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325 Thomson First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews
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ggbanks
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
This ship as far as I could see has not been refurbished since the late 70's or early 80's. Our cabin had dark wood panelling, very dull. In one bar for the whole week we were on board there was a air blower constantly blowing on the ... Read more
willofspicey
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
I honestly do not see where the bad reviews are coming from. The staff were excellent all around the ship - Smiling and happy to help; visible from the moment you board the ship. The food was brilliant in the buffet on Deck 5 and The ... Read more
willofspicey
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
So after reading all the negative reviews, this lead us to suspect that maybe we didn't make the right choice but I'm now glad we did! The ship is tired but this never bothered us as most of the interior of the ship remained very clean. ... Read more
Hellybell14
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Slightly worried about what to expect on a cruise, will we enjoy it, will we fit in?? No worries! Absolutely loved it! Flew to Turkey on the Thomson Dreamliner,very smooth & quiet. I even got to peek inside the cockpit prior to ... Read more
nel1994x
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
We went on the Thomson Spirit highlights of the black sea August 2015. Had a really good time. There was a wide selection of food, could either have self service with alot of variety, eat in one resturant being served, with limited choice ... Read more
JayneWills
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Ignore any moaners..we got back this Monday 17th Aug...that's if there are any !!! we had an amazing time...I have never seen so much food...if you dont wish to dress up you can try the buffet service....wish we did in the days time ... Read more
Xanthe0160
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We have just returned from our first cruise around Croatia it was wonderful from start to finish. The handling of luggage was hassle free, all the staff were happy and helpful, the service faultless. The buffet food in the Lido restaurant ... Read more
Freddy Roberts
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed August 2015
Myself and my partner just spent a week on the Mediterranean Secrets Cruise. 99 % of Staff were welcoming and friendly, which made a lasting impression. The food and staff in the main sit down restaurant where great, we enjoyed every ... Read more
Ellemagee
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
We could not have asked for a better week on the Thomson Dream. If you're looking for good value for money and excellent service the Thomson Dream has it all! My boyfriend and I are a fairly young couple in our 20's and weren't sure ... Read more
Trevort
Member Since 2015
1 review
Thomson flight 35 minutes late going, almost an hour on the return. After waiting in a queue for over an hour someone is waiting to take your picture. First morning at sea, toilet stopped working(soon mended). Second day first port of call ... Read more
chrisfto
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
I must admit I thought cruises were for the "older" person so was a little apprehensive about being in the minority. I needn't have worried as the age range was incredible, it really is a holiday for anyone from 0 to 100 years ... Read more
Mark Chorley
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Meant to write this as soon as we returned. We cruised for 2 weeks (Med and Adriatic) end of July into August and we had a great time! So many highlights. The weather perfect! The food delicious! The service excellent! I would especially ... Read more
Deep Thinking Fish
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
36 forum posts
1 helpful vote
First cruise, absolutely loved it. Yes, we had no benchmark but given some of the nitpicking on some of these reviews we found hardly anything to complain about. The ship looks immaculate, regularly cleaned inside and out and by God ... Read more
Ajs1993
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
I have just returned from this cruise with my parents and 2 younger brothers and just wanted to write a review to describe how absolutely brilliant it was!!! I read a lot of negative reviews before going and it worried me a lot as my whole ... Read more
Parked
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2015
This was our 1st cruise and did not know what to expect, but as a result of this cruise we will do more!!! All i can say is it was wonderful, we booked and basic inside cabin, a bit dated but bed was comfy and spotless clean actually ... Read more
carlswain@gmail.com
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
We traveled on the Thomson Majesty 17th-24th July 2015, on the itinerary ‘Adriatic Charms’. Firstly I must point out, this review is long, however especially useful for anyone matching my criteria of being a first time cruiser, ... Read more
Ewen Miller
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
The ship is a bit tired in places, but was very clean. The cabins were kept exceptionally clean, cleaned twice daily, and were quite comfortable and had ensuite showers and a bath. They were a bit tired though, and 9017 did not have a ... Read more
dontyouknowimloco
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
32 helpful votes
Hi everyone I would just like to give everyone a heads up on the drinks package and also the excursions. We sailed on the 3rd of July on the Italian Flavors cruise there were alot of flaws, alot of this blame goes to our travel agent. ... Read more
The Fabulous Four
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
There were four of us in our party, my husband, my friend and her husband. This was our 12th cruise with Thomsons. Everything was superb from start to finish. When boarding we met Ronaldo who had been our waiter previously on the ... Read more
Lost in Dorset
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2015
This was our first ever cruise so we were both quite excited when we came on board. We had booked a suite but we were rather underwhelmed at first sight - not the luxurious experience we thought it might be. There was plenty of space, a ... Read more
chapel123
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
We have always been on land holidays and decided to go on a cruise. I must admit I was a bit nervous as I am not very good on boats lol but I should not have worried. We arrived in Dubrovnik to find our baggage would be on board the ship ... Read more
riggersbird
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
The Eastern Encounters Cruise was attractive due to the interesting itinerary, Turkey, Beirut, Cyprus, Israel. Transfers from airport to ship relatively straight forward after hunting down the coach driver at Dalaman airport. ... Read more
Stevej1805
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed June 2015
As this was our first cruise we decided to go with the familiar, having been on Thomson Family Holiday's before. Also the itinerary around the Adriatic, was the one that appealed to us both. The itinerary was Corfu. -for ... Read more
Gemmagraham-1
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
At first I was a bit apprehensive going on my first cruise with my 83 year old grandmother but I was pleasantly surprised. On arrival I was helped with my grans wheelchair through check in and to the cabin. The cabin was small and dated ... Read more
MikeDoncaster
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was my wife and I first cruise. My wife not having a good record on sailing, she can feel queasy crossing the channel, had been reluctant to cruise. She need not have worried, even on a particularly windy night, the ship did no more ... Read more

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