Thomson Spirit Cruise Review by PennineDave: Shake Rattle and Roll
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Shake Rattle and Roll
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Newcastle (England)
Embarkation was straightforward and reasonably quick. We picked up our cases in the corridor on deck 6 as we went to our cabin, so it was brilliant.
Our Cabin. Almost immediately you could feel a strong vibration in our cabin and this stayed a permanent feature throughout our cruise both while we were sailing or in port. It was really noticeable when trying to read in the cabin as one's hands shook to a different frequency to the rest of your body. Not only did our cabin exhibit this vibration but also most of the rest of the ship to a lesser/greater degree. The facilities in the room were adequate and there was just about enough hanging space for our clothes. Bathroom had a bath with a non-adjustable shower head on the wall which sprayed everywhere. A couple of times our hot water ran cold which was not good.
Ship. The public areas were fine although the ambient temperature was far too cold. When we raised this matter we were informed that it was set at 19C. It felt More more like 15C.. There are plenty of places to drink and seating is usually easy to get. The Lido Restaurant can get very busy at breakfast and lunch.
Service. The majority of the staff are fantastic and this makes up for most of the ship's shortcomings. Drinks Service is excellent as well as the Waiters in the Compass Rose Restaurant. Special thanks to Ren and Elvis our waiters. Room stewards (Henry and Putu) on our deck were super too.
Food. The food lacked any WOW factor. In the Compass Rose the portions were usually big so you wont go hungry but your taste buds might feel neglected. One poor factor was that food was often only luke warm.
Entertainment. The shows etc. were generally good. The show put on by the ship's crew was great fun but was so popular that the show lounge was very, very crowded. The talks by invited guest speakers were good but again the show lounge got very crowded.
Itinerary. This was excellent. It is a pity that Thomson will not be going to this area next year as there was so much to see and enjoy. As usual excursions were quite expensive. The best excursion we had was the Flam Railway and Hike. The scenery was stunning.
Port Disembarkation. This was general fine although there did seem to be ongoing problems realigning the gangway during the time the ship was moored.
Final Disembarkation. This was well run and efficiently done Less
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As already stated the cabin vibrates constantly and noticeably. Although you have a large window it is NOT one-way glass. Invariably our view was obstructed by passengers standing outside on the Promenade Deck, . There is a notice on the bottom of the window instructing you to keep the curtains close from dawn to dusk. In my view it is pointless paying extra for an outside cabin as you are restricted when you are able to open the curtains. The shower is really not much good as it is fixed to the wall and goes all over the place.There is a lack of plug points e.g. for charging camera batteries. The one on the dressing table is far too close to the top of the dressing table surface to be of use.There is a foghorn situated above the cabin so if visibility is poor you wont get much sleep.
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