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Thomson Spirit

OVERVIEW: Thomson Spiritis best suited to adult couples and singles taking their first or second cruise, and families with children of all ages, all seeking a modern, non-glitzy ship with a decent array of public lounges and bars, and a middle-of-the-road lifestyle, with food and entertainment that


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Colourful Coasts

Overall Rating: 5
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3 out of 4 people found this useful
Cruise Line:
Thomson Cruises
Cruise Ship:
Thomson Spirit
Destination:
Canaries

Reviewed By: on
After spending a night at a Gatwick hotel to ensure we were not held up by snow and ice, we enjoyed the quickest check in we have ever had at the Thomson desks,we were spoilt for choice as there were more free desks than travellers at that time. After a pleasent flight we landed in Funchal, Madeira. There was a small problem at the airport as there seemed to be more passengers than seats on the coach but the reps sorted out the problem and the extra guests arrived at the ship at the same time as the coach. Full marks to the reps. as I tend to judge cruise lines on how well they can sort out trouble as things can and do go wrong.

A brief transfer to the Thomson Sprit and we were escorted to our stateroom by a steward,as opposed to having to find our own way as some lines expect you to do. We had booked a de luxe cabin on promenade deck as we had travelled on this ship before and the grade suited both our taste and budget. After unpacking we had time to go and explore Funchal in the afternoon before returning to the ship for dinner, a show, which was excellent, and bed.

It was a fairly "lively"crossing to Morocco and we arrived early morning. We had booked a trip into the Saraha so an early breakfast was called for and we joined other couples for the trip. It was fairly expensive but we thought good value. We traveled into the Sahara ,then to a dam project followed by an arab lunch in a casbah within a berber village, onto a nature reserve and back to the ship in Agadir via the hudge sand dunes by the Atlantic coast. I left my video camera on the Landcruiser and on retuning to the ship discovered my loss. Lucky for me the boss of the company was still on the dock and after I explained to him in rubbish French and even more rubbish Arabic, he phoned the depot and told the driver to look for it and bring it back. He retuned about 20 minites before the ship sailed.

Next port was Lanzorote, again we booked a tour to the Timanfara national park, camel rides, incredible landscapes and a vineyard, the concept of cooking food Bar-B-Q style on top of a volcano is to say the least unusual!

We then called at Tenerife, As we arrived in daylight I watched the docking proceedure. It was fascinating to see a member of the crew swinging a rope around his head bolas stlye, letting it go to be caught onshore and then draging the heavy mooring rope ashore to be made fast. As we had friends on the island we spent the day with them seeing the sights. We decided to have a meal in the Sirocco`s restaurant that evening, it was excellent food with very attentive waiters.

The ship then moved on to Gran Canaria where we took the whale watching tour, we only saw five whales ,or it could have been one whale five times.

The last call was La Palma, possiby the least exciting island in the group, but it has a sleepy charm of its own. The ship then made its way back to Madeira,and home.

During the cruise there was a chance to visit the bridge, an experiance I have had twice on Thomsom ships. A most interesting
experience, and indeed reassuring when you see just how much fail safe kit there is on board.

Over all a very pleasent cruise, although we had our fair share of very rough nights at sea. Fourtunatly my wife and I seem to be not upset by gales although some folk did tell us they had spent very uncomfortable nights.

I know there has been some adverse comment on Thomson Cruises on TV recently but in our experiance it has Colourful Coastsgenerally been been good value for money, and you get what you pay for.

3 out of 4 people found this useful

Times cruised before: 6-10
Sailed: March, 2011
Age: 65+
Cabin: Outside
Occasion: Getting to a destination

Quality of Food
Compass Rose in the evening with waiters Riz & Ed, Lido for breakfast and Lunch. Breakfast very good lunch not quite as high standard.
4

Entertainment
All good, the show dancers and singers were excellent,
5

Shore Excursions
The best was The Saraha, closly followed by the visit to Timanfara, the tours are not cheap but when I discuss what I had seen and been to it becomes very apparent that some of the "get a local bus and do it for 5 euros" types waste alot of time and don`t know what they have been looking at!
4

Staff
All ship staff were very helpful, but the person who was the most helpful to me was the local tour manager who arranged the safe return of my camera.
5

Children's Facilities
0

Onboard Activities
Lots, if you get bored on a ship its your fault!
4

Cabins
Our cabin was good for us, the girls who looked after it were lovel,so good to have a bath as well as a shower.
4

Overall Rating
5
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