Thomson Majesty (Butlin's on a boat)
Pears Of The Aegean Cruise 14th - 21st Sept 12.
Here's what I wanted to know but couldn't find out before booking.
Tip 1. Unless you're an alcoholic don't bother with the All Inclusive package at Â£200.
Drinks Are Â£3.50 for a pint of lager. Â£1.70 for a can of coke. Â£3.70 for a spirit and Â£3.90 for a glass for wine. A beer package is available on board at Â£80 for 35 pints.
Tip 2. If you arrive for the show in the jubilee lounge and it looks full, ITS NOT. Go all the way down to the right of the stage and look to your right there are loads there and the view of the circular stage is great with no pillars.
Tip 3. When you go out at night take a jumper as all the venues air conditioning seems to be set to BALTIC. The disco is MINUS BALTIC so take a woolly hat and scarf.
Tip 4. Don't miss the crew talent show.
Flight / Embarkation
Plane was really cramped so why does everybody slag off RYANAIR as the Thomson flight had far less legroom, no entertainment and the on board snacks and drinks are about the same prices.
Check in / Embarkation process was very smooth, you are met at the arrivals in Corfu and directed to the coach. Transfer took 15 mins to the port, check in and credit card registration took about 15 mins.
When we arrived at our cabin our suitcases were there before us. We booked the basic outside cabin which is the smallest we have ever had. Size was comparable with a 4 berth touring caravan with 2 small single beds and a set of drawers between. The cabin was clean and the housekeeping staff on the ball. As one reviewer commented I had a hole in the duvet cover and the double glazed window panel had failed causing misting and a horrible furry mould growing between the panes.
After reading other reviews I was expecting a rusty old tub but its not!
Our cabin was 408 which was nearly at the front on deck 4. This meant that every time we docked a loud whining noise started usually about 6 am and went on for about 20 mins. I can only assume that the noise was a compressor of some sort to power the side thrusters.
Entertainment was right up our street with the entertainment staff making up for the low budget with enthusiasm, talent and 110% commitment. We saw the Queen, Lloyd Webber and Abba tributes as well as the normal song and dance nights and were very impressed. The guest acts were a comedian from Wales who was ok and ran through the basic Benidorm type gags and one liners, and an ex Drifter from New Yoyk (how many were in the drifters?) who sang some Soul and Motown type songs. The 6 piece band Muzik Unlimited were 1st class both musically and vocally, the rest of the singers ranged from OK to downright dodgy. Don't miss the crew talent show.
After the main show we usually sat in the comfy Polo lounge for a couple of drinks before bed. We tried the late night disco once and it was empty, I think due to the MINUS BALTIC temperature and the OTT volume. (no I'm not too old)!
The entertainment staff were great and don't miss the " I'm an entertainer " deck show. The cruise director gets his patter from the Tony Blackburn joke book but they work well. Credit also goes to The "Ginger Warrior" who can even raise enthusiasm at the napkin folding exhibition and his sidekick Jack.
Every one of the bar staff / waiter staff seemed genuinely nice and not working on a tip as with the American "have a nice day" ships, and they love having a chat to practice their English.
As we sailed in September we didn't have the usual nylon football top types propping up the bar and the majority were mostly over 60s. This was great for us as sun loungers were abundant at any time.
Food variety was the big let down for us as usually on a ship you have something then go back to try something else that took your fancy. This was not the case although the quality of food on offer was good. On theme nights (oriental and Indian) if you don't like rice then you are "stuffed" as that's all that's available, so go for a pizza before 6. We never use the formal dining rooms as we would rather use the buffet so we cannot comment on them.
All the ports visited were lovely and nice to walk around if you don't do any trips which are way over priced. most ports have local operators at the port for half the price.
All in all if you have already booked don't worry about negative comments you read as you will have a great time, if you are considering the Majesty, then consider, if you see what I mean.
We had a really nice time but it's not much cheaper than other lines.