 12.50 a day per person amount to your bill and that covers your tipping for the total cruise. This is done so that people employed on the ship who are not in direct contact with the ship can also receive something. If you don’t like this idea you can arrange with the Pursers office to have the amount reduced if you wish, and envelopes for tips are available. Library facilities were disappointing, combined with the Computer room, and we personally missed the huge observation lounge facility on earlier class ships(Sky walker), and the limited walk around the ship facility for the walkers, it’s there but this time 6.5 times area around equals 1 mile and the area is contained. The other bars and public seating areas of the Majestic Princess were excellent, roomy and stylish. Spot entertainment e.g. pianist, vocalist, violin trio etc. were visible and pleasant. Listening to these spot artists, can make a cruise very pleasant. The shopping available on the ship is the biggest at sea 1000 sq. feet, mostly high end. Watch and clothing sales abounded, and the 3 hour clearance scrambles, always available. Another variety style shop would be useful, not really convinced, about diamond and jeweler shops, obviously enough people are buying product to keep open. Princess has done away with the on ship news sheets for USA, Britain, and Aussie etc. This is short sighted, many commenting on the lack of daily international news. Yes it might be available on the web, but the web at sea is costly, and soaks up time, hopefully these sorts of publications will return, when the world realizes technology is just another tool, and many people like something to hold and reflect on in their own time. Floor shows in the evening, and specifically the Princess Theatre Dance Company and singers were excellent. They did 4 presentations, equal to Broadway show standard, and the standard of these productions continue to improve and creativity very much in vogue. Excellent recording stars on each night, standard excellent. Overall the formal and stage entertainment was of good quality, all part of your travel package Solid range of late release movies shown on upper deck, available in room, or at advertised locations. Good work here Princess, my wife watched more than a few while reclining in the cabin. The more movies the better, it’s an ageless form of entertainment, and Princess Cruise deserves a bow for their up to date movie selection A number of presentations or lectures on this cruise, none of which jumped out as great Excellent range of cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, excellent range of choices every day, including the usual bingo, table tennis, bridge games. Art pictures shows were very visual. Soft freeze cone ice-cream available at no cost throughout the day, a nice treat, but real ice-cream limited on the voyage The weather conditions throughout were very good and no rough days at all, so the luck ran our way. However motion sickness can be an issue, and any cruise if you are susceptible, prepare in advance. Dining Traditional 1st or second sitting evening dining room sitting versus anytime dining are great options. We prefer anytime dining, and there were 2 choices plus the 24 hour buffet, plus the 24 hour International Café, and the open deck grill and Pizza bar options, also the Asian Noodle bar, produced good soups. We mixed breakfast venues. Dining formal on some days, buffet the next, sometimes dined for lunch in the traditional dining room (not available in the evening for anytime diners) and then at night, in one of the 2 anytime restaurants. Menu in each is the same as traditional dining restaurant, but we liked the change of waiters, décor and loved being able to eat anytime in the evening between 5.30pm and 10pm. If you had not booked, there was sometimes a small wait, but no great problem. A number of specialist restaurants are available. The Crown Grill (steak) restaurant, a French Restaurant Le Mer and the Cantonese Harmony restaurant all with A$ surcharge of $29-35 per person. The real issue is a specialist restaurant at $60 per couple good vale. In my view once only, plenty of choice for free elsewhere. The 24 Hour International Café was a real bonus. Great informal, pick your choice, from a salad to a cake, great alternative to the full meal service which abounds on the ship. The buffet at Market Place was good value, everything seemed fresh, lots of choice and we thought the food tasted fine. Open most hours was great. Service was good, and their breakfast buffet top class. You read some sharp comments about the cruise buffets; I think they offer excellent value, wide choice and sound presentation. You must be a very fussy eater, if you complain about sub-standard Princess cruise buffets. A nice touch each afternoon was the English afternoon tea served by waiters in white gloves 3.30-4.30pm, in one of the main dining rooms. Room Service Available 24 hours at no charge, limited menu but pleasant, nice to be relaxing in your room, and some refreshment arriving. Our cabin We had an interior Cabin, on the 12th floor. Pleasant. We made the decision not to have a balcony cabin, on cost differential and because many sea days, it was the right decision for us. The design of the cabin made good use of large mirrors to enhance the feeling of light and maximize space. The open space wardrobes without doors provided plenty of hanging and excellent storage space for our requirements. .Our main cases fitted side by side quite comfortably. Bedside lights have dimmer switches. Soaps and towels were changed twice a day. Bathroom shower was pressure excellent. Air conditioning was excellent. There is a safe in every room and our cabin had a fridge. Outside your door on the side is a paper holder with your cabin number on it so that the any newsletters or other information can be left for you. The Television was a good size. No noise transference issues on this trip, you need luck with who are your neighbors’, this time quiet. If you wish to drink bottled wines in your cabin Princess seem to have no problems with you purchasing wines or champagne and bringing them on board at embarkation (Small print says 2 bottles). You can take these wines into the dining room but you will be charged an USD15.00 corkage fee if you take them into the dining rooms PORTS OF CALL Big ships often mean you are located long distances from City. Ships are coy re detail on Port facilities, and access to City location. They want you to utilize on each occasion the formal ship tours, which are well organized, but costly. Independent travelers are tolerated, but they limit information as a means of keeping the formal tour numbers up. The internet is surprisingly limited re detailed information on Ports of Call (often very dated too), and guide books like Lonely Plant, virtually ignore it.  Brisbane is a poor port, industrial, and 25 K from City. Bus shuttle $25 each way. New Terminal required.  Darwin is the opposite, lovely port, great walkways, easy access to City.  Singapore, great Port, and many excursions.  Phu My, Vietnam: Gateway to Ho Chi Min City (Saigon) one and a half hours each way. Ships excursions the way to go here A free shuttle with a 40 minute ride to local Ba Ria township was the alternative, a nice respite from the sea days  Kaohsiung Taiwan: 2nd largest city, 3 million people. Excursions or free shuttle to a Large City Store for shopping was available  Hong Kong. Disembark here. We spent 3 nights at the Hotel Vic, North Point, lovely hotel, and well up to our expectations. Disembarkation Getting off the ship at Hong Kong was easier than expected. We made the decision to be in first group off, a choice we have due to our past record with Princess and the long wait for Taxi-Princess warned up to 4 hours wait - did not eventuate. Hong Kong has a poor reputation for taxi service from the Port, surprising for one of the great Tourist destinations; they need to address such issues Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
A lovely ship with so much to explore. Dining rooms are lovely as is the adults only Hollywood retreat. Its a Easy ship to get around if you are a seasoned princess cruiser. Excellent entertainment from the comedy show to soul music show. ... Read More
A lovely ship with so much to explore. Dining rooms are lovely as is the adults only Hollywood retreat. Its a Easy ship to get around if you are a seasoned princess cruiser. Excellent entertainment from the comedy show to soul music show. The big screen for movies etc is hugh and provides a great backdrop against the sky . The rooms are very comfortable and spacious for a interior room. The marketplace food area is good but lacks tea and cofffee making stations they need more of these as on the other princess ships . There is plenty of seating in and out of the ship but missed the deck 7 promodene deck for walking but being only a 2 day cruise would need to explore more options on a longer cruise. Only problems were lack of seating in Vista lounge for triva and the lack of dress code standards in mdr some people allowed in with shorts and t shirts not a good look. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
While we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on the Regal in the Baltic, and the Royal in the Mediterranean, the addition of an enclosed conservatory on the Majestic, with full length floor to ceiling windows, allowed us to enjoy this trip ... Read More
While we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on the Regal in the Baltic, and the Royal in the Mediterranean, the addition of an enclosed conservatory on the Majestic, with full length floor to ceiling windows, allowed us to enjoy this trip even more. New Zealand, especially in Milford Sound can be very cold, even in March, and being able to enjoy the views from the warm conservatory, was a highlight. It is an adults only area, and is a quiet space to read, or play board games, as well as relax on comfy sofas or swim in the undercover pool. We were blessed with good weather, so were able to enter all the ports and enjoy all the excursions of some unique destinations. We enjoyed traditional dining, as well as the noodle bar (yummy broth soups), international cafe, buffets, Crown Grill, Le Mer (french). All meals were of a high standard. The service was impeccable, and the staff could not do enough to ensure we were well looked after. Even finding us at the back of the Lido deck, watching a movie, and going off to find some blankets for us, in case it became cool during the evening. We thought out obstructed view deluxe balcony stateroom might not compare to our previous mini suites, but it was very roomy, with a sofa and a balcony and the obstruction was only partial. Housekeeping staff were friendly and efficient, which makes all the difference when living in a small space for 2 weeks, to come back to a tidy and clean space. Sydney is a busy place to embark, due to limited space, but it didn't take very long to go through passport/security. Our accommodation, booked through Princess, was very nice, and in a great location for sightseeing, in the Rocks/Circular Quay. It was super nice having the Princess Team pick us up from the airport. Highly recommended. The Majestic is a very large ship, so my only recommendation to those intending to travel on it, is to do your research and read the daily newsletter, to keep on top of the many options available for being entertained. It would be easy to miss some outstanding talent/activities. The Princess Theater Shows were of a very high standard, and it was worth getting to the theater a little early to ensure a seat. The dance party nights (Beatles and Abba) were fabulous fun. Even those using walkers made sure they got up to dance and wiggle the night away. There are many choices for excursions. We loved the sheep farm visit/Christchurch, Speights Brewery in Dunedin, Napiers fertile fruit/wine growing tours, Wellington wharf and Cable car ride/museum, Auckland for shopping, Mt Manganui itself is beautiful, if you don't want to go to Rotorua, Bay of Islands /Waitangi Treaty grounds visit was exceptional, as we had a Maori guide. The Museum there is also a knockout if you like history, Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Choose the cruise for ease of journey and a number of places in New Zealand we had missed previously. We were impressed with Dunedin and fascinated with the history and beauty of Napier. Having been to Auckland before we decided to take ... Read More
Choose the cruise for ease of journey and a number of places in New Zealand we had missed previously. We were impressed with Dunedin and fascinated with the history and beauty of Napier. Having been to Auckland before we decided to take the ferry over to Davenport, an easy choice as the ferry is right on the wharf where Majestic Princess docked. It was a lovely 15 minute ride which showcased the harbour and the little town itself was pretty and very visitor friendly; we had lunch there and browsed interesting shops before returning to Auckland. The itinerary Proved to be just the ticket! Every staff member we encountered on the ship were without fail, friendly, efficient and helpful, from wheelchair assistance at embarkation and disembarkation, to dining and stateroom staff. Caught up with all the latest movies under the stars and in cabin and really enjoyed The Crown grill, La Mer and Alfredos. Symphony dining staff were also superb. Joined the pop choir and made some new friends ….All in all loved it and are excited to return next year. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We wanted to go down under to Australia and New Zealand. This cruise was reasonably priced and had a lot of New Zealand ports. The majestic princess exceeded our expectations. The food was great, the service was outstanding, and the ... Read More
We wanted to go down under to Australia and New Zealand. This cruise was reasonably priced and had a lot of New Zealand ports. The majestic princess exceeded our expectations. The food was great, the service was outstanding, and the entertainment was brilliant. We really loved the day activities such as trivia and name that tune. We thought we had sufficient time at each port. The on boarding and disembarking process was well planned and had no waiting around. The only only problem we had was the room warmed up too much during the night. The waiters in our set time seating for dinner were so good and friendly that we tipped them extra. The ship is really well decorated and clean. We only had to search hard for a table once in the buffet area for breakfast. We enjoyed all the ports except Auckland, because it’s a big city and we did no excursions there. The port we stopped at which was close to Christchurch was our least favorite excursion, but we are still glad to have seen it. We took the 1.5 hour trip from the dock to Christchurch with uninspiring scenery . Then Christchurch is still in repair from the earthquake 8 years ago. Lots of scaffolding, construction sites and closed buildings. We visited 3 days after the shooting and saw an outstanding outpouring of love and sympathy with digs and flowers. The free museum is well done and we spent most of our day there. We ate at a great Indian restaurant. We booked small excursions on our own at most ports and enjoyed all of them. Hobbiton was a great tour which we recommend as was the glowworm cave at the Bay of Islands small group (4 of us) tour. The value we received was well worth the cruise price. We loved our cruise and look forward to another Princess Cruise Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
It was to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary and was a perfect choice. We were married in NZ so it felt right cruising back on the fabulous Majestic Princess. We weren’t disappointed, the food, service and entertainment was first ... Read More
It was to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary and was a perfect choice. We were married in NZ so it felt right cruising back on the fabulous Majestic Princess. We weren’t disappointed, the food, service and entertainment was first class, just loved it. At night we dined in the Allegro dining room and it was the highlight of our day, the food and waiter service. We then went to the show of the night, not to be missed, great entertainment. The Hollywood Pool Club was such a relaxing area during the day, a heated indoor pool and spa, pleasant ambience to read etc. On our anniversary, balloons and a notice was put on our cabin door. We booked in to Harmony, a special restaurant that night and enjoyed it so much, wow. The waiters presented us with a little chocolate cake with a candle and sang Happy Anniversary. Everyone was so helpful on the ship, nothing was a problem, everything was so clean and we felt safe. For us, the cruise ports were all interesting, the weather was perfect and we enjoyed our shore excursions. Probably the highlights, and there were many, were the Sounds, Taieri Railway, Akaroa, Te Papa, Waiheke Island and the Bay of Islands, the Hole in the Rock excursion. The Art Deco in Napier we loved and all the volunteers who were there to meet the ship in every port made it special. I hadn’t been to Mt Maunganui and Tauranga, loved it. Very impressed with the embarkation and disembarkation, went like clockwork, congratulations to all involved. A really memorable cruise, we will be back! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
The Majestic Princess is an amazing ship. The staff and crew were fantastic and provided an outstanding level of service. One of the highlights has to be sailing through the Fiordlands. Absolutely stunning and we enjoyed this mostly from ... Read More
The Majestic Princess is an amazing ship. The staff and crew were fantastic and provided an outstanding level of service. One of the highlights has to be sailing through the Fiordlands. Absolutely stunning and we enjoyed this mostly from our balcony. There is so much to do on the ship if you choose to or you can simply relax. I would highly recommend the Chef's Table. This is worth every extra penny and as long as you enjoy fabulous food and service, then you will love it. It is also a great chance to dress up and for the men to wear sports jackets (not necessary but looks good). The food in the dining areas is fantastic and the service across the ship amazing. The bar and dining staff really know how to look after you. The entertainment on the ship is of an extremely high standard. Lots of places to sit and have a drink with friends before deciding where you will eat your dinner. You will love it. We will certainly be cruising with Princess again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This a cruise you can do regularly and never get bored. The Princess ships make it one of the most comfortable and easy cruises to do. They provide the smoothest embarkation and disembarkation, the finest food on the sea, served by a ... Read More
This a cruise you can do regularly and never get bored. The Princess ships make it one of the most comfortable and easy cruises to do. They provide the smoothest embarkation and disembarkation, the finest food on the sea, served by a dedicated and friendly crew. The staterooms are spacious well appointed and kept that way by a caring steward, always at hand to tend your every need. Entertainment is the best of any cruise ship, with highly talented musicians, singers, dancers and production staff to deliver world class productions. Shore excursions are carefully chosen to offer you the best days in port, offering local and extended tours to capture the essence of the area visited. Overall service and assistance during the cruise is a Princess tradition and the variety of activities provided, ensures a most enjoyable experience. Specialty restaurants are a feature and cover the tastes of all nations, with the finest ingredients, prepared by top chefs. there is something for everyone who boards a Princess ship. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Such a fantastic ship and the step up in quality from our previous provider was HUGE. I didn't think it would be that different from our previous cruises but it really was. The rooms were so much tidier and newer. The bed was very ... Read More
Such a fantastic ship and the step up in quality from our previous provider was HUGE. I didn't think it would be that different from our previous cruises but it really was. The rooms were so much tidier and newer. The bed was very comfortable and the air con worked well. On previous cruises the air con didn't work which was horrid. Food was fabulous, outstanding in fact and we all put on weight lol. I think above all the dining staff were superb - they went above and beyond their duty each night and we really were grateful. We ate in the Symphony restaurant and recommend it highly. We had a meal in one of the specialty restaurants but we still preferred the Symphony. We thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment which was also a big step up from the previous provider we've used in the past. We would definitely recommend this ship over other providers of similar value. We were so impressed that we have booked two more cruises with this company. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
My family needed a cruise suitable for our range of ages and tastes and this family friendly, low stress cruise absolutely matched our needs. Very clean ship inside and out with friendly staff and fun entertainers. We travelled from ... Read More
My family needed a cruise suitable for our range of ages and tastes and this family friendly, low stress cruise absolutely matched our needs. Very clean ship inside and out with friendly staff and fun entertainers. We travelled from Sydney, Australia to Melbourne and Hobart and then went to New Zealand getting stops at Port Chalmers, Akaroa, Tauranga and Auckland. There was a large variety of activities that suited the seniors in our group as well as the younger cousins, too. From Zumba to Bingo to jaw-dropping production shows, we were thoroughly entertained onboard. Food was easy to acquire and change to our tastes as necessary for those with food allergies. I am pleased to note that there were accessible shore excursions and the entire ship was accessible for people with mobility issues. The outside and inside of the ship were truly majestic, with details everywhere to enhance the experience for guests of any culture. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Wanted to go to Australia and this was the best value for the money, We hadn't gone on Princess before but had been told by a former travel agent that they were a good line. It was a great experience so we signed up for another ... Read More
Wanted to go to Australia and this was the best value for the money, We hadn't gone on Princess before but had been told by a former travel agent that they were a good line. It was a great experience so we signed up for another cruise next February. The service was exceptional. Everyone was more than happy to help and everyone greeted us with a smile. Embarkation and disembarkation were so organzied with few delays if any. The food was great and always prepared they way it was requested. The Captain gave us an update every day which was appreciated. We were in heavy rough seas but the ship was so stable that it wasn't a problem. Our excursions went like clockwork for the most part and were just as advertised. We saw wonderful scenery and learned alot about Australia and New Zealand. I would recommend Princess Cruise lines to everyone. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We enjoyed every moment of our cruise! After being reluctant to cruise in the past we have now been opened up to a whole new world! We found the cruise exceeded all our expectations. Our mini stateroom was immaculate, comfortable, spacious ... Read More
We enjoyed every moment of our cruise! After being reluctant to cruise in the past we have now been opened up to a whole new world! We found the cruise exceeded all our expectations. Our mini stateroom was immaculate, comfortable, spacious and with excellent storage, we slept soundly each night. The staff we encountered were friendly, professional and always helpful. The food and bar services were of a high standard with so many options to choose from including many healthy options along with the more decadent choices! The ship is beautiful and although large there is ample room to enjoy quiet spaces and you never feel crowded. We particularly enjoyed the enclosed pool and surrounding areas. We felt that we had been away for a lot longer than 12 days, returning relaxed and grateful for such a wonderful experience. We have changed our opinion on cruising and look forward to future cruises. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
My wife and I chose this cruise to find out about this new ship. Dining in the Concerto restaurant at 5.15 was as we requested and we found the food to be of excellent quality The Theatre was good but we found it lacking a tray to ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise to find out about this new ship. Dining in the Concerto restaurant at 5.15 was as we requested and we found the food to be of excellent quality The Theatre was good but we found it lacking a tray to put your drinks as on the Sun and Sea Princesses. Also not enough seating in the Piazza when entertainment was on We did not dine at the Market on deck 16 as we found it hard going in different places. the best layout was as in the Sun and Sea Entertainment was excellent even though you had to go at least 20 minutes earlier to get a seat Another thing we missed was the Wheelhouse which was a good place to go and listen to music and dancing Will we travel on it again PROBABLY Enbarkation was smooth it took 15 minutes to get onboard the same when disenbarking The waiters we had in the dining room were excellent and would get anything we asked for Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
In Sydney, for the size of the ship and the amount of passengers embarking, I was very impress with how quickly and smoothly the customs / security area was. Being the newest ship in the Princess fleet, I was truly amazed with the ... Read More
In Sydney, for the size of the ship and the amount of passengers embarking, I was very impress with how quickly and smoothly the customs / security area was. Being the newest ship in the Princess fleet, I was truly amazed with the overall impression of the ship. I originally booked an inside cabin on level 16, which I was happy with. Half way through the cruise, I was upgraded to an outside balcony cabin on level 8, I was very impressed by this. The dining area were always very clean and the food was good with always a good selection. The entertainment / on-board activities and the staff who hosted the events were all good and professional. The service from all staff was friendly, happy and professional at all times. The ports and excursions were very good and well organised. I would definitely like to sail on this ship again in the future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
After cruising with Princess only once in America I wanted to try one from my home port of Sydney and when Majestic was open for booking I jumped on and booked over 2 years before our cruise date. I talked my parents into coming along ... Read More
After cruising with Princess only once in America I wanted to try one from my home port of Sydney and when Majestic was open for booking I jumped on and booked over 2 years before our cruise date. I talked my parents into coming along and trying out Princess and I think it is now their cruise line of choice. I could not fault the ship at all,staff were all fantastic and with a large passenger number it was very organised and run perfectly. I still found they cater a bit too much for the older crowd so the entertainment got pretty boring fast and there was just too much violin. We were lucky to have violinist Chris Watkins onboard and he was phenomenal,the only violin I enjoyed. The buffet is pretty limited compared to other lines (Celebrity and NCL) but done well. Alfredos Pizzeria is amazing but I really missed the pizza bar on pool deck,Chopstix noodle bar was awesome and Crown Steakhouse was fantastic but I found the menu a bit limited for starters. We had an aft balcony on deck 9 and I think we had the best deck but soot was a big problem,although or cabin steward cleaned daily it was back pretty quickly but I wouldnt hesitate to book the same again,loved it. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We enjoy cruising on different ships and were keen to sail on Majestic Princess. However before we sailed I had read some rather poor reviews about the ship and the differences in regard to other ships in the Princess fleet. Well thank ... Read More
We enjoy cruising on different ships and were keen to sail on Majestic Princess. However before we sailed I had read some rather poor reviews about the ship and the differences in regard to other ships in the Princess fleet. Well thank goodness I did not let these reviews influence my opinion of the ship. There was a wide demographic of ages and nationalities on board (1800 Aussies, 1000 USA and 700 others), many different bars, indoor and outdoor activities. This cruise was absolutely fantastic and I can not recommend this ship enough. The facilities are fabulous and there is something to suite everyone's taste in entertainment and food. The staff go out of their way to please and are very friendly and engaging with the passengers. The cruise director Andrew was a gem and his enthusiasm is infectious. I believe that you make of a holiday what you want and as everything in life if you want to find fault you will. I urge anyone considering sailing on the Majestic Princess - Do IT. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Elegant Ship.Loved, that our Captain played the "Love Boat" theme when we departed from Sydney. Loved the Sea Walk. Love that more seating areas have been added to the Atrium. Those that travel on a Princess Ship know that a lot ... Read More
Elegant Ship.Loved, that our Captain played the "Love Boat" theme when we departed from Sydney. Loved the Sea Walk. Love that more seating areas have been added to the Atrium. Those that travel on a Princess Ship know that a lot of activities take place in the Atrium. Apart from the 1st day (embarkation) it was hard to believe there were more than 3,700 passengers on board. She is a big elegant ship. After a while you don't think anything off the size. She is another beautiful Princess Cruise Ship. Staff are great and friendly. Cabin lovely, bed comfortable. We had a balcony as I enjoy sea days (if fine) relaxing on our balcony. Entertainment right up there with the best. Food will, what can I say..always delicious. So many choices. Loved the Hollywood pool and area. Love the pool in the Lotus area. Well worth the money. We had perfect weather from the time we left Sydney. Such smooth waters 99.9% of the time. We will look forward to our next cruise on the Elegant Majestic. :-) My ratings for excellent is because we cant fault our time on our cruise... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I can highly recommend cruising with Princess Cruises. We have only done two cruises both with Princess. Sun Princess was our first and Majestic Princess for our second. We absolutely Loved the experience the first time and wow we truly ... Read More
I can highly recommend cruising with Princess Cruises. We have only done two cruises both with Princess. Sun Princess was our first and Majestic Princess for our second. We absolutely Loved the experience the first time and wow we truly loved this one too. Majestic Princess did not disappoint. It’s the WOW SHIP. Tge cruise staff go above and beyond to make each passenger feel welcome and at home. The service is outstanding. From your stateroom to the dining room it truly is wonderful. We , my husband and two daughters 15 and 18 all loved our cruise to New Zealand . We all made great friendships and have wonderful memories of the ship , crew and the activities/entertainment . We all can’t wait for our next cruise. If you haven’t cruised yet you must put it on your to do list. You will absolutely love it and wish you had cruised earlier. Thankyou Majestic Princess Five stars from us Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Wow , so glad I was able to to experience best cruise on this beautiful ship , everything was great, best cruise ever, entertainment, restaurants, atmosphere , Excellent staff, big beautiful grand ship , so much to do and to see , ... Read More
Wow , so glad I was able to to experience best cruise on this beautiful ship , everything was great, best cruise ever, entertainment, restaurants, atmosphere , Excellent staff, big beautiful grand ship , so much to do and to see , can’t wait to do next cruise with Princess, loved every minute Planning on Alaska. Raise as I have been thinking of doing that cruise for a while now I have met some great people on this curenht trip and made lovely friendships, sitting in the international caffe in the Piaza , going every night to the great show in the Princess theaty, after a great dinner in the Conqerto restaurant being spoiled by magnificent waiters and greeted by all your wait staff Can’t fforvet great cruise director Andrew with his put in every night about next days program Well , now on to planning a next cruise and looking forward to great time again well done Princess cruises Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Princess keeps improving its standards for passengers with special dietary needs. This has been my sixth cruise with Princess and it just gets better and better. The head waiters are ultra-attentive because they want to make sure you ... Read More
Princess keeps improving its standards for passengers with special dietary needs. This has been my sixth cruise with Princess and it just gets better and better. The head waiters are ultra-attentive because they want to make sure you get the best out of your dining experience. The chefs go out of their way to make sure you get to experience food the way everyone else does. Escargot cooked in margarine because you can't eat butter? Not a problem! Can't have ice cream? How about rice milk semifreddo? Going on a shore excursion where there might be food? That's not a problem either. I was pleasantly surprised to find a form in my cabin where I could detail my dietary requirements. This was forwarded to the venue for the shore excursion I chose. When everyone else was eating cheese scones and sweet muffins at Hobbiton, I was eating two gluten-free, dairy-free cakes. Something as simple as this is very much appreciated. Add in an unbelievable entertainment experience - 5 tribute acts, 3 Broadway-style shows, aerialists, a juggler and a magician - Wow! And the activities organised by the cruise director's staff - absolutely amazing and such fun. Unfortunately the weather got the better of us and we missed out on Port Chalmers and Fiordlands but Picton was a delightful seaside town and the cruise staff stepped up the entertainment because of the extra sea day. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise as we wanted to cruise on the newest Princess ship in Australia, the Majestic Princess, this particular cruise fitted in with our holiday time available, and it went to both Islands of New Zealand, which we had on our ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we wanted to cruise on the newest Princess ship in Australia, the Majestic Princess, this particular cruise fitted in with our holiday time available, and it went to both Islands of New Zealand, which we had on our Wishlist after visiting the South Island on Emerald Princess two years’ ago. We flew in from Perth the evening prior to our cruise departing and stayed at the Adina Hotel Apartments close to the airport (fully recommend this place), and then caught the train into Circular Quay. Our first view of the beautiful Majestic Princess was breathtaking and the cruise itself didn’t disappoint! Embarkation was smooth as usual for Princess. We were allowed into the OPT by 10:30 am and onboard by 11 am. The welcoming staff invited us to put our hand luggage in our stateroom, even though the steward had not completed his duties there, so we were able to quickly do that before doing our traditional tour of the new ship. The ship being quite new was oustanding in its appearance! From the dazzling Piazza to the beautiful artwork and decor throughout the ship, the Majestic is very impressive. We did miss the opportunity to walk around a full Promenade deck, but there are lots of other areas to provide exercise, if desired. We were in an starboard aft balcony stateroom and enjoyed that very much. The room was always spick and span, and there was plenty of storage room for clothes etc, with an abundance of coat hangers, much to my wife’s delight! We thoroughly enjoyed the embarkation lunch in the Concerto dining room, thanks to CC tipsters. We were assigned to the Allegro dining room for tea at 5 pm, and used that on a few occasions, depending on the menu for the day. One negative point to note is that although booking a table for two, in Allegro the tables were so close together that it may as well have been a table for ten! Interestingly, this was not the case in the Concerto for the two lunches we ate there. So if you are looking for a quiet, intimate, romantic table for two, avoid the Allegro. The food itself in the MDR was of usual Princess standard, with a certain sameness appearing during the two-week voyage. The food in the Marketplace was excellent, we found, with good variety and contrary to many CC reports we had read earlier it was always hot, not warm. We also tried the Noodle Bar and Alfredo’s Pizzeria and were impressed with the standard of food at both of these complimentary food outlets. We didn’t eat at any of the specialty dining places, but can understand the criticism of the location of the La Mer restaurant. Being so close to the Piazza must surely detract from the atmosphere of a Michelin Star restaurant. We enjoyed one live show at the Princess Theatre, Fiero. It was quite full but we did find a seat, even though we arrived just before the show started. From observation, some shows did appear very popular and would have been difficult to get a seat for. Some were shown via video link to other parts of the ship. We did catch some of the live performers in the Piazza and similar places around the ship. Whilst entertaining, it wasn’t outstandingly so, we felt, but admittedly this is very much a personal preference thing. Nonetheless, it was very relaxing to enjoy a coffee and cake from the International Cafe (IC) whilst listening to some pleasant background music. We did enrol in the Enclave at the Lotus Spa ($299 per couple). Whilst we made some use of this, scheduling to use the spa and saunas was challenging with so much happening on the ship and on shore days. We probably didn’t get the full value out of this and wouldn’t likely be tempted in the future with this. The Internet service deserves a mention—it was painfully slow! Fortunately we only used our complimentary internet time to check emails, etc, so we were largely spared the frustration! The library was small but with quite a good selection of books, and there was ample board games to be borrowed and used. Again, it was very relaxing playing Yahtzee in the adults only Hollywood Conservatory, which is well equipped with an undercover swimming pool, spa pools, and cabanas. The service staff onboard were as usual excellent! Waitstaff in Allegro were friendly, helpful and amusing, and the behind-the-counter staff in the IC were outstanding. The front desk staff were helpful when my wife lost a piece of jewellery and it was recovered within 24 hours. Very impressive! Our steward, Maynard, was efficient and unobtrusive. The intinerary introduced us to a new port in NZ, Tauranga, and we absolutely loved the visit here. The magnificent beach with its adjacent alfresco cafes was stunning, and the climb up Mt Manganui presented a vista well worth the effort. The only downside was that due to the late arrival time in Tauranga (10 am), the walk up the mountain was done in the heat of the day, and being a hot day it was quite physically draining. A cruise that lands earlier in the morning would make this shore excursion far more enjoyable. The other shore highlights for us were the visit in Wellington to the Te Papa Museum, which was hosting the Terracotta Warriors display. This was an outstanding exhibit! Also, we again enjoyed visiting Akaroa. This beautiful French style town has so much to see. This trip we did the lighthouse tour (thanks Tom and Clive for such an informative commentary) and visited the Garden of Tyne bush walk which had some fascinating bird life. Next time we’ll remember our binoculars and NZ bird book! The museum in town and the town library are also well worth a visit. The only negative I could make about our shore visits would be the HOHO bus in Auckland. The price for this service ($45 pp) is a rip-off, and it is one of the worst organised services of it’s kind I have encountered. Half of the bus trip was spent waiting for passengers to fill whatever seats happened to be empty (no standing allowed apparently), having to do this as they negotiated the steps on the double-decker bus without tripping over prams etc which were stored in the aisles and exit of the bus! What a schemozzle! We used this service primarily to visit the Kelly Tarlton’s Sea World display ($30 pp) which was great value, especially the penguin area and Scott’s Hut display. Given our time again, we would catch the free shuttle out to Sea World and skip the HOHO bus. Whilst on shore excursions, I must mention that we did miss Dunedin and Fiordland due to poor weather conditions, which would have been disappointing for ones who had booked with these highlights in mind. We had seen them on our last trip, so we weren’t too disappointed, and appreciated the skill of the captain and crew in ensuring a pleasant and safe cruise. In summary, this was a memorable cruise on an oustanding ship! We have already booked other cruises with Princess, and wouldn’t hesitate to go on Majestic again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This ship was amazing, great restaurants,buffet area and of course delicious food. The decor and furnishings all over the ship were well thought out and very stylish. Comfortable cabin and luxurious bed.The Ports we visited were good but ... Read More
This ship was amazing, great restaurants,buffet area and of course delicious food. The decor and furnishings all over the ship were well thought out and very stylish. Comfortable cabin and luxurious bed.The Ports we visited were good but we were disappointed that we couldn’t visit Fiordland National Park because of bad weather but better to be safe. Sea days had activities, pool games and movies and concerts on the big screen. The adults only area was one of the best I’ve seen. Pool, spa, bar, lounges, tables and chairs,board games and again great decor. The fitness centre had plenty of great exercise equipment, and a great amount of treadmills. Always very clean. The entertainment was the best that I have seen on a cruise. There was a Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Freddie Mercury tribute shows. The entertainment cast and band were also very talented. I travelled with my husband and there weren’t to many children on the cruise.We would definitely cruise on this amazing ship again and again. So if your thinking of doing a cruise check out Majestic Princess. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I chose Majestic because being a new ship I wanted to know what it was like. I’d read a lot of negative reviews that there wasn’t a promenade deck, that there weren’t enough bars and that it was for the Asian market. I went into the ... Read More
I chose Majestic because being a new ship I wanted to know what it was like. I’d read a lot of negative reviews that there wasn’t a promenade deck, that there weren’t enough bars and that it was for the Asian market. I went into the cruise with an open mind though. The Sailaway Party was great but because most cabins have balconies there never many people on the decks so it felt a little bit empty and there wasn’t really a party vibe going on. That might have been the cruise’s demographic though. I went to a couple of activities on the second day and they were fun, the staff had a lot of enthusiasm for what they were doing and were always friendly. The trivia and karaoke nights were also a lot of fun, with myself and a few others as regulars. The staff always made us feel very welcome. Towards the end of the cruise I made friends with a few other people in my age group - 25-35 and it would’ve been nice if there had been activities for this age group like there was for the 18-20 year olds. It sort of felt like this age group was ignored in meet and greet activities and excluded from some of the trivia with the questions targeted at either older people or really young people. I missed having a proper promenade deck. I don’t get why a ship would be built without this. The facilities were fantastic. I loved the piazza and the on board gym which is the best I’ve seen on a ship. Crooners Bar was also good and there were so many places you could either have a quiet drink or party. The cruise entertainment staff - the assistant cruise directors were brilliant and very organised. It was always heaps of fun and they always joked around and were good humoured. If you like trivia, music, karaoke, live music in the bars and lounges then you’ll love Princess Cruises. Despite Majestic receiving negative reviews it’s a fantastic ship and there is something for everyone. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We wanted a new years cruise but had to be back by January 17th so this cruise fit perfectly. We also wanted to avoid the heat of the islands at this time of year. We embarked quickly, staff were always friendly and the food and ... Read More
We wanted a new years cruise but had to be back by January 17th so this cruise fit perfectly. We also wanted to avoid the heat of the islands at this time of year. We embarked quickly, staff were always friendly and the food and entertainment (especially the on-board dancers and singers) were fabulous. Our cabin was always clean and well maintained as you would expect from a new ship. The ports of call were what we expected and disembarkation and tenders were smoothly run. We finished our cruise with a ship organised fishing trip and it was the highlight of the holiday. It was professionally run, the boats were not crowded, the skippers friendly and they went out of their way to make sure everyone caught something! I would totally recommend this experience. Princess made sure that the cruise was safe and the adult only pool area made sure we could escape too many children if we needed to. A wonderful experience all round. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Sailed to NZ on the Majestic Princess over the new year. It was the first time we had been on a cruise and it far exceeeded our expectations. Service and staff were excellent and probably the best thing about the boat. Enjoyed the ... Read More
Sailed to NZ on the Majestic Princess over the new year. It was the first time we had been on a cruise and it far exceeeded our expectations. Service and staff were excellent and probably the best thing about the boat. Enjoyed the entertainment we saw ranging from comedians to magicians and singers. Did not get to see the musicals only because it’s not our thing however we heard they were good. Fine dining and specialty dining was very good with the exception of Harmony which we did not rate being spoilt by excellent Chinese’s food in Australia. I suggest anytime dining rather than set times as it was tricky at times to coincide eating with going to shows. Loved the Italian Pizza restaurant NZ was spectacular and the excursions we did through the boat were well organised and really good. Cooking school at Akaroa was a highlight and was booked via the ship. Our self tours were also great and there are lots of options once you left the shop to self book things and tours. Rooms were a good size we thought and well designed with lots of wardrobe space and balcony was good enough for us- would def8nitley always go a balcony room for future cruising Remember to have money left in AUs or NZ dollars for a tip for exceptional service from staff at the end as we were a bit disorganised with this. We did not do the drinks package but maybe in hindsight we would in future as we love a cocktail however you are able to byo with corkage at ports for bottled wine and bubbles which we only realised towards the end of the cruise. Only negative we had was pools way too small for the Aussie market and inside pool was like a swim centre but definitely would book with Princess again. 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

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