Princess Cruises is gearing up for the launch of its next ship – but unless you hop aboard next spring, you’ll have to fly to Shanghai to experience her.
The 3,560-guest Majestic Princess is being developed exclusively for the Chinese market, which has experienced significant growth in recent years. As a sister-ship to Royal Princess and Regal Princess, she bears many of the same features, like the cantilevered SeaWalk with its glass floor, and Princess’s expanded Piazza-style atrium; an innovation first developed for Crown Princess back in 2006.
What will set Majestic Princess apart, however, are her features that have been designed from the ground-up to appeal to cruisers from both China and abroad.
The ship will feature a world of onboard cuisines designed by chefs hailing from France, Italy, the United States, Australia, China, and Japan. It will boast a brand-new Chinese restaurant known as Harmony, serving up haute Chinese cuisine designed by Chef Richard Chen, formly of Wynn Las Vegas’s Wing Lei – the first Chinese restaurant in North America to be awarded a Michelin star. Harmony will serve up a modern interpretation of classic Cantonese dishes in a space featuring modern décor and expansive ocean views.
The second new dining venue, Le Bistrot, will be located in the Piazza Atrium. It will offer casual French home-style dining with a modern twist. Harkening back to an authentic Parisian bistro, guests will enjoy traditional Escargots Casseroles, Braised Ox Tongue and Mushroom Ragout, along with baguettes, tartines, tourtes and French Patisseries.
Other dining venues onboard include:
- The exclusive Chef’s Table Lumiere, a unique and engaging dining experience personally hosted by Princess’s Executive Chef which includes a private galley tour and a multicourse dinner served at a grand custom-designed table where guests are surrounded by a glimmering curtain of light.
- The award-winning Crown Grill & Bar, an American steakhouse, preparing top-quality cuts of beef, chops and seafood in an open-kitchen served in a classically elegant restaurant setting.
- Alfredo’s, named after Princess Cruises’ award-winning Master Chef Alfredo Marzi, offers a selection of classic Italian and signature Neapolitan-style pizzas, along with baked pasta dishes and specialty appetizers and desserts.
“Over the past 50 years, we have developed a mastery of global travel, delivering a truly international cruise vacation experience to our guests,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “With the debut of Majestic Princess, first in Europe and then in China, we invite guests to indulge in a world-class experience that allows them to completely relax, unwind and ultimately ‘come back new.’”
Instead of the Horizon Court Buffet, Majestic Princess will have the World Fresh Marketplace, along with a noodle bar, a dim sum bar, and the new Leaves Tea Bar.
Majestic Princess will also sport a Chinese name beneath her English name on her bow. The English interpretation of her Chinese name is “Grand Spirit” or “Grand World.”
Other defining points of Majestic Princess
- An even larger and expanded atrium with additional entertainment and casual dining options.
- Expanded retail space – nearly 12,000 square feet – dedicated to shopping with a greater selection of luxury and designer brand merchandise.
- Additional stateroom options – more connecting rooms and larger Owner’s Suites compared with previous ships.
- On board signage and communications are in both English and Mandarin
- Many of the ship’s crewmembers will hail from China.
- Largest top deck pool in the fleet, along with Princess Watercolor Fantasy, an enhanced Movies under the Stars screen, and SeaWalk with views 128 feet straight down.
- Balconies on all outside staterooms.
Does that mean North American guests aren’t welcomed aboard Majestic Princess? Not at all – English-speaking passengers are welcomed aboard the ship’s maiden season in the Mediterranean that kicks off on April 4, 2017; along with the ship’s fill complement of sailings to Japan and Korea that begin on July 11, 2017.
In fact, the experience aboard Majestic Princess in Asia has the potential to be more authentic and immersive than other alternatives in the region, some of which are geared more towards English-speaking guests from North America. To that end, you can expect Majestic Princess to feature the best of Asia, but with the comforts and familiarity that past guests of Princess Cruises have come to love and expect from the line.
“Every day, around the world, our guests create lifelong memories from authentic experiences while enjoying freshly made cuisine designed to bring each destination to life,” said Swartz. “Majestic Princess will allow us to bring the best the world has to offer to more Chinese guests, for an unparalleled premium and international vacation, inspired by our passion for the many places we sail.”
More information on the new Majestic Princess will be posted here on The Avid Cruiser as it becomes available.