Having read both bad & good reviews regarding Thomson Majesty we decided to have an open mind & draw our own conclusions.
On arrival at the ship it appeared relatively well maintained with regards to its age, externally inevitable corrosion covered in white paint, internally showing signs of use, but was clean. Crew members were on hand to welcome you & show you to your cabin, which made you feel welcome. The emergency procedures & life jacket instruction was carried out prior to leaving port which is mandatory.
Our cabin was on deck 3 inside with twin beds, air conditioning and the shower room and would be lying if we said had plenty of space for two people. There is limited on wardrobe and storage space for a week let alone two. The toilet/shower was small and adequate, no dancing with the shower curtain was required. The cabins were cleaned twice a day plus bed turn down in the evening by two house keepers who do an excellent job keeping the cabin clean & replacing used towels, it was also good to return to your cabin following a night out to find a towel sculpture on your bed and a sweet on your pillow.
The two main restaurants were the Seven Seas and the Four Seasons, both had buffet & waiter service at breakfast, lunch was waiter service in Seven Seas only, evening dinner was waiter service only in both restaurants, the same menu was served in both as they shared the same galley.
The standard of food was good, but was never exceptional, what you normally receive at 3 to 4 star hotel, but was served at a slightly lower temperature than we do here at home, but was never cold other than the ice cream, the menu appears to run in seven day cycles and we were told that the second week was the same as the first. We used the Seven Seas for evening dinner on most evenings, going early to miss the busy time from 7.30 on when guests often had to wait to get a table. The waiters made each meal a pleasure, and no request was two much bother to please you.
Other venues for food were the Cafe Royal Buffet which was open 24 hours and had various buffet menus daily which were dependant on what time of day.
The Piazza San Marco Pool Grill open from just before lunch to early evening serving burgers sausages and various other buffet foods.
There was also A Le Ca rte Dining Le Bistro on which we cannot comment as We never used it but there was an additional charge of about £19.00 each which we thought was a bit excessive as we cruised with PO last yeas and they only charged £15.00 to dine in Pierre White restaurant.
The main entertainment location was the Jubilee Lounge which is only suitable for cabaret acts and small group entertainments, any one looking for west end type entertainment would be sadly disappointed, there is also a lot of support columns in the lounge to restrict a good view of the stage. The Royal Fireworks Lounge had small stage for small band or singers and a small dance floor, this lounge was also used for bingo and other types of entertainment.
The Rendezvous entertainment was pianist who played three spots each evening and the Royal Observatory entertainment was classical violin & piano music three spot each evening.
The alcohol selection was good and prices were reasonable (£3.50 for a can of boddingtons and wine at £3.90 a glass) we got AI for £69.00 which was well worth it.
Over all we felt Thomsons are offering a very good value for money cruise in a not to glitzy setting, with reasonable food and entertainment backed up by excellent crew members who are pleasant, approachable always has a smile, and go out of of their way to make your cruise a memorable happy one.
Our only concern was noise at night. As this is an older ship we did here creaking and clinks, bangs an other ship related noises which is not good if your a light sleeper so be aware.