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With Majestic, Princess is making a push to
take even more cruisers to visit our beautiful neighbours.
Dramatic scenery, friendly locals and active shore
excursions are obvious drawcards. But the line’s Across
the Ditch program – a brilliant way of turning a port
call into a real cultural experience – has already proved
Now, it is being enhanced with some industry
firsts – including a truly star-studded visit to Great
Barrier Island, one of only four Dark Sky sanctuaries in
Only 1,000 people live on the island, 100 kilometres
from Auckland Harbour. The night sky, unpolluted by
electric light, has become part of its culture and now
attracts astrotourists from all over the world.
As part of the cruise, guests will leave the ship for a
short flight to the island and enjoy a night of
educational star spotting, watching the Milky Way.
They will spend a night, and even get the chance to fish
or watch the sun rise before flying to the next port to
rejoin the cruise.
Other Across the Ditch programs include a series of
immersive shore excursions and onboard experiences
such as Kiwi wine tasting and haka lessons.
Majestic Princess is the largest Princess ship ever to
sail Australian waters – and the most luxurious. We
Five things to love about Majestic Princess:
1. An amazing array of dining options, including
Michelin-starred chef-run Harmony by Richard
Chen and La Mer by Emmanuel Renaut; Chef’s Table
Lumiere; Crown Grill and Bar; two main dining
rooms; and The World Fresh Marketplace, food
stalls instead of buffets.
2. 1,000 metres of shopping, featuring top brands:
Cartier, Chopard, Bulgari, Prada, Coach, Gucci,
Burberry and more.
3. More than 80 per cent of the ship’s 1,780 staterooms
have balconies: 36 suites with private balconies, 374
mini suites with private verandas, 312 deluxe
balcony cabins, 716 balcony cabins and just 342
4. The Enclave, an exclusive spa with a pool, perfumed
steam rooms and heated sunbeds. Just 50 guests get
unlimited access for an additional charge.
5. The Hollywood Conservatory: a sanctuary for
adults in private cabanas by day, it turns into the
Hollywood Pool Club, a rocking night venue, once
the sun goes down.
BED OF ROSES
Dr. Michael Breus is Princess Cruises’
very own sleep doctor. He tells Rebecca
Wong what’s so special about his beds.
We buy our holidays on great destinations,
fabulous food and fun entertainment. Yet
despite the fact that we spend a third of our day
sleeping, we hardly give beds a moment’s
thought when booking a trip.
And when 65 per cent of Australians told
Princess Cruises that they struggled to get a
good night’s sleep while on vacation, the line
had a bed especially designed by certified sleep
doctor Dr Michael Breus.
The beds are part of a $617 million-dollar
refurbishment campaign and by 2019, more than
45,000 Princess Luxury Beds will be rolled out in
more than 22,000 staterooms on all ships.
“Princess has a long-term commitment and
good vision. They are the very first cruise line to
have a sleep doctor create a new bed on a
cruise ship. So many cruisers are eating and
drinking too much and staying up late. We really
feel like we can offer that rejuvenation.
“With the new beds, they can expect the
ultimate sleep at sea. Staterooms have also
been optimised for a sleep-friendly sensory
experience. This will help guests rest, recharge
and ‘Come Back New’.”
But creating a bed for everyone isn’t easy.
“People of Asian descent have straighter
spines than Caucasians, so we had to create a
firm surface. But not all our guests are Asian. So
we made it work for everyone with a removable
pillow top, so you can choose either a firm or
soft bed. There’s better edge support so people
aren’t sliding off the bed, and individual-pocket
coils to reduce partner disturbance. We also
have overstuffed pillows for side sleepers and
thinner pillows for back sleepers.”
The beds are already winning awards. In fact,
they are proving so popular Princess Cruises
now sells them online at princess.com.
So when Majestic Princess sails into Sydney in
the early hours on her deployment Down Under,
don’t be surprised if a few passengers sleep in.
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