Thomson Cruises, Spirit Review

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ukbyron's review of Thomson Cruises, Spirit

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“This was our first cruise with Thomson, and overall...”

Written on: 04/04/2006 by ukbyron (1 review written)

Good Points
Great Food
Helpful and friendly staff
Entertainment

Bad Points
Hard beds
Terrible ports
Lack of sunbeds;

General Comments
This was our first cruise with Thomson, and overall the experience was excellent. We were very disappointed with the ports of call, as they were generally commercial ports (apart from Sharm) with nothing worthwhile to see - more like Immingham Docks. At Sagafa the ship moored next to a ship being loaded with grain, and the noise and dust was unbearable. I would therefore only consider this cruise if you intend going on the organised excursions to Petra, Cairo, Luxor and the Pyramids etc. Visiting the towns yourself is not really practical, although taxi's do meet the ship at Sharm where there are public beaches for sunbathing and snorkeling at a cost of £3pp.



We tried an excursion to a "luxury" hotel which included a sunbed, drink and towel, but that was a complete rip-off. The hotel turned out to be a few hundred yards away, and the hotel was anything but luxury. After a small revolt, and to Thomson's credit, every ones money (£23) was refunded.



A shuttle bus is provided at Aqqaba for a transfer to the town at £5, but I wouldn't bother as there is nothing worthwhile to see or do.



We ate mainly in the Compass Rose (waiter service), and we had great food and service. There is a Lido restaurant which is self-service. It's well worth splashing out on the Sirrocco at least once - £15 - for the best lobster thermidor!

On-board, the food, drink (the drinks package was unbelievable value and covered just about everything apart from water) and entertainment was excellent. The staff were always friendly, helpful and prepared to go the extra mile for you. As well as the on-ship entertainment team, a UK comedian also appeared twice.



The only downside to our outside cabin was the extremely hard bed. The bathroom was small but perfectly functional. The in-room TV showed movies, a couple of news channels and 2 radio stations.

The on-board cinema showed a different movie each day.

On the days that excursions were running, it was easy to get a sunbed. The rest of the time it was a case of getting up at 7am and reserving one, even though the ships newsletter asked everyone not to.



Overall, a great holiday, and we will certainly be going on another Thomson Cruise - probably to the Canaries next year.

  • March 2006

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  • 7

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248993_Linda Dee's Response to ukbyron's Review

Written on: 27/06/2006

hiya im going on the thompson spirit in october can anyone help me with some questions?
<br>1.Is it hot. we are going on the mediterranean renaissance.
<br>2.did any wheel chair users find it ok, plenty of help?
<br>3.are the shops ok and what kind of things do they sell?, are they cheap?
<br>i would be grateful if some people could answer my questions.
<br>any other interesting things would be good to hear aswell as we are 1st time cruisers.

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Ukbyron's Response to ukbyron's Review

Written on: 26/07/2006

Hi
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<br/>1. Sorry haven&#039;t cruised the med in October but I guess it should be warm - perhaps cool at night though with the shortening days.
<br/>2. There were wheelchair users on our cruise who seemed to be getting around OK. There are plenty of lifts between the various decks.
<br/>3. The shops on board weren&#039;t great - selling mainly gift items - they were closed whenever we were in port which meant they tended to open late at night !
<br/>Hope that helps.

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