The flight from Edinburgh to Corfu was on time, transportation & luggage to the cabin were quick & we were on the top deck for a drink mid afternoon in the heat. We much enjoyed the ship (full with 1400, mainly over mid 50th) people. It looked all very well kept, carpets & other furnishings in very good order & most of all not a huge vessel (like the Mein Schiff 2 & the Fantasia which were also in the port). The staff all lovely & helpful, forever dispensing disinfectant hand gel.
Some of the entertainment was very good, the venues not all well used but plenty of seating. Just the music/quizz at the small pool side was a bit loud if you wanted a quite afternoon but it was ok as not too long.
We had an outside plus cabin not looking out under a life boat as pre-booked which was a decent size. All fitted into the wardrobe/drawers & hard shells got under the comfy bed. Air con was not quite up to the work & the bathroom miniscule but we all working well & we were happy with all, incl. housekeeping.
Elevators were out of order a few times - and a bit of a problem as the ship was very busy but fixed in 1/2 day.
Enjoyed the Cafe Royale buffet restaurant as you can sit outdoors if you can find a table. Choices, presentation, taste all very good. And all hot & varied.
Seven Seas & the smaller 4 Seasons are good but the food there is not quite hot but have the same reasonable menu. Waiting for a table which you share with 4 others not always liked & no effort was made to try & accommodate a 2 or -4 people table. Head waiter rather blase.
Rest of the waiters all great.
We booked a tour in Trapani (to Erice) & in Messina (to Taormina) with the ship. The latter was much rushed as the boat was leaving at 13.00 hrs. Shame as lunch in Taormina would have been rather nice. Valletta can be explored by using the open top busses, a 10 min. Out the gates. Naples & Rome we had booked with another company online - all great and the own booked ones were a lot cheaper, too. £122 for one person to go on a bus into Rome & tour around (= 3 hrs on the bus in total) is totally unacceptable. Anybody can go on the Express train which is a 15 min. walk from port gates as it is not "exclusive" as Thomsons make out implying it is there for their customers.
We bought a drinks package @ £138 for 2 people which the basics - and a lot of it was just that. Only on the ship were you able to purchase another drinks package ( about 7 or 8 types), all confusing & restrictive to 7 bottles of wine & no water for around £ 200.00 plus other packages for beer or soft drinks. Would have been good to know what is actually available on board prior to booking as we heard it's always the same packages. Thomsons travel agent didn't have a clue & nothing was available online. this we found very poor.
You can pay a small amount on top, i. e., £1,25 for a glass of sparkling or £2.50 for a different Brandy. It all adds up if you want to have something different from the basic package (in our case £122 extra for the odd glass here n' there) though they had Bombay Sapphire for a decent G & T. Cocktails were awful with pre-mixes, wine & sparkling wine often tepid, the usual cooling problem. The wines by the glass = one per colour and just about house wine quality.
Checking out was easy but a few hours wait from leaving the cabin @ 09.00 hrs & getting the bus to our resort @ 13.30 hrs. However, another nice lunch took take of that.
People were also bringing duty frees (from Corfu port) on boards - nobody got anything confiscated as far as we saw.
It was a very good first time cruise experience but we would not go on the same vessel twice due to variety & may be more modern features on newer ships (larger pool, more bars/restaurants) but would recommend the Majesty.
Excellent - the views whilst coming in to the docks are out of this world.
Easy walking to the open top buses for £15 p/p for going all around incl. Mdina. Very good value.
Thomson tours cannot be better, only the busses are right in front of the boat.