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6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
New Zealand summer time never lets you down it was just a pity about the balcony of the cabin. The ship itself is lovely and the entertainment very good, food was hit and miss the kitchen trying to pass chicken pieces off as ... Read More
New Zealand summer time never lets you down it was just a pity about the balcony of the cabin. The ship itself is lovely and the entertainment very good, food was hit and miss the kitchen trying to pass chicken pieces off as sweetbreads......both Grille and Harmony had good food but Le Mer was a very poor representation of French cuisine. Definitely go to the English Pub lunch at Grille it's the closest you would get to a true pommy experience the sausages are the best I have ever eaten and my wife had the steak and kidney pie with plenty of kidney we went both times it was on. Drinks are super expensive we were going to do the drink package and decided not too which worked out well just limiting how much you have to drink, cocktails nothing out of the ordinary here compared to other cruise lines. Entertainment was exceptional but to get a seat in the theatre you had to be there one hour before the show started a lot of people were disappointed. Shopping was per any ship. Embarking and disembarking were exceptional smooth we took the baggage with us when leaving the ship. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose to do the Majestic Princess as she is such a new ship and we had never been on one this big. We arrived in Sydney the day before and stayed at the Travel Lodge Wynard. It was basic but suited our purpose. We were a group of 4 ... Read More
We chose to do the Majestic Princess as she is such a new ship and we had never been on one this big. We arrived in Sydney the day before and stayed at the Travel Lodge Wynard. It was basic but suited our purpose. We were a group of 4 couples travelling together and we met up at the OPT at 11am. Put our luggage through and we were then told we could board. Would have taken no longer than 10 minutes and we were on. We then went to see if our cabins were ready and they were. We had obstructed view balcony E603. The obstruction was the tenders, but we still had a good view. We did sail away from the back deck which is a great spot when departing from each port, although can get quite windy. The ship is big!! probably to big for my liking, but my husband had no issue with the size. Although for such a big ship she is beautiful and I did get use to the size of her as each day went on, and yes I would cruise on her again. Cabin E603 was comfortable and like most princess ships the cabins are probably the smallest that we have travelled in especially the bathrooms, the are tiny. We don't spend a lot of time in our cabin so this was not a problem. Dining - we were in Allegro dinning room and had 7.30 sitting. The food was ok and we had no complaints,(with the amount of food they deliver every day it was pretty good) our waiters were fabulous (Karlos and Alex). They made each night a very enjoyable experience. We went to the dinning room for breakfast most mornings as we found Market Place to be very busy. For lunch if we weren't in port we just had a burger or something from noodle bar on deck. Entertainment - We only did 2 of the shows but they were very good, very hard to get a seat in the Princess Theatre. Most nights we just went to the Crown and Grill (which I guess on other ships this would be the Wheelhouse Bar. We loved listening to the Two Brit Girls (Char & Philly) They were great entertainment. New Years Eve was a big night and they had parties happening all over the ship, we stayed in the atrium and had a great time with so much atmosphere. It is strange to be on a ship that has no Pomenade deck, and you do miss this, but we did get use to it. This was our third cruise to New Zealand, but we still found new and different things to do in each port. We booked a private winery/boutique brewery tour from Tauranga and this was a great day. So as not to pay the high prices that they charge on the ship for excursions, I just did a lot of googling. We went to Crown Grill (steak house) and as per usual the food was amazing, no complaints there. Harmony was another story, we were very disappointed, the soup was inedible. Then the waiter suggested that seeing as there were 6 of us that we should order 6 different mains and share them, this would have been a great idea if there was enough of each dish for each person to have a taste (example prawn dish had 4 prawns and there was 6 of us). The mains were ok but certainly nothing to rave about. So we didn't bother trying the French restaurant after talking to others who had been, they said Harmony was better! Overall we had a great time, of course it helps that half of us travelling are Elite so it was nice to have the perks that come with this. We had laundry done 3 times to have it back the next day. The 250min free internet was great. We would sail on Majestic Princess again, but still like the smaller ships (Sun and Sea) better, but that is only my opinion. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Sailed to NZ on the Majestic Princess over the new year. It was the first time we had been on a cruise and it far exceeeded our expectations. Service and staff were excellent and probably the best thing about the boat. Enjoyed the ... Read More
Sailed to NZ on the Majestic Princess over the new year. It was the first time we had been on a cruise and it far exceeeded our expectations. Service and staff were excellent and probably the best thing about the boat. Enjoyed the entertainment we saw ranging from comedians to magicians and singers. Did not get to see the musicals only because it’s not our thing however we heard they were good. Fine dining and specialty dining was very good with the exception of Harmony which we did not rate being spoilt by excellent Chinese’s food in Australia. I suggest anytime dining rather than set times as it was tricky at times to coincide eating with going to shows. Loved the Italian Pizza restaurant NZ was spectacular and the excursions we did through the boat were well organised and really good. Cooking school at Akaroa was a highlight and was booked via the ship. Our self tours were also great and there are lots of options once you left the shop to self book things and tours. Rooms were a good size we thought and well designed with lots of wardrobe space and balcony was good enough for us- would def8nitley always go a balcony room for future cruising Remember to have money left in AUs or NZ dollars for a tip for exceptional service from staff at the end as we were a bit disorganised with this. We did not do the drinks package but maybe in hindsight we would in future as we love a cocktail however you are able to byo with corkage at ports for bottled wine and bubbles which we only realised towards the end of the cruise. Only negative we had was pools way too small for the Aussie market and inside pool was like a swim centre but definitely would book with Princess again. Read Less
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
Majestic Princess Ratings
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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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