Thomson majesty Adriatic explorer 03/05/2013 cabin 367
Initially there were dark mutterings from the teenager about the titanic , as we were led down to three deck. However the cabins were large and in good order , give or take the odd drawer front. The T.V addicts amongst you may find the television on offer limited , if there at all. There were a few occasions when the promised movie didn't materialise at all. We had a lack of hot water issue that was resolved within fifteen minuets of arrival ,other than that we had no cabin complaints at all. Remember the further up you go the less you get for your outside plus cabin.
Public spaces were of a good size and kept spotlessly clean, we had rain and there were still plenty of seats available around the ship.
The tours were a little lack lustre , a reflection of the newness of the route. Venice was a bun fight as ever , the ten minuet gondola ride and boat transfer , hardly merited the price. When you compare the superlative tours of Rome , it came in as very poor value. Top marks to the captain for getting us into the port of Split, a lovely city with a great market on the day we were there.
The shows were at a formative stage as this was the first week that some members of the entertainment team had joined. This in itself was quite entertaining as wigs flew off , and frankly some numbers were excruciating . There will always be the talented carrying the not so ... I'm sure it will shake down just fine in the end.
The food is ample however I do feel the spend per head has probably dropped too low now.
On this ship there is far more reliance on waiter service with a very optimistic menu to choose from. I don't think this works at this end of the market. My avocado and shrimp salad had two centimeter pieces of avocado , one leaf cut into four, one small shrimp, three slices of crab stick. It would be better to offer what you can do well , and drop the rest.
We dined in the bistro one night and found the food to be excellent, hard to remember now that twenty years ago this was the standard of food offered through out cruise ships. Although in fairness the price of cruises then did reflect this.
As usual with these vessels the front line crew are the people who make it what it is. Service is excellent by any ships standards , and the crew are exemplary , not so the officers but they are not being paid to smile.
To sum up the Thomson majesty is very good value for money , it's very British ( no need to worry about Johnny foreigner jumping the buffet queue) . It's a good starter cruise and a nice easy cruise for the elderly and infirm. Just remember when your looking at all those massive cruise ships with their balconies and water slides. They have to use tenders for practically every port in the Adriatic , whilst majesty slips into dock.so if you want to see Dubrovnik before the whole of Baltimore turns up , go Thomson.