This was our 5th cruise with Thomsons but our first on the Majesty. I had read a lot of derogatory reviews but was pleasantly pleased and surprised on our trip.
The transfer was smooth with a short ride to the port ( Malaga) and we were soon on board. Our cabin was on deck 4 with a large outside window - really good views and bright and light. We had twin beds and the cabin was 'snug' with little room to move about but we spent very little time in there anyway, The bathroom was small and tired but with a good shower and it was all spotlessly clean. The ship has plenty of places to eat and lots of seating/bar areas. We ate in the Seven Seas for breakfast and dinner and were delighted to find our favourite waiter from previous ships was now on the Majesty - in fact he recognised us! What a great team Jerry, Niki and Dias were and nothing was too much trouble for them making our holiday special. We had snacks in the San Marco - clean, with lovely views. We also went into the Cafe Royal but it was crowded with a poor selection. As it was a birthday for one member of our party we booked The Bistro for dinner - we were made to feel very special with excellent service and fantastic food & then our favourite waiter came in to sing us a song!
Ports of call were great - close to the centre of town/city and most of the time we did our own thing. We did a few bike rides from the ship which were quite leisurely and a good way to get an overall impression of the places we visited. The weather was sunny and warm apart from some morning sea fog which meant we had to sit outside two ports for several hours. Thomson did extend our time in port ( when we got there) and left a little later, they even waived the cost of the bus fare into town on one occasion.
Overall a good cruise but it did have some flaws. The entertainment team didn't seem to gel at all. The shows were very poor compared to other fantastic productions we have seen on Thomson ships. The cruise director had the tones of a BBC announcer and didn't seem to have a high profile. As we had a comedian ( very funny ) and a singer ( from the Drifters - excellent rapport with the audience & great voice) apparently there weren't enough evenings to put on the shows(!) The resident showband were also great but give the shows a miss. Thomson also pride themselves on their afternoon plays which have been excellent in the past. All we had was a late evening offering of a murder mystery which was supposed to be funny but was overacted with lots of ad libbing, mistakes etc.
Going home was a different story - the plane actually got on the runway before turning back with a problem. Thomson quickly organised a transfer to a local hotel & made sure everyone would appear fora briefing at 9;30 the following morning. However, they didn't even turn up! An hour later the manager of the hotel rang them & was told buses were arriving to take us to the airport at 11;30. We then had to sit in Malaga airport to await further instructions. No one from Thomsons came to tell us anything & most information came from relatives in Britain who were able to tell us when our flight was due. The pilot did come to update us - the plane was new & they hadn't encountered this problem before. Every time they thought they had fixed it the fault reappeared. We did get food vouchers and eventually took off at 5pm to cheers and claps. Black marks to Thomson for not keeping us updated -even the airport staff said we should have stayed at the hotel until things were sorted. It did spoil our happy memories of the cruise. Would we go again with Thomsons? Yes definitely! Friendly ships and great value for money.