Flew on time from Birmingham Airport. We used the previous day check-in facility which worked a dream. There was no queue and everything took only a few minutes. On arrival it only took an hour from landing to be on-board.
At the ship's check-in we registered our credit card only to be advised that there would be a 2.5% surcharge. We quickly changed this to my debit card. This has changed from the Destiny cruise we were on in January this year. Penny-pinching!
We had a deluxe cabin on deck 7 (Cabin 130) so plenty of room and a bath not just a shower.
The entertainment was excellent and was lead by the Cruise Director Richard. The shows in the Broadway Show lounge were of a high standard. The entertainment team in "High Spirits" were Craig, Alistair, Lauren and Lee who worked hard running all the quizzes and the alternative shows. A special mention must be made of Craig and Alistair whose rendition of the songs of Simon & Garfunkel was excellent. We found out afterwards that this was it's first performance.
The ship itself was maintained to a high standard with all the public areas continually cleaned and painted.
The bar staff work tirelessly to ensure that everyone has a good time and smile and joke with everyone. The same high standards are maintained by the cabin staff.
However, the quality and variety of the food on offer was disappointing. The Compass Rose Restaurant service was slow and the choices on offer were not up to the standards previously experienced on other Thomson ships, e.g. Fish & Chips on the menu for the Gala night! We did also eat in the Lido Restaurant but found that the choices of food on offer did not match well together. I've also been advised, by fellow passengers, that the hot breakfasts were anything but hot.
Shuttle buses were supplied at some ports and were free! This was a pleasant surprise as we have been charged for this on other Thomson ships.
We are booked on this ship again in September for the round Britain cruise and hope that the negatives are improved whilst the high standards of the rest are maintained.