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Majestic Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Not bad…..

Majestic Princess Cruise Review by blackeldo

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2020
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Balcony (obstructed view)

…..BUT COULD DO BETTER.

Most of the usual PRINCESS pluses were apparent. Great entertainment, hard working cabin, food and wait staff. A decor not as over the top as some competitors. Lower booze prices and the chance to bring on-board 329 2 free bottles of wine + pay corkage on more.

This particular ship is one of the bigger cruise boats out of Australia but had no shortage of bars, lounges etc At no time did I find areas overcrowded – the usual lack of sun-lounges on the pool deck didn’t eventuate.

I thought its 3 storey PIAZZA area was way more sensible than the towering atriums found on some competitors. Many bars and restaurants were on the 3 levels and usually some entertainment at base level.

The adults only HOLLYWOOD area was brilliant.

Ship seemed to have many special interest areas - lotsa table tennis areas, a golf driving area, karaoke rooms etc.

But certain things were not all that great:

- carpets faded and marked

- maybe a shortage of workout machines in the gym, although the number of walkers, X-trainers and bikes very good.

- tender operations off DRAVUNI and SABUSABU hopelessly disorganised and chaotic.

- only one security scanner on return to ship led to huge lines of people waiting to re-board (in the hot sun AT LAUTOKA..

- hopeless wine bottle corkage payment system on Sydney departure - only one guy manning table saw a 15 minute wait.

- often no cooked tomatoes at buffet breakfasts (I thought them a breakfast staple). Sometimes no tomatoes of any kind. Often no french fries at buffet (another staple?) No ice-cream at buffet dinners although soft serve available just out the door on pool deck. Note however that I thought the range and quality of buffet food overall was very good.

- some structural issues: cabin door needed slamming on exit (not great for neighbours when going on the 6am coffee run: cabin door hard to latch from inside: banging in the roof cavity above the life jacket area in rough seas: cabin aircon variable.

Some of these failings are systems bases and will hopefully be fixed with more experience. Others are structural which should be addressed at the upcoming first (warranty – this ship was launched in 2017) refurbishment at the end of the Australian summer season.

- an oily slick extending from the side noticed at anchorage in the DARVUNII LAGOON. Looked to light for bunker oil.

TIPS – don’t miss any lectures put on by PRINCESS staff. The navigation and engineering talk was to a full auditorium (hats off to PRINCESS – on this ship the main theater seemed way big enough) and the cooking lesson from the head chef and maitre d was both informative and humorous (this was followed by a free quick tour of the galley – must have had a line of 1000 people).

- if you miss a pm performance in the theater be aware they are often repeated as a matinee next day.

- the second pool on the pool deck is a very small sauna-sized deep bit surrounded by a spacious area abt 2 inches deep. Latter ideal for non swimming kids and parents wanting to sun/stay cool and keep an eye on offspring. Kids will also like the circular splash deck nearby.

- if you enjoy serenity, head to the adults only HOLLYWOOD pool and lounge area up top forward.

Although underover, not chloriney smelly {treatment and pool water is that easier on the eye salty stuff). The lounge area just forward has great 17th level views over the bow.


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Balcony (obstructed view)

I've rated the cabin below average because of the clunking ceiling void and door slamming problems. Otherwise it was typical of other cruise lines we have used - maybe a bit smaller than some and no free water, but most other things there and comfy. Cabin service was brilliant.


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