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Just back from our two week cruise on the Majesty. This was our first cruise so we went with open minds. A few thoughts -

 

Check In

This was efficiently organised and went smoothly. Luggage was delivered within 20 minutes of boarding.

 

Dining Options

The food was very good in all restaurants. We dined mainly in Four Seasons as we enjoyed the waiter service and relaxed atmosphere. On a few occasions we had to queue but this was when we decided to dine after 9pm. Absolutely no complaints here. We dined on deck 10 for breakfast - mainly for convenience as were were on Deck 9.

 

Drinks Packages

This was a good investment as we would have spent a considerable amount of money, even on soft drinks. Only complaint would be that bottled water was not included in the package. Surprisingly good range of branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available.

 

Cabins

We were in a Junior Suite. Quite spacious considering it is a ship. Huge windows - however, these could have been cleaner.

 

Entertainment

Entertainment was better than we had expected having read other reviews. A good range was available. No West-End style shows available but all entertainers gave of their best. The Queen Tribute night was probably one of the highlights.

 

Hygiene

All areas open to the public were well maintained and ongoing refurbishment work was in evidence.

 

Sunbeds

There were plenty of sunbeds - we always managed to get one. The days you need to be up early on are the at sea day and the Kotor day.

 

Trips

As this was our first trip we booked many trips to see as much as possible. The majority were very good and if anyone has any questions I'd be happy to answer. A few observations - If we were to do it again we would not book full day trips. You can cover as much ground in a half day trip. The Venice trip was disappointing as it was not guided - you were dropped off and left to your own devices. The Kotor trip takes in some very winding roads - not for the faint hearted! An organised trip in Bodrum is not required. The full day Ephasus trip included a lot of lost time - the train museum is only interesting to fanatics! The Athens trip was good but very rushed as the majority of time was spent at the Acropolis. Olympia was interesting but the shops there were over-priced. The guide in Kopor was very good and made the experience worthwhile, however, this was probably my least favourite destination. The fact that we visited on a Sunday was probably part of the problem.

 

Highlights

The highlights for us included Venice as it was simply beautiful and Croatia as it was fascinating and unexpectedly interesting and picturesque. Kotor has fabulous scenery but the county itself is still under-developed.

 

Shopping

Croatia is shoe heaven! Fabulous ranges of shoes at amazing prices. Bodrum good for leather handbags.

 

Staff and Crew

All were helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Requests were dealt with efficiently and promptly.

 

The Ship

The ship itself was satisfactory but the destinations, the crew and the food made the overall experience very good. The two weeks simply flew by and have given us the bug to cruise again. I would thoroughly recommend both the Adriatic and Aegean cruises as the range of places visited meant there was never a dull moment. We were surprised to discover that we preferred the Adriatic to the Aegean!

 

I hope this has been helpful to those still to travel. What we discovered was that the cruise will be what you make of it. If you go with an open mind you won't be disappointed.

 

As I've said, I'm happy to answer any questions, should you have any.

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sounds great,:) we are in a junior suite next year, whats the benefits of them, thanks

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The benefits include the available space. We put the sofa bed away during the day and it gave us plenty of room. The bay window is the size of the cabins and allows great views - we were even able to take photos through it. There is a shower and a bath and products including shower gel, shampoo, body lotion and soap are provided. There are also bath robes provided. There is a TV and DVD player in the room and the walk in wardrobe has enough room to store your cases. You are also entitled to one breakfast in bed per week. The suites are well services - twice per day. One suggestion would be to bring a travel washing line for drying out swimwear etc. There are also tea and coffee making facilities. We were in 905 which is right beside the lift and the Royal Observatory. At no stage were we disturbed by any noise. Hope this helps.

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Did you use the priority checkin, and do.u still put the cases out at about 2am, we are on the other side than u where

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We checked our luggage in at Gatwick the night before our departure and then collected it in Corfu. Along with the information we were given in Corfu, we were given a coloured card. At the port, the staff saw the coloured card and escorted us to the front of the queue for check in. Our luggage also had priority delivery. Cases had to be left out by 1.30am on the morning of departure.

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Looking at booking for next year. The Seven Seas Restaurant is open dining, is the Four Seasons fixed dining? We are a party of seven and like fixed same table dining

 

Thanks

 

Mark

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Hi have just booked this ship tonight for colourful coasts for next february can you remember the maitre D's name in the restaurant. The boss in the restaurant on destiny last year was Leroy Brown wondered if he had transferred to majesty.

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Hi have just booked this ship tonight for colourful coasts for next february can you remember the maitre D's name in the restaurant. The boss in the restaurant on destiny last year was Leroy Brown wondered if he had transferred to majesty.

 

 

Yep! That's him - doing a sterling job on Majesty now.

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found your review very helpful. do you think the half day trip to venice is long enough to take everthing in?

 

 

I would say not if you haven't been before - it's the kind of place to just immerse yourself in. But unless you have mobility issues it is really quite unnecessary to go on an excurson in Venice. Just get the vaporetto into St Mark's, get a decent map and then just wander. You will get lost - but not really - there are signs at first floor level for S. Marco and the Rialto Bridge everywhere so that you will soon get your bearings again.

 

It's quite possible to walk in and out yourself too - head up to Piazzale roma and look for the signs for the Rialto Bridge. They will tell you it will take 90 minutes to walk to St Mark's - well we did it in under an hour - not walking quickly, going via the Rialto Bridge, stopping to take loads of photos - and the walk was like an excursion in itself! This is Venice - you are experiencing it as you walk!

 

We were off the ship before 9 am and just walked until we couldn't go much more and got back about 3pm - so much nicer than being part of a big group - go where you want, take as long as you want. We covered St Mark's, Bridge of Sighs, the Rialto, the Accademia Bridge (great picture postcard views from here), St Stephano's Square (good cafes) had coffees, icecreams - you can see a lot in a day. I wouldn't dream of doing a trip here - unless I couldn't get about very well independently.

 

Enjoy! :)

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The Four Seasons is also open dining but it is waiter service. If we dined later we had a short wait but noticed many larger groups dining at the same time in the evenings and sitting together. I suspect their waiters ensured there was a table for them at their chosen time. The food quality was excellent in the Four Seasons and as it's waiter service you don't over-eat quite as much! Would recommend it!

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I would advise a whole day in Venice as there is so much to see. We had never been before so wanted to take in as much as possible. If you are wanting to visit St. Mark's Basilica I would suggest you book your tickets online before you go and then you will have a set entrance time and avoid queuing and wasting time. We booked a trip which took us right into the heart of Venice but it was not a guided tour so we wouldn't recommend it. A good map or travel guide will enable you to do it on your own. It was my favourite place. The sail and and sail away are both amazing. It was also considerably less expensive than we thought it would be - provided you move away fro the main square. Lots of lovely shops - designer and souvenir. We fell in love with Venice and hope to go back some day.

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Hi just returned from cruise & stay on Majesty 20th - 27th July. We were on deck 4 towards the back of the ship just to say it was very "juddery" especially the first night the T.V. and the night locker between the beds shook all night we stuffed a pillow between bed and locker made a bit of difference next day however, the locker was moved a bit the T.V. had a little bar attached to the back which helped. The only other complaint was on the last night of our cruise we were in the Polo Lounge when water started to pour in from the ceiling it was a bit frightening but none of the staff seemed too concerned it was a burst pipe between the floors, I think they are still having problems with this ship as they only have it a few months.

 

Everything else on board was grand all the staff were lovely especially our cabin steward Iren and the waitress in Polo Lounge the head of entertainment was the nicest person we met had time for everyone even though he must be so busy.

 

We didnt have the drinks package as coming from Ireland it works out too expensive but my husband Brian was offered a beer package for around £80 for 35 pints which saved us around £40 he was very happy with this.

 

As usual on Thompson ships (this has been our 3rd trip) the entertainment was very good especially the comedian (cant remember his first name) Doyle he was Welsh. The Queen show and the Rice-Webber show were very good, the theatre has a lot of polls so you have to be careful where you sit if you can get a seat that is.

 

All in all it was a great trip.

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Glad to hear you'd a good holiday Cruise Nannie, must have been scarey when the water started pouring through the ceiling though!

 

I'm very interested to hear more about the beer package, it's a good bargain. Was it only for 1 person or could you have used it too? I mean ordering 2 pints at once? Were there any other offers on? Did you buy it from one of the bars? We had a wine package on the Spirit last year which worked out slightly cheaper.

 

Thanks:)

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Yep! That's him - doing a sterling job on Majesty now.

Oh thats wonderful I so loved his dry jamaican sense of humour and his laid back attitude. Do you know if Elvis and Jun are on there with him also?

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Glad to hear you'd a good holiday Cruise Nannie, must have been scarey when the water started pouring through the ceiling though!

 

I'm very interested to hear more about the beer package, it's a good bargain. Was it only for 1 person or could you have used it too? I mean ordering 2 pints at once? Were there any other offers on? Did you buy it from one of the bars? We had a wine package on the Spirit last year which worked out slightly cheaper.

 

Thanks:)

Hi. I think when you buy this type of beer package you get vouchers, so 2 people can share it. There will be similar deals on soft drinks and wine. It will be advertised in the bars so you can just order it from your waiter, or at the bar.

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Hi. I think when you buy this type of beer package you get vouchers, so 2 people can share it. There will be similar deals on soft drinks and wine. It will be advertised in the bars so you can just order it from your waiter, or at the bar.

 

Is this something new for Thomsons? is it available on the Celebration/Spirit?Dream? Sounds Good

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Is this something new for Thomsons? is it available on the Celebration/Spirit?Dream? Sounds Good

Same system applied on spirit this summer. You bought 35 beers or lagers in advance and toy got a coloured voucher. When you orderd that beer agian if you showed the voucher they deducted the beer from the total at the till. The saving was about a pound per drink. There were also packages for hot drinks and soft drinks.

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Just to confirm that there is a beauty salon and hairdressers on Majesty. Didn't use it so can't advise you about prices etc.

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Just looked at some Cruise News from Majesty. Here are a few prices quoted.

 

Head massage, healing stones,aromatherapy facial, back, neck and shoulder massage, foot and ankle massage, dead sea exfoliation or make-up application - choose any three for £73.

 

Scalp massage with hair wash and blow dry £40

 

On a different day there was a £59 deal for any three of; hydrating facial, foot massage, scalp massage, body exfoliation, regular manicure, nourishing hand treatment.

 

Special discount of 20% off all services (except offers) on port days.

 

The prices seem to vary from day to day. I'm sure there is a 'standard menu' of treatments available but as you can see they put together packages, offer discounts and special deals. My guess is that these offer prices will be like cruise prices - they will alter according to supply and demand. They usually pass out information and special offers as you get on board and then they are advertised each evening in the Cruise News for the following day's deal.

 

hope this gives you some idea of prices and what's available. Enjoy your cruise - and being pampared! :)

Edited by kruzseeka

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Hi yes my husband bought it from one of the bars on our first day the barman suggested it as far as I know you can buy as many pints at a time you want as it finishes when you have had 35 pints. It lasted him for over 3 days as I dont drink he had it to himself which he was delighted with. Enjoy your trip.

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You have got me thinking about our drinks package ,do you have to wear one of those horrid colored wrist bands or is there a different method they use to differentiate between a/i guests and others,thanks:)

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