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Sail Date: March 2018
I've decided to try this cruise line for the first time, after I have been on numerous cruises with Costa, MSC, Royal Carribean and Holland America. I speak good German, therefore the fact, that it is oriented towards German market, ... Read More
I've decided to try this cruise line for the first time, after I have been on numerous cruises with Costa, MSC, Royal Carribean and Holland America. I speak good German, therefore the fact, that it is oriented towards German market, didn't stop me, since at the time frame I had available, this was the most attractive option. There have been several questions about TUI and AIDA, if it is appropriate for somebody, who does not speak German. I would say, no. Everything is in German language, only some safety announcements are made also in English. My husband does not speak german, therefore we have missed some of the shows, we couldn't participate in any of the activities and we could not take any excursions. So for a non-german speaking guests options are limited. The main negative issue was our cabin. It was cabin number 10096, and it was located next to a pantry room. There was a lot of noise - starting from 6 AM or earlier and finishing at 11 PM or later. It was really loud - we didn't need an alarm clock, since they woke us up every day at 6 AM. We couldn't change the room - we were informed on the first day that there are no possibilities for that, since the ship is full. Fortunatelly, we usually wake up early and we do not spend a lot of time in the cabin, so we didn't let this fact to ruin our vacation. But, I think that such a cabin should not even be offered to guests, or they should invest in some extra isolation. It was really disturbing and it didn't stop the whole day. I've been on 20 cruises until now, and something like that never happened before, eventhough I usually book an internal guarantee cabin. Food was good, also oriented towards german taste, but for us that is acceptable. We also tried Surf & Turf restaurant, and the steak was excellent. We really liked the wellness district, and we spent a lot of time there. There was always possible to find a free spot and was really comfortable. Embarkation and disembarkation went very well, in comparison to other cruise lines. I've celebrated my birthday during the cruise and received a small gift and birthday card in my cabin. The personnel is mostly very friendly, especially the non-german part of the staff. We only visited few of the shows, where there was mostly singing and dancing, but were quite dissapointed with the quality of performers. We had a great time anyway, but I am not sure if I would cruise with this cruise line again. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
Firstly overall we did enjoy this cruise but with some reservations. The good things were: The staff were brilliant, very friendly, efficient & helpful. The entertainment was first rate & up to west end standard.If you go on ... Read More
Firstly overall we did enjoy this cruise but with some reservations. The good things were: The staff were brilliant, very friendly, efficient & helpful. The entertainment was first rate & up to west end standard.If you go on Majesty & get the chance to see Lee Schofield you have to do it as he's great. The ship is old but it is kept exceptionaly clean throughout, despite the shower in our cabin had a lot of mould around the base. You will find that bar prices are reasonable considering that you are on a ship & you can also take alcohol aboard which is a considerable bonus. If you find that you have forgotten your phone/tablet charger, just take it to reception & they will charge it for free of charge. Thomson go to considerable lengths to squeeze every penny they can from you. For example, £15 for a safe, bottle of water in cabin £1.90.If you have a late flight home they want £35 for a courtesy cabin,Internet charge £15 for 4 minutes,  Don't expect tea spoons in cabins or at drinks stations, but help yourself to a wooden stirrer & if you like quality fruit juices you won't like the watered down versions or the coffee mixed with chicory.It seems that honey is too expensive so you'll have to have golden syrup. You'll find the excursions expensive (no change there then) but if you do fancy one then it is a little cheaper to book before you travel The same comment apples to the drinks package.If you fancy paying really silly money £230 will get you a limited menu of drinks & you will have to pay a supplement for the really "exotic" alcoholic drinks like a 440 ml can of Guinness is £2 extra & a 40 ml Bells whisky is £1.20.In fact of the 70 alcoholic drinks in the bar menu 51 are supplemented. The food on board was varied & of decent quality but there were occasions when it was not hot.Unfortunately the amount of seating in the buffet restaurants could not cope at busy times which could be really frustrating.The 2 seated restaurants were adequate but there were times when you had to queue. Overall we did enjoy the cruise, we met some nice people, but if we did sail on Majesty again we would avoid school holidays (something that we could not avoid this time) as kids were encouraged onto the stage by entertainment staff despite the fact that it was after 11.00pm. Finally, Majesty is an old ship, but Thomson have tried & in most cases succeeded in bringing it up to a reasonable standard.   Read Less

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