37 Malaga Senior Cruise Reviews

The reason i chose this cruise was, it went from Malaga where i was staying for the summer ,and also because of the itinerary.I hadn't been to Porto or Porto mao before also the second week of the cruise was undiscovered Spain ... Read More
The reason i chose this cruise was, it went from Malaga where i was staying for the summer ,and also because of the itinerary.I hadn't been to Porto or Porto mao before also the second week of the cruise was undiscovered Spain including ports like Roses ,Tarragona , Cadiz and so on. The embarkation was easily the quickest i have ever experienced on any cruise line 10 out of 10 for that ,we were given the option of choosing our cabin prior to the trip for 48 pounds per person which i did because i didn't want any nasty surprises ,i was told that the cabin i wanted wasn't available but another similar cabin on a different floor was, so i agreed not realising that i was getting an L shaped room with single beds that could not be put together ,It was our anniversary !! i haven't spent a night in a single bed in 30 years ,the first night i nearly fell out of the bed ,not a good start to my first Marella cruise .We went for dinner the second night in the dining room and was shown to our table ,introduced ourselves to the other guests who were very nice ,I ordered melon and serrano ham as an appetiser and decided not to order the soup ,when i saw the condition of the pathetic piece of melon and the dried up piece of leather i asked the waiter could i have the soup ,he threw his eyes up to heaven and sighed as this was going to be a big deal .I could not believe how unprofessional and downright rude he was ,I ,and the other guests at the table were shocked at his behaviour .When the dessert arrived one of the other guests ordered a pudding and her husband ordered cheese ,she asked the waiter could she possible have a little piece of blue cheese and she got the same response i got, eyes thrown up to heaven .Never had she been treated like this on any Cruise line .The bottom line is if you don't want to do the the job you are being paid for ,Leave ! This was just the beginning of the cruise . The following day we went onto the pool deck ,i have seen bigger paddling pools ,bearing in mind there were 1350 guests onboard, the pool sign said it had a maximum capacity of 8 persons ,are you joking me ? there were 10 children under the age of 12 and 1 very large man in the pool and it had a very suspect colour ,i was not getting in this pool .I decided to go to the adult pool and jacuzzi where children are not allowed ,well the rule book went out the window .children, toddlers ,everyone was allowed in the pool .so where do you go if you want a relaxing quiet read ? i know i will go to the library .i found it and the smell of damp in the room ? forget about it ! .eventually i went back to my L shaped room for peace and quiet. My husband is a very fit man and likes to exercise regularly so he headed to the Gym ,there were odd weights, no hand towels , and broken machinery all cluttered together in a small room ,the best thing about the Gym was the air -conditioning .It was the coolest part of the ship. I opted for the all inclusive drinks when i booked the cruise so that my husband would be able to enjoy a few glasses of wine or a scotch during or after a show it seemed to be a very good deal EXCEPT!!! I don't drink alcohol at all and Water, Yes! ,water was not included in all-inclusive drinks .the package was all inclusive drinks not all inclusive alcohol ,I could order tap water but the taste depending on where you were served, tasted disgusting ,i even tried to disguise it with lime ,forget it ! it just made it worse . We decided one afternoon to watch a movie in the theatre ,the movie was supposed to start at 3 pm but we sat in the theatre and no film came on ,i went reception and asked what was wrong ,she told me they needed an engineer to sort the problem out to make a longer story shorter 9 guests complained in 45 minutes to reception ,eventually a young lad came in to the theatre reached up and pressed a button and the movie came on half-way through .i asked could they rewind it and the lady at reception said No! . a wasted afternoon. The second week of our cruise teamed us up with the guests we met the second night of our cruise ,they had found a table in the restaurant where the waiters were civil ,good humoured and obliging .What lovely Guys, Jude, JR, and their team.every night they looked after us and treated us with respect and a lot of humour the banter was great between us all at the table . ,The wine waiter made a point of organising mocktails for me every night because he knew i didn't drink alcohol ,he was a pet !. Now for the entertainment ,The shows were performed most nights by a group of young singers and dancers ,who worked so hard every night to give us a good show and to be fair they were grand ,The stand -out singer was a young man named Sam who has a bright future ahead of him, he was easily the best singer in the group .He should go a long way in his career but i think he would be better suited for the West end Musicals than a third -rate cruise ship that is already sinking .The comedian for the first week Karl Schofield was hilarious and an excellent singer,he ended up doing a gig in Raffles singing til about 2 am in the morning ,fair play to him everybody thought he was the best comedian in the two weeks . The cabin staff we had were excellent, and as far as the other guests i spoke to all the cabins were kept spotless ,each night we found ,like other ships we have been on, curious animals appeared on our bed at night from monkeys to elephants to swans and kittens ,they really did their best to cheer the cabins up .but the dodgy shower heads and the grey tatty towels left a lot to be desired and no fridge. On the plus side the room was spacious with plenty of storage and hanging space . My final words on the Marella Spirit is that like most Cruises its the people you meet on a cruise and the staff that either makes or breaks it and this certainly was the case with this Cruise ,We found because this was the last year the ship would be sailing, there was a lot of uncertainty with the staff if they were going to be sent to other ships or lose their jobs ,and it certainly reflected in some their attitudes and behaviours . I was asked to try another Marella Cruise Ship and honestly i couldn't do it ,life is too short to waste time and hard -earned money on another Marella Cruise,now don't get me wrong for some people this was for them great ,but i couldn't in all honesty recommend this Cruise line to any of my friends or family . Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Just returned on the 5th August after a weeks cruise on the marella spirit. Was very apprehensive about going after reading the latest reviews. I would just like to say ignore all the negative reviews as there was nothing to complain ... Read More
Just returned on the 5th August after a weeks cruise on the marella spirit. Was very apprehensive about going after reading the latest reviews. I would just like to say ignore all the negative reviews as there was nothing to complain about. Yes the ship is tired in some areas but made no difference to us. Firstly check in at the port was excellent and cabin was ready and luggage delivered to our room promptly. The room had a double wardrobe and plenty drawer space. The staff on board can not do enough for you and are constantly cleaning the ship. The food was of good choice and always hot, not like previous reviews have said about food being cold. There were always a lot of people around the pool area but we always got a sun bed on the top deck, enabling us to see the amazing sites and the sights as we were sailing out of port. We were all inclusive but if you wanted eg corona, magners etc then you had to pay £2.30 and the odd cocktail had a £2.30 supplement. We had the odd drink we paid for but mainly had a/i drinks which were good. There was always a cocktail of the day to choose from. Also if you order soft drinks they are for example pepsi, sprite, fanta etc. The resident band Strum Jam were amazing as were the entertainment team. We went in the show bar a couple times, very good shows. We had an amazing time and compared to the cruise we did in October last year on the discovery I would say they were both on par, apart from a better selection of a/i drinks on the discovery, but made no difference to us. IGNORE ALL NEGATIVE REVIEWS Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Chose this cruise because many of the places we hadn't visited before and also the ship itself, been on Spirit 4 times before and it never disappointed we liked the layout of the ship the crew and all the staff were top rank always ... Read More
Chose this cruise because many of the places we hadn't visited before and also the ship itself, been on Spirit 4 times before and it never disappointed we liked the layout of the ship the crew and all the staff were top rank always pleasant and helpful which to us was the most important criteria for a good cruise. Now from here we go downhill Marella as it's now called seem to be trying to cheapen it as much as they can because what there giving you is just unacceptable, the so called drinks package was just not worth it I am not a big drinker nor my wife so we just had a few gin and tonics but quite honestly we could not taste anything only the tonic which had too much ice in it also my wife tried the cocktails them were also tasteless. I would say to anyone going on this ship don't bother with any drinks package just pay as you go for drinks, it's sad really because on previous cruises on Spirit it was so much better, I personally think that Marella have missed a trick because they could have made this a memorable cruise and I don't think I'm the only one who's disgruntled with Marellas cheapskating I certainly won't be taking any more cruises with Marella. The dining experience whilst being adequate was not up to previous cruises on Spirit, it felt in our opinion a bit like a canteen rather than a restaurant with very basic menus. But I have to say it doesn't reflect on the dining room staff who did a really good job both the service and the smiles. Our cabin on deck 4 was superb as usual and we were well impressed with the 2 lads that looked after us they kept the cabin spotless a nd tidy at all times. Entertainment was ok but not brilliant,they worked very hard to put on the shows. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise because of the ports visited as most were a first for us. These were to embark at Malaga, then a sea day to Porto, then on to Lisbon, Porta Mao, Cadiz, Gibraltar and back to Malaga. Followed by a 4 night stay in a ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports visited as most were a first for us. These were to embark at Malaga, then a sea day to Porto, then on to Lisbon, Porta Mao, Cadiz, Gibraltar and back to Malaga. Followed by a 4 night stay in a hotel at Fuengirola. This all came in a deal through Tui complete with All Inclusive drinks package on the ship. Tui is a well oiled machine, and we had no problems with booking, flights, transfers or disembarkation. The only issue was that as Tui grows and takes over more companies things get a little disjointed. For example we flew out Norwegian Airways which is South Terminal Gatwick and flew back Tui which is North Terminal and we had to get from one to the other to get back to the car park. The cruise is now run by Marella, another arm of Tui and getting cruise information before hand was a bit difficult as there is no link between the booking web site and the cruise web site. Having said that the cruise was great. The staff were as always excellent, the ship was spotlessly clean, if not a bit tired, the food was also excellent. This is the fourth Tui cruise we have been on and was the biggest Tui room we have ever had. It is worth paying the extra £10 for the space. The entertainment was quite good. Not the best Tui entertainment we have ever had but certainly not the worst!!!! We had the all inclusive drinks package, which on a personal level we can either take it or leave it. But as we had it tried to make best use of it. The staff were very good and tried to make sure your glass was full at all times. There was no difficulty in getting a drink. Some came with a supplement as they had branded spirits in them. The only issue was that the cocktails did seem little weak. My wife usually gets tipsy at the smell of the bar maids apron, but there she was drinking cocktails all day and they had very little effect on her? If you like all day activity then the sun deck on the back of the ship is the place to go. Music, quizzes, demonstrations, food and drinks all day long. If you don't then there was plenty of space and beds on the upper forward sun decks and on the boat decks. There were also multiple bars around the ship all offering something a little different in terms of ambience, music, views and comfort. At the ports of call it was also possible to go on organised bike trips with the resident cyclist to guide and lead you. This was obviously a popular ship as many of the customers were familiar with the staff and seemed to know them almost as personal friends. We spoke to lots of people who had been on the ship multiple times. We think that in itself is a great recommendation. The ports were all very interesting for different reasons. The cruise dock at Porto is a bit of a way out of town and there was a bus service available from the ship for £7pp open return usage. Which was well worth the money. If you go on this cruise and want to go ashore you need to be relatively fit or go on organised trips so you can be transported. Nearly everywhere we stopped was a bit out of town and either a 15min walk or a bus ride. Also Porto and Lisbon are very hilly and everywhere seems to be up hill!!! Would we go again. Definitely YES. We don't know how they manage to fly you in and out, transfer you, cruise you, feed you, entertain you, water/booze you and provide so many staff for less than £80 a day each including tips???? Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Since 2008 we have cruised on the Spirit 6 times & have enjoyed every cruise. Yes, the ship may be getting a little tired in places, but on the whole she is still lovely & very clean. The crew as always,were superb, always smiling, ... Read More
Since 2008 we have cruised on the Spirit 6 times & have enjoyed every cruise. Yes, the ship may be getting a little tired in places, but on the whole she is still lovely & very clean. The crew as always,were superb, always smiling, always friendly & always efficient, some of which have been on this ship for years & usually recognise you on return voyages. The Captain & all officers were also very friendly & always acknowledged our presence ( & we didn’t even attend the Captain’s Gala night). We always dine in the Lido Restaurant & the food was lovely with lots of choice. The entertainment team did their very best to keep us entertained every day & evening. However, On our latest visit to the Spirit there was a once only night when all the entertainers appeared in one venue. I don’t think it’s a good idea to have all the entertainers appear in one location. When this happens, most passengers want to attend but there isn’t enough room for everyone & lots of people miss out, especially when those passengers then try the other bars only to find no alternative entertainment. Apart from that, I really can’t think of anything negative to say. We have always had a soft spot for this ship & will miss her & the crew, they will be a very hard act to follow. Our cabin 005 on deck 9 was great, as was our house keeping team. Well done everybody, you all do a great job. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
'Essential ' maintenance was carried out. Now we'd all agree the maintenance to lifeboats is essential. However, Fred insisted on chipping off the paint on the upper decks of Boudicca during the very brief time that the sun ... Read More
'Essential ' maintenance was carried out. Now we'd all agree the maintenance to lifeboats is essential. However, Fred insisted on chipping off the paint on the upper decks of Boudicca during the very brief time that the sun came out when we were trying to relax in the sun. The noise was unbearable. Unbelievable given that the ship was about to go into dry dock for a refit the week after! The weather was against us (no fault of Fred) and so the captain decided that we should miss out 2 stops. Quite understandable from a safety of life view, but the holiday was ruined. The prospect of spending three nights and two days at sea in the forecasted storms made us jump ship, stayed in an hotel overnight in Lisbon and flew home early., at quite a price. We would welcome the views of other passengers. The other comment is that the entertainmment (with the exception of the comedien, who was hillarious), seemed to be aimed at a much younger audience, for instance, 'Get off your feet and dance' shouted over and over again, didn't seem to suit the average age of about 68.. This is the last cruise we shall be booking. Nick Lodge. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We really liked the ship, BUT it is in need of an up date. The cabin was rather poor. Only one bedside table, the other side had a standard lamp ? Very strange. Carpet was dirty and vanity table was broken The food was good, staff ... Read More
We really liked the ship, BUT it is in need of an up date. The cabin was rather poor. Only one bedside table, the other side had a standard lamp ? Very strange. Carpet was dirty and vanity table was broken The food was good, staff was lovely. BUT this ship is to small for the Atlantic and it was a very bumpy ride, with sea sick bags placed on very floor. We had a drinks package, BUT got charged a tax on top every time we were in Spanish waters ??. We cruise a lot round the Med and have never been charged before, very money grasping by Norwegian. Coffee at the coffee shop had to be paid for and in all my life have never been served such awful coffee. Shows were excellent BUT unbelievably they have a show with LIVE animals ! This is disgusting in this day and age. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was a last minute booking due to family circumstances which in truth limited our choice of cruise. However, we have now cruised with NCL five times and since our first cruise with NCL 24 years ago we have noted a marked decline in ... Read More
This was a last minute booking due to family circumstances which in truth limited our choice of cruise. However, we have now cruised with NCL five times and since our first cruise with NCL 24 years ago we have noted a marked decline in standards and quality. This time my wife and I cruised with my brother and sister-in-law and both of them reflect our views on standards and quality. The reason we chose this cruise was it covered the Christmas and New Year periods and my brother and his wife had never been to the Canary Islands. Christmas was disappointing in that it was not marked in any special way, the Christmas dinner was two slices of turkey with few trimmings served as usual on a cold plate. More effort was made for the New Year festivities. Despite a recent refit parts of the ship were drab and dated. Particular in this respect was the scruffy Henry`s bar and Blue Lagoon cafe. The Raffles restaurant offered repetitively burgers, hot dogs plus other dishes and the general scrummage for food was only tolerated when there was no alternative options. The main windows restaurant was acceptable and a calm recluse when not full up but there was constant repetition of some of the meals on offer, though counterbalanced by an extensive choice of dishes. The service was generally good but was spoilt by a lack of understanding of our requirements by both waiting staff and Matre `D.The waiting staff were falling over themselves to help but due to lack of training they would not always fulfill their function correctly. As a party of 4 we were always prepared to share with others on tables of six plus, but however hard we tried to convey this concept the idea was never executed. There were often long queues for tables at Windows and Garden restaurants and sharing would have gone some way to alleviating the waiting time. We noticed a tremendous wastage of food when waiters failed to served the requested portions. One egg at breakfast time was always interpreted as two resulting in wastage. Portions of fruit plate were excessive but despite pleas to reduce the portion size this again went unheeded. The evening entertainment whilst generally good was of poor standard in some cases being typical of a budget cruise line. The daytime activity programme whilst plentiful were in most cases designed specifically to raise revenue for NCL and not necessarily for the enjoyment of passengers. The talks given on ports of call were short, normally less than 15 minutes and did not convey the extent of information most passengers required. Information regarding shuttle bus service were not always relayed and resulted in confusion on the dockside when attempting to find transport. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise as it was her last cruise under Thomson Majesty, before returning to her original owners. After collecting our luggage from the airport carousel the transfer from Malaga Airport to ship was quick and efficient, at ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was her last cruise under Thomson Majesty, before returning to her original owners. After collecting our luggage from the airport carousel the transfer from Malaga Airport to ship was quick and efficient, at the ship our luggage was transported from the coach to our cabin. Registration was quick and efficient taking approximately 5 min. Staff were on hand to escort you to your cabin, which is a nice touch and was always available on the Majesty. Our cabin was clean and ready for our occupation, with all relevant information neatly placed on the dressing table by Maricel and Bill our cabin stewards, lifeboat drill was carried out at 18.30, was informative and completed much quicker than in other Thomson ships we have cruised in. Thomson Majesty has not changed much over the last 5 years, she still shows her age, but is always clean and well looked after, the staff are all pleasant and go out of their way to make your cruise a happy memorable one, even though many did not know what the future held for further employment. As it was her last cruise under the Thomson flag, our local TUI shop expected there would be additional shows and parties, the only additions from normal was (1) a glass of bubbly on arrival at ship, (2) a dress up in colour night, (3) a party in the reception area with cakes, various nibbles, fruit and bubbly, all beautifully set up with ice and fruit carvings, (4) a lovely sail away from Cadiz with large fireworks display on the quay all washed down with as much bubbly as you wanted. We always had breakfast in the Piazza San Marco as we like to have a light breakfast, there was always tea, coffee, fruit juice and cold water, also a large selection of cold meat, cheese, breads, yogurts, fruits, sticky buns, and the full English breakfast selection of eggs (fried scrambled, boiled), sausages, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, hash browns etc, all nicely presented and kept topped up. Due to doing a lot of trips late lunch was normally in the Piazza San Marco and usually consisted of soup and a pudding. The Seven Sea's Restaurant was our chosen venue for evening dinner, we tend to eat early 18.30 so never found the restaurant full. We always sat at the same table, with Don and Mario as our waiters, they did a marvellous job over the week, tending to our every want, they definitely helped make it a happy memorable cruise. Regardless of our selection the food was always well prepared and presented, not dolloped on the plate like the pub grub we were presented with on the Thomson Dream in September. All shows in the Jubilee Lounge were well performed, especially Killer Queen, having been on the Majesty six times, covering 9 weeks we had seen most of the shows various times, we therefore will not comment as we may be a bit biased. We did a trip in every port:- Lisbon, Panoramic Drive:- A nice easy tour on the legs an informative trip covering the main attractions of Lisbon with plenty of photo stops. Portimao, Quaint Fishing Villages:- Relaxing relatively easy tour to two small fishing villages, which were quiet and relaxing, some lovely views for photo's. Casablanca, Casablanca City Tour:- A real eye opener on how to drive, (heart stopping), covers a walk through open Olive Market, a visit to the exterior of the Hassan II Mosque, the Notre Dame Church and a stop at the Habous Quarter to see the Kings Palace. A good tour for Casablanca information. Gibraltar, World War Two Tunnels:- A relatively easy tour starting with a bus tour around the rock, then off to the tunnels we were informed how the tunnels were dug and where and how the troops lived. Interesting but not for you if you are not interested in world war two. Plenty of time afterwards for duty free shopping. Cadiz, Cadiz & A Taste Of Jerez:- A panoramic tour round Cadiz's old quarter covering most of the main attractions, then off to Jerez to visit a wine cellar (TIO PEPE) where we were given the history of the winery and how the wine and sherry is made, there was vast vaults full of signed barrels (Her Majesty The Queen, Prince Philip, Winston Churchill, to name a few), there was hundreds signed by famous people. We were then taken to a lavish tasting area to sample the sherry, dry, medium (Croft, they have owned the Croft name since 2002) and sweet. I think the sweet was most liked by the group. very interesting if you like sherry. Over all we had another great cruise on a lovely but old ship served by staff happy to do their best to make your cruise a pleasant happy memory. We will be sorry to see Thomson Majesty go, we have many happy memories of the various cruises we have had on the Majesty, especially some of the staff whom we have met on our travels, (Mario our waiter for three cruises), (Hady, waiter on our first and last Majesty cruise), (Grace, drinks waitress two cruises) thanks to you all. In my opinion, having cruised on all of the older Thomson ships, it should have been the Dream that went, it was the worst lay out and the worst food of the lot from a cruiser's view. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
There is a lot to recommend this ship. 1. It is excellent value for money. 2. The food overall is very good. Whether you eat in the main dining room or the buffet there is always lots of choice and the quality is good. Best pluses ... Read More
There is a lot to recommend this ship. 1. It is excellent value for money. 2. The food overall is very good. Whether you eat in the main dining room or the buffet there is always lots of choice and the quality is good. Best pluses are the pasta station and the salad bar. Only minor criticism is, for me they over cook the beef. We also never had problems in getting seats at the time of our choosing in the main restaurant. The buffet could get busy on sea days but was far less chaotic than most cruise lines we have been on. 3. Overall the basic drinks package is very good. Reasonable quality spirits and good mixers. We don't drink white wine but we liked the Rose and the red was just about acceptable. Beware the red outside the dining room because it sometimes comes at mulled wine temperatures. The only beers offered in the basic package are Fosters and John Smiths. I like these beers some may not. Some people complained that because of the restrictions it was not all inclusive. I have been on lots of cruise lines and this is pretty good. Yes, some lines do offer top shelf spirits and wines but you would have to pay far more for the cruise in the first place. There were a couple of silly anomolies, you can order a gin and a vermouth separately, but if you order a Martini, you get charged. 4. Staff throughout the ship were excellent. Sometimes, in the theatre in particular, you had to wait to be served, but that was sheer weight of numbers. The boys and girls always kept smiling and worked their butts off. Our star performer was Maria in Horizons. 5. The entertainment team and the guest acts were excellent. Less keen on the comedians, but that just may be us. We have been on many cruise lines but this was our first on Thomsons. The majority of our experiences were positive. Now for the couple of downsides: 1. We are early risers and we like to sunbathe between eight and eleven ish. The first day we went down at just after seven and all prime locations were reserved but not in use. The following day we checked before seven. Same again and every sea day. We have encountered this problem before on Italian ships, but never before have we come across the Benidorm mob on a British cruise ship. 2. When I tried to raise the issue with guest services they ignored me for four days. The Manager apparently never received my four messages. I will put that down to inefficiency, rather than rudeness. On thing this cruise has taught me is to think very carefully about repositioning cruises. Four years ago I had exactly the same problems with MSC. I have not used used them since. I will not be using Thomson again for Ocean crossings.. I will use Thomson again for cruises with frequent stops. Good value, food drink and service make it acceptable. The sun beds issue becomes unimportant because either I or the majority of the mob will be . Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Having sailed on this ship & other ex Thomson cruise ships is was quite obvious that not only has the name changed but so has everything else but not for the better. Swimming pool on lido deck billowed out black smoke and deck had to ... Read More
Having sailed on this ship & other ex Thomson cruise ships is was quite obvious that not only has the name changed but so has everything else but not for the better. Swimming pool on lido deck billowed out black smoke and deck had to be evacuated, pool out of action for 5-6days. Having booked and paid for a deluxe outside cabin next one along from last years we were unable to sleep for the musician and his synthesiser blasting out a monotonous drum beat until 01.00am from the Hemingway bar below us even the pillow vibrated. Having made a complaint we were told couldn't be moved to another cabin as none available suggested we were given earplugs. To quote Queen Victoria we were not amused. The quality of food was appalling completely tasteless and very often cold especially at the buffet.It has always been the norm that a 2 week cruise would have 2 formal nights so packed accordingly only to find second was turned into a dress to impress night for photo's instead very disappointing .On the six days at sea passengers were out at 05,00am reserving sun beds on sunny side of ship thus waking us up with moving of beds.. AS there were so many walking wounded on top of everything else did begin to wonder if I was on a jinxed ship.Is this another German ploy the British have lower standards than them. The crew as always were brilliant except for reception who were polite but cold & did nothing to alleviate any concerns. Designated smoking areas were a joke as people considered walking around the deck was the norm even smoking leaning over the rail while ship being refuelled .Consequently anyone wishing to enjoy a coffee on deck 6 outside liberties in a smoke free zone were unable to do so,Anyone flying into or out of La Romana aiport Dominican Republic should be made aware there is no ambilift so you have to be able to walk up stair to aircraft. Gill Clay cabin 0223 Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this short cruise a a sampler. Just in case we weren't fussy it would not be too long. How wrong were we? My wife didn't want it too end and we both could easily have gone on for months. The balcony cabin was all ... Read More
We chose this short cruise a a sampler. Just in case we weren't fussy it would not be too long. How wrong were we? My wife didn't want it too end and we both could easily have gone on for months. The balcony cabin was all that was left when we booked late so we took it. It was nice but we didn't use it very much as there was so much to see and do around this lovely ship. There were always plenty of seating everywhere on the decks or in the lounges. When something special was on in a lounges the old time cruisers soon filled up the seating but we did learn from that. The entertainment was great, even the amateur night when the crew gave a smash hit with more enthusiasm than skill. It was still a good bit of fun seeing the working staff having a go. All the restaurants were good; the posher ones were better, of course, but the choice is yours to take. Wherever you eat we found the food good and varied and plenty of choice. Although the cruise was all inclusive, I was unable to have a drink because I was on antibiotics, I enjoyed the bars and had several fruit cocktails which were OK. Strangely enough if you had coffee in the separate coffee lounge that had to be paid for, when all the hard drinks were free it seemed odd. Also the small bar of chocolate and the small pack of Pringles in the cabin were classed as minibar items and had to be paid for. Another thing we noticed was although all the drinks were free we didn't see any boorish drunkenness which might have spoiled things. Drinking was going on, obviously,but not in any way did it cause any problems, other than I was a bit jealous because I couldn't have one. That said I was glad to have a pint when I got home. The staff must have a special mention. We spoke to many of them and all were lovely people, there must be horrible ones somewhere but not on Discovery 2. They could not do enough for us. We were amazed at the attention given to our room, not once a day, but twice it was attended to. They all seem to be working flat out and smiling with it. Sufficient to say we would definitely recommend this ship and hope to take another trip in the not too distant future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Been on Thomson cruises previously and enjoyed the experience the Discovery 2 was to us different value from other Thomson Cruises the ship was clean beds comfortable but most times around the ship was loud music which although i do enjoy ... Read More
Been on Thomson cruises previously and enjoyed the experience the Discovery 2 was to us different value from other Thomson Cruises the ship was clean beds comfortable but most times around the ship was loud music which although i do enjoy music was not at all necessary all of the time.Having previously enjoyed thomsons there seemed to be a bit of a sea change on board discovery2 although it was all inclusive you had to queue at very busy bars as there did not seem to have been as many waiters/waitresses for taking drinks orders on this ship apart from in the show lounge,the ports of call were all very good and the captain gave you a good idea of what to find ashore every morning.Thomson as usual gave you plenty of time ashore which is more than some other cruise lines do allin all we enjoyed the cruise as we were with our family but i would now think long and hard sad tosaybefore cruising with Thomson cruises again, Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Went as first part of cruise and stay - second week in the excellent Yaramar, Fuengirola. Chose the cruise mainly because of itinerary, had never been to San Remo and especially keen to visit Valencia and Cartagena. Good flight ontime ... Read More
Went as first part of cruise and stay - second week in the excellent Yaramar, Fuengirola. Chose the cruise mainly because of itinerary, had never been to San Remo and especially keen to visit Valencia and Cartagena. Good flight ontime out of Manchester, very quick and easy coach transfer to port, unbelievably quick and efficient check-in meant we virtually walked straight onto the ship and were having a drink within half an hour of arrival.(Other cruise lines should take note!) No luggage obviously but cabin was ready though not sparklingly clean and this was a feature throughout the cruise. Decent size outside cabin with inevitably small but manageable bathroom; safe but no fridge, Tv reception a bit hit and miss but no big deal. Cabin steward very nice guy but not hugely effective. Food in self-service Islands had loads of variety at both breakfast and dinner, something for everyone, nice and hot, and all replaced quickly. Tended to get very busy at peak breakfast times so sometimes had to scout round for a table but no big deal. Staff really friendly and very quick to clear tables.Most unusual unique selling point, and even allowing that this was an all-inclusive cruise, was the self-service beer, cider and wine taps! Only one or two took advantage to extremes. Had dinner in the regular restaurant 5 nights, all pretty good.Usually went straight in and only once had beeper for about 10 minutes.Can choose separate or shared table though the tables for two were so close together you might as well be sharing.Food and service here was good and again the drinks kept flowing thanks to attentive waiters/resses. Went to a couple of shows in theatre which were OK but nothing out of the ordinary.Various daytime activities round the ship if you wanted. Virtually all staff genuinely friendly, helpful and pleasant and even captain and senior officers regularly visible and approachable around ship. Only gripe was about the "all-inclusive" drinks and the "premium " package - think TUI have made this unnecessarily complicated.Could not understand the distinction with the likes of Peroni and Corona part of the regular deal but Heiniken and even Coke on the premium - made no sense and I expect there may have been some issues at the final reckoning when people discovered they had been having the payable premium drinks all week! Personally, I found the regular package totally acceptable. Overall, thoroughly recommend this cruise - a distinct step up from the older ships on the Thomson team though obviously not competing at the top end of the market. One final observation - there were no more than about twenty children on the cruise, first week after the UK schools went back but I understand a very different proposition during school holidays! Would definitely do this ship again. Enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Have explained in cabin review all about the service,entertainment,resturants,food etc. staff excellent very helpful and very friendly,the top dining resturants were booked out before we sailed,the entertainment overall was very ... Read More
Have explained in cabin review all about the service,entertainment,resturants,food etc. staff excellent very helpful and very friendly,the top dining resturants were booked out before we sailed,the entertainment overall was very average,the casino was way to small,the closing times were to early and the late 2am dj lounge deck 11 was over crowded,the late night snack at the islands restaurant 1am close did not have a good selection of food and the standard was very average,this was our first cruise ever and we were disappointed,there were several couples that said it was just a cheap booze cruise.I think it will take some hard work to get my family back again,but never say never.Top marks go to all the staff and a special thanks to our cabin staff and to a very special member of you staff(head bartender)Cecily Frias this kind of person went over the top with her kindness and help. Staff excellent Cabin good food average,special dining resturants booked out before we sailed,not good enough Drinks good and again the service excellent Times could be better for late entertainment in all the bars Getting on good Getting off good The entertainment overall was average The late night snacks food was very average(islands restaurant) This restaurant closed at 1am,should be at least 2am Shops were good for duty free items The inside cabin we had was a little bit stuffy but it did the job,and was kept very clean every day with the very hard working staff credit to them Shows (with the exception of the comedian)were very average With this being our first cruise I have to say we were disappointed,would we do it again at this moment in time probadly not but never say never,it will take a lot of hard work to convince my wife,but with an outside cabin who knows? Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We have cruised before but this was on another level. We had an inside cabin on deck 2 plenty room and storage space compared to other cruises we have taken. Booking in went very smoothly and soon we were exploring the ship. Where do you ... Read More
We have cruised before but this was on another level. We had an inside cabin on deck 2 plenty room and storage space compared to other cruises we have taken. Booking in went very smoothly and soon we were exploring the ship. Where do you start when you have 11 decks to check out. We went to the islands buffet once could not get a seat so never went back. So I cannot say what the food was like other than to say it was always packed when we went passed. We ate in the 47 deg waiter served restaurant and just by luck we were given table 125. Our waiter was Albert who looked after us for all our evening meals, he and his mate Avish were brilliant. The food was all ok plenty of choice, we enjoyed Breakfast lunch and dinner in the 47 deg. If you like plenty of noise during the day get up early and get a subbed on the pool deck, they all went very quickly every day. If you don't like noise the ship has plenty of space for everyone, we went to the pointy end every day.Ther is always some entertainment going on somewhere. We went to the Venue for a drink before the big show in the Showroom and Steve the barman looked after us all week. The shows were all very good but over the years we have seen better. The Atrium bar is a good place for a coffee or cocktail during the day. We really enjoyed our week onboard and look forward to another trip sometime in the future. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Let me start by saying that this was my first cruise so maybe the points that I did not enjoy are standard on these kinds of holiday. If you are 60+, then you will likely enjoy this cruise. We went on the TUI Discovery 2 primarily to ... Read More
Let me start by saying that this was my first cruise so maybe the points that I did not enjoy are standard on these kinds of holiday. If you are 60+, then you will likely enjoy this cruise. We went on the TUI Discovery 2 primarily to spread the ashes of my mother in law as per her wishes. Before I go on, I have to say that they were fantastic with assisting us. Elanor helped us out greatly and is a true asset to the ship. On arrival to Malaga Port, I was a little underwhelmed with the size of the ship but in fairness, I had seen pictures so had an idea that this wasn't the Royal Caribbean monster ships that I'd seen on my travels. Once we got to port we were told that our luggage would be brought to our rooms and all we had to do was check in. While this is a nice idea, I had been up since 3 am (it was now 2 PM) and I wanted to have a shower and change but I had to wait for my bag. Accommodation: The package we booked included an internal cabin. My opinion on a holiday is to spend as little time as possible in my room so it didn't matter to me if I had a balcony etc. In saying that, these rooms are tiny! Maybe all ships provide a cabin of this size but there is very little room to move. With our cases in the room, it meant I had to climb over the bed to get into it because of the room that the 2 cases took up. Not including the tiny shower & WC the room was approx 3 mtrs x 4 Mtrs. The rooms were supposed to be upgraded but not seeing them before I can't comment. The bed was comfortable and there were USB chargers in all of the wall lights which was handy. There is a flatscreen TV in the room with a couple of channels (ITV choice and a couple others that I can't recall). They have kids movies on a loop so handy for kids but the room is too small to spend any time in it really. The safes in the rooms should be replaced. They work using a magnetic strip which essentially means that you need to carry a credit card with you in order to open and close it. That kind of defeats the purpose in my opinion as I only want to take my credit card out when I need to. Housekeeping: The housekeeping was exceptional. The room was cleaned daily in the morning and towels replaced etc in the evening. The ship is kept very clean and tidy. Drinks: The cruise is all inclusive as standard but all inclusive does not mean all inclusive. On the standard package, you can have a couple of beers on tap (nothing in a bottle) and a few spirits. We immediately upgraded for £50 (EACH) as we are fussy with drinks. It worked out OK. If you stay on the standard package, you will be hit with a supplement for each drink on the premium menu at an average of £1.50 per drink. Entertainment: There are 5 main places for entertainment: The atrium, The Live Lounge, The Venue, Bar Eleven and The Theatre. Live Lounge: It's a really comfortable place but the bar gets really crowded as its the most popular. Most nights there was a guy on piano followed by a band or singer giving it socks to "Your favourite hits" which consisted of Billy Joel / Neil Diamond type music. While it was not my cup of tea, the older folks certainly enjoyed it. The casino is also part of the Live Lounge and has Blackjack, Poker and Roulette. The Venue: This place is just weird. It's done really well but the entertainment was just odd. I went in twice and was left kind of scratching my head as to what was going on. The first time we went in, there was an interview with a staff member on stage followed by a guy going through the "Top 10 Tweets of the day". It was like watching a video on Youtube but live. The second time we went in, there was a guy showing Youtube video "Fails". I really think that this could be a great venue but they are not using it properly. The Atrium: Located beside the Live Lounge The Atrium is actually quite similar to the Live Lounge ad the entertainment is similar. Broadway Show Lounge: The venue is stunning and it's obvious that Thomson has put some money in here. We went in 3 nights of the 7 that we were there and the acts were ok. What was weird was that the sound seemed a little "tinny" considering they had a cracking sound set up. Bar Eleven: We were delighted to find this in the evening as we really needed a break from the cabaret. It's the nightclub of the ship and I would say caters for about 200 people so it's quite small. The music was refreshing for the first night and was kind f wedding like i.e. Abba, Justin Beiber, Tom Jones. It was ok but the DJ seemed to play the same set every night so it got a bit repetitive. Good for a late night drink though. Food: I don't think there is a need to review every place but there are some good and some not so good points to make. The food overall is OK. Nothing really to complain about and nothing t write home about. The best restaurants that don't require a reservation is 47 and just above it (Mezzanine style) Gallery 47. The food here is nice and a step up from the buffet. The main issue we had with the food was that there are 2 restaurants that require a booking - Kora La and Surf and Turf. We tried to book a table for either restaurant for any night on Tuesday morning (We arrived on Sunday) and were told they were booked out for our entire stay. Saying that i managed to book a table with Kora La despite being told it was booked out. What made it worse was that while we ate, there were 6 tables free for the entire meal. So it looks like people book and just don't show up. Kora La (Asian fusion) was amazing by the way. These 2 restaurants require a £20 pp supplement. Staff: In general, the staff were great and very accommodating. There were times at the bar when we ordered drinks and were told: "we don't have it here, please go to another bar". Not really what you want to hear on this kind of holiday. Tours: The tours looked overpriced so in all locations except Ibiza, we did our own thing, which after booking the Island Tour in Ibiza, was a good idea. The Ibiza Island tour stated it was a tour around the Island, stopping in a couple of towns, then lunch and a beach. At £55 per person, we thought it seemed reasonable. The tour was just that, a bus ride around the island where we stopped at places to do our own thing for x amount of minutes and then meet at the bus. Lunch was not included! All in all, it was a bus trip around the island and was not worth the £110 per couple we spent on it. This was my first and definitely my last (At east until it nearer retirement age). It just was not my idea of a good holiday and didn't represent value for money. I can see the appeal for the older generation however and this is who they cater for. While it may sound like I am being critical, I again must stress that it was my first cruise so maybe the items I disliked are standard. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I've been on all the present fleet apart from Discovery 1 which is of course the sister ship of Discovery 2, the ship is easy to get around with plenty of lifts all quite spacious. Travelling on my own for the first time as a senior ... Read More
I've been on all the present fleet apart from Discovery 1 which is of course the sister ship of Discovery 2, the ship is easy to get around with plenty of lifts all quite spacious. Travelling on my own for the first time as a senior widowed male I found everyone quite friendly and although I never ventured into the main restaurants I found the Island Restaurant quite acceptable for my needs and the food was always of a good standard and variety. My Cabin on deck 3 was the best single cabin I have had as a solo traveller over the last 7 or 8 years ( previous cruises always had companions on-board) quite spacious and loads of drawers and hanging space, only gripe was the extraction in the shower room was very weak and did not clear the steam away from showering, I complained about this and although the maintenance engineer came he could not improve the situation, so found myself stepping out into the cabin to dry off, easy if your on your own!! The show lounge was very comfortable and the singers and dancers were of the usual high standard you expect from Thomson, the rest of the entertainment team were all very acceptable but I thought the solo saxophonist played for himself accompanied by backing tracks and it was unbearable, I never heard him play any melodic numbers at all, it was all Jaz stuff which the majority of patrons don't understand, he never spoke and I never heard anyone applaud him. The pool area was very good and spacious with plenty of sunbeds and chairs in the shaded areas below the top deck, the large screen display meant you could see any demonstrations easily from wherever you were without crowding around the stage to see what was going on. The Surf & Turf and Kora La dining as well as the Main restaurants I never used, being on my own, but I spoke to many cruisers who all recommended them. The all inclusive drinks package was very good and there was free ice cream available, The introduction of the Snack Shack was a novel and well used feature, the free cabin safe also saved me £25 but the single supplement is as always a sore point for me, why I have to pay £65 a night extra when i only eat for one drink for one use hot water and bedding for one I will never understand, the Greed of Thomson / Tui I suppose, I feel as if I am paying for my wife who sadly I have no longer by my side. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Thomsons have embarkation so finely organised, there us just no hassle, my only problem was I require wheelchair assistance and on arrival at Malaga I was left waiting for over an hour for a wheelchair and only got one by a fluke! Our ... Read More
Thomsons have embarkation so finely organised, there us just no hassle, my only problem was I require wheelchair assistance and on arrival at Malaga I was left waiting for over an hour for a wheelchair and only got one by a fluke! Our friends did not know where I was and got quite stressed with worry. I appreciate this is beyond Thomsons control but I think they should be aware of this problem. Once we had checked in, it was no time at all we were exploring Discovery 2 and then unpacking in your quite spacious cabin. Everywhere is scrupulously clean. In the restaurants the waiters are so very friendly and give expert service, those I remember are Hakeem, Nadia, Imobe and Mensur. The food was delicious with plenty of choices. We ate in the 47 every evening, but you could eat in the self service restaurant. There is an Italian restaurant and a late night snack bar. The Surf and Turf restaurant charges £25 each but the food was exceptional, our itinerary was changed and we were given £25 each as consolation to be spent onboard, so that covered our meal. There is an Asian restaurant charging similar but we did not try this. Every night there is some thing on in all the venues. The Atrium offers piano music and a saxophonist with dancing. The Live bar has the Casino, a small stage and small dance floor. We found this room was used for popular acts with not enough seating and people were packed in. The Venue bar is a large theatre type room which would suit all the popular acts with lots of seating, a stage and large dance floor. Some of the entertainment in here was quite boring. In the Broadway theatre a professional show, singing and dancing is on twice nightly, a very large room with plenty of seats. Bar 11 is small bar with fantastic views, the waiters in here were fantastic, couldn't,t do enough for you, Milan and Ogee (I think was her name). At 11.30pm a DJ comes on and plays boom boom music and most nights emptied the bar. I think 70.s or 80.s music would have gone down better. The pools are ok with plenty of sun loungers and entertainment. There is a crazy golf course and a climbing wall. Overall I would give my cruise 5 stars, just the evening entertainment I found to be dull, even though the entertainment crew tried very hard to entertain. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Spanish Sunsets Cruise : Date of Cruising: 28 May to 4 June 2017 Having cruised previously with Princess, Royal Caribbean and P&O on their larger ships holding 3,500 passengers, we were a little nervous about booking a western ... Read More
Spanish Sunsets Cruise : Date of Cruising: 28 May to 4 June 2017 Having cruised previously with Princess, Royal Caribbean and P&O on their larger ships holding 3,500 passengers, we were a little nervous about booking a western Mediterranean cruise with Thompson (now rebranded TUI), on their newly refurbished flagship ‘Discovery 2’. The TUI ship is a lot smaller carrying just 1900 passengers. Obviously, on ‘Discovery 2’ you don’t get the feeling of space as on the bigger ships and there is no ice rink, sports court, flowrider, water slides, large promenades, zip wires, etc … that you get on the larger cruise ships, everything is obviously scaled down, but so is the price. This ‘Discovery 2’ is a ship that was previously owned by Royal Caribbean but sold to TUI who then have rebranded it along with a major refurbishment in May 2017. I was presently surprised by what I saw and experienced and in most areas my expectations were exceeded. The cabin was first class and on a par with the other cruise liners we have sailed with. It was spacious and well equipped and had we had no complaints what so ever. The restaurant where we dined for our evening meals (Gallery 47), was also excellent with a varied menu and delicious food. The service from the restaurant staff was also first class. No complaints from me and I’m a fussy eater. Breakfast and lunch was in the Islands buffet restaurant and again the food was very good. It did get busy at peak times but going slightly earlier or later meant you could always get a table. (Peak time for breakfast was around 9am). Generally the look of the various areas of the ship was good and taking into account that it was a ‘refurbishment’ and not a ‘refit’ a good job had been done. Most importantly there was new carpeting throughout which is important as nothing makes a ship look more ‘tired’ than worn faded carpeting. There was a variety of entertainment around the ship and most was of a reasonable standard and some excellent. The main disappointment were the shows in the main theatre. Although the singers and dancers were very talented, their choice of material was disappointing and song choices could have been a lot stronger. The production and scenery was good and the seating was very, very comfortable, it was just a shame the the material chosen for them to perform was not the best. Also TUI could have done better by having more variety with professional artists being brought onboard to perform that were of a higher calibre than the TUI resident dancers and singers, as good as they were. There was one variation during the week when we had a comedy magician who was OK but not the best. Most of the crew were very courteous and helpful and the room stewards good although they were not as visible and as ‘chatty’ as some on other cruises we’ve been on. There were two pools (both with jacuzzis), one indoor and one outdoor. Both were of good quality and the indoor one was not overcrowded, as was the outdoor one, but that probably wasn’t helped with the week of our cruise being Spring Bank holiday week, and so there was a large number of children onboard. There were plenty of sun beds around the ship and if you looked around you could find a variety of shaded areas. In summary: There is an old saying that ‘you get what you pay for’, and that is certainly true here. You just get the feel that things are just not quite as big, as plush, as roomy and of the same quality as the cruise companies I’ve made mentioned previously, but for what you pay it is good value for money. As you can probably tell, I’d prefer to cruise with Princess, Royal Caribbean, P&O etc, but for a cheap one week cruise in the Mediterranean then it’s worth considering if ‘money is not is a little tight’. Having spoken to others that have previously sailed with TUI/Thompson, I think this is a step up for the company and the effort they are putting into raising their image and brand in the cruise market is to be commended. If you’ve booked a cruise on ‘Discovery 2’ then I suspect you’ll enjoy it as long as you don’t expect the same experience as on the larger cruise liners who specialise in this type of holiday. I hope this review has proved useful and if you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me at glyn.day@ntlworld.com. Cheers, Glyn Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise because it was visiting places we had not been to before and we like to try somewhere different each time we cruise. The cruise was billed as a gateway cruise, calling at ports that gave access to locations further ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was visiting places we had not been to before and we like to try somewhere different each time we cruise. The cruise was billed as a gateway cruise, calling at ports that gave access to locations further afield from the port towns themselves. That said, some of the ports of call were worth visiting for themselves. We did find that we could make our way to some of the places offered as Thomson tours much cheaper under our own steam. Whether we were just lucky or not, we came across some very good taxi drivers and tuc-tuc operators who were very knowledgeable about the places visited and made very good tour guides. My only criticism of the cruise was our last port of call, Bremerhaven, which did require us to pay for a shuttle bus to the get into the town. It was a very modern town, ideal for shopping but not much in the way of sight seeing. We arrived fairly early and embarkation was smooth. We had visited Malaga previously, so spent the day onboard. We have sailed on the celebration previously and as my wife is a smoker, had chosen a deluxe cabin on deck 6, where smoking is allowed on the port side of the ship. I had read reviews saying that the Celebration was tired and needed upgrading. I must say, that the Deluxe cabin we were in, cabin 226, had been partly refurbished. When we entered the room, the bed had been made up as a double, which restricted access from one side of the bed. I asked the cabin boy if he could make the beds up into two singles and when we returned to the cabin later in the day, the changes had been made. The room was very comfortable and we were well looked after throughout the cruise. I have always been happy with the quality and variation of food available on Thomson Cruises and this time was no different. Whether we ate in the self service Lido or in the waiter service. Meridian restaurant, we were never disappointed. So much so, that we did not feel it necessary to try one of the a-la-carte restaurants on board. We did not find the entertainment by the Thomson team to be as good as on previous cruises, but the guest artists who entertained on board were very good. Two comedians on separate occasions, A duo, called Braxi and a Motown singer who did a couple of separate spots. The alternative entertainment on offer in the other bars were in the main excellent. With one exception, a solo act, who seemed as though he was entertaining himself more than the passengers. He was definitely not to our taste and from conversations with others, not to theirs either. This was our first time as all-inclusive passengers, having received a special offer. We wouldn't normally go all inclusive as my wife doesn't drink and water is not included in the package. However, with the special offer, it was worth doing this time. The drinks on offer on the all inclusive menu was sufficient to meet most peoples requirements. I was able to get John Smiths on draft which was a definite bonus from my point of view. Overall, the service was excellent and I will certainly cruise with Thomson again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was our second time cruising and we were celebrating my 60th birthday and our silver wedding anniversary. We flew from Manchester to Malaga and once boarded, we decided to stay and explore the ship and rest up. The ship was very ... Read More
This was our second time cruising and we were celebrating my 60th birthday and our silver wedding anniversary. We flew from Manchester to Malaga and once boarded, we decided to stay and explore the ship and rest up. The ship was very clean, our cabins were cleaned twice daily by very friendly cabin staff who made us feel like it was home from home. The food was plentiful and delicious (I'm sure I gained weight) and we made lots of friends. As part of our celebrations, we were invited to dine at the captains table with other guests, a most enjoyable occasion. We paid extra for a photo shoot, a celebration package, which included flowers, Champaign, basket of fruit and of course a cake. A truly memorable occasion I highly recommend the spa treatment, it was fantastic. Everyone on board made you feel special, however, having requested an outside cabin with a queen size bed, we in fact got two single beds at opposite side of the cabin. We are now taking this up with the travel agency who made the booking. in spite of this, we enjoyed our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We have had several cruises on Thompson's ships and have never had a bad or disappointing cruise and this last cruise met all expectations. This is our second cruise on the Celebration and after reading several recent reviews I was a ... Read More
We have had several cruises on Thompson's ships and have never had a bad or disappointing cruise and this last cruise met all expectations. This is our second cruise on the Celebration and after reading several recent reviews I was a little concerned that the level and quality of service had gone down hill but this in our opinion was not the case. The ship is old and yes it creaks a bit but what do you expect when on the open sea. The staff from the captain down were all excellent and I mean excellent, nothing was too much trouble and our cabin boy Eddie was always on hand and looked after us. The food in the self service and main restaurant was well cooked and well presented. Service was a little slow some evenings in the waiter service restaurant but this actually enhanced the experience because it gave you time to chat with others around the table, constantly making new friends. The nightly entertainment show in the broadway lounge was once again excellent with a smashing group of entertainers all doing ther part to entertain the passengers. No complaints with their performances at all. We went on three of the cruise organised trips and again they were very well organised and we thought reasonably priced and as I said earlier we have cruised with Thompson's at least 14 times before. I must congratulate the captain and his team for the excellent cruise. We followed the cruise with a weeks stay Fuengirola at the Yaramar hotel, one of Thompson's gold hotels and again this was an excellent hotel. We have booked another two week cruise on this ship for July going to Norway and Iceland and are really looking forward to joining this ship for our third time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise to celebrate our golden wedding anniversary and booked the blessing at sea package and were not disappointed with everything that was included in it. Dinner with Captain John, his wife, one of his daughters and our ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our golden wedding anniversary and booked the blessing at sea package and were not disappointed with everything that was included in it. Dinner with Captain John, his wife, one of his daughters and our two friends was excellent and highly entertaining. The renewal of our vows ceremony the following afternoon complete with photography/video session (before and during), the blessing and cake cutting too was wonderful and managed well by Lindsay from Destination services and once again the welcome and entertainment that afternoon by Captain John was brilliant. Thanks to everyone concerned including Subin and his staff from Seascape photo galleries. As on previous cruises all the Thomson staff at the airports and port were extremely helpful and both embarkation and disembarkation went very well and surprisingly quickly. As many reviewers have and will point out the Thomson Celebration ship is a little tired in places but the crew are brilliant and to a man/woman are totally service orientated and our special thanks must go to Budi (our cabin steward), to Ali and Rommel the bar waiters in Hemingways and Broadway lounge and Carol in Horizons gave exemplary service. Our cabin on deck 2 was spotlessly clean, comfortable and sufficiently spacious for our two week cruise. Any adverse reports one may read about engine noise and vibration in the cabin, the age of the towels etc should be read in the context that one only uses the cabin to store luggage in, to sleep in, shower and dress and all these activities form a small part of the holiday overall. Sadly the food was a disappointment and often the hot food was cold or tepid and meats too often overcooked and chewy. An even bigger disappointment was the lack of the usual great entertainment in the bars and the management responsible for booking it really need to recognise that the audience (on average) are predominantly aged over 65 and the music played and songs sung therefore needs to reflect that fact. Aidan the guitar/vocalist in Hemingways clearly didn't seem to comprehend that and apparently preferred to entertain a handful of his personal followers. He would have been paid off in a great many social clubs in the North and North East of England! The band New Generation too were disappointing and not particularly good musicians either. The saving grace on the entertainment front were Ricky and Josie (R&J) the duo who shared the entertainment sets in Hemingways. They were brilliant and having worked other cruise ships around the world clearly understand the principle of getting to know their audiences and with a great repertoire were able to sing and play to delight. Similarly the two lasses who entertained in Horizons were superb. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I chose this cruise because it was a long cruise for not a lot of money. I travelled to Malaga in an old 767, 300 series aircraft with no entertainment or free in flight food available. I was allocated cabin 904 on board ship which was ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was a long cruise for not a lot of money. I travelled to Malaga in an old 767, 300 series aircraft with no entertainment or free in flight food available. I was allocated cabin 904 on board ship which was spotlessly clean and very well serviced throughout the voyage. I had a drinks package as part of my deal which was more than satisfactory even though I am tea total. The food, restaurant and service the staff gave, entertainment all rated 110%, may I just single out Hakim who really took care of our party at meal times. The two shore excursions I took were both well organised and although not cheap and gave good value. My wife and I enjoyed a massage each but did not appreciate the attempt to sell over £100 of product at the end, a tip here is watch out for offers as they do make the prices more realistic and affordable. I did report the electrical socket and light switch above the headboard was falling off the wall and despite a visit by a maintenance team was never repaired. The noise of the engine was at times loud but was overcome by sleeping with ear plugs in. Disembarkation was good and food was available till we left the ship, the return trip on a similar 767, 300 series was a little better with entertainment and food available. I would definitely cruise on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016

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