Flight from Bristol was on time and after checking in our baggage, it was not seen again until it appeared outside our cabin. We were taken directly from the plane to a transfer coach and straight to the ship for embarkation. Effortless!! We were last people to board and had to rush directly to lifeboat drill but once that was done the holiday began.
Cabin (deck 6 outside plus) was really spacious with plenty of wardrobe space and drawers.It had a over bath shower which was quite powerful with 2 showerheads. Food on board was fabulous with plenty of choice day and night. We used the waiter service Orion restaurant for both breakfast and evening meals and the staff were amazing. Always smiling, willing to talk and entertain you. Service was sharp and efficient. Lunchtime buffet was also good but sometimes the queues were lengthy but food was replenished quickly. We only had 2 sea days so were ashore most lunchtimes.
Only problem on sea days was the inevitable lack of sunbeds available and selfish people leaving them reserved whilst doing other things. Thomson need to sort this out somehow.Plenty of choice of entertainment in the bars and lounges and theatre. The crew show stole the limelight.They were amazing and had standing ovations. Some real talent there! Bar prices were reasonable, much like pub prices. Large spirit and mixer Â£3.70, pint Â£3.50, glass of rose Â£3.90, bottle of wine from Â£10.Large bottle of water was Â£1.75 but tap water in the restaurant was free.
Ship is not new but is well maintained and still in good nick. Occasional unpleasant whiff but nothing too bad. In my opinion Thomson offer great value cruises with the option to be formal or informal. We had 1 formal night per week. This shouldn't be too much effort for even the most casual cruiser. All those that dressed formally looked great.If you haven't tried Thomson, give it a go. We did and we haven't looked back. Happy cruising.