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Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise as it was her last cruise under Thomson Majesty, before returning to her original owners. After collecting our luggage from the airport carousel the transfer from Malaga Airport to ship was quick and efficient, at ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was her last cruise under Thomson Majesty, before returning to her original owners. After collecting our luggage from the airport carousel the transfer from Malaga Airport to ship was quick and efficient, at the ship our luggage was transported from the coach to our cabin. Registration was quick and efficient taking approximately 5 min. Staff were on hand to escort you to your cabin, which is a nice touch and was always available on the Majesty. Our cabin was clean and ready for our occupation, with all relevant information neatly placed on the dressing table by Maricel and Bill our cabin stewards, lifeboat drill was carried out at 18.30, was informative and completed much quicker than in other Thomson ships we have cruised in. Thomson Majesty has not changed much over the last 5 years, she still shows her age, but is always clean and well looked after, the staff are all pleasant and go out of their way to make your cruise a happy memorable one, even though many did not know what the future held for further employment. As it was her last cruise under the Thomson flag, our local TUI shop expected there would be additional shows and parties, the only additions from normal was (1) a glass of bubbly on arrival at ship, (2) a dress up in colour night, (3) a party in the reception area with cakes, various nibbles, fruit and bubbly, all beautifully set up with ice and fruit carvings, (4) a lovely sail away from Cadiz with large fireworks display on the quay all washed down with as much bubbly as you wanted. We always had breakfast in the Piazza San Marco as we like to have a light breakfast, there was always tea, coffee, fruit juice and cold water, also a large selection of cold meat, cheese, breads, yogurts, fruits, sticky buns, and the full English breakfast selection of eggs (fried scrambled, boiled), sausages, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, hash browns etc, all nicely presented and kept topped up. Due to doing a lot of trips late lunch was normally in the Piazza San Marco and usually consisted of soup and a pudding. The Seven Sea's Restaurant was our chosen venue for evening dinner, we tend to eat early 18.30 so never found the restaurant full. We always sat at the same table, with Don and Mario as our waiters, they did a marvellous job over the week, tending to our every want, they definitely helped make it a happy memorable cruise. Regardless of our selection the food was always well prepared and presented, not dolloped on the plate like the pub grub we were presented with on the Thomson Dream in September. All shows in the Jubilee Lounge were well performed, especially Killer Queen, having been on the Majesty six times, covering 9 weeks we had seen most of the shows various times, we therefore will not comment as we may be a bit biased. We did a trip in every port:- Lisbon, Panoramic Drive:- A nice easy tour on the legs an informative trip covering the main attractions of Lisbon with plenty of photo stops. Portimao, Quaint Fishing Villages:- Relaxing relatively easy tour to two small fishing villages, which were quiet and relaxing, some lovely views for photo's. Casablanca, Casablanca City Tour:- A real eye opener on how to drive, (heart stopping), covers a walk through open Olive Market, a visit to the exterior of the Hassan II Mosque, the Notre Dame Church and a stop at the Habous Quarter to see the Kings Palace. A good tour for Casablanca information. Gibraltar, World War Two Tunnels:- A relatively easy tour starting with a bus tour around the rock, then off to the tunnels we were informed how the tunnels were dug and where and how the troops lived. Interesting but not for you if you are not interested in world war two. Plenty of time afterwards for duty free shopping. Cadiz, Cadiz & A Taste Of Jerez:- A panoramic tour round Cadiz's old quarter covering most of the main attractions, then off to Jerez to visit a wine cellar (TIO PEPE) where we were given the history of the winery and how the wine and sherry is made, there was vast vaults full of signed barrels (Her Majesty The Queen, Prince Philip, Winston Churchill, to name a few), there was hundreds signed by famous people. We were then taken to a lavish tasting area to sample the sherry, dry, medium (Croft, they have owned the Croft name since 2002) and sweet. I think the sweet was most liked by the group. very interesting if you like sherry. Over all we had another great cruise on a lovely but old ship served by staff happy to do their best to make your cruise a pleasant happy memory. We will be sorry to see Thomson Majesty go, we have many happy memories of the various cruises we have had on the Majesty, especially some of the staff whom we have met on our travels, (Mario our waiter for three cruises), (Hady, waiter on our first and last Majesty cruise), (Grace, drinks waitress two cruises) thanks to you all. In my opinion, having cruised on all of the older Thomson ships, it should have been the Dream that went, it was the worst lay out and the worst food of the lot from a cruiser's view. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Chose the cruise as a break, flew from local airport to places not been to before. Have been on a few Thomson Cruises with no bother. Staff friendly and helpful. Entertainment good but maybe too loud ( I carry ear plugs at all times in ... Read More
Chose the cruise as a break, flew from local airport to places not been to before. Have been on a few Thomson Cruises with no bother. Staff friendly and helpful. Entertainment good but maybe too loud ( I carry ear plugs at all times in the shows. Food very good for the cruise cost, variety and service good. Did not go to the pricey speciality restaurants. Excursions good specially the Amalfi coast drive. Cruise spoilt by the obstructed views in the outside cabin which we paid a supplement for and we knew it was obstructed but no mention of the fact it was 70% obstructed. If we had known it was that much we would not have paid the extra. Needless to say we asked for a different cabin but was informed the ship was full. The Reception confirmed it was a 70% obstructed cabin. So if they knew why was it not entered in the brochure. Complained to head office on return but fobbed off with the usual standard phrases. I was not asking for compensation for the whole cruise cost just the portion attributable to the extra paid for an outside view. I was not going to ask for a cash refund , a credit note for the portion would have been acceptable. Head office customer sevices were not sympathetic as far as a credit was concerned. They stated I should have phoned the Holiday agent. (phoning from Palma to U.K. )! When nothing could be done as ship was full would have wasted more of my money. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Just returned from this cruise. We booked this, primarily for the itinerary, particularly as it included Cadiz and Gibraltar. Cadiz is a beautiful city, full of promenades, parks and squares. The walk along the sea wall is very scenic ... Read More
Just returned from this cruise. We booked this, primarily for the itinerary, particularly as it included Cadiz and Gibraltar. Cadiz is a beautiful city, full of promenades, parks and squares. The walk along the sea wall is very scenic and you can cut into the park, which has a manmade water feature as well as some interesting flora and fauna. The city also has a beautiful gold domed cathedral and a bustling shopping area for those who like that sort of thing. Gibraltar is a strange mix of Britain and Spain. We went to see the siege tunnels, which are very well displayed, both regarding the way they were built and used. Also in the area of the serge tunnels are the World War II tunnels, the Moorish fortress, the military memorial, the siege exhibition and the lime kiln, all of which can be accessed by a blanket ticket costing €10. There were many other places of interest in Gibraltar which we didn’t have time to see during our relatively short stay in port. The ports of both Cadiz and Gibraltar are located adjacent (no more than 10 to 15 minutes walking time at a steady pace) to the towns and both are extremely interesting places to visit. The port at Casablanca is basically a container area and it really isn’t advisable to try and navigate your way out on foot, although I am aware that some of the passengers on our cruise did. It’s probably a 40 minute walk at least and then the actual town of Casablanca is quite spread out. We opted for a Thomson organised tour. At £42 each it was (as usual) expensive, but, to be fair, it did cover a lot of ground and was quite comprehensive, The guide was good and didn’t appear to have any “arrangements” with the local shops regarding bringing tourists in (as we have experienced in Morocco in the past). He was informative regarding what we saw and gave us a good 4½ hour tour. In any event we felt safer on an organised tour. The real surprise was, however, Cartagena. Again, from the port it’s a 5 minute walk into town. It’s a really wonderful place, much larger than we anticipated and, on the Sunday we were there, busy with many locals in town, enjoying Sunday lunch and the open market atmosphere. There is an open top bus tour that lasts 40 minutes at €7 per person which is well worth doing. We also walked up to the castle area to see the amphitheatre. Valencia is about 9km from the port so you will need to use the shuttle bus, taxi or the hop on/hop off service that runs about 400 metres outside of the port area. Valencia is probably not as striking a place as the others, but it still has it’s nice buildings, squares and markets. If you don’t fancy going into Valencia, the actual port area itself is quite pleasant and within waking distance. The port is adjacent to a marina area with bars, restaurants and a beach, all within about a 30 to 40 minute walk dependant on where the ship docks. There is little point in reviewing the ship as it will be leaving the Tui fleet in November. Suffice to say there was nothing wrong with the ship, albeit a little bit frayed around the edges. This is our second time on the Majesty so we were well versed as to its layout and the location of the public rooms. The ships most valuable asset were the staff. The level of service we received was outstanding, with all staff offering their attention and providing a very rapid service, be it drinks, food, cabin service or anything else. I wish them well in the hope they get a continuation of contracts. The 5 piece band “Game of Tones” were also particularly worthy of a mention. In summary, in my opinion, the beauty of this cruise itinerary is that in three of the five ports, you only have to fall off the ship and you are in town. This, coupled with the alternative in Valencia of staying in the marina area if the town doesn’t take your fancy and the genuinely interesting towns and cities that are visited makes it a good cruise, and better that I originally expected. This is our 5th Thomson/Tui/Marella cruise, on 4 different ships. You know what you are going to get with Thomson and the overall deal, what we paid for what we got, was good value. Thanks Thomson (again). We are already booked on the Marella Celebration for next year. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
I chose this cruise for the places to visit and for the time of year. I would like to praise all of the people employed in this ship. In particular we had three amazing waiters at dinner every night. Namely Owen, Dodie and our lovely wine ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the places to visit and for the time of year. I would like to praise all of the people employed in this ship. In particular we had three amazing waiters at dinner every night. Namely Owen, Dodie and our lovely wine waiter Made. The cleaners of our cabin were Olivia and Brian who could not have done any better and with so much humour and grace. There are too many people to mention, not least names are not always known. There's Pan we met in the morning buffet! Everybody has such warmth and humour. Then, the places to visit, the help one receives to disembark etc. Everything is made so clear. Then, the entertainment. Those singers and dancers are second to none. The comperes, the singer and comedian were wonderful. Need I go on?! Worth every penny and not only that the weather was lovely, too! Thank you Captain, crew and staff. Brilliant. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
After reading some of the reviews, we were a bit worried we had booked the wrong ship, well we had a wonderful surprise, everything on this ship was wonderful. The staff were so friendly and helpful, from cabin staff through to restaurant ... Read More
After reading some of the reviews, we were a bit worried we had booked the wrong ship, well we had a wonderful surprise, everything on this ship was wonderful. The staff were so friendly and helpful, from cabin staff through to restaurant staff everyone was very polite, friendly and nothing was too much trouble. This was our first cruise with TUI and we will most defiantly be sailing with them again. We had the drinks package which was well worth the money, we found the food superb, always some thing to eat 24 hours if you wanted it. Our cabin was a inside cabin with additional space on deck 4, we slept soundly every single night and woke up fully refreshed every morning. The cabin was quite spacious, we didn't feel claustrophobic at all, the cabin staff kept the cabin spotlessly clean, coming in twice a day to check it out. I would recommend this cruise Mediterranean Melody to anyone, visiting Corsica, Florence & Pisa, Monte Carlo & Monaco, Marseille and Barcelona. Thank you TUI for a unforgettable holiday and birthday. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was the first cruise that i had ever been on so my expectations were unknown. On arrival at the airport going we were met by a man who gave us our tickets and directed us to checkin desk, from there-on in it was very quick, smooth and ... Read More
This was the first cruise that i had ever been on so my expectations were unknown. On arrival at the airport going we were met by a man who gave us our tickets and directed us to checkin desk, from there-on in it was very quick, smooth and professionally run. On arrival at the ship we were taken directley to our cabin , shown how to open the door and cases were there already, everything after this was first class , the entertainment was exceptional, the service was unbelievabe and the food oh my god, from fine dining to burger and chips it was all there,the staff were always cleaning berore and after you. the ports we visited were top notch culdnt fault any of them, an information leaflet was left everynight which had information of the next days port you were visiting and what was going on onboard times and places this proved to be very informative. I would and will be recommending thomson cruises to anybody who will listen. I will definatley be using tomsons for my next holidays. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Group arrangement with14 other people. Laughed from morning to night. Waiters in Seven Seas Restaurant so friendly and welcoming. Our wine waiter Jommel kept everybody's glass topped up and remembered my drink after one night (I ... Read More
Group arrangement with14 other people. Laughed from morning to night. Waiters in Seven Seas Restaurant so friendly and welcoming. Our wine waiter Jommel kept everybody's glass topped up and remembered my drink after one night (I don't drink wine). The waiter Gigs is such a good dancer and so many of us ladies enjoyed egging him on. We were then put on the naughty table which we reserved most nights. Good choice of food presented so well and very tasty. Dom made sure we had our orders taken promptly food always arrived so we could all eat at the same time exceptional waiter. Assisted by Mario they work so well as a team. Staff all around the ship were happy which is always good to see and they do work exceptionally long hours. The ship was full I understand but the service in the bars, coffee lounge and even the very busy show room was good. The comedian was hilarious and I am pleased to say his jokes were clean leaving you to come to your own conclusion. Had a really wonderful time liked the ship being smaller than most and can only say my husband and my experience as first timer cruisers was excellent and we are both now hooked on cruises. My husband agrees with all my comments above. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We`re just back from our Cruise on the Majesty Ship on the 3rd of October. We decided to go on a cruise as it was my 50th Birthday and also our 25th Wedding Anniversary. I have to say everything was first class. when we arrived we ... Read More
We`re just back from our Cruise on the Majesty Ship on the 3rd of October. We decided to go on a cruise as it was my 50th Birthday and also our 25th Wedding Anniversary. I have to say everything was first class. when we arrived we where on deck 9 and we had Champagne and chocolate strawberries waiting in our cabin for us. That was the start of our wonderful holiday and from then on we couldn't have asked for anything better. We found the crew to be very accommodating and helpful especially Gerald, Sam and Ronnie in the dining room and Stacey in the Bar area. They where sooo pleasant and helpful. As was Lorreee who cleaned our cabin for us day and evening and she was very thorough. The entertainment was brilliant and something different every night to suit everyone. The house band "Game of Tones" were very good and the girl singing was such a happy/pleasant little lady and really did her best to get everyone to join in and get involved, as did the whole entertainment team. The food was really lovely and there was enough choice to suit all. We have been on a few other cruises with different cruise companies and i must say that our Thomson Cruise is definitely up there with the best of them. If i had one complaint to make it would be that the dining room and the Jubilee Theatre are very, very warm and that they should maybe consider turning the air-con up a little bit. Other than that we would definitely give a big thumbs up to The Majesty and Thomson Cruises. So much so that we are already looking for another Cruise with Thomson next year. :-)) Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
this was our first cruise and i will never go to hotel again .Its an amazing ship the staff were all amazing especially jd from the bar ,jimmy in the buffet resturant and all the entertainment team they work so hard and the shows are ... Read More
this was our first cruise and i will never go to hotel again .Its an amazing ship the staff were all amazing especially jd from the bar ,jimmy in the buffet resturant and all the entertainment team they work so hard and the shows are amazing food best we had ever had beats all thr hotels we have been in .The cabin staff work so hard cleaning your room twice day turning your covers down at bed time with chocolate on your pillow we will deffo be doing another thomson cruise ,the only negative was the internet and the photo shoot cost if they were more reasonable more people would buy there photos but 100.00 for 1 photo bit over the top but apart from that there was nothing we could have commented negativly about we enjoyed the experience a lot and could reccomend a thomson cruise to anyone wanting to have a cruise Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
Thomson Tui do it right very organized from airport to ship, ship a little dated but good atmosphere. food was good entertainment was of the best standard you would get on any top rated cruise lines if not better and as a seasoned cruiser ... Read More
Thomson Tui do it right very organized from airport to ship, ship a little dated but good atmosphere. food was good entertainment was of the best standard you would get on any top rated cruise lines if not better and as a seasoned cruiser I would say the entertainers were very talented. lots of places to sit, always able to get a sun bed 2 lovely people keeping the cabin clean and tidy but all the crew seemed very cheerful in whatever their job. it is our 3rd cruise with Thompson and this certainly will not stop us from booking more cruises with them.. Only downsize was the view we had from the cabin window we paid for a window but didn't expect to pay for the only thing we could see out of it which was a lifeboat which completely blocked any view also not informed when booking that it was a restricted view didn't spoil the holiday just hurt my pocket I don't pay for upgrades usually but will be more cautious in the future. Read Less
Celestyal Majesty Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.3
Dining 3.0 3.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 3.0 3.8
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.3
Family 5.0 3.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.3
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 3.6
Rates 5.0 3.7

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