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Just returned from this cruise. We booked this, primarily for the itinerary, particularly as it included Cadiz and Gibraltar. Cadiz is a beautiful city, full of promenades, parks and squares. The walk along the sea wall is very scenic and you can cut into the park, which has a manmade water feature as well as some interesting flora and fauna. The city also has a beautiful gold domed cathedral and a bustling shopping area for those who like that sort of thing. Gibraltar is a strange mix of Britain and Spain. We went to see the siege tunnels, which are very well displayed, both regarding the way they were built and used. Also in the area of the serge tunnels are the World War II tunnels, the Moorish fortress, the military memorial, the siege exhibition and the lime kiln, all of which can be accessed by a blanket ticket costing €10. There were many other places of interest in Gibraltar which we didn’t have time to see during our relatively short stay in port. The ports of both Cadiz and Gibraltar are located adjacent (no more than 10 to 15 minutes walking time at a steady pace) to the towns and both are extremely interesting places to visit. The port at Casablanca is basically a container area and it really isn’t advisable to try and navigate your way out on foot, although I am aware that some of the passengers on our cruise did. It’s probably a 40 minute walk at least and then the actual town of Casablanca is quite spread out. We opted for a Thomson organised tour. At £42 each it was (as usual) expensive, but, to be fair, it did cover a lot of ground and was quite comprehensive, The guide was good and didn’t appear to have any “arrangements” with the local shops regarding bringing tourists in (as we have experienced in Morocco in the past). He was informative regarding what we saw and gave us a good 4½ hour tour. In any event we felt safer on an organised tour. The real surprise was, however, Cartagena. Again, from the port it’s a 5 minute walk into town. It’s a really wonderful place, much larger than we anticipated and, on the Sunday we were there, busy with many locals in town, enjoying Sunday lunch and the open market atmosphere. There is an open top bus tour that lasts 40 minutes at €7 per person which is well worth doing. We also walked up to the castle area to see the amphitheatre. Valencia is about 9km from the port so you will need to use the shuttle bus, taxi or the hop on/hop off service that runs about 400 metres outside of the port area. Valencia is probably not as striking a place as the others, but it still has it’s nice buildings, squares and markets. If you don’t fancy going into Valencia, the actual port area itself is quite pleasant and within waking distance. The port is adjacent to a marina area with bars, restaurants and a beach, all within about a 30 to 40 minute walk dependant on where the ship docks. There is little point in reviewing the ship as it will be leaving the Tui fleet in November. Suffice to say there was nothing wrong with the ship, albeit a little bit frayed around the edges. This is our second time on the Majesty so we were well versed as to its layout and the location of the public rooms. The ships most valuable asset were the staff. The level of service we received was outstanding, with all staff offering their attention and providing a very rapid service, be it drinks, food, cabin service or anything else. I wish them well in the hope they get a continuation of contracts. The 5 piece band “Game of Tones” were also particularly worthy of a mention. In summary, in my opinion, the beauty of this cruise itinerary is that in three of the five ports, you only have to fall off the ship and you are in town. This, coupled with the alternative in Valencia of staying in the marina area if the town doesn’t take your fancy and the genuinely interesting towns and cities that are visited makes it a good cruise, and better that I originally expected. This is our 5th Thomson/Tui/Marella cruise, on 4 different ships. You know what you are going to get with Thomson and the overall deal, what we paid for what we got, was good value. Thanks Thomson (again). We are already booked on the Marella Celebration for next year.

Thomson “Spanish Delights” 8 day cruise aboard the Thomson Majesty.

Celestyal Majesty Cruise Review by n.cartwright

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Just returned from this cruise. We booked this, primarily for the itinerary, particularly as it included Cadiz and Gibraltar.

Cadiz is a beautiful city, full of promenades, parks and squares. The walk along the sea wall is very scenic and you can cut into the park, which has a manmade water feature as well as some interesting flora and fauna. The city also has a beautiful gold domed cathedral and a bustling shopping area for those who like that sort of thing.

Gibraltar is a strange mix of Britain and Spain. We went to see the siege tunnels, which are very well displayed, both regarding the way they were built and used. Also in the area of the serge tunnels are the World War II tunnels, the Moorish fortress, the military memorial, the siege exhibition and the lime kiln, all of which can be accessed by a blanket ticket costing €10. There were many other places of interest in Gibraltar which we didn’t have time to see during our relatively short stay in port.

The ports of both Cadiz and Gibraltar are located adjacent (no more than 10 to 15 minutes walking time at a steady pace) to the towns and both are extremely interesting places to visit.

The port at Casablanca is basically a container area and it really isn’t advisable to try and navigate your way out on foot, although I am aware that some of the passengers on our cruise did. It’s probably a 40 minute walk at least and then the actual town of Casablanca is quite spread out. We opted for a Thomson organised tour. At £42 each it was (as usual) expensive, but, to be fair, it did cover a lot of ground and was quite comprehensive, The guide was good and didn’t appear to have any “arrangements” with the local shops regarding bringing tourists in (as we have experienced in Morocco in the past). He was informative regarding what we saw and gave us a good 4½ hour tour. In any event we felt safer on an organised tour.

The real surprise was, however, Cartagena. Again, from the port it’s a 5 minute walk into town. It’s a really wonderful place, much larger than we anticipated and, on the Sunday we were there, busy with many locals in town, enjoying Sunday lunch and the open market atmosphere. There is an open top bus tour that lasts 40 minutes at €7 per person which is well worth doing. We also walked up to the castle area to see the amphitheatre.

Valencia is about 9km from the port so you will need to use the shuttle bus, taxi or the hop on/hop off service that runs about 400 metres outside of the port area. Valencia is probably not as striking a place as the others, but it still has it’s nice buildings, squares and markets. If you don’t fancy going into Valencia, the actual port area itself is quite pleasant and within waking distance. The port is adjacent to a marina area with bars, restaurants and a beach, all within about a 30 to 40 minute walk dependant on where the ship docks.

There is little point in reviewing the ship as it will be leaving the Tui fleet in November. Suffice to say there was nothing wrong with the ship, albeit a little bit frayed around the edges. This is our second time on the Majesty so we were well versed as to its layout and the location of the public rooms. The ships most valuable asset were the staff. The level of service we received was outstanding, with all staff offering their attention and providing a very rapid service, be it drinks, food, cabin service or anything else. I wish them well in the hope they get a continuation of contracts. The 5 piece band “Game of Tones” were also particularly worthy of a mention.

In summary, in my opinion, the beauty of this cruise itinerary is that in three of the five ports, you only have to fall off the ship and you are in town. This, coupled with the alternative in Valencia of staying in the marina area if the town doesn’t take your fancy and the genuinely interesting towns and cities that are visited makes it a good cruise, and better that I originally expected.

This is our 5th Thomson/Tui/Marella cruise, on 4 different ships. You know what you are going to get with Thomson and the overall deal, what we paid for what we got, was good value.

Thanks Thomson (again). We are already booked on the Marella Celebration for next year.
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Cabin 3059
Fine. Only used for sleeping and changing. Cabin a bit small.