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We are just back home from an Adriatic cruise on the Majesty. The outbound journey was quite an ordeal as Thomson,s had sub contracted a plane from Sunwings, that duly broke down just before take off. We were taken off board and waited ... Read More
We are just back home from an Adriatic cruise on the Majesty. The outbound journey was quite an ordeal as Thomson,s had sub contracted a plane from Sunwings, that duly broke down just before take off. We were taken off board and waited for several hours before Thomson,s re directed a plane from Manchester, all in all an 8 hour delay, to be fair to the company they instantly provided vouchers to all customers to cover lunch. On arrival at Corfu we were quickly taken to the ship as it was due to sail at 10pm, we boarded at 9.30pm and surprisingly our luggage was at our cabin before we were. We were in a superior room on deck 7 which was quite spacious with plenty of storage space, but the beds were tiny. The cabin was spotlessly clean and remained so throughout the cruise thanks to the very efficient and unobtrusive cabin staff. The safety drill was at 10.45pm so there was not even a chance for a drink following our long delay. The first day was at sea and the weather was pretty poor with a storm about lunchtime. There was not much entertainment on the day at sea. The Majesty is pretty well laid out and it is easy to find all the venues, however, it is not easy to get into them unless you are well ahead of the queue if the is anything worth watching.We ate in the seven seas restaurant on most evenings, the food is very good and our waiters, Orly, Zizo and Andrew were very good and attentive, we had the same table for two on the four nights we dined there. You can also have breakfast and lunch in the restaurant but this is a self service buffet affair. Overall the food was of a very high standard. The main shows are in the Jubilee lounge, this could be an effort to get into, but if you did get a seat there was very good waiter drinks service (as there was in all the venues). The only show that was worth while was the guest UK comedian ( who even had my wife laughing her head off, which is a rarity ). The quizzes in other bar areas were quite good fun, but again hard to get into unless you were there half an hour before it started. Overall the entertainment was pretty poor, we both like all types of music, but the musicians were very mediocre. The two resident band took lounge music to the extreme, the kind that would make you get our of a lift and take the stairs. The resident pianist was very competent, but no matter what song he played and sang, it sounded like Billy Joel. Anyway, the reason we chose this cruise was for the posts of call, which certainly lived up to expectations, it says a lot for an cruise when Venice (which is stunning ) is your least favourite stop. Koper in Slovenia is stunning with very friendly people, if you go, the trip to the Krka waterfalls national park is must for a trip, a truly un spoilt nature reserve. As the ship did not leave until 11pm, we stayed off board for lunch, back to the ship for a change of clothes and then back out for dinner which was delicious and very reasonable. Sibenik, again is a delight, we took a tour to the capital Ljubljana, this is a real gem, a beautiful capital and full of history. Our guide was very informative and the drive to the City was an education in itself. The guide explained that 60% of the country is covered in forest. Regardless of how many times you visit, Venice is a wonderful sight, the sail in is well worth getting up for, we had been to Venice a few times before, and we were stuck there for 5 days following the ash cloud incident so we had already done all the tourist parts. This time we just walked off the boat, took the people carrier metro which costs 1 Euro each way into the centre, we then bought a one day ticket for the water bus (16 Euro,s each ) and went to the Lido for lunch, this trip takes you up the Grand Canal and past all of the tourist sites, you can get on and off at your leisure and it will save you a fortune on an organised tour of the same places. Like all iconic cities, Venice is very expensive, the Lido is 20 minutes away on the water bus and a good lunch will cost half the price of mainland Venice. Dubrovnik is stunning, it is worth the 10 Euros for a taxi to the walled city, you can also get a bus, it is quite an arduous half hour uphill walk and you will be exhausted by the time you get there if it is hot. If you are interested in Dubrovnik and the ex Yugoslavia there is a fascinating photograph exhibition 3 streets up from the main church, the exhibition gives you a real insight into the events of 1991 onwards, a truly shocking war within our own time, it is quite harrowing and leaves you humbled. The walled city is easy to walk around and not expensive for coffee and lunch. I do like to stay in my bed in the morning, as opposed to my wife who is up at 6am come rain or shine, however, I did get up early on the day we went to Kotor which is up the southern most fjord in the world and really beautiful to see. The town itself has a lovely old fortress which is easy to get around, but other than that there is not a lot to do, again the locals are very friendly. After that, it was back to Corfu for the trip home. Unlike other cruises lines we have been with, Thomson,s actually time everyone's departure to match their flight home, which meant a far more relaxed last day. We have been on cruises where you are off the boat by 10am at the latest, regardless if you have an 11pm flight. Corfu airport resembles a cattle market, so the less time you spend there the better, make sure you leave plenty of time to get through security. Overall, this cruise had the best ports we have visited in Europe, as for the ship, like all Thomson ships, the staff are brilliant, but the Majesty looks a bit tired. We met many very loyal Thomson cruisers and even some of them were saying that they were surprised that the company had swapped the Destiny for the Majesty, she really needs a time in dry dock to sort out basic plumbing and water systems. My only real negatives are the entertainment and the air conditioning in the cabin. Mike   Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
The flight from Edinburgh to Corfu was on time, transportation & luggage to the cabin were quick & we were on the top deck for a drink mid afternoon in the heat. We much enjoyed the ship (full with 1400, mainly over mid 50th) ... Read More
The flight from Edinburgh to Corfu was on time, transportation & luggage to the cabin were quick & we were on the top deck for a drink mid afternoon in the heat. We much enjoyed the ship (full with 1400, mainly over mid 50th) people. It looked all very well kept, carpets & other furnishings in very good order & most of all not a huge vessel (like the Mein Schiff 2 & the Fantasia which were also in the port). The staff all lovely & helpful, forever dispensing disinfectant hand gel. Some of the entertainment was very good, the venues not all well used but plenty of seating. Just the music/quizz at the small pool side was a bit loud if you wanted a quite afternoon but it was ok as not too long. We had an outside plus cabin not looking out under a life boat as pre-booked which was a decent size. All fitted into the wardrobe/drawers & hard shells got under the comfy bed. Air con was not quite up to the work & the bathroom miniscule but we all working well & we were happy with all, incl. housekeeping. Elevators were out of order a few times - and a bit of a problem as the ship was very busy but fixed in 1/2 day. Enjoyed the Cafe Royale buffet restaurant as you can sit outdoors if you can find a table. Choices, presentation, taste all very good. And all hot & varied. Seven Seas & the smaller 4 Seasons are good but the food there is not quite hot but have the same reasonable menu. Waiting for a table which you share with 4 others not always liked & no effort was made to try & accommodate a 2 or -4 people table. Head waiter rather blase. Rest of the waiters all great. We booked a tour in Trapani (to Erice) & in Messina (to Taormina) with the ship. The latter was much rushed as the boat was leaving at 13.00 hrs. Shame as lunch in Taormina would have been rather nice. Valletta can be explored by using the open top busses, a 10 min. Out the gates. Naples & Rome we had booked with another company online - all great and the own booked ones were a lot cheaper, too. £122 for one person to go on a bus into Rome & tour around (= 3 hrs on the bus in total) is totally unacceptable. Anybody can go on the Express train which is a 15 min. walk from port gates as it is not "exclusive" as Thomsons make out implying it is there for their customers. We bought a drinks package @ £138 for 2 people which the basics - and a lot of it was just that. Only on the ship were you able to purchase another drinks package ( about 7 or 8 types), all confusing & restrictive to 7 bottles of wine & no water for around £ 200.00 plus other packages for beer or soft drinks. Would have been good to know what is actually available on board prior to booking as we heard it's always the same packages. Thomsons travel agent didn't have a clue & nothing was available online. this we found very poor. You can pay a small amount on top, i. e., £1,25 for a glass of sparkling or £2.50 for a different Brandy. It all adds up if you want to have something different from the basic package (in our case £122 extra for the odd glass here n' there) though they had Bombay Sapphire for a decent G & T. Cocktails were awful with pre-mixes, wine & sparkling wine often tepid, the usual cooling problem. The wines by the glass = one per colour and just about house wine quality. Checking out was easy but a few hours wait from leaving the cabin @ 09.00 hrs & getting the bus to our resort @ 13.30 hrs. However, another nice lunch took take of that. People were also bringing duty frees (from Corfu port) on boards - nobody got anything confiscated as far as we saw. It was a very good first time cruise experience but we would not go on the same vessel twice due to variety & may be more modern features on newer ships (larger pool, more bars/restaurants) but would recommend the Majesty. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
We travelled March 2013. Having read several reviews and having been on a Thompson cruise some years ago our expectations were not high. Our decision to go with Thompson's was purely based on price for a short winter break away. ... Read More
We travelled March 2013. Having read several reviews and having been on a Thompson cruise some years ago our expectations were not high. Our decision to go with Thompson's was purely based on price for a short winter break away. If you have cruised before, Thompson Majesty does come pretty near the bottom of the pile in terms of modern expectations of seasoned cruisers. Cabins in general are small and basic, bathrooms are also small. Our TV is almost certainly the original making it over 20 years old!!. We had an inside 'extra' cabin, which was a little bigger than normal cabins but still well below the size of more modern ships. The beds are only 2ft 6" wide and mostly twin cabins, although the staff will push them together if you want. We were towards the front of the ship so engine noise was not an issue, but it was easy to see that cabins at the rear would have problems. However, the cabin was clean and tidy and everything worked, showers were always hot and the extractor fan worked a treat. Coffee/tea making facilities would have been nice or at least room service, which unlike virtually all other cruise ships, was an extra charge. The realities are that you spend very little time in the cabin so in the end it was not a great problem for us. Many reviews see the ship as a little tired and this in many respects is true, but everything is clean and tidy and the staff are constantly working to keep it that way. What made this cruise so special and why we enjoyed ourselves so much, were the people on it, both fellow passengers and crew. Meal times tended to be tables of six or eight and you sat by who ever was in front or behind you, we enjoyed the opportunity to converse with others, but I can see that this may not appeal to all, so a few more tables for two would have helped. Food and service in the main was excellent and we did not encounter issues of cold/warm food that some reviewers found. The drinks package offered on board was £218.00 each and given that drinks are reasonably priced anyway, you would have to do some serious drinking to get anywhere near spending that much. Our drinks bill between two came to around £150.00 for the week. Had the drinks package been around £100.00 each we would have probably taken it and Thompson would still have been £50.00 up!! The evening entertainment was first class and not to be missed. There are issues with the pillars and determine where you sit, but as they form part of the structure of the ship it will never be resolved. We were blessed with good weather all week, which makes a difference, you can get directly off the ship at most of the ports and be in the beautiful towns of the Canaries and Funchal in a few minutes. Do not believe what they tell you about Agadir in Morocco and most definitely do not go out on your own or do your own thing, it is a dangerous place where you will feel threatened and exposed and will part with more money than you ever intended just to get yourself safe. Always go on the organised trips, they can be expensive but you will save in the long run. Many thanks to those cruisers who travelled on the 8th March who contributed to us having such a great time on a Cruise ship that on the one hand should be on its way to the Knackers yard and on the other provided one of the best holidays we have had for a long time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
After a lovely week in the Arona Gran in Los Cristianos, we were transferred to the Port to join Thomsons Majesty. We are long-time Thomson fans, having sailed on the Emerald, Celebration, Dream, the Destiny 3 times and finally, the ... Read More
After a lovely week in the Arona Gran in Los Cristianos, we were transferred to the Port to join Thomsons Majesty. We are long-time Thomson fans, having sailed on the Emerald, Celebration, Dream, the Destiny 3 times and finally, the Majesty. We had an outside plus cabin (449) on deck 4 midships which was very quiet and ideally located. The storage space was excellent, including a 3-door wardrobe, 2 x 4 chests of drawers, a cupboard next to the fridge, and shelves within the wardrobe. It is true that there is very little space around the bed when it is in a queen bed configuration in fact my husband very badly bruised his leg on our bed within the first half hour of being on the ship, so care really has to be taken when negotiating around it. The shower was big enough to avoid the shower curtain attack, the shower itself was excellent - consistent temperature and flow. However, the grouting in the shower cubicle could certainly do with seeing some bleach as it was definitely not as clean as it has been on other ships. Seven Seas Restaurant. We found the main dining room very quickly as it was one deck up and we quickly established a great relationship with our waiters, Armando, Larry and Yasser our wine waiter. We usually do this, as we prefera table for 2 which we can occupy for the whole cruise. This is not because we are unsocial, but because my hubby struggles to hear what people are saying on the larger tables and feels uncomfortable not being able to join in conversations. We were well looked after by our 'waitin on' team and enjoyed a very good variety of meals. There was only one day where I was not spoilt for choice. The consomme offered on most days was absolutely gorgeous, with very intense flavour. Service Our cabin was kept clean and we had our 'towel animals' each evening. I know some people think these are tacky, but I love seeing the ingenuity shown. We visited almost all the bars and enjoyed what they had to offer. We enjoyed most of the shows in the Royal Fireworks, but the success of these was mostly down to the passengers' personalities. Drinks service in this bar was pretty good, although we did have one waitress who was less helpful than we have come to expect. She did improve over the week, but I did feel that there was more discontent amongst the drinks waiters than we have come to expect on previous cruises... Thomson take note, there may be reasons for this but it was a little disappointing. The duo in the Royal Observatory were also very good and we visited this bar before dinner a few times. Our visiting Comedienne was Brenda Collins, who I found very funny. Bingo was expensive at £5 for one ticket, which makes for boring play. If the same £5 were to pay for 3 tickets it would make the experience more enjoyable and I would have played more often. The Destination Information given for each stop was excellent, better than many cruise lines we have been on. It included an A4 map showing the ship's position, any beaches and the main amenities of the port. It also indicates whether there are HOHO buses and gives the places where Internet access is available (usually free access), as well as giving information about the location of the nearest chemists, banks, beaches and the availability of local buses and taxis and their costs. Usually we are totally happy with our Thomson cruises, but this time I did have some reservations: We don't mind paying for the safe in our cabin, because I get so much peace of mind using it. I was not too happy paying for the shuttle bus, especially when certain passengers who had not paid we're using the bus, in at least one case resulting in paying passengers being made to wait for a second bus. Breakfast service was very hit and miss and it is true that the toast, which was hard and often cold, sometimes only appeared at the end of breakfast. Obviously, if you want egg or beans on toast, this is bound to be an irritant and fruit juice was so elusive that it became a challenge to get a glass before finishing breakfast. Overall, we had a good holiday, but I will probably not be very quick to go back onto the Majesty. However, it is still very good compared to some other cruise lines and only suffers from comparison to our previous cruises on other Thomson ships. The only Thomson ship we have not yet been on is the Spirit, which I will certainly join if the right itinerary pops up. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
We have returned from the New Year 2012/3 cruise to the Canaries on the Thompson Majesty. The Majesty is Thomsons newest ship and having been many times on the other ships we were interested to try it out and see if it is better than the ... Read More
We have returned from the New Year 2012/3 cruise to the Canaries on the Thompson Majesty. The Majesty is Thomsons newest ship and having been many times on the other ships we were interested to try it out and see if it is better than the older ships, so when we saw it was in Madeira for new years Eve we jumped at the chance. The Majesty despite being a 'newer' ship is still old and in need of updating and the numerous failed glazing units spoil the appearance and despite being purpose built the design is poor. There does not seem to be a heart or outstanding feature such as atrium or staircase. The ship vibrated really badly when at low speed - which was most of the time at sea - which you could feel and hear particularly in the Jubilee Lounge near the stage area and also in some cabins. Although not a last minute booking all the outside plus cabins on decks 3-4 had gone so we had to take the basic outside cabin which is very small, but not as bad as we feared, just no spare space and have to take it in turns to move around. The cabin only had room for a 50cm wide chest of drawers and a single wardrobe, which was just big enough to accommodate clothes for a 1 week cruise. Although it could be configured as a double this would mean pushing the 2 beds together against the wall and climbing over each other so we left it as twin. The standard size shower room was fine. The safe took up valuable space in the wardrobe and the charge for this is excessive. I think the Plus cabins would be a lot better if you don't want to be so cramped. Our cabin was quiet and we had no problems with air-con, water temperature or blocked/delayed action toilets which plague the other ships but don't know if we were just lucky this time. There are two main restaurants - the Seven Seas and the smaller Four Seasons, both had a buffet and waiter service at breakfast, lunch was waiter or buffet service in Seven Seas only, evening meal was waiter service only, the same menu in both. The standard of food was good, but was not exceptional, generally hot/luke warm (though unfortunately at the gala meals both the lobster and salmon were cold - should have sent them back), what you normally receive at 3 to 4 star hotel. You could upgrade to a steak for £10 or visit the speciality restaurant for £19 for a special meal, but we didn't try it. We used the Four Seasons for evening dinner on most evenings, going early to miss the busy time when guests often had to wait to get a table in both venues. Breakfasts had a good choice, especially if you like a full English. Lunch in 7 Seas was either served or take pot-luck on the buffet as not on menu, but always a good salad and hot meal. The service varied between barely adequate and good depending on table. Other venues for food were the 24 hour Cafe Royal Buffet which changed the menu daily dependant on time of day, with a lunchtime grill serving outside by the pool. The Piazza San Marco Pool Grill open from lunch through afternoon serving freshly made pizza, and burgers, sausages and salads. The main entertainment location is the Jubilee Lounge, not a theatre and no head room for the usual head-dresses and lifts in the dancing, so it is only suitable for cabaret acts and small group entertainments, so not the West End type entertainment which we like on the Thomson ships, though they did manage to stage a very good Moulin Rouge show. The stage is raised but there are a lot of support columns in the lounge to restrict a good view of the dance floor. The band which played before and after each show were quite good. Also UK comedian and a singer twice weekly, and professional dance couple, so there was plenty of entertainment. All the venues air conditioning seems to be set very cold especially here. The Royal Fireworks Lounge had a small stage for band or singers and a small dance floor, this was also used for bingo and the usual quiz and light entertainment shows such as Mr and Mrs etc which are always fun, and a band plays in the evening. There are other musicians performing around the ship. Plenty of bars and good service in the lounges. Drinks are not cheap - the prices steadily rise, but only about what you would expect to pay in a 4* hotel, and no 15% service + tip to pay makes them quite reasonable. The ship was still nicely decorated for Christmas, including some huge gingerbread houses made by the crew. New Years Eve docked in Funchal Madeira with numerous other cruise ships was really nice and never to be forgotten, pleasant for wandering around and the Christmas Markets still in full flow. The ships all played a specially prepared ships horn tune in the evening, but we couldn't make out a tune, maybe onshore away from the ships. The gala meal menu was good (though no Haggis for New Year!), hats and balloons for everyone. The Funchal New Years fireworks are rated amongst the finest in the world, and was about the best I have seen, the atmosphere on the ship was very good with explosions all around and a glass of bubbly provided, and mega part-poppers but despite the great efforts of the entertainments team round the pool the deck party after was a bit subdued with not enough room to dance and celebrate. Most of the Ports in the itinerary were a bit of a walk away but still handy to wander around. The weather was not too hot but dry and was fine for January. Overall: Good points - the Thomson formula that we like - maybe not the best but good atmosphere, good food, good entertainment, all Brits, good price - tips and service included etc. Bad points - the ship just seems to be missing something, no wow-factor - there is no 'heart' or outstanding feature such as atrium or staircase. Basic cabins are VERY small, and no balcony cabins Dining rooms too small for open sitting, indoor buffet area too small for cold or wet days. No room for a decent deck party or deck entertainment area, other ships have a stage and space to dance and to watch activities, no sunbeds round pools, and sunbathing area too small (which is always the case) and very cramped. No theatre, Jubilee lounge has no proper stage and is too small to stage the big shows, and still lots of pillars to restrict view. We enjoyed our New Year cruise and there is a good atmosphere on board, but overall I think the Thomson Majesty ship is the poorest of the Thomson fleet, we would go on her again, but only for a really special itinerary like this one and otherwise would choose to return to the other ships. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Having read both bad & good reviews regarding Thomson Majesty we decided to have an open mind & draw our 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 we decided to have an open mind & draw our 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. The emergency procedures & life jacket instruction was carried out prior to leaving port which is mandatory. Our cabin was on deck 3 inside with twin beds, air conditioning and the shower room and would be lying if we said had plenty of space for two people. There is limited on wardrobe and storage space for a week let alone two. The toilet/shower was small and adequate, no dancing with the shower curtain was required. The cabins were cleaned twice a day plus bed turn down in the evening by two house keepers who do 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 the ice cream, the menu appears to run in seven day cycles and we were told that the second week was the same as the first. We 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. The waiters made each meal a pleasure, and no request was two much bother to please you. 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 we cannot comment as We never used it but there was an additional charge of about £19.00 each which we thought was a bit excessive as we cruised with PO last yeas and they only charged £15.00 to dine in Pierre White restaurant. 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 types of entertainment. The Rendezvous entertainment was pianist who played three spots each evening and the Royal Observatory entertainment was classical violin & piano music three spot each evening. The alcohol selection was good and prices were reasonable (£3.50 for a can of boddingtons and wine at £3.90 a glass) we got AI for £69.00 which was well worth it. Over all we 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. Our only concern was noise at night. As this is an older ship we did here creaking and clinks, bangs an other ship related noises which is not good if your a light sleeper so be aware. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Just arrived back from our cruise to Tenerife visiting the Canary Islands and Madeira and Morocco. On arrival we went through the usual passport terminal without a hitch and swiftly to our cabin which was on deck 6. It was clean and re ... Read More
Just arrived back from our cruise to Tenerife visiting the Canary Islands and Madeira and Morocco. On arrival we went through the usual passport terminal without a hitch and swiftly to our cabin which was on deck 6. It was clean and re upholstered but so tiny. The wardrobe is only suitable for a single person so we had difficulty storing all our clothes as we were to stay an extra week in Tenerife after the cruise. The cabin was really quiet did not hear a thing and could not hear it move at all. The Thomsons shows were not as good as they once were but OK. They were a bit disapointing considering the excellent shows they used to do. However the food was very good. Safes were charged at £15 per week. The drinks were as at home but we were AI, be aware if you want Vodka to ask for Smirnoff vodka or they will provide you with their own brand which is not so good. As you sit were you please on this ship the waiters are fighting for your custom ( for tips)which is just a shame as they loose out really. The first night 2 of the waiters on our table were competing, every time they came to the table were saying my name is Rik my name is Roly they were so demanding that one of them spilt a glass of water over me in the rush, so we made sure we did not get these waiters again. A rocky sailing over to Morrocco and people were complaining of the noise from lower decks at the back of the ship. A good cruise BUT!!! The 3rd day after we arrived we had noticed quite alot of people coughing and by the 5th day even more people were taking ill with coughs and sneezing. We could not wait to get off the ship because of this. It was running through the ship like a plague. Once we reached our Hotel in Tenerife it was noticed nearly everyone had this cough including our party of 4 which 2 of them took to there bed as it was making them ill. Now we don't know if this was caused by the air con on the ship or not but just to say we all got poorly by the end of the holidays. We are at home now and 2 of the party are still poorly with chest infections have been given medication from the GP. So anyone going on the Majesty take bottle of cough medicine with you and take care. Enjoy yourself. Read Less
Sail Date December 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 October 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 September 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 August 2012
It came up as a cheap deal with drinks with dates I needed so went for it. Easy transfer to and from ship. I was aware this was not a posh fancy ship. Its being removed from the fleet this year. overall it was fine for the money ... Read More
It came up as a cheap deal with drinks with dates I needed so went for it. Easy transfer to and from ship. I was aware this was not a posh fancy ship. Its being removed from the fleet this year. overall it was fine for the money paid. Everyone was very friendly and helpful on board. Typical entertainment very good in parts. Good comedian on board. The ports were good and excursions as normal. We just got off on our own as there was easy access to places. The food was surprisingly good we were pleased. Waiter service available for breakfast, lunch and dinner if required. We opted for the casual buffet one evening it was actually very good indeed. The all inclusive drinks package misses a lot of drinks and a supplement is payable to have these. e.g only house wine included and only one lager but both were fine. Cabin was the smallest we have ever seen very clean though. Plumbing was dire. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I've read many of the reviews regarding this cruise and can't believe how accurate they were. The flight and transfer were great and the embarkation was fast and efficient (although I've never seen the entertainment team ... Read More
I've read many of the reviews regarding this cruise and can't believe how accurate they were. The flight and transfer were great and the embarkation was fast and efficient (although I've never seen the entertainment team doing this job before) and the cases were delivered very promptly to our cabin. But now to the cabin. It was small, very small. I was annoyed to find out that there was a weekly charge of £15 for the safe. And the sockets on board were continental. We had to buy an adapter of £6.95, which surprise, surprise were reduced to £4.95 later in the cruse. We were on deck3 and there was a permanent load noise coming from the engine room below. There wasn't an iron in the cabin, nor a laundry on the ship. There were only 3 channels on the TV, none of them showing any live sport. The shower used to flood the toilet when the ship sailed. Overall the food was of a decent standard. The two buffets could not cater for the numbers during breakfast and lunch so it was best to use the restaurants instead. The ships chargeable bistro was well work the money. It was far superior to that run by other cruise companies. The night time entertainment was adequate. Both the Spotlight show team and the ships group 'Muzzik Unlimited' worked hard but it really needed nightly comedians / singer/ magicians to give some variety. The day time entertainment programme was a little limited. The table tennis was just a winner stops on affair. Far better to have a double knockout where passengers get to meet one another. On deck the Jacuzzi should have had a health warning. Throughout the day it changed colour from brown to a dark green. And there was a thick coating of suntan oil around the sides of it. The staff, in general, were very friendly. However there were a few who needed to go to charm school. The best guy on board was the ever smiling cleaner of the stairs handrails.(how could he be so happy doing such a dull job all day) During the cruise I felt that Thomson's just wanted to save money. I've already mentioned about charging for the safe. But the most obvious of these was having to leave port at 6pm for most of the time. It would have been nice to have an evening off the ship. And when we started to sail the ship was always rocking. Was this yet another cost saver by not having the stabilisers switched on until we were away land. The good news is that this tired ship is being replaced next year Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We bought an All Inclusive weeks cruise paying £200 each for a drinks package on the Thomson Majesty only to find a huge amount of supplements once onboard. £15 for the use of a Safety Deposit Box. Supplements on all but a few basic ... Read More
We bought an All Inclusive weeks cruise paying £200 each for a drinks package on the Thomson Majesty only to find a huge amount of supplements once onboard. £15 for the use of a Safety Deposit Box. Supplements on all but a few basic cocktails and £1 extra for frozen Cocktails Only San Miguel on draught and extra for bottles.I ordered a Club Soda and was only allowed a glass not the whole can Why was there a charge for a can when I was on drinks package? The worst was £1.40 for a bottle of WATER I bought water at a local Spar at one port for 28 Euro. You cold have a glass of water on tap bt notices up forbidden bottles to be filled. A huge £12 for a steak at the Four Seasons and Seven Seas Restaurants. The meals were nice and a good choice the Staff a delight. The Self Service Buffet style Cafe on pool deck was not so good food cold Pizza Slices sitting on a wooden board no heat underneath. I did point this out to one of te catering staff but nothing was done bout it. The Entertainment Staff were Fabulous from the Daily Quizzes and games around the pool to the Theatre Shows well worthy of a West End billing. Michael on the Piano is just so charming. Taylor the Cruise Director and staff take a Bow. Gratuities were included but we choose to tip the cabin staff if only for their Towel Animals on our bed each night. The cabins were needing some TLC chipped enamel on sinks dirty grout and broken drawers but this is the Majesty's last season. I would be put off booking Thomson again simpl because of the Extra Charges! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
just returned from a weeks stay on the majesty ,the ship is tired and decor is dated and the cabins are small but that wasn't a problem for us.The food in the seven seas restaurant was overall very nice with waiter service and we were ... Read More
just returned from a weeks stay on the majesty ,the ship is tired and decor is dated and the cabins are small but that wasn't a problem for us.The food in the seven seas restaurant was overall very nice with waiter service and we were looked after by Jared and Charlie who were lovely.The entertainment team were OK and some nights better than others.There was a group called muzzik unlimited who worked very hard and I thought were great.Some staff were brilliant and couldn't do enough for you but others were not good at all ,beware of Ira the rottweiler on reception we were stood at reception one day whilst she was swearing down the phone at another member of staff (not professional at all). One word of warning don't use the Jacuzzis as my son got an infection and was on a drip for two days .I personally would not go again but that's just my view. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The ship was tired but maintained character that you will not find on the large newer ships, dining was great with standards matching many others and strive that was better than we had on the Britannia in November. Food and service in ... Read More
The ship was tired but maintained character that you will not find on the large newer ships, dining was great with standards matching many others and strive that was better than we had on the Britannia in November. Food and service in the Bistro is exceptional and well worth the cover charge.. The main entertainment team was poor but Muzzik unlimited and some of the other acts were excellent and more than made up for the lack of talent from the main team. The cruise director was one of the poorest I have seen not even acknowledging people unless they spend most of their time around the pool where he was the centre of attention and the main attraction. The ship had a lot of sway when moving and rolled a lot in the night passages which many found uncomfortable. The captain was not able to be understood during his navigational messages which came across very fast in broken English once a day and unfortunately the safety muster didn't seem to be taken to seriously by those reading from their notes during this.. We only booked 1 excursion and had that refunded at El Hierio where the rep disappeared before we were able to get off the bus and we were left with 200 others wandering around a very run down area where the highlights were watching a man change a tyre or having pics by the bins that littered the streets. Other than that we used local taxis and saved a fortune compared with ship excursion prices, Medira take a hop on hop off yellow bus tour past many of the main sights and the cable car to the top of the region for only 23 euros as opposed to £39 each La Palma beach transfer we used a local taxi for 4 and local bus back for under 20 euros for all of us ..ship £20 each Valverde town transfer ... Save your money and don't bother.... Would I cruise with Thomson again... yes Would I choose a small ship again ...yes Would I opt for a standard room ...No Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
2nd time on this ship still not seen the captain does speak once a day through tanoy but could not understand word he said. very bad point toilets or lack of them, hundreds people on sun deck and pool deck only 1 toilet on each deck ... Read More
2nd time on this ship still not seen the captain does speak once a day through tanoy but could not understand word he said. very bad point toilets or lack of them, hundreds people on sun deck and pool deck only 1 toilet on each deck with people waiting turn to use them. or go down to deck 9 where there is another toilet. Food was good however they had an indian food night on deck 10 I asked what was on offer for people who do not eat this food and was told use another restaurant. Entertainment pool side very good during day fireworks lounge at night good . Main showbar went twice second time went to toilet so staff gave our seats away could not get them back did not matter as team were rubbish anyway worse showteam seen on my 19 cruises just a bunch of kids trying to do grown up work. On the second last day a sickness bug struck so self service was cancelled and staff served up meals for you. these are my thoughts not everyone will agree with me Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was our first Thomson cruise and sadly will probably be our last. The joining and airport organisation was very good. We had upgraded to an outside cabin but were disappointed with the size and standard with loose taps, bodged ... Read More
This was our first Thomson cruise and sadly will probably be our last. The joining and airport organisation was very good. We had upgraded to an outside cabin but were disappointed with the size and standard with loose taps, bodged shower, diesel smells and very cramped small beds. The drawers was so close they wouldn't open and the bed valances dropped down every day. We left the cabin to discover the rest of the ship and restaurants. We were very disappointed that the two main restaurants both had the SAME menu. In addition the choices were very limited with only four or five choices each day. At the self service restaurants - two of them - also had identical menus. The quality of food served was very good and the service excellent. It would have been so much better had each restaurant served a different selection - perhaps themed. The formal evening was good but marred by the intrusive photographers. The real stars of the cruise was the entertainment team - such a multi talented group - without them the cruise would have been a waste of money. The itinerary was one of the reasons we chose Thomson but were bewildered by the schedule. We left each port in the afternoon only for the captain to announce that the engines would be stopped during the night as we would arrive too early. Given the places we berthed it appeared obvious that Thomsons' were saving berthing fees by staying the minimum of time and maximizing customer spending time with ridiculous "auctions and selling opportunities" The shore excursions were very poorly described and not at all inviting. Coupled with the cost this made us avoid them all and do our own thing. Thomson should take a leaf out of the Aida Blu cruise ship that followed us around - their bicycles were all electric which would have been more attractive given the average age group of our fellow passengers. They provided free shuttle services between the ship and town and berthed much closer to the various town centres. We both suffered from lung infections after 4 days - our doctor suggested it may have been from the water supply and after 12 days we are still suffering Overall we were very disappointed with our Thomson cruise and would need a good incentive before attempting another cruise - certainly not on the Majesty. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The cruise ship is 25 years old and due to be decommissioned later this year. There are lots of positives about the cruise ship, but at the end of the day you get what you pay for, you need to remember you are not paying Holland of ... Read More
The cruise ship is 25 years old and due to be decommissioned later this year. There are lots of positives about the cruise ship, but at the end of the day you get what you pay for, you need to remember you are not paying Holland of America, Carnival or any of the other big cruise ship prices which are also far more modern. This ship is an old Royal Caribbean ship. The positives are that the staff on board are fantastic, they can't do enough for you and work very hard, I understand 12 hour days 6 days a week. So complaining about the time to get a drink or something else is I suspect not appreciated by them, and maybe why some people feel the service is not adequate. Meals on board are average, but on saying that there is plenty of choice, but again if you compare with other cruise lines they come nowhere near that standard (but as I said you get what you pay for). The all inclusive bar service is good, there is plenty of choice of branded spirits and also 9 cocktails to choose from, if you want other drinks there is a charge, but this is only £1.20. Red and white wine is drinkable but not great. The maids that look after the rooms do a great job in keeping the room clean. It's best to choose a higher deck and outside as the lower cabins, I understand, are quite noisy from the ship's engines and are very small especially the inside cabins. It's not a big ship so getting on and off creates no problems, although the cost of trips are quite expensive and some of the stop off ports on this particular cruise are not great, not a lot to see in the local towns. Would I go on this ship again - definitely not, it's just very tired, it's not often you get curtains in shower rooms! But as it's being decommissioned it's not an issue. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We are seasoned cruisers and have sailed with Thomsons before so we are well aware of the standard or thought we were This ship it is rumoured will be going out of service later this year and it really is not before time. She is very ... Read More
We are seasoned cruisers and have sailed with Thomsons before so we are well aware of the standard or thought we were This ship it is rumoured will be going out of service later this year and it really is not before time. She is very tired and unloved and left us with a feeling that as Thomsons know it is its last season they really don't care. That being said the cabin stewards are absolutely brilliant and keep the cabins as clean as is practical but you cannot make a silk purse out of a sows ear I had specifically paid a booking fee so we did not have a restricted view and guess what our view was 98% restricted by a lifeboat unfortunately as the ship was "full" we were unable to change and Thomsons did refund the booking fee but we would have preferred to get what we had paid for. The food was good the service was ok when you consider the time scale and amount of passengers they have to cope with but the portions are inconsistent as is the quality I paid extra for a steak one night and it was okay but not cooked as I requested. Entertainment was repetitive and the show team again was hit and miss we walked out of two shows as the singing was flat and an insult to the original artists they just seem to think we have a captive audience so it doesn't matter The resident bands were all excellent so they are capable of getting good entertainers and as it was Christmas/New Year you would have thought they would have made a special effort What saved the entire holiday were our fellow travellers we met some amazing people and found the majority to be friendly and full of fun which saved the entertainment staff some effort as they took over and really made the game show nights - shame on Thomsons for the prizes surely you can make more of an effort even your staff were embarrassed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We decided we would like t spend New Year on a cruise. We are experienced cruisers. We have cruised with Thomson at least 15 times on various ships. The Majesty was the least impressive of all the vessels we had sailed on. The ship ... Read More
We decided we would like t spend New Year on a cruise. We are experienced cruisers. We have cruised with Thomson at least 15 times on various ships. The Majesty was the least impressive of all the vessels we had sailed on. The ship itself was in good "nick". The crew kept it extremely clean and perfectly presentable. The crew right from the front desk to garbage person are to be congratulated on their friendliness and professionalism. They did a wonderful job in trying circumstances. "Well done" is what we say! There is 5 eating places on board. We tried all of them. The choice of menu is the same in both the waiter restaurants and is based on a 7 day cycle. This means you get the same choice of food if you stay for 2 weeks. This was a big disappointment for us. The portions are tiny. The starters were just one mouthful and they were gone. I chose to have a T bone steak in the 4 seasons restaurant. Bad choice. I paid 12.95 for the privilege of knawing my way through the tasteless sirloin part which was uncuttable by knife. The filet part was equally tasteless but requiring less "gnawing". We also dined in the Bistro, paying £!9.95 each for what was called a "Gourmet" dining experience. We were totally disappointed. There is just no way this is a "Gourmet" eatery. I enjoyed the escargot , for the rest.....unsatisfactory. Repeating my mistake by ordering a 13 ox T bone steak only to find it must have been part of the same animal I had the previous time. We had a bottle of Champagne delivered to our room on arrival and we took this with us to Le Bistro. Foolish decision. The wine waiter managed to over fill the glasses on two occasions with the Champagne spilling on to the table cover. No apology, no replacement. Spend your money on something else not on T bone steaks in any of the restaurants. We enjoyed the entertainment. It was positively the very best we ever had on any previous cruises. The show team were superb and did a wonderful job each evening. One of them ( Matt Smith from Edinburgh) was outstanding with a great voice and personality to match. He performed a cabaret after one of the shows where he sang the songs of Elvis. He did not try to imitate Elvis or dress up like him, he just used his excellent voice and great presentation to earn a standing ovation and a call for more at the end of his performance. Who says the UK does not have talent! The negative side of this is they repeat the same shows each week meaning you have no new shows on the second week. The resident bad (Muzzik Unlimited) were totally outstanding. They performed each evening in the show lounge as a pre show warm up. We were overwhelmed by their singing ability and brilliant presentation. The guitar player is "something else". The things he did with his guitar were amazing. The two cruise itineraries were absolute rubbish. We spent a whole day (both weeks) visiting La Gomera. Like Hierro(visited the first week only) it is a sparsely populated rock set far out in the North Atlantic. In other ports the ship was berthed mainly in the commercial part of the docks. Walking into town always took 20 - 30 mins.I think in Lanzarote we were docked 5 kms from the town and a shuttle bus only departed every 45 mins and it was necessary to advance book your seat at a cost of £5. We noted the German Thomson ships provided free shuttle transfers. One thing that could be quite unnerving, due to the closeness of most of the ports, the captain stops the engines and allows the ship to drift. This drift lasts for several hours. The captain gives assurances each time that the safety of the ship is paramount and there is no danger in this manoeuvre.Having some experience of the sea and diesel engines in particular, they can prove hard to restart. I am not totally convinced that an other vessel traveling at full speed could be avoided if it's path crosses the path of the drifting ship. We did no shore excursions due to the extremely high cost and the early departure times. We will never choose these two itineraries again and would urge caution to anyone thinking about choosing these destinations. If your physique is of a big nature. prepare for difficulties in the cabin and the shower in particular. On a personal note, we deceived no recognition as returning Thomson cruisers. This is the first time we were ignored like this. For us....very sad experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The cabin and bar staff are very helpful and do their best The problem is when there is a popular function in the lounge and the waiting/bar staff cannot cope. ( can take 45 mins to get service ) Carol and Anastasia were great ... Read More
The cabin and bar staff are very helpful and do their best The problem is when there is a popular function in the lounge and the waiting/bar staff cannot cope. ( can take 45 mins to get service ) Carol and Anastasia were great waiting staff as they got to remember you favorite drinks. ( among 1400 passengers ) The kids really do their best and they are incentivised to do so. The all inclusive package sounds great with drinks included until you find out the booze is watered down ( e.g order a Bacardi and you get a cheapo substitute but it still says bacardi on the receipt. If you want the real thing, that is extra cost ) That is fair enough as you can order from dawn till closing time but they are reluctant to be transparent at point of booking. At a Q&A session with the staff, a fellow passenger asked why the Prosecco was so awful. One of the Entertainment staff agreed it was awful. Speaks volumes. The single choice house wine label on the drinks package is just passable as long as you have had a few watered down Bacardis . There is a mountain of food all day long. Most of it quite good but the coffee is in the same league as the Prosecco. The steak in The Bistro was very tender. If you like French Chardonnay, the La Baume is rather good for an extra £16.95. You have to share a table with other passengers in the other restaurants which is tedious if you want a bit of privacy . Casino Warning. Stay sober and count your chips when they pay out ( I was short changed twice ) Also, if you are lucky enough to have some winnings on the gaming tables, make sure you count it all up when cashing out and declare to the Croupier. ( at 2 am, after a few diluted Bacardis, the Croupier helped herself to a £20 tip ) One of the destination ports is called El Hierro. Its just a commercial dock. There is nothing else ( the nearest village is 5 kms away ) The entertainment staff make jokes about that. The quizzes have fabulous prizes of either a canvass bag or a small torch. Organisation getting on board and off is good. The shows are all right to pass away an hour or so. The one comedy act was ok for 30 mins. The repeat performance, 2 nights later, was way under par. There is no drinking water in the gym. Cabin was always cleaned very well. The New Year celebration went very well ( but you just need to avoid the staff trying to earn commission by trying to sell you a bottle of champagne) Not many children on board as the average age of passengers is 66. ( There is a lot of shuffling in and out the the lifts and puzzlement about which deck they, the older passengers, are going to ) It is 15 quid to use the small valuables safe in your cabin. There are a few negatives but for £1,300 per person for 7 nights, what do you want ? Repeat trip ? HaHa . Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have sailed with Thomsons approximately 8 times, even presented with a bottle of bubbly this time for being a good customer. We were on the first Majesty voyage with Thomsons and forgave a number of problems as "teething". ... Read More
We have sailed with Thomsons approximately 8 times, even presented with a bottle of bubbly this time for being a good customer. We were on the first Majesty voyage with Thomsons and forgave a number of problems as "teething". Things have only got worse! Shower rooms very dilapidated, no hot water on at least three nights and another night it was too hot to use. Very poor tiling with paint peeling off. Whole ship very cold, needed a cardigan or jumper wherever you went, it was warmer ashore. Food very mediocre, and if you liked only cake or fruit for your dessert every night, then you would be very satisfied. Staff as usual were wonderful in all parts of the ship, I don't know how they keep up their lovely smiling faces and kindness to passengers. Entertainment was the same old stuff although the comedian was good. Our last cruise with Thomsons I think. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have been on 5 of the Thomson cruises in the last 3 years and I have to say they have all been good. Up until now. So why. Well we have been on the Majesty before and yes it is an older ship. But to board a ship that was listing by ... Read More
We have been on 5 of the Thomson cruises in the last 3 years and I have to say they have all been good. Up until now. So why. Well we have been on the Majesty before and yes it is an older ship. But to board a ship that was listing by quite an amount is to say the least off putting. After about 4 hours it had been rectified. So on board the ship is getting tired. The chairs on deck are old and uncomfortable. The pool has a miss mash of tile repairs all around it. The pool wasn't always filled. (2 days empty.) But worst of all a fire on board in the engine control room. This left us stranded at sea after only 2 days into our cruise. Power went to the engines first after 2 hours of leaving port. Then at 9.30pm all power was lost and we were left only with emergency power so nothing worked and this included the toilets which was not good. All the toilets were overflowing within a few hours. Power was eventually restored after about 6 hours so managed to limp back to the port we sailed from by morning. This was after being told by the captain everything was ok and would be sailing on to the next port of call and would not be any delay. So back at Livorno we were told we would get the repair done during the day and would set sail that evening and would unfortunately miss out Corsica. Well the evening came and went and eventually told we would not sail that evening but would sail next Day for Marseilles but this could still change. So Next day came AND went as we still had to have the ship signed off for sea worthiness. So eventually though we were meant to sail the following day at 10am we left at 12.30pm now missing out Corsica and Marseilles and heading straight for Barcelona all day and night arriving at Barcelona at 12.30pm on the last day of our cruise. So now been offered a sum of money as compensation worth about 15% of the price of the cruise. Don't think that's much of an offer of compensation. So now to the good parts. Service Service on board by the bar staff, the restaurant staff, the cabin staff and all of the entertainment staff is second to none. They will all help to make your cruise the best it can be. You'll see the same staff serving you at 6.30am at breakfast who serve you again at 9.00pm at night 7 days a week most of them smiling and serving you as if they had just started for the day. (not everyone can be happy working those sort of hours all the time.) Food The food is I think excellent. the main restaurant serving up a good 4 course meal every night with coffee to follow if you have room. The drinks are pretty good too. Some Branded drinks you pay extra for if on the drinks package. But otherwise drinks cost around the same as pubs but with larger measures. Entertainment. The entertainment team work hard performing 2 shows a night 6 nights a week lasting for around 45 minutes. Not to every bodies liking but good dancing good voices and good array of costumes its fun to watch. Remember these guys do 2 shows then go on to entertain around the ship after that . Then back out during the day helping to keep you busy with quizzes etc. Overall still enjoyed the ship itself but lack of information and not getting to the ports we would have liked to see was a big disappointment. Trips Well not much chance of getting many trips in. As we only had three stops (Barcelona we had already done) So did easy Pisa which was a worthwhile trip. Value for money ok. Overall. The small compensation offered does not really suffice for the lost days. May as well go to a hotel for a week. At least we could have got about. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We choose this cruise to celebrate an anniversary, a birthday and as friends just being together. We picked it for it's itinerary, which was to include Monaco (Villefranche), Florence (Livorno), Calvi, Marseille and Barcelona, ... Read More
We choose this cruise to celebrate an anniversary, a birthday and as friends just being together. We picked it for it's itinerary, which was to include Monaco (Villefranche), Florence (Livorno), Calvi, Marseille and Barcelona, Unfortunately, owning to issues on the ship - like a fire, we only managed to make three of them. The restaurant team were fantastic, the decor is in need of an update, as is some of the crockery, chipped mugs and plates. The cabins were clean but tea/coffee not replenished, despite being asked several times. Celebration cakes ordered and paid for, we were asked to pay again! The music played on the ship, which is decided at Head Office not by the Cruise Director was abysmal, things like The Road to Hell, SOS, which when you have been floating aimlessly at sea for 6 hours is not funny, but you laugh anyway. No, we didn't have the best experience, but we will try another cruise but maybe not on this ship. And the Captain, after the incident he was conspicuous by his absence! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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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