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★★★☆☆

“Excellent except for food”

Written on: 22/06/2014 by 18Turner (1 review written)

The entertainment on the Spirit was excellent, really high quality and thoroughly enjoyable. Our cabin was of a generous size with everything we could need and spotlessly clean, the stewardesses are amazing, the itinerary was great and the tours excellent in every way. I really can't fault any of it... Until we come to food. To be fair, food on any cruise isn't amazing but this was worse than anything I could have imagined. Buffet - fish dishes were mixed in with other dishes, which for the… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“eastern med”

Written on: 04/05/2013

we have just returned of the thomson spirit cruise to the pharaohs and promised land,we had a great time.this is our first cruise so nothing to compare with, the cruise liner spirit is a lovely ship with loads to do everyday of the cruise, the food is first class plenty of variety,you can either dine self cater from a very well presented buffet,or you can be waited on in the restaurant in the compass rose.we decided to eat from the buffet and was highly satisfied.the food is 24 hour and as… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“worst holiday ever”

Written on: 12/05/2012 by stitch (1 review written)

my expectations of a first cruise and first holiday with thomson were not high, and they did not even reach that it was butlins at sea, but not quite as good the ship or ferry more like, it was old and tired the ship had a vibration all the time it rolled even in calm water.the food was limited not at all tasty and not much choice,i had diarrhoea and vomiting on our 4th day the nurse attended said myself and wife were to stay in cabin for 24 hours and meals were sent in the meals were worse i… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“This was our first cruise and it was even better than...”

Written on: 17/05/2011

This was our first cruise and it was even better than we expected!
The staff were friendly,the cabin was very roomy with a Queen size bed,the food was varied...we ate in The Compass Rose and found it very good.
There were different types of entertainment to suit all tastes e.g.
Comedian
West End style shows
Piano Bars
Casino
We were only at sea 1 day...which we liked,anymore would have been too much!
The rest of the days we awoke in a "new" port and couldn't wait to explore the area.
Really we… Read Full Review

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“ Our first cruise. Apart from being held up going and...”

Written on: 05/11/2010

Our first cruise. Apart from being held up going and coming at airport, and to be fair outward journey was caused by a strike by French Airpot Control taking i ntermittent strike action!! Food and facilities could not be faulted - yes their were small irritations but these were personal things and nothing is perfect- Evening entertainment was exceptionally good, theses staff members work exceptionally hard and deserve all the credit they receive. Staff in the resaurants and food facilities… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Another excellent cruise with Thomson. Not their fault...”

Written on: 02/08/2010

Another excellent cruise with Thomson. Not their fault but weather was too hot for the week.Venice was extremely busy as wll as the old city in Dubrovnik. As usual the food at all times was plentiful and excellent. The Cruise Director, Ray Bauer, was very good and at times honest when schedules had to be changed due to a thunderstorm. Only Nathan in his team let the side down as he appeared not to fit. Other minor grumble was that the quizzes were the same as last year it appeared but but the… Read Full Review

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“We have travelled on the four times and the...”

Written on: 28/07/2010 by jennydoll (1 review written)

We have travelled on the four times and the Celebration twice, yet again no faults to report already booked again for next year on the Celebration.
As usual the food, service,and entertainment in the showlounge was excellent. Cabin cleaned to a very high standered.
Visited some beautiful places during the fortnight and had wonderful sunny weather and calm sea the whole time.
Since we have been on Thomson cruises for years there is nothing we needed to know before purchase… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Tours a bit on the pricey side”

Written on: 04/05/2009 by guardsmanlegion (1 review written)

Tours a bit on the pricey side
Food very good
Entertainment 2 to none
staff always ready to help
The Airline that we travelled from Gatwick was indescribable even Ryan air has more leg room . . THE NAME OF THIS AIRLINE FIRST CHOICE YUK ! LAST CHOICE.
IF on a day at sea you felt like a tan you had to be up and stake a claim to a sun bed by 0700hrs IT WAS LIKE BEING ON A BOAT LOAD OF GERMANS
To sum up after 4 cruises with Thomson's we felt that the standards had sunk its like Benidorm afloat… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“This is the 3rd Thomson cruise that my wife and I have...”

Written on: 28/03/2009

This is the 3rd Thomson cruise that my wife and I have been on in 24 months, firstly the Calypso, small, a little tired but great atmosphere, did the Greek coast, Corfu and the Corinth canal, Truly great!
The second was the destiny, cruising the Canaries and Madeira, lovely ship, much larger than the first, but food ,staff entertainment spot on.And lastly the Spirit, which we got back yesterday (26th March 2009) on the Red Sea Magic trip.Lovely ship, not new but stylish,with same standards of… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“ I have just returned home from a week on the Thomson...”

Written on: 21/09/2008 by Michael1963 (12 reviews written)

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… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Our first cruise and all I can say is BRILLIANT. I was...”

Written on: 06/09/2008

Our first cruise and all I can say is BRILLIANT. I was very nervous before setting foot on board as I had read some negative reviews but I can honestly say I thought it was terrific value for money. Took a 14 year old very fussy eater but even he found something to eat at every meal time… Read Full Review

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“This was our 1st time cruising and definitely wont be...”

Written on: 26/08/2008 by MUTNAT (1 review written)

This was our 1st time cruising and definitely wont be our last. We booked this cruise as we wanted something special as we were celebrating our silver wedding, the crew certainly made it special for us an anniversary we shall never forget. 10/10 for Restaurants, bars, shops, entertainment and everyone involved with the spirit . We met a lot of lovely people and will be booking for next year. Good luck to the spirit… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Overall I think that Thomson are a great company to...”

Written on: 02/08/2008

Overall I think that Thomson are a great company to cruise with and they really do look after you. The atmosphere on the ship was buzzing every day and night and it didn't take very long to meet some interesting and friendly people (not to mention the captain).

Things that I was worried about before the holiday:

Airport Transfer - The coach that takes you to the ship from the airport is fully air conditioned and comfortable, a great relief after our exhausting journey (especially if you get… Read Full Review

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Mac99's Comment

Written on: 04/08/2008

A brilliant review! Thanks.

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Kazab's Comment

Written on: 27/08/2008

We are going on our first ever cruise with the kids early October, bit worried about the transfer ie how long it will take, as we have a 3 yr old, any other info would be great.

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★★★★★

“Our Jewels of the Med cruise was wonderful. Our deluxe...”

Written on: 17/07/2008 by Petya (1 review written)

Our Jewels of the Med cruise was wonderful. Our deluxe outside cabin was big and comfortable. The staff were really lovely. The shows were West End quality. The food was very nice. The excursions were very good and cheaper than we had expected. Although the buffet at the Lido restaurant was very nice, half the food on offer was the same every day. We loved our first Thomson cruise so much we have already booked another one for next year!… Read Full Review

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“What a fantastic experience and one we shall certainly...”

Written on: 16/07/2008 by lindilu (1 review written)

What a fantastic experience and one we shall certainly repeat. Can't thank the crew enough we were treated like royalty from the minute we arrived. The staff are particularly helpful and polite and the whole ship was immaculate. The freedom to do as we like and eat when we like was great and the entertainment was first class, far better than we expected… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“All excursions were good except that in Agadir ”

Written on: 16/03/2008

All excursions were good except that in Agadir
We were in Agadir a couple of years ago with Suncruises and enjoyed the experience so much so we recommended this to the rest of our family - but the quality had gone down - great pity… Read Full Review

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“We had a lovely family holiday (kids aged 4 and 5)....”

Written on: 26/08/2006 by golfoscarbravo (3 reviews written)

We had a lovely family holiday (kids aged 4 and 5). Almost treated like 5 star guests. First port, Palermo in Sicily is easily the worst, dirty and being Sunday mostly closed! Next year this cruise goes to North Africa instead (Tunis I think). Excursions much cheaper at the port, or easy by local transport. Kid Zone rep's brilliant. Entertainment team fantastic loads of staff always cleaning the whole ship. Travelling overnight was great, soft vibration sent us all to sleep, woke up in new… Read Full Review

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Golfoscarbravo's Response to golfoscarbravo's Review

Written on: 15/07/2010

Just like to let everyone know that we've booked our summer trip on the THOMSON SPIRIT again this year; this time the PEARLS OF THE AEGEAN. Kids are now 9 and 8 and we are really looking forward to it, yes we expect it to be a bit older and abit more tired...like me!!! A second trip is never remembered quite like the first, but we know we'll enjoy.

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★★★★☆

“This was my first cruise, and the Med Renaissance is a...”

Written on: 19/08/2006 by pauljo (1 review written)

This was my first cruise, and the Med Renaissance is a great itinerary.
I didn't go on the excursions, but I found out that the local trasport is really cheap - a return train fare from Civitavecchia to Rome is only 9 Euros and a tour bus is 13 Euros, yet plenty of passengers paid 80 pounds for a the Thomson coach trip and came back exhausted.

The holiday as a whole is great value, and it was great to wander through Corsica and the South of France.
However, the day at sea was terrible… Read Full Review

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402075_Jakthelad's Response to pauljo's Review

Written on: 17/09/2008

I found this review helpful because...it was informative and plain honest speaking.

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★★★☆☆

“The Thomson Spirit Idyllic Iberia Mediterranean cruise...”

Written on: 15/08/2006 by Hoaxster (2 reviews written)

The Thomson Spirit Idyllic Iberia Mediterranean cruise was out third cruise in a large family group (10+). We'd been on My Travel branded ships (Sunbird and Carousel) previously, so we had a reasonably good idea of what to expect. Unfortunately, this cruise didn't quite come up to scratch for a number of reasons.

The ship is smaller with (allegedly) fewer passengers than either of our previous cruises, but at times it did seem a little crowded, especially during the day at sea when everyone… Read Full Review

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383381_Petya's Response to Hoaxster's Review

Written on: 18/07/2008

I totally disagree about the drink package.We are not big drinkers but we were very glad we had chosen that option, as it made us more relaxed about having drinks without worrying about the cost. We think it saved us at least £100. The choice was very extensive and who could resist those wonderful cocktails!The house wine was perfectly fine.We also had quite a few iced coffees during the day,also included,and cokes too.We don't drink beer, so we cant comment on its quality. We have chosen the drink package again for our next cruise.

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★★★★★

“The whole Thomson cruise experience was excellent. The...”

Written on: 13/07/2006 by Bazzerfrog (1 review written)

The whole Thomson cruise experience was excellent. The Idyllic Iberia, Med Renaissance was our second cruise and our first with Thomson, and it won't be our last. The drinks package was great value for money. The staff were so friendly and very helpful. The food was excellent, with plenty of choice for the 2 week stay (never had the same menu twice). The shows by the Thomson show team were always lively and very energetic. Well done team.

The only bad point was our cabin (301) don't book it… Read Full Review

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