Written on: 10/07/2010
This was our first cruise and really did not know what to expect. it was for our 25th wedding anniversary and was looking for something a bit different. We had the time of our lives. Probably the best holiday ever.I don't usually do reviews but I was compelled to let others know what is on offer here.This must be the friendliest crew and the happiest bunch of holiday makers I have had the pleasure to meet. We are both well traveled and have done a number of holidays all over the world so please take note. So the ship is old. 27 years to be precise. But it soon become an old friend and we called it home. Yes it needs a refit and it is not like the big old super cruisers, it has heart and is so clean you could eat your dinner off any part. the cabins are small but how long to you stay in them. The shower had me in stitches every time I used it and i got a great nights sleep every night. I see complaints about the engine noise. No issues here, most of the time we forgot we were on a ship. The food was fantastic and runs from 7am until 2am the next day in a number of catering outlets. The staff are magic. thanks to Big Willy and Zaw in the seven seas each night we laughed and laughed, this was a show on its own. I would have paid west end prices to see the shows in the can can lounge, they were excellent. The entertainment team was professional and went out of there way even completing port walks to avoid us having to do some tours. The waiting staff were always on the ball when delivering your drinks to your table, I only went to the bar once in seven days. To say Thomson have got this package right is an understatement. We are going back next year and hope to meet again all the wonderful friends we made. If you are lucky enough to go on this ship keep an eye out for the towel animals made each night by the cabin staff. We swapped photos each night with our table friends and had competitions on who had the best. One word of warning. If you don't mix with others well or are a miserable person, don't go, you will just ruin it for the people who like a good laugh. Thomson have thought it all out and nothing is a problem for anyone on board. They are there to help and they do. There is no tipping and no expectation from you. I gave our cleaner 20 euros on our last day and got a hug. This ship is full of UK inhabitants and yes getting a sun bed is no problem. If you want a ship with over two thousand people and a climbing wall that is full of Germans go on another super liner, this is not for you.
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