By Jamey Bergman
Cruise Critic Contributor
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Entertainment

Celestyal Majesty Entertainment & Activities

Majesty's septet of bars and lounges, each with its own theme, are scattered throughout the ship, and all offer the same drink menus.

Daytime entertainment consists of classic cruise activities like trivia, movies, games, dancing, fitness classes and musical performances on the pool deck. Thomson does not offer lectures or seminars but does offer sport memorabilia and art auctions.

The big-ticket evening entertainment options, which include production shows twice per night, game shows and performances by U.K. guest acts are offered in the Jubilee Lounge on Deck 6, which also offers an afternoon tea and show tune revue on sea days.

A secondary lounge called Royal Fireworks on Deck 5 -- which hosts quizzes, movies and games during the day -- offers live music in the evening.

The centrally located Polo Club on Deck 6 features a "personality pianist" and the top-ship Royal Observatory offers nightly live music with a view. Frame 52 on Deck 7, which hosts fitness classes during the day, is where the late-night disco happens.

The ship is also outfitted with the small Monte Carlo Casino on Deck 6 made up of several slot machines and a few tables.

Drinks are charged on Thomson cruise ships and paid for in British pounds for the convenience of its mostly British passengers. Passengers pay £3.70 for a pint of beer, around £4 for a glass of house wine (150 ml) and £4.60 for a cocktail. But the line does offer different drink packages -- for example 35 pints of lager for £102.95, which saves £26.55 over the cost of buying individually -- that cut down the cost for those who plan to imbibe significant quantities of alcohol.

Shore excursions are sold by TUI and can be booked at the Destination Services desk. Prices run from £20 for a beach transfer to £60 for a half-day 4x4 excursion. The standout excursion is a partnership Thomson has struck up with Star Bikestations, which offers four- to five-hour cycling excursions on bikes stored onboard. Star has its own table to manage signups and was very popular on our cruise. The tours are led by a guide and cost between £30 and £45 pounds.

Celestyal Majesty Public Rooms

The ship's library on Deck 5 offers a good selection of paperbacks for loan. Books must be signed out, and there's a member of staff on hand to assist Sunday through Friday from 10-11 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The library does double duty as the onboard internet cafe with a number of computer stations set up. Wifi is also available in the library as well as other spots onboard: in the coffee bar on Deck 5, the Royal Observatory on Deck 9, Rendezvous & Royal Fireworks Lounge on Deck 5 and the Pool Bar on Deck 10.

Tucked away on the ship's starboard side, forward from the library on Deck 5 are the card room and reading room, which offer quiet places to peruse your book or put together a puzzle or get together over a board game. Directly across the way, the Broad Street Shops offer duty-free items like cigarettes as well as jewellery, clothing, food and all kinds of touristy bric-a-brac. One other shop amidships on Deck 5 in front of the Four Seasons Restaurant is really just a spot in the hallway to showcase duty free items.

Celestyal Majesty Spa & Fitness

The ship's spa -- called the Sana Wellness Centre -- is located on Deck 7, and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The spa has four massage rooms, one complete with a Jacuzzi tub, and treatments are offered in 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute increments. Prices for massages range from £45 to £90. There's a couples massage cabana wedged incongruously between an al fresco dining area and lounge chairs on the pool deck on Deck 10, which offers temporary body art and glitter tattoos in addition to the aforementioned massages. The sauna, located next to the spa, is complimentary.

Also on the spa's list of services are a variety of hair treatments, manicures, pedicures, Ayurvedic and other beauty treatments. Prices run as low as £11 for a lip wax up to £65 for colour highlights.

The ship gym is opposite the sauna and massage rooms on Deck 7, and, although small, offers a nice, up-to-date selection of treadmills, weight machines and more. There is a certified fitness instructor onboard who teaches classes in the Frame 52 nightclub, directly behind the wellness centre complex. Classes run for 45 minutes. Aerobics classes are free, yoga and pilates sessions cost £7, and a personal training session (also 45 minutes) costs £36.

The two pools on Majesty's penultimate Deck 10 are small and can get crowded on sea days. The forward pool is about twice the size of the aft, adults-only pool and is flanked by a hot tub on both port and starboard sides.

Celestyal Majesty For Kids

Marella Majesty has a dedicated kids' club area -- Marella Kid's Club -- at the aft of the ship on Deck 9. The small area comprises both an indoor and outdoor space with a paddling pool. Three qualified minders are on hand to keep children from ages 3-11 years busy during three separate sessions each day. The notice board outside the kids' club and the daily bulletin specify each day's activities and which age groups they cater to. Parents must remain onboard while the kids are being looked after, session times can vary slightly but are generally about two hours long, and different sessions apply to different age groups. Check the daily newsletter for details.

There's also a small video arcade on Deck 5 near reception for kids (and kids at heart) who need to get their gaming fix.

Celestyal Majesty Ship Stats

  • Crew: 600
  • Launched: 1992
  • Decks: 10
  • Passengers: 1,462
  • Registry: Malta

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