4 Malaga Romantic Cruise Reviews

Firstly this is our 14th Thomson Cruise, but our first on the new type of Thomson ship (Discovery 1 or 2) and we were excited to see how the new generation of ship had changed. First impressions were excellent, the ships interior was very ... Read More
Firstly this is our 14th Thomson Cruise, but our first on the new type of Thomson ship (Discovery 1 or 2) and we were excited to see how the new generation of ship had changed. First impressions were excellent, the ships interior was very impressive and our deck six balcony cabin was clean, contemporary and had more than enough space. The balcony had a small table and two chairs, more than enough space for two people. One small gripe with the induction on the ship was that normally we would be met by a member of staff who takes you to your cabin, however we were left to try and find it ourselves, and as a result didn't even see our cabin steward until the second to last day! Food :- The food was fantastic :) The best food we have ever had on a Thomson ship, We ate at the buffet at breakfast and lunch, and then in the restaurant in the evening. There was lots of choice for breakfast, you could have omelettes with anything you want on, different types of pancake, obviously all of your usual full English breakfast items, and continental. Dinner we had everything from Suckling pig, home made pies, and unusual ways to eat vegetables such as courgette pancakes which were lovely. There was also your usual chips burgers and pizzas in the main islands buffet. We met people who also highly rated the snack shack where they had fish and chips, hotdogs etc. but we never got round to going there. There was also proper whippy ice-cream served between 2 and 4 everyday which is highlight recommended! The evening meal was always fantastic. Lots of choice, and always high quality food. Our waiting staff Marco and Robert were excellent, and always put a smile on our faces every evening. They were so good, one evening I had a steak and as I cut into it he could see that it wasn't cooked to how I had asked (I would have just eaten it!) but before I knew it he had replaced I with another which was cooked perfectly. Entertainment - Generally the entertainment was good, however this is where I start with a few gripes about the ship. We aren't one for the musicals so we tended to spend our time in the venue or live room. The entertainment compared to other ships was very hit and miss. Some nights we would have fantastic entertainment, fantastic game shows and the bands particularly sound wave was excellent. However one night the entertainment consisted of us being give voting pads so that we could choose a music video to be played - if I wanted to do this I would choose one I liked off my iPad and go back to the room! This was the main entertainment. Also there wasn't a quiz on in the venue every night as there had been on previous boats. This is strange as they seemed to have more entertainment staff than ever. Saying this we never went to the main Broadway lounge so that could have been excellent. Itinerary - We did the Spanish sunsets itinerary, which consisted of Malaga, Palma, Almeria, Ibiza, Barcelona, Ceuta. To be honest you needed to do trips at everywhere bar Ceuta as we were always docked miles away. This is where my second gripe comes in. We docked miles away from the main ports (not our problem!) yet we are expected to pay 6 Euros each for a courtesy bus to make up for this, surely they should be provided for free. This was the case in Palma, Ibiza and Barcelona. if I would have known this in advance I may have chosen a different itinerary. Ceuta was beautiful however and well worth a visit. Almeria we did a lovely trip which took us to a lovely village called Aquadulce after travelling over the Sierra Nevada mountains - well worth the money. Service - The staff were excellent, however there was simply not enough of them. They now have a digital system to take drinks orders, and for some reason Thomson now feel that they now need less staff. this resulted in the majority of people going to the bar to get there own drinks, which meant that they weren't able to make the drinks for the people who had ordered via the floor staff. In the end we ended up drinking on the deck which was much quieter and we never failed to get a drink. Again this wasn't the staffs fault, they were worked off their feet, I think it is more a result of Thomson's penny pinching. Overall we had a lovely holiday, Captain Chris is a legend, and kept us entertained everyday with his witty comments. There were lots of kids on board, but to be honest we didn't find these a problem (when you go in the summer holidays you have to except this!) I do feel there are a few niggles that need ironing out, but the ship is beautiful, the staff are fantastic, and the cabins were excellent. Thomson really need to give the ships extra staff, pay for better docking positions or at least free courtesy buses, and iron out the entertainment niggles and this ship will be perfect :) Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Good flights and speedy transfer from Malaga to port and check in to ship even though very very busy at port. Great service. Went All Incl and enjoyed the experience. Relaxed approach and this cruise could be as Formal or informal as you ... Read More
Good flights and speedy transfer from Malaga to port and check in to ship even though very very busy at port. Great service. Went All Incl and enjoyed the experience. Relaxed approach and this cruise could be as Formal or informal as you wanted........superb staff. Bit dated but still a great experience. Would highly recommend this as a taster to let you try cruising. Formal dining if you wanted it or relaxed as you want when you want buffet dining. Bars and tastes for all. Good entertainment and facilities. Only down side was some passengers were rude to staff and in my opinion thought they were on the QE2. STAFF AND SERVICE TO BE APPLAUDED.....Will certainly be cruising with Thomson's again, relaxed style suited us perfectly. Plenty of choice for drinks, food and things to do. Sunbeds always available and trips in every port if you wanted them. I REPEAT, STAFF WERE GREAT AND HELPED MAKE THIS CRUISE A GREAT FIRST TIME EXPERIENCE for us. WELL DONE THOMSONS. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This is our third cruise with Thomson on our third different ship. This time we were on the Spirit. The ship is dated and doe's have some little quirks, like the vibrating. It did not bother the two of us, in fact it added to the ... Read More
This is our third cruise with Thomson on our third different ship. This time we were on the Spirit. The ship is dated and doe's have some little quirks, like the vibrating. It did not bother the two of us, in fact it added to the charm. I will start with negatives. !. No acknowledgement that we are returning customers and we were not the only ones. 2. The all inclusive is not all inclusive. We did know this but first timers did not. Also they have put a lot more supplements on the drinks menu. Cider has a £2 supplement, that's ridiculous. I don't drink it but lots of cider drinkers were not happy. 3. We had priority tags put on our luggage yet we waited over an hour at Malaga airport for it to trundle along the carousel.. Now to the good bits. The staff. To a person they could not do enough for the guests. Thomson's are very lucky to have such great staff. They made the cruise. The dining. We dined in the Lido for breakfast and lunch. We always had plenty of choice for both. Food is one thing we don't have an issue with on the ship because we are not fussy eaters. Everything was always fresh and had plenty of choice. You could have full English in the morning or continental. At lunch, again plenty of choice. We usually had a salad and found no issue with the freshness or the options offered. In the evening we always dined in the Compass Rose restaurant. A warning. If you want a table for two you may have to wait anything from 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on how busy it is and if you want the same waiters every evening. We chose to have the same waiters, Tori, Ren and Kumar the wine waiter. I recommend them. The food was always well presented and tasty. It is not five star but it is good quality. The wines were fine to me but I am no expert. I especially liked the rose. Entertainment. You have lots of choice in the evening. You have the twice nightly show. These were very good. On the last night they did a west end show. This was fabulous. One of the best shows we have seen. Raffles bar usually had a singer and then Strum jam. We and lots of other people danced the night away to Strum jam. They were very good. A big hello to all the people who danced with the two of us. You have Horizons bar if you want a quieter night. A very nice bar, yet again with great staff. On the back of the ship you have High Spirits. They have game shows and it is where they have the disco. I have already mentioned the staff but we can't thank them enough for the wonderful service they gave us. Last but not least. A really big thanks to all the lovely guests we met on the ship. I wish we could name them all but here are a few. Ann and Ryan. Lisa. The families from Dagenham. Irene and Alan from Shevy LOL and to everyone else we met. Thank you !!!!! And the big question. Would we go again. A big fat yes. We like Thomson cruise's. not because of the ships or Thomson themselves but for the service we get on the ship and the entertainment that is provided. It suits the two of us. It is not to everyone's taste but there is plenty of choice out there. Hope you have found this helpful. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We embarked in Malaga 2 days ahead of the main embarkation in Barcelona. We flew in with Ryan Air from Liverpool and arrived in Malaga at 11.15 am. We took a taxi to the port which cost 24 euros and we were at the port by 11.40 pm. We ... Read More
We embarked in Malaga 2 days ahead of the main embarkation in Barcelona. We flew in with Ryan Air from Liverpool and arrived in Malaga at 11.15 am. We took a taxi to the port which cost 24 euros and we were at the port by 11.40 pm. We dropped our suitcases off outside and were given our stateroom number. As we had booked last minute we were guaranteed an inside cabin and that was all we knew! We then made our way to check in and were the only ones waiting to do so. We were checked in, usual welcome on board photo taken and on board by noon. As this wasn't the main embarkation port, we felt a little let down that there was no welcome committee so to speak that you usually get and which happened 2 days later for the majority who boarded in Barcelona, as this is the main start to the holiday...first impressions. We quickly got our bearings found our cabin to find we had been upgraded to a porthole window..the cabin was adequate, clean and functional our suitcases were delivered by 1 pm. We had the muster drill in the theater which was painless. Food and service in the Garden restaurant was excellent. As we did anytime dining we didn't have the same waiter once but the standard we received was consistently good. We tried Windows for breakfast on one occasion but had to wait over an hour for our food so never went back but the staff were very friendly. The Bistro - not so good. The service was slow with no atmosphere. We waited over 40 minutes for our order to be taken and then a further 40 minutes for our starters to arrive. My husband who never complains had a really bad meal. We didn't bother with desserts as we were totally fed up by now and just wanted to leave. The manager promised to refund the cover charge as a goodwill gesture but we were still charged. Cagney's - good but not amazing. We felt a bit rushed as we had booked at 7 pm by 7.45 pm we had left having had 3 courses in less than an hour. Tappanyaki - starter and dessert disappointing but the main course was lovely and of course the added attraction of the chef cooking it for you was good although not sure if it warrants the larger cover charge. We only used the buffet restaurant now and again as it was always crowded with no where to sit unless you went out onto the back of the ship which would've been fine if it wasn't blowing a gale. The Blue Lagoon - good for munchies after the nightclub. The chicken wings were excellent. Also had fish and chips here during the day which were also very good. We found all the staff who served us in the bars to be friendly and efficient. A big shout out to Alfredo who works in the Beer Garden during the day and the Galaxy of the Stars at night. Go find him...he's such a joy and a credit to NCL. Also Philly in the night club, bless her she must have one of the hardest jobs on board dealing with the "rowdy ones" until silly o clock each morning. the staff in the champagne bar were excellent too. The entertainment staff were very good. They even managed to get my husband up for dancing like a Norwegian which was brilliant fun for me, he's still in hiding now ;) The pool was closed for 5 days whilst we were on board, mostly due to rough seas but then a crack appeared. We were fortunate to meet some lovely people on board who made the holiday for us as without them I think we would've been bored by day 4. We plan to cruise with them again next year. So in a nutshell... A very old ship which could do with a major refurbish, excellent staff, good food and good entertainment. After 6 cruises with Princess and 7 with celebrity we loved the freestyle idea. Would we sail with Norwegian again? Definitely but on a newer ship. Many thanks. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015

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