This was our first cruise so we didn’t really know what to expect but we were not disappointed.
The ship was clean and comfortable although beginning to look it’s age and some area’s could do with refurbishment.
Our cabin was at the rear (sorry – stern !) of the ship just above the water line and we did find it to be a little noisy at times (engines) and throughout the ship, there seemed to be a constant vibration from the generators even when alongside the dock.
The accommodation was very good and was kept very clean by the steward. There was plenty of storage space in the cabin. The bathroom facilities although functional, could do with an update though especially the grouting in the shower. The bed pillows were a bit small and the towels have seen better days but were clean.
The food was very good indeed with something to suit every taste even if you are very picky like me.
English style sausages, bacon and beans for breakfast was a bonus too and a baked sponge pudding every lunchtime ! I preferred the buffet style restaurant as you can choose what you want and also the quantity but we did try the waiter service restaurant and found that to be very good too.
I have read reviews moaning about the fact that all the waiters and bar staff were Filipino but we found them to be all really good and they looked after us very well. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for them.
As for the entertainment, we can’t really comment as we only managed to fit in one show as we were tired after long days ashore on excursions and virtually went straight to bed when we got back.
There was so much to do on board the ship, I don’t know how people managed to fit it all in.
Because of the Political situation that arose in Egypt after we had booked the holiday, it was obvious that we wouldn’t do the published itinerary, which was a disappointment, but it was not Thomson’s fault and they did a marvellous job at organising other trips and threw in a free trip to Jerusalem & Bethlehem for those who wanted to go. It was a very long day but very enjoyable. Under the circumstances, I think Thomson did a sterling job !
At the time we booked the holiday, we opted to pay extra for the ‘all-inclusive’ drinks package which in hindsight was a mistake as although we like to have a drink (or two), we probably didn’t get our money’s worth, but that was our mistake and it did save us getting a nasty drinks bill at the end !
Bottled drinking water was NOT included in the drinks package nor was the cabin ‘mini-bar’.
Also the safe in the cabin has to be paid for if you want to use it.