Princess Cruises – Majestic Princess
I was lucky enough to be able to inspect the Majestic Princess while she was in port in Akaroa in February 2019. This ship was launched in 2017 so is still very new and nicely appointed.
The majority of cabins on the Majestic Princess are balcony cabins; this gives the feeling that your cabin is bigger and allows you to relax on your balcony when coming into port or if you just want some time in your own space. There a few interior cabins on board but not many. The mattress in all the cabins categories – whether you are in an Interior Cabin or a Suite – are all the same. They are the same as the Westin Heavenly 2 Beds and if you have ever slept on one you will agree that they are incredibly comfortable.
Princess Cruise have some lovely itinerary all around the world and around New Zealand, which is a great way to see your own backyard. Some highlights on the New Zealand cruise would be Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound, the Bay of Island as well as stopping at major ports like Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Wellington, Napier and smaller ports like Akaroa.
Princess Cruises were the first, in the cruise market to release ‘Movies under the Stars’. There is a massive, permanent outdoor 4K movie screen located on the top pool deck where you can get comfortable on a sun lounger with a fleece blanket and enjoy complimentary fresh-popped popcorn or milk and cookies during the day.
Majestic Princess has two pool areas, one the Hollywood Pool Club, an under-cover adults’ only pool with cabana overlooking the ocean and the main pool (one slightly smaller than the other) on the upper deck of the ship.
The Atrium of the Majestic Princess is made of beautiful gold coloured marble and is known for its circular marble floor, magnificent floating staircases and stained glass dome. Enjoy a coffee in The Atrium from the International Café. You may also find musicians, acrobats and jugglers preforming there.
For those of you are adventurous you can go out on The Skywalk. This is a cantilevered, curved walkway that extends 8.5 metres out past the side of the ship, with a glass floor so you can see the decks and oceans below. You can also enjoy a drink at the Sea View Bar located on the walkway.
There are many dining options to choose from on-board the Majestic Princess - from the buffet style World Fresh Marketplace with a variety of food from all round the world to Alfredo’s Pizza, Chopsticks Noodle Bar. There are specialty dining options on-board as well, at an additional cost - you can enjoy food from the three Michelin star restaurant La Mer, Crown Grill - which has been named the ‘Best Cruise Ship Steakhouse’, or Harmony – the one Michelin Star Cantonese restaurant. Why not book a seat (one of 12) at the exclusive Chefs’ Table Lumiere, where you will be treated to a behind-the-scenes gallery tour with champagne and hors d’oeuvres followed by a multi-course dinner hosted by the ship’s Executive Chef. This special dining experience is only offered a couple of times over a 14 day itinerary so if this is something that I would recommend you book as soon as you board the ship as it sells out fast and can’t be pre-booked prior to embarkation.