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Sail Date: December 2010
Well where do I start. I have been on several cruises mainly royal Caribbean or Norwegian Cruise lines. I wasn't expecting it to be on the same level but this ship (ferry) has some serious issues. Two things I was told about this ship ... Read More
Well where do I start. I have been on several cruises mainly royal Caribbean or Norwegian Cruise lines. I wasn't expecting it to be on the same level but this ship (ferry) has some serious issues. Two things I was told about this ship were it had friendly staff and good food. In all the ships I have been on I have never met such rude and miserable staff almost to the point I felt like they didn't want to be on the ship either. Observatory bar man rude and if he can be bothered he might serve you. Waitress in same bar I don't think had a smile. Two blokes in casino cashiers generally doing nothing eating crisps and with no manners. Threw the chips at you no hello no thank you and if you won they would speak in a different language and laugh. Casino on most ships is a highlight and great atmosphere and when you win normally congratulated. As for the rooms well I'll add the photos and you can see for yourselves. In 7 days we didn't have our sheets changed once. Brown stains on towels yellow water which I'd been using to brush my teeth with. Realised after 2 days why I had been feeling ill. Toilets always broken and my nan in room next door her toilet exploded with sewage in room. Drinks package waste of time as 70% of drinks menu still had supplement charge. Food pretty much same in every restaurant and if you go to the waiter service dinning your likely to have dirty glasses wine poured over you and general caos. Also 4 seasons and 7 seas serve exactly the same food. The attention to detail on this ship is diabolical if I could of taken a video of some of the things I've seen you would be shocked. I could go on and on but I feel I have already wasted 1 week of my life which I will never get back so I will stop now. Check out the photos and good luck to all of you. My girlfriends first experience on a cruise was not pleasant and I'm going to struggle to convince her that not all ships are like this wreckage. On high note entertainment is not bad and we did see some good shows. not all the staff were as above but only a handful out of all staff is just not good enough. Cabin fever is an understatement. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
We have just returned from a great eastern mediterranean cruise on the Thomson Majesty. We had an outside plus cabin on deck 7 which was very comfortable and a good size. We were concerned that being o. The promenade deck meant people ... Read More
We have just returned from a great eastern mediterranean cruise on the Thomson Majesty. We had an outside plus cabin on deck 7 which was very comfortable and a good size. We were concerned that being o. The promenade deck meant people could see in but special glass meant that we could see out but nobody could see in. The staff were friendly and attentive. The food was fantastic. We ate at the four seasons restaurant and the self service. Ports were good. It was easy to do most ports yourself but we did book 2 excursions which were very good- to see ephasus and Athens. Entertainment was varied and of a good standard. We saw the firework display when we were at Santorini which was held to celebrate the volcano on August 19th. The captain gave permission for us to stay at Santorini until the firework display was over which was an added extra. Fantastic show too. We thought the ship was great and the decor was good- the best Thomson ship we have been on so far! Would highly recommend this ship and both the pearls of the ageon and the Adriatic explorer itineries. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
Our second cruise with Thomson, having first enjoyed our first cruise aboard The Spirit back in 2008 was eagerly awaited by the family. Ten of us had booked some 4 months earlier via our local travel agent. Our party consisted of four ... Read More
Our second cruise with Thomson, having first enjoyed our first cruise aboard The Spirit back in 2008 was eagerly awaited by the family. Ten of us had booked some 4 months earlier via our local travel agent. Our party consisted of four well-behaved children between 8 and 13 and six adults. Handling and departure at our local airport (Exeter) was seamless, we arrived in plenty of time to sit around and sample the nice (but expensive!) eateries. Anyway, we were soon aboard the 737-200 and on our way. A super-smooth flight and excellent cabin service. Landing and disembarkation at Corfu was straightforward, no repeat of any horror stories (rude & rushed staff etc) here and quick handling by the embarkation crew. A slight hiccup in the allocation of a boarding card for a young family member resulted my party of four being put into an air conditioned port security car and driven personally to the Majesty for the issue of a new card -- all seamless and no trouble -- so our experience of Corfu airport was definitely a good one. Once on board, we were familiar with what to do -- head straight up to the Sun Deck (10) via the lift and sample a beer (or two!) and then familiarise ourselves with the ship. Anyone who has been on a Thomson ship will feel at home with the blue and white livery and the friendly staff. It was nice to see one or two familiar and friendly faces onboard -- one notable face was that of Sheila Riley, the Front Office Manager -- so we just knew that any problems would be efficiently and quickly dealt with if the need arose. We were impressed with the layout of the decks, once having ascertained the best & quickest ways to our cabin from various areas, we found out luggage efficiently delivered to our cabins. Once inside a short time was spent organising the rather small wardrobe/hanging area. Plenty of drawer storage space too. Bathroom was adequate -- do check the temperature of the shower water before stepping in -- the water is scalding hot and powerful!! There are signs warning you of this. Spent the rest of the evening on the sun deck/pool areas and ate from the Piazza San Marco buffet style. By this time, we were quite tired, taking into account the travelling and the +2hr time difference -- so a fairly early night to bed for us. Beds were comfy and I was able to stretch out fully (1.8m) and the air conditioning in the rooms, I'm pleased to say, worked very well and ensured no-one got too hot. Noise and vibration in room 4145 was minimal -- but there was a clanking/stair type noise as if someone was working above us some nights, never really got to the bottom of it but once asleep, it was fine! As there is no daylight in the room, waking up (without an alarm clock) is a bit of a lottery -- as some mobile phones cannot be trusted to make the time- change automatically -- the addition of a centrally-adjusted clock be it digital or traditional -- in the cabins would have been handy. Nevertheless, someone in the party had the foresight to keep track of time and we soon got accustomed to it. Day one at Sea was pretty much spent exploring the ship and using the facilities -- the spa baths and swimming pools were in use, with the ship carrying 169 children aboard, it certainly never felt crowded with children. I just wish they could heat the main pool with some waste heat from the engine or something -- blimey it was cold getting in at times! At the end of Day one we dined in the Seven Seas Restaurant -- table 29 over in the far right corner -- being greeted by the familiar & very friendly face of Leroy Brown, the matre d'. As expected, the usual slick and very pleasant dinner and waiter service was enjoyed -- the food was absolutely spot-on both in terms of quantity, quality & presentation. Upon finishing, we were asked by the waiters if we would like this table reserved for us at 6.30-7.00pm every night for dinner -- which we took them up on. The dining experience part of this cruise was probably one of the most enjoyable parts -- as you just knew that you'd be treated well and have some excellent food. The Captains Gala evening was great -- a chance to dress up in lounge suits and dresses for the ladies -- it was a shame not so many others didn't dress up (as happens on the Spirit) but it was a very enjoyable evening -- and again, all staff throughout the ship made such a fuss over our well-dressed children, it was a really special night for us all. If you get a choice, table 29 over in the left corner comes with some great service from Hady & our wine waiter William. We simply couldn't have asked for better service. We retired up to the upper decks to relax and wine away the rest of the evening, finishing off with a glass of fine port or two. Cruise News delivered to our cabin the night before gave us an insight into the next days port -- and other useful information such as miles travelled and at what speeds etc and as to what entertainment was available and whereabouts on the ship. Koper in Solvenia was looked to be an industrious town, with a busy-looking port, full of container ships. This was the only day we had a bit of rain -- and I couldn't have wished for a better day really as it being a Sunday, the shopping opportunities were limited -- but nevertheless, it was nice to get off and explore. Back on the ship by about 4pm for a bit of relaxation by the poolside with increasingly darkening skies -- we headed to get ready for dinner -- again first-class service & food in The Seven Seas, with an impressive backdrop of lightning and heavy rain! Again, a super-smooth sailing overnight to Venice, one of the highlights of the cruise. I had been told by fellow members of the family who had been before that it was well worth getting up early and heading for the upper decks to view the sail-in to Venice -- and they weren't wrong -- it was simply stunning. Many others had taken the lead to get up early and enjoy the view. A twisty journey in, following the enormous "Carnival Breeze" through the busy port approaches, aided by tug boat at some points. A breakfast at the Four Seasons with waiter service was enjoyed before heading off the ship at 8.45am -- in readiness for a busy day in what can only be described as one of the "Must See" cities of the world. The transfer from the port to Venice itself was a fairly painless procedure via Water Taxi -- I think it was E12 each, not cheap! We took a short Gondola trip (80Euro for each Gondola) -- expensive but such an unforgettable experience. Don't be put off by the slightly smelly water of Venice, just take in and enjoy the stunning scenery and culture. Walking around St Mark's Square and making your way further into the City was quite easy, there are signs for major attraction on the corners of many buildings -- The Rialto Bridge was one I wanted to see -- we found it quite easily. Toilets were expensive in Venice, so be sure to carry some spare change (E1.50). The shopping (or browsing!!) experience here is second to none, it was a real eye opener! Do make sure to allow plenty of time to catch the water taxi back to the port as the queues at some times can be long, it would be nothing to be waiting an hour to board a water taxi at some points -- The Majesty was sailing at 17h00 so we had to be very aware of this!! Port 3 was Split, in Croatia -- and what a beautiful place this was to be. A mix of modern and old, it was an easy walk from the port to the town centre, where, much to my daughters delight, free WIFI could be obtained in the street, so that sorted her Facebook addiction. Split was clean and bright, with some lovely cafes -- we sat and had a couple of local beers -- remember to take Kunas here. Beer and food not expensive, English widely understood. Dubrovnik on Day 5 was hotly anticipated by all, this destination was stunning. The smooth cobbled streets were beautiful to walk upon and the range of shops and general day-to-day life you could observe was wonderful. Again, some great service in the many restaurants/cafes/bars! A "must do" is to walk the walls of Dubrovnik, some stunning views from up there. Paying by Kunas or credit card was the only option here, no Euros were accepted. Allow 1 to 1 /12 hours to walk and fully appreciate the walls and the stunning views from there. Plenty of gift shopping was available for the girls! Us men went off independently and upon returning from walking the walls, sitting in a bar with a local beer, watching the stunning young ladies selling excursions for the glass-bottomed boats saw off a couple of hours quite nicely! Back on the Majesty, it was a lovely evening spent dining and enjoying the atmosphere aboard. Last stop was Kotor, in Montenegro -- this was a tendered destination but was handled excellently by the crew. A short tender journey to shore and it was an easy walk to the main attractions -- you can see why this is a UNESCO listed site. We decided to make the ascent up to the Fort -- some 1400 steps -- this is not for the faint-hearted I can warn you! It will take you between 45-60 minutes to climb to the top. This is definitely an early-morning excursion as the sun will make the sweat pour off you if you do this during the midday sun. Make sure you wear suitable footwear, flip-flops aren't really suitable -- but that's what my companion wore. There was a small fee to pay but it wasn't expensive. Take water with you or be prepared to pay E1.50 to the path-side sellers for a cool bottle -- this maybe the easier option!! Coming down the pathway was easier but BE CAREFUL, you don't want any trips, slips or falls! The scenery was amazing from the top of the Fort, it was a shame it was rather hazy the day we were there, but nevertheless, it didn't detract from the whole experience. Back to the boat via the tender was well rehearsed and slick -- the Majesty's Second Officer piloted our tender back to the ship -- and could he handle a boat!! It was rather impressive to watch. The evening dining at the Severn Seas never became dull, with a changing menu each day -- no-one in our party had a single complaint about the food -- and even a children's menu was available, so even the children were happy! The rest of the evening was spent on the upper decks, finishing off with a port or two in the Royal Observatory for the adults. Loved the Pianist and Violinist playing, it was a real treat. It was important this evening before retiring to leave your packed cases outside your cabins with the correct labels etc. for collection by porters for delivery to the quayside ready for your disembarkation the following day. I'm glad my wife is an organised suitcase-packer! Leaving Kotor for Corfu on the last day was sad, our last sail-away! But 189 nautical miles at 18 knots was a smooth affair, arriving in Corfu into brilliant sunshine at 0700hrs. As we were late onto the ship, we enjoyed the rest of the day onboard, soaking up the sunshine and making use of our AI cards right up until an hour or embarkation. Bus transfer to the airport from the port was a rather hot affair -- the air conditioning aboard the bus wasn't the strongest system -- but the 30 minute journey went smoothly enough. Boarding etc at the small Corfu airport was uneventful if not a little stressful what with a slightly heavy suitcase, but that was soon sorted. A pleasant 3hr journey back in the "Blue Bird" 737-200 saw us back home safely on UK soil by 2015hrs, soon shivering in the cold conditions! Overall, a very pleasant time away with Thomson aboard The Majesty -- one which we hope to repeat next year -- not pinning any hopes on any decent summer weather next year in the UK. We all would be happy to do this particular route again, perhaps taking part in the bike tours and some more adventurous excursions. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
Having read both bad & good reviews regarding Thomson Majesty I decided to have an open mind & draw my own conclusions. On arrival at the ship it appeared relatively well maintained with regards to its age, externally inevitable ... Read More
Having read both bad & good reviews regarding Thomson Majesty I decided to have an open mind & draw my own conclusions. On arrival at the ship it appeared relatively well maintained with regards to its age, externally inevitable corrosion covered in white paint, internally showing signs of use, but was clean. Crew members were on hand to welcome you & show you to your cabin, which made you feel welcome. Emergency procedures & life jacket instruction was carried out prior to leaving port. My cabin deck 6 outside plus was twin berth with two single beds & working air conditioning, had plenty space for two people, but was slightly limited for wardrobe space for two weeks, would be OK for one week, there was plenty of drawers which were on the small side. The toilet/shower was small and adequate, no dancing with the shower curtain was required, one big plus was a fridge for keeping your drinks cool. The cabins were cleaned twice a day plus bed turn down in the evening by two house keepers Alla and Sara who did an excellent job keeping the cabin clean & replacing used towels, it was also good to return to your cabin following a night out to find a towel sculpture on your bed and a sweet on your pillow. The two main restaurants were the Seven Seas and the Four Seasons, both had buffet & waiter service at breakfast, lunch was waiter service in Seven Seas only, evening dinner was waiter service only in both restaurants, the same menu was served in both as they shared the same galley. The standard of food was good, but was never exceptional, what you normally receive at 3 to 4 star hotel, but was served at a slightly lower temperature than we do here at home, but was never cold other than baked Alaska or ice cream, the menu appears to run in seven day cycles as the second week was the same as the first. I used the Seven Seas for evening dinner on most evenings, going early to miss the busy time from 7.30 on when guests often had to wait to get a table. I kept to the same two waiters Emad and Hady who made each meal a pleasure, and no request was two much bother to please you. A special thanks to them for their attentiveness over the two week cruise. Other venues for food were the Cafe Royal Buffet which was open 24 hours and had various buffet menus daily which were dependant on what time of day. The Piazza San Marco Pool Grill open from just before lunch to early evening serving burgers sausages and various other buffet foods. There was also A Le Ca rte Dining Le Bistro on which I cannot comment as I never used it. The main entertainment location was the Jubilee Lounge which is only suitable for cabaret acts and small group entertainments, any one looking for west end type entertainment would be sadly disappointed, there is also a lot of support columns in the lounge to restrict a good view of the stage. The Royal Fireworks Lounge had small stage for small band or singers and a small dance floor, this lounge was also used for bingo and other Butlin type entertainment, but was also used by the resident entertainment band and singers. The Rendezvous entertainment was pianist who played three spots each evening. The Royal Observatory entertainment was classical violin & piano music three spot each evening. Finally the Polo Lounge entertainment was mostly classical music, but was also used by the resident entertainment band and singers. The alcohol selection was good and prices were reasonable, booking early and getting the free all inclusive is a must if you are a drinker, the full purchase price of £199.00 per week per person is approx 100 drinks at bar prices for house selections. Over all I felt Thomsons are offering a very good value for money cruise in a not to glitzy setting, with reasonable food and entertainment backed up by excellent crew members who are pleasant, approachable always has a smile, and go out of of their way to make your cruise a memorable happy one. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
Although we have done a few cruises, in the past, we are not dedicated cruisers, we usually prefer to holiday in the Greek Islands, in traditional surroundings with local places of interest to visit. However we last cruised with Royal ... Read More
Although we have done a few cruises, in the past, we are not dedicated cruisers, we usually prefer to holiday in the Greek Islands, in traditional surroundings with local places of interest to visit. However we last cruised with Royal Caribbean, 2 years ago, and my husband was keen to try another cruise. I wasn't so keen, so we opted for a cruise and stay holiday in Corfu, which seemed the best of both worlds.We had never been on a Thomson cruise before although booked holidays with them many times over the years We booked the holiday in April 2011, so qualified for the AI drinks package, which was nice, but after booking I started to read the reviews about the Destiny and was not filled with joy, so when Thomson changed ships, I was not really bothered, as it didn't seem that I would be missing much. We had pre booked a cabin on Destiny and had no trouble transferring to a similar outside Plus cabin on Deck 4. EMBARKATION We had booked extra leg room seats, row 15, which were great except for the occasional idiot trying to cut across, if they thought the loo was free on the other side of the plane, we stopped this by placing our bags on the floor. The 3 hour flight was smooth and punctual and we arrived in Corfu around 9pm, local time. After retrieving our baggage, we had to queue up outside, for quite a while before being allowed to board the allocated coaches. We eventually arrived at the port at about 10.30, where a member of the Thomson team came on board and went through the muster drill, useless, but at least they had ticked the box!! CABIN The first thing I noticed was that the cabin was bigger than I expected, plain but functional with thankfully plenty of wardrobe and drawer space for three people, a fridge and TV, which never worked, but I wasn't bothered by that. The cabin was very hot, which we pointed out to our stewardess, who promised to speak with reception. Nothing happened until midnight on the following day, when after 6 requests at reception and being given a variety of reason, all with a smile, an engineer turned up, twiddled with something in the unit, and thankfully we didn't have to suffer another night in an airless coffin. Unlike a hotel room you cannot open a window, on a ship, so if the air conditioning fails to work in August, you know about it. The bathroom was small, as expected, but the systems were all very efficient and the poor quality towels were changed with regularity, by the very efficient cabin stewards. Some reviews have already mentioned the dirty windows, these appeared to be ingrained with salt deposits between the glass. I can only presume that they cannot improve these as the ship was constantly being cleaned and was spotless, except where windows were concerned. FOOD/DRINK We have a fussy teenage son, so we find that buffet dining is preferable, as he can usually find something he likes, and I prefer the option of not being stuck with strangers, having to make polite conversation, if I am not in the mood, I do this for work and I like a break from it on holiday, so most of our meals were taken from the Cafe Royal. The food was satisfactory, most days, the breakfast usually being the best, however the constant rushing and pushing did get annoying, but that is probably why most people opt for the more sedate main dining rooms. ENTERTAINMENT We are not really interested in being entertained so cannot really comment on the main events. We usually spent our evening in the Royal Observatory lounge, where there was often a pianist and violinist, who were excellent, and made for a nice chilled atmosphere. One evening a female singer, I think called Valerie, performed a few songs, she was also very good. Another evening the bar seemed to fill up very quickly, people were milling around looking for chairs, when we realised that a Simon and Garfunkel tribute act were due to perform. Not an act I thought I would ever have to listen to, can't stand the originals, but they were good and obviously very popular from the hordes of people who arrived to listen to them. However once they had finished the same hordes all rushed, and I mean rushed out of the lounge to the next show, it may have been a knobbly knees contest, somewhere else, small children could have been trampled underfoot in their eagerness to get seats at the next event, priceless. STAFF Most of the staff were very friendly and hard working, however there was one bar man, at the Bistro Bar, who was very offhand and almost rude. Near the end of the holiday, I thought I would take a note of his name, however he had disappeared and he never returned, nor did I spot him in any of the other bars, maybe I was not the only person to find fault with him GUESTS What can I say, the usual mix of people, different age groups, the usual sun lounge hogger, the football shirted males propping the bar up, nylon football shirts in 90% heat, still each to their own. I was surprised by the number of young children allowed by their parents to wander about by themselves around the ship. Not to get food or a drink, but strolling around quiet corridors by themselves, do some adults leave their brains at the airport when they go on holiday, God forbid anything ever happens to a child, but who would they blame if it did? Being August there were many children on board, the vast majority were a credit to their parents , but there were the usual families who let their brats run wild, as long as they weren't annoying them, and it is harder to avoid them on a ship. PORT OF CALL I shall review the ports separately but we enjoyed them all. I did feel a little bit like the poor relation when we were docked alongside other cruise ships. They all had coloured canopies for their passengers to drink their refreshing glasses of chilled water presented by their ships personnel, music playing in the background, Thomson cruise passengers were met with just the hand sanitiser CONCLUSION I know many people love Thomson cruises and my opinion is just that,my opinion, and it is in no way meant to contradict anyone else's viewpoint but I think if you want a no frills basic cruise to visit some wonderful places, then the Majesty is ideal. If you enjoy holiday camp entertainment, and many people do, you won't be disappointed, one night we had the sight of bare chested men standing around the pool singing "ere we go,"ere we go "ere we go, a laugh for some, but not my choice of holiday fun. If you prefer a more luxurious ship with a slightly more upmarket feel, and the price tag to match, then you probably won't enjoy the Majesty. Having experienced a more expensive RCI cruise, which was undoubtedly more what I expect from a cruise ship,in terms of environment etc, but who charge you exorbitant prices for drinks etc, and now having vacated on the more basic but more affordable Thomson cruise, I have come to the conclusion that maybe cruising is not for me, well certainly not for the foreseeable future anyway. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
First time Thomson cruisers and somewhat disappointed with the overall ship. Cabin staff (Chris & Natalya) very good, I arrived on board on my birthday and the towel art & birthday greeting were much appreciated. No tea/coffee ... Read More
First time Thomson cruisers and somewhat disappointed with the overall ship. Cabin staff (Chris & Natalya) very good, I arrived on board on my birthday and the towel art & birthday greeting were much appreciated. No tea/coffee making facilities in cabin and safe had to be paid for!! Mattress didn't fit the bed base properly but this did not detract from a good night's sleep. Toilet/shower area left a lot to be desired. Buffet area a bit of a disaster - no trays and not enough room to accommodate the masses who gathered there and tables not cleared once vacated!! Service in Seven Seas & Four Seasons much more organised with Four Seasons staff being absolutely brilliant, food choice was excellent and very tasty with a bit of cabaret thrown in for good measure!!! Entertainment was very good, comedian Phil Doyle's 2 shows were brilliant but the 'order' in the Jubilee Lounge could have been better. The seating arrangement in this area is far from ideal. A walk around the promenade deck was fine early in the morning but was like an obstacle course as the day went on. The cruise itinerary was good but the ship didn't have the WOW factor, we heard many favourable comments about other Thomson ships namely the Destiny, Dream & Celebration but whether we will cruise with Thomson again is debatable. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
Just arrived back from a two weeks cruise in the Eastern Mediterranean. Had a fantastic holiday on the new addition to the Thomson Cruise fleet. The Thomson Majesty at 21 years old is the youngest in the fleet. Although more modern, the ... Read More
Just arrived back from a two weeks cruise in the Eastern Mediterranean. Had a fantastic holiday on the new addition to the Thomson Cruise fleet. The Thomson Majesty at 21 years old is the youngest in the fleet. Although more modern, the ship like the others is a bit tied looking in some areas but in general is a well maintained ship. Throughout the day crew members are painting or cleaning most areas of the ship inside and out. All crew members are friendly and can't do enough for you to make your holiday comfortable and enjoyable. Every Wednesday late evening they put on a crew show, where bar staff,waiters,cabin crew and kitchen staff will either sing, dance, do magic. They are very talented and enjoy entertaining us. Our cabin on the 9th floor an outside plus, was small but we did not spend too much time in the room so it did not bother us. The window view was between two life boats so was very good for looking out each morning at a new port. There were twin beds and two cot beds. The room was big enough for two but any more would be a struggle for space. The safe was in the wardrobe and very easy to use, though their is a fee £15 for first week and £10 for the second. The bathroom was also very small. The small shower was very good with constant hot water and fairly powerful. The Restaurants were waiter service, The Seven Seasons holds 700 people, big but very crowded and had the same menu as the other restaurant, The Four Seasons which holds 300 people was smaller and cosier. The Seven Seasons opened three times a day, and The Four Seasons twice a day breakfast and evening meal. The food in both restaurants is a very, a good selection of starters, main and sweets. I'm on a Gluten free diet and found the waiters very good; making sure I had a menu the night before so the food could be prepared specially for me the next evening. On the ship their was a Bistro which had a additional cost and you had to book a table. Also on the ship was Cafe Royale which was a self service restaurant and opened most of the time. At the back of the boat was a grill which only opened at lunch times serving chips, beefburgers, sausage, pizza etc. The Jubilee Show lounge had a low ceiling with poor views of the stage. No head room for the usual headdresses and lifts in the dancing. The shows were mainly musicals, ABBA, Queen and others. The show team where 5 girls 2 of whom was dancers and 3 boys. We did find the seats were uncomfortable after a while. The 6 piece band which used to play before and after each show were very good, best we have had on any ship. Also they use to play in other areas of the ship. Also UK comedian and soul singer twice weekly. The other entertainment room was The Royal Fireworks which held the usual quiz and light entertainment shows such as Mr and Mrs etc. The daily bingo was held in this room and a trio use to play in the evening. The ship has a casino which came into action when the ship was at sea. There were three other bars you could go for a drink and listen to music which were a trio, pianist and violinist or just a pianist. Overall the entertainment was very good with something for most taste. We liked the ship generally; staff, food and entertainment excellent. Would definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
Thomson Majesty (Butlin's on a boat) Pears Of The Aegean Cruise 14th - 21st Sept 12. Here's what I wanted to know but couldn't find out before booking. Tip 1. Unless you're an alcoholic don't bother with ... Read More
Thomson Majesty (Butlin's on a boat) Pears Of The Aegean Cruise 14th - 21st Sept 12. Here's what I wanted to know but couldn't find out before booking. Tip 1. Unless you're an alcoholic don't bother with the All Inclusive package at £200. Drinks Are £3.50 for a pint of lager. £1.70 for a can of coke. £3.70 for a spirit and £3.90 for a glass for wine. A beer package is available on board at £80 for 35 pints. Tip 2. If you arrive for the show in the jubilee lounge and it looks full, ITS NOT. Go all the way down to the right of the stage and look to your right there are loads there and the view of the circular stage is great with no pillars. Tip 3. When you go out at night take a jumper as all the venues air conditioning seems to be set to BALTIC. The disco is MINUS BALTIC so take a woolly hat and scarf. Tip 4. Don't miss the crew talent show. Flight / Embarkation Plane was really cramped so why does everybody slag off RYANAIR as the Thomson flight had far less legroom, no entertainment and the on board snacks and drinks are about the same prices. Check in / Embarkation process was very smooth, you are met at the arrivals in Corfu and directed to the coach. Transfer took 15 mins to the port, check in and credit card registration took about 15 mins. When we arrived at our cabin our suitcases were there before us. We booked the basic outside cabin which is the smallest we have ever had. Size was comparable with a 4 berth touring caravan with 2 small single beds and a set of drawers between. The cabin was clean and the housekeeping staff on the ball. As one reviewer commented I had a hole in the duvet cover and the double glazed window panel had failed causing misting and a horrible furry mould growing between the panes. After reading other reviews I was expecting a rusty old tub but its not! Our cabin was 408 which was nearly at the front on deck 4. This meant that every time we docked a loud whining noise started usually about 6 am and went on for about 20 mins. I can only assume that the noise was a compressor of some sort to power the side thrusters. Entertainment Entertainment was right up our street with the entertainment staff making up for the low budget with enthusiasm, talent and 110% commitment. We saw the Queen, Lloyd Webber and Abba tributes as well as the normal song and dance nights and were very impressed. The guest acts were a comedian from Wales who was ok and ran through the basic Benidorm type gags and one liners, and an ex Drifter from New Yoyk (how many were in the drifters?) who sang some Soul and Motown type songs. The 6 piece band Muzik Unlimited were 1st class both musically and vocally, the rest of the singers ranged from OK to downright dodgy. Don't miss the crew talent show. After the main show we usually sat in the comfy Polo lounge for a couple of drinks before bed. We tried the late night disco once and it was empty, I think due to the MINUS BALTIC temperature and the OTT volume. (no I'm not too old)! The entertainment staff were great and don't miss the " I'm an entertainer " deck show. The cruise director gets his patter from the Tony Blackburn joke book but they work well. Credit also goes to The "Ginger Warrior" who can even raise enthusiasm at the napkin folding exhibition and his sidekick Jack. Every one of the bar staff / waiter staff seemed genuinely nice and not working on a tip as with the American "have a nice day" ships, and they love having a chat to practice their English. As we sailed in September we didn't have the usual nylon football top types propping up the bar and the majority were mostly over 60s. This was great for us as sun loungers were abundant at any time. Dining Food variety was the big let down for us as usually on a ship you have something then go back to try something else that took your fancy. This was not the case although the quality of food on offer was good. On theme nights (oriental and Indian) if you don't like rice then you are "stuffed" as that's all that's available, so go for a pizza before 6. We never use the formal dining rooms as we would rather use the buffet so we cannot comment on them. All the ports visited were lovely and nice to walk around if you don't do any trips which are way over priced. most ports have local operators at the port for half the price. All in all if you have already booked don't worry about negative comments you read as you will have a great time, if you are considering the Majesty, then consider, if you see what I mean. We had a really nice time but it's not much cheaper than other lines. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
Just back from 7 night on Thomson Majesty, after reading the reviews on here, bit dubious, as like so many had booked Destiny then they changed the ship over, we were upgraded to an outside plus, that is just a posh way of saying you have ... Read More
Just back from 7 night on Thomson Majesty, after reading the reviews on here, bit dubious, as like so many had booked Destiny then they changed the ship over, we were upgraded to an outside plus, that is just a posh way of saying you have a window, with a bit more space. Cabin ok larger than Destiny's plenty of room to move about, also plenty of storage space, plus a fridge, and a wet room, so cabin was not bad. BUT! We had been relocated to level 9 (with the move from Destiny) oh my god! we were mid ships, and above us was the 2 pools, Cafe Royal the buffet restaurant, the smoking area, and outside table and chairs. We did not have an outside party the night we joined because of the weather, thankfully, but we did have one when we left another port late at night, and the party went on from 11pm to 2am and we could hear everything, from all the music, the dancing, the moving of chairs ect., then at 04.30 when we had eventually got some sleep, the waiters were pushing the crockery trollies across the deck so we were woken with that noise, There is nothing we could complain about just had to lump it so please do not book level 9 mid ships if you are light sleepers or go to bed before 1-2am every night, we are not early to bed people, but when we do go we want to sleep! The good points:- The entertainment in my opinion, was better than P&O's the team put on 3 shows, they were great and they moved around the circular stage so everyone could see most of the show, We also saw a comedian who was good, and a soul singer who got the audiance participating very enjoyable entertainment. The food, not so good, never hot just luke warm at best, and all because they used trays on top of hot water to keep food hot, which it did not, the cheif special, and the 2 cheifs based outside the Cafe Royal on the open deck, they were always hot as the food was cooked while you waited. Best coffee and tea, was to be had in the royal observatory. The Four Seasons restaurant, was not as crowded (I mean tables as near together) as The Seven Seas but in both the waiters and wine waiters were brilliant. If you are going on Majesty go with an open mind and you will certainly enjoy your holiday. Jean. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
Originally booked on the destiny but transferred to the Majesty when the changed ships. Majesty was clean and the cabin, an outside plus on deck 4, was spacious and, considering we had three adults in it, quite a surprise. Mid-ships, ... Read More
Originally booked on the destiny but transferred to the Majesty when the changed ships. Majesty was clean and the cabin, an outside plus on deck 4, was spacious and, considering we had three adults in it, quite a surprise. Mid-ships, quiet and comfortable with a working loo and air-con! The staffing on Thomson has changed quite a lot. Most of the staff we met, with the exception of those in the bar, were Eastern European and not really that cheerful or as accommodating. It does make a difference, and maybe cultural, but you go on holiday to relax. The food was pretty repetitive but to a good standard and the AI drinks not bad at all. We booked early so got it free - my wife can drink for England (probably Europe on a good day) and got through 105 double Malibu's in a week plus wine, Mojitos, and cleaning fluid - she read the bar tariff before the lifebelt instructions to make sure she could get what she wanted. I still reckon that her liver is a life force of its own. The AI list has shrunk from previous years and the only beer on draft is a lager, but its okay. The day before we got on the ship I had my wallet stolen. No problems getting cash from my bank but no replacement cards. I had to deposit £200 at reception, which was okay, but on the last day I wanted to nip ashore with my son to buy some presents - alarm went off when I handed my card to security and I had to go back to reception to settle my bill (they owed me £100) before I could go ashore. One very unhappy little bunny, who did not appreciate the snigger's from others getting off. Could barely understand the receptionist but got the message that they could have stopped me at the exit and held me while they called the purser? That would have been a better way then? It could just be my shifty look I suppose but I felt that this whole incident was poor customer service especially as my account was in credit and another member of my party, sharing a cabin with me, was still aboard. I know some people will say this isn't their fault etc but you had to be there! Must say that the fireworks in Maderia on New Years Eve were the best I have ever seen - worth the cost of the trip alone! Two formal nights - Captains Cocktail Party was attended by people in shorts and football shirts! Dress code does not, obviously, apply. Would I go with Thomson again? Yes, I probably would but they don't improve and after quite a few cruises with them, they are getting worse - price and the AI makes them look attractive. Read Less
Celestyal Majesty Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 0.0
Dining 3.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 3.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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