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29 Canary Islands Romantic Cruise Reviews

Chose this cruise as we love all the dancing aboard Cunard lines. This was our second, the first being 17 days on Queen Elizabeth. Had not been to the Canary Islands so it was a good fit. We had an ocean view as compared to a balcony ... Read More
Chose this cruise as we love all the dancing aboard Cunard lines. This was our second, the first being 17 days on Queen Elizabeth. Had not been to the Canary Islands so it was a good fit. We had an ocean view as compared to a balcony last time and all was well. Room steward was great as always and room was clean and comfortable. Could not see the difference in cost being worth it on this 12 day trip. I think the main dining was OK but not great. Service was good but a little unorganized compared to last time. Never asked for second slice of bread and hardly filled an empty water glass. My wife is gluten intolerant and they prepare everything on the menu for her which other lines only have restricted menus. Did miss the shrimp cocktails as they were not ever there and the lobster tail was breaded? Only attended a few shows as most were with the ships compliment and not acts brought on. The few acts were good but I would rate as below average as a whole concidering they used their own talent most nights, Ballroom dancing was good but I would have enjoyed more than one afternoon tea dance.. Upstairs club was great as was the party band(very varied in their different types of music) Also had a 60's review band that played in auditorium and in the Queens ballroom the last night. Ports were interesting and all were walk off into the local city. We did not do any excurions as the ports offered nothing we hadnot already done. We just enjoyed walking around and sampling the local areas, and were usually back on board by 1-2pm. Overall an enjoyable trip though I prefered Queen Elizabeth Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our 3rd cruise on Indy and our first since it was refurbished. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves with very little to complain about. I would say though that I preferred the ship before all the added whistles and bells. The ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise on Indy and our first since it was refurbished. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves with very little to complain about. I would say though that I preferred the ship before all the added whistles and bells. The overall condition of the ship was very good. The food in Windjammer and the MDR was some of the best we have had on any of our cruises and our waiting staff in the restaurant couldn't be faulted. Our balcony cabin was fine although the storage was limited and the wardrobe was badly set out. It was clean and functional. We rarely saw our cabin steward as we had nothing to ask him for as it was all there. We found a sun bed easily every day without resorting to getting up at the crack of dawn and in spite of reading in a recent review that people are charged $10.00 if the towels aren't returned at night this is simply not true. The only time you are charged is at the end of the cruise if the towels aren't returned. We never returned a towel at the end of the day merely changed them without showing our passes. We were served fairly quickly in all the bars we went to and also found a seat at all the shows.. Grease was particularly good and also The Jersey Boys show. The Cruise Director Cubby was just OK. We wish they would change the shows along the Promenade as they have been doing the same thing down Main Street for years now. The shops were a major disappointment on his cruise.. Normally there are carts with different items along Main Street but most nights there was one or none. Overall a great cruise Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We are fairly recent cruisers and wanted a winter sun break and booked this cruise in January on line. The weather was superb and we were told by the crew the best they have had for several years. We flew from East Midlands to Tenerife and ... Read More
We are fairly recent cruisers and wanted a winter sun break and booked this cruise in January on line. The weather was superb and we were told by the crew the best they have had for several years. We flew from East Midlands to Tenerife and arrangements at departure, on arrival, coaching to Santa Cruz and boarding Marella Dream went like clockwork. The ship is old but is modern in appearance with good quality furnishings and the staff very friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble from our room steward to the bar and restaurant staff. Corridors and lift space are a little narrow and not as spacious as more modern ships. The variety of lounges and drinking and dining options were first class as was the food and drinks. We like to be on our own for dinner and for six nights we were served by Jennifer and April who looked after us very well. The Marella Dream Show team and their shows in the Broadway Show Lounge were excellent. Some very good singers and dancers however the comedian Alan Wilkins material was older than us and we are in our 70's. The resident band were again very good with such a wide range of music on offer. Our only disappointment was the lack of space for sunbathing when we had such good weather. We were birthed in walking distance of six of the places we visited which is brilliant. There were lots of excursions and trips arranged which people we spoke to enjoyed. Leaving the cruise was also faultless, colour coded luggage and well organised. Our only disappointment was East Midlands Border Control on the return. It took about 30 minutes to process us which is not acceptable. A superb restful and enjoyable cruise. Thank you TUI. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We’ve recently returned from a 14 night cruise of Spain and the Canary Islands. It’s our second time on this ship and our fourth with RCI. I can’t say I didn’t enjoy this holiday because I did, but there were a few issues that ... Read More
We’ve recently returned from a 14 night cruise of Spain and the Canary Islands. It’s our second time on this ship and our fourth with RCI. I can’t say I didn’t enjoy this holiday because I did, but there were a few issues that prevent me from giving this a five star review. The ship and the staff are incredible. Despite being very busy we didn’t encounter any of the over-crowding problems mentioned in other reviews. It never took more than a couple of minutes to get a drink, even at busy times. The food was generally good. The main dining room seems to have slipped a little since last year, but it’s still good. The speciality restaurants are all excellent and not too expensive if you pre-book a dining package before you get on board. I enjoyed all the bars and felt we received great service from the staff right across the ship. The delux drinks package is well worth having, with a great selection of spirits and cocktails. What lets it down is the quality of the wines. The reds and whites are pretty poor and the “champagne” is awful. It’s a non-descript sparking French wine which smells like a clogged drain. Our cabin, a balcony on deck 6, was okay. It looked a little tired in the places and the carpets and curtains were outdated, but it was a good size and kept clean and tidy. I slept well every night, even in rough seas, so the bed was very comfortable. The entertainment was excellent. There’s a first-rate production of Grease and the ice shows are stunning. The themed nights on the promenade are good fun though they do get very crowded and hot. We had a party under the stars one night on the upper decks which was fun too. What let the holiday down for me was the large number of children and teenagers onboard. We deliberately went during school term time but this seemed to make no difference. I know the Scottish half term took place during this fortnight but most of the kids were English, meaning they’d been kept out school for this trip. It resulted in all the issues raised in previous reviews: kids running around unsupervised, playing in the lifts late at night, etc. We were also unfortunate to encounter a lot of Diamond class snobs on this cruise. They bragged about the Diamond lounge like it was the holy grail, then proceeded to moan about it: how small it is, how common it’s become, how there are too many diamond members on the ship and they were forced to mingle with the “riff raff”. We had four of these people on a table of eight at dinner and I found the constant moaning to be a drain, especially in the second week. Not RC’s fault, just the luck of draw for table seating. I wouldn’t like to think I’d ever go on a huge, beautiful ship and spend most of my time sitting in a single cafeteria-style room, not matter how many points I’d achieved, just to feel special. The itinerary was good, with a nice balance of sea and shore days. I always enjoy the sea days with plenty to do across the ship. We had a bit off iffy weather on the way back: 5 metre waves and 60 mph winds, but the ship handled it well and with the stabilizers engaged it wasn’t too bad at all. It took about six hours to get through the worst of it, which we spent on a low deck, midship with little to worry about. So, to summarise, Independence is a wonderful ship with lots of do and enjoy, let down by the odd issue here and there. But with the recent refit designed to appeal to families rather than couples, I don’t think I’ll be sailing on her, or any RC ship, anytime soon. I’d rather book with an adult only company and guarantee a child free, more relaxing cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Wanted a longer cruise outside the school holiday. Never been to the Canaries before. The ship was Beaty with a lot of decoration and art. Clean and good taken care of. Our incide cabin had everything we needed and a lot of places to ... Read More
Wanted a longer cruise outside the school holiday. Never been to the Canaries before. The ship was Beaty with a lot of decoration and art. Clean and good taken care of. Our incide cabin had everything we needed and a lot of places to store our things, perfectly located on deck nine between the two lifts. Our stateroom attendant Ida did a Great job and kept it clean and was so nice to us all the time. Had read so many reviews about the need of upgrade, but that was not my experience. Always chairs available outside and it was never difficult to swim in the three pools or find a place in one of the jacuzzi. The food was very good. Specially impressed by the food in Windjammer that had a lot of choices. Also had very nice food in the MD and very good service thanks to Luise and Felix. Did take the Galley brunch and visit the kitchen and can understand how much work it is for the people in the kitchen and for the waiters to serve all the passengers. Also had some meals in chops grill and Giovanni as part of a prebooked 5dinner package. The entertainment was overall very good with some extra memorable experiences as the ice-show, the Barricade boys, Perry Grant and Craig Halliday. Cuddly was a very good as entertainment manager. Only one bad experience; with the spa treatment with a big pressure of bying products, so don’t think I will take any more spa treatments in the future. Did very excursion wit RCCL in Lisbon and Agadir. The Hippo Hippo tour with Anna in Lisbon was fantastic fun and let us see some of the major places. I don’t think We would like to go by our self in Agadir but had an very nice guide and did not felt unsafe during the excursion. I also think they was so pushing selling things in Agadir as earlier experience in Morocco. The best excursion we had was in Lanzarote with Lanzarote Experience. We had a group of 13 with our very nice guide and driver Angela on the whole day trip called grand tour. We was able to see the Timanfaya National Park, wine growing area, cactus garden, Cuevas de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua. We also had a tour in La Corunna with Hercules tours, a two hour tour around the city. The other places as Vigo, Las Palmas and Madeira we just walked around the city, easy from the chip. Will recommend Navigator and the Canaries. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Pick up from airport was hassle free, once we put our luggage on the bus we did not touch them again as they were delivered to our cabin. Our cabin number 1020 was fab lovely big cabin and lovely and clean. Our cabin steward Bagus was ... Read More
Pick up from airport was hassle free, once we put our luggage on the bus we did not touch them again as they were delivered to our cabin. Our cabin number 1020 was fab lovely big cabin and lovely and clean. Our cabin steward Bagus was amazing he kept the place spotless. There a numerous bars on board all with very good entertainment the cruise director Taylor and his team did a fabulous job in ensuring that everyone has a good time. If I had to pick something it would be that the Broadway shows could be better. Bars staff are amazing and work extremely hard, staff that should out forme were Jodie and Roland in the Wave bar. Food was ok the sirens was by far the best place to eat, the worst was the Orion I expected better for a waiter served restaurant. We had steak one day and I asked for it medium rare only to be told it comes one way, having heard my parents rave about to food in this restaurant I was expecting better. The chocolate extravaganza was not like it used to be in fact it was very poor. If I had to make a recommendation it would be to open the Sirens in the evening and allow guest to access one of the 3 Alcarte restaurants free of charge during their stay. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This is a port-heavy cruise ideal for those whose primary goal is to get their first taste of the amazing Canary Islands as efficiently as possible and at an affordable price. The crowd was mostly 60+ and Spanish, with a sprinkling of ... Read More
This is a port-heavy cruise ideal for those whose primary goal is to get their first taste of the amazing Canary Islands as efficiently as possible and at an affordable price. The crowd was mostly 60+ and Spanish, with a sprinkling of other Europeans, however, all announcements were made in both Spanish and English and all staff could speak at least some English. Horizon is an older, mid-sized, refurbished ship, but everything was clean, everything worked properly and service was excellent. Food was plentiful and more than adequate in quality. A large selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages was already included in the cruise cost. Entertainment and activities were limited and often in Spanish only, but with so many hours in the ports, we did not really need them. The islands are amazing, but one must get out of the ports to appreciate their beauty. In Lanzarote, a ship-organized tour of the Lunar Landscapes of Timanfaya is a must. Other islands are best explored by taxi which are affordable and plentiful. Those who do not speak any Spanish would benefit from reserving English-speaking drivers ahead of time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The embarkation process was smooth and well organised with our bags labelled with our cabin number at the airport check-in. After collecting the cases at the airport we didn't see them again until later that day outside our room ... Read More
The embarkation process was smooth and well organised with our bags labelled with our cabin number at the airport check-in. After collecting the cases at the airport we didn't see them again until later that day outside our room (although not at the same time). The process of registering for a passenger card, checks with the nurse and photographs sounded laborious when reading the briefing card en-route to the port but it was a continuous line and took no more than 10 minutes to be heading to the ship. There are security checks when boarding the ship which tended to be the only cause for queuing as people removed belts, etc again. We were pleasantly surprised with our room which was centre aft (the back) with a large balcony with 2 sunbeds, a table and 2 chairs and room to spare. The bed was a large comfortable double with fresh sheets each day. We also had a sofa bed and dressing table with plenty of mirrors. There was ample storage with a variety of draws, shelves and hanging space. The bathroom was a decent size with a powerful shower (nylon curtain). There is fridge in the room with a minibar although the prices were steep especially when on an all inclusive cruise. Even bottled water was chargeable although there was an empty carafe which you could refill from a water fountain mid-ship (a fair walk from our cabin at the back). Room service was twice a day with an almost over-attentive cabin service cleaning the room each morning and returning each evening to turn your bed down, deliver a chocolate and cruise news with the following days itinerary. There is an app for smart phone available throughout the ship which you just have to connect to the ship Wi-Fi for and it defaults to it at no charge. On this you can view your on-board account with live information (even no-charge transactions appear - if you are going to be charged for anything you will be asked to sign - if they just scan your card it is free). You can also book tables at the A La Carte restaurants and having done this as soon as we got on board had a full choice of dates and times. It's also useful to see a full day's timetable of activities and where they are (the list reduces as the day goes on so it only has whats coming up - we found that acts were performing in addition to these times too). It would have been useful to have deck plans available to view but to find your way around you had to view the maps at the lift lobbies on each floor. Free Wi-Fi (without any registration) was usually available at the ports too if you didn't want to pay for the Tui one. For dining we tended to stick to the Islands self-service which had very good quality food and we never struggled to find a table. We booked the Surf & Turf for one night and found it to be very good in terms of service and food quality. We never bothered with 47 or 47 Gallery as we heard that there were always queues and service was slow. Breakfast was good apart from the hot drink stations where the coffee, apart from being very strong, was frequently empty and temporary large flasks of hot water and coffee put out. In contrary the paid for Coffee Port served very good coffee throughout the day but at additional charges to AI - I wonder why the free coffee was so bad?? The entertainment was varied and in the evening there was usually something happening wherever you pass through. Towards the end of the week the Trio groups repertoire was repeating itself however they were always playing somewhere filling in for the other entertainers and very hardworking. We watched a guest comedian one one evening who was quite good but overall it felt a little like Butlins at sea. There was a "dress to impress" night on Sunday when some men wore dinner suits but you weren't stopped from going anywhere without one. On most nights everyone wore smart dress with only a few people on board who couldn't be bothered making any effort. We booked two excursions; a Jeep Safari in Morocco (8hrs) and Fire Mountain (4hrs) in Lanzarote and found both to be good value. After what we heard about trips to the markets and independent venturing in Morocco we opted for a full day guided Jeep Safari. It was very good seeing a lot of Morocco that wasn't on the tourist trail and the traditional tagine lunch was excellent. Be prepared for a white knuckle journey though and that's on the roads not off them! It felt like we were taking part in wacky races at times and don't be surprised to witness accidents on your journey as pedestrians, mopeds/bikes, donkeys and motor vehicles mix with no apparent right of way. The trip up Fire Mountain included a camel ride which was well organised and great fun and the trip around the national park was spectacular. PORTS: Santa Cruz in Tenerife is a busy commercial port and we didn't have time to visit the town. Las Palmas in Gran Canaria is right in the town centre and there is a 3km long beach 10 minutes away reached by walking through the town. Not particularly touristy but a reasonably nice place to walk about in. Santa Cruz in Las Palmas is right in the town centre and a lovely walk along the main shopping street can be had with a few nice bars along the way. There was a local market on by the port when we arrived on Sunday. Not a big place but nice and there is also a beach fronting the castle (loosly termed) about 10 minutes from the boat. Funchal in Madeira is a beautiful place. The town is immediately next to the ship but you get a lot of hassle from taxi drivers and tour guides when walking in. We walked through the main streets to the cable cars (11E each) and then took the toboggan down (30E for 2) and then walked back down to the town centre. Be prepared for the weather because whilst sunny in town it was raining at the top of the cable car run. The walk back is straight forward along one road for 20 minutes but it is very steep. The market near the cable car station is very worthwhile visiting. Agadir in Morocco is just a commercial port with no cruise facilities at all and we struggled to get the gangway on and off (the crew said that happened the week before too). Difficult to walk anywhere from the ship so take a taxi or book a trip. Arrecife in Lanzarote has a good commercial centre on the quayside leading to a beautiful lagoon with fishing boats and a few bars which is very easy to walk to if the ship docks on the south pier however if it docks on the north pier it is a short bus or taxi ride around. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Enjoyed the cruise but it was interesting that even though I was on the same ship in April 2017 with the same captain at the helm, I noticed some changes and not all of them for the better. But it was still an enjoyable cruise with ... Read More
Enjoyed the cruise but it was interesting that even though I was on the same ship in April 2017 with the same captain at the helm, I noticed some changes and not all of them for the better. But it was still an enjoyable cruise with interesting ports and itinerary of sufficient sea days. One main complaint is ...insufficient time at the ports, specially Lanzarote. We went with Concierge Class cabin. Our first cabin was 2145 on deck 12. That cabin is just below one of the bars or cafe or kitchen as we were kept awake all through the night with loud noises such as moving furniture, banging, closing doors, etc. Later we moved to cabin 9255 which was perfect both in size and location. Both the embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. We were at the port by 11.30am and onboard by 11.45am! Now that is efficient service from the staff. We ate lunch at the Moonlight Sonata restaurant and settled in our cabin at 1pm. The sail-away was a lot of fun. We went with fixed dining at 6pm in Moonlight Sonata and had 3 other couples as table mates, all in the same age group but from different countries, so it made for interesting dinner conversations. The food was good, but as my husband noted, he preferred the choice at the OceanView cafe for dinner. The table waiter was very informative and made some good recommendations. We didn't purchase the 'drink package' as it would not be worth it for us. We did purchase a bottle of white wine and paid $52 for it....but it lasted for 7 of the 10 days of the cruise. The Eclipse is a beautiful ship and I definitely cannot say anything negative about the public areas, always kept clean. The Grand Foyer is bright and the library is bright and relaxing. The service from the Concierge desk manager was superb. I really liked that he was there to welcome every Concierge class traveller at embarkation and introduce himself. Very nice touch. Our cabin attendant was superb as well. Always smiling and happy and paid attention to every detail. In fact he would anticipate what we would require. Entertainment was great. We didn't go for every show but the ones we saw were all great. We specifically chose this cruise because it was going to 3 of the Canary Islands, one of which included Gran Canaria. All great ports. We only did one of the tours offered by the ship...the moonscape hike in Lanzarote....absolutely loved it. The guide was very informative and the scenery breath-taking. Overall, this cruise was very relaxing, interesting and enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was our second P&O cruise having previously sailed on Oceana. We have also sailed with Thomson and Celebrity. Embarkation was well organized: we had been allocated a time of 3pm but arrived two hours earlier as the traffic was ... Read More
This was our second P&O cruise having previously sailed on Oceana. We have also sailed with Thomson and Celebrity. Embarkation was well organized: we had been allocated a time of 3pm but arrived two hours earlier as the traffic was light. We were given a card and we settled down expecting a long wait. However, 30 minutes later we had boarded and were in our cabin. First impressions were mixed. The cabin is a reasonable size (we had C314, a balcony cabin on the port side, floor 10) but the so-called bathroom was a disappointment. It has a total area that is about the size of a phone box and this includes the shower, which had a rather dirty plastic shower curtain. Interestingly, this was replaced on the day we were disembarking! The room needs refurbishing; the carpet looked dirty and the whole room just looked run down. There is plenty of hanging space for clothes but apart from the bedside tables, no drawers. The balcony was a good size though, roughly 2.5 by 3.0 meters I would guess. We were freedom dining in the Cinnamon restaurant and I have to say that the food was as good as any I have had on a cruise. It perhaps lacked the finesse of Celebrity and endless green beans got a little repetitive but overall the food was very good. The buffet was awful as they usually are in my experience, just a fight every day to find a table at breakfast, which was the only meal we ate in there. We didn’t try any of the specialty restaurants, as the food was more than satisfactory in Cinnamon. This was in spite of constantly being given the hard sell everyday by the staff. The entertainment was excellent. The Headliners theatre group was superb, as were the Ventura entertainment team. However, it was a bit like a holiday camp up on the pool decks were you are bombarded by constant noise. Talking of the pools, we didn’t venture in, as they were full of children, including the so-called adult only pool. Also, children were constantly occupying the Jacuzzis, in spite of notices prominently displayed saying that under 16s were no allowed. This was the only time children were, for us, a problem. Apparently there were 740 children on board but they all seemed well behaved and there were no problems as far as I know. As for the rest of the ship, well, it is in need of a full refurbishment. The public areas are decidedly tacky and mostly very dark. It could be a lovely ship and probably was many years ago but it looks and feels very dated now. The itinerary was what we had signed up for so no real complaints. This was Madeira, La Palma, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Lisbon, Vigo and back to Southampton. My only grouch was that it took 3 long days to get to Madeira, an extra port could have been included to break this up. We heard a lot of people complaining about this. Many, many people removed or reduced their gratuities. We spoke to a lot of people over the 12 days and apart from one couple, everyone else had asked for gratuities to be removed. My only comment would be that within 2 hours of embarkation, I had been charged the full £144 in advance for service I had yet to receive. Service throughout the ship was on the whole efficient and cheerful although we did encounter some surly attitudes from some staff members but they were the minority. Finally, disembarkation was very well organized and we were able to leave the ship without a long wait or encountering any hassle. So all in all, an enjoyable cruise with some reservations regarding the décor and general state of the ship. I will cruise with P&O again, but not necessarily on Ventura. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This is our second Cruise (first was with Costa) and overall we loved The Majesty. She's an old girl, and as long as you don't expect Royal Caribbean Standards for a Thomson price, you won't be disappointed. We had ... Read More
This is our second Cruise (first was with Costa) and overall we loved The Majesty. She's an old girl, and as long as you don't expect Royal Caribbean Standards for a Thomson price, you won't be disappointed. We had done our research before leaving as we had read many negative reviews, so we knew we had to pay $15 for a safe, and we also knew the cabins were going to be small - but knowing this before you leave makes all the difference. Embarkation was very smooth, we were told it may take up to 3 hours to get cases to the cabins, but we were met on the boat as soon as we boarded to be taken to our cabin, and the cases were already there. The Majesty herself is a beautiful old boat and we loved her charm. There are places where you can see she may be a bit dated, but we liked her feeling like a ship, not like a big shopping centre atrium. Two things struck us the most - the first was how spotlessly clean the ship was kept - staff were continuously cleaning, and they were the most friendly cleaning staff I've ever come across. The second was the staff in general - they were excellent. We enjoyed the food on board - eating mainly in the self serve restaurant as we are quite casual eaters most of the time. The food was plentiful and varied, and we always found it hot and of a good standard - we never went hungry. We did eat in the restaurants twice, and the food and staff there were also very good. It would be nice if there could be themed restaurants (ie Chinese, steakhouse etc) even if it did incur an additional charge like The Bistro - it would give a bit more choice, but there is only so much room on the Majesty so I doubt that could happen. It would be nice if there could be an area in the buffet which is 'Port Themed' so that you could get a taste of your next destination. Just an idea Thomson, in case you read this...! We had bought the drinks package for £10 pppd, and that was very good value. My only bugbear was if you wanted a frozen cocktail you had to pay a surcharge, but that was only £1 per time, so hardly extortionate. Coffee in the coffee shop was also included in the package. We're not really ones for stage shows so we didn't see anything in the Jubilee Lounge, but there was something on each night if that's your thing. We spent most nights up in the Observatory Lounge listening to LM sing with his guitar. He is a very talented man, who we never grew tired of listening too. There is a fab guy who plays piano in the Rendezvous lounge also. We did 3 Excursions - Madeira, Agadir and Lanzarote. The Madeira Mountains tour was fantastic and the guide was very knowledgeable and funny - it was well worth the money. When the tour finished at lunchtime, we went into Funchal on foot and had lunch at the seafront, then made our own way to the cable car and took it to the top and came down in the wicker baskets - our favourite day! :) The Agadir tour was just the Kasbah, the Mohammed V Mosque and the waterfront, but that wasn't really up to much unfortunately. The Kasbah was an old ruin that has just been left and vandalised, where every man and his camel is trying to get you to buy something as soon as you get off the bus. The Mosque we could only stand outside and look at, and the waterfront although very nice, could be anywhere. The Lanzarote tour to Timanfaya (Fire Mountain) we would also recommend. Amazing place unlike anywhere else we've ever seen, and then we had a camel ride and the tour stopped in a Bodega on the way back. Good value. The staff on the ship were all exemplary - we didn't come across anyone less than helpful and friendly. The bar staff on deck and inside come round constantly to see if you need a drink, and tips were never expected or given. Speaking of which, a big thing with a Thomson Cruise is you aren't hit with a surcharge at the end of it, like you are with all other cruises. When we finished our first cruise with Costa we weren't aware of this and had a bill for $170 each for tips and gratuities. This does not happen with Thomson. If you want to give a tip (as we did to certain staff) that's your choice, but its not demanded as it is with other cruise lines. On our last day, we had to be out of our cabin by 10am but our flights weren't until 6pm - but our cases were taken the night before and hand luggage was securely stowed in the ship - so we could still relax and explore Gran Canaria. Then we came back to the ship for lunch, as food and drinks were still included until the bus left for the airport. On the whole an enjoyable experience, we will definitely use Thomson again. All I would recommend is that you spend an evening doing some research before you book any holiday so you know what to expect, then you won't be disappointed. We would give The Majesty an 8 out of 10. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Looking for a new way to take our holiday, we decided to try cruising. Using the many sites dedicated to providing all the information anyone could ever need about the subject, we found a suitable Itinerary on Thomson’s Majesty. The ... Read More
Looking for a new way to take our holiday, we decided to try cruising. Using the many sites dedicated to providing all the information anyone could ever need about the subject, we found a suitable Itinerary on Thomson’s Majesty. The cruise is called the Colourful Coasts, and, as we wanted to revisit the site of our honeymoon, Madeira, whilst seeing more of the islands that go to make up the Canaries, another location we had long wanted to visit, fully met the bill. With good weather forecast for the week in mid-march, we flew from Gatwick to Tenerife, a 5 hour flight due to the French air traffic control strike. On the way back, although we left almost an hour late, heavy tail wins meant we arrived on time at a very cold Gatwick, where we then had to wait for coaches to arrive to take us to the Terminal. We estimated that we spent an extra 2 – 3 hours travelling to and from Tenerife. On first impressions, and forewarned from the many reviews we read, the ship looked slightly past it’s best, with at least 2 other previous names visible on its proud bows. Immediately, though, it was obvious that a) the ship was continually cleaned and painted, with cabin widows being washed dialy and b) hygiene was paramount. In fact the number of times we saw cabin staff cleaning the main stair rails almost matched the large number of alcohol hand dispensers that are placed at all the requisite locations to protect the guest from the dread norovirus. The boat initially seems very large, with many narrow corridors and effectively 7 floors, accessible through 3 main staircases and lifts causing us some confusion as to where to find food, drinks and entertainment, but by the 3rd day we had a good mental map of the layout. Food was plentiful and especially good in the Bistro. If you are lucky enough to be celebrating a special date, then let them know and look out for one of the best “Staff” bands we have had the honour to serenaded by. The buffet food provided throughout the day is acceptable and offers some variation day to day. We did find however, that the Chef’s stations, where food was prepared freshly as you waited, provided a much better alternative and I would recommend the omelettes. Oh yes, and the scones; surprisingly, I had the best scones I have ever had as part of the afternoon tea offering. The waiter service restaurants provide a good quality meal, with some variation on the menu. It is restricted for none meat eaters and some improvisation was required; though the waiters and kitchen where always happy to oblige. One of the main memories from our trip were the happy, smiling, competent waiters that made dining always fun and very enjoyable. These restaurants offer a Share or No share option, with sharing meaning that you could sit with 2 to 6 other passengers. The No share option meant that you had a wait sometimes for a table, which were not always in the best position. As we made the best of all the available excursions organised before sailing, we were tucked up in the very comfortable beds long before the main entertainment got underway. If the promised entertainment is one of your main reasons for going on a cruise, please check out the reviews elsewhere to see what others think of it. We found that the Royal Observatory was always a quiet oasis from the hurly burly of the pool and upper decks; both of which were usually packed due to the mostly fantastic sunny weather. In the evening, the entertainment in this bar was quiet and suited to a relaxing cocktail (a different special every day) before turning in. The Cabin was small, with the ensuite even smaller. The maids look after the rooms as well as any good hotel. The shower is hot and powerful. The toilets take a little getting used to and in our case became a little temperamental at one point. The ship’s plumbers resolved the problems quickly, though reception needed a couple of reminders on one occasion. A few other points to note (some specific to when we sailed) Cell phones are usable pretty much all the time, but check the charges carefully, As with shares, ships can go up and down, a lot, as we found during a 24 hour storm, so take suitable anti seasickness medicines. It is said that if you are susceptible, then getting a cabin near the centre of the boat and on a lower deck may reduce the amount of movement during these rough passages, The itinerary can change at short notice, in our case the storm meant that the sail to the African port was cancelled, giving everyone an extra day in Madeira (no bad thing) Internet access is available on the boat in some locations but not cheap, again check charges. A number of the ports had free wifi available in the embarkation halls, as do a lot of the bars in the towns visited, The guides on the three excursions we took where all local, spoke good English and were extremely knowledgeable about their respective islands, often bringing a very different historical view with some good humour thrown in, There are very few bars showing British sports within walking distance of the ports, we found TripAdvisor invaluable in helping us find somewhere to watch the 6 nations games, If you are lucky you will see dolphins and wandering seabirds from the ship as it sails, keep an eye out over the front of the boat. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
needed a break in cold january so as it was our Golden Wedding Anniversary! we decided on a weeks cruise and stay to celebrate. The cruise was wonderful if a little windy Our cabin was lovely food well served and delicious, The staff in ... Read More
needed a break in cold january so as it was our Golden Wedding Anniversary! we decided on a weeks cruise and stay to celebrate. The cruise was wonderful if a little windy Our cabin was lovely food well served and delicious, The staff in all areas were polite and very friendly! Lounges were very comfortable and entertainment good. I only had one gripe..we did inform our travel agent (Barrhead) that it was a special anniversary whilst onboard but no mention was made of this on ship! We paid for special meal, flowers and wine in The Bistro on the evening but a bottle of wine from Thomsons would have been nice to acknowledge our special day!! Nearing the end of the meal the waiter did ask about the flowers on our table and when we told him what they were for he and 2 other waiters did come and play a guitar and sing to us. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise to be away from home for Christmas and the New Year. The Ship, Cabin, Crew and most entertainers staff were absolutely superb. We chose the second sitting, and were served admirably by our waiters. Our table chums ... Read More
We chose this cruise to be away from home for Christmas and the New Year. The Ship, Cabin, Crew and most entertainers staff were absolutely superb. We chose the second sitting, and were served admirably by our waiters. Our table chums were very good company, the food on the whole was very acceptable. Although the entertainment was not really to my taste, but my wife loved it, i could see that a great deal of thought and rehearsal had gone into producing the shows. Both my wife and i did find the classical music in the Hamptons lounge great. Each evening we were there before going to Dinner into the Kensington. I found the on board lecturer a little tedious, with a subject matter of Yachting, DIY and weather i was looking forward to some good quality talks. Unfortunately this particular lecturer was most biased about his own self importance and past life, having listened to why his first wife left him (do i really need to know that?) i then listened to the first talk about sailing around the world. unfortunately his talk was all about him, not the yacht or voyage. I was aware of at least 2 offshore deep sea yachtsmen on board who all agreed that the talks were very uninformative. a surprise really as it transpired that he is a RYA instructor. I managed 2 talks before deciding i would rather do 6 dog watches in a storm than listen to him. The Garden lecturer was however very good, knowledgable about her subject and engaging. A down side to the cruise, was the constant moaning of any passenger's beyond a certain age. I have never heard so much gossip, untruths and rudeness. I dared to ask one passenger who was loudly moaning why he had chosen to come on a cruise, he said that his son made hm come away at christmas. Both my wife and i came to the uncharitable conclusion that the Christmas Cruise on board the Maggellan had many passenger's whose offspring had off loaded them onto CMV! Still we were not going to allow these sad passengers ruin our holiday, even though they tended to hog seats. We did try the on deck buffet a couple of times but left it to the old food monsters who had made the deck buffet their home. Unfortunately we missed madeira due to a heavy swell, but were treated to a wonderful firework display in the company of 10 other cruise ships, superb bit of "on station" handling of the ship, from the bridge. All other ports were just great. I agree with a previous poster that It was nice to see some Dutch passengers on the ship. The Ship rode any inclement weather very well, the worst sea state was a swell of around 4mts and winds of 30kts, but she rode the elements very well. nobody should have any problems with motion on the Magellan. Cabin? Big, comfy & great 4028.... but we chose carefully, fwd of midships. I heard anything aft of amidships was a bit creaky, but we never ventured down there! so in in five words? "WE HAD A GREAT CRUISE" Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
SHORT VERSION Thomson Spirit is an old ship but with a fantastic crew, great food and offers very good value – including an “all inclusive” option which includes house wines, some beers and standard spirits. All prices in ... Read More
SHORT VERSION Thomson Spirit is an old ship but with a fantastic crew, great food and offers very good value – including an “all inclusive” option which includes house wines, some beers and standard spirits. All prices in sterling, no service charges or taxes. Entertainment good for the size of the ship especially the musicians. The age of the ship does mean it looks tired in places and expect some “creaks and groans” especially in lively weather. As long as you are not expecting a sparkling new ship, you shouldn’t be disappointed. LONG VERSION The Spirit was launched back in the 1980s and this shows in its traditional layout (prom deck), smaller size (1200 passengers) and dated looks. It has been part of the Thomson fleet since the 00s and is virtually identical in layout to the Thomson Celebration. Virtually all guests are from the UK. Positives for us: Smaller size than the new giant ships which means less walking plus can berth in ports where the mega ships can’t. Very friendly and hard working crew and lots of them. Your food is served quickly, never a queue to get a drink and drinks waiters making regular circuits around the main deck areas and entertainment areas during evenings, rarely a queue at reception etc. Apart from the entertainment team very few British staff – mainly Eastern European, Filipino or Asian. Ship’s Officers mainly Greek. All speak great English. Wide selection of buffet food for breakfast and lunch. In particular we appreciated the “chef’s corner” on the pool deck offering fresh omelets at breakfast and things like enchiladas for lunch. Dinner is available in the buffet restaurant but most eat in the main restaurant which offers waiter service. Good quality simple food and not tied to set dining times – which is brilliant. We opted for the speciality restaurant for two meals £20 supplement each but lovely food – 8 courses with options like Lobster and Rib Eye Steak. Excursions are reasonably priced – c £35 pp for a half day coach trip with guide. Two house bands and two pianists. All very capable musicians so there is live music available in at least three locations each evening as well as at times during the day. The shows each evening are well delivered with 8 main performers but performed to recorded music, no live musicians. Usually two chances to catch shows – 8.30 and then 10.30. The ship’s currency is £sterling so protected from currency fluctuations plus no additional service charge or tax. The price printed is what you pay. We had an all-inclusive package (virtually all guests did on our cruise) and this covered house beers, house wine by the glass, basic spirits (e.g. Gordons Gin), selection of cocktails and soft drinks. Some brands (e.g. Bombay Sapphire Gin) incurred a supplement. Typical prices if you were paying were £3.70 for beer or wine by the glass. The house wine is reasonable – looking at £20-£25 for a better quality bottle if you are fussy. Cabin reasonable size – loads of space for clothes etc. Ship is kept very clean in all areas. Reasonably spacious around the ship. The cruise was full but we were never stuck for somewhere to sit during the day on deck and there are lots of quiet areas if this is what you want. In the evening always able to get a seat in the show lounge or in our favourite bar (Horizons). The cruise we booked was great value at around £700 pp for all inclusive with flights, transfers etc. We could fly from a nearby regional airport at ideal flights times – flew out 12 noon on a Saturday. Safes in each room but a £15 charge (charge a bit unnecessary we thought). Reasonably well equipped gym although not open until 8am – 7am would have been better for me. Not greatly used so always loads of space. Negatives The ship is quite old so don’t expect a shining new ship with modern cabins and walls of glass everywhere. If this is what you want, opt for a new ship. Again because of the older design, there are far fewer cabins with balconies. Cabins on the mid decks (deck 6) have windows onto the prom and views can be obstructed by lifeboats. Our cabin (and all others we saw on deck 3) had two single beds either in an L shaped or either side of a built in unit. Although our cabin was spotlessly cleaned, there are marks accumulated over the years plus at some point many years ago it must have been a smoking cabin as it retained a very faint smell of cigarettes. The free dining in the main restaurant is brilliant but if you are couple then expect to be asked to share or wait for a 2 table which could mean 5 mins wait. Engine noise whilst underway is quite pronounced esp towards the back of the ship on lower decks. In rough seas quite noisy towards front of ship too as the bow crashes into waves. If you are a light sleeper upgrade to a higher cabin or as a minimum pay a surcharge (c £45) to chose your exact cabin and get up as high as you can and amidships. The two pools are not large and seemed unheated so very cold for our cruise around the Canaries in November. In summary – a great value cruise which we thoroughly enjoyed. Wonderful staff. Just understand that it is an older ship and priced competitively so not the most luxurious. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
After a poor 2015 cruise on Aurora, we decided to give P&O another chance. Glad we did as the this was a very enjoyable cruise. Food, service and entertainment where excellent with a wide range of restaurants and bars to suit all ... Read More
After a poor 2015 cruise on Aurora, we decided to give P&O another chance. Glad we did as the this was a very enjoyable cruise. Food, service and entertainment where excellent with a wide range of restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and purses. Beach House was especially good and well worth the small surcharge, however we did miss the outside dining area which was tagged onto Beach House on Aurora, Sindhu was a disappointment with the food rather bland for a " Indian " restaurant. Classical pianist ( sorry i forgot her name and the singer Jenny, where both excellent ) After several disappointing cruises backed up by previous reviews it does appear that P&O have improved for which they must be praised. Only downside, not P&O fault was on disembarking at Southampton we sat on the coach at 8:45 which did not leave until 10:30 as we where waiting for passengers. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My wife and I were looking for a different cruise from the norm to celebrate our anniversary. We had sailed on the Emerald previously (and her sister ships) so the ship was quite familiar to us. Embarkation was one of the easiest we ... Read More
My wife and I were looking for a different cruise from the norm to celebrate our anniversary. We had sailed on the Emerald previously (and her sister ships) so the ship was quite familiar to us. Embarkation was one of the easiest we have ever experienced. We started our trip five days early in London and took the transfer from Victoria Motor coach Station to the ship. We arrived at the port around 11:30 and I figured that we would have to cue up for a while before getting on the ship and being guided to the buffet till our room was ready. No line and the cabin was ready before we got on. Total time from bus to cabin was fifteen minutes, fantastic! Our cabin was E220 and was better than I had expected. The beds were placed on the side of the room instead of the back and it made the cabin seem larger that it was. The room was an obstructed port hole room but it was not overly obstructed. The lifeboat outside the cabin was a smaller one and not one of the tenders which gave us a pretty good view. The only thing that you have to watch out for is the frequent crew going past the window for maintenance or testing. The shows were pretty good but not fantastic, The first comic though was not to my liking. I am one of the people who really enjoys the trivia contests, so having lots of them was great for me. I do wish that the prizes hadn't become so cheap. We do play for fun but a prize other than a key chain, fridge magnet or pen would be nice. The ships on board activities (Princess in general) don't overly excite me, so besides the trivia, I mostly find quiet places to read. The Skywalkers lounge is a pretty good place for some quiet time during the day. The pools are all open air on this ship and with the cool air for the first three days meant that going for a swim was out of the question. The pool was well heated which would have permitted swimming but getting out of the water would have not been nice. This is not the fault of the ship, except that they could have used one of the other ships which have a convertible roof over one of the pools, for this cruise knowing that it is cold in April in Britain at this time of year. I mostly try to avoid the buffet as I prefer to go to the dining room for my meals. Days in port the dining room is closed but there are other options besides lining up in the Horizon buffet for your lunch. We were ashore at every port (that's why we went on this cruise in the first place), which meant that we sometimes didn't get back till the afternoon and didn't feel like ruining our dinner. On a few days at sea they had pub lunches in the Wheelhouse bar where you can enjoy a nice British pub meal. The ship's shore excursions were pricey (aren't they always) so we did our own. Princess Cruises generally have a higher content of older passengers (as do Holland America which we have also cruised a lot on), but for some reason this cruise had a higher percentage of mobility challenged patrons. I have not seen the quantity of scooters that I saw on this cruise. If you can use the stairs I highly recommend it or you will be waiting for an elevator for quite a while. All in all the ship gave us exactly what we were looking for, a good vacation to a place we hadn't been to yet. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
In cruising, as in life, some things you like, some you don`t and the NCL Epic is no exception, but the good far outweigh the bad. So, let`s get rid of the negatives straight away. The design is odd; from the well documented ... Read More
In cruising, as in life, some things you like, some you don`t and the NCL Epic is no exception, but the good far outweigh the bad. So, let`s get rid of the negatives straight away. The design is odd; from the well documented toilet/bathroom arrangement in the staterooms to the fact that the lifts are at either end of the ship. Also the casino area, even if you`re a gambler, is far too big and a lot of the tables are empty a lot of the time, so the staff could be better employed. The size of the ship is not a major issue, however, it`s all relative. We`ve sailed on the Jade and the Spirit, both of which are half the size of the Epic, so initially it looks a bit of a beast, but you soon get used to it, and it never feels overcrowded. So, now, let`s look at the positive side. The entertainment is fantastic, from the glittering stage shows and dance routines of Priscilla and Burn the Floor through to an excellent Motown show, a superb group of singers called 4Ever, and a couple of very funny comedians. Most of the shows have to be prebooked(unless you want to queue up on standby) as the theatre is really too small for a ship this size, although the acts do appear at different times throughout the cruise. Some of them also appear in another venue on the ship so you should be able to catch them at some point. There is also the Cavern Club where you will find the Epic Beatles, among others. Their sound and mannerisms are brilliant but you`ll need to be in early as it gets pretty packed. The comedy club is another venue with terrific entertainment and great atmosphere from some first class musicians. The one slight downside was the Cirque Sol for which we paid extra. What they did was very good but I was expecting trapeze rather than mainly ground based acts. Not quite what it said on the tin! I cannot fault the food. We ate in both the main restaurants, Taste and Manhattan, and thoroughly enjoyed all the meals, although the menu, particularly the starters should have had a better choice. In the Garden Cafe and O`Sheehan`s the food was equally as appertising. The service, overall, was faultless, very efficient, friendly and professional. And the cleanliness, amazing! We spotted on one occassion in the Manhattan an inspection of the tables down to the minutest detail that you would not find in a lot of top class establishments. Our steward, Rhayan, was magnificent; always available and kept the stateroom immaculate. Everytime I saw him it looked as though he`d just finished a 10 mile run. So, all in all, a very enjoyable cruise. Everbody has an opinion but don`t be put off by negative reviews. Thanks to all the crew on the Epic. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was our second cruise with Thomson and you get what you pay for basically. I've just read one negative review that made me determined to put my views on record. The review I have just read banged on about lack of standards, poor ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Thomson and you get what you pay for basically. I've just read one negative review that made me determined to put my views on record. The review I have just read banged on about lack of standards, poor food, poor entertainment. Reading between the lines this reviewer wanted Cunard services for Thomson prices!!! get real matey. Yes the ship is a bit tired and in need of a facelife here and there, but it was spotlessly clean. The cleaners were hoovering at midnight!!! the food is edible, and not slop or canteen like. All the staff were polite, happy and helpful. What more can you want? we purchased the drinks package before we departed and it was well worth it. I would recommend anyone planning a cruise to give this serious consideration. Thomson I understand are also the only cruise operator NOT to charge you an additional 200-300 dollars for gratuities, which after talking to some seasoned cruisers, was one of the plusses for them having had their fingers burned with some of the bigger operators. The enterainment team work their socks off and put on some good wholesome shows which were much enjoyed by those guests I spoke to. So, bottom line, if you are looking for VFM and don't want to break the bank, choose Thomson. if you want your afternoon tea served by some butler with white gloves, and paying over the odds for it, choose one of the other operators, there are plenty out there. No one is forcing you to choose Thomson. Me, well I am off in the autumn for another cruise, this time on Thomson Discovery, the new addition to the fleet and am looking forward to it. All my reviews are honest and should the Discovery not live up to expectations, of course this will come through in my comments. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I'm currently encounter home from our first P&O Cruise. We have cruised before with Celebrity and Thompsons. On arrival at the terminal we had to wait until our card was called, we only had a short wait and embarkation was ... Read More
I'm currently encounter home from our first P&O Cruise. We have cruised before with Celebrity and Thompsons. On arrival at the terminal we had to wait until our card was called, we only had a short wait and embarkation was pretty good. We boarded the ship there was nobody there to greet us and we had to find our way to our cabin, where our cases were sitting outside the door. Our inside cabin was on the 10th floor at the back of the boat. The cabin was spotless clean but not much room for manoeuvre. We had a double bed but the two upper singles folded into the wall meant we had to virtually crawl into and out of bed. There was loads of hanging and cupboard space but the toilet was small. We had bigger toilers in overnight ferries to France. There was a fridge that was handy, and tea/coffee making facilities which were replenished daily. Due to the location of the cabin, ever time the boat was docking, the noise was unbearable. There was heavy vibration throughout the room during the Is time. Due to having an atrium the ship was hard to get used to at first as you can only access areas at the front of the ship by going to certain floors. The ship was spotless clean throughout. We were assigned the Cinnamon restaurant but only ate there once as we prefer the buffet dining. The food was brilliant. There was something for everyone and it was always piping hot. The staff at the buffet and the restaurant were always friendly and chatty. The worked hard keeping the busy area clean. We had a meal in the Sindu Indian restaurant once, you pay £15 per head extra for this but I enjoyed it. We never tried the other restaurants. There is a pizzeria and burger bar at the pool. The food here was great however. There was no drinks machines around and you then needed to go back into the buffet restaurant for a tea/coffee. There is no drinks package like we have enjoyed on other cruises. Bar prices were not too bad. A vodka and mixer was £4.75 as was a glass of prosecco. A pint of peroni was about £3.75. We would still prefer the drink package to save continually checking our account for onboard spend. You are allowed to take your own drink onboard and also what you buy offshore but not what you buy on the ships duty free shop which is a little pointless. The entertainment was not the greatest. However a huge shout out to the Headliners who were fantastic. It we never seen enough of them, we also enjoyed the tribute acts to John Denver and Annie Lennox was amazing. The other acts were pianists, a violinist and a few comedians. There were also an ex policeman and jeweller speakers if that's your cup of tea. The quizzes in the Exchange we're good,with something for everyone. Andrea was a great hostess. The karaoke hostess, Lauren however was allowing the same singers singing the same songs and not allowing new singers up which was disappointing. We spent some time in the casino which was good fun. Croupiers Gypsy, Jemima were always happy to see us and gave friendly advice to us beginners to ensure we players with The proper table etiquette. The waiters around the exchange and Havana were brilliant. A special mention to Joel, Neil and Who were always laughing and happy to see us. There are shops onboard selling bags, jewellery, and a range of duty free items, plenty of choice however, I wouldn't buy anything for the first few days as there are normally special offers throughout the cruise on items. We bought a painting I the gallery after being assured there would be no further discounts on these only to find 10% sale the next day. A visit to tbd gallery to discuss this and the lady was happy to give us the discount retrospectively. The ports we stopped at were Lisbon, Lanzerote, Santa Cruz, Teneriffe, Gran CanariA, Madeira, Las Palmas, La Coruna. Madeira was our favourite. This was also the cheapest for the duty fee cigs and spirits, even cheaper than the ship. We never done any excursions as it was easy enough to get around independently however don't rely on too much help with this from the staff. Overall we had a great time, met loads of nice people too. The only thing was the weather which can't be helped I suppose. Out of our three cruises Celebrity still way way ahead for everything but P&O now 2nd with Thompsons third. Hope this helps you prepare for your trip. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Our previous cruise experience has been with smaller ships in particular Fred Olsen and we were rather nervous about taking a holiday on a larger ship during the Christmas season but went with an open mind. LOVED The quality and ... Read More
Our previous cruise experience has been with smaller ships in particular Fred Olsen and we were rather nervous about taking a holiday on a larger ship during the Christmas season but went with an open mind. LOVED The quality and choice of entertainment. Saw the cirque show (with dinner), Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Burn the Floor, Howl at the Moon and a Four Tops tribute and all without exception were wonderful. Cabin - the layout was great and I though the loo being separate was a great idea. Super shower and lots of storage space. I thought the tea/coffee maker was ace and would like one for home! Garden Cafe - the sheer volume of choice and quality of food made this a winner for me (and I don't like melamine plates or self service so that's saying something!) Dauphinois potatoes each day was just heaven (although not for my waistline) and the interesting and varied salads were lush. Really quality fruit as well. We usually had no problem finding a table (just the 2 of us) and I truly didn't think I'd enjoy this restaurant as much as I did Waves bar - being a smoker we frequented deck 15 for the smoking area and first encountered the lovely Ravi bartender who became our favourite over the holiday and who did amazing cocktails for us - great credit to NCL LIKED Choice of restaurants - shame about Cagneys (but we were refunded), loved Le Bistro and that we could eat in Taste or Manhatten (although they were a bit souless being so huge and of course with Freestyle dining you don't get to know a particular group of people or the waiter - however I still prefer eating when I want) Art Gallery - The young man in charge really knew his stuff and they didn't hassle you at all - bought a lovely painting that I'm thrilled with. Ports of Call - interesting and no hassle or queues getting on or off NOT SO GOOD Queues - now we Brits are used to it and the Americans too form 'lines' but its not the same in all cultures and queue jumping was the norm for bars, restaurants and shows. Bars especially were difficult to get served. Indoor seating space. Several evenings we walked round just trying to find a spare table or a couple of seats together and there weren't any. I guess that with so much to do there has to be a payoff and expansive areas of seating is one of them - however I'd accept that for the benefits Noise - even on quiet decks (as another reviewer has mentioned) there is musak playing and its not pleasant. However, its a busy, fun ship and you have to accept that it will be noisy on the up side though the cabin was blissfully peaceful and quiet. DISLIKED Sorry but the 'gangs' of kids. As they got to know each other towards the end of the cruise, groups of teens (several as 'hoodies') would lurch along together and on deck were quite menacing. I often crossed the deck to avoid them. (I heard on the way home that they were caught throwing sunloungers off the side of the boat!) overall though ,we had a wonderful holiday and would definitely sail with NCL on this boat again Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We previously sailed on the Celebration, same itinary. Bad choice!! We nearly gave up on Thomson cruises because of that experience but decided to give Thomson anothe go, and we are glad we did. The Majesty is a much nicer ship than ... Read More
We previously sailed on the Celebration, same itinary. Bad choice!! We nearly gave up on Thomson cruises because of that experience but decided to give Thomson anothe go, and we are glad we did. The Majesty is a much nicer ship than the celebration, cleaner, more modern, better maintained, more stable, less vibration, better eateries, better bars, better theatre/ lounge better cabins, the list goes on. Embarkation was quick, well organised and easy. Met Adam again from the Celebration on the quayside,...such a nice boy! Pleasantly surprised how much better than our previous experience on the Celebration. The Majesty feels better straight away and the buffet feels like a cruise ship buffet unlike the one on the Celebration which feels like a works canteen. Had a nice birthday meal in the Bistro (cover charge applies) and other nights alternated our eating between the main restaurants and once in the buffet. No problems really but the usual strange combinations on offer and often food was less tha 'hot'. Entertainment was very good, as it ws onthe Celebration. Buster, the visiting comedian was good and had a nice chat with him when we bumped into him on shore, but he gets sick of people wandering up to him like they know him. We took part in most quizzes and had a good laugh, winning a couple of bits too. It all adds to the expirience. Also went to the Polo bar for the impromptu late night sing along with Buster and Jason. That was definately one of the highlights. I did hear someone complaining the next day about the noise but the reason the sing along was so good was because it was in the bar, not the show lounge. Some people........ Met some great people as well, funny characters, and met a lovely couple while we were enjoying my birthday in the bistro. even though I kept getting the ladys name wrong (Glenda, not Brenda as my wife kept reminding me!!). The ports were all as expected though our organised excursion to Taradount in Morocco was all too brief. More time to wander would be great. Madeira was vey nice, our favourite I think, but the hop on-hop off bus tour was poor. We went on the Big Red Bus, maybe the Yellow bus was better? On board photography staff need immediate re-training and the prices seriously need looking at. I'm sure if the prices were made more reasonable the increase in custom would more than make up for it. Its not like the picture are even develpoed anymore, simply printed off a computer. We had a couples massage treatment which was great, and bought some dubious creams from the staff, as you do! Disembarking was again quick and easy, less restrictive than on the American ships we usually sail on We will definately consider Thomson again in a couple of years, maybe the Discovery? One thing, We we're still amazed at the number of cruisers failed to wash after visiting the toilet and who failed to sanitize while entering food establishments and on boarding the ship. This also applied to staff on a few occasions. Its the easiest thing to do. Often its the older crowd that don't bother, the very people most at risk of the Norovirus. Step up people, use the sanitizers and enjoy your cruise. Its really not worth the risk of spending time isolated in your cabin because you couldn't be bothered to spend 5 seconds cleaning. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Our flight ,transfer and check in we're all fine .check in was quick and efficient . We were taken to our cabin which was clean but very tired and small we only had an inside cabin but I would advise booking a plus a basic ... Read More
Our flight ,transfer and check in we're all fine .check in was quick and efficient . We were taken to our cabin which was clean but very tired and small we only had an inside cabin but I would advise booking a plus a basic inside is tiny!. We could put our things away even though we only had a small single wardrobe so we weren't climbing over our cases or anything like that. The bathroom had a hand painted baby pink seat and the bathroom did look very tired as a whole . The shower however worked brilliantly and the toilet never blocked. The carpet in the cabin had seen better days and desperately needs replacing. Cabin service was excellent, we got well looked after in that respect by our two lovely cabin boys. The food was ok but I think it use to be better on previous Thomson cruises I have been on . There wasn't much variation on the buffet and afternoon tea the sandwiches and rolls were the same every day. Always cream cheese and usually beef . The same cakes and biscuits too a little variation would have been nice. In the waiter service resteraunts the food was ok but not memorable in any way . A lady next to me had a black potatoe , she pointed it out to the waiter who just shrugged but did nothing. There were a few reports of inedible lamb too , apparently it was so fatty it was impossible to eat it. I found my meals just ok but I expect better from a cruise!. The entertainment I found brilliant , the team work tirelessly to make sure everyone has a good time. Dancing and singing in the shows was of a high standard. Ben who sang in the bar was very talented , Thomson have had a find there I feel. Sam was also very good and quite a character. The cruise director Shep was very good his assistant Adam hilarious!. I have to say I thought there was a lot of movement , more than I've experienced on other cruises . It wasn't the roughest sea I've been in but it was relentless with the movement. Our cabin was on deck seven and you could really feel it in there it creaked and moved almost constantly so maybe not a good one for first time cruisers!. The stops were good in the main El heiro not so brilliant , nothing much there at all . Thomson offer a transfer costing £8 pp you can actually get a taxi for £8 to go up and £12 to come down so if you go in a group it's quite a saving , not that there is much to see at the top . If you do the transfer make sure you go on the 10am one otherwise you'll find all three shops will probably not be open. It's also very hilly and not suitable for those with walking difficulties. Madeira is beautiful , we took the cable car to the top ,the views were stunning . We took the toboggan on the way down terrific fun and worth doing. The toboggan only brings you half way down and it will cost a further 20 euros for a cab the rest of the way down. Maspalomas is quite a pleasant place to visit sandy beach with shops and places to eat and drink. Santa Cruz is a lovely place with fabulous shops and a lovely church to look around. I like majesty as a ship and would return for another cruise , the staff were lovely helpful and friendly. You could always get a seat and never a shortage of sun beds either . The bistro is worth paying a supplement for too. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Cruise Review: Azores and the Canary Islands – September 2015 The cruise got off to an unpleasant start with really rough seas for almost three days en route to the Azores with the wife being “man down” for virtually the entire ... Read More
Cruise Review: Azores and the Canary Islands – September 2015 The cruise got off to an unpleasant start with really rough seas for almost three days en route to the Azores with the wife being “man down” for virtually the entire sailing to Ponta Delgada! However, thereafter the weather improved considerably with sunny, albeit often somewhat windy days, being the norm for the balance of the cruise which, in general, proved to be an enjoyable and interesting experience. We spent a couple of days in Southampton prior to the cruise after having spent an eminently pleasant week touring the beautiful Cotswolds area of the UK and South Wales, both areas which have long been on our bucket list. We were enchanted by this Olde England experience visiting many quaint towns, historic buildings and monuments and country pubs, interspersed with many scenic walks in this delightful part of the UK. The ship: The recently refurbished Eclipse is an impressive vessel. However, we frankly, did not see that much had changed from the previous time we had sailed on her some four years back apart from the addition of the Luminae restaurant reserved for suite holders and the change to the access to Michael’s Club, which similarly is now reserved exclusively for suite guests. But the general, understated ambience of the ship remains – clean, well-furnished, tastefully decorated and well maintained. Service: Service was of the standard we have come to expect from Celebrity and we must commend the Royal Caribbean Group for the quality of people it employs and for the obviously high standard of training that is provided. Staff were, with very few exceptions, uniformly well-groomed, courteous, friendly and efficient - some exceptionally so, such as Jacinto and Ricky our hard working, respectful stateroom attendants, also Nyoman and Yoanna in the Select dining room who provided outstanding attentive service, jovial wine steward Kenrick (Hey Mon!) always willing to go the extra mile and Govind, barman at the Sunset Bar who my wife will attest mixes a mean apple martini! Officers were always highly visible around the ship and the Captain ensured there were plenty of opportunities for officers to engage with passengers through, inter alia, photo ops, officer/guest competitions, official parties and so on. Entertainment: Entertainment was also some of the best we have experienced on recent Celebrity cruises. Despite the disruption to the main entertainment programme caused by the inclement weather during the first part of the cruise which necessitated the cancellation of some scheduled stage productions, energetic Cruise Director Sue and Activities Manager Martin, ensured guest were kept entertained with a range of activities and game shows. Some of the evening entertainers in the main theatre, including a few better than usual singers, a frenetic juggler, and a comedic pianist, were especially good. For some reason, and we never got a satisfactory explanation, it had been decreed that the evening theatre performances would take place at 8h30 and 10h30 each evening as distinct from the usual times of 7h00 and 9h00 that we have always found on other ships. We found the latter times to be much more convenient. We prefer to dine reasonably late so can take in the 7h00 show before dining at our leisure after eight each evening. However, with the changed theatre times we would either have had to dine before seven to take in the 8h30 show or resign ourselves to waiting for the 10h30 performance which, generally, we feel is too late. The matter was compounded by the numbers of passengers who now choose Select dining and often it was difficult to get a table much before 9h15 which resulted in a rushed meal if one wished to see the 10h30 performance. It seems to us as if the whole change was made to accommodate the foibles of first sitting passengers, who on this cruise were predominantly British who, apparently, like to dine a little later than the American who, typically, are the majority on most sailings. We trust the changed show times on this cruise are an aberration and do not become standard for Celebrity in future. Dining: Food by and large, was pretty good with some memorable meals and very few, unsatisfactory dining experiences. Because of the congestion in trying to get a table for two in Select dining on many evenings, we had more evening meals in the buffet restaurant than we would normally ever contemplate. We were never left hungry with the range of fare on offer including better than usual sushi. In fact, we thought the quality of food generally in the buffet restaurant was amongst the best we had yet experienced on Celebrity ships. Main dining room fare was always more than satisfactory. Generally tasty, well-presented meals efficiently served. We had one excellent meal in the speciality Tuscan Italian steakhouse but generally we find the costs of Celebrity speciality restaurants at $50 per head to be too prohibitive, especially for us South Africans where our currency (the Rand) is now over 21 to the US$, i.e. each Rand is equivalent to less than five US cents! Itinerary: Overall itinerary was interesting visiting seven ports during the course of the fourteen day cruise. We only participated in two ships excursions -in Funchal Madeira, a city tour that included a cable car ride and an exciting two kilometre rumble down the streets in a wicker toboggan and in Tenerife an exhilarating tour of the national park, a World heritage Site, with views of the lava fields of Mt Teide, the tallest mountain in Spanish controlled territory, both tours good value for money. In other ports we did our own thing, either taking a Hop-on/Hop-off bus tour, a useful way to orientate oneself to a new destination especially in large cities such as Lisbon, or just touring on our own which we did in the smaller ports of Fuerteventura and Lanzerote. Summary: All in all an excellent cruise in the comfort and ambience we have become accustomed to expect from Celebrity. We are happy to now be able to strike the North Atlantic islands off our bucket list – another wonderful privilege to be able to experience this unique part of our fascinating planet. However, we would be unlikely to do a repeat cruise to this destination and were somewhat amazed to learn from many other passengers that they had cruised the Azores/Canary Islands on numerous occasions before to the extent that many seldom even left the ship at the ports of call as they had already experienced the main attractions on offer on previous cruises! As enjoyable as this cruise was and as interesting as many of the sights and attractions offered were, there are still so many other destinations we wish to explore before we would ever contemplate a return to North Atlantic archipelago. Now looking forward to our next cruise to Alaska in May 2016! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I booked this cruise while on the Legend of the Seas in Apr/2014. We paid 2700.CDN for our Balcony stateroom which I think was very good value. The cruise was the first after a major refit. The first 2 days we could see and feel the ... Read More
I booked this cruise while on the Legend of the Seas in Apr/2014. We paid 2700.CDN for our Balcony stateroom which I think was very good value. The cruise was the first after a major refit. The first 2 days we could see and feel the hiccups. On embarkation day we had dinner at Giovanni's which was very good, our waiter Gary was one of the best we have had on a cruise. Considering some of the issues others had in the MDR is was a good call to have a specialty night dinner on the first night. Unlike Carnival no free bottle of wine though for those that book specialty dinners on the embarkation day. We also enjoyed Giovanni's on a port day and on the last sea day at lunch with Gary as our server. We had Chop's for dinner on a port day and it was not a wonderful experience from the start. They did not have our reservation for that night and wanted to charge us and then sort it out later. Since I keep copies of everything my DH went down to the cabin and brought up the proof of reservation and payment. Our appetizers were cold (not suppose to be) and our entrees warm. The view is very nice in Chop's though. Our cabin was always very clean and the upgrade was visible, one day there was a small period of time when the toilet did not flush. We enjoyed the special singer "Jacqui Scott" she was one of the best ever entertainers we have had on a cruise, DH even bought her CD. The group Horizon was Fantastic in the Star Lounge and played to a packed house every night. Wish there was someone playing in "Dizzy's" before it turns into a nightclub with a DJ. The skating show was good except for the "Hula Hoop" skater, I went to see a skating show. The outdoor party was on a very cool night and not what it could have been if done on a nice night. The MDR service and food improved after the first couple of days. Windjammers for Breakfast was often packed so we started ordering breakfast to eat on our balcony. With the new drink packages saw a lot of left over drinks on tables and still a lot of towels left on chairs, so often no were to sit in public areas. Ports Maderia: booked a DIY excursion with Madeira Tours to Monte, Toboggan Run and fishing Village, it was excellent considering it was not a very nice day. Tenerife: rented a car with Cicar, walk about 1/2 hours into town to pick it up. Did not know there was a free shuttle into town. We drove up to Mt Tiede and had a wonderful day which finished with a stop at a beach just out of town. Gran Canaria: booked car with Cicar,right at port. Great day exploring some small mountain towns and going to Mogan, Puerto Mogan, Masapolamas. Lanzarote: took ships excursion Fire Mountain and Camels. This was a terrific shore excursion finishing up at a very unique winery. Vigo: decided to just walk into town. Except for shopping not much to see or do. I would recommend a shore excursion to make more of this stop. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015

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