Thomson Spirit Cruise Review by Joe Pen: Norwegian Fjords
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Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Newcastle (England)
As Thompson aren't doing this trip anymore we booked at the last minute. I'm heading towards 50 & I can honestly say this was a big step back in holidays for me.
The fjords were lovely, as were most of the staff. However, food was clearly an exercise in quantity over quality and beware, some was labelled or described by staff incorrectly. Important if you're on a restricted diet. If you're eating in the Lido & want wine, make sure you receive it before getting your food - or you'll have finished your meal before it arrives.
Again, entertainment was quantity (quick-fire) over quality, but I understand the staff were new?
Watch out also for all the extras - a full drinks package means house drinks only, or discount towards the full range (incl coffee in some bars!). There's a sales pitch for 'fine dining' & photos too.
Cabin was better than expected, but there were some toilet issues. Staff went in twice a day to service the room. More
I don't want to do the ship & staff down, a great many people really enjoyed this experience, but this is very much a basic 3* holiday so book with open eyes. Less
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