we chose this cruise as we wanted to see some carribean islands that we have not visited before This was our second cruise we have also been on this ship previously approx 10 years ago around the canaries .This was actually our honeymoon and we informed thomson of this when booking..We booked only the one week.
We flew form manchester...flight out was delayed slightly by approx an hour so seemed very long The flight back was also delayed but only slightly and was much shorter.Both the flight crew and entertainment were good both ways .Food was ok and drinks were offered regularly at no cost.Great transfer from plane to ship short and efficient.Only problem was delayed baggage ...the baggage coming onto the ship seemed disorganised and chaotic we got one bag after approx 2 hours but had to go to dinner in our daytime clothes as our other suitcase did not turn up till later that evening
The service on board was fantastic most of the time.Our cabin steward,Aldrin was brilliant friendly and efficient nothing too much trouble he made us feel well looked after. The waiting staff were always friendly and happy to help but particularly in the lido restaurant they seemed short staffed and it was difficult to get a drink unless you had the water which was taken self service We loved how they came round with drinks trolley when we were sunbathing on deck.The reception were also friendly and helpful particularly one of the lady receptionists (whose name we never got )
The ship and cabins are kept very clean ,housekeeping is very good ,but the ship is aging and although we liked our cabin and it was spacious there was a lot of "creaks and groans" during the night when the ship was moving ,and also thuds when waves hit the ship occassionally.Some of the windows in the lido look in bad condition
We felt there were things that were not as good as our previous cruise on this ship...I am sure we did not have large urns for tea and coffee very canteen like and the coffee was awful.If you wanted a decent coffee you need to order one seperately from one of the bars or pay for it at the coffee port another new addition which seemed deserted most of the time and why on an all inclusive cruise are there 3 paid restaurants and a coffee bar-ridiculous.The Lido restauarants food is great really good quality but it feels like a canteen with plastic trays and the tea/coffee urns.
We loved the entertainment the crew were good fun and the shows were good.The cameron macintosh show in particular was excellent we also loved the comedian(Dave Christian I think) he was very funny
We had 2 excursions from the ship one on St Lucia to the pitons and waterfall was great,our guide ,Lisa was fab and very informative and we saw a lot of the island fab views of the pitons and a great lunch on a lovely beach.The other on Antigua was the jeep trip-£50 and really not that good a couple of plastic cups of rum and a bumpy rattle up into the hills then a coatal drive past carlyle bay(lovely) to a beautful beach named freyes beach .Good company from our travel companions but £50 each was way overpriced.We did our own thing on the other islands,Grenada has alovely beach and a great water taxi transfer as does st martin.I would recommend the trolley bus tour on tortola as there is nothing in the town and its only 15$
I was disappointed that the fact it was our honeymoon was not acknowledged at all by the ships staff I have heard of hotels giving special meals ,room upgrades etc when you advise them its a special occassion
The only other observation I would make is that there are lots of families on there of all ages which I thought was lovely but I think they need to decide which market they are aiming for as I dont think its as good as it was 10 years ago it seems to have gone down market despite it being expensive
very clean and well maintained,lovely bathroom but very noisy at night when the ship was sailing