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A look inside Friendly Planet Travel’s Iberian Coasts Cruise (part 5)

Our fifth day aboard the Louis Majesty got off to a little bit of a rocky start. Literally. The waves were churning rougher than anyone had expected, and the crew decided that it wouldn’t be possible to make our scheduled stop in Gibraltar.

With massive winter waves hitting the boat at high speeds, it would have been unlikely the ship could have been maneuvered into the narrow port. So while we sailed on to our afternoon in Tangier, Morocco, I decided to take advantage of my time on ship to get to know the Louis Majesty a bit more intimately.

The Majesty can hold up to 1,790 passengers in its 731 staterooms and suites. All rooms are appointed with an array of modern comforts, including climate control, telephone, TV, and private bathroom. Most of the 481 outside cabins offer large picture windows with views of the Mediterranean.

The Majesty isn’t enormous by cruise ship standards, but that doesn’t mean that there is ever a lack of something to do. In fact, there was so much to do on board, it was almost impossible to see it all.

There’s the formal dining room, six restaurants, nine bars and lounges, a disco, two swimming pools, two hot tubs, a sun deck, an Internet cafe, beauty salon, fitness center, spa, sauna, theater, casino, game room, children’s pool, kid’s corner, and the duty free shop. PHEW!

Thankfully, a copy of the “Louis News” was delivered to my cabin every evening, which kept me in the loop on everything happening on board the next day. Information such as daily activities, meeting points for shore excursions, show times, meal times, weather predictions, and sunrise and sunset times were all included.

You could also find the next day’s dress code. While it’s hard to find a cruise without a dress code, I found the Majesty’s to be generally casual. While passengers typically dressed for comfort during the day, the evenings brought out a bit more sophistication.

DRESS TO IMPRESS: Passengers brought out their finer outfits for places like the Seven Seas Restaurant

By late morning, we were out of the Strait of Gibraltar and on our way to Africa! And as land came into view, I had forgotten all about Gibraltar as my head filled with images of bustling marketplaces; towering mosques; and all the exotic sites, smells, and sounds of Morocco

Large waves hit Louis Cruise Lines’ Louis Majesty

As many of you know, we work with Louis Cruise Lines and take our travelers on its Louis Majesty to cruise the Mediterranean. It saddens me to report that on March 4, abnormally large waves hit the cruise ship, damaging it severely and taking the lives of two passengers. Our hearts go out to the families involved.

We love this ship, and it is unfortunate that this unexpected force of nature disrupted, what I’m sure was, a beautiful journey for the travelers on board. Thankfully, no Friendly Planet travelers were on the ship.

The Mediterranean offers some of the best cruising values in the world, and we’ll continue to work with Louis Cruises. Friendly Planet travelers who are booked on Louis Cruise Line ships for later this year will not be impacted by the incident. If anything does change, we will update you quickly here on the blog and on our Facebook page.

About Peggy

Peggy Goldman is a specialty tour operator and travel expert, who owns and operates Friendly Planet Travel, a full-service company that specializes in tour packages to exotic worldwide destinations at affordable prices.   More about Peggy

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