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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
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
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
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
The Majestic may be the biggest fleet of Princess, but it is the worst cruise ship and cruise experience I've ever had (and this includes the time I went on a cruise to Alaska - also with Princess - and we hit the tail end of a ... Read More
The Majestic may be the biggest fleet of Princess, but it is the worst cruise ship and cruise experience I've ever had (and this includes the time I went on a cruise to Alaska - also with Princess - and we hit the tail end of a typhoon and the waves were coming up to the 5th floor). Embarkation/disembarkation: The embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly, so that's a positive. We were one of the first onboard and our room was ready for us. Left relatively on time and it was smooth sailing. Disembarkation was also very quickly and we were able to conveniently take a bus to the airport straight from the ship terminal. The ship itself: The layout of this ship is so disjointed and I have no idea what the designers were thinking with some of their choices. For such a huge cruise ship that can carry more than 3000 passengers, why in the world was the Princess Theater so small? I think it could only hold 700-800 passengers, and it was the smallest theater I have ever seen on the 6-8 cruises I've taken with 3 different cruise lines. You had to show up at least half an hour before show time for the less popular entertainment shows, and even when we showed up an hour early for the last night's show (a relatively boring magician with card tricks and not much else... oh wait, he also incorporated coins), half the seats were already full. There was an altercation next to us between 2 husbands trying to save seats for their wives, and another couple of women who told them that's wrong (which it is) and not right. The seats are also very tiny and narrow, considering the average size of most cruise passengers. The "library" consisted of a couple of bookshelves in the very crowded and tiny internet cafe, where there was a line of people who didn't know how to connect to the internet. It wasn't the kind of space you'd want to sit with a book - not that there were more than 3-4 chairs available for sitting in. The VIP lounge seemed like an after-thought; it was on the 14th floor amongst other cabins and next to the meeting room. I've been in VIP lounges that actually had a view and were places you'd *want* to go to. The casino was huge, but we didn't spend any time in there, and from the looks of it, neither did most people. I felt bad for the staff standing at tables hoping someone would join. Food/buffet: The buffet layout is also disjointed and weird. There wasn't much variety with the food, but they do love offering a majority of Asian dishes, and lots and lots of meat. Wish there were more pasta and vegetarian options, and I'm not even a vegetarian. At least the watermelon slices were yummy, although I wish they offered watermelon slices for breakfast as well, but they were only available for dinner.... which if you came to eat after 8pm, half the buffet closed and the options were limited to mostly.... slices of meat and fried Asian food. Buffet service: TERRIBLE. It's not that the staff were rude or crappy themselves (although a couple seemed like you were inconveniencing them by asking for something), but you could tell the ship must have been understaffed because just getting some water poured in our glasses or getting a refill of orange juice in the morning took a long time. Some meals, I'd be more than halfway done before someone finally poured us some water, unless we flagged someone down (which feels kind of rude and pushy). The juice glasses in the morning were so small! I don't know about other people, but when I wake up in the morning, I'd like to have a normal sized glass of orange juice. Then maybe the staff wouldn't have to walk around refilling glasses as often. It would have been more efficient if I could just pour my own juice or water. Stateroom: We had a mini-suite which had a large couch (which is good because we ended up spending a lot of time in there since most of the activities were catered either towards older people, gamblers, art auction lovers, and kids), but our balcony was so narrow! We set the thermostat to the lowest it could go to (it's just a dial so you don't even know what the temperature actually is), and it was still too hot. Woke up every morning in a sweat because it was so stuffy, and was a sweaty mess after showering and blow drying my hair. Opening the balcony only provided relief if it was a cooler windy day, but even then, not much help since it was mostly humid and warm most days. Steward service: Our beds were made, or turned over for the evening, and the bathroom was tidied, but the shower or the bathroom floor still had hairs in it, and you could tell the desk was never touched the entire time because you could clearly see the water stains from glasses, and fingerprints on the surface, so that was strange. Our steward was very nice though. Stateroom bathroom: Ugh. At least we had a tub, but the ventilation in there was terrible. Also, from the very first day when we first walked into our stateroom, there was an overwhelming smell of urine in the bathroom. I mean it was strong - like gas station bathroom strong, like someone had missed the toilet and pissed everywhere else. You had to hold your breath in there. We mentioned it after a couple days when it didn't go away, and they replaced our shower curtain and said they gave the bathroom a good scrubbing. The smell was still there. My dad reported it again to them (and we are not usually ones to complain about most things, which is why this cruise just felt like such a disappointment) and said it was probably a plumbing or ventilation issue, and the supervisor (who claimed there was no urine smell that she could smell... okay, so more than one person is just imagining things then? Right.) said she would tell the plumber to look into it. I don't know what they did, but after that the smell did improve, although it was smellier some days than others. At least it was more tolerable. They also gave us a free dinner at Crown Grill (which is good that it was free, because the filet mignon wasn't that tender and the food was less than memorable). The passengers: Encountered some rude passengers. Encountered a lot of bad elevator etiquette. Just horrible. I felt bad for older passengers who couldn't walk to the elevators fast enough because people would push the close doors button without waiting for others to get on. That said, the elevator layout was a little weird, and also the elevators were tiny. They say each can fit 20 people, but maybe they mean 20 small children. Our travels to the last port (Dunedin) and Fiordland Nat'l Park were canceled due to weather. I was so disappointed. I know there's nothing that could be done, but there's not much you can do to alleviate the disappointment of having travelled more than 6,000 miles to a destination where you can't see the thing you wanted to see the most (Fiordlands). They promised to "make it up" with "even more entertainment!" but didn't really deliver with anything worth writing home about. Overall, if this was the first cruise I'd ever gone on, I'd never want to cruise again, so I hope first time cruisers on this trip had better experiences/lower expectations. The previous cruise I went on (2 weeks in Greece and Turkey with Royal Caribbean) was beyond amazing and excellent compared to this - great service, great stateroom, great entertainment, a theater that can actually fit more than a third of the passengers.... I've cruised on Princess before (to Alaska), but will never cruise on Princess again if I can help it. We only chose this cruise because of the destination ports/timing/cost/availability, but I'll just try to think fondly of the ports we experienced, and not the cruise itself. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Simple: the big new ship and New Zealand at the correct time. If it had been another destination in Australia at the time frame we still would have made a voyage on the Majestic. A diversion took us to Picton which was fantastic. We ... Read More
Simple: the big new ship and New Zealand at the correct time. If it had been another destination in Australia at the time frame we still would have made a voyage on the Majestic. A diversion took us to Picton which was fantastic. We missed the Fiordlands though. The entertainment at night was fantastic and the evening meals good. The buffet courts are confusing and you never know where to find what. A proper map of the setup should have been posted. There are no pools at the back which is very poor. In fact the pools are totally insufficient for this size ship considering that the only adult zone is totally enclosed. Loved my cruise but very disappointed with the mini suite and the pools. The cruise director was full of life and kept us posted of everything without being intrusive. The dancers were spectacular and I would have loved more shows with them. My cabin man was the best we've ever had on a cruise and the waitstaff in the dining room did everything they could to accommodate us. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
If you have young children, avoid the Aust/NZ cruise. Go to Royal Carribean instead. This ship is predominately retirees. Some of which are not very accepting of young children. You will be getting the evil eye, or rolling eye balls as ... Read More
If you have young children, avoid the Aust/NZ cruise. Go to Royal Carribean instead. This ship is predominately retirees. Some of which are not very accepting of young children. You will be getting the evil eye, or rolling eye balls as soon as you kids open their mouth. Kids club was amazing though. We left the kids there most of the time. They enjoyed it. You do have to pick them up for lunch and dinner. We were a party of 3 adults between 30 - 38. There was hardly anything fun for us to do. Majority of the activities and music is catered towards the the older crowd. Buffet was terrible and lacks choice. They served the same food for 13 days!! They change the sausage from English bangers to Italian sausage on alternative days and that’s about it. Dining room menu was fantastic. Changed every day. Service was fast Service staff were all fantastic. Ship was nice and clean. Luxury brands were reasonable prices compared to what you pay outside. Basically, if you have kids or if you are young. Go elsewhere. This is not the cruise for you 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
So I have been on many cruises in the past. Princess cruises was my first cruise ever in fact. I had nothing to compare it to at the time so I loved that cruise. My kids were very young so I had no real time for entertainment then. I have ... Read More
So I have been on many cruises in the past. Princess cruises was my first cruise ever in fact. I had nothing to compare it to at the time so I loved that cruise. My kids were very young so I had no real time for entertainment then. I have cruises on carnival, royal Caribbean and Norwegian and all of those are fun. Princess is the most boring cruise I have ever been on. There was nothing going on ever. I brought teenagers with us and they were bored out of their minds which was really disappointing since I spent so much money on this cruise. For the first time in my life I couldn’t wait until this cruise was over and I have never felt that before. They cater to old people and people who like quiet refined entertainment. Lots of orchestra bands playing everywhere always!!! It was annoying to say the least. On sea days there was no entertainment besides outdoor movies or playing your own cards or board games. Many people reading all over the ship. That says a lot about the kind of cruise ship this is. BORING!!!! The service is great, the staff is friendly for the most part but if you are under 60 and if you like to have fun, this is not the ship for you! Evening entertainment was just as dismal as the day with many classical musical shows and very few upbeat events anywhere to be found. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Found ship hard to move around, to many pinch points for the number of people moving through, can't walk around ship on any level. Dining Service was slow and unfinished. Entertainment was all at once, seems to stop everyone doing ... Read More
Found ship hard to move around, to many pinch points for the number of people moving through, can't walk around ship on any level. Dining Service was slow and unfinished. Entertainment was all at once, seems to stop everyone doing everything as not nearly enough space for everyone.Cabin was suitable for our needs, Hollywood area was good, but with no open air smelt of chlorine which upset my nasal issues. Wave bar aft was nice but you had to get a spot out of the wind. Activities seemed to be set up in walking areas in atrium as not enough spaces around the ship so you had to go around the atrium with hundreds of others.staff were mostly friendly but had some experiences with some that were not so great. Embarkation & did embarkation was a breeze, even on tender ports things went smoothly. This ship you will either like or dislike. Read Less
Majestic Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.5
Entertainment 4.0 3.3
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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