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My wife and I went on the Pharaohs and Holy Land Cruise on the Thomson Spirit in April 2012 The Itinerary included Antalya in Turkey, Alexandria, Port Said in Egypt and Ashdod in Israel Having travelled on The Thomson Spirit twice last year we didn't hesitate to book this cruise on the Spirit again The Itinerary included Ashdod for Jerusalem and Bethlehem and this excursion was by far the best trip we have had in 6 years of cruising all around the World A little expensive, '£ 85 each but well worth it, the excursion came with a guide who was very informative and well educated. The food in the Compass Rose restaurant was excellent once again and the service in there was equally good, the waiters ensured we had the same table each night and we were greeted by first names each night The entertainment was outstanding, West End type theatre shows in the Broadway Show lounge and themed Game shows in The High Spirits Bar The Resident Band, Rhythm of Three was very entertaining and Lauren and Lee were very good and confident game show hosts The Room Service as always was excellent and the rooms cleaned and made up twice each day I couldn't possibly find any negative comments about the Cruise and recommend this ship to anyone, whether new to cruising or cruise regulars The friendliness of the staff was of the highest order, quite a few staff recognised us from last year and some even remembered our names Finally the drinks were very reasonably priced, '£ 3.50 for a pint of draught lager and '£ 2.10 for a latte Don't expect a five star ship but DO expect a five star service

Thomson Spirit Pharoahs and Holy Land Cruise

Marella Spirit Cruise Review by Paul Grafton

Trip Details
My wife and I went on the Pharaohs and Holy Land Cruise on the Thomson Spirit in April 2012
The Itinerary included Antalya in Turkey, Alexandria, Port Said in Egypt and Ashdod in Israel
Having travelled on The Thomson Spirit twice last year we didn't hesitate to book this cruise on the Spirit again
The Itinerary included Ashdod for Jerusalem and Bethlehem and this excursion was by far the best trip we have had in 6 years of cruising all around the World
A little expensive, '£ 85 each but well worth it, the excursion came with a guide who was very informative and well educated.
The food in the Compass Rose restaurant was excellent once again and the service in there was equally good, the waiters ensured we had the same table each night and we were greeted by first names each night
The entertainment was outstanding, West End type theatre shows in the Broadway Show lounge and themed Game shows in The High Spirits Bar
The Resident Band, Rhythm of Three was very entertaining and Lauren and Lee were very good and confident game show hosts
The Room Service as always was excellent and the rooms cleaned and made up twice each day
I couldn't possibly find any negative comments about the Cruise and recommend this ship to anyone, whether new to cruising or cruise regulars
The friendliness of the staff was of the highest order, quite a few staff recognised us from last year and some even remembered our names
Finally the drinks were very reasonably priced, '£ 3.50 for a pint of draught lager and '£ 2.10 for a latte
Don't expect a five star ship but DO expect a five star service
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