The Majestic Princess cruise ship has arrived in Sydney, her home port for the next six months. The biggest ship in the Princess fleet she is 330 metres long – which is longer than the Sydney Tower if you lay them end to end. She’s also 68 metres high, which makes she’s even taller than her harbour mate the Sydney Opera House. Just look at the size of her compared to the local Sydney Ferries.
I was lucky enough to sail on Majestic Princess last year for a few days – and trust me, she’s as impressive inside as she looks outside. But with such a big ship, and so much going on you might miss out on a few of the smaller touches inside onboard if you don’t keep your eyes peeled. So here’s my guide to the 20 Quirky Things on Majestic Princess that you must not miss.
What Not to Miss on Majestic Princess
The SeaWalk. Located on the Lido deck (no16), the SeaWalk is an 18m (60ft) long seethrough walkway made from 28mm (1.1inch) thick glass which juts 8.5 metres (27 feet) out from the side of the ship, letting you stand 39m (128ft) above the waves with seemingly nothing underneath you.
If walking on it makes you nervous take a seat at the nearby SeaView Bar where you can watch the waves beneath your feet through clear panels on the floor clutching a steadying cocktail of the day!
The Amazing Drone Scene. The ship’s evening show is called Fantastic Journey and it at one point during the performance there are over 14 drones on stage.
When I heard that I thought, I admit to being a bit, ‘oh, okay’ – but trust me when you see how they are using them your mind will be blown.
Singing Pillows: Princess has teamed up with leading US sleep therapist Dr Michael Breus to create an entire optimum sleep programme on the ship.
And one of the really quirky touches is the Dreampad pillow. This pillow plays music to soothe you to sleep, but don’t worry about your partner hearing it, because it actually does it via gentle vibration so only you can hear it.
Ask your cabin steward for details.The Wishing Wall. The Majestic Princess’s inaugural season was spent in Asia and as such there are a few touches on board that nod to her origins – including the Chinese Wishing Wall in the adults-only conservatory. Write your hopes on here and maybe they’ll come true.
Admittedly, the fact that I’m typing this from my office and not the deck of Majestic means I can’t guarantee they work but it’s got to be worth a try right?
The Jellyfish Starter at Harmony: Harmony is one of the speciality restaurants onboard Majestic Princess. Chinese in theme with menus by Michelin star chef Richard Chen it has some really original dishes you won’t find anywhere else on the ship.
I had the starter of Spicy Marinated Chill Jellyfish and it was sooooooo good. Really crunchy. If you’ve never had jellyfish before then now is your chance.
I can also recommend the super colourful Mango Sago soup with Pistachio Ice Cream for dessert.
The Instawalls: On deck 18 by the Laser Shooting Range you’ll find a couple of sets of wings just made for Instagram photos!
Come on, you know you want to tell everyone you’re on holiday. Try to look a little less daft in your picture than me though!
Newcastle Brown: This beer from the UK is virtually impossible to get in Sydney – so I was a bit surprised to see it on tap at the Wake View bar at the back of the ship.
If it’s not there on your trip (they do regionalise things for the home crowd so it might not be) don’t despair, you might also be able to enjoy a beer-rita – which is a Margarita with a tiny beer bottle lodged in it. The more you drink the marg, the more beer flows into the glass. If you’ve never had one I can firmly recommend it.
And if all else fails, the pretty sail-away cocktails are always a good call if only for another nice Instagram pic!
Beauty Tea: If you haven’t stopped by one of Gong Cha’s Sydney outfits for a bubble tea, pick one up here at the onboard tea bar – but also look out for their special Beauty Tea which contains high levels of antioxidants to give your health a boost.
Hit the enormous Thermal Suite – and have a fun shower. Yes, there’s a shower in your cabin, but the ones in the Thermal Spa come with scent and light effects.
Try the icy torrent called Siberian Shower with storm effects or soothe weary sightseeing muscles in the warmer Tropical Rain accompanied with soothing sunshiney glow and floral scent.
Have a Bamboo Massage. The spa on Majestic Princess offers a huge variety of treatments to fit in with their tagline of ‘come back new’ – but one of the quirkiest is the Bamboo Massage where you get rubbed down with sticks of bamboo.
I’ve had this before at a spa in the UK and frankly, it was really painful, but I tried it again on Majestic and this time it was super relaxing.
If you aren’t keen on massages with fingers, then give this one a try. $159 for 50 minutes.
Sing Karaoke: Majestic has karaoke rooms where you can wail away at your heart’s content – I feel the rocking motion added a little something to my version of Gloria!
Eat a Banana: Everyone on this ship is pampered, but the bananas possibly have it best of all.
They have their own temperature-controlled room on the ship that ensures different bananas ripen at different times – so there’s always some at the perfect shade of yellow, no matter what point in the voyage you’re in.
Drink a Banana: While we’re on the subject of bananas, you can also order a rather special tea from room service.
The Banana Skin Tea was also created by Dr Michael Breus after he discovered that the skin of the banana was packed with relaxing ingredients. You can also have your pillow dusted with lavender if you ask.
Find the Bowie painting: There are over 4,000 pieces of art on the ship, but the one that stuck out in my mind was this picture of David Bowie I found on one of the staircases.
Look really closely and you’ll spot that it’s made from hundreds of other Bowie pictures.
Unfortunately, you’re going to have to turn this into a bit of a treasure hunt as I can’t remember EXACTLY where on the stairs it is! Let me know if you find it.
Update: I’ve been told it’s on the 16th floor!
Ice Sculptures: Apparently, they make 20 ice sculptures on each cruise from three tonnes of ice!
Drink Wine made by a Basketball Player: Yao Ming is probably best known as an NBA basketball player – but he’s also one of the Naming Ambassadors of Majestic Princess – and owner of a vineyard in California’s Napa Valley – and you can try his Yao Family wines on board in the Vines bar.
Join a Flash Mob. There I was happily watching the waves with my glass of Yao Family wine when all of a sudden the dulcet sounds of Beyonce rang out and someone started dancing in the middle of the ship’s atrium.
Next thing the couple in their 60s at the table next to us got up and joined in, which seemed a bit random until I realised that people were coming from all corners of the ship to join in.
They’d been practising all week for the Flash Mob learning the dance to Single Ladies and it was awesome.
Check the in-cabin paper the Princess Patter to see if there’s one going on during your voyage.
Chase Dragons in the Gym: Yes, you can try and burn off all the calories you’ve consumed on the treadmills with the awesome sea view, but in the unlikely event of you being tired of endless waves and blue sky, head over to the bikes in the gym’s far right corner.
These are gaming bikes so you, errr, play games while you pedal. I got a bit carried away chasing dragons on one game and might have shrieked a bit too loudly.
Check out the Dancing Fountains. Shooting 33 metres in the air in a fantastic display of light and colour this nightly display is a great place to let your dinner go down in the evening.
Pick Your Salt From a Menu. Crown Grill is the Majestic’s Grill based restaurant.
Pick from a huge variety of cuts of steak or lamb, pork or veal chops (though non-red meat eaters I can firmly recommend the onion soup and Grilled Tiger Prawns).
But the quirky thing about this restaurant is the array of salts they have on offer to add to your chips – sorry your Garlic and Herb French Fries. You can try Black salt from Hawaii which gets its colour from activated charcoal, or Applewood Salt from the US’s Yakima Valley which has a fruity taste. Makes the pink Himalayan salt they also offer seem positively common!
So that’s my 20 fun things to eat, see or do on the Majestic Princess, but before I go I’m just going to throw one last thing at you…
The Runway. Okay so she won’t get it every time she comes into port, but Majestic’s first arrival into Sydney was a sight to behold as she floated down the world’s first floating runway. The 1550 metre ‘path’ was lined with 62 buoys topped with red and white flares to guide her into the Harbour. Check out this video to get even more excited about your upcoming trip….trust me, you’re going to have THE most amazing time.
If you’re not yet booked on Majestic Princess, but like the look of it after reading this, here’s where to find all the details.
- Some of the restaurants and services mentioned here have an extra fee. Ask your cabin steward or ship reception for more details. Also, menus and other things on the ship can change depending on availability so while the suggested dishes and drinks were on my sailing things might change.
Disclaimer. I was hosted on Majestic Princess for my trip – but not for this blog. For an article, I was writing for a newspaper, but she really did blow me away with how much cool stuff there was tucked away on board.