Pearls of the Aegean: Thomson Majesty Cruise Review by magd1272
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Pearls of the Aegean
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
The ship is clean and the staff are friendly, but it's a 20-year-old tub with no atrium, a lounge rather than a theatre, limited shopping and facilities, and no balconies. It reminded me very much of cruising with Airtours in the late 1990s. Our cabin (Outside Plus on Deck 6) was clean, quiet, air-conditioned and perfectly adequate, and we slept very well, but the tiny bathroom and dated decor again nodded to the ship's age. There is no pomp and ceremony to Thomson cruising (which is precisely why many people choose it), but I would have liked a bit more effort. The dining room epitomises the casual approach. The food is dull and repetitive, and the presentation uninspired. Every appetiser consisted of the fish/meat/whatever dumped in the middle of the plate, with half a tomato and a salad leaf above, and a squiggle of sauce below. The main course was generally a piece of meat with two or three different veg, whilst the puddings were mostly synthetic stodge that had come from the freezer. In short, it was mass catering rather than fresh cuisine. The all-inclusive approach to tips means that waiters are not incentivised to go the extra mile, and the service was variable. One night it was outstanding, but generally it was slow and lacking finesse. I would have liked a beautifully laid table and a waiter who pulled out Mum's chair and laid a napkin on her lap, but too often the staff were still plonking cutlery down after we'd been shown to our seats. The breakfast juice was from concentrate, and the lunchtime buffet had the same selection every day.
The entertainment team, on the other hand, was first rate, and they put on highly professional shows night after night. The warm-up act, Muzzik Unlimited, wasn't bad, and the guest comedian, though not to my personal taste (think Wigan working men's club c.1989) was appreciated by many. The entertainment is very music(al) based, which suited me well, but it might not appeal to everyone.
We made our own way at the various ports, with the exception of Kusadasi, where we went on a very well-organised tour to Ephesus. There was quite a good choice of excursions and, though relatively expensive, they did not seem any more pricey than on other cruise lines.
To sum up, we had a lovely holiday because we enjoyed the ports of call and were kept entertained whilst on the move. If you view the ship as a floating 3 to 4 star hotel, and focus on the sun and the sightseeing, you will enjoy it. If you're cruising for its own sake, though, I would suggest a different company. It's a fine line between casual and downmarket, and Thomson sometimes sails dangerously close to the latter. Less
Cabin review: 614
Two single beds plus one additional fold-up bunk. Beds well spaced. Fairly large window, decent amount of cupboard space, a safety deposit box and a small fridge. Very small, wetroom-style bathroom with vacuum toilet and shower. Very little engine noise or vibration as at the front of the ship, but could hear the entertainment from the piano bar on the deck below.
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