This is my 2nd thomson cruise, the 1st being in 2006 which had such high waves, we were put off for a few years....we were actually ready to come home at the 1st port of call. lol.
This cruise from Cyprus was so much more smoother, the kids came with us too. (17/15) i was worried they would be bored, but they made friends and we never see them....
Embarkation was straight forward and smooth, prob on ship within 30 min of getting off the coach....we went straight to the lido for a cappachino, we had the drink package which was very good. we sat near the toilets, and the vibration was really bad it started to make me feel ill. so we moved a few tables down and it was fine.
After our coffees, we took the kids for a walk around, so they could get there bearings, such a lovely small clean ship....i have nothing to comapre to, so cant comment on other ships. (i am going on carnival in 7 weeks)
We were on deck one which i was really worried about, 4 in a room, and being inside, sort of scared me a bit...But it was spacious enough, the beds looked like bunk beds, and there was a dressing table and a bathroom....nothing flashy, but good enough.
We are in the lido, breakkie,lunch and dinner, so cant comment on the other room. this was good enough for us, the custard everyday was to die for. we always found something to eat, even when the theme was not our thing, there was always bread/soups and plenty of desserts...my daughter is very fussy, but managed to put 8lb on, so did myself and hubby, thats when you know the food and drink is good.
All inclusive was very good, the only downpoint would be maybe the cocktails were not strong enough, i think i went through the whole cocktail list, apart from the ones we were not aloud, hubby did get bored of the boddingtons and wished the guiness was on the all inc....I do think if you purchase a all inc, there should not be restrictions, i understand not having champagnre, but alot the drinks you could not have was the same price as the all inc, so it did not make sense.
We only done one tour with thomsons, as we had a £50pp OBC due to taking egypt of the ittinary, our tour was in israel, it was a fantastic day out, even the kids sort of enjoyrd it, we done jerusalam and the dead sea.....The dead sea is AMAZING. I can believe the way you really do just float, even if a little painful, esp if you shaved the night before....Work of warning, go with hairy legs haha.
The rest of the ports, we just got off for a walk around, all very nice, we were so lucky with the weather that time of year, every day was pure sunshine.
The 1st night in bed, no one slept well in the room, we woke up at 530am, my 15 yr old son coul;d not bare the rocking on his top bunk, so i told him i would sleep up there the rest of the cruise. That night, after a awkward climb of the ladder lol., i layed there and it was shaking, i mean shaking....the seas were smoth, so that was not to blame, but strangely enough i found it soothing and i slept like a baby every night, i did find i had to sleep close to the wall to make the shaking less.A tip from my daughter about the wall bit and it works...
The service from the staff is nothing other than outstanding, i was never without a drink, the plates were cleared promptly, they were constantly working on the ship and cleaning it...
The entertainment staff was good, the main host never spoke to us, he sat with the same people every night...but others were more friendly towards us.
My husband enjoyed the gym, and said they were all friendly in there too.
The sea day was a nightmare, all beds gone, no where to sit. unless u wanted to be cold in the shade, never used the pools, but they were never over crowded, went in hot tub a couple of times....
Over all, i did have a amazing week, with my family. The weather was good, the ittinary was good, the service was good, what more can you ask for,....Think i would get 2 rooms next time...
We were 2nd from last to get off, as we were staying 3 extra nights in Cyprus, felt this day was a bit of a waste, as we were basically waiting for our turn, which was about 2pm, In all honestly i would have liked to get off at 9am and be at hotel by 10am...But i understand that people have flights to collect...
Off on a carnival cruise in 7 weeks, will be good to compare. Thank you for reading.