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  1. #101
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    I would agree with Delboy that it is the itinerary that attracted us to Thomson cruises in the first place...nothing to do with which 'social circle' we mix with or even our budget...(that is such a snobbish thing to say Richard) could it not be that the passengers want to go to the places that are on offer??...our first cruise with Thomson was one week in the Red Sea (just a week to see if we liked it)...then we had a fortnight consisting of a week in the Adriatic and a week in the Aegean out of Corfu....we also had another fortnight consisting of a week in the Black Sea and a week in the Aegean out of Thessaloniki...like Delboy we cruised Egypt, Israel and Turkey for a week with a week in Cyprus at the beginning...another one was a repositioning cruise from Palma, Majorca to Sharm el Sheikh and all stops in between also for two weeks....so you see not all cruises need to be one week....and more importantly no other cruise line offered such varied itineraries to places we wanted to go.
    I wonder what you class Independence of the Seas....is that a budget cruise ship?? certainly cheap enough !
    Our experience of Thomson passengers has been a broad mix of people, the same as in most walks of life, we have met some very interesting and learned people and some not so, we have met some who like to drink too much and some who don't, we have met some who prefer to stay on the ship and not go ashore, some who enjoy karaoke, dancing the night away, quizzes, etc. etc. the same as every other cruiseline we have sailed with......


  2. #102
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    we have just booked a celebrity cruise and the reason was the price.............................1000.00 cheaper than Thomson, also the beverage packages are cheaper too, with a much better choice.


  3. #103
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    I also cruised on the Spirit this year and absolutely loved it, a lot more relaxed than Royal Carribean and will be going Thomson again later this year.


  4. #104
    Trace Guest
    I wouldn't say Thomson is budget priced anyway, our cruise end of this month has cost 2300 for my husband and I, thats for a deluxe cabin and drinks package, our RCI med one was a similar price, I have heard so many positive comments on the spirit, can't wait!


  5. #105
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    Have sailed on many cruises and I think Thomson are great. Entertainment, staff and food are excellent. The cabins are small and need updating but they are clean and do the job, after all you are only sleeping in them. Also they don't add the extras on the drinks and the tips on the final bill. We always tip on the Thomson cruises because the staff really put themselves out. Looking forward to the next one!
    Richard doesn't just sleep in his cabin like normal people...For him it's an entertainment venue for his new found friends (or acquaintaces as I prefer to call people I've just met). The reason this isn't important to me and I'm sure other like minded people is, when I go on holiday I want to socialise with the people I go on holiday with.I would never go on holiday with the intention of making new friends like some Billy no mates.

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  6. #106
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    What the Spirit lacks in looks is more than made up for by the staff. The fun in the Compass Rose restaurant by the staff made the whole experience a pleasure. The shows were first class, the group in the High Spirits lounge were first class and you can get a decent pint. Although I have only sailed with Thomson and RCI off the two THomson is the winner (for me). Enjoy


  7. #107
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    Trace- the Spirit is a fab ship. Make the holiday the one you want you want it to be...


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    I sincerely trust the two ladies will not take umbrage at me using your quotes however, having read through the thread, yours each contained a phrase that I thought would help illustrate my offering: nothing else.

    I actually think that this thread has not developed the way it could have and I further believe the reason for that is, as often happens, it has developed into a 'them and us' debate as opposed to an exercise on the merits and reality of Thomson as a cruiseline.

    The undeniable fact is that Thomson is a budget cruise line and it serves a budget market. Thomson offer a cruise experience that generally reflects the personal lifestyle and social circle of their passengers: or, by definition, their budget. The vast majority of Thomson cruises are fly-cruises and normally of 'one week' duration and they are port intensive. Thomson have the ability to cross subsidise with their airline division and actively market 'gratuities' included fares; attractive to many.

    We are often reminded that reviews are subjective. If we trust and believe that, then the reviews we read, and their high star ratings, are a subjective reflection of those people who have chosen Thomson and, in the main, whose aspirations Thomson have matched.

    In summary Thomson passengers are generally comfortable in that environment and so there is a market for what they provide. Absolutely nothing wrong with that.

    I have no doubt that the vast majority of the cruising public have expectations somewhat higher than the Thomson cruising image. They both seek and find this in the plethora of more modern ships that offer increased space, variety of activities, quality of food and social options. Like it or not, many would not dream of staying in a B&B and similarly would not consider being 'holed- up' for a week' in a cabin that only has 'a shower, twin beds and a port hole'. They want to cruise in a ship more closer to their lifestyle.

    The story of the Thomson passenger making a reference to their time on Cunard is so old it is truly part of cruising mythology. It is easy to 'brand' those that express a 'poor opinion of Thomson' snobs. But is it not equally a form of 'reverse snobbery' ( Reverse snob | Define Reverse snob at Dictionary.com ) to denigrate those who prefer a better quality of facility as either 'snobs' or 'posh'.

    I have cruised with Thomson on the Destiny. It was billed as a Latin Dance cruise but could not have been further from that description. That issue aside, it was an interesting experience but certainly not one I would wish to repeat.

    Incidentally, and in the interests of fairness, I came to the same conclusion after my 'one and only' Fred Olsen cruise. Having said that I have no problem with people who do cruise with Thomson or Fred Olsen: each to their own and if you find something that suits you, stick with it and enjoy; I have.
    I know you like most of us have two left feet so I can understand the let down booking a dancing cruise and being the only dancers
    Sorry no little port hole we had a big window a sitting area and bathroom
    It was a last minute deal, the itinerary was really good so we booked, it was a lot better than I expected as for lots of ports to me the ship is the hotel that each morning is in another place so that we can spend the day exploring.


  9. #109
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    I know you like most of us have two left feet so I can understand the let down booking a dancing cruise and being the only dancers
    Sorry no little port hole we had a big window a sitting area and bathroom
    It was a last minute deal, the itinerary was really good so we booked, it was a lot better than I expected as for lots of ports to me the ship is the hotel that each morning is in another place so that we can spend the day exploring.
    Naivety springs to mind here.You wouldn't seriously expect a Latin dance themed cruise on a Thomson ship.Whatever next? Raving with Fred Olsen?

    Last edited by CP, Yorkshire; 14th June 2011 at 10:02 PM.

  10. #110
    Trace Guest
    thanks flamenco, I'm sure we will!


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