For a first timer this is an ok cruise. Must admit though that even though Thomson advertise this as all inclusive it isn't.
Not being big drinkers we were more than happy with the selection of drinks available. However, if you want branded drinks then you will be charged extra. They also do a premium drinks package at £10.95 per person per day.
Food is to a generally good standard. Again though, if at breakfast you want something a little different (eggs benedict) you will be charged extra.
We did book into the Ocean restaurant which we must admit was brilliant. Good choice of food and drink. We also ate in the new 'Black Rock' which is situated on deck 10. Again the food was good even though our waiter managed to drop the lobster into my wifes lap! Only thing we didn't enjoy about this was the location. The enterance is covered with a simple net curtain and at time you feel as if you are in a goldfish bowl with people looking in. Thomson need to move this to a better area (perhaps at the back of the Oceran restaurant).
Overall a pleasent experience but wouldn't do it again.
We did hear one passenger calling home who described as 'Butlins at Sea'!
Stars of the Cruise are Max from housekeeping and Mary from the sports.casin bar.