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The longest-serving member of Thomson's four-strong fleet, Thomson Spirit started life in 1983 as Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam. In 2000 the vessel was taken over by the now defunct United State Lines ...
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244 Thomson Spirit Cruise Reviews

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JMURRAYSEDDON
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Staff were almost all lovely, especially those that we interacted with often. Good range of bars and evening shows were quality. Pools are small and poolside space limited at peak times, as expected.I didn't enjoy the Lido dining as it ... Read more
Calton
Member Since 2013
1 review
16 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This is our third cruise with Thomson on our third different ship. This time we were on the Spirit. The ship is dated and doe's have some little quirks, like the vibrating. It did not bother the two of us, in fact it added to the charm. ... Read more
pmtayjones@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
19 helpful votes
With Thomson you can't go wrong - if you want the high class QE2 end of cruising then fine, go with Cunard or whoever but with Thomson you get a very good packaged holiday on a ship. The crew (Eastern Europeans or Eastern Asians) could ... Read more
poshtosh
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
15 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We decided to try a Thomson cruise as the reviews were usually very good. We chose Thomson Spirit as got a great deal and liked the itinerary. The ship is small and tired but spotlessly clean. It has a lot of vibration especially when ... Read more
Paperchase161949
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
0 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Having never been to most of Spain we fancied the Thomson cruise called Spanish Sunsets. We have been on 9 Thomson cruises to date, the first being on the Thomson Spirit ten years ago. We have been on the Thomson Celebration four times, ... Read more
Valley lady
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
First time on a Thomson cruise, previously cruised with PO many times but fancied trying a different company and was very impressed. Great service with fantastic staff. We had the all inclusive package which was well worth the money we ... Read more
annette hamilton
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
This was the fourth trip on the Spirit. Because it is a smaller ship you actually get to meet some wonderful people. My husband has a walking disability and we had no trouble whatsoever getting to the ship. When on board I did not ... Read more
treeza1010
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
we chose this cruise because of the excellent places we were scheduled to visit - starting with the flight to malaga - first day at sea then lisbon in portugal followed by porto meyo in portugal - on to cadiz in spain then casablanca then ... Read more
veryhappycruiser
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
0 forum posts
29 helpful votes
Our 6th cruise with Thomson's, 2nd on the Spirit. Had a look at the latest reviews before we went. A few uncomplimentary remarks but mostly good. Yes the ship is old but it is immaculately clean and when in port the crew are always ... Read more
mckenzie1810
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
My husband and I were first time cruisers and did not want to go on a big ship. So we chose this boat as it accommodated about 1200 passengers. From the moment we embarked at Malaga which is a wonderful port everything was taken out of our ... Read more
Colette Farrell
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We choose the cruise because a couple we knew were going and highly recommended it. We had been threatening to go on a cruise for a long time and decided now was the time. Before we went on the Spirit we read reviews that it was old and ... Read more
PeterB52
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Overall this cruise war everything I expected on a Thomson Cruise. Good food, excellent entertainment and very friendly staff. One of the drawbacks was the machinery noise as we were entering port. I was in a single inside cabin on deck 3 ... Read more
Stevered
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Went on this cruise as a bit of a dare really. After reading horror reviews we decided to test the water ourselves and risk a week. What could go wrong? NOTHING. What an absolute joy from start to finish. Coordination from airport to ... Read more
ninakp
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
27 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This is our first cruise with Thomson and will most certainly be the last, this ship is well past it's best, despite ordering a double cabin we got 2 singles, I complained straight away as did others who were in the same boat (pardon the ... Read more
Briercliffe
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
First time on Thomson cruise but wont be my last, such a friendly ship a little tired in parts , but the crew and all the staff were first class . And I have cruised with some big names but this definitly held its own .As to entertainment ... Read more
Mickanney
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
17 helpful votes
Our second cruise with Thomson Spirit following last year's cruise in Eastern Mediterranean and cannot believe some of the negative reviews we have just read about the Spirit and this year's Western Mediterranean cruise! Compared to the ... Read more
area
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
This is the first on the Spirit having been on the rest except the Discovery. I am writing this as a disabled passenger, as I try to help if I can, other people like me. We have a adapted cabin which was kept perfectly clean. It was ... Read more
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churmcy
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
This was a very enjoyable cruise around the Iberian peninsular. The staff and crew members were very friendly, courteous and attentive. We had a balcony cabin which was very spacious and kept spotless by our two attendants. ... Read more
fergusbean
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We chose the ship as this was a first cruise for three women and the reviews were good. It was like a floating residential home with a hint of urine. The food ranged from very poor to middling, the drinks were okay and the staff were ... Read more
garlhamster
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
17 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
no long flights. moderately choppy seas upset a few guests on first couple of nights but it was may. lisbon very interesting. if you want to do your own thing, buy a 6.50 euro via gem ticket from the metro. you can use on trams and buses ... Read more
ilstonio
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
51 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Firstly, this is our 3rd cruise and all with Thomson's so my experiences are based on this. I got interested when the Mrs mentioned the drinks packages and no infernal drinks and tips bills. The Spirit is clearly on the older scale and ... Read more
devonware
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
25 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
If you like the following: • poor food & choice (carrots & courgettes with every type of meal including curry) • wooden sticks instead of tea spoons to stir your tea/coffee • a ship that shudders with ... Read more
Cruisefirst2
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed on the THOMSON SPIRIT for my husbands 65th Birthday in April. Fantastic first cruise! Smooth holiday from beginning to end. I booked a suite which was huge and clean! The cabin staff were very good they left my husband a ... Read more
shipshapeUK
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
0 forum posts
41 helpful votes
This was our second Thomson cruise having been on the Majesty earlier this year. Despite being an older and smaller ship, the Thomson Spirit was a fantastic choice and I can see why people return to her year after year. Embarkation at ... Read more
i love oriana
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
We booked this cruise a year ago in order to go to Israel Turkey and Greece and also because we could fly from our local airport at Bournemouth direct to Pathos Cyprus. We had a fantastic holiday and we really enjoyed all the excursions ... Read more

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