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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise because we hadn't cruised with Princess before, and Majestic Princess was available at a realistic price from Sydney to Auckland. We were delighted with the decor and ambience of the ship, it really is ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we hadn't cruised with Princess before, and Majestic Princess was available at a realistic price from Sydney to Auckland. We were delighted with the decor and ambience of the ship, it really is beautifully decorated. Everywhere you went there was evidence of careful thought and design, pleasing to the eye and simple yet delightful. The entertainment was first class, the production crew, and the rest of the entertainment team were easily among the best we have cruised with. The dining room staff left nothing to be desired, the cabin steward likewise and all personnel contributed to a very pleasant experience. There were a few negative experiences, however. Overall the ship appears to accommodate 3500 approx, but some main public areas cater for much much less. The Hollywood Conservatory is an excellent area to relax, but doesn't accomodate many people. Seated forward views are only available from 3 cane suites, which can seat up 6 each, but were usually occupied by 1 person each. There were 4 or 5 card tables, but unless you were there by 7am on a sea day, you had no chance. Along each side of the conservatory were 8 or 10 or so side looking cabanas for 2-4 people each, likewise you had to be there early. The Piazza is a magnificent area, but seats far too few for the entertainment spectacles it provided. It seats around 50-60 directly, with more seats available in the bars overlooking, but only those closest to the balcony rails had a decent view. Consequently many people missed out because they couldn't bear to stand for long - a consequence of age unfortunately. The spiral staircases connecting the three decks of the Piazza are beautiful to look at, and have safety treads built in, but still need a lot of care as the width varies from side to side. When people stand on these to watch the show, you are forced to use the narrow side of the stairs, which can be dangerous if you are not careful where you place your feet. Overall the ship appears to be designed for summer/warm sea cruising. The outdoor areas are well designed for relaxation, and accommodate a lot more people than the indoor ones. There are areas dedicated to golf driving, table tennis, golf putting, basketball, shuffleboard, plus a good selection of fitness and training machines, and much more. The pools and spas were popular, unfortunately the weather was not conducive for much in the way of outdoor activity, due to strong cold winds mainly. The Hollywood pool was indoors though, and had plenty of seating poolside. One negative was that the Lido deck, and others, always appeared to be wet. This is possibly because the drainage areas around the sides of the deck were too shallow for the amount of water sloshing around, either from the sky or the swimming pools. This was also true of the Seawalk, a terrifying but not to be missed experience to look down onto the sea beneath. This also was nearly constantly wet, with the fear of tripping or slipping spoiling the experience, even though the weather was mostly light drizzle and moderate seas. The lack of a true Promenade deck was a disappointment. Yes, they call it the Promenade Deck, and you can walk along it. However you are sharing most of the deck with lifeboats, and they restrict the width of the deck down to just enough room for two average sized people to pass. Elbows-out walkers need all this room for themselves!. It is impossible to walk right around the ship on the Promenade, being blocked at bow & stern. There are some areas, mainly outside of the shops, with cane tables and chairs provided, these areas are normal deck width, and a good place to relax away from the crush of passengers, as most people never discover them. Although corrosion and wear and tear are to be expected at sea, it was disappointing to see, under the Lido deck, and visible from many stateroom balconies if you looked up, that many pipe supporting brackets and some weld lines were already starting to rust. This points to either inadequate material specifications, specifications not properly followed, or improper installation. Also noticeable was the state of some balcony railings, the varnish failing and revealing bare wood, while next door the varnish is in perfect condition. On the positive side, the airconditioning throughout the ship functioned well. In the stateroom, the controls were as responsive as A/C gets, a small adjustment in the temperature dial brought forth a corresponding change in the temperature of the room. In the theatres the room was not allowed to get uncomfortably hot before the A/C kicked in, and it brought the temperature down reasonably quickly. Nor did it become too cold, or feel that you were sitting in a draught. There was a fair amount of wind noise when it first kicked in, but only to be expected, and it soon subsided. We were disappointed to find that the Hollywood Conservatory, and the Vista lounge were often closed for 'private functions' in the afternoons or evenings. With so many people on board quiet spaces outside of your cabin were hard to find, and the restrictions these private functions imposed were irritating. The ports we called at were mostly enjoyable, we had been to all of them before, and only took two Shore Excursions, to Port Arthur(Hobart) and Lanarch Castle (Dunedin). These were both interesting and informative. The least enjoyable port was Wellington, which we know well. We had previously visited Te Papa, and the Weta Cave, along with the First World War exhibition, which should not be missed otherwise. We didn't enjoy Wellington because it was cold & windy, it was the Saturday of Labour weekend, and most of the shops were shut. The free shuttle dropped us near Cuba Street, which is quirky, ethnic, rundown and in need of a refurbishment. We tried to walk to Lambton Quay but the wind defeated us, and we returned to the ship. Napier was the best port call. Even though it was the Sunday of Labour weekend, everything appeared to be open, Emerson St was buzzing, and the Vintage Car Club turned out in force, dressed in period costume, and came to farewell us at the wharf. We took a ride in one of these, a 1929(?) Hupmobile, with a very talkative and lively driver. Napier, and Bob our driver, take a bow. All the Port calls were interesting in their own right, e.g. Melbourne is a fascinating city, and the free tram service makes it so easy to get around the city centre. Akaroa is beautiful. Tauranga is the gateway to Hobbiton, and Rotorua/Te Puia for cruisers, which are well worth seeing. Overall we very much enjoyed our cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We choose a local cruise and wanted to sail on the new Majestic Princess The Ship is beautiful the staff are amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment in the Piazza and shows. We met some great people on this cruise and ... Read More
We choose a local cruise and wanted to sail on the new Majestic Princess The Ship is beautiful the staff are amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment in the Piazza and shows. We met some great people on this cruise and enjoyed catching up with them in the evening. The Majestic princess has a wonderful friendly crew on board in all of the areas around the ship from shops, dinning rooms, cabin stewards and bar staff. We loved the Noodle bar for a light lunch and the World Marketplace Buffet. All the Princess favorites are there and after a few days we resorted back to light breakfast in the International Cafe and late lunch as it was becoming too difficult to choose from the many food options and also to prevent a thickening waistline! Embarkation in Sydney was fast and so was disembarkation in Auckland A very enjoyable cruise and a wonderful ship! Read Less
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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
The itinerary was the reason we choose this cruise (sailing from Sydney to Auckland), touching all the cities we wanted to see. Others cities not on the itinerary like Cairns (Great Barrier Reef) and Milford Sound we did pre and post ... Read More
The itinerary was the reason we choose this cruise (sailing from Sydney to Auckland), touching all the cities we wanted to see. Others cities not on the itinerary like Cairns (Great Barrier Reef) and Milford Sound we did pre and post cruise. (Unfortunately for us, the road to Milford Sound was closed due to avalanche hazard when we visited post cruise.) This was our first trip to both countries. The boarding process was smooth and efficient. This was the fastest boarding process we experienced, ever! We had lunch immediately and the seafood dish was excellent! A very good start to the cruise! The service as with other Princess cruises were very good, in the dining rooms and in the cabin. Our cabin steward brought wine glasses when she saw we we brought wine into our stateroom! The entertainment was the letdown. There was a couple of production shows which were good. The other shows were not as good or to our taste. We checked out the casino almost every night. Applause to no smoking in the casino! On other ships, they leave a tiny corner in the casino for non smokers (which basically mean non smokers sit next to smokers). On one slot machine which had a symbol labelled as "scatter" and I hit 3 of the scatter symbol, the machine didn't pay out (see attached photo). I questioned the staff there and no one can explain why it didn't pay out. (I know it was a small amount but its the principle that slot machine pay out as indicated). The staff tested the machine and confirmed that 3 or more scatter symbols do no pay out...very strange! I would hope Princess fixes the programming on the machines or change the scatter label. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This was the Majestic Princess, 10/10/2018 sailing Australia/ New Zealand. First, the good: 1. The crew and service was first rate. I was inspired by these hard working people with fantastic attitudes. No criticism in this review ... Read More
This was the Majestic Princess, 10/10/2018 sailing Australia/ New Zealand. First, the good: 1. The crew and service was first rate. I was inspired by these hard working people with fantastic attitudes. No criticism in this review should take away from them. 2. The ship is gorgeous and our cabin (E726) was amazing. 3. We loved the itinerary. The cruise itself was a fantastic experience. Now, unfortunately are the issues I wish someone had told me prior to booking. Understand, whereas I'm not a 50+ cruise person, I have done 6 of them and have other Princess cruises to provide comparison. 1. We experienced SIGNIFICANT vibrations in our cabin sufficient enough to create rattles (noise). The vibrations were while underway and seemed to be triggered by rougher seas or faster speeds (anything that stressed the ship in the slightest). It seemed there was a balance issue in the drive system. We've been on other cruises in rougher seas and never had this experience. We had several sleep challenged nights. 2. The food was VERY disappointing and fell well below the expectations from our last Princess cruise. We thought maybe they were compermising to drive people to the specialty restaurants but those were disappointing as well. We found the food bland and flavorless. The dishes weren't very exciting and the food quality low (as in cafeteria quality). The Marketplace Buffett was better than the dining room but still far less than a lower end Vegas buffet. The specialty restaurants claim to be very high end but are little more than the dining room food repackaged. 3. Entertainment was disappointing to the point of being embarrassing for Princess. The bar entertainment demonstrated far more talent than the production shows. Some where better than others but because the worst were SO BAD it made mediocre seem good. With all the talent in the world there is no excuse for this. Our last Princess cruise had excellent entertainment so we know it's possible. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Not my first cruise over 300 days in last 5 years. But my first Princess and probably my last. Have cruise Carnival to Cunard and Princess is bottom of the pack. The buffet is a diaster area with cold food and a collection of pots and pans ... Read More
Not my first cruise over 300 days in last 5 years. But my first Princess and probably my last. Have cruise Carnival to Cunard and Princess is bottom of the pack. The buffet is a diaster area with cold food and a collection of pots and pans from a thrift store. They use foil on top of pans trying to keep food warm (very tacky) but all food on the buffet is cold. There is good seating in buffet and usually can find a seat. There are other places to eat which are better but usually very crowded. Tradition dining I thought the dinner menu to be lacking in choices. Very bland and they really need a new dessert chef. My worst find was premade Cuban sandwich with mayonaise. Cuban sandwiches have mustard NEVER mayonaise. But enough on food. If you enjoy a quiet place to sit and read take a different ship. No library (very small room no seating) no quiet bars always art auction or trivia going on. Good points the cabins are comfortable and TV is great. Good thing since I spent more time in this cabin then anyother cruise. Ship is very smooth in rough seas. Both boarding the disembarktation was very smooth. Crew did a great job. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Family holiday full of wonderful memories sailing around Sydney,melbourne and Tasmania. Followed by New Zealand. 13 days cruise for 9 of us. Ship did not disappoint. Staff friendly and ready to go the extra mile on level 5 where the ... Read More
Family holiday full of wonderful memories sailing around Sydney,melbourne and Tasmania. Followed by New Zealand. 13 days cruise for 9 of us. Ship did not disappoint. Staff friendly and ready to go the extra mile on level 5 where the atrium comes alive all day. Grest entertainment for all nationalities. Food was great at level 5 morning, noon and night. Restaurant choice is outstanding for all tastes. Ship was beautiful, very clean. Loved level 17 layout the indoor pool, particularly if the weather was not too good. Harmony restaurant- outstanding food and service. Crown grill- was average food. Better food and service at Harmony. Cruise trips very expensive. The family of 9 always used the local port guides. They are all professional and 60 aus dollars compared to 250 on the ship. They know their location and always exceed. Shows were great. Ship is outstanding and would recommend this cruise ship and locations for the UK market. There were previous reviews that worried me saying not for UK market, but I disagree. We all loved the special family time, memories and locations in New zealand. Great value for money. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Do not book mini suite E719 unless you are a smoker!! Our balcony directly above outdoor smoking area! Unable to use balcony or even open door to balcony due to cigarette smell. Even well after all in bed the smell lingered! This should be ... Read More
Do not book mini suite E719 unless you are a smoker!! Our balcony directly above outdoor smoking area! Unable to use balcony or even open door to balcony due to cigarette smell. Even well after all in bed the smell lingered! This should be advertised as a mini suite above smoking area! Couldnt even have a surprise tomantic dinner on the balcony due to the horrible smell! Ruined it! The cruise itself was great altho personally too many people! The theatre was way too small for the crowds! Pushing and shoving to get seats for both shows every night! If you ate at the first seating you had to eat quickly and run to the theatre to wait for the show! Very dissapointing! As always food delicious and no complaints of service or staff! Will stick with smaller ships on Princess in the future and will definitely make sure I am no where near a smoking area Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise from Sydney around New Zealand to Celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary. We would not normally have sailed on this itinerary at this time of year. The ship was built for the Chinese market and has been modified I ... Read More
We chose this cruise from Sydney around New Zealand to Celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary. We would not normally have sailed on this itinerary at this time of year. The ship was built for the Chinese market and has been modified I believe by reducing the size of Casino and other minor changes. Even though we have sailed on the sister ship Regal Princess and thoroughly enjoyed the cruise because of the itinerary(Baltic) this is too big for us. The Boarding was extremely good and fast in Sydney. We arrived at the beginning of the allotted time for our Deck and we were on board in 10 minutes. Our Balcony Cabin D 216 was ready and we were greeted by our cabin steward on arrival. The cabin was as expeted in size with plenty of storage and the larger premium balcony. It had been a bit nocked around during it's time in China and Asia. The desk chair had a slit on the back upholstery probably caused by a lounge that had converted to an additional bed with insufficient room. We had no need for this extra bed. The lounge itself was stained and the carpet also nappeared that way. However our cabin steward kept it clean and tidy and was most helpful. My wife has dietary issues son we had chosen fixed time late dining in the Allegro dinning room seated with other passengers. This worked well the menu has sufficient variety to satisfy most needs. Our Maitre De and two dining staff were excellent with their service and helping arrange my wife's dinner for the following evening. We dined at two of the specialty restaurants during the 13 night cruise. The Crown Grill was especially good and The Harmony also enjoyable. Princess say that they help passengers enjoy special occasions. This not the case were La Mer I approached them for a table on the night of our Wedding Anniversary for a table for two at a set time. The Maitre Desaid that this was not possible after 5.30 we would have to turn up and take what we could get on the night. Definately not the way to heelp aguest celebrate a special occsion. This was he said the Princess way for eating at the restaurant. It struck me as true Gaelic attitude and rather arrogant. The good news was at the Crown Grill this was'nt the Princess way and we had a very enjoyable wedding anniversary. We are old but I would have to say that many of the passengers bucked us up by making us feel relatively young compared to them. We exercise every day and take full advantage of the gymnasium and outdoor facilities. There were a big number of zimmer frames and some mobility scooters among the guests. It is great that these people can still travel though it does give a feeling of a retirement village at times. These passengers manopolised the public slace and International cafe most of the time. This made it difficult at times to find seating for a cup of coffee or pre dinner drink. Over the years the quality of the coffee served on the ships is grately improved which we find pleasing. The weather was was cool but mainly fine for all shore visits. We have been to New Zealand a few times so did not take up many of the ships tours. We did book the Bay of Islands cruise to the hole in the rock and this was excellent. Made more enjoyable by a pod of Dolphins who joined us at the rock for 15 or so minutes. Akaroa and Tauranga were excellent towns to do by ourselves and in Auckland the ferry to Davenport also enjoyable. With the exception of la Mer were found all crew to be cheerfull and helpfull. The shows were mainly musical and enjoyable though I feel not as good or varied as we have had from Princess in the Baltic and Alaska. Our catgory within the Princess Circle is Platinum and this cruise hasn't inspired us to go out of our way to achieve Elite. The cruise hasn't made us princess only customers we will conyinue to choose our cruises by when they are and what itinerary they have planned. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Never seen so many wheelchairs of all shapes & sizes, walking frames, walking sticks. Not a cruise for young or even middle aged. Lifts were a nightmare, waiting times, crammed full & stopping all floors. I had more exercise ... Read More
Never seen so many wheelchairs of all shapes & sizes, walking frames, walking sticks. Not a cruise for young or even middle aged. Lifts were a nightmare, waiting times, crammed full & stopping all floors. I had more exercise walking up stairs than all the other 5 cruises we have done put together & actually didnt put on any weight. Going anywhere & doing anything in a group was very slow, crowded, so have to be prepared to be patient otherwise avoid this cruise. The Majestic itself looked old classically decorated, furnishings, carpets, nothing much modern about this ship although the internet worked better than any other liner we have been on & I could actually get reasonable internet in our cabin, te full internet package that is, the other packages are crap. We loved the area on 17th called Hollywood, also parts of the market buffet being always open so you could eat out of normal hours thus avoiding worse of crowds. Staff were great. Dining room food mostly pretty ordinary. Paid for chinese Harmony twice mainly for a change & it was okay. Would have gone to other pay restaurants but put off by other guests comments. Alfredo's was good. Noise was a bit of a problem with people slamming front doors during the night. Also hated the Captain blasting his updates into the cabin. New Zealand was okay, interesting bit too much like Australia & Tassy for us to get too excited about. Overall a 5 or 6 out of 10 compared to Med cruise Venice to Barcelona last year of a 9 & asian grand year before of 8, River cruise year before that of 9.5. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I have cruised with Princess numerous times before out of Australia, and this was my first onboard the Majestic. It fell well short of my expectations. Bigger and newer doesn't always mean better. The ship was designed and built for ... Read More
I have cruised with Princess numerous times before out of Australia, and this was my first onboard the Majestic. It fell well short of my expectations. Bigger and newer doesn't always mean better. The ship was designed and built for the Chinese. It lacked the numerous nice bar/lounge areas to relax in, as with other ships in the Princess line, like the Explorers Lounge or Wheelhouse Bar. They tried to convert the "High Rollers Gaming Lounge", used when in Asia, into the Crooners Bar, but it had not ambiance or atmosphere. There was a definite lack of quiet sitting areas, and it was often difficult to find seating with the 3500 plus passengers. The Vista Lounge during daily trivia was often over capacity with passengers standing, or leaving as there was no room, it wasn't helped by the fact that the Vista Lounge was often set up with the Art Auction Easles taking up valuable space. There is also no open bar in the vista lounge, or the casino on this ship. The Princess Live Theatre lacked any sort of ambiance, not a nice place to relax and watch daily entertainment, it felt to sterile. There is no Promenade Deck 7, they say there is one but it isn't a true promenade. There is no wide teak deck promenade that goes all around the ship. It is very narrow, and blocked at both ends on both sides, with a steal deck. You can't walk around, significantly there is no forward outside viewing area, which was really disappointing. The Princess Theatre where nightly shows are put on lacked space, I am not sure what the seating capacity is, but even with 2 show times per night it was not enough for all the passengers to view a show. The Princess theatre filled up early, you needed to get there at least 45 mins prior to get a seat. The shows I saw were of a pretty good standard. The "International Food Court", known as "Horizon" on all the other princess ships I've been on was to spread out and confusing. The desert bar is a long way from the hot food area. I did notice on this cruise the buffet staff were not enforcing the wash your hands policy, when I asked a staff member why, I was told there are too many entry and exit points on this ships food-court to monitor. I found the food served in the buffet was generally OK, also I dined each night in Traditional Dining, where the food presented was quite good. Although I thought the menu choices were not suited to the Australian pallet. My Internal cabin was fine, it was nicely laid out, and had a great flat screen on demand TV system. There were so many movies to choose from at no extra charge. I would not cruise on this ship again, i much prefer the Golden, and the smaller Sun and Sea. Read Less
Majestic Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.5 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0

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