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Thomson Destiny Review

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Reviewer Name: PJBCAB
Date Of Birth 18/9/43
Past Cruises: Thomson Topaz Calypso
About Reviewer:
Destination: Caribbean Jems/Coral Islands
Reviewer Country: Benfleet
Sailling Date:
11 January 2009
Ship: Destiny
Review Date: Jan 30, 2009
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My wife and I have just returned from a two week back to back cruise on the Thomson Destiny sailing around the Caribbean.

The flight was operated by a First Choice and the aircraft a 767 with good leg room and a 2 - 3 - 2 seat configuration giving more space than the Thomson aircraft. The transfer in the Dominican Republic was excellent, going directly from the plane to a transfer coach and not seeing our luggage until it was delivered to our cabin. We had only booked 3 weeks in advance and the good price we obtained meant we only qualified for a basic low deck inside cabin. We were advised on booking with Cruisedeals that we would get a cabin with room for 4 persons ( 2 beds & 2 bunks) and this we got. This meant that we had a little more clothes hanging space (important for the ladies) and we were given a cabin in the forward section, away from nightly engine noise and vibration. The only problem was that you did not know whether it was day or night - our last cruise on the Thomson Calypso had a tv channel tuned to a bridge camera so you knew what it was like outside.
The cabin was kept neat and tidy by our stewardess with bed linen and towels changed regularly , also pool towels - the quality of some of the bath towels however, was poor. The public areas were kept neat and tidy as were the public toilets.

We chose to eat all meals waiter service in the Seven Seas Restaurant and have nothing but praise for the quality of the meals and the service . It was open seating for breakfast and lunch and assigned seating for the evening meal - all was fine with a special mention for the wine waiter Elea who knew what we wanted prior to our arrival at the table each evening. Most evenings the waiters gave a little sing song after dinner which made the dining experience nice and relaxed. Once each week there was a Captains cocktail party and everyone had a chance to dress up (optional) followed by a special meal.
The evening entertainment in the Can Can Lounge was superb with West End type live shows, real quality entertainment. Also in the Can Can lounge we had a UK guest act give two shows each per week. Week 1 saw Fogwell Flax and on Week 2 we had Maurice Grumbleweed. Both these artistes gave top notch performances and deserve nothing but praise. It was not as good however in the Oaklahoma lounge where the game shows were staged. When the excellent Cruise Director Keef Maynard participated things were fine and professional but in my opinion his female assistantís style was loud and amateur. There were a few in concert presentations by the shipís singers but these were let down by being performed on the dance floor with the people being invited to dance . You could not appreciate the acts as you could not see them when seated.
The ports of call were all good and my wife and I went walking independently at all of them.The trips arranged by Thomson onboard were expensive and most could be done by the multitude of taxiís in every port.
We had stayed on some of the islands visited but it was lovely to return and wander.We liked the water taxi service in St Maarten where a 6 US dollar fee gave you multi trip use; also the Little Botanical Gardens in Tortola and an impromptu tour around the old cricket ground in Antigua.

There is plenty of deck space on the Destiny but if you want a cushion for the sun lounger you have to be quick. If you want a tea (PGTips teabags) or a coffee these can be had at all times in the Lido self service where there was also always something to eat or snack. This area being tidied constantly and you could always get a clean table.
Just a couple of small grumbles.
1.Whilst in ports there was constant maintenance being carried out on deck including welding,drilling and sanding; work we felt suited to the refit down time.
2. The check in on the return journey at La Romana was a disaster with the queuing time of over an hour - some of which time was in the sun - the queue being that long.

On the whole a really good value for money trip - iron out a few wrinkles and it would have been perfect, but nothing is ever perfect to everyone is it ?

Cruise Positives:
Cruise Itinery, Can Can Lounge & Food

Cruise Negatives:
Deck Maintenance & Check in at La Romana