Have just returned from the Colourful Coasts cruise from Tenerife. This was the best option for us as we wanted to fly from Bristol - daughter, son in law and granddaughter were coming by ferry to me in Bristol from their home in ... Read More
Have just returned from the Colourful Coasts cruise from Tenerife. This was the best option for us as we wanted to fly from Bristol - daughter, son in law and granddaughter were coming by ferry to me in Bristol from their home in Southern Ireland. This was their first cruise but I have travelled extensively with other cruise lines (Princess, RCI, MSC and NCL).
The flight was very good and arrived in Tenerife around 7 pm, the transfer to the cruise terminal took 40 mins and check-in went very smoothly, we were in our cabins within twenty minutes and our luggage arrived very soon afterward.
We had booked two Inside Plus Cabins on Deck 4 (4058 and 4060). They were very spacious with plenty of drawer space, two wardrobes, a fridge, TV and safe (fee payable for this!) and the bathroom, although small was adequate for our needs. Having caught a glimpse of Outside Cabins opposite us we felt they were no bigger than our cabins, the only difference being the window. Our cabin steward, Julius, was such a cheerful chap, always smiling and happy and he kept the cabins spotless through the cruise.
FOOD & DRINK - we could not fault the food. Everything was nicely presented, served hot and there was always plenty of choice. Son in law has to follow a dairy and gluten free diet but this posed no problem. Each day the Head Waiter would go through the menu with him and his choices of food were cooked according to his dietary requirements. Breakfast was Buffet style in the dining room with the waiters on hand to serve fruit juice, tea/coffee and take special orders (poached eggs, omelettes etc) and they always had the gluten free toast and soya milk ready for son in law more or less as soon as he sat down. We mostly ate in the Seven Seas Restaurant where all the waiters were efficient and most helpful. We did have lunch on occasion in the Piazza San Marco - plenty of choice and nicely cooked. Afternoon tea in the Café Royal was very tempting with varies sandwiches, cakes and pastries - not too good for the waistline though!
We decided against the Drinks Package as we are not big drinkers and we thought it rather expensive (it would have worked out at £746 for the four of us as we missed out on the drinks promotion which those booking far in advance were offered). We did however have the Wine Package (7 bottles) and this proved to be a good option along with the Water Package. We opted for the Cocktail of the Day which was £3.95 and granddaughter enjoyed the Mocktails (felt very grown up)
ENTERTAINMENT - I have seen a lot of entertainment on the cruises I have taken but I have to say that the entertainment on Majesty was by far the best I have ever seen. The team are so talented in their song and dance routines and they work so hard in producing a different show each evening (two performances of each). The entertainment staff around the ship also worked hard in making sure everyone had something to so and enjoyed throughout the day. Shep the Cruise Director went out of his way to make sure everyone was entertained. The comedian on board (Steve Walls) was very good and he worked hard too. At other venues around the ship there were good acts too - something to suit all tastes.
My granddaughter loves Lyrical Dance and Ballet and had hoped to go to the Stage School which is advertised in the brochures as being on all ships. I could not book this on line so the travel agent advised enquiring on board. I saw Shep the Cruise Director whilst waiting for the lift one evening, mentioned this to him and was told it is not on the schedule. He said he hoped granddaughter was not too disappointed but asked for her cabin number. The next morning there was a letter in the cabin inviting Jennifer to join the team at their show rehearsal. She was able to meet the team, go backstage to see all the costumes etc and she even had the chance to join in their warm up session and have a dance with them. As you can imagine Jennifer was so excited and she spent a lovely two hours with the show cast. Shep certainly went out of his way to make one little girl very happy - he could easily have done nothing putting it down to bad luck that the Stage School was not operating but all credit to him for such a kind gesture.
FACILITIES ON BOARD - The pool deck was always clean and tidy. The pools were very cold so the hot tubs were preferred! There were plenty of sun beds and room on deck even on the sea day. All bars and lounges were comfortable and the waiters efficient - no long waits for drinks to be served.
Son in Law went to the Gym on a few occasions and was pleased with facilities there
WiFii on board was very expensive - waited until ashore when there was often somewhere with free internet connections available.
All washrooms were kept spotless and hygiene procedures observed with staff member waiting at entrances to dining venues with hand sanitizers.
Reception staff helpful and courteous at all times. In general all staff very friendly and they would always greet you if they met you around the ship.
Photos - My daughter arranged a private photo shoot as we wanted some nice family group photos. There were some 80 photos taken at various places around the ship and we whittled these down to 20 and are very pleased with the result which we have on CD so will be able to make our own copies. The formal night photos were also very good and reasonably priced.
The Spa - I enjoyed a body massage which lasted for just over an hour. The gentleman who did this (Vipin) was excellent and I felt so relaxed afterwards. There was no hard sell at the end of the session (unlike some cruise line spas) and was reasonably priced at £69.
EXCURSIONS - In Santa de La Cruiz Palma we did not have a very long stay in port so we decided to take the Thomson 's Little Train Tour. This was excellent value at £10 each and the train took us all around the town. A nice way to see the sights with time to stop at various places for photo taking without being rushed.
Madeira - We had pre-booked a private tour with Daniel Madeira Taxis. Daniel arranged the tour to tie in with all we wanted to see. He met us on the dockside at 8.15 a.m. and our first stop was at the market where we saw all the fish, the array of fruit and veg and the lovely flowers. We then drove to Pico dos Bercilos where high up in the hills we had some great views of Funchal below us. Our next stop was Eira do Serrado (Nuns Valley) - breath-taking scenery. The tiny fishing village of Camara de Lobos was where Sir Winston Churchill found inspiration for his painting. We wandered around the narrow cobbled streets and had a coffee along with limpets (very tasty). Our tour then took us to Caba Girao - a 580m high seacliff with the glass bottom Skywalk (not for the faint-hearted!). We then drove to Garajau to see the Christ the King Statue. The scenery all day was breath-taking. We also visited a distillery where we sampled and purchased some Madeira wine and some Poncha (made from honey, rum, lemon and passion fruit). At our lunch stop high in the hills we had Black Scabbard (a local fish) which was served with hot bananas, all cooked over a huge barbecue grill - absolutely delicious. Our tour ended at 4.30 pm in Monte where Daniel left us to wander around. We took the cable car down to Funchal and has some time there before making our own way back to the ship. We had a fantastic day out with Daniel and he gave us a great insight into Madeira and at Euros 140 for the four of us was excellent value - the ship's tours would not have covered the sights we saw and would have been so much more expensive. If you visit Madeira then do get Daniel to be your guide - far nicer travelling in a 7 seater Mercedes than being herded on and off a coach with some 50 others!
Agadir - Daughter, son in law and granddaughter chose to have some exercise and they booked the Bike Tour (some 30 bikes are stored on board and the guide provides each rider with a helmet, rucksack, a snack and a drink. It was a 15 mile ride but was at an easy pace on level ground. The three of them had a great time but I think Jennifer was a little tired some the end. I took the opportunity to visit the spa which I thoroughly enjoyed,
Lanzarote - Son in law has visited here twice before so again he took the Bike Tour - 18 miles this time and it was a little bit more testing but he coped well. The three of us went on the Volcano and Fire Mountain trip which included a camel ride around the crater. It was a most enjoyable tour and we were able to relax on board on our return.
Gran Canaria - We took the HOHO bus and visited places of interest en route. The Cathedral was lovely and we enjoyed walking around the narrow streets. It was nice too to walk along the sea front back to the ship.
Tenerife - Our flight home was not until 8pm so we paid for a cabin for our use on this last day (this is where we saw just how tiny the Standard cabins are!) I have been to Tenerife several times before so decided to relax on board whilst the others wandered into town for a little sightseeing and last minute shopping. Our coach transfer was at 4.30 pm and the flight home went smoothly but it was a shock arriving back in Bristol at 1a.m. to the cold, damp weather having left temperatures of 26C on average.
I fail to see why some people have given Majesty such bad reviews. Yes, it is an older ship and does not have any of the water parks, the climbing walls and such like but it is kept immaculate and being a smaller ship the staff have time for the passengers. If you want a small, friendly ship with good facilities, great staff and value for money then give Majesty a try. I would certainly cruise with Thomson again. Read Less