Thomson Spirit Cabins
- Outstanding value for money with tips included
- Aimed at the British market
- Good choice for first-time cruisers
Thomson Spirit Cabins
Spirit has 627 cabins (424 ocean view and 203 inside) in five categories -- one Presidential Suite, Suites (including 18 with newly fitted balconies), Deluxe, Inside and Outside (which include 21 single cabins) spread across eight decks. With the majority of standard cabins being the same size, prices are graded according to the position on the ship.
Cabin sizes range from 139 to 172 square feet (Inside and Outside), 204 square feet (Deluxe), 279 to 290 square feet (Suites) and 450 square feet for the two-room Presidential Suite, which has a large balcony running alongside both rooms. The Inside and Outside cabins are located on Decks 1 to 4, Deluxe cabins are on Decks 6 to 9 (all those on Deck 9 have balconies), Suites are on Decks 7 and 8 and the Presidential Suite is forward on Deck 9. All Outside cabins have a porthole, Deluxe cabins have picture windows and the Presidential and Deluxe balcony cabins have sliding panoramic doors opening on to the veranda, where there is ample room for a table and two chairs (plus loungers for the Presidential Suite).
The cabins offer a range of flexible accommodation. All the Suites have king-sized beds and the other cabins have either one queen-size bed or two single beds, which are either side by side or in an L-shaped configuration. The Suites have a sofa bed that can accommodate a third person and a selection of Inside and Outside Cabins are designated as three or four-berth, with a rollaway bed for the former and a bunk bed for the latter. Four cabins, forward on Deck 7, are wheelchair accessible.
The colour palette throughout all cabins is easy on the eye, with muted shades of cream, brown and orange combined with light wood that give a sense of space. The Suites on Deck 7 and 9 have an attractive trellis-style room divider and a similar decoration on the wardrobe doors.
Extras in the Presidential Suite -- which has a real feeling of old-style glamour -- include CD player and DVD players, a whirlpool bath and separate shower, minibar (chargeable), iPod docking station and Elemis shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. The Deluxe cabins and Suites also have a minibar, combined bath tub and shower and the same toiletries. Passengers in the Presidential Suite and Deluxe balcony cabins also benefit from Thomson Premier Service, which includes priority check-in at the embarkation port, complimentary continental breakfast in bed once a week, and a free pressing service for three items per passenger available during the first 24 hours onboard. Remaining cabins have walk-in showers, with a curtain, and fixed dispensers over the wash hand basin and in the shower for soap and shampoo (conditioner is not supplied).
All cabins have lots of storage space, with good-sized cupboards and shelving units in the bathroom, two full-size wardrobes with plenty of hangers, large drawers, a desk/dressing table and room for suitcases beneath the bed. Standard amenities include an electric shaver socket in the bathroom, flat-screen TV with a selection of TV, film, music channels and the web cam fixed on the bow of the ship, air-conditioning and a safe (although the security box is chargeable, with rates starting at £6 for a short cruise). Little touches, such as the magazine rack in the Deluxe balcony cabins are useful and there are welcome retro amenities such as an ocean-going drinks cabinet with bottle holders and a tie rack inside the wardrobe door.
All cabins are made up in the morning and have a nightly turndown service (which might include the arrival of towel animals!).
It's worth noting that cabins are allocated by the cruise line, though, so if you want the guarantee of a double bed, a room that's close to a lift and other facilities, or one that's next door to friends and family you can pay £42 to reserve the cabin of your choice at the time of booking. There is no guarantee that a "promise" of a certain room from a travel agent will work.
Another thing to remember is that although Spirit now carries predominantly British passengers it was originally built in France for the European and American market. Therefore, all cabins are equipped with 110-volt American-style flat pin sockets and 220-volt European-style round pin sockets, so British passengers need to take a three-pin adaptor.
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