The 40,876-ton, 1,462-passenger Thomson Majesty joined Thomson Cruises in May 2012 as part of a ship swap that sent Thomson Destiny to the Cyprus-based Louis Cruise Lines. The ship, which debuted in 1992 and has sailed for NCL, Majesty Cruise Lines and LCL during more than 20 years at sea, splits time between the Mediterranean and Canary Islands.
Here's what passengers can expect to find on Thomson Majesty:
All cabins are either inside or oceanview; Thomson Majesty was one of the last cruise ships built without balconies. Standard accommodations are seriously on the snug side -- most under 120 square feet -- another testament to the age of the ship. Inside and oceanview cabin amenities include a TV, hairdryer (bring your own) and digital safe (for a fee). The roughly 250-square-foot Junior Suites provide additional seating, walk-in wardrobe, tub-shower combo in the bathroom, a flat-screen TV with DVD player, and a fully-stocked minibar. Some Junior Suites have sofa beds for third/fourth passengers.
By default, cabins are doled out by the cruise line. Passengers wanting to choose their own specific cabin must pay a £39 reservation fee.
The ship features five restaurants, including a pair of all-open-seating main dining rooms (Seven Seas and the smaller Four Seasons), a buffet venue (open 24 hours in some form), a poolside grill and the for-fee Le Bistro, a French alternative restaurant that's priced a la carte.
A septet of bars and lounges, each with its own theme, are scattered throughout Majesty. For instance, the centrally located Polo Club features a "personality pianist" and the top-ship Royal Observatory offers nightly live music with a view.
The big-ticket entertainment options, which include production shows, game shows, performances by U.K. guest acts and late-night discos, are offered in the Jubilee Lounge. A secondary lounge hosts quizzes, cabaret acts and live music. The ship is also outfitted with a small casino.
Majesty features a small children's facility, the Thomson Kids’ Club, which comprises in indoor and outdoor area with paddling pool. There's also a tiny video arcade.
Other public rooms include a wellness center (gym and spa), library with Internet access, a games room, a cards room and gift shops.