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Flew from Newcastle to Dalaman in Turkey ,no issues here apart from a one hour que at passport control at Dalaman. Transfer to ship and embarkation,no issues. We were on the Dream in Feb/March and had read negative reviews on the food ,but found it to be very good ,possibly because of the reviews a turnaround was made by Thomson . A turn around is required on the Spirit ,the worst menu choices and worst food ever served on a Thomson cruise .We have used Thomson ,for cruises now ,ten times .Everything was overcooked ,if you could find something you fancied from the Compass roses menu We even stopped using waiter services for breakfast ,everything was dry and bland to taste because of the over cooking ,we and other guest tried to explain this to the waiters ,but their English is limited so eventually gave up in frustration .Evening meals were not quite as bad, but very disappointing by cruise standards. When I think back to my first cruises with Thomson ,so many things have been stripped out of the cruise ,the package is now unrecognisable and very poor value for money . We did the Jerusalem and a Dead Sea trip , Jerusalem was very good, but we stopped at the very first place on the Dead Sea . The lunch was ok for an excursion, but the beach was like a quarry , we did not feel safe or comfortable here at all. there was a lack of fresh water showers ,in case of emergencies and walking around was difficult ,entry in and out of the water was also very risky .I would highly recommend going to Jerusalem but do not go to the Dead Sea with Thomson. I can say this in confidence ,as we did this trip last year and the beach resort was superb ,but half an hour further along the road and obviously more expensive than the quarry we went to. The entertainment team were very energetic,but lacked any quality,usually you get two very good singers ,one male and one female ,but on this occasion ,they absolutely murdered virtually every song,a long two weeks with this gang.The UK guest comedian were the same one we had in March. The All inclusive drinks package , does anybody pay the full whack ? The standard of drinks is very poor and nearly all have an add on ,your £780 doesn't even get you bottled water .My only conclusion is that nobody pays the full brochure price . Usually you find hand clensers every were you look ,not on the Spirit . We had an inside cabin and had noise from all three cabins around us ,not blaming the other passengers ,as the walls are so thin . Ports of call were ok ,but a very long walk to get out of Istanbull. Thomson have now stripped these cruises to the bare bones ,basic food, poor quality drinks ,kids for entertainment,high priced trips , minimum staffing . We won't be doing another Thomson cruise ,especially the new addition to the fleet as that will be Butlins at sea .

Cost cutters !

Marella Spirit Cruise Review by Jimmywayhay

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Flew from Newcastle to Dalaman in Turkey ,no issues here apart from a one hour que at passport control at Dalaman.

Transfer to ship and embarkation,no issues.

We were on the Dream in Feb/March and had read negative reviews on the food ,but found it to be very good ,possibly because of the reviews a turnaround was made by Thomson .

A turn around is required on the Spirit ,the worst menu choices and worst food ever served on a Thomson cruise .We have used Thomson ,for cruises now ,ten times .Everything was overcooked ,if you could find something you fancied from the Compass roses menu We even stopped using waiter services for breakfast ,everything was dry and bland to taste because of the over cooking ,we and other guest tried to explain this to the waiters ,but their English is limited so eventually gave up in frustration .Evening meals were not quite as bad, but very disappointing by cruise standards.

When I think back to my first cruises with Thomson ,so many things have been stripped out of the cruise ,the package is now unrecognisable and very poor value for money .

We did the Jerusalem and a Dead Sea trip , Jerusalem was very good, but we stopped at the very first place on the Dead Sea . The lunch was ok for an excursion, but the beach was like a quarry , we did not feel safe or comfortable here at all. there was a lack of fresh water showers ,in case of emergencies and walking around was difficult ,entry in and out of the water was also very risky .I would highly recommend going to Jerusalem but do not go to the Dead Sea with Thomson. I can say this in confidence ,as we did this trip last year and the beach resort was superb ,but half an hour further along the road and obviously more expensive than the quarry we went to.

The entertainment team were very energetic,but lacked any quality,usually you get two very good singers ,one male and one female ,but on this occasion ,they absolutely murdered virtually every song,a long two weeks with this gang.The UK guest comedian were the same one we had in March.

The All inclusive drinks package , does anybody pay the full whack ? The standard of drinks is very poor and nearly all have an add on ,your £780 doesn't even get you bottled water .My only conclusion is that nobody pays the full brochure price .

Usually you find hand clensers every were you look ,not on the Spirit .

We had an inside cabin and had noise from all three cabins around us ,not blaming the other passengers ,as the walls are so thin .

Ports of call were ok ,but a very long walk to get out of Istanbull.

Thomson have now stripped these cruises to the bare bones ,basic food, poor quality drinks ,kids for entertainment,high priced trips , minimum staffing .

We won't be doing another Thomson cruise ,especially the new addition to the fleet as that will be Butlins at sea .
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Cabin 693
Basic cabin with decent space in all areas ,bathroom in particular is well past it best ,but the cabin served its purpose and was kept clean.

The noise from other cabins was terrible ,the walls must have no insulation what so ever !
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