Lets get the bad bits over with first. A faint whiff of sewage in the stairwells and restaurant on the first day but stopped as soon as the ship was moving and didn't reoccur. The grill looked a rip off at Â£20 each and didn't bother.
Knowing that this was previously owned by Costa until they crashed it and having cruised with Costa and still remembering the miserable decor of the Costa Romantica, we were pleasantly surprised. Not the opulence of RCI or NCL but perfectly adequate.
We booked a superior outside cabin which was spacious, well appointed and clean. Only problem was the bathroom which did need a refurb and a strange arrangement where the toilet was at 45 degrees to the wall and so close to the bath that meant we had to sit "sidesaddle" to use it.
The buffet was not the usual arrangement of islands of food, but this was not Thomson's fault as it was the design of the ship. breakfast was obviously to British tastes and good quality.
Lunches in the buffet got a but samey after a few days but always plenty of it and reasonable quality.
We ate dinner in the main restaurant and the service and quality of food was good. nothing spectacular, but everything was well presented and edible. I eat a lot and, on occasions, would have liked a larger main course, but if you were still hungry, you could always top up later (we never needed to).
The drinks were the best prices that we have ever had on a cruise with a pint of beer at Â£3.50 and a bottle of wine starting at around Â£13 - and they would store your bottle for the next night if you didn't finish it.
Entertainment beat all the other cruise lines that we have sailed with. Dancing, singing and the guest comedian were also excellent.
The final but probably most important were the crew. mainly Filipino and Indonesian. They were friendly, smiling and efficient and nothing was too much trouble for them. They looked as though they were enjoying the cruise almost as much as we were.
So, not the biggest or grandest cruise that we have ever been on, but good value for money designed for British tastes.