Step into a world of unbridled opulence and luxury onboard the Thomson Spirit, a floating five star resort exclusively from Thomson Cruises.
For a cruise with a distinctly British feel, holidaymakers need look no further than Thomson Cruises. Offering the reassurance of the Thomson brand, one of the country's biggest tour operators, the cruise line is a firm favourite with passengers who don't want to lose their home comforts as they travel the world. As the longest serving ship in the fleet, the Thomson Spirit is a tried and tested choice for a Nordic or Mediterranean cruise offering historic sights, breathtaking natural beauty and cultural delights. Its modest size, in comparison to the supersized ships built more recently, may suit holidaymakers who want a more traditional experience.
Until the end of September all the cruises on the Thomson Spirit depart and return to the UK. The drama and culture of northern Europe are explored on a series of cruises that last between five and 14 nights. The Best of the Baltic leaves from Newcastle and heads to eight ports over 15 days. Oslo, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Helsinki and St Petersburg are all on the itinerary.
An eight-day cruise in July takes in the dramatic Norwegian coastline, also departing from and returning to Newcastle and offers a glimpse of Norway's pretty towns and natural beauty - from waterfalls to fjords. August sees a tour of the British Isles, taking in Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Torquay and a quick stop at Le Havre – the perfect chance for passengers to enjoy a quick jaunt to Paris.
From the beginning of October the Thomson Spirit heads for the warmer waters of the Mediterranean, starting off in style with a 16 day cruise entitled Mediterranean Odyssey. Leaving from Harwich, the ship calls at La Rochelle, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Algiers, Valetta and the Greek islands of Crete and Rhodes, before reaching Cyprus.
A glimpse of the ancient biblical ports of the Mediterranean are available on the ship's next series of cruises, which tour the Greek Islands, turkey Israel and Egypt, or north Africa and the Canary Islands. From November Tenerife becomes the ship's new home port, from where it heads to the Azores, Madeira and back to the Canary Islands.
The Thomson Spirit has cabins at the front and spacious public rooms towards the stern, where the pool decks can be found. There are a total of 626 cabins on board and 423 of them have ocean views. With double occupancy the Thomson Spirit has capacity for 1,350 passengers. Combined with the 520 crew, this creates a ratio of one crew member for every 2.6 passengers, promising a level of service that many other cruise lines cannot match.
A further 203 cabins are inside, and all are considered to be a good size and well equipped - complete with air conditioning, a TV, wardrobes and good storage space. Suites have king-sized beds and a seating area and both suites and deluxe cabins have a bathtub and minibar.
There are two pools on board, both out on deck. The wrap around teak promenade evokes the golden age of cruising. There is plenty of open space with a sports deck for football, basketball and table tennis. For the active on board there is a fitness centre and for those seeking relaxation there is a sauna health spa and beauty salon.
There are several dining options on board, the main dining room being the spacious Compass Rose restaurant. Passengers needn't worry about stuffy service here as the staff is friendly and informal. The reservations–only Sirocco restaurant offers a la carte dining and informal dining is on offer at the Lido buffet. Dress code on board is casual and comfortable during the day. However, there is usually one formal evening in the week where black tie or a dark suit is required for gentlemen and ladies are expected to wear a cocktail dress.
The modest size of the Thomson Spirit does not mean the ship lacks entertainment facilities, and you’ll find lots to see on board. There is a casino, two entertainment lounges, the Broadway show lounge staging West End style shows, cabaret shows and live music. Up to date films are screened and the fun goes on until late in the nightclub.
The Thomson Spirit has everything that a holidaymaker might need for a perfect cruising adventure. By setting off from home shores, European explorations promise to retain some creature comforts from back in Blighty. With a great crew to passenger ratio and a firmly established reputation built up over the years, passengers know exactly what to expect from this ship and that's why UK passengers race to book it up.
The Thomson Spirit is a mid-ship that packs plenty of amenities from bow to stern. Lounge culture and entertainment are at the heart of the Thomson Spirit and there’s an array of glittering venues to visit. Enjoy West End style shows at the plush Broadway Show Lounge, savour world-class cabaret in the Horizons Bar or soak up the thrills in the Vegas-tastic Raffles Casino; the Thomson Spirit plays hard well into the night for cruise holidays with plenty of opportunities to dress to impress. For those who prefer to escape the hubbub there’s plenty of facilities too, with the elegant Raffles Bar for pre-dinner cocktails and opportunities for quiet time in the card and reading room.
Staterooms are classically decorated in neutral shades and create a traditional home-from home for family cruise holidays. Staterooms start with a 144 square foot standard inside cabin and range up to deluxe staterooms complete with huge picture windows for soaking up those once in a lifetime first glimpses of new ports. Clever storage, colour TV and shower ensuite with hairdryer are included in every cabin; whatever your cruise holiday budget there’s somewhere glamorous to lay your head on the Thomson Spirit.
The main dining room onboard the Thomson Spirit is the Compass Rose Restaurant, where highly skilled chefs whip up a delectable menu filled with cruise holiday classics like lobster, melt in the mouth steak and international family favourites at every meal sitting. For event suppers and special occasions be sure to book a table at the exclusive Sirocco’s restaurant, where white gloved stewards serve inspirational cuisine in a truly memorable setting. Other dining options onboard the Thomson Spirit include a glorious Terrace Grill for al fresco lunches in the sun and the Lido Restaurant, a 24-hour eatery and home to the epic Thomson Spirit buffet feast.
This ship is recommended for families
Maximum Capacity: 1350
Beam (Ship Width): 89 ft
Draught(Ship Depth): 25 ft
Length: 704 ft
Cruising Speed: 18 kts
Number of Decks: 18
Number of Lifts: 7
Number of Pools: 2
Number of restaurants: 3
Formal nights: No
Adult Only: No
Kids Club: Yes