We booked this cruise last minute having weighed up whether to go to a All Inclusive Hotel in the Canaries or try a Thomson Cruise. Having cruised 4 times previously, 3 times in the Caribbean and once in the Gulf from Dubai we wondered whether this ship would live up to our last cruise. We neednt have worried. Embarking was easy and less hassle than we encountered previously. Transfer from Tenerife airport was around 55 minutes. We were met and immediately shown to our cabin 3115. Yes cabins are small but you only use them to shower, change and sleep so I cant see what all the fuss is about them being snug - this is what we expected. We were on deck 3 inside cabin and it was more than adequate for our needs. 2 single beds, wardrobe, dressing table with chair, small portable type tv, bedside table. Washroom with shower, toilet and sink - the usual really.
Not long after getting settled in cabin the cases arrrived and the cabin staff knocked to ensure everything was ok with the cabin. Beds were comfy although my matress was leaning a little so i just turned it round and no problem. 2 pillows and both were comfy. Cabin temperature altered at the wall like your own central heating.
We were issued with credit card type cards with DP printed on them showing we had chosen to go all inclusive. We were able to use this immediately and the same card opened the cabin door.
We mainly ate in the Cafe Royale on deck 10 for breakfast and for the first few nights. We then went to either the Seven Seas or Four Seasons which both have the same menu only one is smaller. Not many tables for 2 but met some nice people each night. Tended to drink in the Rendezvous Bar and Chon our waitress was lovely and very accommodating. We both drink Gin and Bombay Sapphire was included in the all inclusive package. A few premium drinks not included - like Baileys but Hubby drank Jonnie Walker Red whisky also and this was included. Most cocktails also included and Latte coffees etc.
Food was excellent. Could be warmish on deck 10 but no problem in the main restaurants. Always something to eat on offer and presented really well.
Staff very pleasant and worked really hard - never without a drink as they are always coming around. Would definately recommend paying the Â£398 for drinks package. We didnt drink to excess and were not greedy and when we got home added up our "zero" account that you get under your door and it would have come to well over Â£700.
Ports of call were ok. Didnt get off in Morrocco - was too hot and just didnt fancy any of the excursions - we dont go on holiday to shop and trudge around souks/markets and hate being haggled. Anyway people were moaning about some of the ports but you nearly always berth in industrial ports and taxis are always waiting anyway. Some people just go on holiday to moan - my take - go with Cunard or P & O then - pay twice or three times the price and you will still moan. You can have 2 or 3 cruises with Thomson for the price of the others.
Weather was beautiful, which was a lovely bonus as we left snow behind. Sea day the usual problem with sun beds but we have had this before on other cruise lines. You just have to get up at a reasonable time to ensure you grab a sunbed.
All in all we cannot fault this cruise, apart from some sea sickness on Captains Night!!! (of all nights) - alot of people experienced this but the sea was quite rough and also it was the Atlantic Ocean! I have written this review as I think some comments posted were unfair. Pack your bags and go, for the price and the whole package you wont be disappointed it was lovely. Happy sailing.