We sailed on the Thompson Spirit from the 5th till the 12th of August, starting in Corfu going round the eastern med and then the Greek islands. The ports of call were wonderful, this was the main reason for booking with Thomson and we did the majority of the ports ourselves the only organised tours we did was Athens on your own, this was basically a 15 min trip on a coach which cost us £18 each. This can be done much cheaper on your own.
Having cruised with P & O previously, which was excellent, the Thompson Spirit is of no comparison.
We had an outside room, our room was large, very tired and in need of a full makeover and update. The porthole was very small. There was no fridge in the room. Room service was available but at an extra charge. There is a key safe in the room which was charged at £15 for the week. I did not see the need for this charge by all means take a deposit for the key but this should then be refunded when the key is returned.
The food was acceptable in the buffet style restaurant, however the silver service restaurant was to be desired you had to queue every night to be seated limited amount of tables for two. The breakfast in here was a glorified self service. The food appeared to be prepared earlier and then warmed when needed. The staff then did a talent contest in the middle of a silver service meal and dressed in silly fancy dress. Totally inappropriate!
Most of the staff was pleasant. Maria, who was our cabin attendant, was very helpful and friendly, nothing was too much trouble for her.
Deck 5 which is the Lido deck was where all the smokers congregated, which as a non smoker bothered me, it says that there are designated smoking areas but basically they can smoke anywhere in this area. This was the only outside deck that you could sit in the evening and have a drink which was not pleasant when there is smoke all around you. The drinks, well what can I say! Very poor choice, only two choices of draught one lager and Boddingtons. Cans were available but at the cost of £3.25 for 330ml it made it a very expensive pint! Mixers had limited choice. Around the pool area they are served in basic plastic glasses, and for the daytime they’re fine and I understand the need of plastic for health and safety reasons, but come the evening I feel that there could have been more of an effort as Baileys in a plastic beaker is a no no!
The pools are salt water and small, however they were drained every night.
Even though it states not to leave the towels on the sun beds unfortunately people still claimed them to be theirs and on the first day we got there no beds were to be found and we ended up on the floor of deck 10 which the paint is peeling off and my husband and I were covered in blue flakes of paint.
The entertainment is quite good. The comedian we saw was excellent.
We did have a good holiday and the itinerary of the cruise was fantastic, we saw some beautiful places. Would I cruise with Thomson again? The answer is no. I understand that some people like these sort of Butlin’s at sea cruises but it’s just not for us.