Pearls of the Aegean: Thomson Majesty Cruise Review by martW

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Pearls of the Aegean

Sail Date: August 2013
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other
we flew out to a sweltering Corfu v early morning flight, arriving noon that day in 30c heat - transfer to portside and our home for next 7 nights {Thomson Majesty} was waiting took, 20 mins...

Check in was a wee bit slow, not helped by the heat, but eventually we boarded, and were shown to our cabin. First impressions were how small it was...much smaller than prev Thomson vessels we'd been on, even with two sgl beds put together you had to "climb over" to get in....toilet/shower was similarly sized.

We spent rest of day getting ship wise with all the locations on board. eventually geographically acclimatized we did as you do, went for lunch!

Bar prices were higher than our last cruise in Jan, suppose the upgrades to the dream and Celebration have to be paid for some how!

First full day was spent at sea, and the battle for a sunbed was on... Thomson you need more beds!!! Annoying were those who simply "had to bung a towel on one /two and clear off" More thankfully thomsons are on to this and have rules in place - still failed to deter those who still did this tho'...

Our 1st port of call was Aghios Nikolaos, and it was wonderful - helped by an extended stay there allowing us to sample Ag Nik at night - splendid!

We enjoyed an amazing meal at "Le Bistro" the ships a la carte restaurant which was stunning...well worth the extra...

Next stop was the jaw dropping approach to Santorini - the capital accessible by tender to shore then the options of either walking up a zig zag causeway, going up said causeway by mule, or ruffing it as we di by using the cable car - a 2min 45 sec ride up those scary cliffs offering commanding views in splendid weather - a factor which stayed with us thru out this cruise...

Next port of call was Kusadasi in turkey - after wrecking my "primani" deck shoes on the cobbles of Thira previous day, Kusadasi allowed me to replace them easily and at a sensible non designer price! Later on we caught the dolmus to Ladies beach where we enjoyed a few hrs on the beach followed by an essential couple of EFES chilled beers {lovely!!} back to ship to prepare for following days destination - Piraeus for Athens, a destination highlight of this cruise.

Thomson [in their excursions booklet] wanted 160 to take four bods by taxi to / from Athens...we walked thru the terminal at Piraeus, where all the taxi's were, and did the same trip [20min ride each way] and it cost us 15 euro's each way! {bit different to 160 eh?} so it pays you to check out before you go...

Athens was a magical city highlight of visit was without doubt, the Acropolis high above the city giving magnificent 360* views of Athens...

Final stop was to the port of Katakolon, where you can travel to the site of Olympus - home of the modern day Olympic games. You "were" able to get there by train a 45min trundle thru the lovely greek countryside, but as a bridge had collapsed some time ago there would be no train on them tracks for the foreseeable future!

If I can be honest - personally I felt this was a bit of an anti climax after seeing the amazing Parthenon previous day in Athens... add to that the heat was stifling...

so then that was final night on board, cases were parked outside door midnight, following day after brekky, we disembarked to travel back to the disorganized chaos that is Corfu airport- crazy!!! be braced for queues and overall chaos...but once thru check in and thru to airside the madness seemed to stop there...Duty Free was v expensive so we didn't bother.

so in a nutshell

* weather was perfect 30-40c all wk

*destinations were all good to fab - not a duff one at all

*food on board was faultless

* cabin crew were amazing [with a few exceptions]

* only fly in ointment was size of cabin

all in all this cruise was excellent and despite cabin sizing I would use the maj again. Less

Published 08/25/13
Helpful? Thank martW

Cabin review: Out494

Cabin 494 Deck 4 - very small when unpacking /packing, one of us had to disappear to enable to unpack / pack!!Cabin was v quiet - nice big window a bonus...toilet/ shower "cubicle" was just that!

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