We flew from Manchester on the Dreamliner, nice plane. We arrived at Barbados and transferred directly to the ship, easy check in in the “shed”
We had booked an inside cabin on deck 5, same cabin that we were in in September so no surprises there.
The itinerary, 12 ports in 14 days. Long days in port. Most days arrived before breakfast and left as it was going dark.
The bar staff, we were on the drinks package and got to know the bar staff well. They are very friendly and good at their jobs.
The Grill, we ate here twice as it was so good the first time we went back on the second week, 8 course meal!
The food in the Orion was average on most nights. On New Years Eve on the gala dinner I had Steak Rossini and it was so well done it could have been used as shoe leather. Service was slow on most nights and there weren’t enough wine waiters for the amount of people. On the last night one of the options on the menu was Cornish Pasty!
We had seen most of the shows before as this was our 3rd cruise in the year. These were the worst performed of the 3. The dancing was good and the close harmonies were ok but there wasn’t any good lead singers. Most nights the show lounge was half empty and people were walking out.
The only time the show lounge was full was for the comedian and for the crew show which was superb.
I would be very reluctant to book another Christmas Cruise with Thomson as they are happy to charge premium for Christmas but there is no value for money.