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Thomson Spirit Cruise Review by delapsthrowingarm: Adriatic Explorer on the Thomson Spirit


delapsthrowingarm
1 Review
Member Since 2011
39 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 4.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 5.5
Entertainment 5.5
Family & Children 5.0
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 2.0
Value for Money 4.0

Adriatic Explorer on the Thomson Spirit

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other

i write this review in an attempt to put some perspective on the more negative reviews that have been written before.Firstly i have been on 2 cruises ,both with thomson,last year western med on the destiny, so lets begin,,if you want to tell your friends that youve been on the biggest most luxurious ships on the sea then book with royal carribean,p&o,cunard etc but also be prepared to pay 11 or 12 dollars a day per person service charges plus 8 dollars or so for a pint of lager and about 30 dollars for a bottle of wine. The problem with cruising is it still attracts the snob element,a fact that is abundantly clear if you read some reviews on this site,what thomson offer is a down to earth good value product,yes the ships are old but so are alot of 3 star hotels in most resorts on the med.the differenc between a thomson ship and a run of the mill resort hotel is the service,which is always first class,frindly and attentive,add this to excellent food and superb destinations. More

I will dedicate the rest of this review to the ship itself,firstly the ship is 30 years old and does look tired in places but is kept spotlessly clean,the food is uniformly good and as i have stated above the service is superb,the destinations on this cruise were stunning particularly montenegro and croatia.please dont be put of by the negative reviews.to finish having sailed on the destiny last year i would probably choosse this ship purely as it is slightly larger and has more outside bar an eating area.The flight to corfu and embarkation were on time and efficient and i really can not fault thomson holidays .the cruise was adriatic explorer sailing from corfu

corfu ,the only downside to the cruise,the airport is awfull no aircon and very little in the way of shopping or refreshments,i would hate to be delayed there for any length of time.

koper slovenia,a nice place but suffers in comparison to kotor ,probably worth investing in an excursion as i think the best of slovenia is inland. Less


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Cabin review: Thomson Spirit 530

larger than thomson destiny plenty of wardrobe space but bathroom needs upgrading or decorating

Port and Shore Excursions


th e dock is a good hours walk from the old town,taxis pull into the dock area but these will charge more than if you walk out of the dock where there is a taxi rank and bus stop,Taxis will take euros and 15 minute drive to old town was 10 euros,this will drop you of right outside pile gate in the old town.I could write several pages about Dubrovnik,the place is magnificent,a maze of narrow streets ,little shops bars & cafes,the fortress and harbour are breathtaking.A note of caution the temperature in august was extreme(high 30s)this made exploring fully nigh on impossible.


(5.5)
an absolutely stunning sail in through the bay of Kotor.ship docks right in the town so personally i wouldnt bother booking an excursion (i think they are expensive anyway)as the little walled town is beautifull with an abundance of little shops bars and cafes,this place really is stunning and almost worth the cruise on its own.

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again an absolutely beautifull place,ship docks 5 mins walk from town,as an alternative to an expensive excursion local tour buses run from the dockside they charge about 9 euros for an half hour tour with a guide on board giving a brief histoy of the city,for an extra 5 euros you can go on a walking tour,excellent value ,shops and bars are plentiful with drinks being cheaper than at home,please note the bars and cafes will only take croatian currency.

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worth getting up early to watch the ship sail into port,very very special.we booked a half day with gondola ride which included a water taxi ride into the middle of the city.We were shown to our gondalea and taken on a very enjoyable half hour ride,the rest of the time was ours and this gave us time to explore st marks square and some of the back streets,a word of warning ,venice in august was very very crowded and extremely hot so prepare yourself,but on thwhole a great experience.

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