We joined the ship in Corfu for a weeks cruise to be followed by a week at a hotel in Corfu. We have sailed with Thomson only once before which was May 2012 through the Suez Canal on the Celebration. Having enjoyed that cruise we decided to give them another go especially as Thomson combine it with a weeks stay also local flights which it are not easy to get with other lines. We were not disappointed, in fact I would say it was wonderful! Thomson's ships are older as they were previously owned by NCL, Holland America etc and are now leased from the Louie Lines. There are no balconies but the ships have been refurbished and are fine. We paid extra to have an outside superior and were pleased with the size of the cabin which had two large windows. However the single beds were quite small.
The entertainment was amazing and far superior to any on Princess or Celebrity ships we have previously sailed on. The food in the dining rooms for dinner was excellent and we could not fault it. The buffet area was a lot smaller than any ship we have ever been on and it was always difficult to find a seat but not impossible as long as you were willing to go out on deck or downstairs to the Conservatory. All the staff are very friendly and cannot do enough for you. .
Our itinerary was Koper, Venice, Split, Dubrovnik,Kotor. At all the ports other than Venice we did our own thing walking around the towns most of them being walled fortified towns. Dubrovnik was our favourite. The Venice trip on a gondola was something we wanted to do but turned out a little disappointing. All very rushed more or less pushed on, having to share with four other people my husband had to sit at the end on his own. No singing by the gondolier-who was quite abrupt and wore an old mack. no piped music. There is nowhere to sit in Venice unless you visit one of the overpriced cafes. There are signs everywhere telling you not in sit/lean on ancient monuments or steps. Anyway we have seen it now won't be returning!
To conclude my review a very enjoyable cruise and I would definitely recommend Thomson Cruises as value for money.