A bit of background: party of 6, me & DH (50s), brother & sis-in-law (50s) and my parents (active 79 & 83). All have cruised before - we have sailed with Cunard, Thomsons, P&O, Bro & sis only Thomsons and parents with a ... Read More
A bit of background: party of 6, me & DH (50s), brother & sis-in-law (50s) and my parents (active 79 & 83). All have cruised before - we have sailed with Cunard, Thomsons, P&O, Bro & sis only Thomsons and parents with a number of lines but never Thomsons.
We chose the Adriatic because of the itinerary & Thomsons because of the bike tour options and the price & flights were good for all of us.
We flew from Manchester, early flight and were on-board within 1 hour of landing. I liked the chilled juice & water available while we waited to check in, especially as it was very hot even at 10.15am.
Cabin (outside, deck 2) - decent size, kept very clean (although we had an issue with slow drainage from the shower), excellent air-con which we appreciated as it reached 35C on one day, very comfortable bed. Yes, the paint needs refreshing in some areas and the mirror needs re-silvering at the base but there is loads of wardrobe space - 1 each and plenty of bathroom storage space. We liked the location as although the gangway on deck 2 was used for getting on and off the ship, we heard very little noise, but it was convenient for dropping our gear off as soon as we got back on the ship. Would choose the same cabin again.
Food - very very good. I like my food, it's an important part of the holiday. We had breakfast in the Lido every day, or to be exact, the Lido and the outside Grill area. The omelette station out there was a bonus, perfectly cooked tasty omelettes each time. The fresh fruit selection in the Lido was also good and there were different cereals and yoghurts. I had 1 ‘full English’ and again it was all hot, tasty and well-cooked.
Lunch was either in the Lido, or off the ship. Plenty of choice, fresh salads, wok station, pasta station, other hot dishes and the Lido Grill where there were pizzas, burgers, hot-dogs. Ice-cream was available at lunchtime and in the evening. Mum & Dad had breakfast & lunch in the main dining room a couple of times and said it was good.
Afternoon tea - had this a couple of times, tasty sandwiches, delicious warm mini sausage rolls and lovely biscuits as well as scones with jam and cream, and cakes and pastries.
Dinner - we ate in the main dining room each night, except once when DH & I went to Mistral. On the first night we got a round table for 6 and managed to get that table each night - we tended to eat a bit earlier than the main rush - arriving about 6.45 - 7.15. We did notice it got busy about 8pm with a short queues, but everyone was seated fairly quickly. Our waiters, Juni & Karmala were brilliant, friendly, efficient and to be honest, made dinner a pleasure. Karmala always made a big fuss of mum! Our wine waiter was Nikola and he was also excellent. There was always plenty of choice and apart from 1 night when mum’s choice of fish was dry, everything was spot-on.
Mistral - DH & I ate here 1 night. It was just under £20 pp and was amazing value. 5 courses, plus extra treats and outstanding quality. One of the best meals I’ve ever had on a ship. Lobster bisque, escargots, rack of lamb, surf & turf (fillet steak and a lobster tail). The menu changes part way through the week and we were very tempted to go again but resisted.
Midnight buffet - managed this a couple of times! Always salads, cheese and biscuits, 2 curries (fab), and hot items like pizza, hotdogs, fish fingers, chicken strips.
Drinks - we didn’t get the drinks package as it was full price when we booked. We didn’t skimp and it worked out cheaper for us than had we bought the package. They had some promotions on like 2 for 1 on Marston’s Pedigree, and we bought a 3-bottle wine package on the 2nd night. I noticed that the standard gin for my G&T was Gordons’ Export. Service in the bars was very good, especially Ida in the Horizon Bar, a lovely spot. The others in the group said the new coffee port was very good.
We did 1 cycle tour in Corinth, which was good, though very hot. The rest of the time we did our own thing, catching the local buses outside the port or walking. Tip - we were overnight in Dubrovnik so went into town after dinner for a couple of hours, well worth doing. The taxis by the ship are 13euros, by the bus station 2 mins away they are 10euros and the bus (that is on the road outside the bus station) its 150Kuna - get the 1a or 1b to Pile. You use the same stop at Pile to return which is only 3 mins from the Gate into the old town.
Entertainment - typical cruise shows but done well with a talented cast. I especially enjoyed the Cameron Mackintosh and the Africa ones. Didn’t go to the comedian but heard he was very good as well. Did some quizzes and a wine-tasting on the seaday (£7pp).
Overall, an excellent week, exceptional service, great food, interesting stops and I’d happily go on the Celebration again, as would the Thomsons virgins Mum & Dad! Read Less