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We flew to Dubrovnik on Dreamliner and impressed by seat legroom and at seat entertainment. Once cases dropped at Gatwick did not see them again until outside cabin. Transfer from airport to ship about 40 minutes and on ship within 40 minutes of arrival at port. CABIN - L shaped single beds (quite hard) and small porthole. Cabin dated but functional with lots of cupboard, drawer storage. WARNING. Electical point are American style and only 1 in cabin. Take adaptor and a multi-pin adaptor - you will need it. Cabin kept spotless by lovely Ida and Indyra - Twins from Ukraine and Bali. SHIP - Old but exceptionally well kept. Ship is Adult only so no children left to own devices - just naughty adults. Cant enter any dining venue without having hands gelled - fantastic - first ship this has been enforced - 10/10 Thomson/Tui Food in Lido Buffet and Compass Rose Restaurant is generally of highest quality, well presented and invariably hot - 10/10 Thomson/Tui. Plates presented are hot for hot food selection and cold for buffet selection - again 10/10 Thomson/Tui - other cruise lines especially Princess - please note. ship easy to get about being small but staff are ever so helpful and cheerful and so invariably are passengers. It is a happy ship and it shows. Ship has a number of entertainment venues. These include Broadway Show Lounge for mainly Ship Entertainment team to showcase talents, High Spirits for Quizzes, competitions, late night dancing /nightclub, Horizon Lounge for easy listening to trio , Explorers Lounge for relaxed chat and lastly Raffles Piano bar and Casino Area. All venues were spotlessly clean. Sunbeds could be a problem on sea days but generally not a problem, although the sun worshipers out in force at crack of dawn and not seen on beds most of day. Ship sunbed policy never enforced.. DRINKS - we were on All Inclusive and I could not believe how many beers/Spirits, cocktails were included. You could also be required to pay a supplement doe some drinks but most included. In the two weeks we only ever needed to pay 1 supplement for £1.50. The House White and House Rose were very palatable wines and available all day and very generously provided at dinner. ITINERARY Dubrovnik, Koper, Pula, Venice, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik (Turn around) then Valetta, Messina, Taranto, Igoumenitsa, Koper and finally back to Dubrovnik. Weather up to Zadar was invariably poor with heavy rain. Trip in Pula was cancelled owing to storms but ports of call were generally excellent apart from Igoumenitsa. It is pretty grim so book a trip. In summary - this was our first Thomson Cruise and wont be our last - value for money it blew the other cruise lines out of the water so bye bye P&O, Princess and RCI - Thomson has got my vote.

Thomson Spirit - has plenty of it

Marella Spirit Cruise Review by Potty Terracotta

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We flew to Dubrovnik on Dreamliner and impressed by seat legroom and at seat entertainment. Once cases dropped at Gatwick did not see them again until outside cabin.

Transfer from airport to ship about 40 minutes and on ship within 40 minutes of arrival at port.

CABIN - L shaped single beds (quite hard) and small porthole. Cabin dated but functional with lots of cupboard, drawer storage. WARNING. Electical point are American style and only 1 in cabin. Take adaptor and a multi-pin adaptor - you will need it.

Cabin kept spotless by lovely Ida and Indyra - Twins from Ukraine and Bali.

SHIP - Old but exceptionally well kept. Ship is Adult only so no children left to own devices - just naughty adults. Cant enter any dining venue without having hands gelled - fantastic - first ship this has been enforced - 10/10 Thomson/Tui

Food in Lido Buffet and Compass Rose Restaurant is generally of highest quality, well presented and invariably hot - 10/10 Thomson/Tui. Plates presented are hot for hot food selection and cold for buffet selection - again 10/10 Thomson/Tui - other cruise lines especially Princess - please note.

ship easy to get about being small but staff are ever so helpful and cheerful and so invariably are passengers. It is a happy ship and it shows.

Ship has a number of entertainment venues. These include Broadway Show Lounge for mainly Ship Entertainment team to showcase talents, High Spirits for Quizzes, competitions, late night dancing /nightclub, Horizon Lounge for easy listening to trio , Explorers Lounge for relaxed chat and lastly Raffles Piano bar and Casino Area.

All venues were spotlessly clean.

Sunbeds could be a problem on sea days but generally not a problem, although the sun worshipers out in force at crack of dawn and not seen on beds most of day. Ship sunbed policy never enforced..

DRINKS - we were on All Inclusive and I could not believe how many beers/Spirits, cocktails were included. You could also be required to pay a supplement doe some drinks but most included. In the two weeks we only ever needed to pay 1 supplement for £1.50.

The House White and House Rose were very palatable wines and available all day and very generously provided at dinner.

ITINERARY

Dubrovnik, Koper, Pula, Venice, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik (Turn around) then Valetta, Messina, Taranto, Igoumenitsa, Koper and finally back to Dubrovnik.

Weather up to Zadar was invariably poor with heavy rain. Trip in Pula was cancelled owing to storms but ports of call were generally excellent apart from Igoumenitsa. It is pretty grim so book a trip.

In summary - this was our first Thomson Cruise and wont be our last - value for money it blew the other cruise lines out of the water so bye bye P&O, Princess and RCI - Thomson has got my vote.
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Cabin 482
Cabin was on small side but fully functional with two single beds in L - shape configuration. Cabin was kept spotless at all times. Lots of storage. Bathroom dated but again functional
Small porthole let in sufficient light most of time.
Beds not comfortable though and only 1 American type socket so please take adapor and 4 way extention - you will need it
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