This is our second cruise with Thomson having previously sailed on the "Dream" so we had a good idea of what to expect.
We were late arriving in the evening and missed evening meal in the main restaurants but embarkation and setting up credit went smoothly so we were able to relax and have a drink before finding the restaurant open on top deck for a nice snack/supper.
We have sailed in an outside cabin before but don't see much benefit in having the window so we chose inside (again). The cabin was a little on the small side but adequate and suitable for our means and kept spotlessly clean and tidy by the staff. The staff cleverly made towel decorations for the cabin each day and you had a chocolate waiting on your pillow. Television reception wasn't too bad but hardly had it on although I did watch a film (Saving Mr Banks) on one of the days I was keeping out of the sun - there are few places in which to escape the sun on deck and they soon get taken. My wife was glad she took her own hair dryer.
Overall the food was excellent and you couldn't possibly go hungry as you were spoilt for choice each day for every meal. There was something for everyone and the six of us in our party could only complain about our clothes shrinking. I liked the cooked breakfast but my wife went for the selection of fruits, yoghurt and rabbit food. Again a good choice for lunch although the Seven Seas main restaurant doesn't open every day (not a problem) and there are plenty of healthier options which I chose to ignore. Evening meal is waiter service in the main restaurants and the waiters were kind enough to reserve a table for us in the naughty corner for the same time each evening in the Seven Seas. Menu's gave a good selection and as an alternative you could pay an extra £10 and have a T Bone/Rib Eye steak or King Prawn on skewers which we went for on the last night. Service was excellent and we would like to thank Roland and Poirot for making it a pleasurable dining experience. This was, no doubt, helped by the lovely Niki who kept the wine topped up for us. We found the red wine served at dinner very palatable but found it is exclusively produced for Thomson Cruising. We didn't feel the need to try the A la Carte restaurant so can't comment.
Having been on a Thomson cruise before we new the entertainment would be good but this was excellent. The entertainment team done a brilliant job and they were so talented you would think you were in the West End - the shows were first class. In the last two evenings they deservedly received standing ovations for their rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and their West End theatre tribute. Also the comedian, Maurice Grumbleweed, was also brilliant - his first show had us in tears. There was also entertainment up on deck during the day and the resident band were very good. There were also talented classical artists performing in the lounges if you fancied something more relaxing. If you're a party animal the nightclub/disco also looked a lot of fun and went on until the early hours after the shows had finished.
The six of us in our party thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and we are now looking forward to the next Thomson cruise.