“Aegean and Adriatic”
Cruise review of Thomson Spirit

Lynne Ramsey Thomson Spirit 5 Aegean and Adriatic
Lynne Ramsey
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We've sailed on the Spirit twice before so we knew what to expect and we were not disappointed. We chose the cheapest outside cabin as soon as they came on sale in April 2009 (and got the free all-inclusive). The one we chose was on deck 2 near the front and more square in shape. Everything we needed was there including a safety deposit box (although you have to pay for that). It was the cabin with the least movement of the sea that we've ever experienced.

The food and service was as brilliant as ever. We ate most of our meals in the Compass Rose. Breakfast there now has the option of "serve yourself" or "waiter service". We prefer to be served. We had lunch there occasionally but often there was a special on the lido deck (like tacos or peking duck) which we liked. Dinner was great with a fantastic choice and lovely helpful waiters. There were five courses and coffee and each was of a very high standard.

We loved the shows in the showlounge. Others preferred the games etc in High Spirits - something for everyone. Some just preferred to sit and have a quiet drink in Explorers or Horizons. We also saw a few new films in the cinema in the afternoon after we'd had enough sun.

We visited Koper in Slovenia which was lovely and the people were so welcoming. A market was on which was just for people to taste the food.

Korcula in Croatia was beautiful too.

Kotor in Montenegro must be the most spectacularly beautiful place I've ever seen. It's breathtaking. I'd love to go back here.

We visited the Greek island Patmos instead of Santorini as the sea was too rough around there. Apparently this is a regular occurrence. Patmos was a great substitute as we'd been to Santorini before and were not that impressed.

Marmaris in Turkey was a half hour walk around the marina to the town. Very expensive yachts to pass on the way. Good shopping area.

Kefalonia was our last stop. There were lots of designer shops and it was a pleasant walk around.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Port
This was the port we flew to and we stopped there for a day when the first week of our back-to-back cruise ended.

Quite a good shopping centre and had a ride on a little train.

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Port
Got water bus to St Marks Square. Easy to find your way around.

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Published 08/15/10
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