We have just returned from a week sailing on Majesty, our outward flight went well, and we were soon on board with our luggage arriving at the cabin nearly as quickly as we did. Our restricted view (half blocked by the lifeboat support) ... Read More
We have just returned from a week sailing on Majesty, our outward flight went well, and we were soon on board with our luggage arriving at the cabin nearly as quickly as we did. Our restricted view (half blocked by the lifeboat support) cabin on deck 8 was as expected and kept spotless by two very hard working ladies, we agree with others that the standard cabins are small, but we got by with a bit of planning, cases just fitting under beds etc. We had no problem with any of our facilities.
We had been told there was to be the lifeboat drill soon after arrival, so while waiting we decided to unpack, we had a knock on the cabin door and were told to get our life jackets ON and go to our appointed area or we would be late, now I am no expert but my understanding is you do not go to the drill area until the alarm sounds and you do not put your jackets on until on deck. We had no choice but to comply, but feel that the drill was poorly carried out as all people were already on deck when the alarm was sounded (my area any way) and after a lot of hanging around, were taken through the drill procedure of putting jackets on and the cabin count taken.
We were disappointed with the buffet; food looked good, but was often lukewarm, vegetables often cold, due to food being kept in cabinets and moved around the ship, large trays of food are put out and not replaced often enough, it would mean more work, but smaller trays of food being replaced more often would correct this, food on the deck grill and other restaurant's was ok. Fresh juices were served in the other restaurants but a watered down version in the buffet at breakfast was not fair, I only wish I had found out sooner. You soon learn what to avoid. I did not see anyone monitor food temperatures at all. I was told that the water for tea in the urns could have been hotter, but the coffee was fine
The drinks package is not as good as in previous years on the other ships, I spoke to one officer who said that the DP is being standardised on all their ships, so you will get the same on whatever ship you are on, so it may no longer be value for money as other packages for wine, beer that are available may suit you better. An order for cola on DP varied from a small tumbler filled with ice and very little cola, to a thin tall glass or Plastic tumbler dependant on who took the order. Equally with wine spritzer, when we ordered two at the same time we got a wine glass, but if only one I got a tumbler.
The tours are expensive, but we enjoyed them, the walking tours took no consideration of the problem people were having adjusting to the heat, some fit but older people in our groups struggled to keep up, also it was very easy to lose the guide as we were such big groups, more guides are needed, one lady nearly fainted at the Trevi fountain due to the need to keep up, all the tours on Italian Flavours could be done quite easily independently with a bit of research and forward planning, however we decided to do our own thing in Messina, just going round on the road train seemed simple enough, just to see the main tourist areas in the Port area, but later on discovered we had been ripped off as we found that for two of us we had been charged 10e each, but had we joined with others and gone as a private group we would have had a considerable discount so were not impressed. Someone else however lost 100e by buying from a trader only to find they had bought two tiles instead of what they had wanted, so Thomsons safety aspect while on their tours in some cases does stand up.
Now fast forward to our last day, it is so obvious, Thomsons are only interested in the new people coming on board, kicked out of the cabin by 9am, even though some people were not flying out until late in the day, a courtesy cabin with only a 30min slot arranged through reception could be arranged or you pay for a cabin , charge of Â(EURO)35 applies, and no guarantee it was the one you had been in, your main baggage is collected in the early hours and goes out on the quay and stays there until you fly out , whatever the weather. We went down at our allocated time, (no warning message over the tannoy, so any one dozing could miss their flight) and stood in the blazing sun until eventually a coach moved a few yards towards us and we were able to board, (the crew were busy looking after those going on to hotels, or new people coming on board, in other words, those that Thomsons could make more money out of?)
Once at the airport, we were soon processed through the system and a smooth flight home, (but with very slow service from the hostesses as they were chatting instead of moving speedily through the plane as on our outward journey) but with the best landing I have ever had.
A lovely ship and holiday overall, but not sure we would sail on her again. Ciao for now Read Less