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Thomson Spirit Review


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Reviewer Name: Jacky Taylor
Date Of Birth 28/12/1947
Past Cruises: Caribbean, Mediterranean, Greek Islands and Adriatic. Thomson Emerald, Destiny and Dream. NCL
About Reviewer: Recently retired. Easily pleased. Destiny, Dream and Spirit. Reason for cruising is seeing different places.
Destination: Adriatic Explorer - Corfu, Kopor, Venice, Split, Dubrovnic and Kotor.
Reviewer Country: Wakefield
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Ship: Spirit
Review Date: May 30, 2011
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We put off going on the Spirit for quite some time then decided to give her a go. Result - a very pleasant cruise even though the itinery was rearranged due to very late arrivals from Manchester. The Spirit is small and unglitzy compared to other larger cruise ships but she stands up well. We found all the staff helpful and friendly. Loved Venice, Split and Dubrovnic but Kotor in Montenegro was the best port of call for us.

Our cabin was 543 and on Deck 3. It was quite spacious, had single beds, an adequate toilet/shower area, plenty of hot water, two wardrobes, long vanity unit and plenty of drawer space. It was located away from the main bulk of cabins and had an almost private lift, plus stairway, which easily fed into the Compass Rose restaurant on Deck 4, the Lido Buffet on Deck 5 and the Promenade area on Deck 6. Darguin, our cabin steward, kept the place clean and tidy and was an artiste with the towels. We were suited.

We ate in the lovely Lido Buffet because we both like a bit of this, a bit of that and a bit of the other. Food was varied and tasty. Some dishes were repetitious but that was probably due to the fact that they were popular and would be eaten, so no waste which I'm all for. We didn't eat at the Compass Rose but reports were good.

Daytime entertainment was simple and well organised. The entertaining Prime Men band performed on the Lido Deck and sang a variety of songs from many decades. The evening entertainment in the Broadway Show Lounge was very good. The singers and dancers worked really hard and provided excellent entertainment. Their Can Can routine won a standing ovation and deservedly so. They may not be the best a regular cruiser has ever seen but they are worth watching. There was further evening entertainment in other parts of the ship plus Raffles Casino and Bar.

The Broad Street shopping area is quite small but seemed reasonably well stocked.

We liked the Spirit, which I feel is geared more to adults than chldren, and will sail on her again. She sails out of Newcastle in 2012 so that could get a nod from us.

Cruise Positives:
Easily navigated ship. Decent cabins. Good food. Entertaining entertainment. Excellent quiet areas if desired. Very friendly staff.

Cruise Negatives:
Pool on Lido Deck too small. Although well organised the trips out are expensive. Not enough sun loungers during the day at sea.