29 Corfu First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

As I appreciated reading other people’s views on their cruises prior to departing, I thought I’d make a contribution of my own. In a nutshell, we enjoyed the cruise immensely, no real complaints at all and we intend to go on another ... Read More
As I appreciated reading other people’s views on their cruises prior to departing, I thought I’d make a contribution of my own. In a nutshell, we enjoyed the cruise immensely, no real complaints at all and we intend to go on another one next year. Points Thomson did a good job getting us on the ship and our luggage was waiting for us outside our cabin. Unfortunately, we waited over 30 minutes to get checked in on board (to be fair they had 5/6 staff on the check in, it was just the volume of people that was joining the ship). At the check-in, you were encouraged to register a card to pay for your bar bill etc, hand in your passport (issued you with a receipt) and pay £15 to use the cabin safe for a week. We paid for an outside plus cabin, as it was our first cruise we liked the idea of being able to see outside. We glad we paid the premium; other people will no doubt have different views. The cabin was clean, well laid out, had a handy fridge, hairdryer, T.V., lots of cupboard space, small settee and a generous size double bed plus a powerful shower in the bathroom. If you were being harsh you could say the décor was a little dated, after all the “Dream” is a 30 year old ship. We appreciated “Mario” our cabin steward for a week; he did an excellent job in looking after us. Come to think of it, we found ALL the staff helpful and courteous during the cruise. They worked very hard in our opinion in ensuring the guests were well catered for (well that was our experience). First few days we were “encouraged” to upgrade to an all-inclusive drinks package, the cost would have been nearly £400 for the two of us (based on the number in your cabin). As a pint of lager (fosters) £3.95 and the cocktail of the day cost £4.20, for us it didn’t represent good value. Found out many guest had qualified for free all-inclusive drinks packages due to booking early. There was also a premium drink package for an additional £10 per person which enabled you to consume more branded alcoholic drinks – again you pay your monies……. We had no complaints regarding the choice and quality of the food; we had 4 meals at the Orion restaurant. This restaurant is more formal, with waiter service. On 3 occasions we were asked to share a table, personally it wasn’t an issue for us as it gave you the opportunity to get to know other guests. The Lido restaurant was where we personally had our breakfast as it was a help yourselves buffet and I certainly did (my wife was more restraint). For the sum of £47.95 each, we purchased a package to dine at the 3 more “exclusive” restaurants. As the standard restaurants were perfectly acceptable, you could argue that paying extra is a little excessive, however we certainly enjoyed the experience of the 3 meals, especially in the Mistral’s restaurant. The ship was FULL; the captain stated this at his gala on the Saturday. At times you had to queue, especially at peak times; having said that it was similar to many all-inclusive hotels we have been to. Also, there were always many staff serving and the queues (in our opinion) were handled efficiently. The entertainment on the cruise, especially in the Broadway Show Lounge was excellent and noting how full the theatre got, many hundreds of people had the same opinion! We would definitely recommend any guest to see one of the shows, well worth it. During the cruise we went on 3 Thomson excursions, whilst not cheap, they were all enjoyable and Thomson looked after us very well. As you may have surmised by now, we enjoyed our 1st cruise. We did have a few niggles, a very temperamental safe, which opened when it wanted to (not ideal when you needed access to it prior to going on an excursion!). The toilet which stopped flushing every few days (it uses a “vacuum “system to flush and blockages elsewhere stops your toilet from functioning!). Lastly, our cabin was “haunted”, as during the night you were woken up by “scratching” noises coming from the ceiling and walls. Was it a poltergeist, possible however, we felt it was more likely the air con piping; bizarrely you never heard the noise during the day! None of the above spoiled our 1st cruise experience, we enjoyed the ship, the staff and the people we met, thank you all on the Thomson Dream, and we certainly will book with you again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was a last minute deal and our first cruise. When I read some of the comments (after I'd booked) I thought I made a big mistake. I think all the comments people have made, good and bad, are fair it all depends on your view of ... Read More
This was a last minute deal and our first cruise. When I read some of the comments (after I'd booked) I thought I made a big mistake. I think all the comments people have made, good and bad, are fair it all depends on your view of the world. This is not a luxury cruise liner the price was very cheap so don't expect it to be. Yes the ship shows its age in places the cabins are small the engine is noisy etc. Because it's cheap its full of working class people and noisy bored children. The crew are excellent, the hygeine is good. I thought the food was amazing and the variety of choice was overwhelming and you can eat between 6am till 1am. We are tea total so didn't run up a massive bar bill despite the constant efforts of the staff. Paid an extra £120 for a window only for it to be blocked completely by a lifeboat (cabin 816) so I was a bit annoyed about that. We hardly spent anything on extras, the venice trip seemed pricy E50 but it does include a gondola ride which was E80 alone if you went by yourself. The cycle tour was great, again a bit pricy but its only money! We will definately go again, maybe spend a bit more money to get a better standard but overall I thought it was a good value for money trip, the choice of destinations was brilliant. Sailing away from Venice at sunset to the sound of the church bells ringing was magical a moment I'll never forget, didn't need to be on a luxury cruise ship to appreciate that! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our very first cruise and will definitely like to do it again. Going by other peoples comments that we had with others on board the Thomson Majesty we would definitely like to cruise again with Thomsons or maybe Princess. Our son ... Read More
This was our very first cruise and will definitely like to do it again. Going by other peoples comments that we had with others on board the Thomson Majesty we would definitely like to cruise again with Thomsons or maybe Princess. Our son who was with us is disabled and was restricted to a wheelchair when moving about the ship but we had nothing but help from other passengers or crew when on board. Was also surprised that everytime we went ashore the crew insisted on taking him off and on board themselves. Waiter service was better option for us at dinner and ate in Seven Seas Restaurant. Waiters excelled themselves with always getting same waiter and table. Couldn't do enough for us. Food was always hot and menu choices good. Only bad point was that the Jubilee Lounge doesn't cater for too many wheelchairs and to get a good space had to be in place a good hour before the show. Overall we enjoyed it. Outside Plus cabin ok but means one person has to use top bunk. Toilet and shower room small especially for the disabled amongst us. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our first cruise to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and my 50th birthday. liked the look of the itinerary and the dates were perfect. booked an outside plus cabin as I had read standard cabins were a bit cramped ... Read More
This was our first cruise to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and my 50th birthday. liked the look of the itinerary and the dates were perfect. booked an outside plus cabin as I had read standard cabins were a bit cramped ,wasn't disappointed we had 478, couldn't fault it at all, and tess and julius worked so hard to keep it spotless for the whole trip and amazed us each night with a different towel animal left on your bed. food was excellent in seven seas and four seasons, we never had a bad meal, and the French bistro was out of this world and well worth the extra cover charge. I wasn't that keen on the buffet restaurants on deck 10 as they felt a bit like a canteen but were ok for lunch as close to the sun beds when chilling. Entertainment was the best we've ever had on a holiday and was a joy to watch, looked forward to it ever night. The whole crew were great and couldn't do enough for you and we made some excellent friends whilst on board , everyone was so friendly its like one big happy family. we didn't bother with the drinks package as not big drinkers and prices were reasonable on board anyway, same as pub prices back home. we made the most of day trips when in port and did four organised excursions which can be a bit expensive and tiring , so did our own thing at other stops, and there was so much to do whilst on board you struggled to fit it all in. would we go again.............. definitely yes already looking to book the next one. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I travelled around Italy , for my 60th birthday on 12th of October 2015, on the Majesty cruise ship, with 4 friends, what a birthday holiday I had, its my first crusie & hopefully not my last.1 complaint & its not the captains ... Read More
I travelled around Italy , for my 60th birthday on 12th of October 2015, on the Majesty cruise ship, with 4 friends, what a birthday holiday I had, its my first crusie & hopefully not my last.1 complaint & its not the captains fault , the weather it was not on our side am afraid. Other than that we had a fanfastic time, nothing was to much trouble all staff was so friendly , our cabin crew who I must give a mention was Tatiani & Esti, was just lovey girls , I woke up on my birthday to find a lovely message on our door asking me to have a lovely birthday & balloons were on my door, it made me feel so special.we had our evening meals in the restaurant with all staff very friendly , they always made us feel welcome & asked us how our day was, food was excellent , many nights the waiters would sing &get everyone singing along .The shows on a evenings are a must all dance troupe were fabulous singers & dancers & got everyone involved with singing & clapping.. My birthday night was in the bistro which we paid £19.99 pp , the food was lovely & staff just a lovely, at the end of my meal a waiter came with a birthday cake & another waiter played a guitar & had everyone sing happy birthday to me..one very happy lady. We didn't like being bombard with photographer, s all the time & it cost a fortune to buy them although we did get some as I want to have them as a momentum. Sadly the weather wasn't on our side & saw very little sun, Venice was just wonderfull & hope to go back. Ive read a review from someone whos been on the same cruise ( same time as us) & mentioned that there was loud music & could be heard in the cabin I can honestly say we never heard a thing.. Hats off to all the crew for making our holiday a very happy one.. keep up the good work & hope to see you all soon... Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We have just returned from our 2 week cruise first week was Adriatic Charms and second Italian Job this was our first cruise unfortunately our weather was not on our side sea was rough and couldnt sleep eat or relax due to ship rocking ... Read More
We have just returned from our 2 week cruise first week was Adriatic Charms and second Italian Job this was our first cruise unfortunately our weather was not on our side sea was rough and couldnt sleep eat or relax due to ship rocking ,not good if you dont like water like me I was terrified some people it didnt bother them ,on saying that staff were fantastic waiters Matt Ricky,Alilibo,and Marlon they couldnt do enough for us they even sang to us on the night of our blessing at sea and made cards for us ,we would also like to mention Lorna who did all the arranging for our blessing she was fantastic and lovely she made our time very special,also our cabin stewards Jessica and Charlie,our cabin was an outside plus on 6th floor would recommend plenty of room .we were very disappointed with our port stop in Duress it was horrible smelly dirty beach covered in rubbish felt like a war zone went right back on board ship why Thomsons made this a stop will never no not ready for tourism never will be .during calls to port you had to stand about in que s all the time got fed up with it .entertainment was ok nothing great ,plenty of good food you wont be hungry,excursions were expensive ,I am sorry to say wont cruise again due to rough seas not for me and my hubby,but cannot fault ship and staff for any of that,its just a personal thing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We have just returned after a fantastic cruise on the Thomson Majrsty. We chose the Hellenic cruise with ports of call including Mykonos, Athens and Crete. We were very apprehensive after reading less than glowing reviews of the Majesty. ... Read More
We have just returned after a fantastic cruise on the Thomson Majrsty. We chose the Hellenic cruise with ports of call including Mykonos, Athens and Crete. We were very apprehensive after reading less than glowing reviews of the Majesty. We need not have worried, yes the ship is a little tired and the cabin basic, BUT it was more than adequate for our needs. We did not book a cruise to spend all our time in the cabin. Our cabin stewards Kristina and Jamie looked after us and kept the cabin spik and span. We ate in the seven seas restaurant where the food and service were very good. We chose to share different tables each night and as a result met some fantastic people . I recommend doing this as made for an enjoyable and often hilarious dining experience . Special praise is reserved for the team of Stacy, Sarah and Adam in the Royal Fireworks lounge, the quizes and game shows made for a highly entertaining week, anybody who saw Mr and Mrs or the sports challenge will know what I'm talking about!!! The team here really made our cruise. We chose not to book any excursions as we like to do our own thing. I really enjoyed all the ports of call, except Kusadsi,Turkey. The constant hassle in the bazaars was off putting and made me feel uncomfortable . Mykonos and Chania, Crete are really pretty and Athens is really worth a visit. Don't let the negative reviews put you off,it's not 5* luxury but does have a wonderful team of staff who can't do enough for you and are incredibly welcoming . Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Myself and my Husband (52 & 58yrs) have just returned from an amazing Cruise around the Greek Islands and Turkey. This is the first time we have cruised and couldn't have chosen a better cruise ship to start us off. The start was ... Read More
Myself and my Husband (52 & 58yrs) have just returned from an amazing Cruise around the Greek Islands and Turkey. This is the first time we have cruised and couldn't have chosen a better cruise ship to start us off. The start was not too good as we arrived 3 and a half hours late due to the plane being delayed and this meant that we arrived after the ship was supposed to depart. We were disappointed that Thomsons did not give any information about what would happen regarding this and did not tell us that the Ship would wait for us. On arrival at the airport the travel to the ship was seamless, we were met by a rep who tagged our cases and gave us our cabin and boarding passes, we loaded our cases onto the coach and the next time we saw them they were outside our cabin. Yes the ship was a little tired in places but there was everything we needed on board. We were in an outside cabin on deck 3, the cabin was adequate, it had tea making facilities a small shower, hairdryer and a TV with limited channels - but who watches TV on a cruise?. Helen our cabin stewardess was great, really friendly and did an excellent job. The food was amazing, we dined mainly in the seven seas restaurant in the evening but also used the Piazzo San Marco buffet for breakfast and afternoon tea. We did 1 excursion to Ancient Delos from Mykonos and to be honest we wouldn't do organised excursions again. It was very nice but we could have done the same trip on our own for half of the price. There were 2 ports which were disappointing these were Athens and Kalamata. The Acropolis was great in Athens but apart from that there was not much to do. We got the yellow tour bus from outside the port a couple of minutes walk. With a bit of a haggle we got this for 15 Euros, this took us to the Acropolis, about 25min drive and then following this we re-boarded the bus for a tour of Athens this took about 2 hrs due to heavy traffic, so give plenty of time for this. Kusadasi is great for Genuine Fake goods but be ready for haggling and don't be pressurised into buying from the first shop you go into. The entertainment that was put on surprised us,we went to most of the shows in the Jubilee lounge and they were really professional, from a Queen tribute show to songs by Lloyd Webber and Rice. There was also a guest UK comedian act which was hilarious. The entertainments director was great and made sure everyone knew what was going on, on a daily basis. We also frequented the Piano bar in the Royal Observatory. We didn't buy the drinks package but when on board we did buy a wine package for £72, which was well worth it, you would have to go some to drink £400 worth of drinks between 2 people in a week. Our total bill for drinks including the wine package was £120 and we didn't go without. On the last day we paid for a cabin for the day as we weren't leaving until 18.15pm, this was well worth the £35. The trip from the Ship to the airport was again seamless and we were only let down once again by the airline as we were delayed on the way back as well. All in all a brilliant cruise with a 5 star service, nothing was too much trouble for the staff and we will certainly be cruising again with Thomsons Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Many of you reading this prior to cruising on the Majesty may be worried with the negative reviews as was I. I booked this for our honeymoon and It was great. Its our first cruise and the inside cabin on deck 6 was tiny and a bit dated, ... Read More
Many of you reading this prior to cruising on the Majesty may be worried with the negative reviews as was I. I booked this for our honeymoon and It was great. Its our first cruise and the inside cabin on deck 6 was tiny and a bit dated, the rest of the ship was maybe showing some signs of age in a few places but it was all incredibly clean. There were a few so called 'seasoned cruisers' who just moaned about everything and compared it to a cruise costing twice the money. The food we found to be great, the staff are outstanding especially the housekeepers and servers who work so hard all the time. The only thing i would mention is that only a handful of couples were in their 20s /30s with most being 40 and up In a nutshell if you want a great time, great value and great service then its hard to beat. This cruise is will be exactly as good as you want it to be. If you want 5 star luxury then youll need to pay for it somewhere else. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
First cruise, absolutely loved it. Yes, we had no benchmark but given some of the nitpicking on some of these reviews we found hardly anything to complain about. The ship looks immaculate, regularly cleaned inside and out and by God ... Read More
First cruise, absolutely loved it. Yes, we had no benchmark but given some of the nitpicking on some of these reviews we found hardly anything to complain about. The ship looks immaculate, regularly cleaned inside and out and by God don't housekeeping do a great job with the cabins and common areas, all with a smile on their faces and a cheery hello every time. We were on deck 4 and were pleasantly surprised at the size of the outside plus cabin which was certainly big enough for two and had loads of storage for a two week cruise. Yes the bathroom is a little pokey but is absolutely fine and fit for purpose, unless perhaps you are 18 stone plus. We only ate dinner in the Seven Seas. So enjoyable was the whole experience every time we dined there - brilliant waiters and wine waiters - there was absolutely no need to go anywhere else. Not only is their service first class but their memories are wonderful which adds that extra something else in terms of the whole experience. Listen carefully to Maitre d' Leroy Brown, the formidable, yet lovable Jamaican, he always refers to dining in the Seven Seas as a dining "experience". And it is. The Spice Boys singing during dinner was something to behold. Wonderful entertainment. The breakfast buffets on deck 10 were both excellent. I didn't note any evidence of cold foot (unless it was meant to be of course!), and the choice impressive. The egg/omelette stand was excellent and popular. Swimming pools were OK, not big and if I had a gripe it would be the frequent appearance in the adult pool of small children with arm bands on in there creating havoc. Disappointingly no officer on board seemed to take issue with the parents on many of the occasions I saw them wander by and take no action. Of course there were also the usual crowd of folk disappearing from their sunbeds for hours on end with a towel reserving their place. Ports of call were the main reason for this cruise - all excellent, bar Crotone which was a bit of an odd one, I would particularly highlight Dubrovnik's Old Town walls and the cable car. Split is lovely, of course Rome & Venice are fantastic. Trapani and the hill top town of Erice were a pleasant surprise. All in all it couldn't really be faulted - the entertainment was good, food plentiful and readily available. In summary, a great holiday and very pleased with everything the Majesty had to offer. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Meant to write this as soon as we returned. We cruised for 2 weeks (Med and Adriatic) end of July into August and we had a great time! So many highlights. The weather perfect! The food delicious! The service excellent! I would especially ... Read More
Meant to write this as soon as we returned. We cruised for 2 weeks (Med and Adriatic) end of July into August and we had a great time! So many highlights. The weather perfect! The food delicious! The service excellent! I would especially like to recommend the Piazza San Marco restaurant on deck 10, the Chief Steward is Angel Santos and he is the loveliest man you could hope to meet! The way he looked after our family was amazing, I really can't praise him enough, but if you are lucky enough to be on this cruise go and meet him and his waiters. Angel and his team were superb. the restaurant is buffet style and the highlight was the Indian evening, the Indian food was absolutely delicious! The entertainment team was superb and I can't believe how hard they work the standard is excellent. The cruise destinations were great except for Crotone, which was a last minute change from Bari and it was awful! The highlights were Venice and Lipari we also liked Split, Dubrovnic was ok but over-commercialised. Majesty is a lovely ship, the whole staff work incredibly hard to provide a superb experience for everyone, on our deck Mohammed was our Head of Housekeeping and another lovely gentleman. The ship is around 23 years old, but honestly it is kept as immaculate as possible and the whole experience was excellent, I would cruise with them again in a heartbeat and especially with the lovely Angel! If you are going soon I hope that you have a lovely time! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
I have just returned from this cruise with my parents and 2 younger brothers and just wanted to write a review to describe how absolutely brilliant it was!!! I read a lot of negative reviews before going and it worried me a lot as my whole ... Read More
I have just returned from this cruise with my parents and 2 younger brothers and just wanted to write a review to describe how absolutely brilliant it was!!! I read a lot of negative reviews before going and it worried me a lot as my whole family were so excited and this was our first cruise. Corfu is a lovely place and the flight there/check in to the cruise was all very smooth and pleasant. Our bags were waiting for us at our cabin doors and our cabin, an outside plus on deck 3, was a lovely room. I'd definitely recommend getting a plus cabin as the regular ones are quite small (my dad and brother had this) but they are still workable. Deck 3 was nice and quiet and out the way but still just a short lift ride to all the bars/restaurants. The food and drinks were absolutely amazing all week and we couldn't stop eating and drinking! We've had some bad experiences with all inclusives in the past but this was far superior. For breakfast we used the buffets and egg/pancake station and the buffet again for lunch which was all fresh and very tasty. We dined in both of the waiter service restaurants on an evening and the food and waiters were excellent, the little show in the seven seas that the waiters perform is worth a watch!! The cocktails are all really nice as is this lager. We had the drinks package and found this good value for how much we drank! My youngest brother went to the kids club everyday 3-4.30 and 7-9 which gave us a nice break and he absolutely loved it, they kept the kids thoroughly entertained. Aside from this he played constantly in the pool which was very safe and there was lots of children to play with. All the staff are so lovely and friendly, the cleaners are so attentive and see to the rooms twice a day. Everyone was always smiley and friendly! The entertainment team are brilliant and keep you entertained all day long with quizzes, games, shows ect. The only 1 complaint we could make, as minor as it is, was selfish people claiming sun beds and going offshore!!! This was very annoying, sometimes we watched sun beds left unattended for up to 4 hours!!! But this happens in every single resort and we still managed to get a seat near the pool everyday! We didn't do any of the excursions off shore, we had a walk around some places but we enjoyed the boat too much and didn't want to leave, this was more of a relaxing holiday for us. As for cruising, this was an amazing first cruise and we could all barely fault it!!! We will definitely be returning. Majority of the negative reviews are people used to a more formal affair which we wouldn't have enjoyed!! So take no notice and go with an open mind because this is an amazing holiday :) Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We traveled on the Thomson Majesty 17th-24th July 2015, on the itinerary ‘Adriatic Charms’. Firstly I must point out, this review is long, however especially useful for anyone matching my criteria of being a first time cruiser, with an ... Read More
We traveled on the Thomson Majesty 17th-24th July 2015, on the itinerary ‘Adriatic Charms’. Firstly I must point out, this review is long, however especially useful for anyone matching my criteria of being a first time cruiser, with an 8 month old baby, who gets travel sick (not on here!) and also vegetarian! For a long time I was put off cruising because of worries of sea sickness (I have travel sickness), viruses, and other scare stories. However my wife persuaded me to eventually go ahead and try, so we did. We are a young-ish couple (early thirties/late twenties) and also had an 8 month old baby, which we thought would be an issue (but wasn’t). Instead of splashing out thousands of pounds on a fancy cruise (no offense to Thomson) we thought we would try this one because of the worst case scenario I would be sick and not enjoy it. After a week on board, I never felt ill at all, and couldn’t feel the ship moving unless outside, where you could just about feel it at times (even though very gentle). We arrived at Corfu airport and promptly met by Thomson reps who gave us some initial info on our cruise along with the keys for our cabin, and luggage tags for our bags. The bags and cases were then put on our coach, where we then drove to the ship (about 15 mins drive only). Thankfully during our stay, I had asked Thomson to help reserve front seats on the coaches we would take (as we planned to take trips every day of our cruise), and this was done on all but one of the trips which was very good, as sitting near the front helps prevent me feeling ill. Anyway, once we arrived at the cruise terminal, everything continued smoothly, and once through security you go through a small duty free area where we stocked up on very cheap drinking water, knowing that once on board bottled water would be expensive. We bought a big pack of six 2 litre bottles for about 2 Euros! Bargain, so I recommend you do this especially if you have a fridge in your cabin. By the way, we booked an Outside Plus room which was much bigger than I thought (726). We arrived at our cabin to find out luggage was already there for us, and a cot in the room for our baby that we requested (although when I rang to book this, they had automatically done this because they knew we were booking a baby too – which was no extra cost). We had previously read reviews that there was issues with ‘fumes’ in this room, but we never had a problem. The ship itself is great, and I cannot understand why a lot of people complain about the condition etc of it, because we found no issues really at all. I can only suggest there are some very very picky people who may well be used to spending big money on the more ‘posh’ ships! I myself am far from a snob, but even I have stayed in 5 star hotels and resorts in the past, and cannot complain at all about this ship especially with the cost you’re paying. Anyway then, our cabin was a reasonable size as I said, and the window was much bigger than I thought it would be too, and this one didn’t have a restricted view which was great - just have to accept that on deck 7 there are people walking around a lot, but they can’t see into the room as long as you don’t turn the light on as they are darkened windows. We had a fridge as well as tea/coffee facilities which I understand are not included in some of the other cabins, so you need to check that. The beds were 2 singles, but someone quickly adapted them into a double for us which was great. Yes the bathroom is small, but adequate for most people I’m sure. Was a little tricky to give our baby a shower, but it worked out okay for us. I am a vegetarian, and can find this a problem at a lot of hotels and resorts, but there was an abundance of food suitable for me at all the restaurants and snack bars, and never found food to be cold as some have suggested. In fact the food was constantly being replaced with new hot supplies. Absolutely loads of food for all meals. Since we were travelling with a baby, we didn’t do anything in the evenings such as entertainment etc, so I cannot comment on this at all. Our entertainment was spent trying to get our baby to sleep!! As I mentioned earlier, we took trips every day we were at port (6 out of 7 days as one was spent at sea). I will go into some details now on each trip in case you are planning any. Now I know some of the trips may seem expensive, but it’s a real shame I think when you go on a cruise visiting all these countries and you just stay on the ship, as many people seem to do. I thoroughly recommend you taking trips, or at the very least explore some of the ports on your own (some easier than others). Port 1 - Italy, Ravenna – we actually took the exciting chance to visit an extra country whilst at this port, we did the trip to San Marino! It’s a 1hr30 coach trip to get there, but well worth it. The views from this small country (mostly situated on a mountain!) are amazing, and a very interesting culture all of their own. Lots of interesting things to see here, with plenty of small cute shops and restaurants too. You only spend about 2 hours here, because of the time it takes to get there and back, however this is enough time really as you get an hour or so with a guide, followed by some free time to explore. Port 2 – Italy,Venice – there isn’t much to say about Venice, you kind of get what you get expect here. However we found it slightly disappointing due to so many tourists (it was height of summer I know) packing the streets. Also we didn’t realise that since there are so many bridges connecting all the small ‘islands’, we spent what seemed like hours in the heat lifting our buggy up and down bridges as they are all steps with no ramps. Not an issue for most people, however expect to do a lot of walking here. We took the ‘full day with gondola’ trip, but we found it slightly disappointing that the time spent on the gondola was only about 20 mins! But anyway, it was worth the experience. You arrive in Venice via a boat which you board directly from the cruise ship, and you return to the ship the same way. You can also walk from the ship, but it’s a long walk into the centre I understand (30-45 mins I think). Port 3 – Croatia,Rijeka – one of our favourite places here. We did the trip ‘Opatija & Kastav’, which takes you to 2 places. This was a great trip, starting in Opatija which is a beach resort area, with really nice water and scenery, you get a small guided tour and then some free time. Then on to the next stop Kastav which is up a hill (small mountain even), this place there are great views of Opatija and other country side around. Again a small tour here followed by some free time. We really liked this trip, seeing 2 places with the whole trip being only 4 hours. It then allowed us to have some time in Rijeka too. Please note, since Croatia isn’t part of the EU, Euros are not widely used, but it’s easy enough to take local currency out from cash machines. We found Croatia as a whole to be very cheap, so you do not need to take loads of money. For example, a large ice cream cone was about 70 pence! Port 4 – Croatia,Dubrovnik – again lovely part of Croatia, full of history. We did the ‘City Walk & Cable Car’ trip. A short drive to the starting point, which is the base of the cable car station. There was a long queue here in heat of about 37 degrees which wasn’t great especially with a baby (but we managed in shade). Once at the top of the mountain, there are fantastic views of the old city below, especially if you go on a clear day. There is small shop and big restaurant up here, though you don’t get a lot of time up there. When you go down again, you have a small walking tour of the old town, followed by an hour or so of free time to explore the old town. There is plenty to see here, and lots of shops and restaurants. Really lovely place. Port 5 – Albania,Durres – perhaps an odd stop, however it’s a good chance to see what is really a developing country still. If you’re aware of the troubles here in the past, it’s good to see how things are rebuilding. We didn’t spend any time in Durres itself, as we did the ‘Historical Albania’ trip which takes you to both Kruja (a very old town up in the mountains) and the capital itself, Tirana. Kruja was very interesting, and again great views from up high. Once finished here, you go on to Tirana which was a little disappointing due to the disorganisation of tour guide, so it was all a bit rushed as you go round a museum. We then had lunch (included) which was quite nice, but I don’t think Albania is a great place for vegetarians (potatoes and vegetables I was given!). Be careful when you’re offered a drink though at the restaurant! We assumed it was included, but at the end we were given a bill! I think it’s a shame really we were not informed of this before we were offered a drink. We asked for any dietary needs near the start of the tour, so they ring the restaurant ahead of time to organise this, but if you don’t get asked you should ask early just in case). Still, it was a good opportunity to various parts of Albania. Again Albania doesn’t highly accept Euros, so you can take cash out of cash machines. Again quite cheap here, so you don’t need much cash anyway, only for souvenirs and drinks. Port 6 – Corfu – we arrived back where we started, after a great cruise. We found out during the cruise that once we arrive at Corfu we would need to vacate rooms by about 9.30. This was much earlier than we thought, especially when we had a baby and that we were not due to leave for the airport until 12.45. We were told that it would be possible to hire a cabin for a few hours though. Given the choice of that, or the chance to do one more trip (Bella Vista), we chose the latter since being told we would have enough time to do the 4 hour trip (8.30-12.30). Knowing we didn’t have much time, and the assurance we were given that we would be back in time, we did this. Just to mention, prior to this, you have to pack all your luggage and leave outside your cabin by midnight the previous night (i.e. Thursday night, 12am Friday). This means you need to have everything you need for the next day. You can access your luggage though in an area outside the cruise ship if needed before leaving for the airport. Anyway, so back to our trip, the Bella Vista trip was again great with fantastic views and an additional boat ride into some caves which was okay (and only about 8 euros each I think). You visit 2 other places on this short trip, however on the way back we realised how close we were to missing our deadline. When I asked the tour guide if we will be back by 12.45 she told me unlikely! I then began to worry as I explained we are supposed to leave on our coach at that time. Luckily she called ahead, and Thomson confirmed that they wouldn’t leave before we got there, and besides the coach was running late anyway. We were not that late back in the end, but felt a little rushed to get off one coach, collect our luggage, and get on to another coach. It was only 10 mins late, but felt more. We then took the 15 min drive back to the airport and continued on home. The airport though is quite small, only a few shops and small place to get food, was also quite hot there especially as it was packed. Anyway can’t help the airport. Overall then, great holiday, and would highly recommend the Thomson Majesty, and can definitely recommend this particular itinerary. It’s funny how I went from worrying about cruises, to now wanting to cruise again ASAP! The ‘cruise bug’ is real ! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Hi everyone I would just like to give everyone a heads up on the drinks package and also the excursions. We sailed on the 3rd of July on the Italian Flavors cruise there were alot of flaws, alot of this blame goes to our travel agent. ... Read More
Hi everyone I would just like to give everyone a heads up on the drinks package and also the excursions. We sailed on the 3rd of July on the Italian Flavors cruise there were alot of flaws, alot of this blame goes to our travel agent. First of all we were told we would get a room with a window with no obstructed view we also requested a double bed none of this met as there was a big orange life boat on the window with only a small view of the sea and also the room was tiny with 2 single beds so already off to a bad start. We sat for a few minutes then went off to find a bar as we were dieing for a Jack Daniels, we went to the top deck to get a drink poolside, we looked at the bar menu and couldn't believe our eyes (I have included photos of the full Bar Menu which is the same in every lounge/bar) We paid £200 each for the drinks package and were told that EVERYTHING was included Water, Cans of cola, All branded spirits So we were very dissapointed when we learned you had to pay for a bottle of water, Cans of juice even cranberry juice and all cocktails including cranberry juice and what hurt most of all the Jack Daniels! As the holiday went on though we had tried almost every drink on the package and some that weren't as you can get them at a discounted price. The drinks are nice some of my favourites are the Mojito, Mambo, Cafe Frappe and Tequila Bum Bum which is a shot. You also get a Cocktail of the day which is free if your on the drinks package and it usually included one which you would normally need to pay extra for so thats good. We added up all out receipts when we were home and were glad to find we would have spent £540 if we didn't have the drinks package. Overall it is worth it but just a bit of a shock to learn alot of it was extra! Now to the excursions, We asked our travel agent if we would need to pay for them she said 'Just some of them, Yes' but before we went we did do some research and picked which ones we would be doing it cost us £525 in total for 2 people to do - Blue Grotto in Malta, Erice in Trapani, Rome, Pompeii and Godfather tour in Messina which were all brilliant and I would recommend them but also be warned there is ALOT of walking and I mean for hours. The actual cruise ship is OK and worth it for £1500 for us both including drinks, its a little dated and when you get used to it it is quite small but there are lots of lounges and bars to choose from and the entertainment is ok. there are a few restaurants 2 of them are self service and the food is honestly not great we would sometimes wait to 11 oclock at night because that's when they do burgers and hotdogs. They sometimes have themed nights like Indian but the currys are rank and the lamb is like rubber. They were trying to pass of tatty scones as nan bread! and the black pudding is inedible. If you want to go and get some more posher food from the menu restaurants you do have to sit with strangers usually 6 to a table which I personally find awkward the food is decent though. Its mostly Philippines, Polish and Russians who work on the boat they are all really great though and couldn't do enough for you, You never need to go to the bar they just serve you all night at your table and your never sitting without a drink. A couple of other things - * I recommend taking your card as everything is charged to your onboard account they don't deal with cash. You need to put a £400 deposit down for things like excursions, Room service, Drinks ect. * The pools are tiny you could probably fit about 12 people in them * Everytime you go to use toilet there will probably be someone in cleaning it I don't know why but they clean the toilet every 10 minutes and usually lock the door while there doing it * If its your first time on a cruise like myself don't underestimate sea sickness and get some tablets straight away I could feel the boat moving about 70% of the time * If your going on Italian Flavours Sicily is much nicer than Italy and so are the people. watch your time on the tours if your having something to eat because the waiters can be very slow. The shopping is also garbage. * On the drinks menu the drinks marked with * are the ones you pay extra for and the price next to that is the price you pay if you don't have the package. Thanks for reading my review I have tried to be as honest as possible and include as much as I can think of. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
As this was our first cruise we decided to go with the familiar, having been on Thomson Family Holiday's before. Also the itinerary around the Adriatic, was the one that appealed to us both. The itinerary was Corfu. -for ... Read More
As this was our first cruise we decided to go with the familiar, having been on Thomson Family Holiday's before. Also the itinerary around the Adriatic, was the one that appealed to us both. The itinerary was Corfu. -for embarkation/disembarkation. Went into two for a couple of hours on our return. Within 30 mins walk of the cruise terminal. Kopor, - first stop and the most disappointing. Ship docks alongside the town so we didn't go on an excursion, just walked into town. Didn't see a great deal so would probably recommend an organised tour to get the most out of this stop. Venice - reason we choose this itinerary was the call at Venice. We booked the full day/Gondola package at £100 for the the two of us. The Gondolier trip was probably the most disappointing part of the whole trip. We may as well have been on a theme park ride for all of the passion and interest shown by our Gondolier! he seemed far more interested in shouting across to his fellow Gondoliers than the people who were paying his wages for the next 20 mins. Venice itself is beautiful but very busy. We walked away from the tourist traps and ended up by the fish market in the northern part of the city. It was a lot quieter around there and we found the process reasonable. By far and away the best part of the day (and the trip) was the sail into and out or the city. This takes you down part of the Grand Canal and past St Marks square. it was a truly fantastic view from the ship and the stand out moment on the cruise. Split, - We weren't sure what to expect of Split but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Split is a town of two parts. There's Diacletions palace and the roman ruins of the old city and the newer part with upmarket shopping and lovely promenade area on the sea front. All of the popular parts of Split are clean, well presented and have a good vibe. Well worth a visit. Dubrovnik, - our favourite stop on the cruise despite a torrential downpour and thunderstorm!! Dubrovnik is a beautiful and well preserved medieval town complete with fully intact city walls. We walked the walls in the morning which costs 100 Kuna pp (about £10) but is well worth the price for the views alone. We took a taxi from the cruise terminal to the city for 13 euro but walked back due to the queues following the bad weather. This only took 30m mins and is pretty straightforward apart from a short stretch where the path runs out! Kotor - Kotor is located on a Fjord in Montenegro. We booked the bike ride excursion on board which cost £31 pp. Whilst this was a little on the steep side it was well worth the early start and effort. The scenery is simply stunning and as town is in the early development of it's tourist industry, relatively quiet. We stopped halfway for a quick coffee which turned out to the cheapest on the cruise approx £1.20. Another sign that Kotor is still a little behind the main tourist trade. Overall the cruise destinations can be summed up as: Highlights - Entry/exit to venice. Dubrovnik and Kotor Low Lights - The Gondola trip Most Bizarre moment - Kopor. World Body Building champs were in town. The main square was covered in fine mist of spray tan! On Board experience Dining apart from the first night we ate in the Piazza San Marco buffet restaurant. The food was plentiful and the offer extensive. Quality was OK but the 3/5 rating is down mainly to the temperature of the food and presentation. the hot food at times looked like it had been thrown into the dishes. we used the Four seasons fine dine restaurant on the first night. This wasn't a great experience, as the waiter forgot two of our tables meals and also a couple of drinks. It was more a case of style over substance. Bar We opted for the drinks package. It appears the cost of the package depends on when you book it. we were told of three different prices for the same deal - FOC if booked while on your previous cruise. £100pp booked on line 6 months prior to your holiday and £215 pp if booked later. As we paid 3100pp the deal was well worth while and most of our preferred drinks were included in the deal. The drinks service is waiter only. this works OK but be prepared for delays at busy times especially in the entertainment venues. Also the bar staff can appear surely and off hand.this can be off putting and is something that Thomson should look at. Housekeeping All public areas were immaculately clean and well presented. Our cabin was cleaned every day and the staff came in to tidy and provided a turn down service at night. Entertainment There was a full programme of entertainment from mid morning until late at night. We really enjoyed the Motown and Mediterranean nights. Also the Comedy Night with Carl Schofield was excellent. However there is a reliance on west end/ broadway musicals on other nights and if this isn't your thing options are limited. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I avidly read all the reviews about Thomson Majesty prior to this our 1st cruise, so I knew it was an old ship, i knew the staff were all very pleasant and happy to please and this was indeed the case. I had booked this cruise 12 months ... Read More
I avidly read all the reviews about Thomson Majesty prior to this our 1st cruise, so I knew it was an old ship, i knew the staff were all very pleasant and happy to please and this was indeed the case. I had booked this cruise 12 months in advance for my husbands 60th birthday. We wanted something extra special so booked a junior suite with a balcony - the balcony being very important. The balconies were a new addition in 2014 but blended in very well with the ship. We paid extra for a specific cabin 908 as we were assured by the travel agent and someone from Thomson cruises, that this cabin had a clear view with no obstruction of a lifeboat . However, much to our great disappointment, this was not the case! there was indeed a lifeboat right in front of our balcony which obstructed all views if you were sitting down. We went to complain to reception but there was nothing they could do as all balcony cabins had been allocated. She logged it with Head Office and told us to take it up with our agent, which i will do. For anyone wishing to get a clear view balcony, cabins 910 and 912 do have a clear view. The cabin was a little smaller than I had anticipated from the photos I had seen, but it seems the photos from Thomson are of the Presidential suite and not a junior suite. We had plenty of room to move around, a walk in wardrobe with full length mirror and storage for suitcases, a sitting area with sofa, chair and coffee table and drawer storage space around the very comfy bed. The bathroom had shower and bath and was a decent size but then having never been in any other type of cabin, we had nothing to compare it to. I would advise to take your own hairdryer though, as the bathroom one wasn’t very powerful. We were entitled to free pressing of three items each and this service was excellent and delivered on time for Captains night. We were just along from the Royal Observatory bar which was handy for getting drinks to take to our cabin, especially for a night cap on the balcony. The staff even knew my order before I asked and the measures were extremely generous. As we had booked so far in advance, we had the drinks package free and made full use of this! we had our evening meals in either four seasons or seven seas restaurant and had very attentive service with frequent wine top ups. The menus were the same in both restaurants but Captains night definitely had the nicest tasting meal. We did try the Bistro one night and this was exceptional! Six courses, we had the snails which were superb, Hubby had surf and turf and I had lobster - highly recommended and although we ordered a different wine, you can use your drinks package in here. The entertainment was ok for us and we did go to a to a few quizzes and the comedian Phil Doyle was very funny. Would we so another Thomson cruise? Yes possibly on the huge Splendour of the seas which is joining the Thomson fleet In 2016 which will become Thomson Discovery. It docked near us and looked fantastic Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
The Majesy is very tired, our cabin was so small one of us had to stay in bed to allow the other to get ready. The towels provided were very poor. The entertainment was terrible. If you want a sunbed you have to get up at stupid ... Read More
The Majesy is very tired, our cabin was so small one of us had to stay in bed to allow the other to get ready. The towels provided were very poor. The entertainment was terrible. If you want a sunbed you have to get up at stupid o'clock. The good points, staff were very good, food ok, ports very good. Basically you are paying 5 star prices for 3 star. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I booked this cruise with Thomson Cruises from June 5th - June 12th 2015 and thoroughly enjoyed it. The ship was immaculate and infection control was in place at the toilet areas by using anti-bacterial gel provided. Hand gel was ... Read More
I booked this cruise with Thomson Cruises from June 5th - June 12th 2015 and thoroughly enjoyed it. The ship was immaculate and infection control was in place at the toilet areas by using anti-bacterial gel provided. Hand gel was compulsory before entering restaurants and administered by ship staff. The food was fantastic and in abundance from morning to night. The cabin was adequate and cleaned frequently throughout the day. Sleep quality was good and the bed comfortable. The ship staff were efficient, polite and very friendly. Entertainment was very good and enjoyable, but you had to be early before the shows, to get a seat. The cruise itinerary of ports of call were excellent and plenty of time was allowed to go ashore sight-seeing. The cruise itself was very smooth and not once did I find the ship sway or move suddenly. In fact, I did not feel the ship docking whilst still in bed early morning. The only thing I found was that no cash was taken on-board at the bars and I had to open an account in sterling linked to my bank card. Not a problem but I had taken euros in cash and a cashpassport card loaded with euros. However, I was able to spend the euros on shore and what I did not spend, transferred them back again to my bank account to cover the bill on board ship. You could open a cash account in euros which was converted into sterling and a cash account in sterling by placing a deposit of £200.00 which you would have to top-up if spending over £200.00. So it was far easier to open an account by bank card and then you were billed in three separate payments throughout the cruise. To sum up, an excellent experience and cruise. Highly recommended !! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
As this was my partner and I's first cruise we were a little apprehensive at first and having read some of the reviews on this site more so. However we needn't have been as we had a great time. I think at 35 we were the youngest ... Read More
As this was my partner and I's first cruise we were a little apprehensive at first and having read some of the reviews on this site more so. However we needn't have been as we had a great time. I think at 35 we were the youngest people on the ship apart from two or three other couples and one young family but that doesn't bother us at all. However on more than one occasion we were confused with the ship's entertainment crew ! However that been said you get out of life what you put in and the same goes for holidays. I think this holiday wouldn't be for everybody, and as I have no other cruising experience to compare it to I can only go by this experience. Firstly the flight was pleasant enough, plenty of leg room for a short haul flight, but as the internet site hadn't allowed us to check in we were unable to sit together - not a problem for a sub three hour flight however. We arrived at Corfu and picked up our bags then handed them over to the coach driver and they were waiting for us when we reached the room. We were escorted to our room by a crew member and settled in. The ship At 20 years old it is an old ship, however it was freshly painted and kept spotlessly clean. As it was our first cruise it was the perfect size- not too large to be able to navigate, but not too small that you get bored. The Food I have never eaten so much in my life and can see why people put on weight on a cruise. The food was plentiful and varied and always to a good standard. We ate in the Seven seas restaurant a couple of times, and the Four seasons restaurant on the Captain's Gala night which was a serviced waiter type affair . The food was good and the staff entertained us after the meal with a sing song. On the other nights we ate in the San Marco Piazza Buffet restaurant and there was a wide variety of food available including a pasta station and roast dinner one evening. The waitress Rose remembered our names and drinks. On the last night we paid to eat in the Bistro restaurant which was a six course meal . The food was excellent if the service a little slow. We waited 45 minutes for our starter and had to skip dessert because we wanted to watch a show . Food was available during the day, however we tended to eat lunch in port and on the islands. Drinks We are glad that we pre-booked the drinks package as we could then relax without a big bill. The included drinks were plentiful including branded spirits and we enjoyed the cocktail of the day most days. The pricing structure was a bit random at times - Cointreau being included but not baileys as an example but it was clearly set out and it was up to you if you wanted to pay extra. Spa Myself and my partner indulged in three massage treatments when we were on board and found these to be reasonably priced. Entertainment There was a vast array of entertainment throughout the day and night. We especially enjoyed the hardworking show team in the Jubilee lounge . We met and made friends with other holiday makers and despite being on an excursion the next day, left the disco at 3 am on more than one occasion. We had a flutter in the Casino and played a couple of games of Bingo - much to the derision of our friends.I even took part in the weakest link game - like I said you get out what you put in. Destinations Mykonos was amazing and I will definitely return for a longer stay. We hired quad bikes and toured the island. Kussadasi was ok but we are glad that we did the half day Ephesus tour it was amazing. Priraues is nothing special just a busy port but the trip into Athens is easy enough _we took the metro with one change for 8 euros return. Chania old town was nice - we went snorkeling and had lunch in the port. Finally Kalamata was ok for a beach day but wouldn't probably return. All in all a great itinerary if you are a bit of a culture vulture like we are but then want to relax on other days. Disembarkation and return flight Went smoothly enough- Corfu airport was packed with no air conditioning and few places to sit. Our flight was delayed but we were allocated exra legroom seats and we sat together . Negative points Not many to be honest- I think that given what we paid we didn't expect the Earth. I would agree with some of the other reviews here - the sunbed situation needs to be policed more- people just left their towels and walked away expecting their sunbed to be there when they came back. There were not enough sunbeds available as a result especially on the at- sea day. The pools are small and very cold and the Jacuzzi wasn't quite hot enough- although that didn't stop us getting in . There was quite a strong smell of diesel on the ship at times but then it is an old ship. This was our first cruise I would definitely try another one with Thomson .We were quite sad to leave at the end as we had made some new friends who we intend to stay in touch with. Then in the future we will perhaps pay a little bit more and try one of the larger more modern ships. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Just come back from a weeks cruising on thomson majesty and loved it. the food was spot on and im funny with food abroad.but a wide range you want for nothing. the staff are very friendly and helpfull from the top of the ship to the ... Read More
Just come back from a weeks cruising on thomson majesty and loved it. the food was spot on and im funny with food abroad.but a wide range you want for nothing. the staff are very friendly and helpfull from the top of the ship to the bottom they cannot do enough for. the entertainment top notch loved every minute on ship and would book again tomorrow without hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was my first cruise and was unsure what to expect. Checking in was very good and everything went smoothly with our suitcases being left outside our cabin, so no need to drag them around the ship. Checking out was another matter; we ... Read More
This was my first cruise and was unsure what to expect. Checking in was very good and everything went smoothly with our suitcases being left outside our cabin, so no need to drag them around the ship. Checking out was another matter; we had to leave our suitcases outside of our cabin by 1:30am on the night before our departure which I thought was wrong as this left us with a full day with no luggage. We also had to be out of our cabin by 9am again leaving us no room for the whole of the last day. The cabin was the worst part for me, we decided not to upgrade because we did not expect to spend much time in there. However these cabins are tiny and even getting ready to go out at night is difficult because of the lack of space. We were told that even the cabins with a window were still very small and we would need to upgrade to the best cabins to achieve any extra size. The food onboard was generally good although the breakfast was only ever luke warm and in the waiter serviced restaurants there was not much choice on the menus. My biggest problem with the eating arrangements was that you had to sit with other people. This is ok if you want to socialise, but sometimes it is nice just to share a meal with your wife and not have to make small talk with people that you have never met. One night we paid to eat in the a la carte restaurant which was very good with a 6 course meal and a table for 2. The entertainment program was very good with plenty of places to sit and have a drink and watch a show or be entertained. The choice of drinks onboard which are included in the all inclusive package are limited unless you want to pay an extra premium per drink to get branded drinks. The sunbathing deck on the ship is quite small for the number of people onboard. If the ship is at sea during the day the deck is very cramped with everyone wanting a sun lounger and nobody ashore. There is also no shade on the deck where the sun loungers are. If you want shade you have to go down 2 decks and lie around the edge of the ship under the lifeboats where there is also no bar or food available. To make matters worse they also closed the top deck one day because they said that it was too windy. The swimming pool is tiny, much smaller than I expected and very cold. The only people that I saw using it were kids. The staff onboard are all very helpful and friendly. The excursions organised by Thomsons were all expensive in my opinion and very over rated. Most of them involved looking around old buildings or monuments which was not what I wanted to do. We did go on a gondola in Venice which had to be tried but we were disappointed that we did not get any commentary as we travelled along the canals. There were 6 of us in the gondola and we sat in complete silence for the 25 minute ride with the gondolier not even saying hello or goodbye. The Thomson rep tried to get us to stock up on drinks before leaving for Venice (at a cost) saying that they would be very expensive on shore. This is not the case unless you choose to drink in one of the restaurants in St Marks square. For me this was a disappointing trip with the bad points outweighing the good points. I may try cruising again on another route but doubt that I will go on another Thomson cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Hi My friend and i ecently got back from a brilliant cruise on Thomson Majesty on 22nd May 2015. We flew out from East midlands airport to Corfu. The transport from Corfu airport to the ship took about fifteen minutes and was ... Read More
Hi My friend and i ecently got back from a brilliant cruise on Thomson Majesty on 22nd May 2015. We flew out from East midlands airport to Corfu. The transport from Corfu airport to the ship took about fifteen minutes and was faultless. Seeing the ship for the first time was wonderful. A great whiteness against a clear blue sky... Perfect! Once on boarding the ship, i realised that it had had some use. It was what i would expect from a three star hotel in England. But what it lacked in newness, it more than made up for in atmosphere. The staff couldn't have been nicer and more helpful. Always on hand and neatly dressed. J D, one of the barmen/magician kept us entertained while pouring drinks. High, always served us with a smile, while filling our wine glass. Ry, was always on hand to bring us a fresh drink. And Emma, a young dancer, sponsored me for a charity event in aid of the Sheffield Children's Hospital !!! The life on board was relaxed and easy-going, with plenty of entertainment to keep you occupied through the day. The shows in the evenning were brilliant. Richard, the entertainments manager, must take a lot of credit. The ports of call were all well choosen and well worth a visit. However, Kalamata was a little dissapointing. I met some wonderful people on the cruise, who all seemed to share my view. Thanks to all those who contributed. PS Richard. Up the Owls !!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Very impressed with this cruise, a great first experience. Food excellent- we preferred the self service options on deck 10, great choice of food, ate non stop all week. Entertainment- plenty of choices, the comedian was hilarious. The ... Read More
Very impressed with this cruise, a great first experience. Food excellent- we preferred the self service options on deck 10, great choice of food, ate non stop all week. Entertainment- plenty of choices, the comedian was hilarious. The entertainment staff work very hard. We found it a bit full on at times, especially around the pool deck. We got a free upgrade on our cabin, really pleased about that....clean, spacious. Only did one organised trip to the caves and castles due to expense but there was so much to see in every port anyway. We met many people who were staying at the same hotel as Us for our second week which was great fun. Will definetly cruise again Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I was on the Majesty for my 1st Cruise ever in September 2014, it was a treat to my partner & myself as I was having my 50th birthday on board on the 22nd September. As this was our first cruise I was worried as to what it would be ... Read More
I was on the Majesty for my 1st Cruise ever in September 2014, it was a treat to my partner & myself as I was having my 50th birthday on board on the 22nd September. As this was our first cruise I was worried as to what it would be like, as I have worked in the shipbuilding industry for over 25 years, and spent many a months at sea. But to be on the ship as a passenger, rather than part of the crew, I fully enjoyed myself that much that I have booked another cruise on the same ship, in this coming May 2016 for 2 weeks. The activities onboard are amazing, and the crew try to get everybody involved, but if you just want to sit and moan, then is that really what you paid your money for? I have to mention some of the crew who made this an excellent holiday; the house-keepers Tatyana & Olha, who kept our suite tidy with fresh fruit everyday; the bar staff and waitresses around the ship Kadek, Gigi, Harry, Ahmed, Soso, Shain & my pal Mary Doll (Mary Ann) who made our evening enjoyable; they even got me a surprise cake for my 50th birthday. The cabin we stayed in was at the bow end of the ship, cabin 607 which gave us a fantastic view every morning as we were coming into port in a different country. Well here is looking forward to putting on another couple of pounds in May, as I cant speak highly enough of the food on board; from the buffets at the poolside to the Seven Seas Restaurant. But more importantly, the reason I am writing this so long after my original cruise is because of the bad reviews that the minority are posting on this site. Do not listen to them, go there with an open mind and enjoy yourself whither your twenty one or ninety one. Cant wit for May 2016. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Six of us just returned from a week on the Majesty and I have a lot of issues but first I would like to bring up the positives. The ship is very clean, the cleaning staff are non stop always washing hovering in the public areas etc and our ... Read More
Six of us just returned from a week on the Majesty and I have a lot of issues but first I would like to bring up the positives. The ship is very clean, the cleaning staff are non stop always washing hovering in the public areas etc and our cabin was spotless every day. The bar staff were non stop and worked hard as did the entertainment staff. Embarcation and check in were swift and cases waiting for us when we got to our cabin. All the destinations on the ittinery were excellent (Adriatic Adventure), unfortunately that is were the pleasure ends. We booked as three couples in a group but were treated as three individual couples and as such we were given different dining times at the captains gala and our transfer to our second week onshore were in different times and coaches. None of us got the cabin we booked under, we requested doubles and all got twins. The worst thing though was the food to the point we were actually laughing when it arrived at the table, cost cutting is very evident here where dishes that are advertised as one thing are something else, IE there was a starter of pork and pistachio pate was actually a small sliced-out of a tin-piece of pistachio spam (I joke not), one night they made such a parade of the baked Alaska and actually paraded this desert though the dining room with the lights off with the desert on fire....only when I looked closely did I see that the desert was just plastic plate covers wrapped in foil and the dessert when it arrived was just Artic roll !!!!!!!. What annoyed me most though was that all 4 main restaurants served exactly the same menu except for the a la carte with its £20 surcharge.  The main comedy act was Maurice Grumbleweed, seriously where in gods name did they dig him up from? his jokes were older that most of the passengers. And finally I got sick fed up of photographers coming around when you are trying to have a meal or every time you got off the ship just in the desperate hope that I would spend £9.99 on a photo. All that said I would go on a cruise again but there is no chance I would do it with Thompson. Don't let this review put you off, there were many people who were enjoying themselves, the whole experience seemed to be aimed at the over 60's age group and if that is you im sure you will enjoy yourself. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014

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