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4 Seville to Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

Having been on the Majesty last July we knew what to expect and was looking forward to seeing the minor improvements made to the Ship and meeting up again with the wonderful staff. We arrived on the late night flight and was checked in ... Read More
Having been on the Majesty last July we knew what to expect and was looking forward to seeing the minor improvements made to the Ship and meeting up again with the wonderful staff. We arrived on the late night flight and was checked in efficiently, onboard for 9pm, dining by ten past, muster drill at 10pm, deck party at 10.30pm, the cruise had started.... we had to unpack in the morning. I will say it time and time again, it’s the staff that make Thomson Ships, they are not the best vessels afloat but the staff, food, and quality entertainment more than make up for any stunning atriums or climbing walls. The improved San Marco buffet worked well for us, we only used it for Breakfast and Lunch, and the food was hot as they now have electric heaters under the first three trays. The upgrade has significantly improved the dining experience especially during the day, last year many times at Breakfast and Lunch we had to go downstairs to the Royal Observatory to find a table, not so this year. It never really bothered us having to do this last year, but I know it annoyed some. There is more deck space because the San Marco roof has been extended and we never had a problem finding a bed at any time, there were the usual few walking around on the sea days about lunchtime with towel under arm looking unhappy, but you get that on every Ship. There are a LOT of new sunbeds, many of the old aluminium ones have been replaced with the nice plastic ones with the blue mesh on, not the hard plastic ones you sometimes see. The chairs in San Marco could do with upgrading though, they are not particularly comfortable and not really suitable for dining in the evenings. They would be better with cushions on. Like last time we ate in the smaller Four Seasons MDR and were well looked after by Leo and Bobby again, the food was good (Duck with noodles the standout dish of the fortnight) always hot, and the wine kept topped up by Matt. There have been some Balconies added and some of these are placed between the lifeboats, on these you only really get a view directly side on, looking forward or aft you get to see the lifeboat. We did have a look around these Balcony cabins and Suites on the changeover day and they are very nicely appointed, although they attract a very high premium and I don’t think I could justify the extra that Thomson want for these. If like us you only shower and sleep in a cabin then the “plus” grade is the best option, the standard cabins are very small. Yet again Thomson came up with the quality entertainment we are used to on their Ships, the showteam are all fantastic performers, providing us with excellent shows every night they were performing. These guys and girls work so hard performing every night except when the Comedian does his night, doing the main show twice and a late night cabaret spot, and after all that they have the time to socialise with the guests. Katy (CD) and Adam (ACD) along with all the showteam and entertainment hosts are so pleasant to talk to, Thomson should be so proud to have them working on their Ships. We must also mention Muzzik Unlimited, a really polished party band, it was great to be entertained by them again. The Ship is spotlessly clean, the Staff are so hardworking and friendly, there are too many to mention that we now think of as friends. In conclusion another great cruise on the Majesty and we would not hesitate to go on her again.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
I found embarkation from Southampton Port very easy and efficient, with only a small queue to enter the ship..10 minutes approx. We were greeted with a glass of bubbly wine on arrival, and the stateroom was available. suitcases arrived ... Read More
I found embarkation from Southampton Port very easy and efficient, with only a small queue to enter the ship..10 minutes approx. We were greeted with a glass of bubbly wine on arrival, and the stateroom was available. suitcases arrived about two hours later. My initial opinion of the ship was it was extremely clean but it smelled somewhat like a hospital in places. My stateroon on Deck 8 was lovely, although the corridoor near us to the nearest lifts had a public toilet smell. That really is quite off-putting and for the entire cruise it remained to be very wiffy (& not nice to come back to) Stateroom attendant was a mystery man to us for several days, so remained unintroduced.. very unlike any cruise we have been on in the past. He did however check on me some days into the cruise to say he was always there if we needed him. I dined in the main dining room Moonlight Sonata, but also tried one of the specialist restaurants "Qsuine" as well. All very high standard of dining except for the waiters always getting the meals muddled up. (never experienced this on aany other cruise) It was at times quite amusing, my fellow Cruisers found it quite entertaining every night! Breakfast was quite attentive in the Moonlight also, but again lacked the usual attentive service offered on previous cruise lines. I found the Ocean View self service quite good for meals at lunch time/ they do not provide trays so you have to keep making several trips to get drinks, main couse and sweet course. Only ok for the fit ones, although I did see assistance offered for the very elderly in carrying plates etc. Anyone who is disabled is very well looked after on this boat. We found the entertainment somewhat lacking in the Theatre, shows 7pm & 9pm as it was only just one comedian or singer per night usually and then occasionally it was a variety show.Comparing this to other cruise lines it does'nt quite match up, which was a big dissapointment to many. Music throughout the Ship was very good and I do think more could have been done to include these very talented celebrities in the theatre shows as opposed to just hearing them in bars and by the pool side. I found the majority of the crew very polite and helpful but it was certainly lacking in the dining room at times where waiters appeared to be "elsewhere" and I dont think I have ever had to summon a waiter on previous cruises as they are always "there". On this one you have to summon them for what you want. Certainly standards do need to be improved in this area. We dined at 8.30pm maybe they were getting tired out by that time! Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
The Ship, Staff and food could not be faulted, my "gripe" is with the itinerary of the Cruise. We were "subjected" to visit nondescript places such as Cadiz, Cagliari and Palermo. Whilst, La Coruna, Cartagena and ... Read More
The Ship, Staff and food could not be faulted, my "gripe" is with the itinerary of the Cruise. We were "subjected" to visit nondescript places such as Cadiz, Cagliari and Palermo. Whilst, La Coruna, Cartagena and Split were slightly better, visiting Venice during the film festival and on the busiest day of the year on the canals, meant that we could not get near the attractions in St Mark's Square. It is worth noting that apart from Venice, there were no other Cruise Ships in port at any of the other venues, could be because there is not a lot to see? In addition to this, we were ashore for less than 16% of the total length of the Cruise, so a lot of the time is spent on deck, "sardined" on sunbeds, or.... learning to line dance, napkin fold or listening to the ramblings of the resident "Smithsonian" or Tour Guide! Oh well, I might as well catch up on my sleep, as any other option will result in Celebrity doing their level best to relieve me of my money! Everything on the ship is overpriced, apart from ...... Cigarettes.... for which I must admit, I was tempted to take up smoking, just to get value for money on something, but then again I didn't want to add to my list of addictions. The entertainment was no more than ok, but we regularly at a loss for "something to do" on most evenings, not good ! NEVER AGAIN !! Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
what should have been a holiday of a lifetime was a disaster. The second voyage of a new ship, obviously still having teething problems. The swimming pools advertised were actually little bigger than a paddling pool. Guests swimming ... Read More
what should have been a holiday of a lifetime was a disaster. The second voyage of a new ship, obviously still having teething problems. The swimming pools advertised were actually little bigger than a paddling pool. Guests swimming without a shower, full of hair laquer and perfume and sweaty bodies. All the vegetables were cooked in butter especially difficult trying to be healthy. We were looking forward to the juice bar alas it wasn't included and was very expensive. The girl on the bar couldn't really be bothered if we got served or not. Spa was second rate with what appeared to be unqualified staff. Sauna was only luke warmand we had no information on how to use the massage showers. The Queens dance room often had mop buckets on the floor! Some of the staff were extremely pleasant and efficient but many appeared not to be able to understand english and very tired. Before leaving the ship at southampton we waited for an hour with disabled guests in a cold, draughty room without a hot drink. not the service we expected. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010

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