Majestic Princess is the first custom-designed vessel built specifically for the Chinese market and incorporates the successful design platform introduced on its sister ships Royal Princess and Regal Princess, which entered service in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
The cruise ship was delivered to Carnival in March 2017. The approximately 143,000-ton (t) vessel is home-ported in Shanghai, China, and offers cruises to both Japan and South Korea.
Construction and specifications
Princess Cruises made an agreement with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of a new royal cruise ship at an all-in cost of €600m ($803.8m) in July 2014.
The ship’s keel-laying ceremony, which included lowering its bottommost part, weighing roughly 500t, into its position onto the keel blocks, was held in July 2015 at Monfalcone shipyard in Italy.
The cruise ship has a total length of 1,083ft and a height of 224ft, and offers a service speed of 22 knots.
Majestic Princess has 19 decks, offering a variety of amenities and facilities for its passengers to relax, refresh, and enjoy.
Deck 4 or Gala features a medical centre, and Deck 5, also known as Plaza, houses public places including Bar Piazza, International Café, Lotus Spa, The Piazza, Vines Bar, and a dining hall.
Deck 6 or Fiesta has Alfredo’s Pizzeria, an art gallery, Bellini’s casino, a dining room, a photo-video gallery, and Princess Theatre.
Deck 7 or Promenade features boutiques, Crown Grill & Bar, internet cafe, library, Princess Live interactive television studio, and the upper level of Princess Theatre.
No public areas are available from Decks 8 to 16. These eight decks, named Emerald, Dolphin, Caribe, Baja, Aloha, Riviera, Marina, and Lido respectively, feature staterooms for passenger accommodation.
Deck 17/Sun deck has a fitness centre and hot tub facilities.
Deck 18/Sports deck offers Movie Under the Stars, which is a signature set-up with the largest outdoor screen offered by Princess Cruises.
Deck 19 or Sky deck, the last deck on the vessel, is open to sky viewing.
Accommodation aboard Majestic Princess
Majestic Princess is outfitted with 1,780 guest cabins, which accommodate 3,560 passengers. The stateroom categories include 36 suites with private balconies, 374 mini suites, 312 deluxe balcony cabins, 716 balcony cabins, 342 inside cabins, and 38 wheelchair-accessible cabins.
Suites with balconies are between 440ft² and 682ft² and include a spacious cabin and a large balcony measuring between 83ft² and 338ft², along with suite-only benefits. They feature separate seating areas with a sofa-bed, walk-in closet, full bathroom, and deluxe amenities.
Premium mini-suites with balconies offer a spacious cabin room with a separate seating area and sofa, and an extra-large balcony. The bathroom features a bath and shower.
There are 299ft² mini-suites that each feature a 41ft² balcony and a separate seating area. Premium deluxe and deluxe balconies are larger than the standard balcony staterooms and feature an approximately 233ft² cabin and 41ft² balcony area. They offer features similar to those of the balcony staterooms, and an additional sofa bed for a third passenger.
Obstructed-view deluxe balcony cabins offer 233ft² cabins with similar features to the balcony staterooms, but have a partially or fully obstructed view from the balcony.
Balcony suites have 222ft² of cabin space and 41ft² of balcony space and feature amenities and offer sea views from the private balcony.
Obstructed-view balcony staterooms feature all the comforts and amenities of the balcony cabins and offer a partially or fully-obstructed view from the balcony. Interior staterooms are approximately between 166ft² and 175ft² in size.
Other recreational facilities
The cruise liner offers special features including a multistorey atrium, which serves as the social hub, a unique over-the-ocean SeaWalk that features a glass-floor walkway extending 8m beyond the edge of the ship, and Chef’s Table Lumiere, a private dining experience for the guests, surrounded by a curtain of light.
The ship also features three pools and four whirlpool spas.
Itineraries of Majestic Princess
The cruise ship joined its fellow Princess fleet, in Rome, Italy, where it begun its inaugural sailings in April 2017. Its first trip was a five-day Maiden Adriatic Sea roundtrip voyage to Kotor and Corfu, followed by a series of seven-day, 14-day, 21 and 28-day Mediterranean voyages departing Barcelona in Spain, Athens in Greece, and Rome between April and May.
After its European voyages, it sailed to Asia for its maiden China cruise season.
In March 2022, Princess Cruises announced its fleet-deployment plans through April 2023, which included Majestic Princess’ roundtrip sailing from Sydney on a new Queensland voyage in Australia in February 2023.