Written on: 21/09/2008 by Michael1963 (12 reviews written)
Cheap, good value for money provided you dont pay anywhere near brochure price. Attentive friendly staff on board (excluding entertainment staff)Transfers from airport etc well organised. Hygene standards / cleanliness on entering restaurants.
Engine noise / vibration. Friendliness of some entertainment staff. Quality of food / choice. Quality of shows / entertainment.
I have just returned home from a week on the Thomson Spirit. For those wondering about the vibration yes it is still there and worse than a couple of years ago. I spoke to s senior officer who said they had carried out numerous repairs and investigations and they CANNOT cure the vibration.
The standard of food has gone down I thought as the choice is not as good as it was and the Lido food seem to be out too long and was either not very hot or dry due to the heat lamps. The cabins are tired, tiles loose on the floor, discoloured grouting etc. We had a cabin mid-ship level 3 this was ok, we visited some friends on deck 1 and 2 at the rear and the vibration and noise was terrible, I would have needed ear plugs for me to sleep down there.
There are rumours it is having a major refit soon, but again I think it will not be noticeable as it sounds more like a hull and structure safety inspection and I don ' t think you will see much difference cosmetically.
If you go all inclusive be sure to specify branded drinks when you order otherwise they give you the house spirits which are cheap and nasty, most branded are available with NO supplement to pay.
The entertainment staff were not as friendly as previous cruises, they seemed to think they were above everyone else and the standard and quality of the shows was nothing to write home about. The games they play seem to be identical on all the ships and the show themes also the same come on get a director in with a new list to perform and get more variety. At the end of the day the cruise was ok, Thomson is the budget end of cruising so you get what you pay for, that said I would not like to think I ever pay full or brochure price as there are many other companies with better quality ships in that price range. Hope this review is useful.