We cruised with Thomsons on the Majesty taking in Turkey, Crete and Israel.
Right from when we landed the transfer to the ship and the collection and drop of luggage was easy, a lot better than other cruise lines.
The ship is very well run and organised and the embarkation was as smooth as silk.
After being advised that our luggage many take upto 2 hours to be in our cabin, we were amazed to find our luggage had preceeded us.
Hurriedly unpacking so as to tour the ship our cabin steward introduced himself and was wonderful throughout our stay.We had read some poor reviews, but honestly, yes the ship is slightly dated, but so clean and extremely well run.
By dated I mean the fitments and bathroom facilities need replacing, but with that said, all of the faciities worked.
I do think that the towels should have been replaced as they are well worn and off colour.
On wondering around the ship we were constantly greeted with smiles and chitchat from every member of crew we came across.
There are lots of bars, 2 main restaurants, a buffet and a Bistro at an extra cost for a romantic ambience, this however was spoilt by screaming children being allowed in!!! so we cancelled our reservation.
Having said that, there was no reason to use the Bistro as the food in the restaurants was excellent. Each night a 5 course menu is offered with 3 to 6 choices for starters, mains and deserts, also a vegetarian dish and a pasta dish. Also included is the chefs choice menu. The house wine is of a very high standard. All evening meals in the restaurants are waiter service and the staff work extremely hard to keep things going and have great fun serenading the ladies.
I find the Captains night was a little bit of a let down, we had been at sea all day and most people had an early start for the excursions (6 to 7am), but we had sailed from Crete at 5pm the day before being at sea, so can't understand why that night was not chosen?
Entertainment on the ship, was in the main, fantastic!
The daily 'Cruise News' advises of the schedule of events and is delivered to every cabin the eveing before.
The shows were second to none with numerous venues showing different types of cabaret. Piano bar, full cabaret shows, great comedian, blues music, even a nightclub something for everyone.
A childrens playroom and pool is also available for use, with or without staff being on hand.
A fair sized Library opens daily, there is a games room, a casino and shops with both alcohol and cigarettes. A well stocked clothes store and jewellers are open for certain hours after setting sail.
There is a beauty salon that offers a comprehensive range of treatments and full gym which is very well equipped and includes 'sweat' towels.
I have to mention the early evening bingo, generally it's a no no. It costs a lot for a little reward and is about as entertaing as a snail race........
The excursions were just too expensive but like all tour companies Thomson are out to make money. The trip in Jerusalem in Israel including the Western (Waling) wall was a true adventure but for me Bethlehem was a let down, the church we visited was far too busy, far too loud and felt thoroughly disrespectful, but as I said that is my opinion.
Thomson drink packages are excellent value, even for soft drinks, tea and coffee, but this obviously is a personal preference.
All in all excellent value and would highly recommend Thomsons.