We have just returned from a 7 day cruise from Marmaris to Rhodes, Israel, Cyrus, and Turkey and the usual excellent Thomson service was given by all the crew on the ship. However there were two areas which we feel need to be looked at.
The first is the continuous vibration, more a wobble than a vibration, throughout the ship even when it was stationary in a port. We have been on three other Thomson ships and some with Cunard and Costa and did not have this problem. You do get used to it but it is quite noticable when you first arrive on the ship.
The other problem was the air conditioning which was very cold especially in the theatre area especially near the windows. One night it was so cold that we were physically shivering and then two days later we both got chest infections which I believe could be due to the coldness on the ship and we are both now on antibiotics as we both have a virus chest infection.
Please don’t get the wrong impression about the ship as the crew were all charming and nothing was ever too much trouble for them. The food in the main waiter service restaurant was excellent and we always had a good choice of dishes to choose from. The waiter service was also excellent.
We used the deck 9/10 for the sunbathing are which always has spare sun beds available and was quiet and away from the pool area where the fun and games took place.
The shows in the evening were of West End quality and all the Show Team should be praised for their professional manner. Well done.
Due to the tight seating arrangements in the theatre it is best to get there 45 minutes before the show starts otherwise you may not see what is going on.
Our ports of call were firstly Rhodes where you can walk from the ship to the old town which was really pleasant.
Then we were at Ashdod, the container port in Israel, for two days. Don’t bother going to see the town of Ashdod as there is nothing really to see, but the second day we went with a company which I had sourced from the Web to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. This was a fantastic day and as we were with a smaller group of people (14 if us) we went to see places where the large tour buses cannot go and the price was 25% cheaper than Thomson’s tour.
Larnaca in Cyrus was OK and the last port of call in Turkey.
We will definitely use Thomson’s again.