Cruising on Majestic Princess


Early 2020 AD. Danny and I embark on a 21st century Odyssey. On the Majestic Princess from Sydney to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. Back to Sydney, then to Melbourne and flying back home.

We did this cruise before the coronavirus epidemic became a pandemic. We are very aware the travel industry and in particular the cruising industry is hit hard by the consequences of the pandemic. Travelling and cruising may never be the same again. But this is how we experienced cruising on the Majestic Princess in January and February 2020.

I’ve started every blogpost about the cruise experience with this cursive text. It feels strange. We were so lucky to have our Main Intercontinental Trip of the Year before the corona craziness.

I planned to compare my experience on Princess with the Royal Caribbean cruise in the Baltic Sea in 2018 and the MSC cruise in the Mediterranean Sea in 2019. But there’s no point now, is there?

As we will learn to live with the virus without fearing it and as we will learn to travel with the virus without spoiling the experience, cruising will be fun again one day. Even if we don’t see how just now.

But it will be different. I can’t imagine half a ship packed together in the grand theatre. I can’t imagine buffets. How do you social distance on lifeboats?


As you can read in these posts, cruising on the Princess was very pleasant. The public ‘older’ then MSC or RCCL. No discotheque. Less shouting through the public address system.

I felt so relaxed after this cruise. I was wary of two weeks at sea. But it was a good amount of days. There were five full sea days and we didn’t get bored. It was truly winding down.

I will definitely cruise with Princess again.


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