We took off from Gatwick at 2.30pm and arrived at Dalaman airport at 8.30pm local time. We were met by a Thompson rep at the airport and the transfer from there to the ship in the coach took one and half hours this went very smoothly.
As we left the coach the luggage was taken, a short walk to the ship, we signed in and we were in our cabin in less than 15 minutes our cases arrived a couple of minutes later.
Our outside cabin, with a queen size bed, was very spacious. We had four door full length wardrobes, 2 x 2 drawer bedside cabinets and a 6 drawer chest of drawers.
We went up to the Lido restaurant for something to eat and whilst we were eating the sail away party was in full swing. The music was so good I thought it was CDs playing but in fact it was the resident group 'Ocean Vibes'. They were so good I cannot believe Thompson will be able to keep hold of them for long.
We ate in the Meridian restaurant and whilst the food was passable we have had better. Vegetables were in short supply. The waiters were not as attentive as they are on the larger ships this could be down to the fact that as it is open dining you have a different waiter each time also as tips are included they do not have to work for their tips. Breakfast and lunch in the Lido were good. Entertainment was excellent.The resident singers and dancers were performing a variety of different tribute shows almost every evening,and were of very high quality.The shows we've seen on the American ships couldn't hold a candle to the Thomson entertainers.There was one celebrity act,a comedian by the name of Andy Wilkens.A very funny guy,and clean,with just a bit of innuendo in his late night spot. We never had a problem finding a sun bed even on the sea day,but of course there are only two small pools so they can get crowded. Overall,Thomson's offer value for money,especially as a pint of beer is £3-10p and cocktails at £3-75,and they're about 60% more alcohol content than you get at home,plus there is no 15% surcharge on drinks that the American lines are so fond of adding. I suppose the ship looks a bit tired with tiling especially needing to be done round the pools and the cabin shower rooms,but she is going in for a part refit in February when some of it will be done. If you intend to go on another Thomson cruise after this one,I recommend you book on board as you get a much better deal than on-line or at a Thomson shop.We've booked the 12 day cruise next April to the Eastern Med and on-board it was £1830 for the 2 of us +£100 per cabin on-board spend.
First port of call was Antalya in Turkey.We went in on the shuttle bus( £4 each).Not much there to be honest.Quite a nice quiet Turkish town.We walked around,no hassle,but only stayed there for about an hour.Larnica in Cyprus is quite nice,also.Again we caught the shuttle bus into town and just walked around.On the last day we were in Marmaris.This is the best Turkish resort we have ever been in.It's easy to walk into town along the quayside and takes about 30mins.Theres a beautiful covered shopping centre there with a vast array of shops,and they don't hassle you at all.Marmaris is really worth a visit.The other ports we visited I've described in the boxes below,as there was no option for the above ports in the boxes that Cruise Critic have on this site.