Onboard the Majestic Princess

Many people dream of one day taking a cruise. For some it is to visit a favourite area and others it is to include a place that they want to sample before committing a longer holiday in that location.  For us, this cruise was to travel onboard the Majestic Princess to areas not familiar to us on a ship that was still in its inaugural season.

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Relax on a sunlounge with a drink or good book

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Relaxation at sea is easy

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A Barista makes coffee at the International Cafe

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A latte from the International Cafe’s bar

It started with a simple facebook message in August 2016 when Steve posted a sneak preview link to my page, tempting me to book a trip on Majestic Princess, which was due to set sail in May 2017.

We had travelled on Majestic’s sister ship, the Royal Princess and when we saw the 21 night Grand Asia cruise onboard the Majestic Princess from Singapore to Shanghai it wasn’t a hard decision to go ahead and confirm a booking. After all, all areas we’d already travelled in Asia we’d enjoyed and being the sister ship to Royal Princess we knew it would be beautiful. Seven of the nine ports on this repositioning cruise were new to us and the itinerary offered a good balance of sea and port days. 

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Bubble Tea from Gong Cha tea bar

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La Mer the French Bistrot

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The Chef at La Mer

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Hand made pizza from Alfredo’s Pizzeria

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Your best friend on any cruise is the stairs to work off the delicious food

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Photo & Video Gallery

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Vista Gaming Lounge

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Ocean Terrace Juice Bar

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A quick selfie in port in Keelung

Majestic, the largest in the Princess fleet has capacity for 3560 guests and 1346 happy and well trained staff to support the guests whether it be cooking, cleaning, maintenance, entertainment, etc. This megaship is 330 metres long, with 1780 cabins, 19 decks, has almost 1100 square metres of luxury boutique shopping. Built exclusively for the Asian market Majestic is reported to have the largest shopping space at sea. It has a private Karaoke lounge, a water fountain with multimedia light show and a giant LED screen for Movies Under The Stars.

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Majestic Princes docked in port in Keelung, Taiwan for the very first time

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Fancy some high end shopping in the Shops of Princess

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In case you run out of your favourite Chanel

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Fancy watching Mary Poppins while doing a few laps in the pool?

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Swirls the place for cooling down with a soft serve ice cream

Once you cross the gangplank the first area you arrive at is the grand atrium. The multi-story heart of the ship is a hub of excitement and fun day or night. It is the place for refreshments, relaxation and people watching. The atrium hosts many social activities, where you can enjoy musicians, jugglers, acrobats with a morning coffee or late night cocktail. The atrium is a picture of elegance, with beautiful marble floors and magnificent circular staircases. It is inviting and luxurious and has a balance of the calming blues of the ocean and the glittering opulence of golden tones, making it aesthetically very pleasing.  

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The floating stairs of the central Piazza

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The glitzy piazza, Majestic Princess’s central atrium

The central hub, a multi level atrium, the grand Piazza

The Princess Cruises design team certainly did not compromise space or comfort using all their design expertise to create spacious public areas and comfortable suites and staterooms.  It was easy to find our room, the even numbers had blue carpet in the hallway and the other side red. Sounds silly but on a ship this size it is easy to confuse which way to go once you navigate the stairs and corridors. Our stateroom was C512 on Caribe deck, level 10. It was tastefully decorated and quite spacious. We had a sofa, modest bathroom and generous sized robe with shelves and safe. The beds provide the ultimate in luxury and comfort, a sprung mattress with a plush pillow top and luxurious duvet and linen. To enjoy the views and sea air we had a huge window opening up to our balcony.

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Me in our cabin on Majestic Princess, C512

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Our comfortable stateroom C512

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Bathroom in C512

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Enjoy the views from your private balcony

If you’re like us, one of the things you look forward to making it the most memorable, apart from the itinerary, is the food. And I have to say Majestic does not disappoint. With an array of delicious food to satisfy any palate and appetite, we could choose from decadent western cuisine to mouth watering eastern favourites. The buffet, World Fresh Marketplace, Chopsticks Noodle bar, Alfredo’s Pizzeria and the International Café were some of the free places we could choose to eat. All guests have the choice and flexibility of anytime dining or the indulgence of traditional dining in the main dining rooms at no extra charge. We chose the latter with late seating, at the same time, same table with the same wait staff. Then there the ‘extra charge’ Lobster & Dim Sum bar,  two Michelin star restaurants, a French Bistro, La Mer and a specialty Cantonese restaurant, Harmony. There are also other specialty dining options like Crown Grill steakhouse, private Ultimate Balcony dining, or the adventure of Chef’s Table Lumiere. Seriously the food in the dining rooms was so delicious and offered endless choices that we never sampled all the extra charge venues.

Ever want to walk on water? Then there is one feature of this ship you will love. The SeaWalk, a glass floored walkway extending out 9 metres beyond the edge of the ship. Walking along the 20 metre walkway, 40 metres above the sea is just spectacular looking straight down to see the ocean below. Nearby is the SeaView bar.

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SeaWalk

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Night time on the SeaWalk

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SeaView bar

Despite the number of people onboard surprisingly we always found spaces around the ship to sit or mingle with our newly found friends. There are also lots of bars to sample the awesome range of cocktails.

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So much to choose from…

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Moet is available from Bellini’s

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A table at Crown Grill

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Vines

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Harmony restaurant

Another area fitting with Princess’s philosophy of ‘come back new’ is the relaxing adults only retreat, The Sanctuary. This is the place to be, the chic Hollywood Pool Club by day with comfortable day beds, modern sculptures and topiaries surrounding a freshwater pool covered with a glass dome. By night the area transforms to a luxurious nightclub.

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Straight ahead to the Hollywood Bar

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Swim in the pool under cover in the Hollywood Pool Club

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Topiary in the Hollywood lounge

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Oversized chess set in the Hollywood Conservatory

When you’re not feasting on the delicious culinary delights the place to be is on the top deck where you’ll find the largest pool of any onboard a Princess ship. If you prefer the outdoors and fresh ocean air you’ll enjoy the huge Movies Under The Stars day and night and the Watercolour Fantasy fountain. Whether you are taking a dip or curling up on a sun lounge with a good book and refreshing cocktail this is the perfect place to unwind after a day of shore excursions.

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You can gaze out at sea for hours with this pedestal binoculars

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Live music out on the decks

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Movies Under The Stars (MUTS) screens day and night

Majestic is the first in the Princess fleet to feature the new Seawitch design on the bow with her hair flowing toward the stern. Being built for the Asian market all signage on the ship, is written in English and Cantonese.

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The brand new design of the Seawitch on the bow

Entertainment is something that has been well thought out. From original musical productions in the Princess Theater to a Vegas style casino, shopping arcades, even an al fresco mini golf course and basketball court. You can work off all the effort the chefs put into creating great tasting fare and sweat it out at the huge sea facing gymnasium on the treadmills and other equipment. The Vegas style casino has slot machines, blackjack, poker, baccarat, etc. You name it they have it.

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Princess Theater

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The stage at Princess Theater ready for the production Fiera

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The production show Fiera, a love story at a fairground

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Fantastic Journey is a fast paced, high energy production

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Amazing production show Fantastic Journey

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Dressed up to enjoy the formalities of the Captain’s welcome speech and champagne tower waterfall

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Care to try your hand at some poker at the tables in the Casino

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Slot Machines at the Casino

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Try to win against the sliding coin machine in the Casino

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High end shopping in the Shops of Princess

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Pearls for sale in many styles

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So many things to do, even Foosball in the fresh sea air

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Basketball court

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Exercise in the fresh air on deck

The stunning onboard features that make this ship standout, are nothing short of magnificent. Majestic offers great value for money, when you consider the price includes everything needed for a fantastic trip; food, accommodation, entertainment and transport between destinations. Speaking of destinations, the 9 port itinerary was amazing, but more on that next time.

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4th of July Balloon Drop in the Piazza

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We got to enjoy complimentary mimosas and champagne at the Captain’s welcome aboard party

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A string quartet, Extravagent entertain young and old with classical favourites in the Piazza, Deck 5

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Duo Claudio

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Chef’s lumiere table in Concerto dining room

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Time to relax at Gong Cha (tea bar)

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A self serve laundromat on every deck

Have you been on a cruise ship that was brand new? Would you consider a cruise onboard Majestic Princess?

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12 Responses

  1. Jill says:

    Quite the dream ship! I just feel you can’t ever go wrong with cruising – and am itching to take another one soon.

  2. Deborah says:

    I’ve not been on a cruise and really have no concept of how big the ships must be. My niece is about to start working as a performer on a Norwegian Cruise Line (the Norwegian Joy) which travels between China and Japan and my brother showed us the pics and it’s HUGE.

    I can’t even imagine what it would be like – like a whole village. That moves! #teamlovinlife

  3. Kathy Marris says:

    We’ve been on three different cruises with three different cruise lines, but never a new ship. However the one we went on this year had been fully refurbished. I think next time we do book a cruise is will be on a newer ship as we have found a couple of them to be a little dated in decor. The Majestic looks very plush and I would definitely consider sailing on her. Great overview! #TeamLovinLife

  4. Ruth says:

    Some of the pictures in here do not even look like they were taken on a cruise. I mean, the common areas look gorgeous. I imagine how it would feel to walk every day, for 21 days, around these luxurious digs. Want to see more of the places you visited! #TPThursday

  5. I am looking for a cruise for my honeymoon, do you think this would be a good cruise boat for honeymooners? It really does look like a lovely luxurious boat and love the options of what you can do on the boat.
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  6. I haven’t been cruising yet, but my kids keep begging me to take them! I do love the look of the Majestic Princess, it looks very elegant! Really loving the idea of watching movies whilst swimming too haha!!
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  7. Thanks for giving us such a good guided tour. It will give people a much better idea of what life is really like on a big cruise ship like this. I like the look of the champagne at the welcome party and the entertainment options all look incredible. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles
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  8. Amanda says:

    Looks like a beautiful ship! I’ve never been on a new one before because generally we choose our cruises based on the ports not the boat but it looks very enjoyable!

  9. Katherine says:

    What a gorgeous cruise ship! I’ve seen some with rooms that really are tiny and a bit dingy – like they’ve seen better days, but the Majestic Princess looks like pure luxury. You might even convince me to go on a 21 day cruise… how did you feel about that? Was it too long or just right? #farawayfiles
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  10. Katherine says:

    What a gorgeous cruise ship! I’ve seen some with rooms that really are tiny and a bit dingy – like they’ve seen better days, but the Majestic Princess looks like pure luxury. You might even convince me to go on a 21 day cruise… how did you feel about that? Was it too long or just right? #farawayfiles
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  11. Whooooa this ship is magnificent! My mom has recently started going on cruises again and now I can see why! These ships are like a complete floating city and that massive movie screen above the pool is awesome! #FarawayFiles

  12. Vanessa says:

    I could see myself really liking that Sky Walk!
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