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We chose this cruise because it called into a lot of ports which we hadn't seen. It was a 21 day cruise from Singapore to Shanghai and it was on it's maiden Grand Asia Cruise. Our flight arrived early into Singapore so we had to wait until 10.00am before we could proceed aboard. The ship was impressive and our balcony cabin was on Deck 12 midship. The ship was built for the Chinese market and this was apparent with the poker machines in the casino, the Gong Cha bar midship, mahjong tables in the Vista Lounge and the specialty dining restaurant. The ship has a lot of high end shops which did not seem to be patronised well. We had an early traditional dining sitting but used the anytime dining on shore days when necessary. Disembarkation was difficult as there was another large ship docked making it about 5000 people disembarking at the same time. The entertainment was good but the only dance area was in the main atrium where most of the activities took place. All in all, a good cruise.

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Majestic Princess Cruise Review by Fluffy Duck

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2017
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We chose this cruise because it called into a lot of ports which we hadn't seen. It was a 21 day cruise from Singapore to Shanghai and it was on it's maiden Grand Asia Cruise.

Our flight arrived early into Singapore so we had to wait until 10.00am before we could proceed aboard.

The ship was impressive and our balcony cabin was on Deck 12 midship.

The ship was built for the Chinese market and this was apparent with the poker machines in the casino, the Gong Cha bar midship, mahjong tables in the Vista Lounge and the specialty dining restaurant.

The ship has a lot of high end shops which did not seem to be patronised well.

We had an early traditional dining sitting but used the anytime dining on shore days when necessary.

Disembarkation was difficult as there was another large ship docked making it about 5000 people disembarking at the same time.

The entertainment was good but the only dance area was in the main atrium where most of the activities took place.

All in all, a good cruise.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BB A601
The cabin was quite roomy and the bathroom slightly bigger than other Princess ships we have been on. The power outlets were 110v US type and there were two of these, one either side of the desk with two USB ports sitting behind one of the bedside lights.

There were three drawers either side of the bed and the hanging space was opposite the bathroom where there were also shelves, and of course, the safe.
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