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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We often like to see in the New Year at sea and it's always a great party on the night. Loved the new Majestic Princess - a most beautiful ship. Before we sailed, we thought it might feel crowded with such a large number of ... Read More
We often like to see in the New Year at sea and it's always a great party on the night. Loved the new Majestic Princess - a most beautiful ship. Before we sailed, we thought it might feel crowded with such a large number of passengers, but were pleasantly surprised to feel that we never felt overwhelmed by sheer numbers. There was always spaces available in the dining areas, bars, etc, and even in the Marketplace, we did not have to "fight for a seat". Staff were always ready to help and showed great enthusiasm for their work. However, the theatre, which is great, only seats around 900 passengers, so we needed to be there at least 30 minutes beforehand to get a seat. The productions shows and other entertainers performing in the Princess Theatre were first class. Our biggest disappointment was that Princess have increased their bar and wine list prices by about 50% over the past year. And the wine lists seem to have changed to a "one size fits all" approach - wherever in the world you are, it appears it will be the same list. Previously, the wine list reflected the area of the world they were cruising in, but on our cruise to New Zealand, there were very few local wines to choose from - with Australia and New Zealand being blessed with so many good wines, those that were included in the list were excessively marked up in price. Wine by the glass was up around the $15 a glass mark, and by the bottle it was hard to find anything below $50 to $60 a bottle. This is a bit much to pay for Australian/NZ wine, and with regards to the international wines, it's a lot to pay for a wine you've never tried before, or usually, never even heard of. Cocktails and spirits are also very expensive compared to previous sailings. You will need very deep pockets if you like to have a few drinks onboard! It's a possible deterrence from going on a cruise when for some, the highlight of cruising is "wining and dining". Or, limit yourself to one glass a day or just soda! A very enjoyable cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We have been on the Diamond and loved it. The NZ cruise and the dates suited us, the Itinerary included all the NZ locations we wanted. We intend to cruise for many years in the future and wanted to explore a larger ship. The Princess ... Read More
We have been on the Diamond and loved it. The NZ cruise and the dates suited us, the Itinerary included all the NZ locations we wanted. We intend to cruise for many years in the future and wanted to explore a larger ship. The Princess Theatre on the Majestic is not large enough it was almost packed to capacity at 7.15 every night that we went and people were saving seats for other people who turned up just before the shows began. The other issue with the Majestic is around the International Cafe which is an excellent area, if only people didn't sit there for long periods of time reading and not eating or drinking or participating in the activities that are being held. We were sorry that there is not a Promenade Deck. On the whole the ship is beautiful, the crew are amazing, the food is great, the music and dance band Evolution were terrific and the theatre shows were world class. The ship seems to work well for families and the older generations too. 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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Timing as the Cruise was over the new year and also location the ship was traveling were the important issues. Traveled on the other cruise ships during the new year eve time frame and it was very nice. This trip seemed to be smaller in ... Read More
Timing as the Cruise was over the new year and also location the ship was traveling were the important issues. Traveled on the other cruise ships during the new year eve time frame and it was very nice. This trip seemed to be smaller in activity scale when compared to other cruise trips Limited activities - Started a golf activity that was to continue - dropped without notification, no word, just dropped it. Food left a lot to be desired - Asian food represented very well however if you do not like this type of food the balance was less than acceptable - ended up eating from the kids menu for many of the meals. Became sick during the cruise and went to see the doctor - very little help - seemed as many people on the cruise were also sick with coughing and sore throats. Small room, balcony had the life boats right below the room. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
My husband and I wanted to cruise on the Majestic Princess and chose the New Years Eve cruise to New Zealand. The ship was magnificent and the staff were all very friendly and efficient. New Years Eve was fabulous and the ship ... Read More
My husband and I wanted to cruise on the Majestic Princess and chose the New Years Eve cruise to New Zealand. The ship was magnificent and the staff were all very friendly and efficient. New Years Eve was fabulous and the ship celebrated in style. It was a formal night so most people were dressed for the occasion. We had lobster tails in the dining room. The captain had his usual champagne waterfall and introduced all the major staff. We were all given party poppers and either hats or tiaras for NYE and at midnight it was a fabulous experience welcoming in the new year on such a beautiful ship. The weather was perfect with smooth seas and sunny, blue skies in every port. Even the days at sea were clear so the pool area was very popular. We went to the adults only area called “Hollywood” on Deck 17 where there is a pool and plenty of cabana-type seating. Being at the front of the ship, there were panoramic views. Our cabin steward was fabulous and always had our cabin neat and tidy. He was by far the best cabin steward we’ve ever had. The waiters in the bars and dining rooms were all very friendly and efficient. The entertainment was top class. The production shows were outstanding and the Australian Beatles were fabulous. The only criticism I had was that the Princess Theatre was very cramped and the seats at the back couldn’t see the stage. Embarkation and disembarkation was very quick with no delays. We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary and although we had been to New Zealand many times before, we were still amazed by the breath taking scenery. The ship was all we were hoping for (and more, if that’s possible). Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
This was the 2nd time that I had traveled on Majestic Princess, I was very excited to experience this new ship for a longer period than last time and get a true feel for it and with my hubbie. The first time was in November for only 4 ... Read More
This was the 2nd time that I had traveled on Majestic Princess, I was very excited to experience this new ship for a longer period than last time and get a true feel for it and with my hubbie. The first time was in November for only 4 nights and then for this one over New Year. The main difference for us, was the amount of people on board. Even though November the ship was "sold out", it had a lot less people and space could be found in Hollywood Pool Club and the main theater. On the New Years cruise it was so full due to the amount of triple and quad share cabins. You had to get to a deck chair early if you wanted one as they were always full. Also to see a show, you had to be there a minimum of 30 mins before the show started to get a seat, which is insane. Good points: Lovely new ship, wonderful Princess staff like always and the food was very good (even in Market Place (buffet). NYE celebration was a lot of fun and we danced the night away until 1.30 am on the top deck. Crown Grill (steak) and La Mer (french influence), which are both specialty so there is a surcharge per person, are lovely dining experiences and the food and service was great. Alfredo's does great pizza and pasta. One thing I love about Princess, is room service is free during normal hours. Not like a lot of other cruise lines which charge for it. We had an obstructed balcony on deck 8 (E509) and it was larger and had a great view still. Even if you sit on the seats, you still see over it easily. Love that Princess also do free in house movies when you want to relax in the cabin and don't charge like most cruise lines. Our room steward (Bombie) always had our room looking like new and half the time you never saw him. They work so hard and are such a credit to the company. Bad points: Amount of passengers on board, it felt a bit cramped and there are not enough bars with live music for Australian market (too much happening around the atrium (Piazza)), everything on this cruise was way more expensive than November cruise ie: Beer prices gone from 7.50 up to 8.75. All specialty restaurants around $35 pp. Bit of price gouging happening. There is always something on sale etc to try and make you spend your money. I hat all the "high end" shops they now have on board. Prefer the older Princess shopping experiences. Drink packages at $86 pp per day are to us not value for money anymore. We prefer to bring our own wine on board (see tips & tricks). Destination NZ: Been to NZ a few times, but never experienced weather like we had on this cruise. Only 1st day into Milford Sound was there some rain but this added to the majesty of this place. Waterfalls everywhere because of it. The rest of the cruise was amazing sunny and warm weather (around 25 degrees). The itinerary was follows: Milford Sound - beautiful to have a balcony so you can just take it in from there. As it rained most of the night before and was foggy, it made it more majestic due to the amount of waterfalls. Dunedin (Port Chalmers) - if not booking one of the expensive Princess excursions, there is an information counter inside the big shed where you can book. Other option is a return shuttle to the township of Dunedin ($20 NZ per person - a bit expensive) but you have the freedom. There is also a lovely little quaint town of Port Chalmers you can walk too. The bus drops you off at the Octagon roundabout and there is a Information counter over the road you can book from. We walked to the Botanical Gardens (told 20 mins but turned into 50 mins) so a pretty big walk. The gardens are lovely and on the way back we stopped in at the museum, then went to Woolies (Countdown), got some lunch and sat in the park. Akaroa (for Christchurch) - my favorite port. A beautiful picturesque seaside village. This is a tender port. On arrival, there are heaps of options to book different excursions again. Here we did a 1 hour tour with V8 Trikes ( https://v8trikes.co.nz/ ). Cost $120 pp so not cheap but you will have great memories from it. Service was amazing and this is for Adrenalin junkies. They take you for a exhilarating ride up into the hills for a great view back down to the ship. We then walked around time and the lovely little shops (very busy on cruise ship days). Look forward to visiting here again. Wellington - we have been to Wellington a few times and got lucky again with wonderful weather. Again we decided to do our own thing, transfers provided to the city centre and the Information site free of charge as it is a working port. From the Information site you have a 10 min easy walk to were the Cable car goes from. Easy to organise yourself here. Alot of options. Tauranga (for Rotorua) - Again we did our own thing here. Very easy walk to the shops and beaches of the lovely beach side part of town. Also there is a Information site at the port where you can book tours. We booked here for the Hobbiton tour (NZ159 pp (much more expensive on the ship) . I always wondered why Hobbiton tours are so expensive, and now I know the reason why. When you arrive, you then get on a conducted tour coach that takes you to "the Shire", as it is on private property and a ticket price for this alone is $84NZ pp. It is worth the money and we had a lovely day. On the way we were taken to McClaren Falls and also stopped at a Manuka Honey stop. Totally enjoyed out tour. Auckland - as you are at the Princess Wharf at the lower end of town and right at the harbour, there are heaps of options again to book for. There is also an Information site here. The Hop on Hop off bus was way too busy so we chose a 1 1/2hr cruise on the harbour as it was such a beautiful day. This was very enjoyable and only cost NZ50 pp booked directly at the wharf. Bay of Islands - This has some beautiful scenery and it is a tender port. You can easily walk to the Treaty Grounds and also get the complimentary bus which takes you to town. Once there, you can book all sort of tours and cruises from the I-site. Like all the other ports, we did our own thing here and chose the 1 hr Trike Tour with Tony's Trikes https://www.tonystriketours.co.nz/. Great service and always a fun way to see the area. Cost is NZ$124 pp for 1 hr. After that and lunch (heaps of bars and restaurants to chose from), we bought ferry tickets and went over to the small township of Russell, which back in it's day was full of bars and brothels in the 1800 to early 1900's for the sailors. It is now full of small shops, wonderful old buildings which are being restored and a nice way to spend a few hours or a day. Tips and tricks: As I am a avid wine drinker and NZ has some amazing wines, you can bring 2 bottles on board free of charge to drink in your cabin, but must pay the $15 surcharge (corkage) to drink anywhere else. What Princess doesn't tell you, you can bring more than 2 on board and just pay the corkage. Also in port, you can bring a couple of bottles on board and again pay the corkage when you drink it anywhere outside the cabin. Great way to save money and also experience some fabulous wines from NZ. We picked up Villa Maria at a few supermarkets for only $12NZ so even is you add the surcharge, you are way ahead compared to what is charged on board. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose the cruise for the destination as we wanted to be in Sydney for the New Year Celebration and the cruise ended on December 30th. I was very disappointed in the Lotus Spa on this ship. I booked a 90 minute massage and upon my ... Read More
We chose the cruise for the destination as we wanted to be in Sydney for the New Year Celebration and the cruise ended on December 30th. I was very disappointed in the Lotus Spa on this ship. I booked a 90 minute massage and upon my arrival was shown to the co-ed “relaxing” area. This was not a spa atmosphere - more like a doctor’s office waiting room. No nice bathrooms to relax in, not even in the treatment room. Totally co-ed. No free use of whirl pool, sauna or steam room, but you could buy a week pass for $199 to use them (The Enclave”). Was told by spa personnel that this ship wasn’t like the other Princess ship spas and they needed to control the amount of people using the spa whirlpool, etc and that is why they charged for them. However, the message was wonderful! Just wish I could have relaxed before my message. Felt very disappointed about that. Hollywood Pool Club was Adult only, no charge and it was lovely. Very relaxing and serene and no charge. I just chose to lounge and read a book. We did pay extra for Club Class but did enjoy not having to wait at all for a table for anytime dining. It was really nice to have a special section reserved for Club Class. The waiters were phenomenal! We sailed over Christmas and felt that they did a wonderful job with Christmas decorations and celebrating Christmas. Christmas Carols were sung and everyone joined in. On Christmas morning Santa appeared in the atrium and had a gift for every child under 12 yrs. Every child got to take pictures with Santa and his helpers. It’s a beautiful ship but felt crowded in the corridor the public areas. Personally, too big of a ship for me. Will definitely use Princess again but will sail on the smaller ships. Our ages are 59-65. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise to experience a reasonably new ship and to have a Christmas at sea. We overnighted in Auckland before going down to Princes Wharf about midday on the 18th. Our bags were whisked away in a flash and we then presented ... Read More
We chose this cruise to experience a reasonably new ship and to have a Christmas at sea. We overnighted in Auckland before going down to Princes Wharf about midday on the 18th. Our bags were whisked away in a flash and we then presented ourselves at Check In. As we were the first deck to load we were on the ship around 1230hrs and got our first look at the Atrium all decked out for Christmas with Carolers preparing to welcome all with Christmas cheer, We decided on a quick visit to our stateroom to dump our carryon luggage and then head off for lunch at the World Fresh Marketplace on deck 16, There was plenty to select from and we were soon replete and off to our Mini Suite (R210) on Riveria Deck (14) to unpack and meet our Stateroom Attendant Johner who looked after us very well throughout the cruise. The cruise itself was everything we expected it to be and more. (Snow in the Atrium during Christmas Carols, lovely food all over the ship, friendly helpful staff everywhere and what a beautiful ship decked out in her Christmas finery). She is indeed a beautiful ship but some small things puzzled us, like no wrap around Promenade Deck (deck 7), having to jog into and then out of the Sports court as you do laps and more could be done with the mini golf greens to make them interesting. The trek from the front of the ship to the Allegro Dining Room requires the use of more than one deck as there is no way to walk the length of the ship on deck 6. (where the Concerto and Allegro dining rooms are located). Still good for the digestion I guess. These things should not detract from the ship as a whole. She is indeed a Majestic Princess. We were located in the Allegro dining room (Tradional Dining) and were looked after by Elvie and Roy. Elvie is the consumate professional. She is vivacious and funny and we didn't just eat there; we were entertained and enjoyed every moment of it. Roy is a shy young man, but very friendly and efficient and looked after us well. They were a great team. As for our Stateroom it was excellent even for three people. The only small problem was that the curtains which divide the room didn't mearly meet in the middle. It was kept clean and tidy throughout the cruise. The entertainment on this cruise was absolutely first class, from the shows in the Princess Theater, the entertainment in the Atrium and of course the other bars and showrooms although we didn't spend much time in these. The Cruise Director was efficient, funny and had the ships entertainment running like clockwork. He even ran a Christmas Church service which was well attended. I think this is all I need to say about this cruise. I do however have to mention the disembarkation in Sydney. It was smooth, rapid and we were in a Taxi heading for our accommodation in a most timely manner. Top points for this. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
This cruise was our 'move-over' cruise from 2016, so we were upgraded to a Club Class Mini Suite. We combined this with the New Year cruise so had 25 days aboard the Majestic! We have been on many New Zealand Australia ... Read More
This cruise was our 'move-over' cruise from 2016, so we were upgraded to a Club Class Mini Suite. We combined this with the New Year cruise so had 25 days aboard the Majestic! We have been on many New Zealand Australia cruises, so for us the ship was the destination. We also had the pleasure of cruising with friends we met on the Diamond in 2010, plus introduce another friend to the pleasure of cruising. Embarkation was easy, although dropping off the luggage in the morning was a mission due to the traffic on the wharf. Also dropped off our Aussie friends at the same time (11am), who boarded and they were in their cabin before DH got home (12 kms away!) When we embarked it was fast and smooth. Ship: Lovely new ship with a slightly weird layout due to being configured to the Chinese Market. Same layout as Royal and Regal but some areas used differently. Found it easy to get our bearings and the electronic signage all over the ship was great. Vines became our pre-dinner hangout (with tapas provided) and Crooners our after dinner spot, and before and after shows as it was adjacent to the lower access to the Princess Theatre. TIP: wheelchair and walker users - there are areas on the lower level of the Theatre where you could sit and be in close proximity to the stage, which was wonderful. Cabin B433 - Accessible Club Class Mini Suite Lovely large cabin with angled balcony which was sheltered because of the forward decks being further out. Heaps of space and heaps of storage. Has a pullman bed and large pull out sofa (great for a family of four). Hardly saw the steward and the service did not seem to be any more than a standard cabin. Dining: Dined a couple of times in Club Class and then gave up as no one seemed to share and our friends were Anytime Dining, so joined them instead. BUT dined there each day for breaststroke as there was always a queue and we could go straight in without waiting. Service was amazing. Menu no different to the other MDRs. Entertainment: Great shows and entertainers. Went to all but a few, usually to the late show as it was easier and less crowded. Crooners and Vines: Barman were fantastic - great service and great fun. Crown Grill - wouldn't bother again as the atmosphere was missing and frankly the meal no better than the MDR La Mer - wonderful (try and get a window seat). Food amazing and so was the service. Our gluten free friend was well catered for. Alfredos - great Pizza and fantastic desserts. Sometimes there was a queue and a wait time on the pizza but that was no biggie. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This is only the sixth cruise of my lifetime (on five different lines) and it was easily the best of the lot - to say nothing of the tremendous value it represented versus Regent et al. Even if all six cruises had identical prices, this ... Read More
This is only the sixth cruise of my lifetime (on five different lines) and it was easily the best of the lot - to say nothing of the tremendous value it represented versus Regent et al. Even if all six cruises had identical prices, this cruise would have earned first place by a wide margin. The ship, itself, is so new and well-maintained that it spoiled us with its finishes and amenities. Embarkation was truly efficient and we never felt there were 3500 guests and another 1500 staff. It always was so spacious - a genuine achievement. The staff was a tremendous blend from around the world - Antonio from Portugal did a yeoman's job as our cabin steward and Monika in guest services lounge was priceless to us in terms of helping secure meal reservations for our difficult party of 7. Room service in the mornings was unbelievably precise and prompt - the best we've ever experienced. Great amenities for the kids and teens (of which there were many on this Christmas Cruise). Our captains (one from NZ and one from Italy) did a tremendous job with the seas and we had the smoothest sailing I can remember. Our day in the Fjords and Milford Sound was one of the most rewarding, sunniest and relaxing days I will ever live. Harmony Restaurant (and expecially Caesar) won our hearts for the extraordinary menu, service and ambience. Crown Grill was the best team on the ship - Dennis at the front and Jaron from Serbia - best waiter anywhere on the ship. The Concerto and Symphony dining experiences were average in terms of both food quality and inattentive service (mostly from inexperienced, young Eastern European servers). La Mer was a standout experience until that music starts to play in La Piazza below and any opportunity for a civilized experience goes out the window. The music on the ship was uniformly bad (the open La Piazza is a genuine problem for programming) and the 'program staff' was an odd group with an over-inflated sense of self-importance, but they could not detract from this extraordinary experience and the truly flawless itinerary. One significant disappointment was that tidal levels significantly shortened our visits at every port and as my family was strictly doing independent shore excursions, we were under outrageous pressure throughout the cruise to return under the shortened time frames. There was always a tour that arrived after the ship was already to have departed (according to the posted 'All Aboard' time) during this particular sailing. Leaving from Auckland, sailing Milford Sound, visiting Tasmania and Melbourne and arriving in Sydney (at Circular Quay, no less) is a simply flawless itinarary. Christchurch, Dunedin and Rotarua are all brillint spots to visit and pre- and post- tours in Auckland and Syndey are not to be missed. This itinerary is a 5 out of 5 and being onboard with mostly Kiwis and Aussies made the trip especially pleasant for us, as Americans who are not accustomed to such polite colleagues. Read Less
Majestic Princess Ratings
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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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