The cruise started well as we were upgraded to a new balcony cabin. Pleasant and spacious. But the vibration and noise were really bad. The vibration was worse when docked and really intrusive and unpleasant. Underway noise was really bad on anything other than calm seas. In rough seas, seasickness and a creaking, groaning, banging cabin made life unpleasant. One of the perks of cruising is the good nights sleep. The vibration and noise were the worst I have ever experienced and went a long way to spoiling the holiday
" Due to an outbreak of the nasty winter bug in the UK for a day or so self service is suspended".
That was the Thomson sign over the LIDO buffet. Full marks for scriptwriting but who do they think they are kidding? The restrictions carried on all week.
This cruise was good value for money and the staff and entertainment were excellent. There was plenty of public space and I enjoyed the new coffee shop. Mistral was good but not worth the extra £40. The Meridian dining was pleasant. I liked the fact you dined with different people each night and the service was fine. Food OK but no more. The Lido buffet was canteen fare.
The ship was clean and there was space to move around even though the cruise was full.
I was glad to leave the ship and fly home, but we were delayed 28 hours. After 8 hours in the airport, a bus was laid on to take us to a hotel for the night. The hotel was fine and we were back in the airport for 12.00 the next day. Where another 8 hours were endured before finally flying home and arriving just before midnight. Cheap and cheerful it may be but in the end you get what you pay for.