Having been on the Majesty last July we knew what to expect and was looking forward to seeing the minor improvements made to the Ship and meeting up again with the wonderful staff.
We arrived on the late night flight and was checked in efficiently, onboard for 9pm, dining by ten past, muster drill at 10pm, deck party at 10.30pm, the cruise had started.... we had to unpack in the morning.
I will say it time and time again, it’s the staff that make Thomson Ships, they are not the best vessels afloat but the staff, food, and quality entertainment more than make up for any stunning atriums or climbing walls.
The improved San Marco buffet worked well for us, we only used it for Breakfast and Lunch, and the food was hot as they now have electric heaters under the first three trays. The upgrade has significantly improved the dining experience especially during the day, last year many times at Breakfast and Lunch we had to go downstairs to the Royal Observatory to find a table, not so this year. It never really bothered us having to do this last year, but I know it annoyed some.
There is more deck space because the San Marco roof has been extended and we never had a problem finding a bed at any time, there were the usual few walking around on the sea days about lunchtime with towel under arm looking unhappy, but you get that on every Ship.
There are a LOT of new sunbeds, many of the old aluminium ones have been replaced with the nice plastic ones with the blue mesh on, not the hard plastic ones you sometimes see.
The chairs in San Marco could do with upgrading though, they are not particularly comfortable and not really suitable for dining in the evenings. They would be better with cushions on.
Like last time we ate in the smaller Four Seasons MDR and were well looked after by Leo and Bobby again, the food was good (Duck with noodles the standout dish of the fortnight) always hot, and the wine kept topped up by Matt.
There have been some Balconies added and some of these are placed between the lifeboats, on these you only really get a view directly side on, looking forward or aft you get to see the lifeboat. We did have a look around these Balcony cabins and Suites on the changeover day and they are very nicely appointed, although they attract a very high premium and I don’t think I could justify the extra that Thomson want for these. If like us you only shower and sleep in a cabin then the “plus” grade is the best option, the standard cabins are very small.
Yet again Thomson came up with the quality entertainment we are used to on their Ships, the showteam are all fantastic performers, providing us with excellent shows every night they were performing. These guys and girls work so hard performing every night except when the Comedian does his night, doing the main show twice and a late night cabaret spot, and after all that they have the time to socialise with the guests. Katy (CD) and Adam (ACD) along with all the showteam and entertainment hosts are so pleasant to talk to, Thomson should be so proud to have them working on their Ships.
We must also mention Muzzik Unlimited, a really polished party band, it was great to be entertained by them again.
The Ship is spotlessly clean, the Staff are so hardworking and friendly, there are too many to mention that we now think of as friends.
In conclusion another great cruise on the Majesty and we would not hesitate to go on her again.