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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
I chose this cruise over a Sydney to Melbourne one as had the need to go one way or the other (function in Melbourne). Unfortunately this ship is getting very old & has some challenging issues. The toilet wasn't working upon ... Read More
I chose this cruise over a Sydney to Melbourne one as had the need to go one way or the other (function in Melbourne). Unfortunately this ship is getting very old & has some challenging issues. The toilet wasn't working upon arrival to our cabin & also several times throughout the cruise causing me to have to visit a public toilet on multiple occasions, unfortunately for Princess many of these were also out of order. The lack of Happy Hour means that many people no longer mingle in the bars & we'd be happy for princess to bring this back, even if it was at an inflated price. There was a guy at the bag drop in Melbourne who was very odd, all I wanted to do was use his stapler to staple my bag tag on to my luggage, instead when another passenger handed me the stapler, snatched it & put it in his pocket & made me wait over 20 minutes for 2 staples (sarcastically thanking me for waiting after stapling my tags for me). Unfortunately we noticed the limitation of nip sizes when pouring drinks, whereas in the past they used & filled the large size of the jigger now they use the small side & only half fill it. If the alcohol is so much more expensive now, put the prices up, don't rip your passengers off. On the plus side the cabin was the largest we've had to date (6 previous cruises) and the TV was huge, shame it didbn't have the movies on demand like on the Diamond. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Many time travellers had recommended the princess ships to me,thought it was time to try. The quality and type of food was excellent,the restaurants so good the waiters and the staff were so friendly and their choice of the menu was ... Read More
Many time travellers had recommended the princess ships to me,thought it was time to try. The quality and type of food was excellent,the restaurants so good the waiters and the staff were so friendly and their choice of the menu was incredible. The ship is a dream so much to see and do it is hard to get around to every thing ,the movies under the stars is a knockout. The cabin crew were so good and obliging helped in every manner that was possible. The staff at DONATELLOS are the best that I have experienced you have to experience to appreciate fully. The embarkment and disembarkment were so smooth took no time at all. My wife and I are in the process of booking several tours with princess at this time,much longer cruises are now in order. Coffee and wines were the best could not have asked for better. All in all I did not want to get off the ship it was that good. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
This year 3 members of my family are celebrating a “Big 0” Birthday. To celebrate these milestones we decided to have a weekend together. What better way to spend time together than on a cruise. Having previously cruised with Princess, ... Read More
This year 3 members of my family are celebrating a “Big 0” Birthday. To celebrate these milestones we decided to have a weekend together. What better way to spend time together than on a cruise. Having previously cruised with Princess, I suggested a short cruise. The Golden Princess had a 3 night cruise from Melbourne to Sydney. Perfect! With 13 passengers and an age range from 3 to 69 we boarded in Melbourne for what proved to be an amazing way to be together. With so much to see and do, everyone was treated to some activity they really enjoyed. Kid’s Club provided magical experiences for the little ones whilst Wine Tasting and night life were enjoyed by the adults. The live shows and movies were enjoyed by all. The gym junkies in the group were pumping in the early morning at the very well appointed Fitness Centre. The food was sensational. So many choices and every meal was delicious and beautifully presented. There was something for everyone. Half time pies at the AFL footy telecast, pizza and icecream at the pool, High Tea and late night snacks after Dancing the night away. We also got together for Buffet breakfast and fine dining in the evenings. The staff were excellent and so attentive to all our needs. In every area of the ship our requests were cheerfully attended. Each member of the group gave our trip a 10/10 rating and we are already planning our next cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
After cruising for many years with Princess my partner and I were disappointed with the lay out of this ship, their seemed to be not enough staff for the amount of passengers on board, most places we visited on board did not have enough ... Read More
After cruising for many years with Princess my partner and I were disappointed with the lay out of this ship, their seemed to be not enough staff for the amount of passengers on board, most places we visited on board did not have enough seating, the ship was designed the Chinees market and it shows with the conversions of the public such as the vista lounge once part of the casino and another now bar also was the high rollers as you will see by the amount of surveillance cameras in the rooms, far to much Chinees writing hard to know were you are in the lift with the English/Chinese writing, we had the opportunity to have dinner in the French restaurant the food and service was good, the location of this restaurant was not good in a walk way I sat looking at a till, was told they were booked out so had to eat at 18:30! this was not the case only two couples in when we arrived, the walk way running along side was very busy and noisy, would not recommend this ship. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
we chose this ship because it was new but it is badly designed you have to go to different floors to get from one end to the other end of the ship food was average would not sail again on this one found the sun and diamond princess ships ... Read More
we chose this ship because it was new but it is badly designed you have to go to different floors to get from one end to the other end of the ship food was average would not sail again on this one found the sun and diamond princess ships are better. Not enough cover around the pool area dance floor between the pools was a wasted space not enough seating for 3500 people no entertainment on pool decks just movies no good for families used passengers as entertainment with line dancing every day played lawn bowls in front of lifts .this ship is ok if you are over 70 and you like gambling or wake up in the morning have breaky then lay at the pool and sleep until lunch have lunch then go back to the pool and sleep until dinner when you have finished dinner they are ready for bed same again next day. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Would not recommend this ship.The mother in laws first cruise and as her complaints were not dealt with made for a very unhappy and grumpy family as we had to put up with the lack of sleep causing being to tired for certain family members ... Read More
Would not recommend this ship.The mother in laws first cruise and as her complaints were not dealt with made for a very unhappy and grumpy family as we had to put up with the lack of sleep causing being to tired for certain family members of family unable to take part in ship activities.The constant harassment of the photographers is very frustrating and annoying.I feel the princess line has to look at trying to change things.Most multiple cruise passengers are not interested in the continuous art sales.Having to wait 15 to 20 minutes to be served is not acceptable to wait for drink.This I feel was due to staff shortages.The restaurant staff in the set dining were fantastic,the only complaint was that as my wife doesn't eat seafood was very restricted on choices.The staff were most helpfull in the area.I am not sure wether these issues were due to the cruise being a repositioning cruise.The shore excursions seem to be expensive as when ashore you can get way better deals.Was amazed at Hong Kong to find princess charging 20 dollars per head for a free curtesy bus.In Taiwan bused to a shopping centre at 9 am to find out nothing opened till 11 am.The whole experience needs to be ,in my opinion,revamped and not feel like buttlins at sea.It seems to be the same ol same ol. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose the Majestic Princess mainly as she was going to Hong Kong. She is a lovely ship with a great crew and has a nice feel about her and we really liked our cabin which was very nice. Entertainment was very disappointing, the cruise ... Read More
We chose the Majestic Princess mainly as she was going to Hong Kong. She is a lovely ship with a great crew and has a nice feel about her and we really liked our cabin which was very nice. Entertainment was very disappointing, the cruise director Andrew promised a performance from The Australian Beatles on 2 occasions which never eventuated and no explanation of why. The entertainment overall is nothing to write home about as is the daily activities, however I think this has become the norm for a lot of ships. Cocktails are expensive which we actually do expect, however when you are paying top dollar for a cocktail you expect them to be good, the recipes used ie 'The Princess Cocktail Recipe' do not have a lot of resemblance of how they should be made, I'm not sure who came up with the recipes but I think they need to 'google' how they should be made. Overall the food was disappointing. The staff were friendly and helpful, they went out of their way to please, they were wonderful. Having done a number of cruises on Princess and in the past thought very highly however we have been very disillusioned with our last couple of cruises with them. I think somewhere along the line they have lost the quality they once had mainly in the areas of entertainment and food. 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
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
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
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
8 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Golden princess Off to bad start Princess couldn’t find our boarding passes, had to wait half an hour while they made up new ones. Club class dinning steak like leather . This has happened twice so far, I guess they are getting ... Read More
Golden princess Off to bad start Princess couldn’t find our boarding passes, had to wait half an hour while they made up new ones. Club class dinning steak like leather . This has happened twice so far, I guess they are getting ready for P&O hand over. Room got flooded out now we have mildew smell, they have shampooed twice now, smell is going along the corridor and people can smell it out side our room. Asked for another room were told nothing available! Ordered steak Diane again tough steak again, the only steak that’s ok is the minion. We both were quarantined to our cabin after my wife got A& B influenza. Meals were brought to our cabin - cold and soggy. The carpet was black with mildew so they tried to clean it with no luck Large blower was brought in to try and dry it, I think this made it worse. We are elite customers and this was the worse princess cruise we have ever had, ship is in need of full upgrade we noticed hand rails that had fallen down the stair case, I believe that this ship is going to P&O good luck with that! We missed out on Fiordland National Park due to bad weather which was unfortunate Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This was a return visit on the same journey. Decided to upgrade from an ocean view cabin, to a mini-suite with balcony. On arrival our toilet was blocked and flooded our bathroom and wardrobe area. This blockage took some hours to ... Read More
This was a return visit on the same journey. Decided to upgrade from an ocean view cabin, to a mini-suite with balcony. On arrival our toilet was blocked and flooded our bathroom and wardrobe area. This blockage took some hours to resolve. Bathroom was mopped and cleaned however, the unpleasant feeling of having had the toilet overflow and spill onto the floor never left my mind. Room was flooded again, early in the trip, by an outside source. Remained damp and smelly for many days, even after being reported a number of times. The passage outside of our room was also flooded and smelled atrocious throughout the cruise. Was grateful to get off the ship, when we finally made landfall after 4 days. Spent all day everyday off the ship, when in port, as I had concerns for my overall well-being. Trip was so unpleasant and depressed my holiday mood, that I was unable to participate in any of the onboard activities. Loved New Zealand and all of the tours that I participated in. Ship life was abhorrent. Next time I will fly. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Just back from this cruise, where a group of 10 celebrated a 60th birthday, food was less than appealing in the dining room, and concessions such as The Grill, where, as a person who is gluten intolerant, was not even asked or given a ... Read More
Just back from this cruise, where a group of 10 celebrated a 60th birthday, food was less than appealing in the dining room, and concessions such as The Grill, where, as a person who is gluten intolerant, was not even asked or given a choice of a desert, but had a 3 day old creme brulee stuck in front of me. The dining room served a lump of congealed meat on a huge jacket potato and called it fine dining, and continued to attempt to fill already half filled wine glasses without consent. The Lotus Spa as always on these cruises spruiked the wonders of the Elemis detox, and hard sells with every supposed relaxing spa service. The entertainment was at best amateur, with 4 cruise staff being the majority of the events, not one top class act on board. A friend ended up in hospital on the last day after contracting a flu which caused a clot on the lung. After cruising many times, I would not be in a rush to book with Princess again, in fact, I doubt that I will bother at all, and continue to cruise with Carnival and Caribbean who at least offer top class entertainment, reasonable food and avoid the day spa services. Ports were the usual, with us missing The Sound due to weather, which could not be avoided, but they should change Port Chalmers to Napier as Chalmers is at best boring and unappealing. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was my 10th or 11th cruise and the first time I’ve encountered the typical cruise stereotype. I would say 90% of the guests were 70+, this itinerary definitely draws an older crowd. We travelled with our children so they kept us ... Read More
This was my 10th or 11th cruise and the first time I’ve encountered the typical cruise stereotype. I would say 90% of the guests were 70+, this itinerary definitely draws an older crowd. We travelled with our children so they kept us occupied, but had it just been my husband and I, we would have been so bored and had it been my first cruise I’d likely not take another one. The activities was targeted to the ship demographic: bridge, mahjong, knitting (!!), bean bag toss, puzzles, putting contest; to name a few. I’ve never seen anything like it. Entertainment was similar for the most part, so I only saw 2 production shows in the theatre that appealed to me and they were both very good. I also saw a comedian who I found boring, but again I don’t think I was his demographic. We dined at both specialty restaurants, the Crown Grill was good and Sabatinis was ok. We ate all other dinners in the Bernini dining room and the food was hit or miss. Some nights good and others, bland. The staff in there were absolutely fantastic. We ate breakfast in the buffet which was good and had good variety. I noticed most nights the buffet and dining rooms served the same food. The grill by the pool served good burgers for lunch, but I found the pizza like cardboard and bland. Kids LOVED the ice cream parlour! We ordered room service for lunch several times and it was really good. The coffee is horrible, we bought a coffee card so we could get cappuccinos, they were much better but still not fabulous. The kids club is fantastic, my daughter loved going there. The pools didn’t appear to be heated, the indoor one seemed a bit warmer but still cold. The hot tubs were busy as a result of this. There was a kids outdoor play area and splash pool up too which was nice to have. I took advantage of a spa special one sea day and had a fantastic massage and facial. We had a mini suite which suited us perfectly. Our room did leak, along with others neighbouring us, so we had wet carpet in several areas. Our steward took care of it, who was fabulous. The itinerary was good, we did prefer the north island ports. We unfortunately missed the Fiordlands due to poor visibility, sea and weather conditions. We did not book any excursions as they are wayyyyy overpriced with Princess. Dunedin was a $20 roundtrip shuttle from Port Chalmers. It’s a small city with not a lot to do/see. We took the public bus to St Kilda beach and then just walked down the train station and grabbed a beer at a venue on the octagon. It rained a lot. Akaroa was a tender port, beautiful harbour and surrounding hills. It is a small town. We went to the beach and walked around the town. Had fish and chips as we wanted to try the blue cod. Wellington was next which was a fantastic day. A free shuttle was provided with 2 drop off points. We got off by the parliament and walked to the cable car. Had a fantastic coffee on the walk. The cable car was only $20 roundtrip for the 4 of us. The views at the top are amazing. We walked through the Botanical Gardens to the children’s play area which was great and then took the cable car back down. Walked over to the waterfront which is beautiful. Checked out another playground there, stopped for a beer and then walked the waterfront to Oriental Bay beach and playground. Caught the shuttle back at the 2nd drop off by the museum. Gisborne was next, we rented a car at RaD for $80 which was right by the port. Drove up Kaiti Hill for the beautiful views and then to Wainui beach. From there we drove through town and out to Bushmere Estates Winery. The staff were FANTASTIC, I highly recommend visiting this winery. They prepared a table outside for us to do a tasting and were so knowledgeable about their wines. Even provided colouring, bubbles and cookies for the kids. We ended the day at the beach in town. Mount Maunganui was next, we choose to stay in town and walked along pilot bay, up Mount Drury for great views, hung out on the main beach and explored adjacent Morturiki island. Walked through the town as well along Maunganui road which was full of shops and restaurants, etc. Last stop was Auckland and it was absolutely pouring which resulted us in going to the aquarium to escape the rain. There was a free shuttle there and back in the cbd called the shark bus. It was still raining when we returned to the cbd so we just grabbed a NZ souvenir and some ice cream and that was it for Auckland. Embarkation was busy but efficient. We were in the last time slot to board so a majority of passengers were already on the ship. Embarkation was excellent, we chose to walk off with our luggage and there was no waiting. This was a great way to see New Zealand. We had a good time but got tired of the food and crowd. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise on the Golden Princess to celebrate our golden wedding anniversary. Our balcony cabin(A425) was comfortable, roomy and very clean. The bed was very comfortable and the linen was clean and fresh. The ship has aged and ... Read More
We chose this cruise on the Golden Princess to celebrate our golden wedding anniversary. Our balcony cabin(A425) was comfortable, roomy and very clean. The bed was very comfortable and the linen was clean and fresh. The ship has aged and there are matinence issues but over all it is a lovely ship to sail in. The art deco features are beautiful and there was some quiet places to go to when needed. The entertainment was brilliant. Loved all the shows except one. This one was not as classy as the others. The Princess Theater needs a little vamp up especially the seating but it was comfortable. We had two dress up nights where we ate in the dinning room. The service there was good and it was nice to dine with other passengers and to be waited on but to be honest and in my opinion the food was better in the buffet/self serve. There was more viariety and heaps of it. The deserts were to die for and the service was excellent. Getting on and of the ship for shore excursions was well organized and good info sessions on each port was presented to passengers before each stop. This made it very easy to get around and what to expect. one negative thing that really annoyed me was that the sitting area in the Atrium was always full. We only sat there once during the whole trip as every other time there were no spare seating. I think some passengers sat there all day and didn't want to give up their seats. The onboard activities was very good and well planned. This was the last trip to New Zealand by the Golden Princess and she did herself proud. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because the embarkation was Melbourne which was close to home . I did this cruise with my sister ans as it was her first time on a ship, the length of the duration was such that if she did not like it then it was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the embarkation was Melbourne which was close to home . I did this cruise with my sister ans as it was her first time on a ship, the length of the duration was such that if she did not like it then it was not far from home. But ... all the facilities on board really blew us away. The food was excellent, we dined mainly in Donatello and could not fault the staff, they were very friendly, efficient, obliging and prompt. The choice of food was out of this world. Our cabin, was great but maybe a bit small , we really enjoyed the balcony to laze away in the sun. The cabin steward was very obliging and nothing was a bother for him to ensure that we had every thing we needed. Entertainment, the variety of shows was wide spread something for everyone. The highlight for me was, being able to participate in activities that I would not participate in in my normal life at home. The quality of the show presentations was a credit to the performers and all those involved in the production, very professional and entertaining. Service.. with over 1000 crew on board you would think you would find one that did not meet your expectations for service but in my experience I did not meet any who were not friendly, and helpfull. There ability to remember who we were when we would meet around the ship was amazing, great PR for the ship and staff. Ports and Excursions... The choice of activities was many, something for all budgets. From the most lavish trips to disembarking and walking around the local port area and taking in the culture. Disembarkation...The ease of getting off the ship and through customs was excellent, very efficient and fast, all our luggage was waiting to be collected and a very short walk to our waiting families at the port entrance. Would I go again... In a heart beat,, the Golden Princess experience was that good. My husband and I are now planning a trip to coincide with our 50th wedding anniversary in March 2020. Regards Caz Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Herd about from word of mouth. Wanted to do a cruise, had not done one in the past. Thought that this would be a good start, not too long and fairly close to home. The overall experience was great and thought it was excellent value for ... Read More
Herd about from word of mouth. Wanted to do a cruise, had not done one in the past. Thought that this would be a good start, not too long and fairly close to home. The overall experience was great and thought it was excellent value for money and non-stop entertainment if you wanted. Thought the staff were very friendly and the service was second to none. The embarkation and disembarkation worked very smoothly, definitely streets ahead of any air travel that I have experienced. The dining experience was excellent, and at times very entertaining. Thought that the drinks and beverages were quite reasonable. Ports and shore excursions were well done. Would have like to stay longer in some or maybe at least two days in one or two of the major ports. Could not complain about the on-board entertainment. Plenty of variety and definitely copious amounts of it. If you just needed a quiet spot to get away from it all, plenty of those places to find on-board. Gym facility on-board was excellent also. Overall the cruise was really a worthwhile experience. I would be more than happy to recommend it to anyone, especially for a first time around. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
The cruise was very disappointing. The entertainment was directed at the older passengers and nothing really available if under 60. No theme night, no white wine onboard as the ship is heading to Asia so they used what was onboard. ... Read More
The cruise was very disappointing. The entertainment was directed at the older passengers and nothing really available if under 60. No theme night, no white wine onboard as the ship is heading to Asia so they used what was onboard. Outbreak of respiratory condition onboard no extra precautions brought out until the last afternoon when it was too late. Toilet blocked in cabin x 5 times. Very big ship not easy to navigate around. Too many people and it had lost the special princess touch. The majority of the crew hardly smiled, they appeared to be tired of their jobs. I had not been on a cruise for six years and was so excited about the upcoming cruise unfortunately I don’t feel that I will ever do another one following this experience. A lot of passengers on this cruise were very dissapointed and it was a shame as everyone looks forward to the feeling that princess cruises promote “Coming back new” but unfortunately this cruise fell very short of that feeling. Overall very dissapointed Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
First tiime we have cruised with Princess. Thought this new ship would be wonderful. And it was - to a point. The good: ship looks great. Beautifully decorated, shiny, clean and new. Our mini-suite was lovely, if smaller than on other ... Read More
First tiime we have cruised with Princess. Thought this new ship would be wonderful. And it was - to a point. The good: ship looks great. Beautifully decorated, shiny, clean and new. Our mini-suite was lovely, if smaller than on other cruises we’ve done with other companies. Bed comfortable. Balcony very small, but adequate. Our stateroom staff were just lovely, friendly, everything always clean. The food on board we found very good in the buffet area and dining rooms. The International cafe was great, staff excellent. The entertainment was quite good, if you could see it (more on that later). Movie under the Stars is well done, and great new movies all the time, which are then available on the tvs in your stateroom. The Average: where to start. I did not expect to feel the ship so crowded, and it only took a day to realise this magnificent looking ship has been designed by one screwy naval architect. There is simply a flow problem of people moving around the ship, particularly on sea days or when weather is inclement on the upper decks. The central Piazza looks great, but is overlooked by cafes, bars and restaurants, which suffer from the terrible acoustics - everything entertainment wise often sounds so shrill and loud and completely drowns out any conversation you’re trying to have. Tried and failed to have a relaxing breakfast one morning at the International cafe while a paper plane competition was being held with a very enthusiastic and shrill-voiced hostess - just awful. This area too becomes an absolute bottleneck when activities or performances are being held - just not nearly enough seating, and people have to stand two to three deep to see - and block anyone trying to move past. I can’t understand why other areas of the ship aren’t used for “fun” activities, Zumba, line dancing, wooden horse racing etc - where the noise can be managed better. There is a shortage of outside deck area, virtually nothing downstairs off the public areas, and on the upper levels there is nowhere you can walk completely around the ship - it all comes across as public spaces being compromised for additional cabins or exclusive areas. The theatre is small (much smaller than any cruise ship we have been on), there as there can be up to 4000 people on board, and shows are usually shown twice at night, sometimes repeated the next day in the afternoon, simple maths shows that there is no way everyone can see the headline shows, and people quickly work out they have to be in the theatre 30-40 mins early to get a seat. There are other public areas like the Vista Bar, and Princess Live Theatre, but public areas seems to be small and compartmentalised. The ship is enormous but doesn’t feel like it is - hard to explain but something seems amiss. We just felt it was such a shame when the ship looks so lovely at first sight, but just somehow fails to deliver. The bad: the worst by far shops on any cruise ship - some highend shops that were always empty, and then only two small stores for general merchandise, souvenirs etc - these were crowded, and offered very little - could not even buy a Princess logo hat (I collect) as these apparently sold out a few cruises ago, and the staff couldn’t order and they had to just take what was sent to them. The alcohol duty free section was ridiculous, one bottle of each type of alcohol you may want to buy stacked on a tiny table in among the toys and chocolates - you pick up an order form from the table - no staff interaction, no promotions, worst I’ve seen on any ship. Overview: I don’t know how, but this gorgeous looking ship, with lovely staff and good food, just misses - and I can only think it’s the design - more use needs to be made of some smaller public areas, and some activities moved from the central Piazza. Cruises are not inexpensive, there’s a big market out there and lots to choose from. I had a really enjoyable cruise as New Zealand is magnificent and we were off the ship for all shore-days. But I would not sail on this beautiful looking new ship again, although I will definitely cruise to New Zealand again in the future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
The ship is new and very impressive. Staterooms were bigger that SEA princess and SUN princess. Both my wife and I enjoy keeping fit whilst on board. I was appalled that to use the sauna I would have to pay $199. You can not purchase ... Read More
The ship is new and very impressive. Staterooms were bigger that SEA princess and SUN princess. Both my wife and I enjoy keeping fit whilst on board. I was appalled that to use the sauna I would have to pay $199. You can not purchase a day pass to use the sauna or steam room. The Majestic also had fewer fresh water dispenses than SEA and SUN. At breakfast you were not able to serve yourself orange juice. The food was not of the high standard that I had experienced on previous Princess Cruises. The ship was full and it appeared that staff were struggling to cope with demand. At dinner our waiter had too many tables to cater for and we often had to wait long periods for drink service. The destinations were excellent in particular Milford Sound and Tauranga. In summary I would not recommend the Majestic Princess. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
My wife and I are platinum level cruisers, needless to say we have stayed true to Princess. We decided to try the newest in the Princess fleet that is the Majestic Princess, unfortunately the experience was not what we expected. The ... Read More
My wife and I are platinum level cruisers, needless to say we have stayed true to Princess. We decided to try the newest in the Princess fleet that is the Majestic Princess, unfortunately the experience was not what we expected. The atmosphere we experienced on previous cruises with Princess on obviously smaller ships (Golden princess, Diamond Princess, Sea Princess) was not there. On this occasion it was just as if Princess have focused on getting as much as possible from passengers, giving very little back...No more happy hour...Elite/Platinum special afternoon get together s were dismal to say the least. Overall a very average cruise experience definitely not up to Princess standard...Hopefully it will not be the standard for future cruises, because if not then a lot of regular Princess cruises will be looking at other cruise lines. Ship:- A beautiful ship - clean and definitely Majestic Cabin:- Balcony cabin M629 was great with all anyone could ask for..No noise with easy access to lifts - stairs - buffet area and the Wake Bar at the very rear of the ship. Dining:- We had anytime dining and did not experience any problems getting a table. We were however disappointed with the meals on several occasions. Meat was not cooked (raw) one one occasion not edible. Other dishes were very repetitious and bland, definitely not as described. The buffet was as expected for the first two days, but it never changed ????what you saw to-day is what you got tomorrow.... Entertainment: Went to the Theater once and saw a juggler and comedian...great show Went once to a Princess production show and did not go again...It was loud and suitable for a very young audience, certainly not for the majority of older folk. In cabin TV was great with a good selection of the latest movies... Activities:- A good selection of daytime programs to suit most tastes. most of which were around the Atrium area of the ship. If you could get a table... Service:- Could not fault the service from any area of the ship...staff were always ready to assist and help. Ports:- Having done this cruise twice before we were familiar with the ports visited, however still enjoyed every aspect every time. Shore Excursions:- I guess this is always a bone of contention for regular cruises as they are aware that the cost of an excursion from Princess is going to be far more expensive than purchasing from local operators..Always a good idea to do your research before buying an excursion from the ship. Drinks:- One would think that sailing duty free ect would be great, sadly this is not the case. The average price of a beer was around $8.95 with the price of a glass of average wine was $10 per glass. A bottle of wine for which we would purchase in Australia for around $10-$12 per bottle, started at $46 and went up from there. I, like the majority of cruises who enjoy an ale or glass of wine consider this to be exorbitant. If you dont drink at all thats fine but an average Aussie considers this a part of the social experience and looks forward to it. The so called Duty Free alcohol on board the ship is just ridiculous, you can buy better from Dan Murphy on a regular day. Why Princess and other cruise lines think that passengers are silly is beyond me. Conclusion:- A big ship and definitely an experience, but for a regular older (65+) cruiser I would probably choose a more traditional ship, I can go down to Westfield Plaza and sit in a coffee shop and have the same if not a better atmosphere. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Princess Cruises are my favourite however this one fell short of my expectations it is far too big with not enough lifts and the entertainment venues were too loud they must be trying out new amplifiers which are simply not needed you ... Read More
Princess Cruises are my favourite however this one fell short of my expectations it is far too big with not enough lifts and the entertainment venues were too loud they must be trying out new amplifiers which are simply not needed you simply can't find a place inside to have a quite drink and chat which has been so good in previous cruises you couldn't even talk in several of the specially restaurants as the noise floated up the atrium to deck 6 & 7 it was like Princess were catering for the 30 to 40 year olds who like to dance the night away with loud music... you still can dance if the volume was turned down inside and maybe if you want it loud deck 16 would be the place not deck 5 that makes it uncomfortable for decks 6 & 7 as well.. having said all that I have another cruise booked so will see if the music is turned down...sure hope so. We chose anytime dining and whilst the waiting time was minimal the food was not hot and serving time was little too long, our cabin was adequate and the shower a little bigger than other ships. The entertainment in the Princess Theatre was very good and day time activities were plentiful, overall we found this cruise too noisy for us as we like to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee and this was not possible due to the lack of seating and the noise. 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
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