Having read several reviews and having been on a Thompson cruise some years ago our expectations were not high. Our decision to go with Thompson's was purely based on price for a short winter break away.
If you have cruised before, Thompson Majesty does come pretty near the bottom of the pile in terms of modern expectations of seasoned cruisers. Cabins in general are small and basic, bathrooms are also small. Our TV is almost certainly the original making it over 20 years old!!. We had an inside 'extra' cabin, which was a little bigger than normal cabins but still well below the size of more modern ships. The beds are only 2ft 6" wide and mostly twin cabins, although the staff will push them together if you want.
We were towards the front of the ship so engine noise was not an issue, but it was easy to see that cabins at the rear would have problems.
However, the cabin was clean and tidy and everything worked, showers were always hot and More
the extractor fan worked a treat. Coffee/tea making facilities would have been nice or at least room service, which unlike virtually all other cruise ships, was an extra charge. The realities are that you spend very little time in the cabin so in the end it was not a great problem for us.
Many reviews see the ship as a little tired and this in many respects is true, but everything is clean and tidy and the staff are constantly working to keep it that way.
What made this cruise so special and why we enjoyed ourselves so much, were the people on it, both fellow passengers and crew. Meal times tended to be tables of six or eight and you sat by who ever was in front or behind you, we enjoyed the opportunity to converse with others, but I can see that this may not appeal to all, so a few more tables for two would have helped. Food and service in the main was excellent and we did not encounter issues of cold/warm food that some reviewers found.
The drinks package offered on board was Â£218.00 each and given that drinks are reasonably priced anyway, you would have to do some serious drinking to get anywhere near spending that much. Our drinks bill between two came to around Â£150.00 for the week. Had the drinks package been around Â£100.00 each we would have probably taken it and Thompson would still have been Â£50.00 up!!
The evening entertainment was first class and not to be missed. There are issues with the pillars and determine where you sit, but as they form part of the structure of the ship it will never be resolved.
We were blessed with good weather all week, which makes a difference, you can get directly off the ship at most of the ports and be in the beautiful towns of the Canaries and Funchal in a few minutes.
Do not believe what they tell you about Agadir in Morocco and most definitely do not go out on your own or do your own thing, it is a dangerous place where you will feel threatened and exposed and will part with more money than you ever intended just to get yourself safe. Always go on the organised trips, they can be expensive but you will save in the long run.
Many thanks to those cruisers who travelled on the 8th March who contributed to us having such a great time on a Cruise ship that on the one hand should be on its way to the Knackers yard and on the other provided one of the best holidays we have had for a long time. Less
Thompson Majesty Cabin 3012.
Deck 3 towards front of ship.
A twin room 'inside extra', bigger than standard cabin, plenty of wardrobe and draw space. Fridge and safe (Â£15.00 per week). Close to embarkation points.
No engine noise quiet room.