What should have been a wonderful cruise experience was spoiled for us by the Bad Vibrations on Thomson Spirit. It seemed everywhere you went on the ship, you couldn't escape the interminable vibrations that seeped through your whole body and at times, made reading a book virtually impossible. We have been on 3 previous cruises with NCL, & have never been dogged with vibrations before. Frequent Spirit Cruisers laughed that it was like that all the time, and we should just ignore it, but when you are being shaken like a Tropical Island cocktail, it is difficult to "just get on with it".
There are so many Good Vibrations on this happy ship, as everywhere you go, you are met with happy smiling faces amongst the crew, & most of the passengers too.
Richard, Alistair & the rest of the Entertainment team work their socks off. They put on a new show every night, and even on the night that a principal singer was unwell, they put on a bedroom farce of which Brian Rix would have been proud. Their Jersey Boys number was every bit as good as the West End show, and their tribute to Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd-Webber highlighted the talents of all the singers & dancers.
An audience with ....... Gordon Banks was brilliant, as too was the UK comedian Dave Kristian.
The food on the Spirit is second to none, a good selection, well-presented even in the self service restaurant, which on other ships, in our experience, can sometimes resemble a bun-fight in MacDonalds.
The New Dimension trio were first rate, nice, relaxing, melodious melodies as opposed to the usual "wham bam thank you man" of today's current "bands". They played "The Deer Hunter" wonderfully & when I told them it was good, they played it every time they saw me. The pianist Guy Stoker was very good as also were the Boros Art Duo playing classical music. Like another reviewer, I didn't care much for The Beat. Just not my taste, although I like modern music as much as the next man.
Would we cruise on Thomson Spirit again. I don't think so, even with all the Good Vibrations, we just couldn't stand those Bad Vibrations. And some other cruisers say that they are a feature of the other ships in the Thomson Fleet.!!! What a shame.