Well we've been back barely a week and the magic hasn't worn off. One of the best holiday experiences I've ever had.
We have sailed on Spirit once before in 2012, and enjoyed that trip very much. We have sailed with other cruise lines on ships bigger and smaller but Spirit has become a favourite. The ship is a good size to wander around, no getting confused or lost. It was very clean and tidy, no areas looked run down. We noticed several bars etc had been refurbished since our last visit.
We had an outside cabin on deck 2 , very spacious loads of storage space and cases went under the bed. The housekeeping staff, Victoria (spelt differently) and her colleague were unfailingly polite an unobtrusive never disturbing us at all. In fact all the staff we had dealings with were wonderful and despite working long hours always had a smile.
We used the MDR on an evening, usually sitting in the area managed by Rambo and Sam. They felt like old friends when we left. We found the food fine and plenty of choice although not gourmet we had no complaints. With 5 courses plus coffee no one could have left hungry. We had a good wine waiter in Jay who again was friendly and professional. Both he and the waiters had excellent memories remembering previous wine choices and the fact I liked decaf coffee, a nice touch.
The Entertainments Manager Richard was very good although from choice we didn't go to all the shops, too much to see on deck by the midnight sun.
As for the cruise itself the itinerary was wonderful the chance to visit Svalbard doesn't come that often. If Thomson's were to sail again from the Tyne I'd do it again in the blink of an eye.
Another point worth mentioning was the overall friendliness of the passengers, we were fortunate that there was a Roll Call for our cruise and roughly 20 of us met up very informally on the first sea day. It was so good to put real names to folk who had posted. I'm sure many friendships will have been formed.
So all in all a fine time was had by all.