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First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

Cruise Line
Marella Spirit
Destination
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

23

Very Good

3

Average

4

Poor

4

Cruise type

Family Cruises

62

Senior Cruises

35

First-Time Cruisers

34

Romantic Cruises

25

Entertainment Cruises

17

34 First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews


tranmerefan avatar

tranmerefan

1 Review Written

34 Helpful Votes

Great (Thomson) Spirit, Excellent Value

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This was my first cruise as bit of a treat for my 40th. We had cabin 832 which was in the middle on bottom deck. Some other passengers had issues with not having hot water but I had no problems at all. The walls ...
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Sail Date March 2016


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Hellybell14

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

First Cruise; Loved It!

Slightly worried about what to expect on a cruise, will we enjoy it, will we fit in?? No worries! Absolutely loved it! Flew to Turkey on the Thomson Dreamliner,very smooth & quiet. I even got to peek inside the ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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bluepeter999

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

First Cruise but Not the Last

Port of Embarkation was actually Marmaris in Turkey but thats not an option in the drop down Just back from Thomson Ancient Wonders cruise on the Spirit. Have never cruised before, apart from on the Nile, so ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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Sunter18

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Some good, some bad.

1st of all i would like to mention 3 important things then post my email to Thomson regarding the cruise sent June 9th and still nowhere near being resolved as Thomson customer service is not good at all. This was ...
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Sail Date May 2015


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Parked

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Exceeded Expections

This was our 1st cruise and did not know what to expect, but as a result of this cruise we will do more!!! All i can say is it was wonderful, we booked and basic inside cabin, a bit dated but bed was comfy and ...
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Sail Date July 2015


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nel1994x

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Amazing time!

We went on the Thomson Spirit highlights of the black sea August 2015. Had a really good time. There was a wide selection of food, could either have self service with alot of variety, eat in one resturant being ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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willofspicey

2 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Lovely First Cruise; Ancient Wonders

I honestly do not see where the bad reviews are coming from. The staff were excellent all around the ship - Smiling and happy to help; visible from the moment you board the ship. The food was brilliant in the ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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willofspicey

2 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Pleasantly Surprised

So after reading all the negative reviews, this lead us to suspect that maybe we didn't make the right choice but I'm now glad we did! The ship is tired but this never bothered us as most of the interior of the ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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JayneWills

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Amazin hols

Ignore any moaners..we got back this Monday 17th Aug...that's if there are any !!! we had an amazing time...I have never seen so much food...if you dont wish to dress up you can try the buffet service....wish we ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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Desneo

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

The Spirit has spirit.

Never cruised before so don't have a comparison, having said that I would consider my self quite an objective person. We loved it yes it is dated, yes it may be old but if you owned an e type jag you wouldn't moan ...
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Sail Date June 2015


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riggersbird

2 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Cheap, Cheap, Cheap; Not in a Good Way

The Eastern Encounters Cruise was attractive due to the interesting itinerary, Turkey, Beirut, Cyprus, Israel. Transfers from airport to ship relatively straight forward after hunting down the coach driver at ...
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Sail Date June 2015


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MikeDoncaster

2 Reviews Written

13 Helpful Votes

First Cruise, Best Holiday

This was my wife and I first cruise. My wife not having a good record on sailing, she can feel queasy crossing the channel, had been reluctant to cruise. She need not have worried, even on a particularly windy ...
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Sail Date June 2015


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tim1949

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

1st timers!

As someone who has travelled quite a bit I always dismissed cruising as for "old" people. However my good friend for many years mentioned that he was thinking "mmmmmmm-maybe". And so we decided to give it a try on a ...
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Sail Date April 2015


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jnetamundo@gmail.com

1 Review Written

Spot On

It was me and my wifes first cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff stood out the most as they made you feel like you was on holiday. They were always helpful,smiling,funny and exceptionally attentive. ...
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Sail Date April 2015


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Aadele

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

1st cruise

having heard my mum going on about going on a cruises, we took the plunge and went on a taster cruise and was really impressed with the whole thing, we didn't enjoy the coach ride up to Newcastle but embarking the ...
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Sail Date August 2014


Joe Pen avatar

Joe Pen

1 Review Written

Norwegian Fjords

As Thompson aren't doing this trip anymore we booked at the last minute. I'm heading towards 50 & I can honestly say this was a big step back in holidays for me. The fjords were lovely, as were most of the staff. ...
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Sail Date July 2014


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Tina Bell

1 Review Written

Nowegian Fjords and Glaciers Trip

I sailed on the Thompson Spirit 27/7- 3/8 on the Norwegian Fjords and Glaciers trip. This was my first cruise, and I was not disappointed. From the moment we arrived at the port, everything was structured and ...
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Sail Date July 2014


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Ellie2green

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Not for a Celebration

Went on this Boat 2/04/2014 -9/04/2014 The Ship is Clean and Tidy BUT Very Tatty... Cabin still same as above except we had up graded to a WINDOW £150 EACH.... Not worth the money......Entertainment very basic and ...
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Sail Date April 2014


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Ellie2green

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Cyprus to Isreal

This was our first Cruise which we found very disappointing..... although Clean and tidy with most of the staff being friendly and helpful....THE SHIP WAS VERY SHABBY. The Cabins (we upgraded to a window cabin ...
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Sail Date April 2014


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kathryn73uk

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Excellent value for money

This was my first cruise and it exceeded my expectations. The journey from Manchester to Cyprus was longer than expected and having to then queue to get on the ship was tiring. The ship was outdated in its style, ...
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Sail Date April 2014


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linedanceangel

1 Review Written

Promised Land Cruise

Never been on a sea cruise before, but wanted to go to Jerusalem and this cruise sailed from Cyprus so I didn't have to fly and was cheaper than an airfare. On the good side the crew were excellent on the whole and ...
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Sail Date April 2014


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viviento

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Excellent cruise

Flew from Cardiff to Tenerife.Coach to port where everything was explained to use about boarding ship as this was our first cruise. Boarded ship and taken to our cabin by a nice Phillipino lady, shown where all the ...
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Sail Date December 2013


ju1 avatar

ju1

2 Reviews Written

16 Helpful Votes

FANTASTIC EASTERN MED CRUISE FOR 1ST TIMERS

I don't normally write reviews but enjoyed this cruise so much that felt I really wanted to this time. We embarked at Limassol very quickly, but as we live in cyprus and made our own way to the port maybe it ...
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Sail Date October 2013


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trendytraveller10

2 Reviews Written

Fjordland Wonder

We chose Thomson because some of our friends have cruised with them and we were told they were good for first time cruisers and their prices are competitive. We arrived at Harwich early just before 12.00pm and ...
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Sail Date August 2013


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Geezabrekannat

1 Review Written

First Time Cruisers

We chose this ship following the reviews as this was our first cruise (the wife does not really like sailing but willing to try) & this being the most convenient way to see the area's listed at the time we were ...
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Sail Date May 2013


Marella Spirit Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.03.9
Dining4.04.1
Entertainment4.04.2
Public Rooms4.04.1
Fitness Recreation4.03.6
Family3.04.3
Enrichment2.03.7
Service4.04.6
Value For Money5.04.1
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