Hello all my wife and I thought we would try the Thomson Majesty as we had heard a lot about her.
We had been on the Thomson Celebration as we were celebrating our wedding anniversary a few years ago. We had been on the Thomson spirit as we had the spirit of adventure to see Russia and the Baltics and last year we went on the Thomson Dream for the second time for another dream cruise.
It is difficult to find anything majestic about the Thomson Majesty other than it should have been called the Thomson Extreme.
This ship really does have the two extremes in every thing.
First the dining on the one hand you have the seven seas restaurant with good food expertly done and good waiters and the matre d Mr Leroy Brown who has been on all the Thomson ships we have been on at some point and commands respect from his staff.Then you have the buffet on deck 10 which has got to be the worst laid out buffet we have ever encountered on a ship with not very good food and very little seating in doors about 40 covers.The buffet consists of two one on portside one on starboardside both identical with sometimes barely warm food served somewhat bland in taste. Surely it would make more sense to close one of these buffets and put tables and chairs in it and keep the remaining one well topped up with hot food as its eat at any time we can not see a problem.
Then there is the entertainment with good production shows put on in the evening in the jubilee theatre by really good singers and dancers and seems to be liked by every one. Then you have Frame 52 disco that not many people bothered with and always seemed empty how strange.The musicans a very good band called music unlimited had the best bass player and lead guitarist we have ever heard and the two singers would sing any song requested well and lively. Then you had a violinist and pianist in the Royal observatory that played all sorts of music.
Then in the Rendezvous bar there a keyboard player who also sings anything.
Then in the Royal fireworks there was yet another band playing pop music all extremely well.
The noise levels varied from deck to deck on deck 10 there was always high level noise with competitions going on and the band playing people thrashing about in the pools etc. On the other hand there was a library board games room and internet chat room where you could hear a pin drop extreme to say the least.
The passengers on this ship also had the extreme syndrome take the captains cocktail party for instance some men had the full evening suit complete with cumberband while others wore check shirts and casual trousers some ladies had lovely cocktail dresses on and some well just put something on and had their photos taken with the captain as normal whats that all about.
Now the cabins on this ship are also extreme in some cases extremely small I might add we had an o/s plus on deck 6 midships which had 2 single beds when we arrived this was soon changed to a kingsize double by our very friendly cabin stewards( we would like to point out that all the staff on this ship are like all Thomson ships very hard working and very helpful). The cabin had a small cubicle shower and toilet and washbasin. If you have been on the Spirit or Celebration or the Dream and paid the upgrade to a superior outside which is the same price upgrade on this ship the cabin would be a lot bigger than the outside plus and would have a full size bath tub and shower.
The Thomson Majesty has a very un fair cabin supplement tarrif it jumps in price to over 400 pp per week for a so call suite which you get a proper bathroom and other nice things for this money but its hardly worth the cost Thomson are now dearer than P&O if you want a nice cabin with a balcony and a bath tub P&O is worth a look at. We peeped in to standard outside cabin and an inside cabin when they where being cleaned and they are quite tiny we were told that two people could not get dressed at the same time that's believable.
A lot of people say well you only sleep in the cabin but to us its a major issue as we do like to relax in the cabin away from the crowds of people. This one cabin issue will prevent us from sailing on the Majesty again the Dream is a far better bet for your money.
The Thomson Majesty is a very nice ship in good clean condition nice carpets especialy in the casino.
The jubilee lounge is a one level theatre with a low ceiling over the stage in fact it is that low that a tall dancer in the group could touch it this prevents the dancers from doing any lifts with their partners or fancy jumps there is also posts supporting the upper decks that can be in your line of vision.
If swimming is your thing then pools are quite good and jaccuzzi to keep you happy. There is a good spa massage and sauna beauty salon and hairdresser.
Well that's it another cruise over. AS i said that issue over cabin size is the only thing that prevents us from going back on the Thomson Majesty. Bye all.