Majestic Princess Cruise Review by LSGDRG
- Sail Date: March 2019
- Destination: Asia
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.
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