First off we were a group of 2 adults, aged 24 and 34 and a child of 12. We chose the thomson spirit mainly because of the intinnary and the fact it sailed from Newcastle which is much easier than southampton, Dover or Harwich for us. On arrival at the port we had handed over our luggage checked in and where on the ship in about 30 minutes.
First impression of the ship was that it was much better than I expected it to be very nice indeed. We where shown directly to our cabin where we left our hand luggage and then set off to explore our surrounding.
the ship has excellant facilities, staff and entertainment for a ship of it size. Their was something going pretty much all day and their was something for everyone from tots through to teens through to young and not so young adults.
All the staff onboard where fantastic all very friendly and helpful.
Ports of call all where realy nice places but the trouble was the weather was awful so much of the beautiful scenery was hidden behind the low cloud and rain but hey that cannot be helped
all the shows where utterly fantastic including the shows during the day and the cruise director Richard and his team really made the cruise special for us all.
there is a kids club on board with regular activities and a teens room and if the teens are interested they will organise activities for them. The teens on our cruise had a ball from the mocktail demonstration, to basketball on the sports courts, to karaoke to the disco, the joinned in everything and all had great fun.
excursion where the usual things you would expect from a cruise company although somewhat expensive. We only did one and that was the flam railway all day trip expensive but worth it although the reps in afternoon where rubbish unlike the wonderful rep in the morning who really looked after us. I dont expect much but when paying over £100 per person I expect the reps to be where they are supposed to be at the right time not to turn up at the last possible minute then complain that we are not all sitting where we are meant to be. Otherwise this was a really good trip.
Thomson spirit is not a large ship by todays standards and is not as glamerous as the large ships of today however she has a certain charm that you can only get with a ship of this size with excellant entertainment and crew. the food was okay as well not the best Ive tasted but still pretty good. I would recommend this company to a friend