Thomson Spirit Cruise Review by linedanceangel: Promised Land Cruise
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Promised Land Cruise
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Never been on a sea cruise before, but wanted to go to Jerusalem and this cruise sailed from Cyprus so I didn't have to fly and was cheaper than an airfare. On the good side the crew were excellent on the whole and very friendly. This is though very much Benidorm on a cruise. If you love eating continuously and drinking and lying on loungers within inches of each other this is for you. It is essentially a ferry with cabins and food included. Horizons bar and the Sirroco restaurant (£19 supplement) are very nice. The cabins are ok and perfectly adequate and so are the ensuites, even in the inside cabin. However, on one occasion I was drenched by pitch black water whilst in the middle of my shower and from others' conversations I was not the only one, also the shop seemed to be constantly being painted so paint fumes and wet paint all over the place. When in Ashdod port it is an industrial port and noisy and dirty, add in the paint etc on the ship and it was rather like holidaying More
on a building site. Although this cruise was very cheap there are a lot of extras which mount up. Drinks can be bought on a package, for £225 for a week. If you don't drink constantly like us then you would find that hard to get through, also you can't have just any drink you want, a lot of brands had supplements on top! We did however, find that once on board there were other drinks packages which were more sensible. 5 bottles of wine plus 4 bottles of water for £69 was excellent and had a very good choice of wine. Also the Virgin Cocktails £27 for 10 plus 5 soft drinks wasn't too bad. Between us this was all we had apart from maybe another 5 drinks so we saved an awful lot of money by not paying the £225 when booking. Also used the spa, they do deals once you are on board, but I would personally say don't make the mistake I did and get your haircut, I now need to get it cut again to try and remedy the mess. The other thing about this cruise is that although the cruise is very cheap, the excursions are very expensive. It was much better on the days that we did our own thing. Also on the trip they take you to a shop for half hour or so which wastes time. Do not buy from these shops as they are expensive compared to others. When in Ashdod port buy from the duty free shop portside, you will get Hava dead sea products for a lot less, one of the ladies from the Dead Sea trip was quite upset because she had paid so much more at the shop on the trip. An expensive lesson learned for her. So all in all, a cheap ferry style cruise, cabins ok, food ok, trips no so good, crew excellent (most of them). I went expecting a ferry and pretty much what we got, if you want anything else not for you (or me). Less
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Cabin review: 879
Cabin is an inside so no window, but little time spent in there and nothing much to see except sea anyway. Twin beds, lots of wardrobe space and drawers, nice touch that they do a turndown every evening and put a chocolate on pillows. Bathroom fine with a cabinet to put toiletries, shower pressure good and water hot, but beware that on occasion you can get drenched in inky black water in the shower which is not at all pleasant. This cabin does vibrate a lot especially when lying in bed. We were only 2 in this cabin but accommodates 4 in pull down beds. Not sure I would want 4 people in there but for 2 it was ok.
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