Thomson Spirit Cruise Review by jelas: Nowegian Fjords and North Cape
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Nowegian Fjords and North Cape
Destination: Europe - River Cruise
Embarkation: Newcastle (England)
Having cruised with Thomson before on two occasions albeit many years ago on the Emerald, we have since cruised with other much larger companies and to be honest, we were not sure if we were making a mistake going back over. As it turned out e could not have been more wrong.
We live in North Tyneside so to be able to leave home and be at the dock side in under fifteen minutes was a real bonus. Boarding was very easy and took no time at all. Whatever you hear about Thomson cruises, my advice is to try it first. We were looked after superbly by all staff, nothing was too much trouble and all staff worked their socks off to make life enjoyable. Yes, the ship is a few years old now, the cabins quite small and the general size and areas available limited but hey, £2.65p for a pint of San Miguel is not bad (with the drinks package on offer). The musicians and entertainment team were a joy to watch and listen to and really got involved during the day and night.
The More itinary was to die for. If you have ever wondered what it is like to see the sun shining at 2 in the morning, this is the cruise. The ship navigated the 140km long Geiranger Fjord which gave us some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the world - you really have to see this. We also entered the Arctic Circle and visited the beautiful Tromso and Kristiansund - at 26 degrees C this was very unexpected as we travelled with coats, hats, gloves, thermals etc. etc. and were not expecting this kind of weather. The sea was calm almost all the time and we must have spent hours just looking at this breathtaking scenery as the ship edged its way from fjord to fjord, town to town. An added bonus was entertainers being shipped out from the UK. Well worth a try. Less
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Cabin review: 6C645
The cabin was an outside cabin on deck 4. It was smaller than we have become used to on other cruise operator's ships but it was kept spotless and the cabin stewards worked so hard to maintain this. Two beds were set at right angles and the main cabin area was adequate. If there was one minus point it was the size of the shower which was more akin to a shower in a ferry cabin. Overall. as we expected.
Port and Shore Excursions
Quaint little place but, as is most of Norway, very expensive. Commercial port for tourists. The places more rustic were Flam, Voss, Sortland, Kristiansund. A visit on the Flam railway is an experience as is a visit to Voss which was heavily bombarded by the Germans during WW2. also, if there are any history buffs around, the last resting place of the German warship Turpitz was also on the agenda. We even had the experience of an ice bar complete with ice glasses holding our drinks. animal lovers will love the trip to the Alaskan husky kennels where the dogs wait patiently for the snow to come, there are around 300 of them and they are all unbelievably friendly.
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